Laurentian: Paul LaJeunesse & Lake Superior Wood Turners

Opening Reception: Thurs., Nov. 16, 5 - 7 p.m.

Artist Talk with Paul LaJeunesse: Tues., Nov. 28, 6-7pm 

On View: Nov. 16, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018 :: DAI George Morrison Gallery

The Laurentian Mixed Forest Province, also known as the North Woods, is a forested eco-region in the United States and Canada. This exhibition celebrates the wild woodland surrounding Duluth with five new paintings by Paul LaJeunesse that are allegories for stewardship of the Northland's natural environment. Sound artists will create aural works that respond to the paintings and will be played directly over each one by parametric speakers. Also on view will be items made from Laurentian wood by the Lake Superior Wood Turners, a group of some 60 individuals interested in the creation and promotion of turned wood.

Finnish 100 Together - Yhdessa

Opening Reception: Wed., Dec. 6, 5 - 7 p.m.

Finnish Artist Talk: Thurs., Dec. 14, 4 - 6 p.m. (Speaking portion beginning at 5)

On View: Dec. 6, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018 :: DAI Steffl Gallery

Celebrations and activities throughout 2017 have honored the centennial of Finland's Declaration of Independence: Dec. 6, 2017. On that date, Finland declared itself an independent republic, rejecting its status as an autonomous Grand Duchy of Russia, which it had been since 1809. The Finland 100 Northland Committee was formed to oversee Finland 100 activities in the Twin Ports and is the organizer of this exhibit, which is the culmination of the year-long celebration. The display will feature work by some 40 to 50 Finnish-American artists from surrounding counties. Artists will be encouraged to illustrate historical and contemporary subjects of Finnish or Finnish-American peoples, cultures, nature, or traditions. An accompanying cultural program will take place in the Great Hall.

 Faith King

Torched by Patricia Canelake

Opening Reception: Thurs., Nov. 16, 5-7 p.m.

On View: Nov. 9 - Dec. 31, 2017 :: DAI Corridor Gallery

Faith King is co-owner of Pineapple Arts in downtown Duluth. She received a creative fellowship through the University of Wisconsin-Superior to write Ekphrastic Poetry; that is, poetry based on or as an accompaniment to works of art. She was inspired by artists Patricia Canelake, Joel Cooper, Sue Pavlatos, Tonja Sell, Adam Swanson, Jamie Uselman, and Tim White. The exhibit includes ten of her original poems and ten works of art, one by each of these artists and five works by King. The artist received support from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.

Window to the West: Nik Nerburn & Brad Tollefson

Sidewalk Reception: Tues., Sept. 12, 5 - 7 p.m.
On View: Sept. 7 - March, 2018
Esmond Building, 2001 W Superior St.

The DAI Lincoln Park Craft District Residency Program supports artists as effective community builders. Second-term residency artist Nik Nerburn is a Bemidji native who holds a B.A. from Evergreen State College and is interested in community, personal histories and “regionalisms.” During his July - Sept. term in Duluth, Nerburn is taking Polaroid pictures of people and places in Lincoln Park. Images will be on view in a pop-up exhibit, “Window to the West,” in the storefront of the Esmond (2001 W Superior St.) along with paintings by neighborhood artist and Seaway Hotel Apartments resident Brad Tollefson. Please join us for a sidewalk reception Sept. 12 to celebrate the work. To view more of Nik's work, visit: www.nikspictures.com/west-duluth-journals

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