Art Hounds: Northwoods painting and improv for all ages

Red Wing, Minnesota painter Dan Wiemer has long appreciated the work of Two Harbors, Minnesota painter Dave Gilsvik. Gilsvik paints scenes from the Northwoods with colorful trees and lakes reflecting the sky.

“He’s so authentic because he really paints what he knows,” said Wiemer, who came across Gilsvik’s work because both painters work at the Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais, Minnesota. Gilsvik paints in what Wiemer describes in a style that originated among artists in Canada in the 1920s, which has a “chunky, rustic, stylized look”.

Wiemer said Gilsvik’s ability to paint winter landscapes inspires his own work. “I didn’t paint winter until I saw Dave’s pictures, and the amount of color he puts into a winter scene blew you away.”

“Noodle Pie Island”

Courtesy of DalekoArts

Jay Melchior and his 4 year old son have a standing appointment on Saturdays to watch the live stream of Daleko Arts’ Noodle Pie Island in New Prague, Minn.

In the interactive children’s show, his son sings and screams together with the actors. The viewers are asked to write their names on the “Noodle Board” – the YouTube chat. That way, Captain Laroo, played by Lauren Anderson, the show’s creator, can call the kids by name during the show.

The adventure includes a craft time, with the craft being incorporated into the adventure. As a special education teacher, Melchior likes how the show involves social emotional learning even in an episode that was about gratitude. Previous episodes of Noodle Pie Island are available on YouTube.

To watch the show live on Saturdays at 11am, register with Daleko Arts through the Home Invasion series.

Butch Roy, managing director of the HUGE Improv Theater, recommends checking in with the Blackout Improv group anytime you get a chance. The next chance is Friday.

Blackout is an all-black comedy troupe based in the Twin Cities. Like many other artists, they have moved their shows to Zoom to keep engaging with the audience.

While an improvisational show is inherently different every time, Roy said that without exception, their appearances were “hearty, fun, [and] in time. “He saw the improvisational actors respond to the moment with engaging social commentary and humor.

Editor’s note: Denzel Belin, an employee of MPR News, is a member of Blackout Improv but is not cast on the above show.

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