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Last Crossing Borders weekend, Home Tour & More

A ray of light by David Johnson.

A ray of light by David Johnson.

Fall has definitely arrived on the North Shore, with trees beginning their fall color bloom in the final celebration of the year.

And for the last 20 years, fall colors have been accompanied by an equally outstanding display: The Crossing Borders Studio Tour, with local artists exhibiting new work in their studios up and down the North Shore.

Crossing Borders concludes its 20-year run this weekend, and, if you haven’t experienced this cornucopia of beauty and inspiration, now’s the time.

Here in Cook County, four art studios have opened their doors for the tour:

Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen, with bronze sculptures by Tom Christiansen and luxury hand knits by Sue Stavig.

A colorful moose, 19 inches, bronze, by Tom Christiansen.

A colorful moose, 19 inches, bronze, by Tom Christiansen.

If you’d like to see how bronze sculptures are made, come to the gallery at 4 p.m. on Saturday for the Bronze Pour. All invited.

 

Betsy Bowen Studio and Galleries with woodcut prints, books, cards and painted woodblock fragments by Betsy Bowen.

Painted woodblock fragments by Betsy Bowen.

Painted woodblock fragments by Betsy Bowen.

Two other resident artists are exhibiting in the Betsy Bowen Gallery as well. Tilemaker Melissa Wickwire and woodturner Jim Sannerud.

Tiles, Melissa Wickwire, Betsy Bowen Studio & Galleries.

Sprout tiles, by Melissa Wickwire, Betsy Bowen Studio & Galleries.

 

Hand-turned bowls by Jim Sannerud.

Hand-turned bowls by Jim Sannerud.

Hovland sculptors and monoprint artists, Dan & Lee Ross, are part of the Crossing Borders Studio Tour as well.

Owl sculpture by Lee & Dan Ross.

Owl sculpture by Lee & Dan Ross.

And, in Grand Portage, Ojbwe beadworker Marcie McIntire is exhibiting her work in her gallery there.

Ojibwe beadwork by Marcie McIntire at her Ojibwe Art Gallery in Grand Portage.

Ojibwe beadwork by Marcie McIntire at her Ojibwe Art Gallery in Grand Portage.

Crossing Borders Studios in Lake County include Blue Skies Glassworks in rural Two Harbors and Cooter Pottery and Handweaving, also in rural Two Harbors.

All the studios are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Oct. 3. To find out more and see maps, visit www.crossingbordersstudiotour.com.

This weekend is packed with other events as well.

First up is the Tour d/Art 2016, the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s annual fundraiser, which will be held this Saturday starting at 1 p.m.

The  guided tour features four dynamic beach homes on the Cascade Beach Road which draw on the history, landscape, and neighborly-feel to this scenic stretch along the shores of Lake Superior.

The Tour d'Art 2016 features four homes on Cascade Beach Road.

The Tour d’Art 2016 features four homes on Cascade Beach Road.

These houses have evolved from their historic uses to spectacular homes that evoke the beauty and elegance of the lake and Boreal forests.  Homeowners are present to give context to the story of their homes and share what they enjoy most about their artistically designed space.

The tour culminates in a private reception at the Johnson Heritage Post, highlighting the Plein Air Grand Marais exhibit.

A few tickets are still available. For more information. contact the Art Colony at 387-2737 or email programs@grandmaraisartcolony.org.

Also this weekend, plein air painter Neil Sherman will exhibit recent and new work on his house. “Art On The House: An Outdoor Exhibit of Landscape,” will literally exhibit paintings on the outside of his house … unless it rains. Then it will be held indoors.

Painting by Neil Sherman.

Painting by Neil Sherman.

The exhibit will held on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 6-9 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 2 from noon to 3 p.m. at 4194 North Rd., in rural Hovland. All welcome.

For more art, see the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Plein Air 2016 exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post. The exhibit features more than 200 paintings created by plein air artists spent a week painting in Cook County. It’s a very popular exhibit. More than 35 paintings have sold so far, said Don Davison, the Heritage Post director.

Plein Air 2016 awarded a number of prizes. Here are the winners of the Quick Paint and the Night Paint.

Sue Wipf won the Quick Paint competition with "Ninety Minutes on Ancient Rock."

Sue Wipf won the Quick Paint competition with “Ninety Minutes on Ancient Rock.

 

Kate Wheeler won the Night Paint competition with "Spinning Yarns."

Kate Wheeler won the Night Paint competition with “Spinning Yarns.”

The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Nov. 13.

The Cook County Community Fund is partnering with Voyageur Brewing Co. to put on an Oktoberfest all weekend with a reception at 5 p.m. on Friday at the brewery. At the reception on Friday, participants will hear stories from the 2015 grantees and share in the 2016 successes. They will also learn about year-end goals of the community fund. The Oktoberfest will be held Thursday through Sunday with games, contests, live polka music and, of course, a special beer.

And it’s Book Arts Weekend at the Grand Marais Art Colony with a variety of classes taught by representatives from the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

Book Arts Weekend at the Art Colony.

Book Arts Weekend at the Art Colony.

Topics include everything from printing on a tabletop letter press, decorative techniques on paper and  a variety of book binding techniques. To register, call 387-2737l

On Saturday, Drury Lane Books will host a Writer’s Salon with Paul Gilk at 5 p.m. at the bookstore. He will talk about his book, “Get Poor Now, Avoid the Rush.”

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Gilk will share stories of his father, Henry Buckberry. Born before the First World War and the oldest boy in a family of thirteen kids, he left North Dakota in 1921 for the woods of northern Wisconsin, where he learned to fish, trap , hunt, lumberjack and farm. Gilk’s entertaining, vivid stories tell of a rural lifestyle now lost to many of us.

Also, this week is Banned Book Week and Drury Lane Books has assembled quite a collection of them. Here are a few examples: “Canterbury Tales,” Geoffrey Chauser,  “Go Ask Allice,” Anonymous, “In Cold Blood,” Truman Capote, “Cracking India,” Bapsi Sidhwa, “I Know why the Caged Bird Sings,” Maya Angelo, “Fahrenheit 451,” Ray Bradbury, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” Sherman Alexie, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee, the kid’s book,  “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell. This is only a small selection. Check them out at the book store.

Upcoming

 There’s lots of news from Betsy Bowen’s Studio & Galleries.

First up, Jim Sannerud and Kristopher Bowman will present, in collaboration with the artist, Will Bentsen: “The Summer 100 + Monuments & More” upstairs, at the Betsy Bowen Galleries Oct. 7-9. The opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7.

Bentsen is a contemporary artist living in St. Paul. His work fluctuates between painting and sculpture. He finds inspiration in the periphery of everyday life, such as a discarded pile of papers or a tennis ball in a swimming pool. Using both traditional and nontraditional materialsm his work is often playful and irreverent with an experimental quality.

One of the sculptures to be featured in the Will Bentsen exhibit Oct. 7-9.

One of the sculptures to be featured in the Will Bentsen exhibit Oct. 7-9.

Bentsen has exhibited nationally, and his work is held in many private collections. He was co-founder of the legendary Houston anti-art collective “I Love You Baby” with Paul Kremer and Rodney Elliott (1997-2007). In 2007 Bentsen moved to Saint Paul where he began the process of working with color, form, texture, and weight.

Betsy Bowen will hold a 25th anniversary party for her book, “Antler, Bear, Canoe” with a reception from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Betsy Bowen Gallery.

Betsy Bowen has created a print from one of the original woodblocks from "Antler, Bear, Canoe."

Betsy Bowen created a test print from one of the original woodblocks from “Antler, Bear, Canoe.” The finished woodcut will be available at the 25th anniversary celebration Oct. 8.

 

Also that weekend, the Northern Lake County Arts Board will present “The Music and Magic of Patsy Cline” performed by Cassie and the Bobs at the William Kelly High School Auditorium in Silver Bay at 7 p.m. Oct. 8.  Tickets and more information are online at www.northernlakecountyartsboard.com.

Sivertson Gallery‘s Inuit Premiere will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 15, featuring a wide selection of new work by Inuit artists, including prints and sculptures.

The Inuit Premiere at Sivertson Gallery is Oct. 15.

The Inuit Premiere at Sivertson Gallery is Oct. 15.

Throat-singing performances will be at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. followed by a Fireside Chat and poetry reading by Taqralik Partridge. Partridge is an Inuit poet, spoken word artist & throatsinger from Kuujjuaq, a town in Nunavik, the most northern part of Quebec. Stay tuned for details.

In Other Art News:

 Life Drawing sessions begin at the Grand Marais Art Colony next Wednesday. For more information and to sign up, call the Art Colony at 387-2737.

The new band, Blues Happy with Pete Kavanaugh, Pat Flack and Tim Dalin  play at Grandma Ray’s on Friday and Saturday night.

Blues Happy: Pete Kavanaugh

Blues Happy: Pete Kavanaugh, Pat Flack and Tim Dalin.

.The music starts at 8:30 p.m.

Last Chance Gallery has new pottery by Guillermo Cuellar and a new artist: potter Martye Allen.

Wisconsin potter Martye Allen is a new artist at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.

Wisconsin potter Martye Allen is a new artist at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.

Kah Nee Tah Gallery in Lutsen is featuring the glass work of  Duluth glassblower, Tony Scorza.

Glass vase by Tony Scorza.

Glass vase by Tony Scorza.

Joy & Co. has a great selection of handmade pillows.

Pillows in a variety of designs and shapes by local artists can be found at Joy & Co.

Pillows in a variety of designs and shapes by local artists can be found at Joy & Co.

Here’s the music schedule for the week:

Thursday, Sept.29:

  • Richie Yurkovich and Polkarioty, Voyageur Brewing Co., 6 p.m.
  • Billy Johnson, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • Axtell Farewell Show, Hovland Town Hall, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 30:

  • Richie Yurkovish and Polkarioty, Voyageur Brewing Co., noon
  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Blues Happy, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Gypsy Lumberjacks, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
  • Bug Lite! Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 1;

  • Billy Johnson, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Harbor Drive Hookup, Voyageur Brewing Co., 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m.
  • Blues Happy, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Gypsy Lumberjacks, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Bughouse!, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 2:

  • Jim & Michele Miller, Gunflint Tavern, 6 p.m.

Monday: Oct. 2:

  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 4:

  • Rogue Valley, Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 5:

  • Gordon Thorne & Bob Bingham, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Here are some of the great photos we found this week:

The raptor migration along the North Shore is on-going. Michael Furtman caught this sharp-shinned hawk flying at eye level at Hawk Ridge recently.

The raptor migration along the North Shore is on-going. Michael Furtman caught this sharp-shinned hawk flying at eye level at Hawk Ridge recently.

Fall colors are starting to appear.

Kawishwi Falls by Paul Pluskwik.

Kawishwi Falls by Paul Pluskwik.

 

Tracks in the mud by Thomas Spence.

Tracks in the mud by Thomas Spence.

 

And we’ve had some incredible sunrises.

Sunrise at the Gunflint Pines by David Johnson.

Sunrise at the Gunflint Pines by David Johnson.

 

Sunrise at Split Rock by Sarah Jorgenson.

Sunrise at Split Rock by Sarah Jorgenson.

We found some calm beauties, too.

Here’s a Christian Dalbec.

Gooseberry by Christian Dalbec.

Gooseberry by Christian Dalbec.

And this almost painterly photo by Don Davison.

The Melissa at Dockside by Don Davison.

The Melissa at Dockside by Don Davison.

And finally, this great moose by Thomas Spence.

Photo by Thomas Spence.

Photo by Thomas Spence.

Enjoy your weekend!

 

 

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A Cornucopia of Art: Crossing Borders & Other Studio Tours

"A Nice Little Wave Before Sunset on the Big Pond" by Michael Thompson.

“A Nice Little Wave Before Sunset on the Big Pond” by Michael Thompson.

This is a big weekend for studio tours along the North Shore. The Crossing Borders Studio Tour & Sale celebrates its 20th anniversary starting this Friday, Sept. 23 at 10 a.m.,and fans are anticipating a great show. The six host studios in Lake and Cook counties will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Oct. 2.

Here is just a tiny sampling of the artwork that you will see.

The Crossing Borders Studio Tour & Sale starts on Friday at 10 a.m. and runs through Oct. 2. This is the last year of the popular art tour.

The Crossing Borders Studio Tour & Sale starts on Friday at 10 a.m. and runs through Oct. 2. This is the last year of the popular art tour.

The studio tour started 20 years ago when potters Dick Cooter and Fritz Lehmberg began talking about creating a studio tour that would allow art lovers to learn about the experience of making art within the environment the creative work takes place. They thought the tour would also help build community among North Shore artists. Their idea was greeted with enthusiasm by area artists and the first tour was held in the fall of 1996.

Basket pot by Fritz Lehmberg.

Basket pot by Fritz Lehmberg.

Vessel by Dick Cooter.

Vessel by Dick Cooter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six studios and nine individual artists participated, and sales managed to just cover expenses. Cooter claimed he was surprised anyone came. But Crossing Borders has continued to grow every year and has become a staple for art lovers to enjoy in the fall.

The host studios are Blue Skies Glassworks and Cooter Pottery and Handweaving in Lake County and Last Chance Fabricating, Betsy Bowen Studio, Lee and Dan Ross and Marcie McIntire in Cook County.

Bird-Turtle-1, Lee and Dan Ross.

Bird-Turtle-1, Lee and Dan Ross. The artists will exhibit a number of new monoprints.

This is the last year for the Crossing Borders Tour, so there will be lots to see. All the artists are onsite, and refreshments are served each day.

For more information about the artists and the tour, as well as maps, see www.crossingbordersstudiotour.com.

There’s another studio tour this weekend, too. The Lake Superior 20/20 Studio Tour features open studios from Two Harbors to Gooseberry Falls. It features glass, ceramics, woodwork, painting, printmaking, jewelry, sculpture, and photography for three days, Sept. 23-25. Artists include by John Gregor, David Gilsvik, Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens, Gail Rosenquist and Paul Zoldahn, to name a few. For maps and more info, see www.lakesuperior2020.com

"Painting in the making," photo by David Gilsvik.

“Painting in the M,” photo by David Gilsvik.

And  printmaker Jerry Raich will hold an open studio at his home/studio at 6452 Hwy. 61 from Sept. 23 through Oct. 2.

"Tranquility" by Jerry Riach.

“Tranquility” by Jerry Riach.

The studio will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. He will be available for printmaking demos as well. All invited.

Another fun event this weekend is “Behold the Mug!” an exhibit of mugs crafted by local and regional potters in the Midwest to be held concurrently at Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais and Siivis in Duluth on Saturday and Sunday.

Behold the Mug! will be held at Sivertson Gallery  in Grand Marais and Siivis in Duluth this weekend.

