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Moose Madness Weekend

thomas spence images moose from last year

Thomas Spence took this intriguing portrait of a moose last year.

It’s Moose Madness weekend.

This crazy-wonderful weekend is the last festival of the season and is filled with all kinds of family activities, contests, events and more, bringing people together for the final days of fall during MEA weekend.

And the moose features prominently in this Grand Marais festival: there’s the Moose Medallion Hunt, the Moose Poetry Contest, Moose Coloring contest, Moose Treasure Hunt, the Moose Mosey and all kinds of moose-y contests in shops throughout town. And, of course, Murray the Moose wanders around ready to shake people’s hand and stand still for a photo.

Murray the Moose makes an appearance at WTIP Community Radio.

Murray the Moose makes an appearance at WTIP Community Radio.

There are some “serious” family activities at North House Folk School and the Grand Marais Art Colony, too. Both offer mini-classes or workshops this weekend for kids and adults.

At North House, Family Weekend includes intergenerational classes in everything from knitting to tool making, spinning wool and more on Friday and Saturday, and on Friday night there’s a Family Contra Dance at 7 p.m.

Spinning is one of the mini-classes offered at North House Folk School this weekend.

Spinning is one of the mini-classes offered at North House Folk School this weekend.

For more info on North House activities and classes, click here.

The Grand Marais Art Colony has organized the Fall into Art Family Weekend with events happening in every studio. They include mask-making, monoprint making, crafting a glass coaster and painting ceramic tiles.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will have a variety of activities and classes this weekend.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will have a variety of activities and classes this weekend.

To find out more and to register, click here.

There are other events this weekend, too.

On Thursday, the Grand Marais Writer’s Guild meets at the Grand Marais Library from 6-7:30 p.m. for its regular monthly meeting. Whether you write novels or notes, essays or emails, you are welcome. The meeting includes discussions as well as a writing prompts and timed sessions as well as a chance to share. The  meeting is facilitated by Rose Arrowsmith-DeCoux. Free.

The Ladies Music Club will be performing this weekend, too, and start their “gig” in Grand Marais with an interview and a song or two at WTIP Community Radio at 4 p.m. on Thursday, followed by a performance at Voyageur Brewing Co. from 7-9 p.m.

The Ladies Music Club from St. Paul will be in Cook County this weekend.

The Ladies Music Club from St. Paul will be in Cook County this weekend.

The band will perform from 7-9 p.m. at Hungry Jack Lodge on Friday as well.

Also on Thursday, the Grand Marais Playhouse will hold an evening with the Bard,  a 2-hour “romp” through some of Shakespeare’s most popular plays including Hamlet and Romero and Juliet. “Lovers, Poets and Madmen” will be held at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Carrie Nath will lead the workshop.  Donation at the door. All invited.

On Friday, Moose Madness activities begin. (See above and/or click here for the full schedule )

This is the last Saturday for the Cook County Market this season. It runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot at the Senior Center. The Market features a variety of arts and crafts as well as baked goods, homemade jams and jellies and more.

birdhouse on a stick

Birdhouses on a stick are always popular at the Cook County Market. Saturday is the Market’s last day of the 2017 season.

Everyone is invited to see what this local arts and crafts market has to offer.

Also on Saturday, Minnesota author, Lise Lunge-Larsen and Grand Marais illustrator, Kari Vick will sign copies of their new book, “Seven Ways to Trick at Troll” at Drury Lane Books from 1-3 p.m.

Ilustrator Kari Vick will be interviewed on WTIP's The Roadhouse about her new book, "Seven Ways to Trick a Troll."

Minnesota author Lise Lunge-Larson and Grand Marais illustrator Kari Vick will sign their brand new book, “Seven Ways to Trick a Troll” from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Drury Lane Books.

Scandinavian folktales come to life in this beautifully illustrated children’s (of all ages) book. Everyone invited.

And to add ambiance to the street celebration of Moose Madness, the bluegrass band,  Black River Revue, will play in front of the Gunflint Mercantile from 2-3 p.m. Saturday,

Gunflint mercantile black river revue

The Black River Revue plays in front of the Gunflint Mercantile from 2-3 p.m. Saturday. The band also performs at the Gun Flint Tavern on Friday and Saturday night.

The band wil also play at the Gun Flint Tavern on Friday and Saturday night. Music starts at 8:30 p.m.

Also, on Saturday night, the SplinterTones will play at the 4-H Log Building at the Cook County Community Center from 7-9 p.m. to celebrate the release of Dave and Amy Freeman’s book, “A Year in the Wilderness.” All invited.

Also on Saturday, the band, Common Ground, will play for a soft opening at the Wunderbar Eatery and Campground at 8 p.m.

In Duluth, potter Karin Kraemer opens her new pottery, Duluth Pottery & Tile,  in Lincoln Park with an open house starting at 4 p.m. Music by Cousin Dad at 8 p.m.

Duluth Pottery & Tile opens Oct. 21.

Duluth Pottery & Tile opens Oct. 21.

The shop is in Lincoln Park in Duluth at 1924 Superior St.

On Sunday, the Grand Marais Playhouse will hold a Renaissance-style dance workshop at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts from 2-4 p.m.

Carrie Nath will lead a workshop on dances and customs in 15th century England at the ACA on Sunday.

Carrie Nath will lead a workshop on dances and customs in 15th century England at the ACA on Sunday from 2-4 p.m.

The 2-hour workshop will be filled with dances and customs of the court and country in 15th century England. All invited. Donations at the door.

And on Monday, Grand Marais potter, Hannah Palma Laky, will hold a ceramics art sale at the Angry Trout Cafe from 6-8 p.m.

Hannah Laky will hold a pottery sale at the Angry Trout on Monday.

Hannah Laky will hold a pottery sale at the Angry Trout on Monday.

Laky will have a variety of mugs as well as Sawtooth Mountain travel mugs and bowls as well as vases and plates.

Tuesday is Open Carving Night at North House Folk School Oct. 24 and Oct. 31. This free event is hosted by woodcarvers Harley Refsal and Angela Robins. The sessions are free and  are from 7-9 p.m.

Exhibits:

 The Grand Marais Art Colony‘s exhibit, Plein Air 2017 is at the Johnson Heritage Post and continues through Oct. 29.

The Plein Air 2017 exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post continues through Oct. 29.

The Plein Air 2017 exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post continues through Oct. 29.

The exhibit features work created by more than 60 artists during a week-long painting competition in Cook County. All the paintings are for sale.

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

Sivertson Gallery is featuring a great selection of recently released Cape Dorset prints in this year’s Inuit Premiere.

Sivertson Gallery has a great selection of this year's Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection.

Sivertson Gallery has a great selection of this year’s Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection.

Barb Lundell is the featured artist in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park through November.

Painting by Barb Lundell.

Painting by Barb Lundell.

Lundell is exhibiting work in a number of different media.

In Duluth, Chance, a multi-media installation by Kathy McTavish opens  in the Sax Gallery at the Tweed Museum of Art with a reception from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday.

tweed chance better use this one

Kathy Mc Tavish’s multi-media installation opens at the Tweed Museum of Art on Thursday.

Kathy McTavish’s new generative art installation is designed specifically for the Sax Brothers Gallery space at Tweed Museum of Art. According to a press released by the Tweed: “You’ll discover a choreographed world of screen monitors, talking to one another to create a series of synchronized colorful graphics, with soundscape, words, and lighting, against a background of painted walls. This is an experiential installation, so you have to be on-site to immerse yourself in this digital environment.”

McTavish will be at the opening to meet and greet guests and offer answers to inquiring minds. Cash bar, food, and music.

On Friday in Duluth, the Nordic Center, 23 N. Lake Ave., will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finnish Independence with Finnish-inspired wall hangings, mixed media paintings, images of emboideries by Helsinki school children, himmeli, refreshments and projections.

design finland

Taide Yhdessä: Design -–Finland to Minnesota opens with a reception from 7-9 on Friday, Oct. 21, at the Nordic Center in Duluth.

