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Potpourri IV

Grand Marais, April, 2018 by Jessica Markusen.

Grand Marais in April, by Jessica Markusen.

How newsy is NorthShore ArtScene? That’s a question we’ve been asking this week, as we face reporting on a devastating fire that destroyed three family businesses in downtown Grand Marais on Monday, April 13. White Pine North, owned by Jessica & Tyler Dean, The Crooked Spoon owned by Sara & Nathan Hingos and Picnic and Pine, owned by Kelsey Kennedy & Peter Klinker were destroyed in the fire. The cause of the fire is not known at this time. No one was injured.

Three local businesses, Picnic and Pine, The Crooked Spoon and White Pine North were destroyed in a fire in downtown Grand Marais on Monday, April 13.

Three local businesses, Picnic and Pine, The Crooked Spoon and White Pine North were destroyed in a fire in downtown Grand Marais on Monday, April 13. Photo by Paul Sundberg.

Whipped by winds gusting over 20 mph, volunteer firemen from four different volunteer fire departments, Grand Marais, Maple Hill, Colvill and Lutsen, battled the blaze. The three businesses could not be saved. Sven & Ole’s, which is across the alley, was saved and suffered only minor damage.

A volunteer fireman pulls a hose along the street

A volunteer fireman pulls a hose along the street in front of the debris from the fire. Photo by CJ Heitoff.

The horror, heartbreak and sadness at first overwhelmed this small community, already reeling from the closures of local businesses due to Corvid-19.  But, like the strong community that it is, Grand Marais has rallied to help in any way it can.

Betsy Bowen posted this on her Facebook page as a way to support and comfort the community.

Betsy Bowen posted this on her Facebook page as a way to support and comfort the community. She titled it “Love comes together in hard times.”

A GoFundMe Fire Relief Fund, launched by Abby Tofte and Tina Hegg Raway, has been set up to accept online donations to help the businesses get back on their feet. As of this morning, it had raised more than $25,000 from donations across the region and the country.  Click here to donate and find out more about the fundraiser. Grand Marais’ mayor, Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux, set up three accounts at the Grand Marais State Bank for relief donations as well. Checks can be sent to Grand Marais State Bank, PO Box 100, Grand Marais, MN 55604.

There is more to report, unfortunately.

The Hovland Arts Festival, scheduled for the July 4th weekend, has been cancelled. “We waited as long as we could to make this difficult decision.” the Hovland Arts Festival Committee wrote to its neighbors. “It’s based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat. Just having one person get sick if we proceed is too many. Please join us next year on the 4th of July weekend!”

North House Folk School has cancelled all courses through June 19. They write: “We are extending our course cancellation period through June 19 to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect our students, instructors, staff, and neighbors. If you are registered for a course during this time frame, you should have received an email regarding your refund options. If you didn’t, please email us at info@northhouse.org or call us at 218-387-9762.”

The Grand Marais Art Colony has cancelled all programming through Aug. 31, “including all on-site classes and activities, and our annual Arts Festival, in order to protect the health and safety of your community. We are exploring ways to pivot our programming to an online platform. Look for GMAC on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to find information and ways to engage.”

And the Cook County Market, featuring work by a variety of local artists and artisans, will postpone its opening at least through July. The Market, which is held in the Senior Center parking lot, usually opens over Memorial Day Weekend.

For all updates on cancellations, new hours of operations for local businesses, check visitcookcounty.com , WTIP Community Radio, and Exploring the North Shore. You can also check these sites for re-openings and new events.

We are hopeful, here on the North Shore — the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness will open Tuesday, May 5 and the Fishing Opener is Saturday, May 9.

Soon the walleye will spawn.New work by Christi Belcourt.

“Soon the walleye will spawn.” New work by Christi Belcourt.

And, since we are still in stay-at-home mode, here is this week’s potpourri to watch and enjoy this week:

Virtual:

North House Folk School has developed a series of online videos entitled “Crafting in Place.” This week’s offerings:

Watch Beth Dooley make a quick and easy Spiced Lentil Stew on Facebook and YouTube starting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 16.

"Get to Know Beans" with Beth Dooley will be shown at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 16 on North House Folk School's Facebook and YouTube accounts.

“Get to Know Beans” with Beth Dooley will be shown at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 16 on North House Folk School‘s Facebook and YouTube accounts.

Click on the links to see:

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council is holding a Virtual Town Hall for the Arts on Thursday April 16 at 4 p.m. ARAC will talk about two new emergency grant programs they have developed as well as other ways it can help artists and arts organizations and give a preview of what to expect from the state funding system in the next six months. It’s a town hall, so they’re asking artists to weigh in. What are your challenges? How are you helping each other? It’s Zoom meeting, so everyone is invited. To sign up, just send an email to info@aracouncil.org and we’ll send you the virtual sign-in information.

The American Craft Council is holding a Zoom conference/forum at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 17, on education disruptions and opportunities.

The American Craft Council is holding a Zoom forum on Friday.

The American Craft Council is holding a Zoom forum on Friday.

To register, click here. 

The Duluth Art Institute is hosting a free,  in-depth seminar entitled  “Visual Arts on Camera with Philip Gilpin Jr from Catalyst Stories.” It will include practical details on the steps of development, writing, physical production, post-production, and distribution of your videos. Click here to register. Free.

