Past Events

Kye Allums Presents: Who Am I? art showcase & book reading

Kye Allums is a 25-year-old, Minnesota raised, Queer Fluid Trans* Artist, Athlete, and Author of their first book, Who Am I? 

In 2011, Kye graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from The George Washington University. During their time at GW, Kye also played Division I basketball for the women’s team. In 2010, Kye publicly came out and became the first Division I openly transgender athlete in NCAA history. 

On April 30th Kye Allums will be reading letters & poems from his first book, and showcasing artwork that was inspired by his experiences growing up in Minnesota as a young black girl, versus his experiences of living in Minnesota today, and being read as a young black guy.

Who: Kye Allums

What: Art Showcase & Book Reading

When: April 30

2pm - 8 pm:     Photography, drawing, music, and more

6 pm:               Reading

6:30 - 8:           Discussion and hanging out

Where: The Third Place Gallery - 3730 Chicago Avenue South, Studio B

Price: FREE 


Get Outside of Your Bubble with Your Camera - Photo Workshop with Wing Young Huie, May 2 & 9


Two-day workshop with Wing Young Huie 

When: Saturday, May 2, 10:00am-1:00pm and Saturday, May 9, 10:00am-1:00pm 

Where: 3730 Chicago Ave S, Studio B, Minneapolis MN 55407 

Cost: $50 

To register: Email (limited to 15 participants, register early) 

Jump Boots


Transgender artist, musician, and performance artist Venus de Mars and poet Lynette Reini-Grandell present early and current music, visual art, and writing, exchanging views and reflecting on the complicated collaboration of their artistic lives that sometimes feel like jumping into a void with no precedent.  Together, they talk about challenges and how art helps to ready themselves for the next leap.


When: Saturday, March 21st, 7:00 - 9:00 pm; Ping-Pong and Karaoke to Follow

Where: The Third Place Gallery, 3730 Chicago Avenue South, Studio B

Cost: Free


Venus de Mars is a multidisciplinary artist and musician, best known as a singer-songwriting transgender rock star and leader of the band All the Pretty Horses.  De Mars is also one of the foundational artists for Rifle Sport Alternative Art Gallery, creating the iconic big blue doors that fronted on Hennepin Avenue and installations that included a Honda Civic art car parked halfway up the main staircase.  A chance tax audit transformed h/ir into a champion of artists’ tax rights, after which the Venus de Mars Fund with Springboard for the Arts was established. You can read more about De Mars' tax audit in sociologist Alison Gerber's article on Narratively (the Berkeley Journal of Sociology), and in a piece by Marianne Combs on MPR. De Mars is the recipient of multiple grants and awards, among them a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, a Bush Fellowship, and a Minnesota Music Award.  An acoustic album produced by longtime collaborator Barb Morrison (Debbie Harry, Rufus Wainwright, Scissor Sisters, etc.) is expected in spring 2015.

Lynette Reini-Grandell is a Pushcart-nominated writer based in Minneapolis whose first collection of poetry, Approaching the Gate, was published by Holy Cow! Press in October of 2014.  Her work has appeared in Poetry City USA, It’s Animal but Merciful, The Understanding between Foxes and Light,, Poetry Motel, Revolver, andEvergreen Chronicles, among others.  Her poetry is part of an art installation in room 5D of the Carlton Arms Hotel in Manhattan.  In Minneapolis, she performs regularly with the Bosso Poetry Company, a subsidiary of Bosso Enterprises, theoretically based in Big Lever, Wyoming.  She also performs poems based on her Finnish heritage with Nordic roots performer Kari Tauring.

Through Our Eyes Video Workshop: Hosted by Gazillion Strong and Line Break

"Through Our Eyes," a collaboration between Gazillion Strong and Line Break, is a video production and distribution program for teens who are a part of the LGBTQ, adoptee, foster care, immigrant, and POC (people of color) communities. A shortened, 2 day version of the program for 15 teens will be held at the Third Place Gallery (3730 Chicago Ave. S.) on Saturday, January 31 and Sunday, February 1 from 9:00 am­ to 1:00 pm. The teen participants will screen and discuss their video(s) to the public at the Third Place Gallery on February 6th at 7:00 PM.

Participants will receive an introduction to storytelling, filming, editing, and distributing their videos through the creation of websites, and engagement of social media and local, state, and national media outlets. They will walk away from the program having developed a video(s) and website(s). Ultimately, the participants will be introduced to a powerful way through which they can advocate for what is important to them and to others with whom they identify.

For teens who are interested in participating in the FREE 2-day program: Send an email to Kevin Vollmers by January 24th. Space is limited; apply early. In this email, please include: 1. Why you’re interested (1 page double-spaced); 2. A short bio. 

Sponsored by the Jim and Linda Lee Family Foundation.


Video workshop: Saturday, January 31st and Sunday, February 1st, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm; the Third Place Gallery.

Screening and discussion of videos at the Third Place Gallery (open to the public): Friday, February 6th, 7:00 pm.


About the Instructors:

Line Break (Eleonore Wesserle & Nolan Morice): Line Break works with artists, organizers, and advocates to craft their stories into powerful instruments for transformative social change. Eleonore is a trainer and facilitator with Line Break Media, helping organizations and individuals tell their stories in traditional and digital ways. Eleonore comes to the field of storytelling with a background in food justice and environmental justice work, and as someone with a love of the written and spoken word.

Nolan is a videographer and postproduction artist with Line Break Media. In his time with the organization, Nolan has worked with many different artists, organizers, and individuals on the technical side of seeing their story come to life on screen.

Kevin H. Vollmers is the executive director of Gazillion Strong. He is also the founder of Land of Gazillion Adoptees, LLC (LGA), editor in chief of Gazillion Voices magazine, and the publisher of: Parenting As Adoptees; The Declassified Adoptee: Essays of an Adoption Activist; and Lost Daughters: Writing Adoption From a Place of Empowerment and Peace. Kevin contributes to Entertainment Weekly’s­ The Community as well and is the host of Gazillion Voices Radio, a partnership between GV and KFAI. He has been featured in The New York Times, National Public Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, CNN, Colorlines, Racialicious, Hyphen, The Good Men Project, and the Daily Beast.

Resisting Normal - With Rebecca Dosch Brown

Painting by Mike Kastner                                                                          Painting by Sam Lynn

Local poet Rebecca Dosch Brown invites the Third Place Gallery community to come explore how society built the construct of what’s Normal (and what’s not). Her work investigates the historical impact that the concept of Normal has on our society and our daily lives.  

After meeting artists with disabilities and poring over archives at former state hospitals and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Rebecca wrote poems in response to past atrocities and to honor all who cannot fit inside that tight box called Normal. She will share and discuss a few of these poems as well as others based on her own family’s experience resisting Normal. 

Hand-printed broadsides of collaborative poems written with Advocating Change Together poets and inspired by portraits painted by Remembering With Dignity program artists will be on sale to benefit their work to place proper headstones at the graves of 13,000+ people buried anonymously as “numbers” on Minnesota state hospital grounds. Her artistic collaborators will join the open discussion.

When: Saturday, January 10, 2015, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Where: The Third Place Gallery, 3730 Chicago Avenue South, Studio B

As always, community ping pong and karaoke will follow.


Rebecca Dosch Brown is a fiscal year 2014 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Wing's Winter "Get Rid of My Art Sale" & Photo Night

On December 6th, 13th, and 20th, from Noon - 5pm, Wing Young Huie invites one and all to the Third Place Gallery to enjoy 30% discounts on everything in his inventory, and we mean everything. When you buy three, the fourth is free! The walls will be decked out floor-to-ceiling with framed works, and you’ll be free to flip through unframed prints on the ping-pong table.

And to kick off this month, the Third Place Gallery will host an Open-call Photo Night on Friday, December 5th, 6-8pm.

Looking for feedback on photographs you’ve taken? Not sure if a project is working? Do you want to share your photos with people who may never see them otherwise? On Friday, December 5th, The Third Place will be hosting an evening of treats and drinks while we enjoy projections of photographs taken by our friends, both old and new.  

Event details:

  • Send 1-5 digital images (JPEG or PDF, approx 500kb) to that engage with the evening’s theme: warmth.

  • As an option, add a note for which image(s) you’d like our audience to give pause and respond to. Otherwise, the slides will be displayed without interruption in intervals of 3 minutes for all to enjoy.

  • Everyone will be encouraged to mingle and meet new people over the course of the evening.

  • Space is limited due to time constraints - submit your entries ASAP!

  • Submissions due no later than midnight, Wednesday, December 3rd.

Date: Friday, December 5th.

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm, followed by Karaoke and Ping Pong

Location: The Third Place Gallery, 3730 Chicago Ave S

Visit the Third Place on December 6th, 13th, and 20th from noon - 5 pm where you’ll be able to meet the artist, chat with friends, and get discounted prices on already accessibly priced prints that make for great holiday gifts.

***Cash & Checks only. An ATM is available down the block.

****Wing took the attached photo of his childhood home around 1982. His mother would dry fish by this very furnace.

Chinese-ness Closing Events: Open House and Reception

Share Stories of What "Chinese-ness" Means to You

What does it mean to be Chinese? Wing Young Huie, who is ABC (American Born Chinese), is collecting photographic answers to that question in his homeland of Minnesota and the motherland of China.

Earlier this year he reflected with Minnesota Public Radio, “I’m from a place where inside I felt like everybody else [Duluth], but from the outside I stuck out. Then I visit a place that is supposedly my homeland [China] and I look like everyone, but I really feel like a foreigner.” 

Wing has photographed thousands of strangers for his many projects, but in Chinese-ness, he blends documentary and memoir for his most personal work to date.

What is your story about Chinese-ness? For this closing reception Wing invites you to share your perspectives in an informal conversation. You don’t have to be Chinese to experience Chinese-ness. Whether you have eaten it, adopted it, collected it, observed it, or were born into it – what is your Chinese-ness story?

