Our Artists

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Jeffery Kalstrom
About Jeffery Kalstrom
Jeffrey Kalstrom is a multi-media artist who is has taught sculpture and printmaking at the University of Minnesota, Duluth and has also taught at the University of Southern California. He is currently the Exhibitions Curator of the Duluth Art Institute. His active professional life as an artist includes numerous installations pieces - often in collaboration with his artist wife, Ann Klefstad - as well as solo sculpture and printmaking shows throughout the country. He has won many awards for his work, including the Forecast Public Artworks grant, Minnesota State Arts Board grants, and others.

Artist Statement
I do not work to express but to explore. I start with images that intrigue me, patterns that spark. Then, following the lead of these images, I try to understand or at least discover questions that go further.
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Fear of Valentines   Mixed Media   11"x14"   $175
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The Golden Ball   Screen Print/Mixed Media   11"x14"   $200
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Death and the Maiden   Mixed Media   16"x20"   Sold Out
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S   Mixed Media   11"x14"   $150
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X   Mixed Media   11"x14"   $150


Matt Kania
About Matt Kania
Matt was born in Chicago and has forged a professional life as a cartographer, illustrator and printmaker. His company, Map Hero, Inc., has produced map illustrations for numerous organizations, institutions, and corporations.

A recent arrival in Duluth (after 15 years in Minneapolis and Saint Paul), Matt continues his nationally recognized business in map illustration and design. He is a member of the Highpoint Center of Printmaking, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Duluth Art Institute as well as the Northern Printmakers Alliance. As an avid printmaker, Matt feels that Duluth is an ideal location for his artistic endeavors.

Artist Statement
In my approach to printmaking, I strive to create eclectic views of life. No matter the subjects of my prints - humorous or serious, rooted in nature or a closer examination of everyday objects - my images tend to be clear, bold, and object- driven. I favor concise imagery without much extraneous information. I'm most interested in the simplicity of the image and thus the simplicity of the message.

My journey to printmaking has been logical, if perhaps a little nontraditional. I have been a cartographer and a professional illustrator for more than 20 years. I have blended the science of cartography with the art of illustration to foster a career as a map illustrator. I see myself creatively and practically straddling that boundary between the worlds of "left-brained" thinking and "right-brained" seeing. Highlights of my career include the design and creation of hand-illustrated maps for organizations and institutions such as the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the United Nations, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the National Park Service, the Nature Conservancy, and many more.

Since 2000, I have been keenly interested in printmaking. A few years ago, I was introduced to traditional intaglio and stone lithography. I was instantly attracted to the idea of creating an image with multiple impressions. I absolutely love working with copper to create intaglio prints and I greatly enjoy the freedom of drawing that lithography provides. In recent years, I have striven to create imagery using less toxic and more portable printmaking techniques. This has led me to the world of solarplate intaglio and paper master lithography. These methods have provided me with new avenues in my life as a printmaker.
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Porcelain   Solarplate   14"x11"   $350
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Elements   Solarplate   11"x16"   $350
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Picnic   Solarplate   11"x8.5"   $250
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i'm lovin' it   Solarplate   16"x9.5"   $350
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Bunchberry   Lithograph   7"x7"   $200
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Flood   Solarplate   5"x9.5"   $175


Gordon Manary
About Gordon Manary
I am a graduate of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, with a B.A. in Art, and have studied at the university of Massachusetts, Amherst, as well as the University of Minnesota, Duluth. A freelance artist/printmaker in Duluth, I specialize in the design and construction of sculptures for museums, trade shows, and commercial ventures.

Artist Statement
It's the line, the quality of the graven line, that I truly love about linocuts. Each cut into the block is an individual statement, and each print a story. The distinct materials and techniques used in printmaking appeal to my diverse nature. The sound, smell, and feel of the print process add other compelling reasons to produce art through this medium.
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Inside-Outside   Linocut   11"x14"   $250
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Dancing Garden   Linocut   6"x4"    $120
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Los Alamos (detail from diptych with poem)   Linocut   10"x14"   $550
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Incoming Income   Mixed Media   11"x14"   $150
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Winter Dock    Linocut   8"x4.75"   $125
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Tunnel   Linocut   6"x4"   $125


Jim Meyer
About Jim Meyer
I have been working in woodblock prints (woodcuts) for the past nineteen years, starting out in the commercial art industry producing woodcut illustrations for advertising, design, and publishing purposes. Clients include: Target, Pepsi, Pillsbury, Northwest Airlines, Norwest Banks, GTE, Cargill, Delta Airlines, and Taunton Press.

