Posts Tagged ‘Duluth’

I have returned from a week in Minneapolis and St. Paul. I had a great time getting to know other artists from all over the state at a training weekend for “Artist Career Counselors” which is a program being set up by Springboard for the Arts. I will be the ACC here in my area, and I am looking forward to meeting with and helping artists in my area. We were able to visit some studios during the St. Paul Art Crawl, which was fun. We also learned a lot about community collaboration, and career building.

The "New" fireplace.

The 'before' shot.

After the Springboard weekend I visited my aunt and had a different kind of art project — she has a square of styrofoam in front of her fireplace to block cold drafty air, but it wasn’t very attractive. So, I got busy and painted it for her — turned out pretty good, and was fun too.

Next stop was Duluth, where I visited my son and his girlfriend. She had the opening of her first solo show at a downtown restaurant — a fun occasion to be a part of! The not-so-fun event was my brakes seized up and I had to have them repaired before I could go home. Happily, some friends of a friend were able to do it for me, and I made it safely home.

Before leaving town I finished another commission and delivered it to the clients. Here is the pastel portrait of ‘Sophie.’

Sophie -- a sweet Border Collie

My next task is to finish a metal sculpture I have started for the Bemidji Sculpture Walk. I hope we have some nice days so I can get out to the shop and work on it! (It is rainy today)

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Hard to believe that summer is over, schools are starting up, and fall is just around the corner. We have had so much rain this year, my garden is still growing like a jungle! I am giving away summer squash and tomatoes because we can’t keep up with eating them. Have you ever tried yellow ping-pong, or black cherry tomatoes? They’re yummy!

I spent a week in the Twin cities visiting relatives. While I was there, we went to the Science Museum and viewed the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit, and the St. John’s Bible. Very awesome! I have always liked illuminated manuscripts, so it was fun to see a modern take on the art form done with the ancient methods and materials.

The skies have been full of spectacular clouds this summer. Here are a couple examples:

A growing cloud ahead.

Early evening clouds.

I took down my exhibit at Dunn Brothers this week — the month went by so fast! I hope to get going on some new works this week. If the weather cooperates, I’ll be welding, and if not, I’ll start a painting. Here I am at the Dunn Brothers show.

Exhibit at Dunn Brothers in August.

My daughter was home for a visit, and we had a good time getting caught up. She and I also went to Duluth and visited with my son and his girlfriend, and their new kitten, “Tuna.”  August turned out to be a busy month, but it was a fun one too.  Wish I could have slowed down the days so we could still be all together. Here’s a look at Tuna — I managed to catch him sitting still for a moment!

Tuna the kitten.

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I just got back from Duluth, where I attended the Artists of Minnesota annual spring show. They have a judged show in a different city each year, so everyone can have a chance to view the great artwork that members of this group produce.  As always, it was an inspiring show! The judge was Scott Lloyd Anderson, and he did a great job. He demonstrated his oil techniques on Saturday afternoon, and critiqued the winning pieces at the awards banquet that night. There were demos by Joyce Gow in watercolor, and Lisa Stauffer in Pastel as well. The judge was also willing to give individual critiques to any artist who asked for one.

Here are the pieces I entered. They are all done in Acrylic/mixed media, and I had a lot of fun working on them.

"Desert Duo"

The minis travel around the state for a year, staying one month at each location. It gives the artists a chance for their art to be seen by more of the public, and gives Minnesota citizens a chance to see a great little art show!

On Saturday, I also traveled to the Twin Cities with my son Chris and his girlfriend Laura to attend the memorial service for my father-in-law, Elwood Gustafson. It was a very moving and appropriate service, with full military honors for his service in WWII. We will miss him.

Now I am packing for a trip to California to visit my Aunt and Uncle. It will be fun, and I will let you know more when I get back.

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