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Carving away the darkness

How ceramics saved Bethel University artist Ben Soper from high school and college depression. By Miranda Weippert | Features Reporter Bethel University sophomore Ben Soper sits on a four-legged stool hunched over the front of the wheel in the fluorescent lit pottery studio in the basement of the Clausen Center. The floors and walls covered with clay. The room filled with both unfinished and finished works of art. Soper wears a camo hat, plaid shirt, crocs and black pants that will soon be caked in clay. At Bethel, most pottery students protect their clothes by wearing aprons and having a set of designated clothes to wear while they are working in the studio. However, he doesn’t have designated clothes and chooses to never wear an apron. Soper is the type of student who won’t study for art history or do homework for 21st century math, but will pull all-nighters every Monday in the ceramics… Keep Reading

Walls that tell stories

The budding mural scene in Minneapolis is developing its own style. Local muralists work with the community to create something more than trendy. They aim to create something transformative. By Jamie Hudalla and Callie Schmidt Muralist Greta McLain drives through Uptown Minneapolis in a boom lift, careful not to let it clip parked minivans or pedestrians. She goes against traffic on Lagoon Avenue and manages to park the tractor with a 15-foot neck in an alley during rush hour. McLain makes the stressful trek twice a day so her team can finish a mural of a purple woman with hair made of flowers and birds. Sometimes the permits and power-lifts cause trouble. Every time her measurements are off. But it doesn’t matter because McLain gets to contribute to Minneapolis’ evolving mural scene, and she gets to do it with the help of the community.    “Not only are we diverse,… Keep Reading

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