Friday, December 2, 2016

Apples for June Wins Honorable Mention

My work depicting a Gray Catbird won Honorable Mention at the 61st Arrowhead Regional Biennial. Approximately 180 artists submitted work, around 30 were accepted, 8 won awards. For a full description of winners published on, click here. The show runs through Feb. 9, 2017.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Arrowhead Regional Biennial Opens Nov. 10, 2016 - Feb. 9, 2017

Showing "Apples for June"
Nov. 10, 2016 - Feb. 9, 2017
The 61st Arrowhead Regional Biennial
Duluth Art Institute
506 W Michigan St., Duluth, MN
Opening Reception: Nov. 10th, 5-7 pm
Gallery Hours: Monday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday 1 - 5 pm
Free admission

The following announcement is paraphrased from

The 61st Arrowhead Regional Biennial features juried art work from the Upper Midwest. It's a tradition established in 1919, and the longest running biennial in the Midwest, featuring some of the best artwork coming out of the region, judged each year by a distinguished guest. This year's juror is Dyani White Hawk. Thirty-three works will be on display and will include an audio installation, prints, paintings, photographs, mixed media installations, a moleskin book, video, weaving, a tunic, colored pencil, and pastel. 

I hope you can make the show. :-)

In addition to the above announcement, below is a photo I'd taken last night at dusk just outside of my kitchen window. I had been watching a mouse, or possible shrew, burrow underneath a small area of raked pine needles next to my spirea plants. As the needles bulged up and down, out popped this bottle-cap-sized wood frog onto my patio. It was so tiny, I thought it was a large spider at first. Anyway, it's probably the case that this amphibian didn't appreciate being pushed out of its cozy little spot by a wandering rodent. With our record-setting warm weather continuing well into November, it shouldn't be too hard for this frog to find another dwelling before cold weather really sets in.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Brown Creeper

Brown Creepers are one of my favorite birds, and one doesn’t need to live in the woods to see these trunk climbers. When I first moved to Duluth and lived in the residential area known as Lakeside, I noticed a Brown Creeper edging up my neighbor’s large spruce tree in early May. Spring had sprung, and I welcomed the new arrival. Inconspicuous because of their camouflaged backs, these birds commonly fly from trunk to trunk and always creep from the bottom up in search of bugs hiding within the bark’s dark crevices.