Artist Statement
My aim is to make woodblock prints that reflect the mystery and beauty of the landscape. I'm also hoping to make prints that will bring people into contact with a type of low-tech, high-touch, authentic art that they will want to make a part of their lives and which will provide some balance against the overwhelming prevalence of technology that we all face. My prints are of three types: single block, reduction, and multi-block woodcuts. All three start the same way: first, a design is made and transferred to a flat block of wood. I use basswood, poplar, and cherry wood, cutting the designs with wood-carving chisels. Whatever remains on the surface of the wood receives ink from a roller. A piece of paper is then placed on that inked surface and printed, either by a small press or by hand pressure from the back of a wooden spoon. A single block produces a one color woodcut, from each impression of the block. Its usually printed in black, with watercolor added for any color. A reduction print uses one or two blocks which are cut and printed in stages, with a different color for each cutting and printing stage. The block is progressively cut away, leaving almost none of it left at the end of the process. The third type, multi-block woodcut, uses a different block for each color on the print. Its a longer process, but, like anything else, simple once you get the hang of it. Most of my editions run from 50 - 195 prints for a single or multi-block, and 30 or less for reduction prints. I use oil-base relief inks.
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Into the North   Woodcut   5.5"x8"   $475
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Hawk in Clouds   Woodcut   5.5"x7.5"   $350
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Caribou Eyes are Watching You   Woodcut   5.5"x8"   $475
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Sherwood Point Light   Woodcut   8.25"x6.25"   $280
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Evening Coming On   Woodcut   5.5"x8"   $475
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Gray Wolf   Woodcut   4"x5"   $150


Joel D. Moline
About Joel D. Moline
Mr. Moline graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. and and M.Ed. degree in art education. From 1966 to 200 he taught art at the Minnesota School for the deaf and the St. peter Public Schools. He is currently teaching at the Arts Center of St. peter and making prints.

Artist Statement
Line, form, the quality of light those are what I look for when I examine a subject. Land forms, rocks, roots, the landscape - these have been the subjects of most of my art work. Within the past five years, the figure has become an equally important subject. This is a strange turn of events given the fact that people, almost without exception, were absent in my previous landscapes and compositions. In terms of media, my work has revolved around drawing and printmaking. Drawing, for me, is almost a compulsion. I need a pen or pencil or some means of making a mark or I feel ill at ease. Creating images in relief or intaglio has been my main means of expression. I have done woodcuts, wood engravings, and drypoint, finding in each technique aspects that reflect my drawn expression.
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The Engraver   Linoleum Cut   7"x9"   $200
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By Moonlight   Wood Engraving   5"x7"   $150
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Lorrie   Linoleum Cut   10"x8"   $350
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Pickles   Wood Engraving   7"x5"   $250
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The Last Pose   Linoleum Cut   9 3/8" x 12"   $250
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Catching Some Z's   Wood Engraving   3"x3 7/8"   $75


William Morgan
About William Morgan
William Morgan is one of our region's nationally recognized artists. Though his paintings are familiar to a wide audience, area residents may not be aware of his equally respected work in the medium of prints. His thought provoking prints reveal both Morgan's sensitivity to the human identity - real and mythological - and his consummate mastery of the woodcut medium.

Morgan has taught in the art department of the University of Wisconsin, Superior for over forty years and his genius extends to mentorship as well. In the art classroom, he has highly refined and eclectic tastes informed by his deep knowledge of art history, and he is as versatile in theory and philosophy as he is in technique. Add this to his gift for kindling young artists with his passion for art, and it becomes clear why he counts literally hundreds of successful professional artists among his students.

Artist Statement
I use three kinds of wood: white pine, grade 2 because I love the textures of the grain and knots; basswood; and shina plywood.The pine and basswood are carved in reverse, generally; the shina is not reversed - the ink is pushed through the paper.I use a variety of oriental papers. I use a variety of tools, but 95% of the image carved with a V-shaped gouge. I do not use wood block printing ink. I use etching inks, which I find richer. I do all the printing by hand. I do not use a printing press. I think of the printing process as a part of the work of art, of the textures that result. I think of it as a painter thinks of the brush strokes in a painting. Thus the resulting image is slightly different for each impression.

