Friday, November 1, 2019

Art In November: The Season Is At Hand

OK, kids. It's November and the variety of things happening continues to expand. Thank you to Esther Piszczek for assembling all these events and activities. For the record, this is hardly comprehensive, and no longer just visual arts. There are numerous art galleries with local artists' work that is on continual display, and public spaces as well, such as Red Mug, Wussow's, Pizza Luce and the like. As the holidays approach it's a good time to make time for checking things out.

From tomorrow through New Years there are arts and crafts fairs every weekend. I know this because a friend told me he and his wife have events scheduled for every weekend till the end of the year. And I believe he said that they will be at separate events part of the time. In short, there is a lot going on.

Book signings, comedy events, music events, theatrical performances and other kinds of activities may be inadequately catalogued but if you work you'll find a lot through various sources like the DNT Best Bets page and the Reader. If you have other recommendations feel free to let me know.

ALSO, I am going to be dropping my AdWords in order to make space for local advertisers at reasonable rates. If you wish to sponsor this blog for a month, or be featured in a blog post, great! And as we think about holiday giving, buy local as much as you can and give as much as you can. (By this I mean that there are over 300 local non-profit organizations doing good work in our community. Maybe this is the year you step it up a notch?)

AND NOW... Drumroll Please.
Mondays, December 2 and 9, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Zentangle (R) Pattern Drawing Meets Origami: Tangled and Folded with 
Esther Piszczek, certified z e n t a n g l e teacher, Lincoln Park Community School, 3215 West Third Street 
In the first class, you will draw patterns on a 3.5" square paper tile using pen, ink, and pencil shading. Esther will then use basic graphic design to turn your tile into a seamless repeat and print it creating your very own custom origami paper. In the second class, you will fold the paper into pretty origami flowers or stars and create lovely, unique origami ornaments. Class Limit: 10; Class Cost: $40; Supply cost: $5; Register online HERE or contact Erin Bates, Coordinator, at 218-336-8760 x 5 or email:

Details on all of these events, and more, below!

All events, including Esther's classes, are listed in chronological order. Click on colored text throughout to link to more information. Visit the Creative Education Opportunities page to find classes to explore and the Reoccurring Events page for events that happen routinely.

Saturday, November 2, 9 a.m.-2 pm.
Duluth Woman's Club Bazaar 2019, DWC Hartman House, 2400 E. Superior St.
"This seasonal event features Duluth Woman’s Club-member created gifts, original paintings, felted scarves and ornaments, book pillows, reusable gift bags and hot dish carriers, knitted items, framed jewelry art, baked goods and more. Fresh scones and coffee available."

Saturday, November 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Holy Rosary Craft Show, Stella Maris Academy, 2802 E. 4th Street
"50+ local vendors showcasing jewelry, art, sewn creations, homemade canned goods, syrup, and other types of handmade goodness. We will also feature a few direct sales people as well including part lite, pampered chef, creative memories, tastefully simple and more. Lunch available for purchase too."

My novel took 20 years. FWIW
Saturday, November 2, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
I Wrote a Novel in a Month – And So Can You, Duluth Public Library, Gold Room, 520 W. Superior Street
"As part of National Novel Writing Month, Duluth writer/director/producer/performer Brian Matuszak talks about his experience writing a novel in a month and invites attendees to break off into groups to talk about their plans, progress and stories. Those groups will be encouraged to stay connected throughout the month before meeting at the library again Dec. 3 to share their progress and learn about the long haul of editing."

Saturday, November 2, 5 p.m.
"Alien" . Ink on 1939 London Times.
Duluth Art Institute's Masquerade Gala, Duluth Depot Hall,
"The event 
celebrates contemporary art, artists and the community, and features an aerialist performance, a 3-course sit-down meal from Duluth Grill, a silent auction of items inspired by the neighborhoods and communities the Duluth Art Institute serves, a live auction, and a drag performance at the conclusion of the evening.

"Each gala attendee will go home with art made by a table host. This year’s hosts are Cheng-Khee Chee, Claudia Faith, Darren Houser, Kristen Kaas, Karen Keenan, Lenore Lampi, Adam McCauley, Juliet McLellan, Chris Monroe, Rita Morris & Barry Sands, Karen Nease, Ed Newman, Ann Price, Robb Quisling, Tom Rauschenfels and John Ulrich."

5 to 6:30 p.m. – Cocktail Hour with Aerialist Show
6:30 p.m. – Dinner and Auction
9 p.m. – Drag Show

Tickets are $100 and can be purchased online or by calling our 218-733-7560.

