Moroni revisits ‘Babylon’


Betsy Mowry

Sculptor Aldo Moroni offers an open door to his cluttered, well-used studio in the California Building in Northeast Minneapolis. The walls are covered with maps, historical timelines and research. Speaking with manic enthusiasm, he quickly circles the room and launches into a description about his pinnacle project, Babylon. Simply explained, the piece takes up 160 square feet of space mounted on a three-foot high black platform, much like a model train enthusiasts’ landscape gone bad. Blue sand representing waterways flows amongst the array of buildings, structures and rough terrain. Some sites stand individually, while others appear representational, imbedded into a slab of clay.

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‘Rocketman’ soars in new Bloomington show


Betsy Mowry

Elton John has nothing on Mr. Ky “Rocketman” Michaelson. In fact, “Rocketman” Michaelson may have actually lived a much more fascinating life than Sir Elton. He has worked on stunts in over 200 films, television programs and commercials, and the majority of stunt specials that have been seen on TV over the past 30 years. Literally hundreds of feature articles have been written about him and his adventures.

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‘Grandfather of Stone Carving’ creates legacy in park


Betsy Mowry

A reflection on sculptor Anthony (Tony) Caponi brings to mind the theory of “six degrees of separation”—that anyone can be connected to any other person in the world through a chain of five individuals.

Throughout Minnesota, and perhaps the world, you’ll find someone who was taught or influenced by sculptor Anthony Caponi . . . or who was taught by someone who was taught by him. For more than 80 years, Tony has been a prolific sculptor and visionary, affecting lives with his powerful teaching style and his immense commitment to his art. A former chair of the art department at Macalester College in St. Paul, Tony is best described as the “Grandfather of stone carving” in Minnesota.

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Minnesota Rocks!


Betsy Mowry

Don’t miss this summer’s “rock-a palooza” event that is now shaping up St. Paul. The Minnesota Stone Carving Symposium, Minnesota ROCKS!, is making noise (and dust) on the (formerly) lush green lawn of the St. Paul College at the corner of Kellogg and Summit Avenue in the Capital City.

Minnesota ROCKS! brings 14 master stone carvers together for a unique event that celebrates creativity in its most basic form—an artist and a block of stone. Besides Minnesota, artists hail from Japan, Germany, Mexico, China, Zimbabwe, Finland and Egypt. Rock is used from throughout the state, emphasizing the immense natural and creative resources available in Minnesota.

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Bike Art @ NE Minneapolis Altered Esthetics through June 28


Betsy Mowry

Altered Esthetics’ group show, Bike Art, brings the work of close to 50 artists and cyclists together in an engaging juxtaposition. The exhibit is sizeable, with more than 100 works of art capturing every conceivable element of the cyclist genre. Featuring a wide array of mediums—from sculpture, photography and painting, to live performance, comics, multi-media and collage, the show has something for everyone. Work covers each well-worn wall and hallway. Viewers should allow plenty of time to examine and enjoy each piece in the gallery’s comfortable environment. It’s a great way to support your local artist-run gallery, while getting an eyeful of some incredible and diverse art.

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