Where's Art

A weekly feature on Northland Morning keeping you up to date on Twin Ports art happenings. Airs Mondays at 8:20. Hosted by Annie Dugan of the Duluth Art Institiute.

Coffee House Press

Annie discusses a few events of interest this week:

On Wednesday, January 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, the Duluth Art Institute is holding its annual Member Meeting at the Lincoln , although the general public is invited to attend.  Minneapolis artist and writer Andy Sturdevant will be the featured speaker.  His first book, Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow, was published by Coffee House Press in 2013.  In honor of his book, the Institute welcomes attendees to bring their own hot dish to pass.

Cecilia Ramon

Annie Dugan will don her deerstalker hat and investigate the visual artists we may or may not have lost in 2016 - could there be reason to celebrate after all?

And Cecilia Ramon hosts a talk Thursday about ecological design and her time spent at Schumacher College in England.

William Warby (via Flickr, modified)

Anywhere art is presented (be it in a gallery or otherwise), Annie Dugan gives us a few simple activities to help open our minds to look at art differently.  For example, instead of the 14-second (average) time one usually takes to observe a piece of art, try timing yourself for two minutes.  What more can you see?  Where does your mind take you as you spend two minutes with an artwork?

Art lovers can feed their souls and stomachs at the Whole Foods Co-op's Hillside location this month.

Christine Valento's 6th graders have been studying the work of Duluth's watercolorist, Cheng-Khee Chee, and then got down to business creating their own works, which are on display at the Co-op.

©Chris Monroe

If you read "Opening of the art exhibition "North of Superior," featuring oil pastel drawings of the Duluth area...." Chris Monroe is not the artist you would think of first.

John Frandy

Luciano Bennetton didn't just embrace the idea of diversity in ads for his family's clothing company ... his project Imago Mundi: The Art of Humanity is a non-commercial endeavor to "unite the diversities of our world in the name of common artistic experience."

Duluth Fiber Handcrafters Guild

The Duluth Fiber Handcrafter's Guild has already taken over a little corner of the Duluth Art Institute; their Fiber Studio is one of the nice perks the DAI makes available to artists in the area.  But Saturday's blow out will really give folks a sense of what they do.  And you might even get a notion to try your hand at it.

'Tis the season to celebrate the art of the pop-up ... and the art IN the pop-ups.

Joellyn Rock

Maybe your imagination was piqued at an early age by the adventures of Mr Bill or Gumby.  If that's the case, we wanted to give you the heads-up that UMD Art Education students are offering a free stop-motion animation workshop tomorrow (Tuesday, November 15) at the Tweed Museum of Art.  The event is free, open to the public, inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare's First Folio and the Tweed's current show, but you could probably work in Pokey if you really tried.

Annie Dugan says the "fall back" as we return to Standard Time says we have an extra hour to enjoy art this week.

Mary Plaster

UMD's Visual Culture Lecture Series kicks off our week in art with a presentation from Rima Girnius, the Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO.

Then it's what Annie Dugan calls "the biggest fall art celebration in town:" Mary Plaster's All Soul's Night celebration Friday night.

©Lisa Johnson

The Duluth Art Institute's Make Your Mark event at Duluth Timber Company was not only rich in ambiance ... held in the warehouse of the antique reclaimed wood business, it was one of the best-smelling fund raisers in recent memory.

Duluth Timber Company

If the wood doesn't get you ... the artists will.

Set against the backdrop of the Duluth Timber Company, the Duluth Art Institute's Make Your Mark event will feature 10 local artists creating work on the spot.

And DAI executive director Annie Dugan is equally excited  about Duluth Timber's Max Taubert providing a place where our "outdoor culture mixes with art culture."

Annie Dugan says Shakespeare's first folio is a little like "The Wizard of Oz."

Perhaps not in so many words.

But the executive director of the Duluth Art Institute continues to marvel at the "richness of storytelling" that Shakespeare's works have given us to explore ... and in turn, the riot of color and events stemming from the black and white pages of the First Folio.

More on the First Folio exhibit is here.

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