Behold the Mug! will be held at Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais and Siivis in Duluth this weekend.

The handcrafted mugs come in every variety of style and, of course, coffee and treats will be served.

And for another great visual feast, visit the Johnson Heritage Post to see the more than 200 landscapes created by artists during Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Plein Air 2016. The show opened last Friday, and the crowds were lined up outside the door to see it. It’s a pretty amazing show and highly recommended.

Carl Bretzke won Best of Show with his "Behind the Fish Dock."

Carl Bretzke won Best of Show with his “Behind the Fish Dock.”

Bob Upton won the People's Choice Award with "Rugged and Serene."

Bob Upton won the People’s Choice Award with his painting, “Rugged and Serene.”

Plein Air 2016 continues through Nov. 13. The Heritage Post is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Also this weekend, author Peter Geye will give a presentation at the Grand Marais Public Library on Friday at 6 p.m. about his latest book, “Wintering.”

Peter Geye will speak at the Grand Marais Public Library on Friday.

Peter Geye will speak at the Grand Marais Public Library on Friday.

Geye’s third novel is set on the shores of Lake Superior and follow a father and son’s epic journey into the wilds of the Boundary Waters.  The presentation will include slides of the sources that inspired and informed the writing of this novel, including images of the maps that play a central role in the story, and in the exploration of BWCA. The presentation is free. All welcome.

The Cross River Heritage Center will host Charlotte Durie, who is exhibiting work there, for a demonstration on printmaking and a talk about her family history in Schroeder.

Painting by Charlotte Durie.

Painting by Charlotte Durie.

Durie will give her presentation at 11 a.m. All invited.

Also on Saturday, singer/songwriter Ann Reed will be in concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m.

Ann Reed will perform at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Ann Reed will perform at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The beloved Minnesota performer has toured Canada and the U.S. from coast to coast, performing at theaters, clubs, and music festivals. She’s appeared on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” NPR’s “Morning Edition,” and countless radio stations across the U.S.

In 2007 she wrote and performed “Heroes: A Celebration of Women Who Changed History and Changed Our Lives,” a theatrical presentation produced by Minnesota Public Radio. In a departure from her usual repertoire, she has developed a musical tribute (with Denise Tabet) called “Nothing but Class: The Songs of Dorothy Fields,” honoring the first woman to be inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.

Tickets are $18 adults, $5 youth (18 & under) and are for sale in advance (no fees) at www.tix.com and at the door. The box office opens at 6:30 p.m.

And on Monday, Dave Simonett, the frontman for Trampled by Turtles and Dead Man Winter, will be the featured songwriter at Papa Charlie’s at 8:30 p.m.

Dave Simonett will perform at Papa Charlie's on Monday at 8:30 p.m.

Dave Simonett will perform at Papa Charlie’s on Monday at 8:30 p.m.

Simonett, who has become recognized as one of the Midwest’s most popular musicians, will sing and talk about his music. Free. All invited.

In Thunder Bay, this is the final weekend for the exhibit, “Arthur Shilling: The Final Works” at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

This is the last weekend for the exhibit, "Arthur Schilling: The Final Works" at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

This is the last weekend for the exhibit, “Arthur Schilling: The Final Works” at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The gallery also features the Thunder Bay Potters’ Guild 40th Anniversary Juried Exhibition with 38 works by 17 of the area’s best potters.

In Duluth, the Duluth Art Institute opens three new exhibitions with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23. dai-three-artists-one-receptionThe exhibits include: “Rust & Flow: David Asher Everett,” “Fragments/Memory: Adam McCauley,” and “From the Basement: Brent Kustermann.

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 Plein air painter Neil Sherman will exhibit recent and new work outdoors ON his house next weekend. Entitled “Art On the House: An Outdoor Exhibit of Landscape” the paintings will literally be hung on his house at  4194 North Road — unless it rains. Then it will held indoors.

Painting by Neil Sherman.

Painting by Neil Sherman.

The exhibition will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 6-9 p.m. and Sunday Oct. 2, from 12-3 p.m. All welcome.

Drury Lane Books will hold a Writer’s Salon with author Paul Gilk at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Gilk will talk about his book, “Get Poor Now, Avoid the Rush.” Open to the public.

In Thunder Bay, Definitely Superior Art Gallery will have a gala opening for two new exhibitions from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30. The exhibit features work by Sarah Link and Riaz Mehmood.

Installation begins for a new exhibit at Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

Installation begins for a new exhibit at Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay. The opening is set for Friday, Sept. 30.

In Other Art News:

Great news! The mural designed by Mila Horak and painted by community members has been installed! Look for it on the alley wall of Birchbark Books & Gifts.

The paint-by-number community mural designed by Mila Horak is up! You can find it on the alley wall at Birchbark Books & Gifts.

The paint-by-number community mural designed by Mila Horak is up! You can find it on the alley wall at Birchbark Books & Gifts.

 

 

The Blue Moose has just received new work by the Levandowski Pottery of Dassel, Minn., and birchbark wall-hanging baskets by Dennis Turnquist of Finland.

Ann Patchett’s latest book, “Commonwealth” is at Drury Lane Books. Patchett also wrote Belconto,  and State of Wonder.

Kah Nee Tah Gallery in Lutsen has a new artist. Shaina Ruder of Bovey crafts beach glass copper necklaces and ear rings. She also uses rough-cut amethyst in her pieces.

Kah Nee Tah has beach glass work by Shaina Ruder.

Kah Nee Tah has beach glass work by Shaina Ruder.

There will be bronze pour at Last Chance Gallery at 4 p.m. on Saturday. It is open to the public. All invited.

Hand-turned bowls by Jim Sannerud.

Hand-turned bowls by Jim Sannerud. He is one of the artists participating in the Crossing Borders Studio Tour. His work is at Betsy Bowen Studio & Galleries.

And finally, the Cook County Farm & Craft Market is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Senior Center’s parking lot. The market traditionally runs through MEA weekend. (Unless it snows.) MEA weekend this year is Oct. 22.

There’s lots of great live music this weekend. Here’s the schedule:

 Thursday, Sept. 22:

  • Frozen Britches, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 23:

  • Jim McGowan, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 24:

  • Pete K, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m., reservations at www.michaelmonroemusic.com
  • Eric Frost, Lusten Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Ann Reed, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.
  • Blueberry JAAM, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Common Ground, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 25:

  • Gene LaFond & Amy Grillo, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 26:

  • Dave Simonett, Monday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Bug Dope, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 28

  • Timmy Haus, Moguls Grille, 5 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Bob Bingham, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Here is a selection of landscapes from the North Shore.

Nace Hagemann caught this aurora dancers the other night.

Nace Hagemann caught these aurora dancers the other night.

 

Solar winds activated the northern lights this week. Here's Steve Ortman's catch of the night.

Solar winds activated the northern lights this week. Here’s Steve Ortman’s catch of the night.

Sunsets have been pretty nice, too.

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“Sunrise Lake Current” by David Johnson.

 

The Blue Water Cafe posted this beauty last year.

Here’s a David Johnson sunset from last year.

On the opposite spectrum, here are two great monochromes.

"Misty Morning in the Northwoods" by Mary Amerman.

“Misty Morning in the Northwoods” by Mary Amerman.

 

"Waves" by Jeff Rennicke.

“Waves” by Jeff Rennicke.

 

Here are some waves in vibrant technicolor.

Photo by Sierra Parsons.

Photo by Sierra Parsons.

Here’s a beauty by Kjersti Vick.

"Somewhere under the rainbow I call home" by Kjersti Vick.

“Somewhere under the rainbow I call home” by Kjersti Vick.

Late afternoon peace…

"Out along the Temperance this evening" by Thomas Spence.

“Out along the Temperance this evening” by Thomas Spence.

And then there are moose:

"Eye to Eye" by Nace Hagemann.

“Eye to Eye” by Nace Hagemann.

And last, but not least this one by Kathleen Gray-Anderson. She calls it “Anticipate Problems.”

Kathleen Gray-Anderson titled this one: "Anticipate Problems."

“Anticipate Problems” by Kathleen Gray-Anderson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Perfect Fall Begins: Plein Air & Unplugged

Sierra Parsons caught this perfect shot of the Grand Marais Harbor on a perfect fall day.

Sierra Parsons caught this perfect shot of the Grand Marais Harbor on a beautiful fall day.

This weekend is going to be so much fun. The Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Plein Air 2016 continues more public events and concludes with a gala opening at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday night. And, North House Folk School‘s Unplugged XV gets underway on Thursday, drawing in hundreds of people to enjoy live music and northern craft.

There are all kinds of other events, too, including two readings at Drury Lane Books, Artist Talks, a Bronze Pour, a Fireside Chat … and more. Here are the details.

First up is Plein Air 2016, which has brought artists from throughout the region to paint Cook County for a week and then exhibit their work at the Johnson Heritage Post through Nov. 13.

A Plein Air artist paints Artist Point during the Quick Paint competition.

A Plein Air artist paints Artist Point during the Quick Paint competition.

The event, which is organized by the Grand Marais Art Colony, is a highlight of season, and this year, 80 artists have registered for the event.

Tonight, Thursday, is the spectacular Quick Paint on Artists Point from 4-5:30 p.m. Artists bring their easels and paints and set up on various parts of the beautiful tombolo on the east side of the harbor. At 4 p.m. precisely, a horn sounds and they will begin to paint. They must complete their oeuvre by 5:30 p.m., and the public is invited to watch the process. At the end, they bring their canvases to a spot along the point and lean them against the rocks so everyone can see. It’s very cool. Check out this video crafted by WDSE a few years ago to get an idea of how it works. It’s entitled “Plein Air Brush-Off.”

WDSE's Karen Sunderman interviews Quick Paint artists in the video Plein Air Brush-Off.

WDSE’s Karen Sunderman interviews Quick Paint artists for the video “Plein Air Brush-Off.”

The public events continue. On Friday, Dan Wiemer, the juror for the event, will give a lecture in the Founders Hall at the Art Colony at 11 a.m., which is open to the public. And then, that evening, the tour de force: the Opening Reception at the Johnson Heritage Post from 5-7 p.m. There will be more than 150 paintings there. Each of juried artists gets to display two paintings each, plus their painting from the Quick Paint and the Night Paint, if they participated. It’s an evening of anticipation, celebration and fun as the winners are announced. Refreshments are served.

On Saturday, Hazel Belvo will present “The Art of Seeing” at the Heritage Post. She will lead participants through a guided tour of the exhibit and a discussion on art-viewing  from 11:30-12:30, with a $5 suggested donation. The Open Class Exhibit opens at the Art Colony at noon in the Founders Hall.

And the final event, a Fireside Chat with Dan Wiemer at Sivertson Gallery will be at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

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Painting by Dan Wiemer. He is exhibiting his work at Sivertson Gallery.

Wiemer is a watercolor and acrylic painter and is the past president of the Minnesota Watercolor Society. The Fireside Chat is free and open to the public. All invited. Refreshments will be served.

Meanwhile, at North House Folk School, Unplugged XV, has been launched. The event features a weekend of workshops, demonstrations and lots of music with concerts on Friday and Saturday nights under the Big Top.

Unplugged XV features two concerts under the Big Top at North House Folk School.

Unplugged XV features two concerts under the Big Top at North House Folk School.

On Friday night, join Tom Paxton, Lisa Brokop, Pat Alger, and Gretchen Peters at 7 p.m. for music in the songwriter-round tradition.

Jon Vezner (middle) performs on Saturday night.

Jon Vezner (middle) performs on Saturday night for Unplugged XV,

The same format will be used on Saturday night, when Don Henry, Amy Speace, Kim Richey, and Jon Vezner perform. Purchase tickets here.

Unplugged XV also offers a wide variety of demonstrations on everything from spoon carving, bead embroidery, birchbark weaving and iron work at the Folk Artisan Marketplace, which will be held on Friday and Saturday. The artisans also display their work, which is for sale.

Unplugged XV features an Artisan Marketplace.

Unplugged XV features a Folk Artisan Marketplace.

There are lots of music opportunities, too, with a songwriting class and fingerstyle guitar workshop as well as jam sessions. Unplugged XV also offers a fantastic variety of workshops. Everything from breadbaking to jewelry making, basketry to leaf printing in a steam box will be offered.  There’s also an online auction. Check it out here.

For all the details and register for classes, visit www.northhouse.org.

There’s a lot more happening this weekend, too.

Erin Theresa Watson will give a Full Moon Reading at Drury Lane Books from 7-8 p.m. on Friday.

Erin Theresa Watson will give a Full Moon Reading at Drury Lane Books on Friday at 7 p.m.

Erin Theresa Watson will give a Full Moon Reading at Drury Lane Books on Friday at 7 p.m.

Watson, who is a published poet, will read selections from some of the most critically acclaimed female poets of the last five years, including Nayyirah Waheed, Ada Limón, Jorie Graham and others. Come enjoy the full moon and treat your ears to something new, Her short collection of poems, “The Smallest Heart Wins the Day,” is available at the bookstore.

On Saturday, author Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux will be featured at the Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books at 5 p.m.

Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux will be featured at a Writer's Salon at Drury Lane Books on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux will be featured at a Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Arrowsmith-Decoux is a local author, entrepreneur, artist and co-owner of the Art House Bed and Breakfast in Grand Marais. She will be performing stories from her book, “The Marvelous Imagination of Katie Addams” outside the bookstore at the campfire as well as giving a preview of her next book, which is due out in 2017. Children are especially invited.

Make-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls starts this weekend, with one-hour sessions available on Saturday and Sunday in the ceramic studio at the Grand Marais Art Colony. Everyone is invited to sign-up and make a bowl or two for this fundraiser to help feed the hungry in Cook County. The Empty Bowls Dinner will be Nov. 10 this year.

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A young Cub Scout throws a bowl for Empty Bowls in a Make-A-Bowl event a few years ago.

Instruction is provided at the Make-A-Bowl sessions, and everyone learns how to throw a bowl on the wheel as well as hand-build one. The one-hour sessions are from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. A $5 donation is requested. To sign up, contact the Grand Marais Art Colony at 387-2737 or email programs@grandmaraisartcolony.org.

Also this weekend, Lutsen will hold its Fall Der All, with special events at participating businesses.

Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen, for example, will be participating with  a household yard sale in the sculpture garden and in-store specials on selected paintings, prints, glass, cards, books and clothing. There will be a Bronze Pour open to the public at 4 p.m. as well.

Red Creek jasper bracelets by Judy Hurd are featured at Last Chance Gallery

Red Creek jasper bracelets by Judy Hurd are featured at Last Chance Gallery

The Cross River Heritage Center in Schroeder has a new exhibit that runs through Oct. 22.  Artists include Charlotte Durie, Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens, Rose Vastila, Tim Ostroot, Kathleen Gray-Anderson, Trish Hunter and Mary Jane Huggins.
"Tettegouche"by Charlotte Durie. Durie is one of the artists exhibiting at the Cross River Heritage Center this month.

