Upcoming events

    • 28 Jun 2016
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Minneapolis Television Network 820 18th Ave. NE Minneapolis, MN 55418
    Come join us for a night of inspiration while enjoying the works of John Noltner. 

    A Peace of My Mind: American Stories

    “In a world that asks us to focus on the things that can separate us, A
    Peace of My Mind invites us to explore the common humanity that connects
    us.” – John Noltner, founder, A Peace of My Mind

    Since 2012, award-winning photographer and author John Noltner has driven
    40,000 miles across the United States asking people the simple question,
    “What does peace mean to you?”

    With portraits and personal stories, ordinary people reveal extraordinary
    insights into how we can work toward common good and create a world that
    is more just for all.

    Holocaust survivors, refugees, artists, former prisoners, teachers,
    immigrants, veterans, and more share their thoughts and inspiring stories
    in a series that celebrates our common experience and sense of community.

    Founded in 2009, this multimedia arts project self-published its first
    book in 2011, through a successful Kickstarter campaign. Featuring
    interviews of 52 diverse individuals in Minnesota the book is accompanied
    by two traveling exhibits, speaking engagements and workshops, serving as
    a catalyst for public dialogue around issues related to conflict
    resolution, civic responsibility, social justice, and peace.

    With a compelling new collection of stories, A Peace of My Mind is ready
    to engage on a national stage with a second book, American Stories, to
    inspire and empower people from diverse backgrounds to create positive
    change in the world. A Peace of My Mind’s combination of art and
    storytelling transcends barriers and provides a human approach to the
    challenging issues of today.

    John Noltner Biography

    With images and words as his medium, John Noltner has been telling stories for twenty years

    for national magazines, Fortune 500 companies, and non-profit organizations. His work has

    appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Forbes Magazine, Midwest Living, and the New York

    Daily News, among other publications.

    Throughout his career, John has managed logistics for editorial and commercial clients, both

    nationally and internationally, having worked on three continents. He carefully arranges details

    and builds relationships with his clients and subjects, using humor, understanding, and

    compassion to craft compelling and insightful stories.

    A Peace of My Mind is John’s flagship effort, allowing him to use storytelling as a vehicle for

    bridging social, political, and cultural differences. Since 2009, he has been asking people the

    simple (or not so simple) question, “What does peace mean to you?” The project combines

    photographs of diverse subjects and their personal stories exploring the meaning of peace. He

    has included the voices of Holocaust survivors, homeless individuals, political refugees and


    Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, wrote the forward to his first book based on the

    art project, and says this:

    “John Noltner takes us on a unique journey filled with revelations of courage and commitment,

    resilience and hope. It is a beautiful journey that speaks to our innermost being. It touches us in

    a way that allows us to see the world from a different perspective. Perhaps it will inspire us to

    become peacemakers.”

    A Peace of My Mind has been presented at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, the Peace and

    Justice Studies Association, the Sojourners Summit for Change, the Dayton International Peace

    Museum and has received both regional and national awards.

    John is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, the Peace and Justice

    Studies Association, and the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers.

    • 29 Jun 2016
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
    • 820 18th Ave. NE Minneapolis, MN 55418

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    Let's get this party started. 

    You have to be a studio member to attend this event. It is training on how to use the MTN studio room so you can begin renting space. 

    Let me know if you can't make it.

    • 09 Jul 2016
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Minneapolis Television Network 820 18th Ave NE Minneapolis, MN 55418

    Filming an Artist Spotlight (and putting you in it too!)


    Suzette Allen, Cr.Photog., CPP, API,

    Lumix Luminary and Adobe Influencer,

    Professional Photographer 25+ years,

    With Jon Yoshinaga, Cr.Photog., Lumix Luminary


    One thing we definitely need to do to survive is PURSUE TECHNOLOGY and EMBRACE THE NEW! We also need to MARKET OURSELVES CREATIVELY!!


    Wow—that can be a tall order! But it is actually not that difficult with the new ease of shooting video and combining with stills to create a short hybrid product that engages and educates clients—not to mention setting you on a creative pedestal way above the competition!


    That’s what this program is all about!  Video is the most powerful medium to engage and educate people, and it is time we leverage it for our own marketing and create new products! For those of us who are primarily still photographers, we are ideally positioned and skilled to jump into that role with very little effort. Yes, that is the truth. You already possess 90% of what you need to be an excellent hybrid photographer, able to produce a hybrid product with stills and videos. Now is the time to ease into that role, able to effectively communicate with either medium, depending on the clients’ need.


