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Autumn splendor-- first day of fall by Thomas Spence.

Autumn splendor– first day of fall by Thomas Spence.

We read somewhere that orange was the color of happiness, and if that’s the case, the North Shore is having a big party these days. The woods are alive with every shade, but orange is the queen and red her most raucous attendant. So yes, we’re at peak fall color and happy about it.

This is also the week that we celebrate the arts and artists on the North Shore with the annual Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour. Covid-19 has changed how the tour has been organized. In past years, the tour has included home studios as well as galleries with guest artists all along Hwy 61 in Cook County. This year, some of the tour stops may not be open to the public due to the pandemic, but their work is available online.

This makes for a new and unusual art experience. Art lovers can get it both ways — in-person for some places, virtual-browse-at-your-own-pace in others. There are 21 galleries and studios participating in the tour this year, running along Highway 61 and up the Gunflint Trail.

The Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour is Sept. 25-Oct. 4 this year and many artists are offering online options to view their work.

The Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour is Sept. 25-Oct. 4 this year and many artists are offering online options to view their work.

Stops include home studios as well as galleries with guest artists. Some of the tour stops may not be open to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All locations open to the public will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily for the duration of the tour.  Masks are required and some studios may limit occupancy.

Starting at the county line with Lake County, here are links and info about the studio tour: Note: The web pages will be live on Friday, Sept. 25.

  • Jason Trebs, online plate sale only. Guest artist, printmaker  Nick Wroblewski,
  • Jason Trebs will have an online plate sale this year. Click on link to learn more.
    Jason Trebs will have an online plate sale this year. The sale starts on his Web page on Sept. 25. Click on link to learn more.

Mary Jane Huggins, Tall Tale Shop, 19 Music Row, Tofte, open, with guest artists Julie Arthur, fiber, and Marcie McIntire, beadwork.

Greg Mueller | Mueller Studio, 17 Railroad Drive, Lutsen, online only..

Steve Hahn | Jeweler of the North Shore/JNS Gallery, is open during the tour.

Steve Hahn

Steve Hahn’s shop, JNS Gallery, in Lutsen, will be open during the tour.

Kari Vick | Kari Vick, Ink, featuring her paintings and prints, is closed for the tour. Online participation only. Click the link to see her work.

Arvid and Walter by Kari Vick.

Arvid and Walter by Kari Vick.

Maggie Anderson | Clay Phoenix Ceramics, 4690 Cascade Beach Road in Lutsen. Guest artists Mary Bebie, fused glass, Rebecca Wicklund, jewelry, Beth Wicklund, letter press.

Raku potter Maggie Anderson will be located on Cascade Beach Road this year.

Raku potter Maggie Anderson will be located on Cascade Beach Road this year.

Kathy Fox Weinberg | KFox Studio, online only this year. Click the link to see her work, Guest artist is Kat Gabrielsen, jewelry.

 Painter Kathy Weinberg is exhibiting online this year with a variety of new work.

Painter Kathy Weinberg is exhibiting online this year with a variety of new work.

 Sharon & Steve FrykmanArt of the Elements gallery is online this year. The location is closed. Guest artists are Natalie Sobanja, Clay; Brittany Foster, Jewelry; Paul Bondhus, Stone; Bryan Hansel, Photography; Lara Hollway, Clay.

Superior Icescape, fused glass by Sharon Frykman.

Superior Icescape, fused glass by Sharon Frykman.

Mary Reichert | Otlak Felt Studio, online only this year. Locatin closed. Click link to learn more.

Felter Mary Reichert is participating in the tour, online only.

Felter Mary Reichert is participating in the tour, online only.

Jim Sannerud | J. Sannerud Studios, is online only, this year. Sannerud is a designer and maker of furniture, turned treenware and sculpture. Guest artist is Mike Loeffler, Woodenware.

Jim Sannerud designs and makes furniture.

Jim Sannerud designs and makes furniture.

 North House Folk School is open for the tour, featuring craft demonstrations as well as tours on the Hjordis.

The Grand Marais Art Colony‘s new space, at 21 Highway 61, Grand Marais is open for the tour.  Featured artists are Nan Onkka, Printmaking; Andy Ness, Painting & Drawing. The exhibit in the Art Colony’s new space also includes work by instructors and studio artists.

Printmaker Nan Onkka is one of the featured guest artists during the tour.

Printmaker Nan Onkka is one of the featured guest artists during the tour.

Andy Ness is one of the featured artists at the Art Colony during the tour.

Andy Ness is one of the featured artists at the Art Colony during the tour.

Betsy Bowen | Betsy Bowen Studio at 301 W. 1st St., is open during the tour. Guest artists include Elise Kyllo/Works in Wool, Hand Felted Whimsy and Craft; Christine Novotny, Weaving; Melissa Wickwire/Wickwire Clay Works, Custom Hand Made Tiles and More; Maxene Linihan, Freeform Woven Paper Collage.

Betsy Bowen will featured hand-painted woodcut fragments of illustrations during the tour this year.

Betsy Bowen will featured hand-painted woodcut fragments of illustrations during the tour this year.

Max Linehan is a featured artist at Betsy Bowen's Studio during the tour. Pictured, above is Capture Sun.

Max Linehan is a featured artist at Betsy Bowen’s Studio during the tour. Pictured, above is Capture Sun.

Yellow Bird Fine Art101 West Highway 61, Grand Marais is open during the tour. Guest artists are  Kenneth Albrecht, Jewelry; Quay Flom, Jewelry; Deborah Spear, Stone Carving.

Upstate MN, 16 1st Ave. W is open featuring contemporary items created by smaller makers, designers, and artists from Minnesota and beyond.

The Big Lake, 21 1st Ave. W., is an approachable art gallery and gift shop that reflects the unique beauty and culture of the North Shore of Lake Superior.

Sivertson Gallery, 14 W. Wisconsin St., is celebrating its 40th anniversary of bringing Art of the North to the community.

Nancy Hemstad Seaton318 South Hungry Jack Road, Gunflint Trail, featuring fused glasswork.  The studio is open during the tour. David Seaton, Seaton Guitars, will also be showing his handmade guitars.  Guest artist is Joan Farnam, pottery.

Bunchberry. fused glass, by Nancy Seaton.

Bunchberry. fused glass, by Nancy Seaton.

Look for the signs to find Nancy Seaton's studio on Hungry Jack Lake.

Look for the signs to find Nancy Seaton’s studio on Hungry Jack Lake.

 Hannah Palma Laky | Hannah Palma Ceramics. Online participant only.  Click on the link to learn more.

Leaf mug by Hannah Palma Laky.

Leaf mug by Hannah Palma Laky.

Jo Wood | Jo Wood Bead Art, online participant only. Click on the link to learn more. Guest Artist: Jacob Carr, Woodwork.

Autumn Fire, bead painting by Jo Wood.

Autumn Fire, bead painting by Jo Wood.

Neil Sherman, Plein air painter, 4194 County Road 69, Hovland.

Getting ready for the tour by Neil Sherman.

Getting ready for the tour by Neil Sherman.

Dan & Lee Ross, online participation only. Location closed for the tour. Click on link for more info. The artists work in stone, clay, glass & mono-prints. This year features collage work and stone and clay sculptures. On view on their website.

Zoom. Collage by Lee Ross.

Zoom. Collage by Lee Ross.

\Lou Pignolet | Lou Pignolet Bowls, 20 Tamarack Trail, Hovland, will be open for the tour. Pignolet makes bark-edged bowls, handmade on a lathe from local wood, and will be displaying bowls and showing how they are made. Click on the link for more.

A selection of wood-turned bowls by Lou Pignolet.

TA selection of wood-turned bowls by Lou Pignolet.

The Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour opens on Friday, Sept. 25 and runs through Oct. 4. Enjoy the double experience of this online/in-person art tour this year!

In other community events, the Cook County Market opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, in The Hub parking lot featuring work by local artists. The market runs until 1 p.m.

The North Shore Winery will hold a plein air event on Saturday, weather permitting, featuring artist Savanna Corliss. For reservations, visit https://www.exploretock.com/northshorewineryor call at (218) 481-9280. The event starts at 3 p.m.

Exhibits:

Grand Marais Plein Air has opened at the Johnson Heritage Post featuring a great selection of work created by artists who painted in the county for a week. There is an online component of the exhibit as well. Check it out here.  The Heritage Post is open on Fridays from 1-4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Covid protocols are in place.

Foggy Morning by Scott Lloyd Anderson.

Foggy Morning by Scott Lloyd Anderson.

Plein air painter Neil Sherman recently gave a great live t0ur of the show. Click here to see.

 Live Music this week:

Thursday, Sept. 24:

Saturday, Sept. 26:

  • Bump Blomberg, Cook County Market, The Hub parking lot, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p..

Sunday, Sept. 27

Photographs:

Here’s an interesting story. Paul Sundberg and David Johnson were out in the woods calling moose. They got a bull to respond, but they also called in a big wolf pack.

Woods, calling for Moose by Paul Sundberg.

In the woods, calling moose by Paul Sundberg

Here’s a shot of the wolf pack that responded.

A white wolf and more respond to a moose call. Photo by Paul Sundberg.

A white wolf and more respond to a moose call. Photo by Paul Sundberg.

To see all the photographs and read about Sundberg’s experience, click here.

Other wildlife photographs we found this week:

Marsh hawks playing in the sky by Thomas Demma.

Marsh hawks playing in the sky by Thomas Demma.

 

Question Mark butterfly by Maryl Skinner.

Question Mark butterfly by Maryl Skinner.

 

This buck entered the view from our deck this morning by Kim Nelson.

This buck entered the view from our deck this morning by Kim Nelson.

 

Carrion beetle with mites on its back by Jana Kokemiler.

Carrion beetle with mites on its back by Jana Kokemiller-Berka.

 

Hanging out in the yard has its perks by Annie Possis.

Hanging out in the yard has its perks by Annie Possis.

 

Evening watch. Juvenile Cooper's hawk by John Heino.

Evening watch. Juvenile Cooper’s hawk by John Heino.

And for a little humor:

Why is the media not covering the fact that raccoons are breaking wild hogs and riding them into battle against the opossums? By Carol Dal Porto.

Why is the media not covering the fact that raccoons are breaking wild hogs and riding them into battle against the opossums? By Carol Dal Porto.

And here are a few plant/vegetable shots:

First harvest: Paula Reds and Honeycrisps.

First harvest: Paula Reds and Honeycrisps.

 

A late bloomer by Jean Grover.

A late bloomer by Jean Grover.

 

Newly harvested Painted Mountain corn by Ian Andrus.

Newly harvested Painted Mountain corn by Ian Andrus. He grinds it into cornmeal.

And some beautiful landscapes, skyscapes.. without orange.’

Today's chilly morning by Nancy Seaton.

Today’s chilly morning by Nancy Seaton.

 

Bob Russell Bog Walk in the Zax-Sim by Sparky Stensaas.

Bob Russell Bog Walk in the Zax-Sim by Sparky Stensaas.

 

The North Shore by Sffy Torkildson.

The North Shore by Sffy Torkildson.

 

Boathouses in Red Wing by Layne Kennedy.

Boathouses in Red Wing by Layne Kennedy.

 

Perfectly flat and hazy by Gwen Danfelt.

Perfectly flat and hazy by Gwen Danfelt.

And now, for the oranges and reds of a spectacular fall.

From the Overlook by Deb Bennett.

From the Overlook by Deb Bennett.

 

Oberg Mountain and Oberg  Lake by Christian Dalbec.

Oberg Mountain and Oberg Lake by Christian Dalbec.

 

Fall canopy by Dustin LaVigne.

Fall canopy by Dustin LaVigne.

 

Fall is in the air -- Lutsen Resort by Keith Christensen.

Fall is in the air — Lutsen Resort by Keith Christensen.

Have a great weekend, everyone! And stay safe.

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Fall Is Like A Firecracker … Explosions of Color

sarah allen fall is like a firecracker explosions of color

Fall is like a firecracker/Explosions of color. Photograph by Sarah Allen.

We’re in  for it now– Fall has arrived on the North Shore and the woods are beginning their final show of the season.

First maples by Paul Sundberg.

First maples by Paul Sundberg.

And with that comes two showy fall events: Grand Marais Plein Air and North House Folk School‘ s Unplugged, both happening this weekend, modified by Covid-19 protections. And then, in two weeks, the 10-day Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour begins, again modified for Covid.

The good news?  There will be lots to see, and even do, this year.

Grand Marais Plein Air draws painters from all over the region to spend a week painting what they see around Cook County, culminating in an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post. The event has been modified this year, so artists who don’t want to travel can paint in place and still participate in the competition by uploading their completed paintings on www.pleinairgrandmarais.org  It’s a fun site to visit, because it changes every day as competitors upload their pieces.

But, there are still lots of plein air painters out there. They can be spotted on roadsides, on the shore, in neighborhoods …

Plein air painter Kathy Weinberg works on a piece for Grand Marais Plein Air. Photo by John Weinberg.

Plein air painter Kathy Weinberg works on a piece for Grand Marais Plein Air. Photo by John Weinberg.

And this Thursday, those who are in town will carry their painting gear out to Artists Point for the Quick Paint Competition. It starts at 3:30 p.m. and runs through 5 p.m., in which time the work has to be completed. Everyone is invited to watch, with masks and social distancing rules in place. It’s a fun event. WDSE made an award-winning video of the Quick Paint several years ago. They called it The Plein Air Brush Off.

The WDSE film crew interview Scott Lloyd Anderson and Neil Sherman for the Plein Air Brush Off, which won an regional Emmy in 2011.

The WDSE film crew and Karen Sunderman interview Scott Lloyd Anderson and Neil Sherman for the Plein Air Brush Off, which won a regional Emmy in 2011.

Check out the video here. And wander down to Artists Point to see what’s happening this year.

There will be a virtual opening at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday, Sept. 18, and the gallery will be open to the public on Saturday, Sept. 19, with Covid protocols in place. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1-4 p.m. on Fridays.

Cascade Off the Grade by Paula Gustafson, one of the painters participating in Grand Marais Plein Air this year.

Cascade Off the Grade by Paula Gustafson, one of the painters participating in Grand Marais Plein Air this year.

Here’s the link to the Johnson Heritage Post Facebook page to see the latest submissions and view the opening on Friday at 5 p.m. 

On Saturday, check out the two local artisan markets, the Cook County Market and the Maker’s Market.

The Cook County Market is held in The Hub’s parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Marker’s Market is held in the alley next to the Beaver House on Thursdays through Sundays.

Also on Saturday, the North Shore Winery continues its Plein Air Art events featuring demonstrations and sales by local artists. This week, Bonnie Gay and Howard Hedstrom will be featured — Howard with his wood turned bowls and Bonnie Gay with her mixed media works, including felting and painting.

Bonnie Gay and Howard Hedstrom are the featured artists at the North Shore Winery's outdoor event on Saturday.

Bonnie Gay and Howard Hedstrom are the featured artists at the North Shore Winery’s outdoor event on Saturday.

This outdoor event is weather-dependent and requires reservations. Covid protocols are in place. To make a reservation, click here or call 218-481-9280.

