February 3, 2015 § 2 Comments


Lobby, Work, 5 p.m.

January 15, 2015 § 2 Comments


Lunch at the Library

January 12, 2015 § Leave a comment

Minneapolis, downtown:

Lunch Hour, Minneapolis

December 9, 2014 § 1 Comment



Blue barrier

Blue barrier

Intersection: Seventh Street East and North Wacouta Street, St. Paul

November 18, 2014 § 2 Comments

After a lunch date at the Buttered Tin with a dear friend, I stepped out and was reminded how photogenic Lowertown St. Paul is. Its energy, mixed architecture, local color, and meshing of the low with the high brow satisfies the eyes and kisses the soul.

Shapes, Hard and Soft

November 8, 2014 § 2 Comments

This didn’t start as an assignment to find shapes, but as I was putting this gallery together, an obvious theme evolved.

All photographs were taken in Northeast Minneapolis. The outdoor shots are from an industrial yard (through which I was probably trespassing), and the interior pictures were taken at the Casket Arts Building. It houses about 100 artist studios and is one of my favorite places to browse, not just for the art, but also for the experience of wandering through a 125-year-old factory constructed of wood and brick.

The Art of Architecture and the Handwritten Note

October 22, 2014 § 2 Comments

My evening swirled around two events ideal for aesthetic-loving nuts like me.

A friend invited me to a party celebrating Shelter’s tenth anniversary and its new digs in Northeast Minneapolis. Shelter is a funky architecture firm that has designed such great spaces as Icehouse and Bauhaus Brew Labs. And the party was pretty happenin’ too.

Next I sped back to my own neighborhood to attend a handwriting workshop at Christine Hoffman’s Foxglove Market & Studio. Wendy Brown from Brown Ink and Gina Sekelsky from Gina Sekelsky Studio led us through exercises to prep our imaginations for creative ideas that would help us resurrect the old-fashioned way of staying in touch. After an hour or so of practicing, mingling, snacking, and oohing and aahing over examples of beautiful handwriting, we ended the night penning our own cards and popping them in the mail.

When next in St. Paul, stop by Foxglove on Grand Avenue, and keep an eye open for other events offered at the shop. It’s an original gem that offers vintage and new furnishings and household goods, and it specializes in organic flower arrangements, stationery, and a whole array of eclectic, colorful, and beautiful gifts.

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