Monday, December 29, 2014

Year In Review: Artist Interviews 2014 -- July thru December

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ― Thomas Merton

Large abstract by Elizabeth Kuth
The power of art cannot be overstated. It's been a privilege getting to know so many interesting artists again this year while writing for the Reader and by attending shows. I'm continuously surprised by the evocative power I encounter in the work of so many artists here in our region. And there are still so many I have not yet written about. What follows are interviews with artists from the second half of 2014, some of whom are among the most compelling I've encountered yet.

Carla Hamilton is back in Duluth after 18 years in Germany.

Brent Kustermann believes it is the artist's responsibility to bring a unique perspective to the world.

Hong Kong born International artist Simon Ma showed his work in Miami.

Young Saydee Lanes has honed her talents admirably.

Sue Rauschenfels continues to show her work in a variety of venues.

Impressed by a visit to the studio of Elizabeth Kuth on Island Lake. Read both Part One and Part Two.

Among other things Elliot Silberman has been doing portrait drawings for near forty years. This is another two-part interview. Read Part One and Part Two.

Sculpture by Timothy Cleary
Joellyn Rock of UMD adds her insight into this year's major Sophronia Project.

Timothy Cleary of UWS has been producing sculpture that is nothing short of astonishing.

Twin Cities artist Kyle Voigtlander showed his work in Duluth this fall.

Fatih Benzer is another impressive painter here in the Twin Ports.

Stephanie Johnson's wilderness-inspired art reflects her way of life.

Dan Neff is one of several area artists specializing in glass art.

Dana Mattice stepped in as temporary director for the Duluth Art Institute.
Fatih Benzer
All-in-all it has been an exciting year in the local Twin Ports art scene. Best of all, there's always more to look forward to.

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