And, on Saturday night, North House Folk School will present “Unplugged 2020: Bringing It Home Online. To kick off the show, the Plucked Up String Band will play. Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of “Braiding Sweetgrass” is the featured speaker and her presentation will be followed by a live auction and Fund-a-Need opportunities. Then Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson will take to the on-line stage.

Eliza Gilkyson will be featured for North House Folk School's Unplugged 2020 Online on Saturday. She will be interviewed on WTIP's The Roadhouse on Friday night.

Eliza Gilkyson will be featured for North House Folk School‘s Unplugged 2020 Online on Saturday. She will be interviewed on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night.

To find out more about Unplugged and get tickets, click here. 

Upcoming:

The Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour, which runs from Sept. 25-Oct. 4, has a new online component because of  the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour is Sept. 25-Oct. 4 this year and many artists are offering online options to view their work.

The Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour is Sept. 25-Oct. 4 this year and many artists are offering online options to view their work.

This year’s tour features 23 art studios and galleries, many of whom will be exhibiting online. The artists have been making lots of new work. If you can’t make the tour in person, visit the artist and gallery websites here. You can also visit the Art Along the Lake page from North Shore Arts League, which features many of the Fall Studio Tour artists. Stay tuned for more next week.

Artist Opportunities:

The North Shore Artists League has put out a call for member artists to participate in the Johnson Heritage Post 2nd Annual Member Show. The exhibit will open Dec. 11. Artists may submit up to three pieces. The opening reception will be a live Facebook event, with the gallery open over the weekends during the show. For more information,

The Grand Marais Art Colony has opened a Virtual Mentor Program, featuring artists from a variety of media who will be available for one-to-one mentoring sessions.

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Sun Yung Shin, who edited “A Good Time for the Truth” is one of the mentors in the new Grand Marais Art Colony program.

 

Sun Yung Shin, Shannon Gibney, Denise Walser-Kolar, Donna Bruni, and Ernest Miller are the selected mentors for these sessions. For more information, click here.

Artists at Work:

"Navigating," collage, by Lee Ross.

“Navigating,” collage, by Lee Ross.  Lee has created a number of intriguing collages for the Fall Studio Tour. 

 

Linda Baudry designed this logo for T-shirts to be given to MN Resonds Covid-19 volunteers for their service in the county for the last six months. he Cook County Emergency Operations Center (EOC), the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP), Set Out Screen Printing  collaborated on the project.

Linda Baudry designed this logo for T-shirts to be given to MN Responds Covid-19 volunteers for their service in the county for the last six months. The Cook County Emergency Operations Center (EOC), the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) and Set Out Screen Printing collaborated on the project. To date, 210 individuals have logged 4,802.75 hours, helping out with everything from food delivery, staffing the Community Support Help Line, helping seniors and more.

 

Lou Pignolet has completed work for the Fall Studio Tour. This display is in his studio in Hovland.

Lou Pignolet has completed work for the Fall Studio Tour. This display is in his studio in Hovland.

 

Betsy Bowen continues her letter "W" series with Wolf. "Keep watch, Little Red Riding Hood," she writes.

Betsy Bowen continues her letter “W” series with Wolf. “Keep watch, Little Red Riding Hood,” she writes.

 

"Teal ovals in their natural environment,"collage,  by Maxene Linehan. Her work can be seen at Betsy Bowen's Studio Gallery during the Fall Studio Tour.

Teal ovals in their natural environment,”collage, by Maxene Linehan. Her work can be seen at Betsy Bowen’s Studio Gallery during the Fall Studio Tour.

 

Justin Roth's descaled earthenware mug, Owl and Deer, can be found at Upstate Mn.

Justin Roth’s descaled earthenware mug, Owl and Deer, can be found at Upstate MN.

 

Fall into Winter, fused glass, by Sharon Frykman.

Fall into Winter, fused glass, by Sharon Frykman, one of her pieces for the Fall Studio Tour.

 

Tom McCann's "Mountain Lake" from his series, Post Cards rom the True Country.

Tom McCann’s “Mountain Lake” from his series, Post Cards from the True Country.

The Cook County Historical Society has created a number of interesting videos. Here’s one:

 Virtual Music:

 

Live Music:

Thursday, Sept. 17:

Saturday, Sept. 19:

  • Boyd Bump Blomberg, Cook County Market, 10:30 – 1 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 20:

WineDown with Eric Frost, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m., reservations required. Reservations at https://www.exploretock.com/northshorewinery
or call at (218) 481-9280.

Photographs:

We found some good photographs this week. Let’s start with plants, mushrooms and flowers.

A gathering of mushrooms by Nimue ADay.

A gathering of mushrooms by Nimue ADay.

 

Sunflower power by Kristofer Bowman.

A sturdy one  by Kristofer Bowman.

 

My sunflowers are getting taller than me by Jeanette Paulson.

My sunflowers are getting taller than me by Jeanette Paulson.

And here are some wildlife photographs:

Wasp nest by Ron Piercy.

Wasp nest by Ron Piercy.

 

Barred owl feather by Betty Hemstad.

Barred owl feather by Betty Hemstad.

 

Sparring near St. Paul by Thomas Demma.

Sparring near St. Paul by Thomas Demma.

 

thomas spence nice group of spruce grouse last weekend

A nice group of Spruce Grouse by Thomas Spence.

 

 

Wolf pack: Out calling moose the other day, but what shows up-- a pack of 6 or 7 wolves. By David Johnson.

Wolf pack: Out calling moose the other day, but what shows up– a pack of 6 or 7 wolves. By David Johnson.

 

A fabulous fall view across the swamp by Thomas Spence.

A fabulous fall view across the swamp by Thomas Spence.

 

Punk birds of the North Country: mergansers on a rock. Photograph by Ilena Hansel.

Punk birds of the North Country: mergansers on a rock. Photograph by Ilena Hansel.

 

Orb soder, Araneus marmoleum, commonly called the Marbled Orb Weaver by Shawn Perich.

Orb spider, Araneus marmoleum, commonly called the Marbled Orb Weaver by Shawn Perich.

And here are some landscapes/skyscapes/waterscapes.

Hot air balloon sunrise by Wayne Ortloff.

Hot air balloon sunrise by Wayne Ortloff.

 

Cool, quiet dawning by Nancy Seaton.

Cool, quiet dawning by Nancy Seaton.

 

The colors are coming by David Johnson.

The colors are coming by David Johnson.

 

Clouds over Lake Superior by Trish Francis.

Clouds over Lake Superior by Trish Francis.

 

Dusk by Don Davison.

ADusk by Don Davison.

And a few Peoplescapes:

A beautiful fall day on the harbor by Paul Sundberg.

A beautiful fall day on the harbor by Paul Sundberg.

 

Ricing with Staci Drouillard.

Ricing with Staci Drouillard.

 

A Peoplescape without people. Photograph by Kjersti Vick.

A Peoplescape without people. Photograph by Kjersti Vick.

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Falling for Fall

Devil Track River by Mark Tessier.

Devil Track River by Mark Tessier.

We have arrived at the turning of the seasons up here on the North Shore. Soon the hills will be singing with color, but right now, it’s just, well, sort of cold, as in, get out your wool sweaters and turn on the heat. When we do that, we also remember that every year, the frost comes for a few nights and then the glorious days of Fall begin.

This week, we start with a Live Lunch & Learn at North House Folk School‘s Facebook page on Thursday with basketmaker and North House instructor, Emily Derke. She will show us how to make birch bark tool wraps/sheaths. It’s a great and versatile project that anyone can do, and it is free. Click here to see.

Emily Derke will demonstrate how to make birchbark sheaths in this week's Lunch & Learn at noon on Thursday, Sept. 10. Check out the North House Folk School Facebook page to view.

Emily Derke will demonstrate how to make birchbark sheaths in this week’s Lunch & Learn at noon on Thursday, Sept. 10. Check out the North House Folk School Facebook page to view.

Derke will also be on the North House Folk School‘s campus demonstrating basketry from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Saturday. The public is invited to stop by and watch her work.

Also starting on Thursday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will feature Around the Town president, Ann Mershon, on its Instagram page. Mershon will tour Grand Marais as she gives us a taste of the  public art here. To view, click here.

Ann Mershon will give a tour of public art in Grand Marais on the Art Colony's Instagram page on Thursday and Friday. To see, click here.

Ann Mershon will give a tour of public art in Grand Marais on the Art Colony’s Instagram page on Thursday and Friday. Here she is talking about the sculptures in Bear Tree Park. To see her tour, click here.

On Friday, Grand Marais Plein Air officially starts, and expect to see artists painting the landscape all over the county for the next week. The competition, which is a combo of live and virtual events, is organized by the Outdoor Painters of Minnesota which is partnered with the Johnson Heritage Post.

Superior Cascade Falls by Kami Mendlik, one of the artists participating in Grand Marais Plein Air this year.

Superior Cascade Falls by Kami Mendlik, one of the artists participating in Grand Marais Plein Air this year.

Some painters have opted to stay in place for the event, but they’ve been painting nevertheless, and their work has been posted to a new Website. Click here to see what has been submitted so far. It is updated daily. Some work will be exhibited at the Heritage Post from Sept. 19-Oct. 11.

One of the most popular features of the Plein Air competition is the Quick Paint, where artists converge on Artist’s Point and have an hour or so to complete a painting. The Quick Paint, which will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17, is open to the public, with Covid protocols in place, including masks and social distancing. There will be a live Opening Reception on the Johnson Heritage Post’s Facebook page on Sept. 18, Stay tuned for details.

Saturday is busy, too.

There are two markets in downtown Grand Marais that feature art by local artisans and artists: The Cook County Craft Market and the Maker’s Market.

The Maker’s Market is held in the alley beside the Beaver House and is open Thursday through Saturday.

The Cook County Market is held in The Hub’s parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

Felter Becky Heller is a new vendor at the Cook County Market. She makes realistic felted animals and other beings.

Felter Becky Heller is a new vendor at the Cook County Market. She makes realistic felted animals and other beings. See her work from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

And plan on keeping your radio tuned to WTIP Community Radio all day on Saturday to listen to all the music during the virtual Radio Waves Music Festival.  The one-day, on-air, live music event features lots great music.

The Radio Waves Music Festival can be heard on 90.7 FM and streamed at Wtip.org.

The Radio Waves Music Festival can be heard on 90.7 FM and streamed at Wtip.org from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday.

This marks the 13th year of this annual festival, and thirteen Minnesota musical acts will play full musical sets to be broadcast live on WTIP Radio throughout the day.

The “13 in 13” lineup will include performances by local and regional artists and includes Sky Blue with Horns, Eric Frost, One Less Guest, Jim McGowan, Aho Family, Colleen Myhre, Kilborn Quartet, Red Lips, Portage, Lady Spruce, Chris Gillis with the Grand Marais Music Collaborative, Bump Blomberg, Rich Mattson and the Northstars and other surprises throughout the day.

Radio Waves is always a fun event. Check out this video produced a few years ago.

 The full schedule for this year’s festival can be found here.

In other art news, the Grand Marais Playhouse is seeking actors for the production of “The Remarkable Susan” by Tim Kelly. There are roles for 10 women and 6 men ( or all women), some roles may be double cast for smaller company. No experience necessary. The play is a short one-act and will be live-streamed Oct. 26-27..The Grand Marais Playhouse operates with the safety of all participants in mind. Masks, physical distancing, sanitizer, regular cleaning are all part of the Playhouse safety plan.

The audition day will be Monday, Sept. 14,  with several alternatives: a live Zoom or Fcebook audition or in-person. Please contact Playhouse to schedule a time on Monday Sept. 14.. No drop in auditions allowed. For more info, contact Sue Hennessy at (218) 370-0224.

On Wednesday, Sept. 16, consider attending the Duluth Art Institute‘s Virtual Gala, a fundraiser for the Institute and an art experience. It is virtual, so you can attend for free, or participate as a donor.

The Duluth Art Institute's Virtual Gala is Wednesday, Sept.

The Duluth Art Institute‘s Virtual Gala is Wednesday, Sept. 16.

One of the features is a presentation about headwraps and how they define women in the  Black community by artist Chesley Antoinette. Check out this video to learn more.

The event also features an online auction, a cooking opportunity and more. Click here for more information and register. 

Upcoming:

The Grand Marais Art Colony just added a new virtual class called “Armchair Plein Air with Tara Sweeney” to its website. The weekly class starts on Sept. 17 and meets on Thursday mornings.

Watercolor by Plein Air Painter Tara Sweeney. Sweeney will teach a virtual class through the Grand Marais Art Colony starting on Sept. 17.

Watercolor by Plein Air Painter Tara Sweeney. Sweeney will teach a virtual class through the Grand Marais Art Colony starting on Sept. 17.

For more information and to register, click here.

Also next week, look forward to North House Folk School‘s  Unplugged 2020: Bringing it Home — An Online Fundraising Event and Concert. The virtual event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19.

The evening will feature Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of “Braiding Sweetgrass,” Eliza Gilkyson, singer songwriter, and Grand Marais’s own Plucked Up String Band.

The Plucked Up String Band will be the kick-off band at Unplugged this year. Painting of the band by Liz Sivertson.

The Plucked Up String Band will be kick-off  Unplugged this year in a.virtual performance. The painting of the band is by Liz Sivertson.

 

Singer/songwriter Eliza Gilkyson will perform at Unplugged this year.

Singer/songwriter Eliza Gilkyson will perform at Unplugged this year.

People can select a streaming-only ticket or upgrade to a package that includes an online cooking class with Chef Beth Dooley and a variety of North Shore treats. The weekend also features the online Points North Auction Check it out here.

 The Grand Marais Public Library will host a local, virtual book discussion of A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota. David Lawrence Grant, a contributor to the book, will be facilitating and host the Zoom discussion at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24. Participation is limited to 25. To register, visit grandmaraislibrary.org or call 218-387-1140 to reserve your virtual seat.

The Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour is Sept. 25-Oct. 4 this year, with a combination of online, virtual exhibits and in-person/in-situ ones.

The At Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour starts

The Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour starts

For more information about the tour, click here. And stay tuned for details next week.

Note: Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour artists: Send images of your work to joan.farnam@gmail.com and we’ll try to post them. Thank you!

Extra News

And here’s some great news: The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness was officially certified as the 13th International Dark Sky Sanctuary in the world.  It is the first federally designated Wilderness site certified and largest site at 1,098,000 acres. The International Dark Sky Association promotes reducing light pollution and protecting night skies for the present and into the future.

The Boundary Waters has been certified as an nternational Dark Sky Sanctuary. Photo by Ethan Allen.

The Boundary Waters has been certified as an nternational Dark Sky Sanctuary. Photo by Ethan Allen.

 To find out more, click here.

Artists at Work

Sam Zimmerman has painted more trash barrels for Grand Marais. Look for them around town!

Sam Zimmerman has painted more trash barrels for Grand Marais. Look for them around town!

After a Storm, oil, by Neil Sherman.

After a Storm, oil, by Neil Sherman.

Superior Icescape, fused glass by Sharon Frykman.

Superior Icescape, fused glass by Sharon Frykman.

Abundance by Marcia Cushmore.

Abundance by Marcia Cushmore.

