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Radio Waves Music Festival & Grand Marais Plein Air

Boundary Waters sunset by Matt Herberg.

Boundary Waters sunset by Matt Herberg.

September is always busy on the North Shore, with music festivals and art events, as well as the beauteous colors of fall that start popping out all over. We are already getting reports of Moose Maples turning red and some maple trees have already started declaring that fall is here.

Meanwhile, we get to enjoy a lot of art and music. This month, look for the WTIP’s Radio Waves Music Festival this weekend and North House Folk School‘s “Unplugged” next weekend. Also, the Grand Marais Plein Air Competition and Exhibit starts on Friday as artists get their canvases and set out to paint the county for a week. Their work will be on exhibit at the Yellow Bird Fine Art Gallery next Wednesday and at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday. At the end of the month, the Fall Studio Tour opens, with art events up and down Cook County through Oct. 7.

Here are some details:

First up is the on-going instructor-in-residence program at North House Folk School, where instructors give demonstrations of their work on Thursday through Sunday and offer a mini-class on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. This week, Jess Hirsch will talk about and demonstrate natural dying of wood.

Jess Hirsch is the instructor-in-residence at North House Folk School this weekend.

Jess Hirsch is the instructor-in-residence at North House Folk School this weekend.

The public is invited to come watch her work. To register for the min-class, call North House at 387-9762 or drop by. All welcome.

This is the weekend for WTIP’s 11th annual Radio Waves Music Festival, which draws hundreds of people to Sweetheart’s Bluff in the Grand Marais Recreation Park to listen to an incredible variety of music for three days.

Radio Waves  kicks off at 4 p.m. on Friday  with the Cook County Community Swing Band. More than 30 acts are scheduled to perform during the 3-day festival.

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This music festival is a great opportunity for the community to get together and celebrate. There is children’s tent, food vendors and campsites available for those who want to spend the entire weekend enjoying the music.

Local bands are always well represented at this music festival and this year is no exception. There are also bands from around the region and the Carpenter Ants, which are coming from West Virginia to play the Saturday night show and the Gospel Hour on Sunday morning.

Here is the complete schedule of music for the weekend, courtesy of WTIP Community Radio.

Friday, Sept. 7:

4:00 – 5:00 pm North Shore Community Swing Band
5:10 – 5:50 pm SVEA
6:00 – 6:40 pm Dlutkowskis
6:50 – 7:40 pm Brothers in Arms
7:50 – 8:40  pm Pete K
8:50 – 10:00 pm Rich Mattson & the Northstars

 Saturday, Sept. 8:

11:00-11:40 am Jim McGowan
11:50- 12:30 pm Mysterious Ways
12:40-1:20 pm Gene and Amy
1:30 – 2:10 Portage
2:20 – 3:00  pm Aho Family
3:10 – 3:50 pm Maria Nickolay
4:00-4:40 pm Axtell
4:50-5:40 pm Plucked Up String Band
5:50-6:30 pm Common Ground
6:40-7:30pm Cook County’s Most Wanted
7:40-8:20 pm Lake Effect
8:30 pm-10:00pm Carpenter Ants

 

Sunday, Sept. 9: 

10 to 11:30 Gospel Show with Carpenter Ants
11:40 to 12:20 Jim & Michele Miller
12:30 to 1:10 Casey Aro
1:20 to 2:00 Cherry Dirt
2:10 to 3:00 Sam Miltich and Briand Morrison
3:10 to 3:50 Gillis & Stamps
4:00 to 5:30 SplinterTones

Tickets are $10 per day, $20 for the entire weekend and can be purchased at the door. See you there!

Also this weekend, Grand Marais Plein Air begins. This year, the event is a collaboration between Outdoor Painters of Minnesota and the Johnson Heritage Post. More than  75 plain air painters have registered for the event, and they will be painting throughout the county for the next week. Their work will be exhibited in two galleries this year: Yellow Bird Fine Art Gallery will hold an opening reception from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12, for the plain air painters registered for the Open Class. A gala reception and award event will be held at the Johnson Heritage Post from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, featuring up to 300 plain air paintings by artists juried into the show. Jeffrey T. Larson is the juror this year.

Plein air painters will be swarming all over Cook County during Grand Marais Plein Air, which starts on Friday. Their work will be exhibited at the Johnson Heritage Post and Yellow Bird Fine Art next week. Stay tuned.

Plein air painters will be swarming all over Cook County during Grand Marais Plein Air, which starts on Friday. Their work will be exhibited at the Johnson Heritage Post and Yellow Bird Fine Art next week. Stay tuned.

This year’s Plein Air festival will have a number of new features, including demonstrations, art events for kids, daily paint-outs at locations around the county, and 13 mini workshops taught by well-known plein air artists throughout the region. David Gilsvik starts out the workshop series on Saturday. Other well-known presenters include Neil Sherman, Lisa Stauffer, Michele Combs, Tom McGregor, Kami Mendlik, Matt Kania and more. The cost of a workshop is $50. To find out more, see www.outdoorpaintersofminnesota.org.

There will be a Quick Paint on Artist’s Point again this year. It will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13, and is open to the public. For more information and to see the complete schedule, click here.

Also this weekend, visit the Cook County Market in the Senior Center parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The market features a wide variety of arts and crafts by local residents.

And on Wednesday author and environmentalist Grant Merritt will be at the Grand Marais Public Library at noon to discuss his recently published book, “Iron & Water.”

Exhibits:

The exhibit, “Fragments of the North: Oil Paintings by Reid Thorpe” continues at the Johnson Heritage Post gallery through Sunday.

Fragments of the North: Paintings by Reid Thorpe continues at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Fragments of the North: Paintings by Reid Thorpe continues at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The Heritage Post id closed on Tuesdays. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through Saturdays, and from 1-4 p.m. Sundays.

An abstract painting exhibit is currently on view in the studio gallery at Yellow Bird Fine Art.

"Ice Houses" by Kim Dayton is at in the studio gallery at Yellow Bird Fine Art.

“Ice Houses” by Kim Dayton is at in the studio gallery at Yellow Bird Fine Art.

It’s one of those “by chance,” exhibits… It will be up until Sept. 12, and then up again after Sept. 15 through Sept. 28. Worth checking out.

Betsy Bowen will be exhibiting her work at The Edge Center for the Arts in Big Fork, with a reception set for Friday, Sept. 9 from 5-7 p.m. The exhibit continues through Sept. 29.

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Betsy Bowen will exhibit her wood block prints at The Edge Center for the Arts in Big Fork.

 

In Thunder Bay, Christi Belcourt’s exhibit, “Uprising: The Power of Mother Earth” continues at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. Here are two of her paintings included in the exhibit.

View from the Canoe #1 by Christi Belcourt.

View from the Canoe #2 by Christi Belcourt.

View from the Canoe #2 by Christi Belcourt.

Upcoming:

 Tickets are still available for both North House Folk School‘s music weekend, “Unplugged,”  Sept. 14-15.

"Unplugged" at North House Folk School will be held under the Big Tent Sept. 14-15.

“Unplugged” at North House Folk School will be held under the Big Tent Sept. 14-15.

There are all kinds of events and courses being held that weekend, too, including the Birch Bark Bash, featuring Rhythm & Slöjd, a one-of-a-kind live craft and music experience by Swedish guest instructor Jögge Sundqvist.  Also included are a multi-course dinner by chef Scott Graden of New Scenic Cafe, beverages by Fulton Beer, North Shore Winery, and Voyageur Brewing, and a live auction of unique craft items and “fund-a-need” opportunities supporting North House’s programming.

On Saturday, Sept. 15, storyteller Kevin Kling, Marc Anderson, Dan ChouinardBradley GreenwaldPrudence Johnson, Simone Perrin, Claudia Schmidt and Dane Stauffer come to the Unplugged stage for a show featuring stories, music, and more.

The Unplugged weekend also includes mini-courses, a speaker series, and the Folk Artisan Marketplace. For more info, click here.

Kudos:

Jim Sannerud built these great tables for Mila Horak's art room at ISD 166.

Jim Sannerud built these great tables for Mila Horak’s art room at ISD 166.

 

This painting by Jeff Niesen is one of five paintings commissioned by Care Center resident Mary Podas, for the new hospital/care center. Niesen is Podas' grandson. A reception honoring the donations was held earlier this week.

This painting by Jeff Niesen is one of five paintings commissioned by Care Center resident Marcy Podas, for the new hospital/care center. Niesen is Podas’ grandson. A reception honoring the artwork was held earlier this week.

Here’s the music schedule in venues in Cook County this week:

Thursday, Sept. 6:

  • Jim & Michele Miller, Cascade Lodge Restaurant, 6 p.m.
  • Billy Johnson, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & the Wildcats, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 7:

  • Tim Fast, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • 11th Annual Radio Waves Music Festival, Sweetheart’s Bluff, Rec Park, Grand Marais, starts at 4 p.m. and runs through Sunday.
  • Al & Rod, Bluefin Grile, 8 p.m.
  • The Dead Pigeons, Wudnderbar, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 8:

  • Radio Waves Music Festival, Sweetheart’s Bluff, Rec Park, Grand Marais
  •  Sonofmel, Cascade Lodge Restaurant, 6 p.m.
  • The Dead Pigeons, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • The Cruisers, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 9:

  • Radio Waves Music Festival, Sweetheart’s Bluff, Rec Park, Grand Marais
  • Billy Johnson, North Shore Winery, 2 p.m.
  • Cookie, Skyport Lodge, 4 p.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • Tony Petersen & Jill Zimmerman, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 12:

  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Bay, 9 p.m.

We found some interesting photos this week.

Let’s start with a wildlife shot:

Gray fox by Janice Made.

Gray fox by Janice Made.

Flowers and mushrooms:

Fireweed by Paul Sandberg.

Fireweed by Paul Sandberg.

 

Chanterelles by Alisa Beth.

Chanterelles by Alisa Berns.

 

Goldenrod wave by Janice Made.

Goldenrod wave by Janice Made.

 

Light shows:

Painting with light by Jamie Rabold.

Painting with light by Jamie Rabold.

 

A sparks show by Jeff Henningsgaard.

A sparks show by Jeff Henningsgaard.

Landscapes and skycapes:

A beautiful day in the neighborhood by Don Davison.

A beautiful day in the neighborhood by Don Davison.

 

Looking for moose by Jeffrey Doty.

Looking for moose by Jeffrey Doty.

 

Tree tops and roof tops--- layers in the fog by Thomas Spence.

Tree tops and roof tops— layers in the fog by Thomas Spence.

 

Milky Way & Mars by Kirk Schleife.

Milky Way & Mars by Kirk Schleife.

 

Early September Sunset by David Johnson.

Early September Sunset by David Johnson.

 

Paradise Beach by Roger Gustafson.

Paradise Beach by Roger Gustafson.

 

September Sunset--Hollow Rock Creek by Travis Novitsky.

September Sunset–Hollow Rock Creek by Travis Novitsky.

 

Super wave at Split Rock.

Super wave at Split Rock by Christian Dalbec.

 

Morning Commute by Kristofer Bowman.

Morning Commute by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Grasses and the lake by Deb Moon Akason.

Grasses and the lake by Deb Moon Akason.

And last, but not least:

This one woke up the town by David Johnson.

This one woke up the town by David Johnson.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Labor Day Weekend– Exhibits, Baskets & Music

Superior morning–North Shore by Jan Swart.

Superior morning–the North Shore by Jan Swart.

This is the weekend to just kick back and enjoy the official last days of summer on the North Shore, although, as anyone who lives here or visits well knows, there are lots of beautiful days and weeks ahead.

One of the things that artists and everyone else love about the end of August is that tomatoes are definitely ready to be picked in gardens around the county. So are lots of other fresh vegetables.

Tomatoes and other fresh vegetables are available at the Local Food Market on Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. The market is held in the parking lot of the Cook County Community Center.

Tomatoes and other fresh vegetables are available at the Local Food Market on Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. The market is held in the parking lot of the Cook County Community Center.

Take advantage of this and check out the Local Food Market, which is held in the parking lot at the Cook County Community Center on Thursdays from 5-6 p.m., and Saturday, at the Cook County Market in the Senior Center parking lot from 10 a.m. to noon. There’s lots of great variety the year!

And this is Basket Week at North House Folk School. There are lots of classes, demonstrations and talks as well as a Basket Marketplace, where handmade baskets will be for sale.  All events are open to the public.

The Basket Marketplace will be held tonight, Thursday, Aug. 8, in the Blue Building at North House from 6-8 p.m.

North House Folk School will hold a Basket Marketplace in the Blue Building from 6-8 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Aug. 30. All invited.

North House Folk School will hold a Basket Marketplace in the Blue Building from 6-8 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Aug. 30. All invited.

 Browse a wide selection of handmade, one-of-a-kind items in this pop-up shop and meet the artisans behind the work.

On Friday, there will a series of presentations about baskets and basketmaking from 9 a.m. to noon at North House. Judy Zugish will talk about the cedar bark baskets at 9 a.m., Tina Fung Holder and John Zasada will give a presentation about baskets of the world at 10 a.m. and Lee Zieke and Lindsay Lee will talk about willow baskets.

In the afternoon, basketmakers will give demonstrations from 1-4 p.m. on the Commons at North House. Basketmakers include Julie Kean: Birch Bark; Paula Sundet Wolf: Wattle Fences; Karen Tembruell: Cordage; Cathryn Peters: Antler Basketry; Dennis Chilcote: Folded Birch Bark Basketry and April Stone: Black Ash Basketry.

Basketmakers will be demonstrating a variety of techniques at North House Folk School on Friday.

Basketmakers will be demonstrating a variety of techniques at North House Folk School on Friday.

And on Saturday, instructor Paul Linden will offer tips and instructions on sharpening simple tools from knives to clippers. It’s a skill-share, and all are invited.

Also at North House, Angela Robins will be demonstrating wood carving from Thursday through Sunday. She will hold a workshop on Saturday at 10 a.m. entitled “Carving a miniature wooden stool.” Call 387-9762 for more info, or just drop by.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will hold two short workshops this weekend: Paint-A-Tile on Friday, Aug. 31 and Making Glass Window Ornaments on Saturday, Sept. 1.

The last Paint-A-Tile workshop for the season will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Friday from 1-2:30 p.m.

The last Paint-A-Tile workshop for the season will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Friday from 1-2:30 p.m.

A class on making glass window ornaments will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday.

A class on making glass window ornaments will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday.

Space is limited in both classes. Call the Art Colony at 387-2737 to register.

On Saturday, the Cook County Market will be held in the parking lot of the Senior Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring a great selection of work by local artisans. All invited.

On Saturday night, Monroe Crossing will be in concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m.

Monroe Crossing will be in concert at the ACA at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Monroe Crossing will be in concert at the ACA at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The world-class bluegrass entertainers play a blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Tickets are available at the door. To learn more about them and hear their music, click on the link below. Also, listen to the Scenic Route on WTIP on Friday to hear more.

In Duluth, this is the weekend for the monthly Downtown Duluth Arts Walk, a creation of  the Downtown Duluth Arts Collective (DDAC). Together, they represent more than 25 arts businesses/groups, individual artist studios and cultural centers that will be participating in art exhibits, gallery talks, art demonstrations, musical performances and more.

Alison Aune is one of the artists participating in the Duluth Arts Walk on Friday.

Alison Aune is one of the artists participating in the Duluth Arts Walk on Friday.

The monthly Arts Walk will be from 5 to 8 p.m. and go on into the late-night downtown scene. All invited. Free.

