Sunday, June 26, 2016

VIP Area

I believe that this is the first year that a special area has been cordoned off to the right of the main stage in Mears Park for VIP's! I noticed that a catered meal was offered, obviously a private party.  I'm not complaining since the three-day outdoor Jazz concert is free but I have one question.  How can I become a VIP??

Saturday, June 25, 2016

18th Annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival (in St Paul, MN)

It was a perfect day to watch and listen to many musicians and bands on Friday, the second day of the free 18th Annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival, held in Mears Park, a beautiful little gem situated in the middle of downtown St. Paul. 
On the main stage, the Jazz Women All Stars lit up the crowd, followed by many other musicians performing on four different stages that surrounded the park.  Friday's evening of music ended with a performance by veteran and legendary New Orleans pianist Ellis Marsalis, the patriarch of several other well-known jazz musicians and composers.

If you missed the music on Thursday and Friday, hustle downtown  to enjoy more jazz today, the last day of the festival.

"Jazz music creates so many phenomenal figures." Wynton Marsalis

Friday, June 24, 2016

Tree Doctors

Parker and Reed, two University of Minnesota students, are working this summer with RainbowTree Care. When I met them this last Thursday morning while walking Wild Wendy, these tree doctors were working valiantly to save this boulevard tree from Dutch Elm disease.  They clean the bark and clear away the turf around the surface roots, drill some holes and then infuse them with chemicals that are supposed to keep the tree from succumbing to the disease.  Both of these friendly and personable young men are from Buffalo, Minnesota; Parker attends the University in Duluth and Reed goes to the U.  in the Twin Cities.  Their personalities  and work ethic are going to make them successful in their careers. I still miss teaching young people this age!

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” 
― John Muir

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Amusement in Weisman Museum

When DH and I visited the Weisman Museum last Friday, from afar I noticed a man working diligently in one of the galleries.  When I got closer I realised that he was part of the artwork, and my initial error made me laugh.  After a few minutes I saw a "twin installation" with another man, a  visitor. Jim thought it was terrible of me to take a stealth photo and pair him with the artwork.  It amused me so I, of course, ignored Jim's reaction.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


 Wordless Wednesday

Linking to Signs, Signs & Outdoor Wednesday

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Washington Avenue Bridge

The Washington Avenue Bridge crosses the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota and connects the East Bank and West Bank portions of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. The bridge is unique for being a double-decker bridge, with the lower portion designated for roadtraffic and the upper level used for pedestrians and bicyclists (lanes specifically for bikes are on the north side). It is a utilitarian structure with simple architecture, but it has cultural significance because thousands of students, faculty, staff and visitors walk across it every day.

I don't know how many times I walked across this bridge while I attended the U.  Wonderful in the summer but quite different in the winter months!

Linking to Our World Tuesday

Monday, June 20, 2016

Cowboys and Indians

Kachina Dolls
 During our visit to the Weisman Museum last Friday, I was surprised to see these lesser-known Andy Warhol's art pieces, ten large and colourful U.S. images.  The Geronimo poster and the original piece in the gallery were impressive and all came with informative written narrative.  If you live in or near the Twin Cities, the museum and this particular exhibit would be great to visit. Go here to see another outstanding and interesting installation of a former student of Saint Paul Academy.  It was a terrific Friday Field Trip for DH and me.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

"Pixelated Bromide" - Friday Field Trip

Our Friday Field trip last week took DH and me to the Weisman Art Museum at the U of MN campus,  Designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, it was completed in 1993.  The exterior is stainless steel and brick and is situated on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. The art work exhibited inside is as striking as the exterior of the museum.

Much to my surprise and delight in one of the galleries I found a large installation by Richard Barlow, a former student  in the school where I used to teach, a fine young man whose mother, a language teacher, was one of my colleagues. 

The inspiration for the art piece is a photograph, Trees and Reflections, by Wm Henry Fox Talbot, 1842. Although he was fascinated by the photographic process, Barlow found that he was constantly referring to a JPEG image of the photograph, which led him to realise that the basic building block of photograph is now the pixel. This insight led him to "Pixelated Promide," made of thirty-six thousand plastic billboard spangles.  These "pixels" respond to the moments of air currents.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Lawn Decorations

I need to photograph more of the many whimsical decorations on the porch and lawn of this neighbourhood house.  Makes me smile whenever I pass by.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Europe or Minnesota?

Because of my appreciation for our home's close proximity to St. Kate's campus, I have posted many photos of this beautiful urban campus on Facebook, including this one on June 2nd. It is definitely worth posting here, too! I have enjoyed many walks through this campus and my children and grandkids have spent hours playing near its ponds and fields. The beautiful sky and the cloud formation with the Chapel situated on the rise of a small hill gives it a bit of a European look, don't you think?
Linking to Skywatch Friday