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Newly commissioned works unveiled at MSP Airport

Newly commissioned works unveiled at MSP Airport

122 Conversations extended to 2022 at MSP Airport

MINNEAPOLIS ST PAUL, MINNESOTA   ~~~~~~  March 7, 2021  (LSN)  The new mosaic works at Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport follow two temporary installations of 122 Conversations, in both terminals which has received significant praise over the last two years. 

 If you find yourself at MSP this year, be sure to head over to Terminal 2 where the massive installation of 70 hand-painted scrolls has been extended for another year.  Measuring 190 x 25 feet, the works were originally installed in November 2019 and will continue to be enjoyed by travelers passing through the Twin Cities.

Anne Labovitz - "Bon Voyage!" mosaic installation at MSP Airport from Anne Labovitz on Vimeo.

Installation time lapse of original artwork commissioned by and in the public art collection of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, Minneapolis, Minn. Designed by artist Anne Labovitz and fabricated by Miotto Mosaics Art Studios in collaboration with Travisanutto Giovanni SRL.

Newly commissioned works unveiled at MSP Airport
I am pleased to announce the installation of Bon Voyage! and Happy Travels!, two original artworks commissioned by and in the public art collection of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, Minneapolis, Minn.  Based on two of my paintings, each mosaic is 115.5 x 120 x 1 inches and constructed of smalti glass, cut and assembled by Travisanutto Giovanni SRL in Spilimbergo, Italy in collaboration with Miotto Mosaics Art Studios of New York.  Smalti (the plural of smalto) are specialized mosaic tesserae (tiny hand-cut tiles) made from richly colored glass.  Originally developed for Byzantine mosaics, the glass contains metal oxides which produce an almost infinite range of rich, luminous colors.

The two works are the first pieces of nonrepresentational art to be commissioned by the MSP Airport Foundation to join its permanent art collection.  To view a time lapse video installation of the works, follow the links here and here.

 

  

Two works by Minnesota artist, Anne Labovitz, are the first pieces of nonrepresentational art to be commissioned by Airport Foundation MSP for its permanent art collection.

Designed by Labovitz, Bon Voyage! and Happy Travels! are mosaics fabricated by Miotto Mosaic Art Studios in collaboration with Travisanutto Giovanni SRL. Created using traditional Venetian smalti glass, the mosaics were installed in MSP's Terminal 1 Departures Hall in late February. The vibrant, abstract works represent the artist's examination of color psychology and transformation of public space in contemporary artmaking practice.

“I’m thrilled to see Anne’s paintings masterfully translated into mosaics for this project,” stated Ben Owen. Director, Arts@MSP, Airport Foundation MSP. “The majority of MSP's permanent collection of mosaics is representational, things that you can see in nature and in the rural and urban landscapes of the Upper Midwest. The addition of Labovitz’s work marks a noted departure from that, as we're moving into nonrepresentational art with color, form, and texture being the primary subjects of the works.”

While a new direction for the airport’s permanent collection, two recent temporary installations by Labovitz had already demonstrated the popularity of her abstract style of art.

“In commissioning Labovitz to create pieces for our permanent collection the positive response from both travelers and staff to her two prior installations played a key role in our decision,” explained Owen. “In addition, we were excited about the color and emotive qualities of her work for activating this space. Azure blues may remind you of your favorite swimming hole. Oranges, yellows, hot pinks, and deep purples call to mind memories of the sun as it slips just below the horizon. When travelers are departing Minnesota, we want to leave them with a great lasting impression. Labovitz’s work does that.”

Throughout her career, Labovitz has consistently focused on themes of connectivity, unity and community, but in recent years these messages seem to be resonating with audiences, especially within the world of public art.

“My work interprets feelings of joy, hope and calm, and conveys them through color and shape,” stated Labovitz. “With all the chaos and negativity we’ve witnessed in recent years, I think we’re all thirsty for things that will inspire and uplift our spirit.”

In creating Bon Voyage! and Happy Travels! Labovitz used colors inspired by phrases such as Bon Voyage, Hope You Find What You’re Looking For, Love, Joy, and Happy Travels.

“Color is an incredibly personal experience that affects human emotions,” explained Labovitz. “For me, color is a life force. The saturated colors are intended to enrich your experience and provide a place of joy and calm. The rich, bold Venetian glass mosaic is carefully crafted, hand-cut, and elegantly placed by Italian artisans.

