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Cooling it on the  Big Lake. by David Welch.

Cooling it on the Big Lake. by David Welch.

Greetings from the North Shore where we, again, honor the gift of Lake Superior. At this time of year, its beauty speaks to our hearts and spirits with its ever-changing moods and grand vistas of blue waters. Here, in Grand Marais, even a torn-up road into town hasn’t deterred precious walks by the Big Lake or an exploration of the shore and Artist Point. Welcome to summer!

And our online traditions developed over the past year, continue.

First up is the Grand Marais Art Colony which will host two takeover artists on its Instagram page this week– Annie Hejny and Greg Mueller. Hejny will post on the Art Colony’s Instagram page on Thursday, and Mueller on Friday.

Painter/illustator Annie Hejny and sculptor Greg Mueller will be the Grand Marais Art Colony's Instagram Takeover Artists this week.,

Painter/illustator Annie Hejny and sculptor Greg Mueller will be the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Instagram Takeover Artists this week.,

Annie Hejny’s lifelong connection with nature has developed into a visual language through abstract paintings and drawings.

Water and Woods, Bark No. 54 by Annie Hejny.

Bark No. 54 by Annie Hejny.

She will be teaching a class at the Art Colony in July entitled “Water and Woods.” To learn more, click here. She will be posting about her work on Thursday.

Mueller, who has a studio in Lutsen, where he works on his sculptures using fabricated and decommissioned materials.

Advanced 2018-Square by Greg Mueller.

Advanced 2018-Square by Greg Mueller.

Mueller will be teaching a class in August entitled Sculpt-Chair. For more information, click here. Mueller will be posting on the Art Colony’s Instagram page on Friday.

North House Folk School will also be hosting two on-line events this week. On Thursday, June 10, it will present a free webinar: Canoe and Kayak Photography Tips with Bryan Hansel at 7 p.m. 

Photographer Bryan Hansel will teach a webinar on

Photographer Bryan Hansel will teach a webinar on Canoe and Kayak Photography Tips through North House Folk School. The webinar is at 7 p.m. Thursday.  it is free. To register, click here.

Hansel will discuss how to safely pack and use your cameras and give tips for shooting effective and beautiful photos. The 7 p.m. webinar is free. To register, click here.

On Friday, June 11, North House will host a lunch and learn with horologist and artist Brittany Nicole Cox. (Horology is the study of time.)

Horologist and artist Brittany Nicole Cox will discuss her art and work at the Lunch & Learn through North House Folk School at noon on Friday. To register, click here. Free.

Horologist and artist Brittany Nicole Cox will discuss her art and work at the Lunch & Learn through North House Folk School at noon on Friday. To register, click here. Free.

From old magic tricks to antique clocks, antiquarian horologist and artist Brittany Nicole Cox will share the history behind her work for clients and institutions, as well as her passion for new-making by surveying a range of objects, materials, tools, and outcomes. A workshop tour will end the talk followed by a Q&A. To register, click here.

 Exhibits:

Corrie Steckelberg’s Woodland Caribou installation in Grand Marais, Once and Future, continues to intrigue and evolve in the Grand Marais landscape. Three sculptures have been installed in town: one in Harbor Park, one at the entrance to the campground in the Rec Park and one in a “secret” location in the Rec Park woods.

The Mother, one of three Woodland Caribou installations, is in Harbor Park. The caribou is crafted with layers of burlap filled with soil and seeds, which has just been to sprout through the fabric.

The Mother, one of three Woodland Caribou installations created by Corrie Steckelberg,  is in Harbor Park. The caribou is crafted with layers of burlap filled with soil and seeds. The seeds have just begun to sprout through the fabric. To read about her process and listen to an interview with her, click here.

Corrie Steckelberg stands beside her sculpture of the woodland caribou that can be found somewhere in the woods at the Rec Park.

Corrie Steckelberg stands beside her sculpture of the woodland caribou that can be found somewhere in the woods at the Rec Park.

In an interview with Jaye White, Steckelberg talks about the installation and describes the process of tmaking them. At one time, Woodland Caribou lived on the North Shore, but were pushed out by settlers. To read about her process, see more photos and listen to an interview, click here. The sculptures are just now starting to sprout, with small plants emerging from the soil-filled burlap. The sculptures will be up through at least this year.

