Art in July!

Happy July, everyone! Fresh vegetables are available at local Farmers Markets. Check out the Farmer's Market Page on this site for an updated list of area markets. There are also new online art exhibits available for viewing. Scroll down for details and links!

Need a Face Mask?
Mask Force, by Zeitgeist Arts
Buy a Mask / Donate a Mask: "The Zeitgeist Community Mask Force Program allows people who are financially able to purchase masks, while providing mask donations to local organizations using a “buy one, give one” model. The makers are using the mask pattern recommended by Essentia Health, employing a variety of fabrics to keep up with demand. All masks are reusable and machine-washable. A children’s size is also available. Donations are headed to local organizations such as the Damiano Center and the American Indian Community Housing Organization. Cost: $10 to buy a mask and donate a mask or donate 2 masks." [Note: Thank you Zeitgeist Arts, Sasha Howell and all the mask makers for making this effort possible.]

What I am Doing in July!
I am now teaching Zentangle (R) Pattern Drawing classes online via Zoom! Here are the upcoming classes and you can check my website for future class offerings and photos of what we've drawn so far at:

Mondays, July 6, 13, 20, 27, 6-8:30 p.m.
Zentangle (R) on Zoom! (for those with some knowledge of the ZT method)

Wednesdays, July 1, 8, 22, 29, 6-8:30 p.m.
Zentangle (R) on Zoom! Foundations (for those with less experience with the ZT method); 

Wednesday, July 15, 6:30-9 p.m.
Zentangle (R) & (bring your own) Wine on Zoom!

Until we are are able to meet out and about once more, stay home, stay healthy, stay safe.
Details on all of these events, and more, below!
All events are listed in alphabetical order, with date specific events listed first. Click on colored text throughout to link to more information.

Tuesday, June 30, 5-6 p.m.
Arts Industry Social Hour, online via Zoom!
"Local Artists Moira Villiard, Adam Swanson, Ryan Tischer, and Amanda Hunter will co-host a discussion about 2020's changing economic and social vista for professional artists, gallerists, and arts business owners. Is it possible to survive or even thrive creatively in our current times?⁠ Join this interactive virtual event to hear these artists' ideas and ask some questions of your own if you feel called. ⁠Zoom invitation linkMeeting ID: 851 1074 9447; Password: 678016.

"This is the first in a series of virtual panel discussions the Downtown Duluth Arts Collective is co-hosting this summer in the hopes of creating a space to bring the Duluth arts community together to brainstorm about strategies, tools, and insights that might help individual artists, arts organizations and businesses to find new ways to support their art-making pursuits during these complex and challenging times. These discussions will feature a diversity of viewpoints from some of the many dynamic and innovative artists in our community. This activity and operating support is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund."

*** Please join us a few minutes before 5 p.m. as we will try to begin the panel talk right at 5 p.m. Also upon entering the Zoom meeting please be sure to mute your microphone, so we don’t have trouble hearing the speakers. There will be time for questions and we will be collecting comments/questions in the feed also!

Wednesdays, July 1, 8, 22, 29, 2-5 p.m.
Saturdays, July 4, 11, 18, 25, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Duluth Farmers Market, 14th Avenue East & Third Street
"The East Hillside Duluth Farmer's Market is open every Saturday morning and Wednesday afternoon from May through October. COVID-19 protocol will be in effect — see for guidelines. Lots of bedding plants, perennials, annuals and much more are available." 

Click on the Farmer's Markets Tab above to see a full list of summer Farmers Markets - Two Habors to Carlton County.

Wednesdays, July 1, 8, 22, 29, 6-8:30 p.m.
Zentangle (R) on Zoom! Foundations
Experience the fun and relaxation of drawing simple, repetitive line patterns with pen and ink and pencil shading in the comfort of your own home. No previous drawing experience necessary. RSVP required by the Monday before class, to; Class limited to 8. Zoom link and details will be emailed to all participants on the day of class. Class Cost: $ donations gratefully accepted. Click link for a secure donation/payment option PayPal.Me/eternalpossibility
[Note: Wednesday, 7/8, class is full.]

Sunday, July 5, 9:01 p.m.
"The moon reaches its moment of fullness at 12:44 a.m., but is not visible in Duluth until the 9:01 p.m. moonrise. From Farmers’ Almanac: July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. Another name for this month’s Moon was the Full Hay Moon.” [Note: Thank you Perfect Duluth Day for this interesting tidbit.]

