We’re in for it now– Fall has arrived on the North Shore and the woods are beginning their final show of the season.
And with that comes two showy fall events: Grand Marais Plein Air and North House Folk School‘ s Unplugged, both happening this weekend, modified by Covid-19 protections. And then, in two weeks, the 10-day Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour begins, again modified for Covid.
The good news? There will be lots to see, and even do, this year.
Grand Marais Plein Air draws painters from all over the region to spend a week painting what they see around Cook County, culminating in an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post. The event has been modified this year, so artists who don’t want to travel can paint in place and still participate in the competition by uploading their completed paintings on www.pleinairgrandmarais.org It’s a fun site to visit, because it changes every day as competitors upload their pieces.
But, there are still lots of plein air painters out there. They can be spotted on roadsides, on the shore, in neighborhoods …
And this Thursday, those who are in town will carry their painting gear out to Artists Point for the Quick Paint Competition. It starts at 3:30 p.m. and runs through 5 p.m., in which time the work has to be completed. Everyone is invited to watch, with masks and social distancing rules in place. It’s a fun event. WDSE made an award-winning video of the Quick Paint several years ago. They called it The Plein Air Brush Off.
Check out the video here. And wander down to Artists Point to see what’s happening this year.
There will be a virtual opening at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday, Sept. 18, and the gallery will be open to the public on Saturday, Sept. 19, with Covid protocols in place. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1-4 p.m. on Fridays.
On Saturday, check out the two local artisan markets, the Cook County Market and the Maker’s Market.
The Cook County Market is held in The Hub’s parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Marker’s Market is held in the alley next to the Beaver House on Thursdays through Sundays.
Also on Saturday, the North Shore Winery continues its Plein Air Art events featuring demonstrations and sales by local artists. This week, Bonnie Gay and Howard Hedstrom will be featured — Howard with his wood turned bowls and Bonnie Gay with her mixed media works, including felting and painting.
This outdoor event is weather-dependent and requires reservations. Covid protocols are in place. To make a reservation, click here or call 218-481-9280.
And, on Saturday night, North House Folk School will present “Unplugged 2020: Bringing It Home Online. To kick off the show, the Plucked Up String Band will play. Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of “Braiding Sweetgrass” is the featured speaker and her presentation will be followed by a live auction and Fund-a-Need opportunities. Then Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson will take to the on-line stage.
The Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour, which runs from Sept. 25-Oct. 4, has a new online component because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
This year’s tour features 23 art studios and galleries, many of whom will be exhibiting online. The artists have been making lots of new work. If you can’t make the tour in person, visit the artist and gallery websites here. You can also visit the Art Along the Lake page from North Shore Arts League, which features many of the Fall Studio Tour artists. Stay tuned for more next week.
The North Shore Artists League has put out a call for member artists to participate in the Johnson Heritage Post 2nd Annual Member Show. The exhibit will open Dec. 11. Artists may submit up to three pieces. The opening reception will be a live Facebook event, with the gallery open over the weekends during the show. For more information,
The Grand Marais Art Colony has opened a Virtual Mentor Program, featuring artists from a variety of media who will be available for one-to-one mentoring sessions.
Sun Yung Shin, Shannon Gibney, Denise Walser-Kolar, Donna Bruni, and Ernest Miller are the selected mentors for these sessions. For more information, click here.
Artists at Work:
The Cook County Historical Society has created a number of interesting videos. Here’s one:
Thursday, Sept. 17:
- Eric Frost, Date Night at the North Shore Winery, 6 p.m., outdoors, reservations required at https://www.exploretock.com/northshorewinery
or call at (218) 481-9280.
Saturday, Sept. 19:
- Boyd Bump Blomberg, Cook County Market, 10:30 – 1 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 20:
WineDown with Eric Frost, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m., reservations required. Reservations at https://www.exploretock.com/northshorewinery
or call at (218) 481-9280.
We found some good photographs this week. Let’s start with plants, mushrooms and flowers.
And here are some wildlife photographs:
And here are some landscapes/skyscapes/waterscapes.
And a few Peoplescapes:
Have a great weekend, everyone. And stay safe!
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