Saturday, November 2, 7:30-9 p.m.
UWS Ragtime Recital with Jeff Madison and Alex Sandor, UWS Holden Fine Arts Building, 1805 Catlin Avenue, Superior
"Singer Jeffrey Madison and pianist Alexander Sandor will present a delightful evening of Fats Waller tunes, as well as some examples of 'classical' music that was influenced by music from the ragtime era." Tickets: Adults: $12; Seniors: $10; Students: $10

Saturday, November 2, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Treasures Along the North Shore: A Belly Dance Show, Teatro Zuccone, 222 E. Superior Street"Join us as many talented local and regional solo and group performers present a variety of styles of belly dance from oriental to tribal to fusion making this a wonderfully treasure filled evening of diverse, unique, and fun entertainment! Tickets: $15 Adults; $12 Students & Seniors; $6 Children ages 4-11 available at the Teatro Zuccone box office."

Monday, November 4, 5-7 p.m.
Art OpeningUmbra, Zeitgeist Arts Atrium, 222 E. Superior Street
"This solo exhibition by Terresa Moses, Umbra, centers the intersectional experiences of Black womxn.* Inspired by her own experiences and the experiences of other Black womxn in the Duluth area, Moses was compelled to create work which validates and uncovers the institutional racism and sexism perpetuated in this community everyday. 

"Each piece delves into six themes which Moses has identified as gaze, control, savior, (d)anger, burden, and liberation. It is her hope that all individuals come to realize their contribution to these experiences– either as a perpetrator of harm or a healer. *Indigenous womxn and womxn of color may experience some, if not, all of the themes conceptualized in this exhibition." [NOTE: Cocktails & Conversation featuring black womxn artists immediately follows this event in the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe. See details below.]

Painting by Moira Villiard
Monday, November 4, 7-8 p.m.
Cocktails & Conversation: Black Womxn Artists, Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, 222 E. Superior Street
"Moderated by Sandra Oyinloye; local artists Terresa Moses, Kym E. Young, and Carla Hamilton will have a conversation about their work, perspectives, and experiences.

"This is a free event, and seats will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. The event will immediately follow the opening reception of ‘Umbra’ an art exhibit by Terresa Moses. This solo exhibition centers around the intersectional experiences of Black womxn, and we encourage participants to attend the reception before Cocktails & Conversation!

"Zeitgeist's Year of the Womxn is a 12-month series of programming throughout 2019 that highlights women’s stories, perspectives and experiences while showcasing that women can, and do, hold positions of power, leadership, and influence across our community. To learn more, and to view a full listing of their events visit:"

Mondays, November 4, 11, 18, 25, 5:30 p.m.
Mapped Life Series. Kentucky.
Acrylic on Rand McNally Map
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, November 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).

Thursday, November 7, 5-8 p.m.
Roundabout Art Tour, Seven venues in North Carlton County. Carlton is thick with creative people and having watched the development of the Twin Ports arts scene in recent years, retired art teach Kris Nelson (The Chair Artist) has corralled seven venues for what is being called a Roundabout Art Tour. The venues include
Visit one or visit all seven roundabout locations between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7: the Pine Knot News office, Encore! Performing Arts Center and Gallery, Gateway Goods, The Historic Scott House, Dragon Fire Ceramics, Oldenburg House and the Fond du Lac Cultural Center and Museum. If you are NOT familiar with all these venues, Thursday will be a great time to BEGIN to get acquainted with what's happening in the arts in Cloquet, Carlton & vicinity. The Encore Theater is always looking for new artists to show their work (and you get a Free ticket to a show.) Contact Kris Nelson to get added to her mailing list (in the event I fail to get the word out for the various calls for art.) Oldenburg House and Scott House have a LOT of happening events. Expand you world. All these places are just down the road a piece. If you have kids, both these historic homes make fabulous wedding venues.

Enough said. Roundabout map is at the end of the page. Click to enlarge or download.
Thursday, November 7, 6-8:30 p.m.
Yoga and Writing WorkshopIt Takes A Village Healing Collective, 114 W. Superior Street, 2nd Floor (Above Duluth Sign and Stewart Taylor Printing)
"This donation-based yoga practice and guided free-form writing workshop is generally held on the first Thursday of every month. It is intended to be an opportunity to slow down in order to reflect and reconnect through the use of yoga and prompted journal writing. Each month will have a different theme, with the goal of building self-awareness and appreciation.

