It’s Eye-Candy Weekend in Cook County.
The leaves are at peak and are just gorgeous, and
Art Along the Lake: the Fall Studio Tour continues, exhibiting artwork in every medium by local and regional artists in 14 studios and galleries from 10 am. to 5 p.m. through Sunday.
And that’s not all: Many studios are featuring special events, whether demonstrations, visiting artists or artist talks. Here’s a partial list of what you can expect to see:
Daily bowl-turning demos with Lou Pignolet in Hovland;
Daily glass demonstrations with Mary Bebie at Clay Phoenix Ceramics in Lutsen; painting demonstrations at Last Chance Gallery with Anna Hess and with Heidi Sobanja at Betsy Bowen’s Studio and Galleries.
Mary Jane Huggins is holding mini classes as well as giving demos at her shop, Tall Tales in Tofte. and Ron Piercy is doing Q&A’s about gemstones at his shop, Ron’s World Rocks in Grand Marais. (Piercy was formerly a large-scale sculptor, and he know his stones.) There are also on-going demos at the Grand Marais Art Colony in ceramics (Natalie Sobanja, Hannah Palma Laky and Joan Farnam) and glass (Nancy Seaton) and Dan & Lee Ross are doing artist talks and tool demonstrations at their studio in Hovland daily.
Here are a few more photos of what you can see on the Fall Studio Tour:
Other must-see studios and galleries include the Frykman Art Studio in rural Grand Marais; Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen, Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais, Neil Sherman’s Plein Air Gallery in rural Hovland and KFox Studio and Gallery in Lutsen.
Here are a few demos of note: There will be a fused glass demo at the Frykman Gallery from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday. On Friday, Maggie Anderson will do a raku demo at her gallery, Phoenix Ceramics, at 2 p.m., and there will be a bronze pour at 4 p.m. at Last Chance Gallery on Saturday.
For the complete list of art tour stops, maps and event schedules, click here. The Fall Studio Tour continues through Sunday. Enjoy!
There are other fun things going on in the county this weekend, too.
On Thursday night, Hannah Palma Laky and Leah Laky will sing and read for the Full Moon Gathering at Drury Lane Books outside by the campfire. Be there at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy the moon and beautiful music.
On Friday, artist and illustrator Kari Vick will be interviewed on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday. “Seven Ways to Trick a Troll,” written by Lisa Lunge-Larsen and illustrated by Vick, has just been published this week by the University of Minnesota Press.
Vick will talk about the creating the book and what it’s like to be an book illustrator. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. on Friday.
In Thunder Bay, the Baggage Building Art Centre will open a new printmaking exhibit, “Making an Impression” on Friday.
The exhibit will feature local and regional printmakers and continues through Oct. 29.
Saturday begins will the opening of the Cook County Market, featuring arts and crafts by local artists. The market is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Senior Center parking lot.
Sivertson Gallery will host “Do You Raku? We do!” with Duluth raku potters Richard Gruchalla and Carrin Rosetti from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Participants can purchase a tea bowl, glaze it themselves and then watch it being fired. When cool, they get to take it home.
Gruchalla and Rosetti set up the bowls, a glaze station and the kilns and help people with the glazing. Gruchalla does the firing. It is open to the public. All invited.
And, from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Steve Frykman and Paul Bondhus will work on a stone sculpture collaboration at Frykman Studios. At 1 p.m. Hazel Belvo will give an artist talk at the studios. All invited.
Also on Saturday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will host two Make-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls sessions in the clay studio with Hannah Palma Laky instructing. Participants will make a wheel-thrown bowl and a handbuilt bowl, which will be donated to the Empty Bowls Fundraiser to help the hungry in Cook County. The sessions are at 3 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. Registration is required. Call 387-2737 to register. A $5 fee to cover materials cost is requested.
And on Saturday evening at 7 p.m, Drury Lane Books will host author, journalist and local food expert Beth Dooley for a conversation about the local food scene, with a few samples to try.