Mondays, July 6, 13, 20, 27, 6-8:30 p.m.
Zentangle (R) on Zoom! 
Experience the fun and relaxation of drawing simple, repetitive line patterns with pen and ink and pencil shading in the comfort of your own home. This class is for those who have some experience with the Zentangle (R) method of pattern drawing. RSVP required by the Friday, before class, to; Class limited to 8. Zoom link and details will be emailed to all participants on the day of class. Cost: $ donations gratefully accepted. Click link for a secure donation/payment option PayPal.Me/eternalpossibility
[Note: Monday, 7/6, class is full.]

Saturday, July 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
"This show will be located off site 6 blocks from the Lakeside Lester Park Community Center where it is usually held as the City buildings are still closed. 

"5012 Oneida Street, home of Clever Threads, will be the location for June's sale. Not all artist will be present due to health concerns. This outside Market will allow for fresh air and social distancing practices. We will be requiring face masks for merchants and customers. We will have a limited number of masks for sale if you need one. 

"We will not have a Central checkout, please bring cash or checks as not all vendors may have credit card capabilities." [Note: this post is from June, I do not know if it stands for July, so please check the website link above before attending this event.]

Wednesday, July 15, 6:30-9 p.m.
Stay home and draw pretty lines with me! RSVP required to me at by Monday, July 13; Class limited to 8; Cost: $ donations gratefully accepted. Click link for a secure donation/payment option PayPal.Me/eternalpossibility

Thursdays, July 16, 23, 30
"In this virtual class, njoy the process and make your own cute wool friend! Fiber arts instructor Laura Berlage will guide you step-by-step in transforming carded wool into your own adorable critter. We will mail you a kit with all the supplies you need (just bring a scissors), including hand-dyed wool from her farm’s flock of sheep, needles, critter specific accouterments, and a foam work surface. 

"Great for beginning and intermediate level felters, and no previous experience is required. You will have enough wool to make a second critter later, offering great practice in your newfound felting skills. Registration for these classes closes 2 weeks in advance of the course. Register for each session you are interested in individually. You can take any one session or as many as you'd like. Cost per session: $85 (includes all materials and shipping fee)

July 16: Needle Felted Critters: Fox Online Course  - Wait List
July 23: Needle Felted Critters: Hen Online Course  - Space Available
July 30: Needle Felted Critters: Cardinal Online Course  - Space Available

Fridays, July 17-August 28
Greater Downtown Council's Movies in the Park(ing) Lot, Duluth Entertainment & Convention Center Parking Lot
"Movies in the Park will take on a new look this summer ... Drive-In style! Movies in the Park(ing) Lot, presented by Carlson Orthodontics, is scheduled to kick off on July 17th in the DECC parking lot. Cars will be spaced to allow for social distancing, attendees will be asked to remain in their vehicles and concession orders can be delivered car-side."
July Movie Line up:
July 17, 9 p.m., Doolittle (PG)
July 24, 8:50 p.m.A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (PG) (time is approximated) 
July 31, 8:45 p.m.Jumanji: The Next Level (PG-13) (time is approximated)

Monday-Friday, July 20-24, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Youth Multi-Media Summer Art Camp: The Backyard Studio (Ages 6-11) online via Zoom
"Explore your connection to the natural world through a variety of multimedia projects that focus on our own backyards! Learn to use foraged materials from nature in conjunction with traditional art mediums. Instructor Logan Kerkhof will guide campers to responsibly forage natural materials from their backyard and lead demonstrations on how to incorporate the materials into your artwork. Campers will create unique and intriguing works of art including Gyotaku inspired leaf/flower nature prints, sun prints and landscape collages. Campers will go on a virtual studio visit mid-week with a guest artist.

"Cost: $150 ($200 non-members); 
Registration, material list and details; Once you register, you will receive an email containing the meeting link and information for Zoom. If you have any questions, please email our Education Program Manager, Michelle Misgen at"

Virtual Art Exhibits / Studio Art Tours
"Attachments is an exploration of how my art has evolved in the past several years. The work takes an introspective look at how I have also changed in that time. “Attachments” achieves all of this through peering through the lens of the attachments I have to the world; examining my relationship with my family and everything we have gone through in particular," says artist Bella Schlotthauer about her work.

Kari Halker-Saathoff Studio Tour
Local painter, artist, potter.

