Lake Lover Blog

Information and Insights on Lake Michigan 

Does Art Matter to You?

Is there any question that art is good for us? That it evokes emotion, inspires, motivates, educates and touches us in ways that nothing else can? We admire art in public spaces, we watch it on stage and the big screen, we hear it on the radio. Art, in all of its forms, is an essential part of our everyday lives.

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Feeling the Love

Thank you for taking your valuable time to glance at this post. I know how inundated you are with information, so I appreciate it very much. This will be short. Please take a look on my website at the exhibits and events I have coming up in the next few months. I'd love to see you at one or more of them. Happy February!

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Beginnings... “Surface Tension” Opens January 21

My colleague Nelson Armour and I started a journey four years ago to create an art exhibit focused on Lake Michigan. Later this month, this project will come to fruition when “Surface Tension: Beauty and Fragility in Lake Michigan” opens at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
 
 

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Inspiration...

For several years now, I've sent my Lake Michigan calendar to each of my elected officials, from President Obama to my Evanston alderwoman.
 

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Outside the Box...

I'm proud to be the first artist featured in Evanston’s new Outside the Box program. Emily Lubin, a local high school senior, came up with the idea of covering utility boxes at street corners with local art. Check it out at Sherman and Church streets in front of Barnes & Noble!

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Possibilities...

"White Water" © Ted Glasoe, 2014, All rights reserved

This month's image, "White Water," brings to mind possibilities. Where does the sky end and the water begin? What’s on the other side? The breakwater descending into the water leads us somewhere unknown. What is life like under the surface, where a vast ecosystem resides?
 
Just when I think I’ve captured Lake Michigan, new possibilities arise. The lake’s constantly changing colors, textures and moods drive me to create new art every day.
 

 

Sunrise, Sunset

This month's image, "Sunrise with Cloud," was taken on the dog beach in Evanston while I waited for Mike, Nillie and Molly to join me. One of those is a human and two are adorable, energetic dogs.

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Lake Textures

This month's image, "Soft Lake," shows breezes drifting across the water on a summer's afternoon. But other times, the lake ripples, roils and convulses with waves and swells.

The wind keeps the surface in constant motion, producing ever-changing textures. Along with light and color, I find texture gives the lake personality and reveals the greatest range of its moods.

A Lake Mirage…

Lake Michigan is about 90 miles across in most places, so you can never actually see the other side — but it can seem like it. For example, from the Michigan side, you can sometimes make out the Chicago skyline.

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South Boulevard Beach Cleanup - September 17, 2016

Join me for this popular event and help care for our Great Lakes in your own community! This event is a partnership between the Alliance for the Great Lakes (great lakes.org) and the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup (http://www.oceanconservancy.org).

I will supply gloves, bags, tracking sheets and coffee to get us all ready for the cleanup.

Register at http://greatlakesadopt.org/Secure/Event/11158.Bring friends and family. Everyone is welcome to help make South Boulevard cleaner, safer, and healthier.

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New Places...

I shot this image from the 31st Street Harbor on Chicago's South Side. The water in the background looks relatively calm, but waves were pounding the breakwater and spraying skyward up to 8 feet.

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Sunrise, Sunset

Although this month's calendar image resembles some of my sunrise shots, it was actually taken at sunset in Kenilworth. The fading golden light to the west reflected off the clouds to the east, creating a beautifully colored tableau.

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Moving Stillness...

As much as I love capturing sunrises, nighttime along the lakefront can be equally as dramatic. In particular, time-lapse photography fascinates me — capturing in a single shot what happened over a period of time.

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