Where: The Third Place Gallery, 3730 Chicago Ave S, Studio B

Closing Event: Friday, September 19, 7:00 PM

Ping-Pong and Karaoke from 9:00-11:00 PM


If you can’t make it to the closing, we will have an open house on Thursday, September 11th in conjunction with Covet Consign + Design’s 2nd Thursday art event. This month Covet will feature the work of Nadia Alenov.

Open House: September 11th, 6:00-9:00 PM

Allison Bolah at the Third Place - Saturday, August 9th

How is the Freudian concept of motherhood (dis)connected with cultural ideas of motherhood? How have our relationships with our mothers shaped our personal origin stories and worldviews? How do our concepts of motherhood impact our expectations of educators? The Third Place Gallery invites you to “Tell Me About Your Mother,” a new video project by multimedia artist Allison Bolah that touches on all of these questions.


To create this work, Allison filmed interviews with educators she felt close to, then removed the dialogue. What remains, after the sound and speech have been edited out, is footage from moments just before and after questions are asked. These videos explore Allison’s interest in language and how we create complex worlds of human relationships out of the smallest information: gestures, words, notations. This event will screen several video pieces from the project, and feature an opportunity to dialogue with Allison about her process and the ideas behind the work.


When: Saturday, August 9 @ 7 pm

            Ping pong and karaoke to follow


Where: The Third Place Gallery

            3730 Chicago Avenue S, Studio B, MPLS


Suggested Donation: $5 - $10





Allison Bolah was born in Alberta, Canada. Her installations include photographs, multimedia and paper-based work. She completed her MFA in Visual Studies at Minneapolis College of Art and Design.


Prior to pursing her MFA, Allison taught high school Language Arts in South Florida for eight years. She has and continues to participate in collaborative and educational artistic endeavors that join community and academic work with her studio practice. She has spearheaded multidisciplinary group shows and professional development workshops for the MCAD MFA community, presented research at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities Graduate and Undergraduate Art History Symposium, developed book arts projects as the Minnesota Center for Book Arts Collegiate Fellow, and is a recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant in support of her project Tell Me About Your Mother.

For Allison's website, click here.

Allison Bolah is a fiscal year 2014 recipient of an Artist Intiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Art Blocks Gathering on July 19th

The Third Place Gallery presents our Art Blocks project with Pillsbury House + Theatre. We've been videotaping stories from the people who live, work, and spend time on our block (the even numbers of 37xx Chicago and odd numbers of 37xx Columbus Avenue).

Please join us on Saturday, July 19th for a screening of the video, live entertainment, and good food from Smoke in the Pit.

When: Saturday, July 19th, 7 - 9 p.m.
Where: The Third Place Gallery, 3730 Chicago Avenue S, Studio B

This event is completely FREE. 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Chinese-ness opens June 21st

Huie's Chow Mein
Is Chinese identity personal, national, cultural, political? Does it migrate, become malleable or transmuted? When is it authentic, sacred, exotic, kitsch? Wing's latest project employs various documentary and conceptual photographic strategies to explore the vast and complex array of Chinese identity experiences in Minnesota, throughout the United States, and in China.


Chinese-ness will preview new work from the project-in-progress. Wing recently returned from Guangzhou, China - his first trip to his family's ancestral village and his first time photographing in China. Wing is looking for feedback on what works and what doesn't work. Come to the opening to give your two yuan!   


Where: The Third Place Gallery, 3730 Chicago Avenue, Studio B
When: Saturday, June 21, 7 - 9 p.m.
Artist talk at 8 p.m.
Ping-pong and karaoke from 9 - 11:00 p.m.




In the Pursuit of Happiness - May 8th 

photos of 5 people laughing

The Third Place Gallery and Arts on Chicago invite you to participate in the project In the Pursuit of Happiness. With the advance of global warming, gun violence, and an increasing disparity between the wealthy and the poor, ever feel like you just need a good laugh? In the Pursuit of Happiness aims to bring an infusion of laughter, the best medicine, into the community.  In the Pursuit of Happiness promotes wellness, connection, and joy. Artist Esther Ouray will offer a guided “laughter exercise,” which will release endorphins, provide a cardiovascular workout, relieve stress, and provide communal fun. Sharing the common language of laughter is appropriate for all ages- children, teens, adults, seniors- and all abilities. The event will be followed by ping-pong at the gallery.

The Third Place is excited to help kick-off this excellent project, which will include laughter exercises throughout the neighborhood in May and June, involving laughter flash mobs choreographed by Hanna Kuluvar and culminating in a public laugh-in in June.

When: Thursday, May 8 at 7pm
Where: The Third Place Gallery, 3730 Chicago Avenue S, Studio B

Esther Ouray (above, left) is a neighborhood independent performing and teaching artist and lives in Central neighborhood. She is also an associate artist with in the Heart of the Beast Theatre. Additionally, Esther is a yoga instructor and massage therapist.  Hanna Kuluvar is a neighborhood dancer and choreographer and lives in Powderhorn. She also works with youth at Powderhorn Park. Hanna is bilingual Spanish/English.

The Arts on Chicago initiative is an arts-based community development project in Minneapolis, MN, led by Pillsbury House + Theatre, Upstream Arts, the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association, The Third Place, and MCAD Professor Natasha Pestich with support from the Ward 8 Council Office of Elizabeth Glidden. Arts on Chicago is funded in part by Artplace, a collaboration of twelve of the nation’s leading foundations, eight government agencies including the National Endowment for the Arts, and six financial institutions across the U.S. Additional funding for this project is provided in part by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.


Arts on Chicago implements arts projects to knit together existing creative assets in the Central, Powderhorn, Bancroft, Bryant communities along Chicago Avenue  from 32nd Street to 42nd Street, using the process to build a framework for the ongoing support of a vibrant arts and cultural district.

Photo of Esther Ouray (far left) by Nick Lethert. All other photos by Wing Young Huie.

Wing Young Huie: Still Life opens April 12

Still Life photo of Bruce Lee dolls
Wing is best known for his photographs of people, but has also photographed found still lifes throughout his career, asking, "What is identity? What is memory? What is kitsch?"

This exhibition includes images from 1986 through 2014, pulled from nine different projects.


Where: The Third Place Gallery, 3730 Chicago Avenue, Studio B
When: Saturday, April 12, 7 p.m.
followed by ping pong and karaoke.


Barbara Jensen portraits: then and now

Join Barbara Jensen, author of Reading Classes: On Culture and Classism in America, for a discussion about class through music, reading and dialogue. Class and Classism are often influential but rarely talked about forces in American culture. Barbara, a long-time neighborhood resident and activist, will reflect on her dual citizenship in the working class and middle class, sharing personal experiences that shaped her understanding and inviting the audience to do the same. As usual, this event will be followed by ping-pong and karaoke.




Barbara Jensen has more than 30 years experience training and teaching about class issues.  She has led trainings in a wide range of settings, including schools, colleges, prisons, and mental health clinics, as well as for independent groups of therapists and the Minnesota Department of Health and Human Services.  She has developed and taught a variety of courses at Metropolitan State University, including Community Psychology, Working in America, and Psychology of Women. As a counseling and community psychologist, Barbara has worked in a variety of settings, including schools, homeless shelters, psychiatric residences, and in her private practice.  She helped found the Working Class Studies Association, and co-chaired its first annual conference in 2007 at Macalester College.  She is currently president of the Working Class Studies Association. She has published articles about class in Women's Studies Quarterly, and wrote the closing chapter for What's Class Got to Do With It? (Zweig, ed. 2004).  Her new book is: Reading Classes: On Culture, and Classism in America by Cornell University Press.  

When: Saturday, March 29, 7 p.m.

Where: The Third Place Gallery, 3730 Chicago Avenue, Studio B

Migrations Saturday February 22nd
presented in conjunction with Land of Gazillion Adoptees and Poetry for Thought

image by Marc LeMaire
An exciting line-up of Twin Cities poets, novelists, nonfiction writers, performance artists, and a pottery maker will come together and share work around the theme of Migration. Each artist will read a fellow artist’s work, creating a dialogue between shared experiences, hopes, dreams, and struggles.  In this age of unprecedented movement, what does it mean to leave one’s home or land?  Does the word “home” still hold meaning?  What is lost in the journey, and what is discovered? 

Featuring Lisa Brimmer, Chava Gabrielle, Shannon Gibney, IBé, Satish Jayaraj, Hei Kyong Kim, Marc LeMaire, Eva Song Margolis, Sun Yung Shin, Eric Sharp, Chaun Webster

Saturday, February 22, 7 p.m.
(followed by ping pong and karaoke)

The Third Place Gallery
3730 Chicago Avenue S, Studio B
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Gazillion Voices, the online magazine of Land of Gazillion Adoptees (LGA), is a platform for adoptees and their allies to bring topics important to the adoption community to life through rich, compelling, and thought-provoking content.

Poetry for Thought is a Twin Cities organization committed to the arts, social justice, leadership, and community organizing. Through performances, workshops, and dialogue sessions, Poetry for Thought provides a safe space for unsafe ideas where we can create & discuss art, our lives, what we want our community to look like, and how we can work social justice in our communities.


Lisa portrait
Lisa Brimmer is a poet, playwright and community organizer. Her work has been published in Ishmael Reed's Konch Magazine and the Summit Avenue Revue. She has been a two time guest artist for Pillsbury House Theater's Late Nite Series, a two time Givens Foundation for African American Literature Fellow and has received a Many Voices Fellowship for playwrighting from the Playwright's Center. Her band High Society has been featured on MPR and KFAI and has a 3rd Tuesday gig at the Blackdog Cafe and Wine Bar in St. Paul.

Chava portrait

Chava Gabrielle is a literary & performance artist, emphasizing in Theatre & Poetry. She is 18 & lives in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. She indulges in the idea of equity and justice especially for women of color. Chava dreams intensely (with action) that equity for all will be more prevalent in our time, but is also all too aware of the fact that this work will never be finished. When on stage, Chava takes the place of introvert in voice, metaphysically building from the inside out. She believes in visuals and takes page poetry to a physical preach while soap boxing the words into public. With a life emphasis on caffeinated beverages, community, & other people’s winter sweaters, she hopes to bring all injustice to light one cup of coffee, one poem, & one conversation at a time.  


