Hmmmm…this is hard to admit, but fall is in the air. For the past two mornings, dew has covered everything, as temps hovered in the low 50s, if that. The days have continued to be glorious, though, and it seems like summer will never end. The town of Grand Marais is buzzing with visitors, grateful to bask in the unending expanse of blues, as Lake Superior continues to show off. And, as we have been mentioning every week this month, basil is still plentiful. So are newly hatched monarch butterflies:
Meanwhile, Covid-19 is still a presence here, and masking and social distancing are important. Here’s the latest information about the pandemic in this small community.
We are still virtual but live as well.
This week, weaver Christine Novotny is the instructor-in-residence at North House Folk School, where she will be demonstrating her craft from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday on campus.
She will also present a Lunch & Learn session on North House’s Facebook page at noon on Thursday, Aug. 20. It’s free, and live, so it’s possible to ask her questions, as well as watch her presentation. Check it out here.
BTW:Tickets are now on sale for the virtual Unplugged Concert at North House. Reservations for a cruise on the good ship The Hjordis are also available. And some classes are being held. For more info, visit www.northhouse.org
Singer/songwriter Joe Paulik plays music on the beach at Lutsen Resort starting at 7 p.m. and Eric Frost is the guest musician at North Shore Winery’s Date Night, which also starts at 7 p.m.. Reservations are required at the Winery. See below for details.
Friday is quiet, as far as organized events go, but on Saturday, look for local artists and artisans in downtown Grand Marais. They set up in two locations.
The Cook County Market is held in the parking lot of The Hub from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, featuring work by local artists, authors and crafters. Local musician Bump Blomberg plays from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Covid protocols are in place, including a mask requirement and social distancing.
The Maker’s Market is held in the alley beside the Beaver House and also features artists and artisans. It is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 or so.
Prints and posters by Marcia Cushmore and George Morrison are on view at the Johnson Heritage Post this month, as well as a selection of paintings by Thunder Bay painter Evelyn Konrad.
The Heritage Post is open from 1-4 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Covid protocols are in place. Click here to learn more.
Sivertson Gallery has a wonderful variety of art by local, regional and Inuit artists, including prints by Duluth printmaker Rick Allen.
Joy & Co. features a broad selection of works by local artists and artisans, including pottery by Tara Block.
The Duluth Art Institute, located in The Depot in Duluth, is open to visitors with Covid-19 protocols in place. There are several exhibits, including “Odysseus & Penelope: the Long Journey” by Kari Halker-Saathoff in the George Morrison Gallery.
The DAI is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free.
And further down the road, the Minneapolis Institute of Art is now open to the public with Covid-19 protocols in place. Visitors are admitted free of charge.
For more information about the new rules and exhibits on display, click here.
And across the Big Lake, in Herbster, Wis., local artists recently held a virtual art tour, featuring woodworking, prints, multi-media works and more.
Springboard for the Arts has a great website detailing the wide variety of grants available to artists. Check it out here
Arts Midwest just announced it has new funds available through the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. For more info, click here.
And the Minnesota State Arts Board has developed a new program for artists and art institutions located outside of the seven-county metro area of Minneapolis as one of three priority groups to benefit from the Creative Support grants.
Detailed program information can be found in the Creative Support for Individuals program guidelines: http://www.arts.state.mn.us/pubs/pubs/fy2021-csi-overview-instructions.pdf
There is a short video presentation available here as well: https://vimeo.com/444666292
Local Artists at Work:
Fiber artists continue to add creatures to The Felted Forest, located in the wooded lot in front of Sawtooth Elementary School.
The Grand Marais Playhouse held a youth theatre camp where the participants performed “The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss.”
Tom McCann is working on his postcard series. Here’s a latest watercolor.
The YMCA Camp kids made signs of hope and love and then had a parade at the Care Center this week.
And here’s a pretty incredible painting by Ari, one of the YMCA kids camp participants. He is 7-years-old.
And here’s another inspiring painting by Ari.
And, thankfully, Betsy Bowen continues her Comfort series, which she started during our “Stay in Place” period in Minnesota.
The Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour will be Sept. 25-Oct. 4 this year, with lots of artists and galleries participating in Cook County. However, due to the pandemic, many will be showing their work online.
The pandemic continues to be a fluid situation in Minnesota and around the country, so it will be important to check the Fall Studio Tour online to see who is exhibiting live in their studios and who is exhibiting online. There will be links to each artist here.
Thursday, Aug. 20:
- Joe Paulik, Music on the Beach, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
- Eric Frost, Date Night at the Winery, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m., Make reservations at https://www.exploretock.com/northshorewinery
or call at (218) 481-9280.
Saturday, Aug. 22:
- Bump Blomberg, Cook County Market in The Hub’s parking lot, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 23
- Teague Alexy, Weekend Wine Down, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m., Make reservations at https://www.exploretock.com/northshorewinery
or call at (218) 481-9280.
- Jacob Mahn and the Salty Dogs, Music by the Lake at Skyport Lodge, 4 p.m.
There was a good selection this week. First, monarchs:
And a great eagle shot.
And here are some beautiful landscapes, waterscapes, skyscapes and lighthouse-scapes.
Here’s a beautiful series by Mark Tessier on the Kadonce River, sometimes spelled Kadunce.
Here’s a calmer sunset:
And another view of the harbor.
And this, a greeting for the day.
Have a good weekend, everyone! And stay safe!
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