15th Annual Twin Cities 20th Century Design Show and Sale

Saturday September 20th and Sunday September 21st 2014

Minnesota State Fairgrounds at the Progress Center Building in St. Paul, Minnesota

15th Annual 20th Century Art and Design
Show and Sale
"From Mission to Modern"

The 15th Annual Twin Cities Arts and Crafts Show and Sale has a new name and a new look. The newly named Twin Cities 20th Century Art and Design Show "From Mission to Modern" is still the largest event in the Midwest showcasing mission furniture and accessories of the American Arts and Crafts Movement (1890 - 1920), but now will include other 20th Century movements including Art Moderne, Art Deco and Mid Century. It will still be held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in the Progress Center Building on Saturday September 20th and Sunday September 21st, 2014. You'll find furniture, metalwork, pottery, textiles, art and lighting; everything from Stickley, Limbert, Roycroft, Rookwood and the esteemed Minneapolis Handicraft Guild. High quality reproductions will be for sale as well. The nations leading dealers will be on hand to answer questions and advise on how to decorate your home.

Now, the show will also offer the highest quality 20th Century Design including pieces by Eames, Herman Miller, Knoll and much more. We are proud to have exhibiting some of the best award winning galleries including Eastwood Gallery, Spinario Design and Timelines to name a few. We are also very proud that Grapefruit Moon Gallery will be participating as well. Grapefruit Moon Gallery owner Daniel Murphy, is a leading national dealer of exclusive original paintings by Gil Elvgren, Alberto Vargas, Earl Moran, Rolf Armstrong and Henry Clive, as well as vintage photographs, prints, and period decorative arts in ceramic and metal.

A unique show, unlike anything the Twin Cities has seen before. The 15th Annual Twin Cities 20th Century Art and Design Show and Sale "From Mission to Modern" will offer the highest quality, and will certainly be a show talked about for a long time. All under one roof and one weekend only, Saturday September 20th from 9 am - 5 pm and Sunday September 21st from 11 am - 4 pm at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds Progress Center Building. Admission is only $7. For more information call 651-695-1902.


The show is located on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds at the Progress Center Building in St. Paul, Minnesota 55108. Located on Snelling Avenue at 1265 North Snelling Avenue. Coming from Interstate 94 from the east or west, exit on Snelling Avenue and head North approximately 3 miles. Take a left at the Main Entrance to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds(Dan Patch Avenue). After going through the main gate, take your first right and head north until you run into the Progress Center Building. Free Parking on the fairgrounds.

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Saturday Presentations:

All presentations will be given in the Progress Center Building. Free with paid admission to the show.

10:30 AM

"Illustrating America: A Minnesotan History of Calendar and Advertising Art

Encompassing everything from the nostalgic depictions of hearth and home seen on the covers of magazines like the Saturday Evening Post to the idealized girl-next-door pin ups whose visages graced the walls of homes, dorms, barricks, and garages across the country, illustration art has long been the defining visual language of America. Despite the ubiquity of these images, few realize the incredible artistry of the men and women who worked as illustrators, and rarely do people get the chance to examine original examples in person of the pastels and paintings which went on to appear as advertisements, calendars, and in magazines across the country.

For much of the 20th century, Minnesota was an epicenter for commercial art. Home to the Brown & Bigelow and Louis F Dow calendar companies, the Twin Cities were the site of these two giants ever escalating fight to hire and retain the hottest illustrators. Using original examples for both companies created by the king of pin up Gil Elvgren, Sarahjane Blum-Murphy, co-owner of Grapefruit Moon Gallery will unpack the untold saga of these companies hyper competition for the calendar market. Along with the original artworks will be printed examples of the calendars, illuminating the significance the technical choices these two commercial lithography companies made would come to have on their fortunes.

Along with this exploration of the art and calendar art, Ms. Blum-Murphy will be drawing on examples by Edward Brewer for the long running Cream of Wheat advertising campaign to analyze the significant role the Minneapolis milling industry would go on to have in our vision of Americana."

11:30 AM

Influence of Asian Design on Mission Forms and Danish Furniture

This presentation will be based on similar furniture design elements that show up across the world, in different cultures, and throughout time. The elements and their principles behind them are arrived at independently but are based on borrowed knowledge. In todays fast paced world being influenced by social media is making it perhaps impossible to track down where an idea started. Within moments that idea can travel the globe and begin to influence people in a way never before possible.

