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Early summer in the Superior National Forest by Chuck Olsen.

Early summer in the Superior National Forest by Chuck Olsen.

Greetings from the North Shore, where we welcome early summer with a lot of enthusiasm. The forest is beautiful, bursting with life after the rains. Look for wildflowers and mushrooms, listen to bird conversations, inhale the fragrance that changes at almost every step.

In town, flower gardens are coming into their own, making everyone happy.

Tulip Time by Maryl Skinner.

Tulip Time by Maryl Skinner.

 And rainbows dot the sea and sky.

East Bay Double Rainbow by Paul Sundberg.

East Bay Double Rainbow by Paul Sundberg.

In the human world, art is king with celebrations and get-togethers, music, festivals and, of course, the splendors of the Big Lake getting a lot of our attention.

Let’s start with art.

So what, exactly, is in the White Box that participants get when they turn up for Art Night at Joy and Company on Thursday afternoons?

In June, it's White Box Art Night at Joy and Comapny. What's inside?

In June, it’s White Box Art Night at Joy and Company. What’s inside?

Here’s what they say at the shop: “We will have Alcohol Ink – Gouache – Rock and dot painting- acrylic paints – markers- pencils- pastels as well as stencils and other cool collage stuff. Come into Joy and find the Art Counter – grab a box – each box will have instructions on the medium you chose and a list of the tools you’ll need to use the white box art materials. Go to our supplies area on the bookshelf and find yourself a seat at the Art Counter – PLAY!”

Art Night is free and open to all, with a suggested $5 donation, and runs from 3:30-5 pm.

Also on Thursday, WTIP will host Trivia Night at Up Yonder from 6-8 pm.

WTIP hosts Trivia at Up Yonder the second Thursday of every month. The games start at 6 pm.

WTIP hosts Trivia at Up Yonder on the second Thursday of every month. The games start at 6 pm.

This is bar-style Trivia and is always a fun time with plenty of good questions. Hosts this week are Will Moore and Kirsten Wisniewski. Free and open to all.

On Friday, the public is invited to a Ribbon-cutting Ceremony for the new Overlook Landing in the Community Connection Corner of the Grand Marais Campground and Recreation Area on Hwy. 61  at 3 pm.

Ribbon Cutting at Overlook Landing is set for  3 pion June 14.

The Ribbon Cutting at Overlook Landing is set for 3 pm on June 14.

The project was years in the making and involved several collaborators, including the George Morrison family, the Creative Economy Collaborative, Visit Cook County, and the City of Grand Marais, to name a few. The public is invited to the event. Refreshments will be served.

In Duluth, French River artist Patricia Canelake will open an exhibit at Duluth Pottery and Tile in Lincoln Park on Friday.

Print by Patricia Canelake from her show Women on Water, which opens at Duluth Pottery and Tile in Duluth on Friday.

Print by Patricia Canelake from her show “Women on Water,” which opens at Duluth Pottery and Tile  on Friday.

The exhibit will feature a selection of her prints entitled “Women on Water.” The opening reception is from 5-7 pm. Her work will be on exhibit through August.

Saturday will be busy.

First up is the Annual Pride Celebration in Grand Marais presented by the Cook County Pride Committee.

The Cook County Priuade Celebration will be in Grand Marais on Saturday.

The Cook County Pride Celebration will be in Grand Marais on Saturday.

The events start at 9 am and conclude with a dance After-Party at the Raven’s Nest at the Gunflint Tavern.

Here;’s the schedule:

  • 9 am: Free yoga with Carly in Harbor Park
  • 10 am-1 pm: Crafts & Sign Making at The Hub
  • 11 am: Drag Queen Story Hour at The Hub
  • 12 pm: OutFront MN Presentation at The Hub
  • 3-4 pm: Free Oula Dance Class and Live Music in Harbor Park
  • 4 pm: Pride Rally and March in Harbor Park
  • 5-8 pm: Free Dinner and Social Hour in Harbor Park
  • 6-7:30 pm: Author Talk at Drury Lane
  • 9:30-11:30 pm: DJ Dance After-Party at the Raven’s Nest (upstairs Gunflint Tavern)
    *in case of poor weather, Harbor Park activities will be held at the Cook County YMCA

The public is invited.

Also on Saturday, the Cook County Market will be held in the parking lot of The Hub from 10 am to 2 pm.

The Cook County Market is held in theparking lot of The Hub from 10 am to 2 pm Saturdays.

The Cook County Market is held in the parking lot of The Hub from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturdays. The public is invited.

The market features a wide variety of arts and crafts made by local residents including pottery, paintings, rock art, jewelry, weaving, knitwear, handmade bags, and much more. Open to all.

Drury Lane Books will hold an Author Talk at 6 pm on Saturday with Brian Malloy.

Brian Malloy will give an Author Talk at Drury Lane Books on Saturday.

Brian Malloy will give an Author Talk at Drury Lane Books on Saturday at 6 pm.

Malloy will read excerpts from his novel, After Francesco, and engage in discussion surrounding the ongoing AIDS epidemic and finding love, community, and balance after loss. A book signing to follow.

The event is free, open to the public, and mobility aid accessible.

On Tuesday, June 18, long-time Art Colony collaborator and Great Lakes-centric poet and artist Moheb Soliman returns to Grand Marais to discuss a new project that will engage communities across the Great Lakes. In it, he will ask members of selected communities, including Grand Marais, to offer four words about their community which he will craft into a poem. The poem will be shared in public places in each community. Members of the public are invited to meet with him and learn about his project at Studio 21 from noon to 2 pm. Open to all. Refreshments will be served.

Ongoing:

The Good Harbor Hill Players continue puppet-making workshops to prepare for the Summer Solstice Pageant, which will be held at North House Folk School on June 22 at 8 pm. Meanwhile, there’s lots of fun, creative work to be done to make puppets for this popular event.

The Solstice Pageant Puppet Workshops begin. See the schedule below.

The Solstice Pageant Puppet Workshops are being held at the Cook County Community Center. See the schedule below.

Workshops continue through June 18. The workshops will be held Tuesday through  Friday,  3 – 8 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 1 pm and 3 – 8 pm. There are no workshops on Mondays. Open to every age group, although children under 10 should be accompanied by a parent. No experience is necessary. For questions, email info@goodharborhillplayers.org

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center will hold a free guided nature hike every Friday from 2-3 pm throughout the summer.

Chik-Wauk holds a guided nature walk every Friday in the summer.

Chik-Wauk holds a guided nature walk every Friday in the summer.

Emma Adams will lead the hike, rain or shine. Open to all.

Harbor History Tours will be held every Saturday throughout the summer, hosted by Historic Cook County.

Harbor History Tours are every Saturday from 1-2 pm.

Harbor History Tours are every Saturday from 1-2 pm.

Learn about the colorful history of the Grand Marais Harbor in the tour, which is held from 1-2 pm. Free. Participants meet at the Historical Society’s Museum on Broadway. Free.

Beach knitting events are held on Monday mornings and Tuesday evenings on the Harbor Park beach during the summer.

Beach knitting sessions start on Monday.

Beach knitting sessions are held all summer.

Beach knitting is sponsored by Dappled Fern Fibers and is open to crafters. Bring your projects, warm clothes, and a chair or cushion to sit on. Sessions are Mondays from 10 am to noon and Tuesdays from 5-7 pm. Free.

Exhibits:

This is the last weekend to see Kim Gordon‘s exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post, Between Earth and Sky.

Along the Lake Shore, batik, by Kim Gordon.

Along the Lake Shore, batik, by Kim Gordon.

 The exhibit features Gordon’s oil paintings and batiks.

The Heritage Post is open from 10 am to 4 pm Wednesdays through Saturdays and from 1-4 pm Sundays. It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Free and open to the public.

