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A Week of Jewelry and Bright Water

The good ship The Hjordis is back, sailing daily from North House Folk School through the summer. Photo by Shawna Marie Willis.

The good ship Hjordis is back, sailing daily from North House Folk School through the summer. To find out more, see www.northhouse.org. Photo by Shawna Marie Willis.

Summer has arrived. We can always tell when we see the those maroon sails of North House Folk School‘s schooner, the Hjordis, as it plies the waters around Grand Marais. And, of course, Lake Superior talks beautiful colors of blue.

This weekend is a celebration of all these things, with lots of activities and events.

First up is the second session of Arrowhead Sketchers, a group of artists who get together every Thursday to draw (and paint and sketch) the world around them. This week, the sketchers will meet at 4640 Cascade Beach Road for lots of opportunities to sketch rocks, water, trees, architecture. Artist Kathy Weinberg is hosting. All invited at 5 p.m.

This weekend will be a busy one at the Grand Marais Art Colony as it hosts “Findings: A Jewelry Symposium,” featuring a wide variety of classes, demonstrations, artist talks and a catered panel lunch discussion.

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The Findings Jewelry Symposium will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony this weekend.

Michael Boyd, a nationally renowned jewelry designer, metalsmith, and lapidary artist, is the keynote speaker as well as an instructor for the event.

Keynote speaker Michael Boyd will give an Artist Talk at the Johnson Heritage Poast at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Tuition is $10.

Keynote speaker Michael Boyd will give an Artist Talk at the Johnson Heritage Poast at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Tuition is $10.

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Some examples of Michael Boyd’s work.

Boyd will give an Artist Talk at the Johnson Heritage Post at 5:30 p.m. Friday, where he will talk about the evolution of his work as well as the major influences that have given him artistic direction.  Other Artist Talks scheduled over the weekend include Casey Sheppard, jewelry artist, mountain biker and freelance writer, who will speak at the Heritage Post at 5:30  p.m. Thursday. On Saturday, jewelry artists Jennifer Merchant and Vincent Pontillo-Verrastro will speak at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. respectively at the Heritage Post.  Tuition for each Artist Talk is $10. The three artists will participate in a panel discussion at a lunch at the Cook County Community Center at noon on Saturday. And on Saturday evening, there will be a group Trunk Show from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Grand Marais Art ColonyFor more information, to register for classes and the lunch, click here.

There are lots of other art opportunities this weekend, too.

Authors Sarah Stonich  (“Shelter”) and  Mark Neuzil (“Canoes”) will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse to talk about their books, and Pyrrha, the musical group that will play during the screening of the silent movie, The Fall of the House of Usher” at the ACA on Saturday, will be on the show, too. (See below for more info.)

Then, at 8 p.m., local writer and poet Levi Axtell will perform at Drury Lane Books‘ Full Moon Reading and Open Mic.

Levi Axtell will be featured at the Full Moon Reading at Drury Lane Books at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Levi Axtell will be featured at the Full Moon Reading at Drury Lane Books at 8 p.m. Friday.

Each full moon, Drury Lane Books invites the public to gather around the fire and hear local writers read their work or the work of others. If you have a story or poem to share, bring it. Axtell will also will also facilitate an open mic with his reading. All invited to enjoy the spoken word and the moon rising over the lake on Friday night.

Saturday kicks off with the Cook County Market, which is held in the Senior Center parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each week. The market features a wide variety of arts and crafts as well as artisan breads and more.

Woodworker Jeff Lillestrand has new birdhouses and other designs this year at the Cook County Market.

Woodworker Jeff Lillestrand has new birdhouses and other designs this year at the Cook County Market.

Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen is hosting an event on Saturday, too. Entitled “Celebrating Anishinaabe Women,” the event features author Colleen Baldrica of the Pembina Band of Ojibwa, who will share some stories and talk about her book, “Tree Spirited Women.” Baldrica will also lead a drum circle, weather permitting.

Celebrating Anihsinaabe Women will be held at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery from 1-3 p.m. Saturday.

Celebrating Anihsinaabe Women will be held at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery from 1-3 p.m. Saturday.

The gallery will also feature artist Susan Zimmerman of the Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe, who will be introducing her new collection of handmade, gourd drums. The event will be held from 1-3 p.m.

Then, at 4 p.m., Last Chance Gallery of Lutsen will hold a bronze pour, an exciting event to watch at any time. Open to the public. Free.

On Saturday night, plan on attending Pyrrha at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. The Minneapolis-based string ensemble will perform their original score to the Jean Epstein’s 1928 silent film, “The Fall of the House of Usher.”

