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The Season Begins: Art Along the Lake

jamie rabold the cascade is beautiful from all angles

“The Cascade is beautiful from all angles,” by Jamie Rabold.

Look forward to some wonderful craziness this weekend as galleries and shops celebrate Art Along the Lake with exhibits, gallery tours, demonstrations, music, art activities and more all weekend long.

The natural world is celebrating, too, with waterfalls at their spectacular best and trees opening to new life in greens, not to mention early wildflowers and young foxes and robins exploring new worlds.

Art Along the Lake features special events at the Cross River Heritage Center in Schroeder, which opens for the season on Friday, Last Chance Gallery and Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen, the Grand Marais Art Colony, Betsy Bowen Galleries & Studio, Sivertson Gallery, Ron’s World Rocks and Joy & Co in Grand Marais.

Paddling Through Clouds, oil, by David Gilsvik.

Davidi Gilsvik’s painting “Paddling Through Clouds” is the featured artwork on the Art Along the Lake brochure this year. Gilsvik will be giving painting demos at Sivertson Gallery from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The weekend kicks off with the opening of the Cross River Heritage Center for the season at 10 a.m. on Friday. The exhibits this year include “Boomtown: Taconite Harbor”and “Vintage Needlework and Fiber Arts.” There will be lots of great demos this weekend. On Friday, artisans will demonstrate basketry, knitting, hand quilting, wood carving, and Ukraine egg carving throughout the day. The demos continue at the Heritage Center on Saturday and feature everything from Norwegian sewing to hardanger embroidery. For the full schedule and times of the demos, click here.

In Lutsen, Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery will hold a number of demonstrations over the weekend.

kah nee tah pottery and paintings

Pottery and paintings are just a few of the artworks found at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Of special interest this weekend: Maggie Anderson will give a raku demonstration at the gallery from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Also on Saturday, there will be Bronze Pour at 4 at Last Chance Gallery. For more info and schedules, click here.

In Grand Marais, the Spring Art Underground Show Sneak Peek  at Betsy Bowen Galleries and Studio will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday night. The show features woodcuts by Betsy Bowen, Lake Superior gem stone jewelry by Stephan Hoglund, custom tiles by Melissa Wickwire, woodenware by Jim Sannerud, plus select local pottery, original paintings, rosemaling and lots more. The show continues through June.

The Spring Art Underground Show Sneak Peak at Betsy Bowen Galleries and Studio is from 5-7 p.m. Friday. Bowen's woodcut prints are featured in the show

The Spring Art Underground Show Sneak Peek at Betsy Bowen Galleries and Studio is from 5-7 p.m. Friday. Bowen’s woodcut prints are featured in the show, which continues through June.

Tilemaker Melissa Wickwire will give demos on tile making from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Melissa Wickwire will give tile-making demos on Saturday at Betsy Bowen Galleries & Studio.

Melissa Wickwire will give tile-making demos on Saturday at Betsy Bowen Galleries & Studio.

Betsy Bowen will give a printmaking demo at her gallery studio from 1-3 p.m. Sunday. For more info, click here.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will host a Pop-Up Exhibit on Saturday and Sunday.

The Pop-up Exhibit, Made at the Art Colony, will be Saturday and Sunday and includes prints by Dan and Lee Ross.

The Pop-up Exhibit, Made at the Art Colony, will be Saturday and Sunday and includes prints by Dan and Lee Ross.

“Made at the Art Colony” features works by local and regional artists who work at the Art Colony and includes paintings, prints, glass and ceramics and multi-media work. The show is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The Art Colony will also host a printmaking demo by Jerry Riach at 1 p.m. on Saturday and a Community Ink Day: Screenprinting from 2-4 p.m. For more info, click here.

And plein air painter David Gilsvik will give painting demos at Sivertson Gallery from 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

A new gallery, Ron’s World Rocks, Silver and Gems, holds its Grand Opening this weekend with studio demonstrations and a chance to visit with artist Ron Piercy on Friday and Saturday. Besides a great collection of handmade jewelry, the gallery also includes paintings by Matt Kania, bronze sculptures by John Books and prints by David Steckelberg, to name a few.

