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Fiber Guild Sale & the Holiday Art Underground

Carol Keskitalo took this beautiful shot the other day. Enjoy!

Carol Keskitalo took this beautiful shot of an early winter morning the other day. Enjoy!

The holiday season is well underway in Grand Marais this weekend. Look forward to the Holiday Art Underground Show, the Northwoods Fiber Guild’s Holiday Open House & Sale, and the Borealis Chorale and Orchestra’s Christmas Concert, to name a few. And, of course, there’s plenty of music.

First up is the Holiday Art Underground Sneak Peak at the Betsy Bowen Studio & Galleries on Friday night from 4-7:30 p.m. It’s the opening reception for the show and features live music with Rod & Caribou as well as refreshments and the chance to get a first look at the art.

Tom McCann puts the final touches on his painting, Wisdom of the Dragon, which will be at the Holiday Underground Show.

Tom McCann puts the final touches on his painting, “Wisdom of the Dragon,” which will be at the Holiday Art Underground Show.

Kelly Dupre made a series of handprinted flags for the Holiday Underground show.

Kelly Dupre made a series of handprinted flags for the Holiday Underground show.

More than 30 local and regional artists exhibit in this show, which is always fun to see. Work includes woodcut and linoleum prints, paintings, photographs, fiber art, pottery, glass, jewelry and more. The gallery will be open for extended hours on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Holiday Art Underground Show continues through Dec. 23.

Saturday begins with the Northwoods Fiber Guild’s Holiday Open House and Sale at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

When the doors open at 9 a.m., visitors will find the Founders Hall packed with handcrafted scarves, shawls, mittens and sweaters, felted hats and bags, knit socks and handmade paper books — in short, all things fiber are featured at this event.

The Northern Fiber Guild's Holiday Open House & Sale features a wide variety of handcrafted work.

The Northwoods Fiber Guild’s Holiday Open House & Sale features a wide variety of handcrafted work.

The Holiday Open House and Sale runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and also features a hands-on craft activity for every age, demonstrations, a tree filled with handmade ornaments  as well as lots of refreshments, including tasty holiday treats made by guild members. This is always a popular community event, and everyone is invited.

Across the street, the Congregational Church hosts Santa’s Workshop, where Scout elves will assist little shoppers in choosing and wrapping presents, before rejoining parents, who will have a true surprise under the Christmas tree. No gift in the child area costs more than $2. There will be a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. Shopping is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All invited.

And a few blocks away, the Evangelical Free Church will hold a Craft Fair fr0m 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A Bistro-style lunch, which is a fundraiser for the church’s youth group, will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

KIm Nelson is one of the vendors at the Evangelical Free Church Craft Fair on Saturday.

KIm Nelson is one of the vendors at the Evangelical Free Church Craft Fair on Saturday.

Vendors at the Craft Fair include Terry Lewis, John Moos, Hana Senty, Mary Jo Flack, Kim Nelson, Sharon Hendrickson, and Amanda VanHornweder Carlson.

On Saturday night, the Lutsen Fire Department hosts its annual Fireman’s Ball at Caribou Highlands, with music by the Evergreen Grass Band. Cocktail hour is at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the village chalet at the resort. Contact James Coleman for tickets.

Then on Sunday and Monday, the Borealis Chorale and Orchestra will perform a Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. each night at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Bill Beckstrand is the musical director for the Borealis Chorale and Orchestra.

Bill Beckstrand is the musical director for the Borealis Chorale and Orchestra.

The Christmas Concert is an honored holiday tradition in Grand Marais. The 75-member Chorale and Orchestra, directed by Bill Beckstrand, will perform seasonal works by celebrated composers. This year’s program includes selections from Benjamin Britton’s “Ceremony of Carols” and Handel’s “Messiah,” as well as orchestral pieces featuring harp and oboe. Guest artist Janell Lemire, harpist for the  Duluth Superior Orchestra, the Lake Superior Orchestra, and the UMD Festival Orchestra, will be a featured performer. Highly recommended. Go early to get a good seat. Freewill donations accepted.

Also on Sunday, Dave and Amy Freeman will screen their film, “Bear Witness: A Year in the Wilderness,” at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 5 p.m.

Dave & Amy Freeman's film, "Bear Witness" will be screened at the ACA on Sunday at 5 p.m.

Dave & Amy Freeman’s film, “Bear Witness” will be screened at the ACA on Sunday at 5 p.m.

The film captures the year the couple spent in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. They will be available for questions after the screening. All invited.

Also this weekend, guests on WTIP’s The Roadhouse include Duluth News-Tribune columnist Bob King, who wrote “Night Sky With the Naked Eye,” Scandinavian cookbook author Beatrice Ojakangas and the Plucked Up String Band. The show airs from 5-7 p.m. on Friday.

Knife River will celebrate the holiday season again this year with Julebyan or Christmas village. Sponsored by the Knife River Recreation Council, the village features fun events for the family, food, crafts and Christmas festivities.

Julebyen will be held in Knife River on Saturday and Sunday.

Julebyen will be held in Knife River on Saturday and Sunday.

Julebyen (pronounced YOOL-eh-BE-en) will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. For more info, click here.

In Duluth, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” a production of the Duluth Playhouse, opens at the Depot Dec. 1 and runs through Dec. 18. For tickets to this holiday production, visit www.duluthplayhouse.org.

The Tweed Museum of Art is exhibiting selections from its Permanent Collection, including work by Jim Denomie.

"A Beautiful Hero" by Jim Denomie.

“A Beautiful Hero” by Jim Denomie.

Denomie had a one-man show at the Johnson Heritage Post a few years ago.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery opens an exhibit by Elizabeth Buset entitled “Swine” Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. (EST) with an artist talk set for early February.

"Marxist Pig," oil, by Elizabeth Buset.

“Marxist Pig,” oil, by Elizabeth Buset.

Nadia Kurd, who curated the show, writes: “In her solo exhibition, artist Elizabeth Buset examines the symbolic meaning of (swine) and the social implications of consumerist culture in North America. (Her) large-scale realist paintings and installation challenges the viewer to consider their lifestyles and daily habits that, much like the subject matter, can often be contradictory and sometimes self-defeating. For Buset, the exhibition presents an uncomfortable “acknowledgement of guilt and melancholy that ensues. It is the realization that my personal legacy will not be the art I make, but the garbage I generate and the resources I knowingly deplete.” The discomfort presented in the exhibition not only lingers throughout, but fundamentally compels audiences to question and rethink their everyday actions.” The exhibition continues through March 5.

Upcoming

 Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery will celebrate its Two-Year Anniversary/Holiday Party from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Refreshments will be served and Gordon Thorne will play. All invited.

The Minnesota Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” will be performed at the DECC in Duluth at 7 p.m. Dec. 9-10 and at 3 p.m. Dec. 11. For tickets, see www.tix.com.

The Minnesota Ballet's "The Nutcracker" will be performed at the DECC next weekend.

The Minnesota Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” will be performed at the DECC next weekend.

Layne Kennedy will hold his 9th Annual College Bowl sale Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at 4209 Garfield Ave. He will be featuring his hand-turned bowls.

This bowl by Layne Kennedy was crafted from Gunflint birch.

This bowl by Layne Kennedy was crafted from birch found on the Gunflint Trail.

For more info about the sale, contact Kennedy at lk@laynekennedy.com

The Grand Marais Playhouse is holding the Curry Cook-Off and Broadway Musical Showcase again this year. The event is a fundraiser for the Playhouse and will be held Dec. 17. If you would like to contribute a curry dish or sing a Broadway musical number, contact the Playhouse at (218) 387-1284 or playhouse@boreal.org The Playhouse is also looking musicians to accompany the singers, and dance numbers are welcome.

In Other Art News:

 Both Neil Sherman and Betsy Bowen will be exhibiting their work in St. Paul this weekend.

Sherman will have paintings in an exhibit at the Grand Hill Gallery, 333 Grand Ave., as part of the exhibit entitled “Selected Works.” Richard Abrahamson and Joshua Cunningham will also be exhibiting work. The opening reception is at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1.

"Summer on Rose Lake" by Neil Sherman.

“Summer on Rose Lake” by Neil Sherman.

Bowen will be exhibiting her woodcuts, books and cards at the Grand Hand Gallery, 619 Grand Ave.,  in St. Paul Dec. 2-3.

Betsy Bowen will show her work at the Grand Hand Gallery this weekend.

Betsy Bowen will show her work at the Grand Hand Gallery this weekend.

Sivertson Gallery has received new work by collage artist Michael Sweere.

"Along the Cascade Trail," collage, by Michael Sweere.

“Along the Cascade Trail,” collage, by Michael Sweere.

Here’s the music for this week:

Thursday, Dec. 1:

  • Boyd Blomberg, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Lovesick and Lonesome, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 2:

  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Jim Miller, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 2:

  • Gene Lafond and Amy Grillo, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 4:

  • Borealis Chorale and Orchestra Annual Christmas Concert, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 5:

  • Borealis Chorale and Orchestra Annual Christmas Concert, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 6:

  • Pete Kavanaugh, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

 

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We found quite a variety of photos this week. Let’s start with waves.

Photo by Thomas Spence.

Whew! Waves!  by Thomas Spence.

 

Waves at Dawn by Christian Dalbec.

Waves at Dawn by Christian Dalbec.

 

Photo by Sierra Parsons.

Photo by Sierra Parsons.

And when the storm calmed down, the fishermen ventured out.

There were serene wintery moments …

Winter Creek by Thomas Spence.

Winter Creek by Thomas Spence.

 

Early Winter Landscape by Paul Pluswik.

Early Winter Landscape by Paul Pluswik.

 

A Whole New Day by Kristofer Bowman.

A Whole New Day by Kristofer Bowman.

David Johnson has been taking some great wildlife shots. Here’s one of an otter who seems to like to get a view.

Harbor Master by David Johnson.

Harbor Master by David Johnson.

And here is an eagle protecting its catch:

"An Immature Baldy gets a Warning" by David Johnson.

“An Immature Baldy gets a Warning” by David Johnson.

And this classic shot: (Notice the double bands on this eagle. Johnson said he has seen it in past years.)

"Slow Turns" by David Johnson.

“Slow Turns” by David Johnson.

And here’s the snow/rain part of this post. Mike Ryden posted these two photos this week. The first one was taken last Saturday.

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The High Falls at Grand Portage State Park looked like this on Saturday, Dec. 26.

The High Falls looked like this, three days later, after three inches of rain.

The High Falls at Grand Portage State Park on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

The High Falls at Grand Portage State Park on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

Want to hear them roar? Click here.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

P.S. Putting this blog together every week is a joy and my contribution to the arts scene on the North Shore.  If you enjoy it, please consider making a donation to support it. Thank you!





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Happy Thanksgiving!

Sparky Stensaas caught this friendly cow moose in the Zak-Sim Bog earlier this week.

Sparky Stensaas caught this friendly cow moose in the Zak-Sim Bog earlier this week.

Look forward to a busy weekend in Cook County.

It kicks off on Friday with lots of activities in shops and galleries, including a visit by both Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. Santa visits Stone Harbor Wildnerness Supply with his sled dogs from 2-4 p.m. Friday and 2-5 p.m. Saturday.

And Mrs. Claus holds court at Sivertson Gallery on Friday and Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.

Mrs. Claus visits Sivertson Gallery on Friday and Saturday.

Mrs. Claus (Cindy Hansen) visits Sivertson Gallery on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday night, the city celebrates the start of the holiday season with the Oh Ole Night Parade, tree lighting and fireworks. The parade (which goes around the block twice) highlights the Scandinavian heritage of the community and everyone is invited to join in. It starts at 5:30 p.m. on Friday on Wisconsin St. The parade ends at Harbor Park where a tree lighting ceremony, carol singing and fireworks are planned.

Then at 8:30 p.m., the New Standards brings their holiday tour to Papa Charlie’s. This is the 10th anniversary of the event. The New Standards are a Minneapolis-based jazz trio, and they bring lots of friends and fellow musicians with them.

The New Standards Holiday Show is at Papa Charlie's on Friday night.

The New Standards Holiday Show is at Papa Charlie’s on Friday night.

This is always a great show — for its music, quirky comedy and joyful exuberance. To see a clip from a previous show, click here. For tickets, click here.

On Saturday, the Hovland Town Hall opens its doors for the Hovland Arts Festival Holiday Sale. The event, which is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., features a wide variety of arts and crafts by local artists. Artwork includes woodturned bowls, wood carving, paintings, photography, beadwork, pottery, jewelry, fiber art, handcrafted candles and more.

Beadpainter Jo Wood is one of the artists who will be at the Hovland Arts Festival this Saturday.

Beadpainter Jo Wood is one of the artists who will be at the Hovland Arts Festival this Saturday.

Refreshments, including baked treats, will be available. All invited.

Also this weekend, Last Chance Studio and Gallery in Lutsen will host the 11th annual Holiday Market Nov. 25-27. All weekend they will  be collecting money and food donations for the local food shelf. The holiday party also includes ornament making as a fund-raising activity for the Cook County Community Fund.

