Essential Worker Portraits Book

Pleased to announce “Essential Worker Portraits” book is available
through Lizzard’s Art Gallery & Framing , Zenith Bookstore, AICHO Indigenous First Gift Shop and the Minnesota Historical Society Gift Shop
or email me email @  carolynsueolson@gmail.com
The book contains 100 pastels of essential workers
with a forward essay written by Peter Rachleff (Eastside Freedom Library).

Pastels were completed beginning in March 2020 through July 2021.
Books $40 (plus $5 shipping USA). Venmo or PayPal accepted.

Grandma’s Marathon 2022 Commemorative poster

Each year Grandma’s Marathon (Duluth, MN) choses one local artist to create a piece of art to commemorate this world wide marathon race. This year I am pleased to have been chosen as the Grandma’s Marathon commemorative poster artist! Thanks to Grandma’s for supporting their community of artists in such a grand way!
Posters will be available for sale soon.
To purchase poster go to the Grandma’s Marathon merchandise store online.

ART speaks

https://vimeo.com/667484644

Pleased to be included in the upcoming exhibition ART speaks at the Minnesota History Center. Opening February 26, 2022, the exhibition features approximately 175 works of art from the permanent collection by over 100 artists. More than 50 of those artists are currently working and/or living in Minnesota today (see list).

A recording of the virtual gallery talk can be found here: https://youtu.be/rz8k4-Gfuy0

The exhibition continues through July 31, 2022. History Center hours are posted on our website: 
www.mnhs.org

Due to COVID-19, no public events for this exhibition are planned at this time. We hope that a public event can be organized in the spring/summer toward the conclusion of the exhibition.

For information about the exhibition and the Minnesota History Center, please visit:
https://www.mnhs.org/historycenter/activities/museum/art-speaks

This Was 2020 Wins Minnesota Book Award

As Paul Lai, Ramsey County librarian and lead on this book project states, This Was 2020 “…highlights the voices of people in Minnesota as they remember a difficult year.” And those voices come from across the state, most from the metro, but also from greater Minnesota. The writing, Lai notes, offers glimpses into our communities.

Judges for the award also sing the book’s praises, calling it “a beautiful anthology that memorialized a very difficult year in Minnesota.”

That assessment fits as writers penned pieces related to the pandemic and to social justice issues re-ignited by the murder of George Floyd with ensuing protests. I encourage you to read this book for the thought-provoking, and often emotional, content. (Click here to read an earlier review I posted on This Was 2020.)

“This book is one small way to help us all grieve, protest, imagine, co-create and empathize so that we build stronger connections rather than more walls between each other,” Lai says in a reflective video. I appreciate that comment, that encouraging insight. (To hear Lai’s comments, forward to around 10 minutes into the video.)
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