Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Local Art Seen: Phantom Galleries Superior Features Broc Allen and Michael R Smith

Friday evening was another special night in the Twin Ports with visual arts happenings on both sides of the bridge. Phantom Galleries Superior had an opening featuring the ceramics work of Broc Allen and paintings by Michael Smith. The American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) had a opening reception for American Indian Artist Leah Yellowbird, whose work I will share tomorrow. And then there was the Plys show at the PROVE, which is becoming a popular event displaying the latest and greatest skateboard art from our region. Edgy is an understatement for some of it. Images from this show will be shared here Wednesday.

The Phantom Galleries Superior (PGS) began in 2011 with support from the Wisconsin Arts Board along with funds from the state of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. PGS was a unique partnership between Superior Public Art Creating Community Environments (SPAC2ES) and Superior Business Improvement District (BID), the property owners, the artists, and the community. Use of properties is generously donated by the owners. Over the years additional support comes from multiple artistic resources, the BID, and the Morgan Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

John Heino and I did our first collaborative show -- Red Interactive -- with support from Phantom Galleries Superior. The spaces provided have opportunities for a range of exceptional work by numerous artists in the region since its founding. Curator for this show and current director of PGS is Alison Price.

Pedestals showcased Broc Allen's work, walls were alive with Michael Smiths.

For what it's worth, if you happen to be in London... Dexter Dalwood's first exhibition at the Simon Lee Gallery opens today. Details here

Meantime... art goes on all around you. Get into it.

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