The Seed Painter

One of the annual treats of the trip to the Minnesota State Fair is the seed art exhibit.  The exhibit provides plenty of comic relief (not to mention easy material for the NARN broadcast), and of course the occasionaly “wow – didn’t know they could do that with seeds).

Most of the latter came from this woman, who died yesterday.

Lillian Colton spent the better part of 40 years immortalizing the likes of Kirby Puckett, Eleanor Roosevelt and the Rev. Billy Graham with wild rice, hay and timothy seeds glued to cardboard.

Colton, considered the Andy Warhol of seeds — yes, she did a portrait of him, too — died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at her home in Owatonna, Minn. She was 95.

“With her artistic skills she immediately made crop art into an elevated art form,” said Colleen Sheehy, education director at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis.`

That must be a sign someone has made an impression – when someone can mention “The Kirby Puckett seed picture” and you instantly remember it.


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