Artful Snapshots of Everyday Life

The Photographs of Elliott Erwitt

On exhibit at the Weinstein Gallery
Closes January 15, 2011

Yesterday my sister and I headed over to the Weinstein Gallery in South Minneapolis to see the Elliott Erwitt exhibit. If you are unfamiliar with Erwitt’s work, one look at his photographs and no doubt you will be captivated by them. Erwitt’s images display quite a sense of humor. John Szarkowski, the eminent photography critic, remarked that Erwitt’s work is “identified by extraordinary wit”. The everyday scenes he shot became extraordinary through his eyes and lens.

Some years ago I was looking for art for my home. I purchased one of Erwitt’s photos in poster form without knowing anything about him. It hangs in my living room. I later came across one of his photographs at a friend’s home. Still later I found out that a poster another sister of mine had hanging in her bedroom was also one of his shots. That particular image inspired my sister to travel to France for a two-week vacation after school. She went on that trip as planned. She arrived in Paris and fell in love with it. She’s been there ever since.

A view inside the Weinstein Gallery

If you’re feeling a bit of cabin fever this week, I recommend heading over to the Weinstein Gallery. The gallery is an easily managed size (especially compared to a museum) and has serene white walls and wood floors. The exhibit  is uplifting and fun; I suspect you’ll  be tickled by what you see. And who knows? An image or two  might change your life, just as it did for my sister.

Weinstein Gallery Website

A view into the gallery and a reflected view of the street scene outside.

The doorway to the Weinstein Gallery




You’ve Got Mail

Photo of the Day

Today’s walk found my attention grabbed by this mailbox, complete with its number 11, its splashes of gray paint and its battered sides. It has a quirky charm I find appealing. Ditto the quirky charm and humor of Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in the movie “You’ve Got Mail”.

They corresponded by e-mail and missed out on the hand written notes and letters so prevalent in years past. The almost instantaneous quality of e-mail does have its benefits though. One can get answers to questions and exchange ideas and thoughts far faster than snail mail. Now we’re making more use of texts, tweets and Facebook. Short communications. Is the long letter dead? What’s ahead? Time will tell.


Here’s a quote I found on the topic of mail, also quirky and humorous:

Every once in a while, someone will mail me a single popcorn kernel that didn’t pop. I’ll get out a fresh kernel, tape it to a piece of paper and mail it back to them.  —Orville Redenbacher

Heeeeere’s Johnny! This one is strictly for humor. I love the postal service and mail things on a regular basis.

Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas.  —Johnny Carson

A quote by Dan Fogelberg about loving home more than mail:

I love home. I’ll stay up there for days on end, I won’t even go down the driveway to look for the mail.  —Dan Fogelberg

A quote that makes one look back, fondly or not depending on your viewpoint. Do you still receive letters in your mailbox? Chances are the answer is occasionally or never. Do you wish you received hand-written notes and letters more often? I do.

It is hard to check five email inboxes, three voice mail systems, or five blogs that you are tracking.  —David Rose




Frugal or Inspired Wallpaper?


Illustrated covers from The New Yorker magazine get a second life in a Twin Cities home.

Some years ago I marketed a home here in the Twin Cities where the owners had decorated their small bath with old covers of The New Yorker magazine. It brought plenty of color, art and charm to an otherwise unattractive, lower-level bath.

The New Yorker is known for their funny cartoons.  I think I’d have added some of the cartoons into this mix, either as part of the wallpaper itself or framed and hung on the walls, to add a dash of humor to an otherwise mundane part of life.