Art in February!

Introducing a new feature of TwinPortsArt: Artist Spotlight where I will shine a light on a local artist. This month, find a link to Brian Barber's interview of metalsmith and jeweler Elizabeth Pawlik published in his Perfect Duluth Day's Selective Focus feature. Scroll down past the Art on View section to find the link!

Welcome to February!

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


Wednesday, February 12, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Zentangle (R) & Wine with Esther Piszczek, CZT, Master Framing Gallery, 1431 London Road (RSVP required) [NOTE: this class has filled]

Friday, February 21, 6-8 p.m.
Jazz@DFP, Duluth Fine Pianos, 331 W. Superior Street
Musicians: Ryan Frane, Piano, Joey Pettit, Bass, C.J. Kocher on Saxophone!


Save the Date!
Mondays, March 9-30, 6-8:30 p.m., Esther Piszczek, certified z e n t a n g l e (R) teacher
Zentangle (R) Pattern Drawing, Advanced, Ordean East Middle School, 2900 East 4th Street
In this class we will further explore the Zentangle method of pattern drawing. This class is open to anyone who has taken Zentangle Pattern Drawing with me in the past. Minimum: 5 students; Maximum: 10 students; Class Cost: $45; Supply Cost: $30; Register online HERE or contact Julie Gandt, Coordinator, at 218-336-8760 x 1 or email: Julie.Gandt@isd709.org


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 and the Reoccurring Events page for events that happen routinely.

Friday, January 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Opening ReceptionThe Journey Home – Chapter 2, Paintings by Samuel J. ZimmermanAmerican Indian Community Housing Organization, 202 W. Second Street
"This free exhibit will feature paintings by Samuel J. Zimmerman. During the opening, Samuel will be creating a live painting of a shawl dancer. His work is created from his inspiration, his Ojibwe heritage, the strength and spirit of traditional jingle dress and shawl dancers, and the beauty of Gitchi-Gami. Refreshments will be served."

Saturday, February 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
What’s Your Wunderkammer? Experimenting in 3D with Paper and Collage, Duluth Art Institute at Lincoln Park, 2229 W. Second St.
"Duluth artist Susanna Gaunt introduces techniques in collage and shaping paper to create two-and three-dimensional pieces in this workshop. Susanna’s work is inspired from observations of the natural world, natural history museums and their 17th century precursors, the Wunderkammer; as private collections of art and rare specimens, these curiosity cabinets strove to reveal the wonders of our world.

"The class will discuss what they collect and observe and how it can inspire the creative process. From there, they will use collage and shaping paper. Both 2-and 3-dimensional techniques will be introduced and demonstrated to allow for a variety of forms of expression. Time will be given for participants to generate ideas and experiment with collage to create their own artworks based on what they collect and what inspires them.

"A selection of vintage boxes will be available for $10, paid directly to the artist. Participants are also welcome to bring their own small boxes or containers (about the size of a shoe box). The cost of this workshop is $25 for Duluth Art Institute members and $30 for nonmembers."


Saturday, February 1, 2-4 p.m.
Opening ReceptionIlluminations, Zeitgeist Atrium, 222 E. Superior Street
"Come view all new work by Mary Plaster, mixed media artist, featuring large-as-life Minnesota wildlife as whimsical lanterns in symbolic mid-winter darkness as she unveils her newest show, Illuminations. Richie Townsend will provide his electric guitar musical stylings for the afternoon festivities. Short clips and photos of Mary's larger-than-life puppetry-in-action will also be shown, as edited by filmmaker, Kirk Eckstine. Cookies, cocoa & coffee with be served symbolically in lieu of pancakes traditionally marking preLenten Christian time." On View: through February 27

Saturday, February 1, 2-4 p.m.
Lake Superior Writers: Obtaining Writing Feedback and Forming Editing Groups, Duluth Public Library, Green Room, 520 W. Superior Street
"Lake Superior Writers hosts local writers to discuss the feedback process and sifting through the feedback to strengthen one’s writing. Independent publisher Jim Perlman speaks about the editing process, writer Felicia Schneiderhan talks about structuring writing groups, and representatives from local writing groups share how their own writing groups are structured."

