Link Picks

January-March 2011

Happy New Year.  We are re-recommending  some of our favourite galleries and sites from the past years.  The Venue in Bloomington Indiana.  It specializes in local artists, but it also has artists from around the nation.  Bloomington is south of Indianapolis, and is also the home of the Kinsey Institute, which has its own research gallery specializing in erotic images from around the world.

  

For the more rugged individuals, we still highly recommend Paleo Prospectors, a dig-it-yourself dino expedition.  Paleo Prospectors  provides one -week digging trips in Montana, Wyoming or the Dakotas. I have worked with Dr. Nicklas in the past, and he is a wonderful leader.  These trips are not for the weak among us.  They involve extensive walking and field work.  However, the rewards can be wonderful.  Great times in beautiful badlands.  Hot, mosquito-infested work? Of course, but that's what paleontology is supposed to be!  I've attended and right now, I am in full dino-withdrawal. Contact Paleo Prosepectors for dig information.

  

And finally, the Mitchel Museum  of the American Indian of Evanston Il. Great little museum that has come far in recent years under the guidance of several excellent directors and a dedicated board of trustees.  Recent events include the artist's market, an exhibit of Bolo ties, and the display of their excellent collection of Curtis photographs.

  

Vacation Link Pick: June-July 2010

OMG! WHAT GOOD FOOD!

In May, we helped a friend move to Piscataway NJ.  There, we discovered that New Jersey has some of the best food we've ever encountered.  Two places stood out as having really excellent Italian food. The first was right next door to the Piscataway Motel 6. I was sold on Gabreles Bar and Grill as soon as I tasted the homemade salad dressings, but the Alfredo sauce-- that was the best I think I ever tasted.  The place is family friendly, and a  bit noisy.  (They have a karioki area and there are TVs going around the place, but one can still hold a converstation at a reasonable volume.)  The staff was friendly, the food reasonably priced (given the high quality), and I left feeling very sastified with dinner.

The second place was the Broad Street Diner (2654 S Broad St Trenton, NJ
(609) 888-0208 (sorry, no web site).  When we stopped for gas, the gas station attendant strongly recommended this locally popular establishment. The chef is an artist.  Everything on the menu looked delicious.  I had a dish that consisted of chicken rolled around a mixture of ricotta, vegetables and spices. Great food.  If you happen to be visiting Trenton, I highly recomend a visit.

 

Link Pick for May, 2010
TIRED OF BUYING GOODS
MADE WITH SLAVE LABOUR?
HELP SUPPORT LIVING WAGES
AND THE LOCAL ECONOMY!

These days, more and more Americans and Canadians opt to purchase goods made in North America.  Some do so  avoid purchacing goods from countries with slave labour or other questionable labour practices. Some buy from North America because our low-valued currency has made North-American made goods appealing.  Others prefer to purchace locally to support American and Canadian workers because of ecological concerns.

If you are among these people, you will lke this month's link piks: Sites where you can buy American.  (We will be adding a Canadian site as soon as possible too.)

Please support artists and other workers make a living wage!

All "Made in USA" Product Database

OUR LINK PICK OF THE MONTH
APRIL-MAY, 2010
THE VENUE OF BLOOMINGTON INDIANA
http://www.thevenuebloomington.com//
We visited Bloomington for a conference this past month.  While there, we checked out the local galleries that specialize in local (Mid-west) artists.  We were both very impressed with The Venue. Yes, we know that we are sending you to the competition, but yes, they are that good!

OUR PICK OF THE MONTH
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2009
MUSEUM OF THE FUR TRADE

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The Museum of the Fur Trade in Chadron Nebraska suffers from a very misleading name.  It provides the visitor with the flavour of the local history, as well as information on the fuas well as providing a historical perspective of  the relationships among the cultures of the Nebraska Panhandle and other parts of the United States.    It is a must-see if you ever visit the Nebraskan Panhandle.

In addition to its wonderful collection of  beadwork and tradeblankets, the museum also offers a limited selection of heritage seeds through its gift shop.  Their selection includes Mandan tobacco, Hidatsa beans, and  Assiniboine flint corn.



OUR PICK OF THE MONTH JUNE-AUGUST 09

KIVA MICROLENDING

 

 





Kiva microlending helps people in the third world with short to medium term small scale loans. Through Kiva, you can loan as little as $25 to help a person get onto their feet.  When the money is repaid, you can loan again, or pull out the funds.  Your choice.  It's a nice way to help someone to a better life.