Pyrhha

Pyrhha features Jackie Beckey (viola), Jonathan Kaiser (cello), and Adam Wozniak (bass). They will perform their original score at the screening of the silent film “The Fall of the House of Usher” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the ACA.

Based on Edgar Allen Poe‘s Gothic horror story, the film seethes with dreamy visual experimentation and surreal imagery. A psychological tale of confusion between reality and pictures, the 90-year-old cinematic gem resonates with campy melodrama perfect for the age of social media. The trio PYRRHA equally experienced in rock clubs and art galleries as classical concert halls, combine musical genres ranging from folk tunes to experimental sound for their lush score, bringing this silent film alive for contemporary audiences. The performance will be held at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Ticket information is available from northshoremusicassociation.com ,   Check out this preview here.

For more great music, Papa Charlie’s Songwriter Series on Monday at 8 p.m. will feature The Sea The Sea, an Upstate New York-based indie folk-pop duo-band featuring what Huffington Post calls, “Two of the loveliest male-female voices you might ever hear this or any other year.”

The Sea The Sea performs at Papa Charlie's at 8:30 p.m. Monday.

The Sea The Sea performs at Papa Charlie’s at 8:30 p.m. Monday.

The duo has won accolades and awards around the country. Here’s a video to see what they do.

There are some great exhibits to see this weekend, too.

The Spring Art Underground Show at the Betsy Bowen Galleries and Studio continues this month, with a wide variety of artwork from local and regional artists.

A wall of art, including work by painter Heidi Sobanja and tile maker Melissa Wickwire.

A wall of art, including work by painter Heidi Sobanja and tile maker Melissa Wickwire is at the Betsy Bowen Galleries and Studio this month.

The Johnson Heritage Post is featuring an exhibit by the Frozen Photographers, “Be There or Be Square.” The exhibit continues through June 17.

"Big Boy," a photograph by David Johnson, is one of the photos in the Frozen Photographers exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

“Big Boy,” a photograph by David Johnson, is one of the photos in the Frozen Photographers exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Tettegouche State Park continues its exhibit of the work of Adam Frankiewicz.

   is exhibiting his drawings at Tettegouche State Park this month.

Artist and aquatic entomologist, Adam Frankiewicz,is exhibiting his drawings at Tettegouche State Park this month.

In Duluth, a fascinating exhibit has opened at the Great Lakes Aquarium entitled “Black Gold,” which interprets the important history and threatened existence of sturgeon through the work of multiple artists.

This image by Adrian Chin from New Jersey contributed the particular image

This image by Adrian Chin from New Jersey is one of the works in the show at the Great Lakes Aquarium.

Sturgeon have been on Earth for more than 100 million years, but have become endangered due to over-harvesting and diminishing natural habitat. The exhibit is entitled “Black Gold” because of the high price of their caviar. The exhibit at the aquarium continues through Sept. 4.

The Tweed Museum of Art on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, continues its exhibition “A Thousand Words,” which features images of people in their environments.

(detail) Vance Gellert (American, 1944)
"Adeline Wright, Duluth, MN," 2004
Color Coupler Print on Kodak Paper
Collection Tweed Museum of Art, UMD

(detail) Vance Gellert (American, 1944)
”Adeline Wright, Duluth, MN” 2004
 ,Color Coupler print on Kodak Paper
, Collection Tweed Museum of Art, UMD

In Thunder Bay, the exhibit LU RetroGraduate Exhibition continues at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery through June 17.

One of the works in the LU Retrograduate Exhibition at Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

One of the works in the LU Retrograduate Exhibition at Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

At the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, the St. Patrick High School artists are featured.

"Days End" by Ashley Gerolami Belluz, a student at St. Patrick High School.

“Days End” by Ashley Gerolami Belluz, a student at St. Patrick High School.

 Upcoming

 Next weekend is one of the highlights of the summer season as North House Folk School presents the Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival June 16-18.

The event features rows of hand-made and unique watercraft, a boat parade, craft demonstrations, an evening square dance, the boat and tool auction, speakers, a pop-up craft show and, of course, the Summer Solstice Pageant presented by the Harbor Hill Players.

The Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival is next weekend.

The Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival is next weekend.

There are lots of classes featured next weekend, too, as well as music, food and more. For all the event details, click here. Stay tuned for details next week.

Window Shopping

Michelle Shanblott  new vendor, labradorite, amethyst and geode jewelry

Michelle Shanblott is a new vendor at Joy and Company. She makes labradorite, amethyst and geode jewelry.

 

David Steckelberg has a great collection of drawings at Ron's World Rocks.

David Steckelberg has a great collection of drawings at Ron’s World Rocks: Silver and Gems.

