The adventure continues through the oddities of Minnesota. Did you know that Petticoat Junction is here in our fare state?
Where and when in the Time-Space continuum did Caribou ever have signs like this? I found this in the the strangest place in Minnesota. Stay tuned for some really odd pictures…
I decided to venture out into the countryside away from the bright lights of the big city. Where would I go? No question, off to Blue Earth to see the Jolly Green Giant!
When they completed the transcontinental railroad, they drove a golden spike to celebrate the joining of the two lines. But in the modern era, when interstate 90 met in southern Minnesota, they celebrated by building a statue of the Jolly Green Giant. Go figure.
Joe Paquet is a fine artist that works and teaches in St. Paul Minnesota. I build his first website for him back in 2006. He’s an amazing traditional landscape oil painter who has refined his techniques and skills over a lifetime of observing nature.
The internet does not occur in nature. Joe was reticent to move into the online world at first. But I kept offering ideas and suggesting ways that we could expand his business. ‘Just the website for now’ he would say, a few years ago he finally gave in and let me build a newsletter campaign for him.
In a very short time, Joe saw amazing results from the newsletters and they have become the central cornerstone of his business promotion. His new paintings appear in the email newsletter first, then Facebook and finally the website. This pattern rewards people who sign up for the newsletter by giving them the first view of the painting. We also promote his upcoming workshops and classes in the newsletter. The last item is always a sold painting and that’s the best part, his sales are up and the classes fill quickly. The number of people signed up to receive the emails has doubled several times and the open rate is an astounding 70%. If you would like to see how an email campaign can help your business, please contact me and I can answer any of your questions.
Joe Paquet has been featured in the Washington Post Sunday Magazine, The Artist’s Magazine, American Artist, Southwest Art and Plein Air Magazine. Paquet’s awards include both Artist’s Choice and Collector’s Choice from The 2007 Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational as well as the 2008 Alden Bryan Memorial Prize from The Salmagundi Club of New York, the First Place in Landscape from the Richeson 75: Artist’s Choice Competition and The Edgar Payne Award for best Landscape at the 97th Annual Gold Medal Show at the California Art Club. Paquet is a Signature Member of The Plein Air Painters of America, The Salmugundi Club and an Out-of-State Artist Member of The California Art Club.
I found this awesome public art piece along the Kenilworth Bike Trail. Not sure if I can call it a Cairn, but Railroad Spike Jenga doesn’t really sound right. What’s a Cairn? I wrote a big article about cairns a while ago that strangely gets a lot of traffic, like always second to the home page in traffic.
Remember a few weeks ago when I posted the sadly derailed train car along the North Cedar Lake Regional trail? I am happy to report that all is well, the car is back on the tracks and this is one of the cool machines they used to put it back where it belongs. I was able to have a conversation with some of the crew and found out that these are the machines that they use to lift anything that’s off track, including locomotives! They pull up along side of what they are going to lift, the crane on the left is what they hook on to the lift and the thing on the right of the machine is a huge counterweight. They pick it up and just drive it to where it goes, just look at those treads! Locomotives weigh upwards of 350,000 pounds, so it needs to be pretty stout.