Featured Art


Bird Sanctuary Wildflowers

Alberta Marana’s new show highlighting her pastel and oil work on display in the Zeitgeist Arts cafe for the entire month of July.


I am a shy artist: I am an outgoing person. I love being alone, working on my art; I love being around people, trying in my own way to make this world a better place. I have a degree in art; I have a degree in sociology.

When I was a new parent my father died unexpectedly a few months after he retired. It made me realize how short life was. With the support of my husband I quit my job as a social worker and became a stay at home parent and a working artist.

I started using pastels because I could pack them up in my car and use my car as my studio, working on location. We lived in the country and the landscape became my subject. I grew intimate with nature. I learned how to tell when the colors would change in a sunset, what colors the snow would be on a sunny winter day and when to expect the moon and where in the sky to look for it. I live in town now, but in a city that’s like the country. The woods surround me and I see Lake Superior and the St. Louis River from my window. Here, too nature in the city has touched me, especially as evening hits and the early evening sky is muted by the city lights. Observing nature is good for the soul. It’s the solace in nature that I seek in my work and want to convey.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Arrowhead Reginal Arts Council thanks to a Legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and by a grant From the McKnight Foundation.


Micaella Kinzli Penning is a photographer, painter, writer and cartographer living in Duluth, Minnesota. An avid sailor, she is a Licensed Master Mariner through the U.S. Coast Guard, while also holding bachelor degrees in Geography and International Studies and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Travel has always been a passion for her. Even before she could read she would spend hours looking at maps, atlases, and books of foreign lands. She began traveling in the U.S. on camping road trips with her brother at the age of 16, and started to explore other countries and cultures, often alone, staying in hostels and living out of a backpack. Growing up in a family of artists, Micaella learned from a young age to study the landscapes around her from new and changing perspectives. Since 2007, she has had gallery representation for her oil paintings, and her writing and photography published in regional magazines and newspapers. Through her photography and paintings Micaella seeks to capture beauty in the world around her, whether in remote or urban landscapes, transforming the chaotic into balanced simplicity.