Thursday, October 5, 2017

Twin Ports October Arts Update

It's October so we're seeing more orange on the trees, and then orange pumpkins and orange Halloween signage announcing that Halloween season is here, and with it the First Annual Hallowade, an all day event at Wade Stadium here in Duluth. You'll undoubtedly hear more about it as the month progresses.

And we might as well remind you that the In Situ show we shared here has a live painting component that will take place every Wednesday in the DAI John Steffl Gallery through the month of October. The Duluth Art Institute's other two shows this month include Reservation Pop (Wendy Red Star) and artwork for animal lovers  called Forever Home in the 4th floor Hallway Gallery.

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This Month's Arts Update comes with a little help from our friend Esther Piszczek, Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT).

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Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour 
September 29-October 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
A group of local artists and gallery owners joined with Visit Cook County to revive and re-imagine the Crossing Borders Studio Tour, which retired last year after 20 years. The new event, Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour, will feature 14 stops and more than 40 artists along one of the most scenic fall color drives in Minnesota. The event will give visitors an opportunity to meet with artists in their home studios, as well as visit with guest artists at local art galleries.

Stops on the fall tour include Betsy Bowen Gallery & Studios in Grand Marais, Dan and Lee Ross of Hovland — who helped start the Crossing Borders event 20 years ago — and painter Hazel Belvo and other artists at Frykman Art Studio in Grand Marais. For many of the featured artists, these 10 days will be the only time they open their studios to the public all year.

Sprout Film Festival
Today, October 5, 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
At Zeitgeist Arts, Zinema 2, 222 E. Superior Street
"Arc Northland is proud to present the 6th Annual Sprout Film Festival! This unique Film Festival celebrates the diverse lives and creativity of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These short, independent films are produced, written, filmed and starred in by individuals with disabilities."

Get tickets by calling Arc Northland, 218-726-4725 or by email Tickets are $7.00 for each showing or $10.00 for both.

As Above, So Below
Today, Oct 5, 5-7 p.m., Karen Owsley Nease Art Exhibition at UWS Holden Fine Arts Building Catlin Ave. & 19th St., Superior
"The Kruk Gallery at University of Wisconsin–Superior presents "As Above, So Below." The exhibition features Karen Owsley Nease’s wave portrait series. In addition to the opening exhibition, the oil paintings can be viewed Oct. 4-26. The gallery hours are Mon.-Wed. from 12-6 p.m., Thurs. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be an accompanying exhibition catalog with essays by Ruth Henriquez and Ann Landi." [Personal plug: I took a painting class from Karen and visited her studio. Her wave paintings are beautiful and really something to see.]

Cafe Scientifique
Today, October 5, 6:30-9 p.m., Cafe Scientifique Twin Ports Art Opening and Discussion: The Art of Scientific Illustration, Beaner's Central, 324 N. Central Ave.
"Join Adam M Frankiewicz as he leads the discussion on the art of scientific illustration. This talk will touch on the history of art in science, including discussion of techniques, an art opening for Adam's work, and a drawing activity!"

The Clue in the Trees
Today, October 5, 7-9 p.m., Author Event: Margi Preus, Zenith Bookstore, 318 N. Central Avenue [3 separate links for more information]
Children’s author Margi Preus will read from her new book The Clue in the Trees: An Enchantment Lake Mystery. [Personal plug: After practicing law, I worked for a year in a small, independent bookstore in Jamaica Plain, MA, that closed after I left. So, I was absolutely THRILLED to see Zenith Bookstore open this year. If you haven't been there yet, it is worth the trip.See if you can find my own book Unremembered Histories when you're there.]

Bayfield Apple Festival
Friday-Sunday, October 6-8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,
"Hailed as one of the '10 Best Fall Harvest Festivals in the Nation' in 2015 by USA TODAY, the annual Apple Festival is a celebration of the autumn harvest and Bayfield’s agricultural heritage. Featuring:
* Over 60 orchard and food booths selling Bayfield’s apples and apple desserts and delicacies; Caramel apples, apple pies, apple tortes, dumplings or tarts, apple sundaes, apple cider, bags and bushels of apples – even apple bratwurst, mustard, and butter.
* A kids’ carnival with games, rides and favorite foods.
* Fine art exhibitors on South Second Street, featuring pottery, paintings, glassworks, photography, wood crafts and fiber arts.

A Taste of India
Monday, October 9, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
A Taste of India - Spirit of Duluth, Zeitgeist Arts, 222 E. Superior Street
"An evening curated by Aparna Katre, Assistant Professor of Cultural Entrepreneurship at UMD, as she shares her story, love of Indian cuisine and unique perspective on the popular Indian film “Mr. & Mrs. Lyer” – a story about a devout Hindu Brahmin woman who is on a bus journey and protects a Muslim man when communal rioting breaks out."
Two ways to enjoy this evening:
5:30 p.m.: A specially prepared gourmet Indian dinner in the Zeitgeist Cafe followed by ...
7:00 p.m.: the movie "Mr. & Mrs. Lyer" in Teatro Zuccone.
Enjoy dinner, a movie, or both.

