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Theater Reflections

I visited the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis recently. I was there visiting family and taking an encaustic photo workshop with the wonderful Clare O’Neill.

Clare introduced me to so much in the three days we worked together: art, color, self-reflection, and loads of wax. On the third day we went out shooting and explored the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis’ Warehouse District. The theater–thanks to French architect, Jean Nouvel and others–is a marvel. Stretching more than half a block (178 feet) from the building face, there’s this 30-foot-wide space called the Endless Bridge. It towers over the West River Parkway and provides the most amazing views of the Mississippi River Dam, and the surrounding mills and cityscapes. The interior walls of the Bridge lobby are set in this amber-colored glass; the exterior of the building is a deep blue with ghostly images of past performers. And then there’s this one red wall. All amazing: the light, the views, breathtaking. But it was the people we met that were the true highlight of the day. Some literally danced their way into our thoughts; others shared their music, creative lives and even their sorrows. And I took my first self portrait in 27 days. Thanks to Clare and all her creativity and encouragement, I’m back. Will share more soon on the encaustic process and why it so appeals to me.



















Nice article about the theater and the architect here.


guthrieSir Guthrie himself.


2 thoughts on “Theater Reflections Leave a comment

    • Thank you, Clare. Coming right pack at you! Have been scouring the art aisles for pigments and medium. Can’t wait! I posted a poem by Rumi on my Tumblr that reminds me of you and my time in your studio. It reminds me to remember!

      Don’t Go Back To Sleep

      For years, copying other people, I tried to know myself.
      From within, I couldn’t decide what to do.
      Unable to see, I heard my name being called.
      Then I walked outside.

      The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
      Don’t go back to sleep.
      You must ask for what you really want.
      Don’t go back to sleep.
      People are going back and forth across the door sill
      where the two worlds touch.
      The door is round and open.
      Don’t go back to sleep.

      —Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks from The Essential Rumi, parabola-magazine


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