Monday, June 23, 2008

They've Got It Goin' On

magpie etc., a gallery of sorts celebrates its grand opening with a public reception Sunday, June 29, 4–9 p.m. The reception will feature music by k.s. Rhoads and The Smoking Flowers; artwork by The Lost Boys of Sudan, Miranda Crump, Brandon Gnetz, e.f. harper, Andee Rudloff and the Twisted Sisters; and custom clothing and accessories by magpie apparel. Located in the 12 South neighborhood, at 2227 10th Avenue South, magpie etc. is a creative addition to this thriving artistic community.

Created by 12 South residents, designer Rhiannon Guillet and artist Emily Harper, magpie etc. was conceived as a warm and welcoming gallery space for fellow artists, musicians and performers to share their talents. The gallery will present art openings for local and regional artists, trunk shows, live music performances and workshops. Open to the public each Saturday, and other days by appointment, visitors can find a variety of unique, handcrafted items.

"Rhiannon and I have always shared a similar vision which is what makes us such a great team," says Emily Harper. "Part of that vision has been to have the opportunity to offer an outlet for all the many talents who inspire our own lives."

Guillet and Harper have collaborated for more than five years on various projects, including their custom clothing and accessories line, magpie apparel. Plucking vintage clothing from flea markets and thrift stores, Guillet designs one-of-kind garments, while Harper creates jewelry from carefully selected remnants such as buttons, coins and guitar strings. The new gallery is a natural extension of these efforts.

magpie etc.'s quaint 10th Avenue South location—a one-time neighborhood market with a bubblegum pink-painted brick façade—evokes the charm of the gallery housed within.

"Emily and I have had the joy of watching 12 South grow into a cozy, creative community over the last three years that we have lived in the neighborhood," says Guillet. "We are excited about contributing to the already thriving creative energy."

In September 2008, magpie etc. will feature bronze sculptures by Donnie Firkins.

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