Taide Yhdessä: Design -–Finland to Minnesota opens with a reception from 7-9 on Friday, Oct. 21. A presentation, refreshments and hands-on Finnish crafts will be featured. For more info, click here.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery is featuring the exhibit, Kohesion, work by Quentin Maki, through Nov. 19.

Quentin Maki, Yellow Tango, mixed media.

Quentin Maki, Yellow Tango, mixed media.

Opportunities:

 Tettegouche State Park’s Visitor Center has been exhibiting the work of Minnesota artists. They currently have an open call for submissions, with work to be selected by a jury panel of three people. Work should have a “North Woods Aesthetic,” with some relevance to the expectations of travelers to the North Shore, and should be appropriate for family audiences.

Shows are typically one month in length. Exhibiting artists may provide contact info for direct sales.

To apply, please email six representative images, under 1MB each, to Kurt Mead, Interpretive Naturalist, Tettegouche State Park: kurt.mead@state.mn.us. Submissions are due Oct. 31, for scheduling shows starting next summer.

Upcoming:

 “Giving Myself Permission: Following the Spirit,” the premiere of Joan Farnam’s short storytelling videos by Patrick Knight about her travels across the world and back again will be screened at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Friday, Oct. 27. It’s a potluck: Bring a dish to share. Beer and wine option. The screening will begin at 5:30 p.m. All invited.

Paint-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29.

Paint-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29.

Paint-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. The bowls, above, have been painted with original designs by participants a few years ago,

Ceramic bowls, glazed with a white glaze, will be available to paint with designs. They will then be fired and donated to the Empty Bowls fundraiser to help the hungry in Cook County. The fundraiser is at St. John’s Catholic Church Nov. 13.

The North Shore Music Association will hold the 27th Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend at Lutsen Resort  Nov. 3 -5. This year’s instrument of focus is the banjo, and this year’s instructor is phenomenal banjoist Kristin Scott Benson (of The Grascals).

north shore music association

Kristin Scott Bensen is the featured musician at the 27th annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend at Lutsen Resort Nov. 3-5.

For more info, visit www.northshoremusicassociation.com and stay tuned for details.

Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux will teach “Swedish for Beginners” at Cook County Higher Education next month.

Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux teaching Swedish when she was a teenager.

Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux teaching Swedish when she was a teenager c. 2004.

This four-session class will give students a foundation of grammar, sentence structure and conversational phrases.  Games, songs and art will be incorporated along with listening, speaking, reading and writing. The class will culminate in a traditional meal.
This class is for total beginners and those wishing to brush up on the fundamentals.
Arrowsmith DeCoux has been teaching Swedish since she was a teenager, and has worked at the American Swedish Institute, the Concordia Language Villages (CLV), and other summer camps and community programs. Her participatory style is strongly influenced by her time at CLV. Classes are Wednesdays Nov. 1-29 from 5:30-7 p.m. For more info, call 387-3411.

Window Shopping:

Nancy Haarmeyer has beaded necklaces at Joy & Co.

Nancy Haarmeyer has beaded necklaces at Joy & Co.

 

Stephan Hoglund is exhibiting his photographs at the Angry Trout Cafe. It closes for the season at the end of the month. This photograph is entitled "Beaver House."

Stephan Hoglund is exhibiting his photographs at the Angry Trout Cafe. It closes for the season at the end of the month. This photograph is entitled “Beaver House.”

Melissa Wickwire has handmade buttons at the bookstore at North House Folk School.

Melissa Wickwire has handmade buttons at the bookstore at North House Folk School.

New work by Betsy Bowen is at the Betsy Bowen Studio & Galleries. This one is entitled "Warmth." Oil on pine.

New work by Betsy Bowen is at the Betsy Bowen Studio & Galleries. This one is entitled “Warmth.” Oil on pine.

 Artist News:

 

Tom Christiansen was honored with AARP Minnesota and Pollen’s 2017 50 over 50 award recently. People from across Minnesota visited 50Over50MN.org to nominate leaders in their community in one of five categories: arts & culture, nonprofit, business, community building, and disruption. A transparent cohort of distinguished peers then took on the near impossible task of narrowing down the list to fifty of the most inspiring and accomplished leaders from across the state.

Tom Christiansen was honored with AARP Minnesota and Pollen’s 2017 50 over 50 award recently. People from across Minnesota visited 50Over50MN.org to nominate leaders in their community in one of five categories: arts & culture, nonprofit, business, community building, and disruption. A transparent cohort of distinguished peers then took on the near impossible task of narrowing down the list to fifty of the most inspiring and accomplished leaders from across the state.

Cobi, a native of Cook County, sang the national anthem at a football game between the Packers and the Vikings recently.

cobi

WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs captured a video of the event. To see it, click here.

Here’s the music for the weekend:

Thursday, Oct. 19:

  • Ladies Music Club, Voyageur Brewing Co., 7 p.m.
  • Chuck & Friends, Date Night at the North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 20:

  • Jim McGowan, Voyageur Brewing co., 4 p.m.
  • Black River Revue, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 9 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 21:

  • Black River Revue, Gunflint Mercantile, 2 p.m.
  •  Jazz with Briand Morrison, Moguls Grille, 3 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Cook County Community 4H Center, 7:30 p.m.
  • Common Ground, The Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Black River Revue, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 22:

  • Sam Miltich and Briand Morrison, Jazz Duo, Gun Flint Tavern 7 p.m.

So, we found some fun photos this week. Here’s a selection.

Wildlife:

A fierce saw-whet owl by Bill Willy Lane.

A fierce saw-whet owl by Bill Willy Lane.

 

Loon shaking off water after a dive y Sparky Stensaas.

Loon shaking off water after a dive y Sparky Stensaas.

 

"Out of the Aspens" by Jamie Stickland. Taken at a wildlife park in Minnesota.

“Out of the Aspens” by Jamie Stickland. Taken at a wildlife park in Minnesota.

Trees:

Tree and the Milky Way by Bryan Hansel.

Tree and the Milky Way by Bryan Hansel.

 

Lone White Pine by Nathan Slettedahl.

Lone White Pine by Nathan Slettedahl.

Moon:

Photo by Jamie Strickland.

Photo by Jamie Strickland.

Stars:

Trying to get auroras the other night and ended up with this by Kirk Schleife.

Trying to get auroras the other night and ended up with this by Kirk Schleife.

Water:

Photo by Sandra Updyke.

Photo by Sandra Updyke.

 

Partridge Falls on the Pigeon River, Grand Portage by Travis Novitsky.

Partridge Falls on the Pigeon River, Grand Portage by Travis Novitsky.

 

Jay Cooke State Park after a rain by Jessica Gheen Tinajero.

Jay Cooke State Park after a rain by Jessica Gheen Tinajero.

Aurora:

Northern lights by David Johnson.

Northern lights by David Johnson.

Fall Colors:

"North Shore Confetti" by RobinNice Bjella.

“North Shore Confetti” by RobinNice Bjella.

 

Porcupine Mountains by Susanne Von Schroeder, Soul Centered Photography.

Porcupine Mountains by Susanne Von Schroeder.

 

Somewhere on Oberg Mountain by Abu Rajib.

Somewhere on Oberg Mountain by Abu Rajib.

 

Thompson Lake by Paul Sundberg.

Thompson Lake by Paul Sundberg.

 

Fall color by Jeff Henningsgaard.

Fall color by Jeff Henningsgaard.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Inuit Premiere, Caravan du Nord and More

"Standing in the creek this evening making soft water" by Jamie Rabold.

“Standing in the creek this evening making soft water” by Jamie Rabold.

Fall colors in Cook County are at their peak, according to the Department of Natural Resources Fall Color Finder.  The back roads are truly spectacular, and fall hiking will be a pleasure.

