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The rotating BIPOC artist gallery at our West 7th store continues this quarter with a new local artist, Michelle van Kuijk. You can purchase her original pieces or prints at the register now through the end of September, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to Michelle.

“I am an artist, a designer, a colorist, and a writer. My current artwork is influenced by my design background and an intuitive, creative process used as a personal healing modality. I believe that any engagement in the arts can be very therapeutic and empowering, allowing us to tap into that unique energy only we can bring into the world. While acrylics are my primary medium, watercolors, markers and pastels are also some go-to resources.

An Asian blend of Filipino and Goan-Indian heritage exposed me to a diversity of cultural perspectives, artistic viewpoints, and cuisines at a young age. Surrounded by art and art supplies, there would be hours spent in my room drawing and sketching. At 11 years old, I won first place for a collage pattern made with crayons on tissue paper.

After moving to Minnesota a decade ago, a rediscovery of painting led me to use it as a tool for mental, emotional and spiritual release. Due to a recent health crisis, a need to reconnect to that cathartic creative flow emerged once again. I hope to encourage working with the arts to support individual/community well-being and as a way to unleash our paths to a creative life.

You can find my art and blog at or follow me on Instagram @michelleangelinacreative for weekly creativity prompts.”

Support Michelle’s work by shopping at our West 7th store and selecting your favorite prints. If your wall spaces are currently full, consider gifting these unique pieces of art to friends or family!

Are you interested in being a future featured artist?

We’d love to hear from you! We’re accepting applications on a rolling basis for the 2023 gallery.