Chair # 32 (click photo to enlarge)
LOCATION: Shafer Saloon & Grill – small town atmosphere with cold beer, great pizza, burgers and fun! Serving lunch and dinner, and even breakfast – try the pizza omelet! A great place for locals, and also for bikers and area visitors – enjoy the nostalgia of video games and pull tabs.
30220 Redwing Ave
Shafer, MN 55074
ARTISTS: Mike Dodge, Center City and Katsy Hanson, Lindstrom
CHAIR NAME: “Sköl Vikings!”
Mike Dodge is an artist who has been on a lifelong quest to find her medium. Her talent was evident from the moment she received her first box of 64 crayons – she loved color! And she was great at staying between the lines. Really great. As a child, she gained an appreciation of painting with Plaster of Paris figurines, at the home of a woman who had 14 kids. Later, in her intellectual period, she took an actual art history course, and she enjoyed painting nudes at the University of MN. She continued on this path, taking an evening course in acrylic painting and then another in sculpting, not finding any talent in either. Then, in a period marked by frenetic, creative energy, she explored painting on silk, porcelain, and ceramics, discovering those long-sought talents. She’s had some professional success with her photo art. And now, after waiting 50 years to finally paint with watercolors, she is grateful to be influenced (and entertained) by the talented Katsy Hanson and Lou Ann Mattson, and gets inspiration (and lots of laughter) from her current art teacher Kay Oien and her King’s Bluff Watercolor Society. We are left with only one question: how did a girl from a cloistered convent, graduating from that convent in 1960, ever get to be painting a MN Vikings chair, even though she’s never watched a Vikings game in her life?
Katsy Hanson has been a Vikings fan since they played at the Met Center in Bloomington! She taught elementary education for more than 30 years, and was the coordinator for Gifted students in the Chisago Lakes School District prior to her retirement. Katsy likes to dabble in various art forms and is currently taking watercolor classes.