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[19 May 2013 | 6 Comments | ]

The Night Market came to Detroit Saturday night:
Music, art & trucks in a secret location disclosed only hours before.
Sideshows and art environments, mobile and temporary,
a carnival for adults, evaporating before dawn.

Jessica and the bonfire:

Space music laser-light performance:
Space music laser-light performance



Kathe Koja on stage:
Kathe Koja on stage

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[28 Dec 2012 | 3 Comments | ]

An imp’s nights spent squeezing the daylight
out of clouds, preparing for the next year.
Happy Holidays - An imp greets the next year

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[20 Nov 2012 | 7 Comments | ]

Good news for Step Gently Out!

Best Children’s Books of 2012 – Kirkus Reviews

All the news, reviews and up-to-date information for the book, plus a book trailer: Step Gently Out.

Step Gently Out

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[24 Sep 2012 | 15 Comments | ]

Staking a claim on a lost love, her cries
punch a hole through the day.

Staking a claim on a lost love

Sparrow | Passer domesticus

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[20 May 2012 | No Comment | ]

The Night Market came to Detroit on May 12th,
“where trucks transform into interactive dioramas,
theaters for sublime & bizarre entertainments”.

No one knew the location until a few hours before
the somewhat-secret event.

Lots of fun: SmR, one of the organizers, shares his impressions
of the night to go along with some video snips.

Lost Horizon Night Market by SmR

The Trucks start out from their individual staging areas.
They have been worked day and night to realize a vision.
The clatter of the diesels maneuvered by rank amateurs who
feel silly or at least strange
sitting on top of this too big vehicle that rocks and sways
over curbs not avoided.

All trucks rolling across the mean streets of Detroit to the place chosen.
This place without a house in sight,
This place that was barren this morning,
now warmed at the center with an illegal bonfire.

Freight trains rumble by occasionally –
one giving us a few extra whonnnk whonnnks as it passes by.
I wonder if the engineer can see
inside the truck
filled with cloud structures.
The one where we poke organ tones
out of the clouds with our lasers
like goosing a pig to squeal.
Or the other truck that is bursting with cheers and groans
as one of the autonomous fighting robots battles to its death.
Or the juke box truck where Grace with the band
swing into action with New Orleans Dixieland jazz as a patron slots a coin
marked with the song of choice.

I meet a large imposing (little bit scary) guy.
He looks at me near the entrance to the noise rock light show truck.
The truck with laser beam bejeweled monster faced idol
at the back of this science fiction church place.
I brace for an confrontation but instead
he smiles and gushes how cool – this truck,
the one he drives every day,
hauling shit from one end of the city to the other – is transformed.
An alchemy of this community that makes beauty, gifts it, and then will evaporate into the night again.

Toward the end of the night
a Hamtramck artist tells us about his studio.
He passes on information
regarding other art events around town.
The community communicates – the links are made.
Souls and ideas are knitted together
into the new structure that is rising up from
the now famous Detroit ruins.

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[11 May 2012 | 2 Comments | ]

How cool! Step Gently Out is featured in the April 2012 Journal of the Arthur Rackham Society.

The greatest artist of the “Golden Age” of illustration, Rackham is one of my favorites, and it’s a real treat to see Step Gently Out amongst the wonderful Rackham art.

For more information, visit the Arthur Rackham Society.

Journal of the Arthur Rackham Society
Arthur Rackham

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[26 Apr 2012 | One Comment | ]

As part of Canton’s Acts of Culture Week, I’m giving a presentation of my wildlife art., and signing copies of my new book, Step Gently Out.

It will be 7pm, Tuesday, May 1 at the Canton Public Library, located at 1200 S. Canton Center Rd., Canton, MI 48188.

“In celebration of Canton’s Acts of Culture Week, we are pleased to present photographer Rick Lieder as he shares his beautiful book, “Step Gently Out”, an amazing ‘picture’ of what we can find in our own backyards if we just step gently and keep our eyes and minds wide open. You will be stunned by what you see.”

Step Gently Out

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[16 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]

The book trailer for Step Gently Out was featured on The Daily Beast blog:

A Poem For Sunday.

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[9 Apr 2012 | 3 Comments | ]

My exhibit and Step Gently Out book signing at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art April 6th
was so much fun, dozens of copies of Step Gently Out sold and signed,
and our presentation was very enthusiastically received.

Helen Frost has so many friends and supporters and the museum
was a great venue for our book.

Fort Wayne Museum of Art
Fort Wayne Museum of Art
Rick Lieder, Helen Frost, Anne Hall.

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[6 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]

Erika Rohrbach from Kirkus Reviews did an interview with Helen Frost and me about Step Gently Out and how our collaboration works. It’s live on their site now.

“With Step Gently Out, the stunning first-time collaboration between poet Helen Frost and nature photographer Rick Lieder, proponents of the odd separation of author from illustrator in children’s publishing are hereby put on notice.”

“The marriage between word and image in this gorgeous picture book melds one poem encouraging young readers to explore insect wonders of the natural world with breathtakingly intimate photographs captured only with the aid of natural light. Its success is both organic and the result of Frost and Lieder’s creative union from their project’s inception. We had the privilege of speaking with these gifted artists together as they discussed the genesis of their lyric venture centered on bugs.”

Read more.
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