Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Two Major Opening Receptions Tomorrow at DAI and Tweed

It's hard enough deciding what to order from a menu. Now, there are two significant opening receptions taking place on the same evening, and "would that I could travel both." Actually, you can make it to both because the hours are staggered.

The reception at the Duluth Art Institute starts at 5:00 p.m. and continues till 7:00 p.m. The event at the Tweed runs from 6:00 till 8:00 p.m. though there is a special cocktail hour for members from 5:00 till 6:00 p.m. If you're a member, the choices are harder.

The Tweed is featuring a retrospective of works by the internationally recognized watercolorist Cheng-Khee Chee. Reproductions of his work can be found on countless walls in the Twin Ports, and for those who can't afford framed prints of his watercolors he's been featured in Service Printers calendars. Another way to own some of his art is through his award-winning children's book Old Turtle.

The artist will be doing a live painting demonstration on June 11. Unfortunately the watercolor workshops for the following three days are filled. For more about Mr. Chee, a retired UMD professor, visit my account of Five Minutes with Cheng-Khee Chee.

Tomorrow evening's Opening Reception at the DAI features three shows running concurrently: Port City Supply, Found Horizons and The Poetics of Evolution. This latter features work by Carolyn Halliday, with whom I am unfamiliar, in the John Steffl Gallery. The Morrison Gallery will showcase the Karen Owsley Nease exhibit Found Horizons. A new arrival in Duluth these past couple years she has quickly gained the respect of our local arts community and has become a welcome addition here. I saw a portion of this show before it was hung and look forward to seeing it fully displayed. You can read more about Ms. Nease here.

Cody Paulson photography is lining the Corridor Gallery, located outside the offices of the DAI staff on the fourth floor of the Depot. It's easy to miss this special space if you are at an event here, so be sure to go the extra mile, or rather, extra few feet from the Morrison gallery space.

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There's plenty to see in many of the Twin Ports eating establishments these days. And actually, if you've not noticed, it seems like there are more artist chefs these days than in the past. Is it my imagination or have our local chefs been stepping up their food presentations. Or maybe I never noticed before until my own son became a chef. There's nothing quite like art you can eat.

When you're out and about, open your eyes and take it in. Art is happening all around you.

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