Monday, March 28, 2011

Norma Olson writes about Reader's Art

Many thanks to Norma Olsen for writing such a nice story about Reader's Art in the April edition of the Women's Press

Reading at Reader's Art

Towns, Villages, Cities

We've all been there, we live there. On April 8, writers will be reading about the various cities they have been in. I'll be doing something about Alice Springs...gulp! I've started the work, but I am no writer! So, expect some images f rom me;-)

Cities: A Language We Speak
hosted by Rosemary Davis

April 8

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

City: A Language We Speak

CITY: A Language We Speak

A reading

April 8, 7-9pm

Poetry and language are often featured at Susan Hensel Gallery, especially during National School Library Month, and Reader’s Art, the annual artist’s book show that Susan has curated for eleven years. On April 8, a few days before the official start of National Library Week, Rosemary Ann Davis will host the reading City; A Language We Speak.

Ten local writers, and one artist, will perform readings about cities they have known and loved.

Wendy Amundson an award-winning Twin Cities marketing writer, took a trip to India that combined tiger watching at national nature preserves with the explosive color and cacophony of some of India's largest cities, including Jaipur.

Eileen Beha the author of Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog (Bloomsbury, 2009,. lives in Minneapolis with her husband, where she currently is working on her second novel for middle grade readers. Eileen lived in Seoul, Korea from 1986-1987.

Lisa Calame Berg is a long-time resident of Minneapolis,writes poetry and fiction and teaches English at Brown College when she is not traveling, gardening or hanging out with her dog (and family). She spent some time in Turkey, mostly Istanbul, a beautiful, mysterious, compelling city, to which she hopes to return some day.

Rosemary Ann Davis has lived in Tucson, Washington, D.C., and her beloved San Francisco.. Rosemary has been in a travel-writing group for 10 years. Her love of place, territory and geography make her a grateful host of this reading series. San Francisco is her city of choice.

Larry Englund, long time host of “Rhythm and Groves,” a classic and contemporary jazz program on KFAI radio, started life in the Bronx, New York. He has been in marketing communications for over thirty years. Larry will be reading about Buenos Aires and providing music for the City: A Language We Speak reading.

Mary Ellen Evans is a food writer who divides her time between Minneapolis and Provence. A former cooking school director, she enjoys sharing her passion for food with others. Mary will be reading about her time in Cairo, part of a wish-list trip inspired by reading Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile.

E.S. Fletcher earned her M.F.A. in Writing from Hamline University. Her writing has appeared in The Literary Bohemian and Confrontation. She is currently writing a spiritual memoir about her travels in Guatemala.

Rachel Gabriel is currently working on a memoir about being a Francophile despite her Midwest roots. Essays have appeared in Let Them Eat Crepes: Stories of the French Pancake and My Red Couch and Other Stories on Seeking a Feminist Faith, of which she is co-editor.Her reading will be about the City of Lights: Paris.

Susan Hensel, raised in the Finger Lakes of New York, traveled as a young teen, living in Taiwan in 1962, stopping in Hong Kong, Bangkok, New Delhi, Cairo, Athens, Rome, Frankfort, Stuttgart, Baden, Paris, and London before she entered high school. Susan, will be sharing writing about her recent journey in Australia.

Joyce Kennedy’s Ghost Lamp, published by the Laurel Poetry Collective, is her first collection of poetry. Joyce lives in Richfield near the Wood Lake Nature Center where she and her husband, Wallace, walk the paths. After a long career in education, the reading and writing of poetry has now become an integral part of her life.

Christine Stark is a writer and visual artist. Her work has been published in numerous periodicals and anthologies. She collaborated with Fred Ho and others on Momma's Song and Deadly She-Wolf Assassin at Armageddon, a CD/manga book recently released by Innova Recordings. Her first novel, Nickels, will be published in June, 2011. She will share recollections from St. Petersburg, Russia.

The readings are always fun, often uproarious and never stuffy. Published authors will have their books available for purchase. Light refreshments are always served and attendance is free…although the writers would love a few donations .

Come and have fun. The doors will open April 8, at 6:30, the reading will run from 7-9, more or less.


What: Reader’s Art11: Urban/Urbane

When: March 4-April 23, 2011

Where: Susan Hensel Gallery, 3441 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Poetry Reading: City- a language we speak, hosted by Rosemary Davis, Friday, April 8, 7-9pm

Friday, March 11, 2011

Book Bombing, in situ

Carolyn Halliday, who will be our June artist, helped disseminate a Book Bomb! She picked up a copy of Hydrologies from Mary Tasillo at the opening of Reader's Art 11: urban/urbane on March 4.
Carolyn had been building in installation by Minnehaha Creek, with her knitted wire trees.
She hung Hydrologies in a tree, it fell, she re-hung it...
The book was installed on her site, March 5. By March 8 it had been taken by an unknown artlover and now resides in a new home.
Go to Book Bombs for more information about the project created by Mary Tasillo and Michelle Wilson.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Radio coverage of Reader's Art 11

Jodi Reeb-Myers and I were interviewed by Jessica Folker of KFAI radio just before the opening of Reader's Art 11. The interview should air next Monday at 7:40am during the show Takeaway, and either Monday or Wednesday of next week from 7:30-8pm during the show MinneCulture. The station is at 90.3 fm in Minneapolis and streams live online.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Reader's Art opening

The opening was wonderful tonight! There was such a crush of people that I could not take pictures after the first half hour or so. In these pictures you see the first little bit, when Mary Tasillo arrived for Book Bombing, and old friends met up and caught up. Then I was off, welcoming people, giving them gloves, writing up sales, and keeping an eye on refreshments , etc. Now to settle down and rest for a day or two.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Reader's Art is ready to be seen!

It is always exciting! The work is hung, the labels are attached, the lights are balanced! It's another opening! Another show! Sing, everybody! Sing! All that's left to do is a little housecleaning!

Reader's Art eleven opens Friday, March 4, 7pm!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Reader's Art 11 installation begins

The boxes are stowed, the tools are laid out, the artworks are more or less sorted by how they will be displayed. So, we begin.
post-its alert me to titles I might find obscure when I affix the wall labels.

I answer the phone, give in person interviews, check for accuracy in the records.

Coco Mault from the City Pages wrote a very nice piece about the show. Thanks Coco!

{note: one of the images in athe masthead is complements of photographer Michael Shapiro.}