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Two Seasons Collide

Two seasons collide by Paul Pluskwik.

Two seasons collide by Paul Pluskwik.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WTIP Community Radio has its Fall Membership Drive this week.

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

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

Our online lives continue.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exhibits:

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

"Recyclers," by David R. Johnson.

“Recyclers,” by David R. Johnson.

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

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

"Evan," tapestry, by Blains Treuer.

“Evan,” tapestry, by Blains Treuer.

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

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

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

"Four Winds," beadwork by Leah Yellowbird.

“Four Winds,” beadwork by Leah Yellowbird.

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

Artists at Work:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Daily painting: First Snow by Aaron Kloss.

Daily painting: First Snow by Aaron Kloss.

 

Latest painting by Ron Piercy.

Latest painting by Ron Piercy.

 

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

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

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

To listen to this outstanding interview, click here.

Virtual Music:

 A classical piece:

A song for our times:

And this gift:

Live Music:

Thursday, Oct. 22:

Friday, Oct. 23:

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

Saturday, Oct. 24:

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

 Photographs:

First, wildlife:’

Bull Moose in the recent snow by Thomas Spence.

Bull Moose in the recent snow by Thomas Spence.

 

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

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

 

Sunrise fox by Thomas Spence.

Sunrise fox by Thomas Spence.

 

The owl and the squired. Photographer unknown.

The owl and the squired. Photographer unknown.

 Plants and trees:

Hardy survivors in late fall by Layne Kennedy.

Hardy survivors in late fall by Layne Kennedy.

 

Indoor mood and outdoor mood by Tina Hegg Raway.

Indoor mood and outdoor mood by Tina Hegg Raway.

 

Incredible moose rub by Nancy Seaton.

An incredible moose rub by Nancy Seaton.

 

Leaves by Mark Tessier.

Leaves by Mark Tessier.

Landscapes, waterscapes and skyscapes:

The clear waters of Lake Superior by Layne Kennedy.

The clear waters of Lake Superior by Layne Kennedy.

 

Last week in the Boundary Waters by Bryan Hansel.

Last week in the Boundary Waters by Bryan Hansel.

 

21 degrees near Ely by David Grinstead.

21 degrees near Ely by David Grinstead.

 

Wisconsin Point yesterday by Jesse Nord.

Wisconsin Point yesterday by Jesse Nord.

 

Down the road from the cabin by Michael Furtman.

Down the road from the cabin by Michael Furtman.

Potpourri and peoplescapes:

Dicing onions for culinary arts class by Krishna Woerheide.

Dicing onions for culinary arts class by Krishna Woerheide.

 

Well Hello, old friend by VisitCookCounty.

Well Hello, old friend, by Kjersti Vick.

A 3-season image.

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

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

And finally, this:

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

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

Have a good weekend, everyone. Keep safe!




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First Snows & Moose Madness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moose Madness Weekend is on.

Moose Madness Weekend is on.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Artists at Work:

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

"Balanced," rock sculpture by Peter Juhl.

“Balanced,” rock sculpture by Peter Juhl.

 

"Sanctuary" by Charlotte Drury.

“Sanctuary” by Charlotte Drury.

 

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

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

 

Cool Stream by Paul Gustafson.

Cool Stream by Paula Gustafson.

 

Bead painting by Shannon Crossbear.

Bead painting by Shannon Crossbear.

 

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

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

 Opportunities:

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

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

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

Virtual Music:

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

carppenter ants tearin' down the house

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

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

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

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

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

 Live Music:

Thursday, Oct. 15:

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

Friday Oct. 16:

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

Saturday, Oct, 17:

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

Photographs:

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

First, let’s start with flowers and leaves.

A fall collage by Shannon Crossbear.

A fall collage by Shannon Crossbear.

 

Bouquet on a cool fall day by Maryl Skinner.

Bouquet on a cool fall day by Maryl Skinner.

 

Bowl of Fall by Layne Kennedy.

Bowl of Fall by Layne Kennedy.

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

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

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

From the air:

Grand Marais sunset. Photographer unknown.

Grand Marais sunrise. Photographer unknown.

 

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

Split Rock Lighthouse– from a drone by Christian Dalbec.

And landscapes, skyscapes, treescapes, waterscapes and more:

View down the hill from the cabin by Sandra Updike.

View down the hill from the cabin by Sandra Updike.

 

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

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

 

Pine needles by Layne Kennedy.

Pine needles by Layne Kennedy.

 

Fall reflections by Dennis Chick.

Fall reflections by Dennis Chick.

 

Savanna Portage State Park by Paul Sundberg.

Savanna Portage State Park by Paul Sundberg.

 

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

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

 

Eerie October at the lake by Don Davison.

Eerie October at the lake by Don Davison.

 

Spruce and "lollipops" by Jim Boyd.

Spruce and a”lollipop” by Jim Boyd.

 

Good night, friends by Kristofer Bowman.

Good night, friends by Kristofer Bowman.

 

The woods in fall by Jonas Heinzerling,

The woods in fall by Jonas Heinzerling,

 

It rained by Joan Farnam.

It rained!  by Joan Farnam.

 

Road trip by Christian Dalbec.

Road trip by Christian Dalbec.

Have a great weekend, everyone! Stay safe.

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Huh. Winter’s Not Close To Being Here Yet

Photo by Maggie Anderson.

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

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

Meanwhile, enjoy this respite from the cold to come.

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

"Stay Tuned for Winter" by Betsy Bowen.

“Stay Tuned for Winter” by Betsy Bowen.

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

A Creativity Share:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Artist Opportunities:

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

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

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

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

Artists at Work:

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

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

 

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

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

Virtual Delicacies:

Opera 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

.Click here to see and learn more.

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

And here’s a music video to enjoy.

 Live Music:

 Thursday, Oct. 8:

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

Saturday, Oct. 10:

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

Sunday Oct. 11:

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

Photographs:

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

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

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

 

Spider web at dawn by Paul Pluskwik.

Spider web at dawn by Paul Pluskwik.

 

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

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

And plantscapes:

Unfinsied summer green, shadows and dew by Mary Beams.

Unfinsied summer green, shadows and dew by Mary Beams.

 

Snow by Kristofer Bowman.

Snow by Kristofer Bowman.

Treescapes, landscapes, waterscapes and skyscapes:

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

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

 

Tunnel of Love by Roxanne Distad.

Tunnel of Love by Roxanne Distad.

 

Beautiful back roads by Chris Robinson.

Beautiful back roads by Chris Robinson.

 

From an overlook by Jesse Olson.

From an overlook by Jesse Olson.

 

A view by Teresa Chmelik.

Fall  by Teresa Chmelik.

 

Quiet in the bogs this morning by Jan Swart.

Quiet in the bogs this morning by Jan Swart.

 

Boulder Lake by Judy Gray.

Boulder Lake by Judy Gray.

 

Split Rock Lighthouse draped in autumn colors by Roxanne Distad.

Split Rock Lighthouse draped in autumn colors by Roxanne Distad.

 

Fall colors by Paul Sundberg.

Fall colors by Paul Sundberg.

 

A stormy sunrise on Lake Superior by Bryan Hansel.

A stormy sunrise on Lake Superior by Bryan Hansel.

 

The towering cliffs of Tettegouche by Manasi Chaphalkar.

The towering cliffs of Tettegouche by Manasi Chaphalkar.

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

First, this view:

First one... Susanne von Schroeder.

First one… Susanne von Schroeder.

A few minutes later by Susanne von Schroeder.

A few minutes later by Susanne von Schroeder.

A few minutes after that by Susanne von Schroeder.

A few minutes after that by Susanne von Schroeder.

A waterfall:

A little different view of Gooseberry bu Carol Bauer.

A little different view of Gooseberry bu Carol Bauer.

And two night views:

Artist's Point by Paul Maloney.

Artist’s Point by Paul Maloney.

 

The waning full moon by Thomas Demma.