"Materials will be provided, but attendees are asked to bring a journal (if they have one) and anything else desired for their comfort. This workshop is taught by Alyssa Johnson, RYT500. E-mail with questions."

Friday, November 8, 5-8 p.m.
Closing ReceptionSwedish Folk Painting: Revival in the Upper Midwest, Nordic Center, 23 Lake Avenue
"This exhibition will feature contemporary Swedish folk paintings by Judith Kjenstad, Pieper Fleck Bloomquist and Alison Aune.  These three artists have studied, and transformed, traditional Swedish dalmålningar from Dalarna, with its characteristic floral kurbits (fantastical gourd flowers), and decorative-figurative bonadsmåleri from the southern provinces of Småland and Halland into contemporary paintings.  Each artist will exhibit their paintings in the content of traditional Swedish folk painting and its recent revival in the Upper Midwest. $5 Suggested Donation." Viewing Hours: Fridays, 5-8 p.m.; Saturday and Sundays, 1-4 p.m.

Friday, November 8, 7:30 p.m.
Opera Studio: Love Scenes, UMD's Weber Music Hall, 1151 University Drive
"Opera Studio presents Love Scenes, with guests artists Marcus McConico, Jeffrey Madison and Ryan Deignan directing or performing alongside students in scenes from Pirates of Penzance, Hansel and Gretel, The Magic Flute, Carmen and others. Each scene will showcase a different aspect of love, including deceptive, unrequited, brotherly, infatuated, forbidden, first, and Godly love." Tickets: Adult $15; Senior/Veteran $10; UMD Faculty/Staff $8; Student $8; UMD Student - Free

Saturday, November 9, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Coppertop Craft and Bake Sale, United Methodist Church, 230 E Skyline Parkway
"Featuring: Over 50 talented, local Crafters; Bakery & Gourmet Foods; Used Book Sale
Nam Lee’s famous Egg Rolls.

9:00 a.m. Warm Cinnamon Rolls & Paul’s Homemade Scones
11:00 a.m. Sloppy Joe Lunch

"Sponsored by First United Methodist Women; Proceeds to organizations that help women and children. Additional parking in MN-DOT lot with shuttle service provided."

Saturday, November 9, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Get Great Stuff Local Art & Gift FairDuluth Congregational Church, 3833 E. Superior Street
"It's the season and this event is a great place to pick up locally-made items right from the people who make them."

Saturday, November 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." Guest ArtistsShari Johnson - headwraps, finger-less mitts, and other warm gear; Lynne Sather - fabric creations!

Saturday, November 9, 5-9 p.m.
Duluth All Souls Night, Duluth Depot's Great Hall, 506 W. Michigan Street
"Duluth's annual fall multicultural evening festival of interactive arts observing grief and the change of season with displays, ceremony, spectacle, funeral march, and fire. We are about honoring our ancestors, feeling our losses, naming societal ills (rotten ideas) that need to die, imagining and manifesting a better world. An incredible lineup of performers as usual, hope to see you there!!!"

Schedule of Events
5:00 Great Hall Displays accompanied by Richie Townsend, joined by Bella Yaga 
5:30 Train Museum: short tarot readings available w/ Dr. Crow Jon, Roadraven Bohemian Tarot & Bone and others, face painting
6:00 Great Hall welcome/ceremony, Jillian Forte (w/ Minneapolis folk) Bella Yaga ritual music and spectacle, introducing Daniel Polnau as Strombolli
7:00 Funeral March for Rotten Ideas around Downtown Library with Duluth's own brass band, Thomas Boys Back Home and Barebones stilters/puppeteers; Spiral Dance and reading/burning of society fails
7:30 Spin Collective Fire Dancers and drumming Renan Cruz model Guatemalan kite burning
8:00 Great Hall after party raising Maximus, giant skeleton marionette created by artists Chris Lutter, Mary Plaster and friends with more tunes by Thomas Boys Back Home

Saturday, November 9, 6-8 p.m.
A Goody Night, Teatro Zuccone, Zeitgeist Arts, 222 E. Superior Street
"A Goody Night is an artistic storytelling experience that aims to create a platform for people of diverse backgrounds to better connect within the community. A Goody Night seeks to establish meaningful connections among artists in cities across the country, through storytelling events that are coordinated at designated times and venues. We believe we can enhance and inspire our communities by focusing on the more objective meaning Inherent in the artists’ work, giving all the glory to God. Mediums such as music, painting, film, etc. are strategically combined in order to achieve our goals."