Sunday, February 2, 1-3 p.m.
SunFUNday! Art for Children of All Ages: Nordic Hearts for AllThe Nordic Center, 23 N. Lake Avenue
"Join art professor Alison Aune, her UMD art education students, and special guests. Create a Nordic Heart-inspired Valentine with felt, paper, thread and beads. Pre-Registration is encouraged! Admission: $5 suggested donation; Contact: Alison Aune, aaune@d.umn.edu, with questions and pre-registration information.

Mondays, February 3, 10, 6-8:30 p.m.
Printmaking Club, Duluth Art Institute, Lincoln Park Building, 
"The Duluth Art Institute hosts a print-making club in their printmaking studio in Lincoln Park for its members. The club meets the first and third Monday of the month through March. All levels of experience are welcome. Attendees should bring their own supplies and reference materials including drawings, sketches and photos for ideas and inspiration. A $10 donation per session is suggested. This group meets on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month, through March."

Tuesdays, February 4, 11, 18, 25, 12:30-3 p.m.
Open Studio at the Duluth Depot, 506 W. Michigan Street
The 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).

Tuesday, February 4, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Crafternoons for Kids @ WEST, West Duluth Branch Library, Senior Center Meeting Room, 5830 Grand Avenue
"Crafternoons includes make-and-take craft projects. No experience or sign-up required."

Tuesday, February 4, 5:30 p.m. (hors d'oeuvres) 7 p.m. (Documentary Screening)
Rabbett Before Horses, Tweed Museum of Art, 
"Rabbett Before Horses is a special one-hour PBS WI documentary presenting an in-depth portrait of the Northern Wisconsin-based artist from his rock band days on the Fillmore stage in San Francisco, to his return to his ancestral home on the Red Cliff Reservation, through the advanced mathematical theories scrolling through his mind, to the belief among his fellow Ojibwe that his intricate paintings come from his dreams.

"Free and open to the public, however seating is limited and RSVP is requiredLet us know you plan to attend either event (hors d'oeuvres / film screening) or both. Alternate snow date is February 11."

Tuesdays, February 4, 11, 18, 25, 6-8 p.m.
Celtic Song Circle, Wussow's Concert Cafe, 324 N. Central Avenue
"Musicians of all ages are invited to bring their instruments and voices to perform in a song circle, playing Celtic tunes and other classics."

Wednesday, February 5, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Youth Film Photography Club for ages 12+, The Depot Darkroom, Duluth Art Institute, 506 W. Michigan Street
"Spend time at the historic Depot exploring the art of film photography. Learn how to use the elements of photography to take better shots and learn how to develop film and make your own prints in the darkroom. We will provide film cameras, lenses and other photography equipment to use while at the Depot. A limited amount of film, paper and chemicals will be provided with the registration fee. Feel free to bring your own cameras and any additional supplies, as needed. Cost: $20 per session"

Thursdays, February 6 & 20, 4 p.m.
Winter Farmer's Market, Duluth Folk School, 1917 Superior Street
"Community Action Duluth’s Seeds of Success program is partnering with the Duluth Folk School to host the Lincoln Park Winter Farmer’s Market. Come down on the first and third Thursday of the month, from November through March!"