 “Off the Grid,” an exhibit of abstract painting by Patricia DeVries, continues at the Johnson Heritage Post Gallery.

"Out of Bonds #1" by Patricia DeVries, is one of the paintings in the new exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post that opens on Friday.

“Out of Bonds #1″ by Patricia DeVries, is one of the paintings in the new exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post that opens on Friday.

The exhibit continues through the end of the month. The Heritage Post is closed on Tuesdays. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sundays.

The Grand Marais Art Colonys Summer Exhibition, But It Was Still There, featuring work by Moira Bateman, Annie Hejny, Moheb Soliman, and Nick Wroblewski, is at the Art Colony’s new building, Studio 21, located at 21 W Hwy. 61, in Grand Marais.  Studio 21 will be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Grand Marais Art Colony's summer exhibit, But It Was Still There, features work by four artists in a variety of mediums.

The Grand Marais Art Colony‘s summer exhibit, But It Was Still There, features work by four artists in a variety of mediums.

Also, the Art Colony has partnered with Sugar Loaf Cove Nature Center in an art installation project entitled: The Art of Reciprocity, A Site Specific Art installation at Sugar Loaf Cove.  Minneapolis artist Sean Connaughty worked on the installation Sugarloaf from May 24 – June 7.  The installation will be exhibited through Sept. 30. All invited to visit Sugar Loaf and see his work.

ISD 166 graduating senior Sterling Pollock hosted a one-day exhibit of his paintings on skate boards in the Founders Hall at the Grand Marais Art Colony recently. He titled the show “Stirfryskatedecks” and it featured a wide selection of  paintings on the boards.

He writes: “A lot of people ask me if I would sell any decks. I made these to enjoy creating art with no pressure from others. I took things I found interesting, made a design and painted them using acrylic paint. My Dad /Scott Pollock funded the boards and my art teacher, Mila Horak, gave me the paint.”

Here are a few examples:

Self-Portrait, detail, by Sterling Pollock, painted on a skateboard deck.

Self-Portrait, detail, by Sterling Pollock, painted on a skateboard deck.

Each of the boards were titled. In some cases, both sides were painted with images.

VampBat. Every bat is a vampire in disguise. Skateboard deck painting by Sterling Pollock.

VampBat. Every bat is a vampire in disguise. Skateboard deck painting by Sterling Pollock.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery, which continues to be closed temporarily due to Covid, has opened an online exhibit of artwork of students from within Northwestern Ontario including Thunder Bay, Nipigon, Red Rock, and Dryden.

thunder bay art gllery fresh perspectives secondary school exhibition.jpg

 The exhibit, “Fresh Perspectives: Secondary School Exhibition,” can be viewed online here.

Upcoming:

Book Club Alert:   The Drury Lane Book Club will discuss “The Dutch House” by Ann Patchett on June 20. On June 21, the Classics Book Club with Mary Ellen Ashcroft will discuss “The Age of Innocence,”  a Pulitzer Prize winner by Edith Wharton.  For more information, click here.

North House Folk School‘s Wooden Boat Show 2021 is both online and on-campus this year.

The Wooden Boat Show on-campus event will be June

The Wooden Boat Show on-campus event will be June 18-20.

The on-campus event is next weekend, June 18-20, and will feature a number of favorite events including the Wooden Boat Display, the Boats-to-Tools Auction, Crafting on the Common and Family Drop=in Crafts. Other features  of the event, including the Solstice Pageant, are on temporary hold, to be determined if it is safe to do so. For more info and for updated information, click here.

Opportunities:

The Minnesota State Arts Board seeks individuals to review grant program applications remotely, serving a 4-week term during July 2021-March 2022. Receive a modest financial stipend for your time providing feedback on assigned applications and help determine which will be recommended to receive funding. When selecting reviewers, the Arts Board will give special consideration to geographic representation from throughout the state, ethnic and racial diversity, and a balance of those with previous experience with people who will bring new perspectives to the grant review process. To learn more about the opportunity, click here.

Artists at Work:

Sam Zimmerman has painted four benches that will be installed at Chik-Walk

Sam Zimmerman has painted four themed benches that will be installed at Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature  Center on the Gunflint Trail.

The Art of the Elements gallery has new work by potter Natalie Sobanja and photographer Bryan Hansel.

