Without art, the earth would just be “eh”
You can’t spell eARTh without ART.
Or at least not according to many artists around the Twin Ports. This year marks the 24th annual Art for Earth Day Gallery Hop, which will feature ten galleries in Duluth and Superior. This year’s hop will take place on Saturday, April 26, 11 a.m. to
5 p.m and will feature a trivia challenge.
“Each gallery will have their own trivia questions. You have to come in and really look at the pieces to find the answers to the questions in our gallery,” said Bev Johnson, coordinator of the gallery hop and owner of Art Dock, Inc.
You don’t have to go to every gallery to be entered for the prize drawings, but you do have to go to at least six. There will be one drawing winner per location.
Johnson is one of the annual event’s founders. She helped plan the first hop in 1990.
“On the 20th anniversary of Earth Day, the Art Dock decided to do something to celebrate and also show the importance of preserving the earth,” Johnson said.
The first hop was coordinated between Art Dock, Duluth Art Institute and one other gallery. Now 24 years later it’s grown to include ten local galleries. It’s up to each gallery to decide how to connect to the theme of nature and sustainability.
“Everyone has their own way of representing the earth in their gallery. They’re all environmentally friendly shows,” Johnson said.
Some galleries focus on the theme of recycling and reusing. Owner and artist Tami LaPole Edmunds of Art in the Alley Boutique creates her “one-of-a-kind original clothing items” by repurposing and upcycling other garments and pieces. Live models will be featured in storefront windows of the boutique from noon to 2 p.m.
Other galleries will focus on displaying collections of landscape paintings. The Tweed Museum of Art at University of Minnesota Duluth displays “Transcendental Landscape Paintings” from the George P. Tweed Memorial Art Collection as well as student artwork. Lizzard’s Art Gallery and Framing will show Marion Colman’s watercolor landscape paintings. Colman will be on hand to meet hoppers 1-3 p.m.
Animals will be the focus for other galleries. Siiviis of Sivertson Gallery will hold “A Kenspeckle Bestiary” celebration. There will be an animal letterpress prints created in collaboration between Rick Allen of the Kenspeckle Letterpress and poet Louis Jenkins. Jenkins will perform a reading at 2:30 p.m. The Woodland Art Gallery will feature artist Ellie Faller’s feather flowers.
One tradition that won’t recur this year is a form of transit between galleries. In the past, the galleries have pooled resources to rent busses or limousines to transport hoppers from location to location, but not this year.
“We liked to do it in honor of Earth Day, but it wasn’t possible this year. However there will be free parking,” Johnson said.
The free parking will be available at the DeWitt Seitz Marketplace, the lot west of the Depot and lot G at UMD.
For a full listing of galleries and events, visit the gallery hop’s website at www.duluthgalleryhop.com or pick up a brochure at any of the gallery locations.
Art Hop Gallery Locations
In honor of the 44th anniversary of Earth Day, several downtown Duluth galleries, along with Duluth Art Institute, Tweed Museum of Art at UMD and Phantom Galleries Superior, will host free receptions on Saturday, April 26, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be free parking at the DeWitt-Seitz Marketplace, the lot west of the Depot, and lot G at UMD. You may pick up a brochure with a map of locations at any of the following venues:
Art Dock, Inc.
DeWitt-Seitz Marketplace, 394 South Lake Ave.
722-1451 or 722-6410
Art in the Alley Boutique and Home
209 & 230 East Superior St. 464-4822
Duluth Art Institute
The Depot, 506 West Michigan St. 733-7560
Lake Superior Art Glass
202 East Superior St., Suite 100. 464-1799
Lizzard’s Art Gallery and Framing
11 West Superior St. 722-5815 .
Phantom Galleries Superior
1112 Tower Ave. and other to-be-announced locations in Superior. 715-718-1615
Siiviis of Sivertson Gallery
361 Canal Park Dr. 723-7877 or 1-888-815-5814
Tweed Museum of Art
University of Minnesota - Duluth
1201 Ordean Ct. 726-7659, 726-6552 or 726-7823
Waters of Superior
395 South Lake Ave. 786-0233
Woodland Art Gallery
28 West First St. 722-4030