Northfield, Here Comes ‘Cari Me’

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.’ ~ Goethe

Seems like simple and good advice.  On one of those full-moon, bright-idea evenings during the Christmas holiday season, the notion came into my head that it was time to do something ……bigger.

My sister-in-law, and friend, Cari, passed away a few years ago.  She had been pestering me to create one of my custom tote bags for her and I kept telling her she didn’t need it.  Well, she didn’t.  She was a shopper.   On that one particular evening I found myself thinking about Cari and what in the world I would have put on her bag if I had gotten it made for her.  The next big thought formed easily, as projects do when they choose you, ‘I’ll ask MakeItMinnesota to help me run a statewide photo contest and chose winners from around  Minnesota, fashion the winning photos into a traveling tote bag  exhibition, call it Cari Me and take donations for a worthy cause in each community that welcomes the project.’

Cari was always doing something nice for someone.  She would most surely smile about me being crazy enough to think about this and then  do it.   And thanks to Mr. Goethe for the good advice.  I think they both would be pleased with the resulting photo winners.

It’s become a blessing….meeting new people, watching great artist+business+community connections take shape, appreciating my local support team. I’ll share more soon.  The Cari Me exhibition opens tonight in beautiful downtown Northfield at Tandem Bagels. Amazing artists and new friends of the project already have  the Cari me photo tote bags  hanging in place!

              Amanda Pettis, SE regional winner and Greta Alms, SW regional winner


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