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A walk on the Gunflint Trail. It remains calm here. Serene. Photograph courtesy of Golden Eagle Lodge. (BTW:The Superior National Forest announced  on Wednesday that most of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness will be open over the Labor Day Weekend due to recent moisture and cooler temps. To find out more, click here.)

Greetings from the North Shore, where recent rains were greeted with sighs of relief, thank you’s and “more, please.”  Because of the rain, plus cooler temps, the Forest Service on Wednesday decided to reopen most of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area to the public over the Labor Day weekend. The fire bans throughout the region remain in place, however. To find out more, click here.

Here on the North Shore, we are looking forward to fall and the color and excitement it brings, including the Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour, Sept. 24-Oct. 3. This year, 24 studios and galleries throughout Cook County will participate in the event, which showcases new work by local and regional artists.

Painter Kathy Fox Weinberg is among the artists who will host open studios during the Fall Studio Tour this year. The tour runs from Sept. 27-Oct. 10, with the studios open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. For details, and to see the art, click here.

Painter Kathy Fox Weinberg, whose work is pictured above,  is among the artists who will host open studios during the Fall Studio Tour this year. The tour runs from Sept. 27-Oct. 10, with the studios open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. For details, and to see the art, click here.

To find out more, see what studios and artists are participating, maps and more, click here.

This weekend is fairly quiet, as weekends go, but there is still lots to see and do.

North House Folk School continues its craft demonstration series. This week, weaver Julie Arthur will giving on-campus demos from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. All invited. Free.

Weaver Julie Arthur will be  on-campus at North House Folk School Thursday through Sunday.

Weaver Julie Arthur will be on-campus at North House Folk School Thursday through Sunday.

The Local Food Market will be in the parking lot at the Cook County Community Center on Thursday from 4:30-6 p.m. The market features locally grown produce, fresh eggs, maple syrup and more,

The Local Food Market is held in the parking lot of the Cook county Community Center from 4:30-6 p.m. on Thursdays. This is the height of the harvesting season in Cook County. The tomatoes and peppers are in!

The Local Food Market is held in the parking lot of the Cook county Community Center from 4:30-6 p.m. on Thursdays. This is the height of the harvesting season in Cook County. The tomatoes and peppers are in!

Online, the Grand Marais Art Colony continues its Instagram Artist Takeover series. This week, poet Jim Cihlar will be featured.

Poet James Cihlar will be the Art Colony's Instagram Takeover Artist on Thursday and Friday.

Poet James Cihlar will be the Art Colony’s Instagram Takeover Artist on Thursday and Friday.

Cihlar is the author of the poetry books “The Shadowgraph,” “Rancho Nostalgia”, and “Undoing.” His poetry chapbooks include “What My Family Used,” “A Conversation with My Imaginary Daughter,” and “Metaphysical Bailout.” He will be teaching a virtual class during the Art Colony’s virtual North Shore Readers and Writers NonFest this November. His class is called A Poem’s Progress: Ways to Get from One Line to the Next, November 4 – 5. To find out more, click here.

On Saturday, the Cook CountyMarket, featuring work by artists and artisans in Cook County as well as live music, will be held in the parking lot of The Hub from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Cook County Market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays through Oct. 17.

The Cook County Market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays through Oct. 17.

This week, Fred Anderson will play.

On Sunday, look forward to a free, live performance by The Fox & Beggar Theatre, which is touring the Great Lakes this summer. It will present “Goodnight, Absalom!” in Harbor Park at 7:30 p.m.

he Fox & Beggar Theater presents “Goodnight, Absalom,” in Harbor Park, 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

he Fox & Beggar Theater presents “Goodnight, Absalom,” in Harbor Park, 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

The surreal dark comedy fuses street theater, puppetry and contemporary dance performed in the theatre troupes’ hand-painted pop-up solar-powered double-decker vaudeville stage. All invited. Bring a chair and a friend. Q&A afterwards.

Exhibits:

John A Spelman III Artist and Printmaker: From Appalachia to Minnesota’s North Shore exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post has been held over Monday, Sept. 6.

The John A. Spelman III exhibit continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through Monday, Sept. 6.

