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“What brings the Rahr Corporation, Bob Mitchell’s Fly Shop, Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR), and Fulton Beer together? It’s simple: water. A healthy river is as vital to the success and sustainability of all these organizations as it is to the vast ecosystem that same water supports. It affects you too, whether you’ve got a beer or fly rod in your hand. That’s why we’ve combined forces to bring awareness to the importance of good, clean water, in an attempt to keep this river great for future generations to enjoy. It’s amazing what a pint of beer and a t-shirt can do.”

Learn more about this project > htttp://www.greatrivergreatbeer.com

For all of you in the general Twin Cities area, please join us on August 2nd, 5pm at the Fulton Taproom > EVENT DETAILS VIA FACEBOOKZ

And for those of you that can’t make it, you can still support the cause AND score yourself a bitchin’ new t-shirt (follow that link above)

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So, yeah…cheers amigos!

Jake

Cradles

July 1, 2016 — Leave a comment

Cradle One | 2016 | 8" x 8" | ink and pen on paper

I was messing around with my usual circle motif/composition element, and one way or another, the circle broke up, and suddenly I was working with a half-moon, husk, cradle-type thing.  It stuck. I love it.  I banged out these two pieces rather quickly, and now the “cradle” is showing up in a host of new works.  Always a blast to find something that feels right for the time and mood.

Cradle Two | 2016 | 8″ x 8″ | Pen and ink on paper

Simms Necromancer

June 28, 2016 — Leave a comment
Tight.

Tight.

So, this happened.

It was a limited run t-shirt, sold only through their Pro Program.

I you may guess, I’m beyond stoked to be working with this company.

Look for more of my work with Simms in the future.

Cheers!

Jake

Necromancer: Creeper of MKE | 2015 | 36" x 20" | Mixed media on charred wood panel

Necromancer: Creeper of MKE | 2015 | 36″ x 20″ | Mixed media on charred wood panel

 

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A Summer float down the Mississippi for smallies on Fitz’s drifty.

I spent the bulk of yesterday exploring and fishing the waters of my childhood; The Mississippi River.

The pools and riffles around the Sauk Rapids and St. Cloud area were a bike ride away for me and my brother. We encountered smallies, pike, walleyes, carp, turtles, frogs, crayfish, catfish, and a gazillion different bugs.  I even saw a Muskie come out below the 10th street dam once.

This river is full of life.

It was my favorite place to be as a kid. In many ways, it still is.

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A healthy smallmouth from the pools and riffles in Sauk Rapids

I love the Mississippi River, and I hope that 30 years from now I can come back with my son and explore these same waters and say it’s the same, maybe even better. As fisherman, we all know that protecting the waters is critical to the lifestyle and activity we cherish, promote and pass along to others.  Many of us volunteer, an some dedicate their lives to protecting these resources.  We can’t all be champions, but we can at least do the little things that add up.

Get one. Do good.

Get one. Do good.

I’m gonna keep fishing, making art, and in small ways do what I can to fight the good fight.  I’m teaming up with Fulton Beer, Rahr Corporation, Bob Mitchell’s Fly Shop and Friends of The Mississippi River on a super rad project.  We’re raising awareness and action for clean water on the Mississippi via beer – the idea is simple, you can’t make great beer without great water.

To learn more about this project, the collaboration beer, and how to get a bitchin’ tee, visit the site:  GreatRiverGreatBeer

And while you’re at it, if you find yourself on the Mississippi river – take pic, tell everyone why you love the river, and tag it #greatrivergreatbeer.

Sometimes the smallest of efforts can have major impact.

Cheers amigos.

Jake

New Works | 5.20.16

May 20, 2016 — 2 Comments
Troutz One | 2016 | 11" x 6" | pen and ink on paper

Troutz One | 2016 | 11″ x 6″ | pen and ink on paper

 

Troutz Three | 2016 | 11" x 6" | pen and ink on paper

Troutz Three | 2016 | 11″ x 6″ | pen and ink on paper

Troutz Two | 2016 | 11" x 6" | pen and ink on paper

Troutz Two | 2016 | 11″ x 6″ | pen and ink on paper

Quillback | 2016 | 10" x 8" | Pen and ink on wood

Quillback | 2016 | 10″ x 8″ | Pen and ink on wood

Happy Cat

April 20, 2016 — Leave a comment
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Bruno is a happy dude

Kicking off a new body of work means more time in the studio – mostly evenings and a bit of time on the weekends.  Such is the life of an artist making their living doing non-art things.  No matter, Bruno is happy to hang out morning, afternoon, or night.  We’re a couple happy cats.

 

BASS

April 3, 2016 — 2 Comments
Bucketmouths

Bucketmouths

 

The weather is great for trout fishing right now.  That’s swell.  All I can really think about is Bass though; smallmouths & largemouths.  They’re everywhere in MN, and they’re a ton of fun to fish for. I’ve always loved fishing for, and learning about smallmouth, but I’ve always dismissed largemouth; likely a result of the smalljaws superior fighting abilities, and the water they inhabit.  They’re more my style.  But, a bass is a bass right?

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