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A Busy Weekend! Plein Air and Unplugged

Yesterday along the Sawbill Trail by Thomas Spence.

Fall is on the way. Thomas Spence calls this “Yesterday along the Sawbill Trail ”

This weekend is chock full of great things to do. The Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Plein Air 2017 continues with the Quick Paint competition on Thursday and a gala art opening at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday, and North House Folk School holds Unplugged XVI all weekend with lots of music, storytelling, demonstrations, a speaker series and classes on tap.

Let’s start with Plein Air 2017 and the Quick Paint on Artist’s Point on Thursday at 4 p.m.. It’s a great competition.

The Grand Marais Art Colony's Plein Air 2017 concludes this weekend with a Quick Paint Competition on Thursday and an exhibit opening at the Johnson Heritage Post from 5-7 p.m. Friday.

The Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Plein Air 2017 concludes this weekend with a Quick Paint Competition on Thursday and an exhibit opening at the Johnson Heritage Post from 5-7 p.m. Friday. The exhibit and sale continues through Oct. 29.

Artists are given an hour and a half to complete a painting somewhere along the harbor on Artist’s Point. It’s a shotgun start, and the public is definitely invited to come watch. Be there at 4 p.m. on Thursday for the start, and then wander Artist’s Point and watch paintings unfold. It’s an amazing process, really, seeing blank canvases transformed into beauteous landscapes in less than two hours. At 5:30 p.m., the artists bring their work to a staging area in the parking lot at Artist’s Point and prop their paintings against the rocks. It’s a celebration moment, for sure, and the public is invited to participate.

These works and more will be showcased at the exhibit opening at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday, Sept. 15, from 5-7 p.m. This year, 60 artists have been painting the landscapes in Cook County for a week, and the result will be showcased in the show.

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Carl Bretzke is one of the finalists in the Red Suspender Invitational. This painting and one by Dan Mondloch made the final round. The winner will be announced at the opening reception on Friday.

There are other events during Plein Air 2017 included as well. On Friday, the Plein Air juror, Kami Mendlik, will give a lecture at the Grand Marais Art Colony at 11 a.m entitled The Lineage of Color. The public is invited. And on Saturday at 11:30 a.m., Hazel Belvo will give at lecture at the Johnson Heritage Post entitled “The Art of Seeing: Developing a Visual Literacy.” The exhibit and sale at the Heritage Post continues through Oct. 29.

Meanwhile, at North House Folk School, plan on attending Unplugged XVI, the annual fall celebration and fundraiser for North House. This event features a weekend of music, storytelling, mini-courses, a speaker series, a community sing-along, jam sessions, the Folk Artisan Marketplace, the Point North Auction and more.

Nationally acclaimed storyteller Kevin Kling will perform on Saturday night. A few tickets are still available.

Nationally acclaimed storyteller Kevin Kling will perform on Saturday night. A few tickets are still available.

On Friday night is the Flannel Formal Gala, which has sold out. On Saturday night, storyteller Kevin Kling will perform under the Big Tent. He will be joined on stage by Prudence Johnson, Dan Chouinard, Claudia Schmidt, Dane Stauffer, Simone Perrin, and special guests Jon Vezner and Don Henry. There are still a few tickets available for the show. For tickets, click here.

The Folk Artisan Marketplace will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday featuring artisans and their work.

The Artisan Marketplace will be open on Friday and Saturday at North House.

The Artisan Marketplace will be open on Friday and Saturday at North House.

Artisans include Marybeth Garamoe, broom making & wooden utensils; Liz Bucheit, jewelry: Beth Homa, birchbark weaving: Niklas Karlsson, spoon carving: Elise Kyllo, felting; Candace LaCoss, leatherwork; Angela Robins, bowl turning; Michael Seiler, jewelry and April Stone, basketweaving. Karlsson is an instructor from Sweden and will be teaching a few mini-courses.

The Speaker Series is great this year and includes everything from local winemakers to spoon carvers. For the complete schedule, click here.

There are also lots of music opportunities, including workshops, jam sessions and, of course, the concert on Saturday night. In short, lots to see and do at North House this weekend.

Also on Saturday, don’t forget the Cook County Market, which features work by local artists and artisans from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Senior Center.

Also, Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen will hold a Bronze Pour at 4 p.m. at the gallery. All invited.

Exhibits

 The Tweed Museum of Art continues its exhibit of outstanding photographs, “A Thousand Words.”

(Detail), Paul Strand, "Wall Street 1915." dust grain photogravure.

(Detail), Paul Strand, “Wall Street 1915.” dust grain photogravure.

And the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in Thunder Bay, continues the exhibit “The Perspective From Here” through Sept. 24.

"The Perspective From Here" continues at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

“The Perspective From Here” continues at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery through Sept. 24. The exhibit features a wide variety of work by regional artists. This is a view of the exhibit in Gallery 3.

 Upcoming

 Pat Donohue & the Prairie All Stars will be in concert at the Arrowhead for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23.  GRAMMY Award-winning fingerpicker  Donohue performed on MPR’s the Prairie Home Companion as well as a number of other venues. The concert is hosted by te North Shore Music Association. For tickets, click here.

Dave and Amy Freeman will launch their book, “A Year in the Wilderness” at North House Folk School with a presentation at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23.

The Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour will be held Sept. 29 through Oct. 8 at 14 studios and galleries in Cook County.

Fused glass by Sharon Frykman. She will be exhibiting her work during the Fall Studio Tour at Frykman Studio.

Fused glass by Sharon Frykman. She will be exhibiting her work during the Fall Studio Tour at Frykman Studio.

The studio tour includes works by 40 artists and will be held from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. daily. Stay tuned for details.

Also on the weekend of Sept. 23, another studio tour is scheduled entitled “Cooter Tonder and Friends Art Weekend.” The tour, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, features 15 regional artists at two studios in rural Two Harbors. Hosts Dick and Debbie Cooter and Jody Freiz-Tonder and Mike Tonder open their studios for the tour. Stay tuned for details.

Window Shopping

Handmade boots by Itasca are at Great Gifts of Lutsen. They are set on handcrafted cutting boards made in Duluth.

Handmade boots by Itasca are at Great Gifts of Lutsen. They are set on handcrafted cutting boards made in Duluth.

Jo Wood has new bead paintings at Last Chance Gallery.

Jo Wood has new bead paintings at Last Chance Gallery.

"Raven Berries" by Kari Vick. She is exhibiting her prints and cards at the North Shore Winery.

“Raven Berries” by Kari Vick. She is exhibiting her prints and cards at the North Shore Winery.

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This feather printed on handmade paper from Barloga Studios is at Upstate MN.

 

In Other Art News

Bryan Hansel‘s “Found Bike Project 2018 Calendar” is included in Lulu’s 2017 Christmas Gift Guide. Lulu is the publisher of the calendar, and they could have picked from 100s of others. Kudos to Hansel.

Bryan Hansel has a cool calendar for 2018!

Bryan Hansel has a cool calendar for 2018!

To see the other photos in the calendar, and, perhaps, order one, click here.

Hansel will be co-teaching “Fall Photo Workshop on Lake Superior” with Travis Novitsky starting Sept. 27. To find out more, click here.

The Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery is currently accepting applications to exhibit for the 2018 year and beyond. The gallery would love to feature some local artists throughout each calendar year. If you are interested in applying please click the link below and download the application form. Your application may be emailed, mailed, or dropped off at Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery.
Johnson Heritage Post is looking forward to seeing community members talented artworks. Don’t miss the chance to exhibit – apply now! Applications for the 2018 Exhibition year are due by Oct. 1. Click here to learn more.

And finally, a little fun! People find their doppelgängers in museums!

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Here is a photo of one of the people who found her doppelgänger in a museum portrait.

Click here to see more of these amazing coincidences.

And here’s the music for the weekend:

Thursday, Sept. 14:

  • Mark Joseph and American Soul, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p..

Friday, Sept. 14:

  • Gene Lafond and Amy Grillo, Voyageur Brewing Co, 4 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Grandma Ray’s. 8 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 16:

  • Matt Trost and Laurel Clark, Voyageur Brewing Co., 7 p.m.
  • Unplugged, North House Folk School, 7 p.m.
  • Frozen Britches, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • County Bug, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 17:

  • Boyd Blomberg, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 1:

  • Pieta Brown, Monday Night Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.

Here are some of the photos we found this week.

First up, a photo of northern lights posted on Spaceweather.com this week. We just had to share it.

There were spectacular northern lights around the world last week. This one, taken by Jani Yiinampa-at-rovaniemi-lapland-finland was posted on spaceweather.com.

There were spectacular northern lights around the world last week. This one, taken by Jani Yiinampa-at Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland, was posted on spaceweather.com.

Here’s what we saw locally.

75-minute aurora exposure by Krk Schleife.

75-minute aurora exposure by Kirk Schleife.

 

Aurora over Grand Marais by Paul Sundberg.

Aurora over Grand Marais by Paul Sundberg.

And fall is beginning on the North Shore.

Photo by Kristopher Bowman.

Photo by Kristopher Bowman.

 

 

"Awesome color" by Sandra Updyke.

“Awesome color” by Sandra Updyke.

 

Fall colors begin on the North Shore by Bryan Hansel.

Fall colors begin on the North Shore by Bryan Hansel.

 

Sunrise geese by David Johnson.

Sunrise geese by David Johnson.

 

The Hjordis is still plying the seas.

Photo by Christian Dalbec. He took this with a drone.

Photo by Christian Dalbec. He took this with a drone.

And Jamie Rabold reminds us of what is just around the corner… ice.

"'I thought a cooling off was in order today" by Jamie Rabold.

“‘I thought a cooling off was in order today” by Jamie Rabold.

Have a great weekend, everyone

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Radio Waves Music Festival & Grand Marais Plein Air

First signs of fall by Thomas Spence.

First signs of fall by Thomas Spence.

Just because Labor Day has come and gone doesn’t mean that things have cooled down in Cook County. On the contrary — September is absolutely stuffed with great things to do: WTIP’s Radio Waves Music Festival, the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Plein Air Competition and Sale,  North House Folk School‘s Unplugged with Kevin Kling & Flannel Formal Gala and, starting on Sept. 29, the first annual Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour, to name a few.

First up, though, is Briand Morrison’s performance of “Musical Impressions: The Art of George Morrison,” at the Johnson Heritage Post on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 5:30 p.m.

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Briand Morrison will perform “Musical Impressions: The Art of George Morrison” at the Johnson Heritage Post on Thursday.

In the presentation, Morrison pairs his father, George Morrison’s (1919-2000) work with his own musical compositions on a blu-ray disc that is intriguing to visual art and music lovers a like. The disc, produced by Morrison, consists of 128 images of George Morrison’s work from the 1940s through 2000. The accompanying sound track includes of 12 original jazz compositions composed and performed by Morrison.  Some of these images have never been shown to the public.

Morrison has shown this disc throughout the Arrowhead Region for the past three years to accolades. “We listened and laughed as Briand spoke of George Morrison’s life, art, and music and were drawn into the intimacy of it all as the conversation continued between guitar and art in this presentation,” said one attendee.

The performance will be held at the Johnson Heritage Post on Thursday, Sept. 7 with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by the presentation at 6 p.m. All invited. Free.

The 10th annual Radio Waves Music Festival is this weekend, too. This must-go-to event put on by WTIP Community Radio, features an entire weekend of music from local and regional musicians at Sweetheart’s Bluff in the Grand Marais Recreation Area. The festival grounds includes a big tent with two stages and a great dance floor, a smaller Kids’ Tent, where children can play games and more, as well as a selection of food vendors on the side. Camping in the Rec Park is encouraged, too, since this is definitely a family friendly event.

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The 10th annual Radio Waves Music Festival starts on Friday night and continues through Sunday at Sweetheart’s Bluff at the Rec Park. Tickets are $10 per day, $20 for the whole weekend. Children under 12 are admitted for free.

The music starts at 4 p.m. on Friday, and at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

To get a taste of what the music festival is all about, check out this cool video by Patrick Knight of Good Measure Media.

Here’s the line-up for the Radio Waves Music Festival this weekend:

Festival Schedule: Friday, Sept. 8:

  • Community Swing Band • 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
    Gene LaFond and Amy Grillo • 5:10 – 5:50 p.m.
    Pushing Chain • 6:00 – 6:50 p.m.
    Blues Happy featuring Pete K • 7:00 – 7:50 p.m.
    Trapper Schoepp • 8:00 – 8:50 p.m.
    Step Rockets • 9:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Festival Schedule: Saturday, Sept. 9:

  • Sky Blue Jazz • 10:00 – 10:50 a.m.
    SVEA • 11:00 – 11:20 a.m.
    Portage • 11:30 – 12:20 p.m.
    Moe and Larry • 12:30 – 1:10 p.m.
    Bughouse! • 1:20 – 2:10 p.m.
    Common Ground • 2:20 – 2:50 p.m.
    Curry Family Band • 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
    Plucked Up String Band • 3:40 – 4:30 p.m.
    Rich Mattson and the Northstars • 4:40 – 5:30 p.m.
    Brothers in Arms • 5:40 – 6:20 p.m.
    Floydian Slip • 6:30 – 7:20 p.m.
    Sam Miltich and Briand Morrison • 7:30 – 8:20 p.m.
    SplinterTones • 8:30 – 10:00 p.m.

Festival Schedule: Sunday, Sept. 9:

  • Gospel Show with Gordon Thorne • 10:00 – 11:10 a.m.
    The Fish Heads • 11:20 – 11:50 a.m.
    Joe Paulik • 12:00 – 12:40 p.m.
    Fred Anderson • 12:50 – 1:20 p.m.
    Mysterious Ways • 1:30 – 2:10 p.m.
    Dusty Heart • 2:20 – 3:10 p.m.
    Cook County’s Most Wanted • 3:20 – 4:10 p.m.
    Jack Klatt • 4:20 – 5:20 p.m.
    Earth Wind and Todd • 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Grand Marais Plein Air kicks off on Friday when 60 plein air artists from around the region come to Grand Marais to paint the landscape for a week. Plein Air concludes with a spectacular opening at the Johnson Heritage Post from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15. That exhibit continues through Oct, 29.

