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Grand Marais this evening by Joan Farnam.

Grand Marais this evening by Joan Farnam.

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.

David Gilsvik will be the Grand Marais Art Colony's Instagram Takeover Artist this week. In this photo, he's working on a plein air pit ece about Lake Superior  with his feet in the water.

Painting in and of Lake Superior: David Gilsvik will be the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Instagram Takeover Artist this week. He is pictured here doing a plein air painting in Grand Marais..

Here is one of the paintings he did for the Plein Air competition a few years ago.

Dockside Market by David Gilsvik.

Dockside Market by David Gilsvik.

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.

All About Morels is one of the classes that will be featured during the Northern Landscapes Online Festival this year. To learn more, click here.

All About Morels is one of the classes that will be featured during the Northern Landscapes Online Festival this year. To learn more, click here.

The festivFal features everything from classes on mushroom hunting, birding, the geology of the North Shore, presentations and more. For more information , click here.

Exhibits:

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.).

Learning to Fly, mono print, by Lee Ross.

Learning to Fly, mono print, by Lee Ross, is one of the pieces on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

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.

"Self Portrait: by Gerald Kelly is one of the pieces in the Lakehead University Juried Exhibition at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. Check out the exhibit and vote for your favorite here.

“Self Portrait: by Gerald Kelly is one of the pieces in the Lakehead University Juried Exhibition at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. Check out the exhibit and vote for your favorite here.

The online exhibit is easy to see. Check it out here and vote for your favorite in the gallery’s People’s Choice Award.

Opportunities: 

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 info@aracouncil.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:

Sunset, fused glass, by Sharon and Steve Frykman,

One of the new fused glass pieces in the lobby of the  North Shore Hospital by Sharon and Steve Frykman.

Fused glass by Sharon and Steve Frykman.

The second new fused glass installation by Sharon and Steve Frykman.  There are four large fused glass windows in the installation.

 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.

Elise Kyllo has written a piece for Northern Wilds entitled "A Modern Twist to the Ancient Craft of Felted Rugs." To read, click here.

Elise Kyllo has written a piece for Northern Wilds entitled “A Modern Twist to the Ancient Craft of Felted Rugs.” To read, click here.

 Other work we found this week:
White House on Maple Hill by Jeanne Hedstrom. The painting can be found at the Karlyn Yellowbird Gallery in Washburn, Wis.

White House on Maple Hill by Jeanne Hedstrom. The painting can be found at the Karlyn Yellowbird Gallery in Washburn, Wis.

"Springtime Crocus" by Aaron Kloss.

“Springtime Crocus” by Aaron Kloss.

Woman at Piano, print, by Bob Pollard can be found at Joy & Co.

Woman at Piano, print, by Bob Pollard can be found at Joy & Co.

Lunch is Over by Mary Beams.

Lunch is Over by Mary Beams.

Portrait of an Ojibway Girl, 1907, silver gelatin print by Roland Reed.

Portrait of an Ojibway Girl, 1907, silver gelatin print by Roland Reed.

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.

The Cahokia ruins are close to St. Louis, Mo. Artifacts from as far away as northern Canada and Peru have been found there.

The Cahokia ruins are close to St. Louis, Mo. Artifacts from as far away as northern Canada and Peru have been found there.

 

An artifact from Cahokia, the largest pre-Columbian city north of Mexico. Cahokia mingled arr, spirituality and celebration. Photo by Carver Mostardi.

An artifact from Cahokia, the largest pre-Columbian city north of Mexico. Cahokia mingled arr, spirituality and celebration. Photo by Carver Mostardi.

 

cahokia Seventy of Cahokia’s original mounds are protected within the Unesco World Heritage Site CreditMichael S LewisGetty Images

One of the ancient earthen mounds at Cahokia, a historic ancient city located just outside of St. Louis, Mo. At one time, the earthen mounds were going to be used for backfill for US 90, until archaeologists pushed for their preservation. The site is now a World Heritage Site and includes a large museum and tours.

Here’s the link to read all about it.

Live Music:

Thursday, April 22:

Online Music:

 

Mysterious Ways played on WTIP's 'Tip Jar Minifest. Listen here.

