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Mueez Ahmad

For the 12th time (they average this about once every three years)  UMD Theatre is off to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, this time to perform playwright/director Tom Isbell's One River.

Author Mary Casanova has spent 35 years looking at Rainy Lake and its iconic lift bridge to Canada out of her living room windows.

So it's not surprising that weather plays a central role in her novel Frozen, and it's new companion book, Ice-Out, nor is it surprising that ice-out itself is a metaphor for her central character.

Gordon Coons 2002

Ojibwe Artist Gordon Coons continues with his Catalyst series at Intermedia Arts, Dimensions of Indigenous with Cultural Identity Politics.  Teamed up with Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra of Xinka-Lenca, El Salvador, together their work has focused on indigenous identity, storytelling and the impact of colonizastion.  Through collaborative art and public events, they move the conversation forward in and out of the gallery setting.  You can see their current work,  up through February 4, 2017 at Intermedia Arts at 2822 Lyndale Ave S.

Former St. Paul Pioneer Press outdoors reporter Chris Niskanen provides a playful, insightful, surprising guide to all things Minnesotan, the perfect read for newcomers and life-long residents alike.

(pg 114-155 have great ideas for Fun With 30 Below Wind Chills: everything from pounding a nail with a frozen banana to the ever-popular tossing-a-cup-of-boiling-water-in-the-air-to-watch-it-freeze)

Anne Labovitz

Minnesota artist and Duluth native Anne Labovitz is on a 5-year artistic journey celebrating Duluth sister cities.  Through conversations with people and leaders in our five sister cities and in Duluth, Labovitz has created works in paint, words and video that include, reflect and are inspired by these personal interactions.  In 2017 the exhibit will finish its travels to all the Duluth sister cites, culminating in a show at the Tweed Museum of Art in May, 2018.

Cecilia Ramon

Annie Dugan will don her deerstalker hat and investigate the visual artists we may or may not have lost in 2016 - could there be reason to celebrate after all?

And Cecilia Ramon hosts a talk Thursday about ecological design and her time spent at Schumacher College in England.

MN Historical Society Press

Our guest on this episode of MN Reads is Duluth author Margi Preus, whose new picture book, Storm's Coming! (2016, Minnesota Historical Society Press, with illustrations by David Geister) tells of a young girl who reads nature's signs to tell of a change in the weather.

Minnesota Reads is produced at KUMD with funding provided in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

 

Radio Gallery is a weekly arts program dedicated to sharing the work and endeavors of Minnesota Artists, encouraging everyone to seek out art and add it to their lives, their homes and their community and see how it can change the world.

William Warby (via Flickr, modified)

Anywhere art is presented (be it in a gallery or otherwise), Annie Dugan gives us a few simple activities to help open our minds to look at art differently.  For example, instead of the 14-second (average) time one usually takes to observe a piece of art, try timing yourself for two minutes.  What more can you see?  Where does your mind take you as you spend two minutes with an artwork?

Rubber Chicken Theater

The delightful creative troupe that is Rubber Chicken Theater does not disappoint with their holiday offering this month. 

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.

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