Thursday, March 5, 2020

Twin Ports Art Scene for the First Half of March

A Robert Rauschenberg wall design at the Allentown Art Museum
Well, golly it's sure been nice this week in the Twin Ports and the forecast looks brighter still. If you're looking for a nice way to enjoy a cheap date, there are plenty of art galleries in town as well as our staples, the Duluth Art Institute and the Tweed.

The visual arts has truly evolved to enable all forms of expression. Pigments and paints, feathers and fabrics, printmaking and stencils, cardboard and crayons--the creative spirit comes in all forms.

This is a partial summary of just a few of the places you can see and/or participate in events during the next two weeks. Special thanks to Esther Piszczek for her ongoing efforts to keep our community in the loop. You can fill the rest of your March schedule by visiting and bookmarking her Twin Ports Art blog.

Art in March
Marching toward Spring ... Welcome to March!

BUT FIRST, here's a quick peek at what Esther is doing and where she'll be this month:

Mondays, March 9-30, 6-8:30 p.m., Esther Piszczek, certified z e n t a n g l e (R) teacher
Zentangle (R) Pattern Drawing, Advanced, Ordean East Middle School, 2900 East 4th Street

Wednesday, March 11, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Zentangle (R) & Wine with Esther Piszczek, CZT, Master Framing Gallery, 1431 London Road (RSVP required)

Friday, March 27, 5-8 p.m.
Downtown Duluth Arts WalkDuluth Fine Pianos, 331 W. Superior Street (next to Starbucks!)

JAZZ@DFP6-8 p.m.: Ryan Frane, piano, & musicians to be decided

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.

Tuesdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 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)."

MY APOLOGIES for not getting this posted before the first activities of the week. This info wilil usually appear first at Twin Ports Art. (So go there and book mark it.)

Thursday, March 5, 2-6 p.m.
Painting by Tonja Sell
Opening ReceptionJury Exhibition, University of Wisconsin-Superior, Kruk Gallery, Holden Fine and Applied Arts Center, 2144 Catlin Ave. and 19th St., Superior, WI
"The annual juried exhibition showcases work from across medium from UWS students. This exhibition highlights the depth of talent on campus and offers a space for surprising new voices in the visual arts. This year’s juror is UWS alumni and nationally recognized encaustic artist, Natalie Salminen Rude. Working professionally in the arts since 2004, she maintains a studio, teaches encaustic workshops both locally and internationally, exhibits and facilitates discussions on spirituality and what it means to live as an artist within the context of commitment. 
Gallery Hours:  Monday-Thursday, 2-6:00 p.m.; Awards Reception: March 25, 12 noon; On View: March 5-26

Thursdays, March 5 & 19, 4 p.m.
Winter Farmer's Market, Duluth Folk School, 1917 Superior Street
"Community Action Duluth’s Seeds of Success program is partnering with the Duluth Folk School to host the Lincoln Park Winter Farmer’s Market. Come down on the first and third Thursday of the month, from November through March!"

Thursday, March 5, 4-6 p.m.
Write On!, Duluth Public Library, Gold Room, 520 W. Superior Street
"Calling all young writers! Poems! Songs! Graphic novels! Short stories! WHATEVER your genre, “Write On” is the place for you to launch your next writing piece. “Write On’ is a series of 4 workshops expressly designed for young writers, ages 10-18. Each workshop is a pop-up, stand-alone event. You can attend one, or all four! Your choice! You do not need to bring any completed writing to attend, but the option to share and receive feedback will be provided. There will also be brain food (pizza!) while supplies last. “Write On” is free-of-charge, but registration is required. Event Type(s): Author/Literary Event; Age Group(s): Tweens, Teen"

Thursday, March 5, 5:45-7:45 p.m.
Career Planning for Artists: Funding Your Art Beyond Grant Writing, Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, 424 W. Superior St., Suite 104
"The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council hosts a career planning class for artists. The class focuses on defining values, identifying key choices and developing a plan to achieve career goals. The curriculum is designed for visual, performing and literary artists. Classes are free, but participants must sign up via Facebook or email"

Friday, March 6, 5-7 p.m.Opening Reception: Nordic Folk Instruments ExhibitThe Nordic Center, 23 N. Lake Avenue
"Welcome to an exhibit of Nordic Folk Instruments, some rare with ancient traditions as well as the well known national instruments such as the Nyckelharpa of Sweden, Hardanger Fiddle of Norway and Kantele of Finland. Others include langeleik (Nordic dulcimer), zither, sallow flute, Juhikko, pump organ and more.

Related Events (click link for details):
Sunday, March 15, 1 p.m., Presentation with Arna Rennan, host of Nordic Roots Music
Saturday, March 21, 2 p.m., Concert
Saturday, April 4, 2-4 p.m., Nordic Jam Session

Friday, March 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Akinomaage: Vern Northrup Artist Talk and Book Signing, Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center, 212 W. Second Street
"The American Indian Community Housing Organization hosts photographer Vern Northrup, a Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe tribal member. More than 60 of his photographs will be on view from March 6 through May 29, 2020. Northrup uses photography as a tool to educate both himself and the viewer about the rhythm of nature, the preservation of tradition and the relationship between resilience and sustainability. $10 suggested donation."

