Saturday, August 1, 2020

Twin Ports Art In August and Other August Thoughts

The Wienermobile was at Glensheen yesterday afternoon.
Has anyone else been experiencing time distortion since the Covid-19 lockdown kicked in? Hard to believe it is already August. This is not what most of us expected at this point in time.

Before comments on the current art scene, a few noteworthy movies with August in the title. According to Ranker, the top August title is August Rush, a musical drama with Robin Williams. Actually, this whole year has been a rush.

Other August films include: Our Beloved Month of August, Snow In August, Black August, and the David Bowie film August. And then there is August Underground's Mordum, A Cool Day in August, Christmas in August, English August and Five Dolls for an August Moon.

To be frank, I don't believe I've seen any of these films. And speaking of franks, the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is in the Northland this week. I will be shoring more about that in the next day or two.

Other August films include Teahouse of the August Moon, which was used as the theme for one of the proms (that I didn't attend) when I was in high school. Whales in August, August Evening, August 15th, August Vacation, August Weekend, Red Lights August, The Guns of August, August, August Sun, Marigolds in August, The End of August at the Hotel Ozone, August the First, A Cold Wind in August, Sometime In August, Paris In August, Quiet Days In August, August Drizzle...  Yikes, I am starting to sound like Forrest Gump's friend who described all the ways you can serve shrimp.

It wasn't till I reached number 50 on this Ranker list that I found the one I'd put at the top: August Osage County.

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"I Just Had An Idea"
OK, so we're looking at Art in August, Twin Ports. Many events have gone virtual, some are just gone. The Duluth Art Institute is open. The Tweed is not. Yet.

There was a Virtual Art Walk Friday night, but I missed it. I miss seeing many of your face to face.

Esther Piszczek sent me an email with links to all kinds of virtual opportunities for experiencing local arts. My list will be brief here, but if you wish for details test me and I will forward her August arts activities announcement, which includes link. (Recommended: Ask to be put on her mailing list.)

Here are a few items of note.
North House Folk School has a new lineup of online classes, Lyric Opera of the North is taking its Summer Sparkler virtual, and the Downtown Duluth Arts Walk is featuring many talented artists and art venues virtually this month.

Farmer's Markets are open. It's the beginning of harvest season and you will find them popping up everywhere. The Duluth Farmer's Market at 14th Ave East and Third Street is still the best.

In lieu of Movies in the Park, the Downtown Council is featuring Movies in the Park(ing) Lot. Clever name. Follow the link for details and a photo that shows you where this is taking place.

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Need a Face Mask?
Mask Force, by Zeitgeist Arts
Buy a Mask / Donate a Mask: "The Zeitgeist Community Mask Force Program allows people who are financially able to purchase masks, while providing mask donations to local organizations using a “buy one, give one” model. The makers are using the mask pattern recommended by Essentia Health, employing a variety of fabrics to keep up with demand. All masks are reusable and machine-washable. A children’s size is also available.

"Donations are headed to local organizations such as the Damiano Center and the American Indian Community Housing Organization. Cost: $10 to buy a mask and donate a mask or donate 2 masks." [Note: Thank you Zeitgeist Arts, Sasha Howell and all the mask makers for making this effort possible.]

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PLACES TO FIND ESTHER'S ART
Art on the Planet, 1413 Tower Avenue, Superior (ceramics, notecards, playing cards)
Duluth Fine Pianos, 331 W. Superior Street (next to Starbucks) (full gallery)
Master Framing Gallery, 1431 London Road, Duluth (notecards)

PLACES TO FIND MINE
Art on the Planet, 1413 Tower Avenue, Superior 
Goin' Postal,  816 Tower Avenue, Superior

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Looking for New Ways to Make Art at Home? Susie's Art Kits are available for purchase at Art on the Planet in Superior, along with some other kinds of projects. See Susie's Art Classes 2 Go.

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The weather has been truly fab this summer, especially this past week. Make sure you get out and enjoy it.

LAST REMINDER: TO RECEIVE ESTHER'S MONTHLY TWIN PORTS ART UPDATES IN YOUR INBOX, Private message her or me on Facebook, or contact me directly and I will forward her August eNews email.

Make sure you keep ART in your HeART.

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