The waning full moon by Thomas Demma.

Have a great weekend, everyone! Stay safe.

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Happiness is a perfect fall

greg fangel after those apples

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

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

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

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

Open with Covid protocols

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

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

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

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

Lake Superior pendant by Steve Hahn.

Lake Superior pendant by Steve Hahn.

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

Potter Maggie Anderson works in porcelain and naked raku.

Potter Maggie Anderson works in porcelain and naked raku.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Twin Flowers, fused glass, by Nancy Seaton.

Twin Flowers, fused glass, by Nancy Seaton.

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

Painting by Neil Sherman, detail.

Painting by Neil Sherman, detail.

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

Hovland aspen birch bowl by Lou Pignolet.

Hovland aspen birch bowl by Lou Pignolet.

  Online Art (Check for new additions)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Complexity of Life, painting by Kathy Fox-Weinberg.

Complexity of Life, painting by Kathy Fox-Weinberg.

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

Meadow in Bloom, fused glass, by Sharon Frykman.

Meadow in Bloom, fused glass, by Sharon Frykman.

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

Rug by

Rug by Mary Reichert.

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

Table and chair setting by

Table and chair setting by Jim Sannerud.

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

Plate bowls by Hannah Palma Laky.

Plate bowls by Hannah Palma Laky.

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

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

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

Screech Owl by Lee and  Dan Ross.

Screech Owl by Lee and
Dan Ross.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exhibits:

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

The event included a number of different categories and awards.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Artists at Work:

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

Painting Fall by Paula Sundet.

Painting Fall by Paula Sundet.

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

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

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

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

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

Click here to find out more.

And here’s a music video for today:

Live Music: 

Thursday, Oct.1:

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

Saturday, Oct. 3:

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

Sunday, Oct. 4

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

Photographs

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

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

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

 

Red Winged Blackbird hitches a ride by Thomas Demma.

Red Winged Blackbird hitches a ride by Thomas Demma.

Vegetables & Flowers:

Hello gordgeous by Nina Simonowicz.

Hello gordgeous by Nina Simonowicz.

 

Arranged by autumn by Maryl Skinner.

Arranged by autumn by Maryl Skinner.

Leaves:

A  fall bouquet by Allison Rykken.

A fall bouquet by Allison Rykken.

 

Red oak leaves this year by Paul Sundberg.

Red oak leaves this year by Paul Sundberg.

 

Creating winter's quilt by Jennifer Schulz.

Creating winter’s quilt by Jennifer Schulz.

Leaves in Landscapes:

The path through the woods by Ron Piercy.

The path through the woods by Ron Piercy.

 

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

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

 

Portal to Lake Agnes by Mary Amerman.

Portal to Lake Agnes by Mary Amerman.

 

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

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

 

The Road by Cathy Quinn.

The Road by Cathy Quinn.

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

A Lake Superior fall by Josh Driver.

A Lake Superior fall by Josh Driver.

 

Fall light by Mila Horak.

Fall light by Mila Horak.

Waterfalls and leaves:

Leaves in the eddy by Bryan Hansel.

Leaves in the eddy by Bryan Hansel.

 

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

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

No leaves:

Konsolation by John Heino.

Konsolation by John Heino.

 

Bridged by Jesse Nord.

Bridged by Jesse Nord.

And this beauty:

Jetty by Jim Boyd.

Jetty by Jim Boyd.

An ode to fall:

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

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

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This is the week that was

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

Autumn splendor– first day of fall by Thomas Spence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Steve Hahn

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

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

Arvid and Walter by Kari Vick.

Arvid and Walter by Kari Vick.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Superior Icescape, fused glass by Sharon Frykman.

Superior Icescape, fused glass by Sharon Frykman.

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

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

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

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

Jim Sannerud designs and makes furniture.

Jim Sannerud designs and makes furniture.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bunchberry. fused glass, by Nancy Seaton.

Bunchberry. fused glass, by Nancy Seaton.

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

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

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

Leaf mug by Hannah Palma Laky.

Leaf mug by Hannah Palma Laky.

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

Autumn Fire, bead painting by Jo Wood.

Autumn Fire, bead painting by Jo Wood.

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

Getting ready for the tour by Neil Sherman.

Getting ready for the tour by Neil Sherman.

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

Zoom. Collage by Lee Ross.

Zoom. Collage by Lee Ross.

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

A selection of wood-turned bowls by Lou Pignolet.

TA selection of wood-turned bowls by Lou Pignolet.

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

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

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

Exhibits:

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

Foggy Morning by Scott Lloyd Anderson.

Foggy Morning by Scott Lloyd Anderson.

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

 Live Music this week:

Thursday, Sept. 24:

Saturday, Sept. 26:

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

Sunday, Sept. 27

Photographs:

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

Woods, calling for Moose by Paul Sundberg.

In the woods, calling moose by Paul Sundberg

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

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

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

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

Other wildlife photographs we found this week:

Marsh hawks playing in the sky by Thomas Demma.

Marsh hawks playing in the sky by Thomas Demma.

 

Question Mark butterfly by Maryl Skinner.

Question Mark butterfly by Maryl Skinner.

 

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

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

 

Carrion beetle with mites on its back by Jana Kokemiler.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

And for a little humor:

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

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

And here are a few plant/vegetable shots:

First harvest: Paula Reds and Honeycrisps.

First harvest: Paula Reds and Honeycrisps.

 

A late bloomer by Jean Grover.

A late bloomer by Jean Grover.

 

Newly harvested Painted Mountain corn by Ian Andrus.

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

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

Today's chilly morning by Nancy Seaton.

Today’s chilly morning by Nancy Seaton.

 

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

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

 

The North Shore by Sffy Torkildson.

The North Shore by Sffy Torkildson.

 

Boathouses in Red Wing by Layne Kennedy.

Boathouses in Red Wing by Layne Kennedy.

 

Perfectly flat and hazy by Gwen Danfelt.

Perfectly flat and hazy by Gwen Danfelt.

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

From the Overlook by Deb Bennett.

From the Overlook by Deb Bennett.

 

Oberg Mountain and Oberg  Lake by Christian Dalbec.

Oberg Mountain and Oberg Lake by Christian Dalbec.

 

Fall canopy by Dustin LaVigne.

Fall canopy by Dustin LaVigne.

 

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

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

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Fall Is Like A Firecracker … Explosions of Color

sarah allen fall is like a firecracker explosions of color

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

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

First maples by Paul Sundberg.

First maples by Paul Sundberg.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming:

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

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

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

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

Artist Opportunities:

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

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

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

 

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

Artists at Work:

"Navigating," collage, by Lee Ross.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Fall into Winter, fused glass, by Sharon Frykman.

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

 

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

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

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

 Virtual Music:

 

Live Music:

Thursday, Sept. 17:

Saturday, Sept. 19:

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

Sunday, Sept. 20:

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

Photographs:

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

A gathering of mushrooms by Nimue ADay.

A gathering of mushrooms by Nimue ADay.

 

Sunflower power by Kristofer Bowman.

A sturdy one  by Kristofer Bowman.

 

My sunflowers are getting taller than me by Jeanette Paulson.

My sunflowers are getting taller than me by Jeanette Paulson.

And here are some wildlife photographs:

Wasp nest by Ron Piercy.

Wasp nest by Ron Piercy.

 

Barred owl feather by Betty Hemstad.

Barred owl feather by Betty Hemstad.

 

Sparring near St. Paul by Thomas Demma.

Sparring near St. Paul by Thomas Demma.

 

thomas spence nice group of spruce grouse last weekend

A nice group of Spruce Grouse by Thomas Spence.

 

 

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

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

 

A fabulous fall view across the swamp by Thomas Spence.

A fabulous fall view across the swamp by Thomas Spence.

 

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

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

 

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

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

And here are some landscapes/skyscapes/waterscapes.

Hot air balloon sunrise by Wayne Ortloff.

