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The Last Weekend in August = Art, Fairgoers and Music

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gene Monahan's portrait of famed pianist Van Cliburn.

Gene Monahan’s portrait of famed pianist Van Cliburn.

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

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

"LIfeline" by Gene Monahan.

“LIfeline” by Gene Monahan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Opportunities

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

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

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

Upcoming

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In other art news:

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

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

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

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

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

tim mcdonnell book

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

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

Basket by Cathryn Peters.

Antler basket by Cathryn Peters.

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

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

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

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

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One of Rick Allen’s holiday cards.

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, Aug. 25:

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

Friday, Aug. 26;

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

Saturday, Aug. 27:

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

Sunday, Aug. 28:

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

Monday, Aug. 29:

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

Here are some of the photos we found this week.

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

Spanich galleon by Patty Doherty.

Photo by Patty Doherty.

 

Here’s a study in contrasts.

Peace:

"Out My Kitchen Window" by Martha Russell.

“Out My Kitchen Window” by Martha Russell.

Aggression:

"Fear the bird," by Thomas Demma.

“Fear the bird,” by Thomas Demma.

Here’s a peaceful beauty by Paul Sundberg.

Grand Marais Waterfront by Paul Sundberg.

Grand Marais Waterfront by Paul Sundberg.

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

"Currently Unfiltered-Home" by Sarah Jorgenson.

“Currently Unfiltered-Home” by Sarah Jorgenson.

Studies of rocks:

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

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

And the iconic rock on the North Shore:

Photo by Amy Peterson.

Photo by Amy Peterson.

And inland waterways:

Full moon over the Cascade River by Travis Novitsky.

Full moon over the Cascade River by Travis Novitsky.

 

Magney State Park. Gauthier Creek by Tom Fiero.

Magney State Park. Gauthier Creek by Tom Fiero.

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

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

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

Have a great weekend, everyone!

 

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Pots, Harpeth Rising & Tall Ships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adam Swanson is exhibiting his paintings at Tettegouche State Park.

Adam Swanson is exhibiting his paintings at Tettegouche State Park.

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

  The Two Harbors Ukulele group at the carnival last year.

The Two Harbors Ukulele group at the carnival last year.

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

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

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

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

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

In other art news:

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

Betsy Bowen

Betsy Bowen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Painting by Jeff Niesen.

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

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

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

Copies are available at the restaurant.

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

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The book has been reordered a few times already.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

Thursday, Aug. 18:

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

Friday, Aug. 19:

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

Saturday, Aug. 20:

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

Sunday, Aug. 21:

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

Here are some of the photos we found this week.

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

Photo by Nace Hagemann.

Photo by Nace Hagemann.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Loon by Carol Bowman.

Loon by Carol Bowman.

 

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

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Spaceweather.com wrote:

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

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

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

Storm Over Grand Marais by Paul Sundberg.

Storm Over Grand Marais by Paul Sundberg

And here a few beautiful Lake Superior cloudscapes.

Photo by Travis Novitsky.

Photo by Travis Novitsky.

 

Summer Superior by Kjersti Vick.

Summer Superior by Kjersti Vick.

This photo tells many stories.

"Summer on the Harbor" by David Johnson.

“Summer on the Harbor” by David Johnson.

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

The Colors of Summer by Staci Drouillard.

The Colors of Summer by Staci Drouillard.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

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Rendezvous Days & Celebration Pow Wow

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

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

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

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

One of the many scenes from the Rendezvous Encampment.

One of the many scenes from the Rendezvous Encampment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The event is free and everyone is invited.

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

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

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

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

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

matthew krousey

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

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

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

Tea bowl by Bob Briscoe.

Tea bowl by Bob Briscoe.

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

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

Polar bear sculpture by Jeanne Larson.

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

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

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

Painting by Arthur Shilling.

Painting by Arthur Shilling.

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

In other art news:

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

Last Chance Gallery artists are exhiiting at

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Artwork by Kelly Dupre.

Artwork by Kelly Dupre.

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

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

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

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

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

And the final result:

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

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

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

Handcrafted chairs in process at Jim Sannerud's studio.

Handcrafted chairs in process at Jim Sannerud’s studio.

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

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

"Suspended," acrylic by Heidi Sobanja.

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

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

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

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

Here’s the music schedule for this weekend::

Thursday, Aug. 11:

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

Friday, Aug. 12:

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

Saturday, Aug. 13

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

Sunday, Aug. 14:

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

Monday, Aug. 15:

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

Tuesday, Aug. 16:

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

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

First up, a perfect summer flower:

Zinnia by Melissa Wickwire.

Zinnia by Melissa Wickwire.

A perfect summer evening:

Campfire Thursday bu Sarah Jorgenson.

“Campfire Thursday” by Sarah Jorgenson.

A perfect summer visitor (depending where you are):

"He's Back" by David Johnson.

“He’s Back” by David Johnson.

A perfect summer flight:

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

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

A perfect summer light show:

Northern Lights by Thomas Spence.

Northern Lights by Thomas Spence.

A perfect summer treat:

Healthy Mom & Baby by Julie Leonard.

Healthy Mom & Baby by Julie Leonard.

A perfect summer reflection:

justin vrba reflection from the old fish house at Stoney point

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

Have a great weekend, everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s Fisherman’s Picnic Weekend!

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

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

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

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

The Lions Club puts on Fisherman’s Picnic.

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

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

Log rolling for everyone.

Log rolling for everyone.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Raku vessel by Maggie Anderson.

Raku vessel by Maggie Anderson.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pigeon River Panoramic by Jim Ringquist.

“Pigeon River Panoramic” by Jim Ringquist.

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

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

Upcoming:

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

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

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

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

Stay tuned for details next week.

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

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

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

Plein Air Grand Marais will be held Sept,

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

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

In other art news:

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

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

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

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

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

"Bg Bend Country" by Neil Sherman.

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

The exhibit opened in June and concludes Aug. 13.

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

"Birch Glade" by Micha Martin.

“Birch Glade” by Micha Martin.

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

Leather moose by Darrell Hanson.

Leather moose by Darrell Hanson.

This week’s music schedule:

Thursday: Aug. 4:

Fisherman’s Picnic in Harbor Park

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

Other Music:

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

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

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

Other Music:

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

Saturday, August 6:

Fisherman’s Picnic in Harbor Park:

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

Other Music:

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

Sunday, Aug. 7

Fisherman’s Picnic in Harbor Park

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

Also:

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

Monday, Aug. 8:

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

Tuesday, Aug. 9

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

Wednesday, Aug. 10:

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

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

Tettegouche State Park by Paul Sundberg.

Tettegouche State Park by Paul Sundberg.

 

Northern Lights by Steve Ortmann.

Northern Lights by Steve Ortmann.

 

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

 

"It picked up at daybreak" by David Johnson.

“It picked up at daybreak” by David Johnson.

 

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

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

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

 

"A classic Minnesota Morning" by Layne Kennedy.

“A classic Minnesota Morning” by Layne Kennedy.

 

 

 

 

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Summer Theater & Ceramicists of Cook County

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

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

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

Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux, Mayor of Grand Marais.

Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux, Mayor of Grand Marais.

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

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

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

The mayor has great advice.

 

summer theater festival

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

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

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

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

Owls by Dan and Lee Ross.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Suminigashi will be demonstrated at the Art Colony on Saturday.

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

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

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

 

Painting by Martin DeWitt.

Painting by Martin DeWitt.

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

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

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

Upcoming:

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

In other art news:

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

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

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

Betsy Bowen has just completed a new print.

"Sunset" by Betsy Bowen.

“Reflections” by Betsy Bowen.

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

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

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

"Wave in Red and Gray" by Peter Juhl.

“Wave in Red and Gray” by Peter Juhl.

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

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

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

"Sumac" by Marty Harris.

“Sumac” by Marty Harris.

 

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

kah nee tah peggy thompson watercolor

Watercolor by Peggy Thompson.

