Water Works Exhibition

Excited to have Plunge included in the juried summer exhibition at the Duluth Art Institute.

Water Works
Celebrating our most precious resource and the artists who share in the primitive pull towards H2O
June 20 – August 25, 2013

Opening Reception tonight (June 20) 5 – 7

Rathai01_PlungePlunge, 30″ x 30″ metallic print, $800

05.02.13 open water

The only picture I managed to get yesterday was this one – a shot of my finished wood block-mounted print – ‘Wave’ – for the 7th Annual ‘Open Water’ Exhibition. I’m pleased to be part of this show for the 2nd year. All the details – plus, the two other pieces I’ll have in the show this year – are included below.

blog050213_waves on wood122/365: ‘wave’ on wood

open water 2013 sp‘self portrait on the dock’ – Open Water, 2013

angler‘eclectic angler triptych’

02.16.13 hallowed halls

Why don’t I visit the museum more often? Like, when I’m not chaperoning third graders who tend to wander off and come frighteningly close to touching the art and make it impossible to actually look at anything?

Because I always feel perfectly at home wandering those halls, and that is a happy feeling. Like being among old friends, or making new ones you just know you’re really going to love.

blog021613_hallofart47/365: hall of chinese artifacts

02.01.13 enchanted

I’ve been waiting to share some exciting news and today’s photo provides the perfect opportunity.

Several months ago, I submitted a design for a public art project in Nebraska City, NE called An Enchanted Arboretum. The project features artist-designed tree sculptures celebrating the city’s history as the birthplace of Arbor Day.

My proposal, a four-part photo collage titled, The Never-Ending Wood, was among the 21 designs selected for the project. More to come on that…Yesterday, my beautiful 6-foot tall tree finally arrived! Voila!

blog020113treeincrate32/365: it’s here !!

Stay tuned to the blog, or join my Facebook Page to watch the process as I create my tree! You can also follow An Enchanted Arboretum to see updates from other artists involved in the project.

Getting Crafty

This Saturday, I’ll have my very first craft fair booth at the Nokomis Urban Craft Fair (right here in South Minneapolis) and YOU’RE ALL INVITED! I would love to see you and I SO MUCH appreciate your support! Every bit counts with small biz ventures like mine.

I’ve been busy in the studio creating a whole new line of photo cards as well as blank books and mini prints. Loads of great gift ideas at every price point.

If you can’t make it to the craft fair in person, stay tuned. You’ll have a chance to browse and shop all the same items when I announce the Grand Re-Opening of my ETSY shop later this week. OK, back to it…

seasons on the land

Avant Garden Photography @ Seasons on the Land

(clockwise from upper left: Sheep at Pasture, Branch Silhouette, Snow Trillium, Leaves Under Water, Red Leaf, Black Water)

I am so happy to be part of this event! Seasons on the Land is a 2-day art show & benefit for the Natural Land Institute, one of the oldest private conservation groups in the Midwest.  The event is being held at Prairie Street Brewhouse and promises seasonal drinks, local foods, and live music.  The art selected for this show celebrates our connection with the land. Proceeds from art sales support local independent artists like me while helping NLI to protect our precious wild places.

The show includes five of my photographs (seen above). Each framed, archival print measures 11″ x 15″ (framed to 16″ x 20″), except for Snow Trillium  which is 11″ x 11″ (framed to 20″ x 20″). $250 each. See below for more information on purchasing prints (20% will go to NLI)!

Click to view the official Seasons on the Land invitation. Please share with anyone you know who lives near Rockford, Illinois – or might be passing through in the next two days. It’s a good cause and is sure to be a great time! Once again, I wish I lived closer so I could join the party.

***If you can’t attend the benefit in person, but want to support NLI, the earth, and ME by purchasing one of these five prints, please contact me through the form below. I will donate 20% of the purchase price to the Natural Land Institute on sales of these five prints through the month of November. Available in sizes from 5″ x 7″ to wall size :).***

all one water

One of my pieces, Bobber, will be part of a group show called It’s All One Water opening tomorrow night. The exhibit is a collaboration between Crossings at Carnegie Gallery  and the Zumbro Watershed Partnership, a non-profit organization dedicated to clean water.

This gallery is such a delight. Housed in a historic Carnegie Library in the genuinely charming little town of Zumbrota, it is brimming with beautiful things, sunlight, and good people. I recommend a visit!

Opening reception: Friday, October 19th with food, wine and readings at the neighboring State Theater.

It’s All One Water is on view at Crossings at Carnegie through October 31st.

changing landscapes

I am pleased to be one of nine artists selected for Changing Landscapes: A Shift from Rural to Urban. The show opens Thursday, October 11 at Silverwood Gallery. Artists were asked to consider: where does nature exist in urban spaces?

My photographs focus on traces of nature against the backdrop of the built environment. Nature is always present. No place is without wind, weather, sky, sunlight.

Nature in an urban setting may be more subtle – not grand scenic vistas or true Wilderness but any phenomena that exists outside of human creation, however small or quotidian it may be. For instance…

A potpourri of leaves and flower petals in rich autumn colors appears painterly, blurred beneath the fountain’s moving water.

Four red leaves follow the mortar lines along an old brick wall.

A scattering of brilliant yellow leaves shine against a green manhole cover, bedecking the city sidewalk with its own autumn foliage.

These photographs express the idea that runs throughout my work – that nature, like beauty, can be found nearly anywhere; it only needs to be seen.

Changing Landscapes will be on view at Silverwood Gallery through November 30.


Happy to be included in this exhibition at Prøve Gallery in Duluth devoted to art that addresses the idea of PLAY. The show opens tomorrow night (Friday, September 14) with storytelling and local beers by Lake Superior Brewing. I won’t be able to make the party but I did enjoy checking out the space when I delivered my pictures last week.

Prøve Collective Gallery – Duluth, MN

My pictures address the idea of play in various ways. Several express the freedom, wonder and lust for life that are the soul of childhood.

Running with Bubbles

Rainmaker / Sweet

Others take a playful approach to familiar objects of play including iconic games and toys.

Chinese Checkers / Slinky / Beach Ball

The final image captures the hyper-playground of the carnival midway, super-saturated and a bit surreal.


Playground at Prøve Gallery, Duluth, MN September 14 – September 30. Opening reception Friday, September 14 from 7 – 11pm.