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ART BEAT: Duluth to hold Arts at Twilight

Photo by Kristen Ralph

Photo by Kristen Ralph

One of Duluth's biggest social events in 2009 is making a repeat performance.

Arts at Twilight will begin at 6 p.m. July 10 at the Duluth Warehouse Gallery on West Lawrenceville Street just across from Park Cafe.

The event will be the major fundraiser of the year for the Duluth Fine Art League. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at www.artsduluth.org/arts-at-twilight.html or at the door.

The event will showcase a number of well known area artists such as Cher Thompson Austin, Kathy Andrews Fincher, Wallace Reid and Marti Forkner. The Duluth Warehouse Gallery exhibits the work of 57 artists, and some of these will also attend.

There will be "unlimited" food and wine supplied by Proof of the Pudding, and the Huthmaker family will provide entertainment starting at 7 p.m.

Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris is excited about the event and its importance to DFAL.

"This event is our main fundraiser for DFAL," she said. "Last year, we were able to give away two $1,500 scholarships to graduating seniors who planned to major in the arts in college."

DFAL is a growing organization, started to foster the enjoyment and education of the arts in Duluth and to serve as a catalyst for bringing a variety of arts to Duluth.

"One does not have to be an artist to be a member of DFAL, but one must love art," Harris said. "There are so many wonderful ways to express cultural diversity through the fine arts, and Duluth is setting the way to being an international city."

DFAL has several sub-committees operating and planning other events. There will be a Duluth READS City Wide Book Reading in the spring. Art Walks are being held four times a year with the next set for fall. A holiday tour of homes is being planned for this year, which will include a walking tour in historic downtown Duluth. It will feature homes that have extensive personal art collections.

"We are still a growing organization," Harris said. "We still need volunteers as we have these great projects planned!"

To find out more about DFAL including membership costs and how to join, visit www.artsduluth.org/membership-information.html.

In Lawrenceville, another arts experience awaits visitors to St. Edwards Episcopal Church. Around Africa and U.S. with Ujjagar Singh Wassan is on view through July 9.

This exhibition includes 15 paintings in various media, painted from images taken on Wassan's travels or painted en plein air, meaning in the open air.

Wassan is a self-taught artist with a life-long passion for art.

"Above all, passion for painting has been my greatest teacher and nature has been my constant inspiration and motivation," he said.

While he loves watercolor, Wassan also uses oil and pastel. He has exhibited all around Georgia as well as in New Jersey and North Carolina. This exhibition has been curated by Mikki Dillon.

The Gallery at St. Edward's is free and open to the public. It is in the chapel at the church at 737 Moon Road in Lawrenceville. Hours for viewing the exhibition are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 770-963-6128.

Holley Calmes is a freelance writer.