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An Artful Weekend: Arts Festival, Authors & Paints

Photo by Mike Chrun.

Cascade River falls by  Mike Chrun.

This is the weekend artists and art lovers look forward to every year — the Grand Marais Arts Festival, which features 80 artists exhibiting their colorful and creative work in tents along the shore in downtown Grand Marais. The festival runs from Saturday at 9 a.m. through Sunday at 4 p.m.

The Grand Marais Arts Festival in downtown Grand Marais features 70 local and regional artists this year as well as An Artful Evening, a fundraiser for the Art Colony, featuring tasty local cuisine, beverages and live music in Harbor Park on Saturday night. Tickets are still available. Call 387-2737 for more info.

The Grand Marais Arts Festival in downtown Grand Marais features 70 local and regional artists this year as well as An Artful Evening, a fundraiser for the Art Colony, featuring tasty local cuisine, beverages and live music in Harbor Park on Saturday night. Tickets are still available. Call 387-2737 for more info.

Paintings, pottery, photography, weaving, metalwork, jewelry, multi-media works. sculpture, prints and more are featured in this outstanding festival, which brought in an estimated 15,000 visitors last year.

Artist booths are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Art Colony has also organized a wide variety of fun art activities during the event, including lots of activities for kids in the Art Colony’s booth including an art-making table, screen printing T-shirts and more. And David Hahn will be there to draw your portrait.

And, new this year, the Art Colony will host “An Artful Evening,” a fundraiser for the Art Colony in Harbor Park from 5-7 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature tempting food from local restaurants, craft beer and wine and live music, as well as a silent auction. Tickets are still available. Call 387-2737 or click here.

Other fun activities include Mila Horak’s Paint-by-Number Mural Project in Harbor Park. Horak has developed a design for another mural to be installed on the outside wall of Birchbark Books & Gifts  and everyone is invited to come paint it. Horak will set up a tent in Harbor Park and everyone is invited to come paint a number or two. Free.

This mural on an outside wall at Birchbark Books & Gifts was the Paint-by-Number Mural project last year.

This mural on an outside wall at Birchbark Books & Gifts was the Paint-by-Number Mural project last year. Mila Horak has designed another mural for this year, and people are invited to come and paint it during the Arts Festival.

Other events during the Arts Festival include the Clothesline Art Sale, a Scratch Block Aluminum Pour by Greg Mueller, Making Textured Prints and paper-making, as well as interviews with the artists on WTIP Community Radio on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.  For the complete schedule, click here.

Meanwhile, there are lots of other fun things to do this weekend, too.

North House Folk School will have two instructors in residence this weekend who will be doing demonstrations from Thursday through Sunday and teaching a mini-course on Saturday. The instructors are Allen Holzhueter, who will be showing and teaching spinning and knitting techniques, and Carla Hall, who will be in the blacksmith shop doing demos all weekend. Her mini-class will be on forging a hook.

Carla

Blacksmith instructor will be at North House this weekend, doing demos and offering a mini course on Saturday.

For more info, call 387-9762. And on Friday, the Youth Series at North House continues. On July 13, the course will be Making Ice Cream.

There will be a Raku Firing at the Maker’s Market on Thursday from 5-8 p.m.,weather permitting.

There will be a raku firing at the Maker's Market on Thursday.

There will be a raku firing at the Maker’s Market on Thursday.

Participants can purchase a tea bowl, glaze it and then watch as its fired in a raku kiln. The Maker’s Market is located in the alley next to the Beaver House in Downtown Grand Marais. All invited.

Also on Friday, author Kim Woodward Osterholzer, will discuss her recent book, “Midwife in Amish Country,” at the Grand Marais Public Library at 3:30 p.m.

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Author Kim Woodward Osterholzer will give a presentation at the Grand Marais Public Library at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Osterholzer’s book is a memoir of her experience as a midwife who’s caught over 500 babies since 1993, and in her presentation, she recounts her lively, entertaining, and life-changing adventures learning the heart and art and craft of midwifery. The event is free and open to the public.

Continuing the book theme, author and adventurer Lonnie Dupre and author Jack Blackwell will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night. Dupre will discuss his recent book. “Alone at the Top: Climbing Denali in the Dead of Winter.” Blackwell has written a book about his grandfather Alec Boostrom entitled “Boundary Waters Boy.” Blackwell will bring Sawbill Outfitter’s Bill Hansen into the studio with him, as Hansen knew Boostrom, too. It should be an interesting discussion. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. on Friday.

To cap off the authors/books being highlighted this weekend, Bart Sutter, former Duluth Poet Laureate, musician and author, will be featured at a Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books at 7 p.m. on Saturday. He will discuss his latest book “Nordic Accordion: Poems in a Scandinavian Mood.”

Author Bart Sutter will be at Drury Lane Books at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Author Bart Sutter will be at Drury Lane Books to talk about his latest book  at 7 p.m. Saturday.

In “Nordic Accordion” Sutter fulfills the covenant he made with his elders long ago—to dramatize, critique, and honor their struggles, their culture, their peculiar ways. The book explores the experience of Scandinavian immigrants, their ancestors, and their descendants. At the heart of the book lies a cycle of dramatic monologues by old women about their half-pagan younger years as cowherders in the mountain pasture camps of Sweden. “This,” says David Ray of Sutter’s work, “is poetic storytelling at its best.” The event is free. All invited.

Also this weekend, the Cook County Market continues in the Senior Center’s parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The Market features a great selection of arts and crafts by local artisans as well as produce from Round River Farm in Finland.

And the 8th annual Caribou Highlands Hopped Up Beer Festival is this weekend, featuring craft beer, live music and more.

Also on Saturday, juggler Sean Emery will be at the Grand Marais Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Emery is an eccentric and talented entertainer, wowing the crowd with jaw-dropping juggling stunts that will have you asking yourself how did he do that??! Show length is 45 min. This program is suitable for all ages.

Exhibits:

 This is the last weekend to see Through Our Hands V: Sun, Moon Stars, featuring a wide variety of beautiful work by the Northwoods Fiber Quild. The exhibit is at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Beth Blank's "Child's Nap Quilt" is one of the pieces exhibited at the Northwood Fiber Guild's show at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Beth Blank’s “Child’s Nap Quilt” is one of the pieces exhibited at the Northwood Fiber Guild’s show at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Fiber Guild members will be giving demonstrations on the lawn outside the Heritage Post on Saturday, during the Grand Marais Arts Festival. Their work is available for purchase in the Heritage Post’s gift shop.

Three new art exhibits open at the Duluth Art Institute on Thursday night and continue through August. The exhibits include “Chholing Taha: Every Spirit Tells a Story,” Payton MacDonald’s “Sonic Divide: States,” and  Jonathan Thunder’s “Suspension of Belief.

"River Spirit" by Chholing Taha, is one of the works on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

“River Spirit” by Chholing Taha, is one of the works on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

Payton MacDonald’s work, “Sonic Divide: States” is a film features which 30 comissioned scores from 30 different composers performed during MacDonald’s mountain bike journey along the Great Divide. Each musical work was scored specifically for his voice or found percussion instruments, like logs, rocks, or the bicycle itself. The exhibit includes four paintings by Duluth painter Kenneth D. Johnson, which accompany the film.

The Tweed Museum of Art continues its exhibit: In Solidarity: Revolutionary Women of Print.

La Frontera, 1996, lithograph, by Sue Coe, is on exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

La Frontera, 1996, lithograph, by Sue Coe, is on exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery‘s exhibit.  “Uprising: The Power of Mother Earth,” a retrospective of Christi Belcourt’s work, including her collaboration with Isaac Murdoch, continues through the summer.

"Revolution of Love" by Christi Belcourt is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

“Revolution of Love” by Christi Belcourt is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

The exhibit is spectacular and worth a trip to Thunder Bay to see it. The exhibit continues through Nov. 25.

Upcoming:

The Grand Marais Playhouse‘s Summer Theatre Festival opens next Thursday, July 19, with the musical “Shreck.” It plays in repertory with the award-winning comedy, “Mom’s Gift.”  Stay tuned for details.

Belvo/Cushmore: Paintings & Drawings 2018, an exhibit of work by Hazel Belvo and Marcia Cushmore, opens at the Johnson Heritage Post with a reception on Friday, July 20, from 5-7 p.m.

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‘Old Norway,” acrylic, by Marcia Cushmore. The painting is part of the exhibit that opens July 20 at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The exhibit continues through Aug. 12.

The West End Garden Club’s annual flower show will be next Saturday, July 21, at the Birch Grove Community Center featuring unique floral displays created by garden club members. The flower show is from 1-5 p.m. and features refreshments. Free. All invited.

The Stars of the North Music Festival, a collection of area and regional musicians coming out to support the Youth Music Program will be in Harbor Park July 27-29. Stay tuned for details.

Music:

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, July 12:

  • Frozen Britches, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 6:30 p.m.
  • Ladies Music Club, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, July 13:
  • Harbor & Home, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Minnesota Mice, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Gene Lafond & Amy Grillo, Eagle Ridge Resort, 8 p.m.
  • Josh Cleveland and the Cedar Street Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Caribou Highlands, 8 p.m.
  • The Millers, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 14:

  • Chris Gillis & Thomas Stamps, Fundraiser for Arrowhead Animal Rescue, Wunderbar, 4-8 p.m.
  • Cherry Dirt, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • J Squared and the Makers, Papa Charlie’s, 6 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe- Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m., reservations at www.michaelmonroemusic.com
  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Lutsen Resort, 8 p.m.
  • Big Wave Dave & the Ripples, Caribou Highlands, 8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:00 p.m.
  • Josh Cleveland and the Cedar Street Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Sunday, July 15:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Black River Revue, North Shore Wintery, 3 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Skyport Lodge, 4 p.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.

Monday, July 16:

  • Open Mic Night, Grandma Ray’s, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • Shane Martin, Bluefin Bay, 9 p.m.

Tuesday, July 17:

  • Bug Dope, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 18:

  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Bay, 9 p.m.

Photographs:

We found some great photos this week. Here’s a selection:

First, wildlife:

Loon Family by Paul Sundberg.

Loon Family by Paul Sundberg.

 

Photo by Nace Hagemann.

A moose in the morning. Photo by Nace Hagemann.

Flowers:

Rose by Michele Miller.

Rose by Michele Miller.

 

A birch tree:

Birch by Rose Arrowsmith-Decoux.

Birch by Rose Arrowsmith-Decoux.

Rainbows:

Double rainbow in fog by Greg Fangel.

Double rainbow in fog by Greg Fangel.

 

Rainbow sunset by Wendy Bergljot Larson.

Rainbow sunset by Wendy Bergljot Larson.

Lightning:

Mother Nature's fireworks by Kathy Vanderwall.

Mother Nature’s fireworks by Kathy Vanderwall.

 

Here comes the storm by Travis Novitsky.

Here comes the storm by Travis Novitsky.

Cloudscapes:

Something nasty coming this way by Ann Bowman.

Something nasty coming this way by Ann Bowman.

 

Morning blanket by Christian Dalbec.

Morning blanket by Christian Dalbec.

 

Artist Point in-between the rain by Anthony Kosobud.

Artist Point in-between the rain by Anthony Kosobud.

Waterfalls:

High Falls at Grand Portage by Mike Chrun.

High Falls at Grand Portage by Mike Chrun.

 

Durfee Creek by Ben Cooper.

Durfee Creek by Ben Cooper.

 

Beaver River by Gary Schmies.

Beaver River by Gary Schmies.

 

Arrow River Falls by Travis Notisky.

Arrow River Falls by Travis Notisky.

Lake Superior:

Cool, clean water by Trish Francis.

Cool, clean water by Trish Francis.

 

Lake Superior Showing Its Heart by Maria Isley.

Lake Superior Showing Its Heart by Maria Isley.

 

And finally, this:

Photo by Ali McDonald.

Photo by Ali McDonald.

Have a great weekend, everyone! Enjoy the art and artists!

 

 

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The North Shore in Summer

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A perfect moment in summer: A young boy skipping rocks on the harbor as the good ship Hjordis sails by.  Photo  by Molly Hicken.

Summer is totally here. This weekend, look for the the Hovland Arts Festival, the Book Arts Weekend at the Grand Marais Art Colony, Artist Talks, mini classes at North House Folk School and the Art Colony, art openings, arts & crafts markets and lots of places to hear music. Next weekend, the huge Grand Marais Arts Festival in downtown Grand Marais will be held July 14-15. Good times!

We start with the Book Arts Weekend at the Grand Marais Art Colony where a wide variety of classes are being offered in this historic art form.

Book Arts Weekend will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony July 5-7, including a tour of a bookbinding studio in Cook County.

Book Arts Weekend will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony July 5-7, including a tour of a bookbinding studio in Cook County.

There are still openings in a few of the classes, including the Bookbinding Studio Tour with Conservation Bookbinder Scott Husby in Hovland on Saturday at 7 p.m. For more info and to register, click here or call 387-2737.

The bookbinding theme for this weekend continues at North House Folk School where bookbinder Skyler Hawkins will be doing demonstrations on the campus Thursday through Sunday as well as holding a mini-class on Saturday.

Also, July is Youth Series Month at North House, where a different course will be offered to children from 9-14 on Friday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. This week, they will learned how to make folded paper boxes. The class is $15. For more info and to register, call North House at 387-2737.

Tettegouche State Park will open “Un Petit Monde: A Solo Photographic Exhibition by Kurt Moses” with a reception from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Great Hall on Friday, July 6.

From Kurt Moses' "North Shore Collection. His exhibit opens in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park with a reception from 7-8:30 p.m. on Friday.

From Kurt Moses’ “North Shore Collection. His exhibit opens in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park with a reception from 7-8:30 p.m. on Friday.

Photographer Kurt Moses uses miniature model figures the size of a penny, and photographs them on location in real-world environments. “My goal is to capture a whimsical, evocative photo which initiates a storyline and allows the viewer to draw their own conclusion,” he says. Moses is a Minnesota native and a professional photographer with a graphic design background, He is the creative mind behind the project. His wife, Edwige, comes from the tiny French island of St Martin. The husband and wife team started this fine art photography project called Un Petit Monde (a small world) in 2010. They live on the road full-time and volunteer in State and National Parks across the country. The exhibit continues throughout July.

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery opens its July exhibits with a Gala Opening Reception from 7-10 p.m. (EDT) on Friday. The event celebrates the 30th anniversary of the member-run gallery and features the Members Exhibition as well as an interdisciplinary installation by internationally acclaimed artist Ann Hamilton.

