Friday, February 5, 2016

Local Art Scene: February Twin Ports Arts Happenings

We're only five days into the month and three art openings are already behind us. Monday Zeitgeist Cafe hosted Carolyn Olson's opening reception. Wednesday you may have enjoyed Nissa Wick and and Eric Archer's opening at The Red Mug. If you missed it the two paired up to do an interesting blend of photography and painting, pairs of the same images in two different media. Last night, if you weren't there, you missed Dale Lucas's opening at Beaners.

"Have You Seen My Marbles" by Eris Vafias
Tomorrow night Studio 15 (15 N. 3rd Avenue W.) is hosting Eris Vafias' Collection of Chaos. The opening reception is slated for 6:30 - 9:00 p.m with special guest musicians: WWP Acoustic Trio (Willie Waldman: Trumpet, Mark Joseph: Guitar, and Jim Britt: Percussion.) This collection of work created by Eris Vafias will include paintings, photography and assemblage/conceptual art.

Next week there's plenty more in store with no serious snow in the forecast. Thursday is the opening reception for two new exhibitions at the Duluth Art Institute, 5-7 p.m. Shawna Gilmore's "Land of Wonder" will be on display in the John Steffl Gallery from February 4 - April 2. Gilmore describes her work as "exploring edges of wonder and reality... These surreal scenes convey other worlds where I can escape to process experiences, observations or obsessions."  Then, in the Morrison Gallery you will find a photographic exhibit by Tweed Museum director Ken Bloom titled Public Domain who in his adventurous youth bought a one-way ticket to Japan to begin three years of cultural immersion, capturing something of a vision along the way with his one luxury, a Leica camera.

Friday the 12th is once again the annual Love Your Local Artist event at the Superior Library. Not often do we get to drink wine in the library. In years past we have seen as many as 30 artists' work while enjoying a string quartet accompaniment. It's a great way to experience a variety of work and especially gives an opportunity for emerging artists to show and share. A good opportunity to purchase last minute Valentine gifts, too, in the event you've been neglectful.

Here are some additional upcoming arts events and happenings gleaned from Esther Piszczek's column in the Budgeteer.

The Red Herring Lounge, Robert Dewitt Adams, new paintings and collage, "In Site: Twin Ports labor History", Friday, February 12, 5-8 p.m.; 208 E. 1st Street; Robert Dewitt Adams: A Multi-Media Artist on The Playlist.

Shawna Gilmore's paintings on display in the John Steffl Gallery at the DAI
Duluth Art Institute's Design Duluth Series, a year-long series that explores Design in Duluth: Gimajii American Indian Center, "How is Duluth Home?", Thursday, February 18, 5:30 p.m.; 202 W. 2nd Street Featuring: Gimajii Artists.

Twin Ports Student Art Show Holden Fine Arts Center, Kruk Gallery, University of Wisconsin. February 1-25; Open Monday thru Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closing Ceremony: February 25.

Benchmark Tattoo, apprentices Jeremy Souders & Kyle James, tattoo flash paintings, Counterculture, 1831 E. Eighth Street.

Pizza Luce, Employee Art Exhibit; 11 East Superior Street.

Zeitgeist, 222 E. Superior Street Café: An exhibition of paintings by Carolyn Olson continues through March 2016.

Atrium: Sue Rauschenfels' nature watercolor paintings on display through end February 2016.

Recommended: Stay current on Twin Ports arts and Zentangle artist Esther Piszczek at her Facebook page here and the Twin Ports Arts Align page.

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