Artists

Artists

Molly McDougall (She/Her) aka Made By MollyJo

Molly McDougall is a Minneapolis based muralist and illustrator. She believes strongly in the unique power of art to both unite people and celebrate diversity, and she enjoys exploring that duality by working with clients across various industries to tell their unique stories through visuals that spark joy and leave an impression. Her murals integrate symbolism and storytelling through intentional palette choices and imagery, and she enjoys using abstract shapes and unique patterns to add an element of surprise to otherwise familiar scenes.

Artwork: Black and White Mural on the outside of the kitchen booths

” ‘Shapes of Fun’ is a mural designed and executed by local artist Molly McDougall. Challenging her typical format of intricate palettes and overlapping shapes, Molly embraced the idea of simplicity through a stark two color palette that at once feels bold and playful. Restricting the design to a balance of outlines and negative space, Molly explored the way unique shapes can contribute a feeling of movement to the composition as a whole while owning their own independent space within design.”

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“I believe strongly in the power of art in everyday life. It is a catalyst for setting the tone of a space and sparking joy, and it possesses the unique duality to both unite people and celebrate diversity. If I can help bring a little bit more of that into this world, then I will have done my job right. Contributing to the deeply talented and vast array of artists that make up the Arts & Rec creative team has been an honor, and I am grateful to have one of my designs showcased in a space that will be contributing to the mission of utilizing art to create joyful moments and memories in such a fun and engaging space.”

Hibaaq Ibrahim (She/Her) aka Moon Juice Art

Gratitude is good for the soul. In my work, I attempt to bring my grateful spirit to the viewer. “It’s the little things” is a phrase that is often unappreciated. To me, it is the key to life. I can admire every stick, rock, and petal I come across. Anything can be beautiful, if you stop and look.

Artwork: Community Room Mural

For this mural I wanted to create something that would make guests feel a sense of fun and happiness. For me, fun usually includes a walk where I can stop and take in the scenery. This mural represents that joy.

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“I wanted to work with Arts and Rec because it’s a space that truly supports local art. One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is working with other small businesses to create the kind of community we want to live in.”

Andy Ducett (He/Him)

Andy DuCett is from Winona, MN and received his M.F.A. from the University of Illinois and his B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Stout. His artistic approaches span many disciplines in both studio and client based environments. He’s interested in the slippage that re-contextualization of images and experiences offers — going from familiar to unfamiliar, easy to complicated. His work has been shown in galleries and museums around the country, and is in the collections of The Minneapolis Institute of Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and The Walker Art Center. He has been featured by Artforum, New American Paintings, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, and The Huffington Post, as well as publications in Toronto, Berlin, Tokyo, and London. He was the recipient of a 2017 McKnight Visual Arts Fellowship, and is listed on the curated registry of the Drawing Center in New York City. He recently completed a series of projects commissioned by SITE Santa Fe, and is a 2021 recipient of grants by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and City of Saint Paul Cultural STAR to fund Conservatory, a collaboration with Jovan C. Speller.

Artwork: Four Illustrated Immersive Kitchen Booths

Title: ‘91 Blizzard: Visitors to this booth find themselves in an early 90’s, upper midwestern kitchenette observing the record setting snowfall out the window, while winter jackets, halloween costumes and dreams of a dry Halloween hang on lines around you.

Title: Art Cars/Art Sled Rally/May Day Festival:Celebrating a Minnesota’s love of outdoor collisions of activities and parades.

Title: Seed Art: A celebration of the MN State Fair tradition of seed art. This is an homage to the room at the state fair where the seed art is displayed alongside prize winning corn and grain sacks that call attention to the Twin Cities milling history.

Title: Ghost Restaurant: As a new restaurant in the area, this booth’s art is paying respect to the bars and restaurants that carved out space in the Twin Cities dining scene and countless eaters’ hearts.

Quote:

“Every site specific project is an opportunity to use the tools in my artistic toolbox in ways I can and cannot plan for. When you couple that with the content at Arts and Rec Uptown and the artistic freedom they gave me, it was an opportunity I was excited to accept.”

