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Brian Barber illustration exhibition; Quote Me, Howie: Andy Fenske of Hermantown

Brian Barber. Submitted

The Duluth Pottery Gallery will feature an exhibition of recent illustrations by Duluth artist Brian Barber from December 1, 2023 to January 31, 2024. An opening celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13, from 5 pm – 7 pm. Admission is free and open to the public. Barber is a multimedia artist, working in illustration, animation and videography. He has illustrated award-winning children’s books, animated music videos, created art for advertising, and shoots and edits TV commercials, corporate videos, and more.

“We’re excited to have Brian’s colorful art featured in the gallery during the holiday months," said Stacie Renné, curator at the gallery. "We know his work will bring a smile to the faces of our visitors.”

In addition to framed prints, there will be matted, ready-to-frame prints, recent children’s books, and greeting cards with Barber’s art for sale in the gallery.

Duluth Pottery Gallery is located in the heart of the Lincoln Park Crafts District in Duluth at 1924 W. Superior Street. It is a working studio and art gallery that includes Karin Kraemer's Maiolica, Luke Krisak’s stoneware, and Warrior Printress Letterpress and Design. It also sells the work of other local professional potters and artists in the gallery.

Quote Me, Howie: Andy Fenske


Hermantown boys basketball coach Andy Fenske on the two-time defending Section 7AAA champion Hawks – "We're led by Abe Soumis, a returning senior starter and an all-around elite player who plays everywhere from point guard to center. He feeds the basketball to his teammates, plays well with his back to the basket, slashes, shoots, does everything. We're also led by Brayden Lundeen, a stretch guard, who's long and lanky and deceptively quick with his long limbs. He shoots the ball really well and once he finds his rhythm, he's tough to stop. We also have Peyton Menzel and Nathan Hill, starting guards and huge team leaders. All four are top scoring threats who could play all 30 minutes if given the opportunity.

Evan Senst is a strong physical player, who is best offensively with his back to the basket. Alex Schott is a tremendous athlete who brings some great defense and has the ability to knock down a shot, has an explosive first step and can finish at the rim. Blake Sundlund plays hard defense and will knock down some threes. I'd be lying if I'd said 7AAA still runs through us. I think Denfeld has a chance to be back in the section finals against us. It's always a tough match up with them and just essentially the same city we play in. I mean we see each other, how many times these kids have played each other, I mean almost half a dozen times every year between summer league games and then in the season stuff there. They know each other so well.

Adding Chisago Lakes to the section, I think they're going to be a force to be reckoned with. I think if we were to play the playoffs right now, those will be your Nos. 1, 2, 3 seeds, Hermantown, Denfeld and Chisago Lakes, and in no particular order. Grand Rapids will bring back a pretty core group of guys as well. North Branch always plays a tough schedule in the Mississippi 8. There will be a lot of teams gunning for us, and as the two-time defending Section 7AAA champion, the target continues to grow on our back every year. But, our guys thrive on the pressure to three-repeat."

Duluth Denfeld's boys basketball team wrapped up two days of tryouts today. The Section 7AAA contenders, who will seek to unseat two-time champion Hermantown this season, return their top eight players from a year ago, including 6-4 senior forward Deon Persaud-Davis, a starter who participated in a defensive drill at today's practice. Howie /