Jes Lee

Spring update


It is time for an update!

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? A poetry video I created for Kathryn Kysar is a featured video on the National Council of Teachers of English website for April 10th!

Tonight (April 12) at 7pm Kathryn Kysar and Philip S. Bryant will be reading at the ArtStart gallery in St. Paul. The four poetry videos I created with Kathryn will be shown during the reading. Prints of the images I created for these videos will be hanging in the gallery through June 12th.

The Minnesota Center for Book Arts Artist Co-op will have artwork hanging up at the Anderson Center in Red Wing May 11 – June 25th. This is an amazing group of artists, and I am so honored to be part of the Co-op. The show will be spectacular! There is an opening reception on May 12th. Bookmaking workshops and poetry readings will take place from 3-6:30. The artist reception will be from 6:30-9pm.

I finished the books for the ‘Seasons’ series I was working on. ‘Spring’ is available now in my web-shop and in the Minnesota Center for Book Arts gift shop. ‘Summer’, ‘Autumn’, and ‘Winter’ will be available in those locations by the end of April.

Craftstravaganza is May 12th 10am-5pm at the State Fair Grounds! Jes Lee Studios and Dad and Kiddo Pottery will have a booth there. This year, there will be booths and activities in both the Fine Arts building and the Progress Center – twice as big as last year! Our booth will be located in the Progress Center.

I have a new website!!

Portrait sessions – due to a shift in my work schedule, I will have MORE availability on Saturdays!! The schedule can fill up fast. Contact me soon to schedule Spring and Summer sessions!

Spring cleaning can mean finding boxes full of old family photos and slides. Creating digital files of these memories can make them more accessible, sortable, and make it easier to share them with friends and family. If this is something you are thinking about, contact me! I can help!

I am offering more photography workshops at Bloomington Art Center, including a few new classes in the darkroom! Sign up if traditional film photography intrigues you, or pass the info on if you know someone interested in this!

I will have a spot in Art-a-Whirl again this year! Art-a-Whirl will take place May 18-20. Check the ‘announcements‘ section of my website for more information about this and other upcoming events!

Thank you!



Hello wall

Hello wall,

I didn’t realize we would be meeting so quickly and at such a high-speed today. A bit of warning would have been nice.



I could really use a nap. Instead, I am heading out to the garage to work on filing empty 120 film spools down to fit into a Brownie camera. No, this has nothing to do with anything on my to-do list. No, it probably won’t work, but I’m trying anyway.