The Event of a Threat-Creators Project by Ann Hamilton.

The Event of a Threat-Creators Project by Ann Hamilton.

The opening receptions at DefSup are always a huge community affair in Thunder Bay and include music, food and a great selection of art. Highly recommended. The exhibit continues through July.

On Saturday, look for the Cook County Market in the Senior Center parking lot in Grand Marais, which opens at 9 a.m. featuring a wide variety of arts and crafts from Cook County residents. Work in clay, metal, wood, fiber as well as jewelry and stones are exhibited here. Produce from Round River Farm is available at 10 a.m. The weekly Market is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Hovland Arts Festival is on for this weekend, too. One of the highlights of the Cook County summer season, the Hovland Arts Festival is held at the Hovland Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The festival features talented local artisan/crafters and local musicians along with other folks from the surrounding area, including neighbors from across the border in Thunder Bay.

The Hovland Arts Festival is this weekend.

The festival is a family-friendly event, and includes great live music, food and a playground for the kids. Here’s the music schedule for the festival:

Saturday music: 10 – 11:30 p.m. Jim McGowan, 12-1:15 p.m. Joe Paulik, 1:30 -3 p.m. Briand Morrison & Roxann Berglund

Sunday music:  10:30 – 12:30 p.m. Bump Blomberg, 1:00 – 3 pm. Axtel

Everyone is invited to this fun event. Free.

Andy Ness, the Print Studio Intern at the Grand Marais Art Colony, will be very busy this week. On Saturday, Ness will give an Artist Talk about his work from noon to 1 p.m. in the Print Studio.

Artwork by Andy Ness. Ness will give an Artist Talk at the Grand Marais Art Colony from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday in the Print Studio.

Artwork by Andy Ness. Ness will give an Artist Talk at the Grand Marais Art Colony from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday in the Print Studio.

Ness received his BFA in sculpture from Pratt Institute and his MFA from RISD. He has participated in both group and solo shows in New York City, England, and Italy. Participants will learn about his wide-ranging artistic endeavors. Free. All invited, but come early — space is limited.

On Sunday, Ness will teach a mini-class at the Art Colony entitled “Printmaking Outdoors: Solar Prints and Drain Covers” from 9-11 a.m. The cost is $15. For more info and to register, call 387-2737.

And then on Tuesday, July 10, Ness will give an Artist Talk about the art of Paul Thek, an American sculptor who was one of the first artists to create environments or installations.

Sculpture by Paul Thek. Andy Ness will give an Artist Talk about Thek's work from noon to 1 p.m. at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Sculpture by Paul Thek. Andy Ness will give an Artist Talk about Thek’s work from noon to 1 p.m. at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

The Artist Talk is free. All invited.

Also this weekend, the Johnson Heritage Post will host author Jennifer Case, who will give a presentation on her research into her family’s ownership of the former Sawbill Lodge at 4 p.m. on Saturday. She is the author of “Sawbill: A Search for Place.”

Sawbill Lodge was built in the 1930s on Sawbill Lake, where the campground and canoe launch near Sawbill Outfitters currently are. The Lodge was removed in the early 1980s and the cabins were demolished. Solbakken Lodge ended up buying the lodge structure and moving it to their site on Lake Superior, where it still exists. The presentation is free. All invited.

And, on Wednesday, Boreal Corps will hold “Letters on the Library Lawn, ” a children’s public health writing kiosk, at the Grand Marais Public Library from 2:30 to 8 p.m.  BorealCorps is a Cook County children’s story scouts club for all ages able to write, up to 16, seeking to improve and protect public health, civic life and the Northwoods environment by writing letters, creating newspapers, and making activist art. Free.

Exhibits:

The Northwoods Fiber Guild exhibit, “Through Our Hands V: Sun, Moon, Stars” continues at the Johnson Heritage Post with a wide selection of works by local artisans including weaving, felting, quilting, knitting, paper art, multi-media works and more.

Beth Blank's "Child's Nap Quilt" is one of the pieces exhibited at the Northwood Fiber Guild's show at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Beth Blank’s “Child’s Nap Quilt” is one of the pieces exhibited at the Northwood Fiber Guild’s show at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The Johnson Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday as well as Monday, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. It is closed on Tuesdays.

The Duluth Art Institute continues the exhibit  Niiyo-wiij-anishinaabe (Four Friends), works by Carl Gowboy, George Morrison and Joe Geshick.

This painting by Carl Gawboy is at the Duluth Art Institute.

This painting by Carl Gawboy is at the Duluth Art Institute.

Niiyo-wiij-anishinaabe (Four Friends) celebrates the individual’s journey including the viewer, the fourth friend. The exhibit continues through July 24.

The Tweed Museum of Art is featuring a number of exhibits, including this work by Grant Wood.

Lithograph on paper by Grant Wood is at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Lithograph on paper by Grant Wood is at the Tweed Museum of Art.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallerys spectacular exhibit, “Uprising: The Power of Mother Earth: A retrospective of Christi Belcourt with Isaac Murdoch” continues.

"What the Sturgeon Told Me," by Christi Belcourt, is one of the paintings at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

“What the Sturgeon Told Me,” by Christi Belcourt, is one of the paintings at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Spanning more than 25 years of art-making, the exhibition of about 35 works celebrates Belcourt’s many inspirational, artistic, and collective achievements. The exhibit also features Murdoch’s art whose iconic images, including Thunderbird woman, has been become an international symbol of the Indigenous resistance movement against resource extraction.

Upcoming

 The Grand Marais Arts Festival is next weekend, July 14-15, in downtown Grand Marais. More than 70 local and regional artists are featured in this great show, which includes art-making activities, demonstrations and more.

The Grand Marais Arts Festival is next weekend, July 14-15.

The Grand Marais Arts Festival is next weekend, July 14-15.

Also during the Arts Festival, the Art Colony will hold “An Artful Evening on the Harbor,” a fundraiser event for the Art Colony. The event will be held in Harbor Park on Friday, July 14, and will feature food, beverages, and live music, as well as live and silent auctions.

This painting by Hazel Belvo will be offered at auction during the Grand Marais Art Colony's "Artful Evening" next Friday.

This painting by Hazel Belvo will be offered at auction during the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s “Artful Evening” next Friday.

Tickets to the Artful Evening are limited, although some may be available at the door. For more info, click here.

Artist News:

And finally, a little note: Jim Sannerud took sculptor Greg Mueller‘s chair-making class last week. This is what he built… he calls it “High Chair.”

Jim Sannerud and his "High Chair," which was briefly on display outside the Art Colony until he took it home.

Jim Sannerud and his “High Chair,” which was briefly on display outside the Art Colony until he took it home.

Here’s the music for the week;

Thursday, July 5:

  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Wintery, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 6:30 p.m.
  • Wunderdogs, Wunderbar,  7 p.m.
  • Ma’iingan Duo, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Shaky Ground, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Friday, July 6;

  • Gene Lafond and Amy Grillo, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Kilborn Quartet + Boats and Bridges, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • The Yellow-Bellied Sap Suckers, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • The Thirsty River, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 7:

  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Birch Terrace, 3 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Cascade Lodge Pub,  6 p.m.
  • Dave Cofell, Voyageur Brewing Co., 6 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Music on the Deck, Papa Charlie’s, 6:30 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, 7 p.m., rural Grand Marais, www.michaelmonroemusic.com
  • Pushing Chain, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • The Thirsty River, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Average Mammals, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Circuit Breakers, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 8:

  • Dave Cofell, Wunderbar, 11 a.m.
  • Spruce Roots, North Shore Wintery, 3 p.m.
  • Virgil Cain Band, Skyport Lodge, 4 p.m.
  • Ocelot Wizard, Gunf Flint Tavern, 7:30 p..

Monday, July 9:

  • Ocelot Wizard, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
  • Courtney Yasmineh, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Bug Lite, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Tuesday, July 10:

  • Ocelot Wizard, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 11:

  • Old Sap, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.

We are so grateful for our photographers that capture these beautiful images of the North Shore. Here’s our selection for the week — let’s start with wildlife.

Pileated woodpecker with its young by Travis Novitsky.

Pileated woodpecker with its young by Travis Novitsky.

Maybe these two don’t quite qualify as wild …

 

Thelma and Louis waiting for breakfast by Vicki Biggs-Anderson.

Thelma and Louis waiting for breakfast by Vicki Biggs-Anderson.

Look at this youngster’s huge feet!

Loon Family by Paul Sundberg.

Loon Family by Paul Sundberg.

 

Bull Moose by David Johnson.

Bull Moose by David Johnson.

 

 A lucky shot by Erick Johnson.

A morning drink by Erick Johnson.

 

Here are some “flowerscapes.”

"Birthday Bliss" by Shawna Willis.

“Birthday Bliss” by Shawna Willis.

 

Showy Lady Slipper by Paul Pluskwik.

Showy Lady Slipper by Paul Pluskwik.

And we found some beautiful landscapes:

Out chasing the storm this morning by David Johnson.

Out chasing the storm this morning by David Johnson.

 

Clouds and blue sky by Kristofer Bowman.

Clouds and blue sky by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Full Strawberry Moon over Lake Superior by Bryan Hansel.

Full Strawberry Moon over Lake Superior by Bryan Hansel.

 

Golden Fog by David Johnson.

Golden Fog by David Johnson.

 

Wildlife Sanctuary at Devil Track.

Wildflower Sanctuary at Devil Track.

 

Harbor Light by Mark Tessier.

Harbor Light by Mark Tessier.

 

Split Rock and the Wave by Christian Dalbec.

Split Rock and the Wave by Christian Dalbec.

Here are a few local event photos that might be of interest.

This schooner arrived in the Grand Marais Harbor, a visitor for North House Folk School's Wooden Boat Show. David Johnson took the photo, but it looks like it was taken in 1908, doesn't it? Enjoy!

This schooner arrived in the Grand Marais Harbor, a visitor for North House Folk School‘s Wooden Boat Show. David Johnson took the photo, but it looks like it was taken in 1908, doesn’t it? Enjoy!

 

4th of July in Tofte by Thomas Spence.

4th of July in Tofte by Thomas Spence.

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Poetry, A Full Moon & Lupines

'Tis the season. Lupines at the edge of our woods by Judi Barsness.

‘Tis the season. Lupines bloom at the edge of the woods by Judi Barsness.

Summer continues in Cook County this week, with poetry, Artist Talks, music and some great art exhibits, not to mention fireworks and July 4th celebrations throughout the county.

Up front and center are two events at Drury Lane Books- a Full Moon Reading with Amy Schmidt  from 8-9 p.m. on Thursday and a Writer’s Salon with Margo Galt from 7-8 p.m. on Saturday.

Poet and musician Amy Schmidt will give a Full Moon Reading at Drury Lane Books from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, June 28.

Poet and musician Amy Schmidt will give a Full Moon Reading at Drury Lane Books from 8-9  p.m. Thursday, June 28 and poet Margot Galt will read from her work at a Writer’s Salon from 7-8 p.m. Saturday.

Schmidt is a talented and published poet as well as a musician. She lives with her family in Hovland and will be reading from her work by the bonfire at Drury Lane Books as the moon rises over Lake Superior.

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Amy Schmidt will read at a Full Moon Reading by the campfire at Drury Lane Books from 8-9 p.m. Thursday.

 

 To listen to an interview on WTIP Community Radio by Jay Andersen with Amy about her work, click here. The public is invited to the Full Moon Reading by the bonfire. Free.

Margot Galt, author of “The Heart Beat of Wings” will read from her chapbook at a Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books from 7-8 p.m. Saturday. Galt is also the author of “Turning the Feather Around: My Life in Art,”  her 1998 biography of George Morrison, Minnesota’s premier Ojibwe artist. Margot spent years as a Minnesota writer-in-the-schools, traveling the state in all weather to inspire young people to write.

Margot Galt will be featured in a Writer's Salon at Drury Lane Books from 7-8 p.m. Saturday.

Margot Galt will be featured in a Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books from 7-8 p.m. Saturday.

Galt has also taught writing at the University of Minnesota, Hamline University, and Metro State. She lives in St. Paul. The Writer’s Salon is free and open to the public.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will feature two Artist Talks this weekend, too.

On Friday, sculpture artist Greg Mueller will present images of his work and discuss recent projects that have come to fruition through the collaborative effort of diverse players at an Artist Talk at the Cook County Higher Education at 7 p.m. Friday.

Sculptor Greg Mueller will give an Artist Talk at the Grand Marais Art Colony from

Sculptor Greg Mueller will give an Artist Talk at Cook County Higher Educationy at 7 p.m. Friday. Free. All invited.

Note that painter Kami Mendlik, who was originally scheduled to be a part of this event, is not able to be present.

And then on Saturday, Andy Ness, who is the summer intern in the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Print Studio, will give an Artist Talk from noon to 1 p.m.

Andy Ness will give an Artist Talk from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Andy Ness will give an Artist Talk from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

The title of his talk, “Artists Who Explore Memory” will include a presentation and a discussion of artist who explore memory, including Louise Bourgeois and Christian Boltanski. The event is free and open to the public, although space is limited, so come early.

Other events of note this weekend is an Artist Reception and Talk at North Shore Health for its inaugural art exhibit on Friday, June 29 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the North Shore Health Front Lobby and Multi-purpose Room. The two artists currently being displayed are the late painter Ade Toftey and photographer Lynn Anderson. Anderson will speak about her photography and Ade’s daughter, Susan Hildebrand will speak about her father’s art. All invited.

Musician Jim McGowan will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday to talk about his music and play a few songs. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m

And the Cook County Market will be held in the Senior Center parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, featuring a variety of work by local artists and artisans in wood, clay, rock, wool, metal and glass as well as baked goods and produce from Round River Farm in Finland. This week, jazz musician Fred Anderson will play at 10 a.m.

Potter Cheryl Syrett makes these keepsakes.

Cheryl Syrett’s Northwoods ornaments are at the Cook County Market.

And, to top off the week, July 4th celebrations will be held throughout the county, including the July 4th Celebration in downtown Tofte, which includes live music with  Cook County’s Most Wanted, activities, booths and a parade at 1 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled in Tofte, Grand Marais and Grand Portage around 10 p.m. on Wednesday.

And here’s a newbie: The Johnson Heritage Post has installed a blow-up of a historic photo by Maude Small Toftey in front of the gallery for the public to enjoy. It’s also a great place to take a memory photo.

Maude Small Toftey took this photo years ago. The Johnson Heritage Post has installed a blow-up of the great image on its front lawn this summer as a photo-op and eye-catcher.

