I have been reflecting over my past summer lately, now that it is fall. I spent the first part of my summer closing out my run as Festival Director with Altered Esthetics. I was so proud to hand over the Ae Film Festival to Chelsea Arden Parker and Ari Newman. It was the right time for me to move on since my term as a Altered Esthetics Board Member was coming to an end and I needed more time for my various projects...such a developing Moonland (my next film), focusing on Spectrum ArtWorks (soon to be Avivo ArtWorks), and concentrating on my mixed media art practice. I completed a third round of Photovoice with participants at ArtWorks. I also made a short film with Anita White during the summer, which was so much fun! I was able to fit in felting class with Alice too! I spent every Tuesday doing a watercolor on location class, where I visited various spots in St. Paul with a group of St. Paulites. We painted together and enjoyed the summer evenings in nature.
A vacation with friends at Madeline Island was just perfect, I had a birthday, and I completed the Intensive Training with Springboard for the Arts. I was a finalist in Fine Arts at the Minnesota State Fair but did not get in. There were 51 watercolor artists who were selected as finalists and only 31 were selected to exhibit. I was so close! To Really See: Exploring the Medication Taking Experience, a collaboration I started with Paul Ranelli, opened at the Cargill Hall in the Hennepin County Library-Minneapolis Central, too. I curated over 50 pieces of art for the show!
Below are some of my favorite photos from the summer: