A Sustainable Night at the Museum

How do we inspire and motivate people to think about becoming better stewards of our earth? We can start by offering an inspiring event filled with art, beautiful music, wine and beer tasting.

That’s just what was in store for visitors on July 6 at The M After Hours event hosted by Minnesota Museum of American Art.

M After Hours

Minnesota Museum of American Art, simply referred to as the M, is located in the Historic Pioneer Press Endicott building in downtown St. Paul, MN and is one of the oldest visual arts organizations in Minnesota.

On July 6, 2017, the M treated visitors to an up close and interactive event to make art with Minnesota-based artist David Hamlow. The M’s “responsive exhibitions connect audiences with subjects and issues that are relevant and engaging."

Featured Artist

Hamlow, who currently lives in Good Thunder, MN, creates monumental structures from upcycled materials such as cardboard and plastic containers.

A professor of Visual Culture at Minnesota State University Mankato, this was Hamlow’s first solo museum exhibition in the Twin Cities.

Mirror Stage is a large exhibition created from Hamlow’s own trash and objects collected over the past decades by repurposing them into amazing art sculptures and wall hangings.

During the M After Hours event, guests were invited to participate in Hamlow’s featured piece by creating their own pieces of upcycled art which were included in the installation.


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Throughout the evening, the lovely Millie Gibson, an award winning student at the McNally Smith College of Music, entertained visitors with her beautiful renditions of neo soul, R&B and jazz.


Revival Wine Beer and Spirits, located directly above the Minnesota Museum of American Art, provided a nice selection of white wines. As the museum expands across the lower level of the building, it is with great anticipation that Revival Wine Beer and Spirits will expand into a wine and cheese bar as well.


In addition to the wine, 12welve Eyes Brewing was in attendance with beer tasting. Their soon-to-open craft microbrewery and taproom is located in the same building as the M.

As the three “four-eyed” brewers explained, “We envision a space cozy enough to read your favorite book, a place for you and your friends to stop by before and after an outing in Lowertown, or simply a skyway-connected stop to grab a growler before you head home for the day.”

As a St. Paulite, living only blocks away from the M, I was thrilled to see how businesses are working together to revitalize our cities. And I was even more thrilled that Relan was invited to take part in this inspiring event. We had a wonderful time talking to visitors about repurposing, reusing, recycling, and repairing as well as testing their “Trash Trivia”.


Relan Wrap-Up

Amanda and I hopefully inspired and educated visitors about Relan, ReUseMN, Habitat 4 Humanity, Better Futures, Tech Dump, the Minnehaha Mile, and all of the options available to get people to consider buying used before buying new.

If we can all become more mindful as we shop and toss, we can make a difference for our planet and future generations. If you need ideas on how to become more eco-friendly, let us know by sending us an email and we’d be happy to help!

The CEO Corner is a Relan Blog series by our very own Della Simpson about living a green, happy, and healthy lifestyle from the inside out. Della is certified by YogaFit as a yoga instructor. Learn more about Della here.

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