Art in September!

Happy September! It's FESTIVAL SEASON!! So many fun things to do around the Twin Ports and beyond this month! But first, a huge thank you to artist and art blogger Ed Newman for his visit to my August Zentangle (R) and Wine class at Master Framing Gallery on London Road. His article describing his first Zentangle pattern drawing experience is so very lovely that Zentangle co-founders Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas included it in their list of recent blog posts from around the world. 

Here is Ed's article: Local Art Seen: First Lesson in Zentangle with Esther Piszczek, by Ed Newman, Ennyman's Territory, August 18, 2019.

Deadline Note: Scroll all the way down to find details on a Swedish Folk Painting Class with an October 1 registration deadline!

And h
ere's a quick peek at what I'm doing and where I'll be this month:

Wednesday, September 11, 6:30-9 p.m.
Zentangle (R) & Wine with Esther Piszczek, CZT, Master Framing Gallery, 1431 London Road (RSVP required)

Friday, September 28, 5-8 p.m.
Music6-8 p.m. Ryan Frane on piano, Matt Mobley on Bass, Geoff Senn on Trumpet

Mondays, September 30-October 21, 6-8:30 p.m.
Zentangle (R) Pattern Drawing 
with Esther Piszczek, CZT, Lincoln Park Community School, 3215 West Third Street (Registration opens September 3)

Details on all of these events, and more, below!

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All events, including my classes, are listed in chronological order, click on colored text throughout to link to more information. Visit the Creative Education Opportunities page to find classes to explore, the Reoccurring Events page for events that happen routinely, and the Farmer's Markets page for where to find local and organic produce/products.


Wednesday, September 4, 7-9 p.m.
Paint Duluth Artist Reception, Pizza Luce, 
11 E. Superior St. 
Paint Duluth is a collaborative exhibit of 20 artist works from the Lake Superior Watercolor Society. Plenty of parking in the Technology Village Ramp off 1st St. Stop in!" On View: till October 6

Saturday, September 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Nice Girls of the North 2nd Saturday Marketplace, Lakeside Lester Park Community Center (the former Lakeside Library), 106 N. 54th Ave. East 
"Free coffee, cookies, and a friendly atmosphere await while you browse a collection of handcrafted clothing and bags, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, photography, personal care products, baby items and much more. One central checkout, most major credit cards accepted."

Saturday, September 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Harvest Fest, Bayfront Festival Park, 350 Harbor Drive
"Listen to music and treat yourself to handmade craft items. Eat something fresh and healthy (or maybe just a little bit indulgent). Learn about backyard composting or backyard chicken-raising or beekeeping. Meet your neighbors—and meet the people who grow your food. It’s food, it’s learning, it’s growing, it’s fun. It’s something for everyone, and it’s free. Why not make a day of it? Admission and parking are free to the public. Check for updates on Facebook!

Saturday, September 7, 11:30-1:30 p.m.
Saturday Sampler: free trial classes for pre-teens through adult, School of the Minnesota Ballet, Duluth Depot Studio, 506 W. Michigan Street

11:30 – 12:00 Ballet Technique (age 11–adult)
12:00 – 12:30 Beginning Tap (age 10-adult)
12:30 – 1:00 Jazz (age 12–adult)
  1:00 – 1:30 Modern (age 12–adult)


A wonderful opportunity to try something new. No need to register. Wear comfortable clothing. 
For more info: 281-529-3742; for sampler classes for younger students, go HERE

Sunday, September 8, 1-3 p.m.
SunFUNday! Art for Children of All Ages: The Never Ending Book, by Anna Sorenson (contemporary watercolor), The 
Nordic Center, 23 N. Lake Avenue
"Join art professor Alison Aune, her UMD art education students, and special guests. Pre-Registration is encouraged! Admission: $5 suggested donation; Contact: Alison Aune, aaune@d.umn.edu, with questions and pre-registration information.


Sunday, September 8, 7-9 p.m.
Gag Me With A Spoon - A Community Storyshare, Teatro Zuccone, 222 East Superior Street
"Adeline Wright hosts this evening of storytelling and open mic journal sharing in the style of the Moth and Mortified podcasts. There will be featured storytellers and a musical guest. Member of the audience are also welcome to sign-up on the night for an 8 minute open mic journal-sharing segment. Cost: $5 at the door."
Listen to previous Gag Me With A Spoon podcasts.

Monday, September 9, 3-8 p.m.
Music Resource Center Open House, Sacred Heart Music Center, 201 W. 4th Street
"The Armory Arts and Music Center’s free after-school program for teens holds their open house as the new school year begins. Teens and parents/guardians who are interested in the program or have been involved in the past are welcome to come down, grab a bite to eat and tour the MRC setup at Sacred Heart Music Center. At the MRC, teens can learn to record music, play instruments and form bonds with other creative, music-loving kids.

"The program starts its normal T-Th, 4-6 p.m. schedule the next day and the open house is a place to ask questions, register for the program and try out some of the instruments and gear. Email tony@dulutharmory.org with any questions."

Monday, September 9, 5-9 p.m.
"Hawks on High: Everyday Miracles in a Hawk Ridge Season is a book with poems by Phil Fitzpatrick and drawings by Penny Perry. WOODBLIND will be performing live music from 7-9 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For a full list of Hawks on High events visit their Facebook page at Hawks on High." On View: through September

"Phil Fitzpatrick Talks About His New Book of Poems, Hawks on High: Everyday Miracles in a Hawk Ridge Season", by Ed Newman, Ennyman's Territory, Sunday, September 1, 2019.

A Visit with Penny Perry: Long Time Arts Advocate and Duluth Art Scene Asset, by Ed Newman, Ennyman's Territory, Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

Monday, September 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Yoga Meditation and Art Making with Julie Deters, Duluth Art Institute Lincoln Center for Education, 2227 W. 2nd St.
"The session will begin with an hour of movement and breath work to release tension and make space in the body and mind that allows for the flow of creativity. Spend the second hour of class working in a group setting on an art project of your choice. The group will be guided through a visualization that allows each participant to build their own imagery to use upon completion of the visualization. Bring your own yoga mat and art supplies. Paper, pencils and ink will be provided. All levels of experience are welcome.Cost: $20 ($85 non-member)

Mondays, September 9, 16, 23, 30, 5:30 p.m.
Tangling Mondays, Mount Royal Library, 105 Mount Royal Shopping Circle
This group meets in the the old Yarn Harbor space, which was taken over by the library awhile back (on the left when you walk in). It is open to anyone, but primarily focused on pattern drawing. Bring your supplies and something you want to finish or start. No instruction, no fee, no organization. It's wonderful to tangle together, if schedules align, and lovely to tangle alone. If you find yourself alone, no worries, another Monday is right around the corner. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 10, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Downtown Farmer's Market Pop-up, Lake Superior Plaza, corner of Lake Avenue and Superior Street"Hucklebeary will be popping up once a month at the Downtown Farmers Market this summer. Each month we will bring along different local artists to share their tips and tricks to offer a fun workshops experience."

Tuesdays, September 10, 17, 24, 12:30-3 p.m.
Open Studio at the Duluth Depot, 506 W. Michigan StreetThe Duluth Art Institute offers a regular Tuesday open art-studio session at the Depot. People of all abilities practicing all artistic mediums are invited to bring their own supplies and join the weekly group. Cost: $5 plus a DAI membership (first session is free).

Wednesday, September 11, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Zentangle (R) & Wine with Esther Piszczek, CZT, Master Framing Gallery, 1431 London Road
Come experience the fun and relaxation of drawing simple, repetitive line patterns with pen and ink and pencil shading. No previous drawing experience necessary. Class Cost: $35; Supplies: $10 (or use supplies provided without additional cost). RSVP to episzczek@gmail.com. Seats are limited.You can read about one student's experience here: Local Art Seen: First Lesson in Zentangle with Esther Piszczek, by Ed Newman, Ennyman's Territory, August 18, 2019.

