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By Lois Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Blacklock accepts George Morrison Award


Lois E. Johnson

Karen Sunderman of Duluth and Craig Blacklock of Moose Lake were recipients of awards by the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. The awards were created by Lake Superior Art Glass.

Craig Blacklock was presented with the 2018 George Morrison Award at a ceremony at WDSE-TV in Duluth on Wednesday, May 23, by the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council for his latest book, "St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers: The Enduring Gift."

Blacklock's photographs in the book capture the beauty of the region, including scenes from the Moosehorn River, part of the St. Croix watershed, it was stated in the program.

In his acceptance speech, Blacklock said he had once taken a class from George Morrison, a Native American expressionist artist who lived and worked in northeastern Minnesota.

"Having an award named after George has a lot of personal connection and meaning for me," said Blacklock. "I took a one-day sculpture class from George Morrison when I was a teenager. And I'd like to say that that has had a great impact on my career. But all I can remember is that I reached up and grabbed a piece of steel that we had just finished welding.

"My hand turned black and I ran down to the lake to extinguish my almost flaming hand. But George's art did have an impact on me. Several years later I encountered it at UMD.

"As an art major at UMD, I often encountered George Morrison's work at the Tweed Museum of Art. I remember standing in front of one of his paintings. I remember exactly where it was up on the balcony. I stood there, just soaking it in. I loved his work.

"I recall that George Morrison's colorful paintings of the Lake Superior horizon distill the essence of all that I have seen in my Lake Superior travels. My book (Horizons, 2002) is my tribute to his artistic legacy."

Karen Sunderman of WDSE was also presented with an award during the ceremony.

The Maddie Simons Arts Advocate Award was presented to Sunderman, who has produced and hosted eight seasons of The Playlist. She has also expanded the recognition of the regional creative community with Making it Up North, a new show that highlights all kinds of creative makers in the region, it was stated in the program.

The award is named for Madeline Simons, the first volunteer Chair of the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Board.

Both awards were custom made by Lake Superior Art Glass.


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