A Treasury of Realism

To say that modern, abstract art has come to dominate the art world would be an understatement. But a lot of people have yet to acquire a taste for works that do not immediately reveal to you what they are about. If you are a fan of traditional, representative art, then make your way to…

Beautiful Bronze Bequest

The Owatonna Arts Center is the beneficiary of a collection of works of bronze by James Idstrom. Here is a sampling of what was on display at the official dedication of this outstanding bequest. Idstrom served most of his career as a wildlife biologist for the Minnesota Department of Resources in the Owatonna area. According…

Improving the Neighborhood

Two years ago we came home to a note on our door that told us a company was coming soon to tear up our yard to make our home more valuable. You read that right. As the note explained, they were going to install underground fiber optic cable in our neighborhood so that we would…

Jupiter, Ah, Jupiter

Just in time for late spring, early summer Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, brightens in the night sky. With a good pair of binoculars or a small telescope one can see not only this beautiful planet but also four of its numerous moons. The four easily-visible moons of Jupiter are called Galilean…

Healing Arts, Spring/Summer Edition

The spring/summer, 2019 edition of the Healing Arts program at the Owatonna Hospital is worth a visit even if you are not there as a patient or to visit someone. The ER area always features 3D works of art. This time around it is ceramic works by Jerry Deuschle. It took me a while for…

What to Expect When the Holy Spirit Shows Up

This Sunday, June Ninth, Christians will celebrate the Day of Pentecost, the last major festival of their church calendar. This festival commemorates yet another promise kept by Jesus, the promise to send the Holy Spirit to his disciples. Since Christians celebrate Christmas and Easter with such gusto, the Day of Pentecost is sometimes overlooked. Yet…

Doors of the Bible, Part Six, The Virgin Door

Come from Away is a popular Broadway musical based on what took place in the town of Gander, Canada following the September 11 terror attacks. In the confusion and aftermath of the attacks the US authorities decided to ground all flights within and into the US. 38 commercial flights with almost 7,000 passengers on board…