Maude Small Toftey took this photo years ago. The Johnson Heritage Post has installed a blow-up of the great image on its front lawn this summer as a photo-op for visitors and eye-catcher.

In Duluth, the Duluth Art Institute will hold an opening reception for “Niiyo-wiij-anishinaabeg” in the Great Hall at the Depot on Friday from 5-9 p.m. The exhibit, a collaboration between the Duluth Art Institute and the St. Louis County Historical Society, will showcase more than 50 pivotal works by three prolific artists: Carl Gawboy, George Morrison and Joe Geshick. Each artist has had a profound impact on contemporary art and  has a unique voice that celebrates Anishinaabe life.

This drawing by George Morrison is on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

This drawing by George Morrison is one of the works on  exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

This painting is among the works of Carl Gawboy on exhibit at the DAI.

This painting is among the works of Carl Gawboy on exhibit at the DAI.

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The work is by Joe Geshick and is part of the Niiyo-wiij-anishinaabeg” exhibit at the Depot in Duluth.

The exhibit continues through July 24.

The opening of this exhibit will be held in conjunction with the Duluth Art Walk, which will be held from 4-8 p.m. in galleries in downtown Duluth.

The Downtown Arts Walk in Duluth will be from 4-8 p.m. on Friday and includes special exhibits, music and more at a variety of galleries in downtown Duluth.

The Downtown Arts Walk in Duluth will be from 4-8 p.m. on Friday and includes special exhibits, music and more at a variety of galleries in downtown Duluth.

The event is organized by the Downtown Duluth Arts Collective, a group of committed colleagues, representing over 25 arts businesses & groups, individual artist studios and cultural centers in the downtown neighborhood.  Participating galleries include the Joseph Nease Gallery, Lizzard’s Gallery, Ryan Tischer Photography, Zeitgiest Arts Cafe and AICHO gallery, just to name a few.  For more info about the Arts Walk, click here.

Exhibits:

 The exhibit, “Through Our Hands V: Sun, Moon, Stars,” featuring a wide variety of work by members of the Northwoods Fiber Quild, continues at the Johnson Heritage Post.

"Nature in Turmoil" by Max Linehan, is one of the works at the "Through Our Hands V" exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

“Nature in Turmoil” by Max Linehan, is one of the works at the “Through Our Hands V” exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The exhibit, which features everything from beading to stained glass, felted sculptures, knitting, quilting, fiber paintings  — in short, any art form using fibers, continues through the Grand Marais Arts Festival, July 15.  The Heritage Post is closed on Tuesdays. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and Mondays and from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays.

This is the last weekend to see the Peregrine Falcon Exhibit at Tettegouche State Park. The exhibit, which features work by a number of different artists who have previously shown their work in the Great Hall, is a celebration of the 30-year successful effort to save the falcon from extinction.

Peregrine Falcon by Deborah Kirkeeide is one of the works in the exhibit at Tettegouche State Park.

Peregrine Falcon by Deborah Kirkeeide is one of the works in the exhibit at Tettegouche State Park.

In Two Harbors, Wood-fired potter Dick Cooter and Handweaver Debbie Cooter are exhibiting their work at the Cedar Coffee House.

Dick and Debbie Cooter have their work at the Cedar Coffee House this month.

Dick and Debbie Cooter have their work at the Cedar Coffee House this month.

  • There are several exhibits at the Tweed Museum of Art, including “In Solidarity: Women of Print.”
This print by Yreina Cervantz entitled "Majur de Much Enagua Pa Ti Xicana" is at the Tweed Museum of Art in the In Solidarity: Women of Print exhibit.

This print by Yreina Cervantz entitled “Majur de Much Enagua Pa Ti Xicana” is at the Tweed Museum of Art.

In Thunder Bay, the exhibit “Uprising: The Power of Mother Earth: Christi Belcourt — A Retrospective with Isaac Murdoch” opened to accolades at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

"New Beginnings", Christi Belcourt and Isaac Murdoch, is one of the works at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

“New Beginnings”, Christi Belcourt and Isaac Murdoch, is one of the works at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

“Uprising” continues at the gallery through Nov. 25.

Upcoming:

The Hovland Arts Festival will be held July 7-8 in the Hovland Town Hall this year, featuring a wide variety of work by local artisans and artists.

The Hovland Arts Festival is next weekend, July 7-8.

The Hovland Arts Festival is next weekend, July 7-8.

The festival also features live music and refreshments. Musicians include Jim McGowan, Joe Paulik, Brian Morrison and Roxann Berglund, Boyd Blomberg and Axtell. Stay tuned for details.

Also that weekend, the Grand Marais Art Colony will host “Book Arts Weekend” featuring a variety of workshops and classes as well as a tour of a Book Binding Studio.

Book Arts Weekend will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony July 5-7, including a tour of a bookbinding studio in Cook County.

Book Arts Weekend will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony July 5-7, including a tour of a bookbinding studio in Cook County.

The classes include a variety of ways to bind books (click here for classes.)

Also, Scott Husby will host a Bookbinding Studio Tour on July 7. Husby has been conservation bookbinder since the 1970s, and has worked at the Library of Congress, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Smithsonian, and also served as the rare books conservator for Princeton University. Participants will have the chance to visit Scott’s hand bookbindery and learn about his more than 40-year career.

Scott Husby will give a tour of his bookbinding studio during the Book Arts Weekend at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Scott Husby will give a tour of his bookbinding studio during the Book Arts Weekend at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

 

Husby will showcase the tools, equipment, and materials used in making hand-bound books as well as an assortment of historical bookbinding models. To sign up, click here.

And finally, the Grand Marais Art Colony has introduced a new component the Grand Marais Arts Festival, which will be held in downtown Grand Marais July 14-15.

An Artful Evening, a fundraiser for the Grand Marais Art Colony, will be held during the Grand Marais Arts Festival.

An Artful Evening, a fundraiser for the Grand Marais Art Colony, will be held during the Grand Marais Arts Festival.

Entitled An Artful Evening, the fundraising event will be held in Harbor Park from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, July 14 and features live music, an artful auction, the Taste of Cook County food and beverages and more. For tickets, click here.

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, June 28:

  • Frozen Britches, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Lutsen Resort, 6:30 p..
  • Eric Frost, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
  • Don Juan Trio, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.

Friday, June 29:

  • Josh Cleveland, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Dead Larry, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m
  • KutDown, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Birch Terrace, 5-9 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 20:

  • Jim McGowan, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gene Lafond and Amy Grillo, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Dead Larry, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Woodblind, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 1:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Boyd Blomberg, Wunderbar, 11 a.m.
  • Black River Revue, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Skyport Lodge, 4 p.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, July 2:

  • Open Mic, Grandma Ray’s, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Bluefin Bay, 9 p.m.

Tuesday, July 3:

  • Mysterious Ways, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, July 4:

  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Tofte 4th of July celebration, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Jam Session, Gun Flint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Bay, 9 p.m.

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

As usual, let’s start with wildlife.

"Can you hear this picture? by Name Hagemann.

“Can you hear this picture? by Name Hagemann.

 

Parenting by Gary Jacobson.

Parenting by Gary Jacobson.

 

Caption this. Black bear walks through the Duluth International Airport.

Caption this. Black bear walks through the Duluth International Airport.

 

Grand Marais Harbor this summer by Mike Carlson.

Grand Marais Harbor this summer by Mike Carlson.

 

Up close and personal by Kirk Schleife.

“Up close and personal” by Kirk Schleife.

We found some wonderful landscapes, too.

Two Harbors lighthouses by Trich Shiply.

Two Harbors lighthouses by Trich Shiply.

 

Stoney Point at dusky by Kyle Arndt.

Stoney Point at dusky by Kyle Arndt.

 

A little storm rolled through the BWCA by Matt Herberg.

A little storm rolled through the BWCA by Matt Herberg.

 

Moonrise in Two Harbors by Christian Dalbec.

Moonrise in Two Harbors by Christian Dalbec.

 

Croftville Road by Don Davison.

Croftville Road by Don Davison.

 

The morning sun was about to come up and washout the night sky by Matt Herberg.

The morning sun was about to come up and washout the night sky by Matt Herberg.

 And finally, this cutie pie:

The cutest by Shawn Zierman.

The cutest by Shawn Zierman.

 

Have a great weekend, everyone! And Happy 4th!

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Happy Summer Solstice!

Palisade Head at sunrise by Ben Cooper.

Palisade Head at sunrise by Ben Cooper.

Happy Summer Solstice! The longest day of the year dawned bright and clear on the North Shore this morning, with the promise of of a perfect day to come. This weekend, the Solstice will be celebrated with  the opening of the Northwoods Fiber Guild’s exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post,  the North House Folk School‘s Wooden Boat Show & Summer Solstice Festival, a presentation about canoe trips in the Boundary Waters more than 100 years ago, workshops, classes, craft markets and more. In short, lots to do.

Let’s start with the Northwoods Fiber Guild’s exhibit, “Through Our Hands V: Sun, Moon, Stars,” which opens at the Johnson Heritage Post with a gala reception from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, June 22. This should be a fabulous show, featuring a wide variety of work. The Fiber Guild has more than 50 active members, and they have crafted some incredible pieces for this show–everything from quilting, weaving and felting, scarves and shawls, wall hangings and sculptures … it’s truly a celebration of all things fiber.  Here’s a small selection of what you’ll see.

The source of it all. "Natural Animal Fibers" by Kay Rosenthal. Hands-on alpaca, camel, dog, goat, llama, sheep, silk, yak.

The source of it all. “Natural Animal Fibers” by Kay Rosenthal. Hands-on alpaca, camel, dog, goat, llama, sheep, silk, yak.

 

This fabulous quilt is front and center as you enter the exhibit.

This fabulous quilt by Nancy Backlund is front and center as you enter the exhibit.

 

Little Spirit Tree, felted painting by Mary MacDonald.

Little Spirit Tree, felted painting by Mary MacDonald.

 

Zippered brooch by Linda Otis.

Zippered brooch by Linda Otis.

 

Felted birch tree sculpture by Marlys Johnson.

Felted birch tree sculpture by Marlys Johnson.

The opening reception for the Northwoods Fiber Guild shows are well-known for their amazing selection of hors d’oeuvres created by Guild members as well as spectacular summer flower arrangements. It is, in short, an event not be be missed. The exhibit continues through July 16. The Heritage Post is closed on Tuesdays. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and Mondays, and from 1-4 p.m. Sundays.

Another huge event this weekend is North House Folk School‘s Wooden Boat Show & Summer Solstice Pageant.

Everything from handmade canoes to antique boats are on display at the Wooden Boat Show.

Everything from handmade canoes to antique boats are on display at the Wooden Boat Show.

One of the highlights of the summer season, the Wooden Boat Show offers rows of hand-made and unique watercraft to look at and enjoy, a boat parade, craft demonstrations, an evening contra dance, a boat and tool auction, chili and brats, mini-courses, a Speaker Series and much more.

The Boat Parade is at

The Boat Parade begins at 6 p.m. on Friday.

The Wooden Boat Show features a great variety of boats, and a chance to take a sail on the Hordes.

The Wooden Boat Show features a great variety of boats to look at, and a chance to take a sail on the Hjordis.

The event starts on Friday and concludes on Sunday with the Annual Member Gathering followed by featured Speaker Martha Greene Phillips, “Canoeing with Dad and the Gang, circa 1900. For the complete schedule, click here.

One of the highlights of the Wooden Boat Show will be a pictorial presentation by Dan Helmerson entitled “Canoe Trip-1917 Style”  at the Johnson Heritage Post at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

This photo was taken in 1917 on South Temperance Lake. Dan Helmerson will be giving a pictorial presentation of an historic eight-day canoe trip in the Superior National Forest from 100 years ago. June 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This photo was taken in 1917 on South Temperance Lake. Dan Helmerson will be giving a pictorial presentation of a historic 8-day canoe trip in the Superior National Forest 101 years ago. The presentation is Saturday, June 23 at 4 p.m. at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The historic photos document a historic 8-day canoe trip in the Superior National Forest 101 years ago. All invited. Free.

And, then, of course, the highly anticipated Summer Solstice Pageant with the Good Harbor Players and GAMEPELAG. The title of this year’s presentation? “Coverest Thyself with Light.” The pageant starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

north house soltice pageant

The Summer Solstice Pageant with the Good Harbor Hill Players will be presented at the North House Folk School Commons at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

We’ll find out the story line when we watch it, but it’s a pageant full of wonderful puppets of every age, music, laughter and dancing. Come early to get a good spot. Bring a chair if you want.

Also on Saturday, the Cook County Market opens at the Senior Center parking lot at 9 a.m., featuring a wide variety of arts and crafts as well as produce from Round River Farm in Finland. (The produce arrives around 10 a.m.). The Market continues through 1 p.m.

Also on Saturday, the Grand Marais Public Library will host nationally recognized trans activist Ellie Krug, who will speak at 3 p.m. Her topic will be “Living as Other in America: How to Bridge our Divides.”

Ellie Krug will speak at the Grand Marais Public Library at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Ellie Krug will speak at the Grand Marais Public Library at 3 p.m. Saturday.

She addresses topics of diversity and inclusion, and speaks about transgender issues, matters of inclusivity, and strategies organizations and individuals may use to create alliances and tools that foster inclusion.  She will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday to give a preview of her talk. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.

Also, check out demos and class at the Grand Marais Art Colony this week. Click here for more info.

Exhibits:

The Joseph Nease Gallery in Duluth will open an exhibit,  “James Brinsfield, A Twenty Year Retrospective” with a reception from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday.

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A retrospective of work by abstract artists James Brinfield opens at the T the Joseph Nease Gallery in Duluth on Saturday.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery has just opened a retrospective of work by Christi Belcourt entitled “Uprising: The Power of Mother Earth.”

"Conversation," beadwork by Christi Belcourt.

“Conversation,” dot painting by Christi Belcourt.

The opening reception for the exhibit is at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) on June 26.

Artist News

 The Stone Bridge Singers of Grand Portage have been offered a unique opportunity—they have been invited to take part in a music festival in France, the Musiques entre Pierres.  Two events are planned to help the Stone Bridge Singers make this journey: a Bingo on Thursday, June 21, at 6 p.m. at the Grand Portage Lodge Event Center. And then Thursday, July 5 at 5 p.m. at the Grand Portage Community Center. Both events will also have Indian tacos and raffles.
For more information, contact Agatha at the Grand Portage Tribal Council office at 218-475-2800.
Here’s a video of the Stone Bridge Singers:

Window Shopping:

Hand-made flutes by Christopher at at Joy & Co.

