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The Season Begins: Art Along the Lake

jamie rabold the cascade is beautiful from all angles

“The Cascade is beautiful from all angles,” by Jamie Rabold.

Look forward to some wonderful craziness this weekend as galleries and shops celebrate Art Along the Lake with exhibits, gallery tours, demonstrations, music, art activities and more all weekend long.

The natural world is celebrating, too, with waterfalls at their spectacular best and trees opening to new life in greens, not to mention early wildflowers and young foxes and robins exploring new worlds.

Art Along the Lake features special events at the Cross River Heritage Center in Schroeder, which opens for the season on Friday, Last Chance Gallery and Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen, the Grand Marais Art Colony, Betsy Bowen Galleries & Studio, Sivertson Gallery, Ron’s World Rocks and Joy & Co in Grand Marais.

Paddling Through Clouds, oil, by David Gilsvik.

Davidi Gilsvik’s painting “Paddling Through Clouds” is the featured artwork on the Art Along the Lake brochure this year. Gilsvik will be giving painting demos at Sivertson Gallery from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The weekend kicks off with the opening of the Cross River Heritage Center for the season at 10 a.m. on Friday. The exhibits this year include “Boomtown: Taconite Harbor”and “Vintage Needlework and Fiber Arts.” There will be lots of great demos this weekend. On Friday, artisans will demonstrate basketry, knitting, hand quilting, wood carving, and Ukraine egg carving throughout the day. The demos continue at the Heritage Center on Saturday and feature everything from Norwegian sewing to hardanger embroidery. For the full schedule and times of the demos, click here.

In Lutsen, Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery will hold a number of demonstrations over the weekend.

kah nee tah pottery and paintings

Pottery and paintings are just a few of the artworks found at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Of special interest this weekend: Maggie Anderson will give a raku demonstration at the gallery from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Also on Saturday, there will be Bronze Pour at 4 at Last Chance Gallery. For more info and schedules, click here.

In Grand Marais, the Spring Art Underground Show Sneak Peek  at Betsy Bowen Galleries and Studio will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday night. The show features woodcuts by Betsy Bowen, Lake Superior gem stone jewelry by Stephan Hoglund, custom tiles by Melissa Wickwire, woodenware by Jim Sannerud, plus select local pottery, original paintings, rosemaling and lots more. The show continues through June.

The Spring Art Underground Show Sneak Peak at Betsy Bowen Galleries and Studio is from 5-7 p.m. Friday. Bowen's woodcut prints are featured in the show

The Spring Art Underground Show Sneak Peek at Betsy Bowen Galleries and Studio is from 5-7 p.m. Friday. Bowen’s woodcut prints are featured in the show, which continues through June.

Tilemaker Melissa Wickwire will give demos on tile making from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Melissa Wickwire will give tile-making demos on Saturday at Betsy Bowen Galleries & Studio.

Melissa Wickwire will give tile-making demos on Saturday at Betsy Bowen Galleries & Studio.

Betsy Bowen will give a printmaking demo at her gallery studio from 1-3 p.m. Sunday. For more info, click here.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will host a Pop-Up Exhibit on Saturday and Sunday.

The Pop-up Exhibit, Made at the Art Colony, will be Saturday and Sunday and includes prints by Dan and Lee Ross.

The Pop-up Exhibit, Made at the Art Colony, will be Saturday and Sunday and includes prints by Dan and Lee Ross.

“Made at the Art Colony” features works by local and regional artists who work at the Art Colony and includes paintings, prints, glass and ceramics and multi-media work. The show is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The Art Colony will also host a printmaking demo by Jerry Riach at 1 p.m. on Saturday and a Community Ink Day: Screenprinting from 2-4 p.m. For more info, click here.

And plein air painter David Gilsvik will give painting demos at Sivertson Gallery from 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

A new gallery, Ron’s World Rocks, Silver and Gems, holds its Grand Opening this weekend with studio demonstrations and a chance to visit with artist Ron Piercy on Friday and Saturday. Besides a great collection of handmade jewelry, the gallery also includes paintings by Matt Kania, bronze sculptures by John Books and prints by David Steckelberg, to name a few.

Matt Kania's painting is at Ron's World Rocks.

Matt Kania’s painting is at Ron’s World Rocks.

Joy & Co. hosts childen’s art activities on Friday and Saturday starting at 10 a.m.  All invited. Free.

Also on Friday, the Cook County Historical Society opens a new military history exhibit entitled “On the Line: A Military History of Cook County.” The exhibit explores the stories of how wartime changed the lives of Cook County service members and their families at home. An opening reception is set for Saturday. The museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday.

This weekend also features a number of special music events.

On Friday, The Sound of Strings Duo, comprised of Michelle Gribbon on violin, and Christina Roytz Branham on cello, (both play with the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra) will present a program entitled “Music from the Heart” at the Grand Marais Public Library at noon on Thursday.

On Saturday, singer/songwriter Ben Weaver will perform at the Fireweed Bike Co-op at 6 p.m.

And, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, the WolfGang Classical Quintet will perform at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 7:30. They will play the overtures to Mozart’s operas “Don Giovanni” and “The Magic Flute.”

And, not to forget, the Frozen Photographers exhibit, “Be There or Be Square” continues at the Johnson Heritage Post featuring work by 22 local and regional photographers.

Photo by Jamie Rabold. Rabold is one of the Frozen Photographers exhibiting at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Photo by Jamie Rabold. Rabold is one of the Frozen Photographers exhibiting at the Johnson Heritage Post.

In Duluth, the  opening reception for Ellen Sandbeck‘s papercut art will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday at the AICHO Galleries, 202 W. 2nd St.

Buddha-Day-28-Anuradhapura-Sri-Lanka, papercut, by Ellen Sandbeck.

Buddha-Day-28-Anuradhapura-Sri-Lanka, papercut, by Ellen Sandbeck.

The exhibit features a collection of her work, including “A Buddha a Day,” a series executed over the course of a year during which Sandbeck created 365 papercuts of Gautama Buddha. Proceeds from the sale of these works will benefit the charity of your choice.

The Call and Response Ceramics Exhibit continues at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Wall sculpture by Lee Stoliar is at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Wall sculpture by Lee Stoliar is at the Tweed Museum of Art.

In Thunder Bay, the Lakehead University RetroGraduate Exhibition continues through June 17, featuring work in a variety of mediums.

The Lakehead University RetroGraduate Exhibition is at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

The Lakehead University RetroGraduate Exhibition is at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

For Bob Dylan fans, the Duluth Dylan Festival continues in a variety of venues in Duluth through Sunday, including the Blood on the Tracks Express rolling train ride, featuring lots of music on the trip from Duluth to Two Harbors. For tickets and more event info, click here.

Upcoming

The Arrowhead Sketchers will begin their second season at the Grand Marais Recreation Park on Thursday, June 1, from 5- 7 p.m., followed by a brief “show and tell.”  The group meets weekly on Thursdays and welcomes anyone who likes to draw, sketch, plein aire paint or photograph, as well as those who want to just watch. For more info, call the Grand Marais Art Colony at 387-2737. You may also join MeetUp.com for weekly updates.

The Grand Marais Art Colony‘s “Findings Jewelry Symposium” is June 8-11 and promises to be quite an event.

The Findings Jewelry Symposium at the Grand Marais Art Colony is June 8-11. There is still time to sign up for classes.

The Findings Jewelry Symposium at the Grand Marais Art Colony is June 8-11. There is still time to sign up for classes.

The symposium features renowned jewelry artists who will demonstrate and teach about the intersection of contemporary and traditional jewelry-making techniques through classes, demos, artist talks and a jewelry trunk show. Register today while there’s space available. Learn more here:  And stay tuned for details.

The Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival  is June 16-18 at North House Folk School. It’s the biggest celebration of the year at North House and features lots of wooden boats, classes, the Summer Solstice Pageant, presentations and more.  It’s a  fun, family-oriented educational event and open to all. For more info, click here.

Also, North House is seeking submissions for the Pop-Up Craft Gallery which will be held during the Wooden Boat Show.

North House is calling for submissions for the Pop-Up Craft Gallery, that will be held during the Wooden Boat Show next month.

North House is calling for submissions for the Pop-Up Craft Gallery  that will be held during the Wooden Boat Show next month.

Bring a craft item you made and display it at the pop-up Craft Gallery on Saturday, June 17. Contact cfritz@northhouse.org with questions.

Window Shopping

Colorful paddles made by Sanborn Canoe Co. are at Upstate MN.

Beautiful paddles made by Sanborn Canoe Co. are at Upstate MN.

 

Sivertson Gallery has a great selection of jewelry, including this Fossil Walrus-Spiny Oyster-Sterling Bracelet From Bering Sea Designs.

Sivertson Gallery has a great selection of jewelry, including this fossil walrus-spiny oyster sterling bracelet from Bering Sea Designs.

 

Carol Miller has new pottery at Joy & Co.

Carol Miller has new pottery at Joy & Co.

 In Other Art News:

 Carrin Rosetti and Richard Gruchalla were awarded  First Place in Ceramics at the Old Capital Art Fair in Springfield, Ill. last weekend.

Raku artists Carrin Rosetti (pictured) and Richard Gruchalla won First Place in ceramics at a recent art show in Illinois. They exhibit their work at Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais.

Raku artists Carrin Rosetti (pictured) and Richard Gruchalla won First Place in ceramics at a recent art show in Illinois. They exhibit their work at Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais.

Here’s the music schedule for the week:

Thursday, May 25:

  • Timmy Haus, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Friday, May 26:

  • Pushing Chain, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
  • Pete K Group, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Saturday, May 27:

  • Matt Trost & Laurel Clark, Voyageur Brewing Co., noon
  • Jim McGowan, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Ben Weaver, Fireweed Bike Co-op, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • James Moors, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m., info, reservations at michaelmonroemusic.com
  • The WolfGang, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 7:30 p.m.
  • John Silliman, Gunflint Lodge, 8 p.m.
  • Earth, Wind and Todd, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Pete K Group, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 28:

  • Pushing Chain, Skyport Lodge, 5 p.m.
  • Tony Peterson and Jill Zimmerman, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.

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Whew! We found a lot of photos this week. Let’s start with wildlife.

Kits, by Paul Sundberg.

Kits, by Paul Sundberg.

 

Out in the Fog and Rain by Thomas Spence.

Out in the Fog and Rain by Thomas Spence.

 

Lunch! by Thomas Demma.

Lunch! by Thomas Demma. (Taken at the MN DNR eagle cam site.)

 

Nace Hagemann took this shot. He says he has never seen a laying like a stretched-out dog before.

Nace Hagemann took this shot. He says he has never seen a wolf  stretched-out like a dog before.

 

Loons by Michael Thompson.

Loons by Michael Thompson.

 

Late Night Visitor by David Johnson.

Late Night Visitor by David Johnson.

 

Little robin waiting for Mom by Ravenwind.

Little robin waiting for Mom by Ravenwind.

 

Flight of the Marsh Wren by John Heino.

Flight of the Marsh Wren by John Heino.

 

And we found lots of photos of waterfalls …

Kakabeka Falls (near Thunder Bay)  by Don Malcolm.

Kakabeka Falls (near Thunder Bay) by Don Malcolm.

 

Seven Bridges Road by Mary Amerman.

Seven Bridges Road by Mary Amerman.

 

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Judge Magney State Park by Sandra Updyke.

 

High Falls, Grand Portage by Paul Sundberg.

High Falls, Grand Portage by Paul Sundberg.

And all this water is flowing into our gorgeous Lake Superior.

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Diggin’ what she’s layin’ down tonight, by Danielle Fortin.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

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Frozen Photographers and Arboreal Writers

Christian Dalbec took this gorgeous photo of the Lake Superior shoreline the other day.

Christian Dalbec took this photo of the Lake Superior shoreline and a full  moon the other day.

The official start of the summer season is only a weekend away, and everybody is gearing up for it. There are lots of events, openings, demonstrations and celebrations next weekend, so stay tuned.

Meanwhile, there’s plenty to do along the North Shore.

First up is a performance by the popular acapella group, the SVEA Singers, at the Spring Choir Concert at Bethlehem Lutheran Church tonight at 7 p.m. The singers include Erika Ternes, Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux, Erin Swenson Klatt and Yvonne Mills.

The SVEA Singers performed by the bonfire at Drury Lane Books during the Full Moon Gathering earlier this year.

The SVEA Singers performed by the bonfire at Drury Lane Books during a Full Moon Gathering earlier this year. The singers are, from left, Erika Ternes, Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux, Erin Swenson Klatt and Yvonne Mills.

The SVEA Singers will perform a few songs during the choir concert. Ternes is the music director of the group as well as the music director of the school choir. The concert is free. All invited.

On Friday, the Johnson Heritage Post opens a highly anticipated exhibit by the Frozen Photographers with a reception from 5-7 p.m. More than 40 local and regional photographers have submitted work for the show, which is entitled “Be There or Be Square.” The photographers are required to submit at least one photo that is square, with a 1:1 ratio.

Lupine Sunset by Kirk Schleife is one of the photographs that will be in the Frozen Photographers show which opens at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday.

Lupine Sunset by Kirk Schleife is one of the photographs that will be in the Frozen Photographers show which opens at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday.

Frozen Photographers was formed as a closed Facebook group a few years ago with the caveat that member photographers must demonstrate, through their photos, that they got cold (and/or frozen fingers) while shooting. The Facebook page currently has 2,177 members, some from as far away as Siberia. And yes, the exhibit will undoubtedly have lots of snow and ice shots, but there will be all kinds of other great photos of the North Shore as well.

Grand Marais photographer David Johnson is submitting this incredible shot for the Frozen Photographers show.

Grand Marais photographer David Johnson is submitting this incredible shot of the Grand Marais lighthouse in a storm for the Frozen Photographers show.

