15 November 2014

Ribbon at the Badlands Regional Art Show

Last week, the 40th Annual Badlands Regional Art Show took place. There were many delightful entries from beautiful oil paintings to dimensional sculpture.

As part of a class requirement, I asked my university senior art students to enter the show. In the spirit of collaboration, I agreed that I would enter two of my photographs. It was fun to walk through the exhibit and find a 3rd place ribbon on my photograph.
"Raking in In" took 3rd place out of more than 40 photography entries
This is a photo of movement of the hay rake. I took the picture this summer as the guys were preparing to bale hay. I was out early one summer morning taking pictures when I saw them baling hay. I decided to watch and take some shots as they rounded the field. I stood right inline with the tractor and rake as my nephew passed by me and my camera. No long lens. This is either a testament to trust or stupidity.

01 November 2014

The Veil is Lifted. Embrace Your Shadow.

Modern Halloween is often associated with the Celtic festival of Samhain. Whether you celebrate Halloween or Samhain, in the northern hemisphere, the holiday heralds the end of autumn and signals the dark days of winter. 

Spirits. Souls. Sparks. 

The belief is that during Samhain, the living could visit with the dead and the dead could walk among the living. Other celebrations such as All Souls Day and Día de Muertos honour loved ones who passed from the earth. We were all born and one day we will all die, these celebrations of death help us acknowledge and internalize the beauty of death so that we can live our lives with more awareness and meaning. Our soul’s desire is to live and create. 

Self. Shadow. Source. 

As the winds of autumn flutter open the thin veil between worlds, it is a time of extraordinary opportunity to explore your shadow side: the parts you keep hidden, the qualities, behaviours, and motivations that may be difficult for you to acknowledge. Your shadow separates you from your full Self, your creative source, your muse. Connect with your shadow. Ignite your muse. Take this time to rest, meditate and gather your creative fertility, embrace your shadow self and live like you’re going to die.

17 August 2014

Emotion, Commotion, Motion

We are all on this path together, yet in our own individual ways.
We walk.
We rest.
We move ahead, or not.
Ultimately, it is our choice.

05 August 2014

Western Desert of Egypt

The White Desert:

The White Desert in western Egypt is stark, stunning and fascinating. Rock formations jut out from a stark white landscape. The formations are a combination of chalk and limestone shaped by wind erosion. Large balls of stone balance precariously on columns.
The most photographed formation in the White Desert of Egypt: Chicken and Mushroom. These formations are quite tall. The "chicken" is almost 2 metres high.

Hot Springs Oasis 

There is nothing more healing then the hot springs in the western desert of Egypt. One of the advantages of owning your own jeep, you can get to some of these secluded hot springs.
Remote hot springs in the oasis of Egypt

Agriculture Valley in the Desert

Dakhla Oasis (الداخلة ] called the inner oasis, is one of the seven oases of Egypt's Western Desert (part of the Libyan Desert). Dakhla is organized around the main town of Mut, a settlement that dates back to pharaonic times. Dakhla sits in a depression surrounded by pink cliffs and sand dunes.
There are about 30,000 acres of cultivated land. The farmers constantly fight the battle of the dunes that threaten their fields and orchards. The fields and gardens are filled mostly with mulberry trees, date palms, figs and other citrus fruits.
Dakhla Oasis الداخلة Farming

09 May 2014

Teaching What I Know

In September 2013, I returned to the states because I was hired to teach Graphic Design courses in the Department of Fine & Performing Arts at Dickinson State University. It is an exciting new direction for me.
This week is the final week of Spring Semester 2014. It is also the our department’s art show. It was very exciting to be part of DSU’s Visual Arts Faculty Show. I designed the postcard announcement for the show.
Visual Art Faculty Art Show Postcard Announcement
I presented two of my images from Dark Night of the Soul Series
Darla Hueske with photographic series in DSU Art Gallery.

02 February 2014

The Art Collection at Mayo Clinic in Rochester

The Fibonacci curl welcomes visitors to the Mayo Clinic Center for the Spirit
Over this past year, I've been one of the caregivers for my sister, who was diagnosed with three tumours on her brain, apparently an extension of her lymphoma that was discovered at the end of 2012. During this time, I have seen the interior of one too many clinics and hospitals, but I must say that I was inspired by the beauty of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Four Houses, an large oil display adorns one of the main
waiting areas in the Gonda Building. Artist Jennifer Bartlett

The architecture and art collection of this medical institution is truly a guiding light for anyone who passes through the doors. Since its inception, Mayo has used art, architecture and beauty in surroundings to address the "spiritual aspects" of medical care.

The complex and colorful coordination of the 1,375 individual pieces dazzles as a floating sculpture across the ceiling of the Nurses' atrium.

You don't have to be an art lover or know anything about art to feel the sense of healing that is created by the environment.
I could gush on and on about the Chihuly glass sculptures, the Joan Miro lithos and the Andy Warhol screen prints...but I'd rather show you.
13 Blown glass chandeliers with metal frames, Artist Dale ChihulyThe complex and colorful coordination of the 1,375 individual pieces dazzles as a floating sculpture across the ceiling of the Nurses' atrium.
Though much of my time was spent taking my sister to and from doctor appointments, she was happy enough to allow me to stop and snap a photo of all the gorgeous art pieces that we passed.
Endangered Species, series of 10 screen prints by Andy Warhol

And the art doesn't stop at the Clinic, you can find other gems across the street at the Rochester Methodist Hospital.
Detailed hand-carved inlaid chests, Abalone and mother-of-pearl,
Gift of King Hussein and Queen Noor of Jordan

I wish that I had more time to scour the clinic for other art pieces, but I did manage to select 52 shots from my Galaxy SII of this beautiful art collection here:
art at mayo clinic in rochester minnesota, darla hueske
Among other artworks, Mayo owns two series of Warhol prints, a statue by Auguste Rodin, a mobile by Alexander Calder, several lithos by Joan Miro, and several massive light-filled sculptures by glass artist Dale Chihuly. 

28 November 2013

Let Us Be Grateful and Thankful Towards All.

Be grateful and thankful.
When an opportunity arises to repay kindness to anyone who has helped you, is the eternal practice.