Shannon portrait
Shannon Gibney is a writer, teacher, and activist in Minneapolis. Her critical and creative work regularly appear in a variety of venues. Check out HANK AARON'S DAUGHTER, her Young Adult novel, on


IBe portrait

IBé was born in Kankan, Guinea; grew up between Koindu (Sierra Leone), Evanston (Illinois) and St. Cloud (Minnesota). Naturally, he lives in “The Middle of the Atlantic”…with a mailing address in Minneapolis, MN. IBé is the recipient of a 2010 Midwestern Voices Award, a 2009 Urban Griots' Cultural Award, a 2005 Jerome/SASE Verve Grant, and a 2004 Minnesota Academy Award nominee for Best Spoken Word. IBé writes that which he sometimes finds hard to say. Spoken word helps him say it. He is the author of “Bridge AcrossAtlantic”, a collection of poems about life between Africa and America.


Satish portrait
Satish Jayaraj is a fantasy novelist, cnf writer, and occasional poet. He has been a perpetual indian immigrant for most of his life which has influenced his writing. He has an mfa from hamline university. Visit his webpage to see his publications and passions.



Hei portrait

Hei Kyong Kim was adopted from Seoul, South Korea in 1975.  By day she’s a psychologist, and by night she writes poetry and prose.  Her work can be found in numerous journals and anthologies, including Parenting As Adoptees, Outsiders Within, Seeds from a Silent Tree, Paj Ntaub Voice, Journal of the Asian American Renaissance, New Truths: Writing in the 21st Century by Koreans, and Adoption Today.


Marc Portrait
Marc LeMaire began his work with the craft of clay in 2003. He graduated from Houghton College in 2011 with a degree in Art and concentrations in Ceramics and Painting. In 2011 he traveled to Tanzania where he established a potters studio that is functioning today. He has currently relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota where he intends to continue work in clay. Marc’s work balances between the spheres of functional necessities and contemplative non-functional works. He hopes to bring a reflection of both himself, but more importantly the society surrounding; these objects tell a story of our social, personal, and natural interactions. He explores the beauty and value of handcrafted objects as a celebration of the everyday life. 


Eva portrait

Eva Song Margolis My identity has been largely shaped by my adopted Korean American experience. From a young age I have been hungry to test boundaries and explore multiple understandings of identity, culture and citizenship. I love writing and its ability to transform, heal, unite, and question.


Eric portrait
Eric Sharp is an actor, playwright, and teaching artist based in Minneapolis.  He has been seen on stage at Mu Performing Arts, The Guthrie Theater, Theatre de la Jeune Lune and Park Square Theatre among others.  Eric currently serves as Marketing Coordinator at Mu Performing Arts and teaches theatre workshops and residencies across the Twin Cities.  His play Middle Brother is currently in development through Mu Performing Arts.


Sun Yung Portrait

Sun Yung Shin is the author of two books of poetry: Rough, and Savage­ and Skirt Full of Black, winner of the Asian American Literary Award for Poetry—both published by Coffee House Press. She co-edited the anthology Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption with Jane Jeong Trenka and Julia Chinyere Sudbury, and authored Cooper's Lesson, a bilingual (Korean/English) children’s book. Recent work can be found in or is forthcoming in the final volume of The Encyclopedia Project, the anthology And Others Will Enter the Gates from Black Lawrence Press, the anthology Poetry to the People from This Land Press, in the Korean art exhibit hall at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and elsewhere. 


Chaun Portrait
Chaun Webster is a poet, publisher and graphic designer working at the intersections of the Black Arts Movement and Jazz, Concrete Poetry and Graffiti.  Webster’s poetry and general art practice investigate the assumptions of legitimacy in knowledge production, and the psychic terror employed by media in order to maintain power relationships.     In praise of Webster’s latest book Because When We Say NAT It Be Writ Large, National Poetry Award winner Douglas Kearney says “Webster’s words run off into the bush, not to flee but to ambush, not to hide but to shake every tree.”  In 2009 Webster founded Free Poet’s Press, a small publishing entity in the tradition of Broadside Press and with the mission of Black and Brown communities recognizing their inherent right to create and own what they’ve created.  You can learn more about Webster and Free Poet’s Press at

The Quilting Bee/Artist Salon Project on January 25th

image of a quilt block made of paper

Join visual artist Mary Bergs for a quilting bee and artists' salon on Saturday, January 25 from 2 - 4 pm at The Third Place Gallery. Traditional quilting bees, which were often the center of art making, community, and connection inspire this project. We'll be discussing the intersections of art and community while sewing collaborative quilt blocks made of drawings and other paper-based art.


No special art or sewing skills are needed for this quilting bee, and children old enough to use a needle are welcome. Light refreshments and all materials will be provided.

When:  Saturday, January 25th 2 - 4 p.m.
Where: The Third Place Gallery
        3730 Chicago Avenue S, Studio B

portrait of artist Mary Bergs
Mary Bergs is a Minneapolis artist who works with found materials and objects, combining them into installations, collage, and community based art projects. Bergs works with objects that have been discarded or devalued, through careful selection and arrangement she examines the poetic nature of the material world and the beauty found in everyday experience. She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows in the Midwest.  Her work is included in the artist registry of the Drawing Center in New York.  She is a recipient of a 2013 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant, Jerome Travel Study Grant and a MSAB Artist Opportunity grant.

Objects from Community Engaged Art: A Holiday Show

Objects from Community Engaged Art: A Holiday Show will feature physical objects created by eight artists working in various forms of public practice in South Minneapolis. Many of the works featured are the result of community-based projects – gorgeous works of art and poetry that have played a supporting role in community building, public art and social engagement. Objects from Community Engaged Art puts the focus on the objects themselves. These photographs, prints, drawings and books, which are a part of each artist’s broader artistic practice, are works of art in their own right.

This one-weekend event will also offer the public a chance to purchase art at accessible prices, ranging from five to several hundred dollars. Most of the featured works have never been commercially available before. The eight artists featured represent a wide range of media and styles, connected by their emphasis on work that addresses the intersections of people and places outside of gallery and museum walls.


Michael Hoyt   

Painting by Michael Hoyt

Andrea Jenkins

Natasha Pestich

Janaki Ranpura

Stephanie L. Rogers

Andy Sturdevant

November 30th and December 1st, 2013
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days

The Third Place Gallery
3730 Chicago Avenue, Studio B
Minneapolis, MN 55407

(image by Michael Hoyt)

Visitations: an evening with Lacey Prpić Hedtke and Nathan Lewis

Visitations Photographs

Have you ever experienced something you couldn’t explain? Have you ever seen a ghost, encountered a strange creature or heard mysterious noises?

Photographers Lacey Prpić Hedtke and Nathan Lewis believe that we tell our stories to come close together, to not be afraid, and ultimately understand each other.

In accordance with this they want to invite the Powderhorn community to do exactly that, “come a little closer together.”  They would love to hear your ghost, paranormal, or otherwise unexplainable stories from Minneapolis or beyond.    

In preparation, the artists would like you to submit your paranormal stories or photographs to them at or by leaving a voicemail at 612-656-9917.  During the event they welcome attendees to share these stories and explain their images.

The evening will be an open forum, allowing everyone to share different stories and beliefs, personally and culturally. Additionally, we also want to encourage you to bring food important to your story so we can enjoy them all together during a post-event potluck and karaoke session to “Serenade the Spirits!”

When:   Saturday, November 16, 7 p.m.
Where: The Third Place Gallery (3730 Chicago Avenue, Studio B, Minneapolis)
Suggested donation: $5 - $10

Image, l-r: Lacey Prpić Hedtke, Headless Ghost, Daguerreotype, 2013; Nathan Lewis, Untitled (Scratch), Silver Gelatin Print, 2007


Lacey Prpic Hedtke headshot
Lacey Prpić Hedtke is a Powderhorn photographer and librarian, and is interested in everything otherworldly and magical. She works in 19th century photographic processes and holds a BFA from the Art Institute of Boston. She spent two years learning and practicing mediumship at a Spiritualist church in Watertown, Mass.
Nathan Lewis Headshot

Nathan Lewis is a Minneapolis based photographer and educator dedicated to the pursuit of the supernatural.  He has a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.  He has been an avid paranormal investigator with the Twin Cities Paranormal Society since 2007.

As a collaborative team they created a Victorian séance parlor for Northern Spark 2013 entitled Manifestations.  The installation incorporated performance, period-correct ghostly communication devices, unique artwork, and interactive photographic mementos.  They also created an installation across several rooms for the American Swedish Institute’s 2013 Halloween event.

Same Difference: A Cross Cultural Dialogue
with Shana Kaplow and Meng Tang

Shana Kaplow Video Still
Through video, sculpture, and painting, artists Shana Kaplow and Meng Tang explore the relationships between the individual and society, family and foreigner, and American and Chinese culture. The Third Place Gallery is pleased to present a two-person show of their work. On October 19th, we will host a public dialogue between Meng and Shana that will touch on the issues they both work with in their artistic practices.

Shana will show work from her recent series, Close to Home, which began during her stay at the prestigious Red Gate International Artist Residency in Beijing, China. This new work includes the video Facetime and new ink-on-paper paintings. In addition to her experiences as an American living in China, Shana's work is informed by her experience as the adoptive mother of a Chinese-born daughter.

Installation image of Land of the Free
Internationally recognized video and installation artist Meng Tang presents Land of the Free, a participatory sculpture in which she invites viewers to symbolically place their own mark on China. One by one, viewers approach a large map of China, replacing 293 flags (one for each large) city with multi-colored Post-it Note messages. Combined with the video, A Brief History of Time, the work speaks to the cumulative effect of many individual voices.

