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Opening … Slowly, Carefully

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“Happening Now” by Therese Misgen.

Like an early summer rainbow, Grand Marais and the North Shore is slowly, carefully, opening its doors to everyone. We all hope it’s not as fleeting as those colors in the sky, but, instead, holds promise for the future.

Meanwhile, shops, restaurants, lodges and grocery stores have adopted a wide range of protocols to keep everyone safe. And kudos to VisitCookCounty, which has worked hard to compile all the information in one place. See it here. It’s still advisable to call ahead though, since hours  and protocols are still changing.

Another site for the latest in Cook County is the Coronavirus Response Hub. Look here for  posts and news.  Also, check out WTIP.org for local  news and more.

Our online lives continue.

North House Folk Schools series, Crafting in Place, is fueled up again this week, offering two live videos: “Picking Pebbles for Jewelry” with Beth Carter Gautch  that will be posted on Thursday, June 11, after 10 a.m. and” Sourdough 101″ with Caleb Mattison that will be posted on Friday, June 12, after 10 a.m.

Caleb Mattison will teach Sourdough 101 for North House Folk School's Crafting in Place series. The video can be viewed on Facebook and YouTube after 10 a.m. Friday.

Caleb Mattison will teach Sourdough 101 for North House Folk School‘s Crafting in Place series. The video can be viewed on Facebook and YouTube after 10 a.m. Friday.

Both videos can be viewed on North House’s Facebook and YouTube pages. All the previous Crafting in Place episodes are available on these sites as well.

Also on Thursday and Friday, Hovland artist Corrie Steckelberg will be featured as the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Instagram Takeover Artist.

Hovland artist Corrie Steckelberg will talk about her wolf project on the Grand Marais Art Colony's Instagram page on Thursday and Friday. Here she is pictured working on her wolf project, which she did during her residency at the Art Colony. She will talk about the process during the Takeover.

Hovland artist Corrie Steckelberg will talk about her wolf project on the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Instagram page on Thursday and Friday. Here she is pictured working on her wolf project, which she did during her residency at the Art Colony. She will talk about the process during the Takeover.

Steckelberg will talk about her wolf project, which she did during her residency at the Art Colony, which concluded with a public dismantling of her work. The Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Instagram account, @gmartcolony, can be found here.

Also on Thursday, Gordon Thorne & Friends will perform at the North Shore Winery from 7-9 p.m.

Gordon Thorne & Friends will perform at the North Shore Winery on Thursday. Reservations required.

Gordon Thorne & Friends will perform at the North Shore Winery on Thursday. Reservations required.

Reservations for the event can be made here.

On Friday, tune in to WTIP’s The Roadhouse to hear Jerry Vandiver and Caitlin Evanson play their music from Nashville, Tenn. in a virtual broadcast. To give you a taste of what’s to come, here’s Vandiver singing “Too Many Boats.”

The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. on Fridays.

Some of the shops and galleries in downtown Grand Marais have opened, with protocols in place, including Sivertson Gallery, which is featuring a new print by Rick Allen, “The Trapper’s Daughter and the Safe Passage.”

"The Trapper's Daughter & The Safe Passage" by Rick Allen. The print is featured at Sivertson Gallery.

“The Trapper’s Daughter & The Safe Passage” by Rick Allen. The print is featured at Sivertson Gallery.

And for a walkabout, check out the window exhibit in the Grand Marais Art Colonys new building at 17 W.Hwy 61, next to the Hungry Hippie. Artists were invited to submit small works in response to Our Changing Habitat, and they are on display in the windows.

"Beach Grass at Sunrise," witchery, by Kim Knutson, is one of the pieces in the "Changing Habitat" exhibit windows of the Grand Marais Art Colony's new building at 17 W. Hwy 61.

“Beach Grass at Sunrise,” witchery, by Kim Knutson, is one of the pieces in the “Changing Habitat” exhibit windows of the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s new building at 17 W. Hwy 61.

The small works are done in a wide variety of media. It’s a fun window show.

