Greetings from the North Shore, where colors are still spectacular and bears are everywhere. Spring and early summer drought made the blueberries and other favorite and necessary bear food hard to find, so they’re foraging where humans live. Caution is advised always.
And Covid-19 continues to stalk our communities. Two new cases were identified this week in Cook County. For the latest information, click here. Also, WTIP Community Radio has been covering this story. To listen, click here.
There are other stories in the county this week, too, and one of the most exciting is the Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour. It started last Friday, Sept. 25, and continues through Sunday, Oct. 4. This year, art lovers have two different ways to see the art — in-person and online. Because of the pandemic, some studios and galleries have chosen to just exhibit online, while others have opted for a cautious Covid-protocol approach. Brochures are available at venues throughout the county, but to make things a little easier, here’s a breakdown of who is open and who is exhibiting online.
Open with Covid protocols
Mary Jane Huggins, Tall Tale Shop, 19 Music Row, Tofte, open, with guest artists Julie Arthur, fiber, and Marcie McIntire, beadwork.
Jeweler of the North Shore/JNS Gallery in Lutsen is open during the tour. Jeweler Steve Hahn is exhibiting his own work as well as work by local artists.
Maggie Anderson | Clay Phoenix Ceramics, 4690 Cascade Beach Road in Lutsen. Guest artists include Mary Bebie, fused glass, Rebecca Wicklund, jewelry, Beth Wicklund, letter press.
North House Folk School is open for the tour, featuring craft demonstrations and more.
The Grand Marais Art Colony‘s new space, at 21 Highway 61, Grand Marais is open for the tour. Featured artists are Nan Onkka, printmaking; Andy Ness, painting & drawing. The exhibit in the Art Colony’s new space also includes work by instructors and studio artists.
Betsy Bowen | Betsy Bowen Studio at 301 W. 1st St., is open during the tour. Guest artists include Elise Kyllo/Works in Wool, hand-felted whimsy and craft; Christine Novotny, weaving; Melissa Wickwire/Wickwire Clay Works, custom handmade tiles and More; Maxene Linihan, freeform woven paper collage.
Upstate MN, 16 1st Ave. W. is open featuring contemporary items created by smaller makers, designers, and artists from Minnesota and beyond.
The Big Lake, 21 1st Ave. W., is an art gallery and gift shop that reflects the unique beauty and culture of the North Shore of Lake Superior.
Sivertson Gallery, 14 W. Wisconsin St., is open during the tour, and is featuring work by painter David Gilsvik.
Nancy Hemstad Seaton, 318 South Hungry Jack Road, Gunflint Trail, featuring fused glasswork. The studio is open during the tour. David Seaton, Seaton Guitars, will also be showing his handmade guitars. Guest artist is Joan Farnam, pottery.
Neil Sherman, Plein air painter, 4194 County Road 69, Hovland.
Lou Pignolet | Lou Pignolet Bowls, 20 Tamarack Trail, Hovland, will be open for the tour. Pignolet makes bark-edged bowls, handmade on a lathe from local wood, and will be displaying bowls and showing how they are made.
Online Art (Check for new additions)
Greg Mueller | Mueller Studio, 17 Railroad Drive, Lutsen, online only.
Kari Vick | Kari Vick, Ink, featuring her paintings and prints as well as her books, is closed for the tour. Online participation only. Click the link above to see her work and read about her inspirations and funny stories.
Sharon & Steve Frykman | Art of the Elements gallery is online this year. The location is closed, but appointments can be made to see work. Guest artists are Natalie Sobanja, Clay; Brittany Foster, Jewelry; Paul Bondhus, Stone; Bryan Hansel, Photography; Lara Hollway, Clay.
Mary Reichert | Otlak Felt Studio, online only this year. Click link to learn more.
Hannah Palma Laky | Hannah Palma Ceramics. Online participant only. Click on the link to see more.
Dan & Lee Ross, online participation only. Location closed for the tour. Click on link to see more. The artists work in stone, clay, glass & mono-prints. This year features collage work and stone and clay sculptures. On view on their website.
The Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour continues through Sunday, Oct. 4. Enjoy the tour both ways — online or in-person.
On Saturday, the Cook County Market will open in The Hub’s parking lot at 10 a.m., weather permitting. It runs through 2 p.m. And the Maker’s Market, which is next to the Beaver House opens at 9 a.m and closes at 4.
Also on Saturday, Anna Hess will be demonstrating her painting at a plein air event at the North Shore Winery. The event is from 3-6 p.m. with Covid protocols in place.
To make a reservation to view the Anna’s work, click here or call (218) 481-9280. This event is weather dependent – if it’s raining, we can’t hold the event. Not sure? Check back here for more information.
Grand Marais Plein Air happened this year and, like many events, was a combo of live and virtual participation. There currently is an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post through Oct. 10, which is open to the public. There is also an extensive exhibit of work online at pleinairgrandmarais.org.
The event included a number of different categories and awards.
To see a list of all of the Plein Air Grand Marais Award Winners and the links to the pieces that won them prizes visit: pleinairgrandmarais.org/awards
The Johnson Heritage Post if open from 1-4 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Free. Covid protocols in place.
To see a virtual Art Fair featuring Thunder Bay artists, check out the Painted Turtle Art Shop’s website www.paintedturtleart.com/gallery The Virtual Art Fair is co-sponsored by the Community Arts and Heritage Education Project and the Painted Turtle Art Shop in Thunder Bay and continues through Oct. 25.
Artists at Work:
Here are two just-completed pieces we found this week:
Virtual music is definitely happening now, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will present Four Piano Quartets with Stewart Goodyear on Saturday and Sunday.
And here’s a music video for today:
- Gordon Thorne & Friends, Date Night at the Winery, 6 p.m. Make reservations here or call (218) 481-9280.
Saturday, Oct. 3:
- Boyd Bump Blomberg, Cook County Market, 10:30 p.m.
- Michael Monroe Concert, 7 p.m., rural Grand Marais, reservations at www.michaelmonroemusic.com
Sunday, Oct. 4
- Mary Bue, Weekend Wine Down, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m., Make reservations here or call (218) 481-9280.
Fall has definitely frung and we found lots of great photos, but let’s start with a few wildlife shots first — companion shots, if you will.
Vegetables & Flowers:
Leaves in Landscapes:
Waterfalls and leaves:
And this beauty:
An ode to fall:
Have a good weekend, everyone. And stay safe.