“Tettegouche”by Charlotte Durie. Durie is one of the artists exhibiting at the Cross River Heritage Center this month.

One of the artists, Charlotte Durie, will give a print demonstration at the Heritage Center at 11 a.m. Sept. 24.

And the Outdoor Painters of Minnesota have an exhibit of their paint-out in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park.

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The Outdoor Painters of Minnesota have an exhibit at Tettegouche State Park.

Art continues to flourish in Thunder Bay, too.

The Thunder Bay Potters’ Guild 40th Anniversary Juried Exhibition is under way  at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery with 38 works by 17 potters on display. The show includes a wide variety of works, from functional ware to sculptures.

A decorative hanging Kosai plate by Jake Black is one of the pieces in the Potter's Guild show at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

A decorative hanging Kosai plate by Jake Black is one of the pieces in the Potter’s Guild show at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The opening reception is at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) Thursday. All invited.

Also at the gallery, a small sample of the works that will be featured in the  Annual Art Auction Sept. 30 are now on display.

A few of the paintings that will be featured in the Thunder Bay Art Gallery's annual auction.

A few of the paintings that will be featured in the Thunder Bay Art Gallery‘s annual auction Sept. 30.

 Upcoming

 The Crossing Borders Studio Tour & Sale starts next weekend, Sept.23, and runs through Oct.2. Studios from Two Harbors to Grand Portage will be featured.

crossing-borders-postere-cbposterBeside showing their own work, resident artists frequently invite others to participate. In Cook County, Last Chance Gallery will feature work by bronze sculptor Tom Christiansen, as well as  work by fiber artist Sue Stavig and bead painter  Jo Wood. The Betsy Bowen Studio will feature work by Betsy Bowen as well as work by potters JD Jorgensen, Megan Mitchell and Fritz Lehmberg, tile artist Melissa Wickwire and wood turner and artist Jim Sannerud.
Hovland artists Lee and Dan Ross as well as Ojibwe bead artist Marcie McIntire (Grand Portage) will also participate in the tour. The studios are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. This is the 20th anniversary of the studio tour and its last year. So make plans to see it! And stay tuned for details next week. Check out the Crossing Borders website for more info and maps here.

Printmaker Jerry Raich, who lives in Little Marais, will hold an open house during the Crossing Borders Tour featuring his work as well as printmaking demonstrations. His studio is located just off Hwy. 61 at Milepost 65, on the lake side. The fire number is 6452. All welcome.

In other art news:

The all-music weekend continues at WTIP, with the Bughouse and Jim & Michele Miller performing on The Roadhouse. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.

Stephan Hoglund is exhibiting his jewelry at Betsy Bowen’s Studio.

Bracelets by Stephan Hoglund.

Bracelets by Stephan Hoglund.

Betsy Bowen is creating a new line of work for the Crossing Borders Studio Tour–woodblock fragments from her book, “One North Star.” The woodblocks have been cut and painted by Bowen and will be a variety of sizes.

One of the new woodblock fragments created by Betsy Bowen.

One of the new woodblock fragments created by Betsy Bowen.

And, finally,  here’s one for beer lovers: a stainless steel Lake Superior key chain and a beer bottle opener.

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These quirky bottle openers are available at the Lake Superior Trading Post.

Here’s the music line-up for this week.

Thursday, Sept. 15:

  • Gordon Thorne, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 16:

  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Unplugged XV, North House Folk School, 7 p.m. with Tom Paxton, Lisa Brokop, Pat Alger, and Gretchen Peters.
  • Tree Party, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Country Bug, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Rod & Al, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 17:

  • Frozen Britches with Michelle Miller, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Pete K, Sydney’s Frozen Custard, 6 p.m.
  • UnPlugged XV, North House Folk School, 7 p.m. with Don Henry, Amy Speace, Kim Richey, and Jon Vezner
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais. 7 p.m., reservations at www.michaelmonroemusic.com
  • Tree Party, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 18:

  • Timmy Haus, Gunflint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 19:

  • Open Mic Night, Grandma Ray’s. 6 p.m.
  • Teague Alexy, Papa Charlie’s, Monday’s Songwriter Series, 8:30 p.m.
  • Boyd Bump Blomberg, Bluefin Bay, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 21:

  • Timmy Haus, Moguls, 5 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Bob Bingham, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

We found a potpourri of photos this week. Here’s a selection.

The Frog on our Window, by Don Davison.

The Frog on our Window, by Don Davison.

 

Massive Moose by Thomas Spence.

Massive Moose by Thomas Spence.

 

Afternoon storm by David Johnson.

Afternoon storm by David Johnson.

 

Creek by Moonlight by Kik Schleife.

Creek by Moonlight by Kik Schleife.

 

BWCA at Sunsest by John Amren.

BWCA at Sunsest by John Amren.

Fall has arrived, for sure. Here’s a photo to prove it.

A flock of geese flying south by Betty Hamstad.

Winging their way south by Betty Hemstad.

And here’s another.

Fall Fireweed by David Johnson.

Fall Fireweed by David Johnson.

 

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Radio Waves Music Festival Weekend

First Fall Colors by Thomas Spence.

First Fall Colors by Thomas Spence.

We’re crazy for music and art in September, as well as endless vistas of stupendous fall colors. Reds are just starting to appear on the maples, and we are all looking forward to the first fall music extravaganza this weekend–the Radio Waves Music Festival, Sept. 9-11.

The Radio Waves Music Festival features three days of music at Sweetheart's Bluff in the Grand Marais Rec Park.

The Radio Waves Music Festival features three days of music at Sweetheart’s Bluff in the Grand Marais Rec Park.

This is the ninth year that WTIP Community Radio has hosted this 3-day event, which is held at Sweetheart’s Bluff in the Grand Marais Rec Park. It’s family friendly and community friendly and features a great mix of local and regional music acts.

Festival-goers can look forward to seeing several new bands this year,  as well as  returning favorites. The weekend will feature more than 20 local acts, as well as regional bands, including Dusty Heart, the Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers, Bowers & Gillman, Sam Miltich and the Clearwater Hot Club, and Rich Mattson and the Northstars.

Germaine Getterling and Rich Matson at Radio Waves. Photo by Carah Thomas-Maskell.

Germaine Gemberling and Rich Matson at Radio Waves a few years ago. Photo by Carah Thomas-Maskell.

For this festival, there are two stages under the Big Tent, plus a generous dance floor. And there’s on-site food, a children’s tent and activities, as well as camping. Tickets, available at the gate, are $10 per day or $20 for the whole weekend, and free to children 12 and under.

Radio Waves is always a great community event that kicks off the fall season.

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Barb LaVigne and Yvonne Mills, two members of the band, Lake Effect, which  plays on Sunday at 5 p.m.

Radio Waves starts at 4 p.m. on Friday with the North Shore Community Band and concludes on Sunday with Angel Hair Rasta taking the stage at 6 p.m.

Here’s the complete music schedule:

Friday

  • 4 p.m.  The North Shore Community Swing Band
  • 5 p.m.  Frozen Britches
  • 5:30 p.m.  Plucked Up String Band
  • 6:15 p.m.  Mark Zierath
  • 6:30 p.m.  Shoot from the Hipsters
  • 7:20 p.m.  Dusty Heart
  • 8:30 p.m.  Earth Wind and Todd

Saturday

  • 10 a.m.  The Sky Blue Trio
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11 a.m.  The Curry Family Band
  • 12 p.m.  Briand & Friends

  • 1 p.m.    Portage

  • 2 p.m.   Shaky Ground

  • 2:30 p.m. Bend
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3 p.m.   The Fish Heads
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4 p.m.   Scotty’s Coast Connection Band

  • 5 p.m.   The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers

  • 6 p.m.   Rich Mattson and the Northstars
  • 7 p.m.   Sam. Miltich and the Clearwater Hot Club
  • 8 p.m.   Cook County’s Most Wanted

Sunday

  • 10 a.m.  Gospel music featuring Gordon Thorne & friends
  • 11 a.m.  Dlutkowskis
  • 11:50 a.m.  Jim & Michele Miller

  • 12:30 p.m.  Dat Dere Jazz
  • 1:20 p.m.    Bowers & Gillman

  • 2:10 p.m.    Heck Yeah Holler String Band

  • 3 p.m.   Michael Monroe

  • 4 p.m.   Oversize Load
  • 5 p.m.   Lake Effect

  • 6 p.m.   Angel Hair Rasta

See you there!

The Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Plein Air 2016 Competition and Exhibition begins on Friday, too, when artists from all over the region will fan out across  Cook County to paint its beauty for the next week. This year, 70 artists have signed up for the event.

A plein air painter on Artist Point during the Quick Paint Competition a few years ago.

A plein air painter on Artist Point paints during the Quick Paint Competition a few years ago. The Art Colony’s Plein Air 2016 starts on Friday with the Quick Paint set for Thursday, Sept. 15. It is open to the public.

There are several organized public events for Plein Air this year,  including a Paint Out at Lutsen Mountains from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10; the Quick Paint at Artist’s Point from 4-5:30  p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, a Juror Lecture with Dan Wiemer at the Art Colony on Friday, Sept. 16 at 11 a.m. and the Opening Reception for the exhibition at the Johnson Heritage Post from 5-7 p.m. that Friday evening. Weimer will give a Fireside Chat at Sivertson Gallery at 6 p.m. next Saturday, Sept. 17. Stay tuned for details.

Truth be told–there’s a lot happening this weekend.

Dusty Heart will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night to talk about their music and sing a few songs. The show airs from 5-7 p.m. Dusty Heart performs at the Radio Waves Music Festival at 7:20 p.m. on Friday.

At 6 p.m. Friday, The Sutter Brothers, musician Ross Sutter and Duluth poet Bart Sutter, will present “North Country Characters” at the Grand Marais Public Library.

Duluth poet, Bart Sutter and his brother, musician Ross Sutter, will perform at the Grand Marais Public Library at 6 p.m. Friday.

Duluth poet, Bart Sutter (left)  and his brother, musician Ross Sutter, will perform at the Grand Marais Public Library at 6 p.m. Friday.

For 30 years, The Sutter Brothers have presented lively programs that emphasize their rural, small-town roots and Scandinavian heritage. In 2014, The Sutter Brothers won a highly competitive Arts Tour Minnesota Grant, which allowed them to take their show statewide. They recently performed in Sweden and have been featured in the film series “Pretty Much 100% Scandinavian.”

Join them in the free program at the library as they present the landscape, critters, and quirky characters of northern Minnesota through songs and stories, poetry and music.

On Saturday, the Cook County Farm & Craft Market starts out the day in the Senior Center parking lot, offering lots of arts and crafts, baked goods and more from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

At the Cross River Heritage Center in Schroeder, Trish Hunter will teach a watercolor class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The cost is $45 per person. To register in advance, call the Heritage Center at 218-663-7706.

And at 11 a.m., Dr. Roger MacDonald will sign his latest book, “Babe”  at the Heritage Center.

Dr. Roger MacDonald will sign his latest book at the Cross River Heritage Center at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Dr. Roger MacDonald will sign his latest book at the Cross River Heritage Center at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Dr. MacDonald was a physician in Cook County for years and has penned other books, including “The Country Doctor’s Casebook: Tales from the Northwoods.”

The North Shore Winery, 202 Ski Hill Road in Lutsen, will celebrate the installation of three outdoor sculptures by Tom Christiansen as well as the display of paintings in the facility on Saturday.

Tom Christiansen's horse sculptures have been installed at the North Shore Winery.

Tom Christiansen’s horse sculptures have been installed at the North Shore Winery.

The tasting room in the winery will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.. There will be barbecue from 4-7 p.m. with live music from Jon Kallberg on the harp guitar. There will also be a plein air painting demonstration by Kristin Blomberg from 5 – 7 p.m.

And, at 4 p.m., there will be bronze pour at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen. Free. All invited.

And finally, (and not to be missed), Lucie Amundson, author of  “Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry Changing Egg Farm from Scratch” will give a presentation at Drury Lane Books at 5 p.m. on Saturday as part of the bookstore’s Writer’s Salon series.

Lucie Amundsen of "Locally Laid" will be at Drury Lane Books on Saturday.

Lucie Amundsen of “Locally Laid” will be at Drury Lane Books on Saturday.

Amundsen will share a multi-media presentation on her farm and stories from her entertaining and thought-provoking book. Come learn about chickens and the egg business! All invited.

This is the last weekend to see the wonderful exhibit of portraits and landscapes by Gene Ritchie Monahan at the Johnson Heritage Post. The retrospective includes more than 70 works.

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“Ernest Oberholtzer, wilderness preservationist” by Gene Ritchie Monahan.

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Canadian Artist Norval Morriseau by Gene Ritchie Monahan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The exhibit is quite extraordinary. One visitor described it as walking into a room and learning the stories and secrets of a community, but nobody says a word. The Johnson Heritage Post will be open Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. It will be closed next week in preparation for the Plein Air 2016 opening Sept. 16.

On Monday, the Grand Marais Writer’s Guild will meet at the Cook County Whole Foods Co-op at 6 p.m. The writing theme will be “Dialogue.” All writers welcome.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Potter’s Guild opens an exhibition at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery on Friday, with the opening reception at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) Sept. 15.

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The Potter’s Guild exhibit includes both functional and sculptural works. It continues through Nov. 6.

The Baggage Building Art Centre at Prince Arthur’s Landing in Thunder Bay is currently showing work by Marilyn A. Boyle.

Painting by Marilyn A. Boyle.

Painting by Marilyn A. Boyle.

Upcoming

Unplugged XV: the Northern Harvest, featuring two concerts, workshops, demonstrations and more, will be at North House Folk School next weekend, Sept. 15-18. The Friday concert features Tom Paxton, Lisa Brokopl, Pat Alger and Gretchen Peters with special guest Jonathan Brown. The Saturday concert includes Jon Vezner, Don Henry, Amy Speace and Kim Richey with special guest Jonathan Brown. For tickets and more information, see www.northhouse.org

The Lake Superior 20/20 Studio Art Tour, featuring artists in and around the Two Harbors area will be Sept. 23-25 this year. For more info, click here.

The Crossing Borders Studio Tour & Sale will be Sept 23-Oct. 2. The tour features art studios from just outside Two Harbors to Grand Portage.

The Crossing Borders Studio Tour & Sale starts Sept. 23.

The Crossing Borders Studio Tour starts Sept. 23.

This is the last year for Crossing Borders, so don’t miss it! Featured this year: stone sculpture, Ojibwe art work, pottery, weaving, glass, print making, wood turning, metal works, jewelry, bead work, fiber art and leather. For more info and maps, click here.   And stay tuned for details!

