Art Week

Midnight Oil Studio and Workshop

2-D artist and screen printer Jonathan Metzger on why no one ever brags they do better screen printing in their basement, and why art offers important training in analytical thinking.

Atelier & Stone

Jewelry artist Louise Payjack-Guillou on the line between creativity and commercial success, and the definitive answer to the question: "I tried on this ring and it's stuck; how do I get if off?!"

Ray Shelerud

Ceramicist Ray Shelerud on the "grand passion" of his life ... and where people really are when they call in sick from work. (Hint: check the area clay studios.)

Greg Michaels

Metal sculptor Greg Michaels on his former career as an illustrator, the welder he bought "to work on the car," and the green jewel that is Duluth.

Anna Bailey

"Man, this smells amazing!"  ~ most people, upon entering wood artist Anna Bailey's booth

Wood artist Anna Bailey on home, family and the tools you find and learn to use along the way.

Over 120 artists from the region and beyond are set to display their work at the 46th annual Park Point Art Fair on Saturday, June 24th and Sunday, June 25th. Artists are gathering from all over the region and beyond underneath the Beach House to display their creative work that spans across media from photography to woodwork.

© Mary Reichert

  We wrap up Art Week on KUMD this week with a conversation with Mary Reichert, a felt artisan and owner of Otlak Felt Studio.  Her interest in the art of felting wool fibers to create rugs and clothing (a different technique than knitted or crocheted wool) has taken her around the world, including three months in Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia to study the techniques used there. 

Art Week on Northland Morning is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural heritage Fund.

©Peter Ross

Peter Ross is a UMD Biology grad,  a largely self-taught artist,  and a man who loves the patterns he finds in nature.

He's also really looking forward to retirement when he can devote himself to painting full time.

©Chris Monroe

Chris Monroe is wearing a lot of hats these days.  Author, illustrator, artist, cartoonist, playwright ...

But she's about to step into the scary spotlight of the Park Point Art Fair for the first time, and she doesn't know if her reception will be closer to the fan who gushed, "It's that cartoonist that's in the Star Tribune!" or more like the Duluth news anchor who once commented about her work in a local publication: "Apparently a second grader is doing their art now."

©Jay Steinke

Photographer Jay Steinke talks about why he's glad he spent the majority of his career in film photography...

one of the last of the "classic, laid-back art fairs"...and how embracing a new sport has brought inspiration and emotional response to his work.

Eric Helland Creations/Facebook

Eric Helland can make gorgeous turned and freeform wood art with pine, maple, oak ... and box elder.

A notorious "garbage tree" scorned for its red-and-black beetles in most of the state, box elders don't grow up in this neck of the woods much.

But Hellend says "The uglier the tree, the more I want it."

Digital printmaker Jeff Ruprecht talks about the old technology vs. the new ... and how he welcomed the challenge to design the poster for the 45th Annual Park Point Art Fair.

Potter Sharon Moen was planning on being the next Rachel Carlson when she was pursuing her undergraduate degree in ornithology.  Then she took that one credit art class .....

David Everett started out as an environmentalist.  Then he became an artist.  Then he started creating sea monsters, "trash fish" out of things he picked up on the beach.  And now, he's not only doing an iron pour demonstration at the Park Point Art Fair this weekend, he's sharing his love of nature and of art with his special education students at the Wrenshall School.

Natalija Walbridge lives right near her inspiration: the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge.  But she sees a lot more than a bridge when she looks at it, and that's reflected in her designs.

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