Sunday, September 18, 2016

artreach st. croix mobile art gallery at marine art fair

ArtReach St. Croix launched the mobile art gallery at the Marine on St. Croix Art Fair this weekend.  The design started in June at ArtReach located in Stillwater, MN.  I teamed up with Heather Rutledge, director at ArtReach, to envision a mobile gallery, art stand, and performance venue to engage communities along the St. Croix river valley as part of ArtReach's mission to "make art accessible to everyone".  After design approval, we hired two steel welders to assemble the steel frame atop a newly purchased flat bed trailer.  Fabrication started in August, meanwhile in September roofers and volunteers finished out the interior for its debut at Marine Art Fair.  Also, featured on the back of the mobile gallery is a signature graffiti art mural by "EROS One73" J.R. Sabasttian. There are some pending items to finish before the mobile gallery is fully operating, but it was great to see it in use at the art fair on this beautiful, sunny, late summer day!

ArtReach St. Croix

Architect, Anna Koosmann, and Director of ArtReach, Heather Rutledge, design team! - photo by Susan Koosmann
Heather Rutledge in teal speaking with ArtReach member.

Mobile gallery measures 10'x6'x9' (high). Enough space to step up and walk-in to view art works.

Art on display!

"EROS One73" graffiti art at the backside of the mobile gallery.

Monday, July 18, 2016

st. croix valley mobile art gallery

rendering for the proposed St. Croix Valley mobile art gallery.
On the boards and ongoing collaboration with ArtReach St. Croix in Stillwater, MN to fabricate a mobile pop-up art trailer for a gallery, fresh art roadside stand, and performance placemaking.  The design is being developed and scheduled to launch this September for the performance event "Take Me To The River".  Please help us realize this fun and creative way to bring art to St. Croix River Valley communities.

Donate here: Indiegogo Mobile Art Gallery

links: ArtReach St. Croix

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Negret Wine Company Art Fair

Flower Essence series, the Laughing Lotus, and Pagka-pinay series on display at Negret Wine Co. Art Fair, June 11 &12.

Negret Wine Company in Hudson Wisconsin, hosted a two-day art fair exhibiting local artists from the St. Croix River Valley on June 11 & 12.  Anna Koosmann's Flower Essence series and her new version of Hersley Casero's Ha? project, Laughing Lotus, were on display.  It was a wonderfully warm summer weekend to share in art, wine, and friendship at Negret.

Laughing Lotus, Anna Koosmann's latest version of Hersley Casero's collaborative art movement, the Ha? project.

This video shows the transformation of Anna Koosmann's Laughing Boy portrait created in 2014 at Art at the Heart in Hudson, WI into the Laughing Lotus portrait 2016.  The process is about re-creating your story, transform the old and out-dated into something new - Create to Elevate!

Vincent Negret, owner and wine maker, holds up his new Ha? project t-shirt.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Pagka-pinay "being Filipino" at Global M.A.D.E Gallery 120

Pagka-pinay series: Saging (banana) and Balloon series paintings beyond

It was a cold and brisk evening for May during Artful Friday's opening at Global M.A.D.E Gallery 120 in River Falls, Wisconsin last Friday.  We all managed to warm up inside among the colorful display of artworks created by local artists in the St. Croix river valley.  I was one of five local artists to exhibit the architecture work and paintings created in the Philippines.  It was great to see the works up on the wall and share the adventures with everyone who came to the opening.  I was reconnected with so many faces from my childhood that night, and many new faces from the local community.  Artworks are up and for sale through May 31, 2016.  Get down to Global M.A.D.E if you haven't, it's a fun store to check out all the fair trade arts and crafts from around the globe.

Pagka-pinay paintings are Koosmann's visual story as a foreigner living and working abroad for nearly two years in the Philippines (2012-14).  The term pagka-pinay means "being Filipino". The series has been exhibited in galleries around the Philippines, including Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues V-day event and art exhibit entitled, Herstory, on February 14, 2014.

Balloon paintings are meditations in art making which unveil layers of colors and shapes by removing paint from the canvas.  Debuted at Qube Gallery Cebu, Philippines for the Mientras Tanto, or "in the mean time", group exhibit September 2013.

Pagka-pinay paintings displayed among Estudio Damgo architecture photographs highlighting four community projects in the Philippines.

