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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Got my Foot in the Door

Amazing - the talent exhibited at this open art show! About 5,000 artists submitted art, wall, multimedia or three-dimensional, for this open art show at the Minneapolis Institute of Art sponsored by Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program. Opening night was incredible with many of the artists and their family and friends showing up to see more than three exhibition rooms covered with art.

Though a challenge, it was quite fun going through the show looking for my art and that of friends. Almost like looking for a puzzle piece in a many thousand piece puzzle.

Themes ran from the serious, to playful, to artistic, to raw, to political, to just plain odd. There was also a surprising number of rabbit art scattered throughout the show. The biggest problem is the quantity as walking through one quickly got a sensory overload – especially in the large crowd attending opening night. I will definitely have to return for another pass.

Take a look at the Amy Carlson Gustafson's article in the Pioneer Press. If you look really hard (similar to Where's Waldo) you can find my art.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Time to think

I was worried that driving an hour over and back to Menomonie regularly would make me crazy and be incredibly boring. I’m finding that to not be the case. The hour passes quite quickly as I plot and plan and think about various projects.

Even though I-94 between the Twin Cities to Western Wisconsin is not what one would describe as a scenic drive, it does have a somewhat varied landscape. The winter light and drifting snow adds a subtle beauty and is ever-changing in color and shape. Farm activities like spreading manure and trails made by the buffalo and dairy cows alter the snow patterns and texture.

Many semis carry their load along this corridor daily. Names like Menards, Anderson and Walmart trek back and forth from Menomonie and Eau Claire to the Twin Cities. I find that Walmart drivers rarely speed. Sixty-eight miles an hour appears to be their maximum – I guess there must be a substantial penalty if they are caught speeding and ticketed.
Saturday, February 13, 2010

Where does the time go?

Yes I’ve had quite a few things on my plate lately, but that’s no excuse as I want to add to this blog regularly. Now I’ll need to catch up on some of the more noteworthy events.

I submitted my art for the MIA Foot in the Door exhibition on Thursday, the first day submissions were accepted. There I stood in line for about an hour and a half with several hundred middle aged and older artists with treasures in hand. There were a few young artists, mostly from MCAD the adjoining art college, and a handful of artists aged in their 30s or 40s. Behind me in line was the most obnoxious older woman, who kept going on and on about “I took classes from Joe . . . did you take a class from Joe also?” She about drove me crazy during the wait. A few days later I got an update from Jon – he submitted his artwork on Saturday and said he waited in line about 15 minutes – oh well, he missed out on the camaraderie.

I was honored by the fellow accepting the art pieces – he said “cool” upon me handing it to him. Clearly, this made the waiting in line worth it.