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NorShor Theatre unveils mural depicting Duluth’s performing arts history

“The History of Duluth’s Performing Arts” mural was unveiled on Nov. 1 on the NorShor Theatre’s third-floor skywalk.


A colorful mural showcasing some of Duluth’s performing arts history now hangs on the wall of the NorShor Theatre’s third-floor skywalk.

Depictions of Charlie Chaplin at the Orpheum, the old NorShor Theatre’s marquee sign and an Ojibwe woman wearing a traditional dress are just some of the images found on this painting made up of 16 sets of 8×4 pieces of plywood.

“The History of Duluth’s Performing Arts” mural was unveiled Friday morning by the city of Duluth and Duluth Public Arts Commission (DPAC). For the unveiling and press conference, City Councilor Gary Anderson, DPAC Commissioner Sandy Johnson, Christine Seitz, representing NorShor Theatre, and the mural artist Susan Martinsen all spoke.

“I think people are using the word ‘inspiring’ to describe the mural,” said Kate Van Daele, a public information officer for the city of Duluth. “There’s a lot of color, and the mural showcases the history of the performing arts in Duluth.”

NorShor Theatre’s third-floor skywalk connects with the Sheraton Duluth Hotel and originally had a large blank wall, according to Johnson.




This article originally appeared on DuluthNewsTribune.com and was written by Brianna Taggart on November 1, 2019.




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