May 18th, Sunday, was the last day of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association Art A Whirl. I had meant to spend the day working on chapbooks and job applications, but an offer of a ride to and from the Northrup King Building made me change my plans. It was off to see art, collect those lovely artist postcards and do a little photographing if the mood caught me.
The Northrup King building is vast and stuffed full of art studios of all kinds, and in the studios are artists of all kinds and their friends and colleagues. There were four floors of vivid color, swarming people and much music. After a few hours my senses were swirling and my mind was spinning with images and ideas. It was a seven- course meal of art and media and I found it necessary to cleanse the palate with a little fresh air, outside, sunshine, breeze and a vista.
I took out my camera as soon as I was outside…
A quick refreshment, crackers and granola bar from the stash in my purse and it was time to wander.
I was heading to the Solar Arts Building, where among other things there was a Poetry Fort set up in one of the studios.
First step, cross the tracks. Cross right in front of a train. A long train, a very long train of many, many liquid freight containers. Containing? Anyone care to guess? Heading south and east? I tried not to snarl.
I climbed on top of a pile of parking lot rubble and watched.
I want a picture of the Northrup King Building from the backside.
Message received. Interpretation?
This is a really, really long train…
Another train, heading in the opposite direction, a long, long line of containers… The commercial economy right there in front of me…a moving barricade to creativity?
So impatient to get there after waiting so long.
The picture I wanted. And on to the Solar Arts Building and more art and more music and more people hungry for art.
A partial, nowhere complete list of my favorite eye-catching artists.
Julia Colman Timm, Fresh Mud Pottery
Meg Erke, collage and mixed media
Cynthia Kath, paintings
Nanci Yernakoff, water colors
Sheryl Tuorila, mosaics
Edward Holmberg, paintings
Leslie A. Pilgrim, painting and collage
Brian VanVoorst, abstracts that mesmerized…
Melissa f. Kaelin, painting and silhouettes that made my heart ache.
I spent my food budget for the week, along with a little more on cards and an elegant little ceramic tray too lovely to hold my spent tea bags.
That is the thing about art and art shows, art museums, galleries, no matter what and when and where, I always feel like twirling around and around and around.