Andrew K. Hammond (He/Him) aka Tipton Hammond Arts

A “Drew” Hammond was born on the west side of Baltimore, Maryland in 1964. His family lived in the Edmondson Village community. He attended public schools in Maryland, Manning, South Carolina and college in Towson, MD. Outside of the standard curricula art class in school, Drew never had any formal art training. He credits God with endowing him artistically with the gift and affinity for the arts. His work focuses on expressing the people of the African American diaspora, which is an important and personal undertaking in a society filled with disregard. Of his medium versatility, his most expressive works, his collages, provoke thought and create visual disputation and resolve. He will never concede to having the torch of his hero, Romare Bearden (1911-1988), but he confesses that his torch has been lit by Bearden, George Grosz (1893-1959) Melvin Smith (Minnesota) and “Dame” Judy Bowman. His work is currently on exhibit at the Ramsey County Courthouse in St. Paul, and in Edina, Minnesota. In February 2020, he exhibited at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Wayzata, MN., and was a featured guest exhibitor in the Solar Arts building hosted by acclaimed local artist, James Nutt.In March 2020, Drew and his wife, author and visual artist, Beverly Tipton-Hammond launched Berries on the Vine Art Gallery in the Northrup King Building in Northeast Minneapolis. In June 2021, “Berries” became “Tipton-Hammond Arts Center” showcasing visual arts, dance and music performances. In October 2021, Tipton-Hammond Arts became a part of the Community Commons at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN where their art and brands are showcased and sold.

In the summer of 2020, Drew was a participant in the making of the “Black Lives Matter” mural in Minneapolis sponsored by the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum & Gallery, and a two-time participant in the Art Connects Us billboards project sponsored by the Hennepin Theater Trust in conjunction with Clear Channel Communications. In 2021, Drew participated in the Youth Curator Program at the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery where he taught “collage making.” The program was led by MAAHMG Youth Program Coordinator Kayla Pollard and funded by a grant from the Minnesota Vikings. June-December 2021, Drew’s art was featured in the “Absence of Justice” exhibit at the MAAHMG and recently became one the principal artists in the AHHA (Artistry, History, Humanity, Action) a Social Justice Collective co-founded by his wife, Beverly.

Drew and his wife hosted a “Social Justice” exhibit at the Northrup King Building in February 2021 and drew in over five hundred onlookers. Drew, the writer also plans to release a book of drawings and Haikus called “Opulent Beauty” and a long-awaited graphic novel called “A Bully’s Nightmare.” Drew and his wife reside in St. Paul, MN.

Artwork: (2 piece artwork set on large canvas in August Bar)

Josephine Hoffman (She/They)

Josephine Hoffman is a multimedia artist. Movement is a constant element in their work. This movement flows through different formats such as sculpture, installation, body movement, digital media, drawing, and performance. Their work flows through thoughts of environment, body politics, mental health, community, family, and cultural history. Using clay, aerial arts, metal, video, recycled materials, plaster, and paint, they incorporate reflections of land, water, and identity.

Artwork:

Mural 1: “An Ode to the Boundary Waters”: Playing off the rocks and the night sky to honor the ancestral land of the Anishinaabe. Water is Life and

Mural 2: “Plantlife”: Indigenous Plants to MN including strawberry, blueberry, sunflower, gooseberry, milkweed, butterfly weed!

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“I was really excited to be a part of a fun recreational spot that supports local artists. That is what I love about the Twin Cities, a community that supports artists and that is f’n awesome!” I am excited to see how A+R grows and all the new art that comes out of it!”

Isabella Estrada (She/They)

Isa Estrada (they/she) is a Two-Spirit mixed Indigenous, Chicana, and Scandinavian multidisciplinary artist based in South Minneapolis. They are an enrolled tribal member of the San Luis Rey Band of Payómkawichum (Luiseño). Isa sees their art as a continuation of the tradition of storytelling that is very important in their cultures. Their artwork is always influenced by their heritage whether it be through the use of colors of their people’s land or by showing important interpersonal relationships. Themes of motherhood, connection to land, healing and kinship can often be seen in their work. As a mom of two little boys Isa is passionate about putting art into the world that shines a light on the beauty and strength that comes from being an Indigenous person, as it is something they always yearned to see in museums themself as a child. Isa is currently a sophomore in the BFA program MCAD with a major in Fine Arts Studio and will be graduating in 2025.

