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.
Friday, April 29, 2016
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
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
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
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
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
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Linking to Signs, signs
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
have featured recently on this blog because it is hand sewed, which is less common these days. Most of the quilts I have seen lately are machine sown. I examined these blocks carefully and the appliqué and the hand stitches are beautiful.
Monday, April 18, 2016
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Saturday, April 16, 2016
Friday, April 15, 2016
Once a year, a group of women quilters at Unity-Unitarian Church in St Paul put their handiwork on display in the community room at church. Parishoners are invited to buy them with proceeds awarded to deserving projects or organisations. Bids close on April 24. In addition a large quilt is on display with raffle tickets selling at just $2. I hope that one has my name on it. I particularly like the colours and patterns in these two and would gladly take either one of them home with me.
Isn't the raffle quilt below just stunning?
Thursday, April 14, 2016
I was surprised to find this lovely little fence and gate locked. Unless my memory fails me, I seem to recall that this small space between two buildings on Selby Avenue close to the corner on Snelling leads to an outdoor retail space that I photographed before. Perhaps it will be opened again after the weather warms up permanently for the spring/summer season. I'll have to remember to go back to see if that is the case.
Linking to Good Fences
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
I was very surprised to see the sign that recently appeared at this church on Summit Avenue in
St. Paul. There have been several small churches in various areas of the city that have been successfully converted into private residences but I wonder what will happen to this rather large church complex with its adjoining buildings. I must have missed the vital information because the sale of this church came as a shock. I don't think it will be an easy sale but one never knows! Perhaps it will make a rather stately condo/apartment building.
Linking to Signs, signs
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Huss Center for the Performing Arts
This spectacular building is the new addition to the school in which I used to teach that was an integral part of my world for 30 years before retirement. Occasionally I visit to have lunch with former colleagues and to attend art exhibits in the school's gallery. The new auditorium shown above is a beautifully designed feature that already has become a part of the community. The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra has performed several Sunday afternoons in this space, events which have been very well-received by the community. If you look closely you can see students artwork gracing the walls of the hall leading to the auditorium. Because I did not take a photo of the auditorium, I decided to show you one of the pieces of art, among the many that I enjoyed seeing when I went to the concert last Sunday. This particular piece was the work of a 9th grader.
Monday, April 11, 2016
Mural depicting city scenes of St. Paul of Yore with the Cathedral high on a hill near Summit Avenue. A child and his dog and a couple taking a leisurely Sunday afternoon stroll in a park alongside the Mississippi River with a tugboat and barge, plying their trade.
No signature; found on the side of a building on W. 7th Street
Linking to Monday Murals
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Some of you undoubtedly have read one or more of Barbara Kingsolver's books. A popular author, Kingsolver appeared on stage at the Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul in November of 2009 when I snapped this photo of her while she was being interviewed by Kerri Miller for the popular Talking Volumes program. She effortlessly captured the attention of the audience with her comments about the craft of writing. Go here to learn more about Barbara Kingsolver.
Saturday, April 09, 2016
Last Saturday I posted a photo of a red-tailed hawk and explained that the birds at the University of Minnesota's Raptor Centre cannot be released in the wild after they have healed for a variety of reasons. This Turkey Vulture was imprinted on humans and would not survive in the wild because of that. Photographing through the sturdily built cages was not easy but I caught him in mid-stretch. Quite a remarkable bird.
Linking to Saturday's Critters and Camera Critters
Friday, April 08, 2016
On Monday, March 28th a much anticipated diner opened on Lake Street in Minneapolis. It originally resided in Pennsylvania but was transported to Minnesota, remodelled and refurbished, which took several months for its grand opening.
5 days after it opened DH and I went to it to sample the dishes. The diner (check here for its interesting history) recalls an earlier era. Spotless inside it serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with liquor available.
Thursday, April 07, 2016
Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Last Tuesday I posted a photo of John on this bench and promised a few of his admirers that I would find this one with me having a chat with John as he looked adoringly at me. Well, here it is.
Cuba in 2012 is a trip I'd like to repeat!
Linking to Tuesday Travels
Monday, April 04, 2016
Sunday, April 03, 2016
For a full explanation of my Saluting Women Sunday series, go here.
Saturday, April 02, 2016
Yesterday our Friday Field Trip took us to the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center on the Saint Paul campus. We arrived on time for a tour, which included a significant number of pre-elementary aged children, and all of them were remarkably well-behaved and curious, asking surprisingly good questions for their age. We saw eagles, falcons, hawks, owls, a vulture and kestrels. Each of the animals had been brought to the centre because of injuries and for some reason or another could not be returned to the wild. The turkey vulture curiously had been imprinted on humans and would never survive outside the centre! The cages were large, well-designed, and incredibly clean. Of all the beauties we saw, I loved Casper the Red-tailed hawk the very best. What a beauty.
Linked to Saturday's Critters and Camera Critters.
Friday, April 01, 2016
Japanese Flowering Quince
In Training since 2010