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Mother Earth is a ceramic version of the pointy-eared pink hats that were trending at the Women's March on Washington. In another case, Mother Earth is playful - a bathtub filled with a variety of birds.
It is also felt-work landscapes with seemingly found objects, like buttons and charms.
Penny Clark of Lizzard's Gallery and Framing solicited earth-conscious artwork from regional women for the 27th Annual Art for Earth Day Gallery Hop. She collected about two dozen pieces ranging from well-known artists to newbies, from two-dimensional to three, and - in one case - a painting that already had a pink Post-it stuck to the back before the show was even properly hung.
"We already sold that one," Clark said earlier this week, indicating Betsy Snow's soft portrait, "The Disappearing Butterfly Tango."
The gallery hop, which runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., is a DIY tour of local galleries and art spaces and earth-friendly art and demonstrations. Here are some of the highlights.
- 315 Lake Ave. N.
The space formerly known as Washington Gallery is hosting the "Art Can" exhibition - a play on replacing things that are bad for the environment with artwork and expression, according to artist Jonathan Thunder.
"For this exhibit, we try to make it earthy-themed," he said.
There will be artwork in the gallery, and some of the residents of the cooperative - including Thunder, who is preparing for a show this summer at the Duluth Art Institute - will have open studios. Also: Live music by Aimee Tischer and more.
While we're on topic: Stay tuned. This gallery is going to having regular shows again in the near future.
Armory Arts & Music Center
- 1325 London Rd.
There is a lot happening at this spot adjacent to the Armory. "Earth, Wind and Fire" includes open studios and demos of glassblowing, blacksmithing and jewelry-making.
- 394 S. Lake Ave.
There are 28 artists represented in this year's Earth Day-themed show, including new work by Bear Paw Paperworks, jewelry-maker Cindy Hale, painters Sue Rowe and Anne Schwartz, and multimedia artist Sadie Kattula.
Bev Johnson said the artists trended toward the beautification of the Northland.
"(There is) an appreciation of why we live here and why we see things so beautifully," she said. "Lake Superior and the North Shore. These images are about why we're here."
Duluth Art Institute
- 506 W. Michigan St.
Two new exhibitions have opened at the art institute including "Lest We Forget," a collection of dioramas by Sandra Brick that illustrate her husband Fred Amram's family story of fleeing Nazi Germany for the United States (in the Morrison Gallery) and "Strongman," work by local ophthalmology tech, pro wrestler, family man, pop culture-head Joe Klandor. Expect an homage to Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Lake Superior Art Glass
- 202 E. Superior St. and 1325 London Rd.
Both Lake Superior Art Glass locations are offering the chance to get interactive. At the downtown shop, there will be an earth-like marble-making class - with the chance to turn the piece into pendants, according to owner Dan Neff. Meanwhile, at Hot Shop, they're offering a class on paperweight-making.
"We're going to be using recycled glass," he said. "Reclaimed glass scrapped from other projects we've made. We've crushed that up."
Lizzard’s Gallery and Framing
- 11 W. Superior St.
Clark said the shop's owner Jeffrey Schmidt gave her free rein to find work for the "Mother Earth" exhibition. She found regional artists, friends and some locals who haven't yet shown their work. Clark also solicited work from artists not currently represented at the gallery.
Each piece is smaller than 14 inches-by-14 inches - including the frame, she said.
"That made people think out of the box quite a bit," Clark said.
About 20 artists are represented, some more than once, with landscapes, bears, portraits, pottery and more.
Siiviis of Sivertson Gallery
- 361 Canal Park Dr.
This year, at Siiviis, it's all about the bees. The pro-bee show will include bee-themed work by artists like Adam Swanson, Rick Allen, Neil Sherman, Karin Kraemer and Betsy Bowen.
"I just threw that out to our artists, and the work that's coming in is pretty great," said manager Melanie Bonney. "We had lost our tie to the Earth Day part. Last year, I wanted to make sure that this show had that connection again. I want to keep going with that."
There will also be a presentation by Pat Thomas, a local insect photographer and garden educator.
Tweed Museum of Art
- 1201 Ordean Court, University of Minnesota Duluth
The art hop also is an annual chance to check out work by students from the University of Minnesota Duluth. The 2017 Annual Student Exhibition is a juried show of pieces from students in the department of art and design. Studio spaces will also be available for browsing.
Meanwhile, "Call and Response is a ceramics exhibition of pieces from the Tweed's collection - as curated by faculty members Jim Klueg and Liz James.
Waters of Superior
- 395 S. Lake Ave.
Over the years, Helen Wang has become a fixture of the art hop. The Twin Cities-based jewelry-maker is one of the most popular artists at the gallery. She uses mixed metals and stones to create earrings, necklaces, rings and more.
The "Earthly Elements" exhibition will focus specifically on the landscape of Lake Superior.