Category: ESSAY

ESSAY: LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

Reading Time: 5 minutesLast week love was in the air. Valentines was upon us and for better or worse, most of our attentions drifted to notions of that most beguiling of emotions, love. For many, this holiday smells of greeting card kitsch while…

ESSAY: FAIR ENOUGH

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

Reading Time: 6 minutesI 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…

ESSAY: ESSENTIAL OPEN STUDIO TOUR TIPS

NORTHEAST MINNEAPOLIS

Reading Time: 5 minutesHoly 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…

ESSAY: DRAWING 101

DRAWING 101

Reading Time: 7 minutesIn the heart of the Seven Corners neighborhood on the West Bank of the U of M campus sat an art supply store called Pad-N-Pallet. With a dilapidated sign that matched its dingy and oft neglected windows, it opened into…

ESSAY: 32,850

MUTTI

Reading Time: 5 minutesMy 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…

ESSAY: ZEN (AND THE ART OF TOILET REPAIR)

ZEN AND THE ART OF TOILET REPAIR

Reading Time: 4 minutesMy toilet has been running for about three months. Although I’ve been to Home Depot multiple times during those three months, I have yet to purchase the requisite replacement tank innards, even though it is a simple job. At first…

BRIEF THOUGHT: ZEN

ROGUE BUDDHA GALLERY

Reading Time: 2 minutesSitting in a gallery, alone, at night, takes on an air of solemnity. The last vestiges of incense burnt earlier during gallery hours seeps into the stillness of the moment as the eye meanders from one painting to another. There’s…

ART FEATURE: METANOIA

METANOIA BY NICHOLAS HARPER

Reading Time: 2 minutesSince I took the time to post my painting Metanoia while shrouded in bubble wrap, I thought it perhaps prudent to share with you what the painting actually looks like. Also, this might be a good opportunity to share some…

ESSAY: EVERYTHING IS THEORY

EVERYTHING IS THEORY

Reading Time: 4 minutesIf you’re anything like me, you most likely take a lot of things in this world for granted; the sky is blue, gravity is real, the new Viking’s stadium is the ugliest building ever constructed in all of human history.…