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A Fancy Weekend–Unplugged & Plein Air

The first signs of autumn by Thomas Spence.

The first signs of autumn by Thomas Spence.

Ah, the second week of September is here, and we can look forward to two stellar events:  Plein Air Grand Marais and North House Folk School‘s Unplugged xvii. Lots to do and see. And, of course, as the photograph above shows, fall colors are starting in the woods, and the weather has been perfect.

Plein Air Grand Marais, co-sponsored by the Johnson Heritage Post and Outdoor Painters of Minnesota, has been on-going for almost a week now and early paintings from the artists’ work are beginning to be emerge.

On Wednesday night, Yellow Bird Fine Art held an opening exhibit for the painters in the Open Class at the gallery’s annex.  Plein air painter Marge Brackin won first place with her painting, “Red Cliff.” The award includes an invitation to participate in the juried competition next year.

"Red Cliff" by Marge Brackin won the Plein Air Open Class award.

“Red Cliff” by Marge Brackin won the Plein Air Open Class award. The Open Class paintings will be on exhibit at Yellow Bird Fine Art Gallery through Sunday.

All the paintings submitted for the Open Class show will be on exhibit at Yellow Bird Fine Art Gallery through Sunday.

Meanwhile, Plein Air Grand Marais continues. First up is a panel discussion with three of Minnesota’s internationally-acclaimed painters – Jeffrey T. Larson, Mary Petti  and Andy Evansen at the Johnson Heritage Post at noon on Thursday. They will discuss the history and importance of plain air painting. The public is invited.

Then, at 3 p.m. on Thursday, the painters will gather on Artist’s Point for one of the most popular events of the week: The Quick Paint. Painters are given an hour to complete a painting and then display them along the shore. The public is invited to watch as empty canvases are transformed into beauteous renditions of the North Shore and Lake Superior. The event is held from 3-5 p.m.

The Quick Paint on Artist's Point starts at 4 p.m. on Thursday. The public is invited.

The Quick Paint on Artist’s Point starts at 3 p.m. on Thursday. The public is invited.

Afterwards, the painters will gather at the Harbor Picnic Shelter at the Grand Marais Municipal Campground to sing, play music along with OPM’s ad-hoc band “The Plein Errors,” and celebrate the week’s painting achievements.

On Friday, look for the gala opening reception at the Johnson Heritage Post from 6-8 p.m., where more than 300 paintings by 75 plein air painters will be on exhibit through Oct. 7. It will be a fun time as the paintings themselves are extraordinary, and there’s lots of excitement as the awards are announced. Overall awards will be given for 1st-3rd place, as well as Best Historic Place and the Sense of Place Award. There will also be Night Paint awards and Quick Paint Awards as well an award for the winner of the Berney Quick Artist’s Choice competition.

It’s a little early to show what the painters have done, but we did find two great Night Paints. Look for more photos of the paintings next week.

"Work Hard. Play Hard." by Neil Sherman.

“Work Hard. Play Hard.” by Neil Sherman.

 

Painting by David Gilsvik.

Night paint by David Gilsvik.

Meanwhile, North House Folk School‘s Unplugged xvii, is on-going as well. This very popular event  runs from Sept. 14-16, and features lots of music, craft, and storytelling as well as classes, a Folk Artisan Marketplace and an on-line auction.

The Folk Artisan Marketplace opens on Friday from noon to 7 p.m. and will also be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Look for baskets, felted goods, carved bowls and spoons, jewelry, leather goods, and more.

The Folk Artisan Marketplace will be held at North House Folk School on Friday and Saturday.

The Folk Artisan Marketplace will be held at North House Folk School on Friday and Saturday. Pictured above are brooms by Marybeth Garmoe.

Artisans this year will include Beth Dow, Carol Dunn, Marybeth Garmoe, Todd Hawkinson, Mike Loeffler, Cathryn Peters, Alex Yerks, Kim Garrett and Rebecca Utecht.

Also on Friday night, North House will host the Birchbark Bash from 5-9 p.m. featuring a live craft performance by Jögge Sundqvist, a multi-course dinner by Scott Graden of the New Scenic Cafe and a live auction. All proceeds go to support the educational mission of North House. Tickets are still available! Call 387-9762 for more info.

There are a wide variety of classes and min-classes offered on Saturday, too, including a chance to join the choir for a performance on Saturday night, learn about the Ukulele with Prudence Johnson as well as a Viking cooking demonstration.

