Log in

Downtown Duluth Art Collective Partners with Art of Ed's Sake for 2nd Annual Art Supply Drive, during the month of August, to benefit Duluth Public School Art Students.

For the second year, the Downtown Duluth Arts Collective (DDAC) is partnering with Art for Ed’s Sake (A4ES), to collect and raise money for art supplies to benefit Duluth Public School students in their art classes throughout the school year. This year’s Art Supplies 4 Kids (AS4K) Drive is hoping to top money raised and supplies collected during the 2018 Drive. The drive will run August through August 30, culminating with the Downtown Duluth Arts Walk, also on August 30. Donations of physical art supplies may be dropped off at Arts Walk locations during the month of August. In addition, financial donations may be placed in the brightly colored red/yellow/blue cube donation boxes bearing the AS4K logo at Arts Walk locations, or made online through Zeitgeist.

Duluth Public School Art Teachers do a fabulous job each year teaching our youngest artists how to express their creativity with limited budgets for art materials. On average teachers have: $5 per year per student for Elementary aged students; $14.00 per semester per student for Middle School students; and $32.00 per semester per student for High School Art students. While our art teachers work together to buy supplies in bulk and distribute them as economically as possible, art supplies are expensive! As a result, some teachers have in the past had to supplement their classrooms supplies, purchasing supplies using their own incomes.

For further information please contact the Joseph Nease Gallery manager, Amanda Hunter, by email at manager@josephneasegallery.com or by phone at 218-461-8380.

Humble Origins, Extravagant Art in ‘Woven’

Opening Reception - Friday, September 20, 2019, 5-8 PM

Downtown Duluth Art Walk - Friday, September 27, 2019, 5-8 PM

Open Hours - Saturday and Sundays, September 21-22 and October 5-6, 1-4 PM

Artist Talk – Sunday, Oct. 6, 2-3 PM

Nordic Center, 23 N Lake Ave, Duluth, MN

Human hair, a renewable resource for most, forms the core of a new exhibit of old-world folk artistry in Woven – Traditional Swedish Hair JewelryThe exhibit opens at The Nordic Center, September 20, 5-8pm, and runs weekends through October 6. 

Local artist Karen Keenan curates the exhibit, which features techniques she learned in Våmhus, Sweden, steward of the 200-year tradition of using human hair to weave intricate jewelry. Bracelets, earrings and more, including artifacts from the St. Louis County Historical Society’s collection and from community members, will be on display. 

“I’m intrigued by this almost-lost art form,” Keenan explains, “art of the humblest origins.” She will teach others to create jewelry woven of hair through a series of Thursday evening classes in October, also at the Nordic Center. Keenan’s travel to Sweden and the exhibit and classes she’s leading in Duluth were funded in part by a Folk Arts Fellowship from the American-Scandinavian Foundation.

Join a hair jewelry course for 5 students from 6-7:30pm on Thursdays, October 10, 17, 24, & 31. $50 donation to Nordic Center. Registrations taken through October 8. Contact Karen at hemslojdpottery@gmail.com

On View through November 2019

Minnesota State Capital, Third Floor Gallery

The Minnesota State Capitol Art Gallery is a completely new opportunity for the public to experience visual art by Minnesota Artists. The Minnesota State Capitol Arts Advisory Committee was created through legislation and is a body of volunteers who are creating the process for artists to submit work for exhibition in the MN State Capitol.

Vern Northrup, visual storyteller and photographer, is an enrolled member of the Fond du Lac Nation in Northern Minnesota. He is an interpreter, educator, and learner. He uses only the camera on his phone to capture the settings of where he grew up. The nostalgia he creates educates the viewer about the rhythm of nature, preservation of tradition, and the relationship between resiliency and sustainability. Akinomaage will be on view to November 2019.

The Duluth Art institute is the premier contemporary visual arts organization of Minnesota’s northeast region. With 112 years of advocating, educating, and community involvement, the Duluth Art Institute provides artists, patron, viewers, and creative learners unique opportunities to engage in the community, apply art to daily life, and celebrate artists as they grapple with social, cultural, and political experiences.

The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public. Support and thanks to the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation and thanks to a grant through the Minnesota State Arts Board and to voters of Minnesota, who made possible through legislation an appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Community Felt Rug Making with Mary Reichert  

Mary Reichert is a fiscal year 2019 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.  This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Community Felt Rug Making: Design Classes at the DAI

Thursday, October 24th 6 - 8:30 PM

Free when you register for any of the day classes

Friday - Sunday, October 25 - 27th, 10 AM - 5 PM

$25/day at DAI Lincoln Park Building

Felt rug making is an art of storytelling.  In this class we will begin Thursday evening by studying the felt rugs of Kyrgyzstan. What is the history of felt in the region? What do the designs mean? Where did they come from? How are the rugs made?  With lots of ideas in hand we will then come together Friday morning and begin to craft our own story for the rug we are making for the Duluth Public Library.  Once we have the narrative for the rug we will be making templates and pre-felts and continue over the course of three days preparing all the materials and creating our design. 

You are welcome to sign up for one or all 3 days.  Thursday evening is included when you register for any of the day classes.  

Community Felt Rug Making with Mary Reichert


Community Felt Rug Making: Design Class

Friday, November 15th, 10 AM - 5 PM

$25 at The Duluth Folk School

This class is a continuation of the first 3 days in October and is when the design and hard work really begins to come together! We will be laying out the base layers, lightly felting them, and then adding our design on top of this base in preparation for the community felt making event the following day.  

Community Felt Rug Making 

Saturday & Sunday, November 16th, 17th, 10 AM - 5 PM

Free at The Duluth Folk School

No experience necessary

The art of felt rug making has a long history of bringing people together and this event is inspired from the felt rug making traditions of Kyrgyzstan.  The rug will begin about 8' by 10' with the design ready to go and together we will add soapy water and start walking on the rug with our bare feet. Over the course of two days, along with the help of live music, we will walk, stomp, sing, kick and roll the wool into a strong felt rug that will be a gift for the Duluth Public Library. 

Community Felt Rug Making with Mary Reichert

All hands and feet welcome! You can drop by for 10 minutes or stay all day. 



Images courtesy of North House Folk School

This page was created to help connect the community with local art experiences in the Twin Ports. We know that it is impossible to have a fully inclusive community arts calendar but we look forward to you sharing your local events schedule.

The content posted on this page is at the discretion of the Duluth Art Institute administration. If you would like to have your event posted here, please contact our Operations and Marketing Manager, Genevieve Hircock, ghircock@duluthartinstitute.org. Our email should include an image, event details (ie. time, date, location), and a 3-5 sentence description. The calendar will be updated at the beginning of each month.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software