Duluth Folk School

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Annie Dugan counts down the best art experiences of 2017 (one you can still attend) and offers some tips for bringing art into the most mundane aspects of our everyday lives:

10) Karin Kraemer's new shop in Lincoln Park's craft district

9)  the opening of the Duluth Folk School

8) the breakthrough of local artist/pro wrestler Joe Klander

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 “And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. 

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Our week of art begins with the Seasons of the St. Louis River Photo Contest at Barker's Island a chance to celebrate the beauty of the St. Louis River and the tireless cleanup efforts that make it possible.

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Funny they didn't offer a series of classes on "how to rehab old water-damaged buildings."

But there are plenty of treats in store for visitors to 1917 W Superior Street.

The new home of the Duluth Folk School will not only offer classroom space, in an effort to diversify and make the venture sustainable, they'll be renting out studio space (each with a skylight), offering a marketplace with locally handcrafted goods from instructors and tenants, and debuting The Dovetail Cafe.

courtesy Duluth Folk School

Ah, the folk school.

A place to make and do things with your hands, learn traditional crafts and skills and, if you're lucky, take a break from your real life for a few days and emerge refreshed - and cleverer than you were when you started.