A year to remember

As is typical each December, I look back on the year that has just passed. This was one of the best years—if not the best year—of my life. I’m so thankful for the opportunities that came my way, as well as for your love and support. I look forward to what 2014 will bring for me and redshoes26.

My booth at No Coast Craft-O-Rama in December at the Midtown Global Market.

My booth at No Coast Craft-O-Rama in December at the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis.

Here’s a quick recap of 2013:

  • I participated in 29 art and craft shows this year. In addition to many in the Twin Cities—No Coast Craft-O-RamaCraftstravaganza and Craft’zaStone Arch Bridge FestivalSaint Paul Art Crawl—I also traveled to several in other states. I went to Texas twice, did two events in California, and also showed my work in New York, Ohio, North Dakota, Illinois, and Rhode Island.
  • My list of retail shops grew to 20. Newly added in 2013 are PharmacieRoe Wolfe, the Minneapolis Club, the Weisman Art Museum’s WAM Shop, and the Mill City Museum Shop, all in Minneapolis. Outside of Minnesota, there’s The Foundrie in Chesterfield, MO; Sparrow Collective in Milwaukee, WI; Collector in Berkeley, CA; and Third Street Gallery in Grand Forks, ND.
  • Thanks to the shows I did in the different states, my State Icon collection expanded immensely. I went from having about 75 different drawings at the beginning of the year to ending with 168. And I have plans to add lots, lots more in 2014!
  • So many custom State Icon orders came in this year. It truly warms my heart to know that people have chosen me to draw things that are important and meaningful to them.
  • I completed several logos: one for an anti-bullying organization, Let’s All Be Friends, another for internal communications at Best Buy, and one for my dad’s new business, On The Level Woodworking.
  • I wrote three stories for Viking Magazine, a Sons of Norway publication.
  • As Art Director, I designed all of the printed materials and ads for MNfashion again this year, including for our twice-yearly fashion events, The Shows. Prince even showed up for one night of The Shows this spring, and it’s exciting to think that he saw my work! MNfashion also brought back the rock/fashion show Voltage this year, and I helped our crew with that event as well.
  • I photographed a wedding in Sandstone, MN, that was really fun.
  • I was a hair model again, this time for Kathryn Hornick of Root Salons. We participated in Wella Professionals’ TrendVision 2013 event at the Walker Art Center.
  • I joined Instagram! You can follow me there at redshoes26cj (you can also check in with me on TwitterFacebookPinterest, and via my monthly email, redshoes news).
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Words, Music, and Art

If you’re looking for something fun and non-holiday-esque to do, consider checking out the current production at Park Square Theatre in St. Paul. Through Dec. 29, you can take in a show of Words by…Ira Gershwin. According to the Park Square Theatre, the show will introduce the audience to Ira Gershwin and explore “the creative process of song writing.”

Is It Time? - Mixed-media shadowbox by Christy Johnson

Is It Time? – Mixed-media shadowbox by Christy Johnson

While you’re there, check out my collection of music-themed work in the lobby. My mixed-media shadowboxes will be on display outside the theatre through Dec. 29.

Park Square Theatre
20 West Seventh Place
St. Paul, MN 55102


This weekend : Cleveland Bazaar

I’m headed to Cleveland, OH, this week for this weekend’s Cleveland Bazaar. It’s on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14-15, at 78th Street Studios in the SmARTspace on the first floor. We’ll be there from 10am – 9pm on Saturday and 10am – 6pm on Sunday. Among the 100 crafters you’ll find at the event will be yours truly, redshoes26, as well as Larissa Loden and Colette Paperie.

Welcome to Ohio Sign - State Icon by redshoes26

Welcome to Ohio Sign – State Icon by redshoes26

Below are the details of the event. It’s my last show of the year, so come out if you’re in the Ohio area! After this weekend, I’ll be busy making new things in my studio and taking a well-deserved breather. It’s been such a fun year, and I really appreciate all of your support. Thank you, and have a happy holiday!

Cleveland Bazaar (West Side)
78th Street Studios, SmARTspace (first floor)
1301 West 78th St., Cleveland, OH 44102
10am – 9pm Saturday, Dec. 14
10am – 6pm Sunday, Dec. 15


This week : WAM Holiday Sale & No Coast Craft-O-Rama

It’s another two-fer!

From 3-6pm on Wednesday, Dec. 4, I’ll have my State Icons, mini ornaments, and card boxes for sale at the WAM Holiday Sale, which takes place in the Weisman Art Museum’s Riverview Gallery. You’ll also find at this show jewelry by Larissa Loden, and the work of other local artisans.

Weisman Art Museum - State Icon by redshoes26

Weisman Art Museum – State Icon by redshoes26

Then, from 3-8pm on Friday, Dec. 6, and 9am-5pm on Saturday, Dec. 7, I’ll be at No Coast Craft-O-Rama at the Midtown Global Market in Uptown. I’m so excited for this show! It’s the craft fair of the year for Minnesotans, and I’ve tried for six years to get in. I guess the sixth was the charm! I’m really looking forward to it. You can get all of your holiday shopping done at this one show. Find all of the talented vendors here.

Midtown Global Market - State Icon by redshoes26

Midtown Global Market – State Icon by redshoes26

Bring a friend and some comfy shoes!


It’s Cyber Monday!

This will be short and sweet since I’m in a car on my way home from Austin, TX (no, I’m not the driver), but I wanted to let you know that I’m joining in on the fun of Cyber Monday. Make a purchase today, Dec. 2, on http://www.redshoes26design.com/shop and pay no shipping. No coupon codes, no hassle. Happy shopping!