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Paul Granlund sculpture at Charles Lindbergh's house

Our family recently toured the boyhood home of Charles Lindbergh.  As usual, there was so much more to a man's life than that one famous moment.  It was a pleasant surprise to see a bronze study by my former teacher, Paul Granlund, in the collection.  

The full-scale sculpture was made for the Minnesota State Capitol in 1985. 
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Lutheran Celtic music at Art A Whirl!

My weekend is booked.  I'll be at St. John in Northeast Minneapolis participating in the "Art-A-Whirl festivities.  I'll have original Christian artwork for sale and perform some sand animation with Joey Shumann of the Lutheran Ceili Orchestra.  

What's Art-A-Whirl?
Presented by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), Art-A-Whirl is the largest open studio tour in the country. It’s a great opportunity to tour private artist studios and galleries, connect with the artists, and purchase original artwork.

 Art-A-Whirl takes place annually in Northeast Minneapolis, the third weekend of May. This event is free and open to the public.

2014 Dates and Hours:
Friday, May 16th -  5:00-10:00 p.m.
Saturday,  May 17th -  Noon-8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 18th -   Noon-5:00 p.m.



Where is St. John's?


http://nemaa.org/events/art-a-whirl-at-st-johns

St. John's is dedicated to hosting Christian Artists for Art-A-Whirl!







Lutheran Celtic?
I'm excited to perform with the multi-talented Joey Shumann at St. John's this weekend.  Learn more about Joey and the Lutheran Ceili Orchestra at www.joeyschumann.com.  An excerpt: 

The Lutheran Ceili Orchestra is a group of accomplished Celtic Christian musicians from Wisconsin that have travelled the country playing their unique blend of hymns and traditional Irish music. Their "Celtic Service" series combines the verses, prayers, and legends of the ancient Celtic Christians with traditional music and hymns from Ireland and the British Isles played on authentic instruments including the Uilleann bagpipes, tinwhistle, fiddle, harp, bodhran, and more. The group is led by Joey Schumann, who is an annual featured Celtic musician at Carnegie Hall in New York City and has recorded and toured with American composer Tim Janis.


A bit about Joey:

"Joseph (Joey) grew up in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and is excited to return to the area. His family has roots in Appleton and grandmother had a long and happy nursing career at one of the Appleton hospitals where he will be doing some of his residency training. The idea of “family” is very important to him, which is one of the many reasons he chose the field of “family” medicine. He began college with an interest in becoming a children’s book illustrator and was awarded various art scholarships. Along the way he was surprised by how much he loved science courses and switched to medicine. He graduated from Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina having achieved honors in science, fine art and athletics and was also the starting fullback on a Division 2 football team. Joey’s illustrations have appeared in an orthopedics textbook, as well as public exhibitions. He plays a number of ethnic instruments including the Irish bagpipes, tin whistle, and duduk; has toured with American composer Tim Janis; has been a featured performer twice at Carnegie Hall in New York City; and has recorded on various albums, including a project by Janis which was dedicated to people suffering with ALS. He attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee where he was recognized by his class for being a standout in ethics. In the future, he hopes to have a sports medicine focused practice in Wisconsin. Joey is an avid backpacker, values a well-rounded life and spending time with his wife and son."



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Classic Kiln Delivers the Goods!

   My dad and I recently finished the walls in a corner of my studio using cement board and slate.  I've been saving discarded chalkboards for years...This provides me with a nice area for high temp work such as firing a kiln or, someday, welding.  
    So I finally got to fire this awesome vintage kiln (1950's?).  1st test firing released the lovely odor of mouse droppings.  When this kiln was in storage at the Black Lantern studios, it became a mouse apartment complex...After a thorough cleaning now its all been incinerated.  I wish it was warm enough to leave my windows open...

This is kiln predates automatic digital readouts and even gravity-based kiln-sitters.  It does have the awesome dial readout connected to a "thermocouple" temperature probe.  That all means that I need to turn up the heat according to "best practices" and get a feel for the pace of firing.  I was never a super ceramic nerd so this will take some experience.  I've been looking up "ramping" schedules to get an idea of the speed recommended between temperatures.

I heard a frightening POP at around 1300 degrees.  I was sure a piece blew up, but when everything was fine.  It was surprising how little heat emanated from the kiln.  At temperatures approaching 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, the kiln seemed to be insulating well.  Looking in the peephole, I noticed one of the coils doesn't seem to be working.  I do have an extra set, so I should be able to fix that.

I think I love this kiln.  It's got the sturdy charm of a classic pickup, refreshingly low-tech, and just the right internal space to fire 1/4 scale terra cotta figures or life-sized busts.

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A Super Exchange

The picture on the left came in the mail for me.  Written on the back, in my sister's handwriting, "To Jason From Jacksen".  Jacksen is my 4-year old nephew.  I was pretty sure I was looking at Spiderman.  The picture on the right is going in the mail for him.  Could be the start of something...

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New Life concept

What if the same artwork showed one image to those entering the church and a different image to those leaving?  I'm considering a lenticular image for New Life Evangelical Lutheran in Shoreview, MN.  A lenticular image intersperses several images in vertical strips and aims them in corresponding directions.  Each image only works from a particular vantage point.

It would be fun to work with Design Fugitives on this project!

Sample of lenticular art 

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Art A Whirl Press Release

St. John's Lutheran Church presents “ART-A-WHIRL 2013”, works by 6 local and regional artists as well as tours of rare collection of stained glass windows.

Exhibit runs: May 17th-19th
Opening Reception: Friday, May 17th 5-10 p.m.

St. John's Lutheran Church: Art-a-Whirl 2013.

Sponsored by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association, Art-A-Whirl is the largest open studio tour in the country. It’s a great opportunity to tour private artist studios and galleries, connect with the artists, and purchase original artwork. At St. John's Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, we see it as an opportunity to connect with the community directly outside our doors and would like to invite you and your family to also be a part of this event. We welcome you to come view the artwork that will be on display by talented artists within our WELS community at St. John's as well as enjoy the rare architectural beauty on display inside the sanctuary.

We are proud to be featuring work from the following artists:

Bob Averbeck "The focus of my current work is incorporating paper weaving into collages. I collect papers from a variety of sources and try to include metallic paper  accents in most of my compositions."; Jason Jaspersen "I'm a creative generalist working with a variety of media.  My creative work honors both the weight of history and the thrill of the process."   jjjaspersen.com; Daniel Kaniess "it is not what or how the artist sees, but rather how the artist shares the vision."  madebyhuman.com; Hannah Krueger "Her focus is using a Yellow Plastic Camera called a Holga. All of the effects that you see are done in her camera by overlapping multiple exposures and such. No work is done digitally except for simple exposure adjustments and dust removal." yellowplasticcamera.com/home.html ; Eric Ouren "I build one-of-kind acoustic stringed instruments that incorporate tins and gas cans into banjos or dulcimers, following a style developed by the Northwoods Lumberjacks in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I also build banjos in the traditional open-back style. Eric Ouren profile; Denice Woller "From her studio portraits to the abandoned things that won't be there in a few months, she finds joy in capturing everything that catches her eye. Denice's fine art images are shot on film and she prints them herself." wollerphotography.com/

St John's will be open for Art-A-Whirl for the following hours:
Friday, May 17th -  5:00-10:00 p.m.
Saturday,  May 18th -  Noon-8:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 19th -   Noon-5:00 p.m.

Sample images available in medium and high resolution. Contact Kai Grohs:  killa_kailani@yahoo.com 612-270-1619.
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