Marcy Podas, a resident of the Cook County Care Center, has commissioned five paintings by Jeff Niesen to be installed at the newly renovated Cook County Hospital/Care Center. Niesen, a resident of Grand Marais, is Podas’ grandson.

This painting by Jeff Niesen, is one of five paintings that will be installed at the Cook County Hospital/Care Center.

This painting by Jeff Niesen, is one of five paintings that will be installed at the Cook County Hospital/Care Center.

On Tuesday, Sept. 4, a reception to view the paintings and meet the artist will be held at the Cook County Hospital/Care Center from 6:30-8:30 p.m. All invited.

Exhibits:

“Fragments of the North: Oil Paintings” by Reid Thorpe, continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through Sept. 9.

"Water Reflection #4" by Reid Thorpe is at the Johnson Heritage Post.

“Water Reflection #4″ by Reid Thorpe is at the Johnson Heritage Post.

This is a fascinating exhibit. Thorpe’s ability to paint water is truly amazing. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and Monday, and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, It is closed on Tuesdays.

And this is the last weekend to see North Shore photographs by William Gillis on exhibit in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park. He will take them down on Friday.

William Gillis is exhibiting his photographs at Tettegouche State Park.

William Gillis is exhibiting his photographs at Tettegouche State Park through Friday.

In Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art, on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, continues its exhibit, “Quiet Simplicity,” with a great selection of paintings from its collection.

"Flower of Memory" by Theodore Robinson, 1881, is in the exhibit "Quiet Simplicity" at the Tweed Museum of Art.

“Flower of Memory” by Theodore Robinson, 1881, is in the exhibit “Quiet Simplicity” at the Tweed Museum of Art.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery continues its exhibit, “Uprising: The Power of Mother Earth–Christi Belcourt – A Retrospective with Isaac Murdoch.

A young visitor appreciates Christi Belcourt and Isaac Murdoch, New Beginnings, 2

A young visitor appreciates Christi Belcourt and Isaac Murdoch, “New Beginnings,” on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The Belcourt exhibit continues at the gallery through Nov. 25.

Upcoming:

The 11th annual Radio Waves Music Festival is next weekend, Sept. 7-9 at Sweetheart’s Bluff in the Grand Marais Rec Park. This highly anticipated fall event brings the community together for three days to enjoy music and more. More than 30 bands will perform, and there will be food, a children’s tent and lots of opportunities to dance.

Angel Hair Rasta performed at a recent Radio Waves Music Festival.

Angel Hair Rasta performed at a recent Radio Waves Music Festival.

New bands performing this year include the Kilborn Quartet, the Aho Family, Jim McGowan, Casey Aro, Cherry Dirt and Gillis & Stamps. And, the West Virginia Gospel group, the Carpenter Ants, return, with shows on Saturday night and the Gospel Hour on Sunday morning. Tickets are $10 per day or $20 for the weekend.

Here’s a short video to whet your appetite:

Plein Air Grand Marais begins Sept. 7, with artists from throughout the region converging on Cook County to paint what they see. It’s a really fun time for everyone, and the event culminates with an impressive exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

In past years, the Grand Marais Art Colony has organized the event, but this year, the Outdoor Painters of Minnesota will collaborate with the Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery to continue the event and expand its scope with workshops, demos and daily activities to engage painters, visitors, and community members . Stay tuned for details and click here for more.

Plein air artists at work. Here, students of plein air artist Neil Sherman paint the North Shore, but expect to see this scene all over Cook County during the Plain Air Competition that starts next weekend.

Plein air artists at work. Here, students of plein air artist Neil Sherman paint the North Shore, but expect to see this scene all over Cook County during the Plain Air Competition that starts next weekend.

Also, the Yellow Bird Fine Art Gallery will host a separate, open exhibit for up to 35 non-Competition painters, during the Plein Air event. An opening reception will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Stay tuned.

 Opportunities:

North House Folk School has announced that there are openings for the 2019-2020 Artisan Development Program through the Folk School. It is a two-year residency and professional development program for emerging craft artisans working in traditional crafts. For more info about this great opportunity, click here.

Also, there are openings for the 2019 Craft Education Internship program at North House as well. The Craft Education Internship opens the door to the world of traditional craft. Interns experience all the facets of a small non-profit organization in addition to taking coursework in traditional craft, developing their teaching skills, and exploring the role of the folk school in today’s world. Click here to learn more.

And finally, the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council  is currently accepting applications for the Career Development and Technology/Equipment Grants. The deadline for these grants is Sept. 28. Click here for more info about the Career Development Grant.  Click here for info about the Technology/Equipment Grant.

 Music:

Here’s the music for this week:

Thursday, Aug. 30:

  • North Country Fair, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Lutsen Resort, 6:30 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & the Wildcats, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 31:

  • Maria Nickolay, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Music by the Campfire, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7 p.m.
  • The Federales, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Alamode, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 1:

  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Birch Terrace, 3 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Cascade Lodge Restaurant, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Music on the Deck, Papa Charlie’s, 6 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m., www.michaelmonroemusic.com
  • Briand Morrison, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Monroe Crossing, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • The Federales, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • J Squared and the Makers, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 1:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Cook County Swing Band, Chic-Wauk, Ice Cream Social, 12:30 p.m.
  • Woodblind, Music by the Lake, Skyport Lodge, 4 p.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • The Federales, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 2

  • The Red Dog Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Pete Kavanaugh, Bluefin Bay, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 3:

  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Bay, 9 p.m.

Here are some of the photos we found this week.

First, wildlife:

Fox yawn, or oh, what big teeth you have my dear, by Aldo Aberlleria.

Fox yawn, or “Oh, what big teeth you have, my dear” by Aldo Aberlleria.

 

Painted Lady by Edward Lee.

Painted Lady by Edward Lee.

 

"Raven" by Nace Hagemann.

“Raven” by Nace Hagemann.

Not wildlife, but wild food:

Ricing Season 2018 by Timothy Melby.

Ricing Season 2018 by Timothy Melby.

 

And here’s a geat shot of huge raindrops on a spider web.

Raindrops on a spider web by Will Livermont.

Raindrops on a spider web by Will Livermont.

The northern lights made an appearance this week. It was a little foggy on the North Shore, but our photographers still managed to capture some images.

Last one before bed by Kirk Schleife.

Last one before bed by Kirk Schleife.

Here’s another great skyscape:

The path of least resistance by Danielee Thralow.

The path of least resistance by Danielee Thralow.

And a moonscape:

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness by Paul Sundberg.

Moonrise in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness by Paul Sundberg.

Sunsets and sunrises:

Sunset by Roxanne Lillis.

Sunset by Roxanne Lillis.

 

the Kaye E. Barker heads for open water – Duluth by Jan Swart.

The Kaye E. Barker heads for open water – Duluth, by Jan Swart.

 

Good morning! Photo by Jennifer Trowbridge.

Good morning! Photo by Jennifer Trowbridge.

The beauties of solitude:

Solitude on Lichen Lake by Thomas Spence.

Solitude on Lichen Lake by Thomas Spence.

And finally, the beauties of fall.

Fall is coming by David Johnson.

Fall is coming by David Johnson.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Dancing to the Blues, Moon Rise Readings

Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness by William Hurst.

Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness by William Hurst.

Lots happening on the North Shore this weekend, including a blues/rock band from Chicago, two writer’s events and a great watercolor demonstration by Tara Sweeney, not to mention exhibits and lots of great music.

First up is a live craft demonstration at North House Folk School by Beth Dow, instructor in residence this week. Dow, who is an artist and teacher who lives in Minneapolis, is interested in contemporary applications for traditional crafts. She will be on campus demonstrating leathercraft from Thursday through Sunday and will teach a mini-course ” Sew a Leather Wallet” at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Beth Dow will be the instructor-in-residence at North House Folk School this weekend. She will teach a mini-class on sewing a leather wallet on Saturday. (Single pocket wallet is pictured, above.)

Beth Dow will be the instructor-in-residence at North House Folk School this weekend. She will teach a mini-class on sewing a leather wallet on Saturday. (Single pocket wallet is pictured, above.)

For more info, and to register for the class, contact North House at 387-9762.

And on Thursday night, the North Shore Music Association will hold a fundraiser at the Wunderbar featuring The Lucky Dutch, one of Chicago’s best blues/rock bands.

Lucky Dutch will perform at Wunderbar for a fundraiser for the North Shore Music Association from 7-10 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23. Admission is free. Donations accepted.

Lucky Dutch will perform at Wunderbar for a fundraiser for the North Shore Music Association from 7-10 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23. Admission is free. Donations accepted.

The band began as an indie band that performed extensively around Chicago’s bar and festival scene. Since then, the band has toured the country and released two LPs: “Bury the Night” in 2014, and “Cadillac Coffin” in 2016. Lucky Dutch Guitarist Nathan Graham has performed as a guitarist on the Chicago blues scene since age 15, working and touring with musicians such as Buddy Guy, BB King, and Koko Taylor. Other band members include Claire Corriveau (vocals), David Padula (bass) and Ben Dacoba (percussion.)

This should be a fun event. (Note: The Wunderbar has a great dance floor.) Admission is free but donations appreciated. Here’s a video of one of their songs. Just in, they’ll be on WTIP at 4 p.m. today.

On Friday, check out all the live music opportunities in venues in the county. Bands include Easy RidersPortage, Gene Lafond and Amy GrilloThe Lark and the LoonSarah Morris & the Sometimes GuysNortheast Timberland Band and Shoot from the Hipsters. See the music schedule below for times and places.

Saturday kicks off with the Cook County Market, which is held in the parking lot of the Cook County Senior Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market features a wide variety of local artists and artisans as well as local vegetables, which arrive at the market at 10 a.m.

The Cook County Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Senior Center parking lot on Saturday.

The Cook County Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Senior Center parking lot on Saturday.

On Saturday night, author Brenda Child and artist Jonathan Thunder will be featured in a Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books at 7 p.m. Child and Thunder have collaborated on a children’s book, “Bowwow Powwow,” and includes a companion retelling in Ojibwe by Gordon Jourdain. Thunder’s vibrant dreamscapes illustrate the work.

Author Brenda Child and artist Jonathan Thunder will be at a Writer's Salon at Drury Lane Books on Saturday at 7 p.m. They collaborated on the children's book, "Bowwow Powwow."

Author Brenda Child and artist Jonathan Thunder will be at a Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books on Saturday at 7 p.m. They collaborated on the children’s book, “Bowwow Powwow.”

At the Writer’s Salon, Child and Thunder will read from the book and discuss the making of the story and the Ojibwe translation process. All invited, Free.

Drury Lane Books continues its focus on children’s books on Sunday with a Full Moon Reading outside by the bonfire. Local authors will read from their own work and/or the work of others starting at 7:30 p.m. All invited.

And on Wednesday, Aug. 29, watercolor artist, Tara Sweeney, will give a watercolor demonstration at the Grand Marais Art Colony at 7 p.m.

Watercolor by Tara Sweeney. She will give a watercolor demonstration at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Watercolor by Tara Sweeney. She will give a watercolor demonstration at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Sweeney will demonstrate her award-winning approach to watercolor. Regardless of subject matter or location, she follows watercolor’s strong lead with a split-primary, limited palette and a three-layer, four-value (hold-the-whites!) approach to embrace the aqueous blends and vibrant brushwork of this lively medium. This event is free and open to all; no pre-registration is required.

 Exhibits:

 The Johnson Heritage Post is exhibiting a spectacular exhibit of oil paintings by Reid Thorpe. Entitled “Fragments of the North,” the exhibit features Thorpe’s journey through the beauties of the Northwoods.

"Water Reflection #1" by Reid Thorpe is at the Johnson Heritage Post.

“Water Reflection #1″ by Reid Thorpe is at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Thorpe has exhibited at the Johnson Heritage Post before. He was one of the artists featured in an exhibit of work by graduates of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design that was held at the Heritage Post last year. Thorpe’s exhibit continues through Sept. 9. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and Monday, and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. It is closed on Tuesdays. By the way, the Johnson Heritage Post has a new web site. Check it out here.

Photographer William Gillis is the featured artist at Tettegouche State Park this month. His work is on display in the Great Hall.

"Cascade" by William Gillis.

“Cascade” by William Gillis.

In Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art continues its exhibit: “In Solidarity: Revolutionary Women of Print.”

"Modern Life Stories: The Liberation of a 1960s Negro Catholic Military Girl," 1999, by Colette Gaiter, is on exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

“Modern Life Stories: The Liberation of a 1960s Negro Catholic Military Girl,” 1999, by Colette Gaiter, is on exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

The exhibit continues through Sept. 9. The Tweed is located on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Jonathan Thunder’s exhibit continues at the Duluth Art Institute through Aug. 30, when he will give an artist talk about the exhibit at 7 p.m.

duluth art institute jonathan thunder closing talk Aug. 30

Jonathan Thunder is exhibiting his work at the Duluth Art Institute through Aug. 30.

In Thunder Bay, Christi Belcourt’s retrospective, “Uprising: The Power of Mother Earth” with Isaac Murdoch, continues at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. A retrospective exhibition reaches back across an artist’s career to gather work reflective of changing interests and techniques. Below is a relatively early canvas of hers, and comes to the gallery from a private collection.

christi belcourt prayer from Uprising: the Power of Mother Earth

“Prayer” by Christi Belcourt.

The Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay is closed through Sept. 10, but the public is invited to walk down Cooke Street in the Waterfront District to view the new art murals by the Die Active Art Collective.

The Definitely Superior Art Gallery is closed through Sept. 10.

The Definitely Superior Art Gallery is closed through Sept. 10.

 Upcoming:

 North House Folk School will hold a Basket Marketplace on Thursday, Aug. 30 from 6-8 p.m. The event is part of Basket Week at North House.

North House Folk School will hold a Basket Marketplace from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30.

North House Folk School will hold a Basket Marketplace from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30.

Basketmakers who will be exhibiting include: Julie Kean, Paula Sundet Wolf, Karen Tembruell, Cathryn Peters, Dennis Chilcote, April Stone, Tina Fung Holder, Lindsay Lee, Lee Zieke, Jackson Sneve and Judy Zugish. The baskets are crafted in a wide variety of materials, including cedar, birch, black ash and willow. For more info, click here.

A Paint-A-Tile workshop will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 1-2:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31. Participants will learn about ancient Majolica glazes and paint two tiles, which will fired and available for pick-up on Sunday, Sept. 2.

A Paint-A-Tile workshop will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Friday, Aug. 31.

A Paint-A-Tile workshop will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Friday, Aug. 31.

For more information and to register, call the Grand Marais Art Colony at 387-2737.

Duluth will hold the Downtown Arts Walk from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31. The Arts Walk is a creation of the Downtown Duluth Arts Collective and includes art exhibits, gallery talks, demonstrations, performances and more. Stay tuned for details.

The 11th annual Radio Waves Music Festival is set for Sept. 7-9 at Sweetheart’s Bluff in the Grand Marais Rec Park. More than 25 acts are included in this great event, include two performances by the West Virginia gospel group, the Carpenter Ants. The festival also features a Kid’s Tent, and and food vendors.

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The 11th annual Radio Waves Music Festival is Sept. 7-9. Photo courtesy of Northern Wilds.

For more information about the line-up and volunteer opportunities, click here.

