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The Face of Winter, Minnesota, February 2008, photo<br /> © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.

The Face Of Winter, Medicine Lake, Minnesota, February 2008, photo
© 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.



When photographer Peter Haakon Thompson came up with the Art Shanty Projects in 2003, he never meant for it to become a huge event. The original plan was to take a break from work, build his own ice shack, and hang out with a couple of friends. When Liz and I attended the event last February, during some of the coldest winter days on record, it was obvious his idea had caught fire in Minnesota.

Midwesterners are known for creative ways to weather the dark winter seasons. If we stayed inside through the long months of winter (we had an end of March blizzard just last weekend), we’d surely go insane. To break the lethargy of cabin fever, we are prone to brave the elements and get our butts outside. What better way than a venture into the Arts.



Angles, Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.   Which Way's Up?, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.  Paw Print, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.   Tilt, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.   Top Of The World, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.

Sun Under Clouds, Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.   Cub-I-Cle, Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.   Spaceship On Ice, Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.  Stuffy In Here, Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.



In a 2005 MPR article on The Art Shanty Projects, Peter explains how he got started: “I just really liked the idea of small spaces that you can fit everything into,” says Thompson. “I’m a sailor and I really like sailboats and how everything fits into that small space.”

Once Thompson’s friend David Pittman heard about the project, he immediately saw potential. The Art Shanty Project, co-curated by Pittman and Thompson, was born.



I Love Medicine Lake, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.  Freeze Pop Pullover, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.   Moon Angle, Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.   Ships Pass In The Night, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.  Postal Shanty, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.

Woodburner - The Black Box Theater, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.   Airplane Ice Shanty, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.  Inside Out, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.   Biking Across Medicine Lake, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.



Artists dove deep into their right-brain imaginations to reinvent the ice fishing house. What’s limnology? What about a portrait in the Snap Shot Shanty? Or a visit to the Shanty of Misfit Toys. This year, Old Man Winter would have been chuckling under frigid, billowing puffs of breath. Because on the coldest day of Winter 2008, Minnesota families of all ages showed up at East Medicine Lake Beach to do the bunny hop.

“Part of the idea I think for us is that this is not an intimidating gallery environment,” says Thompson. “So I think people are more willing to come and look at stuff if it just doesn’t have that quiet gallery atmosphere. It’s outside and there’s kids and dogs running around and snowmobiles.”



See Through Walls (Photo Shanty), Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.  Sails Up, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.  MoonAngle, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.   Through The Mask, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.   Cool Screen (Ice Mouse), Medicine Lake, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.

Skeleton Car, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.   Horizons, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.   Through The Windows, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.   Red Bike, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.



The Art Shanty Project is over for the season. But the memories linger. The Karaoke Shanty, Postal Shanty, Cubicle Shanty (created by a group that designs parking structures), Foreclosure Shanty, and Black Box Theater are closed for the year. The Freeze Pop pullover has been retired. The track for the bicycle ice races, melted into lake. But the Art of Ice lives on in these photographs.



 Hillary, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.   Around The Corner, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.   Home, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.   Blue Reflector, Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.

Have You Hugged A Limnologist Today?, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.   The Green Easy, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.   Two Step, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.   Ice Ship Reflections, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.


 

    Angles, Medicine Lake, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.      Angles, Medicine Lake, Minnesota, February 2008, photo © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.

Angles, Medicine Lake, Minnesota, February 2008, all photos © 2008 by QuoinMonkey. All rights reserved.



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-posted on red Ravine, Sunday, April 6th, 2008

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