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All I Ask by Christy Johnson, redshoes26 design
The gift of fab
Happy anniversary! redshoes news turns 4 today! Thank you to those who have been with me since day one, and welcome to the newcomers. I could not--and would not--do this without you. Thanks also to the wonderful people who have allowed me to profile them over the last four years. I know how busy you are, and I appreciate you sharing your stories with me and redshoes nation!

October is not only the anniversary month of redshoes news, but it's also my annual Gift Guide. This marks the third time I've tapped local businesspeople for great gift ideas, and as a bonus this year, they're also sharing with us a person or business they admire. 

The Gift Guide issue is always bulkier than usual, so never fear if this email looks jam-packed. It is, but I hope you find all of the info to be fab. I promise to not be so wordy the other 11 months of the year!

There's so much going on, and I want to share it with you (see News & Notes at right for proof). Save the Gift Guide issue in your inbox and refer to it when starting your holiday (or any time of year) shopping. We local entrepreneurs appreciate your business!

Read on to see what I've been up to, and what's on deck:

  • This month, I had the H.E. Art Emporium show and was a guest artist at the Saint Paul Art Crawl at AZ Gallery.
  • I have lots of art shows this winter, including events in Texas, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. See News & Notes for details.
  • I've created many new mixed-media shadowboxes. I also sold one of my favorite pieces at Art Crawl, "In My Memory Vault." I was sad to see this special piece go, but it went to a good home.
  • I sent to press the children's book I've been doing layout for. I can't wait to see the final book! 
  • I designed a New Mexico-themed invitation for a wedding photo shoot by Jennifer Whalen Photography, which was featured in the latest issue of Hearten.
  • I finished the new logo and business cards for idea-machine bricolaureate!
  • I modeled in the most recent RAW: Natural Born Artists show for All Laced Up by Abby Roberts.
  • I have new Minnesota Icons in my online shop, and a Texas Icon to boot.
  • Wanna keep up? Check here for weekly updates from redshoes26 design.
redshoes news gift guide


Some of my favorite local entrepreneurs share an object or an offer they think would make a fantastic gift for someone on your holiday list. In addition, they also give props to a local person or business they swoon over. Enjoy, and happy shopping!


angelbomb design + letterpress, the airship, todd thyberg

GREAT GIFT: The Airship, a digitally enhanced letterpress graphic novel
PRICE: Chapbook $150; deluxe hardbound, slip-cased edition $350
DETAILS: This limited edition graphic novel features modern tech fused with vintage letterpress tech. It's great for techno geeks and letterpress aficionados.
FIND IT: and Minnesota Center for Book Arts
LOCAL CRUSH: Worker B lotions. They're local and one of my clients, and the products are amazing.



GREAT GIFT: doggystyle, a luxury dog grooming bar
PRICE: $17 for 6 oz.; $5 for 1.5 oz.
DETAILS: It's for your pooch. It's great for their skin and fur, especially for dogs with skin allergies.
BONUS: Free shipping with a minimum $17 doggystyle purchase—in the coupon code at checkout, enter "redshoes" for the deal. You're welcome to shop the entire 3waybeauty or StormSister Spatique websites, but you must have a minimum of $17 in doggystyle products to receive free shipping. Offer good from Oct. 26-Nov. 26.
LOCAL CRUSH: The Elixery lipsticks. They are the first company to make a 100% natural lipstick that actually performs as well as non-natural lipstick.


dc ice

GREAT GIFT: Framed 5 x 7 original, illustrative, pet portrait paintings
PRICE: $200
DETAILS: Email me a picture of your animal friend, along with their personality traits, and I will immortalize them! You can be as specific as you want—request a color theme, mood, or even your pet's name. If you would like to surprise yourself, I'll gift-wrap your painting so you won't be able to peek at it until later.
FIND IT: www.dcice.comAZ Gallery, and Gallery 360
LOCAL CRUSH: AZ Gallery will have a holiday shop in December. Purchasing handmade gifts here is a great way to support local artists!


jen shaffer, painted fish studio

GREAT GIFT: My new art book of Polaroid photographs, titled chairs : a polaroid collection
PRICE: $19.95
DETAILS: Many of the Polaroid photographs of chairs were taken in St. Paul, in addition to New York, California, Amsterdam, and more!
FIND IT: It comes out in November, so you can pre-order in my Etsy shop.
BONUS: Use coupon code REDSHOES15 when ordering on Etsy for 15% off!
LOCAL CRUSH: Classic Retro @ Pete’s in St. Paul is my steady source of chair inspiration.