When:   Saturday, October 19, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
            Ping-pong and karaoke to follow
Where: The Third Place Gallery (3730 Chicago Avenue, Studio B, Minneapolis)
Suggested donation: $5 - $10

Photo of Shana Kaplow
Shana Kaplow is a Twin Cities painter and video artist whose work explores the social realm through images of people and spaces. She has exhibited her work widely, including at Franklin Art Works, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 55 Mercer Gallery, and The Weinstein Gallery. Her video work has been screened at The Walker Art Center, and recently, was included in an exhibition at the Austro-Sino Arts Program in Beijing, China. She was an artist in residence at the Red Gate International Art Residency in Beijing, China, and the Vermont Studio Center Artist Residency in Johnson, Vermont.  She has received several grants and fellowships for her work including the Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship, the Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship the McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowship, and the Arts Midwest/NEA fellowship. Shana is currently Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at St. Cloud State University. 

Meng Tang, artist, was born and raised in Tianjin, P.R. China. She earned Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Beijing Film Academy, a Master’s degree in Media Art at NYU, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in New Media Arts at the University of Minnesota.  She had serve on faculty at the Beijing Film Academy for  years.  As a lecture, she teaches at Department of Art, the University of Minnesota. 

Her life has given her extensive experience in dealing with the cultural differences that inspire much of her work.  As an artist, she works in many different media  – including film, video installation, photography, sculpture, and performance art. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and collected by many private collectors in the U.S. and Asia.  She has curate many exhibitions and organized numbers events in China and in the United States in recent years; and she has published one translated book and many articles about contemporary art as well. In 2011, she was named “Artist to Watch” by Minnesota Monthly, and was featured in a lengthy article on Rain Taxi Magazine. 

Closing Reception for We are the Other and Urban/Environment September 21st

Installation diptych

Join Wing Young Huie and Stephanie Rogers for the closing reception of their Arts on Chicago public art projects, We are the Other and Urban/Environment. This will be a progressive reception, meeting at Pillsbury House + Theatre at 7 p.m. with live music from Matthew St. Francis and Tom Phelan and light refreshments. Check out Matthew's music here: !

From there, we will stroll 2 1/2 blocks to the Third Place Gallery for a second set of music and discussion of the artworks, followed by ping-pong and karaoke.

When: Saturday, September 21st
Where: Pillsbury House + Theatre at 7 p.m. (3501 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis) 
             The Third Place Gallery at 8 p.m. (3730 Chicago Avenue, Studio B, Minneapolis
Suggested donation: $5 - $10

Installation photos by Wing Young Huie and Ben Hovland.

Pop-up Third Place Gallery at FLOW in North MPLS

July 26th and 27th Artists Wing Young Huie, Ashley Hanson and City Planner Jim Voll will be at the FLOW Northside Art Crawl, presenting multiple creative community engagement activities they have been implementing along Penn Avenue. This is part of the Creative CityMaking project, a partnership between Intermedia Arts and the City of Minneapolis. 
Join them at the old American Legion building (2038 West Broadway Ave, Minneapolis) for Ping-Pong Engagement, CityMaking Jeopardy, Project Pen(n), and a chance to contribute your ideas to the city planning process. 
On Friday from 6 - 9pm and on Saturday from 1 - 7pm, performance artists from North Minneapolis will perform 30-minute sets and engage in a talkback with the audience about their work and their experiences living or working in North Minneapolis. Featured artists include Storyteller Jamela Pettiford, pianist Peter Moua, and world string aficionado Scott Niemen. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

Find out more about the project at

June 15th: Urban/Environment with Stephanie L. Rogers

Installation view of one Urban/Environment location

The Arts on Chicago celebrations continue into June with a reception for Urban/Environment, a photographic installation by gallery director Stephanie L. Rogers. Urban/Environment features thirty-nine photographs along Chicago Avenue and adjacent side streets between 32nd and 42nd Streets. Accompanied by descriptive text in English, Spanish and Somali, the installation mimics interpretive signage associated with state parks.

The photographs show intimate details that many people see every day but rarely notice or avoid stepping on. They examine the intersections between urban infrastructure and natural organisms. Rogers has captured rabbit tracks preserved in the sidewalk, a branch growing through a chain link fence, and native species flourishing in tiny gardens. Photographs are installed as close as possible to the places where they were taken.

Biogeographers Jacob Richards and Megan Buchanan served as consultants for the accompanying text, which celebrates the natural in the midst of the city while drawing attention to easy ways to improve the environment around us.

installation photo by Ben Hovland.


Stephanie L. Rogers is fascinated by insects and plants, the relationship between decomposition and new growth, and the intersection of artistic and scientific processes. These interests were formed during childhood visits to an entomologist grandpa and teenage backpacking trips with the Girl Scouts. A former professor’s statement that, “the best art is always at the intersection between art and something else” continues to resonate. Rogers’ work with Public Art Saint Paul and Wing Young Huie has sparked her interest in art that occurs in public spaces.

In addition to the Arts on Chicago project grant, a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and a 5th year Apprentice Fellowship from St. Olaf College have provided opportunities to focus on these themes. Rogers’ work has been shown at venues including the Northrup King Building, and The Third Place Gallery (both in Minneapolis), the Northfield Arts Guild in Northfield, Minnesota, and Concordia College in Austin, Texas.

When: Saturday, June 15th at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)

Where: The Third Place Gallery
             3730 Chicago Avenue S, Studio B
             Suggested donation: $5

We are the Other    

                                            Christy and Carla, 38th Street Boutique + Covet Consign and Design (Neighbor Diptych), South Minneapolis, MN

We are the Other (2012 - 2013) by Wing Young Huie is a public installation of 100 photographs exhibited in 19 storefronts--on windows, walls, and ceilings--along Chicago Avenue, from 32nd to 38th Streets in South Minneapolis. Beside taking documentary portraits, Wing also used interactive concepts to connect neighbors who don't know each other well or at all. This exhibit reflects the complex cultural diversity of the Chicago Avenue corridor. This project is part of Arts on Chicago.

Opening reception at Third Place Gallery (3730 Chicago Avenue South, Studio B)
Saturday May 18th  
7 - 9 pm
Entertainment by Hai the Singing Barber (Tip Top Haircut)
Original music by Scott Farrell (4 Points Body Gallery)
Antonio Duke, actor, musician, and dancer
Spoken word by Samm Farrell and Herb Abrams (Washburn HS)
9 - 11:30 pm  
Ping-pong and karaoke 
Walking Tours led by Wing (tours begin at The Third Place Gallery
Saturday, May 18th     11 am - 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm - 5 pm
Sunday, May 19th       11 am - 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm - 5 pm
Saturday, June 8th      11 am - 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm - 5 pm

Photographs exhibited at (from 32nd Street to 38th Street):
Modern Café
Southside Food & Deli
Cafe SouthSide
It Takes a Village
Atlantic Press
Chicago Health & Wellness Clinic
Main Street Market
Bahai Center
Furniture Liquidation Building
City Food Studio
4 Points Body Gallery
Third Place Gallery                    
Tip Top Haircut
Cup Foods
CANDO (Central Neighborhood)                                           
Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center

The Arts on Chicago initiative is an arts-based community development project in Minneapolis, MN, led by Pillsbury House + Theatre, Upstream Arts, the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association, and MCAD Professor Natasha Pestich with support from the Ward 8 Council Office of Elizabeth Glidden. Arts on Chicago is funded in part by Artplace, a collaboration of twelve of the nation's leading foundations, eight government agencies including the National Endowment for the Arts, and six financial institutions across the U.S.
Arts on Chicago will implement 20 art projects in one year to knit together existing creative assets in the Central,
Powderhorn, Bancroft, Bryant communities along Chicago Avenue from 32nd Street to 42nd Street, using the process to build a framework for the ongoing support of a vibrant arts and cultural district. 

April 13th: Hoop Genius with John Coy and Steve Floyd

Author John Coy and photographer and educator Steve Floyd team up at the Third Place Gallery on Saturday, April 13th for a discussion about youth, education, and above all, basketball. Inspired by John’s recent book Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball and Steve’s experiences photographing the pros and coaching the Gordon Parks High School team in Saint Paul, this event goes beyond the game itself to examine its impact on popular culture and individual lives.

All are welcome for this informal celebration of basketball, which will be followed by ping pong and karaoke.



John Coy is the author of the picture books Night Driving, Strong to the Hoop, Vroomaloom Zoom, Two Old Potatoes and Me, Around the World, and Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball. Strong to the Hoop is also available in Spanish as Directo Al Aro and Two Old Potatoes and Me is available in Chinese.

John is a member of the NBA Reading All-Star Team as part of the Read to Achieve program. Crackback, his first young adult novel, is about high school football and his second, Box Out, is about high school basketball.

He is also the author of the popular 4 for 4 middle-grade series, featuring Top of the Order, Eyes on the Goal, Love of the Game, and Take Your Best Shot. John lives in Minneapolis and visits schools nationally and internationally.


Steve Floyd is an accomplished photographer and well-respected speaker on urban issues. He currently serves as the Cultural Specialist, Artist in Residence, and Basketball Coach at Gordon Parks Highs School in Saint Paul, where his team won the Alternative Learning Center Championship this year.

Curious and adventurous would be the best way to describe Steve Floyd. As the oldest brother of 9, Steve always found a way to get in trouble as a child searching for his identity. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, life was anything but simple growing up in one of the worst neighborhoods in the Windy City. Since then, Steve has been a youth and gang outreach worker in the Twin Cities for over 25 years, has worked with photographers from National Geographic and Magnum, and has photographed basketball players from street games to the Minnesota Lynx.

When: Saturday, April 13th at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)

Where: The Third Place Gallery
             3730 Chicago Avenue S, Studio B

Suggested donation: $5 - 10

Guest Artist StevenBe March 23rd

Photo of StevenBe
The Third Place Gallery is pleased to present a live action knitting performance by Steven Berg (better known as the Glitter Knitter or StevenBe) on Saturday, March 23rd. The site-specific installation will feature Steven's wickedly playful sense of style and his collaborative, community-oriented approach to art and placemaking. Steven will discuss his creative process and his career in fiber art, which has encompassed both art and craft, corporate and artisan - and all of the fuzzy areas in between. In true Third Place style, this event will be followed by ping pong and karaoke. 