The John A. Spelman III exhibit continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through Monday, Sept. 6.

The exhibit, curated by Tracey Cullen and Scott Husby, features many original prints and drawings as well as an illustrated biography of his work. The Heritage Post is closed on Tuesdays. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and Monday, and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Open to all. Free.

Also at the Heritage Post, an exhibit of contemporary landscape paintings by Reid Thorpe continues.

Early Morning Reflection by Reid Thorpe, one of the paintings on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday; The exhibit is open through Sept. 6.

Early Morning Reflection by Reid Thorpe, one of the paintings on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday; The exhibit is open through Sept. 12.

The Duluth Art Institute is featuring a number of different exhibits this month, including Tia Keobounpheng’s DeFuse, which is in the George Morrison Gallery.

White Oblivion, one of Tia Keobounpheng's works on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

White Oblivion, one of Tia Keobounpheng’s works on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

Thunder Bay Art Gallery: From the Permanent Collection, Black Goose by Benjamin Chee Chee.

Thunder Bay Art Gallery: From the Permanent Collection, Black Goose by Benjamin Chee Chee.

Upcoming:

WTIP’s Radio Waves 14th Annual Music Festival will take place as a virtual, on-air event featuring 18 acts this year. The festival begins on Friday, Sept. 10 from 3 to 10 p.m. and continues on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. This one-of-a-kind music gathering will be an on air, live music event, including selected video performances via Facebook live. To find out more and see the line-up, click here.

The next weekend, Sept. 17-18, North House Folk School‘s will hold Unplugged XX which will be online and an on-campus this year. The online streaming event will be be held on Saturday, Sept. 17 with featured speaker Jay Blades.  Amythyst Kiah, Grammy-nominated songwriter and Americana musician, will be the featured performer for the streaming event.

Jay Blades, host of The Repair Shop (on Netflix and the BBC), furniture restorer, and advocate for the power craft holds to restore community and self, will be the featured speaker for Unplugged XX.

Jay Blades, host of The Repair Shop (on Netflix and the BBC), furniture restorer, and advocate for the power craft holds to restore community and self, will be the featured speaker for Unplugged XX.

To find out more about Unplugged XX, click here.

The Points North Auction 2021, which is a fundraiser to support the mission of North House, begins Sept. 10 and features a great selection of work by North House instructors.

A Kelly Marshall rug, one of the items available during the Points North Auction 2021, which starts Sept. 10.

A Kelly Marshall rug, one of the items available during the Points North Auction 2021, which starts Sept. 10. To see the items in the auction, click here.

North House is closely following CDC and MDH guidelines regarding Covid protocols related to the delta variant. In the spirit of caring for community, proof of vaccination or a recent negative covid test are required to attend the on campus Unplugged Celebration. Full protocols and refund policies are available here 

 FYI

 The Minnesota State Arts Board has put out a call for people to fill out a survey to help inform it on decisions it will make about grant programs it may offer in the future.

 

Because of COVID-19, the Arts Board suspended its existing project grant programs and transferred its grant resources into flexible programs so that artists and organizations could maintain connections with Minnesota residents. The Arts Board offered these programs for two years. It is looking ahead now, thinking about the kind of programs that might be needed to ensure that Minnesota residents and communities will continue to have access to the arts and creative activities they value.

To take the survey, click here. It will take about 10 minutes.

 Artists at Work:

Sandi Pillsbury- Gredzens is exhibiting work at the Lakeview Hospital and Clinic.

Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens is exhibiting work at the Lakeview Hospital and Clinic.

 

Cedars on the River, woodcut print by Betsy Bowen. The first in her tree series.

Cedars on the River, woodcut print by Betsy Bowen. The first in her tree series.

 

More thick paint and my lovely canoe by David Gilsvik.

More thick paint and my lovely canoe by David Gilsvik.

 

Painting with my buddy, Richard Abraham, in Grand Marais by Neil Sherman.

Painting with my buddy, Richard Abraham, in Grand Marais by Neil Sherman. (Photograph)

Artists from Afar

Vibrant Mushroom Arrangements Photographed by Jill Bliss. To read about her work and see more photographs, click here.

