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A New Normal and 1/2

"There's just something about birches mixed with spring glow" by Mary Amerman.

“There’s just something about birches mixed with spring glow” by Mary Amerman.

It feels like we’re settling into a kind of new normal up here on the North Shore. Some of the shops and grocery stores are actually opening their doors, instead of just offering curbside delivery, the weather has been totally spring-like and awesome, capped by badly needed rain the other night, the trees are leafing out, marsh marigolds are blooming …in short, we are ever hopeful.

But a new normal doesn’t mean “like it used to be.” Everything continues to be flexible and changes almost daily. To find out the latest information about what is open in Cook County, check these links: Visitcookcounty.com , exploringnorthshore.com , WTIP Community Radio and Cook County Coronavirus Response Hub. Stay Safe Minnesota continues to be in effect, including recommendations to wear face coverings in public.

Meanwhile, our virtual lives continue.

Tonight, as in past Thursday nights, Gordon Thorne will play his fingerpicking blues via the North Shore Winery’s Facebook page.

Gordon Thorne is live on the North Shore Winery's Facebook page at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Gordon Thorne is live on the North Shore Winery’s Facebook page at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The music starts at 6 p.m. You can listen to it here.

North House Folk School continues its online free programing, Crafting in Place. This time, it’s the online version of the Northern Landscapes Festival, which is traditionally held this time of year. Now, instead of gathering in groups and exploring the outdoors, attending lectures, classes and presentations on campus, North House is offering BioBlitz, an online opportunity to share  nature observations from your backyard or hikes, as well as webinars and zoom events.

What are these? Join North House Folk School's Bioblitz event this week and find out.

What are these? Join North House Folk School‘s Bioblitz event this week and find out.

A BioBlitz is a community project to gather observations and identifications of wildlife: birds, plants, insects, lichens … you name it. Participants can post photos of what they’ve found and share identification information and more. To join the Bioblitz, click here.

North House is also offering a series of webinars and Zoom events around the outdoor these.

Here’s the kick-off seminar:

On Thursday, from 7:30-8 p.m., naturalist Joe Walewski will share some highlights from the observations submitted so far, share some tips for using iNaturalist, and give a short presentation on moths. To see, register for free here.

On Friday, May 29, from noon to 1 p.m. Jim Miller will discuss the dramatic rocky landscape of Minnesota in a presentation entitled “Fire and Ice: The Geologic Story of Lake Superior.”  Register for free, here. On Saturday, a Zoom meeting will discuss what observations have been made for far. It will be held at 7:30 p.m. Register here. And the final BioBlitz Wrap-up will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Register here. To see the full Northern Landscapes Festival information, click here.

There are plenty of opportunities to get outdoors and explore as well. The Superior Hiking Trail offers lots of opportunities to explore the Northwoods. Check out the maps, access points and more here.

And here’s a video of a grouse drumming, produced by Grand Portage photographer Travis Novitsky.

The Devil Track Wildflower Sanctuary is a great place to see wildflowers in bloom.

Trillium showing off at the Devil Track Wildflower Sanctuary.

Trillium showing off at the Devil Track Wildflower Sanctuary.

The Wildflower Sanctuary is up the Gunflint Trail about 6 miles. Turn right at County Road 60. There are signs on the road to direct you to Sanctuary parking.

Many of the outfitters are open now as is the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. For more info, click here.

The Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center has just put out a new video. It’s always worth a visit.

And Lake Superior is always available and waiting, with plenty of rocks on the shore for rock-skipping.

Lake Superior and the Grand Marais Harbor.

Lake Superior and the Grand Marais Harbor.

Art News:

The Grand Marais Arts Festival 2020 has been cancelled this year, but the Grand Marais Art Colony has recently posted the names of participants and links to how to connect with them and see their work.

We won't see these white tents on the harbor this summer. but the Grand Marais Art Colony has posted links to the artists who were juried into the arts festival.

We won’t see these white tents on the harbor this summer. but the Grand Marais Art Colony has posted links to the artists who were juried into the arts festival.

Check out this list of artists that were planning to be in the festival. There are links to their work for your enjoyment. Click here.

The pandemic has, as we know, really impacted artists and creative workers throughout the country. Americans for the Arts has just completed an extensive survey documenting its impact on artists. To get some idea of the impact it has had and artists’ responses, click here.

The Duluth Art Institute is sponsoring a Zoom lecture for artists entitled “Selling Well: What Artists Can Learn from People’s Intuitive Reactions to Famous Art” with Dan Hill.

Selling Well, a Zoom lecture by Dan All will be streamed at

Selling Well, a Zoom lecture by Dan All will be streamed from 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, May 28.

 The presentation is free for members of the Duluth Art Institute, $50 for non-members. To register, click here.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will feature artists David Andree and Kara Andree in an Instagram takeover on Thursday and Friday, May 28 & 29. David is a sculptor, Kara is a painter.

Kara Andree's work will be featured in an Art Colony Instagram takeover this week.

Kara Andree’s work will be featured in an Art Colony Instagram takeover this week.

To see the presentations, click here.

Local author Staci Drouillard’s book, “Walking the Old Road: A People’s History of Chippewa City and the Grand Marais Anishinaabe” has been awarded the Hamlin Garland Prize in Popular History.

Walking the Old Road by Staci Drouillard won the

Walking the Old Road by Staci Drouillard won the the Hamlin Garland Prize in Popular History.

The book can be found at Drury Lane Books.

In other art news, Siverston Gallery is opening to the public on May 30.

The Grand Maris Public Library is expanding it’s pick-up service. The pick-up window will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday and Friday as well as Wednesday.

The Grand Marais Playhouse will hold a summer camp for youth this year. They will be producing “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare.  The camp will include remote zoom meetings and outdoor gatherings. For more information, contact sue@grandmaraisplayhouse.com. To register for the summer camp, click here. Registration is due by June 5.

Artists at Work:

Here are a few examples of the work local artists have been doing this month:

Linda Blaine made a series of fisherman lure masks for her friends. The lures, without the barbs, hang from the ties in back.

Linda Blaine made a series of fisherman lure masks for her friends. The lures, without the barbs, hang from the ties in back.

Sharon Frykman has new work.

Companions II, kiln worked class by Sharon Frykman.

Companions II, kiln worked class by Sharon Frykman.

Betsy Bowen is continuing her Comfort series. Here are two examples from this week:

"Comfort. Sit. Stay." by Betsy Bowen.

“Comfort. Sit. Stay.” by Betsy Bowen.

"Comfort. Home with birds. My lovely friends, or so I imagine" by Betsy Bowen.

“Comfort. Home with birds. My lovely friends, or so I imagine” by Betsy Bowen.

Here are some other goodies we found this week:

Photographer Omar Z Robles crafted amazing photographs of dancers in the streets of New York City.

Omar Z Robles took ballet dancers to the streets in New York.

Omar Z Robles took ballet dancers to the streets in New York.

Check out the photographs here.

In Cincinnati, artists crafted “Scarecorona” sculptures to scare away the virus, taking the idea from scarecrows.

A scarecrorona, one of the sculptures in a walk-by exhibit in Cincinnati. Ohio.

A scarecrorona, one of the sculptures in a walk-by exhibit in Cincinnati. Ohio.

Check out this very colorful video of painter Max-Carlos Martinez’ work.

Mud art? It works.

The Getty Museum has put out a challenge to recreate a famous painting at home. There have been lots of responses.

Sharaku Kabuki Portait... one of the pieces created for the Getty Museum Challenge.

Sharaku Kabuki Portait… one of the pieces created for the Getty Museum Challenge.

To see 30 of the best pieces so far, click here.

Here’s a piece by the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.

Watch the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra give a free concert on Saturday night starting at 8 p.m.

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra will perfom online at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra will perfom online at 8 p.m. Saturday.

 Watch the concert here.

And finally, the artist as proofreader.

Maryl Skinner took a picture of this sign recently posted by the Minnesota Department of Transportation as part of its on-going Hwy. 61 renovation project.

maryl skiinner fixed sign

So, she sent the photo to MNDot, just to let them know about it.

A few days later, it was edited.

maryl skinner fixed

Kudos to all!

Photographs:

 Here are some of the photos we found this week.

First, wildlife:

Paul Sundberg has a special relationship with one of the local grouse. In fact, Sundberg has even given the bird a name–Rusty. Rusty doesn’t mind at all if Sundberg joins him on a log for his display, making for some great images. Here are two.

Rusty I by Paul Sundberg.

Rusty I by Paul Sundberg.

 

Rusty II by Paul Sundberg.

Rusty II by Paul Sundberg.

Here’s another special relationship:

Shelly Johnson holds a bobcat that got hit by a car. Photo by Jay Johnson.

Shelly Johnson holds a bobcat that got hit by a car. Photo by Jay Johnson.

Jay Johnson took this photograph of his wife holding a wild bobcat that was hit by a car when they were on their way to a canoeing trip. He said his wife, Shelly, stopped traffic and held the bobcat it regained its wits and ran off. “She’s brave,” he wrote. For sure.

The warblers are passing through.

Blackburnian Warbler by Michael Furtman.

Blackburnian Warbler by Michael Furtman.

 

Yellow warbler by Lori Sparkly Franklin.

Yellow warbler by Lori Sparkly Franklin.

 

Bay Breasted Warbler by Michael Furtman.

Bay Breasted Warbler by Michael Furtman.

Turtles are moving around, too.

Beautiful colors on this guy by Dale Moe.

Beautiful colors on this guy by Dale Moe.

And fox kits are growing up.

"I give him a hug and what does he do? Bites me." By Michael Furtman.

“I give him a hug and what does he do? Bites me.” By Michael Furtman.

A perfect pair.

Loons by David Johnson.

Loons by David Johnson.

A not so wild:

dexter morgan, serial cat this is what cat toes look like

And the marsh marigolds are blooming.

March marigolds by Nina Simonowicz.

March marigolds by Nina Simonowicz.

We found some great landscapes this week, too.

sarah jorgenson calm before the storm

Calm before the storm by Sarah Jorgenson.

 

 

Went for a sunrise but no sunrise for me, so I took lemons and made lemonade. Photo by Keith Christenson.

Went for a sunrise but no sunrise for me, so I took lemons and made lemonade. Photo by Keith Christenson.

 

"Sigh." by Cathy Quinn.

“Sigh.” by Cathy Quinn.

 

A nice start to Sunday by Thomas Spence.

A nice start to Sunday by Thomas Spence.

 

Morning on Devil Track. Buggybut beautiful. Photo by Brianna Schueller.

Morning on Devil Track. Buggybut beautiful. Photo by Brianna Schueller.

 

Dawning of a new day by Roxanne Distad.

Dawning of a new day by Roxanne Distad.

 

Grand Marais light. By Bruce Block.

Grand Marais light. By Bruce Block.

 

The ghost is me at Brighton Beach with the crow. Photo by Matthew Pastick.

The ghost is me at Brighton Beach with the crow. Photo by Matthew Pastick.

And finally, this:

Egret at dawn by Viola Loretti.

Egret at dawn by Viola Loretti.

The image comes with a poem.

“Once upon a time, when women were birds,
there was the simple understanding that
to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk
was to heal the world through joy.

The birds still remember
what we have forgotten,
that the world is meant to be
celebrated.”

~Terry Tempest Williams

Have a good weekend. And be safe!

Note: Artists: Send me images of what you’ve been doing in the studio lately. Send them to Joan.farnam@gmail.com

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A New Normal

Amazing clouds this morning. Be kind today. Photograph by Debbie Benedict.

Amazing clouds this morning. Be kind today. Photograph by Debbie Benedict.

It’s a new normal this week, as the North Shore prepares for visitors over Memorial Day Weekend. But note, it’s not The new normal, as things seem to change daily in this pandemic. For updated lists on restaurants. lodging, and grocery stores, see VisitCookCounty.com . WTIP Community Radio, or Exploring the North Shore.

Here on the North Shore, we are celebrating part of that. The lakes are open, the fish are biting and neighborhood loons are settling in. Black bears seem to be really active this spring — there have been lots of sightings. Early wildflowers are blooming, and the wonderful smells of spring scent the air. So paddlers are making plans to explore the Boundary Waters.

On the shore, Lake Superior is preening. She’s been calm for the last few days, glittering like a blue jewel, lapping gently on our rocky beaches, offering peace to anyone who spends a few moments with her. And you can get take-out from a number of restaurants as you enjoy the blue water, and, more retailers are opening carefully, joining essential businesses to purvey goods to us. We’re all invited to stay safe, which we plan to do.

North House Folk School continues its Crafting in Place series, this week featuring a Zoom webinar on basketry around the world. Basketmaker Jo Campbell Amsler, who is an instructor at North House, will host “Baskets Along the Way,” a look at baskets and basketmakers in Scotland, Spain, Italy, Denmark and more.

Joanne Amsler will host a Zoom webinar on basketmaking around the world.

Jo Campbell Amsler will host a Zoom webinar on basketmaking around the world.

. The webinar will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday night. To register for free, click here.

Also on Thursday night, Gordon Thorne will be presenting a virtual concert for the North Shore Winery starting at 6 p.m. To enjoy, check out the Winery’s Facebook page here.

On Friday, WTIP Community Radio will hold a live conversation with representatives from Visit Cook County about what is open, what to expect this weekend. The conversation will be aired starting at 11:30 a.m.

Also on Friday, Desperate Electric, an electric funk band from Bozeman, Mont., will be virtual on The Roadhouse to talk about their music and play a few songs. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m., with musical guests appearing about 6:15 p.m. Here’s an example of the band’s music:

And since we’re living in a virtual world, geography doesn’t play a very big part in entertainment right now. So, you can watch a full-stage Broadway performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music,” on The Shows Must Go On YouTube page. The video is available for 48 hours only, starting at 1 p.m. EDT. Check it out here.

 or here:

And for classical music lovers, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra will be live streaming a concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 23.

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra will live stream a performance at 8 p.m. Saturday night.

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra will live stream a performance at 8 p.m. Saturday night.

They will be playing “Violin Concerto” by Ludwig van Beethoven, “Chamber Symphony in F for String and Wind”s by  Dmitri Shostakovich, “The Lark Ascending” by Ralph Vaughan Williams. To see and enjoy click here.

Local Art & Artists

Artists in the community and the region continue to create. Here are some examples of what we’ve found this week.

Jan Attridge has just finished a portrait of Stanley (Pratt).

Stanley (Pratt) by Jan Attridge.

Stanley (Pratt) by Jan Attridge.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will be open an exhibit in the windows of its new building, and artists have until May 31 to submit their work, addressing the theme, Changing Habitats. The work should be 4×6 inches in any media and can be mailed to the Grand Marais Art Colony,  PO Box 626 Grand Marais, MN 55604. The deadline is May 31.

Here is one of the pieces watercolorist David Hahn has submitted for the Changing Habitats exhibit.

“At work” watercolor, by David Hahn.

 Cook County glass artists were making work for an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post all winter. That exhibit was set to open May 1, but it had to be cancelled. Here’s an example from the collection by Tony Rau, one of the participating artists.

Fused glass box by Tony Rau.

Fused glass box by Tony Rau.

Rau can be reached at tonyrau531@gmail.com 

David Steckelberg has been working in his studio this winter, too. This large wall sculpture is fastened with hand-forged hooks.

Wall sculpture by David Steckelberg.

Wall sculpture by David Steckelberg.

Painter Lynn Steiner has been working on a series of paintings, “Back in Time,” depicting  scenes at the Grand Portage National Monument during Rendezvous.

Portrait from Lynn Steiner's "Back in Time: Grand Portage Rendezvous"

Portrait from Lynn Steiner’s “Back in Time: Grand Portage Rendezvous”

To see more of Steiner’s work, click here.

Betsy Bowen is continuing her Comfort series. Here’s one from this week:

"Comfort. Walk," by Betsy Bowen.

“Comfort. Walk,” by Betsy Bowen.

 Sgp Zimmerman of Grand Portage has created a series of etchings for children about life in the days of social distancing. They were created to bring awareness to serve as a reminder to Indigenous families (and everyone) of both CDC safety protocols as well as the importance of holding onto Ojibwe medicines and healing practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sgp Zimmerman 2 Nimi:She Dances with Elder crafted a series of etchings for the American Indain Community Housing Organization

“We Make Space for Them, Those Elders, to Protect Them,” etching by Sgp Zimmerman. The social distancing etchings are available as coloring sheets at the link below.

The cultural coloring sheets will be printed by the American Indian Community Housing Organization and distributed to tribes, tribal organizations and families across Minnesota.  The coloring sheets can be viewed and downloaded here.

Art News:

Plein Air Grand Marais will be held this year, but with many changes. The event will be held in September, and artists may participate and compete, even if they can’t or don’t feel comfortable traveling to Grand Marais. The deadline to enter has been extended to June 1. To apply, click here.

Plein Air Grand Marais will be held in September, but with modifications.

Plein Air Grand Marais will be held in September, but with modifications.

According to Outdoor Painters of Minnesota, which organizes the event,  most of the activities can be moved online in some form if necessary. For more information about the process and to keep in contact, click here.

The Thunder Bay Potters Guild announced this week that its June Pottery Fair will be cancelled.

Virtual Selections:

Here’s Amanda Palmer reading Mary Oliver’s poem, “When I Am Among the Trees.”

The National Museum of American History has uploaded a great selection of photographs entitled “Window Views”

Toddler in the Window is one of the photographs in the National Museum of American History's "Window Views" virtual exhibit.

“Toddler in the Window” is one of the photographs in the National Museum of American History’s “Window Views” virtual exhibit.

To view the whole collection, click here.

Want to watch a movie? Here is a charming film about a family on a camping trip on the Slate Islands in Ontario.

And finally, this tongue-in-cheek ballet danced by the Hong Kong Ballet in honor of its 40th season.

 Photographs:

We found some good photographs this week. Here’s a selection:

First, wildlife:

Baby Great Horned Owl by Linda Ryma.

Baby Great Horned Owl by Linda Ryma.

 

Wood Duck by Paul Sundberg.

Wood Duck by Paul Sundberg.

 

What a hoot, watching this tiny owl getting an eye exam at the Raptor Rehab Center at the University of Minnesota.

What a hoot, watching this tiny owl getting an eye exam at the Raptor Rehab Center at the University of Minnesota.

The plant kingdom.

March Marigolds by Mary American.

March Marigolds by Mary American.

 

Blooms on a tamarack tree by Layne Kennedy.

Blooms on a tamarack tree by Layne Kennedy.

Landscapes, skyscapes and lakes capes:

Some nutritious spring greens for you to enjoy. Jay Cooke State Park by Mary Amerman.

Some nutritious spring greens for you to enjoy. Jay Cooke State Park by Mary Amerman.

 

Milky Way just before Moonrise by Justin Vrbra.

Milky Way just before Moonrise by Justin Vrbra.

 

It's going to be a good day by Kristofer Bowman.

It’s going to be a good day by Kristofer Bowman.

 

South Dakota rainbow by Amanda Take War Bonnett.

South Dakota rainbow by Amanda Take War Bonnett.

 

Gunflint Trail by Greg Markstrom.

Gunflint Trail by Greg Markstrom.

 

The Giving Tree by Nina Simonowicz,

The Giving Tree by Nina Simonowicz,

 

Pine Trees on the Gunflint by Jo Ann Krause.

Pine Trees on the Gunflint by Jo Ann Krause.

 And this:

Poet, adventurer and Hovland writer Tor Torkildson has been writing a series of poems, “Staying at Home,” as he and his community live through the pandemic. One of his poems has recently been published by the DNR’s Trailblazer Magazine. Here it is, accompanied by a photograph by Travis Novitsky.

Happy to see me? by Travis Novitsky.

Happy to see me? by Travis Novitsky.

 

The Spring Fox

It is spring
And I finally saw her
Crossing the snow patched yard…
Then I heard her digging

With determination
her claws flinging the soil
burnt red fur glistening
as she makes her summer den.

Firstly, I stood silent
admiring her beauty
as did my curious dog.

Then she looked my way.
And our eyes met
transfixed
in a pure and honest moment.

What was she thinking?
Not a single thing mattered
Not even the snow and mud
or the coronavirus
sweeping the land.

And we have the trees and ravens
Lake Superior
offering comfort and sunlit hope
in weary moments.

Out here in the wilds
the moments matter
they heal and comfort
when the soul mourns deeply.

~Tor Torkildson

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Potpourri VII

Good morning! Lake Superior and the Grand Marais Harbor by Bryan Hansel.

Good morning! Lake Superior and the Grand Marais Harbor by Bryan Hansel.

Greetings from the North Shore, where spring happiness is temperatures above freezing, and this week, it looks like we’re going to make the cut.

There’s other good news, too. WTIP Community Radio announced this week that the Boundary Waters Podcast, produced by Joe Frederichs, WTIP news director, and co-host Matthew Baxley, won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for best podcast in the small market radio category.

The award is for overall series content based on the submission of Episode 18: A Father’s Dream, the story of Erik Dickes from Omaha, Neb., who recorded an audio diary on a trip to the BWCAW in May 2019, to commemorate his late father, and tell the story of a canoe trip they had planned to take together in 2018.

WTIP's Boundary Waters Podcast, won the regional Edward R. Murrow award.

WTIP’s Boundary Waters Podcast, won a regional Edward R. Murrow award.

 “We started this podcast three years ago to create a platform for sharing stories from this amazing region.” Frederichs said. “To have the series recognized with an Edward R. Murrow Award is among the highest honors I can imagine. This is a tremendous achievement for WTIP listeners and supporters of our Boundary Waters podcast and the paddling community.”

Regional winners automatically move on to the national round of the competition with national winners announced in June. Meanwhile, listen to the podcasts here.

And virtual events continue. This week, Gordon Thorne and and host Chuck Corliss will hold a Virtual Date Night at the North Shore Winery at 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Gordon Thorne will play a virtual Date Night for North Shore Winery on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Gordon Thorne will play a virtual Date Night for North Shore Winery on Thursday at 6 p.m. It can be viewed on the winery’s Facebook page and YouTube.

To hear the music, click here. Thorne and Corliss will also be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday evening around 6:15 p.m. to talk about their music and play a few songs. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.

Also on Thursday night, travel to Norway on a virtual tour of folk arts with Harley and Norma Refsal in a special webinar co-hosted by North House Folk School and the Versterheim Norwegian American Museum in Iowa. The Refsals will share some favorite pieces from their personal collection as well as highlight pieces from the Versterheim collection.

Harley and Norma Refsal will host a webinar on Norwegian folk art starting at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Harley and Norma Refsal will host a webinar on Norwegian folk art starting at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Escape to the land of the midnight sun with the Refsals. Register for the webinar here. Free.

Both Jim McGowan and Adam Moe are doing virtual concerts on Facebook Live. You can see Moe on Thursdays at 2 p.m. through May 28, (Click here)  and McGowan on Fridays at 8 p.m. (Click here.)

Jim McGowan gives virtual concerts at 8 p.m. on Friday on his Facebook page.

Jim McGowan performs at 8 p.m. on Fridays on his Facebook page.

A little further afield, and back in time, Prince and the Revolution’s live 1985 concert will stream on YouTube for coronoavirus relief Thursday through Saturday, May 14-16 at 7 p.m.

The concert, which was filmed in New York in 1985 during Prince’s iconic Purple Rain Tour, will stream for three days only on Prince’s official YouTube channel starting Thursday. The concert footage includes some of Prince’s greatest hits, including “Purple Rain,” “1999,” “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy.” Click on the link above to see.

And next Wednesday, join author Kate DiCamillo for a statewide virtual discussion on writing and her books. She is the author of “Because of Winn-Dixie,” a delightful story of the dog who changed people’s lives. The book was chosen for One Book/One Minnesota this year, inviting readers of every age around the state to read it. .

Author Kate DiCamillo ("Because of Winn-Dixie) will be featured on a statewide virtual discussion on Wednesday, May 20 at 1 p.m.

Author Kate DiCamillo (“Because of Winn-Dixie) will be featured on a statewide virtual discussion on Wednesday, May 20 at 1 p.m.

The free Zoom event will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20. The virtual event is free, but registration is required. To register, click here.

Upcoming:

Watch world-renouned film festivals, like the Cannes Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival online this year. In response to the pandemic, 20 major film festivals from around the world are coming together for 10 days of curated films streamed on YouTube for free.

The “We Are One: A Global Film Festival,” will showcase feature films, shorts, documentaries, music, comedy, and panel discussions from May 29 to June 7. All viewers will be able to make donations to the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Stay tuned for details.

And North House Folk Schools Wooden Boat Show is going online this year. The event will be held virtually from June 15-21.

North House Folk School's Wooden Boat Show will be held online this year.

North House Folk School‘s Wooden Boat Show will be held online this year.

There will be a full week of online mini courses, craft presentations, speaker series, and more, culminating on Saturday with our featured presentation by arctic explorer, photographer, and climate educator, David Thoreson. All events will be offered both live (with Q&A!) and recorded, so you can enjoy them however and whenever you like.

The event kicks off at noon on Monday, June 15 on Facebook Live, and will continue all week with the full slate of speakers, demonstrators and more available. If you miss any of the live events, all content will be available on demand on Saturday, June 20. To see details, click here . And stay tuned for updates.

Cancellations:

The Magic Smelt Parade has been cancelled for this year. It’s always held on the Duluth Lakewalk featuring the Brass Messengers, the Smelt Queen and lots of people dressed in silver. Here’s a video of the parade on Duluth’s Lakewalk last year.

And the 91st annual Fisherman’s Picnic in Grand Marais has been cancelled.

Fisherman's Picnic in Grand Marais has been cancelled for this year.

Fisherman’s Picnic in Grand Marais has been cancelled for this year.

Fisherman’s Picnic is always held the first weekend in August, but organizers said that organizing the event takes months, and it was unclear if it would be safe to hold the Picnic at all. Look forward to next year!

  Local Artists at Work:

Local artists have been busy this month. Here are some of the things they have been doing.

Maryl Skinner participated in the Earth Day art project for the Cook County Soil and Water District. The challenge was to go outside and create a collage with objects you found, take a photo of your work and submit to Soil and Water. Here is Skinner’s piece. She called it “Northwoods Forest Fashion for Social Distancing.”

"Northwoods Forest Fashion for Social Distancing." collage, by Maryl Skinner.