julie ann segal

GREAT GIFT: Interior design consultation gift certificates
PRICE: Prices range from $125 to $165 per hour, plus applicable taxes. Price depends on specific designer.
DETAILS: These are great gifts to give to someone who has just moved into a new home or who needs to remodel or refresh their space. Design consultations could include discussing ideas for a fresh new look, paint-color selection, furniture and/or accessory rearrangement, and where and how to hang art.
FIND IT:, call Julie Ann at 952-920-2827, or email


karoline wells, the elixery, dessa lipstick

GREAT GIFT: "Dessa" lipstick
PRICE: $18
DETAILS: This lipstick shade is universally flattering, and was custom designed for Dessa of Doomtree by Emmy Award winning makeup artist Crist Ballas. Dessa has chosen to donate her portion of the profits to CARE, a charity that educates and empowers women in developing countries.     
LOCAL CRUSH: Accessories by Post-. Lois and Katie are both art historians, and a great deal of care and attention goes into their designs. Not only that, they're really ethical business people, and their products are high-quality and produced locally.


louise harris, lhoriginals

GREAT GIFT: One-of-a-kind pieces made of recycled aluminum
PRICE: Prices start at $100
DETAILS: The art is created from recycled furnace filters, and all of the profits are donated.
FIND IT:, Three Rooms, and Paper Hat
BONUS: I would gladly offer a discount to redshoes news readers. Just mention this email when ordering from me directly.
LOCAL CRUSH: Project Success, Can Do Canines, Minnesota Justice Foundation…these are just a few of the non-profits that have received donations from my profits, because they do really fabulous things for the betterment of others.


megan moore, commemorate the date

GREAT GIFT: Commemorate the Date 2013 Wall Calendar
PRICE: $30
DETAILS: Features artwork from Commemorate the Date oil paintings. It includes the story behind each painting, and it doubles as a new piece of art to display each month.
BONUS: Receive 25% off of orders of two or more calendars. Just mention redshoes news when ordering.
LOCAL CRUSH: Mother Earth Gardens. They've been carrying my prints and note cards for two years, and are wonderful to work with. More than a garden shop, they have a great gift selection, too. The owner and employees are so nice and helpful.


christy johnson, redshoes26 design, state icons

GREAT GIFT: Set of three State Icon illustrations
PRICE: $70
DETAILS: Choose any three State Icons from my series—mix and match states and/or cities.
BONUS: Receive free shipping when you order your set of three before Dec. 7. Just send me an email once you've placed your order, and mention that you saw the offer here.
LOCAL CRUSH: Someday I will own a carving by David Ekdahl. His work looks simple at first glance, but when you spend some time with it, you begin noticing the incredible detail he's put into each piece. I love the mood his carvings convey. Plus, David is one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet!

Want more? Contact each entrepreneur for more information on their gift ideas. And be sure to check in regularly with my weekly news updates on redshoes news 2.6.

The Alamo by redshoes26 design
Oct. 26
Maiden Minnesota

Find StormSister Spatique, Irely, The Elixery, Cocoa & Fig, Nelli Designs, Kedrin, Meztiza Designs, and more at this show at the Graves 601 Hotel.

Thru Oct. 31
Wood and Fire
Anoka, MN

See woodcuts and monotypes by Emily Gray Koehler at this show at Krista Artista Gallery.
Thru Nov. 4
Nocturnal Carnival

DC Ice's solo show of sinister but sweet artwork at Gallery 360 is not to be missed. 
Thru Nov. 18
Lowertown Art Show
St. Paul

See a variety of work done by 50+ artists at this 2nd annual event at AZ Gallery. I have a mixed-media shadowbox in the show, and you can also find the work of DC Ice and Jen Hanlon Ash. Opening reception Nov. 3, 6-10.
Thru Dec. 31
Forever Light
St. Paul

Artist Mercantile is showing reverse paintings by Daniel Lager at this show.
Oct. 27
Fraser Benefit

Julie Westbrock will be the speaker at this year's Fraser Benefit. She'll share the story of her son Sean's experience with the team at Fraser, and what they've meant to her family. Click here for more info or tickets.
Oct. 27
HandmadeMN Market

Find jewelry designer Larissa Loden and 40+ other local artists at this annual event at the Ballentine VFW in Uptown.

