Wendy Brown-Baez - words to light our way
Treasure Hunt: 
Where our hearts are, there is our treasure

We explore where we come from, where we belong, who we are and what we love in personal essays and poems  and transform words into mixed media art pieces displayed  in a variety of businesses in Saint Louis Park from May 1 - August 7th.

Join us for the finale reading:
Friday August 8, 2014
7:00 pm
Wolfe Creek Pavilion
3700 Monterey Drive
Saint Louis Park 

Patricia Jo Bungert
Wendy Brown-Baez
Ruth Hovland
Mary Hurley
Renee Oberg 
Chrisma McIntyre 
Joyce Nelson Shellhart

This activity is funded in part by the Saint Louis Park Arts & Culture grant sponsored by Friends of the Arts

Participating venues where 
you can find Treasures:
City Hall
5005 Minnetonka Blvd
Hennepin County Library SLP
3240 Library Lane
Lenox Community Center
6715 Minnetonka Blvd
Miracle Mile Liquor Barrel
5111 Excelsior Blvd
Droolin' Moose
5007 Excelsior Blvd
5003 Excelsior Blvd
Ciel Loft & Home
4416 Excelsior Blvd
Karagheusian Oriental Rugs
4424 Excelsior Blvd

What Am I excerpt:
A mosaic of memories, a tapestry of stories, turn over the fabric to see the way the threads are knotted, tangled, the weave of shadow with light and those thin shiny threads of gold. A blanket of compassion, a walk on the dark side, a bucketful of tears... 
--Wendy Brown-Baez

Artist Statement
Treasure Hunt began as a 4 session writing workshop. We wrote about where we come from, where we belong, what we love, who we are and what we leave as our legacy. Then each writer was asked to think about how she might display her writing as a work of art using found objects, shadow boxes, collage, fabric, or ordinary things in her closet, jewelry box, or sewing basket. Our fiber artist Chrisma McIntyre brought samples of possible ways to frame our words and we brainstormed ideas together. We realized the possibilities are limitless and treasures are often those things we might overlook. We want our readers to come upon our work unexpectedly while going about their day. Our hope is that you will pause to read our words and reflect on the treasures of your own heart. 

Patricia Jo Bungeris a scientist and an artist. She makes all-natural plant fiber paper. To do so, she boils, beats, and then pours plant fiber to manufacture remarkably rare all-natural paper. Examples are dark brown Iris, deep green Lily, and creamy yellow Yucca papers. As a scientist working on river basins at the highest mountains of central Colorado and the lowest deltas of Holland, Patricia is required to repeatedly explore polarities to reconcile opposites. “Mostly,” she says, “I enjoy making do with what I have.

Wendy Brown-Baez is a writer, teacher, performance poet and installation artist. She is the author of the poetry books Ceremonies of the Spirit and transparencies of light and has published prose and poetry in numerous literary journals and anthologies. She has been awarded two McKnight grants, a Mn State Arts Board grant and a Saint Louis Park Arts & Culture grant for this project. Her youngest grandson loves books, so she knows someone got her genes. 

Ruth Richter Hovland is an educator and writer, helping others ignite their personal stories. She writes to enlighten her soul. She has had the privilege of raising two inspiring young adults who grace her life with their energy and unique perspective. For her, a day isn't complete without heartfelt conversation, a touch of nature, and a decadent dark chocolate treat. 

Mary Hurley grew up in St. Paul painting, drawing and writing. Her family and teachers encouraged all kinds of creative efforts including presenting amateur theatrical productions. She began teaching art and then went on to teach English. She has taught students of all ages and ethnicities--from middle school students to retirees, from local students who have dropped out of school to Russian immigrants. She earned her Ph.D. researching the motivations of young adults who return to school. She traveled the country training trainers for the National Issues Forums sponsored by the Kettering Foundation. Currently, she is working with some of the youngest learners—her grandchildren.

Barbara Chrisma McIntyre majored in art as a youngster and has done multi-media art off and on for years. She enjoys being a Doula, a Colon Hydro therapist, and an intuitive Wellness coach, using the natural world as her guide and inspiration. With her passion for nature, she is an all around tree hugger.

Born in St. Louis Park with a background in the performance arts of dance and rhetoric, Renee Oberg considers herself as an artist of the everyday.  Her work is influenced by the myths and archetypes that embody a dimension just beyond the five senses and how the expression of those myths and archetypes are revealed in our everyday lives.  She considers Emily Dickinson a kindred spirit.
Joyce Nelson Shellhart is an artist, author and professional speaker. The second edition of her book, Dress to Impress, How a Navy Blazer Changed My Life, was released in 2012. The road of her amazing life has led her from victim to survivor to thrivor, she is eager to see what is around the next corner. Joyce is a storyteller from a long line of storytellers, just ask and she’ll tell you the story.
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