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March 26, 2007

From Dassel to the Big Apple

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

After showcasing her art and getting a spot on the “Today” show, Carol Lundeen of Dassel returned home from the New York.

Lundeen was asked to feature her pen and ink baby drawings by Art-Exchange.com, an online art gallery that carries her drawings.

The Art Expo New York is a five-day event which takes place at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. The art show draws in more than 100,000 viewers from around the world annually, according to Lundeen.

It is named the world’s largest fine and popular art fair, according to International Art and Framing Group.

The Art Expo New York is one of the largest shows in the world, with more than 500 booths on display featuring paintings, drawings, photography, sculptures, and fiber art, according to Lundeen.

This was Lundeen’s first large international show where she was able to show her work, she said.

“This was an opportunity of a lifetime for any artist. Having that kind of exposure to that kind of clientele for five days in New York is something every artist dreams of,” she said.

At the expo, Lundeen’s work was shown on six big plasma television screens.

“Now, it is a waiting game to see what the results of the show will be,” she said.

The first two days of the show are strictly for businesses specializing in interior design, decorating, architecture, and art, according to Lundeen.

“All the different businesses have to go back home, review what they saw, and make decisions on what they will buy for their projects. The competition for buyers was fierce,” she said.

Having seen nearly all of the art at the expo, Lundeen didn’t see any work similar to her pen and ink drawings. In fact, she only saw a handful of black and white art, Lundeen said.

What was vivid throughout the expo were large abstracts with bold colors and lots of red, she said.

Lundeen found it interesting talking with artists from around the world, she said.

This was Lundeen’s first time in New York so she wasn’t going to go home without doing some sightseeing.

At first, the idea of New York scared Lundeen a bit, she said. But after she arrived, it turned out to not be as scary as she thought.

Her hotel was just blocks from Times Square and there were wall-to-wall people, lots of honking, and bad taxi drivers, she said.

Lundeen explained she would hop in the taxi and hold on for dear life, hoping she made it to her destination.

She was able to see Ground Zero and the Statue of Liberty. When she got home, she was able to see herself on the “Today” show.

Lundeen and her daughter, Sara, made a sign that said “Dassel, MN” and she managed to get five seconds on camera at the “Today” show.

“That was fun, I got to come home and see myself,” she said.

Lundeen’s work can be seen hanging in the newly remodeled nursery of the Hutchinson Community Hospital, since the majority of her completed work is of babies.

Check out Lundeen’s work at www.lundeenartwork.com.


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