Friday, April 27, 2007

Broken Equipment = No Products

Bummer. The fancy smancy plasma cutter is on the cutting block. It's been out of commission for almost 1 month now. What does this mean? No neato lizards, butterflies, etc. This also means we don't have a huge inventory. So, we had to cancel our spot for the St Paul Craftstravaganza. But please still check it out tomorrow!

2nd Annual St. Paul Craftstravaganza
Saturday, April 28th, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Minnesota State Fairgrounds Fine Arts Building
Admission and parking is FREE!
Free swag bags to the first 100 shoppers.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

NE Mpls Arts District

I just came across this website about the NE Mpls Arts District. It's a great site with tons of history and tidbits about our neighborhood. Come for a visit sometime!

Monday, April 23, 2007

Calling All Art Teachers

A few years back, I saw a posting on one of my list serves regarding the need for art students to make children's books for kids in Uganda. Having lived in Kampala for a month and having volunteered at the Kamwokya Christian Caring Community (KCCC), I decided to forward the message to my sister who teaches at a high school. The art students at her school ended up making a bunch of books and they were received by kids abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Check out some pictures from the delivery in Kampala and Gulu.

The project I'm referring to is the Books of Hope program, which is a part of the
Memory Project. Art students of all levels create entertaining and educational books for kids in Uganda and India. High school and university art students can also create portraits of orphans for the Memory Portrait program. Students receive a photo of an orphan and then create a high quality portrait. The project works in Honduras, Egypt, Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, India and Uganda, among others.

I forgot about this project until the other week when I received an update from my sister. As it turns out, the founder, Ben, is from my hometown. He also has spent time at KCCC as they have been recipients of books. Ben is currently delivering portraits and books in Egypt. He emailed to say that the greatest need is for more schools to participate for the next school year. Teachers can sign up on the

If you are an art teacher, please consider this project in your lesson plans for next year. Or if you know one, please forward on this information! If you are in the Minneapolis area, I would love to brainstorm ideas about a gallery showing of the portraits.

Friday, April 20, 2007

St Paul Art Crawl This Weekend

Please join us this weekend for the St Paul Art Crawl.

Community Room
281 E 5th St
St Paul, MN 55401
(#9 on the map)

Friday, April 20th at 6-10pm
Saturday, April 21st at 2-10pm
Sunday, April 22nd at 12-5pm
We will be showing with other artists including Kevin Showell. Hope to see you soon!

Sunday, April 15, 2007


Spring has finally, maybe, arrived in Minneapolis. And I must say the move into the Q.arma Bldg was a great decision. I hope to have snaps soon of the collaborative pieces between Rabi and building mate Kevin Showell. In the meantime, check out their piece in progress.

In the Q.arma yard.



And yummy chicken. More on the Webers to come too!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Upcoming Film & Theater Events

The continent will be making quite an impression on Minneapolis this month! Check out some of these events in the next few weeks.

Gangbé Brass Band
AfricaNOW: Currents of a Continent
April 14th at 8pm
Cedar Cultural Center
$22 ($18 for Walker or Cedar members)

Minneapolis/St Paul International Film Festival
April 19th at 7pm
Riverview Theater

Opening Night Gala with Danny Glover, actor/executive director of Bamako
April 19th at 9:30pm
Riverview Wine Bar
$25 with film

Vieux Farka Touré
April 22nd at 7:30pm
Cedar Cultural Center

Konono #1
April 25th at 7:30pm
Cedar Cultural Center

We'll be attending some of the shows. Please come out and support these artists!

Monday, April 09, 2007

Barak Woussougo

Dear friends and new acquaintances,

Rabi and I would like to express our deep gratitude for supporting us at our studio opening reception last Friday. We had a wonderful time visiting with all of you, and hope the evening was fun and inspiring.

Special thanks to our entertainers for the evening, Foxy and Christian; Peter and the A-Project; NEED magazine for the preview copies; Dane and his mates for the excellent brochettes; Jamie at Altered Esthetics; and Jono.

We hope to continue to offer quality original artwork by Rabi, and handicrafts from his country, Burkina Faso. Again, thank you for attending and we’ll see you at future events!

Barak woussougo,
Rabi and Nancy

PS, we hope to have photos of the night posted shortly as well as a clip of the African dancing and drumming.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Reminder: Studio Opening Reception

Don't forget to join us for the studio opening this Friday!

Yarbi Design Studio Opening Reception
Friday, April 6

Q.arma Bldg
1224 Quincy St NE Suite B25
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Look for the Big A as an indicator of our building.

Again, there will be an African dance and drumming performance at 7:30pm. Rabi’s winning piece “You of Little Faith” will also be on display.

And don't forget to visit the 1st floor to see Rabi's piece "Peter Tosh" in the “Art Reincarnated" show at Altered Esthetics.

If you need directions, please let us know. Hope to see you then!