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Art is coming to West End

Calling all artists, future artists and wannabe artists: Cloquet's West End is inviting you to bring your art supplies and sense of adventure to a West End Art Day on Saturday.

Organized by artist Phyllis Ducey with assistance from a West End Flourish grant, the event is a way of getting art out into the community, specifically Fauley Park and Avenue C.

There will be space on Avenue C for artists to set up and paint in the city's historic West End.

"I'm hoping to have people sprawled out in the street doing things, plein air, whatever inspires them, even if it's a weed in the sidewalk," Ducey said.

She will also have a Kids' Corner set up near the train in Fauley Park for aspiring young artists, including paint, paper and suncatchers. Artists are also invited to set up a display of their work to sell and show in Fauley Park. An RSVP is nice, but not necessary, Ducey said.

"I love art, and I love to encourage people," she said, explaining that the idea for the event just came to her one morning.

The Pine Knot offices, at 122 Avenue C, down the block from the plein air exhibit, is currently exhibiting works featuring birds. There is work from 16 area artists in many genres, including paintings, sculptures, photographs and drawings. The gallery is free to enter and many of the works are for sale. Cider and water will be provided.

The Holy Smokes food truck will be in the area with smoked pork and turkey sandwiches.

Questions? Call Ducey at 218-591-2502.

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