Hot air balloon sunrise by Wayne Ortloff.

 

Cool, quiet dawning by Nancy Seaton.

Cool, quiet dawning by Nancy Seaton.

 

The colors are coming by David Johnson.

The colors are coming by David Johnson.

 

Clouds over Lake Superior by Trish Francis.

Clouds over Lake Superior by Trish Francis.

 

Dusk by Don Davison.

ADusk by Don Davison.

And a few Peoplescapes:

A beautiful fall day on the harbor by Paul Sundberg.

A beautiful fall day on the harbor by Paul Sundberg.

 

Ricing with Staci Drouillard.

Ricing with Staci Drouillard.

 

A Peoplescape without people. Photograph by Kjersti Vick.

A Peoplescape without people. Photograph by Kjersti Vick.

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Falling for Fall

Devil Track River by Mark Tessier.

Devil Track River by Mark Tessier.

We have arrived at the turning of the seasons up here on the North Shore. Soon the hills will be singing with color, but right now, it’s just, well, sort of cold, as in, get out your wool sweaters and turn on the heat. When we do that, we also remember that every year, the frost comes for a few nights and then the glorious days of Fall begin.

This week, we start with a Live Lunch & Learn at North House Folk School‘s Facebook page on Thursday with basketmaker and North House instructor, Emily Derke. She will show us how to make birch bark tool wraps/sheaths. It’s a great and versatile project that anyone can do, and it is free. Click here to see.

Emily Derke will demonstrate how to make birchbark sheaths in this week's Lunch & Learn at noon on Thursday, Sept. 10. Check out the North House Folk School Facebook page to view.

Emily Derke will demonstrate how to make birchbark sheaths in this week’s Lunch & Learn at noon on Thursday, Sept. 10. Check out the North House Folk School Facebook page to view.

Derke will also be on the North House Folk School‘s campus demonstrating basketry from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Saturday. The public is invited to stop by and watch her work.

Also starting on Thursday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will feature Around the Town president, Ann Mershon, on its Instagram page. Mershon will tour Grand Marais as she gives us a taste of the  public art here. To view, click here.

Ann Mershon will give a tour of public art in Grand Marais on the Art Colony's Instagram page on Thursday and Friday. To see, click here.

Ann Mershon will give a tour of public art in Grand Marais on the Art Colony’s Instagram page on Thursday and Friday. Here she is talking about the sculptures in Bear Tree Park. To see her tour, click here.

On Friday, Grand Marais Plein Air officially starts, and expect to see artists painting the landscape all over the county for the next week. The competition, which is a combo of live and virtual events, is organized by the Outdoor Painters of Minnesota which is partnered with the Johnson Heritage Post.

Superior Cascade Falls by Kami Mendlik, one of the artists participating in Grand Marais Plein Air this year.

Superior Cascade Falls by Kami Mendlik, one of the artists participating in Grand Marais Plein Air this year.

Some painters have opted to stay in place for the event, but they’ve been painting nevertheless, and their work has been posted to a new Website. Click here to see what has been submitted so far. It is updated daily. Some work will be exhibited at the Heritage Post from Sept. 19-Oct. 11.

One of the most popular features of the Plein Air competition is the Quick Paint, where artists converge on Artist’s Point and have an hour or so to complete a painting. The Quick Paint, which will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17, is open to the public, with Covid protocols in place, including masks and social distancing. There will be a live Opening Reception on the Johnson Heritage Post’s Facebook page on Sept. 18, Stay tuned for details.

Saturday is busy, too.

There are two markets in downtown Grand Marais that feature art by local artisans and artists: The Cook County Craft Market and the Maker’s Market.

The Maker’s Market is held in the alley beside the Beaver House and is open Thursday through Saturday.

The Cook County Market is held in The Hub’s parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

Felter Becky Heller is a new vendor at the Cook County Market. She makes realistic felted animals and other beings.

Felter Becky Heller is a new vendor at the Cook County Market. She makes realistic felted animals and other beings. See her work from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

And plan on keeping your radio tuned to WTIP Community Radio all day on Saturday to listen to all the music during the virtual Radio Waves Music Festival.  The one-day, on-air, live music event features lots great music.

The Radio Waves Music Festival can be heard on 90.7 FM and streamed at Wtip.org.

The Radio Waves Music Festival can be heard on 90.7 FM and streamed at Wtip.org from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday.

This marks the 13th year of this annual festival, and thirteen Minnesota musical acts will play full musical sets to be broadcast live on WTIP Radio throughout the day.

The “13 in 13” lineup will include performances by local and regional artists and includes Sky Blue with Horns, Eric Frost, One Less Guest, Jim McGowan, Aho Family, Colleen Myhre, Kilborn Quartet, Red Lips, Portage, Lady Spruce, Chris Gillis with the Grand Marais Music Collaborative, Bump Blomberg, Rich Mattson and the Northstars and other surprises throughout the day.

Radio Waves is always a fun event. Check out this video produced a few years ago.

 The full schedule for this year’s festival can be found here.

In other art news, the Grand Marais Playhouse is seeking actors for the production of “The Remarkable Susan” by Tim Kelly. There are roles for 10 women and 6 men ( or all women), some roles may be double cast for smaller company. No experience necessary. The play is a short one-act and will be live-streamed Oct. 26-27..The Grand Marais Playhouse operates with the safety of all participants in mind. Masks, physical distancing, sanitizer, regular cleaning are all part of the Playhouse safety plan.

The audition day will be Monday, Sept. 14,  with several alternatives: a live Zoom or Fcebook audition or in-person. Please contact Playhouse to schedule a time on Monday Sept. 14.. No drop in auditions allowed. For more info, contact Sue Hennessy at (218) 370-0224.

On Wednesday, Sept. 16, consider attending the Duluth Art Institute‘s Virtual Gala, a fundraiser for the Institute and an art experience. It is virtual, so you can attend for free, or participate as a donor.

The Duluth Art Institute's Virtual Gala is Wednesday, Sept.

The Duluth Art Institute‘s Virtual Gala is Wednesday, Sept. 16.

One of the features is a presentation about headwraps and how they define women in the  Black community by artist Chesley Antoinette. Check out this video to learn more.

The event also features an online auction, a cooking opportunity and more. Click here for more information and register. 

Upcoming:

The Grand Marais Art Colony just added a new virtual class called “Armchair Plein Air with Tara Sweeney” to its website. The weekly class starts on Sept. 17 and meets on Thursday mornings.

Watercolor by Plein Air Painter Tara Sweeney. Sweeney will teach a virtual class through the Grand Marais Art Colony starting on Sept. 17.

Watercolor by Plein Air Painter Tara Sweeney. Sweeney will teach a virtual class through the Grand Marais Art Colony starting on Sept. 17.

For more information and to register, click here.

Also next week, look forward to North House Folk School‘s  Unplugged 2020: Bringing it Home — An Online Fundraising Event and Concert. The virtual event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19.

The evening will feature Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of “Braiding Sweetgrass,” Eliza Gilkyson, singer songwriter, and Grand Marais’s own Plucked Up String Band.

The Plucked Up String Band will be the kick-off band at Unplugged this year. Painting of the band by Liz Sivertson.

The Plucked Up String Band will be kick-off  Unplugged this year in a.virtual performance. The painting of the band is by Liz Sivertson.

 

Singer/songwriter Eliza Gilkyson will perform at Unplugged this year.

Singer/songwriter Eliza Gilkyson will perform at Unplugged this year.

People can select a streaming-only ticket or upgrade to a package that includes an online cooking class with Chef Beth Dooley and a variety of North Shore treats. The weekend also features the online Points North Auction Check it out here.

 The Grand Marais Public Library will host a local, virtual book discussion of A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota. David Lawrence Grant, a contributor to the book, will be facilitating and host the Zoom discussion at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24. Participation is limited to 25. To register, visit grandmaraislibrary.org or call 218-387-1140 to reserve your virtual seat.

The Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour is Sept. 25-Oct. 4 this year, with a combination of online, virtual exhibits and in-person/in-situ ones.

The At Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour starts

The Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour starts

For more information about the tour, click here. And stay tuned for details next week.

Note: Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour artists: Send images of your work to joan.farnam@gmail.com and we’ll try to post them. Thank you!

Extra News

And here’s some great news: The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness was officially certified as the 13th International Dark Sky Sanctuary in the world.  It is the first federally designated Wilderness site certified and largest site at 1,098,000 acres. The International Dark Sky Association promotes reducing light pollution and protecting night skies for the present and into the future.

The Boundary Waters has been certified as an nternational Dark Sky Sanctuary. Photo by Ethan Allen.

The Boundary Waters has been certified as an nternational Dark Sky Sanctuary. Photo by Ethan Allen.

 To find out more, click here.

Artists at Work

Sam Zimmerman has painted more trash barrels for Grand Marais. Look for them around town!

Sam Zimmerman has painted more trash barrels for Grand Marais. Look for them around town!

After a Storm, oil, by Neil Sherman.

After a Storm, oil, by Neil Sherman.

Superior Icescape, fused glass by Sharon Frykman.

Superior Icescape, fused glass by Sharon Frykman.

Abundance by Marcia Cushmore.

Abundance by Marcia Cushmore.

Virtual Music:

Here is a potpourri of music videos we found this week:

At the Edges of Wilderness: A Genesis+Art Exhibition from Chuck Hoffman on Vimeo.

 Live Music:

Thursday, Sept. 10:

  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, Date Night at the Winery, 6-8 p.m., reservations at https://www.exploretock.com/northshorewinery
    or call at (218) 481-9280.

Saturday, Sept. 12:

  • Radio Waves Music Festival, live on WTIP. Listen at 90.7 FM or stream at  WTIP.org from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Boyd “Bump” Blomberg, live, Cook County Market, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., weather permitting

Sunday, Sept. 13:

  • Weekend Wine Down with Eric Frost, North Shore Winery, 3-6 p.m.,

 Photographs:

We are lucky to report that we found some great photographs this week. Let’s start with wildlife:

Snacking on the roadside by Thomas J Spence.

Snacking on the roadside by Thomas J Spence.

 

Gren heron on a lotus pad by Shixing Wen.

Gren heron on a lotus pad by Shixing Wen.

 

Northern Flicker by Debbie Deminaniuk.

Northern Flicker by Debbie Deminaniuk.

 

Waiting for the fishermen to come home by Mark Morgen.

Waiting for the fishermen to come home by Mark Morgen.

Here are a few “plant-scapes:”

No social distancing by Dennis Chick.

No social distancing by Dennis Chick.

 

First Frost. Comfort? By Betsy. Bowen.

First Frost. Comfort? By Betsy. Bowen.

And some landscapes, skyscapes and waterscapes:

Boundary Waters morning by Siffy Torkildson.

Boundary Waters morning by Siffy Torkildson.

 

Harvest Moon, Grand Maris by Paul Sundberg.

Harvest Moon, Grand Maris by Paul Sundberg.

 

This year's Harvest Moon by Mark Ryan.

This year’s Harvest Moon by Mark Ryan.

 

Upper Falls, Grand Portage by Cathy Quinn.

Upper Falls, Grand Portage by Cathy Quinn.

 

Along the Devil Track River by Mark Tessier.

Along the Devil Track River by Mark Tessier.

 

Sunrise over Lake Superior by Ron Benson.

Sunrise over Lake Superior by Ron Benson.

 

30 degrees in the woods this morning by Thomas J Spence.

30 degrees in the woods this morning by Thomas J Spence.

 

At the Kadunce by Sandra Updike.

At the Kadunce by Sandra Updike.

And, a new category this week: Peoplescapes

Peoplescapes:

This guy's first mushroom hunt resulted in our first-ever bounty of hedgehogs, plus plenty of chanterelles by Tina Hegg Raway.

This guy’s first mushroom hunt resulted in our first-ever bounty of hedgehogs, plus plenty of chanterelles by Tina Hegg Raway.

And this sweetheart:

This little boy has fallen in love with a sculpture by Dan Ross. It is at ground level and when the little boy discovered it, he fell in love. He even waves at it from the car when it passes by.

In Love: This little boy has fallen in love with a sculpture by Dan Ross with is located in Hovland. The sculpture is at ground level and when the little boy discovered it, he immediately went over and gave it a hug. He talks to it, too and waves at it from the car when he sees it.

Have a good week, everyone. And stay safe!

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P.S. Fall Studio Tour artists: Send images to me at joan.farnam@gmail.com. Would love to use them for the next few weeks!

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Fall Harvest

Best Harvest Photo of 2020? Amymarie Schmidt took this photo of her sons harvesting carrots. Her eldest, Arrow, is behind that carrot forest.

The Harvest 2020. Amymarie Schmidt took this photo of her sons harvesting carrots from their farm in Hovland. Her eldest, Arrow, is behind that carrot forest. Caleb is holding his choice.

Greetings from the North Shore, where the harvest has begun. Already, garlic and onions are out of the ground, and peas and beans are picked. Soon, if not already, the potatoes will be lifted from the soil, and, of course, there are always carrots, and beets and tomatoes, and soon, apples, winter squash and pumpkins.

This fall will be a little different for art and artists, though, as virtual, or some variant of it, will replace many in-person gatherings, but creativity is the name of the game here, so read on.

First up is North House Folk School, which continues its weekly Crafting in Place series. This week, boatbuilder and resident artisan Josh Tolkan is on campus, working on a difficult plywood canoe project. He will be demonstrating from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Thursday through Saturday on campus.

Boatbuilder Josh Tolkan is the instructor-in-residence at North House Folk School this week.

Boatbuilder Josh Tolkan is the instructor-in-residence at North House Folk School this week.

Tolkan will also talk about his project at a Lunch & Learn on Thursday, Sept. 3, at noon. It’s Facebook Live, so it’s a great opportunity to bring any boatbuilding or maritime carpentry questions to this master. Click here to view the Lunch & Learn.

North House is combining both virtual and social-distanced, in-person classes this fall.  To find out more, click here.

The Hjordis will be sailing through September.

This is the last weekend to book at sail on The Hjordis. Photo courtesy of North House Folk School.

This is the last weekend to book at sail on The Hjordis. Photo courtesy of North House Folk School.

For more information and to book a cruise, click here.

The Grand Marais Art Colony is beginning to be active as well this fall, with a combo of virtual and in-person classes and events. One feature, its Instagram Takeover, has been on-going this summer, featuring artists demonstrating and creating work on the social media outlet on Thursdays and Fridays.

This week, painter Kathie Wheeler is featured on the Instagram Takeover. She is a representational oil painter whose work is inspired by the people and places in her life.

Painter Kathy Wheeler is the Grand Marais Art Colony's Instagram Takeover artist this week. She'll be demonstrating and talking about her art on Thursday and Friday at  https://www.instagram.com/gmartcolony/

Painter Kathie Wheeler is the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Instagram Takeover artist this week. She’ll be demonstrating and talking about her art on Thursday and Friday at https://www.instagram.com/gmartcolony/

She will be teaching The Poetry of Plein Air at the Art Colony later this month and is the juror for Plein Air Grand Marais this year.

Plein Air painter Kathie Wheeler will teach a class at the Grand Marais Art Colony in September.

Plein Air painter Kathie Wheeler is the juror for this year’s Plein Air Grand Marais. (See below for details about the virtual/in-person event this year.

On Friday, WTIP’s The Roadhouse continues its creative use of virtual/live and will feature Joey Shaheen of the Wrong Omar as guest musician. He will talk about his music and play some songs from the back deck at the radio station, live, on the radio, 90.7 FM.

