The Foundation of Dreaming

A walk with my budding artist brought out the inventive creation of her dream career—arteology. She says it’s like archeology, but not only do you unearth history, you draw or paint what you find.

On our trail through nature we found an abundance of trees, wildflowers and this old foundation from the Brainerd Brewing Company. The building was torn down in 1924 and volunteers from the local history club excavated a portion of the slab this spring. (See Brainerd Dispatch for the story. Registration necessary).

“History plus art just seems to go together,” I told her as we moved on along the path. “You want to tell the story with visual images.”

As we continued, her eyes uncovered the obvious details of light and color but, she wondered aloud how to capture sound and movement. Then the heat and the bugs and the smells of rot quickened our pace, until we came upon a shaded bench in front of the Mississippi River where we could watch a monarch butterfly flit around the weeds.

She wished for her sketch book. We had to settle for the camera. Eventually, she tired of just sitting and said, “Not to dismiss all this loveliness, but I’m dying of thirst.”


  1. e-Mom
    Jun 26, 2009

    I loved this post… “arteology.” A wonderful word! I was an Art History major in college. Can you tell where my main interest lies?

    Have a blessed weekend. :~D

    e-Mom @ Chrysalis

  2. Camille
    Jun 27, 2009

    I had no idea that she was a budding artist and very creative I can tell with her “arteology” word creation. I’d love to see some sketches and creations!

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