Artwork:

Mural 1: “An Ode to the Boundary Waters”: Playing off the rocks and the night sky to honor the ancestral land of the Anishinaabe. Water is Life and

Mural 2: “Plantlife”: Indigenous Plants to MN including strawberry, blueberry, sunflower, gooseberry, milkweed, butterfly weed!

Don Porcella

Born and raised in Modesto, California, Don Porcella’s artwork has been exhibited at galleries and museums around the world including the United States, China, Greece, Germany, France, Denmark, Colombia and Mexico. Porcella’s art has been published in the New York Times, NY Arts, Fiber Arts Magazine, Chelsea Now, San Francisco Magazine and the Village Voice. He has a BA in Psychology from the University of California at San Diego, a BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts and an MFA from Hunter College in New York. Porcella’s work is included in public and private collections across the United States and Europe. Porcella has received grants from the Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island, the Brooklyn Arts Council, an EAF Fellowship from Socrates Sculpture Park, the 2012 West Collects Prize, an artist residency at the Museum of Arts and Design, and a 2014 Swatch Art Residency in Shanghai. In 2015 Porcella collaborated with an artist from Iran and the work was exhibited at the Venice Biennial. In 2016, Porcella created 4 installations for the Hermes Maison in Shanghai, China that was published in over 100 television, online and print media in the US and China. In 2018, Porcella created 7 installations for the Hermes boutique in Manhattan, NY which was featured in Architectural Digest, NY Magazine and Yahoo.

Artwork: Immersive Window Displays

Title: “Love Each Other”: Love Each Other is an installation that creates a safe space for all of us. Our hope is that everyone feels welcome here and this space can breed new ideas and new opportunities for healing and love.

Liseli Polivka (She/Her)

Artwork: (Mni Wiconi | Water is Life mural; Immersive art installer)

Tara Fahey

The intersections of art, nature, and community are core threads in my work. As a teacher, performer, and creator, it is an honor to witness and be a part of this interconnection. The paper cut out pieces for Micro/Macro have grown from a decade of practice in silk screen work and reflect an ongoing awe of freshwater ecosystems. May nature continue to hold a space for healing and transformation for us all. May the healing be mutual.

Artwork:

Micro/macro transports you to a handful of wonders utilizing paper cut outs, colored pencils, and acrylic ink. Co-created by Tara Fahey and Munir Kahar, this project is an homage to Minnesota freshwater ecosystems as water is life. Waves of interconnection flow through all beings as in this work.You will find an egret, rainbow trout, a heron, water lilies, the moon, a leopard frog, a hatching painted turtle, freshwater mussels, snails,a mudpuppy, mushrooms, a tadpole,the sun, a swan, a dragonfly, and close up of a wing. In small and larger ways, inspired by trips to state parks during the pandemic, life is renewed in the beauty unfolding.

Quote:

“I love the challenge and interplay of creating.. It is a lot like meditation. Turning toward that focus regularly, leaning into nature and community is a potent alchemy.”

Munir Kahar

Artwork:

Micro/macro transports you to a handful of wonders utilizing paper cut outs, colored pencils, and acrylic ink. Co-created by Tara Fahey and Munir Kahar, this project is an homage to Minnesota freshwater ecosystems as water is life. Waves of interconnection flow through all beings as in this work.You will find an egret, rainbow trout, a heron, water lilies, the moon, a leopard frog, a hatching painted turtle, freshwater mussels, snails,a mudpuppy, mushrooms, a tadpole,the sun, a swan, a dragonfly, and close up of a wing. In small and larger ways, inspired by trips to state parks during the pandemic, life is renewed in the beauty unfolding.

Quote:

“Since I was a kid, I loved the doodle thing. It captures my attention and has led me to my future here.”

Larry LaBonte (Larry Labonte Photography)

Artwork: (Photography slideshow of Burning Man over the years)

Kelsi Sharp (Sharp Sign Co)

Artwork: Mini Golf wooden signs and vinyl