May 3, 2016

Painting Accepted for the Minnesota Watercolor Society Spring Show



My painting Butterfly on Cone Flowers has been accepted into the Minnesota Watercolor Society Spring Show currently underway at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.  The show runs until June 29, 2016. The painting features a batik technique using a wax resist with transparent watercolor.

December 12, 2015

Books Now Available in the Library

I am pleased to announce that all three of my books are now available through the Hennepin County Library System.  The books are shelved in the teen section of the Ridgedale Library in Minnetonka, Minnesota, but can be requested from any library anywhere.

Ridgedale Library, Minnetonka, Minnesota

July 30, 2015

Art Blog Combined with Author Blog


Welcome to my new combined website. My old artwork blog VintageArtStudios.com has now been combined with my author blog caroljlarson.com.  This will make it easier to search and find me by name whether interested in my art or my books or both!

December 6, 2014

Who Was Fredrika Bremer and Why Was a Minneapolis Elementary School Named For Her?

Fredrika Bremer

Fredrika Bremer (1801-1865) was a celebrated Swedish novelist often compared to Jane Austen, although her romantic novels are considered inferior to Miss Austen's today.  But what was her connection to Minnesota and why did an elementary school in Minneapolis bear her name?

In 1850, Fredrika visited the Scandinavian communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul.  She was quoted as saying: "What a glorious new Scandinavia might not Minnesota become!" Her description of the journey, chronicled in the book "Homes of the New World" published in London in 1853, is considered one of the most important first hand accounts of Minnesota while it was still a territory.

When she returned to Sweden, she became an advocate for women's rights.  She believed “that women should, like men and together with them, be allowed to study at the elementary schools and academies, in order to gain an opportunity of obtaining suitable employments and situations in the service of the state. . ."

The Bremer Building as it looks today

I don't know whether her Minnesota travel narratives, her novels, or her stance on education for women, or all three, was the ultimate reason a new elementary school built in 1887 in Minneapolis was named for her. Fredrika Bremer School was in service at 1214 Lowry Ave. N., for nearly 100 years.  The castle-like Romanesque Revival building still stands today as residential condominiums.






References and additional reading:

http://collections.mnhs.org/MNHistoryMagazine/articles/31/v31i03p148-157.pdf
http://collections.mnhs.org/MNHistoryMagazine/articles/20/v20i02p129-139.pdf
http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Encyclop%C3%A6dia_Britannica,_Ninth_Edition/Bremer,_Fredrika

November 21, 2014

Carol's Quaint Quotes

I thought this quote from Good Morals and Gentle Manners for Schools and Families from 1873 was kind of cute in a smelly sort of way.  Hail deodorants!  

Good health requires that the whole body be frequently and thoroughly bathed, an operation that some persons neglect entirely in winter.  The skin is full of minute pores or openings for the escape of insensible perspiration, and if these are obstructed, they can not carry off that waste matter which should pass from the body in this way.   Not only does the skin become rough, dry, harsh, and covered with pimples, but unpleasant odors emanate from it.  These odors impregnate the clothing, and become very offensive.   The remedy is the bath.