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Paul Krause’s ‘Harvest’ documentary airs on TPT in September

Paul Krause and his 'Harvest' documentary web page

Paul Krause stopped by my corner office at GBM last week to let me know that his Harvest documentary, (which "chronicles the creation of Ray Jacobson’s sculpture of the same title") is scheduled for broadcast on TPT (Twin Cities Public Television) several times in September.

See the Harvest page on Paul’s Dancing Sun Multimedia site for dates and times.

R.I.P. Ray ‘Jake’ Jacobson. His legacy of public sculptures has helped to make Northfield a vibrant place

Ray 'Jake' Jacobson with his Harvest sculpture on Northfield Sesquicentennial PlazaSculptor Ray ‘Jake’ Jacobson died earlier this week.

Services will be next Saturday, May 12, at Carleton’s Skinner Memorial Chapel, on the Carleton campus.

Michael Garlitz at Northfield Patch has a very good summary of Jake’s life:

Jacobson was creator of two of Northfield’s most prominent works of art, the Bridge Square Fountain and the bronze sculpture “Harvest” in the city’s riverfront Sesquicentennial Legacy Plaza. He was 91…

Jacobson had been a vital member of Northfield’s art scene since 1955, when he began his teaching career at Carleton College. In addition to teaching art for more than three decades, he designed and constructed public art structures seen throughout Northfield, as well as Minnesota and beyond.

See Dave Machacek’s ArtOrg slideshow that features Jake’s 10 public sculptures around Northfield.

See all my Ray ‘Jake’ Jacobson blog posts and photo slideshows of his Northfield-related activities going back to Aug. of 2007.

Is wading in the Sheldahl anniversary fountain on Bridge Square officially sanctioned?

DSC07145I noticed workers cleaning out the Sheldahl anniversary fountain on Bridge Square this morning.  (Yes, it’ll be ready for today’s 105+ heat index.)

It reminded me that Northfielder Brenton Balvin tweeted this question a couple of weeks ago:

#northfield friends, quick poll: is it ok for kids to wade / walk in downtown fountain?

I replied with an emphatic YES but Northfield.org board chair Nate White tweeted:

i’d say not okay on a typical day but I certainly wouldn’t fault anybody for taking a dip today!

Wading in the Sheldahl anniversary fountain on Bridge SquareI’ve never known it to NOT be okay for anyone to wade in the fountain, kids or adults.  I’ve taken more than a few photos of kids wading there, eg, this photo from my Taste of Northfield 2010 album.

But maybe TPTB just look the other way when it happens.

Is there any question on what Ray "Jake" Jacobson would say about folks wading in one of his public fountains?

Twin Cities Public Television to air ‘Harvest’ documentary this weekend

tpt-schedulePaul Krause, Paul Krause CreativePaul Krause, Paul Krause Creative, stopped by my corner office at the GBM this morning to inform me that his documentary ‘Harvest’ will air on TPT’s Minnesota Channel (2.2) this weekend.

Scheduled times are Saturday, May 28 at 7pm, Sunday at 1am, 3am and 1pm.

Harvest sculptor Ray ‘Jake’ Jacobson is recovering at Three Links Transitional Care unit from recent  back surgery. Paul expects that Jake will soon be back to work on another exciting project for Northfield that he’s got in the works.

Here are three photos from my October 2008 Harvest Sculpture Dedication album:

Ray Jacobson with Harvest sculpture Ray Jacobson at Harvest sculpture dedication Harvest sculpture at night

Photo album: Living Treasure Award ceremony

Philip Spensley, chair of the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission, was the MC for last night’s Northfield Living Treasures Award Program (PDF) ceremony at the Grand Event Center honoring  Myrna Johnson and Ray Jacobson.

Speakers included:

  • Ray Jacobson websiteSam Gett, publisher of the Northfield News, sponsors/underwriters of the award
  • Mary Rossing, Northfield Mayor
  • Paul Krause, nominator of Ray ‘Jake’ Jacobson
  • Kathy Rush, nominator of Myrna Johnson

Paul Krause announced during his remarks that Ray Jacobson now has his own website.