Plein air painter David Gilsvik painting a canvas on the rocks at Artist Point. Plein Air Grand Marais starts on Friday.

Plein air painter David Gilsvik painting a canvas on the rocks at Artist Point. Plein Air Grand Marais starts on Friday.

There are several public events scheduled for the comng week, too. On Saturday is the Pincushion PaintOut from 1-5 p.m. The public is invited to watch. On Monday, Sept. 11, Allison Eklund will lead a brown-bag lunch discussion about the Outdoor Painters of Minnesota from noon to 1 p.m. at the Grand Marais Art Colony. Open to the public.

Thursday, Sept. 14, is the every-popular Quick Paint at Artist Point, where the artists are given 1.5 hours to make a painting. It is held on Artist Point. The public is invited to come and watch. On Friday, there will be a juror lecture, “The Lineage of Color” by Kami Mendlik at the Grand Marais Art Colony at 11 a.m. The Plein Air Exhibition & Sale opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. on Sept. 15. Stay tuned for details next week.

Saturday begins with the Cook County Market in the parking lot of the Senior Center. A variety of artists and artisans have booths at the market, which is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Also on Saturday morning, bowl carver Jon Strom, who will be the Instructor in Residence at North House Folk School from Thursday through Sunday, will give a class on how to carve a wooden boat hook. For more info and to register, call North Houseo at 387-9762.

Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen will hold a Bronze Pour at 4 p.m. on Saturday as well. It’s always exciting to see the hot, molten metal poured into molds to create sculptures. Free and open to the public.

On Saturday evening, Sept. 9, Drury Lane Books will host a Writer’s Salon with Marcie Rendon & Nora Murphy at 7 p.m.

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Marcie Rendon, left, and Nora Murphy will present at a Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Marcie Rendon is a White Earth Anishanaabe member and author. Her debut novel Murder on the Red River features the magnetic Cash: aged-out foster child, girl pool shark, truck driver on White Earth Reservation, and sometimes detective in the small towns along the Red River. She will read short passages, discuss writing, and hear questions and stories along with her writing group partner Nora Murphy.

Murphy will discuss her new memoir, White Birch, Red Hawthorn. She tells the story of her ancestors’ maple grove that, long before the Irish arrived, was home to three Native tribes: the Dakota, Ojibwe, and Ho-Chunk. That her dispossessed ancestors’ homestead was built upon another, far more brutal dispossession is the hard truth underlying Murphy’s search for the deeper connections between this contested land and the communities who call it home.

Writer’s Salon’s are free. All invited.

On Sunday, felter Elise Kylo will hold a class on felting your own beer koozie at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters from 4-6 p.m. There is a $15 materials fee, which includes a 9-ounce beer.

Exhibits

 This is the last weekend to see David Johnson‘s great photo exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post. Landscapes, wildlife and northern lights are Johnson’s specialties, and the show is wonderful.

This is the last weekend for David Johnson's photography exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

This is the last weekend for David Johnson‘s photography exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

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

The Duluth Art Institute opens “Reservation Pop,” an exhibit of work by Wendy Red Star, an artist based in Oregon, on Friday, Sept. 8 with a reception from 5-7 p.m. in the Morrison Gallery.

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Red Star works across disciplines to explore the intersections of Native American ideologies and colonialist structures, both historically and in contemporary society. Raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana, Red Star’s solo exhibit will feature documentary images of the cars and HUD houses there.

The exhibit is part of a multi-tiered program led by Red Star and Sharon Louden, presented on the occasion of Louden’s book tour for her new publication, “The Artist as Cultural Producer,” which features 40 artists including Red Star. Directly following the exhibit opening reception, the two artists will present a lecture addressing harmful stereotypes about artists and discussing the ways that artists contribute to communities. The next day, Saturday, Sept. 9, Louden will lead an artist professional development workshop at the Duluth Art Institute’s Lincoln Park location, concentrating on the ways that artists can expand their practices beyond their studios. The workshop is free but registration is required. Click here to register.

The Tweed Museum of Art has a new collection of Pacific Northwest masks, including this piece by Tom LaFortune.

Shaman Speaker mask by Tom LaFortune.

Shaman Speaker Mask by Tom LaFortune.

The museum is also continuing its series, “A Thousand Words” an exhibition of photographs in which each photograph captures a story related to social conditions.

Hoodie #10 by Maxine Helfman.

Hoodie #10 by Maxine Helfman.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery‘s exhibit “The Perspective From Here: 150 Artists From the North” continues through Sept. 24.

"Moose Spirit" by Rocky Fiddler,  acrylic on paper, 56 x 76 cm, Collection of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Waabanda-Iwewin Collection, Ontario Bicentennial Grant, 1984.

“Moose Spirit” by Rocky Fiddler, acrylic on paper, 56 x 76 cm, Collection of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Waabanda-Iwewin Collection, Ontario Bicentennial Grant, 1984.

Upcoming

Unplugged XVI, North House Folk School‘s weekend of community, music, craft and story is Sept. 13-16 this year. The event features traditional craft courses, music jam sessions, a Folk Artisan Marketplace. a Friday night fundraising gala and a Saturday night performance by Kevin Kling & Friends.

Kevin Kling will perform at North House Folk School Sept. 16.

Kevin Kling will perform at North House Folk School Sept. 16.

Kling is a well-known playwright and storyteller, and his commentaries can be heard on NPR’s All Things Considered. His plays and adaptations have been performed around the world, You can hear a few of Kevin Kling’s stories on his website. He will be joined on stage by Prudence Johnson, Dan Chouinard, Claudia Schmidt, Dane Stauffer, Simone Perrin, and special guests Jon Vezner and Don Henry.

A few tickets are still available. Click here to learn more.

The first annual Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour opens on Friday, Sept. 29 and runs daily from  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Oct. 8. The studio tour features 14 studios and galleries and work by 40 artists in a variety of media. Make plans to visit Cook County for this one!

Plein air artist Neil Sherman is participating in the Fall Studio Tour. He calls this painting: Her Favorite Chair.

Plein air artist Neil Sherman is participating in the Fall Studio Tour. He calls this painting: Her Favorite Chair.

Meanwhile, check out the Facebook page here, and see the great brochure here. Stay tuned for more details next week.

Window Shopping

https://northhouse.org/events/unplugged

The cover image from the book “Borealis” by Jeff Humphries, illustrated by Betsy Bowen (U of MN Press, 2002). A beautiful collection of poems about our surrounding wilderness. The book can be viewed at Betsy Bowen Studio & Galleries in Grand Marais.

 

Anna Hess has new paintings at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen, including Great Grey.

Anna Hess has new paintings at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen, including Great Grey.

 

Jim Sannerud crafted this cabinet, which is painted by Judith Kjenstad in traditional m0tif of rättvik from Central Sweden. The cabinet is in the store at North House Folk School.

Jim Sannerud crafted this cabinet, which is painted by Judith Kjenstad in a traditional m0tif of Rättvik from Central Sweden. The cabinet is in the store at North House Folk School.

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, Sept. 7:

  • Briand Morrison–Musical Impressions: The Art of George Morrison, Johnson Heritage Post, 5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. music
  • The Thread, Grandma Ray’s, 7:30p.m.

Friday, Sept. 8:

  • 10th Annual Radio Wave Music Festival, Sweetheart’s Bluff, 4 p.m., see above
  • Jason Wussow, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Flyodian Slip, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Rich Mattson & the Northstars, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 9:

  • 10th annual Radio Waves Music Festival, 10 a.m., see schedule above
  • Flyodian Slip, Gun Flint Tavern, 3 p.m.
  • Mathew Griswold, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Thea Ennen, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Bluefin Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Shaky Ground, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Bug Stars, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 10:

  • 10th Annual Radio Waves Music Festival, Sweetheart’s Bluff in the Rec Park, see above
  • Pushing Chain, Skyport Lodge, 4 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 11:

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

Wednesday, Sept. 13:

  • Timmy Haus, Moguls Grille, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Bay, 9 p.m.

Now, for the favorite part of this blog– the photographs!

We’ll start with wildlife.

Mom and Twins. Photo courtesy of Trail Center Lodge.

Mom and Twins. Photo courtesy of Trail Center Lodge.

 

Blue Darner by Rylee Staffaroni.

Blue Darner by Rylee Staffaroni.

 

Mother Crane teaching baby how to find food by Kelly Marquart.

Mother Crane teaching baby how to find food by Kelly Marquart.

And here are a few shots of wild ricing, which has started in the North country.

Looks like a lot of work, but we sure love our wild ricing by Christian Dalbec.

Looks like a lot of work, but we sure love our wild ricing by Christian Dalbec.

 

Wild Rice at the processing plant by Timothy Melby.

Wild Rice at the processing plant by Timothy Melby.

 

And a few shots from Rolaag, Minnesota.

Changing out the saw blade by Jeff Henningsgaard.

Changing out the saw blade by Jeff Henningsgaard.

 

Waiting for the 353 to wake up by Jeff Henningsgaard.

Waiting for the 353 to wake up by Jeff Henningsgaard.

It was a busy Labor Day weekend in Grand Marais.

Fising by boat or by land by David Johnson.

Fishing by boat or by land by David Johnson.

And here are some great landscapes.

Stormy day on Superior by Sandra Updyke.

Stormy day on Superior by Sandra Updyke.

 

Foggy Morning Pines by Thomas Spence.

Foggy Morning Pines by Thomas Spence.

 

A sunset cloud in Grand Marais by Terry Backlund.

A sunset cloud in Grand Marais by Terry Backlund.

 

Early morning fog by Nace Hagemann.

Early morning fog by Nace Hagemann.

 

Sunset through smoke haze over the forest by Thomas Spence.

Sunset through smoke haze over the forest by Thomas Spence.

 

Last year on the Superior Hiking Trail by Greg Fangel.

Last year on the Superior Hiking Trail by Greg Fangel.

And finally,

Lightning storm by David Johnson.

Lightning storm by David Johnson.

Have a great weekend everyone! Enjoy the music!




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Music, Pottery Shards, Exhibits and ‘Scapes

Summer Storm and the Spirit Tree by Travis Novitsky.

Summer Storm and the Spirit Tree by Travis Novitsky.

Labor Day Weekend is marked this year by lots of live music, some great art exhibits, interesting demos and and a fun seconds pottery sale/fundraiser called “Not Shards Yet!”

First up, though, is the Arrowhead Sketchers event, the last of the 2017 season. This week, the Sketchers will meet in the parking lot  of the Whole Foods Co-op in Grand Marais.  Sketching subjects will include historic and commercial buildings, street scenes and the lakeshore. Everyone is invited to join the group, sketchbook, pens and/or camera in hand. Free and open to everyone. After the session, the group will adjourn to  share a beverage at the upstairs deck lounge at the Gunflint Tavern.

David Morris' sketch from last week's Arrowhead Sketchers session.

David Morris’ sketch from a recent Arrowhead Sketchers session.

The Sketchers may have impromptu adhoc sketch-sessions during September, weather permitting.  To be notified watch, the Northshore ArtScene, register for notifications at www.MeetUp.com or be sure you are on the sketcher’s email list of the Grand Marais Art Colony. Call 218-387-2737 for more info.

Also on Thursday night, the nationally acclaimed group, Monroe Crossing, will perform at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Alyce’s will serve a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are for the dinner and show are $45. Dinner/show tickets receive priority seating.
Concert-only tickets are available as well for $25

Monroe Crossing will perform at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Monroe Crossing will perform at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Advance tickets can be purchased at www.grandmaraisplayhouse.com

The Playhouse is front and center on Friday as well when Ole and Lena (Mike and Julie Bateson) return to the Grand Marais to perform “Ole Plays Nursemaid! Call 911!” Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the ACA. Tickets are $15 adults, $5 under 18. Tickets are available at the door.

Saturday begins with the Cook County Market, which opens at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the Senior Center in Grand Marais. A wide variety of artists and artisans have booths at the market. All invited.

Also on Saturday and Sunday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will host “Not Shards Yet! A Seconds Pottery Sale” as a fundraiser for a new kiln.

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The fundraiser will be held outside the Pottery Studio at the Art Colony from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 2 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3.
All invited. Come see what treasures you can find!

Also on Saturday at the Art Colony, plein air painter Neil Sherman will give an outdoor painting demo at 1 p.m. as part of the summer series, Saturdays at the Art Colony. Free and open to the public.

At 4 p.m. on Saturday, there will be a Bronze Pour at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen. All invited. Free.

And, on Saturday night, a new group will perform at the Cascade Lodge Pub. Gillis, Bichel and Bob will play at 7 p.m. (Chris Gillis (keyboard), Max Bichel, violin) and Bob LaMettry (percussion.) Sounds like a good show. Free.

And finally on Wednesday, the great acapella group, SVEA, will sing at a Full Moon Gathering at Drury Lane Books at 7 p.m.

SVEA Singers will perform at a Full Moon Reading at Drury Lane Books at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6.

SVEA Singers will perform at a Full Moon Reading at Drury Lane Books at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6.

The bookstore is switching to its fall hours on Sept. 1 and will be open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m, Sundays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Exhibits:

 David Johnson’s solo photography exhibit, “Cook County Through My Eyes,” continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through Sept. 10.

Photo by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.

Johnson’s exhibit includes a wide variety of wildlife and landscape photos. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through Saturdays, and from 1-4 p.m. Sundays. It is closed on Tuesdays.

The Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth is exhibiting a variety o works from the Pacific Northwest, including a Kawkiutl mask created by Cecil Dawson, a Dzawada’enuxw First Nation member, one of 13 Kwakwaka’wakw bands.

 

Kwakiutl mask by Cecil Dawson.

Kwakiutl mask by Cecil Dawson is at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Also at the Tweed, the photographic exhibit entitled “A Thousand Words” continues, featuring outstanding photographs of people from around the world.