 

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

Jewelry by Judy Hurd.

Jewelry by Judy Hurd.

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

"Morning Sky," oil, by Heidi Sobanja.

“Morning Sky,” oil, by Heidi Sobanja.

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

Here’s the music for the weekend:

Thursday, July 28:

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

Friday, July 29:

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

Saturday, July 30:

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

Sunday, July 31:

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

Monday, Aug. 1:

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

Tuesday, Aug. 2:

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

Wednesday, Aug. 3

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

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

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

"Bullseye" by Nace Hagemann.

“Bullseye” by Nace Hagemann.

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

Photo by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.

Kjersti Vick found these emerging mushrooms the other day.

Photo by Kjersti Vick.

Photo by Kjersti Vick.

Vick also took this beauty.

"When it gets hot" by Kjersti Vick.

“When it gets hot” by Kjersti Vick.

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

"Morning Magic" by Christian Dalbec.

“Morning Magic” by Christian Dalbec.

And this one:

"Storm Coming" by Christian Dalbec.

“Storm Coming” by Christian Dalbec.

And this one:

"Heavy Thoughts" by Christian Dalbec.

“Heavy Thoughts” by Christian Dalbec.

Here are some quintessential Lake Superior photos.

Photo by Sandra Updyke.

Photo by Sandra Updyke.

 

Lake Superior by Kristopher Bowman.

Lake Superior by Kristopher Bowman.

The inland lakes are beautiful, too.

"Morning Mist, Crescent Lake" by Chuck Shingledecker.

“Morning Mist, Crescent Lake” by Chuck Shingledecker.

 

And this great capture, by Erin Altemus.

Moose and calf on McFarland Lake by Erin Altemus.

Moose and calf on McFarland Lake by Erin Altemus.

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Summer Theater, Demos, Artist Talks & Lots of Music

Foxtails by Sandra Updyke.

Foxtails by Sandra Updyke.

The heart of summer is here. This weekend is proof, with the first curtain call for the Grand Marais Summer Theater Festival at 7 p.m. on Thursday night at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. Next  weekend,  “Ceramics in Cook County,” an exhibit of local potters and ceramicists, opens at the Johnson Heritage Post, followed by the iconic summer celebration on the North Shore — Fisherman’s Picnic– which starts Aug. 3.

The Arrowhead Sketchers launch this weekend with a sketching opportunity on Artists’ Point at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. They will meet at Grandma Ray’s if it’s raining. The group will sketch for 1.5 hours and then gather to talk and share work. All are invited.

The Grand Marais Playhouse‘s Summer Theater Festival opens for the season at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts with two plays performed in repertory on the weekends, through Aug. 14.

“Arsenic & Old Lace” by Joseph Kesselring opens at 7 p.m. on Thursday. “The Addams Family: A New Musical” opens at 7 p.m. Friday. Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $20 and are available in advance at www.tix.com or at the door beginning at 6 p.m. General seating begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday kicks off with the Grand Marais Garden Club’s annual flower show.

Mona abdel-rahman

Peony by Mona Abdel-Rahman.

This year’s show is titled,  “Nature’s  Symphony,” with all the arrangements following a musical-theme. The show is at the Cook County Community Center from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday.  There will  be lots of beautiful flowers, delicious refreshments and perennials for your garden. Free admission. All invited.

Also on Friday, Melissa Wickwire of Wickwire Clayworks will give a tilemaking demo in her studio at 11 a.m.

A tilemaking demo at Wickwire Clayworks is set for 11 a.m. Friday.

A tilemaking demo at Wickwire Clayworks is set for 11 a.m. Friday.

Wickwire’s studio is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and is located at Betsy Bowen’s Studio & Galleries,  310 1st Ave. W. in Grand Marais.

Michael Monroe will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday to talk about his music and sing a few tunes. The show airs from 5-7 p.m. He’ll be on about 6:15.

On Saturday, the Cook County Farm & Craft Market opens at the Senior Center parking lot at 9 a.m. with a great selection of arts and crafts, baked goods and vegetables in season. The market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

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

At 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, the Grand Marais Public Library will present Professor Marvel in a magic show entitled “Magic of the Olympics.” This action-packed show is designed for kids from kindergarten to 5th grade, but everyone is invited to enjoy the Professor’s antics.

At 1 p.m., Tom McCann will give a Sumi-E demo at the Grand Marais Art Colony. Sumi-E is the Japanese word for black ink painting, a technique which uses just a brush and ink on paper, developed in ancient China. Emphasis is placed on the beauty of each individual stroke of the brush.

Moose, a sumi-e painting by Tom McCann.

Moose, a sumi-e painting by Tom McCann.

McCann will talk about the process and do four Sumi-E paintings during the demo. All invited. Free.

And last, but not least, on Saturday, authors Kim Alan Chapman and James Armstrong will present at a Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books at 5 p.m. They co-authored “Nature, Culture & Two Friends Talking,” a book of essays and short stories from an environmental perspective.

drury lane books

The authors will be at a Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books on Saturday.

The Writer’s Salon will be outside, weather permitting, and the authors invite the public to share their thoughts in an interactive conversation. Free.

And on Sunday, painter Hazel Belvo will give an Artist Talk at the Johnson Heritage Post at 4:30 p.m. The topic will be The topic will be “Spirituality, Myth and the Feminine.” Free and open to the public.

Come early and take this opportunity to see the painting exhibit by Karen Savage Blue. This is the last weekend of the show at the Heritage Post, and the gallery is full of her wonderful work.

"March 5" by Karen Savage Blue.

“March 5″ by Karen Savage Blue.

Also on Sunday, come paint a mural. The community paint-by-number project, developed by Mila Horak, is offering two painting sessions this week. They’ll be at the Cook County Community Center from 1-5 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday, July 27, from 2-8 p.m.

mila horak imagine project

Community members are painting a mural that will be installed on Birchbark Books & Gifts when it’s done.

All welcome. No experience required.

In Thunder Bay, the Die Active Art Collective will hold its annual Y-Art Sale in the midsummer garden behind the Hoito Restaurant from 11 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The Y-Art Sale is behind the Hoito Restaurant in Thunder Bay on Saturday.

The Y-Art Sale is behind the Hoito Restaurant (on Bay Street)  in Thunder Bay on Saturday.

Discover the unique works of young DieActive artists, clothing designers and crafters in this unique summer event. Shop for original art & crafts, handmade jewellery, vintage clothing & treasures, zines, books, buttons, records and more. Plus, there’s live music, too, and lemonade, food trucks and, if you want, a Finnish pancake at Hoito’s.  The event is sponsored by the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

Also of note: The Valley Fresh Buskers Festival is only a few steps away, too, at Bay & Algoma Streets, and will be held July 23-24 with lots of music, street performers, clowns and a food truck alley. The festival is from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

In Minneapolis, “Cow Calls in Dalarna,” a verse play with music and cow bells, will be performed at the American Swedish Institute July 22-23. The one-hour theater piece is based on a cycle of original poems by Duluth playwright and poet Bart Sutter, with traditional music to evoke the lost world of Sweden’s summer pasture camps. Grand Marais’ Rose Arrowsmith Decoux is one of the performers. Performances are at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday. For more info, see www.asimn.org.

Upcoming

Fisherman’s Picnic, the annual summer gathering in Grand Marais, runs from Aug. 3 through Aug. 7 with contests, music, a used book sale, craft alley and much more. For more info, click here.

Painter Adam Swanson will open a show at Tettegouche State Park with a reception at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5.

Painting by Adam Swanson.

Painting by Adam Swanson.

Swanson is exhibiting 18 paintings inspired by the North Shore. He will give a 15-minute presentation at the opening.

Currently, Tettegouche State Park is exhibiting work by Twin Cities artist, Marty Harris.

Marty Harris' painting, "Artist Point" at Tettegouche State Park.

Marty Harris’ painting, “Artist Point” at Tettegouche State Park.

