Monday, March 30, 2009

L'age du Fer Closes

Thanks again everyone for showing up for Rabi's first solo exhibit "L'age du Fer" at the Frank Stone Gallery. We had a great Closing Reception with RPCV author Alice O'Grady. Check out some photos from Friday night!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Merit Award

Rabi earned a Merit Award at this year's Spiritual Art Show for "True Forgiveness." This year's jurors included Sue Canterbury (Minneapolis Institute of Arts), Paul Neseth (LOCUS Architecture) and Michelle Westmark (Bethel Unversity).

Be sure to stop by on Thursday, April 2, there for music by Singleton Street Bluegrass Band at 7-8:30pm.

Kolbe Center
Pope John Paul II School
1630 4th St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

March 29-April 3
3-7pm

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Rabi's Interview on KFAI

Listen to Rabi's interview on KFAI today. Hosts Salif and Charlie asked Rabi about art, life and politics in Burkina Faso. They also played songs from Burkina as well as highlighted his exhibit at the Frank Stone Gallery. The interview started at about 48:30 into the program. Enjoy!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Spiritual Art Show 2009

Stop by the Kolbe Center to view this year's Spiritual Art Show. The Northeast Minneapolis Juried Spiritual Art Show started 9 years ago, and has grown to where over 1,000 visitors attend its five day run. In 2008 those visitors saw over 70 unique works of art. Rabi tied for 1st place in 2007 and is excited to participate again this year.

On Thursday, April 2, there will be the Spiritual Art Festival with music by
Singleton Street Bluegrass Band at 7-8:30pm.

Kolbe Center
Pope John Paul II School
1630 4th St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

March 29-April 3
3-7pm

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Thanks for the Great Reception

Thanks to all of you who showed up at the opening reception of L'age du Fer! We had an awesome turn out despite the early rain and had a lot of fun.

A big thank you too to my family who came from Wisconsin (with cheese in hand!) and Illinois. My mom and dad have been incredibily supportive of us through it all. My dad even labored hard to provide the base for "Le Prince du Ciel."

Thanks too to Until the End who played a great set for everyone. Their music really added to the ambiance of the night.

And finally, thanks to Laura at the gallery and of course Lynn and Frank for the opportunity to show at their space.

Enjoy some pics from the opening. Hope to see the rest of you next Friday at the closing!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Book Reading at Closing Reception

I am excited to announce that RPCV author Alice R O'Grady will be reading from Ashanti Saga: The Fort at the Closing Reception March 27. This is an amazing opportunity for us since Rabi studied in Ghana and I am a RPCV from Burkina Faso.

About O'Grady
A member of Ghana 1, the first U.S. Peace Corps group to go to work anywhere in the world, O'Grady taught science and biology in a secondary school in Ghana. She then served as Deputy Director of the Peace Corps in Western Nigeria, and returned to Ghana to teach at Accra Academy seconday school on contract with the Ghana government. She is a staff writer in the summer for the Chautauquan Daily newspaper at Chautauqua Institution, New York.

About Ashanti Saga
Set in 1900 West Africa, it’s the first of a projected series of five books that takes the reader through the twentieth century with an African family.

Frank Stone Gallery
1224 2nd St NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55413

Closing Reception
March 27
5-9pm

Exhibit Details
March 19-29
Thursdays thru Sundays
12-5pm

Sunday, March 15, 2009

L'âge du Fer Opening Reception

Please join us for the Opening Reception of Rabi's first solo show at the Frank Stone Gallery this Friday. Local band Until the End will perform. Please RSVP:

Yes! I plan to attend.

No. I cannot attend this event.

1224 2nd St NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55413

Opening Reception
March 20
5-9pm

Exhibit Details
March 19-29
Thursdays thru Sundays
12-5pm

Please stop in, enjoy a glass of wine, and learn more about Rabi's work. Invite your friends!

Sunday, March 08, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

L'âge du Fer

Frank Stone Gallery
1224 2nd St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Gallery Hours
Thursdays – Sundays
12-5pm

Opening reception
March 20th
5-9pm

Closing reception
March 27th
5-9pm

ABOUT THE EVENT:
Please join Rabi Sanfo at the
Frank Stone Gallery March 19-29. He will be exhibiting his latest body of work at his first solo show titled "L'âge du Fer" which means "Iron Age" in his native French.

Local band
Until the End will be performing at the opening. Please stop in, enjoy a glass of wine, and learn more about his work!

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Burkinabé artist Rabi Sanfo immigrated to Minneapolis in 2004. Starting his business Yarbi Design first in his garage, Sanfo put his welding background into use by creating metal furniture. Since then, he expanded his work to include metal sculptures, and in 2007 relocated to the Q.arma Building in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. Although his artistic techniques have evolved over the years, the core theme of his work remains: to share the history and culture of his native Burkina Faso.

Arstist Statement
My art is contemporary African art inspired by my country, Burkina Faso, and Africa in general. Through my art, I want to share the rich and impressive history and culture of West Africa. The shapes of my sculptures, furniture and decorative objects are inspired by words, stories, fables and situations that come into my mind, and my culture. By the magic of bending, grinding and welding, I try to give these inspirations a form, an expression and a touch of life so when I get lost in a deep contemplation, I feel like they are living.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Visit
http://www.yarbidesign.blogspot.com/ or call 612.227.8960.

High resolution images are available upon request. Please see the sample images attached.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

21st Annual Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity

Rabi is again creating the Friend of the Forum and Winds of Change awards for the University of St. Thomas Multicultural Forum. Rabi created the inaugural sculptures last year. He will also have a booth at the Resource Fair on March 4 at 9:30am-5pm.

St. Paul RiverCentre
175 West Kellogg Boulevard
St. Paul, MN 55102

March 3-4, 2009

Awards presented March 4 at 1pm
Mother Earth
Steel
20"