There are fun things to do in the county as well.  Sivertson Gallery‘s Inuit Premiere is this weekend, as it the Caravan Du Nord, which will feature workshops and a concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

And there are  exhibits to see as well as great live music.

This year, the Grand Marais Art Colony is partnering with Sivertson Gallery during the Inuit Premiere to bring visiting artist Ningiukulu Teevee from Cape Dorset to work with Cook County printmakers Kari Vick and Betsy Bowen in the print studio at the Art Colony

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Inuit printmaker Ningiukulu Teevee is here as the guest artist for Sivertson Gallery‘s Inuit Premiere. She will work with local printmakers in the Print Studio at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Friday. Come see what’s happening at 1 p.m. on Friday.

Teevee will share her experiences working at the Cape Dorset/Kinngait WBEC Studios and with Dorset Fine Arts with Bowen and Vick in the Print Studio.  Stop by the Art Colony at 1:30 p.m. to see what the printmakers are have been doing. All welcome.

The Inuit Premiere also features Inuit throat singers Nina Segalowitz and Taqralik Partridge who will perform at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday at Sivertson Gallery. Get a preview of their singing and hear about this ancient Nunavik musical tradition on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.  (P.S. The Roadhouse will also feature an interview and music by the group, Dat Dere Jazz.)

Also, check out this video of their throat singing the 2015 Inuit Premiere.

The Inuit Premiere will feature new prints, sculptures and carvings by Canadian native artists, including new work by Teevee.

Innocent Owl, etching and aquatint by Ningiukulu Teevee.

The Premiere will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. At 6 p.m., there wil be a Fireside Panel Chat with all guests, including with all guests, including William Huffman of Dorset Fine Arts.

Also on Saturday, The North Shore Music Association will host the 2017 Caravan du Nord Tour, which kicks off in Grand Marais with a day of artist workshops and music industry networking followed by performances by the honky-tonk heroes Trailer Trash, New Orleans swing band Patty and The Buttons and the Grand Marais trio, Lake Effect.

Trailer Trash is one of the groups performing at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Saturday.

Trailer Trash is one of the groups performing at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Saturday.

The schedule of events includes two workshops at the Cook County Community Center on Saturday:

  • 3 p.m. “Touring Beyond the North Shore” (free.) Trailer Trash frontman Nate Dungan talks about what artists can expect when booking and touring in the Twin Cities and beyond.
  • 4 p.m. “Getting to Know Local Radio” (free) DJs from The Current, WTIP North Shore Community Radio, KUMD 103.3 FM and KFAI – 90.3 FM Minneapolis – 106.7 FM St. Paul talk about their local programming and how they go about selecting music and booking guests.

All are invited to both workshops.

Here’s a short video about Caravan du Nord.

At 6 p.m. on Saturday,  there will be a social hour at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts where the public can meet the performers, local artists and music industry professionals over food and beverages. The concert is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $8 for student. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at tix.com.

And not to forget the Cook County Market, which will run for two more weeks, closing during Moose Madness weekend. The market features a variety of local arts and crafts and is held in the parking lot at the Senior Center from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

In North House  news, woodcarver Harley Refsal will be the instructor in residence for two weeks and will give woodcarving demonstrations at various locations around the county as well as at North House.

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Woodcarver Harley Refsal will be the instructor in residence at North House Folk School.

Refsal’s demonstration schedule is:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 1811 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Cross River Heritage Center
  • Friday, Oct. 20 & Saturday, Oct. 219 a.m. – 4 p.m. at North House Folk School
  • Monday, Oct. 2310 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Cook County YMCA
  • Wednesday, Oct. 2510 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Grand Marais Public Library
  • Thursday, Oct. 2610a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Cook County Senior Center

Also, North House will host Open Carving Nights on Tuesday nights from 7-9 p.m. with Refsal and Angela Robins from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 17, 24 and 31. All ages are welcome, but adults mus accompany those 14 to 18. All carving styles, and experience levels welcome. The sessions are free. No pre-registration is required.

Exhibits:

 There are lots of exhibits at museums and art centers on the North Shore.
The Grand Marais Plein Air 2017 exhibit continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through Oct. 29. The exhibit includes a wide variety of work created by plein air artists during a week of painting in Cook County.
Temperance Off the Grade by Larry Seiler is one of the works at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Temperance Off the Grade by Larry Seiler is one of the works at the Johnson Heritage Post.

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

Barb Lundell is the featured artist in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park this month.

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Painting by Barb Lundell.

In Duluth, both the Tweed Museum of Art and the Duluth Art Institute have a number of exhibits.

(Detail) Crying Frog Woman by Terry Starr is in a special exhibit of Pacific Northwest Native Art at the Tweed Museum of Art.

(Detail) Crying Frog Woman by Terry Starr is in a special exhibit of Pacific Northwest Native Art at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Other exhibits at the Tweed include “Moments” by Carly Christiansen, a UMD art student exhibit Plein Air: America’s Industrial Landscape.

At the Duluth Art Institute, the exhibit “Forever Home” continues through Oct. 27. The exhibit features photographs and paintings of dogs and is held in conjunction with Animal Allies.

Photographs and paintings for the exhiibit "Forever Home" at the Duluth Art Institute.

Photographs and paintings for the exhibit “Forever Home” at the Duluth Art Institute.

Other exhibits at the Duluth Art Institute include Reservation Pop: Wendy Red Star
In Situ: Studio 101 Artists.’

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery has a number of exhibits as well, including “The Path of the Paddle” which features original art work by Rejean Roy and David Lightwood as well as hand painted maps by Hap Wilson. The exhibit explores the maps and views of the Great Trail – 1,200 km of water from Thunder Bay to the Manitoba border.

Path of the Paddle is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The exhibit “Path of the Paddle” is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Other exhibits at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery include “Kohesion: Quentin Maki.”
“On the Trail: Denise Smith,” and  Permanent Collection Spotlight Angus Trudeau.

The Baggage Building Arts Centre at Prince Arthur’s Landing in Thunder Bay continues its exhibit of Thunder Bay and regional printmakers. The exhibit is entitled “Making an Impression.”

The "Making an Impression" printmaking exhibit is at the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay.

The “Making an Impression” printmaking exhibit is at the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay.

Upcoming

 The Grand Marais Playhouse will host a community dance workshop entitled “Shake It Up Renaissance-Style” at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19. The instructor is Carrie Nath. The cost is a donation at the door.

Moose Madness weekend is Oct. 20-22 with lots of moosey activities around town and at the Grand Marais Art Colony and North House Folk School.

The Art Colony is featuring its Fall Into Art Family Weekend with mask making, tile-painting, making glass coasters, monoprints. For more info and to register, click here.

North House Folk School is planning a variety of family friendly events, too, including a family contra dance at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20. To find out more, see www.northhouse.org.

For the complete Moose Madness schedule, click here.

Also, take a look at the writers and presentations for the Art Colony’s North Shore Readers and Writers Festival Nov. 2-5. The line-up of presentors is impressive, and local writers are represented! Check it out here. And stay tuned for details.

Artist News:

Jazz musicians Briand Morrison and Sam Miltich will perform at the Ice House in Minneapolis on Oct. 15 from 5-7 p.m.

Photographer Layne Kennedy was recently featured in a video by MN Original. Check it out:

Window Shopping:

J.Niesen has new work, including this painting of chickadees,  at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

J.Niesen has new work, including this painting of chickadees, at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

 

Beach pebble necklaces by Jessia Helen of Hawkhouse Designs are at Upstate MN.

Beach pebble necklaces by Jessia Helen of Hawkhouse Designs are at Upstate MN.

 Music

Thursday Oct. 12:

  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 13:

  • Gene LaFond and Amy Grillo, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
  • Jon Miller and the Homebrews, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 14:

  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Caravan du Nord, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Cascade Restaurant & Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Bughouse, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Jon Miller and the Homebrews, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 15:

  • Jon Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 16:

  • Pete K, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

We found some nice photographs this week, too. Here’s a selection.