 In other art news:

Betsy Bowen has completed a new series of fish print cards. They can be seen at her studio at 310 1st Ave. West.

Card by Betsy Bowen,

Card by Betsy Bowen.

In other Betsy Bowen gallery news, Ron Piercy has made a series of new necklaces.

Necklace by Ron Piercy.

Garnet and silver necklace by Ron Piercy.

Ceramic artist Matthew Krousey is the featured artist next month at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Mosaic by Matthew Krousey.

Mosaic by Matthew Krousey.

He is scheduled to teach a class Aug. 15-18. Students will create tiles, oval vases, and plates, and explore various decorating and surface design techniques using slips and stains. For more information, see www.grandmaraisartcolony.org or call 218-387-2737.

Fiber artist Kim Knutson has work at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Needle-felted bear by Kim Knutson.

Needle-felted bear by Kim Knutson.

 Joy and Company is exhibiting pottery by Hannah Lakey.

Pottery by Hannah Lakey.

Pottery by Hannah Lakey is at Joy & Co.

 The Cross River Heritage Center has a new exhibit of local artists including photographs by Kathy Gray-Anderson and Peter Jewell, watercolors by David Hahn and paintings and pastels by Paula Sundet Wolf.

Kathy Gray Anderson is showing her photographs at the Cross River Heritage Center.

Kathy Gray Anderson is showing her photographs at the Cross River Heritage Center.

Jessica Kunde took 1st place at the Chalk.A.Lot festival in Two Harbors last weekend with this stunning black and white portrait.

First place

Jessica Kunde took 1st place the Chalk.A.Lot event in Two Harbors.

Arna Rennan won the Paint Du Nord, the plein air competition in Duluth, last weekend.

"Evening: 5th Ave. West" by Arna Rennan.

“Evening: 5th Ave. West” by Arna Rennan.

David Gilsvik took first place in the Quick Paint at the event.

"Into the Light" by David Gilsvik.

“Into the Light” by David Gilsvik.

The paintings are on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

And finally, Cameron Norman is teaching a class entitled:“Gyotaku: The Dao of Fishy-ness” at the Grand Marais Art Colony July 30-31.

Gyotaku by Cameron Norman.

Gyotaku by Cameron Norman.

In the class, students will learn the traditional Japanese art form of Gyotaku, or “fish rubbing.” Each participant will create fine, detailed mono prints using local fish, rice paper, inks, and acrylics. The finished work will be applied to stretched canvas using rice glue made in class. The class will end with a dinner of studio-made fish chowder. Students will go home with one finished print and a full belly. For more info, contact the Art Colony at 387-2737.

Here’s the music for this weekend:

Thursday, July 21:

  • Plucked Up String Band, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, July 22:

  • Jim & Michele Miller, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Rod & Al, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Music by the Campfire, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7:30 p.m.
  • Reina Del Cid, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 23:

  • Eric Frost, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Bug Lite, Music on the Deck, Papa Charlie’s, 6 p.m.
  • Dat Dere Jazz, Sydney’s Rooftop, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m.
  • Prodigals Adrift, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Reina Del Cid, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Dance Party with DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 24:

  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Mogul’s Grille, 5 p.m.

Monday, July 25:

  • Shane Martin, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, July 27:

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

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

White Showy Lady Slipper by Paul Sundberg.

White Showy Lady Slipper by Paul Sundberg.

 

Devil's Island by Michael DeWitt.

Devil’s Island by Michael DeWitt.

 

A Fleeting Moment by Zoe Amerman.

A Fleeting Moment by Zoe Amerman.

Here are two full-moon shots.

Lamp-lit Buck Moon by David Johnson.

Lamp-lit Buck Moon by David Johnson.

 

Full Moon Rising by Kathy Gray Anderson.

Full Moon Rising by Kathy Gray Anderson.

The peace of Lake Superior…

Sunset After Rains by Thomas Spence.

Sunset After Rains by Thomas Spence.

And the fruit of the season:

Blueberries by Jean Fitts Cochrane.

Blueberries by Jean Fitts Cochrane.

Enjoy the weekend, everyone!

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Take a Deep Breath — Enjoy Summer

Mid-July and Lake Superior is showing off. This photo, looking back toward Artist Point from the lighthouse, was taken by Kristopher Bowman.

Mid-July and Lake Superior shows off. This photo, looking back toward Artist Point from the lighthouse, was taken by Kristopher Bowman.

Mid-July. Warm temps, blue skies, luscious clouds and wild places to explore. Blueberries will be ripening soon and gardens come into their own.

In town, this is a week when we take a deep breath and get ready for the rest of the summer. The Grand Marais Arts Festival, another smash hit this year, is over, and Fisherman’s Picnic is just three weeks away, so this is a weekend to catch up. There’s music, and plenty of it, and lots of  opportunities to watch artists at work. And the galleries and shops are loaded with local and regional art, always a rewarding way to spend a day or two.

There are some cool activities this week, too.

First up is the Arrowhead Sketchers, an open group of artists that was organized this summer and meets every Thursday in various locations around the county to sketch together and then talk about it later.

Neil Sherman crafted this sketch of last week.

Neil Sherman crafted this sketch  last week.

This week, the Arrowhead Sketchers will meet at the Public Boat Landing in the Rec Park at 5:30 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the group will use the picnic shelter nearby or move to Grandma Ray’s. Participants are invited to sketch or paint in their medium of choice. All are welcome. The session lasts from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

And there will be some exciting demos.

On Friday, Melissa Wickwire will be demonstrating tilemaking at her studio, Wickwire Clayworks, which is located above Betsy Bowen’s Studio, 301 1st Ave. W. in Grand Marais. Her studio is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

wickwire

Melissa Wickwire will demonstrate tilemaking in her studio on Friday.

On Saturday, Mary MacDonald will give weaving demonstrations at Kah-Hee-Tah Gallery from noon to 2 p.m.

Mary MacDonald will be at Kah Nee Tah Gallery on Saturday.

Mary MacDonald will be at Kah Nee Tah Gallery on Saturday.

Also on Saturday, Betsy Bowen will demonstrate printmaking in her studio starting at 1 p.m. Bowen has just completed a new print, “Lupines.”

"Lupines" by Betsy Bowen.

“Lupines” by Betsy Bowen.

Also, Kathy Weinberg will demonstrate oil painting at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Kathy Fox Weinberg will demonstrate oil painting at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Saturday.

Kathy Weinberg will demonstrate oil painting at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Saturday.

And finally, there will be a bronze pour at 4 p.m. at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.

A bronze pour will be held at Last Chance Gallery at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

A bronze pour will be held at Last Chance Gallery at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

All of the demos scheduled for this weekend are free and open to the public.

There are other fun things happening this weekend too.

On Friday, the new duo, the Red Dirt Girl (Michele Miller and Amymarie Schmidt) will talk about their music and play a few tunes on WTIP’s The Roadhouse. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. The band will be on-air about 6:15. The Red Dirt Girl play at Cascade Lodge Pub on Sunday. (See below.)

On Saturday morning, the Cook County Farm & Craft Market will run from 9-1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Senior Center. The market features a wide variety of arts and crafts as well as baked goods and produce in season.

If you have ever wondered what it was like living and working in Taconite Harbor, check out the event at the Cross River Heritage Center at 11 a.m. Saturday when taconite workers Bud Buckman, Gary Hansen, Charlie Nelson, Charlie Tice and Steve Quaife talk about their life and work in Taconite Harbor. The panel discussion will be moderated by Barb Livdahl. The event is sponsored by the Schroeder Area Historical Society.

Also this weekend, the North Shore Winery on the Ski Hill Road in Lutsen will hold a grand opening from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Wine tasting, refreshments and music are on the menu. The Plucked Up String Band will play from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday. Black River Revue plays from 2-5 p.m. Sunday. All invited.

And on Tuesday, Hannah Barker Nickolay and Leah Lakey will be guest artist/musicians at the Full Moon Reading by the bonfire at Drury Lane Books starting at 7:30 p.m.