“Northwoods Forest Fashion for Social Distancing.” collage, by Maryl Skinner.

 Art students in Mila Horak’s classes at Cook County High School have been working on photography. Here are a few examples.

Photograph by Alice, a Cook County High School student.

Photograph by Alice, a Cook County High School art student.

 

ISD 166 igh school art student Izys took this photograph.

Photography vy Izy, a Cook County High School art student.

Lutsen potter Maggie Anderson has been making bread baking dishes in her studio as a fundraiser for the Grand Marais Art Colony and the Cook County Food Shelf.

One of Maggie Anderson's bread bakers, filled to the brim with luscious rolls. The bakers are a fundraiser for the Grand Marais Art Colony.

One of Maggie Anderson’s bread bakers, filled to the brim with luscious rolls. The bakers are a fundraiser for the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Anderson is featured on the Art Colony’s Instagram account, showing the process of making the ceramic bread pans. You can see them here. The handmade bread pans come with sourdough starter and a recipe. You can still order one. To place an order, email info@grandmaraisartcolony.org.

The glass artists at the Grand Marais Art Colony planned on exhibiting their work at the Johnson Heritage Post this month, but the exhibit was cancelled because of Covid-19. We’ve been featuring examples of their work, which will be on exhibit next year at the Heritage Post. Here’s a fused glass piece by Jeri Persons.

"Birch" by Jeri Persons.

“Birch” by Jeri Persons.

Amy Freeman has been painting this winter.

"Misty Morning at Sawbill Lake Narrows" by Amy Freeman.

“Misty Morning at Sawbill Lake Narrows” by Amy Freeman.

Betsy Bowen is continuing her Comfort series.

Comfort. Distance Hug by Betsy Bowen.

Comfort. Distance Hug by Betsy Bowen.

 

Comfort. Wilderness by Betsy Bowen.

Comfort. Wilderness by Betsy Bowen.

Not art, but for art at Sivertson Gallery.

Neil Sherman, left, inspects Robb Fortin's wall painting skills as Fortin paints a wall at Sivertson Gallery Lake Superior Blue.

Neil Sherman, left, inspects Robb Fortin’s wall painting skills as Fortin paints a wall at Sivertson Gallery Lake Superior Blue.

Knitting:

Anne Hegg knit this beautiful vest this winter.

Printmaking:

Duluth printmaker Rick Allen has just produced a new Trapper's Daughter print: Safe Passage.

Duluth printmaker Rick Allen has just produced a new Trapper’s Daughter print: Safe Passage. (detail)

 A little further afield … on Long Island… a drive-by art show.

Drive-by Art Show on Long Island featured these paintings by Darius Yektal. Photograph courtesy of the New York Times.

Drive-by Art Show on Long Island featured these paintings by Darius Yektal. Photograph courtesy of the New York Times.

“The other stuff” was on display on the lawns, porches, driveways and garage doors at properties from Hampton Bays to Montauk, some from prominent artists and others by those lesser known. On a windy, blue-skied weekend, most people drove but others came on foot or by bicycle for the show, “Drive-By-Art (Public Art in This Moment of Social Distancing).”

Opportunities:

 Artists still have time to submit work for the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s exhibit, Our Changing Habitats. The Art Colony is asking people to submit 4×6-inch pieces via snail mail to: PO Box 626, Grand Marais, MN 55604, by May 31. Artists are invited to reflect on their changing habitats. The pieces will be displayed in the Art Colony’s new building windows in June. You can see more about that here.  Students at the schools have been invited to participate as well.

Music videos: 

There’s lots out there. Here’s a selection for this week:

Dessa sings “Skeleton Key” with the Minnesota Orchestra in this virtual recording.

 Arctic Funk: recommended by Kate Fitzgerald, artistic director of the North Shore Music Association. The Lake Wobegon Brass Band plays Norwegian composer Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen … cow bells and lots of brass.

We thought a few selections from Playing for Change, featuring musicians from around the world, might be appropriate now.

A take on the Grateful Dead’s “Ripple.”

“The Weight” featuring Robbie Robertson and Ringo Starr.

 And finally, this crazy, wonderful Happy Birthday video from French composer/jazz musician Alexandre Cellier to Pascal Auberson.

 Photographs:

We had lots to choose from this week. Here’s a selection.

First, wildlife:

Have a safe opener, folks, by Thomas Spence.

Have a safe opener, folks by Thomas Spence.

 

Saturday at our cabin by Kim Dayton.

Saturday at our cabin by Kim Dayton.

 

Happy Mother's Day by John Heino.

Happy Mother’s Day by John Heino.

 

Loon in a gentle snowfall by Roxann Distad.

Loon in a gentle snowfall by Roxann Distad.

 

The beginnings of a new family by Carol Bowman.

The beginnings of a new family by Carol Bowman.

Off-topic:

Off-topic, but just had to be included: Waiting for Food. Photographer not identified.

Off-topic, but just had to be included: Waiting for Food. Photographer not identified.

We found some beautiful landscapes, too. First, this great walnut tree:

Ohio monster--a 220-inch walnut tree in Delaware County, Ohio.

Ohio monster–a 220-inch walnut tree in Delaware County, Ohio.

 

Caught in a raindrop by Judy Gray.

Caught in a raindrop by Judy Gray.

A few full moon photographs:

Social distancing at the full Flower Moon by Bryan Hansel.

Social distancing at the full Flower Moon by Bryan Hansel.

 

Full Flower Moon by David Johnson.

Full Flower Moon by David Johnson.

 

Super Full Flower Moon last night by Justin Vrbra.

Super Full Flower Moon last night by Justin Vrbra.

And a few landscapes:

Happy 162nd Birthday, Minnesota by Nathan Klok.

Happy 162nd Birthday, Minnesota by Nathan Klok.

 

Grand Marais at dusk by Bruce Block.

Grand Marais at dusk by Bruce Block.

  And finally, photographer Dustin Lavigne calls this image, the Almost-Full Moon, but we want to title it “Peek-a-Boo Moon.”

The almost-full moon by Dustin Lavigne.

The Peek-A-Boo Moon. Photograph by Dustin LaVigne.

Peace to all.

P.S. If you have art work that you’ve been doing this month, email an image to me at joan.farnam@gmail.com.

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Potpourri VII

Red fox by Nace Hagemann.

A North Shore hello. Red fox by Nace Hagemann.

Greetings from the North Shore, where spring has really come, and with it, early flowers, warmer temps and a slow awakening in our communities. Granted, Gov. Walz’ Stay-at-Home order still applies,  but some businesses on the North Shore have re-opened, with new rules in place, with more to come.

VisitCookCounty puts it this way:

Visitcookcounty has developed a new image for the times.

Visitcookcounty has developed a new image for the times.

For more information about which lodging facilities have opened, the new procedures in place, events,  event cancellations and more,  click here.

And lots of virtual events are scheduled, as well.

Polar explorer Lonnie Dupre will present ta live Zoom Webinar through North House Folk School about his adventures in Greenland 7 p.m. Thursday. The presentation is entitled “Greenland: Now and Then.”

Polar explorer Lonnie Dupre will present a Zoom webinar on his circumnavigation of Greenland at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Polar explorer Lonnie Dupre will present a Zoom webinar on his circumnavigation of Greenland at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Dupre will tell stories and share photographs about his 6,500 mile circumnavigation of Greenland  by dog team and kayak 20 years ago, and the expedition he is preparing for 2021-22. Dupre, who has literally sheltered-in-place for weeks in a snow cave on the side of a mountain in the winter (no Netflix to binge on there!), will also reflect on this peculiar global moment and share his perspective on staying mentally resilient during these challenging times.

The Webinar is free. To register, click here.

One of the highlights for pottery lovers every Mother’s Day Weekend is the annual St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour featuring an incredible number of potters and pots exhibiting their work at potteries around the valley. This year, the pottery tour has gone online..

The St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour, which features thousands of pots by 64 potters, is online this year.

The St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour, which features thousands of pots by 64 potters, is online this year. Pots, above, are by Stillwater potter, Guillermo Cuellar.

The online tour features thousands of handmade pots crafted by 64 potters from around the country. The Online Tour offers web sales in artists’ individual web shops as well as virtual shopping appointments with potters on the tour dates, May 8-10. The Web shops go live Friday, May 8 at 10 a.m. CDT. To see all the pots and visit with the artists virtually, click here..

Jim McGowan will be be virtual on WTIP’s The Roadhouse this Friday, talking about his music and playing a few songs from his music studio in St. Paul. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.

Cook County Higher Education has organized a wide variety of free webinars this month.

Here is the list of free May online events offered by Cook County Higher Education.

Here is the list of free May online events offered by Cook County Higher Education.

To check the schedule and register, click here.  Free registration is required.

And the Grand Marais Public Library will be starting a book pickup window on Wednesday, May 13. Book can be ordered online and then picked up at a window at the library.

The Grand Marais Public Library will offer book pickup services starting May 13.

The Grand Marais Public Library will offer book pickup services starting May 13.

Patrons can peruse the online catalog and make their selections. To find out more, click here.

Art:

Photographer Bryan Hansel has developed a Photo Shoot Planning Form to help photographers get ready for a planned shoot. 

bryan hansel

Bryan Hansel.

To read and download the form, click here.

Glass artists worked hard this winter to prepare for an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post. The exhibit was scheduled to open in May, but had to be cancelled. It has been rescheduled for next year. Meanwhile, the artists do have work to show. Here’s a piece by Veronica Weadock. You reach her at vweadock@yahoo.com

Green nesting plates by Veronica Weadock.

Green nesting plates by Veronica Weadock.

Hovland bowl turner, Lou Pignolet, will have a bowl giveaway this month.

Lou Pignolet is giving away this rustic box elder burl bowl this month. To find out how to win it, see below.

Lou Pignolet is giving away this rustic box elder burl bowl this month. To find out how to win it, see below.

To win this bowl, send Pignolet an email with your guess of a number between 1 and 500 no later than midnight, May 15, CDT. The closest guess to the number Pignolet’s wife,  Inger, has selected and written down will get this bowl with free shipping within the USA, and $25 to any where else in the world. To enter the contest, click here.  To see more images of this bowl, click here.

Betsy Bowen continues her Comfort series. Here are two images.

betsy first ride

First Ride. By Betsy Bowen.

Safe. By Betsy Bowen.

Safe. By Betsy Bowen.

For Cook County Artists:

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

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

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council is doing one more round of relief grants for Cook County artists. Generous private donors are offering $1,200 to artists to help keep the art flowing during the Coronavirus crisis. The deadline for Round 2 is Monday, May 11 at 4:30 p.m. The application process is easy. To apply, click here.

Virtual:

Here are a few virtual events we found this week:

This is a black and white video of a Georgian Dance in slow motion:

Here’s an interesting piece on the evolution of the piano.

And here’s the Mongolian throat singing group, Wu, performing Wolf Totem.

For Fun & Food:

Diane Booth will hold a Zoom class on Beginning Gardening from noon to 2 p.m. on Monday, May 11.

Learn how to grow vegetables in a Zoom class with Diane Booth on May 11.

Learn how to grow vegetables in a Zoom class with Diane Booth on May 11.

To register for this free class, email Diane Booth, Cook County Extension Agent at Diane.Booth@co.cook.mn.us and she will email you the Zoom information.

Photographs:

We found some fun photographs this week. Take a look:

Spruce Grouse by Thomas Spence.

Spruce Grouse by Thomas Spence.

 

Moose in the early fog by Roxann Distad.

Moose in the early fog by Roxann Distad.

 

Wood Ducks by Paul Sundberg.

Wood Ducks by Paul Sundberg.

 

The Black Bears are awake by Eric Sherman.

The Black Bears are awake by Eric Sherman.

 

Pelicans on the beach by Jamie Rabold

Pelicans on the beach by Jamie Rabold

 

Fox kits play outside their den for the first time. Photo by Tor Torkildson.

Fox kits play outside their den for the first time. Photo by Tor Torkildson.

 

Snowshoe hare -- ready for summer, by Nancy Seaton.

Snowshoe hare — ready for summer, by Nancy Seaton.

 

Wood Duck duckling trying not to be seen by Keith Crowley.

Wood Duck duckling trying not to be seen by Keith Crowley.

And with spring, come these favorites:

Spring Beauty by Brett Freeman.

Spring Beauty by Brett Freeman.

We found lots of sunsets and sunrises this week:

Cotton candy sunrise by Nathan Klok.

Cotton candy sunrise by Nathan Klok.

 

Wonderful golden sunrise in Grand Marais by David Johnson.

Wonderful golden sunrise in Grand Marais by David Johnson.

 

Lighthouse sunset by Bruce Block.

Lighthouse sunset by Bruce Block.

 

Gushing water by Tor Torkildson.

Gushing water by Tor Torkildson.

And then this:

Ice out by the weekend. Photo courtesy of Sawbill Canoe Outfitters.

Ice out by the weekend. Photo courtesy of Sawbill Canoe Outfitters.

And finally, this:

Palisade Head at sunrise by Christian Dalbec.

Palisade Head at sunrise by Christian Dalbec.

Have a good weekend, everyone! And Happy Mother’s Day!

