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Victory Garden by Carly Schmitt

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Victory Garden by Carly Schmitt

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St. Francis of Assisi by Donald Shephard

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

St. Francis of Assisi

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Untitled by Gretchen Dreisbach

Thursday, December 13th, 2007


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Play Days by Harriet Frishmuth

Monday, December 10th, 2007

"Play Days"

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Crest of the Wave by Harriet Frishmuth

Friday, December 7th, 2007

"Crest of the Wave"

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Macalester graduate Carly Schmitt painted the “Victory Garden” mural on the side of Schroeder’s Bar & Grill in St. Paul’s North End neighborhood in 2006.

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This sculpture of St. Francis of Assisi is located in the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park in St. Paul. The artist is unknown.

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This untitled painting by Gretchen Dreisbach is hanging in the Como Park Conservatory in a room between the new fern room and the palm dome. It’s always struck me as a rather nondescript abstract painting. She didn’t even bother to title it (and a painting like this just screams for an even more abstract title). The sign next to it notes that it’s a gift of the artist, which makes me wonder if they felt obligated to hang it up somewhere.

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Located in the Sunken Garden at the Como Park Conservatory, “Play Days” is a 1925 sculpture by Harriest Frishmuth. Much like “Crest of Wave” — the other Frishmuth sculpture in the Conservatory — “Play Days” is also a nude probably modeled after the dancer Desha Delteil.

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The nude figure has a certain grace and carefree joy — as if the warmth of the Conservatory compared to the frigid Minnesota winters outside was so inviting she stripped her clothes and started dancing. Or maybe not.

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