“This work is created to share hope, friendship, and cross-cultural exchange. It’s about engaging people across cultural and geographical boundaries. I hope this optimism sends travelers onward with a sense of peace and well being.”

Bon Voyage! and Happy Travels! are original artworks commissioned by and in the public art collection of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, Minneapolis, Minn. Designed by Labovitz, each mosaic is 115.5 x 120 x 1 inches and constructed of smalti glass cut and assembled by Travisanutto Giovanni SRL in Spilimbergo, Italy in collaboration with Miotto Mosaics Art Studios of New York. Smalti (the plural of smalto) are specialized mosaic tesserae (tiny hand-cut tiles) made from richly colored glass. Originally developed for Byzantine mosaics, the glass contains metal oxides which produce an almost infinite range of rich, luminous colors.

While Bon Voyage! and Happy Travels! are the first permanent installations of Labovitz’s work at one of the country’s busiest airports, the colorful works are actually the third installation she has had there within as many years – and just the latest sign of her increasing popularity within the ultra-competitive realm of public art.

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The artist is also currently completing commissions for Redleaf Center for Family Healing in Minneapolis, and a site-specific outdoor piece in Berlin, Germany. She recently learned Rochester Art Center, Rochester, Minn., will be hosting a solo exhibition of her work in January 2023. And, due to its popularity with travelers and guests, her large-scale art installation, 122 Conversations, at the airport’s Main Concourse in Terminal 2 (originally installed as a temporary exhibit in 2019) has been extended for the second time, this time through March of 2022.

About the Artist:
Anne Labovitz (b. Duluth, Minnesota) lives and works in St. Paul, Minn. Notable exhibitions include University of Raparin, Rania, Iraqi Kurdistan; Växjö Kunsthall, Växjö, Sweden; Petrozavodsk City Exhibition Hall, Petrozavodsk, Russia; Isumi City Hall, Isumi City, Japan; Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, Canada; Tweed Museum, Duluth, Minn.; Athenaeum in La Jolla, CA; MSP Terminal 2, Minneapolis, Minn.; MSP Terminal 1, Minneapolis, Minn.; Crary Art Gallery, Warren, Pa.; Burnet Gallery, Le Méridien Chambers in Minneapolis, Minn.; Talgut die Schönen, in Kunste, Germany; Chapman Art Center at Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, N.Y; to name a few.

Labovitz’s artwork can be found in the following public collections Frederick R Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, Minn.; Minnesota Museum of American Art, St Paul, Minn.; The Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, Minn.; The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA; Minnesota Historical Society, St Paul, Minn.; International Gallery of Portrait, in Bosnia-Herzegovina; Växjö Kommun, City of Vaxjo, Sweden; Isumi City Offices, Isumi City Japan; University of Raparin, Rania Iraqi Kurdistan; City of Petrozavodsk, Petrozavodsk, Russia; to name a few.

Current projects include two permanent public mosaic artworks at the MSP Airport, opening February 2021 as well as 122 Conversations currently installed in MSP airport Terminal 2 2019- 2022; Turn Up the Turn Out – a cohort of 22 artists dedicated to the promotion of voting and voting registration in Minnesota, 2020; an outdoor installation in Berlin, Germany – June 2021; a public art commission at the Redleaf Center For Family Healing, a site-specific participatory work, opening 2021; the I Love You Institute, a community-based art project supported by a Springboard for the Arts community grant; appointment as the Artist in Residence at Art In Motion, in Holdingford, Minn., (2020-2021) with an exhibition in Spring 2021; a solo exhibition at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona, Minn., fall 2022.

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  • Toys for Tickets campaign returns November 1
    Toys for Tickets campaign returns November 1

    Toys for Tickets campaign returns November 1

    SAULT STE MARIE, ONTARIO  ~~~~  October 27, 2021 (LSNews) The City of Sault Ste. Marie is pleased to announce the return of its annual Toys for Tickets campaign. Beginning next week, every person who receives a parking ticket from November 1 to December 1, 2021 can pay the fine amount by donating a new children’s toy of equal or greater value to support the community’s Christmas Cheer efforts. 

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  • ALL TOGETHER NOW
    ALL TOGETHER NOW

    ALL TOGETHER NOW

    THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~  November 9, 2021 (LSNews)  Badanai Theatre & Paramount Live have teamed up to light up the Paramount Theatre again with All Together Now!

    A fantastic selection of songs are featured in this brand new musical revue from shows including Rent, Matilda, Hairspray, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Once on This Island, Mamma Mia! and many more take to the stage November 12 & 13, 2021.

