Wonderful to be on this side of the opening of the exhibit and book release-

Wonderful to see all of the incredible artists within the series being recognized as well as the ripple effect of recognizing the arts in the Twin Ports area.

The wonderful of the past three weeks:

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Portrait of an Artist was installed in the George Morrison Gallery.

Self Portrait of an Artist, an exhibition featuring the works of many of the artists in the portraits, was installed in the John Steffl Gallery.

Flo Matamoros installed her beautiful exhibition in the Corridor Gallery at the DAI.

The book Portrait of an Artist was published by Holy Cow! Press.book

I sent or delivered over 100 pre-ordered copies from the Kickstarter that made it happen. Wowee!

The book was released at the incredibly attended exhibition opening October 15th, full of much excitement and light. As part of the celebration Kyle Elden, Asha Long, and Ryan Vine read selections of their work, and Rachael Kilgour and Tyler Scouton performed. This video, filmed by Jim Richardson a.k.a. Lake Superior Aquaman, captures some of the wonderful energy of the evening.

Ripple Effect opened October 16th at Prǿve Collective: an exhibition celebrating and reflecting, honoring and highlighting creative mentorship and inspiration. The opening was accompanied by Dan Branovan from the Crunchy Bunch and Shook Production.

On October 17th Ann Kelfstad and Ryan Vine read selections of their inspiring work at Zeitgeist Arts.

The Library at the College of St. Scholastica hosted a reading and book signing October 22nd.

At Prǿve Collective, October 23rd, Richie Townsend hosted a Cosmic Walk with the music of his band Lesser Planets.

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On the 24th, Tyler Scouton gave an interactive performance featuring a mixture of original music and influential tunes interacting with a dynamic video piece.

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Wednesday, October 28th, Sproutlings Children’s Boutique hosted a signing of the book, where it is currently still available for purchase.

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The talented actor and director Lawrence Lee was kind enough to feature the work on MPR’s Art Hounds.

The project also had wonderful stories on local news sources such as NBC, KUMD (Both on Northland Morning and Radio Gallery), and in the CSS Cable.

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And that was just in the first three weeks!

So where does that leave me? Humbled. Humbled and in awe. And tired. In a good way.

The exhibitions remain open to the public, and the book can be purchased locally at the Duluth Art Institute as well as at the Tweed Museum of Art, Lizzards Gallery, and Sproutlings.  If you aren’t local, the book is also on Amazon.

Incredibly excited for the below continuing events, and I hope to see you there!

This Thursday’s Round Table Discussion featuring Patricia Hagen, Jim Richardson, Erika Mock, Wanda Pearcy, Matt and Laurie Kania lead by James Klueg.

I’ll be giving an Art History Lecture on November 16th at the Duluth Art Institute Lincoln Building.

Patricia Canelake will be teaching a Trace Monoprint class at 1 pm on November 21st.

December 10th from 5-7 pm I will be doing a book signing and question-and-answer session in the gallery for anyone that is interested in learning more and/or wishes to purchase a book (or have one signed!) for gifts or otherwise.

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December 18th at 6pm Erika Mock and Karin Kraemer are opening their studios for visits at the Trade and Commerce Marketplace in Superior.

January 7th will feature the Mill City Requiem in the Gallery, featuring the works of Sheila Packa, Kathy McTavish and Kathleen Roberts.

January 9th Liz James will be doing a demo at the DAI Lincoln Center at 5pm.

January 14th at 7 pm a panel discussion called “Ready to Hang” will occur at the Duluth Art Institute.

…and January 21st

January 21st will be the final, full-circle event. All the artists who are able will be on hand to take their portraits off the wall from 7-8 pm and take them home.  It is an image that fueled the entire project, and I couldn’t be more excited for it.

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So what do you do with all of that wonderful? How much ‘grateful’ can a gratitude project grow? For my part, I’m just trying to share the huge amount of light that pours out of my community.  It is a honor to have been given space to share it all.  It is a gift that continues to give.

I have one last piece of this project that is meant to thank YOU.  You.  The person reading this, who has supported me at various steps of the way.  Even by your energy in reading this!  The announcement for that is just around the corner.

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