Again this year, I wrote a couple of features to promote DubuqueFest fine arts festival. First, I interviewed photographer Tim Olson, creator of the stunning A City at Work exhibit, for an article on the DubuqueFest photo panorama that appeared in the May 2013 issue of Julien’s Journal magazine.
I also wrote about the Austin, Texas, band The Heavenly States, based on my phone interview with musician Ted Nesseth. Here it is on the DubuqueFest website. And I interviewed Dubuque glasswork artist Barb Zehentner McKinlay and wrote this article for the website. Brief, 500-word versions of the above three DubuqueFest stories appeared in the May 9-22, 2013 issue of 365ink (issue #186).
The week of DubuqueFest, I decided to write one more, and talked to Dan Hedblom, a copper artist from Rochester, Minnesota. Here’s the feature. I wish there was more time, because I love talking to artists and sharing their stories. If you are an artist or a local arts promoter, definitely I would consider lending a hand to write stories — send me email and let me know what you’d like.
In the midst of the DubuqueFest runup, I researched and wrote a slew of words about the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. My feature will appear in the June 2013 issue of Julien’s Journal magazine. I’m very fortunate to be able to report that I have 2 more projects underway for regional magazines. I hope to sustain this writing momentum through the summer.