Let’s start with grouse.

Sarah Hamilton caught this great shot of a grouse having lunch the other day.

Sarah Hamilton caught this great shot of a grouse having lunch the other day.

 

David Johnson caught this portrait of a female spruce grouse, too,

David Johnson caught this portrait of a female spruce grouse, too,

 

And here’s a beauty:

A phone shot at Little Manitou Falls with a crystal ball by Jamie Rabold.

A phone shot at Little Manitou Falls with a crystal ball by Jamie Rabold.

And this one:

Trail at Cascade by Scott Benson.

Trail at Cascade by Scott Benson.

And there were lots of photos of Lake Superior.

Sunset over Lake Superior by Mike Wiggins Jr.

Sunset over Lake Superior by Mike Wiggins Jr.

 

Sunrise by Sandra Updyke.

Sunrise by Sandra Updyke.

 

Lake Superior by Scott Benson.

Lake Superior by Scott Benson.

 

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

 

kristofer bowman lake superior

Lake Superior by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Having fun on the lighthouse by Kathy Gray-Anderson.

Having fun on the lighthouse by Kathy Gray-Anderson.

 

Last sail out of Grand Marais by Dave Freeman.

Last sail out of Grand Marais by Dave Freeman.

 

Lake Superior by Linda Otis.

Lake Superior by Linda Otis.

And fall color:

Stay gold ponyboy by Kristofer Bowman.

Stay gold ponyboy by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Fall Leaves by jennifer Schultz.

Fall Leaves by jennifer Schultz.

And this classic shot:

More beautiful colors from Home-Sweet-Home by Ann K. Jorgenson.

More beautiful colors from Home-Sweet-Home by Ann K. Jorgenson.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

(P.S. If you’ve enjoyed reading this week’s NorthShore ArtScene, please consider making a donation to keep it up and running. And thanks to everyone who has donated so far. It’s truly appreciated)


 

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Color Peak & The Fall Studio Tour Continues!

Early morning fall colors by David Johnson.

Early morning fall colors by David Johnson.

It’s Eye-Candy Weekend in Cook County.

The leaves are at peak and are just gorgeous, and

Art Along the Lake: the Fall Studio Tour continues, exhibiting artwork in every medium by local and regional artists in 14 studios and galleries from 10 am. to 5 p.m. through Sunday.

And that’s not all: Many studios are featuring special events, whether demonstrations, visiting artists or artist talks. Here’s a partial list of what you can expect to see:

Daily bowl-turning demos with Lou Pignolet in Hovland;

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wood-turned bowl by Lou Pignolet.

Daily glass demonstrations with Mary Bebie at Clay Phoenix Ceramics in Lutsen; painting demonstrations at Last Chance Gallery with Anna Hess and with Heidi Sobanja at Betsy Bowen’s Studio and Galleries.

Heidi Sobanja has set up an in-studio painting studio at Betsy Bowen Studio and Galleries.

Heidi Sobanja has set up an in-studio painting studio at Betsy Bowen Studio and Galleries.

There are also daily woodcut printmaking (Betsy Bowen) and tile making demos (Melissa Wickwire) at Bowen’s gallery as well.

Mary Jane Huggins is holding mini classes as well as giving demos at her shop, Tall Tales in Tofte. and Ron Piercy is doing Q&A’s about gemstones at his shop, Ron’s World Rocks in Grand Marais. (Piercy was formerly a large-scale sculptor, and he know his stones.) There are also on-going demos at the Grand Marais Art Colony in ceramics (Natalie Sobanja, Hannah Palma Laky and Joan Farnam) and glass (Nancy Seaton) and Dan & Lee Ross are doing artist talks and tool demonstrations at their studio in Hovland daily.

This carved stone Bison by Dan Ross is at the Lee and Dan Ross Studio in Hovland.

This carved stone Bison by Dan Ross is at the Lee and Dan Ross Studio in Hovland.

Here are a few more photos of what you can see on the Fall Studio Tour:

Jeanne Hedstrom is showing a wide variety of paintings in her studio.

Jeanne Hedstrom is showing a wide variety of paintings in her studio.

Beadpainter Jo Wood's studio is open for the tour.

Beadpainter Jo Wood’s studio is open for the tour.

Other must-see studios and galleries include the Frykman Art Studio in rural Grand Marais;  Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen, Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais,  Neil Sherman’s Plein Air Gallery in rural Hovland and KFox Studio and Gallery in Lutsen.

Here are a few demos of note: There will be a fused glass demo at the Frykman Gallery from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday. On Friday, Maggie Anderson will do a raku demo at her gallery, Phoenix Ceramics, at 2 p.m., and there will be a bronze pour at 4 p.m. at Last Chance Gallery on Saturday.

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 on Saturday.

For the complete list of art tour stops, maps and event schedules, click here. The Fall Studio Tour continues through Sunday. Enjoy!

There are other fun things going on in the county this weekend, too.

On Thursday night, Hannah Palma Laky and Leah Laky will sing and read for the Full Moon Gathering at Drury Lane Books outside by the campfire. Be there at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy the moon and beautiful music.

On Friday, artist and illustrator Kari Vick will be interviewed on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday. “Seven Ways to Trick a Troll,” written by Lisa Lunge-Larsen and illustrated by Vick, has just been published this week by the University of Minnesota Press.

Ilustrator Kari Vick will be interviewed on WTIP's The Roadhouse about her new book, "Seven Ways to Trick a Troll."

Illustrator Kari Vick will be interviewed on WTIP’s The Roadhouse about her new book, “Seven Ways to Trick a Troll.”

Vick will talk about the creating the book and what it’s like to be an book illustrator. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. on Friday.

In Thunder Bay, the Baggage Building Art Centre will open a new printmaking exhibit, “Making an Impression” on Friday.

An exhibition of printmakers will open at the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay on Friday.

An exhibition of printmakers will open at the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay on Friday.

The exhibit will feature local and regional printmakers and continues through Oct. 29.

Saturday begins will the opening of the Cook County Market, featuring arts and crafts by local artists. The market is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Senior Center parking lot.

Sivertson Gallery will host “Do You Raku? We do!” with Duluth raku potters Richard Gruchalla and Carrin Rosetti from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Participants can purchase a tea bowl, glaze it themselves and then watch it being fired.  When cool, they get to take it home.

One of the raku-fired tea bowls created in Do You Raku, We Do last year. It will be held on Saturday behind Sivertson Gallery.

One of the raku-fired tea bowls created in Do You Raku, We Do! last year. It will be held on Saturday behind Sivertson Gallery.

Gruchalla and Rosetti set up the bowls, a glaze station and the kilns and help people with the glazing. Gruchalla does the firing. It is open to the public. All invited.

And, from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Steve Frykman and Paul Bondhus will work on a stone sculpture collaboration at Frykman Studios. At 1 p.m. Hazel Belvo will give an artist talk at the studios. All invited.

Also on Saturday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will host two Make-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls sessions in the clay studio with Hannah Palma Laky instructing. Participants will make a wheel-thrown bowl and a handbuilt bowl, which will be donated to the Empty Bowls Fundraiser to help the hungry in Cook County. The sessions are at 3 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. Registration is required. Call 387-2737 to register. A $5 fee to cover materials cost is requested.

And on Saturday evening at 7 p.m, Drury Lane Books will host author, journalist and local food expert Beth Dooley for a conversation about the local food scene, with a few samples to try.

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Beth Dooley will talk about the local food scene at Drury Lane Books at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Dooley has been involved with the local food movement for more than 20 years. She is also the author of numerous award-winning cookbooks about Heartland food traditions. Her food memoir, “In Winter’s Kitchen: Growing Roots and Breaking Bread in the Northern Heartland,” was published in 2015 by Milkweed Press and was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award.  “In Winter’s Kitchen” “personalizes the path from farm to fork with heart and skill” (Wall Street Journal), demonstrating that even in a place with a short growing season, food grown locally and organically can be healthy, community-based, environmentally conscious, and—most of all—delicious.