In Two Harbors, the Chalk.A.Lot, the sidewalk chalk art festival, is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday July 16, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Thomas Owens Park and in the streets of Two Harbors.

chalk a lot

One of the chalk art pieces from past years.

The public is invited to come watch or try their hand at this ephemeral art. Live music and refreshments, art activities and more are scheduled.

In Duluth, the opening reception for the Duluth plein air competition, Paint du Nord, will be held at the Duluth Art Institute at 5 p.m. Friday, July 15.

Windy Dunes by Laura Frykman.

Windy Dunes by Laura Frykman.

Duluth painter Laura Frykman participated in the competition. Her work will be exhibited, as will the other participants’.

 Upcoming

 The Grand Marais Playhouses Summer Theatre Festival opens on Thursday, July 21, with “Arsenic and Old Lace.” It will be performed in repertory with “The Addams Family,” which opens on Friday, July 21. Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through Aug. 13. Tickets are available at www.tix.com. The Playhouse has a new web site, too. Check it out here.

The Johnson Heritage Post Gallery will host the exhibit “Ceramics in Cook County” featuring work by 16 ceramics artists. The opening reception is from 5-7  p.m. Friday, July 29.
Ceramic artists in the show include: Maggie Anderson, Nathan AndersonTara Block, Elaine Dean, Joan Farnam, John Franz, Jeanne KnightBob LaMettryDan & Lee RossMike Smieja, Natalie Sobanja, Bob Tamanaha, Kari Tarver, Ann Ward and  Melissa Wickwire.

 

In other art news:

Mary Berg is the featured artist this month at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Painting by Mary Berg, detail.

Painting by Mary Berg, detail.

Her work is being exhibited in the gallery store, which also features work by a wide variety of Art Colony-member artists. The Art Colony is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

The extraordinary exhibit of paintings by Karen Savage Blue continues at the Johnson Heritage Post Gallery through July 24.

"The Spirit Tree" by Karen Savage Blue.

“The Spirit Tree” by Karen Savage Blue.

The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen is featuring new work by potter Nate Saunders.

Nate Saunders has new work at Last Chance Gallery.

Nate Saunders has new work at Last Chance Gallery.

Saunders is inspired by the Mingei movement in Japan which embodies the belief that art should be affordable, made by hand, utilitarian and used by many people.

Tim Young is currently working on painting an antique box he found in Red Ridge, Mich.

Box painting by Tim Young.

Box painting by Tim Young.

He currently has work at the the Betsy Bowen Studio, Cascade Vacation Rentals and Harbor House.  He also has prints and cards at Sivertson Gallery.

Upstate MN has new work by potter Megan Mitchell as well as JD Jorgenson.

Pottery by Megan Mitchell.

Pottery by Megan Mitchell.

Painter Tim Pearson won Best of Show at the Grand Marais Arts Festival last weekend. He is exhibiting his work at Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais.

"A  Stormy Future" by Tim Pearson.

A Stormy Future” by Tim Pearson.

 Peggy Little has just brought in new yarn bowls to Joy & Co.

Yarn Bowls by Peggy Little.

Yarn Bowls by Peggy Little.

And Kelly Dupre’s artwork is featured on long- and short-sleeved T-shirts at Great Gifts of Lutsen.

Artwork by Kelly Dupre.

Artwork by Kelly Dupre.

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, July 14:

  • Pushing Chain, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Frozen Britches, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Rich Mattson and Germaine Gemberling, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Friday, July 15:

  • Ladies Music Club, Voyageur Brewing Co., 6 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Grandma Ray’s, 7:30 p.m.
  • Dat Dere Jazz Quartet, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7:30 p.m.
  • Ginstrings, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 16:

  • Pucked Up String Band, North Shore Winery, 2-5 p.m.
  • Dennis Archambeau, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Shoot from the Hipsters, Sydney’s, 6 p.m.
  • J Squared the the Makers, Papa Charlie’s Deck, 6 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Pete K, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Ginstrings, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Dance Party with DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 17:

  • Black River Revue Band, North Shore Winery, 2-5 p.m.
  • Cooker John, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • Red Dirt Girl, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, July 18:

  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Bay campfire, 7 p.m.
  • Cooker John, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

 Tuesday, July 19:

  • Hannah Barker Nickolay and Leah Lakey, Full Moon Reading (music) by the campfire, Drury Lane Books, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 20:

  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Bay campfire, 7 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Moguls Grille, 5 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Bob Bingham, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Here’s a selection of some of the great photos we found this week:

Let’s start out with some newsy photos.

The huge rains over northern Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin are having an impact, that’s for sure. Here’s a photo taken of a blown-out culvert on Hwy. 13 in Wisconsin between Ashland and Mellen.

Blow-out in Wisconsin. (Photographer unknown.)

Blow-out in Wisconsin. (Photographer unknown.)

The impact of the torrential rains can be seen from space. Here’s a satellite photo of the sediment runoff into Lake Superior. (Taken from a post from MPR’s Updraft.)

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You can clearly see the sediment runoff as  light brown along Lake Superior’s eastern shoreline.

We didn’t have those devastating rains here in Cook County, although there were storms.

Storm rolling through by David Johnson.

Storm rolling through by David Johnson.

The storms can be beautiful.

Summer storm over the Spirit Tree.

Summer storm over the Spirit Tree.

Misty days in summer have their power, as well.

 

Summer flowers by Sandra Updyke.

Summer flowers by Sandra Updyke.

As do beautiful days in the Boundary Waters.

A weekend paddle in canoe country by Thomas Spence.

A weekend paddle in canoe country by Thomas Spence.

And sunsets can be gorgeous.

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park by Mike Plucker.

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park by Mike Plucker.

Youngsters seem to be thriving as well.

Curious Calves by Nace Hagemann.

Curious Calves by Nace Hagemann.

And last, but not least, check out these healthy cuties.

Loon Babies by Paul Sundberg.

Loon Babies by Paul Sundberg.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

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Grand Marais Arts Festival Weekend

Kirk Schleife caught this beautiful sunrise lighting up a field of lupines the other day. Enjoy!

Kirk Schleife caught this beautiful sunrise lighting up a field of lupines the other day. Enjoy!

 The Grand Marais Arts Festival is this weekend, and there’s an incredible variety of things to do and see. The festival, which is brought to us by the Grand Marais Art Colony, is held in downtown Grand Marais, and runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The Grand Marais Arts Festival will be held in downtown Grand Marais on Saturday and Sunday.

The Grand Marais Arts Festival will be held in downtown Grand Marais on Saturday and Sunday.

In all, 80 local and regional artists were juried into this show and will be exhibiting paintings, photographs, jewelry, ceramics, fiber art, woodwork, including woodturned bowls, glass, metal work, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media and more.

Jewelry by Jennifer Nunnelee.

Jewelry by Jennifer Nunnelee.

There’s plenty of live music scheduled in Harbor Park, too, including a performance by the new band, the Plucked Up String Band, as well as a festival favorite, Michael Monroe, to name a few. They’ll all perform in Harbor Park, as will Storyteller Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux. (See music schedule, below.) WTIP Community Radio will broadcast live from the festival site on Saturday morning, too, interviewing artists and festival organizers.

There are lots of hands-on activities, including screen-printing a T-shirt or tote, creating a clay sculpture or making a print from a fish (gyo-taku). And Mila Horak will be there with her “Imagine the Northwoods: A Community Paint-By-Number Mural Project” offering everybody a chance to paint the mural that will eventually be hung on a wall at Birchbark Books & Gifts.

The Northern Clay Center will bring their Claymobile to the festival on Saturday, and the Clay Center’s potters will demonstrate how to make functional pots. And The Minnesota Center for Book Arts will set up in the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s booth, and offer hands-on activities on both days.

There are lots of demos by the artists, including Betsy Bowen, who brings a small press to make prints.