On Saturday, there will be plein air painting demo by Kristin Blomberg starting at 3 p.m., a bronze sculpture pour at 4 p.m. by Tom Christiansen and caroling and the annual tree lighting ceremony. at 5 p.m.

Plein Air painter, Kristin Blomberg, will give a painting demo at Last Chance Gallery at 3 p.m.

Plein air painter, Kristin Blomberg, will give a painting demo at Last Chance Gallery at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Holiday art and refreshments will be available all weekend. The gallery will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Sunday, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. All invited.

In Grand Marais, the annual Community Center Holiday Bazaar will be held at the Community Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.The Girl Scouts will be there with their beautiful poinsettias and a number of local artisans and crafters will be there, too, including Hana Senty (Hands of Harvest). Senty features handmade soaps, homemade jams and pickles as well as baked goods. Look for her fruit cake this year. And Alyce’s will be cooking up a delicious lunch.

On Saturday night, the Grand Marais Playhouse presents Todd Oliver & Friends, a nationally recognized comedian/ventriloquist/musician featuring “Irving,” America’s favorite real talking dog, as well as other characters.

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Todd Oliver and Friends will be in performance at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Todd Oliver and Irving were awarded and received “Best Comedy Variety Performance” and “Best Dinner Show” at the Branson All American Entertainment Awards. He has also appeared on national television shows, including the Today Show. Tickets are $18 for adults, $8 for students under 18. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

In Duluth, the new exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art,Un-Typing Casta,” an exploration of the Latinx stereotypes by Maria Cristina Tavera, has piqued interest.

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Artwork from the exhibit “Un-Typing Casta” by Maria Christina Tavera.

Tavera was at the opening reception and was interviewed about her work on  Ennyman’s Territory, a weekly blog by Ed Newman. Check it out here.

Upcoming:

 Holiday Art Underground at Betsy Bowen Gallery and Artist Studios, featuring new work by more than 40 local and regional artists, opens next weekend. The Sneak Peak opening reception is from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2. Extended hours on Saturday are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit continues through Dec. 24.

The Northwoods Fiber Guild Holiday Sale will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale features a wide variety of fiber work by guild members as well as homemade holiday treats. All invited.

The Borealis Chorale and Orchestra Community Christmas Concert will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Sunday, Dec. 4, and Monday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. This year’s program includes selections from Benjamin Britton’s Ceremony of Carols and Handel’s Messiah, as well as orchestral pieces featuring harp and oboe. Guest artist Janell LeMire, harpist for Duluth Superior Orchestra, Lake Superior Orchestra, and UMD Festival Orchestra, will be a featured performer. There is no admission fee. However, freewill donations are accepted. The concert is presented in partnership with the North Shore Music Association.

In Other Art News:

Neil Sherman will have work in an exhibit at the Grand Hill Gallery in St. Paul (333 Grand Ave.) The exhibit opens Dec. 1.

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“Laundry Day,” oil,  by Neil Sherman.

Sherman writes: I think everyone should do their laundry at a laundromat at least once a month. Think of it as an interesting vacation: you’ll see different people (and their clothes), be mesmerized by following your red shirt centripetally dancing in the giant barrel drier and take in your surroundings at a place you wouldn’t normal think of taking in. I can tell you more about this painting and the laundromats in Grand Marais on Dec. 1 at the the opening.”

Travis Novitsky has published a book. Entitled “The Night Sky: Adventures and Stories from a Decade of Adventures after Dark,” the book features a great selection of his night photographs as well as commentary.

Travis Novitsky's new book can be seen and ordered online.

Travis Novitsky‘s new book can be previewed and ordered online.

 To preview the book and order, click here.

Bronze sculptor, John Books, a Thunder Bay transplant who now lives in Grand Marais, is exhibiting his work at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery through Jan. 8.

John Books' exhibit "Oxen of the Sun" continues at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

John Books’ exhibit “Oxen of the Sun” continues at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. (Photo by Jennifer Schulz.)

Several Grand Marais residents have gone up to see the show and report that it is quite fabulous. (Need we remind you that passports or passport cards are required?)

Meanwhile, here’s the music for the week in Cook County:

Friday, Nov. 25:

  • Pushing Chain, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • The New Standards Holiday Show, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Oversize Load, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 26:

  • Matt Trost and Laurel Clark, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Dat Dere Jazz, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, 7 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Gun Flint Taern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 27:

  • Brothers in Arms, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 28:

  • Open Mic Night, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 29:

  • Briand Morrison, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

 

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We found lots of cool wave shots this week, as well as wonderful wildlife photos. Let’s start with:

Wild turkeys!

Thanksgiving turkeys by Marilyn Rau.

Thanksgiving turkeys by Marilyn Rau.

And this lovely shot of swans.

"Comin' in hot" by Angie Botner.

“Comin’ in hot” by Angie Botner.

And an owl…

"The moment you feel you are being watched" by Ken Hupila.

“The moment you feel you are being watched” by Ken Hupila.

And a Great Blue Heron… Lou Pignolet, who lives in Hovland (and will be at the Hovland Arts Festival this weekend with his wood-turned bowls), said he found this heron hunkered down in the snow after the storm. At some point, it walked out from under its cover and flew south … hopefully to warmer climes.

"Oops: Great Blue Heron" by Lou Pignolet.

“Oops: Great Blue Heron” by Lou Pignolet.

And, how about this amazing shot by David Johnson?

An eagle's lunch by David Johnson.

An eagle’s lunch by David Johnson.

 

For a change of mood, here’s a lovely shot of first snows in Grand Marais.

"Seasons chance and so do we" by Don Davison.

“Seasons change and so do we,” by Don Davison.

And here’s another wonderful “first snows”  by Paul Sundberg.

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“The Cascades” by Paul Sundberg.

Early ice forms on the breakwall…

"Sawtooth Ice" by Todd Mestad.

“Sawtooth Ice” by Todd Mestad.

It all started here — with a big nor’easter.

Photo by Sierra Parson.

Photo by Sierra Parsons.

 

Lake Superior at Tettegouche by John Gregor.

Lake Superior at Tettegouche by John Gregor.

 

Lighthouse craziness by Margie Crain.

Lighthouse craziness by Margie Crain.

And last, but not least, a wave statement.

Photo by Ryan Laplante.

Photo by Ryan Laplante.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

P.S. Putting this blog together every week is my contribution to the arts scene on the North Shore.  If you enjoy it, please consider making a donation to support it. Thank you!




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Winterer’s Gathering and Arctic Film Festival

David Johnson caught this spectacular explosion over the breakwall the other day.

David Johnson caught this spectacular explosion over the breakwall the other day.

First we had our November gale, and then the SuperMoon and now snow is predicted for the North Shore on Friday. … none too soon… North House Folk School‘s Winterer’s Gathering and Arctic Film Festival is this weekend, and a little snow would be an added perk.

The four day event (Nov. 16-20) is always packed with activities, including workshops, a winter tent camp, a gear swap, community dancing, on-going films about the Arctic as well as presentations.

The Harborside Winter Tent Camp is one of the features of Winterer's Gathering.

The Harborside Winter Tent Camp will be set up at Winterer’s Gathering.

Dave and Amy Freeman, who have just completed a yearlong adventure in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, are the featured speakers this year. They will give a presentation on Saturday night and screen a short film about their adventure, “Bearing Witness.”

Dave and Amy Freeman are the featured speakers this year and will give a presentation and screen their film, "Bear Witness" on Saturday night at 7:30.

Dave and Amy Freeman will give a presentation and screen their film, “Bearing Witness” on Saturday night at 7:30. Photo by Nate Ptacek.

The featured programs kick off on Friday with film screenings starting at noon. The films run the gamut, from documentaries about the people who live in the Arctic to how global warming is impacting them. Films include “The Great Alone,” a documentary about Alaskan musher Lance Mackey, “Arctic Superstar,” a documentary about Sami rapper SlinCraze which has been called one of the best music documentaries of the year and “Gold Rush,” a favorite Charlie Chaplin film, just to name a few. Click here to see the complete film festival schedule.

Also on Friday, an All Things Arctic Trivia Game, hosted by WTIP Community Radio will be aired at 4:30 p.m. followed by “Dinner on a Stick” by the bonfire at 5:30 p.m. The Snowshoe Shuffle Community Contra Dance with Over the Waterfall starts at 7 p.m. and, new this year, the Coldsnap Poetry Slam. Want to participate? Call 218-387-9762. The Poetry Slam begins at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, the ever-popular Great Gear & Ski Swap is at 10:30 a.m. The Deep-Freeze Chili Feed ($10 per person) is at 6 p.m. followed by Dave and Amy Freeman’s presentation.

Vegetables are poured into the huge pot of chili cooked up for the Deep-Freeze Chili Feed last year.

Vegetables are poured into the huge pot of chili cooked up for the Deep-Freeze Chili Feed last year.

There are some great presentations scheduled, too. Chel Anderson will lead a discussion at 11 a.m. on Saturday entitled “Winter Survival: From Mammals to Amphibians and Beyond” and Lonnie Dupre will talk about “Vertical Nepal” at noon on Sunday, to name a few.

There’s also a tour of the winter tent camp as well as presentation on surfing Lake Superior, as well as lots of courses and workshops.

Students carve cutting boards at a North House workshop.

Students work on their cutting boards at a North House workshop.

To find out more and to see the complete schedule, click here.

Also, for holiday cheer, go to the  Cross River Heritage  Center Saturday Nov.19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to enjoy Holidays in Schroeder. There will be Lefse and Krumkaka demonstrations, fabulous sales in the gift shop. The Kaleidoscope quilt drawing is at 2 p.m. North Country Creations will be having their bazaar up at the Schroeder Town Hall from  10 a.m. to  2 p.m. as well, featuring lots of holidays crafts and refreshments. All welcome.

There some great art viewing opportunities this weekend, too.

The Members Show continues at the Grand Marais Art Colony through Nov. 20 with work in a variety of mediums.

"Ode to Poached Eggs" by Tom Dimock.

“Ode to Poached Eggs” by Tom Dimock.

The Art Colony is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Mary Jo Van Dell has new work at Sivertson Gallery, too.

"The Wave," oil, by Mary Jo Van Dell.

“The Wave,” oil, by Mary Jo Van Dell.

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery will hold a gala reception and opening for two exhibits on Friday, Nov. 18 from 7-10 p.m. The exhibits include “Ineffable: 28th Annual Juried Exhibition” and Creators Project 6 – international video screenings.

The Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay opens two exhibits on Friday, including screening of six videos.

The Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay opens two exhibits on Friday, including screening of six videos.

At the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, bronze sculptor John Books’ solo show, “Oxen of the Sun,” which opened last week, continues. Other exhibits include “The Unvarnished Truth: Exploring the Material History of Paintings” and “Recent Acquisitions to the Collection: Norval Morrisseau.”

Work by Norval Morrisseau is featured at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Work by John Morrieseau is featured at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

There’s a new exhibit at Tettegouche State Park this month, too. Pastel artist Rita Corrigan is exhibiting her work in the Visitor Center there.

Pastel by Rita Corrigan.

Pastel  landscape by Rita Corrigan.

In Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art, on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, opens a new exhibit entitled “Un-Typing Casta” with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17.

Un-Typing Casta opens at the Tweed Museum of Art Nov. 17.

Un-Typing Casta opens at the Tweed Museum of Art Nov. 17. The work, by Maria Cristina Tavera is entitled “I Love You María.”

This exhibit is an installation by transnational Mexican-American artist Maria Cristina Tavera from Minneapolis, and curator Dr. Jamie Ratliff, assistant professor of Art History at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. The site-specific installation is comprised of prints and paintings pieced together to create an ingenious visual dialogue about Latinx (pronounced La-teen-ex) identity. (The fairly recent terminology is to denote a gender-neutral alternative to the use of Latino, Latina or Latin@ words. )

The Duluth Art Institute is exhibiting two shows this month: “4North: New Work by Alison Aune, Kirsten Aune, Ann Klefstad and Arna Rennan” and the “61st Arrowhead Regional Biennial exhibition.”

Rusell Prather received the First Place prize for his piece, "Rope" which is in the Arrowhead Biennial exhibition.

Russell Prather received the First Place prize for his piece, “Rope” which is in the Arrowhead Regional Biennial exhibition at the Depot. Photo by Tim White.

 Upcoming

 Last Chance Studio & Gallery in Lutsen is hosting their 11th annual Holiday Market Nov. 25 through Nov. 27.  All weekend they will also be collecting money and food donations for the local food shelf. The holiday party also includes ornament-making as a fund-raising activity for the Cook County Community Fund.

Tom Christiansen's Holiday Moose.

Tom Christiansen’s Holiday Moose will be at Last Chance Gallery’s Holiday Market next weekend.

On Saturday, Nov. 26,  there will be plein air painting by Kristin Blomberg starting at 3 p.m., a bronze sculpture pour at 4 p.m. by Tom Christiansen and at 5 p.m. there will be caroling and the annual tree lighting ceremony.  Holiday art and refreshments will be available all weekend.  The event is free and open to the public.

The 10th annual New Standards Holiday Show will be at Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25. Click for tickets.

The Hovland Christmas Sale will be held at the Hovland Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26 featuring a variety of work by Cook County residents. Stay tuned for details.

