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This photo of John Unger, of Bayfield, Wisc., swimming in Lake Superior with his 19-year-old dog, Schoep, has been enormously popular on Facebook and has been seen around the world. Photo by Hannah Stonehouse Hudson.
Anyone who has swum in the chilly water of Lake Superior knows that it could wake Rip Van Winkle. Maybe that's why a photo of a Bayfield, Wisc., man swimming with his dog, who appears to be asleep in the man's arms, has charmed so many people.
The photo shows John Unger and his 19-year-old shepherd mix, Schoep. And sure enough, cold water or not, Schoep appears to be asleep. Turns out, according to a story in the Duluth News Tribune, that Schoep, who suffers from arthritis, finds the buoyancy of the water so relaxing and therapeutic that it often lulls him to sleep.
The moment was captured on July 31 by wedding photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson. She posted it to her Facebook page, where it so far has been "liked" by more than 192,000 people. It has drawn more than 22,000 comments. A news story said it had been viewed more than 1.8 million times. And, says Julie McGarvie, of Penumbra Theater in St. Paul, who is married to Unger's brother, Stonehouse and Unger have received thousands of emails.
Unger and his ex-wife adopted Schoep as a puppy 18 years ago from an Ozaukee County human society. Adding poignancy to the story is that Unger recently took Schoep to the vet for various ailments. Unger told the Duluth paper he was uncertain how many more times he would be able to take his dog for a swim.
Star Tribune photo by Dave Denney
Mill City Museum in downtown Minneapolis will host "The Bridge," a six month show of photos by Minneapolis artist Vance Gellert of survivors, first responders and others affected by the I35W bridge collapse in 2007. The show opens on August 1, the fifth anniversary of the disaster in which 13 people died when the bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River during the evening rush hour. The free exhibit runs through December in the museum's lobby.
Two years in the making, "The Bridge" features 50 photos with accompanying interviews and text about the incident and its aftermath. As part of the opening reception, The Playwrights' Center has commissioned artists to write and stage a 10 minute play. Nautilus Music Theater has commissioned original music, and Rain Taxi Review of Books is sponsoring the performance of seven new poems. In all, 22 artists and a 16 piece chorus will perform during the opening reception at Mill City, 704 S. 2nd St., Mpls. from 5:45 to 7 p.m., August 1. The event is free, but reservations are required.
Warning: Because so many survivors and officials are expected, public tickets to the opening events were sold-out by July 20. Nevertheless, names were still being added to a waiting list as of Monday, July 23. Officially, the deadline to reserve free tickets is Wednesday, July 25. To reserve a ticket call 612-673-2032 or send an email request to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The memorial service for Twin Cities photographer Ann Marsden, who died July 8 at 55, has been set for Aug. 12 at the Fitzgerald Theater in St Paul. Over her 30-year career, Marsden got actors, musicians, dancers and others to bare their souls in front of her camera. She help frame the arts and cultural ecology of the Twin Cities.
The service will be at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Fitgzerald Theater, 10 Exchange St E., St. Paul.
Flash back to Montreal, 1971: Little Richard and his band are in town for a concert. A young Swedish-born weaver and big-time fan loans him a photo-realist tapestry she wove of him a couple years earlier. He's never heard of tapestry, but thinks this thing -- which he calls "a knitting" -- is so cool he hangs it on stage during the performance.
His next stop is supposed to be the Johnny Carson show, so weaver Helena Hernmarck loans him the tapestry which he promises to show on television. He rolls it up and stuffs it in the trunk of a car. The Carson appearance falls through and the tapestry disappears.
Hernmarck goes on to international fame for reviving the once moribund art of tapestry. Her Pop-style, photo-realist weavings are commissioned by major corporations and hang in museum collections around the world. But she never forgets Little Richard and the tapestry that took a walk.
"I loved his music and was planning to do a whole series of music tapestries -- Elvis, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, all of them," Hernmarck said recently in Minneapolis where a survey of her nature-themed tapestries is on view at the American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Av. through Oct. 14. "But after that I got a big commission from Weyerhaeuser corporation and from then on I was doing stuff for money, so I never got back to the musicians. Little Richard was it."
She wrote to fan magazines and contacted Richards' manager, one Bumps Blackwell, she said. But no tapestry ever turned up. Anyone with word of it should contact her at Helena Hernmarck Tapestries in Ridgefield, Ct. 1-203-438-9220 or www.hernmarck.com.
And the winners of the 2012-13 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Photographers are: Jenn Ackerman, Teri Fullerton, Jason Pearson and Katherine Turczan. Each will receive $25,000 to "study, reflect, experiment, and explore" during the next year. The fellowships are paid for by the McKnight Foundation and administered by mnartists.org, which is in turn a project of Walker Art Center and the McKnight Foundation.
Here's a sample of each artist's work: