Saturday, September 2, 2017

Twin Ports Art Happenings for September

Scene at the Great Lakes Academy of Fine Art this week.
I saw a tree with red leaves this week, and another with a branch of orange leaves. You can feel it in the air, autumn has begun to bring a new palette of colors to our Northland landscapes. A new school year is also begun, and our local art galleries will be transitioning to new featured exhibitions this month.

Here's a listing, courtesy Esther Piszczek, of what September will be bringing us in the Twin Ports. I've sprinkled a few additional items into the list that you will want to be aware of as well.

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Tuesday, September 5th, 5-7 p.m., Kip Praslowicz, Fine Art Photographer, Atrium Art Opening Reception: Watershed: Wild Humans, Zeitgeist Arts, 222 East Superior Street

Friday, September 8, 5 - 7 p.m., Wendy Red StarReception: Reservation Pop, Duluth Art Institute, AI Morrison Gallery, 506 West Michigan Street
Friday, September 8, 7 - 8 p.m., The Artist as Culture Producer Lecture & Book Signing with Sharon Louden & Red Star, The Underground, 506 West Michigan Street
Saturday, September 9, 10 a.m., Artist Professional Development Workshop with Louden: The Artist as Culture Producer, DAI Lincoln Center, 2229 W. 2nd Street

"The Duluth Art Institute presents a multi-tiered program this fall led by two nationally renowned artists: Sharon Louden and Wendy Red Star. The program is presented on the occasion of Louden’s book tour for her new publication, “The Artist as Cultural Producer,” which features 40 artists including Red Star. As part of the program, Red Star’s solo exhibit, “Reservation Pop,” will debut in Duluth with an opening reception Friday, Sept. 8, from 5 – 7 p.m. in DAI Galleries. Directly following, the two artists will present a lecture downstairs in the Underground from 7 – 8 p.m., addressing harmful stereotypes about artists and discussing the ways that artists contribute to communities. The next day, Saturday, Sept. 9, Louden will lead an artist professional development workshop at the Duluth Art Institute’s Lincoln Park location (time TBA), concentrating on the ways that artists can expand their practices beyond their studios. The workshop is free but registration is required. Show On View: September 7 - November 12.

"This series is generously supported by the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation’s Anishinaabe Fund and John T. & Elizabeth C. Adams Arts Fund; as well as the University of Minnesota-Duluth’s Department of American Indian Studies."

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Saturday, September 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Hermantown Harvest Fest
Hermantown History Center, 5255 Maple Grove Road, Hermantown
Featuring vintage tractors, over 100 vendors including food, craft, and produce, face painting, hay wagon rides, and baby pumpkin painting.

Entrance Fees: $1 for children 6-18, $2 for adults, and $5 for families
Music: 9:15-11:15 a.m. Beaconaires; 11:30-12:15 p.m. Ripple Effect; 12:30-3:30 p.m. Pinewood Landing

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Saturday, September 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Harvest Festival, Bayfront Park, 350 Harbor Drive
Featuring a farmer's market, educational and family activities, food vendors, music, and more.

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Saturday, September 9, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Nice Girls of the North 2nd Saturday Marketplace, Lakeside Lester Park Community Center (the former Lakeside Library), 106 N. 54th Ave. East

"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. One central checkout, most major credit cards accepted."

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Tuesday, September 12, 5:30-7:30, Opening Reception at the Red Mug featuring new work by Moira Villiard and Steveboyyi. Join us!

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Wednesday, September 13, 6:30-9:00 p.m., Zentangle (R) & Wine with Esther Piszczek, CZT, Master Framing Gallery, 1431 London Road.

Come experience the fun and relaxation of drawing simple, repetitive line patterns with pen and ink and pencil shading. No previous drawing experience necessary. Class Cost: $35; Supplies: $10 (or use supplies provided without additional cost). RSVP to Seats are limited.

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Saturday, September 16, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 33rd Annual Fall Fest, Chester Bowl.

"Music, food, crafts, locally grown fresh produce, vendors, and informational booths about local programs. The annual event has grown over the years and will host over 130 vendors, a great line up of music, 8 food vendors, face painting, and activities for children and families.

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. Rain Date: Sunday, September 17, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Visit the website (blue link above) to get information on Fall Fest's free shuttle service.