Friday, March 6, 7-10 p.m.
What the Feminist! Community Art ExhibitionPrøve Gallery, 21 N. Lake Avenue
"Featuring works by local and regional artists, as well as artists from across the nation, WTF! is an exhibition of thought-provoking works of art that advocate for social justice, community action and civic engagement."

Saturday, March 7, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
The Abominable Snowman: Crafts and Movie, Green Room, Duluth Public Library, 520 W. Superior Street
"Snowman-themed crafts start art 10:30 a.m. and the movie “Abominable” starts at 11:30 a.m. Age Group: All Ages

Movie Synopsis:
"After discovering a Yeti on the roof of her apartment building, teenage Yi and her two friends embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family. But to do so, they must stay one step ahead of a wealthy financier and a determined zoologist who want to capture the beast for their own gain. Rated PG and runs for 1 hour and 37 minutes."

Saturday, March 7, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Paper Bag Princess Day, Zenith Bookstore, 318 N. Central Avenue
"Zenith Bookstore is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Robert Munsch's classic, The Paper Bag Princess. This fantastic picture book is about a princess named Elizabeth who goes head to head with a fierce dragon in order to save a rather snooty prince. Join us for a special story time and activities!"

Mondays, March 9-30, 6-8:30 p.m., Esther Piszczek, certified z e n t a n g l e (R) teacher
Zentangle (R) Pattern Drawing, Advanced, Ordean East Middle School, 2900 East 4th Street
In this class we will further explore the Zentangle method of pattern drawing. This class is open to anyone who has taken Zentangle Pattern Drawing with me in the past. Minimum: 5 students; Maximum: 10 students; Class Cost: $45; Supply Cost: $30; Register online HERE or contact Julie Gandt, Coordinator, at 218-336-8760 x 1 or email:

Wednesday, March 11, 6:30-9 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. [NOTE: this class has filled]

You can read about one student's experience here: Local Art Seen: First Lesson in Zentangle with Esther Piszczek, by Ed Newman, Ennyman's Territory, August 18, 2019.

Thursday, March 12, 1-2 p.m.
Social Knitting Group, Mount Royal Library, Blue Room, 105 Mount Royal Shopping Circle
"This group is open to all who love to knit or crochet. All skill levels are welcome."

Thursday, March 12, 4:30-8:30 p.m.
Hot Glass Cold Beer Pop-up, Ursa Minor Brewing Company, 2415 W. Superior Street
"Lake Superior Art Glass teams up with Ursa Minor for a pop-up event featuring blown glassware made in their “hot shop.” Guests can buy a pint glass at the event and fill it with a free pint from Ursa Minor’s taps. Live music at the event is performed by Kevin Buck."

Thursday, March 12, 6-8 p.m.
The Great Fairlawn Puzzle Derby, Fairlawn Mansion, 906 E. 2nd Street, Superior, WI
"Teams of 3-4 people will battle to be the first to complete a 500-piece puzzle. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Open to all ages. Light refreshments will be served. $40 per team (8 teams max). For reservations or more information, call 715-394-5712."

Thursday, March 12, 7-9 p.m.
Fly Fishing Film Tour 2020, Clyde Iron Works, 2920 W. Michigan Street"
The 14th annual Fly Fishing Film Tour is features exclusive shorts in both fresh and saltwater that tell the stories of everything from fishing guide fairytales to serial steelhead semantics, canyon conservation in Colorado, mountain biking for marlin, jumping jaguars and jungle fish in whitewater rapids, and the audacious Aussies who explore the largest coastline in the world. Discounted tickets can be bought from Great Lakes Fly Shop or Superior Fly Angler. Regular-priced tickets can be bought online."

Thursday, March 12, 7-11 p.m.
Choice Unlimited's Rock & Roll Heaven Masquerade Ball, Greysolon Ballroom, "More then 400 donors, supporters and party goers can enjoy hors d’oeuvres, festive drinks, live music by Midwest Mayhem, dance performances, and a curated silent auction at Choice Unlimited’s annual masquerade ball. This is an adult event (18+). All funds raised will support the Artists Revealing Talents and Skills programming at Choice Unlimited, including Bold-choice Theatre Company.

"Ron Houk of Kool 101.7 will serve as master of ceremonies. Diamond M.C. Entertainment will provide DJ services. Alan Johnson Photography’s photo booth will be set up. Tickets: $30 in advance; $40 at the door."

