Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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The Art Canopy! series at the Duluth Art Institute returns tomorrow (Tuesday, July 31), giving kids and parents a chance to make stuff outside.

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A leader in Minnesota's environmental history and graduate of Duluth Central High school and UMD, Grant J. Merritt joins us to talk about his book "Iron and Water: My Life Protecting Minnesota's Environment."  Merritt chronicles his family history in iron mining and how his young life on the North Shore led to a career of protecting the waters of Lake Superior, as head of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.  

JP Renquist

The Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative and Hillside Youth Theater Programs are continuing their long-standing tradition summer theater with a production of Robin's Hood written by Jean Sramek and Margi Preus. Young people, volunteers and arts educators from throughout the city have been working on this summer's play for the last 6 weeks.

Robin's Hood performance information

Jamie Harper

"Salvaged Medium" is a stunning array of North Shore scenic paintings from Jamie Harper, on display at Pizza Luce in Duluth. His work is up through the end of August with a reception happening on Wednesday, August 1, 7-9 p.m. at Pizza Luce, located on the corner of Lake Avenue and Superior Street in Duluth.

Harper, who lives and works in Winona Minnesota, joins us on Radio Gallery to talk about discovering the arts after college,  his path to recycled materials his connections to Duluth. 

Lisa Johnson

This week, who could YOU call in the middle of the night and know they would pick up?

Anne Dugan breaks down the Twin Ports Art Scene this week.

History always has an agenda, says author Annette Atkins.

Many of us grew up in a time when the agenda was to teach patriotism.

But now, she says, we want to take pride in a bigger story.

Creating Minnesota: A History from the Inside Out is published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press.

Jonathan Thunder

Jonathan Thunder's Suspension of Disbelief is open at the Duluth Art Institute

You can take a look at the video here

Marlene Wisuri's The Cost of Living is at the MacRostie Gallery in Grand Rapids through the end of the month

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Our guest on this episode of MN Reads is Michael Schumacher, the author of The Contest: The 1968 Election and the War for America's Soul, published in 2018 by the University of Minnesota Press.

Carl Gawboy

Niiyo-wiij-anishinaabeg or four friends, a new show in The Depot Great Hall, has opened and is up through July 24.  Minnesota artists George Morrison, Joe Geshick and Carl Gawboy each took different artistic paths with their work but their journeys as leading Ojibwe artists in the 20th century brought them together. They welcome you on this journey with them, as the fourth friend.

Chholing Taha

Where's the best art opening this week?  What shows are closing?  Are there any calls-for-entries anywhere?  Annie Dugan brings you a comprehensive look at Where's Art every Monday morning at 8:20am on Northland Morning.  This week:

Two openings at the Duluth Art Institute on Thursday, Chholing Taha: Every Spirit Tells A Story, and Payton MacDonald: Sonic Divide.

©Lisa Johnson

This week,  what's in a name?

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The Superior Shorts series is billed as "short fiction on a theme read live on stage by local performers."

But, as usual in this town, some of the most fun is had after the show.

Bob King loves to share stories.  Which might explain his work as a photojournalist and editor for the Duluth News Tribune and his writing and photography about the night sky.

And another thing: darkness matters.

Chholing Taha

Chholing Taha brings her work to the Duluth Art Institute this month in a show called “Every Spirit Tells a Story.” Her bright and vibrant paintings inspired by Great Lakes tribes opens with a reception and artist talk on Thursday, July 12, from 6-9 pm

Painter and ceremonial shawl maker Chholing Taha is a Cree First Nations artist is originally from Quebec and New York state but now is based in Minnesota.  You can hear more from her at the artist talk on July 12, the exhibit is on display through September 2, 2018.

Taha shares her journey with us here on Radio Gallery.

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