"Minneapolis based gallery Obsidian Art, Inc., brought together established and emerging Minnesota artists of African descent who created exceptional handmade craftworks, photographs, sculptures, drawings, digital images, and multi-media works. These works traveled in a juried 2019-20 exhibit appearing at Austin Area Arts, Duluth Art Institute, Paramount Center of the Arts in St. Cloud, Twin Rivers Council for the Arts in Mankato, and the exhibition culminated in the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

"The selected work is presented in honor of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and all people of color fighting for justice."

"An online exhibit reflecting how artists are processing and observing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic."

Ongoing Online Events
"Saltless Sea Cinema is Duluth’s roaming micro-cinema series featuring avant-garde film and video work. The founder and curator, Allen Killian-Moore, has received a Community Emergency Grant from Springboard for The Arts to curate a special online Quarantine Edition of Saltless Sea Cinema.

"Quarantine Cinema features moving image work from Nik Nerburn, Laska Jimsen, Sky Hopinka, Alan Gerlac, Torey Erin, Seth Dahlseid, Allen Killian-Moore, Billy T., and Merit Thursday. It will be available online for several months in solidarity with people quarantined or staying-at-home, with workers on strike, and with workers on the front-lines during the COVID-19 global pandemic."

Virtual Duluth on Facebook (click link for a list of daily offerings)
"Created by Matt Dressler, Virtual Duluth is a place to post all the upcoming virtual events happening in Duluth by so many talented community members. Featuring music, movement, stories, and art."

On View
Summer 2020
Kari Halker-Saathoff: Odysseus & Penelope: The Long Journey, George Morrison Gallery, Duluth Art Institute, Historic Duluth Depot, 506 W. Michigan Street
"Ceramist and illustrator Kari Halker-Saathoff presents the classic story of Odysseus with a reimagined characterization of his wife Penelope. Graphite illustrations are layered with white paper cut outs, backed in black to mirror the ceramic glazing on low fire red clay vessels."

Summer 2020
Sue Rauschenfels: Sisterhood, Corridor Gallery, Duluth Art Institute, Historic Duluth Depot, 506 W. Michigan Street
"Working in watercolor and acrylic, Rauschenfels builds forms from organic shapes, vivid colors, and rich textures. The forward-facing figures interact with viewers while standing together in solid compositions reflective of their communities. Stories of kinship and unity evolve from her work, encouraging one to reflect on their own relations."

Summer 2020
Tia Salmela Keobounpheng: BloodlineJohn Steffl Gallery, Duluth Art Institute, Historic Duluth Depot, 506 W. Michigan Street
"Tia Salmela Keobounpheng (aka Tia Keo) presents multimedia sculptures in her new series, BLOODLINE. On view in the Mayor’s Reception Room are BLOODLINE no.3 and BLOODLINE no.4, both constructed of copper and electric wire and both representing the artists inquiry into epigenetics. 'The undulating copper conduit symbolizes the bloodline, a simplified single channel of lineage. The hanging coils suggest spiraling DNA or umbilical cords of experience and information that inform our blood and our inherited memory. Epigenetic's suggest that our lived experiences can modify the expression of our genes without changing the genetic code itself.'"

Summer 2020
Emily Stokes: Reveal, John Steffl Gallery, Duluth Art Institute, Historic Duluth Depot, 506 W. Michigan Street
"Artist Emily Stokes works in painting, printmaking, drawing, and digital imaging to produce two-dimensional objects. Challenging the viewer to explore objects from a two-dimensional perspective rather than three, Stokes presents paper fold outs, interlocking wooden panels and winding panoramas. Her work on view includes acrylic and screen prints on small MDF panels with subject matter accenting the tension between the familiar and the new."
View images of Reveal on the DAI facebook page

Learn a Tangle!
Firecracker, by Suzanne McNeill, CZT, is a simple band tangle that can be used as a border around a frame, or edge of an envelopeClick 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

Book & Film
Patterned Peace, by Esther Piszczek, CZT, published by Whole Person Associates, Duluth. Available on 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

Places to find my art in the Twin Ports:

Thank yous!
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

A huge thank you to Amanda Hunter at Joseph Nease Gallery who put together 59 second videos for all participating artists of the Downtown Duluth Arts Walk's first virtual tour on March 27. Here is a link to the video she made of my work.

Other Places To Find Art
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.