The middle of August brings warm days, lots of sunshine – perfect for everything from fishing, exploring the woods and, of course, visiting all the art galleries and shops in Cook County. And there’s an art opening this weekend to go to, as well as a great selection of live music.
First up is our trusty Arrowhead Sketchers, who have been meeting in various locations around the county all summer to paint, sketch and/or photograph the scenery around them. Last Thursday, the Sketchers met at Dave and Cathi Williams’ farm, which offered a wide variety of subjects to sketch.
This week, the Arrowhead Sketchers will meet from 5-7 p.m. in front of Betsy Bowen’s Galleries and Studio, 301 1st Ave. W., for street-scene sketching. Everyone is invited. Bring paper or sketchbook, paints or pencils, or a camera, if you wish. Free. Open to all.
The instructor-in-residence at North House Folk School this week is birchbark weaver Beth Homa.
Homa will be demonstrating her craft from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and give a mini-class on Saturday. For more info and to register, call 387-9762 or visit www.northhouse.org.
On Friday, award-winning photographer David Johnson opens a one-man show at the Johnson Heritage Post with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Entitled ” Cook County Through My Eyes,” the exhibit will feature a wide range of photographs of landscapes, skyscapes, wildlife and northern lights.
Johnson is well-known in the community for capturing amazing “you-had-to-be-there” shots, as well as great captures of wildlife. It should be a fun show. The Sky Blue & The Orange Girl Jazz Quartet will play at the opening reception. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit continues through Sept. 10.
Also on Friday night, Rick Anderson of Grand Portage, will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse, to talk about donating the archaeological collection he and his family collected to Grand Portage National Monument. Also, musicians Eric Frost and Bill Hansen will be on the show to talk about their music and play a few songs. The show airs from 5-7 p.m.
On Saturday, local artists and artisans will hold the Cook County Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Senior Center. Look for a variety of goods including fiber art, baked goods, pottery, jewelry, woodcarving and woodwork, to name a few.
Saturdays in the Studio, a weekly event at the Grand Marais Art Colony during the summer, will feature demos of watercolor wax resist painting by Cilia Waterford starting at 1 p.m. Free. All invited.
And Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen will have a bronze pour at 4 p.m. in the sculpture studio there. It is open to the public and free.
There are several exhibits of interest in the region this week, too.
The Cross River Heritage Center is showing work by photographers Kathy Gray-Anderson and Tim Ostroot, paintings by Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens, David Hahn, Trish Hunter and Bruce Palmer and beadwork by Ojibwe artist Marcie MacIntire. The exhibit continues through the end of September.
Tettegouche State Park is exhibiting “Inklings” by Jill Levene this month.
The exhibit is in the Great Hall at the state park.
In Duluth, painter Jonathon Thunder continues his show at the Duluth Art Institute.
His solo exhibit features a new body of paintings of Ojibwe deities placed in a contemporary context. A catalog with color images includes an essay by Mason Riddle, a Saint Paul-based arts writer. The catalog is available for purchase.
At the Tweed Museum of Art, the ceramics exhibit “Call + Response” continues through Aug. 27.
James Klueg and Liz James curated the pairings on display. The Tweed is located on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
The Tweed also is exhibiting a special collection of photographs entitled “A Thousand Words.”
In Thunder Bay, the exhibit “The Perspective From Here” at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery continues through mid-September.
And a solo exhibit by painter Lorraine Cull is currently on view at the mezzanine at the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay. It is located in Prince Arthur Park.
Author Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux will be the guest for a Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books from 7-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26. Stay tuned for details.
WTIP’s 10th Annual Radio Waves Music Festival is set for Sept. 8-10 at Sweetheart’s Bluff in the Grand Marais Recreation Area. This year’s festival will feature 28 local and regional acts.
The Grand Marais Art Colony‘s 2017 Plein Air Competition, Exhibition and Sale begins Sept. 8 when artists from throughout the region arrive in the county to paint. A Paint-Out will be held at Pincushion on Sept. 9 and the Quick Paint will be held at the harbor in the late afternoon on Thursday, Sept. 14. An exhibit of the work will open at the Johnson Heritage Post Sept. 15.
Also, North House Folk School‘s “Unplugged” will be Sept. 13-17 this year, featuring a chance to celebrate community, music, craft, and storytelling along the lakeshore at its classic Fall fundraiser, with special guests Kevin Kling and friends. More info in coming weeks. Click here for tickets.
And here’s something fun to watch:
Here’s the music for the week:
Thursday, Aug. 17:
- Joe Paulik, Music by the Campire, Lutsen Resort, 6:30 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne & Friends, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 18:
- Jim & Mchele Miller, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
- Pete K, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7 p.m.
- The Cruisers, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
- Floydian Slip, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 19:
- Joe Paulik, Gun Flint Tavern, 2 p.m.
- Jim McGowan, Voyageur Brewing Co., 7 p.m.
- Joe Paulik, Bluefin Bay, 7 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
- Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, 7 p.m. Rural Grand Marais, ino at michealmonroemusic.com
- Common Ground, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
- The Cruisers, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
- Floydian Slip, Gun Flint Tavern 8 p.m.
- Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 20:
- SplinterTones, Moguls, 5 p.m.
- Bughouse!, Skyport Lodge, 5 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 20:
- Mysterious Ways, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 21:
- Low, Monday Night Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 22:
- Teague Alexy, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
And here is a selection of photos we found this week:
Have a great weekend, everyone!