Since opening three years ago, the Duluth Art Gallery has taken an active role in Duluth’s arts scene. The gallery is centrally located in the Historic Downtown at 3530 W. Lawrenceville St. across from the Town Green in the spacious old Parsons Building.
The Duluth Art Gallery is owned and operated by Beth Moody, who understands the vital role art plays in the community. Her gallery is near the Red Clay Theatre and New Dawn Theater Company, also a part of Duluth’s arts scene. “I’m excited about being here,” Moody said. “I feel so fortunate to have the gallery.”
Works by more than 65 artists in an array of mediums are displayed in the gallery. There are oil paintings, acrylics, pastels, and photographs of flowers, waterfalls, mountains, animals, and local scenes like the Duluth Fall Festival and McDaniel Farm Park.
Sharing gallery space are other types of art, including blown glass, mosaics, wood turned pieces, sculptures, handmade jewelry, and more. The artists who display and sell their work at the gallery come from about a 100-mile radius around Duluth.
Currently, the gallery is featuring works by Ab the Flagman, who decorates his wood pieces with flag elements. Other popular art includes Bill Greenwood’s paintings of water scenes and Melanie Sheldon’s acrylics of garden scenes and florals. Scott Henderson displays works in mosaic. His wife, Jennifer Freeman, also has mosaic pieces at the gallery, including a matching table and mirror. Their son Christopher Henderson has large paintings on display.
Eddie King shows his decorative bottles. Rigsby Barnes puts his photographs onto canvas. His “Morning Call” picture of a man walking a dog in New Orleans in an Uncle Sam top hat is his best seller.
Moody is an artist, too, and displays paintings, pastels and other pieces in the gallery. Her most popular work is a painting called “The Sassy Rooster.” She created another whimsical piece titled “Pheasant” from bird feathers given to her to make a hat. “I put a diamond in as an eye, and my husband made the beak.” She also shows vases and yard art. You can see her paintings online at www.bethmoody.com.
Housed in the same building as the gallery is the Wallace Reid Portraiture Studio, which does all kinds of photography, oil paintings, Entoilage,™ and fine art prints. His studio has five stages that can accommodate different types of photographs, including family portraits, senior pictures, headshots for models and actors, and commercial product shots.
The Duluth Art Gallery is free and open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Moody is involved in the Duluth Fine Arts League and regularly hosts its meetings at the gallery on the third Wednesday night of the month. “Anyone is welcome to join,” she said. “We hope to engage and educate people in the arts.” The gallery was the venue for the city’s New Year’s Eve VIP Gala for 165 guests and then opened its doors for 200 more to walk through the gallery and admire its art.