On Saturday night is the Unplugged performance, which begins at 7 p.m. This year’s line-up includes storyteller Kevin Kling and singer/songwriters Marc Anderson, Dan ChouinardBradley GreenwaldPrudence Johnson, Simone Perrin, Claudia Schmidt and Dane Stauffer will perform. This is always a great concert and fills the big tent at North House.

Unplugged xvii is this weekend.

Unplugged xvii is this weekend.

Tickets are still available. Click here for more info and tickets.

There are other activities and events this weekend, too.

On Friday, the Minnesota Zoomobile will be at the Grand Marais Public Library from 4-5 p.m. The Zoomobile includes live animals, storytelling, research techniques and audience participation to create a fun program for all ages. All invited. Free.

On Saturday, the Cook County Market, featuring work by a variety of local artists and artisans, opens in the Senior Center parking lot at 9 a.m. and runs to 1 p.m.

The Cook County Market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday in the Senior Center Parking lot, featuring work by a variety of local artists and artisans. Pictured, above, is work by Jeff Lilienthal.

The Cook County Market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday in the Senior Center Parking lot, featuring work by a variety of local artists and artisans. Pictured, above, is work by Jeff Liljestrand of Papa’s Hands..

Up the Gunflint Trail, Gunflint Lodge will host a Fall Color Ride from 9:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on trails in the Superior National Forest. Call 388-2294 for reservations.

Gunflint Lodge will host a Fall Color Ride on Saturday.

Gunflint Lodge will host a Fall Color Ride on Saturday.

Also on Saturday, Amy Lucas-Peroceski, who wrote “Arthur Zac’s Amazing Zebras,” will talk about her book at the Grand Marais Public Library at 10:30 a.m.

Amy-Lucas-Peroceski will talk about her book at the 10:30 a.m. at the library.

Amy-Lucas-Peroceski will talk about her book at the 10:30 a.m. at the library.

The second part of the program will feature how to draw a zebra on 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock. Preschoolers will paint with water soluble oil pastels. Adults will further enhance their zebra by adding background to the picture. The event is free and open to the public.

And at 2 p.m.on Saturday, Staci Drouillard will give a presentation at Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center on the Gunflint Trail.

Staci Drouillard will give a presentation at Chik-Wauk on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Staci Drouillard will give a presentation at Chik-Wauk on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Drouillard’s grandfather, Fred Drouillard and grandmother, Lola, had worked at Chik-Wauk Resort in the 1930s and 1940s. Fred was a fishing guide on Saganaga Lake and Lola cooked three meals a day at the resort. Fred and Lola would spend every summer at Chik-Wauk living in the Raven’s Nest cabin. Staci’s father, Francis, started work as a bait and dock helper at Chik-Wauk and by the age of 16, was working as a fishing guide alongside his dad. The presentation is free.

Exhibits:

 Landscape painter Greg Prelicka  is exhibiting his work in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park through October.

Painting by Greg Prelicka. The artist is exhibiting at Tettegouche State Park through October.

Painting by Greg Prelicka. The artist is exhibiting at Tettegouche State Park through October.

In Duluth, the Duluth Art Institute will host an opening reception for two new exhibits from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday. “Land/People” by Amanda Breitbach explores the decline of family farming and the emotional and spiritual issues that underlie the human relationship to land, making larger, universal relationships visible through Breitbach’s, and her family’s own experiences in Montana.

One of the photographs in Amanda Breitbach's exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute which opens on Thursday.

One of the photographs in Amanda Breitbach’s exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute, which opens on Thursday.

The DAI is also opening an exhibit by Aaron Squadroni entitled “Mesabi Land Portraits.” His work is centered on mining imagery and metalpoint drawing techniques. This particular exhibit focuses on the Hull Rust mine in Hibbing, one of the largest open-pit mines in the world.  Both artists will be at the opening reception. All invited.

In Thunder Bay, Christi Belcourt‘s exhibit: “Uprising: The Power of Mother Earth, A Retrospective with Isaac Murdoch” continues at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery with a great selection of her work.

"What we teach our children? Revisted" by Christi Belcourt.

“What we teach our children? Revisted” by Christi Belcourt.

Also in Thunder Bay, check out the new art murals by the diE Active Art Collective on Cooke Steet in Waterfront District downtown.

Members of the diE Active work on one of their murals on Cooke Street in Thunder Bay.

Members of the diE Active work on one of their murals on Cooke Street in Thunder Bay.

