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Press Releases Target Free Thursday Nights in June Feature Brewer-in-Residence Event, Open Field Activities, and ArtPrize Pitch Night

Minneapolis, May 16, 2014—The Walker Art Center’s Target Free Thursday Nights in June feature a Gather By D’Amico Brewer-in-Residence event with Bob Roepke, master brewer of Flat Earth Brewing Company (Thursday, June 5); a collaborative Drawing Club on Open Field (Thursdays, June 19 and 26); Acoustic Campfire performances (Thursdays, June 19 and 26); and ArtPrize Pitch Night (Thursday, June 26.)

Target Free Thursday Nights
Get inspired. Get in free.
June 5, 12, 19 & 26
Galleries open 5–9 pm; special events follow.

Thursday, June 5

Brewer-in-Residence: Bob Roepke

Gather by D’Amico, 5 – 9 pm

Expanding on its popular chef-in-residence events, the Walker’s Gather by D’Amico will feature local breweries on the first Thursday of each month, May through July

Spend the evening with master brewer Bob Roepke of Flat Earth Brewing Company and enjoy samples of Angry Planet Pale Ale, Cygnus X-1 Porter, and Ovni French Style. Flat Earth Brewing Company is a growing handcraft brewery dedicated to its St. Paul roots.

Thursday, June 19 & 26

Drawing Club

Open Field, 4–8 pm

Open Field’s Drawing Club invites participatory and collaborative drawing and discussion. Led by a team of creative hosts, the sessions are open to artists of all ages, abilities, and aesthetics.

Acoustic Campfire
Open Field, 8–10 pm

Close out Target Free Thursday Nights with acoustic sets performed by local musicians as the sun goes down on the field. On June 19, Jayanthi Kyle, singer/guitarist of Black Audience, Gospel Machine, and Jayanthi and the Crybabies fame, opens the set with her wide-ranging vocals. The Two Tap Trio follows, mixing driving fiddle, flute, vocals, guitar and bouzouki to present acclaimed Irish music. On June 26, hip-hop and spoken word artist Toussaint Morrison kicks things off, and Anonymous Choir sings choral twists to pop favorites.

Thursday June 26

ArtPrize Pitch Night

Walker Cinema, 7 pm

It’s sort of like American Idol auditions for artists: five finalists take the stage to share proposals for a temporary public art installation in Grand Rapids, Michigan. That’s the site of the annual ArtPrize competition, which draws some 400,000 people who view thousands of artworks and vote to bestow upon one of them a $200,000 grand prize.

In Minnesota, the Pitch Night audience helps a panel award $5,000 to an artist to help take his or her proposal to ArtPrize 2014. Presented by the Walker and mnartists.org, in partnership with ArtPrize.

ArtPrize 2012 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Photo courtesy Brian Kelly Photography

Drawing Club

Bob Roepke

Photo: courtesy D’Amico

Jayanthi Kyle

Jayanthi Kyle. Photo Courtesy the Artist.