Virtual Music:

Here is a potpourri of music videos we found this week:

At the Edges of Wilderness: A Genesis+Art Exhibition from Chuck Hoffman on Vimeo.

 Live Music:

Thursday, Sept. 10:

  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, Date Night at the Winery, 6-8 p.m., reservations at https://www.exploretock.com/northshorewinery
    or call at (218) 481-9280.

Saturday, Sept. 12:

  • Radio Waves Music Festival, live on WTIP. Listen at 90.7 FM or stream at  WTIP.org from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Boyd “Bump” Blomberg, live, Cook County Market, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., weather permitting

Sunday, Sept. 13:

  • Weekend Wine Down with Eric Frost, North Shore Winery, 3-6 p.m.,

 Photographs:

We are lucky to report that we found some great photographs this week. Let’s start with wildlife:

Snacking on the roadside by Thomas J Spence.

Snacking on the roadside by Thomas J Spence.

 

Gren heron on a lotus pad by Shixing Wen.

Gren heron on a lotus pad by Shixing Wen.

 

Northern Flicker by Debbie Deminaniuk.

Northern Flicker by Debbie Deminaniuk.

 

Waiting for the fishermen to come home by Mark Morgen.

Waiting for the fishermen to come home by Mark Morgen.

Here are a few “plant-scapes:”

No social distancing by Dennis Chick.

No social distancing by Dennis Chick.

 

First Frost. Comfort? By Betsy. Bowen.

First Frost. Comfort? By Betsy. Bowen.

And some landscapes, skyscapes and waterscapes:

Boundary Waters morning by Siffy Torkildson.

Boundary Waters morning by Siffy Torkildson.

 

Harvest Moon, Grand Maris by Paul Sundberg.

Harvest Moon, Grand Maris by Paul Sundberg.

 

This year's Harvest Moon by Mark Ryan.

This year’s Harvest Moon by Mark Ryan.

 

Upper Falls, Grand Portage by Cathy Quinn.

Upper Falls, Grand Portage by Cathy Quinn.

 

Along the Devil Track River by Mark Tessier.

Along the Devil Track River by Mark Tessier.

 

Sunrise over Lake Superior by Ron Benson.

Sunrise over Lake Superior by Ron Benson.

 

30 degrees in the woods this morning by Thomas J Spence.

30 degrees in the woods this morning by Thomas J Spence.

 

At the Kadunce by Sandra Updike.

At the Kadunce by Sandra Updike.

And, a new category this week: Peoplescapes

Peoplescapes:

This guy's first mushroom hunt resulted in our first-ever bounty of hedgehogs, plus plenty of chanterelles by Tina Hegg Raway.

This guy’s first mushroom hunt resulted in our first-ever bounty of hedgehogs, plus plenty of chanterelles by Tina Hegg Raway.

And this sweetheart:

This little boy has fallen in love with a sculpture by Dan Ross. It is at ground level and when the little boy discovered it, he fell in love. He even waves at it from the car when it passes by.

In Love: This little boy has fallen in love with a sculpture by Dan Ross with is located in Hovland. The sculpture is at ground level and when the little boy discovered it, he immediately went over and gave it a hug. He talks to it, too and waves at it from the car when he sees it.

Have a good week, everyone. And stay safe!

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P.S. Fall Studio Tour artists: Send images to me at joan.farnam@gmail.com. Would love to use them for the next few weeks!

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Fall Harvest

Best Harvest Photo of 2020? Amymarie Schmidt took this photo of her sons harvesting carrots. Her eldest, Arrow, is behind that carrot forest.

The Harvest 2020. Amymarie Schmidt took this photo of her sons harvesting carrots from their farm in Hovland. Her eldest, Arrow, is behind that carrot forest. Caleb is holding his choice.

Greetings from the North Shore, where the harvest has begun. Already, garlic and onions are out of the ground, and peas and beans are picked. Soon, if not already, the potatoes will be lifted from the soil, and, of course, there are always carrots, and beets and tomatoes, and soon, apples, winter squash and pumpkins.

This fall will be a little different for art and artists, though, as virtual, or some variant of it, will replace many in-person gatherings, but creativity is the name of the game here, so read on.

First up is North House Folk School, which continues its weekly Crafting in Place series. This week, boatbuilder and resident artisan Josh Tolkan is on campus, working on a difficult plywood canoe project. He will be demonstrating from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Thursday through Saturday on campus.

Boatbuilder Josh Tolkan is the instructor-in-residence at North House Folk School this week.

Boatbuilder Josh Tolkan is the instructor-in-residence at North House Folk School this week.

Tolkan will also talk about his project at a Lunch & Learn on Thursday, Sept. 3, at noon. It’s Facebook Live, so it’s a great opportunity to bring any boatbuilding or maritime carpentry questions to this master. Click here to view the Lunch & Learn.

North House is combining both virtual and social-distanced, in-person classes this fall.  To find out more, click here.

The Hjordis will be sailing through September.

This is the last weekend to book at sail on The Hjordis. Photo courtesy of North House Folk School.

This is the last weekend to book at sail on The Hjordis. Photo courtesy of North House Folk School.

For more information and to book a cruise, click here.

The Grand Marais Art Colony is beginning to be active as well this fall, with a combo of virtual and in-person classes and events. One feature, its Instagram Takeover, has been on-going this summer, featuring artists demonstrating and creating work on the social media outlet on Thursdays and Fridays.

This week, painter Kathie Wheeler is featured on the Instagram Takeover. She is a representational oil painter whose work is inspired by the people and places in her life.

Painter Kathy Wheeler is the Grand Marais Art Colony's Instagram Takeover artist this week. She'll be demonstrating and talking about her art on Thursday and Friday at  https://www.instagram.com/gmartcolony/

Painter Kathie Wheeler is the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Instagram Takeover artist this week. She’ll be demonstrating and talking about her art on Thursday and Friday at https://www.instagram.com/gmartcolony/

She will be teaching The Poetry of Plein Air at the Art Colony later this month and is the juror for Plein Air Grand Marais this year.

Plein Air painter Kathie Wheeler will teach a class at the Grand Marais Art Colony in September.

Plein Air painter Kathie Wheeler is the juror for this year’s Plein Air Grand Marais. (See below for details about the virtual/in-person event this year.

On Friday, WTIP’s The Roadhouse continues its creative use of virtual/live and will feature Joey Shaheen of the Wrong Omar as guest musician. He will talk about his music and play some songs from the back deck at the radio station, live, on the radio, 90.7 FM.

Here are some examples of the Wrong Omar’s music:

This is Labor Day Weekend in Grand Marais, and downtown will be busy. There are two markets featuring local artists and artisans that will be open– the Cook County Market and the Maker’s Market.

Masked and ready to go. Melanie Eldridge, of Two Birds Thai Bodyworks, offers a variety of personal care products at the Cook County Market.

Masked and ready to go. Melanie Eldridge, of Two Birds Thai Bodyworks, offers a variety of personal care products at the Cook County Market.

The Cook County Market is held in the parking lot of The Hub from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Covid protocols and social distancing  are in place. The Maker’s Market is held next to the Beaver House and is open daily Thursday through Sunday.

Also on Saturday, plein air painter Greg Lecker will give a plein air painting demo at the North Shore Winery from 3-6 p.m.

Plein air painter Greg Lecker will be demonstrating his art at the North Shore Winery from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday. Make a reservation to attend Saturday's demonstration at https://www.exploretock.com/northshorewinery or call North Shore Winery at (218) 481-9280.

Plein air painter Greg Lecker will be demonstrating his art at the North Shore Winery from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday. Make a reservation to attend Saturday’s demonstration at https://www.exploretock.com/northshorewinery or call North Shore Winery at (218) 481-9280.

Lecker is working on “Watersheds,” portraits of Minnesota’s three watersheds while engaging viewers in conversation and painting demonstrations.

Point of Land by Greg Lecker.

Point of Land by Greg Lecker.

For more information about Lecker’s work, visit his website at www.greglecker.com. Make a reservation to attend Saturday’s demonstration at https://www.exploretock.com/northshorewinery or call North Shore Winery at (218) 481-9280.

This event is weather dependent – if it’s raining, the event will be cancelled.  Click here for updates   Also, Lecker will be interviewed about his project on WTIP on Friday at 8:40 a.m.

And on Monday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will hold an Open House at its new space at 21 W. Hwy 61 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will hold an open house at its new space at 21 W. Hwy 61 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7. Masking and social distancing required.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will hold an open house at its new space at 21 W. Hwy 61 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7. Masking and social distancing required. The public is invited.

Exhibits:

The exhibit “George Morrison and Marcia Cushmore” continues at the Johnson Heritage Post, featuring archival prints and posters by both artists.

Untitled, gilcee print by George Morrison.

 The Johnson Heritage Post is featuring prints and posters by George Morrison.

The gallery is open from 1-4 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

In other gallery news, Plein Air Grand Marais, sponsored and organized by the Outdoor Painters of Minnesota, is both virtual and in-person this year. Participating artists have been invited to paint-in-place, or come up to the North Shore and paint here.

plein air kami mendlik Greenwood+Lake+Gunflint+Trail+9x12+Kami+Mendlik+

Greenwood Lake, Gunflint Trail, by Kami Mendlik, is one of the plein air paintings currently uploaded to the Plein Air Grand Marais site. To view the plein air paintings to date, click here.

The Plein Air competition runs from Sept. 11-18, but a new Plein Air Grand Marais website is live now, with artists posting their paintings on it as they’re completed. An exhibit will open at the Johnson Heritage ge Post Sept. 19. Stay tuned.

Upcoming:

Music lovers look forward to September for two outstanding music festivals: WTIP’s Radio Waves Music Festival and North House Folk School’s Unplugged. Both will be virtual this year, with their individual twists.

Radio Waves will be free and will feature 13 acts in 13 hours broadcast on WTIP, 90.7 FM, and streamed through the website at www.wtip.org. This is the 13th anniversary of the popular music festival.

The Radio Waves Music Festival will be broadcast live on WTIP Community Radio all day Saturday, Sept. 12.

The Radio Waves Music Festival will be broadcast live on WTIP Community Radio all day Saturday, Sept. 12.

The jazz band, Sky Blue with Horns, kicks it off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12 with a live online and broadcast performance from the deck at WTIP.

Highlights include virtual performances by Red Lips from Hovland, Jim McGowan from St. Paul, and Lady Spruce from Minneapolis, as well as on-the-back-deck performances by One Less Guest, The Aho Family,  the Kilborn Quartet and Chris Gillis with the Grand Marais Music Collaborative. It’s free,  online and on the radio.

North House Folk School‘s “Unplugged” will be live-streamed this year, with music, craft and food.

To kick off the live-streamed show on Sept. 19,  Grand Marais-based Plucked Up String Band  will play and Chef Beth Dooley will show how to mix a signature cocktail for the evening. Later  Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass, will give the featured presentation, which will be followed by a live auction and Fund-a-Need opportunities. Then Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson will take the stage.

Eliza Gilkyson is the featured performer for this year's Unplugged, which will be live-streamed on Sept. 19.

Eliza Gilkyson is the featured performer for this year’s Unplugged, which will be live-streamed on Sept. 19.

 

Tickets can be purchased online here.

 Artists at Work

A ground-breaking book about Hazel Belvo, her life and her art,  will be published this fall. Entitled, “A Matriarch of Art: An Illustrated art biography of one of Minnesota’s best-known feminist artists,”  art historian Julie L’Enfant reviews Belvo’s focus on nature, spirituality, mythology, and eroticism during more than 40 years of making and teaching art in Minnesota.

A book about Hazel Belvo entitled "A Matriarch of Art" will be out this fall.

A book about Hazel Belvo entitled “A Matriarch of Art” will be out this fall.

More great trash barrels for Grand Marais will appear on the streets soon, crafted by Sam Zimmerman featuring paintings of clan animals of the Ojibwe and their Anishinaabe names.

Sam Zimmerman has painted more trash barrels for Grand Marais.

Sam Zimmerman has painted more trash barrels for Grand Marais.

Jeweler Steve Hahn has been busy.

One of Steve Hahn's (Jeweler of the North) latest: Lime quartz center  framed by 2 trillion Peridots set in gold.

One of Steve Hahn’s (Jeweler of the North) latest: Lime quartz center framed by 2 trillion Peridots set in gold.

Knitter Katie Viren‘s latest:

Wool gloves by Katie Viren.

Wool gloves by Katie Viren.

BetsyA Bowen’s latest project is drawing for the Apostle Islands’ Alphabet Project. Her letter: W.

"Whitefish." By Betsy Bowen, part of the Apostle Island's Alphabet Project.

“Whitefish.” By Betsy Bowen, part of the Apostle Islands’ Alphabet Project.

Flower artist Monica Anderson has been growing flowers and making beautiful arrangements this summer. She can be reached at 218-370-8479.

Flower arrangement by Monica Anderson.

Flower arrangement by Monica Anderson.

Actor opportunities: The Grand Marais Playhouse is holding auditions for the upcoming live stream production of “The Remarkable Susan” by Tim Kelly. Contact the Playhouse for more information.

The Practice: Anishinaabe cultural practitioner Greg Johnson is teaching winter birch bark basketry on campus at North House September 26-28.

Students' work from Greg Johnson's class last year.

Students’ work from Greg Johnson’s class last year.

 

To find out more, click here.

More artwork completed this summer:

 

Autumn Color, beadwork by Jo Wood.

Autumn Color, beadwork by Jo Wood.

 

A Postcard from the True Country by Tom McCann.

A Postcard from the True Country by Tom McCann.

Videos:

We found two train videos for you to watch: a historic video about the Flying Train in Germany crafted in 1902 and discoveries on an old railroad grade in Nipigon,

 

And a little music:

 

Live Music: 

Thursday, Sept. 3:

Saturday, Sept. 5:

  • Boyd Bump Blomberg, Cook County Market, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m

Sunday, Sept. 6

Photographs:

We found some unusual as well as beautiful photographs this week.

Here are some unusual shots:

Spider by Betty Hemstad.

Spider by Betty Hemstad.

Female variable Darner in yellow form by Cathy Quinn.

Female variable Darner in yellow form by Cathy Quinn.

Other wildlife photographs:

Red Fox: Almost grown up by Paul Sundberg.

Red Fox: Almost grown up by Paul Sundberg.

Eagles in summer by Thomas Demma.

Eagles in summer by Thomas Demma.

A few great shots of people that we couldn’t pass up.

Expert diver Scott Mitchen with some of the logs he recovered from Lake Superior by Layne Kennedy.

Expert diver Scott Mitchen with some of the logs he recovered from Lake Superior by Layne Kennedy.

Chard Harvest by Monica Anderson.

Chard Harvest by Monica Anderson.

Just a foot …

Wild ricing by Cindy Hale.

Wild ricing by Cindy Hale.

It was the Full Corn Moon:

Wherever you are, I am there also by Lin Salisbury.

Wherever you are, I am there also by Lin Salisbury.

Moon setting at Brighton Beach by Wayne Ortloff.

Moon setting at Brighton Beach by Wayne Ortloff.

Almost Full Corn Moon by Bryan Hansel.

Almost Full Corn Moon by Bryan Hansel.

And here are some beautiful landscapes/seascapes:

An incredible sunrise by Christian Dalbec.

