Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Scott and I went on a Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) event called Washington Avenue- History Pub Crawl which involved riding a trolley-like bus around Washington Avenue while a MHS employee shared historical stories with us. We made two stops for adult beverages - Stone Arch Bar inside of The Depot and The Loop in the North Loop neighborhood.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
My tour guide for the Willard-Hay neighborhood was Bill Cottman. He is an amazing artist and has a lot of great stories about his life in Minneapolis. He is a husband, father, grandfather, retired electrical engineer, fine art photographer, writer, and co-host of the KFAI show, "Mostly Jazz."
Monday, August 22, 2011
Part of my Loring Park neighborhood tour included a chance to take photos from the rooftop of Summit House Towers, courtesy of Mark. He works at Oak Grove Grocery and has lived in Loring Park for more than 30 years.
Monday, August 1, 2011
Communication cover in downtown Minneapolis.
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.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
I spent the evening walking around the streets of Minneapolis with Jan Elftmann and Dave Lewis, amazing individuals forming an amazing partnership. I learned that Jan asked Dave to marry her at the Monte Carlo and that their wedding date was 8-8-88. They are pictured here with their cat, Emma, on the back steps of their home at 801 Washington Lofts.
I can't wait for Jan's event: The 17th annual Art Cars & Art Bikes parade on Saturday, July 23 at 6 PM around Lake Harriet.
Monday, July 11, 2011
The Downtown Improvement District's presence can be seen in a number of ways, but what gets the most attention are the bright green vehicles and uniformed Ambassadors. Its impact is seen and unseen and they have an impressive track record. I appreciate the hard work of both paid and unpaid DID staff.
When learning a bit more about the Celebrations of Seasons planter pictured, I learned that DID is seeking an Urban Agriculture/Community Gardening Champion (PDF).
They are also seeking public input on the redesign of Nicollet Mall with a poetry contest.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
My family and I visited my aunt and uncle at Skyscape Condo and they have great views. One of which is the deflated Metrodome.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Stewie and I walked around part of Lake Harriet just as the sun was starting to set and casting a beautiful glow on the boats.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
I had a meeting in the Crown Roller Mill building to talk with people who work in the Economic Development arm of the City of Minneapolis Department of Community Planning & Economic Development. On the way to the meeting, I noticed the Ceresota mural for the first time and I've walked past it too many times to count.
I attempted my first 365 photo project in 2011. I made it to Day 246.
The Nivens Family