Embodying the North Shore, the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s summer exhibition continues at Studio 21.

Untitled, tapestry, woven fiber, wool, by Eva Németh

Untitled, tapestry, woven fiber, wool, by Eva Németh.

Seagull Lake, 1933, Watercolor, by Howard Sivertson.

Seagull Lake, 1933, Watercolor, by Howard Sivertson.

The exhibition features an extraordinary selection of works by local artists collected by Gene and Bonnie Martz over many years. The works were donated by their estate to the Art Colony. Look for work by Betsy Bowen, Jim Brandenburg, Dave Gilsvik, Keith Havens,  Gene Martz,  Dan & Lee Ross, Elaine Sivertson, Howard Sivertson, Jan Sivertson, and Liz Sivertson.

At the Art Colony’s Gallery Store, Duluth painter, Sarah Seidelman, is exhibiting a series of paintings through the end of June.

This Is My Hustle, acrylic, by y Sarah Seidelman is currently on view at the Grand Marais Art Colony's Gallery Store.

This Is My Hustle, acrylic, by Sarah Seidelman, is currently on view at the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Gallery Store.

 These joyful pieces light up the Gallery Store. The store also features work by several local and regional artists.

The studio/gallery complex is open from 10 am to 4 pm Thursday through Saturday. Free and open to the public.

The Seeker, an interactive nature exhibit, continues at Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center.

The Seeker, an interactive art and nature project, begins at Sugarloaf Cove June 1.

The Seeker, an interactive art and nature project, continues at Sugarloaf Cove

The exhibit includes an audio component. Free. It continues through the summer.

The exhibit, From Where They Came: Portraits from Ukraine by  Katherine Turczan, continues at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Child, Kyiv, Ukraine 1991 by Katherine Turczan.

Child, Kyiv, Ukraine 1991 by Katherine Turczan.

In 1991, Katherine Turczan, in response to her parents’ dementia, set out to photograph their homeland, Ukraine. There, she found a people amid momentous historical change.

Using her 8”x10” large format camera, traveling by bus and train, Turczan set out into the streets of cities and villages to discover the country’s citizens. Between 1991 and 2008, she made many trips to Ukraine, searching for the collective experience of a nation undergoing profound change. The result is a body of work in the field, including nuns, and children from Chernobyl sanitariums. In each of her portraits, Ukraine’s struggle is given a human face.

The exhibit continues through Aug. 10.

This is the last weekend to see Ziigwan: New Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Ziigwan New Acquisition exhibit closes at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery this weekend.

Ziigwan closes at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery this weekend.

Ziigwan means “spring” or “early spring” in Anishinaabemowin. In the north, the first signs of spring include ice breaking, snow melting, birdsong, and a lingering chill in the air. In this selection of works, currents of ice blue, wane yellow, and mud-puddle brown flow through images of animals, birds, landscapes, human figures, beings, stories, and teachings. What can these works reveal about change as a state of vulnerability, uncertainty, and raw survival?

The exhibition Women in Soviet Art: 1930-1991, is currently on view at the Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis.

Worker, 1970. oil on canvas by Igor Aleksandrovich Razdrogin is one of the paintings on view at the Museum of Russian Art.

Worker, 1970. oil on canvas by Igor Aleksandrovich Razdrogin is one of the paintings on view at the Museum of Russian Art.

This exhibition brings together thirty paintings by prominent Soviet artists to examine the visual representations of women during the Soviet era. Avoiding traditional depictions of the cloistered feminine world, Soviet art passionately propagated the images of women as active contributors to the socialist economy. The exhibit will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery through Oct. 20.

Kudos:

Sam Zimmerman was one of the Minnesota artists asked to create designs for the Minnesota Twins Adirondack chairs in the same colors as the new uniforms.

Chairs for the Minnesota Vikings by Sam Zimmerman.

Chairs for the Minnesota Twins by Sam Zimmerman.

Each artist was asked to complete two chairs. Each will be auctioned off to benefit nonprofits within the state.