An incredible sunrise by Christian Dalbec.

Maple Hill Church by Don Davison.

Maple Hill Church by Don Davison.

Nice view by Jamie Rabold.

Nice view by Jamie Rabold.

History scattered below by Christian Dalbec.

History scattered below by Christian Dalbec.

I love the nights when the air is so still that the stars reflect almost perfectly on the water. By Travis Novitsky.

I love the nights when the air is so still that the stars reflect almost perfectly on the water. By Travis Novitsky.

Hollow Rock by Suyash Chopra.

Hollow Rock by Suyash Chopra.

Palisade Head by Nathan Klok.

Palisade Head by Nathan Klok.

My workplace by Bill Hansen.,

My workplace by Bill Hansen.,

Evening calm by Ilena Hansel.

Evening calm by Ilena Hansel.

And I just couldn’t resist this one: I found it on Facebook and couldn’t trace it back to the photographer, but decided it is worth a run.

Caption This! Stock photo.

Caption This!

Have a good weekend everyone. And stay safe!

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At the Top of the Wave

Bearhead Lake State Park by Jennifer Schulz.

A summer day at Bearhead Lake State Park by Jennifer Schulz.

This weekend — yep — this weekend, the last one in August, we tread lightly, for the end of summer is nigh. Not that it’s going to start snowing tomorrow, but, we’re a little wary about when the warm weather will change. Meanwhile, time to enjoy…

This is also the weekend of the Minnesota State Fair, and although it won’t be a huge get-together, there are things to do on the fairgrounds as well as a few virtual events. One of the most anticipated events, the Food Parade, which has been organized as a drive-through to sample favorite foods, is sold out. However, art can still be enjoyed. The Fine Arts Exhibition is open and can be viewed by reservation, video and a free virtual catalog.

The Minnesota Fine Arts Exhibition will be open for ticketed viewing, as well as virtual options.

The Minnesota Fine Arts Exhibition will be open for ticketed viewing, as well as virtual options.

To view more info, see the State Fair’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube pages.

Here on the North Shore, it continues to be wonder-weather, with lots of sun and warm breezes from the Big Lake. Covid-19 is still around, though, and protocols are in place in our businesses. Social distancing is recommended, as are masks. Click here to read the latest Cook County news.

North House Folk School continues its Crafting in Place Series, featuring an instructor/artisan demonstrating on-campus Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as a Lunch & Learn session on Thursdays at noon.

This week, MaryBeth Garmoe is the featured artist and she will be demonstrating broom-making.

MaryBeth Garmoe will be the instructor-in-residence at North House Folk this week. She will be featured on a Lunch & Learn at noon on Thursday on the Folk School's Facebook page.

MaryBeth Garmoe will be the instructor-in-residence at North House Folk this week. She will be featured on a Lunch & Learn at noon on Thursday on the Folk School’s Facebook page.

To see MaryBeth Garmoe at the Lunch & Learn on Thursday, click here. The video will be posted to North House’s Facebook page and can be viewed at any time.

We can’t go to Thunder Bay right now, but this news needs to be shared. The Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay had to move from it’s rented building in the fall, but has found a new home and will hold a grand opening this weekend in the new space at 115 Cumberland St. N. in downtown Thunder Bay. The event will showcase the gallery’s incredible new space as well as work by 40 regional and national visual artists.

Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay has a new home and will showcase it and regional and national Canadian visual artists at its Grand Opening this weekend.

Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay has a new home and will showcase it and regional and national Canadian visual artists at its Grand Opening this weekend.

We always enjoyed visiting this gallery when we were permitted across the border, and when the border opens again, it will definitely be worth a visit. Here’s a short sneak-peak video of the new space.

Defsup Sneak Peek from Definitely Superior Art Gallery on Vimeo.

And in more Thunder Bay news, the Magnus Theatre will hold outdoor performances of  “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline” in the park next to the theater from Sept. 3-13. Covid-19 protocols will be in place. Click here to learn more.

Back to our side of the border — Saturday features two local arts and craft markets in downtown Grand Marais: The Cook County Market and the Maker’s Market.

Masked and ready. The Lamonts sell their h handmade jewelry at the Cook County Market, which is held in The Hub parking from from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Masked and ready to go. Bob and Holly Lamont sell their h handmade jewelry at the Cook County Market, which is held in The Hub parking from from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The Cook County Market is held in the parking lot of The Hub from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The Maker’s Market is held in the alley next to the Beaver House and is open Thursday through Sunday. Both feature work by local artists and artisans.

Exhibits:

 This the last weekend to see the latest exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post: framed archival prints and posters by George Morrison and Marcia Cushmore. Evelyn Konrad, a watercolor artist from Thunder Bay, Ontario is the artist of the month.

One of George Morrison prints currently on view at the Johnson Heritage Post.

One of George Morrison prints currently on view at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The Heritage Post is open from Fridays from 1-4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Covid protocols are in place.

Yellowbird Fine Art is open and features a wide variety of artists and artwork, including new work by Jeanne Hedstrom.

Blue Landscape Abstract by Jeanne Hedstrom is at Yellow Bird Fine Art.

Blue Landscape Abstract by Jeanne Hedstrom is at Yellow Bird Fine Art.

This is the last weekend to see the “Upscale” exhibit in the window at the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s new building at 17 W. Hwy 61.

Maryl Skinner came up with this idea for her piece: a skirt made from the catalogs. She called it the Grand Marais Art Colony's Fashion Summer Catalog.

Maryl Skinner came up with this idea for her piece in the Art Colony’s Upscale exhibit: a skirt made from the obsolete summer catalogs. She called it the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Fashion Summer Catalog. She submitted a photograph of herself in the paper dress for the exhibit.

And here’s something to look forward to at the Tweed Museum of Art. It continues to be closed, but virtual access is possible. It is planning to mount a great retrospective of the paintings of Carl Gawboy. Entitled “A Life Well-Painted: The Art of Carl Gawboy.” The exhibit covers work by the artist who is a Bois Forte Anishinaabe tribal member and Finnish.

Carl Gawboy. Photo by Ivy Vaino.

Carl Gawboy. Photo by Ivy Vaino.

Here are two examples of Gawboy’s work.

"Hemi (Gawboy's mother) Skipping on a Stump 1912." Watercolor by Carl Gawboy.

“Hemi (Gawboy’s mother) Skipping on a Stump 1912.” Watercolor by Carl Gawboy.

Slipping Away into the West," acrylic, by Carl Gawboy.

Slipping Away into the West,” acrylic, by Carl Gawboy.

Much further down the road: The Minneapolis Institute of Art is currently open and features a variety of exhibits. Free ticketed admission.

"Forest," by Katayama -Bokuyō, 1928, is one of the paintings on exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

“Forest,” by Katayama -Bokuyō, 1928, is one of the paintings on exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Reservations for the free tickets are required. To find out more, click here.

Upcoming:

 The two big fall music events in Cook County will be virtual this year: WTIP’s Radio Waves Music Festival and North House Folk School‘s Unplugged.

Radio Waves will feature a day-long program of on-line and broadcast music on Saturday, Sept. 12.  It’s a great line-up of musicians. To see, click here.

North House Folk School‘s Unplugged will be Sept. 19 featuring Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of “Braiding Sweetgrass,” as the featured speaker, a live concert with two-time Grammy-nominated musician Eliza Gilkyson, as well as the annual Fund-a-Need Auction. Tickets for the streaming event are available here.

Artist Opportunities:

Check out the Arrowhead Regional Art Council’s Web site for information about grant opportunity here.

The North Shore Winery has put out a Call to Artists to demonstrate outdoors on weekends from Sept. 5 through Oct. 17. Electricity and water are available. For more information and how to apply, contact Kim Corliss at kim@northshorewinery.us/

 Artists at Work:

Here are some examples of artists’ work we found this week:

This video, “Fevered Spring,” was created when John Gruber posted a photo of a log of ash he split because he was so inspired by its beauty, despite the onset of Covid-19. Maryl Skinner was also inspired by the photo and shared some of her thoughts about living in the pandemic.  These thoughts became lyrics for the song, “Fevered Spring,” which Gruber had written a few years ago. In this recording, Russ Viton plays lead guitar, Gruber plays guitars and sings and John Koscielak plays keyboard.

Other artwork that caught our attention this week:

Marty Harris, Minnehaha Watershed, detail.

Marty Harris, Minnehaha Watershed, detail.

This rock lamp by Gail Anderson is at Joy & Co.

This rock lamp by Gail Anderson is at Joy & Co.

"W" words for my page in a group project about the Apostle Islands by Betsy Bowen.

“W” words for my page in a group project about the Apostle Islands by Betsy Bowen.

And here is a wonderful piece penned by local author Staci Lola Drouillard and posted on her Facebook page this week about living in rural Minnesota during the pandemic and wildlife she sees. She is the author of the award-winning book: “Walking the Old Road: A People’s History of Chippewa City and the Grand Marais Anishinaabe.” And yes, she is working on a new book.

Staci Local Drouillard.

Staci Local Drouillard.

Here’s what Staci sees:

“We’ve got a young bear who passes through, sometimes closer than we’d like. We’ve got a skunk who digs divots in the lawn, looking for grubs to eat. We’ve got hummingbirds buzzing around in pairs and Bard owls asking “who-cooks-for-you?” at night. Waxwings are here eating chokecherries and I woke up to find bees sleeping inside delicate, pink hollyhock flowers.

Yesterday I watched a kestrel bomb in from the trees after a hummingbird. The little birds scattered and the kestrel missed its target. The hummingbirds made themselves scarce for a long time, and there were no bird sounds at all for about 30 minutes. Then, with their wings beating 70 times per second, they resumed their own hunt for nectar.

The Broadwing hawks are migrating and before the young birds flew south, a pair of them would perch on our backyard fence and feed on the abundance of frogs we have in the yard.

Earlier this summer we watched a mother Downy woodpecker teach its baby how to peck for bugs on a dead stalk of Queen Anne’s Lace. I wonder if we would have experienced any of this if things were “normal” and we were at the office and not work.”

Live Music:

Thursday, Aug. 27:

Sunday, Aug. 30:

  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Skyport Lodge, 4 p.m.

Photographs:

Here are some of the photographs we found this week:

Black Petunias by Jim Boyd.

Black Petunias by Jim Boyd.

 

A rose in the rain by Mary Amerman.

A rose in the rain by Mary Amerman.

 

An amanita mushroom by Lee Ross.

An amanita mushroom by Lee Ross.

And a few wildlife shots:

Silje with her sunfish by Paul Sundberg.

Silje with her sunfish by Paul Sundberg.

 

Up close with the Peregrine by Martin Jr. Ramirez.

Up close with the Peregrine by Martin Jr. Ramirez.

 

A buffalo trophy. Photograph taken in Custer State Park by International Sportsman. The woman who used to wear these pants was not severely injured.

A buffalo trophy. Photograph taken in Custer State Park by International Sportsman. The woman who used to wear these pants was not severely injured.

 

Sometimes it's good to look behind you by Annie Possis.

Sometimes it’s good to look behind you by Annie Possis.

 

Any day spent in the company of frogs is a good day by Mary Amerman.

Any day spent in the company of frogs is a good day by Mary Amerman.

 

Turned a mask into a duckling hammock by Kristofer Bowman.

Turned a mask into a duckling hammock by Kristofer Bowman.

And here are some landscapes:

Old Growth Forest by Paul Sundberg.

Old Growth Forest by Paul Sundberg.

 

Foggy Morning Reflections by Roxanne Distad.

Foggy Morning Reflections by Roxanne Distad.

 

Sunrise: Every day is a new beginning by Jan Swart.

Sunrise: Every day is a new beginning by Jan Swart.

 

There's something about those starlit nights along the North Shore ... Photograph by Justin Vrbo.

There’s something about those starlit nights along the North Shore … Photograph by Justin Vrbo.

And last, but not least, we thought we should share this song by Eliza Gilkyson, “Peace in Our Hearts.”  She is the featured artist on North House Folk School‘s on-line Unplugged concert this year.

Peace to you. And be safe.

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Celebrate the Season

Rosebush Creek aka Fall River by Bruce Block.

Rosebush Creek aka Fall River by Bruce Block.

Hmmmm…this is hard to admit, but fall is in the air. For the past two mornings, dew has covered everything, as temps hovered in the low 50s, if that. The days have continued to be glorious, though, and it seems like summer will never end. The town of Grand Marais is buzzing with visitors, grateful to bask in the unending expanse of blues, as Lake Superior continues to show off. And, as we have been mentioning every week this month, basil is still plentiful. So are newly hatched monarch butterflies:

Maryl Skinner caught this moment as "Joe," a male butterfly which had just hatched, flew off to explore the world.

Maryl Skinner caught this moment as “Joe,” a male butterfly which had just hatched, flew off to explore the world.

Meanwhile, Covid-19 is still a presence here, and masking and social distancing are important. Here’s the latest  information about the pandemic in this small community.  

We are still virtual but live as well.

This week, weaver Christine Novotny is the instructor-in-residence at North House Folk School, where she will be demonstrating her craft from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday on campus.

Christine Novotnyis the instructor-in-residence at North House Folk School this week.

Christine Novotnyis the instructor-in-residence at North House Folk School this week.

She will also present a Lunch & Learn session on North House’s Facebook page at noon on Thursday, Aug. 20. It’s free, and live, so it’s possible to ask her questions, as well as watch her presentation. Check it out here.

BTW:Tickets are now on sale for the virtual Unplugged Concert at North House. Reservations for a cruise on the good ship The Hjordis are also available. And some classes are being held. For more info, visit www.northhouse.org

Singer/songwriter Joe Paulik plays music on the beach at Lutsen Resort starting at 7 p.m. and Eric Frost is the guest musician at North Shore Winery’s Date Night, which also starts at 7 p.m.. Reservations are required at the Winery. See below for details.

Friday is quiet, as far as organized events go, but on Saturday, look for local artists and artisans in downtown Grand Marais. They set up in two locations.

The Cook County Market is held in the parking lot of The Hub from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, featuring work by local artists, authors and crafters. Local musician Bump Blomberg plays from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Covid protocols are in place, including a mask requirement and social distancing.

The Cook County Market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through Oct. 17.

The Cook County Market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through Oct. 17.

The Maker’s Market is held in the alley beside the Beaver House and also features artists and artisans. It is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 or so.

Galleries:

Prints and posters by Marcia Cushmore and George Morrison are on view at the Johnson Heritage Post this month, as well as a selection of paintings by Thunder Bay painter Evelyn Konrad.

"The Bay," giclee print by Marcia Cushmore, is one of the work on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post this month.

“The Bay,” giclee print by Marcia Cushmore, is one of the work on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post this month.

The Heritage Post is open from 1-4 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Covid protocols are in place. Click here to learn more.

Sivertson Gallery has a wonderful variety of art by local, regional and Inuit artists, including prints by Duluth printmaker Rick Allen.

The Trappers Daughter and the Long View Moonrise by Rick Allen.

The Trappers Daughter and the Long View Moonrise by Rick Allen.

Joy & Co. features a broad selection of works by local artists and artisans, including pottery by Tara Block.

Tara Block is showing her pottery at Joy & Co.

