Whew! This is the weekend for art studio tours on the North Shore, that’s for sure. Three studio tours open this weekend, (Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour, the Lake Superior 20/20 Art Studio Tour and the Cooter Tonder & Friends Studio Sale), and there are opening receptions for three art exhibits, too. Plus, there’s lots of music and an incredible number of art-related events, demos and talks in Cook County over the next 10 days. So let’s get to the details:
First up is the Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour which runs from Friday, Sept. 28 through Sunday, Oct. 7 throughout Cook County. The tour includes a total of 21 art studios and galleries representing 50 local and regional artists. They all will be open to the public for 10 days, with receptions, art events, talks, demos and more.
All the studios will be open from 10 a.m. to 4-6 p.m. daily, and there’s really a lot to see. Paintings, pottery, bead art, weaving, sculpture, woodcut prints, glass, photographs, jewelry, etchings and book illustrations and more will be on exhibit at the studios and galleries during the tour.
Many of the galleries and studios have organized events, talks and demos during the tour. It’s quite a list. Want to learn how to throw a pot? There are a demos at the Big Lake (Hannah Laky Palma) and the Grand Marais Art Colony (Natalie Sobanja, Kathy Reeves & Joan Farnam.) How about watching a printmaker at work? (Betsy Bowen Studio and Dan & Lee Ross). You can see a bronze pour at the Mueller Studio (Formerly Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen) at 4 p.m. on both Saturdays, or watch a raku firing a Clay Phoenix Ceramics in Lutsen on several days. Lou Pignolet, a woodturner in Hovland, will be giving wood-turning demonstrations every day and painter Kathy Fox Weinberg will offer a canvas for a community paint during the tour. Bead painting demos with Jo Wood, woodcarving demos and more are scheduled for this tour, as is an oil painting demo with Paula Gustafson at Yellow Bird Fine Arts.
There will be art talks, too. Natalie Sobanja and Martye Allen will give talks about ceramics at the Frykman Art Studio & Art of the Elements gallery and John Books will talk about bronze sculpture, Ron Piercy will demonstrate cutting semi-precious stones for jewelry at Yellowbird Fine Art … the list, goes on and on. There will be film screenings at the Grand Marais Art Colony during the next week, too, and activities for kids (and adults) at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen where Tim Young is the artist-in-residence.
Meanwhile, in Lake County, two art studio tours are scheduled.
This is the 7th year for the Lake Superior 20/20 Art Studio Tour, which features studios within 20 miles of Two Harbor. The tour is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
Glass, ceramics, woodwork, painting, printmaking, jewelry, sculpture, and photography, including work by painter David Gilsvik are featured on this tour. Demos, hands-on activities and refreshments are also planned. . Check out this Facebook Page for more details.
The Cooter Tonder & Friends Studio Sale will be held this weekend, too, at the studios of potter Dick Cooter and handweaver Debbie Cooter and glass artists Michael Tonder and Jodi Friej-Tonder. The studios will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
Both studios will feature a variety of guest artists. Check out their Facebook page, here, for more images and info.
And not to forget–all the studios in the art tours serve refreshments, and many of the artists are on-site. Plus that, the leaves are turning, so get ready for a great visual experience.
Meanwhile, there are lots of other events in Cook County this weekend, too.
First up is the Grand Opening for two businesses in Lutsen: the Jeweler of the North Shore and H. Lill’s Boutique from 4-6:30p.m. on Friday. These two businesses combine custom design jewelry, jewelry repair, gifts, home décor and yarn. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served.
Also at 4 p.m. on Friday– the opening reception for Patricia Canelake’s “Blue Horses and Golden Goat” exhibit at Yellow Bird Fine Art. The opening reception will be held from 4-7 p.m. in the Annex.
The exhibit feature Canelake’s large format paintings of farm life. All invited. Refreshments will be served.The exhibit continues through Oct.7.
Also on Friday at 4 p.m., Upstate MN will hold an opening reception for an exhibit of artwork by Andy Ness.