    In this Hybrid Program, Suzette will show you how she uses motion (video vignettes) to create fresh products and then show you how to film an artist’s spotlight! The hands on demo will feature a local artist and show you how to film it, work with lighting, audio and microphones, and then how to edit to create a final short video combining images, music, and logos! The final hoorah is the delivery method…how about making it a LIVE PORTRAIT that plays off a PRINT? Yes, with augmented reality, that is possible and easy! This will be an exciting program you do NOT want to miss…just like you don’t want to miss the Sign on the road to your successful future! This could be it!


    Suzette uses Lumix Mirrorless cameras and Lightroom and Photoshop CC to create and edit her videos… it is super easy! Together with her techie husband Jon, they will share some technical know-how & video specs too, applying to all cameras and software, so hang on for an enlightening and inspiring program!



    Suzette and Jon make a dynamic team with their wide range of technical savvy in the photographic industry and have successfully migrated into a Hybrid role as photographers, focusing on motion and marketing. Adapting to the needs of clients and using mirrorless cameras, they are fluent with 4K technology, Cinemagraphs, short hybrid videos, and teaching photographers to painlessly embrace technology, whether it be Adobe software or camera tech! Learn more about their passion and work at www.SuzetteAllen.com


    Sponsored by Panasonic LUMIX, Bay Photo, Photodex, Live Portrait

    • 19 Aug 2016
    • 12:00 PM
    • 21 Aug 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Red Cliff
    • 1

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    We have on reserve 2 Sailboats .  12 of us can go on tour of the Apostle Island.  What makes this tour so much fun is that it is interactive. We are not just passengers we will be the sailing crew as well.  We will be instructed and expected to help sail the ships. What better way to spend the Tall Ship weekend than being a sailor. 

    below is the weekend schedule. 


    1. Meet in  Duluth to tour the  tall ships. we will have dinner together and then head to Red Cliff

    2. Wine reception and a surprise local  fire side presentation at Red Cliff

    Participants have a choice of sleeping on the boat (bring your own sleeping bag , pillow and toiletry item) or  making reservations on your own  at  the casino hotel, in Bayfield or in the camp ground. 


      1 .Breakfast will be  provided along with an          before daybreak  departure  to arrive to  Raspberry to photograph the lighthouse.

      2.   Anchor in the bay and hike to the light house where sailors have the option of taking a tour.

     2      Lunch will be provided  onboard the ship as we sail to Sand Is.

      3. At Sand Island We will then  Take  the  dingy and photograph the sea caves.

     4.  Photographers will then head to shore for other photographic opportunities.

       5.  Return to Red Cliff, clean up and head to Big Top Chautauqua.  The weekend entertainment at bigtop is as follows 

    From houses of worship to houses of blues, Ruthie Foster has always been a rafter-rattler. And with a soul-filled voice honed in Texas churches, she can move audiences to tears or ecstasy – sometimes in a single song. Her two albums, 2009’s The Truth According to Ruthie Fosterand 2012’s Let It Burn, moved the Recording Academy to deliver Best Blues Album Grammy nominations. Her latest release, Promise of a Brand New Day on Blue Corn Music, earned her a third Grammy nod in 2015. Ruthie performed at the Big Top twice before, blowing the roof off the tent with her amazingly soulful voice and blues artistry. 

    Room 2 Groove takes inspiration from Michael Franti, Citizen Cope, Bob Marley, and Peter Tosh to name a few. They proclaim their mission is to make the world, and specifically Northern Wisconsin, a more vibrant place to live by playing positive music that gets people up and dancing.

    Sailors have the option of purchasing  food from the various vendors at the big top venue.

      Return to marina. 


    leisurely morning, pack and disembark vessels. 

    TCPG organizers will return back to  Duluth to tour the  tall ships with members once again/

    Organizers will provide a lunch time meeting place for members who want to dine together before heading home.

    Head home 

    Participants have the option of making arrangements in the casino hotel, in Bayfield or in the camp ground. They can also sleep on the boat by bringing their own sleeping bag and air mattress. The hotel has opened the use of its showers, hottub and swimming pool to us during our stay on the boats.

    Legendary Waters Casino, Resort, Marina and Campground, Red Cliff Wisconsin

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