ARTISTS BIOs

Loretta Day

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Painter/Illustrator - Virginia native who studied Fine Arts at HBCU, Norfolk State University, and completed a Commercial Arts program at Minneapolis Technical Institute.  Loretta continues to be very active in the Twin Cities arts community.  Her works have been exhibited in Minneapolis Public Schools Parks and Recreation, Heart of the Beast Theatre, Juneteenth and Rondo Days.  Additionally, exhibited works at Pillsbury House, Augsburg College, 3M, Honeywell, Hennepin County Medical Center and a host of others.  Loretta is currently working on collaborative public works, the John Biggers Seed Project.

Stephanie D. Morris

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Photographer - I am an active member of the Minneapolis arts community.  As an emerging artist I am always seeking avenues for artistic expression, and as a trained scientist  I am curious and most intrigued by that which is not obvious at first glance.  My goal is to explore my subjects and create images that reverently extend my world view.  I continue to seek more opportunities to tell stories about the incredible souls that I am fortunate to meet.  My hope is that my work will be a provocative commentary on the observation of life,

Christopheraaron Deanes

Painter - Christopheraaron  is a well-established artist in the Minneapolis community.  He is currently working with the John Biggers Seed Project (a City of Minneapolis Public Works project).  Deanes has displayed works with Obsidian Arts, UROC (The U of M Urban Research and Outreach Center), and other public works throughout the 

Twin Cities.


Myra Bolling-Smith

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Painter - Chicago native, Myra a.k.a. "Abstract Purple Giraffe" is an  abstract artist educated and mentored under Master Artist, Gerald Griffin of Chicago.  She adopts Pablo Picasso's approach, "I paint as I think them, not as I see them."  Myra studied Graphic Arts at Chicago's International Academy of Design and Technology, and she incorporates the skills she learned there into her works.  She believes  everyone should have an art piece made especially for them, stating, "there is something so fresh, free and creative about a blank canvas.  You can let your imagination soar as you study it, then either sketch or apply paint. . ."

Melodee Strong

Painter/Illustrator/Muralist - B.A. degree in Illustration, freelance illustrator and community artist, teacher with Minneapolis Public Schools and MCAD.  Gallery exhibits include, Target's Children's Book Festivals in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, New York and Boston.  Her award-winning works are from the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles and New York, Teacher's Choice, Mom's Choice and Moonbeam Awards for her illustrations in children's books.  Melodee has also completed over 30 mural and large scale projects throughout the Twin Ciies.  

Delsita Y. Day

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Multimedialist - Summa Cum Laude graduate with Bachelors of Science degree in Visual Communications/Multimedia.  Exhibited works at Hennepin Gallery, UROC (U of M Urban Research & Outreach Center), and the Cowles Center (all here in Minneapolis, Minnesota).  Delsita is also a poet who's discovered how to merge her poetry with her art, calling her style of artistry 

"Poet Tree in Motion."

More Artists . . .

Patrick Cunningham

Visual Artist - Versatile in selecting types of medium that represent an individual art concept.  Patrick's artwork serves as a bridge by which he can introduce and communicate cultural images.  His work reflects different levels of society, and the result is mostly contemporary or culturlaly symbolic influence and abstract expressionism.  Once he has defined a concept, he then seeks to identify a specific type of medium to bring out the realism of his images.

Donna Ray

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Ceramic Artist; - Donna has been a ceramic artist for well over 20 years, though considers herself to be a multi-disciplined, eclectic visual artist.  She began her art career over 42 years ago, as a teenager in other mediums.  During the mid 70’s, Donna had an apprenticeship at the Public Art Workshop under tutorage of Ms. Jerri Zbiral & Alan Teller.  There she learned how to develope black & white photography.  Donna also collaborated with Muralist,   Mark Rogovin.  Born with a severely progressive visual disability, Donna continues to create stunning works of art.  She even managed to earn a earn a Degree in Family Social Science & Global Studies from the University of Minnesota.  Donna has been quietly building her sculptured pottery career at the Community Art Center and Artistry, located in Bloomington, MN.  Exhibitions: Minneapolis Airport Humphrey Terminal #2 H10 2018-2019; Inez, and the Atrium. 2009-2018; Sister Kenny Courage Center 2013-2016 -Current memberships with Artistry, Northern Clay, Minnesota Women Ceramic Artist and Taleweavers Toastmaster Club.