I am BEYOND excited (& nervous & anxious) to be performing at this years Homegrown Poetry Showcase. Come down to the Duluth Folk School on Monday, April 29th at 7 p.m. to hear 30 incredible writers perform their work!Read More
Blind Spot Creatives stopped in at the weekly programming for ARE Youth Poets. We spent the evening exploring the use of imagery and how we create stories from what we pay attention to by ripping up and piecing back together our own collages.
Blind Spot Creatives has invaded the bricks at Blacklist Artisan Ales. Stop in and check out the 20+ photo gallery on display from March 3rd to April 27th. All images are for sale!Read More
Blind Spot Creatives was chosen as one of eight grantees for the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council’s Artist Access Grant. This money will be used to design a new online portfolio in order to make my work more accessible to the community.Read More
Stop in at It Takes a Village Collective |114 West Superior Street| to see the collection of 23+ pieces of photography and artwork. All available and ready for a forever home.Read More
Blind Spot Creatives & Blind Spot Wellness are hosting a monthly mindfulness and creativity workshop. Held on the first Thursday fro 6- 8 p.m. at It Takes a Village Collective. This class blends therapeutic yoga practices, mindfulness and creative writing. No experience or registration necessary. Donation based.Read More
I had the opportunity to talk with Maija with KUMD 103.3 about the upcoming Once Upon an Imagination: Opening Reception that will be held at the The Red Herring Lounge this Thursday, December 13th.
Here is a little tidbit:
KUMD 103.3 FM: What do you hope people can take away from this?
Alyssa Johnson: To slow down, to look around. To realize that life is pretty incredible and that it’s so short, and why are we becoming so busy were we don’t enjoy the simplicity. To watch the seasons change is what it comes down to… Everything around us is teaching us something, and if we can just slow down and be apart of it instead of removed from it maybe there will be a deeper connection with not only others but ourselves, and nature. It’s full circle.
Stop in at the Red Herring Lounge to see Once Upon an Imagination, a photography showcase exploring a youthful perspective. There are 14 aluminum metal photos, each hung and ready for a forever home!
Thank you to everyone who stopped by for the opening, you know how to make a girl feel loved.
On Display: December-February 2019
Red Herring Lounge, 208 East 1st Street
The walls are plastered!
Stop in at Beaners Central Coffee House to view the mixed media display.
Over 20 photographs, drawings and paintings are up on the brightly lit orange and yellow walls!
P.s…. get the waffles & a peanut butter ball.
Stop in and check it out-
Location: Beaners Central Coffee House, 324 N. Central Avenue
On Display: November 2018
YEEEHAW ~ pictures are in process!
Here is a little sneak peek into the printing of my upcoming Winter Show at the Red Herring Lounge. I will be displaying some photography exploring childhood innocence, their unadulterated sense of wonder and the beauty in simple things!
Come check it out - on display December 2018 to February 2019.
I will share opening reception details and statements as they arise :)
I AM SO EXCITED….
For a long time I’d walk into a coffee shop, the wall plastered with local work, sitting thinking to myself ‘hey, I could do that’. But that crippling voice of doubt and hesitation would scream ‘I’m not good enough’.
Well, time had passed and I became sick and tired of looking at a ‘to-do’ list absent of the things I dreamt of.
So, I penciled myself in.
Come check out some art work. I will have a display of photography, paintings and mixed media on the walls of my favorite local coffee shop. Enjoy some waffles and fresh brew, folks!
UNTITLED: Art by Alyssa
On display for the month of November
Beaners Central Coffee House - Duluth, MN
Closing Reception: November 26, 6-8 p.m.
A few months ago I showed up to an Open Mic Night at Beaners Central Coffee House. 4 people and the staff filled the space. Empty chairs and I was still consumed with hesitation… but, I was convinced this was the most ‘comfortable’ setting to share. Well, that was the beginning. I read three or four ‘poems’ - not because I thought they were very good, or important even, but because I was sick of holding it all in. Ya know, we go through life biting our tongue - sometimes it’s valuable to keep the lip zipped… However, we are living during a time where it is vital we communicate and connect with each other. We preach our freedom, yet how many of us are just sitting by in silence? We are meant to express ourselves, in whatever capacity.
It’s scary finding your voice, but damn it can be fun.
See you the Third Thursday (7-9 p.m.) of the month for Beaners Central Coffee House Open Mic Night!
“Gradually by writing you will learn more and more to be free, to say all you think; and at the same time you will learn to never lie to yourself, never to pretend. But only by writing, and long, patient, serious work will you find your true self.”
Blind Spot Creatives is proud to be apart of the Annual Owner Art Showcase at Whole Food Co-op in Duluth.
Stop in and check out the amazing work from local artists.
After the Burn
11x14 photograph, framed and ready to hang
Location: Whole Food Co-op Denfeld, 4426 Grand Avenue
On Display: The month of October, 2018
Last week I had the opportunity to teach a creative writing workshop promoting the importance of internal inquiry and the immense benefits that come with writing down your thoughts.
The setting was a big, historic, red barn with gravel as the flooring and rafters as our ceiling. Months of work went into the dreamcatchers that dangled from above, along with 50+ pieces of art work that hung behind me. 16 people stumbled into the space to pause, ponder and put pen to paper.
I had never taught something so spontaneous, as there was minimal planning... I wanted it to be free of rigidity and open to whatever showed up. At the end we had the chance to share with others in the class - I was blown away by the simple, profound insights folks shared.
This is the first of MANY - I am excited to bring this work to my new community in Duluth and look forward to learning from all the connections that will be made.
Thank you to everyone who came with an open mind and let me ease into the teachings. Please feel free to e-mail me any entries that stuck out to you if you are comfortable sharing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you Tyler McGuinness for the first photo!