Note: Artists! Send me photos of what you’ve been working on over the past few months! Email me at Joan.farnam@gmail.com

 

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Potpourri VI

lake superior trading posts good morning from Grand Marais

Good morning from Grand Marais, Minnesota. Photo courtesy of the Lake Superior Trading Post.

Shortly after you read this, you will probably know what the partial opening of the state of Minnesota actually means. The announcement hadn’t been made at the time this blog was published, and so we can only say, it’s anyone’s guess.

Meanwhile, our new normal continues.

First —  spring is upon us.

"They are back!"  by David Johnson. The first loons appeared in the harbor this week, where they will remain until the inland lakes unfreeze. Look for them in the harbor.

“They are back!” by David Johnson. The first loons appeared in the harbor this week, where they will remain until the inland lakes unfreeze. Look for them in the harbor.

Some are not quite willing to let winter go, however.

When the ski season isn't quite long enough. Photo by Solveig Vick.

When the ski season isn’t quite long enough. Photo by Solveig Vick.

Others wish warmer weather would come sooner.

Grumpy Robin by Sandra Updike.

Grumpy Robin by Sandra Updike.

In any case, people are still being careful about social distancing, and some are finding ways to be in the community at the same time.

Todd Sylvester plays a few tunes on the East Bay on one of our warmer days.

Todd Sylvester plays a few tunes on the East Bay on one of our warmer days. Photo by Maryl Skinner.

And although Cook County has not yet recorded a case of Covid-19, it is getting ready. As of April 29, the Cook County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) announced it has received 1,017 hand-sewn cloth face coverings for the COVID-19 preparatory effort. That’s a lot of masks for a county with a population of 5,000 to produce in a few weeks. Kudos to the sewers amongst us! To learn more about what has been donated as well as what’s still needed, click here.

The Art World, like everyone else, is coming up with some ingenious solutions to get people together without crowding them into a big room.

North House Folk School, for example, has created the Crafting in Place series, which offers live instruction and/or videos crafted by its instructors.

On Thursday, April 30, a video: “From Tree to Table: Building an End Table with Randy Schnobrich will be featured on on Facebook and YouTube starting at 10 a.m.

And on Thursday evening, join Jarrod Dahl as he presents “Japan: In Search of Modern Wood Culture” at 7 p.m.

Jarrod Dahl will give a presentation on modern wood culture at 7 p.m. in North House Folk School's Crafting in Place series.

Jarrod Dahl will give a webinar on Japan: modern wood culture at 7 p.m. in North House Folk School‘s Crafting in Place series. Registration information below.

Read the complete description here and register for the webinar.  Free. Videos of many of the other Crafting in Place presentations are still available for viewing on the North House Facebook page.

The Grand Marais Art Colony has launched a “TakeOver” series, featuring an artist working in their studios on its Instagram page. This week, potter Jason Trebs will be glazing his pots, loading and firing his kiln in this three-day “TakeOver.”

Potter Jason Trebs will be featured on the Art Colony's Instagram page for three days in a TakeOver starting on Thursday. Here he is finishing work on a platter. In the TakeOver, he'll be glazing and loading and firing his kiln.

Potter Jason Trebs will be featured on the Art Colony’s Instagram page for three days in a TakeOver starting on Thursday. Here he is finishing work on a platter. In the TakeOver, he’ll be glazing and loading and firing his kiln.

To watch Trebs at work, click here Thursday through Saturday.

Also on Thursday, a regional virtual Minnesota Arts Town Hall via Zoom will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. to discuss the next phase of recovery and stability for the Minnesota arts community. A session focused on arts organizations was held on Wednesday, The one on Thursday invites all individual artists to participate, either through comments and/or observing the event.

town hall 1

town hall 2

Artists, including musicians, dancers, actors and visual artists have seen their world upended during the pandemic due to closures and cancellations.  The arts forum, developed by Arts Midwest, the Forum of Regional Arts Councils of Minnesota, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, Minnesota Presenters Network, Minnesota State Arts Board, Minnesota Theater AllianceCity of Minneapolis Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, and Springboard for the Arts, invite all artists to join them in this discussion. What do they need? What can arts organizations do to help?

Speakers wil be allotted 2 minutes. Participants can also ask questions or comment in the Chat section. To participate and/or just listen in, register here. Free.

And on Friday, the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council will hold a free virtual workshop for artists on how to put their art online.  Dan Stocke, CEO and founder of Buzz Frenzy marketing automation software and producer of award winning podcast Take It With You, will be the presenter. The workshop will be from 2-3 p.m. on Friday via Zoom. To register and get the sign-in info, send an email to info@aracouncil.org  Free.

And to listen to an interview with Kate DiCamillo, author of “Because of Winn-Dixie,” a statewide MN Book Read book, tune into WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night. Musician Rich Mattson will also be on the show to talk about his music and play a few songs from him and studios in Sparta. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.

Our local and real artists continue to produce work. Here are some examples.

Kiln-worked glass artist Sharon Frykman is one of the artists who was slated to be in an glass exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post in May. That show has been rescheduled to 2021. However, she, and the other artists in the show, have created work for it. Here’s one of Frykma’s pieces:

"Lake Superior Icescape,: kiln-worked glass by Sharon Frykman.

“Lake Superior Icescape,: kiln-worked glass by Sharon Frykman.

You can see more of her work at frykmanart.com .

Jo Wood has been working on new bead paintings.

Watching Fireflies, bead embroidery on wet-felted wool, by Jo Wood.

Watching Fireflies, bead embroidery on wet-felted wool, by Jo Wood.

Betsy Bowen has continued her Comfort series. Here are a few:

Comfort. Color by Betsy Bowen.

Comfort. Color by Betsy Bowen.

Comfort. Coffee. Hand-delivered by the roaster. Mmmmm. by Betsy Bowen.

Comfort. Coffee. Hand-delivered by the roaster. Mmmmm. by Betsy Bowen.

 

Comfort. Prayers for the planet. By Betsy Bowen.

Comfort. Prayers for the planet. By Betsy Bowen.

Minnesota Book Award finalist Staci Drouillard’s cousin, Sgp Zimmerman, said she was so inspiredby reading Drouillard’s book, “Walking the Old Road,” and learning more about her great grandmother, Josie Drouillard Zimmeran, that she created this in honor of her. “Her rose bushes / oginiiwaatigoon can still be found in Grand Marais if you know where to look,” Sgp writes. ” The piece has a total of 136 stars, as she would be 136 years old this year. Within the bear (makwa) there are 11 zhingwaakwag (pine trees) to represent all of her children. The piece is titled, “Oginiiwaatig Makwa under the Iskigamizige-giizis” (Rosebush Bear under the maple sap evaporating moon) to honor her.”

Oginiiwaatig Makwa under the Iskigamizige-giizis” (Rosebush Bear under the maple sap evaporating moon) by Sgp Zimmerman.

Oginiiwaatig Makwa under the Iskigamizige-giizis” (Rosebush Bear under the maple sap evaporating moon) by Sgp Zimmerman.

Kari Vick’s latest book, Flutter Bye, which she illustrated, has just been published. The author is Krista Pedersen Betcher. Vick was interviewed on MPR news by Angela Davis about the book. Stay tuned for details.

Kari Vick has illustrated a new book by Krita Pedersen Betcha entitled "Flutter Bye"

Kari Vick has illustrated a new book by Krita Pedersen Betcha entitled “Flutter Bye”

Virtual art exhibits and events continue to blossom. Here’s a brief selection.

The St. Louis River Alliance has created a virtual art exhibit with a great selection of paintings and photographs of the St. Louis River. To see the exhibit on YouTube, click here.

The St. Louis River Alliance has created a virtual art show of works submitted about the river and its world.

The St. Louis River Alliance has created a virtual art show of works submitted about the river and its world.

The Tweed Museum of Art has been posting virtual exhibits of senior art students, who normally have shows in the museum at this time of year. One student, Kyler Swanson, has created a series of fascinating, short animations entitled “Battle.”  Swanson writes: “While viewing each piece, I want the audience to remember that battle doesn’t just refer to physical action.” You can watch the series here.

Kyler Swanson created a series of short animations entitled "Battle" for his Senior Show at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth.

Kyler Swanson created a series of short animations entitled “Battle” for his Senior Show at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth.

The Russians have been busy, too. A wildly popular Russian Facebook group has invited people to recreate famous paintings while in isolation and they’ve been having fun doing it.

Russian artists recreate famous works at home.

Russian artists recreate famous works at home.

To see more, click here.

Words:

This is just such a great post. It features 38 wonderful words with no English equivalent, although, you will recognize the actions, even though we don’t have a specific word for them in English. It’s a great study of how humans are the same every where. For example, you know that old trick where you tap someone lightly on the opposite shoulder from behind to fool them? The Indonesians have a word for it: Mencolek.

word story mental floss by Bill DeMain photo by Orland three Lions getty images

Bill DeMain, from Pocket Worthy, has compiled 38 words in other languages that would take whole sentences for us to describe.

 To see them, click here.

Stevie Ann Plummer has had a piece about her journey through Patagonia published in “Sidetracked.: Entitled, “Tranqui,” it is written by Emily Hopclan from Plummer’s recollections with spectacular photos by Plummer.

 Stevie Plummer has written about her wilderness journey on horseback through Patagonia.

Stevie Plummer has written about her wilderness journey on horseback through Patagonia.

To see the publication with its spectacular photos, click here.

Mother’s Day:

The very popular St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour is going online this year. Traditionally held at pottery studios dotted throughout the St. Croix Valley over Mother’s Day weekend, the tour will still exhibit and sell a great selection of work by local, regional, national and international potters–but online.

The St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour will be a virtual tour this year.

The St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour will be a virtual tour this year.

The virtual shops will go live at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 8, but patrons can begin making virtual shopping appointments with potters. Click here to see who is participating, examples of their work, their Web shops and how to make appointments with them . You can also get updates and more info on their Instagram site, here.

Blogger’s Choice:

Here’s a true potpourri.

Can’t find yeast at the store? Make chapatis, the tasty, chewy unleavened bread from India.

Chapatis are a tasty flat bread from India.They're easy to make and delicious.

Chapatis are a tasty flat bread from India.They’re easy to make and delicious.

Click here to learn how:

And here’s the funniest video of the week. This is from a Canadian television station, CTV.ca, and features a young music teacher who sings about her feelings during the pandemic. That’s funny? Wait for it.

 Here is the link. 

This music teacher made the hosts of this CTV show cry with laughter when she sang about her feelings about the pandemic.

This music teacher made the hosts of this CTV show cry with laughter when she sang about her feelings about the pandemic.

 

 Music: 

 Here’s an eclectic selection of music for this week:

Josh Peterson “Uncertain Certainties.”

Miley Cyrus “Wish You Were Here.”

“Drive Slow,” Chastity Brown.

 Quinn Christopherson: NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest Winner 2019.

The Carpenter Ants: He Saved My Soul

 Photographers:

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

First, early spring flowers:

Almost there by Kristofer Bowman.

Almost there by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Spring can't be stopped by Michele Miller.

Spring can’t be stopped by Michele Miller.

 

Orchids: Good Day world by Martin DeWitt.

Orchids: Good Day world by Martin DeWitt.

Here are some of the wildlife shots we found:

What a beautiful tail you have, my dear. Photograph by Paul Sundberg.

What a beautiful tail you have, my dear. Photograph by Paul Sundberg.

 

Flying ermine by Keith Crowley.

Flying ermine by Keith Crowley.

 

Early spring bears... where are the seeds? by Steve Piragis.

Early spring bears… where are the seeds? by Steve Piragis.

 

Fox kits by Tor Torkildson.

Fox kits by Tor Torkildson.

 

Home is where Mom is, by Melissa Groo.

Home is where Mom is, by Melissa Groo.

 

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

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

 

The view from Whiskey Lane tonight by Thomas Spence.

The view from Whiskey Lane tonight by Thomas Spence.

 

Screech owl youngsters by Layne Kennedy.

Screech owl youngsters by Layne Kennedy.

 

Adrenalin rush: bull moose, Grand Teton National Park by Heidi Pinkerton.

Adrenalin rush: bull moose, Grand Teton National Park by Heidi Pinkerton.

 

I don't know what her kids did, but I'm sure she's had enough. Photographer unknown.

“I don’t know what her kids did, but I’m sure she’s had enough.”  Photograph by  Jim Braswell.

Here are is a peoplescape:

The St. Clair lining up for the Duluth Canal as the surfer rides the breakers. Photograph by David Schuauer.

The St. Clair lining up for the Duluth Canal as the surfer rides the breakers. Photograph by David Schuauer.

Landscapes, seascapes and skycapes:

Today's soft skies by Sarah Jorgenson.

Today’s soft skies by Sarah Jorgenson.

 

Have a calm, relaxing day by Thomas Spence.

Have a calm, relaxing day by Thomas Spence.

 

The St. Louis River by Mary Amerman.

The St. Louis River by Mary Amerman.

 

Wild waves at Stoney Point on April 22 by Donald Jay Olson.

Wild waves at Stoney Point on April 22 by Donald Jay Olson.

 

The crack by Bryan Hansel.

The crack by Bryan Hansel.

 

Early spring on the hiking trails by Heidi Pinkerton.

Early spring on the hiking trails by Heidi Pinkerton.

 

A super sunrise on Superior's splendid shores by Nathan Klok.