Thursday, February 6, 4-6 p.m.
Write On!, Duluth Public Library, Gold Room, 520 W. Superior Street
"Calling all young writers! Poems! Songs! Graphic novels! Short stories! WHATEVER your genre, “Write On” is the place for you to launch your next writing piece. “Write On’ is a series of 4 workshops expressly designed for young writers, ages 10-18. Each workshop is a pop-up, stand-alone event. You can attend one, or all four! Your choice! You do not need to bring any completed writing to attend, but the option to share and receive feedback will be provided. There will also be brain food (pizza!) while supplies last. “Write On” is free-of-charge, but registration is required. Event Type(s): Author/Literary Event; Age Group(s): Tweens, Teen"


Thursday, February 6, 5-8 p.m.
Opening ReceptionDuluth Art Institute Annual Member Show, The Depot Great Hall, 506 W. Michigan Street
"Celebrate Duluth's creative community. From seasoned artists to first time exhibitors, this annual show is a celebration of our member's expressive selves and artistic diversity. Expect a rich and personal collection of work created by members over this past year with paintings, printmaking, ceramics, fiber, photography, and more.

"The evening will also feature the ever popular People's Choice Award, light appetizers, cash bar, and artist talks by Tommy Kronquist, Laura Andrews, and Paula Gudmundson. Musicians will be performing live music to accompany a video piece installed in the Morrison Gallery. Be one of the first 50 guests to submit your completed ballot and survey and you will receive a free DAI tote designed and printed by Medium Control." On View: through March 2

Thursday, February 6, 5-8 p.m.
Opening ReceptionLaura Andrews & Paula Gudmundson: Integrated Vision, George Morrison Gallery, Duluth Art Institute, 506 W. Michigan Street
"Digital landscapes and meditative harmonies invite viewers to find respite and connect with the surrounding world in Integrated Vision, a collaborative exhibition by Laura Andrews and Paula Gudmundson. Large scale images of nature float on the walls of the Morrison Gallery, documenting the ever-changing state of our environment. Slow, thoughtful music projects a state of fluidity, transcending reality." On View: December 2019-March 2020

Thursday, February 6, 5-8 p.m.
Opening ReceptionShaun Chosa: War Paint, John Steffl Gallery, Duluth Art Institute, 506 W. Michigan Street
"Pulling from popular culture, nature and his Ojibwe heritage, Shaun Chosa creates detailed pen and ink work that is evocative and at times whimsical. In War Paint, Chosa translates his ideas onto large canvas with acrylic, “War Paint is a social commentary on popular culture and its intersection in Indian country. Some blatant, some coded in ways only those people growing up on the Red road would understand." Artist TalkMarch 17, 5-7 
p.m.; 
On View: December 2019-March 2020

Thursday, February 6, 5-8 p.m.
Opening ReceptionTommy Kronquist: Medium Control, Corridor Gallery, Duluth Art Institute, 506 W. Michigan Street"Local artist and business owner Tommy Kronquist began his design career on the winter slopes of Minnesota. Merging his passion for snowboarding with his interest in art, a company was born: Medium Control. Long before designing however, Kronquist joined a competitive winter sports circuit that included traveling with his snowboarding sponsors. Through them he was exposed to a market heavy with design fads. During this time, Kronquist gravitated towards working with sales representatives to present his design work. Eventually, the ebb and flow of multiple seasons brought with it the desire to create timeless designs, work that would be relevant for more than a season, or a year, or even a decade. Kronquist’s work presented in the DAI Corridor Gallery embodies his classic minimal designs." On View: through February 9

Friday, February 7, 5:30-8 p.m.
Love Your Local Artist, Superior Public Library, 1530 Tower Avenue, Superior, WI
"The 10th annual Love Your Local Artist event celebrates Superior’s artists while supporting the public library. Local artists will have their artwork available for purchase. There will be live music, wine and refreshments. There will also be a silent auction. Attendees can help expand the library’s collection by “adopting” materials on behalf of the library at the “Adopt-a-Book” sale."