Hand-made flutes by Christopher at at Joy & Co.

 

Kari Weber is exhibiting her paintings at Yellow Bird Fine Art.

Kari Weber is exhibiting her paintings at Yellow Bird Fine Art.

 

Fair Trade handwoven wool rugs at at UpState MN.

Fair Trade handwoven wool rugs at at Upstate MN.

 

Anna Hess has new work at The Big Lake, including this piece, Raven Currents.

Anna Hess has new work at The Big Lake, including this piece, Raven Currents.

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, June 21:

  • Kyle Ollah, Voyageur Brewing Co., 5 p.m.
  • JohnRuss, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Lutsen Resort, 6:30 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, June 22:

  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Jon Miller and the Home Brews, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Brianne Marie and the Front Porch Sinners, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 23;

  • Gene Lafond & Amy Grillo, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, 7 p.m.
  • Jon Miller and the Home Brews, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
  • Summer Solstice Pageant featuring Good Harbor Hill Players & GAMEPALAJ, North House Folk School, 8 p.m.
  • Gambler’s Daughter, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Sweet Siren, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.

Sunday, June 24:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • SplinterTones, Skyport Lodge, 4 p.m.
  • Open Mic with Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, June 25:

  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Bay, 9 p.m.

Tuesday, June 26:

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

Wednesday, June 27:

  • Jam Session, Gun Flint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Pete Kavanaugh, Bluefin Bay, 9 p.m.

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

First, wildlife:

Peek-a-boo by David Johnson.

Peek-a-boo by David Johnson.

 

Loon by Thomas Spence.

Loon by Thomas Spence.

 

Tree frog on lupine by Matthew Pastick.

Tree frog on lupine by Matthew Pastick.

 

Female snapping turtle stalks off after laying her eggs beside the road by Thomas Spence.

Female snapping turtle stalks off after laying her eggs beside the road by Thomas Spence.

 

Moose on a foggy day by Nace Hagemann.

Moose on a foggy day by Nace Hagemann.

 

Dragon fly by Kristofer Bowman.

Dragon fly by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Lupines and Pileated woodpecker by Richard Hoeg.

Lupines and Pileated woodpecker by Richard Hoeg.

 

Orange lupine by David Johnson.

Orange lupine by David Johnson.

Here are some raging river shots:

Big Manitou Falls after the 10-inch rain by Broc Allen.

Big Manitou Falls after the 10-inch rain by Broc Allen.

 

Gooseberry after the rains by Laurie Malkovich.

Gooseberry Falls  after the rains by Laurie Malkovich.

And here are some landscapes:

My first experience with Hollow Rock by Justin Rogers.

My first experience with Hollow Rock by Justin Rogers.

 

Monday morning rush hour by Christian Dalbec.

Monday morning rush hour by Christian Dalbec.

 

Heading out to the nets by David Johnson.

Heading out to the nets by David Johnson.

 

The first day of summer is so lovely that even the fox had to stop and admire by Sarah Jorgenson.

The first day of summer is so lovely that even the fox had to stop and admire by Sarah Jorgenson.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

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Jazz, Twinsies, Peregrines & Connections

Twinsies! Photo courtesy of Trail Center Lodge.

Twinsies! Photo courtesy of Trail Center Lodge.

New-borns cavorting in the woods, sailboats sliding on blue, blue waters and just enjoying the beauty of the North Shore coming into full life after a tough winter is what June is all about. And, since it’s the start of the summer season, there are all kinds of things to see and do.

First up is a fascinating sale of arts and crafts from Asia collected by Karen Flolid when she was a Peace Corps volunteer during the 60s and 70s. She needs to downsize and hopes to find appreciative homes for her prized collection. She will have them on display from 3:30 -5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 14  at the Cook County Community Center. All invited.

Dayak Beaded Hat.

Dayak Beaded Hat.

The collection comes primarily from six Southeast Asian countries, notably Borneo, where she worked with headhunting tribes. The wide variety of items includes beaded hats, handpainted leather shadow puppets, a great collection of fabrics including batik, wool, intricately stitched pieces and more. She also has tribal aprons, Hmong patterns and batik, caftans, dresses and vests as well as Burmese lacquer boxes and other “hard goods”, to name a few. Flolid will speak at the opening at 3:30 p.m., but the public is invited to come at any time and see what she has collected.

Also on Thursday, North House Folk School will hold two sessions of Try-It: Wood-fired Baking where students will be introduced to baking bread using a wood-fired oven. Each student will get to bake carta di musica and focaccia while exploring the history and science of bread baking.

Students in a Try-it Wood Fired Baking class at North House Folk School. Two sessions will be held Thursday, from 1-3 p.m. and from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Students in a Try-it Wood Fired Baking class at North House Folk School. Two sessions will be held Thursday, from 1-3 p.m. and from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

The sessions are from 1-3 p.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m. Cost is $20/person or $30 for an adult/child pair. Call 387-9762 to register.

And, the Local Food Market, featuring produce and baked goods from Cook County residents, will open for the season in the parking lot of the Cook County Community Center on Thursday. The market is held from 5-6 p.m.  every Thursday during the growing season. Early vegetables, fresh eggs, artisan breads and more will be featured this week. Open to all. Free.

On Thursday night, listen to classic jazz and originals from two northern Minnesota legends: Briand Morrison and Sam Miltich. They will play for a house concert at the Art House B&B from 7-9 p.m.

Jazzmen Briand Morrison and Sam Miltich will play a house concert at Art House B&B at 7 p.m. Thursday. Art House is at 8 7th Ave. W. in Grand Marais.

Refreshments will be served, but BYOB. Tickets are $10 cash at the door. All invited.

To hear a preview of the concert, listen to WTIP Community Radio at 4 p.m. on Thursday where Will Moore will interview the musicians about their music and they’ll play a few tunes.

There are some interesting workshops on Friday.

North House will offer a Try-It: Timber Framing session from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, where students will be introduced to the concept of timber framing by exploring timber framing tools, joinery, and history. As a group, students will raise a small timber frame and take it apart.  Call 387-9762 to register. Free.

And the last Paint-A-Tile class in June will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s ceramics studio from 1-2:30 p.m. on Friday. The next Paint-A-Tile class won’t be held until the end of July.

The last Paint-A-Tile class in June will be held on Friday at the Grand Marais Art Colony. The next workshop will be held at the end of July.

The last Paint-A-Tile class in June will be held on Friday at the Grand Marais Art Colony. The next workshop will be held at the end of July.

Students will learn about ancient Majolica glazes and try their hand at it by painting two tiless. The tiles will be fired over the weekend and students can pick them up on Sunday morning. Pre-registration is required. Call the Grand Marais Art Colony at 387-2737 or click here to register online. Cost of the workshop is $25.

On Friday night, WTIP’s the Roadhouse will interview Duluth poet Bart Sutter on his latest book and Soozin Hirschmugl, creator of sPARKit!, who is coming to Cook County next week courtesy of the Grand Marais Public Library, will talk about the project and how residents can participate. The Roadhouse is aired from 5-7 p.m. Friday.

On Saturday, the Cook County Market, featuring arts and crafts by Cook County artists as well as fresh produce from Round River Farm in Finland, opens at the Cook County Senior Center parking lot at 9 a.m. The produce arrives around 10 a.m.

Jim Cordes looking at the agate table

The Cook County Market is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Senior Center parking lot every Saturday through MEA weekend, weather permitting. Pictured is a young man looking through the agates at Jim Cordis’ booth.

Also on Saturday, artist Andy Ness, who is the new intern at the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Print Studio, will teach a mini-class on making sculptures with aqua resin, a non-toxic resin.

Andy Ness will teach a mini-class on sculpting with aqua resin on Saturday.

Andy Ness will teach a mini-class on sculpting with aqua resin on Saturday.

Ness will demonstrate how to use AquaResin in sculptural projects and students will have a chance to explore the medium. AquaResin is a water based, non-toxic, sculpting resin. Tuition isi $15. To register, click here or call 387-2737.

Also on Saturday, Voyageur Brewing will host “Painting with Artful Palette” from 2-5 p.m. The theme is Superior Love. The artist-led class includes a canvas and paints. Cost is $35. Prepayment is required.

For those who can’t make it up to the North Shore this weekend, consider attending the Midsommar celebration at the Swedish Institute from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The event features live music, a Pop-up Shop, cow calling and a performance by our very own, SVEA singers.

SVEA will perform at the American Swedish Institute's Midsommar celebration at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

SVEA will perform at the American Swedish Institute’s Midsommar celebration at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

SVEA is Erika Ternes, Rose Arrowsmith Decoux, Tina Hegg and Yvonne Mills.

Here in Grand Marasi on Tuesday, Bonnie Gay Hedstrom will lead a Dry Felting workshop at Wunderbar from 7-9 p.m. Hedstrom is well-known in the community for her beautiful felted paintings. She will provide materials and instruction. Cost is $20. All invited.

And on Wednesday, potter Guillermo Cuellar and painter David Feinberg will give an Artist Talk at Cook County Higher Education at 7 p.m. The title of the presentation is “Unfiltered: A Conversation about Art and Water.” Both artists will talk about the role of water in their own artistic lives. Free and open to the public. No registration is required. For more info, click here.

Exhibits:

This is the last weekend to see the exhibit, “Northerly Pots: The Long Pleasurable Carry” at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Thunder Bay potter, Fritz Lehmberg, is exhibiting his work at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Thunder Bay potter, Fritz Lehmberg, is exhibiting his work at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Fritz Lehmberg, owner of Early Snows Pottery near Thunder Bay, has been working in wood-fired pottery for more than 30 years. The exhibit captures the excitement and commitment of this talented potter. The Heritage Post is closed on Tuesdays. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and Monday, and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Free.

The Prairie Falcon Show at Tettegouche State Park continues this weekend, with a variety of falcon artwork exhibits in the Great Hall

Jackie Fallon of the Midwest Peregrine Society compares a live falcon with a painting by Tim Pearson at Tettegouche State Park. The Peregrine exhibit continues through the end of June.

Jackie Fallon of the Midwest Peregrine Society compares a live falcon with a watercolor by Tim Pearson at Tettegouche State Park. The Peregrine exhibit continues through the end of June.

This weekend, wildlife photographer, Ryan Pennesi, will hold a workshop on photographing wild birds at Tettegouche starting at 9 a.m., and the park will host guest speakers to talk about the history and restoration efforts to save the species from 1-3 p.m. Both events are free. Call the park at 218-353-8809 to register for the photography workshop.

In Duluth, theNew-borns cavorting in the woods, sailboats sliding on blue, blue waters and just enjoying the beauty of the North Shore coming into full life after a tough winter is what June is all abou has a number of exhibits including “In Solidarity: Revolutionary Women of Print,” featuring a great collection of  work by women printmakers.

"Ash," print by Cecilia Lieder, is at the Tweed Museum of Art as part of the

“Ash,” woodcut print by Cecilia Lieder, is at the Tweed Museum of Art as part of the “In Solidarity: Revolutionary Women of Print” exhibit.

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery is featuring two exhibits, “Fortify This” and the Lakehead University Retrograduate exhibitions.

the "Fortify This" exhibition at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay continues through this weekend.

the “Fortify This” exhibition at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay continues through Saturday.

 Upcoming:

 The Northwoods Fiber Guild Exhibit, “Through Our Hands V: Sun, Moon, Stars” opens at the Johnson Heritage Post with a reception from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, June 22. The exhibit will feature all things fiber, including weaving, felting, paper art, knitting, beadwork and more. The exhibit runs through July 16.

Henna dyeing by Cheryl Larsen. Larsen is one of many artisans who will be exhibiting in the Northwoods Fiber Guild show which opens June 22.

Henna dyeing by Cheryl Larsen. Larsen is one of many artisans who will be exhibiting in the Northwoods Fiber Guild show which opens June 22.

The Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival at North House Folk School is next weekend, too.

The Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival is next weekend. Photo by Jean Cochrane.

The Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival is next weekend. Photo by Jean Cochrane.

Look for details next week. Meanwhile, here’s a link to all the events and classes.

Poet Amy Schmidt will give a Full Moon Reading at Drury Lane Books June 28. Stay tuned.

The Hovland Arts Festival is July 7 & 8 at the Hovland Town Hall in Hovland. The festival features everything from prints to pottery, paintings to photographs as well as woodwork, jewelry, handmade soaps and candles and more.

The Hovland Arts Festival is July 7 & 8 this year.

The Hovland Arts Festival is July 7 & 8 this year.

More than 20 local artists are featured in this show, which celebrates its 13th anniversary this year. There is live music and food available all day as well.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will hold a Book Arts Weekend July 5-7 with Sue Bjerke and Jana Pullmen. The class includes a tour of a local bookbindery studio. For more info, click here.

The Grand Marais Arts Festival is July 14-15, with 70 artists scheduled to set up their tents in downtown Grand Marais. The Art Colony has put out a call for submissions for the Clothesline Art Sale, the historic and popular fundraiser held during the festival. Started in 1947, this year’s “Clothesline Art Sale” features 5-inch x 7-inch original works of art hung in the Art Colony festival booth. Each piece will sell for $35. The artwork is actually hung on clotheslines and people can choose their favorites.

The Grand Marais Art Colony has put out a call for submissions for the Clothes Line Sale.

The Grand Marais Art Colony has put out a call for submissions for the Clothesline Art Sale. Deadline is June 29.

Artists are invited to donate one or more pieces of original works in any media that is hang-able (room for a few three-dimensional items). Draw, paint, collage, sketch, print, stitch, stamp – have fun while supporting the Art Colony! The submission deadline is June 29. For more info, click here.

Artist News:

Anna Hamilton’s first book, “Boy” is available locally at Birch Bark Books & Gifts , Joy & Co. and Trail Center Lodge. The book is a “journey of love, friendship and little white lies, discovered while in the fight against the monster Dementia.” It is also available on Amazon.com

Anna Hamilton boy front book cover (1)

Jim Sannerud has a number of his handmade cutting boards at Betsy Bowen Studios & Gallery.

 

Jim Sannerud has a number of his handmade cutting boards at Betsy Bowen Studios & Gallery.

Cutting boards by Jim Sannerud are available at Betsy Bowen’s Studio & Gallery.

Kim Knutson is exhibiting her feltwork at Kah-New-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Felted painting by Kim Knutsen is at the Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery.

