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FREE Mixed Media Techniques Lecture and Demo

February 15th  6:00 - 8:00

Two Harbors Community Center

The GOLDEN Mixed Media lecture demo covers a wide range of materials and techniques for use in Mixed Media projects. Learn about the different GOLDEN acrylic paint formulas, acrylic gels and mediums and about different grounds (surfaces to work on). See which acrylic materials to use to create collage materials (gel skins) and how fun they can be to use along with other materials in your work. Learn to directly transfer a laser image onto the surface of your artwork, and how using stencils, watercolor pencils and crayons and markers filled with High Flow Acrylics will all work together on the same surface. Regardless of your level of experience this is a good place to learn about new applications and be inspired by innovative techniques. Free information packets and samples for all attending.

*No charge but we need at least 15 people and RSVP is required: email Sandi at authenticartist@sandipillsbury.com

Loose, Lush Landscapes

February 16th  9:30 - 4:00      (9:30 checkin and setup)

Two Harbors Community Center

Approach landscape painting using personal photos for subject matter, and see what fun adding lots of color and texture can be! Come and paint the days away in a loose way, applying bold, big brushstrokes with a lot of paint, and/or pour paint for an interesting effect. You will learn to add texture with gels and figure out which gel best suits you as you create little paintings packed with emotion. The focus of the class will be on capturing larger shapes rather than details as you simplify the landscape images. You will be encouraged to work quickly with big brush strokes or swiftly apply paint with a palette knife. Have fun using paint mixed with gels to create thick, textural paintings filled with lots of energy. Class will warm up with quick drawings to define shapes and forms in the landscape image to be painted. Each student will finish several small paintings during the class, all with a different feel depending on the acrylic materials used. All levels of painting experience are welcome.  

Bring to class:  

At least 4 large synthetic brushes - flats and filberts (at least 1”); 6 - 8” x 10” surfaces to paint on – canvas, canvas boards, or gessoed hardboard surfaces; landscape photos – or use the instructor’s; drawing paper and pencils; palette knives; palette for paint, water container, and rags. All paint, gels and mediums provided.

$100 Non-members  ($75 + $10 materials fee for members) 

RSVP: authenticartist@sandipillsbury.com

Workshop #2 Encaustic Effects With Acrylics

February 17th   9:30 - 4:00      (9:30 checkin and setup)

Two Harbors Community Center

Learn to create the wax like look of encaustic painting with the durability of acrylics.  Mimic the soft, luminous effects of beeswax by applying multiple layers of acrylic paints and gels layer upon layer.  Cut and bury paper images and stenciled patterns deep below the surface and create lovely soft translucent layers over them.  Become familiar with encaustic-like wax formulas, explore a variety of applications and create a whole new feeling in your artwork.  Open to all levels of painting experience.

Bring to class:  3 - gessoed canvases or gessoed hardboard surfaces up to 11” x 14” each, a variety of synthetic paintbrushes, palette for mixing paint on, color shapers (if you have them), a variety of palette knifes, water container, rags or paper towels, stencils, stamps, scissors, papers for collage and a hair dryer. All paints, gels and mediums provided.

$100 Non-members   ($75 + $10 materials fee for members)

RSVP authenticartist@sandipillsbury.com


Celebrate Artists with a Connection to the Muslim Community

Art Works’ first program cycle in 2019 features a performance and an art exhibit celebrating the work of artists with a connection to the Muslim community in Minnesota. The performance features talented stand-up comedian, writer, and actor Ali Sultan. Our gallery exhibition is curated by Tasia Hart Islam and Annie Qaiser, and features the work of nearly 20 artists. Art Works Director of Operations and co-founder, Jerri Neddermeyer adds, “Our team is motivated to create programming that is crucial to our development as a community, we are excited to invite more artists into the discussion, and we are honored to feature the amazing work of our brothers and sisters with a connection to the Muslim community. This cycle of programming is just the beginning.”

  • February 8, 6:30 p.m. - Join Art Works for a happy hour celebrating AWE's third birthday as an organization. The happy hour is free and open to the public and features FREE cake, cash bar with craft soda and beer, and a sneak preview of the art exhibit. Guest Henna artist Tasia Hart Islam will offer Henna painting on a first come, first served basis. Her fees will be posted at the event.

  • February 8, 7:30 p.m. - Buy tickets for a stand-up comedy night featuring Ali Sultan. $30 admission includes 1 drink ticket. The event is a collaboration between Art Works and Eagan Kick-Start Rotary.

  • February 8 – 6:00-10:00 p.m. YMCA Parents Night Out, in a partnership with Art Works and Eagan Kick Start Rotary, this evening at the Eagan YMCA allows for parents to drop kids at the Eagan YMCA and go out for an evening of art, cake, and laughs.

  • February 10, 5:30-7:00 - Art Exhibit Opening is FREE. Meet the artists and celebrate their amazing work on display. There will be light snacks and treats provided.


Art Works was founded with the mission of enhancing the local arts community by connecting working artists, arts organizations and the community in creative gathering spaces.  Art Works offers access to studio space for artists and makers, fine art gallery, small performance space, and a makerspace workshop. For 2019, Art Works has grouped its exhibition and performance programming into five related cycles.  


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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