Friday, January 5, 2018

Twin Ports Arts Happenings for January: It's All Good

"Open Exposure" --Ed Newman
2018 is off and running. If you're a Northlander, you have no doubt noticed we're in the middle of a cold snap. It is what it is.

Let's cut to the chase. Here are some visual arts happenings to consider for the month of January. If you've not yet experienced Chance (Kathy McTavish) in the Sax Gallery at the Tweed, find a way to get there. Recommended: go while the days are short, and take it in as it gets dark. While there be sure to catch Modern(ism), and everything else they have on display this month. IN ADDITION, through January 14 there is a special exhibit of Tweed Staff Picks from the Tweed collection. Check it out.

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With the DAI Member Show just around the corner, make sure your DAI Membership is up to date so you can contribute a piece to the show later this month. Select a piece that you have created in the past year and bring it to the Art Institute after the middle of this month, January 17 to 19.

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Special thanks again to Esther Piszczek for gathering all the pieces of the rest of this blog post.

Friday, January 5, 5-8 p.m., Opening Reception for VARIEGATED, An art show featuring 10 diverse artists in a variety of media, Gallery 315 (formerly Washington Gallery), 315 N. Lake Avenue (also open Saturday and Sundays through January, 1-4 p.m.)
Features the work of local artists: Karolyn Carpenter, Karl Everett, Kerry Everett, Kathy Kollodge, Ken Kollodge, Kathryn Lenz, Rita Krochalk, Susan Krochalk, Kris B. Nelson and Devin Wait.

Monday, January 8, 5-7 p.m., Art Show Opening Reception for 'His and Hers' – New Year, Old & New Work, artwork by Sue & Tom Rauschenfels, Zeitgeist Atrium, 222 E. Superior Street (Artwork on display through January 31)

Tuesday, January 9, 12:30-3 p.m., Open Studio at Duluth Depot, 506 W. Michigan Street The Duluth Art Institute offers a regular Tuesday open art-studio session at the Depot. People of all abilities practicing all artistic mediums are invited to bring their own supplies and join the weekly group. Cost: $5 plus a DAI membership (first session is free).

Tangle by Linda Farmer
Wednesday, January 10, 6:30-9:00 p.m., Zentangle (R) & Wine with Esther Piszczek, CZT, Master Framing Gallery, 1431 London Road.
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, January 11, 5-7 p.m., Double Artist Reception, at the DAI. Type 13: David Short, Morrison Gallery and Penny Perry in the Steffl Gallery.
Duluth Art Institute, 506 W. Michigan Street

David Short’s practice involves interests in lettering, type,illustration, and graphic design. . . . His solo exhibition at the Duluth Art Institute will feature the daily lettering/typographic explorations that were created and digitally photo-documented during the 2013 calendar year, as the first part of a three year daily experiment. Exhibit on view: January 11-February 25. Artist Talk: January 31, 6-7 p.m.

Penny Perry graduated UW-Superior with a degree in Theater & Art and for the past thirty-seven years has owned/operated the family business Perry Framing & Stained Glass that still maintains its original location in Downtown Duluth. Perry works using a variety of mediums; ink on paper, acrylic paint on canvas, stained glass both painted and leaded, photography, and wood. Exhibit on view: January 11-February 25. Artist Talk: Thursday, February 8, 6-7 p.m.

Friday, January 12, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Art Opening: Mythropology, a curious collection of acrylic paintings, Vanilla Bean Restaurant, Two Harbors (Right on Hwy 61) A curious collection of paintings by Zoey Leege. Music by Fiddle player Clancy Ward.

Saturday, January 13, 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."

Saturday, January 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Empty Bowl Throw-a-thon, DAI Lincoln Building, 2229 W. 2nd Street (scroll down)
"Calling all potters! Come for an hour, come for the day ... either way please join us at the Duluth Art Institute’s ceramics studio as we prepare for the annual Empty Bowl fundraiser. Free, no registration required." Empty Bowl Making sessions for beginners scheduled for February!

Jeffrey Larson, GLAFA 
Thursday, January 25, 5-7 p.m., Artist Reception: Annual Member Show @ DAI, Depot Great Hall, 506 W. Michigan Street
The annual membership show is an energetic snapshot of the visual arts of our region. It captures professionals at the height of their career along with emerging talent and youthful voices.
On view: January 25-February 23.

Wednesday, January 31, 6-7 p.m., Artist Talk, Type 13: David Short, Duluth Art Institute, Morrison Gallery, 506 W. Michigan Street

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."

Coming in February
Monday, February 12, 6:30-9 p.m., Zentangle ® Pattern Drawing with Esther Piszczek, CZT, Ordean East Middle School, 2900 E. 4th Street. In this introductory class, we will create beautiful art on a 3.5" x 3.5" paper tile using pen and ink and pencil shading. No previous drawing experience necessary. Relaxation is a common side effect. Class Cost: $20; Supplies: $10.
Register after 1/8/18 through Duluth Community Education at 218-336-8760.

Creative Education Class Opportunities in the Twin Ports
Art on the Planet (painting)
Duluth Community Education (Arts, Crafts, Hobbies section) (New Brochure 1/8/18)
Duluth Folk School (rag rug making, newspaper weaving, holiday tags and bags)
Duluth Maker Space (wire wrap jewelry, pottery, stone engraving, industrial sewing)
Great Lakes Aquarium (photography, drawing, watercolor, smelt making)
Historic Armory Annex (Forge Community)
Lake Superior Art Glasses (glass blowing: flamework and hotshop classes)
On the Rocks Art Studio and Gallery (painting)
Otlak Felt Studio (Feltmaker Mary Reichert) (Private and small group classes available)
Pineapple Arts (art therapy classes)

Learn a Tangle!
Slowpoke, created by certified Zentangle (R) teacher Cris Letourneau, is a swirly band tangle that makes a great border for envelopes, cards, or grocery lists. You can read more about how this tangle was created and learn how to draw it on Linda Farmer's, CZT, blog at

12 Days of Zentangle: still available!
If you didn't get a chance to tangle along with Rick and Maria during the 12 Days of Zentangle this holiday season, the videos are still available on the ZT blog HERE.

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 my 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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Special Shout Out for CPL IMAGING
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Blue Van Gogh
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When you purchase a Jeffrey T. Larson print you help Great Lakes Academy of Fine Art. Details here.

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Meantime, art goes on all around you. Be part of it.

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