Here are some examples of the Wrong Omar’s music:

This is Labor Day Weekend in Grand Marais, and downtown will be busy. There are two markets featuring local artists and artisans that will be open– the Cook County Market and the Maker’s Market.

Masked and ready to go. Melanie Eldridge, of Two Birds Thai Bodyworks, offers a variety of personal care products at the Cook County Market.

Masked and ready to go. Melanie Eldridge, of Two Birds Thai Bodyworks, offers a variety of personal care products at the Cook County Market.

The Cook County Market is held in the parking lot of The Hub from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Covid protocols and social distancing  are in place. The Maker’s Market is held next to the Beaver House and is open daily Thursday through Sunday.

Also on Saturday, plein air painter Greg Lecker will give a plein air painting demo at the North Shore Winery from 3-6 p.m.

Plein air painter Greg Lecker will be demonstrating his art at the North Shore Winery from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday. Make a reservation to attend Saturday's demonstration at https://www.exploretock.com/northshorewinery or call North Shore Winery at (218) 481-9280.

Plein air painter Greg Lecker will be demonstrating his art at the North Shore Winery from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday. Make a reservation to attend Saturday’s demonstration at https://www.exploretock.com/northshorewinery or call North Shore Winery at (218) 481-9280.

Lecker is working on “Watersheds,” portraits of Minnesota’s three watersheds while engaging viewers in conversation and painting demonstrations.

Point of Land by Greg Lecker.

Point of Land by Greg Lecker.

For more information about Lecker’s work, visit his website at www.greglecker.com. Make a reservation to attend Saturday’s demonstration at https://www.exploretock.com/northshorewinery or call North Shore Winery at (218) 481-9280.

This event is weather dependent – if it’s raining, the event will be cancelled.  Click here for updates   Also, Lecker will be interviewed about his project on WTIP on Friday at 8:40 a.m.

And on Monday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will hold an Open House at its new space at 21 W. Hwy 61 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will hold an open house at its new space at 21 W. Hwy 61 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7. Masking and social distancing required.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will hold an open house at its new space at 21 W. Hwy 61 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7. Masking and social distancing required. The public is invited.

Exhibits:

The exhibit “George Morrison and Marcia Cushmore” continues at the Johnson Heritage Post, featuring archival prints and posters by both artists.

Untitled, gilcee print by George Morrison.

 The Johnson Heritage Post is featuring prints and posters by George Morrison.

The gallery is open from 1-4 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

In other gallery news, Plein Air Grand Marais, sponsored and organized by the Outdoor Painters of Minnesota, is both virtual and in-person this year. Participating artists have been invited to paint-in-place, or come up to the North Shore and paint here.

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Greenwood Lake, Gunflint Trail, by Kami Mendlik, is one of the plein air paintings currently uploaded to the Plein Air Grand Marais site. To view the plein air paintings to date, click here.

The Plein Air competition runs from Sept. 11-18, but a new Plein Air Grand Marais website is live now, with artists posting their paintings on it as they’re completed. An exhibit will open at the Johnson Heritage ge Post Sept. 19. Stay tuned.

Upcoming:

Music lovers look forward to September for two outstanding music festivals: WTIP’s Radio Waves Music Festival and North House Folk School’s Unplugged. Both will be virtual this year, with their individual twists.

Radio Waves will be free and will feature 13 acts in 13 hours broadcast on WTIP, 90.7 FM, and streamed through the website at www.wtip.org. This is the 13th anniversary of the popular music festival.

The Radio Waves Music Festival will be broadcast live on WTIP Community Radio all day Saturday, Sept. 12.

The Radio Waves Music Festival will be broadcast live on WTIP Community Radio all day Saturday, Sept. 12.

The jazz band, Sky Blue with Horns, kicks it off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12 with a live online and broadcast performance from the deck at WTIP.

Highlights include virtual performances by Red Lips from Hovland, Jim McGowan from St. Paul, and Lady Spruce from Minneapolis, as well as on-the-back-deck performances by One Less Guest, The Aho Family,  the Kilborn Quartet and Chris Gillis with the Grand Marais Music Collaborative. It’s free,  online and on the radio.

North House Folk School‘s “Unplugged” will be live-streamed this year, with music, craft and food.

To kick off the live-streamed show on Sept. 19,  Grand Marais-based Plucked Up String Band  will play and Chef Beth Dooley will show how to mix a signature cocktail for the evening. Later  Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass, will give the featured presentation, which will be followed by a live auction and Fund-a-Need opportunities. Then Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson will take the stage.

Eliza Gilkyson is the featured performer for this year's Unplugged, which will be live-streamed on Sept. 19.

Eliza Gilkyson is the featured performer for this year’s Unplugged, which will be live-streamed on Sept. 19.

 

Tickets can be purchased online here.

 Artists at Work

A ground-breaking book about Hazel Belvo, her life and her art,  will be published this fall. Entitled, “A Matriarch of Art: An Illustrated art biography of one of Minnesota’s best-known feminist artists,”  art historian Julie L’Enfant reviews Belvo’s focus on nature, spirituality, mythology, and eroticism during more than 40 years of making and teaching art in Minnesota.

A book about Hazel Belvo entitled "A Matriarch of Art" will be out this fall.

A book about Hazel Belvo entitled “A Matriarch of Art” will be out this fall.

More great trash barrels for Grand Marais will appear on the streets soon, crafted by Sam Zimmerman featuring paintings of clan animals of the Ojibwe and their Anishinaabe names.

Sam Zimmerman has painted more trash barrels for Grand Marais.

Sam Zimmerman has painted more trash barrels for Grand Marais.

Jeweler Steve Hahn has been busy.

One of Steve Hahn's (Jeweler of the North) latest: Lime quartz center  framed by 2 trillion Peridots set in gold.

One of Steve Hahn’s (Jeweler of the North) latest: Lime quartz center framed by 2 trillion Peridots set in gold.

Knitter Katie Viren‘s latest:

Wool gloves by Katie Viren.

Wool gloves by Katie Viren.

BetsyA Bowen’s latest project is drawing for the Apostle Islands’ Alphabet Project. Her letter: W.

"Whitefish." By Betsy Bowen, part of the Apostle Island's Alphabet Project.

“Whitefish.” By Betsy Bowen, part of the Apostle Islands’ Alphabet Project.

Flower artist Monica Anderson has been growing flowers and making beautiful arrangements this summer. She can be reached at 218-370-8479.

Flower arrangement by Monica Anderson.

Flower arrangement by Monica Anderson.

Actor opportunities: The Grand Marais Playhouse is holding auditions for the upcoming live stream production of “The Remarkable Susan” by Tim Kelly. Contact the Playhouse for more information.

The Practice: Anishinaabe cultural practitioner Greg Johnson is teaching winter birch bark basketry on campus at North House September 26-28.

Students' work from Greg Johnson's class last year.

Students’ work from Greg Johnson’s class last year.

 

To find out more, click here.

More artwork completed this summer:

 

Autumn Color, beadwork by Jo Wood.

Autumn Color, beadwork by Jo Wood.

 

A Postcard from the True Country by Tom McCann.

A Postcard from the True Country by Tom McCann.

Videos:

We found two train videos for you to watch: a historic video about the Flying Train in Germany crafted in 1902 and discoveries on an old railroad grade in Nipigon,

 

And a little music:

 

Live Music: 

Thursday, Sept. 3:

Saturday, Sept. 5:

  • Boyd Bump Blomberg, Cook County Market, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m

Sunday, Sept. 6

Photographs:

We found some unusual as well as beautiful photographs this week.

Here are some unusual shots:

Spider by Betty Hemstad.

Spider by Betty Hemstad.

Female variable Darner in yellow form by Cathy Quinn.

Female variable Darner in yellow form by Cathy Quinn.

Other wildlife photographs:

Red Fox: Almost grown up by Paul Sundberg.

Red Fox: Almost grown up by Paul Sundberg.