In other art news:

The Arrowhead Sketchers have closed up shop for the season. Here’s an example of the sketches they did at their last session at Voyageur’s Brewing Co. in Grand Marais.

Arrowhead Sketchers by David Morris.

Arrowhead Sketchers by David Morris.

But sketchers are invited to keep up the practice at “Life Drawing Lives,” 311 West 4th Ave. at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, hosted by Jeff Niesen.

The Outdoor Painters of Minnesota spent last week painting at Tettegouche State Park. Their paintings are now on exhibit in the Great Hall there.

This painting by Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens is on display at Tettegouche State Park.

This painting by Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens is on display at Tettegouche State Park.

Here is an interesting display at Betsy Bowen’s Studio Gallery: a combo of an early print of hers and porcelain pottery inspired by the Chinese tradition.

An early print by Betsy Bowen, pottery by Jeremy Vaughn.

An early tongue-in-cheek print by Betsy Bowen, porcelain pottery by Jeremy Vaughn.

 

Lea DeWit has swirled and blown glass votives at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.

Glass votive by Lea DeWit.

Glass votive by Lea DeWit.

 

Birchbark Books & Gifts has a big collection of coloring books, including this one of owls.

An owl coloring book at Birchbark Books & Gifts.

An owl coloring book at Birchbark Books & Gifts.

 

Tom McCann has this painting at Joy and Co. in Grand Marais.

The North Shore by Tom McCann.

The North Shore by Tom McCann.

 

Here’s the music schedule this week for venues in Cook County.

Thursday, Sept. 8

  • Frozen Britches, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 9:

  • 9th Annual Radio Waves Music Festival, Sweetheart’s Bluff, 4 p.m.-10 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Floydian Slip, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Coast Connection, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 10:

  • 9th Radio Waves Music Festival, Sweetheart’s Bluff, 10 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Billy D., Sydney’s Frozen Custard, 6 p.m.
  • Pete K., Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Floydian Slip, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 11:

  • 9th Annual Radio Waves Festival,  Sweetheart’s Bluff, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 12:

  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 14:

  • Timmy Haus, Moguls Grille, 5 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Bob Bingham, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

And here is a selection of photos that we found this week:

Northern Lights were a big deal as Earth passed through particle clouds that sparked colorful displays in the sky. Here are a few images.

"Pinball Wizard" by Bruce Bergeron.

“Pinball Wizard” by Bruce Bergeron.

 

Looking at the North Shore by Kirk Schleife.

Looking at the North Shore by Kirk Schleife.

 

"Spirit of the Wilderness Church with a proton arc" by David Coleman.

“Spirit of the Wilderness Church with a proton arc” by David Coleman.

 

Singing Angel on Magic Mountain by Christian Dalbec.

Singing Angel on Magic Mountain by Christian Dalbec.

 

Here’s a peaceful moment.

Loves Her Sunset Walks by Mary Lou Sorenson.

Loves Her Sunset Walks by Mary Lou Sorenson.

 

And a waterfall.

Photo by Sarah Reller.

Photo by Sarah Reller.

And a deer.

"Watching Me, Watching HIm" by Michael Furtman.

“Watching Me, Watching HIm” by Michael Furtman.

And the lighthouse.

Home is where the harbor is by Kristofer Bowman.

Home is where the harbor is by Kristofer Bowman.

And, poignant goodbye to summer.

Last Summer Days by Melissa Wickwire.

Last Summer Days by Melissa Wickwire.

Enjoy the music this weekend, everyone! And the art, and the performances, and the readings, and the start of Fall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Falling into Fall: Art Shows, Festivals & Plein Air

Moss Lake in late summer by Travis Novitsky.

Moss Lake in late summer by Travis Novitsky.

September is a glorious month on the North Shore. Fall colors aren’t quite here yet, but the weather is perfect.

The month is also full of great art activities and festivals, as we celebrate the arrival of fall. It’s windup time for some activities, too, as summer comes to an end.

The Arrowhead Sketchers, for example, which have been meeting every Thursday this summer at various locations in the county, will hold their last sketch-out of the season at Voyageur Brewing Co. The artists will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Brewery and sketch in and around the spot until 7 p.m., then gather to share their sketches.

Last week, they met at the turnout for Cascade State Park on Hwy. 61.

A college of work by the Arrowhead Sketchers last week. Photo by David Morris.

A college of work by the Arrowhead Sketchers last week. Photo by David Morris.

Everyone is invited to gather up their sketching gear and meet at the Brewery on Thursday.

BTW: There’s a going-away party for Carolyn Fritz, the Events Coordinator at the Grand Marais Art Colony, at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Brewery.

Everyone is invited to celebrate Carolyn’s years of wonderful service to the Art Colony on the deck at the Brewery. Then stay awhile, and watch the Sketchers at work.

Also on Thursday, the bluegrass band, Monroe Crossing, will be in concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m.

Monroe Crossing

Monroe Crossing

Monroe Crossing plays classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals and has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as in Europe. Alyce’s will be catering the event. Tickets are $25.  For tickets, click here.

Also this weekend, Mike and Julie Bateson return to the ACA in the roles of Ole & Lena. After last years sold-out run, the Playhouse will bring back the duo in another hilarious production.

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The Batesons return as Ole & Lena at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts this weekend.

“Ole & Lena’s 50th Anniversary and Vow Renewal” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the ACA.  Tickets are $15 adults, $5 under 18. Tickets can be purchased here.

This Friday is First Fridays in Grand Marais, where participating shops and galleries will be open until 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Also on Friday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will host glass artist Donna Rice, who will give an Artist Talk at the Founders Hall at the Art Colony from 5-6:30 p.m.

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Work by glass artist Donna Rice. Rice will talk about the development of her work at an Artist Talk at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Friday at 5 p.m.

Rice will discuss “Career in Glass: Pivotal Moments and Inspiration.” She is a 2016 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. She also received a 2016 Central Minnesota Arts Board Career Development grant and a 2015 Central Minnesota Arts Board Emerging Artist award. The Artist Talk is open to the public. Free.

Saturday is launched with the Cook County Farm & Craft Market, which is held in the Senior Center parking lot. The market features a wide variety of arts & crafts, as well as homemade pickles, jams and baked goods. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

At 1 p.m. on Saturday, Lutsen potter Maggie Anderson will be giving a throwing demo in the ceramics studio at the Grand Marais Art Colony. Free. All invited.

In Tofte, the North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum celebrates its 20th year with a reception from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

The North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum celebrates its 20th anniversary on Saturday.

The North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum celebrates its 20th anniversary on Saturday.

At 1 p.m., there will be a memorial tribute to the fishermen who have died, at 1:30 p.m., Dale Tormondsen will tell stories about his father and grandfather, who were commercial fishermen on Lake Superior, and at 2 p.m.,  Arna Rennen sing traditional Norwegian folk songs and fishing songs. All invited.

And there will be a Bronze Pour at Four at Last Chance Gallery on Saturday at 4 p.m. Open to the public.

There are some great art shows this weekend, too.

The “Gene Ritchie Monahan: Retrospective” exhibit continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through Sept. 11. It is, as one critic put it, a “really solid” show. The gallery is loaded with masterful portraits by Monahan, as well as her landscapes, seascapes and other works, 70 paintings in all.

"School Bus" by Gene Ritchie Monahan.

“School Bus” by Gene Ritchie Monahan.

According to an article in the Duluth News-Tribune, Monahan was born in Duluth. She has had her work exhibited at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Walker Art Center and in private collections around the world. She was part of the Greenwich Village art scene in the 1950s, and attended and taught at the National Academy School of Fine Arts. The show was curated by Sonya Davis, former director and chief curator at the Pensacola Museum of Art in Florida.

The Heritage Post is closed on Tuesdays. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and Monday,  and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

A new gallery has opened in Grand Marais. Art Works Underground Gallery, 311 W. 4th Ave., is hosted by Jeff Niesen and opened with the “True Blue” show, featuring contemporary works by more than 20 artists. A few of the artists include Neil Sherman, Corrie Steckelberg, Maeri Hedstrom, Jill Levene, Timothy Young, Maryl Skinner, Mila Horak, Tim Pearson, Jim Sannerud and Andrew Beavers.

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The (basement) door to Art Works Underground Gallery The Blue Show will be open from 1-7 p.m. through Sept. 9, except Mondays.

Niesen plans another exhibit to open Sept. 30 entitled “Blazing Orange.” “What sets you ablaze?” he asks artists to contemplate as they develop their works. Click here to learn more.

And in Thunder Bay, this is the last weekend for “The Teaching is in the Making: RE(Store)ied) Memories of Anishinabeg” at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. The exhibit closes Sept. 4.

"Art Regalia" at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. Photo courtesy Celeste Pedrispade.

“Art Regalia” at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. Photo courtesy Celeste Pedrispade.

To learn more about the exhibit, see this article by Konnie LeMay in Indian Country Today.

Upcoming

 Radio Waves Music Festival, Sept. 9-11, Sweetheart Bluffs in the Grand Marais Rec Park. A great line-up of local and regional musicians play all weekend under a big tent in all genres including rock, folk, jazz, swing and country.

Musicians perform under a big tent at the Radio Waves Music Festival.

Musicians perform under a big tent at the Radio Waves Music Festival.

Children’s activities, on-site food and camping. Tickets are $10 per day, $20 for the weekend, free to children 12 and under. Click here for more line-up and schedule.

Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Plein Air 2016, Sept. 9-16: A great event that brings 60 artists from throughout the region to paint the landscapes of the North Shore.

An artist participates in the Quick Paint, 2015.

An artist participates in the Quick Paint, 2015.

This year, 60 artists will be participating, with lots of activities open to the public. The competition culminates with an exhibition and sale at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday, Sept. 16. Click here for details.

Unplugged XV, Sept. 15-18, North House Folk School. Two-nights of musical performances by nine nationally recognized musicians, a folk artisan marketplace with hands-on mini courses, a private Backstage Bash Fundraising gala, and the Points North Online Auction that is open to the public is featured this year.

Unplugged founder Jon Vezner will lead the singer/songwriter circle at Unplugged.

Unplugged founder Jon Vezner will lead the singer/songwriter circle at Unplugged.

For more info about Unplugged, see www.northhouse.org.

The Empty Bowls Dinner & Silent Auction, a fundraiser to alleviate local hunger needs, will be held Thursday, Nov. 10 this year.

To help make bowls to donate to this event while learning the basics of pottery and fused glass, attend one of the public Make-A-Bowl sessions at the Art Colony. They are open to all levels and ages.  Kids 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Register early!
Here is the schedule:
Make-a-Bowl: Clay
Sept, 17 – 18 & Oct. 15 – 16 | one-hour sessions
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 2:30 pm; Sunday: 11 a.m. – 3 pm
Tuition: $5 | Pre-registration required

Make-a-Bowl: Glass
Oct. 25 & 26 | 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Tuition: $5

Paint-a-Bowl
Oct, 29 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tuition: $5

In Other Art News:

Painter Dan Wiemer is the juror for the the Art Colony’s Plein Air 2016 this year. He has work at Sivertson Gallery.

Canoe Country by Dan Weimer.

Canoe Country by Dan Weimer.

Wiemer will present a Fireside Chat at Sivertson Gallery on Sept. 17. He will also be teaching a class at the Art Colony. For more info and to register for the class, see www.grandmaraisartcolony.org or email programs@grandmaraisartcolony.org.

Mike Jansen has completed the murals on the front of the Beaver House which were installed by Yarrow Korf.

Mike Jansen painted the new murals on the Beaver House.

Mike Jansen painted the new murals on the Beaver House.

 Betsy Bowen will be at the Alphabet House at the Minnesota State Fair on Saturday where she will be making alphabet-themed bookmarks. Plein air painter Neil Sherman will be in the Fine Arts Building at the Fair on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Outdoor Painters of Minnesota will be at Tettegouche State Park, painting from Thursday through Sunday. They will hang their paintings on Sunday. An opening reception will be held from 7-8 p.m. The public is invited.

“Manitou Canyon,” William Kent Krueger’s latest, will be on sale at Drury Lane Books Sept. 6.

Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery has handcarved sauna scoops by Mark Reschke of Mound.

This sauna scoop by Mark Reschke is at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery.

This sauna scoop by Mark Reschke is at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery.

Hana Senty has handmade soaps at Great Gifts in Lutsen.

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Hana Senty’s handmade soaps are at Great Gifts in Lutsen.

Last Chance Gallery is featuring handmade zipper bags by Suzy Janse-Vreeling. The bags are lined as well, and include iPad bags.

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Suzy Janse-Vreeling has her bags at Last Chance Gallery.

Here’s the music schedule for this week::

Thursday, Sept. 1:

  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Monroe Crossing, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 2:

  • Plucked Up String Band, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7:30 p.m.
  • Bughouse, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 3:

  • Eric Frost, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • J Squared and the Makers, Papa Charlie’s, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, 7 p.m., reservations at www.michaelmonroemusic.com
  • Jim & Michele Miller, 7:30 p.m.
  • Bughouse! Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 5:

  • Scott Fraser, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 7:

  • Timmy Haus, Moguls Grille, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Bob Bingham, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

We found all kinds of great photos this week. Here’s a selection:

First, Cedar Roots by Paul Sundberg.

Cedar Roots by Paul Sundberg.

Cedar Roots by Paul Sundberg.

David Johnson caught this amazing sun photo.

Sunrise burning through the clouds, by David Johnson.

Sunrise burning through the clouds, by David Johnson.

He got this northern lights shot  on Wednesday night.

Photo by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.

Here’s a fascinating rock formation by Joseph (Joey) Carlson.

Photo by Joseph Carlson.

Photo by Joseph Carlson.

 

Here’s another take on rocks.

Steward River Sunrise by Christian Dalbec.

Stewart River Sunrise by Christian Dalbec.

Here are a few more sunrise shots.

Sunrise over Devil Track by Kathy Gray-Anderson.

Sunrise over Devil Track by Kathy Gray-Anderson.

 

Morning in Two Harbors by Christian Dalbec.

Morning in Two Harbors by Christian Dalbec.

 

Nace Hagemann caught this moose in the woods the other day.

Photo by Nace Hagemann.

Photo by Nace Hagemann.

Thomas Spence caught this quiet moment.

"A dear deer moment in the backyard with the local doe and fawn" by Thomas Spence.

“A dear deer moment in the backyard with the local doe and fawn” by Thomas Spence.

Here’s a Gunflint Trail beauty.

Photo by Ilena Berg.

The highlight of my day at work by Ilena Berg.

And beauteous Lake Superior.

Photo by Mary Lou Sorenson.

Photo by Mary Lou Sorenson.

And here’s Lake Superior in a more active state.

The Michipicoten arriving in Duluth with help from a heavy tail wind" by Jon Dyess.

The Michipicoten arriving in Duluth with help from a heavy tail-wind” by Jon Dyess.

The Arrowhead was hit by storms over the weekend. Here is the beginning:

Sunset before the storm by Paul Pluskwik.

Sunset before the storm by Paul Pluskwik.

And here is the end:

First, the big strike: (Note: David was out there capturing this)

"The Big Strike. It came down like a funnel and blasted the water." by David Johnson.

“The Big Strike.,” Johnson writes. “It came down like a funnel and blasted the water.”

And then this beautiful shot, again by Johnson. He said later that it was his favorite shot of the storm.

"Guess where I was this morning? Stll clearing my ears. Enjoy" by David Johnson.

“Guess where I was this morning? Stll clearing my ears. Enjoy” by David Johnson.

 

 

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The Last Weekend in August = Art, Fairgoers and Music

This Grand Marais aerial panoramic was "stiched" together from a number of different photographs by Bryan Hansel.

Grand Marais in its summer glory. This aerial panoramic was “stitched” together from a number off different aerial photographs by Bryan Hansel. Enjoy!

Here’s to the last weekend in August! Perfect weather, art opportunities, art openings, author talks and lots of live music fill this weekend, as we look ahead to an art-packed September.

First up are our trusty Arrowhead Sketchers, who have been meeting every Thursday afternoon this summer at various locations to sketch, draw and paint what they see. Everyone is welcome to join in. This week, they will meet at the Cascade River parking area on the lakeside of Hwy. 61 to sketch the river, Lake Superior or the historic, stone buildings of Cascade Lodge. They will gather at 5:30 p.m. and sketch until 7 p.m. and then come together and share sketches. If it rains, they will meet in the Cascade Lodge Pub & Restaurant. Stay tuned for examples of the sketches next week.

Learn about and paint migrating insects at Sugarloaf Cove on Friday.

Learn about and paint migrating insects at Sugarloaf Cove on Friday.

On Friday, Sugarloaf Cove will offer “Rock Painting Insects” from 1-3 p.m. with Sandy Danus and naturalist Margie Menzies. Participants will learn about migrating insects ( who’s a migrator, how far do they migrate, do they actually come back here to Northern Minnesota?) and then paint an insect on a rock.  Bring a smooth, 4-6 inch rockand Danus will provide supplies and step-by-step cheerful instruction. Cost is $12 nonmember, $10. Sugarloaf Cove is located at 9096 Hwy. 61 in Schroeder, near the county line.

On Friday night, the Johnson Heritage Post opens a retrospective exhibition and sale of work by the late Ranier artist and teacher Genevieve “Gene” Ritchie Monahan.  The exhibition features more than 70 painting in oil, and includes North Shore seascapes and landscapes, as well as the impressionistic portraits for which Monahan was best known.

Gene Monahan's portrait of famed pianist Van Cliburn.

Gene Monahan’s portrait of famed pianist Van Cliburn.

According to an article in the International Falls Journal, “Monahan earned many local, regional and national awards in a career spanning more than 60 years. Her work has been shown at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Walker Art Center, among other venues, and is held in private and corporate collections in the U.S., Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan and New Zealand.”

The exhibit also includes many of her award winning works as well as marine paintings of boats and people along Lake Superior, Staten Island and other locales.

"LIfeline" by Gene Monahan.

“LIfeline” by Gene Monahan.

The opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. Friday. All welcome.  Refreshments will be served. The exhibit continues through Sept. 11.

Also on Friday, Steve Blexrud and the Thunderheads will talk about their music and play afew songs on WTIP’s The Roadhouse, which airs from 5-7 p.m. The musicians perform at the Gun Flint Tavern this weekend.

On Saturday, the Cook County Farm & Craft Market opens the day at 9 a.m. in the Senior Center Parking lot. The market features a wide variety of arts & crafts as well as baked goods and more.

Jeff Liljestrand is one of the artisans at the Cook County Farm & Craft Market.

Jeff Liljestrand is one of the artisans at the Cook County Farm & Craft Market.

Three authors are coming to town to talk about their books.

At 12:30 p.m., Saturday, author Andrea Thalasinos will speak at the Grand Marais Public Library. She has recently released her third book, “Fly By Night,” set on the North Shore.

Then at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Mary Casanova will present at a Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books.  She will talk about her two new books,  “Ice-Out” and “Wake Up, Island.”

Author Mary Casanova will talk about her latest books at Drury Lane Books on Saturday.

Author Mary Casanova will talk about her latest books at Drury Lane Books on Saturday at 5 p.m.

And then next Wednesday, author Faith Sullivan, who is teaching a writer’s workshop at the Grand Marais Art Colony, will present at a Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books at 4:30 p.m.

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Minnesota author Faith Sullivan will talk about writing and her books at a Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 4:30 p.m.

There are other cool things to see and do this Saturday, too.

At 1 p.m.,  Kathy Weinberg will give an oil painting demonstration at the Grand Marais Art Colony. Free and open to the public.

And there will be a Bronze Pour at Four at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen. Bronze sculptor Tom Christiansen will be pouring his hummingbird series at 4 p.m. this Saturday. Aug. 27. All welcome.

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“Hummer,” bronze, by Tom Christiansen. He will be pouring these hummers at 4 p.m. Saturday.

The Minnesota State Fair starts this week and Cook County will have great representation there.

First up is WTIP Community Radio, which will broadcast from the Fair from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31. “Radio-on-a-Stick” will feature lots of interviews and music throughout the day. This is the second year that WTIP has broadcast at the Fair.

WTIP staff and volunteers at the Minn. State Fair last year included Ann Possis and Bob Carter, front, and Jeff Nimitz and Matthew Brown.

WTIP staff and volunteers at the Minn. State Fair last year included Ann Possis and Bob Carter, front, and Jeff Nimitz and Matthew Brown.

This year, WTIP program director Matthew Brown and station manager Deb Benedict will be there, as well as a number of volunteer hosts, including: Julie Carlson, Sherrie Lindskog, Mike Reeves, Ann Possis, and Bob Carter. WTIP engineer Jeff Nemitz will be on hand to take care of the technical details; and Visit Cook County director Linda Kratt and her team will also be on hand to meet and greet fair-goers with information about Cook County. They will be broadcasting from Ampers booths (#9 and 10), in the Education Building.

During the WTIP radio show, artist Michael Sweere, who exhibits at Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais, will be interviewed. Sweere, a mosaic artist, created the Minnesota State Fair’s 2016 Commemorative Art piece this year. He crafted it out of colorful cardboard packaging.

The Minnesota State Fair’s 2016 Commemorative Art work created by Michael Sweere features Lucky the Llama with iconic images of the fair.

The Minnesota State Fair’s 2016 Commemorative Art work created by Michael Sweere features Lucky the Llama with iconic images of the fair.

The original will be displayed at the Fine Arts Center through Labor Day.  Posters are also available.

Two other local artists will be “working” at the Fair, too. Betsy Bowen and Neil Sherman.

Bowen is a featured author at the Fair and will be interviewed on WTIP during the show at the Fair next Wednesday, Aug. 31. She will be in the Alphabet Forest in Baldwin Park at the fair on Saturday, Sept. 3, demonstrating how to make bookmarks. She is bringing all kinds of printmaking materials with her for kids to use. They’ll be making bookmarks around the theme of ABC, which is the title of her popular children’s book: “Antler, Bear, Canoe: A Northwoods Alphabet.”

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Antler, Bear, Canoe” has been in print for 25 years.

“Antler, Bear, Canoe” celebrates its 25th year in print this fall. There will be a big extravaganza celebration at the Betsy Bowen Studio Gallery in Grand Marais Oct. 8. Stay tuned for details.

Also at the Fair, Neil Sherman will be the artist-in-residence in the Fine Arts Building at the fair from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 4. He’ll be working on a couple of studio paintings as well as giving Artist Talks.

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Neil Sherman will be working on developing a painting from his study of the Brule River when he is the artist-in-residence at the Minnesota State Fair Sept. 4.

 Opportunities

 Calling All Potters! Sivertson Gallery has put out a call for local potters (North Shore & Duluth) to consider submitting mugs for the “Behold the Mug” exhibit which will be held at Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais and Siivis in Duluth Sept. 24.

Sivertson Gallery director, Abby Toftey writes: “Our aim with this event is to help customers find their “perfect mug” before the big winter chill sets in. Fresh coffee, donuts and cookies have been ordered, now all we need are the exquisite, locally made mugs!”

Show requirements include 8-20 mugs, which will distributed between the two galleries. The mugs must arrive by Monday, Sept. 19. A small bio with a photograph will be included with each potter’s display. To apply, send photographs and prices of your work to abby@sivertson.com.

Upcoming

 The list of upcoming events in September is daunting.  There are lots of fun things to do and see. Here’s what we know so far, and please, stay tuned for details.

Monroe Crossing, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7 p.m., Sept. 1. Concert includes appetizers from Alyce’s. Deadline to sign up for appetizers if Friday, Aug 26. To make reservations online, go to tix.com to get your Monroe Crossing tickets and at the end of the sale there will be an additional option to purchase a ticket for the food. Tickets are  $25, $10 for appetizers.

Radio Waves Music Festival, Sept. 9-11, Sweetheart’s Bluff in the Grand Marais Rec Park.  More than 30 musical acts under the Big Tent, on-site food, children’s tent & more. Tickets at the door: $10 per day, $20 weekend.

Plein Air Grand Marais, an outstanding plein air competition, show and sale organized by the Grand Marais Art Colony. Competition is Sept. 9-16, exhibit and sale at the Johnson Heritage Post Sept. 17-Nov. 13. Click here for more info.

Unplugged XV & Unplugged Folk Artisan Marketplace, Sept. 15-18. Concerts, Singer/Songwriter Circles, jamming sessions, public programs and workshops, demonstrations and more. For tickets, click here.

Lake Superior 20/20 Studio Art Tour,  Sept. 23, 24 & 25.  Tour branches out from Two Harbors. For more info, click here.

Crossing Borders Studio Tour & Sale, Sept. 23-Oct. 2, celebrating 20 years along the North Shore. Tour includes art studios along the North Shore from Duluth to Grand Portage. For more info, click here.

In other art news:

 Author Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux, has organized a Grand Marais Writer’s Guild which meets each month in the meeting room at the Cook County Co-op. The next meeting is Monday, Sept. 12 from 6-7:30 p.m. All writers invited. Meanwhile, check out the Guild’s Facebook page where she posts story starter ideas frequently.

Here's an example of a story starter that Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux posts on her Facebook page.

Here’s an example of a story starter that Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux posts on her Facebook page.

Other story starters posted recently include: “They found the box of wooden matches on the workbench in the old shed…” “The old man beckoned from the shadows. “Come here, Jonah. I have something …” and “If she didn’t know better– but she did.”

Gunflint author Tim McDonnell has come out with a new book: “The Contemplative Paddler’s Compansion.” Published by North Star Press, it can be found at Birchbark Books and Gifts.

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This is Tim McDonnell’s second book. His book: “The Whole Forest for a Backyard.”

Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery has just received new antler baskets by

Basket by Cathryn Peters.

Antler basket by Cathryn Peters.

A new gallery has opened in Knife River on the Scenic Highway. It is called 47 Degrees and features a variety of local artists and artisans, including Kelly Dupre.

Kelly Dupre has artwork at the new gallery in Knife River, 47 degrees.

Kelly Dupre has artwork at the new gallery in Knife River, 47 degrees.

And finally, here’s a sign of the changing seasons. Sivertson Gallery has just received packets of holiday cards for 2016. The cards include artwork from favorite local and regional artists.

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One of Rick Allen’s holiday cards.

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, Aug. 25:

  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire. Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers, Gunflint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 26;

  • Pushing Chain, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7:30 p.m.
  • Thunderheads, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Angel Hair Rasta, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Jim Miller, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 27:

  • Gene Lafond & Amy Grillo, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Axtel, Papa Charlie’s Deck, 6 p.m.
  • Pete K., Sydney’s Frozen Custard, 6 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, 7 p.m. Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Billy Johnson, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Thunderheads, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Bughouse, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 28:

  • Billy Johnson Band, Mogul’s Grille, 5 p.m.
  • Steve Blexrud, Gunflint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 29:

  • Laney Jones and the Spirits, Monday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 7:30 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Here are some of the photos we found this week.

The Tall Ship Festival was all over the news last weekend. Here’s a great photo of the Spanish galleon, one of the many Tall Ships that visited Duluth.

Spanich galleon by Patty Doherty.

Photo by Patty Doherty.

 

Here’s a study in contrasts.

Peace:

"Out My Kitchen Window" by Martha Russell.

“Out My Kitchen Window” by Martha Russell.

Aggression:

"Fear the bird," by Thomas Demma.

“Fear the bird,” by Thomas Demma.

Here’s a peaceful beauty by Paul Sundberg.

Grand Marais Waterfront by Paul Sundberg.

Grand Marais Waterfront by Paul Sundberg.

And another view of the harbor a little earlier in the evening.

"Currently Unfiltered-Home" by Sarah Jorgenson.

“Currently Unfiltered-Home” by Sarah Jorgenson.

Studies of rocks:

"Rowboats are my favorite these rocks are my favorite these lichens are my favorite this lake is my favorite by Melissa Wickwire.

“Rowboats-are-my-favorite-these-rocks-are-my favorite-these-lichens-are-my-favorite -this-lake-is-my-favorite” by Melissa Wickwire.

And the iconic rock on the North Shore:

Photo by Amy Peterson.

Photo by Amy Peterson.

And inland waterways:

Full moon over the Cascade River by Travis Novitsky.

Full moon over the Cascade River by Travis Novitsky.

 

Magney State Park. Gauthier Creek by Tom Fiero.

Magney State Park. Gauthier Creek by Tom Fiero.

And finally, this powerful photo of a mother and son.

"Tall Ships Stir Our Imagainations," posted by Erin Watson.

“Tall Ships stir our imaginations,” posted by Erin Watson.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

 

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Pots, Harpeth Rising & Tall Ships

The Tall Ship Festival is in Duluth this weekend. Kathy Gray Anderson caught this photo of the Tall Ship, Mists of Avalon, as it sailed past Grand Marais, greeted by the Hjordis, North House Folk School's gaff-rigged schoooner.

The Tall Ship Festival is in Duluth this weekend. Kathy Gray Anderson caught this photo of the tall ship, Mist of Avalon, as it sailed past Grand Marais on its way to Duluth. It is being greeted by the Hjordis, North House Folk School‘s gaff-rigged schooner. The size difference is astonishing.

