Saturday, September 1, 2018

September Twin Ports Art Happenings (Part I)

New work by Terry Millikan is on display this month at Lizzards.
Last night I did a little touring of galleries and spaces where public art is on display in Downtown Duluth. The evening air was thick and muggy, holding in suspension wafts of fried foods, pizza and other aromatic delights as I passed various restaurants in the vicinity. A pair of thunderstorms cleared the dense air later but didn't interfere with the early evening walkabout.

This being the beginning of Pride Weekend in Duluth, there was an opening party at Red Herring, where Bill Shipley's paintings continue to hang for a few more days, and then a DuSu Pride Art Show opening reception at the Zeitgeist Atrium featuring eleven local artists. 

What follows are a few highlights for the first two weeks of September, most of them courtesy Esther Piszczek. The first here may be late notification for some of you, but you still have time and we have sunny skies, so you must might want to get down there. (All photos on this page are from last night's Art Walk and do not necessarily correspond to the events cited by each.)

Saturday, September 1, 1:30 p.m.
Shawna Gilmore is also featured at Lizzards.
Historic Arts & Theater District Walking Tour
Endion Station Public House, 200 Lake Place Drive
Duluth’s Historic Arts & Theater District is a nexus for performing, visual and culinary arts. Participants in this three-hour guided walking tour sip locally brewed coffee and learn the philosophy driving Duluth Coffee Company, delve into the stories behind Duluth’s dynamic art community while sampling cuisine at Zeitgeist Arts Café, sneak a peek at the newly restored NorShor Theatre, and explore the excitement buzzing around the local craft beer scene at Blacklist Artisan Ales. The tour starts at Endion Station in Canal Park and ends at Blacklist Brewing in Downtown Duluth. Cost: $30

Sunday, September 2, 6-7:30 p.m.
Closing Reception and Artist Talk: Jonathan Thunder: Suspension of Disbelief, The Duluth Art Institute, Corridor Gallery, The Depot, 506 Michigan Street
"The term suspension of disbelief has been defined as a willingness to suspend one’s critical faculties and believe something surreal. Thunder’s project will feature sound and what he calls ‘animated canvases’, a hybrid of hand painting and animation. The space will serve as an area for the artist to experiment with a variety of media and modes of installation in working towards a large-scale exhibition." On View: July 12-September 2.

Mondays, September 3, 10, 17, 24 p.m.
I saw some of Karen Nease's earlier work last night.
Tangling Mondays, Mount Royal Library, 105 Mount Royal Shopping Circle
This group meets in the the old 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!

Tuesdays, September 4, 11, 18, 25, 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).

Tuesdays, September 4, 11, 18, 25, 12:30-3 p.m.
Zeitgeist Atrium Pride Art Show
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).

Thursday, September 6, 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, September 6, 5-8 p.m.
Duluth Shop 'n Sip, Mr. D's Bar & Grill, 5622 Grand Avenue
"Grab a beverage and indulge in some retail therapy. Over 20 crafters and vendors will provide a variety of products." 

Thursday, September 6, 6-9 p.m.
Art Opening: Mythropology: The Year of Painting, by Zoey Cohen Leege, Red Herring Lounge, 208 E. 1st Street
"Painter Zoey Cohen Leege shows works based on photos she took of Lake Superior throughout the year and inspired by her love of archeology, extinct creatures and forgotten places. Clancy Ward and friends will perform music." FB Event Page

Friday, September 7 , 8 p.m.
Greater Downtown Council's Movies in the Park: Despicable Me 3 (PG), Leif Erikson Park [Postponed from Friday, August 31 due to expected rain]
"Gru meets his long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother Dru who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist." (animated)
September 7-14, Plein Air Grand Marais, multiple locations in Grand Marais
September 14, Final Reception & Awards, Johnson Heritage Post Gallery, 115 W. Wisconsin Street, Grand Marais Plein Air Grand Marais will feature: •Competition •Quick-Paint •Mini-Workshops •Open Class Exhibit •Berton Boxes •Children's Painting Activities •Daily Paint-Outs •Panel Discussion •Hootenanny
A culminating exhibit of work by competition artists will be hung at the Johnson Heritage Post Gallery following the Plein Air Grand Marais from Sept. 14 to Oct. 7.

Another striking piece by Terry Millikan
Saturday, September 8, 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, September 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 
Lake Superior Harvest Festival, Bayfront Park, 350 Harbor Drive
Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association’s 25th Harvest Festival features one of the largest farmers markets in the region, live music, food, artisan wares, family activities and informational exhibits. The festival will continue rain or shine.

Sunday,September 9, 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. Member of the audience are also welcome to sign-up on the night for an 8 minute open mic journal-sharing segment. Suggested Donation: $5 at the door. FB Page; Perfect Duluth Day Event Listing

Wednesday, September 12, 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 episzczek@gmail.com. Seats are limited.

Thursday, September 13, 6-9 p.m.
Opening Reception and Artist Talk, Amanda Breitbach: Land/People, George Morrison Gallery, Duluth Art Institute, The Depot, 506 Michigan Street
"Amanda Breitbach's Land/People investigates the decline of family farming and the emotional and spiritual issues that underlie the human relationship to land, making larger, universal relationships visible through Breitbach’s, and her family’s, own experiences. The three year project combines panoramic and aerial images of her family’s farmland in eastern Montana with intimate photographs of family members and domestic spaces. Viewers are invited to look both into and out of frames that emphasize the relationships between the spaces inside and those outside and to move between those spaces." On View: September 13 - October 28, 2018.

Carla Hamilton at the PROVE
Thursday, September 13, 6 - 9 p.m.
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Aaron Squadroni: Mesabi Land Portraits, John Steffl Gallery, Duluth Art Institute, The Depot, 506 Michigan Street "Aaron Squadroni is an artist from the Mesabi Iron Range in northern Minnesota. His work is centered on mining imagery and metalpoint drawing techniques. Squadroni’s most recent work focuses on the Hull Rust mine, located in Hibbing, Minnesota, which is one of the largest open-pit mines in the world.

"He draws with metal and found mine materials such as overburden rock, tailings, and taconite pellets from or near the mine site. Due to the unpredictability of drawing with these materials, Squadroni approaches his drawings as a collection of experiments. Each aerial image is named according to the latitude and longitude of the location that it is taken from. Focusing on the themes of nature, industry, and memory, he creates drawings that explore the visible and unseen tensions in the mining landscape." On View: September 13 - October 28, 2018.

Thursday, September 13-Saturday
Aerial Sunrise by Eric Horn. Zeitgeist Atrium
Earth Rider Fest: One Year Anniversary Party with ART on TAP vendors!, Earth Rider Brewery, 1617 N. 3rd Street, Superior, WI
Featuring: Earth Rider Fest Bier, Live Music, Art On Tap Vendors, Kids Craft Tent, Food Trucks, Games Buy your 3-day pass now and receive a pint of Earth Rider Fest Bier at the event! Tickets are available at the Cedar Lounge taproom or Eventbrite. Kids are free with their adults. Attendees must be 21+ after 8 p.m. Sorry, dogs are not allowed at Earth Rider Fest. Tickets: Thursday & Friday: $5; Saturday: $7

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We'll share more in the week ahead.
Meantime, art goes on all around you. Engage it.... 

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