A few things within walking distance on Friday night: Multimedia work about social discrepancies - which includes a cloaked figure; a folk singer at the Nordic Center; an exhibition of landscape photography, images taken in Iceland.
The Downtown Arts Walk, in its second month, is a multi-venue gallery-bar-studio space tour that considers a variety of arts and spans from Art in the Alley to the Duluth Art Institute, to 315 Gallery to Lizzard's Art Gallery & Framing. The free drop-in event is 5-8 p.m. Friday at the more than two dozen downtown spots featuring a signature grey and yellow logo, designed by Jon Hinkel, who's The Tight Squeek Press is among the stops.
"We started having a lot of conversations back in February about how to get something like this started," said Amanda Hunter of Joseph Nease Gallery.
There have been similar events in the past, and they looked for what successes came from those, she said.
Last month, at Joseph Nease Gallery, about 60 people visited the space, Hunter said.
"And people that we hadn't really seen before," she added.
Landscape photographer Ryan Tischer purposefully timed the opening reception of a new exhibit with last month's event. "Ten Days in Iceland" drew well, he said. There were the usual visitors, interested in the new works in addition to the drop-ins from the walk.
There is a reason it is called the Downtown Duluth Arts Walk - plural on the arts, more than one gallery manager noted. The events are meant to include a wide range of works. During the upcoming walk, for instance, folk musician Rachael Kilgour will play at the Nordic Center, Alison Aune will feature her patterned pieces at the Pineapple Arts Building, and Red Herring Lounge is showing sailboat paintings by Bill Shipley. Carla Hamilton's "Minnesota Nice" exhibition at Prove uses a mix of media to consider how different backgrounds can lead to similar journeys.
Last month, Wagner Zaun Architecture showed off images of tiny houses. There will be works in the window, but they won't be open this go-round - but only because there is a scheduling conflict.
After the first arts walk, other downtown spots wanted in. The late additions have made it hard to make an accurate brochure - one of those good kind of problems, according to Hunter.
"This is good momentum," she said, "but it's hard to keep up."
(At this point, it's best to follow along on the Facebook event page.)
Among the interested businesses: Dubh Linn Irish Pub.
"It's something that has been discussed downtown for a long time," owner Mike Maxim said. "But it took somebody with vision to put it together and make it happen."
Maxim said he envisions displaying works by a local visual artist each month and plans to join in during September's walk. The crew is in the process of looking for artists and figuring out the logistics of hanging works.
If You Go
What: Downtown Arts Walk
When: 5-8 p.m. Friday, though some spaces stay open later
(subject to change)
315 Gallery at the Washington Co-op, 315 N. Lake Ave.
AICHO Galleries, 202 W. Second St.
Alison Aune Studio, 128 W. First St., second floor
AROLA Architecture Studio, 205 W. First St.
Art in the Alley, 230 E. Superior St.
Blush, 18 N First Ave. W.
CF design ltd, 230 E. Superior St., suite 102
Duluth Art Institute, 506 W. Michigan St.
Duluth Coffee Company, 105 E. Superior St.
Joseph Nease Gallery, 23 W. First St.
Kirsten Aune Textiles, 134 W. First St., Magic Smelt shop
Legacy Glassworks, 32 W. First St.
Lizzard's Gallery, 11 W. Superior St.
Mavis Designer Showroom, 19 N. Lake Ave.
Nordic Center, 23 N. Lake Ave.
Pineapple Arts, 124 W. First St.
Prove, 21 N. Lake Ave.
The Red Herring Lounge, 208 E. First St.
The Rathskellar, 208 E. Superior St., corner of Michigan St. and Second Ave. E.
Rockingchair Studio, 120 W. First St.
The Tight Squeek Press, 128 W. First St.
Tischer Photographic Gallery, 5 W. Superior St.
Wagner Zaun Architecture, 3 W. Superior St.