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, Aug. 23:

  • Easy Riders, Wunderbar, 5 p.m.
  • Frozen Britches, Cascade Lodge Restaurant, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Lutsen Resort, 6:30 p.m.
  • Lucky Dutch, benefit for the NorthShore Music Association, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Date Night at the North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 24:

  • Easy Riders, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Gene Lafond and Amy Grillo, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7 p.m.
  • The Lark and the Loon, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Sarah Morris & the Sometimes Guys, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Northeast Timberland Band, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
  • Shoot from the Hipsters, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 25:

  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Birch Terrace, 3 p.m.
  • North Country Fair, Cascade Lodge Restaurant, 6 p.m.
  • J Squared and the Makers, Papa Charlie’s, 6 p.m.
  • Common Ground, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Easy Riders, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • BlueTones, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 26:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Bill & Kates Isles, Wunderbar, 11 a.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Music by the Lake, Skyport Lodge, 4 p.m.

 Monday, Aug. 27:

  • Joshua Schmidt – Monday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s. 8:30 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Bay, 9 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 28:

  • Joe Paulik, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 29:

  • Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 11 a.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 29:

  • Briand Morrison, Bluefin Bay, 9 p.m.

Here are some of the photos we found this week:

First, a potpourri …

Can you find the spider? by Keith Schleife.

Can you find the spider? by Keith Schleife.

 

 

Mushroom by Ilena Berg.

Mushroom by Ilena Hansel.

 

Hummingbird moth by David Johnson.

Hummingbird moth by David Johnson.

Landscapes …

 

Paradise Beach by Roger Gustafson.

Paradise Beach by Roger Gustafson.

 

 

Superior National Forest by Thomas Spence.

Superior National Forest by Thomas Spence.

Sunrises …

Sunrise. Puddles. The North Pier. Duluth by Jan Swar.

Sunrise. Puddles. The North Pier. Duluth by Jan Swar.

 

Wednesday morning sunrise from Split Rock by Donald Jay Olson.

Wednesday morning sunrise from Split Rock by Donald Jay Olson.

A beautiful nightscape …

A slice of heaven by Travis Novitsky.

A slice of heaven by Travis Novitsky.

And finally, a lucky visit …

Loon by our boat while fishing by Krista Trader.

Loon by our boat while fishing by Krista Trader.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Fun in the Sun — Celebrating the heart of summer

Sunrise Tuesday at Split Rock by Jim Sochko.

Sunrise Tuesday at Split Rock by Jim Sochko.

It’s the heart of summer in Grand Marais right now. It’s a perfect temperature, the skies are bluer than blue, Lake Superior is (almost) swimmable, and there’s plenty to do outdoors and in. Here are some ideas.

First up is an opportunity to learn something about bushcraft at North House Folk School with Lindy Lind, the instructor-in-residence this week.

Lindy Lind, the instructor in residence at North House Folk School this weekend, illustrates how to start a fire with flint.

Lindy Lind, the instructor in residence at North House Folk School this weekend, illustrates how to start a fire without a match.

Lind can walk a path in the woods and find all kinds of useful stuff. And, he can make clever things with what he finds as well. He will be doing demonstrations from Thursday to Sunday on the North House campus and will be teaching a short mini-class on Saturday morning. For more info and to register for the class, call 387-9762.

Anybody who writes anything (from novels to emails) are invited to a meeting  of the Grand Marais Writer’s Guild at the Grand Marais Public Library tonight, Thursday, Aug. 16,  from 6-7 p.m.. Led by Grand Marais published writer Rose Arrowsmith-DeCoux, the meeting features discussions about writing, writing prompts and more. Free.

Friday is a good day for art in Grand Marais.

First up is a Paint-A-Tile workshop that will be held in the ceramics studio at the  Grand Marais Art Colony from 1-2:30 p.m. Participants are invited to explore the colorful world of Majolica glazes and try their hand at it.

A Paint-A-Tile workshop will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 1-2:30 p.m. on Friday.

A Paint-A-Tile workshop will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 1-2:30 p.m. on Friday.

Each student will be able to pick out and then paint two tiles with their own unique designs. The tiles will be glaze-fired and available for pickup on Sunday, Aug.19. The workshop is open to ages 12 and older. For more info and to register, call the Art Colony at 387-2737. The next Paint-A-Tile workshop is Aug. 31.

Then, on Friday, night, the Johnson Heritage Post will hold an opening reception for “Fragments of the North,” an exhibition of oil paintings by Reid Thorpe.

Tamarack View, oil, by Reid Thorpe.

Tamarack View, oil, by Reid Thorpe.

Reid Thorpe has a studio/gallery in Chaska, and  exhibited with the Minneapolis College of Art & Design Alumni group at the Johnson Heritage Post last year. The opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. on Friday. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit continues through Sept. 9. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and Monday, and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. It is closed on Tuesdays.

For live music, check the schedule below. Also, tune into WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night from 5-7 for a whole program of music. Singer songwriter Peter Mayer will be on the show to talk about his music and play a few songs as will singer/songwriter Jerry Vandiver and fiddle player Lacie Carpenter. Vandiver is playing a number of different venues in the county this weekend. Mayer will be in concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Saturday night. (For details, see below.)

Saturday begins with the Cook County Market, which features a variety of artists and artisans displaying their work in the Senior Center parking lot.

Writer Jennifer Schulz has a booth at the Cook County Market featuring her book, "Grandmother's Dreams."

Writer Jennifer Schulz has a booth at the Cook County Market featuring her book, “Grandmother’s Dreams.”

The Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is held every Saturday through mid-October.

Lynn Speaker is teaching a fascinating workshop at the Grand Marais Art Colony this weekend, too. Entitled “Looking at Landscape,” the class will examine a number of concepts of landscape art.

Lynn Speaker will teach a workshop at the Grand Marais Art Colony entitled "Looking at Landscape."

Lynn Speaker will teach a workshop at the Grand Marais Art Colony entitled “Looking at Landscape.”

How are landscapes perceived and experienced? What role do artists play at the intersection of nature and culture? Speaker will guide students through an investigation of landscape art by looking at a variety of scientific, historical, and cultural perspectives, and students will participate in art-making exercises to illustrate their own experiences with landscape. For more info and to sign up for the class, call 387-2737 or click here.

On Saturday night, the North Shore Music Association brings Peter Mayer to the Arrowhead Center for the Arts for a concert at 7:30 p.m.

Singer/songwriter Peter Mayer will be in concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Singer/songwriter Peter Mayer will be in concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Mayer writes songs for a small planet–songs about interconnectedness and the human journey, about the beauty and the mystery of the world. Here’s an example:

Tickets are available at the door or online at www.tix.com.

 Exhibits:

 There are some interesting exhibits in galleries up and down the North Shore. Here’s a selection.

Photographer William Gillis is exhibiting his work in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park this month.

William Gillis is exhibiting his work at Tettegouche State Park the month.

William Gillis is exhibiting his work at Tettegouche State Park the month.

An new exhibit has just opened at the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center at the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO). Entitled “Endangered,” the exhibit features exquisite papercuts of endangered species in the world by Ellen Sandbeck and paintings by  illustrating the history of wild rising and how it is threatened.

Papercut by Ellen Sandbeck.

Papercut by Ellen Sandbeck.

 

Waterways by Moira Villard is one of the pieces in the "Endangered" exhibit.

Waterways by Moira Villard is one of the pieces in the “Endangered” exhibit.

The “Endangered” exhibit continues at AICHO through the end of August. AICHO is located at 202 W. 2nd St. in Duluth.

The Duluth Art Institute is featuring three exhibits this month, including paintings by Chholing Taha.

"Every Spirit Tells a Story" by Chholing Taha.

“Every Spirit Tells a Story” by Chholing Taha.

CreeFirst Nations artist based in Anoka, who uses Native imagery to express both contemporary issues and indigenous stories. The exhibit continues through Sept. 2.

At the Tweed Museum of Art, the Quiet Simplicity exhibit continues.

"Washing Clothes in the River," oil, by Dick Van Elton is at the Tweed Museum of Art.

“Washing Clothes in the River,” oil, by Dick Van Elton is at the Tweed Museum of Art.

The Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay is closed for summer vacation through early September, but the gallery invites the public to check out the beautiful new art murals on Cooke Street created by the Die Active Art Collective.

One of the new art murals on Cooke Street in downtown Thunder Bay.

One of the new art murals on Cooke Street in downtown Thunder Bay.

Christi Belcourt’s exhibit, “Uprising: The Power of Mother Earth, A Retrospective with Isaac Murdoch” continues at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery this month.

"What we share with out children" by Christi Belcourt, is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

“What we teach our children, revisited”  by Christi Belcourt, is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Upcoming:

The North Shore Music Association will hold a fundraiser at the Wunderbar with Lucky Dutch on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. Lucky Dutch is an American rock band from Illinois, formed in 2008 by guitarist Nathan Graham and singer Claire Corriveau. Graham has performed as a guitarist on the Chicago blues scene since age 15, working and touring with musicians such as Buddy Guy, BB King, and Koko Taylor. Listen to one of their songs by clicking on the link below.

 

 Kudos:

Congratulations to Hovland artist Corrie Steckelberg, who has been selected to be one of the Artists-in-Residence at the Grand Marais Art Colony in March. She joins Dana De Ano and Christine Fomi to work at the Art Colony that month.

One of Corrie Steckelberg's sculptures. She will be one of the Artists-in-Residence at the Grand Marais Art Colony next year.

One of Corrie Steckelberg’s sculptures. She will be one of the Artists-in-Residence at the Grand Marais Art Colony next year.

Opportunities:

WTIP Community Radio has put out a call for volunteers to help out at the Radio Waves Music Festival at Sweetheart’s Bluff in the Rec Park Sept. 7-9.

WTIP's Radio Waves Music Festival is looking for volunteers.

WTIP’s Radio Waves Music Festival is looking for volunteers.

Volunteers will get a free ticket for the day they volunteer. Postitions available in the Kid’s Tent, the membership booth and tickets and the information and prizes booth. For more info, call WTIP at 387-1070 or click here.

Window Shopping

Liz Sivertson has new work at Sivertson Gallery. This painting is called "Avon Calling."

Liz Sivertson has new work at Sivertson Gallery. This painting is called “Avon Calling.”

And finally, on a personal note: I went to the Twin Cities this week to see this Emmy Award-winning band from Mali. Here’s a YouTube of one of the songs they sang. (Scroll down to read the translation.)

Here’s the music schedule for the week:

Thursday, Aug. 16:

  • Pete K, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Music by the Campfire, Lutsen Resort, 6:30 p.m.
  • Maria Nickolay, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
  • Jerry Vandiver, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & the Wildcats, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 17:

  • Jerry Vandiver and Lacie Carpenter, Voyageur Brwing, 4 p.m.
  • North Shore Community Swing Band, Grandma Ray’s, 7 p.m.
  • Pete Kavanaugh, Music by the Campfire, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Space Monkey Mafia, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Jim’s Country Laundry, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 18:

  • Gene Lafond and Amy, Grillo, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Papa Charlie’s deck, 6 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m., reservations at www.michaelmonroemusic.com
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Peter Mayer, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.
  • Doug Ott and the Getaways, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Jerry Vandiver and Lacie Carpenter, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Space Monkey Mafia, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus,Papa Charlie’s,,, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 19:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Sky Blue Jazz Trio, Wunderbar, 11 a.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Skyport Lodge, 4 p.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 20:

  • Mary Bue, Monday Night Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 22:

  • Jam Session, Gun Flint Tavern,6:30 p.m.
  • North Shore Community Band, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.

We found some great photos this week. First, wildlife:

This year's bald eagle crop by Eric Finney.

This year’s bald eagle crop by Eric Finney.

 

This year's black bear crop by Rebecca Johnson.

This year’s black bear crop by Rebecca Johnson.

 

Mama Moose and her youngster. Photo courtesy of Bearskin Lodge.

Mama Moose and her youngster. Photo courtesy of Bearskin Lodge.

And we found some neat plant photos.

Dandy, just Dany by Kathy Grey Anderson.

Dandy, just Dany by Kathy Grey Anderson.

 

Late blueberries at Tettegouche by Jim Schnortz.

Late blueberries at Tettegouche by Jim Schnortz.

 

Today's garden by Judi Barsness.

Today’s garden by Judi Barsness.

And some skyscapes:

Mars on the water by Susanne Von Schroeder.

Mars on the water by Susanne Von Schroeder.

 

In search of a sunrise on Chicago Bay by Mike Tomsche.

In search of a sunrise on Chicago Bay by Mike Tomsche.

 

Perseid Meteor Show (compilation) by Bryan Hansel.

Perseid Meteor Show (compilation) by Bryan Hansel.

A cityscape:

 

The wonder of summer--Central Hillside Duluth by Jan Swart.

The wonder of summer–Central Hillside Duluth by Jan Swart.

A North Shore landscape:

Hollow Rock by Paul Sundberg.

Hollow Rock by Paul Sundberg.

 

And a beauty scape:

Summer sunset by David Johnson.

Summer sunset by David Johnson.

Enjoy the weekend, everyone!

 

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Rendezvous Days & Pow-Wow, Art & Music

Fog and Lake Superior by  Lori Backlund.

A foggy evening by Lori Backlund.

 

This is the second big summer weekend in Cook County as the Grand Portage Rendezvous Days & Celebration Pow Wow gets underway. The annual event, which has been held in Grand Portage for more than 80 years, is the community’s biggest and most grand celebration, as re-enactors from across the country and Canada come to participate in its rich heritage.

Re-enactors set up camp at the Grand Portage Monument during Rendezvous Days.

Re-enactors set up camp at the Grand Portage Monument during Rendezvous Days. Photo by Derek Montgomery for MPR News.

The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa hold a grand pow-wow in conjunction with the event, drawing in hundreds of dancers and drums from throughout the region. Grand Entry at the pow-wow is at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Grand Portage Celebration Pow-wow draws hundreds of dancers for the three-day event.

The Grand Portage Celebration Pow-wow draws hundreds of dancers for the three-day event. Grand Entry is at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 7 p.m. Saturday.

Visitors can expect a weekend packed with cultural events from the 1800s to 1900s, including as well as chances to try blacksmithing, arts and crafts, Native American cuisine, and recreational activities. This year’s event focuses on what it was like growing up in the fur trade era, so there are special events for children, including games and activities, workshops and music.

On Friday, there will be a special opening ceremony feauturing the Grand Portage Drum, The Stone Bridge Singers, which will take place at the historic stone bridge on the reservation, which has been recently restored. The ceremony is at 10 a.m. Check out the Stonebridge Singers here.

Everyone is invited to Grand Portage this weekend to reconnect with its historic past and the people who make up its community.

There’s lots happening in Grand Marais this weekend, too.

First up are live craft demonstrations at North House Folk School with two  instructors: Cody Myers and Kerry Lambertson Thursday through Sunday. Myers is a blacksmith and will demonstrate that craft all weekend, as well as teach a mini-course at 10 a.m. Saturday.  Lambertson will give demonstrations on violin-making and will teach a mini-class on carving a spatula on Saturday.

  Lambertson will be demonstrating violin-making this weekend at North House Folk School.

Kerry Lambertson will be demonstrating violin-making this weekend at North House Folk School.

The public is invited to the North House campus this weekend to watch these instructors-in-residence at work. To register for the classes on Saturday, drop by or call 387-9762.

And on Thursday at 4 p.m., local author and researcher Staci Drouillard will give a presentation on “Stories of Work & Play in Chippewa City” at the Chippewa City Church, just east of Grand Marais on Hwy. 61.

