Annie Dugan

Martin DeWitt

  There are many interesting openings, talks, and exhibits to discover this week in the region.

Paint du .... rain.  From a train.

The Duluth Art Institute's second annual outdoor painting festival, Plein Air Duluth: Paint du Nord,  finds forty artists from Minnesota jostling along in a baggage car en route to their first scenic Northland location this morning.

Watercolors, anyone?

Are you a fan of social media videos featuring artists and craftsmen creating their work?

How being exposed "process, not just product" can be good for us ... and what to do about it if watching the videos gives you the itch to try making art yourself.

You can see the "Starry Night" video here on YouTube, and learn more about Turkish artist Garip Ay and ebru here.

©Chris Monroe

Art and nature are, in so many instances, almost interchangeable.

But once in a rare while ... art and nature just do NOT play well with one another.

©Peter Ross

Peter Ross is a UMD Biology grad,  a largely self-taught artist,  and a man who loves the patterns he finds in nature.

He's also really looking forward to retirement when he can devote himself to painting full time.

©Adu Gindy

Annie Dugan just wishes she'd thought of it first.

An exhibit of works called Animal Inclinations opens this Thursday (6/23) at Lizzard's Gallery in Duluth.

It features the paintings of Adu Gindy and the ceramics of Jim Klueg.

Meanwhile, the upcoming Park Point Art Fair promises a wealth of art viewing, appreciating, purchasing and making opportunities.

The Duluth Art Institute pairs Northern Minnesota austerity with bouncy-houses this week.

Art fans can sproing between Tim White's In & Out of Context exhibit opening Thursday (6/16) night in the John Steffl Gallery and the DAI's  Art Night Out in the Great Hall.

©Kristen Pless

Environmentalist Dan Schutte and his UMD photography professor Kristen Pless open their exhibition Monarchs: Photographs from the Reserves Saturday at the Great Lakes Aquarium ...

And speaking of UMD, the Tweed Museum of Art, freshly-air conditioned after a six month closing for $1.5 million in HVAC work, reopens Thursday with three new exhibits.

Ashley Kolka

The Vacation Edition!

Wherever you roam up nort' this summer, there is art to enjoy.

Out west, think the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, MN.

The Miniatures Exhibition, featuring the collage art of Ashley Kolka is on display now ...

Daniel Botkin

Daniel Botkin's exhibit Busy Being Born opens tonight (5/23) at the Red Mug Coffeehouse in Superior ...

An exhibit of Dylan handwritten lyrics and other memorabilia from Bill Pagel's collection will open - with musical accompaniment - Wednesday (5/25) ...

Jonathan Thunder

Jonathan Thunder's solo show Underwater Dreaming Bunnies opens this week at Zeitgeist ...

Advancing Lincoln Park wants feedback on studio space needs in our community - take their survey here.

Max Macgruder

If you're not still in a Homegrown stupor, you can take in the Duluth Art Institute's Photo Stupor opening at the Red Herring tomorrow night ... Design: DLH's Pop-up Shop and exhibit pops up Thursday ...

Homegrown Music Festival/Duluth Art Institute

It's pretty much "all Homegrown all the time" this week in Duluth - even for artists.  At the Duluth Art Institute, it's the two part Homegrown Photo show and at the opening reception tonight at the Red Herring, be one of the first 30 or so people in the door and the DAI will give you a disposable camera to carry with you all week to record your Homegrown impressions and experiences.

Creative Minnesota

Is art a frill?  If you can’t make a living at it, is it worth bothering with?  On the other hand, the first  Creative Minnesota report, issued last year, says the Northland – that’s just our little corner of the state - benefits from over a million dollars in economic impact from the arts and culture.

It’s a fascinating conversation that needs history to give it context – and out of the box thinking to project into the future.

©Andy Miller

Jamie Ratliff talks the confluence of sports and art this week ...  and the Homegrown Music Festival is hatching a couple of photography shows:  the Homegrown Photography Show and "Photo Stupor."  The latter is a chance for folks to get a disposable camera and take it everywhere during Homegrown week to, in the words of the organizers, document "what really happened during this year's festival."

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