Thursday, November 4, 2010

Pilot Art show now online!

#1 & #2 by John Alspach

The Pilot art show at GrayDUCK Gallery in Austin, TX is now online!

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Flourish at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts features new work by Pilot artists Jennifer Davis and Terrence Payne.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Pilot in Austin, TX

Pilot at GrayDUCK Gallery in Austin, TX.
opening reception: thursday, october 14, 7-9pm
exhibition dates: october 14 - november 21, 2010

"In 2005, an independent collective of artists in Minneapolis pooled their resources in an effort to gain national recognition for their innovative local art scene. That year they boldly introduced themselves with an ad in Dwell magazine and have never looked back. Pilot has become a highly sought-after group representing a diverse range of concepts and styles. These artists who are also curators, mentors and designers have brought a national eye to the Midwestern sensibility of creating art with substance and integrity. Since their inception, the group has dispersed throughout North America but not before gaining international notoriety showing in galleries from New York to Los Angeles to London. grayDUCK is thrilled to host a rare group show by this all star collective.

All members of the group are well-established full time artists. Each of the artists has their own, unique style they use in their work. John Alspach, Tara Costello and James Wrayge are abstract painters. JAO paints while in a state of intense aerobic activity to create work about energy and movement. Amy Rice and Jennifer Davis have an illustrative, whimsical feel to their work. Yuri Arajs combines found material and precise mark making. John Diebel creates cartoon-inspired line drawings, while Ben Olson is a popular self-portraitist and Terrence Payne works in oil pastels. Each member brings to the group an individual vision and style, but a clever pop-art sensibility makes them coherent as a group."

608 w monroe street | suite c | austin tx 78704 | 512.826.5334

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tara Costello at Rosalux Gallery

Pilot artist Tara Costello has new solo exhibition at Roslaux Gallery in Minneapolis, MN.

Reception Saturday, October 2 from 7:00-10:00pm

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

It’s A Closed System: New Work by Amy Rice

It’s A Closed System: New Work by Amy Rice
October 1st-30th View Art Gallery, Victoria, BC

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Yuri Arajs print available to support artists who have experienced homelessness

Hi Friends.

I was recently inspired when I heard, from my mom, about an organization called The Pivot Legal Society in Vancouver. They do great work on behalf of the homeless including the new Red Tent campaign. They will be using red tents to visually bring awareness to the issue to the world media in Vancouver from Feb 12 - 28, 2010. A very important time to be doing this. Visit their website and learn more about what great work they are doing.

So I decided to make this limited edition piece of art to raise awareness and money to support this cause, plus a little more. First, I hope to do is raise enough money to give a $500 donation to the Pivot Legal Society's Red Tent campaign. Second, to buy $1,000 worth of art supplies and distribute it directly to artists in my community who are homeless or have experienced homelessness.

For just $25, you can help me achieve this and get a piece of my art as well!

Artwork information:

Title: Red Tent 212282010
Medium: Two color silk screen, grease crayon, ink
Paper size: 8.5" x 11"
Edition size: 125, Signed and numbered
Price: $25 US or CAN
Shipping $5 Anywhere in US or Canada

Payment: customers in Canada - Paypal, check, cash. customers in US - Paypal, cash.

To buy, simply reply to this email with the following information:
1. How many prints you want.
2. Your complete name and mailing address. Unless it is not being mailed. Then just your name.
3. How you would like to pay. If by Paypal, please include your account name and I will send you an invoice there.
You will receive a confirmation email from me which will include a mailing address to mail cash or check if you are paying that way.

Thank you for supporting my ideas, the arts and the homeless in my community.

Yuri Arajs

And feel free to pass this email onto your friends!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Jennifer Davis Print $20

"Tug O' War" print available now from Tiny Showcase.

limited edition of 100
6" x 7.5" (plus border for framing)
$20 each.

$250 from the sale of this print will go to Springboard for the Arts Artist Emergency Relief Fund

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Yuri Arajs opens on-line ONLY exhibit

Twenty One Florals by Yuri Arajs
November 1 – December 20, 2008

Exhibit location:

The exhibit will feature twenty one (21) new floral paintings on paper, which focuses on his love of mark making.

“It was hard to decide to do a show of just single floral paintings. I make so many of these to get the one that looks “right”. To create twentyone I’m satisfied with is not easy” says Arajs.