Eagles in summer by Thomas Demma.

Eagles in summer by Thomas Demma.

A few great shots of people that we couldn’t pass up.

Expert diver Scott Mitchen with some of the logs he recovered from Lake Superior by Layne Kennedy.

Expert diver Scott Mitchen with some of the logs he recovered from Lake Superior by Layne Kennedy.

Chard Harvest by Monica Anderson.

Chard Harvest by Monica Anderson.

Just a foot …

Wild ricing by Cindy Hale.

Wild ricing by Cindy Hale.

It was the Full Corn Moon:

Wherever you are, I am there also by Lin Salisbury.

Wherever you are, I am there also by Lin Salisbury.

Moon setting at Brighton Beach by Wayne Ortloff.

Moon setting at Brighton Beach by Wayne Ortloff.

Almost Full Corn Moon by Bryan Hansel.

Almost Full Corn Moon by Bryan Hansel.

And here are some beautiful landscapes/seascapes:

An incredible sunrise by Christian Dalbec.

An incredible sunrise by Christian Dalbec.

Maple Hill Church by Don Davison.

Maple Hill Church by Don Davison.

Nice view by Jamie Rabold.

Nice view by Jamie Rabold.

History scattered below by Christian Dalbec.

History scattered below by Christian Dalbec.

I love the nights when the air is so still that the stars reflect almost perfectly on the water. By Travis Novitsky.

I love the nights when the air is so still that the stars reflect almost perfectly on the water. By Travis Novitsky.

Hollow Rock by Suyash Chopra.

Hollow Rock by Suyash Chopra.

Palisade Head by Nathan Klok.

Palisade Head by Nathan Klok.

My workplace by Bill Hansen.,

My workplace by Bill Hansen.,

Evening calm by Ilena Hansel.

Evening calm by Ilena Hansel.

And I just couldn’t resist this one: I found it on Facebook and couldn’t trace it back to the photographer, but decided it is worth a run.

Caption This! Stock photo.

Caption This!

Have a good weekend everyone. And stay safe!

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At the Top of the Wave

Bearhead Lake State Park by Jennifer Schulz.

A summer day at Bearhead Lake State Park by Jennifer Schulz.

This weekend — yep — this weekend, the last one in August, we tread lightly, for the end of summer is nigh. Not that it’s going to start snowing tomorrow, but, we’re a little wary about when the warm weather will change. Meanwhile, time to enjoy…

This is also the weekend of the Minnesota State Fair, and although it won’t be a huge get-together, there are things to do on the fairgrounds as well as a few virtual events. One of the most anticipated events, the Food Parade, which has been organized as a drive-through to sample favorite foods, is sold out. However, art can still be enjoyed. The Fine Arts Exhibition is open and can be viewed by reservation, video and a free virtual catalog.

The Minnesota Fine Arts Exhibition will be open for ticketed viewing, as well as virtual options.

The Minnesota Fine Arts Exhibition will be open for ticketed viewing, as well as virtual options.

To view more info, see the State Fair’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube pages.

Here on the North Shore, it continues to be wonder-weather, with lots of sun and warm breezes from the Big Lake. Covid-19 is still around, though, and protocols are in place in our businesses. Social distancing is recommended, as are masks. Click here to read the latest Cook County news.

North House Folk School continues its Crafting in Place Series, featuring an instructor/artisan demonstrating on-campus Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as a Lunch & Learn session on Thursdays at noon.

This week, MaryBeth Garmoe is the featured artist and she will be demonstrating broom-making.

MaryBeth Garmoe will be the instructor-in-residence at North House Folk this week. She will be featured on a Lunch & Learn at noon on Thursday on the Folk School's Facebook page.

MaryBeth Garmoe will be the instructor-in-residence at North House Folk this week. She will be featured on a Lunch & Learn at noon on Thursday on the Folk School’s Facebook page.

To see MaryBeth Garmoe at the Lunch & Learn on Thursday, click here. The video will be posted to North House’s Facebook page and can be viewed at any time.

We can’t go to Thunder Bay right now, but this news needs to be shared. The Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay had to move from it’s rented building in the fall, but has found a new home and will hold a grand opening this weekend in the new space at 115 Cumberland St. N. in downtown Thunder Bay. The event will showcase the gallery’s incredible new space as well as work by 40 regional and national visual artists.

Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay has a new home and will showcase it and regional and national Canadian visual artists at its Grand Opening this weekend.

Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay has a new home and will showcase it and regional and national Canadian visual artists at its Grand Opening this weekend.

We always enjoyed visiting this gallery when we were permitted across the border, and when the border opens again, it will definitely be worth a visit. Here’s a short sneak-peak video of the new space.

Defsup Sneak Peek from Definitely Superior Art Gallery on Vimeo.

And in more Thunder Bay news, the Magnus Theatre will hold outdoor performances of  “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline” in the park next to the theater from Sept. 3-13. Covid-19 protocols will be in place. Click here to learn more.

Back to our side of the border — Saturday features two local arts and craft markets in downtown Grand Marais: The Cook County Market and the Maker’s Market.

Masked and ready. The Lamonts sell their h handmade jewelry at the Cook County Market, which is held in The Hub parking from from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Masked and ready to go. Bob and Holly Lamont sell their h handmade jewelry at the Cook County Market, which is held in The Hub parking from from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The Cook County Market is held in the parking lot of The Hub from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The Maker’s Market is held in the alley next to the Beaver House and is open Thursday through Sunday. Both feature work by local artists and artisans.

Exhibits:

 This the last weekend to see the latest exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post: framed archival prints and posters by George Morrison and Marcia Cushmore. Evelyn Konrad, a watercolor artist from Thunder Bay, Ontario is the artist of the month.

One of George Morrison prints currently on view at the Johnson Heritage Post.

One of George Morrison prints currently on view at the Johnson Heritage Post.

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

Yellowbird Fine Art is open and features a wide variety of artists and artwork, including new work by Jeanne Hedstrom.

Blue Landscape Abstract by Jeanne Hedstrom is at Yellow Bird Fine Art.

Blue Landscape Abstract by Jeanne Hedstrom is at Yellow Bird Fine Art.

This is the last weekend to see the “Upscale” exhibit in the window at the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s new building at 17 W. Hwy 61.

Maryl Skinner came up with this idea for her piece: a skirt made from the catalogs. She called it the Grand Marais Art Colony's Fashion Summer Catalog.

Maryl Skinner came up with this idea for her piece in the Art Colony’s Upscale exhibit: a skirt made from the obsolete summer catalogs. She called it the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Fashion Summer Catalog. She submitted a photograph of herself in the paper dress for the exhibit.

And here’s something to look forward to at the Tweed Museum of Art. It continues to be closed, but virtual access is possible. It is planning to mount a great retrospective of the paintings of Carl Gawboy. Entitled “A Life Well-Painted: The Art of Carl Gawboy.” The exhibit covers work by the artist who is a Bois Forte Anishinaabe tribal member and Finnish.

Carl Gawboy. Photo by Ivy Vaino.

Carl Gawboy. Photo by Ivy Vaino.

Here are two examples of Gawboy’s work.

"Hemi (Gawboy's mother) Skipping on a Stump 1912." Watercolor by Carl Gawboy.

“Hemi (Gawboy’s mother) Skipping on a Stump 1912.” Watercolor by Carl Gawboy.

Slipping Away into the West," acrylic, by Carl Gawboy.

Slipping Away into the West,” acrylic, by Carl Gawboy.

Much further down the road: The Minneapolis Institute of Art is currently open and features a variety of exhibits. Free ticketed admission.

"Forest," by Katayama -Bokuyō, 1928, is one of the paintings on exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

“Forest,” by Katayama -Bokuyō, 1928, is one of the paintings on exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Reservations for the free tickets are required. To find out more, click here.

Upcoming:

 The two big fall music events in Cook County will be virtual this year: WTIP’s Radio Waves Music Festival and North House Folk School‘s Unplugged.

