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Greetings from the North Shore where we were blessed with lots of snow and now are blessed with lots of water….. more than enough for our rivers, and way too much for some of our county roads, but that’s the reality of Spring 2022.

The Fishing Opener was also a challenge for many since many of the inland lakes were still frozen. But a few days in, the situation changed, and a successful fishing opener was had by many. Here’s a great video by Matthew Baxley with Joe Friedrichs and friends in the BWCA for the Fishing Opener 2022. Enjoy.

 

Back on ice-free land, an interesting week lies ahead.

First up is DIVA: Spring Dance Performances presented by the YMCA  dancers.  The popular event features dancers of every age, from age 3 and older, and will be held at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts May 19-21.

YMCA dancers to perform in Spring concert at Arrowhead Center for the Arts May 19 - 21. Tickets here.

YMCA dancers to perform in Spring concert at Arrowhead Center for the Arts May 19 – 21.

Look for ballet, tap, and jazz dances at this event. And all the songs this year are the work of female artists.

Performances are at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, and 7 pm on Friday and Saturday. Tehy are $12.50 for adults and $7 for youth. Click here to order.

On Friday, May 20, the Cook County Historical Society and the Johnson Heritage Post will hold their monthly Culture Crawl, with both buildings open to the public from 5-7 pm.

The Culture Crawl at the Cook County Historical Society and the Johnson Heritage Post will be Friday night from 5-7 pm.

The Culture Crawl at the Cook County Historical Society and the Johnson Heritage Post will be Friday night from 5-7 pm.

First, stop by either the Cook County History Museum at 8 Broadway Ave,  or the Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery at 115 W Wisconsin St. to begin the evening and pick up an event card. Each site will provide you with a sticker to place on your card, and a completed card can be exchanged for a free glass of beer, wine, or non-alcoholic beverage at The Gunflint Tavern

On Saturday, there will be a Community Garage Sale at the Cook County Community Center, the first time the event has been held in two years. Reserved ables are going fast. Call 387-3015 to reserve yours. The sale is from 10 a,m, to 4 pm. All invited.

Exhibits

This is the last week to see Growing Toward the Light, a community art exhibit sponsored by the Spirit of the Wilderness Church currently on view at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Growing Toward the Light, a community art exhibit is on view at the Johnson Heritage Post through May

Growing Toward the Light, a community art exhibit is on view at the Johnson Heritage Post through May 22.T

The exhibit features work by more than 30 artists and includes painting, drawings, ceramics, glass, and more. The Heritage Post is open from 10 am to 4 pm. Thursday through Saturday and Monday, and from 1-4 pm Sunday. It is closed Tuesday and Wednesday

The George Morrison “Connections” Exhibit continues at the  Grand Portage National Monument’s Heritage Center.

George Morrison Lake-Superior-Landscape 2

An exhibit of works by George Morrison entitled “Connections” is on view at the Grand Portage National Monument  Heritage Center through September.

The exhibit features works from the National Parks Service collection, along with works and artifacts from private collections. The exhibit continues through September.

Printmaker Nan Onkka is currently the featured artist at the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids.

"Backcountry Spring" woodcut print by Nan Onkka.

s a part of a series celebrating the four seasons in the backcountry.

.Onkka’s new woodcut print “Backcountry Spring” is a part of a series celebrating the four seasons in the backcountry. The exhibit runs through June 25. The gallery is open 10 am-4 pm Mondays-Saturdays

“The World We Know,” an exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery,  showcases new and recent works in its Permanent Collection.

Tom Yellowed, untitled (Goose) is currently on view at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery as part of the exhibit, "The World We Know."

Tom Yellowed, untitled (Goose) is currently on view at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery as part of the exhibit, “The World We Know.”

.In The World We Know, 12 artists span generations and media. New paintings, prints, sculptures, ceramics, beadwork, and textiles are featured in this show.

Upcoming:

The Art of the Elements Gallery in rural Grand Marais opens on Thursday, May 26 for the 2022 season. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm Thursday through Saturday.

Waiting for Flowers vase by Steve Frykman at Art of the Elements Gallery which opens for the season May 26.

“Waiting for Flowers,” carved wood, by Steve Frykman will be on exhibit at the Art of the Elements gallery, which opens Mays 26.

The gallery is exhibiting work by 11 artists: Steve and Sharon Frykman, Bryan Hansel, Natalie Sobanja, Hazel Belvo, Brittany Foster, Maxene Linehan, Jeanne Hedstrom, Paul Bondhus, Kat Gabrielsen, and Martye Allen.

The Cook County Market opens May 28 in the parking lot of The Hub (The Cook County Senior Center.) featuring a variety of artists and artisans,.

Covered jar by Natalie Sobanja who is one of the artists exhibiting at the Cook County Market which opens in downtown Grand Marais May 28. Stay tuned.

Covered jar by Natalie Sobanja who is one of the artists exhibiting at the Cook County Market which opens in downtown Grand Marais May 28. Stay tuned.

THe market is open from 10 am to 2 pm every Saturday through MEA weekend.

Artists at Work: 

 

Woodturner Lou Pignolet is one of the artists participating in the Hovland Arts Festival over the July 4th weekend.

Woodturner Lou Pignolet is one of the artists participating in the Hovland Arts Festival over the July 4th weekend.

The beauties of Spring by Mary Beams.

The beauties of Spring by Mary Beams.

Painting by Rachel Rae Klesser. She will be participating in the Hovland Arts Festival.

Painting by Rachel Rae Klesser. She will be participating in the Hovland Arts Festival.

Washing My Cres Away" by Kathy Fox Weinberg.

Washing My Cres Away” by Kathy Fox Weinberg.

"What did you learn in darkness?", textile art by Blair Treuer.

