Greetings from Grand Marais, where we’re happy to report that a few showers and a thunderstorm or two are gracing the North Shore this week.
And the shift from strict Covid precautions to looser regulations continues as galleries, shops and restaurants respond to changing regulations. The only recommendation we have at this point is to keep your masks available for use if necessary. Meanwhile, our in-person and online lives continue.
First up is the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Artist Instagram Takeover on Thursday and Friday. This week, multi-media Twin Cities artist, Lynn Speaker, will be featured.
Her current art practice includes fire-based media, gunpowder, printmaking, and installation. Speaker received her MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and design and is a 2007 and 2014 Minnesota State Arts Board grant recipient.
North House Folk Schools Northern Landscapes Festival- Online Edition concludes this week with a special Webinar presented by legendary Minnesota Birder, Bob Janssen.
Janssen will reflect on his long career observing and cataloging the avian life of Minnesota and share more than a few good stories. To register, click here. Free.
On Friday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will open its summer exhibition, But It Was Still There, with a reception from 5-7 p.m. at Studio 21, 21 W Highway 61, in Grand Marais.
The exhibit will feature work by Moira Bateman, Annie Irene Hejny, Moheb Soliman and Nick Wroblewski. All four artists completed a 7-day residency at the Art Colony in 2019. The exhibit will show work that found its first inspirations during the residency.
All four artists will be present at the opening reception, but due to COVID-19, there will not be a panel discussion. Masks will be required and capacity will be limited to allow for physical distancing. We ask that visitors view the show and then allow others the chance to do the same.
The exhibit will remain up at Studio 21 through Aug. 31, and will be open to the public on Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Please note there will be road construction happening in front of this building this summer. Plan for detours and increased travel time.
This is the last weekend to see Nan Onkka’s print exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post, entitled Northern Horizon.
Onkka specializes in reductive woodblock printmaking and finds inspiration in the natural world around her. Viewers will recognize many North Shore elements in her images. Part of the exhibition focuses on showing the process so that viewers understand the steps taken to create the images. The Johnson Heritage Post is open from 1-4 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1- a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. Free.
The Betsy Bowen Studio, 301 1st Ave. W., in Grand Marais is featuring a wide variety of work, including prints, cards and books by Betsy Bowen as well as a host of guest artists. The gallery has just received paintings of local scenes by Susan McLean-Keeney.
The Duluth Art Institute will present Chesley Antoinette’s “Tignon” in the John Steffl Gallery beginning May 24.
Antoinette’s exhibition debuted on DAI’s Smartify platform with a tour of her headwraps and photographs. During DAI’s virtual gala, Sheshe presented a history of the Tignon law, followed by her Heart of the Headwrap workshop.
“Tigno”n is a collection of sculpted headwraps alongside large-scale contemporary photographs and essays that provide historical content—visual and written—into the Tignon Law, which was an attempt to oppress the beauty, intelligence, and mobility of free women of color, the late-18th century-Spanish government of Louisiana. This law forced women of African descent to cover their hair. This oppression led to rebellious self-expression as women of color donned exquisite head pieces with colorful and textured fabrics, wrapping ribbons, feathers, and a variety of objects in their folds. Read more about Antoinette’s work here:
Next weekend is Memorial Day Weekend, featuring the Art Along the Lake: A Gallery Tour and the Spring Sound Garden in Harbor Park.
The 15th-Year Anniversary of Harbor Park will be celebrated with the Sound Garden, a multi-layered, immersive “sound garden” experience! Composer JG Everest’s Spring Sound Garden at Harbor Park is a self-guided, site-specific sound + performance installation featuring roving live music, dance, painting, poetry, history, storytelling, and more.
Sound Gardens celebrate community-sourced, site-specific content, and include educational and community outreach programs to bring community members, or students, into the creation and performance process. The Sound Garden is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30. Free, open to all.
The Cook County Market opens at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of The Hub (The Cook Couty Senior Center) at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 29 with new hours, new vendors and old favorites.
Cook County artists and artisans will feature everything from fused glass chimes, woven rugs, jewelry, fiber art, pottery and more. Open to all.
American Indian Housing Community Organization, AICHO, recently received a grant of $500,00 in recognition of it as a Regional Cultural Treasure, one of several organizations in the state to receive the grant.
“We use the term ‘Cultural Treasures’ with intention, to honor the diversity of expression and artistic excellence that these organizations contribute to the cultural vitality of our state, despite having historically experienced under-investment,” said Tonya Allen, President of the McKnight Foundation. “As our arts institutions prepare to safely re-open after the pandemic, we’re thrilled to shine a spotlight on these remarkable organizations.”
The grants are provided by the McKnight Foundation, The Bush Foundation, Ford Foundation, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, The Minneapolis Foundation, Jerome Foundation, and Propel Nonprofits. To read more about it, click here.
Artists at Work:
Thursday, May 20:
- Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 6-8 p.m .Make reservations here or call (218) 481-9280.
- Mother Banjo (Ellen Stanley), will be featured on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night.
And here’s Mary Bue on WTIP: Click here to listen.
As usual we found great photographs this week. Let’s start with wildlife.
Paul Sundberg‘s friend, the Cinnamon Ruffed Grouse, continues his display:
Flowers and plants:
Have a great weekend, everyone. And stay safe!
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