We are bringing back the lost art of the European “Salon”.
Art takes many forms - visual, performing, culinary. We’d like you to join us!
Judd Street Exchange, home of the Van Dell Studio & Gallery, is located above the historic Marine General Store and is a premiere gallery for visual arts exhibitions. Its offerings as a venue will now expand! The “Salon Series” will feature music, theatre, spoken word, dance, and more in monthly gatherings designed to fully immerse an intimate audience into the world of a specific art form. A combination of performance and creativity exchange, this new collection of live art will begin this May and include events all year long.
Scroll down for a little "Salon" history!
Anda Flamenco company has continued to bring the passionate purity of authentic Spanish flamenco to their captivated and loyal Twin Cities audiences since 2002. Come enjoy the forceful beauty of this Spanish folk art form with all of its virtuoso guitar mastery and percussive footwork!
Kristina de Sacramento began studying flamenco 34 years ago in Paris. It made her change course from being a figure painter to a flamenco dancer, and then eventually to being the artistic director of her own company, Anda Flamenco. In Kristina’s life, the sun rises and sets on flamenco.
"Rafael de Tresa" has been an actor, singer, dancer, and guitarist whose principal focus for years has been flamenco. He is happiest when he realizes an audience has felt the same thing he has at the end of his performance.
“La Aceituna” began her flamenco career 40 years ago, with time off to raise a family. In addition to performing with Anda, she also performs with two Florida-based companies. Her motto: Flamenco is more than a passion - it’s a part of my soul.
“La Gaviota” moved to Madrid to further her flamenco study shortly after she began in 1982. After taking a break to raise a family, she joined Anda in 2009. Gaviota’s performance goal is to take her audience on a journey to Spain.
Tuesday, October 3rd
Thursday, October 19th
Theatre & Literature
Directors Calyssa Hall and Randal Berger with Actors David Michaeli, Stephen Neff, Sarah Dickson, Cassidy Hall, and Michael Dufault
Synesthesia Artist Sarah Kraning and Composer Dana Vannen Anderson
Steve Clarke with Other Country Ensemble
Comedian Jason Douglas
A little history on the European "Salon”:
“Salons are nothing new, humans have been gathering together to discuss and debate ideas, and to share and savor new literature and music for centuries. They fall in and out of trend depending on the era, but for a solid 400 years or so, from about 1500 – 1900, salons were popular across Europe. The term salon suggests some modicum of regularity, and with that regularity came conversation, connection and community. Sometimes salons centered around a specific theme like poetry and at other times they were more general in scope. But the one central theme amongst them all was that the focus was on listening and speaking to each other, learning from those around you, your fellow guests at the salon.
While the roots of the salon can be found in Ancient Greece and Rome, the first recorded salons took place in Italy in the 15th Century, and these were a precursor to the Enlightenment Period. They were an opportunity for artists, poets, musicians, thinkers, the Renaissance intellectual glitteratti and their hangers-on, to come together across social classes to hob-nob and share ideas…” (Read more at this amazing source: thesalonhost.com)