There are lots of moving parts this weekend in Grand Marais as it celebrates Memorial Day and the beginning of the summer season. The Art Along the Lake Spring Gallery Tour features art openings, demonstrations, a Sound Garden, a Block Party, classes and workshops. Plus, the Cross River Heritage Center and the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center both open for the season this weekend, with special receptions and new exhibits. Plus, there’s lots of great music, including Duluth’s Charlie Parr, who will play at Voyageur Brewing Co. on Saturday from 4-7 p.m., a great chance to get up-close and personal with this versatile musician.
The Grand Marais Art Colony has opened an exhibit of beehives painted by local artists. Entitled “Creating a Buzz: A Bee Hive Exhibition,” the exhibit features real bee boxes decorated by Jeff Niesen, Betsy Bowen, Jan Attridge, Karen Cedarmoon, Cedar Adams and Greg Mueller.
The exhibit is the project of beekeeper Bob Janicek, who will host a Meet-and-Greet at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. The exhibit continues through Sunday.
Excuse the pun, but the Art Colony is going to be a beehive of activity this weekend. It will hold the Grand Opening of the refreshed Gallery Store and the installation and unveiling of a public art sculpture by Greg Mueller entitled “The Inspiration Exchange.” Besides a number of workshops, (painting tiles, making glass window ornaments) the Art Colony is holding a real Block Party on Saturday where the street will be closed off and a number of activities for all ages will be held. The Block Party is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes string wall art, chalk the walk, hula hoop making, glass window ornaments, puzzles, screenprinting, and good coloring old-fashioned coloring books, and should be fun for all.
And that’s just a small part of the Memorial Day whirl.
Yellow Bird Fine Art will hold its Grand Opening this weekend, with a reception from 4-6 p.m. on Friday. Refreshments will be served, and Joe Paulik will play. The gallery features handmade jewelry by owner Ron Piercy, sculptures, paintings and ceramics.
There will be stone drilling demonstrations all day Friday at the gallery and Paula Gustafson will give an oil painting demonstration from noon to 2 p.m. On Saturday, there will be a Q&A about jewelry design. All welcome.
The Spring Art Underground Show at the Betsy Bowen Gallery opens with a Sneak Peak reception from 5-8 p.m. Friday. The show includes work by more than 40 local and regional artists in glass, ceramics, paintings, fiber and more. The show continues through June.
And to top off the Friday events in Grand Marais, the Johnson Heritage Post Gallery will hold the opening reception for “Northerly Pots: The Long Pleasurable Carry,” with work by Fritz Lehmberg of Early Snows Pottery near Thunder Bay.
Lehmberg has been making wood-fired pots for more than 30 years in his pottery tucked inside the woods just outside Thunder Bay. The reception will be from 5-8 p.m. The exhibit continues through June 17. 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. on Sunday.
Also on Friday, jazz guitarist Briand Morrison will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse talk about his music and play a few songs. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. Friday.
In Schroeder, The Cross River Heritage Center opens for the season with a reception from 6-8 p.m. on Friday featuring refreshments and live music. There are new exhibits in the center this year, too, including “Children of the Finnish Homestead.”
Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen will have a wide variety of demonstrations over the weekend, including wool spinning on Friday and stone carving, gemstone jewelry and silk and wool dyeing demonstrations on Saturday.
And, at 4 p.m. on Saturday, there will be Bronze Pour at the Mueller Studio (formerly Last Chance Gallery) in Lutsen.
Also on Saturday, Steve Frykman of Art of the Elements gallery in rural Grand Marais, (306 County Rd. 44) will give a demonstration of chipping and faceting glass.
For a complete schedule of all the events during the Art of the Lake Spring Gallery Tour, click here.
And on Sunday, the Harbor Park Spring Sound Garden will be held in Harbor Park from noon to 5 p.m. The event will celebrate the coming of spring, and the history, geography, and ecology of Harbor Park and Lake Superior with music, art, poetry and more.
The Spring Sound Garden event will feature a temporary sound installation, combining live musicians and a small choir with 35 small, battery-powered remote speakers distributed throughout the park, each playing a different part of the larger piece of music – a spatial concert you can walk through! In addition to the sound installation, the event will feature visual art elements by local artists, live poetry, history, and storytelling and interactive opportunities.
The Spring Sound Garden is created by Minneapolis-based award-winning composer/director James Everest. It should be fun, for sure, so saunter through.
Also this weekend, the Cook County Market opens for the season in the Senior Center parking lot. The Market is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through mid-October.
The market features a wide variety of artists and artisans working in wood, clay, fiber and metals. There are several new vendors, including Patty-Cakes cupcakes. See you there!
In Duluth, look for some interesting work at the Tweed Museum of Art:
There are three exhibits at the Duluth Art Institute:
The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is currently exhibiting work by secondary school students.
The Definitely Superior Art Gallery spring show in Thunder Bay includes exhibits and installations.
Next week, the Duluth-Superior Film Festival begins with five days of innovative films, music, director interviews and more in a number of different venues. The festival will include the premiere of “Virginia Minnesota” a film directed and written by Daniel Stine and shot on the North Shore and the Iron Range. The premiere will be on Wednesday, May 30 at the Clyde Iron Event Center at 8 p.m. For more info on the film festival schedule, click here. Stay tuned for details.
Here’s the music for the week.
Thursday, May 25:
- Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
- Frozen Britches, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
- James Moors, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
- Joe Paulik, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
Friday, May 25:
- Two-Bit Revival, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
- Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
- The Grace Notes, Cross River Heritage Center, 6:30 p.m.
- Don Juan Trio, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
- Eric Frost, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
- Briand Morrison, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
- Saturday, May 26:
- Joe Paulik, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
- Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, 7 p.m. , rural Grand Marais, www.michaelmonroemusic.com
- Charlie Parr, Voyageur Brewing Co., 7 p.m.
- Plucked Up String Band, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
- Boats and Bridges, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
- Cook County’s Most Wanted, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
- Thunder Bay Legends, Grand Portage Casino, 8 p.m.
- Rich Mattson and the NorthStars, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
- Eric Frost, Gun Flnt Tavern, 8 p.m.
- DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 27:
- Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
- Harbor Park Spring Sound Garden, noon to 5 p.m.
We found some interesting photos this week. Here’s a selection:
And here are some landscapes:
And finally… this:
Have a great weekend, everyone!
P.S. If you missed the Ruthie Foster concert at the ACA last weekend and/or want to hear more, check out this interview by WTIP’s Will Moore.
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