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Sept. 1st First Friday Opening Exhibit and Coffeehouse

Headwaters’ Art Camp(3-4pm) –

After a week of art and learning participants of Headwaters’ Art Camp will be displaying their art in an exhibit open to the public. Participants, ages 9-18, will be displaying work made with guest instructors Tom Daly, Al Bellleveau, Stacey Stang, Joanna Dymond, and Susan Kedzie, author and illustrator of A Thousand Purring Cats.

A Thousand Purring Cats Opening Reception and Artist’s Talk (4:30-6pm) –

Headwaters Music and Arts is excited to host the first showing of the completed works rendered in pastels for Susan Kedzie’s first children’s book entitled A Thousand Purring Cats.

Susan Kedzie comes from a career in Wildlife management and has a deep love for nature and science. She says “Today, I am happily fusing my passions for art, science, and writing together into creative projects.”

A Thousand Purring Cats warmly embraces the healing power of positive relationships. Playful text and images invite smiles and laughter with a surprise tug at your heart, while lively characters gently nudge your child closer when they need it most.

The public is invited to the opening reception from 4:30 to 6 pm, there is no cost to attend. The exhibit will be up through the end of the month.

First Friday Coffeehouse (7-10) –

Headwaters Music and Arts will hold First Friday CoffeeHouse in association with the Northwoods Folk Collective on Friday, September 1st, 7-10 pm. The CoffeeHouse events will feature local musicians, singers and writers sharing their talents in 10-15 minute sets. Artists will be scheduled ahead of time with limited slots reserved for sign up the night of the event.

Event organizer Don Zieman notes that “the goal of First Friday CoffeeHouse is to create a place where local artists can bring their music and compositions to a beautiful setting and perform for local members of the community. Please come out and enjoy the local talents!”

Admission is $3 per person or $7 per family. For more information contact Headwaters at 218.444.5606.

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Opening Reception for David L. Smith, August 4th

Join us on August 4th to welcome David L. Smith, with his found-object sculptures.

Raised in Southern California, David live in Minnesota for a short time while he worked toward his BS in Art Education before he moved to Siren, Wisconsin in 1979 to teach art. David taught art to  K-12 students for 20+ years in Siren. During that time he earned his  MFA in Sculpture  and taught several intro level classes at the University of Minnesota / Duluth. He says "after retirement I missed teaching children, went through a depression, sought therapy, and started my own work in sculpture in my own little shop."

David describes his work as  “found object sculpture with influences of folk art, surrealism, and outsider art." The pictures he shared evoke a sense of travel and movement. Some of the objects he incorporates are from second hand stores. The "old" objects give a sense of history to his work. David also uses pieces of instruments, giving a sense of creation, as well as some of his own woodwork. The instruments and fine woodwork  are a  good contrast to the used objects.

The opening reception for the show, titled Time Funnel, will be from 4-6pm on August 4th, with an artist's talk at 5pm. The show will be up through the month of August so if you can't make it Friday you still have an opportunity to see it.

After the reception, starting at 7pm, we will hold our monthly First Friday CoffeeHouse. All are welcome to attend, the cost is $3 / person, $7 / family (read more).

Artist's Statement

My work would probably be classified as found object sculpture with influences of folk art, surrealism, and outsider art. I like to repurpose objects from the past and put them into a new environment. The pieces that I do are like entries into a journal of my life. It's my way of communicating with others-what I think about and feel. It's this combination of woodworking and objects that I seek from second hand stores, that that help me tell stories ranging from serious to humorous. I feel my strong point is playing with items that fit together like a puzzle. My favorite art quote is Picasso's statement saying when he was a child he could draw like an adult and spent the rest of his life trying to draw like a child. So in par, I feel teaching children has brought me where I am today and that Jesus has given me this time to experiment.