Staci Drouillard will give a presentation at Chippewa City Church at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Staci Drouillard will give a presentation at Chippewa City Church at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Drouillard is a Grand Portage descendant with Chippewa City roots. She has an M.L.S. from the University of Minnesota Duluth and is the author of “Walking the Old Road: Stories of Chippewa City and the Grand Marais Chippewa,” a book manuscript scheduled for publication by the University of Minnesota Press in the Spring of 2019. She lives, works and writes just outside of Grand Marais, on the North Shore of Lake Superior. The presentation is open to the public. Free.

Also on Thursday, Cary Griffith, author of “Gunflint Burning” will be at Voyageur Brewing Company for a book signing at 6 p.m.

"Gunflint Burning" author Cary Griffith will be at Voyageur Brewing at 6 p.m. Thursday.

“Gunflint Burning” author Cary Griffith will be at Voyageur Brewing at 6 p.m. Thursday.

“Gunflint Burning’ tells the story of the Ham Lake fire, at the time the most destructive wildfire in modern Minnesota history.

For theater lovers, “Mom’s Gift,” an award-winning comedy, will be performed at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Thursday. The play is one of the plays being performed for the Grand Marais Playhouse Summer Theater Festival. The next and final performance of “Mom’s Gift” is at 7 p.m. Saturday.

On Friday, Rendezvous Days & the Celebration Pow-Wow begins in Grand Portage.

In Grand Marais, there will be an informal poetry reading and time for sharing stories in honor of poet Joanne Hart from 5-7 p.m. at the Johnson Heritage Post. Hart wrote lived and wrote for many years in Grand Portage.

Joanne Hart's book "Witch  Tree" was published with artwork by Hazel Belvo.

Joanne Hart’s book “Witch Tree” was published with artwork by Hazel Belvo.

Family members and friends will be reading from Hart’s work, with time for stories, mingling, refreshments, and enjoying artwork by Hazel Belvo and Marcia Casey Cushmore. The event is free and open to the public. All invited.

For music lovers, the Thunderheads Trio will be guests on WTIP Community Radio’s The Roadhouse on Friday. They will talk about their music and play a few songs. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.

And, the Grand Marais Playhouse Summer Theater Festival continues, will the performance of “Shrek The Musical” at 7 p.m. Friday. The final performance of this popular musical will be at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Saturday in Grand Marais opens with the Cook County Market at 9 a.m., featuring a wide variety of work by local artisans. The Market is held in the parking lot of the Senior Center. Fresh produce from Round River Farm in Finland is available at 10 a.m. The Market held until 1 p.m.

Also on Saturday, celebrated Minnesota author Faith Sullivan will be featured at a Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books at 7 p.m.

Author Faith Sullivan will be the featured author at a Writer's Salon at Drury Lane Books at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Author Faith Sullivan will be the featured author at a Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Sullivan is the author of several novels set in the fictional Minnesota small town of Harvester, including “The Cape Ann,” “Gardenias,” and “Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse.” She will read from her forthcoming Harvester novel (out in fall 2019) and take questions from the audience. All invited.

On Sunday, Aug. 12, the 6th annual August Afternoon of Classical and Jazz Music will be held at the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department Hall #1 (Poplar Lake) at 5 p.m. This is always a great concert, featuring talented musicians from the throughout the community and the region playing great music. Musicians include: Philis Anderson (oboe); Kathy Bolstad, (clarinet); Sue Anderson (violin); Fred Anderson (guitar); Hugh and Nancy Magill (vocal & piano); Michael Ferguson (piano); SVEA: Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux, Erika Ternes, and Yvonne Mills); the Borealis Brass Quartet: Eric Anderson (euphonium), Don Grant (trumpet), Dave Coleman (trombone), and Robert Reed (trumpet) and the Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble: Mike DeBevec (piano), Mike Roth (string bass), Erik Hahn (sax), Thomas Stamps (percussion and vocal), and Karina Roth (vocals).

The event is a fundraiser for the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department. To reserve tickets, contact Patsy Coleman, 313-673-6202 or at PColeman@chem.wayne.edu Checks and credit cards accepted.

And for star watchers, next week, the Dark Sky Caravan from the University of Minnesota-Duluth will be in Cook County, with a portable planetarium and telescopes to give presentations about the sky and offer opportunities, weather permitting, to see planets and galaxies close-up and personal. Free.

The Dark Sky Caravan will be in Cook County next t week.

The Dark Sky Caravan will be in Cook County next t week.

They will give presentations at Birch Grove Community Center on Monday, Voyageur Brewing on Tuesday, Grand Portage on Wednesday and Chik-Wauk on Thursday and Friday. The presentations take half and hour and begin at 5 p.m.

On Tuesday of next week, the dynamic Americana duo, Moors & McCumber, will perform at the Seagull Lake Community Center which is in Fire Hall # 3, near the end of the Trail  at 7 p.m.

Moors & McCumber perform at the Fire Hall #1 on the Gunflint Trail on Tuesday. They will also perform at Papa Charlie's on Monday night.

Moors & McCumber perform at the Fire Hall #1 on the Gunflint Trail on Tuesday. They will also perform at Papa Charlie’s on Monday night.

This event is also a fundraiser for the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department. An anonymous donor will contribute $10 to the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department for each person who attends, up to $500. To learn more about the musicians, click here.

On Wednesday, Glen Everhart’s Heebie Jeebies Family Comedy Music Show will be at the Grand Marais Public Library at 3:30 p.m. All invited. Free.

An finally, the Grand Marais Art Colony will hold at Artist Talk  at 7 p.m. Wednesday with artist Kristen Lowe. Her presentation, “Drawing–Timeless and Versatile” will talk about why the drawing process has remained central to her artistic practice for more than 25 years.

Kristin Lowe will give an Artist Talk about drawing at the Grand Marais Art Colony at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Kristin Lowe will give an Artist Talk about drawing at the Grand Marais Art Colony at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Lowe will explore how beauty awakens our senses, empowers us, stuns us, how it weaves itself through our artistic process and keeps us coming back for more. This event is free. All invited.

Exhibits:

This is the final weekend to see the exhibit, “Belvo/Cushmore: Paintings & Drawings 2018″ at the Johnson Heritage Post.

"On the Edge" by Marcia Casey Cushmore.

“On the Edge” by Marcia Casey Cushmore.

"Lake Superior at Devil Track Lake" print by Hazel Belvo.

“Lake Superior at Devil Track Lake” print by Hazel Belvo.

This exhibit has received rave reviews. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and Monday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. It is closed on Tuesdays.

In Duluth, the Duluth Art Institute is exhibiting three shows this month: Chholing Taha: Every Spirit Tells A Story,  Payton MacDonald: Sonic Divide: Art Meets Endurance and  Jonathan Thunder: Suspension of Disbelief.

Artwork by Payton MacDonald's "Sonic Divide," now at the Duluth Art Institute..

Artwork by Payton MacDonald’s “Sonic Divide,” now at the Duluth Art Institute..

The exhibits continue through Sept. 2.

At the Tweed Museum of Art, check out the exhibit, “In Solidarity: Revolutionary Women of Print.”

Marisol (Escobar), "Women's Equality," lithograph, is at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Marisol (Escobar), “Women’s Equality,” lithograph, is at the Tweed Museum of Art.

The exhibit closes this weekend.

In Thunder Bay, the 30th Anniversary Members Show at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery continues through Sunday.

The Members Show at Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay closes this weekend. Pictured are works by Matthew O'Reily, Shayla Hickerson and Sebastien Hardy.

The Members Show at Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay closes this weekend. Pictured are works by Matthew O’Reily, Shayla Hickerson and Sebastien Hardy.

And finally in Thunder Bay, the Baggage Building Arts Center is featuring an exhibit of work by the Group of Stephen through the end of the month.

The Group of Stephen is exhibit at the Baggage Building Arts Center through the end of August.

The Group of Stephen is exhibit at the Baggage Building Arts Center through the end of August.

Upcoming:

Singer/songwriter Peter Mayer will be in concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Aug. 18.

Peter Mayer will be in concert at the ACA Aug. 18.

Peter Mayer will be in concert at the ACA Aug. 18.

 

The concert is sponsored by the North Shore Music Association. Stay tuned for details.

The 11th annual Radio Waves Music Festival (Sept. 7-9) will feature 26 acts this year, and the West Virginia band, the Carpenter Ants, will be one of the featured acts. They’ll do the Saturday night show and Gospel Hour on Sunday morning. It should be a great music festival, which is held at Sweetheart’s Bluff at the Rec Park under the Big Tent. To see the complete schedule, click here.

Here’s a video of the Carpenter Ants:

 

Kudos:

Ann Possis was named to the 2018 “50 Over 50” list, which celebrates and recognizes Minnesotans over the age of 50 who have made significant contributions and achievements in their communities.

Ann Possis was named

Ann Possis was named to the 2018 50 Over 50 list, which recognizes and celebrates Minnesotans who have made significant contributions to their communities. Congratulations, Ann!

Possis was named in the nonprofit category. Individuals will be recognized at a special event in October. To find out more, click here.

Window Shopping:

Maggie Anderson has some great pottery at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Maggie Anderson has some great pottery at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

 

The Cook County Historical Society has put a calendar for 2019 featuring historic photos of Cook County. The calendar can be found at the Historical Society and at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The Cook County Historical Society has put a calendar for 2019 featuring historic photos of Cook County. The calendar can be found at the Historical Society and at the Johnson Heritage Post.

 

Music Video

Here’s an interview with Grand Marais’ Tim Styles.

Tim Styles was interviewed on WTIP's The Scenic Route the other day. Listen in,

Tim Styles was interviewed on WTIP’s The Scenic Route the other day. Listen in.

Tim grew up here and is now a professional singer/songwriter based in Bakersfield, Calif.

Here’s the music schedule for the week:

Thursday, Aug. 9:

  • Jim & Michele Miller, Cascade Lodge, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Lutsen Resort, 6:30 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Gun Flint Tavern 7 p.m.
  • Kilborn Quartet, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne and the Wildcats, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 10:

  • Eric Frost, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur BrewingCol, 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Common Ground, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Thunderheads, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • The Millers, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 11:

  • Over the Waterfall, Grand Portage Monument, 3 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Cascade Lodge Restaurant, 6:30 p.m.
  • J Squared & the Makers, Papa Charlies, 6 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • David Huckfelt of The Pines and Frankie Lee, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma RAy’s, 8 p.m.
  • Thunderheads, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 12:

  • Briand Morrison, Mobuls Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Gene LaFond & Amy Grillo, Wunderbar, 11 a.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
  • Jacob Mahon and brother John, Skyport Lodge, 4 p.m.
  • Gunflint Woods, Winds, Strings … and a Little Jazz, Gunflint Trail Fire Department #1 (Poplar Lake), 5 p.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • Adam Huber, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday Aug. 13:

  • Open Mic at Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Moors & McCumber, Singer/Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Pete Kavanaugh, Bluefin Bay, 9 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 14:

  • Bug Dope, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • Moors & McCumber, Music on the Gunflint, Firehall #3, Seagull Community Center, 7-9 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 15:

Here’s some live

 

We found some great photos this week. Here’s a selection:

The only flower in my garden by Jacquelyn Marshall.

The only flower in my garden by Jacquelyn Marshall.

 

Kayaking by Paul Sundstrom.

Kayaking by Paul Sundstrom.

 

 

Mushrooms and a toad by Susanne von Schroeder.

A Fairy Tale: Mushrooms and a Toad by Susanne von Schroeder.

 

American badger in Tettegouche State Park by Ryan Pennesi.

American badger in Tettegouche State Park by Ryan Pennesi.

 

Great Blue Heron by Eric Finney.

Great Blue Heron by Eric Finney.

 

Fascinating line drawing by Kristofer Bowman.

Fascinating line drawing by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Buffalos in the sky  tonight by Joni Salomon.

Buffalos in the sky tonight by Joni Salomon.

 

Storm arrives in Two Harbors by John Pastick.

Storm arrives in Two Harbors by John Pastick.

 

After the hail storm in Duluth by John Gregor.

After the hail storm in Duluth by John Gregor.

 

Sunset on the shore by Jennifer Trowbridge.

Sunset on the shore by Jennifer Trowbridge.

 

The Hordes and the sun. Unknown photographer.

The Hjordis and the sun by Carolyn Fritz..

 

Cedar roots at Gooseberry State Park by Mary Jane Van Den Heuvel.

Cedar roots at Gooseberry State Park by Mary Jane Van Den Heuvel.

 And finally, this beauty.

Golden morning light and a regal beast, Superior National Forest by Thomas Spence.

Golden morning light and a regal beast, Superior National Forest by Thomas Spence.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

 

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Happy Summer! The 89th annual Fish Pic is here

Layne Kennedy took this iconic shot of Grand Marais in summer a few years ago. Enjoy!

Layne Kennedy took this iconic shot of Grand Marais in summer a few years ago. Enjoy!

Grand Marais and the North Shore celebrate history and their connections to Lake Superior this weekend during the 89th annual Fisherman’s Picnic. This iconic celebration, which includes everyone in the community as well as visitors from throughout the region, is a 4-day event featuring everything from trail runs to a cutest puppy contest, craft shows to candy corn and, of course, the famous fish burger.

Fish Burgers, crafted from herring caught in Lake Superior, are one of the features of Fisherman's Picnic, sponsored by the Grand Marais Lions Club.

Fish Burgers, crafted from herring caught in Lake Superior, are one of the icons of Fisherman’s Picnic, which Isi  sponsored by the Grand Marais Lions.

Fish Pic starts on Thursday and runs through Sunday in downtown Grand Marais as well as throughout the county. There is lots to do for all ages. Besides all the contests and events in town, there is live music on the Harbor Park stage, three nights of street dancing, as well as a tennis tournament, a softball tournament, a log rolling tournament and the Big Fish contest. There are three different craft markets open this weekend, too, and lots of kids’ activities and daily contests. And not to forget–there’s a fireworks show on Saturday night and the Fisherman’s Picnic Parade at 1 p.m.

The Fisherman's Picnic Parade begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday. It's the best parade of the year.

The Fisherman’s Picnic Parade begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday. It’s the best parade of the year.

In short, the Fish Pic schedule is crowded with lots of things to do all weekend.

fish pic schedule

Download the schedule  here. And come on down and be entertained this weekend!

There are lots of other things to do in the community this weekend, too. Here are a few of them:

North House Folk School will hold two sessions of  “Try It: Wood-fired Baking” classes on Thursday, Aug. 2. The sessions are from 1-3 p.m. and from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Participants will have a chance to try their hands at baking bread in North House’s wood-fired oven.

Two sessions of Try It: Baking Bread" will be held at North House Folk School on Thursday. Call 387-9762 for more info and to register.

Two sessions of Try It: Baking Bread” will be held at North House Folk School on Thursday. Call 387-9762 for more info and to register.

Also, the Folk School’s artisan-instructor of the week is broom-maker Marybeth Garmoe. Garmoe will be demonstrating her craft all weekend at North House and will teach a mini-class at 10 a.m. on Saturday. For more info and to register, call 387-9762.

Also on Thursday, the 40th annual Friends of the Library Used Book Sale begins at the Cook County Community Center. The first session, from 5-7 p.m. Thursday night is open to members, but memberships will be on sale one hour prior to the sale. The book sale continues from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and from 8 .m. to noon on Saturday. Saturday is the bag sale… fill a bag up with books for a small fee. All are invited to come up and check out this sale, which features hundreds of books on every subject.