The exhibit continues through June 18. Refreshments will be served at the opening reception. All invited.

Also on Friday, it’s music night on WTIP’s The Roadhouse, which airs from 5-7 p.m. The show kicks of with a set by guitarists Sam Miltich (Clearwater Hot Club) and Briand Morrison.  Both musicians play jazz guitar. The Pete K Group plays the second half of the show, featuring lots of blues. The musicians will also talk about their music  during the show as well.  Miltich and Morrison play at Voyageur’s Brewing Co. on Friday, starting at 4 p.m. The Pete K Group plays Grandma Ray’s on Friday and Saturday nights.

On Saturday, Drury Lane Books hosts the Aboreal Writer’s Salon featuring Josh MacIvor-Andersen, author and editor of “Rooted: The Best New Arboreal Nonfiction” as well as winners of the bookstore’s Aboreal Writer’s Contest.

“Rooted” is a collection almost seven years in the making, MacIvor-Andersen says.

Author and editor   will be at a Writer's Salon at Drury Lane Books on Saturday night.

Author and editor will be at a Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books on Saturday night.

“I really wanted to anthologize contemporary essays that both manifested the incredible dexterity of the genre–the acrobatic, muscular nature of nonfiction–and illuminated the tree, a multi-specied organism that has been more than prominent in my life,” he writes. “I figured there’s not a person alive who doesn’t have some connection, some story, some relationship to a tree. I really wanted to create a home for those stories. A kind of arboreal love letter.”

The writing contest winners will also read their pieces. The winners include Kate Fitzgerald, 1st, for “Sisters”; Judy Budreau, 2nd, for “Writer’s Block.” Honorable Mentions include Maggie Jones for “Mabel’s Understand of Loss” and Rachel Andrus for “Taking Root.”  A discussion about writing, editing and trees will follow the readings. All invited.

On Wednesday at 4:30 , look forward to an energetic Artist Talk about Solarplate Printing by artist Dan Welden at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

art colony solar plate printmaking

Solar plate printmaker Dan Welden will give an Artist Talk at the Grand Marais Art Colony at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Welden is a master printmaker, painter, educator, and author. His work has been shown in more than 80 international solo exhibitions in museums and galleries and in more than 700 group exhibitions in the U.S., Europe, China, Japan, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and Peru. The originator of the technique called, Solarplate, Welden will talk about his innovative work at the forefront of the alternative health and safety-oriented movement of printmaking. The Artist Talk is open to the public. Free.

There are some great on-going exhibits on the North Shore, too.

Watercolorist Tim Pearson has an exhibit in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park that continues through this month.

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My Story, watercolor, by Tim Pearson, is one of the paintings at Tettegouche State Park this month.

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery will hold an opening reception for “Retrograduate Exhibition 2017″ featuring work by graduates of Lakehead University. The exhibit features paintings, drawings, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture.

The Retrograduate 2017 exhibit opens with a gala reception at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay on Friday night.

The Retrograduate 2017 Exhibition opens with a gala reception at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay on Friday night.

The opening reception is rom 7-10 p.m. EDT and runs through June 17. All invited.

At the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, painter Bob Boyer is the Permanent Collection Spotlight artist this month.

Bob Boyer, "A Postcard For Martha Stewart, "(detail), 1998, oil on burlap,

Bob Boyer, “A Postcard For Martha Stewart, “(detail), 1998, oil on burlap, is featured in the Permanent Collection Spotlight at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

At the Tweed Museum of Art, the installation of a new exhibit, “Sinew: Female Native Artists of the Twin Cities” is on-going.

One of the pieces that will be in the Tweed's new exhibit, "Sinew," which opens June 1,

One of the pieces that will be in the Tweed’s new exhibit, “Sinew,” which opens June 1,

The exhibit opens with a reception from 6-8 p.m. June 1.

Upcoming

Memorial Weekend Art Along the Lake, a county wide celebration over the Memorial Day weekend is full of all kinds of art activities, events, two art show openings and a lot more.

Paddling Through Clouds, oil, by David Gilsvik.

Paddling Through Clouds, oil, by David Gilsvik. This beautiful painting by Gilsvik is on the cover of the brochure for Art Along the Lake. Copies can be found at venues throughout the county.

There’s a bronze pour at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen, a Pop-Up Made At the Art Colony exhibit at the Grand Marais Art Colony, the opening of the Spring Underground Art Show at Betsy Bowen’s Galleries and Studio, demonstrations and a lot more. The Cross River Heritage Center in Schroeder opens for the season with lots of demonstrations over the weekend as does the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center on the Gunflint Trail.  For the complete schedule, click here, and stay tuned for lots of details next week.

The North Shore Music Association makes history with this one when they host the first-ever live music + silent film event: “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Jean Epstein’s 1928 silent film masterpiece, with an original musical score performed live by the group Pyrrha. Based on Edgar Allen Poe’s Gothic horror story, the film seethes with dreamy visual experimentation and surreal imagery. The music will be fabulous as well. Check out Pyrrha’s work playing for old-time silent movies here.

Pyrrha plays music during the silent film, The Fall of the Usher at the ACA June 10.

Pyrrha plays music during the silent film, “The Fall of the House of Usher” at the ACA June 10.

The performance is June 10 at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. Get tickets at www.tix.com and stay tuned for details.

Window Shopping

This antler and brass-hinged bracelet by Eric Silva is at Upstate MN.

This antler and brass-hinged bracelet by Eric Silva is at Upstate MN.

New stone sculptures have arrived at Sivertson Gallery, including this soapstone musk ox carved by Kelly Etidloie.

New stone sculptures have arrived at Sivertson Gallery, including this soapstone musk ox carved by Kelly Etidloie.

Beadworker Deke Burnham is a new artist at Joy and Co.

Beadworker Deke Burnham is a new artist at Joy and Co.

In Other Art News

 Photographer Nace Hagemann has work  at Kah Nee Tah Gallery in Lutsen, as well as at Joy and Co.

This print of a raven on wood by Nace Hagemann will soon be available at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

This print of a raven on wood by Nace Hagemann will soon be available at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

The Grand Marais Playhouse has almost firmed-up the casts for the Summer Theatre Festival.

Cast members for the upcoming Summer Theatre Festival.

Cast members for the upcoming Summer Theatre Festival.

The cast of “The Games Afoot” is Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux, Jane Gellner, Jan Healy, Kevin Kager, Gary Latz, Aliya Marxen, Sam Seitsema and Diane Stoddard.
The Cast of “The Pajama Game” is Mark Abrahamson, Karen Blackburn, John Bragstad, Susan Bragstad, Kate Fitzgerald, Hilja Iverson, Thomas Stamps and Karina Roth. The Playhouse is still searching for one more guy to complete the cast. The Summer Theater Festival is July 20 through Aug. 13. Go to grandmaraisplayhouse.com to see schedule and buy tickets.

In other Playhouse news, visiting director and choreographer Carrie Nath is in town where she will direct “The Games Afoot” and choreograph “The Pajama Game.” Nath comes to Grand Marais from Louisville, where she most recently served as the executive director for The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts.

Carrie Nath, left, with Sue Hennessy.

Carrie Nath, left, with Grand Marais Playhouse artistic director, Sue Hennessy. Nath will be a resident artist at the Playhouse this summer and fall.

While here, she will hold three workshops in June for children and adults and will return this fall to direct Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” for the Playhouse and do residencies in the schools.

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, May 18:

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

Friday, May 19:

  • Briand Morrison with Sam Miltich, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Pete K Group, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Oak, Steel and Lightning, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 20:

  • Pete K, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Pete K Group, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Oak, Steel and Lightning, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 21:

  • TBA, Gun Flint Tavern, 6 p.m.

 

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Here is a potpourri of photos we found this week.

" A lovely scene on the back roads of Cook County this evening" by Thomas Spence.

” A lovely scene on the back roads of Cook County this evening” by Thomas Spence.

 

Wood Duck by Paul Sundberg.

Wood Duck by Paul Sundberg.

 

Black-throated green warbler by Michael Furtman.

Black-throated green warbler by Michael Furtman.

 

Fall River falls by Jim Ericson.

Fall River falls by Jim Ericson.

 

Sandhill Cranes in Cook County checking out the back roads by Thomas Spence.

Sandhill Cranes in Cook County checking out the back roads by Thomas Spence.

 

Blooming moss by Kristofer Bowman.

Blooming moss  by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Fishing Boat near Lake Superior by Sandra Updyke.

Fishing Boat near Lake Superior by Sandra Updyke.

 

Bam! Pow! Zap! by Bryan Hansel.

Bam! Pow! Zap! by Bryan Hansel.

 

Sunrise at Rock Cut by David Johnson.

Sunrise at Rock Cut by David Johnson.

 

Two bears in my backyard by Thomas Spence.

Two bears in my backyard by Thomas Spence.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Dance3, A Smelt Parade & A Pottery Tour

"She and her cubs came over to hang out with us on our job site today," by Nace Hagemann.

“She and her cubs came over to hang out with us on our job site today,” by Nace Hagemann.

The earth is quickening around us. Up here on the North Shore, trees are budding, frogs are calling from watery wetlands and bears are introducing their young ones to a fascinating world.

Things are quickening in the art world, too, as the season begins. But wait– this is Mother’s Day weekend and the Fishing Opener! Yep. So there are some really interesting things to do and see, but the schedule isn’t jammed packed yet, as it will be in a few weeks. Here’s what you can look forward to:

Thursday is really busy here in the county.

First up is a performance by the UMD Wind Quintet at the Grand Marais Public Library at noon on Thursday. The musicians are on the faculty at the University of Minnesota-Duluth as well as are members of the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra. The concert is free. All welcome.

In Grand Portage, 25 pieces of original art created by 5th and 6th grade students in the Oshki Ogimaag Charter School will be on display at the Grand Portage Community Center from on 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday.

One of the pieces that will be on display at the student art show in Grand Portage on Thursday.

Loon Clan, one of the pieces that will be on display at the student art show in Grand Portage on Thursday.

The Seven Clans paintings were created by students with Grand Marais-based art therapist/facilitator, Belle Janicek. Janicek has worked with the students for the past five years to create works that allow them to explore, interpret and create their own images of their cultural teachings. The paintings of  the Seven Clans are each painted on circular/convex canvases. Each is displayed with an artist’s statement about their art and their journey to identity through art, as well as their reflections and insights on the Clan they painted.

In the past, art projects have been donated to the Grand Portage Community Center, where they hang in the long hallway. This collection of The Seven Clans paintings will join the collection.

The Seven Clans Project was funded by a grant from the Lioness Club of Cook County which covered art materials for each of the students involved. All invited to see the show and meet the artists.

And on Thursday night, the dance event of the year opens for a three-day run at the Arrowhead Center of the Arts. The YMCA Dancers will present Dance3: Expression, Family, Escape. This is the third year for the dance recital, which will feature great music, beautiful costumes and dramatic performances by dancers of every age.

The YMCA Dancers perform at the dress rehearsal, getting ready for Dance3, which opens on Thursday night. Photo by Bruce Johnson.

The YMCA Dancers perform at the dress rehearsal, getting ready for Dance3, which opens on Thursday night. Photo by Bruce Johnson.

Dance3 opens at 6 p.m. on Thursday night, with performances at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Highly recommended.

On Friday, North House Folk School will welcome a group of seven craftsmen from Norway. While they are here, the group will offer demonstrations open to the public from 1-4 p.m. And a lecture on building timber frames will be held at 7 p.m.

Blacksmiths Jon Dahlmo and Øystein Myhre will demonstrate forging laminated plane irons. Woodworkers Peter Brennvik and Thor Aage Heiberg will build a handplane. Carpenters Ivar Jørstad, Siv Holmin, and Roald Renmælmo will split and hew boards from logs and demonstrate use of the pjål.

It should be a fascinating series of demonstrations. Everyone is invited. Free.

If you’re a pottery lover and are traveling this weekend. consider attending the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour this year. This is the 25th anniversary of the tour, which draws pottery lovers from all over the world for a weekend of selling pots. This year, 60 potters will exhibit, including potters from 17 states and England who will be showing their pots at seven different host sites. The tour is held from Friday through Sunday.

The St. Croix Pottery Tour is this weekend, featuring thousands of pots  from all around the country at seven different host sites in the valley.

The St. Croix Pottery Tour is this weekend, featuring thousands of pots from all around the country at seven different host sites in the valley.

Each of the host sites is like a mini art festival with refreshments and, sometimes, music. The potters are all there to talk about their work, too.

To read a Minnpost. com article about the tour, click here. To find out even more about the tour and see maps, etc., click here.  (Note: There is fantastic variety of beautiful pots on this tour, and, truth be told, most potters are great cooks, so the refreshments will be outstanding. Need we say more?)

And finally, a sure sign of spring: the Run, Smelt, Run! Magic Smelt Puppet Parade and Party is this Sunday. The parade, which features everyone costumed in silver,  starts near the Aerial Lift Bridge at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The Brass Messengers from Minneapolis will accompany the parade, which will be held along the Lakewalk and end at the Zeitgist Cafe on Superior St., where there will be a smelt fry at 5 .m. Everyone invited. Silvery costumes encouraged.

The Smelt Queen leads the parade on Sunday.

The Smelt Queen leads the parade on Sunday.

There are some great exhibits this week, too.

At the Johnson Heritage Post, the Cook County Middle and High School Art Show, featuring a wide variety of work, continues through this Sunday.

Mask by Ella Sporn.

Mask by Ella Sporn.

The Johnson Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, and Wednesday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sundays.

Next Friday, an exhibit featuring work by the Frozen Photographers opens at the Heritage Post with a reception from 5-7 p.m. More than 30 photographers will exhibit in this show, which is entitled “Be There or Be Square.”

"Ice 2" by Jamie Rabold.

“Ice 2″ by Jamie Rabold.

