Making Ephemeral Art
The Twin Cities suburb of Maple Grove sponsored a weekend Chalkfest on June 10 and 11, with over 30 artists making imaginative and short-lived works of art up and down Main Street. While the Chalkfest is far removed from my usual adventures in nature, I couldn't resist seeing and trying to capture the flavor of this unique art form.
I went on Saturday afternoon (a major storm was scheduled for Sunday…) and most of the images were incomplete, with the artists hard at work. The image above was one of the most-nearly complete, and I think it shows the amazing creativity and attention to detail that marked so many of the chalk paintings. I have several more photos showing artists and their creations in a temporary gallery here.
The Sculpture Garden is Back!
After nearly two years of construction, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden has opened! 18 new works have been added to original 40 works, so there is much to see and much to photograph! I am in the process of setting up two types of all-day classes using the revitalize Garden: one that splits the day betwen the Garden and the Como Pack Conservatory and Japanese Garden, and the other that will focus just on the Garden and its environs. I'll have dates and time figured out soon, so check back and reserve your spot in a class!
Winter in Death Valley
Death Valley National Park is the deepest spot in North America, and the hottest. But Winter is a great time to visit the Park—it's cool and pleasant and the number of visitors is very low. I had several good says in the Park this January, and I've found the weather and shoorting good into March. The main image above is from this year's trip, and I've posted a selection of my favorite images from that and earlier trips here.
Winter Is Good Shooting…
Minnesotans were blessed with a late-starting Winter in November and the first week of December, but reality set in at that point: cold and snow arrived, and we entered that white deep-freeze of normal Winter.
I spent a snowy day at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in December, and I've posted several more images from that outing in Recent Work. Only six more months…
Shooting at Como
When the Minnesota winter gets to be too much grey for too long, my refuge is the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park in St. Paul. Even when it's cold and dreary outside, I can remind myself of summer in the lush and warm gardens in the Conservatory. I've been teaching at Como for several weekends, and have put up a couple of images from the Conservatory in the Flora gallery. You can have a great private lesson with me at the Conservatory—just send me an email and we will schedule you in!