Prairie Mosaic 1102

Prairie Mosaic 1102

“Prairie Mosaic” is funded by– the Minnesota Arts
and Cultural Heritage Fund, with money from the vote
of the people of Minnesota on November 4th, 2008; the North Dakota Council
on the Arts, and by the members
of Prairie Public. Welcome to “Prairie Mosaic,” a patchwork of stories
about the art, culture, and history
in our region. Hi, I’m Matt Olien. And I’m Barb Gravel. On this edition
of Prairie Mosaic, We’ll visit a printing press
Museum in North Dakota, a county museum
in northern Minnesota, and hear some seasonal music. ♪ Silent night ♪ ♪ Holy night ♪ Donna Cristy is originally
from Texas, but she has lived for years now
in Bismarck, and she’s taken up her
longtime passion, painting. Her impressionistic work is
catching on with the art buying public. [piano plays softly] I’m Donna Cristy. I love to paint because I love
the juicy brilliant colors. I just love to paint pictures that have that beautiful color. It seems to bring joy to people, it brings joy to me
when I do it, and it takes a lot of stress and
burdens of the day off of me when I’m able to come in and just mix color
and apply it to the canvas. We just got back from Scotland, and my intention was
to get lots of painting, references that I could use
for my painting. This was at one
of the castles we visited. We took a picture
of some gardens. This was a picture
that we took there in one of the gardens of
a castle there in Scotland. An Impressionist painting is just an impression
of what I’m seeing. I start with a transparent
undercoating. I start on a museum quality
whiteboard, then I come in with a mixture of a solvent that I get from Europe
mixed with lanolin oil. I thin down my paints
and make a very thin wash, just get a basic outline
of what I want to paint. After that I come back with just plain paint
and just start creating. I’ve always had an artistic
interest, but I didn’t really know
how to paint. I’d never taken
any painting classes, but it was always something
that was interesting to me, I always thought that I would
like to learn how to paint. What started me deciding to buy
paints and get started was the movie “The Notebook,”
there is a scene in there where he makes a studio
for the woman he loves. I just saw that and thought, you
know, I could do that! [laughs] My family was always teasing me because it would take me like
6 months to do a painting. Dreama Tolle Perry really
changed the way I painted. She’s the one that taught me
this technique. I was able to finish
several paintings in that weekend
that I was at that workshop Then I came home and started
implementing what I had learned, just started really changing the
way I painted and was able to produce paintings that you could
put on the wall in no time. I just want the paintings
to be pretty. I want something for people to
look at that brings them joy. Donna Cristy came
to our attention, and I was immediately taken
by her work. Very much impressionist, she
seems to capture a moment– Out for a walk in the woods
or out on the prairie, and that’s what people
pick up on, that’s what they see when
they look at her paintings. They imagine themselves
on that trail, on that path. And she does it
very, very delightfully, and she’s
gone over really well. (Donna)
The first night
we sold 6 paintings, so that was exciting for me to see that people liked my art
and were interested in it. Kim from North Dakota Council
on the Arts was at my opening, and said that she was interested
in me exhibiting at the Capital. So right now my pieces
are at the Capital. It is overwhelming to me and
very humbling to me That people do enjoy
my paintings I feel very honored that people want me to put my paintings
in their gallery, then when people actually enjoy
looking at it, it is an unbelievable joy
that I can’t even explain. We’re seeing more and more
artists like her that have been painting for
a long time, but never really thought about
becoming commercial, if you will, or exhibiting,
certainly in a gallery We really encourage that. The opening reception, probably one of the better sales events
that we had at a reception. North Dakotans in particular
tend to be a little more reserved,
and they don’t like to show off in front of other
people and make a purchase. But in this case,
a lot of people did, and we were very happy,
and she certainly was as well. I had hoped to add more
paintings back at Capital Gallery; David and I
have talked about that [piano plays softly] (Donna)
The peace and the calm
that comes over me, I turn on my music, and I have my diffuser on with
some great essential oils, and it takes me away
into a more peaceful place. As I’ve gotten older, that has
become very important to me to have that peace of mind,
that joy, and those colors on that canvas, and being able to put them down
with a brush or a palette knife, and to create something
that’s beautiful to me and I hope beautiful
to the people that look at it is a very calming thing
that I really need in my life. There’s a museum in Braddock,
North Dakota that features old-time
printing presses. It allows visitors to take
a step back in time to see how newspapers were
printed years ago. [harmonica, banjo, drums, &
guitar play in bright rhythm] (Allan Burke) We are at the
Braddock News Letterpress Museum on the South Central Threshing
Association grounds at Braddock North Dakota. What’s special is that it’s
