Furnace Filters Become Art

Relief Circles by Louise Harris

I came across this art and met the artist, Louise Harris, at the “Fall into the Arts Festival” in Edina. I was first struck by the three-dimensional aspect of the artwork. I then learned they were made from recycled furnace filters. Talk about creativity and vision!

Can you see the undulating waves of the smaller circles over the larger circles in this piece? I loved both of these pieces when I saw them.

Here’s a sampling of her smaller works. Ms. Harris is producing unique, beautiful and green art; she‘s also donating profits to non-profit organizations around the world. For more information, visit her website:

lhoriginals.com – The artwork of Louise Harris

Edina Fall Into the Arts Festival – Sept 8-9, 2012



Japanese Prints Exhibit

Kitagawa Utamaro, "Flowers of Edo: Young ...

Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints

October 30, 2011–January 8, 2012

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is opening a new exhibit featuring Japanese art. My mother has Japanese art pieces in her home and I have developed both a strong interest and appreciation for this style.

The MIA website states: “The exhibition showcases 160 of the MIA’s best prints by the genre’s greatest artists, including Harunobu, Kiyonaga, Utamaro, Shunsho, Sharaku, Toyokuni, Hokusai, and Hiroshige. With their crisp outlines, unmodulated colors, and surprising vantage points, the images are as fresh and captivating as when they were produced.” This is sure to be a wonderful exhibit.

Non-members of the museum will be charged admission. If you’re not a member, you can take advantage of a limited time offer to purchase a ticket for $1:

Google Offers: Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints



An Artistic View of Minneapolis / Lake Harriet

The Camera as Canvas and Paint

Artists can often be found along the shore of Lake Harriet during the warm days of spring, summer and fall—canvas propped on easel, paints and brushes in hand. The bandshell, the lake and the sailboats provide a picturesque setting worthy of the time and attention of an artist.

The camera is my version of canvas and paint. The click of the shutter is the paintbrush in motion. I’ve many photos from my walks around the lake. Today I edited a few of them with my Photoshop software to create the look of an artistic canvas. I certainly have my share of bandshell, lake and sailboat pictures. Many times, however, I’m even more delighted with the compositions I find elsewhere around the lake.

Fence and Wall at the Lake
Leaves a-flutter
Turtle Fountain at Twilight