Spring Arrives Truly

Posted on March 1, 2019 in News


Natalie Salminen at Studio Haiku

As the seasons change, so do we.

Spring arrives truly
Weak knee’d in their petal wake
Under lilac spell

Much is changing, altering, bending and arching toward the sun — both in nature and at Studio Haiku, which has now been open in Duluth, MN, for almost one and a half years! Much has taken place lately, and much is yet to come. Follow along on my Facebook page for events, Instagram for visual delights or subscribe to my new blog. I’m looking forward to writing more.

Natalie Salminen Fine Art + Studio Haiku Featured in Make MN!

Posted on February 1, 2019 in News


According to Kara Larson, editor of Make MN: “The Possibility Issue opens with a beautiful essay by Natalie Salminen Rude, ​a visual artist and poet based in Duluth, MN. By interweaving beauty, justice, and wonder into her creative work, Natalie paints primarily in oils and encaustic​—a​n ancient medium that combines beeswax, pigment, resin, and heat. Working professionally in the arts since 2004, she maintains a studio, ​Studio Haiku, i​n Duluth’s Woodland neighborhood, teaches encaustic workshops both locally and internationally, exhibits, and facilitates discussions on spirituality and what it means to live as an artist within the context of commitment, family, and the humble rhythms of life.”

Studio Haiku, Make MN Magazine Feature

She goes on to say, “Natalie’s essay explores the notion of making space in our lives to foster creativity and connect us to our most creative selves. Her thoughtful words consider the incredibly relevant conversation of what rest and space means for us in a contemporary context. Natalie writes, ​“Research across fields continues to show us that when the mind is at rest, the mind is making connections. Innovation and discovery are at the mercy our of ability to simply sit, disengaged, unplugged, with distractions set aside. Not only is fostering this kind of space necessary for our creative fires to burn, it is the only way humanly forward.”

Studio Haiku is a stockist for Make MN Magazine. Stop by to pick up a copy of this beautiful, ad free quarterly publication highlighting creative culture and community in Minnesota.

Popol Vuh, MN Installation

Posted on January 21, 2019 in News


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In early 2019, I had the opportunity to install this work of art in a private dining room at Popol Vuh — a restaurant in northeast Minneapolis serving elevated Mexican cuisine.

Popol Vuh – James Beard Award Semifinalist: http://mspmag.com/eat-and-drink/foodie/the-2019-james-beard-award-long-list-is-here/

Artful Living Magazine: https://artfulliving.com/jami-olson-popol-vuh-interview/

An Artist of Many Layers

Posted on November 30, 2018 in News

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Article + Video in the Duluth News Tribune // This November, I opened up Studio Haiku to Melinda Levine and Bob King from the Duluth News Tribune. They wrote a wonderful article on my work, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity. You can read it here.

Bent Paddle Brewing Company commission – Her Soliloquy: Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Posted on November 21, 2018 in News

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I recently had the opportunity to install art at Bent Paddle Brewing Co. Titled “Her Soliloquy” this painting is an encaustic piece of my most beloved places, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

In a timely commission through my art + justice initiative, The Commissions Project – Bent Paddle Brewing Co. (an award winning Minnesota brewing company who knows a thing or two about the absolute importance of fresh water) commissioned me to create an encaustic painting that inspires us to protect and paddle on – in these very treasured, yet vulnerable waters.

This image is part of The Commissions Project – 50% of print proceeds go directly to Friends of the Boundary Waters! Friends of the BWCA advocate for the preservation, protection and enjoyment of this wilderness gem. Beauty will save the world! Your purchase champions much – places that need justice and art for the common good.


In Water or On Walls

Posted on October 21, 2018 in News

DNT Josh Rude Feature

Article + Photos in the Duluth News Tribune // This past October, my talented husband Josh Rude was featured in the Duluth News Tribune, sharing how he creates handmade wooden paddles as functional art. You can read it here.


Posted on February 12, 2018 in News

Pop over to my SCHEDULE page for a quick re-cap of all that’s happening in 2018

Studio HAIKU!

Posted on November 19, 2016 in News

Moving into a new studio…lots of magic about to spin and hum in here!

studio haiku

2016 Holiday Pop-Ups and Shows

Posted on November 18, 2016 in News

2016 Holiday Pop Ups! See here…

Shop local: HOLIDAY pop-ups and a little secret

Posted on November 18, 2016 in News

Interested in shopping local and seeing some of my new work? And my husband’s work via Glorud Design? And hearing about our new space? That’s right…we’ve been dreaming, dreaming, dreaming away over the years and have always come back around to having a space of our own – a design lab of sorts. Somewhere we could spread our creative wings, curate beauty and collaborate with each other and other artists over time. So in the next few weeks, you’ll have the chance to find us in Duluth. Come and see us – we would love to talk shop! 🙂

We’ll be vending at two local pop-up shows this holiday season as HAIKU – the name of our new studio and showroom – opening the spring of 2017 in Duluth’s Woodland neighborhood. Stay turned!

So for gifting your dear ones, we’ll have a great collection of fine art and fine woodwork available. Think petite encaustic paintings to treasure, amazing canoe paddles, home goods in walnut (the vases are my favorite), and lovely prints and cards. Find Josh and myself at the:





208 E 1st St.
Duluth, MN 55802 view map


WHEN: Saturday, December 10th, from 11am to 4pm

WHAT: Holiday Pop-up with live music, and cocktails! Enjoy downtown’s winter energy and support local businesses at the same time.




Glorud Design - Walnut Vases


1533 W. Arrowhead Rd.
Duluth, MN
55811 view map

WHEN: Friday, December 9th 4-7pm and Saturday, December 10th 10-3pm

WHAT: This second annual fair showcases local artists and designers from the Duluth area. Lots of easy parking and an amazing array of creative gifts made from hand. We are looking forward to seeing you. (These walnut vases will be available at our HAIKU booths!) xo Merry, Merry!