In which I simply throw up my hands and embrace my inner seeker after all things red.

And now back to Ishpeming for a moment. (Are you getting blog-reader’s whiplash as we rocket all over the U.P.?) I cannot identify this place by name or purpose. We weren’t able to figure it out, but there were sure a lot of power lines involved.

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We were pretty sure that the building had been abandoned, just based on a) the lack of cars,  b) the lack of people and c) the countless broken windows.


Through some of those broken windows we could see a big industrial-sized ceiling fan working hard, leading us to believe it wasn’t COMPLETELY deserted. Maybe things were quiet just because it was a Saturday. I was prepared to scale the fence, though, if it meant scoring some good shots.


 I mean, it was well past lunch time. I, for one, was getting a little faint from hunger and Karen is a MAJOR crank when her blood sugar gets wonky. Even so, I was prepared to gnaw on the leather strap from my camera case just to hold the hunger cramps at bay. Karen found a Lifesaver stuck to the bottom of her purse and was considering how to split it between us. We questioned whether or not there was any nutritional value to Burt’s Bee’s Lip Balm.

But then…

I flashed on the last time I went over a chain link fence and it involved ripping the backside out of a nice pair of dress cords. (Don’t ask.)

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Sometimes, a really good motto is “Discretion is the better part of Valor.”

Or…”Run away! Run away!”

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I am super-extremely excited because TWO of my pieces were selected for The Hardy Gallery’s Photography show. The Hardy is in Ephraim, part of Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula and I consider inclusion in this juried show to be a pretty big deal. Part of the excitement comes in the way the show is set up: artists must deliver their actual framed works to the gallery on Sunday or Monday, the show is juried all day on Tuesday and calls are made to only the artists who have been selected for the show on Wednesday. As good as I had been feeling about my work, by 4:00 this afternoon I’d received no phone call and had resigned myself to a “drive of shame” to retrieve my pictures on Saturday. At 4:15, a Gallery intern called and I have been grinning and giggling for the past several hours. The show opens on Friday and is up until October 15. An estimated audience of 12,000 people will visit the gallery during that time.

  1. andykidd says:

    brilliant photos, commentary and congrats about the show. Where to from here?

  2. Pépé le Moko says:

    Hey Red ! Hurray for you….which ones??????

    • Thank you! One is “Toft Point Study” which had been hung in the Neville last fall. The other is “The Persistence of Red” which had been in the Midwest Seasons show in January. They are both studies of the sides of very old buildings and work well as a pair. “Red” is on my FB page–see link below–and I am trying to find a copy of the other to post as well.

  3. richardhaas8 says:

    Congratulations~! Seems only fitting for someone who can bring out the best in a chain link fence.
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Pépé le Moko says:

    p.s. you, my dear friend, are on fire!

    • Thank you, thank you, thank you. Have fam here for the next three days–hoping to detach at least someone from the herd to run up to Friday night’s opening reception with me. If not, I’ll catch the show later. (I really am pretty thrilled.)

  5. Lignum Draco says:

    Nicely done with the reds. What, no mention of pigeons? Or dead parrots?

    My congratulations as well. Well done!

  6. Jeanne says:

    No time now but we will surely get to Door in October.

  7. More material for my materials tickler file. Love the rusted red metal panels against the rust stained concrete. Industry can be such a great resource. Capturing them in your photos, even better.
    And congratulations on your selection to the exhibit.!

  8. You know my thoughts on “red”….so naturally I love this sequence of images……the first three……amazing!

  9. Barbara says:

    Congrats big time on the Hardy Gallery show! We will visit in October and ask “Where are THE Derozier pieces?”

    • Hey! Good plan! I wasn’t able to make the opening, so it will be 2 weeks until I can get up there and see the whole show. Meanwhile, a tour of other Door County galleries with a polite “Pardon me…do you have any Derozier pieces?” 🙂

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