Nov. 2
The Airship debut

Get the first look at The Airship, a graphic novel written, designed, and printed by Todd Thyberg of Angel Bomb Design + Letterpress. The book release event takes place at Minnesota Center for Book Arts. 
Nov. 2-4
Art Attack

Don't miss this annual event in the Northrup King Building! Find the work of redshoes26 design and DC Ice at "A Kiss with a Fist" at ART 459. At Studiopolis (#423), check out painters Megan Moore and Michael Schmidt. Jewelry designer Larissa Loden will show and sell at #389. And jewelry artist Karin Jacobson is showing her work, along with that of printmaker/illustrator Sean Tubridy and painter Berry Holz, in #288 (they'll also be open for First Thursdays on Nov. 1).
Nov. 2-4
Caché at the Casket

While in NE for Art Attack, hit the Casket Arts Building for more fun at this show! Stop by studio #411 to see Kendra Gebbia Baillie give woodcut printmaking demos. There will also be food trucks, live music, a photo booth, and beer!

Nov. 3
Jewelry Artist Mart
Minnetonka, MN

More than 20 artists will be at the Walker Art Center for this biannual event, including Jennifer Merchant.
Nov. 5-Dec. 22
Holiday Show & Sale
Minnetonka, MN

Photographer Jen Hanlon Ash will be at the Ridgedale location for this show, put on by Minnetonka Center for the Arts.
Nov. 8
Crafts & Cocktails

See Jen Hanlon Ash's work, and that of other local artists, at this show at Clubhouse Jäger.
Nov. 10
Nokomis Urban Craft Fair

This annual event hosts redshoes26 design, Shelly Cartmell, DC Ice, Larissa Loden Jewelry, and about 40 more artists. It is not a show to be missed for handmade holiday gifts!
Nov. 10-Dec. 29
OPM Show
St. Paul

The FrameWorks is hosting its 2nd annual Outdoor Painters of Minnesota members show. Opening reception Nov. 10, 7-9. Free.
Nov. 17
Book Arts Festival

Find Painted Fish Studio amongst the local and regional artists displaying and selling their handmade books, journals, paper, prints, and gifts at this 11th annual show.
Nov. 17
Green Gifts Fair

Hit Midtown Global Market for this annual show, which features sustainable or recycled artwork, including jewelry by Larissa Loden.
Nov. 17
Minneapolis Craft'za

Visit this new holiday show at the Soap Factory, featuring redshoes26 design, Adam Turman, Julie Meyer, The Elixery, Vandalia Street Press, Oh Dier, and many more.
Nov. 23-Dec. 30
Holiday Gift Show
St. Paul

The AZ Gallery is expanding for this show to include handmade, artsy gifts such as bath and beauty products, kids items, clothing, accessories, and more. 
Nov. 24-25
Renegade Craft Fair
Austin, TX

Seek out redshoes26 design and Larissa Loden Jewelry amid 100s of artists at this fantastic event at the Palmer Event Center. I'll be showing for the first time a new line of Texas Icons!
Nov. 27
Gigi's Playhouse Fundraiser
Edina, MN

StormSister Spatique will be featured at this event for Gigi's Playhouse at Pinstripes, 5-8.
Dec. 1
North by Midwest Craft Spectacular
Grand Forks, ND

Once again, find the dynamic duo of redshoes26 design and Larissa Loden Jewelry at this cool indie event at the North Dakota Museum of art. I'll be debuting brand new North Dakota Icons!
Dec. 3-5
Customer Appreciation Party
St. Louis Park, MN

Jewelry designer Sara Commers of Studio C Designs is hosting her annual customer appreciaton party, with food, drinks, party favors, and door prizes.

Dec. 5-19
Gifts in the Gallery
Bloomington, MN

Find the work of Megan Moore and more at this annual show at Bloomington Art Center.
Dec. 7-8
No Coast Craft-o-Rama

The mother of all MN craft fairs, you will find Larissa Loden Jewelry, The Elixery, Julie Meyer, i like you, Aesthetic Apparatus, Cindy Lindgren, Adam Turman, Amy Jo, Saint Paul Soap, and Trigo, along with 50+ other local artists.
Dec. 15
Holiday Craftacular
Madison, WI

To wrap up the year of art shows, visit redshoes26 design and Larissa Loden Jewelry at the Madison Masonic Center for this 8th annual event.
Dec. 15-16
Holiday Sale

Painter Megan Moore will show her work at this show at the Vine Arts Center. 

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