Accident on Fargo's Main Avenue

Life on both the home and work fronts has been generally super busy. Entries here have been far and few between for many months. I’ve lost count. Sometimes I get in the habit of just going. You know the kind of going that takes a person from one task to the next without pause.

Well, this afternoon a big old pause popped up right in front of my new office and studio space in Fargo’s SoMA District [South of Main Avenue]. A silver SUV flipped over in the east bound lane of Main Avenue not far from my door. The driver’s vehicle went up on the curb, hit a tree and flipped, according to bystanders. He was conscious at the scene and taken to a local hospital. After hearing a bit of a commotion, I’d grabbed both my cell phone and 5D classic on my way to find out what was going on. Photographing as firefighters freed the man seemed like the natural thing to do – although I’m not sure what purpose the resulting pictures serve. The experience reminded me how quickly life can change and how everything can come to an abrupt stop. I’m off to collect my son from school, planning to drive carefully and intent on taking pause.

Thanks for looking and I’ll be back soon. – Ann

Photography by Ann Arbor Miller

It’s a new exhibit for a New Year!

“On The Farm & In The Garden” is now on the walls of Green Market Kitchen in downtown Fargo, N.D. The exhibition features 10 color diptychs from a small farm near Shelly, Minn. A public opening reception is set for Tuesday, Jan. 8 [yes, that would be tomorrow!] from 6 to 8 p.m. The folks over at ArtsPulse pulled together a nice write-up about the show. You can read it the digital version by clicking here. Also, I’ve shared a bit about my process, purpose and intent via previous journal posts [Part I and Part II].

While I don’t recommend hanging two shows within less than six weeks of each other, it does feel like 2013 is off to a great start. Commons, a collaborative effort with Britta Trygstad that presents photographic pairs in curious combination, remains on display at The Spirit Room until Jan. 11. In the meantime, there is ample time to take in the photographs at Green Market since that show will be up until March 31.

Thanks for looking. – Ann




News+HappeningsDecember 6th, 2012

Commons: A Curious Pairing of Photographs by Ann Arbor Miller and Britta Trygstad

A new series of work by Britta Trygstad and myself will be on display at The Spirit Room in downtown Fargo for the next six weeks. Similar to its predecessor Parallels, Commons presents photographic pairs in curious combinations. My collaborator describes the photographs as modern, organic and simple. That works for me.

Tonight is the opening reception and we’d love to see as many people as possible. Event starts at 6:30 p.m. with a brief talk and Q&A at 7:30 p.m. The Spirit Room is located in the heart of downtown Fargo on Broadway. If you can’t make the reception – or even if you can – read up on our collaborative process and the creation of Commons in a recent story on the ArtsPulse blog.

Hope to see you tonight. – Ann

Town Hall, 2011

I’m a huge fan of the Plains Art Museum here in Fargo, N.D. Maybe it’s the beautiful space [hard wood floors meets high ceilings and lots of windows]. Maybe it’s the location [downtown Fargo where I spend most of my waking hours]. Maybe it’s the fabulous art and educational programs [you have read about vermin right!?].

In a few short weeks I will have not one, but two photographs on display at the museum as part of two different shows. “Town Hall, 2011” [pictured above] will be included in a silent art auction as part of the 2012 Spring Gala. The annual auction always features a host of local and regional artists. The gala is set for the evening of Saturday, May 5 and tickets are on sale now. Proceeds from the event benefit the museum’s educational programs.

“Hamburger Meats, 2010” [pictured below] is currently on display in the first floor gallery as part of the Art the Plains XI exhibition. I’m excited to be one of 48 artists from four states included in the show. AOP is in its 11th year and this is the third time my work has been featured in an AOP show [not bad considering I’ve only applied four times]. This year’s exhibition is up until the end of May.

If you happen to be at the Spring Gala, I’d love to say hello. The Internet is great and all, but I like people, real people better. Best, Ann

Hamburger Meats, 2010

Carrie Elkin performs in Fargo, North Dakota

We don’t get many visitors here in Fargo, N.D. I’m not sure why. So, when someone or a couple of somebodies decide to visit Wade and I are always excited to play host.

Miss Carrie Elkin, a very fine folk musician and a friend of mine from Ohio University, was in town for a gig Friday night. Her performance was part of a music series called The Listening Room at The Spirit Room in downtown Fargo. Great location. Great show. Respectable turnout.

Thanks for stopping by, Carrie. You and your music are beautiful. – Ann

Carrie Elkin performs in Fargo, North Dakota

Carrie Elkin performs in Fargo, North Dakota

Carrie Elkin performs in Fargo, North Dakota