Photography by Marion Post Wolcott, AmericanChildren-of-Tenant-Farmer-Wadesboro-NC-1938-Gelatin-silver-print

Photograph by Marion Post Wolcott, “Children of Tenant Farmer, Wadesboro, NC, 1938, Gelatin silver print.

Marion Post Wolcott is best known for the more than 9,000 photographs she produced for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) from 1938 to 1942. Her work is preserved at the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division and is also available online.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery continues its exhibit, “The Perspective From Here: 15o Artists from the North.”

"Young Boy," by Jaynie Latham is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

“Young Boy,” by Jaynie Latham is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The exhibition continues through Sept. 24.

Upcoming:

 Briand Morrison will present “Musical Impressions: The Art of George Morrison” at the Johnson Heritage Post at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7. The opening reception is at 5:30 p.m. All invited.

Plein Air Grand Marais is just around the corner. Venture up the North Shore for fall colors and meet over 60 artists painting throughout Cook County in this friendly painting competition Sept. 8 – 14, followed by an exhibition at the Johnson Heritage Post showcasing the artist’s work Sept. 15 – Oct. 29.

Plein Air Grand Marais starts Sept. 8.

Plein Air Grand Marais starts Sept. 8.

To learn more, click here.

Also next weekend, the 10th annual Radio Waves Music Festival will be held at Sweetheart Bluff in the Grand Marais Rec Park Sept. 8 -10. The event is hosted by WTIP Community Radio and features 27 musical acts under the tent over the entire weekend. For the complete line-up next weekend, click here. And stay tuned for details next week.

The Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour is Sept. 29-Oct. 8, featuring 40 artists and 14 stops in Cook County.

blue bison

Dan and Lee Ross, ceramic sculptors and and printmakers, are among the artists featured in the Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour. This piece is called “Blue Bison.”

To read more and see the brochure, click here.

Opportunities:

North House Folk School is accepting applications for the intern program through Oct. 16. North House accepts four interns each year. The internship runs from January 2018 through November.

North House Folk School interns teach and learn during their stay.

North House Folk School interns learn and teach during their stay. Here, Rose Holdorf, current intern, is holding bowls she made in a Women’s Bowl Turning class she took during her internship.

Information about the internship program, as well as the application packet request form, can be found here.  Interested individuals should request an application packet. For more info, call North House at 218-387-9762.

The Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis has put out a call for ceramacists and potters to apply for a number of grants that they have available as a re-granting institution. There are grants available for artists who are just starting their careers as well as those who have worked their entire lives in the ceramic arts. For example, one of the awards the Northern Clay Center distributes is the McKnight Fellowship Award for mid-career or lifetime ceramic artists. This award is $25,000 each, for two Minnesota artists. It is not a project grant. There is no application fee. Interested? Visit the Northern Clay Center’s Artist Services page here to find out more.

Window Shopping:

Tilemaker Melissa Wickwire has work at Betsy Bown Studio and Galleries.

Tilemaker Melissa Wickwire has work at Betsy Bown Studio and Galleries.

 

Upstate MN has amethyst druzy necklaces by Jessica Helen o Hawkhouse Designs.

Upstate MN has amethyst druzy necklaces by Jessica Helen o Hawkhouse Designs.

 

This painting by Greg Murphy of Mahtomedi is at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

This painting by Greg Murphy of Mahtomedi is at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, Aug. 31:

  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Lutsen Resort, 6:30 p.m.
  • Monroe Crossing, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.
  • Rich Lewis Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 1:

  • Joe Paulik, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Music by the Campfire, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 2:

  • Jim & Michele Miller, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • J Squared and the Makers, Papa Charlie’s, 6 p.m.
  • Gillis, Bichel & Bob, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Bluefin Bay, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m., www.michaelmonroemusic.com
  • Jon Kalberg, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Rich Lewis Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 3:

  • Briand Morrison, Gun Flint Tavern, 2 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Skyport Lodge,  5 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 4:

  • Bump Blomberg, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
  • Scott Frazier, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.,

Wednesday, Sept.6:

We found some great photos this week. Let’s start with some wildlif shots:

Betty Hemstad was very surprised to look out of her window of her cabin on the Gunflint Trail and see Mom and her four bear cubs.

Betty Hemstad was very surprised to look out of her window of her cabin on the Gunflint Trail and see Mom and her four bear cubs.

 

"Good Morning" by David Johnson.

“Good Morning” by David Johnson.

 

Sleeping Fawn" by Jeff Henningsgaard.

Sleeping Fawn” by Jeff Henningsgaard.

 

Steve Jaekel Foss said he spent half and hour close to this female. He decided to call her "Cinnamon Girl."

Steve  Foss said he spent half and hour close to this female. He decided to call her “Cinnamon Girl.”

And here are some skyscapes:

Melting Sun by Paul Sundberg.

Melting Sun by Paul Sundberg.

 

 

From the Dock by Don Davison.

From the Dock by Don Davison.

 

Doing Some Catching Up on July Shots by Jamie Rabold.

Doing Some Catching Up on July Shots by Jamie Rabold.

And a city scape:

"When the August morning light appears" by Jan Swart.

“When the August morning light appears” by Jan Swart.

And woods-scapes:

"Seeking Chantereles and finding this..fed on different fuel" by Kristofer Bowman.

“Seeking Chantereles and finding this..fed on different fuel” by Kristofer Bowman.

 

"Cool Tree" by Randal Anderson.

“Cool Tree” by Randal Anderson.

 

Photo by by Tim Pearson.

Photo by by Tim Pearson.

And a rockscape:

Photo by Kristofer Bowman.

Photo by Kristofer Bowman.

A waterscape:

"Nessy" by John Garry.

“Nessy” by John Garry.

And two peoplescapes:

Plein Air Painting by Neil Sherman.

Plein Air Painting by Neil Sherman.

 

Morgin and Erin: Celestial Soulmates by John Gregor.

“Morgin and Erin: Celestial Soulmates” by John Gregor.

An early fallscape:

"Fall is creeping in," by David Johnson.

“Fall is creeping in,” by David Johnson.

And last, but not least, a harborscape:

"Early Morning Fisherman," by David Johnson.

“Early Morning Fisherman,” by David Johnson.

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Last Week of August–Art, Music & Broom Making

"Who's Ready for Fall?" bu Thomas Spence.

“Who’s Ready for Fall?”  Photo by Thomas Spence.

Ah, this is the last weekend in August, and we celebrate it on the North Shore with great art shows, History Week, music and plenty of fine weather.

The Arrowhead Sketchers, who have been meeting on Thursday afternoons all summer to sketch and paint, will meet at the Hovland Dock in Hovland this week, to connect with Lake Superior, Chicago Bay and that historic structure. Meet at the dock at five p.m. The session runs until 7 p.m. All invited. Bring sketch books, paints, pencils and/or a camera and join in the fun. Free.

Also on Thursday, broom maker Mary Beth Garmoe will begin her stint as Instructor in Residence at North House Folk School. She will be giving demonstrations of her craft from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

Marybeth Garmoe is the Instructor-in-Residence at North House Folk School Thursday through Sunday.

Marybeth Garmoe is the Instructor-in-Residence at North House Folk School Thursday through Sunday.

Garmoe will teach a mini-course using these skills on Saturday at 10 a.m.. Students will make a cobweb broom. To register for the course, visit www.northhouse.org or call 387-9762. All invited to come watch the beautiful process of making traditional brooms this weekend.

This is History Week in Cook County and lots of events are planned throughout the county, starting out with a Fishcake Dinner at the Cook County Historical Society at five-thirty p.m. on Friday.

This is History Week in Cook County with  history talks, demonstrations and festive gatherings at historical locations throughout the county.

This is History Week in Cook County with history talks, demonstrations and festive gatherings at historical locations throughout the county. (Photo courtesy of the Cook County Historical Society.)

There are walking tours, talks, a cruise along the North Shore and more during History Week, ending with a Pie and Ice Cream Social at the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center on the Gunflint Trail on Sunday, Sept. 3.  To see the complete schedule, click here.

As part of History Week, the Cross River Heritage Center will hold John Schroeder Day on Saturday, Aug. 26.  There will be a Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast at the Schroeder Town Hall from 8 – 10 a.m., and activities at the  Cross River Heritage Center from 10 a.m. – 2 pm., including Skip Lamb’s Walking Tour of Schroeder and Fred Bonin’s  Grilled Cedar Planked Salmon Feed. All proceeds go to Schroeder Area Historical Society. There are several great exhibits at the Heritage Center to see as well. All invited.

Saturday events kick-off in Grand Marais at 9 a.m. with the opening of the Cook County Market in the parking lot of the Senior Center. Look for lots of handmade arts and crafts as well as artisan breads, handmade soaps and more. The Market continues through 1 p.m.

Also on Saturday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will hold its weekly Saturdays at the Art Colony demo event. This week, potter Bob Tomanaha will be in the ceramics studio at 1 p.m., throwing pots and talking about the process of making functional ware for your table. All invited. Free.

Then, at 4 p.m., there will be a Bronze Pour at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen. This is a fun opportunity to see bronze sculptors at work. Free and open to the public.

Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux will be the guest author at a Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books from 7-8 p.m. on Saturday.

Storyteller and author Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux will read (and perform) at a Writer's Salon at Drury Lane Books at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Storyteller and author Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux will read (and perform) at a Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Arrowsmith DeCoux draws on her storytelling and theatre background in a lively performance geared toward elementary and middle school kids, and the young-at-heart.  All invited.

And, on Saturday night, the SplinterTones will hold a CD release party at Grandma Ray’s from 8-11 p.m. They will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse to talk about their music and play a few songs from their CD. The show airs from five to 7 p.m. on Friday.

The SplinterTones will hold a CD release party at Grandma Ray's at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

The SplinterTones will hold a CD release party at Grandma Ray’s at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

The SplinterTones are a high-octane, 6-piece band based in Grand Marais.. The ensemble plays an uppity blend of hep and snappy tunes in a unique and unmistakable style. Very danceable! Everyone invited to celebrate the band’s launching of its second CD.

Exhibits:

David Johnson’s photography exhibit: “Cook County Through My Eyes” continues at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Photo by David Johnson. He has a solo exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post through Sept. 10.

Photo by David Johnson. He has a solo exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post through Sept. 10.

Tettegouche State Park is featuring “Inklings,” drawings, prints and cards of the natural world by Jill Levene this month.

"Skully," by Jill Levene.

“Skully,” by Jill Levene.

The exhibit is in the Great Hall at the State Park. The exhibit will continue through the end of August.

In Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art, on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, continues its summer exhibits: “Sinew: Female Native Artists of the Twin Cities” and “A Thousand Words: Photographs from the Tweed Collection.”

Photograph by Gordon Parks is part of the exhibit "A Thousand Words" at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Photograph by Gordon Parks is part of the exhibit “A Thousand Words” at the Tweed Museum of Art.

In Duluth, the exhibits “Play” and “Peripheral Vignettes” (Jonathan Thunder)  continues in the Duluth Art Institute‘s galleries at the Depot.

 

Works from the Duluth Art Institute's plein air competition are on view at

Paintings from the Duluth Art Institute‘s plein air competition are on view at Blacklist Artisan Ales in Duluth.

Also, the exhibit Plein Air Duluth: Paint du Nord is open through Aug. 27 at Blacklist Artisan Ales, 120 E Superior St. in Duluth.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery continues its exhibit “The Perspective From Here” through Sept. 24.

Wiigwaas Transformation by Cree Stevens, mixed media, is in The Perspectives From Here" exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

“Wiigwaas Transformation” by Cree Stevens, mixed media, is in The Perspectives From Here” exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay is closed through Sept. 11, but the gallery is invited everyone to take a tour of the spectacular graffiti art crafted by members of the Die Active Collective over the past few years on buildings in Thunder Bay.

Graffiti art on a wall in Thunder Bay is spectacular under night lighting.

Graffiti art on a wall in Thunder Bay is spectacular under night lighting.

The gallery has crafted maps that can be downloaded to smart phones for tours of the graffiti art. To see and download, click here.

Upcoming

The Grand Marais Playhouse is planning a grand event on Thursday, Aug. 31 — dinner and a show! Alyce’s Catering will provide a delicious dinner, intermission and post show treats. The show? Monroe Crossing, a Twin Cities band that dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. The dinner is at 6:30 p.m., the music starts at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets advised. For tickets and more info, click here.

Mark your calendars for Plein Air Grand Marais. Come watch 60 artists paint the beautiful, rugged 3,340 square miles of Cook County Sept.8 – 14, then attend the exhibit showcasing over 200 paintings of the North Shore Sept. 15 – Oct. 29 at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Lisa Stauffer's pastels used in her plein air work. She is one of the artists participating in the Grand Marais Art Colony's  Plein Air competition and sale.

Lisa Stauffer’s pastels used in her plein air work. She is one of the artists participating in the Grand Marais Art Colony’s Plein Air competition and sale.

The opening reception is from five to 7 p.m. Sept. 15. The  2017 Awards Juror is Kami Mendlik.

WTIP’s 10th annual Radio Waves Music Festival is Sept. 8-10 at Sweetheart’s Bluff in the Recreation Park in Grand Marais. Stay tuned for details.

The Art Along the Lake: Fall StudioTour is Sept. 29-Oct. 10, featuring 14 stops and 40 artists in galleries and studios throughout Cook County.

Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour is Sept. 29-Oct. 10.

Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour is Sept. 29-Oct. 10.

More info in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, check out all the artists and stops planned for this great event here.

Window Shopping:

Painter Paula Gustafson has new work at the gallery at Ron's World Rocks.

Painter Paula Gustafson has new work at the gallery at Ron’s World Rocks.

 

Howard Hedstrom has turned wood bowls at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Howard Hedstrom has turned wood bowls at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

 

Liz Sivertson's "Hoofin' and Sloggin'" is at Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais.

Liz Sivertson’s “Hoofin’ and Sloggin'” is at Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais.

