Downtown Duluth Arts Walk

All Ages/Family
Date: Friday, December 06 05:00 PM

Venue: Downtown Duluth Arts Collective

Take Part in Art and join the Downtown Duluth Arts Walk (DDAW)! 

There’s a ton of phenomenal ART happening in downtown, as the Downtown Duluth Arts Collective (DDAC) continues its Fall Season. We invite you to come out and experience a variety of arts and entertainment, stay for dinner and drinks or a show during this month’s night of ultimate downtown fun!

Artist Studios:

? Help us welcome new DDAC member and Arts Walk venue Aaron Kloss Studio, located in the Old City Hall building,132 E. Superior St., Suite 3E! This will be another great opportunity for the public to see one of our local working artist’s studio, and interact with a half dozen other local guest artists there that evening, with their work also on display. 

?At Tight Squeek Press ¬– Be sure to stop in and say hello to proprietor Jon Hinkel. Check out his old world printing studio and see what project he’s working on this month.


?At Lizzard’s Gallery – “Joel and Deborah Cooper Artwork/Life House Fundraising Exhibit,” opening reception. In conjunction with Life House’s celebration/open house commemorating their new Annex, Lizzard’s is hosting a show and fundraising sale of Joel and Deborah Cooper’s collaborative artwork which combines Joel’s screen printing with Deborah’s poetry. Joel’s limited edition screen prints will be half-priced and he will contribute all of his proceeds to the Life House. This is an excellent opportunity to purchase Joel and Deborah Cooper’s awesome artwork AND contribute to a non-profit business that is providing well needed, unconditional support for the youth in our community.

?At Tischer Photographic Gallery – “This is Minnesota – New Images by Ryan Tischer” opens. Comprised of images from northern Minnesota, the show runs through November 13th, with 25% of profits from artwork sales being donated to Friends of the Boundary Waters.

?At the Nordic Center – “Swedish Folk Painting: Revival in the Upper Midwest”, opening reception. Featuring contemporary Swedish folk paintings in the context of traditional Swedish folk painting and its recent revival in the Upper Midwest. It is the first time this type of painting is being featured in a gallery setting. Work by Judith Kjenstad, Pieper Fleck Bloomquist, and Alison Aune. 

Recently opened exhibitions:

?At Zeitgeist Arts: Atrium Gallery – “Rights of the Child by Moira Villiard” continues. The USA is the only country in the United Nations that hasn’t ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. What exactly does this mean for our children's rights? Through paintings and digitally designed posters, artist Moira Villiard explores the essence of childhood and children’s rights in modern times. 

Arts Cafe Gallery- “For the Love of Trees by Sue Rauschenfels” continues. The survival of human beings is dependent on oxygen, made available by trees. We have all heard the science as to why trees are life. But beyond that, trees have the power to impact people positively socially and mentally. Human connection with trees is vital to sustaining life and creating supportive healthy human interaction.

?At Prøve: “Bob Pokorney: Ten New Paintings”, continues. An exhibition of new large-scale canvases by painter Bob Pokorney that explore patterns of shadows across the natural and built environment. 

?At Joseph Nease Gallery: “Rachel Hayes and Eric Sall – Affinities” continues in the Main Gallery and Gallery A. Textile, sculptural and painted works by the Tulsa, OK, artist-couple. In Gallery B, “Heaven and Other Realms”, oil, gouache and ink paintings by Albuquerque, NM artist, Heidi Pollard.

?At Duluth Coffee Co: “Paintings by Aaron Boothe” continues. 

At 315 Gallery: “Paintings and Drawings by Sam Pranger and Moira Villiard” continues. 

?At Blush: Cool 3D, Glow in the Dark art (3D Glasses provided.)

?At Legacy Glassworks: “Jeff Pollari – psychedelic paintings” continues. Plus handblown glass art by regional artists. 

?At Duluth Fine Pianos: “Zentangle Art by Esther Piszczek” continues. 

Stop by a bit early (before 5 pm) to see these important exhibitions recently opened:

?At AICHO Galleries: “Mniidoos and Wiigaas Art Opening: Rabbett Strickland & Pat Kruse” continues. The exhibit features two visual art forms - paintings by Strickland and birchbark creations by Kruse. Each artist brings forth their cultural heritage in unique and contemporary ways; Kruse through his use of traditional media and Strickland with his depictions of the Anishinaabe hero/trickster, Nanabozho. (Gallery open until 5pm)

?At Duluth Art Institute: “Jean: The Inspiration Behind the Birkenstein Arts Movement” continues. Jean – as she was called by all who knew her, including her children – was an artist, a teacher and a leader of the Civil Rights Movement in 1950’s and 1960’s Chicago. “Minnesota Black Fine Art Show” continues. Established and emerging Minnesota artists of African descent exhibit their work in this juried traveling show. Appearing at Austin Area Arts, Mankato’s Emy Frentz Arts Gallery, St. Cloud’s Paramount Center of the Arts, and Obsidian Arts in Minneapolis, The Minnesota Black Fine Art Show culminates at The Duluth Art Institute. Work on view includes fiber, mixed media, photography, graphic design and painting. Congratulations to selected artists: Kprecia Ambers, Eyenga Bokamba, Christopher E. Harrison, Carla Hamilton, Bill Jeter, Antwon Key, Terresa Moses, Theoneste Munyemana, Ivy Vainio, and Carl Wesley.

“Claudia Faith: Family” continues in the corridor gallery. Claudia Faith’s richly colored anthropomorphic paintings focus on a magnified perspective of the familiar. Painting intimate portraits of her neighboring sheep, cows and chickens, Faith invites viewers to visit with her friends at close range. Looking intimately at her work, one can gain insight into Faith’s methods and relationships to the materials as well as her subjects.

Additional Arts Walks in 2019 are planned for the final Friday of each month, including October 25, November 29, and December 13.

For up to date information about participating venues and programming please visit our Downtown Duluth Arts Walk Facebook page, @DowntownDuluthArtsWalk or our website,


The Downtown Duluth Arts Collective (DDAC) is a grassroots organization, representing downtown arts businesses, galleries, individual artist studios and cultural centers. It is an exciting time of growth for arts groups in downtown Duluth.  From the HART District on one end and the Duluth Art Institute on the other, the downtown arts community is thriving. The DDAC produces the Arts Walk as a way to live in to their mission to unite, revitalize, and enrich the community through the arts. We are focused on building upon the City’s existing assets and reputation as an arts-friendly place in which to live, work and play while remaining inclusive of and equitable to all.


For more information, please contact: Amanda Hunter at 218-461-8380 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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