Opportunities: Call for Artists

Tettegouche State Park is putting out a call for artists to submit work for consideration to be exhibited at the Visitor Center in 2017. The Visitor Center exhibits the work of Minnesotan artists. This is an open call for submissions, with work to be selected by a jury panel of three. Work should have a “North Woods Aesthetic,” with some relevance to the expectations of travelers to the North Shore, and should be appropriate for family audiences. Exhibiting artists must be present at the park for a “show opening” event while their work is hung, and they may provide contact info for direct sales.

To apply, email six representative images, under 1MB each, to Kurt Mead, Interpretive Naturalist, Tettegouche State Park: kurt.mead@state.mn.us. Submissions are due Dec.31, to program through 2017.

The Grand Marais Art Colony seeks applications for its 2017 Artists-in-Residence. Applications are now open and available by clicking HERE. Application deadline: Dec. 9.

Cook County seeks submissions for its 2017 exhibitions. Artists are invited to submit proposals for an exhibition in the public spaces of the main floor of the Courthouse. For full details and specific questions contact Jeff Cadwell, Cook County administrator,  218-387-3687 or email jeff.cadwell@co.cook.mn.us. The application deadline is Dec. 30.

In Other Art News:

 Kari Vick has created a series of delightful letters of the alphabet using her signature style. She calls the series “ABC–A Boreal Collection.”

"Fox family, Fireweed, Frog" by Kari Vick.

“Fox family, Fireweed, Frog” by Kari Vick.

Each of the letters of the alphabet are illustrated with plants or animals that have that letter in their name. She writes: “I initially did a painting as a baby gift for Abby (Tofte), spelling out Freya (Abby’s daughter’s name). I had so much fun doing it that I decided to do the whole alphabet. I call the project ‘ABC – A Boreal Collection.’ Let me tell you, “X” was really hard. I finally found Xanthophyll in Chel Anderson’s book (it’s the plant pigment that causes the color in autumn leaves).”

Vick said people can custom order giclees of her letters at Sivertson Gallery to spell out names, and there is a full-alphabet giclee available as well.

Cathryn Peters has antler baskets at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Antler basket by Cathryn Peters.

Antler basket by Cathryn Peters.

Thomas Spence is exhibiting his photographs at the Coho Cafe in Tofte.

Last Chance Gallery is exhibiting work by two new potters for the gallery: Karin Kraemer and Martye Allen.

Carrot platter by Karin Kraemer. She is a new artist at Last Chance Gallery.

Carrot platter by Karin Kraemer. She is a new artist at Last Chance Gallery.

Here’s the music schedule for this weekend.

Thursday, Nov. 17:

  • Joe Paulik, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 18:

  • Josh and Brady of the Step Rockets, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Over the Waterfall, Community Contra Dance, North House Folk School, 7 p.m.
  • Evergreen Grass Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 19:

  • Jim McGowan, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Evergreen Grass Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 20:

  • Timmy Haus, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 21:

  • Open Mic Night, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 22:

  • Timmy Haus, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

 

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We found great photos of the Lake Superior Storm Festival gale and the Super Moon. Here are some examples.

Let’s start with the gale.

"Waves at Sunset: November Gale" by Sandra Updyke.

“Waves at Sunset: November Gale” by Sandra Updyke.

 

"Storm Festival" by Paul Sundberg.

“Storm Festival” by Paul Sundberg.

 

"Still one of my favorites" by Sierra Parsons.

“Still one of my favorites” by Sierra Parsons.

 

And here's another shot by David Johnson.

And here’s another shot by David Johnson.

And the Super Moon:

Full Beaver Moon over the Tombolo by Bryan Hansel.

Full Beaver Moon over the Tombolo by Bryan Hansel.

 

Super Moon by Paul Sundberg.

Super Moon by Paul Sundberg.

 

Lite by the Super Moon by Kirk Schleife.

Lite by the Super Moon by Kirk Schleife.

We found some other great shots, too. David Johnson calls this “Cool Window Reflections.”

Photo by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.

Don Davison says he took this when he walked out of the Johnson Heritage Post the other day.

Photo by Don Davison.

Photo by Don Davison.

But winter is on the way… first, frost on leaves.

Photo by Sarah Reller.

Photo by Sarah Reller.

And then, skim ice on the rivers.

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“First Ice” by Jennifer Schulz.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Empty Bowls, Storm Festival, Art & Music

Reflections at Fall River by Bryan Hansel.

Reflections at Fall River by Bryan Hansel.

Lots of handmade empty bowls in clay, glass and wood will be set out on tables at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Thursday for Empty Bowls 2016.

Empty Bowls 2016 will be at Bethlehem Lutheran Church serving soups and bread from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Thursday.

Empty Bowls 2016 will be at Bethlehem Lutheran Church serving soups and bread from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Thursday.

The event, which is fundraiser to help the hungry in Cook County, offers two seatings for participants to enjoy soups crafted by local restaurants and bread: Lunch, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner, from 5-7 p.m. There is also a silent auction as well as a bake sale. Half of the proceeds from the fundraiser go to the Cook County Food Shelf. The rest is donated to programs to help the hungry, including the Snack Packs for Kids program. Tickets are $5 for a bowl of soup, $15 for a handmade glass or ceramic bowl made at the Grand Marais Art Colony and soup. The turned wooden bowls by Sam Gathje, an intern at North House Folk School, are $20.

Empty Bowls is always a fun event for the community as they enjoy a meal together and help others at the same time. All welcome.

This is also the weekend for the Lake Superior Storm Festival, with lots of events planned.

First up is Taking Fashion by Storm, a lifestyle and outdoor fashion show presented by Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply. The event is from 5:30-8 p.m. on Friday,

Also on Friday night, Cook County Historical Society and WSDE present a big-screen showing of the WDSE’s documentary “Steamship America : A North Shore Legend” at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 6 p.m.

The documentary, "The Steamship American: A North Shore Legend" will be screened at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 6 p.m. Nov. 11.

The documentary, “The Steamship American: A North Shore Legend” will be screened at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 6 p.m. Nov. 11.

This excellent documentary weaves oral histories, new and vintage photographs, newspaper accounts and dramatic images to capture life on the North Shore in the early days. There will be a Q & A afterwards on the ‘making of’ and it’s free. WDSE’s Karen Sunderman and Steve Asch, who produced the documentary, will be there. All invited.

Also on Friday, author Michael Schumacher, who wrote “Torn in Two,”a shipwreck story just published by the University of Minnesota Press, will talk about his book on WTIP’s The Roadhouse. The band Floydian Slip, which plays at the Gunflint Tavern this weekend, will also be on the show to talk about their music and play a few songs. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. on Fridays.

On Saturday, Lutsen Resort will host the Wave Dash at noon. Then Jim Shinners will give a presentation about the loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald at 2 p.m. at Caribou Highlands.
Author Peter Geye will read from his book, “Wintering” at Voyageur Brewing Co. at 3 p.m.
Cascade Lodge will hold a  Storm Fest Survivors Night with two bands, Dat Dere Jazz and Common Ground. The music starts at 6 p.m.
And, to top it all off, Kah Nee Tah Gallery will host “Painting Up a Storm” from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday.
Painting Up a Storm at Kah Nee Tah Gallery on Saturday evening.

Paint Up a Storm at Kah Nee Tah Gallery in Lutsen on Saturday evening.

Local artist Kathy Fox-Weinberg will guide participants through painting a Lake Superior-themed piece that you’ll be able to take home with you. Refreshments (including wine) will be served. $25. Reservations are required. Call 218-387-2585.

On Sunday, Voyageur Brewing Co. will host a painting party from 1-3:30 p.m. $35 includes artist-lead instruction, canvas and paint materials and one beer. For reservations call 218-387-3163 or email info@voyageurbrewing.com

This is the last weekend to see the extraordinary work of the painters who participated in the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Plein Air 2016. More than 240 landscapes are featured in this show at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Bill Christ and Beryl Singeleton Bissell

Bill Christ and Beryl Singeleton Bissell enjoy the exhibit Plein Air 2016 at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The show ends on Sunday. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Another Art Colony art show is a must-see, too: The Members Show, which is currently on exhibit in the Founders Hall at the Art Colony.

'Old Friends," painting by W. Marie Goiup.

‘Old Friends,” painting by W. Marie Goiup.

The Members Show includes work in a variety of media — paintings, photographs, prints, ceramics and fiber art are all represented. The Art Colony is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The exhibit continues through Nov. 20.

In Duluth, the Duluth Art Institute will host two openings on Thursday night with a reception from 5-7 p.m — the 61st Arrowhead Regional Biennial and the 4North Exhibition. The Biennial is the longest running Biennial in the Midwest, and features some of the best artwork coming out of the region, judged each year by a distinguished guest.

The 4North exhibit opens at the Duluth Art Institute on Thursday.

The 4North exhibit opens at the Duluth Art Institute on Thursday.

The 4North exhibit showcases new work by Alison Aune, Kirsten Aune, Ann Klefstad and Arna Rennan. The exhibits continue through Feb. 9.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery will open an exhibit by sculptor John Books with a reception and an artist talk at 7:30 p.m. (EST) Thursday. “The Oxen of the Sun,” the title of the show, refers to a passage in Homer’s “The Odyssey.”

John Books opens a one-man show , "Oxen in the Sun," at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery on Thursday.

John Books opens a one-man show , “Oxen in the Sun,” at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery on Thursday.

John Books writes: “In the book, Ulysses and his crew, having survived many dangers together, are stranded by unfavorable winds on the island of Thrinakia. They had been warned, should they land on this island, to not harm the sacred oxen that belonged to the Greek sun god, Helios. Still wind-bound after a month, having gone through all their provisions, they were without any water or food. While Ulysses was climbing a mountain to pray for help from the gods, his companions, in desperation, took what was close to hand and lunched on the sacred. The next day the winds relented and they set sail. Suddenly, a storm arose and all drowned except Ulysses.”

Upcoming

 This year’s Winterer’s Gathering and Arctic Film Festival at North House Folk School will be Nov. 18-20 with Dave and Amy Freeman as the featured speakers.

Winterer's Gathering and Arctic Film Festival will be at North House Folk School Nov. 18-20.

Winterer’s Gathering and Arctic Film Festival will be at North House Folk School Nov. 18-20.

The festival also features screening of films about the Arctic all weekend, the first ever Cold Snap Poetry Slam, the Gear & Ski Swap, a chili feed, classes and more. Stay tuned for details and visit www.northhouse.org for more.

In Other Art News:

Local photographer, Thomas Spence, received the Grand Prize for a photo published in the new issue of Capture Minnesota, a hardcover, photographic journey through Minnesota’s seasons sponsored by TPT, the Twin Cities PBS. Three other of his photographs are also featured in the book.

Tom Spence won the Grand Prize for his photo  "Sunset Over Kelso Lake." Three other of hims images were featured in the lastest issue of Capture Minnesota.

Tom Spence won the Grand Prize for his photo “Sunset Over Kelso Lake.” Three other of hims images were featured in the lastest issue of Capture Minnesota.

Grand Marais photographer David Johnson also had a photo published in Capture Minnesota.

"Night Travelers" by David Johnson.

“Night Travelers” by David Johnson.

And, another nod to our talented local photographers, a photography by Bryan Hansel was selected as the cover for the December/January issue of Lake Superior Magazine.

A photograph by Bryan Hansel is on the cover of the latest issue of Lake Superior Magazine.

A photograph by Bryan Hansel is on the cover of the latest issue of Lake Superior Magazine.

Printmaker Rick Allen has recently completed his annual poster for Lutsen Mountains. Look for it around the county.

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Rick Allen’s latest Lutsen Mountains poster. Enjoy!

And Two Harbors painter, David Gilsvik, has new work at Sivertson Gallery.

"Sunset at the Divide" by David Gilsvik.

“Sunset at the Divide” by David Gilsvik.

 The music for the week:

Thursday, Nov. 10:

  • Boyd Blomberg, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 11:

  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Floydian Slip. Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 12:

  • Plucked Up String Band, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Mogul’s Grille and Tap Room, 5 p.m.
  • Storm Fest Survivors Night, Date Dere Jazz and Common Ground, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Flyodian Slip, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 13:

  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 15:

  • Eric Frost, Poplar River Pub, 8 p.m.

 

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We found lots of great wildlife photos this week. Here’s a sampling:

Lynx by David Johnson.

Lynx by David Johnson.

 

Ruffed Grouse by Paul Sundberg.

Ruffed Grouse by Paul Sundberg.

 

Porcupine by Travis Novitsky.

Porcupine by Travis Novitsky.

 

Hawk Owl by Kelly Marquart.

Hawk Owl by Kelly Marquart.

 

Cranes at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area in Grantsburg, Wis. by Travis Novitsky.

Cranes at Crex Meadows Wildlife Area in Grantsburg, Wis. by Travis Novitsky.

We found some other fun photographs, too. Here’s one by wood-turner Jim Sannerud.

Happy little wood shavings by Jim Sannerud.

Happy little wood shavings by Jim Sannerud.

 

And here’s a lovely photo.

