Friday June 28, 2019 Arts Walk

Please join us on Friday, June 28, from 5 to 8pm, as we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Downtown Duluth Arts Walk. It’s been a fantastic year of vibrant arts programming. As always, on this Final Friday of the Month, you will have the opportunity to experience a variety of arts and entertainment at our venues, with numerous options in the neighborhood for dining and late night fun! Scroll down to see full list of venues for June 2019…

SPECIAL FEATURE: Artist Jeffrey Schmidt has created a painting inspired by our DDAW logo to kick off the start of our second-year of Arts Walks….and the first ten visitors to each venue will receive a limited edition poster of Jeff’s beautiful artwork as a thank you to our Duluth community who has come out in support of us over the last year!

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About the Artist:

Jeffrey Schmidt has always had a lifelong love of Duluth and Lake Superior and moved to the area in 1990.  After attending North Dakota State University in Fargo for Architecture and the University of Minnesota in Duluth for Studio Art, he began working in the local galleries in 1994 and eventually took ownership of Lizzard’s Art Gallery in 2003.  Although creating art has taken second stage since being a business owner, making art has always been a constant form of creative release.  In the early days his focus was pinhole photography and printmaking. As of late, he has focused almost exclusively on painting, both in acrylic and oil. Some of his inspirations include Marsden Hartley and Milton Avery, but more locally they are Earl Austin, Terry Millikan, Patricia Canelake and Robert Pokorney. Most of Jeff’s painting takes shape in the form of remembered landscapes and scenes, built on his impressions living in and around the Duluth area for most of his life. His works never focus on too much detail, rather they invoke the feeling of a moment in time through a recollection of shapes and colors.

Opening Receptions/Art Shows on Friday June 28, 2019: 

Joseph Nease Gallery – Opening Reception of Matthew Kluber’s “Friday I’m in Love”. 

The Nordic Center – Kirsten Aune Textiles showing with the HusDesign Collective (Aune, Sue French, Gordon Manary, Scott Scheirbeck). 

Zeitgeist – Ivy Vainio’s “Breaking Free” exhibition.

Lizzard’s Gallery – New paintings by featured artist, Tom Tyler. 

Duluth Art Institute (open 5 to 6pm) – Three summer exhibitions! Allen Killian Moore’s “I Am What’s Wrong With The World”; Susanna Gaunt, Russell Prather, Natalie Salminen Rude, and Juliane Shibata’s “Strata”; and “Popular Opinions: A Cultural Discussion”. 

Duluth Coffee Company – Harbor City International School Art Show in the hallway gallery, and “Musician Portraits” by Wolfskull Creative in the café gallery. 

Tischer Photographic Gallery – New photography from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. 

More Open Studios/New Artwork at: 

The Pineapple Building Studios – Alison Aune’s Nordic Pattern Painting. Open studio with Jon Hinkel of the The Tight Squeek Press. Pineapple Arts Store and Studio, art supply demos. 

315 Gallery at the Washington Co-op – New work by Co-op artists.  

Studio 101 – Portrait and Landscape Work by Dorothea Diver, Goran Hellekant, Constance Johnston, Cot LaFond, Dale Lucas and Larry Turbes.

Legacy Glassworks – Regionally created, functional, handblown art glass and paintings by Minnesota artists.

Music and Art at:

Duluth Fine Pianos – Live Jazz show featuring Sam Miltich, Matt Mobley, and Ryan Frane. Artwork by Esther Piszczek. 

Blush – Art and rad music as always!

For up to date information about participating venues and programming please visit our Downtown Duluth Arts Walk Facebook page, @DowntownDuluthArtsWalk or our website,

The Downtown Duluth Arts Collective (DDAC) is a grassroots organization, representing downtown arts businesses, galleries, individual artist studios and cultural centers. It is an exciting time of growth for arts groups in downtown Duluth.  From the HART District on one end and the Duluth Art Institute on the other, the downtown arts community is thriving. The DDAC produces the Arts Walk as a way to live in to their mission to unite, revitalize, and enrich the community through the arts. We are focused on building upon the City’s existing assets and reputation as an arts-friendly place in which to live, work and play while remaining inclusive of and equitable to all.

Downtown Arts Walk Sponsors:


Additional Arts Walks in 2019 are planned for the final Friday of each month, including July 26, August 30, September 27, October 25, November 29, and December 13.

For more information, please contact: Amanda Hunter at 218-461-8380 or

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