Twin Cities Artful Book Club
Join us on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 - 8pm.
Our book club explores the lives of artists and the creative process.
The variety of our past books have included stories about musicians, writers,
painters, sculptors, dancers, woodcarvers, and many more throughout history.
We explore biographies, memoirs, fiction, and non-fiction books about artists.
If you are an artist or not, please join us any first Tuesday evening.
At this time we are gathering via ZOOM.
If you wish to join us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
What we're Reading now
Blooming in Winter: The Story of a Remarkable Twentieth-Century Woman by Pamela Valois
July holiday week we are skipping bookclub so you can go out and play.
Due to our traditional July pause, we thought it might be a good time to delve into some personal art practice. Looking forward to sharing whatever you decide to try, or SEE, while exploring the two titles listed.
Drawing Your Own Path: 33 Practices at the Crossroads of Art and Meditation by John F. Simon Jr
Zen of Seeing: Seeing/Drawing as Meditation by Frederick Franck.
Art is a Tyrant: The Unconventional Life of Rosa Bonheur by Catherine Hewitt
What We've read
Art and Fear-Ted Orland
Color- Victoria Finlay
Mr Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder-Lawerence Weschler
Lee Krasner-Gail Levin
Everybody Was So Young - Amanda Vaill
Just Kids -Patti Smith
Trust the Process-Shawn McNiff
The Writing Life-Annie Dillard
Loving Frank -Nancy Horan
Dorthea Lange -Linda Gordon
Still Life with Oysters and Lemon -Mark Doty
Renoir, My Father -Jean Renoir
The Girl with the Gallery -Lindsay Pollack
But is it Art? -Cynthia Freeland
The Creative Habit -Twyla Tharp
Romance on Three Legs- Katie Hafneer
Growing Pains -Emily Carr
Matisse The Master- Hilary Spurling
The Art of Acquiring, a portrait of Etta and Claribel Cone -Mary Gabriel
Wabi-Sabi -Leonard Koren
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher-Timothy Eagan
Gold Finch -Donna Tartt
The Anthropology of Turquoise -Ellen Meloy
Paper Garden- Molly Peacock
The Lost Carving: A jouney to the heart of making - David Esterly
The Last Folk Hero,A True Story of Race and Art, Power and Profit -Andrew Dietz
A Month in the Country -JL Carr
The Protest Singer - Alc Wilkinson
Lady in Gold - Anne-Marie O’Connor
Mockingbird - Charles J. Shields
The Elegance of the Hedgehog -Muriel Barbery
The White Blackbird -Honor Moore
The Forger’s Apprentice - Mark Forgy
Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d’Art, - Christopher Moore
Wendy and the Lost Boys- Julie Salamon
Girl with a Pearl Earring- Tracy Chevalier
Diamond in the Rough- Shawn Colvin
Girl in Hyacinth Blue- Susan Vreeland
Yes Please-Amy Poelher
Flappers- Judith Mackrell
The Rockwell Heist- Bruce Rubenstein
Utopia Parkway- Deborah Solomon
Norman Rockwell- Laura Claridge
Beatrix Potter, A life in Nature- by Linda Lear
With Billy by Julia Blackburn
A Backward Glance, Autobiography by Edith Wharton
Red Brick Black Mountain White Clay by Christopher Benfey
The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean
Imagination in Action, Secrets to Unleashing Creative Expression by Shaun McNiff
A Summer of Hummingbirds, by Christopher Benfey
Peacock Vine, A.S. Byatt
Tulip Fever, Deborah Moggach
Mozart’s Women, by Jane Glover
The Song Poet: A Memoir of my Father by Kao Kalia Yang
The Turquoise Ledge by Leslie Marmon Silko
A Choice of Weapons by Gordon Parks
Girls Like Us by Shelia Weller
The Zen of Creativity: Cultivating Your Artistic Life by John Daido Lorri
Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work by Edwidge Danticat
Andrew Wyeth: by Richard Meryman
Full Bloom: The Art and Life of Georgia O'Keeffe,
The Book of Emma Reyes, Emma Reyes,Translated by Daniel Alarocon.
You Must Change Your Life, Rachel Corbett
Blue Arabesque, Patricia Hampl
I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen, Simmons, Sylvie
The Art Of Setting Stones: Writings from the Japanese Garden, Marc Peter Keane
Gypsy Jazz: In Search of Diango Reinhardt and the Soul of Gypsy Swing, Michael Dregni
Jewels, A Secret History. Victoria Finlay
Agnes Martin, Pioneer, Painter, Icon by Henry Martin
Pictures at an Exhibition by Sara Houghteling
The Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson
The Hidden Recipes by Eva Moreimi
Dearest of Geniuses, A life of Theodate Pope Riddle by Sandra L. Katz
Mona Lisa, A Life Discovered by Dianne Hales
The White Road: Journey into an Obsession by Edmund de Waal
The Source of Self Regard by Toni Morrison
Cræft: An Inquiry Into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts by Alexander Langlands
Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Saks
The Art of Description. World into Word by Mark Doty
Clear Seeing Place by Brian Rutenberg
Mozart's Starling by Lyanda Lynn Haupt
Artcurious: Stories of the unexpected, Slightly Odd and Strangely Wonderful Art History
by Jennifer Dasal
I Always Loved You by Olivera Robin
Ninth Street Women by Mary Gabriel
Upstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver
Design Like You Give a Damn : Building Change from the Ground Up by Kate Stohr
The Age of Creativity: Art, Memory, My Father, and Me by Emily Urquhart
Anything you care to explore about art director and artist Cipe Pineles:
Two Remembrances (Graphic Design Archives Chapbook Series, 2) by Estelle Ellis.
Leave Me Alone with the Recipes: The Life, Art, and Cookbook of Cipe Pineles: Cipe Pineles
Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? A Memoir by Roz Chas
Three Simple Lines, A Writer's Pilgrimage Into the Heart and Homeland of Haiku by Natalie Goldberg
Noon at Tiffany's: An Historical, Biographical Novel by Echo Heron.
Raw Materials Working Wool in the West by Stephany Wilkes.
33 Artists in 3 Acts by Sarah Thornton.
Mary Colter, Architect of the Southwest by Berke, Arnold
Christo and Jean-Claude by Burt Chernow
Living Color: Painting, Writing, and the Bones of Seeing by Natalie Goldberg
A Short Life of Trouble, Forty Years in the New York Art World by Marcia Tucker
Chasing Me to my Grave, An Artist's Memoir of the Jim Crow South by Winfred Rembert and Erin Kelly
A Rift in the Earth, Art, Memory, and the Fight of a Vietnam War Memorial by James Reston, JR.
Taste My Life Through Food by Stanley Tucci
Inside The Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York's Legendary Chelsea Hotel by Sherill Tippins
The Secret Life of Sunflowers by Marta Molnar
Vivian Maier: A Photographer's Life and Afterlife by Pamela Bannos