Wednesday, September 11, 7:30-9 p.m.
Flamenco Vivo: Live Flamenco Music and Dance Performance, Teatro Zuccone, Zeitgeist Arts, 222 E. Superior Street
"Audiences are invited to Join the following locally and internationally recognized Flamenco artists for an evening filled with raw emotion and expression embodied in the sultry rhythm, sound and movement of Flamenco; dancer Sachiko “La Chayí” (Minneapolis 2017 McKnight Dancer Fellow), singer Alfonso Cid (Seville, Spain & New York City), guitarist Kris “El Cuervo” Hill (Phoenix, AZ) and guitarist Ross “El Vecino” Fellrath (Minneapolis). 

"FLAMENCO VIVO, in its distinctly Southern Spanish tablao-style, offers a twist of spontaneity and skilled improvisation to traditional dance and music, which comes to life through the high-spirited collaboration between the dancer, singer, and guitarists performing together on stage." 


Thursday, September 12, 6-8:30 p.m.
Yoga and Writing WorkshopIt Takes A Village Healing Collective, 114 W. Superior Street, 2nd Floor (Above Duluth Sign and Stewart Taylor Printing)"This donation-based yoga practice and guided free-form writing workshop is generally held on the first Thursday of every month. It is intended to be an opportunity to slow down in order to reflect and reconnect through the use of yoga and prompted journal writing. Each month will have a different theme, with the goal of building self-awareness and appreciation.

"Materials will be provided, but attendees are asked to bring a journal (if they have one) and anything else desired for their comfort. This workshop is taught by Alyssa Johnson, RYT500. E-mail alyssa@blindspotcreatives.com with questions."


Thursday, September 13, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 14, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Enkindle Dance Theater Performance, Sacred Heart Music Center, 201 W. 4th Street
"Enkindle Dance Theatre is a new nonprofit modern-and-contemporary dance company based in Duluth. The group is being led by two local artists whose mission is to bring a diverse group of dancers together to perform original dance works. The performances will consist of a collection of 10-12 pieces created by 3-4 choreographers. This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature’s general and arts and cultural heritage funds.

"Tickets are available at sacredheartmusic.org. Adult admission is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Student admission is $7. Visit facebook.com/enkindledancetheatre for more information."

Wednesday, September 18, 5-8 p.m.
Opening ReceptionJean: The inspiration behind the Birkenstein Arts MovementGeorge Morrison Gallery, Duluth Art Institute, 506 W. Michigan Street
"Jean – as she was called by all who knew her, including her children – was an artist, a teacher and a leader of the Civil Rights Movement in 1950’s and 1960’s Chicago. Her home served as a safe house and community center for rival gangs, where members were free to express themselves through art, drawing and painting in the Birkenstein household. 

"Painting, drawing and printing on whatever materials were available to her, newspapers, mailers and reworked canvases, Jean created images of HER everyday life: their family pet ocelot, interracial couples, and gang members. Her media in the upcoming exhibit include oil, watercolors, lithographs, mixed media and prints." On View: September 17 - December 3

Wednesday, September 18, 5-8 p.m.
Opening Reception: Minnesota Black Fine Art ShowJohn Steffl Gallery, Duluth Art Institute, 506 W. Michigan Street
"Established and emerging Minnesota artists of African descent exhibit their work in this juried traveling show. Work on view includes fiber, mixed media, photography, graphic design and painting. Minnesotan artists Kprecia Ambers, Eyenga Bokamba, Christopher E. Harrison, Bill Jeter, Antwon Key, Theoneste Munyemana, and Carl Wesley join locals Carla Hamilton, Teressa Moses, and Ivy Vainio.”  
On View: September 17, 2019 - January 2, 2020

Wednesday, September 18, 5-8 p.m.
Opening ReceptionClaudia Faith: FamilyCorridor GalleryDuluth Art Institute, 506 W. Michigan Street
"Claudia Faith’s richly colored anthropomorphic paintings focus on a magnified perspective of the familiar. Painting intimate portraits of her neighboring sheep, cows and chickens, Faith invites viewers to visit with her friends at close range. Looking intimately at her work, one can gain insight into Faith’s methods and relationships to the materials as well as her subjects." 
On View: September - October

Thursday, September 19, 3-4 p.m.
Crafternoons for Kids, Blue Room, Mount Royal Branch Library, 105 Mount Royal Shopping Circle
"Drop in for a fun make-and-take craft project. No experience or sign-up required. Age Group(s): Preschool, Kids, Tweens"

