Monday, March 14, 2016

Local Art Seen: Art on the Plaza and a Handful of Upcoming Events

If you've not yet been to Art in the Plaza you may find it a worthwhile stopping point if you're in the neighborhood. The gallery is tucked into a small space in Belknap Plaza near UWS. I happened by last week and captured the photos on this page. Art in the Plaza is a project of the Superior company Twin Ports Stage. The store is dedicated to providing artists with a venue to sell their work. It's open 30 hours a week, including Thursday evenings.

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Though I don't usually cover the music scene, which is better covered elsewhere, this Friday Revolution Jones will be performing at Top Hat Tavern on Tower Avenue in Superior. It's an eight o'clock show and a nice opportunity to see what the old Cove has become in its current iteration. Revolution Jones features Reggae-style music. It's a St. Patrick's Day weekend bash. Details here.

Saturday March 19 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., the Unitarian Church at 835 W College Street is hosting a Treasures of the Earth, Green Art Fair.  The event is a gathering of regional artists who create art/items with natural materials (stone, wood, fiber) and/or reused/recycled items.

Also happening March 19: the Great Lakes Aquarium, Merrill Lynch Fine Arts Gallery is presenting a new exhibit featuring the work of watercolor illustrator Maury Aaseng. The show is titled "Saturated Life". The opening reception is from 2-5 p.m.; admission free. Aaseng's show is slated to run from March 14-May 27. Drawing and Illustration books by Maury Aaseng will be available.

This weekend another kind of art and still will be on display at the DECC: the annual spring ritual known as the World of Wheels, billed again this year as Motorhead Madness. Cars are stars this weekend at the DECC. Purchase your tickets here. The history of the automobile is a history of style. Motorhead Madness is where collectors gather to share some of their favorite "works." Local car clubs and their fans will be filling the DECC, Pioneer Hall and the other halls.  Hot rods, street rods, and all the energy they generate, along with suitable eye candy, cotton candy and more.

The Reader Weekly is seeking original artwork from local artists to illustrate the publication's covers this year. Selected works will be auctioned off at some future date with a portion of the proceeds used as a fund-raiser for the Duluth At Institute. Contact publisher Bob Boone or staff writer Paul Whyte for details:

Esther Piszczek's Zentangled designs can be found on both sides of the bridge.
Meantime, art goes on all around you. Discover it anew.

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