North House Folk School (where I teach classes) celebrated 20 years in 2017 with events that included an exhibition, “Begin/Continue” in Grand Marais, Minnesota.

I was inspired to create this piece for the exhibition in celebration of North House and it’s founder, Mark Hansen, whom I met in a row boat several years ago in the bay on Lake Superior.  His infectious enthusiasm for life, learning, nature, and sharing all the above with the people around him gave me plenty of creative ideas for this automaton.  I also wanted to celebrate the many classes North House offers and the way it contributes to the community.

Thank you to North House School, Staff and Community, and of course, Mark Hansen.