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

Benefitting Bras On Broadway 2012

The 7th annual Bras On Broadway benefit event is just around the corner. Well, not really as the actual event won’t be held until Oct. 25. But, the call for wearable and non-wearable art donations just came out a few weeks ago.

I’m please to report I already have my photograph [the non-wearable kind] in hand – or on my hard drives. Here’s a look at what I came up with in 2010 and 2011. It’s important to me to create a new image for this event each year. While event organizers have relaxed guidelines, historically the focus had been on the artistic reinvention of the bra – or breast. Anyway, I just ordered a copy of the above photograph, which was shot on a muggy June evening along Interstate 94 as I was driving home from photographing a lovely wedding in Minnesota’s lakes country. I’m printing the photograph on metal and am excited to try something different in terms of presentation.

If anyone has a title suggestion I’m open to hearing it. I have handful of working titles [including “Twin Peaks” and “Summer Evening With The Girls”], but am not sold on any of them. Feel free to share keywords or a complete title if something springs to mind.

Thanks for looking, Ann

Scene along the Red River in Grand Forks, North Dakota

Posts have been few and far between over the past few months. Let’s chalk it up to an ongoing flurry of editorial and commercial assignments as well as the general busyness of wedding season. Yesterday, I found myself in East Grand Forks, Minn., on assignment for Minnesota Public Radio News. I made some pictures to illustrate an upcoming story as well as the photograph above. I like it and am sharing it before I forget. Thanks for looking. – Ann

Fargo Wedding Photographer : Wedding Photojournalism

It was very rainy Friday afternoon one year [and one day] ago that Shannon and April exchanged wedding vows in the backyard of their Fargo home. They say rain on your wedding day is good luck for the marriage. Well, I’d say Shannon and April collected enough good luck to last them both a lifetime. Happy anniversary this year and in all the years to come! – Ann

Fargo Wedding Photographer: Wedding Photojournalism

Fargo Wedding Photographer: Wedding Photojournalism

Fargo Wedding Photographer: Wedding Photojournalism

Fargo Wedding Photographer: Wedding Photojournalism

Fargo Wedding Photographer: Wedding Photojournalism

Fargo Wedding Photographer: Wedding Photojournalism

Fargo Wedding Photographer: Wedding Photojournalism

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