Art Hounds absorb an explosion of color in winter

Photo of a painting
"The Last Time 6" by Hilary Greenstein is among the works in the eight-artist exhibit at the Anderson Center in Red Wing, Minn.
Courtesy photo by Justin Vorndran

Most of us could use a dose of bright colors by this point in January. The bold palettes are what Heather Lawrenz of Red Wing Arts is seeking when “Vivid Survival” opens Friday.

The eight-artist exhibit at the Anderson Center was curated by Lindsey Cherek Waller, who has a studio at the Anderson Center. The forms vary from giant paintings to wearable creations. The strong colors allow viewers to consider survival during the pandemic.

There is a free artists’ reception on opening night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibit runs until March 26.

Mary Fox of Renegade Theater Company in Duluth, Minn., says she was deeply affected by her visit to the “Like Me, Like You” exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute. The Twin Ports Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Collective mounted the exhibit.

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Fox loves the way the show opens, with APIDA’s logo of a golden rice stalk transformed into a 3D sculpture strung with origami.

The show is a “cultural explosion [of] voices of Asian Americans and their lived experiences,” said Fox.

Photography gives way to poetry printed on a bright yellow wall, set alongside handmade clothing, film, podcasts, and painting. At the end, visitors can write their takeaways on a ribbon and tie it to a tree. “Like Me, Like You” is free and runs through the end of March.

Film publicist Peter Schilling of the Heights Theater plans to head to the Trylon Cinema in Minneapolis Friday for an action film from 1915 that’s getting new life with local music.

He describes the “Filibus: the Mysterious Air Pirate” as a film about an elegant baroness who dresses as a man and lowers herself from an iron dirigible into Italian Riviera mansions to steal their valuables.

While the special effects may appear primitive to an audience more than a century later, Schilling says early cinema magic creates a visceral experience. Pianist Katie Condon performs her original score to accompany the film at each of the four showings.

The screenings were organized by University of Minnesota cultural studies professor and author Maggie Hennefeld. The show runs Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Masks and proof of COVID-19 vaccination are required.

Correction (Jan. 28, 2022): A previous version of this story called "Filibus: the Mysterious Air Pirate" a black-and-white film. The story has been corrected.

This activity is made possible in part by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment’s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.