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.

The Art of Grief: Mary Plaster & Community Artists

Opening Reception: Sat., Nov. 4, 4-6 p.m. :: DAI Steffl Gallery & Depot Great Hall

On View: Nov. 4 - Dec. 1, 2017 :: DAI John Steffl Gallery

All Souls Night: Sat., Nov. 4, 5-9 p.m. :: Details https://maryplaster.life/all-souls-night/

Artists have the unique challenge of being our cultural keepers of time, illustratingwhat is andwill be. The Art of Grief includes work made by artists working in a variety of mediums: painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, video/performance, bookmaking, text, and printmaking that explore this layered tenant of shared human experience. Through the lens of each artist's subjectivities, the works exhibited are totems, acting as mirrors and prompt the viewer to consider their remembrances of grief. The personal rituals of coping we employ are varied, but the sentiment is universal, ultimately serving to reclaim and commemorate the dimensions of life.

In 2008 Mary Plaster guest curated "Effigies of Peace and Protest: The Art of Social Activism" at the DAI, which featured four decades of historically significant street theatre art; the closing reception inspired the first All Souls Night in Duluth. This community-wide celebration is now a treasured annual event that operates under its own auspices, directed by Plaster, who is also an associate artist with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. The 2017 exhibit, "The Art of Grief," celebrates a decade of All Souls Nights. The exhibit reception is timed with All Souls Night 2017, in which world grieving traditions are shared including Dia de los Muertos. The annual event invites guests to wear black or skeleton motifs, have their faces painted, make art, sing, share a loss and a hope, write a poem, and listen to music and spoken word and dance. The event has featured Echoes of Peace, Children of the Wild Ensemble Theatre, Magic Smelt Puppet Troupe stilt walkers, the Brass Messengers band, Mary Plaster and friends' puppets, and Spin Collective fire dancing and drumming.

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 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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