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on the cover || Cover Image Roy Lichtenstein Artful Living’s autumn cover features the work of worldrenowned contemporary artist Roy Lichtenstein. The painting, “Modern Painting Banner,” was sold at Sotheby’s Auction House in New York City on September 22, 2011. The Contemporary © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein Arts Auction offered carefully selected works by artists from the Post-War period through present day. The sale covered a range of works from movements including abstract expressionism, pop, minimalism, conceptualism, contemporary photography and contemporary Chinese along with works by many of today’s most exciting young artists. “Modern Painting Banner” had an estimated sale of $8,000 to $12,000 and had a final lot sold of $25,000. For more information about the Contemporary Arts Auction and to view a live recording, visit the Sotheby’s site at


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hink about it: Art eludes definition and can simply be described as the use of imagination in the creation of an experience or object that can be shared with others. Art breaks through our consciousness and can make us uncomfortable — for better or worse. The concept “works of art” emerged in the 15th century in Europe and encompassed painting, architecture and sculpture. In the 18th century, this definition was expanded to include music and poetry. In recent times, decorative arts, furniture, pottery, weaving and metalworking have thankfully been included. Many of the objects that we identify as art today may have not been viewed as such when they were initially made and their creators may have not been regarded as artists. Regardless of its maker, art gives us a way to be creative and express ourselves. Our feature on page 96 tells a remarkable story about how the Nazis stole a Jewish family’s prized Gustav Klimt paintings and how a grandson has recovered them more than 60 years later. We also set out to cover other art, from the recent Weisman Art Museum’s expansion to a Twin Cities art-scene stalwart turning 125 to the Met’s homage to designer Alexander McQueen earlier this year. So the next time a work of art catches your attention, allow it to disrupt you. As Henry David Thoreau said, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Cheers,



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contents home


Send, drink, discover, attend, read, eat, shop.


180 sports

Two worlds collide in this comfortable kitchen.

A new gallery brings together art and sport

112 property

182 fitness

114 renovate

A simple kitchen renovation leads to something unexpected.

spotlight Ralph Lauren’s runway

Two Twin Cities designers forecast the top home trends.

68 décor

Holly Hunt introduces new wallpaper designed by Minnesota natives.

72 artist

Scott Lloyd Anderson paints the world around us in oil.

74 anniversary

Why giving is glamorous.

Welcyon health clubs appeal to the Boomer generation

184 glow

Outdoor fireplaces create winter warmth

186 finance

The importance of portfolio rebalancing

190 back page

How art helped open my eyes

152 architect profile

Five prolific architects, in their own words

162 museum

The Weisman Art Museum gets a Gehry-designed expansion.

166 food as art

Parasole cultivates a culture of creativity in its restaurants.

Minnesota College of Art and Design celebrates 125 years.

76 gallery

Minneapolis’s Weinstein Gallery is known for taking risks on the unknown.

79 tour

Los Angeles, New York and Chicago at their best

86 travel

Trump’s luxury Chicago accommodations

90 designer driven

Billy Beson’s tips for creating an art

94 first person

Connecting the dots with Blois Olson


The beauty behind Glamorama

108 build

147 fashion

64 designer discoveries

176 philanthropy 178 beauty

Silver Cliff Homes offers a North Shore sanctuary.

21 what to

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers of Chicago puts art and collectibles within reach

104 show rooms

International Market Square is a one-stop shopping destination for all things home.

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121 Property Gallery

108 142 Marketplace




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Joe Hart is a freelance writer and editor based in western Wisconsin.

Minneapolis-based Intercom Agency, a creative consultant in the hospitality industry. He is also a foodie with a freakish ability to recall past meals.

David Mahoney writes about travel,

Billy Beson is a daring, dynamic and dapper interior designer known for his risk-taking style and extraordinary creativity in both work and life.

wine and the environment for a variety of national and regional magazines. He is a former senior editor at Sunset and the former editor of Minnesota Monthly.

Rudy Maxa is host and executive producer of Rudy Maxa’s World on public television ( and a contributing editor with National Geographic Traveler.

Carolyn Crooke is a freelance writer based in Minneapolis.

Leslee Miller is a certified sommelier and owner of the Twin Cities–based wine-consulting firm Amusée. Her energizing personality and passion for all things wine are both contagious and invigorating, making her your perfect “go to” wine gal.

Elizabeth Dehn is the founder of and a regular lifestyle contributor to Minnesota Monthly, the Star Tribune and Twin Cities Live television.

Alyssa Ford has been covering architecture and design scene since 2004. She has written for Midwest Home, Minnesota Monthly, the Star Tribune and many other publications.

Ivy Gracie writes for publications in

the Twin Cities and Chicago. Her work has appeared in Minneapolis/St.Paul, Today’s Chicago Woman, Twin Cities Business, Twin Cities Statement and other publications. Gracie also hosts a blog

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36 Savor 38 Tailor 42 Experience 44 Appreciate 46 Eat 48 See

50 Create 52 Drive 56 Give 58 Sip 60 Drink 62 Read

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Fashionable Philanthropy Fashion, luxury and giving come together to celebrate the granting of one Minnesota teen’s wish. | by Natalie Murray


and Rover Minneapolis partnered with Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota to unveil the 2012 Evoque, Land Rover’s smallest, lightest and most fuel-efficient Range Rover. The July 28 event included an informal fashion show in the dealership’s show room featuring dresses from designer Monique Lhuillier’s fall ready-to-wear collection, make up by Jett Makeup and jewelry from JB Hudson. The event also celebrated the granting of a wish — to meet one of the stars of the CBS show CSI — to a Minnesota teen with cerebral palsy. Contributors to the foundation were the fashion models. The Travis Anderson Trio provided music, and guests noshed on bites from CRAVE while sipping on Skinnygirl Margaritas during an evening that combined philanthropy, fashion and luxury vehicles.

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Bigger, brighter and better-equipped, the new home of Martha O’Hara Interiors offers more design options and ideas than ever before. | by Ivy Gracie


or more than 20 years, the name Martha O’Hara Interiors has been synonymous with impeccable design, so much so that the company recently outgrew the building it had occupied for the past decade. In July, the 20-person interior-design firm moved to 9950 Wayzata Boulevard in Minneapolis. And with almost 8,000 square feet — more than double the previous location — they’ve got a place where designers can spread out and clients can dream big. Boasting a furniture show room, an ample fabric room, expanded design spaces, an abundance of conference rooms, and a builder center showcasing carpet and lighting samples, the new space has made the design process more accessible and enjoyable for both client and designer. According to Kate O’Hara, director of operations and marketing, it’s a source of inspiration. “Our fabric room and design spaces are bigger and lighter than they were before. It’s been a real treat for our designers.” One of the most notable additions at the new locale is the home-furnishings show room. What was a warehouse in the former location is a focal point in the new space. There, a show room associate is available to assist shoppers with custom orders and offer guidance to those who aren’t ready to hire a designer. And most items are available at 20 to 40 percent off retail prices. “Now we have our design studio and our home furnishings all in one space,” O’Hara declares. “Our services are even better, and it’s elevating our design even beyond where it had been.”

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Graphic Design Comes of Age An exhibition at the Walker Art Center explores the evolution of graphic design into a unique art form. | by Ivy Gracie


rom October 22 of this year through January 22, 2012, the Target and Friedman galleries of the Walker Art Center are home to “Graphic Design: Now in Production.” A major international exhibition co-curated with the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York, it explores the evolution of graphic design over the past decade. Formerly a rarely considered, behind-the-scenes field, graphic design muscled its way into the mainstream with the proliferation of design software and platforms for self-publishing. “The computer integrated all the graphic design functions within one space,” explains Andrew Blauvelt, curator of architecture and design at the Walker and co-curator of the exhibition. “Now anyone who has access to a computer has access to the design tools. At first that made things more competitive, it lowered wages and it devalued the skill. But then designers had more options and their roles expanded.” Blauvelt says that seasoned designers became de facto producers, employing their expertise to shape content creation for businesses and individuals — even themselves. Acknowledging the impact of business on graphic design, the exhibition explores branding for corporations, subcultures and nations. It also surveys design’s expanding reach in media. And it looks at digital typeface design, titling sequences for film and television, and the transformation of raw data into compelling information narratives. Once considered a service industry, a good portion of today’s graphic design — and the exhibition — is self-initiated or entrepreneurial work, says Blauvelt. “That comes directly out of working with other businesses to create a brand identity and help develop products,” he asserts. “Designers have always been intimately involved in that process, so they’ve learned lessons from it and can do it for themselves.” Whether it portrays the art of business, the business of art, both or neither, “Graphic Design: Now In Production” demonstrates the convergence of the two disciplines. “This is a design show, so it has a different context than an art show would have,” Blauvelt admits. “But the philosophy and the theory behind graphic design and communication design have evolved so much.” So much so that it appears graphic design has earned the right to be considered a viable art form.

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A Beer Manifesto A Minneapolis adman brews up something strong. | by Alyssa Ford


ummit Brewery in St. Paul has its mellow chaffs of wheat. Surly has its yin yang of pleased/displeased beer drinkers. Fulton Brewery has its star logo and grease monkey vibe. So when adman Chris Birt, CEO at A|B Geist in Minneapolis, was charged with coming up with something cool for Minnetonka craft brew upstart Lucid Brewing, he knew he had to go radical to make the label stand out. “The organic cotton t-shirt-wearing, touchy-feeling local craft brew thing has already been done,” says Birt. “I needed to go edgy.” The adman went on a graphic design tour of the 20th century and landed on the Italian Futurists, a group of designers and artists who in the 1930s glorified speed, violence, big machines and all things Industrial Revolution. They printed more than 20 grandiose manifestos about architecture, art and design. They developed sharp-edged, quasi-militaristic typefaces. And here’s the edgy part: Almost all of them were fascists. Really. As in, they were members of Benito Mussolini’s Partito Nazionale Fascista. The two brewmasters behind Lucid Brewing loved the sinister concept and the look, and even played up the dark motif by naming one beer Lucid Camo and another Lucid Air, with a little photo of a fighter plane. “There’s no blackshirt ale,” says Birt. “Well, not yet!”

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Floored Grand Oriental Rugs makes perfecting your home’s aesthetic a cinch. | by Jackie Morgan


ith intricate patterns and fascinating color palettes, oriental rugs add timeless character to any home. But finding the perfect one isn’t easy. Kurosh and Soheyla Amrami of Grand Oriental Rugs make purchasing a rug — whether antique, traditional, transitional or contemporary — a smooth and seamless process. Not only is their large show room stocked with thousands of beautiful rugs, but they also make house calls. It’s important to see the existing space and décor so that the perfect rug can be chosen for the room. “The decision, ultimately, is always theirs,” Amrami says. “My job is to listen to what my customers want and guide them through the process by presenting them with options.” Customers are actually encouraged to take an assortment of rugs home for a trial period to ensure a perfect fit before making a purchase. “What makes me happy and gives me great satisfaction is when my customers revisit me for other rugs, send their friends to me or introduce their children to get rugs for their home,” says Amrami.







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How Sweet It Is A Wonderland-inspired candy boutique opens near 50th and France. | by VIRGINIA WHITAKER



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Recently opened near 50th and France in Edina, Alix In Candyland offers something sweet for everyone.

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ith red wine and chocolate, the flavors of both merge to enhance what neither could deliver on its own. So is the story of Alix In Candyland. Lynn Evinger and Alix Noonan have paired up to deliver a storybook adventure with a modern-day twist. One-hundred forty-six years years to the day after Lewis Carroll released Alice in Wonderland, Alix In Candyland opened its doors to transport customers to a place “where everyone is mad about candy.” Evinger, an avid cook and traveler, is known for her passion for culinary delights from around the globe and her flair for presentation. Indeed, dinner at the Evingers, when raffled for charitable events, creates a flurry of bidders. Not only is the food delicious and complex; its presentation is as delightful as the tastes are upon your palate. Evinger’s experience traveling abroad is apparent in the variety of candy the store stocks, including some of the world’s most sought-after sweets. Each item has been selected not only for its complex pairing of ingredients but also for its beauty and unique characteristics. There’s no lack of choices at Alix In Candyland, from rose-flavored Turkish Delight to authentic Dutch salted licorice. Noonan, the fashionista with flowing dark hair, breathtaking eyes, a charming smile and a sweet personality, is the brand image and marketing maven. She is in every sense a modern-day Alice in Wonderland. Her natural ability to deliver personalized service is the heart and soul of the in-store experience. In her words, the store is a place “where everyone is mad about candy.” Whichever way you turn, you’ll find something to delight and inspire your inner child. Noonan’s childlike excitement and energy is contagious, whether she is encouraging you to try one of her favorite treats (such as the chocolate-covered gummy bears) or helping a child make that ever-so-difficult selection of the perfect treat to take home. She delights in every adventure and makes everyone’s experience one to remember. Her passion for all things whimsical was the inspiration for the store’s design. Her love of hearts, hats, feathers and vintage jewelry are infused throughout. Her signature color — dusty rose — is prevalent, from the cabinet interiors to the hat boxes for their ultimate candy hatter, a gift basket filled with nostalgic candy certain to delight. As you arrive amid the sights and sounds of the busy corner destination at 5400 France Avenue, you are greeted by music and the family dog, patiently waiting amid the tangle of bikes, scooters and strollers. It is a pleasant reminder of days gone by, when we rode our bikes to the neighborhood candy store to select our favorite goodies to savor. Cross the threshold to a warm personal greeting and an entry rug pointing “this way and that way” — which way do you go? Perhaps right, toward the towering mushroom atop a bulk candy bin filled with 120 varieties of gummy candy and gumballs, or maybe left, through the heart-shaped stone entry into the forest below the Queen of Hearts’ castle. Here the Cheshire Cat appears to have a watchful eye on all things. Take your time exploring this magical candy wonderland with treats and treasures galore. You are certain to find buried within you a sweet memory to savor or share. Artful Living

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For the Man Who Hates to Shop


magine never having to go shopping again. Imagine ordering custom-made suits, sport coats, shirts and slacks with a few keystrokes on your laptop or on a smartphone app. Imagine having a personal stylist help build your wardrobe. And imagine paying less than retail. Sound like a no-brainer? It is. It’s Dallas-based J. Hilburn’s new business model, and it’s poised to change the way men shop. Forever. A hybrid between direct and online sales, the J. Hilburn business platform eliminates the need for traditional shopping by combining a snazzy website with a growing army of “style advisors” — consultants who do double duty as frontline tailors and personal stylists. The website displays the company’s wares, allows clients to build and order custom and ready-to-wear clothing and accessories, and keeps track of clients’ purchases. The style advisors meet with clients to take their measurements and offer fashion advice on everything from what type of suit best fits a profession to what type of cuff will look best on a custom shirt. A trip to the website will locate the nearest style advisor, and a meeting with the style advisor sets the process in motion. “The meeting takes about an hour and a half,” explains Sarah Ramsay, senior managing partner and national ambassador for J. Hilburn. “We sit down in the client’s office and discuss his wardrobe. What suits does he have in the closet? What suits fit? What suits don’t fit? What’s his favorite suit and why? What needs refreshing or what’s missing in the closet? Then we do the same thing with shirts.” Slacks, sport coats, ready-to-wear items and accessories are also assessed in the meeting. Adds Ramsay: “I learn everything about what he likes — his tastes, style and preferences. And then I’ll take his entire measurement profile, no matter what he’s buying, so we have it ready for any other purchases he wants to make down the line.” Once the style advisor has all the information, the client can relax. “They don’t have to go shopping, they don’t have to go to the dressing room and try things on,” says Ramsay. “All they have to do is call [their

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style advisor] — who knows everything they like.” Not only is the process easy, it’s economical. With no overhead, the company keeps costs down, even though its products are made with exactly the same fabrics used by designers like Ralph Lauren and Zegna. “There are only a handful of mills that make the best fabrics,” Ramsay asserts. “We go to the same mills as the designers.” And the savings are beyond considerable. A dress shirt that retails for more than $300 at high-end retailers starts at $89 at J. Hilburn, plus the J. Hilburn version is custom-fitted with 12 measurements and customdesigned from a wide array of collar, cuff, button placket and backpleating options. Monogramming, contrast stitching and contrasting cuffs and collars are also available at an extra charge. The savings also come through on suits, sport coats and slacks as well as the company’s ready-to-wear and seasonal items. Currently, clients can design shirts and slacks and order readyto-wear items online, but Ramsay says the website’s upcoming incarnation will change the men’s retail game once and for all. “There will be a feature that allows you to log in and see a visual of your closet. It will show you everything you’ve ever bought from J. Hilburn. Then it will put together outfits and recommend things to match what you already have. And for ready-made items, it will read your measurements from your profile so it will know what size you need. “There are all sorts of ways that we’re going to be able to work with the client,” Ramsay says. “They’re building cool technology around iPhone and Android apps. It’s all about me understanding what it is you like and need, and being able to make suggestions to you. And we’ll be able to do it virtually — via email or over the phone. It’s at the cutting edge of technology.” Custom clothing made with designer fabrics, priced below retail and purchased without ever having to set foot in a store? It’s not a figment of the imagination. It’s the future of men’s clothing, and it has arrived. “Better fitting, better product and half the price — this is going to uproot and entire retail industry,” Ramsay declares.


J. Hilburn offers a new non-shopping concept in men’s custom clothing. | by Ivy Gracie




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he AutoMotorPlex in Chanhassen appears at first glance to be a collection of oversized storage units. But on August 20, owners of those units opened garage doors to reveal their collections of rare automobiles for the Royal British Car Show. Pod-sized BMW Isetta 300s, shiny Bentleys, sleek Austin Healey 300s and dozens of other classic cars gleamed in the sunshine as attendees admired the metal, sipped English gin, nibbled on tea and crackers, and ate fish and chips with potato soup from Jake O’Connor’s Public House. Music by the Hard Day’s Night Beatles tribute band provided the day’s soundtrack. Donations benefited The Miracles of Mitch Foundation, helping Minnesota families of children battling cancer. One of the largest “car condos” is owned by Duane Saunders, owner of the vehicle fabrication and restoration company Saunders Classics. A car collector who also found time for a career as a physical therapist and inventor, SaunderS displays his love for his alma mater, Kansas State University, with antique cars in the university’s purple colors. His latest project: covering an entire BMW Isetta with corks from wine bottles.