The Frozen Photographers group was started by photographer Jamie Rabold, who requires that members prove they’ve had” frozen” fingers while taking photos. There will be lots of ice shots, but other topics, too. Stay tuned for details next week.

Watercolor painter Tim Pearson currently has a solo show at Tettegouche State Park, which includes a great selection of his outstanding work.

Walleye” by Tim Pearson. Watercolor.

Pearson’s exhibit continues through this month.

Another exhibit of note  is the opening and live wrestling exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute on Saturday entitled “Strongman.” The solo exhibit by Joe Klander features his drawings and full-scale dioramas exploring the wrestling heroes and strongmen of his youth, including the ultimate action figure of his day: Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Joe Klander’s “Strongman” opens at the Duluth Art Institute on Saturday.

The exhibit also features a documentary video by Mike Scholtz, “Kinderchomper,” which explores Klander’s multiple roles as artist, father, ophthalmology technician and wrestler. A special, LIVE wrestling match May 13 invites cheers, jeers, and fans of all ages. The exhibit opens at 5 p.m. All invited.

At the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in Thunder Bay, is featuring the exhibit “Connecting Through Stories.” The exhibit features work by a diverse group of people together to explore relationships and connection to land through art-making.

A piece from "Connecting Through Stories" is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

A piece from “Connecting Through Stories” is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Through viewing a selection of pictures, the participants chose an image that resonated with them. The images then became the starting point to share stories and memories. Recorded on strips of ribbon and fabric, phrases were woven into large frames.  As the groups shared the process, the finished pieces reflect memories and experiences. The exhibit continues through May 24.

Upcoming:

The SVEA Singers will do a few songs as part of the spring high school choir concert on Thursday, May 18 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. The concert begins at 7 p.m. All invited..

Art Along the Lake Memorial Day Weekend, is coming up in a few weeks with a lot of cool things to do, see and experience. There are exhibits, demonstrations, classes and events scheduled throughout the busy weekend. Click here for details and stay tuned for more.

 Opportunities

 The Grand Marais Music Collaborative is looking for people interested in helping to form a youth music education program. This would be for area youth ages 14 and up. The goal is to create full scholarships for area youth who will be taught by area music instructors in a community setting. If you know of a potential student, instructor, or other volunteer that would like more information please contact the Grand Marais Music Collaborative at music@grandmaraismusic.org

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council has extended the deadline to apply to be a member of the board to May 12. Serving on the ARAC board is a great way to give back to your community and to learn more about the arts going on in your area. Current openings will be for members from Aitkin County, Koochiching County, and Cook County, as well as an At Large and a Student Liaison position. To find out more about board duties and how to apply to be a member, click here.

Window Shopping:

Unflurled with Blue, porcelain, by Lenore Lampi is at the gallery store at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

“Unfurled with Blue,” porcelain, by Lenore Lampi is at the gallery store at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

New work by David Gilsvik is at Sivertson Gallery including this painting, "Mouthof the Beaver River.'

New work by David Gilsvik is at Sivertson Gallery including this painting, “Mouthof the Beaver River.’

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This wooden knife and platter by Jon Strom and a turkey wing whisk by MaryBeth Harmon are at the gift shop at North House Folk School.

 In Other Art News:

There are still openings for the Painting and Paddling workshop this summer with plein air painter, Neil Sherman. Sherman is teaming up with Hungry Jack Outfitters on the Gunflint trail to lead a 3-day painting class into the BWCAW.  Participants will be painting on scenic Duncan and Rose Lakes.  Rose lake is well known for it’s amazing views from the palisades along the Border Route trail, its quaint waterfalls and infamous Stairway Portage.

Two views of a landscape. This photo was taken at last year's Painting and Paddling workshop.

Two views of a landscape. This photo was taken at last year’s Painting and Paddling workshop. Photo by Neil Sherman.

Hungry Jack Outfitters will provide everything except a sleeping bag and painting equipment. “This will be an excellent experience for the beginning paddler and/or painter, but is open to all levels of experience,” Sherman said. The workshop will be held July 17 through July 20. For more info, call Nancy Seaton at 800-648-2922 or email hjo@boreal.org

Photographer Layne Kennedy was recently featured in a video on TPT.  Take a look:

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, May 11:

Friday, May 12:

  • Billy Johnson, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Tim Fast, Skyport Lodge, 5 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Moonshine Mountain, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 13:

  • Jim & Michele Miller, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Tim Fast, Skyport Lodge, 5 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Moonshine Mountain, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
Monday, May 15:
  • Open Mic Night, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, May 16:

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

 

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We found lots of wildlife photos this week!

"Who is the fairest of them all?" by David Brislance.

“Who is the fairest of them all?” by David Brislance.

 

"Red Fox staredown" by Thomas Spence.

“Red Fox stare-down” by Thomas Spence.

 

"Irritated Dad" by Kirk Schleife.

“Irritated Dad” by Kirk Schleife.

 

"May I Impress You? he says to the lady." Photo by Greg Miner.

“May I Impress You? he says to the lady.” Photo by Greg Miner.

We found some beautiful landscapes, too.

Christian Dalbec calls thisi photo "Summer is here."

Christian Dalbec calls this photo “Summer is here.”

 

"Gull, lake, rainbow" by Thomas Spence.

“Gull, lake, rainbow” by Thomas Spence.

 

"rose, Rat, South and North lakes from the Border Route" by Nancy Seaton.

“rose, Rat, South and North lakes from the Border Route” by Nancy Seaton.

 

"Wet pavement" by Kjersti Vick.

“Wet pavement” by Kjersti Vick.

 

"A little waterfall time" by Sarah Reller.

“A little waterfall time” by Sarah Reller.

 

"Anticipating the full moon," by Jana Kokemiller-Berka.

“Anticipating the full moon,” by Jana Kokemiller-Berka.

And how could we ignore this stupendous landscape? Courtesy of the Cassini satellite.

The Cassini spacecraft taking the closest picture of Saturn in history."

The Cassini spacecraft taking the closest picture of Saturn in history.”

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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May Showers, Flowers and Flowing Waters

Falls at Cascade River State Park by Bryan Hansel.

Falls at Cascade River State Park by Bryan Hansel.

May is here and with it come showers (rain and snow in Cook County), a quickening in the earth as early flowers make their show and trees begin to bud. In short, it’s the beginning of spring on the North Shore.

This year, there has been plenty of moisture, but 10 years ago, that wasn’t the case, and a massive wildfire sparked to life near the Gunflint Trail on May 5. The Ham Lake Fire consumed more than 75,000 acres in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Canada before it was controlled. The fire targeted homes, cabins and businesses along the Gunflint Trail.

Layne Kennedy was trapped on Seagull Lake during the Ham Lake Fire. Here's one of the photos he took of the dramatic burn.

Photographer Layne Kennedy was trapped on Seagull Lake for three days during the Ham Lake Fire. Here’s one of the photos he took.

On Thursday, May 4, WTIP Community Radio will air an hour-long commemorative feature on the 10-year anniversary of the fire featuring Gunflint Trail residents and others who were directly impacted by the fire.

Ham Lake Fire by Layne Kennedy.

Ham Lake Fire by Layne Kennedy.

Then on Saturday, the public is invited to attend “A Celebration of Community: Remembering the Ham Lake Fire” at the Seagull Lake Community Center from 3-6 p.m. The event is hosted by the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department and the Gunflint Trail Historical Society.  A meal will be served, followed by a commemoration program. The event is open to the public. All welcome.

On Thursday night, WDSE’s The Playlist welcomes Grand Marais tilemaker, Melissa Wickwire, to the program. Wickwire talks about her work as she makes tiles in her studio. We also see her install a tile project in Duluth.

The Playlist airs at 9 p.m. on Thursdays.

On Friday, Voyageur Brewing Co. celebrates Cinco de Mayo with Mexican food and games, including a Jalapeno-eating contest and a homemade salsa cook-off. The celebration begins at 5 p.m.

At Tettegouche State Park, Tim Pearson opens a solo show with a reception at 7 p.m. Friday. The show features a wide variety of Pearson’s watercolors, including this painting, below.

Watercolor by Tim Pearson.

Watercolor by Tim Pearson.

Pearson’s exhibit in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park continues through the end of May.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will hold a spring Make-A-Bowl event this weekend, with sessions on Saturday and Sunday. The bowls will be donated to the next Empty Bowls event to help the hungry in Cook County.

Maggie Anderson helps a youngster handbuild a bowl for Empty Bowls. (File photo)

Maggie Anderson helps a youngster handbuild a bowl for Empty Bowls. (File photo)

For only $5, you can help alleviate local hunger needs by making one wheel-thrown and one hand-built bowl to donate to the fundraiser while learning the basics of pottery at the same time. Call 218-387-2737 to register. Learn more here: http://grandmaraisartcolony.org/workshop.cfm?wid=716

And not to forget, this is the final weekend of Duluth’s Homegrown Music Festival, which is held in venues throughout Duluth and Superior.

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Various forms of chickens are the traditional symbol of the Homegrown Music Festival in the Twin Ports.

To see the complete schedule of music and events, click here.

In Thunder Bay, Duluth’s Gaelynn Lea will perform at The Common,  40 Cumberland St., from 5-7 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday.

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Gaelynn Lea will perform in Thunder Bay on Saturday.

Lea, a classically trained fiddler, was featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert last year. Here she is photographed singing “Someday We’ll Linger in the Sun,” the original song she submitted as her contest entry.

And finally, on Tuesday, May 9, the John Peyton Book Club will present at the Tweed Museum of Art from 6:30-8 p.m. All invited. Free.

"Bright Beat the Water" by John Peyton.

“Bright Beat the Water” by John Peyton.

There are some on-going exhibits as well.

In Grand Marais, the Johnson Heritage Post is featuring the artwork of middle school and high school students at ISD 166.

Artwork by Ellen Callender.

Artwork by Ellen Callender.

The show includes a wide variety of work including paintings, prints, drawings and more. The exhibit continues through Tuesday, May 5.

The Heritage Post is closed on Tuesdays. It is open on Sundays from 1-4 p.m. and Mondays, Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ellen Callendar

A student show is featured at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery as well. The Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School exhibit closes this Sunday and features a variety of artwork.

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The Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School art exhibition continues at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. It closes on Sunday.

The Two Harbors Art Club–the Voyageur Artists– is exhibiting at the Cedar Coffee Company in Two Harbors. The theme of the show is “Trees” and features glass, mosaics, photography, wood-block prints, watercolor, jewelry,  mixed media, oil, watercolor, ceramic sculpture, functional pottery, and a mask from found objects crafted by their members. The show continues through May 11.

In Duluth, the Duluth Art Institute is exhibiting two shows: “Lest We Forget: Sandra Brick & Fred Amram,” an exhibit in memory of her husband, whose family fled Nazi Germany,

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“Lest We Forget” is on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

and “Strongman,” a solo exhibit fby Joe Klander featuring drawings and full-scale dioramas exploring the wrestling heroes and strongmen of his youth.

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“Strongman” by Joe Klander is on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

There will be a Live Wrestling Event & Reception for this show at  5 p.m. Saturday, May 13.

At the Tweed Musuem of Art, an exhibit of works in its ceramics collection continues. Entitled “Call + Response,” the exhibition continues through August.

(Detail) Porcelain platter by Bob and Cheryl Husby is on exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

(Detail) Porcelain platter by Bob and Cheryl Husby is on exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

 Upcoming

A wind quintet from the faculty of the University of Minnesota-Duluth will play at the Grand Marais Public Library at noon on Thursday, May 11. Stay tuned for details.

The Frozen Photographers will open an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post with a reception from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, May 19.

Mary Amerman is one of the photographers who will exhibit at the Frozen Photographer exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post May 19.

Mary Amerman is one of the photographers who will exhibit at the Frozen Photographer exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post May 19.

The show is entitled “Be There or Be Square.” It continues through June 18.  Stay tuned for details.

Opportunities

 The Grand Marais Playhouse will hold auditions for its production of “The Pajama Game” on May 9 at 7 p.m. at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts band room. Participants are asked to come prepared to sing a section of a song from any musical that will demonstrate their range and acting choices. Auditions are open to high school age and up. Actors received stipend to help cover participation costs.

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (ARAC), headquartered in Duluth, is seeking a board member to represent Cook County. ARAC is one of 11 regional arts councils in Minnesota that uses public and private funding to support the arts throughout the state. ARAC awards more than $500,000 annually to nonprofit organizations and artists in the seven county Arrowhead Region through its 10 grant programs, and enlists the help of community board members to represent each of the counties it serves. For more information about this opportunity, click here.

 Window Shopping

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Birchbark Books & Gifts has a great used book section in the back of the store. They will purchase used books, too. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It is closed on Sundays until Memorial Day.

 

Edna Bowen has some of her rosemaling work at Joy & Co.

Edna Bowen has some of her rosemaling work at Joy & Co.

 

There's a new selection of Klizia staplers at Upstate MN.

There’s a new selection of Klizia staplers at Upstate MN.

 

A raku piece by Richard Gruchalla and Carrin Rosetti is at Sivertson Gallery.

This raku piece by Richard Gruchalla and Carrin Rosetti is at Sivertson Gallery.

 

In Other Art News

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council announced this week that the recipient of this year’s George Morrison Artist Award is clay artist and teacher Dave Lynas of Duluth. Lynas’ work is in the Tweed Museum of Art and in private collections throughout the Midwest.

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Duluth potter Dave Lynas has been selected to received the George Morrison Artist Award, a recognition of his influence on art and pottery in the Arrowhead Region.

Lynas’ work and contributions to the arts have been recognized with a retrospective exhibition and catalog put together by the Tweed Museum of Art  and by receiving The Depot Foundation’s Arts and Cultural Artist Award. Some 25 years ago, he brought the “Empty Bowl” idea to Minnesota as a fundraiser for the Second Harvest Food Shelf in Duluth. Through his leadership, the “Empty Bowl” has become one of the largest fundraising events in Duluth and has spawned other “Empty Bowl” fundraisers throughout the Arrowhead Region and state. He was also the ceramics studio manager at the Duluth Art Institute for many years.

