Arts and culture

Jane Wunrow, a St. Paul-based artist, opens her solo exhibit “Waking Dreams” on Friday, February 16,with a reception happening 7-10 p.m.  “Waking Dreams” will be on view at Prove Gallery in Duluth February 16-March 17, 2018.

Minnesota author Cheryl Strayed used her hike (an expedition she was woefully unprepared for) on the Pacific Crest Trail to exorcise her personal demons. Another Minnesotan embarked on the same trip within a month of Wild's release for no other reason than turning 40 and wanting to.

Gail Francis on apowerful sense of optimism and feeling of being more connected to people and the country, how the context made all the difference and what she learned about helping others and allowing herself to be helped.


Karlyn Coleman celebrates her love of all things winter with a book guaranteed to make natives of the Land of 10,000 Lakes puff out their chests with pride -- and (as it turns out) horrify grade-school kids in Arizona!

Where Are All the Minnesotans? is published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press.

Maija Jenson

This month the Duluth Art Institute is showing their Annual DAI Member show, where members who participate in this Duluth organization are invited to show a piece of their own art. 

Tia Salmela Keobounpheng

Former Duluthian Tia Salmela Keobounpheng opens a new exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute on Thursday, January 11 called "100 days: Tia Keobounpheng."  

Minnesota Historical Society

If the committee had seen Bob Dylan's high school poetry, would he still have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016?

For better or worse, they didn't, but Dylan fans will be able to see some of the Dylan poetry canon (circa Hibbing High School, 1956) later this month at the Minnesota Historical Society.

NorShor Theatre

If a building could sigh, the new NorShor Theatre in downtown Duluth has been waiting to exhale for decades.

Finally ready to make it's debut - again (Temple Opera House 1869, Orpheum Theatre 1910, NorShor Theatre 1940 and a number of others between 1974 and 2010) -  the NorShor has been lovingly restored and upgraded over millions of dollars and countless hours since June of 2016.

This morning, we talk to the man who probably knows the theatre best.

Looking at Cathy de Moll's account of Will Steger's 1989 Trans-Antarctica Expedition on a bookstore shelf, you might be tempted to pick it up, reminded of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon coming up this weekend in Duluth.

You might know that longtime musher and sled dog trainer John Stetson (this year part of KUMD's Beargrease coverage) got his start training dogs for Steger back in 1986.

Kyle Krohn

This year, the annual Beargrease Photo Contest and exhibition has expanded and is on display in Duluth during the race.  This year the exhibition includes water colors, photos and more to come.  Each year the call goes out and the hardy sled dog marathon fans, artists, professional and amateur and photographers submit their best work.

Unless you have a job that lets you travel to many exotic locations, it's hard to meet enough different kinds of people to really expand your horizons.

Of course, readers already know that one of the best ways to do that is through books.

©Jonathan Thunder

Support for Superior artists (pun intended), the art of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, the animated Jonathan Thunder and more this week on Where's Art?

The  Beargrease Art Show is on display through March at the Great Lakes Aquarium; hear more about the show this week on Radio Gallery.

Pack up the kids and head out to the lake! The annual outdoor Art Shanty exhibit open Saturday, January 20 and is free and open to the public for four weekends of performance and interactive delight on the ice.