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An Evidence-Based Weekend

Coy cabin in the woods by Roxanne Distad.

Cozy cabin in the woods by Roxanne Distad.

Greetings from the North Shore, where it’s quiet and snow lightly covers parts of the land close to the lake. Inland, it’s a different story. There’s lots of snow up there, and the deeper lakes are starting to freeze up. Some of the lakes already have, and diehard wild-lake ice skaters, with ropes and long poles in-hand, are already streaking over the new ice. Winter, as they say, is here.

And with it, the predicted surge of Covid-19. Cook County, like all of Minnesota, is dialing down at midnight on Friday, with many temporary closures through Dec. 18. Here’s a  graphic that explains it:

What is paused in Minnesota starting at midnight on Friday.

What is paused in Minnesota starting at midnight on Friday.

The announcement to Dial Back was made by Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday, and some organizations, who planned things for this weekend, might have changed their schedules. Check to see if the event is still on before venturing out. Many have online components, too, so they can be enjoyed at home.

To find out about what’s happening in Cook County, visit cookcountycovid19.org for the latest information, including community resources, grocery shopping, tips to stay healthy and more.

Meanwhile, there was an interesting headline from The Washington Post today: The coronavirus pandemic is driving U.S. greenhouse gas emissions to their lowest level in three decades. The introduction reads: “Driven largely by a steep drop in air and automobile travel, the 9 percent reduction in 2020 emissions projected by a private research organization would put the nation back on track to meet its commitments under the Paris climate accord, though President Trump has pulled out of the agreement.” To read the entire article, click here.

On the North Shore, Thursday, Nov. 20, is Give to the Max Day in Minnesota. Check out the opportunities to support non-profits during this difficult time, here.

Locally, Empty Bowls, which supports hunger programs to battle food insecurity in Cook County, is largely online this year, but potters from the Grand Marais Art Colony have still made lots of bowls available for purchase.

A few of the bowls now available for the Empty Bowls fundraiser.

A few of the bowls now available for the Empty Bowls fundraiser.

The deadline to purchase the bowls is today, Thursday, Nov. 19, at noon. To shop online and see examples of all the bowls available , including large serving bowls, click here. Bowls range in price from $15 to $50. The bowls can be picked up at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 3-6 p.m. today. You can also donate to the program here.   Since 2006, Empty Bowls has been the largest annual fundraiser for hunger programs in the county.

Last year, Empty Bowls distributed funds to Birch Grove Community School, Cook County Food Shelf, Cook County Public Health and Human Services, Cook County Ruby’s Pantry, Cook County Schools, Cook County Youth Agency Coalition, Cooperation Station Daycare, Great Expectations School Lunch Program, Oshki Ogimaag Charter School, and the Violence Prevention Center.

This is also the final week of North House Folk School‘s Winterer’s Gathering, with lots of online opportunities. The two in-person events, the outdoor screenings of Arctic Shorts and the Intern Portfolio Show have been cancelled. The Intern Portfolio show will go live, online, on Friday at www.northhouse.org

First up is a webinar on the Puffins of North Greenland with  Dr. Jennifer Burnham, a professor of geography at Augustana College and the Director of the Augustana Center for Polar Studies.

north house the puffins of North Greenland

A webinar about puffins in North Greenland will be held online at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19. It is free. To register in advance, click here.

Burnham will discuss several intriguing findings from a nearly decade-long study of Atlantic Puffins in far northwest Greenland. To register in advance, click here. Free.

The third and final film in this year’s online Arctic Film Festival, “This Arctic Life,” is now available for viewing and will be through noon on Friday, Nov. 20.

This Mountain Life – Trailer from Peg Leg Films on Vimeo.

There will be Q&A discussion with Martina and Tania via Zoom at noon on Friday. Register for free here.

North House has cancelled the very popular Great Gear and Ski Swap on Saturday, and the Intern Portfolio Show due to Covid concerns. The Portfolio show will be posted Friday on www.northhouse.org.

north houwe interrn portfolio night

North House Folk School’s-person Intern Portfolio Show has been cancelled. It will be posted online on Friday as well.

Click here for more info.

And finally, the annual Cold Snap Poetry Slam will be held online starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21. The Zoom event is open to all. To register as an audience member, click here. Presenters can sign up here.

Also this weekend, WTIP’s The Roadhouse will present two musicians, Sam Miltich of the Clearwater Hot Club  and Duluth singer/songwriter Cory Coffman. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. on Fridays.

Here’s a video of Sam produced by MN Original.

And a video of Corey  Coffman:

 Exhibits:

David Johnson‘s exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post,Cook County Through My Eyes, Vol. II” continues through the end of the month. The exhibit features a wide variety of landscape and wildlife photographs.

A sunset in winter by David Johnson, is one of the photographs in the Johnson Heritage Post exhibit.

A sunset in winter by David Johnson, is one of the photographs in the Johnson Heritage Post exhibit.

The exhibit can also be viewed online. Click here to see, and purchase if interested.

The Tweed Museum of Art on the UMD campus is exhibiting work by a handful of area artists responding to the realities of creating art in the age of a global pandemic. Entitled “Creating Apart: Local Artists Respond to a Global Pandemic,” the exhibit, curated by Ann Dugan, features work by Ivy Vainio, Moira Villiard, Sarah Brokke, and Karen Savage Blue. The exhibit also includes a documentary by local filmmaker Mike Scholtz.

"Medicine Bear" by Karen Savage-Blue is one of the works in the Tweed's exhibit, Creating A Part.

“Medicine Bear” by Karen Savage-Blue is one of the works in the Tweed’s exhibit, Creating Apart.

 Here’s a link to the video with Karen, who talks about what inspired her to create Medicine Bear:

Kare Savage Blue talks about her painting, Medicine Bear, in this video. Click here to see.

Karen Savage Blue talks about her painting, Medicine Bear, in this video. Click here to see.

The Nordic Center of Duluth will open the 9th Annual Pepperkakebyen Gingerbread City display in the windows of the Nordic Center, 23 N. Lake Ave. in Duluth.

The Nordic Center will display fantastic gingerbread houses in its windows starting on Friday, Nov. 20. They will also be exhibited online here.

The Nordic Center in Duluth will display fantastic gingerbread houses in its windows starting on Friday, Nov. 20. They will also be exhibited online here.

The gingerbread houses will also be exhibited online starting on Friday. To see, click here.

FYI:

Help for Artists: The Springboard for the Arts Personal Emergency Relief Fund is now open for applications until Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. Their program offers artists and creative workers of all disciplines in Minnesota support of $500 in an emergency.  Visit their website to learn more and apply: https://springboardforthearts.org/…/personal-emergency…/

Do you have a favorite Ole and Lena joke? WTIP Community Radio wants to hear it or a holiday memory from the North Shore or the Gunflint Trail to air on Oh Ole Night: The Radio Special. The event, which will be aired from 5-7 p.m. on Nov. 27, should be fun. The annual Christmas parade has been replaced by this fun holiday special on WTIP.

Call in your Ole and Lena joke to WTIP soon.

Call in your Ole and Lena joke to WTIP soon.

Call the WTIP listener line with your joke or memory at 218-353-1033. It’s radio, remember, so keep it clean!
Breaking NewsThe First Congregational church is cancelling its Community Thanksgiving dinner due to Covid-19 concerns. The church had originally decided to provide a curbside-takeout meal, but the logistics of preparing it and putting the meals together for takeout is considered too risky at this time, given the community spread of the virus.

Virtual Dance Performances

The famed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater announced a free virtual season of works slated for this December.

The famed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is offering a free virtual season of works in December.

The famed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is offering a free virtual season of works in December. Photo Courtesy of Paul Kolnik/Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.

For more information about the upcoming season and schedule, visit the Ailey All Access platform at www.AlvinAiley.org.

Reading:

Here’s a great story about artist ChesleyAntoinette’s work with the Tignon. She gave a presentation at the Duluth Art Institute this year.

No be ganado mi libertad sobre las espaldas by Chesley Antoinette.

No be ganado mi libertad sobre las espaldas by Chesley Antoinette.

The title of the article is: Chesley Antoinette’s Lush Depictions of Turbaned Creole Women Continue the Conversation About Race:The Tignon — and the Defiance It Inspired — Is at the Heart of the Artist’s Current Exhibition. To read about it and see photographs, click here.

 Artists at Work:

Kim Knutson has been making balms for the winter. They are available at Joy & Co. You can also email her at

Kim Knutson has been making balms for the winter. They are available at Joy & Co. You can also email her at tfgoodness@boreal.org

 

Cathi Williams just finished this painting, Christmas Island.

Cathi Williams just finished this tryptich, Christmas Island.

 

Lori Sparkly Franklin's husband installed his collection of old skis in the rafters.

Lori Sparkly Franklin’s husband installed his collection of old skis in the rafters.

A Few Music Videos:

Live Music:

  • Eric Frost, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m., For reservations, click here, or call (218) 481-9280.

Photographs:

Here is a selection of what we found this week:

Pileated woodpecker. This is the companionship I seek as winter settles over the Northwoods by Tom Norquist.

Pileated woodpecker. This is the companionship I seek as winter settles over the Northwoods by Tom Norquist.

 

A beaver caught in the act at Gooseberry River by Paul Sundberg. He had the tree down within half and hour of this photo.

A beaver caught in the act at Gooseberry River by Paul Sundberg. He had the tree down within half and hour of this photo.

 

Gooseberry River Beavers by Paul Sundberg.

Gooseberry River Beavers by Paul Sundberg.

 

What a nice model by Jamie Rabold.

What a nice model by Jamie Rabold.

 

Moose by Benjamin Olson.

Moose by Benjamin Olson.

 

Rough-Legged Hawk, light morph, juvenile by Michael Furtman,

Rough-Legged Hawk, light morph, juvenile by Michael Furtman,

 

Coquette Bella at the Montana Grizzley Encounter center near Bozeman, Mont.

Coquette Bella at the Montana Grizzley Encounter center near Bozeman, Mont.

Here are some beauteous landscapes and skyscapes and waterscapes:

Lake Superior pounds the Grand Marais Lighthouse by Layne Kennedy.

Lake Superior pounds the Grand Marais Lighthouse by Layne Kennedy.

 

From Skyline Drive tonight in Duluth by Jesse Nord.

From Skyline Drive tonight in Duluth by Jesse Nord.

 

Wilderness by Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux.

Wilderness by Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux.

 

Homecoming by Don Davison.

Homecoming by Don Davison.

 

In Castle Danger by Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens.

In Castle Danger by Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens.

 

Calm. Lake Superior near the Soo by Dan Grisdale.

Calm. Lake Superior near the Soo by Dan Grisdale.

 

September Milky Way night at Split Rock by Nathan Klok.

September Milky Way night at Split Rock by Nathan Klok.

 

Good morning by Thomas Spence.

Good morning by Thomas Spence.

 

Yesterday morning on the Gunflint by Emily Running.

Yesterday morning on the Gunflint by Emily Running.

 

Good golly, miss Molly by Matthew Pastick.

Good golly, miss Molly by Matthew Pastick.

And finally:

"Yes?" Photograph by Steve Allen.

“Yes?” Photograph by Steve Allen.