 In Other Art News:

Matt Kania's painting "Forming Loaves" is in the Minnesota State Fair Fine Art Exhibit. It received an honorable mention. Kania got First Place for framing. His work can be seen at Ron's World Rocks.

Matt Kania’s painting “Forming Loaves” is in the Minnesota State Fair Fine Art Exhibit. It received an honorable mention. Kania got First Place for framing. His work can be seen at Ron’s World Rocks.

 

Marty Harris' "Frontyard," screen print and digital, is also in the State Fair Fine Art Show. It received a First in the Prints category. Harris was an Artist-in-Residence at the Grand Marais Art Colony a few years ago.

Marty Harris’ “Frontyard,” screen print and digital, is also in the State Fair Fine Art Show. It received a First in the Prints category. Harris was an Artist-in-Residence at the Grand Marais Art Colony a few years ago.

 

Plein air painter Neil Sherman is teaching a class at the Grand Marais Art Colony starting soon. Call 387-2737 or more info.

Plein air painter Neil Sherman is teaching a class at the Grand Marais Art Colony starting soon. Call 387-2737 for more info.

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, Aug. 24:

  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Lutsen Resort, 6:30 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 25:

  • Billy Johnson, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Spruce Roots, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 26:

  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Bug Dope, Papa Charlie’s, 6:30 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Bluefin Bay, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • SplinterTones- CD Release Party, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 27:

  • Plucked Up String Band, Skyport Lodge, 5 p.m.
  • Jason Wussow, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 28

  • Singer/songwriter series, Mike Monson, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 29:

  • Bump Blomberg, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 30

  • Timmy Haus, Moguls Grille, 6 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Here are some photos we found this week. First, a few wildlife shots:

Photo by Scott Pearson.

Photo by Scott Pearson.

 

Snack Time by Sandra Updyke.

Snack Time by Sandra Updyke.

 

Cow moose with some aquatic salad by David Johnson.

Cow moose with  aquatic salad by David Johnson.

 

Ruby-throated hummingbird by Jon Wood.

Ruby throated hummingbird by Jon Wood.

And one not so wild …

Matching slickers in Duluth by Layne Kennedy.

Matching slickers in Duluth by Layne Kennedy.

And we found some great land and skyscapes.

Looking For Safe Harbor by Ann Bowman.

Looking For Safe Harbor by Ann Bowman.

 

Eclipse from Grand Marais by David Johnson.

Eclipse from Grand Marais by David Johnson.

 

Photo by Jakkub Sisak.

Photo by Jakkub Sisak.

 

Smoke from fires in Canada gave this sunrise a cool hue by David Johnson.

Smoke from fires in Canada gave this sunrise a cool hue by David Johnson.

 

A happy little tree along the Sawbill Trail with a touch of northern lights by Thomas Spence.

A happy little tree along the Sawbill Trail with a touch of northern lights by Thomas Spence.

 

Miner's Castle Sunset by John Gregor.

Miner’s Castle Sunset by John Gregor.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Settling Into Summer

T"hings could be worse," by Cathy Quinn.

“Things could be worse” by Cathy Quinn.

The middle of August brings warm days, lots of sunshine – perfect for everything from fishing, exploring the woods and, of course, visiting all the art galleries and shops in Cook County. And there’s an art opening this weekend to go to, as well as a great selection of live music.

First up is our trusty Arrowhead Sketchers, who have been meeting in various locations around the county all summer to paint, sketch and/or photograph the scenery around them. Last Thursday, the Sketchers met at Dave and Cathi Williams’ farm, which offered a wide variety of subjects to sketch.

neil sherman dave williams' barn

Dave Williams’ Barn — sketch by Neil Sherman.

This week, the Arrowhead Sketchers will meet from 5-7 p.m. in front of Betsy Bowen’s Galleries and Studio, 301 1st Ave. W.,  for street-scene sketching. Everyone is invited. Bring paper or sketchbook, paints or pencils, or a camera, if you wish. Free. Open to all.

The instructor-in-residence at North House Folk School this week is birchbark weaver Beth Homa.

Birchbark weaving by Beth Homa. She will be giving demos  and a mini-class at North House Folk School.

Birchbark weaving by Beth Homa. She will be giving demos and a mini-class at North House Folk School.

Homa will be demonstrating her craft from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and give a mini-class on Saturday. For more info and to register, call 387-9762 or visit www.northhouse.org.

On Friday, award-winning photographer David Johnson opens a one-man show at the Johnson Heritage Post with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Entitled ” Cook County Through My Eyes,” the exhibit will feature a wide range of photographs of landscapes, skyscapes, wildlife and northern lights.

Photography by David Johnson.

Photography by David Johnson.

Johnson is well-known in the community for capturing amazing “you-had-to-be-there” shots, as well as great captures of wildlife. It should be a fun show. The Sky Blue & The Orange Girl Jazz Quartet will play at the opening reception. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit continues through Sept. 10.

Also on Friday night, Rick Anderson of Grand Portage, will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse, to talk about  donating the archaeological collection he and his family collected to Grand Portage National Monument. Also, musicians Eric Frost and Bill Hansen will be on the show to talk about their music and play a few songs. The show airs from 5-7 p.m.

On Saturday, local artists and artisans will hold the Cook County Market from 9 a.m. to  1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Senior Center. Look for a variety of goods including fiber art, baked goods, pottery, jewelry, woodcarving and woodwork, to name a few.

Saturdays in the Studio, a weekly event at the Grand Marais Art Colony during the summer, will feature demos of watercolor wax resist painting by Cilia Waterford starting at 1 p.m. Free. All invited.

And Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen will have a bronze pour at 4 p.m. in the sculpture studio there. It is open to the public and free.

There are several exhibits of interest in the region this week, too.

The Cross River Heritage Center is showing work by photographers Kathy Gray-Anderson and Tim Ostroot, paintings by Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens, David Hahn, Trish Hunter and Bruce Palmer and beadwork by Ojibwe artist Marcie MacIntire. The exhibit continues through the end of September.

Photographer Kathy Gray-Anderson has work at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Photographer Kathy Gray-Anderson has work at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Tettegouche State Park is exhibiting “Inklings” by Jill Levene this month.

Otter by Jill Levene.

Otter by Jill Levene.

The exhibit is in the Great Hall at the state park.

In Duluth, painter Jonathon Thunder continues his show at the Duluth Art Institute.

Jonathon Thunder has an exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute this month.

Jonathon Thunder has an exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute this month.

His solo exhibit features a new body of paintings of Ojibwe deities placed in a contemporary context. A catalog with color images includes an essay by Mason Riddle, a Saint Paul-based arts writer. The catalog is available for purchase.

At the Tweed Museum of Art, the ceramics exhibit “Call + Response” continues through Aug. 27.

(Detail), Treasure, by Lee Stollar. Terra cotta, wood and paint.

(Detail), Treasure, by Lee Stollar. Terra cotta, wood and paint.

James Klueg and Liz James curated the pairings on display. The Tweed is located on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

The Tweed also is exhibiting a special collection of photographs entitled “A Thousand Words.”

"The Living Dead at Buchenwald 194" by Margaret Bourke.

“The Living Dead at Buchenwald 1945″ by Margaret Bourke White.

In Thunder Bay, the exhibit “The Perspective From Here” at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery continues through mid-September.

"The Perspective From Here" continues at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

“The Perspective From Here” continues at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

And a solo exhibit by painter Lorraine Cull is currently on view at the mezzanine at the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay. It is located in Prince Arthur Park.

Painting by Lorraine Cull.

Painting by Lorraine Cull is the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay.

 Upcoming

 Author Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux will be the guest for a Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books from 7-8 p.m. Saturday,  Aug. 26. Stay tuned for details.

WTIP’s 10th Annual Radio Waves Music Festival is set for Sept. 8-10 at Sweetheart’s Bluff in the Grand Marais Recreation Area. This year’s festival will feature 28 local and regional acts.

The Grand Marais Art Colony‘s  2017 Plein Air Competition, Exhibition and Sale begins Sept. 8 when artists from throughout the region arrive in the county to paint. A Paint-Out will be held at Pincushion on Sept. 9 and the Quick Paint will be held at the harbor in the late afternoon on Thursday, Sept. 14. An exhibit of the work will open at the Johnson Heritage Post Sept. 15.

Also, North House Folk School‘s “Unplugged” will be Sept. 13-17 this year, featuring a chance to celebrate community, music, craft, and storytelling along the lakeshore at its classic Fall fundraiser, with special guests Kevin Kling and friends. More info in coming weeks. Click here for tickets.

Window Shopping

Colorful new pottery with whimsical animal figures by Martye Allen is in at Last Chance Gallery

Colorful new pottery with whimsical animal figures by Martye Allen is at Last Chance Gallery.

 

A new painting by Betsy Bowen! This is a detail from "Homage to the Home Town," acrylic on pine wood. It can be viewed at her studio gallery.

A new painting by Betsy Bowen! This is a detail from “Homage to the Home Town,” acrylic on pine wood. It can be viewed at her studio gallery.

 

North House just received new books by Lost Art Press. North House is one of the few retailers in the country that carries its books.

North House Folk School just received new books by Lost Art Press. North House is one of the few retailers in the country that carries its books.

 

Iridescent glass work by Mary Bebie is being exhibited at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Iridescent glass work by Mary Bebie is being exhibited at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

 

And here’s something fun to watch:

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, Aug. 17:

  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campire, Lutsen Resort, 6:30 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 18:

  • Jim & Mchele Miller, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Pete K, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7 p.m.
  • The Cruisers, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Floydian Slip, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 19:

  • Joe Paulik, Gun Flint Tavern, 2 p.m.
  • Jim McGowan, Voyageur Brewing Co., 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Bay, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, 7 p.m. Rural Grand Marais, ino at michealmonroemusic.com
  • Common Ground, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • The Cruisers, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Floydian Slip, Gun Flint Tavern 8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 20:

  • SplinterTones, Moguls,  5 p.m.
  • Bughouse!, Skyport Lodge, 5 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 20:

  • Mysterious Ways, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 21:

  • Low, Monday Night Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 22:

  • Teague Alexy, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

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

Lynx Sighting! by Thomas Spence.

Lynx Sighting! by Thomas Spence.

 

Abby with Dahlia. She found it at the Thursday Local Food Market in Grand Marais.

Abby with Dahlia. She found it at the Thursday Local Food Market in Grand Marais.

 

Another Beautiful Day on the Shore by Sandra Updyke.

Another Beautiful Day on the Shore by Sandra Updyke.

 

"That swirl on the Fall River" by Bryan Hansel.

“That swirl on the Fall River” by Bryan Hansel.

 

Sunset in Paradise by Kjersti Vick.

Sunset in Paradise by Kjersti Vick.

 

Moonset in the BWCA by Paul Sundberg.

Moonset in the BWCA by Paul Sundberg.

 

Sunrise at Split Rock Lighthouse by Matt Rohlader.

Sunrise at Split Rock Lighthouse by Matt Rohlader.

 

Photo by Jamie Rabold.

Photo by Jamie Rabold.

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Rendezvous Days & Pow Wow, Art, Demos & More

"Nice Smile for the camera. Thanks." by David Johnson.

“Nice Smile for the camera. Thanks.” by David Johnson.

This is the weekend for Rendezvous Days & the Celebration Pow Wow in Grand Portage. The annual gathering is the community’s biggest and most grand celebration of the year, a time when Grand Portage comes alive and reflects on its rich heritage. The event starts on Friday and continues through Sunday.

Re-enactors from across the country and Canada gather at the Grand Portage National Monument to camp and challenge each other to games and skills from the historic past.

More than 100 re-enactors set up camp at the Grand Portage National Monument during Rendezvous Days.

More than 100 re-enactors set up camp at the Grand Portage National Monument during Rendezvous Days.

There are all kinds of activities for families at the Monument as well, with live music and more. In short, there’s lots to see and do.

Just a bit down the road from the Monument, the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa hosts its annual Celebration Pow-Wow at the pow-wow grounds. More than 300 dancers and a large number of drum groups from around the region and Canada attend this 3-day pow-wow.

Dancers at a recent Celebration Pow-Wow in Grand Portage. Photo by Paul Sundberg.

Traditional ancers at a recent Celebration Pow-Wow in Grand Portage. Photo by Paul Sundberg.

The dancing starts on Friday night with practice dancing and drumming. Grand Entries are at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. The Pow-wow also features arts and crafts booths as well as food vendors, including fry bread and Indian tacos. Both events are free and open to the public. It’s always a good time.

There are lots of things to do and see in the county as well this weekend.

First up is the weekly meeting of the Arrowhead Sketchers from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday. The group, which is open to anyone, meets at a different location in the county each week to paint, draw, sketch or photograph.

Kathy Weinberg did this watercolor study during an Arrowhead Sketchers session last week.

Kathy Weinberg did this watercolor study during an Arrowhead Sketchers session recently.

This week, the Sketchers will meet at the farm of Cathi Williams at 85 Fall River Road in Grand Marais. This will be a great opportunity to sketch, paint or photograph a working farm, including horses, cows, a pond and studio as well as farm equipment. All welcome. Free. For more information, call the Grand Marais Art Colony at 287-2737.

Also this week, woodworker Angela Robins will be the Instructor in Residence at North House Folk School.

Woodworker Angela Robins will be the Instructor in Residence at North House Folk School this weekend.

Woodworker Angela Robins will be the Instructor in Residence at North House Folk School this weekend.

Robins will be demonstrating her craft Thursday through Sunday, and teach a mini-course from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. For more info and to register for the class, call 387-9762.

And, take note… this is the final weekend of the Grand Marais Playhouse Summer Theater Festival. The musical “The Pajama Game” will be performed at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday. The comedy “The Game’s Afoot” will be on-stage at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The reviews have been great! Don’t miss these. Tickets are $20 adults and $10 under 18. Save $5 when you buy tickets to both shows. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

On Friday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will host a tile-painting class where articipants can explore the colorful world of Majolica glazes.