A super sunrise on Superior’s splendid shores by Nathan Klok.

Have a good weekend, everyone. And stay safe!

P.S. Please email me photos of the work you’ve been doing in your studio. Email Joan.farnam@gmail.com

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Potpourri V

"Melting" by Bryan Hansel.

“Melting” by Bryan Hansel.

Spring on the North Shore:

Greetings from the North Shore, where spring is slowly making its way through snowdrifts and icefalls, creating fascinating contrasts in the landscape. Here are two photographic examples, taken by Maryl Skinner on the same day.

First, yoga on a frozen lake:

A yoga pose and an ice-covered lake by Maryl Skinner.

A yoga pose and an ice-covered lake by Maryl Skinner.

And second, the photograph below was taken in Skinner’s garden on the same day. Her garden is on the lake side of the hilly divide between Lake Superior and the Gunflint Trail.

Glory of the Snow by Maryl Skinner.

Glory of the Snow by Maryl Skinner.

Welcome to spring in the Northwoods!

Cook County Update:

First, though, let’s give an update on Cook County. Business hours, cancellations and other pertinent information is available in a number of places, and the lists are updated frequently. Check Exploring the Shore, Visitcookcounty, and WTIP Community Radio for the latest information.

And, just to be obnoxious, this is a reminder to fill out your 2020 census form. If you’re a Cook County resident and receive your mail through a PO box, you will not receive a census form through the mail.  The 2020 Census forms are not mailed out to Post Office boxes, so you can either fill it out online (takes five minutes, tops), or wait until it is safe for a census worker to knock on your door and hand you one. To fill out the form, click here. (Note: Currently, Cook County has the worst census response rate in the state.)

And finally, a new $1,200 grant for Cook County artists is now available through the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. The grant will pay personal or artistic expenses for artists who live in Cook County. The first round opened on Tuesday, April 21, and continues through Monday, April 27. A second round will be held if funding is available.

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council has opened a grant specifically targeted to artists in Cook County.

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council has opened a grant specifically targeted to artists in Cook County.

This fund has been created with a gift from a generous funding partner to provide critical relief for artists within Cook County struggling from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the purpose of this program, artist is defined as writers, performers, musicians, visual artists, and crafts people who live in the county, including Grand Portage. Program partners include the Cook County/Grand Marais EDA, the Cook County Creative Economy Collaborative, and the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.

To apply for the grant, click here. It is simple to fill out.  

ARAC has other grants to help artists and organizations during the Covid-19 crisis. Click here to learn more. Other resources for artists include Springboard for the Arts, Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund,  Americans for the Arts. And get on Pat Campanero’s email list. She is the Small Business Development Center representative for Cook County and is posting all the latest information on loans and grants. You can email her at pcampanaro@gmail.com and get on the list.

In other news, fundraising continues for the three downtown businesses in Grand Marais that were destroyed in a fire last week: The Crooked Spoon, Picnic & Pine and White Pine North. The Grand Marais State Bank is accepting donations by check. The online Gofundme Grand Marais Fire Relief Fund has raised $51,00o so far. Halfway to its goal. You can find it here.

And Odyssey Resorts East Bay Suites is hosting a live, virtual performance and benefit concert for the family owned businesses that were destroyed by the fire. Timmy Haus will perform. The concert is from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 23.

odyssey resorts grand marais fire relieve fundraiser facebook live

To view the concert and participate in the fundraiser, visit the Odyssey Resorts Facebook page, here.

And, believe it or not, we found two other local, but virtual, musical performances that will be held this week.

Boyd “Bump” Blomberg will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night. He will be performing from his home. People can listen on-air or stream the program and/or watch the video on WTIP’s Facebook page.

Boyd "Bump" Blomberg will be virtually live on WTIP's The Roadhouse on Friday night.

Boyd “Bump” Blomberg will be virtually live on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night.

The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.

And Michael Monroe will host his second virtual Log Cabin Concert on Saturday night from 7-8:30 p.m.

Michael Monroe will do a live-stream Log Cabin Concert on Saturday from 7-8:30 p.m.

Michael Monroe will do a live-stream Log Cabin Concert on Saturday from 7-8:30 p.m.

Tickets are by donation. The concert will be streamed through his Facebook page. Check it out here .

There are other fun local opportunities this week, too. North House Folk School continues its Crafting in Place series, offering free tutorials and information sessions in a variety of crafts. First up this week: Mending Sweaters and Socks with Yarn with Tasha Miller Griffith.

crafting in place

Tasha Miller Griffith will teach how to repair sweaters and socks with yarn in this Crafting in Place event through North House Folk School.

The video will go live at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 23 on the Folk School’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

Then, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Angela Robbins, an instructor at the Folk School, will be live on Instagram with “Wild Stools with Just A Few Tools.”  She will demonstrate how to make a simple 3-legged stool with a chunk of wood and branches. If folks don’t have access to logs and branches, scrap boards and dowels also work. This makes a great project for youth, and these techniques can be applied to make miniature furniture too.

Art & Artists:

 Our local artists continue to make work during this stay-at-home time. Here is what we gathered this week.

Mary Bebie is one of the glass artists who was scheduled to exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post May 1. That show has been cancelled (rescheduled for next year), but all the glass artists had been working hard this winter to get ready for it. Here’s one of Mary’s pieces. She can be reached by emailing marybebie@hotmail.com

Fused glass plate, on-edge technique by Mary Bebie.

Fused glass plate, on-edge technique by Mary Bebie.

 Keith Morris has been doing some drawing this winter. Here are two of his pieces. One is called “Good Hare Day,”‘ and one is called “Bad Hair Day.”

"Good Hare Day" by Keith Morris.

“Good Hare Day” by Keith Morris.

"Bad Hair Day" by Keith Morris.

“Bad Hair Day” by Keith Morris.

Tim Young was among the artists and community members who turned out for a chalk art social-distancing event in Harbor Park. Here’s what he created:

Chalk art by Tim Young.

Chalk art by Tim Young.

 Paula Sundet Wolf has been painting.

Study of Georgia O'Keefe's Yellow Cactus Flowers by Paula Sundet Wolf.

Study of Georgia O’Keefe’s Yellow Cactus Flowers by Paula Sundet Wolf.

Betsy Bowen is continuing her” Comfort” series. She posts an image a few times a week, at least, on her Facebook page. Here’s her illustration in honor of all those making face masks.

Comfort. Sewing. A soft craft by Betsy Bowen.

Comfort. Sewing. A soft craft by Betsy Bowen.

Kim Knutson will set up a little stand in the entry way to Oddz & Ends. Under her brand name, TF Goodness, she is donating “organic, locally grown and made balms, butters and solid lotions to anyone who lives in Cook County; especially to those people who have to wash their hands continually…….you all know who you are.  So if you have dry, itchy, cracked skin come get some, your skin will love you for it.”

kim knutson tf goodness is donating stuff

Kim Knutson (TF Goodness) is donating her organic products for residents of Cook County in the foyer of Oddz & Ends.

 

The donations are available Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “If you and your hands need comforting in these interesting times,” she writes, “Stop in and pick something up. It’s free, but if you really want to, we’ll accept donations.”

The Crooked Spoon had a lot of local art on the walls, including a great collection of Heidi Sobanja’s work, which was all lost. Another painter, Jan Attridge, lost this painting she did of the restaurant’s scrumptious French onion soup.

jan attridge lost in the Crooker Spoon fire

French onion soup by Jan Attridge.

 Virtual

OK.  This is Potpourri V … onward!

Bryan Hansel produced a video for North House Folk School on how to photograph work with natural light at home.

Bryan Hansel provides tips and advice on how to take photographs of art and craft items at home in natural light.

Bryan Hansel provides tips and advice on how to take photographs of art and craft items at home in natural light.

Check Hansel’s video out here.

Here’s a video from the Vimeo Video School about how to create a video with your phone.

Layne Kennedy was recently featured on Almanac on how to be creative with your time.

Here’s an amazing PBS series about the unsung women who changed America. It’s titled “Unladylike 2020.” The series covers Arctic explorers, sculptors, fashion icons, botanists …

Louise Arner Boyd was the first woman to lead Arctic expeditions. This episode includes lots of great clips and photos from the turn of the century in the Arctic.

Louise Arner Boyd was the first woman to lead Arctic expeditions. This episode includes lots of great clips and photos from the turn of the century in the Arctic.

Here’s the link to see the episode on Louis Arner Boyd and the rest of the episodes in the series.

Here’s another PBS piece.. The Quarantine Art Challenge. People were challenged to re-create their favorite piece of art with what they could find at home. It’s pretty funny.

The Daily Art Magazine published “The Long Wait” collection, paintings that best depict waiting. Here’s one.

"Waiting," painting by Frederico Zandomeneghi from the Daily Art Magazine.

“Waiting,” painting by Frederico Zandomeneghi from the Daily Art Magazine.

 To see the whole collection of paintings, click here.

Here’s a short dance video, entitled “The Six Sides of Merce Cunningham.” it documents the dancer’s life and his impact on the world.

And here’s a wonderful twist on a poetry reading. In this production, we see the poet, and then the poem itself and can read along as he/she reads their work. It’s production of the Poetry Foundation.

 Music:

There are lots of music videos out there. So here’s just a quick selection.

Lizzo in a Tiny Desk Concert.

 Grand Marais’ Marco Good sings “Spanish Pipedream” from the back 40.

Nina Simone singing “Feelin’ Good.”

And a very sweet, virtual stay-at-home concert:

Hope you enjoyed those. Next …

Photographs:

Let’s start with a photo by Duluth abstract photographer Michael Dahmen that first appeared on Stephen Colbert’s Twitter feed. Dahmen said he was asked for a photograph of the soap you used to wash your hands. So he produced this. He reports that more than 35,000 saw it.

Stay-at-home soap by Michael Dahmen.

Stay-at-home soap by Michael Dahmen.

Next: Wildlife

Ancient rock carvings in Greenland by P G Ehlinger.

Ancient rock carvings in Greenland by P G Ehlinger.

 

Loon couple by Tom Walker. Photograph originally published in Alaska Magazine.

Loon couple by Tom Walker. Photograph originally published in Alaska Magazine.

 

John Gregor, Day 15, swans.

John Gregor, Day 15, swans.

 

Happy Earth Day. 3-day-old bison calf by Lori Sparkly Franklin.

Happy Earth Day! 3-day-old bison calf by Lori Sparkly Franklin.

 

Ruffed Grouse by Paul Sundberg.

Ruffed Grouse by Paul Sundberg.

 

Spring. By Jas Grassin.

Spring. By Jas Grassin.

 

"Prickles," the Australian sheep who ran away seven years ago during a bushfire, returns home.

“Prickles,” the Australian sheep who ran away seven years ago during a bushfire, returns home, Photo by Alice Gray.

 

Not much activity today with the pelicans by Jamie Rabold.

Not much activity today with the pelicans by Jamie Rabold.

Landscapes, snowscapes and waterscapes:

Stay near the serenity of the lake by Roxanne Distad.

Stay near the serenity of the lake by Roxanne Distad.

 

Pussy willows by Chris Artist.

Pussy willows by Chris Artist.

 

Social distancing by Bryan Hansel.

Social distancing by Bryan Hansel.

 

Late afternoon in Grand Marais by Joan Farnam.

Late afternoon in Grand Marais by Joan Farnam.

 

Lake Superior beach glass by Ann Primozich.

Lake Superior beach glass by Ann Primozich.

 

Earth Day in Tate Lake by Judi Barsness.

Earth Day in Tate Lake by Judi Barsness.

 

The walk back by Jeffrey Doty.

The walk back by Jeffrey Doty.

 

Beautiful Grand Marais by Roxanne Distad.

Beautiful Grand Marais by Roxanne Distad.

 

Maple Hill Church by David Welch.

Maple Hill Church by David Welch.

 

Cedar Trees at Goosberry Falls by Susanne Von Schroeder.

Cedar Trees at Goosberry Falls by Susanne Von Schroeder.

Have a good weekend, everyone! Stay Safe!

Artists, please send images of what you’ve been working on this month to me at Joan.farnam@gmail.com

Also, if you’ve often considered donating to NorthShore ArtScene, now might be a good time, if you’re able to do it. And, thank you!




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Potpourri IV

Grand Marais, April, 2018 by Jessica Markusen.

Grand Marais in April, by Jessica Markusen.

How newsy is NorthShore ArtScene? That’s a question we’ve been asking this week, as we face reporting on a devastating fire that destroyed three family businesses in downtown Grand Marais on Monday, April 13. White Pine North, owned by Jessica & Tyler Dean, The Crooked Spoon owned by Sara & Nathan Hingos and Picnic and Pine, owned by Kelsey Kennedy & Peter Klinker were destroyed in the fire. The cause of the fire is not known at this time. No one was injured.

Three local businesses, Picnic and Pine, The Crooked Spoon and White Pine North were destroyed in a fire in downtown Grand Marais on Monday, April 13.

Three local businesses, Picnic and Pine, The Crooked Spoon and White Pine North were destroyed in a fire in downtown Grand Marais on Monday, April 13. Photo by Paul Sundberg.