The Duluth Art Institute, located in The Depot in Duluth, is open to visitors with Covid-19 protocols in place. There are several exhibits, including  “Odysseus & Penelope: the Long Journey” by Kari Halker-Saathoff in the George Morrison Gallery.

Kari Halker-Saathoff's  work is on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

Kari Halker-Saathoff’s work is on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

The DAI is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free.

And further down the road, the Minneapolis Institute of Art is now open to the public with Covid-19 protocols in place. Visitors are admitted free of charge.

"Tracing Misplacement and Shelter," a woven chronicle by Reena Kailani Sallat, is one of the pieces on exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, which is now open to the public.

“Tracing Misplacement and Shelter,” a woven chronicle by Reena Kailani Sallat, is one of the pieces on exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, which is now open to the public.

For more information about the new rules and exhibits on display, click here.

And across the Big Lake, in Herbster, Wis., local artists recently held a virtual art tour, featuring woodworking, prints, multi-media works and more.

The Herbster (Wis.) Studio Art Tour features artists who live in the community on the shores of Lake Superior.

The Herbster (Wis.) Studio Art Tour features artists who live in the community on the shores of Lake Superior.

To find out more and see examples of their work, click here.

Opportunities:

Springboard for the Arts has a great website detailing the wide variety of grants available to artists. Check it out here

Arts Midwest just announced it has new funds available through the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. For more info, click here.

And the Minnesota State Arts Board has developed a new program for artists and art institutions located outside of the seven-county metro area of Minneapolis as one of three priority groups to benefit from the Creative Support grants.

Detailed program information can be found in the Creative Support for Individuals program guidelines: http://www.arts.state.mn.us/pubs/pubs/fy2021-csi-overview-instructions.pdf

There is a short video presentation available here as well: https://vimeo.com/444666292

Local Artists at Work:

Fused glass artist Nancy Seaton has been working in her studio this summer, in preparation for the Fall Studio Tour in September. This piece is called "Lake Superior."

Fused glass artist Nancy Seaton has been working in her studio this summer, in preparation for the Fall Studio Tour in September. This piece is called “Lake Superior.”

Fiber artists continue to add creatures to The Felted Forest, located in the wooded lot in front of Sawtooth Elementary School.

These happy felted beings are perched on a tree in the Felted Forest. They are crafted by Marlys Johnson.

These happy felted beings are perched on a tree in the Felted Forest. They are crafted by Marlys Johnson.

Felter Elise Kyllo added a mask to this little one, perched on the rafters in the timber frame structure at one of the entrances to the Felted Forest.

Felter Elise Kyllo added a mask to this little one, perched on the rafters in the timber frame structure at one of the entrances to the Felted Forest.

John Books' outdoor sculpture exhibit was a great success last weekend. He exhibited a number of bronze sculptures.

John Books’ outdoor sculpture exhibit was a great success last weekend. He exhibited a number of bronze sculptures.

Author Pete Geye visited Drury Lane Books last week. His latest, "Northernmost" is now available at the bookstore.

Author Peter Geye visited Drury Lane Books last week. His latest, “Northernmost” is now available at the bookstore.

The Grand Marais Playhouse held a youth theatre camp where the participants performed “The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss.”

To donate to the Grand Marais Playhouse, click here.

Tom McCann is working on his postcard series. Here’s a latest watercolor.

'Jay Day," from Postcards from the True Country by Tom McCann.

‘Jay Day,” from Postcards from the True Country by Tom McCann.

The YMCA Camp kids made signs of hope and love and then had a parade at the Care Center this week.

A few of the signs the YMCA camp kids painted for the parade.

A few of the signs the YMCA camp kids painted for the parade.

And here’s a pretty incredible painting by Ari, one of the YMCA kids camp participants. He is 7-years-old.

Painting by Ari.

Painting by Ari.

And here’s another inspiring painting by Ari.

Painting by Ari.

Painting by Ari.

And, thankfully, Betsy Bowen continues her Comfort series, which she started during our “Stay in Place” period in Minnesota.

The Milky Way. The Universe is bigger than us by Betsy Bowen.

The Milky Way. The Universe is bigger than us by Betsy Bowen.

Upcoming:

The Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour will be Sept. 25-Oct. 4 this year, with lots of artists and galleries participating in Cook County. However, due to the pandemic, many will be showing their work online.

The Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour is Sept. 25-Oct. 4, with many of the artists exhibiting online. Check here for details.

The Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour is Sept. 25-Oct. 4, with many of the artists exhibiting online. Check here for details.

The pandemic continues to be a fluid situation in Minnesota and around the country, so it will be important to check the Fall Studio Tour online to see who is exhibiting live in their studios and who is exhibiting online. There will be links to each artist here.

Virtual Music:

 

 Live Music:

Thursday, Aug. 20:

Saturday, Aug. 22:

  • Bump Blomberg, Cook County Market in The Hub’s parking lot, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 Sunday, Aug. 23

  • Teague Alexy, Weekend Wine Down, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m., Make reservations at https://www.exploretock.com/northshorewinery
    or call at (218) 481-9280.
  • Jacob Mahn and the Salty Dogs, Music by the Lake at Skyport Lodge, 4 p.m.

Photographs: 

 There was a good selection this week. First, monarchs:

Maryl Skinner hatched out monarch butterflies this year. She calls this one "Kamala."

Maryl Skinner hatched out monarch butterflies this year. She calls this one “Kamala.”

 

Hey, Maryl Skinner. Is this one of yours?by Jim Boyd.

Hey, Maryl Skinner. Is this one of yours? by Jim Boyd. (Jim lives just down the road from Maryl.”

And a great eagle shot.

Eagle pair by Sarah Hamilton.

Eagle pair by Sarah Hamilton. Which one is the female? (Hint: They’re bigger than the males.)

 

Pollen-drunk honey bee by Musa Abdel-rahman.

Pollen-drunk honey bee by Musa Abdel-rahman.

 

The ultimate fake photo.

The ultimate fake photo.The boat was photoshopped into the photo of whales breaching.

 

And here are some beautiful landscapes, waterscapes, skyscapes and lighthouse-scapes.

Split Rock Galaxy by Christian Dalbec.

Split Rock Galaxy by Christian Dalbec.

 

Breaking free by Travis Novitsky.

Breaking free by Travis Novitsky.

 

And a new day dawns by Lin Salisbury.

And a new day dawns by Lin Salisbury.

Here’s a beautiful series by Mark Tessier on the Kadonce River, sometimes spelled Kadunce.

The Kodonce by Mark Tessier.

Photograph by  Mark Tessier.

 

The Kadonce by Mark Tessier.

Photograph by Mark Tessier.

 

Photograph by Mark Tessier.

Photograph by Mark Tessier.

 Lightning!

Storm in Cloquet by Keith Austin.

Storm in Cloquet by Keith Austin.

 

Awesome storm rolls past Grand Marais by David Johnson.

Awesome storm rolls past Grand Marais by David Johnson.

 

Lightning at sunset by Jamie Rabold.

Lightning at sunset by Jamie Rabold.

Here’s a calmer sunset:

Sunset in Grand Marais by Bruce Block.

Sunset in Grand Marais by Bruce Block.

And another view of the harbor.

Ripples on the water by Bruce Block.

Ripples on the water by Bruce Block.

And this, a greeting for the day.

Good morning from here by Nancy Seaton

Good morning from here by Nancy Seaton

Have a good weekend, everyone! And stay safe!

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Carryin’ On …

Bluebird Day. Watercolor. By Tom McCann.

Bluebird Day. Watercolor, 6×4 inches,  from the series, Postcards from the True Country,  By Tom McCann.

Carryin’ On  — it’s what’s happening in Grand Marais right now.

Grand Marais artist Tom McCann, for example, is painting a series of postcards about his favorite place, Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario, just north of the border, a place he can’t visit right now. Felter Elise Kyllo is giving felting demonstrations this week at North House Folk School, Maggie Anderson is firing her raku pots in her back yard, John Books is going to have a pop-up sculpture exhibit this weekend, weather permitting, and vegetable garden veterans and vegetable garden newbies are figuring out ways to save their gardens’ abundance for those  cold winter days.

These are just a few of the examples of people in Cook County who are doing their best to do their best.

Covid continues to stalk the land. Cook County now has 5 confirmed cases of the disease. And rules and regulations continue to change and evolve. For the latest news and information, click here.

Meanwhile, we prevail. Here is what’s happening this week:

First up is Felter Elise Kyllo, Artisan-in-Development resident at North House Folk School and an instructor there, will be demonstrating her craft this week via a Facebook Lunch and Learn video at noon on Thursday, and on campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Kyllo makes delightful felted animals and other wonders.

Felter Elise Kyllo will be on a Lunch and Learn live video on North House Folk School's Facebook page at noon on Thursday, Aug. 13. She will also be demonstrating on campus Thursday through Saturday.

Felter Elise Kyllo will be on a Lunch and Learn live video on North House Folk School‘s Facebook page at noon on Thursday, Aug. 13. She will also be demonstrating on campus Thursday through Saturday.

To watch and participate in the Lunch and Learn session, click here. Note; These sessions are recorded and can be viewed at any time. For example, basketmaker Emily Derke’s presentation last week is online, as are the other noon events.

Also, the good ship The Hjordis is sailing out of North House this month as well, offering 1-hour family tours.

One-hour family tours on the Hjordis can be booked through North House Folk School. See link below.

One-hour family tours on the Hjordis can be booked through North House Folk School. Click here for more info. (Photo courtesy of North House)

Painter and printmaker Andy Ness is the Instagram Takeover Artist for the Grand Marais Art Colony on Thursday and Friday. He is an Art Colony instructor and a regular in the Print Studio. He has a BFA from Pratt Institute and his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. His work has been shown both nationally and internationally and he has been a guest artist and teacher at many schools across the country. He currently splits his time between Minneapolis and Grand Marais.

Painter and printmaker Andy Ness is the takeover artist on the Grand Marais Art Colony's instagram page this week.

Painter and printmaker Andy Ness is the takeover artist on the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s instagram page this week.

 

Painting by Andy Ness.

Painting by Andy Ness.

These are very fluid presentations and include live videos and still shots. You can watch it here. Also, previous Instagram Takeover Artists can be viewed here as well.

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council has put out a call for artists from the region to participate in Zoom Forums to plan for and suggest ideas for ARAC grant development and offerings for the next year. The forums will be held Thursday, Aug. 13 at 4 p.m. and Monday, Aug. 17 at 5 p.m.

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council is offering a second round of the Cook County Artists Grant.

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council is offering Zoom forums about future grant programs on Thursday and Monday. See below for details.

ARAC writes: “The Coronavirus pandemic has been devastating for the artistic community. At ARAC, we understood and shifted to create four new funding programs to help individual artists and arts organizations get through the early parts of the shutdown and pandemic. We were able to make 117 grants for just a little over $146,000. Most of those grants we responded to in days or weeks rather than the usual timeline of about two to three months.

We also kept almost all of our existing programs and funded 130 grants for $455,959 in non-COVID related grants in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2020.” Now, however, ARAC is in a holding pattern. It is unclear at this time what exactly the funding will be this year. It’s expected that there could be at least a 15 percent (perhaps more) cut in funding, and the money will be transferred at a slower rate than a typical year.

ARAC would like artists to consider these questions for the Zoom forums::

  • “Would you like us to continue those “Emergency Working Artist Grants” for $2,000 for this year, or would you like us to return to our normal Individual Artist Project Grants that we normally offer twice a year? (Those grants are for up to $4,000.) Or should we do a round of the smaller grants this fall and return to “normal” in the spring?”

For organizations:

  • Since so many projects have had to be delayed for a year, possibly more, should we shift some of our organizational funding to our Operating Support program and increase the size of grants there or keep that at about the same size and get back to offering project grants, even if that money may not be able to be spent for six-to-12 months?

For artists and/or organizations

  • We’ve also received a grant to do technical assistance for artists. What kind of help do you need as an artist now, either as individuals or as organizations?

To. participate in the Zoom meetings, send a request to info@aracouncil.org and tell us which session you’d like to attend. You can also email your thoughts to Drew Digby, ARAC executive director at digby@aracouncil.org

On Saturday, there are two outdoor markets scheduled for downtown Grand Marais, weather permitting: The Cook County Market, held in The Hub’s parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the Maker’s Market, which is held beside the Beaver House Thursdays through Sundays.

The Cook County Market has a number of Covid protocols in place, including masks and social distancing. Jennifer Shoals, above, is president of the Cook County Market, and is featuring her two books in her booth this year.

The Cook County Market has a number of Covid protocols in place, including masks and social distancing. Jennifer Shoals, above, is president of the Cook County Market, and is featuring her two books in her booth this year.

On Sunday,  the Woods, Winds, Strings & A Little Jazz concert, which is an annual  fundraiser for the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department, will be held virtually this year. This year’s concert will be a short, happy performance at 4 p.m. on Aug, 16, preceding the kayak and quilt raffle drawings.

Woods, Winds, Strings & A Little Jazz concert, a fundraiser for the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department will be virtual this year. See below for more information.

Woods, Winds, Strings & A Little Jazz concert, a fundraiser for the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department will be virtual this year. See below for more information.

Many of the concert’s favorite local and regional performers, new and returning, will be involved. A GoFundMe page has been set up for donations.  To find details about about the concert and making donations to the GTFD click here.   The goal is to raise $3,000.  Here is the Zoom connection.

Galleries:

The Johnson Heritage Post continues its exhibit of poster and prints by George Morrison and Marcia Cushmore. The featured artist this month is Thunder Bay watercolorist, Evelyn Konrad.

Painting by Evelyn Konrad, the featured Artist of the Month at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Painting by Evelyn Konrad, the featured Artist of the Month at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The Heritage Post also features a large gift shop with works by local artists. It is open from 1-4 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.  Covid protocols are in place, including a mask requirement, hand sanitizing stations and social distancing. All welcome. Free.

The Grand Marais Art Colony is featuring “Upscale,” an exhibit composed of pieces created from its (mostly) obsolete summer catalog. The exhibit is in the windows of its new building at 17 W. Highway 61.

Catalog paper "Posies and Holder" by Nina Simonowicz, is one of the pieces in the window exhibit at 17 W. Hwy. 61.

Catalog paper “Posies and Holder” by Nina Simonowicz, is one of the pieces in the window exhibit at 17 W. Hwy. 61.

Sivertson Gallery has new work by Duluth painter Adam Swanson.

Painter Adam Swanson has a wall of new work at Sivertson Gallery.

Painter Adam Swanson has a wall of new work at Sivertson Gallery.

John Books will have a sculpture exhibit in the Leng’s backyard, weather permitting. this weekend. The Leng’s house is located right across the street from the Grand Marais Art Colony.

"Covid,"  bronze, by John Books.

“Covid,” bronze, by John Books.

The outdoor pop-up exhibit includes bronze and wood sculptures and is entitled “The Wreck of Time.” The exhibit will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m .Saturday and Sunday. Masks and social distancing required. All welcome. Free.

The Plein Air Grand Marais competition and exhibit, which will largely be a virtual show this year, has developed a web page to display works by artists who are painting in place. The online shop, which is updated daily, and will be through the start of the show in September, features what artists have painted so far.  Here’s a painting by Mary Ann Davis called Clouds of Summer.