Felted painting by Kim Knutsen is at the Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery.

Ron Piercy, owner of Yellow Bird Fine Art, makes jewelry, including this blue opal pendant.

Ron Piercy, owner of Yellow Bird Fine Art, makes jewerly, including this Peruvian blue opal  pendant.

The blue opal in this pendant  at Yellow Bird Fine Art is from Peru.

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

Thursday, June 14:

  • Frozen Britches, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Live Music by the Campfire, Lutsen Resort, 6:30 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison with Sam Miltich, Art House B&B, 7 p.m.
  • Billy Johnson, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne and Friends, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.

Friday, June 15:

  • Brian Morrison and Sam Miltich, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Rich Lewis Band, Gunflint, 8 p.m.
  • DJ Real Pure Heart, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Billy Johnson, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 16:

  • Andrew D. Huber, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Rich Lewis Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Dance Party with DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 17:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Sky Blue Trio, Wunderbar, 11 a.m.
  • Broken Hearted String Band, Skyport Lodge, 4 p.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • Rich Lewis Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Monday, June 19:

  • Briand Morrison, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, June 20:

  • Jam Session, Gun Flint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.

As usual, we found lots of great photos this week. Here’s a selection.

Let’s start with wildlife —

First: Moose

Nace Hagemann caught this moose grazing in a local pond the other day.

Nace Hagemann caught this bull moose grazing in a local pond the other day.

 

"The moment you feel so doubly lucky you could almost drool," by Mark Ellis.

“The moment you feel so doubly lucky you could almost drool,” by Mark Ellis.

 

Mom and her youngster by Nace Hagemann.

Mom and her youngster by Nace Hagemann.

 

Kits nursing. Nace Hagemann said he got to watch this for several minutes "until this little guy busted me."

Kits nursing. Nace Hagemann said this was the first time he saw this. He watched for several minutes “until this little guy busted me.”

 

Quick capture of a newborn floundering around in the driveway by Natalie Sobanja.

Quick capture of a newborn floundering around in the driveway by Natalie Sobanja.

 

"Out for a Ride" by Kirk Schleife.

“Out for a Ride” by Kirk Schleife.

For change of pace, this:

Photo by Kristofer Bowman.

Photo by Kristofer Bowman.

Here are two views of the sacred tree in Grand Portage.

Manidoo giizhikens standing guard over the great Gitche Gumee by Kirk Schleife.

Manidoo giizhikens standing guard over the great Gitche Gumee by Kirk Schleife.

 

A glorious night sky makes the imagination run wild by Travis Novitsky.

A glorious night sky makes the imagination run wild by Travis Novitsky.

And we found some gorgeous skyscapes:

Sunset on Devil Track Lake by Don Davison.

Sunset on Devil Track Lake by Don Davison.

 

Superior sunset breaking through the clouds.

Superior sunset breaking through the clouds by Ann Bowman.

 

Reflecting on the river this evening by Thomas Spence.

Reflecting on the river this evening by Thomas Spence.

 

Early summer fog by Travis Novitsky.

Early summer fog by Travis Novitsky.

And these beauties:

Singin' the blues at Brighton Beach by Mary Amerman.

Singin’ the blues at Brighton Beach by Mary Amerman.

 

View from Benedictine by Chris Olson.

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Crossing the Bridge by Mary Amerman.

Crossing the Bridge by Mary Amerman.

 

Seven Bridges Road by Jeff Henningsgaard.

Seven Bridges Road by Jeff Henningsgaard.

 

Gooseberry State Park by Mary Amerman.

Gooseberry State Park by Mary Amerman.

 

Two Harbors breakwater by Michael Nesset.

Two Harbors breakwater by Michael Nesset.

 

And, this majestic one:

White Pine tree in the North Country by David Grinstead.

White Pine tree in the North Country by David Grinstead.

To finish off… a little pet humor.

Studio cats spell trouble! by Randal Anderson.

Who? Me? Studio cats spell trouble by Randal Anderson.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Summer Follows Close Behind

White Face River by Matt Herberg.

White Face River by Matt Herberg.

Last weekend was pretty busy and this weekend hikes it up a notch. There’s music, a Block Party, puppet workshops, a memoir writing workshop, art workshops, a Dixie dance, a backyard concert and more. The summer season continues …

First up is a Memoir Writing Workshop at the Grand Marais Public Library at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 7, conducted by memoir author Kate St. Vincent-Vogl.

Kate St. Vincent-Vogl will give a workshop on writing memoires at the Grand Marais Public Library on Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

Kate St. Vincent-Vogl will give a workshop on writing memoires at the Grand Marais Public Library on Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

Entitled “Writing Memoir, Writing Life,” St. Vincent-Vogl will give tips, suggestions and writing exercises on how to write the best story of your life. The workshop is free.

Also on Thursday, the first Good Harbor Hill Puppet Workshops to create puppets and backdrops for the Summer Solstice Pageant at North House Folk School later this month will be held at the Betsy Bowen Studio from 6-8 p.m.

Puppet-making workshops will be held at Betsy Bowen's Studio starting on Thursday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m.

Puppet-making workshops will be held at Betsy Bowen’s Studio starting on Thursday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m.

The workshops are open to everyone and are free … and lots of fun. Workshops will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 7 & June 14 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 10. The Solstice Pageant will be performed at North House Folk School‘s Wooden Boat Show at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 23.

On Friday, a Paint-A-Tile workshop will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony with a session from 1-2:30 p.m.

A Pint-A-Tile workshop will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 1-2:30 p.m. on Friday.

A Pint-A-Tile workshop will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 1-2:30 p.m. on Friday.

Participants will paint two tiles using colorful Majolica glazes during the session. The tiles will be fired and ready to be picked up on Sunday morning. The workshop is open to ages 12 and older. To register, call the Grand Marais Art Colony at 387-2737. One other Paint-A-Tile workshop will be held this month, on June 15.

The Boundary Waters Expo will be held this weekend at Bearskin Lodge on the Gunflint Trail this weekend. The 2-day event celebrating the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness will feature speakers, exhibitors and activities for everyone. The event will be held on Friday and Saturday. Scheduled speakers include Bruce Kerfoot (“Gunflint Trail History,”) Sue Plankis (“Birding in the BWCA,”  as well as talks about wilderness First Aid, fishing in the Boundary Waters and more. For more info and the schedule, click here.

And, for your evening listening, WTIP’s The Roadhouse will feature an interview with naturalist Larry Weber, who will talking about his latest book, “Web Watching: A Guide to Webs and the Spiders that Make Them.” Also, a new band, The Wunderdogs with Pete K., John Mianowski and Thomas Stamps will be in the studio to talk about their music and play a few songs. The program airs from 5-7 p.m. on Fridays. (The Wunderdogs play at the Wunderbar on Friday night.)

There will be lots to do in Grand Marais on Saturday, too.

First up, the Cook County Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Senior Center parking lot, featuring a wide variety of artisans, food and live music. New this week: organic produce from Round River Farm in Finland.

Round River Farm will bring early summer produce to the Cook County Market this Saturday, starting around 10 a.m.

Round River Farm will bring early summer produce to the Cook County Market this Saturday, starting around 10 a.m.

Round River Farm is located in Finland and produces a wide variety of produce for a CSA. This week, they will have spinach, lettuces, cilantro and (maybe) radishes. They plan to be at the Cook County Market every Saturday through the September.

Also new– the first Grand Marais Block Party will be held on Saturday with lots of live music, events, food, a Grand Marais Playhouse performance, a local author/illustrator reception, kite-making, print-making demos, wine tasting and more.

The Grand Marais Block Party will be held in downtown Grand Marais on Saturday.

The Grand Marais Block Party will be held in downtown Grand Marais on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This should be a fun event. There will be a walk/run sponsored by Voyageur Brewing and a variety of musicians playing on 1st Ave. W. during the day, as well as a chance to explore all the interesting shops in the neighborhood. Picnic & Pine is even going to offer S’Mores in the afternoon. Click here for more information, maps and the complete schedule.

Also on Saturday, the Friction Farm, a modern folk duo that has written songs inspired by children’s books, will sing some songs and talk about reading at the Grand Marais Public Library at 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Aidan and Christine of Friction Farm will perform at the Grand Marais Public Library at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Aidan and Christine of Friction Farm will perform at the Grand Marais Public Library at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Also, the Cook County Historical Society will hold at Open House at the Johnson Heritage Post from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday.

The Cook County Historical Society will hold at Open House at the Johnson Heritage Post from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday.

The Cook County Historical Society will hold at Open House at the Johnson Heritage Post from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet the new staff and board members, and learn about future plans for the Society’s historic sites and art gallery. All five sites will be open for visits: the Lightkeeper’s House and Museum, Bally Blacksmith Shop, St. Francis Xavier Church and a 1930s fish house replica with fishing tug Neegee. There will be refreshments and activities at the Heritage Post. All invited.

And, a top-vote getter for Saturday: The Big Dixie Swingers, who will play at the Wunderbar on Saturday night from 8-10 p.m.

The Big Dixie Swingers will be at the Wunderbar on Saturday night.

The Big Dixie Swingers will play at the Wunderbar on Saturday night.

Winners of the 2017 band division of the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association’s Americana Roots Contest, the Big Dixie Swingers of New Orleans are a traveling musical collective headed up by fiddler Aaron Gunn and banjoist Elizabeth Vargas. The band is committed to reviving the music of America’s rural radio stations and stages and their sound blends old time country and pre-war era pop, spinning it back out as western swing-style dance band numbers. So, the event at the Wunderbar is an event for dancing! The North Shore Music Association is sponsoring the event. Tickets are $15 at the door. Here’s an example of their music:

It should be a fun time.

On Sunday, the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center will host a Shrimp Bowl fom 4-6 p.m. as a fundraiser for the Gunflint Trail Historical Society. The event will be held at the Seagull Lake Community Center. All invited. The suggested donation is $15.

On Monday, the Voyageur Brewing Co. hosts a Community Collaborative Drawing session from 4-6 p.m. Open to all.

And, on Wednesday, June 13, Kristy Kutch will give a demonstration on creating with colored pencils at the Art Colony starting at 4:30 p.m.

Kristy Kutch will demo drawing with colored pencils at the Grand Marais Art Colony at 4:30 pm. on Wednesday, June 13.

Kristy Kutch will demo drawing with colored pencils at the Grand Marais Art Colony at 4:30 pm. on Wednesday, June 13.

Colored pencil is gaining prominence as a fine-art medium and it offers some remarkable techniques and tools. Kutch will demonstrate how to layer, blend, and create interesting textures painting with colored pencils. All invited. No registration necessary.

Exhibits:

 The exhibit, “Northerly Pots: The Long Pleasurable Carry” continues at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Early Snows potter Potter Fritz Lehmberg is exhibiting work at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Early Snows potter potter, Fritz Lehmberg, is exhibiting work at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The exhibit features a variety of work by this acclaimed Thunder Bay potter. The exhibit continues through June 17. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through Saturdays and from 1-4 p.m. Sundays. It is closed on Tuesdays.

The Spring Art Underground Show continues at Betsy Bowen’s Studio featuring works by more than 30 local and regional artists.

Misha Martin has paintings in the Spring Art Underground show at Betsy Bowen Studio.

Misha Martin has paintings in the Spring Art Underground show at Betsy Bowen Studio.

Minnesota potter, Guillermo Cuellar, is the featured artist in the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Gallery Store this month.

Guillermo Cuellar is the featured artist at the Grand Marais Art Colony's Gallery Store this month.

Guillermo Cuellar is the featured artist at the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Gallery Store this month.

Cuellar is teaching a class the Art Colony this month and will be one of the featured speakers at an Artist Talk. Stay tuned for details.

The Peregrine Falcon Show continues at Tettegouche State Park with a wide variety of work by local and regional artists.

This painting by Laurie Olson Hohman is at the Peregrine Falcon exhibit at Tettegouche State Park.

This painting by Laurie Olson Hohman is at the Peregrine Falcon exhibit at Tettegouche State Park.

Upcoming:

Jazz musicians Briand Morrison and Sam Miltich will be in house concert at the Art House B&B on June 14 at 7 p.m.

Briand Morrison and Sam Miltich will play at the Art House B&B on June 14.

Briand Morrison and Sam Miltich will play at the Art House B&B on June 14.

The $10 admission fee includes a smorgasbord of snacks and punch. BYOB. All invited.

The Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival will be at North House Folk School June 22-24.

The Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Pageant will be at North House Folk School June 22-24.

The Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival will be at North House Folk School June 22-24.

This highly anticipated event features workshops and presentations, lots of wooden boats, an auction, and the Summer Solstice Pageant, to name a few.Stay tuned for details.

The Northwoods Fiber Guild will hold an opening reception for its exhibit “Through Our Hands V: Sun, Moon, Stars” at the Johnson Heritage Post from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, June 22.

The Northwoods Fiber Guild will have an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post that opens June 22.

The Northwoods Fiber Guild will have an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post that opens June 22.

The exhibit will include weaving, knitting, felting, basketry, beadwork, quilts, paper, clothing, jewelry, accessories, wood carving, rugs, wall hangings, and mixed media andn continues through July 16.

And here’s a great opportunity for opera fans and those who have never gone to an opera before. Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” will be performed at the renovated NorShor Theatre in Duluth on Friday, June 22 and Sunday, June 24. The NorShor used to be the Duluth Opera House back in the day, so it’s just great that opera is being performed there again.  The performance is a production of Lyric Opera of the North. Stay tuned for details For tickets, see www.loonopera.org

Here’s the local music schedule:

Thursday, June 7:

  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Live Music by the Campfire, Lutsen Resort, 6:30 p.m.
  • Billy Johnson, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.

Friday, June 8:

  • Billy Johnson, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Black River Revue, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • WunderDogs, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Bug Dope, Bluefin Bay, 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 9:

  • Mark Miller, Cook County Market, Senior Center parking lot, 9:30 a.m.
  • Friction Farm, Grand Marais Library, 10:30 a.m.
  • Live music on 1st St. and the Grand Marais Block Party.
  • Common Ground, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • The Cruisers, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • Pete K, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Black River Revue, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • The Big Dixie Swingers, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.

 Sunday, June 10:

  • Mark Miller, Wunderbar, 11 a.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, June 11:

  • Mel Parsons, Monday Singer/Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.

 Thursday, June 14:

  • Briand Morrison & Sam Miltich, Art House B&B, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Bay, 9 p.m.

As usual, we found some interesting photos this week. Here’s a selection.

