Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Lahli Trevis - Illustrator

Lahli Trevis

Name: Lahli J. Trevis 
City/State: Minneapolis, MN
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Bio~ I grew up in rural Minnesota, spent my teens in the suburbs and moved to Saint Paul to attend the College of Visual Arts for illustration. Since a very young age I have always been writing stories and drawing pictures for them. 

Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is this different from past projects?
My current work is mostly writing and illustrating. One project is a novel and the other is a graphic novel (INCOGNITAgirl). I use a lot of pen and ink, but for larger stand alone pieces I collage with old pages from book, embroidery, even dye typewritten text. I mainly portray figures as a form of character study or scenes. My work is heavily narrative based. I also have a children's book, "Dieter is Lonely" available on For that book I kept my illustrations very simple and monochromatic in lieu of older children's fiction. 

How did you decide to become an artist?
Drawing is always something that came naturally for me, but I didn't decide that was what I was going to do until my junior year in high school. I realized there wasn't anything else that I was passionate about and if I was paying for college myself I wasn't going to let anyone tell me what to study. 

What was the best advice given to you as an artist? 
Find your niche. 

Many artists struggle to find ways to sell their art. How do you sell your work? How do you market yourself?

I exhibit my work in some local shows, but I don't sell a lot of art. Creating an Etsy page is on my to do list, but it is difficult to manage and update a web presence when I do not have the Internet at home.

Who are some of the Minnesota artists you enjoy? 

James Powell.

If I were to follow you around to see art in Minnesota, which places would we go? What would we see? Museums! I don't just mean the Minneapolis Institute of Arts either, although the MIA has some beautiful pieces I make sure to see every visit. I find its Photography gallery always changing with great photos from their collection. But what I find most inspiring about the Twin Cities is its history. I would recommend a walking tour with Larry Millett ( ) to learn about the changing architecture as the Twin cities grew. Or a visit to MN History center, Mill City Museum or the Science Museum were art tells a story and educates the public. If you look closely at some of the exhibits' credits you might see some familiar local names, I know I did!

In addition to, where do you go online for good art resources, whether to find a new artist, or to see what is going on in the art world locally and otherwise? 

I like to check out, Vita.min and City Pages for Twin cities events. However, I also follow many of my college classmates and artists I have met on Facebook. I find that is the best way to find out about artist created, grassroots style exhibitions that aren't advertised in large publications.

Do you have any exhibits to promote in the near future? 

I am participating in Altered Esthetics' March exhibition, 'Dust Jacket'. This year marks the tenth anniversary of Altered Esthetics and the gallery is celebrating by taking each of its monthly exhibitions to a new location in the community.  
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March's exhibition will by hosted by:
Eat My Words book store.
1228 2nd St. NE,
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Event Dates: 
Thursday, March 6, 2014 (Gallery Hours) to Saturday, March 29, 2014 (Gallery Hours)
Opening Reception: 
Friday, March 7, 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Artists’ Discussion: 
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Lahli Trevis

Image List:
1. Annabell
2. Sample of INCOGNITAgirl
3. Prisoner
4. The Interrogation
5. Thoughts
6. Speakeasy Socialite

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