Monday, August 29, 2011
Scott and I both took the day off of work since he had spent the previous week working 12-hour overnight shifts in Chicago. It was a beautiful day and this was taken on our evening dog walk which took us by Susan B. Anthony school. They must have done sidewalk chalk art as part of their first day back to school.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
With more than 200 stained glass window, The National Cathedral is a magnificent place to visit on a sunny morning. Emily and I visited at the perfect time to enjoy the color that the windows cast around the huge cathedral. This is a must-see while in DC.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Scott and I hit up all three arts festivals in Minneapolis by foot. We walked about 17 miles and had a fantastic day! Along the way, I found a HOTTEA yarn installation. I've seen them many times before and it is always a delight to discover new ones. I've never taken the time to read the story about HOTTEA before today.
Read about HotTea Artist:
HOTTEA: MINNEAPOLIS GRAFFITI ARTIST TURNED STREET ART INNOVATOR
HOT+TEA Flickr set
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I completed Part Two of the Hiawatha tour with Brian Moen and we came across a garage that was proudly displaying all kinds of found art creatures. I want one!
Monday, July 25, 2011
The last stop of my Loring Park tour was at La Belle Vie which is in the 510 Building. As we were leaving, I snapped a couple of quick photos. While this isn't perfectly composed, I absolutely love reflection photos and this old school reception desk with mail slots and beautiful chandelier makes my heart flutter.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Scott and I walked from our home to Longfellow Grill. We walked along the Minnehaha Creek for quite awhile and this may be the first time I noticed this graffiti art.
One of my favorite summer events is the annual Art Car + Art Bike Parade. I say that like I've been going my whole life but in actuality I just learned of it last year. But, it's a new tradition and I love that I now know the Executive Director of the Art Cars, Jan Elftmann!
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Carrie, a teacher for the Juxtaposition Arts Environmental Studies program, offered to connect me with a couple of her students for a tour of the neighborhood surrounding Juxta. Charles and Bakari were fantastic guides and they brought me to 1808 Emerson Avenue N, a building which is getting an artistic treatment from Bronx-based professional muralists, Tats Cru.
I was able to take a photo of three BG183, B10 & Nicer. I was short on time and they were busy painting but I would have loved to have talked to them about their process (I was told they started the day prior). They are going to be part of an event sponsored by Wet Paint: Artists Materials & Framing on July 23 in St. Paul.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Scott and I toured Waite Park with Shelley Leeson, an energetic entrepreneur and small/home business advocate for all of NE Minneapolis. She showed us so many great features of Minneapolis's northeastern-most neighborhood and one extra special treat was the tour of Lauri Svedberg's home and studio. I was a little snap happy (can you blame me?) after Lauri gave me permission to take all the photos I wanted. Like many artists, the moment I turned the camera on Lauri, she got a bit shy. This is one of my favorite photos of the day because Lauri is being so cute and behaving differently than one would expect for being the creator of a home that commands such attention. Her home studio is often opened up during the annual Art-A-Whirl Open Studio and Gallery Tour. Please visit her studio's website and consider purchasing or commissioning one of her works of art.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
After work, I was given a tour of the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis by Adam Nelson, a co-worker. It was one of the most beautiful days we've had this spring so it was a great day for a walk. During the final stretch of our walk, we came across Joan of Arc Gallery in which the artist, Kimber Fiebiger shares her bronze sculptures which have been sold across the United States. I learned from the website that she has made the building at 31st and Franklin her home/studio/gallery. I will add this to my list of go-to places when I need a mood lifter!
I attempted my first 365 photo project in 2011. I made it to Day 246.
The Nivens Family