Monday, May 14, 2018

Local Art Seen: Ann Klefstad's Aminalia @ the Zeitgeist

This weekend will be frustrating for some people. Why? Because there's too much to do and we can only be in one place at a time. Pippi Ardennia's two shows at Oldenburg House are sold out, so that solves one problem if you don't have a seat at the Carlton Room. In other words, don't wait till the last minute to get your tickets for Bruce Henry next month.

The Great Lakes Academy of Fine Art is hosting its second annual Student/Instructor Exhibition. It is truly an honor to have an art school of this caliber taking root in our community. If you have not been following this story, and you are a friend of the arts, I urge you to find a way to visit. The event takes place over three days beginning Friday May 18, 5-9 p.m, Saturday 1-7 p.m. and Sunday 12-3 p.m. Here's a review of last year's show. I will post more tomorrow about the school and where it's going. Address: 810 West 3rd Street in the old St. Peter's Church here in Duluth.

Earlier this month I . had a chance to catch Ann Klefstad the evening of her opening reception at the Zeitgeist. You may have seen some of Ann's public art in the vicinity of the County Courthouse Building, but may not have known who the artist was. A few of her sculptures are on display in conjunction with a collection of paintings of rabbits, otters, and other living things.

Four plants from a series of daily drawings of a plant growing sunward.
If you've never eaten at the Zeitgeist Cafe, then you might just wish to grab a lunch there this month and check out Ann's animalia. But there are two other upcoming events of note in which you can also take a breezy inhale of her work, much of it painted with tar on panels. The first is this Saturday's annual Zeitgeist Spirit of the Times fundraising Gala. It's essentially a $100 party for a good cause. From what I hear, they really pour it on. The second is the Duluth Dylan Fest Farewell Brunch with Jim Hall on Memorial Day. Dylan Fest kicks off This Saturday with events in both Hibbing and Duluth. Join us at Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum for the first of two John Bushey Memorial Lectures featuring author David Pichaske, all set against a backdrop of rare Dylan memorabilia from the Bill Pagel Archives.

OK, just giving you some excuses to see the work of Ann Klefstad, which like most art is better appreciated in person.

Ann Klefstad with one of her friends a few moments before the reception.

Meantime art goes on all around you. Engage it. 

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