Bent Paddle Installation

Posted on November 21, 2018 in News

N S Rude - Boundary Waters 36x48 (b), 2/15/18, 4:41 PM, 8C, 8460x10907 (71+236), 108%, Custom, 1/12 s, R91.2, G56.7, B69.4

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!




Back to Mexico…

Posted on October 10, 2016 in News

I spent two weeks in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, this September creating encaustic work for a new residential development. I have been working hard at working hard in Mexico…the sunrises make it all so worth it. Looking forward to returning for a few more projects in the spring. You can see more pictures and pick up on a few more details over here on Instagram. xo


Intermediate Workshop – March 12 +13, 2016

Posted on February 1, 2016 in News

Natalie Salminen Rude_studio


Join me this spring for an intimidate encaustic workshop at the Duluth Art Institute. We will spend March 12 + 13, 2016, from 9-4 each day, reviewing the basic techniques of encaustic and moving forward into our unique expressions. We will discuss gold leaf additions, texture, mixed media and appropriate fusing. Don’t miss this class – let it propel you into a new creative space and a truer expression of your artistic self.




Intermediate Encaustic
Natalie Salminen Rude
Saturday and Sunday, March 12 & 13
$250 ($300 non-members) + $45 supply fee paid to instructor
Lincoln Center for Arts Education – Duluth Art Institute
Explore techniques beyond the basics of encaustic, while refining previous encaustic knowledge. Morning demos include building texture, exploring gold leaf, and continued use of the torch and mixed media collage. Afternoons reserved for developing your own work. Intermediate level. Space is limited.


To register, click here.

Holiday Happenings

Posted on December 1, 2015 in News
  •  I will be selling artwork along with 21 other artists at the Duluth Vineyard on Saturday, Dec 12th from 10-1. Stop in and enjoy some local talent.

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New Work!

Posted on September 10, 2015 in News




My Modern Gesture

detail – My Modern Gesture | oil on canvas | 36×60 | 2015 | Natalie Salminen Rude



I’ll be showing new work at the Kruk Gallery on the campus of University Wisconsin- Superior during the month of October. You are invited to the opening:

October 8th from 5:00-7:00pm

The show runs through OCTOBER 30th.

Find more details here. See you there!