On August 10, a new collective of Artists working together in a small cooperative Artists coworking space dubbed, Studio Berge, in conjunction with Minnesota Art News, offered an intimate screening of “More Art Upstairs”. The documentary was followed by an interactive recorded and archived audience discussion with story collector and Minnesota Art News editor, Curt Butturff. The Patrons were welcomed into the K.K. Berge Gallery space where the Studio artists had a spread of locally bought cheeses and fruit alongside artfully crafted wine donated by Grandview Winery for the event. Bluenose Gopher Public house also provided a beer sampling of Talking Waters Brew, displaying beverages to be found at the public house opening later this summer.

This event’s organizer and Studio Berge Artist, Jess Gorman, worked with local powerhouse eateries, The Rock and Jimmy’s Pizza, who graciously offered a dinner discount with patron’s movie ticket to make the event feel like a night out on the town. The moviegoers heard from another Studio Berge Artist, Olga Nichols, local painter and the Bird island Cultural Centre Administrator, who shared her hopes for the space and working with the area community on upcoming projects. Local writer, Scott Tedrick, will also be seen in the cooperative space to further Yellowstone Trail momentum and initiatives in the region.

The guests of the event laughed, ate and considered important questions about access to the arts in the region. Minnesota Arts News and Studio Berge Artists hope to hold another film screening later this summer based on the humming success and feedback from participants. Studio Berge Architect, Community Artist Jess Gorman said, “The Studio Berge Artist’s working out of the Granite Area Arts Council building, hope to highlight the amazing work of the GAAC by utilizing the shared space in new ways.”

For more information, follow the Granite Area Art Council’s Facebook page for more events hosted by Studio Berge.