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Outdoor Painting Festival in Duluth Draws 30+ Regional Artists

July 10, 2017 08:46 AM

A wide-array of weather is forecasted this week - which will surely make for some interesting pieces painted during the third annual Plein Air Duluth: Paint du Nord Festival put on by the Duluth Art Institute

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Thirty-four artists from around Minnesota and beyond have been selected to participate in this year's festival, including Duluth natives Lee Englund and Karen Savage-Blue. They stopped by GMN Monday to offer a sneak peek of the festival. 

“It's kind of exciting because it's outside, En Plein Air. You're painting what you are seeing. It's a real good get-together for artists,” explained Englund.

En Plein Air means "in the open air" and artists will work outdoors throughout the week to capture the landscape in shifting, natural light. Savage-Blue says it can be tricky, especially when the weather changes, but it's also fun.

“I really enjoy doing landscapes. Living in northern Minnesota we have such a variety of seasons that there is always a good time to paint,” said Savage-Blue.

Both artists are oil painters and have been involved with the festival in the past. New this year, the works of art will go on view at Blacklist Artisan Ales in downtown Duluth. Also, many of the artists will post their painting locations on social media, using the hashtag #DuluthPleinAir17.

The festival kicks off Monday, July 10, as the artists are invited to capture the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Here is the schedule:

  • Monday, July 10: Group Paint in the Lincoln Park neighborhood
  • Tuesday, July 11, 6:00-7:30 p.m.: Quick Paint at the Lake Superior Zoo
  • Wednesday, July 12, 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.: Group Paint at Glensheen
  • Friday, July 14, 5:00-7:00 p.m.: Opening reception at Blacklist Artisan Ales. Prizes awarded.
  • July 15 - August 27: Exhibition at Blacklist Artisan Ales

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