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I Know Famous People

It’s pretty cool when you discover a hidden talent in someone you’ve known for a while.  Mark Caselius has been hiding his talent from Husby and me for a long time, although his wife Connie knew it was there all along.  Luckily for the world Mark is starting to show off his pieces of art and impressing the heck out of people who had no idea he had it in him.

A few weeks ago Husby and I received an invitation to an artists’ reception at an art gallery in the Twin Cities.  Mark was one of the featured artists.

Gallery receptions are a little bit out of our league but we had a fine time watching the people and eating little food.  Little food is essential at gallery receptions, I think.  They served little wine too, but we passed on that indulgence.   Plus, it’s all free!  Those artists sure know how to throw a party.

The reception was visited by local TV personality Diana Pierce. That’s her with the red hair – she’s as beautiful as ever.

Mark had two paintings on display.  I thought his shadowing was stunning.

 

I asked Mark if I could take a picture of him with his art and he was more than happy to pose.  Funny thing, he looked more grave in the photo than I’d ever seen him before.  He must take his art very seriously.  I don’t blame him.

The next photo shows Mark how I usually see him.  He’s a goof.  A very talented goof, but a goof nonetheless.

Mark is famous now – I hope he’ll always have some time for the little people.  Husby and I are so happy for Mark and his renewed passion for creating art and hope to be able to see more of it in the near future.

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The Gateway

The days are getting cooler and (thank God) less humid.  Autumn is just around the corner.  Woo hoo!  Autumn in Minnesota is the best.

In honor of autumn I present to you its gateway, the Minnesota State Fair…

My BFF MaryAnn, eating her ever beloved Pickle-on-a-Stick

My BFF MaryAnn, eating her ever beloved Pickle-on-a-Stick

 

Me at the fair, casting a shadow that looks like a Who from Whoville

Me at the fair, casting a shadow that looks like a Who from Whoville

 

Alpacas, lounging around and taking in the admiration of fair goers. Some day I'll have an alpaca for a pet. I love them!

Alpacas, lounging around and taking in the admiration of fair goers. Some day I’ll have an alpaca for a pet. I love them!

 

The giant Paul Bunyan, clothed completely in recycled clothes and fabric. He teaches us to recycle and reuse.

The giant Paul Bunyan, clothed completely in recycled clothes and fabric. He teaches us to recycle and reuse.

 

A stunning painting created by my friend, Mark Caselius, on display in the Fine Arts Building at the State Fair. Of course he won a prize!

A stunning painting created by my friend, Mark Caselius, on display in the Fine Arts Building at the State Fair. Of course he won a prize!

 

The Mighty Midway at sunset

The Mighty Midway at dusk

Once again the fair didn’t disappoint.  The smell of hot oil, the squeals of kids on their first thrill ride, and food on a stick galore.  I’m always a little sad when the fair ends, but I know it will be back again next year, barring war (as happened in 1861, 1862, 1945), conflict of major events (1893-damn you World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago! ) and/or epidemic disease (polio, 1946).

I’ll be back next year with bells on to enjoy the one thing thousands of people at the fair have in common, Minnesota.  We love our state and our people are great.  We know how to have a good time, how to eat good food, how to learn from experts, how to watch baby animals being born, and how to fly high and fast on the midway.

Long live L’Etoile du Nord!  And happy autumn!

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