sweet endings/lovely beginnings

Last weekend marked the finale of Deep Cuts, an exhibit that bore witness to the artwork of Jonny Kelson and Matt Franzen. Born just over a year ago in a spirit of collaboration between the two artists, Deep Cuts came to full fruition with an opening reception four weeks ago. Since that night, a night filled with the air of celebration and a good many people; many more visited the Rogue Buddha Gallery, spending time contemplating the merits of the exhibit, of which there were many. Continue reading “sweet endings/lovely beginnings”

fair enough

Oil painting by Nicholas Harper titled Sophie depicting a woman with big hair holding an owl that has been blindfolded
Sophie | by Nicholas Harper | Oil on panel | 2017

I was about 20 years old the first time I entered a painting into the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Competition. It didn’t get accepted. Fair enough (pun), the painting sucked. In fact, the oil paint might have still been wet when I dropped it off and nails poked through the back of my shoddy makeshift frame, that can’t help ones chances… I then entered numerous more times only to have my ego repeatedly dashed against the jagged rocks of the unrelenting shores that is the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Competition. Continue reading “fair enough”

open studio tour tips by Nicholas Harper

Holy hell, it’s that time of year again, time for the annual NE Open Studio Tour! What is it exactly? It’s the largest open studio tour in America! Now in its 22nd year, it takes place in Northeast Minneapolis which houses the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, which was, might I add, voted the Numero Uno arts district in the country!

Hundreds of artists will open their studio doors this weekend allowing the public to enter their sacred space. And tens of thousands of people will flood the neighborhood gladly taking them up on the offer. The atmosphere is frantic and festive, celebratory and at times chaotic, and always memorable.

With literally hundreds of studios to peruse, galleries to explore and various venues from gift shops to individual homes all offering original art peppered throughout the neighborhood, it can be a bit daunting, especially for the first timer.

Allow me to share 10 tips for getting the most out of the weekend that I think even the most seasoned tour goers might find useful. Continue reading “open studio tour tips by Nicholas Harper”

attractions unveiled

Luckily, in case you missed Moustache Jim’s opening night back in February, J Maki made this awesome short video of the evenings festivities…

You can also see Jim’s work this art a whirl… just follow the link for all the deets!  https://www.facebook.com/events/163907577477003/


J Maki’s Website: http://wonderboomfilm.wixsite.com/video

devil’s in the details art exhibition

I’ve been dormant for the past couple of weeks while I was painting and prepping the gallery for the newest exhibit which opens tomorrow evening, May 12th. I hope you can make it! For all the deets, visit www.roguebuddha.com or the FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/427763604258772/


bella donna

This was a short movie I made about three years ago showing the progress of my painting Bella Donna.  If the girl in the dress looks familiar it should, as it was my rendering of a painting by Mark Ryden.

The painting was finished just a day or two before heading to an exhibit at Gallery 360 where it sold prior to the opening reception.  I never really got to live with her before she went to her new home which makes this little movie even more special for me.

Hope you enjoy!  Cheers!


My mom is, well, my mom. She has been many things over the course of her life, a choir director and church cantor, a master gardener, a cellist in the St Anthony community orchestra, a ceramists, a china painter, a writer, a crazed knitter and for the last 6 years an obsessed–beyond–reason crossword doerer. While she has been all of those things, the thing that she has been the most, and she will be the first to say it, is still a mom. The second thing she has been the most, although it isn’t listed as one of her roles above, but more so because of them, is an inspiration. Continue reading “32,850”