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“K” Is For Kramarczuk’s, BlackBerry Shots, Minneapolis, Minnesota, December 2009, all photos © 2009 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.


We stopped at Kramarczuk’s Deli last week to take a few photographs after Christmas shopping. Wasyl Kramarczuk and his wife Anna traveled from the Ukraine to the United States in the 1940’s carrying hope and a dream. In 1954, they combined Wasyl’s sausage making skills with Anna’s delicious cooking and baking to create Kramarczuk’s. Today it’s a Northeast Minneapolis landmark (read more at the Kramarczuk’s website).

Northeast Minneapolis is one area of the city that still cherishes the neighborhood deli. After moving to Minnesota in 1984, I settled in Nordeast where I quickly got to know Kramarczuk’s Deli. In fact, for 20 years I got my hair cut in the vintage East Gate Shopping Center nearby that was torn down a few years ago to make way for a grocery store and high-rise.

What’s your favorite deli food? Check out Kramarczukl’s mouthwatering menu. I’ve had the Polish Sausage, the SauerKraut Dish, and the Ukrainian Meatballs. I love the Varenyky dumplings and the Borscht. It is hearty, stick-to-your-ribs food, perfect for the -0 degree December weather we’ve been having in the Twin Cities. Liz and I were drawn to photograph the mural on the side of the building at night. The letters in the side-by-side alphabets reminded me of our recent post on Runes, Oracles, & Alphabets.

And the Runes remind me of the Holidays and Solstice. Today we’ll be putting up our tree. On Sunday, we’ll be celebrating Winter Solstice at the home of our friends. I’m excited because they recently created a labyrinth in their front yard. Walking from Winter darkness to the green of Spring. What do you want to let go of? What would you like to carry into the light.



Kramarczuk’s – Since 1954, Kramarczuk’s Sausage Co. Inc., Kramarczuk’s Walldog Mural, Northeast – Making History Again, East European Deli – Old Kramarczuk’s Sign, Writing On The Wall, Kramarczuk’s At Christmas, BlackBerry Shots, Minneapolis, Minnesota, December 2009, all photos © 2009 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.


-posted on red Ravine, Saturday, December 19th, 2009

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Northwestern Casket Company building in Northeast Minneapolis, photo © 2007 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.

The Northwestern Casket Company, May 17th 2007, all photos copyright © 2007-2010 by QuoinMonkey, all rights reserved.


I went over to the Casket Arts Building on Thursday to help my friend, Gail, hang her show. She recently joined the rain collective, a confluence of artists who moved into the building this week.

I took my camera along and the pleasure was all mine. The exposed brick had been restored, the studio floors had been sanded and polished to their original luster, a stunning mix of maple and pine.

The oldest portion of the former Northwestern Casket Company, which served as a casket factory until January of 2006, dates back to 1887. It’s one of the oldest surviving buildings in the city of Minneapolis.

Elevator Shaft, May17th, 2007, photo © 2007 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved. Smoke Stack from Gail's studio window, May 17th, 2007, photo © 2007 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.

I met owner, Jennifer Young, and we stood in the door of Gail’s studio and chatted for a while about what kind of shape the building was in before they bought it – and what it looks like now (a photographer’s dream).

The former owner of Northwest Casket Company, Robert Berny, rose from clerk to president and spent 6 decades with the company until his death in 2004. He was buried in a custom cherrywood casket.

Tools of the Trade, photo © 2007 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.

Yesterday, the building was bustling with artists preparing for an annual Northeast tradition, Art-A-Whirl. This is the 12th Annual Art-A-Whirl; I remember the first. I had a studio in the Northrup King seed building back then.

When artists come together, the energy is palpable – vibrating and alive. I felt like I was standing in pockets of calm when I captured these images – silent spaces between the buzz of hanging oil, acrylic, and canvas on freshly painted white walls, and lunch at Emily’s Lebanese Deli .


Casket Arts Building, May 17th, 2007,photo © 2007 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved. Couch, May 17th, 2007, photo © 2007 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.

Counterweight - Up, Down, May 17th, 2007, photo © 2007 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.


Bathroom window, 4th floor, May 17th, 2007, photo © 2007 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved. Emily’s, May 17th, 2007, photo © 2007 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.

Inside, Outside, May 17th, 2007, photo © 2007 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.


Mixing Paint, May 17th, 2007, photo © 2007 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved. Comes & Goes, detail, photo © 2007 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.

Sightseer, detail, photo © 2007 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved. Where We Meet, detail, photo © 2007 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved. Gypsy, detail, May 17th, 2007, photo © 2007 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.

Exit, May 17th, 2007, photo © 2007 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.

Exit, May 17th, 2007, all photos in this post copyright © 2007-2010 by QuoinMonkey, all rights reserved.


Saturday, May 19th, 2007

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