The Groveland Gallery has opened a new exhibition of watercolors, oils and pastels by St. Paul native William Murray.
Murray served in the Coast Guard on the Great Lakes and trapped lobster in Nova Scotia before beginning his career as a painter.
Murray divides his attention between his loves for northern Minnesota woods and lakes, and the industrial urban scenes near his St. Paul home.
He's also known for an observant attention to small details, whether it's a stone wall, doorway of an abandoned warehouse or sunlight across a meadow.
This exhibition runs through Nov. 25. For more information call 377-7800 or visit www.grovelandgallery.com.
Guthrie: Behind thescenes
A new book about the behind-the-scenes history of the Guthrie Theater features contributions from three Southwest residents.
“The Guthrie Theater: Images, History, and Inside Stories” features archival photographs, as well as lists of all the theater's plays, actors and directors since 1963.
“People who love the Guthrie love the book,” said Nat Fuller, of Windom, an actor who has worked on Guthrie stages since the 1980s.
Fuller said theater fans are very interested in what goes on behind the scenes, and the book is full of stories aimed to satisfy that curiosity.
“There's a theater joke that everybody asks you how do you learn all those lines,” Fuller said. “For many of us, the lines are the least of it.”
Used to sharing stories, Fuller said the “only thing a little different was putting it down on paper. I enjoyed sharing it.” He wrote an essay on his first successful audition.
Fuller said the company is getting used to the ins and outs its new space. The book is a time capsule of the theater's life at its previous home.
Graphic designer Holly Welch, of Lynnhurst, designed the 240-page, coffee-table book from her South Minneapolis design studio, Holly Welch Designs.
“Holly's work made the book spring out of manuscript form and into the reader's eyes,” author Peg Guilfoyle said.
And musician Matt Barber, of Kingfield, shares a story in the book of missing a sound cue during the 1983 production of “A Christmas Carol” that caused the Fezziwig party and dance to take place with two not-quite-simultaneous versions of “Deck the Halls.”
Guilfoyle, who was on staff for during the 1970s and '80s, said she wanted to make a book about what it's like every day inside the Guthrie.
“I already knew about a million backstage stories, but (while writing the book) there were people who would come and tell me stories I've never heard,” she said.
“The Guthrie Theater: Images, History, and Inside Stories” is for sale at gift shop at the theater's new location and other booksellers. Personally inscribed copies by the author can be obtained at www.guthrietheaterbook.com.
City unveils railing art
The city dedicated a 400-foot stretch of artistic railing earlier this month in the Wedge neighborhood along the Loring Park Bikeway.
Minneapolis artist Lisa Elias was commissioned for the steel piece, titled “Stream of Trailing Reeds,” north of Franklin Avenue at Aldrich and Bryant avenues south.
The railing uses curvilinear lines of the railing to evoke a stream. Cattails, flowers and reeds emerge naturally from new landscaping planted as part of the project.
The artist, a founding member of Art-A-Whirl in Northeast Minneapolis, faced design challenges because the artwork abuts and screens an Interstate 94 entrance ramp.
She chose a weathering steel meant to hold up even in winter, when large quantities of salt from the ramp will splash on the railing. It also matches the organic design.
Elias also had to become a certified welder before she could install the work because it is along the freeway ramp owned by the state Transportation Department.
Two new bike racks will be added to the site in the next few months.
Dan Haugen can be reached at 436-5088 and [email protected].