Art Posts

Convivial Memories of an Epicurean Hedonist Con Mucho Gusto

My whole life was organized around going out for drinks. The party’s over.

The Duluth art and music scene seems preserved in amber. I can see it in my mind’s eye from every angle, but I can’t touch it.

Has the virus infected time?

I was days away from participating in a group art show in Duluth Coffee Company and its Roasteria taproom. The Facebook event page was hours from launching. All the art is on the walls. I left a hammer there I was going to go back for, just before the stay-at-home orders unfolded. It’s probably right where I left it, timelessly suspended as if let go by an astronaut in orbit.

The Embassy art-church had just opened, promising untold events, unseen sights, and unheard sounds. It reached as if for the hand of God in the Sistine Chapel — a frozen gesture.

Duluth You and Me: Carriage Rides at Canal Park

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Duluth You & Me: Carriage Rides at Canal Park

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Duluth Chapbooks: Poetry, Fiction, Comics, etc.

From laureates to total hacks, writers and other artists have compiled their works into inexpensive little booklets for hundreds of years. The history of street literature in Duluth has perhaps not yet been explored in depth.

Gathered in this post is by no means a comprehensive collection of chapbooks produced in Duluth, but rather just a smattering of publications that happened to be gathering dust in the Perfect Duluth Day library.

Got one to add? Mention it in the comments and/or email the cover art if you have it to: paul @ perfectduluthday.com.

Duluth You & Me: Canal Park Marine Museum

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Duluth You & Me: Canal Park Marine Museum

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Duluth You & Me: Seagulls at Canal Park

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Duluth You & Me: Seagulls at Canal Park

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Duluth You & Me: Great Lakes Shipwreck

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Duluth You & Me: Great Lakes Shipwreck

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Selective Focus: Carolyn Olson

Carolyn Olson (featured previously in Selective Focus) has been redirecting her work a bit. Still focused on everyday scenes, she has been making drawings in a series she’s calling Essential Workers. These scenes are in grocery stores, public transit, street scenes and in medical facilities. This week, Carolyn talks about honoring these people who keep things going in unprecedented circumstances.

CO: Having recently retired from teaching school this year began differently anyway. I began last summer creating projects – challenges I called them – for myself, such as creating a series of images that tell a story, in hopes of illustrating books. When the “Stay at Home” order came I was accustomed to staying home and working in the studio regularly. Talking with our adult kids in the Cities brought home the realities facing the essential workers.

Duluth You & Me: Vista Fleet

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Duluth You & Me: Vista Fleet

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A Few Northern Minnesota Books for Your Pandemic Pleasure

Spring in Duluth is a perfect time for reading. It’s that awkward period between ice fishing and regular fishing when outdoor options are limited because trails are too muddy. Add into the mix the lack of events during the COVID-19 pandemic and it seems like books should have a real moment right now.

Duluth You & Me: Aerial Lift Bridge

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Duluth You & Me: Aerial Lift Bridge

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Duluth You & Me: Lake Superior Maze

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Duluth You & Me: Lake Superior Maze

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Duluth You & Me: Park Point Beach

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Duluth You & Me: Park Point Beach

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Duluth You & Me: Wild Flowers

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Duluth You & Me: Wild Flowers

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Duluth You & Me: Canal Park

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Duluth You & Me: Canal Park

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Duluth You & Me: North Shore Streams

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Duluth You & Me: North Shore Streams

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