Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Midweek Bonus: February Twin Ports Arts Happenings

From the Penny Perry exhibit.
Good news. The February Arts Calendar is here. I was worried Esther had the flu, but it turns out she was in the Southern Hemisphere enjoying a little summertime in India. Alas, here's a list of February happenings for Twin Ports Arts Enthusiasts beginning with tomorrow evening's Artist Talk in the Steffl Gallery at the DAI.

Before we get into it, though here's info on a Call for Art for Duluth Dylan Fest 2018.

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Thursday, February 8, 6-7 p.m., Artist Talk: Art & Craft-Penny Perry, DAI Steffl Gallery, The Depot, 506 W. Michigan Street

"Penny Perry is the youngest of four daughters that grew up on the family farm in Spooner, Wisconsin. Her life is blessed with creative, generous teachers and mentors, two- and four-legged. She 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."

“I relish in details of texture, juxtaposition, layered depth of color. Refined shape of negative space. Tension and resonance between colors, notes, words...I trust my right hand-to-eye to draw what I see, and the left to paint what isn’t seen." On View: Jan. 11 - Feb. 25, 2018.

Saturday, February 10, 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, February 10, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Free Family Day, DAI Lincoln Building, 2229 W. 2nd Street
"The Duluth Art Institute hosts four Free Family Art Days each year at our Lincoln Park Building. Anyone and everyone is invited to drop-in for make-and-take art projects. The February session will be themed around Valentine's Day. We hope you'll join us!"

Saturday, February 10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Art on Tap Pop-Up, Hoops Brewing, 325 S. Lake Avenue
"Come shop for your valentine while sipping on amazing craft beer!"

Saturday, February 10, 2-5 p.m., Sweep, Art Exhibition Opening, Joseph Nease Gallery, 23 W. 1st Street
"Joseph Nease Gallery is excited to announce its second exhibition, “Sweep", presenting the latest work of a group of experienced painters at a high point in their craft, “Sweep” is a regional and national survey of more than 20 contemporary painters."

"The exhibition features work by these notable artists: Alison Aune, Kirsten Aune, Robert Bingaman, James Brinsfield, Marcus Cain, Peter Granados, Christopher Harrison, Rachel Hayes, Matthew Kluber, Don Kottmann, Kay Kurt, Adam McCauley, Karen Owsley Nease, Heidi Pollard, Warren Rosser, Eric Sall, Rabbett before Horses Strickland, Jonathan Thunder, Mimi Chen Ting and Leah Yellowbird."

Monday, February 12, 6:30-9 p.m., Zentangle ® Pattern Drawing with Esther Piszczek, CZT, Duluth Community Education, 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.

Brochure available online through Duluth Community Education; Register at 218-336-8760.

Monday, February 12, 7:30 p.m., Zenith City Cabaret: A Broadway Love Story - A musical romance and love story told through classic and contemporary songs of Broadway!, Zeitgeist Arts Café Atrium, 222 E. Superior Street Featuring: Adam Sippola, Ali Littrell Finstrom, and David Packa

Free Admission ($10 suggested donation); Contact Adam Sippola for more information: 218-590-8670;

Tuesday, February 13, 5:30 p.m., Loon Opera: Valentine's Day Soiree 2018, Greysolon Ballroom, 231 E. Superior Street "Lyric Opera of the North cordially invites you to its annual Valentine’s Day Soiree, this year with a Mardi Gras twist! The party begins at 5:30 p.m.with hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Dinner is served at 6:30. Fundraising opportunities throughout the evening, and of course there will be singing, too!

"Money raised at this event will help Lyric Opera of the North bring opera to elementary schools throughout the North this winter, and will help bring Mozart’s Don Giovanni to the NorShor stage this June! Thank you for your support. We’ll see you at the Soiree!"

Please reserve your tickets by February 8! Tickets are $100 per person ($50 of each ticket is tax deductible.)

Tuesdays, February 13, 27 and March 6, 6-8 p.m., Lessons in Bowl Making, DAI Lincoln Building, 2229 W. 2nd Street
Lack experience with clay but still want to contribute to the cause? Schedule a one-night lesson with our instructors. All bowls will be contributed to Empty Bowl. $35 fee includes one ticket to Empty Bowl plus instruction and supplies.

Friday, February 16, 7-10 p.m., Waking Dreams: A solo exhibition by Jane Wunrow, Prøve Collective, 21 N. Lake Avenue

Wunrow’s works are directly influenced by specific dreams or migraine aura she experiences, particularly those that surface subconscious fears, pains, or perceptions. While creating, Wunrow puts herself back into that mental head space and taps into the emotions that she felt in that dream state, imbuing her works with raw feeling. The artist believes that viewers are perceptive to these contributions, and that the work would be ingenuine without this process, which she also cites as a method of working through the myriad of sensations that dreams create. FB Event Page

Sunday, February 18, 1-4 p.m., Lake Superior Ragtime Society's February Concert, Concordia Lutheran Church ECLA, 1708 John Avenue, Superior, WI

Fun family event with rollicking ragtime piano music from musicians of all ages and abilities. Event is free to the public, however donations are appreciated.
Facebook Event Page

Wednesday, February 21, 6:30-9:00 p.m., Zentangle (R) & Wine, 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.

Mondays, February 26-March 19, 6:30-9 p.m., Zentangle (R) Pattern Drawing, Peace Church, 1111 N. 11th Avenue E.
This class is open to anyone interested in learning the Zentangle Method of pattern drawing.
Cost: $85 (includes tiles) ($75 if you've previously purchased a Zentangle (R) Drawing Kit); Minimum: 5 students;
Maximum: 12 students. RSVP and payment due by Monday, February 19:

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."

Plan Ahead for March!

Tuesday, March 6, 4-6:30 p.m., Zentangle (R) Pattern Drawing for Youth (ages 9-18), Proctor Hermantown Community Education, A.I. Jedlicka Middle School, 131 N. 9th Avenue, Proctor

Wednesday, March 7, 4-6:30 p.m., Zentangle (R) Pattern Drawing for Youth (ages 9-18), Proctor Hermantown Community Education, Hermantown Middle School, 4335 Hawk Circle Drive, Hermantown

Do you like to draw? Come learn how to turn your lines into beautiful, intricate patterns “one stroke at a time” using the zentangle (R) method of pattern drawing while creating beautiful art on 3.5" x 3.5" paper tiles using pen and ink. No previous drawing experience is necessary.These classes are open to youth ages 9-18. Relaxation is a common side effect. See for more information about this beautiful art form. Class size limited to 20. Class Cost: $10. Register online or by calling (218) 626-6075.

* Creative Education Class Opportunities in the Twin Ports!
* Art on the Planet (painting)
* Duluth Community Education (Arts, Crafts, Hobbies section)
* 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!
Mi created by certified Zentangle (R) teacher Mina Hsiao, is a grid tangle that incorporates hearts for this Valentine's Day celebration. Use it to decorate envelopes, dry erase boards, or a grocery list. You can read about Mina's inspiration for this tangle and learn 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.

Special Thanks to Esther Piszczek for gathering this batch of dates, people and places.

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