It’s a big weekend in Duluth, as the Tall Ships Festival gets underway Thursday and runs through Sunday, with boat parades, tours, sailing opportunities, events, art exhibits and wall-to-wall people. In all, 10 Tall Ships are expected at the festival. Oh, and the world’s largest inflatable duckie will be on hand. For tickets and more info, visit www.tallshipsduluth.com.

Rick Allen and Kenspeckle Press in Duluth have even created  T-shirts for the Tall Ships event: “Not for Navigation.”

Kenspeckle Press is on the second floor of the DeWitt-Seitz Building. in Canal Park.

Kenspeckle Press is on the second floor of the DeWitt-Seitz Building  in Canal Park.

YAR! Tall Ships be coming in tomorrow. Our store be open Thursday through Sunday, 11 – 4! Lake Superior “Not for Navigation” t-shirts have been replenished. We be ready!

It will be a quiet weekend in Grand Marais, as everyone settles in to enjoy the last few weeks of August. But there’s plenty to do nevertheless.

First up is the Arrowhead Sketchers, who will meet for their weekly outing this Thursday. This week they will meet indoors and hold a life drawing session at Jeanne Hedstrom’s home, 817 W, 1st St. in Grand Marais, from 5:30-7 p.m. Depending on the number of folks participating, there will be a charge of $5 to $10 to cover the fee of the model. Everyone is welcome. So, bring your favorite medium and reconnect with life drawing.

The Sketchers met at Hedstrom Lumber Co., last week, and came up with these sketches/drawings.

Arrowhead Sketchers sketched Hedstrom's Mill. Photo courtesy David Morris.

Arrowhead Sketchers sketched Hedstrom’s Mill. Photo courtesy David Morris.

Also on Thursday, Drury Lane Books will hold a Full Moon Reading at 7:30 p.m. with local poet and performer Reed Schmidt. He will read from some of his original poems as well as a selection from his favorite poets. All welcome.

Reed Schmidt will read his poetry at the Full Moon Reading at Drury Lane Books at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Reed Schmidt will read his poetry at the Full Moon Reading at Drury Lane Books at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Schmidt studied literature and studio art at the University of Minnesota Morris. He has been a reader, writer, musician, and artist for most of his life—sometimes one more than the other depending on the year. Before settling in Grand Marais just over a year ago, he spent about three years teaching immersion English and kindergarten in South Korea, a brief time repairing violins in Atlanta, and a variety of other odd jobs along the way. You may have seen him recently as Jonathon Brewster in the Grand Marais Playhouse’s rendition of “Arsenic and Old Lace.” The reading is held outside the bookstore by the bonfire.

On Friday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will host a Pottery Potluck and Demo with Robert Briscoe and Jason Trebs from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Art Colony.

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Bob Briscoe modifies a large vessel on the pottery wheel. He and Jason Trebs will demo at the Art Colony on Friday starting at 4 p.m.

Expect lively pottery making and conversation as you watch the potters throw organic, loose, and fluid forms on the wheel.

Along with demoing a variety of techniques and methods of making functional pots, the artists will talk about their own artistic work and individual paths. The event will culminate in a potters’ potluck.

There is a $15 suggested donation for this event. Pre-registration is encouraged. Please bring a dish to share if staying for the potluck. For more info, call the Art Colony at 387-2737.

Also on Friday, Pete K will talk about his music and play a few songs on WTIP’s “The Roadhouse,” which airs from 5-7 p. Pete will be on-air around 5:45 p.m.

On Saturday, Cilla Walford will give a watercolor demo at the Art Colony at 1 p.m. All invited.

Also on Saturday, check out the Cook County Farm & Craft Market, which is held in the Senior Center parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Cook County Farm & Craft Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays in the Senior Center parking lot.

The Cook County Farm & Craft Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays in the Senior Center parking lot.

Expect to find a wide variety of arts and crafts as well as baked goods, homemade pickles and more.

On Saturday night, a great trio, Harpeth Rising, will perform at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts courtesy of the North Shore Music Association.

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Harpeth Rising plays at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Harpeth Rising is named for the Harpeth River in Middle Tennessee. They play “modern progressive bluegrass” or “chamberfolk,” but these titles only touch on their unique sound. The three classically trained musicians produce original music that’s intricately arranged, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, wrapped in three-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe, and evocative of the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt and the “dawg music” of David Grisman. To hear examples of their music, click here. Tickets are $18 adult, $15 adult/youth pair. Additional youth are free. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online at www.tix.com..

Also, this is the last weekend for the show, “Ceramics in Cook County” which is on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

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Mike Smieja is one of the potters exhibiting in the show at the Johnson Heritage Post.

This has been a popular exhibit and is well worth a visit. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, when the show closes.

Adam Swanson is exhibiting a collection of his work in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park.

Adam Swanson is exhibiting his paintings at Tettegouche State Park.

Adam Swanson is exhibiting his paintings at Tettegouche State Park.

Here’s an interesting one. The Silver Creek International Ukulele Carnival is Friday through Sunday at the Silver Creek Town Hall, about 11 minutes from Two Harbors. More than 100 ukulele players are expected to attend. There will be workshops, jam sessions, open mics, concerts and more. For the complete schedule and maps, click here.

  The Two Harbors Ukulele group at the carnival last year.

The Two Harbors Ukulele group at the carnival last year.

In Thunder Bay, the exhibit, “Leanna Marshall and Celeste Pedri-Spade: “The Teaching is in The Making”: Re(Store)ied Memories of Anishinabeg” continues at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery through Sept. 4.

"The Teaching Is In the Making" is on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

“The Teaching Is In the Making” is on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

In ‘The Teaching is in the Making,” artists Celeste Pedri-Spade and Leanna Marshall blend together Anishinabeg photography and traditional regalia. While these practices may seem to be very different, they are related as both significant material markers of Anishinabe art, story, spirituality, and knowledge. The exhibit is about restoring and re-story-ing specific familial memories that are integral to Anishinabeg history, identity, and continued survival.

The gallery is open Tuesday through Thursday, noon to 8 p.m.(EDT) and Friday to Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. (EDT). The gallery is closed on Mondays.

In other art news:

 Betsy Bowen was recently named to the 50 Over 50 list, which honors 50 of the most inspiring and accomplished leaders across Minnesota. This is the first year that the 50 over 50 list has been complied to celebrate and recognize Minnesotans who have made significant contributions and achievements in their communities. Bowen was honored as an artist and creative who has contributed significantly to Minnesota’s thriving culture.

Betsy Bowen

Betsy Bowen

Her accomplishments, according to the “50 over 50″ post:

“On the North Shore, 69-year-old Betsy Bowen stands out as even more iconic than her widely recognized woodcuts. That’s because her creativity could fill Lake Superior, and also because of her vocal (and financial) support for the region’s vast array of writers, painters, photographers, performers, and more. She enthusiastically encourages every artist she encounters to “go for it.” In addition to giving birth to her own creative work, Betsy helped establish Good Harbor Hill Players and their ongoing winter and summer solstice pageants, drawing audiences of hundreds to the North House Folk School, in which she is also active. Other involvements over her decades of life in Minnesota include Cook County Whole Foods Coop, Grand Marais Art Colony, and various community projects. And, of course, the conversion of a historic local church into Betsy Bowen Gallery and Studios, with work and display spaces for a variety of local artists that draws art lovers to linger in Grand Marais.”

To see the list of honorees throughout Minnesota, click here.

At Bowen’s Studio and Gallery, Jeanne Knight has brought in new pottery and Ron Piercy has a wide variety of new silver jewelry with local and exotic gemstones.

Watercolorist David Hahn is currently show his work at the Coho Cafe in Tofte.

Jeff Niesen is exhibiting his work at the Angry Trout Cafe.

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Painting by Jeff Niesen.

Also at the Angry Trout, look for the cool coloring book by Corrie Steckelberg. The drawings are charming and totally capture the experience of eating (and working) at the popular North Shore restaurant.

Corrie Steckelberg did the drawings for the Angry Trout Cafe Coloring Book.

Corrie Steckelberg did the drawings for the Angry Trout Cafe Coloring Book.

Copies are available at the restaurant.

Drury Lane Books has just received more copies of the new Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”

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The book has been reordered a few times already.

Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen will not hold a Bronze Pour at Four this Saturday. In other gallery news, there are new hand-dyed items from Wendy Richardson, including T-shirts, bamboo socks, scarves as well as table and bed linens.

Wendy Richardson has new work at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.

Wendy Richardson has new work at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.

Copies of “The Woman Today” with the cover story about Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux are now available at the Arrowhead Pharmacy. The magazine is free. Check it out.

Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux holds of copy of the Woman Today magazine, where she is featured on the cover. Cover photo by Mark Tessier.

Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux holds of copy of the Woman Today magazine, where she is featured on the cover. Cover photo by Mark Tessier. It can now be found at the Arrowhead Pharmacy in Grand Marais. Free.

 

 

 

There’s lots of great music this week, too. Here’s the schedule.

Thursday, Aug. 18:

  • Eric Frost, Music by the Campfire, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Red Dirt Girl, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Gun Flint Tavrn, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 19:

  • Plucked Up String Band, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Grandma Ray’s, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Music by the Campfire, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7:30 p.m.
  • Pete K, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 20:

  • SplinterTones, Bear Tree Park, 1 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Sydney’s Deck, 6 p.m.
  • 4 Squared and the Makers, Papa Charlie’s, 6 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Dat Dere Jazz Quartet, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Music by the Campfire, Bluefin Bay, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m.
  • Harpeth Rising, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.
  • Earth, Wind & Todd, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 21:

  • Shoot from the Hipsters, Mogul’s Grille, 5:30 p.m.
  • Red Dirt Girl, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Here are some of the photos we found this week.

First up, Nace Hagemann caught this wolf family strolling down the road. He said he has never photographed such young wolf pups.

Photo by Nace Hagemann.

Photo by Nace Hagemann.

 

For those who have been following the eagles on the DNR Eagle cam, here’s a photo of one of the eaglets that were hatched this spring.

This year's eagle chick... all grown up.

This year’s eagle chick… all grown up. Photo by Thomas Demma.

 

Layne Kennedy took this shot of a very curious caribou in the Slate Islands recently.

Layne Kennedy took this shot of a very curious caribou in the Slate Islands recently.

And Carol Bowman took this intriguing shot of a loon the other day.

Loon by Carol Bowman.

Loon by Carol Bowman.

 

Here’s an incredible and very rare shot: Space Lightning. The photo was posted on spaceweather.com this week.

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Spaceweather.com wrote:

On Aug. 13th in China, photographer Phebe Pan was photographing the night sky, hoping to catch a Perseid meteor. Instead, he witnessed a spectacular bolt of “space lightning.” Working atop Shi Keng Kong, the highest mountain peak in the Guangdong province, “I was using a fisheye lens to capture as much of the sky as possible,” says Pan. “Suddenly we saw a flash of blue and purple ejected from the top of a nearby thundercloud. It just looked like a tree with branches, and grew up very fast. So awesome!”

Space lightning are gigantic jets which can reach all the way up to the edge of space alongside meteors, noctilucent clouds, and some auroras, according to spaceweather.com.  “This means they are a true space weather phenomenon.”

And here’s a lightning bolt going in the other direction. Paul Sundberg took this beauty.

Storm Over Grand Marais by Paul Sundberg.

Storm Over Grand Marais by Paul Sundberg

And here a few beautiful Lake Superior cloudscapes.

Photo by Travis Novitsky.

Photo by Travis Novitsky.

 

Summer Superior by Kjersti Vick.

Summer Superior by Kjersti Vick.

This photo tells many stories.

"Summer on the Harbor" by David Johnson.

“Summer on the Harbor” by David Johnson.

And here’s what everyone wants to see coming out of their gardens this summer.

The Colors of Summer by Staci Drouillard.

The Colors of Summer by Staci Drouillard.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

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Rendezvous Days & Celebration Pow Wow

Thomas Spence took this great photograph of the summer moon flanked by the planet Jupiter. Enjoy!

Thomas Spence took this great photograph of the summer moon flanked by the planet Jupiter. Enjoy!

August festivals continue this weekend with Rendezvous Days & the Celebration Pow-Wow in Grand Portage. The 3-day event (Friday through Sunday) features lots of things to do and see at two different locations: the Grand Portage Monument and the Pow Wow Grounds of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

At the Monument, music, dancing, craft demonstrations, and hands-on workshops as well as games and competitions are held throughout the weekend. Visitors can tour the Stockade and the Heritage Center and visit the Encampment, where more than 100 Rendezvous re-enactors live out their daily lives.

One of the many scenes from the Rendezvous Encampment.

One of the many scenes from the Rendezvous Encampment.

Participants at the Encampment welcome questions to explain activities going on in their camps, and to show you materials and equipment they have on display.

And this year, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, the tall ship, the Mist of Avalon, will be moored at the dock, offering tours to the public on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Just down the road a bit is the Pow-Wow Grounds of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Every year, dancers and drums from throughout the region participate in this Celebration Pow-wow. Grand Entries are at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday, with warm-up sessions on Friday night. More than 350 dancers from the U.S. and Canada are expected.

The Grand Portage Band's Celebration Pow-Wow features dancers from Canada and the U.S. Photo by Paul Sundberg.

The Grand Portage Band’s Celebration Pow-Wow features dancers from Canada and the U.S. Photo by Paul Sundberg.

The pow-wow also has a variety of food and arts & crafts vendors in booths circling the grounds.

In all, this is a high point of summer in Cook County.  Highly recommended.

There are lots of other things to do this weekend, too.

On Thursday, the Arrowhead Sketchers return to Hedstrom Lumber Co. for an afternoon of sketching. David Morris, one of the artists who participated last week, said the group, which is open to anyone who likes to draw, decided that the lumber mill is so interesting that they’d like to draw it again.

A few of the notebooks from the Arrowhead Sketchers afternoon at Hedstrom Lumber Co. last week.

A few of the notebooks from the Arrowhead Sketchers afternoon at Hedstrom Lumber Co. last week.

The group will meet at the mill at 5:30 p.m. The Hedstrom Mill is located on the Gunflint Trail about 5 to 6 miles out of Grand Marais on the right side. The is a great opportunity to sketch at one of Cook County’s iconic, historical locations. Free. All invited.

On Thursday night, “The Addams Family” will be performed at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. The musical, which is getting rave reviews, is part of the Summer Theater Festival put on by the Grand Marais Playhouse. It is performed in repertory with “Arsenic & Old Lace.” This is the last week to see the performances, which are at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at the door or at www.tix.com.

If you’re in Duluth, consider a stop at the Tweed Museum of Art to see Vance Gellert’s exhibition “Iron Country,” paintings of the Iron Range.

Vance Gellert with one of his paintings from "Iron Country."

Vance Gellert with one of his paintings from “Iron Country.”

Gellert will give an Artist Talk from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday entitled “The Stories Behind the Story.” Free and open to the public.

