A winter visit with local artists

The League of Longfellow Artists (LoLa) is best known for its annual summer art crawl—a self-guided art tour throughout the Greater Longfellow Neighborhood of South Minneapolis (which includes the Standish and Ericsson neighborhoods). But the artists who opened their homes and studios to art lovers when the sunflowers and black-eyed susans bloomed are still hard at work even as the snowflakes fly. Let’s check in with a few of them and see what they’re up to.Anita White, one of LoLa’s founders, paints and sketches every day and is working on a series of water lily paintings based on photographs. “I find winter harsh and difficult and do not usually paint it.” Instead she revives the summer with paint on canvas.Artist Harley Pierce is known for his masterful hand-carved wooden boxes. “I happily get more time to carve in the winter months,” says Pierce, who has lived in the Greater Longfellow Neighborhood for 52 years.For Megan Moore, an original LoLa member whose colorful floral still lifes are a staple at Corazon on E. Lake St., winter means fewer shows and more artmaking. Continue Reading