Betsy Bowen pulls a print from a tiny press she brings with her.

Betsy Bowen pulls a print from a tiny press she brings with her to the festival.

And the members of the Northwoods Fiber Guild will set up on the lawn in front of the Johnson Heritage Post and demonstrate their skills on Saturday.

The Art Colony Booth is a must-see. David Hahn will be there to paint individual portraits and here, one can find The Clothesline Art Sale, small artwork by local artists hanging from … a clothesline. It’s a fundraiser for the Art Colony and is very popular.

But mostly, the festival is a celebration of art and the people who make it. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy.

Meanwhile, there’s still lots happening in Grand Marais this week.

On Thursday, the Arrowhead Sketchers will meet at 5:30 p.m. outside the Betsy Bowen Studio, 301 First Ave. W. They will sketch in the area until 7 p.m. or so, then come back together to share their sketches. Everyone is welcome. Sketchers should ring whatever supplies and materials they like to work with and join the group as it sketches the summer in Grand Marais. In the event of rain, they will meet at 5:30p.m. at Grandma Ray’s.

On Thursday night, the Red Dirt Girl performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Cascade Lodge Pub.

Amymarie Schmidt (left) and Michele Miller have formed a new group: Red Dirt Girl.

Amymarie Schmidt (left) and Michele Miller have formed a new group: Red Dirt Girl.

This is the first gig for the Red Dirt Girl (Michele Miller and Amymarie Schmidt).They play American Roots music, folk, Appalachian, bluegrass and original tunes. All invited to hear the debut of this new group.

Saturday kicks off with Cook County Farm & Craft Market in the Senior Center Parking lot at 9 a.m. The market features lots of locally made arts and crafts as well as baked goods and produce. The market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

.From 3-6 p.m., the SplinterTones will hold their CD release party on the lawn of the Grand Marais Public Library from 3-6 p.m. All are invited to hear this energetic and talented group of musicians perform.

At 5 p.m., Mary Sharratt, the author of “The Dark Lady’s Mask: A Novel of Shakespeare’s Muse” will read from her book and talk about it at a Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books. “The Dark Lady’s Mask” is the story of Aemilia Bassano Lanier (1569–1645), the first professional woman poet in Renaissance England, and her collaboration—and star-crossed love affair—with William Shakespeare, as his Dark Lady.

And, at 7:30 p.m., South Carolina singer/songwriter Jack Williams will perform at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

Jack Williams.

Jack Williams.

Williams is a writer of vivid songs with a strong sense of place and a storyteller in the old Southern tradition. He illustrates each tale with his guitar. Tickets ($17 adults) are available at the door.

On Monday, the Grand Marais Writers Guild meets from 6-7 p.m. at the Cook County Whole Foods Co-op meeting room.

Also, not to forget: the Johnson Heritage Post Gallery is currently exhibiting the extraordinary paintings of Karen Savage Blue.

"Cat-tail Queens" by Karen Savage Blue.

“Cat-tail Queens” by Karen Savage Blue.

The exhibit continues through July 24. The Heritage Post is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Cross River Heritage Center is exhibiting acrylic paintings of Bruce Palmer and photography by David Degree and Tom Spence.

And Tettegouche State Park is currently exhibiting work by Marty Harris.

In Thunder Bay, the opening ceremony for the exhibit “Teaching is in the Making: Re(Store)ied Memories of Anishinabeg” will be held at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

"Ogidichaakewag-2016," fabric-quilt by Celeste-Pedri-Spade.

“Ogidichaakewag-2016,” fabric-quilt by Celeste-Pedri-Spade.

In this exhibit, Anishinabekwe artists Celeste Pedri-Spade and Leanna Marshall blend together Anishinabeg photography and traditional regalia. The artists write: “The Teaching is in the Making “ is about restoring and re-story-ing specific familial memories that are integral to Anishinabeg history, identity, and continued survivance.” The exhibit continues through Sept. 4.

In Superior, Wis., the Superior Council for the Arts and the North End Arts Gallery will host an artist reception from 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday for the exhibit “Insects+Variations: Drawn & Painted: With Stories” by Adam Frankiewicz & Amy Wilson.

Northern Bluet by Adam

Northern Bluet by Adam Frankiewicz.

The North End Arts Gallery is located in the Old Commerce and Trade Building, 1323 Broadway, in Superior. The show continues through Sept. 10. The gallery is open noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Upcoming:

 Chalk.a.lot, the sidewalk chalk festival in Two Harbors, is next weekend, July 15-17 in Thomas Owens Park. Contact Michelle at 218-590-4532 with questions. On-site registration is available, but to ensure you get a spot, register by Thursday, July 14. For more info, click here.

At noon on Saturday, July 16, Mary MacDonald will give a weaving demonstration at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen from noon to 2 p.m.

Mary MacDonald will be at Kah Nee Tah next week.

Mary MacDonald will be at Kah-Nee-Tah next week.

The Grand Marais Playhouse Summer Theatre Festival begins July 21, with two plays in repertory: “Arsenic & Old Lace” and “The Adams Family.” For tickets and more info, see www.grandmaraisplayhouse.com.

The Grand Marais Garden Club’s Summer Flower Show will be from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, July 22, at the Cook County Community Center. The theme this year is “Nature’s Symphony.”

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery‘s Garden Tour is July 24. It is a self-guided tour of Thunder Bay gardens. Stay tuned for details.

In other art news:

Maria Nickolay has just released her new CD, “Through the Ashes.” It is available at Birchbark Books & Gifts, Joy & Co., and White Pine North.

Great Gifts of Lutsen is carrying the “official” Angry Trout napkins (two sizes) and aprons with embroidered logo crafted by Heavy Duty Designs.

Great Gifts has Angry Trout napkins and aprons.

Great Gifts has Angry Trout napkins and aprons.

Dennis Turnquist of Finland has just brought in new birch baskets to the Blue Moose.

Joy & Co. is featuring paintings by Tom McCann, photographs by Nace Hagemann and jewelry by Sarah Reller.

Last Chance Gallery has new work by Twin Cities potter, Guillermo Cuellar.

Fluted bowls by Guillermo Cuellar.

Fluted bowls by Guillermo Cuellar.

And here’s the music for the week. (Note: WTIP Community Radio is doing their summer membership drive this week, featuring live music by a number of local musicians under a big tent in the parking lot. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is invited to come enjoy the music and the food.

Thursday, July 7:

  • Plucked Up String Band, WTIP, noon
  • Andy Keith & Friends, WTIP, 1 p.m.
  • The Tea Eye Peas, WTIP, 4 .m.
  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Red Dirt Girl, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, July 8:

  • Michael Monroe, WTIP, noon
  • The SplinterTones, WTIP, 4 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Bob Bingham, WTIP, 5:15 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • The Wrong Omar, WTIP, 6:15 p.m.
  • Blue’s Happy, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • The Wrong Omar, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 9:

  • Eric Frost & Bill Hansen, Harbor Park, 11 a.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Harbor Park, 1-3 p.m.
  • Frozen Britches, WTIP, 2 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Chris Gillis, Gun Flint Tavern, 2 p.m.
  • The SplinterTones, CD Release Party, Grand Marais Public Library Lawn, 3 p.m.
  • Billy D, Birch Terrace Deck, 3 p.m.
  • Dat Dere Jazz, WTIP, 3 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Harbor Park, 3-5 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Grand Marais Public Library lawn, 3 p.m.
  • Cherry Dirt, WTIP, 4 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Chris Gillis, WTIP, 5:15 p.m.
  • Jackson and Hannah Nickolay, WTIP, 6 p.m.
  • Gabe Holmes, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, 7 p.m. rural Grand Marais
  • Cherry Dirt, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Jack Williams, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.
  • Blue’s Happy, Grandma Rays, 8:30 p.m.
  • The Wrong Omar,  Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 10:

  • Gordon Thorne, WTIP, 8 a.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Harbor Park, 10:30 a.m.
  • Grand Marais Music Collaborative Showcase, Harbor Park, 1-3 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, WTIP, 4 p.m.
  • Spruce Roots, Mogul’s Grille and Tap Room, 5 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, July 11:

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

Wednesday, July 13:

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

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

Thomas Spence caught this beautful image the other night.