The ARAC also announced the recipient of this year’s Maddie Simons Arts Advocate Award: Mary McReynolds of Virginia.

Mary McReynolds will receive the Maddie Simons award.

Mary McReynolds will receive the Maddie Simons award.

She was the driving force in the formation of the group to renovate the Lyric/State Theatre in Virginia and has overseen the operations of the First Stage Gallery, arranging for the exhibition and sale of works by local, regional, and national artists since 2006. She also organized monthly sessions for writers, poets, and storytellers as well as a group of painters who meet weekly in the gallery. McReynolds is committed to the community and held a seat on the Virginia City Council until this year.

The 19th Annual Arts and Cultural Heritage Arrowhead Arts Awards will be presented on Friday, May 26 at the Lyric Annex in Virginia. The event will be from 6-8 p.m. The event is open to the public.

Here’s the music for this week:

Thursday, May 4:

  • Jim and Michele Miller, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Jon Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 5:

  • Gene Lafond and Amy Grillo, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Blues Happy, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • TBA, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 5:

  • Bothers in Arms, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Jim and Michele Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 7:

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

Tuesday, May 9:

  • Jon Kallberg, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

Thursday, May 11:

 

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We have an interesting selection of photos this week. Take a look:

First, we found some neat photos of birds.

Sharp-tailed Grouse by Paul Sundberg.

Sharp-tailed Grouse by Paul Sundberg.

 

"Woodies Reflecting" by David Johnson.

“Woodies Reflecting” by David Johnson.

 

"A loon floated by." by Kathy Gray Anderson.

“A loon floated by.” by Kathy Gray Anderson.

"Mallard Reflection" by David Johnson.

“Mallard Reflection” by David Johnson.

 

"Landing Formation" by Michael Furtman.

“Landing Formation” by Michael Furtman.

And we found some great landscapes.

"Glad to be back in Tofte" by Alan Netland.

“Glad to be back in Tofte” by Alan Netland.

 

April Aurora over Kawishiwi Lake in the BWCA by Thomas Spence.

April Aurora over Kawishiwi Lake in the BWCA by Thomas Spence.

 

And last, but not least, this proof of spring.

Photo by Betsy Bowen.

 Crocuses. Photo by Betsy Bowen.

 

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

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April Ice, Art Shows & Music

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Ann Possis captured this lovely image of pines covered in late April ice this week.

Looks like April is going out like a lion this year, with ice storms and sub-freezing temps set for the rest of the month. But spring has definitely poked its head above the leaves, and most of us will be quite relieved when it decides to stay. Meanwhile, there’s art to be seen, music to be enjoyed. Here is what we can look forward to this week.

The student art show at the Johnson Heritage Post continues, featuring a great selection of work by Middle School and High School students at ISD 166 in a variety of mediums.

This drawing by Claire LaVigne is in the student show at the Johnson Heritage Post.

This drawing by Claire LaVigne is in the student show at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The exhibit at the Heritage Post continues through May 14.  The gallery is open from 1-4 p.m. Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It is closed on Tuesdays. The next exhibit will feature works by the Facebook group, Frozen Photographers. It opens May 19. Stay tuned for details.

On Friday, Mysterious Ways will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse to talk about their music and play a few songs. The local band is featured at the Gun Flint Tavern this weekend. Also, Duluth handmade shoemaker Candace LaCosse will be on the show to talk about her participation in the Fashion Revolution Week, a global movement calling for greater transparency, sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry. They want everyone to ask: #whomademyclothes.

Leather craftsman Candace LaCosse, will be on WTIP's The Roadhouse on Friday to talk about #whomademyclothes, the Fashion Revolution.

Leather craftsman Candace LaCosse, will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday to talk about #whomademyclothes, the Fashion Revolution.

LaCosse, who teaches at North House Folk School, has just set up her own shop in Lincoln Park in Duluth, Hemlocks Leather Works. She is one of the featured artists for Fashion Revolution Week. For more info on the Fashion Revolution, click here. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. on Friday.

Also on Friday, plan to see the  Grand Marais Playhouse production of “The Lion King, Jr.” The play has received good reviews and is a lot of fun. All the actors are youngsters in elementary or middle school.

Puppet characters from  "The Lion King, Jr."

Puppet characters from “The Lion King, Jr.”

“Lion King Jr.” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 under 18 and can be purchased at the door or at www.tix.com. “The Lion King Jr.” closes on Sunday.

And here’s an interesting opportunity — a movie has been made of the popular book, “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” written by Kent Nerburn. The film will open at the Marcus Lakes Cinema in Duluth on Friday and runs through May 4.

Check out the trailer here:

For showtimes, click here. (Remember, Thunder Bay is on Eastern Daylight Standard Time, an hour ahead of Minnesota.)

On Saturday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will host Invited Artist-in-Residence Holly Swift, who will give an artist talk at noon.

"Sunset" by Holly Swift. She will give an Artist Talk at the Grand Marais Art Colony at noon on Saturday.

“Sunset” by Holly Swift. She will give an Artist Talk at the Grand Marais Art Colony at noon on Saturday.

Swift’s work is found in both private and public collections nationwide. She has been a recipient of the National Park Artist in Residency at Voyageur National Park and an Artist Residency at the Hill Country Foundation in Ingrim, Texas. A native of Illinois, Holly received an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. She has 25 years of teaching experience in drawing, painting and design, having taught at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Hamline University.

Invited residencies are granted to an artist who is mature in practice and has experience with residencies and/or working on in-depth independent projects. The public is invited to the Artist Talk on Saturday at noon. Free.

Also, Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day, and Drury Lane Books is celebrating. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Story Hour with The Muffin Man will be at 11 a.m. and at 5 p.m.,  Duluth Poet Laureate Ellie Schoenfeld, will give a reading and discussion.

Duluth Poet Laureate Ellie Schoenfeld will be at Drury Lane Books at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Duluth Poet Laureate Ellie Schoenfeld will be at Drury Lane Books at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

She is the author of two previous poetry collections, Screaming Red Gladiolus! (Poetry Harbor, 1999) and Difficult Valentines (Fallow Deer Books, 2004), and her work has been published in two anthologies, The Moon Rolls Out of Our Mouths (Calyx Press, 2005) and Bound Together: Like the Grasses (Clover Valley Press, 2013), with the four other women in her writing group. The Dark Honey: New and Used Poems is the most comprehensive collection of her works. Everyone is invited to the reading at the bookstore. Free.

There are some interesting exhibits to see on the North Shore route, as well.

Ryan Tischer’s photography exhibit in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park continues through Monday.

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“Sunset at Tettegouche State Park” is one of the images in Ryan Tischer’s exhibit at the park. It closes on Monday.

 Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens has her paintings at the Two Harbors Public Library through April 30. She is also participating in the Two Harbors Art Club’s annual Spring Exhibit at the Cedar Coffee Company/Spoke N Gear, also in Two Harbors.

"Wise Cedars 2– Suagarloaf Cove, oil, by Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens.

“Wise Cedars 2– Suagarloaf Cove, oil, by Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens.

The Art Club, called the Voyageur Artists, is exhibiting work in a variety of media including glass, mosaics, photography, wood block prints, watercolor, jewelry,  mixed media, oil, watercolor, ceramic sculpture, functional pottery. The group was founded in the 1960’s.  There are prints and cards for sale as well as original work. The show continues through May 11. (The new Cedar Coffee Company/Spoke N Gear is just up the road from Super One and Shopko in Two Harbors).

And, in Minneapolis, the Minnesota State Arts Board is hosting an exhibit entitled “Greater Minnesota Artists Showcase” this weekend, featuring 42 artists from cities and towns across state.

minnesota state arts board showcaseThe exhibit at Park Square Court, 400 Sibley St., Suite 200, will be open from 6-10 p.m. Friday, noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Work by Hovland bead artist, Jo Wood, is included in the show.

The Homegrown Music Festival in Duluth begins on Sunday, April 30 and runs through May 7. It’s a crazy, wonderful time for art, music, shennigans and more as the whole city turns out to celebrate its creativity.

Chickens, in a variety of forms, have been the image for the Homegrown Music Festival since the beginning. Here's one of the latest.

Chickens, in a variety of mutations, have been the logo for the Homegrown Music Festival since the beginning. Here’s one of the latest.

On Monday, May 1, the Homegrown Music Festival Photography Exhibit opens with a reception at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth from 5-7 p.m. At the opening, disposable cameras (40 of them) will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and the photos taken during the music festival will be featured at another exhibit at the Red Herring on May 10.

But that’s just one of the art activities scheduled for the next two weeks. Music every night in venues around the Twin Ports, poetry readings, a video showcase, a classical music showcase … check out the complete schedule here.

Upcoming

Grand Marais tilemaker and potter, Melissa Wickwire, will be featured on WSDE’s The Playlist next Thursday, May 4.

Melissa Wickwire in her studio in Grand Marais.

Melissa Wickwire in her studio in Grand Marais.

The Playlist airs at 9 p.m.Thursdays on WDSE.

Silver Bay painter Tim Pearson will open a show at Tettegouche State Park with an opening reception at 7 p.m. May 5.

"My Story" by Tim Pearson.

“My Story” by Tim Pearson. His show opens at Tettegouche State Park on May 7.

In Thunder Bay, an opening reception an artist talk for “Point of Origin,” will be held at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery at 7 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, May 5.  Artist Melannie Monoceros is a poet and artist and her exhibition of textiles explores the prismatic existence of a black, chronically ill being through conventional and Afro-Futurist themes and practices.

"Self-Portrait" by Melannie Monoceros.

“Self-Portrait” by Melannie Monoceros.

“Point of Origin” continues through May 28.

The Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Grand Marais will feature a Choir Concert at the church at 5 p.m. on May 7.  This will be the Third (Semi) Annual joining of church choirs and participating audience members, sharing spiritual songs and hymns. All invited. Free.

The Grand Marais Playhouse will hold auditions for the Summer Theatre Festival next month. On Tuesday, May 2, auditions will be held for “The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays”  at 7 p.m. On May 9, auditions will be held  for “The Pajama Game” at 7 p.m. The auditions will be held at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. Auditions are open to high school age and up. Actors receive a stipend to help cover participation costs. For more info, contact Sue Hennessy at sue@grandmaraisplayhouse.com or call 387-1284 ext. 2.

The Cook County YMCA dancers will perform their 3rd annual dance recital entitled DANCE3, in early May. Performances at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts will be at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 11, and at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 12-13. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance online. Buy tickets here. And stay tuned for more details.

Opportunities

 The Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose is now open. The deadline for entry is April 28 at 11:59 p.m. (CST).
The Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose offers 12 emerging Minnesota writers the opportunity to work intensively with six nationally acclaimed writers of prose and poetry. Selected participants work throughout the year with the six mentors, and all participants and mentors give public readings at the Loft. The mentors for the upcoming season will be poets Jennifer Kwon Dobbs and Chris Abani, nonfiction writers Diane Wilson and Richard Blanco, and fiction writers Lesley Nneka Arimah and Vu Tran. Check out the guidelines and application here.

 Window Shopping

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A selection of handcrafted birdhouses by Bonzi Wuebben of Grand Portage are at Joy and Company.

kah nee tah cascade lodge watercolor

This watercolor of Cascade Lodge is at Kah-Nee -Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Antler and silver earrings by Eric Silva are at Upstate MN.

Antler and silver earrings by Eric Silva are at Upstate MN.

A detail of "It's a Bird! It'sa Plane! It's Fish!" by Tim Young. His paintings are at Sivertson Gallery.

A detail of “It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Fish!” by Tim Young. His paintings are at Sivertson Gallery.

 In Other Art News

 This photo by Thomas Spcnce was featured on www.spaceweather.com recently.

 

Camping Trip by Thomas Spence. He took this shot when he was camping in the BWCAW recently.

Camping Trip by Thomas Spence. He took this shot when he was camping in the BWCAW recently.

Ron Piercy is opening a shop in Grand Marais. Called Ron’s World Rocks: Silver and Gems, the shop is located across from the Arrowhead Pharmacy where the Print Shop used to be. The renovated space is now full of Piercy’s beautiful handmade jewelry, as well as paintings by Matt and Laurie Kanya, seriographs by Jonathan and Alison Metzger and sculptures by John Books.

Ron Piercy works on some pieces for his new shop.

Ron Piercy works on some pieces for his new shop.

Here are a few examples of his work-- a necklace crafted from lapis lazuli, onyx and fluorite.  The rings are made from kyanite, opal and lapis.

Here are a few examples of Piercy’s work– a necklace crafted from lapis lazuli, onyx and fluorite. The rings are made from kyanite, opal and lapis.

Piercy plans on a soft opening in early May with a Grand Opening over the Memorial Day Weekend. But, truth be told, he’s there a lot already. You can probably catch him there from about 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stay tuned for details.

The Plucked Up String Band was taped for a segment of WDSE’s The Playlist at the Owl’s Club in Duluth recently. Most of the taping went on indoors, but at one point, the band went  outside and played in the drizzle, said Karen Sunderman, producer of the show. “They killed it,” she said.

The Plucked Up String Band plays a tune in the drizzle in Duluth for WDSE's The Playlist.

The Plucked Up String Band plays a tune in the drizzle in Duluth for WDSE’s The Playlist.

The segment on The Playlist featuring the band will be aired June 1.

Now, for the music in Cook County this week:

Thursday, April 27:

  • Timmy Haus, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Rich Mattson and Germaine Gemberling, Gun flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 28:

  • Brothers in Arms, Voyageur Brewing co., 4 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.

