Friday, November 3, 2017

Local Art Scene: November Happenings Leave Us With Many Hard Choices

The Twin Ports arts scene is bustling, so much so that one would be hard-pressed to really see everything. Many events overlap and until we are able to clone ourselves we will have to make choices between this and that, and between that and the other.

Without fanfare, here is the list Esther Piszczek assembled and sent my way. I added a few items and hope that whatever I miss will get mentioned in a blog post here later before it happens. You can see that we have dates and locations, and where available a brief description of what you'll find there.

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Saturday, November 4, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Coppertop Craft and Bake Sale, United Methodist Church, 230 E. Skyline Parkway "Featuring: Over 60 talented, local Crafters, Bakery & Gourmet Foods, Used Book Sale, Nam Lee’s famous Egg Rolls, , Paul’s Homemade Scones, 9 a.m., Warm Cinnamon Rolls served; 11 a.m., Sloppy Joe Lunch

Saturday, November 4, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Holy Rosary Craft Show, Holy Rosary School, 2802 E. 4th Street This is the first year back for this fantastic fair featuring over 50 craft and art vendors. It was so popular in the past, there was a line to get in at 9 a.m.
Note: 4th Street is under construction. You can access the school via N. Hawthorne Street off of Superior Street or Wallace Avenue.

Saturday, November 4, 3-10 p.m., 10th Duluth All Soul's Night, Historic Union Depot, 506 W. Michigan Street "Fire spinning, Spectacle arts, Ceremony, Street Theater, Dancing, Music, Poetry, Face Painting, Costumes, Art displays, ALL celebrating our lost loved ones and dreaming a new world! Suggested $10 free-will donation per person, please give more if you have it to show appreciation for career artists. No one turned away for lack of funds. This is a full evening, attend all or part!

DASN Schedule:
3:00 p.m.: Duluth All Soul's Night Face-Painting Angels: Come get your face painted for this artistic celebration of life and death; underground in the Train Museum until 6 p.m.

4:00 p.m.: DAI Steffl Gallery: Community Exhibit Opening, "The Art of Grief", Multicultural displays in the Great Hall honoring world traditions, individuals and social causes. 5:00 p.m.: Underground Theatre: Poetry; Spoken Word artists with poet laureate, Ellie Schoenfeld, MC Sheila Packa, Tina Marie Higgins, Rocky Makes Room, Julie Gard, Michelle Mathees, and musician, Jim Hall. 6:00 p.m.: Great Hall: Indoor Ceremony: Lyz Jaakola, singer, song leader; Jillian Forte & friends welcome ceremony; Temple Rose Tribal American Style Dance; Alex Loch, Aerialist

7:00 p.m.: Train Museum: Funeral March for Rotten Ideas; Open Flame Theatre; Minneapolis Barebones, and Magic Smelt puppets/stilt walkers; Brass Messengers street band

7:30 p.m.: Outdoor Pavilion Ceremony (if it's dry): Community spiral dance for transformation w/ Terrence Smith; Burning of Rotten Ideas; Spin Collective fire dancing and drumming; Renan Cruz Guatemalan Kite Burning Closing

8:00-10 p.m.: Great Hall: Music & Dancing: 8:00 p.m.: The Brass Messengers; 8:30 p.m.: Crune (witch pop, adult themes) with Matthew Ryan Surline and Walken Schweigert

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund and the State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment. This event was founded by artist Mary Plaster.

Saturday, November 4, 7:30 p.m.. Author/poet Bao Phi will give a live reading at The PROVE Gallery,

Saturday, November 4, 8-9:30 p.m., Zenith City Cabaret: An evening of musical theater entertainment in support of Dementia Friendly Duluth, Zeitgeist Arts Café Atrium, 222 E. Superior Street, Admission is free, Donations accepted. "Featuring: Ali Littrell Finstrom, Andy Kust, Shad Olsen, John Pierce, Louisa Scorich, Adam Sippola, as well as a group of young theater artists.

About Dementia Friendly Duluth: Our goal is to make the community more aware, informed, sensitive and supportive of people experiencing and caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of Dementia. Our objective is to improve awareness of the resources and organizations available to support people with dementia and their families and increase knowledge of dementia across the community. We are excited to utilize this cabaret performance as a catalyst to highlight the positive link between music and dementia care. For people with dementia, music can be a highly effective tool to treat symptoms of dementia."

Friday, November 10 and Saturday Nov. 11, 6:30 - 10 p.m.  Cookin' @ the O, The Carlton Room at Oldenburg House. Pippi, Glenn and friends. The Carlton Room is a performance space with a nightclub atmosphere in a historic house and timeless setting. To learn more, read my story in the Reader, Oldenburg House Emerging as a Northland Hot Sport.

Saturday, November 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Get Great Stuff Local Art and Gift Fair, Duluth Congregational Church, 3833 E. Superior St. This fair is put on by Wendy Grethen of WendyUpNorth and features an array of art gifts and crafts from talented local artists.