"A Little Color in the Sky" by Thomas Spence.

A Little Color in the Sky” by Thomas Spence.

Ilena Berg had a few unexpected companions on her walk the other day,

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Happy 4th of July! My fellow walkers this morning say: “Enjoy your freedom,” by Ilena Berg.

David Brislance caught this photo of the two chicks that hatched out at Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center recently.

Chik-Wauk babies by David Brislance.

Chik-Wauk babies by David Brislance.

The 4th of July fireworks were great this year.

Photo by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.

And here are some beautiful landscapes.

"Lake Time" by Karen Sunderman.

“Lake Time” by Karen Sunderman.

 

Photo by Tom Spence.

Sunrise this morning through the cedars  by Thomas Spence.

 

4th of July Sunrise by David Johnson.

4th of July Sunrise by David Johnson.

 

Photo by Mila Horak.

Photo by Mila Horak.

 

Photo by Jackie Scherer

Photo by Jackie Scherer

And last, but not least, this storm photo by Robin Harvey.

Storm over Caribou Lake by Robin Harvey.

Storm over Caribou Lake by Robin Harvey.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Weekend to Remember

Peter Juhl took this lovely photo on Artist Point the other day as the Hjordis sailed into the harbor and walkers explored the rocky shore. Enjoy!

Peter Juhl took this lovely photo on Artist Point the other day as the Hjordis sailed into the harbor and walkers explored the rocky shore. Enjoy!

Summer on the North Shore explodes with activity in July. Arts events, especially, capture the essence of living on the Big Lake, drawing inspiration from its blue waters.

The weekend starts at the Hovland Town Hall where the American-Argentine duo, Axtell, celebrate the release of their first CD, “No More Monkey Business.”

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Axtell is Katrina Axtell and Julian Hernandez.

The folk/soul duo play guitar and ukulele, and the concert will feature high-energy, family-friendly songs (both familiar and original) and special guest performers. The concert is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 adults. Children are admitted free. Axtell will also perform at noon at the Hovland Arts Festival on Saturday and Sunday. (See below for details of the arts festival.)

July 1 is First Fridays in Grand Marais, and there are a variety of activities/receptions at shops and galleries around town.  Some highlights:

The Grand Marais Art Colony will feature the 100 day Project Digital Exhibition from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Friday. The video shows work by artists across the Midwest who participated in the project, focusing on creating and artistic play for 100 days. The public is invited to drop in and be inspired.
At Betsy Bowen’s Studio and Galleries, woodturner Jim Sannerud and ceramic tilemaker Melissa Wickwire will be giving demonstrations throughout the day.  The galleries are open until 7 p.m.

Sivertson Gallery is featuring a Summer Trollbead Trunk Show Thursday through Sunday.

One of the highlights this Friday is the opening of Marty Harris’ solo exhibit at Tettegouche State Park. Entitled “Sidewalk to Superior” the exhibit features work inspired by the northern Minnesota landscape.

"Artist Point," acrylic and ink, by Marty Harris.

“Artist Point,” acrylic and ink, by Marty Harris.

Harris writes:

“I’m on a Sidewalk to Superior. After decades of looking out the bay window toward the neighbor’s yard I have stepped outdoors, taken a deep breath, and ventured up the sidewalk to where it leads. With head up, eyes open and nostrils wide, I have been drawn upstate by the romance of life and landscape in northern Minnesota along the big lake, with a couple of stops inbetween. Narrative reveals itself with every step and every mark made between this Minneapolis suburb and the Canadian border.”

The opening reception at Tettegouche is from 7-9 p.m. on Friday. Michael Monroe will play. All invited.

One of the highlights of the July 4th weekend is the Hovland Summer Arts Festival held at the Hovland Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This arts festival has grown every year, and showcases local artists, including several from Thunder Bay. The festival features pottery, photography, lathe-turned wooden bowls, jewelry, beeswax products, painted gourds, fiber art, woodcarving, beadwork, painting, leather work, birchbark art, and more.

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The festival also includes two days of music from local musicians, and food sold and prepared by the adjacent Trinity Lutheran Church. Here’s the music line-up:

  • Saturday: Joe Paulk, 10 a.m., Axtell, noon, Brothers in Arms, 2 p.m.
  • Sunday: Flutereed Ramblers, 10 a.m., Axtell, noon, Yvonne Mills, 2:30 p.m

The art experience continues this weekend in Grand Marais as well.

The Cook County Farm & Craft Market is held at the Senior Center parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, featuring a wide selection of arts and crafts as well as vegetables in season.

Also on Saturday, a number of demonstrations are scheduled.

Cooper Ternes will demo bowlturning at his shop in Joy & Co’s building at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday through Monday.

Wood-turned bowl by Cooper Ternes.

Wood-turned bowl by Cooper Ternes.

Betsy Bowen will demonstrate woodcut printmaking at her studio from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, and Jerry Riach will give an intaglio printmaking demo at the Art Colony at 1 p.m.

At Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen, watercolorist Tom Soucek will be the featured artist all weekend. He will give painting demos at the gallery from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Monday.

Chickadees, watercolor, by Tom Soucek.

Chickadees, watercolor, by Tom Soucek.

The public is invited to stop in and see how these paintings are created.

And, at Sugarloaf Cove, Peter Juhl will give rock balancing demos at 10 a.m. Sugarloaf Cove is located at 9096 Hwy. 61 in Schroeder.

Peter Juhl will give a rock balancing demo at Sugarloaf Cove on Saturday.

Peter Juhl will give rock balancing demos at Sugarloaf Cove on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen continues it’s Bronze Pour series at 4 p.m. this Saturday as well. The public is invited to watch this exciting event. Free. And for a perk, check out Tom Christiansen’s floating turtle, crafted from bronze. They turtles are in the gallery.

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Floating Turtle by Tom Christiansen.

On Sunday, the new Chik-Walk Nature Center on the Gunflint Trail will hold a grand opening from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artist Keith Morris, who created a loon sculpture mounted on the ceiling so spectators can view it as if they were under water looking up, will talk about his work during the event.

Keith Morris created this underwater loon sculpture for Chik-Wauk's new Nature Center.

Keith Morris created this underwater loon sculpture for Chik-Wauk’s new Nature Center.

The 4th of July is Monday, and kicks off with the Tofte Trek in the morning at the Birch Grove Community Center followed by the Tofte 4th of July Celebration in downtown Tofte. Music with Cook County’s Most Wanted, a beer garden and an art and craft show are featured. The parade starts at 2 p.m.

In Grand Marais, the First Congregational Church will hold an Ice Cream Social from 6:30 to 8:30. The public is invited.

Then The SplinterTones will play for an outdoor dance in Harbor Park from 8-10 p.m.

Fireworks will held in Tofte, Grand Marais and Grand Portage after dark.

In other art news, the Johnson Heritage Post continues the solo exhibition of paintings by Karen Savage Blue. The exhibit includes a video about her crafted by WDSE’s The Playlist.

Paintings by Karen Savage Blue are featured at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Paintings by Karen Savage Blue are featured at the Johnson Heritage Post.

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

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery is exhibiting “The Teaching is in the Making: Re(Store)ied Memories of Anishinabeg,” which features the work of local artists Leanna Marshall and Celeste Pedri-Spade. The gallery also is exhibiting “The Art of Adornment: Jewelry from the Permanent Collection,” and “Arthur Shilling: The Final Works,” organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Peterborough.

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Artists Leanna Marshall and Celester Pedri-Spade are exhibiting their work at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth is exhibiting Jeffrey T. Larson’s paintings in a show entitled “Domestic Space.”

