Greetings from the North Shore, where we’re sashaying around Spring — daffodils yesterday, snow today an, maybe, rain tomorrow. It’s all good. It’s been quiet and beautiful, and we are looking forward to what the summer might bring.
Meanwhile, we continue our online lives.
The Grand Marais Art Colony will host one of the North Shore’s favorite artists on Thursday and Friday as David Gilsvik steps up to be the Art Colony’s Instagram Takeover artist.
As a young artist in the 1970s, Gilsvik made his home at the Art Colony and also studied at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the University of New Mexico. He spent many years painting billboards, signs, and wall murals until Jan Sivertson of Sivertson Gallery encouraged him to paint “for real.” He began painting plein air landscapes and has never looked back.
Here is one of the paintings he did for the Plein Air competition a few years ago.
This year, Gilsvik is the juror for the 2021 Plein Air Grand Marais Competition. He will also be teaching two classes at the Art Colony. Click here for more information. To see his posts on Instagram, click here.
North House Folk School‘s annual Northern Landscapes Festival will be online May 6-May 20 this year, featuring a wide variety of virtual classes.
The festivFal features everything from classes on mushroom hunting, birding, the geology of the North Shore, presentations and more. For more information , click here.
This is the last week to see the spectacular exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post entitled “Voices of Spring.” The exhibit features a variety of work by six North Shore artists in a number of different media. Participating artists include: Kathy Fox Weinberg (painting), Lee Ross (monoprints, collage), Mary Mathews (contemporary quilts), Maxene Linehan (Paper weaving, multimedia), Maggie Anderson (ceramics) and Marti Mullen (painting.).
The Heritage Post is open Thursdays, 1-4 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Covid Protocols in place.
The Thunder Bay Art Gallery in Thunder Bay, Ontario is closed due to Covid concerns, but it will is featuring its exhibits online, The Lakehead University Student Juried Exhibit opened last week, and the gallery is holding an online People’s Choice award opportunity for viewers. The exhibit features work in a variety of media, including prints, paintings, sculpture and mixed media.
The online exhibit is easy to see. Check it out here and vote for your favorite in the gallery’s People’s Choice Award.
The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council has opened applications for two new grants, the Established Regional Artist Grant and the Emergency Working Artist Grant. They will be awarding a number of them in each category. Both grants are for projects beginning Aug. 1. The Established Regional Artist Grants will award up to $8,000. The Emergency Artist Grants award up to $2,000. and are focused on projects that can be completed in six months. To find out more, click here. Note: The ARAC office is currently closed and they are not answering the phones, but email queries are quickly answered. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Artists at Work:
Sharon and Steve Frykman are almost finished installing a spectacular series of fused glass work in the lobby of the North Shore Hospital in Grand Marais. The back-lighting on the pieces is not quite finished, but here is what you can see this week:
The work was commissioned by the North Shore Hospital Auxiliary and is designed and created bySharon & Steve Frykman. The steel was fabricated by Donn Eliasen. Each piece is 3.5 feet by 9 feet.
Elise Kyllo has recently written a piece about felting for the Northern Wilds Magazine. To read, click here.
Question of the week: Where Are All the Bob Ross Paintings?
Apparently he painted 30,000 of them during his long career painting on television, but they aren’t being sold anywhere. So where are they? Here’s a video explaining why:
And here is Bob Ross himself!
And here’s an interesting story. It’s about Cahokia, the largest pre-Columbian ancient city north of Mexico, which is located just outside St. Louis, Mo. According to a BBC report, the towering, earthen mounds show that it was a cosmopolitan whir of language, art and spiritual ferment. Cahokia’s population may have swelled to 30,000 people at its 1050 AD peak, making it larger, at the time, than Paris.
Thursday, April 22:
- Gordon Thorne, Date Night at the Winery, North Shore Winery, 6-8 p.m. Reservations at https://www.exploretock.com/northshorewinery or call 218) 481-928
Here are a few other songs we found:
We had another week of great work by our local and regional photographers. Let’s start with Wildlife:
Not so wild.
Dog of the Week:
Plants, Flowers & Trees
Landscapes, Skyscapes & Waterscapes:
And last, but not least–
Happy Earth Day, everyone. Be well and stay safe!