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Duluth Art Institute

Tia Keobounpheng's exhibit DeFUSE at the Duluth Art Institute takes on the past - the traumatic past - and wonders if, having experienced trauma, there is a way for folks to diffuse (or de-fuse) the resulting emotions and behavior.

Joyce la Porte [courtesy of Springboard for the Arts]

Annie Dugan let's us know about a few great reasons to celebrate art this week:

AICHO's American Indian Community Housing Organization Arts Program has been designated as a Regional Cultural Treasure by the McKnight Foundation, for its ongoing work to honor "the resiliency of Indigenous people by strengthening communities and centering Indigenous values [and providing] a year-round space within Gimaajii-Mino-Bimaadizim for Indigenous artists to showcase and sell their work."

Clare Walker Leslie

Not surprisingly, Annie Dugan is urging us to not just enjoy the warmth and sunshine ... pick up a piece of scratch paper (or your nice journal) and add a sketch to your observations. 

  For pointers, she turns to Clare Walker Leslie's article To Draw Nature, Pick Up a Pencil and Really Look in the New York Times.

Great Lakes Academy of Fine Art

Annie talks about a few events this week, some virtual, some in person (with masks, of course) and some that are either. These include:

- online artists workshops offered by Springboard for the Arts in media preservation and e-commerce, 

- an in-person exhibition of the art of graduating studetns of Great Lakes Adcademny of Fine Art, and

Art majors never dreamed their senior exhibitions would look like this.

And yet even as museums and galleries all over the country are casting about for options to packing people into their physical spaces, college students are making their exhibitions happen, pandemic or no pandemic.

Once again, the Duluth Superior Film Festival and AICHO will team up for the AICHO & DSFF Indigenous Film Screening Wednesday evening at 6:30pm.  

Joseph Nease Gallery

The Joseph Nease Gallery has just the ticket for a chilly week to come: the live, in-person (but by appointment only) opening of a new exhibition in their gallery, A Warm Reset, featuring Tara Austin, David Bowen, James Brinsfield, Cary Esser, Liz James, Matthew Kluber, Kathy McTavish, Allen Killian-Moore, and Tim White.

Annie Roseen is the director of Duluth's  BOLD-choice Theatre Company.

JLS Photography - Alaska/Flickr

There's always been some ... tension .... between art and "crafts."  Not "craft," mind you, but "crafts."

Resolve the tension with coffee and eggs Sunday at the Virtual Fika & Slöjd: Folk Art Eggs session, Sunday at 1pm courtesy of the Nordic Center.

Explore the craft of art and the art in crafts while learning how to make painted, folk art Easter eggs.  Or BYOC (bring your own craft).

Prøve Collective

You still have a few hours left to share "your drawings, photographs, poems, rants, comics, notes, doodles, your abandoned Etsy pages, the true crime theories you’ve obsessively “solved,” your rabbit holes, and your visions for awakening from this long hibernation." Tonight at 1pm is the deadline for submission to the  Prøve Collective's upcoming zine called Emerge

All the submission details are available here.

Nordic Center/Facebook

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.

Bryan Hansel Photography. All Rights Reserved.

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.

Tomorrow (2/23) at 7pm, WDSE presents a virtual screening/sneak peek into In This Place.  It's a project that's part of a larger effort called Moving Lives Minnesota: Stories of Origin & Immigration, exploring "the histories of the many communities who have moved through and to Minnesota."

 

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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