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Duluth, Minnesota, Artists Exhibit Work at Vesterheim


Tue, Sep 3rd, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa— On September 20 Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, will open “Four from the North,” an exhibition of recent works by Alison Aune, Ann Jenkins, Ann Klefstad, and Arna Rennan, artists from the Duluth Minnesota area. The four artists will be at the museum during a reception from 5:00-7:00 p.m. There will be a welcome and gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.



“Their artworks reflect a deep respect and love for the natural world and the ways in which natural motifs have created the traditional patterns of Norway and Minnesota,” said Vesterheim Chief Curator Laurann Gilbertson. “The artists work in different styles and media, but are united in a shared Nordic aesthetic and a mutual appreciation of heritage,” she added.



Alison Aune is a native of Amherst, Massachusetts, where she received her BFA from the University of Massachusetts. She has an MA from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and a PhD in Comparative Arts from Ohio University. Aune is Professor of art education at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Her great-grandparents came to Minnesota from arctic Norway and Växjö, Sweden. About her work Aune says, “The patterns that we associate with Scandinavian sweaters and other designs are symbols that have meanings beyond being simply decorative. Repetition imbues symbols with strength and power.”



Ann Jenkins grew up in Duluth. She received a BFA in painting from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a graduate degree in library science from Western Michigan University. She did further studies at the University of Oslo International Summer School. Jenkins’s work has been exhibited in Minnesota, Canada, and Sweden. Her father’s family came from Telemark to Muskego and the Wind Lake area of Wisconsin in the late 1840s. Her work is largely of northern Minnesota landscapes, but the Norwegian fjords often appear in her paintings, too.



Ann Klefstad is both writer and artist. She had been immersed in the Los Angeles art scene before settling in the Midwest. She covered the arts for the Duluth News Tribune for several years, first as a freelance art reviewer and then as the arts and entertainment reporter. Her art has been heavily influenced by the ideas of the Norwegian philosopher and environmentalist Arne Næss. Her grandparents came to Duluth from Norway (Lofote .....
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Lanesboro Barn Dance

Thu, Aug 29th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

As summer draws toward its close, the Lanesboro Barn Dance presents the last dance of its 19th season. It’s a fine chance to kick up your heels.exercise while enjoying yourself! You can socialize with friends and new acquaintances while you glide ..... 
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Your Challenge - Experience the Taste of ExpoCulinaria 2013

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Arts & Culture

By Team ExpoCulinaria ‘Bring it to the table,’ is not just an engaging command or culinary taste bud invitation. It will also prove an entertaining challenge for the upcoming professional chef cook-off in Rushford, Minn. At the feature Septembe ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre Company Presents “The Memory of Water”

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. — The Commonweal Theatre Company presents Shelagh Stephenson’s beautifully moving story, “The Memory of Water”, September 21 through November 10 with discounted tickets available for previews September 13 to September 20. Ca ..... 
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Lemonade stand

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

All smiles, Gracie Pfaff and Kendyl Kraling set up a lemonade stand in Preston, Minn. during the hottest days of August. Photo by Jason Sethre

Artist Reception for Local Author Nancy Huesenga, celebrating her new book ‘Behind the Door Marked “Private”

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro Arts Center will host an artist reception on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 6-8 p.m. for local author Nancy Huisenga, celebrating her new book ‘Behind the Door Marked “Private” – Confessions of a Small Town Bed & Breakfast Owner.’ The ..... 
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SEMAC Announces October Grant Application Deadline

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council announces a call for grant proposals in three categories. The postmark deadline is October 1, 2013. SEMAC is a non-profit arts agency and is the State of Minnesota Arts Board-designated regional arts counc ..... 
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Facing Wykoff Photo Exhibit Opening September 1

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Wykoff Arts & Culture

The Wykoff Fall Fest Committee, the Wykoff Historical Society and the Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative invite the public to attend the Facing Wykoff opening reception and exhibit “unveiling” on Sept. 1 from 2-4p.m. in the Wykoff Community Center a ..... 
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Music, Authors and More...at “Lanesboro Live! Conversation, Comedy & Cool Jams...”

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. – Author interviews, music, and more...Host Damon Prestemon will manage spontaneous comedy while welcoming various guests onstage for the upcoming “Lanesboro Live! Conversation, Comedy & Cool Jams...” show on Sunday, Sept. 1 a ..... 
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