It was Shirley Neilson who thought to call our neighborhood-based collection of artists the League of Longfellow Artists to form the lilting acronym LoLa. In 2009, she and co-founders Anita White and Bob Schmitt got the ball rolling on what has since become an annual tradition.
She was away for the ensuing four years, but is back participating again this year and will be showing at Junket: Tossed and Found, 4049 Minnehaha Ave., a locally owned shop that specializes in quality used goods and creative supply plus reuse-oriented local art.
Shirley uses the moniker Art on a Limb for her creative output; she makes beaded and sculpted jewelry, crocheted personal and kitchen accessories, topical buttons, and kitchen magnets.
What media do you work in?
Beads, Paint, Fabric, yarn, polymer, recycled and re-purposed stuff...
What inspires/informs your art?
World cultures, recycling, DIY, economic ethics, light—and shiny things! Nature, too.
What do you like about LoLa?
My thoughts the first year were to create a community art crawl that was welcoming to all, emerging and hobbyists thru professional, that was not prohibitively expensive to participate in or put on, and to celebrate local arts and artists. Also for it to be artist-created and administered. That seems to be what it is today, and I'm thrilled at LoLa's survival and growth.
Do you have anything special planned for Lola weekend?
Demos, most likely beadweaving or crocheting, and probably a treat or two.
(Junket is open every weekend through the summer and always has treats from a local bakery on hand—until they run out, at least.)