The Art Colony will hold a Majolica tile-painting class on Friday rom 1-2:30 p.m.

The Art Colony will hold a Majolica tile-painting class on Friday from 1-2:30 p.m.

The instructor will give an overview of these ancient glazes, including their origin and properties, and demonstrate Majolica painting techniques. Then students can pick out their tiles and paint them with their own unique designs. The tiles will then be glaze-fired and available for pick-up on Sunday. Cost is $20. Call the Art Colony at 387-2737 for more info and to register.

On Friday night, the band The Thunderheads will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse to talk about their music and play a few songs. The show airs from 5-7 p.m.

Saturday starts out with the Cook County Market, featuring a wide range of crafters exhibiting their work in the parking lot of the Cook County Senior Center. Fiber art, woodworking, ceramics, handcrafted baked goods, including sweets and artisan breads, handmade soaps and multi-media work is featured at the Market.

At 1 p.m. on Saturday, potter Maggie Anderson will give a pottery demo in the ceramics studio of the Grand Marais Art Colony. The event is free and open to all.

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

On Sunday, there’s a great musical experience in store when the “Gunflint Woods, Winds, Strings … and a Little Jazz” will be presented at the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department Hall #1 on Poplar Lake. The event is a fundraiser for the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department.

The Gunflint Woods, Winds and Strings concert is always a sell-out. Photo courtesy o David Coleman.

The Gunflint Woods, Winds and Strings concert is always a sell-out. The concert is at 4 p.m. Sunday. Photo courtesy o David Coleman.

The concert this year will feature a wonderful blend of classical and jazz music, with the Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble joining the concert this year. New musical guests also include Nancy and Hugh Magill, who will play several Brahms waltzes from “Neue Liebeslieder” as a piano duet.  Fred Anderson, guitar, will play a familiar J. S. Bach piece, and also a composition of his own: “Lost in C.”

The program starts at 4 p.m.  Tickets are $20/adult, $5/ children 5-18, and children under 5 are free.  Contact person for ticket reservations is Patsy Coleman, 313-673-6202, or email her at pcoleman@chem.wayne.edu.  There is a “Meet the Artists” social hour at the Schaap Community Center following the concert. All invited to enjoy a wonderful Sunday afternoon of outstanding music.

Exhibits

 “Threads of Time and Place,”a visual fiber arts show featuring the work of Marie Westerman and Jill Ewald continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through Sunday.

"Night Flight," Triple Woven by Marie Westerman, is on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

“Night Flight,” Triple Woven by Marie Westerman, is on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post. The show ends on Sunday.

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

A new gallery art show has opened at the Cross River Heritage Center  in Schroeder featuring the work of a number of local and regional artists in a variety of media. Exhibits include Photography: Kathy Gray-Anderson and Tim Ostroot, Painting: David Hahn, Bruce Palmer, Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens and Trish Hunter and Beadwork: Marcie McIntire.

Painting by Bruce Palmer is at the Cross River Heritage Center.

This painting by Bruce Palmer is at the Cross River Heritage Center.

The art show at the Heritage Center continues through Oct. 21.

 Tettegouche State Park is featuring the  charming little “inklings” of Jill Levene in the Great Hall this month.

Cleveland Owls by Jill Levene.

Cleveland Owls by Jill Levene.

The show includes originals as well as affordable prints by this talented artist. The exhibit continues through Aug. 28.

In Duluth, the exhibit “A Thousand Words” continues at the Tweed Museum of Art on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

"The Leading Man, You and Me on a Sunny Day" by Rocky McCorkle. 2012 Chromogenic print on plexiglass, is at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth.

“The Leading Man, You and Me on a Sunny Day” by Rocky McCorkle. 2012,
Chromogenic print on plexiglass, is at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth.

At the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, the exhibit  “The Perspective From Here: 150 Artists From the North” continues through this month.

“The Gentle Space of Love” by Janice Andrews is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

 Upcoming

 WTIP Community Radio is gearing up for the annual Radio Waves Music Festival, Sept. 8 -10, at Sweetheart’s Bluff in the Grand Marais Recreation Area. This marks the 10th year of the family-friendly festival, which features three days of live music from a diverse mix of local and regional artists.  Twenty-nine acts will take the stage at this year’s festival, with eight new bands, and six that have not played in several years.  For the full line-up click here.

Mark your calendars for Grand Marais Plein Air competition and exhibit Sept. 8-14 sponsored by the Grand Marais Art Colony. Watch 60 artists paint the beautiful, rugged 3,340-square miles of Cook County, and then attend the exhibit showcasing more than 200 new paintings of the North Shore. The opening reception is at the Johnson Heritage Post Sept. 15. This year’s Awards Juror is Kami Mendlik. Stay tuned for details.

A group of local artists and gallery owners joined with Visit Cook County to revive and re-imagine the Crossing Borders Studio Tour, and replaced it with a new eventArt Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour.

art along the lake

The Fall Studio Tour features work by 40 artists in studios and galleries throughout Cook County. It will be held Sept. 29 – Oct. 8.

The Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour will feature 14 stops and more than 40 artists exhibiting their work in studios and galleries along one of the most scenic fall color drives in Minnesota. The event will give visitors an opportunity to meet with artists in their home studios, as well as visit with guest artists at local art galleries. The dates for the Fall Studio Tour are Sept. 29 – Oct. 8. To find out more, click here.

Opportunities

Johnson Heritage Post has put out a call for artists to exhibit in 2018 and beyond. The gallery would love to feature local artists throughout each calendar year. If you are interested in applying, please click here  and download the application form. Your application may be emailed, mailed, or dropped off at Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery.
The Heritage Post is looking forward to seeing community members talented artworks. Don’t miss the chance to exhibit – apply now!

In Thunder Bay, the Baggage Building Art Centre has put out a call or artists to exhibit this fall in a number of mediums.

The Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay has put out a call for artists.

The Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay has put out a call for artists.

American artists are welcome. Printmakers, quilters, wood artists and fiber artists are all encouraged to apply. The Baggage Building Arts Centre is located at Prince Arthur’s Landing in Thunder Bay. For more info, contact Angie Jensen at bbac.angie@gmail.com.

Window Shopping

 

"Hummingbird 2" by Raina Gentry is at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.

“Hummingbird 2″ by Raina Gentry is at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.

 

Big Mac's Trucks, crafted by Suzy and Greg McCarthy are at Joy and Company.

Big Mac’s Trucks, crafted by Suzy and Greg McCarthy, are at Joy and Company.

 

Upstate MN has French bottle brushes, here displayed in a pot by Adam Greutzmacher.

Upstate MN has French bottle brushes, here displayed in a pot by Adam Greutzmacher.

Here’s the music for this weekend:

Thursday, Aug. 10:

  • Joe Paulik, Lutsen Resort, 6:30 p.m.
  • Bump Blomberg, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 11:

  • Gene Lafond & Amy Grillo, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • Thunderheads, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 12:

  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • J Squared and the Makers, Papa Charlie’s, 6:30 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Cherry Dirt, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Thunderheads, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 13:

  • Briand Morrison–The Art of George Morrison, Grand Portage Community Center, 11 a.m.
  • Black River Revue, North Shore Winery, 2 p.m.
  • Gunflint Woods, Winds, Strings … and a Little Jazz, Gunflint Trail Fire Dept. Hall #1, 4 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Skyport Lodge,  5 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 14:

  • Pete Kavanaugh, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 16:

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

Here’s an interesting selection of the photos we found this week:

First: Flowers!

Fragrant Water Lily by Paul Sundberb.

Fragrant Water Lily by Paul Sundberg.

And then flowers and insects:

"Taken this weekend in Grand Marais" by Cathy "Olson" Palmer.

“Taken this weekend in Grand Marais” by Cathy “Olson” Palmer.

 

"Beauty and the Beast" by Jean Fitts Cochrane.

“Beauty and the Beast” by Jean Fitts Cochrane.

 

Photo by Kathy Gray-Anderson.

Photo by Kathy Gray-Anderson.

And birds:

Sandhill Cranes in Schroeder by Thomas Spence.

Sandhill Cranes in Schroeder by Thomas Spence.

 

An argument between a sharp-shinned hawk and a belted kingfisher. The kingfisher held its ground... er... spot in the water. Photo by John Heino.

An argument between a sharp-shinned hawk and a belted kingfisher. The kingfisher held its ground. Photo by John Heino.

And a sailboat:

Photo by Larry Dean.

Photo by Larry Dean.

And a sunrise:

Sunrise Over Split Rock by Christian Dalbec.

Sunrise Over Split Rock by Christian Dalbec.

And deer:

"Good Morning, Sweet Thing" by Jan Swart.

“Good Morning, Sweet Thing” by Jan Swart.

 

"Summer Buck Enjoying Some Tender Leaves" by David Johnson.

“Summer Buck Enjoying Some Tender Leaves” by David Johnson.

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Fish Pic Weekend, Art Talks and Theater

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The second section of Mila Horak’s Community Paint Project has been installed on the wall of Birch Bark Books & Gifts. 

It’s Fisherman’s Picnic weekend!

The height of the summer season has arrived and, with it, the 88th annual Fisherman’s Picnic, which will be held Aug. 1-5 this year.

Fisherman's Picnic is put on by the Grand Marais Lion's Club.

Fisherman’s Picnic is put on by the Grand Marais Lion’s Club.

It’s a time for family get-togethers, class reunions, picnics, fishburgers and lots of games, contests and activities for every age.

A birds-eye view of Harbor Park during Fisherman's Picnic.

A birds-eye view of Harbor Park during Fisherman’s Picnic.

The games and contests have been competitive for the last 88 years and there’s no doubt they’ll be that way this year. Here’s a photo from the archives of the Cook County Historical Society, taken in at the Fisherman’s Picnic in 1948.

Herring contest at Fisherman's Picnic in 1948. Photo courtesy of the Cook County Historical Society.

Herring contest at Fisherman’s Picnic in 1948. Photo courtesy of the Cook County Historical Society.

And here’s a photo taken in 2014.

Autumn Pechan takes on the cross cut saw at Fisherman's Picnic in 2014. Photo by Judy Griesedieck.

Autumn Pechan takes on the cross cut saw at Fisherman’s Picnic in 2014. Photo by Judy Griesedieck.

The weekend also includes the Big Fish Contest, blacksmithing demonstrations, the Friends of the Library Used Book Sale, the Pincushion Mountain Walk-Run, softball and tennis tournaments and lots of live music  (see the Music Schedule, below.), to mention afew.  In short, Fisherman’s Picnic has something for everyone. For the complete schedule of events, click here.

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

On Thursday, the Arrowhead Sketchers will meet again to sketch, paint or take photographs, as they have been doing all summer.

Plein air painter Neil Sherman sets to work during the Arrowhead Sketchers event last Thursday from the roof-top deck at Voyageurs Brewing Co.

Plein air painter Neil Sherman sets to work during the Arrowhead Sketchers event last Thursday from the roof-top deck at Voyageurs Brewing Co.

This week, the Arrowhead Sketchers will meet at the home of JD and Connie Lehr, 4676 Cascade Beach Rd. from 5-7 p.m..  The Lehr home offers incredible views of the North Shore spanning from Tofte to Grand Marais plus unique architectural opportunities.  Free and open to all.

The Grand Marais Playhouse Summer Theater Festival continues this weekend with performances at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. The comedy, “The Game’s Afoot,” will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday.

Show time! Getting ready for a performance of "The Game's Afoot." Great reviews for both shows!

Show time! Getting ready for a performance of “The Game’s Afoot.” Great reviews for both shows!

The musical, “The Pajama Game” will be performed at 7 p.m Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The shows continue through next weekend. Tickets are available at the door.

On Friday, all kinds of activities will be going on in Grand Marais at Fish Pic, including lots of live music in Harbor Park. The Duluth band, the Black River Revue is playing at the Gun Flint Tavern this weekend, too, and will be talk about their music and play a few songs on WTIP’s “The Roadhouse.

The Black River Revue will be in town this weekend.

The Black River Revue will be in town this weekend.

The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.

Saturday will be very busy downtown, but there are lots of other activities as well.

The Library Friends Used Book Sale is at the Cook County Community Center starting at 8 a.m.

At North House Folk School, basket weaver April Stone be will be giving basketmaking demos from Thursday through Sunday and will be teaching a mini-class rom 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday. For more info, call North House at 387-9762.

April Stone will give a basket wearing demonstration at North House Folk School from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

April Stone will give basket wearing demonstrations at North House Folk School on Thursday through Sunday.

Lots is happening at the Grand Marais Art Colony, too. At noon on Saturday, artist Karina Cutler-Lake will give an Artist Talk at noon entitled “Elements and Properties of Design.” And at 1 p.m. Anna Hess will give a glass painting demo at the Art Colony.

And Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen will hold a bronze pour at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The event is open to the public.

At 5:30 p.m. in Grand Marais,  potter Mark Lusardi will be hosting a raku firing experience at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Come see and participate in a raku firing at the Grand Marais Art Colony at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, hosted by Mark Lusardi of the Continental Clay Co. in Minneapolis.

Come see and participate in a raku firing at the Grand Marais Art Colony at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, hosted by Mark Lusardi of the Continental Clay Co. in Minneapolis.

A number of artists and artisans in Hovland will set up in the parking lot of the Chicago Bay Marketplace in Hovland on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The tents will be up with artists showing their work at the Chicago Bay Marketplace on Saturday.

The tents will be up with artists showing their work at the Chicago Bay Marketplace on Saturday.

Artwork will include photography, ceramics, glass chimes and jewelry, goat milk soaps, knit goods and yarns. All invited.

And, if you want to get away for a bit and enjoy the Northwoods, remember,  the Biggest Blueberry Contest continues on the Gunflint Trail.

Photo by Ada Igoe.

Photo by Ada Igoe.