Vibrant Mushroom Arrangements Photographed by Jill Bliss. To read about her work and see more photographs, click here.

This is a re-run.. but it’s such a great piece, it needs to be revisited.

Telephone Sheep by Jean Luc Cornec.

Telephone Sheep by Jean Luc Cornec.

 

Turning Rice Paddies into Art. Click here to learn more.

Turning Rice Paddies into Art. Click here to learn more.

On Rain: 

 “It is raining on the Arrowhead Trail. I breath a sigh of relief and go out to feel the wetness on my skin, to observe this gift, and before heading back into the house check my water gauge. I suspect a quarter of an inch. When I look at the gauge it seems full of gunk, blackish matter, maybe dead leaves. I turn it upside down to empty, since I want a fresh water count. A frog jumps out! He had been rejoicing, as I had, in the moisture. It seemed like a revelation to me. I look at the frog sitting there on the ground, droplets washing off its back, eyes wide, and feel we are connected in some weird organic way. My spirits are lifted. Rain.”                                         Tor Torkildson.

 River Runner. Trace a raindrop anywhere in the United States and see where it ends up. Click here to try it out.

Trace a raindrop anywhere in the United States and see where it ends up. Click here to see.

  Online Music

 Live Music:

Thursday, Sept. 2:

  • Joe Paulik, Cascade Lodge Restaurant & Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Jim McGowan, Music by the Campfire, Lutsen Resort, 6:30 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Date Night at the Winery, North Shore winery, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 3:

  • Jim McGowan, WTIP’s The Roadhouse, 6:15 p.m.
  • The Federales, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Birch Terrace Deck, 5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 4:

  • Fred Anderson, Cook County Market, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 4 Shore, Birch Terrace Deck, 4 p.m.
  • Sky Blue, Cascade Lodge Restaurant & Pub, 6 p.m.
  • The Federales, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Cancelled: Annie Mack, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, North Shore Music Association.

Sunday, Sept. 5:

  • Teague Alexy, Weekend Wine Down, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.

Photographs:

Here are some images we found this week:

 

A Pileated family by Tor Torkildson.

A Pileated family by Tor Torkildson.

 

Hello! I am only 15 minutes old. Photo courtesy of Town Life Magazine.

Hello! I am only 15 minutes old. Photo courtesy of Town Life Magazine.

 

It popped up right in front of me by Ben Stoterau.

It popped up right in front of me by Ben Stoterau.

Landscapes, Skyscapes and Waterscapes:

 

Like long arms these smoothly rounded shafts of Jacobsville sandstone boggle the imagination. Found in Lake Superior by Tim Trombley.

Like long arms these smoothly rounded shafts of Jacobsville sandstone boggle the imagination. Found in Lake Superior by Tim Trombley.

 

 A reboot. Beauty by Jennifer Schulz.

A re-run. Beauty by Jennifer Schulz.

 

Good morning from here by Kristofer Bowman.

Good morning from here by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Meyer's Beach by John Keefover.

Meyer’s Beach by John Keefover.

 

After the drought breaks by Janice Latz.

After the drought breaks by Janice Latz.

 

Let's bend together by Joy & Co.

Let’s bend together by Joy & Co.

 

Morning serenity by Panto Grafata.

Morning serenity by Panto Grafata.

 

We got some nice rain yesterday by Janie Rex.

We got some nice rain yesterday by Janie Rex.

 

The natural bridge by Matthew Pastick.

The natural bridge by Matthew Pastick.

 

Breakwater basalt at sunset by Bryan Hansel.

Breakwater basalt at sunset by Bryan Hansel.

 

Finally some rain by Travis Novitsky.

Finally, some rain by Travis Novitsky.

 

Fall is on the way by Kari Vick.

Celebrate! Fall is on the way by Kari Vick.

 

A night on the rocks by Hayes Scriven.

A night on the rocks by Hayes Scriven.

 

The back garden by Kristofer Bowman.

The back garden by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Another morning beauty by Nancy Hemstad Seaton.

Morning beauty in the morning by Nancy Hemstad Seaton.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone. Have a good Labor Day. And be safe.

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