Invitational Group Show

June 12-August 15, 2015

Love Letters from Artists

Opening Reception: Friday, June 12, 5-8 p.m.

Gallery Talk by Peter Kramer, “Curator of Love Letters”: Thursday, July 30, 7-8 p.m.

Closing Party: Saturday, August 15, 2-5 p.m.

Love Letters from Artists, an invitational group show curated by St. Paul architect and artist Peter Kramer, presents over 80 letters from artists across the Twin Cities. Artists were invited to create a love letter of any sort and mail it to the gallery for exhibition. This show promises to be a unique celebration of the tradition of writing and receiving letters. Amongst the artists included in the show are Amy Rice, Ann Ledy, Betsy Byers, Brian Frink, Carolyn Swiszcz, L.K. Hanson, Jodie Ahern, John Ilg, Jon Neuse, John Schuerman, Mike Norman, Philip Rickey, Harriet Bart, Dan Wilson, Anne Labovitz, Joyce Lyon, Jaron Childs, Tom Maakestad and Larry Welo.

Calling himself the “Curator of Love Letters,” Kramer encouraged local artists, writers, art enthusiasts, musicians, teachers and creative minds to send a love letter to the gallery. In his invitation, he wrote:

What is a love letter from an artist?
What does it look like?
We won’t know until you show us
Here is your opportunity to draw,  
write, paint, weave, paste, fold,
print what’s in your heart, the highs and the lows,
the rejections and the yes’s … addressed to someone near 
or far away (another galaxy) or
sometimes we just write to ourselves.

In what Kramer calls “a modest attempt to preserve the postal tradition,” all correspondence and transportation for this show “will be coordinated by the USPS under the direction of the Postmaster General.” Letters purchased from the exhibition will be mailed from the gallery to the owner.

Please note: a sampling of images is featured here. Many more can be seen in person in our Annex gallery space.

Press:

Mary Abbe, Star Tribune | Seeworthy: 80 artists create ‘Love Letters’ for a summer show at Groveland Gallery

Mary Abbe, Star Tribune | Review: It’s unseasonably hot at four Minneapolis galleries

Amy Rice "Swan Mail for True Love" | 2015 | gouache & ink on antique envelope | SOLD

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