Genesis: The Art of Creation

We have now finished the documentary featuring the artistry of Northfield artist Fred Somers.

He was commissioned by the Sisters of St. Joseph Carondolet of St. Paul, Minnesota to create a large painting (9' by 6') for their new Carondolet Village on the campus of St. Catherine's University.

The theme of the painting is Genesis and Fred has woven the images of water, earth and sky to depict the creation of the world. We have documented the entire arc of the project from the stapling of the canvas to its frame to the final installation..

The premiere will take place on
Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 7pm in the Cinema of the Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College.

A second showing will take place on
Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 7pm in the Viking Theater, Buntrock Center, St. Olaf College.

Visit the Genesis website by CLICKING HERE

Harvest : A Community's History Founded in Bronze

The documentary has appeared several times on Twin Cities Public Television. To view the documentary's webpage, please CLICK HERE 

To purchase a copy of the DVD, ORDER HERE


The finished sculpture is made entirely of cast bronze. The video shows the step-by-step process by which the cardboard model shown at the left is transformed into the final piece. In doing so, we follow Ray as he creates the model, transports it to Casting Creations in Howard Lake Minnesota, and how he and the skilled artisans at the foundry work through the "lost-wax" process to finish the work. Finally, the documentary will show the sculpture's installation and the impact it has on those who view it..

We show how the artist uses his heart and mind to express something deeply personal but also remarkably universal.

In Full Circle - The Japanese Style Garden as a Work of Art in Progress

Completed in 2006, "In Full Circle" explores the creation and maintenance of the Garden of Quiet Listening located on the campus of Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. The intent of the documentary is to show how the gardeners who maintain the site are co-creators with David Slawson, the designer who conceived and laid it out

To purchase a copy of the DVD, ORDER HERE .

Faithful Unto Death:
Orientation Video - Northfield Historical Society

Northfield, Minnesota is famous for the "Great Northfield Bank Raid" of 1876. The James-Younger gang rode into town to rob the First National Bank. Little did they know that the citizens would put up such an effective fight. The Defeat of Jesse James Days is held each year and features a remarkable reenactment of that fateful day in September.

"Faithful Unto Death" is based on a book by the same name by Jack Koblas. Every year, thousands of visitors from all over the world come to Northfield to visit the restored bank building and view the exhibits. More people have likely viewed this video than any other we've produced.

For more information about the raid visit the NHS website at

You may also purchase a DVD of the video through the Dancing Sun Store or from the Historical Society.