Saturday, April 29:

  • Plucked Up String Band, Lutsen Mountains Chalet, 2 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 30:

  • Jim & Michele Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 2:

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

 

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Let’s start our photographs this week with an interesting capture in Two Harbors.

God's Country by Christian Dalbec.

God’s Country by Christian Dalbec.

And, for sure, we found a lot of wildlife photos.

First up.. two wildlife sightings really close to houses.

Cottontail bunnies by Sparky Stensaas. Stensaas said there were five of them in that well-camouflaged hole by his house.

Cottontail bunnies by Sparky Stensaas. Stensaas said there were five of them in that well-camouflaged hole by his house.

 

thomas spence turkey in tofte

Turkeys in Tofte? Yep! Thomas Spence photographed this wild turkey in his yard the other day.

We found some other interesting wildlife shots, too.

Bad Hair Day by David Johnson.

Bad Hair Day by David Johnson.

 

The bald eagles, which hatched out last month in St. Paul, are already testing out their wings in the nest.

These bald eagles, who hatched out last month in St. Paul, are already testing out their wings in the nest. Photo by Katie Thien.

 

Tree swallow flying by Jeff Grotte.

Tree swallow flying by Jeff Grotte.

 

Wood Duck by Paul Sundberg.

Wood Duck by Paul Sundberg.

 

Goose by Kirk Schleife.

Goose by Kirk Schleife.

 

And since we’re seeing a lot about birds, there’s this:

Feather by Jamie Rabold.

Feather by Jamie Rabold.

Meanwhile, Thomas Spence, who took a lot of great photos this week, caught this walleye in the shallows when he was shooting the northern lights the other night.

A walleye in the spotlight by Thomas Spence.

A walleye in the spotlight by Thomas Spence.

Spence also caught this shot of “Steve,” a newly named form of auroras. The way this special ribbon of light got its name is complicated. Read about it here if you’d like to know more.

"Steve" by Thomas Spence.

“Steve” by Thomas Spence.

And we found some spring water shots.

Ice break-up at Jay Cooke State Park by Michele Munson.

Ice break-up at Jay Cooke State Park by Michele Munson.

 

Rough Seas in the (Duluth shipping) canal by Jeffrey Doty.

Rough Seas in the (Duluth shipping) canal by Jeffrey Doty.

 

Ice like chocolate by Gary Jake Jacobson.

Ice like chocolate by Gary Jake Jacobson.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

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A Fun Art Show, Great Music and Turkish Carpets

Hungry Jack Lake is slowly opening. Paddling soon! Photo by Nancy Seaton.

Hungry Jack Lake is slowly opening. Paddling soon! Photo by Nancy Seaton.

There’s lots of excitement in Cook County this weekend. The lakes are opening up and spring is on its way, and,  there are plenty of events this weekend.

Here are a few of the things you can do and see this weekend: a new art exhibit opens at the Johnson Heritage Post, the Grand Marais Playhouse is putting on a new play, a fantastic classic pianist with roots in the international community will perform here and  a Turkish carpet merchant will have a one-day show in Grand Marais on Saturday.

First up is the opening of “The Lion King, Jr.,” a coming-of-age play featuring a cast of young actors. Mounted by the Grand Marais Playhouse, performances will be for two weekends only, April 21-23 and April 28-30.

The cast of "The Lion King, Jr." get ready for their opening performance on Friday night.

The cast of “The Lion King, Jr.” are ready for the opening performance on Friday night.

Tickets are $10 adult, $5 under 18 and can be purchased online at www.tix.com or at the door.

On Friday, the Johnson Heritage Post opens a  Student Art Exhibit by Middle School and High School students from ISD 166 under the direction of art teacher, Priscilla Beck. The gala opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. Friday and features refreshments by the culinary arts class, jazz by Briand Morrison and lots of cool art.

Here is a small sampling:

Drawing by Talia Crow.

Drawing by Talia Crow.

Artwork by Ellen Callender

Artwork by Ellen Callender

Mask by Ella Sporn.

Mask by Ella Sporn.

The student art exhibit continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through May 14. All invited. The Heritage Post is open Mondays, Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  It is open from 1-4 p.m. Sundays, and closed on Tuesdays.

Also on Friday, the band Flyodian Slip will be on WTIP Community Radio’s The Roadhouse to talk about their music and play a few tunes. The hosts will also interview Kenan Belli, a Turkish carpet merchant, who will be in Grand Marais this week, along with his friend, Ann Mershon. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. on Fridays.

This is also the weekend for the highly anticipated Fingerstyle Masters Weekend at the Bluefin Bay Resort in Tofte. For this year’s event, local musician Gordon Thorne welcomes Nashville guitarist Richard Smith and Twin Cities fiddler Tom Schaefer. The weekend features performances both Friday and Saturday night, as well as guitar and fiddle workshops during the day Saturday.

Here is Richard Smith performing.

The event kicks off with a free concert at 8 p.m. Friday at the Bluefin Grille, featuring Gordon Thorne & Friends playing blues, swing and Early Americana.  For those looking to fine tune their own musical skills, workshops will be offered starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday and are open to musicians of all ages and skill levels. There will be a fingerstyle workshop with Richard Smith and Gordon Thorne and a fiddle workshop with Tom Schaefer – both are $60 and include lunch.  Pre-registration for the workshops is requested by contacting Gordon at 218-353-7308 or oman4@live.com.

The event caps off with a concert featuring Richard Smith at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the upper room of the Bluefin Grille. Tickets for the Saturday concert are $20 and will be available at the door, or in advance by contacting Gordon at 218-353-7308 or oman4@live.com.

Also on Saturday, the Turkish carpet merchant, Kenan Belli, will have a Turkish Carpet Show at the Cook County Community Center from 4-6 p.m. Belli has brought hundreds of carpets with him from Istanbul, Turkey, where he runs a shop with his father.

Anatolian Carpets Istanbul

Kenan Belli’s father welcomes patrons to his shop in Istanbul, Turkey. Belli has brought a great selection of carpets to the U.S. and will be having a show and sale at the Community Center on Saturday from 4-6 p.m.

The event is hosted by Ann Mershon. She writes: “Of course, he’s hoping for sales, but not to worry—you’re welcome to just come and enjoy the show. We’ll have refreshments as you browse, and Kenan will give us a short presentation explaining the different types of carpets.  Carpets will range in price from $500 to $5,000.” All invited to see this fabulous collection of authentic carpets.

And then, that night, a solo piano concert by celebrated German pianist Andreas Klein. The concert, entitled “Unleashing Musical Architecture” will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. The concert features work by Mozart, Schumann, Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera.

German pianist Andreas Klein will be in concert at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

German pianist Andreas Klein will be in concert at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Klein has performed in the world’s most prestigious venues, including London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin’s Philharmonic Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center. He is the subject of a PBS special, “Intermezzo with Andreas Klein. Concert tickets are $24 adult, $5 youth.

On Sunday, Klein will be giving a free creative workshop to Cook County piano students (all who wish to attend) at 5:30 p.m.  at the church. The public is welcome to come listen and watch. Both events are sponsored by the North Shore Music Association.

Meanwhile, in Duluth, the Art for Earth Day Gallery Hop, will continue all day Saturday with galleries and museums participating throughout the city. There are lots of special shows for the event, including “April Aviary: A Celebration of Bees” at Siiviis in Canal Park. More than 20 artists in a variety of media made work for this special show honoring a hard working and indispensable creature of the Earth: The Bee. Here are a few examples of the work that will be on display:

"When One Tugs at a Single Thing," print, Kenspeckle Press.

“When One Tugs at a Single Thing,” print, Kenspeckle Press.

Neil Sherman, "Self-Portrait, With a Beard of Bees."

Neil Sherman, “Self-Portrait With Beard  of Bees.”

The open house/reception at Siiviis runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Pat Thomas, a local insect photographer and garden educator will give a presentation at 12:30 p.m. The Artist Reception with Henna artist Merche Mariposa will be from 1-4 p.m.

The Gallery Hop is always a fun event, with lots of crowds,  great art and public receptions. Maps are available at most galleries and transportation is available.

Another celebration of Earth Day is occurring in Thunder Bay with the Thunder Bay Environmental Film Festival. It is being held all week and concludes on Sunday. A great selection of films covering a wide variety of environmental topics are being screened at the Bora Laskin Theatre on the campus of Lakehead University. To see the complete schedule, click here.

Of particular interest is the screening of  “Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven” by Joanie and Gary McGuffin at 7 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday. The duo will be hosted at a special reception after the screening of their film at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Take a look at the trailer of their inspiring film where they search for the exact locations where famous painters from the Group of Seven worked.

In other Thunder Bay Art Gallery news, an exhibit of work by Bob Boyer is featured as a Spotlight on the gallery’s Permanent Collection.

"Lone Elk, Gerald Red Elk, We Miss You," paint on fabric by Bob Boyer, one of the pieces on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

“Lone Elk, Gerald Red Elk, We Miss You,” paint on fabric by Bob Boyer, one of the pieces on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The exhibit of Boyer’s work continues through May 28.

 Upcoming

Painter Holly Swift will be the Invited Artist in Residence at the Grand Marais Art Colony next week, and will give a presentation in the Founders Hall at the Art Colony at noon on Saturday, April 29. Free. All invited.

"Cedar Grove," oil, by Holly Swift.

“Cedar Grove,” oil, by Holly Swift.

Swift’s work is found in both private and public collections nationwide. She has been a recipient of the National Park Artist in Residency at Voyageur National Park and Artist Residency at the Hill Country Foundation in Ingrim, Texas. A native of Illinois, Swift received an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. She has 25 years of teaching experience in drawing, painting and design, having taught at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Hamline University.

The public is invited to her presentation on April 29.

Opportunities

Zenith City News in Duluth has openings for writers and cartoonists. For more information, click here.

Scholarships from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council are available for individuals from the Arrowhead region to participate in the 2017 Rural Arts and Culture Summit, which will be held in Morris June 6 – 8.

Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Carpooling is encouraged to allow as many people as possible to participate. Participants will be reimbursed by the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council for $100 of the attendance fee, $40 per night for lodging, and travel expenses ($0.40 per mile) with a maximum total reimbursement of $4o0.

Organized by Springboard for the Arts and the Center for Small Towns, the Summit gathers rural artists, arts organizations and community leaders to highlight arts-based strategies to rural community and economic development. People from across the state and country will gather to celebrate the imaginative and creative thinking that has helped to create vibrant small town cultures. Art Colony executive director, Amy Demmer, will be one of the presentors. For more information about the Summit and to register please visit www.ruralartsandculturesummit.com.

Window Shopping

Happy Poetry Month at Drury Lane Books.

Happy Poetry Month at Drury Lane Books.

Feather Study #6, photograph on Nepalese paper by Dennis and Roy Borloga.

Feather Study #6, photograph on handmade Nepalese paper by Dennis and Roy Barloga.

Lake trout paintings by Liz Sivertson are at Sivertson Gallery.

Lake trout paintings by Liz Sivertson are at Sivertson Gallery.

Peggy Little ceramics at Joy and Company,

Peggy Little ceramics at Joy and Company,

In Other Art News

An exhibit of 11 paintings by Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens continues at the Two Harbors Public Library through April 30.

sandi pillsbury gredzens at TH public library

Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens is exhibiting work at the Two Harbors Public Library through April 30.

  Peter Juhl has his a selection of his rock balancing photos on display at the Minneapolis airport.

Photo by Peter Juhl.

Photo by Peter Juhl.

Here’s the music for this week:

Thursday, April 20:

  • Boyd Blomberg, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 21:

  • Common Ground, Grand Marais Public Library, 5 p.m.
  • North Shore Community Swing Band, Grandma Ray’s, 7 p.m.
  • Fingerstyle Masters Weekend, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Floydian Slip, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 22:

  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Mountain Chalet Deck, 2 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Andreas Klein, Classical Music concert, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 7:30 p.m.
  • Fingerstyle Masters Weekend concert with Richard Smith at Bluefin Grille, 7:30 p.m.
  • Floydian Slip, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • John Silliman, Justine’s at Gunflint Lodge, 8 p.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 23:

  • Jim & Michele Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, April 24:

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

Tuesday, April 25:

    • Gene LaFond and Amy Grillo, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

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We found a great selection of topical  and wildlife photos this week.

Gord Ellis holds a steelhead trout that he just caught.

Gord Ellis holds a steelhead trout that he just caught.

 

Sarah Reller found a bunch of blue-spotted saladmanders when she was walking in the woods the other day,

Sarah Reller found a bunch of blue-spotted salamanders when she was walking in the woods the other day,

 

The Ruffed Grouse are drumming and Paul Sundberg caught this dramatic moment.

The Ruffed Grouse are drumming and Paul Sundberg caught this dramatic moment.

 

How about a frog on pastels? Laura Frykman took this last year.

How about a frog on pastels? Laura Frykman took this last year.

 

"As the Crow Flies,"  by John Heino.

“As the Crow Flies,” by John Heino.

Some days have been really gray on the North Shore.

Finland, MN by Christian Dalbec.

Finland, MN by Christian Dalbec.

Others have had glorious color.

Photo by John Heino.

Photo by John Heino.

The spring mushrooms are popping.

Mushrooms by Kristofer Bowman.

Mushrooms by Kristofer Bowman.

As are the daffodils.

Brrr by Jim Boyd.

Brrr by Jim Boyd.

Gushing waterfalls attract adventurers.

Gushing waterfalls attract adventurers. Photo by  Ryan Zinmy.

Gushing waterfalls attract adventurers. Photo by Ryan Zinmy.

And children celebrate the first rock skipping of the season.

Post rock-skipping celebration by Brianna Schueller.

Post rock-skipping celebration by Brianna Schueller.

And, there are those who photograph the dramatic. Kudos to David Johnson for this one!

Fireball rising by David Johnson.

Fireball rising by David Johnson.