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Industrial Art “I believe art belongs in every home,” declares Susan Frame, artistic director of Minneapolis-based Accent Elegance, a company that creates one-of-a-kind art for the home. “A basic function of art is helping people connect to their environment, their surroundings, even to other people as a point of communication.” She makes a good point. An accent piece catches the eye and adds interest to a space. A painting or wall hanging draws the eye upward in contemplation. And anything made from unfamiliar or unconventional materials gives us pause to consider the ingenuity that brought about its creation. Such is the case with the pieces from Accent Elegance. By using materials from a most unlikely source, the company makes original artwork that connects collectors to a vital part of Minnesota’s essence. Tapping Minnesota’s Iron Range as its source for materials, Accent Elegance uses taconite tailings — the byproduct of processing taconite, a low-grade iron ore that has been a mainstay of northern Minnesota’s mining industry since the 1940s — to create an entirely new medium. “They blast the taconite out of the rock, then they use magnetic force to

extract the iron,” Frame explains. “What’s left are the tailings, which are basically quartz, silica and hematite.” Instead of disposing of the tailings at the mine, Accent Elegance brings them to its facility, melts them in an intense, high-temperature plasma furnace, and pours the liquefied substance into molds to create wall art, sculptures and accent tables. The result is Plazmastone, a unique, iridescent glasslike material that is as sturdy as it is striking. “This material has never been made by anyone before,” Frame asserts, adding that Plazmastone is highly resistant to water and extreme temperatures. “Each piece is incredibly gorgeous. It’s highly reflective and picks up colors around it.” And it makes for distinctive, original artwork. “These pieces are one of a kind,” she declares. “No two pieces are ever the same. They have texture and nuances of color that are not replicable.” Not only are Plazmastone creations aesthetically appealing; by transforming what would have been considered waste into objects of art, they’re eco-friendly as well. “People who are interested in using recycled materials love it because we’re taking something that would otherwise be [left in a landfill] and making it into beautiful creations,” Frame says. As hardy as the Iron Range and as luminous as the Northern Lights, Plazmastone is a true reflection of its Minnesota origins. And in the form of home furnishings, it does exactly what Frame says good art is meant to do: “It helps our lives have meaning by connecting us to our surroundings. People really like the fact that Plazmastone comes from the earth; it gives them that sense of connectedness.”


Accent Elegance uses materials cast off from the mining industry to create art. | by Ivy Gracie

industrial art Made from taconite tailings (the byproduct of processing taconite), Plazmastone is simultaneously stylish

and sturdy, fitting into indoor and outdoor environments. TOP Reflecting the surrounding colors and light, a Plazmastone tabletop rests upon a handmade, one-of-a-kind steel base. BOTTOM LEFT An artisan-crafted teak base supports a Plazmastone accent table. A variety of the pieces can be seen at Art Resources Gallery, Galleria.

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inneapolis chocolatier B.T. McElrath recently introduced three exciting new chocolate bars: Buttered Toast, Super Red and Ginger Toffee. These new flavors add to the already popular, affordable line of 100-percent natural chocolate bars that includes the Salty Dog, Prairie Dog, and classic 40-percent cacao Milk Chocolate and 70-percent cacao Dark Chocolate bars. The Buttered Toast chocolate bar contains toasted artisan breadcrumbs in B.T. McElrath’s proprietary blend of 40-percent cacao milk chocolate. The Super Red chocolate bar features dried cherries, strawberries and raspberries in B.T. McElrath’s proprietary blend of 70-percent cacao dark chocolate. The Ginger Toffee chocolate bar contains ginger toffee and candied ginger in B.T. McElrath’s proprietary blend of 70-percent cacao dark chocolate. Each bar also showcases the company’s increased commitment to sustainably sourced ingredients and environmentally sound packaging materials. Snap off a square to share — or keep it all to yourself!


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A Change of Venue BMW of Minnetonka unveils its artistic side with Gallery One. | by Natalie Murray


n art gallery in a car dealership? That’s the undertaking of Gallery One at BMW of Minnetonka, where a large space adjacent to the show-room floor now features rotating art displays. At a July 14 launch party for the gallery, the canvases of Minneapolis painter Duane Ditty — known for his large-scale, oil abstracts — hung dramatically against the high, white walls of the gallery. Ditty’s paintings in bold, dark blues, reds and grays were inspired by his years of sailing in the Apostle Islands. Ron Ridgeway, owner of Art Lab 111 in Minneapolis and founder and curator of the Art Leadership Program, collaborated with BMW of Minnetonka to fuse art and the community. At the launch party, guests including Alan Page — associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the curator’s brother-in-law — mingled while nibbling on lobster rolls and other delectables from Smack Shack, a local food truck manned by chef Josh Thoma. “Any moment experiencing art is life-changing,” says Ridgeway, who hopes the idea will spark other unexpected places to feature art, providing avenues for artists to reach new audiences.

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Renaissance Man

Cy DeCosse combines digital technology and an Old World aesthetic to make masterful photographs. | by David Mahoney


t all started when Cy DeCosse went to see an Irving Penn photography exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. “It knocked me out of my shoes,” he recalls. “It was blackand-white prints, a thing called platinum. And I said, ‘What is this? I’ve got to learn to do that.’” A former art director with a prominent Minneapolis advertising agency who went on to open his own creative services and book publishing company, DeCosse had studied photography as a young man living in Florence on a Fulbright scholarship. After seeing the MoMA show, he taught himself how to make platinum prints in his home darkroom. Thus began DeCosse’s fascination with vintage photographic processes, an infatuation that has yielded gallery shows (including a recent retrospective of his work at VERVE Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico), limited-edition books, and international acclaim. For the past 14 years, he has been joined in his explorations by master printer Keith Taylor. In 2001, when DeCosse wanted to add color to his palette, the pair decided to tackle a 19th century technique called gum dichromate, learning through trial and error. “You should have seen some of the early prints,” DeCosse says with a smile. “We actually had some recalls.” But eventually they mastered the venerable process, updated with the use of a computer to produce three-color digital separations. The resulting larger-than-life images seem to transcend the medium of photography. “They have a certain quality,” says DeCosse. “It’s softer — it doesn’t look like a digital print. It looks more like a painting.” The carefully composed images of fruits, flowers and faces have an Old World quality that owes a clear debt to the influence of DeCosse’s adopted second home of Florence. Fittingly, an exhibit showcasing many of his gum dichromate prints was mounted two years ago in Florence’s Accademia delle Arti del Disegno, best known as the home of Michelangelo’s “David.” That DeCosse’s work could keep company with such a classic treasure speaks to its timeless sense of beauty that pays little heed to fads or fashion. “My photography makes no statements,” he says. “It’s not political. I’m not anti-anything.”

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ugust 28 marked another overwhelmingly successful Wheels of Italy at Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis. The annual event prides itself on growing the collective Italian land transportation community by bringing together car aficionados, enthusiasts and spectators for an afternoon of cars, motorcycles, bikes and all things Italian. On site were hundreds of Italian automobiles — from Fiat to Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lamborghini — vintage classics and motorcycles. It was truly an event for avid collectors and fans alike. Wheels of Italy attendees enjoyed pizza from Punch Neapolitan Pizza and Olive Pizza, gelato from Gelatida, and coffee, tea and cold press from Bob’s Java Hut. Wixon Jewelers was on site with its exclusive collection of timeless Panerai timepieces. Maserati of Minneapolis and Fiat of Minneapolis had new models for the public to check out. This was a wonderful event celebrating the finest Italian cars. Until next year, ciao!




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rutchfield Dermatology is the premier medical and cosmetic dermatology clinic in the Twin Cities. “I want all my patients to look good and feel great with beautiful skin,” says Charles E. Crutchfield III, M.D. “When you come to Crutchfield Dermatology; the emphasis is on quality, indepth skincare knowledge and service. That’s what really sets us apart.” A long list of awards and honors serves as evidence that Crutchfield is good at what he does. What stands out even further is his generous community outreach and support. “I realize that no one gets to where they’re at without the help of many people. And I’m in a point in my career where I can give back.” His support runs deep, especially for students, not only through scholarships and textbook donations, but also through mentorship. Dr. Crutchfield, a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School is a mentor in the University of Minnesota’s Future Doctors of America Program where undergraduate students of color shadow Crutchfield during patient appointments. They learn the art of medicine and are introduced to a wide variety of opportunities. Crutchfield’s preceptorships through Harlem’s Touro College of Medicine so impressed two medical student recipients that they relocated to the Twin Cities to practice. His medical students at the University of Minnesota Medical School have honored him three times as Teacher of the Year. Crutchfield’s definition of community enthusiastically includes the Minnesota Twins, and his love of baseball occasionally surfaces in his philanthropic work. During his residency, he learned that a hospice patient and fellow baseball fan dreamed of meeting Kirby Puckett. He arranged the meeting, and Mayo Clinic acknowledged his kindness with the Karis Humanitarian Award. When Twins player Bert Blyleven accepted a dare to eat night crawlers in exchange for a hundred dollar donation to Parkinson’s research, Crutchfield upped the ante to a thousand dollars, challenging other medical clinics to join him. His challenge raised almost $15,000 for the Parkinson’s Association of

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Minnesota. Crutchfield also donates to the Twins Community Fund to build ballparks for children in the inner city. “Sports give children focus and a sense of personal achievement,” he explains. “Many sports require a substantial investment, but baseball is financially accessible. You give a kid a glove, a ball, and a bat, and they are good to go.” Remembering school days when he struggled with dyslexia himself, Crutchfield serves as a Hero Benefactor for the Reading Center; stepping in when available scholarship funds aren’t sufficient to cover the number of hopeful students. For the High School for Recording Arts (, founded in Saint Paul to encourage at-risk youth to finish high school by linking lyric writing to English and marketing to mathematics, Crutchfield contributes funding and scholarships. Dr. Crutchfield has also been awarded the “Gold Triangle Award” from the American Academy of Dermatology for promoting health-care awareness in underserved areas. He was selected as the first “Physician Health Care Hero” by Medica, Twin Cities Business and KARE11 for “Outstanding contributors to the quality of health care in Minnesota.” His philanthropy also extends to supporting Camp Discovery, a camp for children with skin diseases. For more than a decade, Crutchfield has been an active supporter and nominator, and dedicated all royalties from the dermatology textbook he co-authored to the program. Once a child is accepted into the camp, their entire experience is covered by donations. “As a child, I loved going to camp. But as a dermatologist, working with children with skin diseases, [I] see so many of them ashamed to go because they are afraid to expose themselves and be teased. Camp Discovery is a place where kids can be kids again.” Dr. Crutchfield’s efforts continue; he is working with the University of Minnesota to establish a lectureship honoring his mother, Susan Crutchfield MD, as the youngest (at the time) and first AfricanAmerican female graduate of the medical school. He is also writing a children’s book for little leaguers extolling the virtues of being sun-safe and sun protection. For Dr. Crutchfield, giving back has become a way of life.

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Out of Africa A stalwart of the South African wine industry keeps his winery personal. | by Roy Goslin


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f you wanted to visit Jean Daneel at his South African winery, you’d take the R316 southeast from Caledon toward Cape Agulhas. You’ll navigate miles of rolling wheat and pass a number of old, whitewashed farmsteads set alongside groves of blue gum. And then, after traversing some 30 miles of gently winding road, you’ll arrive at the hamlet of Napier. Just past the village, you’ll come upon a group of farmsteads — on the left, the Daneel property. As you enter, you’ll be greeted by a pack of barking dogs and may need to muster up some courage to get out of your car. Once you do emerge, you’ll realize your fear was unfounded: It’s a friendly gang. Should you be a frequent visitor, you might notice some additions to the property. The stone wall that forms the southeastern perimeter of the tiny vineyard will probably have gained a few inches in height, for example. It seems every time the Daneels have a few rands to spare they add a room or purchase a new piece of equipment. Before settling into Napier, the family leased a property in the Franschhoek area. Here, they own some 100 acres located in two different areas. Says Daneel: “I could not afford to buy land in Stellenbosch and thus looked for a place that would provide the cool climate conditions that contribute to intensity of fruit and depth of character in wine — without costing an arm and a leg. Napier is about as good as it gets: The daytime temperature never gets above the mid-90s, and the prevailing breezes keep the vineyards disease free.” After years of working to establish several prominent wine estates (cases in point: the Buitenverwachting estate, the Morgenhof estate) and reaping awards far and wide (see: Diners Club Winemaker of the Year in 1992, multiple Chenin Blanc Challenge wins), Daneel struck out on his own in the late 1990s. Trained in the Cape, France and Germany, he still consults widely to other wineries, imports premium French barrels from Tonnellerie Sylvain and is one of the champions of a distinct style of Chenin Blanc. On top of all that, he makes a tightly focused range of blended wines. Daneel describes his winery, which puts out about 3,500 cases a year, as a “self-built shed.” Upon entering, you understand what he means. Each piece of equipment seems to be shoehorned into its particular spot. It would seem that if you moved anything, you’d severely disrupt the natural order of things. The winery is worked by Daneel, son Jean-Pierre and the gardener. “That keeps things personal,” he notes. Indeed it does.


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A Harvest of Beers Sommelier Leslee Miller handpicks the perfect autumn brews.


he crisp, cool aromas of a fabulous fall day are unlike any other. At the same time, there is something so perfect about that rich feeling of condensation in the air that seems to pull out my inner foodie, inspiring me to head to the grill with an assortment of fresh fall vegetables. My local farmer’s markets are really some of my favorite spots to search out fresh produce. I love to wander the aisles, perusing the baskets of colorful tomatoes, zucchini, squash and apples. As I scan my mental Rolodex of fall recipes, I can never seem to keep up with the varied array of beverages I imagine I’ll drink them with. Yes, as a sommelier, wine is almost always my No. 1 choice of libation. But if you ask even the most talented in my industry what their drink of choice is with grilled or roasted fall foods, they will almost always say beer. Like wine, beer is a food lover’s dream. It has the ability to pull a wide variety of flavors and aromas from any one dish. Fall, with its bountiful selection of veggies, is certainly one of the best seasons to experiment with connecting these flavors. Take for instance, grilled tomatoes and squash. The sweet and savory components of both the smoke and the veggies call for something of medium body, like a slightly sweet, malty American amber or red ale. The buttery yet citric aromatics of this style tend to pull out the caramel-like tones of both the beer and the food. At the same time, a mouth-watering grilled sausage topped with a pickled zucchini or cabbage relish deserves something a little more devoted to the palate. Here, the combination of smoke, pickled relish and earth-like flavors lure me into craving an Oktoberfest, harvest-styled ale.

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Read This Now Alyssa Ford reviews media worthy of the coffee table. Duffy: In His Own Words

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In his heyday, British fashion photographer Brian Duffy was a true innovator. He was one of the first to coax his subjects out of the studio and into the streets; he plied them with drinks and encouraged them to sing loud and long. During his dynamic 24-year career, he photographed the likes of Jean Shrimpton, David Bowie, Debbie Harry and John Lennon, creating docustyle portraits that rang true in a free-swinging era. Notorious for his bad temper, Duffy called it quits in 1979 when he famously burned his negatives and took up furniture refinishing for the last three decades of his life. (Duffy died in 2010 from pulmonary fibrosis). This 256-page, hardcover retrospective, compiled by Duffy’s son, Chris Duffy, includes every surviving photo taken by Duffy and serves as a magnificent time capsule of 1960s and ’70s-era cultural elite in London. A collector’s edition is also available, which includes a stamped and numbered print from Duffy’s photo shoot with David Bowie, from the musician’s Aladdin Sane cover shoot. Duffy: In His Own Words, $68 or $320 (collector’s edition) from Antique Collectors’ Club, is now available.

Yoshitomo Nara: The Complete Works The Japanese word for “cute” is kawaii, not be confused with kowai, which means “scary.” Coincidentally, both words pretty well describe the art of Yoshitomo Nara, one of Japan’s most celebrated neo-pop artists. Nara is known for his paintings and sculptures of dough-faced preschoolers that sometimes brandish knives or axes, or puff hatefully on cigarettes. This autumn brings the most comprehensive printed exhibition of Nara’s work ever produced: 816 pages of the artist’s paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures. Each book in the set is wrapped in custom fabric featuring Nara’s art and housed in a slipcase. Cute, scary or both, this is a collector’s item worth having. Yoshitomo Nara: The Complete Works, $250 from Chronicle Books, is available Nov. 30, 2011.

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This Just In Two top interior designers share their favorite furnishings and trends. | PRODUCED By Alyssa Ford

Spotlight On: Pat Manning-Hanson

Senior interior designer at Gabberts Design Studio & Fine Furnishings.

Cushy Bauhaus (above)

Why I Love It: I’m fascinated by the Bauhaus modernists and their unyielding devotion to craft and functionality. But let’s be honest: Bauhaus can be a little brutal. Thankfully more companies are coming up with Bauhaus-inspired designs that are ridiculously comfortable. This sectional in particular is like sitting in a tub of butter. GET THE LOOK: Tufted Carousel sectional by Fillmore Harty for W. Schillig.

Reissued Classics

Why I Love It: It’s marvelous when time-honored designs get a second chance, like the #369 Morris chair, originally designed in 1906 by Peter Hansen for Gustav Stickley’s venerable company. The chair, with dropped arms and lovely square spindles, was long retired, but now it’s back. GET THE LOOK: Spindle Morris Chair in oak by L. & J.G. Stickley.

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Why I Love It: Scottish Art Nouveau master Charles Rennie Mackintosh had a way of mixing right angles and flowing floral motifs. I’m crazy for accents that are rooted in the designer’s vernacular, such as this plant pedestal inspired by Mackintosh’s famous Willow Tea Room in Glasgow. GET THE LOOK: Cherry lattice plant stand from the Edinburgh Collection by L. & J.G. Stickley.

