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Minnesota State Fair Fine Art Show


Above: Painter Don Bajus standing next to his 2009 State Fair entry "Time Travel 1510 Rome, Michelangelo and Me," in the exhibition hall. (That's Don, in the painting, walking up the scaffolding at the right and reaching out to Michelangelo. I love the assistant at the left putting up fresh plaster to work the fresco in.) Click on the image to view an enlargement.

You'll remember that I was able to attend a pre-view of the 2009 State Fair Fine Art Exhibition. Well I still haven't got my thoughts together on all that I saw there, and now with the distraction of Fair attendance and sketching, I may never, but I did want to encourage you to see Don's painting in person.


Crop Art Show

Above: Click on the above invitation to view an enlargement. That's right, besides seeing the current crop art at the Minnesota State Fair, you can see crop art from past Minnesota State Fairs at Foiled Again Hair Salon. This retrospective show, Over 40 Years of State Fair Seed Art, runs from today through October 17. […]


Minnesota Botanical: Art Show at the Grand Hand Gallery

Left: Lake Superior Rock painting from Roz’s on-going series. Gouache on 300 lb. watercolor paper. 5 x 7 inches. Join eight Minnesota artists as we celebrate Minnesota Botanical with the garden party opening at the Grand Hand Gallery, Saturday, August 8, 5 to 8 p.m. The show runs through August 30. It contains work by […]

There’s Still Time to See Linda Koutsky’s Jewelry Exhibit

Linda Koutsky's beautiful found-object art jewelry is still on show at the Minnetonka Center for the arts through May 2. Read my review at the link provided. Make some time this weekend to get over to the exhibit. It will change the way you think about jewelry, jewelry shows, and those little bits of stuff […]

Playing Catch Up and Some Reminders

Art Shows You Don't Want to Miss
Richard Crammer: Into the Forest of Flowers is in its closing days. The show actually closes Sunday, February 22. Sundays are zero admission days at the Bell Museum of Natural History, so you have added incentive to go! Richard created some stunning art during his life and this is a perfect opportunity to see an overview of nature work and family portraits; works in pastel, graphite, ink, and silver point. I have been back several times to see the artwork. It is fun to remember the discussions I had with him about some of the pieces. I was fortunate to actually see Richard work on some of the pieces. Seeing them again brings all that back. Recently I visited with my friend Linda, also an artist. At one point she commented on how confident the lines were. That made me smile. There are so many areas in Richard's work where he allows things to recede, or where he leaves things unfinished. Even in their unfinished state these little details loitering around the edges of his art show great observational skill. If you are in or near the Twin Cities and love representational art with nature as its subject you really must go and see this show.

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