Thursday, August 16, 2018
4pm to 7pm
Du Nord Craft Spirits (voted best cocktails by Star Tribune)
2610 E 32nd St., Minneapolis MN 55406)

Please join us for an early evening of inspiration. This event features three gifted, pivotal artists and their compelling and beautiful work in a local distillery with a relaxed cocktail room serving house-made spirits.

This is your chance to see what IOU Arts is all about and why we raise funds to celebrate local, differently abled artists—highlighting a different, local business location for every event.

To purchase a limited ticket in advance, email info@iouarts.org or call Rose Rosario at 651-491-3115. You may also pay at the door, but advance tickets are recommended for the VIP Experience.

Admission

VIP Experience – $35 per person

  • 4-5pm private admission, 5-7pm general admission
  • Exclusive art exhibition preview
  • Meet the artists
  • Exclusive distillery tour and spirits tasting
  • One craft drink ($10 value)
  • Light dinner fare

General Admission – $15 per person

  • 5-7pm general admission
  • One craft drink ($10 value)
  • Bar snacks
  • Art exhibition
  • Du Nord food for purchase

FEATURED ARTISTS

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Kari Wagner

Kari was born with cerebral palsy. As a result, Kari can’t hold a paintbrush with her hands. Instead, she uses a special piece of adaptive equipment that fits on her head and holds the paintbrush for her. Thus, her head movements dictate her brush strokes.

Kari expressed an interest in art at an early age. She worked with an art therapist at Courage Center to explore different mediums. Painting was the natural fit. “It was difficult for me at first,” she conveys. “But I found that with patience I could effectively express my thoughts and emotions through painting.”

Due to her cerebral palsy, Kari is unable to speak. She has a specialized computerized communication device that assists her in communicating with others. It also enables her to work as a data entry clerk.

Kari’s art gives her another way to express her creativity, her feelings and most importantly, her faith.

Devin Wildes

Devin is a 22 year old young man who is an accomplished artist and who struggles with severe autism. His amazing art overshadows his lack of communication skills. There is no medium that he does not enjoy. From sculpture, videography, jewelry making, screen printing, and painting in multiple mediums, Devin has the unique ability to express himself vividly through art.

He has won several 1st place awards for the da Vinci Fest and his art has premiered in local galleries in Stillwater, MN. Devin’s art was chosen for The Autism 5K in 2014 where his featured art piece was used on Race banners and t-shirts.

Devin has shared his life’s struggles throughout the years with different media outlets. From PBS, The Pioneer Press, The Star Tribune and most recently Architectural Digest, Devin has been a representative for children with autism and fighting for his rights.

Devin is a current artist at Interact, a center for performing and visual arts in St. Paul, MN. He is a spokesperson for Art Force’s WINGS program where his work is sold to corporations and healthcare facilities who appreciate artists with health challenges.

Anya Soberano

Anya came to America from the Philippines over 10 years ago. She was born deaf and had bilateral cochlear implant when she was 9. She is a third-year electrical engineering technology student at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. She found her gift of art a few years ago, since then she is inspired to draw more during her spare time.