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Gallery Hop

Artists and galleries throughout Duluth will celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, with gala receptions and exhibits during Gallery Hop. This is the 10th year that galleries have developed special exhibits to honor the Earth, and the popular...

Artists and galleries throughout Duluth will celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, with gala receptions and exhibits during Gallery Hop.
This is the 10th year that galleries have developed special exhibits to honor the Earth, and the popularity of the event is growing every year.
"There's a lot of interest," said Sue Pavlatos, owner of Art Options Gallery and Framing and one of the founders of the Gallery Hop along with Bev Johnson of the Art Dock.
Last year, downtown traffic was heavy as the community participated in this citywide event, and it shouldn't be any different this year, she said.
All kinds of activities are planned throughout the day, with receptions at each participating location.
At Art Options, for example, Pavlatos said she will give people a chance to create their own collages. She has brought in natural objects, like rocks and bark and pine cones, and people will be invited to create a living sculpture.
At the Tweed Museum of Art, a scavenger hunt is planned based on environmentally-themed artworks on display as well as the opening of the UMD Art Students' Exhibition.
At Lizzard's Gallery, another opening is planned.
Photographer Catherine Koemptgen has been working for more than one year capturing the natural world on Park Point, her home. She has combined the images into collages for each month of the year that evoke handmade quilts and the beauty of nature's details.
"It's all about detail," Koemptgen said. "If you want to know about a place, you aim further and further into detail."
The exhibit at Lizzard's includes about 33 different collages about the environment on Park Point over a one-year period.
Koemptgen, who is known nationally for her portraiture and her book, "Connections and Reflections: Mothers and daughters in their own light, in their own words," said she began photographing Park Point as a way to reflect after her mother died.
"The woods have always been a healing place for me," she said. "So I started to take some long walks in the two forests that are out there. After spending time there, I started bringing my camera and tripod with me. I really wanted to get involved in photographing the natural changes from month to month that occur there. That's how the project evolved."
The photos capture the essence of the seasons as well as all the variety of plant life on the Point. "I learned so much," she said. "We have a legacy, really, in terms of our natural surroundings and unique flora -- we have to care of it. When you see the beauty here, it's certainly relevant to Earth Day concerns."
Her exhibit opens on Earth Day with a reception at Lizzard's from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
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These are just a few of the delights awaiting the public in this premiere artistic event of the city. Gallery Hop features artists creating in every medium, from ceramics and basketry, beadwork to pastels. Each has his or her own voice and reflects life in the Northland.
One of the perks of this event is the Port Town Trolley which will run a free shuttle service starting at 11 a.m., continuously joining all the events. So plan a day of art and enjoy -- the Gallery Hop.
GALLERY HOP SCHEDULE
All the galleries and other participants in the 10th Annual Gallery Hop will be hosting receptions on Saturday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Port Town Trolley will offer free shuttle service and will also stop at the Whole Foods Co-op for the Earth Day Festival there.
Participants are:
* Art Dock, DeWitt-Seitz Marketplace, Canal Park
* Art Options, 132 E. Superior St.
* Duluth Art Institute, 506 W. Michigan St.
* Duluth Artists' Guild, 211 E. Superior at the Norshor Theatre
* Duluth Public Arts Commission, Washington Studios, 315 N. Lake Ave
* Fitger's Brewery Complex, 600 E. Superior St. Spirit Bay Trading Post and G4, a group of graphic designers and illustrators, will have Earth Day exhibits
* LIzzard's Gallery, 38 Superior St.
* Sivertson's Gallery, 361 Canal Park Dr.
* Tweed Museum of Art, UMD, exhibits, scavenger hunt and hands-on activities as well as exhibits.
* Washington Galleries, 315 N. Lake Ave.
* Waterfront Art Works, DeWitt-Seitz Marketplace, Canal Park

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