Mysterious Ways played on WTIP’s ‘Tip Jar Minifest. Listen here.

Here are a few other songs we found:

 Photographs:

 We had another week of great work by our local and regional photographers. Let’s start with Wildlife:

A Great Grey Owl by Phoebe Hyde.

A Great Grey Owl by Phoebe Hyde.

 

Timothy Shortbread pretending to be a garden ornament by Kristofer Bowman.

Timothy Shortbread pretending to be a garden ornament by Kristofer Bowman.

 

A lot of action at the feeders this morning by Beth Drost.

A lot of action at the feeders this morning by Beth Drost.

 

Goose, 1, golfer, 0, published in the Detroit Free Press.

Goose, 1, golfer, 0, published in the Detroit Free Press.

 

Resting by Paul Sundberg.

Resting by Paul Sundberg.

 

A frillback, AKA, curly feather pigeon. Photographer unknown.

A frillback, AKA, curly feather pigeon. Photographer unknown.

 

Fence-line pheasant rooster by Michael Furtman.

Fence-line pheasant rooster by Michael Furtman.

 

Tiny moose calves by Katie Mumm.

Tiny moose calves by Katie Mumm.

 

Windblown-- yellow-romped warbler by Janie Latz.

Windblown- yellow-romped warbler by Janie Latz.

 

They're growing up! Eagle family at the DNR Eagle Nest in St. Paul. Photo by Pat Burke.

They’re growing up! Eagle family at the DNR Eagle Nest in St. Paul. Photo by Pat Burke.

Not so wild.

Dappled Greu Shire. This horse can run up to 20hands and weigh 2,400 pounds.

Dappled Greu Shire. This horse can run up to 20hands and weigh 2,400 pounds.

Dog of the Week:

dog and dryer if you leave your dog at home be sure he doesn't have access to the dryer vent when he comes looking for you

If you leave your dog home alone … make sure he doesn’t have access to the dry vent when he comes looking for you. Photographer unknown.

 

 Plants, Flowers & Trees

Spring is here by Mike Carlson

Spring is here by Mike Carlson

 

Dogwood Tree in bloom. It is 118 years old. Photographer unknown.

Dogwood Tree in bloom. Reportedly 118 years old. Photographer unknown.

 

Glory of the Snow by Maryl Skinner.

Glory of the Snow by Maryl Skinner.

 Landscapes, Skyscapes & Waterscapes:

Spring Morning on the Pigeon River by Travis Novitsky.

Spring Morning on the Pigeon River by Travis Novitsky.

 

Tettegouche by Bryan Hansel.

Tettegouche by Bryan Hansel.

 

Aurora in Northern Wisconsin by Sarah Carolynn.

Aurora in Northern Wisconsin by Sarah Carolynn.

 

Artist Point by David Welch.

Artist Point by David Welch.

 

A forest path by Mark Tessier.

A forest path by Mark Tessier.

 

At Cascade River State Park by John Keefover.

At Cascade River State Park by John Keefover.

 

A quiet evening in Grand Marais by Mark Tessier.

A quiet evening in Grand Marais by Mark Tessier.

 

April aurora by Travis Novitsky.

April aurora by Travis Novitsky.

 

Ontario's Pukaskwa Provincial Park by Layne Kennedy.

Ontario’s Pukaskwa Provincial Park by Layne Kennedy.

 

What did Mother Nature smoke last night? by Abra Friess, Topeka, Kansas.

What did Mother Nature smoke last night? by Abra Friess, Topeka, Kansas.

 

Cross River by Paul Sundberg.

Cross River by Paul Sundberg.

 

Sunrise on Lake Superior by Ken Harmon.

Sunrise on Lake Superior by Ken Harmon.

 

Northern lights by Janice Latz.

Northern lights by Janice Latz.

 

Devil Track in the early spring by Don Davison.

Devil Track in the early spring by Don Davison.

 

Northern lights with star trail on April 16 by Shixing Wen.

Northern lights with star trail on April 16 by Shixing Wen.

 And last, but not least–

A burst of spring crocus by Roxanne Distad.

A burst of spring crocus by Roxanne Distad.

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