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Presenting a Children’s Gift to Norway

March 11, 2014 By Dave Machacek

ArtOrg has created a large print on fabric called “A Children’s Gift to Norway” with over 1500 individual contributions from children. The print is 15 meters tall and 30 meters wide, and is transported in a double-size replica of a Norwegian immigrant trunk. The model shown in this video of the print, the facility, and the viewers was made to scale. This is our dream of exhibiting the artwork in Norway. This wonderful stop motion animation was created by artist/animator/director Christopher Fierke, with help from Gretchen Fierke and Greg Mattern of HDMG.

Day of the Dead in New York Mills

November 2, 2013 By Dave Machacek

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ArtOrg was invited by the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center to provide the foundation for a community Day of the Dead festival in that city. We displayed the 104-foot-long print from our 2006 project, and most of the prints from the 2009 project that was done in Fargo for the Plains Art Museum. A special addition were gallery talks by Xavier Tavera, and the construction of two new panels for his ofrenda, first seen at the Northfield community celebration in 2006. The two new panels were added to the existing four panels and represented inspirations from the heritage of the specific Latino communities near New York Mills.

Biggest Day At Monarch Fest

September 7, 2013 By Dave Machacek

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The Minneapolis Monarch Festival is always a special event, because it is crazy busy. This year, over 400 kids and adults created prints in a span of six hours. If you consider that six hours has 360 minutes, then we printed at an average rate of over one print per minute. To the artists’ credit, the prints were very good and many prints had a Monarch theme. Go here to our page that links shows all of the photos of the art. Thanks to the City of Minneapolis Department of Parks and Recreation for always putting on world-class event! And always thanks to Grupo Soap del Corazón for helping the artists and more.

The Ziock Project

August 1, 2013 By Dave Machacek

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On the 4th of July 2012, ArtOrg traveled to Rockford, Illinois to take part in artist Roland Poska’s annual event for signing “Declarations of Interdependence”. We performed our small steamroller printing event, at the corner of State and Main, and 45 kids and adults made wonderful paper prints despite some very hot weather. We saved the printing blocks that they created, reprinted the blocks, and placed those reprints inside a 9-foot-tall model of Rockford’s Ziock Building, and unveiled the so-called “Ziock Project” the next year Continue Reading…

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Art in “North of the 45th”

June 19, 2013 By Dave Machacek

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ArtOrg submitted several works from our collaborative projects to the DeVos Art Museum in Marquette, Michigan for their yearly juried exhibition called “North of the 45th”. Two large steamroller prints from our 2009 project at the Plains Art Museum were selected from artists Maria Cristina Tavera and Pepe Kryzda.

ArtOrg at Rural Arts and Culture Summit

June 5, 2013 By Dave Machacek

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ArtOrg Director Dave Machacek was a presenter at this year’s Rural Arts and Culture Summit in Morris in a session called “Participatory Artmaking”. Then, after the morning session, the whole ArtOrg crew printed with the little steamroller for the assembled Summiteers. It was an auspicious trip, because the very next day, we printed in Browns Valley, one of the westernmost cities in Minnesota. This event at the Browns Valley Library, as hosted by the Viking Library System, and was the 100th time ArtOrg performed the Thousand Print Summer event!

Seat Suite at Ordway

June 1, 2013 By Dave Machacek

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The ArtOrg project called the Seat Suite created a dozen seating elements for the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival at the Ordway, in St. Paul, Minnesota. This year is the second year in a row for the exhibition of the set, and in fact, many people sat on them. The Seat Suite is a collaborative project from artists Judy Onofrio, Mary GrandPre and Kari Alberg.

“Energy Chess” Finalist

May 15, 2013 By Dave Machacek

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ArtOrg was selected by the Center for Energy and Environment to be a finalist in their recent call to produce public art that is themed on energy and conservation. ArtOrg submitted a large-scale playable chess game, and will create individual chess pieces from the work of many artists. Creative collaborative projects are ArtOrg’s mission, and we look to our successful past projects to guide us in the project we call “Energy Chess”. The chessboard will measure 24 feet Continue Reading…

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The CGTN: Sew What?

March 15, 2013 By Dave Machacek

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Thanks to Carleton College for providing and Minoru Yamasaki for designing the West Gymnasium, where ArtOrg performed some initial work to configure our project called the “Children’s Gift to Norway”. Representing the art from over 1500 kids and adults, and overall design from historic Norwegian knitting patterns, we hope to send the project to Norway next year. (Tom Roster took some wonderful photos of the work, which subsequently appeared in full-page size in the Public Art Review, issue 48.)