In(dy)spire: The Independent Wedding Fair

Are you or someone you know getting married, or even thinking of getting married? If so, hit up In(dy)spire: The Independent Wedding Fair from 11am-3pm on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Hotel Ivy in downtown Minneapolis. Get tickets here (they’re just two for $15)!

redshoes26 design is a proud member of the IWA, and I’m so excited to talk about guests to In(dy)spire about custom wedding suite designs.

wedding suite by redshoes26 design (photo by Sewell Photography)

wedding suite by redshoes26 design (photo by Sewell Photography)

We IWA members want our wedding fair to show you our great local wedding professionals, but we also know that our greatest asset in helping you plan your wedding is our time! That’s why we have a laid-back atmosphere to encourage conversation, and we also provide a series of wedding workshops to help you plan your wedding smarter, better, and more beautifully by sharing hands-on tools, tips, and secrets.

Clear demonstrations and laid-back Q&A make these educational sessions the secret weapon in your wedding-planning.


The Couture Wedding Dress Experience
Join Joy Teiken of Joynoëlle as she describes and demonstrates the process of having a custom dress crafted.

Wedding Venue 101
Join Gretchen of Rocket Science Weddings & Events as she explains the “how to” of finding a great wedding venue. Discussion will include what to look for in a wedding venue, common pitfalls to avoid, and favorite local venues.

Wedding Flowers Your Way
Sarah from Sassafras Floral + Garden will lead a hands-on introduction to wedding flowers.

Ask your Photographer Panel
Three local wedding photographers and renowned makeup artist Brett Dorrian join this panel to answer questions about finding and choosing a photographer, looking great in your photos, and making your photography experience flawless.

Wedding Nuts & Bolts
Our expert wedding pros join forces to give you tips and answers to all your wedding questions, from wedding planning to transportation. Bring your questions and your pen and paper!

Saturday, Feb 11, 2012
Hotel Ivy – Downtown Minneapolis
11am – 3pm

Once again, get your tickets here!


Black & White

Studiopolis, located in the Northeast-Minneapolis-based Northrup King Building, is hosting one of its color shows next week. This year’s theme is Black and White, and takes place Feb. 2-4 at the studio (#423). The nine Studiopolis members show work, and they also open the show to outside artists as well. This year I will join the 25-plus guests artists by showing my mixed-media shadowbox piece, You Don’t Hurt Me Anymore.
you don't hurt me anymore, by redshoes26 design

You Don't Hurt Me Anymore, by redshoes26 design

These shows are fun because the studio members choose a color theme, and the artists are allowed to interpret the theme any way we wish.
First Viewing: 5-9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2
Opening Reception: 7-10 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3
Come for the art, meet the artists, enjoy black-and-white food and beverages, and hear live music by Niki Becker at 8:30 on Feb. 3.

A Midwinter Night’s Dream

midwinter night's dream postcard
Winter is here, like it or not. The sky gets dark by 4 p.m., and some of us need a reason to get out of our pajamas and into our party clothes! Enter a new show hosted by AZ Gallery in St. Paul’s Lowertown in February.

 The AZ Gallery Presents : A Midwinter Night’s Dream

A tribute to Minnesota’s female artists, surviving winter


Exhibit Dates: Feb. 10-26 (3 weekends, Fri-Sun)

Artists Reception and Shopping Event: Feb. 11,  5-10 p.m.

Featuring a finely curated selection of locally made art, jewelry, home & beauty products, artisan chocolates, specialty baked goods, Vine Park Brewery’s nut-brown ale, and more! There will be music, food, wine, bubbles, gift ideas for your valentine and other surprises throughout the evening. Make it a date night with special coupon offers from our fabulous business sponsors (available at the event). Samples and special purchase opportunities will also be available on Feb. 11. Join us as we celebrate the talent, creativity and fortitude of Minnesota women!

Featuring art and jewelry by:

Christy Johnson

Emily Gray Koehler

Heidi Henderson

Jen Hanlon Ash

Jennifer Merchant

Katie Sherman

Larissa Loden

Lindsy Halleckson

Marisa Martinez

Megan Moore

Shelly Cartmell

And handmade beauty & home products by :

The Elixery

Simple Scents


Visit for details.

The AZ Gallery, 308 Prince Street, St. Paul, Minnesota

Regular gallery hours : Friday 5-8 p.m., Saturdays & Sundays 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Help me celebrate my 1-year anniversary!

One year ago today I set out on this full-time freelance adventure with redshoes26 design! I would like to celebrate and thank you for your support by giving away one of my Minnesota Icon illustrations. All you have to do is “like” my page on Facebook (if you haven’t already), and write a comment about which Icon you love the most and why.

If you don’t have a Facebook page, you can write your comment right here on my blog!

See my Etsy page for a full list of my Minnesota Icons.

Minneapolis City Hall - Minnesota Icon by redshoes26 design

Minneapolis City Hall - Minnesota Icon by redshoes26 design

I’ll enter your names into a drawing and randomly choose one on Friday–the winner’s Icon will then be popped in the mail (shipping will be free).

Thanks, everyone!