Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage
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My goals for this cultural heritage project are to have a published work, a permanent archive of the fish decoys I've created during a very important time in the history of contemporary fish decoy carvers. My goal is to bring together digital photographs, graphic artist, and the printer. To help complete a published book called ''Folk Art Fish Decoys'' by Jay McEvers ''A Photo History''. To use personal photographs, put them in well arranged digital files, and deliver them to the layout artist in digital folders according to category and chapters. To write my story, write good descriptions, and to work with the graphic designer and be helpful with the tone and direction of the layout. To make the best book possible using the resources available to me.Bringing my personal photographs together and presenting them in a reference book is a new experience for me. I like carving and I like being recognized for my craftsmanship and for my works. I have the many photos, and having the greater community see what I have carved over the years is the greatest reward for me. To know how well the book is received by others, I’ll put an insert in each of the two hundred books. The insert will state that This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Lake Region Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund. With permission, I will include the LRAC logo. In the insert, I’ll ask my readers, What do you think? I’ll provide my email address and personal address and encourage their responses.
Because I usually sell the books one at a time, I learn some of the reactions to the book firsthand, so the best assessment tool is using comments made about the book. The feedback given on the book through verbal, or written comments has been positive. People like the book. “It’s a very inspiring book.” Several people were happy to spot their decoys in the book. The photographs were meant to show my style, craftsmanship, experience, and dedication and I believe I succeeded: Comment by postcards: “It’s an honor to get a grant like this.” “Just wish the book was longer! Loved it!” “Please have the Troll send me another copy.” Comment made by email: “got the book a few days ago and love it! It was a great idea and I am very glad to have it, just wanted you to know. It came with a postcard to mail back. I am a collector so naturally I want to keep it with the book. BUT if you want me to send it in I can for sure do that for you. Good luck with it!!”
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Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage
To publish Folk Art Fish Decoys, a Photo History documenting 17 years of folk art and stories.
Eric Abrahamson: Business owner/painter, stage manager, actor; Pagyn Harding: literary artist, publisher/author; Mark Ryan: Plains Art Museum Director of Collections and Operations; Nancy Berns: Radio voice actor, costumer, vocal director, choral singer; Carolyn Aarsvold: Retired elementary music educator, violinist; Tim Ray: actor, director, technical director, musician-performer; Michael Eble: professor, gallery curator at University of Minnesota-Morris; Kari Adams: graphic designer, printmaker; Stan Goldade: High school math instructor, photographer, sculptor; Jim Arvidson; Susan Anderson: Art Advocate, Theatre and Art background.
Don Clark: Minnesota State University-Moorhead Professor, photography; Eric Abrahamson: Business owner/painter, stage manager, actor; Mark Ryan: Plain Art Museum Director of Collections and Operations; Pagyn Harding: literary artist, publisher/author; Nancy Berns: Radio voice actor, costumer, vocal director, choral singer; Carolyn Aarsvold: Retired elementary music educator, violinist; Tim Ray: actor, director, technical director, musician-performer; Kari Kjesbo: former gallery manager, catering business owner; Gary Henrickson: former professor of literature; Michael Eble: professor, gallery curator, University of Minnesota-Morris; Kari Adams: graphic designer, printmaker; Carolyn Flieder: fiber artist, former quilt shop owner; Amy Schmidt: literary artist, visual artist, bookstore owner; Randy Peterson Pope: Chiropractor, Arts Advocate; Jim Arvidson: Retired businessman, fundraiser, art advocate.