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The North Shore in Summer

molly cat on the beach in summer

A perfect moment in summer: A young boy skipping rocks on the harbor as the good ship Hjordis sails by.  Photo  by Molly Hicken.

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.

Book Arts Weekend will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony July 5-7, including a tour of a bookbinding studio in Cook County.

Book Arts Weekend will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony July 5-7, including a tour of a bookbinding studio in Cook County.

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.

From Kurt Moses' "North Shore Collection. His exhibit opens in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park with a reception from 7-8:30 p.m. on Friday.

From Kurt Moses’ “North Shore Collection. His exhibit opens in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park with a reception from 7-8:30 p.m. on Friday.

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 Event of a Threat-Creators Project by Ann Hamilton.

The Event of a Threat-Creators Project by 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 Hovland Arts Festival is this weekend.

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.

Artwork by Andy Ness. Ness will give an Artist Talk at the Grand Marais Art Colony from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday in the Print Studio.

Artwork by Andy Ness. Ness will give an Artist Talk at the Grand Marais Art Colony from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday 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.

Sculpture by Paul Thek. Andy Ness will give an Artist Talk about Thek's work from noon to 1 p.m. at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Sculpture by Paul Thek. Andy Ness will give an Artist Talk about Thek’s work from noon to 1 p.m. at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

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.

Exhibits:

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.

Beth Blank's "Child's Nap Quilt" is one of the pieces exhibited at the Northwood Fiber Guild's show at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Beth Blank’s “Child’s Nap Quilt” is one of the pieces exhibited at the Northwood Fiber Guild’s show at the Johnson Heritage Post.

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.

The Duluth Art Institute continues the exhibit  Niiyo-wiij-anishinaabe (Four Friends), works by Carl Gowboy, George Morrison and Joe Geshick.

This painting by Carl Gawboy is at the Duluth Art Institute.

This painting by Carl Gawboy is at the Duluth Art Institute.

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.

Lithograph on paper by Grant Wood is at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Lithograph on paper by Grant Wood is at the Tweed Museum of Art.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallerys spectacular exhibit, “Uprising: The Power of Mother Earth: A retrospective of Christi Belcourt with Isaac Murdoch” continues.

"What the Sturgeon Told Me," by Christi Belcourt, is one of the paintings at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

“What the Sturgeon Told Me,” by Christi Belcourt, is one of the paintings at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

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.

Upcoming

 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.

The Grand Marais Arts Festival is next weekend, July 14-15.

The Grand Marais Arts Festival is next weekend, July 14-15.

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.

This painting by Hazel Belvo will be offered at auction during the Grand Marais Art Colony's "Artful Evening" next Friday.

This painting by Hazel Belvo will be offered at auction during the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s “Artful Evening” next Friday.

Tickets to the Artful Evening are limited, although some may be available at the door. For more info, click here.

Artist News:

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.”

Jim Sannerud and his "High Chair," which was briefly on display outside the Art Colony until he took it home.

Jim Sannerud and his “High Chair,” which was briefly on display outside the Art Colony until he took it home.

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.

Pileated woodpecker with its young by Travis Novitsky.

Pileated woodpecker with its young by Travis Novitsky.

Maybe these two don’t quite qualify as wild …

 

Thelma and Louis waiting for breakfast by Vicki Biggs-Anderson.

Thelma and Louis waiting for breakfast by Vicki Biggs-Anderson.

Look at this youngster’s huge feet!

Loon Family by Paul Sundberg.

Loon Family by Paul Sundberg.

 

Bull Moose by David Johnson.

Bull Moose by David Johnson.

 

 A lucky shot by Erick Johnson.

A morning drink by Erick Johnson.

 

Here are some “flowerscapes.”

"Birthday Bliss" by Shawna Willis.

“Birthday Bliss” by Shawna Willis.

 

Showy Lady Slipper by Paul Pluskwik.

Showy Lady Slipper by Paul Pluskwik.

And we found some beautiful landscapes:

Out chasing the storm this morning by David Johnson.

Out chasing the storm this morning by David Johnson.

 

Clouds and blue sky by Kristofer Bowman.

Clouds and blue sky by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Full Strawberry Moon over Lake Superior by Bryan Hansel.

Full Strawberry Moon over Lake Superior by Bryan Hansel.

 

Golden Fog by David Johnson.

Golden Fog by David Johnson.

 

Wildlife Sanctuary at Devil Track.

Wildflower Sanctuary at Devil Track.

 

Harbor Light by Mark Tessier.

Harbor Light by Mark Tessier.

 

Split Rock and the Wave by Christian Dalbec.

Split Rock and the Wave by Christian Dalbec.

Here are a few local event photos that might be of interest.

This schooner arrived in the Grand Marais Harbor, a visitor for North House Folk School's Wooden Boat Show. David Johnson took the photo, but it looks like it was taken in 1908, doesn't it? Enjoy!

This schooner arrived in the Grand Marais Harbor, a visitor for North House Folk School‘s Wooden Boat Show. David Johnson took the photo, but it looks like it was taken in 1908, doesn’t it? Enjoy!

 

4th of July in Tofte by Thomas Spence.

4th of July in Tofte by Thomas Spence.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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