News and thoughts
  • Keys 4 Kids

    October 3, 2012

    This year's Keys 4 Kids project was called "Metro-morphosis." The idea behind this theme was that, we the artists, would focus on a metro area landmark and show how it had changed life. I chose the 'Spoon Bridge and Cherry' by Claes Oldenburg, which resides in the Walker Art Center sculpture garden. I have worked at the Walker for 4 years now, as a guard. My piano is half drawn with graphite and half painted with paint. The transition from one to the other represents how art and music can change our mood and outlook on life.
    Emily Chesley

  • Local Artist Interviews: Emily Chesley

    November 28, 2011

    Here's an interview I did with Local Artist Interviews. Every week they highlight one Minnesota-based artist on their front page. They currently host more than 400 interviews with me being one of their features this week. Check it out!
    Emily Chesley

  • Animal Art III: Rescue Me

    November 13, 2011

    Art gives a voice to those who cannot speak. Altered Esthetics looks to both celebrate and promote efforts to adopt, rescue, and protect animals facing mistreatment or abandonment.
    Opening Reception Friday, December 2nd, 2011 - 7pm-10pm

  • Kimono

    August 20, 2011

    A selection of Emily Chesley's Kimono paintings will be on display at the Blick Art Materials store in Roseville, MN till August 30th. Stop in and check them out!

  • The Sketchbook Project

    June 13, 2011

    I just signed up for The Sketchbook Project! The sketchbooks go on a world tour and then become part of the Brooklyn Art Library permanent collection. The sketchbooks are trackable, so I will be able to update you as to its location while on tour. Viewers will be able to search specifically for a sketchbook at the library too, so you could check it out in person! I signed up for the 2012 project so things will start happening in April of 1012. More updates to come but in the mean time, check out the website!
    Emily Chesley

  • Keys 4/4 Kids

    June 11, 2011

    My piano will be at the Crown Plaza Hotel in downtown St. Paul till July 31st!

  • Keys 4/4 Kids

    May 20, 2011

    Finished my piano for Keys 4 Kids!
    Emily Chesley

  • Keys 4/4 Kids

    May 4, 2011

    This month I have been painting a piano for the Keys 4 kids project. 15 artists are chosen to be creative on a donated piano that will be refurbished, tuned up, and then placed in a public location so they can be played. This year our pianos will also be in the Grand Old Days Parade on June 5th in St. Paul, MN. Students from the MacPhail Center for Music will be playing them! Here is my progress so far, keep checking back to see the finished product, and I will try to post its public location as well.

    More information here at: macphail.org & Facebook

    Emily Chesley
    My progress so far.

    Emily Chesley
    At the warehouse working on the piano

  • I Love Sushi!

    March 29, 2011

    Displayed in the Cafe Gallery at Whole Foods Market, Lake Calhoun through the month of April, 2011.

    Emily Chesley

  • Face It!

    March 1, 2011

    Emily Chesley has some art on display at the Washburn Cultural Center in Washburn, WI for the month of March as part of their "Face It!" show of portraiture.

    Emily Chesley

  • Adverti$ing

    November 14, 2010

    Artistic perspectives on consumerism, branding, and advertising.

    Emily Chesley
    Go to www.alteredesthetics.com for more information

  • EmChez Goes Pink Floyd

    October 18, 2010

    Emily Chesley
    Go to www.nevermindgallery.blogspot.com/ for more information

  • Visual Jazz Show at the Artist Mercantile

    May 23, 2010

    I have had a painting chosen to be in the Visual Jazz Show at the Artist Mercantile!
    Emily Chesley The show opening is Thursday, June 17th 6-9 pm
    Go to www.artistmerc.com/news.cfm for the official

  • Foot in the Door 4 at the MIA

    Jan 14, 2010

    This month I entered a painting in the "Foot in the Door 4" show. The Foot in the Door show is an exhibition that is held every ten years at the MAEP gallery. The Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program (MAEP) is an artist run curatorial department of the MIA (Minneapolis Institute of Arts) and is supported by the Jerome Foundation. Over 5,000 Minnesota artists entered works that would fit into a 12X12 space this year, and I am one of them! The show is going on now and runs till June 13th.

    You can get more info at: www.artsmia.org/maep

    There is also a search tool for artwork location that is located at: www.artsmia.org/foot-in-the-door-4/artworks.php

    Foot in the Door 4

    Foot in the Door 4

    Foot in the Door 4

    Mine is the cat, and the house in the pink frame below it is an artist friend of mine from Southern MN, Susane Crain

  • Kimono Seasons at Gallery 707

    Jan 14, 2010

    On November 21st the Vatican sponsored an art summit at the Sistine Chapel, they called it the New Renaissance Rising. I was unable to attend that, but I celebrated the arts working their way back into the worship space by organizing a little worship service at my church that day. As a result I have recently gotten connected to some really great people who are excited about the Faith and Art possibilities. One of these connections is coming to fruition this month at Hope Community Church in down town Minneapolis, MN.

    I will be showing my "Kimono Seasons" show there through the end of February. I will have an artist talk at Hope Community Church on the night of January 31st, 5:30-7:00 PM. I hope to see you there.

  • Origins to Endings

    Dec 22, 2009

    I am in a show at Altered Esthetics called "Origins to Endings" for the month of January. There is an opening on January 1st 7-10pm.

    Hope to see you there!

    Emily Chesley
  • Crumland

    Sept 14, 2009

    This summer I was invited to a college friend's wedding. This is the same college friend who landed me a great summer gig painting murals on his family's farm in Maryland, in 2004. The Crumland Farms in Frederick, MD is an agritainment business. They have a corn maze every year and fun activities for the family every summer to fall. I had a chance to chat with the Crums, who reported that all the paintings are holding up very well! One of the more noticeable murals I painted while there is a 50 foot silo. It now looks suspiciously like an ear of corn, which fits well with the corn maze and the fact that the entire family was schooled in Iowa. Check out their website at www.crumland.com

  • Cat & Bird

    June 22, 2009

    I have a new show in the works involving cats and birds. The new show came about from a show on birds, I arranged for me and two other artist friends of mine, in January at the Owatonna Arts Center. Here is a sneak peak at what I have going on. I have also entered the cat painting in the MN State Fair this year.

    Emily Chesley
    Emily Chesley
  • Donated Cat

    May 2, 2009

    I painted a small cat painting as a donation for a silent auction fundraiser for the ZOOM House. I love the outcome so I thought I would share it. Enjoy!

    Emily Chesley
  • Jazz Beat

    March 9th, 2009

    In May, I will be presenting a show at The Beat Coffee House in Minneapolis Uptown. The main focus will be a series of paintings I call the Jazz Combo. They are individual paintings of musicians that when hung together make beautiful music. The concept I am trying to convey is that there are many parts that go together to make a whole. I will supplement this series with a few other smaller paintings and a new one! The opening reception will be held on May 6th at 6-9pm. The show will run from May 3rd-25th.
    I hope to see you there.

  • Back to the Cats

    March 1st, 2009

    I have always loved cats, they are a subject I keep returning to. I have been re inspired by the furry creatures by my mother asking me to paint hers as a birthday gift. It led me to start gathering material of cats with books. Books are a very important object in my family, and it seemed natural that a cat would go with them. Keep your eyes out for more Library Cats.

    Emily Chesley


Emily Chesley

Animal Art III: Rescue Me

Showing: Dec 1 - 17
Opening Reception: Fri, Dec 2nd/ 7-10pm
Artists' Discussion: Sat, Dec 17th/ 3-5pm

Altered Esthetics
1224 Quincy Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Phone: (612) 378-8888
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