And in front of the building, the Art Colony has been working in collaboration with North House Folk School and the Hungry Hippie to create a fun space on the sidewalk. It includes two flower boxes, which will be painted by kids from the YMCA’s summer camps. The a paint-by-number design will be developed by Tim Young. Also, the Hungry Hippie has put a number of tables and benches in the area for outdoor seating.

On your walkabout, don’t forget to check out The Big Lake, which has a wide variety of art as well as gifts.

The Big Birch Loom, a print by Jordan Sundberg, is one of the artworks on exhibit at the Big Lake.

The Big Birch Loom, a print by Jordan Sundberg, is one of the artworks on exhibit at the Big Lake.

Upcoming 

North House Folk School's Wooden Boat Show Online Edition starts on Monday, June 15.

North House Folk School‘s Wooden Boat Show Online Edition starts on Monday, June 15.

North House Folk School‘s Wooden Boat Show is online this and is offering an incredible array of classes, videos, webinars and demonstrations next week, June 15-21. They’re all online and they’re free. To see the complete schedule and how to register for each event, click here.

Among the offerings:

Daily webinars, with topics including boats, exploration, Anishinaabe history on the North Shore, and a live concert. One webinar will feature Hovland’s Tor Torkildson, He will talk about sailing a traditional wooden viking boat around Africa’s Cape of Storms in a traditional Viking boat.

Tor Torkildson will give an online live presentation of sailing a tradition Viking ship around the Horn of Africa at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 16. To register, see below.

Tor Torkildson will give an online live presentation of sailing a tradition Viking ship around the Horn of Africa at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 16. To register, see below.

To register and see the presentation (you can also ask questions), click here.

Also, David Thoreson, who is the featured speaker this year at the Wooden Boat Show Online Edition will give an online presentation “On the Horizon: Sailing and Exploring the Polar Regions of a Changing Planet.”

David Thoreson will present "Sailing and Exploring the Polar Regions" on Friday, June 19 at 7 p.m. Online preregistration is required. See link below.

David Thoreson will present “Sailing and Exploring the Polar Regions” on Friday, June 19 at 7 p.m. Online preregistration is required. See link below.

To preregister, click here.

And there will be daily craft demonstrations at noon. These are live Facebook events, free and questions can be asked. They will be held at noon, Monday through Friday, June 15-21. To see, click here.

Mike Schelmeske is one of the North House instructors who will give a live, online demonstration during the Wooden Boat Show.

Mike Schelmeske is one of the North House instructors who will give a live, online demonstration during the Wooden Boat Show.

Artists at Work:

Paula Sundet Wolf has been busy in her studio, creating with stone, tile and willow.

Table with stone, tile and willow by Paula Sundet Wolf.

Table with stone, tile and willow by Paula Sundet Wolf.

 Betsy Bowen is continuing her popular Comfort series. She also has set up an outdoor shopping area outside her gallery at 301 1st Ave. W., which is open on Saturdays. It can be included in your walkabout.

Comfort. Water. by Betsy Bowen.

Comfort. Water. by Betsy Bowen.

Poet Kay Grindland has been writing during this time, too.

Kay Grindland in front of her writing shed.

Kay Grindland in front of her writing shed.

Here is her poem, “Making Our Way.”

My eyes hard-focus on the screen,
on everything. I feel blinded in a blizzard, upended in an avalanche, grasping
for air, for gravity—anything to hold.

The windows of the world are wide open. Papers scatter and fly away with the facts. Our longing runs wild. We cling
to the casings, to what we had.

All night I swim in uncertainty
and wake to birdsong lifting the sun.
As I breathe deep, my feet sink into earth. I plant one seed, smiling a blessing.

The soil needs more water now. Sun shines in hidden places. The body can navigate this
so much better than the mind.

All we know falls in pieces around us—
a blessing of confetti as we slowly make our way. We find ourselves inside a larger prayer,
noble and strong in our unknowing.

Sirens wail and the world waits.
People wave through the windows.
We smile through tears and our eyes soften. On Earth our love is so welcome.

-Kay Grindland

Some artists have been finding gems in their archives.

Here’s a painting by Neil Sherman that took on new meaning this year.

