Beauty in Agate

April 10 to July 31, 2017

Joseph H. Taubr

Joseph TaubrThis series captures the beauty of agates in photos that magnify them up to 20 times by Joseph H. Taubr, photographer. 

The late Taubr states: "Rocks have fascinated me since I was a small boy.  I collected Lake Superior agates and fossils from the Mississippi River lime stones near our home in St. Paul, Minnesota.  In 1943, at age nine, my father took me to a rock club meeting in Minneapolis where I saw my first moss agate under a magnifying glass.  The agate was water clear with a quarter inch piece of black moss inside. In the gasp of that instant I knew that someday I would collect and magnify the moss in the agates to share that same wonder with others.  What I did not know is that it would be six decades before technology would advance to the point where I could accomplish this vision. 

Joseph TaubrI moved to Denver in 1964 to start my quest.  I hunted for rocks with Nobuko, my wife of nearly sixty years, in Oregon, Colorado, Utah, Idaho and Wyoming.  Thundereggs with inclusions were high on my list. Nobuko braved the sun and wind in the jade fields of Wyoming and many other rock collection sites.  She is the only one I know who can find float jade while wearing sunglasses.  All these years she lived with a little boy in a man’s body and his obsession with rocks.  I love, cherish and thank her always!

I am a self taught explorer of these macroscopic universes.  After all these decades, my questions remain a challenge for kindred scientists to determine:  How did the moss get inside?  How did the hairs and tubes of the inclusions form?  Are they masses of crystallization?  Maybe your curiosity will drive the answers." 

You can find Taubr's books and photographs of petrified wood, cabochons, and computer fractals at www.blurb.comSearch for Joseph Taubr.

The Great Outdoors!  May It Always Be There for Everyone!

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In solidarity with the Grandmother Circles in Kenya,

the Grandmother Circles Art Project in the Twin Cities

seeks to build a community of artists to create and sell art

to support the needs of orphaned children and their caregivers.

Quality education, accessible water, and cottage industry endeavors are priorities. 

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Joseph TaubrA self-taught explorer of microscopic universes, the late Joseph H. Taubr spent 60 years hunting for rocks in western states with his wife Nobuko. For more information about books and prints, contact Joseph H. Taubr’s sister, Barbara Kellett at



Art exhibits can be viewed on the ground level of Cardondelet Center, Monday-Friday and weekends. 

Building Hours July 19 - July 30
Building opens at 8:30 am unless otherwise noted below.

Wednesday, July 19: Close at 4:30 pm

Thursday, July 20: Close at 4:30 pm

Friday, July 21: Close at 9:30 pm

Saturday, July 22: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Sunday, July 23: 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Monday, July 24: Close at 4:30 pm

Tuesday, July 25: Close at 4:30 pm

Wednesday, July 26: Close at 8:30 pm

Thursday, July 27: Close at 9:00 pm

Friday, July 28: Close at 4:30 pm

Saturday, July 29: 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

Sunday, July 30: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm