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Matthew Kluber: Friday I'm In Love

Opening Reception June 28th from 10 AM - 5PM

Joseph Nease Gallery is pleased to present Friday I’m in Love, a solo exhibition by Matthew Kluber.  Long-time gallery followers may recall Kluber’s No Place Like Utopia that was exhibited at the gallery’s inaugural show in 2017.  This time, we exhibit an entire body of work by Mr. Kluber including new and recent work and featuring three large-scale paintings with computer projections.  Several new smaller scale paintings and works on paper will also be exhibited.

Kluber has long been interested in the color field painters and the light and space artists from the 1960s and 1970s.  His paintings are carefully striped colored lines and bars on thin aluminum supports.  Juxtaposition of colors and use of subtractive colors suggest movement and invite extended viewing.  In the studio, use of fluorescent colors, a faulty computer screen, moving reflections, and quick recognition led Kluber to his innovation of “painting with projections”.

For further information please contact the gallery’s manager, Amanda Hunter, by email at manager@josephneasegallery.com or by phone at 218.461.8380

Park Point Fair Art Fair

Park Point, June 29th & 30th from 10 AM - 5PM

Held rain or shine, PPAF is an annual rite of summer for lovers of creativity, local culture and incredible parks. The weekend event, which draws an estimated 10,000 visitors, offers the chance to meet 115 juried artists showing and selling fine art and craft, while enjoying live music, good eats, art making magic and more—all in a stunning setting on the shores of Lake Superior.

• 115 jury-selected visual artists from the upper Midwest and beyond. Artists display and sell work in media such as ceramics, glass, jewelry, painting, photography, fiber, woodwork and sculpture—with $1,000+ in recognition prizes for top artists. It’s a chance for visitors to meet artists and often “take home a story” along with an original art purchase that supports small business. 

• Live music Saturday: 10:30 am riverside bogstompers, 12pm Ten Crow Moon, 1:15 pm Woodblind, 2:15 pm Minir Birds, 3:15 pm Jen West

Live music Sunday: 10:30am Beth and less, 12pm Jacob Mahon, 1:15pm  rigadoo, 2:15 Aimee Tischer, 3:15 Christopher Robin

• Food court featuring six food trucks with flavors ranging from Greek and Vietnamese to  American, gluten free, kettle corn and more

• Artist demonstrations

Family art activity tent

Programming is provided by the Park Point Community Club with support in 2019 from the Duluth Art Institute, Solglimt Lakeshore Bed&Breakfast, ReaderWeekly, KUMD103.3FM Duluth Public Radio, Beaner’s Central, Hoops Brewing, Wilderness Wellness Chiropractic, Super One Foods and Heritage Door & Window.

See parkpointartfair.org for information on attending artists, jury-selected award winners, photos, videos, news and more.

A Lecture by Tim Boyce on the Secret World War II Concentration Camp Diary of Odd Nansen

From Day to Day

Nordic Center, June 25th at 7 PM

23 N Lake Ave, Duluth, MN 55802

    This talk is free and open to the public. Tim Boyce will sell and sign the newly edited From Day to Day. All the proceeds from the sale of the books go to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and The Holocaust Center in Oslo.

On June 25th at 7pm, scholar Tim Boyce will speak at the Nordic Center about the book From Day to Day, the concentration camp diary written by Norwegian Odd Nansen during World War II. In his talk Tim Boyce will tell the story of why Nansen was imprisoned, why he wrote the diary and how he preserved it. He will also talk about why this diary is as important to read now as when it was first written. 

    Odd Nansen was the son of polar explorer and humanitarian Fridtjof Nansen (who received a Nobel Peace Prize in 1922). In January 1942, he was arrested and thrown into a Norwegian concentration camp for the “crime” of being friends of the Norwegian Royal Family. Nansen could have been released, but persisted in being such a thorn in the side of his German captors that he was dispatched to concentration camps in Germany and certain death. Miraculously, he survived and even managed to keep a secret diary where he eloquently articulated his struggle to survive and to keep his humanity in the face of unspeakable brutality. This diary was published in 1947 in Norway where it became a bestseller. When it was translated into English under the title From Day to Day, it received enthusiastic acclaim and was hailed by The New Yorker as “among the most compelling documents to come out of the war.” It is also one of just a handful of concentration camp prisoner diaries ever translated into English.

    From Day to Day fell out of print and remained so for nearly 70 years when Tim Boyce discovered it. He was so compelled by the power of Nansen’s writing and by his inspiring character that he vowed to get the book reissued. He succeeded and the new edition contains entries and sketches never before available in English. It also features a preface by Thomas Buergenthal, whose life Nansen saved when he was a ten year old boy in Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp.

Eagan Art Festival

The 25th Annual Eagan Art Festival

June 29 - 30, 2019 Eagan Festival Grounds

Come join us on Saturday June 29th and Sunday June 30th for the Eagan Art Festival, now in its 25th year! This art festival is one of the most exciting and premier events offered south of the river and it is free to the public. proudly featuring the work of over 100 artisans selected through  a rigorous jury process, there is sure to be something for everyone's taste and budget@ This year's festival theme will be World Art Celebration, showcasing music, performances, and art from varied countries! We hope to see you there to enjoy the art and the activities the Eagan Art Festival has to offer!


You Don’t Know Me
an exhibition about epic personal stories

Deadline for submissions: July 1st

You Don’t Know Me is an exhibition whose theme is inspired in part by the concept of “sonder,” a term invented by writer John Koenig and defined in his Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows as “the realization that each random passerby is living a life as complex as your own.” These lives--“populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness”-- continuously swirl around us as “epic stories,” that we move in and out of as we navigate the world around us.

Whether spoken in delight, anger, sadness, or as a simple matter-of-fact, “you don’t know me” is a statement that suggests the confrontation of humans’ inner and outer lives: what we do and do not know about the people around us, what we choose to reveal to others, and what we keep inside. At a time when the distance between human connections can seem exacerbated by technology, social differences, and our current political climate, Prøve Gallery invites artists to submit works of art that visualize--through representational, symbolic, and/or conceptual means--complex lives and epic stories in relation to, intersecting with, or distinct from your own. Show us what we may not know about you.

Selected artworks may explore (but are not limited to):

  • Explorations of self & personal narratives or mythologies
  • Human interconnectedness
  • Empathy, understanding, & trust 
  • Connections & encounters among strangers or friends
  • Isolation & distance
  • Misconceptions 
  • Secrets & revelations

Open to all subjects and/or styles. 
Open to all media that can be wall mounted. All works should be completed in a ready-to-hang format. 
There are no size requirements or limitations beyond practical considerations of space (must fit through conventional door).

Please email all submissions to info@provegallery.com with subject line:

Please submit (in one PDF document): 

  • Image(s) of Work 
  • Didactics [titles, medium, size, & price (if for sale)] 
  • A brief artist statement that answers the following question:
  • How does your artistic work visualize, reveal, or even conceal the “epic story” of your life and its relationship to the epic lives that are playing out all around you?

All artists will be notified upon acceptance with a deadline of July 3, 2019. 
Selected artwork is to be dropped off, or mailed in by Saturday, July 13, 2019. 
Opening reception Friday, July 19, 2019.

All submission materials must be written in English.
All work is shown at the artist's own risk.
All work shipped to Prøve Gallery must be sent with return shipping or be picked up by the artist or an artist's representative.

For questions or concerns please contact Dr. Jamie Ratliff via email at jamie@provegallery.com

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