"All to Yourself" by Neil Sherman, was painted last year. The work takes on new meaning now, he writes.

“All to Yourself” by Neil Sherman, was painted last year. The work takes on new meaning now, he writes.

Duluth artist, Martin DeWitt, created this popular painting years ago, and now has prints at Lizzard’s Gallery in Duluth.

"My Duluth" by Martin DeWitt.

“My Duluth” by Martin DeWitt.

And here’s a totally fun read. The New Yorker has just published a new story by Ernest Hemingway.

"Pursuit as Happiness," a new short story by Ernest Hemingway, was  just published by the New Yorker magazine. Click on the link below to read

“Pursuit as Happiness,” a new short story by Ernest Hemingway, was just published by the New Yorker magazine. Click on the link below to read. Illustration courtesy of the New Yorker.

Here’s the link to read the story.

And finally, a little music: Nina Simone sings “I wish I knew what it would feel like to be free.”

 Photographs:

 We found a lot of photographs this week. Here’s a selection:

First, wildlife:

"I love how the water droplets cling to the loon's face" by Thomas Spence.

“I love how the water droplets cling to the loon’s face” by Thomas Spence.

 

The Poser by Gerry Sibell.

The Poser by Gerry Sibell.

 

Wood duck and her brood by Dennis Chick.

Wood duck and her brood by Dennis Chick.

 

Brave New Fawn by Janice Latz.

Brave New Fawn by Janice Latz.

 

Rusty, the grouse by Paul Sundberg.

Rusty, the grouse by Paul Sundberg.

 

Frustrated hummingbird by Janice Latz.

Frustrated hummingbird by Janice Latz.

 

He's in the deep end of the pool this evening by Sarah Hamilton.

He’s in the deep end of the pool this evening by Sarah Hamilton.

 

Waiting for curbside takeout by Roxanne Distad.

Waiting for curbside takeout by Roxanne Distad.

 Here are some images of our vegetative friends:

Northwoods ferns by Peter Juhl.

Northwoods ferns by Peter Juhl.

 

A vision of life and beauty in these challenging and tragic times by Denny Fitzpatrick

A vision of life and beauty in these challenging and tragic times by Denny Fitzpatrick

 

From our backyard to yours by Kimberley Katherine Craig.

From our backyard to yours by Kimberley Katherine Craig.

 

Golden lady slippers in Duluth by Judy Gray.

Golden lady slippers in Duluth by Judy Gray.

 

Spring 2020 by Mark Tessier.

Spring 2020 by Mark Tessier.

 

Grandpa Elm's new baby at Java Moose by Jan Attridge.

Grandpa Elm’s new baby at Java Moose by Jan Attridge.

 

Lupine blowing in the wind by Jan Swart.

Lupine blowing in the wind by Jan Swart.

The Strawberry Full Moon:

Strawberry Moon selfie by Bryan Hansel.

Strawberry Moon selfie by Bryan Hansel.

 

The Strawberry Full Moon over Two Harbors by Donald Jay Olson.

The Strawberry Full Moon over Two Harbors by Donald Jay Olson.

 

Strawberry Full Moon by Paul Sundberg.

Strawberry Full Moon by Paul Sundberg.

Landscapes, skyscapes and seascapes:

Milky Wave by John Keefover.

Milky Wave by John Keefover.

 

Split Rock River Lighthouse by Nathan Klok.

Split Rock River Lighthouse by Nathan Klok.

 

Just east of Arnold, Neb., June 8. Mesocyclone cloud kicked out several twisters by Layne Kennedy.

Just east of Arnold, Neb., June 8. Mesocyclone cloud kicked out several twisters by Layne Kennedy.

 

Peace and Quiet. Lake Superior by John Heino.

Peace and Quiet. Lake Superior by John Heino.

 

Artist Point by Bruce Block.

Artist Point by Bruce Block.

And finally, this beauty:

Full Strawberry Moon over the Grand Marais Harbor by Bryan Hansel.

Full Strawberry Moon over the Grand Marais Harbor by Bryan Hansel.

Stay safe, everyone!

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