Music with Minnesotans: Consie Powell

by Alison Young, Minnesota Public Radio
February 16, 2011

St. Paul, Minn. — Walking into Consie Powell's living room in Ely Minnesota is like stepping into an art gallery.

Her drawings and block prints grace the walls - along with works of many other artists - capturing the outdoors in all its beauty and delight, but mostly in a close-up and whimsical way.

Just take the title of one of her pieces "Bumbus inebritas" - a piece she created after watching several bumblebees getting drunk with nectar from a garden of irises.

Consie shares a playlist that brings with it the kind of energy and insouciance of her art-work.

She takes an additional delight in the pieces she has seen performed.

Switching back-and-forth between binoculars and her sketch pad, she draws what she sees and finds the visual only enhances the aural.

Music plays a backdrop in her work as she often listens to energetic pieces as she draws. Her drawing board is high, so she can sit on a stool or stand - and if one stands, one often sways more to the music!


Consie Powell's playlist:

Sergei Prokofiev, Symphony No. 5: Allegro Marcato - Leningrad Philharmonic

Aram Kachaturian, Gayane: Dance of the Kurds - Boston Pops

Joaguin Rodrigo, Concierto Andaluz: Finale - Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

Georges Enesco, Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 - London Symphony Orchestra


Check out more from Music with Minnesotans:

Linda Z. Andrews, Ann Bancroft, Charles Baxter, Philip Brunelle, Mayor Chris Coleman, Michael Pearce Donley, Joe Dowling, Dr. Victoria Elmer, Nancy Gibson, William Gurstelle, Karen Hansen, Steve Heitzeg, Stuart Loughridge, Stephen Paulus, Lois Quam, Mayor RT Rybak, General Larry Shellito, The Reverend Spenser Simrell, Dale Warland, and Matt Wehling.


Join me next week when Minnesota Historical Society Director Michael Fox shares his playlist which includes one of his favorite groups, the Rose Ensemble as well as what it was like for him keeping up his piano lessons as an adult.

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