Friday, June 25, 2010

Behold Diane's Garden ...

it's full of texture ... it's also full of potatoes, corn, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and cucumbers. And where are Diane's weeds ? They're across the road at our place.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Things Are Looking Up ...

Watertown's Main Street is Kemp Avenue ... two lanes that go one way and west. It all started with the renovation of the Goss Opra House. Now it holds a great coffee place with wireless internet, a classy restaurant called Charley's, a place for traveling exhibits and art, and an incredible gift shop. We now have two new trollies that go from the Redlin Museum to Main Street/The Goss, and on to the Watertown Zoo.

The Birch Tree Gallery, where I show my photography, is on Kemp Avenue in Watertown. So I am getting reacquainted with Historic Uptown Watertown, South Dakota. The Mall on Highway 212 was the worst thing that could have happened to Kemp Avenue ... but it's no longer the place to be. Kemp Avenue is where it's at. Now Watertown Confectioners has opened across the street from the Birch Tree Gallery. Look out, Watertown Mall ... your days may be numbered.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Blessed, Yet Again ...

The Watertown Festival of Arts will be held here on Saturday. I am a participant this year, showing for sale, a 20 piece collection of my photography at the Birchtree Gallery. Tomorrow there will be a section of their storefront windows devoted to my Biography, surrounded by additional photographs. The Gallery, owned by Al and Cheryl Wentzell, will represent me.

It started with an invitation from my girlfriends, Abby and Mary, to take a stained glass class. Then I took a mosaic class. Cheryl began following my Blog, and soon after, the Wentzell's and I were talking about my photography. By then I knew that in addition to being stained glass masters, they were both fused glass artists, Al painted, and Cheryl made jewelry.

The Wentzell's took me under their big loving artist wings ... we began working on my show for the Festival, and experimenting with dyenamic infusion, a process whereby photographs are transferred by heat to glass or tile. We are collaborating on some very unique and beautiful ideas right now. Birchtree Gallery/Northern Lights Stained Glass Studio is on Kemp Avenue in the heart of Historic Uptown Watertown. I love having made yet another step in the direction of settling in here. And I am thankful for this opportunity the Wentzell's have given me to share my photographs.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010