About the Prints
$350
William Morgan woodcut portraits are available through the NPG for the following persons:

Adam
Louis Armstrong
The Blessed Virgin Mary
William Blake
Marc Chagall
Jules Cheret
Honore de Balzac
Dali
Marlene Dietrich
Eugene Delcroix
Antoni Gaudi
Eric Gill
Ludwig Hohlwein
Queen Isabella
Martin Luther King
Nureyev
Flannery O'Connor
Pope Paul VI
Igor Stravinsky
St. Theresa of Avila
Toulouse-Lautrec
Mark Twain
Walt Whitman
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Toulouse-Lautrec   Woodcut   13.5"x19.5"   $350
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Blessed Virgin Mary   Woodcut   11.5"x19"   $350
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Marlene Dietrich, 11"x17", printed on Oriental paper   Woodcut   11"x17"   $350
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Mark Twain   Woodcut   11"x12"   $350
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Ludwig Hohlwein   Woodcut   13.5"x19.5"   $350
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Nureyev   Woodcut   11"x17"   $350


Glenna Olson
About Glenna Olson
Glenna Olson lives in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Currently a relief printmaker, in both wood and linoleum, earlier work focused on hand papermaking. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) and works as a high school art teacher with the Hibbing Public Schools. Glenna has studied drawing, watercolor and varied book arts processes at the Grand Marais Art Colony, Bemidji State University, Hamline University, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions as well as a four-woman show entitled, UNLEASHED in January of 1996 at the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids. In 1998, she was the recipient of a Career Development Grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. An active member of the Northern Printmakers Alliance, her work is in private collections throughout Minnesota as well as the permanent collection of Rainy River Community College, International Falls, MN.

Artist Statement
I am a mom, a high school art educator, and an artist. While it is a constant struggle to balance these roles, I find that keeping the artist alive within me is not only necessary for me, but important to my children and my students as well. Seeing first hand how the creative process works, my son and daughters understand that art is both hard work and pure pleasure. They see how much joy and satisfaction I derive from each completed print, and are eager to give feedback throughout the design process. When my students see my prints, their curiosity is peaked, questions are asked, and new opportunities to educate emerge. My credibility is bolstered in their eyes because Ms. Olson is a real artist. My goal as an educator has always been to help my students to learn how to see. Designing, carving and printing my blocks keeps my eyes open as well."
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Summer   Woodcut   3.5"x5"   $200
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Peas   Woodcut   12"x14"   $250
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Split Rock Lighthouse   Hand-colored Woodcut   $125
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Fall   Woodcut   3.5"x5"   $200
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Winter   Woodcut   3.5"x5"   $200
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North Woods Winter   Hand-colored Woodcut   4"x5"   $65


John Peyton
About John Peyton
After graduating from Central High School in Duluth, he attended Phillips Exeter Academy and went on to Yale. After graduating from Yale, he attended the Art Students League of New York, where he studied with such masters as Charles Burchfield, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and George Grosz. In 1970, he opened the Lake Superior Art Gallery in Duluth and gave art lessons, held art exhibits, and sold artwork from his studio. He took an active part in efforts to extend National Forest boundaries in the Wild Rivers program against development and pollution and other environmental controversies. He organized the "Stop the Freeway" movement in the 1970s, thereby helping to give Duluth the beautiful lakewalk along I-35, enjoyed by residents and tourists alike.

Artist Statement
John Peyton was primarily a painter and his subject matter was largely of the North Woods, which he was passionately involved with all his life. He knew the woods intimately, traveling extensively with the North Woods' mapmaker McKensie in his youth, as they explored the terrain that would become a life work for both of them, in differing ways. His paintings of the north country are filled with an unequalled vigor, immediacy, and authenticity. They accurately capture the beauty of this regional landscape, without sentimentality, and with a vibrant directness culled from his extensive personal experience.

Some time in the early '70's, he decided it would be a good move to have some of his paintings photographically reproduced. Thereby began a creative journey that took him deep into the art of original printmaking, and left far behind his previous plan of process photo-reproduction. He soon became enthusiastically engrossed in the printmaking process, and began to produce original prints instead of replicating his paintings.

