Events

Events

 

The Twin Cities Bungalow Club presents:

Cream of Wheat poster.Illustrating Americana

A Minnesota history of calendar and advertising art

McNeely Hall Great Room*
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul
http://webapp.stthomas.edu/campusmaps/
Bungalow Club members free; nonmembers $3

Illustration art helped define the Arts & Crafts era of the early 20th century. Encompassing everything from nostalgic depictions of hearth and home to the idealized girl-next-door pin ups, illustrations were used in calendar and advertising art. Who were the companies and artists leading this interpretation of Americana?

Home to the Brown & Bigelow and Louis F. Dow calendar companies, the Twin Cities were the site of these two giants ever-escalating fight to hire and retain the hottest illustrators.

Grapefruit Moon Gallery.Minneapolis-based online art dealer Grapefruit Moon Gallery has become a leading source for illustration art. Co-owner Sarahjane Blum-Murphy will reveal the untold saga of these companies’ hyper competition for the calendar market.

Using original art, photographs and printed examples, Blum-Murphy will illuminate the significant technical choices these two commercial lithography companies made and how those choices affected each company’s fortunes as well as those of the artists they hired. She also will show the advertising work done for local businesses, including the long-running Cream of Wheat advertising campaign. 

*Street parking is available on Summit and Cleveland avenues. Enter McNeely Hall at the northeast entrance (the corner of Summit and Cleveland).


The Twin Cities Bungalow Club presents:

Photo of a bungalow.2015 Twin Cities Bungalow Club Home Tour

Bungalow Club members free; non-members $5
Tour starting address to be announced

Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 9, and join us for this annual Twin Cities Bungalow Club celebration of vintage homes.

Do you have a charming bungalow or other early 20th century house? Do you appreciate other homeowners who put their houses on tours so you can benefit from their ideas and enthusiasm? Then you may be a candidate for the 2015 Bungalow Club’s spring home tour. We couldn’t do it without the generosity of homeowners!

Contact us by email (mail@bungalowclub.net) or telephone (612-724-5816).


Photo of woman and man fixing a toy.Hennepin County Fix-It Clinics

Hennepin County Environmental Services
www.hennepin.us/fixitclinic

Sewing machine won’t sew? Toaster won’t toast? Toy helicopter won’t fly? Don’t throw it out! Bring your broken household appliances, electronics, mobile devices, toys and clothing in need of repair to a Hennepin County Fix-It Clinic.

Skilled volunteers will provide free, guided assistance to disassemble, troubleshoot and fix these items. Bring any tools and supplies you think might help with the job.

You will learn valuable troubleshooting and basic repair skills, build community connections, and reduce the number of repairable objects that are thrown in the trash. Events are first come, first served.

Photo of two men fixing a phone.Fix-It Clinics are held monthly at locations throughout the county. More details and upcoming dates and locations available online.

Fix-It Clinics teach valuable troubleshooting and basic repair skills, build community connections, and reduce the number of repairable objects that are thrown in the trash. Events are first come, first served.

Volunteer fixers are needed to make this initiative a success. Volunteers should have skills in soldering, electronics and electrical repair, computer repair, sewing, or general tinkering, and have a strong desire to teach and empower people.

Contact Nancy Lo at nancy.lo@co.hennepin.mn.us or 612-348-9195 with questions or to volunteer.