Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Getting to the Point

Lake pic courtesy John Heino
There will plenty of art to see this weekend in the Twin Ports. It's a-hoppin' here. Hopefully there will be a bit of kinder, gentler weather to accompany you in your weekend plans whatever they may be. Retired folks had the sunniest weather yesterday to take in the fall colors which weekend autumn-watchers missed due to overcast skies, wind and rain. But whatever the weather numerous galleries will have their doors open Friday evening to give you shelter from any storm. And Saturday... Let's get to the Point. That is, the Park Point "Awesome Art & Gift Fair" at Lafayette Park at 3026, Minnesota Avenue.

The Twin Ports Gallery Hop Friday night will be featuring art openings on both sides of the High Bridge. First, the Superior side. All four of the following will be taking place in the historic Trade and Commerce Marketplace at the corner of Hammond and Broadway. If you live on the Duluth side and have never been over to an art opening on the Superior side, I am going to insist on this one. It's so easy to find you really can't miss.

Instructions for Duluthians: get on Highway 35 going East, heading to Superior. When you get over the bridge, stay on the road you are on and keep going straight eight blocks or so. You will see a traffic light ahead. The Trade and Commerce Marketplace is on your left at that light, just across the railroad tracks.

Here's what you can expect to see there at 1323 Broadway Street Friday.

North End Arts Gallery, Superior Council for the Arts: Working Through, 11 - 7 / special reception 5-7.

Mud Sisters : 5-7pm.

Duluth Potter: Superior Division: Karin Kraemer's studio (1323 Broadway St): 5-7pm.

Terri Milliken is also opening her studio from  5-7pm.

Absent from the Hop is Goin' Postal, in part due to the Tower Avenue construction project which has limited access to their space. Instead, they will be celebrating their own art opening with post-party on October 25. Details here.

The Duluth side of the bridge will be especially lively as well. Here are some of the gallery sights you can expect to experience.

Lizzards Art Gallery (11 West Superior St): Three American Modernists: 10am - 6pm

Zeitgeist Arts Building (22 East Superior St): 10am - 11pm

Tweed Museum of Art (1201 Ordean Court): Blood Memoirs: 9am - 4:30pm with guided tours from 3 - 4:30pm  (This show, curated by Amber-Dawn Bear Robe, is having its official opening on the 22nd and 23rd. Mark your calendars now.)

Duluth Art Institute (506 West Michigan St): Canvas of Flesh, Possession and Forgotten Tales: 4 - 6pm

Pineapple Arts (The "working man's art supply space" at 124 West 1st St): 10am - 6pm

DPI: Duluth Photography Institute (405 East Superior St) 5 - 8pm

Washington Studios (315 N Lake Ave): 6-10pm

Gimaajii (A wonderful new space for arts and culture at 202 W 2nd St): Radio PlutØ: 6-10pm

PrØve Gallery (21 North Lake Avenue): Radio PlutØ: 7-11pm

Lake Superior Art Glass (202 East Superior St): Live Torch-working Glass Demos: 11am-9pm

Saturday let's Get to the Point
I just received word that Saturday from 10 - 3 p.m., at the Lafayette Community Building, 3026 Minnesota Avenue there will be artists and artisans sharing and selling their work. One of these will be Esther Piszczek, whose z e n t a n g l e®-inspired art I wrote about last month when she had her opening at Amazing Grace. It's not too early to start thinking of Christmas presents. In addition to framed art, original artwork on 5"x5" canvases, note cards, puzzles, playing cards, she'll have tee shirts for sale. She's also going to be teaching a 4-week z e n t a n g l e® Pattern Drawing class starting Monday, October 21, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., at the Ordean East Middle School, 2900 East Fourth Street, through Duluth Community Education. I mention these details simply to direct your attention to this event, which will feature the work of many others.

To reach this event, you will also have to cross a bridge.... Duluth's Aerial Lift Bridge, another local treasure and itself a work of art. Get over it. :-)

Friday's Gallery Hop has been assembled with oversight and assistance of Anne Dugan of the Duluth Art Institute. The Duluth Art Institute's programs and services are made possible through the support of contributing members of the Duluth Art Institute, A. H. Zeppa Family Foundation, Bush Foundation, City of Duluth, Depot Foundation, Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation, 506 Campaign, Jerome Foundation, McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, River Road Foundation Fund, St. Louis County, and Wildey H. Mitchell Family Foundation.

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