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Monday, October 22, 2012

Natural Elements - Solo Art Opening for Art on Park at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

You are cordially invited to the opening reception for "Natural Elements" for their Art on Park ongoing solo art exhibits at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. The reception is Wednesday, October 24, 2012 from 4pm - 7pm at SMUMN, 2500 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN. Natural Elements will run thru February, 2013.

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Below is the promotional piece from SMUMN at http://www2.smumn.edu/deptpages/tclibrary/about/events/art_exhibits2012.php 

Renée Vevea

Natural Elements

Opening Reception: October 24, 2012, 4–7p.m.

Natural Elements embodies a keen interest in displaying my art in public to share the vivid colors, imagery, textures and abstractions developed in the painting process. Natural Elements brings many pieces embodying nature and the interpretation thereof including the use of natural found items for use in building texture, shapes and depth to the paintings. A uniqueness of most of my pieces is that they can be hung in no particular direction — vertically, horizontally, "upside down" — for many there is no "right" way; hence, many of my pieces are signed on the edge of the painting, not the front. I have a huge appreciation for art and believe it should be shared for all to view, ponder and, potentially learn from. Art oftentimes brings the viewer inside the piece or themselves, and evokes feelings and emotions, along with discussion.

I enjoy painting in acrylics because of their fluidity and flexibility with the many compounds I incorporate. I love to layer multiple colors and use many different types of compounds and water to layer paint onto the canvas. I am currently working on an EdD in Leadership at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota and work in the interactive/ecommerce field for a large company in Minneapolis. In addition, I am an adjunct faculty member for the Art Institutes International and teach a variety of courses part-time. I find inspiration all around me including nature, music, social interactions, social commentary, fashion, design and education. I bridge creativity and an abstract business approach with logic and linear thinking fully embodying the left brain right brain persona as evidenced in my dimensional paintings.

Acrylic with multiple compounds on canvas

The Art of Business - guest blog

My friends at d.Trio - an awesome marketing agency in downtown Minneapolis, asked me to guest blog on art + business. Below is the blog, originally published in August, 2012. For more about d.Trio, visit www.dtrio.com.

The blog post along with others can be found at http://www.dtrio.com/blog1/ 

In honor of Creative Summer, one of our awesome clients has written a guest blog about how her art has made her better at business.

The Art of Business

by Renée Vevea

It’s always a bit difficult for me to answer the question, “What do you do?”. A common question oftentimes asked by people just met or haven’t seen for a while. My answer is not a simple statement or a one-liner. I’ve come to fear, in my own way, answering this question because I’m not sure where to edit myself. It would be easy to say I’m a teacher, a banker, a marketer, a salesperson, a stay-at-home mom, a student. But my answer goes something like this:


“I work full-time as a digital senior business project manager for a large corporation downtown Minneapolis, am a part-time adjunct faculty (teaching two times a week) at a local college, am working on my doctorate and am also an artist specializing in acrylic painting and have an art studio in St. Paul. And, by the way, I’m a mother to a college senior, am preparing for my third solo art show this year, and spend lots of time in the social media arena – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and blogging – under various nomenclatures. “

Eyes start to glaze over midway through my description and heads start to shake.


But I don’t think I’m alone in not having a one-line answer to the question “what do you do”. In our current culture of digitization we have at our realm smart phones, wireless tablets, GPS navigation systems, and everything in between. We are becoming a culture of multi-taskers whether we like it or not. We can order our groceries, make doctor’s appointments, pay our bills and send a birthday card all online. Instead of sitting on the couch and watching television for four hours a night, we can sit on the couch, watch television, pay our bills, send emails to friends and family, connect thru social media, take college classes, check our work email and write our grocery list. Some say technology has improved and streamlined our lives; others state it has isolated us.

I’ve always been both analytical and creative, using the left and right sides of my brain. Finding a career that both challenges and satisfies both sides has in itself been challenging. Always easier to find jobs that were more analytical, the creative side started to atrophy a few years ago and I felt like I was losing part of myself. After trying jewelry making, knitting, quilting and card making, I took a painting class. It lasted 6 weeks. The first night I was so afraid – I had never held a paintbrush in my hand nor made a color wheel. Blue and yellow make green….red and blue make purple….how glorious it felt to blend and swirl the paintbrush with the wet acrylic paint into a variety of sumptuous colors. The first stroke of wet paint on the canvas made me feel uplifted, airy and light. I wasn’t nervous anymore. I took the class six more times and began to introduce myself at each first session as the student the teacher wouldn’t pass – it was a joke – but I couldn’t get enough of painting and the classroom gave me the three hours a week to be free. Free from thinking about work, about deadlines, about schedules, about to do lists.

