Thursday, January 21, 2016

DAI Member Show Is Tonight. So Is The Reader Best of the Northland Party

The Depot will be a busy place tonight. First, it's the annual Duluth Art Institute Member Show opening. Simultaneously there's a reception fo Emerging Photographers, and as if that were not enough, the closing for Sarah Brokke's portraits project is happening. Meanwhile, The Reader is hosting a party of its own to celebrate The Best of the Northland 2015. Where? Right downstairs in the Depot's Train Museum. If you go to the art opening, you won't have to get in your car or go find parking for The Reader's party. You'll be all square.

A Member Meeting will precede the opening, at 5:00 p.m. with an overview of the annual report and an opportunity to vote on the 2016 board of directors. The Great Hall will then officially open, with musical accompaniment by Mary Bue.

If you do not know where the Depot is, maybe because you're new to Duluth, you've been remiss in not discovering it sooner. It's located at 506 W Michigan Street, across from the Duluth Public Library. Looking East, you can see Bob Dylan Way is fairly well marked, and when the weather is nice again you can take a stroll the eighteen or twenty blocks to the Armory.

The exhibition reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with about 175 contributions this year. A requirement is that member can show something new that was created this past year. After strolling about and hobnobbing with friends, be sure to take the elevator upstairs to check out the galleries there.

The DAI is also highlighting a year of local artist books with readings and signings by Sarah Brokke, Elizabeth Lapensee & Jonathon Thunder, Catherine Meier, John Pastor, Robert and Diane S. Petoletti, and Tim White. Guests can also vote on the People's Choice Award.

The Reader party starts at 6:00 p.m. with awards being distributed beginning at 7:00. The $10 cover charge includes a pair of drinks and Bob Boone does his best to give away plenty of swag make it worth your while.

So.... all this is just a reminder that there's plenty happening tonight. Maybe we'll see you there.

EdNote: Yes, I will have another Dylan painting there again this year, though not the one you see here at the top of the page. 

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