This event will provide the audience an opportunity to hear about Beth’s experiences with Minnesota food movements and to share their own stories of food developments, concerns, and histories unique to the region. The event co-sponsored by the Cook County Whole Foods Coop. Everyone invited.

Sunday is the final day of the Fall Studio Tour, and Steve Frykman and Paul Bondhus will continue their work on a stone sculpture collaboration at the Frykman Gallery from 10 a.m. to noon.

Painters Matt and Laurie Kania will give oil painting demos at Ron’s World Rocks from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, and Hazel Belvo will give an artist talk at the Frykman Gallery at 2 p.m.

If you’re going to be in Duluth on Wednesday evening, stop by the Duluth Art Institute to see the In Situ exhibit and watch the participating painters at work.

Portrait by Dale Lucas is in the In Situ exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

Portrait by Dale Lucas is in the In Situ exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

The seven artists in the show–Dorothea Diver, Lee Englund, Goran Hellekant, Constance Johnston, Cot LaFond, Dale Lucas, and Larry Turbes- share a studio on Michigan St. in downtown Duluth and they each have pieces in the show. They’ve also recreated their environment in the gallery at the DAI and are onsite on Wednesday evenings from 4:30-6:30 p.m. All invited.

There are some great exhibits to see on the North Shore this weekend, too.

The exhibit, Plein Air 2017, organized by the Grand Marais Art Colony, continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through Oct. 29. The exhibit features more than 300 plein air paintings created by 60 artists working for one week in Cook County.

This painting by Angie Malin won the Open Class in the Plein Air Competition.

This painting by Angie Malin won the Open Class in the Plein Air Competition.

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

Barb Lundell is exhibiting her work in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park.

Painting by Barb Lundell.

This painting by Barb Lundell is in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park.

Lundell has paintings of different media in the show, which continues through this month.

The Tweed Museum of Art on the campus of the University of Minnesosta-Duluth is kicking off this semester’s student art exhibits with an exhibit by Ashley Hise.

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UMD art student Ashley Hise opened an exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Hise’s exhibit it entitled “Osseus: Exploring Inner Landscapes.” The exhibition runs until Oct. 17.

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery has begun it’s annual Random Acts of Poetry. The city wide event features poets reading their work in a wide variety of places, including the City Council Chambers and street corners.

A poet reads her work on a street in Thunder Bay during the Definitely Superior Art Gallery's Random Acts of Poetry event.

A poet reads her work on a street in Thunder Bay during the Definitely Superior Art Gallery‘s Random Acts of Poetry event.

Click here to see the performance schedule.

DefSup is also featuring two new exhibits this month at their gallery at 250 Park Ave. in Thunder Bay.

"Arturo Vidal--Chilean footballer" by Sam Shahsahabi is on exhibit at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

“Arturo Vidal–Chilean footballer” by Sam Shahsahabi is on exhibit at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

The exhibits include “Beneath the Reflection” by Sam Shahsahabi and “Fight for Your Life” by Christian Chapman.

At the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, the spotlight is on Angus Trudeau, whose work is included in the gallery’s permanent collection.

Angus Trudeau, "Carol Lake/Night Scene," (detail), 1978, enamel paint on bristol board, 56 x 72 cm, Collection of Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Helen E. Band Collection, 1994.

Angus Trudeau, “Carol Lake/Night Scene,” (detail), 1978, enamel paint on bristol board, 56 x 72 cm, Collection of Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Helen E. Band Collection, 1994.

 Upcoming:

Caravan Du Nord, a travelling Minnesota concert series, comes to the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Saturday, Oct. 14.  The concert will feature Trailer Trash, Patty and the Buttons, and local group Lake Effect. There wil also be artist workshops from 3-5 p.m. on Oct. 14 and a social hour before the concert, which begins at 7 p.m. For more info and tickets, visit northshoremusicassociation.com

Sivertson Gallery will hold its Inuit Premiere from 10 am. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, featuring artist Ningiukulu Teevee and throat singers Nine Segalowitz and Taqralik Partridge to celebrate the 2017 Dorset Fine Arts print release.

The Sivertson Gallery Inuit Premiere is Oct. 14.

The Sivertson Gallery Inuit Premiere is Oct. 14.

A Fireside Chat with all guests will be at 6 p.m. on Oct. 14.

Window Shopping:

Deke Burnham has his bead art at Ron's World Rocks.

Deke Burnham has his bead art at Ron’s World Rocks.

 

Douglas Ross has new work at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Douglas Ross has new work at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

 

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Joy & Co. has a great selection of vintage glasses.

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, Oct. 5:

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

Friday, Oct. 6:

  • Billy Johnson, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
  • TBA, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 7:

  • Matt Trost and Laurel Clark, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m. Info/reservations at michaelmonroemusic.com
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 9:

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

So, we found some interesting photos this week.

First up, this incredible shot of baby lynx we found on Facebook. Look at those paws!

Lynx Mama and her seven kittens. Photo posted by Sharing Alaska.

Lynx mama and her seven kittens. Photo posted by Sharing Alaska.

 

Duck season has started. Here’s a photo of Micheal Furtman’s Bella, bringing home dinner.

Bella brings me my wigeon drake by Michael Furtman.

Bella brings me my wigeon drake by Michael Furtman.

 

The summer is definitely winding down, but Kirk Schleife took this great shot the other day.

Wet Rose by Kirk Schleife.

Wet Rose by Kirk Schleife.

From roses to fall colors …

Oaks by Paul Sundberg.

Oaks by Paul Sundberg.

 

North End of Caribou Trail by Don Davison.

North End of Caribou Trail by Don Davison.

 

Peak colors in maples by Paul Pluskwik.

Peak colors in maples by Paul Pluskwik.

 

Leaves like stained glass by Becky Poirer.

Leaves like stained glass by Becky Poirer.

From fall colors to water …

Grand Marais by Richard Gruchalla.

Grand Marais by Richard Gruchalla.

 

Beautiful lake by Kjersti Vick.

Beautiful lake by Kjersti Vick.

 

"Here's where the rain went " by Annie Possis.

“Here’s where the rain went ” by Annie Possis.

And some night scenes:

"Kirk said 'Look at the moon'" by Jamie Rabold.

“Kirk said ‘Look at the moon'” by Jamie Rabold.

 

Setting oon on left aurora borealis on right with light from International Falls in Voyageurs National Park by Thomas Spence.

Setting moon on left aurora borealis on right with light from International Falls in Voyageurs National Park by Thomas Spence.

And finally, this one …

Aurora and the Milky Way dancing like lovers.

“Aurora and the Milky Way dancing like lovers” by Michael Thompson.

Have a great weekend everyone! Enjoy art and our artists!

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Art Cornucopia–Fall Art Tours Everywhere

Fall sunrise at Split Rock Lighthouse by Paul Sundberg.

Fall sunrise at Split Rock Lighthouse by Paul Sundberg.

This is the time of year to celebrate the North Shore and the art and artists it inspires.

The leaves are at their peak, the weather is perfect and art studios and galleries up and down the shore are open with new work and the chance to talk to artists about their work and, in many cases, watch them do it.

Cook County has the biggest offering with its Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour, which runs from this Friday, Sept. 29 through Oct. 8. In all, 14 different studios and galleries and 40 artists are participating in the tour. Studios will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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

Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour is Sept. 29-Oct. 8. (Monograph by Dan and Lee Ross, Hovland artists who will be on the tour.

Find bead paintings, ceramics, oil and water color paintings, fiber art, photography, sculpture, jewelry, fused glass, basketry, woodturning and more.

Paintr Kathy Fox Weinberg is one of the artist who will  open her studio for the Fall Studio Tour.

Painter Kathy Fox Weinberg is one of the artists who will open her studio for the Fall Studio Tour.

Plein air painter Neil Sherman is putting his paintings on the outside of his house in Hovland for the tour.

