Yeah, there’s a lotta snow out there. Yeah, there’s a minus sign in front of the temperature. That means the annual self-imposed illness called “cabin-fever” is about to set in, but only if you choose to let it. I choose not to let it set in. That’s why I look for ways to get out of the cabin, and the annual Blue Collar Cafe art shows are one way to do it. The first one is Thursday, December 5.
I started getting ready for the show back in October. I’ve found a photographic niche, nostalgic romantic images of North Dakota history. That includes a farmstead long abandoned with an unused Ford pickup parked in the front yard.
Or a farmstead on the edge of a growing pothole, water lapping at the doorstep.
They’re part of my collection of images headed to the Blue Collar Art Show and Soiree. The Blue Collar Cafe on Airport Road across the tracks from Krolls Kitchen hosts monthly art shows beginning in December, and I’ve been pleased and honored to be a part of the shows. The owner, Jerod Hawk advised me to come in with larger pieces than what someone at home could print out from their computer. So, I have. These are as large as 2’x3′ framed images.
Late at night I’ve worked in my wood shop, turning old barn siding in to frames for my images. The wood is from a 105 year old barn between Anamoose and Goodrich that blew down about 5 years ago. I maintain all its color and character. The texture, the warp and the bends in the wood makes it a challenge to create a straight and square build, but it gives each frame its unique style and color.
On many snowy winter nights, you’ll find me in my wood shop sorting and selecting the wood, matching its dimension, color and grain for both the inner frame and outer border (making it two frames, one inner and one outer) to create as uniform appearance for each frame, yet different from every other one.
A few of the images I’m taking back to this show were quite popular at last year’s Blue Collar art shows, that includes this one of the Pettibone Brain Company. (No that’s not a typo. The private owner climbed up there after he bought the structure and turned the “g” in to a “b” to make the word “brain.”)
This year’s Blue Collar art shows are bigger than last year’s first shows. The floor space is more than double from the original space and there will be twice as many artists. I’m blessed to be one of them.