Saint Paul Art Crawl 2012

Saint Paul Art Crawl Poster

Free art event! All the studios of Lowertown St Paul are open to the
public with works of art in all mediums, styles, and price ranges. Take a
guided walk from building to building as artists open their spaces for
display and sale.
I will be in the Carlton Artist Lofts Building on University Ave
2285 University Ave.
St Paul MN
Friday 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Saturday 12:00 noon to 8:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 noon to 5:00 PM
Check out more information at:
Click here for the PDF link.

Look for this!

The Facing Feminism: Feminists I Know project will be shown at the art crawl this year. Come check it out at the Carlton Artist Lofts Building on University Ave.
2285 University Ave.
St Paul MN

Saint Paul Art Crawl Mission Statement


“In 1991, the St. Paul Art Collective organized a series of open-forum
meetings to provide a platform for artists in our developing
neighborhood. The most requested need was public venue. The Saint Paul
Art Crawl is the product of that initiative. It is run by the artists
and open to all.

The mission of the Saint Paul Art Crawl is to create an artist-run venue
which facilitates a mutually beneficial and meaningful interaction
between the arts community and the public. For more information call the
Saint Paul Art Collective at 651.292.4373 or contact us by email at

Flowers for the mind

Photo courtesy Anna Schuleit

tanka with kigo
By Annette Marie Hyder

hearts laid fallow long
in the dark years of the mind
then budded and bloomed

remembrances were not pressed
‘twixt pages, they lined halls, rooms

Flowers are blooming

Flowers are blooming everywhere here in Minnesota, a pleasure to eyes, nose and mind. Surrounded by such, I was delighted by the serendipity of coming across the following story about artist Anna Schuliet’s art installation “Bloom”.

Story via This is Colossal:

2003 a building housing the Massachusetts Mental Health Center (MMHC)
was slated for demolition to make way for updated facilities. The
closure was a time for reflection and remembrance as the MMHC had been
in operation for over 9 decades and had touched countless thousands of
patients and employees alike, and the pending demolition presented a
unique problem. How does one memorialize a building impossibly rich with
a history of both hope and sadness, and do it in a way that reflects
not only the past but also the future? And could this memorial be open
to the public, not as a speech, or series of informational plaques, but
as an experience worthy of they building’s unique story?

answer that question artist Anna Schuleit was commissioned to do the
impossible. After an initial tour of the facility she was struck not
with what she saw but with what she didn’t see: the presence of life and
color. While historically a place of healing, the drab interior, worn
hallways, and dull paint needed a respectful infusion of hope. With a
limited budget and only three months of planning Schuleit and an
enormous team of volunteers executed a massive public art installation
called Bloom. The concept was simple but absolutely immense in scale.
Nearly 28,000 potted flowers would fill almost every square foot of the
MMHC including corridors, stairwells, offices and even a swimming pool,
all of it brought to life with a sea of blooms. The public was then
invited for a limited 4-day viewing as a time for needed reflection and

Perhaps no single installation or piece of art seen on
Colossal has touched me more deeply than Bloom. After learning about it
for the first time a few weeks ago I decided to reach out to Anna and
ask if she might be willing to share some photos and information about
the genesis and execution of such an incredible installation. What
follows is a brief Q/A I had with Anna the and a number of high-resolution
photos that have never been shared before online.

Here is a link to the full story and the never-before-shared photos:
Bloom: 28,000 Potted Flowers Installed at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center

The story includes comments from visitors to the installation. I especially liked the observation on the sod in the basement made by an anonymous visitor who remarked, “My therapist’s office was in the basement and the floor is covered
in grass. Grass does not bloom but it cushions and it is in the right
place. It is the foundation, it softens everything. Conceptually it is

Other links of interest
Scientist Discover ‘Switch’ in Plants to Create Flowers
Anna Schuleit
Art in Bloom 2012

Tax day 2012

Huh, who knew that there would be freebies in honor of the April 17 filing deadline? Here is, according to Christian Science Monitor, a comprehensive list of tax day freebies from a variety of businesses:
Click here and enjoy!

Photo credit Annette Marie Hyder

I know you see pyrite,
By Annette Marie Hyder

fool’s gold, and cheap lamé
but for me
gold shimmers
on the horizon
of my day.

Blueberry Coffee Cake

I made this blueberry coffee cake on yesterday’s rainy Sunday afternoon. It got rave reviews. My daughter, Jasmine Rain, also suggested that I make a variation on it and call it  rain cake. She said rain cake can only be eaten when it’s raining outside and it must be garnished with jasmine flowers sprinkled with raindrops. The next time I am home on a rainy day I’ll give it a try!

Can’t make rain cake today because it is SNOWING out on this April Monday. Yep. I do live in Minnesota.

Photo by Jasmine Rain Hyder


Blueberry Coffee Cake Recipe (Yields 1-9 inch Bundt cake)


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup secret ingredient
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 5/8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  •  2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon confectioner’s sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9 inch Bundt pan.

  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar
    until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in
    the secret ingredient and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt;
    stir into the batter just until blended. Fold in blueberries.

  3. Spoon half of the batter into the prepared pan. In a
    small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans.
    Sprinkle half of this mixture over the batter in the pan. Spoon
    remaining batter over the top, and then sprinkle the remaining pecan
    mixture over. Use a knife or thin spatula to swirl the sugar layer into
    the cake.

  4. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes in the preheated oven, or
    until a knife inserted into the crown of the cake comes out clean. Cool
    in the pan over a wire rack. Invert onto a serving plate, and tap firmly
    to remove from the pan. Dust with confectioners sugar just before

Sunday Things: It’s cold and it’s rainy; I’m thinking of you

Your Voice Is a Scarf
By Annette Marie Hyder

Your voice is a scarf
I want to wrap myself in,
silkily soft but tasseled
with nubby knots on the ends
that tickle my neck and decolletage
and your arms are an umbrella
I stand under not to be out of the rain
but to press up against the refuge of you.
Your arms are the kind of umbrella
that’s black on the outside
but when they are opened
there is the sky painted blue.

Image courtesy of I New Idea

Braille, Script, Codex

By Annette Marie Hyder

I wish to learn your hard muscles
and sculpted lines like I am blind
to everything but the Braille of your skin
that rises to kiss my fingertips,
a script written in desire,
each rope of muscle a codex
for my curiosity to explore
all the while the wild tale of you
catches my breath and hammers my
heart —
percussive exclamation points
punctuate your beautiful font
and leave me breathless for more.