He made these prints with his son, Hamilton, who operated a small offset printing press in Proctor, above the bank they owned. In John's own words: "My son and I print most of the prints in his shop. We use various techniques and combinations of techniques to get the effects we want. Our lithographs are printed, without benefit of camera, from drawings made directly on lithographic plates [either paper or metal]. These are always something of a gamble. They have...variations from one copy to another, and a certain chancy boldness that has been characteristic of this medium ever since Goya and Toulouse-Lautrec. Working carefully and with reasonable luck, we can usually get from sixty to several hundred copies of one drawing. But once the image starts to fade, that's it. There won't be any more of that litho."

With his characteristic bold creativity, John went on into further technical experimentation, pushing the edges of the technology then available to him. His prints have the feel of liveliness and connection with the artist's direct involvement that is a mark of all original prints. The hand-coloring varies widely. John's penchant for experimentation is evident throughout...some done lightly and quickly while in others, the complexity of the painterly involvement almost obscures the print. As such, these images are neither strictly prints nor paintings, but a closely integrated combination of both media.
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North Shore Bays   Hand-painted Lithograph 15"x11" $500
This print is also available in black and white ($150) and less color than shown ($400). Each of the colored prints is unique, often with wide variations in the coloring.
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Beaver with Branch   11"x8"   Lithograph   $250
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Birch, Spruce & Cedar   Hand-painted Lithograph   17"x11"   $500
This print is also available in black and white ($150). Each of the colored prints is unique, often with wide variations in the coloring.
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Red Squirrel   Lithograph   17"x11"   $250
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Over the Dam   Hand-painted Lithograph   11"x17.5"   $550
This print is also available in black and white ($250). Each of the colored prints is unique, often with wide variations in the coloring.
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Wapiti   Hand-painted Lithograph   15"x11"   $500
This print is also available in black and white ($175). Each of the colored prints is unique, often with wide variations in the coloring.


Beckie Prange
About Beckie Prange
Beckie Prange - has worked and played in visual art since her childhood. In 1990 she completed a graduate program in natural science illustration and began art as a career, inspired by Betsy Bowen's woodcuts. In 1996 she was a co-instructor with Betsy at a woodblock and linocut workshop at the Grand Marais Art Colony. She has participated in many exhibits throughout the region and is currently working on the illustration and design for a soon to be published children's book. She won a Caldecott Honor Award for her first children's book illustrations in 2006.

Artist Statement
I live in my favorite place and love my work. I indulge in my fascinations with zoology and art by making woodcuts. I get to study, observe, learn, plan, experiment and watch the ideas that crowd my mind develop in all sorts of ways I don't intend. Life is good.
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Homing   Hand-colored Woodcut   8"x5"   $150
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Taking Off!   Woodcut   7.5"x10.5"   $225
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Duckweed   Hand-colored Woodcut   15"x10.5"   $450
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Green Darner   Hand-colored Woodcut   18.5"x12"   $450
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North at Night   Hand-colored Woodcut   7"x10"   $225
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Raven's Nest   Woodcut   11.75"x7.75"   $250


Robb Quisling
About Robb Quisling
I am a regional artist working in woodcuts, lithographs, drawings, and photography. I have been an artist for 12 years, have a B.F.A in Art Education from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and have studied with Cecilia Lieder. My previous employment in the mental health field has helped me look carefully at people, and how and where they live. This is valuable in my teaching and my work as an artist. I live in Woodland with my wife, Annie, and am able to work at home and care for our children, Ed, Celia, and Vinnie.

Artist Statement
My thinking about what I see and learn becomes clearer with imagery. To understand the things around me, I need time to make visual note of them. Exposing my opinions and feelings to other people through the difference between what is real and what is my artwork helps me to move forward to new ideas. My art revolves around my daily life experiences as they impact my thought processes. I find inspiration in my children's reactions to life, from the symbolism of the stories I read them, from old myths and fairy tales, as well as from my personal experiences and growing pains as a stay at home father and artist.
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Pearls   Woodcut   9.75"x13"   $350
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Straws into Gold   Stone Lithograph   15"x22.5"   $350
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Jade Fountain   Woodcut   18"x13.5"   $400
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Cascade Park   Woodcut   9.5"x14.5"   $175
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Summer Evening   Woodcut   9"x12"   $300
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Boardwalk   Woodcut   13"x23"   $350