Jim will be focusing on Asian furniture designs as a base to which other movements later on would borrow from. With its smooth surfaces, square structural foundations, thru tenons, over hanging edges and balance, it is easy to then see how this influenced the late 19th century and early 20th century Mission movement. Using different woods and adapting principles to form a unique style to a different culture.

Then some years later beautiful simple designs start to flow from Denmark. This furniture was using again different woods but had many of the similar principles that originated in Asia some 200 years before. Smooth lines based on balance and form. Function and beauty woven together forming a whole new interpretation of furniture design.

Furniture is not the only result of this influence obviously. The trade routes that went through Asia in the 15th century from the Scandinavian countries introduced blue and white porcelain from the Imari islands. It is hard not to think of blue and white pottery and not think of Bing and Grondahl, Royal Copenhagen, and Delft works done in Holland. From the arts and crafts era there is of course Dedham pottery.

Showing examples of an Asian chair and a Danish Chair, a mission cabinet and an Asian cabinet, and a blue and white Imari bowl, a blue and white Royal Copenhagen piece and a Dedham piece, you will be able to see these similarities.

12:30 PM

"Options For Restoring and Tiling A Fireplace"

Roger L. Mayland from North Prairie Tileworks will discuss and illustrate some of the various options for restoring an existing tile fireplace surround and hearth or designing a new fireplace with period-style ceramic tile. North Prairie has been involved in numerous fireplace restorations over 23 years including three fireplaces in the Kansas State House, Signet Society at Harvard, and various fine homes in St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Dealer List

20th Century Art and Design
Newport, MN

Althea Maps and Prints
St. Paul, MN

Boom Glass Art
Minneapolis, MN

Bungalow Pros
Lake Mills, WI

Carol Eppel Antiques
Stillwater, MN

Common Ground Pottery
Vero Beach, FL

Craftsmen Hardware Co. Ltd
Marceline, MO

Century Studios
St. Paul, MN

Christine L. Boone Antiques
Roscoe, IL

Cindy Lingren
Minneapolis, MN

Clay Squared to Infinity
Minneapolis, MN

Contes Antiques
Moorhead, MN

Dard Hunter Studios
Chillicothe, OH

David Heide Design Studio
Minneapolis, MN

Door Pottery
Madison, WI

Dovetail Antiques
Deerfield, WI

Eastwood Gallery
St. Paul, MN

FMG Designs
Chicago, IL

Ford Craftsman Studios
Mansfield, TX

Gallenberg Studio
White Lake, WI

Grapefruit Moon Gallery
Minneapolis, MN

Handcraft Gallery
Chicago, IL

Hiro Fine Art
Minneapolis, MN

J&G Antiques
Rock Island, IL

Rock Island, IL

Jim & Ellen Tyne
Dekalb, IL

Just Art Pottery
Peoria, IL

Master Framers
St. Paul, MN

Minnesota Art Pottery Association

Nokomis Antiques
Minneapolis, MN

North Prairie Tileworks
Minneapolis, MN

Oberkirsch Designs
Hillsboro, MO

Phil Taylor Antiques
Ottumwa, IA

Pottery Sales
Appleton, WI

Prairie Woodworking
Minneapolis, MN

Pratt Clay Studio
Lake Geneva, WI

Red Dust Antiques
Minneapolis, MN

SALA Architects
Minneapolis, MN

Spinario Design
Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis, MN

Stone Hollow Tile
Blaine, MN

St. Paul, MN

Swartzendruber Furniture Creations
Goshen, IN

St. Paul, MN

Tom Bojanowski
St. Paul, MN

Turn of the Century Editions/The Parchment Press
Kalamazoo, MI

Twin City Mission
St. Paul, MN

Twin Cities Bungalow Club
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN



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Best Western Bandana Square
1010 Bandana Boulevard West
St. Paul, MN 55108

Country Inn and Suites
2905 Snelling Avenue North
Roseville, MN 55113

Courtyard Marriott
2905 Centre Pointe Drive
Roseville, MN 55113

Fairfield Inn and Suites Marriott
3045 Centre Pointe Drive
Roseville, MN 55113

Holiday Inn Express
2715 Long Lake Road
Roseville, MN 55113
800-451-7258 or 651-636-5800

2540 Cleveland Avenue North
Roseville, MN 55113

Residence Inn
2985 Centre Pointe Drive
Roseville, MN 55113

Roseville Super 8
2401 Prior Avenue
Roseville, MN 55113