On a chilly night in February, my mother, her younger sister (my dear auntie) and I piled into Mom’s surprisingly roomy Toyota Echo and traveled 60 miles North of Nodine,
Ready is Associate Professor of Art and Director of the University Gallery at the UW-LaCrosse where my aunt works. His art was part of the
When we arrived, it took us forever to find the entrance to the museum. The sprawling Rochester Art and
We descended to the second level where we found John’s stuff. John attended graduate school in
I talked with the artist briefly and found out that he had actually lived in the house next to the creamery in Nodine, where I group up! His father used to work there (the building is now abandoned and both Ready and I expressed a desire to own the place and bring it back to life in some way.) John has exhibited his artwork in solo and group shows across the country. He lives in LaCrescent.
We finally found our way down to the ground floor where again I ran into a friend-an artist who had been a few years ahead of me in school. There was many other exhibits here, such as a video of a group of people moving a sand dune 4 inches, maps of
When we made it to the bar, the industrial music had started (why do all these art exhibits seem to think DJs playing noise are the best accompaniment?) We had a drink and ate some extremely garlicky salsa and some yummy cheese and artichoke dip. A table was set up for people to try their hands at sketching a map of the area (much like the students had done). My mom had a great time drawing a creature asking “Where is I-90?” and under “Legend” she wrote: Once upon a time there was a great and powerful wizard… She’s so funny.
Ready’s exhibit, “Industrial Arts: Fobs, chains and chatelaines for the jet set and the chevron-let set” runs through