Thursday, November 14, 2013




Craft'za is a one-day art market for handmade goods. It's a spin-off from the popular St. Paul Craftstravaganza, an annual event which just celebrated its 8th year. This is our first event in the Grain Belt Atrium, which is a heated and fully indoor space in NE Minneapolis. In addition to the art and workshops inside, we are planning for the participation of three food trucks to be parked outside during the event. The Craft'za is hosted by Scuttlebug, LLC.


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Summer NoCoast Craft-O-Rama

Hey, everybody!  I just wanted to share some pictures of my first outdoor art show last Saturday.  I think I brought the clean, comfortable, happy feel of my studio gallery to Silverwood Park.
I feel ridiculously accomplished.
Perhaps I'll be in a park near you next summer.
Thank you to everyone who came out and visited!!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Outdoor Craft Show Prep!

This week I'm working on preparations for next month's first open air show:
No Coast Field Trip
September 21, from 11am-5pm
in Silverwood Park
St. Anthony, MN

Here's my to-do list:
Paint vertical displays
Sand then paint table-top displays
Paint art.  Seriously.

Have a good week everybody!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

DancingFork Throw Pillows. Really.

This is by far the most exciting way I've seen my art presented. There are a BUNCH of them in all my different styles... Except abstract. So I guess that's next because I LOVE my art on pillows.

DO you LOVE them?  Do you?
Check out the line here.

And visit my society6 shop for prints, tote bags, phone cases, laptop skins, and more!  (I know, MORE?!)

Monday, July 8, 2013

society 6, we are on you.

If you keep up with the internet you know about society6. I checked it out and was impressed with their high quality goods, so I signed up. It's like etsy with less work for me. So go, check it out. I'll make it easy for you: here's the LINK!

Framed Fat Birds are NOW in my etsy shop. Look GUYS. LOOK!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Lauren Strom Art in the Wild

I am so pleased to have received this photo from someone who purchased the two tiny canvas paintings of the bear and the bunny from me during Art-A-Whirl this spring.  Isn't it delightful the way they've been included in this peaceful set-up?

I just adore it!
Please send me pictures of my art in your life.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Commission Week

Here's a sketch of a commission I'm working on this week.  
As you can see when you order a commission you can customize everything.
Your art can represent you 100 percent.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

framed mini prints available just in time for art-a-whirl 2013

These are the mini frames I've been working on for the past few months.

Here are a few things I'd like you to know:

I had the frames handmade locally, in Maplewood.
I drew, edited, and printed the artwork in dancingfork studio.
My husband and sister helped nail the hangers on the backs of the frames while I stuffed them and attached their backs.  We had a fat bird assembly line.
9 are based on the likenesses of celebrated children's book authors and illustrators.
I'll have their books in the studio for art-a-whirl so that you can enjoy their written words.
3 are fat birds that I couldn't resist including.
They didn't write books, yet.

Don't miss art-a-whirl in the dancingfork studio:

Art-A-Whirl 2013
May 17 from 5-10 pm
May 18 from 12-8 pm
May 19 from 12-5 pm

Dancingfork Studio Address:

Casket Arts Building
Studio 314
681 17th Ave NE
Minneapolis MN 55413

Thursday, May 2, 2013

words on my art now.

 I'm so excited to share something new with you at Art-A-Whirl in two weeks!!  May 17-19 2013 I will show these in their entirety.  For now here's a sneak peek:

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

AAAAND Here's the donation for the 2013 NEMAA Silent Auction

This piece is going into the 2013 NEMAA Art-A-Whirl Silent Auction
which takes place in the Northrup King Building Third Floor Art Gallery, #332

24x36 inches
acrylic on canvas
retail price $250

Silent Auction Hours:
Friday, May 17: 5:00 - 10:00 PMSaturday, May 18: Noon - 8:00 PMSunday, May 19: Noon - 3:00 PM (auction closes at 3:00 PM)
Buyers will be contacted, and may pick up items in the same location at the Northrup King Building:Sunday, May 19, 3:30 - 7:00 PMMonday, May 20, 3:00 - 7:00 PM