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  • Toys for Tickets campaign returns November 1
    Toys for Tickets campaign returns November 1

    Toys for Tickets campaign returns November 1

    SAULT STE MARIE, ONTARIO  ~~~~  October 27, 2021 (LSNews) The City of Sault Ste. Marie is pleased to announce the return of its annual Toys for Tickets campaign. Beginning next week, every person who receives a parking ticket from November 1 to December 1, 2021 can pay the fine amount by donating a new children’s toy of equal or greater value to support the community’s Christmas Cheer efforts. 

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  • Heathers the musical takes to the Paramount stage
    Heathers the musical takes to the Paramount stage

    Heathers the musical takes to the Paramount stage

    THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~  November 24, 2021 (LSNews)  Paramount Live is proud to present Heathers the musical. Heathers is the darkly delicious musical theatre treat to start their season of performances. “Heathers is a show about Veronica Sawyer who is a teenage misfit doing all she can to fit in” said Jessica Smith who plays Veronica in the production. “She ends up getting an opportunity to join the Heathers which is basically the 1980’s version of the well known Mean Girls.  After an incident, Veronica gets kicked out of the group.

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  • Walleye Vs. Northstars: This weekend
    Walleye Vs. Northstars: This weekend

    Walleye Vs. Northstars: This weekend

    THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~  November 26, 2021 (LSNews)  ON-With home-ice advantage, and 24 hours to go, the Kam River Fighting Walleye will be facing off on Friday and Saturday night against their cross-town rivals, the Thunder Bay North Stars. After last weekend’s clean record and over-time win against the Red Lake Miners, the Fighting Walleye currently hold first place in the SIJHL, and nevertheless, are looking to defend their position coming out of this weekend’s series.

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  • Toys for Tickets campaign returns November 1
    Toys for Tickets campaign returns November 1

    Toys for Tickets campaign returns November 1

    SAULT STE MARIE, ONTARIO  ~~~~  October 27, 2021 (LSNews) The City of Sault Ste. Marie is pleased to announce the return of its annual Toys for Tickets campaign. Beginning next week, every person who receives a parking ticket from November 1 to December 1, 2021 can pay the fine amount by donating a new children’s toy of equal or greater value to support the community’s Christmas Cheer efforts. 

    #LSN_SSM

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  • Heathers the musical takes to the Paramount stage
    Heathers the musical takes to the Paramount stage

    Heathers the musical takes to the Paramount stage

    THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~  November 24, 2021 (LSNews)  Paramount Live is proud to present Heathers the musical. Heathers is the darkly delicious musical theatre treat to start their season of performances. “Heathers is a show about Veronica Sawyer who is a teenage misfit doing all she can to fit in” said Jessica Smith who plays Veronica in the production. “She ends up getting an opportunity to join the Heathers which is basically the 1980’s version of the well known Mean Girls.  After an incident, Veronica gets kicked out of the group.

    #LSN_Arts  #LSNews_TBay 

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  • Walleye Vs. Northstars: This weekend
    Walleye Vs. Northstars: This weekend

    Walleye Vs. Northstars: This weekend

    THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~  November 26, 2021 (LSNews)  ON-With home-ice advantage, and 24 hours to go, the Kam River Fighting Walleye will be facing off on Friday and Saturday night against their cross-town rivals, the Thunder Bay North Stars. After last weekend’s clean record and over-time win against the Red Lake Miners, the Fighting Walleye currently hold first place in the SIJHL, and nevertheless, are looking to defend their position coming out of this weekend’s series.

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  • Hovland Arts Festival (HAF)
    Hovland Arts Festival (HAF)

    Hovland Arts Festival (HAF)

    COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA   ~~~  November 17, 2021  (LSNews)    The Hovland area is known for being a little quirky- a little far away from everything - and full of amazing artists. Come see the fun creations of the Hovlandtites

    this November 27 10-4pm at the Hovland Arts Festival (HAF) and find out what we've been doing since this pandemic had us in lock down. As individual artists, alone time is usually the artist's dream but now we're ready to socialize and get back to our public. The creativity in the Hovland Town hall this summer was amazing, with over 25 artists at our summer show and it was our best public turnout since the show's inception.

