Area arts December 18 – 24

Vicky Emerson and Sarah Morris combine traditional country and Americana 
music with stellar harmonies accompanied by their guitars and piano. 
Thursday at the Reif Center.

All Month

For the month of December, the MacRostie Gallery is transformed into a holiday marketplace featuring a variety of handmade gifts from local artists. Also Birds: Duluth artist Becca Mulenburg showcases some of the birds drawn to her attention over the past few years in oil paintings.  MacRostie Art Center. 405 NW 1st Ave.

Artists in Residence: Mary Corwin, David Dobbs, Patti Ferrell, Jamie Aubid and butterfly mobiles by Dan Root. 3rd floor Historic Central School.

Ed Zabinski’s 365-day photography project. Brewed Awakenings Coffee House. 24 NE 4th St.

Monday, December 18

4 – 6 pm

Open mic at Brewed Awakenings hosted by Ryan Childs. 24 NE 4th St.

Tuesday, December 19

10 am – 4 pm

Mac Open Studio. Free to MAC members or $5/session for non-members, this informal group is open to artists of all skill levels working in any 2-dimensional medium. Bring your latest project and create your art in a supportive community! No instruction is provided, but plenty of advice, critique, and feedback is available from the group. MacRostie Art Center. 405 1st Ave NW.

6 – 8:30 pm

Open Pottery. Instructor: Bruce Bartos, $15 each/ $10 student. Join area potters and students of all skill levels in this informal, on-going weekly class. The instructor will be on hand to give one-on-one guidance and tips about techniques, glazes, and firings. Call by noon on Tuesday to register for that day’s session 218-326-2697. MacRostie Art Center. 405 NW 1st Ave.

Wednesday, December 20

7 – 9 pm

Sam Miltich and friends.VFW. 14 NW 3rd St.

7:30 pm

All Is Calm. The Western Front, Christmas, 1914. Out of the violence comes a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man’s Land singing “Stille Nacht.” Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, peace. A remarkable true story, told in the words of the men who lived it. Produced by Theater Latté Da. Written and directed by Peter Rothstein. Adults $25. Seniors $23. Students $13. Wilcox Theater. Reif Center. 720 Conifer Dr.

Thursday, December 21

7 – 9 pm

Open mic night hosted by Mike Miller. VFW.14 NW 3rd St.

7:30 pm

The Home Fires. Vicky Emerson and Sarah Morris began touring together in support of their recent individual releases. Initially, their idea was that a shared tour made financial sense, but at their first rehearsal everything changed. With Sarah’s clear, melodic voice combined with Vicky’s warm and weathered harmony, they discovered a completely new sound. A sound that combines traditional country and Americana music with stellar harmonies accompanied by their guitars and piano. And it’s a sound that audiences can’t get enough of. At their debut radio interview on Radio Heartland as a duo, the host Mike Pengra from Minnesota Public Radio, declared, “It’s as if Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams joined forces!” $15. Ives Studio Theater. Reif Center. 720 Conifer Dr.