Saturday, June 2, 2018

June Arts Happenings: Summer's Here and Inspiration in the Air

Special thanks to Zentangle evangelist Esther Piszczek for
assembling much of the information on this calendar of events.
As May came to a close we saw 80 degrees at our place. Yesterday, first day of June, I thought we might see snow. The crisp, windy day never topped fifty.  Oh well. On the plus side of the ledger, it didn't snow.

The Duluth Superior Film Festival kicked off on Wednesday and we still have two more days to go. As in years past you can count on a mix of local and international films that promise to reward. It's my aim to park myself in a theater seat tomorrow. You can find the full schedule here at the DuSu website. This is a Free Gift to the community, though donations are accepted and appreciated.

Today, June 2, 1-3 p.m.
Opening Reception for Virginia Alexander at Lakeside Gallery, 4431 E. Superior Street.
Virginia is featuring her original acrylics collectively titled 'Superior Hiking Trail: Duluth Series' at the gallery. This is a group of acrylic paintings depicting the 'city' sections of the larger Lake Superior Trail System. These trails invite hikers to travel in woods, along rivers and open fields rich in texture and atmosphere. For more follow this link to Facebook.

Monday, June 4, 5-7 p.m.,
Opening Artist Reception for Claudia Faith, Zeitgeist Arts, 222 E. Superior Street.
The reception is free and open to the public. Meet the artist and see her newest paintings that celebrate the biodiversity and importance of all life. Facebook Event Page

Mondays, June 4, 11, 18, 25, 5:30 p.m.,
Tangling Mondays, Mount Royal Library, 105 Mount Royal Shopping Circle.
This group meets in the the former Yarn Harbor space, which was taken over by the library awhile back (on the left when you walk in). It is open to anyone, but primarily focused on pattern drawing. Bring your supplies and something you want to finish or start. No instruction, no fee, no organization. It's wonderful to tangle together, if schedules align, and lovely to tangle alone. If you find yourself alone, no worries, another Monday is right around the corner. Enjoy!

Mondays, June 4, 18, 25, 28, 6-8 p.m., Duluth Song Circle, Beaner's Central, 324 N. Central Avenue
"A free night to sing old-timey folk songs with new and old friends. Start your week off on a good note! Everyone welcome. No training needed!" Scroll down for special event information on Monday, June 11!

Tuesdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26, 12:30-3 p.m.
Open Studio at the 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).

Thursdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28
Magnolia Salon from 6 to 9 p.m. at Oldenburg House in Carlton. Check out and bookmark the new Oldenburg House website at It's more than a B&B. It's blossomed into an arts and cultural center. You may have already heard about their monthly live jazz weekends in the Carlton Room. Next weekend Bruce Henry will be Cookin' @ the O. Next week yoga instructor Julie Deters will be sharing.

Thursday, June 7, 1-4 p.m.
First Thursdays Open Studio, Duluth Art Institute Lincoln Park Building, 2229 W. 2nd Street.
"Bring your supplies and artistic spirit to the beautiful and inspiring historic Lincoln Building. Connect with other creative people, spending time experimenting with your medium of choice. Each session will include time to create and optional end-of-session group critiques." $5/session + DAI Membership, no registration required, just drop in.

Thursday, June 7, 5-7 p.m.
Zeitgeist Parklet Grand Opening Party, Zeitgeist Arts, 222 E. Superior Street "What is a parklet? Parklets are pedestrian “mini-parks” that take over an on-street parking space to provide tables, seating, greenery, bike parking, or public art. An example is the parklet outside of Duluth Coffee Company on Superior Street. "The event will take place outside of the Zeitgeist Arts Building in the Parklet. After a ribbon cutting ceremony, there will be light snacks from the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, and live music from Abe Curran. This event is free and open to the public!"

Thursday, June 7
Parklet Art Proposal Deadline - Calling ALL Artists!
Zeitgeist hopes to integrate art into their Parklet by having community members submit proposals for 2D public art centered around the theme of "Creative Community" to be featured on panels surrounding the Parklet. People interested in learning more about our call for art can visit:, or email to submit proposals."

Saturday, June 9, 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."

Sunday, June 10, 7-9 p.m.
Gag Me With A Spoon - A Community Storyshare, Teatro Zuccone, 222 East Superior Street
Adeline Wright hosts this evening of storytelling and open mic journal sharing in the style of the Moth and Mortified podcasts. There will be featured storytellers and a musical guest.

Members of the audience are also welcome to sign-up on the night for an 8 minute open mic journal-sharing segment. This is an opportunity for anyone to read a journal entry, or other hilarious, serious or heart-wrenching writing from their youth or to simply share a story. Suggested Donation: $5 at the door. For more information contact Adeline Wright at: FB Event Page.

Monday, June 11, 6-8 p.m.
Duluth Song Circle, Location TBA
Come sing-a-long with the art piano, decorated by Esther Piszczek, CZT, in its new home in W. Duluth. SAVE THE DATE! The details will be announced at Twin Ports Arts Align on Facebook as well as this blog.

Wednesday, June 20, 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.

