I’m always pleased to support organizations and ideas that fit with things I hold dear. This month, the delightful Grand Hand Gallery has invited me to set up an educational table in their gallery. Come and visit this excellent gallery this month–it’s buzzing with good energy! I have a sweet little table filled with beaucoup information on how to attract wildlife to your yard, native plants, how to think like a pollinator, garden design with native plants, and more. Eco-scaping urban and suburban yards is my passion that I like to share as much as I can (see also www.neighborhoodgreening.org). So, stop by and see some really good art. Stop by and peruse my table. Until the end of August.

I also volunteer for the Mill City Farmer’s Market. The only all-organic farmer’s market in the metro. This is more than a farmers market. This non-profit offers farmer support, educational programs, community outreach, and food donations. It is an organization built around passion and endless energy. I have donated artwork to this year’s gala/silent auction/fundraiser so come on down to the train shed by the Mississippi River, eat a fabulous organic meal, and be a part of something really important in our community. Sunday, September 10.

I am donating a piece of my artwork to the
Mill City Farmers Market silent auction.
“Monarch and Milkweed.”
These multi-layered totems take several months to create.
Come on down and make a bid for a good cause.
Because of the time involved to create my totem series,
I don’t make them often.

Also in September is the Page Education Foundation’s annual fundraiser at the U.S. Bank Stadium. My belief in education rivals my passion for the environment. I like the Foundation’s mission of offering financial support with the expectation that recipients must “pay it forward” by mentoring others. Smart idea. I have donated the below painting to this year’s silent auction. Attend the gala and make a bid! It’s one of my favorites! Look for the painting titled “Summer.” Saturday, September 9.

Last but not least, is the spectacular annual Monarch Festival at Lake Nokomis. It’s free, supes fun, awesome for families. Experience the spectacular migration of the monarch butterfly through song, dance, art-making, parading, question-asking, and chatting with exhibitors. I will be lakeside at the children’s tent. Pick up the Nokomis Naturescape children’s treasure hunt quiz from yours truly. Kids who complete the hunt will receive a free milkweed plant. Saturday, September 9.