Ness is an accomplished artist who has a graduate degree from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he subsequently taught. Ness is opening of an exhibit of his work in Ferrara, Italy next week, and will not be able to attend the opening reception, however, all are invited to come see his work. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will continue at Upstate MN through the Fall Studio Tour.
And finally, The Grand Marais Art Colony will hold an opening reception for member artists who will be exhibiting in the Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour on Friday.
The opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. All invited.
Also on Friday, Drury Lane Books will host a Writer’s Salon featuring Patricia Hampl, the author of “The Art of the Wasted Day.”
Hampl will talk about her books and writing starting at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, the Cook County Market begins the day in the Senior Center parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market features a variety of Cook County artists and artisans.
For writers, the Grand Marais Public Library will be hosting a writer’s workshop with Elyse Lawrey, who writes under the name Maddie LeSage. She is a published author from Duluth. The workshop is from 2:30-6 p.m. on Saturday, and participants will write a short piece of “flash fiction” during that time. LeSage writes romantic suspense fiction. The event is free.
And at 7 p.m. on Saturday, the Violence Prevention Center will present “Lunafest” at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts from 7-9 p.m.
Lunafest is a fundraiser for the Violence Prevention Center. The short films cover a wide range of issues as well as styles. Recommended.
The exhibit, Grand Marais Plein Air, continues at the Johnson Heritage Post, featuring work by the 70 plein air artists who participated this year.
In all, 300 paintings were exhibited at the opening last Friday. Many have sold, and reserves put up in their place, so the show stays fresh for multiple viewings.
We also found an image of the winner of the Night Paint competition during Grand Marais Plein Air. Take a look:
In Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art continues its exhibit of native artwork from the Pacific Northwest. Here’s a moon mask.
In Thunder Bay, the Christi Belcourt Retrospective with Isaac Murdoch continues at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. Here’s a painting from that exhibit, which continues through November.
WTIP and its listeners are missing Senior News Editor Jay Andersen’s friendly voice on the radio. Jay has been ill since late August. Andersen has worn many hats, including being the director of the Grand Marais Art Colony, the founder of the Arrowhead Center for the Arts and the former editor of the Cook County News-Herald, to name a few.
He’s at St. Luke’s hospital in Duluth and is in need of good cheer. Cards and visits are welcome. Just contact the hospital and ask for his mailing address and room number: (218) 249-5555. A bank account has been set up for his recovery fund at the North Shore Federal Credit Union under “Friends of Jay and Tamera Andersen.” Call the bank at 218-387-1312 for more info.
In color news, Lutsen Mountains has just installed a fall color cam that captures high resolution images every 10 minutes. Here’s what David Johnson found when he was out photographing around Lutsen Mountains the other day.
In music, WTIP Community Radio attended the Woods, Winds and Strings .. and a Little Jazz concert a few weeks ago. The concert is a fundraiser for the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department.
To listen to the concert, click here.
Here’s the music schedule for this week:
Thursday, Sept. 27:
- Polkariety, Voyageur Brewing, 5 p.m.
- Frozen Britches, Cascade Lodge. 6 p.m.
- Joe Paulik, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
- Maria Nickolay, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne & the Wildcats, North Shore Winery, 8 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 28:
- Polkaviety, Voyageur Brewing, 5 p.m.
- Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
- Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
- Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 29:
- Log Cabin Concert, Michael Monroe, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m. Reservations at michaelmonroemusic.com
- Circuit Breakers, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
- TBA, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
- Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m..
Sunday, Sept. 30:
- Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
- Eric Frost, Acoustic Sunday at the North Shore Winery, 2 p.m.
- Open Stage, Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
- TBA, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 31:
- Irish Sessions with Tom, Eric & Michelle, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
- Sofia Talvik, Monday Singer/Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.
- Pete Kavanaugh, Bluefin Bay, 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 3:
- Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Bay, 9 p.m.
So, it’s fall color season and mushroom season. Here are some great images.
We found some wildlife photos, too:
Here are some great landscapes, too:
Enjoy the week, everyone!