Ginny Bayers Herzog

Profile Updated: August 4, 2019
Occupation Independent artist
Children Ryan, born 1972 - wife Anna - grandkids Casey, Mike and Lily
Kelly, born 1976 - grandson Jordan

Mr. McCarthy's art class rubbed off on me. I graduated from St Cloud State with a BFA in Studio Art. My first career - interior designer for model homes at Pemtom, a homebuilder in Mpls. After marrying and starting a family, we moved to St Louis, MO. where I returned to my art. Divorced after 13 years, I began painting full time, exhibiting across the country, while raising my kids as a single mom. Eventually, the kids and I returned to Mpls to be closer to our family. I built a home with a studio in St Louis Park. I've been an empty nester for nearly 20 years and have three grandteens and one younger granddaughter. I've been an artist for over 35 years and have no plans to retire as I can't imagine any other life.

School Story

I remember the Monday morning after the Beatles had appeared on the Ed Sullivan show. Our class had assembled in Mr. McCarthy's art class and we were all excited and talking about their performance and our favorite Beatle or song. Mr. McCarthy was obviously annoyed by our inattention and he ordered us out into the hall. One of the guys whispered, "Let's face the wall, hands on the wall and legs spread - like we're ready for him to frisk us." That REALLY angered Mr. M and he ordered us back into the classroom. I don't ever recall him being THAT angry. He even sent one of the girls into tears.

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Sep 15, 2019 at 7:53 AM

Welcome to our class website, Dawn. We’re glad you’ve joined us. There’s a lot to look at. Enjoy!

Aug 04, 2019 at 4:19 PM

Hello Classmates, Are you interested in the early frontier history of Minnesota? If so, I hope you will join me, and other members of our class, on Saturday, August 17th, for a visit to several historic sites from the Dakota Sioux Uprising. We'll visit the actual location, west of Litchfield, where 4 or 5 Sioux teenagers shot and killed members of a pioneer family on Aug 17, 1862. This was the beginning of the war that ended with a mass hanging in Mankato, of 38 Sioux warriors on Dec 26, 1862. I have met the Great Great Granddaughter of the family that helped to bury those killed in this first attack. She has agreed to met us on Saturday, and share with us her research of the war, and answer any questions we may have. She knows the subject quite well since it was the topic of her Master's thesis - from the Indian perspective. Another stop will be at the site of a murdered family, that was recorded by chiseling a record of the incident in a boulder marking the site of the attack. We will be stopping at the rock, where the inscription can still be read. Our last stop will be to visit an original pioneer cabin, complete with period furniture from the 1850's. This cabin is one of, if not the first Finnish settlement in Minnesota. It's absolutely fascinating to see the actual structures that the early pioneers built, and survived in to tame the Western frontier - which Minnesota was at that time. I am trying to get the President of the local historic society to visit with us on the 17th, but at this time that has not been confirmed. If you would like to do some additional research: google Dakota War of 1862, and/or Temperance Corners - this is the name of the Finnish cabin, and other period buildings located at the site. After we finish our last stop, those that have the time are invited for refreshments at my lake home. It's about a 6 mile drive from our last stop. If your interested in joining the tour, please send me your email address, and I will provide more specific details. Looking forward to hearing from you - Tom Anderson’s email:

Jun 26, 2019 at 10:18 PM

Saddened to hear of the loss of our classmate, Sandy Teorey Rodin, who died yesterday.

Jun 09, 2019 at 6:12 PM

Sadly, Tom Anderson informed us today of the loss of another of our classmates - David Field, of Edina. His obituary has been posted on our In Memory page. A life well lived. Rest in peace, David.

May 27, 2019 at 10:00 PM

Welcome to our website, Steven! We hope you’ll enjoy reconnecting with our classmates.

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May 20, 2019 at 10:49 AM

Posted on: May 15, 2019 at 7:23 PM

We received sad news that our classmate, Julie Jones Marrs, passed away on Monday, May 13, 2019. Julie was 72 and resided in Minnetonka.

Born October 22, 1946 in Lancaster, PA, she was the daughter of the late Dan and Worthington Jones.

Julie is survived by her daughters, Amy Lee Hayes and Emily Elizabeth Marrs; Larry Marrs, Amy and Emily's father; her grandchildren Hannah (21), and Maddie (17) Hayes; her sister, Marjorie and her husband John Hellweg, and her nephew Jonathan Graham and niece, Maggie Graham.

Julie was a beautiful woman, inside and out. She touched those in her life with abounding grace, kindness and fiery spunk. Her love for all things Harley, rock and roll music, cats and her family brought her great joy throughout her years. She is now in the arms of her heavenly father.

