Lake Lover Blog
Information and Insights on Lake Michigan
Last month I returned to the place that will always be “the lake” to me.Read More
I spent time with my family in Empire, Michigan this week, and I came away with a whole new appreciation for our vast and beautiful lake.Read More
In May, I had the honor of speaking to students at Whitney Young Magnet High School in Chicago. As one of many speakers at the school’s first-ever Earth and Learn Symposium, I talked about how I integrate environmental advocacy into my art practice.Read More
This month’s email is coming to you a day early because I have a piece in a show opening this evening (Friday, May 31, 6-9 pm) at the Evanston Art Center.Read More
I'm honored to have received awards from two photography organizations last month.Read More
I took the plunge and bought a drone last month. I've only begun to experiment with it, but the bird’s eye view you can get is pretty amazing.Read More
While my art was displayed at Other Brother Coffeehouse in Evanston in January, I was thrilled to receive to calls from people interested in purchasing pieces for their homes.
This was on my mind this week as we were walloped by the polar vortex.Read More
Beautiful images start with a plan to be lucky.Read More
Happy December and Happy Holidays!Thank you for spending at least part of 2018 with me via this newsletter.Read More
Happy November — the month of Halloween sugar hangovers, Thanksgiving and, yes, the start of the holiday shopping season.Read More
It's time to clean up after the summer beach season! I'm leading another cleanup in Evanston on Saturday, September 15 at 9:00 am at South Boulevard Beach.
Come out, enjoy the sun and camaraderie, and make a difference!
Stop by the Lincoln Park Patagonia store this Thursday, August 30th from 6:30-8:30 pm to help celebrate their 15th anniversary at that location. Nelson and I will have some of the Surface Tension images displayed and be mingling and talking with attendees. There are other non-profits and organizations participating as well. The store is at 1800 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614. Hope to see you there.
Great Lakes beaches and shorelines are kept clean by volunteers like you. Big things happen when friends, families, and communities all around the region come together.
Be a part of a movement 15,000 strong to make the Great Lakes beaches clean. Thousands of Adopt-a-Beach volunteers from all over the Great Lakes will take to their local shorelines on September 15th.
Come on out to help clean up South Boulevard Beach in Evanston after the summer season.
Click here to register: South Boulevard Beach Clean Up
Lake Michigan was not my first true love — as far as bodies of water go. That distinction belongs to Ottertail Lake in Minnesota. My family has had a cabin there since the early 1900s.
I spent parts of every summer "at the lake" from birth through college. The visits have become much more sporadic, but I always love to go back to the cabin, and it is a true cabin. It still doesn't have insulation, dry wall or (god forbid!) air conditioning, but the family did cave and install indoor plumbing somewhere along the way.
Now my mother spends her summers there — exactly as she did in her youth. (See a collage I made for her of images from the lake.)
Visiting my mom is the perfect excuse to go back. In fact, today I am returning to my first lake-love for a week of family time, swimming, sailing and bird watching (bald eagles and osprey!).
As we start the last month of summer, I hope you, too, can return to a place you loved as a kid. Or maybe discover a new place where you and your family can build a new connection and make memories together.
Yesterday was a good day for aquatic life (and humans!) in and around the Great Lakes and waterways across the country.
As of July 1, 2018, the sale of any product containing microbeads is prohibited in the United States. Microbeads are the tiny plastic particles used in cosmetics, toothpaste and other everyday products.
This is a major victory and promises a healthier environment for fish, birds and other species. It also means safer drinking water for us.
The microbead ban shows that the hard work of a thoughtful and dedicated group of people can put an end to a harmful practice. Everyone who helped make this happen should take a bow (and as long as you're down there, pick up some plastic trash!).
Thanks for reading, and have a safe and plastic-free Fourth!
I was honored to have a local condo association choose a work of mine for their lobby.Read More
When my wife and I were in Boston the other week visiting our lovely niece, one of our first stops was the Museum of Fine Arts. What an amazing place! I could have spent days there and still not covered it all.