Music Lineup: 10-11:30 a.m., Woodblind (Northwoods Ska duo Jason Wussow and Veikko Lepisto), 12-1:30 p.m., Ingeborg von Agassiz ("mixes electronic landscapes with folk undertones), 2-3:30 p.m., Mama’s Stolen Horses (Americana Folk)

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Saturday, September 16, 1-4 p.m., Zenith Book Store Grand Opening, Zenith Book Store, 318 N. Central Avenue Readings, talks and book signings with Minnesota authors and publishers plus food, and live music from Teague Alexy. For more information call 218-606-1777.

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Saturday, September 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Artist in the Courtyard, Fitger's Courtyard, 600 E. Superior Street

"Come to Fitger's Courtyard to see local artist Sally Cavallaro and others at work. Learn about the artists' favorite medium. 10-11 artists will be present." (If it is raining, the show will be moved inside Fitger's.)

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Monday, September 25-Saturday, September 30, One Week Live, Beaner's Central Concert Coffeehouse, 324 N. Central Avenue

A whole week of live bands, including a song writer's competition. Visit their website above for a list of bands, times, and dates.

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Friday, September 29, 6-8:30 p.m., Rags to Riches Ragtime Concert, College of St. Scholastica, Tower Recital Hall, Room 3625, 1200 Kenwood Avenue

Performers of all ages will play ragtime favorites at this lively concert, which is free and open to the public. Afterglow at Sir Benedict's Tavern, 805 E. Superior Street following the performance. For more information, contact Sandy at 218-724-7696.

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September 29, 30, and October 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Lake Superior 20/20 Studio Art Tour, Larsmont Schoolhouse, Scenic Highway 21 and other locations in Two Harbors.

I was honored to be asked to participate in this wonderful, high quality art tour again this year. I will once again be at the Larsmont Schoolhouse on Scenic Highway 21 with my Zentangle (R) inspired art along with 3 other talented, local artists.

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This lovely tangle, Zenjellies, created by Jenna Black, is fun an easy to draw in a few simple steps. Use it to decorate envelopes, dry erase boards, or a grocery list. You can read about Jenna's inspiration for this tangle and how to draw it on Linda Farmer's, CZT, blog at

Book & Film!
Patterned Peace, by Esther Piszczek, CZT, published by Whole Person Associates, Duluth. Available on, at The Bookstore at Fitger's, Zenith Bookstore (next to Beaner's Central in West Duluth), and Duluth Fine Pianos. Original, hand-drawn artwork ready to color. Includes full pattern index.

Life & Art Entangled, a 17-minute art documentary created by Lola Visuals featuring Zentangle (R) inspired artwork on a piano created by fine-line pattern artist Esther Piszczek, CZT, and the improvisational jazz piano music of Peter Brown. Life & Art Entangled debuted at the 2016 Duluth Superior Film Festival. Watch on

Places to find Esther's art in the Twin Ports:
Art on the Planet, 1413 Tower Avenue, Superior
Duluth Fine Pianos, 405 E. Superior Street, Duluth
Master Framing Gallery, 1431 London Road, Duluth

Places to See art by Ennyman in the Twin Ports:
Goin' Postal, 816 Tower Avenue, Superior
Art on the Planet, 1413 Tower Avenue, Superior
The Break Room, 501 East 4th Street, Duluth

Chris Dillon
New original watercolors by Chris Dillon will be on display at Lakeside Gallery in September. Opening reception for Canvas: It's For the Birds will be next Saturday from 1-3:00 p.m., September 9.

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Tweed Museum of Art has been exhibiting a thought-provoking photography show called A Thousand Words since May which will run to the end of December. There wil be an Opening Reception on September 22 from 5-7:00 p.m.

This Tweed opening reception will also feature the launch of a new exhibition titled America's Industrial Landscape, with works by the Plain Air Painters of America, exploring the influences of industry on the environment.

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There's plenty more happening than what you see here, too. Follow the local arts on Facebook at Twin Ports Arts Align and all your other favorite venues for seeing the work of our local painters, printers and creatives.

OF SPECIAL NOTE TO ARTISTS: If you are an artist seeking to reproduce your work for re-sale, CPL Imaging is the premiere resource in our back yard, selected by many of our region's most significant internationally renowned artists including John Salminen and Che.

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MEANTIME art goes on all around you. Get into it.

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