There’s lots going on this weekend.
First up is a special on WDSE’s Great Gardening, which will feature Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens’ gardens. The episode was taped last year during a garden tour. Pillsbury-Gredzens is well-known for her floral paintings and she is inspired by the beautiful flowers in her gardens. The show will be aired at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Friday is the first Friday of the month, and participating shops and galleries will be open from 4-8 p.m. with refreshments and a variety of events and/or specials to celebrate June First Fridays.
At Sivertson Gallery, for example, Tim Pearson will demonstrate his style of watercolor painting from 4-6 p.m. Refreshments will served. All invited.
The “Puzzle Tree” sculpture by Tom Christiansen, which was installed in front of the Grand Marais Public Library Monday, will be dedicated at 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Christiansen was selected from a group of 14 artists who submitted proposals for an art installation at the library. The public is invited to the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Refreshments will be served.
Also, there will be printing demonstrations and snacks at Betsy Bowen’s Studio and Galleries, 301 1st Ave. W., three blocks up the hill from downtown from 4-8 p.m.
This is also a great opportunity to see how the space in the historic Old Playhouse building has been reorganized. It includes not only Bowen’s studio gallery but also Stephan Hoglund‘s Borderlands Gallery featuring art jewelry and photography; Wickwire Clayworks, with tiles, pottery and more by Melissa Wickwire and Ron’s World Rocks, featuring silver and gems as well as local stone jewelry by Ron Piercy. The new, colorful, expanded, light-filled What’s Upstairs is also fun to see.
At Joy & Co., there will be yard games and fun for the whole family, as well as a bonfire and refreshments.
Cellist Yvonne Caruthers will play at Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply from 5-8 p.m.
And Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen is open until 7 p.m. with refreshments and live music.
Many of the downtown shops are open as well, adding to the First Fridays party atmosphere.
Saturday kicks off with the Art Rummage Sale at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 10 a.m. until noon. There is a great selection of items including a camera tripod, an easel, Golden Acrylics paints, mat boards, frames, watercolor paper, pottery and much more.
Downtown, the annual Classic Car Show gets under way at 11 a.m. and continues to 3 p.m. The popular show includes classic cars, trucks and motorcycles on display. Vote for your favorite and listen to the SplinterTones, who will play from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Harbor Park. The awards presentation is at 3:15 p.m. at the Voyageur Brewery.
And nationally acclaimed bluesman Guy Davis will give a free presentation at the Grand Marais Public Library at 1 p.m. and will be in concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m.
Davis is a old-time blues virtuoso, composer, actor, director, and writer who has performed acoustic blues around the country, bringing his music to as many ears as possible through the material of the great blues masters, African American stories, and his own original songs, stories, and performance pieces. His influences include the great blues musicians Blind Willie McTell, Skip James, Manse Lipscomb, Mississippi John Hurt, Elizabeth Cotton, and Buddy Guy, among others. But it was through Taj Mahal that he found his way to the old-time blues.
Listen to him here. Tickets available at the door.
Also on Saturday, Cameron Norman will give a fish print demonstration at the Grand Marais Art Colony at 1 p.m. She uses an ancient Japanese technique to create prints directly from a fresh fish.All invited. Free. No preregistration required.
Also on Saturday, Drury Lane Books will host a Writer’s Salon with poet Sharon Chmielarz, who will talk about her book, “Visibility: Ten Miles,” a collaboration with photographer Ken Smith. The event will be at 5 p.m. The public is invited.
In other art news, the Frozen Photographers exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post, “Fire and Ice: No Ordinary Landscape” features more than 80 landscape photographs by regional and local photographers who are members of the Frozen Photographers Facebook page. The exhibit continues through June 21.
The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday and Monday.
The Thunder Bay Art Gallery will hold its annual silent auction fundraiser on Friday. “Art & Ambiance: Live and Silent Auction” begins with viewing at 7:30 p.m. (EDT), live auction at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the gallery.
