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Selective Focus Posts

Selective Focus: Homegrown 2019 Westside Wednesday

Photos from night four of the Homegrown Music Festival.

Selective Focus: Homegrown 2019 Canal Park Night

Select Instagram images from day three of the Homegrown Music Festival.

Selective Focus: Homegrown 2019 Craft District Night

Images from the second night of the Homegrown Music Festival.

Selective Focus: Homegrown 2019 Opening Ceremonies

Select Instagram photos from opening day of the Homegrown Music Festival.

Selective Focus: 2019 Frozen Four Champion UMD Bulldogs

Instagram images related to the UMD Bulldogs 2019 Frozen Four championship.

Selective Focus: Sometimes it Snows in April

Selective Focus: @fatherfigures

We all know living on Lake Superior is epic, but these images from @fathersfigures take landscape photography to a whole other galaxy. Be sure to check out the behind-the-scenes Instagram stories.

Selective Focus: Spring Ice Breaking

Photojournalist Derek Montgomery and MPR News bring amazing images of the annual breaking of the ice on the Duluth Harbor.

Click here for the full MPR Story and more photos.

Saturday Essay and Selective Focus Programming Note

Like a bunch of old timers stuck in some newspaper-era, schedule-oriented, deadline-consumed mindset, the brain trust at Perfect Duluth has been locked for several years in the notion that every Friday we need to publish our Selective Focus feature and every Saturday we need to publish our Saturday Essay. No more. It was fine for a while, but we’re done with that rigid scheduling.

Selective Focus: Justin Christopher Ayd

Justin Christopher Ayd has a close relationship with movies and film. He is working on a feature documentary project shot on the North Shore on super 8 and 16mm film, and explains why in a very digital age, celluloid is the right medium for this project. If you’d like to help out with the project, links are included below.

JCA: I work professionally in two fields simultaneously – filmmaking and film projection. Both aspects of film were introduced to me at a young age, filmmaking and the exhibition side, and by 1992 I knew I wanted to not only make movies, but be the person in the shadows running motion picture film for audiences.

Selective Focus: The People’s Free Skate Rink Freakout

Images from the largest freshwater skating rink in the world, featuring Friday night’s performance by the Spin Collective.

Selective Focus: WTF!

Opening tonight (Friday, March 8) at Prøve Gallery is the 3rd Annual WTF! (What the Feminist) art exhibit. Organizer Stacie Renne gives us a preview and some background on the show.

SR: WTF! is an exhibition of thought-provoking works of art that advocate for social justice, community action, and civic engagement centered on womxn’s rights and related concerns. Wide-ranging in form from traditional media such as painting, printmaking, drawing, and sculpture to quilting, clothing, photography, embroidery, installation, illustration, graphic design, and protest materials, the purpose of this exhibit is to commemorate International Women’s Day by bringing visual awareness to feminist issues.

Selective Focus: Duluth

According to Instagram, here’s what’s been happening in Duluth, MN.

Selective Focus: Shelley Breitzmann

Shelley Breitzmann is a landscape painter who like many artists in the area, draws inspiration from Lake Superior. From her website: “It’s hard to live near Lake Superior and not be fascinated with its weather and how it impacts the life around it. To try to get that feeling on canvas is pretty compelling.” Her paintings feel huge and vast, and while she works, she pushes and pulls things in and out of the misty, foggy atmosphere of the paintings.

SB: I’ve been working with acrylic on canvas for about 10 years, after working primarily with watercolor since high school. The change really resuscitated my connection with art and the painting process. Since acrylic dries fast, it’s probably not the best medium to achieve the soft, foggy landscapes I’m drawn to, but blending and manipulating it is a challenge I really enjoy. The change in humidity from summer to winter alters the painting process pretty drastically and is something to adjust to throughout the year.

Selective Focus: Super Snow Moon on Lake Superior