Jeffrey T. Larsen with his exhibit "Domestic Space" at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Jeffrey T. Larsen with his exhibit “Domestic Space” at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Larsen will give an artist talk about his work from 2-4 p.m. July 16.

Also just down the road, author Mary Sharratt will be at Drury Lane Books at 5 p.m. July 9 to talk about her latest novel, “The Dark Lady’s Mask: A Novel of Shakespeare’s Muse.”

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Author Mary Sharratt will be at Drury Lane Books to talk about her novel at 5 p.m. July 9.

“The Dark Lady’s Mask” is the story of Aemilia Bassano Lanier (1569–1645), the first professional woman poet in Renaissance England, and her collaboration—and star-crossed love affair—with William Shakespeare, as his Dark Lady. Sharratt, who lives in England, will give the presentation in period dress. Free and open to the public.

And, the best of July– the Grand Marais Arts Festival — will be held July 9-10. It will fill downtown Grand Marais with white tents, incredible art and lots of excitement.  More than 70 local and regional artists will be featured this year, and lots of activities, demos and more are planned. Stay tuned for details!

The Grand Marais Arts Festival is next weekend, July 9-10.

The Grand Marais Arts Festival is next weekend, July 9-10.

Here’s the music schedule for this weekend:

Thursday, June 30:

  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Axtell, CD Release Show, Hovland Town Hall, 8 p.m.

Friday, July 1:

  • Gene Lafond and Amy Grillo,  Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Earth, Wind & Todd, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Space Monster, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 2:

  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Birch Terrace Deck, 3 p.m.
  • Ben Johnson and the Road Beers, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Shoot from the Hipsters, Sydney’s, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m. Reservations at 612-789-2255.
  • Jim and Michelle Miller, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Earth Wind & Todd, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Dusty Heart, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 3:

  • Pete K, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Big Bear Lodge, 6 p.m.
  • Bughouse, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Monday, July 4:

  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Tofte 4th of July Celebration, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Jim McGowan, Voyageur Brewing Co. 4 p.m.
  • The SplinterTones, Harbor Park, 8 p.m.
  • Bug Dope, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
  • Scott Frazer, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Tuesday, July 5

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

Wednesday, July 6:

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

We found a wide variety of great photos this week.

Let’s start with a human. Thomas Spence took this awesome photo of one of the competitors in the Lutsen 99er last week.

Photo by Thomas Spence.

Photo by Thomas Spence.

And here’s a great action shot, too.

"Friends" by Kelly Marquardt.

“Friends” by Kelly Marquardt.

Here’s a cute “orange” moosling.

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Photo by Paul Pluskwik.

David Gilsvik had a chance to see some Peregrine Falcon chicks the other day. He got this great image of the young raptors.

Photo by David Gilsvik.

Photo by David Gilsvik.

And Carol Bowman took this fantastic photo of a loon the other day.

"That sharp beak, that red eye, that drip - Ha,: by Carol A. Bowman.

“That sharp beak, that red eye, that drip – Ha” by Carol A. Bowman.

And for a change–vegetative shots.

Sweetgrass by Jean Fitts Cochrane.

“Sweetgrass” by Jean Fitts Cochrane.

 

"Land Scapes" by Maryl Skinner.

“Land Scapes” by Maryl Skinner.

 

Here are some other landscapes:

"Sunset last night along the back roads. Sick of lupines yet? by Thomas Spence.

“Sunset last night along the back roads. Sick of lupines yet?” by Thomas Spence.

 

"Spray Falls, Munising, Mich.," by Christian Dalbec.

“Spray Falls, Munising, Mich.,” by Christian Dalbec.

 

"An eye-opener" by David Johnson.

“An eye-opener” by David Johnson.

And here are two different views of the Big Lake.

"Storm front passing over Lake Superior" by Cary Schmies.

“Storm front passing over Lake Superior” by Cary Schmies.

 

"Lake Superior silver and gold" by Mike Wiggins, Jr.

“Lake Superior Silver and Gold” by Mike Wiggins, Jr.

Have a Happy 4th, everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Summer Fun

Grant Johnson took this compilation of the Strawberry Moon rising on the Summer Solstice.

Grant Johnson took this compilation of the Strawberry Moon rising on the Summer Solstice.

The Summer Solstice marks the beginning of the summer season and,  in Cook County, it heralds a quickening and celebration of the arts. The Johnson Heritage Post opens an exhibit this weekend and, in the coming weeks, look for the Hovland Arts Festival (July 2-3) and the Grand Marais Arts Festival (July 9-10), as well as the Summer Theatre Festival, which starts July 21. And, of course, there is a wide variety of music throughout the month.

There are lots of other art-related events, opportunities and classes this summer, too. Here is what is on the slate for this week.

First up is an opportunity to join the Arrowhead Sketchers, a new group organized by the Grand Marais Art Colony, which meets every Thursday afternoon to sketch and/or draw in a particular location. All are welcome, regardless of skill level, chosen medium, or age, including all plein aire painters.

The Arrowhead Sketchers meet every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in various locations around the county. Here are a few examples of last week's work.

The Arrowhead Sketchers meet every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in various locations around the county. Here are a few examples of last week’s work.

This week, the sketchers will meet at the public boat landing in the Grand Marais Rec Park at 5:30 p.m. If the weather is bad, they’ll meet in the picnic shelter adjacent to the boat landing. Plans are to sketch for an hour and a half, and then gather to share their work and experiences. Just show up with sketchbook in hand and/or call the Art Colony at 387-2737 for more information. Free.

On Friday, the Johnson Heritage Post opens an extraordinary exhibit of paintings by  Karen Savage Blue with a reception from 5-7 p.m.

"When the Buffalo Come for Tea," by Karen Savage Blue.

When the Buffalo Come for Tea,” by Karen Savage Blue.

Savage Blue, who is a member of the Fond du Lac Band and teaches at the Fond du Lac Community College, has had several major exhibits, including one at the Duluth Art Institute last year. The exhibit at the Heritage Post will include paintings from a recent project, where Blue made a painting a day for a year. WDSE’s The Playlist interviewed the artist about her project. Check out the fascinating video here. The exhibit continues through July 24. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

On Saturday, start out the day at the Cook County Farm & Craft Market, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Senior Center parking lot. The market features a variety of crafters as well as baked goods and vegetables/plant starts in season. To find out more, check out its Facebook page here.

At 1 p.m., glass artist Gretchen Lisdahl will give a glass beads demo in the glass studio at the Grand Marais Art Colony. All are welcome.

Then, at 5 p.m., Minnesota mystery writer William Kent Krueger will be the guest at Drury Lane Books for a Writer’s Salon.

William Kent Krueger

William Kent Krueger

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He will read from “Manitou Canyon,” the latest in his Cork O’Connor series. This is a rare preview– the book won’t be published until Sept. 6 The event will be held outside, weather permitting. All invited. Free.

On Sunday, the Woodland Chamber Music Workshop Chamber Orchestra will hold a Gala Concert at 11 a.m. at Surfside Resort in Tofte.  Chamber music workshops have been held all this week, featuring the Gichigami Trio (Sam Black,piano; Laurie Bastian, violin and Josh Aerie, cello), Betty Braunstein, flute; Kevin Miescke, French horn and Mina Fisher, cello. The concert will include participant ensembles and the WCMW Chamber Orchestra. It will be followed by a reception/light luncheon. The public is invited.

Then at 7 p.m. Wednesday, in the Parish Hall at St. John’s Catholic Church, the public will be able to find out all about cellist Yvonne Caruthers adventures when she played with the Washington Opera for its epic production of Richard Wagner’s “The Ring Cycle” in Washington, D.C. The four operas in the cycle take 15 hours to perform.ring cycle

“It was a little like a Star Trek convention,” Caruthers writes, “with people dressed as their favorite characters, immersed in their roles over a span of several days, living and breathing the twists and turns of the stories.”  Caruthers will be sharing her experience
with photos, video clips, musical excerpts, and lots and lots of stories. If you happen to be fascinated by gods, giants, intrigue, magic potions, betrayal, greed…and love, be sure to attend this humorous and musical evening. Free. One time only.