Let’s start with some wildlife shots.

Getting a little crowded. Photo by Matthew Pastick.

Getting a little crowded. Photo by Matthew Pastick.

 

A nesting loon by Paul Sundberg.

A nesting loon by Paul Sundberg.

 

A visitor in my front yard by Therese Misgen.

A visitor in my front yard by Therese Misgen.

 

Male Spruce Grouse by Thomas Spence.

Male Spruce Grouse by Thomas Spence.

And here’s a wildflower shot.

Bunchberry bu Cary Schmies.

Bunchberry by Cary Schmies.

And  here are a few black and white beauties.

Playing with a new camera by Alec Johnson.

Playing with a new camera by Alec Johnson.

 

Fun to see this bull today by Nace Hagemann.

Fun to see this bull today by Nace Hagemann.

 

Split Rock Lighthouse by Scott Berglund.

Split Rock Lighthouse by Scott Berglund.

 

A rain fills the Beaver River by Roxanne Distad.

A rain fills the Beaver River by Roxanne Distad.

 

The Temperance after ice-out by Thomas Spence.

The Temperance after ice-out by Thomas Spence.

And then two BWCA beauties– one at dawn, one at dusk.

Chasing First Light in the BWCA by Layne Kennedy.

Chasing First Light in the BWCA by Layne Kennedy.

 

The end of the day in the BWCA by Thomas Spence.

The end of the day in the BWCA by Thomas Spence.

And finally, this evocative photo by Bryan Hansel.

Fishing Boat at the end of the "fog bow" by Bryan Hansel.

A fishing boat at the end of the “fog bow” by Bryan Hansel.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

 

 

 

 

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Summer has started!

The High Falls at Grand Portage by Jolene Johnson.

The High Falls at Grand Portage by Jolene Johnson.

 

The “official start” of summer over Memorial Day weekend was followed early this week by another gift of the season–rain, and plenty of it. So this weekend, there’s lots of energy on the North Shore to celebrate the warm season and lots of things to do.

The weekend starts with the Northern Landscapes Festival at North House Folk School. This popular festival focuses on discovering the birds, wildflowers, insects and more of the dynamic and rich landscape on the North Shore. Field-focused courses form the backbone of the event, including classes on birdwatching, geology, landscape photography and more with evening presentations rounding out the full weekend schedule.

Birding at the Northern Landscapes Festival by Layne Kennedy. File photo.

Birding at the Northern Landscapes Festival by Layne Kennedy. File photo.

The Northern Landscapes Festival also features public presentations, and they’ll be great this year. On Friday, June 1, Bob King, a Duluth-based astronomer and Duluth News Tribune photographer, will give a presentation on the summer sky. Entitled “Summer Sky Spectacular: Planets, Satellites and the Milky Way,” The presentation is at 7 p.m. If the night is clear, King will set up a telescope to observe Venus and Jupiter around 9 p.m.

And on Saturday, renowned ecologist Bernd Heinrich and author (“The Mind of the Raven”) returns to North House to teach a class on his latest book, “Bumblebee Economics.” He will also give a presentation at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, entitled “Bluejays, Crows and Ravens: Behavior and Ecology.” Few people know more about the world of corvids than Bernd Heinrich, having spent a lifetime observing and studying the smartest birds on the planet. Discover the rare abilities of our commonly obvserved feathered friends, the bluejay, crow and raven as Bernd shares images and stories of these unique creatures.

Both presentations are free to North House members. A $5 suggested donation for all others. For more info on the Northern Landscapes Festival and to register for workshops, click here.

Also on Friday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will host “Paint-A-Tile,” an opportunity for the public to come to the ceramic studio and paint tiles with their own designs.

A Paint-A-Tile class will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 1-2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 1.

A Paint-A-Tile class will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 1-2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 1.

This is one of a series of Paint-A-Tile opportunities that are scheduled this summer. Registration is required. For more information, call 387-2737 or visit www.grandmaraisartcolony.org.

Also on Friday, singer/songwriter Jon Kallberg will be on WTIP Community Radio’s The Roadhouse to talk about his music and play a few songs. Kallberg plays original acoustic guitars and electronic keyboard with live loops. Also, ecologist Bernd Heinrich will be on the show to talk about his life’s work.

The Peregrine Falcon Show at Tettegouche State Park opens on Friday with an artists reception from 7-8:30 p.m. The exhibit celebrates the 30th anniversary of the successful effort to restore wild peregrine populations, which were nearly extinct throughout most of North America due to human activity, such as DDT pesticide use. A number of falcon-related activities are scheduled for the exhibit this month, and on Friday, the art show opens.

"Our Lives," by Swanson.

“Our Lives,” by Adam Swanson is one of the artworks in the Peregrine Falcon Show at Tettegouche State Park that opens on Friday.

The art show is a group show featuring multiple artists who have already or will soon have shows at Tettegouche. Adam Swanson, Lauri Olson Hohman and Deborah Kirkeeide are among the artists represented. The exhibit continues through the end of the month. On June 9, there will be a live falcon demonstration from 2:30 -4:30 p.m., a wild bird photography workshop on June 16 and a retrospective on the work that was done to restore peregrine populations from 1-3 p.m. June 16. Stay tuned for details.

Saturday brings the Grand Opening of the Big Lake, a new gallery on 12 First Ave. West. in Grand Marais. The gallery features a wide variety of artwork including paintings, pottery, prints and jewelry as well as a big selection of cards, kids’ clothing and more.

The Big Lake gallery will hold its Grand Opening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Jordan Sundberg created this poster for the new gallery.

The Big Lake gallery will hold its Grand Opening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Jordan Sundberg created this poster for the new gallery.

The opening is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and features homemade lefse and events throughout the day. All invited.

Also on Saturday, look for artisans on the streets of Grand Marais in two markets: The Cook County Market and the Cook County Makers Cooperative Market.

The Cook County Market celebrates its 21st anniversary this year and features a variety of artisans working in wood, fiber, metal and clay as well as homemade sweets, massage services and live music.

The Northwoods Fiber Guild has a booth at the Cook County Market.

The Northwoods Fiber Guild has a booth at the Cook County Market.

The Cook County Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays in the Senior Center parking lot. For more info, click here.

The Cook County Makers Cooperative, a recently formed organization to support artists and makers in the county, has organized a Makers Market that is located in the lot between the Beaver House and 8 Broadway Gallery and Studios in downtown Grand Marais. Hours are still fluid, but check out the space this weekend.

The Cook County Makers Cooperative has started a market between the Beaver House and

The Cook County Makers Cooperative has started a market between the Beaver House and 8 Broadway Gallery and Studios.

This new enterprise is encouraging people who make things to check out the new space and talk to the founders. For more info, contact Jayne Richards at 387-4590 or Mike Smieja at 612-558-1501. For more info, click here.

The Grand Marais Art Colony has a crafted a “refresh” of their gallery store with lots of new work.

Glass artist Jeffrey Stenbom was an artist-in-residence at the Grand Marais Art Colony earlier this year and created these fused glass maps of the city. Several of them are in the Grand Marais Gallery Store.

Glass artist Jeffrey Stenbom was an artist-in-residence at the Grand Marais Art Colony earlier this year and created these fused glass maps of the city. Several of them are in the Art Colony’s Gallery Store.

And here’s a fun opportunity to get inspired and inspire others. Check out this interactive sculpture, “Inspiration Exchange” by Greg Mueller, which is located on a stairway at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Grand Marais Art Colony director, Amy Demmer, checks out one of the "inspirations" snuggled into a box in Greg Mueller's sculpture on an outside stairway at the Art Colony.

Grand Marais Art Colony director, Amy Demmer, checks out one of the “inspirations” snuggled into a one of the boxes of the sculpture.

The little boxes are open for the public to use as a way to inspire others. Check out a box… if you get inspired, exchange what you find for an “inspiration” of your own. Right now, the boxes contain quotes, a bird’s nest, a rock … and who knows — the contents can change daily. Be part of this inspiration exchange and check out the sculpture this weekend.

n Duluth, the Duluth Superior Film Festival got started this week and continues in a number of different venues through Sunday with a variety of dramas, documentaries, experimental films and more. The film festival is headquartered at Zinema – Zeitgeist (222 E Superior St) in Duluth.

Of particular interest is the screening of “Virginia,” a film that was shot at a number of North Shore locations, including Drury Lane Books in Grand Marais. Here’s the trailer:

VIRGINIA MINNESOTA – Trailer from Daniel Stine on Vimeo. “Virginia” will be screened at Zinema Theater, Saturday, June 2, at 7 p.m.

Here’s another trailer from the film festival … a New Zealand documentary entitled “Living the Change.”

 To find out more about the film festival and see the schedules, click here.

There are a number of interesting on-going exhibits on the North Shore this weekend, too.

“Northerly Pots: The Long Pleasurable Carry” continues at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Early Snows potter Fritz Lehmberg is exhibiting at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Early Snows potter Fritz Lehmberg is exhibiting at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The exhibit features work by Thunder Bay potter Fritz Lehmberg and continues through June 17. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Saturday. It is open from 1-4 p.m. Sundays and closed on Tuesdays.

“The Art of Creating a Buzz: A Beehive Exhibition,” featuring bee boxes painted by local artists, is on exhibit at the Grand Marais Art Colony through Thursday, May 31.

Bee hive painted by Jan Attridge. The beehive exhibit concludes at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Thursday.

Bee hive painted by Jan Attridge. The beehive exhibit concludes at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Thursday.

The Tweed Museum of Art is featuring a number of exhibits, including the University of Seniors exhibit.

"Portrait of a Young Man (Gavin) by Dale Lucas is on exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

“Portrait of a Young Man (Gavin) by Dale Lucas is on exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery in Thunder Bay is exhibiting “Fresh Perspectives: Secondary School Art” through June 10.

"For Him," pencil drawing by kaitlyn Chalar, 12th grade, St. Patrick High School, is one of the works at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

“For Him,” pencil drawing by kaitlyn Chalar, 12th grade, St. Patrick High School, is one of the works at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Upcoming:

The Grand Marais Public Library will host a memoir writing workshop at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 7, with Kate St. Vincent-Vogl. This free workshop is entitled “Writing Memoir, Writing Life” and is intended for audiences 12 to adult. The author conducted a writing/editing workshop at the library earlier this year. For more info on the workshop, contact the library at 387-1140.

The North Shore Music Association is bringing in the Big Dixie Swingers, a New Orleans-based band to play for a dance at the Wunderbar on June 9.

The Big Dixie Swingers will be at the Wunderbar June 9, hosted by the North Shore Music Association.

The Big Dixie Swingers will be at the Wunderbar June 9, hosted by the North Shore Music Association.

The music starts at 8 p.m. Stay tuned for details.

Artist News:

Gwen Danfelt, manager at Drury Lane Books, has a new program on WTIP Community Radio entitled “Talking Books.” The program airs on the last Monday of the month on North Shore Morning.

Drury Lane Books' Gwen Danfelt has a new monthly radio show on WTIP's North Shore Morning.

Drury Lane Books‘ Gwen Danfelt has a new monthly radio show on WTIP’s North Shore Morning.

 To listen to her first broadcast, click here.

Here’s the music for this week:

Thursday, May 31:

  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Bug Lite, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Wunderbarm 7 p.m.

Friday, June 1:

  • Joe Paulik, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Bug House, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Chris Koza, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 2:

  • Jon Kallberg, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
  • Common Ground, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 3:

  • Briand Morrison, Moguls Grille, 10 a.m.

Monday, June 4:

  • Briand Morrison, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

We found some great photos this week. Here’s a selection:

The eagles are nesting in Cook County! Paul Sundberg caught this pair the other day.

The eagles are nesting in Cook County! Paul Sundberg caught this pair the other day.

Wildflowers are blooming like crazy now, too.

March Marigolds by Paul Sundberg.

March Marigolds by Paul Sundberg.

Here’s a beautiful sunset:

Sunset in isabella by Rachel Ewinski.

Sunset in isabella by Rachel Ewinski.

And cloudscapes were great this week.

"Now send in the clouds" by Ann Bowman.

“Now send in the clouds” by Ann Bowman.

 

Storm Cloud coming in by Rebecca.

Storm Cloud coming in by Rebecca.

 

As the storm rolled by Duluth by Luke Goossens.

As the storm rolled by Duluth by Luke Goossens.

 

At the Laurentian Divide by Jess Olson.

At the Laurentian Divide by Jess Olson.

And finally, this classic shot:

Along the Gunflint Trail by Roxanne Distad.

Along the Gunflint Trail by Roxanne Distad.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Memorial Day: A Moving Parts Weekend

A perfect evening on the lake tonight.

A perfect evening on the lake tonight by Thomas Spence.

There are lots of moving parts this weekend in Grand Marais as it celebrates Memorial Day and the beginning of the summer season. The Art Along the Lake Spring Gallery Tour features art openings, demonstrations, a Sound Garden, a Block Party, classes and workshops.  Plus, the Cross River Heritage Center and the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center both open for the season this weekend, with special receptions and new exhibits. Plus, there’s lots of great music, including Duluth’s Charlie Parr, who will play at Voyageur Brewing Co. on Saturday from 4-7 p.m., a great chance to get up-close and personal with this versatile musician.

The details:

The Grand Marais Art Colony has opened an exhibit of beehives painted by local artists. Entitled “Creating a Buzz: A Bee Hive Exhibition,” the exhibit features real bee boxes decorated by Jeff Niesen, Betsy Bowen, Jan Attridge, Karen Cedarmoon,  Cedar Adams and Greg Mueller.

art colony jeff niesen Bee boxes spirulina tumeric beets cane sugar

Jeff Niesen painted his bee boxes with natural colorants including spirulina, beets and tumeric. He covered the painting with a sugar solution, making it safe and enticing for bees.

The exhibit is the project of beekeeper Bob Janicek, who will host a Meet-and-Greet at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. The exhibit continues through Sunday.

Excuse the pun, but the Art Colony is going to be a beehive of activity this weekend. It will hold the Grand Opening of the refreshed Gallery Store and the installation and unveiling of a public art sculpture by Greg Mueller entitled “The Inspiration Exchange.” Besides a number of workshops, (painting tiles, making glass window ornaments) the Art Colony is holding a real Block Party on Saturday where the street will be closed off and a number of activities for all ages will be held. The Block Party is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes string wall art, chalk the walk, hula hoop making, glass window ornaments, puzzles, screenprinting, and good coloring old-fashioned coloring books, and should be fun for all.