Also on Thursday, the Grand Marais Theater Festival continues with “Shrek The Musical,” which will be performed at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are available at the door. “Mom’s Gift,” a comedy which is also part of the festival, will be performed on Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m., after the Fisherman’s Picnic Parade.

On Friday, Drury Lane Books will hold a Writer’s Salon at 7 p.m. with Kelly Barnhill, author of the Newbery Medal-winning novel, “The Girl Who Drank the Moon.”

Author Kelly Barnhill will be featured at a Writer's Salon at Drury Lane Books at 7 p.m. Friday.

Author Kelly Barnhill will be featured at a Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books at 7 p.m. Friday.

Barnhill will read from her latest work,“Dreadful Young Ladies,”  a collection of short stories for adults. She will also discuss writing and take questions from the audience. All invited. Free.

On Saturday, the Lake Superior International Yacht Race, one of the oldest annual races on Lake Superior, will start in the Grand Marais Harbor at 11 a.m. The boats will race to Thunder Bay.

The Lake Superior International Yacht Race is from Grand Marais to Thunder Bay this year. The start is at 11 a.m. in the Grand Marais Harbor.

The Lake Superior International Yacht Race is from Grand Marais to Thunder Bay this year. The start is at 11 a.m. in the Grand Marais Harbor.

The race is hosted by the Thunder Bay Yacht Club.

And there are lots of mini-classes and events at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Saturday. Andy Ness will teach a free, drop-in mask-making class from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday. Lissa Grover will teach a class in making glass window ornaments from 9-11 a.m. and from 1-3 p.m. in the glass studio. To register, call 387-2737. And Twin Cities potter Mark Lusardi will be teaching a raku class at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Saturday and Sunday. (There is still time to register for the class.)

Raku potter, Mark Lusardi, will hold a rake-firing event for the public on Saturday from 5-7 p.m. at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Raku potter, Mark Lusardi, will hold a rake-firing event for the public on Saturday from 5-7 p.m. at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Also on Saturday from 5-7 p.m., Lusardi will also hold a drop-in raku firing event for the public. Small pots will be available for purchase, and participants can glaze it and watch as Lusardi fires it in his raku kiln. For more info, call 387-2737.

And not to forget, street dances will be held in Harbor Park starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Fireworks will go off around 9:45 p.m. And on  On Sunday, the Fisherman’s Picnic Parade will begin at 1 p.m. It’s a great parade.

In Hovland, artists and artisans will hold the Third Annual Art Sale at the Chicago Bay Marketplace from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Chicago Bay Market’s parking lot. Expect to find pottery, photography and crafts, as well as yummy treats at the Market.

On Wednesday, a fundraiser for the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department will be held at Fire Hall No. 1 at Mid-Trail from noon to 4 p.m.

It features a flea market and boutique, and a live auction at 1:30 p.m. under the big tent. Raffle tickets to win a handcrafted quilt donated by the Mid-Trail Quilters will be sold as well.

Exhibits:

 Hazel Belvo and Marcia Cushmore are exhibiting new work at the Johnson Heritage Post this month, including paintings, drawings and prints.

Old Norway by Marcia Cushmore is at the Johnson Heritage Post Gallery.

“Old Norway” by Marcia Cushmore is at the Johnson Heritage Post Gallery.

The exhibit continues through Aug. 12. The 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.

In Duluth, the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe will hold an opening reception for an exhibit of photographs by Kerry Gauthier.

Photography by Kerry Gauthier. He will be exhibiting his work at the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe in Duluth.

Photography by Kerry Gauthier. He will be exhibiting his work at the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe in Duluth.

The opening reception for Gauthier is from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6.

Also in Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art continues its exhibit, “Treasures from Home.”

"Four Horsemen," print by Dean Meeker is at the Tweed Museum of Art.

“Four Horsemen,” print by Dean Meeker is at the Tweed Museum of Art.

“Treasures from Home” features favorite works of local collectors. The exhibit concludes at the end of this month.

In Thunder Bay, Christi Belcourt’s retrospective with Isaac Murdock, “Uprising: The Power of Mother Earth”continues at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

"Honoring My Spirit Helpers" by Christi Belcourt is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

“Honoring My Spirit Helpers” by Christi Belcourt is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The Art of the Elements Gallery in rural Grand Marais at the Frykman Art Studio is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer. The gallery will be participating in the Fall Studio Tour Sept. 28-Oct. 7.

Martye Allen's sculpture, Bear with Raven" is one of the pieces at the Art of the Elements Gallery in rural Grand Marais.

Martye Allen’s sculpture, Bear with Raven” is one of the pieces at the Art of the Elements Gallery in rural Grand Marais.

The Art of the Elements Gallery is located at 306 County Rd. 44. Call 387-1949 for more info.

Two Harbors painter David Gilsvik has new work at Sivertson Gallery.

Jasper Lake Sunset by David Gilsvik.

Jasper Lake Sunset by David Gilsvik.

And new work by regional artists as well as prints by Betsy Bowen are being exhibited at Betsy Bowen’s Studio & Galleries.

Jeanne Hedstrom is exhibiting this painting at Betsy Bowen's Studio & Galleries.

Jeanne Hedstrom is exhibiting this painting at Betsy Bowen’s Studio & Galleries.

Kristin Blomberg is exhibiting her work at the North Shore Winery.

"North Shore" by Kristin Blomberg.

“North Shore” by Kristin Blomberg is at the North Shore Winery.

Upcoming:

 A picnic operetta is coming to the Finland Historical Society in Finland on Aug 17. “Falstaff and the Working Wives of Lake County,” a production of the Twin Cities opera group, Mixed Precipitation, is an edible opera adventure that is touring Minnesota this summer. The operetta, an adaptation of Otto Nicolai’s German opera, “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” includes a bit of Minnesota history and the music of Bruce Springsteen.

The cast from

The cast from Mixed Precipation, in one of their performances.

“Falstaff and the Working Wives of Lake County” will be performed at 2 p.m. Aug. 17. Stay tuned for details.

The Carpenter Ants are one of the bands scheduled to perform for this year’s Radio Waves Music Festival sponsored by WTIP Community Radio. The festival will be held at Sweetheart’s Bluff in the Grand Marais Rec Park Sept. 7-9 under the Big Tent. In all, 25 acts will take the stage at this year’s festival. To see the complete line-up and for more info, click here.

Art News:

In other WTIP news, the radio station was recently featured in a story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Marnie McMillan, one of the co-hosts for WTIP's morning show.

Marnie McMillan, one of the co-hosts for WTIP’s morning show. Photo by Anthony Souffle, Star-Tribune.

The headline for the story is “WTIP in Grand Marais: A Deep Woods Dose of Radio Charm.” To read the story, click here.

Members of the Northwoods Fiber Guild recently spent a day at North House Folk School colorful book bags for the Grand Marais Public Library. The idea to make cloth book bags for the library came from Jo Wood, as part of project to encourage choosing a reusable cloth bag over a plastic or paper bag.

Nancy Backlund, incoming president of the Northwoods Fiber Guild and Amanda St. John, assistant director of the library, show to cloth book bags now available for use at the library. They are free for everyone to use.

Nancy Backlund, incoming president of the Northwoods Fiber Guild and Amanda St. John, assistant director of the library, show to cloth book bags now available for use at the library. They are free for everyone to use.

The book bags come in two types: a traditional cloth bag with handles and a T-shirt bag, with the collar and sleeves cut out to make a great book bag. All the bags will be at the library and available for anyone to use, free of charge. The Fiber Guild has already scheduled another sewing session at North House to make more of them.

And singer/songwriter Maria Nickolay has some news:

Maria Nickolsy's CD, "Through the Ashes" is now on Spotify.

Maria Nickolsy’s CD, “Through the Ashes” is now on Spotify.

Music:

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, Aug. 2

Fisherman’s Picnic Harbor Park Stage:

  • Joe Paulik, 11 a.m.
  • Maria Nickolay, 1 p.m.
  • Clearwater Hot Club, 3 p.m.
  • Common Ground, 7 p.m. (Street Dance)

Other Venues:

  • Cooper and Muska, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • Maria Nickolay, Cascade Lodge Restaurant, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 6:30 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band with The Cuckoo Bees, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Billy Johnson, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 3

Fisherman’s Picnic Harbor Park Stage:

  • Joe Paulik, 11 a.m.
  • Michael Monroe, 1 p.m.
  • Bug Dope, 3 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, 7 p.m., (Street Dance)

Other venues:

  • Cooper and Muska, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • 4-Shore, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • The Cruisers, outside, Grandma Ray’s, 7:30 p.m.
  • Kutdown, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • True Grass Trio, The Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • Ben Cook-Felz, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Gene & Amy Grillo, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Common Ground, Voyageur Brewing, outside in the tent, 7 p.m.
  • Floydian Slip, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Pete Kavanaugh, Bluefin Bay, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 4:

Fisherman’s Picnic Harbor Park Stage:

  • Community Swing Band, 11 a.m.
  • Michael Monroe, 1 p.m.
  • 71 Trio, 3 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, 7 p.m. (Street Dance)

Other venues:

  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Birch terrace, 3 p.m.
  • Billy Johnson, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Cascade Lodge Restaurant, 6 p.m.
  • 4-Shore, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • J Squared & the Makers, Papa Charlie’s, 6:30 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, 7 p.m. www.michaelmonroemusic.com
  • Floydian Slip, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Kutdown, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m
  • DJBeavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 5:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Fish Heads, Skyport Lodge, 4 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 5:

  • Jack Klatt, Monday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Bay, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 8:

  • Eric Frost, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.

We found some great photographs this week. Here’s a selection:

First, some wildlife photos …

"Good Morning" by Christian Dalbec.

“Good Morning” by Christian Dalbec.

 

Green heron youngsters by Michael Furtman.

Green heron youngsters by Michael Furtman.

 

I spotted the three hoof-headed moose this morning.

I spotted this  three hoof-headed moose this morning.

 

Watching the trout today by Sandra Updike.

Watching the trout today by Sandra Updike.

 

And here are some moonscapes:

Red moon rising in Duluth by Ken Harmon.

Red moon rising in Duluth by Ken Harmon.

 

July full moon passing through the Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth by Jan Swart.

July full moon passing through the Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth by Jan Swart.

 

Crescent moon and Mars by David Johnson.

Crescent moon and Mars by David Johnson.

And here are some landscapes:

Tis the season by Cary Schmies.

Tis the season by Cary Schmies.

 

Happy Birthday Split Rock Lighthouse, 108-years young -- a ship's view by Christian Dalbec.

Happy Birthday Split Rock Lighthouse, 108-years young — a ship’s view by Christian Dalbec.

 

Blue Hour at Hidden Beach by Don Tredinnick.

Blue Hour at Hidden Beach by Don Tredinnick.

 

Northern Minnesota in Mid-Summer by Sandra Updyke.

Northern Minnesota in Mid-Summer by Sandra Updyke.

 

High Falls at the Baptism River by Jackie Feil.

High Falls at the Baptism River by Jackie Feil.

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Steps leading to Lake Superior near Cascade River State Park by Curt Brown.

Steps leading to Lake Superior near Cascade River State Park by Curt Brown.

And finally, this shot of a peaceful summer day in the Northwoods:

Cruising the Tall Grass by Thomas Spence.

Cruising the Tall Grass by Thomas Spence.

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Split Rock Lighthouse by Peggy Knotts.

Split Rock Lighthouse by Peggy Knotts.

The beauteous summer continues, with balmy days and blue skies, and just enough wind to ruffle the water and, perhaps, give the good ship the Hjordis, just enough air to fill her sails and glide away.

On land, there’s plenty to do, too.

Thursday is a busy day. First up are woodcarving demonstrations by Mike Loeffler, who is the instructor-in-residence at North House Folk School this week. Loeffler will be demonstrating all weekend and will teach a mini-class, Carving a Songbird, at 10 a.m. Saturday. To register for the class and for more info, call 387-9762. The public is invited to campus and to see him work.

The Johnson Heritage Post will host a panel discussion about the historic rescue attempt of local legend Carl Hammer by Helmer Aakvik in 1958. The young fisherman was lost in a nasty Lake Superior storm.

Sad day poster

The Cook County Historical Society’s presentation will include a panel discussion by David Hammer, Ray Nagy and Gene Hagen recalling the events of that day. The presentation is free and will be at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. All invited.

Also on Thursday, the North Shore Winery in Lutsen will open a new exhibition of artwork by Grand Marais artist Kristin Blomberg with a reception from 6-9 p.m.

Kristin Blomberg will have a solo exhibition at the North Shore Winery. The opening reception is from 6-9 p.m. Thursday.

Kristin Blomberg will have a solo exhibition at the North Shore Winery. The opening reception is from 6-9 p.m. Thursday. All invited.

The Grand Marais Playhouse‘s Summer Theater Festival continues this week with the comedy “Mom’s Gift” and “Shrek the Musical” performed in repertory at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts from Thursday through Sunday.

"Shrek the Musical" (photo of the cast, above) and the comedy "Mom's Gift" will be performed this weekend and next at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

Shrek the Musical” (photo of the cast, above) and the comedy “Mom’s Gift” will be performed this weekend and next at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. “Mom’s Gift” will be performed on Thursday and Saturday, “Shrek the Musical” will be performed Friday and Sunday this week. Tickets are available online or at the door. Click here for tickets and more info.

Also, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Briand Morrison and Roxann Berglund will play Full Moon Music by the bonfire at Drury Lane Books.

Briand Morrison and Roxann Berglund will play music by the bonfire at Drury Lane Books on Thursday.

Briand Morrison and Roxann Berglund will play music by the bonfire at Drury Lane Books on Thursday.

Morrison and Berglund share bossas, ballads, summer songs and more around the fire to celebrate the full moon rising over the East Bay of Lake Superior. All invited. Free.

On Friday, look for the Stars of the North Music Festival, which opens at the main stage in Harbor Park on Friday afternoon and continues through Sunday. The event, organized by the Grand Marais Music Collaborative, is free, and will feature a beer and wine bar and a food truck.

Stars of the North Music Festival will be in Harbor Park from Friday afternoon to Sunday with live music performances from a great selection of local musicians. See Music Schedule, below, for details.

Stars of the North Music Festival will be in Harbor Park from Friday afternoon to Sunday with live music performances from a great selection of local musicians. See Music Schedule, below, for details.

The event is a fundraiser for the Collaborative’s Youth Music Lesson program. Raffle tickets and T-shirts will be sold to raise funds for the program. All are invited to come listen to great music and help support youth musicians at the same time. See Music Schedule, below, for details of who will be playing when. Briand Morrison kicks off the festival at 3 p.m. Friday and the Plucked Up String Band concludes Friday’s music from 8-10 p.m. Other bands include Mysterious Ways, the SplinterTones, the Sky Blue Quartet, Joe Paulik, Michael Monroe, Katy Vernon, DJ Beavstar, Common Ground, Chris Gillis and Gordon Thorne & Friends. There will also be student performances. It should be a great time.

Breaking News: Rumor has it that Angel Hair Rasta, a local al dente rasta band, will play at Grandma Ray’s after 10 p.m. on Friday night. The band includes Michael Monroe, Chris Gillis, Thomas Stamps, Jonathan Steckleburg and Todd Miller.

Also on Friday, singer/songwriter Mary Bue will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse to talk about her music and play a few songs. The program will also feature interviews with photographer Layne Kennedy and musicians Todd Miller and Chris Gillis, who will talk about the Stars of the North Music Festival. The program airs from 5-7 p.m.

