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February 28, 2005 // UPDATED 1:52 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Anna Pratt
Anna Pratt

Draw, Spot, draw

Are your friends always trying to steal pages of your sketchbooks or convince you to give them a page of your doodles? Or your throwaway prints, the ones that didn't turn out? Have you ever caught any of them digging through your garbage, searching for fragments of your work? Or maybe you've been able to distribute your artwork to them more legitimately - you've made copies of your illustrations, zines and posters that play with text, layout and pictures.

All are fair game for the Minnesota Center for Book Arts' upcoming show "Spot On; The Art of Zines and Graphic Novels."

Send submissions with an SASE to MCBA, attention: Spot On, at 1011 Washington Ave. S., Mpls., MN 55415. Deadline for entry is Mar. 19. Work should include artist's name, address and phone number. Only originals will be considered.

It's alive!

Whoever proclaimed that painting was dead (it's been declared a few times) didn't consider the possibility of painting with alternatives. Or creativity with such miscellaneous items as masking tape, polyester, spray paint, silk, latex, fabric remnants, enamel and textiles - all of which could go incognito as pigments in the near "future."

Artist Jacob Lunderby is one of those people keeping painting alive. He doesn't shy away from floral stuff that grandma would love, as well as pretty stars, sunbursts and other colorful patterns. He decorates wallpaper panels with cutouts of birds, stencils and stickers. Lunderby sometimes gets downright kitschy. Despite their primitive hands-on aspects, his art re-creates our aesthetic of technology and automated forms. They resemble computer-generated patterns with undulating waves; layers overlap and create an illusion of depth. Lunderby's sophisticated graphics prove that painters still ably capture what's going on in the world.

Tu-Sa through Mar. 11; Tu-F 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sa 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Circa Gallery, 1637 Hennepin Ave. S. Free. 332-2386, www.circagallery.org.

Sweet Jane

"Jane Eyre the Musical" is based on Charlotte Bronte's Victorian novel that unfolds in a marathon of years with elements of psychological terror, religious overtones, Gothic hints, fires and other omens. "Jane Eyre" added shadows and violence to the romantic upholstery. The story is like one of the old mansions where it's set - creaky, haunted and full of secret passageways. Each chapter leads to another hidden room. Now it's set to music.

Through a thorny journey, Jane maintains a remote coolness. Being working class, she takes jobs as a governess. During a job at Thornfield Hall, she makes friends. But her employer, Edward Rochester, is an enigma. Eventually, of course, she falls in love with the alternately crabby and sensitive man. That is, until an important revelation comes to light.

After the revelation, Jane flees and accidentally stumbles into a family that receives her warmly. Years pass, but Jane's love for Rochester doesn't waver. They're brought back together in a shared moment of despair when she hears him calling her. A fire has left him blind and crippled. But the thing that prevented their marriage earlier has been destroyed and Rochester's arrogant edges have softened.

F-Su through Mar. 20, 7:30 p.m. (plus M Mar. 14, 7:30 p.m. & Su Mar. 20, 2:30 p.m.) Hennepin Stages, 824 Hennepin Ave. S. $24. 651-989-5151, www.hennepintheatredistrict.com.

So fine

"Twenty Fine Years Exhibition" is a retrospective of eight printers' efforts that express the best of the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. All but one of these artists enjoyed residencies at the center at some point. This group's fine press books are diverse and illuminate an expansive history of printing within the last two decades. These examples testify to old and new technologies.

There are poetry chapbooks printed exclusively in lead type or photopolymer plates or with the help of computers. Some pages are stark. Others are mostly visual or feature pockets that pop up or fold out. All show off fine attention to detail and a respect for the signature of a printmaker who's carrying on the 15th-century tradition.

Tu-Sa thru Mar. 26; Tu 10 a.m.-9 p.m., W-Sa 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 1011 Washington Ave. S. Free. 215-2520, www.mnbookarts.org.