Friday, September 20, 5-8 p.m.
Opening Reception: Woven Traditional Swedish Hair JewelryThe Nordic Center, 23 North Lake Avenue
"‘Woven’ Human hair, a renewable resource for most, forms the core of a new exhibit of old-world folk artistry in Woven – Traditional Swedish Hair Jewelry. Local artist Karen Keenan curates the exhibit, which features techniques she learned in Våmhus, Sweden, steward of the 200-year tradition of using human hair to weave intricate jewelry. Bracelets, earrings and more, including artifacts from the St. Louis County Historical Society’s collection and from community members, will be on display.

"Learn how to make your own hair bracelets in a hair jewelry course for 5 students from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, October 10, 17, 24 & 31. $50 donation to The Nordic Center. Registrations taken through October 8. Contact Karen at hemslojdpottery@gmail.com

"Keenan’s travel to Sweden and the exhibit and classes she’s leading in Duluth were funded in part by a Folk Arts Fellowship from the American-Scandinavian Foundation. On ViewFriday, September 27, 5-8 p.m.; Saturday and Sundays, September 21, 22 and October 5, 6,1-4 p.m.; Artist Talk: Sunday, October 6, 2-3 p.m."

Saturday, September 21, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Chester Bowl Fall Fest, Chester Bowl, 1801 E. Skyline Parkway
"At this regional craft event you will enjoy music, food, crafts, locally grown fresh produce, vendors, and informational booths about local programs. The annual event  will host over 130 vendors selling locally made crafts, a great line up of music, 8 food vendors, and activities for children and families including pony rides.Suggested donations of $5 per person or $10 per family will be accepted at the entrance to support Chester winter program scholarships for kids in need who want to participate in winter sports. Free Shuttle Service
Live Music all day!
10-11:30 a.m. Honest Maude
12-1:30 p.m. Breanne Marie and the Front Porch Sinners
2-3:30 Ingeborg von Agassiz (acoustic covers)


Saturday, September 21, 4-8 p.m.
Art OpeningField Trials IIFree Range Film Barn, 909 Country Road Farm, Wrenshall 
"A visual arts exhibition featuring the work of Catherine Meier and Kristina Estall, Field Trials II allows for artistic experimentation and exploration inside a century old barn. Both artists work in partnership with the natural landscape and reflect on our comprehension of time and space. The two artists will use the Free Range Film Barn as a lab space for the generation and exhibition of new work. The exhibition is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through Minnesota State Arts Board grants and the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund." On ViewSunday, September 22, 1-5 p.m.; Saturday, September 28, 1-5 p.m.

Sunday, September 22, 12:00 p.m.
Lunch with An Artist: Clare CooleyDuluth Woman's Club, 2400 E. Superior Street
A luncheon with local artist Clare Cooley at the club. Then gather your artistic talents and inspiration and either walk or drive two blocks to Clare's home for a gallery tour and creativity event. We're going to: "The Emerald Lady" at 2219 E. Superior Street. Friends and Guests are always welcome! Cost: $25; Reservations must be made by September 19 by calling Kathy at 218-724-3168.

Tuesday, September 24, 6 p.m.
Autumn Landscape Painting with 321 Art Studio, Senior Center Meeting Room, West Duluth Public Library, 5830 Grand Avenue
"Adults and older teens of all art skill levels will enjoy drawing and painting with 321 Art Studio teaching artist, Amy Lucas-Peroceski. Participants will create their own autumn landscape painting by drawing their landscapes on an 11" x 14" canvas with the instructor and then painting their landscapes with water-mixable oil paints. Fun for those with no painting experience or those with experience painting -- a great chance to try water-mixable oil paints. All supplies will be provided for participants to complete a landscape painting on canvas. Paid for in part by the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund. Age Group(s): Teen, Adults; Class Limit: 9."

Thursday, September 26, 7-8 p.m.
Cafe Scientifique: Color and Clay with Karin Kraemer, Duluth Pottery, 1924 W. Superior Street
"Karin Kraemer, artist and owner of Duluth Pottery, leads the discussion at this special edition of Café Scientifique. She’ll give a crash course in color and clay, and show the different stages of pottery production, while sharing stories of experiments gone right and wrong.