This is an on-line exhibition. The web location for the exhibit is
You will be able to view the exhibition beginning at 12 noon Pacific time on November 1st until 12 noon Pacific time of December 20th. All work will be available for sale.

On-line gallery hours: 24/7

Yuri Arajs

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Photos from 801 Lofts Pilot show

Digital Crush Photography has posted some excellent photos from the show.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Pilot Arts GROUP SHOW at 801 Lofts in Minneapolis

10 members of the Pilot Arts Group are showing at the beautiful 801 Lofts.
RECEPTION: Sat Oct 11, 6-9pm- free!

Featuring the music of Beatrix Jar

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

New Work FOUR New Artists

John Alspach in show at Gallery 526.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Enormous Tiny Art Show

Jennifer Davis is included in the Enormous Tiny Artshow at Nahcotta in Portsmouth, NH.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Amy Rice at Artstream Studios in Rochester, NH

Check out Amy's work in the new show, Affirmations, at Artstream Studios.
All of the work is available for purchase here.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Pilot Artist Tara Costello in New Show at Rosalux Gallery

ARTISTS >> Tara Costello and Ingrid Restemayer
SHOW DATES >> September 3rd – 28th, 2008
OPENING RECEPTION >> Saturday September 6th, 2008 | 7-10PM

Also showing this month in the Pocket Gallery at Rosalux:
In Your Face -- Portraits of Rosalux Artists by Rosalux Artists.
This show includes work by Pilot Artists Tara Costello, John Diebel, Terrence Payne, and James Wrayge.

Please visit Rosalux Galleryfor full details.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Art-A-Whirl 2008

Here is where you can see Pilot Artists for Art-A-Whirl 2008:

Yuri Arajs (pictured above in his exhibition space for art-a-whirl) is putting on a major showing in a 12,000 foot warehouse space with his own Placement Gallery You will be able to see new work there by Pilot artists JAO, Jennifer Davis, Terrence Payne, Amy Rice and Yuri Arajs.
Exhibit location: Thorp Building, 1620 Central Avenue NE, space 125, Minneapolis
Gallery hours: Friday 5-10pm, Saturday 12-8pm, Sunday 12-5pm

You will be able to see Michael Sweere in the same building (right next door in fact) as he will have a booth and be demonstrating his technique with the Minnesota Mosaic Guild.

John Alspach will be showing showing at Danish Teak Classics in the NKB, Gallery 13's Pop-up space on van Buren next to NKB and at Shiny Robot Studio Sat & Sun. (please see art-a-whirl website for directions and locations to NKB-The Northup King Building.) Shiny Robot Studio's are located at 503 1st Ave NE on the second and third floor.

You will be able to see the work of Ben Olson and Amy Rice in the Shiny Robot Studios as well.

photo of Yuri by Sean Smuda

Thursday, January 3, 2008

News From the Moon

News from the Moon
Jennifer Davis and Amy Crickenberger at Rosalux Gallery

Jan 3rd-31st, 2008
RECEPTION Sat Jan 5th, 2008 7-10pm
Rosalux Gallery Website

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Pilot Artists at the Historic Tower Lofts in Mpls.

Pilot artists John Alspach, Tara Costello, and Yuri Arajs are currently showing work at the Historic Tower Lofts in Minneapolis.
RECEPTION with the Artists: Thurs Dec 6th from 630-9pm
700 Washington Ave N

Placement Gallery shop is open on Nicollet Mall!

Pilot artist Yuri Arajs has opened Placement Gallery Shop, Downtown Minneapolis.

The Shop features original art works & gifts by some of Minnesota’s most talented artists.
For original paintings, ceramics, miniature wood carvings, Gocco prints, cards, or anything else you might want to buy someone for the holidays, you can be sure that this will be the only place to find these wonderful gifts of art.