Friday, February 7, 5-7 p.m.
Opening Reception: Lake Superior Storms, Cedar Coffee Company, 1120 11 Street, Two Harbors (just 200 yards north of the Super One grocery store)
"A Lake Superior Storms solo photo show by photographer Phil Hartley of Two Harbors. At 6 p.m., Phil will give his popular presentation on Lake Superior Storms and Shipwrecks. The presentation includes historical storms and shipwrecks and Phil’s photos—many awesome, many entertainingof more recent Lake Superior storms." On ViewFebruary 1-28

Friday, February 7, 6-8 p.m.
Opening ReceptionImprovisational Compositions: Not Our Grandmothers’ QuiltsDuluth Folk School, 1917 W. Superior Street
"Featuring works by Esther Derby and Mary Mathews. All quilts involve design. In 2018 and 2019 Mary Mathews and Esther Derby studied with renowned quilt artist Nancy Crow. You’ll notice that some of the quilts in this exhibit bear a resemblance. That’s because they were based on the same design prompt: Use a simple motif and reversals, with one flat color and one glowing color. Other quilts emerged from different prompts. The artist may be more or less constrained given the prompt. In either case, the artist applies principle of design within those constraints. Through repeated use of the same prompt, the artist’s voice develops. As you look at the quilts in this exhibit, see if you can deduce the design prompts behind the quilt." On View: through April 2


Saturday, February 8, 8 a.m.-10 a.m.
Sip & Stitch*, Dovetail Cafe, Duluth Folk School, 1917 W. Superior Street
"Do you love fiber? Would you like to join a community with similar interests? Bring a project to work on – knit, crochet, embroidery, or whatever tickles your fiber fancy. A fiber ringleader will be on hand to answer questions and oooo and ahhh over your handiwork. Before settling in, grab a glass or a bite to satisfy your sipping and noshing needs and meet us 
in the back half of the main hall at the Dovetail Cafe. Let’s enjoy a cozy morning, sipping and stitching. *If you are brand new to stitching and looking for detailed instruction, keep an eye on the Duluth Folk School calendar for relevant upcoming introductory classes."

Saturday, February 8, 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." Guest Artist: Sally Cavallero Designs, handmade recycled sterling silver jewelry
[Note: I own a pair of her earrings and they are beautifully designed and hand crafted.]

Tuesdays, February 11-25, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Oil Painting: Harps Alla Prima with Matt Kania, Duluth Art Institute at Lincoln Park, 2229 W. Second Street"Local artist Matt Kania teaches an alla prima painting class with a live model playing the harp. The class runs on three consecutive Tuesdays. The first class features the live model while the class focuses on capturing the shapes and movements through oil sketches and photographs. In the remaining two sessions the class will work from the oil sketches and photographs to complete a large oil painting. Painting alla prima is an Italian term which means “at first” and is also known as “direct painting” or “wet on wet” oil painting. Using this technique, painters will complete a painting without waiting for the paint layers to dry completely, focusing on shapes, color value, paint applications and brush strokes. Class Cost: $125 for DAI members and $150 for nonmembers. Visit HERE to register and to see the materials list."

Wednesdays, February 12-March 11, 1-4 p.m.
Face and Figure Drawing for BeginnersDuluth Art Insitute at Lincoln Park, 2229 W. Second Street
"Artist William Wise teaches a five-session face and figure drawing course for beginners. Students will learn observation and detail skills needed to accurately lay out and draw faces and figures on paper. The course covers classic formulas for drawing the human figure and face through the instruction of gestural techniques, using observation and detail to get accurate drawings on paper. The class focuses on getting the features where they belong and building the likeness of many images. The course runs every Wednesday from Feb. 12 through Mar. 11. Class Cost: $120 for DAI members and $145 for nonmembers. For more information, visit www.williamwiseart.com."

Wednesday, February 12, 6:30-9 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. [NOTE: this class has filled]
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.

Thursday, February 13, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Winter Foods Festival, Clyde Iron Works, 2920 W. Michigan Street
"AgriCulture of the North’s Winter Foods Festival celebrates local foods, drink, medicine, craft and art year-round. The event features a farmers market with fresh and preserved foods of all kinds in addition to live music, kids activities, arts demonstrations and more.
For questions, to become a sponsor or more information, contact Julie Allen at 630-750-8322."