"Café Scientifique Twin Ports is an event at which, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can explore the latest ideas in science and technology. Meetings take place in cafés, bars, restaurants and even theaters, but always outside a traditional academic context. All ages are welcome. Events are held on the last Thursday of each month. They are typically an hour long, with around 20 minutes of presentation followed by 40 minutes of discussion. After the hour, presenters allow the discussion to continue among the participants."

Friday, September 27, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, September 27, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday, September 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Lake Superior 20/20 Studio and Art Tour, Highway 61 and Two Harbors area
"This annual event, centered in the Two Harbors area, is a self-guided tour of local artists’ personal studios. The participating artists represent a range of mediums that includes painting, drawing, ceramics, fiber, photography, wood, jewelry and more. For more information, including full list of participating artists and a studio map, visit lakesuperior2020.com."

Friday, September 27, 5-8 p.m. 
Downtown Duluth Arts Walk, Duluth Fine Pianos, 331 W. Superior Street (next to Starbucks!)
Music6-8 p.m. Ryan Frane on piano, Matt Mobley on Bass, Geoff Senn on Trumpet
My framed work on paper, glass, mirrors, and clay decorates the walls of Duluth Fine Pianos. Come out to hear some music, see the art, or just say hi! Duluth Fine Pianos is participating in the Downtown Duluth Arts Collective's night of art and entertainment, featuring Downtown Duluth art galleries, eateries, bars and performance venues. Email manager@josephneasegallery.com or call 218-461-8380 for more information. Downtown Duluth Arts Walk Google Map

Saturday, September 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Lester River Rendezvous, Lester Park, 61st Avenue E. & Superior Street
"The 21st annual Lester River Rendezvous celebrates the lifestyles and folkways of the Voyageurs in Minnesota. The event features more than 60 food and craft vendors, along with musical acts and re-enactors depicting features of life during early Minnesota and Wisconsin history in the Voyageur Village.

"A free Rendezvous train shuttle will run continuously from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. with stops at 26th Avenue East & London Road, 46th Avenue East & Superior Street and Lester Park at 61st Avenue East & Superior Street. Rain Date: Sunday, September 29"

Sunday, September 29, 5 p.m.
Beer & HymnsSir Benedict's Tavern, 805 E. Superior Street
"A gathering for beer drinking and hymn singing on the last Sunday of every month."

Mondays, September 30-October 21, 6-8:30 p.m.
Zentangle (R) Pattern Drawing 
with Esther Piszczek, CZT, Lincoln Park Community School, 3215 West Third Street 
Anyone can create beautiful, intricate line patterns “one stroke at a time” using the Zentangle method of pattern drawing. New patterns will be taught each class as we create beautiful art on 3.5" x 3.5" paper tiles using pen and ink. No previous drawing experience necessary. Relaxation is a common side effect. See www.zentangle.com for more information. Minimum: 5 students; Maximum: 10 students; Class Cost: $45; Supply Cost: $20; Register online HERE after September 3 or contact Erin Bates, Coordinator, at 218-336-8760 x 5, or email: erin.bates@isd709.org


Art on View:

August 1-September 2
Art from the GLBTQAI2S+ Alphabet, a Group ShowZeitgeist  Arts Atrium, 222 E. Superior Street
"The Duluth Superior Pride committee is organizing a group art exhibition with works displayed from local artists. If you attend the exhibition, you may see artworks displayed from: Eric Horn, Amy Hayes, Warrior Printress (Stacie Renne and Janelle Miller), Joe Sawle, Rachel Sipress, Judas Bardon, Sarah Powers, Bill Shipley, Max Bruhner, Melissa Gerads, and Luc.Closing ReceptionAugust 30, 7-9 p.m.

June 21-September 7
"Matthew Kluber’s new show includes new and recent work and features three large-scale paintings with computer projections. Several new, smaller-scale paintings and works on paper will also be shown. Kluber has long been interested in the color-field painters and the light and space artists from the 1960s and 1970s. His paintings are carefully-striped colored lines and bars on thin aluminum supports."