A Celebration of Life Open House will be held on Monday, May 20th at her sister's home - 3407 Moorland Rd, Minnetonka, MN 55345 from 4:00 - 8:00 PM with a time of sharing and words from family members at 6:00 PM. All family and friends are welcome.

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Feb 23, 2019 at 9:09 AM

Posted on: Feb 21, 2019 at 12:13 AM

From Mary Ann Nord -
In last Sunday's Star Tribune, I saw an obituary for Catherine Maley, who taught French at Edina when we were students. Scott Reeves, Pam Morford, Jeannie Ostendorf and anyone else who took French in those years had her for at least one year, and several of us had her for two years in a row. Her obituary doesn't mention her stint at Edina; rather, it focuses on her academic career and related honors. Apparently, her years at Edina were a transition between her undergraduate degree and her graduate school years. I guess her years as a high school teacher weren't as important to her family as her academic distinctions but she made an impression of us high schoolers! I'm sure other classmates would be interested to learn what she moved on to after she left Edina.

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Posted on: Sep 26, 2018 at 12:17 PM

Classmates, I'm reaching out to you on behalf of the son of Lowell Green, who passed away in 2001. Ryan Green is hoping to see if any of his dad's buddies from high school might still have photos with him that he could get copies of. Let me know if you do and I will put you in touch with Ryan Green. Thanks!

Sep 06, 2018 at 10:40 PM

Welcome to our class website, Jane! We’re glad you have joined us. You will probably be able to find many of your old friends. I am the administrator for the website so let me know if you have any questions, by using the contact button.

By the way, I just arrived in St Louis tonight and will be exhibiting my paintings at the St Louis Art Fair this weekend. If you happen to come to the show, please stop by and say hi.
Ginny Bayers Herzog- booth 309. Again, welcome and we hope you’ll enjoy the website.

Aug 19, 2018 at 1:37 PM
Jul 27, 2018 at 12:19 PM

Hey Ernie- while watching the news of the explosive Carr fire in Redding, I thought of you. I see that Anderson is just south. Praying for you and your family and all the residents impacted by this devasting fire, as well as the firefighters battling this blaze. Be safe! Let us know how you are doing. Sending hugs!

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Jun 05, 2018 at 12:56 AM

Posted on: Jun 04, 2018 at 11:57 AM

Sharing sad news that we received from Curt Wellumson who notified us that his good friend, Gregg Jewett passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from complications of surgery to remove a brain tumor. Gregg was 72.

Gregg had to leave Edina in his sophomore year and move in with relatives in Richfield and finally over to Golden Valley. Curt said Gregg always felt EMHS was always his alma mater in spite of his circumstances. Many probably remember him. Curt brought Gregg with him to our 70th birthday bash at Bunny's in 2016. I'm happy to share a photo taken that night. Gregg is in the middle in the red shirt. Also, in a second photo taken at our 25th reunion in 1989, Gregg is on the left.

Gregg attended our 70th birthday bash and it was great to see him again after so many years.

Gregg's Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, June 9th at 1 pm. at the Medina Entertainment Center.

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Apr 26, 2018 at 8:22 PM

Posted on: Apr 20, 2018 at 11:44 AM

Anyone remember the Landsmen?

I received an email this week asking our classmates for help in identifying and maybe locating members of the Landsmen, a folk group of musicians from Edina. Can anyone assist with info?

This is what I wrote: "As a student at Mpls West High in early 1960s, I was active in the local folk music scene and knew lots of high school folk singers and groups, including Jane Dornfield and The Landsmen from Edina Morningside. My family had a huge hootenanny with many groups at our house in 1963. I have photos of the event including one of the Landsmen. I wonder if you can help me get in touch with any of the Landsmen. I know Keith Boettcher was in the group, but I can’t remember the names of the others. Thanks!" I wrote to Keith but never heard from him, so I'd like to try contacting the other members of the group, but I don't even remember their names to ask for email addresses. If I sent you a photo of the Landsmen, could you post it on your class website and ask your classmates for help identifying them? Thanks! Randy Morse

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With Cindy Viken Brinkworth at the Brookside Art Fair in Kansas City.
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With Kathy Beale Patton at Classic Cup in the Kansas City Plaza.
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With Joanne Larson Galley at the Uptown Art Fair
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With Mary Ann Nord at the Uptown Art Fair
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Daughter, Kelly with my -grandson, Jordan - freshman U of M
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Girl Scout Troop from Morningside 1955?
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Granddaughter Casey