Why I Love It: Invented by Greek astronomer Eratosthenes of Cyrene, the armillary sphere was originally used to demonstrate how the heavens rotate around the Earth. The proof was a little off, but the design is spot on. I particularly love the design when it comes out of the formal English garden and into a sublimely polished living room. GET THE LOOK: Armillaryinspired Lucy table lamp by Robert Abbey with square base and oversized drum shade.

Luminous Mirrors

Why I Love It: Nothing quite amplifies a room like a stunning mirror. Except, perhaps, a mirror that acts as its very own light source. Find a mirror with a bold, architecturally inspired frame and metallic sheen, and you can balance or even replace windows if they are lacking. GET THE LOOK: Antiqued silver metal Alita mirror by Uttermost.

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Spotlight On: David Heide

Principal at David Heide Design Studio.

Considered Details (above)

Why I Love It: When I go into a home, it’s the details that draw my attention and really make a place stand out. Like a sink faucet that is so beautifully considered, so exquisite in proportion, it almost looks like it came from a 1920s grand estate house. GET THE LOOK: Raven basin set by Rubinet, shown in polished nickel with matte black handles.

Studio Furniture

Why I Love It: The more artists I meet, the more couture furniture studios I come across, the more I am convinced that the decorative arts is as alive and thriving as it ever was. I’m particularly drawn to artist-made furniture that takes an unadorned element, like a tree root, and makes it into a true statement piece. GET THE LOOK: Walnut Barcelona center table by Panache studio in Los Angeles.

Elegantly Scaled Seating

Why I Love It: Having the wrong size of furniture can completely throw off a room; it’s something we remind our clients here in the Midwest all the time. Thankfully, we discovered the perfect sofa: thoughtfully articulated, couture quality and, best of all, just the right size. GET THE LOOK: Laurant sofa by Silhouette with down fill, available with or without tufting.

Candlelight-Inspired Lighting

Why I Love It: I love contemporary lighting that takes its cue from the past, particularly wall armatures that use a lens in front of the bulb to refract and diffuse the light. It’s all the convenience of electric lights with the romance of candlelight. GET THE LOOK: Chapell sconce by Jonathan Browning in polished nickel, polished bronze or oil-rubbed bronze.

Functional Art

Why I Love It: There are so many incredible small companies, but one of my all-time favorites is Lesley Anton out of Los Angeles. She’s an artist who builds these stunning lamps with hand-thrown pieces of pottery and tops them with contemporary linen shades. She will do any glaze in any color, too. GET THE LOOK: Totem floor lamp by Lesley Anton with handthrown pottery pieces and turned alder spacers.

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A new artist-designed wallpaper line is introduced at Holly Hunt, and the creators just happen to be Minnesotan. | by alyssa ford


f the international design community gave out stickers, Randall Buck and Jee Levin would have a whole coloring book full. Instead the (married) artists and wallpaper designers have a Green Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum, placement in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York and a coveted award from the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). The New York Times has written them up, as has Metropolis magazine, Interior Design magazine and Oprah’s O at Home. But Buck and Levin, who call their company Trove, are too busy to count their accolades. The Minnesota natives and University of Minnesota grads are caught up in such a swell of creative output. “There’s a certain creative window that’s open right now, and we’re working feverishly to seize that moment,” says Buck, who lives in Manhattan with Levin and their 5-year-old son. So intense is the moment that the couple uses a strategy of sporadic naps to gain more creative working hours. (Buck says they were inspired by Winston Churchill, a famous biphasic sleeper.) The work that’s literally keeping them up at night is a collection of haunting photographic-inspired wall coverings. They founded their design house just five years ago but already have a collection of 28 original patterns that focus on the passing and freezing of time: leaves that drift, birds that scatter, people who gesture and chat in time-preserved opera boxes. “We strive to create art that is interesting and inspired and never precious,” says Buck. Perhaps even more intriguing, the Trove designers are obsessed with new and innovative materials. They’ve figured out ways to print their ethereal patterns on window films, exotic wood veneers, rugs, lampshades, fabrics or even full-sized pieces of furniture.

wallflowers Trove, the brainchild of two Minnesota

natives, is now available at International Market Square.

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“We strive to create art that is interesting and inspired and never precious.” —RANDALL BUCK


Trove’s latest and most dramatic offering is StoneGround, a “paper” made of calcium carbonate and resin. “It won’t shrink or yellow, and it’s antimicrobial,” says Buck. Perhaps because they were raised in Minnesota — he in south Minneapolis, she in Shoreview — Buck and Levin say they feel a compulsion to work harder and to always say “yes” to opportunities that come their way. That philosophy, in fact, was how they got discovered five years ago. They were just one booth in a trade-show sea when an interior designer asked them if they could make all kinds of oddball things for the luxe new W hotel in San Francisco, including polycarbonate fish. “It wasn’t really our thing, but of course we said, ‘yes,’” says Levin. With that payday, the pair was able to launch Trove, which opened them up to a whole new world, including placement at the swank Holly Hunt show room in Los Angeles. And it was that move, ironically, that brought their art back to Minnesota. “I saw this incredible new line in Los Angeles, and I was blown away,” says Christine Hartman, manager of the Holly Hunt show room at International Market Square in Minneapolis. “I called the designers and said, ‘You probably don’t know anything about Minneapolis, but our designers would love your work…’” Levin says that she and Buck smiled at that. “We told her, ‘Even after 16 years, we still introduce ourselves in New York as being from Minneapolis.’” Artful Living

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A World of Wonder The range of Scott Lloyd Anderson’s subject matter is literally as big as all outdoors. | by David Mahoney


udging by the paintings covering the walls of the studio behind his southwest Minneapolis home, Scott Lloyd Anderson can find a shiny dog bowl or a shattered tree stump to be as visually compelling as a frozen waterfall or a majestic field of grass swaying under a cloud-dotted sky. “I get in the car without any ideas and I drive around, and whatever hits me hits me,” says Anderson, describing his subject-scouting strategy. But as a plein air painter who has only a few hours to capture an outdoor subject on canvas, Anderson is anything but lackadaisical once he starts to paint. Plein air painting, he says, “is about being able to freeze the sun in one place,” and the fact

that the sun doesn’t stand still requires the painter to make quick decisions. “You don’t have time to equivocate,” he says. “The thing that caught your eye, that’s what it’s about.” That directness appeals to Anderson, who worked for many years as a graphic designer for magazines before deciding to become a full-time painter 10 years ago. “I think the visual arts should be able to communicate,” he says. “That’s why the visual world is my subject matter. I want people to know at first glance what this is about. It’s about the place.” That place, though, might not be the kind of place you’d expect to see in a plein air painting. After the 35W bridge collapse, for example, Anderson spent months at the


“I think the world is a beautiful place. I think there’s a lot of visual wonder to behold.” —SCOTT LLOYD ANDERSON

bridge site, creating dozens of paintings of the new bridge construction. And he won best in show at an international painting competition last year with a bleak winter scene of a discount store on Nicollet Avenue. Although he sometimes questions whether he should constrict his field of vision to make his paintings more identifiably his — to, in essence, create a Scott Lloyd Anderson brand — he seems too enthralled with what he sees all around him to limit himself to a narrow niche.

TOP image Cantilever, painted on location at the site of the new I-35W bridge construction. Below image Anderson was invited to paint in China fall 2009 with a delegation of American plein air painters by a native Chinese painter Jason Situ, who now lives and works in California.

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or 37 years, the current incarnation of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design has stood as a bastion of culture and creativity in south Minneapolis’s Whittier neighborhood. For more than a century, the school’s influence on the arts has permeated the Twin Cities’ creative culture and radiated into the rest of the art world. This year, MCAD observes its 125th anniversary as an institution dedicated to educating students to become professional artists and designers, pioneering thinkers, and intrepid innovators. “In 125 years, MCAD has grown from a school with a single professor into one of the best art and design schools in the nation,” says MCAD president Jay Coogan. “Our dynamic programs prepare students to transform the world through their creative vision and professional purpose.” From humble beginnings in a downtown apartment, MCAD grew into a vibrant campus with more than 800 students and offerings of bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of science and master of fine arts degrees, continuing-studies courses, certificate programs, onlinelearning programs, youth programs, and free exhibitions and lectures. In 2002, I.D. magazine named MCAD one of the top 10 design schools in the United States.

“In 125 years, MCAD has grown from a school with a single professor into one of the best art and design schools in the nation.” —MCAD president Jay Coogan

Always pushing artistic boundaries, MCAD’s curriculum stresses the importance of interdisciplinary studies and the practice of remixing culture — collecting objects, images or ideas that aren’t ordinarily artful or artistic and assembling them in new ways that have a larger, more profound meaning. Local and international artists, designers, faculty, alumni, businesses, and organizations gathered in September to celebrate the school’s influence on education and the art world at pARTy, the kickoff event for MCAD’s yearlong celebration. And two internationally renowned artists who embody the concepts of remixing culture and multidisciplinary arts were guests of honor at the event: Paul D. Miller, also known as DJ Spooky, and James Rosenquist.

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The Minneapolis College of Art and Design celebrates 125 years of educating and impacting the artistic world. | by Ivy Gracie

“It’s all about making unexpected connections and looking for links rather than compartmentalizing things,” says Miller, a composer, writer and multimedia artist whose diverse portfolio boasts written work featured in the Village Voice, media art that has appeared in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Europe, three published books, large-scale multimedia performance pieces, and collaborations with recording artists ranging from Metallica to Chuck D, and Steve Reich to Yoko Ono. “Multidisciplinary art is crucial these days,” he declares. “It’s the way we live now.” Rosenquist, a key player in the Pop Art movement whose iconic paintings are recognized throughout the world, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the event. His affiliation with MCAD stretches back to 1948, when he won a short-term scholarship to study at the Minneapolis School of Art (which later became MCAD) while still in junior high. He recalls the experience as an immersion into an expanded approach toward art: “The teachers said to me, ‘Did you ever do anything abstractly?’ I said, ‘What’s that?’ And they said, ‘Have you ever heard of Jack the Dripper?’ … that was Jackson Pollock. I said, ‘No, I only draw and paint just as I see it — realistically.’ What did I know?” The young artist continued his formal training, eventually folding it into commercial applications while working as a billboard painter after college. “I painted huge images in Times Square; I painted movie stars’ faces at 25 feet tall. But I knew the cartilage and the bone structure so I’d make them look good. That developed into my art.” As a solo artist, Rosenquist inverted the process, infusing his work with commercial painting techniques. It worked: In the past five decades, his work has appeared in galleries and museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art and the Guggenheim Bilbao. To this day, the acclaimed artist credits MCAD as a primary influence in his work: “The Minneapolis School of Art was a launching pad of my art career.” MCAD’s 125th anniversary celebration runs through the academic year and has already enjoyed pARTy and its inaugural exhibit, Art-I-Facts: An Unconventional History of MCAD, featuring work by alumni. Another alumni exhibition will close out the celebration, and other events will be announced throughout the year. Visit mcad. edu/125 for details.

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Picture Perfect Minneapolis’s Weinstein Gallery enjoys an international reputation. | by JOE HART ImageS courtesy OF Weinstein Gallery


innesota — and especially the Twin Cities — has its fair share of art galleries. But for-profit galleries with an international reputation are surprisingly few and far between. A notable exception is the Weinstein Gallery in south Minneapolis, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this fall. Founded by Martin Weinstein, the gallery specializes in contemporary photography, as well as historical works in all media, and commands a muscular reputation not only in the local art scene, but also around the world. “Martin represents or shows some of the most important contemporary photographers in the world,” says Patricia Briggs, a Minneapolis-based art critic who writes for Artforum. The roster of artists represented by the gallery reads like a who’s who of contemporary artists: Robert Mapplethorpe, David Rathman, Robert Polidori and, most recently, Annie Leibovitz, to name a few. The gallery also acquires vintage works and has staged exhibits of artists including Chuck Close and Man Ray. “He curates and mounts very interesting exhibitions of historical works, which show his passion and his high level of knowledge in this area. He has a very good eye,” Briggs says. One of the advantages of a private gallery is that “a good eye” can dictate the collection, rather than trends in public granting or the timidity of acquisition committees. “Our intuition guides us,” explains director Leslie Hammons. “Essentially, it’s all really good work. Martin and I talk about everything, and if we both really like a piece, we’ll bring it in.”

“Martin represents or shows some of the most important contemporary photographers in the world.” —PATRICIA BRIGGS Of course, the gallery is also a business, servicing the acquisitions of prominent Minnesota-based collectors, as well as an increasingly national and international clientele. Weinstein and Hammons purchase with these collectors in mind. “We’re always thinking, ‘This would be good for so-and-so,’” Hammons says. “We’re definitely thinking in terms of what the client would like and where the holes are in a particular collection.” The same aesthetic decision-making informs the artists brought into Weinstein’s stable. “Once Robert Polidori was in town to give a lecture at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design,” says Hammons, “and he came back to the gallery raving about one of the graduating students. We kept in contact with [the student] and watched his work, and eventually we did a show.” The student, Cory Prahl, is now represented by the gallery. Choices — and risk taking — like signing Prahl are part of what make the gallery stand out, according to Briggs. “For Weinstein,” she says, “smart, interesting work can and should also be beautiful.”

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Coalition Gallery 217 N. Carpenter, 312-491-8888, by Ivy Gracie

For an organic artistic experience, head to the Coalition Gallery in Chicago’s vibrant, art-centric West Loop neighborhood. There you’ll find the work of emerging Midwestern contemporary artists who practice a variety of disciplines, including painting, photography, sculpture, works on paper, installation, conceptual, film and video. And in many cases, you’ll also find the artists themselves. Under the umbrella of the Chicago Artists’ Coalition, a 37-year-old organization that supports and offers services to artists, the Coalition Gallery is a 2,500-square-foot space where each year 16 artists are selected to present their work in a series of exhibitions throughout the year. A professional gallery setting where both browsing and buying are encouraged, Coalition Gallery offers small group shows featuring three or four artists and two large group shows featuring all 16 artists. Openings take place every five or six weeks, and at each opening, the artists are present and available to interact with guests. Next to the gallery, 11 artists-in-residence work in studios where visitors can meet them and view their work. The artist-in-residence program has its own exhibition space where openings run concurrent with Coalition Gallery openings. Offering a hands-on experience for artists, art aficionados and abecedarians, Coalition Gallery is a space where all players can meet face to face, create meaningful connections and, just maybe, discover the next great master.


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RIA 11 E. Walton, Chicago, 312-880-4400,


by Michael Nagrant

You know a restaurant’s hot when it can name itself after a middleschool Earth science term and people still fill the seats nightly. That’s just what the swank Elysian Hotel in Chicago’s Gold Coast did with its superfine dining venture Ria. In case you were thinking about extracurricular activities during science class, a “ria” is a submergent coastal landform known as a drowned river valley. And though you’re likely falling asleep now, that name has done nothing to block Ria’s stride. In the past year since it opened, it garnered two Michelin stars and four stars from the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Magazine. The name is a nod to chef Danny Grant’s “land meets sea” philosophy. Whether it’s a quenelle of smoked sable mouse capped with briny black jewels of caviar swimming in a moat of verdant spinach purée or a crispy, crackling-skinned plank of duck breast flanked by blood orange supremes drizzled with velvety velouté tableside, the selection is an incredible collection of surf and turf. The service at Ria is just as refined as the food. Napkins are refolded when you leave the table, and water glasses never get below a fourth empty. When you pull into the cobblestone courtyard filled with Porsches, three doormen stand sentry to guide you from the car to the lobby. Once seated in the dining room that features an elegant palette of grey and brown punctuated by sharp, modern paintings and comfy leather chairs, the most impressive service comes from sommelier Dan Pilkey. He can rattle off the tasting characteristics on a vertical of Chateau Margaux like a baseball freak parsing the stats of Willie Mays. This is good because Ria’s wine list is about as deep as War and Peace and would likely take you a weekend to get through. Pastry chefs are usually never the equal to their savory counterparts, but Stephanie Prida might just be the best sweets maven in the city. Her study in chocolate featuring black cocoa and barley flour “dirt” capped with a ganache tower flanked by aperol sherbet and pomelo curd is an edible museum showpiece. It will delight you so much you might just be able to endure a chapter of earth science after your meal.

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ESPRESSO BOOK MACHINE McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince St., New York, 212-274-1160,

| by Hayley Dulin

Photo Courtesy of Café Sabarasky

From classic novels to your personal memoir to a collection of family recipes, the Espresso Book Machine is revolutionizing the printing industry one book at a time. McNally Jackson Books, located in Manhattan’s Nolita neighborhood, is the city’s first independent bookstore to house the EBM. Shoppers can browse the extensive catalog of more than two million open-source and in-copyright titles. Once selected, the EBM can print a single bound paperback with full-color cover in a matter of minutes. The EBM is bridging digital technology and the printed page to go hand in hand.


