Summer is totally here. This weekend, look for the the Hovland Arts Festival, the Book Arts Weekend at the Grand Marais Art Colony, Artist Talks, mini classes at North House Folk School and the Art Colony, art openings, arts & crafts markets and lots of places to hear music. Next weekend, the huge Grand Marais Arts Festival in downtown Grand Marais will be held July 14-15. Good times!
We start with the Book Arts Weekend at the Grand Marais Art Colony where a wide variety of classes are being offered in this historic art form.
There are still openings in a few of the classes, including the Bookbinding Studio Tour with Conservation Bookbinder Scott Husby in Hovland on Saturday at 7 p.m. For more info and to register, click here or call 387-2737.
The bookbinding theme for this weekend continues at North House Folk School where bookbinder Skyler Hawkins will be doing demonstrations on the campus Thursday through Sunday as well as holding a mini-class on Saturday.
Also, July is Youth Series Month at North House, where a different course will be offered to children from 9-14 on Friday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. This week, they will learned how to make folded paper boxes. The class is $15. For more info and to register, call North House at 387-2737.
Tettegouche State Park will open “Un Petit Monde: A Solo Photographic Exhibition by Kurt Moses” with a reception from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Great Hall on Friday, July 6.
Photographer Kurt Moses uses miniature model figures the size of a penny, and photographs them on location in real-world environments. “My goal is to capture a whimsical, evocative photo which initiates a storyline and allows the viewer to draw their own conclusion,” he says. Moses is a Minnesota native and a professional photographer with a graphic design background, He is the creative mind behind the project. His wife, Edwige, comes from the tiny French island of St Martin. The husband and wife team started this fine art photography project called Un Petit Monde (a small world) in 2010. They live on the road full-time and volunteer in State and National Parks across the country. The exhibit continues throughout July.
In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery opens its July exhibits with a Gala Opening Reception from 7-10 p.m. (EDT) on Friday. The event celebrates the 30th anniversary of the member-run gallery and features the Members Exhibition as well as an interdisciplinary installation by internationally acclaimed artist Ann Hamilton.
The opening receptions at DefSup are always a huge community affair in Thunder Bay and include music, food and a great selection of art. Highly recommended. The exhibit continues through July.
On Saturday, look for the Cook County Market in the Senior Center parking lot in Grand Marais, which opens at 9 a.m. featuring a wide variety of arts and crafts from Cook County residents. Work in clay, metal, wood, fiber as well as jewelry and stones are exhibited here. Produce from Round River Farm is available at 10 a.m. The weekly Market is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Hovland Arts Festival is on for this weekend, too. One of the highlights of the Cook County summer season, the Hovland Arts Festival is held at the Hovland Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The festival features talented local artisan/crafters and local musicians along with other folks from the surrounding area, including neighbors from across the border in Thunder Bay.
The festival is a family-friendly event, and includes great live music, food and a playground for the kids. Here’s the music schedule for the festival:
Saturday music: 10 – 11:30 p.m. Jim McGowan, 12-1:15 p.m. Joe Paulik, 1:30 -3 p.m. Briand Morrison & Roxann Berglund
Sunday music: 10:30 – 12:30 p.m. Bump Blomberg, 1:00 – 3 pm. Axtel
Everyone is invited to this fun event. Free.
Andy Ness, the Print Studio Intern at the Grand Marais Art Colony, will be very busy this week. On Saturday, Ness will give an Artist Talk about his work from noon to 1 p.m. in the Print Studio.
Ness received his BFA in sculpture from Pratt Institute and his MFA from RISD. He has participated in both group and solo shows in New York City, England, and Italy. Participants will learn about his wide-ranging artistic endeavors. Free. All invited, but come early — space is limited.
On Sunday, Ness will teach a mini-class at the Art Colony entitled “Printmaking Outdoors: Solar Prints and Drain Covers” from 9-11 a.m. The cost is $15. For more info and to register, call 387-2737.
And then on Tuesday, July 10, Ness will give an Artist Talk about the art of Paul Thek, an American sculptor who was one of the first artists to create environments or installations.
The Artist Talk is free. All invited.
Also this weekend, the Johnson Heritage Post will host author Jennifer Case, who will give a presentation on her research into her family’s ownership of the former Sawbill Lodge at 4 p.m. on Saturday. She is the author of “Sawbill: A Search for Place.”
