Thursday, May 28, 2015

Northland Arts Happenings: Thursday and Coming Soon

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
~ Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island

There are two very special events taking place tonight in Duluth. The first is the Duluth Art Institute second annual Summer Kickoff and member appreciation party called Art Night Out! If you're a member you already heard about it by mail and email.

There will be a food truck, Mrs. Delicious ice-cream, Bent Paddle Brewing Co beer, live music by acoustic ska duo Woodblind (Jason and Veikko), get-messy art-making tables, a bouncy house for children, a cake walk with delicious baked goods generously donated by the best bakers in the Twin Ports, and a raffle drawing. Free for DAI members and $7 for nonmembers.

I won't be "getting messy" at the art table 'cuz I will be dropping in after work and usually do not paint in my suits. But for sure it looks like a fun event and a nice way for the DAI to say "thanks" for our support.

There is also a raffle taking place that includes a Grand Prize trip to Grand Marais called “An Artful Weekend in Grand Marais.”

For what it's worth, Grand Marais was just named Budget Travel’s “Coolest Small Town 2015” and tomorrow evening (Friday, May 29) is the opening reception for John Heino's show at the Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery in an exhibition titled "Fire and Ice, No Ordinary Landscape." Since his remarkable Northland photography will be on display thru June 21, I recommend that the winner make plans for taking advantage of seeing the Shore and this show.

There will be other prizes, but even if you don't plan to buy a ticket, you still get to be entertained by Woodblind.

Still from "Mountain Mural" featuring artist Adam Swanson

A SECOND EVENT occurring simultaneously (5-7 p.m. tonight) is Adam Swanson's opening reception at the Duluth Aquarium. The Aquarium has become a wonderful environment for displaying art, especially nature-themed works.

The promo for tonight's opening states, "There is a deep relationship between art and science. The more we learn about our surroundings, where we came from and who we are, the more likely we will thrive in a universe of endless possibilities. 23 brand new animal paintings, 4 old ones." Mary Bue will be making music here tonight, which probably is a reason all by itself for attending.

Swanson's name in on the marquis for next week's DuSu film festival which will be showing a documentary about the mural he created for Spirit Mountain this past year. The artist has gained considerable respect for his ongoing output, and the Northland arts community is pleased that he and his family chose to settle here.

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ― Pablo Picasso


June 1
The Prøve Gallery will be hosting an event with Twin Cities writer and filmmaker Moheb Soliman. Soliman has received a Joyce fellowship to travel around the Great Lakes in order to create a film/installation/performative piece chronicling his travels.

Prove will be his first stop along the way. He'll be doing a meet and greet, informal presentation describing his ambitions and plans for the project on June 1 from 5:30-7:30 PM. The following day, he'll be bringing small groups of volunteers on excursions to actively participate in his filmmaking process. Anyone who's interested in signing up can contact Kathleen Roberts via Facebook or give her a call at 401-474-8627.

June 2
Another Tweevenings at the Tweed. Once again on ceramics, this time focusing on glazing techniques.

June 3-7
DuSu Film Festival, in multiple venues here, including the 10th anniversary screening of North Country in Eveleth.

“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.”
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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