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  • Toys for Tickets campaign returns November 1
    Toys for Tickets campaign returns November 1

    Toys for Tickets campaign returns November 1

    SAULT STE MARIE, ONTARIO  ~~~~  October 27, 2021 (LSNews) The City of Sault Ste. Marie is pleased to announce the return of its annual Toys for Tickets campaign. Beginning next week, every person who receives a parking ticket from November 1 to December 1, 2021 can pay the fine amount by donating a new children’s toy of equal or greater value to support the community’s Christmas Cheer efforts. 

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  • Virtual Mining Event aims to connect the Northwest
    Virtual Mining Event aims to connect the Northwest

    Virtual Mining Event aims to connect the Northwest

    THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~  September 28, 2021 (LSNews)  The Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) is proud to support the up-coming virtual Mining the Northwest Expo & Conference hosted by Canadian Trade-Ex. This virtual mining expo and conference to be held November 30th to December 2nd, 2021 and will link mines and the major exploration projects located in Northwestern Ontario with mine service and supply businesses, indigenous businesses, workforce training organizations and individuals seeking mining careers.

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Winners announced for Mayor’s Christmas Card Competition

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SAULT STE MARIE, ONTARIO ~~~  November 24, 2021 (LSNews)  The City of Sault Ste. Marie and Mayor Christian Provenzano wish to thank local students for their entries to the Mayor’s

Christmas Card Competition. Approximately 200 submissions were received from elementary school aged children, and six were selected to be used as the Mayor’s annual Christmas Card.

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WMH & MidMichigan Health Invite Community to Town Hall Meetings

November 30th and December 1st Lake Superior State University’s Anchor Room

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SAULT STE MARIE, MICHIGAN  ~~~~  November 21, 2021  (LSNews)  Two town hall meetings will be hosted by War Memorial Hospital and MidMichigan Health to discuss War Memorial joining the MidMichigan Health system.  On November 30th and December 1st David Jahn, President & CEO of WMH and Dr. Diane Postler-Slattery, President & CEO of MidMichigan Health will provide information and answer questions regarding the affiliation. “We are happy to be able to work together and provide our community an opportunity to receive additional information about what it means to join the MidMichigan Health system” said David Jahn, WMH President & CEO.

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Agencies Work Together on Preventative COVID-19 Treatment

Region 8 Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Healthcare Coalition

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SAULT STE MAIRE, MICHIGAN ~~~  November 15, 2021  (LSNews)  A healthcare team made up local partners provided numerous local residents with monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19 last week. “We were contacted on Tuesday, November 9th by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Region 8 Healthcare Coalition Coordinator, to provide monoclonal antibody treatment to potentially 60 individuals at an assisted living facility the following day” said Renee Gray, Director of Kinross EMS. “After collaboration with Dr. Raycraft and Shelli Arnold at War Memorial, we reviewed and passed protocol to facilitate this process” Gray added.

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Hunters Are Reminded To Help Slow The Spread Of CWD

slow the spread of CWD by following baiting and feeding bans and for hunters to properly dispose of carcasses

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NORTHERN, WISCONSIN  ~~~ November 13, 2021  (LSNews)  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reminding hunters and the public that they can help slow the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) by following baiting and feeding regulations.

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DNR Welcomes Kimberly-Clark Marinette To Wisconsin's Green Tier Program

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NORTHERN,  WISCONSIN   November 11, 2021  (LSNews)  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) welcomes Kimberly-Clark Corporation’s Marinette manufacturing facility as a Tier 1 participant of the state’s Green Tier program.

As a Tier 1 participant, the facility commits to improving its environmental impacts through implementing an environmental management system. The Marinette facility currently utilizes an EHS Management System that helps location teams oversee all aspects of environmental, health and safety performance on-site.

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DNR Offers Free Tree Seedlings To Wisconsin Fourth Graders

Ahead Of Arbor Day 2022

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MADISON, WISCONSIN ~~~   Novemberr10, 2021  (LSNews)  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is offering free tree seedlings to every fourth-grade student in Wisconsin as part of the department’s annual Arbor Day tree planting program.

Wisconsin fourth grade principals, teachers and those who homeschool can now place seedling orders and coordinate delivery by completing the 2022 Arbor Day application by March 15, 2022.

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DNR Pheasant Stocking Increases Hunting Opportunities

For This Holiday Season

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MADISON, WISCONSIN ~~~  November 8, 2021  (LSNews )  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will stock pheasant at 25 state properties in central and southern Wisconsin during the week of Dec. 20, 2021, to increase hunting opportunities throughout the holiday season.

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