Balloon series displayed brilliantly on a complimentary orange wall at Global M.A.D.E. Gallery 120 River Falls, WI.
It was nice to have friends and family show up for the event.
And to meet new faces to hear about their adventures in the Philippines.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

In the news - "...Koosmann's Philippines community-architecture odyssey"

Featured on the front page of Hudson's Star-Observer Feb. 18, 2016, article by Chuck Nowlen

Walking into Hudson's butcher shop today to pick up this week's Star-Observer, I was surprised to find my face, in color on the front page.  I chuckled to myself as I tucked it under my arm, and strolled over to RJ's meat counter for tonight's dinner.   In that moment, I felt familiarly at home standing in front of the glass display and looking at the meat selection, in the same family-owned butcher shop I knew as a kid, when Hudson was still a small river town surrounded by farmland.

I enjoyed sitting with the journalist last week to share my experiences.  Chuck Nowlen wrote the feature playing on the adventurous title and relating it to Homer's Odyssey.  Reading the article and reflecting on my time in the Philippines, it was like being on my own odyssey, lured by a Siren's song, staying on longer in Dumaguete City, Philippines and the Estudio Damgo program than originally planned.   The Philippines is just one chapter in community architecture and public interest design.  I think about all the places that led to this international experience.  Starting in Milwaukee's architecture program and volunteering for Habitat's 10-day Collegiate Challenge for Pueblo adobe homes in Taos NM.  Moving onto the "White City" and impassioned by Chicago's flamenco scene.  Then, out West for grad school and awakening my spirit in Yakima's central valley tribal nations and Seattle's Tent City encampments.  I've moved residencies at least 18 times since high school.  But just as Homer's protagonist makes his epic journey, eventually Odysseus does find his way home.  Now, After 18 years and many adventures to exotic landscapes, I find myself nestled in the St. Croix river valley at the head waters from where it all started. I'm back home - for now.

The Star-Observer's feature article continue, by Chuck Nowlen.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Balloon Series - "I hear you, I see you, I feel you"

The Balloon Series painting, "I feel you" now on display at Negret Wine Company Hudson, Wisconsin. - Photo courtesy of Eva Branson

The Balloon Series paintings, "I hear you, I see you, I feel you" are on display at Negret Wine Company downtown Hudson, Wisconsin.  I'm so grateful to the wine maker and tasting manager, Vincent Negret and Harout Doghradmadjian, for opening the doors and welcoming the balloons into their new wine production space.  Negret Wine Company is a great addition to Hudson's main street.  It was timely to display the balloons for the Hudson Hot Air Affair over the weekend and I enjoyed getting to know the wine maker and hearing the Negret family legacy in wine making rooted in Columbia, South America. 

Pictured with wine maker Vincet Negret and the Balloon Series paintings at Negret Wine Company Hudson, Wisconsin. - Photo courtesy of Eva Branson
Negret Wine Company tasting room with Harout Doghradmadjian.


Saturday, January 30, 2016

In the news - "Sustaining Communities Through Design-Build Educatioin"

Receiving my Fulbright certificate at the Philippine-American Educational Foundation holiday party December 17, 2015. - Photo courtesy of Hersley-Ven Casero

As a Fulbright Scholar I returned to the Philippines last August 2015 for five months to conduct research and post-occupancy evaluations on the first, three community projects built by Foundation University Estudio Damgo architecture students.  Using the research, I organized an advisory committee to institutionalize the program to ensure its success.  Read about my experiences as a Fulbright Scholar in Dumaguete City's Metropost feature article "Sustaining Communities Through Design-Build Education".  

Working with the community to finalize owner agreements and conduct post-occupancy evaluations.  Pictured from left to right: Johna David president of Core Shelter, Orlando Enquig barangay captain, Geraldine Quinones Foundation University director of research and community outreach, and Anna Koosmann consulting architect Fulbright Scholar - Photo courtesy of barangay member

Conducting a meeting with the current Estudio Damgo student architects.  This is the fourth project for the design-build studio.  Pictured back left to right: Paul Marin consulting instructor, Jeff Ponce student, Zorich Guia architect of record and instructor, Kerr Bambo student, Kevin Silorio student | front left to right: Anna Koosmann consulting architect and Fulbright Scholar, Harriette Abilla student, Vince Villaruz student, Michael Libertario student, Jude Valencia student