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.

The Cook County Market is held in the Senior Center parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

The Cook County Market is held in the Senior Center parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

The Market features a wide variety of artisans exhibiting their work, as well as produce from Round River Farm in Finland. (The produce arrives at 10 a.m.)

Drury Lane Books will host children’s author Yvonne Pearson from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Yvonne Pearson will read from her latest Sadie book at Drury Lane Books from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Yvonne Pearson will read from her latest Sadie book at Drury Lane Books from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Pearson will read from her latest book, “Sadie Braves the Wilderness” and will discuss the writing process with the audience. All invited. Free.

And starting at noon on Saturday, the Grand Marais Garden Club will hold its annual Flower Show at the Cook County Community Center from noon to 5 p.m.

The Grand Marais Garden Club will hold its annual flower show at the Cook County Community Center from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

The Grand Marais Garden Club will hold its annual flower show at the Cook County Community Center from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

The public is invited to enjoy the beauty of local flowers and enjoy a snack at the same time. Master Gardeners will have a “Ask a Question” booth, and there will be a plant exchange/sale as well. All invited. Free.

And finally, on Wednesday, Aug. 1, Hazel Belvo will give an Artist Talk at Cook County Higher Education at 7 p.m.

Hazel Belvo will give an Artist Talk at Cook County Higher Education at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Hazel Belvo will give an Artist Talk at Cook County Higher Education at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Her topic will be “Creativity: Intuition and Intellect.” All invited. Free.

Exhibits:

 The exhibit, “Belvo/Cushmore: Paintings & Drawings 2018″ continues at the Johnson Heritage Post. This is a fascinating exhibit and well-worth lots of walk-throughs.

"Rose Garden," triptych, by Hazel Belvo, is one of many works in the Johnson Heritage Post exhibit.

“Rose Garden,” triptych, by Hazel Belvo, is one of many works in the Johnson Heritage Post exhibit.

The Duluth Art Institute is featuring three exhibits in the Depot this month including  “Jonathan Thunder: Suspension of Disbelief,” “Chholing Taha: Every Spirit Tells a Story” and “Payton MacDonald: Sonic Divide: Art Meets Endurance.”

Thunder’s exhibit features sound and what he calls “animated canvases,” a hybrid of hand-painting and animation.

This painting by Jonathan Thunder is at the Duluth Art Institute. Thunder and Brenda Child will be at Drury Lane Books for a  Writer's Salon Aug. 25.

This painting by Jonathan Thunder is at the Duluth Art Institute. Thunder and Brenda Child will be at Drury Lane Books for a Writer’s Salon Aug. 25.

The exhibit at the Art Institute serves as an area for the artist to experiment with a variety of media and modes of installation in working towards a large-scale exhibition. There will be an artist talk at the close of the exhibition. And, Thunder and Brenda Child will be at Drury Lane Books on Aug. 25 to talk about their new book, “Bowwow Powwow,” an Ojibwe/English bilingual children’s book translated by Gordan Jourdain.

At the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in Thunder Bay, Christi Belcourt’s exhibition “Uprising: The Power of Mother Earth–A Retrospective with Isaac Murdoch” continues.

"Tree Spirits Leaving Before the Fire," by Christi Belcourt.

“Tree Spirits Leaving Before the Fire,” by Christi Belcourt.

The exhibit features a wide selection of her work and is a must-see for art lovers.

Opportunities:

 The Grand Marais Art Colony has extended its search for its next executive director.  The Executive Director role at the Art Colony is that of a vocal and visible advocate and leader of the arts, both locally and regionally. Applications are due Friday, Aug. 10. Follow the link below for more info about the position and how to apply: https://grandmaraisartcolony.org/internships-and-employment/

Upcoming:

 Fisherman’s Picnic starts next week in Grand Marais and will be held Aug. 2-5.

The 88th annual Fisherman's Picnic will be in Grand Marais Aug. 2-5.

The 88th annual Fisherman’s Picnic will be in Grand Marais Aug. 2-5. (Photo courtesy of the Cook County Historical Society.)

This historic festival celebrates its 88th anniversary this year, and features Crazy Days sales, craft shows, daily contests and prizes, a wide variety of live music, kids activities, food, including the fish burgers, and much more. There are fireworks Saturday night and the best parade of the year on Sunday. Other events include Buck’s Hardware Big Fish Contest, a trail run, tennis and softball tournaments and a log rolling tournament. For the complete event schedule, click here.

Author Kelly Barnhill will be at Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3.  Barnhill,a Minnesota native and author of the Newbery Medal–winning novel,”The Girl Who Drank the Moon.” She will read from her new collection of short stories for adults, discuss writing, and take questions from the audience.

Artist News:

The Grace Notes played at the final stop of the Cross River Heritage Center’s Lundie Tour last week.

The Grace Notes played at the final stop of the Lundie Tour last week. They are, from left, Sherrie Lindskog, March Menocha and Karen Obinger.

The Grace Notes played at the final stop of the Lundie Tour last week. They are, from left, Sherrie Lindskog, March Marocha and Karen Obinger.

They were included in a piece about the tour by WDIO-TV. Click here to see the segment.

A new band, the North Country Fair, will play the the Wunderbar at 7 p.m. Thursday night.

The North Country Fair will play at the Wunderbar on Thursday starting at 7 p.m.

The North Country Fair will play at the Wunderbar on Thursday starting at 7 p.m.

The band includes: Brenda Benson (pedal steel guitar), Maria Nickolay (vocals, guitar, mandolin) Georgene Daubanton (vocals, percussion), Michele Miller (vocals,guitar, mandolin, fiddle)

 Music Schedule:

 Here’s the music schedule for the week:

Thursday, July 26:

  • Common Ground, Cascade Restaurant, 6 p.m.
  • North Country Fair, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Ian Alexy, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & the Wildcats, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
  • Briand Morrision & Roxann Berglund, Drury Lane Books, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, July 27:

  • Briand Morrison,  Stars of the North Music Festival, Harbor Park, 3 p.m.
  • Matt & Laurel, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Stars of the North Music Festival, Harbor Park, 4:30 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Stars of the North Music Festival, Harbor Park, 6:30 p.m.,
  • Crazy Chester, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String BandStars of the North Music Festival, 8 p.m.
  • Matt and Laurel, Voyageur Brewing, 8 p.m.
  • Mary Bue and Lowray, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 28:

  • Sky Blue Quartet, Stars of the North Music Festival, Harbor Park, 10 a.m.
  • Joe PaulikStars of the North Music Festival, Harbor Park, 11 a.m.
  • Michael MonroeStars of the North Music Festival, Harbor Park, 12:30 p.m.
  • Katy Vernon, Stars of the North Music Festival, Harbor Park, 2 p.m.
  • Amy Grillo and Gene LaFond, Stars of the North Music Festival, Harbor Park, 4:30 p.m.
  • Bug Dope, Papa Charlie’s, 6 p.m.
  • Common GroundStars of the North Music Festival, Harbor Park, 6:30 p.m.
  • North Shore Community Swing Band, Clearwater Historic Lodge, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7 p.m.
  • JohnRuss, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, www.michaelmonroemusic.com
  • North Country Fair, Cascade Lodge Pub, 8 p.m.
  • The Gentleman’s Anti-Temperance League, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Crazy Chester, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 29:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s, 10 a.m.
  • Chris Gillis with Gordon Thorne & Friends, Stars of the North Music Festival, Harbor Park, 10 a.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Skyport Lodge, 4 p.m.

Monday, July 30:

  • Coral Creek, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • The Sea The Sea, Monday Songwriter’s Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Bay, 9 p.m.

Tuesday, July 31:

  • Coral Creek, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 1:

  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 4 p.m.
  • Jam Session, Gun Flint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.
  • Maria Nickolay, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Bay, 9 p.m.

We found lots of photos this week, including a great selection of wild (and not so wild) animal shots. Here’s a selection:

First. a photo of birds to come:

Merganser eggs by Craig Hunter.

Merganser eggs by Craig Hunter.

 

Bald eagle catches lunch by David Johnson.

Bald eagle catches lunch by David Johnson.

 

And otter catches his lunch by Sarah Erickson.

And otter catches his lunch by Sarah Erickson.

 

A trout explores a rock in the Grand Marais harbor. Photo by Christian Dalbec.

A trout explores the rocks in the Grand Marais harbor. Photo by Christian Dalbec.

 

Honey Bee by Matt Pastick.

Honey Bee by Matt Pastick.

 

A baby tests out its wings by John Alexander.

A baby tests out its wings by John Alexander.

 

Young mink by Paul Sundberg.

Young mink by Paul Sundberg.

 

Swan parents with their baby by Matt Herberg.

Swan parents with their baby by Matt Herberg.

 

These youngsters are just starting to lose their orange color.

These youngsters are just starting to lose their orange color. Photo by Nace Hagemann.

 

Sit. Stay. Red Fox, Superior National Forest by Thomas Spence.

Sit. Stay. Red Fox, Superior National Forest by Thomas Spence.

 

A warm day for a lynx by David Johnson.

A warm day for a lynx by David Johnson.

 

Babysitting 17 for friends in Lake Bimidji by Brent Cizek.

Babysitting for friends in Lake Bimidji by Brent Cizek. The New York Times ran this photo.

 

Moose by Nace Hagemann.

Moose by Nace Hagemann.

 

My yard toad ty Waven Wind.

My yard toad ty Waven Wind.

We also found some great landscapes/seascapes/skyscapes.

Lake Superior by Abby Tofte, the Big Lake.

Lake Superior by Abby Tofte, the Big Lake.

 

Her dark side by Ann Bowman.

Her dark side by Ann Bowman.

 

Sunrise at Stoney Point by Jake Trout.

Sunrise at Stoney Point by Jake Trout.

 

A beautiful morning for a little kayaking. Photo courtesy of Golden Eagle Lodge.

A beautiful morning for a little kayaking. Photo courtesy of Golden Eagle Lodge.

Christian Dalbec was diving in the Grand Marais harbor over the weekend.

A section of the Liberty shipwreck on the west side of the Grand Marais harbor by Christian Dalbec.

A section of the Liberty shipwreck on the west side of the Grand Marais harbor by Christian Dalbec.

And finally, the 2nd annual Biggest Blueberry Contest has started. The blueberries are fantastic on the Gunflint Trail this year. It should be interesting to see who finds the biggest. Meanwhile, there’s lots to pick.

Corey Cochrane went picking with her parents and they came up with these three buckets of blueberries. Yum!

Corey Cochrane went picking with her parents and they came up with these three buckets of blueberries. Yum!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Summer Festivals & the Belvo/Cushmore Exhibit

The woman I am leaving by Stephan Hoglund.

“The woman I am leaving”  by Stephan Hoglund.

Greetings from Grand Marais where glorious summer days have arrived, bringing beauty and warmth and new hatchlings cheeping from nests. This week, look for the opening of the Summer Theater Festival, a new Hazel Belvo/Marcia Cushmore art exhibit, the North Shore Water Festival and the first summer flower show of the season. It’s also the weekend of WTIP Community Radio’s summer membership drive with lots of live music scheduled outdoors as well as in the studios.

First up is a chance to learn about knot work at North House Folk School. Knotmaster Ben Byron is the summer resident at North House Folk School this week and will be demonstrating the craft from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. He will also teach a mini-course on Saturday at 10 a.m. where participants can learn how to make a nautical key chain.

Ben Byron will be demonstrating knotowk at North House Folk School this weekend. He will also teach a mini-class on Saturday.

Ben Byron will be demonstrating knotowk at North House Folk School this weekend. He will also teach a mini-class on Saturday on making a knot work key chain.

For more information about the class, call North House at 387-9762. Click here for complete info about the mini-courses this summer at North House.

Also on Thursday, the Grand Marais Writer’s Guild will meet at the Grand Marais Public Library at 6 p.m. Each month local writers get together to chat about what they’re working on and do a few writing prompts. Participants are asked to bring a notebook. The event is facilitated by Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux. Free.

The big event of the week is the opening of this season’s Summer Theater Festival at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. This year, the Grand Marais Playhouse will present “Shrek The Musical” and a comedy, “Mom’s Gift.” They will be performed in repertory Thursday through Sunday from July 19-Aug. 12.

“Shrek the Musical” opens tonight at the ACA at 7 p.m. and features a stellar cast performing the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film.

Shrek the Musical opens at the Arrowhead Center on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Shrek the Musical opens at the Arrowhead Center on Thursday at 7 p.m.

“Mom’s Gift,” an award-winning comedy, opens on Friday, July 20, at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts and will be performed in repertory with Shrek through Aug. 12.

The Grand Marais Playhouse's production of  "Mom's Gift" opens at the ACA on Friday at 7 p.m.

The Grand Marais Playhouse‘s production of “Mom’s Gift” opens at the ACA on Friday at 7 p.m.

All performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25 adults, $15 under 18 and can be purchased at www.grandmaraisplayhouse.com or at the door. For the schedule of the performances, click here.  Tickets can also be purchased through the Playhouse’s Facebook page.

On Friday, the North Shore Water Festival kicks off in Harbor Park and runs through the weekend.

The North Shore Water Festival will be held in Harbor Park this weekend.

The North Shore Water Festival will be held in Harbor Park this weekend.

Experts will be on-hand offering fishing, touring kayak and canoe demonstrations, stand-up paddle board (SUP) demo activities in the harbor, including SUP yoga. Most activities are free and only require a waiver and/or registering in advance for SUP board yoga. The event continues through Sunday.

The pièce de résistance this weekend is the exhibit “Belvo/Cushmore: Paintings & Drawings 2018.” which opens at the Johnson Heritage Post with a reception from 5-7:30 p.m. on Friday.

A new exhibit featuring the works of Hazel Belvo and Marcia Cushmore opens at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday.

A new exhibit featuring the works of Hazel Belvo and Marcia Cushmore opens at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday.

This promises to be a fascinating exhibit, featuring the work of these famed artists. Cushmore will give an Artist Talk about the exhibit at 2 p.m. on Saturday. All invited. The exhibit continues through Aug. 12. The 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.

On Saturday, the Cook County Market continues in the Senior Center parking lot with lots of arts and crafts from local artisans. Fresh produce and homebaked goods are also featured. The Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Also on Saturday, Andy Ness will give an artist talk at the Grand Marais Art Colony from noon to 1 p.m. entitled “Blurring the Lines Between Fine Art and Fashion.”

Andy Ness will give an Artist Talk at the Grand Marais Art Colony at noon on Saturday entitled "Blurring the Lines Between Fine Art and Fashion."

Andy Ness will give an Artist Talk at the Grand Marais Art Colony at noon on Saturday entitled “Blurring the Lines Between Fine Art and Fashion.”

Ness will discuss the works of Hussein Chalayan, Leigh Bowery and Yayoi Kusama, artists who often integrate an array of artistic media and influences into their clothing. The presentation is free. All invited.

Also on Saturday, the West End Garden Club will host its annual summer flower show at the Birch Grove Community Center in Tofte entitled “Birds, Bees and Flowers” from 1-4 p.m.

The West End Garden Club's flower show will be  from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday at the Birch Grove Community Center. Refreshments will be served. All invited. Free.

The West End Garden Club’s flower show will be from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday at the Birch Grove Community Center. Refreshments will be served. All invited. Free.

Two Master Gardeners from Cook County Extension will be on hand to answer questions. The show features unique floral displays created by garden club members using the best of what’s locally in bloom. Many different varieties of garden and wildflowers will be on display. Refreshments will be served. All invited. Free.

