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National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Is it true?  Are there stupid questions?

Annie Dugan says no, and encourages folks to ask theirs this week when the three artists with solo shows currently on view at the Duluth Art Institute host - not an artist talk, exactly - more of an art "meandering conversation" on Wednesday.

Gary Norman

Classically trained pianist and performer David Saffert glitters as the titular character in a la Liberace at UWS this week.

Information about showtimes and tickets can be found here:

Linda Hatinen sets a gripping historical romance in the Esko of one hundred years ago.  

It's a work of fiction ... with its roots in the facts of a family history.

There is an annual event in Duluth dedicated specifically to funding the visual arts in Duluth Public Schools "Because Visual Literacy is CORE."  Art for Ed(ucation)'s Sake is this Friday, September 23 at 6:30 pm with art, music, and a big silent auction.  It all happens at Zeitgeist Arts, 222 East Superior St. in downtown Duluth.  Organizer and art teacher Chrissy Valento joins us on Radio Gallery this week to talk about the event and share the importance of art education in the lives of all people.

 

Three solo shows/one reception this Thursday, September 22, from 5 – 7 PM at the Duluth Art Institute. From the Basement: Brent Kustermann, Rust & Flow: David Asher Everett, and Fragments/Memory: Adam McCauley display new work by three Northland artists.

Courtesy Douglas County Historical Society

Faith Helen Rogers of Superior is just one of the people the Douglas County Historical Society will bring back to life this weekend during their Living History Walk ...

Not only will attendees see notables from the city's past brought back to life ... they're attending a performance that's been a year of interviews and research in the making.

The internet age means almost anyone can be a genealogist  but memoirist Cathy LaForge Tonkin says stories are more than names and dates.

Stories, she says, keep people who are gone close to you and at the same time, illuminate why you are the way you are.

Robert Young [via Flickr, modified]

Merry Renn Vaughan talks with KUMD host Chris Harwood about historical plays – not those that have made history, but rather those that represent historical events.  Whether the narrative is reworded creatively, like the popular musical Hamilton, or tied more explicitly to the actual words of the historical figures, like the 1959 play The Diary of Anne Frank, these histories remain relevant to modern times.

Bob Pokorney

Local Artist Bob Pokorney has a new show of his striking paintings opening this Friday at Prove Gallery in Duluth.  In Bob Pokorney: New Large Scale Paintings, his impressionistic style and landscape imagery endure but are livelier, brighter and include human constructs.  He joins us on Radio Gallery to talk about his latest work.  This opening reception is Friday, September 16, 7 - 10pm at Prove Collective Gallery at 21 N. Lake Ave in downtown Duluth.

New Large Scale Paintings opening

Bob Pokorney

John Schuerman's Curator Talk had to be rescheduled thanks to the July storm, but folks can hear his take on the exhibit he curated, ALL THIS IS TRUE: the Art of Sue Coe and Warrington Colescott Thursday night at the Tweed Museum of Art.  (He even wrote an essay about it that you can read here.)

  This fall, we're bringing you books about the Northland, from the Northland and by Northland authors.  The Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards - NEMBA - were established in 1988 to recognize books that "substantially represent northeastern Minnesota in the areas of history, culture, heritage, or lifestyle."

Dan Wiemer

Minnesota painter Dan Wiemer joins us this week on Radio Gallery as he prepares for a week on the North Shore at the Grand Marais Art Colony for Plein Air Grand Marais, September 9 - 16, 2016.  Wiemer is a watercolor and acrylic painter who, at this point in his career enjoys his focus on the natural world and has been involved in plein air painting for many years.  He will be the awards juror for this year's festival and is also the Colony's features artist for the month of September.

Carla Hamilton

  Annie Dugan informs us about many artistic events this week to visit.  

Three that have already opened: Ryan Fisher's photography at the Lakeside Gallery, the art of Mary Beth Downs at Zeitgeist Arts Café, and the exhibit Framing GLBT Lives in the Zeitgeist Atrium.

Two new events open this week: 

©Nicole Modeen/The Duluth Playhouse Childen's Theatre

Kate Horvath is a tiny little concentration of energy as it is.  But even after a summer of theatre camp, she says she's still -- and always -- kid-powered.

Jeffrey T. Larson

The current exhibit Domestic Space at the UMD Tweed Museum of Art is a collection of work by the classically trained painter Jeffery T. Larson.  This gathering of work and subsequent publication are the result of a curated show drawing from the span of his career with portraits and still lifes held in disparate private and public collections.  Larson says  "Some of these pieces, I haven't seen in years."

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