Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Light Grey Game Night: Horror/Mystery

Murder! Darkness! Betrayal! Evil! Those scary words could only mean one thing; it's time for another Light Grey Game Night! Mark your calendar for Wednesday, April 30th from 6:30 to 9:30 PM!

As you might remember, we're attaching a theme to each night to help people narrow down what games they might want to bring (although you're still welcome to bring whatever you'd like!). This week's theme is Horror/Mystery!

So bring a change clothes because you're bound to wet your pants battling Dracula in Castle Ravenloft, slinging paranoid accusations in Ultimate Werewolf, searching out a stealthy murderer in Clue, or scrambling around the globe desperately trying stop the Old Ones from awakening in Eldritch Horror, among plenty of others! If you have a favorite mysterious board game, bring it!

So grab your friends, family or favorite stack of board games, and come play with us! RSVP via our Facebook event, and feel free to share! The more the merrier!

Also, here's a sneak peek at the next few Light Grey Game Nights, so you can plan accordingly!
  • April 30th -- Horror Game Night
  • May 21st -- Historic Game Night
  • June 4th -- Party Game Night

Animystics Opens Friday, April 25th!

Animystics Illuminated Mystique by Lillian Joan Duermeier

We are just a few short days away from the Animystics Opening reception, and could not be more excited to release the work of over 120 new works of art! These lovely pieces were made by illustrators, designers, printmakers, and creators from around the world! We just released the first glimpses at these works on the Light Grey Shop. There, you can check out all of the signed prints and originals, as well as read all about the unique attributes and mystical properties of these animals!

Animystics Wren Day by Teagan White

Each artist will be donating proceeds from their work to local shelters: The Animal Humane Society, Feline Rescue Inc., and Homeward Bound Dog Rescue. All of these adorable works and donations will go to a good cause- helping save and care for our furry friends!

I See the Night Clearly by Day by Valerie Ann Chua

We hope you join us here at Light Grey Art Lab this Friday, from 7-10PM! It will be a huge celebration of all of the animals in our lives! You are welcome to bring your own friendly pets, stop by our hotdog station, or get your photo taken in our animal photobooth! You can see more information about the opening reception on the Animystics Facebook Page here. You can also support this project, the artists, and all of the animals by purchasing work on the online shop or donating to the Animal Humane Society Walk for Animals.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Pangolin by Nick Blazey


Nick Blazey is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer living in Auckland, New Zealand. He graduated from Graphic Design at AUT in 2010 and now works at Periscope Design. Currently he shares a studio space with 4 other artists and has been working on developing his illustration style. Nick has been in a couple shows with us at Light Grey and we're excited to have him join us for this one! This FRIDAY we're hosting a big party for the animals in our lives through our upcoming Animystics Exhibition!

We'll be showcasing Nick's work alongside the work of over 100 artists. His illustration direction is hugely inspired by the environment and the natural world. This has stemmed from his childhood experiences of sailing and exploring the islands surrounding New Zealand’s east coast.

Come see his piece in person this FRIDAY from 7 - 10pm. See the details here!

Animal Name: Pangolin

Animal Type: Scaled mammal

Physical Attributes: The Pangolin has a human form with plate like scales made of keratin. He has a long tail to aid with balance and grip when climbing.

Mystical Attributes: The Pangolin is a manifestation of the forest. His body and mind is a fragment of the land, trees and animals. He is capable of leaping through the forest at unnatural speed and with stealth enabling him to remain unseen.

You can find prints of it (along with the original) on the Light Grey Art Shop!
A portion of all of the sales of his work will go to raising money for the Animal Humane Society!

See more of Nick's amazing work here on his site!

Podcast: Intelligent Creatures

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Download the MP3 or Subscribe via iTunes!

Intelligent Creatures
Length: 01:06:00
Synopsis: There's an old saying, "you can't teach an old dog new tricks." And believe it or not, it's not a metaphor. On this week's podcast, we talk about how amazingly intelligent, compassionate, creative, and almost human-like animals can be.

Show Notes:
Alex & Me by Irene Pepperberg
Wild crows inhabiting the city use it to their advantage - Youtube
Animal Minds - National Geographic

Friday, April 18, 2014

Omnibus Treasury Artists Announced!


Thanks to everyone that entered our call for art for the next show at Light Grey!
We're happy to announce the list of participating artists!

The Omnibus Treasury
an Illustrated Jewelry Exhibition
Opens May 30th
7 - 10pm
at Light Grey Art Lab
118 E. 26th Street #101
Minneapolis Minnesota 55404

The month of June will be all about decoration, baubles, and items we have and wear that define who we want to be, or the elements we adorn ourselves with that say a little bit about who we are. We're excited to dip into another medium - transforming 2d elements into 3d treasures. Each artist will be creating a designer collection of jewelry for the Omnibus Treasury. We can't wait!

Participating Artists:
Angela Rizza
Angela Taguiang
Ann Macarayan
Bridie Cheeseman
Caitlin Clarkson
Camille Chew
Celine Loup
Chelsea Kenna
Delia Evin
Ellen Su
Irena Frietas
Isabel Seliger
Jenessa Kundinger
Jennifer Hom
Jenny Bookler
Joe Lillington
Julia Lavine
Leigh Luna
Lindsay Nohl
Lynn Wang
Meg Hunt
Phoenix Chan
Rachel Wingard
Rebecca Olene
Rose Wong
Shannon May
Stephanie Engel

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Animystics: Artists and Animals with David Aguado

Meet David Aguado, from Valencia, Spain! David works as a freelance artist making illustrations and paintings, and has an interest in Concept Art. He has participated in exhibitions in Spain, the United States, and the Netherlands, including Light Grey Art Lab's past show, 6 Degrees Postcard Exhibition. We are happy to feature his work again in our Animystics show. Here is a preview of what he has created!

Steppenwolf by David Aguado SteppenWolf

David loves the author Herman Hesse, and was inspired by his novel Steppenwolf when he created this illustration. According to David, the Steppenwolf represents the animal, wild, and natural sides of us, and can help people to know themselves.

You can see more of David Aguados's work on his blog here. You can also see David's work for the Animystics Exhibition on the Light Grey Shop here. A portion of the proceeds from David's work will be donated to Homeward Bound Rescue. All of the artwork will be released on the Animystics website and online shop on Friday, April 18th! Keep your eyes out for details!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Animystics- Artists and Animals with Ellen Su

Meet Ellen Su, a 3D and concept artist based in NYC. Ellen works in the commercial and film industry, has interned at studios like Pixar Animation Studio, and recently worked with William Joyce at his studio, Moonbot, on a short film. We are happy to have her for our upcoming Animystics exhibition.

JazzAlso, meet Ellen's adorable Norwegian Elkhound, Jazz!

"She loves the snow but hates the rain and has an obsession with apples and peanut butter. She also sheds a lot a lot a lot and really likes having her ears scratched!"

Here is a preview of Ellen's illustration, including her process sketches! Process for Pixiu by Ellen Su

Pixiu by Ellen Su
Thanks Ellen!

You can see more of Ellen Su's work on her portfolio site here. You can also see Ellen's work for the Animystics Exhibition on the Light Grey Shop here. A portion of the proceeds from Ellen's work will be donated to Homeward Bound Rescue. All of the artwork will be released on the Animystics website and online shop on Friday, April 18th! Keep your eyes out for details!