Radio Waves will feature a day-long program of on-line and broadcast music on Saturday, Sept. 12.  It’s a great line-up of musicians. To see, click here.

North House Folk School‘s Unplugged will be Sept. 19 featuring Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of “Braiding Sweetgrass,” as the featured speaker, a live concert with two-time Grammy-nominated musician Eliza Gilkyson, as well as the annual Fund-a-Need Auction. Tickets for the streaming event are available here.

Artist Opportunities:

Check out the Arrowhead Regional Art Council’s Web site for information about grant opportunity here.

The North Shore Winery has put out a Call to Artists to demonstrate outdoors on weekends from Sept. 5 through Oct. 17. Electricity and water are available. For more information and how to apply, contact Kim Corliss at kim@northshorewinery.us/

 Artists at Work:

Here are some examples of artists’ work we found this week:

This video, “Fevered Spring,” was created when John Gruber posted a photo of a log of ash he split because he was so inspired by its beauty, despite the onset of Covid-19. Maryl Skinner was also inspired by the photo and shared some of her thoughts about living in the pandemic.  These thoughts became lyrics for the song, “Fevered Spring,” which Gruber had written a few years ago. In this recording, Russ Viton plays lead guitar, Gruber plays guitars and sings and John Koscielak plays keyboard.

Other artwork that caught our attention this week:

Marty Harris, Minnehaha Watershed, detail.

Marty Harris, Minnehaha Watershed, detail.

This rock lamp by Gail Anderson is at Joy & Co.

This rock lamp by Gail Anderson is at Joy & Co.

"W" words for my page in a group project about the Apostle Islands by Betsy Bowen.

“W” words for my page in a group project about the Apostle Islands by Betsy Bowen.

And here is a wonderful piece penned by local author Staci Lola Drouillard and posted on her Facebook page this week about living in rural Minnesota during the pandemic and wildlife she sees. She is the author of the award-winning book: “Walking the Old Road: A People’s History of Chippewa City and the Grand Marais Anishinaabe.” And yes, she is working on a new book.

Staci Local Drouillard.

Staci Local Drouillard.

Here’s what Staci sees:

“We’ve got a young bear who passes through, sometimes closer than we’d like. We’ve got a skunk who digs divots in the lawn, looking for grubs to eat. We’ve got hummingbirds buzzing around in pairs and Bard owls asking “who-cooks-for-you?” at night. Waxwings are here eating chokecherries and I woke up to find bees sleeping inside delicate, pink hollyhock flowers.

Yesterday I watched a kestrel bomb in from the trees after a hummingbird. The little birds scattered and the kestrel missed its target. The hummingbirds made themselves scarce for a long time, and there were no bird sounds at all for about 30 minutes. Then, with their wings beating 70 times per second, they resumed their own hunt for nectar.

The Broadwing hawks are migrating and before the young birds flew south, a pair of them would perch on our backyard fence and feed on the abundance of frogs we have in the yard.

Earlier this summer we watched a mother Downy woodpecker teach its baby how to peck for bugs on a dead stalk of Queen Anne’s Lace. I wonder if we would have experienced any of this if things were “normal” and we were at the office and not work.”

Live Music:

Thursday, Aug. 27:

Sunday, Aug. 30:

  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Skyport Lodge, 4 p.m.

Photographs:

Here are some of the photographs we found this week:

Black Petunias by Jim Boyd.

Black Petunias by Jim Boyd.

 

A rose in the rain by Mary Amerman.

A rose in the rain by Mary Amerman.

 

An amanita mushroom by Lee Ross.

An amanita mushroom by Lee Ross.

And a few wildlife shots:

Silje with her sunfish by Paul Sundberg.

Silje with her sunfish by Paul Sundberg.

 

Up close with the Peregrine by Martin Jr. Ramirez.

Up close with the Peregrine by Martin Jr. Ramirez.

 

A buffalo trophy. Photograph taken in Custer State Park by International Sportsman. The woman who used to wear these pants was not severely injured.

A buffalo trophy. Photograph taken in Custer State Park by International Sportsman. The woman who used to wear these pants was not severely injured.

 

Sometimes it's good to look behind you by Annie Possis.

Sometimes it’s good to look behind you by Annie Possis.

 

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.

 

Turned a mask into a duckling hammock by Kristofer Bowman.

Turned a mask into a duckling hammock by Kristofer Bowman.

And here are some landscapes:

Old Growth Forest by Paul Sundberg.

Old Growth Forest by Paul Sundberg.

 

Foggy Morning Reflections by Roxanne Distad.

Foggy Morning Reflections by Roxanne Distad.

 

Sunrise: Every day is a new beginning by Jan Swart.

Sunrise: Every day is a new beginning by Jan Swart.

 

There's something about those starlit nights along the North Shore ... Photograph by Justin Vrbo.

There’s something about those starlit nights along the North Shore … Photograph by Justin Vrbo.

And last, but not least, we thought we should share this song by Eliza Gilkyson, “Peace in Our Hearts.”  She is the featured artist on North House Folk School‘s on-line Unplugged concert this year.

Peace to you. And be safe.

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Celebrate the Season

Rosebush Creek aka Fall River by Bruce Block.

Rosebush Creek aka Fall River by Bruce Block.

Hmmmm…this is hard to admit, but fall is in the air. For the past two mornings, dew has covered everything, as temps hovered in the low 50s, if that. The days have continued to be glorious, though, and it seems like summer will never end. The town of Grand Marais is buzzing with visitors, grateful to bask in the unending expanse of blues, as Lake Superior continues to show off. And, as we have been mentioning every week this month, basil is still plentiful. So are newly hatched monarch butterflies:

Maryl Skinner caught this moment as "Joe," a male butterfly which had just hatched, flew off to explore the world.

Maryl Skinner caught this moment as “Joe,” a male butterfly which had just hatched, flew off to explore the world.

Meanwhile, Covid-19 is still a presence here, and masking and social distancing are important. Here’s the latest  information about the pandemic in this small community.  

We are still virtual but live as well.

This week, weaver Christine Novotny is the instructor-in-residence at North House Folk School, where she will be demonstrating her craft from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday on campus.

Christine Novotnyis the instructor-in-residence at North House Folk School this week.

Christine Novotnyis the instructor-in-residence at North House Folk School this week.

She will also present a Lunch & Learn session on North House’s Facebook page at noon on Thursday, Aug. 20. It’s free, and live, so it’s possible to ask her questions, as well as watch her presentation. Check it out here.

BTW:Tickets are now on sale for the virtual Unplugged Concert at North House. Reservations for a cruise on the good ship The Hjordis are also available. And some classes are being held. For more info, visit www.northhouse.org

Singer/songwriter Joe Paulik plays music on the beach at Lutsen Resort starting at 7 p.m. and Eric Frost is the guest musician at North Shore Winery’s Date Night, which also starts at 7 p.m.. Reservations are required at the Winery. See below for details.

Friday is quiet, as far as organized events go, but on Saturday, look for local artists and artisans in downtown Grand Marais. They set up in two locations.

The Cook County Market is held in the parking lot of The Hub from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, featuring work by local artists, authors and crafters. Local musician Bump Blomberg plays from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Covid protocols are in place, including a mask requirement and social distancing.

The Cook County Market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through Oct. 17.

The Cook County Market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through Oct. 17.

The Maker’s Market is held in the alley beside the Beaver House and also features artists and artisans. It is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 or so.

Galleries:

Prints and posters by Marcia Cushmore and George Morrison are on view at the Johnson Heritage Post this month, as well as a selection of paintings by Thunder Bay painter Evelyn Konrad.

"The Bay," giclee print by Marcia Cushmore, is one of the work on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post this month.

“The Bay,” giclee print by Marcia Cushmore, is one of the work on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post this month.

The Heritage Post is open from 1-4 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Covid protocols are in place. Click here to learn more.

