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Allt för Sverige (Everything for Sweden/The Great Swedish Adventure)

Season 9 Premiere Viewing Party

October 26, 2019 ~ 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Cost: $5 at the door, general seating for 70, reservations taken at nordiccenterofduluth@gmail.com until Oct. 25, 2019

Join cast members for a public screening of the Season Premiere of Season 9 of the Emmy winning series Allt för Sverige. The series is about Swedish Americans who return to their Swedish roots. The program provides the participants more information about their ancestral families by visiting some locations their ancestors lived. The cast members learn about the country’s culture, customs, food, and quirks. As the episodes in the season progress, cast members leave the show after losing challenges and therefore find out less about their ancestry. Each season’s winner gets a family reunion with their current relatives who stayed behind in Sweden. Cast members scheduled to attend include Duluth local Melissa Walls, Jennifer Buhrow (Chicago), Brittany Gulowaty (Winnipeg), Kaytie Hubis (San Diego), Dude Settergren (Wacissa, Florida), and Mats Thureson (Vermont). Following the viewing, join the cast for a panel discussion as they share behind-the-scenes photos from their Great Swedish Adventure. 

2019 HoliDAI Market

Saturday, November 30, 10 AM - 3 PM

Let winter ambience, music, fine art, hot cocoa, treats, and more lead the way for the sale of your art.  The DAI HoliDAI Market is a unique opportunity for artists to sell work, collectors to purchase work, and for the community to enjoy Duluth Winter fun. Other activities include outdoor bon fires for roasting s'mores, Grambsch Family candy making, hot cocoa and cider with sweet-treats for sale, live music and more!

The St. Louis County Depot is hosting FREE ADMISSION for this event and the Lake Superior Train Museum will be hosting the Christmas City Express which brings in hundreds of visitors. 

Set up Friday, November 29th, 5-9pm. Vendor spaces are 6' x 8'. Wifi will be available the day of the sale. 

Register Here

On View through November 2019

Minnesota State Capital, Third Floor Gallery

The Minnesota State Capitol Art Gallery is a completely new opportunity for the public to experience visual art by Minnesota Artists. The Minnesota State Capitol Arts Advisory Committee was created through legislation and is a body of volunteers who are creating the process for artists to submit work for exhibition in the MN State Capitol.

Vern Northrup, visual storyteller and photographer, is an enrolled member of the Fond du Lac Nation in Northern Minnesota. He is an interpreter, educator, and learner. He uses only the camera on his phone to capture the settings of where he grew up. The nostalgia he creates educates the viewer about the rhythm of nature, preservation of tradition, and the relationship between resiliency and sustainability. Akinomaage will be on view to November 2019.

The Duluth Art institute is the premier contemporary visual arts organization of Minnesota’s northeast region. With 112 years of advocating, educating, and community involvement, the Duluth Art Institute provides artists, patron, viewers, and creative learners unique opportunities to engage in the community, apply art to daily life, and celebrate artists as they grapple with social, cultural, and political experiences.

The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public. Support and thanks to the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation and thanks to a grant through the Minnesota State Arts Board and to voters of Minnesota, who made possible through legislation an appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Community Felt Rug Making with Mary Reichert  

Mary Reichert is a fiscal year 2019 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.  This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Community Felt Rug Making: Design Classes at the DAI

Thursday, October 24th 6 - 8:30 PM

Free when you register for any of the day classes

Friday - Sunday, October 25 - 27th, 10 AM - 5 PM

$25/day at DAI Lincoln Park Building

Felt rug making is an art of storytelling.  In this class we will begin Thursday evening by studying the felt rugs of Kyrgyzstan. What is the history of felt in the region? What do the designs mean? Where did they come from? How are the rugs made?  With lots of ideas in hand we will then come together Friday morning and begin to craft our own story for the rug we are making for the Duluth Public Library.  Once we have the narrative for the rug we will be making templates and pre-felts and continue over the course of three days preparing all the materials and creating our design. 

You are welcome to sign up for one or all 3 days.  Thursday evening is included when you register for any of the day classes.  

Community Felt Rug Making with Mary Reichert


Community Felt Rug Making: Design Class

Friday, November 15th, 10 AM - 5 PM

$25 at The Duluth Folk School

This class is a continuation of the first 3 days in October and is when the design and hard work really begins to come together! We will be laying out the base layers, lightly felting them, and then adding our design on top of this base in preparation for the community felt making event the following day.  

Community Felt Rug Making 

Saturday & Sunday, November 16th, 17th, 10 AM - 5 PM

Free at The Duluth Folk School

No experience necessary

The art of felt rug making has a long history of bringing people together and this event is inspired from the felt rug making traditions of Kyrgyzstan.  The rug will begin about 8' by 10' with the design ready to go and together we will add soapy water and start walking on the rug with our bare feet. Over the course of two days, along with the help of live music, we will walk, stomp, sing, kick and roll the wool into a strong felt rug that will be a gift for the Duluth Public Library. 

Community Felt Rug Making with Mary Reichert

All hands and feet welcome! You can drop by for 10 minutes or stay all day. 



Images courtesy of North House Folk School

This page was created to help connect the community with local art experiences in the Twin Ports. We know that it is impossible to have a fully inclusive community arts calendar but we look forward to you sharing your local events schedule.

The content posted on this page is at the discretion of the Duluth Art Institute administration. If you would like to have your event posted here, please contact our Operations and Marketing Manager, Genevieve Hircock, ghircock@duluthartinstitute.org. Our email should include an image, event details (ie. time, date, location), and a 3-5 sentence description. The calendar will be updated at the beginning of each month.

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