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If you find yourself in New York City, I can’t think of a more romantic spot to spend a couple hours than Café Sabarsky in the Neue Galerie on the corner of 86th Street and Fifth Avenue, just steps from Central Park and Madison Avenue. Take a break from your stroll or shopping spree and tuck into a booth overlooking Fifth Avenue toward the park where you will find dark wood, old mirrors, uniformed service, and classical music by Mahler and his contemporaries. Owner and Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner, prepares Viennese dishes that are light yet still hearty. It is sophisticated comfort food. My favorite was the avocado filled with crabmeat on arugula with a lemon-cream dressing while my husband’s choice is more traditional: spaetzle with peas and cream sauce. Naturally, we ended the meal with espresso and Linzertorte, and apple strudel with a dense dollop of handwhipped cream. The presentation of the desserts on the marble sideboard is a curated exhibit in itself. After lunch, take a tour of the galleries, where you will find the seductive paintings of Gustav Klimt and may just want to curl up for a nap on Freud’s famous couch. Artful Living

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“European-style hotel” was once the highest recommendation an American hotel could receive. And while iconic European hotels — from the Ritz in Paris to Claridge’s in London — still rank among the world’s greatest, “European style” has also come to mean fussy with a bit too much chintz and maybe a touch of snobbery. In a quiet neighborhood on New York’s Upper East Side, The Surrey brings European style up to date. Sure, you’ve got your marble bathrooms, your Hilden water bedside and Coté Bastide amenities in the bath. But you also have a huge Chuck Close portrait of Kate Moss off the lobby, public art by conceptual artist Jenny Holzer and sculptor Claes Oldenburg, and Daniel Boulud’s café just off the lobby for a discrete business meal or a romantic têtê-à-têtê. And when warm weather returns, there are few rooftops as polished and peaceful as the garden atop The Surrey that overlooks Central Park. It’s only open to hotel guests, and, of course, butler service is included. Cocktails and light fare are served. Choosing a hotel is not dissimilar to choosing clothes or a cruise ship: It’s all about style. And while a traveler might want the edgy, coffee-shop vibe of Midtown’s Ace Hotel lobby or the sleek, sunny décor of downtown’s Crosby Street Hotel, The Surrey is a faithful reflection of the neighborhood it’s in. The Upper East Side is more Ralph Lauren than Betsy Johnson, more Mozart than hip hop. Sferra linens and Pratesi towels are not just appreciated but also expected. Following a recent $60-million renovation, The Surrey succeeds in blending the Old World (Bette Davis and Claudette Colbert used to reside in the building) with the new, thanks to the silver, black, chestnut and cream décor of Houstonbased interior designer Lauren Rottet. Taken together, The Surrey could as easily shine in London’s Mayfair.

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Andaz West Hollywood 8401 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood 323-656-1234, by rudy maxa

In a hotel world that’s been sliced into dozens of categories — boutique hotels, extended-stay hotels, budget-hotels, all-suite hotels — it’s refreshing to step into a well-located property that marries the modern with that mainstay of a great hotel: warm service. Just next door to The Comedy Store on Los Angeles’s Sunset Strip, and just across the street from the House of Blues, and a short walk to the bar at the Chateau Marmont, the Andaz West Hollywood welcomes guests into an informal lobby: Instead of a check-in desk, guests are greeted by casually dressed staffers who use laptops to assign rooms. Complimentary fruit and espresso are nearby, and in the evening, wine is on the house. Old-time rockers will remember the Andaz West Hollywood as a Hyatt favored by rock bands. In the ’80s and ’90s, Little Richard lived in room 319, Led Zeppelin rented six floors in the ’70s, and either drummer John Bonham or Zeppelin tour manager Richard Cole (the documentation is vague) drove a motorcycle down the hallways. Most famously, The Who’s Keith Moon reportedly dropped a television set off a balcony, and The Doors’ Jim Morrison was evicted after hanging from a window ledge by his fingertips. Those crazy years give the hotel’s casual (and only) restaurant — serving a menu informed by the southwestern France roots of chef Pierre Gomez — it’s name, RH, a nod to the hotel’s former nickname, the Riot House. And while the hotel is still a Hyatt — Andaz is Hyatt’s hip brand — a total renovation three years ago resulted in a sophisticated hotel with RH’s gleaming, open kitchen on the ground floor and, on the roof, a pool made for fashion shoots. The hotel has revolving art displays throughout the public areas, and walk-ins are welcome. The balconies of the 14-story hotel are gone now, giving each room facing Sunset Boulevard a sun room that offers panoramic views of Hollywood below or of the Hollywood Hills. Since the hotel’s opening in 2009, former general manager Michel Morauw infused his staff with a commitment to service that’s reflected from your arrival, when you’re greeted by a cheery valet parker, to that unfortunate moment when you must check out.

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Maxfield 8825 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, 310-274-8800 Maxfield Bleu, 151 N. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, 310-275-7007,

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by Brooke Helmer

If you have not yet heard of Maxfield, the elusive concept store located in the Melrose Place neighborhood, you are not alone. Pioneered in 1969 by Tommy Perse, father to designer James Perse, the modern-minimalist space remains ageless. Upon entering the museum-like store, customers are greeted by a concrete sculpture garden and mid-century framework. Maxfield offers an off-thecuff selection of womenswear, menswear, fragrances, furnishings, candles and books, all with an avant-garde seal of approval. Expect to find pieces from Comme des Garçons and Alexander McQueen, or treasured relics like Parisian heirloom timepieces and ice buckets adorned with Hermès signature horses. The sartorial options are as luxe and obscure as the locale itself.


Eveleigh 8752 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 424-239-1630,

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by rudy maxa

Sunset Strip is famous for its nightclubs, comedy clubs and edgy hotels. So what’s a restaurant that looks like it should be nestled in the Rocky Mountains doing there? Step into Eveleigh, and you pass through a bar of dark timber and pretty people to enter a cozy dining room whose big windows let in a breeze and afford a view of greenery. It’s edgy in a log cabin kind of way, with gastro-comfort food: big porterhouses, cheese plates, designer cocktails, chocolate-chip cookies with mint chocolate chip ice cream. Open for dinner and weekend brunch. Reservations mandatory.



Don’t miss Maxfield’s nearby sister store, Maxfield Bleu, which houses the shop’s sale goods from last season.

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The Lap of Luxury by rudy maxa

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Trump International Hotel & Tower perfectly rounds out the Windy City’s skyline. |


isit New York’s Skyscraper Museum in January, and you’ll encounter an exhibit called Supertall!, a look at 48 current and future extraordinary skyscrapers around the world. Among the chosen: Chicago’s Trump International Hotel & Tower. Or, better yet, just go to Chicago and check into the skyscraper yourself. In a city with as many iconic buildings as Chicago, it takes a lot of pizzazz to stand out. Chicago’s Trump International Hotel & Tower is ideally situated where the Chicago River flows beneath the Michigan Avenue Bridge. The 92-story hotel and condo complex has already made its mark, not just as a building but also as a hotel with five-star service and rooms that boast a soothing décor as sleek and polished as the skyscraper’s reflective blue and silver skin. Chicago architect Adrian Smith and colleagues at the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill designed the 1,133-foot building with several setbacks, making it slimmer as it gains in height. When it opened in 2009, Trump International Hotel & Tower was the world’s seventh tallest building. The result of Smith’s efforts? A grand, modern hotel with no small aspirations. Walk up a staircase from the bright, modest lobby, take a left at the top of the stairs and you’ll enter the hotel’s signature restaurant, Sixteen. It features a wall of wine, a soaring ceiling and two-story windows that offer a panorama of the great buildings that are the hotel’s neighbors, including the neo-gothic Tribune Tower and the Wrigley Building with its famous clock tower. Sixteen is a critically acclaimed restaurant whose American cuisine isn’t as fussy — refreshingly so, in my opinion — as some of Chicago’s other similarly celebrated eateries. An adjoining bar with a sweeping, outdoor deck that’s a popular nighttime gathering spot in mild weather is just the place to watch the city lights come on at dusk. The standard hotel rooms are a Trump-sized 600 square feet with a shiny, Pullman kitchen that the hotel is happy to stock to your

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specifications before or after your arrival. (Groceries are sourced from local stores, and you’re charged only the retail price.) Rooms are finished with modern furnishings and done in cool, muted gray tones. There are also 53 specially designed “spa rooms” on the hotel’s 14th floor. Their furnishings are softer and less businesslike, and the rooms are just steps away from the hotel’s 23,000-square-foot spa and adjoining fitness center. Just a few words about that fitness center: It curves around the outside of the building, offering incomparable views of the Chicago River and more historic façades including 35 East Wacker Drive, a wedding cake of a building formerly known as the Jewelers Building when it was home to the city’s diamond merchants. (For security in those days, the building had a car elevator in its center that could lift cars as high as the 22nd floor. And under the Jewelers Building’s dome, Al Capone was said to have run a speakeasy during Prohibition.) In an era when many hotel workout facilities are closeted in windowless rooms, the Trump International’s fitness center’s views make working out more a joy than a chore. The hotel and condo complex was originally designed to stretch even higher, but the destruction of New York’s Twin Towers led to a downsizing. Still, local aficionados of Chicago’s skyline were concerned by what a building bearing Donald Trump’s name might portend. “It was as if Godzilla were about to wade ashore from Lake Michigan,” wrote Blair Kamin, the architecture critic of the Chicago Tribune, “and breathe fire on the skyline.” But that didn’t happen. Instead, a posh hotel with a Michelinstarred restaurant rose from a riverside site to take its place in Chicago’s pantheon of great addresses. And while you may not be able to take an office in the Tribune Tower or the Wrigley Building, you can certainly check into Trump International and live like a captain of industry in your own skyscraper that touches the sky.

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he bottom line in collecting art is this: If you like it, buy it. A lot of collectors love to stumble upon that perfect piece for over the mantle while cruising the Caribbean or frolicking in France. If this is your approach, you’ll need to do some homework before takeoff. First, determine whether you want a vertical or horizontal piece. Estimate the size and block it off with painter’s tape. Keep a color photo of the room, as well as other existing pieces of art, on your phone. Figure out what you want this piece to add to your room personality-wise. Choose things that work well with the existing scheme, and keep in mind you don’t necessarily want to be too matchy-matchy. And don’t overlook the possibility of introducing sculpture as an artistic element. If you’re looking for high-end art, consult with a reputable dealer. Big-name art can often be verified through an auction house like Sotheby’s or by doing research online. Most galleries will let you take out a piece on approval for a limited time. This gives you the opportunity to live with the art before you own it. Consider choosing from the multitude of incredibly talented fine artists in your community. I have some favorites of my own, one being an artist by the name of Drew Beson, who currently is showing his work at Lakes Sotheby’s International Realty at the Galleria in Edina.

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The Art of Connection Business and Media Leader Blois Olson dishes up context, not rhetoric. | by Joe Hart


f you believe most bloggers and political commentators, you probably have the notion that America is a nation torn asunder along hardened ideological boundaries. Yet, according to a March 2011 Harris Poll, one thing unites nearly all of us: Fully 87 percent of those polled believe that political discourse is “too angry and bad-tempered.” A supermajority of us, it appears, would welcome a more moderate and rational debate of the issues. This fact comes as no surprise to analyst, Blois Olson. Olson is a principal and executive vice president of the strategic communications firm Tunheim and a political commentator for WCCO. In a genre fueled by rage and bombast, he’s a notable exception. “I simply don’t always agree with one party,” he explains. “And it takes a lot of energy to be a partisan. You’re expected to be blindly partisan or it’s used against the party — it sucks the life out of you.”

“Blois loves to take insights and connect the dots. He’s very dynamic in thinking about how things connect. He’s very good at seeing political and business dyanmics and how an individual policymaker is making moves.” —KATHY Tunheim, CEO of Tunheim Partners Instead, Olson describes Morning Take, his radio segment and blog, as a preview of the day’s political events and a guide for informed decision making. “If I were a sportscaster, I’d be doing color analysis,” he says. “I don’t take positions on issues as much as provide context.” Olson traces his political passion to a young age. Like a lot of kids, he got a paper route — but unlike most, “I read the newspaper as I delivered it.” The precocious only child of two politically aware parents, Olson stood out in school. “I knew the names of countries and was up on current events, and that was different from most of the kids my age.” He gravitated to political science in college, where he edited his college newspaper at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He began working on political campaigns even before he graduated, stumping for

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Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign and following it up with work for the late Minnesota congressman Bruce Vento. While campaign politics appealed to him, he was drawn, like many of his generation, to the unfolding world of the Internet, and it was his facility with its evolving media that led him to found his own publicrelations consulting firm, New School Communications, in 1998. (New School merged with Tunheim in 2008.) “The same skills that served him in politics inform his approach to media in strategy and public affairs,” says Kathy Tunheim, CEO of the company and an advisor to Governor Mark Dayton. “Blois loves to take insights and connect the dots,” she says. “He’s very dynamic in thinking about how things connect. He’s very good at seeing political and business dynamics and how an individual policymaker is making moves.” Tunheim isn’t the only one who finds this ability to connect the dots appealing. When Olson launched Morning Take a year ago, he started with 50 subscribers and now boasts more than 3,000 — including some of the most influential names in Minnesota business and politics. “The thing that people value in him is that he’s thoughtful and measured in an age when people seem to line up to take a side and scream,” says Rob Clark, senior director of state governmental affairs at Medtronic, who has worked with Olson as a client. “Blois is a guy who is steeped in the Minnesota tradition of how to sit down and compromise. That used to be the normal approach — and now it’s a refreshing approach.” For Olson, it’s an approach whose time has returned. “Look, we all generally get along, and we all generally want the same thing,” he says. “I know through business circles and social circles and political circles that this is true.” This view puts him solidly in that 87 percent of us who would welcome a more civil political discourse. What makes him unique is that he’s taking steps to bring it about.

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Masterpiece Theater A piece of history makes its way home. | by Alecia Stevens


e don’t often think of a painting as finding its way home, but it might be said of Gustav Klimt’s luxurious landscape, “Litzlberg on the Attersee”, a lush, jeweltoned painting of environs loved by the artist on a lake in western Austria. The story reads like theatre, encompassing an iron magnate and his wife, Viktor and Paula Zuckerkandl, art patrons at the center of Viennese society and culture at the turn of the 20th century, their notable circle of artistic friends and their (then) modern spa built by the eminent architect, Josef Hoffman, called Purkersdorf Sanatorium, and filled with Viennese Secessionist furnishings by Wiener Werkstaette. It was created as a contemporary retreat, touting mineral baths, physical therapies and massage. With ornament reduced to a minimum, with fresh air and light, it was considered a cure for the “new” afflictions of nervousness and hysteria. After the Zuckerkandls died, childless, in 1927, a portion of their extraordinary collection passed to Viktor’s family. In particular, “Litzlberg am Attersee (Litzlberg on the Attersee)” became part of the collection of Amalie Redlich, his sister. Here, the characters begin to weave themselves together. Enter the Nazis. Amalie Redlich’s grandson, Georges Jorisch, now in his 80s and living in Montreal since the 1950s, had distinct memories of the treasured landscape hanging as one of a pair of Klimt paintings on either side of a bay window at the Purkersdorf Sanatarium where he lived until leaving his beloved home at the age of 10 when the Nazis marched into Vienna. He went into hiding with his father in Brussels where his father taught him Latin to fill the days. His mother and grandmother, underestimating the horror that was about to be unleashed, remained behind. Ms. Redlich and her daughter, Mathilde, were deported in 1941 to Lodz, Poland, the setting of the eponymous ghetto and death camps for the region’s non-Jewish populations. They were never heard from again. The Gestapo confiscated her art collection, selling it off piece by piece. Redlich’s son-in-law returned to the family home in 1947, only to find the

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Gustav Klimt, “Litzlberg am Attersee (Litzlberg on the Attersee)”. 1914-15. Estimate $25,000,000. Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale, November 2, 2011, in New York. LEFT Artful Living

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entire collection had vanished. It is notable that the they also seized the sanatorium in 1938 at the occupation and annexation of Austria into Nazi Germany. Mr. Jorisch describes the painting with the quality of a child, not that of an art critic: “I just loved the way the town went right down into the water,” he told writer Peter Aspden, an arts writer for the Financial Times. “I remember where it was placed in my grandmother’s house, in a big room, with a big red carpet, that wasn’t used very often. There were two paintings to the right and left of the window, and this is the one I remember.” The other painting was “Kirche in Cassone (Church in Cassone – Landscape with Cypresses)”, which has set an auction record at Sotheby’s London for a landscape by Klimt when it sold for $43.2 million in February 2010. With the aid of Viennese researcher and lawyer, Alfred Noll, Ph.D. it was determined that Jorisch’s memories were accurate and

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confirmed that “Litzlberg am Attersee” was one of the paintings stolen when the Nazis seized his childhood home. Since 1944, the painting has been found in the collection of two museums, most recently in the Museum der Moderne Salzburg. In July 2011, the museum returned the painting to Georges Jorisch, the great-nephew of Viktor Zuckerkandl.


orn into poverty, Gustav Klimt might never have imagined what his paintings would someday be worth. He was born in 1862 near Vienna to an immigrant father who was a gold engraver and a mother with an unrealized passion for musical performance. He received a scholarship to study architectural painting and began his career painting interior murals and ceilings of large public buildings and received both praise and academic recognition for his work. When both his father and brother died in 1892, his aesthetic took a turn toward a more personal and philosophical style, in part to set himself apart in

Gustav Klimt with his companion Emilie Floge on Lake Attersee, circa 1909.

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hopes of selling his work to help support family members. In the early 1890s, he met his model, Emilie Floge, a woman who would remain a companion throughout his life, despite relationships with other women with whom he had a total of 14 children. His interest in the work of Sigmund Freud, also from Vienna, led Klimt to paint women (his favorite subject) with erotic overtones. He was, on more than one occasion, scolded for work that was defined as “pornography.” In spite of his expressive style of painting, he maintained an introverted lifestyle, retreating from the public eye. Instead, patrons came to his door. With his public success, he was able to be selective. He and Floge often travelled, both alone and with her family, to Lake Attersee. It was here that he began to paint the landscapes associated with this lush and

luminous environment. He and Floge spent most of their time together here, even though it is reported they kept separate houses. They could Landhaus am Attersee sold for be seen together boating on the lake, he in his famously over $29 million in 2003. In 2006, flowing caftans. Ronald Lauder purchased the 1907 The composition of “Litzlberg am Attersee” may portrait, “Adele Bloch-Bauer I”, for be based on a postcard of the Neue Galerie in New York for a the lake that Klimt sent to a nephew. It is dated to 1915, reported $135 million. but recent findings attribute it to late 1914 and painted in Vienna rather than on the site of the lake. It is especially noteworthy how flat the landscape appears. Some have suggested this is because

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Gustav Klimt, “Kirche in Cassone (Landschaft mit Zypressen)” church in Cassone-Landscape with Cypresses, 1913. Estimate: 12,000,000 – 18,000,000 £. Lot Sold: 26,921,250 £. Artful Living

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he looked at the setting through a telescope. Perhaps he also appreciated the effect of the subject on the postcard. Klimt died at 55 years of age at home in Vienna of a stroke and complications from pneumonia from the influenza of 1918. Posthumously, Klimt’s work has soared on the art market, bringing some of the highest prices recorded for individual works of art. “Landhaus am Attersee” sold for over $29 million in 2003. In 2006, Ronald Lauder purchased the 1907 portrait, “Adele BlochBauer I”, for the Neue Galerie in New York for a reported $135 million. Sotheby’s New York will offer “Litzlberg am Attersee” at auction during the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale on November 2, 2011. It is estimated to be worth in excess of $25 million. The money will never replace Jorisch’s mother and grandmother, nor is it likely to taint his recollection of the painting of the verdant landscape swooping to the still lake, flanking the bay window at his childhood home in Vienna. Those sensate memories stay with us for a lifetime, intertwined with remembrances of joy or woe, of love, of loss. He will share a portion of the proceeds with the Museum der Moderne Salzberg to support the building of a new wing in honor of this extraordinary painting and its path in finding its way home. A special thanks to Sotheby’s for providing images and content.

Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale On November 2, 2011 New York will be led by one of the most accomplished and celebrated landscapes created by Gustav Klimt. “Litzlberg am Attersee (Litzlberg on the Attersee)” is a dramatic view of lush environs on Lake Attersee in western Austria, painted with Klimt’s sumptuous palette and jewel-like surface. The painting is estimated in excess of $25 million.

master work LEFT Gustav Klimt. “Landhaus am Attersee”, 1914. Estimate 18,000,000-25,000,000 £. Sold for

$29,128,000. Sotheby’s New York, November 2003. RIGHT Gustav Klimt, “Portrait of Amalie Zuckerkandl (unfinished)”, 1917-18. Osterreichische Galerie im Belvedere, Vienna.

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ext time you’re looking to add to your art collection or get inspired about a home décor makeover, be sure International Market Square is your first stop. IMS is the Twin Cities’ largest one-stop shopping resource for home furnishings, art and accessories, and bath, kitchen and building products — plus access to design industry professionals and organizations. With more than 70 show rooms and six galleries to explore, IMS amazes most visitors with its vast collection of original art, sculpture, lighting, textiles, rugs, wall coverings and decorative accessories created by local and international artists, designers, and artisans from around the world. From ancient vases and sculptures to traditional paintings, contemporary prints and photographs, the collections are extraordinary and appealing to the serious collector or the casual visitor alike. Most galleries and show rooms are full service, offering custom framing, art consultations, searches and commissions, and delivery and installation services. “Many IMS galleries also suggest clients purchase art on approval for a few days — to ensure the new art purchase is the perfect size, medium and subject matter for a particular space or room,” says Janella Fesenmailer, IMS’s director of art resources gallery. If you are new to the galleries at IMS, visit with the informed and accessible gallery owners and staff at Art Resources Gallery, Artful Décor, Visual Arts, Infinite Vision Art, HI Gallery, and Art, Rent & Lease. Each gallery offers distinctive, one-of-akind originals, limited-edition prints, mixed-media pieces, dimensional artwork, custom original duplications and giclee reproductions. Many show rooms also offer custom art or original accessories created by artist and designers. Memorable collections include the magnificent custom rug collections at Aubry Angelo, the outstanding Robert Kuo vases, the sculptures and accessories at Baker Knapp & Tubbs, and the distinctive lighting and design gallery at The Collection on 5.

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Abstract art in acrylic by Randy Hibberd and interior gallery image of paintings, prints and sculpture at Art Resources Gallery, IMS suite 166.

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innovative take on technologies and materials, Valcucine brings green techniques to the table, here with a sparing use of materials, with aluminum-framed cabinets engineered to be light and strong.

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Design it Forward Kitchen style pops with a mix of classic and contemporary. | by Carolyn Crooke



he owners of a condo near the Stone Arch Bridge in downtown Minneapolis wanted a traditional feel for their home, but with contemporary kitchen and bath. They started with two interesting touchstones: one was Calcutta marble, a material the owners had always loved but never got to live with. The other was a hotel in Berlin, one of their favorite places to stay, full of Old World materials and details, plus plenty of style. The result, a collaboration between the homeowners, Valcucine of Minneapolis, builder Streeter & Associates, and interior designer Marcia Morine, is a refreshing blend of old and new. “Calcutta marble is a very classic material; so is the rich walnut woodwork,” explains Morine of Morine Design Associates. “We brought these materials and details [together] with bold lines and contemporary elements, creating a kind of 21st century interpretation of classic materials. This set the stage for a ‘wow’ kitchen, and when you want that, you go to the Italians. Specifically, Valcucine.” Spend a little time talking kitchens with David Washburn of Valcucine in Minneapolis, and your whole view of kitchens starts to shift. Known for contemporary European kitchen design, Valcucine has carved out a niche serving high-end kitchen enthusiasts with innovative technologies and modern materials. “The kitchen is really one of the most sophisticated, high-tech rooms in the home,” Washburn says. “To us, the goal of creating a kitchen isn’t about recreating something from the distant past but about letting the kitchen express itself as a workshop.” Washburn loved the idea of mixing matte, white glass with Calcutta marble. “White low-iron glass is one of my favorite materials to work with. It’s clear, like ice, and white on the inside, so it has a surreal quality, a certain depth, like dry ice, or a cloud.” He points out the way the island, with its thin legs, echoes that ethereal sense: “It very nearly floats.” This is one of those rare kitchens where the old and new aren’t merely juxtaposed; they enhance and enliven one another. The walnut woodwork softens and intensifies the stainless steel appliances and backsplashes. The matte surfaces of the glass and marble feel fresh and sophisticated together. Furniture colors pop. Rich, dark moldings add warmth while emphasizing the linear rhythm of the space. Artful Living

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“To us, the goal of creating a kitchen isn’t about recreating something from the distant past but about letting the kitchen express itself as a workshop.” —David Washburn “It’s common for people to think they can’t have a contemporary kitchen in an older home,” says Washburn. “But, you look at the Italians: They’ll frequently make very modern kitchens work beautifully in homes and villas that are two, three, even five centuries old, by mixing contemporary and traditional aesthetics.” Another favorite element: a lovely, highfunctioning little room off the kitchen. “Someday, everybody will have something like this,” Morine says. “There’s a coffeemaker, laundry, refrigerator drawers, a wine cellar, an ironing board concealed by antique shutters, a Civil War–era ammunition chest covering a cat box. When you have a kitchen that’s a part of the living areas, you need a room like this.” The little space was so sophisticated, so wonderful, the team couldn’t bear to call it a pantry, so they decided upon the term repostiglio, Italian for utility room. “There’s a pocket door, but I say why close it?”

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hen state highway workers completed the Silver rightly takes a humble second place to the Cliff Tunnel in 1994, they eliminated a dangerous stunning surroundings of stone and water, with (if scenic) stretch of road and saved motorists the plenty of glass on the lakefront. There is a staggered façade to vertigo of driving inches from Lake Superior’s maximize the view and enhance privacy. The enclave is gated and no highest bluff. rentals of the homes are allowed. But the handsome new tunnel had some unintended Each home features an open-plan interior focused on a stunning, consequences. For one thing, it left a spur of Highway 61 that now two-story, stone fireplace in the living room. “The units were serves as a gorgeous biking and designed for either vacation or “These are truly unique vacation and hiking trail. The tunnel also created retirement,” Christensen says. To a 1,300-foot traffic buffer on a prime retirement properties. It’s a beautiful that end, the master bedroom, stretch of Lake Superior shoreline kitchen and dining room, laundry, location with a really interesting history.” living room, and four-season porch just 30 miles north of Duluth. Nestled in this secluded, rugged are located on the main floor, which —LAVONNE CHRISTENSEN stretch of land are the private, is heated with in-floor heat. The owner-occupied Silver Cliff Homes. “These are truly unique vacation and units are designed to accommodate an elevator; the nearby Silver retirement properties,” says agent Lavonne Christensen from Odyssey Real Cliff trail is handicap accessible.. Estate Group. “It’s a beautiful location with a really interesting history.” “When you consider the seclusion of the spot — and the beauty — That history dates back to even before the construction of there’s really nothing comparable,” Christensen says. Highway 61 in 1923, when tourists arrived by steamboat. Enough came to fill a lodge on the shore, as well as tourist cabins owned by farmer and fisherman Nick Nelson. The blasting of the old highway put an end to Nelson’s farming — the explosions scared the milk out Asking price $589,000 of his cows. Nelson sued the state and was compensated for his loss, according to Christensen. Style: Twin Home Compensation also came in the form of an increased flow of Development: Silver Cliff tourists to the region. Nelson and his successors thrived on the Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 3 tourist trade. Eventually, two mom-and-pop motor inns competed side by side for the business. Square Feet: 2,100+ Silver Cliff Homes is anything but mom-and-pop. The brainchild This property is for sale. Contact Smith + Roffers with of Twin Cities developer Kathleen Nye-Reiling, these ownerLakes Sotheby’s International Realty for more information occupied twin homes are luxurious without ostentation. The design

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A simple kitchen project leads to a full-gut rehab in a Bearpath home. | by Ivy Gracie

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ell, as long as we’re doing this, we might as well do that.” It’s the phrase that can turn a simple home project into a whole house remodel. And that’s exactly what happened when those words were uttered by the owners of an 8,000-square-foot home in the Bearpath development in Eden Prairie: A kitchen remodel mushroomed into the addition of 2,000 extra square feet. “Originally it started out as a simple kitchen remodel, a couple of bathroom updates and fixing the lower-level finishes,” recalls

Tom Rauscher, owner of the residential design firm Rauscher & Associates in Minneapolis. But a remodel can bring out the critical eye in every player — owner, designer and builder. And in this case, all the players saw room for improvement, over every square inch of the house. At the center of the home — and the remodel — the kitchen was lacking space and personality. “It was all just white cabinets and very plain,” says John Kraemer, director of sales and marketing of John Kraemer & Sons, a custom home building and remodeling

firm in Edina. But with the addition of an oversized custom-built alder island with a wenge countertop, custom alder cabinets, a distressed pewter range hood and countertops, and top-of-the-line appliances, the kitchen acquired character and convenience. And with the installation of an expansive 14-foot-by-5-foot window over the sink, it captured the view outside. “It overlooks the 18th green at Bearpath,” says Gary Kraemer, president and owner of John Kraemer & Sons. “And it’s one of the client’s favorite things about the house,” John finishes the thought. Creating more room in the kitchen meant nicking space from the home’s existing dining room. That led to a facelift for the original dining/living room space. Spanning from an open foyer at the front door all the way to the back wall of the home, the expansive room is the natural focal point of the home; it was only fitting to begin the home’s new aesthetic statement there. “She is contemporary, and he is traditional,” Rauscher says of the owners. “But they both loved the homes of Montana and Colorado. So we blended the two together.” A marriage of styles, the living/ dining room décor became a combination of the couple’s rustic and urban sensibilities. At the other end of the main floor — and on the other side of the kitchen — the family room got a facelift to make it more inviting. The vaulted ceiling was fitted with reclaimed timbers, a small wine room with an arched stone ceiling was tucked into a space that was originally a mechanical room, and rich browns and hearty materials were used to give the entire room warmth. The project began to escalate beyond the family room, where the existing three-car garage was expanded with an additional stall and space for a golf cart. That opened the door to possibilities the family had been considering but hadn’t yet acted upon. “We tore up the existing garage, created a sport court underneath the garage, built the new garage and added a bonus room above the garage,” John summarizes the sequence. The bonus room grew into a movie theater with lounge seating for eight, bar seating for four, and a guest room and full bath. Downstairs, the sport court swelled from a simple dream into a voluminous reality. “They asked us, ‘Would this be possible?’ and we said what we always say: ‘Anything is possible,’” Gary laughs. He wasn’t kidding. The family got a space where their three active sons and their friends could blow off steam playing floor hockey and basketball. “The kids love it,” John says. “They’re down here every day.” To complete the gymnasium effect, an existing bathroom near the sport court was transformed into an ersatz professional locker room, complete with a urinal, bathroom stall and lockers. The parents realized a dream of their own on the lower level: a dedicated wine cellar. “Their wine room was just a space under the stairs where they kept boxes of wine,” John recalls. Not anymore. Now, an up-to-the-minute, temperature-controlled cellar with custom iron doors, stone trim and intricate woodwork houses their extensive collection. Along with the additions, the entire lower level was updated: The ceilings were raised to a lofty 10 feet, the public spaces were redone in a more casual version of the main floor’s aesthetic, a powder room was added and each of the three children’s bedrooms was given an extensive facelift. “A lot of people start out with one idea, and then they say, ‘Well, Artful Living

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“They asked us, ‘Would this be possible?’ and we said what we always say: ‘Anything is possible.’” —GARY KRAEMER

as long as we’re doing this we might as well do that,’” Gary admits. “Then it turns into a whole house remodel. It’s fairly common.” But the family has no regrets. “They’re in love with the home now,” John says. “They love to entertain. They do it for business; they have an unbelievable amount of friends. They’re very outgoing, loving people. And the home works perfectly for large groups or small ones. They constantly have all the neighborhood kids at their home. That’s exactly what they wanted. They’re extremely happy.”

all in the details Clockwise from upper left Arched stone work and custom cabinetry transformed a small mechanical room

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Brownstones on France

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Custom-built in the heart of Edina, blending classic elegance with timeless luxury and architecture, plus all the conveniences of today’s lifestyle. These spacious residences showcase craftsmanship, exclusivity, security, quality and an unsurpassed attention to detail. Each home within the 20-unit development offers a homeowner their own opportunity to customize the interior living spaces to suit individual needs and wants. Visit for a video tour of this home.

5200 France Avenue S Edina, MN Starting at $975,000 (shell only) Open Sundays 12:00 - 3:00pm Smith + Roffers TEL: 612.867.5667 Artful Living

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9607 Sky Lane Eden Prairie, MN Offered at $1,295,000

|| eden prairie + inver grove heights + medina

Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5 Robin Roberts TEL: 952.270.5370

1401 70th Street E Inver Grove Heights, MN Offered at $12,000,000 Square Feet: 24,000+ Acres: 78 Approximately Jeff Hornig TEL: 952.230.3165

855 Medina Road Medina, MN Offered at $899,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 5 Debbie McNally TEL: 612.388.1790

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Parkwood Knolls

|| edina

Amazing value in the prestigious Parkwood Knolls neighborhood of Edina. This large family home perched on a hill with sweeping views, offers a main floor master suite and laundry, three-car garage, plus a spacious walkout lower level with new bathrooms, bedrooms and gym. Great room features vaulted ceiling and wall of west facing windows. Center island kitchen opens to a sunfilled dining area. Generator system included.

5012 Kelsey Avenue Edina, MN Offered at $699,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5 Smith + Roffers TEL: 612.867.5667 Artful Living

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5410 Northwood Ridge Bloomington, MN

7673 S Bay Drive Bloomington, MN

749 Ebersole Ave NE Buffalo Twp, MN

303 W 77th Street Chanhassen, MN

9250 Great Plains Blvd Chanhassen, MN

20085 Cottagewood Ave Deephaven, MN

Offered at $1,299,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Seth Nelson TEL: 612.328.1825

Offered at $965,000 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 Hertz/Gerberding TEL: 952.230.3173

1489 Wellington Way Eagan, MN

11171 Branching Horn Eden Prairie, MN

5620 Wooddale Ave Edina, MN

6845 Oaklawn Avenue Edina, MN

|| bloomington + buffalo twp + chanhassen + deephaven + eagan + eden prairie + edina

Offered at $499,900 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3 Joe Wahl TEL: 952.230.3123

Offered at $530,000 Acres: 80 Todd Shipman TEL: 952.230.3117

Offered at $1,499,900 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 8 Spencer/Carlson TEL: 612.743.7384

Offered at $525,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Anne Shaeffer TEL: 952.230.3121

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Offered at $599,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5 Garry Haas TEL: 612.968.4227

Offered at $499,000 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 3 Jim Schwarz TEL: 612.251.7201

Offered at $550,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Seth Nelson TEL: 612.328.1825

Offered at $569,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Anne Shaeffer TEL: 952.230.3121

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3200 W Calhoun Parkway #703 Minneapolis, MN Offered at $799,000

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Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Debbie McNally TEL: 612.388.1790

2006 W 49th Street Minneapolis, MN Offered at $849,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms:4 Garry Haas TEL: 612.968.4227

1900 James Ave S Minneapolis, MN Offered at $1,075,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 6 Debbie McNally TEL: 612.388.1790 Artful Living

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4601 Lakeview Drive Edina, MN

5504 Oaklawn Ave Edina, MN

4809 Townes Road Edina, MN

5101 Bedford Edina, MN

Offered at $625,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Anne Shaeffer TEL: 952.230.3121 SOLD

Offered at $699,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Anne Shaeffer TEL: 952.230.3121

Offered at $699,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Hornig & Associates TEL: 952.230.3165

4602 Oak Drive Edina, MN

4229 Country Club Road Edina, MN

4621 Casco Ave Edina, MN

4900 W Sunnyslope Road Edina, MN

4505 Golf Terrace Edina, MN

5436 Oaklawn Ave Edina, MN

Offered at $739,900 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Jim Grandbois TEL: 952.230.3137

Offered at $839,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Anne Shaeffer TEL: 952.230.3121 SOLD

Offered at $1,200,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Karen London TEL: 612.964.4302

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Offered at $687,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Anne Shaeffer TEL: 952.230.3121 SOLD

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Offered at $799,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Anne Shaeffer TEL: 952.230.3121 PENDING

Offered at $999,900 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5 Todd Shipman TEL: 952.230.3114

Offered at $1,300,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5 Dan Hollerman TEL: 952.230.3141

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Premier Penthouse

|| minneapolis

Beautifully furnished by interior designer Billy Beson. Exquisite finishes and detail throughout this amazing space. If you are looking for a home to entertain in – this is it! Gourmet Valcucine kitchen with all the features one would want. Over $100,000 in audio and built-in electronic features. Fantastic views and patio space and so much more. You have to see it to believe it.