Have a great weekend, everyone. Be safe!

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Storms of November

A November day in Grand Marais by Kim Nelson.

A November day in Grand Marais by Kim Nelson.

Greetings from the North Shore, where the first storms of the season have pounded our rocky shores and, as predicted, Covid-19 infections have been spiking all over the state, including within our communities. New rules and changes are a-foot ... Keep up-to-date with the situation in Cook County here. This site includes lots of information about Covid-19, community resources, facts and more. It is updated regularly.

Meanwhile, our on-line lives continue and reflect, more than anything else, the caring and creativity of everybody who lives here and beyond. Kudos to all.

There are currently two on-going, on-line fundraisers to benefit the community: the WISE online auction, open through Nov. 15  and the Violence Prevention Center’s Lunafest, open though Nov. 14.

WISE (Women’s Initiative for Service and Education) has organized af an auction featuring items and services donated by members. There is lots to choose from: everything from estate planning to knitting lessons and Christmas cookies, this auction is worth a look. All of the proceeds will be used for local education grants, scholarships and food programs.

A handwoven wood scarf by Pat Zankman is one of the items featured in the WISE online auction.

A handwoven wood scarf by Pat Zankman is one of the items featured in the WISE online auction.

Check out all the items here.

Lunafest, a film festival by and for women and a fundraiser for the Violence Prevention Center, also includes an online auction this year. There’s lots to choose from here, too. The fundraiser concludes with an online gala, including live music and the film festival on Saturday, Nov. 14, starting at 6:30 p.m. Here’s a trailer for the films that will be shown this year.

There are a number of different ticket options available. For more information and to register, click here.

North House Folk School‘s Winterer’s Gathering is online this year as well, featuring classes, webinars and the Arctic Film Festival.

On Thursday, NorthHouse will hold a free Webinar via Zoom on The Sami Reindeer People of Alaska at 7 p.m.  To register, click here.

The film this week is “One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk.” The films will be available for free streaming for 72 hours. On Friday, North House will host a Lunch and Learn live webinar with film make to discuss the film and your questions. Click here to register.  Here’s the trailer for the film.

To view the entire film, click here.  For more information about all of the Winterer’s Gatherin events, click here.

Also this week, author Beatrice Ojakangas will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse to talk about her latest  cookbook, “The Soup and Bread Cookbook.”

Beatrice Ojakangas will be on WTIP's The Roadhouse on Friday to talk about her latest cookbook.

Beatrice Ojakangas will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday to talk about her latest cookbook.

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

Upcoming:

Empty Bowls Cook County is on for this year, but, as with many other events, will be largely online this year. In short, it will truly be an empty bowl event, since serving soup is not feasible. Nevertheless, the fundraiser, which ia fighting for food security in Cook County, hopes to raise $30,ooo to support the Cook County Food Shelf and other community organizations working to alleviate hunger in the county.

As in past years, Empty Bowls is collaborating with the Grand Marais Art Colony for the event. The potters in the clay studio have made lots of bowls, which will be sold online.

Potters at the Grand Marais Art Colony have made lots of bowls for this year's Empty Bowls event, a fundraiser to help feed the hungry in Cook County.

Potters at the Grand Marais Art Colony have made lots of bowls for this year’s Empty Bowls event, a fundraiser to help feed the hungry in Cook County.

To find out more, click here.

Exhibits: 

The Johnson Heritage Post is exhibiting new work by Grand Marais photographer, David Johnson, in an exhibit entitled “Cook County Through My Eyes: Vol II.”

Gunflint Trail Halo by David id Johnson.

Gunflint Trail Halo by David id Johnson.

The exhibit of landscape and wildlife photographs is currently on view at the gallery as well as online. To view online, click here. The exhibit continues through Dec. 6. The Heritage Post is open from 1-4 p.m. on Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Covid protocols in place.

Also, an exhibit of the work produced during this year’s Grand Marais Plein Air is available for viewing online through Dec. 31, as well. The event was sponsored by the Johnson Heritage Post and Outdoor Painters of Minnesota.

"Calm Wind" by Kristin Blomberg is one of the plein air paintings currently on view at

“Calm Wind” by Kristin Blomberg is one of the plein air paintings currently on view online here. 

The next exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post will feature works by members of the North Shore Artists League. The exhibit opens in December. Stay tuned.

The Duluth Art Institute is open to the public, with Covid protocols in place. There are a number of exhibits, including quilts by Blair Treuer. Here’s a short video produced by WDSE’s The Slice, about how she got started making her extraordinary quilts.

The Tweed Museum of Art is exhibiting a retrospective of work by painter Carl Gawboy.

The Landing by Carl Gawboy.

The Landing by Carl Gawboy.

Here’s an interesting story about paddlers who retraced the historic Boundary Waters Circle Tour.

Harvey Sobie and Chris O'Brien were some of the paddlers that participated in the Circle Tour. Photo by Mark Morgen.

Harvey Sobie and Chris O’Brien were some of the paddlers that participated in the Circle Tour. Photo by Mark Morgen.

 Click here to read.

Artists at Work:

The book, Hazel Belvo: Matriarch of Art, an illustrated art biography of one of Minnesota's best known feminist artist, has been published.

The book, Hazel Belvo: Matriarch of Art, an illustrated art biography of one of Minnesota’s best known feminist artist, has been published. Written by Julie L’Enfant, the330-page book includes 75 B&W photos and 200 color plates.

Nan Onkka has created a new series of prints featuring different animals.

Nan Onkka has created a new series of prints featuring different animals. To see her work, visit www.nanonkka.com

 

Neil Sherman and Matt Kania recently spent some time in the Grand Marais Art Colony's print studio working on solar plate etchings.

Neil Sherman and Matt Kania recently spent some time in the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s print studio working on solar plate etchings.

Here is one of the pieces that Neil completed.

"Canoe Storage," solar plate etching by Neil Sherman.

“Canoe Storage,” solar plate etching by Neil Sherman.

 

John Gregor's new book, Coldsnap Studio, is at the printers.

John Gregor’s new book, Coldsnap Studio, is at the printers.

 

Jan Swart is turning some of her paintings into puzzles. To learn more, click here.

Jan Swart is turning some of her paintings into puzzles. To learn more, click here.

 

Sam Zimmerman just completed this painting: Maamg, Sunrise Swim.

Sam Zimmerman just completed this painting: Maamg, Sunrise Swim.

 

Jan Attridge;'s latest portrait: Branniff.

Jan Attridge;’s latest portrait: Branniff.

 

Betsy Bowen continues her Comfort series. This one is entitled: Every One. Counts.

Betsy Bowen continues her Comfort series. This one is entitled: Every One. Counts.

And this sad news: Joan Drury, award-winning author, patron of the arts, and friend to many on the North Shore, passed away on Nov. 9.  She leaves behind an amazing legacy and the community’s favorite bookstore, Drury Lane Books, which will remain open.

Joan Drury enjoys a treat at her bookstore, Drury Lane Books. Drury died Nov. 9. Photo courtesy of Drury Lane Books.

Joan Drury enjoys a treat at her bookstore, Drury Lane Books. Drury died Nov. 9. Photo courtesy of Drury Lane Books.

Click here to read a story about her by WTIP’s Rhonda Silence. 

Music Videos

Only one music video this week, in honor of all of us.

Live Music:

Thursday, Nov. 12:

Gordon Thorne, Date Night at the Winery, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m. Reservations at https://www.exploretock.com/northshorewinery or call 218-481-9280.

Photographs:

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

First, wildlife:

Hmmmm... this crow doesn't seem to be bothering anyone. Photo by Adrianne Stephanie Harris.

Hmmmm… this crow doesn’t seem to be bothering anyone. Photo by Adrianne Stephanie Harris.

The cutest... a baby Musk Ox. Photographer unknown own.

The cutest… a baby Musk Ox. Photographer unknown own.

A great rack. Photo by Kate Mumm.

A great rack. Photo by Kate Mumm.

Whitetail buck by Paul Sundberg.

Whitetail buck by Paul Sundberg.

Waiting for my buddies by David Johnson.

Waiting for my buddies by David Johnson.

The eagle tree. Photo by Ryan Barthel.

The eagle tree. Photo by Ryan Barthel.

Here’s the ultimate skycape:

The International Space Station transits in from of the moon traveling at 17,000 mph on the morning of Nov. 8 by Nathan Klok.

The International Space Station transits in from of the moon traveling at 17,000 mph on the morning of Nov. 8 by Nathan Klok.

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

Good morning on Veteran's Day by Debbie Benedict.

Good morning on Veteran’s Day by Debbie Benedict.

The fireball by David Johnson.

The fireball by David Johnson.

Artist's Point by Bryan Hansel.

Artist’s Point by Bryan Hansel.

Behold the sea caves by Karen Sunderman.

Behold the sea caves by Karen Sunderman.

Our twins get ready to shed their needles by Jim Boyd.

Our twins get ready to shed their needles by Jim Boyd.

It looks like winter is here by Thomas Spence.

It looks like winter is here by Thomas Spence.

Sunrise and cliffs by Ken Harmon.

Sunrise and cliffs by Ken Harmon.

Winter is on its way by Nathan Klok.

Winter is on its way by Nathan Klok.

AnD finally, this:

See that light ahead? Yeah, me too by Kristofer Bowman.

“See that light ahead? Yeah, me too” by Kristofer Bowman.

Have a good weekend, everyone. And stay safe.

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It’s Pretty Much Gorgeous Here

Hunter's Moon by Paul Sundberg.

Hunter’s Moon by Paul Sundberg.

Greetings from Grand Marais, where unusual high temps are making it seem like early fall up here. And they will last until Tuesday, according to weather forecasts, so we’re all happy to find out about that. There’s still plenty of time to get out and enjoy the Northwoods, the wonders of Lake Superior and/or finish those final projects in the yard or house that need to be done before the snow flies.

Meanwhile, here on the North Shore,  the virtual world continues with its gifts and surprises.

First up is a North House Folk School Crafting in Place presentation“The Utility and Artistry of Sami Knives” presented by Nathan Muus, Sami Cultural Center of North America board member and exhibit curator.

Sami knives are beautiful and efficient. A presentation on the collection at the Sami Cultural Center of North America in Duluth, will be presented online on Thursday.

Sami knives are beautiful and efficient. A presentation on the collection at the Sami Cultural Center of North America in Duluth, will be presented online on Thursday at 7 p.m..

Muus will highlight the knives in the collection. Knife handles and sheaths of antler and bone are carefully detailed in scrimshaw—practical and portable works of art. They each have a story and often tell a tale in themselves. The presentation is free. To register, click here.

Also on Thursday evening, the Minnesota Humanities Center How Can We Breathe series will present artists and meaning-makers will discuss their role in shaping public dialogue after crisis events, specifically the murder of George Floyd. Learn how artists respond to crises, influence landscapes, drive narratives, and inform the public. Together we will address whose work is privileged, who “owns” public art work, and how is it preserved/memorialized.

Artists and Meaning-Makers will discuss

Artists and Meaning-Makers will discuss ill discuss their role in shaping public dialogue after crisis events in a virtual webinar, specifically the murder of George Floyd, in an a virtual setting on Thursday evening. Free. Open to all. To register, click here.

