Artist Profile: Jaime Anderson

“In the presence of nature,” Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in his essay, “Nature,” “a wild delight runs through the man, in spite of real sorrows.” Losing oneself (and one’s cell phone service) in the company of nature can be a blissful experience. At the very least, stepping into the wilderness helps wash away the worries … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Laura Eng

Most of us probably don’t put a lot of thought into where our “trash” goes once it leaves the street curb and it’s thrown into the back of a garbage truck. Out of sight, out of mind. Out with the old, in with the new. But in the quest for the latest-and-greatest in our ephemeral … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Michael Iver Jacobsen

What do a dragon, “Blonde” by Frank Ocean, and nature walks have in common? These elements help shape one artist’s grand narrative: The reflective and nostalgic storyboard of Michael Iver Jacobsen. Michael’s interest in art ignited at an early age. “Drawing and painting was something that clicked for me,” he recalls. “My mom claims I … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Chuck U

Chuck U’s artwork brings to life an alternate reality that exists within his creative brain. A music-crazed, DJ-ing monkey. A scruffy, Godzilla-like dog/octopus hybrid donning a bowler hat and monocle. A bird perched in a tree with robotic eyes. But why a fascination of whimsical and wondrous worlds? “I wish I had an awesome explanation … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Lucas Gluesenkamp

When looking at Lucas Gluesenkamp’s illustrations, he wants you to think of “the three E’s:” eerie, eldritch, and existential. Drawing inspiration from animated films of the ‘70s and ‘80s, as well as artists Jean “Moebius” Giraud, Frank Frazetta, Ashley Wood, and J.M.W. Turner, the works of the Minneapolis illustrator deal in otherworldly and atmospheric landscapes … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Brent Schoonover

It all started with Mr. Fixit. At a very young age, Brent Schoonover laid his eyes on a copy of Marvel Comics’ “The Incredible Hulk”#349. A brawny Mr. Fixit—aka the Grey Hulk—busting out of his white shirt, swinging a powerful wallop of a smack across the body of the acrobatic Spider-Man, in a dynamic battle … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Erica Williams

As a 14-year-old girl, Erica Williams was obsessed with the magical action-adventure series, “Sailor Moon.” And one of her high school companions had a knack for drawing the characters from the Japanese television show, which instilled immense motivation for the Colorado Springs native to be just as good as her friend.  It was the spark … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Bob White

When Bob White was a young boy, he spent all of his time outside pretending he was Davy Crockett or Daniel Boone, and leafing through the pages of hunting, fishing, and trapping books.  “Everything I read was related to the outdoors,” White recalls. “The words of those stories captured my imagination, but it was the … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Alex Kuno

Grapes. As simple as these small globular berries are on the outside, the historical nature of the juices inside run much deeper. For Greek and Roman civilization, wine was more than just a fermented drink—it was godly. Dionysus (the Greek god of wine) and Bacchus (the Roman equivalent) are associated with grape harvesting, winemaking, drunkenness, … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Jeff Nelson

If you’ve dined out in the Twin Cities sometime in the last several years, you’ve likely seen the work of Jephemera, aka Jeff Nelson. He’s one of the most sought-after chalk-art and hand-lettering artists in the state, hired by restaurants, pubs, bakeries, and taprooms to customize menus, most of which are displayed on chalkboards. But … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Brian Matthew Hart

Choosing an artist to grace the cover of our arts issue was no small task. Grand questions about the nature of art and its creation swirled about as we explored the work of several talented local artists. We were hoping for an image that could elicit the interest and curiosity of the viewer, while also … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Nick Wroblewski

More than most creatives of his age or era, Nick Wroblewski preserves an intimate relationship with his work. Throughout the artistic process Nick is inspired—and restricted—by our natural world. Opting to draw by hand the original drafts of his masterful woodcut prints, Nick maintains a physical connection to his work and the natural Midwest landscapes … [ Read more]

Local nonprofit helps people with disabilities tap into their inner artists

“Art makes me.” This is what art means to Victor Van, a Minneapolis artist with autism. His art depicts things he loves: cars, wine bottles, even beer labels. “He would grab bottles and has always been fascinated by them,” Van’s mother, Yawa Vanthanouvong, explains about her son’s artistic inspiration. “Even as a little kid, he … [ Read more]

“Jawsh” Lemke: Aerosol as an Art Form

An Artist Profile of Josh “Jawsh” Lemke. By Joseph Alton The Growler: Tell me something weird about yourself? Josh Lemke: I have a very healthy obsession with Futurama, which includes a giant tattoo of Bender on my leg and many collectibles. G: How would you explain yourself to someone you have never met? JL: I’m an … [ Read more]

Keeping the Dream Alive with Jake Keeler

In this Artist Profile, The Growler gets inside the mind of Twin Cities multimedia artist Jake Keeler. by Joseph Alton Name: Jake Keeler Website: www.20acrecarcass.com Growler: Tell us something strange about yourself? Jake Keeler: Not so much strange, but perhaps interesting to Growler readers: I’m the Chair of the American Homebrewers Association Governing Committee, and … [ Read more]