Large vessel by Natalie Sobanja.

Large vessel by Natalie Sobanja.

 

Shovel Point Waves by Bryan Hansel.

Shovel Point Waves by Bryan Hansel.

 

Ann Ward is in the ceramics studio at the Grand Marais Art Colony doing new work.

Ann Ward is in the ceramics studio at the Grand Marais Art Colony doing new work.

Watercolor artist Katie Irwin will be one of the artists featured at the Hovland Art Festival, July 3-4 in Hovland.

New work by painter Katie Irwin. She will be exhibiting at the Hovland Art Festival.

New work by painter Katie Irwin. She will be exhibiting at the Hovland Art Festival.

 Other finds:

A Lefty Landscape by Betsy Bowen.

A Lefty Landscape by Betsy Bowen.

 

Disappearing Drago, acrylic, ink, batik collage by Maxene Linehan.

Disappearing Drago, acrylic, ink, batik collage by Maxene Linehan.

 

Maggie Anderson has been busy in her studio preparing for the Grand Marais Arts Festival. Here is her Ikebana with flowers.

Maggie Anderson has been busy in her studio preparing for the Grand Marais Arts Festival July 10-11.  Here is an ikebana with flowers she has recently completed.

 

Brighton Beach by Aaron Kloss.

Brighton Beach by Aaron Kloss.

And, in Lithuania– a virtual Portal.

Lithuanian Benediktas Gylys has designed virtual portals to link people hundreds of miles away.

Lithuanian Benediktas Gylys has designed virtual portals to link people hundreds of miles away.

Lithuanian artist Benediktas Gylys has created Portal, wondrous circular high-tech installations that allow people from Vilnius, Lithuania to say hello to those in Lublin, Poland, which is over 375 miles away. The “portals” are placed onsite at train stations so as to get a wide swath of people to participate. Gylys stated that this project is meant to bring citizens of the world closer to one another, despite borders and language differences. The project has plans to expand to also include Reykjavík and London. To read about it, click here.

And then this video, which just had to be included this week: The Danish Road Safety Council made it to, obviously, promote the use of helmets. Take a look:

 Online Music:

Live Music:

 Thursday, June 10:

Saturday, June 12:

  • Briand Morrison, Cascade Lodge and Restaurant, 6 p.m.

Photographs:

Here’s a selection of photographs we found this week.

The Wildlife Kingdom:

It's always a joy when Mama brings her new baby to show off by Donald Jay Olson.

It’s always a joy when Mama brings her new baby to show off by Donald Jay Olson.

 

Bearly anybody on the road by Thomas J. Spence.

Bearly anybody on the road by Thomas J. Spence.

 

Mom and chick by Paul Sundberg.

Mom and chick by Paul Sundberg.

 

A Luna Moth! by Danielle Fortin.

My first Luna Moth! by Danielle Fortin.

 The Plant Kingdom:

Happy pansies by Kim Knutson.

Happy pansies by Kim Knutson.

 

Embrace of the aloe by Mary Beams.

Embrace of the aloe by Mary Beams.

 

Early lupine by Kristofer Bowman.

Early lupine by Kristofer Bowman.

 

My little cutie by Joan Farnam.

My little cutie by Joan Farnam.

 

Fiddlehead ferns emerging by Don Davison.

Fiddlehead ferns emerging by Don Davison.

 

Sweet grass flowers are my favorite flower of the summer by Beth Drost.

Sweet grass flowers are my favorite flower of the summer by Beth Drost.

 Skyscapes, Landscapes & Waterscapes:

The perfect night by Kelley Draeger.

A perfect night by Kelley Draeger.

The bridge by Randy Wolf.

The bridge by Randy Wolf.

Bridal Falls by Gary Arands. Arands will be at the Hovland Arts Festival.

North Shore waterfall  by Gary Arands. Arands will be at the Hovland Arts Festival.

 

Shelf cloud by Teresa Chmelik.

Shelf cloud by Teresa Chmelik.

 

Stair Portage falls by Bryan Hansel.

Stair Portage falls by Bryan Hansel.

 

Liquid Superior by Christian Dalbec.

Liquid Superior by Christian Dalbec.

And finally, this beauty:

It's spinach season by Amy Marie Schmidt.

It’s spinach season with Amy Marie Schmidt.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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