Spring has officially sprung on the North Shore this week, with reports of the arrival of robins, mourning doves and song sparrows, to name a few, as well as the first photos of pussy willows. And, with great excitement, we are proud to report that we heard Harley Tofte’s fishing crew heading out of the harbor at 5:30 a.m. this morning for the first herring catch of the season — the Angry Trout Cafe opens for the season today.
There are lots of fun art happenings this weekend, too, especially on Friday…which is why we’re suggesting that you pull out your time-travelin’ suit from the closet and go for a spin. There are two art openings scheduled for Friday night. One is at the Grand Marais Art Colony. The other is at the Johnson Heritage Post. Both should be great.
First off is the Annual Members Show & Sale at the Grand Marais Art Colony featuring a variety of interesting work by member artists from throughout the region.
Many of the works submitted to the show (each artist can submit two) center around the theme of dialogue and exchange. This includes giving and receiving, or a transfer of ideas, or a discourse where one gives up something for another. The exhibit continues through May 6. The Art Colony is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
The annual Members Meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, before the public reception, and there will be news.
Amy Demmer, who has been executive director at the Art Colony since 2009, is stepping down from her post. She announced her decision at a board meeting April 12.
Demmer assumed the position of executive director of the Art Colony in 2009. At the time she was the only full-time employee. Under her leadership, the 71-year-old Art Colony has grown to become one of the leading arts organizations in the region, offering a wide variety of artists’ services and community education programs, as well as attracting artists and creative seekers from across the United States. She has also been a leader in the community, working with partners to develop a vision for supporting and developing the arts in Cook County.
It is a bittersweet decision, Demmer says. She plans to stay until after the Grand Marais Arts Festival in July. She was recently interviewed by Joe Frederichs on WTIP Community Radio. You can listen to the interview here.
Information on the position and application procedure is available at www.grandmaraisartcolony.org. (You might want to check out the website anyway. It has been totally redesigned!)
The Johnson Heritage Post opens a new exhibit on Friday as well. Entitled “Found: Three Views on Nature,” the group show features encaustic paintings by Bethany Kepler, block prints and photography by Stanley Leonard, and mixed media work by Stephanie Molstre-Kotz.
The three artists are joining in this exhibition with at least two things in common … an appreciation of nature and the talent to express it. The opening reception will feature spectacular artworks, live music by The Grace Notes, and refreshments. All invited.
The exhibit runs through May 20. The Heritage Post is closed on Tuesdays. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and Monday, and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.
Also this weekend, “Shrek The Musical Jr,” a Youth Community production of the Grand Marais Playhouse, concludes its run with performances at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.
This is a fun show with lots of great music, fantastic sets and an enthusiastic troupe of actors. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 youth, $1 children under 12. Advance tickets recommended. They are available at www.grandmaraisplayhouse.com.
And, in Duluth, the 20th annual Homegrown Music Festival starts this weekend, with music scheduled at venues all over the the Twin Ports for two weekends.
This is the last weekend to see the Annual Student Exhibition at the Tweed Museum of Art. The show features a wide variety of new work by art students at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. It’s a highly acclaimed show.
Also at the Tweed, the exhibit “Quiet Simplicity” continues.
In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery will hold an opening reception for the exhibit, “By Request: Collective Curation of the Permanent Collection” at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday, April 26.
The local curators who chose the works for the exhibition will be at the reception. The exhibit continues through June 3.
The Grand Marais Kite Festival is next weekend, May 4 to 6, offering a chance to see professional kite flyers, make a kite yourself and then fly it over the harbor, depending on the weather.
Stay tuned for details.
Lynn Speaker will present a workshop for artists entitled “Marketing and Recordkeeping” at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2.
Marketing is not just about selling, Speaker says. It is a way for artists to communicate their creative principles. This workshop will help you build a marketing plan that aligns with your artistic intent. Through a series of exercises, students will examine how marketing can reflect the purpose behind their work. Good recordkeeping is essential to running a studio, as well. Speaker will overview simple systems for managing income and expenditures, pricing work, setting up a professional studio practice, and tax considerations. The workshop is $15. To register and for more information, call the Art Colony at 387-2737 or click here.
The Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery is now accepting applications for the 2019 – 2021 years. If you are an artist or know a talented artist please pass along this information. Art Exhibitions can also be done in groups, so if you would like to have an exhibition with another artist it is encouraged to apply together. Go to: johnsonheritagepost.org to review the exhibit Application. The Gallery is also seeking local artists to fill the Gift Shop space. If you are interested in selling in our gift shop please call 218-387-2314 and ask for Liz or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Music/interview Treat
And, for a music treat, check out this Sidetracks interview with Will Moore on WTIP Community Radio with Dave Simonett of Trampled by Turtles and Deadman Winter, Dave Huckfelt of The Pines and Frankie Lee.
And, for live music opportunities, see the schedule below.
Thursday, April 26:
- James Moors, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
- Joe Paulik, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 27:
- Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing co., 4 p.m.
- The Grace Notes, Johnson Heritage Post, 5 p.m.
- Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
- Cook County’s Most Wanted, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
- Olive Sings, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
- Saints of Circumstance, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 28:
- Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
- Mysterious Ways, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
- Bughouse! Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
- Saints of Circumstance, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 29:
- Timmy Haus, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
Monday, April 30:
- Open Mic Night, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, May 1:
- Joe Paulik, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
We didn’t find any storm pictures this week. Instead, calm beauty and some beautiful wildlife shots.
First, proof of that spring is really here:
And then, a great lynx portrait by David Johnson.
And peaceful landscapes:
Have a great weekend, everyone!!
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