Saturday, November 26, 2016

Local Art Seen: AICHO Galleries Hosts Winter Good Life Art Market

Black Friday is over, finished and done. Turn the page. Today it's Small Business Saturday.

I didn't pay much attention to the ads in Thursday's massive newspaper, yet I did notice that SiiVii's in Canal Park and Art in the Alley were listed in one of the notices for Small Biz Saturday here in Duluth. Another happening today is the two day celebration at the AICHO Galleries at 202 West 2nd Street. The event is called Biiboon Bimaadizimin -- Winter Good Life Art Market!

If you are out and about, the former YWCA downtown is one of the places you'll want to stop into today. If you're buying gifts for friends or family, local artists and artisans are producing all manner of things that you won't find anywhere else. Buy local. I found a few things and will probably covet a few more.

They also had some refreshments yesterday, slightly underpriced, and overly delicious. I was unable to restrain myself and scarfed down some yummy chili and fry bread. Spoiled my appetite, but it felt good anyways.

Here are some images from my visit to the AICHO Galleries yesterday afternoon.

Joyce LaPorte's dolls, Kay Archer's jewelry and textiles, Leah Yellowbird's exquisite paintings (her work goes for thousands, but she has produced a number of bite-sized pieces that are affordable and suitable for any home), Katie Rider's Fiber Arts, Jonathan Thunder, Karen and Wendy Savage, and many others whose work has become familiar to me. Slats Fairbanks, from the Chippewa Tribe in RedLake, had a nice selection of drawings and pictures in the far end of the room. A wide variety of functional art can also be purchased.

Meantime, art goes on all around you. Get into it. 

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