Who couldn’t find a moment to relax with a chair like this?
On Saturday, Art in the Park got us out for a walk, with Bethany’s daughter Lola and our co-worker Betty also joining us. We met in my parking lot and walked the three or so blocks to Library Park.
Lola also tried the chair, but she apparently didn’t enjoy it as much as I did:
Bethany also gave Lola the chance to put her handprint on the 11th Beaver for the Bemidji Sculpture Walk, but her suspicious gaze showed us she didn’t like that idea much.
Still, Bethany showed her the paints and gave her a good chance to decide. And Lola picked no messy paints!
The beaver is so cute!
Here are some nice things I snapped as we walked through the festival.
Beautiful, often breathtaking photos on canvas … above and below …
Watercolors that are especially compelling to me …
And astonishing attention to detail in these impressive works, which are made with flower petals, seeds and other bits of flora …
I don’t think this chair was for sale (I think it was what the artist in this booth sat in), but what a great piece of usable art to have in one’s home. Vincent Van Gogh is my favorite artist; he’s pretty close to a tie with Monet, but The Starry Night, by Van Gogh, is my favorite painting, so that puts him over the edge.
Interestingly, a performer sang "Vincent (Starry Starry Night)" as we went past, and I confessed that when that song came out (by Don McLean, who was my favorite singer in high school), I didn’t realize it was about Vincent Van Gogh. My mother had to tell me.
"I didn’t pay that much attention to the words," I told Bethany and Betty.
I tend to miss things, in general. Like Win-E-Mac. I didn’t know, until McIntosh-Winger and Erskine schools cosolidated in the mid-1980s, about 10 years after I had graduated from high school, what Win-E-Mac stood for.
"They named it after the motel?" I asked my mom, who explained that it represented Winger, Erskine and MacIntosh.
"We’re the E?"
Anyway, Don McLean’s "Vincent (Starry Starry Night) is my all-time favorite song, along with my other perennial fave, "Bridge Over Troubled Water," by Simon and Garfunkel, who rank right up there with Don McLean among my absolute favorites.
This booth just might have been Lola’s favorite:
We spent quite a while here as Lola tried to pick out a toy among the snakes and geckos and turtles and such. But how do you pick only ONE? It was a tough choice!
Would you believe this Super Mario Bros. sign is made from chainmail?!?
Bethany really liked that one.
Betty gazed at a really cool eagle. The patterns are really intricate.
After we were done with Art in the Park, we walked down Lake Boulevard for a while before hooking left to go back downtown.
We saw this pretty landscaping (above) and stopped to check it out (below):
At St. Philip’s, we noticed how much this fruit tree was blooming, so we went closer and saw the fruit was apricot. I didn’t even know you could grow apricots up here!
There were a bunch on the ground, and I tried one. I’m not a good judge, since I’m not a big fan of apricots, but they were not bad!
Bethany was looking for the other tree, the one that would pollinate the apricot tree, but I just looked it up now and learned that apricot trees are self-fruiting, so a second tree is not necessary. We learn a lot from our walks. Well, we don’t learn a lot ON our walks — we learn more on Google when we get back!
Okay, Stuff on the Ground Department …
This next one is a little bit cheating. It’s from a parking lot where I thought it looked like the mass murder of Teddy Grahams lying in pools of their own blood.
Yes, I have a vivid imagination. But take heart … Teddy Graham blood is probably just cinnamon sugar.
This mystery photo was a temporary sight, from a store that was preparing for carpet installation Saturday:
Well, that’s all for me. We didn’t walk today (Monday) because I was with my granddaughter in Red Lake Falls while her mom was taking a class in Crookston for her job. Jada and I had a nice time! She showed me all the cool artwork she made in art camp recently.
Have a great week!