Sunday, August 23, 2015

Dunn Bros Coffee Cafe Art Sale

During the month of September 2015 I will be offering for sale 26 framed, colorful painting at the Dunn Bros Coffee Cafe at 4648 East Lake St. in Minneapolis, MN.  It's next to the Longfellow Grill restaurant and overlooking the Mississippi River at the Lake St Bridge.

Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibit.

The annual Fine Arts Exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair is a hard nut to crack.  Last year 2,200 artworks were submitted and only 325 were accepted into the show.  This will only be the third time over many years of trying that I have been included in this show.  It's an abstract painting,  28" x 22", oil on canvas and titled "City Nocturne".

Park Point

Minnesota Point, also known as the Park Point neighborhood of Duluth, Minnesota is a long, narrow sand bar that extends 7 miles out from the Canal Park Lift Bridge.  One of the public access areas to this lovely sand beach is this path with the view opening up from just over a rise from the parking area.  Also, a more abstract view of the morning sunrise over Lake Superior.

Port Wing Plein Air Painting Festival

One hour east of Duluth, MN is the small town of Port Wing.  It's along the South Shore of Lake Superior in Wisconsin.  Less traveled than the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota it has it's own charm and beauty.  There are five towns dotted along the coast of this inland sea from west to east - Port Wing, Herbster, Cornucopia, Red Cliff and Bayfield, WI.  I have a generous friend who owns a cabin on Bark Point in Herbster.  So, I was lucky to be able to stay there while I participated in the 6th annual Port Wing Plein Air Painting Festival.  27 artists enjoyed two and a half days of painting within a 4 mile radius of Port Wing.  There is a lovely sand beach, marina, area high school, art gallery, restaurant and a couple of bars in this town.  Unexpectedly I found the subjects for two paintings along the alley behind the houses in the small residential area of town.  Here the older out-buildings had a "road less traveled" charm.  One of the two paintings that sold in the exhibit was my "quick paint".  With just 90 minutes to complete a painting in the marina area I forgot to take a photo of this painting before turning it in to meet the deadline.  Here are the other paintings from Port Wing, WI.