Art Hounds: Meg Ojala's photographs reveal the wonder of what's underfoot

Sphagnum Moss, Merle's Bog in Rice County near Webster, Minnesota.
Sphagnum Moss, Merle's Bog in Rice County near Webster, Minn., November 2016" by Meg Ojala.
Courtesy of Groveland Gallery

Photography historian George Slade is heading to Northfield to see Meg Ojala's photography exhibition. The St. Olaf art professor explored bogs and fens with her camera in hand; Slade says looking at her photographs is like going on a walk with her and seeing through her perceptive eyes. The exhibition runs through April 15 at St. Olaf's Flaten Gallery; the artist will be in conversation with author Barbara Hurd at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 28.

Brian Lake's dog is the most artistic member of his family — it's been in three plays on Twin Cities stages. When Lake isn't watching his dog act he's often at dance performances; he says he's really enjoying Northrop's programming. Next up: "Romeo and Juliet," as danced by Le Ballet de Monte Carlo. Lake has seen the play and the opera — he's looking forward to the romance and drama captured in movement set to Prokofiev's compelling score. Performances are Feb. 27 and 28.

Florence Brammer sees a lot of theater, and over the years she's become a big fan of Walking Shadow Theatre Company. She's particularly intrigued by its latest offering, "21 Extremely Bad Breakups," based on the collection of essays by Mark Leidner. If the play is at all like the text, it will be at turns absurd, hilarious and poignant. Performances run through March 3 at Red Eye Theater in Minneapolis.

Correction (Feb. 22): Brian Lake's name was misspelled in an earlier version of this story.

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