Musical & Visual Guests: "Annie Humphrey", "Di Jay", & "Flo Matamoros"
6:00 p.m. – Open Mic Sign Up
6:15 p.m. – Open Mic
7:00 p.m. – Event Begins

Sunday, November 10, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Demo: Psyanky, Duluth Folk School, 1917 W. Superior Street
"Duluth Folk School instructor Theresa Hornstein will be demonstrating Ukrainian egg decorating (pysanky)! Swing by to watch this ancient craft being done right before your eyes!" [NOTE: Hornstein is teaching a Ukrainian-Style Egg Decorating Class for Christmas on November 25, 6-9 p.m. Register Here!]

Sunday, November 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. Cost: $5 at the door." Listen to previous Gag Me With A Spoon podcasts.
[NOTE: this is the last Gag Me With A Spoon event for 2019 and the last in this format. Gag Me With A Spoon will return in 2020 with two story telling event competitions. More details to come!]

Wednesday, November 13, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Zentangle (R) & Wine with Esther Piszczek, CZT, 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.You can read about one student's experience here: Local Art Seen: First Lesson in Zentangle with Esther Piszczek, at Ennyman's Territory, August 18, 2019.

Thursday, November 14, 3:30-5 p.m.
Custom Leather Bracelet Workshop, Duluth Public Library, Mount Royal Branch, Blue Room, 105 Mount Royal Shopping Center
"Create your own custom leather bracelet! Join Minnesota artist Jen Anfinson for an introduction to leatherwork in jewelry making. Learn about leather tools and techniques and create something unique! All materials will be provided. Program for ages 13 and up. Paid for in part by the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund. Event Type(s): Arts & Crafts
Age Group(s): Tweens, Teen, Adults, Seniors"

Thursday, November 14, 6:30 p.m.
CHOICE, unlimited's Evening of the Arts, Lincoln Park Middle School, 
"CHOICE, unlimited hosts its ninth annual Evening of the Arts, featuring more than 80 artists performing and presenting original music, poetry, art, dance and film." Tickets: $5

Friday, November 15, 6-8 p.m.
Jazz@DFP, Duluth Fine Pianos, 331 W. Superior Street
A night of jazz surrounded by pianos and the Zentangle (R) inspired artwork of Esther Piszczek, CZT. ($10 suggested donation to pay the musicians) I would love to see you at this event!
Musicians: Ryan Frane, Piano, Matt Mobley, Bass, Jennifer Parker, Vocalist

Friday, November 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Community Felt Rug Making Design Class with Mary Reichert, Duluth Folk School, 1917 W. Superior Street
"Felt rug making is an art of storytelling. This class is a continuation of the first 3 days in October and is when the design and hard work really begins to come together! We will be laying out the base layers, lightly felting them, and then adding our design on top of this base in preparation for the community felt making event the following day." 
Cost: $25; Register HERE. A bit about felt artist Mary Reichert.

Saturday-Sunday, November 16-17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Community Felt Rug Making Design Class with Mary Reichert, Duluth Folk School, 1917 W. Superior Street
"The art of felt rug making has a long history of bringing people together and this event is inspired from the felt rug making traditions of Kyrgyzstan. The rug will begin about 8' by 10' with the design ready to go and together we will add soapy water and start walking on the rug with our bare feet. Over the course of two days, along with the help of live music, we will walk, stomp, sing, kick and roll the wool into a strong felt rug that will be a gift for the Duluth Public Library. All hands and feet welcome! You can drop by for 10 minutes or stay all day. No experience necessary. "

Saturday, November 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
A Very Merry Craft and Vendor Holiday Show, Edgewood Vista, 4195 Westberg Road
"A Very Merry Craft and Vendor Holiday Show is coordinated by Kathleen Wicklund of the Katz Meow Shows. There will be 25 vendors and 33 tables of mostly handmade items and a few direct sellers. Proceeds from the vendor fees will be going to the Alzheimer’s Association."

"Join art professor Alison Aune, her UMD art education students, and special guests. Pre-Registration is encouraged! Admission: $5 suggested donation; Contact: Alison Aune,, with questions and pre-registration information.

Sunday, November 17, 2:30 p.m.
"The Victory Chorus, which is focused on uniting people living with dementia and community members to create joy through song, welcomes the community to their winter concert. The music of the Victory Chorus will be performed by people living with dementia singing alongside volunteer singers and features the Twin Ports Tenors and Frank Garcia as guest musicians. Free parking available. Questions: Contact Mimi Stender at"


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