Art Spotlight: February 2017

| AARON KLOSS

Red Hot Winter

In February, most folks associate the term red hot winter with Valentine’s Day and romance.

But when I asked photographers and artists to interpret the theme, many sent photos and paintings of brilliant winter sunsets and fire-themed artwork. Others sent candles, red knitted-scarves and hearts. Here’s our favorite interpretations of a red hot winter.

Photographer Ryan Tischer caught this amazing red sunrise (above), titled “Aerial Liftbridge.” His work can be found at Lakeside Gallery in Duluth, or online at ryantischerphoto.com.

| JULIE KUIPERY

This acrylic on canvas (left), titled “Winter Cardinaland,” is by Aaron Kloss. See more of his work at aaronkloss.com.

Julie Kuipery of Thunder Bay makes tealight candles out of branches (right). This set was made from hand-peeled poplar wood and sealed to preserve the wood. Her work can be found at escapenaturally.ca.

| MARY BEBIE

This glass piece (left), titled “Fire Flower” was created by Grand Marais Art Colony glass studio instructor and artist Mary Bebie. Visit grandmaraisartcolony.org to see more from Bebie. 

| LINDA OTTIS

Linda Ottis, a member of the Northwoods Fiber Guild, created this festive “Chip-carved Heart” (right). The guild comprises of members from the North Shore region.

| ADAM SWANSON

Duluth artist Adam Swanson painted this fun piece, titled “Play” (left). His work can be found in various locations throughout Duluth, or visit his website adamswanson.com for more of his artwork.

| PENNY ORTMANN

Penny Ortmann, also a member of the Northwoods Fiber Guild, created this needle felted heart piece (right). 

Duluth artist Michelle Wegler painted “Gimmie a Kiss” (below). Her paintings can be found at Lakeside Gallery in Duluth and online at michelleweglerart.com.

| MICHELLE WEGLER


| NORTH HOUSE FOLK SCHOOL

Breana’s Pick of the Month

In January, the North House Folk School in Grand Marais held an open house to showcase their Community of Craft project. The group installation features six-inch wooden tiles, representing the work of over 100 instructors and intern alumni. With so much to look at, it’s hard to pick a favorite individual tile. The installation will be located in the north classroom all-year. Visit northhouse.org for more details.



By Breana Roy