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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Art at Ramsey, Gift Certificates, Year-End Artwork Sale, and New Photographs

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you have an opportunity to enjoy the day with loved ones, maybe indulge in some turkey and pumpkin pie for good tradition, and reflect upon the meaning of the holiday.

For those of you who'll be in the Twin Cities on Saturday, December 1, there's one last opportunity this year to see my work or pick up a one of my display pieces at a great price (more on that below).

Art at Ramsey

Art at Ramsey is a high-quality juried art and fine craft event that takes place Saturday, December 1 (from 10am – 5pm) inside the Ramsey Middle School gymnasiums and cafeteria at 1700 Summit Avenue in Saint Paul, MN. I will be among about 80 regional artists exhibiting work, so there is a good variety of talent to see if you visit.

Art at Ramsey


Gift Certificate Sale

This year, to celebrate Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, I'm offering a very rare opportunity for you to purchase gift certificates at a 10% discount. Purchase $50 certificates for $45 or $100 certificates for $90. These certificates do not expire and are good toward any future regular-priced artwork purchase (at my art fair booth, online, or by phone/email). They make great gifts, especially since artwork can be hard to buy for others. And, if you decide to purchase a few for yourself...I won't tell anyone! :)

There is no limit to the number of certificates you can buy, but overall quantities are limited. This sale goes live at 8pm Thanksgiving and runs through Saturday, November 24, unless sold out sooner. All certificates will be mailed to the address provided at checkout.

Gift Certificates

Year-End Display Piece Sale

Near the end of the year, as many of you know, I typically offer a selection of my art fair display pieces at discounted prices to make room for new release work in the coming year. These are generally pieces that have traveled with me and have been displayed at shows for the past 1-4 years. As a result, they may have minor flaws or may not be quite as squeaky clean as a brand new piece. However, most are in excellent condition.

If you are interested in the availability or condition of a particular piece, please feel free to contact me (dbarthel@northshoreimages.com or 320-293-1788). Shipping is either free or low cost to most locations in the Upper Midwest. Any piece not sold prior to December 1 will be available at Art at Ramsey as noted above.

"Quiet Dawn" – 32x48 Three-Piece Canvas Gallery Wrap — only $425 ($340 off regular price of $765)

– Captured in Grand Marais, Minnesota
– Dimensions are 32x50 with 1" spacing between panels
– Display piece since 2015 (I plan to replace this with a 40x60 size starting in 2019.)
– A few minor scuffs on some edges and corners from handling
– Canvas may less taught due to handling and exposure to changing outdoor conditions
– Despite the above, it is still aesthetically a very fine piece and a good value

"Triple Falls" – 24x32 Ultra Premium-Framed Lumachrome Print — only $495 ($300 off already low price of $795)

– Captured in Glacier National Park, Montana
– Framed dimensions 34x42
– Display piece since 2016
– Small flaw in the acrylic surface that is not easily seen, otherwise in excellent condition

"Ice & Surf" – 24x30 Canvas Gallery Wrap — only $275 ($70 off regular price of $345)

– Captured at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Minnesota
– Display piece since 2016
– A few minor scuffs on some edges and corners from handling, otherwise in very good condition

"Twists of Time"24x36 Canvas Gallery Wrap — only $345 ($50 off regular price of $395)

– Captured in the Ancient Bristlecone Forest, California
– Display piece since 2016
– Very good condition—possibly a few very minor scuffs on corners from handling


New Photographs

"Souls of Superior" – Tettegouche State Park, Minnesota, USA

On October 10, 2018, a powerful Lake Superior storm slammed huge surf against the cliffs on the North Shore. Actual waves reached as high as 20 feet, causing damage to Duluth's Lakewalk and other structures throughout the region. A freighter on the lake that day, about 20 miles from where I made this image, recorded a wind gust of 86 miles per hour! One month later, evidence of this powerful storm is still seen with piles of driftwood planted onto some beaches. These were certainly the largest waves I've ever witnessed on Lake Superior (or anywhere, for that matter)!

"Guardian of Superior" – Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Minnesota, USA

Each year, Split Rock Lighthouse lights its beacon in commemoration of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald on Nov. 10, 1975.

This year, I enjoyed the view with a few other people from atop Day Hill. Yes, that is a ship out in the distance over Lake Superior! See the closer view below...

"Swinging Bridge" – Jay Cooke State Park, Minnesota, USA

Crossing the tempestuous Lake Superior-bound waters of the St. Louis River, this bridge is beloved by many who visit Jay Cooke State Park. The rugged terrain and raging river is reminiscent of wild landscapes in the mountains of the American West. When standing here, it's hard to imagine the river reaching the height of the bridge and destroying the span, something that happened back during the flooding in 2012.

"Evening Serenade" – Iona's Beach, Minnesota, USA

There's nothing quite as relaxing as watching and listening to the gentle waves washing against the rocky basalt shores on a crisp autumn evening at a quiet location on Lake Superior's North Shore.

I made this photograph as part of a larger project I've been working on, something that you will hear more about in the coming months...

Stay tuned! I look forward to sharing more exciting new work with you over the winter months.

All my best,


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