Watch a movie:

Watch an Artist’s Talk by Nan Onkka, as she describes the pieces she was scheduled to show at the Johnson Heritage Post Gallery this month. When the gallery closed, she rescheduled her show to 2021, and decided to to a virtual opening this month, too.

Here’s a music/dance video filmed in Iceland that might be of interest:

 How about watching Shakespeare at the Globe Theater in London? They’re streaming The Bard’s greatest plays on YouTube.

 Or, watch the “Les Miserables” cast, in concert (and in costume) on this video.

 Artists:

Artists continue to work, too. Here’s a look at what some of them are doing.

Lee Ross has completed a series of works in glass for a glass exhibit that was scheduled for May at the Johnson Heritage Post. That show has been rescheduled, but the artists involved had already made lots of work for it. Here’s one of her pieces.

Fused glass boat by Lee Ross.

Fused glass boat by Lee Ross.

Dave Steckelberg has been working in his studio.

Wood, steel by David Steckelberg.

Wood, steel by David Steckelberg.

Jo Wood has been working as well

New beadwork by Jo Wood.

New beadwork by Jo Wood.

Duluth painter Adam Swanson‘s latest:

Tending the sap boil by Adam Swanson.

Tending the sap boil by Adam Swanson.

Also in Duluth, Carolyn Olson has been documenting the times:

Grocery Store Cashier Bagger--Essential Worker 1 by Carolyn Olson,

Grocery Store Cashier Bagger–Essential Worker 1 by Carolyn Olson,

Potter Jason Trebs is getting ready for the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour, which is online this year over Mother’s Day weekend. Click here to learn more.

Trays drying in the studio by Jason Trebs. They will be glazed and fired for the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour, which is online this year.

Trays drying in the studio by Jason Trebs. They will be glazed and fired for the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour, which is online this year.

Marty Harris is still printing beautiful work in his Minneapolis studio.

Flowers by Marty Harris.

Flowers by Marty Harris.

And thank you! to Betsy Bowen for regularly posting inspiring work in her Comfort series on her Facebook page.

Comfort ... Handmade by Betsy Bowen.

Comfort … Hand Made by Betsy Bowen.

And here’s an image from a long time ago. The Tweed Museum of Art, which is also closed, has been posting images of works from its collection. This is one:

"Mt. Fuji from Yasuda Shimoza (from Thirty-six views of Mt. Fuji)," 1858, Ando Utagawa Hiroshige.  Woodblock print on paper.

“Mt. Fuji from Yasuda Shimoza (from Thirty-six views of Mt. Fuji),” 1858, by Ando Utagawa Hiroshige. Woodblock print on paper.

There are grants and opportunities to help artists during this difficult time. Click  and scroll down here to find resources.

Music:

Here are just a few music videos for you to enjoy. Again, a potpourri.

Bochelli in Milan:

 Trampled by Turtles:

Blues: Taj Mahal and Keb Moe, filmed in the French Quarter:

 Sami singer, Mari Boine:

 Photographs:

We found lots of great work this week. Here’s a selection:

Let’s start with this photograph we found on space weather.com. It’s a sun halo. The photographer was stunned to see this on Easter morning.

Easter solar halo by Goran Strand.

Easter solar halo by Goran Strand.

And here are some favorite wildlife shots.

Ruffed grouse trying to impress a few hens by David Johnson.

Ruffed grouse trying to impress a few hens by David Johnson.

Fox, by Chris Artist.

Fox, by Chris Artist.

A raven's meal by Chris Artist.

A raven’s meal by Chris Artist.

Marking territory by David Johnson.

Big paws by David Johnson.

Junco jamboree by Janice Latz.

Junco jamboree by Janice Latz.

Day 31. Battling Bull Elk by Keith Crowley.

Day 31. Battling Bull Elk by Keith Crowley.

White pelicans take a breather on Lake Superior by Debbie Benedict.

White pelicans take a breather on Lake Superior by Debbie Benedict.

The photographer was lying on the ground, trying to shoot the ceiling. The pigeons were concerned. Photography by Alex Kogan.

The photographer was lying on the ground, trying to shoot the ceiling. The pigeons were concerned. Photography by Alex Kogan.

Landscapes and lakescapes:

Compost: Carefully stacked and ready, Photo by Tom Fiero.

Carefully stacked and ready, Photo by Tom Fiero.

Steady companions by Tijhe Fireweed.

Steady companions by Tijhe Fireweed.

You've got to admit it's beautiful, right? by Sally Nankivell.

You’ve got to admit it’s beautiful, right? by Sally Nankivell.

Grand Marais Reflections by Paul Sundberg.

Grand Marais Reflections by Paul Sundberg.

A beautiful day for a hike by Paul Pluskwik.

A beautiful day for a hike by Paul Pluskwik.

Bridge over the falls--Amity Creek, Duluth by Ken Harmon.

Bridge over the falls–Amity Creek, Duluth by Ken Harmon.

A brief escape into the sunshine and the forest by Barb Farley.

A brief escape into the sunshine and the forest by Barb Farley.

End of the Day, by Bruce Block.

End of the Day, by Bruce Block.

And finally, a little levity for you:

May your week go well. Be Safe.

P.S. Send me images of what you’ve been doing in your studio! Email me at Joan.farnam@gmail.com

Also, if you’d like to help support NorthShore ArtScene, click on the icon below to donate. And thank you!




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  • Kathy Weinberg April 16, 2020, 2:41 pm

    Great newsletter this week. Every Thursday you lift our spirits and inspire us for another week!

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