And that’s just a small part of the Memorial Day whirl.

Yellow Bird Fine Art will hold its Grand Opening this weekend, with a reception from 4-6 p.m. on Friday. Refreshments will be served, and Joe Paulik will play. The gallery features handmade jewelry by owner Ron Piercy, sculptures, paintings and ceramics.

"Adeline and Horse with Blue Coat" by Patricia Canelake has just arrived at the Yellow Bird Fine Art gallery.

“Adeline and Horse with Blue Coat” by Patricia Canelake has just arrived at the Yellow Bird Fine Art gallery.

There will be stone drilling demonstrations all day Friday at the gallery and Paula Gustafson will give an oil painting demonstration from noon to 2 p.m. On Saturday, there will be a Q&A about jewelry design. All welcome.

The Spring Art Underground Show at the Betsy Bowen Gallery opens with a Sneak Peak reception from 5-8 p.m. Friday. The show includes work by more than 40 local and regional artists in glass, ceramics, paintings, fiber and more. The show continues through June.

And to top off the Friday events in Grand Marais, the Johnson Heritage Post Gallery will hold the opening reception for “Northerly Pots: The Long Pleasurable Carry,” with work by Fritz Lehmberg of Early Snows Pottery near Thunder Bay.

johnson heritage post Fritz Lehmberg

“Northerly Pots: The Long Pleasurable Carry,” an exhibit by Fritz Lehmberg opens at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday with reception from 5-8 p.m.

Lehmberg has been making wood-fired pots for more than 30 years in his pottery tucked inside the woods just outside Thunder Bay. The reception will be from 5-8 p.m. The exhibit continues through June 17. The Heritage Post is closed on Tuesdays. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and Monday, and from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday.

Also on Friday, jazz guitarist Briand Morrison will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse talk about his music and play a few songs. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. Friday.

In Schroeder, The Cross River Heritage Center opens for the season with a reception from 6-8 p.m. on Friday featuring refreshments and live music. There are new exhibits in the center this year, too, including “Children of the Finnish Homestead.”

One of the photographs from the exhibit "Children of the Finnish Homestead" at the Cross River Heritage Center.

One of the photographs from the exhibit “Children of the Finnish Homestead” opening at the Cross River Heritage Center on Friday.

Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen will have a wide variety of demonstrations over the weekend, including wool spinning on Friday and stone carving, gemstone jewelry and silk and wool dyeing demonstrations on Saturday.

And, at 4 p.m. on Saturday, there will be Bronze Pour at the Mueller Studio (formerly Last Chance Gallery) in Lutsen.

Also on Saturday, Steve Frykman of Art of the Elements Gallery in rural Grand Marais, (306 County Rd. 44) will give a demonstration of chipping and faceting glass.

The Art of the Element gallery is located at 306 County Rd. 44.

The Art of the Elements Gallery is located at 306 County Rd. 44.

For a complete schedule of all the events during the Art of the Lake Spring Gallery Tour, click here.

And on Sunday, the Harbor Park Spring Sound Garden will be held in Harbor Park from noon to 5 p.m.  The event will celebrate the coming of spring, and the history, geography, and ecology of Harbor Park and Lake Superior with music, art, poetry and more.

The Spring Sound Garden in Harbor Park will be from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The Spring Sound Garden in Harbor Park will be from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The Spring Sound Garden event will feature a temporary sound installation, combining live musicians and a small choir with 35 small, battery-powered remote speakers distributed throughout the park, each playing a different part of the larger piece of music – a spatial concert you can walk through!  In addition to the sound installation, the event will feature visual art elements by local artists, live poetry, history, and storytelling and interactive opportunities.
The Spring Sound Garden is created by Minneapolis-based award-winning composer/director James Everest. It should be fun, for sure, so saunter through.

Also this weekend, the Cook County Market opens for the season in the Senior Center parking lot. The Market is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through mid-October.

The Cook County Market opens this Saturday.

The Cook County Market opens this Saturday.

The market features a wide variety of artists and artisans working in wood, clay, fiber and metals. There are several new vendors, including Patty-Cakes cupcakes. See you there!

In Duluth, look for some interesting work at the Tweed Museum of Art:

"Our Good Earth" by Steuart Curry in the "Treasures from the Home" exhibit is at the Tweed Museum of Art.

“Our Good Earth” by Steuart Curry in the “Treasures from the Home” exhibit is at the Tweed Museum of Art.

There are three exhibits at the Duluth Art Institute:

One of the works currently on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

One of the works currently on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is currently exhibiting work by secondary school students.

"Fresh Perspectives: Secondary School Art" is currentl on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

“Fresh Perspectives: Secondary School Art” is current on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The Definitely Superior Art Gallery spring show in Thunder Bay includes exhibits and installations.

"Fortify This" on exhibit at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery through June 16,

“Fortify This” on exhibit at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery through June 16,

Upcoming:

Next week, the Duluth-Superior Film Festival begins with five days of innovative films, music, director interviews and more in a number of different venues. The festival will include the premiere of “Virginia Minnesota” a film directed and written by Daniel Stine and shot on the North Shore and the Iron Range. The premiere will be on Wednesday, May 30 at the Clyde Iron Event Center at 8 p.m.  For more info on the film festival schedule, click here Stay tuned for details.

Here’s the music for the week.

Thursday, May 25:

  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Frozen Britches, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • James Moors, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, May 25:

  • Two-Bit Revival, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • The Grace Notes, Cross River Heritage Center, 6:30 p.m.
  • Don Juan Trio, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 26:
  • Joe Paulik, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, 7 p.m. , rural Grand Marais, www.michaelmonroemusic.com
  • Charlie Parr, Voyageur Brewing Co., 7 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Boats and Bridges, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Thunder Bay Legends, Grand Portage Casino, 8 p.m.
  • Rich Mattson and the NorthStars, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Gun Flnt Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 27:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Harbor Park Spring Sound Garden, noon to 5 p.m.

We found some interesting photos this week. Here’s a selection:

I had to duck out of Anger Management classes because they were led by some quack by Gary Jake Jacobson.

“I had to duck out of Anger Management classes because they were led by some quack” by Gary Jake Jacobson.

 

A spring snack by Nace Hagemann.

A spring snack by Nace Hagemann.

 

"Woody reflection" by David Johnson.

“Woody reflection” by David Johnson.

 

Annual visit by the Indigo Bunting by Thomas Spence.

Annual visit by the Indigo Bunting by Thomas Spence.

 

Synchronized Swimming by David Johnson.

Synchronized Swimming by David Johnson.

 

Two Spring Treasures by Sandra Updyke.

Two Spring Treasures by Sandra Updyke.

 

Spring ferns by Coleen Greiskains.

Spring ferns by Coleen Greiskains.

 

Pasque flower by Maia Cavelli.

Pasque flower by Maia Cavelli.

And here are some landscapes:

Cascade Falls is always awesome by MaryJane Van Den Heuvel.

Cascade Falls is always awesome by MaryJane Van Den Heuvel.

 

In the BWCA by Jeffrey Doty.

In the BWCA by Jeffrey Doty.

And finally… this:

A view from the top by Justin Ledesma.

A view from the top  by Justin Ledesma. This photo was taken from an airplane.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

P.S. If you missed the Ruthie Foster concert at the ACA last weekend and/or want to hear more, check out this interview by WTIP’s Will Moore.

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Waterfalls, Ruthie Foster’s Blues & A Book Talk

Waterfall Season! Shanne Mossman took this great shot of Kakbeka Falls near Thunder Bay the other day. Enjoy!

Waterfall Season! Shanne Mossman took this great shot of Kakbeka Falls near Thunder Bay the other day. Enjoy!

This would be a great weekend to explore the North Shore. The trees are just beginning to bud and early spring wildflowers are blooming in abundance. Plus the waterfalls are fantastic, and offer such a variety of experiences. From the gorge at Cascade to the thundering of the High Falls at Grand Portage, waterfalls are in this month. And a trip across the border to experience the Kakabeka Falls is definitely worth the trip. The falls are almost as tall as Niagara Falls — something to see.

And, to get a preview of waterfalls on the North Shore, check out this month’s art exhibit at Tettegouche State Park. Photographer and author “Waterfalls of Minnesota,” Lisa Crayford, is exhibiting some stunning photographs of waterfalls this month in the Great Hall there.

Cascade by Lisa Crayford.

Cascade by Lisa Crayford.

And for outstanding indoors entertainment, join 3-time Grammy Award nominee, blues singer Ruthie Foster,  in concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night.

Blues singer Ruthie Foster will be the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Friday. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

Blues singer Ruthie Foster will be the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Friday. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

Foster is the recipient of seven Blues Music Awards, three Austin Music Awards, the Grand Prix du Disque award from the Académie Charles-Cros in France, and a Living Blues Critics’ Award for “Female Blues Artist of the Year.” She has performed all over the world and performed with a number of famous artists including Bonnie Raitt and the Allman Brothers. This should be a great concert, for sure. Tickets are $15 general admission at aca.tix.com (no fees!) and the  door on the night of show. Here’s a clip of Foster performing “Ring of Fire.”

On Saturday, Drury Lane Books is hosting author Cary J. Griffith to talk about his book “Gunflint Burning–Fire in the Boundary Waters, “ the story of the Ham Lake Fire.

Author Cary J. Griffith will talk about his book, Gunflint Burning" at Drury Lane Books on Saturday night at 7 p.m.

Author Cary J. Griffith will talk about his book, Gunflint Burning” at Drury Lane Books on Saturday night at 7 p.m.

One of the most destructive wildfires in modern Minnesota history, Griffith describes the blaze, the firefighters’ battle, the human toll… in short, “Gunflint Burning”  describes the key events of the fire as they unfold, transporting readers to the front lines of an epic struggle that was at times heroic, tragic, and sublime. He will read from the book, discuss the writing process with the audience, and sign books. All invited.

In Duluth on Saturday afternon, the Joseph Nease Gallery will feature artist talks at 2 p.m. with Tim White and Allen Killian-Moore, both of whom opened exhibits at the gallery recently.  White, a photographer, is exhibiting new work. Kllian-Moore is exhibiting an installation film entitled ““Permanent State of Exception.”

"Untitled" (Cape May) by Tim White is on exhibit at the Resase Gallery in Duluth.

“Untitled” (Cape May) by Tim White is on exhibit at the Joesph Nease Gallery in Duluth.

The two artists will discuss the points of connection (and perhaps disconnection) in their work and their process. They will also give tours of their exhibits.  The gallery is located at 23 W. 1st St. in Duluth

On Tuesday, May 22, consider attending a Critical Response Process session at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 5-7:30 p.m. The Critical Response is an artist-led, multi-step, group system for giving and receiving feedback on creative processes and works-in-progress by an individual artist. The process helps the artist by offering he or she an opportunity to ask questions about their work in a non-judgemental setting.

A Criitical Response session will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Tuesday.

A Critical Response session will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Participants will be observing and participating in the session as part of the peer critique group, but will not bring in their own artwork for this training session. Tuition is $10. For more information and to register, call the Art Colony at 387-2737.

And on Wednesday, the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council will present the 2018 Arts Awards at the WDSE studios in Duluth at 5 p.m. Photographer and documentary filmmaker Craig Blacklock will receive the George Morrison Artist Award and filmmaker Karen Sunderman will receive the Maddie Simon Arts Advocate Award.

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council will present the 2018 Arts Awards in Duluth on Wednesday.

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council will present the 2018 Arts Awards in Duluth on Wednesday.

Because of limited space, advance reservations are required to attend the ceremony. To RSVP to attend the awards, please visit
https://20thannualarrowheadartsawards.eventbrite.com

This would be a great weekend to visit galleries and shops in Grand Marais, too.

This is the last weekend to see the exhibit “Found: 3 Views on Nature, a Group Art Show” at the Johnson Heritage Post. This show is a wonderful mix of block prints, encaustic paintings, and mixed-media artworks by Stephanie Mostre-Kotz (mixed media), Stanley Leonard (woodblock prints) and Bethany Kepler (encaustic works).

"Found: 3 Views on Nature" is one exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post through Sunday.

“Found: 3 Views on Nature” is one exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post through Sunday.

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

In Duluth, the Duluth Art Institute opened three exhibits last week: Jason Pearson’s “Travels with My Twin: Selected Works from the Pearson Brother’s Collection,” Tara Austin’s “Boreal Ornament” and Jonathan Herrera’s “Querida Presencia.”

One of works in Jason Pearson's exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute, "Travels with My Twin."

One of works in Jason Pearson’s exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute, “Travels with My Twin.” Credit: Ennymen’s Territory.

The DAI exhibits continue through July 1. The Art Institute is located in the Depot and is open daily.

The Tweed Museum of Art on the UMD campus is hosting a Community Day on Saturday, May 19. The event includes art activities for kids and a chance to see the wide variety exhibits at the museum. Open to all. Free.

"Twilight on the Sound" by Luther Emrson Van Gorder, 1889, is one of the paintings on exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

“Twilight on the Sound” by Luther Emrson Van Gorder, 1889, is one of the paintings on exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery will hold a gala opening reception for two new exhibits on Friday starting at 7 p.m. (EDT). The exhibits include the Lakehead University RetroGraduate Exhibit 2018, and  “Fortify This Collective” which highlights the longevity, creativity, and achievements of Indigenous artists’ production in northwestern Ontario.

Painting b Blake Evans, one of the pieces in the Lakehead University RetroGraduate exhibit, which opens at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay on Friday.

Painting b Blake Evans, one of the pieces in the Lakehead University RetroGraduate exhibit, which opens at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay on Friday.

The exhibits continue through June 16.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery featuring four exhibits: “Fresh Perspectives: Secondary School Art Exhibition 2-18,”  “Future Dreams and Aspirations.” “Aaron Veldstra: Tarlacan” and “By Request: Collective Curation of the Permanent Collection.”

"Untitled" by Noel Ducharme, one of the paintings on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

“Untitled” by Noel Ducharme, one of the paintings on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Upcoming:

There’s lots going on in Grand Marais over Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will hold a feature a variety of short classes, including a ceramics class,  Paint-A-Tile, and  a glass class, Glass Window Ornaments, as well as Beehive Exhibit in the Founders Hall. On Saturday, May 26, the Art Colony will host a Block Party where the street will be closed  and a number of festive activitie will be held,  including Community Ink Day: Screenprinting, Hula Hoop Making, and so more.

A Paint-A-Tile class will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Friday, May 25, as part of their Block Party celebration over Memorial Day weekend. For more info, call the Art Colony at 387-2737.