September 9-September 30
Hawks on High, Zeitgeist Arts, 222 E. Superior Street"Hawks on High: Everyday Miracles in a Hawk Ridge Season is a book with poems by Phil Fitzpatrick and drawings by Penny Perry. For a full list of Hawks on High events visit their Facebook page at Hawks on High." 

Saturday, September 21, 4-8 p.m.
Sunday, September 22, 1-5 p.m.
Saturday, September 28, 1-5 p.m.
Field Trials IIFree Range Film Barn, 909 Country Road Farm, Wrenshall "A visual arts exhibition featuring the work of Catherine Meier and Kristina Estall, Field Trials II allows for artistic experimentation and exploration inside a century old barn. Both artists work in partnership with the natural landscape and reflect on our comprehension of time and space. The two artists will use the Free Range Film Barn as a lab space for the generation and exhibition of new work. The exhibition is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through Minnesota State Arts Board grants and the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund."

February 19-September 22
Space: Time and Place, Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota Duluth Campus, 1201 Ordean Court
"An exhibition of photographs selected from the collection which demonstrate numerous ways in which photographic artists represent space in their imagery and how such compositions influence the viewer to become invested in and moved by the image. The photograph is not only a representation of an occurrence and something present at that time, but an abstraction of the spatial dimension of time and place. The exhibition will include the work of local, regional, and nationally recognized image makers."


July-September
Kathy McTavish, City Hall Rotunda and Mayor's Reception Room, 411 W. 1st Street
"The confluence of Kathy McTavish’s mathematical, ecological and musical background results in layered, multi-sensory experiences. Exhibited in both City Hall spaces, McTavish’s still images and quilts depict coded patterns and color blocking generated from a collaboration between the human hand and machines. McTavish acts as a translator of this language, asking what would artificial intelligence communication look like if humans could see this web of thought? The industrial sewing machine, for example, has preferences of movement, motions it comes to expect, such as threading left to right, scrolling top to bottom. As McTavish began moving with the machine, holding the fabric, rotating quilts to sew in different directions, she recognized the growing collaboration between maker and machine."

August 2-September 30
Stream Study, Duluth Folk School, 1917 W. Superior Street
"Through photographs, drawings, and poetry, we hope to spark conversations about the history, the culture, and the ecology – as well as the environmental concerns - about Duluth’s waterways, using Miller Creek, Tischer Creek, and Amity Creek as representatives of Duluth’s watershed. Drawings by Kelly Beaster, Photography by Christopher Paris, Poetry by Angie Mason."


September 20-October 6
Woven Traditional Swedish Hair JewelryThe Nordic Center, 23 North Lake Avenue
"‘Woven’ Human hair, a renewable resource for most, forms the core of a new exhibit of old-world folk artistry in Woven – Traditional Swedish Hair Jewelry. Local artist Karen Keenan curates the exhibit, which features techniques she learned in Våmhus, Sweden, steward of the 200-year tradition of using human hair to weave intricate jewelry. Bracelets, earrings and more, including artifacts from the St. Louis County Historical Society’s collection and from community members, will be on display.

"Keenan’s travel to Sweden and the exhibit and classes she’s leading in Duluth were funded in part by a Folk Arts Fellowship from the American-Scandinavian Foundation. Open HoursFriday, September 27, 5-8 p.m.; Saturday and Sundays, September 21, 22 and October 5, 6,1-4 p.m.; Artist TalkSunday, October 6, 2-3 p.m."

September 4-October 6
Paint Duluth, Pizza Luce, 11 E. Superior St. Paint Duluth is a collaborative exhibit of 20 artist works from the Lake Superior Watercolor Society. Plenty of parking in the Technology Village Ramp off 1st St. Stop in!" 

September - October
Claudia Faith: FamilyCorridor GalleryDuluth Art Institute, 506 W. Michigan Street
"Claudia Faith’s richly colored anthropomorphic paintings focus on a magnified perspective of the familiar. Painting intimate portraits of her neighboring sheep, cows and chickens, Faith invites viewers to visit with her friends at close range. Looking intimately at her work, one can gain insight into Faith’s methods and relationships to the materials as well as her subjects."


