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Red Wing...City on the River Giclee print by Dan Weimer for ArtReach 
Sunday, May 13, 2007, 11:12 AM
Giclee prints are great for fund raisers for arts organizations and non-profits. Last year we printed the official Giclee print for the Austin Minnesota Sesquicentennial. Created by artist Tamara Schnieder the print quickly sold out its edition of 150 prints. (Yes Austin is the home of Spam and yes Hormel and pigs played a part in the art work).

This year it is Red Wing's turn to celebrate its 150th birthday. Dan Weimer was once again called upon to create a visual collage of this historic town on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. (See yesterdays entry for his mural of Red Wing). The print titled Red WIng...City on the River shows many of Red Wings landmarks and captures the flavor of this famous Minnesota river town.

The Giclee prints are being sold as a fund raiser for ArtReach. ArtReach is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities to explore and acknowledge the artist in every individual. In addition to classes for kids and adults ArtReach also sponsors a variety of community-wide art events.

Check out ArtReach's Web site for more information. The grand reception for the print will be Thursday May 17th at Red Wing Framing Gallery on Main Street in Downtown Red Wing.

See ArtReach for more information on Red Wing...City on the River print.

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How big to enlarge a scan? How about 170 feet? 
Saturday, May 12, 2007, 06:25 PM
Once again well known Minnesota artist and illustrator Dan Wiemer has come to us with a request to scan one of his paintings to enlarge it. This time he wanted it over 170 feet long.

OK I admit we are not going to print it that large; it is being painted by over 50 volunteers. But the painters needed something more detailed than the original pen and ink drawing. Also we decided it would be easier if the painting was gridded off like a map. So we scanned it, added a labeled grid and printed it in convenient sections.

Gary Stone of Hobgoblin Music and Stoney End Harps thought Red Wing needed something special for its Sesquicentennial and contacted Dan about creating the art. With the support of the Red Wing Art Association director Dan Guida and President Art Kenyon area merchants donated paint and supplies for the mural. The City of Red Wing also is remaking the parking lot in front of it.

As you can see from the photograph below the mural is still a work in progress. But it is ahead of schedule and should be done soon. If you enter Red Wing from Wisconsin 63 you can't miss it. It will be straight ahead on the corner of 3rd and Plum.

We were glad to be able to do our little part in this great project.
Click on the image above to see it larger

Neal Topliff New CD - Northwoods Retreat 
Thursday, April 19, 2007, 04:49 PM
The great thing about digitizing artwork is how easy it is to use the image in multiple formats and sizes. We saw that once again with Red Wing artist's Art Kenyon recent cover art and insert for pianist/composer Neal Topliff's newest CD. Neal's Northwoods Retreat captures the moods and atmosphere of a weekend at the lake cabin. Art's painting likewise captures visually the light and warmth of a classic "up north" cabin experience.

Once we scanned the painting we were able to run a CMYK proof of the image at CD size and pass it on to the designer to use to create the wrap-around cover in InDesign. From there we were also able to create a POP (Point of Purchase) display. Neal has the option of using the image on t-shirts or other collateral material as well. And since we scanned the image at high resolution on high end scanner it can also be used to create Giclee fine art prints.

Check out Neal Topliff's Website to hear samples of his solo piano compositions and his Northwoods Retreat CD. You can also see Art Kenyon's artwork:

David Husom
Husom & Rose Photographics
Giclee printers serving artists in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, the Upper Midwest and across the US.

Jane Mjolsness Exhibits Giclee Prints 
Monday, March 5, 2007, 01:25 PM
For an artist there is nothing quite as satisfying and exciting as a gallery exhibit. Yes it does the ego proud, but I think even more important is that it's a chance to see a body of work in a new environment.

I remember a friend once commented on seeing his work in his first one person show: "Now that it is printed, matted, framed and hung on the wall I realize how good I actually am!"

I suspect that Jane Mjolsness has seen her work in print enough to know how good she is. I recognized her work the minute I saw it and was excited to make Giclee prints for her, for her exhibition. Still it has to feel good to have her work up on the walls of a Florida gallery. Congratulations Jane!

See examples of her work at:

Draw Me a Story: Giclee Printing For Museum Exhibits 
Thursday, February 1, 2007, 05:32 PM
Giclee printing is normally thought of as a way to reproduce artwork for artists wishing to market their work in another format. However, Giclee prints can also substitute for art or documents for exhibits when the originals are unavailable for exhibition, too small for convenient viewing, too fragile or even severely damaged.

When the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis needed works for its exhibition: Draw Me a Story: Minnesota Children's Book Illustrations it turned to the University of Minnesota Kerlan Collection at the Andersen Library for some of the images in the show. The Kerlan Collection contains a vast array of original drawings and paintings by some of the most important children's book illustrators in the world. But since the works could not leave the Library, the Museum had Giclee prints made instead. For this exhibit all of the Giclee prints were reproduced at the same size as the originals and matched the look of the artists illustrations as close as possible.

This is the fourth exhibit we have printed for the Mill City Museum. Two years ago we scanned and printed the 35 print exhibition Minnesota in the Mail: A Postcard History for the Minnesota Historical Society. The exhibit consisted of scans of vintage postcards, enlarged and printed up to 16X20 inches. The prints allowed the Museum to showcase much larger images of these wonderful postcards.

The exhibit Railroads and the Marketing of the Northwest, featured advertising images from the Minnesota Historical Society collections. We made over a dozen large sized images scanned from original brochures, railroad timetables and vintage art work. Here again some of the works were enlarged. But more importantly delicate works on paper could be kept in safe storage while near identical duplicates were used for the exhibit.

For the exhibit Looking Forward, Looking Back: Guthrie Theater Reflections on the history of the Guthrie we were able to create a more consistent look for a range of images that included vintage photographs and slides, as well as contemporary digital camera images.

For museum exhibits we tend to do minimal restoration of damaged documents. Staple marks, light scuffing and worn edges are normally left as is to more accurately reflect the age of the pieces. However in other cases we have fully restored wedding licenses, baptismal certificates, corporate documents and family papers. Again the beauty of digital imaging is that a choice can be made after scanning and before printing.

The Mill City exhibit is open until May 1st 2007. The Museum is at 704 South Second Street in Minneapolis next to the new Guthrie Theatre. It contains some great works by some of Minnesota's best known children's book artists. And Minnesota has a number of GREAT book illustrators.

Mill City Museum Exhibition

David Husom
Husom & Rose Photographics
Giclee printers serving artists in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, the Upper Midwest and across the US.

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