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Artist Open House

Sculptors Dan and Lee Ross

This feature highlights the thoughts and ideas behind the work of area artists. Each segment showcases a particular individual and brings the listener into the artist’s studio. The series was funded in part by the Community Leaders Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

Arts, cultural and history features on WTIP are made possible in part by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Check out other programs and features funded in part with support from the Heritage Fund.


What's On:

Poet Ralph Latham Shares His Work and Process

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After years of writing and teaching, Grand Marais poet Ralph Latham has produced a slim volume of poems. WTIP's Jay Andersen recently visited with him for another edition of Artist Open House.


Warren MacKenzie

Master Potter Warren MacKenzie Exhibit at the Art Colony

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For most of the month of June, The Grand Marais Art Colony will host an exhibit of work by master potter Warren MacKenzie. WTIP’s Jay Andersen spoke with MacKenzie for this edition of Artist Open House.


Handmade book by Karen Smaby

Artist Open House: Karen Smaby makes books

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Karen Smaby makes books. She has cut, folded and bound books for years…and along the way she’s helped hundreds of young people to discover and share the joys of her art.



Cooper turning a bowl

Artist Open House features bowl maker Cooper Ternes

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Cooper Ternes makes wooden bowls patterned after the Scandinavian tradition. In this edition of WTIP’s Artist Open House, Cooper talks about the stories that come with his bowls and how those stories develop over time.


A simple garbage can does the job

Remembering Kristi Downing

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Kristi Downing, a well-known artist from our area, passed away the week of December 1, 2013.  This edition of Artist Open House featuring Kristi originally aired in October of 2011.  In addition to all that is presented about her in this feature, she was a long-time participant in the Crossing Borders Studio Tour.  

Kristi Downing’s studio is set back from Lake Superior in a sheltered grove of trees. This is where she creates her raku pottery. Each piece distinctive, no two alike.  WTIP’s Jay Andersen recently visited Kristi for another edition of Artist Open House.

We thank Greg Nichols for sharing additional photos of Kristi, taken in July of 2013 at North House Folk School. 

Ice Flow II

Artist Open House features printmaker Jerry Riach

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Jerry Riach is a printmaker who uses the medium to explore all the ways he can express ancient rocks of the North Shore. WTIP’s Jay Andersen recently visited with him for another edition of Artist Open House.


Dancers in rehearsal at Art Colony. Photo: North Shore Hwy 61

Lenna Stever on Artist Open House

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Lenna Stever dances, choreographs and teaches. She also loves all three. WTIP’s Jay Andersen recently visited with her for another edition of Artist Open House.


A card with plant materials

Artist Open House features card artist Susan Wolff

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Susan Wolff works with paper in a very special way. She hand crafts cards that are elegant and simple. WTIP’s Jay Andersen recently visited with her for another edition of Artist Open House.


Michael Monroe. Photo by Jim Brandenberg

Artist Open House features Michael Monroe

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Michael Monroe has been making music for 40 years -- 20 of them in Cook County.  WTIP’s Jay Andersen recently visited with Michael about his unique creative process for Artist Open House.


Dave Seaton

Artist Open House: Guitar maker Dave Seaton

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Before Dave Seaton went into the canoe outfitting business he built guitars. Now after many years, he’s building them again.  WTIP’s Jay Andersen recently visited with Dave about his innovative and original instruments for another edition of Artist Open House.