Tuesday, October 20, 2009

.... and the winners are.....

The winner of the Fall Fest Minnesota Opera tickets are:
Renee Larson of New Brighton, MN won 4 $100 tickets to MN Opera's 2009/10 season
Becca Fredlund of Taylors Falls, MN won 2 $100 tickets to MN Opera's 2009/10 season.
Congrads to the winners and we'd like to thank all who visited during our final weekend of the 2009 year.  We had a great time this year and are already planning next years calendar and artists.  

Monday, October 12, 2009

Fall Fest on Madeline Island

The Letter that didn't get published in the Gazette

Bell Street Gallery’s first season

By: Steve McHugh


We’re back to the time of the year where we review what we’ve done over the past season and make plans for 2010 season.  It’s been an exciting year for Mary and I.  We’ve enjoyed getting to know our year round neighbor’s seasonal guests.  We are open for Fall Fest the weekend of October 16th & 17th with artists working at the gallery.  The gallery is also open for the Holiday Boutique on Saturday November 28th, from 11am – 5pm for your holiday shopping.  So after visiting the Museum, please stop by and check out our specials on kids books, jewelry, and photos from this past season.


Working with our local artists, we’ve enjoyed success in selling paintings of Holly Marie Tourdot, Susan Dexter, Diane Marie and pottery and jewelry by Kristin Lein.  Many participants enjoyed our summer kid’s classes.  Madeline Island’s galleries co-sponsored The Gallery Crawl during July and August.  We had a great time with live music, yummy food, and wine -- meeting all, enjoying local and regional music, and visiting with artists.


Now for next year, we’ve received a grant from the La Pointe Center for kid’s classes next summer.  We will be working with the Rec Center offering kid’s art camp one morning per week in July and August.  We are looking for visitors and local help in teaching these classes.  Some of the artists that we are looking for are: basket weaver, tie-dye, water colorist and/or pastel artist, and ?  We will be holding these classes in our backyard in our new larger tent.  We will also be holding one additional kids class each week, so we are doubling our Arts out reach for kids next year.  We are also looking for teacher(s) to help with these classes and anyone interested should email an résumé to steve@bellstgallery.com.  Kids classes are being added to our calendar for next summer already and be found on our website and at www.madelineislandart.org.


We are adding more local artists to our mix with the paintings of Katherine Parfet and Terrie Myers.  Additional news of artists will be posted throughout the winter on our website: www.bellstgallery.com that is being rebuilt at this time.  Check out the blog for photos and stories from this past season to relive the summer.  

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Open mic with Steve Mueske - poet

On Desire 
If I could burst into bloom, red
with the rose of it, with the rise and swell
of it, called into being through
the deep green, and trembling with light, 
I might understand.  If I knew
how light touches water
with a tracery of trees, gifts
the world as it is not, I might know
why I am not a rose or water or light
but a man who suddenly believes 
in withcraft.  What else
but this hollowing fire, this mark
of the thaumaturge, could make
the wild heart, so like a bird, thrash
in its cage?  Imagine rain and wind,
portrait of tempest with shed: shivering
silvers of wood, the whole structure
in danger of imploding.  Here under
a black sky swirling with clouds
I am ready to be unmade.  The air
is charged and blue, and my hands
are burning with light.
- Steve Mueske

Trip District Rock...

Trip District rocked Bell Street Gallery at Saturdays Gallery Crawl.  Check them out at http://www.tripdistrict.com

Artist and Patron

Holly Tourdot and Jean Watland

Friday, August 7, 2009

What's new?

Bell Street Gallery has new pots created by Steve Hemingway.  These 3' pots can stay outside and the designs are based on Ojibaway Native American bead designs.

We have added Native American artist Donal Carufel  (Niizhoogaaboo) from the Lac du Flambeau, WI Ojibaway tribe created out of all natural materials.

Three New Island Artists join Bell Street Gallery

Bell Street Gallery has added 3 local Madeline Island Artists including: Kristin Lein with her pottery and jewelry, Susan Dexter with her pansy oil paintings and Holly Tourdot landscape painter.  Susan and Holly are pictured above on our front deck.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Fairy houses on Madeline Island

This weeks Kids art class was Fairy houses.  We'd like to thank the 28 kids for helping to house the fairy population on Madeline Island.

Cassidy (the signing dog) opening act for Bell Street Gallery "Open Mic" night

Local Artist Holly Tourdot provided backup signing for Cassidy The Wonder Dog, having his debut at Open Mic Night at Bell Street Gallery.  Cassidy did a tune from Tool titled Jimmy.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

4th July Parade on Madeline Island

What can be said about the perfect combination of sun and neighbors getting together to celebrate the 4th?