Where's Art?

Red Lake Nation tribal member Jonathan Thunder has created a series of Anishinaabeg drawing tutorials for AICHO and Indigenous communities.

He's based the tutorials on the seven grandfather teachings of the Ojibwe (who may not have envisioned his “Bigfoot Riding a Skateboard While Drinking Cranberry Juice").  You can find the tutorials on YouTube.

Shop Small Duluth

One of the smart minds behind Warrior Printress Letterpress & Design and the WTF! (What The Feminist) art exhibits, Stacie Renne, has come up with another winner: Shop Small Duluth, "a collective of artists and small business owners who live and work in Duluth, Minn., and have partnered to bring you a unique Holiday shopping experience."

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You might think of "terroir" in terms of wine: it's the "combination of factors including soil, climate, and sunlight that gives wine grapes their distinctive character," according to Merriam-Webster.

But Annie Dugan says art is what makes our Northland "the way it is," and she's encouraging folks to look for the work of local artists as they head into gift-giving season. 

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Prepare to be star-struck this week.

Begin with a week of activities courtesy the Bell Museum's Statewide Star Party starting tonight.  (Click the link for the full rundown of programs)

Fans of Svengoolie (in the Twin Ports on Saturday nights) will be thrilled to know that we're contributing our own unique brand of horror to the canon with the debut of Uncle Clutch’s Video Horror Shop. 

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A little snow on the ground: not enough to play in but too much to ignore.

So we turn inward, perhaps, to books.

Friday (October 23) is the MCBA Prize Reveal and a Live Artist Talk at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, which you can attend in your sweats and with a snack, if you wish.

And if that whets your appetite, you can find out about their extensive offering of virtual workshops on their website.

Jeff Kalstrom's E.is the A. A.is the W. opened at The Nordic Center last week ...  you can visit it in person as long as you observe the customary keeping-each-other-safe protocols, or enjoy it virtually.

Local art come roaring back this week with some live and virtual exhibitions:

First up, Jonathan Thunder and Robb Quisling open Aqua Vitae, Thursday October 8 at the Kruk Gallery on the UWS campus

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  The mural project in Duluth's Lincoln Park, at 2024 W 3rd Street on 21st Avenue West, is finally done, and Moira Villiard is pretty excited about it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It feels like at least six years in Pandemic Time ... but in actuality it's only been six months. 

But artists have been hard at work responding to these times through their art, trying to figure out how to survive financially, and how to maintain their creative and economic health.

Some are doing a canvas a day to keep their artistic and marketing chops honedd, but even if you're not an artist yourself, Annie Dugan is suggesting you take a look at your social media feed through the lens of art.

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