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A weekly feature on Northland Morning keeping you up to date on Twin Ports art happenings. Airs Mondays at 8:20. Hosted by Annie Dugan of the Duluth Art Institute.

Where's Art: Murals will continue to grow and tells their stories... once the weather warms up.

Detail of Chief Buffalo Mural Project
Moira Villiard
Detail of Chief Buffalo Mural Project

Filling in for Annie Dugan this week is artist Moria Villiard, who talks about the Chief Buffalo Mural Project, a public art project located in Gitchi-Ode’ Aking. The creation of the murals is ongoing; she and her team paused during the winter, but they plan to start up again in early summer (June hopefully) when the temperatures get warmer.

In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Villiard was also the co-creator of the mural Aanjibimaadiziwag Manidoonsag, which can be found on the western wall of the Seafarer’s Center building on the corner of 3rd Street and 21st Avenue West. The collaborative project also included contributions and ideas from Laurel Saunders, Michelle Defoe, Heather Olson, Aurora Webster, Daniell LaPorte, as several area children. This mural can be viewed anytime, along with other public art, as part of Ecolibrium3's Lincoln Park Art Walk.

Leslie Barlow will be giving a talk for BIPOC artists, "Murals & Sharing Community Stories," at the Duluth Art Institute on Saturday, April 23rd. Barlow will also be holding a Painting & Drawing Small Group Conversation for painters and drawers who would like to "gain fresh perspectives while discussing your own art practice and sharing ideas with Leslie and other attending artists."

Chris Harwood is The North 1033’s Production Director and (acting) Program Director, a morning/daytime host, and the host of Soul Village. He is also a musician, a music historian, an audio engineer, and an avid record collector.
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