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.
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.
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,
Online, the Grand Marais Art Colony continues its Instagram Artist Takeover series. This week, poet Jim Cihlar will be featured.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
Artists from Afar
This is a re-run.. but it’s such a great piece, it needs to be revisited.
“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.
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.
Here are some images we found this week:
Landscapes, Skyscapes and Waterscapes:
Enjoy your weekend, everyone. Have a good Labor Day. And be safe.
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