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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Get your Craft’za on!

I wanted to give you a quick reminder that this Saturday, Nov. 16, is Craft’za! Last year’s show was a huge success, and I can’t wait to see you all there tomorrow.

Here’s a link to the Grain Belt Bottling House, where the show will take place. redshoes26 will be there with the other awesome vendors from 10am – 5pm. I’ll have with me all kinds of State Icons, new boxed card sets, and mini State Icon ornaments.

There’s free parking, and the event is free to attend. And there will be food trucks! Food trucks!

Bring a friend and come to Northeast Minneapolis!

craft'za


This weekend : Three shows!

It’s definitely holiday show season! This weekend kicks it off, and you can find redshoes26 at three different spots. At these shows, you can expect to find from redshoes26 lots of State Icons, mini State Icon ornaments, larger matted prints, and more!

Mini State Icon ornaments by redshoes26

Mini State Icon ornaments by redshoes26

Here are the details for this weekend’s shows:

Oct. 31 – Nov. 2
St. Luke Boutique
Thursday, Oct. 31 : 10am – 6pm
Friday, Nov. 1 : 10am – 8pm
Saturday, Nov. 2 : 9am – 3pm
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church
7000 Hinton Ave South
Cottage Grove, MN 55016

Saturday, Nov. 2
Nokomis Urban Craft Fair
9am – 3pm
Lake Nokomis Community Center
2401 East Minnehaha Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55417

Sunday, Nov. 3
1026 : A Grand Shoppe
10am – 5pm
Julie Swenson Beauty
1026 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105


2013 shows schedule

Curious where you can find redshoes26 in person for the remainder of 2013? Here’s a handy schedule that lists the shows I’ll be participating in in the coming months.

redshoes26 show schedule 2013

Come find me and say hi!


It’s an Artisan Revival!

Today, Oct. 1, from 5–8pm, I’ll be at the Authentic, Affluent, Artisan Revival event at the Minneapolis Club. I’ll be among some impressive small business owners (find the info here)!

I’ll be showing my State Icon illustrations, including the newest one, the Minneapolis Club.

Minneapolis Club - State Icon by Christy Johnson, redshoes26

Minneapolis Club – State Icon by Christy Johnson, redshoes26

If you plan to come, RSVP to the event and mention redshoes 26. When you RSVP, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win prizes, including dinner at the Minneapolis Club, a guest-room stay at the Club, and more. Walk-ins are welcome, but why not get entered to win these fab prizes?

See you tonight!


An Authentic, Affluent, Artisan Revival

Next Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 5–8pm, you’ll find me and my art at this cool event at the Minneapolis Club. It’s called An Authentic, Affluent, Artisan Revival, and I’ll be among some super impressive small business owners (find all the info here)!

You can expect to find my State Icon illustrations, including the newest one, the Minneapolis Club (of course!).

Minneapolis Club - State Icon by Christy Johnson, redshoes26

Minneapolis Club – State Icon by Christy Johnson, redshoes26

If you plan to come, please RSVP to the event and mention redshoes 26. If you RSVP, you will be entered into a drawing to win prizes, including dinner at the Minneapolis Club, a guest-room stay at the Club, and more! Walk-ins are also welcome, but why not get entered to win these fab prizes?

I look forward to seeing you on Oct. 1!

An Authentic, Affluent, Artisan Revival Show


Renegade Chicago is this weekend!

Come find redshoes26 in Booth #79 this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8, from 11am-7pm both days for Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago‘s Wicker Park neighborhood. We’ll be along Division Street, and by “we,” I mean 300-plus makers! There will also be a DJ, food, drinks, crafty things to do, a photo booth, and much, much more. I look forward to seeing you!

Chicago Theatre Sign, State Icon by redshoes26

Chicago Theatre Sign, State Icon by redshoes26