Virtual Art Walk

Written by Charli Mills

Charli Mills, a born buckaroo, makes literary art accessible at She writes about the veteran spouse experience and women forgotten to history.

September 30, 2023

We are almost ready to go live on the Keweenaw Peninsula with the Keweenaw Interactive Art Walk. If you can’t make it to our small corner of the world, we’ve prepared a virtual event for you! Go to Art Walk for evolving details. The 2023 KIAW is now over, but we will post featured Artists & Writers from 2023 until the end of the year. The KIAW will return on the last Saturday in September 2024. Let us know if you participate in the comments here! Thank you to all the writers at Carrot Ranch who participated in making this interactive art walk a global collaboration! How cool is that!

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  1. Melissa Lemay

    So cool! And neat to see there are a few of us featured from PA! Thanks for helping put this together and allowing me to participate, Charli!??????

    • Charli Mills

      PA showed up and the participants noticed! Several made positive comments, and found it fascinating to see where featured writers were from. Thank you for participating!

  2. Bill Engleson

    I’ll try and follow along from my British Columbia perch…

    • Charli Mills

      We,,, Bill, I made the videos but a lack of cell serivec and internet in the dark corners of Rabbit Bay prevented posting. I’ve decided to use them for the next prompt. It was a great day! I’m still grinning!

  3. Sue Spitulnik

    Charli and Tammy,
    What a wonderful event. Thank you so much for putting the paintings and stories on line so we could all share in the beauty of creativity. It didn’t make up for experiencing it in real time and life but it ws darn close. Thank you again. I will definitely share this with my local writing groups.
    What a difference you have made in my life. Love, love, love

    • Charli Mills

      Thank you, Sue! In person, the event took my breath away. It was me, Tammy and her next-door-neighbor who set it up on the path Tammy built. She and her neighbor worked all week hanging rope, placing potted flowers…so many physical as well as technological details to pull this off but the effort was worth it. I felt you were all there in those moments when all you could hear was the lake waves and popple leaves while people read your stories, then looked at art, deep, deep in thought. People slowed down in a way people don’t any more, and it made all of you feel so near because there was genuine connection going on through the paintings, nature, and literary art. <3

      • Sue Spitulnik

        I’m happy it was a great success.

  4. Bill Engleson

    Happy to be a far flung part of this…

    • Charli Mills

      Some participants felt a kinship with you and Canada today!

  5. Annette Rochelle Aben

    Anticipating… And, thank YOU for the glimpses of Lake Superior! I am way down here near Lake Erie… so it is wonderful to join the two regions via blogsphere!

    • Charli Mills

      We are connected through our literary art and Great Lakes, Annette! I’ll be posting the videos for the Tuesday challenge, and in some, I think you can hear the waves! Give my regards to Lake Erie.

  6. Colleen M. Chesebro

    I can’t wait to see Lake Superior!! Thanks again for sharing the stories and the art. My heart is full. ????????

    • Charli Mills

      You will feel enveloped, Colleen! My heart is so full, too. And TOJ showed me this awesome photo she took of a campfire on her beach with the sunset. She’s “whipping up” an oil painting of it for the Tales Around the Campfire cover! She knows our timeline, too.

      • Colleen M. Chesebro

        Yay! That sounds wonderful. I wish I could have been there to support you and Toj. I can’t wait for the painting! ????

  7. restlessjo

    How busy you’ve all been, Charli! So many thoughts and ideas.

    • Charli Mills

      It’s been three years in the making and we started planning last year and were pretty chill until June when it began to feel more like a reality. so many thoughts and ideas in my head too!

  8. Bill Engleson

    I trust that the day has gone well. So impressed…from afar…

    • Charli Mills

      The day had so many highlights. I’m going to fall asleep smiling tonight.

  9. D. Avery @shiftnshake

    Very cool. You did it! You and Toj did it! You and Toj and the Ranchers and the community did it!

    • Charli Mills

      We all had a hand in this across the world. It fills me with such joy!

  10. Mr. Ohh's Sideways View

    The ArtWalk was fun There were some interesting stuff Thanks ????????????

    • Charli Mills

      Thanks for taking the walk!

  11. Chel Owens

    These are so cool!!! I loved reading through the pairings.

  12. pedometergeek

    Really impressive. The stories paired with the art. Well done to all. Now, I’m kicking myself for being such a slacker.

  13. Sarah Brentyn

    This is so cool!

  14. Norah

    Loved the tour, Charli. Those autumn trees are magnificent. We don’t have them here.

    • Charli Mills

      Norah, one of my students wrote an intriguing research paper about the colors of transitioning leaves. But you have koala bears and unique spiders.

      • Norah

        That’s right, Charli. There is much diversity in the world. That is a good thing. There is room for us all. If only we’d accept each other. ????

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