Saturday, November 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Nice Girls of the North 2nd Saturday Marketplace, Lakeside Lester Park Community Center (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."

Saturday, November 11, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Gingerbread Decorating Workshop with Patrick the Gingerbread Man, Norway Hall (above the Nordic Center), Sons of Norway Duluth - Nortun Lodge 1-016, 21 N. Lake Avenue Pre-registration required. Register with Lynne Erickson 218-724-5393 or, this is a kid and adult friendly free event.

Festival of Trees, Edmund Fitzgerald Exhibit Hall and the Lake Superior Ballroom at the DECC
Saturday, November 11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Admission: $6
Saturday, November 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Admission: $4
Both Days: 12 years and under get in FREE! $1 off admission price with a non-perishable food item donation. In the past, this show, put on by the Duluth Junior League, has featured over 170 crafters and vendors.

Monday, November 13, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Resist & Protect: A Show of Visual Art & Poetry, Zeitgeist Atrium Gallery, 222 East Superior St. "A gathering to seek solace, challenge, and muster hope in these uncertain times. Resist & Protect is a show of visual art and poetry exploring things we need to resist or protect with reflection upon current leadership and events since the 2016 election. Artworks and poetry will be on display and there will be a reading of selected poems during the November 13 opening reception. Artwork will be on display throughout November. This event is free and open to the public."

Wednesday, November 15, 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.

Thursday, November 16, 5-8 p.m. Tischer Photographic Gallery Grand Opening celebration. The Tischers will give tours of their new printing and framing studio and offer complimentary refreshments. Ryan and his wife Aimee have participated in the Greater Downtown Council's Pop-up Storefront Program the past two holiday seasons. This year they are taking the plunge and opening the permanent location at 5 West Superior Street in the emerging Arts District.

Friday, November 17, 7-10 p.m., Plys with Purpose, PROVE Gallery, 21 N. Lake Ave. "Plys With Purpose is Prøve Gallery’s fourth exhibition and silent auction of 30 crafted skateboard decks by local, national, and international artists all sharing one purpose, building skateboard parks in our communities. Proceeds from the silent auction will be donated to the Gary New Duluth Development Alliance for their ongoing efforts to build a public, state-of-the-art skateboard park in Gary New Duluth."

Shawna Gilmore's work will one day be collectible.
Saturday, November 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., ART on Tap—Small Business Saturday, Fitger’s Barrel Room, 600 E. Superior St. Join a small, but talented number of artists as they showcase their work in the Fitger's Barrel Room (across from the Brew House on the 1st level) on Small Business Saturday. Organized by Sally Cavallaro Designs. NOTE: I will be there with my Zentangle (R) inspired art and would love to see you!

Saturday, November 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., HoliDAI Pottery and Craft Sale, Duluth Art Institute at Lincoln Park, 2229 W. 2nd Street Artists at the Duluth Art Institute ceramics studio are an eclectic bunch that range from college students to artists in their 70s. This is an opportunity to shop local, support area artisans and find unique hostess gifts, Secret Santa presents and one-of-a-kind items.

Saturday, November 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Market Day, 15 N. 3rd Avenue W.
Filled with work from local artists and makers, Market Day is a wonderful place to find practical, artistic holiday gifts. Drop by on Small Business Saturday to make and take holiday cards, honey facial scrub, bath bombs, candles and create your own eye shadow palette. You can also sample/buy fresh baked goodies and Perennial Coffee, featuring locally roasted beans. Throughout the day, there will be drawings and giveaways for soap, lotion, makeup, coffee and bath bombs.

Mondays, November 27-December 18, 6:30-9 p.m., Advanced Zentangle (R) Pattern Drawing with Esther Piszczek, CZT, Peace Church, 1111 N. 11th Avenue E.
This class is open to any student who has taken my introductory Zentangle Pattern Drawing class. This class replaces Zentangle II and III. If you have already taken ZT II or ZT III with me, do not fear, this class will be a brand new experience.
Cost: $75 (includes tiles); Minimum: 5 students; Maximum: 12 students. RSVP by Monday, November 20:

October 29-November 29, The Works of Alexa Carson, The Vineyard Church Gallery, 1533 W. Arrowhead Road
Alexa Carson paints wildlife native to Minnesota. She will show her work at Festival of Trees on Nov. 11 & 12. Her work is also available at Lizzard's Gallery and Waters of Superior.

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, through a partnership between the Duluth Art Institute and the Duluth Housing and Redevelopment Agency, which owns the Seaway Hotel building."

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Places to find Esther Piszczek'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.

You can also find some of my work at the following locations:
Goin' Postal, 816 Tower Avenue, Superior
Art on the Planet (same address as above)
The Break Room in Duluth, kitty-korner from St. Mary's Hospital (a.k.a. Essentia)

Don't forget all the fine exhibits at the Tweed Museum of Art on the campus of UMD. Kathy McTavish's "Chance" is there to be experienced through next Spring.

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

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