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I am excited to announce that on Thursday [Aug. 4] there will be a opening reception for my exhibition Parallels: A Curious Pairing of Photographs by Ann Arbor Miller and Britta Trygstad. As the title suggests, the exhibition is a collaboration between myself and the fabulous Britta Trygstad.

We started working on this collection of photographs last July. Parallels features 18 photographs [nine by each artist] and is sure to delight viewers. The opening reception is set for 6 to 9 p.m. at DK Custom Framing @ Gallery 14 in downtown Fargo. If you can’t make it Thursday night, the exhibition will be up until the end of August.

Happy Wednesday! – Ann

"Kathy's Tulips" on display at Nichole's in downtown Fargo

A strip of earth rests between our driveway and my neighbor’s home. Each spring this bit of earth gives way to a row of tulips. Each summer colorful annuals fill the narrow void. Autumn brings fallen leaves. Winter’s snow, of course, creates a white blanket. “Kathy’s Tulips” celebrates the earth’s ability to produce in small spaces.

I submitted a variation of the above photograph printed on canvas for “Earth, Air, Fire, Water” – the theme of this year’s A Woman’s Perspective exhibit. Excerpts from the exhibit remain on display through May 21. A public reception is set for this Thursday [April 19] from 4 to 6 p.m. at Nichole’s Fine Pastry in downtown Fargo. Go for the art. Go for the food. Go for the adventure. [To view “Kathy’s Tulips” you will need to visit the women’s loo. Seriously.]

“Kathy’s Tulips” also documents a scene that has greeted me – in one form or another – for the better part of eight years. Our family has enjoyed a great house in a fabulous neighborhood with amazing neighbors. However, we’ve decided to make a change and will relocate to a new home in Fargo’s Clara Barton neighborhood in the very near future. I’m excited to have more space and three toilets as well as a dedicated creative space at home.

Here’s to new adventures! – Ann

'You Make My Heart Sink'

Good causes appear to be in abundance around Fargo-Moorhead lately.

Count me among the 80 or so creative types who have contributed work to the fifth annual Bras on Broadway, which raises money to support those fighting breast cancer. This year’s event is set for Thursday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at the fabulous Hotel Donaldson in downtown Fargo. Tickets are $65 per person and last I checked there were just 40 spots left [here’s where you go online to get a ticket].

My contribution is a black and white photographed titled “You Make My Heart Sink” [pictured above]. I’ve been intending to contribute to Bras on Broadway in the past, but never seemed to get around to it. You see artists can’t just donate any piece of art. What makes this event special is that everything [and I mean EVERYTHING] has a bra or breast theme.

I had a concept for a photograph that I wanted to create. Kind of an illustration that used old thermostat dial plates. The problem was I couldn’t find the parts I needed. It didn’t help that I put off working on the project until just a few days before it was due. Anyway, I had a plan B, but that photograph – which involved a uniquely-shaped carrot and a pink breast cancer awareness pin – didn’t really work out either.

When I was running around town looking for old, used and/or cheap thermostat dials I stopped by the Habitat ReStore store in Moorhead. They often have fabulous finds and I was hoping to locate what I needed. Anyway, I noticed the old double sink in the parking lot at ReStore. Someone had probably dropped it off as a donation. I looked at it on my way in and then again on my way out. I kept staring at the sinks and wondered if they might do the trick. Figuring it couldn’t hurt I photographed the sink and moved on with my errands.

I’m reasonably happy with the photograph and am grateful to a friend for coming up with an appropriate title. But, if anyone has a couple of old thermostat dials sitting around I’d be happy to take them off your hands. I have a feeling that next year’s Bras on Broadway event will be here before we know it.

Happy Friday. Ann

P.S. Bras on Broadway raised more than $40,000 last year. Here’s hoping people are feeling even more generous this year.

StoryCorps

Airstream trailers are beautiful creations. The exterior shell appears to be a union of graceful line and simple form.

My admiration of the mighty Airstream was realized 15 or so years ago in Whitefish, Mont. A dear friend had the privilege of calling an Airstream home for a summer on Whitefish Lake. The location was lovely. The accommodations were free and part of her compensation package for serving as the campground host. I remember feeling a little envious of the temporary abode – at least until the propane line began to leak and daytime temperatures climbed into the 80s in August.

On a recent photo walk around downtown Fargo, N.D., a colleague and I happened upon the Airstream of all Airstreams. The trailer looks like a regular Airstream on the outside, but the inside is outfitted with a recording studio. This Airstream is the StoryCorps MobileBooth and it is parked outside the Fargo Public Library.

StoryCorps – if you didn’t already know – seeks to provide Americans with an opportunity to record, share and preserve stories. It’s a fabulous oral history project. Participants interview a family member, friend, mentor or other individual and receive a CD of the recording. Participation is free and conversations are also preserved at the Library of Congress. Select conversations are also broadcast on National Public Radio each week.

StoryCorps is a nonprofit organization and since 2003 has collected and archived more than 30,000 interviews from more than 60,000 participants, according to the group’s website. I appreciate the following comment from StoryCorps founder Dave Isay, “By listening closely to one another, we can help illuminate the true character of this nation reminding us all just how precious each day can be and how truly great it is to be alive.”

The StoryCorps’ MobileBooth is scheduled to remain in Fargo until Sept. 4. To make a reservation, call [800] 850-4406.

P.S. My friend Mo says it makes a delightful date night event.

Fargo, North Dakota Photographer + Health and Wellness

For the past several years I’ve been learning about yoga. While my body appreciates the movement that comes with a physical asana practice, my mind craves the stillness that comes during and after each class. I’ve come to appreciate the act of breathing and see breath as an accurate gauge of my mood, temperament and so many other things.

I’m a regular at Five Element: Yoga +Thai Massage here in Fargo, N.D., and really enjoyed a recent project that allowed me to create a series of new images for the studio and Juliet Trnka. We collaborated on a collection of yoga and massage photographs several years ago. That was before Juliet opened her current [and very beautiful] space. Many images from the previous project are featured on Five Element’s website.

At the close of each class at Five Element we are always encouraged to offer thanks to someone or something. For me, it’s a way to recognize that we are not alone and the world around us really isn’t about us. Juliet has taken this same principle and applied it through a gratitude page on her website. It is an ongoing list of objects, experiences and people for which she is grateful. The endeavor seems worthwhile to me.

I give thanks for: My husband, Wade, and our son, little M., a healthy body and open heart, the seasons, bare feet, Tuesday night yoga classes and my yoga friends, compassion, people who do the right thing simply because it is the right thing, hugs, kisses and snuggles from little M., coffee and more coffee, photography and my ability to see and create images, granola and veggies from Red Goose Gardens, libraries and parks, garage sales, popcorn made on the stovetop, a walk around the block, the Moosewood Cookbook, downtown Fargo, the Lemonade Book Club and all of its past, current and future members, $5 flower bouquets at Shotwell’s on Fridays, our neighbors who are both kind and quiet, coconut oil, my colleagues at The Space and Milestones Photography, sleeping in past 7 a.m., Dakota Montessori School, time to explore and learn, road trips!, my in-laws who adore their grandson and help fill in the gaps, public radio and editorial assignments for Minnesota Public Radio, wood floors, new projects and clients, beautiful light and interesting shadows, the past and adventures yet to come.

What are you thankful for?

Fargo, North Dakota Photographer + Health and Wellness

Fargo, North Dakota Photographer + Health and Wellness

Fargo, North Dakota Photographer + Health and Wellness

Fargo, North Dakota Photographer + Health and Wellness

Fargo, North Dakota Photographer + Health and Wellness