Archive for March, 2011
2011 at 08:36 pm by admin | Comments Off
All of us at Tomodachi want to thank everyone who attended Project Nihon Sunday and extend our deepest gratitude to Meghan Kean for hosting it! Together we had a lot of fun, made new friends, and created unique works of art. We hope you enjoyed this event as much as we did.
In addition to having a great time, we were also able to do a lot of good! Because of Meghan Kean and all those who bought the special art coloring books she supplied, Tomodachi was able to raise $460 for charity. All of the funds will be donated to the American Red Cross to help Japan recover from the recent earthquake and subsequent nuclear disaster. Additionally, we were able to make hundreds of paper cranes to be used as part of Cranestorm: Wishes in Flight. Sponsored by the Minnesota Brain Injury Association, Cranestorm is a massive art project that will help spread awareness about this devastating illness. Tomodachi is very proud to be able support these organizations in their efforts to help those in need in the Minnesota area and around the world.
We are very happy with how successful this event was and we hope you were, too! Thanks to our new artist centered organization, Tomodachi Artists, we will continue to hold free art workshops, bring special guests, and encourage emerging and established artists in the Minnesota Community. Art is about community and Tomodachi will continue to build on the wonderful and talented art community here. Please keep an eye out for future events! We hope to see you at our next one!
2011 at 10:40 am by admin | Comments Off
Project Nihon Sunday*
Sunday, March 27, 2011
…Tomodachi is proud to present Minnesota-born, New York-based artist, Meghan Keane. A painter, print-maker, and installation artist, Meghan is founder of Project Nihon/ sustainable art travel, an experimental, community-building art and film project, with sibling, Michael Keane, a filmmaker. Project Nihon is an experimental art and film project about making art in Japan for 37 days, filming the process, and in the end, giving it all away.
During Project Nihon Sunday, Keane will lead a special printmaking workshop inspired by her experience in Japan. She will teach participants how to create an art print from paper cranes using a special collagraph technique and tracing method.
This workshop is free of cost and all supplies will be provided. All we ask is that you make a donation of your origami at the store. Your crane will then be used by Cranestorm, a project facilitated by Minnesota Brain Injury Association – with whom Tomodachi has partnered – to become part of an installation art piece aimed at generating awareness about brain injury. However, all workshop participants will leave with their print, an artistic reminder of their paper crane making experience with Project Nihon.
Following the event, Tomodachi will screen exclusive footage of the Project Nihon documentary as and show the official movie trailer. Original art by Keane will also be on display and hand-made fine art coloring books will be available for purchase. $10 of every PROJECT NIHON Limited Edition Coloring Book purchase ($25) will go towards Japan Tsunami Relief (Red Cross) and Tomodachi is matching this — so by purchasing ONE Coloring Book you donate an instant $20 to Japan relief efforts.
A truly meaningful way to get Japan-inspired art AND give back.
We hope to see you there,
*This event is sponsored by Tomodachi Artists.
Tomodachi Artists is a group dedicated to helping grow a Minnesota-based and nationally connected artist’s community. Our mission is to improve the lives of artists, help you get greater exposure, and provide you with unique opportunities in the art community.
If you are interested in joining or would like to volunteer to host a workshop, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
2011 at 11:55 am by admin | Comments Off
Our prayers are with the people of Japan and the other survivors of the earthquake and tsunami. If you would like to offer help at this time, please feel free to make a donation to the American Red Cross International disaster fund. You can contact them with the following link: http://www.redcross.org/
2011 at 07:49 pm by admin | Comments Off
Tomodachi is pleased to announce that we are partnering with Shea, Inc. (a design firm integrating expertise in brand development, marketing communications, architecture, and interior design) to create a series of Artist Designed Munny for an exciting new Japanese restaurant, Masu Sushi and Robata! Located at 330 E. Hennepin Avenue in NE Minneapolis, Masu is consulting with James Beard Award-winning Best Chef Midwest, Tim McKee to create a new dining experience and all of us at Tomodachi are thrilled to be a part of it.
We are currently working with a team of core artists brought together through the new Tomodachi Artists group to create these Munny, but because of our commitment to the artistic community, we want to open submissions to all our friends. We are very excited to give you the chance to have your artwork on display at Masu Sushi and Robata!
Here are the rules:
• You may submit any new or existing Munny as part of this contest.
• We recommend that your Munny include sculpture, extra materials, or anything with texture!
• Try to be imaginative or fun and colorful with your designs!
• The Munny MUST be an original design. We will not accept any fan art.
• The Munny should not be in comic/manga/anime style.
• The Munny should not be scary, gory, or unsuitable for display in a restaurant environment.
• All designs MUST be submitted by March 26, 2011. There will be no extensions for this contest.
• The winning Munny designs will be on permanent display at Masu Restaurant. That means if you win, you will not receive you Munny back.
Tomodachi will select designs in both 4 inch and 8 inch Munny categories. More than one design may be selected, so submit as many as you like!
Winners will receive:
• $100 gift card for each 8 inch Munny.
• $50 gift card for each 4 inch Munny.
• Winning Munny will be on display at a special gallery show at Tomodachi from March 27 – April 8.
• After April 8, winning Munny will then be on permanent display at Masu Sushi and Robata.
We hope that all aspiring artists will submit their Munny and join this contest! Good luck!