Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Local Art Scene: Autumn Art Happenings in the Northland

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
― Lauren DeStefano, Wither

Snapshots @ the Red Mug
Tonight there's a reception for artist Carla Hamilton's new show Snapshots @ the Red Mug Coffeehouse from 5 to 7 p.m. "Snapshots" is s show about emotions. Each piece is a portrait of the life span of an emotion, emotions felt in the now and past. Primarily mixed media, the works are layered with the residual effects of emotions, coloring the future. I've enjoyed following her career since her return from 18 years in Germany.

Radiant Spirit Gallery is hosting a new exhibit, Canoescapes, at Perk Place Coffeehouse (1336 W Arrowhead Rd), on view Aug 22- October 31. The exhibit features canoe-themed photographs by Gary Fiedler and Dawn LaPointe.

Saturday September 10 is the Cornucopia Art Crawl, featuring local South Shore artists, displaying work in many mediums, and a lovely venue. Cornucopia is located on Siskiwit Bay, a little over an hour from Duluth on Wisconsin Scenic Highway 13.

The Lake Superior 20/20 Studio Art Tour takes place September 23 - 25, 10 AM - 6 PM daily. Enjoy the splendor of the North Shore while discovering glass, ceramics, woodwork, painting, printmaking, jewelry, sculpture, and photography with demos, tours and sales. You can find a map at their website.

Another scenic drive along the shore, anytime from Sept. 23 to Oct. 2 from 10 AM - 6 PM daily, brings the Crossing Borders North Shore Autumn Studio Tour-- now celebrating its 20th year. Featuring local and out-of-town guest speakers, the event highlights art galleries from Two Harbors up to Grand Portage.

A two-day Raku Rendezvous will take place in New London, MN, Oct. 8 & 9. The rendezvous functions as a workshop for potters of all skill levels, complete with demonstrations by Steve Hemingway, Richard & Carrin Gruchalla, Tom & Wanda Clarke, and Craig Edwards. To register:

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More Happenings, Courtesy E.P.

Esther Piszczek's show this summer at Zeitgeist Arts was an enormous success. Nearly every seat in the house was filled at the Zuccone and even more peope passed through the Atrium. Her 17-minute art documentary Life & Art Entangled featuring a 1977 Krakauer piano covered in Zentangle(R) inspired art, jazz pianist Peter Brown, and her story of moving from practicing attorney to artist, is now available to view on Youtube and

Friday, September 9, 6-8:00 p.m., 2nd Friday Art Crawl, Duluth Fine Pianos, 405 E. Superior Street Zentangle (R) Inspired Art by Esther Piszczek, CZT, including the patterned upright piano featured in Lola Visual's art documentary Life & Art Entangled. Free parking available behind the building after 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Hermantown Harvest Fest put on by the Hermantown Historical Society, 5255 Maple Grove Road, Hermantown This is a fun, family friendly event with food and craft vendors, children's activities and historical exhibits.

For the Little Ones: Face Painting, Hay Wagon Rides, Miniature Train Rides, Simek Farm’s Pumpkin Maze, Petting Farm Animals, Baby Pumpkin paintings For the History Seekers: New displays featuring the Fire of 1918, Hermantown School staff, Collection of Barber’s blades, Genealogy & family history, WWI uniform.

Musicians: Beaconaires: 9-10:30 a.m.; Ripple Effect: 10:45 -11:30 a.m.; Neil Witikko’s Glenwood Guys: 11:45 a.m. -12:45 p.m.: Jim Grussendorf and Company: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.; Just Friends from Esko: 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Admission is still only $5.00 for a family; $2.00 for an adult; $1.00 for youths from 6 to 18; under 5 – Free. For more information, call 729-8058 or 624-3040.

Saturday, September 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m, Harvest Festival at Bayfront Park Farmer's Market, Food and Artisan vendors, energy fair, education and family activities. And it's FREE! Another wonderful family friendly event!

Saturday, September 17, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Chester Bowl Fall Fest, "Suggested donations of $5 per person or $10 per family will be accepted at the entrance to support Chester winter program scholarships for kids in need who want to participate in winter sports. Donations last year totaled about $7000 and the goal is to surpass this amount." See link for information on shuttle buses running from UMD. RAIN DATE: Sunday, September 18 Musical Lineup: 10:00-11:30 a.m. Greg Tiburzi; 12:00-1:30 p.m. the Fish Heads; 2:00-3:30 p.m. Mama’s Stolen Horses

Friday, September 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m., "Art for Ed's Sake" Fundraiser for Duluth Public School programs, Zietgeist Arts, 222 E. Superior Street Music by Georgeanne Hunter- harpist. Food from local restaurants. Silent Auction Suggested donation: $25 per person.

Saturday, September 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Lester River Rendezvous, Lester Park, Corner of Lester River Road and Superior Street in Lakeside "A living history attraction devoted to reliving the days of the fur trade." "Voyageur Village - Arts & Crafts - Live Music - Food" RAIN DATE: Sunday, September 25.

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Public Events in Trepanier Hall

Indigenous Beadwork Gathering - Beadwork artists and enthusiasts welcome! Artists from the Ecuadorian cooperative, Las Mujeres de Teresa de Calcuta will be present alongside Anishinaabe beaders from our region.
Thursday, September 8, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.:

Monday, September 12: Art from AICHO youth goes on display

Thursday, September 15, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: Making Waves: Grassroots of Feminism in Duluth & Superior - talk and book signing by Beth Bartlett. Music by the Oshkii Gizhik Singers.

Friday, September 16, 8:30 p.m.: Full Moon Ceremony

Thursday, September 22, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Grant-writing workshop hosted by the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (tentative time)

Thursday, September 22, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.: Loaves & Fishes: Homeless Bill of Rights Meeting

Friday, September 23: AICHO Youth Digital Storytelling Exhibit public reception (tentative date)

Thursday, September 29, 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Duluth Indigenous Commission Annual Feast

Friday, September 30, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: Ann Dunn & Annie Humphrey Concert

AA and NA Meetings with Frank Goodwin are scheduled every Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

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William Cullen Bryant called autumn "the year's last, loveliest smile." May the season bring you a pocketful of smiles as well. 

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