Art Week

KUMD Art Week

KUMD is the Official radio station of the 48th Annual Park Point Art Fair and we’re celebrating with artist interviews every morning at 8am, June 18–22. The celebration leads up to the Park Point Art Fair on June 23 & 24.

Art Week on KUMD is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


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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.

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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.

Kelly Beaster is making her first appearance at the Park Point Art Fair this year.   She talks about her unconventional approach to drawing (ball point pen!) and how she knows when a work is finished.   You can read about Kelly Beaster and see more of her work here:

Our week-long showcase of artists at this year's Park Point Art Fair kicks off with award-winning glass artist Douglas Becker.  He talks about how quickly you can learn what not to do when dealing with hot glass ... and how "trial-and-error" might better be called "trial-and-learn."

You can read more about Doug Becker and see more photos of his work here: