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WHO WE ARE

April 3, 2010

We’re long-time partners who have had independent careers, I have been an educator as well as an artist, a painter, and a collage artist. My partner, Don, has been a wood sculptor and furniture maker, a window display artist and a carpenter. Our relationship, both as artists, and as life partners, spans a period of over fifty years. For about twenty years, we have also been producing collaborations and the viewer may look at those images on a separate page to learn about how they originated.

We are life-long Minnesotans who have lived on Ramsey Hill in St. Paul, Minnesota, and later at Donmar North on Hand Lake near Pine River, but during the last twenty-three years, in or near Bemidji. The story of the renovation project which became our home and studio near Hand Lake was told in the memoir, “The Pig Barn,” which may be seen on the book page.

While living in St. Paul I taught art in School District 197 in West St. Paul at Frances Grass Junior High.  Throughout this period Don and I were producing artists and we had work in juried exhibitions and sold our work to collectors. For a period of time, I had a relationship with the Suzanne Kohn Gallery on Grand Avenue. We both have work in private and public collections in the Twin City area and across the country. Our productive lives continued after we moved to Hand Lake near Pine River in 1980 and renovated a old pig barn into, first of all, into a summer cabin, and later into a year-around house, a working space that we named “Donmar North.” We moved to  Bemidji in 1987 and I accepted the position as executive director of the Bemidji Community Arts Council where I was employed for five years.  Our property, ninety acres of woods and fields with a large, old house on it, became Meadowgrove and later, we had a bed and breakfast which we operated for several years. At the same time, I was becoming more and more involved in Bemidji State University, first of all as an adjunct and later, as a full-time, fixed term, instructor and I devoted the last ten years of my career as an art educator to teaching in that department, an experience that enriched my life and gave me a chance to impart to future teachers, my experiences during twenty years of teaching in the public schools.

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