Friday, October 23, 2015

Lara Cornell - Painter

Lara Cornell
Name :Lara Cornell
City/State :Minneapolis, MN
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Twitter: @laracornellart
Instagram: @laracornellartEtsy Page:

Listening to the whispers, following my dreams, expressing my heart and loving living life as an artist.
Lara was born and raised in Northfield, Minnesota. After living, traveling, teaching and studying internationally she graduated with a BA from the University of Minnesota in French language, English literature, and Secondary Education. In 2014, she turned to painting for a creative outlet from the stresses of daily life and the flood gates opened. Lara’s style is Soulful Expressionism; painting bright colors, mixing medias, using original photography, lettering words of love and encouragement, and often focusing around her love of nature.
This year Lara has designed a new series called “A Single Moment” for a solo gallery show with Altered Esthetics in Minneapolis which focuses on using real (ethically sourced) butterflies and resin; a line of new yoga inspired Heart Strings for yoga mats and yoga blankets for local boutiques and yoga studios. This past year her artwork has appeared in Alena Hennessy's Intuitive Painting Workshop, in MN Yoga + Life magazine, at the Louvre in Paris, at SCOPE 2015 in Miami, and at various juried shows in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Her artwork can be found for purchase at gallery shops and yoga studios around the U.S., as well as in her own studio at the Solar Arts Building starting in November. 

For 2016, Lara plans to start teaching workshops encompassing her yoga therapy and meditation training, her flower essence practitioner training, and her love of intuitive art. She also plans to start working on her own book. 

Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is this different from past projects?

I've started drawing more and more mandala-like flowers and I find them so meditative. I started with adding a few in my Single Moment series, and then I started drawing them on larger pieces, on tables, on yoga mats, and now on coloring pages! I find them very calming.

How did you decide to become an artist?

I don't know that I actually decided to become an artist. I think I always was and it just started leaking out and building this whole art world reality around me. It's been amazing.

What was the best advice given to you as an artist? 

"You can always paint over it". Seriously, just think about that for a minute. There's so much freedom in that statement.

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

I'm definitely still learning and growing in this area. I try to get my art in front of as many people as possible and I'm just starting to find that people find me later from having seen me somewhere previously. It's all connected. 
(links listed at the beginning of this email)

Who are some of the Minnesota artists you enjoy? 

So many and so many different kids of art!
Johanna Jones - painter
Jacqueline Fletcher - writer
Angie Renee - potter
Elizabeth Crust - painter/crafter
I could go on and on and on......

If I were to follow you around to see art in Minnesota, which places would we go? What would we see?

I've loved the Solar Arts Building in NE since I did my first Art-A-Whirl there just a year and a half ago. I'm so excited to be in the studios there with some other amazing artists. There's a great art community in NE Minneapolis as well as in Lowertown St. Paul.

Other than that, quite honestly, I think Minneapolis and St. Paul have an incredibly supportive community. You can see art EVERYWHERE! Coffee shops, restaurants, on the streets, art fairs, galleries, parks, open studios, and there are so many handmade in Minnesota shops popping up around the cities as well. 

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 follow the NEMAA newsletter for local information at, as well as,,, and I'm active on several facebook art communities where I really enjoy finding new artists.

Do you have any exhibits to promote in the near future?
I am moving into my first studio space at the Solar Arts Building on November 1st. The first Art Crawl for me in this building will be the Art This Way event November 5-8

We are also planning MANY new classes and events in our new space! Follow along on my blog, or on facebook to get the details.

Yoga Mat

I will also be one of the featured artists for the upcoming AE 3D show:

Image List:
1) Gratitude Fall - 9x12 on paper 2015
2) Waiting - 11x14 canvas panel 2014
3) A Single Moment 13 - 18x24 resin on wood panel 2015
4) Believe in Magic - 9x12 resin on wood panel 2014
5) A Single Moment 3 - 12x16 resin on wood panel 2015
6) What you Seek - 4x4 resin on wood panel 2015
7) Yoga mat
8) Lara Cornell

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Schuyler Huber - Mixed Media

 Schuyler Huber
Schuyler Huber
Minneapolis, MN
Facebook page - NA
Twitter - @schuyber
Etsy page - NA

I am currently working on a body of work that incorporates structures into my paintings, which have been confined to a primarily abstract realm up until quite recently.  I wanted to challenge myself and go outside that comfort zone so I began using realistic objects to add a more tangible element. In previous works I had been using perspective to enhance the sense of space, so adding buildings and houses went hand in hand with ideas I was familiar with and I believe my paintings are stronger as a result.

How is your new work different?
I originally took an interest in art through comic books. There was something very rigid about the medium and I eventually began working on a larger scale in both drawing and painting. 

Best advice given to you?
Know when the work is complete. Its easy to overwork a piece, especially when fussing with details in perspective and proportion. From my experience, sometimes leaving things looking unfinished adds a great deal and can inform the process.

How do you sell and promote yourself?
Mostly through exhibitions and word of mouth. I have gotten some commissions in this way.
It is helpful to be well versed in media and styles to help fully realize a clients idea.
Maintaining a strong social media presence always help to get your work out there.
What local artists do you like?

Allegra Lockstadt -
What galleries do you like locally?
The MIA, the Weisman Art Museum, Intermedia Arts, Light Grey Art Lab, Gamut Gallery, Burnet Gallery

Where do you go online to learn find art?
I'm always checking MN Artists and Springboard for the Arts for local art calls and opportunities.

What events do you have to promote at this time?
I will have a couple paintings up at the Southern Theater starting the week of Oct. 22nd for the Twin Cities Horror Festival.

Image dimensions - 
Huber.Schuyler1.jpg 46" x 26" Mixed media on canvas 2014

Huber.Schuyler2.jpg 35"x 35" Acrylic on canvas, work in progress, 2015