Saturday, March 14, 8 a.m.-10 a.m.
Sip & Stitch*, Dovetail Cafe, Duluth Folk School, 1917 W. Superior Street
"Do you love fiber? Would you like to join a community with similar interests? Bring a project to work on – knit, crochet, embroidery, or whatever tickles your fiber fancy. A fiber ringleader will be on hand to answer questions and oooo and ahhh over your handiwork. Before settling in, grab a glass or a bite to satisfy your sipping and noshing needs and meet us in the back half of the main hall at the Dovetail Cafe. Let’s enjoy a cozy morning, sipping and stitching. *If you are brand new to stitching and looking for detailed instruction, keep an eye on the Duluth Folk School calendar for relevant upcoming introductory classes."

Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Niiwin Indigenous Foods Market, 102 E. 4th Street
"Purchase affordable goods from local and indigenous food producers. Fresh breads, manoomin (wild rice), syrup, canned veggies, hazelnut flour, a variety of teas, hominy, eggs and more."

Saturday, March 14, 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 ArtistCindy Hale from Clover Valley Vinegar

Saturday, March 14, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Paper Crafternoon, Gold Room, Duluth Public Library, 520 W. Superior Street
"Join us in the Gold Room for a Paper Crafternoon. We’ll be making fun and easy paper crafts. Great for all ages! Event Type(s): Arts & Crafts; Age Group(s): Preschool, Kids"

Saturday, March 14, 7 p.m.
Duluth Playhouse's Mardi Gras Bash!, Underground Theater, 506 W. Michigan Street
"Join us for a magnificent masquerade fundraiser and prepare to be whisked away as we parade from one engaging and immersive entertainment to the next at our second annual Mardi Gras Bash! Feel free to dress up, dress down, or come in costume. Tickets: $35 (includes beverages, good eats, amazing entertainment and fundraising fun like you've never experienced)

Saturday, March 14, 7-9 p.m.
Climate Emergency Poetry, Wussow's Concert Cafe, 324 N. Central Avenue
"18 poets, including past Duluth poets laureate, share poetry presenting life in the time of climate change. Folk reggae band Woodblind will provide music.
Featured PoetsDeanna Erickson; Julie Gard; Tina Marie Higgins Wussow; Shelley Sakry Getten; Ellie Schoenfeld; Sheila PackaBrady Kamphenkle; Cal BensonYvonne Rutford: Liz MinettPenny PerryJohn Herold; Phil Fitzpatrick"

Tuesday, March 17, 5-7 p.m.
Artist TalkShaun Chosa: War Paint, John Steffl Gallery, Duluth Art Institute, 506 W. Michigan Street
"Pulling from popular culture, nature and his Ojibwe heritage, Shaun Chosa creates detailed pen and ink work that is evocative and at times whimsical. In War Paint, Chosa translates his ideas onto large canvas with acrylic, 'War Paint is a social commentary on popular culture and its intersection in Indian country. Some blatant, some coded in ways only those people growing up on the Red road would understand.'" 

Tuesday, March 17, 5-7 p.m.
Artist TalkAndy MesserschmidtCorridor Gallery, Duluth Art Institute, 506 W. Michigan Street
"Andy Messerschmidt’s work reflects popular culture’s consumption and hoarding of images. Individuals are massing collections of photos online, images representing a life we wish to be living, maintaining facades that can bring personal conflict and stress. His kaleidoscopic realms layer assorted objects with backdrops of wrapping paper, hand drawn mazes and elaborate patterns. Messerschmidt likens the gallery to a temple, reasoning that artwork is elevated simply by appearing in the space. His paintings therefore become the alter, “Shrines to ornamental multiphrenia.” On View: February 14- April 12

Tuesday, March 17, 5-7 p.m.
Artist Talk: Emerging Photographers, St. Louis County Depot Great Hall, 506 W. Michigan Street
"This year DAI hosts 10 University of Minnesota-Duluth photography students in the Saint Louis County Depot Great Hall. Selections made by Exhibitions Director Amy Varsek include digital prints and collages that represent passionate emerging voices. 'The artists in the 2020 Emerging Photographers exhibition are developing meaningful personal relationships with their subjects and therefore producing authentic, thought provoking work.' Students are led by Art + Design professor Gloria DeFilipps Brush whose own work merges literature and photography, embracing and encouraging differences in the observer’s perceptions." On View: March 9-29

Tuesday, March 17, 7-9 p.m.
Duluth-Superior Camera Club Meeting, UWS Yellow Jacket Union, 1605 Catlin Drive, Superior, WI
"The Duluth-Superior Camera Club offers opportunities to improve photographic skills and knowledge, a venue to challenge those skills, and a forum to share that experience with others who have a passion for photography. It also offers educational opportunities, photography meetups, and local and regional photo competitions. Yearly memberships are $30, prorated depending on membership month."

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Ryan Tischer's is sale-priced and the images are awesome.
(He will be releasing his newest images at the March 27 Art Walk.

Do you like B&W Fine Art photography?
Follow Tim White on Instagram @ timwhite_dlh

In fact, there are. LOT of local artists sharing their work on Instagram.
joseph_nease_gallery, margiehelstromstudio, artontheplanet_, tweedmuseum
and adamswansong are just a few who can give you a lift when you need it.

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

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