And, for an up-close and personal experience with opera, consider going to “Les Uncomfortables,” in Duluth,  a reprise of the hugely popular opera spoof produced by Lyric Opera of the North and Colder by the Lake. The original production was staged in 2001.

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“Les Uncomfortables” is an original comic opera, sung in English. It is based on the true adventures of Daniel Greysolon Sieur duLhut, the explorer for whom the city of Duluth is named. The story includes love and loss, portaging and paddling, and mosquitoes and mistaken identity.

Performances are June 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m., and June 26 at 2 p.m. at Lincoln Park Middle School, 3215 W. 3rd St. in Duluth. Tickets are $30, $40, and $50 plus a $4 ticketing fee. $10 student tickets are available by calling 218-464-0922. Select your seats at www.loonopera.org.

Also in Duluth, a new gallery is opening with a reception on Saturday. Lakeside Gallery, 4431 East Superior Street, is founded by painter Aaron Kloss, and features a variety of art work from local and regional artists.

Shawna Gilmore is this month's featured artist at Lakeside Gallery.

Shawna Gilmore is this month’s featured artist at Lakeside Gallery, which will hold a Grand Opening this weekend.

A reception for this month’s featured artist, Shawna Gilmore, will be held from 1-3 p.m. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery‘s new exhibitions continue with the Members Show, a Die Active Art Collection and video screenings by Creator Project 6.

Artwork from the Die Active exhiibit at Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

Artwork from the Die Active exhiibit at Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

The exhibits continue through July 23.

And the exhibit, “Arthur Shilling: The Final Works” continues at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Arthur Shilling, "Ojibway Dreams,"(young girl in dream), (detail),

Arthur Shilling, “Ojibway Dreams,”(young girl in dream), (detail),

Many of the works in the exhibit have not been shown publicly before. Works have been borrowed from the Shilling Estate as well as many private and public collections.

Upcoming:

 The Grand Marais Art Colony will hold a Satellite Trunk Show featuring the work of jewelry designers Tedd McDonah & Beth Novak for First Fridays, July 1.  Novak has been a jewelry designer for more than 30 years and is the Art Colony’s featured artist for the month of June.

Jewelry by Beth Novak.

Jewelry by Beth Novak.

Visit the Art Colony on the First Friday of July to view her work.  Work by Pennsylvania jewelry artist, Tedd McDonah, as well as members of the Minnesota Jewelry Arts Guild, will also be on display

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Then, from 4:30-6:30 on July 1, the Art Colony will feature the 100-Day Project Digital Exhibition. Work was submitted from artists across the Midwest, including Grand Marais, who participated in the project: making art each day for 100 days.

Marty Harris will hold an opening reception for his solo show at Tettegouche State Park from 7-9 p.m. July 1. Michael Monroe will play. Stay tuned for details.

In other art news:

 Sivertson Gallery visited the studio of potters Paul Zoldahn and Gail Rosenquist recently. Rosenquist is a new artist at the gallery, joining her husband, Zoldahn.

A collection of pottery by Gail Rosenquist and Paul Zoldahn.

A collection of pottery by Gail Rosenquist and Paul Zoldahn.

Woodcut printmaker Betsy Bowen will be exhibiting at the Park Point Art Fair in Duluth this weekend.

Betsy Bowen will participate in the Park Point Art Fair this weekend.

Betsy Bowen will participate in the Park Point Art Fair this weekend.

The art fair is held at the end of Park Point on Saturday and Sunday.

The Blue Moose has a new line of pottery by the Bill Campbell Studio in Cambridge Springs, Penn. Stellar Art Pottery features a broad selection of functional and decorative stoneware vases, bowls, plates and platters, with impressionistic glazes.

Bonnie Gay Hedstrom will present a fiber painting class at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery on Saturday from 5-7 p.m.

Bonnie Gay Hedstrom will teach a fiber painting class at Kah Nee Tah Gallery on Saturday.

Bonnie Gay Hedstrom will teach a fiber painting class at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery on Saturday.

Reservations are required for this class. Call 218-387-2585 for more info and to register.

Joy & Co. has just received new Thompsonite stones. They are loose– not set in jewelry.

Great Gifts of Lutsen is featuring Lake Superior Mood Lamps by Todd and Julie Moser of Lutsen.

Lake Superior Mood Lamps.

Lake Superior Mood Lamps.

The lamps come in three sizes.

Natalie Sobanja has brought in new lidded jars to Betsy Bowen’s Studio & Galleries. Jewelry designer Ron Piercy has crafted new Thomsonite rings and earrings, which are on display.

Paula Sundet Wolf is exhibiting her paintings at the Coho Cafe in Tofte.

"Yellow Sunflower Garden" by Paula Sundet Wolf.

“Yellow Sunflower Garden” by Paula Sundet Wolf.

And last, but not least, there will be a bronze pour at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Also of note, Kristin Blomberg is exhibiting her work there.

"Cascade Cedars" by Kristin Blomberg.

“Cascade Cedars” by Kristin Blomberg.

 

Here’s the music schedule for this weekend. P.S. Rich Mattson and  Germaine Gemberling, who play at the Gun Flint Tavern this weekend, will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse to talk about their music and play a few tunes. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.

Thursday, June 23:

  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Lutsen Resort, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, June 24:

  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Bug Lite!, Birch Terrace, 5 p.m.
  • Portage Band, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Rich Mattson and the NorthStars, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 25:

  • Willie Waldman, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Billy D, Sydney’s Rooftop, 6 p.m.
  • Jon Kallberg, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Rich Mattson and the NorthStars, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • The 4ontheFloor, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.

Sunday, June 26:

  • Sawbill Trio, Voyageur’s Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Blue’s Happy, Mogul’s Grille, 5 p.m.

Clouds, eagles and wolves are just a few of the images we found this week.

Robin Harvey caught these mammatus clouds over Caribou Lake before the storm hit.

Robin Harvey caught these mammatus clouds over Caribou Lake before the storm hit.

Here are some images from the storm.

Photo by Thomas Spence.

Photo by Thomas Spence.

 

Photo by Travis Novitsky.

Photo by Travis Novitsky.

The eaglets we’ve been featuring from the DNR nest in St. Paul have grown up. Here they’re flying high and playing in the sky.

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Photo by Thomas Demma.

Instead of fast and speedy, how about slow and steady?

"Portrait of Wary and Traveler" by Kristopher Bowman.

“Portrait of Wary and Traveler” by Kristopher Bowman.

Here are some more wildlife shots.

"Looker in the Lupine" by Thomas Spence.

“Looker in the Lupine” by Thomas Spence.

 

"Seeing these orange guys is a favorite part of summer" by Nace Hagemann.

“Seeing these orange guys is a favorite part of summer” by Nace Hagemann.

 

Fox kits by Michael Furtman.

Fox kits by Michael Furtman.

Nace Hagemann caught this lone wolf watching a moose cross the road the other day.

Wolf by Nace Hagemann.

Wolf by Nace Hagemann.

And here’s a moose on Isle Royale.

"Isle Royale Moose" by Jason Kahler.

“Isle Royale Moose” by Jason Kahler.

Here’s a lovely rose from the Grand Marais’ Rose Garden.

Photo by Mona Abdel-Rahman.

Photo by Mona Abdel-Rahman.

Sandra Updyke caught this beauty while camping this weekend.

Photo by Sandra Updyke.

Photo by Sandra Updyke.

And here’s another beauty by Paul Sundberg.

Jasper Creek by Paul Sundberg.

Jasper Creek by Paul Sundberg.

We began with a Solstice moonrise. Let’s end with a Solstice sunrise. Enoy!

A Solstice Sunrise from Stockton Island by Michael DeWitt.

A Solstice Sunrise from Stockton Island by Michael DeWitt.

Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

 

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