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

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Split Rock this morning by Wade Mensink.

“Split Rock this morning” by Wade Mensink.

Up here on the North Shore, it feels like we’re on the top of a giant wave that is just beginning to form, soon to be crashing down into the summer season. Meanwhile, there’s a pause, a taking of breath, a gathering into ourselves for what is ahead. It seems like that is what this weekend is all about. It’s also Easter weekend, a time for family and community.

Next weekend is a pretty crazy and time-travel suits are recommended. This weekend? Laid back and easy. Except, of course, if you visit the rivers. They are celebrating spring like crazy, roaring over falls up and down the shore. It’s an exciting time to visit.

This weekend kicks off with a Percussion Concert by members of the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra at noon on Thursday at the Grand Marais Public Library. Percussionists Gene Koshinski and Tim Broscious, accompanied by Jefferson Campbell on bassoon will perform a free concert. The public is invited.

Also, a modern square dance class/event will be held at the Log Building at the Community Center from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday night. All invited. No experience necessary.

On Friday, Tessa Larson will teaching a class entitled Exploring the Senses (for ages 6-10) at the Grand Marais Art Colony. The class is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids will have the opportunity to explore a variety of art materials using all five senses. Tuition is $25. Register at www.grandmaraisartcolony.org.

The Hovland community is celebrating the beginning of spring with the Fireside Artists’ Kickoff at the Hovland Dock at 7 p.m. on Friday. The event is a kickoff of the season’s self-expression and community fun. Food/snack contributions are welcome. Free. All welcome. For more info, call 475-2314.

Saturday is all about Easter eggs. The 8th annual Easter Egg Fundraiser will be held at the Cook County Community Center starting at 9 a.m. Hundreds of Easter eggs have been hidden around the center and kids have a great time searching them out. Cost is $15 per family. The proceeds benefit Kids Plus and the Snack & Pack program.

Also on Saturday afternoon, Voyageur Brewing Co. will hold an Easter Egg Decorating Event from 1-3 p.m. They’ll have the eggs and all the decorating tools and dyes to make beautiful eggs. Free. All invited.

For art lovers, Heidi Sobanja is exhibiting a series of paintings of Lake Superior landscapes at the Cook County Courthouse.

Paintinb by Heidi Sobanja.

Painting by Heidi Sobanja.

Photographer Ryan Tischer has an exhibit of his photographs in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park.

A Ryan Tischer painting above the fireplace at Tettegouche State Park.

A Ryan Tischer painting above the fireplace at Tettegouche State Park.

There are a few exhibits to see in Duluth. The Tweed Museum of Art has just opened an exhibit by Baylee Reinert entitled “Stagnant.”  Reinert is a Digital Art and Photography major in the UMD School of Fine Arts, University of Minnesota-Duluth.

The Tweed Museum of Art is featuring work by Baylee Reinert.

The Tweed Museum of Art is featuring work by Baylee Reinert, a photographer and digital artist.

The exhibit continues through April.

Also at the Tweed, “Call + Response,” an exhibit of selected works by the Glenn C. Nelson Ceramics Collection, continues at the Tweed.

Kurt Weiser, detail, Untitled, is one of the pieces at the Twee.

Kurt Weiser, detail, Untitled, is one of the pieces at the Tweed.

The Duluth Art Institute galleries are temporarily closed through April 20 as they set up new exhibits.

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Gallery continues four exhibits, Urban Infill: Art in the Core, Diane Landry’s “Knight of Infinite Resignation,”  Marcel Dzama’s short film, “A Game of Chess” and Contemporary 14, paintings from the Bob Chaudhuri collection.

A scene from Marcel Dzama's "A Game of Chess," on exhibit at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

A scene from Marcel Dzama’s “A Game of Chess,” on exhibit at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

 Upcoming

Next weekend, Earth Day weekend,  is really busy.

First up is the 7th annual Fingerstyle Masters Weekend sponsored by WTIP Community Radio and Bluefin Bay Resort. The event will be held at Bluefin April 21-22 and features performances on Friday and Saturday nights as well as guitar and fiddle workshops during the day Saturday. Local fingerstyle guitarist Gordon Thorne welcomes Nashville fingerstyle guitarist Richard Smith and Twin Cities fiddler Tom Schaefe.

Nashville fingerstyle guitarist Richard Smith is one of the guest artists during the Fingerstyle Masters Weekend at Bluefin Bay Resorst April 21-22.

Nashville fingerstyle guitarist Richard Smith is one of the guest artists during the Fingerstyle Masters Weekend at Bluefin Bay Resorst April 21-22.

 Next Friday, April 21, Thorne and Friends will perform at Bluefin Bay at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Thorne and Smith will teach a guitar workshop and Schaefer will teach a fiddle workshop on Saturday. Both are $60 and include lunch. The event caps off with a gala concert featuring Richard Smith at 7:30 p.m. For tickets to the concert and the workshops, contact Thorne at oman4@live.com or call 218-353-7308.

Also on that Saturday, a Turkish Carpet Show will be held at the Cook County Community Center from 4-6 p.m. April 22. The show will feature a great selection of authentic Turkish carpets, kilims and sumacs.

A Turkish Carpet Show is set for next weekend at the Community Center.

A Turkish Carpet Show is set for next weekend at the Community Center.

The show, organized by Ann Mershon, who taught and lived in Turkey for seven years, features Kenan Belli of Anatolian Carpets in Istanbul. Kenan is touring the U.S. with his carpet selection because the downturn in tourism in Turkey has hit their family business hard, as it has all tourism-related businesses in Turkey, Mershon said. All invited. Refreshments will be served.

Also on Saturday, April 22, German pianist Andreas Klein, will be in concert at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, at 6:30 p.m. His “Unleashing Musical Architecture” will feature works by Mozart, Schumann, Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera,  Tickets for the concert are Adult $24; Youth (18 & under) $5, Stay tuned for details. Klein will also hold a pianco workshop: “Creative Storytelling Through Music” at the church at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Open to all.

The Art for Earth Day Gallery Hop will be in Duluth on Saturday, April 22, featuring exhibits at many galleries and museums in town. More next week.
And on Monday, April 24, there will be a Bronze Pour at Last Chance Gallery in celebration of International Sculptor’s Day. All invited. Free.
A bronze pour will be held at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen at 4 p.m. April 24.

A bronze pour will be held at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen at 4 p.m. April 24.

 Opportunities

 Painters and crafters are invited to help put the finishing touches on the sets for the Grand Marais Playhouse production of “The Lion King.” Turn up at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts from 10 a.m to 8 p.m. to help out this week through Saturday. Use the backstage door. Call Sue Hennessy at 370-0224 for more info.

Artists are invited to participate in a Focus Group at Joy & Co. on Friday, April 21 from 5-7 p.m. to discuss art supply needs and preferences. All artists in the community are invited. For more info and to indicate if you will participate, call 387-1004 or email info@joy-and-company.com.

Neil Sherman will lead another plein air painting foray in the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness July 17-20. He will team up with Hungry Jack Outfitters for the event. Painters will paint scenic Rose and Duncan Lakes.

Neil Sherman will lead a plein air painting trip in the BWCA this summer.

Neil Sherman will lead a plein air painting trip in the BWCA this summer.

Class size is limited, so make sure to register early. For more information and registration contact:
 Nancy Seaton at Hungry Jack Outfitters, 
800-648-2922 or hjo@boreal.org.

WTIP Community Radio has put a call out for artists to submit a logo for this year’s Radio Waves Music Festival. The logo will be used for event marketing and t-shirts.  The submission deadline is Friday, May 12, with the winning entry to be determined mid-June. For more info, call Jana Berka at 218 387-1070 or email her at  jana@wtip.org.

Window Shopping

This pastel painting by Christina Wagner is at Joy and Company.

This pastel painting by Christina Wagner is at Joy and Company.

"Inseparable" by Wayne Johnson, Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

“Inseparable” by Wayne Johnson, Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Porcelain cups by Rachel Vitko, Sivertson Gallery.

Porcelain cups by Rachel Vitko, Sivertson Gallery.

In Other Art News

 Grand Marais Photographer David Johnson was recently featured on WDSE’s The Playlist. Take a look:

David Johnson talks about his photography on-site in Grand Marais.

Also, The Playlist will record the Plucked Up String Band playing a few tunes in Duluth on Tuesday. The plan is to record in a local venue there, but the site hasn’t been determined yet. Click here for updates.

Michael Monroe will be in concert at the Fireside Theatre in Chanhassen April 21-22.

And the Walls & Bridges: Poetry and Pottery Slam was a great success last week, especially the pottery slam part.

Shards from the pottery slam at Betsy Bowen's Studio Gallery last weekend.

Shards from the pottery slam at Betsy Bowen’s Studio Gallery last weekend. The shards were loaded into a 5-gallon bucket and left in the front yard for the taking. It was scooped up by Sunday.

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, April 13:

  • Boyd Blomberg, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Common Ground, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Two Strings Gin, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 14:

  • John Gruber, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Pete K, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • GinStrings, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Saturday, April 15:

  • Jim McGowan, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 4 p.m.
  • GinStrings, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 16:

  • Lovesick and Lonesome, Gun Flint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, April 17:

  • Open Mic Night with the Grand Marais Music Collaborative, Grandma Ray’s, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, April 18:

  • Pete K, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

 

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The big news this week was the moose rescue on Hungry Jack Lake. (Photos by Nancy Seaton and Bob McCloughan.)

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Dave Seaton (Hungry Jack Outfitters) and Jim Morrison (Fire Chief, Gunflint Volunteer Fire Department) work on pulling  a yearling moose out of  Hungry jack Lake.

Once the moose was out, she didn’t want to go anywhere.

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The moose didn’t want to move after it was pulled out of the freezing water.

 

Dave Seaton tries to talk the moose into walking to shore.

Dave Seaton and the newly rescued moose. People teased him about being the moose whisperer.

The moose finally started toward shore. She fell through the ice once more, but managed to get out by herself before disappearing into the woods.

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The moose went through again in shallow water, but soon got herself free.

 

The moose finally made it to shore and into the woods.

A lucky day for this yearling moose.

To read an account of the rescue, click here.

We found some other interesting wildlife shots this week.

Licking His Chops. Photo by David Johnson.

Licking His Chops. Photo by David Johnson.

 

The merlins are back! This photo was taken by Michael Furtman.

The merlins are back! This photo was taken by Michael Furtman.

 

And soon to return, but not quite yet, the Great Blue Heron.

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Paul Sundberg caught this shot of a Great Blue Heron when he was in Florida recently.

 

Just Squawking About Something by Carol A. Bowman.

Just Squawking About Something by Carol A. Bowman.

We found some nice waterfall shots, too.

Christian Dalbec: High Falls at Tettegouche.

Christian Dalbec: High Falls at Tettegouche.

 

Kristofer Bowman: High Falls at Grand Portage State Park.

Kristofer Bowman: High Falls at Grand Portage State Park.

 

Aliso Gimpel: Cascade River Falls.

Aliso Gimpel: Cascade River Falls.

And we found two photos of serenity.

Ray Pearrow: Full Moon in Silver Bay.

Ray Pearrow: Full Moon in Silver Bay.

 

Layne Kennedy: Grand Marais Sunrise.

Layne Kennedy: Grand Marais Sunrise.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Spring Springs In With Water, Art and Music

Roots and Waterfall at Gooseberry State Park by John Gregor.

Roots and Waterfall at Gooseberry State Park by John Gregor.

The rivers up and down the North Shore are opening up, bringing tons of water cascading over falls and then tumbling into Lake Superior in the annual spring run-off. For artists, it’s an intense time as well, as they (sometimes frantically) get work completed in time for the summer season.

There are early season shows, too.

The Johnson Heritage Post is currently exhibiting “Kindling Curiosity: Lighting the Creative Spark,” a community art exhibit organized by the Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church. The exhibit features work by everyone from established artists to student work in painting, pottery, prints, fiber art, wood and more. It’s a fun show and concludes this Sunday.

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Neil Sherman’s “Her Favorite Chair” is one of the works at the Johnson Heritage Post exhibit.

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

And, at the Cook County Courthouse, painter Heidi Sobanja is exhibiting a series of works inspired by Lake Superior.

Heidi Sobanja has new work in the Cook County Courthouse lobby area.

Heidi Sobanja has new work in the Cook County Courthouse lobby area.

The exhibit is in the lobby area of the courthouse and will continue through the end of June.

And this weekend, the Betsy Bowen Gallery and Studios will have a pop-up show on Saturday. Entitled “Walls and Bridges– A Poetry and Pottery Slam,” the exhibit will feature readings from local poets as well as work by local and regional artists.

Banksy Wall, courtesy of Betsy Bowen Gallery and Studio.

Banksy Wall, courtesy of Betsy Bowen Gallery and Studios.

The show runs from 11 a.m. to  6 p.m. on Saturday. Readings and performances will be presented on a first-come-first-serve basis, from 3-6 p.m. And, sometime in there, it’s possible that local potters could have a brief “slam” of their own. Refreshments will be served. All invited.

Other events this week:

The Duluth Art Institute will host  “Pollinators and Pop-up Picnic with Anna Metcalf and Dan Schutte”at its West End Location, 2229 W. Second St., at 6 p.m. on Thursday. This is the second in its three-part series, “Earth: Clay + Science” that explores interconnections between ceramics and earth science.

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In this session, Minneapolis-based artist Anna Metcalfe will discuss the research and process behind her ceramic series exploring pollinators and their connections to our food.

Dan Schutte is the district manager for the Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District and the owner of Shoreview Natives, a Two Harbors-based business that specializes in growing and installing native plants. The pop-up picnic is included in the session to demonstrate the connections between pollinators and our food system. Participants are encouraged to incorporate at least one item in their dish that was pollinated by bees. All invited. Free.