Neil Sherman's gallery is the outside walls of his house in Hovland.

Neil Sherman’s gallery is the outside walls of his house in Hovland.

Sherman will hold an opening reception for the tour from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, which includes a campfire in his yard.

Steve and Sharon Frykman are opening their new art gallery on Friday featuring a great selection of artists.

Studios that are open for the first time to the public include Clay Phoenix Ceramics with work by porcelain and raku potter Maggie Anderson.

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Porcelain and raku artist Maggie Anderson will open her studio for the tour. There will be raku demonstrations as well as glass demonstrations during the tour.

Fused glass artist Mary Bebie will be Anderson’s guest for the tour. And painter Jeanne Hedstrom will open her studio for the tour, as will bead painter Jo Wood.

Other great stops include the Betsy Bowen Studio and Galleries in Grand Marais with woodblock printmaker Betsy Bowen.

Woodblock print by Betsy Bowen.

Woodblock print by Betsy Bowen.

Guest artists at the studio include Travis Novitsky, photographer; Stephan Hoglund, jewelry; Melissa Wickwire, ceramic tiles, Jm Sannerud, woodturner and Heidi Sobanja, painter.

The Grand Marais Art Colony is part of the tour, too, featuring fused glass artist Nancy Seaton and potters Natalie Sobanja, Hannah Palma Laky and Joan Farnam.

Fused glass artist Nancy Seaton will be at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Fused glass artist Nancy Seaton will be at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

The Tall Tales Shop in Tofte is part of the tour, with basketmaker Mary Jane Huggins and guest artist weaver Julie Arthur. Other galleries include Last Chance Fabricating in Lutsen with bronze sculptures by Tom Chritiansen, Greg Mueller and John Books. Potter Martye Allen and painter Anna Hess will also have work there. And Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen as well as Sivertson Gallery are part of the tour, as is Ron’s World Rocks, with jewelry by Ron Piercy and paintings by guest artists Matt and Laurie Kania.

A ring by Ron Piercy at Ron's World Rocks.

A ring by Ron Piercy at Ron’s World Rocks.

In Hovland, woodturner Lou Pignolet will have his studio open during the tour, with demonstrations every day.

Turned bowl by Lou Pignolet.

Turned bowl by Lou Pignolet.

Also in Hovland,  Dan and Lee Ross will exhibit stone and ceramic sculptures as wel as monoprints during the tour.

Print by Dan and Lee Ross.

Print by Dan and Lee Ross.

In short, lots to see during this tour. For a map and the brochure, click here. Also, VisitCookCounty, which is sponsoring the event, has a great Facebook page about the Fall Studio Tour. Check it out here.

Truth be told, there are other studio tours along the North Shore this weekend, too.

The Lake Superior 20/20 Art Tour returns to the North Shore with studios located in the area between Duluth and Two Harbors.

Plein air painter David Gilsvik will open his studio for the Lake Superior 20/20 Art Tour.

Plein air painter David Gilsvik will open his studio for the Lake Superior 20/20 Art Tour.

Many of the studios will have guest artists, with live music in three of them. Hosts include David Gilsvik, Gail Rosenquist and Paul Zoldahn, Saddlerock Pottery, Corine Buechner, Rose Kadera Vastila, Shelly Getten, Dan Finley. For maps and more info, click here.

And the Cooter Tonder and Friends Art Tour is this weekend, too, hosted by Dick and Debbie Cooter and Mike Tonder of Blue Sky Glassworks.

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Blue Sky Glassworks and the studios of Dick and Debbie Cooter will be open for the art tour from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this weekend.

Both studios near Two Harbors will have a number of guest artists with a great variety of work. To find out more and see maps, click here.

And, last but not least, collage artist Joyce Yamamoto and printmaker Jerry Raich will hold an Open Studio at their residence in Little Marais.

Collage by Joyce Yamamoto.

Collage by Joyce Yamamoto. Yamamoto and printmaker Jerry Raich will hold an Open Studio in Little Marais during the Fall Art Tour.

The Yamamoto/Riach studio is located off Hwy. 61 at Milepost 65, on the lake side. The fire number is 6452.

Whew! Lots of artwork on exhibit this weekend. There’s more to do and see on the North Shore, too.

On Thursday,  Oktoberfest, a celebration of the season by Voyageur Brewing Co. and the Cook County Community Fund will be begin at Voyageur’s on Thursday and continue throughout the weekend. There will be games and beer under the big tent and at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, the Cook County Community Fund will honor the 2016 and 2017 grantees and talk about year-end goals. All invited. Free.

The Cross River Heritage Center will hold a Beer and Wine Tasting event from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday. The cost is $25 per person. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided, while you sample the spirits and chat with friends.

On Friday, the art tours begin at 10 a.m.

Also on Friday, Amy and Dave Freeman will be WTIP’s The Roadhouse to talk about their new book, “”A Year in the Wilderness: Bearing Witness in the Boundary Waters.”

dave and amy freeman a year in the wildernessThe Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. on Fridays.

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery will hold a gala opening reception for two new art exhibits at 7 p.m. Artist talks are at 7:30 p.m. and a performance of traditional Iranian music will be held as well.

The exhibits include “Sam Shahsahabi: Beneath the Reflection, and “Christian Chapman: Fight for Your Life.”

Painting by Christian Chapman. He will open an exhibit at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay on Friday.

Painting by Christian Chapman. He will open an exhibit at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay on Friday.

The exhibits at DefSup run through Nov. 11. The gallery is located at 250 Park Ave. in Thunder Bay.

Saturday opens with the Cook County Market, a showcase of local artists and crafters, in the Senior Center parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

At 11 a.m., the Cross River Heritage Center will hold a booksigning with Maria Anderson, who wrote “A Bag Worth a Pony: The Art of the Ojibwe Bandolier Bag.”

cross river a bag worth a pony the art of the Ojibwe Bandolier BagThe event is free and open to the public.

Painter Kat Corrigan will give a Fireside Chat about her work at Sivertson Gallery at 1-3 p.m. on Saturday.

Otter Face, Right Glance by Kat Corrigan.

The event is open to the public. All invited.

Then,  the Grand Marais Art Colony will hold two Make-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls sessions starting a 3 p.m. It is open to the public. Participants will make one wheel-thrown bowl and one hand-built bowl, which will be donated to the Empty Bowl fundraiser to help the hungry in Cook County. Sessions are 3-4 p.m. and 4:15-5:15 p.m. A $5 donation is requested to cover material costs. Registration is required. To register, call 387-2737.

And then, on  Saturday at 7 p.m., poet Richard Broderick will be the guest at a Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books.

Poet Richard Broderick will talk about his work at the Writer's Salon at Drury Lane Books at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Poet Richard Broderick will talk about his work at the Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Broderick sees a poem as a window into another, often deeper world. “The poet is just glass in the window,”  he says. Broderick is the author of several books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, including his latest collection of verse, “Jesus of Walmart” (2016, New York Quarterly Press). At Drury Lane, he will read from “Jesus” as well as earlier collections. He will also answer (and pose) questions and engage listeners in a conversation in which everyone’s views will be shared and discussed. All invited. Free.

On Monday, painter Barb Lundell opens at exhibit in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park.

Painting by Barb Lundell. She will exhibit at Tettegouche State Park through October.

Painting by Barb Lundell. She will exhibit at Tettegouche State Park through October.

And on Tuesday, Annie Dugan, the former executive and artistic director at the Duluth Art Institute who founded the Duluth Plein Air Festival: Paint Du Nord” will speak at a Tweeevening at the Tweed Museum of Art from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

One of the plein air paintings currently on exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

One of the plein air paintings currently on exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Her talk will address the history of plein air painting and its recent rise in popularity. She will tour audiences through the exhibition “America’s Industrial Landscape” and discuss specific works on view at Tweed Museum of Art.