Sunrise in Two Harbors by Scott Rockvam.

Sunrise in Two Harbors by Scott Rockvam.

And here’s a lovely shot by Ann Possis.

Foam, Leaves along CBR (Cascade Beach Road) by Ann Possis.

Foam, Leaves along CBR (Cascade Beach Road) by Ann Possis.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

 

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Book Lovers and Bluegrass Masters

Lake Superior at Artist Point by Kjersti Vick.

Clear skies and balmy weather welcome in the month of November, and this week, look for lots of cool things to do and see.

First up is is the Community Book Read of Linda LeGarde Grover’s, “The Road Back to Sweet Grass.”  The program is a collaboration between the Grand Marais Public Library, WTIP Community Radio, the Grand Marais Art Colony and lots of events are planned for this week.

Linda LeGarde Grover's "Road Back to Sweetgrass" was selected for the Community Book Read. Events associated with the program will happen this week.

Linda LeGarde Grover’s “Road Back to Sweetgrass” was selected for the Community Book Read. Events associated with the program will happen this week.

After reviewing many possible titles, representatives from the library and WTIP chose the engaging novel by Linda LeGarde Grover, a member of the Bois Forte band of Ojibwe. “The Road Back to Sweetgrass” has been awarded the Native Writers Circle of the Americas First Book Award.

Linda LeGarde Grover.

Linda LeGarde Grover.

The community book read aims to unify the community by bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds through reading one book and promoting thought and discussion, as well as providing a variety of events that are free and open to the public that relate to the book’s topics.

Community Book Read Events: (All are free)

  • A presentation by Carol Miller, American Indian Indian Women Writers, Grand Marais Public Library, Thursday, Nov. 3, 6 p.m.
  • Author Linda LeGarde Grover wiil give an in-depth look at Indian policies in effect at the time of the story in “The Road Back to Sweetgrass” with emphasis on the termination polices in effect from the 1950s through the 1980s, on Friday, Nov. 4, 6 p.m. Grand Marais Public Library.
  • Memoir-writing workshop with Felicia Schneiderhan, Saturday, Nov. 5, 9:30 a.m., Johnson Heritage Post.
  • LeGarde Grover will  give a presentation: “Modern Anishinaabe Women – Links to Tradition and History” a look at continuity and adaptation as experienced by women illustrated by the characters in the book, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2:30 p.m., Grand Marais Public Library.
  • Marcie McIntire will present:  Ojibway Beadwork in Historical context: A Personal Story, Saturday, Nov. 5, 5 p.m. at the library.

All invited to participate in the Community Book Read. Multiple copies are available for checkout at the library. The book is also for sale at Drury Lane Books and other stores in Cook County, and eBooks are available on-line.

And this is the weekend that bluegrass lovers look forward to all year — the Bluegrass Masters Weekend at Lutsen Resort. This is the 26th year the North Shore Music Association has organized this event, which draws musicians and music lovers from all over the region, including Canada. They come to listen to and learn with the nation’s best bluegrass players and instructors. Three days of jamming, a full day of instrumental workshops, and an evening concert by the featured group make for a pickin’ weekend in a relaxed setting—a great opportunity to connect with your bluegrass friends. This year’s featured instrument is guitar, and the featured performer and instructor is Jim Hurst.

Jim Hurst's trio will be in concert at Lutsen Resort at 8 p.m. Saturday, Tickets available at the resort. Hurst will also be teaching on Saturday.

Jim Hurst’ and his band will be in concert at Lutsen Resort at 8 p.m. Saturday, Tickets available at the resort. Hurst will also be teaching classes on Saturday.

Hurst is a Nashville musician who’s performed for the past three decades with artists including Holly Dunn, Trisha Yearwood, Sara Evans, and Missy Raines. Hurst joined Claire Lynch and the Front Porch String Band in 1995, and during that time he met Raines. The two of them formed the duet “Jim Hurst and Missy Raines” and recorded two albums that won them the International Bluegrass Music Awards for Guitar Player of the Year and Bass Player of the Year in both 2001 and 2002. Over the years, Jim has also maintained a strong solo career and taught workshops all over the country. Hurst will talk about his music and play a few tunes on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.

Everyone is invited to stop by Lutsen Resort on Saturday and listen in as the place rings with bluegrass music. Tickets for the Saturday concert can be purchased at the resort. For more info and to register for Hurst’s workshops, visit www.northshoremusicassociation.org.

There are two very interesting art shows in Grand Marais to see this weekend, too. The Members Show & Sale at the Grand Marais Art Colony opened last week and features a variety of works and media by Art Colony members in the Founders Hall. Here are a few examples of what you will see:

"Raven Speaks" by Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens.

“Raven Speaks” by Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens.

"Fenfall," beeswax, pigment, ferns by Nancy Daley.

“Fernfall,” beeswax, pigment, ferns by Nancy Daley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raku vessel by Maggie Anderson.

Raku vessel by Maggie Anderson.

The exhibit continues through Nov. 20. The Art Colony is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Also, Plein Air 2016 continues at the Johnson Heritage Post. The exhibit features more than 200 landscapes painted by artists participating the Plein Air Competition earlier this fall.  It’s a great show and shouldn’t be missed. It closes Nov. 13.

Plein Air 2016 continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through Nov. 13.

Plein Air 2016 continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through Nov. 13. Photo by Don Davison.

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

Opportunities

The Grand Marais Art Colony is hiring two new full-time positions – a Marketing Manager and a Development Manager. Applications are due Nov. 9. For more information, contact the Art Colony at 218-387-2737 or visit www.grandmaraisartcolony.org.

Casting Call: The Grand Marais Music Collaborative is seeking talent for an upcoming When Monkeys Fly opera fundraising party. A short (20-minute) excerpt from the opera will be performed. Available roles include a female principal vocalist (Wife), a male principal vocalist (Wizard) and up to six vocalists for the chorus. The goal is to raise the necessary funding to stage a three-performance event in 2017, which will benefit 19 professional vocal and instrumental performers, plus one dancing bag lady.

A casting call has gone out for the Grand Marais opera, "When Monkeys Fly."

A casting call has gone out for the Grand Marais opera, “When Monkeys Fly.

For more info, message the Grand Marais Music Collaborative Facebook page or email Grant Adams at grant.w.adams@gmail.com

Upcoming

Most of the  bowls that will be available at the Empty Bowls Dinner & Fundraiser are done. The last ceramic bowls were painted by students from Great Expectations School on Wednesday afternoon at the Grand Marais Art Colony, and everybody is excited to see them fired and arranged on tables at the Empty Bowls event next Thursday.

Great Expectations teacher Suzy Schwieg shows a student how to paint a bowl at the Grand Marais Art Colony. The class painted 25 bowls this week that will be donated to the Empty Bowls fundraiser Nov.10.

Great Expectations teacher Suzy Schwieg shows a student how to paint a bowl at the Grand Marais Art Colony. The class painted 25 bowls this week that will be donated to the Empty Bowls fundraiser Nov.10.

Empty Bowls, the fundraiser to help the hungry in Cook County, will be held at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Thursday, Nov. 10. There will be two seatings: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.

In Duluth, the Duluth Art Institute opens two exhibits on Thursday, Nov. 10, with a reception from 5-7 p.m. for both. The 61st Arrowhead Regional Biennial Exhibition features 33 works on display and includes an audio installation, prints, paintings, photographs, mixed media installations, a moleskin book, video, weaving, a tunic, colored pencil, and pastel. A full-color catalog will be be available. Artist Dyani White Hawk is this year’s juror.

Also at the Duluth Art Institute, an exhibit featuring four local women entitled: 4North: New Work by Alison Aune, Kirsten Aune, Ann Klefstad, and Arna Rennan, opens on Nov.10 as well.

Work by Alison Aune will be featured in the 4North exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute which opens Nov. 10.

Work by Alison Aune will be featured in the 4North exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute which opens Nov. 10.

The Lake Superior Storm Festival is next weekend, Nov. 11-12, and will feature the screening of WDSE’s great documentary, “The Steamship America: A North Shore Legend” at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11.

The documentary, "The Steamship American: A North Shore Legend" will be screened at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 6 p.m. Nov. 11.

The documentary, “The Steamship America: A North Shore Legend” will be screened at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 6 p.m. Nov. 11. Free.

WDSE’s historical documentary weaves oral histories, new andvintage photographs, newspaper accounts and dramatic images to capture life on the shore in the early days. The screening is free and is a collaboration between WDSE and the Cook County Historical Society.

In Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay bronze sculptor John Books, who now lives in Grand Marais, will give an artist talk at the opening of his exhibit, “Oxen in the Sun,” at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday, Nov. 10. He will have 47 works on display.

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The exhibit continues through Jan. 8.

Dave and Amy Freeman are featured speakers at this year’s Winterer’s Gathering and Arctic Film Festival at North House Folk School Nov. 18-20. Stay tuned for details.

The American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave. in Minneapolis, will feature a collection of  Jim Brandenburg’s framed photographs of the northern lights during its Lantern Lit Holiday Glog Tour. The exhibit is organized by Sivertson Gallery and opens Nov. 11.

Jim Brandenburg's "Moose Lake Aurora Borealis" will be in his exhibit at the American Swedish Institute.

Jim Brandenburg’s “Moose Lake Aurora Borealis” will be in his exhibit at the American Swedish Institute.

Here’s the music schedule for this weekend:

Thursday, Nov. 3:

  • Billy Johnson, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 4:

  • Bluegrass Masters Weekend, Lusten Resort, noon
  • Billy Johnson, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Bughouse, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 5:

  • Bluegrass Masters Weekend, all day (workshops, jamming) concert, Lusten Resort, 8 p.m.
  • Bughouse, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 6:

  • Bluegrass Masters Weekend, noon, Lutsen Mountain
  • Lovesick and Lonesome, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

 

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We found some interesting photographs this week. Let’s start with the color gold.

Golden Trees by Jeffre Nicke.

Golden Trees by Jeffre Nicke.

 

Here's a lovely late fall shot by Mark Tessiser. He calls it: "The Golden Tree," Enjoy!

“The Golden Tree,” by Mark Tessier.

 

"Sun Disk" by Joe Polecheck.

“Sun Disk” by Joe Polecheck.

 

Split Rock Lighthouse by Dennis O'Hara.

Split Rock Lighthouse by Dennis O’Hara.

 

"Not Quite Ready To Go" by Tim Miodozyniec.

“Not Quite Ready To Go” by Tim Miodozyniec.

 

"Moss in the Woods" by Kjersti Vick.

“Moss in the Woods” by Kjersti Vick.

 

Raindrops and Veins by Nace Hagemann.

Raindrops and Veins by Nace Hagemann.

And the bull moose are out.

Looking for a mate by David Johnson.

Looking for a mate by David Johnson.

 

Photo by Nace Hagemann.

Photo by Nace Hagemann.

Late fall weather brings gorgeous light …

Ellingson Island at Split Rock just after sunrise by Jim Schnortz.

Ellingson Island at Split Rock just after sunrise by Jim Schnortz.

And a storm or two.

On the Point by Don Davison.

On the Point by Don Davison.

Enjoy the weekend, everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Members Show, Halloween Parties & Painting Bowls

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“The end of a beautiful October day” by Kjersti Vick.

There’s lots to do this weekend. There will be great local radio as live musicians play on WTIP for its fall member drive. There are Halloween parties, too, including a totally wild one in Thunder Bay, and the Art Colony’s Member Show opens on Friday night. There are paint-a-bowl opportunities, too. Here are the details.

The WTIP Fall Membership drive, “Treat Yourself to WTIP” begins on Thursday morning and runs through Sunday with lots of live music in the studios over the weekend. On Thursday, Shoot from the Hipsters will play from 1-2 p.m. and Amy Grillo & Gene LaFond will play from 8-9 p.m. on the program, Thirsty Boots.

Dat Dere Jazz plays at WTIP on SAturday.

Dat Dere Jazz plays at WTIP on Friday.

On Friday, Dat Dere Jazz plays from 1-2 p.m., Briand Morrison plays from 4-5 p.m. on the program The Scenic Route and Common Ground plays at 5 p.m. on The Roadhouse.

The Plucked Up String Band plays at WTIP on Saturday

The Plucked Up String Band plays live on WTIP on Saturday.

On Saturday, the Plucked Up String Band plays from 5-6 p.m., and Bump Blomberg and Jim Elverhoy play from 6-7 p.m. And on Sunday, Leah Laky will play from 2-3 p.m. on the program, Women in Music. Refreshments will be served all weekend, and everyone is invited to stop by.

For the actors in the community, the Grand Marais Playhouse is holding auditions at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts for the community youth production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” 

Auditions for "Beauty and the Beast" will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the ACA.

Auditions for “Beauty and the Beast” will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the ACA.

Lead roles will be filled by actors in high school to adult. High school age community members are strongly encouraged to audition. Community members in grades 6 to adult may audition for the ensemble. No experience necessary. Must commit to rehearsal schedule.

On Friday, the Grand Marais Art Colony opens its annual Members Show with a reception from 5-7 p.m. The exhibit will be preceded by the Art Colony’s annual meeting, which starts at 3:30 p.m.