Upcoming: 

Drury Lane Books has two events next week: an Author Talk with Travis Novitsky on Thursday, June 20, and a Full Moon Reading with poet Danny Klecko on Friday, June 21

Travis Novitsky will give an Author Talk about his book, Spirits Dancing at Drury Lane Books June 22.

Travis Novitsky will give an Author Talk about his book, Spirits Dancing, at Drury Lane Books on June 20 at 6 pm.

Poet and baker, Danny Klecko will read at a Full Moon Reading at DruryLane Books June 21.  A bakeable Feast

Poet and baker, Danny Klecko will read at a Full Moon Reading at Drury Lane Books on June 21. 

There are two events at the Grand Marais Art Colony next week, too.

On Thursday, June 20, raku potter Maggie Anderson will give a presentation and demo about this ancient Japanese technique starting at 5 pm behind the Art Colony’s ceramics studio.

Maggie Anderson will give a raku demo behind the Ceramics Studio at the Art Coloyon June 20 at 5 pm.

Maggie Anderson will give a raku demo behind the Ceramics Studio at the Art Colony on June 20 at 5 pm.

The cost is $25, free for current ceramic students. To register, click here.

On Saturday, June 22, at 10 am, master printmaker  Nick Wroblewski will give a woodcut printmaking demonstration at Studio 21, the Grand Marais Art Colony’s studio/gallery complex in downtown Grand Marais.

Woodcut artist Nick Wroblewski will give a demo and talk about his work at the Art Colony at 10 am Saturday, June 2

Woodcut artist Nick Wroblewski will give a demo and talk about his work at the Art Colony at 10 am Saturday, June 2

 The event is free, but participants are asked to register online so the Art Colony knows how many to expect. Register here, 

And next weekend, a highlight of the summer, the Summer Solstice and the Wooden Boat Festival will be held at North House Folk School June 21-22.

The Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival is at North House Folk School this weekend.

The Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival is at North House Folk School next weekend.

The event features features workshops, demonstrations, live music, food events, a craft fair and more. To find out more, click here.

The Summer Solstice Pageant, put on by the Good Harbor Hill Players is at 8 pm on Saturday, June 22.

The Summer Solstice Pageant is at 8 om June 22 at 8 pm at North House Folk School.

The Summer Solstice Pageant is on  June 22 at 8 pm at North House Folk School.

The event is free. Stay tuned for more details next week.

Also next Friday, painter Karen Nease opens an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post with an opening reception from 5-7 pm on Friday, June 21.

Karen Nease will open an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post entiteld Found Horizons Imagined Topographics June 21.

Karen Nease will open an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post entitled “Found Horizons: Imagined Topographies” on June 21.

The exhibit is entitled “Found Horizons: Imagined Topographies” with a focus on landscapes, map-making, and color. The exhibit continues through July 14. The reception is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

FYI:

The Grand Marais Public Library will be closed from Wednesday, June 11, through Saturday, June 15, for staff wellness and to implement new safety measures.

The Grand Marais Public Library will be closed through the weekend.

The Grand Marais Public Library will be closed through the weekend.

Library director, Amanda St. John, explained: “Our staff needs time to adjust to updated safety protocols following recent events.” The library will reopen on Monday, June 16, at 10 am.

(Click here for an earlier WTIP report.)

Artists At Work:

Surf botrd painting by Adam Swanson.

Surf board painting by Adam Swanson.

Master printer Jeremy Bowen at the press, making a print of a woodcut by Betsy Bowen.

Master printer Jeremy Bowen at the press, making a print of a woodcut by Betsy Bowen.

First, it's always about the light. Icebergs & gulls in Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, Iceland by Layne Kennedy.

First, it’s always about the light. Icebergs & gulls in Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, Iceland by Layne Kennedy.

Wet cyanotype print by Kim Nelson.

Wet cyanotype print by Kim Nelson.