Fresh from a month that included travels to South Africa, Paris, and Amsterdam, Steven brings his specific vision and global fiber assortment to South Minneapolis through StevenBe Yarn Garage at 35th and Chicago. Steven has been blurring the lines between art and craft since his mother taught him to knit as a child. By the age of 8, he was designing and creating sequined gowns for the Barbie dolls of neighborhood friends. His love of design led him to an education at Parsons and the Fashion Institute in New York, emerging as an international designer and buyer traveling the globe. It is a natural progression that after years of corporate dealings, Steven has returned to his roots and reconnected with his true passion: sharing fiber arts with others.

When:  Saturday, March 23rd at 7 p.m.
             Ping-pong and karaoke begin around 9 p.m.

Where: The Third Place Gallery
             3730 Chicago Avenue S, Studio B
Suggested donation: $5 - 10

 Community Yarn Workshop on February 23

A family spins yarn together.
The Third Place Gallery is pleased to host a Community Yarn Art Workshop in conjunction with the StevenBe Creative Community Foundation. Come join us and your neighbors in creating colorful public art project that's part of Arts on Chicago!

Just show up. We are looking for people to CREATE. That's all! No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. In the three hours we will be there, we are hoping to gather a bunch of fiber art to add to a unique public art piece. People can knit, crochet, weave, finger weave, make pom-poms, rats nests, whatever. Stop by for 20 minutes or stay for hours; it's up to you.

Together we will be bringing a steel sculpture to life. A colorful, evolving fiber sculpture will be layered over the static steel and will be on display in the art garden at Steven Be at 35th and Chicago Avenue. The project will also make appearances at other community events.
Find out more about the project. 

When: Saturday, Feburary 23rd, 1 - 4 p.m.
Where: The Third Place Gallery
             3730 Chicago Avenue S, Studio B
             Minneapolis, MN 55407 

Release Party for The Echo of Keno Evol

The Echo Of Keno Evol is the debut collection of spoken word pieces from Antoine “Keno Evol” Duke, developed over the past years in audio format and released as a CD. This will also be his first project under a new stage name "Keno Evol." The project captures the details of his experiences living on Portland Avenue in South Minneapolis.

He says “With this project I really strived to capture the essence of two things: 1. a street that sits outside of my apartment with all the noises, smells and characters I am an audience member to on a daily basis and 2. Inside the actual apartment, encompassing both the noise, silence and dialog you hear and feel living inside.”

In addition to performances by Keno Evol, the event will feature other artists who have influenced and supported his work, including Tish Jones, Alissa Paris, Antonio Duke, Lamar Collins, Donte Collins, Crystal Spring and Tottiana Adams.

As an artist, performer, poet , educator, spoken word artist, dancer, and director, Keno Evol (Antoine Duke) is indeed a man of many hats. Born in March of 1993, the 19 year-old has received grants, founded companies, and competed nationally as a spoken word artist. He founded No Projection, a company that teaches literacy through spoken word and social justice theater, and is also a founder of Shaking Fences Hip Hop Dance class, Gages Photography and Dopeimgeclothing. He was recently awarded a VERVE grant to create a one-man show he has been developing entitled "RAGS.” He is currently working for Pillsbury House Theatre, where he founded “8 Stages,” a program that uses theatre and spoken word to teach youth how to prevent a culture of violence.

Keno Evol chooses Social Justice Education through theater and art because he believes that in addition to teaching creative and powerful practices, art can educate us on how to become better human beings. He says, "Art allows you to listen to the world around you and take in other perspectives, which is not easily done, especially in today’s society."

He got his start in the performing arts the first time he saw Michael Jackson on television. As he watched in his living room he was hooked to dance, creating and performing anywhere he could. Since then he has attended conferences and performed in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, Washington DC, Arkansas and Minnesota. He has gone on to teach spoken word and theater in schools, including Washburn, Brooklyn Center, and MNIC high schools. He aspires to found his own Organization "Urban Speaks" which will teach spoken word and social justice theater to youth around the Twin Cities.

When: Saturday, January 12, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)

Where: The Third Place Gallery
            3730 Chicago Ave
. S, Studio B
            Minneapolis, MN 55407

Suggested Donation: $5

at The Third Place

Eat is on view by appointment through the end of January!

The Third Place Gallery is pleased to announce Eat, an upcoming exhibition by Wing Young Huie. This thematic show traces the relationship between food and identity and
will be accompanied by a zine catalog. Eat will include new work along with images from well-know projects and photographs that have never seen the light of day.

You can literally eat at The Third Place if you join us for a potluck Friday, December 14th at 7 p.m. Or stop by that Saturday and Sunday for our annual Holiday Open House! Wing will be available to sign books and prints all weekend.

Browse our online gallery and order by Sunday, December 9 and your photos will be ready to pick up at the open house (use the coupon code "Gallery" to avoid shipping charges from our online store if you can pick your order up in person!) We'll also have a large inventory of prints on hand to browse, or place a custom order at the open house and we'll have it ready before Christmas!

Friday, Dec. 14 - Potluck reception at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 15 - Open House from noon - 5 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 16 - Open House from noon - 5 p.m.


December 1 Arts on Chicago Launch Party

Join us on December 1st for an Arts on Chicago Launch Party! Twenty artists and artist teams are hard at work on their Arts on Chicago Projects, creating public art along Chicago Avenue between 32nd and 42nd streets. Pillsbury House + Theatre, Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association, Professor Natasha Pestich, Upstream Arts, and the Ward 8 Council Office of Elizabeth Glidden invite you to The Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center and The Third Place Gallery (both at 38th and Chicago) to hear more about the projects and to meet the artists.
The event starts at 7 p.m. at The Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center with the introduction of the artists and leadership team. Councilwoman Elizabeth Glidden will moderate brief presentations about each project. After the program, we will move across the street to The Third Place Gallery, for an exhibition of the artist's work-in-progress and an opportunity to engage with individual artists. Refreshments will be served at both the Fire Arts Center and The Third Place. In true Third Place style, ping pong and karaoke will round out the evening.
The featured artists and organizations all live or work in the four neighborhoods connected by the Chicago Avenue Corridor. They are: Patricia Anderson, Kelly Brazil, Breaking Ice, Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center, City Food Studio, Loretta Day + TAWU Artists Group, Dylan Fresco, Wing Young Huie, Masa Kawahara, Natasha Pestich, Pillsbury House + Theatre, Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association, Eric Reiger (HOTTEA) and Forrest Wozniak, Stephanie L. Rogers, Jenny Schmid, Drew Anderson + Andrea Steudel, StevenBe, Peter Haakon Thompson, Upstream Arts, and Molly Van Avery.
When:    December 1 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Where:   The Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center (3749 Chicago Avenue, MPLS)
              The Third Place Gallery (3730 Chicago Avenue, Studio B, MPLS)
Learn more about the Artplace grant that is funding these projects.

Annual Photography Salon Show

photo by Jennifer Bohmbach
Eighteen photographers will present diverse views of our neighborhoods and the world. The work of salon members presents photography as a flexible medium, showcasing everything from black and white to color and documentary travel photographs to conceptual presentations of human experience. All work exhibited has been created in the past year as part of each artist's engagement with the group.

See the online preview and list of participating artists.

For those who couldn't make it to the opening, the gallery will also be open Thursday, November 8, from 6 - 8 p.m.

The Salon

Wing Young Huie’s photography salon has been meeting monthly for mutual edification and critique for more than five years. Members have ranged from high school students to retirees and their work covers a wide variety of practices and philosophy within contemporary photography.

When:     Thursday, November 8th, 6 - 8 pm

Where:    The Third Place
               Wing Young Huie Photography Gallery
               3730 Chicago Avenue South, Studio B
               Minneapolis, MN 55407

Show will be available by appointment through November 9. Photo by Jennifer Bohmbach.

Karen Kim, Patrick Castillo, and Antoine Duke

Husband-and-wife-to-be team of Grammy Award-winning violinist Karen Kim and composer Patrick Castillo will present the world premiere performance of Music for The Third Place, a new collaborative, site-specific work, designed for the Third Place Gallery.

The interactive, aleatoric work for violin and live electronics takes its form from competitive board games, in which a set of pre-determined rules, the actions of each player, and their consequences govern the choices each player is allowed to make. The violinist begins with a set of pre-composed melodic fragments, which are combined with pre-recorded materials and subjected to live audio processing systems. The violin and electronic components compete to be the first to reach the end of the piece. Ambient noises from within and without the Third Place Gallery will also be integrated into the soundscape.

The work will be performed twice: first, with minimal explanation; followed by discussion of how the work is assembled and realized; and then once again, with the audience in on the process. Given the work’s aleatoric nature, no two performances will unfold the same way. The evening will also include music by Bach, Castillo, and other composers. This event marks Karen Kim and Patrick Castillo’s first public collaborative performance.

Patrick and Karen will be joined by Antoine Duke, who will perform his original spoken word piece, "The Violins Were Blind When the Thunderstorms Hit."


Karen Kim
Violinist Karen Kim is a native of La Crosse, Wisconsin. She is an active chamber musician and has performed extensively throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. As a member of the Parker Quartet, she received a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance in 2011, as well as the Grand Prize and Mozart Prize at the 2005 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition.


Karen received her BM and MM in violin performance, as well as her MM in chamber music, from the New England Conservatory. She studied classical violin with Donald Weilerstein and jazz violin with vocalist Dominique Eade. She has also worked with György Kurtág, Rainer Schmidt, Paul Katz, Roger Tapping, Kim Kashkashian, and Miriam Fried. Karen plays on a Joseph Rocca violin made in 1852.