Clouds of Summer by Mary Ann Davis.

Clouds of Summer by Mary Ann Davis.

To see the paintings currently in the shop and to check often, click here.

In a related post, Kathie Wheeler, who is the juror for the Grand Marais Plein Air this year, is offering a class entitled “The Poetry of Plein Air” through the Grand Marais Art Colony Sept. 18-19.

Plein Air painter Kathie Wheeler will teach a class at the Grand Marais Art Colony in September.

Plein Air painter Kathie Wheeler will teach a class at the Grand Marais Art Colony in September.

To find out more and to register, click here.

 Upcoming:

WTIP’s annual Radio Waves Music Festival will be virtual this year.  It will be a one-day, on-air, live music event from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12. There’s quite a line-up of great music. To find out more, click here.

North House Folk School‘s “Unplugged 2020″ will also be virtual this year as well. The concert will be held starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Unplugged 2020 will be virtual this year. See below for links on how to watch on Sept. 19.

Unplugged 2020 will be virtual this year. See below for links on how to watch on Sept. 19.

Starting at 6 p.m.Grand Marais-based Plucked Up String Band will play, followed at 6:30 with Beth Dooley showing how to mix a signature cocktail for the evening. Later,  Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass, will be the featured presentation, which will be followed by a live auction and fund-a-need opportunities. Then, at 7:15  p.m. Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson will take the stage for our featured concert.

For more information and ticket packages, click here.

Artists at Work:

Layne Kennedy's The Beaver House Bait Shop.

Layne Kennedy‘s The Beaver House Bait Shop.

 

Sturgeon by Sam Zimmerman.

“Grandfather Sturgeon” by Sam Zimmerman. His paintings will be available at Joy & Co. in September.

 

Decorating with Tansy by Kristofer Bowman.

Decorating with Tansy. Photograph by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Naked Raku covered jar by Maggie Anderson.

Naked Raku Covered Jar by Maggie Anderson.

 

Common Origins I by Martin DeWitt, is at Lizzard's Gallery in Duluth.

Common Origins I by Martin DeWitt, is at Lizzard’s Gallery in Duluth.

 

Covid, the Musical. Posted on Classic FM 202.

Covid, the Musical. Posted on Classic FM 202.

 

Comfort. The Clothesline by Betsy Bowen.

Comfort. The Clothesline by Betsy Bowen.

 

Fun Stuff To Listen To, Read or Watch:

First, opera. Here are scenes from productions of the Lyric Opera of the North. This was originally streamed on Facebook, but you can still watch it. It’s great. Enjoy!

Here’s a fascinating article about Lawren Harris, the ringleader of Canada’s Group of Seven. The article was written by Jason McBride and is entitled “The Mystic.”

Lawren Harris hiking shirtless in the Rockies. Phot courtesy of the Estate of Lawren Harris.

Lawren Harris hiking shirtless in the Rockies. Phot courtesy of the Estate of Lawren Harris.

 

 Here’s the link to the article:

Virtual Music:

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  Live Music:

Thursday, Aug. 13:

  • Joe Paulik, Music on the Beach, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Winery, reservations here or call 218-481-9280.

Saturday, Aug. 15:

  • Bump Blomberg, Cook County Market, 1o:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Music on the Beach, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 16:

  • Billy Johnson, Weekend Wine Down, North Shore Winery,3-6 p.m.  Reservations here or call 218-481-9280.
  • Bug Dope with Rod Dockan and Al Oikari, Music by the Lake, Skyport Lodge on Devil Track Lake, 4-7 p.m.
  • Gunflint Woods, Winds, Strings & a Little Jazz Virtual Concert, 4 p.m. via Zoom. For details, click here. 

Photographs:

We found some great shots this week. Here is a selection:

Just hanging out in an old woodpecker hole by Mike Ettore

Just hanging out in an old woodpecker hole by Mike Ettore

 

Osprey by Thomas Demma.

Osprey by Thomas Demma.

 

Mourning Cloak by Hella Buccheim.

Mourning Cloak by Hella Buccheim.

 

I was planning to re-home my old bike, but Mama Robin beat me to it by Jean Fitts Cochrane.

I was planning to re-home my old bike, but Mama Robin beat me to it by Jean Fitts Cochrane.

Here is a series of photos Paul Sundberg took about raising a brood of Cedar Waxwings.

Ceder waxwing by Paul Sundberg.

Ceder waxwing by Paul Sundberg.

 

The nest by Paul Sundberg.

The nest by Paul Sundberg.

 

Don't get any closer!  By Paul Sundberg.

Don’t get any closer! By Paul Sundberg.

 

Hatched and hungry.  By Paul Sundberg.

Hatched and hungry. By Paul Sundberg.

 

Fledging soon. By Paul Sundberg.

Fledging soon. By Paul Sundberg.

A few flowers:

Sweet peas by Jim Boyd.

Sweet peas by Jim Boyd.

 

Clematis Virginia Virgins by Mona Abdel-Rahman.

Clematis Virginia Virgins by Mona Abdel-Rahman.

 

Purple Prairie Coneflowers by Joan Farnam.

Purple Prairie Coneflowers by Joan Farnam.

Beauty: Landscapes, waterscapes, skyscapes:

Looking east over Grand Marais Harbor by Bryan Hansel.

Looking east over Grand Marais Harbor by Bryan Hansel.

 

It was pretty tonight by Sierra Parsons.

Pretty tonight by Sierra Parsons.

 

Waterfall by Bruce Block.

Waterfall by Bruce Block.

 

Struck with "Ah" by Christian Dalbec.

Struck with “Ah” by Christian Dalbec.

 

Venus rising over Lake Superior at sunrise by Travis Novitsky.

Venus rising over Lake Superior at sunrise by Travis Novitsky.

 

A celestial view by Ilena Hansel.

A celestial view by Ilena Hansel.

 

A lightning strike in Duluth by George IIstrup.

A lightning strike in Duluth by George IIstrup.

 

Morning' by Thomas Spence.

Morning’ by Thomas Spence.

Carryin’ On:

Swimming with the Loons by Richard Hoeg.

Swimming with the Loons by Richard Hoeg.

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A Delicious Summer IV

Gin-clear waters, by Layne Kennedy. He writes: This last Friday in Grand Marais, Minnesota, Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes in North America, was like glass. Very rare for this big pond to lay down like this. With it's gin clear waters and brilliant colors, it felt like we were in the Caribbean at times.

Gin-clear waters, by Layne Kennedy. He writes: This last Friday in Grand Marais, Minnesota, Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes in North America, was like glass. Very rare for this big pond to lay down like this. With it’s gin clear waters and brilliant colors, it felt like we were in the Caribbean at times.

Greetings from the North Shore where pristine waters beckon and a balmy summer continues. We are all grateful for that.

Changes continue to happen in the community, though, as the coronavirus plays out on the landscape.  To find information about businesses, lodging, dining opportunities and protocols, as well as the latest news about Covid-19 in Cook County, click here. 

Social distancing and wearing masks are in play for everyone, and VisitCookCounty is offering free masks at the Information Center. Free hand sanitizer is also available there. VisitCounty County has also designed a T-shirt with the logo, One Moose Apart, as a fundraiser for the Cook County Coronavirus Relief Fund. 

VisitCookCounty has designed a T-shirt as a fundraiser for the Cook County Coronavirus Relief Fund.

VisitCookCounty has designed a T-shirt as a fundraiser for the Cook County Coronavirus Relief Fund. You can order one here.

To order a T-shirt, click here.

In general community news, here’s a heads-up: This is the last weekend to participate in the Gunflint Trail’s Biggest Blueberry Contest. Participants are invited to bring their biggest blueberry to be weighed at a number of different venues on the Trail. Cash prizes, including $100 for First Place, will be awarded. And yes, the blueberries aren’t exactly prolific this year, but they can be found. Check out what Nancy Seaton picked the other day.

A foray to find blueberrys by Nancy Seaton, Hungry Jack Outfitters.

What I picked today by Nancy Seaton, Hungry Jack Outfitters.

Here’s a link to where you can have your biggest blueberry weighed and more info about the contest.

And not to be obnoxious or anything, but here’s a reminder: Aug. 11 is Primary Day in Minnesota.

Aug. 11 is Primary Day in Minnesota.

Aug. 11 is Primary Day in Minnesota.

Meanwhile, there are some interesting things going on this weekend. some virtual, some live.

First, North House Folk School. Master basketmaker Emily Derke is the Instructor in Residence at North House Folk School this week. Derke, who makes beautiful baskets, is a a Resident Artisan at North House. She will present a Lunch & Learn about willow basketry at noon on Thursday, Aug. 6, on the North House Facebook page.

Emily Derke will host a Lunch & Learn presentation on willow basketry on the North House Folk School's Facebook page at noon on Thursday. She will also be demonstrating p. North House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday on campus.

Emily Derke will host a Lunch & Learn presentation on willow basketry on the North House Folk School‘s Facebook page at noon on Thursday. She will also be demonstrating p. North House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday on campus.

And the Grand Marais Art Colony will feature mixed-media artist Bevie LaBrie as the takeover artist on its Instagram page Thursday and Friday. Bevie taught at the Art Colony for several years. She explores the intersection of nature and human experience through an intuitive process that uses reclaimed materials and mixed media.

Found Fragments, mixed-media on wood panels by Bevie LaBrie. She will be takeover artist on the Art Colony's Instagram page on Friday and Saturday.

Found Fragments, mixed-media on wood panels by Bevie LaBrie. She will be takeover artist on the Art Colony’s Instagram page on Friday and Saturday. Click here to see.

Also on Thursday at 7 p.m., Bill Hansen will give a presentation about being a Peace Corps volunteer in Uganda before he was evacuated due to the Coronavirus pandemic. He has great stories to tell  and photographs to share about his experiences in the East African country.

Bill Hansen has his first lesson on the kyiyilili today from Wamakubo Godfrey in Busabulo Village, Mbale District, Uganda. Photo courtesy of Bill Hansen.

Bill Hansen has his first lesson on the kyiyilili today from Wamakubo Godfrey in Busabulo Village, Mbale District, Uganda.

Cook County Higher Education is sponsoring the online event. Registration is required to listen to his presentation, “Uganda: My Peace Corps Story.” Click here to register or call 218-387-3411. Email: office@mycche.org

WTIP’s The Roadhouse is setting up the back deck as a mobile music studio these days, and inviting musicians to play “live” for the program, which is aired from 5-7 p.m. on Fridays.

Last week, Nashville singer/songwriter Jerry Vandiver & Friends (including Caitlin Evanson and Jay Gustafson) played a few sets and talked about their music on The Roadhouse.

Singer/songwriter Jerry Vandiver (guitar and vocals), Catlin Evanson (fiddle and vocals) and Jay Gustafson (harmonica) played on the back deck of WTIP Community Radio for The Roadhouse.

Singer/songwriter Jerry Vandiver (guitar and vocals), Catlin Evanson (fiddle and vocals) and Jay Gustafson (harmonica) played on the back deck of WTIP Community Radio for The Roadhouse.

 You can listen to their performance here. (Note: Vandiver makes a point of canoeing in the Boundary Waters every year, and he came again for his adventure this year.)

This week, tune into The Roadhouse from 5-7 p.m. Kenna Rose will be playing on the back deck.

Live Art:

There’s a great selection of new painted trash barrels around town this week, thanks to a grant from the Cook County Chamber of Commerce’s Great Place Project and a collaboration between the City of Grand Marais, the Creative Economy Collaborative and the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Earlier this year, the City of Grand Marais, in response to requests by downtown business owners, decided to increase the number of trash barrels to account for more people gathering outdoors this summer.

The Creative Economy Collaborative, as the arts advisory council to the City of Grand Marais, put out a Call for Artists for applications. Artists were invited to propose original artwork for the 8 new trash barrels donated to the city by Sawtooth Mountain Maple Syrup Company in Lutsen.

The two artists chosen were Sam Zimmerman, a Duluth-based painter and muralist who is a member of the Grand Portage Band, and Ole Sorensen, a Grand Marais-based abstract artist who just recently graduated from Perpich Arts High School. Zimmerman painted six barrels, Sorenson, two.

Ole Sorenson, left, and Sam Zimmerman stand beside the trash barrels they painted that will be set up around the City of Grand Marais, thanks to a grant from the Great Lakes Project.

Ole Sorenson, left, and Sam Zimmerman stand beside the trash barrels they painted that will be set up around the City of Grand Marais, thanks to a grant from the Great Lakes Project.Sorenson painted the abstract design, Zimmerman painted Lake Superior fish and included Ojibwe names.

A new exhibit has gone up in the windows of the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s new building at 17 W. Highway 61. Entitled “Upcycled,” the exhibit features collages by artists crafted from the Art Colony’s summer catalog, which was rendered largely obsolete by the pandemic.

Maryl Skinner came up with this idea for her piece: a skirt made from the catalogs. She called it the Grand Marais Art Colony's Fashion Summer Catalog.

Maryl Skinner came up with this idea for her piece:a photograph of a dress she made from the catalogs. She calls it the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Fashion Summer Catalog.

Here’s another piece in the exhibit:

Jean Jordon of St. Paul calls this piece Covid Sanity?

Jean Jordon of St. Paul calls this piece Covid Sanity?

The window exhibition continues through Aug. 31.

The Johnson Heritage Post is open for the season and is featuring an exhibit of works by George Morrison and Marcia Cushmore. The framed and archival and poster prints are available for purchase.

One of George Morrison prints currently on view at the Johnson Heritage Post.

One of George Morrison prints currently on view at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The Heritage Post is open from 1-4 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Covid protocols are in place.

In a few days, head up to the children’s playground at the Cook County Community Center to see the large mural crafted by youngsters in the Y Camp this week. Artist Sam Zimmerman designed the mural and then showed the children how to paint it, instructing them in a number of Ojibwe values and concepts as well.

Young artists at work. Children from the Y Camp paint fish on the mural that will be installed at the playground at the Cook County Community Center.

Young artists at work. Children from the Y Camp paint fish on the mural that will be installed at the playground at the Cook County Community Center.

The mural was a collaborative effort between the YMCA, the Grand Marais Art Colony and the Cook County Community Center.

Virtual Art:

Grand Marais has a grand tradition of plein air painting, started by Birney Quick and his art students from the Minneapolis Institute of Art, who trekked up here every summer to paint what they saw. Eventually, it led to the creation of the Grand Marais Art Colony, which is the oldest Art Colony in the state.

Bernie Quick and student on the harbor in Grand Marais 1948. Photograph courtesy of the Cook County Historical Society.

Berney Quick and student on the harbor in Grand Marais 1948. Photograph courtesy of the Cook County Historical Society.

That plein air tradition has continued and grown through the years, eventually developing into a Plein Air Competition, drawing artists from all over the region to paint what they see in Cook County for a week, culminating in a great show at the Johnson Heritage Post. This year, though, Grand Marais Plein Air 202o is going virtual, and instead of fanning out all over the county in early September, participating artists are encouraged to “Paint in Place” in their home communities from June 1 – Sept. 18. This means the artwork is coming in early, and a new website has been developed to highlight all of the new work. The site includes an online store which opens Friday, bios and examples of work by the artists, a history of Plein Air in Grand Marais and much more. The Online Store opens at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7. Check out the new website and the store here.