Participants will be called to join this virtual space to learn, understand, and share. This conversation, centered on the African American experience, will identify strategies and resources advocates and allies for a racially just society can use to ensure that African Americans are fully empowered within our democracy. Free. To register, click here.

WISE, (Women’s Initiative for Service and Education) is holding an online auction of homemade food, services and other items donated by WISE members to fund local education grants, scholarships and food programs for the community,

The WISE online auction is Nov. 6-15 and features a wide variety of selections to fund projects in Cook County. To see, click here.

The WISE online auction is Nov. 6-15 and features a wide variety of selections to fund projects in Cook County. To see, click here.

This auction is definitely work a perusal with an amazing variety of offerings, from gift certificates to four hours of shoveling, ukulele lesion to a Chez Jude Tasting Dinner Menu for Four.

WISE chez jude tasting menudinner for four

Chez Jude is offering a Tasting Menu Dinner for Four in the WISE online auction fundraiser. To see all the items, click here.

 To see all the items, click here. The online auction continues through Nov. 15.

North House Folk School will hold the annual Winterer’s Gathering and Arctic Film Festival will be primarily online this year, with weekly film screenings, seminars and skill share videos as well as a variety of online course work in November.

The film screenings and lunch and learns start this Friday, Nov. 6, and will be held Nov. 13 and 20.

North House Folk School's Winterer's Gathering and Arctic Film Festival will be held largely online this year during the month of November, will some events scheduled for the end of the month. Click here for details.

North House Folk School‘s Winterer’s Gathering and Arctic Film Festival will be held largely online this year during the month of November, will some events scheduled for the end of the month. Click here for details.

The on-line campus activities include the Outdoor Arctice Film Festival on Friday, Nov. 20, and the Outdoor Gear Swap and Intern Portfolio Show on Saturday, Nov. 21. To learn more and register to see the films and participate in the online events, click here. And stay tuned for details.

Also this Friday, WTIP’s The Roadhouse, will feature an interview with author Elle Andra-Warner on her new book, “Lighthouses of Lake Superior,” published by Northern Wilds, as well as an interview with Twin Cities musician Paul Metsa, who will talk about his music and play a few songs. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. Fridays.

Here’s a video of Metsa playing a song that was recorded seven months ago.

 

Lunafest, the film festival of films made by and for women, a fundraiser for the Violence Prevention Center, will be online this year. An online auction starts on Saturday, Nov. 7, with the films available for viewing on Nov. 14. These films are always great. Here’s some more information about them.

To purchase a ticket, click here. The Silent Auction starts Nov. 7. Click here to find out more.

Exhibits:

David Johnson‘s exhibit, “Cook County Through My Eyes, Vol. II: Photographs by David Johnson continues at the Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery through November. The exhibit, featuring his wildlife and landscape photographs can be viewed at the gallery as well as online.

Photograph by David Johnson. He is exhibiting his work at the Johnson Heritage Post this month.

Photograph by David Johnson. He is exhibiting his work at the Johnson Heritage Post this month.

 To see and shop the virtual exhibit, click here. The Heritage Post is open for in-person viewing with Covid protocols in place from 1-4 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Free. Open to all.

The Coho Cafe in Tofte has recently installed a painting exhibit by Kathy Weinberg.

Into the Fog by Kathy Weinberg. The painting is one of her works currently on view at the Coho Cafe in Tofte.

Into the Fog by Kathy Weinberg. The painting is one of her works currently on view at the Coho Cafe in Tofte.

For those who want to get a taste of the exhibit, Weinberg recently posted this video of her work there.

 The Minneapolis Institute of Art’s “Foot in the Door 5″ virtual exhibit is now open. Since 1980, “Foot in the Door” has been an open exhibition for Minnesotan artists of all ages to present their work at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The exhibition occurs once every 10 years, and by now, generations of artists have participated in it. The sole curatorial criteria? All submissions must measure at or under 12 inches in height, width, and depth—literally inviting artists to place “a foot” in the museum’s galleries.

"Kerry" by Maria Manske, watercolor, is one of the pieces in this year's Foot in the Door exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. To see the entire exhibit, click here.

“Kerry” by Maria Manske, watercolor, is one of the pieces in this year’s Foot in the Door exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. To see the entire exhibit, click here.

There are more than 2,000 pieces in this exhibit from artists of every age throughout Minnesota. To see, click here.

Artists at Work:

 Lutsen sculptor Greg Mueller recently installed Pathway Parabola in Sisseton, S.D. This round-about sculpture site was a collaboration with the South Dakota Department of Transportation, the Bush Foundation and the Arts Council of Sisseton, S.D.

Pathway Parabola by Greg Mueller was recently installed in South Dakota.

Pathway Parabola by Greg Mueller was recently installed in South Dakota.

The sculpture reflects the Tribal College colors and includes inner lighting of LEDS to reflect a star-like composition of fish and leaves, acknowledging the Dakota’s reverence for the celestial and their identity: Sisitonwan (Dwellers of the Fish Ground), Wahpetonwan (Dwellers Among the Leaves.)

Paul Sundet Wolf has been creative with her remnant sock yarn.

Paula Sundet Wolf has been using her remnant sock yarn  to make these beauties.

Paula Sundet Wolf has been using her remnant sock yarn to make these beauties.

 

Raven, a print by Kenspeckle Letterpress.

Raven, a print by Kenspeckle Letterpress. To see more work, click here.

Online art exhibit by art students at ISD 166.

"Soft" by Shaelyn, an art student at ISD 166.

“Soft” by Shaelyn, an art student at ISD 166.

In Stillwater, artists have been painting utility boxes with river themes to beautify the community and honor the river.

Starry Night over Stillwater, the St. Croix by Jane Dierberger.

Starry Night over Stillwater, the St. Croix by Jane Dierberger.

To see all the fascinating work created by these artists on utility boxes, click here.

The North Shore Artists League is featuring new work by its members, with a special shop featuring gifts under $50.

Hovland photographer Meadow Adams is featuring a 2021 calendar of photographs. To see, click here.

Hovland photographer Meadow Adams is featuring a 2021 calendar of photographs. To see, click here.

 To see work by members of the North Shore Artists League, click here.

Virtual Music:

We found a potpourri this week:

Here’s a very early Joni Mitchell.

Marie Bonine, Sami

Mary Chapain Carpenter

Al Green

Yo-Yo MA and a Celtic song

Arlo Guthrie, talking … and singing.

Live Music:

Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m., For reservations, click here, or call (218) 481-9280.

Photographs:

Let’s start with wildlife: We found a lot of bird photographs this week.

Rough-legged hawk, light morph by Michael Furtman.

Rough-legged hawk, light morph by Michael Furtman.

Snow bunting by John Alexander Kay.

Snow bunting by John Alexander Kay.

 

Bluebird by Thomas Demma.

Bluebird by Thomas Demma.

 

Pileated Woodpecker... this guy just flew right at me by Meadow Adams.

Pileated Woodpecker… this guy just flew right at me by Meadow Adams.

 

Mom and Pop rebuilding their nest for next year by Bonnie Affolter.

Mom and Pop rebuilding their nest for next year by Bonnie Affolter.

Bears are still around.

A bear print around Pincushion by Bill Hansen.

A bear print around Pincushion by Bill Hansen.

The full moon:

Moon over the East Bay by Kristin Bergstrom.

Moon over the East Bay by Kristin Bergstrom.

 :Landscapes, waterscapes and skyscapes:

Some Superior Art by Andrea Stedman.

Some Superior Art by Andrea Stedman.

 

Forest path in early winter by Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux.

Forest path in early winter by Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux.

 

Swamp River from the 270 on its way to Canada by Matthew Brown.

Swamp River from the 270 on its way to Canada by Matthew Brown.

 

Fog in the valley this morning, upstate New York, by Carla Stetson.

Fog in the valley this morning, upstate New York, by Carla Stetson.

 

This morning by Kristofer Bowman.

This morning by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Hoar-frost Tamarack, early ice and sunrise at -8F this morning by Thomas Spence.

Hoar-frost Tamarack, early ice and sunrise at -8F this morning by Thomas Spence.

 

October storm by Paul Sundberg.

October storm by Paul Sundberg.

 

Good night by Jennifer Schulz.

Good night by Jennifer Schulz.

 

Superior National Forest, October 2020 by Ken Harmon.

Superior National Forest, October 2020 by Ken Harmon.

 

Catching the light by Roxann Berglund.

Catching the light by Roxann Berglund.

A Peoplescape:

Surf's Up! Terrace Bay, Ontario by Lisa A. Jacques.

Surf’s Up! Terrace Bay, Ontario by Lisa A. Jacques.

And the ultimate birdscape:

Two cuties. Baby owls. Photographer unknown.

Two cuties. Baby owls. Photographer unknown.

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Settle Back . . .

thomas spence sure is pretty in the woods with the October snowfall

Sure is pretty in the woods with the October snowfall by Thomas Spence.

Greetings, friends. This is going to be a crazy week, no doubt. Halloween is just around the corner, then a return to regular time on Sunday, and then the election, whatever that entails this year. So the offerings this week are just the opposite … you can click on many links and just sit back and listen or watch, and enjoy  being a human being. There’s more stuff, of course–artwork, a drive-in movie, music, to name a few.

First up is a presentation on Lichens on the North Shore — those beauteous and mysterious organisms that can be found all over the Northwoods.

Wolf Ridge naturalist Joe Walewski  will present a free webinar on Lichens of the North Shore at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 through North House Folk School. To register, click here.

Wolf Ridge naturalist Joe Walewski will present a free webinar on Lichens of the North Shore at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 through North House Folk School. To register, click here.

Lichens are an example of the ultimate symbiotic relationship-a complex life form that is the partnership of two separate organisms, a fungus and an alga. Joe Walewski, the naturalist at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, will lead a webinar through North House Folk School on Thursday, Oct. 29, to explore this mysterious and beautiful world. The webinar is free. Click here to register.

Halloween is on Saturday, and there are a variety of ways that families have decided to celebrate it. The YMCA is doing it two ways, with a virtual costume contest and a social distancing event and movie screening in the parking lot at the Y.

The YMCA is sponsoring a Halloween costume contest virtually this year, and ins inviting everyone to post a photograph of themselves and their family, including pets, in their Halloween costumes on their Facebook page.

The YMCA will host a virtual Halloween costume contest on its Facebook page starting Oct. 29. Post a photograph here.

The YMCA will host a virtual Halloween costume contest on its Facebook page starting Oct. 29. Post a photograph here.

There are three categories: kids, family or group and pets.Photos must be posted by 9 p.m. Oct. 31. Special prizes for those with the most likes. To post photos, click here.

On Saturday, the Y will host a Halloween event in the parking lot with social distancing in place. There will be treats and more, as well as the screening of a movie at 7 p.m.

The YMCA will screen the Disney movie "Coco" in the parking lot at 7 p.m. Oct. 31.

The YMCA will screen the Disney movie “Coco” in the parking lot at 7 p.m. Oct. 31.

For a virtual live theatre experience of Halloween, the Duluth Playhouse will present, “Tales from the Ghost Light,” a series of creepy vignettes that will stream via their Facebook page and YouTube channel Thursday through Sunday.

Stream the Duluth Playhouse's Tales from the Ghost Light on Thursday through Sunday for free.

Stream the Duluth Playhouse’s “Tales from the Ghost Light”  Thursday through Sunday for free.

The tales can be seen anytime from 7 p.m. Oct. 29 and through 11 p.m. Nov. 1. To see, click here or here.

Exhibits:

 David R. Johnson’s exhibit, “Cook County Through MyEyes, Vol 11″ continues at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Self-portrait by David R. Johnson, one of the photographs in his exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post, Cook County Through My Eyes, Vol. II."

Self-portrait by David R. Johnson, one of the photographs in his exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post, Cook County Through My Eyes, Vol. II.”

The exhibit features a wide variety of photographs including landscapes and seascapes as well as wildlife photographs.

Icy Blue Sunset by David Johnson is one of the photographs on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post this month.

Icy Blue Sunset by David Johnson is one of the photographs on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post this month.

The exhibit can be viewed in person at the Heritage Post from 1-4 p.m on Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, or online. To view all the photographs and shop, click here. The exhibit continues through Dec. 5.  Covid protocols, including masking, social distancing and hand sanitizing are in place at the gallery.

Upcoming:

Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux will teach a class entitled “Once Upon a Folktale” from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux will teach a class on folktales at the Grand Marais Art Colony Nov. 7.

Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux will teach a class on folktales at the Grand Marais Art Colony Nov. 7.

In this laid-back class, participants will explore a variety of traditional folk tales, learn to tell a story without memorization and spend time spinning yarns with old and new friends. This family class is open to ages 7 – adult. All participants must follow the Art Colony’s social distancing and mask protocol. Learn more and register here

 

Artists at Work:

 David Gilsvik and his wife Patti took at trip to Amsterdam and Tromso, Norway just before Covid hit. He writes “the virus was right behind us as museums were closing right and left, and eventually the whole continent, and we had to go home.” But, he continues: “Quarantined, I worked with a new energy born of travel and experiencing the land of my Ancestors.”

The result? An exhibit of the paintings at Cedar Coffee in Two Harbors, which is located just north of SuperOne.

David Gilsvik is exhibiting the work he created during quarantine, inspired by his trip to Scandinavia before the Covid lockdown. They are on exhibit at the Cedar Coffee House in Two Harbors.

David Gilsvik is exhibiting the work he created during quarantine, inspired by his trip to Scandinavia before the Covid lockdown. They are on exhibit at the Cedar Coffee House in Two Harbors.

Bryan Hansel has put out a new newsletter entitled “The Lows of Photography.”

Photograph by Bryan Hansel.

Photograph by Bryan Hansel.

To read his post, click here. It includes links to his workshops.

The art students at ISD 166 usually have an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post during the year, but that isn’t possible. So art teacher Mila Horak  is posting their work online. Here’s a beauty:

"Sharp" by Charlet, an art student at ISD 166.

“Sharp” by Charlet, an art student at ISD 166.

 

Winter Birches by Marti Mullen.

Winter Birches by Marti Mullen.

 

Cosmic Yin and Yang by Kathy Fox Weinberg.

Cosmic Yin and Yang by Kathy Fox Weinberg.

 

For your listening and viewing pleasure:

(Note: This is where you get to sit back and enjoy. Most of these posts are about an hour long.)

The Cook County Chamber’s annual Gala Award Ceremony was held virtually this year through a Zoom event on WTIP Community Radio on Wednesday.

WTIP Community Radio has its Fall Membership Drive this week.

WTIP Community Radio has its Fall Membership Drive this week.

It was really fun and such a great way to experience and celebrate what this community is all about. To listen, click here.

  In Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art is not yet open to the public, but they are active online, posting examples of exhibits as well as videos. Here’s a video with Carl Gawboy, discussing a few of his paintings in his retrospective at the Tweed.

 

The Duluth Art Institute is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday with Covid protocols in place. One of the exhibits features the textile art of Bemidiji artist Blair Treuer.

One of the textile pieces in Blair Treuer's exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

One of the textile pieces in Blair Treuer’s exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

Treuer’s portraits of herself, her husband, Anton Treuer, and nine children move off the walls with emotional energy. In her exhibit, “Identity,” Treuer becomes a storyteller delivering a message, “magic can be created when two people from different cultures love each other and build a life together,” she says.

The Duluth Art Institute just had an extraordinary interview with Treuer, where she talks about her art, how she got started, her family, her techniques. It’s so worth the time to watch. Here’s the link:

You might have to register to see. Click here if necessary.

Here’s a great video about the search for the places that the Group of Seven painted. In it, author and wilderness photographers Joanie and Gary McGuffin and art historian Michael Burtch set out to find the actual locations in northern Ontario that inspired the legendary Group Of Seven and some of their most iconic works of art. The film weaves the paintings and fascinating stories of these artists with the modern-day journey, taking viewers through some of Canada’s most stunning landscapes.

And here’s this great video featuring the legendary Japanese potter Hamada and British potter Bernard Leach entitled “The Art of the Potter.” The film, which is available for viewing for free through Nov.1, is offered courtesy of the Thunder Bay Potters Guild. Enjoy!

And finally, Cook County Higher Education recently hosted a webinar entitled “We Are All Treaty People: A History of Treaties in Minnesota.”

The webinar, "We Are All Treaty People" is now available to watch. Free.

The webinar, “We Are All Treaty People” is now available to watch. Free.

More than 750 people registered to see this extraordinary piece. You can too. Here’s the link. It’s free, but registration might be required before you can view.

Virtual Music:

 

Live Music:

Thursday, Oct. 29:

Photographs:

We were lucky again this week. Here’s a selection of what we found.

First, wildlife:

 Nap time by Amber Nichols.

Nap time by Amber Nichols.

Two from not around here.

Buffalo by Christian Dalbec.

Buffalo by Christian Dalbec.

 

A sheep that was out by itself for six years. All that wool apparently saved its life, according to the keeper. Every time the wolves attacked, they just got a mouthful of fluff, he said. Photo by Ian Short.

A sheep that was out by itself for six years. All that wool apparently saved its life, according to the keeper. Every time the wolves attacked, they just got a mouthful of fluff, he said. Photo by Ian Short.

 

Black-backed woodpecker, courtesy of the Thunder Cape Bird Observatory.

Black-backed woodpecker, courtesy of the Thunder Cape Bird Observatory.

 

A youngster in Grand Portage by Travis Novitsky.

A youngster in Grand Portage by Travis Novitsky.

 

Canada Lynx by Thomas Spence. Looking forward to see these this year, he writes.

Canada Lynx by Thomas Spence. Looking forward to see these this year, he writes.

 

Fall Buck by David R. Johnson, one of the photographs on view at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Fall Buck by David R. Johnson, one of the photographs on view at the Johnson Heritage Post.

 

Here are some landscapes, skyscapes and waterscapes:

Black and gold and  blue and white at Middle Falls, Gooseberry State Park.

Black and gold and blue and white at Middle Falls, Gooseberry State Park.

 

Just had to stop and take this last week. Duluth, MN by Matthew Pastick.

Just had to stop and take this last week. Duluth, MN by Matthew Pastick.

 

Split Rock Lighthouse by Nathan Klok.

Split Rock Lighthouse by Nathan Klok.

 

Art is everywhere. Floating leaves in river foam by Mary Amerman.

Art is everywhere. Floating leaves in river foam by Mary Amerman.

 

North Shore in Fall, courtesy of the Grand Marais Art Colony.

North Shore in Fall, courtesy of the Grand Marais Art Colony.

 

Seeking Shelter by David R. Johnson.

Seeking Shelter by David R. Johnson.

 

One tough lady rocking the waves of Lake Superior by Matthew Pastick.

One tough lady rocking the waves of Lake Superior by Matthew Pastick.

 

Foggy Woods by Mark Tessier.

Foggy Woods by Mark Tessier.

 

Waves in October by Christian Dalbec.

Waves in October by Christian Dalbec.

 

Lake Superior by Tim Beebe.

Lake Superior by Tim Beebe.

And last, but not least, a hope for this week:

Two Birds. Photographer unknown.

Togethert. Photographer unknown.

Have a good weekend, everyone! Stay safe!!

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Two Seasons Collide

Two seasons collide by Paul Pluskwik.

Two seasons collide by Paul Pluskwik.

When two seasons collide,  like they did this week on the North Shore, it’s easy on the eyes. That’s not so easy if there’s more than six inches of snow and you aren’t quite ready for winter in the middle of October, but … we are keeping on.

North House Folk School celebrates this week with a great webinar, “Raptors of the North Shore,” co-hosted with the Raptor Center in St. Paul. The webinar on Thursday, Oct. 22, will explore the fascinating world of northern raptors –eagles, hawks, owls, falcons, and vultures. Come eye to eye, closer than you ever could in the wild, with a live Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Red-tailed Hawk, and Great Horned Owl during this live and interactive online program. Free.

Come eye to eye with a Peregrine Falcon in the Raptors of the North Shore webinar, which will be online, live, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2. To register, click here.

Come eye to eye with a Peregrine Falcon in the Raptors of the North Shore webinar, which will be online, live, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. To register, click here.

Learn about different raptor species found along the north shore, learn where to find them, and about their migrations. This program will last 45 minutes and will be followed by a 15-minute Q&A.  The webinar is free. To register, click here.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will host multi-media artist Galilee Peaches as its Instagram takeover artist on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 22-23.

Galilee Peaches will be the Art Colony's Instagram takeover artist on Thursday and Friday.

Galilee Peaches will be the Art Colony’s Instagram takeover artist on Thursday and Friday.

"Any Wish," watercolor and gouache by Galilee Peaches.

“Any Wish,” watercolor and gouache by Galilee Peaches.

Peaches is an interdisciplinary artist with a studio practice of drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, and writing. She was one of the Art Colony’s 2020 juried Artists-in-Residence. Follow her Instagram Takeover here.

Both North House Folk School and the Grand Marais Art Colony are offering online and in-person classes and workshops this fall. Check out their websites to learn more.

FYI: WTIP Community Radio holds its annual Fall Membership Drive this week with live music featured for Friday and Saturday. Boyd Bump Blomberg plays at 1 p.m. on Friday with Fred Anderson performing at 4 p.m. On Saturday, Gene Lafond and Amy Grillo will play at 2 p.m.

WTIP Community Radio has its Fall Membership Drive this week.

WTIP Community Radio has its Fall Membership Drive this week featuring live music and more.

Also, WTIP has set up a special Listener Comment Line for fans to share a favorite program or just say hello to a friend in the world-wide listening area of the radio station. To comment, call 218-353-1033 to record your message for the fall drive.

Our online lives continue.

On Monday and Tuesday, the Grand Marais Playhouse will stream their production of the play, “The Remarkable Susan,” live, from the Cook County Courthouse at 7 p.m. each evening. The short play by Tim Kelly is about the trail of Susan B. Anthony, who was on trail for the “crime” of casting a ballot.

The Grand Marais Playhouse will live stream a production of "The Remarkable Susan" from the Cook County Courthouse at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. For tickets, click here.