Zentangle(R) & Wine
Wednesday, October 11, 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.

Creative Makers Open House
Thursday, October 12, 4-7 p.m.
Duluth Folk School, 1917 West Superior Street
An evening of information gathering with makers/artists, art guilds/galleries, and organizations/businesses that offer education in the arts.
This is an information event, nothing will be offered for sale. Come learn about art opportunities at this creative information session. For more information, email
[Personal plug: Esther will be there, too.]

Nice Girls of the North
Saturday, October 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  
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."

Lincoln Park Open House
Saturday, October 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
"Year Two of the Lincoln Park Open House brings more activities and more to see and do. Music, Family activities, Discounts, Art, and more. All of this, plus Jonathan Thunder's temporary art installment on Elephant Rock in the park AND the FREE hop-on-hop-off bus to take you to all participating locations throughout the neighborhood."

The 2017 Goin' Postal Fall Art Show,
Friday, October 20 -- 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
The Goin' Postal Show is always a special event, and several new artists will have work in this show which is always special.

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Lyric Opera of the North presents the St. John Passion
Two Performances:
Saturday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m.; Pre-performance panel and Q & A at 6:30,
Sunday, October 15 at 3:00 p.m.; Pre-performance panel and Q & A at 2:00,
Lincoln Park Middle School Auditorium, 3215 W. 3rd Street

"Music by Johann Sebastian Bach. World Premiere at Leipzig, April 7, 1724. Special guests, Twin Ports Choral Project, are joined by a stellar cast of soloists, the LOON orchestra, and a chorale chorus comprised of singers from the Twin Ports and beyond, in this staged production of Bach’s St. John Passion.

Originally written as a liturgical piece, Lyric Opera of the North presents St. John Passion here as an opera. With stage direction by Robert Neu, these performances will showcase the power and timelessness of this piece, which tells the story of the last days of the life of Jesus Christ. In this, our operatic acknowledgement of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we find a piece of enormous beauty, startling violence, and an uncannily timed conversation about “us” and “them”. Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes. Sung in German with English supertitles." [Personal plug: My husband Paul will be singing in the LOON Opera Chorus for this production!]

Zentangle (R) Pattern Drawing with Esther Piszczek, CZT
Mondays, October 30 - November 20, 6:30-9 p.m., Peace Church, Lake View Classroom
Anyone can create beautiful, intricate line patterns “one stroke at a time” using the z e n t a n g l e (R) method of pattern drawing. New patterns will be taught each class as we create beautiful art on 3.5" x 3.5" paper tiles using pen and ink. No previous drawing experience necessary. Relaxation is a common side effect. See for more information about this beautiful art form.
Cost (Returning Students): $75; Cost (NEW Students): $85 (includes all supplies); Class limited to 10 students, RSVP by Monday, October 16:

Windows to the West
October 2017-March 2018
Window to the West Art Display, 2001 West Superior Street
"Photographer Nik Nerburn and painter Brad Tollefson are creating a collaborative art exhibit on the streets of West Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, titled “Window to the West.” A selection of Tollefson’s paintings and Nerburn’s photographs will be on display in the storefront windows of 2001 West Superior Street for six months. Lincoln Park is undergoing a rebranding as the “Lincoln Park Craft District,” with many new craft businesses and artists moving in, providing tangible benefits to the neighborhood and its residents. “Window to the West” focuses on people and places on the margins of the neighborhood’s transformation, however, and their worries about affordability, displacement, and change. The work will be on display in two empty storefronts at 2001 West Superior Street, through a partnership between the Duluth Art Institute and the Duluth Housing and Redevelopment Agency, which owns the Seaway Hotel building."

Farmer's Markets
(through October 28)
Wednesdays, 2-6 p.m., Duluth Farmer's Market, 14th Avenue E. & 3rd Street
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-12 p.m., Duluth Farmer's Market, 14th Avenue E. & 3rd Street
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Barkers Island Farmer's Market, parking lot near the S.S. Meteor at Hwy 2/53 and Marina Drive in Superior, WI

Learn a Tangle
This simple tangle, Hopscotch, created by Certified Zentangle Teacher Suzanne McNeil, is easy to draw in a few simple steps and has a dramatic presentation with its black fill. Use it to decorate envelopes, dry erase boards, or a grocery list. You can read about Suzanne'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
Zenith City News, E.P. Designs, a regular Zentangle (R) inspired art feature in this newspaper, which can be found at various public locations around the Twin Ports and online.

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

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