Radio Gallery

Painting of Lake Superior and Park Point from west Duluth
Bob Pokorney

Today, host of Radio Gallery, Maija Jenson, signs off. The generosity of Duluth artists and educators, curators and organizers have made the program what is was, a spotlight on the creative ideas and local art across media.  Since 2009, Radio Gallery has shared our interviews with students, emerging artists, professors, life-long makers and world famous artists. The artistic talent and opportunity in Duluth is enviable and only continues to grow. 

Impressionistic Painting of four sisters, lots of deep red and light purple, quite abstract
Sue Rauschenfels

Local painter Sue Rauschenfels has been busy creating new work in acrylic, and mixed media and has opened her latest exhibit at Pizza Luce, up through then end of June.  With selections from multiple projects, the show includes her large scale "Trees" as well as pieces from the "Sisterhood" series and more.  Rauschenfels also has work up at the Vanilla Bean in Two Harbors and is looking forward to her August show at the Whole Foods Coop - Denfeld.

Black and White Image by Ken Bloom Japanese documentary photo series, Elderly Policeman with hands on hips,
Ken Bloom

This week, Director of the Tweed Museum of Art at UMD Ken Bloom retires. His dedication to local art, a growing Native American art collection and increased community programming will leave a lasting impression on the Tweed. But this is not the end, but rather new beginnings.  Bloom has shared that he is returning to his first passion, photography, and will possibly return as a guest curator. 

Russ White

"Another Fine Mess" drawings and installations by Russ White opens for one weekend only, Friday, June 7 - Sunday, June 9, at Squirrel Haus Arts in Minneapolis. 

Director Amber McGinnis

The annual Duluth Superior Film Festival, in its ninth year, is happening now,

Radio Gallery: Beads

Apr 24, 2019

A deeply Minnesotan exhibit called Beads opens this week at The Nordic Center in Duluth.  Beads brings together beadwork pieces from northern peoples, "specifically the Norwegian Hardanger tradition and the Anishinaabe traditional and contemporary beadwork here in Minnesota,” according to the Nordic Center.

Carla Rodriguez

"Honestly tho...,"an exhibition about the revolutionary nature of vulnerability," opens this Friday, April 12 at Prøve Gallery in Duluth. This is a collective show, celebrating the power of intimacy, pleasure and physical body autonomy. 

Scott Lunt

Duluth artist and musician, Scott Lunt celebrates his first solo quilt show, "Quilts are Magic," opening on Thursday, April 4 at the Kruk Gallery at the University of Wisconsin, Superior.  His quilting is both a passion and an obsession, as both quilters and artists are compelled by their creativity.  

Ashley Whitcomb

Head out into the snow on Friday night for the Downtown Duluth Arts Walk and you'll find the work of Jay Whitcomb at Prøve Gallery. Whitcomb opened his exhibit "Demons and Angels: Moments of Clarity" on February 8, a collection of introspective figurative works in paint and ink. 

Courtesy of and © The Gordon Parks Foundation

The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC along with consulting curator Philip Brookman have produced a retrospective exhibit spotlighting the early works of Minnesota’s most famous photographer, Gordon Parks.

“Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950” is on display through Feb, 18, 2019 in Washington DC and is set to travel to other states over the next year.

Gordon Parks was born in Fort Scott, Kansas, in 1912 but after his mother’s death in 1926 he was sent to live with family in Minnesota to finish his schooling in Saint Paul.

Sarah Brokke

Duluth painter Sarah Brokke opens a new show called "Sacred Selves" at The Duluth Pottery this week.  In the heart of the Lincoln Park Craft District, The Duluth Pottery has emerged as an arts center, celebrating and sharing the work of two and three dimentional artists. Everyone is invited to an opening reception on Sunday Feb. 10, 4-6 p.m. 

Brokke's body of work, on display through March 31, is a continuation of her portrait painting with a nod to sacred, medatative practice. 

Radio Gallery: Wild

Jan 30, 2019

The Duluth Folk School is hosting their first art show reception this Friday! Local painter Alexa Carson and photographer Riah Beth have teamed up for a Wild exhibit about our environment, nature and  inhabitants of the Northwoods.  Carson 's paintings of wild animals are both beautiful and painterly yet are realistic glimpses in to the lives of animals. She  joins us on Radio Gallery to talk about bringing her works or art to life.

susana gaunt

The Tweed Museum offers regional exhibitions and curates shows from their extensive permanent collection, and they also host UMD student exhibitions.  2019 spring semester offers a full schedule of student shows, with public opening receptions happening on the listed Tuesdays, at 4pm. 

UMD art students bring thoughtful new energy to the gallery space sharing their creative ideas in one of their first solo exhibits.  Check it out. The Tweed Museum is located on the campus if the University of Minnesota Duluth. Closed Mondays.

Student Exhibition Schedule

Sara Pajunen

Sara Pajunen is digging deep into the legacy of the Iron Range for inspiration, from the history the people to the landscapes of today.  Her latest project Mine Songs will culminate in a sonic/music project, based on this ranging investigation.  The public is invited to participate in a tangible way to her discovery of the sound of the Iron Range in her final research workshop at Zeitgeist Arts this week. 

Reflecting upon Radio Gallery and the arts in Duluth  in 2018, I am inspired by the blossoming and growth of the arts in our community. This year we saw more local films on local screens and greater cultural diversity in local exhibitions in the major galleries and smaller venues garnering a higher profile. This week I share a couple of the highlights from this year's conversations and look forward to a new year of conversations and ideas shared by Minnesota artists in 2019.