By Tanner Kent
The Free Press
MANKATO — Dana Sikkila wants artists of all stripes and abilities to feel comfortable at the 410 Project art gallery in downtown Mankato.
As the director of the not-for-profit Front Street gallery, Sikkila is hosting a series of adult art sessions on Tuesday and Thursday nights through February. She’s hosted classes for children in the past but this represents a first for the 410.
She said the sessions are arranged around a particular technique or topic — tonight’s is relief printmaking — but nobody will be kicked out for taking their art in a different direction.
“As long as people are participating in some way,” she said. “I want people coming into the space for as many reasons as possible.”
The sessions cost $5 for materials — payable at the door — and Sikkila said she hopes attendance this month will sustain another round of classes in March.
Sessions are held 6-8 p.m. and upcoming topics include: Today: Relief printmaking; Tuesday — Gesture drawing; Feb. 21 — Relief printmaking; Feb. 23 — Printmaking for children.
Submit your ‘Inspiration’
Artists are encouraged to submit works for the upcoming “Inspiration” show at the 410 Project.
The show is sponsored by Minnesota State University’s Art History Round Table and is intended to illuminate the influence of a particular artist or art movement on an individual’s art. The show will be judged.
Curt Germundson, MSU art history instructor, said that artists should not submit imitations or parodies. Rather, judges will be looking for artists that “are inspired by a work of art, but really go beyond their inspiration to make it their own.”
Submissions cost $3 per entry (no limit on size or quantity) and must be accompanied by a 5-inch-by-7-inch photo of the inspiration for the art, as well as a paragraph discussing the how it influenced the work.
Submissions will be accepted 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday at the 410 Project. The exhibit will be on display Feb. 22-March 10.