The Grand Marais Playhouse will live stream a production of “The Remarkable Susan” from the Cook County Courthouse at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. For tickets, click here.

Also, a recording of Cook County Higher Education’s outstanding webinar, “We Are All Treaty People: the History of Treaties in Minnesota,” will be available free, online, on Monday, Oct. 26.

A recording of the CCHE webinar, "We are all Treaty People" will be available online on Monday, Oct. 26. To view, click here.

A recording of the CCHE webinar, “We are all Treaty People” will be available online on Monday, Oct. 26. To view, click here.

The webinar is one of the series of Lifelong Learning webinars sponsored by CCHE. To learn more and see the webinar, as well as links to others, click here. 

Exhibits:

A new exhibit, “Cook County Through My Eyes II: Photographs by David R. Johnson” continues at the Johnson Heritage Post. Johnson’s exhibit includes a wide variety of landscape and wildlife photographs, including the amazing photograph, below, of a wolf running off with lunch.

"Recyclers," by David R. Johnson.

“Recyclers,” by David R. Johnson.

The  Johnson Heritage Post is open from 1-4 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, with Covid protocols in place. You can also see the exhibit online here,

The Duluth Art Institute, located in the Depot in Duluth is open to the public, with Covid protocols in place. There are a number of different exhibits on view, including “Identity” by fabric artist Blair Treuer.

"Evan," tapestry, by Blains Treuer.

“Evan,” tapestry, by Blains Treuer.

In this exhibit, Treuer becomes a storyteller delivering a message, “magic can be created when two people from different cultures love each other and build a life together.”

Other exhibits at the Depot include “Integument,” multimedia by Susanna Gaunt, “Material,” by Alyssa Swanson, “Reflections” by Kristen Kaas and “Tignon” by Chelsea Antoinette. To learn more, click here.

The AICHO (American Indian Community Housing Association) Gallery in Duluth has installed a new exhibit entitled “Manidoominens: Still Beading After 10,000 Years.” The exhibit is curated by Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe tribal member and artist Wendy Savage and features the works of 29 beadwork artists in the region representing 14 tribal Nations in the midwest and Canada.

"Four Winds," beadwork by Leah Yellowbird.

“Four Winds,” beadwork by Leah Yellowbird.

The exhibit is virtual. To see outstanding photographs of the artwork as well as take a virtual  tour of the show, click here. The exhibit continues through Jan. 8.

Artists at Work:

Here’s a treat. Perfect Duluth Day has created a series of videos featuring the artists who will be participating in a new exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art entitled “Creating Apart: Local Artists Respond to a Global Pandemic.” The videos were filmed by Mike Scholtz and produced by Ann Dugan. The Tweed exhibit has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities,

Artists from a variety of media who are included in the exhibit include Adam Swanson, Aaron Kloss, Karen Savage-Blue, Moira Villard, Brian Barber, Lyz Jaakola, Joe Klander, Sarah Brokes and Ivy Vainio. The videos were filmed by Mike Scholtz and produced by Ann Dugan. The exhibit

To get a taste, here is a video of Adam Swanson working in his studio. There are links to the other artists here as well. Check it out. It’s really fun.

 Perfect Duluth Day has also produced a series of stories about local artists entitled “Selective Focus.” Grand Marais potter Hannah Palma was featured in one of these.

Potter Hannah Palma was recently featured on Perfect Duluth Day. Photo by Ashley Bredemus.

Potter Hannah Palma was recently featured on Perfect Duluth Day. Photo by Ashley Bredemus.

 Here’s a link to the story and more photographs of Hannah Palma and her work.

Here are some of the recent artworks we found this week:

Waawaashkeshi Stroll #2 : Deer Stroll #2 by Sam Zimmerman. He is currently exhibiting at Joy & Co.

Waawaashkeshi Stroll #2 : Deer Stroll #2 by Sam Zimmerman. He is currently exhibiting at Joy & Co.

 

Comfort: Maple Leaf. Now a memory. Covered by show until next year by Betsy Bowen.

Comfort: Maple Leaf. Now a memory. Covered by show until next year by Betsy Bowen.

 

Daily painting: First Snow by Aaron Kloss.

Daily painting: First Snow by Aaron Kloss.

 

Latest painting by Ron Piercy.

Latest painting by Ron Piercy.

 

Also of interest: WTIP’s Annie Possis recently interviewed internationally renowned wolf expert Dave Mech about how he got his start studying wolves on Isle Royale when a graduate student in the late 1950s. At 62 years and counting, the Isle Royale Project is now the longest continuous study of any predator-prey system in the world. Dave and outdoors writer Greg Breining have written an account of those first years called “Wolf Island,” and they joined Annie on The Roadhouse to talk about it.

David Mech has recently written a book about the first years of studying wolves on Isle Royale. Annie Possis interviews him on The Roadhouse here.

David Mech has recently written a book about the first years of studying wolves on Isle Royale. Annie Possis interviews him on The Roadhouse here.

To listen to this outstanding interview, click here.

Virtual Music:

 A classical piece:

A song for our times:

And this gift:

Live Music:

Thursday, Oct. 22:

Friday, Oct. 23:

  • Bump Blomberg, Live from WTIP, 1 p.m.
  • Fred Anderson, Live from WTIP, 4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 24:

  • Gene Lafond and Amy Grillo, Live from WTIP, 4 p.m.

 Photographs:

First, wildlife:’

Bull Moose in the recent snow by Thomas Spence.

Bull Moose in the recent snow by Thomas Spence.

 

"Nancy," one of the Bald Eagles on the DNR nest in St. Paul, shrugging off the snow.

“Nancy,” one of the Bald Eagles on the DNR nest in St. Paul, trying to shrug off the snow.

 

Sunrise fox by Thomas Spence.

Sunrise fox by Thomas Spence.

 

The owl and the squired. Photographer unknown.

The owl and the squired. Photographer unknown.

 Plants and trees:

Hardy survivors in late fall by Layne Kennedy.

Hardy survivors in late fall by Layne Kennedy.

 

Indoor mood and outdoor mood by Tina Hegg Raway.

Indoor mood and outdoor mood by Tina Hegg Raway.

 

Incredible moose rub by Nancy Seaton.

An incredible moose rub by Nancy Seaton.

 

Leaves by Mark Tessier.

Leaves by Mark Tessier.

Landscapes, waterscapes and skyscapes:

The clear waters of Lake Superior by Layne Kennedy.

The clear waters of Lake Superior by Layne Kennedy.

 

Last week in the Boundary Waters by Bryan Hansel.

Last week in the Boundary Waters by Bryan Hansel.

 

21 degrees near Ely by David Grinstead.

21 degrees near Ely by David Grinstead.

 

Wisconsin Point yesterday by Jesse Nord.

Wisconsin Point yesterday by Jesse Nord.

 

Down the road from the cabin by Michael Furtman.

Down the road from the cabin by Michael Furtman.

Potpourri and peoplescapes:

Dicing onions for culinary arts class by Krishna Woerheide.

Dicing onions for culinary arts class by Krishna Woerheide.

 

Well Hello, old friend by VisitCookCounty.

Well Hello, old friend, by Kjersti Vick.

A 3-season image.

Grand Marais, Oct. 21,2020 , courtesy Joy & Co.

Grand Marais, Oct. 21,2020 , photo courtesy  of Joy & Co.

And finally, this:

Everything you need to know about 2020 by Sheila Smith.  This piece has been accepted for the Minneapolis Art Institute's Foot in the Door show. Smith actually titles it ”Muffin’s Groomer Got Her Degree on the Internet,”

“Everything you need to know about 2020″ by Sheila Smith. This piece has been accepted for the Minneapolis Art Institute’s Foot in the Door show. Smith actually titles it ”Muffin’s Groomer Got Her Degree on the Internet.” Your choice. :)

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First Snows & Moose Madness

First Snow. Road to Elbow Lake. Photograph by Layne Kennedy.

First Snow. Road to Elbow Lake. Photograph by Layne Kennedy.

Greetings! and welcome to the first snows of winter that have kissed the land. Expected and unexpected, one might say.

Just to do a brief weather history — at this time last year, Thomas Spence recorded this:

One year ago today (Oct. 14) we were waking up to snow by Thomas Spence.

One year ago today (Oct. 14) we were waking up to snow by Thomas Spence.

And here is what it looked like in Duluth two years ago this week.

Duluth, Oct. 10, 2018. Duluth News Tribune.

Duluth, Oct. 10, 2018. Published in the Duluth News Tribune.

So, yes, we don’t expect 70 degrees for Moose Madness Weekend here in Grand Marais. Covid-19 has made the event even more complicated this year, but, as always, the “Moosey spirit” continues with special activities for families, both in-person and online, throughout the community.

Moose Madness Weekend is on.

Moose Madness Weekend is on.

For avid fans, the Moose Medallion Hunt is on! Sponsored by the Grand Marais State Bank, the medallion will be secreted somewhere in downtown Grand Marais and clues will be posted online, instead of being  picked up at the Visit Cook County headquarters. Moose Central (the Visit Cook County headquarters) will be closed this weekend to protect the health and safety of participants. However, clues are still in play and can be found in two places: the VisitCookCounty web page and the VisitCookCounty Facebook page. The clues will be released at 9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday and will continue to be released throughout the weekend until the medallion is found.  Good luck to everyone! A cash prize of $100 goes to the winner.

North House Folk School will be open and will feature a number of drop-in classes  and activities for families as well as “take-out” craft projects and online projects. Craftspeople will also be demonstrating this weekend.

North House Folk School will offer classes for families, including woodworking projects, Luke making a birdhouse.

North House Folk School will offer classes for families, including woodworking projects, like making a birdhouse. The activities will be either outdoors or inside, with windows open. Masks on, and probably coats, too!

North House is also organizing a Moose Madness Family Instagram Challenge to create a moose with almost anything and then post a photo on its Instagram page. A random drawing will award prizes and gift certificates to the winners. For more information about the weekend at North House, click here.  Other weekend events include surprise bags for kids at the Cook County Coop and an art supply sale under the orange tent at Joy & Co., to list a few.

Also this weekend, weather permitting, the 2nd annual Grand Marais Apple Festival will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring apple picking at four orchards, cider-making at Great Expectations School, caramel apple demos and sale at the Gunflint Mercantile and an Apple Farm Stand and winter vegetable sale in the parking lot of the Cook County Community Center in the afternoon.

The 2nd annual Grand Marais Apple Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17 and includes apple farm tours and picking, apple cider-making,  presentations and more. Open to all. Click here for more information.

The 2nd annual Grand Marais Apple Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17 and includes apple farm tours and picking, apple cider-making, presentations and more. Open to all. Click here for more information.

For more information about the Apple Festival and all the activities planned for this weekend, click here.

Art is alive and well on the North Shore, as we all know, and this weekend, the Johnson Heritage Post celebrates that with an exhibit by Grand Marais photographer David R. Johnson. The exhibit is entitled “Cook County Through My Eyes: Vol. II.”

One of the photographs in David R. Johnson's exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post: Cook County Through My Eyes, Vol. II," opens at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday.

