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Profile: Allison Reed

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More Gouache on the Gutenberg Paper

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Profile: Richard Crammer

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Right: Green Heron, ©Richard Crammer, graphite and watercolor on paper.

My friend, artist Richard Crammer died Thursday morning. (He turned 56 on Monday.) On February 5, 2007 he was diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma. His left leg was amputated and he underwent a series of chemo treatments which were unsuccessful. 

I want to take a moment to share a couple thoughts about Richard and the gratitude I have towards him. His life and talent need to be celebrated and remembered.

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Emerging Artists Show

At left: etching ©2008 Rachel Nusbaum My favorite emerging artist is having a group art exhibition. Rachel Nusbaum's art will be included in "Loveartpassion"  at Calhoun Beach Framing & Art Gallery, 4959 Penn Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55409. The opening reception is Saturday, November 22, 2008; 7 to 9 p.m. Mark your calendars and come […]

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Profile: Thomas W. Smith

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Left: Thom in class looking at student work. He stood well over 6 feet tall.

Thom Smith was a high-school English teacher. He was my teacher when I arrived from California as a new student for my senior year in a suburban Chicago high school. He wasn't my first mentor; he wasn't my last mentor. He did save my life. He's the reason every morning I'm grateful that I've had mentors. He's the reason I started teaching artists residencies in the public schools. He's the reason I've worked in mentor programs. He transformed my understanding of writing as a craft and he transformed the way I keep journals: simply put, he gave me tools to follow my passion.

I almost didn't meet Thom. When I met with a counselor at my new school there were problems with my transcript from Australia. Filtered through two California schools in one and a half years, credits weren't adding up. The counselor, knowing I was college bound, suggested a string of classes which left, in the whole year, one elective. I decided to take "Creative Writing" in the fall semester. That was Thom's class.

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Emerging Artists

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Above, emerging artist Rachel Nusbaum and her proud father Steve, stand in front of some of the prints and book projects Rachel has on display for her junior year portfolio review at Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Right now it's portfolio review time for juniors at MCAD (Minneapolis College of Art and Design). The students are assigned a bit of space in the halls and they put up a mini-exhibit of art. It varies widely based on their majors. Some students might have paintings, some have sculpture. I saw one student's furniture designs. (I didn't realize that MCAD even had a furniture design program.)

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Profile: Ken Avidor

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The above illustration is by Ken Avidor.

This post is the first in a series of profiles on creative people I admire. I hope their work will inspire you along your own creative path, regardless of how different that path might be.

Ken Avidor is a Minneapolis-based cartoonist, illustrator, and journal keeper extraordinaire. I met Ken and his also fabulously talented wife Roberta—more on her another day—when I was involved in the Minnesota Journal Project 2000.

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