Our producing teams alternate shoot weeks and this time it was producer Marissa Blahnik out in the field with an unintentional farming theme. First up, Kristen Lowe and her large scale charcoal drawings of sheep. Despite having broken her ankle only three weeks ago, Kristen let us in on a little experimentation work and shared her creative storyboards for the feature length documentary project, “Painting the Place Between.” The team finished the week with color reduction woodcut printer Emily Gray Koehler as she searched for grasses and other plant matter to include in upcoming collagraph work.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Sally Awards, honoring individuals and organizations who’ve enriched our state through their commitment to the arts. Recipients were announced Monday night and included MNO Alumni Ta-coumba Aiken  and TU Dance.

MNO congratulates all the 2011 Sally Award winners:

ARTS ACCESS: Rick Jacobson

EDUCATION: Ross Sutter

COMMITMENT: Kevin Smith

VISION: Ta-coumba T. Aiken

INITIATIVE: TU Dance

Spend your Sunday night with an all new MNO at 6pm on tpt2. This episode features Iris Shiraishi and the MU Daiko drum ensemble, artist in lustrous materials Thomas Schrunk, the meditative work of painter Barbara Kreft and Paraguayan harpist Nicolas Carter. Watch a preview of the episode here.

Links we love today:

Human Face Video Mapping

A Story for Tomorrow

Dancers Among Us

PBS’s NewsHour blog Around the Nation (this week featuring our piece on Terrence Payne!)