Patrick Castillo
Patrick Castillo leads a multifaceted career as a composer, performer, writer, and educator. His music has been featured at festivals and venues throughout the United States and internationally including Spoleto Festival USA, June in Buffalo, the Santa Fe New Music Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Berklee College of Music, Tenri Cultural Institute, Bavarian Academy of Music (Munich), and Nuremberg Museum of Contemporary Art.

Patrick is variously active as an explicator of music to a wide range of listeners. He has provided program notes for numerous concert series: most prolifically for Music@Menlo, a chamber music festival and institute in Silicon Valley for which he also serves as Artistic Administrator. He has been a guest lecturer at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Fordham University, Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass (Kentucky), String Theory at the Hunter (Chattanooga, TN), and ChamberFest Cleveland. In October 2010, he was appointed Director of Artistic Planning of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Antoine Duke
is a nineteen year-old artist, performer, poet  educator, spoken word artist , dancer, and director who pursues social justice education through theater and art. Antoine grew up and lives in the Chicago Avenue neighborhood. He has founded four companies, including No Projection, which teaches literacy through spoken word and social justice theater. He also received a grant to start “8 Stages,” a program at Pillsbury House Theater that uses spoken word teach youth how to prevent a culture of violence. Antoine has attended conferences and performed across the country, and we are delighted to welcome him to The Third Place.

When:     Saturday, September 15th, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
               followed by ping-pong and karaoke

Where:    The Third Place Gallery
                3730 Chicago Avenue S, Studio B
                Minneapolis, MN 55407

Suggested donation $5 – 10

The Interrupters
Screening Sunday August 19th

THE INTERRUPTERS tells the moving and surprising story of three dedicated individuals who work to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they themselves once employed. These “violence interrupters” (their job title) – who have credibility on the street because of their own personal histories – intervene in conflicts before the incidents explode into violence. Their work and their insights are informed by their own journeys, which, as each of them point out, defy easy characterization.

Shot over the course of a year out of Kartemquin Films, The Interrupters captures a period in Chicago when it became a national symbol for the violence in our cities. During that period, the city was besieged by high-profile incidents, most notably the brutal beating death of Derrion Albert, a Chicago High School student whose death was caught on videotape.

The “violence interrupters” work for an innovative organization, CeaseFire, which is the brainchild of epidemiologist Gary Slutkin who for ten years battled the spread of cholera and AIDS in Africa. Slutkin believes that the spread of violence mimics that of infectious diseases, and so the treatment should be similar: go after the most infected, and stop the infection at its source.

Their work is fraught with moral quandaries. They have to step between adversaries, often people they know. They need to acknowledge people’s grievances while simultaneously pulling them back from acting on them. And on occasion, they find themselves using the very threat of violence to defuse an altercation. As they venture into their communities, they confront the importance of family, the noxious nature of poverty, and the place of race. And they do it with incredible candor and directness.

The Interrupters was produced by Alex Kotlowitz and Steve James and directed by Steve James.


Steve Floyd has been a role model for many urban youth, including Cobe Williams, one of the violence interrupters featured in this movie. Originally from Chicago’s South Side, Steve now calls Minneapolis home. He is fearless and committed, both as a professional photographer and in his work disrupting cycles of violence. We were honored to have him facilitate a community discussion last year after a stabbing death occurred just steps from The Third Place Gallery.

Steve was instrumental in bringing The Interrupters to the Twin Cities for a 10-day run at the Lagoon Theatre, and is bringing it back for a special one-night screening at The Third Place. With his insight into gang culture, Steve has a rare ability to diffuse tense situations and to help communities understand the behavior in their own neighborhoods. We are thrilled to welcome him back to moderate community discussion surrounding this important film.

When: Sunday, August 19th, 7 p.m.
Where:    The Third Place
               Wing Young Huie Photography Gallery
               3730 Chicago Avenue South, Studio B
               Minneapolis, MN 55407
Suggested Donation: $5 - 10

(re)locate: A Place to Call Home opens July 21
**This exhibition is up through August 16. The gallery is open by appointment or chance.
Please call or e-mail to set up a time to see the show.**

Photographers Selma Fernandez and Wing Young Huie focus on Minnesota’s rapidly shifting demographics in (re)locate: A Place to Call Home. Working from documentary tradition and personal interactions with their subjects, Wing and Selma show the individuals behind statistics with their photos of recently-arrived immigrants, many of whom are political refugees. The exhibition also tells the immigrants’ stories in their own words.

In keeping with the community-building focus of The Third Place Gallery, the opening reception will include dialogue between Wing and Selma regarding their artistic processes and the Twin Cities’ changing communities. Audience feedback is welcome in our informal salon-style events. Light refreshments will be served.

When:     July 21 - August 16

Opening reception: Saturday, July 21, 7 - 9 p.m. followed by ping pong and general frivolity

Artists Talk: 8 - 8:30 p.m.

Where:    The Third Place
               Wing Young Huie Photography Gallery
               3730 Chicago Avenue South, Studio B
               Minneapolis, MN 55407


Selma Fernandez (Oaxaca, Mexico) is a freelance documentary, editorial and portrait photographer. She studied photography at Gris Art Escola Superior de Fotografia in Barcelona, Spain and documentary photography with Mary Ellen Mark and David Alan Harvey. She has also taken courses with photographers, curators and editors such as Bill Douthitt, Karen Kasmauski, Juan Rodrigo Llaguno, Yolanda Andrade, Michael Grecco and Laura Gonzalez Flores.

Her work has been published in magazines and electronic media such as Financial Times Deutschland, Business Week, CNN Mexico and Expansion Magazine among others. Selma also works for a variety of NGOs and non-profits.

Since 2007, she has been producing photo workshops in Latin America. Selma began assisting Mary Ellen Mark during her workshops in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2011 and she has also assisted her on assignment.

Selma’s work has been exhibited in places such as Manuel Alvarez Bravo Photo Center, in Oaxaca, Fototeca Nuevo Leon, Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City, Mexican Cultural Institute in San Antonio, Texas and the Tijuana Cultural Center, among others.


Wing Young Huie (Duluth, Minnesota) documents the dizzying socioeconomic and cultural realities of American society, much of it centered on the urban cores of his home state of Minnesota. Whether in epic public installations or international museum exhibitions, he creates up-to-the-minute societal mirrors of who we are, seeking to reveal not only what is hidden, but also what is plainly visible and seldom noticed.

His most well known works—Frogtown (1995), Lake Street USA (2000), and The University Avenue Project (2010), produced by Public Art Saint Paul—transformed Twin Cities’ urban areas into public photo galleries, reflecting the everyday lives of thousands of its citizens in the midst of some of the most diverse concentrations of international immigrants in the country.

The Minneapolis StarTribune named Wing “Artist of the Year” in 2000, stating, “Lake Street USA is likely to stand as a milestone in the history of photography and public art.” He has five published books, including Lake Street USA, which was hailed by the StarTribune as one of 25 great books ever published about Minnesota.

Wing has shown nationally and internationally, from the Walker Art Center to Sofia University in Bulgaria. Currently his retrospective exhibition, Identity and the American Landscape, is traveling throughout China.

Selma's work is made possible by Fondo Regional para la Cultura y Las Artes del Noreste.

Peter Becker Nelson at The Third Place June 23rd

Join us as video artist Peter Becker Nelson examines experiences from his Minnesota upbringing in moving works that touch on love, friendship and the complexity of human connection. We are especially excited to preview a new yet-to-be titled work, which features audio interviews with four men who were his childhood "best friends." The men recall and scrutinize experiences shared with Peter, revealing unique insights into the formative relationships of young men.

Dressed in costume and various states of facial hair, Peter creates caricatures of his friends as he reenacts their monologues. Through a lip-synching technique, Peter aims to reveal both his and his friends' perspectives simultaneously; at times, this is done with great empathy, at other times with biting humor.

Peter’s wife, Jane, joins him in the video Mr. and Mrs. Nelson, which explores his parents’ 35-year relationship. Wearing masks, they recreate the Nelsons’ gestures and body language as the elder couple discusses the struggles of their relationship. The result is a vulnerable and highly personal performance that touches many nerves. Both Peter’s current work and Mr. and Mrs. Nelson feature original scores that highlight the emotional experiences presented.


Peter Becker Nelson earned a BA in Studio Art from St. Olaf College in 2004 and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts at the University of Washington in 2010. He is currently on faculty at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY where he teaches photography, video, and digital media. His work has been shown near and far, from Minneapolis’ own Soap Factory to the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China. In addition to his work as a visual artist, Peter is one half of the indie-folk duo Jayber Crow.

When:     Saturday, June 23rd

Time:      6:30 pm - doors open
               7 pm - event begins, followed by discussion, ping pong and karaoke!

Suggested Donation: $5 - 10

Where:    The Third Place
               Wing Young Huie Photography Gallery
               3730 Chicago Avenue South, Studio B
               Minneapolis, MN 55407


Community Gathering June 2nd featuring musician Erik Brandt

Hire a sitter or bring the kids along for a neighborhood gathering at The Third Place featuring singer/songwriter Erik Brandt. The Star Tribune’s John Bream describes Erik’s music as “a diamond in the rough, well-crafted richly romantic, Jayhawks-evolving country-folk.” Erik calls it Folk-Americana-Whatever. However you define the sound, we’re excited to hear Erik share selections from his 11 albums, especially 2012 release The Long Winter. He’ll also share some insight into his writing process with the audience.


Erik Brandt has been the ringleader of the award-winning eclectic Twin Cities-based Urban Hillbilly Quartet since 1995.  By night, he plays music.  By day, he teaches English and Journalism at Harding High School in St. Paul.  He has played in venues all over the USA, Canada, Australia, and on various street corners throughout Europe.  He’s also taught high school Shakespeare, rudimentary grammar, haikus and standardized test prep.

On stage, Erik performs mainly original material drawn from the Americana vein. His music has been influenced by and compared to Americana powerhouses The Jayhawks, Gillian Welch, and Uncle Tupelo; Georgia’s Vigilantes of Love; Britain’s The Waterboys; Australia’s Paul Kelly; Canada’s Bruce Cockburn; and folk/jazz pioneers David Grisman, Paris Combo and Tin Hat Trio. 

