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The Aurora Shanty will bring the magic of the night sky and the marvel of the northern lights to the the 2016 Art Shanties.
The Aurora Shanty will bring the magic of the night sky and the marvel of the northern lights to the the 2016 Art Shanties.
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The Aurora Shanty will bring the magic of the night sky and marvel of the aurora borealis to the 2016 Art Shanty project on White Bear Lake.  Come share a solar-powered, interactive, light experience in a cozy shanty on a freezing lake in February in Minnesota.

Who are these people?  We are a ragtag group that just wants to make something fun for others to enjoy.  Our group includes Alan Palazzolo, Kristen Murray, Rox Johnson, Leah Puffer, Kristina Durivage, Bill Bushey, Sam Thompson, and Caitlin Hargarten.

Don't you get a stipend?  We sure do, but given the technical needs of such an electrical experience, our budget is a bit more than that.  The stipend from the Art Shanty project helps us cover most of the material costs, but we are hoping you can get us all the way there.  And keep in mind, all of us are still volunteering our time to make the shanty a reality even with material costs being covered.

What is this Art Shanty thing?  Some say the Art Shanty project is like Burning Man but on ice.  That's probably a bit of a stretch.  Maybe it's like a tiny Burning Man on ice, and no one sets anything on fire because that would be crazy on ice, and oh yeah, its really, damn cold.  The Art Shanties are an amazing, very Minnesotan event that celebrates our beloved tundra and creativity in a harsh environment.  Seriously, regardless of whether you support us or not, come out and see the shanties; it's very worth it.

How are you gonna make the northern lights in a shack?  Well, it involves some combination of ghosts, whales, and magnets.  We actually don't want to spoil the fun for you, so just come out to the ice and we'll tell you all about our shanty and the aurora.

Generous in-kind donations have already been provided by the following.  In Plain Sight art, a collaborative artists studio in NE Minneapolis, and artists Amy Baur and Brian Boldon donated studio space and equipment that has been critical to our success.  The wonderful folks at squawk helped make the amazing video happen.  The Guthrie also provided some materials.

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There's actually no risk in funding this project. We are gonna do it either way and the Art Shanty event is totally free. We do hope you help out so that we aren't as financially drained from the project otherwise.

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    You love the northern lights and don't need anything in return except some warm fuzzies.

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    You really love the northern lights and aren't looking for the tangible reward, just some sweet, sweet recognition, like your name on the shanty.

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    Rox has made some wonderful monster hands that are not just fun, not just cute and soft, but also teach you a bit about how LED's and electricity work. Pick up hands at the shanty. Includes name on shanty.

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    Come party with us! The Aurora Shanty has a night mode that you won't see during the regular Art Shanty event. Come to one of our evening get togethers to experience the "aurora" at night. Includes name on shanty.

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    Private tour. Come see the Aurora Shanty just with you and the artists. Whenever we can schedule things up, we will give you a personal viewing of the shanty and maybe enjoy some fine bourbon on the ice. Includes name on shanty.

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    Purchase the shanty! That's right. You can take this baby home. We do really like our work and would love to keep it, but its pretty big and none of us have the space for it. It needs to be moved the week of Feb 29 and we can deliver the pieces to somewhere in the Twin Cities. Includes name on shanty.

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