Dooley has been involved with the local food movement for more than 20 years. She is also the author of numerous award-winning cookbooks about Heartland food traditions. Her food memoir, “In Winter’s Kitchen: Growing Roots and Breaking Bread in the Northern Heartland,” was published in 2015 by Milkweed Press and was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. “In Winter’s Kitchen” “personalizes the path from farm to fork with heart and skill” (Wall Street Journal), demonstrating that even in a place with a short growing season, food grown locally and organically can be healthy, community-based, environmentally conscious, and—most of all—delicious.
This event will provide the audience an opportunity to hear about Beth’s experiences with Minnesota food movements and to share their own stories of food developments, concerns, and histories unique to the region. The event co-sponsored by the Cook County Whole Foods Coop. Everyone invited.
Sunday is the final day of the Fall Studio Tour, and Steve Frykman and Paul Bondhus will continue their work on a stone sculpture collaboration at the Frykman Gallery from 10 a.m. to noon.
Painters Matt and Laurie Kania will give oil painting demos at Ron’s World Rocks from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, and Hazel Belvo will give an artist talk at the Frykman Gallery at 2 p.m.
If you’re going to be in Duluth on Wednesday evening, stop by the Duluth Art Institute to see the In Situ exhibit and watch the participating painters at work.
The seven artists in the show–Dorothea Diver, Lee Englund, Goran Hellekant, Constance Johnston, Cot LaFond, Dale Lucas, and Larry Turbes- share a studio on Michigan St. in downtown Duluth and they each have pieces in the show. They’ve also recreated their environment in the gallery at the DAI and are onsite on Wednesday evenings from 4:30-6:30 p.m. All invited.
There are some great exhibits to see on the North Shore this weekend, too.
The exhibit, Plein Air 2017, organized by the Grand Marais Art Colony, continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through Oct. 29. The exhibit features more than 300 plein air paintings created by 60 artists working for one week in Cook County.
The Johnson Heritage Post is closed on Tuesdays. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and Monday, and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.
Barb Lundell is exhibiting her work in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park.
Lundell has paintings of different media in the show, which continues through this month.
The Tweed Museum of Art on the campus of the University of Minnesosta-Duluth is kicking off this semester’s student art exhibits with an exhibit by Ashley Hise.
Hise’s exhibit it entitled “Osseus: Exploring Inner Landscapes.” The exhibition runs until Oct. 17.
In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery has begun it’s annual Random Acts of Poetry. The city wide event features poets reading their work in a wide variety of places, including the City Council Chambers and street corners.
DefSup is also featuring two new exhibits this month at their gallery at 250 Park Ave. in Thunder Bay.
The exhibits include “Beneath the Reflection” by Sam Shahsahabi and “Fight for Your Life” by Christian Chapman.
At the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, the spotlight is on Angus Trudeau, whose work is included in the gallery’s permanent collection.
Caravan Du Nord, a travelling Minnesota concert series, comes to the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Saturday, Oct. 14. The concert will feature Trailer Trash, Patty and the Buttons, and local group Lake Effect. There wil also be artist workshops from 3-5 p.m. on Oct. 14 and a social hour before the concert, which begins at 7 p.m. For more info and tickets, visit northshoremusicassociation.com
Sivertson Gallery will hold its Inuit Premiere from 10 am. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, featuring artist Ningiukulu Teevee and throat singers Nine Segalowitz and Taqralik Partridge to celebrate the 2017 Dorset Fine Arts print release.
A Fireside Chat with all guests will be at 6 p.m. on Oct. 14.
Here’s the music for the week:
Thursday, Oct. 5:
- Joe Paulik Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 6:
- Billy Johnson, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
- Michael Monroe, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
- TBA, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 7:
- Matt Trost and Laurel Clark, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
- Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m. Info/reservations at michaelmonroemusic.com
- Jim & Michele Miller, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
- SplinterTones, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
- Plucked Up String Band, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 9:
- John Mark Nelson, Monday Night Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.
So, we found some interesting photos this week.
First up, this incredible shot of baby lynx we found on Facebook. Look at those paws!
Duck season has started. Here’s a photo of Micheal Furtman’s Bella, bringing home dinner.
The summer is definitely winding down, but Kirk Schleife took this great shot the other day.
From roses to fall colors …
From fall colors to water …
And some night scenes:
And finally, this one …
Have a great weekend everyone! Enjoy art and our artists!