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Reflecting on 2020, Annie Dugan acknowledges and offers her appreciation for artists, teachers and arts organizations in our area. "Artists and arts organizations and folks who enjoy art have had to adapt and be flexible, which is certainly one of the things that art teaches us."  She reminds us that art is "a place of refuge, of escape, [but also a place] for working out the problems and the joys in our world."  

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This week, Annie Dugan helps us find some great art available online:

Duluth Art Institute/Blair Treuer

We perhaps spend more time staring at screens than we did last year at this time, but there's more to enjoy than just work and school stuff.

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

Springboard for the Arts

If you think a CSA box of vegetables is fun, imagine a box of art every few months!

For the first time in five years, Springboard for the Arts has brought back their CSA "Comfort, Care and Craft" art boxes, and they go out beginning this winter.

Which means they're in the "request for proposals" stage, looking for artists/creators.  You can get all the information here.

St. Paul & Minnesota Foundation/Facebook

  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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Between working from home and schooling at home, most of us feel we're winning if we have clean sweatpants.

But pandemic or no, artists gotta art, and you can see more of what a handful of local folks have been up to here. 

And if you're not feeling your social media feed these days, don't start "unfriending" quite yet.

Just start adding museums and artists to your favorites list and watch your feed blossom into a thing of beauty.

Annie Dugan. Used with permission.

  A temporary, outdoor, public art sculptural installation … UNWEAVING explores the ways tradition, culture, communities, and individuals are unwoven when we are disconnected from our foundation of ancestral history (ie.when we don’t know our stories or when truths are suppressed or not acknowledged.) A different unweaving can loosen us from perpetuating unconscious pattern behaviors, make sense of our position in the larger social fabric, and enable reweaving a more honest and equitable future.

Artist Tia Keobounpheng says she came unraveled about six years ago.

But in the process of embracing "unweaving," she started asking herself questions like:

What would happen if I let go of binary labels like “good/bad” and “right/wrong” ?

What is keeping me from seeing all that I cannot see?

What happens if I let go of needing to be right?

The answers to those questions can be found - partly - in her new public art installation UNWEAVING.

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Duluth Folk School classes, available for your small group, pod, or "love bubble" include building canoe paddles, tool boxes, or a rack for your ski jackets

2019 People's Choice Winners: Kid’s Choice – Ivan Gilbert, “Sea Turtle” Adult’s Choice – Toni Dachis, “Prince”Credit Minnesota State FairEdit | Remove

Cameron Radford/Communications Biology

Juliana Louis Pierson, Countess de Castiglione, c. 1860, albumen print (Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY)Credit FlickrEdit | Remove

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's celebration of 150 years opens in person at the end of the month, but you can take part virtually - with coffee in hand! - and explore the museum's history and how its role has changed over the years. 

Despite the difficulties in accessing many art galleries in these difficult days, Annie tells us about two great opportunities to interact with art this week online.

The Kenspeckle Letterpress/Facebook

The Kenspeckle Letterpress and Warrior Printress are closing their brick-and-mortar store in Canal Park.  Rick Allen and Marion Lansky are downsizing themselves back to their original printshop studio, and Warrior Printress will be relocating to Lincoln Park.

Adam Swanson

There are several ways to get an art break in your day this week.

One is a real, live, in-person (albeit masked and physically-distanced) art opening, as Adam Swanson's new exhibit at the Great Lakes Aquarium takes a look at animals on the federal threatened and endangered species lists.  The Mirrors by Adam Swanson art reception opens tomorrow (Tuesday, July 28) at 6:00pm.

AICHO/Facebook

“I want death to find me planting my cabbages, but careless of death, and still more of my unfinished garden.”

 - Michel de Montaigne

Red Lake Nation Ojibwe artist Robert DesJarlait has a lot going on, but he really loves those words from Michel de Montaigne.

DesJarlait, a writer, artist, traditional dancer, and gardener is showing his recent watercolor/mixed media paintings in a virtual exhibition and at AICHO through September.

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