While most artists prefer to begin with a blank space for their work, that space doesn't necessarily have to be a canvas. In this biennial exhibition, 28 working Minnesota illustrators momentarily trade plain paper (or the blank screen) for a doll. Each will be given a Munny to use as a starting point for creativity. For those unfamiliar with the toy, it is a small, monkey-like doll (they also come in other shapes, including bunnies, cats, and devils) that when purchased is completely white. Children and toy-loving adults can use it as a starting point to create their own works of art, be they scary monsters, cute characters, or something completely abstract. Over the years, well-known artists have given their own spin on the product, releasing limited-edition dolls that are as coveted and collectable as Pokémon. Past creations have ranged from blue ghosts with mohawks, pink Valentine's Day confections, and even a Munny as an Operation board game. You can check out local artists' takes on the doll, as well as their original illustrations, at the opening reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 18. Artwork will be sold that night via silent auction, with proceeds benefiting CVA scholarship funds. There will also be an artists' panel discussion at 6 p.m. Thursday, February 25.
Feb. 18-March 6, 2010