On Friday, Rendezvous Days opens at 9 a.m. at the Grand Portage Monument. On Friday night, Jim McGowan will be a guest on WTIP’s The Roadhouse, talking about his music and playing a few tunes. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.

Saturday kicks off with the Cook County Farm & Craft Market, which opens in the Senior Center parking lot at 9 a.m. The market features a wide variety of arts & crafts as well as baked goods. It is open until 1 p.m.

The Cross River Heritage Center in Schroeder will hold a booksigning at 11 a.m. with Peter O’Toole. The author has written a new book entitled “Edwin H. Lundie Five Decades A Journey of Art & Architecture,” which details the life of this successful and popular architect.

At 1 p.m., Anna Hess will give a demo of painting on glass at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Painting on glass will be dmonstrated at 1 p.m. at the Art Colony.

Painting on glass will be demonstrated at 1 p.m. at the Art Colony.

The event is free and everyone is invited.

Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen will hold its weekly “Bronze Pour at Four” at the studio at 4 p.m. The public is invited to watch this magical process.

Then, at 5 p.m., Drury Lane Books will host authors Micheal McConnell and Jack Baker for a Writer’s Salon. They will read from their memoir “The Wedding Heard ‘Round the World: America’s First Gay Marriage.” The public is invited to join in the conversation on gay rights activism through the years.

On Sunday, the “Gunflint Woods, Winds and Strings” benefit concert will be held at the Schaap Mid-Trail Community Center at 4 p.m. This annual concert is an afternoon of vocal and instrumental classical and jazz music to benefit the Gunflint Trail Historical Society and the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department. It will feature a commissioned piece composed by Bill Beckstrand, as well as talented local musicians. For tickets, contact the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center (218-388-9915).  Ticket prices are $20/adult, $5/children to 18.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will hold two pottery events next week.

On Wednesday, Aug. 17, potter Matthew Krousey will give an Artist Talk at the Johnson Heritage Post at 4:30 p.m. The topic will be “Forest, Prairie and Frozen Lakes.”

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Ceramic jug by Matthew Krousey. He is the featured artist in the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Gallery Store this month. He will give an Artist Talk on Aug. 17.

Krousey’s ceramic vessels and murals have been exhibited locally and internationally, including an exhibition at Sanbao Ceramic Institute in Jingdezhen, China. He is a 2014 Jerome Project Grant recipient. Krousey’s work preserves memories and emotions evoked by the disappearing Minnesota landscape. “This region is being vastly altered by human hands, which is the reason I seek to preserve it upon the durable ceramic surface,” he said. The Artist Talk is open to all.

Then on Friday, Aug. 19, Minnesota potters Bob Briscoe and Jason Trebs will hold a Pottery Demo and Potluck at the Art Colony from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Join the duo for an afternoon of lively pottery making and learn how both potters use the wheel as a tool for making organic, loose, and fluid forms.

Tea bowl by Bob Briscoe.

Tea bowl by Bob Briscoe.

Along with demonstrating a variety of throwing techniques and methods, the potters will also talk about their own artistic work and individual paths. The event will culminate in a Potters’ Potluck. (Hint: Functional potters are great cooks!) Everyone invited. Suggested $15 donation. For more info, call the Art Colony at 218-387-2737.

And, for a final note about pottery, the Johnson Heritage Post’s exhibit, “Ceramics in Cook County,” continues, with work by 17 local artists on display.

Polar bear sculpture by Jeanne Larson.

Polar bear sculpture by Jeanne Larson. She and 16 other Cook County potters and ceramic artists are exhibiting at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The Heritage Post is closed on Tuesdays, but is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday & Wednesday through Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Free admission.

In Thunder Bay, the exhibition, “Arthur Shilling: The Final Works” continues at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery through early September.

Painting by Arthur Shilling.

Painting by Arthur Shilling.

Definitely Superior Art Gallery is closed this month through Labor Day, but encourages the public to take the time to explore the gorgeous explosion of street art displayed on 21 city walls in the Waterfront District in downtown Thunder Bay. The latest creations by the Die Active Collective are on Cooke St. For maps, see DefSup’s Facebook page here.

In other art news:

Artwork from Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen is on exhibit at the newly opened North Shore Winery on Ski Hill Road.

Last Chance Gallery artists are exhiiting at

Last Chance Gallery artists are exhibiting at the North Shore Winery.

Artists whose work is on exhibit includes Misha Martin, Jo Wood, Anna Hess, Kristin Blomberg and Jan Wise. Also, bronze sculptor Tom Christiansen will have three sculptures outside the winery.

Author/actor/musician Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux is featured on the cover of  Woman Today magazine, which is published in Duluth.

Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux holds of copy of the Woman Today magazine, where she is featured on the cover. Cover photo by Mark Tessier.

Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux holds a copy of  the latest issue of Woman Today magazine, where she is featured on the cover. Cover photo by Mark Tessier.

Mark Tessier took the photographs which accompany the story, entitled “Grand Marais’ Renaissance Woman.”

Glass artist Mary Bebie has new work at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Sushi set by Mary Bebie is at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery.

Sushi set by Mary Bebie is at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery.

Kelly Dupre recently received a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council to help pay for framing her work in preparation for three art shows in Duluth and Superior, Wis. this fall and winter.

Artwork by Kelly Dupre.

Artwork by Kelly Dupre.

Dupre will exhibit at Beaner’s Coffee House and The New Scenic Cafe in September and The Red Mug in Superior in December. Stay tuned for details.

Betsy Bowen’s newest book is out! “One North Star: A Counting Book” is a collaboration between Phyllis Root (author), and Bowen and Beckie Prange (illustrators.) Bowen’s woodcut of a moose is on the cover of the book.

Here are two phases of the illustration. First, Bowen’s actual woodcut.

Betsy Bowen's woodcut used for the "One North Star" cover art.

Betsy Bowen’s woodcut used for the “One North Star” cover art.

And the final result:

'One North Star" is available at Betsy Bowen's Gallery.

‘One North Star” is available at Betsy Bowen’s Gallery.

Woodturner and artist Jim Sannerud recently received a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to allow him to build a dinner setting inspired by his visit to his ancestors’ farm, “Gardsjord, ”in Rauland, Norway. The setting will consist of a table, seating for eight, and dinnerware for serving, plates, cups, bowls, as well as carved panels. He is working on the project in his studio on the main floor of Betsy Bowen’s Studio & Galleries.

Handcrafted chairs in process at Jim Sannerud's studio.

Handcrafted chairs in process at Jim Sannerud’s studio.

Stay tuned for updates as this project evolves. Sannerud will be at his studio this weekend. He has started a blog to document this project, The first installment came out today. Read it here.

Heidi Sobanja has work at Joy & Co, including this painting, “Suspended.”

"Suspended," acrylic by Heidi Sobanja.

“Suspended,” acrylic, by Heidi Sobanja, is at Joy & Co.

Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens just completed a week-long residency at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens talks about her recent independent residency at the Grand Marais Art Colony at an Artist Talk last week.

Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens talks about her independent residency at the Grand Marais Art Colony at an Artist Talk last week.

Here’s the music schedule for this weekend::

Thursday, Aug. 11:

  • Plucked Up String Band, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Music by the Campfire, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Frozen Britches, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Maintenance Free, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 12:

  • Over the Waterfall, Grand Portage Monument Great Hall, 2 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Amy Grillo & Gene Lafond, Sydney’s Deck, 6 p.m.
  • Tim Fast, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Music by the Campfire, 7:30 p.m.
  • Chris Holm & Mike Munson, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Pete K, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 13

  • Billy D, Birch Terrance deck, 3 p.m.
  • Over the Waterfall, Grand Portage National Monument Great Hall, 3 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Voyageur Brewing Co., 6 p.m.
  • J Squared and the Makers, Papa Charlie’s Deck, 6 p.m.
  • Dat Dere Jazz, Grandma Ray’s, 7 p.m.
  • Music by the Campfire, Bluefin Bay Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Pete K, Lutsen Resort lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Jim McGowan, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Chris Holm & Mike Munson, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 14:

  • Gunflint Woods, Winds & Strings, 4 p.m. Schapp Community Center, Gunflint Trail.
  • Spruce Roots, Mogul’s Grille & Tap Room, 5 p.m.
  • Evergreen Grass Band, Gunflint Tavern, 9:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 15:

  • Barefoot Wonder, Monday Night Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s 8:30 p.m.
  • Rod & Al, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
  • Evergreen Grass Band, Gunflint Tavern, 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 16:

  • Timmy Haus, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.

And here are a few of the great photos we found this week:

First up, a perfect summer flower:

Zinnia by Melissa Wickwire.

Zinnia by Melissa Wickwire.

A perfect summer evening:

Campfire Thursday bu Sarah Jorgenson.

“Campfire Thursday” by Sarah Jorgenson.

A perfect summer visitor (depending where you are):

"He's Back" by David Johnson.

“He’s Back” by David Johnson.

A perfect summer flight:

"Home Sweet Home" by Emily (Schulte) Underwood.

“Home Sweet Home” by Emily (Schulte) Underwood.

A perfect summer light show:

Northern Lights by Thomas Spence.

Northern Lights by Thomas Spence.

A perfect summer treat:

Healthy Mom & Baby by Julie Leonard.

Healthy Mom & Baby by Julie Leonard.

A perfect summer reflection:

justin vrba reflection from the old fish house at Stoney point

“Reflection from the old fish house at Stoney Point” by Justin Vrba.

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It’s Fisherman’s Picnic Weekend!

Fisherman's Picnic is this weekend! Layne Kennedy took this photo a few years ago at Fisherman's Picnic in Grand Marais. Warm temps (but maybe not in Lake Superior) are forecast for this weekend, too. In either case, it's the iconic celebration of summer in Cook County.

Fisherman’s Picnic is this weekend! Layne Kennedy took this photo a few years ago at Fisherman’s Picnic in Grand Marais. Warm temps (but maybe not in Lake Superior) are forecast for this weekend, too. In either case, it’s the iconic celebration of summer in Cook County.

Grand Marais and the North Shore celebrates its history and connection to Lake Superior this weekend with the 86th annual Fisherman’s Picnic.

The Lions Club puts on Fisherman's Picnic. Here are some of them in a recent parade.

The Lions Club puts on Fisherman’s Picnic.

Fisherman’s Picnic, put on by the Grand Marais Lions Club, is held in downtown Grand Marais and several other locations in the area It starts on Thursday and continues through Sunday with an incredible array of events, contests of every variety, two arts & crafts shows, a giant used-book sale, food, lots of live music in Harbor Park, street dances, a great parade and plenty of time to meet with friends and relatives. There are lots of class reunions this weekend, too, and the floats they make for the Sunday parade are always great.

The Friends of the Library hold a gigantic used-book sale at the Cook County Community Center, too, opening with a Members-Only sale on Thursday and culminating with a bag sale on Saturday. Definitely a must-do for book lovers.

Log rolling for everyone.

Log rolling for everyone.

Everybody has their favorite contests, too, and the list is impressive. A loon-calling contest, a fish throwing contest, a rock-throwing contest, log rolling, the Cutest Puppy contest, a tractor pull, a walk-run on Pincushion Mountain, softball and tennis tournaments, a Big Fish contest — the list really does go on and on. Check out the complete schedule here.

And not to forget the famous fishburgers, served up by the volunteers from the Grand Marais Lions and Lionesses. Members sell raffle tickets, too, with a $10,000 Grand Prize.

Everyone is invited to come down and enjoy this heart-of-the-summer celebration in Grand Marais this weekend.  (For the complete music schedule in Harbor Park, see music  below.)

Because the town (and county) is fairly jammed with people from all over the country, other organizations and businesses get involved in activities as well, including the Crazy Daze sales at downtown businesses.

There are demos and activities at arts organizations, too. For example, Cilla Walford will give a watercolor demonstration at the Grand Marais Art Colony at 1 p.m. on Saturday, and there’s a Bronze Pour at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen at 4.

And there’s great theater to enjoy. The Grand Marais Playhouse Summer Theater Festival is on-going with two plays in repertory. “Arsenic & Old Lace” will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. “The Addams Family: A Musical” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The talk on the street is that both plays are outstanding. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at tix.com.

Joy & Co. has a community art project set up in its space as well where people can share a poem or artwork to send out peace to the world.

The Johnson Heritage Post has a great pottery show on this month, too. Entitled “Ceramics in Cook County,” the exhibit features ceramic work by 17 local artists including functional and decorative pottery. One of the exhibitors is Maggie Anderson, who specializes in porcelain and raku pieces.

Raku vessel by Maggie Anderson.

Raku vessel by Maggie Anderson.

Anderson is teaching a raku class at the Art Colony from 1-7 p.m. on Friday, and the public is invited to come and observe.

The Johnson Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through Saturdays, and from 1-5 p.m. Sundays. It is closed Tuesdays.

Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens, an accomplished painter, art instructor and former board member (and president) of the Grand Marais Art Colony, is doing an independent residency this week in the Founders Hall at the Art Colony. She will hold an Open Studio at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Art Colony and will give a brief talk. Sandi said she is working with images from her travels in Europe on very large canvasses.

Painting by Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens. The artist is holding an Open Studio at the Art Colony on Saturday.

Painting by Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens. The artist is holding an Open Studio at the Art Colony on Saturday.

There’s a new exhibit at the Cook County Courthouse as well. Jim Ringquist has installed a panoramic photographic exhibit in the lobby entitled “Lake Superior and Cook County Through Panoramic Eyes.”

Pigeon River Panoramic by Jim Ringquist.

“Pigeon River Panoramic” by Jim Ringquist.

Also this weekend, The Cross River Heritage Center is holding a Taconite Harbor Reunion on Saturday starting at 1 p.m., with the kick-off event being “Conversations About Living and Growing Up in Taconite Harbor.” The Heritage Center is featuring two historic exhibits this year:  “Boom Town to Ghost Town” and “Lost Resorts.” All invited.

In Thunder Bay, the Baggage Building Art Center at Prince Arthur’s Landing on the shores of Lake Superior, has opened an exhibit entitled “Duluth Youth Art Exhibition.” Duluth and Thunder Bay are Sister Cities.

Upcoming:

 The Grand Portage National Monument Rendezvous Days and Celebration Pow-Wow is next weekend in Grand Portage. It’s a grand event, with more than 100 re-enactors camping out on the Monument, games, demonstrations and more, as well as a three-day pow-wow at the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa’s pow-wow grounds.

The Tall Ship, The Mist of Avalon, will be in Grand Portage for the Rendezvous.

The Mist of Avalon" will visit the Monument during Rendezvous Days.

The Mist of Avalon” will visit the Monument during Rendezvous Days.

Stay tuned for details next week.