317 Groveland Ave #700 Minneapolis, MN Offered at $1,480,000 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 3 David Abele TEL: 612.281.2022 Artful Living

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Lynnhurst Custom Home

|| minneapolis

A short block from Lake Harriet’s South Beach, an intrinsic contemporary custom home designed with exquisite finishing details throughout. The soaring stone entry into the home gives way to a layout functional enough for a large family, yet open enough for spectacular gatherings and entertaining. Designed to enjoy all the elements of the local area and Minnesota seasons, this home provides numerous outdoor seating areas where one can enjoy alfresco dining, a private glass of wine or a quick stroll to Lake Harriet. An interior warmth provided by stone accents, rich wood details and four gas fireplaces gives haven from the cold.

4829 James Avenue S Minneapolis, MN Offered at $1,895,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Seth Nelson TEL: 612.328.1825

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5532 Brookview Ave Edina, MN

Offered at $1,750,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Anne Shaeffer TEL: 952.230.3121

4524 Bruce Avenue Edina, MN

Offered at $1,695,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5 Dan Hollerman TEL: 952.230.3141

4402 Browndale Ave Edina, MN

Offered at $1,899,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5 Anne Shaeffer TEL: 952.230.3121

6604 Indian Hills Road Edina, MN

2998 Jonquil Trail N Lake Elmo, MN

1801 Fremont Ave S #101 Minneapolis, MN

1823 Fremont Ave S Minneapolis, MN

Offered at $399,000 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Hertz/Gerberding TEL: 952.230.3173

Offered at $599,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Hertz/Gerberding TEL: 952.230.3173

4840 Sheridan Ave S Minneapolis, MN

2815 W 45th Street Minneapolis, MN

Price Upon Request Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 5 Anne Shaeffer TEL: 952.230.3121

Offered at $649,900 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 4 Jim Grandbois TEL: 952.230.3137

|| edina + lake elmo + minneapolis

Offered at $1,395,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 5 Anne Shaeffer TEL: 952.230.3121 PENDING

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4606 Moorland Avenue Edina, MN

Offered at $695,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms:5 Hornig & Associates TEL: 952.230.3165

Offered at $699,900 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Jim Grandbois TEL: 952.230.3137 Artful Living

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2617 Euclid Place Minneapolis, MN Offered at $1,295,000

|| minneapolis

Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Debbie McNally TEL: 612.388.1790

1004 Mount Curve Ave Minneapolis, MN Offered at $1,395,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 7 Debbie McNally TEL: 612.388.1790

301 Kenwood Parkway #701 Minneapolis, MN Offered at $2,295,000 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 4 Debbie McNally TEL: 612.388.1790

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4126 Linden Hills Blvd Minneapolis, MN

Offered at $974,900 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3 Jim Grandbois TEL: 952.230.3137

2761 Dean Parkway Minneapolis, MN

3801 W 28th Street Minneapolis, MN

2232 W Lake of the Isles Pkwy Minneapolis, MN

2609 Sheffield Circle Minnetonka, MN

2850 Little Orchard Way Orono, MN

3660 Yuma Lane North Plymouth, MN

704 Widsten Circle Wayzata, MN

630 Indian Mound Street #201 Wayzata, MN

Offered at $995,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Hornig & Associates TEL: 952.230.3165

Offered at $2,295,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Hertz & Gerberding TEL: 952.230.3173

Offered at $1,095,000 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 7 J. Bryan Flanagan TEL: 952.230.3171

Offered at $1,095,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Joanne Hitch TEL: 952.240.4635

|| minneapolis + minnetonka + orono + plymouth + wayzata

Offered at $875,000 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 3 Hertz & Gerberding TEL: 952.230.3173

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3150 West Calhoun Pkwy #102 Minneapolis, MN

Offered at $1,195,000 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 4 Hornig & Associates TEL: 952.230.3165

Offered at $725,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Joanne Hitch TEL: 952.240.4635

Offered at $749,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Debbie McNally Group TEL: 612.388.1790

Offered at $2,950,000 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 3 Joanne Hitch TEL: 952.240.4635 Artful Living

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2442 Meeting Street Minnetonka, MN Offered at $1,795,000

|| minnetonka + orono

Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 5 Debbie McNally TEL: 612.388.1790

2990 Somerset Lane Orono, MN Offered at $1,395,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 6 Debbie McNally TEL: 612.388.1790

1270 French Creek Drive Orono, MN Offered at $1,835,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 8 Debbie McNally TEL: 612.388.1790

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Christmas Lake

|| shorewood

This custom-built home sits on almost an acre of land with level lakeshore on Christmas Lake. Stunning great room features Colonial Caribbean interior design with mahogany floors, vaulted ceiling and glass doors. Main floor master suite complete with fireplace, and master bath with double sinks, soaking tub and walk-in shower. Lower level includes additional bedrooms, family room, private exercise room, lakeside bath, kitchenette, and walk-out to screened veranda with motorized screens.

5690 Merry Lane Shorewood, MN Offered at $2,250,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 5 Smith + Roffers TEL: 612.867.5667 Artful Living

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1200 Crystal Bay Road Orono, MN Offered at $4,295,000

|| orono + plymouth + waconia

Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 8 Debbie McNally TEL: 612.388.1790

2500 Shadyview Lane N Plymouth, MN Offered at $569,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Belle Davenport TEL: 952.230.3113

6980 Laketown Pkwy Waconia, MN Offered at $1,595,000 To Be Built Acres: 30 Jim Schwarz TEL: 612.251.7201

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2765 Maplewood Circle E Woodland, MN Offered at $2,195,000

|| woodland + hovland

Bedrooms: 5 Acres: 3.75 Hornig & Associates TEL: 952.230.3165

2770 Gale Road Woodland, MN Offered at $3,750,000 Acres: 2.16 Debbie McNally TEL: 612.388.1790

4804 Chicago Bay Hovland, MN Offered at $875,000 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 3 Smith + Roffers TEL: 952.237.1100 Artful Living

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Private St. Croix River Estate

|| troy township

Enjoy panoramic views on the bluffs of the St. Croix River. In the early 1900s this property was a summer camp called Ilwaco Springs and cost $7 for a week’s stay. One of a kind estate features custom-built two-story home, 1,680 feet of frontage on the St. Croix River, a grand-fathered boathouse, and 30 wooded acres.

218 Ilwaco Road Troy Township, WI Offered at $1,795,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Smith + Roffers TEL: 612.867.5667

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On the Shores of Lake Superior

|| two harbors

Wonderful prairie style twin-home in the Silver Cliff development near Two Harbors. Beautiful open spaces with lots of glass to maximize the views of Lake Superior. Two-story living room with floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. Kitchen has plenty of cabinetry, breakfast bar and walk-out to four season porch. Over 2,100 square feet and this home comes fully furnished. Former vacation home of Denny Hecker, now bank owned.

1761 Silver Cliff Lane #1 Two Harbors, MN Offered at $589,000 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 3 Smith + Roffers TEL: 952.237.1100 Artful Living

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Ghost Lake Lodge

|| hayward, wi

Intentionally quiet, pleasantly private, Ghost Lake Lodge is one of the oldest historic resorts still in operation in the Hayward Lakes area of Wisconsin. Back in the day, the guest roster included Ernest Hemingway. Enjoy fishing on one of the best musky lakes in Wisconsin and a great place for hunting. Sale includes four-bedroom log home (private owners residence), 30 wooded acres, lodge, game room, licensed bar, five furnished cabins plus three units in the lodge, tennis court, pool and inventory. Don’t miss this wonderful business opportunity.

12355 N Scheers Road Hayward, WI Offered at $1,850,000 Smith + Roffers TEL: 612.867.5667

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|| significant sales

Significant Sales A sampling of recent notable transactions in the Twin Cities.

3145 North Shore Drive Orono, MN 3 Bedrooms | 5 Bathrooms

SOLD FOR: $2,750,000 Listing Agent: Smith + Roffers: Lakes Sotheby’s International Realty Buying Agent: Erin Bailey: Wexford Realty

4551 Dupont Avenue South Minneapolis, MN

4224 Fremont Avenue Minneapolis, MN

2572 W Lake of the Isles Pkwy Minneapolis, MN

2416 West 24th Street Minneapolis, MN

5308 Oaklawn Avenue Edina, MN

SOLD FOR $2,109,905 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 7 Listing Agent: Laura Tiffany: Coldwell Banker Burnet Buying Agent: Seth Nelson: Lakes Sotheby’s Int’l Realty

SOLD FOR $935,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Listing Agent: Hertz&Gerberding: Lakes Sotheby’s Int’l Realty Buying Agent: Diane Bloem: Coldwell Banker Burnet

SOLD FOR $1,050,000 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3 Listing Agent: Bruce Birkeland/Ryan Burnet/CBB Buying Agent: Garry Haas: Lakes Sotheby’s Int’l Realty

SOLD FOR $1,950,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5 Listing Agent: Debbie McNally: Lakes Sotheby’s Int’l Realty Buying Agent: Carol Alber: Roger Fazendin

SOLD FOR $1,358,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5 Listing Agent: Hornig & Associates: Lakes Sotheby’s Int’l Realty Buying Agent: Dan Hollerman: Lakes Sotheby’s Int’l Realty Artful Living

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Artful Living Marketplace From vacation homes to art and remodeling to cars, Lakes Sotheby’s International Realty presents luxury products for sale or lease in Minnesota and beyond.

Let me show you the best-kept secrets in today’s loft and condo markets.

No one knows the Twin Cities’ lofts, condos, townhomes and neighborhoods better than I do. Most importantly, I have the knowledge and experience to find the place that is right for you. If your idea of the perfect neighborhood is culture, shopping, cuisine and nightlife within walking distance, you’re ready to move downtown.

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The Art of Food

information about the remodeling process. Get help

Three Keys to Beautiful Food

thinking through all phases of your upcoming project.

What is true art? True art moves you, touches you, makes you go “mmmmmm” and most of all keeps you coming back for more. True art, be it paintings, sculptures, music, poetry or even a gorgeous meal causes an involuntary inhale at first sight. Beautiful food makes you feel sexy just looking at it! Better yet, a dish can be even more crave worthy when you are the chef! Whether for yourself, your sweetheart or your family, here are three tips to bring out the art in your food:

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a home that reflects your family and allows you to truly live as you desire. Seamless integration of services and improved communication allow intuition and imagination to freely express the full potential of your home. It’s a remodeling experience that must be felt to be fully understood.

1. Go big or go home. Don’t be afraid of height on your plate. Picture a lovely mound of buttered pasta. The perfectly twisted mound makes you want to dive in with both a fork and a spoon…or on second thought, there’s nothing like hand-fed butter noodles!

Working Together. A R C H I T E C T U R E

2. Use the rainbow. A sprinkle of basil chiffonade and some quartered cherry tomatoes will make your dish pop and have you salivating at the sight of your meal. Colorful vegetables, fresh herbs and spices will take your creation to the next level.





REMODELING SEMINAR Saturday, January 20 from 11:30am – 12:30pm AT THE M|A|Peterson Design Center | 6161 Wooddale Ave. | Edina, MN Learn more — or RSVP to reserve your spot, seats are LIMITED! | 952-925-9455

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3. Use an easy clock pattern to complement the lovely colors and variety of your plates. Put your main dish at 10, veggies at 2 and a lovely side or salad below at 5 and 7.



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What do you see? A glass half full or a leaky roof?

Ready to tap the sexy food artist within but don’t feel like toiling over a hot stove! No problem. Grab some gorgeous take away food from Pure Market Express and arrange it on your most lovely dishes. Creation need not be overwhelming, so on the days you don’t want to cook you can still use your passion, make your art and sit down to love on a plate.

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The all-American designer’s fall collection combines elegance, polish and luxury. | by Hayley Dulin

Ralph Lauren’s Runway

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alph Lauren looked to the refined elegance of the Orient as inspiration for the fall 2011 runway collection. Details of imperial Asian fashions were established in the luxe choice of silk and satin fabrics, velvet and tweed textures, intricate embroidery, and polished leather, which perfectly complemented the classic silhouettes. The color palette of primarily black and white was complemented by accents in rich coral, red and jade. “I have always loved the glamour and sophistication of the 1930s and its Art Deco and Chinoiserie influences. I see it as relevant and modern now,” says Lauren.

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Antonia one-sleeve velvet top, $3,998; Lenora fluid silk skirt, $2,898; pavé buckled suede belt, $895. Artful Living

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Chestnut tweed wrap coat with shearling lapel, $3,898; black silk embroidered blouse, $2,898; grey pleated flannel trouser, $1,298.

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Doris silk crepe wrap shirt, $1,098; Miranda twill pant, $1,098; suede chevron pavĂŠ belt, $1,500. Artful Living

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Black silk asymmetrical evening dress, $2898; Kaira satin two-tone peep-toe sandals, $695.

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A Vision for Design Five accomplished architects talk design, inspiration and specs style. | by Jennifer Gilhoi


aybe you know an architect. Maybe they have interesting glasses. Maybe you wonder what makes them tick. Maybe architects are too much of a mystery and you’re curious to know what it is, exactly, that they do. To answer, I talked with five Twin Cities architects — who all happen to have great eyewear — to bring you insight on their careers: Why did they choose to become architect? What are their inspirations? Who are their clients and what processes do they use in design? And finally, for fun, where do they get their fabulous eyewear? As five distinctive stories unfolded, I found commonalities in passion for design and extremes from introverts to extroverts. All of these architects noted some spark or connection to the design world at an early age through their parents’ professions (anecdotally I also hear architects say that they grew up in architect-designed homes).

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Contrary to what people might think, math needn’t be a strong suit. These architects talked about the ability to solve and interest in solving problems through design and appreciation for art, culture, sense of place and environment as drivers in their chosen profession. The perspectives shared came from architects who do both residential and commercial work. Whether their role is to help homeowners live better or to create efficient and thoughtful workplaces and public spaces, the architect should be seen as a visionary leader. Keep in mind: Architects create spaces for people. Your thoughts and feelings as someone who experiences the built environment every day are worth engaging in and exploring. So the next time you meet an architects, ask them to talk about something they’re working on. Then challenge yourself to tell them why you like or dislike a particular space. Trust me, it makes for great conversation.

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spotlight || architect profile Christine Albertsson, AIA

Albertsson Hansen Architecture Minneapolis AL: Introvert or extrovert? CA: I test right down the middle. AL: Where do you get your specs from? CA: Specs Optical in Uptown.

starting point for our discussion that uncovers the roadblocks for some (mainly less square footage) in an effort to achieve a high-performance home. AL: What’s your focus? CA: We’re always focused on the outcome of the project. With a clear understanding of the process up front, the homeowners can make decisions confidentially. We keep the lines of communications open — more is better!

AL: When will you get a new pair? CA: As soon as the kids break them. About every other year. AL: Who is your architect inspiration? CA: Alvar Aalto and Gunnar Asplund. Aalto due to his cultural notions and modern sensibility with close attention to the local vernacular. I was struck by his respect for design for plants and green in the indoor spaces when my husband and partner Todd Hansen and I first visited Finland in 1997. Asplund due to his classically inspired style with a modern bend. He has an uncanny way of setting up rules and a system and knowing when and how to break them. He’s also very witty — an admirable quality in an architect. AL: When did you know you wanted to be an architect? CA: Among other things, my father was a developer. I distinctly remember visiting the construction site for a new condo development for a ski resort in Vermont, where I grew up. Walking around the site and examining the topography models really sparked an interest for me. AL: What’s distinctive about your process? CA: First and foremost, we think about efficiency in use of space and the most thoughtful way a space can be organized. AL: What is one insight to be shared? CA: The more clients can come into the process with an open mind, the more we can guide their understanding of their role. Each client’s involvement in the decision-making is different; some want to be really hands-on, others prefer to have more detailed options laid out for them. Architects are comfortable in all of these ranges. The general idea is to translate for the client where their expectations and their needs meet. This is a successful collaboration. AL: What trend are you keeping an eye on? CA: There is a lot of information for even the most savvy clients to sift through regarding sustainability. People often come to us asking for guidance to make their home more sustainable. That’s a

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Dale Mulfinger, FAIA SALA Architects, Inc. Minneapolis

AL: Introvert or extrovert? DM: Extrovert. AL: Where do you get your specs from? DM: A little shop in Venice. Do you know of it? AL: When will you get a new pair? DM: I’ve had this pair for at least a decade. The round shape has been consistent since I inherited my grandfather’s spectacles. AL: What’s a common myth about architects you’d like to dispel? DM: People think an architect will just create something out of thin air for them, like Mozart. It’s actually more like Beethoven. We need time to process, think and create. It’s usually best done with a homeowner. Artful Living

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spotlight || architect profile

AL: Who is your architect inspiration? DM: Stephen Holl, FAIA, and Edwin Lundie, AIA. Holl’s design process and aesthetic reflects his phenomenology, which in architecture means he favored an approach to design that was highly personal and inward looking. When the Holl-designed University of Minnesota’s College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture expansion and building opened in 2002, I approached Holl at the event. He took one look at me and asked if I got my glasses at that little shop in Venice. When it comes to Lundie, I admire the skill with which he acknowledged and looked toward history to honor and inform his new projects.

Nancy Blankfard, AIA

AL: In a social setting, how do people react when you tell them that you’re an architect? DM: At your typical cocktail party, at least onethird will tell me they wanted to be an architect. Next, they want to know what your opinions are about other architects and buildings.

AL: When will you get a new pair? NB: I try to get a new pair every year. Sometimes I’m successful in finding a new style to mix it up a bit.