Online findings:

An art installation of giant wooden trolls crafted from recycled materials by Danish artist Thomas Dambo in and around Detroit Lakes has opened.  It is designed to give visitors a whimsical experience while drawing attention to trash and recycling issues in the world.

He was debuted to a select few on June 6. Photo by Dan Gunderson, MPR News.

He was debuted to a select few on June 6. Photo by Dan Gunderson, MPR News.

To learn more, click here.

WTIP’s Martha Marnocha  produced a fascinating history of Saganaga Lake in this segment of “Traveling the Old North Shore.”

 Saganaga Lake. {photo by Cathy Quinn.

Saganaga Lake. Photo by Cathy Quinn.

Listen to it here.

Online Music:

Live Music:

Thursday, June 13:

  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 6-8 pm
  • Pat Eliasen, Raven Rock Grill at Skyport Lodge, 6-8 pm
  • Bump Blomberg, Gunflint Tavern’s Rooftop Bar, 6-9 pm

Friday, June 14:

  • Pat Eliasen, Birch Terrace Supper Club, 6-8 pm
  • Frequency Rising, Gunflint Tavern Raven’s Nest, 7-11 pm
  • Timmy Haus, Moguls Grille and Tap Room, 7-9 pm
  • Pete Kavanaugh, Bluefin Grille, 8-10 pm

Saturday, June 15:

  • Briand Morrison, Cook County Saturday Market (Senior Center Parking Lot), 10 am
  • Big Wave Dave and the Ripples, Up Yonder, 6-10 pm
  • Jim Miller, Moguls Grille and Tap Room, 7-9 pm
  • Brothers Burn Mountain, Gunflint Tavern’s Rooftop Bar, 8:30-10:30 pm
  • Pride DJ Dance Party, Gunflint Tavern’s Rooftop Bar, 9:30-11:30 pm

Sunday, June 16:

  • Molly Maher, North Shore Winery, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • John Gruber, Moguls Grille and Tap Room, 5-7 pm
  • Joe Paulik, Gunflint Tavern Raven’s Nest, 6-9 pm

Monday, June 17:

  • Bump Blomberg, Bluefin Grille, 8-10 pm

Tuesday, June 18:

  • Eric Frost, North Shore Winery, 4:30-6:30 pm
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Bay behind Bluefin Grille campfire on the beach, 6-9 pm
  • Open Stage, Up Yonder, 6-9 pm

Wednesday, June 19:

  • Al Oikari, Bluefin Grille, 8-10 pm

Thursday, June 20:

  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 6-8 pm
  • Tommy Wotruba, Raven Rock Grill at Skyport Lodge, 6-8 pm
  • Bump Blomberg, Gunflint Tavern’s Rooftop Bar, 6-9 pm
  • Landscapes, Gunflint Tavern’s Rooftop Bar, 7-10 pm

Friday, June 21:

  • Rod Dockan and Friends, Birch Terrace Supper Club, 4:30-7:30 pm
  • Timmy Haus, Moguls Grille and Tap Room, 7-9 pm
  • Landscapes, Gunflint Tavern’s Rooftop Bar, 7-10 pm
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 8-10 pm

Saturday, June 22:

  • Tom van Cleve & Erik Hahn, Cook County Saturday Market (Senior Center Parking Lot), 10 am
  • Kenna Rose, Gunflint Tavern Raven’s Nest, 2-4 pm
  • Bump Blomberg, Moguls Grille and Tap Room, 7-9 pm

Sunday, June 23:

  • Vlad Messing, North Shore Winery, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Timmy Haus, Moguls Grille and Tap Room, 5-7 pm
  • Joe Paulik, Gunflint Tavern Raven’s Nest, 6-9 pm

Photographs:

Here is a selection of the photographs we found this week:

Wildlife:

What a sight to greet us this morning by Paula Sundet Wolf.

What a sight to greet us this morning by Paula Sundet Wolf.

Pine Marten on the watch by David Johnson.

Pine Marten on the watch by David Johnson.

