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May012019

Bridgewater Lofts Partners with Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts for New Art Exhibit

“WORK WITH YOUR QUIRK” EXHIBIT TO SHOWCASE LOCAL ARTISTS WITH DISABILITIES

Partnership between Minneapolis’ Bridgewater Lofts and Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts set for May 11-June 8, 2019

The Bridgewater Lofts is known throughout the Mill District for its vibrant building-wide art exhibits. Now, the downtown condominium community is partnering with noted St. Paul arts organization Interact Center for the Performing Arts on a four-week exhibit set for the building’s main floor gallery space at 215 10th Avenue South in Minneapolis.

The exhibit’s title, “Work With Your Quirk,” is a motto of Interact, which provides adults with disabilities the opportunity to grow their artistic skills in a creative and safe environment. The exhibit will include more than forty works by eighteen Interact artists. Several pieces by Bridgewater resident Lena Osman also will be featured.

“Work With Your Quirk” is presented under the banner of Art @ the bridgewater, a rotating exhibit program organized by a committee of Bridgewater Lofts residents. “We are thrilled to showcase the work of these talented artists and introduce our residents and the larger community to the exceptional work being accomplished by Interact,” said Art @ the bridgewater committee members Dianne Walsh and Peter Zenner.

“Work With Your Quirk” is the latest in a series of rotating art exhibits presented under the banner of ART @ the bridgewater. There have been nine exhibits since the program’s official launch in July 2016.

“We have received tremendous positive feedback on ART @ the bridgewater not only from our residents but from local realtors, potential home buyers and other building visitors, noted Zenner. “It’s a wonderful amenity that has added to the day-to-day quality of life," he added.

Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts is a community of artists who choose to go through their disabilities rather than around them. The Bridgewater exhibit is a celebration of the organization’s culture of mutual inspiration and support.

“We are excited to be partnering with Bridgewater Lofts to introduce new audiences to the exceptional work of Interact artists challenging perceptions of disabilities,” said Interact Artistic Director Jeanne Calvit. “We commend the Bridgewater for its passionate commitment to the arts.”

About ART @ the bridgewater

ART @ the bridgewater is an ongoing program developed in 2014 by the Bridgewater Neighbors and Friends of the Arts, a resident-driven steering committee whose mission is to enhance, enliven and enrich the condominium community.  The program is curated by artist Alison Price, owner of Tres Leches Gallery in the Northrup King Building.

In addition to rotating exhibits, the condominium community also has embarked on an acquisition program, The Bridgewater Collection, purchasing works for permanent display from local artists including ceramic artists Maren Kloppmann, Leila Denecke and Warren MacKenzie, painter Michael Schmidt and sculptor Peter Vanni.

About Interact Center for the Performing Arts

Founded by Artistic Director, Jeanne Calvit, in 1996, Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts has transformed lives through its mission to create art that challenges perceptions of disability.  Its overriding vision is to lift all voices through the stories it tells – through original devised theater, through original visual artwork, and through the collaborative stories generated when artists with disabilities connect with their peers in a wide diversity of communities and situations.

Interact Theater has won two Ivey Awards, multiple National Endowment for the Arts awards, and has been presented by the Guthrie Dowling Studio, as well as mounting performances at The Lab, Pantages and Southern Theaters, Theater Latte Da, The Cowles Center and other venues.

Interact Visual Arts Studio shows have taken place in venues throughout the area, including Soo Vac Gallery, the Rochester Museum of Contemporary Art, NE Minneapolis’ Art-A-Whirl, Highpoint Center and its own Interact Gallery. In 2018, Interact won a prestigious grant from the state of Minnesota's Department of Human Services for “Proclaiming Our Place,” an initiative to help its artists better market their art through an expanded website featuring their work, exhibitions, workshops and networking opportunities.

For information about ART @ the bridgewater,  please contact Peter Zenner, pczenner@comcast.net or Dianne Walsh, dwalsh2009@comcast.net

For information on Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, please contact Raleigh Wolpert, Interact Director of Advancement, Cell: 612-802-7479, Desk: 651-209-3575.

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