“What did you learn in darkness?”, textile art by Blair Treuer.

Online Findings: 

 

A gouger of Cook County parents got creative during the pandemic. Read about it here.

A gouger of Cook County parents got creative during the pandemic. Read about it here.

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Hayes Scriven is manager at Split Rock Lighthouse. Click here for a great interview with him.

Hayes Scriven is manager at Split Rock Lighthouse. Click here for a great interview with him.

 

Lis Lloyd creates paper sculptures. Click on the link to see more.

Lis Lloyd creates paper sculptures. Click on the link to see more.

 

Joey Pederson built this tiny home from materials reclaimed from North Shore Waste Transfer Station. Listen to the interview and see more photos here.

Joey Pederson built this tiny home from materials reclaimed from North Shore Waste Transfer Station. Listen to the interview and see more photos here.

 

Check out all the places to see wildflowers in the Superior National forest here.

Check out all the places to see wildflowers in the Superior National forest here.

Dolphins Swimming in Phosphorescent waters 

Online Music:

 

 

Live Music

Thursday, May 19:

  • Fred Anderson, “Date Night at the Winery”, North Shore Winery, 6 – 8 pm
  • Sonofmel (John Adler), Cascade Restaurant and Pub, 6 – 8 pm

Saturday, May 21:

  • John Gruber, Cascade Restaurant and Pub , 6 – 8 pm
  • Jim McGowan, Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior, 6:30 – 9 pm

Thursday, May 26:

  • Joe Paulik, Cascade Restaurant & Pub, 6 -8 pm
  • Gordon Thorne, “Date Night at the Winery”, North Shore Winery, 6 – 8 pm

Photographs:

Luckily, we found a great selection of photographs this week. Here’s a selection:

 Wildlife:

A hungry Spring visitor by  Pat Zankman

A hungry Spring visitor by Pat Zankman

 

"I'm perfectly comfortable, thank you". Photo by Jen Hedfeld

“I’m perfectly comfortable, thank you”. Photo by Jen Hedfeld

Rose breasted grosbeak by Michael Furtman.

Rose breasted grosbeak by Michael Furtman.

Mooze was here. Photo by Staci Drouillard

Mooze was here. Photo by Staci Drouillard

A close encounter today. Photo by Judy Gray.

A close encounter today. Photo by Judy Gray.

Plants, Trees & Flowers

Willow by Dennis Chick.

Willow by Dennis Chick.

 

Fascinated by sycamore bark. Photo by Amy Freeman.

Fascinated by sycamore bark. Photo by Amy Freeman.

Spring cheer by Bridgette Binesikwe Nies

Spring cheer by Bridgette Binesikwe Nies

A single stream by Matthew Pastick.

A single stream by Matthew Pastick.

 

Trout lily by Sandra Updike.

Trout lily by Sandra Updike.

 Water and People

Spring is not official until the Sawbill crew opens the beach club for the season. A little late ice-out meant fewer staff participated, but we still got 12 people in the water. Welcome Summer. Photo courtesy of Sawbill Outfitters.

Spring is not official until the Sawbill crew opens the beach club for the season. A little late ice-out meant fewer staff participated, but we still got 12 people in the water. Welcome Summer. Photo courtesy of Sawbill Outfitters.

Surfing Lake Superior glass. Photo by Matthew Pastick.

Surfing Lake Superior glass. Photo by Matthew Pastick.

The Full Flower Moon Eclipse 

Before the Eclipse by David Johnson.

Before the Eclipse by David Johnson.

The Full Flower Moon Eclipse by Dennis Chick.

The Full Flower Moon Eclipse by Dennis Chick.

Eclipse of the Flower Moon by David Johnson

Eclipse of the Flower Moon by David Johnson

 One example of a country road this week:

Typical road washout photo courtesy of Cook County Community page.

Typical road washout photo courtesy of Cook County Community page.

A Sunset:

Sunrise from Odonah, Wi. Photo by Mike Wiggins, Jr.

Sunrise from Odonah, Wis. Photo by Mike Wiggins, Jr.

Landscapes, Snowscapes and Rushing Waterscapes:

Devil Track Lake on May 13 by Don Davidson

Devil Track Lake on May 13 by Don Davidson

Ice out. Photo by Michael Furtman.

Ice out. Photo by Michael Furtman.

Cascade Falls that normally don't exist. Photo by Bryan Hansel.

Cascade Falls that normally don’t exist. Photo by Bryan Hansel.

Water power, by Andy Keith.

Water power, by Andy Keith.

From Java Moose in the morning by Sarah Jorgenson.

From Java Moose in the morning by Sarah Jorgenson.

Cascade River State Park flood waters, by Paul Sundberg

Cascade River State Park flood waters, by Paul Sundberg

An outdoor find today by Ilena Hansel.

An outdoor find today by Ilena Hansel.

Cascade River floodwaters by Paul Sundberg.

Cascade River floodwaters by Paul Sundberg.

TERRY BACKLUND ICE OUT AT DEVIL TRACK

Devil Track Lake ice-out by Terry Backlund.

Flood damage. The lower bridge at Lutsen Resort. Photo by Bryan Hansel.

Flood damage. The lower bridge at Lutsen Resort. Photo by Bryan Hansel.

Spring on the Little Devil Track River. Photo by Tina Hegg Raway.

Spring on the Little Devil Track River. Photo by Tina Hegg Raway.

Beaver River floodwaters by Paul Sundberg.

Beaver River floodwaters by Paul Sundberg.

Sky and water by Chris O'Donnell

Sky and water by Chris O’Donnell

The Cascade River just before it went crazy by Bryan Hansel.

The Cascade River just before it went crazy by Bryan Hansel.

The power of the river by Jamie Rex

The power of the river by Jamie Rex

Have a good weekend everyone! Stay dry!

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