The final round of the contest ends on Saturday, Aug. 12, which means there is still plenty of time to participate in the contest.  The contest is open to the public and all ages. There are weigh stations at Bearskin Lodge, Boundary Country Trekking, Nor’Wester Lodge, Way of the Wilderness, Golden Eagle Lodge, Hungry Jack Outfitters, Rockwood Lodge, Tuscarora Lodge, Gunflint Lodge and Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center, all of which are along the Gunflint Trail. And there are still plenty of berries out there.

The Fisherman’s Picnic Parade, the best parade of the year in Grand Marais, will start at 1 p.m. on Sunday.  All are invited to join in the fun, catch some candy and enjoy the excitement of a good parade. The Thunder Bay bagpipers will perform in Harbor Park afterwards.

On Monday, Mary Ann Ashcroft will give the Full Moon Reading at Drury Lane Books at 7:30 p.m. Each full moon, the bookstore invites the public to gather outside around the fire to hear local writers read their own work or the work of others. Ashcroft was an English professor for many years and is now vicar of Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church.  She has published a number of books, including “Dogspell: The Gospel According to Dog.” The event is free and open to the public.

And finally, sculptor Greg Mueller, who is working at Last Chance Gallery this summer, will give an Artist Talk at the Johnson Heritage Post at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. The talk is entitled “Public and Collaborative Sculpture Projects.” Free. All invited.

Exhibits

Artist Kari Vick opened a debut exhibit of her work at the North Shore Winery on Ski Hill Road in Lutsen this week.

Kari Vick's Otter is one of her pieces on exhibit at the North Shore Winery this month.

Kari Vick’s Otter is one of her pieces on exhibit at the North Shore Winery this month.

The exhibit includes original etchings, paintings and cngravings, prints and cards. It continues through this month.

The exhibit “Marie Westerman & Jill  Ewald – Threads of Time and Place” continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through Aug. 13.

"Shiny Object," weaving by Marie Westerlind, is at the Johnson Heritage Post.

“Shiny Object,” a weaving by Marie Westerman, is at the Johnson Heritage Post.

In Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art, on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, continues its exhibition of a newly curated exhibition of 47 photographs from the museum’s permanent collection.. The exhibit is entitled:  “A Thousand Words.”

André-Kertesz. "Satiric-Dancer," 1926. gelatin-silver-print.

AndréKertész. “Satiric-Dancer,” 1926. Gelatin silver-print is at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth.

In Thunder Bay, Definitely Superior Art Gallery continues the 29th annual Members Show as well as installations by Amanda Strong and Jeneen rei Njootli.

"Four Faces of the Moon" by Amanda Strong is at the  Definitely Superior Gallery in Thunder Bay.

“Four Faces of the Moon” by Amanda Strong is at the Definitely Superior Gallery in Thunder Bay.

The exhibits continue through Aug. 12.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery continues its exhibit, “The Perspective From Here: 150 Artists From The North.”

Daphne Odjig, "The-Grand Entrance,"1989, acrylic-on-canvas.

Daphne Odjig, “The Grand Entrance,”1989, acrylic on canvas, is on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The exhibit continues through Sept. 24.

Upcoming

 The annual Pow-Wow and Rendezvous Days will be in Grand Portage next weekend. Stay tuned for details.

Grand Marais photographer David Johnson will open an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post Aug. 18.

Photographer David Johnson will have a solo exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post this month.

Photographer David Johnson will have a solo exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post this month.

 Window Shopping

Ron's World Rocks is featuring this yellow topaz ring. The stone was mined in Brazil and sourced in India. It is mounted on sterling silver with a black patina.

Ron’s World Rocks is featuring this yellow topaz ring. The stone was mined in Brazil and sourced in India. It is mounted on sterling silver with a black patina.

 

Jeff Luedloff has crafted  fine wooden vessels, mirrors and tops that are featured at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.

Jeff Luedloff has crafted fine wooden vessels, mirrors and tops that are featured at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.

 

David Gilsvik has new work at Sivertson Gallery including "Lily."

David Gilsvik has new work at Sivertson Gallery including “Lily.”

Here’s the music schedule for the week.

Thursday, Aug. 3:

Music in Harbor Park — Fisherman’s Picnic:

  •  Joe Paulik, 11 a.m.
  • North Shore Community Swing Band, 1 p.m.
  • Common Ground, 3 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, 7 p.m.

Other Venues

  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Lusten Resort, 6:30 p.m.
  • Lazy Lightning 420, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 4:

Music in Harbor Park—Fisherman’s Picnic:

  • Joe Paulik, 11 a.m.
  • Bug House, 1 p.m.
  •  Brothers in Arms, 7 p.m.

Other Venues:

  • Matthew Griswold, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Black River Revue, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Bug House, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 5:

Music in Harbor Park–Fisherman’s Picnic:

  • Pete K, 11 a.m.
  • Michael Monroe, 1 p.m.
  • Dat Dere Jazz, 3 p.m.
  •  SplinterTones, 7 p.m.

Other Venues

  • Briand Morrison, Voyageur Brewing Co, 7 p.m.
  • Gene Lafond and Amy Grillo, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m., ino at michaelmonroemusic.com
  • Earth, Wind & Todd, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.

Sunday, August 6:

Music in Harbor Park–Fisherman’s Picnic:

  • Michael Monroe, noon
  • Shriner’s Band, 2 p.m.
  •  Thunder Bay Bagpipers, 2:45

Other Venues

  • Plucked Up String Band, North Shore Winery, 2 p.m.
  • The Beavers, Skyport Lodge,  5 p.m.
  • Bug Dope, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 7:

  • Her Crooked Heart, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 8:

  • Joe Paulik, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 9:

  • Date Night at North Shore Winery, Chris Gillis & Friends, 7 p.m.

Here’s a selection of fun photos we found this week:

It’s been hot.

July 29 near Silver Bay by Shawna Marie Willis.

July 29 near Silver Bay by Shawna Marie Willis.

But there’s always Lake Superior …

"Leaping Into a Superior Summer" by Layne Kennedy.

“Leaping Into a Superior Summer” by Layne Kennedy.

Youngsters are growing up …

"Loon Family" by Paul Sundberg.

“Loon Family” by Paul Sundberg.

And feathers are being renewed …

"This morning ..." by Nancy Hemstad Seaton.

“This morning …” by Nancy Hemstad Seaton.

The weather has been perfect …

"Sunset Paddle" by Sheila Smith.

“Sunset Paddle” by Sheila Smith.

 

The start of the International Sail Boat Race from Grand Marais to Thunder Bay by Jean itts Cochrane.

The start of the International Sail Boat Race from Grand Marais to Thunder Bay by Jean Fitts Cochrane

And the forest is thriving.

"Gooseberry Falls State Park" by Jamie Rabold.

“Gooseberry Falls State Park” by Jamie Rabold.

 

Tom Lake by Sandra Updyke.

Tom Lake by Sandra Updyke.

The moose seem to be thriving, too.

Thomas Spence caught this image of a healthy and alert bull moose the other day. Enjoy!

Bull Moose by Thomas Spence.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Summer Theater, Summer Art … Summer Weather!

"Birch." by Jan Swart.

“Birch” by Jan Swart.

Whenever summer really arrives on the North Shore, it never fails to amaze — balmy breezes, blue skies with puffy white clouds, Lake Superior, blue and gleaming to the horizon. When that happens, all we can do is say “Yes!” and enjoy. That’s what we have this weekend, so look forward to it.

Plus, there’s a lot going on — from a 3-day music festival in Harbor Park to the start of an international boat race to Thunder Bay, a summer theater festival, a flower show, an artist talk — there is plenty to do.

First up is the Arrowhead Sketchers, an open art group, who will meet at Voyageur’s Brewing from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday. Sketchers may be inspired by the pub architecture, other buildings or  harbor views.

The Arrowhead Sketchers met at Artist's Point last week. Pictured above is Riley Kollman, visiting from Tampa, Fl. He is sketching with his grandmother, Kathy Weinberg.

The Arrowhead Sketchers met at Artist’s Point last week. Pictured above is Riley Kollman, visiting from Tampa, Fl. He is sketching with his grandmother, Kathy Weinberg.

Anyone can join the The Arrowhead Sketchers for the weekly sessions. Just bring a pencil or paints and sketch pad, and enjoy!

David Morris made this sketch last week from Artist's Point.

David Morris made this sketch last week from Artist’s Point.

 The Grand Marais Playhouse‘s Summer Theater Festival continues, with performances of “The Pajama Game” and “The Game’s Afoot” at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. The plays are in repertory, changing each night. The musical, “The Pajama Game” will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, the comedy “The Game’s Afoot” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Both plays have had great reviews.

“The Pajama Game” is directed by Sue Hennessy. The cast includes Mark Abrahamson, Karen Blackburn, John Bragstad, Susan Bragstad, Kate Fitzgerald, Hilja Iverson, Thomas Stamps, Louise Reavis and Karina Roth.

pajama game

The cast of “The Pajama Game” includes, front row, from left, Susan Bradstad, Karina Roth, Hilja Iverson, Louise Reavis, Karen Blackburn and Kate Fitzgerald. Back row from left: Thomas Stamps, John Bragstad and Mark Abrahamson

game's afoot

The cast of “The Game’s Afoot” includes Gary Latz, Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux, Jane Gellner, Jan Healy, Kevin Kager, Sam Seitsema, and Diane Stoddard.

Tickets are $20 adults and $10 Youth under 18. Buy a ticket to both shows and save $5. Tickets are available at the door.

On Friday, the 3-day Stars of the North Music Festival starts in Bear Tree Park at 5 p.m. The Music Festival is a fundraising event to raise money to help young musicians and is free.

Stars of the North Music Festival starts on Friday at  5 p.m. in Bear Tree Park.

Stars of the North Music Festival starts on Friday at 5 p.m. in Bear Tree Park.

The music festival starts in the afternoon on Friday with a mix of local talent both electric and acoustic, carries through the day and early evening on Saturday with the same mix, and culminates in a “Rocking Gospel Hour” on Sunday, ending by about noon.  The event emphasizes local performers and/or locally connected musicians. For the complete music schedule, see below.

“The Game’s Afoot” is performed at the ACA at 7 p.m. Friday night.

Saturday will be really busy.

It begins at 9 a.m. with the Cook County Market, held in the Senior Center’s parking lot through 1 p.m. The market features a wide variety of Cook County artisans exhibiting their work. The Northwoods Fiber Guild has a booth at the market this year as well.

Then, at 11 a.m., the 2017 Minnesota Quilter of the Year, Karen McTavish, will have a trunk show at the Cross River Heritage Center.

Quilter Karen McTavish will have a trunk show at the Cross River Heritage Center on Saturday.

Quilter Karen McTavish will have a trunk show at the Cross River Heritage Center on Saturday.

McTavish specializes in crafting award-winning quilts using techniques
 which allow any machine quilter to replicate traditional “hand-quilted” effects as
 well as quilting today’s modern quilts.

An example of a Karen McTavish quilt.

An example of a Karen McTavish quilt.

At noon on Saturday, the International Yacht Race, sponsored by the Thunder Bay Yacht Club, will start at the Grand Marais Lighthouse.

The International Boat Race starts in Grand Marais on Saturday. The yachts will race to Thunder Bay.

The  International Yacht Race will start in Grand Marais on Saturday. The yachts will race to Thunder Bay.

The race, which has been organized by the club for years, often chooses different routes. This is the first time they will start in Grand Marais.

Also at noon on Saturday, the Grand Marais Garden Club will open its annual flower show at the Cook County Community Center. The title of the show this year is “Flower Fiesta.”

flowers

The Grand Marais Garden Club will hold its annual flower show at the Community Center on Saturday.

The show runs through  5 p.m. Community members are invited to bring arrangements of their own to the Community Center on Saturday morning. The show also features refreshments. All invited.

Also at noon, an Artist Talk will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony featuring Donna Brune, who will talk about Integrative Medical Practices and Community Engagement., and how art exhibits play into that goal. The talk is free and open to the public.

Then, at 1 p.m. Cila Walford will demo watercolor pencils at the Grand Marais Art Colony as part of its Saturday at the Studios series.

Also at 1 p.m., on Saturday, singer/songwriter Courtney Yesmineh will be at the book signing at the Lake Superior Trading Post. This is the musician’s first book.

Courtney Y will sign her book at the Lake Superior Trading Post on Saturday as well as play at the music festival.

Courtney Yesmineh will sign her book at the Lake Superior Trading Post on Saturday as well as play at the music festival.

Yesmineh will also be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night (the show airs from 5-7 p.m.) and she will perform at the Stars of the North Music Festival at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

At 4 p.m. on Saturday, there will be Bronze Pour at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen. All invited.

And “The Pajama Game” will be performed at the ACA at 7 p.m.

Finally, Clearwater Lodge on the Gunflint Trail will celebrate its 91st anniversary with a party and music rom 7-10 p.m. The North Shore Community Swing Band will play, there will be beer tasting with Voyageur Brewing, dancing and snacks. All invited.

On Sunday, Gospel Music at Bear Tree Park with Gordon Thorne & Friends starting at 10:30 p.m., and a matinee of “The Game’s Afoot” at the ACA at 2 p.m.

The exhibit Threads of Time and Place,” featuring the work o Marie Westerman and Jill Ewald continues at the Johnson Heritage Post.

"Pathways: Then to Now" by Jill Ewald.

“Pathways: Then to Now” by Jill Ewald is at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Westerman is a fiber artist who does pictorial weaving. Ewald is an artist who works with many mediums including oil paint, graphite, conte crayon, encaustic and charcoal, and recently, thread. The show will run until Aug. 13. The Johnson Heritage Post is open rom 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and Monday, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. It is closed on Tuesdays.

“The exhibit, “Sinew: Female Native Artists of the Twin Cities” continues at the Tweed Museum of Art through the end of the summer.

Also, its exhibiton, “A Thousand Words,” featuring photographs from its collection, continues.

"Anima"by Canadian Plains Cree artist, Meryl McMaster. From her "Between Two Worlds" series. The photograph is at the Tweed Museum of Art.