Photographer Ryan Tischer opens an exhibit at Tettegouche State Park with a reception from 7-8:30 p.m. on Friday.

"At Day's End" by Ryan Tischer. He opened a show at Tettegouche State Park on Friday.

“At Day’s End” by Ryan Tischer. He opened a show at Tettegouche State Park on Friday.

Tischer’s photo exhibit at Tettegouche State Park continues through the end of April.

And on Tuesday, if you’re in Duluth, stop by the Empty Bowls event at the Depot. The event, which is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., features hundreds of handmade bowls as well as soups and bread from local vendors. It is a fundraiser for the Northern Lakes Food Bank.

Also on Tuesday, an award-winning Celtic harpist from Scotland will perform at the French River Church, 158 Church Road, in French River at 7 p.m.

Award-winning Scottish harpist Ailie Robertson will perform at the French River Church on Tuesday.

Award-winning Scottish harpist Ailie Robertson will perform at the French River Church on Tuesday.

Harpist Ailie Robertson is widely regarded as one of Scotland’s leading young traditional musicians. She’s won numerous awards and her  debut solo album “First Things First” won the Live lreland award for Best Instrumental Cut of the Year.

In other gallery news, two art student exhibits are featured at each end of Hwy. 61.

In Thunder Bay, the Lakehead University LU Major Studio exhibition at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery is open and features a great selection of work.

Katie Kramer "Ghosts 2," wood pulp, is on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Katie Kramer “Ghosts 2,” wood pulp, is on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

At the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth, the annual student exhibition has opened and continues through April 30.

The Tweed Museum of Art is exhibiting the annual UMD student art exhibit.

The annual UMD student art exhibit is at the Tweed Museum of Art.

In Thunder Bay, the Baggage Building Arts Centre at Prince Arthur’s Landing is holding its annual Member’s Show. The show continues through April 29.

Opportunities:

Drury Lane Books is holding an aboreal writing contest this month.  Winners will receive a book prize and have a chance to read their piece at the store event on May 20, alongside guest author Josh MacIvor-Andersen, the editor of “Rooted: The Best New Arboreal Nonfiction” and author of “On Heights & Hunger,” a memoir of professional and competitive tree-climbing.

Writers are asked to write 300 words on tree-inspired fiction or non-fiction. The deadline is April 29. Email the finished piece to store@drurylanebooks.com.  The winners will be announced in mid-May. Winners, participants, and the public are invited to hear the pieces at 7  p.m. on Saturday, May 20.  MacIvor-Andersen will also read from his new anthology on Arboreal nonfiction and share stories on writing and editing.

The Grand Marais Art Colony has put out a call to artists to participate in the 15th annual Plein Air Grand Marais, which begins Sept. 8, with the exhibit of completed work opening at the Johnson Heritage Post Sept. 15.  For more info, click here. The juror this year is plein air painter Kami Mendlik.

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (ARAC), headquartered in Duluth, is seeking applications for executive director. The executive director is responsible for providing direction and leadership toward the achievement of the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council’s vision and mission to facilitate and encourage local arts development. ARAC is one of 11 regional arts councils in Minnesota that uses public and private funding to support the arts throughout the state. Geographically, ARAC is the largest of the eleven regions and serves a robust arts and cultural economy of $83.3 million dollars a year.
The application deadline is April 23. For a full job description, click here.

Window Shopping

This framed print by Diane Hartley is at Joy & Co.

This framed print by Diane Hartley is at Joy & Co.

 

Antler, brass and sterling silver earrings by Eric Silva are at Upstate MN.

These antler, brass and sterling silver earrings by Eric Silva are at Upstate MN.

 

A Gail Rosenquist teapot sits on a painted table by Daniel Grant and Ingela Nore at Sivertson Gallery.

A Gail Rosenquist teapot sits on a painted table by Daniel Grant and Ingela Noren at Sivertson Gallery.

 

St. Paul artist Sarah Albinson has work at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

St. Paul artist Sarah Albinson has work at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

 In Other Art News

The SplinterTones are working on a new CD. Stay tuned for details.

Leah Thomas, who plays with the SplinterTones, is the interim director of the Johnson Heritage Post.

Leah Thomas, front, is the interim executive director of the Johnson Heritage Post.

Leah Thomas, front, is the interim executive director of the Johnson Heritage Post.

Sharon and Steve Frykman will be opening a gallery this fall at their studio in rural Grand Marais. Sharon is a painter and fused glass artist. Steve focuses on metal, stone and wood. The gallery will open during the Cook County fall studio tour, Sept. 29- Oct. 8.

Steve and Sharon Frykman will open a gallery this fall. Pictured above is a fused glass project by the artists.

Steve and Sharon Frykman will open a gallery this fall. Pictured above is a fused glass project by the artists entitled Shen Cycle.

 Anne Humphrey Cervenka opened a show of vintage ’70s South Minneapolis/Model City photos at the Landmark Gallery, Schmidt Artist Lofts in Minneapolis. The show opened April 1.

Scott Seekins with garter snake. Photo by Anne Cervanka.

Scott Seekins with garter snake. Photo by Anne Cervenka.

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, April 6:

  • Eric Frost, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Joshua Schmidt, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Fellow Pynins,  Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 7:

  • Joe Paulik, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Evergreen Grass Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30  p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 8:

  • Mountain Meltdown Music Festival, Papa Charlie’s, Feeding Leroy, 11:30 a.m., Evergreen Grass Band, 1 p.m., Galactic Cowboy Orchestra, 2:30 p.m., Gin Strings, 4 p.m.
  • Jon Kallberg, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 4 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • Flyodian Slip, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 9:

  • Mountain Meltdown, Papa Charlie’s, Briand Morrison & Sam Miltich, 11:30 a.m., Joe Paulik, 1 p.m., Cook County’s Most Wanted, 4  p.m.
  • Fellow Pynins, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, April 10:

  • Open Mic Night with the Grand Marais Music Collaborative, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, April 11:

  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

 

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We have a potpourri of photos for you this week.

Let’s start with some wildlife/animal shots.

Horse running in early morning light by Keith Crowley.

Mare running in early morning light by Keith Crowley.

 

Sheep in a pasture in coastal England.

Sheep in a pasture in coastal England by Ann Possis.

 

"Seriously, stop taking my picture, Dude." A hare in the woods getting his spring coast going" by Thomas Spence.

“Seriously, stop taking my picture, Dude … A hare in the woods getting his spring coast going” by Thomas Spence.

 

A new neighbor: saw whet owl by Kathy Gray-Anderson.

“A new neighbor– a Saw Whet owl” by Kathy Gray-Anderson.

 

Sandhill Cranes at Crex Meadows by Michael Thompson.

Sandhill Cranes at Crex Meadows by Michael Thompson.

 

Here are some studies in light.

Northern lights by Nace Hagemann.

Northern lights by Nace Hagemann.

 

Sunset in Grand Marais by Kathy Gray-Anderson.

Sunset in Grand Marais by Kathy Gray-Anderson.

 

"Face-Off" by Jeremy Church.

“Face-Off” by Jeremy Church.

 

The aurora caught me by surprise by David Johnson.

The aurora caught me by surprise by David Johnson.

 

Sunset takes hold in every direction by Christian Dalbec.

Sunset takes hold in every direction by Christian Dalbec.

 

And here are two studies in stone:

Palisade Head by Danielle Fortin.

Palisade Head by Danielle Fortin.

 

Grand Marais Harbor by Sandra Updyke.

Grand Marais Harbor by Sandra Updyke.

Here’s a quirky one.

Upside-down tree by Bryan Hansel.

Upside-down tree by Bryan Hansel.

And a beautiful one:

Cascade White Pine by Paul Sundberg.

Cascade White Pine by Paul Sundberg.

And the perfect sign of Spring.

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First Flowers of Spring by Tom Kasper.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

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Irish skies this morning by David Johnson.

Irish skies this morning by David Johnson.

Spring has definitely put its foot down on the North Shore this week, with more to come. Meanwhile there’s lots to do and see.

First up is the Flute and Harp Concert/Presentation at the Grand Marais Public Library by two members of the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra at noon on Thursday. Janell Lemire (harp) and Betty Braunstein (flute) will perform a variety of pieces and talk about the music.

Harpist Janell Lemire and flautist Betty Braunstein will perform at the Grand Marais Public Library at noon on Saturday. Free. All invited.

Harpist Janell Lemire and flautist Betty Braunstein will perform at the Grand Marais Public Library at noon on Saturday. Free. All invited.

After the performance, there will be time for audience questions. Lemire and Braunstein have been doing programs together for many years. All invited. Free

Then on Thursday night, look for the premiere of “Hopping the Pond,” which was filmed in Grand Marais in November. The show will be screened at Voyageur Brewing Co. on Thursday night at 7 p.m. The show was created by Ale Conner, a Brit who explores all things beer.  Apparently he decided to learn about American culture by way of small breweries, and brought a film crew with him when he visited Grand Marais.

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While Conner was here, he met up with  Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux, mayor of Grand Marais, for a dip into Lake Superior, made a visit to the local fish market for a crash course on commercial fishing, bartered with locals at a swap meet and even participated in a “donut challenge, ”all the while meeting and having fun with the townsfolk of Grand Marais.

The pilot show is ready to be previewed. The showing is from 7 -9 p.m. Thursday.  With a little luck the show will be picked up by a network and shown on television for the whole world to see. Even across the pond in England.

Also on Thursday, John Silliman will perform classical country music from the 1920s to the 1970s at Justine’s at Gunflint Lodge at 8 p.m. Silliman performs many different musical styles using a variety of different instruments, as well as hosting a number of musical programs on WTIP Community Radio, including Classic Country. He will sing and play Honky Tonk, Bluegrass, Western, and Country Gospel music.  All invited.

On Friday, the Spirit of the Wildnerness Episcopal Church will host an evening of writers reading about what kindles curiosity and lights the creative spark at the Johnson Heritage Post at 6 p.m. The poems, stories, and essays will be interspersed with traditional Swedish folk songs by the fantastic local a capella group, SVEA.

SVEA, local acapella Swedish folk singing group, will perform at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday night. They sang at the Full Moon Gathering at Drury Lane Books earlier this year. Photo by Virginia Danfelt.

SVEA, the local a capella Swedish folk singing group, will perform at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday night. They sang at the Full Moon Gathering at Drury Lane Books earlier this year. SVEA includes, from left, Erika Ternes, Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux, Erin Swenson-Klatt and Yvonne Mills. Photo by Virginia Danfelt.

Writers who would like to participate should contact host Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux in advance, and select a piece 5-7 minutes long. Substitute readers will be available if writers prefer not to perform their own work. For more information, Contact rosearrowsmithdecoux@gmail.com or call (218) 387-4011.

The event also features a chance to see the “Kindling Curiosity,” the community art exhibit organized by Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church. Pottery, paintings, fiber art, wood carving, prints and more are featured in this eclectic show, which continues through April 9.

This mosaic is one of many artworks that are featured at the Johnson Heritage Post exhibit.

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

Saturday kicks off with story time at the Grand Marais Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Award-winning Wisconsin author and columnist Jane Schmidt will read from her book, “Finnegan’s Superior Adventure,” a story about a backpacking trip her dog takes with his grandma. The story is narrated from Finn’s point of view.

Jane Schmidt will read from her book, "Finn's Superior Adventure" at the library on Saturday at 10:30. The book is written from Finn's point of view.

Finn, above, is the hero of Jane Schmidt’s book, “Finn’s Superior Adventure.” She will read from the book at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday.

On Saturday night, Motif, a modern jazz band featuring Briand Morrison (guitar), Robin Anders (drums), Ryan Frane (piano) and Matt Mobley (bass), will perform at Papa Charlie’s at 9:30 p.m.

The modern jazz band, Motif, plays at Papa Charlie's on Saturday night. Pictured at Briand Morrison and

The modern jazz band, Motif, plays at Papa Charlie’s on Saturday night. Pictured at Briand Morrison and Robin Anders.

Motif is based in northern Minnesota and plays bebop, swing and gypsy jazz. The performance is free. All invited.

In Duluth, the Duluth Art Institute‘s on-going film series about visual artists continues this Saturday with the screening of “American Splendor,” a biographical comedy-drama about Harvey Pekar (Paul Giamatti), the author of the American Splendor comic book series. The film is in part an adaptation of the comics, which dramatize Pekar’s life.

The Duluth Art Institute and Zinema 2 are partners in this film series project. The film will be screened at Zinema 2, 222 E. Superior St., in Duluth at 10 a.m.  Saturday. A $5 donation is requested.

At the Tweed Museum of Art on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, the Call and Response Ceramics Exhibit: Taking It to the House  continues, featuring a wide variety of works.

Robin Murphy (American, b. 1957), Untitled, 1987. Hand-built earthenware. Collection of James Klueg.

Robin Murphy (American, b. 1957), Untitled, 1987. Hand-built earthenware. Collection of James Klueg.

There are some interesting art exhibits in Thunder Bay as well.

The Definitely Superior Art Gallery, 250 Park Ave., is featuring three exhibitions through April 29. Diane Landry’s installation “Knight of Infinite Resignation,” Marcel Dzama’s short film, “A Game of Chess” and “Contemporary 14: From the collection of Dr. Michael Chaudhuri.”

One of the paintings from "Contemporary 14" at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery.

One of the paintings from “Contemporary 14″ on view at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery.

The Definitely Superior Art Gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday noon to 6 p.m. (EDT). Admission is free.

The Lakehead University Juried Student Exhibition at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery has been extended by a week to end April 9. The show features work by 4th year students at the university.

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The Lakehead University Annual Juried Student Exhibition at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery has been extended to April 9.

The Baggage Building Arts Centre at Prince Arthur’s Landing in Thunder Bay is currently exhibiting works by the Lakehead Visual Arts Club.

Painting by Glen Morrison.

Painting by Glen Morrison.