a collection of letterpress equipment,
antique equipment. Our oldest is about 1875,
and we go up to about 1950. 1952 was the 500th anniversary
of printing. Letterpress
basically means using movable type or individual
letters made from steel or wood or lead and printing a page or
news story with movable type. Until about 1960 the process was
pretty much what Gutenberg used, in that you had movable type
or pieces of type and you were using a machine to press it against a sheet
of paper to produce something. We have about everything that
a small print shop would’ve had between 1885 and 1960 or later. It’s unique to have
the full range of equipment still in operating condition. Kids are fascinated by,
I guess the moving parts of the presses
that we let them run. They like to turn the wheel,
they like to see how it works, they like to see the ink go on, then they are very excited when
they have printed something. And usually during
the threshing show, we kind of become
the unofficial babysitters, because kids
from about 6, 5, 6 to 11, kind of hang out here, and depending upon
their level of enthusiasm probably with a big stack
of things, but they get a picture of, an
engraving of Abraham Lincoln, and a sailboat and a bunch of
other graphics that we have. We have a form
that certifies them as the printer’s apprentice. The printer’s apprentice is
called the printer’s devil. So we tease them about being
the printer’s devil, but they get to print a card that they can put their name on
that certifies them. Of the presses, there’s kind of
3 categories that we have. Platen presses have
a bed on them where you put
the type or the form, then they press paper
against the platen. They are hand-fed presses. Then we have 3
cylinder presses. These were used to print
weekly newspapers many years ago;
they go back to the 1890s. The 3rd kind of press is
an automatic press. We have some Kluges which are
platen presses, but they are automated, so they use the vacuum system to feed the paper into the press
and to take it out. Then we have
typesetting equipment, and it sets type in lead. Until the ’60s, news stories
in a weekly newspaper and some dailies would’ve been
done with a Linotype. Each letter has
a brass mold which is stored in the magazine
of the Linotype. As you press a key the letters
are released mechanically, and they assemble into a line, then you cast
a line of type in lead. Now we’re going to cast
the line. I’ve assembled it so it would be
like one line of a news story. I’m going to send it up, it’s going to go over,
it’s going to come down When this elevator comes down,
a plunger will force 500-degree lead into the mold
to cast the line. Then the lead was melted down
at the end of the week. In the case of a weekly,
you’d tear the pages down, and remelt the lead,
and start over the next week. That machine was invented in
1885, and it was a huge event because from 1452 on,
every printer dreamed of some way to automate
the typesetting process so you didn’t have
to pick each letter individually out of a drawer
to set a story. So newspapers generally didn’t
have many pages in them, partly because of
lack of advertising maybe, but also just because
of the arduous task of hand-setting each letter
in a news story. So that was a major turning
point in the printing industry. My wife Leah and I have
2 weekly newspapers. The newspapers we have now are
the Prairie Pioneer at Pollock and the Emmons County record
in Linton. Since I grew up in a weekly
newspaper, and I grew up with this equipment,
it’s sort of, I enjoy it. If you see where you’ve been, you have a little bit more grasp
of maybe where we’re going. And here, this technology
essentially goes back to 1452. You see the struggle
that people went through and how hard they had to work, but you also see
that change continues, so you look ahead 10 years
or 100 years or 50 years, things are going to be
a lot different just as they are
as you look back. So I think it’s a window
to the future in a way, even though we’re looking back. The Lake of the Woods County
Historical Society Museum in Baudette, Minnesota is
a little gem of a place, nestled way up on the northern
tip of Minnesota. Its mission is to collect,
preserve, and interpret the history of the county. [metallic sound of the nickel
rolling down the slot] [player piano plays ragtime] (Lindsay Marshall)
Lake of the Woods County
historical Society was formed in 1965, and the museum
was built and finished in 1980, then we expanded in 1989, then just two years ago we built
an Event Center. Lake of the Woods County was
formed in 1923. Before that we were Beltrami
County. There’s about 7800 square miles
in the County, and there’s about 4000 people. We have Zippel Bay State Park,
the Northwest Angle, there’s Garden Island,
there’s a state park up there. There is also North Camp out to
the West, which is a CCC camp. We have exhibits spanning from
archaeology to the fire of 1910, domestic life , school life, pretty much all different
facets of life. October 7th, I believe,
a train spark caused the fire. It just grew really rapidly
because it’s really dry here. It started from the west,
then moved to the east. And it engulfed a good chunk
of the county, all of Baudette and Spooner,
west to like, Pitt and Graceton. 42 people died,
27 are in a mass grave. It killed your livestock