Whipped by winds gusting over 20 mph, volunteer firemen from four different volunteer fire departments, Grand Marais, Maple Hill, Colvill and Lutsen, battled the blaze. The three businesses could not be saved. Sven & Ole’s, which is across the alley, was saved and suffered only minor damage.

A volunteer fireman pulls a hose along the street

A volunteer fireman pulls a hose along the street in front of the debris from the fire. Photo by CJ Heitoff.

The horror, heartbreak and sadness at first overwhelmed this small community, already reeling from the closures of local businesses due to Corvid-19.  But, like the strong community that it is, Grand Marais has rallied to help in any way it can.

Betsy Bowen posted this on her Facebook page as a way to support and comfort the community.

Betsy Bowen posted this on her Facebook page as a way to support and comfort the community. She titled it “Love comes together in hard times.”

A GoFundMe Fire Relief Fund, launched by Abby Tofte and Tina Hegg Raway, has been set up to accept online donations to help the businesses get back on their feet. As of this morning, it had raised more than $25,000 from donations across the region and the country.  Click here to donate and find out more about the fundraiser. Grand Marais’ mayor, Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux, set up three accounts at the Grand Marais State Bank for relief donations as well. Checks can be sent to Grand Marais State Bank, PO Box 100, Grand Marais, MN 55604.

There is more to report, unfortunately.

The Hovland Arts Festival, scheduled for the July 4th weekend, has been cancelled. “We waited as long as we could to make this difficult decision.” the Hovland Arts Festival Committee wrote to its neighbors. “It’s based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat. Just having one person get sick if we proceed is too many. Please join us next year on the 4th of July weekend!”

North House Folk School has cancelled all courses through June 19. They write: “We are extending our course cancellation period through June 19 to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect our students, instructors, staff, and neighbors. If you are registered for a course during this time frame, you should have received an email regarding your refund options. If you didn’t, please email us at info@northhouse.org or call us at 218-387-9762.”

The Grand Marais Art Colony has cancelled all programming through Aug. 31, “including all on-site classes and activities, and our annual Arts Festival, in order to protect the health and safety of your community. We are exploring ways to pivot our programming to an online platform. Look for GMAC on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to find information and ways to engage.”

And the Cook County Market, featuring work by a variety of local artists and artisans, will postpone its opening at least through July. The Market, which is held in the Senior Center parking lot, usually opens over Memorial Day Weekend.

For all updates on cancellations, new hours of operations for local businesses, check visitcookcounty.com , WTIP Community Radio, and Exploring the North Shore. You can also check these sites for re-openings and new events.

We are hopeful, here on the North Shore — the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness will open Tuesday, May 5 and the Fishing Opener is Saturday, May 9.

Soon the walleye will spawn.New work by Christi Belcourt.

“Soon the walleye will spawn.” New work by Christi Belcourt.

And, since we are still in stay-at-home mode, here is this week’s potpourri to watch and enjoy this week:

Virtual:

North House Folk School has developed a series of online videos entitled “Crafting in Place.” This week’s offerings:

Watch Beth Dooley make a quick and easy Spiced Lentil Stew on Facebook and YouTube starting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 16.

"Get to Know Beans" with Beth Dooley will be shown at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 16 on North House Folk School's Facebook and YouTube accounts.

“Get to Know Beans” with Beth Dooley will be shown at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 16 on North House Folk School‘s Facebook and YouTube accounts.

Click on the links to see:

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council is holding a Virtual Town Hall for the Arts on Thursday April 16 at 4 p.m. ARAC will talk about two new emergency grant programs they have developed as well as other ways it can help artists and arts organizations and give a preview of what to expect from the state funding system in the next six months. It’s a town hall, so they’re asking artists to weigh in. What are your challenges? How are you helping each other? It’s Zoom meeting, so everyone is invited. To sign up, just send an email to info@aracouncil.org and we’ll send you the virtual sign-in information.

The American Craft Council is holding a Zoom conference/forum at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 17, on education disruptions and opportunities.

The American Craft Council is holding a Zoom forum on Friday.

The American Craft Council is holding a Zoom forum on Friday.

To register, click here. 

The Duluth Art Institute is hosting a free,  in-depth seminar entitled  “Visual Arts on Camera with Philip Gilpin Jr from Catalyst Stories.” It will include practical details on the steps of development, writing, physical production, post-production, and distribution of your videos. Click here to register. Free.

Watch a movie:

Watch an Artist’s Talk by Nan Onkka, as she describes the pieces she was scheduled to show at the Johnson Heritage Post Gallery this month. When the gallery closed, she rescheduled her show to 2021, and decided to to a virtual opening this month, too.

Here’s a music/dance video filmed in Iceland that might be of interest:

 How about watching Shakespeare at the Globe Theater in London? They’re streaming The Bard’s greatest plays on YouTube.

 Or, watch the “Les Miserables” cast, in concert (and in costume) on this video.

 Artists:

Artists continue to work, too. Here’s a look at what some of them are doing.

Lee Ross has completed a series of works in glass for a glass exhibit that was scheduled for May at the Johnson Heritage Post. That show has been rescheduled, but the artists involved had already made lots of work for it. Here’s one of her pieces.

Fused glass boat by Lee Ross.

Fused glass boat by Lee Ross.

Dave Steckelberg has been working in his studio.

Wood, steel by David Steckelberg.

Wood, steel by David Steckelberg.

Jo Wood has been working as well

New beadwork by Jo Wood.

New beadwork by Jo Wood.

Duluth painter Adam Swanson‘s latest:

Tending the sap boil by Adam Swanson.

Tending the sap boil by Adam Swanson.

Also in Duluth, Carolyn Olson has been documenting the times:

Grocery Store Cashier Bagger--Essential Worker 1 by Carolyn Olson,

Grocery Store Cashier Bagger–Essential Worker 1 by Carolyn Olson,

Potter Jason Trebs is getting ready for the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour, which is online this year over Mother’s Day weekend. Click here to learn more.

Trays drying in the studio by Jason Trebs. They will be glazed and fired for the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour, which is online this year.

Trays drying in the studio by Jason Trebs. They will be glazed and fired for the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour, which is online this year.

Marty Harris is still printing beautiful work in his Minneapolis studio.

Flowers by Marty Harris.

Flowers by Marty Harris.

And thank you! to Betsy Bowen for regularly posting inspiring work in her Comfort series on her Facebook page.

Comfort ... Handmade by Betsy Bowen.

Comfort … Hand Made by Betsy Bowen.

And here’s an image from a long time ago. The Tweed Museum of Art, which is also closed, has been posting images of works from its collection. This is one:

"Mt. Fuji from Yasuda Shimoza (from Thirty-six views of Mt. Fuji)," 1858, Ando Utagawa Hiroshige.  Woodblock print on paper.

“Mt. Fuji from Yasuda Shimoza (from Thirty-six views of Mt. Fuji),” 1858, by Ando Utagawa Hiroshige. Woodblock print on paper.

There are grants and opportunities to help artists during this difficult time. Click  and scroll down here to find resources.

Music:

Here are just a few music videos for you to enjoy. Again, a potpourri.

Bochelli in Milan:

 Trampled by Turtles:

Blues: Taj Mahal and Keb Moe, filmed in the French Quarter:

 Sami singer, Mari Boine:

 Photographs:

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

Let’s start with this photograph we found on space weather.com. It’s a sun halo. The photographer was stunned to see this on Easter morning.

Easter solar halo by Goran Strand.

Easter solar halo by Goran Strand.

And here are some favorite wildlife shots.

Ruffed grouse trying to impress a few hens by David Johnson.

Ruffed grouse trying to impress a few hens by David Johnson.

Fox, by Chris Artist.

Fox, by Chris Artist.

A raven's meal by Chris Artist.

A raven’s meal by Chris Artist.

Marking territory by David Johnson.

Big paws by David Johnson.

Junco jamboree by Janice Latz.

Junco jamboree by Janice Latz.

Day 31. Battling Bull Elk by Keith Crowley.

Day 31. Battling Bull Elk by Keith Crowley.

White pelicans take a breather on Lake Superior by Debbie Benedict.

White pelicans take a breather on Lake Superior by Debbie Benedict.

The photographer was lying on the ground, trying to shoot the ceiling. The pigeons were concerned. Photography by Alex Kogan.

The photographer was lying on the ground, trying to shoot the ceiling. The pigeons were concerned. Photography by Alex Kogan.

Landscapes and lakescapes:

Compost: Carefully stacked and ready, Photo by Tom Fiero.

Carefully stacked and ready, Photo by Tom Fiero.

Steady companions by Tijhe Fireweed.

Steady companions by Tijhe Fireweed.

You've got to admit it's beautiful, right? by Sally Nankivell.

You’ve got to admit it’s beautiful, right? by Sally Nankivell.

Grand Marais Reflections by Paul Sundberg.

Grand Marais Reflections by Paul Sundberg.

A beautiful day for a hike by Paul Pluskwik.

A beautiful day for a hike by Paul Pluskwik.

Bridge over the falls--Amity Creek, Duluth by Ken Harmon.

Bridge over the falls–Amity Creek, Duluth by Ken Harmon.

A brief escape into the sunshine and the forest by Barb Farley.

A brief escape into the sunshine and the forest by Barb Farley.

End of the Day, by Bruce Block.

End of the Day, by Bruce Block.

And finally, a little levity for you:

May your week go well. Be Safe.

P.S. Send me images of what you’ve been doing in your studio! Email me at Joan.farnam@gmail.com

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Potpourri III

The High Falls at Grand Portage this week by Kim Nelson.

The High Falls at Grand Portage this week by Kim Nelson.

So we’re allowed to get quirky in these changing times.

In this case, quirky means posts from all over the place: music videos, artists’ stuff, grand scenes from the Northwoods, tender garden pop-ups, the last commercial sailing vessel to round the Cape, online learning opportunities, lists of the shops, stores and restaurants doing curbside and when,  highway poetry, sketches for comfort, opera concerts in Europe and, of course, wildlife and landscape photographs. So, yep, lots of interesting stuff is popping up on social media this week. Here’s a taste:

Let’s start with updated information about area business hours and cancellations in the county, compiled by WTIP Community Radio. Click here to learn more.

Visitcookcounty.com has also included a lot of information, too. Click here to see.

That being said, a fair number of events/activities are going virtual, and the offerings are increasing. North House Folk School, for example, has set up a series of lunch and learn programs that can be watched on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube. This is an on-going, to-be-announced series entitled “Crafting in Place,” and features demonstrations and tutorials with instructors online.

On Thursday, April 9, check out the video: Scandinavian Folk Art Style Primer: Rosemaling and Dalmalning with Kim Garrett on Facebook and YouTube.

Kim Garret will talk about rosemaling techniques in an online video on Thursday. Pictured is a piece in the Valdres style.

Kim Garret will talk about rosemaling techniques in an online video on Thursday. Pictured is a piece in the Valdres style.

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jim Sannerud will Turn a Bowl from a Log on Instagram,

Jim Sannerud will do a bowl turning demonstration at 7 p.m. Thursday night.

Jim Sannerud will do a bowl turning demonstration at 7 p.m. Thursday night.

And on Friday, April 10, Marybeth Garmoe will give a studio tour of her broom making.

Marybeth Garmoe will talk about and demonstrate making brooms.

Marybeth Garmoe will talk about and demonstrate making brooms.

The video can be seen Facebook and YouTube .

The North Shore Winery is planning to hold Virtual Date Nights with Gordon Thorne on Thursday nights on its Facebook page.

Gordon Thorne and Chuck Corliss will be in virtual concert for the North Shore Winery at 6 p.m. Thursday night.

Gordon Thorne and Chuck Corliss will be in virtual concert for the North Shore Winery at 6 p.m. Thursday night on the winery’s Facebook page.

This week Chuck Corliss joins Gordon for the evening of music at 6 p.m. To listen, click here.

There are lots of other virtual live concerts on social media these days, too.  Here’s a link to some of the choices.

And Andrew Lloyd Webber is streaming his musicals for free on YouTube. The series is entitled “The Shows Must Go On.” This Friday, April 10, the 2012 production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” with Tim Minchin, Melanie C and Chris Moyles will be streamed starting at 7 p.m.

The 2012 production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Jesus Christ Superstar"will be streamed on YouTube this weekend.

The 2012 production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Jesus Christ Superstar”will be streamed on YouTube this weekend.

It will be available for 48 hours. To see it and read more about the series, click here.

And, on Easter Sunday, Andrea Bocelli will perform a virtual concert in Milan, “Music for Hope” beginning at 1 p.m. ET.

Andrea Bocelli will give a virtual concert, "Music for Hope" in a cathedral in Milan on Easter Sunday.

Andrea Bocelli will give a virtual concert, “Music for Hope” in a cathedral in Milan on Easter Sunday on his YouTube channel.

 To watch and/or find out more, click here.

And finally, for those who are spending a lot of time in meetings on Zoom, Skype or other platforms, Visitcookcounty has created some custom virtual backgrounds for you, including photographs of waterfalls, the northern lights, the Boundary Waters and more. There are also videos of Cook County to download.

VisitCookCounty's Kjersti Vick stands in front of one of the photographs you can download to act as a background during Zoom or Skype meetings.

VisitCookCounty’s Kjersti Vick stands in front of one of the photographs you can download to act as a background during Zoom or Skype meetings.