AL: What’s distinctive about your process? DM: We are also marriage counselors (kidding). The truth is we do help homeowners work through their priorities and define what’s most important to them about the way they live. That informs the design. Several couples have said they really enjoyed the process and that the scheduled time together allowed them to talk about their home and lifestyle. AL: Who is your most common type of client? DM: They all are so diverse, but I would say that most are the type of people who can’t or aren’t willing to accept a standard answer.

“We need time to process, think and create. It’s usually best done with a homeowner.” —DALE MULFINGER

HGA Architects Minneapolis

AL: Introvert or extrovert? NB: Introvert. AL: Where do you get your specs from? NB: Specs Optical in Uptown. AL: Give us some specs stats. NB: First pair of glasses: college. Color: purple. Shape: pentagonal ovals.

AL: Who is your architect inspiration? NB: Carlos Scarpa. For timeless design and sitespecific interpretation in a modern way. Julie Snow and Cheryl Fosdick are what brought me to Minnesota after graduation. I was lucky enough — or persistent enough — to get a job working with Julie at James/Snow Architects my first two years here. She continues to be an inspiring role model as an architect and educator. We are lucky in Minnesota to have a strong tradition of women in design leadership positions, from Elizabeth Close to Renee Cheng! AL: When did you know you wanted to be an architect? NB: Always! I do remember combing over my mother’s copies of Metropolitan Home. She still has a sketch of a round house I “designed” for her in second grade — she thinks it’s brilliant! I also recall her helping determine my career path a bit. Because I assumed architects had a propensity for math and science, I would answer career-counselor questioning accordingly: “Yes, I love math.” Ultimately all signs were pointing toward my path as an architect. I went so far as to only consider college options that started design studio freshman year. I didn’t want to chance not being accepted to a program in my second year. I went to Tulane University in New Orleans. AL: How do people respond when they find out you’re an architect? NB: In general, people really respect the profession. There’s a bit of prestige that goes with it. Ironically, in the next breath they go on to say they would never use one — they’re too expensive. Then I proceed to explain to them the added value they get when working with an architect, ultimately convincing them to hire an architect!

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AL: What is one “learning” to be shared? NB: Architects’ roles in public safety and welfare in light of the recent tragedies in Japan, echoed elsewhere around the world, are pushing us into the public eye. To understand that architects are stewards of the environment and that there are social and ethical responsibilities that are inherent as part of our job is critical to evolve the profession. AL: What’s a common myth about architects you’d like to dispel? NB: “Architects need to be good in math.” It’s simply not true. First and foremost the type of person that excels at architecture is one who is a creative problem solver. Sometimes, but not always, drawing is a skill set. Anyone who can think conceptually, express themselves in creative ways — whether it be through art or writing, is a prime candidate. It’s a mistaken assumption that math skill sets are needed. AL: What trends are you keeping an eye on? NB: I don’t know if I’d call this a trend, but we are continuing to push our profession to understand subtleties in design that can help people with disabilities function and thrive in the environments we create. For example, in our work with a new college academic building, we are contemplating all ways that people interact with their learning environment. People have sensitivities ranging from scents, hearing, sight and lighting to spatial context that we can accommodate with design. Many of these changes may not be apparent to the masses, but may greatly improve the learning environment.

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Peter J. Sieger Architectural Photography Minneapolis AL: Introvert or extrovert? PS: ENFP (Extrovert, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving). In a recent workplace, most of the other employees were ISTJs — the exact opposite of me. AL: Where do you get your specs? PS: Eyedeals in Calhoun Square. AL: Give us some specs stats. PS: Distinctly architectural. I started with horizontal eased rectangular lenses in black frames. Round, tortoise shell soon became the preference and has persisted. Now I’m back and forth between the round in dark blue and the rectangular in copper with a French influence. AL: When will you get a new pair? PS: Sometime this year; I’m overdue. AL: Who is your architect inspiration? PS: Frank Lloyd Wright and many others. Wright was my early inspiration, but prairie style fell out of favor when I was studying architecture at the University of Minnesota, so I moved on to Gropius, Le Corbusier and the new brutalists. Since then, it’s been all over the map with Alto, the Saarinens and Ando emerging as favorites. AL: Who is your architect photography inspiration? PS: Ansel Adams and Eugene Atget for starters. I received Adams’s book Camera and Lens in the early ’70s as a gift from my wife. It pushed me to think about different camera formats. A friend wanted to sell me his 4x5 format view camera; I took him up on it and moved beyond my 35 mm camera, which with wide-angle lenses seemed to tip all of my photographed buildings over backward. Atget spurred my interest in capturing streetscapes and tied in nicely with my desire to connect with history — so much so that I used several books of Atget’s Paris streetscapes from the early 1900s to recreate side-by-side, old-new comparisons. Absolutely fulfilling! AL: When did you know you wanted to be an architect? PS: From the beginning. My father worked for an architectural firm; he was more of the business guy. My brother and I both worked at this firm, then Carl W. Schubert & Associates in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, over summers and spent quite a bit of time there growing up. It must have had an influence on us — we both became architects.

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spotlight || architect profile AL: You’re no longer practicing architecture. You’re a full-time architectural photographer. What changed? PS: The economy. I was reaching burnout in my career as an architect and happily pursuing my photography avocation when the opportunity to finally take the divergent path presented itself. I should have made the move earlier. It made sense for me. I’d started photography with my beloved Nikon F, graduated to the 4x5 format, and then moved on to digital all while practicing architecture. As an architectural photographer, it’s the best of both worlds. AL: What is one insight to be shared? PS: A sense of time and place. There’s an incredible connection that architectural photography can make in documenting the built environment. I feel it’s important to leave a record and a legacy that represents the culture of our time.

Geoffrey Warner, AIA Alchemy Architects Minneapolis

AL: Introvert or extrovert? GW: Extrovert. But it’s not about that really. I do have a good business sense. Somehow I named my practice Alchemy. We come up first in all the architect searches. AL: Where do you get your specs from? GW: Orgreen from Specs Optical — gun metal titanium and blue. I designed the store, so I have to buy glasses there. It helps that they ROCK! AL: Give us some specs stats. GW: Silver frames on the exterior. From my perspective as the wearer, I see powder blue. AL: Who is your architect inspiration? GW: Carlos Scarpa. I studied his work in Italy through a fellowship. And Le Corbusier. I suppose those two are at opposite ends of the spectrum. Inspiring to me is how much good work architects have done in the past 10 years. There’s more sharing and better dialogue about good design. AL: When did you know you wanted to be an architect? GW: I don’t have any idea. I do recall a test put to me as a 5 year old. I was left in a room with LEGOs to test my dexterity. I built quite an elaborate building in that short time. It got me into kindergarten. Both of my parents were professors at the University of Minnesota, and I grew up in a neighborhood of Rapson homes. I could always draw. I drew upon that knowledge and managed to sketch a Rapson home on my architect’s entrance exam that got me a half-point out of five.

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movement back toward that role. Which is a good thing. It’s really coming full circle. AL: Tell us about your architect journey. GW: I had one year at the University of Minnesota with Ralph Rapson as dean before he retired. I’m still close today with my mentors from architectural school: Tom Meyer, FAIA, Garth Rockcastle, AIA, and Jeff Scherer, FAIA, all with MS&R. Right after school, I landed at Architectural Alliance. When I left that firm, I had $500 saved and a ticket through a fellowship to study Scarpa in Italy. I dabbled in furniture design and learned as much as I could about materials. Then Alchemy — which wasn’t a plan, just something that happened over time — as a way to get work done. AL: What’s a common myth about architects you’d like to dispel? GW: “Architects have big egos.” I actually think this is true; however, architects are good listeners, too! Our clients come to us with very specific ideas about what they want their design to be. And that’s fine — we are totally comfortable working with that. I would almost go so far as to say design is the easy part. As an architect, we are really problem solvers who listen, design, then facilitate how the design is implemented.

AL: How do people respond when they find out you’re an architect? GW: “I was going to be an architect.” The conversation is almost predictable.

AL: What’s distinctive about your process? GW: We’re here to help the client. We continue to ask the questions “What is the idea behind the design?” and “If everything else drops away, what idea will always come though?”

AL: What is one learning to be shared? GW: Historically, architects were considered master builders, and I think now there’s a

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spotlight || museum

Gehry Redux Frank Gehry revisits his breakthrough design for the Weisman Art Museum with a bold new expansion. |


emember those scenes in 2001: A Space Odyssey when the mysterious monolith appears, always at some leap forward in human history? There are moments like that in the personal evolution of artists, too, such as when Picasso painted “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon,” pointing the way toward cubism and a bold new direction for modern art. For Frank Gehry, who has perhaps done more than anyone in recent times to blur the line between art and architecture, a monolith moment was his design for the University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum. Completed in 1993, it was Gehry’s first all-

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new museum project, and it remains the only American museum built from the ground up on his résumé. The seeds of innovation planted in the steely curves of the Weisman bloomed into full flower just a few years later in Gehry’s design of the acclaimed Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. The Weisman reopens in October after being shuttered for a year while an expansion of its gallery space was under construction. Unlike the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Art Center, which have both had additions planned by architects other than the original building designers, the Weisman’s expansion was also designed by Gehry, who had

acknowledged from the beginning that his initial conception for the museum was not fully realized. “We were kind of like a shoebox with a sculpture on one side,” says Lyndel King, who has been the museum’s director for 30 years. Even the steel-clad west façade had its limitations, as Gehry didn’t yet have the design software adapted from the French aerospace industry that he later used to carry out his vision for the more complex and free-flowing curves of the Bilbao building.

“We were kind of like a shoebox with a sculpture on one side.” —LYNDEL KING

In addition to its aesthetic limitations, the Weisman started out with a smaller proportion of gallery space to behind-the-scenes space than is typical for a museum. This was intentional, as King explains: Because there wasn’t enough money to build everything they would have liked at the outset, the museum’s board knew they’d later have to do a capital campaign for an eventual expansion. And, when that time came, “it would be easier to raise money for, say, a named gallery than a named storage room or a named carpentry shop.” Most of the new gallery space occupies cubes arrayed around the existing central gallery. These new galleries have been tailored to show off specific segments of the 20,000 or so works in the Weisman’s permanent collection, only a small fraction of which could be exhibited before. One gallery, for example, is dedicated to works on paper. “They are more fragile and sensitive to light, and tend to be smaller in scale,” says King. “So that gallery was designed for them — it’s more intimate, with a lower ceiling, and has no skylights, to protect the pieces.” On the outside of the museum, the new gallery spaces — including one on the north side that will be used for publicly visible creative collaborations of various kinds — bring to life the faces of the building turned toward the campus. “Now we’re completely sculptural,” King exclaims. “I like to say we put a tail and a fin on the fish.”

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A Dining Dynasty Parasole cultivates creativity in its kitchens. |


hen word broke that Tim McKee, winner of the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Midwest, had joined forces with Parasole Restaurant Holdings, the bloggerati broke out the “WTFs.” Along what possible culinary axis, they asked, could one of America’s most lauded chefs align himself with a company known more by its bawdy billboards than its warm chocolate budinos? What they didn’t realize was that McKee wasn’t going anywhere new. He was going home. “I launched my career as a sous chef with Parasole in the mid-1980s,” says McKee. “And 25 years later, we’re charting new ground together. In fact, a big part of Parasole is a culture that nurtures creativity at all stages of one’s career.”

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“I’m a perfect example: Parasole took a chance on me when I was an unknown, and no other organization in the Twin Cities provides a better platform for me today,” he adds. McKee mastered a range of cuisines over the years, from Provençal to Spanish tapas, seafood and barbeque. “But Italian is my first and greatest love,” he explains. “And when I came aboard last year, Parasole gave me the keys to a remarkable kitchen at Il Gatto along with a mandate to do, well, whatever I wanted.” Today it’s pretty clear that all parties got what they wanted. McKee and his protégé, Jim Christiansen, who runs Il Gatto’s kitchen on a daily basis, enjoy free reign at Hennepin and Lake. And Parasole now lays claim to City Pages’ “Best Italian Restaurant” in the Twin Cities. Artful Living

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spotlight || food as art

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Dark woods, clubby booths and cast-iron serving dishes promise a classic steakhouse experience at Pittsburgh Blue in Maple Grove and a now a second spot in the Edina Galleria. But for Chef Jason Smith, respect for tradition doesn’t prevent creativity — it focuses it. “Take our happy-hour menu: From the homemade flatbread in our cheese and crackers to the tomato-brie fondue in which you dip the grilled cheese fingers, it’s bespoke bar food,” he notes. “That’s the goal for the whole menu: I want every dish to display an artisan’s touch so that even a $3 happy-hour item satisfies like a bone-in double porterhouse.”

The Parasole Bakery

There’s one property every guest has tried but none has visited: The Parasole Bakery, where pastry chef Adrienne Odom creates wonders ranging from Neopolitan icecream sandwiches to sheep’s milk yogurt cheesecake with poached peaches, blackberries and spiced red wine. Perhaps the Twin Cities’ most lauded pastry chef, Odom boasts a New York Times star-studded résumé that includes Gray Kunz’s Lespinasse, Alfred Portale’s Gotham Bar & Grill, and Marcus Samuelson’s Aquavit.

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spotlight || food as art

“Many people have a mistaken notion that artists conjure their work from the ether of their imagination,” says Phil Roberts, founder of Parasole restaurants. “But great authors are voracious readers, and great painters spend years honing their technique. The same is true for culinarians: Great chefs aren’t born, they’re cultivated.” “From the very beginning of our company,” he continues, “we understood that talent needs to be nurtured, and there are key ways Parasole does that. First, we give our chefs the tools they need and the freedom to use them. Second, we expose

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them to the world outside their kitchens, from street food stalls in Bangkok to Alain Ducasse’s kitchens at the Plaza Athénée in Paris. We’ve spent many hundreds of thousands of dollars sending our chefs to the world’s culinary capitals — and every dime was worth it.” It’s hard to argue with the evidence. The freedom to exercise one’s skills and the opportunity to expand them are why Adrienne Odom was drawn to Parasole, Tim McKee returned to Parasole — and why the next James Beard winner may just be starting out at Parasole.

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The Allure of the Auction Chicago-based Leslie Hindman Auctioneers offers fine art, antiques and collectibles to buyers in the Midwest and around the world. | by Ivy Gracie


t may not occur to many Minnesotans to consider an auction With a staff of 50, the company has experts manning six dedicated as a place to procure fine art — probably because most of the departments: fine art; Asian works of art; fine furniture and decorative auctions we see are for farm implements or the ill-gotten gains of arts; fine jewelry and timepieces; vintage couture and accessories; and incarcerated swindlers with questionable tastes. But an auction fine books and manuscripts. A seventh department called “marketplace” can be one of the best venues to buy or sell works of art, antiques offers reproduction furniture, accessories, and decorative fine art from and other collectibles. And with good reason: A reputable auction estates, collectors and institutions. “It’s interesting, but it’s not expensive,” house will thoroughly research each item it sells Hindman explains. “It’s great for young people for authenticity and provenance, it will offer who are just starting out, and it’s a great way to those items at fair market value, and it will have introduce people to the auction process.” real-time online bidding capabilities for potential The company keeps a brisk schedule, buyers who can’t participate in person. offering regularly scheduled auctions for each While such an establishment does not exist in department three to four times a year, and the Gopher State, one of the most highly regarded 2011 will be bustling with holiday activity. auction houses in the nation, Leslie Hindman Marketplace and fine books and manuscripts Auctioneers, is based in one of Minnesotans’ most events will take place in November, and favorite getaways: Chicago. If that isn’t enough, it December will dazzle with modern and recently opened another office in Naples, Florida, contemporary art; American and European art; and two more are slated for Milwaukee and Palm fine jewelry and timepieces; vintage couture Beach, Florida. And while the company has and accessories; modern and contemporary geography on its side, even more art, and the Naples winter auction. compelling is its reputation as one Bidding can be done in person, “It’s great for young people who are of the country’s foremost authorities over the phone or online. “We do on the buying and selling of fine art, interactive bidding in real time just starting out, and it’s a great way to live, antiques and collectibles. on several live bidding platforms, introduce people to the auction process.” so it’s a very global market with When it opened in 1982, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers was a singular people bidding from all over the —LESLIE HINDMAN operation. “I looked around the world online, on the phone and in Midwest and realized there was no the room,” Hindman says. “That’s auction house in Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Minneapolis available for every auction we do.” or Milwaukee,” recalls Leslie Hindman, CEO and president of the Preview exhibitions are free and open to the public up to four company. “All these Midwestern cities are full of serious collectors, days prior to each auction, but if Chicago or Naples isn’t in the flight so I decided to open my own auction house.” Momentum gathered, plan, printed catalogues can be sent to prospective bidders, and fully and soon the company was conducting high-visibility auctions selling illustrated catalogues are available on the company’s website. Still, memorabilia from Comiskey Park and the Chicago Stadium as well Hindman says, it’s best to view the items in person. “Jewelry, couture, as personal property from the estates of members of Chicago’s high fine art will be up at the same time,” she says of December’s offerings. society. In 1991, Hindman received international recognition for her “You can come in and do some Christmas shopping.” discovery of a previously unknown still life by Vincent van Gogh. The Offering an ever-changing array of art and antiques, a team of painting sold for $1.43 million, catapulting Leslie Hindman Auctioneers experts to verify their authenticity, offices in desirable destinations, into prominence on the global auction stage. Since then, the company and online options for off-site bidding, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers has remained a constant force behind high-profile auctions in the is an ample outlet for cultured collectors — from the Twin Cities and Midwest and throughout the world. around the world.

