Painting

Kristi Abbott

With Bob Dylan being an avid artist, it's nice to see the week long celebration of the man and his music, Duluth Dylan Fest, will also include an art exhibit. Dylan has been painting and welding metal sculpture for much of his adult life and his work  shares a slice of the many places in the world his career has taken him. 

Your chances of  having an artful conversation this Saturday just got better.  Radio Gallery returns with the DAI Art Film Series, Saturday mornings at 10 at Zinema 2 and this weekends film, Pollock.  The life story of American painter Jackson Pollock is brought to life by Ed Harris in the 2000 release of Pollock. Joining us to talk about the film is host of the post screening discussion and College of St. Scholastica ​Film Studies Professor, Dr. Natahn Carroll. 

Still to come in the art film series:

Paul LaJeunesse

St. Scholastica art professor and painter Paul LaJeunesse has a big project ahead.  He has been selected as the first Artist-in-Residence in a new, Lincoln Park Craft District residency program for March through June, 2017. With the exciting revitalization of the Lincoln Park neighborhood, this upcoming public art project will be fun to see unfold. 

A collection of new work is up at the Red Mug Coffeehouse of the work by painter Alexa Carson.  An art school and illustration graduate, she shares her passion for wildlife through painting.  Her current show is called "Usual Suspects" where she shares pieces that reflects the wildlife that you might encounter here in the Northland.  From bears to birds, Carson's work is light-hearted and primarily acrylic paint on canvas with some antique book collage as well.

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.

Grand Marias Art Colony

This week  I thought we might take a road trip up the North Shore to see what’s happening at the Grand Marais Art Colony. On Friday Oct 28 it's the the Annual Member show and on November 10 the Art Colony co-sponsors the Annual Empty Bowl fundraiser to combat hunger in Cook County. Also up through November 13th is the exhibit from the September Grand Marais Plein Air Painting Festival.  We share stories from this years judge and Minnesota plein air painter Dan Weimer.  Check out the Grand Marais Art Colony if you are up the shore, there is always something worth checking out.

Brent Kustermann

The Duluth Art Institute opened 3 new shows this month in the Morrison and Steffl Galleries.

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

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.

Abstract painter AJ Atwater splits her creative time between life on Lake Superior's  North Shore and the "canyons of Manhattan" she says.  The result is a vibrant and sustained inspiration in her inviting abstract paintings. 

Jeffrey T. Larson

A collection of work by the classically trained painter Jeffery T Larson has been curated from far and wide by the Tweed Museum of Art for a summer exhibition.  The exhibit Domestic Space draws from the span of his career and includes portraits and still lifes.  

Patricia Canelake

Local painter Patricia Canelake has a large body of work on display this summer that is definitely worth a trip downtown. 

Her show Push & Pull at the North Shore Bank of Commerce at 131 W. Superior St. in Duluth is a vibrant selection of her large canvas paintings. Canelake, originally from the iron range, is a life-long artist who is recognized for her incredible talent and prolific work in this show up through October 7.

Patricia Canelake

Naomi Christenson 2016

One current exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute truly celebrates multimedia art. The show is Pattern Conspiracy by Duluth based graphic designer, painter and dancer Naomi Christenson.  Her work combines large-scale paintings inspired by the intrinsic patterns in nature with a choreographed dance performance, which expanded and reiterates patterns in mood and movement.

Jerdt Runions

Last chance on some Duluth art shows: Local painter Jeredt Runions kicked off 2016 with a retrospective of sorts at the Duluth Coffee Company on Superior Street that is up for just a few more days, through the end of February. If you are not familiar with Runion's paintings, this is a great introduction to his work over the years. Listen to hear more about his roots and where he's growing.


Rob Adams

Duluthian Rob Adams is opening a show of new work at the Red Herring Lounge this week, Friday, Feb 12th, 5-8pm. True conversation pieces, this exhibit includes multi-media, painting, photo collages.  Inspired by working with historian, Dr. Richard Hudelson's, Adams has created a series of site-specific work relating to historical labor struggles in the Twin Ports.

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