They have even included instructions on how to use these backgrounds on Zoom.  Click here to make your choices and find out more.

Artists:

Homebound artists are often studio-bound artists, and many have taken the opportunity to continue to work. Here are a few examples.

Musician Martha Marnocha, who plays with a variety of bands in the county, said she has connected with new friends in Sussex, England and is playing with them via an online live-practice program.

Martha Marnocha is online doing live practicing with new friends in Sussex,England.

Martha Marnocha is online doing live practicing with new friends in Sussex,England.

Potter Natalie Sobanja has set up a studio at her home and is making some cool pieces.

"The latest" from Natalie Sobanja.

The latest pieces by Natalie Sobanja, drying in her home studio.

 Nancy Seaton is working in her new glass studio at her home at Hungry Jack Outfitters.

Nancy Seaton is working in her home studio. "Spring is a little late this year," she says, "So I made my own."

Nancy Seaton is working in her home studio. “Spring is a little late this year,” she says, “So I made my own.”

Ron Piercy has been really busy in Washburn, Wis., setting up an art center which includes five working artist studios, teaching studios for ceramics, silver and goldsmithing, a classroom with live streaming audio and video, a large art gallery and … a craft beer bar.

Ron Piecy's new gallery in Washburn is called the Karlyn Yellowbird Gallery.

Ron Piecy’s new gallery in Washburn is called the Karlyn Yellowbird Gallery.

The complex includes an art supply store. Check out it out here.

Paula Sundet Wolf has been working as well.

“If I must stay home, then I shall paint” by Paula Sundet Wolf.

And Betsy Bowen has continued her Comfort series of paintings which she posts frequently on Facebook. Here is one.

Comfort. On a gray day, tea and yoga. By Betsy Bowen.

Comfort. On a gray day, tea and yoga. By Betsy Bowen.

Painter Jan Attridge completed this.

Full Moon--Luna by Jan Attridge.

Full Moon–Luna by Jan Attridge.

And for those who just feel like coloring something this week, check out the North Shore Coloring Book by Mark Klein.

drury lnae book north shore coloring book

It’s available at Drury Lane Books, which delivers in town.

Here’s an interesting challenge. The Grand Marais Art Colony has a call for artists to create a piece addressing the idea of Habitat, the Art Colony’s theme this year.

The Grand Marais Art Colony has put out a call for artists to create a piece speaking to Habitat.

The Grand Marais Art Colony has put out a call for artists to create a piece speaking to Habitat.

In its explanation for the call, the Art Colony writes:

HABITAT: the places we live and those we share it with

We had no idea that when we set this theme that all of our habitats would necessarily be altered so drastically. What changes have been made to yours? What new patterns, rhythms, or routines are surfacing? What is aggravating you? What is sustaining you?

An invitation: use these questions to create a unique, 4 x 6-inch painting, mixed-media piece, poem, photo, etc, etc. and send it in by May 31. Include your name and the medium on the back of the piece. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you want your piece returned. We will exhibit them in the windows of our new building. Send to: P.O. Box 626, Grand Marais, MN 55604. (Please refer to USPS for guidelines on how to safely send things in the mail.) For more information, email programs@grandmaraisartcolony.org

It is a rocky time for artists and arts organizations, for sure. Cancellations of exhibits, art festivals, music festivals, plays, dance performances, concerts. and gigs at bars and other venues is definitely a challenge for everybody. But there is help out there. Federal and state programs are available for self-employed artists and arts organizations. Pat Companero has a handle on all of this and is eager to help. You can email her at pcompanero@gmail.com

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council and Springboard for the Arts are great resources, too, and both have developed special grants for artists and arts organizations during this time. Also, check out the Artist Relief Fund, which is offering $5,000 grants to artists.

And, being human, we can’t help noticing that spring is coming anyway, and we still laugh at each other’s jokes, even if they’re virtual or on the phone, wave when we see friends on our walks, stand in wonder as the pink moon floats overhead …

And so, just for some levity and silliness: “This Too Shall Pass Rube Goldberg Machine.”

And since this is Easter weekend, let’s give a bow to the Easter bunny, here captured in this photo of the bunny collection of Duluth raku artists Richard Gruchalla and Carrie Rosetti.

Happy Spring! Here's our bunny connection: A group of our bunnies Platter Sue Terrill Two long-eared rabbits Robin Murphy White rabbit unknown Small blue bunny  VanBriggle Small brown rabbit unknown Startled Rabbits painting Adu Gindy

Richard Gruchalla writes: Happy Spring! Here’s a group of our bunnies (Top) Platter by Sue Terrill; (Front left and center) Two long-eared rabbits by Robin Murphy; (right) White rabbit by unknown artist, (center) Small blue bunny by VanBriggle; Small brown rabbit by unknown artist; (Middle ground) “Startled Rabbits,” painting by Adu Gindy.

And here’s a bow to sadness and greatness, as we find out that legendary American folksinger John Prine died of complications from Covid-19 this week. He was 73.  To read about him, details of his life and a few interviews, click here.

Betsy Bowen put it this way:

Comfort. The Moon ... how it was last night. You go now John Prine. You go now John Prine, you fly with that Angel.

Comfort. The Moon … How it was last night. You go now John Prine, you fly with that Angel.

Another great way to pay homage to John Prine is to listen to his music. Here’s his Tiny Desk Concert, recorded in 2018 in the NPR studios.

In this Tiny Desk concert he plays four songs, including “All The Best.” And for your pleasure, click around on the site and listen to more, if you wish. What a gift he was to us.

Photographs:

Our photographers have been out and about, or staying at home, sifting through past work. We get to enjoy both. First, wildlife:

bryan hansel ruffed grouse

Ruffed Grouse by Bryan Hansel.

 

Fisher out hunting by David Johnson.

Fisher out hunting by David Johnson.

 

Not a Dog by Kristofer Bowman.

Not a Dog by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Here's another one from a couple of years ago by Nace Hagemann.

Here’s another one from a couple of years ago by Nace Hagemann.

 

Foxy by Paul Sundberg.

Foxy by Paul Sundberg.

 

Robins have magnificent wings by Lori Sparkly Franklin.

Robins have magnificent wings by Lori Sparkly Franklin.

 

Day 23: Loon Family -- in honor of the first loon sighting of the year here in Northwest Wiscnsin by Keith Crowley.

Day 23: Loon Family — in honor of the first loon sighting of the year here in Northwest Wiscnsin by Keith Crowley.

 

Mountain Bluebird, Yellowstone, 2017 by Sparky Stensaas.

Mountain Bluebird, Yellowstone, 2017 by Sparky Stensaas.

Spring:

Spring is coming by Kristofer Bowman.

Spring is coming by Kristofer Bowman.

 

These little beauties popped up by Sarah Allen..

These little beauties popped up by Sarah Allen..

 

Just spotted these in my yard! By Annie Possis.

Just spotted these in my yard! By Annie Possis.

 

The start of fishing season. Eric Brisson, Tyler Smith and Zach Smith are ready for their first catch of the season. Photo courtesy of North House Folk School.

The start of fishing season. Eric Brisson, Tyler Smith and Zach Smith are ready for their first catch of the season. Photo courtesy of North House Folk School.

And here are a few fun photos we found:

How much is that doggie in the window? By Steve Ortmann.

How much is that doggie in the window? By Steve Ortmann.

 

Joe Christensen at work. Photographer unknown.

Joe Christensen at work. Photographer unknown.

 

The tallest snowman around Is on Pike Lake Rd. By Nate Slettedahl.

The tallest snowman around, Pike Lake Rd. by Nate Slettedahl.

 

The world's last commercial sailing ship, The Pamir, rounding Cape Horn for the last time in 1949.

The world’s last commercial sailing ship, The Pamir, rounding Cape Horn for the last time in 1949.

The Full Pink Moon:

Caught the moonrise in the glooming by Lori Sparkly Franklin.

Caught the moonrise in the glooming by Lori Sparkly Franklin.

 

Mookaam -- Moonrise by Robert Desjarlait.

Mookaam — Moonrise by Robert Desjarlait.

 

Full moon from South Dakota by Amanda Takes War Bonnett.

Full moon in South Dakota by Amanda Takes War Bonnett.

Landscapes and Waterscapes:

Park Point this week by Scot Bol.

Park Point this week by Scot Bol.

 

The Rivers are starting to thaw and the birds are returning. Spring is in the air by Dave and Amy Freeman.

The rivers are starting to thaw and the birds are returning. Spring is in the air by Dave and Amy Freeman.

 

Peace and tranquility--Ellingson Island at Split Rock Lighthouse by Roxanne Distad.

Peace and tranquility–Ellingson Island at Split Rock Lighthouse by Roxanne Distad.

 

What a great morning by Lin Salisbury.

What a great morning by Lin Salisbury.

 

I hope everybody is safe by Jamie Rabold.

I hope everybody is safe by Jamie Rabold.

 

Light at the end of the tunnel by Jeffrey Doty.

Light at the end of the tunnel by Jeffrey Doty.

And finally, we found this:

Have a good weekend, everyone. Be safe. Be smart. Be well.

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Potpourri Part II

"Calm, powerful, beautiful. Relax, take stock, go with the program," by Phil Kruse.

“Calm, powerful, beautiful. Relax, take stock, go with the program,” by Phil Kruse.

Greetings from the North Shore, where all is quiet on the Western Front, so to speak. Absolutely. People are taking the Stay-At-Home to heart here. In fact, some are joking that if this keeps up, they’ll forget to look both ways when crossing Hwy. 61. Not good news for all the small businesses and artists up here, though. But, resiliency is the name of the game, and people are going virtual, curbside and practicing vigorous social distancing.

Businesses are being really creative, too, as is the county and city administrations, so things are changing by the week, and it’s good to keep up on the latest. For example, Hungry Hippie Tacos, which was closed for awhile, is now going to offer a special menu curbside Thursday through Saturday, and the Grand Marais Liquor Store opened on Wednesday, also offering curbside service.

For that info and more, check out Exploring North Shore by clicking here. The site will include information, phone numbers and emails to contact the businesses and arrange for pick-up.

Cook County has set up a Coronavirus Response Hub at the Cook County Community Center, which is closed to the public, BUT it has launched a web site that provides all kinds of information: latest updates on the virus and the community, how to find food and other necessities, community information, health information, including health care providers, videos and much more. It’s a very flexible site and changes daily. Check it out here.

And WTIP Community Radio at 90.7 FM  always has lots of  great information and interviews during the day.

Facebook and Instagram have also been really important in communicating information, ideas, projects and more over the last few weeks. Add to that — Zoom meetings are being held everywhere.

And since everybody is staying at home, artists are doing some interesting work. Here are a few examples.

Julie Arthur has been dyeing yarn.

Julie Arthur's newly dyed yarn hangs from a clothesline in a snowy landscape.

Julie Arthur’s newly dyed yarn hangs from a clothesline in a snowy landscape.

Mona Abdel-Rahman made some new dishrags.

New dishrages by Monday Abdel-Rahman.

New dishrages by Monday Abdel-Rahman.

Potter Jason Trebs has been busy.

Potter Jason Trebs is in his studio. Here a tray begins to take shape.

Potter Jason Trebs is in his studio. Here a tray begins to take shape.

 Tim Young continues to paint.

What do you see? by Tim Young.

What do you see? by Tim Young.

ISD 166 student Hazel Oberholtzer said she has really appreciated being able to do more art at home. Here’s a piece she did for an assignment by her teacher Mila Horak.

Illustration of a Great Horned Owl's song by Hazel Oberholtzer.

Illustration of a Great Horned Owl’s song by Hazel Oberholtzer.

Paula Gustafson has been painting.

Pristine Path by Paul Gustafson.

Pristine Path by Paul Gustafson.

Authors have a local champion. too–Gwen Danfelt at Drury Lane Books.

Gwen Danfelt of Drury Lane Books is making home deliveries for everyone's reading pleasure.

Gwen Danfelt of Drury Lane Books is making home deliveries for everyone’s reading pleasure.

And Betsy Bowen has been uploading “Comfort” drawings to her Facebook page frequently. Here are a few:

Comfort. Pear. by Betsy Bowen.

Comfort. Pear. By Betsy Bowen.

 

Comfort. Seeds. By Betsy Bowen.

Comfort. Seeds. By Betsy Bowen.

 

Comfort. Music. John Prine. by Betsy Bowen.

Comfort. Music. John Prine. By Betsy Bowen.

 

Comfort. Dreaming. by Betsy Bowen.

Comfort. Dreaming. By Betsy Bowen.

Virtual events have also blossomed.

North House Folk School  is organizing “Crafting in Place,” a series of  live videos featuring crafters doing their work or teaching a technique on Facebook or Instagram. That schedule is being constantly updated. So far this week:

  • April 2: Live at 7 p.m.: At the Forge with Elizabeth BelzInstagram
  • April 3: How to Sew a Button on with Tasha Miller GriffithFacebook

The Grand Marais Writer’s Guild has gone virtual too, through Zoom. Writing sessions will be held every Sunday and Tuesday at 2 p.m. via Zoom.

The Grand Marais Writer's Guild has gone virtual, with Zoom sessions every Sunday and Tuesday at 2 p.m.

The Grand Marais Writer’s Guild has gone virtual, with Zoom sessions every Sunday and Tuesday at 2 p.m.