There's always plenty to see at the AICHO Gift Shop. Check it out.
Wednesday, June 20, 6-8 p.m.
Creative Expression Evening with Janice, Yoga North, 4628 Pitt Street, Suite 208
This two-hour class includes a brief discussion on the creative process, one hour of gentle yoga with guided imagery followed by an inspirational art project to take home. It takes place on the third Wednesday of every month. Class cost: $35

Friday, June 22, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Summer scene by Sue Rauschenfels
Lincoln Park Summer Solstice Block Party, Superior Street in Lincoln Park, W. Duluth
The evolution of Duluth's Lincoln Park District has been creating quite a buzz. It's impressive what happens when businesses work together to solve problems, cast a vision and make things happen. Join Lincoln Park for its first annual Summer Solstice Block Party. There will be public art creation, a steamroller creating large format block prints out in the street, a full artisan/craft show, music, food and more! Sponsored by the Duluth Folk School and Ecolibrium3.

Friday, June 22, 6:30 p.m. 
Don Giovanni Pre-Performance Chat with MPR’s Steve Staruch Opening Night Only,
Norshor Lobby, 211 E. Superior Street
Steve Staruch, from Classical MPR, will be joined by Lyric Opera of the North Music Director, Dirk Meyer, and Stage Director Christina Baldwin, in the Norshor Lobby. We’ll hear about Mozart, Don Giovanni, and the process of bringing this brand-new production to life. No separate ticket required – just come early and join in the conversation!

Friday, June 22, 7:30 p.m.
Seen at the Tweed
Lyric Opera of the North presents Don Giovanni, Norshor Theater, 211 E. Superior Street
"In this Mozart-meets-the-movies production, our leading man uses his power to play with the lives of everyone on set. But every action has a consequence, and although he’s well-rehearsed—nothing could prepare him as the line between fantasy and reality blur at the movie studio. Christina Baldwin directs, Dirk Meyer conducts, and Calland Metts stars in the title role.
Run Time: Estimated 2 hours and 45 minutes with one intermission
Language: Sung in Italian and English, with English supertitles.
Tickets: $38-$60; Students $15 with I.D. Ticket orders that include student tickets are available by calling the Playhouse/NorShor Box Office at 218-733-7555.

Saturday, June 23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
CHUM Rhubarb Festival, 11th Avenue E. & London Road
"Rhubarb Fun for Everyone! Pies and jams and breads - oh my! Get your taste buds ready to tackle the tangy tartness of every known rhubarb delicacy. This festival is sprinkled with tasty morsels for the entire family. There will be games, crafts, music, auctions, stage shows and - did we mention? Food. Admission is free."

Saturday, June 23 & Sunday, June 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Park Point Art Fair, at the end of Park Point
"Join the 48th annual celebration of art and community in a unique setting near the sandy shores of Lake Superior. Free Admission, 120 artists, live music, family art activities and food!"

Sunday, June 24, 3 p.m.
Lyric Opera of the North presents Don Giovanni, Norshor Theater, 211 E. Superior Street
See information above.

Saturday, June 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Art on Tap, Blacklist Artisan Ales, 120 E. Superior Street
Art and ice cream! Blacklist Brewery will be hosting a pop-up art fair with artists representing multiple disciplines. A wonderful place to find a unique wedding or graduation gift while enjoying a pint or a cone from Duluth's own Love Creamery.

Duluth Youth Creative Challenge (DYCC), Art Submission Deadlines July 9-30, for youth ages 5-16. See the Facebook page for more information. Cash prizes.
"DYCC participants will be submitting a unique piece of art within one of the six themes: Fairy Tales, Great Outdoors, Heroes, Out of Place, Being Healthy, and Through a Window.

"Local artists will be judging the contest and winners will be announced and recognized at the Duluth Youth Creative Challenge Reception on August 11th at 10:00 a.m. Top picks will be displayed August 6th-31st." (click on link above, scroll down to submission dates: July 9, Ages 5-7; July 16, Ages 8-10; July 23, Ages 11-3; July 30, Ages 14-16)."

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Duluth Art Institute has three exhibits on display at this time. Querida Presencia: new works by Jonathan Herrera in the John Steffl Gallery, Jason Pearson's Travels with My Twin: selected works from the Pearson Brother's Collection in the Corridor Gallery, and Boreal Ornament: new works by Tara Austin in the George Morrison Gallery. (Check out my interview with Tara Austin and see examples of her work.)

Tweed Museum of Art on the campus of UMD always has a rich variety of work. The Tweed is a gift to the community. If you have never been, I would recommend making it a bucket list item for this summer. Seriously. See Current Exhibitions HERE.

Art on the Planet (painting)
Duluth Community Education (Arts, Crafts, Hobbies section)
Duluth Folk School (Pisanki: Polish Batik Eggs; tatted lace for beginners; sausage)
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 Glass (glass blowing: flamework and hotshop classes)
Market Day (lotion making, soap making)
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)
Yarn Harbor (knitting, crochet, felting, weaving)

Places to see or purchase some of my paintings in Superior:
Goin' Postal (816 Tower Avenue)
Art on the Planet (1413 Tower Avenue, adjacent to Wine Beginnings)
In Duluth:
The Break Room (501 East 4th Street)

Dylan Song of the Month: Zentangled Up in Blue.
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DO YOU HAVE AN ARTS-RELATED EVENT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE INCLUDED HERE? Send me the details and I will add it. ennyman3 AT gmail DOT com.
Thanks again to Esther P for her help assembling much of what you find here.

Meantime, art goes on all around you. Engage it.

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