When:     Saturday, June 2nd

Time:      7 - 8:30 pm, followed by ping pong!

Suggested Donation: $5

Where:    The Third Place
               Wing Young Huie Photography Gallery
               3730 Chicago Avenue South, Studio B
               Minneapolis, MN 55407

Andrea Jenkins Multi-media Experience May 19th

Our May event will submerse guests in a multi-sensory experience of the work of Andrea Jenkins. She will present work called "Art is Life, Is Life Art, Life is Art, Art/Life is..." featuring poetry, performance and visual art, culminating with a preview reading of her script-in-progress voice/Love. voice/Love examines the different types of love in our lives, focusing on familial and romantic relationships, and is being developed with support from the Many Voices Fellowship at the Playwright Center. As always, we’ll end with a group discussion and feedback for the artist, followed by ping-pong and karaoke.

Andrea's work is concerned with the interplay of words, mediums and genres that can be mashed together to create a new narrative. She views her work as collage, working primarily with paper and mixed media as a visual form of curation. Taking various images that have been artfully produced for the purpose of consumerism and mixing them with social justice messages and images brings attention to the issues of inequality towards African Americans, women, Transgender women, and LGBT issues.


Andrea is a South Minneapolis-based playwright, curator, visual artist, poet, writer, spoken word artist, performer, trans activist and Bush Leadership Fellow. In addition to the Many Voices and Bush Leadership Fellowships, she was awarded Naked Stages and Verve Grants in 2010, and in 2002 she received the Loft Mentor Series Award for Poetry. Since 2006 she has co-curated the Queer Voices series at Intermedia Arts, which is the longest running GLBT reading series in the country. She is a former board member of OutFront Minnesota, Forecast Public Art, SMARTS, District 202, P-Fund, The Minnesota HIV Planning Council, The Funding Exchange, and the National Writers Union. She holds a B.A. in Human Services from Metropolitan State University, a M.S. in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University, and a MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University. Andrea regularly performs throughout the Twin Cities and is the author of two chapbooks, "tributaries: poems celebrating black history" and "Pieces of a Scream." Her work has been published in several newspapers, journals, and anthologies. When she’s not lending her skills to almost every area of the Twin Cities art scene, she is the Minneapolis 8th Ward Senior Policy Aid in the office of Councilwoman Elizabeth Glidden. 

When:     Saturday, May 19th

Time:      6:30 pm - doors open
               7 pm - event begins, followed by discussion, ping pong and karaoke!

Suggested Donation: $5 - 10

Where:    The Third Place
               Wing Young Huie Photography Gallery
               3730 Chicago Avenue South, Studio B
               Minneapolis, MN 55407

Political Discourse/Discord in Conversation and Karaoke April 13th

Join The Walker Art Center and Northern Lights at The Third Place Gallery for political discussion through song and dialogue. The evening kicks off with one of Wing Young Huie’s “Chalk Talk” mixers, re-imagined to encourage conversations about politics that go deeper than the ubiquitous election year sound bites. This is followed by political, protest, and patriotic karaoke. Our fabulous Karaoke Jockey, Steph Pituc, is busy compiling a list of songs both classic and contemporary. From Woody Guthrie to Rage Against the Machine (and everything in between) there’s sure to be something on the list that will make you want to take the stage or just sing along from the crowd. Beer and wine will be served.


This event is part of the larger gathering Discourse and Discord: A Public Symposium presented by Northern Lights and The Walker Art Center. Click here for the weekend’s full schedule of events.

When:     Friday, April 13th

Time:      7:30 pm - doors open
               8 pm - event begins

Suggested Donation: $5 - 10

Where:    The Third Place
               Wing Young Huie Photography Gallery
               3730 Chicago Avenue South, Studio B
               Minneapolis, MN 55407

Light / Dark Show: Isolating the Senses on March 17th

Yes!Lets Collective
, in partnership with The Third Place Gallery, is teaming up with an array of local visual artists, including Colin Kopp, Alfonso Fernandez, Ali Rogers, and Bridget Blatzheim to present "The Light / Dark Show: Isolating the Senses." In a time when we are constantly over stimulated by lights and sounds, images and advertisement, the Yes!Lets Collective invites you to this rare opportunity to isolate your senses for an evening of visual and audio art, themed Light / Dark at Wing Young Huie’s Third Place Gallery on Saturday, March 17th from 7:00 - 9:00pm. The event kicks off in complete silence, with the audience using only their eyes to soak in the visual art. Next, the audience will be guided into complete darkness, using only their ears to soak in the music. The event will culminate in a discussion with the artists, followed by ping pong and karaoke. Refreshments will be served.
Photo copyright Colin Kopp.

Yes!Lets Collective is a cohort of Twin Cities musicians, artists and organizers; with an ethos of unwavering enthusiasm, the collective seeks to unite ‘performer’ and ‘audience’ through events based on community building and collaborative art-making. 

When:     Saturday, March 17th

Time:      6:30 pm - doors open
               7 pm - event begins, followed by discussion, followed by ping pong and karaoke (starting around 9 p.m.)!

Suggested Donation: $5 - 10

Where:    The Third Place
               Wing Young Huie Photography Gallery
               3730 Chicago Avenue South, Studio B
               Minneapolis, MN 55407

February 18th Salon featuring Janaki Ranpura

We are excited to have Janaki Ranpura perform her original work Stories of the Crash, a series of episodes about accidents. A small city will be the stage for illustrations, illuminations, and projections about how we see ourselves in relation to the economic and political developments of our world. Janaki created this piece in response to time spent in October at the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City. Confusion surrounding the meaning of the movement fits right in with her interest in writing puppet shows that go back to the roots of puppetry, which built a forum for the politics of the day in order to create hilarious, creative, and intent discourse. This show is a simple platform for one of the unwashed, cute and jazzy masses to talk to a CEO.

Janaki Ranpura believes in making it fun to live cheek-to-jowl. She builds nomadic structures that promote self-conscious enjoyment of human density. As a designer, she values intimacy and mobility. She unites technology with the traditional stagecraft of puppet theater. Projects evolve from her experience as a performer, a community artist, a writer, and a designer for parades and stage. Her sense of space is informed by her training at the Lecoq School in France. Her sense of light was developed at Larry Reed’s groundbreaking company, Shadowlight Productions. Her desire to include the public comes from working on community projects with Heart of the Beast Theatre. Her ability for movement and hilarity comes from her restless roots as the inappropriately creative daughter of Indian doctors. She studied at Yale University. Janaki has received fellowships from several local organizations, and international association UNIMA has awarded her a Citation of Excellence for her puppet work. She is currently a Many Voices fellow at the Playwrights' Center and associated with Red Eye Theater.

When:     Saturday, February 18th

Time:      6:30 pm - doors open
               7 pm - performance begins, followed by discussion, followed by ping pong and karaoke!

Suggested Donation: $5 - 10

Where:    The Third Place
               Wing Young Huie Photography Gallery
               3730 Chicago Avenue South, Studio B
               Minneapolis, MN 55407

Introducing (k)now
a blog launch party and dialogue featuring Doug Hartmann, Ph.D.

Friday, January 20th

To celebrate the launch of Wing Young Huie’s blog (k)now, Wing will be dialoging with sociologist Douglas Hartmann, Ph.D. about their respective online projects and a new collaboration where Wing and Doug will react to each other’s past and current projects, exploring the nexus of photography and sociology. This partnership grows out of a profile of Wing’s landmark images that Doug published for the final Minnesota issue of Contexts called “Up Close and Communal.”
Wine, beer and light refreshments will be served.

Douglas Hartmann, Ph.D. is Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Race, Culture, and the Revolt of the Black Athlete: The 1968 Olympic Protests and Their Aftermath and co-author of Ethnicity and Race: Making Identities in a Changing World. Hartmann just completed a term as
Editor (with Christopher Uggen) of Contexts, the award-winning American Sociological Association magazine that brings sociology to broader public attention, and is currently finishing a book called Midnight Basketball: Race, Risk, and the Ironies of Sport-Based Crime Prevention in Neoliberal America. Professor Hartmann was the recipient of the Midwest Sociological Society’s inaugural Early Career Scholarship Award in 2008, and his work and comments on sport, race, popular culture, religion, and multiculturalism have been featured media around the world. His newest venture is, an online hub designed to make social science accessible and relevant for the public, including reporters, pundits, policy makers, educators and students.

Wing Young Huie is an award-winning photographer whose work focuses on diverse urban environments, especially those in his home state of Minnesota. He is best known for large-scale public installations of his photos, most recently The University Avenue Project (2010) in Saint Paul, which was produced by Public Art Saint Paul. Wing has authored five books and recently opened The Third Place, a gallery/community gathering space in South Minneapolis. He is launching
(k)now, his first blog, which will present new work centering around a serialized photographic novel as well as work from Wing’s extensive archive of images.

When:     Friday, January 20th

Time:      Doors open at 6:30pm
               Presentation starts at 7pm, followed by discussion, followed by ping pong and karaoke!

Suggested Donation: $5 - 10

Where:    The Third Place
               Wing Young Huie Photography Gallery
               3730 Chicago Avenue South, Studio B
               Minneapolis, MN 55407

December 17 Salon featuring Ansa Akyea and Rohan Preston

Shhh! Join actor Ansa Akyea and writer/critic Rohan Preston for a preview of a warmly absurdist project. Ansa and Rohan will share an excerpt from this work-in-progress and engage the audience in a discussion of the piece as well as the role of theater in their lives. Ansa will also preview part of his yet-to-be-titled piece on memory, immigration, and acculturation.

Ansa is a
2011 Recipient of the Minnesota Playwright Center's McKnight Fellowship. City Pages named him Best Actor in 2007, writing that “Ansa Akyea brings a combination of dramatic heft and humane lightness to every role he touches. While he isn't particularly tall, he has such a physical presence that he could pass for a six-plus-footer. And he's blessed with a big, expressive, handsome mug that enables him to run the gamut from heartthrob to nurturing protector.” He most recently appeared in The Guthrie Theatre’s production of The Burial at Thebes and can soon be seen in Jeff Fischer's upcoming film "Memorial Day" starring Jim Cromwell, which was shot in Minnesota.