One corner of the upcoming Members Show exhibit at the Grand Marais Art Colony. It opens on Friday with a reception from 5-7 p.m.

One corner of the upcoming Members Show at the Grand Marais Art Colony. It opens on Friday with a reception from 5-7 p.m.

Artist members from throughout the region have submitted work to the show, which includes paintings, photographs, glass, fiber art, prints, ceramics and multi-media work. Refreshments will be served. All invited.

Also on Friday, Linda Legarde Grover, author of “The Road Back to Sweetgrass,” the Cook County Community Book Read pick for this fall, will be interviewed on WTIP’s The Roadhouse. The program airs from 5-7 p.m.

Linda Legarde Grover will be interviewed on The Roadhouse on Friday and give a presentation at the Grand Marais Public Library Nov. 5.

Linda Legarde Grover will be interviewed on The Roadhouse on Friday and give a presentation at the Grand Marais Public Library Nov. 5.

Saturday will be busy. First up is the annual Paint-A-Bowl event held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

One of the bowls created at a Paint-A-Bowl event a few years ago. Painted by Susan Bragstad.

One of the bowls created at a Paint-A-Bowl event at the Grand Marais Art Colony a few years ago. Painted by Susan Bragstad.

The public is invited to come in and paint a ceramic bowl for the Empty Bowls Fundraiser, which will be held Nov. 10 this year at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. The paints are glazes, and after the bowls are completed, they’re fired in the Art Colony’s kilns. There’s a suggested donation of $5 to cover the cost of materials.

Halloween is being celebrated with a pumpkin carving contest and parties on Saturday.

First up is WTIP’s Pumpkin Carving/ Decorating Contest, which will be held at the radio station from 2-4 p.m. Pumpkins and some carving supplies will be provided, although participants are welcome to bring their own. It is open to all ages, but children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. The carving contest will be held outdoors, so wear appropriate clothing. Free. Open to the public.

There are two Halloween parties in Grand Marais on Saturday night. The Pistol Whipping Party Penguins will play for the party at the Gunflint Tavern, and Earth, Wind & Todd will play at Grandma Ray’s. Costumes are encouraged.

The Halloween Party to end all Halloween Parties will be held in Thunder Bay on Saturday night when the Definitely Superior Art Gallery presents, Hunger 11, a huge Halloween celebration in the Waterfront District in downtown Thunder Bay.

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The Hunger 11 is a fundraiser for the Definitely Superior Art Gallery and contemporary arts, and will be held throughout downtown Thunder Bay Oct 29 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. (EDT)

The event, which is a fundraiser for the contemporary arts, features 52 performance acts, seven venues, 42 bands and DJs performing from 8 p.m. to 2 p.m. (EDT). Participating venues include Crock’s, Black Pirates Pub, The Foundery, the Sovereign Room, Gargoyle’s, Red Lion Smokehouse and Definitely Superior Art Gallery, 250 Park Ave. A $15 donation gets you into every venue. Last year, 3,750 attended. There will be lots of prizes for the best costumes.

The Definitely Superior Art Gallery‘s exhibit, Sarah Link/Riaz Mehmood continues through Oct. 29, too.

The Sarah  exhibit at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery continues through Oct. 29.

The SarahLin/Riaz Mehmood installation at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery.

Current exhibits at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery include “The Unvarnished Truth: Exploring the Material History of Paintings,” “The Next Chapter: Community Living Pottery Exhibition,” with lead artist Kasia Piech and the “1000 Miles Apart Conference,” organized by the Visual Arts Department of Lakehead University.

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The “1000 Miles Apart” exhibit continues through Nov. 6 at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

In Grand Marais,  the exhibit at the Johnson Heritage PostPlein Air 2016 — continues through Nov. 13 with more than 200 paintings created during the Grand Marais Art Colonys plein air event this fall.

"Boathouse on Croftville Road" by Catherine Hearding, is one of the plein air paintings on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

“Boathouse on Croftville Road” by Catherine Hearding, is one of the plein air paintings on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

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

Upcoming

 Next Thursday, Nov. 3, Sam Gathje, an intern at North House Folk School, will host a Paint-A-Bowl event at North House to paint the 50 turned, wooden bowls he made for the Empty Bowls Fundraiser.

Sam Gathje, an intern at North House Folk School, has turned 50 bowls for the Empty Bowls Fundraiser and is inviting the public to learn more about the project and paint-a-bowl with milk paint from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3.

Sam Gathje, an intern at North House Folk School, has turned 50 bowls for the Empty Bowls Fundraiser and is inviting the public to learn more about the project and paint-a-bowl from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3.

Ada Igoe describes his process.

“Gathje makes each bowl with green birch wood he’s harvested from community members’ properties. After cutting the wood into blocks, he turns the bowls on an electric lathe and said he’s received a lot of guidance from Jim Sannerud as he’s worked to fashion 50 bowls of all different sizes for Empty Bowls 2016.

“In the beginning, it took Gathje a standard-length workday to make two bowls. Now he can crank out 10 – 12 bowls in eight hours. After being turned, the bowls must rest and dry for two weeks before being finished with oil and milk paint, a non-toxic water-based paint that’s been used for thousands of years.”

The public is invited to this unique Paint-A-Bowl opportunity, which will be held at North House Folk School from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3.

Next weekend, Nov. 4-6, the North Shore Music Association presents the 26th annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend at Lutsen Resort. The weekend features great opportunities to celebrate, make music, learn and listen as bluegrass musicians from all over the region converge on the resort for a weekend of music-making.

The featured instrument this year is the guitar, and Nashville’s guitar maestro, Jim Hurst, is the featured performer.

Jim Hurst is the featured performer and instructor at this year's Bluegrass Masters Weekend at Lutsen Resort.

Jim Hurst is the featured performer and instructor at this year’s Bluegrass Masters Weekend at Lutsen Resort.

There will be lots of jamming throughout the resort over the weekend  and classes all-day Saturday, taught by Hurst, who will also perform in a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday night. For more info, visit www.northshoremusicassociation.com. Stay tuned for details.

Sculptor John Books opens an exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery entitled “John Books: Oxen of the Sun” on Nov. 10.

Sculpture by John Books.

“Cool Cat.” 2013, charred wood and metal,  by John Books.

Books will give an artist talk at the opening reception at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10.

And here’s one to look forward to. The annual Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church’s community art exhibit opens at the Johnson Heritage Post in early March. The theme of the show: “Kindling Curiosity: Lighting the Creative Spark.” Stay tuned for details.

Opportunities

 The Grand Marais Art Colony is seeking applications for two new positions: Marketing Manager and Development Manager. The application deadline is Nov. 9. For more info, visit www.grandmaraisartcolony.org.

In Other Art News:

 Kristofer Bowman, owner of Upstate MN, the new gallery in Grand Marais, is featured in a story in the November issue of Mpls/St.Paul Magazine.

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The Mpls/St. Paul Magazine features Kristofer Bowman and Upstate MN in its November issue.

WDSE’s The Playlist will highight Melissa Wickwire of Wickwire Clay Works in a program next year. Producer Karen Sunderman and Videographer Steve Ash filmed Wickwire as she installed her handmade tiles above a fireplace in Duluth recently. They also filmed her working in her studio at the Betsy Bowen Studio & Galleries earlier this year.

Melissa Wickwire and James Coleman install Wickwire's tiles above a fireplace in a Duluth residence.

Melissa Wickwire and James Coleman install Wickwire’s tiles above a fireplace in a Duluth residence.

Photographer Thomas Spence is exhibiting his work at the Coho Cafe in Tofte through November.

Photo by Tom Spence.

Photo by Tom Spence.

 Neil Sherman recently was awarded an equipment/technology grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council to purchase a computer, a new high-quality camera and adaptor lens, and Adobe Photoshop software to better document and present completed works.

The Betsy Bowen Studio is open by appointment from Oct. 23-Nov. 30. The  Holiday Art Underground show opens Dec. 2., with a Sneak Peak from 4-7 p.m. Dec. 1. Stay tuned. For more info about the gallery, click here.

Here’s the music schedule for the weekend.

Thursday, Oct. 27:

  • Frozen Britches, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6:30 p.m.
  • Rich Mattson & Greman Gemberling, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 28:

  • Pete Kavanaugh, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Grandma Ray’s, 7 p.m.
  • Jim Miller, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Pistol Whippin’ Party Penguins, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 29:

  • Jim McGowan, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Jon Kallberg, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Earth, Wind & Todd, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Pistol Whippin’ Party Penguins, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 30:

  • Timmy Haus, Gunflint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 31:

  • Pete K, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

We found a few unusual photographs this week.

First up, is this photo by Sandra Updyke. It looks like someone gave up … a long time ago.

"Finding Things You Don't Expect to Find" by Sandra Updyke.

“Finding Things You Don’t Expect to Find” by Sandra Updyke.

And this interesting image.

Loons Foot Landing in Superior, Wis. by Jill Cima.

Loons Foot Landing in Superior, Wis. by Jill Cima.

Here’s our wildlife photo of the week.

Photo by Matt Herberg.

Photo by Matt Herberg.

Here’s an incredible sunrise. Not photoshopped.

An amazing sunrise. Photo by Debbie Benedict.

An amazing sunrise. Photo by Debbie Benedict.

And here’s the other side of the coin…

October in the Woods by Thomas Spence.

October in the Woods by Thomas Spence.

Here’s frosted beauty.

Photo by Kristofer Bowman.

Photo by Kristofer Bowman.

And a wind-blown Lake Superior.

Photo by Sierra Parsons.

Photo by Sierra Parsons.

And the opposite: calm and serene.

Royal River by Patty Doherty.

Royal River by Patty Doherty.

And this beauty from the Apostle Islands.

"Resolute" by Michael DeWitt.

“Resolute” by Michael DeWitt.

And finally, this breathtaking photograph by Paul Sundberg.

Middle Falls at Gooseberry State Park by Paul Sundberg.

Middle Falls at Gooseberry State Park by Paul Sundberg.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

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Moose Madness, A Jazz Concert, Art & Music

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David Johnson caught the attention of this bull moose — briefly. Johnson said  it quickly turned back to watching a nearby female.

 

Moose Madness!

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Grand Marais will be totally focused on this end-of-fall festival Oct. 21-23 with a huge number of activities, events and contests throughout the weekend.

There’s a Moose Coloring Contest, a Moose Cartoon Contest, a Moose Medallion Hunt and, one of my favorites: a Moose Poetry Contest.

Here’s a great haiku from last year:

Calves are small in spring

And become very tall in fall.

They mate on a date.

Clayton Flaten, 10

All the shops will have special moosey contests, too, including a challenge to find all the books in the new mural on the outside wall of Birchbark Books, and a challenge to check all the moose you see off a list at Sivertson Gallery. Moose Bucks can be accumulated at shops all over the city with prize drawings at the end of the festival. And The Lake Superior Zoomobile will be at East Bay Suites on Saturday, with everything from bunnies to bugs.

This is also the weekend for the Sawtooth Mountain Challenge, a bike race on Pincushion Mountain and a family weekend at North House Folk School with a Contra Dance at 7 p.m. on Friday night and free interactive craft demonstrations all day on Saturday. Short, family friendly courses and workshops will be on-going as well.

And there’s art.

On Friday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will hold a free watercolor resist painting event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. No pre-registration is required. Free. On Saturday from 1-4 p.m., the print studio at the Art Colony is open for families who want to try their hand at printmaking and there will be a glass bauble workshop in the glass studio. Pre-registration for the glass workshop is requested. $5 donation. Call 387-2737 for more info.

Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen has a number of demonstrations planned for the weekend. On Friday, Mary MacDonald will demonstrate weaving from noon to 4 p.m. On Saturday, Linda Bauer will give a spinning demonstration at 1 p.m. and on Sunday, “Moose Whisperer” Nace Hagemann will be showing his latest collection of moose photos at the gallery from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

"Bull moose in rut" by Nace Hagemann.

“Bull moose in rut” by Nace Hagemann.

And, finally, you can get into your car to look for moose. There’s a handy map of Moose Quest Routes in the Moose News, which can be found at the Grand Marais Visitor Center, which is Moose Central for this weekend. For more info on all the moosey events this weekend, click here.

There are other events in Grand Marais this weekend, too.

The North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum will hold its 7th annual Storytelling Dinner at Lutsen Resort on Friday evening. Storytelling guests this year are Georgie Dunn, who photographed decline of commerical fishing brought on by the loss of lake trout to the  sea lamprey. Beaver Bay commerical fisherman Clint Maxwell will also be a guest. For more info, call 663-7050 or visit www.commercialfishingmuseum.org

And on Saturday, the Blue Sky Jazz Ensemble and four guest musicians will perform “All Our Own Jazz” at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. Guests include Max Bichel, Philis Anderson, Kathy Bolstad and Barb LaVigne.

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The Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble is (from left) Brett Jones, Mike DeBevec, Erik Hahn, Karina Roth and Mike Roth.