 Upcoming

 The Mountain Meltdown Music Festival at Lutsen Mountains will be next weekend, April 8-9. Featured bands playing at Papa Charlie’s include Feeding Leroy, Evergreen Grass Band, Ginstrings and Flyodian Slip on Saturday. On Sunday, Briand Morrison, Joe Paulik, the Spruce Roots and Cook County’s Most Wanted will play on Sunday afternoon.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will host a spring Make-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls weekend event, May 6-7. Participants will make one wheel-thrown bowl and one hand-built bowl to donate to the Empty Bowl fundraiser this fall while learning the basics of pottery at the same time.

The spring Make-A-Bowl event at the Grand Marais Art Colony is

The spring Make-A-Bowl event at the Grand Marais Art Colony is May 6-7.

Make-A-Bowl is open to all levels of skill. For more info and to register, click here.

More story telling: Thursday, April 27 is national “Tell a Story Day” and Voyageur Brewing Co. is inviting everyone to tell their best stories at an event at the brewery. Stories can be 30 seconds or 5 minutes. For more info, contact Casey at casey@voyageurbrewing.com.

Window Shopping

 

Melinda Wolff of St. Paul is a new artist at Kah-Nee-Tah Galleries in Lutsen.

Melinda Wolff of St. Paul is a new artist at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

 

Jeweler Tova Lund has work in the gallery store at the Grand Marais Art Colony. A Jewelry Symposium is scheduled at the Art Colony June 8-11. For more info, visit www.grandmaraisartcolony.org.

Jewelry maker Tova Lund has her work in the gallery store at the Grand Marais Art Colony. A Jewelry Symposium is scheduled at the Art Colony June 8-11. For more info, visit www.grandmaraisartcolony.org.

 

Painter Dan Weimer has work at Sivertson Gallery, This piece is called "Quetico Reflections."

Painter Dan Weimer has work at Sivertson Gallery, This piece is called “Quetico Reflections.”

 

Adam Gruetzmacher's pottery is at Upstate MN.

Adam Gruetzmacher’s pottery is at Upstate MN.

 

Jewelry designer Stephan Hoglund has his work at Betsy Bowen Galleries and Studio. This ring is Chlorastrolite (Isle Royal Greenstone ) in sterling silver and 24 k gold.

Jewelry designer Stephan Hoglund has his work at Betsy Bowen Galleries and Studio. This ring is Chlorastrolite (Isle Royal Greenstone ) in sterling silver and 24 k gold.

 In Other Art News

 The Grand Marais Playhouse has announced the plays that have been selected for this year’s Summer Theater Festival, which will run on the weekends from July 20 through Aug. 13. The plays will be the award-winning musical “The Pajama Game,” with music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, and the the award-winning comedy, Ken Ludwig’s “The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays.” Auditions for both productions will be at the end of April. Stay tuned.

The Grand Marais Writer’s Guild will now be meeting every third Thursday at the Grand Marais Library from 6-7:30 p.m. The next meeting will be April 20.

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, March 30:

  • Harp & Flute from the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, Grand Marais Public Library, noon
  • Pete K, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Boyd Blomberg, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • John Silliman, Gunflint Lodge, 8 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, Marh 31:

  • Boyd Blomberg, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge, 5:30 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Evergreen Grass Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Saturday, April 1:

  • Eric Frost, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Gene Lafond and Amy Grillo,  Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge, 5:30 p.m.
  • Heck Yeah Holler String Band Fundraiser Dance, Hovland Town Hall, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • Motif, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 2:

  • Briand Morrison, Scandinavian Jazz Brunch, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Timmy Haus, Gunflint Tavern, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, April 4:

  • Joshua Schmidt, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

 

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Here are some of the photos we found this week. First, two wildlife shots.

Pileated Woodpeckers by Paul Sundberg.

Pileated Woodpeckers by Paul Sundberg.

 

Bald Eagle by Paul Pluskwik.

Bald Eagle by Paul Pluskwik.

The rest of our findings this week are all about light.

Sunrise from Artist's Point by Bryan Hansel.

Sunrise from Artist’s Point by Bryan Hansel.

 

"Good Gracious" by Mary Lou Williams.

“Good Gracious” by Mary Lou Williams.

 

Morning Glow in Duluth by Jan Swart.

Morning Glow in Duluth by Jan Swart.

 

Northern lights by Nace Hagemann.

Northern lights by Nace Hagemann.

 

A shot of the wild aurora by Thomas Spence.

A shot of the wild aurora by Thomas Spence.

 

Split Rock Lighthouse and the northern lights by Gary Fielder and Dawn LaPointe.

Split Rock Lighthouse and the northern lights by Gary Fielder and Dawn LaPointe.

And last, but not least, this spectacular shot.

Northern lights by Jake Olson.

Northern lights by Jake Olson.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

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Shakespearean Delights, Art & Music

"The Golden Nugget of the North" by Susan Dykstra.

“The Golden Nugget of the North” by Susan Dykstra.

The first weekend of Spring is turning out be quite the weekend. A troupe performing Shakespeare will be here, the Johnson Heritage Post opens for the season with a great community-wide art show with a talk by the director of the Tweed Museum of Art and, in Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery hosts the multi-disciplinary art blowout: Urban Infill:Art in the Core 11. Here are the details.

First up is a Natural Medicines Workshop by master herbalist Gigi Stafne at North House Folk School on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Gigi Stefne will lead a workshop on natural medicines at North House Folk School on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Gigi Stefne will lead a workshop on natural medicines at North House Folk School on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Many of us feel sluggish by the end of the long winter, and Stafne will show participants how to wake up and celebrate the new season with natural medicines. The workshop will focus on natural ways to cleanse and support your body, from herbal detox tea to skin scrubs. Participants will take home several items to aid in continuing these helpful practices. There is a $5 materials fee. All invited.

On Friday night, the first art exhibit of the season opens at the Johnson Heritage Post Gallery. Entitled “Kindling Curiosity: Lighting the Creative Spark,” the exhibit, which is sponsored by the Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church, features pieces from artists of every age. Established artists, emerging artists and students as well as community members who just wanted to make for the show, are all represented. There are paintings and fiber art, pottery and framed poetry, wood carvings and more in this eclectic show.

Here are a few examples:

"Her Favorite Chair" by Neil Sherman.

“Her Favorite Chair” by Neil Sherman.

Quilt, created by students at the Oshki Ogimaag charter school in Grand Portage.

Quilt, created by students at the Oshki Ogimaag charter school in Grand Portage.

Pendant by Cheryl Larsen.

Pendant by Cheryl Larsen.

The opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. on Friday night.

And a special perk is scheduled for the opening. Ken Bloom, the director of the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth, will give a presentation at 6 p.m. entitled “Seeking the Spiritual Dimension in Art.” His presentation, which includes a number of images, will focus on how artists and art have evolved over time. All invited. Refreshments will be served.

This is Shakespeare Week and the Bard will make an appearance in Grand Marais this weekend at Voyageur Brewing Co. when the Minnesota SkyVault Theatre takes front/center stage at the brewery on Friday and Saturday nights.

The SkyVault Theatre will be at Voyageur Brewing Co. this weekend with music, skits, improvisation and a play.

The SkyVault Theatre will be at Voyageur Brewing Co. this weekend with music, skits, improvisation and a play.

This young theater troupe (the actors are from 12 to 20) won a number of awards at the Minnesota Association of Community Theaters recently, and they’ll be playing music, performing skits as well as a short play, and inviting the audience to join them on stage for silliness and fun. The performances are at 7 p.m. at the Brewery on Friday and Saturday nights, with a youth workshop set for 2:45 p.m. on Saturday. Local actors will join the group as well, so look for lots of Shakespearean fun and laughter this weekend. They will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.

Also, if you’ve wanted to learn how to paint, the North Shore Winery will hold a Paint & Sip event at the winery with artist Chriscell Bedard. No experience is necessary.

 

North Shore Winery paint and sip

A canvas, easel, brushes, paints and an apron will be provided. The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Cost is $50. To register, call 218 481-9280 or email lutsennorthshorewinery@gmail.com.

And in Thunder Bay, this is the weekend for Definitely Superior Art Gallery‘s fantastic public art event, Urban Infill: Art in the Core. The Waterfront District is transformed into a giant art event with 400 local artists setting up in temporary art galleries and store windows to exhibit their work and/or perform. Local art galleries will be open as well, and there will be a number of exhibits at the opening at DefSup on Saturday night as well.

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Definitely Superior Art Gallery‘s Members Show opens on Saturday  with a gala reception at 7 p.m.(EDT)

The exhibits at DefSup include the annual Members Show, a selection of contemporary paintings from the Bob Chaudhuri Collection, and an installation by Diane Landry.

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An installation by Diane Landry will be part of the Urban Infill opening at DefSup.

The opening reception at the gallery starts at 7 p.m. Urban Infill participants can pick up a map there and then follow the guides to a rather extraordinary art experience in the district.

Also in Thunder Bay, the Lakehead University Juried Art Exhibition has opened at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery with a number of works by 4th year art students.

Lakehead University art students are exhibiting at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Lakehead University art students are exhibiting at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The exhibit continues through April 2.

Upcoming

 Photographer Ryan Tischer will open a show at Tettegouche State Park April 4 with the opening reception from 7-8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 7.

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Ryan Tischer opens an exhibit of his photographs at Tettegouche State Park April 4.

Pastel artist Lisa Stauffer will teach a class entitled “Still Life in Pastel” at the Grand Marais Art Colony April 8-9.

"Golden Fruits" by Lisa Stauffer.

“Golden Fruits” by Lisa Stauffer.

In the class, students will paint still life models indoors and learn how these lessons apply to all subject matter. Class time will include demonstrations, personal instruction, and group critique. For more info, see www.grandmaraisartcolony.org.

WTIP Community Radio and Bluefin Bay Resort will hold the 7th Annual Fingerstyle Masters Weekend April 21-22. For this year’s event, local musician Gordon Thorne welcomes Nashville fingerstyle guitarist Richard Smith and Twin Cities fiddler Tom Schaefer. The weekend features performances both Friday and Saturday night, as well as guitar and fiddle workshops during the day Saturday.
Pre-registration for the workshops is requested by contacting Gordon at 218-353-7308 or oman4@live.com.

Pianist Andreas Klein will play a solo piano concert, “Unleashing Musical Architecture” at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 7:30 p.m. April 22. The concert will feature the work of  Mozart, Schumann, Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera. The concert is sponsored by the North Shore Music Association.

Window Shopping

Canadian fused glass artist Jerre Davidson has new work at Sivertson Gallery.

Canadian fused glass artist Jerre Davidson has new work at Sivertson Gallery.

 

Tofte photographer Mark Lindsey has his infrared photographs at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Tofte photographer Mark Lindsey has his infrared photographs at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

 

Upstate MN has porcelain wood-grained cups by Edgewood.

Upstate MN has porcelain wood-grained cups by Edgewood.

 

The Fireweed Gallery in Thunder Bay has work by Eugene Le Francois. This one is called "Sleeping Giant."

The Fireweed Gallery in Thunder Bay has work by Eugene Le Francois. This one is called “Sleeping Giant.”

 In Other Art News

 WDSE’s The Playlist has crafted a fascinating video of kiln-formed glass artist Michael Tonder. Tonder’s studio is Blue Sky Glassworks and is located in rural Two Harbors. Check it out.

 

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, March 23:

  • John Gruber, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Pete K, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, March 24:

  • Timmy Haus, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge, 5:30 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Mix and Match, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 25:

  • Briand Morrison, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
  • Shane Martin, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Grandma Ray’s, 4 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge, 5:30 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Dat Dere Jazz, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Cornmeal and Kind Country, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 26:

  • Briand Morrison, Scandinavian Jazz Brunch, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Pushing Chain, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
  • Scott Fraser, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Monday, March 27:

  • Dusty Heart, Monday Night Songwriter’s Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
  • Pete K, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, March 28:

  • Fred Anderson, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Open Mic with Boyd Blomberg, Papa Charlie’s, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 29:

  • Phil Heywood, Wednesday Night Songwriter Series, 8 p.m.

 

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Here is a selection of photographs we found this week. Let’s start with wildlife.

Red Fox by Paul Sundberg.

Red Fox by Paul Sundberg.

 

Two eagles by Tom Fiero.

Two eagles by Tom Fiero.

 

Little Weasel Taking a Peek by David Johnson.

Little Weasel Taking a Peek by David Johnson.

 

A demanding seagull, called Steven Seagull, has returned to the Super 8 Motel in Duluth to beg for doughnut handouts. The staff reports that a seagull has turned up for the last 15 years, tapping on the door and squawking to be fed a few times a day.
Is it the same bird each year? It’s not out of the realm of possibility, as ring-billed gulls have lived as long as 23 years. Or perhaps the original Steven shared its knowledge with other gulls. The gull usually leaves in mid-November and returns in mid-March each year. .

A demanding seagull, called Steven Seagull, has returned to the Super 8 Motel in Duluth to beg for a doughnut. The staff report that a seagull has turned up for the last 15 years, tapping on the door and squawking to be fed a few times a day, Is it the same bird each year? It’s not out of the realm of possibility, as ring-billed gulls have lived as long as 23 years. Or perhaps the original Steven shared its knowledge with other gulls. The gull usually leaves in mid-November and returns in mid-March each year.

Steven Seagull returns! Photo courtesy of the Duluth News-Tribune

Here’s a photo of the results of the last ice storm.

Ice After the Storm by Paul Sundberg.

Ice After the Storm by Paul Sundberg.

 

And here are two portraits of our photographers at work.

Kelley Marquart getting that last snot by Jeff Henningsgaard.

Kelley Marquart getting that last snot by Jeff Henningsgaard.

 

Self Portrait by David Johnson.

Self Portrait by David Johnson.

Have a good weekend, everyone! Enjoy!

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