 Also in Thunder Bay, the Baggage Building Arts Center is exhibiting costumes created for the plays they have produced there.

Costumes created by Patsy and Beth are on display at the Baggage Building Arts Center as a tribute to them.

Costumes created by Patsy and Beth are on display at the Baggage Building Arts Center as a tribute to them.

 Upcoming:

 The North Shore Music Association is bringing Pura Fé to the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Sept. 22. Co-founder of the Indigenous women’s a capella trio Ulali and member of the Tuscarora Indian Nation, Pura Fé is recognized for bringing Native contemporary music to the forefront of the mainstream music industry. Her group, Ulali, played the music for Sherman Alexie’s movie, “Smoke Signals.” She will perform at solo concert starting 7:30 p.m. Here’s an example of her music:

And, starting on Sept. 28 and running through Oct. 7, the Fall Studio Tour will be held in Cook County. Featuring work by more than 50 local artists in studios and galleries throughout the county, the tour offers visitors the chance to see new work and talk to the artists who made it.

"Meandering," bead art by Jo Wood, who is one of the artists participating in the Fall Art Tour.

“Meandering,” bead art by Jo Wood, who is one of the artists participating in the Fall Studio Art Tour.

For many featured artists, these 10 days are the only time they open their studios to the public all year. Access to some of the artists featured on the fall art tour is limited, since they do only a few art shows per year and limited online sales.  “We have had customers fly in from around the country to come to the Studio Tour,” said Dan and Lee Ross, who are sculpture and print artists. This year, Lee Ross will debut her new glass work.

Lee Ross will debut her new glass work during the Fall Studio Tour, which runs from Sept. 28 through Oct. 7. Pictured are two of her owls.

Lee Ross will debut her new glass work during the Fall Studio Tour, which runs from Sept. 28 through Oct. 7. Pictured are two of her owls.

Last year, there were more than 1,350 fall art tour visitors. The art tour also features a variety of demonstrations and talks by the artists. Stay tuned for details. For more info, click here.

Music:

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, Sept. 13:

  • Gordon Thorne & the Wildcats, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Frozen Britches, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 14:

  • Kyle Ollah, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
  • Don Juan Trio, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • TBA, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • The Millers, Bluefin,  8 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 15:

  • Jim & Michele, Cascade Lodge Restaurant, 6 p.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Grandma Ray’s, 7 p.m.
  • Ghost Wagon, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Dance Party with DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 16:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Ghost Wagon, Wunderbar Brunch, 11 a.m.
  • Eric Frost, North Shore Winery, 2 p.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 17:

  • Trevor James Americana Rebel, Monday Night Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Bay, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept, 19:

  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Bay, 9 p.m.

We found lots of photos this week:

First, a flower:

"Fragrant Cloud," by Jim Boyd.

“Fragrant Cloud,” by Jim Boyd.

And a mushroom:

Amanita by Maria Isley.

Amanita by Maria Isley.

And a sunrise spider web:

A spider web at sunrise by Kjersti Vick.

A spider web at sunrise by Kjersti Vick.

We found a few wildlife shots:

The snow geese are moving! Photo by Maryjane Van Den Heuvel taken at the Silver Bay airport.

The snow geese are migrating! Photo by Maryjane Van Den Heuvel taken at the Silver Bay airport.

 

Canada lynx hunting squirrels by Thomas Spence.

Canada lynx hunting by Thomas Spence.

Here are some sunrises and sunsets.

A pretty sunrise at Split Rock by Jamie Rabold.

A pretty sunrise at Split Rock by Jamie Rabold.

 

Morning mist by Don Davison.

Morning mist by Don Davison.

 

Sunrise in layers by Jan Swart.

Sunrise in layers by Jan Swart.

 

This morning at Kitchi Gammi Park by Zoey Cohen Leege.

This morning at Kitchi Gammi Park by Zoey Cohen Leege.

And a great northern lights shot:

Northern lights by David Johnson.

Northern lights by David Johnson.

And here is water:

Upper Goosberry Falls in the early morning light by Jim Sochoko.

Upper Goosberry Falls in the early morning light by Jim Sochoko.

 

The Ghost of Two Harbors by Matthew Pastick.

The Ghost of Two Harbors by Matthew Pastick.

And finally, this beauty:

At the top of the High Falls at Tettegouche by Jim Sochko.

At the top of the High Falls at Tettegouche by Jim Sochoko.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

 

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