Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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Duluth's Nordic Center is kicking off Women's History Month (and International Women's Day today) with an exhibition called Nordic Crowns & Beyond: In Praise of Women.

There is a virtual gallery and several other events associated with this exhibit; more information is here.

Nellie Frances was another woman like a lot of women in Minnesota.

Quiet and self-effacing, but active in her community and her church, it's not surprising that the story of a Black woman on the front lines of women's suffrage and civil rights issue hasn't been told until now.

Nellie Francis: Fighting for Racial Justice and Women’s Equality in Minnesota by William D. Green is published by the University of Minnesota Press.

Natasha Lancour. Used with permission.

Natasha Lancour has been on a long journey of healing ... and trying to figure out where she belongs.

She doesn't have all the answers, but she knows that family, community, wellness and nature are a big part of it, especially because, she says, "healing often eludes people of color."

The story of Royal Roots Garden is a story that starts with a woman with no interest in gardening, the big garden she discovered in the backyard of her new home, and a challenge to herself.  And that story is just beginning.

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Photographer Bryan Hansel is sharing some of knowledge through a series of online photography courses, thanks to a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Council on the Arts ... you can find out more about the Master the Basic Craft of Photography Online Class here.

One of the oldest galleries in America shuttered its doors after selling $80 million worth of fake art.

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  She was 94 pounds and 28 years old, but you couldn’t tell her age by looking at her. She had the rotting teeth that come with using meth. But mostly, her drug of choice was heroin. Her blond hair was greasy, thin, graying and matted flat against her head. Her face was almost skeletal and she had dark circles under her eyes. Her eyes seemed big because of the loss of fat around them and they almost protruded from her eye sockets. All of her ribs were easily visible and I could actually see her heart beating against her bony chest.

Here's something to make you feel all warm inside:  there's finally a way to watch all Bob Ross, all the time (PBS Painter Bob Ross Gets A Happy Little Digital Channel).  It's live on Samsung now, hits Roku May 18, and will expand to other video-on-demand (VOD) platforms in the coming months.

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  There were four students working with the body we were studying and we didn’t know anything about him as a person. The medical school was very explicit that we were to carry ourselves with the utmost respect when we were in the lab with the body and we were to respect this gift that was given to us. This almost didn’t need to be said, but I’m glad it was. Very few people get the opportunity to study a body in detail and learn the anatomy as they learn the organ systems. There is no book, no video, no plastic model that can give the same experience. This is the way doctors have been learning medicine since the beginning.

Jason Quick

Annie Dugan lets us know about several snow sculptures that have been created on several sidewalks and parking lots in the Lincoln Park Craft District as part of the Duluth Winter Festival in Lincoln Park.

Then-22 year old Natalie Warren and her friend Ann Raiho took a 2,000-mile journey by paddle from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay in 2011.

But ten years later, the biggest challenge Natalie says she faced might surprise you.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been with us for almost a year. In that year businesses have closed and people have lost jobs. Wearing masks and keeping social distance have caused deep divisions among us. 

  There are scare stories and myths on social media and other places about the vaccines and many people believe these myths. Fear has always been a powerful tool and has long been used to cause division. Fear is being used now and it isn't always easy to know what to believe.

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Annie Dugan says, if anyone is channeling the voice of the Northland, it's Brian Barber; a voice of quirky, dry, twisted humor, as she describes it.

If some dry, quirky, twisted humor sounds like just the ticket, you can join in tomorrow (Tuesday, February 2) night at 6 pm for Brian's episode of UMD's Visual Culture Lecture Series.

Mary Plaster

The weather outside is frightful - well, the wind chills are.

But that means it's perfect weather for ice luminaries or, if you're Mary Plaster, maybe something more along the post-industrial plastic/wire/LED line.

Copyright JR Kelsey. Used with permission.

Last week, Larry Weber told us we were in the running for the warmest January on record, surpassing the old record set back in 2006.

Today ... alas.  But despite the cold, we're still short on precipitation and snow, and that's already challenging this year's John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.

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On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Annie has some reflections on the art that resonated with us particularly this year, and looks at the "coalition of voices" that perhaps we need to listen for.

You can read more about the artists' response to George Floyd's death here.

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