Lake Superior was talking today. Big waves lashed the shore, giving us a thrilling introduction to the gales we can anticipate next month.
This month concludes with some dynamite stuff, too.
First up is the Annual Member Show & Sale at the Grand Marais Art Colony, which opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30. In all, 70 members contributed work to the exhibit, which showcases the breadth and variety of art work created by Art Colony members. Glass, ceramics, oil encaustic, Sumi-e, watercolor, mono-prints, sculpture, collage and multi-media works fill the Founders Hall for this show.
If they wished, artists were invited to create pieces to the theme of Wabi-Sabi, a Japanese concept and aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.”
The Art Colony holds its annual meeting at 4 p.m., just before the opening. All members are encouraged to attend.
Refreshments will be served at the reception. The exhibit is open through Nov. 22.
This is also Halloween weekend and costume parties are planned throughout the region. In Grand Marais, Earth, Wind & Todd play at the American Legion (8:30 p.m.) and Cook County’s Most Wanted plays for the Halloween Party at the Gun Flint Tavern (9 p.m.)
In Thunder Bay, more than 4,000 are expected to turn out for The Hunger: the 10th Anniversary Halloween Cabaret put on my Definitely Superior Art Gallery. The event, which is a fundraiser for the artist-run art center, features 58 music and performance acts in nine different venues in downtown Thunder Bay. Costumes are encouraged with lots of prizes awarded. Venues include the Black Pirate Pub, Crocks, The Foundry, the Sovereign Room, Gargoyle’s, A Little to the Left, Red Lion Smokehouse, The Body Barre and *HELL One cover of $15 gets you into all venues. For more info, see the Definitely Superior site here or its Facebook page here.
And just to complete the zombie theme in Thunder Bay, the Magnus Theatre presents “George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead ™ Live” Oct. 26 through Nov. 7. Show times vary. For more info and tickets, visit www.magnus.on.ca.
Other events this weekend in Cook County include a book reading and signing by Thunder Bay author Alex Kosoris at the Grand Marais Public Library at 4 p.m. on Friday. Kosoris is a new author whose first book, “Lucifer,” is held at the library.
Also, North House Folk School is holding the “Fresh Cut Wood Turning Symposium” Oct. 30 through Nov. 1 featuring workshops, demonstrations and speakers. The full Symposium rate is $150, but there are a la carte options, too. You can check in on a demonstration or two or a speaker as part of a special offering: 2 hours for $10, your choice of speakers and/or demonstrators. Saturday, Oct. 31 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 1 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more info, see www.northhouse.org or call 218-387-9762.
In Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art will present the Great Lakes Woodland Skirt Fashion Show on Friday from 6-9 p.m.
The show, developed by Delina White and her daughters Sage Davis and Lavender Hunt, features a collection of traditional skirts, including beaded accessories. A photo presentation and the fashion show begins at 6 p.m. followed by a reception with live music.
Also at the Tweed, jazz musician Briand Morrison will present “Musical Impressions: The Art of George Morrison” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Briand will give a presentation of 128 images from his father’s paintings and drawings, accompanied by a live jazz performance honoring his father’s work. Briand will also give a short talk, followed by a Q & A session. The event is free and open to the public.
Sandra Pillsbury Gredzens opens an exhibit of her work at Tettegouche State Park on Tuesday, Nov. 3. The exhibit runs through January and features several of her larger oil paintings. She will give an artist talk at the park at on Friday, Nov. 6 at 7:15 p.m. All invited.
The North Shore Readers and Writers Festival: A Minnesota Voice, presented by the Grand Marais Art Colony, Drury Lane Books and the Grand Marais Public Library will be held Thursday, Nov. 5 through Sunday, Nov. 8 in a variety of locations in Grand Marais. Most of the workshops are full, but there are a number of public presentations. For more info,including the schedule of workshops and public presentations click here.
The 25th Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend will be at Lutsen Resort Nov. 6 – 8 featuring three days of jamming, a day of instrumental workshops, and an evening concert by Mike Witcher on dobro, Jordan Tice on guitar, Samson Grisman on bass, and Dominick Leslie on mandolin. Tickets for the Saturday night concert can only be purchased at the resort. For more info, see www.northshoremusicassociation.com. Say tuned for details next week.
