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KUMD Art Week0000017a-5a01-dba2-ad7e-5b3140f30001KUMD is the official radio station of the 49th Annual Park Point Art Fair and we’re celebrating with artist interviews every morning at 8am, June 24-28. The celebration leads up to the Park Point Art Fair on June 29 & 30.Art Week on KUMD is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.Featured artist interviews on Northland Morning:Work by Eric HellandMonday: Eric Helland, wood artistTuesday: Jordan Sundburg, printmakerWednesday: Julie Crabtree, fiber artistThursday: Bud Bullivant, wire artistFriday: Karin Kraemer, ceramic artist

Art Week: fiber artist Julie Crabtree: Is it a painting? How do you do that? Can I touch it?

It's not that Julie Crabtree doesn't want customers to get their hands on her artwork. 

In fact, she's thrilled with peoples' responses to her work: complex layers of hand-spun, hand-dyed fibers, hand-stitchery, free motion machine stitching, needle felting, distressing, fusing, and any other technique that comes to mind.

It's just that her work is almost irresistibly tactile, to the point where she made up a little piece people can touch and hold when they invariably ask her "frequently asked questions": the answers are no, "let me tell you," and "you can touch this."

More information about and samples of Julie's work is available here.

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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