Thursday, February 13, 1-2 p.m.
Social Knitting Group, Mount Royal Library, Blue Room, 105 Mount Royal Shopping Circle
"This group is open to all who love to knit or crochet. All skill levels are welcome."

Thursday, February 133-4 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"

Thursday, February 13, 6-7 p.m.
Recycle, Repurpose, and Restyle with Mary MulariWest Duluth Branch, Senior Center Meeting Room, Duluth Public Library, 5830 Grand Avenue
"People interested in reusing household textiles and vintage linens, including Grandma’s doilies, are encouraged to attend this event. Turn tablecloths, T-shirts, and thrift shop treasures into contemporary heirlooms and useful accessories. Learn Mary’s laundering/whitening tips and how to create gifts with basic sewing skills or fabric glue."

Thursday, February 137-9 p.m.
Celebrity Dance Challenge, Fregeau Auditorium, Marshall School, 1215 Rice Lake Road
"A community favorite, this fun-filled night shines the spotlight on local area notables and their professional ballet partners. Cheer every hip-swiveling step, jazz kick and high-flying swing. Then vote for your favorite! Tickets are $30 for general admission and $35 for reserved seating. For more information or to buy tickets call: 218-529-3742 – Ballet Office, 230 W. Superior St. Lower Level. Click HERE for a list of participants!"


Friday, February 14, 5:30 p.m.
Valentine's Day Soiree: Lyric Opera of the North, Greysolon Ballroom, 231 E. Superior Street
"Our Biggest Fundraiser of the Year! Tickets
$100 per person ($50 tax deductible)

5:30 PM – Hors d’oeuvres / Cash Bar
6:30 PM – Dinner and Music

"Menu: [
Greysolon can accommodate most dietary restrictions. Please contact LOON.]
Duet Plate: Pan-Seared Sirloin and Champagne Chicken (Served with Rosemary Roasted Red Potatoes); Roasted North Atlantic Salmon with Maple & Lemon Glaze (Served with Rosemary Roasted Red Potatoes)' Vegetarian: Spiralized Butternut Squash with Thai Peanut Sauce (Gluten Free and a little spicy)"

Sunday, February 16, 1-3 p.m.
Ragtime Rendezvous, United Presbyterian Church, 229 N. 28th Street, Superior, WI 
"If you enjoy listening to good music, we would LOVE to entertain you! People of all ages and abilities make up these fun concerts. Donations made to Lake Superior Ragtime Society events are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated!

Tuesday, February 18, 2-4 p.m.
Shrinkable Art for Kids
Duluth Public Library, Green Room, 520 W. Superior Street
"Join us for an afternoon of Shrinkable Art! Design your own artwork, jewelry, magnets, and keychains then watch as they shrink before your eyes. Fun for the whole family! Made possible by the Friends of the Duluth Public Library. Event Type(s): Arts & Crafts; Age Group(s): Kids, Tweens"

Tuesday, February 18, 7-9 p.m.
In Tandem Volume III, Teatro Zuccone, Zeitgeist Arts, 222 E. Superior Street
"In Tandem is an evening of art inspired by a single short story. For In Tandem Volume III, artists created works of art inspired by Tina Higgins Wussow’s short story “Featuring Acorns.

"One Less Guest, Mama’s Stolen Horses and George Ellsworth will perform music. Deanna Erickson will read poetry, Miriam Hanson and Ren Cooper will perform interpretive yoga, Kayla Schiltgen will dance and Holly Fearn will present visual art. Mary Fox will read the story."

Tuesday, February 18, 7-9 p.m.
Duluth-Superior Camera Club Meeting, UWS Yellow Jacket Union, 1605 Catlin Drive, Superior, WI
"The Duluth-Superior Camera Club offers opportunities to improve photographic skills and knowledge, a venue to challenge those skills, and a forum to share that experience with others who have a passion for photography. It also offers educational opportunities, photography meetups, and local and regional photo competitions. Yearly memberships are $30, prorated depending on membership month."