Sawbill Lodge was built in the 1930s on Sawbill Lake, where the campground and canoe launch near Sawbill Outfitters currently are. The Lodge was removed in the early 1980s and the cabins were demolished. Solbakken Lodge ended up buying the lodge structure and moving it to their site on Lake Superior, where it still exists. The presentation is free. All invited.
And, on Wednesday, Boreal Corps will hold “Letters on the Library Lawn, ” a children’s public health writing kiosk, at the Grand Marais Public Library from 2:30 to 8 p.m. BorealCorps is a Cook County children’s story scouts club for all ages able to write, up to 16, seeking to improve and protect public health, civic life and the Northwoods environment by writing letters, creating newspapers, and making activist art. Free.
The Northwoods Fiber Guild exhibit, “Through Our Hands V: Sun, Moon, Stars” continues at the Johnson Heritage Post with a wide selection of works by local artisans including weaving, felting, quilting, knitting, paper art, multi-media works and more.
The Johnson Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday as well as Monday, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. It is closed on Tuesdays.
Niiyo-wiij-anishinaabe (Four Friends) celebrates the individual’s journey including the viewer, the fourth friend. The exhibit continues through July 24.
The Tweed Museum of Art is featuring a number of exhibits, including this work by Grant Wood.
In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery‘s spectacular exhibit, “Uprising: The Power of Mother Earth: A retrospective of Christi Belcourt with Isaac Murdoch” continues.
Spanning more than 25 years of art-making, the exhibition of about 35 works celebrates Belcourt’s many inspirational, artistic, and collective achievements. The exhibit also features Murdoch’s art whose iconic images, including Thunderbird woman, has been become an international symbol of the Indigenous resistance movement against resource extraction.
The Grand Marais Arts Festival is next weekend, July 14-15, in downtown Grand Marais. More than 70 local and regional artists are featured in this great show, which includes art-making activities, demonstrations and more.
Also during the Arts Festival, the Art Colony will hold “An Artful Evening on the Harbor,” a fundraiser event for the Art Colony. The event will be held in Harbor Park on Friday, July 14, and will feature food, beverages, and live music, as well as live and silent auctions.
Tickets to the Artful Evening are limited, although some may be available at the door. For more info, click here.
And finally, a little note: Jim Sannerud took sculptor Greg Mueller‘s chair-making class last week. This is what he built… he calls it “High Chair.”
Here’s the music for the week;
Thursday, July 5:
- Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Wintery, 6 p.m.
- Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 6:30 p.m.
- Wunderdogs, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
- Ma’iingan Duo, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
- Shaky Ground, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.
Friday, July 6;
- Gene Lafond and Amy Grillo, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
- Kilborn Quartet + Boats and Bridges, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
- The Yellow-Bellied Sap Suckers, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
- The Thirsty River, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
- Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
Saturday, July 7:
- Cook County’s Most Wanted, Birch Terrace, 3 p.m.
- Joe Paulik, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
- Dave Cofell, Voyageur Brewing Co., 6 p.m.
- Briand Morrison, Music on the Deck, Papa Charlie’s, 6:30 p.m.
- Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, 7 p.m., rural Grand Marais, www.michaelmonroemusic.com
- Pushing Chain, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
- The Thirsty River, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
- Average Mammals, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
- Circuit Breakers, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
- DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 8:
- Dave Cofell, Wunderbar, 11 a.m.
- Spruce Roots, North Shore Wintery, 3 p.m.
- Virgil Cain Band, Skyport Lodge, 4 p.m.
- Ocelot Wizard, Gunf Flint Tavern, 7:30 p..
Monday, July 9:
- Ocelot Wizard, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
- Courtney Yasmineh, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
- Bug Lite, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
Tuesday, July 10:
- Ocelot Wizard, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 11:
- Old Sap, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
We are so grateful for our photographers that capture these beautiful images of the North Shore. Here’s our selection for the week — let’s start with wildlife.
Maybe these two don’t quite qualify as wild …
Look at this youngster’s huge feet!
Here are some “flowerscapes.”
And we found some beautiful landscapes:
Here are a few local event photos that might be of interest.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
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