|The Better To See You With, by Patty Voje|
As it turns out, he was from Hungary or Bulgaria, I can't quite recall. I asked why he was here and he noted that there were three exceptionally beautiful cities in the world like ours, with a body of water and steep hills, where the afternoon sun filtered through in the wonderful way it does here. The other two cites, he noted, were San Francisco and (if I recall correctly) Zurich.
So it's only natural that Duluth should host a plein air painting competition. We have ample subject matter. All we really need is for someone to help "manage" the event. Duluth Art Institute stepped up for the second year in a row and made it happen. Or rather, became the catalyst that set the event in motion.
|Into the Light, David Gilsvik|
The way the competition works -- and yes, this is a juried show with rewards -- the artists begin the week with their canvases or paper stamped and certified as blank before the week begins. That way, no one can come and say, "Look at this fantastic piece I created," which they may have done two summers ago when they were here. When the art was displayed in the Morrison Gallery last night it was hung brand new, created this week.
|Quick Paint #1, Tyler Driscoll|
For the rest of the week, artists chose their subject matter from all kinds of places, from a pond on a farm to the chairs on the beach, from the lift bridge at night to the historic stone arch bridge on Seven Bridges Road. Enger Park, Glensheen Mansion and flower gardens all got captured in oils, acrylics, watercolors or pastels.
|Still Life, Larry Turbes|
|Destination: The Atlantic! by Greg Lecker|
|Mary Pettis, Good Morning Duluth|
|Rosens, Adam Swanson|
Meantime, art goes on all around you. Engage it.