The  Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble has performed and taught throughout Northeast Minnesota over the past seven years and collected a large, enthusiastic following of music lovers. This latest project, “All Our Own Jazz,” facilitates a creative collaboration of local musicians who would otherwise not have the opportunity to play together, using original jazz compositions as the medium. Eight of the compositions were written by Mike Debevec specifically for the event’s guest artists. This will be the debut performance of these new works. The concert is sponsored by the North Shore Music Association. Tickets are $15 adults, free for youth 18 and under. Tickets available in the lobby at 6 p.m.

Making bowls for the Empty Bowls fundraiser, which is at Bethlehem Lutheran Church this year on Nov. 10, continues next week with “Make a Glass Bowl” at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Tuesday, Oct. 25 and Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Pre-registration required. Call 387-2737 to register.

And the Paint-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls event will be held at the Art Colony on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Painted bowls await firing after the Paint-A-Bowl event last year. This year, the event will be held OCt. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Newly painted bowls await firing after the Paint-A-Bowl event last year. This year, the paint-a-bowl event will be held Saturday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grand Marais Art Colony. All invited.

No pre-registration is required, although a $5 donation is requested. Community members are invited to stop by and paint a bowl to help the hungry.

And art lovers are invited to view the extraordinary exhibit of landscapes at the Johnson Heritage Post Gallery over the weekend. The exhibit, entitled “Plein Air 2016,” features 240 paintings created by artists who participated in the Grand Marais Art Colony’s Plein Air event earlier this fall.

"The Landing" by Greg Preslicka, is one of the paintings in the Plein Air 2016 exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

“The Landing” by Greg Preslicka, is one of the paintings in the Plein Air 2016 exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The Heritage Post is open Wednesdays – Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sundays and Mondays, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Free admission.

And, if you’re in Thunder Bay over lunchtime, consider taking an Express Tour at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, which is on the campus of Confederation  College. The guided tours start at 12:30 p.m. (EDT) and are a great way to gain insight into current exhibits.

In the exhibit “The Unvarnished Truth” organized and circulated by the McMaster Museum of Art, the museum keeps hearing the question “Are they the real thing?” Yes, these are original artworks including one that is 500 years old, and a Vincent VanGogh.

Take an Express Tour of the Unvarnished Truth at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, through Oct. 27.

Take an Express Tour of the Unvarnished Truth at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery through Oct. 27.

The exhibition is a multidisciplinary, collaborative study that showcases the historical artworks along with the techniques used to analyze them. For more information on this fascinating exhibition, why not stop by for a lunchtime tour? It’s a pay-what-you-can event. Suggested donation, $5. The Express Tour for this exhibit continues through Oct. 27.

Upcoming

The 2016 Member Show & Sale opens at the Grand Marais Art Colony with a reception from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28. The exhibit runs through Nov. 20. This year’s theme is “Ode to the Ordinary.” Or, as the Art Colony puts it: “There is delight in a ritual as simple as a morning cup of coffee or seeing a favorite rock leaning on the windowsill. These things may serve as a reminder or provide peace and grounding. Ode to the Ordinary honors the beauty, humor, resiliance, and steadfastness of the everyday.” The Art Colony will hold its annual meeting in the Founders Hall at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28. All members invited. (Note: Artwork for the Members Show is due Monday, Oct. 24.)

The Northern Lake County Arts Board will host Brian Miller and Randy Gosa in concert entitled “The Lost 40″ at the William Kelly High School Auditorium in Silver Bay Nov. 3. The musicians play historical Irish-inspired music of the Great Lakes Region. For tickets, visit www.northernlakecountyartsboard.tix.com
The North Shore Music Association’s 26th annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend will be at Lutsen Resort Nov. 4-6. This year’s featured instrument is guitar, and the featured performer and instructor will be Jim Hurst. Stay tuned for details. For more info, see www.northshoremusicassociation.com

Painting Up a Storm: Artist Kathy Fox Weinberg will hold a Lake Superior/Storm themed acrylic painting class in honor of Storm Fest  Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. The cost is $25 per person and includes professional instruction, all supplies, wine and snacks. Reservations are required. Call the gallery at 387-2585 to make a reservation.

Opportunities

Artists are invited to apply for the Juried Artists-in-Residence program at the Grand Marais Art Colony. Two concurrent juried residencies are available in 2017, one in the Founders Hall Multi-use Studio and one in the Eco-Friendly Printmaking Studio. Juried residents are provided with two weeks of independent studio access, lodging, and a weekly stipend. Residents may choose to provide a community engagement component (optional) for an additional stipend. The deadline to apply is Dec. 9. For more info and to apply, click here.

In Other Art News:

 This is the last weekend to see Jim Ringquist’s exhibit of Cook County panoramas at the Cook County Courthouse.

Briand Morrison and Sam Miltich will play together at the Amazing Grace Cafe in Duluth on Saturday from 6-8 p.m.

Jim Sannerud is putting the final touches on chairs he is creating for his dinner setting exhibit, “At the Table.” Sannerud is a 2016 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. The grant allows him to build a dinner setting that is inspired by his visit last year to his ancestors’ farm “Gardsjord” in Rauland, Norway. He works in his studio space at Betsy Bowen’s Studio & Galleries.

Chairs by Jim Sannerud.

Chairs by Jim Sannerud.

Here’s the music for this weekend:

Thursday, Oct. 20:

  • Gordon Thorne & Chris Gillis, Gunflint Tavern, 7-10 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 21:

  • Gene LaFond & Amy Grillo, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Bug Dope, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • The Pete K Group, Grand Ray’s, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 22:

  • Matt Ray, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Josef Deithelm Oktoberfest, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Josef Diethelm Oktoberfest Celebration, Cascade Lodge, 6:30 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.
  • The Pete K Group, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 23:

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

Monday, Oct. 24:

  • Boyd Bump Blomberg, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 26:

  • Gordon Thorne & Jim Olschmidt, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

The rut has started in the Northwoods and bull moose are out there. So are photographers. Here are a few of the images we found. First up, the artist’s take.

Tom Christiansen's painted moose. It's small, only 2-feet tall. It can be found at his gallery: Last Chance in Lutsen.

Tom Christiansen’s painted moose. It’s only 2-feet tall. It can be found at his gallery: Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.

 

Paul Sundberg took this photograph of a handsome bull moose the other day.

Paul Sundberg took this photograph of a handsome bull moose the other day.

 

Thomas Spence took this shot... it looks like this particular moose likes to have its picture taken.

Thomas Spence took this shot… it looks like this particular moose likes to have its picture taken.

We found some other great wildlife shots this week, too. Here are images from Michael Furtman.

American Coot, out for a walk by Michael Furtman.

American Coot, out for a walk by Michael Furtman.

 

Red Fox taking a nap by Michael Furtman.

Red Fox taking a nap by Michael Furtman.

 

This shot was of a Bald Eagle pair was taken in Michigan.

Photo by Brian Garwick, taken in Farwell, Mich.

Photo by Brian Garwick, taken in Farwell, Mich.

The Northern Lights were crackling last week, too. Here are two great images.

Photo by Steve Ortman.

Photo by Steve Ortman.

 

High Falls at Grand Portage by Jim Schnortz.

High Falls at Grand Portage by Jim Schnortz.

We found a few interesting night shots, too.

Photo by Breanda Lapos Loeb.

Photo by Breanda Lapos Loeb.

 

"My luckiest shot" by Michael Thompson.

“My luckiest shot” by Michael Thompson.

And Fall, in all its glory, has been well documented. Here are some examples.

Paul Pluskwik: Fall Landscape.

Paul Pluskwik: Fall Landscape.

 

Golden Hour by Thomas Spence.

Golden Hour by Thomas Spence.

 

Fall in Duluth by Katy Hawley.

Fall in Duluth by Katy Hawley.

 

Photo by Jamie Rabold.

Photo by Jamie Rabold.

And finally, this sweet shot by Mary Amerman.

Fall reflections by Mary Amerman.

Fall reflections by Mary Amerman.

Enjoy your weekend. Maybe you’ll even see a moose!

 

 

 

 

 

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Looking Up by Sandra Updyke.

“Looking Up,” fall colors by Sandra Updyke.

Fall is falling, but poplars and aspens are still showing a lot of color and the forest floor is deep in leaves, a hiking paradise.

And this weekend, we celebrate the art of the North with the 16th annual Inuit Premiere at Sivertson Gallery. This event is truly extraordinary, as the gallery showcases Native Alaskan and Canadian Inuit art,  the only gallery in the lower 48 to hold such an event.

 

"Rainbow Reflection," print by Ningeokulak Teevee.

“Rainbow Reflection,” print by Ningeokulak Teevee is one of of the prints on exhibit at Sivertson Gallery‘s Inuit Premiere this weekend.

At the premiere, you will see gorgeous and inspiring Inuit prints and soapstone carvings as well as Native Alaskan sculptures crafted from walrus tusk, whale bone, whale baleen and soapstone. The Premiere also offers a wide variety of unique fossilized woolly mammoth molar and tusk jewelry.

One of the most fascinating (and entertaining) part of the Inuit Premiere are the throat singers Taqralik Partridge and Nina Segalowitz, who will perform at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday at the gallery.

Throat singing is a vocal form in which a single voice produces more than one tone at the same time, usually as harmonics of a main tone or drone, traditionally practiced by peoples in central Asia, the Inuit, and Tibetan Buddhist monks. Get a preview of what throat singing is all about on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night when Partridge and Segalowitz will be on the show. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. on Friday night.

At 6 p.m. on Saturday, Tqarlik Partridge will be featured at A Fireside Chat, where she will talk about her life and read from her poetry. Partridge is a spoken-word artist and has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada. All the events are free. Refreshments will be served. All welcome.

Also on Saturday, Tom McCann and Nancy Haarmeyer will give the Full Moon Reading at Drury Lane Books at 5 p.m. Each full moon, the bookstore gathers outside around the bonfire to hear a local writer read from their own work or the work of others. Free.

Also, this is the last weekend for the public to come to the Grand Marais Art Colony Clay Studio and Make-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls, the fundraiser to help feed the hungry in Cook County. Studio space is limited, so register now. There are Make-a-Bowl sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

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Theresa Oberg and Cindy Hakala throw bowls during a Make-A-Bowl session at the Grand Marais Art Colony a few years ago. The one-hour sessions include instruction on how to throw a bowl and handbuild a bowl.  Call 387-2737 to register. There’s a $5 materials fee. The bowls are donated to the Empty Bowls fundraiser which will be Nov. 10 this year.

These workshops are open to all levels and ages. When you attend one of these one-hour sessions, you’ll make one wheel-thrown and one hand-built bowl to donate to the Empty Bowls fundraiser on Nov. 10.  There is a $5 participation fee. Workshops are held at the Grand Marais Art Colony. Call 387-2737 for more info and to register.

Also, there are two workshops for making a glass bowl for Empty Bowls Oct. 25 & 26. Registration required. Call 387-2737.

For opera lovers, the Grand Marais Public Library is presenting MN Opera Stories Sing with Alisa Magallon, a free program at the library at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13. Magallon, a professional opera singer, uses tools from the stage to inspire and help children engage in books. Children will make a puppet and use it to perform pieces taught in the story. Magallon will read and sing a children’s book with an operatic theme. Free.

And, for wine lovers, the North Shore Winery, located on Ski Hill Road in Lutsen, will host a Harvest Fest on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Join winemaker, Chuck Corliss, and his assistant, Karl Klinker, as they demonstrate how North Shore Winery ferments and processes wines after receiving grapes. Wine tasting, of course, and food by Double D’s. Gordon Thorne will play.

And don’t forget to stop in at the Johnson Heritage Post to see the Plein Air 2016 exhibit this weekend.

Carl Bretzke's "Behind the Fish Dock" won best of show at the Plein Air 2016 competitoin.

Carl Bretzke’s “Behind the Fish Dock” won best of show at the Plein Air 2016 competitoin.

More than 70 plein air artists participated in this year’s event organized by the Grand Marais Art Colony. More than 240 paintings are on view. The Johnson Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and from 1-4 p.m. Sundays and Mondays. It is closed on Tuesdays.

And the Cross River Heritage Center continues its exhibit of artists including work by Charlotte Durie, Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens, Rose Vastila, Tim Ostroot, Kathleen Gray- Anderson, Trish Hunter and Mary Jane Huggins.

In Thunder Bay, the Baggage Building Arts Center opens the exhibit, “Making An Impression” on Friday, Oct. 14.

Linoleum block print by Gail Kuhl is in the Baggage Building Art Center's printmaking show.

Linoleum block print by Gail Kuhl is in the Baggage Building Art Center’s printmaking show.

The exhibit features Thunder Bay printmakers representing various disciplines of hand-made original prints. The exhibit runs through Nov. 10.

Upcoming

 Moose Madness is next weekend, Oct. 21-23, during MEA weekend, and there are lots of things going on in Grand Marais, including special drop-in art activities at the Grand Marais Art Colony and North House Folk School, as well as classes and workshops at both places. Moosey things are organized throughout the weekend, too. For more info and a schedule of events, click here and stay tuned for details.

The Grand Marais Art Colony‘s annual Member Show opens Oct. 28. Members are invited to submit works by Oct. 24. For more info, click here, or call the Art Colony at 218-387-2737.

Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux will hold a Novel Starter Class in conjunction with the National Novel Writing Month, which is in November. The five class sessions start Oct. 29. For more information, click here.

In Other Art News:

 Betsy Bowen just celebrated the 25th anniversary of her book, “Antler, Bear, Canoe.” Bowen printed a page from that book for the celebration that was held last week at her gallery.

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This is the special edition print “January,” crafted from a block Betsy Bowen carved in 1989.

Did you know that the “Antler, Bear, Canoe” was voted among the 10 Best Children’s Books by the Smithsonian Magazine? An honor, for sure.

Linda Bauer has a number of felted bags at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Felted bag by Linda Bauer.

Felted bag by Linda Bauer.

Here’s the music schedule for this weekend:

Thursday, Oct. 13:

  • Frozen Britches, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Jon Miller, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 14:

  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 .m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • GinStrings, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 15:

  • Pete K, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Dat Dere Jazz, Cascade Restaurant Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • GinStrings, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 17:

  • Pete Kavanaugh, Bluefin Grill, 8 p.m.

We found some great photos this week.

Let’s start with “The Chatty Grouse.”

"It's hard to get anything done when the neighbors keep coming over to chat. " Photo by Evelyn DeShaw.

“It’s hard to get anything done when the neighbors keep coming over to chat,”  by Evelyn DeShaw.

DeShaw said this grouse turns up in their yard all the time, apparently just to visit.

Fall colors continue to amaze. Here are some examples.

Basking in Afternoon Light by Kjersti Vick.

Basking in Afternoon Light by Kjersti Vick.

 

"Lonely Autumn" by Jakub Sisak.

“Lonely Autumn” by Jakub Sisak.

 

Oak Leaves by Paul Sundberg.

Oak Leaves by Paul Sundberg.

 

Island with red leaves by Sandra Updyke.

Island with red leaves by Sandra Updyke.

Mushrooms are going crazy this fall, too. Here’s a photo by Paul Sundberg to prove it. He said he went back to this fallen birch tree to photograph the mushrooms again and the squirrels had already begun consuming them.

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Mushrooms by Paul Sundberg.

And we found these beauties, too.

Bridges of West Skyline (Blvd), Duluth by Jamie Rabold.

Bridges of West Skyline (Blvd), Duluth by Jamie Rabold.

 

October Morn.Cold and Crisp. Devil Track Lake. by Don Davison.

October Morn.Cold and Crisp. Devil Track Lake. by Don Davison.

 

Poplar River by Thomas Spence.

Poplar River by Thomas Spence.

 

Lake Superior waves by Sierra Parsons.

Lake Superior waves by Sierra Parsons.

And last, but not least, this gorgeous shot of a Great Egret photographed at Crex Meadows Wisconsin Wildlife Area and Refuge near Grantsburg, Wis.

Crex Meadows State Park by Gary Jake Jacobson.

Great Egret by Gary Jake Jacobson.

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Shakespeare, Van Gogh & a 25th Anniversary

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Sarah Reller and Josh Capps climbed up the stairs of the fire tower on Mt. Sophie recently and here’s what they saw. Enjoy! Photo by Sarah Reller.

Mmmmm-mmm– fall colors are at their peak on the North Shore. This weekend also brings an incredible array of art experiences.

It kicks off at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in Thunder Bay on Thursday with the opening of an exhibit of nine paintings by European masters, including Vincent Van Gogh, Peter Paul Rubens, and Jacopo Tintoretto.

"Circle of Jan Gossart (called Mabuse)(Netherlandish, about 1478 – 1532)
Unknown, portrait of a man, c. 1520

“Circle of Jan Gossart (called Mabuse) Netherlandish, about 1478 – 1532)
Unknown, portrait of a man, c. 1520, is one of the works in the new exhibition at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Entitled “The Unvarnished Truth: Exploring the Material History of Paintings,” the exhibit, developed by the McMaster Museum of Art, is exciting because not only can we see these incredible works, but each painting also includes texts and images of what a team of researchers found when they examined the paintings closely. Using a variety of techniques, including x-ray technology, they looked at how the paintings were created and what lies beneath the surfaces. They found some surprising things.

It’s a fascinating exhibit, according to The Walleye Magazine. And, this Thursday, one of the researchers, Dr. Brandi Lee MacDonald, will give a presentation at the gallery at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) on the challenges and rewards of doing this kind of investigation on honored art works.  MacDonald is currently the Senior Research Scientist at the University of Missouri nuclear reactor. Her interest in analyzing paintings for “The Unvarnished Truth” project was sparked by the unique intersection of physics and art history. The presentation is open to the public. Pay-What-You-Can (Suggested $5). The exhibit continues through Nov. 27.

And, to really complicate your traveling life, the Tweed Museum of Art is opening the exhibit “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare” with the opening reception on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Tweed.

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“First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare” opens at the Tweed Museum of Art on Thursday. The First Folio! is on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, the first time it has been on nationwide tour, and the only place it will be on exhibit in Minnesota.

The exhibition of the First Folio!, which is a collection of 36 of the Bard’s plays, including “MacBeth” and “Julius Caesar,” launches Shakespeare-themed programming throughout Duluth, including dance performances, art exhibits, theater productions, music and more.

On Saturday night, for example, the theater company, Wise Fool Shakespeare, will open its production of  “Othello” at the Lincoln Park Middle School in Duluth at 7:30 p.m. Performances continue through Oct. 17. For tickets and more info, see www.wisefoolshakespeare.com.

For details on all the Shakespeare-themed events in Duluth this month, click here.  The First Folio! exhibit at the Tweed continues through Oct. 26.

Also on Thursday, the Cross River Heritage Center will hold its annual fundraiser. The “Beer and Wine Tasting Gala” is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. All welcome.

Friday brings another great art experience when Will Bentsen’s playful and inspiring exhibit, “The Summer 100 + Monuments & More,” opens at the Betsy Bowen Studio & Galleries with a reception from 5-7 p.m. The show is presented by Jim Sannerud and Kristofer Bowman.

Bentsen, a Texas native who now lives in St. Paul, has created new work for this show, and the 100 pieces will be exhibited on one large table, just to give you a sense of the scale of his work.

Sculptures by Wll Bentsen.

Sculptures by Will Bentsen.

 

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Sculpture by Will Bentsen.

Using both traditional and nontraditional materials, Bentsen’s work is often fun,  irreverent and experiential.  He has exhibited nationally, and his work is held in many private collections. The show will remain open throughout the weekend. The show, Bowman says “will inspire story and play within you. We look forward to seeing you there with eager eyes and imaginations.” All welcome.

Saturday will be a totally busy day.

For starters, the Cook County Farm and Craft Market opens in the Senior Center parking lot at 9 a.m. and is open until 1 p.m.

At 11 a.m., photographer Tim Ostroot will be at the Cross River Heritage Center on Saturday to talk about his photography.

Photograhy by Jim Ostroot.

Photograph by Jim Ostroot.

Ostroot is one of the artists exhibiting at the Heritage Center this month.

And, for a great celebration of art and printmaking, join Betsy Bowen at the Betsy Bowen Studio & Galleries for the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the publication of “Antler, Bear, Canoe” from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

"Antler, Bear, Canoe" celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

“Antler, Bear, Canoe” celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

This classic book of prose and original woodcuts was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1991. The book captures the vibrant magic in each Northwoods’ day, and Bowen’s warm and unusual approach to the alphabet has introduced children to the cyclical rhythms of life in the Northwoods for 2, going on 3, generations of readers.

Lots of fun things are planned, including S’mores in the backyard, and The Plucked Up String Band will play from 2-4:30 p.m. All invited.

Bowen will also have exclusive prints and images from “Antler, Bear, Canoe.”

Betsy Bowen shows the first inking of a print of "Antler, Bear, Canoe's" cover from the original woodblock. Jim Sannerud helped Bowen adjust the thickness of the block so it would fit on her press. Copies of the exclusive print will be available.

Betsy Bowen shows the first inking of a print of  the book cover for “Antler, Bear, Canoe” printed from the original woodblock. Jim Sannerud helped Bowen adjust the thickness of the block so it would fit on her newer press. Copies of the finished print will be available at the celebration on Saturday.

 

Also, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, the Grand Marais Public Library will present Drawing for Coloring with 3-2-1- Art Studio, a free program offered through the Arrowhead Library System. Participants will work with an artist to design Northwoods-themed coloring-book drawings which can then be submitted to the Arrowhead Regional Library Coloring Book Contest. Open to all ages. Free.

And finally, there will be a trunk show entitled “Appalachian Arts Go North” at North House Folk School on Saturday from 7-8 p.m.. The show will be in the Blacksmith Shop and will feature work by Molly Sharp (North Carolina — silver and pebble jewelry), Meredith Middleton (Tennessee — silver and steel jewelry),  Jan Homan (North Carolina — silver earrings) and David Voorhees (North Carolina — wood-fired pottery.)

Teapots by David Voorhees.

Teapots by David Voorhees.

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Silver bracelet by Molly Sharp.

The public is invited to see this work by Appalachian artists. A portion of the proceeds will go to North House.

And not to forget, the fabulous Plein Air 2016 continues at the Johnson Heritage Post, with more than 200 paintings by Plein Air artists. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Mossy Hollow by Kathy Wheeler is one of the paintings in the Plein Air 2016 exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

“Mossy Hollow” by Kathy Wheeler is one of the paintings in the Plein Air 2016 exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

 

In Silver Bay, the Northern Lake County Arts Board will present “The Music & Magic of Patsy Cline,” including renditions of “Crazy,” “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “I Fall To Pieces,” and many more of the songs that made Cline famous, performed by Cassie and the Bobs. The performance will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at the William Kelly High School Auditorium.  Tickets and more information are online at www.northernlakecountyartsboard.com.

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 Alisa Magallon, a professional opera singer with the Minnesota Opera, will present “MN Opera: Stories Sing!” at the Grand Marais Public Library at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13.  Children in kindergarten through the 3rd grade will make a puppet and use it to perform pieces taught in the story. Magallon will also read and sing a children’s book with an operatic theme. Open to the public. Free.

Tom McCann and Nancy Haarmeyer will give the Full Moon Reading at Drury Lane Books at 6 p.m. Oct. 15. This will be the last Full Moon Reading of the season. All invited.

The Grand Marais Playhouse will hold community wide auditions for its community youth production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. Lead roles will be filled by actors in high school as well as adults, but high-school age community members are strongly encouraged to audition.

The Grand Marais Public Library and WTIP Community Radio, in conjunction with the Grand Marais Art Colony and the Library Friends of Cook County, are pleased to announce a Community Book Read of Linda LeGarde Grover’sThe Road Back to Sweetgrass.” “The Road Back to Sweetgrass” has been awarded the Native Writers Circle of the Americas First Book Award.

The program encourages as many people in the community as possible to read the same book, and to explore it and its themes, and how they relate to our lives in Cook County. There will also be a number of activities associated with the book, including a presentation by Grover at the library on Saturday, Nov. 5. Stay tuned for details or visit www.grandmaraislibrary.org.

Opportunities:

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council is seeking individuals in the Arrowhead Region who are interested in serving on Grant Review panels. This is a great opportunity for those who wish to serve with ARAC, but cannot commit to a 3-year board term. Panelists meet 1-2 times a year to review grant applications to the ARAC grant programs. Being a panelist is also a great way to learn about the granting process and how ARAC reviews and awards grants. For more info, click here.

In Other Art News:

 Two artists familiar to Cook County residents received grant awards from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council recently. Emily Derke of Duluth received 
support to create a new collection of basketry works, improve skills in aesthetic design and material use, and attend a 6-day willow basketry workshop, and Peter Pestalozzi of Ely received support to produce work based on a circumnavigation of Lake Superior by sea kayak.

Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen has received new work by Minnesota potter Guillermo Cuellar.

Guillermo Cuellar has a good selection of his work at Last Chance Gallery.

Guillermo Cuellar has a good selection of his work at Last Chance Gallery.

Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery is featuring handwoven woolens by Grand Marais weaver Mary MacDonald.

Mary MacDonald's handwoven blanket is at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Mary MacDonald’s handwoven blanket is at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

The Blue Moose closes for the season on Oct. 23. They do, however, have a Christmas room in the upper building for early holiday shoppers, featuring a wide variety of items, including pieces from Sweden and Germany.

Great Gifts of Lutsen has a good selection of adult coloring books, as well as art supplies to make them beautiful.

Here’s the music for this weekend:

Thursday, Oct. 6:

  • Rich Matson and Germaine Gemberling, Gunflint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 7:

  • Pushing Chain, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Black River Revue, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Rangers on Merlot, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 8:

  • Dat Dere Jazz, North Shore Winery, 1:30 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • The Music & Magic of Patsy Cline, William Kelly High School Auditorium, Silver Bay, 7 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Black River Revue, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Rangers on Merlot, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Dance Party with DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 9:

  • Common Ground, Gunflint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 11:

  • Bug Dope, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 12:

  • Gordon Thorne and Bob Bingham, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

And here are some of the photos we found this week.

