Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

MN Reads talked with Sarah Stonich on September 19, 2013 about her latest book, "Vacationland." It is a novel of stories intersecting at a broken-down fishing resort in the north woods of Minnesota

Vacationland is published by University of Minnesota Press.

Lisa Johnson

Japan. Russia. Canada. Kurdistan.

Just a few of the countries whose relationship with the United States has become increasingly fraught in the last months, but also just a few of the countries with whom Duluth enjoys a sister-city relationship.

The chance for people here to connect to the wider world, to meet people who are simultaneously different from and the same as they -- those relationships could be seen as the antidote to fear.

Concerns about weather prompted a move to the DECC for today's International Day of Peace Celebration.

Sarah Stonich doesn't let go of things easily.

Or perhaps they just don't let go of her.

Even though she lives in the Twin Cities, northern Minnesota -- and the characters she's created who live there -- keep reappearing in her work.

Laurentian Divide is published by the University of Minnesota Press.

Duluth Artist Carla Hamilton's a solo show called “Minnesota Nice” is up for one more week at Prøve Gallery, welcoming visitors to stop in during the Downtown Duluth Arts Walk on Friday, Sept. 28.

Hamilton's exhibit has brought a fresh voice inviting the audience to examine their cultural constructs and social discomfort that create and sustain disparity and inequality through collage, film and more.

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Artists in Grand Marais were, to use Annie Dugan's phrase, "skittering around" over the weekend, creating art outdoors at the Plein Air Festival.

Anyone can snap a photo with their smart phone and keep moving, but what happens when you stay with a view and commit it to canvas?

Roman Kraft

This week, what happens when you believe in someone ... even someone you don't know?

The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis has a stunning solo show up for one more week, Faces of Change; Artistic Expression by Natalia Berglund.  Originally from Belarus, Berglund has produced a vibrant multi-layered exhibit of paintings and mixed-media portraiture. She joins us on Radio Gallery to share more about the iconic inspirations for her from women in fashion to Soviet propaganda.

You can see the Faces of Change at the Museum of Russian Art at 5500 Stevens Ave. South, in Minneapolis through Sunday, Sept. 23.

Shannon Cousino/UWS

Every Monday, CSS art instructor Annie Dugan keeps us informed about the great art in our community.  This week:

The UWS Faculty Art Exhibition opens Thursday at 5pm at the Kruk Gallery at UWS,

The Duluth Art Institute has two simultaneous openings, also on Thursday, featuring works by Amanda Breitbach ("Land/People") and Aaron Squadroni ("Mesabi Land Portraits").

© 2017 MN Historical Society Press / Mary Lahr Schier

MN Reads has a conversation with Mary Lahr Schier, the author of The Northern Gardener: From Apples to Zinnias: 150 Years of Garden Wisdom, published in 2017 by MN Historical Society Press.  She is the editor of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society's Northern Gardener Magazine, and she has created this guide distilled from the century-and-a-half of that publication, providing useful wisdom for

Ecklund

The week-long 2018 Plein Air Grand Marais painting festival kicks off Friday, Sept., 7.   An annual mecca for painters across Minnesota, this year touts lectures, exhibits and additional workshops open to anyone, not only competing artists. 

©Adam Swanson

"My time on the RV Falkor has been unbelievable so far. Amazing people, inspiring science, and breathtaking ocean as far as the eye can see. I am set up with a painting space in the wet-lab, surrounded by scientists, ocean mud, chemicals, and a wide array of colorful test tubes and equipment. It is an active place and the perfect space for creating direct paintings about this important ocean research. I have two paintings in the works right now and look forward to getting into many more during my time aboard! "   ~ Adam Swanson 

©Lisa Johnson

This week, what tools do we have when we run out of time?

Marcia Anderson's fascinating, gorgeously illustrated book of the art of the Ojibwe bandolier bag had its genesis in a box she opened in 1981.

(This interview was originally aired August 31, 2017)

Stacie Renne, Janelle Miller

This weekend is the Duluth Superior Pride Festival, four days of celebrating the rich LGBT community in the Northland.  Thursday is the Duluth Mayor's reception at The Depot and Friday evening Zeitgeist hosts the DS Pride Exhibition with a reception at 7 p.m.

The Pride Exhibit includes work from 11 local artists and will be on display through September.  We spoke with local artists Janelle Turner Miller and Stacie Renee of Warrior Printress, an independent printing company in Duluth.

©Karen McTavish. Used with permission.

Free Range Trials is open all this week at the Free Range Film Barn from 2:00pm - 5:00pm ... the exhibition will be open 2-5pm daily through September 4. 

The Downtown Duluth Arts Walk is a perfect way to wrap up your work week and jump-start the weekend ... it begins at 5:00pm Friday and you can find more information here:  

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