A Paint-A-Tile class will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Friday, May 25, as part of their Block Party celebration over Memorial Day weekend. For more info, call the Art Colony at 387-2737.

The Art Colony’s exhibit, “The Art of Creating a Buzz: a Bee Hive Exhibition” should be great. It opens at the Grand Marais Art Colony on May 21 with work by local artists Cedar Adams, Jan Attridge, Betsy Bowen, Karen Cedarmoon, Greg Mueller and Jeff Niesen.  Each of the artists were given a hive to decorate with paints and designs safe for bees. Then at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 26, Beekeeper Bob Janicek and the artists will be at a Meet-and-Greet at the Art Colony.

Here is what Betsy Bowen made for the exhibit. She calls it “Hollyhocks for the Bees.”

Hollyhocks for the Bees, wood-burned hived by Betsy Bowen.

Hollyhocks for the Bees, wood-burned hive by Betsy Bowen.

Betsy Bowen’s Studio will host the Spring Art Underground Show next week, and the Yellow Bird Fine Art Gallery will hold it’s Grand Opening as well, and there will be special exhibits at other Cook County galleries. In Schroeder, the Cross River Heritage Center will open for the season with a number of new displays as well as demonstrations.  And not to forget, the Harbor Park Sound Garden on May 27. Stay tuned for details and/or check out VisitCookCounty.com for schedules of events for this Spring Gallery Tour.

Artist News:

The Big Lake Gallery opened this week, with the Grand Opening set for June 2.

The Big Lake Gallery opened this week to accolades.

The Big Lake Gallery opened this week to accolades.

The Plucked Up String Band was featured to TPT the other day where they talked about their music and played a few songs. Check out the clip.

Travis Novitsky has the cover shot on the the June/July issue of Lake Superior Magazine.

travis cover of lake superior magazine

And Bryan Hansel has some photos on the edition, too.

Bryan Hansel has an image in the latest issue of Lake  Superior Magazine.

Bryan Hansel has an image in the latest issue of Lake Superior Magazine.

 

Here’s the music this week –

Thursday, May 17:

  • Briand Morrison, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Billy Johnson, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
  • Robert Hunter, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.

Friday,. May 18:

  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Ruthie Foster, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.
  • Billy Johnson, Grandma Rays’, 8 p.m.
  • Robert Hunter, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 19:

  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • SisterTree, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 20:

  • Timmy Haus, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • Open Stage, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, May 22:

  • Eric Frost, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

We found some fun photographs this week. Here’s a selection.

First, wildlife:

Baby Fox by Schnortz.

Baby Fox by Schnortz.

 

Expectant Momma by Nace Hagemann.

Expectant Momma by Nace Hagemann.

 

Osprey in Two Harbors by Roxanne Distad.

Osprey in Two Harbors by Roxanne Distad.

 

 

Egret Fishing by Travis Novitsky.

Egret Fishing by Travis Novitsky.

 

 

Mom with two tiny ones by Ann Possis.

Mom with two tiny ones by Ann Possis.

 

Wood ducks by Paul Sundberg.

Wood ducks by Paul Sundberg.

We found some great landscapes and waterfall shots, too.

Got to love it when she breaks by Christian Dalbec.

Got to love it when she breaks by Christian Dalbec.

 

Singing the Superior Blues by Mary Amerman.

Singing the Superior Blues by Mary Amerman.

 

I rfeally liked the lake tonight and how it looks as it starts to melt by Nace Hagemann.

I rfeally liked the lake tonight and how it looks as it starts to melt by Nace Hagemann.

 

Early spring on the Western Waterfront Trail by Alison Gimpel.

Early spring on the Western Waterfront Trail by Alison Gimpel.

 

Spring sunset over Partridge Falls by Travis Novitsky.

Spring sunset over Partridge Falls by Travis Novitsky.

 

Spring green leaves glow in the sunshine by Roxanne Distad.

Spring green leaves glow in the sunshine by Roxanne Distad.

 

"Steve," an unusual northern lights phenomena by Thomas Spence.

“Steve,” an unusual northern lights phenomena by Thomas Spence.

 

Time Lost and Memories Gained by Matt Daugherty.

Time Lost and Memories Gained by Matt Daugherty.

And last, but not least, this great historical photo.

Remember to Set Your Emergency Break. Photo posted by Scott Roen.

Remember to Set Your Emergency Break. Photo posted by Scott Roen.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!




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Dance! A Silvery Smelt Parade & A New Book

donald jay olson north of two harbors May 6

Northern lights and stars by Donald Jay Olson.

Mother’s Day weekend is celebrated in dance, parades and pottery this weekend — so lots to choose from…

First up is the dance recital by the Cook County YMCA Dancers that opens tonight at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 6 p.m. Performances are also at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday night.

Entitled “4 Love,” this highly anticipated spring event stars dancers of every age performing jazz, ballet, tap and multi-media dances in a show that features spectacular lighting and music as well as humor and drama.

The YMCA Dancers will perform "4 Love," a recital featuring a wide range of dances. Perfomances are at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 6 p.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The YMCA Dancers will perform “4 Love,” a recital featuring a wide range of dances. Perfomances are at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 6 p.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or online in advance at aca.tix.com. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 students. Get there early, because these shows often sell out.

On Friday, the Grand Marais Public Library will host psychologist and author Tom Glaser, who will present “Choosing Happiness” at 5:30 p.m. Glaser is the author of “Full Heart Living: Conversations with the Happiest People I Know,” an Amazon.com bestseller. The presentation is free. All invited.

At 6 p.m. on Friday, Blacksmith Cody Myers, who has been the resident instructor at North House Folk School for several weeks, will hold an open demonstration night in the Blacksmith Shop at North House. The demonstration will be from 6-9 p.m.

Blacksmith Cody Myers will be dmonstrating his craft at North House from 6-9 p.m. Friday.

Blacksmith Cody Myers will be demonstrating his craft at North House from 6-9 p.m. Friday.

The community is invited to drop-in, talk to Cody, and get a glimpse of what it’s like to forge molten metal into knives and other functional objects. Free. Open to all.

And on Saturday, Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery will host “Painting with Mom,” with artist Pam Fioritto.

 Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery will host a painting class on Saturday.

Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery will host a painting class on Saturday from 3-5 p.m.

Participants will be supplied with painting materials. The class is $30 and is from 3-5 p.m. To register, click here.

There’s a new place to listen to music in Grand Marais, too. The Cove Lobby Bar at Best Western is featuring live music on the weekends. Chris Gillis and Thomas Stamps will perform jazz from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday.

Chris Gillis & Thomas Stamps will play jazz in the Cove Lobby Bar at Superior Inn on Saturday from 5-8 p.m.

Chris Gillis & Thomas Stamps will play jazz in the Cove Lobby Bar at Best Western on Saturday from 5-8 p.m.

The new fireplace Great Room is open to the public with a bar and food available. No cover charge.

Mother’s Day weekend is always busy in Minnesota. In Duluth, the Duluth Art Institute will hold an opening reception and Artist Talks with Tara Austin and Jon Herrera.

Tara Austin and Jon Herrera will open a joint exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute on Thursday.

Tara Austin and Jon Herrera will open a joint exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute on Thursday.

Austin, a painter, is inspired by rosemaling, a traditional form of decorative folk art that originated in the rural valleys of Norway. Herrara is a printmaker who is exploring the collective memory and historical instances of state-sponsored violence and trauma in this show. He was recently the Artist-in Residence at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

The opening reception and Artist Talks will be from 5-7 p.m. All invited.

And on Sunday, the Magic Smelt Puppet Troupe will hold the “Run Smelt Run” parade on the Lakewalk in Duluth starting at 3:30 p.m. This is a lively spectacle, which starts out at the Lift Bridge near the Maritime Museum and continues on the Lakewalk to the Zeitgeist Cafe, where there will be a smelt fry. The Brass Messengers, a brass band from the Twin Cities, will perform as well.

The

The “Run Smelt Run” parade will be held on the Lakewalk in Duluth on Sunday starting at 3:30 p.m.

For those who want to learn how to make smelt puppet art, the Duluth Art Institute will hold Smelt Parade workshops at its Lincoln Park location, 2229 W. 2nd Street, over the weekend. For more info, call 218-370-8980. All are welcome to march in the parade–silver costumes preferred!

Exhibits:

The exhibit, “Found: 3 Views on Nature, a Group Exhibition of  Block Prints, Encaustic Paintings, and Mixed-Media Artworks” continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through May 20. Artists include Stanley Leonard (wood block prints), Bethany Kepler (encaustic paintings) and Stephanie Molstre-Kotz (mixed media). This is a must-see show.

Wood block print by

Wood block print by Stanley Leonard.

Abstract Ocean, encaustic by Bethany Kepler.

Abstract Ocean, encaustic by Bethany Kepler.

Muti-media piece by Stephanie Mostre-Kotz.

Muti-media piece by Stephanie Mostre-Kotz.

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.

Photographer Lisa Crayford is exhibiting her work in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park this month.

Partridge Falls by Lisa Crayford.

Partridge Falls by Lisa Crayford.

In Duluth, Ann Klefstad’s exhibit, “carbon,” continues at the Zeitgeist Art Cafe with sculptures, prints and tar paintings, exploring the theme of how burning the carbon that is trapped in coal, oil and tar effects our world.

"Looking Back." tar on wood by Ann Klefstad.

“Looking Back.” tar on wood by Ann Klefstad.

Also in the Twin Ports, screen printmaker Joel Cooper has a 25-year retrospective on exhibit at the Red Mug Coffee Shop in Superior. Cooper also has work at Lizzard’s Gallery in Duluth.

Screenprint by Joel Cooper.

Screenprint by Joel Cooper.

The retrospective will continue through May. The Red Mug is located at 916 Hammond Ave. in Superior.

And, one of the most spectacular pottery tours in the U.S. is this weekend. The St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour is May 11-13. This year there will be 62 potters from 17 states and England who will be showing at seven host potters’ studios in and around Chisago County.

The St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour will featured 62 potters in seven different studios. The pottery is just placed on tables outside, perfect for pottery lovers to pick and choose.

The St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour features 62 potters in seven different studios this year. The pottery is just placed on tables outside, perfect for pottery lovers to pick and choose. This photo was taken at Guillermo Cuellar’s studio last year.

Studios are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Refreshments are served. For more info and maps, click here.

This is last weekend to see two exhibits at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in Thunder Bay. The Lakehead University Visual Arts Department Major Studio Exhibition and “Honouring Our Stories” close on Sunday.

The

The Lakehead University Visual Arts Department Major Studio Exhibition at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery is on view through Sunday.

Opportunities:

 There is still time to apply for the 2019 artist in residence program at the Grand Marais Art Colony. wo concurrent juried residencies are available in 2019, one in the Founders Hall multi-use Studio and one in the Eco-friendly Printmaking Studio. Juried residents are provided with two weeks of independent studio access, lodging, and a weekly stipend. The deadline is May 18. For more info, click here.

Also, the Art Colony is accepting applications for the Executive Director through May 20. For more information and to apply, click here.

The Art Colony will hold a series of workshops for youth this summer, starting in June.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will hold a series of workshops for kids this summer.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will hold a series of workshops for kids this summer.

Entitled “Summer Art Space, ” the workshops will be held on Thursdays from June 14 through July 26. To find out more, click here.

The Cook County Courthouse. the Johnson Heritage Post and Tettegouche State Park are all accepting applications for exhibits. For more information about each: Cook County Courthouse,  Johnson Heritage Post . For Tettegouche State Park, email kurt.mead@state.mn.us

Upcoming:

Blues singer Ruthie Foster will be in concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18. Three-time “Best Blues Album” Grammy nominee has dueted with Bonnie Raitt, performed with the Allman Brothers, and shared the stage with Susan Tedeschi. She’s the recipient of Seven Blues Music Awards, three Austin Music Awards, the Grand Prix du Disque award from the Académie Charles-Cros in France, and a Living Blues Critics’ Award for “Female Blues Artist of the Year.” Listen to her here.

The North Shore Music Association has been working to get Foster here for years. Tickets for this solo show are $15 general admission at www.aca.tix.com (no fees!) and at the door night of show.

Breaking News: The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council has announced the winners of the 2018 Annual Arts Awards. Photographer Craig Blacklock will be awarded the George Morrison Artist Award and WDSE’s Karen Sunderman the Maddie Simons Arts Advocate Award. The award ceremony will be held at WDSE-TV on May 23 from 5-6:30 p.m. For more, click here.

And finally, Lonnie Dupre has a new book out. “Alone at the Top,” chronicles his struggles as he climbs Denali, the highest mountain on the continent.

Lonnie Dupre chronicles the challenges of climbing Denali, the highest peak in the continent, in his new book, "Alone at the Top."

Lonnie Dupre chronicles the challenges of climbing Denali, the highest peak in the continent, in his new book, “Alone at the Top.”

The book has just been released and is available at Drury Lane Books.

 Music:

Thursday, May 10:

  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • James Moors, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Frozen Britches, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, May 11:

  • Jim Lundorff, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 12:

  • Jazz with Chris Gillis and Thomas Stamps, The Cove Lobby Bar at Best Western, 5 p.m.
  • Tim Fast, Poplar River Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Lowland Lakers, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 13:

  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • Boyd Blomberg, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, May 15:

  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.

Here are some photos we found this week:

First, some wildlife shots.

Sharp-tailed grouse by Paul Sundberg.

Sharp-tailed grouse by Paul Sundberg.

 

This guy-- 20 feet from the house by Nace Hagemann.

This guy– 20 feet from the house by Nace Hagemann.

 

"That feeling when y're finally home," by Nancy Seaton.

“That feeling when you’re finally home,” by Nancy Seaton.

 

Play fighting ... how else do you learn? by Ryan Pennesi.

Play fighting … how else do you learn? by Ryan Pennesi.

 

Cleared for Takeoff by Mark Ellis.

Clear for Takeoff by Mark Ellis.

And a few skyscapes, waterscapes and landscapes:

Lake Superior by Kristofer Bowman.

Lake Superior by Kristofer Bowman.

 

The Kadunce .. a few years ago by Jeff TenHave.

The Kadunce .. a few years ago by Jeff TenHave.

 

Amity Allure by Gregory A. Isreaelson.

Amity Allure by Gregory A. Isreaelson.

 

Stars in the water by Curt Brown.

Stars in the water by Curt Brown.

Have a great weekend, everyone! Happy Mother’s Day!!

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