It’s fall, and we found lots of photos of fall colors, but it’s also the season of the harvest. Here’s Bella, Michael Furtman’s “famous” Labrador, hard at work.

Enthusiasm Defined by Michael Furtman.

Enthusiasm Defined by Michael Furtman.

Here’s another “harvest.”

Photo by Cameron Norman.

Photo by Cameron Norman.

And check out this harvest.

Our Leaf Collection by Hannah Barker Nickolay.

“Our Leaf Collection” by Hannah Barker Nickolay.

And we just had to include this one. Here’s the final harvest from one tomato plant.

Final Harvest. There are 75 tomatoes in this basket... all from one tomato plant. All the earlier ripe ones (about 50) are already consumed. Total: 125

Final Harvest. There are 75 tomatoes in this basket… all from one tomato plant. All the earlier ripe ones (about 50) are already consumed. Total: 125

It’s been beautiful in tree country this fall.

The Valley Wakes Up by David Johnson.

“The Valley Wakes Up” by David Johnson.

 

Coming Home by Don Davison.

“Coming Home” by Don Davison.

 

Sunrise from Oberg Mountain by Ryan Tischer.

“Sunrise from Oberg Mountain” by Ryan Tischer.

 

Photo by John Alexander Kay.

“Amazing Fall Colors Coming Your Way!” by John Alexander Kay.

And not to forget–the sun and the color orange are friends, too.

Photo by Kathleen Gray-Anderson.

Photo by Kathleen Gray-Anderson.

 

Sunrise at Canal Park-- American Integrity by Joanna Stal Bailey

“Sunrise at Canal Park– American Integrity” by Joanna Stal Bailey

Enjoy your weekend!!

 

 

 

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Last Crossing Borders weekend, Home Tour & More

A ray of light by David Johnson.

A ray of light by David Johnson.

Fall has definitely arrived on the North Shore, with trees beginning their fall color bloom in the final celebration of the year.

And for the last 20 years, fall colors have been accompanied by an equally outstanding display: The Crossing Borders Studio Tour, with local artists exhibiting new work in their studios up and down the North Shore.

Crossing Borders concludes its 20-year run this weekend, and, if you haven’t experienced this cornucopia of beauty and inspiration, now’s the time.

Here in Cook County, four art studios have opened their doors for the tour:

Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen, with bronze sculptures by Tom Christiansen and luxury hand knits by Sue Stavig.

A colorful moose, 19 inches, bronze, by Tom Christiansen.

A colorful moose, 19 inches, bronze, by Tom Christiansen.

If you’d like to see how bronze sculptures are made, come to the gallery at 4 p.m. on Saturday for the Bronze Pour. All invited.

 

Betsy Bowen Studio and Galleries with woodcut prints, books, cards and painted woodblock fragments by Betsy Bowen.

Painted woodblock fragments by Betsy Bowen.

Painted woodblock fragments by Betsy Bowen.

Two other resident artists are exhibiting in the Betsy Bowen Gallery as well. Tilemaker Melissa Wickwire and woodturner Jim Sannerud.

Tiles, Melissa Wickwire, Betsy Bowen Studio & Galleries.

Sprout tiles, by Melissa Wickwire, Betsy Bowen Studio & Galleries.

 

Hand-turned bowls by Jim Sannerud.

Hand-turned bowls by Jim Sannerud.

Hovland sculptors and monoprint artists, Dan & Lee Ross, are part of the Crossing Borders Studio Tour as well.

Owl sculpture by Lee & Dan Ross.

Owl sculpture by Lee & Dan Ross.

And, in Grand Portage, Ojbwe beadworker Marcie McIntire is exhibiting her work in her gallery there.

Ojibwe beadwork by Marcie McIntire at her Ojibwe Art Gallery in Grand Portage.

Ojibwe beadwork by Marcie McIntire at her Ojibwe Art Gallery in Grand Portage.

Crossing Borders Studios in Lake County include Blue Skies Glassworks in rural Two Harbors and Cooter Pottery and Handweaving, also in rural Two Harbors.

All the studios are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Oct. 3. To find out more and see maps, visit www.crossingbordersstudiotour.com.

This weekend is packed with other events as well.

First up is the Tour d/Art 2016, the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s annual fundraiser, which will be held this Saturday starting at 1 p.m.

The  guided tour features four dynamic beach homes on the Cascade Beach Road which draw on the history, landscape, and neighborly-feel to this scenic stretch along the shores of Lake Superior.

The Tour d'Art 2016 features four homes on Cascade Beach Road.

The Tour d’Art 2016 features four homes on Cascade Beach Road.

These houses have evolved from their historic uses to spectacular homes that evoke the beauty and elegance of the lake and Boreal forests.  Homeowners are present to give context to the story of their homes and share what they enjoy most about their artistically designed space.

The tour culminates in a private reception at the Johnson Heritage Post, highlighting the Plein Air Grand Marais exhibit.

A few tickets are still available. For more information. contact the Art Colony at 387-2737 or email programs@grandmaraisartcolony.org.

Also this weekend, plein air painter Neil Sherman will exhibit recent and new work on his house. “Art On The House: An Outdoor Exhibit of Landscape,” will literally exhibit paintings on the outside of his house … unless it rains. Then it will be held indoors.

Painting by Neil Sherman.

Painting by Neil Sherman.

The exhibit will held on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 6-9 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 2 from noon to 3 p.m. at 4194 North Rd., in rural Hovland. All welcome.

For more art, see the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Plein Air 2016 exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post. The exhibit features more than 200 paintings created by plein air artists spent a week painting in Cook County. It’s a very popular exhibit. More than 35 paintings have sold so far, said Don Davison, the Heritage Post director.

Plein Air 2016 awarded a number of prizes. Here are the winners of the Quick Paint and the Night Paint.

Sue Wipf won the Quick Paint competition with "Ninety Minutes on Ancient Rock."

Sue Wipf won the Quick Paint competition with “Ninety Minutes on Ancient Rock.

 

Kate Wheeler won the Night Paint competition with "Spinning Yarns."

Kate Wheeler won the Night Paint competition with “Spinning Yarns.”

The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Nov. 13.

The Cook County Community Fund is partnering with Voyageur Brewing Co. to put on an Oktoberfest all weekend with a reception at 5 p.m. on Friday at the brewery. At the reception on Friday, participants will hear stories from the 2015 grantees and share in the 2016 successes. They will also learn about year-end goals of the community fund. The Oktoberfest will be held Thursday through Sunday with games, contests, live polka music and, of course, a special beer.

And it’s Book Arts Weekend at the Grand Marais Art Colony with a variety of classes taught by representatives from the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

Book Arts Weekend at the Art Colony.

Book Arts Weekend at the Art Colony.

Topics include everything from printing on a tabletop letter press, decorative techniques on paper and  a variety of book binding techniques. To register, call 387-2737l

On Saturday, Drury Lane Books will host a Writer’s Salon with Paul Gilk at 5 p.m. at the bookstore. He will talk about his book, “Get Poor Now, Avoid the Rush.”

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Gilk will share stories of his father, Henry Buckberry. Born before the First World War and the oldest boy in a family of thirteen kids, he left North Dakota in 1921 for the woods of northern Wisconsin, where he learned to fish, trap , hunt, lumberjack and farm. Gilk’s entertaining, vivid stories tell of a rural lifestyle now lost to many of us.

Also, this week is Banned Book Week and Drury Lane Books has assembled quite a collection of them. Here are a few examples: “Canterbury Tales,” Geoffrey Chauser,  “Go Ask Allice,” Anonymous, “In Cold Blood,” Truman Capote, “Cracking India,” Bapsi Sidhwa, “I Know why the Caged Bird Sings,” Maya Angelo, “Fahrenheit 451,” Ray Bradbury, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” Sherman Alexie, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee, the kid’s book,  “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell. This is only a small selection. Check them out at the book store.

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 There’s lots of news from Betsy Bowen’s Studio & Galleries.

First up, Jim Sannerud and Kristopher Bowman will present, in collaboration with the artist, Will Bentsen: “The Summer 100 + Monuments & More” upstairs, at the Betsy Bowen Galleries Oct. 7-9. The opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7.

Bentsen is a contemporary artist living in St. Paul. His work fluctuates between painting and sculpture. He finds inspiration in the periphery of everyday life, such as a discarded pile of papers or a tennis ball in a swimming pool. Using both traditional and nontraditional materialsm his work is often playful and irreverent with an experimental quality.

One of the sculptures to be featured in the Will Bentsen exhibit Oct. 7-9.

One of the sculptures to be featured in the Will Bentsen exhibit Oct. 7-9.

Bentsen has exhibited nationally, and his work is held in many private collections. He was co-founder of the legendary Houston anti-art collective “I Love You Baby” with Paul Kremer and Rodney Elliott (1997-2007). In 2007 Bentsen moved to Saint Paul where he began the process of working with color, form, texture, and weight.

Betsy Bowen will hold a 25th anniversary party for her book, “Antler, Bear, Canoe” with a reception from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Betsy Bowen Gallery.

Betsy Bowen has created a print from one of the original woodblocks from "Antler, Bear, Canoe."

Betsy Bowen created a test print from one of the original woodblocks from “Antler, Bear, Canoe.” The finished woodcut will be available at the 25th anniversary celebration Oct. 8.

 

Also that weekend, the Northern Lake County Arts Board will present “The Music and Magic of Patsy Cline” performed by Cassie and the Bobs at the William Kelly High School Auditorium in Silver Bay at 7 p.m. Oct. 8.  Tickets and more information are online at www.northernlakecountyartsboard.com.

Sivertson Gallery‘s Inuit Premiere will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 15, featuring a wide selection of new work by Inuit artists, including prints and sculptures.

The Inuit Premiere at Sivertson Gallery is Oct. 15.

The Inuit Premiere at Sivertson Gallery is Oct. 15.

Throat-singing performances will be at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. followed by a Fireside Chat and poetry reading by Taqralik Partridge. Partridge is an Inuit poet, spoken word artist & throatsinger from Kuujjuaq, a town in Nunavik, the most northern part of Quebec. Stay tuned for details.

In Other Art News:

 Life Drawing sessions begin at the Grand Marais Art Colony next Wednesday. For more information and to sign up, call the Art Colony at 387-2737.

The new band, Blues Happy with Pete Kavanaugh, Pat Flack and Tim Dalin  play at Grandma Ray’s on Friday and Saturday night.

Blues Happy: Pete Kavanaugh

Blues Happy: Pete Kavanaugh, Pat Flack and Tim Dalin.

.The music starts at 8:30 p.m.

Last Chance Gallery has new pottery by Guillermo Cuellar and a new artist: potter Martye Allen.

Wisconsin potter Martye Allen is a new artist at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.

Wisconsin potter Martye Allen is a new artist at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.

Kah Nee Tah Gallery in Lutsen is featuring the glass work of  Duluth glassblower, Tony Scorza.

Glass vase by Tony Scorza.

Glass vase by Tony Scorza.

Joy & Co. has a great selection of handmade pillows.

Pillows in a variety of designs and shapes by local artists can be found at Joy & Co.

Pillows in a variety of designs and shapes by local artists can be found at Joy & Co.

Here’s the music schedule for the week:

Thursday, Sept.29:

  • Richie Yurkovich and Polkarioty, Voyageur Brewing Co., 6 p.m.
  • Billy Johnson, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • Axtell Farewell Show, Hovland Town Hall, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 30:

  • Richie Yurkovish and Polkarioty, Voyageur Brewing Co., noon
  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Blues Happy, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Gypsy Lumberjacks, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
  • Bug Lite! Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 1;

  • Billy Johnson, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Harbor Drive Hookup, Voyageur Brewing Co., 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m.
  • Blues Happy, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Gypsy Lumberjacks, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Bughouse!, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 2:

  • Jim & Michele Miller, Gunflint Tavern, 6 p.m.

Monday: Oct. 2:

  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 4:

  • Rogue Valley, Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 5:

  • Gordon Thorne & Bob Bingham, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

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

The raptor migration along the North Shore is on-going. Michael Furtman caught this sharp-shinned hawk flying at eye level at Hawk Ridge recently.

The raptor migration along the North Shore is on-going. Michael Furtman caught this sharp-shinned hawk flying at eye level at Hawk Ridge recently.

Fall colors are starting to appear.

Kawishwi Falls by Paul Pluskwik.

Kawishwi Falls by Paul Pluskwik.

 

Tracks in the mud by Thomas Spence.

Tracks in the mud by Thomas Spence.

 

And we’ve had some incredible sunrises.

Sunrise at the Gunflint Pines by David Johnson.

Sunrise at the Gunflint Pines by David Johnson.

 

Sunrise at Split Rock by Sarah Jorgenson.

Sunrise at Split Rock by Sarah Jorgenson.

We found some calm beauties, too.

Here’s a Christian Dalbec.

Gooseberry by Christian Dalbec.

Gooseberry by Christian Dalbec.

And this almost painterly photo by Don Davison.

The Melissa at Dockside by Don Davison.

The Melissa at Dockside by Don Davison.

And finally, this great moose by Thomas Spence.

Photo by Thomas Spence.

Photo by Thomas Spence.

Enjoy your weekend!

 

 

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