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

Photographer 

As a photographer, my goal is to explore my subjects and create images that reverently extend my world view. I seek opportunities to tell stories about the people and places that I am fortunate to encounter. I hope that my work will be a provocative commentary on the observation of life.

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Sean Phillips

Painter 

Rooted in Detroit, MI, Sean G. Phillips resides in Minneapolis, MN. He is a writer and Abstract painter with influences of poets Giovanni, Baraka, Neruda and Sexton to abstract artists Bowling, Pollack, de Kooning and Clark. Sean is a self-taught artist with a sound foundational and historical understanding of art, yet believes art is conceptual and precludes any academic knowledge. Abstract art challenges viewers to question it, with the answer and person beautifully natural and always correct. Wassily Kandinsky once stated, “The artist must train not only his eye, but his soul.” The soul is art’s beginning and its destination.

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. . ."

Delsita Y. Day

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Multimedialist 

Though specializing in multimedia design, Delsita is not far from a paint brush.  She enjoys all things art and continues to expand her artistry across multi-platforms.  She  would like people to not only see  the beauty in art, but to see it as what she refers to as Poet Tree in Motion.  With every stroke of the brush is something meaningful and beautifully poetic.

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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 Cii

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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 culturally 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 is a multi-disciplined, eclectic visual artist, who began her art career as an apprentice at the Public Art, and also has collaborative work as a Muralist. Though born visually impaired, Donna is able to create stunning works of art.  She is a member of the Community Art Center Artistry, Northern Clay, and Minnesota Women Ceramic Artist.

Jules Bowman

Painter/Illustrator/Muralist 

Jules Bowman is a Twin Cities artist with a passion for collaborative work that inspires. Her work employs a quirky and abstract quality to expose both the joy and truth behind each of her subjects. Recognized for her interdisciplinary talent and playful use of color, Jules is regularly commissioned to create abstract portraiture and large-scale murals.

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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 

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