September 17 - December 3
Jean: The inspiration behind the Birkenstein Arts MovementGeorge Morrison Gallery, Duluth Art Institute, 506 W. Michigan Street
"Jean – as she was called by all who knew her, including her children – was an artist, a teacher and a leader of the Civil Rights Movement in 1950’s and 1960’s Chicago. Her home served as a safe house and community center for rival gangs, where members were free to express themselves through art, drawing and painting in the Birkenstein household. 


"Painting, drawing and printing on whatever materials were available to her, newspapers, mailers and reworked canvases, Jean created images of HER everyday life: their family pet ocelot, interracial couples, and gang members. Her media in the upcoming exhibit include oil, watercolors, lithographs, mixed media and prints." 

September 17, 2019 - January 2, 2020
Minnesota Black Fine Art ShowJohn Steffl Gallery, Duluth Art Institute, 506 W. Michigan Street"Established and emerging Minnesota artists of African descent exhibit their work in this juried traveling show. Work on view includes fiber, mixed media, photography, graphic design and painting. Minnesotan artists Kprecia Ambers, Eyenga Bokamba, Christopher E. Harrison, Bill Jeter, Antwon Key, Theoneste Munyemana, and Carl Wesley join locals Carla Hamilton, Teressa Moses, and Ivy Vainio.”  


Creative Education Class Opportunities in the Twin Ports!
Featured Class
Sunday, September 8, 1-3 p.m.
Leather Jewelry-making Workshop, Hucklebeary, 106 E. Superior Street
In this introductory leather jewelry-making workshop, participants will create their own tassel earrings, tassel necklace and leather catchall. Cost: $65; Register Here!

Art Workshop Deadline: Tuesday, October 1October 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.Swedish Folk Painting with Pieper Bloomquist, The Nordic Center, 23 N. Lake Avenue
"Explore the art of kurbits in this one-day Swedish folk painting class. Dalmålning, also known as kurbits painting or Dala painting, flourished in Sweden in the 18th and 19th centuries, and is used today to decorate Sweden’s iconic Dala horses. In this class, students will learn the basic design elements of a kurbits along with how to paint the kurbits flower and leaves. While some background in stroke work is helpful, this class is appropriate for all painting skill levels. Discussions and demonstrations will explore mixing traditional paints, color and design, and more advanced embellishments –informed by historic examples and the instructor’s recent trip to Sweden to study folk painting." Class Cost: $75; Registration Details.


Learn a Tangle! 
Scape created by Maryland CZT Angie Gittles is a fun grid tangle. Click the link to learn how to draw this tangle line-by-line. Add some simple shading or a touch of color and use it to decorate envelopes, birthday cards, and bills. You can learn how to draw this tangle and many more on Linda Farmer's, CZT, blog at tanglepatterns.com.

Book & Film
Patterned Peace, by Esther Piszczek, CZT, published by Whole Person Associates, Duluth. Available on Amazon.com, at The Bookstore at Fitger'sZenith Bookstore (next to Beaner's Central in West Duluth), and Duluth Fine Pianos. Original, hand-drawn artwork ready to color. Includes full pattern index.

Life & Art Entangled, a 17 minute art documentary created by Lola Visuals featuring Zentangle (R) inspired artwork on a piano created by fine-line pattern artist Esther Piszczek, CZT, and the improvisational jazz piano music of Peter Brown. Life & Art Entangled debuted at the 2016 Duluth Superior Film Festival. Watch at YouTube.com.


Places to find my art in the Twin Ports:
Master Framing Gallery1431 London Road, Duluth

And, a huge thank you to Brian Barber of Perfect Duluth Day for featuring my artwork in January: Perfect Duluth Day Selective Focus: Esther Piszczek

Zenith NewsE.P. Designs, is a semi-regular Zentangle (R) inspired art feature in this newspaper, which can be found at various public locations around the Twin Ports and online.

Where to find more local art events and profiles: Ed Newman's blog: Ennyman's Territory.

Connect with me on Facebook and stay updated on my classes/events, HERE!

Thank you to Ed Newman, Perfect Duluth Day, and all others who contribute to this list.

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