Thursday, April 18, 2013

stuffed happy guys become sculputre

These are the start of a new adventure.  I've been making stuffed guys for a few years now and until recently I displayed them in baskets.  Those who noticed them tended to coo about their cuteness and most people didn't notice them at all.  Well, this month I had the good fortune to meet a couple of lovely ladies who excitedly suggested (strongly suggested) that I find a way to hang them on the wall.  And so here I go.  Here they go on to a double life as cuddly buddies and soft sewn sculpture.

I'm very, very excited.
And I can't WAIT to show you pictures.

They will be available to view in person at this year's 
May 17-19.
Mark your calendars and come visit!
There's SERIOUSLY going to be SO many new, cool things in my studio.

Friday, April 12, 2013

art-a-whirl on the brain

Like my new motto?  Lauren Strom art to make you happy.  
That's all I want to do; make art that makes you happy!

Art-A-Whirl preparations have started up.  I placed 10 orders last week for art supplies, picture frames, hardware, packaging materials, office supplies, postcards and so on.  When you buy art from an artist you aren't just paying for the time and materials it took to create it.  You pay for the planning, the painting, the frame, the wire, the labels, the paper to wrap it up in, and the studio in which it was created.  Thank you to everyone who will pay for all my orders with the art they buy at Art-A-Whirl.

Speaking of AAW prepare to be blown away this spring.  I've done a boat load of new styles of art about which I am incredibly proud.  I have a new series of framed fat birds based on children's book authors.  I created another new series of uplifting graphic prints, hand-drawn and printed in my studio. 

For those who haven't yet experienced Art-A-Whirl/don't know what I'm talking about let me walk you through it.  Art-A-Whirl is the largest open studio event in Minnesota... possible second or third largest in the country.  This year May 17-19 all the studios across northeast minneapolis will open their doors to the public to come in, explore, buy and most importantly build lasting relationships.  I hope to make some friends.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

This is what's happening in the studio.

I updated some paintings in the studio.  Here's some of the updates I've made and the goings on in Casket Arts Studio 314

Friday, March 8, 2013

new fat birds - all dressed up

dapper chappers
12x6 inches
acrylic on canvas

be extraordinary
6x6 inches
acrylic on canvas

Thursday, March 7, 2013

New Fat Birds in Trees

surrounded by hearts because you know you love them.

squishies (sold)

be true to yourself (sold)

do all things with love (still here... so far...)

6x12 inches
acrylic on MDF

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Look at all the new mini canvas art:

3x3 inches
birds with knees
acrylic on canvas

These sweet bunch of paintings is headed to 
The Three Sisters in the Jax Building, 
Lowertown St. Paul MN

253 E 4th St, St Paul, MN

i knew i loved you when i saw you and you knew too

4x6 inches
watercolor, ink, colored pencil
on paper

you are my happy

4x6 inches
watercolor, ink, colored pencil
on paper

i need you so much closer

4x6 inches
watercolor, ink, colored pencil
on paper

you are lovely

4x6 inches
watercolor, ink, colored pencil
on paper

my whole heart belongs to you

4x6 inches
watercolor, ink, colored pencil
on paper

you are loved

4x6 inches
watercolor, ink, colored pencil
on paper

do all things with love

4x6 inches
watercolor, ink, colored pencil
on paper

you are my happy

4x6 inches
watercolor, ink, colored pencil
on paper

today is my favorite day bird

4x6 inches
watercolor, ink, colored pencil
on paper

It's never impossible

4x6 inches
watercolor, ink, colored pencil
on paper

i am enough

4x6 inches
watercolor, ink, colored pencil
on paper

Happy Guy Love Series

4x6 inches
watercolor, ink, colored pencil
on paper