Saturday, April 30, 2016

Art in Bloom, 2016-#2

One of  the more whimsical contributions to the Art in Bloom display at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.  See yesterday's post for further explanation.

The artwork is entitled, Soundsuit by Nick Cave, 2010.  Metal, wood, plastic, pigments, and acrylic fabric.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Art in Bloom, 2016

Art in Bloom, an annual event at the Minneapolis Institute of Art is back in town.  The 3-day event featuring more than 150 lavish displays of fresh flowers interpreting works of art in the museum's collection started yesterday. Of the many lovely and unique displays I think this one is among my favourites: Untitled, 1929, oil on canvas by Yayol Kusama.

I have been having a difficult time lately posting and commenting.  If I can't get my mojo back soon I plan to take an hiatus.  I may have to take a leave for the summer.  Time will tell: stay tuned.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Schmidt Brewery History

I took a photo of this sign last August and wondered why it was allowed to remain in place for so many years in its deteriorating condition.  Originally it was the former Schmidt Brewery sign with two large side panels, but Schmidt closed several decades ago and the sign stood at Jefferson Avenue and West 7th Street for more than 60 years as part of the historic brewery complex.  It had been used to advertise August Schell Brewing Company's Grain Belt beers to which an anti-billboard group recently objected.  To my surprise the entire story of its past and its future was recently covered in our local neighborhood newspaper, The Highland Villager. Apparently after meeting several legal considerations, the giant sign will be restored and will now advertise businesses that occupy properties in the Schmidt historic district.
Linking to Signs, signs

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Unnamed sculpture

I founds this wonderful unnamed sculpture outside the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minnesota, a museum we visited  on our last Friday Field Trip.  I could find no plaque identifying the artist or information about the piece of art. I loved the way it rose above the walking path, seemingly ready for flight.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Wabasha, Minnesota

Our Friday Field Trip last week took us to Wabasha, Minnesota about 85 miles south of the Twin Cities.  The National Eagle Center has a lovely museum in this small town on the banks of the Mississippi River.  The bridge above connects Wabasha with towns  across the river in Wisconsin.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Saluting Women #7-Kerri Miller

In two  previous "Saluting Women" posts I have featured writers, Barbara Kingsolver and Margaret Atwood,  who have appeared on the Talking Volumes program at the Fitzgerald Theatre in downtown St. Paul. The hostess, Kerri Miller, has done a spectacular job of interviewing all of her guests, both male and female, over the years.  When we attend, which is often, both DH and I always love the evening's performance because Miller is a skillful interviewer using humor and probing questions to draw out the writers who appear on the program. She is knowledgeable about the writers and keeps a light-hearted touch while using interesting background information to keep both the audience and her subject engaged. Watch for the scheduled programs on MPR and be sure to attend if you are in the area. I guarantee that you will enjoy an interesting and entertaining evening.

Kerri Miller is host of MPR News with Kerri Miller and Talking Volumes. She was the political reporter for KARE 11 television in Minneapolis-St. Paul before coming to MPR in 2004.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

A wecome visitor!

When the flower blossoms, the bee will come. Srikumar Rao

Linking to Saturday's Critters and Camera Critters

Friday, April 22, 2016


The Twin Cities in Mourning

 A Rainbow Appeared Above Paisley Park on April 21, 2016

The city blocked off the street in front of First Avenue last night where hundreds of Prince Fans met and celebrated his life of music after the announcement of his death yesterday.

Thursday, April 21, 2016


Our neighbourhood is beginning to bloom!
Linking to Good Fences

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Church Signs

Unity Church in St. Paul is a parish that has many activities and projects operating at the same time. Social justice is important to the congregation so there are many groups that approach diverse problems.  One is an active approach to the "Black Lives Matter" movement. Last Sunday, the teen-agers held their annual book sale to help fund a trip to Boston.  Both signs were posted at the front of the church building, which illustrated the diversity within the community.
Linking to Signs, signs