The Secondary School Exhibit continues at the gallery through June 14.
The Baggage Building Arts Center in Thunder Bay holds Tango Night every Wednesday at 6 p.m. (EDT). The public is invited to come and watch or take a lesson. The exhibit “Six Artists at the Waterfront” continues at the Arts Center through June 29.
The Good Harbor Hill Players are holding public workshops to develop masks, costumes and puppets for the Summer Solstice Pageant, which will held at North House Folk School June 20. Free workshops are held at What’s Upstairs? above Betsy Bowen Studio, Saturdays 10-12 and 2-4, Sundays 2-4, and Tuesdays 4-8. All ages are welcome. For more info call Betsy at 218-370-8077.
Misha Martin has new work at the Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.
Great Gifts has handmade leather moose by Duluth artist Daryl Hanson. The range from 2.5 to 5 inches tall.
The Blue Moose has just received decorative hummingbird feeders as well as large selection of handmade, whimsical birdhouses.
Lauri Olson-Hohman is exhibiting her work at the Coho Cafe in Tofte. The digital art pieces are 20 inches by 30 inches.
Joy & Co. has new photographs by David Johnson and pottery by Carol Miller.
Betsy Bowen is currently working on another collaboration with Phyllis Root called “One North Star.” Her first collaboration with Root, “Big Belching Bog,” published by the University of Minnesota Press, is going into its second printing in hardcover.
The Great Northern Radio Show, the popular variety show produced by Northern Community Radio in Grand Rapids and Bemidji, will be broadcast live at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Saturday, June 13. WTIP Community Radio will air the show live as will community radio stations in Ely, Bemidji, Bagley, Brainerd and Grand Rapids.
Featured performers include Americana songwriter, banjo, fiddle, and viola player Barbara Jean and her band, along with roots band Pushing Chain featuring Bump Blomberg (guitar & vocals) and Adam Moe (fiddle and vocals). The Great Northern Radio Players, including Jason and Louisa Scorich of Duluth, Britt Aamodt of Elk River, and C.J. Anderson and Lauren Nickisch of Pequot Lakes, will join several Grand Marais-area performers and guests, including Lonnie Dupre, David Mills, Mark Hansen, Sherrie Lindskog and other surprises.
The Grand Marais Art Colony will hold a jewelry symposium entitled “Findings” June 11-14. The event, held in partnership with the Minnesota Jewelry
Arts Guild, will feature classes, demos, discussions, and lectures for the novice to professional artist, art appreciators, and the broader community to learn more about the art of jewelry making. The event will feature local, regional and nationally known artists.
There will be a jewelers trunk guild on Saturday night. Artists’ talks are also open to the public. For more information, visit www.grandmaraisartcolony.com.
Here’s the music for this week:
Thursday, June 4:
- Joe Paulik, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
- Pete Kavanaugh, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
Friday, June 5:
- Gordon Thorne and Bob Bingham, Camp 61, Beaver Bay, 6 p.m.
- Guy Davis, WTIP’s The Roadhouse, 6:20 p.m.
- Reina Del Cid, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
- Gary Croft & His Entourage, Voyageur Brewing Co., 9 p.m.
- Pete Kavanaugh, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
Saturday, June 6:
- The SplinterTones, Harbor Park, 11:30 a.m.
- Gordon Thorne & Chris Gillis, Lusten Resort, 7 p.m.
- Guy Davis, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.
- James Moors, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
- Gary Croft & His Entourage, Voyageur Brewery, 8 p.m.
- Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.
- Wild Berry Jam, Gun Flint Tavern, 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 7:
Jim & Michele Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 6:30 p.m,.
Monday, June 8:
- Jim & Michele Miller, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
Wednesday, June 10:
Open Mic, Gun Flint Tavern, 5 p.m.
And here’s a sampling of the great photos we found this week:
And finally, this amazing shot:
Have a great weekend, everyone!