Local Artists At Work:

Tom McCann has been in the Quetico.

Postcards from the True Country by Tom McCann.

Postcards from the True Country by Tom McCann.

Layne Kennedy was in town recently. Here are a few images he captured.

North Superior Fishery is supplying freeh-caught Lake Superior fish to venues around town. The fishermen include, (from left) Tyler Smith, Zack Smith and Eric Brisson. Photograph by Layne Kenned

North Superior Fishery is supplying freeh-caught Lake Superior fish to venues around town. The fishermen include, (from left) Tyler Smith, Zack Smith and Eric Brisson. Photograph by Layne Kennedy,

 

St. Francis Xavier Church. Photograph by Layne Kennedy.

St. Francis Xavier Church. Photograph by Layne Kennedy.

 Fran Koscielak is knitting socks.

Fran Koscielak is knitting socks. She can be reached at koscielak@boreal.org

Fran Koscielak is knitting socks. She can be reached at koscielak@boreal.org

 Jan Attridge has been painting portraits. This one: a deeply loved member of our community who passed away recently: Bob Pratt.

Bob Pratt by Jan Attridge.

Bob Pratt by Jan Attridge.

Ron Piercy is painting.

New work. By Ron Piercy.

New work. By Ron Piercy.

Felter Elise Kyllo is still in love with lichen.

Pixie Cup Spore Cocktail by Elise Kyllo, felted wool.

Pixie Cup Spore Cocktail by Elise Kyllo, felted wool.

 Betsy Bowen has a new set of Comfort Cards.

Betsy Bowen has crafted a new pack of Comfort Cards. They are available at the Betsy Bowen Gallery, 301 1st Ave. W.

Betsy Bowen’s Summer Comfort Cards. They are available at the Betsy Bowen Gallery, 301 1st Ave. W.

Lee Ross is exhibiting her reconstructed collages at the Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis.

"Counterbalance," reconstructed collage by Lee Ross. Ross is currently showing her work at the Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis. The virtual exhibit can be seen at here.

“Counterbalance,” reconstructed collage by Lee Ross. Ross is currently showing her work at the Summer Invitational at the Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis. The virtual exhibit can be seen at here.

Opporuntities:

The Minnesota State Arts Board is now accepting applications for FY 2021 Creative Support grant programs for individuals and organizations. To find out more, click here.

Live Music:

Thursday, Aug. 6:

Saturday, Aug. 8:

  • Tim Fast, Music on the Beach, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 9:

  • Black River Revue, Weekend Wine Down, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m., Make reservations at https://www.exploretock.com/northshorewinery or call at (218) 481-9280.
  • Music by the Lake, DJ Beavstar,  Skyport Lodge, 4-7  p.m.

 Virtual Music:

This is really a potpourri.

 

 

 

 Photographs: 

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

First, wildlife:

Geese by Kristofer Bowman.

Geese by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Betty Hamstead found this 3-toed tree toad dehydrated in her yard. Rehydrated and happy, the toad spent some time being friendly.

Betty Hamstead found this 3-toed tree toad dehydrated in her yard. Rehydrated and happy, the toad spent some time being friendly.

 

Red Fox in the Boundary Waters by Paul Sundberg.

Red Fox in the Boundary Waters by Paul Sundberg.

 

Looks like the milkweed plants mom gave me are really working. Photograph by Kim Knutson.

Looks like the milkweed plants mom gave me are really working. Photograph by Kim Knutson.

 

Horned Owl looking all grown up by Edward Lee.

Horned Owl looking all grown up by Edward Lee.

Flowers and plants:

What is lovely in my garden today by Mona Abdel-Rahman.

What is lovely in my garden today by Mona Abdel-Rahman.

 

A mushroom place by Kristofer Bowman.

A mushroom place by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Promises by Lin Salisbury.

Promises by Lin Salisbury.

 

Fireweed and bee by Thomas Spence.

Fireweed and bee by Thomas Spence.

 

Fritillary and white flowers by Hella Bucheim.

Fritillary and white flowers by Hella Bucheim.

Landscapes, waterscapes and skyscapes:

Night skies in the dark skies of the Lake Superior National Forest by Thomas Spence.

Night skies in the dark skies of the Lake Superior National Forest by Thomas Spence.

 

A grandfather by Kathy Vanderall.

A grandfather by Kathy Vanderwall.

 

Split Rock Lighthouse's 100th anniversary by Nathan Klok.

Split Rock Lighthouse’s 100th anniversary by Nathan Klok.

 

Blueberry-lime washed house and a Marybeth Garmoe Broom by Elise Kyllo.

Blueberry-lime washed house and a Marybeth Garmoe Broom by Elise Kyllo.

 

BWCAW Sunset by Paul Sundberg.

BWCAW Sunset by Paul Sundberg.

 

The full Sturgeon Moon by Donald Jay Olson.

The full Sturgeon Moon by Donald Jay Olson.

 

BWCAW by Paul Sundberg.

BWCAW by Paul Sundberg.

 

Gulls, Grand Marais by Layne Kennedy.

Gulls, Grand Marais by Layne Kennedy.

 

Looking out from the torge on top of the Sleeping Giant in Thunder Bay, Ontario by Juan Anderson.

Looking out from the torge on top of the Sleeping Giant in Thunder Bay, Ontario by Juan Anderson.

And finally, this beauty:

Erin Altemus and her boy in the b-dub by Matt

“Erin Altemus and her boy in the b-dub” by Matt Schmidt.

Have a great weekend, everyone! Stay safe.

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A Delicious Summer III

Ian Andrus of Creeking Tree Farms. Tomatoes are ready!

Ian Andrus of Creeking Tree Farms. The tomatoes are ready!

Hello from here, where our balmy summer continues to everyone’s delight, and people are offering to give away their basil to anyone who will take it. Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but gardens sure are flourishing this summer. Ian Andrus of Creaking Tree Farm jokingly announces that fact in the photo.

Andrus now offers an online shop where customers can buy his produce and pick up in designated spots in Grand Marais and Lutsen. The shop is “open” from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, with pickup on Thursdays. To find out more, click here.

In other food news, the Gunflint Trail’s Biggest Blueberry Contest continues.  Participants can bring their biggest blueberry to a number of places on the Trail where they will be weighed. Cash prizes will be awarded.

The Gunflint Trail's Biggest Blueberry Contest continues. Photograph by Kjersti Vick.

The Gunflint Trail’s Biggest Blueberry Contest continues. Photograph by Kjersti Vick.

To find out more about the contest and where to bring your blueberry, click here.

In normal years, this is the weekend would have been the 91st year that Fisherman’s Picnic was held in Grand Marais, but it was cancelled earlier this year due to Covid-19. However, small parts remain. The Grand Marais Lions Club will hold a Mini Fisherman’s Picnic this weekend. Members will be selling raffle tickets this weekend from a booth at Harbor Park. The drawing will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday.

And, if we’re lucky, the Lion’s Club will set up a fishburger stand on Friday and Saturday in Harbor Park.

The Grand Marais Lions Club could set up a fishburger stand in Harbor Park on Friday and Saturday. Here, Carah Thomas Maskell caught Lions Club member Pete Kavanaugh serving up a fishburger in years past.

The Grand Marais Lions Club could set up a fishburger stand in Harbor Park on Friday and Saturday. Here, Carah Thomas Maskell caught Lions Club member Pete Kavanaugh serving up a fishburger in years past.

For more information about the Fishburger Stand, contact Bob Spry at 370-0445 or email the Lions Club at gmlionsclub@gmail.com , or, just wander down to the harbor and see.

Next weekend is traditionally the weekend for the Grand Portage Rendezvous Days and Celebration Pow-Wow, but it, too, was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Changes continue to happen in the community.  To find information about businesses, lodging, dining opportunities and protocols, as well as the latest news about Covid-19 in Cook County, click here. 

Social distancing and wearing masks are in play for everyone, and VisitCookCounty is offering free masks at the Information Center.

And online and virtual events continue in the county.

On Thursday, North House Folk School instructor Cheryl Larson will present a Lunch and Learn on stitchery and fabric collage on North House Folk School‘s Facebook page from noon to 1 p.m. You can check it out here. 

Cheryl Larson will present a Lunch and Learn on North House Folk School's Facebook page at noon on Thursday. She will also be the instructor in residence on North House's campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, where she will be demonstrating her techniques.

Cheryl Larson will present a Lunch and Learn on North House Folk School‘s Facebook page at noon on Thursday. She will also be the instructor in residence on North House’s campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, where she will be demonstrating her techniques.

Larson will also be demonstrating on campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Saturday.

Thursday, July 20, is the last day to submit work to the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s exhibit, “Upcycled,” which will be on display in the windows of its new building Aug. 3. Submissions may be dropped off at the Art Colony from 1-3 p.m. If this isn’t convenient or for more information, email  info@grandmaraisartcolony.org

NorthShore ArtScene has received a few examples of work that has been submitted for the “Upcycled” exhibit so far. (Note: Artists were invited to take apart the Art Colony’s summer catalog and turn it into art.  Because of Covid-19, summer workshops and classes were cancelled, making the catalog largely obsolete.) So here are a few examples of how artists tackled this challenge.

"Hummers," origami by Linda Ottis, is one of pieces crafted from the Art Colony's summer catalog.

“Hummers,” origami by Linda Ottis, is one of pieces crafted from pages of  the Art Colony’s summer catalog.

Nina Simonowicz will submit this piece, which also has been crafted from pages of the Art Colony’s catalog.

"Posies," by Nina Simonowicz.

“Posies,” by Nina Simonowicz.

The exhibit opens in the windows at 17 W. Hwy 61 on Monday, Aug. 3 and runs through Aug. 31.

On Saturday, the Cook County Market opens in The Hub’s parking lot at 9 a.m. and runs through 1 p.m., and features a variety of work by Cook County residents.

The Cook County Market, which is held in the parking lot of The Hub, is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 17.

The Maker’s Market, which is held in the alley next to the Beaver House, is open Thursdays through Sundays. It also features work by local artisans as well as a food stand.

Galleries in Town:

 The Johnson Heritage Post is open for the season, with cover protocols in place. Check it out. The exhibits include works by artists George Morrison and Marcia Cushmore, including archival and poster prints.

Archival prints by George Morrison are currently on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The Gallery is open Fridays from 1 – 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free.

Betsy Bowen’s Gallery, 301 1st Ave. W. in Grand Marais is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Masks are required in the gallery and curbside pickup is available by calling 387-1992.  A selection of cards crafted fromBowen’s Comfort Series are available, as well as great selection of her books and prints as well as work by regional artists. Here’s one of her latest from her Comfort Series.

Pollinators. We need them. By Betsy Bowen.

Pollinators. We need them. By Betsy Bowen.

 Sivertson Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery has just received new work by painter David Gilsvik.

David Gilsvik is exhibiting new work at Sivertson Gallery.

David Gilsvik is exhibiting new work at Sivertson Gallery.

Galleries Not In Town: 

The Karlyn Yellowbird Gallery in Washburn, Wis.,  curated by Ron Piercy, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, featuring a wide range of art from local and regional artists.

This piece by Kari Weber is at the Karlyn Yellowbird Gallery in Washburn, Wis.

This piece by Kari Weber is at the Karlyn Yellowbird Gallery in Washburn, Wis.

Painter Adam Swanson opened an exhibit of his paintings at the Great Lakes Aquarium this week.  The exhibit, “The Mirrors” features paintings of the federally-listed threatened and endangered animals of Minnesota.

Honey Bee, one of the paintings of endangered species by Adam Swanson is on view at the Great Lakes Aquarium through Aug. 31.

Honey Bee, one of the paintings of endangered species by Adam Swanson is on view at the Great Lakes Aquarium through Aug. 31.

What makes this exhibit unique for the Aquarium is that this is its first art exhibit to feature audio descriptions of paintings, making them accessible to people with vision loss. The exhibit run through Aug. 31.

The Groveland Art Gallery’s Summer Invitational exhibit features the work of 37 Groveland artists, including Lee Ross.

"Anya," mixed media collage by Lee Ross.

“Anya,” mixed media collage by Lee Ross.

The virtual catalog for the show is online, and can be seen here. The gallery also is open for in-person viewing by appointment Call (612) 377-7800 or info@grovelandgallery.com  The exhibit continues through Sept. 5.

Opportunities:

The Grand Marais Playhouse will present two youth August Summer Camps:

  • Grades 3-5: Students will perform and create the world of  “The Sneetches” by Dr. Seuss.The play will be filmed. The camp will be from 1-4 p.m., Aug. 3-7,
  • Grades 6-8: Campers will write, design, perform an original piece created collaboratively and filmed. The Camp will be held Aug. 10-14 from 1-4 p.m.The cost of the camps is $100 with scholarships available. For more information go to grandmaraisplayhouse.com

The Violence Prevention Center has put out a call to artists to participate in  its second The Art of Healing exhibit which will be held at the Johnson Heritage Post January 2021. Those who have used art as a means to respond, explore, express or heal from their experiences of domestic or sexual violence are invited to share their work at the exhibit. The deadline  is Dec. 29. For more information, all 218-387-1262 or email hope4u@boreal.org

Springboard for the Arts has re-opened and is offering a variety of online events for artists, including professional development workshops. See the calendar events here.

Online Entertainment/Learning:

 Check out the Grand Marais Art Colony’s Instagram account for videos of artist “takeovers” of its page. Last week, potter Ernest Miller was the featured artist and showed how he makes his signature pieces in his studio.

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Ernest Miller begins making his signature vase on the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Instagram page.

 

Other artists who have had takeovers of the Art Colony’s Instagram page include painter Bonnie Cutts, Lutsen sculptor Greg Mueller, Hovland fabric sculptor Corrie Steckelberg, David and Kara Andree and Lutsen potter Maggie Anderson.

Cook County Higher Education is offering a wide variety of free webinars on a variety of topics. Check them out here.

Cook County Soil and Water is sponsoring a series of free noon webinars on the environment, entitled “Ask An Expert.”

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Learn more about the environment, what we can do to protect our water resources, how rain gardens work, algae, lake formation and tips on septic systems in this series. Click here to learn more and see the schedule.

 Artists at Work:

Thunderstorm, monoprint, by Tom McCann.

Thunderstorm, monoprint, by Tom McCann.

 

Fused glass box by Tony Rau, tonyrau@comcast.net

Fused glass box by Tony Rau, tonyrau@comcast.net

 

Wildflowers, bead painting by Jo Wood. jowoodbeads.com

Wildflowers, bead painting by Jo Wood. jowoodbeads.com

 

This felted rabbit by Marlys Johnson has been installed in the Felted Forest, which is located in the woodlot next to Sawtooth Elementary School in Grand Marais.

This felted rabbit by Marlys Johnson has been installed in the Felted Forest, which is located in the woodlot next to Sawtooth Elementary School in Grand Marais.

The entrance to the Felted Forest  from 5th Street is marked by a felted sign.

The entrance to the Felted Forest from 5th Street is marked by a felted sign.

