Monday, May 7, 2018

Local Art Seen: Homegrown Illustration Show at The Prøve

This being the 20th Anniversary of Duluth's Homegrown Music Festival, the Prøve Collective assembled a special Illustration Show to commemorate the occasion. The show featured illustrations of 20 cultural lluminaries from the region dressed in the Homegrown Chicken mascot, as envisioned and created by 20 different local artists. It was a way of honoring individuals who have contributed to  making Homegrown a success and the regional arts scene vibrant.

The Prøve chose artists from a variety of sectors--teen, emergent, established--with an opening reception on Friday April 27 to kickoff the 2018 Homegrown. The show will remain on view through May 18. The Illustration Show is a first-time collaboration with the Duluth Art Institute. who also shares a common mission to engage the community through contemporary art.

There were 20 artists and thus 20 illustrations. Each was presented with a quality paper of the same size and instructed to produce a piece in any medium. The pieces were then affixed in idential displays with borders created to showcase the art.

The show took place the same evening as the 2018 Goin' Postal Spring Art Show in Superior, so I had to capture these images earlier in the evening. Here's some of what I saw.

Chris Monroe

Brian Ring

Eric Dubnicka

Jillian Dollars

by Erica Pauline
Nelson on Nelson
by Moira Villiard
And last but not least...
Illustration by Devon O'Shaunnessey
Maybe our former mayor can start a Homegrown in D.C.
and make America great again through art and music.
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With Homegrown in the rear-view mirror, where objects are closer than they appear, it's time to look forward to the next big fest which includes still more music, art, poetry and all things Dylan. For more information visit

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

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