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?

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  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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"the work behind The Work" prezi

Here's the prezi document I used for my art lecture, "the work behind The Work".  Be patient, it may take a while to load up.  You can simply click the arrows to move through the presentation (arrow keys on your keyboard will work too), or you can drag and zoom the whole canvas to explore.  Enjoy!

If the embedded version doesn't load try it at this link:

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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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Sand frames for Koine projection

   I developed these frames for Koine's environmental projection during their big Emmanuel Lux Christmas concert at St. Marcus in Milwaukee.  These were to surround and complement the playing of the sand animation for "A Son Emmanuel".  Though they were unused for the performance, I think they are worth posting.  The projection for the performance used a stained glass window theme and these frames were just not working with that template.  
   The scale change is tricky as well.  The original sand images are about 8" tall.  Their projected size is the full height of a gymnasium wall.  

See the enveloping imagery for yourself...Watch the concert!

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