Mosaics of the MAN

One of the many gems of the city of Madrid is the Museo Arqueologico Nacional, aka, the MAN. The museum features an outstanding collection of artifacts from pre-historic times up to the modern era. I had visited this museum before but somehow managed to miss one of the museum’s greatest treasures, its collection of mosaics.…

What To Expect When You Get Married By Your Brother

Professional clergy persons call them “official acts.” Folks who go for online ordination might call them “the big three”: weddings, baptisms and funerals. After four years of college and four years of seminary in order to qualify for ordination in my church denomination, and 30+ years of professional ministry which included officiating at countless official…

Bank Robbery – Sort of

There is more than one way to rob a bank. Let me explain. Time and weather had taken their toll on the interior of the Wells Fargo Bank in downtown Owatonna, robbing it of its amazing beauty. So the bank embarked on extensive renovations that involved placing an elaborate system of scaffolding and platforms throughout…

2017 Des Moines Quilt Show, Part Three, Special Exhibits

Along with the American Quilting Society’s competition quilts and the quilts on display from the 500-member strong Des Moines Area Quilters Guild, there are always several special exhibits at the Des Moines Quilt Show. Here are some images from some of the special exhibits that caught my attention this year. Most impressive to me was…

2017 Des Moines Quilt Show, Part Two, Shapes

There are only a few basic shapes in the world but as this collection of quilts from the Des Moines Quilt Show illustrates, quilters these days can create some pretty incredible things with just a few shapes. It definitely helps that quilters today can choose fabrics in an almost limitless number of colors. Squares, circles,…

2017 Des Moines Quilt Show, Part One, Quilted Faces

Artists of all varieties are drawn to faces. The many fine artistic quilters that are around these days are no different. In this first installment of my impressions of the Des Moines AQS Quiltweek quilt show, I focus on quilts that highlighted faces. This quilt by Hiroko Miyama is entitled “Lily.”     Artists never…

Artist Find

The revolving artwork displayed at our local Owatonna hospital continues to impress me. Here are a few works of one of the current featured artists, Brenda Ward. One of Ward’s specialties is making original copies of old masters and one of my favorite old masters is John Singer Sergent. Can you tell which painting is…