Wednesday, February 19, 6-7:30 p.m.
Soap-making Demo, Mount Royal Branch, Duluth Public Library, 105 Mount Royal Shopping Circle
"Leane Rhoads leads a soap-making workshop in the Blue Room of the Mount Royal Branch of the Duluth Public Library. Rhoads will demonstrate how to properly handle and store lye, test for trace, add essential oils for fragrance and follow recipes. Rhoads already has a lot of soap, so someone will be going home with some soap as a door prize."

Thursday, February 20, 5-7 p.m.
Opening ReceptionDocument Spring, Oldenburg House, 604 Chestnut Avenue, Carlton
"The Reif Performing Arts Center hosts an art reception for the photography exhibit Document Spring, an annual art and citizen science initiative that brings together individuals, organizations, high school and college students to capture the emergence of spring with artistic and scientific observations.

"The project is guided by expert phenologists and photographers, whose skills help participants create snapshots of spring’s arrival throughout the St. Louis River Watershed, Jay Cooke State Park and other locations that reveal Carlton County’s unique and dramatic geography."

Friday, February 21, 6-8 p.m.
Jazz@DFP, Duluth Fine Pianos, 331 W. Superior Street
A night of jazz surrounded by pianos and the Zentangle (R) inspired artwork of Esther Piszczek, CZT. ($10 suggested donation to pay the musicians) I would love to see you at this event!
Musicians
Ryan Frane, Piano, Joey Pettit, Bass, C.J. Kocher on Saxophone!

Friday & Saturday, February 21-22, 7:30 p.m.
Considering Matthew Shephard - Encore Performance, NorShore Theater, 211 E. Superior Street
"This three-part fusion oratorio speaks with a fresh and bold voice, incorporating a variety of musical styles seamlessly woven into a unified whole. Minnesota-native, Craig Hella Johnson sets a wide range of poetic and soulful texts including passages from Matt’s personal journal, interviews and writings from his parents, and newspaper reports. Tickets."


Saturday, February 22, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Beaded Animal KeychainsDuluth Public Library, Green Room, 520 W. Superior Street
"Kids can make beaded animal keychains for themselves, family or friends. Kits with beads and instructions are supplied so that participating crafting kids can create accessories for their backpacks or parent’s car keys."

Sunday, February 23, 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."

Tuesday, February 25, 3-5 p.m.
Crafternoons for Adults: “Beat the Blues”: Watercolor Pencils and Affirmation Cards, Duluth Public Library, Green Room, 520 W. Superior Street"Use watercolor pencils to create meditation cards with personal affirmations on them. Sunlamp will be present for individuals to sign up for short time slots."

Tuesday, February 25, 6-7:30 p.m.
Visual Culture Lecture Series: Michael Barnes, Montague Hall 70, University of Minnesota Duluth, 1049 University Drive
"Michael Barnes developed a passion for the medium of lithography during his graduate studies at Iowa and has focused on this process for much of his work since. Barnes now resides in St. Charles, Illinois and is a professor of printmaking at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb."

Saturday, February 29, 8-11 p.m.
Adeline's Dry Saloon, Adeline, Inc., 1132 E. 9th Street
"An all-ages, all bodies, safe and inclusive evening with dancing and live music by Clancy Ward. Enjoy handcrafted mocktails by Sober Duluth and other NA beverages in a space free of alcohol or judgement. 
Cover Fee: $5 Sliding entry fee is available."


Art on View:

December 6-February 2
Snow and Ice, Duluth Folk School, 1917 W. Superior Street
"Through painting, photographs, and other media, we will be exploring the world of snow and ice. Art by Jordan Sundberg, Michael Anderson, Alison Aune, Bryan French, LeAnn Oman, and Tara Austin."