Sivertson Gallery has a wonderful variety of art by local, regional and Inuit artists, including prints by Duluth printmaker Rick Allen.

The Trappers Daughter and the Long View Moonrise by Rick Allen.

The Trappers Daughter and the Long View Moonrise by Rick Allen.

Joy & Co. features a broad selection of works by local artists and artisans, including pottery by Tara Block.

Tara Block is showing her pottery at Joy & Co.

The Duluth Art Institute, located in The Depot in Duluth, is open to visitors with Covid-19 protocols in place. There are several exhibits, including  “Odysseus & Penelope: the Long Journey” by Kari Halker-Saathoff in the George Morrison Gallery.

Kari Halker-Saathoff's  work is on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

Kari Halker-Saathoff’s work is on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

The DAI is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free.

And further down the road, the Minneapolis Institute of Art is now open to the public with Covid-19 protocols in place. Visitors are admitted free of charge.

"Tracing Misplacement and Shelter," a woven chronicle by Reena Kailani Sallat, is one of the pieces on exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, which is now open to the public.

“Tracing Misplacement and Shelter,” a woven chronicle by Reena Kailani Sallat, is one of the pieces on exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, which is now open to the public.

For more information about the new rules and exhibits on display, click here.

And across the Big Lake, in Herbster, Wis., local artists recently held a virtual art tour, featuring woodworking, prints, multi-media works and more.

The Herbster (Wis.) Studio Art Tour features artists who live in the community on the shores of Lake Superior.

The Herbster (Wis.) Studio Art Tour features artists who live in the community on the shores of Lake Superior.

To find out more and see examples of their work, click here.

Opportunities:

Springboard for the Arts has a great website detailing the wide variety of grants available to artists. Check it out here

Arts Midwest just announced it has new funds available through the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. For more info, click here.

And the Minnesota State Arts Board has developed a new program for artists and art institutions located outside of the seven-county metro area of Minneapolis as one of three priority groups to benefit from the Creative Support grants.

Detailed program information can be found in the Creative Support for Individuals program guidelines: http://www.arts.state.mn.us/pubs/pubs/fy2021-csi-overview-instructions.pdf

There is a short video presentation available here as well: https://vimeo.com/444666292

Local Artists at Work:

Fused glass artist Nancy Seaton has been working in her studio this summer, in preparation for the Fall Studio Tour in September. This piece is called "Lake Superior."

Fused glass artist Nancy Seaton has been working in her studio this summer, in preparation for the Fall Studio Tour in September. This piece is called “Lake Superior.”

Fiber artists continue to add creatures to The Felted Forest, located in the wooded lot in front of Sawtooth Elementary School.

These happy felted beings are perched on a tree in the Felted Forest. They are crafted by Marlys Johnson.

These happy felted beings are perched on a tree in the Felted Forest. They are crafted by Marlys Johnson.

Felter Elise Kyllo added a mask to this little one, perched on the rafters in the timber frame structure at one of the entrances to the Felted Forest.

Felter Elise Kyllo added a mask to this little one, perched on the rafters in the timber frame structure at one of the entrances to the Felted Forest.

John Books' outdoor sculpture exhibit was a great success last weekend. He exhibited a number of bronze sculptures.

John Books’ outdoor sculpture exhibit was a great success last weekend. He exhibited a number of bronze sculptures.

Author Pete Geye visited Drury Lane Books last week. His latest, "Northernmost" is now available at the bookstore.

Author Peter Geye visited Drury Lane Books last week. His latest, “Northernmost” is now available at the bookstore.

The Grand Marais Playhouse held a youth theatre camp where the participants performed “The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss.”

To donate to the Grand Marais Playhouse, click here.

Tom McCann is working on his postcard series. Here’s a latest watercolor.

'Jay Day," from Postcards from the True Country by Tom McCann.

‘Jay Day,” from Postcards from the True Country by Tom McCann.

The YMCA Camp kids made signs of hope and love and then had a parade at the Care Center this week.

A few of the signs the YMCA camp kids painted for the parade.

A few of the signs the YMCA camp kids painted for the parade.

And here’s a pretty incredible painting by Ari, one of the YMCA kids camp participants. He is 7-years-old.

Painting by Ari.

Painting by Ari.

And here’s another inspiring painting by Ari.

Painting by Ari.

Painting by Ari.

And, thankfully, Betsy Bowen continues her Comfort series, which she started during our “Stay in Place” period in Minnesota.

The Milky Way. The Universe is bigger than us by Betsy Bowen.

The Milky Way. The Universe is bigger than us by Betsy Bowen.

Upcoming:

The Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour will be Sept. 25-Oct. 4 this year, with lots of artists and galleries participating in Cook County. However, due to the pandemic, many will be showing their work online.

The Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour is Sept. 25-Oct. 4, with many of the artists exhibiting online. Check here for details.

The Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour is Sept. 25-Oct. 4, with many of the artists exhibiting online. Check here for details.

The pandemic continues to be a fluid situation in Minnesota and around the country, so it will be important to check the Fall Studio Tour online to see who is exhibiting live in their studios and who is exhibiting online. There will be links to each artist here.

Virtual Music:

 

 Live Music:

Thursday, Aug. 20:

Saturday, Aug. 22:

  • Bump Blomberg, Cook County Market in The Hub’s parking lot, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 Sunday, Aug. 23

  • Teague Alexy, Weekend Wine Down, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m., Make reservations at https://www.exploretock.com/northshorewinery
    or call at (218) 481-9280.
  • Jacob Mahn and the Salty Dogs, Music by the Lake at Skyport Lodge, 4 p.m.

Photographs: 

 There was a good selection this week. First, monarchs:

Maryl Skinner hatched out monarch butterflies this year. She calls this one "Kamala."

Maryl Skinner hatched out monarch butterflies this year. She calls this one “Kamala.”

 

Hey, Maryl Skinner. Is this one of yours?by Jim Boyd.

Hey, Maryl Skinner. Is this one of yours? by Jim Boyd. (Jim lives just down the road from Maryl.”

And a great eagle shot.

Eagle pair by Sarah Hamilton.

Eagle pair by Sarah Hamilton. Which one is the female? (Hint: They’re bigger than the males.)

 

Pollen-drunk honey bee by Musa Abdel-rahman.

Pollen-drunk honey bee by Musa Abdel-rahman.

 

The ultimate fake photo.

The ultimate fake photo.The boat was photoshopped into the photo of whales breaching.

 

And here are some beautiful landscapes, waterscapes, skyscapes and lighthouse-scapes.

Split Rock Galaxy by Christian Dalbec.

Split Rock Galaxy by Christian Dalbec.

 

Breaking free by Travis Novitsky.

Breaking free by Travis Novitsky.

 

And a new day dawns by Lin Salisbury.

And a new day dawns by Lin Salisbury.

Here’s a beautiful series by Mark Tessier on the Kadonce River, sometimes spelled Kadunce.

The Kodonce by Mark Tessier.

Photograph by  Mark Tessier.

 

The Kadonce by Mark Tessier.

Photograph by Mark Tessier.

 

Photograph by Mark Tessier.

Photograph by Mark Tessier.

 Lightning!

Storm in Cloquet by Keith Austin.

Storm in Cloquet by Keith Austin.

 

Awesome storm rolls past Grand Marais by David Johnson.

Awesome storm rolls past Grand Marais by David Johnson.

 

Lightning at sunset by Jamie Rabold.

Lightning at sunset by Jamie Rabold.

Here’s a calmer sunset:

Sunset in Grand Marais by Bruce Block.

Sunset in Grand Marais by Bruce Block.

And another view of the harbor.

Ripples on the water by Bruce Block.

Ripples on the water by Bruce Block.

And this, a greeting for the day.

Good morning from here by Nancy Seaton

Good morning from here by Nancy Seaton

Have a good weekend, everyone! And stay safe!

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