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April 26, 2004 // UPDATED 1:21 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Anna Pratt
Anna Pratt

'Grace from the Garden'

In her book, "Grace from the Garden; Changing the World, One Garden at a Time," "Better Homes and Gardens" veteran Debra Landwehr Engle pays homage to gardeners' whose humble waterspouts fostered and improved community relationships.

In one victory garden, a Maine couple paid tribute to their deceased spouses by converting eight acres into a green idyll available to nearby nursing homes. Seniors listen to music, eat, socialize and enjoy the outdoors.

Gardening saves juvenile delinquents at a vegetable plot in Washington, where juvenile detention officers developed a green brand of community service. In Alabama, the "Green Angel" program matches a gardener with a senior.

St. Paul's Farm in the City is featured for its positive values: the Farm advocates environmentally sound practices, healthy living, ingenuity, cooperation and respect for diversity.

Partake in the fruits of these endeavors in an author presentation. Engle will be joined by St. Paul's Farm in the City gardener Anna Wasescha.

Thursday, April 29, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Barnes & Noble, 801 Nicollet Mall, Free. 371-4443.

Gallery Atitlan

In their first exhibit, Elliot Park's just-opened Gallery Atitlan features the complex tapestries of Peruvian master weaver Edwin Sulca.

Sulca's textile-glyphs of a rich daily life are pulled tightly together by 1200 years of tradition. The making of punto arwi textiles is a deeply rooted family industry; patterns of daily life are revealed through calendar-like repetition and, in Sulca's work, bright accents of ancient symbolism and idiosyncratic histories, fears, glories and sufferings describe a pre-European-imagined South America and a modern one. These rugs tell us about the Paracus culture.

Sulca, who also has a background in chemical engineering and biochemistry, makes these vibrant floor and wall coverings even more precious as he gathers the plants and natural dyes to make them from his pedestrian coast-to-mountaintop journeys in the valleys of Peru.

Atitlan focuses on the traditional art of indigenous cultures.

Tuesday-Saturday, 11a.m.-5 p.m. (Wednesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.) Gallery Atitlan, 609 S. 10th St., Free. 269-1938.