Featured Art


01dc254ab63d388ec2cd54876f478a846c99777654Artist Chris Monroe

Chris Monroe is an artist, cartoonist, children’s book author, and illustrator, who lives in Duluth, MN. She is a graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Chris is the creator of the “Monkey With A Tool Belt” children’s book series, as well as “Sneaky Sheep,” “Cookie The Walker,” and “Bug On A Bike.” Her fifth “Monkey With A Tool Belt” picture book is due out in fall of 2017. Her books are available in five languages, and have won multiple awards. Her characters were featured in the sold-out play, “Sneaky Sheep and Friends,” at the Duluth Children’s Theater in spring of 2016. She visits schools, libraries and book events year-round, including a sister city exchange in Vaxjo, Sweden in 2012, where she spoke at several Linnaeus University campuses.
Chris’ award-winning comic strip “Violet Days” has been in print for 20 years, and was featured in her 2004 book “Ultra Violet: Ten Years Of Violet Days.” The comic is a weekly feature in the Minneapolis StarTribune, and the Duluth News Tribune, as well as the national comics monthly “The Funny Times.” Chris is the recipient of the 2015 George Morrison Award for excellence in art. She received a 2014 Minnesota Artist’s Initiative Grant, as well as an ARAC Artist’s Grant in 2016. She won a 2016 Emmy Award for original artwork featured in the animation sequences of the Twin Cities Public Television’s documentary “ Kevin Kling: Lost and Found.” Her work has been shown in many galleries, museums, coffee shops, and dimly lit hallways. Several pieces of her art are in the permanent collection of The University of Minnesota’s Tweed Museum, as well as many private collections. She has won multiple awards at the Arrowhead Biennial, and the MN State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition. Chris has also illustrated books for other authors, including: Janice Levy’s “Totally Uncool,” Kevin Kling’s “Big Little Brother” and “Big Little Mother,” and Jane Yolen’s “Trash Mountain.”
She is currently working on a graphic novel, an exhibition of oil pastel drawings of Duluth, and several new picture books. She works part time as a bartender at Vikre Distillery.


 Artist Ken Hanson

"I’ve been wondering about this most incredible idea, that, quantum mechanically speaking, there may exist any number of universes. As hard as I try to visualize such an idea in my limited three-dimensional capacity to imagine spatially it all seems pretty much beyond comprehension. When I add time to the mix I can sort of get an idea of it all. After all, the world as it is right now is not quite the same as the world as it is right now. A micro-second in the past or the future might define an entirely separate reality, a parallel existence. " - Ken Hanson

Ken will be our atrium artist throughout the month of February.