Anything to Make Us Feel Warmer in January

In the land of finding just about anything to make us feel warmer as we shiver our way through another January cold blast, here are the record lows for the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul for the following dates in January: January 15: -37 January 16: -29 January 20: -32 January 21: -41…

Walker Wide Open, Part Two

In part two of Walker Wide Open, a report about my visit to the Walker Art Center’s newly-refurbished Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, I’ll share some more photos of the sculptures and a little about the garden features of this must-see attraction. The gift shop at the Walker Art Center has plenty of items emblazoned with images…

Walker Wide Open, Part One

When the folks at Wikipedia came up with this definition of  “sculpture garden” – “several permanently sited works in durable materials in landscaped surroundings” – perhaps they had the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in mind. When it opened in 1988, it was one of the first urban sculpture parks of its kind. After almost 30 years…

Taking My Samavor to Tula

An remarkable collection of forty samovars is on display at The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis now through January 24, 2016. A samovar or “self-boiler” is a metal urn with a spigot used to boil water for making tea. The water is boiled by kindling a fire in a metal tube that fits inside the urn. Although…