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Art Opportunities, Music & An Exhibit Or Two

Bulls on the Ridge by David Johnson.

Bulls on the Ridge by David Johnson.

Summer on the North Shore continues, with lots of cool things to do and see over the weekend. (And yes, it’s been cool here, but it should warm up nicely over the weekend.)

First up is the Arrowhead Sketchers, an open group offering weekly plein air art opportunities for people who sketch or paint. This week, the Arrowhead Sksetchers will meet at the Cutface Creek Rest Area, about 5 miles west of Grand Marais on Hwy. 61, from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday. Bring pencil and paints. Free. No skill needed.

On Friday, check out all the music in the county, including Music by the Campfire with Pete Kavanaugh.

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery will hold a Gala Reception and Opening from 7-11 p.m. (EDT) on Friday night. The exhibits include the 29th Anniversary Annual Members Show, featuring works by more than 100 member-artists, as well as an artist talk, music and a sound/multi-media performance.

The annual Members Show opens at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery on Friday.

The annual Members Show opens at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery on Friday.

The show includes two exhibits by critically acclaimed visiting Indigenous artists who are based in Vancouver, B.C. All exhibits run through Aug. 12.

On Saturday, the Cook County Market starts off the day at 9 a.m. in the Senior Center parking lot. The Market features a wide variety of crafts created by local artists and artisans and runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Also on Saturday, the Grand Marais Art Colony hosts Saturdays in the Studio, featuring free demonstrations open to the public. This week, potter Bob Tamanaha will be in the ceramics studio at the Art Colony from 1-2 p.m., throwing pots and talking about the process of making a finished piece. Everyone invited. Free.

To cap off Demo-Saturday, there will be a Bronze Pour at 4 p.m. at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.

There's a Bronze Pour at 4 at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.

There’s a Bronze Pour at 4 at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.

Come see this fiery creative process and learn more about sculpting in bronze.

On Saturday night, come to the Arrowhead Center for the Arts and listen to opera. The Grand Marais Playhouse will present the Northern Lights Music Festival at 7:30 p.m. featuring famous opera pieces sung by Northern Lights Music Festival apprentices. They will perform scenes from Mozart’s Magic Flute, L’elisir d’amour, Hansel and Gretel, Carmen and Die Fledermaus.

The Northern Lights Music Festival is a three-week classical music performance program and music school which is held each summer on the Minnesota Iron Range.
Founded 14 years ago by concert pianist and Aurora native Veda Zuponcic, Northern Lights brings together award-winning students and internationally known performers and teachers in a unique program that includes daily lessons, chamber music coachings, masterclasses and numerous performance opportunities.

Tickets for this performance are $15 adults, $5 students. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Exhibits

This is the last weekend of the Minneapolis College of Art & Design exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post. The exhibit features work by MCAD graduates in a variety of media.

Painting by Sara Weiben.

Painting by Sara Weiben.

.The Heritage Post is closed on Tuesdays. It is open rom 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and Monday, and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

The Spring Art Underground Show continues at the Betsy Bowen Gallery and Studios, which is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The Spring Art Underground Show continues at Betsy Bowen Galleries and Studio.

The Spring Art Underground Show continues at Betsy Bowen Galleryand Studios.

Next week, the gallery will host Jeremy Vaughn, who has been living and working in Jingdezhen, China, one of the centers for porcelain pottery in China. He will have new work and talk about his artistic process, making porcelain forms inspired by Lake Superior using traditional Chinese porcelain methods. His presentation will be from 3-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 22. Stay tuned for details.

The Tweed Museum of Art continues its exhibit of photographs of people, entitled 1,000 Words. This week, we feature a detail of a portrait of Greg Utyro of Superior, Wis.,  by Kip Praslowicz.

tweed Portrait of Greg Utyro by Kip Praslowicz

Greg Utyro in the “Buck Room” in his house in Superior, Wis. The room is full of taxiedermied buck heads that he has hunted, along with his eclectic collection of  knick knacks.  (Detail) Photo by Kip Praslowicz. To see more of his work: https://www.kpraslowicz.com/

 

The 1,000 Words exhibition continues through the summer.

The Plein Air Duluth competition continues this week with an exhibition of the completed work at Blacklist Beer, 120 E. Superior St., in Duluth.

"Knife River Relic," plein air painting by Stephen Wysocki, one of the works in the Plein Air exhibit that open July 14 at Blacklist Beer in downtown Duluth.

“Knife River Relic,” plein air painting by Stephen Wysocki, one of the works in the Plein Air exhibit that open July 14 at Blacklist Beer in downtown Duluth.

The opening reception is at 5 p.m. July 14.  Prizes will be awarded during the opening reception by Juror Matt Kania, and the Randy Lee Trio will play. To see photos of some of the paintings, click here.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallerys exhibit, “The Perspective from Here: 150 Artists From the North” continues through Sept. 25.

thunder bay art gallery 150th,jpg

“The Perspective From Here” exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery features a wide variety of work.