Exhibits:

 Plein Air 2017, an exhibit of the works created during the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Plein Air Competition, is open at the Johnson Heritage Post.

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The winner of the Quick Paint is on 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 Monday and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Free.

Hazel Belvo is exhibiting her work at the North Shore Winery in Lutsen.

Hazel Belvo with her works at the North Shore Winery.

Hazel Belvo with her exhibit at the North Shore Winery.

The Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art continues its photography exhibit, “A Thousand Words.”

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“Minneapolis 2006,” by Marc Riboud (French, 1923-2016), Gelatin silver print is at the Tweed Museum of Art.

In Thunder Bay, Denise Smith’s exhibition entitled “On The Trail,” opens at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery on Friday.

Thunder Bay Art Gallery Denise Smith, West Wind, 2015, 46 cm h x 51 cm w x 51 cm d, porcelain, under-glaze, glaze and over-glaze with wooden stand

West Wind” by Denise Smith. Porcelain, under-glaze, glaze and over-glaze with wooden stand is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The opening reception is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13. The exhibit continues through Nov. 26.

Window Shopping:

Linen throw by Fog Linen, carafe brushes.

Linen throw by Fog Linen, carafe brushes. at Upstate MN.

 

Lots of art supplies at Joy & Co.

Lots of art supplies at Joy & Co.

 

Woven bead bracelets by Margaret Duncan are at the Johnson Heritage Post Gallery Shop.

Woven bead bracelets by Margaret Duncan are at the Johnson Heritage Post Gallery Shop.

 

Nancy Richardson has hand-dyed silk scarves at Last Chance Gallery.

Nancy Richardson has hand-dyed silk scarves at Last Chance Gallery.

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, Sept. 28:

  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
  • Richie Yurkovish and Polkariety, Voyageur Brewing Co., 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 29:

  • Richie Yurkovich and Polkariety, Voyageur Brewing Co, 1 p.m.
  • Jim McGowan, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Pete K Group, Grandma Ray’s, 7 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Bluefin Grile, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 30:

  • Plucked Up String Band, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, 7 p.m.
  • Jim McGowan, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Pete K Group, Grandma Ray’s, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 1:

  • SplinterTones, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Here are some of the photos we found this week:

Leaf clinging to rocks on the Kadunce River by Layne Kennedy.

Leaf clinging to rocks on the Kadunce River by Layne Kennedy.

 

Early morning fall colors by David Johnson.

Early morning fall colors by David Johnson.

 

Daisies from earlier this year by Jeremy Church.

Daisies from earlier this year by Jeremy Church.

Fog on the Gunflint Trail by Layne Kennedy.

Fog on the Gunflint Trail by Layne Kennedy.

 

Milky Way by Christian Dalbec.

Milky Way by Christian Dalbec.

 

The path by Bryan Hansel.

The path by Bryan Hansel.

 

One tree and a river by Jamie Rabold.

One tree and a river by Jamie Rabold.

 

A stormy day by Sandra Updyke.

A stormy day by Sandra Updyke.

 

The lady danced tonight by David Johnson.

The lady danced tonight by David Johnson.

 

Bridge over the Lester River by Jamie Rabold.

Bridge over the Lester River by Jamie Rabold.

 

Clouds over Superior by Kristofer Bowman.

Clouds over Superior by Kristofer Bowman.

And finally, this one. We found it on Facebook. The caption read: “When you lied on your resume about having previous sheepdog experience.”

"When you lied on your resume about having previous sheepdog experience." Posted on Facebook by Arnold Ziffel.

“When you lied on your resume about having previous sheepdog experience.” Posted on Facebook by Arnold Ziffel.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Leaf Season, Art Shows, a Studio Tour & Music

Sandra updyke fall scene

Sandra Updyke captured a perfect moment in the fall woods.

The leaf season is here, and it looks like it’s going to be a good one! The woods are already dotted with every hue, and we’re nowhere near peak.

So, there’s that.

This is also the season when North Shore artists pull out all the stops and create art experiences of every kind for our enjoyment as we drive around and enjoy the colors of fall. This weekend, it’s a Hazel Belvo opening. a fall pottery sale and plein air exhibits. Next weekend, there are four different studio art tours that start on Friday, Sept.29 —  We’ll get into some details about next weekend’s art tours a little later.

Let’s start with the Hazel Belvo art opening, which will be held at the North Shore Winery in Lutsen from 7 -9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21.

Painting by Hazel Belvo.

Painting by Hazel Belvo.

Belvo is an artist, master teacher, and mentor. She has exhibited nationally and internationally for 50 years and her work is in many public collections including the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Bezalel Museum, the Dewitt Wallace Collection, and General Mills. Hazel was a Radcliffe Institute Scholar and WARM Gallery member. She is a retired professor emeritus at Minneapolis College of Art and Design after 34 years of teaching. She has taught at the Grand Marais Art Colony for 32 years. The exhibit will feature her paintings as well as prints, and should be outstanding.  Jazz guitarist Briand Morrison and Roxann Berglund will perform. All invited.

It’s pretty quiet in Cook County on Friday night, except for lots of music choices. Saturday is a different story.

The day opens with the Cook County Market in the Senior Center parking lot, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring a wide variety of wood crafting, pottery, fiber arts, handmade pickles, jams and soaps, baked goods and artisan breads, to name a few.

Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen will hold a Bronze Pour at 4 p.m. This is a weekly event that will continue through the Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour. Last Chance Gallery is participating in the studio tour.

Here's what you can see being poured at the bronze pour at Last Chance Gallery: A raven, a chickadee and a hummingbird.

Here’s what you can see being poured at the bronze pour at Last Chance Gallery: A raven, a chickadee and a hummingbird.

And then, on Saturday night, Pat Donohue & the Prairie All Stars will be in concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m.

Pat Donohue & the Prairie All Stars perform at the ACA on Saturday night.

Pat Donohue & the Prairie All Stars perform at the ACA on Saturday night.

Hearing Pat Donohue, Richard Kriehn, Peter Johnson, and Gary Raynor may take you back to their days on “A Prairie Home Companion,” as members of Guy’s All Star Shoe Band. But the evening’s offerings will include much more, in the styles of blues, rockabilly, folk, jazz, and of course Donohue’s hilarious anecdotes. With Donohue at the helm of this ever-so-talented crew, it’s guaranteed to be a fantastic night out. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at www.tix.com.

And, if you’re in the rural Duluth area, consider stopping by the Nodding Trillium Fall Pottery Sale on Saturday and Sunday.  This great annual fall studio sale features the current work of Dave Lynas, Jan Andler, Rita Morris, Sharon Moen and Anne Sterbenz-Duus.

The kiln opening at Nodding Trillium Pottery. Looks like a great firing!

The kiln opening at Nodding Trillium Pottery. Looks like a great firing!

Nodding Trillium Pottery is located just off the Expressway outside of Duluth at 215 McDonnell Rd. Look for signs.

Another sign of fall: the Make-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls pottery events begin at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Monday. The Make-A-Bowl events feature the opportunity to throw one bowl on a pottery wheel and handbuild a bowl in the ceramics studio at the Art Colony. There will be several workshops on Mondays and Saturdays through Oct. 21.

Make-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls begins on Monday, Sept. 25.

Make-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls begins on Monday, Sept. 25. Here Erin Watson and her son Esa, work with the clay.

This year, local pottery Hannah Palma Laky will be running the events, where the public is given instruction on how to make the bowls that will be donated to the Empty Bowls Fundraiser, to help feed the hungry in Cook County. Registration is required and a small fee ($5) is requested to help cover materials costs. The first Make-A-Bowl events will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and 7:45 -8:45 p.m. on Sept. 25 and Oct. 2. Saturday’s Make-A-Bowls will be held at 3 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, Oct. 7 and Oct. 21. To register and for more information, call 218-387-2737. Make this a part of your fall experience and help feed the hungry in Cook County. BTW The Empty Bowls Fundraiser will be held on Monday, Nov. 13 at St. John’s Catholic Church with seatings for lunch and dinner. Stay tuned!

