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Visit over 20 artists in 20 miles around Two Harbors this weekend

The Lake Superior 20/20 Art and Studio Tour returns for its 11th year with more than 40 artists.

Blue and white wave-shaped sculpture sitting on rock next to water
A ceramic sculpture by guest artist Ashley Hise, one of several artists to be hosted by resident artists along the North Shore during this year's 20/20 Lake Superior Studio and Art Tour.
Contributed / Ashley Hise
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TWO HARBORS — Although it's called "20/20," this year's Lake Superior 20/20 Studio and Art Tour will feature the works of over 40 returning and new artists, according to organizers and artists Gail Rosenquist and Paul Zoldahn.

The name of the art tour originally implied that an attendee could see 20 artists within a 20-mile radius, back when it started around 2011.

"It was just a small group of artists just around this area," Rosenquist said. "And the same people did it for six years and invited more people in, so we joined in."

Eventually, the original organizers bowed out and passed the tour on to a different group of artists who decided to keep it going.

"They decided they didn't want to organize it anymore, but we'd all grown to like it, so we decided to keep it going," Zoldahn said. "And I don't know, it just keeps on growing."

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Stone sculpture of a bear by Sean MacManus
A stone sculpture of a bear by Sean MacManus, one of the many artists featured in this year's 20/20 Lake Superior Studio and Art Tour along the North Shore.
Contributed / Sean MacManus

The tour now has 14 stops, which include resident and multiple guest artists at each stop. The tour also now includes four sustainable farms, some of which sell some of their produce alongside the artwork. Artwork included along the tour varies greatly, from oil and watercolor paintings, to fiber arts, to ceramics, to carving, to jewelry making.

"And it's a good chance for people to come and see our studios and where we do our work," Rosenquist said. "To see what our process is like."

Zoldahn said he appreciated the chance to connect with people as they pass through the tour.

"That's something that sets this tour apart," he said. "It's not like selling in a gallery, where you don't see who's getting your artwork. It's a very personal experience."

A detailed image of a wolf drawing.
Artist Eric J. Klepinger is one of several artists featured in the 11th annual Lake Superior 20/20 Studio and Art Tour along the North Shore around Two Harbors this weekend.
Contributed / Eric J. Klepinger

Even if people don't buy her ceramics, Rosenquist said she appreciates the chance to see the public interact with her works.

"I mean, we're obviously hoping people walk away with a few pieces of artwork, but it's also just gratifying for someone to come and pick up a piece of your work and say, 'I like this; it's beautiful,'" Rosenquist said. "Even if they don't buy it, it still feeds your soul."

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Teri Cadeau is a general assignment and neighborhood reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. Originally from the Iron Range, Cadeau has worked for several community newspapers in the Duluth area for eight years including: The Duluth Budgeteer News, Western Weekly, Weekly Observer, Lake County News-Chronicle and occasionally, the Cloquet Pine Journal. When not working, she's an avid reader and crafter.
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