Saturday, January 5, 2019

Twin Ports Art Scene -- January 2019

Gallery space at the Encore Theater in Cloquet.
It's a New Year. Did you make resolutions? Will they stick? Perhaps you need a plan. Or maybe you need help with your goal setting. I once wrote a book and a screenplay while working full time by making a schedule and TAPING IT TO MY WALL. Ten pages a week on the book, and certain benchmarks on the other (It was 1993 so I forget the details.)

Before getting tot the dates and times for January, here is a Call for Art from Kris Nelson at the Encore Theater in Cloquet. Kris organizes the art shows that accompany the events. I had some paintings in the last one. I saw that Adam Swanson also was showing, so you will be in good company. Here's the announcement:

Call for art for the next show at the Encore! Performing Arts Center and Gallery. Located in Cloquet, MN at 2035 Hwy 33 South. “The Great Nursing Home Escape” by Nathan Hartswick is our next production. This one act play takes place in a locked-down nursing home. A misfit band of characters (ringleader, grouch, gossip, Casanova, airhead and shy one) try to escape only to have their best- laid plans go awry with hilarious results!
--IDEAS: elderly portraits, antiques, dreams of youth, etc.

Your task is to creatively weave the theme of the play into the theme of your art. ( Any new work will also be accepted.)
• Submit up to three original pieces, ready to hang. No prints!
• Label(on back) all art with your name, medium and price. All sales go to the artist unless you choose to donate part of your proceeds to the gallery.
• Deliver art on or before Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. Normal hours are 9-5. Call Joel at (218) 451-0715 to insure that the theater is open. Art might not be accepted after this date!
• The art opening will be Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. 6-7pm In appreciation for displaying your art, you are invited to attend the final dress rehearsal for free which follows the opening. Please bring a treat to share!
• Pick up your art on or after Feb. 25, 2019. 
Creatively yours,
Kris Nelson (218) 348-7619 - Encore Gallery Art Curator 

Joel Soukkala (218) 451-0715 - General Manager   

For more complete listings of shows at the Tweed and classes elsewhere you will want to visit Esther Piszczek's TWIN PORTS ART blog.  In Fact: at the top of the page to the right of the header is a SUBSCRIBE button. (Likewise, you may also do the same with this Ennyman's Territory blog.
(In the sidebar to your right.)

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Saturday, January 5, 6:30-8 p.m.
Park After Dark: Art in the Dark, Jay Cooke State Park, 780 Highway 210, Carlton
"Park After Dark is a guided walk for attendees to 'discover the nighttime world of the park.' The event explores different art forms through storytelling, poetry and glow in the dark art.
The entire event is outside. If there is snow, adult and child snowshoes are available. Participants meet at the River Inn Interpretive Center."

Mondays, January 7, 14, 21, 28, 5:30 p.m.
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, January 8, 15, 22, 29, 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).

Saturday, January 11, 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."

Always something to see at Joseph Nease Gallery
Saturday, January 12, 2-4 p.m.
Crafts with the Creativity Tank, Green Room, Main Library, Duluth Public Library, 520 W. Superior Street
"Kick off the Winter Reading program with the Creativity Tank! Join us anytime between 2 pm and 4 pm for artistic fun including splatter paint, water coloring, and printmaking. For kids in K-5th grade. Made possible by the Friends of the Duluth Public Library."

Wednesday, January 16, 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.

Friday, January 18, 7-8:30 p.m.
Adult Story Time, Zenith Bookstore, 318 N. Central Avenue
"Zenith Bookstore staff and friends read short stories, poems and book excerpts. There will be wine, chocolate and comfy chairs."

Thursday, January 24, 5-8 p.m.
Annual Member Show Opening Reception, Duluth Art Institute, The Depot Great Hall, 506 W. Michigan Street
Art on View: January 24-February 24

Thursday, January 24, 5-7 p.m.
Arrowhead Regional Biennial Exhibition, Duluth Art Institute, The Depot, 506 W. Michigan Street
"The 62nd Arrowhead Regional Biennial features juried art work from the Upper Midwest produced within the past five years. The opening reception will include announcements of three awards totaling $2,000 in cash prizes." On View: January 24-March 31

Fuluth Fine Pianos, next to Starbucks
Friday, January 25, 5-8 p.m.
Jazz@DFP with Ryan Frane & Friends, a Jazz ensemble (5:30-7:30 p.m.), Duluth Fine Pianos, 331 W. Superior Street (next to Starbucks!)
Duluth Fine Pianos is participating in the Downtown Duluth Arts Collective's night of art and entertainment, featuring Downtown Duluth art galleries, eateries, bars and performance venues. Email or call 218-461-8380 for more information. My framed work on paper, glass, mirrors, and clay decorates the walls of Duluth Fine Pianos. Come out to hear some music, see the art, or just say hi! Downtown Duluth Arts Walk Google Map

Register Early!
Mondays; February 4-March 4, 2019 (4 weeks; No class 2/18), 6-8:30 p.m., with Esther Piszczek, certified z e n t a n g l e teacher
z e n t a n g l e (R) Pattern Drawing, Ordean East Middle School, 2900 E. 4th Street
Anyone can create beautiful, intricate line patterns “one stroke at a time” using the Zentangle method of pattern drawing. New patterns will be taught each class as we create beautiful art on 3.5" x 3.5" paper tiles using pen and ink. No previous drawing experience necessary. Relaxation is a common side effect. See for more information. Bring supply fee of $20 to class. Class Cost: $45; Register online HERE or contact Julie Gandt, Coordinator, at 218-336-8760 x 1 or email:

Session A: Saturday, February 23 & Sunday, February 24
Session B: Monday, February 25 & Tuesday, February 26
Beginning Watercolor Retreat with Sue Brown Chapin, Historic Scott House, 1321 County Road 4
"This Retreat is perfect for folks who have never painted before, or folks who would like a “refresher” course. If you have watercolor painting supplies already you can certainly use those. If you don’t, Sue will provide those for your use during the class. Any other supplies needed are common household-type items; see supply list. Have questions? e-mail: or call (218) 565-2359 for more information."
Registration Deadline: February 4

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Drop Off dates for the annual DAI Member Show 
Monday thru Wednesday, January 14-16
Maximum size this year is 40"x 40"

For more information visit the DAI website.

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60th anniversary of Buddy Holly's Dance Party at the Duluth Armory.

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