Art Hounds: Dan Israel, Spelling Bee, and Lake Superior in photographs

shawnthompson.JPG“The Watcher” by Shawn Thompson

The hounds are following a St. Louis Park songwriter who sings from the heart, a photographic portrait of the biggest Great Lake, and a spelling bee re-imagined as musical theater.

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juliecaruso.JPGSt. Paul photographer Julie Caruso was charmed and moved by a recent trip up to the North Shore where she saw “One Special Place” at the Waterfront Gallery in Two Harbors. It’s an exhibition of Lake Superior photographs from artists around the upper midwest and Canada. The photographers each chose one image of their favorite lake location. Through Nov. 5th.

paulcoate.JPGSpelling bees have become the stuff of award winning documentaries and now musicals, which is okay with Bloomington Theatre and Art Center Education Director Paul Coate. Paul says “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” presented by Theater Latte Da at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, has everything you want from a musical…humor, illuminating characters, and songs which become implanted in your brain. The show runs through Oct. 30.

gretchenseichrist.jpgSt. Louis Park singer songwriter Dan Israel’s new album “Crosstown Traveler” hasn’t left fellow singer songwriter Gretchen Seichrist’s stereo for days. Gretchen has great appreciation for Israel’s authenticity as an artist, as well as the unsentimental manner with which he tackles sentimental subjects. Israel performs next on Friday, October 14 at Republic at Seven Corners.

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