On Wednesday, Oktoberfest celebrations will begin at Voyageur Brewing Co., and run through Oct. 1 with games, music and more. The event is being held in collaboration with the Cook County Community Fund.

And, if you’re in Duluth on a Wednesday through Oct. 25, stop by the Duluth Art Institute and watch live painting. 4;30

The Duluth Art Institute is hosting live painting sessions in its galleries on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Open to the public. Free.

The Duluth Art Institute is hosting live painting sessions in its galleries on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Open to the public. Free.

Exhibits:

 The Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Plein Air 2017 exhibit opened at the Johnson Heritage Post last week, with more than 300 plein air paintings by artists from all over the region.

"End of the Season" by Dan Mondloch. This painting won First Place and the People's Choice Award.

“End of the Season” by Dan Mondloch. This painting won First Place and the People’s Choice Award.

The Plein Air Exhibit at the Heritage Post continues through Oct. 29. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and Monday, and from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday. It is closed on Tuesdays. Free and open to the public.

In Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art will have a double opening on Friday, Sept. 22 with a reception from 5-7 p.m. The exhibits include “A Thousand Words,” an exhibition of photographs from the museum’s permanent collection and the national Plein Air Painters exhibition “America’s Industrial Landscape.” Free and open to the public.

We have been running regular posts about the “A Thousand Words” exhibit, but here is your chance to see them all. Here’s one of the photos that is in the exhibit:

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Sebastião Salgado, Brazilian, Lake Faguibine, Mali 1985.

Several painters from the organization, the Plein Air Painters of America, have been in Duluth this month painting America’s Industrial Landscape.  An exhibition of their work is opening as well

One of the paintings from "The Industrial Landscape" which opens at the Tweed Museum of Art on Friday.

One of the paintings from “The Industrial Landscape” which opens at the Tweed Museum of Art on Friday.

This is the last weekend to see “Perspectives From Here: 150 Artists from the North” at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. It closes on Sept. 24.

"Carbon Cycle" by Arron Veldstra, wood chips installation, is one of the pieces in "The Perspective From Here" exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Galery, It closes on Sunday.

“Carbon Cycle” by Arron Veldstra, wood chips installation, is one of the pieces in “The Perspective From Here” exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Galery, It closes on Sunday.

 Upcoming:

There are four different studio tours set for next weekend along Highway 61: the Lake Superior 20/20 Studio Art Tour in St. Louis and Lake County, the Cooter/Tonder & Friends Studio Tour and an Open Studio with Joyce Yamamoto and Jerry Riach in Lake County and the Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour in Cook County, which lasts through Oct. 8.

There are all kinds of events scheduled for the Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour, and many artists are opening their studios to the public for the first time.

Beadpainter Jo Wood for example, will be showing new work at her studio, 357 County Road 14, for the event.

Bead painting by Jo Wood, one of the artists participating in the Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour that starts next weekend.

Bead painting by Jo Wood, one of the artists participating in the Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour that starts next weekend.

And Steve and Sharon Frykman are opening a new art gallery at their residence during the tour in rural Grand Marais, too. The gallery is located at 306 County Road 44.

Steve and Sharon Frykman are opening a new art gallery at their studio in rural Grand Marais for the Fall Studio Art Tour.

Steve and Sharon Frykman are opening a new art gallery at their studio in rural Grand Marais for the Fall Studio Tour. Photo by Denny Fitzpatrick.

The gallery will feature works by Hazel Belvo, acrylic & oil; Laurie Toth, pastel; Sharon & Steve Frykman, glass & metal: Paul Donhus, stone; JD Jorgenson, ceramics; Natalie Sobanja, ceramics; Brittany Foster, jewelry; John Books, bronze and Maryl Skinner, mixed media.

There are a number of other studios that are open for this tour, including plein air painter Neil Sherman, who will be exhibiting his paintings on the outside of his house in rural Hovland, weather permitting, and Dan & Lee Ross, a favorite of the Crossing Borders Studio Tour, which ended last year.

Dan and Lee Ross are ceramacists and printmakers. They will be on the Fall Studio Tour.

Dan and Lee Ross are ceramacists and printmakers. They will be on the Fall Studio Tour.

And this is just a taste of what people can see starting next Friday, Sept. 29. One of the nice things about this studio tour is that is last for 10 days, giving everyone plenty to time to visit the 14 studios/galleries on the tour.  To see the complete list, click here. And to see a map, click here.

Painter Kat Corrigan will be the featured artist at Sivertson Gallery through the Fall Studio Tour with her exhibit, “Mostly Otters.”

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Painting by Kat Corrigan.

She will give demos at the gallery from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, and talk about her work at a Fireside Chat at 6 p.m. on Saturday. By the way, Sivertson Gallery ‘s Inuit Premiere is Oct. 14 this year, throat-singers included. Stay tuned for details.

Window Shopping:

 

"Abbey testing the pen/sword myth" by Tom Christiansen.

“Abbey testing the pen/sword myth” by Tom Christiansen. It is at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.

 

Token 4 necklaces by Cat Bates are at Upstate MN.

Token 4 necklaces by Cat Bates are at Upstate MN.

 

kah nee tah art along the lake

Paintings of the North Shore are featured at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, Sept. 21:

  • Gordon Thorne, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 22:

  • Briand Morrison, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Dead Pigeons, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 23:

  • Common Ground, Voyageur Brewing Co, 4 p.m.
  • Pete K, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Pat Donahue & the Prairie All-Stars, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Dead Pigeons, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 24:

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

Lots of photos this week. Let’s start with wildlife:

Immature bald eagle by Matt Herberg,

Immature bald eagle by Matt Herberg,

 

Bull moose in fog and mist by Thomas Spence.

Bull moose in fog and mist by Thomas Spence.

 

Mike Wiggins calls this "Fall Colors."

Mike Wiggins calls this “Fall Colors.”

And then there are mushrooms:

Photo by Kristopher Bowman.

Photo by Kristopher Bowman.

 

Live brightly. Love Strongly. Be, Deeply. Love to you, friends" by Krisopher Bowman.

Live brightly. Love Strongly. Be, Deeply. Love to you, friends” by Krisofer Bowman.

And there were storms:

Waves of Summer by Jeremy Church.

Waves of Summer by Jeremy Church.

 

Storm Over Devil Track by Brianna Schueller.

Storm Over Devil Track by Brianna Schueller.

 

A day at Split Rock by Kirk Schleife.

A day at Split Rock by Kirk Schleife.

 

This one woke up Grand Marais by David Johnson.

This one woke up Grand Marais by David Johnson.

 

And calm, beautiful days:

Manido Gizhigans, Spirit Little Cedar by Jon Wood

Manido Gizhigans, Spirit Little Cedar by Jon Wood

 

Magnetic Rock Trail by Tom Fiero.

Magnetic Rock Trail by Tom Fiero.

 

Reflections by Jamie Rabold.

Reflections by Jamie Rabold.

 

My favorite portage by Ann Possis.

My favorite portage by Ann Possis

 

Canoe cruise by Don Davison.

Canoe cruise by Don Davison.

And flashy nights.

Northern Lights by Thomas Spence. This photo is being used for a story in Backpacker Magazine.

Northern Lights by Thomas Spence. This photo is being used for a story in Backpacker Magazine.

 

Out last night chasing the Milky Way by David Johnson.

Out last night chasing the Milky Way by David Johnson.

 

And fall colors:

Boggy Lake by Kristopher Bowman.

Boggy Lake by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Cascade Falls by Jon Wood.

Cascade Falls by Jon Wood.

 

Fall colors by Thomas Spence.

Fall colors by Thomas Spence.

 

And serenity:

A kolk, a vortex by Kristofer Bowman.

A kolk, a vortex by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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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.

upstate mn feather on handmade paper barloga studios

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

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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.

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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.

Have a great weekend, everyone!




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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