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Least Sandpiper

From Bird of the Day: Least Sandpipers are very small shorebirds called “peeps”. They are about the size of a sparrow and weigh in at a whopping one ounce. They eat insects and small crustaceans. I have always found them on damp mudflats and very shallow water. They are way too small for anything very deep. Much to my surprise, I found this small flock at the lake at Admiral’s Cove walking on the algae bed that surrounds the lake. The water under them was at least two feet deep, but they were content with the bugs they were finding in the slime on top.

What is an Atelier, and how do you say it?

From 1985 through 1989 I studied drawing and painting with a community of painters in Minneapolis, that presented themselves and their methods as an Atelier. Atelier is French for studio. Each master artist in the community took a small number (six to a dozen) of students under their tutelage. These close, intimate groups would study and work together until the students had learned the skills that they needed and moved on. I joined Atelier Wicker/Howell. Cyd Wicker and Wayne Howell shared this endeavor jointly. I know, they could have called it Studio Wicker/Howell, but Atelier is much more cosmopolitan, and their heritage that dictates the usage and their style comes from the French Academy and art studios of the 19th century. Atelier is pronounced  at-l-yey; French atuh-lyey.

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