Calling artists

The Duluth News Tribune’s “Art Gallery” feature in the Scrapbook section is looking for your original art pieces to showcase.

All an artist needs do is send a photo of his or her artwork with a short description of what type of medium (ink drawing, oil painting, watercolor, screen printing, etc.), name and what town the artist lives in.

Submissions can be emailed to, or mailed to Art Gallery, Duluth News Tribune, 424 W. First St., Duluth, MN 55802.


Inuit art opening

Sivertson Gallery is kicking off its 14th annual Inuit Premiere with events on March 14-15.

This year’s premiere will feature Inuit stone carver Looty Pijamini of Grise Fiord, Nunavut; Tom Chapman, president of Upper Canadian Native Art; and throat-singers Nina Segalowitz and Lydia Etok from the North West Territories and Nunavik.

Sivertson Gallery, 14 W. Wisconsin St. in Grand Marais, is hosting the annual Inuit Premiere, the only one of its kind in the lower 48 United States to feature original Canadian Inuit prints, soapstone carvings and Native Alaskan sculptures formed from walrus tusk, whale bone, baleen and soapstone.

The opening weekend events at Sivertson Gallery are free and open to the public.
Pijamini is an Inuit artist who lives and works in Grise Fiord, Nunavut. He was born in Clyde River on Baffin Island, and he began carving at 12 years old. At 15, Pijamini was carving full time. From that point on, Pijamini took first place in competitions. Gaining inspiration for his work primarily from the stone, Pijamini said he claims the stone suggests a subject or idea to him. Pijamini has created many exquisite commissioned sculptures for private collectors and the Canadian government.


Spruce up the sewers

The city of Superior wants to enlist local artists to help draw attention to storm drains and increase awareness about storm water pollution.

To submit a design to paint on the sidewalk above a storm drain, artists older than 18 living, working or going to school in Superior should go to for an entry form or call (715) 394-0392.

Draft designs may be submitted until 4 p.m. April 17, electronically to or by mail to Superior Storm Drain Art, City of Superior ESD, 51 E. First St., Superior, WI 54880. An entry form must be turned in as well.

Outdoor art painting experience is preferred but not required. Six finalists will be selected within a week after the deadline and then will paint the design on the sidewalk above a designated drain. Upon completion of the storm drain art, the artist will receive $200.

Photographs will be taken of each painting, drain and the respective artist. The photos of the artwork will then be displayed at Superior Council for the Arts North End Arts Gallery in the Red Mug Building in June. A map of the locations of the painted drains will also be available in June.

The project is funded through Community Opportunity Fund of the Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation.

Eh? hopes at least one could involve four turtles and one rat engaging in some type of martial art. They could even be named after famous artists.



Hit up some history

So it’s not the Edmund Fitzgerald, but the Steamer America did sink off Isle Royale in 1928, and that wreck is pretty popular among divers.

And now, Mark Wick — nephew of John Wick, First Mate on the Steamer America on the night it sank — is giving a presentation on its history at 11 a.m. Feb. 15 at the Carlton County Historical Society museum in Cloquet.

Wick, a retired police officer from Duluth, will regale with tales of the ship that was once the lifeline for North Shore settlers during the 26 years before roads were built.

The program goes hand-in-hand with the museum’s current exhibit “New Land, New Life! Norwegian Immigration in Minnesota: 1825-1925.” It’s sponsored by the Cloquet Sons of Norway Lodge.

Regular admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children younger than 12 and no charge for children younger than 5 or CCHS members. For more information, call (218) 879-1938.

‘Thunder’ on display at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

The Gimaajii American Indian Center in Duluth will exhibit art produced by Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College art students beginning Friday.

The opening reception for “Thunder in the Gallery” is 6-8:30 p.m. at the center, 202 W. Second St. The 30 students and their instructor, Cynthia Holmes, will be there. The artwork includes portraits, charcoal still-life pieces and a series of multiple-paneled paintings on canvas that create a single concept. The exhibit will be displayed in the center’s main showroom and within Trepanier Hall until Jan. 9.

Head to Neverland

The Duluth Playhouse will present the “Peter Pan or the Boy Who Would Not Grow Up” stage production tonight through Dec. 22.

Enjoy a high-flying adventure to the magical and mysterious Neverland.
The play will be on Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday at 2 p.m. except for Dec. 7.

To purchase tickets, you can visit or visit the office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tickets are $26.50 for adults, $16.50 for youths or students and $24.50 for groups of 15 or more.

Going to the cats

The Internet’s love of cats has crossed over into the real world, and Eh? wonders why the Internet loves cats so much anyway, but that can wait for another time. For now, suffice it to say, crazy cat videos are coming to a theater near you.

On Tuesday, Zinema 2 and the Duluth Art Institute will be screening … wait for it … cat videos. That’s not all. In addition to some locally made cat videos, there also will be a screening of “Cat Video Film Festival” from the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, which has been billed as “insanely popular.” Check Friday’s Wave Extra for more details.

It’s never too early

Make children work for you! (Legally, of course.)

The Duluth Public Library is hosting a metal tooling workshop for kids ages 7-12.

Two sessions will be held. The first will take place at 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at West Duluth Branch Library, 5830 Grand Ave. The second session will be at 2 p.m. Nov. 23 in the Main Library’s Green Room, 520 W. Superior St.

The children will learn how to create a picture frame using rolls of soft aluminum with chopsticks as a drawing tool. Duluth Art Institute staff will teach them how to create texture in the metal with the chopsticks, and how to add color to the frame. Kids can bring a special photo from home to frame.

The workshops are free, but space is limited, so registration is required.
To register for the Nov. 7 session at the West Duluth Branch Library, call (218) 730-4280. To register for the Nov. 23 session at the Main Library, call the Main Library’s Youth Services at (218) 730-4200, option 4. Children should be accompanied by an adult.

Like art? Prove it

An abandoned storefront, a handful of young artists and two years turned Prove gallery into a cultural force, and now they want to take it to the next step.

Using the popular crowd-funding website, the artist cooperative is seeking $5,000, and its campaign will end on Oct. 28. According to the gallery’s campaign page, $1,000 will go toward obtaining 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, $2,000 is earmarked to renovate the gallery’s work space and the remainder set aside to pay artists’ stipends, according to the campaign page.

Perks for contributing include a personalized, hand-written “thank you” with a hug (for those who will accept a hug), mix tapes, vinyl, figure drawing classes or even a print from Patricia Canelake, or an original painting from Adam Swanson.

Prove gallery describes itself as a cultural organization dedicated to the role of art exhibition as a conduit of powerful ideas and diverse viewpoints. Its stated mission is to foster appreciation of contemporary arts and provide cultural exchange, networking opportunities and educational outreach through interaction with contemporary arts.