December 20- February 9
Tommy Kronquist: Medium Control, Corridor Gallery, Duluth Art Institute, 506 W. Michigan Street"Local artist and business owner Tommy Kronquist began his design career on the winter slopes of Minnesota. Merging his passion for snowboarding with his interest in art, a company was born: Medium Control. Long before designing however, Kronquist joined a competitive winter sports circuit that included traveling with his snowboarding sponsors. Through them he was exposed to a market heavy with design fads. During this time, Kronquist gravitated towards working with sales representatives to present his design work. Eventually, the ebb and flow of multiple seasons brought with it the desire to create timeless designs, work that would be relevant for more than a season, or a year, or even a decade. Kronquist’s work presented in the DAI Corridor Gallery embodies his classic minimal designs." Opening ReceptionThursday, February 6, 5-8 p.m.

January 17-February 21
Metamorphose: Sarah Brokke, Prove Gallery, 21 N. Lake Avenue
"In MetamorphoseSarah Brokke creates lush, colorful compositions that blend corporeal, natural, and abstract imagery in her characteristically lyrical style. Her paintings feature women subjects in fantastical and surreal landscapes. Images of trees, water, animals, veins, hearts, and hands recur over and over, as the artist constructs a personal mythology. In Brokke’s poetic canvases, her subjects find liberation from the dominant kyriarchal strictures that would bind and control them. Weaving visual narratives that connect to her own identity and those of her subjects, their lives, and traumas, Brokke seeks to “cultivate vulnerable spaces of ritual, reflection, and growth.”

January 30-February 21 
Teacher/Student Art Exhibit, UW-Superior's Holden Fine Arts Building, Room 2144, Catlin Avenue and 19th Street, Superior
"Students and faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Superior celebrate art teachers and their students with an exhibition that features both sides of the creative classroom." 

February-March
Lake Superior Storms, Cedar Coffee Company, 1120 11 Street, Two Harbors (just 200 yards north of the Super One grocery store)
"A Lake Superior Storms solo photo show by photographer Phil Hartley of Two Harbors.Artist Talk: Friday, February 7, 6 p.m. 

February 1-February 27
Art OpeningIlluminations, Zeitgeist Atrium, 222 E. Superior Street
"Come view all new work by Mary Plaster, mixed media artist, featuring large-as-life Minnesota wildlife as whimsical lanterns in symbolic mid-winter darkness as she unveils her newest show, Illuminations. Richie Townsend will provide his electric guitar musical stylings for the afternoon festivities. Short clips and photos of Mary's larger-than-life puppetry-in-action will also be shown, as edited by filmmaker, Kirk Eckstine. Cookies, cocoa & coffee with be served symbolically in lieu of pancakes traditionally marking pre-Lenten Christian time."

February 18-28
Rita VanderVenter Paintings & Mixed Media Artwork, AICHO Galleries, Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center, 202 W. 2nd Street
"Rita is an enrolled member of the Red Cliff Band of Ojibwe in Wisconsin. Her acrylic paintings, mixed media, beadwork and birchbark have been featured at the Madeline Island Museum and most recently at Washburn Cultural Center."

December 13-February 29
count. map. pulse. breathe., Joseph Nease Gallery, 23 W. 1st Street
"A solo exhibition of new work by Kathy McTavish. “A frayed thread”: Whether the split wires of a computer circuit board; a single line of code from a spooling cacophony of code-driven conversation; a thread of cello or wind in a digital fugue; one out of hundreds of layers of digital shapes - scrolling on monitors and through projections (grey, then black, then blue, red, yellow); a circle stitched into fabric and batting and pooled chording; the tied ends of a loom-woven shawl/covering/scroll – this is the metaphor that unites and runs through the body of Kathy McTavish’s multi-layered trans/media installations."


February 6-March 2
Duluth Art Institute Annual Member Show, The Depot Great Hall, 506 W. Michigan Street
"Celebrate Duluth's creative community. From seasoned artists to first time exhibitors, this annual show is a celebration of our member's expressive selves and artistic diversity. Expect a rich and personal collection of work created by members over this past year with paintings, printmaking, ceramics, fiber, photography, and more."