Chestnut-sided Warbler (Dendroica pensylvanica). Male.

Chestnut-sided Warbler (Dendroica pensylvanica). Male.

Give us a big smile by David Johnson.

Give us a big smile by David Johnson.

Dandelions have their place by Sierra Parsons.

Dandelions have their place by Sierra Parsons.

An Unusual find. A Yellow-headed Blackbird by David Johnson.

An Unusual Find. A Yellow-headed Blackbird by David Johnson.

Why Hello, Handsome by Thomas Spence.

Why Hello, Handsome by Thomas Spence.

Potpourri: 

New T-shirts have arrived at theGrand Marais Art Colony's gallery Store Photo comoposition by Adam mirsch, operations manager.

New T-shirts have arrived at the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Gallery Store. Photo composition by Adam Hirsch, operations manager.

Every Saturday morning, Mim's Café, St Paul by Tom Hollenhorst

Every Saturday morning, Mim’s Café, St Paul by Tom Hollenhorst

Flowerscapes:

First blooms by Jim Boyd.

First blooms by Jim Boyd.

Split Rock Lighthouse by Paul Sundberg.

Split Rock Lighthouse by Paul Sundberg.

Yellow Lady Slippers by Michael Furtman.

Yellow Lady Slippers by Michael Furtman.

Lilacs at Leif Erickson Park No 1, by Judy Gray.

Lilacs at Leif Erickson Park No 1, by Judy Gray.

The lovely Pink Lady's Slipper by Roxanne Distad.

The lovely Pink Lady’s Slipper by Roxanne Distad.

Daffy Daze by Maryl Skinner.

Daffy Daze by Maryl Skinner.

Star Flowers by Jenny Delfs.

Star Flowers by Jenny Delfs.

 Landscapes, Skyscapes & Waterscapes:

This is the weather that encouastic was made for So beautifgul Photo courtesy of Joy and Company.

This is the weather that encaustic was made for. So beautiful.  Photo courtesy of Joy and Company.

This evening by Lin Salisbury.

This evening. Photographer unknown.

North Shore Sunset by David Johnson.

North Shore Sunset by David Johnson.

Thunder Bay, June 8 by James Joerke.

Thunder Bay, June 8 by James Joerke.

Rainbow Sunset by Chuck Olsen.

Rainbow Sunset by Chuck Olsen.

Beautiful calm morning by Mike Carlson.

Beautiful calm morning on Seagull Lake by Mike Carlson.

Pinpoints but not pinpoints by Chuck Olsen.

Pinpoints but not pinpoints by Chuck Olsen.

Incoming by James Joerke.

Incoming by James Joerke.

Hsppy Sunday by Bryan Hansel.

Happy Sunday by Bryan Hansel.

Dusk on the North Shore by Lin Salisbury.

Dusk on the North Shore by Lin Salisbury.

Inland lake sunset by Roxanne Distad.

Inland lake sunset by Roxanne Distad.

Beauty at Artist Point by Dave Freeman.

Beauty at Artist Point by Dave Freeman.

For those who celebrate,  Happy Lupine Sunday by Chuck Olsen.

For those who celebrate this beautiful but invasive species, Happy Lupine Sunday by Chuck Olsen.

Have a great weekend, everyone!!!

FYI: Gathering, gathering, gathering — that’s what I do to prepare to put out NorthShore ArtScene every week. It’s fun, especially when I find a really beautiful photograph or a wonderful art exhibit or music video to share with you.  But, as you can imagine, it takes a lot of time and experience to put everything together every week, and your support helps a lot. It gives me the freedom to continue this work. Donate today!

And, to those who are already helping support NorthShore ArtScene — Thank you!

BTW: A contribution also says thank you to the people who help me do this every week: Jeremy Lopez (the Live Music Schedule, tech support, and music suggestions), Yvonne Mills (proofreading), and Kari Carter (caption editing and research.) Adam Kirsch provided some of the links to our music videos this week. Thank you all!

 

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