 

every now and then you find a stone that you fear is a self portrait, by Mary Beams.

every now and then you find a stone that you fear is a self portrait, by Mary Beams.

 

Sunday Night Sauna.oil, by Neil Sherman.

Sunday Night Sauna.oil, by Neil Sherman.

 

Collage/print by Noah Prinsen.

Collage/print by Noah Prinsen.

 And finally, a young South Korean potter that we follow on Facebook.

Jar by Sungho Lee.

Jar by Sungho Lee.

Virtual Music:

 

 Live Music:

Thursday, July 30:

Sunday, Aug. 2

Monday, Aug. 3:

  • Jim McGowan, Voyageur Brewing, 5 p.m.

Photographs:

Here is a selection of photographs we found this week:

First, wildlife:

Monarch on milkweed, 2019, by Pat Zankman.

Monarch on milkweed, 2019, by Pat Zankman.

Good morning fin the deck by Lin Salisbury.

Good morning fin the deck by Lin Salisbury.

Getting a drink by Michael Furtman.

Getting a drink by Michael Furtman.

Summer felt on a young bull moose in the Superior National Forest by Thomas Spence.

Summer felt on a young bull moose in the Superior National Forest by Thomas Spence.

And here are some beauteous landscapes, skyscapces, ponds capes and lakescapes:

Shades of Blue by Tijhe Fireweed.

Shades of Blue by Tijhe Fireweed.

Split Rock Lighthouse has opened for the season with Covic-19 protocols in place. Photo courtesy of MPR News.

Split Rock Lighthouse has opened for the season with Covic-19 protocols in place. Photo courtesy of MPR News.

Moose Pond by Paul Sundberg.

Moose Pond by Paul Sundberg.

Just a hint by Ron Benson.

Just a hint by Ron Benson.

On the border: Hello Canada by Nathan Klok.

On the border: Hello Canada by Nathan Klok.

Nights in the Boundary Waters by Kjersti Vick.

Nights in the Boundary Waters by Kjersti Vick.

Kadunce River by Annie Possis.

Kadunce River by Annie Possis.

And here are some nightcaps:

Northern Lights from Ely, featured on Spaceweather.com by Greg Ash.

Northern Lights from Ely, featured on Spaceweather.com by Greg Ash.

July 25 at McQuade Harbor by Richard Hoeg.

July 25 at McQuade Harbor by Richard Hoeg.

Just north of Duluth at Stoney Point by Jesse Nord.

Just north of Duluth at Stoney Point by Jesse Nord.

 

Farewell to NEOWISE by Justin Vrba.

Farewell to NEOWISE by Justin Vrba.

And finally, this: We’re calling them the Lake Superior dolphins. Ann Ward and Alisa Berns swim in Lake Superior all year long. Here they are diving into the Big Lake from a rocky island.

Lake Superior dolphins (Ann Ward and Alisa Bernes) by Tina Hegg Raway.

Lake Superior dolphins (Ann Ward and Alisa Bernes) by Tina Hegg Raway.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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A Delicious Summer II

debbie benedict the ever changing sky vertical

The ever-changing sky by Debbie Lien Benedict.

Greetings from the North Shore, where a summer for growing perfect basil continues, and rain graced the forest.

Lake Superior has been showing off her serenity, too, this week … a healing balm, for sure.

Not that everything has been uneventful. We’ve had a few lightning storms, both in Grand Marais and the Boundary Waters, striking a balance between scary and not scary at all.

Tentacles from Mother Nature by David Johnson.

Tentacles from Mother Nature by David Johnson.

 

Boundary Waters thunder storm y John Alexander Kay.

Boundary Waters thunder storm by John Alexander Kay.

Our second confirmed Covid-19 case in a resident was diagnosed this week, too, and contact tracing has begun. Everyone is advised to be vigilant and comply with masking, social distancing and hand washing. Here is a link for more information about what you should do,  the community’s response to the pandemic, shopping, retail establishments and more. Also, check VisitCookCounty,  WTIP Community Radio and Exploring the Shore. FYI: VisitCookCounty is providing free masks to the public.

What’s great is that there are lots of places to wear those masks. (Insert a smiley face here.) Many of the shops, galleries and restaurants in downtown Grand Marais are open for business.

North House Folk School is doing a phased re-opening, with demonstrations and a few classes planned. This week, it is hosting jewelry maker Karen Keenan as instructor-in-residence. On Thursday at noon, Keenan will present a demonstration of Swedish traditional hair work jewelry at a Lunch and Learn live craft demonstration on the Folk School’s Facebook page.  Click here to watch. And she will be demonstrating on campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Free and open to the public.

Karen Keenan is the instructor in residence at North House Folk School this week. She will be demonstrating Swedish traditional hair

Karen Keenan is the instructor in residence at North House Folk School this week. She will be demonstrating Swedish traditional hair work jewelry.

Examples of Swedish traditional hair work jewelry.

Examples of Swedish traditional hair work jewelry.

Also, the good ship Hjordis is sailing the blue waters again, and is open to household groups. For more information and to sign up, call 387-9762 or online here. And North House is offering sessions of Intro to Wood-fired Baking on Thursday and Friday. Check out the class and other offerings, here.

On Saturday, the Cook County Market is open at The Hub parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring local artists and artisans. Singer/songwriter Boyd “Bump” Blomberg will play from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

And the Maker’s Market, located next to the Beaver House, is open from Thursday through Sunday, also featuring local artisans as well as a food tent.

And not to forget–the Gunflint Trail’s Biggest Blueberry Contest is on and continues through early August.

Blueberries ripen in stages. Photograph by Dennis Chick.

Blueberries ripen in stages. Photograph by Dennis Chick.

To find out more about the contest and where to take that biggest blueberry in for weighing, click here.

 Galleries:

 The Johnson Heritage Post has opened for the season, too, with Covid-19 protocols in place, including a mask requirement. The art gallery is featuring archival and poster prints by George Morrison and Marcia Casey Cushmore. Thunder Bay watercolor painter Evelyn Konrad is the featured Artist of the Month, so there’s lots to see.

Painting by Evelyn Konrad, the featured Artist of the Month at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Painting by Evelyn Konrad, the featured Artist of the Month at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The Heritage Post is open on Fridays from 1-4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Masks required. Free.

 Sivertson Gallery is featuring Liz Sivertson’s new paintings of musicians in Cook County.

Tina Hegg Raway, Thomas Stamps and Erik Hahn in the band "Evening Stars" by Liz Sivertson.

Tina Hegg Raway, Thomas Stamps and Erik Hahn in the band “Evening Stars” by Liz Sivertson.

In Duluth, the Joseph Nease Gallery is opening a new exhibit Friday, featuring the work of  James Woodfill. Woodfill’s exhibition, entitled “CODE PRACTICE: Certain Objects and Certain Systems,” will be mostly virtual, with the exception of exhibiting a kinetic piece and a projection of the artist’s brand new digital animations at the gallery.

James Woodfill opens a mostly virtual exhibit at the Joseph Nease Gallery in Duluth on Friday.

James Woodfill opens a mostly virtual exhibit at the Joseph Nease Gallery in Duluth on Friday.

 To find out more about the exhibit and connect virtually, click here.

The Duluth Art Institute in the Depot in Duluth opened July 1, with Covid-19 protocols in place. The Institute has three exhibits on view: Kari Halker-Saathoff’s “Odysseus & Penelope: the Long Journey,” Emily Stokes “Reveal” and Sue Rauschenfels: Sisterhood.

"The Unseen Universe of the Human Heart," , low-fire red clay, by Kari Halker Saathoff, is one of the pieces on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

“The Unseen Universe of the Human Heart,” , low-fire red clay, by Kari Halker Saathoff, is one of the pieces on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

 Artist Opportunities:

 Cook County Public Health is looking for a local artist to design a T-shirt for our community volunteers that have worked through the MN Responds system during the pandemic.  The unique design will signify the value of the volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Contact Andrea Orest for more information at 218-877-8262 or andrea@sawtoothmountainclinic.org

The Grand Marais Art Colony has put out a call to artists of all ages to take apart their new catalog and make it into new art. The beautiful catalog, which is mostly obsolete because classes and workshops had to be cancelled because of Covid-19, can be “Upcycled” into an art piece by being taken apart and put together again.

An invitation to use the Grand Marais Art Colony's largely obsolete catalog to make new art.

The deadline  to use the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s largely obsolete catalog to make new art by taking them apart and putting them back together again in a new way is July 30.

The catalogs can be found at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at the Lake Superior Trading Post. In Duluth, at DLH Clothing, and, in the Twin Cities, at Dogwood Coffee Northeast.

There are some rules of what can and cannot be done to make the piece. Click here to learn more.

Nancy Haarmeyer has responded to the challenge of  “Upcycled” and will submit this piece.

"Upcycled" collage by Nancy Haarmeyer.

“Upcycled” collage by Nancy Haarmeyer.

The deadline to submit a finished piece is July 30. The exhibit will be in the window at the Art Colony’s new building at 17 W. Hwy. 61. from Aug. 3-31.  For more info, click here.

 Of Community Interest:

The Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department has produced a parody “Hunky Firefighters” 2021 calendar as a fundraiser to make up for the fact it had to cancel its two main fundraising events this summer due to the pandemic.  The volunteer fire department is facing a $25,000 or more budget shortfall.  To start to make up for it, the fundraising committee put together a parody calendar featuring the firefighters and EMTs  in various “hunky” poses. Dennis Chick was the photographer and Teresa Marrone did the layout.

The Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department has produced a "hunky firemen" parody calendar as a fundraiser to offset loses from having to cancel fundraising events this summer. The calendar can be found at local venues as well as Etsy. See link below.

The Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department has produced a “hunky firemen” parody calendar as a fundraiser to offset loses from having to cancel fundraising events this summer. The calendar can be found at local venues as well as Etsy. See link below.

The calendar will be available at local shops and can also be purchased at Etsy. Click here to learn more.

Yes, the Minnesota State Fair has been cancelled this year, but the food must go on, so Fair officials have organized a “Food Parade” that will run through the fairgrounds next month, allowing visitors to buy beloved foods while staying socially distanced in their cars.

The Minnesota State Fair has organized a socially distanced Food Parade,

The Minnesota State Fair has organized a socially distanced Food Parade,

 Sixteen vendors will be featured in the parade. These include Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar, Mouth Trap Cheese Curds, Tom Thumb Donuts, and other favorites. (Click here for a full list of vendors, menus and prices).

The parade is scheduled to run in three multiday stretches, starting Aug. 20. The exact dates are Aug. 20-23, Aug. 27-30, and Sept. 3-7. Tickets must be purchased online. They run $20 per vehicle and are limited. Tickets go on sale July 31. Along with the fair foods, the 1.5-mile parade route will also feature entertainment, trivia contests and activities. Parade-goers should expect a “multi-hour experience.”

Minnesota Reads: The Grand Marais Public Library calls on Cook County to join a statewide community read and book discussion of A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota.” In the book, 16 writers explore what it is like to live as a Native person or person of color in Minnesota.

This year's selection for Minnesota Reads is "A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota."

This year’s selection for Minnesota Reads is “A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota.”

Virtual book discussions are in the works for August and September, but now is the time to start reading. Both downloadable and physical copies of the book are available through the library. Everyone is welcome to participate. Click here for more information.

Artists at Work:

Our local artists and artisans continue to work. Here are some great examples.

One of Betsy Bowen's Comfort paintings. Comfort: Rock Skipping.

From Betsy Bowen’s Comfort series. Comfort: Rock Skipping.

 

A few of the tiles from Melissa Wickwire's latest tile project.  See more at www.wickwireclayworks.com

A few of the tiles from Melissa Wickwire‘s latest tile project. See more on her Web site at https://wickwireclayworks.com

 

It's all about rocks and water, at least for now. Painting by Paula Gustafson.

It’s all about rocks and water, at least for now. Painting by Paula Gustafson.

 

"Dry Personalities," colored pencil by Scott Krohn.

“Dry Personalities,” colored pencil by Scott Krohn.

 

When it rains, dye with indigo. Photo by Betsy Bowen.

When it rains, dye with indigo. Photo by Betsy Bowen.

 

Mushrooming knife by John Jacobson.

Mushrooming knife by John Jacobson.

 

Abstract collage painting in process by Maxine Linehan.

Abstract collage painting in process by Maxine Linehan.

 

Sculptures by John Books.

Sculptures by John Books.

 

Recently completed rugs by Julie Arthur.

Recently completed rugs by Julie Arthur.

 

Fused glass pendant by Terry Lord-Lewis.

Fused glass pendant by Terry Lord-Lewis.

 Virtual music:

 

 

 Live Music:

 Thursday, July 23:

  • Joe Paulik, Music on the beach, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, Date Night at the Winery, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m. Reservations at https://www.exploretock.com/northshorewinery or call (218) 481-9280.

 Saturday, July 25:

  • Bump Blomberg, Cook County Market, The Hub parking lot, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Jim McGowan, Music on the Beach, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 26:

  • Boyd “Bump” Blomberg, Weekend Wine Down, North Shore Winery, 3-6 p.m., Free, Reservations, click here or call (218) 481-9280.

Photographs:

Thank you! to all the photographers who are posting their work on Facebook. We couldn’t be sharing these great photographs without that effort.

This week, let’s start with

Flowerscapes:

Prairie Lilies by Hella Bucheim.

Prairie Lilies by Hella Bucheim.

 

Phototropism: Sunflower by Bohdan Tkaczk.

Phototropism: Sunflower by Bohdan Tkaczk.

 

Poppies by Kristofer Bowman.

Poppies by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Consider lilies from our flower garden by Don Davison.

Consider lilies from our flower garden by Don Davison.

 

The grays by Kristofer Bowman.

The grays by Kristofer Bowman.

Cometscapes:

Comet NEOWISE over Devil Track Lake.

Comet NEOWISE over Devil Track Lake.

 

Midnight blue, the Big Dipper and NEOWISE by Steve Ortmann.

Midnight blue, the Big Dipper and NEOWISE by Steve Ortmann.

 

NEOWISE by moonlight by Travis Novitsky.

NEOWISE by moonlight by Travis Novitsky.

 

NEOWISE by Heidi Kirsch Novak.

NEOWISE by Heidi Kirsch Novak.

Landscapes, skyscapes and waterscapes:

Manitou, framed by Christian Dalbec.

Manitou, framed by Christian Dalbec.

 

Cloquet River Sunrise by Jan Swart.

Cloquet River Sunrise by Jan Swart.

 

Good morning from here by Kristofer Bowman.

Good morning from here by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Nature's Mosaic by Jill Christenson.

Nature’s Mosaic by Jill Christenson.

 

At Stoney Point by Jesse Nord.

At Stoney Point by Jesse Nord.

 

I love my early mornings by Sarah Jorgenson.

I love my early mornings by Sarah Jorgenson.

 

Waiting for the hatch by Shawn Perich.

Waiting for the hatch by Shawn Perich.

 

After 1 inch of rain, the cabin creek is singing by Betty Hamstad.

After 1 inch of rain, the cabin creek is singing by Betty Hamstad.

 

Summer light by Mike Lufholm.

Summer light by Mike Lufholm.

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