Since 1998, Rohan has been theater critic at the Star Tribune, for whom he has interviewed Arthur Miller, August Wilson, Edward Albee, Tony Kushner, Bill Cosby and other luminaries who have made him giddy as a kid on candy. He was on a Star Tribune team that won an Emmy for a documentary on the historic 2008 elections. He has won awards for poetry and for journalism, and has written for the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post and New York Times. Jamaica-born, New York-reared and Yale educated, he thanks his high-school English teacher who, recognizing his love of the arts, told him that if he wanted to get into shows for free, he should either usher or become a critic.

When:     Saturday, December 17

Time:      Doors open at 6:30pm
               Performance starts at 7pm, followed by discussion, followed by ping pong and karaoke!

Suggested Donation: $5 - 10

Where:    The Third Place
               Wing Young Huie Photography Gallery
               3730 Chicago Avenue South, Studio B
               Minneapolis, MN 55407

Swallow image courtesy of Rohan Preston. Photo of Ansa courtesy of Zoe McKenzie Photography.

Wing Young Huie and The Third Place Gallery Holiday Open House


When:  Saturday, December 10, Noon – 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 11, Noon – 4 p.m.
Where: The Third Place Gallery
            3730 Chicago Avenue S, Studio B
            Minneapolis, MN 55407

We are celebrating the first six months of The Third Place Gallery with a Holiday Open House! Prints from Wing’s projects are available for sale, including images from the highly acclaimed Frogtown, Lake Street, USA, Looking for Asian America, and last year’s University Avenue Project, which was produced by Public Art Saint Paul. Prices start at $30 for 8x10 images, reflecting an effort to make the photographs accessible to a wide audience (more information on pricing is available on the Gallery page) . Huie will be available to sign books and prints.

Like all of Huie’s endeavors, this is a community event. Neighbors and fans are encouraged to stop by to see the new space and enjoy hot cider. This corner is becoming a dynamic hub with the Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center , Blue Ox Coffee (organic, brewed by the cup), Covet Consign and Design (now offering custom and salvaged framing), and the Fox Egg Gallery.

November 19th Third Place Salon 
Featuring Musicians Ashley Hanson and Brian Laidlaw of Alpenglow

Ashley Hanson is a songwriter/art-organizer/community-enthusiast from Northern Minnesota. She received her MA in Community-Based Art from the University of Manchester, UK and has continued using art and performance as a tool to unite and inspire community in various settings. She had the pleasure of working with Wing to produce The University Avenue Project with Public Art Saint Paul, and of playing at several related events with her all-female bluegrass band, The Dusty Porch Sisters. 

Brian Laidlaw is a poet/songwriter/word-nerd from San Francisco. After several years touring the US as a folksinger, he recently completed an MFA in poetry at the University of Minnesota, and is now on the songwriting faculty at McNally Smith College of Music. His poems have appeared in New American Writing, The Iowa Review and elsewhere, and his lyrics have appeared in American Songwriter Magazine. Brian's next album, wolf wolf wolf, will be released on November 17 at the Turf Club in St. Paul. (

Ashley's and Brian's lives intersected two years ago, and since then they have learned to collaborate in various ways: as writers, as performers, as community members, and as partners. Join them at the Third Place Salon on November 19th as they discuss their creative process, balancing these various art forms with musical and personal harmony.

Here's a preview of their sound:

Brian and Ashley will also be joined by members of the Yes! Lets Collective of artists and musicians, of which they are founding members. Brian and Ashley play with several Yes!Lets groups including Very Small Animal, Bipolar Bear, The Dusty Porch Sisters, and the “messy folk orchestra” The Family Trade. For a description of the Yes! Lets Collective, visit:

When:     Saturday, November 19

Time:      Doors open at 6:30pm
               Music starts at 7pm, followed by discussion, followed by ping pong and karaoke!

Suggested Donation: $5 - 10

Where:    The Third Place
               Wing Young Huie Photography Gallery
               3730 Chicago Avenue South, Studio B
               Minneapolis, MN 55407

Building a Digital Home

photo by Jennifer Bohmbach (

"They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself."
-Andy Warhol

Have you struggled with the idea of putting content on the Internet? Have you tried to build a web site? It's harder than you think and gets increasingly more complex as time marches on. Jennifer Bohmbach is an Information Architect in her day job, which means her work involves making digital information easy to find and understand. As the tools have evolved, she's seen the opportunities get more compelling yet more confusing. She wanted to help empower other artists with these tools. She started to work with Wing to enable him to control his digital home.

Join us for a lively discussion about the journey to get online and the related larger philosophical issues that come up along the path. We’ll talk about the steps and considerations along the way. This is not a how-to discussion but we will be sharing examples of what Wing has done and how you could take some of that knowledge from the discussion and empower yourself, too.

When:     Thursday, November 10

Time:      6:30 - 8:30 pm

Suggested Donation: $3 - 5

Where:    The Third Place
               Wing Young Huie Photography Gallery
               3730 Chicago Avenue South, Studio B
               Minneapolis, MN 55407

Photo by Sheryl Hess

2011 Photography Salon Show

Members of Wing Young Huie's monthly Photography Salon present new work. This group show explores diverse perspectives on photography and the world around us. Come for the great photography, stay for light refreshments and good conversation!

More information on the artists in the show can be found at

When:     Friday, October 21

Time:      6 - 9 pm

Where:    The Third Place
               Wing Young Huie Photography Gallery
               3730 Chicago Avenue South, Studio B
               Minneapolis, MN 55407


Screening of Open Season with Mark Tang

Filmmaker Mark Tang will present and discuss his important documentary OPEN SEASON (co-directed by Lu Lippold). Five years in the making, this film is an in-depth investigation of the complex issues surrounding the violent confrontation in rural Wisconsin where a Hmong hunter killed six white hunters.  Hyphen Magazine article.

When:     Saturday, October 15

Time:      6:30 pm, doors open
               7:00 pm, film starts
               8:00 pm, discussion
               8:30 - 12:30, ping pong, karaoke, and general frivolity ensues!

Where:    The Third Place
               Wing Young Huie Photography Gallery
               3730 Chicago Avenue South, Studio B
               Minneapolis, MN 55407

Twin Cities Public Television will broadcast OPEN SEASON on Tues. Nov. 29th at 9pm with a repeat at 3am on the 30th. From October 1, 2011 - October 31, 2011, OPEN SEASON will be available for free to all Comcast digital cable subscribers with On-Demand.
Mark Tang, an immigrant from Hong Kong, is an independent Producer-Director based in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area for the past 20 years. His works has been broadcast nationally on PBS, the Movie Channel, the International Channel and in film festivals. He aspires to be a proficient storyteller in film and is interested in telling stories that inspire compassion and understanding between people.


                                                          Barbara Kreft                                                                Kimberly Benson      

The Painted Response to Life: Overload and Excess

The Body in Pain Through War and Conflict

Tuning into these difficult aspects of contemporary life, Barbara Kreft and Kimberly Benson make these events points of departure for their work. Although very different in outcome both painters share an interest in conveying the transcending and healing potential of painting.


Barbara Kreft, renowned regionally for her large scale, densely patterned abstract paintings, was born in Northern Germany and moved to the U.S. after completing her MFA at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Berlin. This talk will focus on her life as an artist and her mentoring friendship with College of Visual Art graduate, Kimberly Benson.     


"Barbara is the most dedicated artist I know, managing an elegantly spare existence in her single-minded pursuit."   - Wing Young Huie



Date:          Sept 17 

Time:          7 - 8:30 pm presentation (doors open 6:30), followed by ping pong,

                   karaoke (KJ, Steph Pituc), and general frivolity until late.  

Where:        3730 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis 


                                                                                                                                                                      photo by Steve Floyd

38th & Chicago: An Open Discussion


When:          September 8th, 6 - 8 pm, 2011

Were:           3730 Chicago Avenue South


There will be a gathering at THE THIRD PLACE—the photography gallery of Wing Young Huie—focused on the recent stabbing death that took place on 38th & Chicago. This tragic incident has provoked a multitude of reactions that shock and expose our bubbled realities. How will this corner and beyond respond to this and its rippling aftermath?


Steve Floyd, an accomplished photographer and well-respected speaker on urban issues and violence, will present his images of urban street culture and facilitate an open discussion. He has worked with many of the youth connected with this incident since they were children and will provide intimate insights into the dynamics of this situation, questions of safety, and how to move forward.


Floyd, who grew up in one of the toughest neighborhoods of Chicago, has been a youth and gang outreach worker in the Twin Cities for over 25 years and worked in the Hennepin County Attorney’s office as an Advocate for Victims of Gang Violence and Homicide. He also studied theology at North Central University in Minneapolis and photographed in 50 countries.

The next THIRD PLACE SALON is July 16!

Doors open at 6 pm
Performance at 7 pm!

Featured is musician Dan Gilbert—a CD release party!—who will give an acoustic performance. His debut album, The Great Recession Goodbye, is a sweet and lonesome collection of songs about hard times and better tomorrows. Recorded in Minneapolis with Brett Bullion (drums) and Adam Wozniak (bass), the album melds electric and acoustic sounds, and evokes the songwriting traditions associated with folks like Gram Parsons, John Prine, Steve Earle and Jeff Tweedy.

In addition to being a songwriter and musician, Dan is a cultural historian. He has made his home in Saint Paul for the last three years while teaching in the American Studies department at Macalester College.

Opening Launch Party
We were 200 strong at the launch party of THE THIRD PLACE, June 18, 2011. Poet Ed Bok Lee and film maker Mark Tang premiered their poetry + film collaboration, "If in America,"  engaged in a salon-style discussion with the audience, and then ping pong, karaoke, and frivolities ensued!

Scenes from the launch party...