Saturday, July 2, 2016

More Twin Ports Arts Happenings for July

"Play is the exaltation of the possible." ~ Martin Buber

Let's begin this month with a shout out to Esther Piszczek who puts so much energy into supporting the arts and sharing all these local events that until recent years would have flown under the radar. That is, organizations like the Tweed and Duluth Art Institute have staff who write press releases and work with media to get the word out regarding their events but so many other events lack the resources for that. Thus our grass roots arts scene has benefited much from the social media networks that have emerged. Even so, it takes people like Esther to gather disparate points of interest so we know where to look. Thank you!


July 8 begins the 2016 Movies in the Park Season at Leif Erickson with Shark Tale, 9:10 p.m. estimated start time;

July 9 brings the Duluth Fire Festival at the Armory Fire Arts Center with artist demonstrations, music, and more. See full list of scheduled demonstrations and events below.

July 16-17 gives you the opportunity to draw on sidewalks in Two Harbors at the annual Chalk-A-Lot Sidewalk Chalk Festival.

Anne Labovitz has a new series called The Lake Paintings which are on display at Lizzards Gallery (11 W. Superior Street) through Labor Day.

July's Featured Events
Friday, July 8, 6-8:00 p.m., 2nd Friday Art Crawl, Duluth Fine Pianos, 405 E. Superior Street; Zentangle (R) Inspired Art by Esther Piszczek, CZT, and nature photography by UMD Professor Ladona Tornabene, Ph.D.; Free parking available behind the building after 5:30 p.m.

Art Receptions (arranged chronologically)

Friday, July 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Studio 15, 15 N. 3rd Avenue W. -- POMME DE TERRE: (half-baked) an artistic mash-up. Collaborative art by Eris Vafias, Cully Williams, Lesley Ross, Patricia Mahnke, Wally Mahnke & Paul Kemp. This event was last night as I mentioned Thursday, but I include it here because the work will be on display for a while, and there are always events happening here.

Thursday, July 7, 6-8 p.m., Beaner's Central, 324 N. Central Avenue
Aullen Raymond Artist Reception

Monday, July 11, 5-7 p.m., Zeitgeist Arts Atrium, 222 E. Superior Street
Martin DeWitt, "Color/Space/Hybrid Forms", paintings, drawings, and mixed media

July-Aug. 2016, Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, 222 E. Superior Street, Arna Rennan, "plein aire" painter

A Fair, Festivals, and Live Shakespeare!!

Saturday, July 9, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Lakeside Lester Park Community Center, 106 N. 54th Avenue E
Nice Girls of the North 2nd Saturday Marketplace,
"Free coffee, cookies, and a friendly atmosphere await while you browse a collection of handcrafted clothing and bags, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, photography, personal care products, baby items and much more."

Saturday, June 9, 3-9 p.m., Armory Fire Arts Center, 1325 London Road
Duluth Fire Festival: Schedule of Events
3:30 hands on demonstrations: Amanda Belcher of Zenith Bread Project and clay with Snoodle Ceramic Studio
4:00 demonstrations: Forging Community, Visiting artist Daniel Paulson Glass Arts, and visiting jewelry artist Scott Johnson of White Cedar Studio: presenting a forged ring demonstration
4:30 Ceramic Pit firings begin, Jewelry ingot pouring demonstration by Britta Lynn
5:30 Lake Superior Flow Art: Drumming and Hula Hoop workshop
6:00 Ceramic Raku firings begin, Scorza Art Glass Demonstration (6:00-7:00)
7:30 Lake Superior Flow Art: Fire Spinners performance
8:00 Fire Parade-Fire in place sculpture revealed
Music throughout the afternoon and evening.

Friday - Sunday, July 15-17, Thomas Owens Park, Two Harbors
Chalk-A-Lot Sidewalk Chalk Festival
Friday, July 15: Free chalking clinics at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 16: Chalk art drawings from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, July 17: Chalk art drawings until 1:00 p.m. Awards at 2:00 p.m.

"Artists of all ages and abilities will draw on sidewalks in downtown Two Harbors on July 16 and 17. There will be free entertainment, art activities and food vendors at Thomas Owens Park. Waterfront Drive will be closed between 2nd and 4th Avenues. Fifteen dollar fee includes a reserved 5 x 6 foot sidewalk space, one box of 48 high quality pastel chalks, latex gloves, two sponges for blending. Contact Michelle Ronning at 218-590-4532 with questions.

On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. both days, but to ensure you get a spot, register on line by Thursday, July 14 through Two Harbors Community Education. No cancellations or refunds."

Tuesday, July 19, 7 p.m., Zinema 2, 222 E. Superior Street
Shakespeare Live!, Tickets: $10 at

"This is a one-night-only screening of SHAKESPEARE LIVE! from the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, David Tennant and Catherine Tate will host this unmissable show featuring performances from Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren, Joseph Fiennes, Henry Goodman, David Suchet, John Lithgow and Rufus Wainwright, along with The Royal Ballet, English National Opera and many more. Together, they mark the life and work of William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death. This unique event celebrates Shakespeare’s extraordinary legacy and his enduring influence on all performance art forms – from Opera to Jazz, Dance to Musical and is quite simply a must-see."

Zentangle Pattern Drawing Classes with Esther Piszczek, CZT!
Zentangle (R) Pattern Drawing
Saturday, August 6, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; Vaughn Public Library, 502 W. Main Street, Ashland, WI; Free!, limited to 15 students, call 715-682-7060 to register. Zentangle (R) kits will be available for sale, $10.
Teen Art Mini-Camp: z e n t a n g l e (R) Pattern Drawing at Duluth Art Institute (Ages 10-17) Monday – Friday, August 8-12, 12-2 p.m., Duluth Depot, 506 W. Michigan Street, Duluth; $90 ($110 non-members). Register by calling (218) 733-7560.

Patterned Peace
In addition to her classes and advocacy for the arts, Piszczek has published a new book titled Patterned Peace, a spiral-bound set of drawings ready for coloring. I've always thought her Zentangle-inspired work would look good in color and now you or your friends, or children, can do the coloring. Patterned Peace is  available at and Whole Person Associates. Read her blog post on how the book came into being.

Places to find Esther's Zentangle (R) Inspired Art in the Twin Ports:
Art on the Plaza, 126 Belknap Street, Superior, WI (framed art, note cards, playing cards, puzzles, tee shirts, matted prints) Master Framing Gallery, 1431 London Road, Duluth (framed art, note cards, patterned ceramics)
Pierce & Piszczek Fine Pianos, 405 E. Superior Street, Duluth (framed art)
Benchmark Tattoo & Gallery, 1831 E. Eighth Street, Duluth (framed art)

And I might as well mention a few places you can see some of my work as well:
Art on the Plaza in Superior (address above) has a nice selection of a few of my favorite pieces.
My Sitting Bull and A Post-Modern Man can be found at the new Lakeside Gallery.
And Goin' Postal, 816 Tower Avenue, Superior, carries a large variety of my works along with art by more than a dozen other local artists.

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Meantime, art goes on all around you. Support your local artists!

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