See the album of 16 photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:

Northfield to honor Myrna Johnson and Ray Jacobson as our first Living Treasures

Philip Spensley Myrna Johnson Ray Jacobson
Philip Spensley (left), chair of the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission, stopped by my corner office at the GBM this morning to remind me about Monday night’s big wingding at the Grand Event Center honoring  Myrna Johnson and Ray Jacobson, the first two recipients of the Northfield Living Treasures Award Program (PDF). Philip emailed me this info:

The Arts and Culture Commission wishes to invite everyone in the community to a celebration on Monday, Dec 13, at 7 pm, at the Grand, to honor the first two recipients of its newly created Northfield Living Treasure Award.  Mayor Mary Rossing will present the award to Ray Jacobson and Myrna Johnson for their generous, significant and lengthy contributions to art and culture in Northfield. 

Ray, an internationally renowned sculptor and former Art Professor at Carleton, notably designed and created the stunning and delightful bronze fountain in Bridge Square, as well as the recent "Harvest" sculpture along the riverwalk near the 5th St Bridge which celebrates Northfield’s sesquicentennial. 

Myrna was a founder of the Northfield Arts Guild, now 50 years young, which has given opportunity to generations of local professional and amateur artists and performers to showcase their work and to develop their skills.  For many years Myrna served as its director of theatre, as a fundraiser, and still continues to serve as its archivist.

The community is warmly invited to celebrate and honor Myrna’s and Ray’s outstanding achievements and service.

See the Northfield.org blog post by Jane McWilliams for more details on the event and the Oct 26 Northfield News article (pictured in the photo with Philip).

Another idea for whimsical sculpture for the Riverwalk Arts Quarter

Malecon sculpture Back in the fall of 2008, I blogged some photos of the whimsical bronze sculptures on the Malecón, the oceanside boardwalk in the center of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

I was amazed at the scupltures’ ability to engage people for play and photos.

Toby the Tortoise sculpture at the Como Zoo Toby the Tortoise sculpture at the Como Zoo Toby the Tortoise sculpture at the Como Zoo Toby the Tortoise sculpture at the Como Zoo 
While at the Como Zoo and Conservatory yesterday, Robbie and I noticed the how the bronze sculpture of Toby the Tortoise on the Zoo Donor Plaza did the same. It was more entertaining watching people interact with the sculpture than it was watching the animals at the zoo which were mostly still inside and mostly napping.

Sheldahl anniversary fountain on Bridge Square Sheldahl anniversary fountain on Bridge Square
Ray Jacobson’s Sheldahl anniversary fountain on Bridge Square brings out the playfulness in people, especially kids.  ‘Twould be cool to have more sculptures along Riverwalk that did this.

Harvest documentary screens in Faribault, by Paul Krause

My new documentary, Harvest: A Community’s History Captured in Bronze, will be shown in Faribault on Friday, May 7 at 7pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. The screening will take place in the sanctuary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints located at 902 17th Street S.W. in Faribault. The screening is free and open to the public.

Ray Jacobson and I will be on hand to answer any questions about the making of the film and the Harvest sculpture. A reception will follow the show. The documentary is an hour in length.

DVD copies of Harvest are now on sale at the Northfield Historical Society. They can also be purchased online on my website.

Photo album: Harvest documentary premiere

Paul Krause and Ray Jacobson At the Northfield High School last Thursday night, Paul Krause previewed his new documentary of Ray ‘Jake’ Jacobson’s Harvest sculpture.

Wes Jones, president of Casting Creations of MinnesotaAmong the attendees: Wes Jones, president of Casting Creations of Minnesota, the art foundry in Howard Lake, MN where the bronze casting of Harvest was done.  Wes has a future in comedy.

See my album of 9 photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:

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