Here is the vital information:
The Placement Gallery Shop
November 19 – December 24, 2007
651 Nicollet Mall, Gaviidae Common, street level, next to Saks
Gallery Hours: M-F 10-7pm, SA 10-6pm
p. 612.338.3799

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Amy Rice and Jennifer Davis at the Birchwood, Mpls

Delightful 3
Amy Rice and Jennifer Davis at the Birchwood, Mpls
Through Nov 2007
From the Birchwood website:
"Mixed media artists Jennifer Davis and Amy Rice both create narrative images that delight and surprise. In August of 2006 they premiered a series of paintings and collages based on their mutual admiration of and inspiration garnered from each others work. In the show (Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis), entitled "Delightful", each artist used elements from the others artwork to create a new piece. An additional work was created using the original "collaborative" piece and so on and so on creating a visual dialogue in paintings and mixed media pieces that were new, yet familiar. The show was a local favorite receiving "delightful" reviews from every major local print media. While this first show had been over a year in the making and included a staggering amount of work produced, both Davis and Rice stated they felt like they were just getting warmed up and in August of 2007 "Delightful Too" continued this visual dialogue at Young Blood Gallery in Atlanta, GA."
This marks the third istallment in the ongoing series.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Yuri Arajs

Yuri Arajs is an artist but he is also a celebrated curator and this week he is a very busy guy. On Friday night his gallery, Placement, is presenting:

Obsessive Compulsive Drawing
September 14 – October 14, 2007
Featuring artists Ben Boylan, John Fleischer, Melissa Gahagan, David Gaul, Nick Howard.
Exhibit location: 509 – 1st Avenue NE, 2nd floor, Minneapolis
Opening Reception
Friday, September 14, 7 to 10 pm
A fantastic art event and party. Free and open to the public!

and on Saturday Yuri's solo exhibition opens at Gallery 360:

LOST & FOUND...recent works by Yuri Arajs
September 15 - October 21
Opening reception with the artist
Saturday, 9/15, 7-10pm
Free and open to the public
Gallery 360
3011 West 50th Street

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Early September in Minneapolis: Go see some art

Two person show of Pilot artists John Alspach & Terrence Payne
Rosalux Gallery
September 4th-30th, 2007
Opening Reception: September 7th 7-11pm
Here's what Minnesota Monthly is saying about the upcoming show:
Don’t blame us if you come away with a sudden urge to buy a warehouse condominium and fill it with these artists’ works. Alspach and Payne are the reigning kings of condo art; their bold, iconic paintings hang in the hippest rehabs. It makes sense, given that Alspach creates his works from salvaged construction debris, discarded billboards, and metal signs—perfect for that industrial ethos. Payne’s portraits of his youthful peers are similarly striking, evoking both coolness and vulnerability.

Attest and Grow

New Works in New Mediums by Amy Rice
Gallery 122 at Hang It
September 7 - September 28
Opening Reception: September 7th 7-10pm

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Amy Rice Solo Show in Philadelphia

Find Your Wings
New Paintings by Amy Rice
Art Star Gallery
1030 North 2nd Street
, PA
August 4th - September 2nd Reception: August 25th,
5-8 pm

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Celebrate Public TV with JAO

JAO will be speed painting at various times throughout the day at the Twin Cities Public Television 50th year Annivesary Celebration.

August 4, 172 E 4th St, downtown St Paul MN, 10am - 5pm FREE

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Found Gallery , Terrence Payne

You can find now find Terrence Payne's work at Found Gallery in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

JAO is coming to Baltimore!

Speed Painting at Artscape in Downtown Baltimore
Saturday July 21 and Sunday July 22
Both days: 1-7 pm, painting every hour on the hour
In front of the Maryland Institute of Contemporary Art

Tiny Showcase: Jennifer Davis

Are you hip to Tiny Showcase? Tiny Showcase offers affordable art from a varied group of artists by offering small limited-edition digital prints of their work.

Each piece is "around the same price as a CD, book or record..." and a percentage of each sale goes to the artists charity of choice.

They sell out super fast, (often within minutes of the art being posted) so you need to be quick. They are pretty hush-hush about who the artist will be and the print for sale (a new one goes up each Tuesday evening) , but I got a source and tonight it is our own Jennifer Davis.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Michael Sweere Unveils Mayo Clinic Mural

Michael Sweere's recent commission for the Mayo Clinic is now installed and on permanent display in the T. Denny Sanford Pediatrics Center, located in the Mayo Building, Rochester, MN.