The guild is open to everyone who writes anything. One of the writer’s prompts that will be used in these sessions: “Pick a book, open at random, close your eyes and touch the page, then  open your eyes and use the part of the sentence you touched to start writing.” To connect with this writing opportunity, click on the Zoom link at 2 p.m. on Sunday and Tuesday, and then enter the Meeting ID: 266 766 226 and the Password: 976225.

Printmaker Nan Onkka was scheduled to open an exhibit of her work at the Johnson Heritage Post this month, but that is not possible. So instead, she re-scheduled her exhibit for next year and will hold a virtual exhibit on April 10 on Etsy, Instagram and Facebook.

Nan Onkka will hold a virtual event featuring new work on April 10.

Nan Onkka will hold a virtual event featuring new work on April 10.

Stay tuned for details.

And abstract painter Tara Austin, who recently exhibited work at the Johnson Heritage Post, is exhibiting new work at the Joseph Nease Gallery in Duluth. The exhibit is virtual on the gallery’s web page.

Green Mantle is one of the pieces at the Joseph Nease Gallery in Duluth, which is providing a virtual tour of the exhibit on its web page.

“Green Mantle” is one of the pieces at the Joseph Nease Gallery in Duluth, which is providing a virtual tour of the exhibit on its web page.

The title of the show is “Boreal Ornament III.” Click here to see the exhibit.

We invite you to check out your favorite gallery’s Web sites. Many of them are incorporating virtual tours and interviews with artists. And the Downtown Duluth Arts Walk Facebook page has great virtual tours of a number of exhibits in the city. Check it out here.

For those wanting to just paint something, here’s a free coloring page with art by Christi Belcourt, thanks to the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. Click on the image and you can download it to your printer. Make copies for everyone for a fun family project. If you can’t print it, try saving it as a digital file and using a “paint” app or program to paint it digitally. Enjoy! Here it is. It is from Belcourt’s painting “Joy” and was turned into a colouring page by Mariah Meawasige.

Christi Belcourt's coloring page, from her painting "Joy"

Christi Belcourt’s coloring page, from her painting “Joy.”

Music:

And here are a few (virtual) music selections for the week:

Playing for Change: “Higher Ground”

Here is “Helplessly Hoping,” a song by Crosby, Stills & Nash, performed by Italian students from their homes.

Here’s Cat Stevens performing “Peace Train.”

 

Check out this video of two Mayo Clinic doctors, Elvis Francois and William Robinson, performing John Lennon’s “Imagine. 

 

And for some Blues, here’s Duane Allman and Boz Scaggs, “Loan Me a Dime.”

 Photographs:

 Thomas Spence has posted a compilation of photographs he calls “Stay Connected to the North Shore from Afar.” You can look at them here.

Good morning from Tofte by Thomas Spence.

Good morning from Tofte by Thomas Spence.

Wildlife shots.

Otters in spring by David Johnson.

Otters in spring by David Johnson.

 

As long as I'm home; Day 13, American Kestral by Keith Crowley.

As long as I’m home; Day 13, American Kestral by Keith Crowley.

 

Hooded Merganser displaying for hen by Michael Furtman.

Hooded Merganser displaying for hen by Michael Furtman.

 

When her ears went back and the hair on her neck stood up, I slowly backed away and talked to her in a low-soothing voice until she relaxed, by Sparky Stensaas.

When her ears went back and the hair on her neck stood up, I slowly backed away and talked to her in a low-soothing voice until she relaxed, by Sparky Stensaas.

 

Northern Saw-Whet Owl by Paul Sundberg.

Northern Saw-Whet Owl by Paul Sundberg.

Spring has arrived on the North Shore.

Vicki's gift by Shawn Perich.

Vicki’s Gift by Shawn Perich.

 

On my walk by Kristofer Bowman.

On my walk by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Sunrise over Lake Superior by Bryan Hansel.

Sunrise over Lake Superior by Bryan Hansel.

 

Spring break-up on Tischer Creek in Duluth by Karen Sunderman.

Spring break-up on Tischer Creek in Duluth by Karen Sunderman.

 

I found my car by Therese Misgen.

I found my car by Therese Misgen.

 

Lake Superior gems by Roxanne Distad.

Lake Superior gems by Roxanne Distad.

 

The Lee A Tregurtha, 78-years-old. Pushing hard today by Gordon Salisbury.

The Lee A Tregurtha, 78-years-old. Pushing hard today by Gordon Salisbury.

 

Have a good day by Ilena Berg.

Have a good day by Ilena Berg.

 

Lots of great energy on the Big Lake today. How can we put it to use? by Scot Bol.

Lots of great energy on the Big Lake today. How can we put it to use? by Scot Bol.

 

And finally, this song by John Prine, who has been hospitalized with coronavirus but is in stable condition at last report.

May the week go well for you and your loved ones. Stay safe!

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A Celebration of Potpourri

lin salisbury and the sun still shines

“And the sun still shines.”  Photo by Lin Salisbury.

Potpourri is a combination of many elements. Sometimes there are so many you need to come back and sample them again. This week’s ArtScene is an example of that. Lots of research and lots of posts on social media have yielded lots to look at. Enjoy. And be safe, be well.

Cancellations of events and closures of restaurants and bars, shops and galleries has certainly had an impact on the world, the country and the North Shore. (For up-to-date listings for Cook County, click here.)

At the same time. people have rallied, been creative and supported each other as best they can. And artists continue to work, Here are a few examples:

Members of the Northwoods Fiber Guild are sewing masks for medical workers.

noerthwoods fiber guild masks linda blaine

Linda Blaine Otis is one of the members of the Northwoods Fiber Guild who is sewing masks for medical workers.

 Betsy Bowen has been posting daily “Comfort” drawings on Facebook. Here’s an example.

What is comfort today? by Betsy Bowen.

What is comfort today? by Betsy Bowen.

She also sent in a draft of her new book for final proofreading to the publisher. She illustrated “The Bowser Chronicles” by Glenn N. Sandvik, which  is a narrative poem about Bowser, the renegade cat, a tugboat and Lake Superior in the 20th century.

betsy bowen's book the bowser chronicles

Betsy Bowen has illustrated a new book and sent it off for final proofreading.

 

Joy & Co. is closed, but if artists call, owner Jill Terrill will find a way for them to get the supplies they need. Here’s a link to the Facebook page to learn more.

Joy & Co. posted this drawing on Facebook recently. The shop is closed, but is finding ways for artists to get their supplies curbside.

Joy & Co. posted this drawing on Facebook recently. The shop is closed, but is finding ways for artists to get their supplies curbside.

The Grand Marais Art Colony closed this week (until at least April 6), but artists in the glass studio worked until the last minute preparing for an upcoming show at the Johnson Heritage Post May 1. Here’s a piece that Lee Ross made in the last week the glass studio was open:

"Rocking Man," glass, by Lee Ross.

“Rocking Man,” by Lee Ross.

Some artists have had to set up studios at their home. As one artist put it, “I am no longer calling this shelter in place. I am now an artist in residence.” Others have had their own studios and continue to make pieces for the summer season.

Hovland woodturner Lou Pignolet writes on his Facebook page: “My approach to dealing with the coming Covid-19 invasion is to distance my self from crowds by working in my shop and trying to show the wonderful beauty in wood and to share that with everyone.”

Box Elder burl bowl by Lou Pignolet.

Box Elder burl bowl by Lou Pignolet.

Another Hovland artist, Terry Lee Lewis, continues to work from her studio as well.

Glass piece by Terry Lord Lewis.

Glass window hanging  by Terry Lord Lewis.

Being creative is the name of the game for artists everywhere for sure. We found this great photo of Henri Matisse (1869-1954) drawing from his bed when he had the flu.

Henri Matisse in bed with the flu. Photo courtesy of the Academy of Art Creativity Consciousness.

Henri Matisse in bed with the flu. Photo courtesy of the Academy of Art Creativity Consciousness.

Some artists, like art educator and printmaker Nan Onkka, have set up kids art projects to help parents who are now homeschooling their children. Click here to learn more and see the projects.

Printmaker Nan Onkka has set up art projects for kids on her website.

Printmaker Nan Onkka has set up art projects for kids on her website.

Social media, especially Facebook, has really come into its own over the last two weeks, as artists post latest pieces,  organize to help out each other and the community, hold virtual concerts, virtual art shows and more.

Painter Christi Belcourt, for example, has been posting examples of recent work.

Language Is Alive," detail, by Christi Belcourt.

Language Is Alive,” detail, by Christi Belcourt.

Here are a few other recent posts by Duluth artists:

First, Adam Swanson.

"Crystal Darter" by Adam Swanson.

“Crystal Darter” by Adam Swanson.

And here’s a detail from a painting by Martin DeWitt.

Martin DeWitt, former director of the Tweed Museum of Art, has been posting details of his latest abstract art.

Martin DeWitt, former director of the Tweed Museum of Art, has been posting details of his latest abstract art.

The Johnson Heritage Post is closed, but it is posting photographs on its Facebook page of work by Rita Corrigan, who has an exhibit in the space. It also has been posting photos and information about work in its gift shop and giving patrons an opportunity to purchase them.

This painting by Rita Corrigan is on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post. The art gallery is closed, but posts photographs of the work on its Facebook page.

This painting by Rita Corrigan is on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post. The art gallery is closed, but posts photographs of the work on its Facebook page.

 

But that’s not all that’s happening on Facebook and the Internet. Artists are really doing some neat things to share their work. Here are some examples.

Music:

Some musicians are putting on free virtual concerts from their homes in order to encourage people to stay at home and stop the spread of the coronavirus. Here’s John Legend  doing a few songs and talking about his life. He is joined by his wife Chrissy Teigen. It’s a one of many #TogetherAtHome concerts to check out.

NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts are always a treat, and there are lots to choose from. Here’s Booker T Jones playing “Green Onions” and other favorites at his Tiny Desk concert.

For classical music lover, here’s a virtual concert of  the finale of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony by members of the Rotterdam Philharmonic.  All the musicians were playing their parts at home.

America cellist Yo-Yo Mas has been regularly posting pieces on his Facebook page for home viewers. Here he is with Kathryn Stott playing a favorite Saint-Saens piece.

Here’s link to the complete archive of folk music for all countries.

There's a great site for the complete archive of folk music for all countries.

There’s a great site for the complete archive of folk music for all countries.

Check out the site here.

Watch the 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival online. The film festival was cancelled and the organizers decided to live stream the event. Watch it here.

Here’s a link to a virtual tour of museums around the world.

Museé d'Orsay in Paris is only one of the museums on this virtual tour of museums around the world.

Museé d’Orsay in Paris is only one of the museums on this virtual tour of museums around the world.

And finally, check out this link to free Online Courses, Audio Books, eBooks, Movies, Coloring Books & More. Click to see.

Photographs:

We found a wide variety of photographs this week. Some of the photographers were spending the time at home going through their files and posting favorites. Others were taking social distancing time and hiking in the woods or exploring Lake Superior.

Let’s start with wildlife:

 

Now he's just showing off by Lori Sparkly Franklin.

Now he’s just showing off by Lori Sparkly Franklin.

 

Taking a peak by David Johnson.

Taking a peak by David Johnson.

 

Day 9 of "As Long As I"m Home Project," Female Great Horned Owl with Owlet by Keith Crowley.

Day 9 of “As Long As I”m Home Project,” Female Great Horned Owl with Owlet by Keith Crowley.

 

Sandhill Cranes at Apache National Wildlife Refuge by Sparky Stensaas.

Sandhill Cranes at Apache National Wildlife Refuge by Sparky Stensaas.

 

Recycled by Nace Hagemann.

Recycled by Nace Hagemann.

 

New condiminium under construction by Pileated, Inc. Photo by Dale Moe.

New condiminium under construction by Pileated, Inc. Photo by Dale Moe.

And here are some landscapes.

Pussy willows-- spring has arrived by Lee Ross.

Pussy willows– spring has arrived by Lee Ross.

 

You only get to look at this picture if you stay home by Thomas Spence.

Lake Superior by Thomas Spence.

 

Spring by Teresa Chmelik.

Spring by Teresa Chmelik.

 

Waiting for Spring at Fall River by Bruce Block.

Waiting for Spring at Fall River by Bruce Block.

 

The Northwoods by Jonas Heinzerling.

The Northwoods by Jonas Heinzerling.

 

Sunrise Icicles by Ron Benson.

Sunrise Icicles by Ron Benson.

 

Incoming storm by Paul Sundberg.

Incoming storm by Paul Sundberg.

 

Tonight -- playing with Painnt bay Don Davison.

Tonight — playing with Painnt bay Don Davison.

 

Good morning homies by Thomas Spence.

Good morning homies by Thomas Spence.

 

Enjoyed being late for work again this morning by Jamie Rabold.

Enjoyed being late for work again this morning by Jamie Rabold.

 

Got Waves by Bryan Hansel.

Got Waves by Bryan Hansel.

And here are two more wildlife photos:

The muskrat and the damselfly by Keith Crowley.

The muskrat and the damselfly by Keith Crowley.

 This great shot of a buffalo appeared on a friend’s Facebook page without attribution. We just had to include it.

Buffalo. Photographer unknown.

Buffalo. Photographer unknown.

Stay safe, everyone.

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