The light that gilds the trees…

4 O’Clock Trees

This light found me while I was impatiently waiting for a stop light to change, dreading the fact that the sky would be dark by 5 pm. I was stopped high on a steep street, grumpily waiting to proceed, when the gold light that lurks at the edge of day hit the treetops, rolling away from me to the eastern horizon. A sea of grey branches became a haze of copper and gold. The trees near me glowed. I rolled on in wonder at the beauty.

My gift to you is to retell this moment with silk threads on painted canvas. I call them 4 O’Clock Trees. They are a reminder to be awake to the beauty of change. I am making small versions of this popular image again this season. Each one is uniquely composed of silk stitching that draws the branches onto painted canvas. Most are $40 or less and ready to hang as a small banner anywhere you need a reminder of light. You can find them at the studio starting on Dec. 7th  1st Thurs. event 5-9

 

Beyond the Surface Show Til Dec 8

Let me tell you about the river land that became a city…

Oak Savanna

As I stand by the Mississippi River near downtown Minneapolis,
I look at what is and wonder how it used to be. As an artist who makes art about the places
I love, I ask, “What more can be known about this place?”
Reading history and geology and examining old maps and photographs, wakes up my imagination.
Then painterly layers of mixed media and fiber techniques express the
visual richness of the natural world, encouraging viewers to feel what I see and see what I imagine.

 

In Minneapolis, we live with the consequences of choices made in the 19th century.
The decisions made then changed the terrain sculpted the land, and changed how life was lived here.
For example, my home in south Minneapolis is built from trees that were once the forest to the north.
Today? My neighbors are replanting the original prairies in garden plots 5-foot square!

Becoming aware of the attitudes that got us here is going to help us with the changes
that are coming. My new work for the Beyond the Surface exhibit reflects shadows
of what we have lost and asks what can be retained.
What is our responsibility to the present—and to the past?

OCTOBER 13 – DECEMBER 8 – Beyond the Surface at Larson Art Gallery, University of Minnesota, St. Paul Student Center, 2017 Buford Ave., St. Paul,