Friday, April 27, 2018

Art in Bloom, 2018

I haven't returned yet to the MIA to see the full display of Art in Bloom creations I told you about yesterday, but hope to get there this afternoon.  It's pretty essential to see the art and corresponding bouquets during the first day (or two) before the flowers start to wilt. I took these photos as we walked by during our American Modern Art tour on Wednesday so I didn't have time to dawdle. Loved the florists' rendition of the painting of the three women in the flower of womanhood! Don't you agree in the way the three women are represented by the strong blossoms?!

 Painting: "Three Women" Fernand Léger,  Oil on Canvas
 Floral Arrangers: Bob and Barbara Scott and Kathleen Steiger

This painting represents a group of three reclining nudes drinking tea r coffee in a chic apartment. While the reclining nude is a common subject in art history, these women's bodies have been simplified into rounded and dislocated forms, their skin not soft but firm, buffed, and polished. The machinelike precision and solidity with which Léger renders human form relates to his faith in modern industry and to his hope that art and the machine age would together reverse the chaos unleashed by World War I.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Art in Bloom Set-up

 While taking a class yesterday on modern American Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, I was able to watch some of the participants in the annual Art in Bloom exhibit setting up some of their work.  A cooperative effort of many floral artists worked on the figure at the entrance outside the museum, a floral greeting to visitors anticipating the event that is much anticipated by the public.

What is Art in Bloom?Free and open to the public, Art in Bloom exhibits imaginative floral interpretations of selected works of art from Mia’s permanent collection, created by more than 100 commercial florists and individual artists.

Over the course of the four-day festival, everyone is invited to experience the floral fragrance throughout the museum, enjoy a lecture or demonstration, attend a party or free docent tour, and browse floral-inspired merchandise in the Art in Bloom Pop-up Shop.
Art in Bloom is the principal fundraiser of the Friends of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The Friends organization is dedicated to supporting, enhancing, and sustaining the collections, programs, and influence of Mia. (Credit: MIA)

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A Sharp Bargain

What a deal, right!? Chefs always exhort the necessity of good knives, and these sharp tools look like a real bargain for the average family cook! Hustle over to Cooks on Grand Avenue to take advantage of the sale and watch your meals improve!

Link to Signs, Signs

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Cosmetic World

Skin care certainly has changed so I need to hustle over to a cosmetic counter to get the lastest remedies.  I ask you, what's a grandmother to do?!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Another beautiful quilt

 Because of the weather and some family illness, I haven't been able to get out and about to take some new photos to share. Another quilt from the Evergreen Quilters at Unity Unitarian Church in St. Paul is the latest selection for your viewing pleasure.

This yellow beauty made by Ellen Wold is called "Summer Lanterns" and measures 56"x 56"—wouldn't you love to have this beauty?! If you missed photos of previous quilts I have posted, go here and here and here. The quilt photos are so much better than those of snow and ice, right?!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018


Because my posting of photos has been spotty of late,  I decided to include you in my decision of which snapshots I should publish so you could see what has been occurring in my life.  Which one do you think should or could be the most representative of my personal world?

April is the cruelest month…in St. Paul, Minnesota (with more predicted this week!) 

March in Magical Mazatlán, México

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Raffle Quilt

Is this going to be "The Year of the Quilt" for me? As I explained in an earlier post about the work of the Unity Unitarian Evergreen Quilters annual event and raffle, I try each year to be the winner on a handsome quilt by buying raffle tickets.  Perhaps I will finally be the winner? I will be the first to tell you if I get lucky!!

Monday, April 09, 2018

A Big Moon!!

Yesterday I introduced an annual event by the Evergreen Quilters at Unity-Unitarian Church in St Paul, Minnesota.  The quilts are all beautiful works of art.  Here is another wall hanging, created by Leah Doherty and  titled "Big Moon" measuring 34"x 36".

Sunday, April 08, 2018

The Artist Herself!!

Every year about this time The Evergreen Quilters of Unity-Unitarian Church in St Paul exhibit many original quilts and wall hangings. In addition after some Sunday services, the quilters' table in the parish hall will have a variety of quilting items for sale. A large quilt made by many of the women is currently hanging in the foyer of the church and will be awarded at the end of the month to the winning raffle ticket holder. All proceeds are donated to several local non-profit organizations including Hallie Q. Brown Foodshelf, The Family Place, Jeremiah Program as well as 
Obama Elementary School.
These two wall hangings, "Evergreen Dreams" and "Blue Vase" are creations of Jeannie Spears, seen above. Jeannie has been a longtime quilter and is as lovely a person as are her creations!

Friday, April 06, 2018

Bonsai Room

Winter Snow Forecast
I'll go where the flowers bloom
Como's Bonsai Room

Another snow blast is forecast for this week-end, and I just cannot wait for colour in my life.  Back again to the Bonsai Room at the Conservatory at Como Park in Saint Paul.

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Chihuly Chandelier

This wonderful glass chandelier, a creation of Dale Chihuly, hangs high in the foyer that is jointly shared by The Children's Theatre and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. I was there to take a one day a week,  four-week class/tour on contemporary American Art in the MIA.  More on that follows next week.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Enough Already!

Photo taken the afternoon of April 3, 2018. Any bets on when this is going to stop?!
I'd rather be in Mazatlán! 

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Flowers, Flowers, Everywhere!

No, spring has not sprung in St. Paul, Minnesota. 6-8 inches of snow was forecast for  last night and today. . . enough is enough. Yes, the ground is already covered with several inches. It is not a pleasant April morning greeting! I doubt that I will be venturing out for a photo shoot, so I decided to post more photos from my recent visit to the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park.  Indulge me, won't you?

Monday, April 02, 2018

A spring bouquet

Last week I visited the Sunken Garden at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory to see their spring display of blossoms.  This small bouquet was my favorite. Isn't it lovely in its varied hues of purple?

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Theme Day, April, 2018-ONE COLOR: "My Cup Runneth Over!"

Another theme day to explore on the first of the month, and I had a great deal of fun with this one! Because I have not been out and about too much during this winter season, my photo outings have been limited. I checked my archive which badly needs editing yet I found literally dozens of photos that fit the theme.  While looking at them I enjoyed so many memories of past excursions.  I chose this photo because the cups were made by a former colleague of mine that were displayed during an exhibition of artwork created by a few of my artistic friends.  Enjoy!!

To see more CDP theme photos, click here.