“Anima”by Canadian Plains Cree artist, Meryl McMaster. From her “Between Two Worlds” series. The photograph is at the Tweed Museum of Art.

 The Duluth Art Institutes Plein Air Duluth: Paint du Nord” exhibit continues at the Blacklist Artisan Ales in Duluth through Aug. 27.

"Summer Break: Canal Park" by Sue Pavlatos is one of the paintings in the Duluth Plein air competition.

“Summer Break: Canal Park” by Sue Pavlatos is one of the paintings in the Duluth Plein air competition.

There’s lots happening in Thunder Bay this weekend, too, with the Bay & Algoma Buskers Festival and the Die Active Y-Art Sale behind Hoito’s Restaurant on Bay Street.

The Bay & Algoma Buskers Festival is in Thunder Bay this weekend.

The Bay & Algoma Buskers Festival is in Thunder Bay this weekend.

The Buskers Festival features local and international buskers, food, sidewalk sales, and more. Admission is free. The Y-Art Sale, an arts and antiques yard sale is rom 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EDT). The Buskers Festival is held all weekend.  It’s always a good time.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery‘s exhibit, “The Perspective From Here” continues through August.

John Books' sculpture, "Thank God It's Friday," exclaimed Crusoe, is one of the pieces on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

John Books’ sculpture, “Thank God It’s Friday,” exclaimed Crusoe, is one of the pieces on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Upcoming:

Fisherman’s Picnic is next weekend!

Fisherman's Picnic is Aug. 2-6 this year.

Fisherman’s Picnic is Aug. 2-6 this year.

There’s lots going on at the Picnic. For the complete schedule, click here. And stay tuned.

Also that weekend, the Grand Marais Art Colony will host a raku firing with Mark Lusardi from Continental Clay in Minneapolis. He will have pots to glaze from  5:30-8 p.m. and everyone can watch the raku process and take their pot home. He will have tea bowls, fairy houses, luminaries, dragonfly bowls and small tiles. Prices are from $3 to $20. Open to all.  Stay tuned for details next week.

The annual Pow-Wow and Rendezvous Days in Grand Portage will be Aug. 11-Aug. 13.

And finally, Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour will held in art studios and galleries throughout Cook County Sept. 29 to Oct. 8.

Window Shopping:

Jeff Luedloff has work at Last Chance Gallery.

Jeff Luedloff has work at Last Chance Gallery.

Kathy Weinberg's "Twilight Blue" is at Ron's World Rocks gallery.

Kathy Weinberg’s “Twilight Blue” is at Ron’s World Rocks gallery in Grand Marais.

Betsy Bowen's Galleries and Studio is featuring porcelain by Jeremy Vaughn. He works in China, but has roots here. The pieces are entitled "The Big Lake."

Betsy Bowen’s Galleries and Studio is featuring porcelain by Jeremy Vaughn. He works in China, but has roots here. The pieces are entitled “The Big Lake.”

Hovland potter Bob Tamanaha has work at Joy and Company.

Hovland potter Bob Tamanaha has work at Joy and Company.

For soft and beautiful, check out these organic scarves at Upstate MN.

For soft and beautiful, check out these organic scarves at Upstate MN.

In Other Art News:

 Ann Possis reports that the San Francisco Museum of Art will send you an artwork image and caption if you text 572-51 with the words “send me” followed by a keyword, color or emoji. She sent the text: Send me cartoons. This is what she got.

Ann Possis got this when she sent a request for a cartoon from the San Francisco Museum of Art.

Ann Possis got this when she sent a text request for a cartoon to the San Francisco Museum of Art.

Text 572-51 with an art request, and see what you get. I tried it. It works!

Here’s the music for this weekend.

Thursday, July 27:

  • Beach Bonfire with Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, July 28:

  • Plucked Up String Band, Voyageur Brewing Co.,  4 p.m.
  • Stars of the North Festival, Bear Tree Park, Grand Marais

                             Mysterious Ways,  5 p.m.

                            John Russ, 6:30 p.m.

                           Plucked Up String Band, 8 p.m.

  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Pete K, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Dead Pigeons, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Jim and Michele Miller, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 29:

  • Stars of the North Festival, Bear Tree Park, Grand Marais

                         Eric Frost, 10:30 a.m.

                       Michael Monroe, noon

                       Briand Morrison, 1:30 p.m.

                       Common Ground, 3 p.m.

                       Courtney Yasmineh, 4:30 p.m.

                      The April Fools, 6:15 p.m.

                     Open Jam, 8 p.m.

  • Brothers in Arms, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band and Summer Carols, Gun Flint Tavern, 6 p.m.
  • J Squared and the Makers, Papa Charlie’s, 6 p.m.
  • Pete K, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m., reservations @ michaelmonroemusic.com
  • Jim and Michele Miller, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 30:

  • Stars of the North Festival –Rockin’ Gospel Hour with Gordon Thorne & Friends, 10:30 a.m.
  • Black River Revue, North Shore Winery, 2 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Skyport Lodge,  p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Monday, July 31:

  • Bump Blomberg, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 2:

  • Briand Morrison, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.

We found some interesting seasonal photographs this week.

Showy Lady Slippers by Paul Sundberg.

Showy Lady Slippers by Paul Sundberg.

 

Summer Bouquet by Ann Possis.

Summer Bouquet by Ann Possis.

 

Quiet Little Scene on the Cascade River by Bryan Hansel.

Quiet Little Scene on the Cascade River by Bryan Hansel.

 

Dawn on Highway 61 by Jan Swart.

Dawn on Highway 61 by Jan Swart.

Here’s a reminder of another season that isn’t that far away.

Passin' Through by David Johnson.

Passin’ Through by David Johnson.

And here’s another David Johnson …

Milky Way Over Lake Superior by David Johnson.

Milky Way Over Lake Superior by David Johnson.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

 

Music:

Thursday, July 27:

  • Beach Bonfire with Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, July 30:

  • Plucked Up String Band, Voyageur Brewing Co.,  4 p.m.
  • Stars of the North Festival, Bear Tree Park, Grand Marais

                             Mysterious Ways,  5 p.m.

                            John Russ, 6:30 p.m.

                           Plucked Up String Band, 8 p.m.

  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Pete K, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Dead Pigeons, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Jim and Michele Miller, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 29:

  • Stars of the North Festival, Bear Tree Park, Grand Marais

                         Eric Frost, 10:30 a.m.

                       Michael Monroe, noon

                       Briand Morrison, 1:30 p.m.

                       Common Ground, 3 p.m.

                       Courtney Yasmineh, 4:30 p.m.

                      The April Fools, 6:15 p.m.

                     Open Jam, 8 p.m.

  • Brothers in Arms, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band and Summer Carols, Gun Flint Tavern, 6 p.m.
  • J Squared and the Makers, Papa Charlie’s, 6 p.m.
  • Pete K, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m., reservations @ michaelmonroemusic.com
  • Jim and Michele Miller, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 30:

  • Stars of the North Festival –Rockin’ Gospel Hour with Gordon Thorne & Friends, 10:30 a.m.
  • Black River Revue, North Shore Winery, 2 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Skyport Lodge,  p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Monday, July 31:

  • Bump Blomberg, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 1:

  • Briand Morrison, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
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Summer Theater, An Art Opening & Blueberries

"4 a.m. this morning" by David Johnson.

“4 a.m. this morning” by David Johnson.

Look forward to a busy weekend because there is lots to do. The Summer Theater Festival begins on Thursday, there’s an art exhibit opening at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday, and Saturday is all scheduled up with demos, art talks and more.

First up is the Arrowhead Sketchers, an open group of artists who like to draw and paint outdoors that meet every Thursday afternoon.

A drawing made by an Arrowhead Sketcher last week.

A drawing made by an Arrowhead Sketcher last week.

The sketching event is open to the public. This week, the Sketchers will meet at the parking lot at the U.S. Coast Guard Station. From there, they will have access to Artist’s Point, activity and boats in the harbor as well as views of Grand Marais.  Grab your pencils and sketchbook and join the group from 5 to 7 p.m. Free.

On Thursday night, the Grand Marais Summer Theater Festival opens at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts with the comedy “The Game’s Afoot.” Winner of the 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Award, this who-done-it mystery will keep everyone laughing.

A rehearsal scene from "The Game's Afoot." Pictured are Gary Latz and Diane Stoddard.

A rehearsal scene from “The Game’s Afoot.” Pictured are Gary Latz and Diane Stoddard.

The cast includes Gary Latz, Diane Stoddard, Kevin Kager, Jane Gellner, Jan Healey, Sam Sietsema and Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux. Show time is 7 p.m.

The Summer Theater Festival also includes alternating performances of the  musical “The Pajama Game.” It opens on Friday night. “The Pajama Game” was awarded the 1955 Tony for Best Musical and, more than half of a century later, claimed the award for Best Revival of a Musical, proving that the story is truly timeless. The play is brimming with songs and dances that have become musical theater standards, including “Steam Heat” and “Hernando’s Hideaway. ” The cast includes Mark Abrahamson, John Bragstad, Susan Bragstad, Karen Blackburn, Kate Fitzgerald, Hilja Iverson, Thomas Stamps, Louise Reavis, and Karina Roth with special guest appearances by Christine Curtis. The first performance of “The Pajama Game” is on Friday night at 7 p.m.

The plays will be performed on alternate nights, Thursday through Saturday and Sunday afternoons through Aug. 13. To see the complete schedule, click here.

If you’re in Duluth on Thursday night, check out Jonathan Thunder’s film screening at Teatro Zuccone on Superior Street at 7 p.m.

jonathan thunder walk in dreams

Jonathan Thunder will have a film screening at Teatro Zuccone in Duluth on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Thunder is currently exhibiting his work at the Duluth Art Institute.

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention that Friday is the beginning of the Biggest Blueberry Contest on the Gunflint Trail. Blueberry season is just getting underway and the Biggest Blueberry contest will be held every weekend through Aug. 12 with prizes awarded at the end of each weekend.

Blueberry season has started! Photo by Kjersti Vick.

Blueberry season has started! Photo by Kjersti Vick.

Blueberry pickers can submit their fruit to weigh stations at Bearskin Lodge, Golden Eagle Lodge, Hungry Jack Outfitters, Rockwood Lodge, Tuscarora Lodge, Gunflint Lodge and Chik-Wauk Museum & Nature Center, all of which are along the Gunflint Trail. Berry pickers will be able to submit their biggest blueberry at these locations Fridays through Sundays during the contest period. In addition to prizes for the biggest blueberry, all submissions will be entered to win randomly selected prize drawings. Prizes range from free canoe rentals to slices of blueberry pie.

Also on Friday, Crazy Chester, a Twin Cities band that features classic music by artists like The Allman Brothers, Neil Young, The Band, The Rolling Stones, to name afew, will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse, before playing at the Gun Flint Tavern.

Crazy Chester will be on The Roadhouse on Friday before playing at the Tavern.

Crazy Chester will be on The Roadhouse on Friday before playing at the Gun Flint Tavern.

The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. on Fridays.

Then, on Friday night, the Johnson Heritage Post opens a new exhibit entitledThreads of Time and Place: Marie Westerman and Jill Ewald.” Westerman is a fiber artist who does pictorial weaving. Ewald is an artist who works with many mediums including oils, graphite, conte crayon, encaustic and charcoal, and recently, thread.

"Night Flight" by Marie Westerman.

“Night Flight” by Marie Westerman.

The opening reception for “Threads of Time and Place” is from 5-7 p.m. Friday. The Heritage Post is open rom 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and Monday, and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. It is closed on Tuesdays.

Also on Friday night, Voyageur Brewing Co. will be screening outdoor films as part o the North Shore Water Festival. he films include: “Superior Dream
,”  “When the Waves Call
” and “Cold Love.” Admission is $10. All invited. For more info about the Water Festival, click here.

Saturday kicks off with the Cook County Market, which is held in the parking lot at the Senior Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring a wide variety of crafts by Cook County artisans. Baked goods, including artisan breads, homemade jams and more are also featured.

The North Shore Water Festival will be held on the harbor all day on Saturday with lots of watercraft to try out, paddle board yoga and more.

Saturday afternoon is really busy this week. The Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Saturday’s in the Studio will feature Cila Walford, who will demonstrate watercolor resist painting. The demo is at 1 p.m. All invited. Free.

The West End Garden Club’s annual Flower Show will be at the Birch Grove Community Center from 1- 5 p.m. featuring beautiful flower arrangements as well as refreshments. All invited.

And then, at 3 p.m., the Betsy Bowen Studio & Galleries will host an artist talk by porcelain artist Jeremy Vaughn. Entitled “Travling with Porcelain: From Jingdezhen, China to the Big Lake,” Vaughn, who has been living and working in Jingdezhen, China, one of the centers for porcelain pottery. He will have new work at the gallery and talk about his artistic process, making porcelain forms inspired by Lake Superior using traditional Chinese porcelain methods. All invited. Free.

And at 4 p.m., there will be a Bronze Pour at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.

On Sunday, join author Mark Neuzil as he discusses his newest book, “Canoes: A Natural History in North America” at Drury Lane Books at  5 p.m. Neuzil will give an overview of the story of the canoe, that singular American artifact so little changed over time.

Author Mark Neuzil will speak at Drury Lane Books at  p.m. Sunday.

Author Mark Neuzil will talk about his latest book at Drury Lane Books at p.m. Sunday.

Featured in the book are canoes old and new, from birch bark to dugout to carbon fiber; the people who made them; and the adventures they shared. With features of technology, industry, art, and survival, the canoe carries us deep into the natural and cultural history of North America. The event is indoors at the bookstore. All invited. Free.

Ernest Miller’s Artist Talk on Wednesday, July 26, has been cancelled.

The opening reception for Plein Air Duluth was held at Blacklist Beer in Duluth last weekend. Joni Jurek won the 1sst place award with her painting “Great!Lakes Candy Kitchen!” The Candy Kitchen is located in French River. Artist Frank Sander created a video about the painting. Check it out here.

