The Spaces Between: Reflecting Minnesota Relics Photographs by Ann Arbor Miller

Let’s get the embarrassment out of the way. It’s been months – and I do mean many, many months – since I’ve posted anything new on this little website. I’m sure there are some semi-valid reasons I could rattle on about, including an abundance client work and deadline-driven assignments as well as a serious illness last fall that took me out of commission for the better part of a month. The bottom line is that I haven’t yet found a way to work writing and posting journal posts into my daily, weekly or even monthly workflow. Maybe it’s because I get so tied up in whatever I’m working on at the moment that I don’t make time to reflect or share. Maybe I’m just not cut out to blog.

Thankfully, there are people in my life who remind, encourage and even pester when necessary. A few of these people are responsible for my application to the TMI Hospitality Resident Artist Program, which is open to artists in Fargo, N.D., as well as neighboring West Fargo, N.D., and Moorhead, Minn. I am the third artist selected to participate in the program and have been hard at work to develop a new series for exhibition. “The Spaces Between: Reflecting Minnesota Relics” features a selection of eight photographs and opens Thursday, March 27 with a public reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at TMI’s headquarters, located at 4850 32nd Ave. S. in Fargo, N.D.

The exhibition represents just one component of the program. I am most excited about a layer of professional development made available to me. This is coming at a good time and provides extra incentive to consider my work, my life priorities and how I want to engage with photography. I feel fortunate to have the luxury to consider these and other questions.

If you happen to be in Fargo the evening of March 27, stop by TMI and say hello. It would be great to connect.

P.S. To fellow artists in the Fargo area who are interested in the TMI Hospitality Resident Artist Program the deadline for the next round is coming up April 30. Information about that program and several others is available via The Arts Partnership.

A few months back I shared a few images from an outing to Red Goose Gardens outside Shelly, Minn., and talked about my vision for an upcoming call for entry. Well, I’m happy to share that my proposal was accepted and I will be one of five local artists and four groups participating in The Arts Partnership’s inaugural Community Supported Arts project. The concept mirrors that of food-based CSAs except those purchasing a share receive an assortment of original art.

For more information about the project and those involved, check out The Arts Partnership‘s website or read an article published in the local newspaper. Word on facebook is shares are selling fast. Last time I checked just 20 of the initial 50 shares remained available. At just $300 per share, it’s definitely a great deal for anyone who enjoys art and wants to support local artists.

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a photograph from last week’s farm outing. I spent seven glorious hours exploring, photographing and considering. I’m headed back to the farm in a few short weeks and can’t wait to see the collection of photographs grow and evolve.

Thanks for looking. – Ann

Photograph of a chicken as part of a community-supported art project

 

 

Photography by Ann Arbor Miller

On a fine October morning last fall I headed up to photograph at Red Goose Gardens, located outside Shelly, Minnesota. My family has supported the farm through its community supported agriculture [CSA] program for several years. The farm is beautiful. I’ve always intended to photograph there, but somehow never seemed to have the time. My autumn photo outing was motivated by a local arts organization’s call for entry. The Arts Partnership is interested in doing what CSA farms do, but with art. So, art enthusiasts will be able to buy a share and receive a box brimming with work by different creatives. Anyway, the proposal deadline was adjusted so I’m back to working on my proposal and considering that first set of images.

Initially, my intention was to select pairs of images – so two complementary photographs would be printed side-by-side on a single piece of paper. However, I’ve been studying some of my selects from the October outing and am seeing ways to physically connect the images. I’m sharing two examples here. I don’t know that I consider either one of these a finished piece. My latest thought is to look for additional pieces or layers to include. For example, the working title of the image below is “Pepper Chicken” so I’m considering overlaying a recipe or a photograph of a recipe card for pepper chicken in the vacant space.

Regardless of what I ultimately come up with, I’m excited about the evolution of this little project. Best, Ann

Photography by Ann Arbor Miller