my first art-a-whirl (an introvert being her best extrovert for three days)

I’m all set up for Art-a-Whirl starting this Friday, May 17, in Northeast Minneapolis. I’m located in studio #155 of the Northrup King Building. I’m the guest artist in a studio with six other tremendously talented artists. We all offer such different styles of work, but the aesthetics of our pieces go very well together.

If you’re out and about during Art-a-Whirl, please stop on by even to just say hello or have a look. It’s always nice to see friendly faces.


Art-a-Whirl is one of the biggest art events in the Twin Cities, and I’m very excited and nervous to be a part of this massive 3-day event. I’m excited to have the opportunity to share my work with thousands of visitors streaming through the open studios and galleries. I’m looking forward to chatting with guests, learning what draws them into my work. I’m looking forward to checking out some other artists here and there if I’m able to sneak away for a few minutes. However, I’m also a bit apprehensive, because I’m putting a lot of time and energy into this endeavor.


Sample colored-in mandala postcard (foreground), ready-to-purchase postcards (background)

I’ve stocked up on cards and postcards. I’m also introducing new coloring mandala postcards. I’ve had several of my hand-drawn mandala designs printed on this fantastic thick paper for meditative coloring, and they come with an envelope, so you can mail your prettiness on to a friend (or totally keep it for yourself, I won’t judge.)

I’ve also been very busy over the past couple of month work on a bunch of small canvas works! Art should be available for all budgets, so I wanted to have a lot of affordable pieces available.

For those of you who follow me on social media, you’ve been see me work on a lot of these smaller 4in x 4in, 5in x 5in, 6in x 6in pieces. If you stop by Art-a-Whirl, and you’d seen some colors or particular pieces you were interested in, they aren’t on my table–it might have sold, but, it also might be in my back stock! So, by all means, feel free to ask, and I can check.

When selling art, if you put out too much people subconsciously devalue your work thinking it’s too easy to create or access, etc. Also, it’s possible to overwhelm people with too many choices. So, I’m happy to help show people other color options, similar pieces, or other works that would go well with a piece–just ask, I’m nice, I promise.


4in x 4in x 1.5in acrylic intuitive painting on canvas • Carly Swenson • 2019

Not attending Art-a-Whirl? There’s good news for you too! I will be posting all my remaining small works in my online shop after I move apartments at the end of the month. So if you’re interested in adding some fun little original works to your home decor, I’ve got you covered.

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