Finally, after the sixth time taking the class, my teacher, a wonderful woman with two MFAs, took me aside and said I should go it alone – she could teach me no more. I had started using many multiple compounds with the paint and my paintings, very abstract and textural, took on a style all of their own. Fortunately, I found an artist’s cooperative in St. Paul who, after an interview and viewing of my work, accepted me into the co-op. My art has flourished and is ever-changing – with the seasons, with where I am emotionally and spiritually, and with the different and myriad inspirations that come my way. My first solo art show was this past January – over 40 pieces. I was very excited to have the opportunity to show my work – and only my work – in one location for three months but also apprehensive and a bit anxious feeling vulnerable about my paintings. What if people didn’t like it…what if no one came to the opening (fortunately over 200 people did come to the opening!).

Art is art. It has its own subjectivity which cannot be controlled, nor edited. I paint what I like to paint. When I paint I’m in a place like no other – my mind is free and I feel the most creative. The time I take to paint – usually 4-6 hours per week is very important to me and I have realized, thru the practice, exercise and commitment to painting, I have grown in my career. Painting has taught me to be more patient, to not be so hard on myself, and also, if I don’t like something, I can do it over. It’s okay to show someone your art – or at work to share with your co-workers your successes – it’s okay to be vulnerable, it’s okay to open up. Rejection is something we put on ourselves.

I still don’t have a short answer to the question, “what do you do”, but am happy to share all that I do and have realized that sharing the part of my life, art, that is so important, has not only filled the creative side of my personality but also allowed that side to show at work and through some of the projects I work on. Art and creativity are everywhere…including the business world.

Renée Vevea lives in the Twin Cities and works in the interactive field. Renee is also an adjunct faculty at the Art Institute International. A member of the Old Town Artist’s Co-op in St. Paul, Renée has been painting for over three years and is busily preparing for her third solo art show this October. She is excited to have her son graduate from college in December so she’ll have more funds to purchase painting supplies.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

How We Change

"Presume not that I am the thing I was." ~ William Shakespeare

An ode to all the creatives...

"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we are genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do." ~ Apple, Inc.

The above quotes make me feel more myself...not always a bad thing to be a round peg in a square hole, take chances, risk, be crazy...how else are we going to move the world forward?

Thank you to "Team D" at SMUMN for providing the thoughtful quotes above.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Art in Breckenridge, Colorado

I'm in Breckenridge, CO this weekend enjoying a long weekend with my son and one of his friends. They are snowboarding....me: relaxing and visiting the many shops and galleries Breckenridge has to offer. This quaint town, located about 2 hours west of Denver (and at 10,000+ ft. altitude) is known for it's year-round offerings of sport offerings from skiing, snowboarding, to hiking and mountain biking along with many shops, restaurants and galleries.

Today the skies were bright blue and the sun was tremendous, especially reflecting off the white mountaintops.

I walked down Main St. and stopped into a local art gallery and was very impressed by Lelija, a Colorado-based multi-media artist who makes her own rice paper and utilizes in her paintings of aspens of varying colors and textures. Her paintings are breathtaking and very textural. I wanted to share her site with you - enjoy looking at her work!

As always......Renee

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Blogs to Check Out

Heather J., a member of the Old Town Artist's Co-op (of which I also am a member), not only is a tremendous artist/muse/creative/sustainable product designer, but has hooked me on to a fun blog:
  • Swissmiss - a design blog and studio - tremendous daily design information
In addition, check out:
Enjoy and have fun!
Create, build, innovate, design............Renee

Friday, September 23, 2011

DNA Art by DNA11

What a cool art idea....takes your fingerprints, personal QR code, etc. and makes ART out of it! Interesting new concept.

DNA Art by DNA11 | Your DNA as artwork on canvas.: The worlds original DNA Art portraits printed on canvas as personalized artwork from your DNA and fingerprints. The perfect unique gift as seen on BBC and CNN

Sunday, September 11, 2011

New Art...and Having Fun

I've been busy painting new pieces...experimenting with colors, textures, shapes. I've always loved math - it has always come easy to me and in college took just about every math class offered. Math "fits" my analytical side. Some of my new paintings are, to say the least, geometrical, or as one friend referred them as "organic Mondrian". They are titled "endroits" which mean "places" in French. They remind me of topographical city maps of old European cities with hidden alleyways, side streets, meandering corners...

I'm also keeping busy doing a few commissioned pieces...if you are interested in commissioning an original piece of art, do let me know. I make no prints or cards of my paintings - they are all original and one-of-a-kind. Until next time...

"And that is life" ~Paul Laurence Dunbar

New Art: