AS A CREATIVE, I always appreciate the opportunity to get my work out to a broader audience. I want to share my images and words. Not because I possess some big ego. But rather I want others to view the world around them through an artful perspective. With joy. With appreciation. Through the creative lens of a writer and photographer who seeks to notice the details within the wider picture, to engage all the senses. I strive for that in my art.
My newest creative endeavor landed me at Southern Minn Scene, a Southern Minnesota arts, entertainment and lifestyle magazine. The publication’s coverage area stretches from just south of the Twin Cities metro to the Minnesota/Iowa border and from the Mississippi River on the east to Mankato on the west (although I aim to stretch that western boundary farther west toward my native prairie).
Each month I’ll craft a photo essay, accompanied by several paragraphs of text, in a column titled Through a SoMinn Lens. If you’ve followed this blog for awhile, you’ll see familiar images. And other photos I haven’t previously published here. All the copy, though, will be new with my column leaning toward poetic prose. As a published poet, I value that art form. Journalistic style writing is reserved for the occasional features I will also pen for Southern Minn Scene.
My column debuts in the just-published September issue, which you can read online by clicking here. I focus on Wabasha’s SeptOberfest, a two-month celebration of autumn. I love this Mississippi River town any time of year for its natural and historic beauty, but especially during this family-friendly event.
I also crafted a feature on the annual Germanfest at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Wheeling Township. That’s east of Faribault and near Nerstrand Big Woods State Park. I’ve posted about that ethnic celebration several times here. I love the people of St. John’s. They are friendly, kind, and incredible cooks and bakers. The story proved an ideal fit for this food-themed issue of Southern Minn Scene. Be sure to read other writers’ food-focused stories about tasty desserts in the region to new foods at the Minnesota State Fair.
Beyond that, thank you for valuing art, whether literary, visual or performing. Today, more than ever, we need the arts. They enhance our lives, bring joy, broaden our worlds, our perspectives.
Disclaimer: I am paid for my work published by Southern Minn Scene, but not for this post.
© Copyright 2019 Audrey Kletscher Helbling
What a great accomplishment and vehicle for your art and words! I am so proud of you! Congrats!
Thank you, dear friend.
Congrats!!! How exciting to get creative and share your world with the readers. Thanks so much for sharing – made my day 🙂 Happy Day – Enjoy
Thank you, Renee.
Congratulations, Audrey. You are a perfect fit for this role — the complete package of photographer, poet and appreciator of southern Minnesota. Now more people will get to enjoy to your talents.
Thank you, Bernadette. So sweet of you to say that.
Congratulations 🎈 on the new opportunity! It’s always fun seeing and reading what you are up to.
This is so exciting Audrey…and I agree…a great fit for you!
Yes, this opportunity seems a good fit for me and my creative endeavors. Thanks for always supporting me.
What a wonderful publication, Audrey. Congratulations on your part in it! ❤
Thank you, Penny. Several years ago, I would not have written for this magazine. But it’s changed under new editorial leadership and I’m now proud to be part of Southern Minn Scene.
oh my how exciting to have this new artful writing opportunity i agree with others a perfect fir for you keep us all posted
Thank you. I’m not as prolific as you, though, with print stories. You amaze me.