One of the photographs in David R. Johnson’s exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post: “Cook County Through My Eyes, Vol. I.” The exhibit  opens on Friday.

The exhibit features a great selection of David Johnson‘s photographs taken in all seasons. The Heritage Post is open from 1-4 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, with Covid protocols in place including masking, hand sanitizing and social distancing. You may also schedule a viewing of the exhibit here.

Also on Saturday, the two craft markets in town, the Cook County Market and the Maker’s Market, will be open, weather permitting. The Cook County Market is held in the parking lot of The Hub and is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Maker’s Market is located next to the Beaver House and is open Thursday through Sundays.

In Duluth, the Duluth Art Institute, located in The Depot in downtown Duluth, presents two new exhibits this weekend.’ “Reflections,” two large-scale wearings by Kristen Kaas. The pieces are located in the Depot entrance.

"Reflections," by Kristen Kaas is on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

“Reflections,” by Kristen Kaas is on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

The Art Institute is also featuring a temporary installation of artwork for sale. Instead of waiting for an exhibit to end, art lovers can bring their choices home right away, making for a lively and changing exhibit. Artists currently represented include: Shaun Chosa, Michael Dahmen, Sue Rauschenfels, Alyssa Swanson, and Blair Treuer.

The Tweed Museum of Art on the UMD campus is currently closed to the public, but it posts artwork regularly on its Facebook page.

Sarah M Brokke, "Her Wild Life is Coming Back (II), is one of the pieces currently on view online at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Sarah M Brokke, “Her Wild Life is Coming Back (II), is one of the pieces currently on view online at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Artists at Work:

Here’s a selection of pieces we found this week:

"Balanced," rock sculpture by Peter Juhl.

“Balanced,” rock sculpture by Peter Juhl.

 

"Sanctuary" by Charlotte Drury.

“Sanctuary” by Charlotte Drury.

 

Max Linehan has her work at Betsy Bowen's Gallery. This is "Woven Spheres," a paper collage.

Maxene Linehan has her work at Betsy Bowen’s Gallery. This is “Woven Spheres,” a paper collage.

 

Cool Stream by Paul Gustafson.

Cool Stream by Paula Gustafson.

 

Bead painting by Shannon Crossbear.

Bead painting by Shannon Crossbear.

 

"Water," by Betsy Bowen, from her Letter "W" series on the Apostle Islands.

“Water,” by Betsy Bowen, from her Letter “W” series on the Apostle Islands.

 Opportunities:

Applications for the The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council’s $2,000 Emergency Working Artist Grant are currently open. The deadline to apply is Oct. 30. The grant provides $2,000 for working artists to do a work of art in the next six months and sustain themselves during the COVID-19 crisis. For more information and to apply, click here. 

The Grand Marais Art Colony is offering an opportunity for artists to have their work photographed by Jess Oullis Smith, a professional photographer.  Art Colony members can schedule a session for Nov. 17. Cost is $55. For more information and to register, click here.

The Art Colony is also offering a number of virtual classes and workshops. To find out more, click here.

Virtual Music:

Michael Lipton of The Carpenter Ants will be interviewed on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday. The Carpenter Ants have a new album out, “Tearin’  Down the House.”

carppenter ants tearin' down the house

Lipton will talk what it was like making an album during the pandemic and play a few cuts from the new work.

The Carpenter Ants recorded a new album during the pandemic. Check out their Facebook page to see clips.

The Carpenter Ants recorded a new album during the pandemic. Check out their Facebook page to hear clips.

The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m, with the featured musician usually starting about 6:20 p.m.

And here’s some more gospel we found this week– The Eagle Rock Singers.

 Live Music:

Thursday, Oct. 15:

  • Eric Frost, Date Night at the Winery, 6 p.m., Reservations required. Reservations are required. Reserve here  or call at (218) 481-9280.

Friday Oct. 16:

  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, visit www.michaelmonroemusic.com for more info.

Saturday, Oct, 17:

  • Boyd Bump Blomberg, Cook County Market, 10:30 a.m., weather permitting.

Photographs:

Here’s a collection of photographs we found this week.

First, let’s start with flowers and leaves.

A fall collage by Shannon Crossbear.

A fall collage by Shannon Crossbear.

 

Bouquet on a cool fall day by Maryl Skinner.

Bouquet on a cool fall day by Maryl Skinner.

 

Bowl of Fall by Layne Kennedy.

Bowl of Fall by Layne Kennedy.

And this wildlife explanation. It’s a Facebook link. Hope you can see it.

Casey Anderson explains what really was happening in the mountain lion video that went viral recently.

Casey Anderson explains what really was happening in the mountain lion video that went viral recently. Here’s the link.

From the air:

Grand Marais sunset. Photographer unknown.

Grand Marais sunrise. Photographer unknown.

 

Split Rock Lighthouse-- from a drone by Christian Dalbec.

Split Rock Lighthouse– from a drone by Christian Dalbec.

And landscapes, skyscapes, treescapes, waterscapes and more:

View down the hill from the cabin by Sandra Updike.

View down the hill from the cabin by Sandra Updike.

 

When the leaves fall, the clouds take over by Kristofer Bowman.

When the leaves fall, the clouds take over by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Pine needles by Layne Kennedy.

Pine needles by Layne Kennedy.

 

Fall reflections by Dennis Chick.

Fall reflections by Dennis Chick.

 

Savanna Portage State Park by Paul Sundberg.

Savanna Portage State Park by Paul Sundberg.

 

View of the Pigeon River from 270 Lookout by Jennifer Schulz.

View of the Pigeon River from 270 Lookout by Jennifer Schulz.

 

Eerie October at the lake by Don Davison.

Eerie October at the lake by Don Davison.

 

Spruce and "lollipops" by Jim Boyd.

Spruce and a”lollipop” by Jim Boyd.

 

Good night, friends by Kristofer Bowman.

Good night, friends by Kristofer Bowman.

 

The woods in fall by Jonas Heinzerling,

The woods in fall by Jonas Heinzerling,

 

It rained by Joan Farnam.

It rained!  by Joan Farnam.

 

Road trip by Christian Dalbec.

Road trip by Christian Dalbec.

Have a great weekend, everyone! Stay safe.

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Huh. Winter’s Not Close To Being Here Yet

Photo by Maggie Anderson.

Beautiful autumn morning providing much needed mental floss. Photo by Maggie Anderson.

The silken days of fall have arrived — those smooth, calm days where the fragrances speak of finished growing seasons and skittering leaves remind us of what is to come. For many in Cook County, the first frosts have already touched the land, but in some spots, like in one of my gardens closer to Lake Superior, everything is still green. But that, as we all know, won’t last forever.

Meanwhile, enjoy this respite from the cold to come.

Artists, of course, look forward and backward, inward and outward and, sometimes, in-between. Here’s a great little piece by Betsy Bowen that was posted on her Facebook page the other day. It’s part of her letter “W” series that she’s doing for an Apostle Islands project. Made us smile, for sure, and then realize that, hmmmm,  those times aren’t that far off.

"Stay Tuned for Winter" by Betsy Bowen.

“Stay Tuned for Winter” by Betsy Bowen.

The Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour ended on Sunday, and from all accounts, was a success. And since many of the artists chose to exhibit virtually this year, their sites are still live. Given that, you can still peruse their work and see what you can find. To help out, here are some links.

A Creativity Share:

North House Folk School recognizes our need to “make” to keep our hands and hearts happy, and hass put out a call for artists and artisans to participate in a Community Show & Share. The Show and Share, originally scheduled for tonight, Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. as a Zoom event. has been postponed. Stay tuned.

North House Folk School has put out a call for artists and artisans to participate in a live Zoom event, "Show and Share," documenting what they have made in the last several months.

North House Folk School has put out a call for artists and artisans to participate in a live Zoom event, “Show and Share,” documenting what they have made in the last several months. The event, which was originally set for 7 p.m. Oct. 8 has been postponed to a later date. Pictured are a spoon blank and a knife.

“Everyone is invited to join us in Zoom to share their work: either hold up your items or have an image on your screen ready to share,” North House posted on its web page. “We’ll use smaller groups to keep things manageable if the size is large. Prepare to be inspired and impressed by your fellow humans—we all need more of that right now.”

It sounds like a great time. Stay tuned. It will be rescheduled.

It’s going to be a pretty quiet weekend, but there are things to do and see.

This is the last weekend to see Grand Marais Plein Air, the exhibit of work created for the Plein Air event this year that is currently on view at the Johnson Heritage Post.

As in most events this summer, it was a combo of in-person and virtual participation. Painters from throughout the region participated, although some chose to paint-in-place rather than traveling to Grand Marais for the week-long event. The in-person exhibit is at the Johnson Heritage Post and features lots of interesting work.

"Artist's Point Calm," by James Turner, is one of the plein air paintings currently on view at the Johnson Heritage Post. This is the last weekend to see the work at the gallery.

“Artist’s Point Calm,” by James Turner, is one of the plein air paintings currently on view at the Johnson Heritage Post. This is the last weekend to see the work at the gallery. The Heritage Post is open from 1-4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The work can also be seen (and purchased)  online at pleinairgrandmarais.org.

For virtual music, check out WTIP Community Radio’s The Roadhouse on Friday night when Jim McGowan will talk about his music and play a few tunes. The show airs from 5-7 p.m., and McGowan will be featured around 6:20 p.m.

Saturday is busy. Two artisan markets, the Cook County Market and the Maker’s Market will be held in downtown Grand Marais to start the day.

The Cook County Market is held in The Hub’s parking lot from (new hours)  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

The Cook County Market, which is held in the parking lot of The Hub with new hours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 17.

The market closes for the season next Saturday, Oct. 17.

The Maker’s Market is located next to the Beaver House and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Also on Saturday, the North Shore Winery will hold Plein Air Art at the Winery featuring weaver Emily Wick. Wick will talk about her work and show how she creates it.

Weaving by Emily Wick. She will be at the North Shore Winery on Saturday for an outdoors event, weather permitting.

Weaving by Emily Wick. She will be at the North Shore Winery on Saturday for an outdoors event, weather permitting.

To find out more about her work, click here. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, click here or call (218) 481-9280.This event is weather dependent – if it’s raining, we can’t hold the event. Not sure? Check for more information.

For a very interesting time, consider attending the opening reception for Sam Zimmerman’s exhibit at Joy & Co from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday. The title of the exhibit is “Coming Home–Chapter 3.”

Ajijaak – Those Shores. Painting by Sam Zimmerman. He will open an exhibit at Joy & Co. on Saturday night with a reception from 5-8 p.m.

Ajijaak – Those Shores. Painting by Sam Zimmerman. He will open an exhibit at Joy & Co. on Saturday night with a reception from 5-8 p.m.

The exhibit and reception is free and open to the public. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Some of Samuel’s original works will be for sale along with some of his prints and smaller gift items.

Zimmerman has a Bachelor of Fine Art in Studio Art from the Rochester Institute of Technology and has participated in numerous exhibits in the region over the past few years. He’s also known in Grand Marais for his barrels painted with traditional Anishinaabe animals and symbols scattered around town.

Upcoming:

Moose Madness is still happening this year during MEA Weekend, although some of the events are virtual. Nevertheless, the Moose Medallion Hunt, for example, is on, with online clues, as are other events.

