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Local Galleries Rally Around Water and the Environment

June 18, 2003

At the same time over 1,200 conservation biologists from around the world converge in Duluth, Minn., for the Society of Conservation Biology Meeting, select galleries are encouraging community members and visitors to consider the theme of conservation through the eyes of some of the region’ most acclaimed artists. Eight galleries in Canal Park and downtown Duluth are concentrating on Lake Superior and conservation themes in unique partnership with the Society for Conservation Biology and in recognition of the United Nation’s International Year of Freshwater.

”We are excited to be part of what is happening at the convention center, in the community and in the world,“ said Aubrey Danielson, exhibition coordinator at Waters of Superior Duluth. “We’ll be hosting a gallery event for the Society of Conservation Biology, but more importantly, we’ll be facilitating an awareness of art, the environment, and how both function to sustain us all.”

Through July, gallery visitors will notice conservation facts interspersed with environmentally-driven art in these locations:

Waters of Superior
June 17 - July 22

395 Lake Ave S
Duluth, MN

“Freshwater” combines the talents of two sculptors working in metal with images captured by two renowned nature photographers. Jim Jahoda’s mammoth metal fish hang over Wayne Potratz’s meditative cast bronze sculptures to create an experience of physical and psychological scale.

Layne Kennedy, who specializes in features for magazines such as “National Geographic” and “LIFE,” engages his audiences through a strong sense of abstract design meshed with journalistic story-telling. Craig Blacklock, whose large lakescapes make up one of nine regionally-focused books, endeavors to inspire people to protect the finest places of the North Shore of Lake Superior through his life and camera.

Blue Iris Gallery
“Local Color”
Summer 2003

723 Lake Ave S
Duluth, MN

The two artists being featured in Duluth’s newest gallery work directly from nature; watercolorist Joyce Mickelson paints around the area and Cheryl Husby’s colorful home garden inspires her hand-tinted photographs. Also included in the selection of work by area and regional artists are wearables and jewelry, fused glass, pottery, fine woven table linens, original watercolors, and decorative wood. A selection of locally produced specialty treats is also available in the gallery. Blue Iris Gallery is located just across the Aerial Lift Bridge.

Art Dock
“In Honor of the Northland”
Summer 2003

394 Lake Ave S
DeWitt Seitz Marketplace
Duluth, MN
218-722-1451 / 218-722-6410

Experience a mixed media show in appreciation of Minnesota’s beautiful Northland. Two hundred artists working within 100 miles of Duluth (and several displaced Duluthians) display their arts and crafts in the historic ambiance of the DeWitt Seitz Marketplace.

Sivertson Gallery
“Art of the North”
June - July

361 Canal Park Dr
Duluth, MN

In June, Sivertson Gallery of Duluth is highlighting the work of oil and watercolor artist Elaine Sivertson, who captures northern landscapes in vivid paintings. Concurrently, the pottery of Gregory and Terese Melis and that of Aram Melis will reveal elegant forms in porcelain and stoneware with intricately and thoughtfully decorated surfaces.

In July, the gallery will focus on original acrylics by local favorite, Liz Sivertson, and the studio glass pieces of Fredric Vilina and Eric Sommers.

Sivertson Gallery offers original work by over 60 regional artists as well as Canadian Inuit and Alaskan artists. With a mission to enhance and enrich the cultural life of its communities, Sivertson Gallery offers visitors the opportunity to purchase objects of meaning for their homes.

Blue Lake Gallery
“Working in the Harbor”
June 18 - July 15

329 Canal Park Dr
Duluth, MN

“Working in the Harbor” features the photography of Kenneth Newhams of Duluth Shipping News. Here Ken shares images of boats and people working in the Duluth Superior Harbor, including a variety of research vessels that continually evaluate the balance in the ecosystem between commercial shipping and those flora and fauna that have been here much longer. Blue Lake Gallery’s 180 artists interpret their connection to Lake Superior through pottery, photography, paintings, sculptures and jewelry.

Lizzard’s Art Gallery and Framing
“Superior Color - Seven Great Artists on a Great Lake”
June 26 - July 28

38 E Superior St in Duluth’s Old Downtown
Duluth, MN

“Superior Color” is a group show by seven artists whose work and lives are greatly influenced by Lake Superior. Though their preferred mediums and styles vary like the local weather, the moving colors of this undeniable body of water bind the work in “Superior Color” into a stimulating show.

Irv Taran - acrylics on canvas Tom Myers - porcelain Patricia Canelake - oils on paper and canvas Richard Gruchalla & Carrin Rosetti - raku Ann Jenkins - oils on canvas Sharon Meyer Postance - fiber vessels

Art Options
“Views of Lake Superior”
June 20 - July 31

132 E Superior St
Duluth, MN

“Views of Lake Superior” involves the most recent work of Sue Pavlatos, some of the oldest photographic prints of Duluth, and the nature-inspired work of talented regional artists. Images of Lake Superior’s lighthouses, old maps, and seaway ships make Art Option’s “views” both panoramic and retrospective. The historic photographs of Duluth’s earliest years were produced in partnership with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center.

Duluth Art Institute
“The Sky is Falling” and “A Russian Odyssey: The Art and Times of Ivan Djeneeff”
June 13 - July 31

506 W Michigan St
Duluth, MN

“The Sky is Falling” is an exhibit of paintings and collages by modern artist Adu Gindy. The University of Minnesota professor of art and design uses the symbolism of folklore, animals and soccer balls to respond to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Gindy perceives the events as tragic but responds with innocence and optimism.

Born into Russian aristocracy then exiled in America during midlife, Ivan Djeneeff’s (1868-1955) interests revolved around the artistic world of late Romanov Russia. “A Russian Odyssey” includes works painted and sketched in Russia, where Djeneeff trained in classical realism at the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg and served as a WWI officer. While traveling on behalf of the Czar, the Bolshevik Revolution began forcing he and his wife to emigrate. The later work in the exhibit captures the vanished world of Djeneeff’s youth.

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