Greetings, friends. This is going to be a crazy week, no doubt. Halloween is just around the corner, then a return to regular time on Sunday, and then the election, whatever that entails this year. So the offerings this week are just the opposite … you can click on many links and just sit back and listen or watch, and enjoy being a human being. There’s more stuff, of course–artwork, a drive-in movie, music, to name a few.
First up is a presentation on Lichens on the North Shore — those beauteous and mysterious organisms that can be found all over the Northwoods.
Lichens are an example of the ultimate symbiotic relationship-a complex life form that is the partnership of two separate organisms, a fungus and an alga. Joe Walewski, the naturalist at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, will lead a webinar through North House Folk School on Thursday, Oct. 29, to explore this mysterious and beautiful world. The webinar is free. Click here to register.
Halloween is on Saturday, and there are a variety of ways that families have decided to celebrate it. The YMCA is doing it two ways, with a virtual costume contest and a social distancing event and movie screening in the parking lot at the Y.
The YMCA is sponsoring a Halloween costume contest virtually this year, and ins inviting everyone to post a photograph of themselves and their family, including pets, in their Halloween costumes on their Facebook page.
There are three categories: kids, family or group and pets.Photos must be posted by 9 p.m. Oct. 31. Special prizes for those with the most likes. To post photos, click here.
On Saturday, the Y will host a Halloween event in the parking lot with social distancing in place. There will be treats and more, as well as the screening of a movie at 7 p.m.
For a virtual live theatre experience of Halloween, the Duluth Playhouse will present, “Tales from the Ghost Light,” a series of creepy vignettes that will stream via their Facebook page and YouTube channel Thursday through Sunday.
David R. Johnson’s exhibit, “Cook County Through MyEyes, Vol 11″ continues at the Johnson Heritage Post.
The exhibit features a wide variety of photographs including landscapes and seascapes as well as wildlife photographs.
The exhibit can be viewed in person at the Heritage Post from 1-4 p.m on Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, or online. To view all the photographs and shop, click here. The exhibit continues through Dec. 5. Covid protocols, including masking, social distancing and hand sanitizing are in place at the gallery.
Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux will teach a class entitled “Once Upon a Folktale” from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Grand Marais Art Colony.
In this laid-back class, participants will explore a variety of traditional folk tales, learn to tell a story without memorization and spend time spinning yarns with old and new friends. This family class is open to ages 7 – adult. All participants must follow the Art Colony’s social distancing and mask protocol. Learn more and register here.
Artists at Work:
David Gilsvik and his wife Patti took at trip to Amsterdam and Tromso, Norway just before Covid hit. He writes “the virus was right behind us as museums were closing right and left, and eventually the whole continent, and we had to go home.” But, he continues: “Quarantined, I worked with a new energy born of travel and experiencing the land of my Ancestors.”
The result? An exhibit of the paintings at Cedar Coffee in Two Harbors, which is located just north of SuperOne.
Bryan Hansel has put out a new newsletter entitled “The Lows of Photography.”
To read his post, click here. It includes links to his workshops.
The art students at ISD 166 usually have an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post during the year, but that isn’t possible. So art teacher Mila Horak is posting their work online. Here’s a beauty:
For your listening and viewing pleasure:
(Note: This is where you get to sit back and enjoy. Most of these posts are about an hour long.)
The Cook County Chamber’s annual Gala Award Ceremony was held virtually this year through a Zoom event on WTIP Community Radio on Wednesday.
It was really fun and such a great way to experience and celebrate what this community is all about. To listen, click here.
In Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art is not yet open to the public, but they are active online, posting examples of exhibits as well as videos. Here’s a video with Carl Gawboy, discussing a few of his paintings in his retrospective at the Tweed.
The Duluth Art Institute is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday with Covid protocols in place. One of the exhibits features the textile art of Bemidiji artist Blair Treuer.
Treuer’s portraits of herself, her husband, Anton Treuer, and nine children move off the walls with emotional energy. In her exhibit, “Identity,” Treuer becomes a storyteller delivering a message, “magic can be created when two people from different cultures love each other and build a life together,” she says.
The Duluth Art Institute just had an extraordinary interview with Treuer, where she talks about her art, how she got started, her family, her techniques. It’s so worth the time to watch. Here’s the link:
You might have to register to see. Click here if necessary.
Here’s a great video about the search for the places that the Group of Seven painted. In it, author and wilderness photographers Joanie and Gary McGuffin and art historian Michael Burtch set out to find the actual locations in northern Ontario that inspired the legendary Group Of Seven and some of their most iconic works of art. The film weaves the paintings and fascinating stories of these artists with the modern-day journey, taking viewers through some of Canada’s most stunning landscapes.
And here’s this great video featuring the legendary Japanese potter Hamada and British potter Bernard Leach entitled “The Art of the Potter.” The film, which is available for viewing for free through Nov.1, is offered courtesy of the Thunder Bay Potters Guild. Enjoy!
And finally, Cook County Higher Education recently hosted a webinar entitled “We Are All Treaty People: A History of Treaties in Minnesota.”
More than 750 people registered to see this extraordinary piece. You can too. Here’s the link. It’s free, but registration might be required before you can view.
Thursday, Oct. 29:
- Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, make reservations here. or call (218) 481-9280
We were lucky again this week. Here’s a selection of what we found.
Two from not around here.
Here are some landscapes, skyscapes and waterscapes:
And last, but not least, a hope for this week:
Have a good weekend, everyone! Stay safe!!
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