 









OUR PICK OF THE MONTH MARCH-MAY 09

WITH CARE CONSULTING


Ron at the Lake

Ron Kanutski is a cultural teacher, group facilitator, consultant and counsellor. He has dedicated 17 years to the human services field, working in Canada and the United State of America in the provinces and states of Ontario, Manitoba, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois. He has delivered a wide variety of mental health, addiction and culturally-based seminars, workshops and services to Aboriginal and Non-Native children, youth and adults residing in urban, rural, and remote communities. Ron Kanutski brings a lifetime of instruction and training from numerous Ojibway, Oji-Cree and Cree elders, healers, drum keepers, pipe carriers, lodge keepers, storytellers and medicine people to his work. These experiences strengthen his abilities as a teacher, counsellor, husband, father, helper and friend.

Ron believes that his gift is his natural ability to blend traditional Ojibway healing methods and ceremonies shared by the elders with mainstream healing modalities. This combination provides for unique learning opportunities and healing experiences for groups and individuals.

Legal Disclaimer: Because we are notversed in Ron's area of expertese, we cannot provide an informed endoresement of his work or his methods.  Instead, we leave it to you to decide if his methods and ideas will work for you. Prairie House Gallery has placed this information here as a service to our readers and to Mr. Kanutski.  This information should not be construde as an endorsement by Prairie House for any particular form of healing or treatment.  (We're not doctors, just a struggling gallery.)


OUR PICK OF THE MONTH SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER 08
TANNER GRAPHICS



TANNER GRAPHICS



We recently added a picture by Geoge Tanner to our own  personal collection. We were impressed with his works.  George Tanner is an artist from Manitoba Canada. His works reflect daily life in Manitoba during this turn of the 21st century era.  Please take time to  visit his "Silent Paintings".  They are his strong point.

Prairie House Gallery has no stake in Mr. Tanner's work.   We do not represent him.  Instead, we see him as a tallented North American artist whose sight deserves some recognition and visitation.  Consequently, we offer this link as a courtisy to a fellow artist.  Please  let him know that you heard about him through us.











OUR RECURRING PICK OF THE MONTH MAY- AUGUST

PALEO  PROSPECTORS.
  

Ever want to dig for dinosaurs?  Paleo Prospectors can make this dream come trues.  Paleo Prospectors has negotiated with ranches in South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Nebraska.  Unlike many pay-to-dig trips, the hunters get to keep a certain amount of material that they find. (Of course, pieces of scientific merit or above a set value go to a museum.  This arrangement keeps the cost of the dig down, and helps the science of paleontology. The cost of the trip includes the negotiated land access, the housing, meals, and ground transportation to and from the hunting sites.


 On past digs, people have found a wide range of items.  In past years, participants have helped to uncover new species of both animals and plants, dinosaur skin, and numerous claws and teeth.   The two 16' Mososaurs pictured below were found by  Paleo Prospectors in Nebraska.  If you are interested in participating, click picture above for more information.

(Warning!  The trip tends to be quite rigorous, so make certain that you are in good physical shape before going.  Participants cover miles of open land in the heat of the badlands summer.  Although children are welcome on these trips,  and some have helped find important fossils,  the trip is really not suitable for small children.  The heat is too great for them, AND they tend to get board with the waking.)

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OUR PICK OF THE MONTH APRIL
DALE AND MARTH HAWK MUEUSM .
A thousand things to see and do.... A Era Gone By.


This museum is great!  It appeals to us at Prairie House Gallery because of its unusual content: Farming!  North Dakota remains a predominantly rural state, with a rich history of farming.  The Dale and Martha Hawk Museum helps to preserve that rich heritage. It gives a peak into the working lives of North Dakotans through the history of the state. In addition to its fine collection of historic farm equipment, the DMHM offers camping,  a church (available for weddings), and party facilities.

The Museum is open daily  from 9am to 6pm  from May through September. This June 9-11, they will be hosting their 17 annual farm show.  Please browse through their website and look at last years events and pictures for more information. .

For more information, click on the picture above to visit their web site, or contact the DMHM at:  dmhawk@gondtc.com



OUR PICK OF THE MONTH  MARCH
The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian


http://www.mitchellmuseum.org/

The Mitchel Museum is the brain child of John and Betty Mitchell, who turned their collection of Native American/ First Nation artwork and cultural artifacts into the core of a growing collection.  The Museum is in Evanston Illinois, at the corner of Central Park and Central Avenue.  It is housed in a building that once was home to the Terra Museum of American Art.  For more information, please click on the link above to reach the museum.

Finally, one just for the fun of it: 

Any Monty Python fan will love the SPAM Museum in Austin Minnesota. The history of Spam, The Luch Counter, the Spam mosaic.  More Spam than you can stomach and great fun.  Complete with a gifts shop that includes Spam Earrings!  Not too far from the more serious site, Pipestone National Monument.  This summer, if you head east or west,  why not stop for a quick look.