December-March
Laura Andrews & Paula Gudmundson: Integrated Vision, George Morrison Gallery, Duluth Art Institute, 506 W. Michigan Street
"Digital landscapes and meditative harmonies invite viewers to find respite and connect with the surrounding world in Integrated Vision, a collaborative exhibition by Laura Andrews and Paula Gudmundson. Large scale images of nature float on the walls of the Morrison Gallery, documenting the ever-changing state of our environment. Slow, thoughtful music projects a state of fluidity, transcending reality." Opening ReceptionThursday, February 65-8 p.m.

January-March
Shaun Chosa: War Paint, John Steffl Gallery, Duluth Art Institute, 506 W. Michigan Street
"Pulling from popular culture, nature and his Ojibwe heritage, Shaun Chosa creates detailed pen and ink work that is evocative and at times whimsical. In War Paint, Chosa translates his ideas onto large canvas with acrylic, “War Paint is a social commentary on popular culture and its intersection in Indian country. Some blatant, some coded in ways only those people growing up on the Red road would understand." Opening Reception: Thursday, February 6, 5-8 p.m.; Artist TalkMarch 17, 5-7 
p.m.

January-March
Sharon Dawson, City Hall Mayor's Reception Room, 411 W. 1st Street
"Sharon Dawson’s work invites viewers to investigate with emotion, the forms encouraging viewers to linger and emerge with a connection outside of oneself. Pulling us in with depth, color and texture, the images reflect Dawson’s practice, “While creating art draws the internal world outward, awareness in meditation draws the attention inward”. Applying multiple layers of oil and acrylic before rubbing, scraping and carving into the surface, Dawson’s process becomes meditative. Her movements, visible as strokes on the canvas, promote stillness and harmony."

January-March
Our Neighbors: Exhibiting Artists from BAM, City Hall Rotunda, 411 W. 1st Street
"The Duluth Art Institute hosts the Birkenstein Arts Movement, a year-long program for middle school students based on the art and principles of Jean Birkenstein. Fifteen BAM students joined this movement to focus on growing their art and leadership skills, working towards communicating through drawing, ceramics, painting and mixed media."


February 7-April 2
Art Opening: Improvisational Compositions: Not Our Grandmothers’ QuiltsDuluth Folk School, 1917 W. Superior Street
"Featuring works by Esther Derby and Mary Mathews. All quilts involve design. In 2018 and 2019 Mary Mathews and Esther Derby studied with renowned quilt artist Nancy Crow. You’ll notice that some of the quilts in this exhibit bear a resemblance. That’s because they were based on the same design prompt: Use a simple motif and reversals, with one flat color and one glowing color. Other quilts emerged from different prompts. The artist may be more or less constrained given the prompt. In either case, the artist applies principle of design within those constraints. Through repeated use of the same prompt, the artist’s voice develops. As you look at the quilts in this exhibit, see if you can deduce the design prompts behind the quilt." 


Artist Spotlight
Selective Focus: Elizabeth Pawlik, Metalsmith and Jewler, by Brian Barber, Perfect Duluth Day, January 30, 2020.

Creative Education Class Opportunities in the Twin Ports!
Featured Class
February 8, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Take Me Gnome With You!, Duluth Folk School, 1917 W. Superior Street
"Learn how to make an adorable sock gnome with instructor Megan Martin, perfect to give to your loved one for Valentine’s Day! You will learn/practice some embroidery stitches, a blanket stitch is used to form the felt hat, and French knots shape the cute nose! Instruction and all materials will be provided. If you have a charm or crystal you would like to decorate your gnome’s hat with, go ahead and bring that along. No prior experienced required. Class Cost: $44"

Learn a Tangle! 
Heartlock, by Hong Kong CZT Candace Mok is a lovely, heart shaped, band tangle with many options for creative color fill. 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 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 2019: Perfect Duluth Day Selective Focus: Esther Piszczek

Zenith NewsE.P. Designs, is a semi-regular Zentangle (R) inspired art feature that appeared in this newspaper and is now available 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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