 

Stephan Hoglund is exhibiting his photographs at the Angry Trout this summer, including "Dark Path."

Stephan Hoglund is exhibiting his photographs at the Angry Trout this summer, including “Dark Path.”

 

The best bench in town is in front of the Johnson Heritage Post. Crafted by bronze sculptor Tom Christiansen, it is called "Grandmother's Bench." It was donated to the Heritage Post in memory of donated to heritage post in memory of Janet Davison Thayer, 1918-2011.

The best bench in town is in front of the Johnson Heritage Post. Crafted by bronze sculptor Tom Christiansen, it is called “Grandmother’s Bench.” It was donated to the Heritage Post in memory of Janet Davison Thayer, 1918-2011.

In Other Art News

Marty Harris is opening a show at Hopkins Center for the Arts on July 14.

One of the works for Marty Harris' upcoming show entitled "Sidewalk to Superior."

One of the works for Marty Harris’ upcoming show entitled “Sidewalk to Superior.”

 

Scott Lloyd Anderson will hold an Open Studio day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 10 at his studio, 3856 Blaisdell Ave. in Minneapolis.

Lake Superior North Shore near the Cascade River by Scott Lloyd Anderson.

Lake Superior North Shore near the Cascade River by Scott Lloyd Anderson.

Bob DeArmond, executive director of the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council is retiring this month, after 30 years working to develop and promote the arts community in the Arrowhead. A Good-Bye Party will be held in the August Fitger Room in Fitger’s Complex at 5:30 p.m. June 15. All invited.

The new executive director of ARAC has been named: Drew Digby will begin at ARAC on July 11. Currently Bigby is an economic and strategy analyst for the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board.

Drew Digby has been named the new executive director of the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.

Drew Digby has been named the new executive director of the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.

Digby has been the regional analyst for the Department of Employment and Economic Development and was an instructor of Journalism, History, and Advocacy and Political Leadership at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He ran a pop-up art gallery in Duluth called Studio 3 that had a successful run, including the WTF! Feminist Art Show that included works from more than 80 artists. He has also run a consulting business that helps artists with career and business strategies.

And finally, another look at the 4North exhibit currently at Norway House in the Twin Cities.

Paintings by Alison Aune and sculpture by Ann Klefstad are included in the 4North exhibit at Norway House in the Twin Cities.

Paintings by Alison Aune and sculpture by Ann Klefstad are included in the 4North exhibit at Norway House in the Twin Cities.

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, June 8:

  • Joe Paulik, Beach Bonfire, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Ian Alexy, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, June 9:

  • Billy Johnson, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Flyodian Slip, Gun Flint Trail, 8 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 10:

  • Bug Dope, Cascade Lodge Pup, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Voyageur, 7 p.m.
  • Pyrrha, “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.
  • Flyodian Slip, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 11:

  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, June 12

  • Open Mic Night, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • The Sea The Sea, Monday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, June 14:

  • Open Mic Night, Gun Flint Tavern, 5 p.m.
  • Date Night with Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

 

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Here are some of the photographs we found this week. Let’s start with wildlife.

The first calf seen this spring by Thomas Spence.

The first calf seen this spring by Thomas Spence.

Ospery Fledge Week by Thomas Demma.

Osprey Fledge Week by Thomas Demma.

 

"A little playing in the dirt" by David Johnson.

“A little playing in the dirt” by David Johnson.

 

"Let's not forget Dad," taken at the DNR Eagle Cam by Thomas Demma.

“Let’s not forget Dad,” taken at the DNR Eagle Cam by Thomas Demma.

And then we have some beautiful landscapes.

"The colors of fog at dawn--Superior National Forest" by Ken Harmon.

“The colors of fog at dawn–Superior National Forest” by Ken Harmon.

 

"Is this a beautiful scene or what" by Sandra Updyke.

“Is this a beautiful scene or what” by Sandra Updyke.

 

"Staircase to Cascade Falls" by Sierra Parsons.

“Staircase to Cascade Falls” by Sierra Parsons.

 

"Beartrap after rain" by Mike Wiggins, Jr.

“Beartrap after rain” by Mike Wiggins, Jr.

 

"First campfire of the season" by Roxann Berglund.

“First campfire of the season” by Roxann Berglund.

 

High Falls at Grand Portage by Susanne von Schroeder (Soul Centered Photography).

High Falls at Grand Portage by Susanne von Schroeder (Soul Centered Photography).

And last, but not least, this one:

Lightning storm over Grand Marais Harbor by Paul Sundberg.

Lightning storm over Grand Marais Harbor by Paul Sundberg.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

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