On Sunday, Chik-Wauk Nature Center on the Gunflint Trail will host David Battistel, who will talk about John Paulson and the Paulson Mine, at 2 p.m. The Paulson Mine is located in western Cook County.

Touted as one of the great mining projects of the era, the failure of the Paulson Mine in the early 1890s had a devastating impact on local economies, spanning both sides of the border. The man behind this venture, John Paulson, was until recently an almost mythological figure. His life story however, from Norwegian immigrant, to Civil War veteran, to entrepreneur and finally to widowed farmer, is one of triumph and tragedy that exemplifies the North American experience in the 19th Century.

Dave Battistel is a history teacher and instructional leader at St. Patrick High School in Thunder Bay. Since 1994 he has been actively researching and writing about the history of the Port Arthur, Duluth and Western Railway, as well as its associated ventures (silver and iron mining and logging). He is currently writing a book on the Gunflint & Lake Superior Railroad.

All presentations are family friendly and free to the public and are held inside Chik-Wauk Nature Center.

And on Monday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will host a demo on Troubleshooting Intaglio Techniques at noon in the Print Studio and on Wednesday, Andy Ness will teach a mini-class on paper making. For more info, call the Art Colony at 387-2737 or visit www.grandmaraisartcolony.org.

Window Shopping:

Shiny Brookie by Ted C. Hansen is at Fly Box & Co.

Shiny Brookie by Ted C. Hansen is at Fly Box & Co.

 

Hannah Palma Laky has her pottery at The Big Lake.

Hannah Palma Laky has her pottery at The Big Lake.

 

Upstate MN is featuringAdam Gruetzmacher pottery as well as Baltic birch crates by Waam Industries. Peonies courtesy of Loren Stoner.

Upstate MN is featuring Adam Gruetzmacher pottery as well as Baltic birch crates by Waam Industries. Peonies courtesy of Loren Stoner.

Breaking News:

Canadian governments gives $11.5 million to Thunder Bay Art Gallery relocation project.

The vision to relocate the Thunder Bay Art Gallery to a prominent location along the city’s waterfront is now in crystal clear focus. The art gallery received word this week that it will receive $11.5 million from Ottawa through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, the largest allocation to be spent from that envelope to date across the country.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is planning to relocate along the Lake Superior waterfront and just received a hefty grant from the Canadian government.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is planning to relocate along the Lake Superior waterfront and just received a hefty grant from the Canadian government. Above is the proposed drawing of the new facility.

Sharon Godwin, the director of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery , said the federal dollars means that 80 per cent of the required $33 million in capital funding has been secured.

“This is a day we know the gallery will be built. This is a reality now,” Godwin said after the funding announcement, which was made on the site of the planned new waterfront gallery at Tugboat Basin immediately south of the Pearl Street entrance to Prince Arthur’s Landing. Stay tuned for details.

Artist News:

Singh-Ray Filters just released a filter that Bryan Hansel dreamed up and prototyped over the last year. You can learn about it here.

Photo by Bryan Hansel, taken with the polarizer he developed with

Photo by Bryan Hansel, taken with the polarizer he developed with Singh-Ray Filters.

 

And here’s a little music to enjoy. Axtell will be be playing at the Wunderbar next Wednesday.

AXTELL

Axtell plays at Wunderbar next Wednesday.

 

Click here to listen to one of Axtell’s songs.

 

Here’s the music schedule for this weekend:

Thursday, July 19:

  • Live Music on WTIPSVEA, 1 p.m.;  Briand Morrison & Roxann Berglund, 4 p.m.; Andrew Norcross Band, 8 p.m.
  • Pete K, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Live Music by the Campfire, Lutsen Resort, 6:30 p.m.
  • Maria Nickolay, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
  • Common Ground, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & the Wildcats, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Friday, July 20:

  • Live Music on WTIP, Fred Anderson, 1 p.m.; Gene Lafond and Amy Grillo, 4 p.m.;  Mysterious Ways, 6 p.m.
  • Emily Haavik and the 35s, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • North Shore Community Swing Band,  Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • The Cruisers, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Northland Timberland Band, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 21:

  • Live on WTIP: Plucked Up String Band, 2 p.m.; Saints of Circumstance, 4 p.m.; The Cruisers, 5 p.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Birch Terrace, 3 p.m.
  • Pete K, Papa Charlie’s, 6 p.m.
  • Maria Nickolay, Cascade Lodge Pub, 8 p.m.
  • Saints of Circumstance, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • The Cruisers, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 8 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m., reservations at www.michaelmonroemusic.com
  • New Legacy Project, Zoar Lutheran Church, 8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s. 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 22:

  • Briand Morrison, Moguls Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Mark Milner, Wunderbar, 11 a.m.
  • Spruce Roots play for Bluegrass Sunday at the North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Skyport Lodge, 4 p.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • Joshua Schmidt Duo, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, July 23:

  • Live Music on WTIP: Chris Gillis, 1 p.m.,
  • Open Mic Night, Grandma Ray’s, 7 p.m.
  • Joshua Schmidt Duo, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • Pete Kavanaugh, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Tuesday, July 24:

  • Joe Paulik Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 25:

  • Jam Session, Gun Flint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.
  • Axtell, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Maria Nickolay, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Here are some of the photos we found this week:

First, a beauteous water lily.

Photo by Kristofer Bowman.

Photo by Kristofer Bowman.

Some wildlife shots:

American Bittern by Vicki Geretschlaeger.

American Bittern by Vicki Geretschlaeger.

 

Just a little bit of fog above the water this week by Nace Hagemann.

Just a little bit of fog above the water this week by Nace Hagemann.

 

Northern lights by David Johnson.

Northern lights by David Johnson.

 

What a crazy sunset by Justin Vrba.

What a crazy sunset by Justin Vrba.

 

The setting crescent moon and Venus over Elbow Lake by Bryan Hansel.

The setting crescent moon and Venus over Elbow Lake by Bryan Hansel.

  

The Hordes at sunset by Joey Jerkovich.

The Hordis at sunset by Joey Jerkovich.

 

On a beach at Tettegouche State Park by Matt Herberg.

On a beach at Tettegouche State Park by Matt Herberg.

 

Ahhh...summer in Lutsen by Annie Possis.

Ahhh…summer in Lutsen by Annie Possis.

And, finally, this salute to summer.

At the waterpark--Gooseberry Falls State Park by Mary American.

At the waterpark–Gooseberry Falls State Park by Mary American.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

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An Artful Weekend: Arts Festival, Authors & Paints

Photo by Mike Chrun.

Cascade River falls by  Mike Chrun.

This is the weekend artists and art lovers look forward to every year — the Grand Marais Arts Festival, which features 80 artists exhibiting their colorful and creative work in tents along the shore in downtown Grand Marais. The festival runs from Saturday at 9 a.m. through Sunday at 4 p.m.

The Grand Marais Arts Festival in downtown Grand Marais features 70 local and regional artists this year as well as An Artful Evening, a fundraiser for the Art Colony, featuring tasty local cuisine, beverages and live music in Harbor Park on Saturday night. Tickets are still available. Call 387-2737 for more info.

The Grand Marais Arts Festival in downtown Grand Marais features 70 local and regional artists this year as well as An Artful Evening, a fundraiser for the Art Colony, featuring tasty local cuisine, beverages and live music in Harbor Park on Saturday night. Tickets are still available. Call 387-2737 for more info.

Paintings, pottery, photography, weaving, metalwork, jewelry, multi-media works. sculpture, prints and more are featured in this outstanding festival, which brought in an estimated 15,000 visitors last year.

Artist booths are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Art Colony has also organized a wide variety of fun art activities during the event, including lots of activities for kids in the Art Colony’s booth including an art-making table, screen printing T-shirts and more. And David Hahn will be there to draw your portrait.

And, new this year, the Art Colony will host “An Artful Evening,” a fundraiser for the Art Colony in Harbor Park from 5-7 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature tempting food from local restaurants, craft beer and wine and live music, as well as a silent auction. Tickets are still available. Call 387-2737 or click here.

Other fun activities include Mila Horak’s Paint-by-Number Mural Project in Harbor Park. Horak has developed a design for another mural to be installed on the outside wall of Birchbark Books & Gifts  and everyone is invited to come paint it. Horak will set up a tent in Harbor Park and everyone is invited to come paint a number or two. Free.

This mural on an outside wall at Birchbark Books & Gifts was the Paint-by-Number Mural project last year.

This mural on an outside wall at Birchbark Books & Gifts was the Paint-by-Number Mural project last year. Mila Horak has designed another mural for this year, and people are invited to come and paint it during the Arts Festival.

Other events during the Arts Festival include the Clothesline Art Sale, a Scratch Block Aluminum Pour by Greg Mueller, Making Textured Prints and paper-making, as well as interviews with the artists on WTIP Community Radio on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.  For the complete schedule, click here.

Meanwhile, there are lots of other fun things to do this weekend, too.

North House Folk School will have two instructors in residence this weekend who will be doing demonstrations from Thursday through Sunday and teaching a mini-course on Saturday. The instructors are Allen Holzhueter, who will be showing and teaching spinning and knitting techniques, and Carla Hall, who will be in the blacksmith shop doing demos all weekend. Her mini-class will be on forging a hook.

Carla

Blacksmith instructor will be at North House this weekend, doing demos and offering a mini course on Saturday.

For more info, call 387-9762. And on Friday, the Youth Series at North House continues. On July 13, the course will be Making Ice Cream.

There will be a Raku Firing at the Maker’s Market on Thursday from 5-8 p.m.,weather permitting.

There will be a raku firing at the Maker's Market on Thursday.

There will be a raku firing at the Maker’s Market on Thursday.

Participants can purchase a tea bowl, glaze it and then watch as its fired in a raku kiln. The Maker’s Market is located in the alley next to the Beaver House in Downtown Grand Marais. All invited.

Also on Friday, author Kim Woodward Osterholzer, will discuss her recent book, “Midwife in Amish Country,” at the Grand Marais Public Library at 3:30 p.m.

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Author Kim Woodward Osterholzer will give a presentation at the Grand Marais Public Library at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Osterholzer’s book is a memoir of her experience as a midwife who’s caught over 500 babies since 1993, and in her presentation, she recounts her lively, entertaining, and life-changing adventures learning the heart and art and craft of midwifery. The event is free and open to the public.

Continuing the book theme, author and adventurer Lonnie Dupre and author Jack Blackwell will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night. Dupre will discuss his recent book. “Alone at the Top: Climbing Denali in the Dead of Winter.” Blackwell has written a book about his grandfather Alec Boostrom entitled “Boundary Waters Boy.” Blackwell will bring Sawbill Outfitter’s Bill Hansen into the studio with him, as Hansen knew Boostrom, too. It should be an interesting discussion. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. on Friday.

To cap off the authors/books being highlighted this weekend, Bart Sutter, former Duluth Poet Laureate, musician and author, will be featured at a Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books at 7 p.m. on Saturday. He will discuss his latest book “Nordic Accordion: Poems in a Scandinavian Mood.”

Author Bart Sutter will be at Drury Lane Books at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Author Bart Sutter will be at Drury Lane Books to talk about his latest book  at 7 p.m. Saturday.

In “Nordic Accordion” Sutter fulfills the covenant he made with his elders long ago—to dramatize, critique, and honor their struggles, their culture, their peculiar ways. The book explores the experience of Scandinavian immigrants, their ancestors, and their descendants. At the heart of the book lies a cycle of dramatic monologues by old women about their half-pagan younger years as cowherders in the mountain pasture camps of Sweden. “This,” says David Ray of Sutter’s work, “is poetic storytelling at its best.” The event is free. All invited.

Also this weekend, the Cook County Market continues in the Senior Center’s parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The Market features a great selection of arts and crafts by local artisans as well as produce from Round River Farm in Finland.

And the 8th annual Caribou Highlands Hopped Up Beer Festival is this weekend, featuring craft beer, live music and more.

Also on Saturday, juggler Sean Emery will be at the Grand Marais Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Emery is an eccentric and talented entertainer, wowing the crowd with jaw-dropping juggling stunts that will have you asking yourself how did he do that??! Show length is 45 min. This program is suitable for all ages.

Exhibits:

 This is the last weekend to see Through Our Hands V: Sun, Moon Stars, featuring a wide variety of beautiful work by the Northwoods Fiber Quild. The exhibit is at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Beth Blank's "Child's Nap Quilt" is one of the pieces exhibited at the Northwood Fiber Guild's show at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Beth Blank’s “Child’s Nap Quilt” is one of the pieces exhibited at the Northwood Fiber Guild’s show at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Fiber Guild members will be giving demonstrations on the lawn outside the Heritage Post on Saturday, during the Grand Marais Arts Festival. Their work is available for purchase in the Heritage Post’s gift shop.

Three new art exhibits open at the Duluth Art Institute on Thursday night and continue through August. The exhibits include “Chholing Taha: Every Spirit Tells a Story,” Payton MacDonald’s “Sonic Divide: States,” and  Jonathan Thunder’s “Suspension of Belief.

"River Spirit" by Chholing Taha, is one of the works on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

“River Spirit” by Chholing Taha, is one of the works on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

Payton MacDonald’s work, “Sonic Divide: States” is a film features which 30 comissioned scores from 30 different composers performed during MacDonald’s mountain bike journey along the Great Divide. Each musical work was scored specifically for his voice or found percussion instruments, like logs, rocks, or the bicycle itself. The exhibit includes four paintings by Duluth painter Kenneth D. Johnson, which accompany the film.

The Tweed Museum of Art continues its exhibit: In Solidarity: Revolutionary Women of Print.

La Frontera, 1996, lithograph, by Sue Coe, is on exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

La Frontera, 1996, lithograph, by Sue Coe, is on exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery‘s exhibit.  “Uprising: The Power of Mother Earth,” a retrospective of Christi Belcourt’s work, including her collaboration with Isaac Murdoch, continues through the summer.

"Revolution of Love" by Christi Belcourt is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

“Revolution of Love” by Christi Belcourt is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

The exhibit is spectacular and worth a trip to Thunder Bay to see it. The exhibit continues through Nov. 25.

Upcoming:

The Grand Marais Playhouse‘s Summer Theatre Festival opens next Thursday, July 19, with the musical “Shreck.” It plays in repertory with the award-winning comedy, “Mom’s Gift.”  Stay tuned for details.

Belvo/Cushmore: Paintings & Drawings 2018, an exhibit of work by Hazel Belvo and Marcia Cushmore, opens at the Johnson Heritage Post with a reception on Friday, July 20, from 5-7 p.m.

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‘Old Norway,” acrylic, by Marcia Cushmore. The painting is part of the exhibit that opens July 20 at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The exhibit continues through Aug. 12.

The West End Garden Club’s annual flower show will be next Saturday, July 21, at the Birch Grove Community Center featuring unique floral displays created by garden club members. The flower show is from 1-5 p.m. and features refreshments. Free. All invited.

The Stars of the North Music Festival, a collection of area and regional musicians coming out to support the Youth Music Program will be in Harbor Park July 27-29. Stay tuned for details.

