Throughout the summer, the residents of Fergus Falls will be paying attention to detail.
Four different venues - the Kaddatz Gallery, A Center for the Arts, the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center and the Minnesota State Community and Technical College - are hosting an exhibition of botanical drawings by ten Minnesota artists.
It's called "Minnesota's Boreal Forest at Risk: Vanishing Trees."
Red Pine Branch
Mary Ann O'Malley
The exhibit was inspired by the northern forest, which, due to several factors (fires, invasive insects, changing climate), is under increasing stress.
The artists, under the guidance of forest ecologist Dr. Lee Frelich and mycologist Dr. David McLaughlin - both at the University of Minnesota - concentrated their artistic efforts on the trees and plants most affected by these forces. They identified ten trees at risk, as well as 30 plants associated with these trees.
Jack Pine Tree, Pinus banksiana
Botanical art, for those who aren't familiar with the field, is really more a combination of art and science, requiring extremely high standards of accuracy when it comes to describing the various parts of a plant. A small drawing or painting can easily take more than 50 hours to complete; many botanic artists will tell you that this meditative process creates a special relationship between the artist and subject.
Old Tamarack Branch
The exhibition runs through August 12, with a reception for the artists at the Kaddatz Gallery on July 7th.
On July 28th, the Kaddatz Gallery will also host a talk by Dr. Frelich on the changes to the Boreal Forest and Agassiz Lake Plain.(5 Comments)
Posted at 10:44 AM on June 24, 2011
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Theater
Time flies... the Guthrie Theater has already been at its "new" building for five years now. In that time the company has not rested on its laurels; it's produced and hosted an amazing array of plays on its three stages.
Just take a look at this slideshow to jog your memory:
Posted at 2:23 PM on June 24, 2011
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Events
In case you haven't heard about it, Minnesota Public Radio's Wits series is a radio stage show at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN, that brings some of the country's leading story tellers, writers, musicians and witty people to share their talents and have some fun with host John Moe and musical guide John Munson.
Tonight marks the last show of the season, with guests Neil Gaiman and Josh Ritter, among others.
Of course, tickets went bye-bye rather quickly for this one, but for those of us who weren't quick enough, we are not without hope.
The show will be streamed live tonight (starting at 8pm) on the Wits website.
This morning an unlikely pairing took place; the world of hockey paid a visit on the world of fine art.
As you may know, the NHL draft is taking place tonight and tomorrow in St. Paul at the Xcel Energy Center. Today, the Walker Art Center served as host for many of the young draft prospects attending pre-draft orientations and media events.
I asked the Walker Art Center's Scott Stulen why the art museum was playing host - he explained it's simply a popular rental venue. But Stulen says the event is fascinating:
In some ways it's a graduation for them, from being an amateur to a professional. All of the professional leagues have preparatory sessions like the one hosted at the Walker this morning. The session dealt with the world the players are about to enter, how to communicate with press and the fans, how craft an image and how to handle social media (be careful who you friend). The league has an interest, as do the players, in presenting a professional product to the public and this is one mechanism to assist. They often have past players speak to talk about financial planning, dealing with the pressures of high expectations and other unique challenges.
Stulen says, in witnessing the event, he wondered if there shouldn't be an equivalent event in the art world.
I was interested in how the art world prepares young artists for their professional career, and often the lack of "real' world orientation when they leave school. Maybe there is a lesson to be learned from these sports programs, or as in the case of Lebron James, a lesson to be learned as how not to present yourself publicly.
Interesting thought - a professional league training for arts grads?