Thursday, November 1, 2018

Local Arts Scene: November Happenings in the Twin Ports

Butterflies and Such by Jeanne Marie Reise
Let's start with Local Art Seen. Monday I missed the opening for The Thin Veil at Zeigeist Cafe, but managed to swing by Tuesday evening to  see the variety of works on display this month both upstairs and down. I was actually surprised at how many artists participated and the variety of works displayed, as you can see here. It was billed as poetry and art, and many of the artists included poems with their work. If you can find time, make your way to the Zeitgeist and leisurely stroll about till you've taken it in. All the images on this page are from the Cafe with the exception of the Zentangle design on the invitation at the bottom.

Last month Esther Piszczek created a website to serve as a calendar of sorts for local arts activities. If you are interested in what's happening in the visual arts or with regard to art fairs and other activities, I encourage you to bookmark her site, which can be found at I myself didn't bookmark it last month because I simply keep the tab open at all times so I can quickly check to see what's happening the next few days. Between my calendar and hers, I always know where I'm going.

The Boatman at Twilight by Paulette A. Pashbin
We're closing in on the holidays here and it's a good time to start selecting the holiday sales you want to not miss. Buy local. We have so many talented regional artisans that are creating such a wide variety of items, I can't imagine not finding gifts and stocking stuffers at nearly every one you attend. There are several this coming Saturday alone including the annual Coppertop Craft & Bake Sale (9 a.m. till 2:30), the Rainbow Bazaar at the Rainbow Community Center (9 a.m. till 1:00), the Holiday Craft Sale at the Holy Rosary Church in Lincoln Park (9:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m.) and the Duluth Women's Club Bazaar on 2400 East Superior Street (also 9:00 a.m. till 3:00). Heck, maybe you can get half your Christmas shopping done three weeks before Black Friday!

The Grand Re-Opening at Duluth Fine Pianos promises to be a fun kickoff for their monthly Jazz Series Concerts. The Northland has a hankering for jazz, and its nice to see more venues popping up. Last night I wrote about Oldenburg House and the classy players and performers they've brought in from the Twin Cities and Chicago. Ryan Frane and Matt Mobley have both contributed to making that new venue come alive. Bruce Henry will be back next week at the O.

Tenants, an oil pastel by Chris Monroe.
A fascinating Eric Dubnicka wire design.
Through a Thin Veil by Kathryn E. Lenz
She Brings Down the Moon by Sarah M. Brokke
Two Heads are Better Than One by Penny Perry, who curated this show.
Empty Seat at Sandy Hook. A memorial by Kris Nelson
Messenger by Christie Carter Eliason

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

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