and any chance of logging So the logging industry changed
over to agriculture because you can’t log
felled trees. Everything was gone in just
two hours, then they were able to rebuild, and things
kept going the next year. We have a bar, originally
it was from Rainy River, then it moved over to Spooner, so after
the fire. It was there until
I think the ’80s. People will come in
and remember going over to Eastside Bar or Camp One. The nickelodeon is always a hit,
it’s like a player piano, so you put a nickel in, and it
plays 8 different instruments. We have a printing press,
it still works. We have a guy
who used to work on it, and he can clean it and reset
all of the type and run it. We have a lot of archives
and photographs. We have well over 1000
photographs and postcards. We try to do a program
once a month. Summer school kids come
during the summer. Then we have 2nd and 5th graders
come each year. We are starting a new program
where we do Coffee and Conversation every
other week in the winter, then the opposite weeks I go
over to the senior center, and I bring things over to get
those memories on tape. Lake of the Woods County, it’s sort of up
in the middle of nowhere. Like I tell people that I live
up on the Canadian border, they think oh Brainerd, no no,
like literally on the border. You have that interaction
between the two countries. I think it has a really unique
history, the CCC history, there’s fishing, there’s the
train, there’s the fire of 1910. I’d like to get more
interactive things, I’d like to do something
that’s more recent history to everybody
so put a 1950s or ’60s kitchen, try to use some of the oral
histories into the exhibits and just more tactile things. I’d like to get
more younger kids in. The older generation is great,
but the younger generation is what is going to keep
sustaining the museum. The museum relies heavily
on volunteers. We have a Looking Back column
in the newspaper, so it says 10 years back,
20 years back, 30 years back. So a volunteer will just
pick a year, and they will write 5 events that happened
that week in that year. We have other people
who just come in and clean, other people who type,
inventory textiles, file things. You come in, I will find you
something to do! [laughs] [player piano plays] Sarah Morrau and Rebekka DeVries
met in college and have been friends
ever since. As a musical duo, they perform
a wide range of genres, but holiday music is one
of their favorites. [playing softly] ♪
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♪ ♪ I heard the bells ♪ ♪ On Christmas Day ♪ ♪ Their old familiar
carols play ♪ ♪ And wild and sweet ♪ ♪ The words repeat ♪ ♪ Of peace on earth ♪ ♪ Good will to men ♪ ♪ I thought how as ♪ ♪ The day had come ♪ ♪ The belfries
of all Christendom ♪ ♪ Had rolled along ♪ ♪ The unbroken song ♪ ♪ Of peace on earth ♪ ♪ Goodwill to men ♪ ♪
♪ ♪
♪ ♪
♪ ♪ And in despair ♪ ♪ I bowed my head ♪ ♪ There is no peace ♪ ♪ On earth I said ♪ ♪ For hate is strong ♪ ♪ And mocks the song ♪ ♪ Of peace on earth ♪ ♪ Goodwill ♪ ♪ To men ♪ ♪
♪ ♪
♪ ♪
♪ ♪
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♪ ♪ Then pealed the bells ♪ ♪ More loud and deep ♪ ♪ God is not dead ♪ ♪ Nor does He sleep ♪ ♪ The wrong shall fail ♪ ♪ The right prevail ♪ ♪ With peace on earth ♪ ♪ Goodwill ♪ ♪ To men ♪ ♪
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♪ [playing softly] ♪
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♪ ♪ Silent night ♪ ♪ Holy night ♪ ♪
♪ ♪ All is calm ♪ ♪ And all is bright ♪ ♪ Round yon Virgin ♪ ♪ Mother and Child ♪ ♪ Holy Infant ♪ ♪ So tender and mild ♪ ♪ Sleep in heavenly peace ♪ ♪ Sleep ♪ ♪ In heavenly peace ♪ ♪
♪ ♪ Silent night ♪ ♪ Holy night ♪ ♪ Shepherds quake ♪ ♪ At the sight ♪ ♪ Glories stream ♪ ♪ From heaven afar ♪ ♪ Heavenly hosts sing ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Christ the Savior ♪ ♪ Is born ♪ ♪ Christ ♪ ♪ The Savior ♪ ♪ Is born ♪ ♪
♪ ♪ Silent night ♪ ♪ Holy night ♪ ♪
♪ ♪ Son of God ♪ ♪ Love’s pure light ♪ ♪ And radiant beams ♪ ♪ From Thy holy face ♪ ♪ With the dawn ♪ ♪ Of redeeming grace ♪ ♪ Jesus Lord ♪ ♪ At Thy birth ♪ ♪ Jesus Lord ♪ ♪ At Thy birth ♪ ♪
♪ ♪ Lucky stars above you ♪ ♪ Sunshine on your way ♪ ♪ Many friends to love you ♪ ♪ Joy in work and play ♪ ♪
♪ ♪ Laughter to cheer you ♪ ♪ And in your heart a song ♪ ♪ And gladness
waiting everywhere ♪ ♪ All your life long ♪ ♪
♪ ♪ And may God hold you ♪ ♪ In his hand ♪ ♪
♪ ♪ And may God hold you ♪ ♪ In his hand ♪ ♪
♪ If you know of an artist,
topic, or organization in our region that you think might make
for an interesting segment, contact us at… (Barb)
You can watch this and other
episodes of “Prairie Mosaic” on Prairie Public’s
YouTube channel, and please follow Prairie Public
on social media as well. I’m Barb Gravel.
And I’m Matt Olien. Thanks
for joining us for another
edition of “Prairie Mosaic.” [guitar, bass, & drums
play in bright country rhythm] (woman) “Prairie Mosaic”
is funded by– the Minnesota Arts
and Cultural Heritage Fund, with money from the vote
of the people of Minnesota on November 4th, 2008; the North Dakota
Council on the Arts, and by the members
of Prairie Public.

One thought on “Prairie Mosaic 1102

  1. I enjoyed Donna Cristy's art, she has a gift for color. The printing press tour was interesting, I enjoyed learning about this piece of history. Thank you. ~Michele

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