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SUTRA global imports brings the beauty of handmade South Asia to the Midwest in a curated fairtrade collection  artfully staged in a renovated century barn in Dakota, Minnesota and through online sales. We also host workshops and talks in our space and Kim Hammer leads tours to India and Bali.

One Woman's River: A Solo Paddle on the Mississippi Rivertalk with Author, Ellen Kolbo-McDonah


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One Woman's River: A Solo Paddle on the Mississippi Rivertalk with Author, Ellen Kolbo-McDonah

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One Woman’s River- A Solo Source-to-Sea Paddle on the Mighty MississippiRivertalk with Author, Ellen Kolbo-McDonah

Pack your paints and your paddle; we’re going on a 2,552 mile creative adventure from source to sea on the mighty Mississippi River in a 14-1/2 foot kayak named Inspiration… alone. In 2014 artist paddler and educator Ellen Kolbo-McDonah left the security of her home and family to find creative power along the banks of the Mississippi River and during the spring flood celebrated her sixtieth birthday in the headwater marshes.

Experience towering cityscapes, reflective Mississippi beaches, pristine wilderness and people met through Ellen’s richly illustrated book with glossary, including 42 color paintings and 69 pen and ink/pencil drawings completed from and during her journey. From Lake Itasca, Minnesota through the Gulf of Mexico, river friends were gifted with artwork created in return for their kindness and assistance, but who was the true benefactor?

Feel your pulse pound and your knees buckle as you race toward tows and barges in the river channel against the pull of current and dodge ocean-going vessels in the shipyard before New Orleans. Learn the rare story of determination and hope from the cockpit and perspective of a kayaking artist’s 107 day passage that only the Mississippi River can teach, as what first began as a creative quest soon became the discovery of a lifetime.

Ellen is an educator, practicing artist and kayaker from Galesville, Wisconsin. Seldom venturing on an expedition without her paints and sketchbook, her style of art reflects the Adventurism Art Movement that she has identified and practices. Ellen’s painting, Saving Higgins Eye Clams was awarded Grand Prize Fine Art by a national competition, the Mississippi River Art and Photo Shoot Out in 2016. After completing a 2,350 mile solo source to sea expedition of the Mississippi River in 2014, she completed 1,500 miles on the Missouri River in 2015, and will resume the expedition during the summer of 2017. Her art studio is close to the Black River and Mississippi River near Trempealeau, Wisconsin.


There is no charge for this event; the book will be available for purchase.  SUTRA global imports will be having its annual "End of the Season Sale" so be sure to take time to explore the shop before or after the talk! Shop Hours: 10am-4pm