North House Folk School will hold Family Weekend Oct. 15-19, and will host a number of short drop-by activities for family small groups on campus: outdoors and/or windows open, masks on (probably coats too!). The public is invited to drop by and observe craftspeople demonstrating or try their hand at a small family project.

Also, the 2nd annual Grand Marais Apple Festival will be held on Oct. 17 at local farms, schools and the Cook County Community Center.

The 2nd annual Grand Marais Apple Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17 and includes apple farm tours and picking, apple cider-making,  presentations and more. Open to all. Click here for more information.

The 2nd annual Grand Marais Apple Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17 and includes apple farm tours and picking, apple cider-making, presentations and more. Open to all. Click here for more information.

This is a multi-pronged event featuring everything from picking apples in local orchards, making apple cider, presentations and a chance to take home apple goodies, produce and more. Click here for more info.

 Artist Opportunities:

The Arrowhead Regional Art Council is joining with other arts councils around the state to offer free workshops to help artists navigate digital spaces to promote and exhibit their work.

The Arts in Digital Spaces Virtual Workshops are free and open to all artists.

The Arts in Digital Spaces Virtual Workshops are free and open to all artists. To learn more and to register, click here.

The first workshops are focused on teaching the basics. Later, artists will have some free cohort work and individualized support. For more information and to register,  click here.

Artists at Work:

Carol Harris has been making quilts for Care Partners of Cook County fundraisers.

Carol Harris has been making quilts for Care Partners of Cook County fundraisers. The minimum bid on this quilt is $150. To bid and find out more, click here.

 

Liz Sivertson has new work at Sivertson Gallery, including this otter.

DeLiz Sivertson has new work at Sivertson Gallery, including this otter.

Virtual Delicacies:

Opera 

“Tales from a Safe Distance,” Fridays, October 9, 16, 23, 30 at  7-8 p.m. Created by the Decameron Opera Coalition, “Tales from a Safe Distance” features nine one-act operas and a tenth wrap-around story. Each Friday in October, an episode with two or three of these operas will premier virtually. A $15 ticket gives you access to all four episodes, with the flexibility to watch any time after first airing.

Lyric Opera of the North, Duluth’s premier opera company, is part of these performances with their opera, Everything Comes to a Head.

The one-act opera, Everything Comes to a Head" by the Lyric Opera of the North, will be performed virtually, and with Jean Sramek and   writing the libretto, it is found to be very funny. Click here to learn more.

The one-act opera, Everything Comes to a Head” by the Lyric Opera of the North, will be performed virtually, and with Margi Preus and Jean Sramek writing the libretto, it is bound to be very funny. Click here to learn more.

“Everything Comes to a Head” is part of is part of Episode 1: Both Gladsome and Grievous. This newly commissioned, 30-minute horror-romance-comedy is sung in English and features illustrated, animated sets. Music is by Rachel J. Peters. Libretto by Margi Preus and Jean Sramek. Learn more and buy tickets at decameronoperacoalition.org

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra will perform “Love’s Longing” for a free digital concert on Facebook. from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18.

Billy Childs will perform his "Unrequited" for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's free digital concert Oct. 18.

Billy Childs will perform his “Unrequited” for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s free digital concert Oct. 18.

.Click here to see and learn more.

Tofte photographer Thomas Spence was out in the Superior National Forest the other day and got to see this:

And here’s a music video to enjoy.

 Live Music:

 Thursday, Oct. 8:

  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m. Reservations are required. Reserve here  or call at (218) 481-9280.

Saturday, Oct. 10:

  • Boyd Bump Blomberg, Cook County Market,  10:30 a.m.

Sunday Oct. 11:

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

Photographs:

We found some interesting photographs this week. Here’s a selection: Let’s start with wildlife:

Liking our new home in Grand Marais and our daily visitors by Rob Osborne.

Liking our new home in Grand Marais and our daily visitors by Rob Osborne.

 

Spider web at dawn by Paul Pluskwik.

Spider web at dawn by Paul Pluskwik.

 

Look who cheered me on as I drove home – Timothy Shortbread. Photograph by Kristofer Bowman.

Look who cheered me on as I drove home – Timothy Shortbread. Photograph by Kristofer Bowman.

And plantscapes:

Unfinsied summer green, shadows and dew by Mary Beams.

Unfinsied summer green, shadows and dew by Mary Beams.

 

Snow by Kristofer Bowman.

Snow by Kristofer Bowman.

Treescapes, landscapes, waterscapes and skyscapes:

Hanging out in the River Arts District, Asheville, N.C. by John Jacobson.

Hanging out in the River Arts District, Asheville, N.C. by John Jacobson.

 

Tunnel of Love by Roxanne Distad.

Tunnel of Love by Roxanne Distad.

 

Beautiful back roads by Chris Robinson.

Beautiful back roads by Chris Robinson.

 

From an overlook by Jesse Olson.

From an overlook by Jesse Olson.

 

A view by Teresa Chmelik.

Fall  by Teresa Chmelik.

 

Quiet in the bogs this morning by Jan Swart.

Quiet in the bogs this morning by Jan Swart.

 

Boulder Lake by Judy Gray.

Boulder Lake by Judy Gray.

 

Split Rock Lighthouse draped in autumn colors by Roxanne Distad.

Split Rock Lighthouse draped in autumn colors by Roxanne Distad.

 

Fall colors by Paul Sundberg.

Fall colors by Paul Sundberg.

 

A stormy sunrise on Lake Superior by Bryan Hansel.

A stormy sunrise on Lake Superior by Bryan Hansel.

 

The towering cliffs of Tettegouche by Manasi Chaphalkar.

The towering cliffs of Tettegouche by Manasi Chaphalkar.

Check out this sequence of photographs taken by Susanne von Schroeder in a few minutes as the sun seems to light the island on fire.

First, this view:

First one... Susanne von Schroeder.

First one… Susanne von Schroeder.

A few minutes later by Susanne von Schroeder.

A few minutes later by Susanne von Schroeder.

A few minutes after that by Susanne von Schroeder.

A few minutes after that by Susanne von Schroeder.

A waterfall:

A little different view of Gooseberry bu Carol Bauer.

A little different view of Gooseberry bu Carol Bauer.

And two night views:

Artist's Point by Paul Maloney.

Artist’s Point by Paul Maloney.

 

The waning full moon by Thomas Demma.

The waning full moon by Thomas Demma.

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Happiness is a perfect fall

greg fangel after those apples

Hmmmm. Apples! Photo by Greg Fangel. Bears have been seen all over the county this fall.

Greetings from the North Shore, where colors are still spectacular and bears are everywhere. Spring and early summer drought made the blueberries and other favorite and necessary bear food hard to find, so they’re foraging where humans live. Caution is advised always.

And Covid-19 continues to stalk our communities. Two new cases were identified this week in Cook County. For the latest information, click here. Also, WTIP Community Radio has been covering this story. To listen, click here.

There are other stories in the county this week, too, and one of the most exciting is the Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour. It started last Friday, Sept. 25, and continues through Sunday, Oct. 4. This year, art lovers have two different ways to see the art — in-person and online. Because of the pandemic, some studios and galleries have chosen to just exhibit online, while others have opted for a cautious Covid-protocol approach. Brochures are available at venues throughout the county, but to make things a little easier, here’s a breakdown of who is open and who is exhibiting online.

Open with Covid protocols

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

Weaver Julie Arthur dyes a scarf outside with a customer last week. She is offering the opportunity for a small f

Weaver Julie Arthur dyes a scarf outside with a customer last week. She is offering the opportunity for a small fee.

 Jeweler of the North Shore/JNS Gallery  in Lutsen is open during the tour. Jeweler Steve Hahn is exhibiting his own work as well as work by local artists.

Lake Superior pendant by Steve Hahn.

Lake Superior pendant by Steve Hahn.

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

Potter Maggie Anderson works in porcelain and naked raku.

Potter Maggie Anderson works in porcelain and naked raku.

 North House Folk School is open for the tour, featuring craft demonstrations and more.

North House Folk School is open. Photo by Tanya Starinets.

North House Folk School is open. Photo by Tanya Starinets.

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

Painting by Andy Ness. He is one of the artists featured by the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Betsy Bowen | Betsy Bowen Studio at 301 W. 1st St., is open during the tour. Guest artists include Elise Kyllo/Works in Wool, hand-felted whimsy and craft; Christine Novotny, weaving; Melissa Wickwire/Wickwire Clay Works, custom handmade tiles and More; Maxene Linihan, freeform woven paper collage.

Felter Elise Kyllo is one of the artists featured at Betsy Bowen’s Studio and Gallery.

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

Yellowbird Gallery has a wide range of art, including handmade jewelry by

Yellowbird Gallery has a wide range of art, including handmade jewelry made daily.

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

Upstate MN has just received Paul Wellstone mugs by Justin Rothshank.

Upstate MN has just received Paul Wellstone mugs by Justin Rothshank.

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

The Big Lake has pottery by Natalie Sobanja, including this blue jar.

The Big Lake features local and regional potters, including pottery by Natalie Sobanja.

Sivertson Gallery, 14 W. Wisconsin St., is open during the tour, and is featuring work by painter David Gilsvik.

Painting by David Gilsvik, who visited Tromso, Norway and is working on a series of paintings of what he saw there.

Painting by David Gilsvik, who visited Tromso, Norway and is working on a series of paintings of what he saw there.

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

Twin Flowers, fused glass, by Nancy Seaton.

Twin Flowers, fused glass, by Nancy Seaton.

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

Painting by Neil Sherman, detail.

Painting by Neil Sherman, detail.

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

Hovland aspen birch bowl by Lou Pignolet.

Hovland aspen birch bowl by Lou Pignolet.

  Online Art (Check for new additions)

Jason Trebs, online plates, mugs, trays and more. Guest artist, printmaker  Nick Wroblewski.

Trays by Jason Trebs drying in the studio. They will be glazed and fired and offered online.

Trays by Jason Trebs drying in the studio. They will be glazed and fired and offered online.

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

Kari Vick | Kari Vick, Ink, featuring her paintings and prints as well as her books, is closed for the tour. Online participation only. Click the link above to see her work and read about her inspirations and funny stories.

"Lead on," one of the books Kari Vick has illustrated.

“Lead on,” one of the books Kari Vick has illustrated.

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

Complexity of Life, painting by Kathy Fox-Weinberg.

Complexity of Life, painting by Kathy Fox-Weinberg.

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

Meadow in Bloom, fused glass, by Sharon Frykman.

Meadow in Bloom, fused glass, by Sharon Frykman.

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

Rug by

Rug by Mary Reichert.

Jim Sannerud | J. Sannerud Studios, is online only.Sannerud is a designer and maker of furniture, turned greenware and sculpture. Guest artist is Mike Loeffler, woodenware.

Table and chair setting by

Table and chair setting by Jim Sannerud.

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

Plate bowls by Hannah Palma Laky.

Plate bowls by Hannah Palma Laky.

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

One of Jo Wood’s “Tiny Framed” pieces.

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

Screech Owl by Lee and  Dan Ross.

Screech Owl by Lee and
Dan Ross.

The Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour  continues through Sunday, Oct. 4. Enjoy the tour both ways — online or in-person.

On Saturday, the Cook County Market will open in The Hub’s parking lot at 10 a.m., weather permitting. It runs through 2 p.m. And the Maker’s Market, which is next to the Beaver House opens at 9 a.m and closes at 4.

Also on Saturday, Anna Hess will be demonstrating her painting at a plein air event at the North Shore Winery. The event is from 3-6 p.m. with Covid protocols in place.

Lutsen painter Anna Hess will be at the North Shore Winery on Saturday.

Lutsen painter Anna Hess will be at the North Shore Winery on Saturday f.r a plein air event.

To make a reservation to view the Anna’s work, click here or call (218) 481-9280. This event is weather dependent – if it’s raining, we can’t hold the event. Not sure? Check back here for more information.

Exhibits:

Grand Marais Plein Air happened this year and, like many events, was a combo of live and virtual participation. There currently is an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post through Oct. 10, which is open to the public. There is also an extensive exhibit of work online at pleinairgrandmarais.org.

The event included a number of different categories and awards.

Scott Lloyd Anderson won the 1st Place Award in the competition for this painting, "Sam's Dune Buggy."

Scott Lloyd Anderson won the 1st Place Award in the competition for this painting, “Sam’s Dune Buggy.”

To see a list of all of the Plein Air Grand Marais Award Winners and the links to the pieces that won them prizes visit: pleinairgrandmarais.org/awards

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

To see a virtual Art Fair featuring Thunder Bay artists, check out the Painted Turtle Art Shop’s website www.paintedturtleart.com/gallery The Virtual Art Fair is co-sponsored by the Community Arts and Heritage Education Project and the Painted Turtle Art Shop in Thunder Bay and continues through Oct. 25.

The Thunder Bay virtual Art Fair features a great selection of work by Gerry Thunder Bay artists, including this painting by

The Thunder Bay virtual Art Fair features a great selection of work byThunder Bay artists, including this painting by Gerry Stephens entitled “Butterfly.”

Artists at Work:

Here are two just-completed pieces we found this week:

Painting Fall by Paula Sundet.

Painting Fall by Paula Sundet.

Comfort. The aspen leaves cover the road like a mosaic. On schedule. By Betsy Bowen.

Comfort. The aspen leaves cover the road like a mosaic. On schedule. By Betsy Bowen.

Virtual music is definitely happening now, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will present Four Piano Quartets with Stewart Goodyear on Saturday and Sunday.

Steward Goodyear will perform four piano quartets in a special live stream broadcast by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. See below for link.

Steward Goodyear will perform four piano quartets in a special live stream broadcast by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. See below for link.

Click here to find out more.

And here’s a music video for today:

Live Music: 

Thursday, Oct.1:

  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, Date Night at the Winery, 6 p.m. Make reservations here or call (218) 481-9280.

Saturday, Oct. 3:

  • Boyd Bump Blomberg, Cook County Market, 10:30 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe Concert, 7 p.m., rural Grand Marais, reservations at www.michaelmonroemusic.com

Sunday, Oct. 4

  • Mary Bue, Weekend Wine Down, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m., Make reservations here or call (218) 481-9280.

Photographs

Fall has definitely frung and we found lots of great photos, but let’s start with a few wildlife shots first — companion shots, if you will.

Getting a snack on the wing--grey headed flying fox and her youngster, posted by avantagrdens on Facebook.

Getting a snack on the wing–grey headed flying fox and her youngster, posted by avantagrdens on Facebook.

 

Red Winged Blackbird hitches a ride by Thomas Demma.

Red Winged Blackbird hitches a ride by Thomas Demma.

Vegetables & Flowers:

Hello gordgeous by Nina Simonowicz.

Hello gordgeous by Nina Simonowicz.

 

Arranged by autumn by Maryl Skinner.

Arranged by autumn by Maryl Skinner.

Leaves:

A  fall bouquet by Allison Rykken.

A fall bouquet by Allison Rykken.

 

Red oak leaves this year by Paul Sundberg.

Red oak leaves this year by Paul Sundberg.

 

Creating winter's quilt by Jennifer Schulz.

Creating winter’s quilt by Jennifer Schulz.

Leaves in Landscapes:

The path through the woods by Ron Piercy.

The path through the woods by Ron Piercy.

 

The weather is as close to perfect as it gets by Sue Hakes.

The weather is as close to perfect as it gets by Sue Hakes.

 

Portal to Lake Agnes by Mary Amerman.

Portal to Lake Agnes by Mary Amerman.

 

Highway to Heaven: Hwy 61 and Lake Superior by Bill Donovan.,

Highway to Heaven: Hwy 61 and Lake Superior by Bill Donovan.,

 

The Road by Cathy Quinn.

The Road by Cathy Quinn.

 

A morning walk through fantasyland--Superior National Forest by Thomas Spence.

A morning walk through fantasyland–Superior National Forest by Thomas Spence.

 

Beaver River. Fog is a photographer's friend by Donald Jay Olson.

Beaver River. Fog is a photographer’s friend by Donald Jay Olson.

 

A Lake Superior fall by Josh Driver.

A Lake Superior fall by Josh Driver.

 

Fall light by Mila Horak.

Fall light by Mila Horak.

Waterfalls and leaves:

Leaves in the eddy by Bryan Hansel.

Leaves in the eddy by Bryan Hansel.

 

Autumn in the air at Keene Creek, Duluth, by Gregory A. Isrealson.

Autumn in the air at Keene Creek, Duluth, by Gregory A. Isrealson.

No leaves:

Konsolation by John Heino.

Konsolation by John Heino.

 

Bridged by Jesse Nord.

Bridged by Jesse Nord.

And this beauty:

Jetty by Jim Boyd.

Jetty by Jim Boyd.

An ode to fall:

"Every kid needs an umbrella." Quote by a 5-year-old.

“Every kid needs an umbrella.” said by a 5-year-old.

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This is the week that was

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

Autumn splendor– first day of fall by Thomas Spence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Steve Hahn

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

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

Arvid and Walter by Kari Vick.

Arvid and Walter by Kari Vick.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Superior Icescape, fused glass by Sharon Frykman.

Superior Icescape, fused glass by Sharon Frykman.

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

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

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

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

Jim Sannerud designs and makes furniture.

Jim Sannerud designs and makes furniture.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bunchberry. fused glass, by Nancy Seaton.

Bunchberry. fused glass, by Nancy Seaton.

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

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

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

Leaf mug by Hannah Palma Laky.

Leaf mug by Hannah Palma Laky.

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

Autumn Fire, bead painting by Jo Wood.

Autumn Fire, bead painting by Jo Wood.

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

Getting ready for the tour by Neil Sherman.

Getting ready for the tour by Neil Sherman.

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

Zoom. Collage by Lee Ross.

Zoom. Collage by Lee Ross.

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

A selection of wood-turned bowls by Lou Pignolet.

TA selection of wood-turned bowls by Lou Pignolet.

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

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

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

Exhibits:

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

Foggy Morning by Scott Lloyd Anderson.

Foggy Morning by Scott Lloyd Anderson.

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

 Live Music this week:

Thursday, Sept. 24:

Saturday, Sept. 26:

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

Sunday, Sept. 27

Photographs:

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

Woods, calling for Moose by Paul Sundberg.

In the woods, calling moose by Paul Sundberg

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

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

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

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

Other wildlife photographs we found this week:

Marsh hawks playing in the sky by Thomas Demma.

Marsh hawks playing in the sky by Thomas Demma.

 

Question Mark butterfly by Maryl Skinner.

Question Mark butterfly by Maryl Skinner.

 

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

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

 

Carrion beetle with mites on its back by Jana Kokemiler.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

And for a little humor:

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

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

And here are a few plant/vegetable shots:

First harvest: Paula Reds and Honeycrisps.

First harvest: Paula Reds and Honeycrisps.

 

A late bloomer by Jean Grover.

A late bloomer by Jean Grover.

 

Newly harvested Painted Mountain corn by Ian Andrus.

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

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

Today's chilly morning by Nancy Seaton.

Today’s chilly morning by Nancy Seaton.

 

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

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

 

The North Shore by Sffy Torkildson.

The North Shore by Sffy Torkildson.

 

Boathouses in Red Wing by Layne Kennedy.

Boathouses in Red Wing by Layne Kennedy.

 

Perfectly flat and hazy by Gwen Danfelt.

Perfectly flat and hazy by Gwen Danfelt.

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

From the Overlook by Deb Bennett.

From the Overlook by Deb Bennett.

 

Oberg Mountain and Oberg  Lake by Christian Dalbec.

Oberg Mountain and Oberg Lake by Christian Dalbec.

 

Fall canopy by Dustin LaVigne.

Fall canopy by Dustin LaVigne.

 

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

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

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Fall Is Like A Firecracker … Explosions of Color

sarah allen fall is like a firecracker explosions of color

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

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

First maples by Paul Sundberg.

First maples by Paul Sundberg.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming:

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

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

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

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

Artist Opportunities:

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

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

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

 

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

Artists at Work:

"Navigating," collage, by Lee Ross.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Fall into Winter, fused glass, by Sharon Frykman.

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

 

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

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

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

 Virtual Music:

 

Live Music:

Thursday, Sept. 17:

Saturday, Sept. 19:

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

Sunday, Sept. 20:

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

Photographs:

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

A gathering of mushrooms by Nimue ADay.

A gathering of mushrooms by Nimue ADay.

 

Sunflower power by Kristofer Bowman.

A sturdy one  by Kristofer Bowman.

 

My sunflowers are getting taller than me by Jeanette Paulson.

My sunflowers are getting taller than me by Jeanette Paulson.

And here are some wildlife photographs:

Wasp nest by Ron Piercy.

Wasp nest by Ron Piercy.

 

Barred owl feather by Betty Hemstad.

Barred owl feather by Betty Hemstad.

 

Sparring near St. Paul by Thomas Demma.

Sparring near St. Paul by Thomas Demma.

 

thomas spence nice group of spruce grouse last weekend

A nice group of Spruce Grouse by Thomas Spence.

 

 

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

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

 

A fabulous fall view across the swamp by Thomas Spence.

A fabulous fall view across the swamp by Thomas Spence.

 

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

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

 

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

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

And here are some landscapes/skyscapes/waterscapes.

Hot air balloon sunrise by Wayne Ortloff.

Hot air balloon sunrise by Wayne Ortloff.

 

Cool, quiet dawning by Nancy Seaton.

Cool, quiet dawning by Nancy Seaton.

 

The colors are coming by David Johnson.

The colors are coming by David Johnson.

 

Clouds over Lake Superior by Trish Francis.

Clouds over Lake Superior by Trish Francis.

 

Dusk by Don Davison.

ADusk by Don Davison.

And a few Peoplescapes:

A beautiful fall day on the harbor by Paul Sundberg.

A beautiful fall day on the harbor by Paul Sundberg.

 

Ricing with Staci Drouillard.

Ricing with Staci Drouillard.

 

A Peoplescape without people. Photograph by Kjersti Vick.

A Peoplescape without people. Photograph by Kjersti Vick.

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