Upcoming

.The Johnson Heritage Post will open a fiber art exhibit on Friday, July 21, entitled “Marie Westerman and Jill Ewald – Threads of Time and Place.”

"Shiny Object," by Marie Westerman.

“Shiny Object,” by Marie Westerman.

The exhibit at the Heritage Post opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. July 21. Stay tuned for details next week.

Flowers and gardens will be celebrated next weekend. too. The West End Garden Club’s annual Flower Show will be held at the Birch Grove Community Center from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, July 22.

The West End Garden Club will hold it's annual flower show next Saturday, July 22, at the Birch Grove Community Center.

The West End Garden Club will hold it’s annual flower show next Saturday, July 22, at the Birch Grove Community Center.

The Birch Grove Community Center is a new location for the flower show. The title of this year’s exhibit: “Contain It.”

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery‘s annual Garden Tour is next weekend, too. The self-guided tour is a fundraiser for the gallery. Tickets are $25.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery Garden Tour is next weekend.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery Garden Tour is next weekend.

For more information and tickets, click here.

Tickets are now on sale for Unplugged  at North House Folk School, Sept. 13-18. The Saturday night performance will include Kevin Kling, Dan Chouinard, Prudence Johnson, Simone Perrin, Dane Stauffer, and Claudia Schmidt, as well as Unplugged alumni Jon Vezner and Don Henry. Other events for the weekend include  the Flannel Formal, a 20th Anniversary Gala, a craft marketplace, a speaker series, coursework, and abundant music and stories as the autumn season begins to emerge on the North Shore. For tickets and more info, visit www.northhouse.org

The Cross River Heritage Center holds a quilt raffle every year for a handmade beautiful quilt as a fundraiser for the organization and the Schroeder Area Historical Society. This year’s quilt is entitled “Rainbow Dreams” and was made and machine quilted by Nancy Hansen of Lutsen. Tickets for the raffle are $2 and can be purchased at the Heritage Center.

"Rainbow Dreams"  (detail) was made and machine-quilted by

“Rainbow Dreams” (detail) was made and machine-quilted by Nancy Hansen.

The drawing for the quilt will be held during the Cross River Heritage Center Holiday Sale and Lefse and Krum kaka Hoop Dee Doo Nov. 18.

Window Shopping

 

Adam Swenson has five new originals at Sivertson Gallery. He calls this "Possibility." (detail).

Adam Swenson has five new originals at Sivertson Gallery. He calls this “Possibility.” (detail).

 

Micaella Penning of Duluth has new work at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Micaella Penning of Duluth has new work at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

 

Moose might be hard to find in the woods but not at last Chance Gallery where Tom Christiansen has created a new group of painted steel Moose Racks.

Moose might be hard to find in the woods but not at Last Chance Gallery where Tom Christiansen has created a new group of painted steel Moose Racks.

 

JD Jorgenson has new work at Upstate MN.

JD Jorgenson has new work at Upstate MN.

 

And here’s the music for this week:

Thursday, July 13:

  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Friday, July 14:

  • Billy Johnson, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Pete K–Music by the Campfire, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Chris Silver Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 1:

  • Billy Johnson, North Shore Winery, 2 p.m.
  • Matthew Griswold, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Dat Dere Jazz, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Chris Silver Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 16:

  • Black River Revue, North Shore Winery, 2 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Skyport Lodge, 7 p.m.

Monday, July 17:

  • Open Mic Night, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Boyd Bump Blomberg, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Tuesday, July 18:

  • Mysterious Ways, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 19:

  • Common Ground, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Here are some of the great photos we found this week:

First, some cool wildlife shots.

David Johnson caught this otter in an unusual position. He calls it "My aching head."

David Johnson caught this otter in an unusual position. He calls it “Oh, my aching head.”

 

Red Wing Blackbird by Nace Hagemann.

Red Wing Blackbird by Nace Hagemann.

 

Photo by Nace Hagemann.

Shaking it off by Nace Hagemann.

And some waterscapes:

Five Mile Rock in its new location by Todd Miller.

Five Mile Rock in its new location by Todd Miller.

 

This morning's moon on the shore.

This morning’s moon on the shore.

 

Full moon over the lighthouse by Kathy Gray-Anderson.

Full moon over the lighthouse by Kathy Gray-Anderson.

 

High Falls at Grand Portage by Paul Sundberg.

High Falls at Grand Portage by Paul Sundberg.

 

And a beautiful woodland flower:

Woodland lily by Amy Demmer.

Woodland lily by Amy Demmer.

 

And a spectacular lighthouse shot:

"Reflection" by Jeff Henninggsgard.

“Reflection” by Jeff Henninggsgard.

 

And an even more spectacular lighting shot:

Lightening strike on July 6 by David Johnson.

Lightening strike on July 6 by David Johnson.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

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