MN Original

MN Original | Leav Interactive Art App

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Learn how the Leav iPhone app, a project of Six Impossible Things, allows people to unlock art experiences throughout the Twin Cities based on environmental factors like location, season and time of day.

Leav’s team commissions work from local artists, including writer and man-about-town Andy Sturdevant, that ranges from self-guided artist studio tours to dance performances to literary readings.

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MN Original | Pet Photographer Sarah Beth Ernhart

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Watch now: Sarah Beth Ernhart didn’t set out to be a pet photographer, but a love of animals and a knack for photography gradually led her from a graphic design path to her full-time dream job.

Ernhart’s modern and unique portraits capture the personalities of her client’s four-legged friends.

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MN Original | Shoemaker Amara Hark-Weber

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Amara Hark-Weber creates handmade custom shoes in traditional and conceptual designs. Explore the craft of custom footwear and design your own unconventional or sculptural shoes. For more MN Original resources, click here.

MN Original | Visual Artist Clarence Morgan

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Watch now: Clarence Morgan’s abstract art reflects an interest in geometry and line, and is a departure from his classical training in figurative painting. He combines painting, drawing and collage to create intricate works that represent order among chaos.

Morgan works side by side with fellow artist and his wife, Arlene Burke-Morgan. An art professor at the University of Minnesota for more than two decades, his personal work can be found in the collections of many museums including the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Weisman Art Museum.

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MN Original | Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher

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Watch: With a dry sense of humor and quick wit, Jeffrey Hatcher discusses the art and craft of writing for the stage and screen. 

Hatcher’s stage productions have premiered locally at theaters like The Illusion, Children’s Theater Company and the Guthrie Theater, while nationally his work has been seen on Broadway. Hatcher has also worked on several major motion pictures including Stage Beauty (2004), Casanova(2005), The Duchess (2008) and Mr. Holmes (2015).

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MN Original | Photographer Tucker Hollingsworth

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Watch now: Making photographs since 2009, Tucker Hollingsworth’s work has made quite an impression on the art community and the world of photography, both creatively and scientifically.

His "Noise" series demonstrates how a camera “thinks” — a visual representation of the inner workings of the digital technology — while his landscapes have a moody and ethereal quality to them.

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MN Original | Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies

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Learn how Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS) provides rigorous orchestra experiences for young musicians of all ages and abilities.

Under the dynamic leadership of Artistic Director Mark Russell Smith, more than 850 students ages 8-18 from across the Twin Cities region now play in GTCYS’ academic-year orchestras and two summer programs.

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MN Original | Shapiro and Smith Dance

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Joanie Smith, Artistic Director of Shapiro & Smith Dance, is interested in finding the “unique gestures” that become dance. Learn about the history of this modern dance company and the difference between movement and dance. 

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MN Original | Bead Artist Gail Be

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Watch how Gail Be uses her extensive vintage bead collection to fashion intricate clothing, all of it painstakingly hand-beaded and most of it made without fabric. While the red carpet is in her immediate sights, Be’s end goal is to have her dresses showcased in a museum.

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MN Original | The Steeles

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Learn about the musical Steele family. Singing together since childhood, J.D., Fred, Jearlyn, Jevetta and Billy Steele have been entertaining audiences around the globe for decades. Born in Gary, Indiana, five of the six Steele children found their way to Minneapolis where they eventually formed their musical group, The Steeles.

The siblings have performed on Broadway, on stages around the world, and with musicians such as Prince, George Clinton and Mavis Staples.

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