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Plein Air Duluth: Paint du Nord Festival 2016 Reception
Forty artists from Minnesota and beyond have been selected to participate in the Duluth Art Institute’s second annual outdoor painting festival from July 10–16. Duluth offers inspiration for painters with postindustrial buildings nestled on a hill leading down to Lake Superior and surrounded by pristine wilderness.
En plein air means “in the open air,” and artists will work outdoors to quickly capture the landscape in shifting, natural light, immortalizing Duluth scenes. Many will post their painting locations on social media, using the hashtag #duluthpleinair16, so the public can watch them transform canvases from blank slates to completed works.
The resulting work will be on display at this exhibition and reception. The show’s juror is Dan Mondloch of St. Cloud.
The 40 artists selected for the festival include Richard Abraham, Judith Anderson, Edna Blanchard, Ed Cacek, Michele Combs, Tom Dimock, Patricia Duncan, Allison Eklund, Lee Englund, Laura Frykman, David Gilsvik, Kim Gordon, Rosemary Guttormsson, Sandra Hildreth, Matt Kania, Raleigh Kinney, Susan Klem, Aaron Kloss, Mary Catherine LaFond, Cheryl LeClair-Sommer, Dale Lucas, Angie Malin, Doug Malin, Alberta Marana, Karen Nease, Paul Oman, Sue Pavlatos, Tim Pearson, Mary Pettis, Sandi Pillsbury (Gredzens), Arna Rennan, Lisa Stauffer, Adam Swanson, Christine Tierney, Larry Turbes, Patty Voje, Michelle Wegler, Stacie Whaley, Beverly Wood and Stephen Wysocki.