Matt Kania's painting is at Ron's World Rocks.

Matt Kania’s painting is at Ron’s World Rocks.

Joy & Co. hosts childen’s art activities on Friday and Saturday starting at 10 a.m.  All invited. Free.

Also on Friday, the Cook County Historical Society opens a new military history exhibit entitled “On the Line: A Military History of Cook County.” The exhibit explores the stories of how wartime changed the lives of Cook County service members and their families at home. An opening reception is set for Saturday. The museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday.

This weekend also features a number of special music events.

On Friday, The Sound of Strings Duo, comprised of Michelle Gribbon on violin, and Christina Roytz Branham on cello, (both play with the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra) will present a program entitled “Music from the Heart” at the Grand Marais Public Library at noon on Thursday.

On Saturday, singer/songwriter Ben Weaver will perform at the Fireweed Bike Co-op at 6 p.m.

And, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, the WolfGang Classical Quintet will perform at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 7:30. They will play the overtures to Mozart’s operas “Don Giovanni” and “The Magic Flute.”

And, not to forget, the Frozen Photographers exhibit, “Be There or Be Square” continues at the Johnson Heritage Post featuring work by 22 local and regional photographers.

Photo by Jamie Rabold. Rabold is one of the Frozen Photographers exhibiting at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Photo by Jamie Rabold. Rabold is one of the Frozen Photographers exhibiting at the Johnson Heritage Post.

In Duluth, the  opening reception for Ellen Sandbeck‘s papercut art will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday at the AICHO Galleries, 202 W. 2nd St.

Buddha-Day-28-Anuradhapura-Sri-Lanka, papercut, by Ellen Sandbeck.

Buddha-Day-28-Anuradhapura-Sri-Lanka, papercut, by Ellen Sandbeck.

The exhibit features a collection of her work, including “A Buddha a Day,” a series executed over the course of a year during which Sandbeck created 365 papercuts of Gautama Buddha. Proceeds from the sale of these works will benefit the charity of your choice.

The Call and Response Ceramics Exhibit continues at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Wall sculpture by Lee Stoliar is at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Wall sculpture by Lee Stoliar is at the Tweed Museum of Art.

In Thunder Bay, the Lakehead University RetroGraduate Exhibition continues through June 17, featuring work in a variety of mediums.

The Lakehead University RetroGraduate Exhibition is at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

The Lakehead University RetroGraduate Exhibition is at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

For Bob Dylan fans, the Duluth Dylan Festival continues in a variety of venues in Duluth through Sunday, including the Blood on the Tracks Express rolling train ride, featuring lots of music on the trip from Duluth to Two Harbors. For tickets and more event info, click here.

Upcoming

The Arrowhead Sketchers will begin their second season at the Grand Marais Recreation Park on Thursday, June 1, from 5- 7 p.m., followed by a brief “show and tell.”  The group meets weekly on Thursdays and welcomes anyone who likes to draw, sketch, plein aire paint or photograph, as well as those who want to just watch. For more info, call the Grand Marais Art Colony at 387-2737. You may also join MeetUp.com for weekly updates.

The Grand Marais Art Colony‘s “Findings Jewelry Symposium” is June 8-11 and promises to be quite an event.

The Findings Jewelry Symposium at the Grand Marais Art Colony is June 8-11. There is still time to sign up for classes.

The Findings Jewelry Symposium at the Grand Marais Art Colony is June 8-11. There is still time to sign up for classes.

The symposium features renowned jewelry artists who will demonstrate and teach about the intersection of contemporary and traditional jewelry-making techniques through classes, demos, artist talks and a jewelry trunk show. Register today while there’s space available. Learn more here:  And stay tuned for details.

The Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival  is June 16-18 at North House Folk School. It’s the biggest celebration of the year at North House and features lots of wooden boats, classes, the Summer Solstice Pageant, presentations and more.  It’s a  fun, family-oriented educational event and open to all. For more info, click here.

Also, North House is seeking submissions for the Pop-Up Craft Gallery which will be held during the Wooden Boat Show.

North House is calling for submissions for the Pop-Up Craft Gallery, that will be held during the Wooden Boat Show next month.

North House is calling for submissions for the Pop-Up Craft Gallery  that will be held during the Wooden Boat Show next month.

Bring a craft item you made and display it at the pop-up Craft Gallery on Saturday, June 17. Contact cfritz@northhouse.org with questions.

Window Shopping

Colorful paddles made by Sanborn Canoe Co. are at Upstate MN.

Beautiful paddles made by Sanborn Canoe Co. are at Upstate MN.

 

Sivertson Gallery has a great selection of jewelry, including this Fossil Walrus-Spiny Oyster-Sterling Bracelet From Bering Sea Designs.

Sivertson Gallery has a great selection of jewelry, including this fossil walrus-spiny oyster sterling bracelet from Bering Sea Designs.

 

Carol Miller has new pottery at Joy & Co.

Carol Miller has new pottery at Joy & Co.

 In Other Art News:

 Carrin Rosetti and Richard Gruchalla were awarded  First Place in Ceramics at the Old Capital Art Fair in Springfield, Ill. last weekend.

Raku artists Carrin Rosetti (pictured) and Richard Gruchalla won First Place in ceramics at a recent art show in Illinois. They exhibit their work at Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais.

Raku artists Carrin Rosetti (pictured) and Richard Gruchalla won First Place in ceramics at a recent art show in Illinois. They exhibit their work at Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais.

Here’s the music schedule for the week:

Thursday, May 25:

  • Timmy Haus, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Friday, May 26:

  • Pushing Chain, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
  • Pete K Group, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Saturday, May 27:

  • Matt Trost & Laurel Clark, Voyageur Brewing Co., noon
  • Jim McGowan, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Ben Weaver, Fireweed Bike Co-op, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • James Moors, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m., info, reservations at michaelmonroemusic.com
  • The WolfGang, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 7:30 p.m.
  • John Silliman, Gunflint Lodge, 8 p.m.
  • Earth, Wind and Todd, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Pete K Group, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 28:

  • Pushing Chain, Skyport Lodge, 5 p.m.
  • Tony Peterson and Jill Zimmerman, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.

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Whew! We found a lot of photos this week. Let’s start with wildlife.

Kits, by Paul Sundberg.

Kits, by Paul Sundberg.

 

Out in the Fog and Rain by Thomas Spence.

Out in the Fog and Rain by Thomas Spence.

 

Lunch! by Thomas Demma.

Lunch! by Thomas Demma. (Taken at the MN DNR eagle cam site.)

 

Nace Hagemann took this shot. He says he has never seen a laying like a stretched-out dog before.

Nace Hagemann took this shot. He says he has never seen a wolf  stretched-out like a dog before.

 

Loons by Michael Thompson.

Loons by Michael Thompson.

 

Late Night Visitor by David Johnson.

Late Night Visitor by David Johnson.

 

Little robin waiting for Mom by Ravenwind.

Little robin waiting for Mom by Ravenwind.

 

Flight of the Marsh Wren by John Heino.

Flight of the Marsh Wren by John Heino.

 

And we found lots of photos of waterfalls …

Kakabeka Falls (near Thunder Bay)  by Don Malcolm.

Kakabeka Falls (near Thunder Bay) by Don Malcolm.

 

Seven Bridges Road by Mary Amerman.

Seven Bridges Road by Mary Amerman.

 

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Judge Magney State Park by Sandra Updyke.

 

High Falls, Grand Portage by Paul Sundberg.

High Falls, Grand Portage by Paul Sundberg.

And all this water is flowing into our gorgeous Lake Superior.

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Diggin’ what she’s layin’ down tonight, by Danielle Fortin.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

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