The Wood, Winds & Strings Concert on the Gunflint Trail is at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14 at Fire Station #1, about 26 miles up the Trail.  A reception follows in the adjacent A. Paul and Carol Schaap Community Center.  The music this year will be a mix of classical, jazz, and a newly composed piece by Bill Beckstrand, commissioned for this concert.  Bill’s piece is in honor of the Schaap’s wedding anniversary; it was commissioned by David and Patricia Coleman. Local musicians will perform. For reservations, call the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center (218-388-9915).  Ticket prices are $20/adult, $5/children to 18.  Children under 5 are have free admittance. Get your tickets now. This concert always sells out.

A Lake Superior cruise through fishermen’s eyes: Join the North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum on Tuesday, Aug. 16 for a cruise along Lake Superior’s shoreline narrated by Walter and Floyd Sve. The Sve family has commercially fished near Split Rock River since 1927.  See the shoreline through a fisherman’s eyes, hear about the hazards and storms, find the few remaining fish houses.  Arrive at the Silver Bay marina at 5 p.m. $50 per person, payable by cash or check. Reservations required; tickets are limited. Email your reservation to info@commercialfishingmuseum.org or call 218-663-7050 and leave a message.

Plein Air Grand Marais, a week-long outdoor painting competition and exhibition, will be held Sept. 9-17 this year.

Plein Air Grand Marais will be held Sept,

Plein Air Grand Marais will be held Sept, 9-17.

In the competition, 60 artists paint the inspiring landscapes of Cook County and exhibit their work at the Johnson Heritage Post. The opening reception is Sept. 16 at 5 p.m. The exhibit continues through Nov. 13.

In other art news:

 The Arrowhead Sketchers will meet at Hedstrom Lumber Co., this week. They will meet at 5:30 p.m. this Thursday in the parking lot on the west side of the Hedstrom office building. The Hedstrom Mill is located on the Gunflint Trail about 5 to 6 miles out of Grand Marais.

Layne Kennedy took this stunning photograph at the Hedstrom Mill recently. The Arrowhead Sketchers will meet there this week.

Layne Kennedy took this stunning photograph of a saw at Wayne Anderson’s sawmill recently. The Arrowhead Sketchers will meet at Hedstrom Mill  this week.

Free. Participants are invited to bring their sketchbooks and pens/paints/pencils and capture one of Cook County’s iconic, historical locations.

Neil Sherman has two paintings in “Sea to Sea,” a collection of works featuring the mountains, rivers, plains and forests at parks throughout the United States at the Groveland Art Gallery in Minneapolis.

"Bg Bend Country" by Neil Sherman.

“Bg Bend Country” by Neil Sherman, one of his paintings in the Groveland Gallery exhibit.

The exhibit opened in June and concludes Aug. 13.

Painter Misha Martin has new work at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.

"Birch Glade" by Micha Martin.

“Birch Glade” by Micha Martin.

Great Gifts of Lutsen is featuring leather ornaments by Darrell Hanson of Duluth, including a standing leather moose.

Leather moose by Darrell Hanson.

Leather moose by Darrell Hanson.

This week’s music schedule:

Thursday: Aug. 4:

Fisherman’s Picnic in Harbor Park

  • Joe Paulik , 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, 3-6 p.m
  • Street Dance with Heck Yeah Holler String Band, 7-10 p.m.

Other Music:

  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire. Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Earth, Wind & Todd, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 5
Fisherman’s Picnic in Harbor Park

  • Chris Mammenga, 11 a.m.
  • Axtell, 1 p.m.
  •  Spruce Roots, 3 p.m.
  • Street Dance with Plucked Up String Band, 7 p.m.

Other Music:

  • Jim McGowan, Cascade River State Park, 4 p.m.
  • Shoot from the Hipsters, Sydney’s Frozen Custard, 6 p.m.
  • J Squared and the Makers, Music by the Campfire, Eagle Ridge Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Flyodian Slip, Gun Flint Taern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, August 6:

Fisherman’s Picnic in Harbor Park:

  • Michael Monroe, 1 p.m.
  • Dat Dere Jazz  3 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Street Dance, 7 p.m.

Other Music:

  • Plucked Up String Band, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Billy Johnson, Papa Charlie’s Deck, 6:30 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Bluefin Gay, 7 p.m.
  • Mama’s Stolen Horses, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, 7 p.m., tickets michaelmonroemusic.com
  • Flyodian Slip, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 7

Fisherman’s Picnic in Harbor Park

  • Lake Effect, noon
  • Shriner’s Band, 2 p.m.
  • Bagpipers, 2:45

Also:

  • Gordon Thorne & Chris Gillis, Gunflint Tavern, 2 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Chris Gillis, Mogul’s Grille, 5 p.m.
  • Rod & Al, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 8:

  • Ben Kyle, Monday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 9

  • Brothers in Arms, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 10:

  • Timmy Haus, Moguls Grille, 5 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Bob Bingham, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Here are some of the wonderful photos we found this week:

Tettegouche State Park by Paul Sundberg.

Tettegouche State Park by Paul Sundberg.

 

Northern Lights by Steve Ortmann.

Northern Lights by Steve Ortmann.

 

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

 

"It picked up at daybreak" by David Johnson.

“It picked up at daybreak” by David Johnson.

 

James R. Barker makes a final stop at Taconite Harbor by Thomas Spence.

The James R. Barker makes a final stop at Taconite Harbor by Thomas Spence.

And last, but not least, this perfect shot for Fisherman’s Picnic weekend! Enjoy!

 

"A classic Minnesota Morning" by Layne Kennedy.

“A classic Minnesota Morning” by Layne Kennedy.

 

 

 

 

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Summer Theater & Ceramicists of Cook County

"A beautiful day in Grand Marais" by Travis Novitsky.

“A beautiful day in Grand Marais” by Travis Novitsky.

The fullness of summer has descended on Cook County, with balmy days, good fishing, wild blueberry feasts and lots of things to do and see.

Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux, Mayor of Grand Marais.

Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux, Mayor of Grand Marais.

One of the highlights of the season is the Grand Marais Playhouse‘s Summer Theatre Festival, and this year’s offerings are extra special.

In fact, Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux, the mayor of Grand Marais, has  declared July and August “Go to the Theater Months.”

In the proclamation, the mayor urges “all citizens to join in recognizing the contributions of the Grand Marais Playhouse to our region by attending both of the summer performances for its 45th season.”

The mayor has great advice.

 

summer theater festival

We’ve seen “The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy” and, on the basis of that experience, will definitely make a point of going to “Arsenic & Old Lace.”  “The Addams Family” is very funny, and musically and visually exciting. The entire cast is fantastic and includes several talented family groups: the Roths (Mike, Karina and Greta), the Henriksons (Robin, Amy & Jan Healy) and the Bragstads (John and Susan), as well as other talented community members. Mark Abrahamson plays an eccentric and hilarious Gomez Addams, and Karen Blackburn plays his “luscious” wife, Morticia. Soprano Erika Ternes plays Lurch, and clumps around the stage without saying much, except, at the very end, when she walks off the stage singing a perfect E Flat. Need more be said?

“The Addams Family” and “Arsenic & Old Lace” are in repertory Thursdays through Sundays at the Arrowhead Center of the Arts through Aug. 14, so there is plenty of time to catch the performances.  This week, “The Addams Family” is performed at 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday. “Arsenic & Old Lace” at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, see www.tix.com.

Also on Thursday, the next gathering of the Arrowhead Sketchers will be at Jeanne Hedstrom’s home, 817 W. 1st Street, Grand Marais, at 5:30 p.m. Bring whatever materials you’d like to sketch/paint with and join the fun. Open to everyone.

And on Friday, a creative exhibit developed by Grand Marais potter Bob LaMettry and Johnson Heritage Post director, Don Davison, opens at the Johnson Heritage Post. Entitled “Ceramics of Cook County,” the show features work by most, if not all, of the potters who live here — 17 in all. The work ranges from functional earthenware and stoneware to sculpture and decorative pieces.

Owls by Dan and Lee Ross.

Dan and Lee Ross will be exhibiting their owls as well as other pieces in the “Ceramics of Cooks County” exhibit which opens at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday.

Ceramic artists in the show include: Maggie Anderson, Nathan AndersonTara Block, Elaine Dean, Joan Farnam, John Franz, Jeanne Knight, Bob LaMettryDan and Lee RossMike Smieja, Natalie Sobanja, Bob Tamanaha, Kari Tarver, Ann Ward,  Melissa Wickwire and Peggy Little.

The opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. on Friday. Refreshments will be served, and Dat Dere Jazz will play. All invited.

On Saturday, the Cook County Farm & Craft Market, featuring lots of arts & crafts as well as baked goods (wood-fire artisan breads, for example) and produce in season. The Market is held in the Senior Center parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Also on Saturday, Nancy Haarmeyer and Penny Ortmann will give a demonstration of Suminigashi at 1 p.m. at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Making suminigashi will be demonstrated at the Art Colony on Saturday.

Suminigashi will be demonstrated at the Art Colony on Saturday.

Suminigashi or “floating ink” is the process of marbling plain paper with water and ink to transform it into something vibrant and colorful. The demo is free. All invited.

Then, Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen will hold a “Bronze Pour at Four,” a demonstration of bronze pouring at the studio at 4 p.m. The public is invited to see this exciting artistic process.

In Duluth, a solo exhibit by Martin DeWitt at the atrium at the Zeitgeist Cafe closes on Saturday. DeWitt is a painter who was the director at the Tweed Museum of Art for years.

 

Painting by Martin DeWitt.

Painting by Martin DeWitt.

DeWitt will be at the show on Friday evening around 5 p.m. and invites friends to join him.

On Sunday, Native American singer/songwriter Keith Secola will be at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth at 7 pm. The 4th annual Love Water Not Oil tour is a benefit for Honor the Earth. For more info, click here.

In Wrenshall, just outside the Duluth, the 13th annual Free Range Film Festival will be held on Friday and Saturday featuring a variety of alternative and quirky videos and films. For more info, see www.freerangefilm.com.

Upcoming:

 Fisherman’s Picnic in Grand Marais runs from Wednesday through Sunday next week. The weekend features events, lots of live music, contests, tournaments, food, craft fairs and the Friends of the Library’s annual Used Book Sale. Stay tuned for details next week. For the complete schedule, click here.

In other art news:

 Sivertson Gallery has a wall full of Liz Sivertson acrylic paintings.

Liz Sivertson has a great selection of acrylics at Sivertson Gallery.

Liz Sivertson has a great selection her work at Sivertson Gallery.

Betsy Bowen has just completed a new print.

"Sunset" by Betsy Bowen.

“Reflections” by Betsy Bowen.

Bowen and the gallery will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Bowen’s book,  “Antler, Bear, Canoe” Oct. 8. Stay tuned.

Painter Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens will do an independent residency next week at the Grand Marais Art Colony and will host an open studio on Saturday, Aug. 6.

Pete Juhl is one of the artists exhibiting at the Cross River Heritage Center.

"Wave in Red and Gray" by Peter Juhl.

“Wave in Red and Gray” by Peter Juhl.

Other artists include Kathy Gray-Anderson (photographs), David Hahn (watercolors) and Paula Sundet Wolf (acrylics and pastels.)

The Blue Moose is featuring a new artist, Mark Schnieder of Minneapolis, who uses Lake Superior rocks embedded in sand to create wall hangings.

Marty Harris’ solo exhibit at Tettegouche State Park is up through July 31.

"Sumac" by Marty Harris.

“Sumac” by Marty Harris.

 

Kah Nee Tah Gallery in Lutsen has watercolors by Peggy Thompson.

kah nee tah peggy thompson watercolor

Watercolor by Peggy Thompson.

 

Judy Hurd has a variety of jewelry at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen. She works with Red Creek jasper, agates, jade and silver beads.

Jewelry by Judy Hurd.

Jewelry by Judy Hurd.

Heidi Sobanja has new work at Betsy Bowen’s Studio & Galleries.

"Morning Sky," oil, by Heidi Sobanja.

“Morning Sky,” oil, by Heidi Sobanja.

And last, but not least, Drury Lane Books has arranged a selection of books addressing particular topics on the end caps of shelves, including one entitled: Books That Have Shaped America, inspired by a PBS program. Titles include “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” “Little Women,” “Silent Spring,” and “Catch 22,”  to name a few. The bookstore has also set up a collection of books about diversity.

Here’s the music for the weekend:

Thursday, July 28:

  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Frozen Britches, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, July 29:

  • Dat Dere Jazz, Johnson Heritage Post, 5-7 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Pete K, Papa Charlie’s Deck, 6 p.m.
  • Shoot from the Hipsters, Sydney’s Deck, 6 p.m.
  • Bug House, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Crazy Chester, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Jim Miller, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 30:

  • Eric Frost, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Bluefin Bay, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, 7 p.m. Rural Grand Marais, www.michaelmonroemusic.com
  • Pushing Chain, Lutsen Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • The SplinterTones, Grandma Ray’s, 7 p.m.
  • Axtell, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Crazy Chester, Gun Flint TAvern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 31:

  • The SplinterTones, Mogul’s Grille, 5 p.m.
  • Black River Revue, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 1:

  • Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Black River Revue, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 2:

  • Joe Paulik, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 3

  • Timmy Haus, Moguls Grille, 5 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Bob Bingham, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

And here is a selection of photographs we found this week.

Nace Hagemann posted this photo on his Facebook page this week. He said he was going through his files and realized he had never posted it last winter. He calls it “Bullseye.”

"Bullseye" by Nace Hagemann.

“Bullseye” by Nace Hagemann.

David Johnson was out shooting bald eagles and caught this eagle catching its dinner.

Photo by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.

Kjersti Vick found these emerging mushrooms the other day.

Photo by Kjersti Vick.

Photo by Kjersti Vick.

Vick also took this beauty.

"When it gets hot" by Kjersti Vick.

“When it gets hot” by Kjersti Vick.

We found some interesting images by Christian Dalbec this week. Here’s a selection.

"Morning Magic" by Christian Dalbec.

“Morning Magic” by Christian Dalbec.

And this one:

"Storm Coming" by Christian Dalbec.

“Storm Coming” by Christian Dalbec.

And this one:

"Heavy Thoughts" by Christian Dalbec.

“Heavy Thoughts” by Christian Dalbec.

Here are some quintessential Lake Superior photos.

Photo by Sandra Updyke.

Photo by Sandra Updyke.

 

Lake Superior by Kristopher Bowman.

Lake Superior by Kristopher Bowman.

The inland lakes are beautiful, too.

"Morning Mist, Crescent Lake" by Chuck Shingledecker.

“Morning Mist, Crescent Lake” by Chuck Shingledecker.

 

And this great capture, by Erin Altemus.

Moose and calf on McFarland Lake by Erin Altemus.

Moose and calf on McFarland Lake by Erin Altemus.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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