Music:

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, July 12:

  • Frozen Britches, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 6:30 p.m.
  • Ladies Music Club, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, July 13:
  • Harbor & Home, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Minnesota Mice, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Gene Lafond & Amy Grillo, Eagle Ridge Resort, 8 p.m.
  • Josh Cleveland and the Cedar Street Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Caribou Highlands, 8 p.m.
  • The Millers, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 14:

  • Chris Gillis & Thomas Stamps, Fundraiser for Arrowhead Animal Rescue, Wunderbar, 4-8 p.m.
  • Cherry Dirt, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • J Squared and the Makers, Papa Charlie’s, 6 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe- Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m., reservations at www.michaelmonroemusic.com
  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Lutsen Resort, 8 p.m.
  • Big Wave Dave & the Ripples, Caribou Highlands, 8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:00 p.m.
  • Josh Cleveland and the Cedar Street Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Sunday, July 15:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Black River Revue, North Shore Wintery, 3 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Skyport Lodge, 4 p.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.

Monday, July 16:

  • Open Mic Night, Grandma Ray’s, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • Shane Martin, Bluefin Bay, 9 p.m.

Tuesday, July 17:

  • Bug Dope, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 18:

  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Bay, 9 p.m.

Photographs:

We found some great photos this week. Here’s a selection:

First, wildlife:

Loon Family by Paul Sundberg.

Loon Family by Paul Sundberg.

 

Photo by Nace Hagemann.

A moose in the morning. Photo by Nace Hagemann.

Flowers:

Rose by Michele Miller.

Rose by Michele Miller.

 

A birch tree:

Birch by Rose Arrowsmith-Decoux.

Birch by Rose Arrowsmith-Decoux.

Rainbows:

Double rainbow in fog by Greg Fangel.

Double rainbow in fog by Greg Fangel.

 

Rainbow sunset by Wendy Bergljot Larson.

Rainbow sunset by Wendy Bergljot Larson.

Lightning:

Mother Nature's fireworks by Kathy Vanderwall.

Mother Nature’s fireworks by Kathy Vanderwall.

 

Here comes the storm by Travis Novitsky.

Here comes the storm by Travis Novitsky.

Cloudscapes:

Something nasty coming this way by Ann Bowman.

Something nasty coming this way by Ann Bowman.

 

Morning blanket by Christian Dalbec.

Morning blanket by Christian Dalbec.

 

Artist Point in-between the rain by Anthony Kosobud.

Artist Point in-between the rain by Anthony Kosobud.

Waterfalls:

High Falls at Grand Portage by Mike Chrun.

High Falls at Grand Portage by Mike Chrun.

 

Durfee Creek by Ben Cooper.

Durfee Creek by Ben Cooper.

 

Beaver River by Gary Schmies.

Beaver River by Gary Schmies.

 

Arrow River Falls by Travis Notisky.

Arrow River Falls by Travis Notisky.

Lake Superior:

Cool, clean water by Trish Francis.

Cool, clean water by Trish Francis.

 

Lake Superior Showing Its Heart by Maria Isley.

Lake Superior Showing Its Heart by Maria Isley.

 

And finally, this:

Photo by Ali McDonald.

Photo by Ali McDonald.

Have a great weekend, everyone! Enjoy the art and artists!

 

 

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The North Shore in Summer

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A perfect moment in summer: A young boy skipping rocks on the harbor as the good ship Hjordis sails by.  Photo  by Molly Hicken.

Summer is totally here. This weekend, look for the the Hovland Arts Festival, the Book Arts Weekend at the Grand Marais Art Colony, Artist Talks, mini classes at North House Folk School and the Art Colony, art openings, arts & crafts markets and lots of places to hear music. Next weekend, the huge Grand Marais Arts Festival in downtown Grand Marais will be held July 14-15. Good times!

We start with the Book Arts Weekend at the Grand Marais Art Colony where a wide variety of classes are being offered in this historic art form.

Book Arts Weekend will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony July 5-7, including a tour of a bookbinding studio in Cook County.

Book Arts Weekend will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony July 5-7, including a tour of a bookbinding studio in Cook County.

There are still openings in a few of the classes, including the Bookbinding Studio Tour with Conservation Bookbinder Scott Husby in Hovland on Saturday at 7 p.m. For more info and to register, click here or call 387-2737.

The bookbinding theme for this weekend continues at North House Folk School where bookbinder Skyler Hawkins will be doing demonstrations on the campus Thursday through Sunday as well as holding a mini-class on Saturday.

Also, July is Youth Series Month at North House, where a different course will be offered to children from 9-14 on Friday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. This week, they will learned how to make folded paper boxes. The class is $15. For more info and to register, call North House at 387-2737.

Tettegouche State Park will open “Un Petit Monde: A Solo Photographic Exhibition by Kurt Moses” with a reception from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Great Hall on Friday, July 6.

From Kurt Moses' "North Shore Collection. His exhibit opens in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park with a reception from 7-8:30 p.m. on Friday.

From Kurt Moses’ “North Shore Collection. His exhibit opens in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park with a reception from 7-8:30 p.m. on Friday.

Photographer Kurt Moses uses miniature model figures the size of a penny, and photographs them on location in real-world environments. “My goal is to capture a whimsical, evocative photo which initiates a storyline and allows the viewer to draw their own conclusion,” he says. Moses is a Minnesota native and a professional photographer with a graphic design background, He is the creative mind behind the project. His wife, Edwige, comes from the tiny French island of St Martin. The husband and wife team started this fine art photography project called Un Petit Monde (a small world) in 2010. They live on the road full-time and volunteer in State and National Parks across the country. The exhibit continues throughout July.

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery opens its July exhibits with a Gala Opening Reception from 7-10 p.m. (EDT) on Friday. The event celebrates the 30th anniversary of the member-run gallery and features the Members Exhibition as well as an interdisciplinary installation by internationally acclaimed artist Ann Hamilton.

The Event of a Threat-Creators Project by Ann Hamilton.

The Event of a Threat-Creators Project by Ann Hamilton.

The opening receptions at DefSup are always a huge community affair in Thunder Bay and include music, food and a great selection of art. Highly recommended. The exhibit continues through July.

On Saturday, look for the Cook County Market in the Senior Center parking lot in Grand Marais, which opens at 9 a.m. featuring a wide variety of arts and crafts from Cook County residents. Work in clay, metal, wood, fiber as well as jewelry and stones are exhibited here. Produce from Round River Farm is available at 10 a.m. The weekly Market is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Hovland Arts Festival is on for this weekend, too. One of the highlights of the Cook County summer season, the Hovland Arts Festival is held at the Hovland Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The festival features talented local artisan/crafters and local musicians along with other folks from the surrounding area, including neighbors from across the border in Thunder Bay.

The Hovland Arts Festival is this weekend.

The festival is a family-friendly event, and includes great live music, food and a playground for the kids. Here’s the music schedule for the festival:

Saturday music: 10 – 11:30 p.m. Jim McGowan, 12-1:15 p.m. Joe Paulik, 1:30 -3 p.m. Briand Morrison & Roxann Berglund

Sunday music:  10:30 – 12:30 p.m. Bump Blomberg, 1:00 – 3 pm. Axtel

Everyone is invited to this fun event. Free.

Andy Ness, the Print Studio Intern at the Grand Marais Art Colony, will be very busy this week. On Saturday, Ness will give an Artist Talk about his work from noon to 1 p.m. in the Print Studio.

Artwork by Andy Ness. Ness will give an Artist Talk at the Grand Marais Art Colony from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday in the Print Studio.

Artwork by Andy Ness. Ness will give an Artist Talk at the Grand Marais Art Colony from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday in the Print Studio.

Ness received his BFA in sculpture from Pratt Institute and his MFA from RISD. He has participated in both group and solo shows in New York City, England, and Italy. Participants will learn about his wide-ranging artistic endeavors. Free. All invited, but come early — space is limited.

On Sunday, Ness will teach a mini-class at the Art Colony entitled “Printmaking Outdoors: Solar Prints and Drain Covers” from 9-11 a.m. The cost is $15. For more info and to register, call 387-2737.

And then on Tuesday, July 10, Ness will give an Artist Talk about the art of Paul Thek, an American sculptor who was one of the first artists to create environments or installations.

Sculpture by Paul Thek. Andy Ness will give an Artist Talk about Thek's work from noon to 1 p.m. at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Sculpture by Paul Thek. Andy Ness will give an Artist Talk about Thek’s work from noon to 1 p.m. at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

The Artist Talk is free. All invited.

Also this weekend, the Johnson Heritage Post will host author Jennifer Case, who will give a presentation on her research into her family’s ownership of the former Sawbill Lodge at 4 p.m. on Saturday. She is the author of “Sawbill: A Search for Place.”

Sawbill Lodge was built in the 1930s on Sawbill Lake, where the campground and canoe launch near Sawbill Outfitters currently are. The Lodge was removed in the early 1980s and the cabins were demolished. Solbakken Lodge ended up buying the lodge structure and moving it to their site on Lake Superior, where it still exists. The presentation is free. All invited.

And, on Wednesday, Boreal Corps will hold “Letters on the Library Lawn, ” a children’s public health writing kiosk, at the Grand Marais Public Library from 2:30 to 8 p.m.  BorealCorps is a Cook County children’s story scouts club for all ages able to write, up to 16, seeking to improve and protect public health, civic life and the Northwoods environment by writing letters, creating newspapers, and making activist art. Free.

Exhibits:

The Northwoods Fiber Guild exhibit, “Through Our Hands V: Sun, Moon, Stars” continues at the Johnson Heritage Post with a wide selection of works by local artisans including weaving, felting, quilting, knitting, paper art, multi-media works and more.

Beth Blank's "Child's Nap Quilt" is one of the pieces exhibited at the Northwood Fiber Guild's show at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Beth Blank’s “Child’s Nap Quilt” is one of the pieces exhibited at the Northwood Fiber Guild’s show at the Johnson Heritage Post.

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

The Duluth Art Institute continues the exhibit  Niiyo-wiij-anishinaabe (Four Friends), works by Carl Gowboy, George Morrison and Joe Geshick.

This painting by Carl Gawboy is at the Duluth Art Institute.

This painting by Carl Gawboy is at the Duluth Art Institute.

Niiyo-wiij-anishinaabe (Four Friends) celebrates the individual’s journey including the viewer, the fourth friend. The exhibit continues through July 24.

The Tweed Museum of Art is featuring a number of exhibits, including this work by Grant Wood.

Lithograph on paper by Grant Wood is at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Lithograph on paper by Grant Wood is at the Tweed Museum of Art.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallerys spectacular exhibit, “Uprising: The Power of Mother Earth: A retrospective of Christi Belcourt with Isaac Murdoch” continues.

"What the Sturgeon Told Me," by Christi Belcourt, is one of the paintings at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

“What the Sturgeon Told Me,” by Christi Belcourt, is one of the paintings at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Spanning more than 25 years of art-making, the exhibition of about 35 works celebrates Belcourt’s many inspirational, artistic, and collective achievements. The exhibit also features Murdoch’s art whose iconic images, including Thunderbird woman, has been become an international symbol of the Indigenous resistance movement against resource extraction.

Upcoming

 The Grand Marais Arts Festival is next weekend, July 14-15, in downtown Grand Marais. More than 70 local and regional artists are featured in this great show, which includes art-making activities, demonstrations and more.

The Grand Marais Arts Festival is next weekend, July 14-15.

The Grand Marais Arts Festival is next weekend, July 14-15.

Also during the Arts Festival, the Art Colony will hold “An Artful Evening on the Harbor,” a fundraiser event for the Art Colony. The event will be held in Harbor Park on Friday, July 14, and will feature food, beverages, and live music, as well as live and silent auctions.

This painting by Hazel Belvo will be offered at auction during the Grand Marais Art Colony's "Artful Evening" next Friday.

This painting by Hazel Belvo will be offered at auction during the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s “Artful Evening” next Friday.

Tickets to the Artful Evening are limited, although some may be available at the door. For more info, click here.

Artist News:

And finally, a little note: Jim Sannerud took sculptor Greg Mueller‘s chair-making class last week. This is what he built… he calls it “High Chair.”

Jim Sannerud and his "High Chair," which was briefly on display outside the Art Colony until he took it home.

Jim Sannerud and his “High Chair,” which was briefly on display outside the Art Colony until he took it home.

Here’s the music for the week;

Thursday, July 5:

  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Wintery, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 6:30 p.m.
  • Wunderdogs, Wunderbar,  7 p.m.
  • Ma’iingan Duo, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Shaky Ground, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Friday, July 6;

  • Gene Lafond and Amy Grillo, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Kilborn Quartet + Boats and Bridges, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • The Yellow-Bellied Sap Suckers, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • The Thirsty River, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 7:

  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Birch Terrace, 3 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Cascade Lodge Pub,  6 p.m.
  • Dave Cofell, Voyageur Brewing Co., 6 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Music on the Deck, Papa Charlie’s, 6:30 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, 7 p.m., rural Grand Marais, www.michaelmonroemusic.com
  • Pushing Chain, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • The Thirsty River, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Average Mammals, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Circuit Breakers, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 8:

  • Dave Cofell, Wunderbar, 11 a.m.
  • Spruce Roots, North Shore Wintery, 3 p.m.
  • Virgil Cain Band, Skyport Lodge, 4 p.m.
  • Ocelot Wizard, Gunf Flint Tavern, 7:30 p..

Monday, July 9:

  • Ocelot Wizard, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
  • Courtney Yasmineh, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Bug Lite, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Tuesday, July 10:

  • Ocelot Wizard, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 11:

  • Old Sap, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.

We are so grateful for our photographers that capture these beautiful images of the North Shore. Here’s our selection for the week — let’s start with wildlife.

Pileated woodpecker with its young by Travis Novitsky.

Pileated woodpecker with its young by Travis Novitsky.

Maybe these two don’t quite qualify as wild …

 

Thelma and Louis waiting for breakfast by Vicki Biggs-Anderson.

Thelma and Louis waiting for breakfast by Vicki Biggs-Anderson.

Look at this youngster’s huge feet!

Loon Family by Paul Sundberg.

Loon Family by Paul Sundberg.

 

Bull Moose by David Johnson.

Bull Moose by David Johnson.

 

 A lucky shot by Erick Johnson.

A morning drink by Erick Johnson.

 

Here are some “flowerscapes.”

"Birthday Bliss" by Shawna Willis.

“Birthday Bliss” by Shawna Willis.

 

Showy Lady Slipper by Paul Pluskwik.

Showy Lady Slipper by Paul Pluskwik.

And we found some beautiful landscapes:

Out chasing the storm this morning by David Johnson.

Out chasing the storm this morning by David Johnson.

 

Clouds and blue sky by Kristofer Bowman.

Clouds and blue sky by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Full Strawberry Moon over Lake Superior by Bryan Hansel.

Full Strawberry Moon over Lake Superior by Bryan Hansel.

 

Golden Fog by David Johnson.

Golden Fog by David Johnson.

 

Wildlife Sanctuary at Devil Track.

Wildflower Sanctuary at Devil Track.

 

Harbor Light by Mark Tessier.

Harbor Light by Mark Tessier.

 

Split Rock and the Wave by Christian Dalbec.

Split Rock and the Wave by Christian Dalbec.

Here are a few local event photos that might be of interest.

This schooner arrived in the Grand Marais Harbor, a visitor for North House Folk School's Wooden Boat Show. David Johnson took the photo, but it looks like it was taken in 1908, doesn't it? Enjoy!

This schooner arrived in the Grand Marais Harbor, a visitor for North House Folk School‘s Wooden Boat Show. David Johnson took the photo, but it looks like it was taken in 1908, doesn’t it? Enjoy!

 

4th of July in Tofte by Thomas Spence.

4th of July in Tofte by Thomas Spence.

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