The Robbin Gallery is truly a hidden gem. It’s a quaint gallery housed in a historic library in Robbinsdale, MN. It’s actually incredibly close to where I grew up. I always apply to this show, and each year it gets better and better. There’s a wide variety of mediums, the only real prerequisite is that the artists need to be Minnesota residents. This year saw 50 different artists and over 70 artworks. Tiki Bar Barbie and Ski Lodge Barbie were two of the pieces selected.
Another reason I truly love this gallery is that it’s currently run by a couple that I’ve know since I was a kid. Carl and Jeanne Johnson moved their family to my childhood neighborhood when I was in fourth grade – Their middle daughter was in my class at school and their youngest was in my sisters’ grade. 30+ years later and I can’t help but smile at how paths can cross again. In fact, Carl is an amazing sculptor and we have been in numerous group exhibits together.
This was another show that wasn’t able to have a traditional opening, although they streamed the awards presentation via Facebook. They were able to be open for guests to view the gallery in person for numerous weeks before another round of “shut downs” were implemented, which I definitely took advantage of.