Thursday, September 3, 2015

Local Art Scene: September Arts Events and Happenings in the Twin Ports

It's that time of year again. If you pay attention you'll see see the first sprinkles of yellow, orange and red on a handful of tree branches here and there. Although this past couple weeks of summer have been monumentally warm, those red maple leaves serve to remind us that summer will not last, and the transition is underway.

If my facts are straight, Duluth attracts more tourists than any region in Minnesota, and for good reason. It isn't just the great lake, but its proximity to so much more from hiking and biking trails to skiing and sailing. Duluth has wisely devoted several decades of investment in its Canal Park development and has made an effort to define itself as a "place."

In the midst of all this activity is a fermenting arts scene. Here's a short collection of events, receptions and places you can take in the visual arts in September.

Duluth Art Institute

Foremost on my list of recommended art openings is the DAI's September opening reception for two new exhibitions, Spirit (Karen Savage-Blue) and Life of Beauty (Karen Lynne Burmeister).
Reception: September 10, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Karen Savage-Blue will be giving an artist talk on September 17 at 5:30 p.m.
Loren Martell will give an artist talk on Karen Lynne Burmeister's show at 5:30 on September 29.

Second Friday Special Event:

Pierce & Piszczek Fine Pianos
Friday, September 11, 6-8:30 p.m. 405 E. Superior Street
A new exhibit AND a debut piano trio KOINONIA performing selections from their official debut at Weber Music Hall on Sunday, Sept. 13th at 3 p.m. Composers represented will be Beethoven, Schubert and Mendelssohn played on piano, cello, and violin.

Other September Art Receptions and work in public spaces

Beaner's Central, Nate Lindstrom, photographer
Opening reception TONIGHT: 6–8 p.m.; 324 N. Central Avenue
Featuring music by James Moors, Moors and McCumber

Red Herring, Cameron Conlon, painter, BAI*DAI exhibit,
Friday, September 11, 6-9 p.m.; 208 E. 1st Street

Pizza Luce, Amber Darling, painter (no reception)
11 East Superior Street

Café: Group Exhibit - The Lake Superior Show - including printmaker Cecilia Lieder and multi-media artist Bridget Riversmith;
Atrium: Exhibit celebrating Duluth Superior PRIDE featuring landscape Photographer Amy Peterson

Red Mug
Micaella Penning, Laura Kirwin
If you were not there Tuesday the first you missed the opening reception, but it's a show that will be up for the duration of the month. Check it out.


Historic Duluth Armory Music Fest
Sunday, September 6, 3-9 p.m. Leif Erikson Park Free concert in the park to celebrate the Armory's 100th Anniversary!

Hermantown Harvest Fest
Saturday, September 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
5255 Maple Grove Road, Hermantown (Community Building)
$5 / family, $2 / adult, 5 yrs and under are free
Crafts, food, music!

Lake Superior Harvest Festival
Saturday, September 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Bayfront Festival Park - FREE entry and FREE PARKING all day!!
"One of the best and largest farmers’ markets in the region, along with live music, crafts, nonprofit showcase, educational exhibits, family activities and more!"

Chester Bowl Fall Fest
Saturday, September 19, 9:30-4:30 p.m.
Rain Date: Sunday, September 20
Chester Bowl, Duluth, $2 suggested donation; food, music, crafts

Lester River Rendezvous
Saturday, September 26, 10-5 p.m.
Lester Park, Lakeside: food, music, crafts ... a whole lot of family fun!

Studio 15, Pooch Fundraiser, Friday, September 4, 7 p.m.
15 3rd Avenue W.; music, silent auction of items from Duluth's "creative community"

Zentangle (R) and Wine, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 6-8:30 p.m.
Master Framing Gallery, 1431 London Road, $35 (flyer at right))

Zentangle (R) Pattern Drawing
Mondays, Sept. 21-Oct 19 (no class 10/12), 5:30-8:00 p.m. at Ordean East Middle School; Register the weekend of Sept 12/13 here!

The Duluth Art Institute has a whole batch of classes both for adults and for youth.

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An Invitation to Artists: Art on the Plaza

Yesterday I received an email notifying me of an Art & Artisan marketplace opening in Superior's Belknap Plaza. The group -- a project of Superior's Twin Ports Stage -- is currently seeking local and regional artists to be a part of this new arts venue.

Here's the information I received, in their own words:

* We're looking for an eclectic mix of art and artisan work in a wide variety of mediums. Why an eclectic mix, you may ask.... Because the marketplace will be set up more like an antique store than an art gallery. That's right. Mixy mix everywhere. Paintings living with textiles and furniture and sculpture and all manner of work placed together to create a compelling visual display. Leather and wax and metals (oh my!) will all be part of a very open relationship. Dance partners will change. It's downright progressive.

* Because we want to put together a great variety of work, and show it all to its very best advantage, we can only accommodate 15-20 artists. We know there's way more talent out there, but we've only got so many square feet, right? And because we'll be putting all the artistic pieces together, we will be curating artist submissions to some degree to make sure the work is a good fit for the space.

* We're going to staff the gallery so you don't have to. That's right. 30 hours a week we'll be toiling away, enlightening visitors about the glory of your work and your unique vision. Of course, you'll have to provide us with this information so we can learn it and become one with it. It's the least you can do.

* We like to have parties and events, so we'll be doing that, too.... in a really cool space, surrounded by all the amazing work that you've created. We'll showcase our artists and other local businesses, and selected artists can just talk to us if you've got ideas about this. It's helpful to buy us drinks while we're talking, but that's just a suggestion. It's not required. We're perfectly capable of having real meetings.

* Artists pay a straight monthly space rental fee, and all that jazz is outlined below. But we actually did the math on this scenario and after the headache passed, we knew it was a great deal for artists, which is the idea that inspired the whole shebang.

There's more, but you can get that information in greater detail by contacting of the Art on the Plaza Gals directly: Victoria Main, Lori Kempton, Kathryn Senn, Nancy Senn. If you don't know who they are, try Facebook, and if that fails contact me directly. I'll put you in touch.

Meantime, art goes on all around you. Take some of it home with you.

Special thanks to Esther Piszczek for helping assemble this information.

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