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All Glammed Up Behind-the-scenes beauty at the Twin Cities’ fashion bash of the year. | by Elizabeth Dehn


ith 150 outfits, 43 models, seven days of rehearsal, and 80 wardrobe stylists and hair and makeup artists, Macy’s Passport Presents Glamorama has earned its place as the Twin Cities’ most fashionable event of the year. The 20th annual bash in August benefiting Children’s Cancer Research Fund featured an art-infused fall runway show and electric performances from Bruno Mars and Far East Movement. Despite the explosively brief one-hour presentation, Glamorama requires more than a year of preparation and planning. Although the fashions literally take center stage, the effect wouldn’t be complete — or nearly as dramatic — without hair and makeup. This year Macy’s tapped Lancôme and Spalon Montage to create looks that complemented the fall collections from Jean Paul Gautier, Marc Jacobs, Tracy Reese, Sonia Rykiel, Karl Lagerfeld for Impulse and more. This year’s “Artrageous” theme — a celebration of dancing, theater and joie de vivre — inspired Lancôme national makeup artist Alex Sanchez to play up the eyes using shades of pink and purple straight out of a Degas painting. “Although pastels are usually associated with spring, this fall is all about pink,” says Sanchez. To keep it modern, he applied eye shadow with a wet brush for a more saturated, lustrous look. Black, waterproof liner on top and bottom lids, lush false lashes and strong brows (also big for fall!) completed the neo-romantic look. For flawless yet dewy skin, models received a veil of Lancôme’s popular new foundation Teint Miracle, which Julia Roberts credits for her luminous glow. Glamorama Hair Director Sally Noblett juxtaposed the impressionist makeup with “very feminine, sophisticated hair — not a just-rolled-out-of-bed look.” The result: loads of volume, sleek updos and big, bouncy curls. To accommodate multiple style changes throughout the show, the Spalon team maintained styles using hair bands instead of bobby pins and a light-hold hairspray. For a ladylike look at home, “Put away the flat iron!” instructs Noblett. Glamour is as glamour does.

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Glamming for a Good Cause The true beauty of Glamorama lies in the generosity of the Twin Cities community. | by Mitchell Wherley


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any people consider Glamorama the most fashionable event of the year in the Twin Cities. While this may be true, it is also a time to raise money for a serious cause: finding a cure for childhood cancer. I believe when people feel beautiful that they are more likely to make the world a better place. Helen Keller captures my personal and professional aspiration with this sentiment: The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart. Of all the “beautiful” events I am privileged to participate in, none capture this notion more admirably than Glamorama, where fashion, beauty and trend come together to support a great cause: finding a cure for childhood cancer. The beneficiary, Children’s Cancer Research Fund, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Minnesota children who are battling cancer. After the models and dancers graced the runways in awe-inspiring looks, you couldn’t help but feel incredibly moved when two cancer patients (and siblings), Luke and Molly, were introduced to the audience. Luke and Molly faced life-threatening battles with cancer when they were 8 months old and two years old, respectively. They were lucky both because their doctors were skilled in treating their cancer and because CCRF had been funding research designed to battle this rare condition. Luke and Molly’s parents feel blessed that their children are showing positive results and feel strongly that they find a way to give back, which for them means helping CCRF raise even more money to fund lifesaving research. Spalon Montage was honored to serve as the hair and makeup consultant for the event, and we were thrilled to back a cause that helps save children’s lives. We have narrowed our philanthropy focus to children-related charities, helping CCRF raise more money to fund lifesaving research. They certainly succeeded at Glamorama as this year’s event raised more than $300,000. The true beauty of Glamorama comes from genuine people raising serious money for a serious cause.


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spotlight || sports

The Art of the Game Entrepreneur John Pagnucco’s new Spirit of Sports gallery unites art and athletics. | by Joe Hart


ut the words “artwork” and “sports” in the same sentence, and you might conjure up an image of a framed Vikings poster or a signed baseball in a glass case. For John Pagnucco, however, the associations are rather different. “Andy Warhol had an athlete series. George Bellows painted boxers. Thomas Eakins focused on rowing and sailing,” he says. “I don’t consider any of it really unusual. Once you get beyond food, sex and shelter, sports is a common denominator around the world. It’s an integral part of our daily life. So it makes sense that some artists would focus on sports.” So much sense, in fact, that he’s founding a business on the principle. Pagnucco is an investment banker whose twin passions for art and sports have taken root in Spirit of Sports, an e-commerce business that focuses on sports-themed artwork and gifts. There are plenty of places to buy sports-related licensed merchandise or team memorabilia, he explains. “That’s hero or team worship, and that’s different,” he adds. Instead, he’s selling fine art and high-end gifts with a sports-related theme — no logos, no personalities and no memorabilia. Pagnucco founded the sports-focused Arena Gallery back in 1991 in the Edina’s Galleria shopping mall. Eventually he closed its doors to focus on his career. But the idea stuck with him. “A few years ago, a sliver came under my fingernail. With e-commerce technology improving, retail specialization coming into focus and the economy improving, I decided it was time to relaunch on the Internet.” To raise awareness of his project, Pagnucco is displaying a selection of artwork in the model home at the Brownstones on France. The traditional architecture of the luxury units is an excellent backdrop to the Spirit of Sports, Pagnucco says: “We’re talking about the oldest artistic subject in the world, going back thousands of years to cave paintings and primitive sculptures. Celebration of the human body has always been deeply woven into the fabric of every culture.”

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Join us for an epic evening of social revelry as nearly 1200 community-minded individuals unite for a most noble cause. As the hottest event in the Twin Cities dedicated to serving the underserved, The Butterball Party is proud to benefit Open Arms of Minnesota. Each year, Open Arms provides more than 400,000 free, nutritious meals, as well as compassion and hope, to those in the Twin Cities who suffer from life threatening illnesses. Don’t miss this enviable opportunity to experience a private show by internationally renowned Semisonic and the riveting musical showman, Har Mar Superstar. For tickets visit

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e can thank baby boomers for the fitness movement that began in the ’80s and continues to this day. They revolutionized and stylized exercise, moving it from Muscle Beach to Main Street, and switching it from sweatsuits to Spandex. Now 30 years have passed, and boomers’ bodies are changing. And guess what? They’re mixing it up again. “Twenty years ago, people were kind of resigned that they’d get to 60 and slow down,” says Suzy Boerboom, co-owner and chief operating officer of Welcyon, a fitness center designed expressly for people over 50 years of age. “But baby boomers don’t want to accept things that way. There’s this movement to stay strong and keep moving.” Centered on a protocol designed by a master physical therapist using guidelines from the American College of Sports Medicine, the Welcyon fitness program encompasses strength, aerobic training, and balance and flexibility exercises, and can be adjusted to accommodate every level of physical ability. “Someone might say, ‘I want to climb Mount Kilimanjaro,’ and someone else might just want to be able to get out of the bathtub,” Boerboom explains. “So we do a health history on each person so we know what their needs and goals are.” Mental and emotional well-being also figure into the Welcyon mix. “We feel that a person’s sense of connectedness is a huge part of their health,” Boerboom asserts, noting that both clubs — in Edina and Bloomington — have social areas where members can relax with each other before or after their workouts. In addition, the clubs offer special events and classes on a regular basis. With membership numbers on the rise, Welcyon is preparing for its own boom, offering franchise opportunities in the Twin Cities and throughout the country. “Welcyon would like to have 1 million members at some point,” Boerboom declares. “We want to impact 1 million people.” And given that 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day, the numbers are in Welcyon’s favor. “We’re facing crippling health-care costs,” Boerboom acknowledges. “But we’ve also got huge numbers of adults who want to stay active. So this is about active aging; it’s about longevity. I believe Welcyon can change America. We can’t stop aging, but we can change how we age.”



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spotlight || glow

Hot Commodity Minnesotans warming up to outdoor fireplaces. |

by alyssa ford


from rustic to refined

Landscape architecture firm Keenan & Sveiven has designed dozens of stunning outdoor fireplaces across the Twin Cities metro. The firm often partners with Anchor Block, a century-old masonry company that makes its own tumbled pavers, aged stepping stones and retaining walls. Anchor Block employs more than 200 Minnesotans.

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s early autumn transitions into crisp football weather and then into first cool days of winter, Minnesotans begin a sad, annual exercise: to trudge out to the patio and pack up the lounge chairs and umbrellas, one final adieu to the warm season. But for a few lucky families, the al-fresco season is being stretched well beyond the confines of late spring and early autumn. What makes it possible is the hottest trend in the landscape design: full-fledged outdoor fireplaces. Made of bluestone, fieldstone, cultured stone or even plaster, outdoor fireplaces generate ample heat without the smoke and embers so common with fire rings or fire pits. Plus, outdoor fireplaces are viewed as true landscape improvements. According to the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, yard improvements pay back 100 to 200 percent at resale. In fact, the only home improvement that yields more return is a gallon of paint. For landscape architects, such as Kevin Keenan, principal at Keenan & Sveiven in Minnetonka, outdoor fireplaces are some of the most joyful applications to design because they can really do or be anything: a woodsy towering sculpture of stone or a minimalist element that seems to disappear behind the roar and crackle of a lit fire. Many homeowners commission outdoor fireplaces with entertaining in mind, a vision of sweatshirt-bundled friends and gooey s’mores dancing in their heads. But, Keenan says, he has discovered that more people end up using their outdoor fireplaces as a private spot, a warm retreat under the stars with a bottle of wine. “Simply put,” says Keenan, “when people have a warm place to go outside, they gravitate there without any occasion or reason at all.”

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spotlight || finance

The Balancing Act Volatile markets can take your portfolio on a rollercoaster ride, but regular rebalancing can help ease the bumps and reduce the risks. | by Ash Rajan of Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management


appropriate to your goals, your risk profile and your liquidity needs, or just a minute, think of your long-term financial strategy as a cross-country roadtrip. You know where you want to end up, among other considerations. How do you determine when you need to add to or subtract from and you have a pretty good idea of how long it should take to a particular asset class? Most investors can tolerate a short-term get there. At the same time, you know that between here and fluctuation of 5 percent from their allocation model pretty well. Much there you’re likely going to run into heavy traffic, inclement more than that indicates a need for change — or at least a dialogue with weather, detours and other obstacles to a safe and timely arrival. And, of your financial advisor. course, you’re always looking for opportunities to reach your destination Rebalancing can help achieve in the smartest, easiest way. As the twin goals of reducing the risk of an intelligent traveler, you will Rebalancing can help achieve the twin overexposure and increasing diversification. probably consult a GPS device to identify the best routes, check goals of reducing the risk of overexposure The most straightforward strategy is to sell some of your best performers and use the weather reports and traffic and increasing diversification. proceeds to purchase undervalued assets — updates for potential problems, either by expanding positions in securities and perhaps visit a local website you already hold or by choosing different to make sure there’s no roadwork investments in the same asset class or sector. Alternatively, you may along the way. decide to devote the proceeds from your sales to asset classes that are These easy steps can make your trip relatively smooth and surpriseunderrepresented or absent in your portfolio to increase diversification. free. Similarly, there are moves you can make as an investor that will Rebalancing can also be an opportunity to take advantage of investment help you avoid a number of pitfalls and take advantage of opportunities. options. As you consider which positions to sell and purchase, look at what’s One of the most important is regular rebalancing: adjusting your mix of happening in the marketplace. Talk to your financial advisor about different stocks, bonds, cash and, for qualified investors, alternative investments sectors, asset classes, geographical regions and market trends that are to your original targets so that your investments reflect the strategy you consistent with your strategy and risk tolerance. have decided best suits your goals, time horizon and risk tolerance. The market volatility of the past couple years shows pretty clearly why rebalancing is a sensible idea. Between October 2007 and March 2009, the value of stocks (as measured by the S&P 500) declined 57 percent, Active rebalancing is especially important following a prolonged and many investors cashed out. At the same time, bonds posted gains, period of market volatility. That said, many financial professionals and many people increased their fixed-income holdings. As a result, the recommend revisiting your portfolio on a regular schedule regardless of percentage of stocks in most portfolios shrank markedly over this period, market conditions. An annual review is usually adequate; it represents while bond and cash allocations grew in the majority of cases. When the a happy medium between too often and not often enough. It also nicely markets reversed course in the following months, investors who hadn’t matches other market assessments, such as year-to-date performance, rebalanced their holdings missed the chance to reap the gains. and any life changes — such as marriage, divorce, education, retirement When the markets alter the shape of your portfolio in this way, there’s or inheritance — that may have occurred during the past year to alter less potential for the long-term growth that markets have historically your attitude toward risk. provided and greater exposure to risk and lost opportunities. Reviewing In addition to the annual review, it’s a good idea to make adjustments your portfolio regularly ensures that you — not the markets — manage if your allocation to a given asset class shifts by more than 10 percentage your assets. points. Even in unusual conditions, though, you should carefully weigh the need for frequent full-scale overhauls as the transaction costs may offset the benefits. Start your portfolio review by examining which assets have While asset allocation, diversification and rebalancing do not protect overperformed and which have underperformed during a set period of you fully against losses in a declining market, establishing a rule of time. Leverage your financial advisor’s firm’s research insights as you regular recalibration helps you respond to market movements with a consider shifting funds out of asset classes that exceed your targets — well-thought-out strategy. This process shouldn’t be viewed as merely an and are thereby growing into a larger percentage of your holdings — and action but instead as a mind-set and as a partnership between you and your financial advisor. It’s a conscious step that will help you approach moving them into underrepresented asset classes. With the help of your your portfolio in a disciplined way. And that’s valuable in any market. financial advisor, you can define asset-allocation parameters that are

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collage || back page

The Art of Soul Making Alecia Stevens discovers art as an expression of the human dilemma.


e entered the museum around 5 in the evening; we heard it was the least crowded time to visit. I paid the fee in euro, had my bag scanned, passed through the turnstile and waited for Lee to join me. While still in the entry, I noticed a large color photograph, perhaps 72 by 50 inches in size. It was modern, an image of people — maybe 50 altogether — every one of them looking upward toward a domed ceiling in a kind of reverie. “That’s a cool photo,” I whispered to Lee, “but what are they looking at?” It was a moment I won’t forget. I was in Florence, Italy, for the first time in my life at almost 53 years old. On the final day of a month-long trip to study the history of Renaissance art at the British Institute of Florence, we went to the Accademia to see the “David.” We played hooky the day of the class visit. We began the walk down an impressive aisle, like a bride to her bridegroom, Michelangelo’s “Slave” sculptures flanking the corridor. We were told these are the “unfinished ones,” but they are powerful and modern for me. At the end of our procession, the heavens open up around us, and there stands the “David.” The one that Michelangelo carved out of the 17-foot piece of flawed Carrara, the stone other

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sculptors had worked then rebuffed. This is the one that the Florentines protected with mattresses during World War II. The one that Michelangelo completed in 1504 at 29 years old, a tribute to his Florence, laying down a gauntlet to Rome. In fact, the David is placed with his eyes looking toward that Goliath. This 17-foot man is placed on a pedestal, so overall he must stand 22 feet in the air. I suddenly understood the photo in the entry. Here, in this room, all eyes are lifted to the inconceivable form this marble has taken. Lee and I stand there, transfixed, awed, moved by a quality that bridges some gap of time between then and now, between the rebirth of western civilization in the Renaissance and this modern age, whatever it will be known for, if anything. I can almost not return for fear that it will contaminate my memory of this first visit, so radiant an experience it was for me. Now jump 507 years to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue this year. It was the talk of New York beginning in May: “Have you seen Alexander McQueen?” In June, while in New York, we had enough of our wits about us to make the pilgrimage to the show “Savage Beauty” curated brilliantly by the Costume Institute at the Met after this British fashion designer’s

Art is an expression of the human dilemma, both dark and light, whether it be the Biblical story of David and Goliath playing out metaphorically between Florence and Rome ... or one lonely man’s calling to cull the darkness of the psyche and find beauty in a lace dress slashed and bloodied to call attention to the perversions of war. —ALECIA STEPHENS PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

tragic suicide in the spring of 2010. (Kate Middleton paid him tribute when she chose Sarah Burton, a woman who started as an intern at McQueen’s studio, to design her wedding dress and created a global goosebump the moment it was announced!) I studied fashion in college and spent 15 years as a designer and dressmaker and almost dropped to my knees in the presence of McQueen’s early tailored black jackets — sculpture in cloth, with reverent celebration of the female form and exquisite craft. I soon learned, thanks to my audio guide and a bit of my own observation, that the clothing was more costume and theater than fashion. McQueen was an intellectual, a poet and a melancholic soul. His art expressed rage at the English in a collection called the “Rape of Scotland.” It expressed our longing to be seen yet our simultaneous discomfort with it when he turned mirrors on the audience at a fashion show — for 45 minutes! As guests of the exhibit, we experienced it ourselves and many slid quietly to the next display when their own bodies were revealed to the crowd. At the end of one of his fashion shows, he turned model Kate Moss into a hologram. As if an act from Cirque du Soleil, with wind blowing the wedding gown she was wearing made of 7,500 circles of silk organza, she danced in midair to wrenchingly sorrowful operatic music. Within

minutes, she faded away into a spot of light. Visitors, including Lee and me, were mesmerized. All eyes were on the prize. It was not unlike the visitors with all eyes on the David. On the final nights of the McQueen show in August, the Met stayed open until midnight to respond to demand. It is reported that the lines extended out the museum and around the block into Central Park. The wait was three hours to get into the building with another two hours to get into the exhibit once inside. The museum added 25,000 new members during this exhibit, with a total of more than 660,000 attending. Art is an expression of the human dilemma, both dark and light, whether it be the Biblical story of David and Goliath playing out metaphorically between Florence and Rome during the Renaissance or one lonely man’s calling to cull the darkness of the psyche and find beauty in a lace dress slashed and bloodied to call attention to the perversions of war. Pilgrims make their way to these secular “holy places,” these soul places — thousands upon thousands. We wouldn’t go if we didn’t need the artists to express all those things we can’t quite say out loud. The collective urge to experience the numinous through art is at play in both of these stories — the touch of marble and the work of the human hand in defense of the soul in search of radiance. Artful Living

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collage || back page

angels and demons From the “Angels and Demons” Autumn/Winter 2010 collection — The mannequins at the exhibition were masterfully digitized using real-life models to create movement and presence, without taking away from the raw beauty of McQueen’s otherworldly designs.

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