A Question of Control
Surrealism painter Darrell Hagan and I are excited about our new space in the Northrup King Building. (My husband is fond of saying that I’ve moved in with another man.) If you're in the Twin Cities (Minnesota) area, we’d love to see you Thursday, March 3 when we’ll be showing off our new digs between 5:00 and 9:00 pm. Join us for fresh coffee and homemade Italian polenta cookies. You’ll find us in Studio 427. This is also the evening of our building's monthly self-directed studio crawl so you can tour the building where you'll find 100+ painters, clothing designers, jewelry designers, photographers, potters, and more.)
Directions are available at www.NorthrupKingBuilding.com
After the Fall
Snow has been falling all day in Minneapolis. Predictions call for snow all night and into Monday. After three balmy days during which we were seduced with spring-like temperatures, winter has returned and this Narnian blizzard draws me to the windows as if staring at snow too thick to see through, could change something.
Last night I was transfixed by the moon light on my newly snow-free patio. Tonight I know that beautiful full moon is there behind snow-filled clouds, but the only light higher than my head comes from the dim glow of leaden street lamps. The snow is frustrating, yet it, too, is beautiful. And I'm reminded of winter days over half a century ago, walking home from school with Karen, our pre-adolescent voices recreating a round taught to us by Rita Marie Andrescik, who came to our grade school once a week to teach music:
Snow on, snow
In lovely whiteness everywhere.
Moonlight is breaking
To make the night so fair....
We varied the pitch, we practiced different rhythms, changed the dynamics ("No! Let's hold that last note for a count of eight and fade!" one of us would insist.) We were oblivious to everything and everyone around us, intent only on mastering the skills we learned with that haunting melody.
Tonight I'm still haunted by the beauty of the snow, but even more so by rapidly changing seasons and days that go by too fast. After the fall comes winter, and after winter comes spring. I know it. So why, on this blizzardy night, does spring seem to far away?
I'm excited to announce the opening of my new studio. Same site...Northrup King Building in Minneapolis, Minnesota...but I'm no longer subleasing. Darrell Hagan and I decided to take the plunge and, in the words of my husband, "move in together" (as studio mates co-leasing the same place, that is.) You'll find us in Studio 427. We're o pen from 5:00 to 9:00 pm on the first Thursday of each month, by appointment, and of course for Art-A-Whirl in May. (More on that later.)
Darrell specializes in surrealism. My loves are narrative pieces in oil and botanical watercolors, with the addition of an artsy experiment every now and then. If you're in the area, we'd love to see you.
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