Arts

Arts and culture

The family affair that is author Lori Evert, National Geographic photographer Per Breiehagen and photogenic daughter Anja is back with a new adventure in board book form - just in time for little folks who will attend their first John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon next month!

The Soap Factory has been a leader in the Minneapolis arts scene since the mid 1990s, and they are not slowing down in their mission of supporting emerging and mid-career artists.  Often focused on supporting the endeavors of artists in the Twin Cities, they have long welcomed national and international artists.  They truly believe in supporting the arts, through tangible financial support.  Their 2017 call for artists,which includes Duluth artists, "Rethinking Public Spaces in Minnesota" is accepting proposals statewide through Feb 8.  The link to apply is listed below.

Art lovers can feed their souls and stomachs at the Whole Foods Co-op's Hillside location this month.

Christine Valento's 6th graders have been studying the work of Duluth's watercolorist, Cheng-Khee Chee, and then got down to business creating their own works, which are on display at the Co-op.

John D'Auria

When Willie Kruger died in an accident six years ago, John D'Auria lost his friend and his cousin.

But Duluth lost a man who wanted to keep kids out of trouble by keeping them on their toes - literally.

D'Auria says Willie Kruger wanted kids to dance.

So year after year, he honors his cousin with the Willie Kruger Dance Competition.

Duluth's newly-minted poet laureate, Ellie Schoenfeld, reads from her work and talks poetry, pretension, community ... and the value of following an idea to see where it leads, without attaching to an outcome.

Radio Gallery: ABZ

Dec 13, 2016
ABZ

This Friday, December 16 is a special night at Prøve Gallery celebrating the latest edition of locally produced ABZ: All Black Zine.  The show brings together artists, writers, storytellers, musicians and more in a multi media and interactive event. 

"ABZ exists to provide space for people of color to express themselves and share ideas." ~ABZ website

©Chris Monroe

If you read "Opening of the art exhibition "North of Superior," featuring oil pastel drawings of the Duluth area...." Chris Monroe is not the artist you would think of first.

Robert Gardner

Since 1892, audiences have been coming to see Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker in December.  Part of the point of a tradition - especially a 125-year-long-one - is that you will see the familiar story and characters.  But by the same token, how do you keep such an old chestnut fresh for the audience and the performers?

Unknown Artist c. 1890

Native art is the focus of this weeks Radio Gallery.  On Friday December 9, there is a benefit art exhibit and concert event hosted by AICHO in Duluth called Standing Strong for Our Precious Water.  Also happening next week at UMD, on Tuesday Dr. Karissa White is giving a lecture at the Tweed Museum of Art offering insights in to the Native American Art exhibit she has curated from the Richard E. and Dorothy Rawlings Nelson Collection and the Tweed Museum collection.  Dr. White presents her lecture Tuesday December 13, 6:30-8:pm at the Tweed.

John Frandy

Luciano Bennetton didn't just embrace the idea of diversity in ads for his family's clothing company ... his project Imago Mundi: The Art of Humanity is a non-commercial endeavor to "unite the diversities of our world in the name of common artistic experience."

Rebecca Katz-Harwood

UMD Theatre is celebrating five years of partnership with the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres: a partnership that gives students a variety of experiences with guest directors of a professional company ...

Bernard Spragg. NZ/Flickr

Larry offers a wrap-up of our warmer-and-wetter-than-usual November, bids adieu to the snowpack for now, and welcomes the rain: "Every walk has been a fungal find!"

Wisconsin's poet laureate joins us this morning to read, among other things, the titular poem of Apprenticed to Justice:

Some will never laugh
as easily.
Will hide knives
silver as fish in their boots,
hoard names
as if they could be stolen
as easily as land,
will paper their walls
with maps and broken promises,
scar their flesh
with this badge
heavy as ashes.

John Frandy

After a well attended and enthusiastic reception at the preview for the Imago Mundi: The Art of Humanity art exhibit on Tuesday, the Sami Cultural Center of North America will host another viewing of the exhibit on Sunday, December 11, 1:30 – 4 p.m.

Duluth Fiber Handcrafters Guild

The Duluth Fiber Handcrafter's Guild has already taken over a little corner of the Duluth Art Institute; their Fiber Studio is one of the nice perks the DAI makes available to artists in the area.  But Saturday's blow out will really give folks a sense of what they do.  And you might even get a notion to try your hand at it.

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