This is the weekend to just kick back and enjoy the official last days of summer on the North Shore, although, as anyone who lives here or visits well knows, there are lots of beautiful days and weeks ahead.
One of the things that artists and everyone else love about the end of August is that tomatoes are definitely ready to be picked in gardens around the county. So are lots of other fresh vegetables.
Take advantage of this and check out the Local Food Market, which is held in the parking lot at the Cook County Community Center on Thursdays from 5-6 p.m., and Saturday, at the Cook County Market in the Senior Center parking lot from 10 a.m. to noon. There’s lots of great variety the year!
And this is Basket Week at North House Folk School. There are lots of classes, demonstrations and talks as well as a Basket Marketplace, where handmade baskets will be for sale. All events are open to the public.
The Basket Marketplace will be held tonight, Thursday, Aug. 8, in the Blue Building at North House from 6-8 p.m.
Browse a wide selection of handmade, one-of-a-kind items in this pop-up shop and meet the artisans behind the work.
On Friday, there will a series of presentations about baskets and basketmaking from 9 a.m. to noon at North House. Judy Zugish will talk about the cedar bark baskets at 9 a.m., Tina Fung Holder and John Zasada will give a presentation about baskets of the world at 10 a.m. and Lee Zieke and Lindsay Lee will talk about willow baskets.
In the afternoon, basketmakers will give demonstrations from 1-4 p.m. on the Commons at North House. Basketmakers include Julie Kean: Birch Bark; Paula Sundet Wolf: Wattle Fences; Karen Tembruell: Cordage; Cathryn Peters: Antler Basketry; Dennis Chilcote: Folded Birch Bark Basketry and April Stone: Black Ash Basketry.
And on Saturday, instructor Paul Linden will offer tips and instructions on sharpening simple tools from knives to clippers. It’s a skill-share, and all are invited.
Also at North House, Angela Robins will be demonstrating wood carving from Thursday through Sunday. She will hold a workshop on Saturday at 10 a.m. entitled “Carving a miniature wooden stool.” Call 387-9762 for more info, or just drop by.
The Grand Marais Art Colony will hold two short workshops this weekend: Paint-A-Tile on Friday, Aug. 31 and Making Glass Window Ornaments on Saturday, Sept. 1.
Space is limited in both classes. Call the Art Colony at 387-2737 to register.
On Saturday, the Cook County Market will be held in the parking lot of the Senior Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring a great selection of work by local artisans. All invited.
On Saturday night, Monroe Crossing will be in concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m.
The world-class bluegrass entertainers play a blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Tickets are available at the door. To learn more about them and hear their music, click on the link below. Also, listen to the Scenic Route on WTIP on Friday to hear more.
In Duluth, this is the weekend for the monthly Downtown Duluth Arts Walk, a creation of the Downtown Duluth Arts Collective (DDAC). Together, they represent more than 25 arts businesses/groups, individual artist studios and cultural centers that will be participating in art exhibits, gallery talks, art demonstrations, musical performances and more.
The monthly Arts Walk will be from 5 to 8 p.m. and go on into the late-night downtown scene. All invited. Free.
Marcy Podas, a resident of the Cook County Care Center, has commissioned five paintings by Jeff Niesen to be installed at the newly renovated Cook County Hospital/Care Center. Niesen, a resident of Grand Marais, is Podas’ grandson.
On Tuesday, Sept. 4, a reception to view the paintings and meet the artist will be held at the Cook County Hospital/Care Center from 6:30-8:30 p.m. All invited.
“Fragments of the North: Oil Paintings” by Reid Thorpe, continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through Sept. 9.
This is a fascinating exhibit. Thorpe’s ability to paint water is truly amazing. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and Monday, and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, It is closed on Tuesdays.
And this is the last weekend to see North Shore photographs by William Gillis on exhibit in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park. He will take them down on Friday.
In Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art, on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, continues its exhibit, “Quiet Simplicity,” with a great selection of paintings from its collection.
In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery continues its exhibit, “Uprising: The Power of Mother Earth–Christi Belcourt – A Retrospective with Isaac Murdoch.
The Belcourt exhibit continues at the gallery through Nov. 25.
The 11th annual Radio Waves Music Festival is next weekend, Sept. 7-9 at Sweetheart’s Bluff in the Grand Marais Rec Park. This highly anticipated fall event brings the community together for three days to enjoy music and more. More than 30 bands will perform, and there will be food, a children’s tent and lots of opportunities to dance.
New bands performing this year include the Kilborn Quartet, the Aho Family, Jim McGowan, Casey Aro, Cherry Dirt and Gillis & Stamps. And, the West Virginia Gospel group, the Carpenter Ants, return, with shows on Saturday night and the Gospel Hour on Sunday morning. Tickets are $10 per day or $20 for the weekend.
Here’s a short video to whet your appetite:
Plein Air Grand Marais begins Sept. 7, with artists from throughout the region converging on Cook County to paint what they see. It’s a really fun time for everyone, and the event culminates with an impressive exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.
In past years, the Grand Marais Art Colony has organized the event, but this year, the Outdoor Painters of Minnesota will collaborate with the Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery to continue the event and expand its scope with workshops, demos and daily activities to engage painters, visitors, and community members . Stay tuned for details and click here for more.
Also, the Yellow Bird Fine Art Gallery will host a separate, open exhibit for up to 35 non-Competition painters, during the Plein Air event. An opening reception will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Stay tuned.
North House Folk School has announced that there are openings for the 2019-2020 Artisan Development Program through the Folk School. It is a two-year residency and professional development program for emerging craft artisans working in traditional crafts. For more info about this great opportunity, click here.
Also, there are openings for the 2019 Craft Education Internship program at North House as well. The Craft Education Internship opens the door to the world of traditional craft. Interns experience all the facets of a small non-profit organization in addition to taking coursework in traditional craft, developing their teaching skills, and exploring the role of the folk school in today’s world. Click here to learn more.
And finally, the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council is currently accepting applications for the Career Development and Technology/Equipment Grants. The deadline for these grants is Sept. 28. Click here for more info about the Career Development Grant. Click here for info about the Technology/Equipment Grant.
Here’s the music for this week:
Thursday, Aug. 30:
- North Country Fair, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
- Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Lutsen Resort, 6:30 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne & the Wildcats, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 31:
- Maria Nickolay, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
- Eric Frost, Music by the Campfire, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7 p.m.
- The Federales, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
- Alamode, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
- Cook County’s Most Wanted, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
- Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 1:
- Cook County’s Most Wanted, Birch Terrace, 3 p.m.
- Eric Frost, Cascade Lodge Restaurant, 6 p.m.
- Joe Paulik, Music on the Deck, Papa Charlie’s, 6 p.m.
- Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m., www.michaelmonroemusic.com
- Briand Morrison, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
- Monroe Crossing, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.
- Mysterious Ways, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
- The Federales, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
- J Squared and the Makers, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 1:
- Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
- Cook County Swing Band, Chic-Wauk, Ice Cream Social, 12:30 p.m.
- Woodblind, Music by the Lake, Skyport Lodge, 4 p.m.
- Open Stage with Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
- The Federales, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 2
- The Red Dog Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
- Pete Kavanaugh, Bluefin Bay, 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 3:
- Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Bay, 9 p.m.
Here are some of the photos we found this week.
Not wildlife, but wild food:
And here’s a geat shot of huge raindrops on a spider web.
The northern lights made an appearance this week. It was a little foggy on the North Shore, but our photographers still managed to capture some images.
Here’s another great skyscape:
And a moonscape:
Sunsets and sunrises:
The beauties of solitude:
And finally, the beauties of fall.
Have a great weekend, everyone!