In other art news, the Plein Air 2015 exhibit continues at the Johnson Heritage Post featuring works by more than 70 artists who spent a week painting Cook County. The Plein Air Competition and Exhibit was sponsored by the Grand Marais Art Colony and continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through Nov. 15.
The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday and Monday.
Grand Marais photographer, Bryan Hansel, was among the recipients of Technology/Equipment grants from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. He received a grant to purchase two wide-angle, fast, prime camera lenses to enable the photographing of the night sky and other low-light subjects. Other recipients included Lucie Amundsen, Jon Brophy, Patricia Canelake, Angie Frank, Brett Grandson, Paula Gundmundson, Dawn La Pointe, Matthew Mobley, David Moreira, Carolyn Olson and Matt Wasmund. For info, see http://aracouncil.org
Anna Hess has a series of adult coloring pages or cards at Great Gifts of Lutsen. They’ve been a very popular item this fall. Topics include Boreal Forest Wildlife, Deer and the Birthday Bear Coloring Page.
This is the last week to apply to be on one of the Arrowhead Regional Art Council’s Grant Review Panels.
Serving as a grant review panelist is a great opportunity for those who want to learn more about the arts in the region, the whole granting process, and for those who wish to serve with ARAC but cannot commit to a 3-year board term.
The deadline to apply is Friday, Oct. 3. Click here to apply.
Mary Jo Van Dell has brought in new paintings to Sivertson Gallery.
Van Dell, a contemporary landscape oil painter, finds her inspiration in the woods, lakes, prairies, coasts and wilderness areas of northern Minnesota, Canada and beyond. Her work has been included into the permanent collection of the Minnesota Historical Society and the National Park System.
Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen is featuring a new woodworker, Bob Ryan, who crafts wooden cutting boards. The gallery also has new acrylics by Rando as well as fused glas by Mary Bebie. The gallery has also received new porcelain pottery by Maggie Anderson.
Painters and illustrators of every age are invited to Paint a Bowl for Empty Bowls at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Sunday. More than 40 bowls will be available to paint, and then will be fired and donated to the Empty Bowls Fundraiser Nov. 12.
The Paint A Bowls event will be held in the Founders Hall at the Art Colony from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A suggested donation of $5 will cover material costs. For more info, call the Art Colony at 387-2737.
And finally, dance music and more is up this weekend. Here’s the schedule.
Thursday, Oct. 29:
- Teague Alexy, Gun Flint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 20:
- Briand Morrison, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
- Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
- Wild Berry Jam, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 31:
- Maria Nickolay, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
- Earth, Wind & Todd, American Legion, 8:30 p.m.
- Cook County’s Most Wanted, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 31:
- TBA, Gun Flint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.
Our local and regional photographers were out again this week, shooting some great landscape and wildlife shots. Here’s a selection.
Let’s start with moose. The fall rut has started or is about to start and the bull moose are gathering for it.
Thomas Spence discovered a “conclave” the other day.
And David Johnson caught this handsome guy highlighted by the sun.
And here’s a photo of the object of all this interest: a healthy moose cow.
Johnson also caught some photos of one of the Snowy Owls around town. This one really shows off its heavily feathered feet. The feathers protect it from the cold as well as act as snowshoes.
Johnson calls this photo: “The Look.”
Other migrants are coming through, too. David Brislance caught this snow bunting having a snack.
Carol Cj Christopherson discovered an eagle family fishing where the Devil Track River flows into Lake Superior the other day. Here’s a photo of one of the parents.
Inland lakes sport their fishermen, too.
Beaver are busy this time of year.
And here’s a lovely fall shot by Mary Amerman. She took it a few years ago.
Last weekend was gorgeous and everyone took advantage of it. Here’s an example.
David Steckelberg was out walking Artist Point the other morning.
Here’s another great fall shot.
Christian Dalbec took this amazing photograph at sunrise in Two Harbors the other day.
And some members of the Frozen Photographers Facebook group seem to be pretty antsy to get their fingers frozen. They’ve been posting their favorite winter shots for the last few days. Check this one out.
Enjoy the remaining fall weather everyone, and have a Happy Halloween!