The Tweed Museum of Art continues its retrospective ceramic exhibit through Aug. 27.

Beth Lo's "What We Pass On (Inheritance Jars) are in the "Call +Response" exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth.

Beth Lo’s “What We Pass On (Inheritance Jars) are in the “Call +Response” exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth.

The Tweed is also featuring a photography exhibit this summer entitled “1000 Words.” Here’s one of the images from that show.

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(Ddetail) Will-Wilson-Navajo, “Nakoa-Larance-2013″, Re-photographed tintype rachival-pigment print.

 

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery continues its 29th anniversary Members Show at the gallery, as well as installations and videos by two Vancouver artists.

"Pieta," print by Vicki Lundmark is at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery.

“Pieta,” print by Vicki Lundmark is at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery.

The exhibits continue through Aug. 12.

At the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, the exhibit “The Perspective From Here: 150 Artists From the North” continues through Sept. 25.

One of the installations for the exhibit "The Perspective From Here: 150 Artists From the North " at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. showing until September 25

One of the installations for the exhibit “The Perspective From Here: 150 Artists From the North ” at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

 Upcoming

stars of the north music festival

Stars of the North Music Festival is next weekend in Harbor Park.

The Stars of the North Music Festival is a fundraising music festival that will be held in Harbor Park July 28-30. The 3-day event starts in the afternoon on Friday with a mix of local talent, both electric and acoustic, carries through the day and early evening on Saturday with the same mix, and culminates in a “Rocking Gospel Hour” on Sunday, ending by about noon.  The music festival is sponsored by the North Shore Music Collaborative and the concert will raise funds for a youth music program.

Birchbark Books and Gifts will host a booksigning with author Dr. Roger MacDonald on Saturday, Aug. 5  from 2-4 p.m. MacDonald’s books include: “A Country Doctors Casebook,” “A Country Doctor’s Chronicle: Further Tales from the North Woods” and “Babe: The Remarkable Family of Paul Bunyans Blue Ox.” All invited.

Opportunities

 The Duluth Art Institute has put out a call for art that honors death and works through the experience of grief to be exhibited at the DAI Nov. 4 as part of the annual All Souls Night held in and around the Depot. Works in all media will be considered.
To apply,  submit up to three images and a brief (200 word) statement describing your work and how it deals with grief. Submissions can be made here. The submission deadline is Aug. 15.

Window Shopping

 

"Hungry Jack Lake," watercolor, by Ken Valentas is at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

“Hungry Jack Lake,” watercolor, by Ken Valentas is at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

 

Penny Larsen's sterling silver jewelry is at Great Gifts of Lutsen.

Penny Larsen’s sterling silver jewelry is at Great Gifts of Lutsen.

 

"In the Blue Light" by Tim Pearson is at Sivertson Gallery.

“In the Blue Light” by Tim Pearson is at Sivertson Gallery.

 

Handblown glass votives by Lea Dewit are at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.

Handblown glass votives by Lea Dewit are at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, July 20:

  • Plucked Up String Band, North Shore Federal Credit Union, 11 a.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thorne & Gillis, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, July 21:

  • Marc Gartman, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Crazy Chester, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Bug Lite!, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • TBA, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 22:

  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • J Squared and the Makers, Papa Charlie’s, 6 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Lutsen Resosrt, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m., more info at michaelmonroemusic.com
  • Crazy Chester, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Bug House, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 23:

  • Briand Morrison, Gun Flint Tavern, 2 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Skyport Lodge,  p.m.
  • Spruce Roots, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.

Monday, July 23:

  • Boyd Blomberg, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, July 26:

  • Timmy Haus, Mogul’s Grille and Tap Room, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
  • Pete K, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Here are some of the photos we found this week:

Mark Nicholson took this awesome shot. It won in the Frozen Photographers contest entitled "Show Us Your Best Shot." Kudos to Mark!

Mark Nicholson took this awesome shot. It won in the Frozen Photographers contest entitled “Show Us Your Best Shot.” Kudos to Mark!

 

Tiiplets in Cook County! Sandra Updyke caught these cuties eating corn in her back field.

Triplets in Cook County! Sandra Updyke caught these cuties eating corn in her back field.

 

Monarchs on milkweed by Tom Kasper.

Monarchs on milkweed by Tom Kasper.

 

Here's a class by Paul Sundberg.

Here’s a classic by Paul Sundberg.

 

Working from home by Kristofer Bowman.

Working from home by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Rain squall at sunset. Red Rock Point,  by Travis Novitsky.

Rain squall at sunset. Red Rock Point, by Travis Novitsky.

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Art Opportunities, Music & An Exhibit Or Two

Bulls on the Ridge by David Johnson.

Bulls on the Ridge by David Johnson.

Summer on the North Shore continues, with lots of cool things to do and see over the weekend. (And yes, it’s been cool here, but it should warm up nicely over the weekend.)

First up is the Arrowhead Sketchers, an open group offering weekly plein air art opportunities for people who sketch or paint. This week, the Arrowhead Sksetchers will meet at the Cutface Creek Rest Area, about 5 miles west of Grand Marais on Hwy. 61, from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday. Bring pencil and paints. Free. No skill needed.

On Friday, check out all the music in the county, including Music by the Campfire with Pete Kavanaugh.

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery will hold a Gala Reception and Opening from 7-11 p.m. (EDT) on Friday night. The exhibits include the 29th Anniversary Annual Members Show, featuring works by more than 100 member-artists, as well as an artist talk, music and a sound/multi-media performance.

The annual Members Show opens at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery on Friday.

The annual Members Show opens at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery on Friday.

The show includes two exhibits by critically acclaimed visiting Indigenous artists who are based in Vancouver, B.C. All exhibits run through Aug. 12.

On Saturday, the Cook County Market starts off the day at 9 a.m. in the Senior Center parking lot. The Market features a wide variety of crafts created by local artists and artisans and runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Also on Saturday, the Grand Marais Art Colony hosts Saturdays in the Studio, featuring free demonstrations open to the public. This week, potter Bob Tamanaha will be in the ceramics studio at the Art Colony from 1-2 p.m., throwing pots and talking about the process of making a finished piece. Everyone invited. Free.

To cap off Demo-Saturday, there will be a Bronze Pour at 4 p.m. at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.

There's a Bronze Pour at 4 at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.

There’s a Bronze Pour at 4 at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.

Come see this fiery creative process and learn more about sculpting in bronze.

On Saturday night, come to the Arrowhead Center for the Arts and listen to opera. The Grand Marais Playhouse will present the Northern Lights Music Festival at 7:30 p.m. featuring famous opera pieces sung by Northern Lights Music Festival apprentices. They will perform scenes from Mozart’s Magic Flute, L’elisir d’amour, Hansel and Gretel, Carmen and Die Fledermaus.

The Northern Lights Music Festival is a three-week classical music performance program and music school which is held each summer on the Minnesota Iron Range.
Founded 14 years ago by concert pianist and Aurora native Veda Zuponcic, Northern Lights brings together award-winning students and internationally known performers and teachers in a unique program that includes daily lessons, chamber music coachings, masterclasses and numerous performance opportunities.

Tickets for this performance are $15 adults, $5 students. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Exhibits

This is the last weekend of the Minneapolis College of Art & Design exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post. The exhibit features work by MCAD graduates in a variety of media.

Painting by Sara Weiben.

Painting by Sara Weiben.

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

The Spring Art Underground Show continues at the Betsy Bowen Gallery and Studios, which is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The Spring Art Underground Show continues at Betsy Bowen Galleries and Studio.

The Spring Art Underground Show continues at Betsy Bowen Galleryand Studios.

Next week, the gallery will host Jeremy Vaughn, who has been living and working in Jingdezhen, China, one of the centers for porcelain pottery in China. He will have new work and talk about his artistic process, making porcelain forms inspired by Lake Superior using traditional Chinese porcelain methods. His presentation will be from 3-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 22. Stay tuned for details.

The Tweed Museum of Art continues its exhibit of photographs of people, entitled 1,000 Words. This week, we feature a detail of a portrait of Greg Utyro of Superior, Wis.,  by Kip Praslowicz.

tweed Portrait of Greg Utyro by Kip Praslowicz

Greg Utyro in the “Buck Room” in his house in Superior, Wis. The room is full of taxiedermied buck heads that he has hunted, along with his eclectic collection of  knick knacks.  (Detail) Photo by Kip Praslowicz. To see more of his work: https://www.kpraslowicz.com/

 

The 1,000 Words exhibition continues through the summer.

The Plein Air Duluth competition continues this week with an exhibition of the completed work at Blacklist Beer, 120 E. Superior St., in Duluth.

"Knife River Relic," plein air painting by Stephen Wysocki, one of the works in the Plein Air exhibit that open July 14 at Blacklist Beer in downtown Duluth.

“Knife River Relic,” plein air painting by Stephen Wysocki, one of the works in the Plein Air exhibit that open July 14 at Blacklist Beer in downtown Duluth.

The opening reception is at 5 p.m. July 14.  Prizes will be awarded during the opening reception by Juror Matt Kania, and the Randy Lee Trio will play. To see photos of some of the paintings, click here.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallerys exhibit, “The Perspective from Here: 150 Artists From the North” continues through Sept. 25.

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“The Perspective From Here” exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery features a wide variety of work.

Upcoming

.The Johnson Heritage Post will open a fiber art exhibit on Friday, July 21, entitled “Marie Westerman and Jill Ewald – Threads of Time and Place.”

"Shiny Object," by Marie Westerman.

“Shiny Object,” by Marie Westerman.

The exhibit at the Heritage Post opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. July 21. Stay tuned for details next week.

Flowers and gardens will be celebrated next weekend. too. The West End Garden Club’s annual Flower Show will be held at the Birch Grove Community Center from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, July 22.

The West End Garden Club will hold it's annual flower show next Saturday, July 22, at the Birch Grove Community Center.

The West End Garden Club will hold it’s annual flower show next Saturday, July 22, at the Birch Grove Community Center.

The Birch Grove Community Center is a new location for the flower show. The title of this year’s exhibit: “Contain It.”

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery‘s annual Garden Tour is next weekend, too. The self-guided tour is a fundraiser for the gallery. Tickets are $25.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery Garden Tour is next weekend.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery Garden Tour is next weekend.

For more information and tickets, click here.

Tickets are now on sale for Unplugged  at North House Folk School, Sept. 13-18. The Saturday night performance will include Kevin Kling, Dan Chouinard, Prudence Johnson, Simone Perrin, Dane Stauffer, and Claudia Schmidt, as well as Unplugged alumni Jon Vezner and Don Henry. Other events for the weekend include  the Flannel Formal, a 20th Anniversary Gala, a craft marketplace, a speaker series, coursework, and abundant music and stories as the autumn season begins to emerge on the North Shore. For tickets and more info, visit www.northhouse.org

The Cross River Heritage Center holds a quilt raffle every year for a handmade beautiful quilt as a fundraiser for the organization and the Schroeder Area Historical Society. This year’s quilt is entitled “Rainbow Dreams” and was made and machine quilted by Nancy Hansen of Lutsen. Tickets for the raffle are $2 and can be purchased at the Heritage Center.

"Rainbow Dreams"  (detail) was made and machine-quilted by

“Rainbow Dreams” (detail) was made and machine-quilted by Nancy Hansen.

The drawing for the quilt will be held during the Cross River Heritage Center Holiday Sale and Lefse and Krum kaka Hoop Dee Doo Nov. 18.

Window Shopping

 

Adam Swenson has five new originals at Sivertson Gallery. He calls this "Possibility." (detail).

Adam Swenson has five new originals at Sivertson Gallery. He calls this “Possibility.” (detail).

 

Micaella Penning of Duluth has new work at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Micaella Penning of Duluth has new work at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

 

Moose might be hard to find in the woods but not at last Chance Gallery where Tom Christiansen has created a new group of painted steel Moose Racks.

Moose might be hard to find in the woods but not at Last Chance Gallery where Tom Christiansen has created a new group of painted steel Moose Racks.

 

JD Jorgenson has new work at Upstate MN.

JD Jorgenson has new work at Upstate MN.

 

And here’s the music for this week:

Thursday, July 13:

  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Friday, July 14:

  • Billy Johnson, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Pete K–Music by the Campfire, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Chris Silver Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 1:

  • Billy Johnson, North Shore Winery, 2 p.m.
  • Matthew Griswold, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Dat Dere Jazz, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Chris Silver Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 16:

  • Black River Revue, North Shore Winery, 2 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Skyport Lodge, 7 p.m.

Monday, July 17:

  • Open Mic Night, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Boyd Bump Blomberg, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Tuesday, July 18:

  • Mysterious Ways, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 19:

  • Common Ground, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

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

First, some cool wildlife shots.

David Johnson caught this otter in an unusual position. He calls it "My aching head."

David Johnson caught this otter in an unusual position. He calls it “Oh, my aching head.”

 

Red Wing Blackbird by Nace Hagemann.

Red Wing Blackbird by Nace Hagemann.

 

Photo by Nace Hagemann.

Shaking it off by Nace Hagemann.

And some waterscapes:

Five Mile Rock in its new location by Todd Miller.

Five Mile Rock in its new location by Todd Miller.

 

This morning's moon on the shore.

This morning’s moon on the shore.

 

Full moon over the lighthouse by Kathy Gray-Anderson.

Full moon over the lighthouse by Kathy Gray-Anderson.

 

High Falls at Grand Portage by Paul Sundberg.

High Falls at Grand Portage by Paul Sundberg.

 

And a beautiful woodland flower:

Woodland lily by Amy Demmer.

Woodland lily by Amy Demmer.

 

And a spectacular lighthouse shot:

"Reflection" by Jeff Henninggsgard.

“Reflection” by Jeff Henninggsgard.

 

And an even more spectacular lighting shot:

Lightening strike on July 6 by David Johnson.

Lightening strike on July 6 by David Johnson.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

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