Art Spotlight: August 2017


The Art of August

The month of August is filled with new exhibits opening along the North Shore and more art festivals occurring, starting with the Under the Spreading Walnut Tree Art Festival in Two Harbors, Aug. 11-13. Next is the Brighton Beach Art Festival in Duluth on Saturday, Aug. 12. Art in Bayfront Park will be held Aug. 19-20 in Duluth.

Duluth Art Institute’s Plein Air Exhibit will be held at Blacklist Beer until Aug. 27. Thirty-four artists were selected to participate, including Teresa Kolar. Her mixed media piece, titled “Katy’s Lake Superior Garden” [above] will be on display. Visit for info. 


Lakeside Gallery in Duluth will feature Shawna Gilmore as the August artist of the month. The exhibit, titled Woodlandia, will feature paintings similar to “Boris’ Big Bunny” [above right]. For more info, visit:

John Risberg of Rizz Glass creates blown glass bird feeders [left]. He will be at the Brighton Beach Art Festival in Duluth, Saturday, Aug. 12. To see more of his work, visit


“Sad Bear,” by Jill Levene [right]. Levene is the featured artist at Tettegouche State Park this month. A reception will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4 at the park. To see more from Levene, visit:


“Big Red Owl,” by Jonathan Thunder [left], is part of the Peripheral Vignettes exhibition, currently on display at the Duluth Art Institute until Sept. 1. Thunder will hold an artist talk and book signing at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at DAI. Visit to learn more. 


Definitely Superior Art Gallery’s Die Active Art Collective has created 24 street art/graffiti murals to-date in Thunder Bay. Check out the latest mural [right], completed in July on Cooke Street. To learn more, visit:


Breana’s Pick of the Month

Artist Terry Williams of Infinity Arts & Designs will showcase his work at the Under the Spreading Walnut Tree Art Festival in Two Harbors, Aug. 11-13. This piece, titled “Summer Breeze,” is a mixed media using acrylic paints and sculpted paper. Williams is one of the event coordinators for the festival. To see more of his work, visit: To learn more about the festival, click here


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By Breana Roy