Created entirely from recycled paper packaging, the mosaic mural depicts the four major natural biomes (environments) of Minnesota and the plant and animal life that live within each. They are: Forest, Prairie, Lakes and Wetlands. Over 100 living creatures are depicted - including several hidden surprises. Measuring six feet in height by sixteen feet wide, the mural took almost one year to complete.

click on images for the amazing details

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Delightful Too Review

Pilot artists Jennifer Davis and Amy Rice opened a two person show in Atlanta this week at Young Blood Gallery
and received a favorable review in Atlanta's weekly arts rag, Creative Loafing:

Delightful Too: Mutual admiration
Minneapolis artists Amy Rice and Jennifer Davis

Published 07.11.07

Delightful Too, the Young Blood Gallery exhibition of work by Minneapolis artists Amy Rice and Jennifer Davis, is infused with a friendly, two-peas-in-a-pod vibe. Like best friends sitting down to paint each others' toenails or to read racy excerpts from Harold Robbins novels, there is a charming sense of play and intimacy in this collaborative exhibition of two women who share a fascination with vintage advertisements, girl culture, birds and bunnies, sprinkle cupcakes, retro colors, and a snarky take on the past.

Favoring juicy hues of peach, melon, sea-foam green and salmon pink, Rice and Davis also share an obvious delight in riffing on each others' creations. Almost every work in the show offers a nod to the other artist, with one of Rice's artworks invariably "inspired by" one of Davis' and vice versa. The way the artists play off of each other's work evokes the bonds that often form in female friendships with their similar rhythms of back-and forth admiration and borrowing.

Rice's work is the more graphic and visibly street-art-inspired of the two. Rice works with spray paint, acrylics and the fat, black borders of stencils. Her paintings blend the look of ads from 1940s women's magazines; an irreverent, female take on street art; and a touch of Henry Darger kink. Though her clunkier technique and more garish palette can often compare unfavorably with Davis', at its best Rice's work offers poignant evocations of both the look and the emotional texture of the past. Her re-creation of the kind of barter system practiced in childhood in the self-explanatory "You Can Hold the Bunny If I Can Wear the Mask" is a good example of the artist's loaded content.

Davis tends to work on a smaller scale, using collage, painting and drawing to create surreal little vignettes. A popular motif is human bodies with animal heads and a visual style that seems to borrow from the 1970s at some moments and the '40s at others. A typically satisfying mix of color and content is the creepy "Birthday Party," in which Davis' bright, chirpy color palette extends to the seasick hues of the children's faces.

Davis' work is fascinatingly rich in both its cultural borrowings and its air of decadence mixed with preciousness.

Delightful Too. Through July 27. Young Blood Gallery, 629 Glenwood Ave. Wed. and Fri., noon-6 p.m.; Thurs., noon-7 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., noon-5 p.m. 404-627-0393.

Modes of Disclosure At Form and Content Gallery

Modes of Disclosure

At Form and Content Gallery

210 N 2nd St

Minneapolis MN

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 12, 6-8pm

Pilot artist:
Artist and Athlete

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Spill The Wine

Tara Costello and Michael Sweere are currently exhibiting work at Spill The Wine
Spill The Wine is located at 1101 Washington Avenue South in Minneapolis.

Jennifer Davis at Aidan Savoy Gallery in New York City

Jennifer Davis has work in a group show entitled, "Clear Blue Sky" at Aidan Savoy Gallery in New York City. July 12-29th, opening reception July 12, 7-10pm

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Brick by Brick

Pilot artist Amy Rice has work included in Brick by Brick, a "sidewalk gallery" in downtown Minneapolis that is part of "an event designed to revitalize the creative energy of the Warehouse District and bring back the spirit that defined it as the creative center of Minneapolis."

More information about the project and more banners at the Brick by Brick website.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Jennifer Davis at Gallery 360 in Minneapolis

Out On a Limb
Recent Paintings by Jennifer Davis
Opening Reception: Sat June 2nd 7-10pm
Show runs: June 2- July 22

The show is posted online here:

Friday, June 8, 2007

jao speed painting video

See the super fun new video of Pilot artist jao by John Paul Burgess on
with an article by Camille LeFevre

Rosalux Raffle or How To Get Great Art for $5

Many of the Pilot artist are or were members of Rosalux, a fantastic collective gallery in Minneapolis.

This Saturday night, June 9th you can buy raffle tickets for only $5 each and enter to win art by some of the Twin Cities most innovative artists, as well as hip local shops and restaurants. Place your ticket in the envelope by the artwork or item you want to win. Raffle tickets will be available at the gallery during regular hours from June 5th-June 9th, as well as during the night of the event. You do not need to be present to win.

Rosalux Gallery
1011 Washington Avenue S
(Open Book)
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Gallery Hours:

tuesday-thursday : 12-8pm
friday-sunday : noon-5pm

Image by Terrence Payne
Everything is Great
Oil Pastel
54" x 42"