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A Delicious Summer

The fog comes creeping in. Photograph by Linda Ricklefs Baudry.

The fog comes creeping in. Photograph by Linda Ricklefs Baudry.

Hello from the North Shore, where we are experiencing a delicious summer. The weather has just about been perfect for days on end, including a few pauses for badly needed rain.

And yes, Covid still stalks the land, causing stress for everybody, but we seem to be adapting pretty well up here. Caution: Thoughtfulness is always good.

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Changes continue to happen in the community, though. To find information about businesses, lodging, dining opportunities and protocols, as well as the latest news about Covid-19 in Cook County, click here. 

Social distancing and wearing masks are still advised for everyone, and VisitCookCounty is offering free masks at the Information Center.

Thursday kicks off with a virtual Lunch and Learn on North House Folk School‘s Facebook page featuring this week’s artist-in-residence, Todd Hawkinson.

Todd Hawkinson is this week's artist in residence at North House Folk School. He will be featured on a live Lunch and Learn Session at North House's Facebook page at noon on Thursday, July 16, and give demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on campus through Saturday.

Todd Hawkinson is this week’s artist in residence at North House Folk School. He will be featured on a live Lunch and Learn Session at North House’s Facebook page at noon on Thursday, July 16, and give demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on campus through Saturday.

To view the live Lunch and Learn at noon on Thursday, click here. He will be demonstrating lost wax casting and jewelry making at this session, and on campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

On Thursday night, North House instructor, Ken Koscik will present a free webinar on cedar-strip canoe building.

Ken Koscik will present a live seminar on cedar-strip canoe building at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Registration is required. See link below.

Ken Koscik will present a live seminar on cedar-strip canoe building at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Registration is required. See link below.

Koscik will talk about and demonstrate the process, as well as discuss how he got started making these beautiful things. Registration is required. To register, click here.

Also on Thursday, Bill Hansen will give a guest lecture on the History and Stories of Sawbill via a life Zoom Webinar through Cook County Higher Education.

Bill Hansen will talk about Sawbill on a live Zoom webinar at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 16.

Bill Hansen will talk about Sawbill on a live Zoom webinar at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 16.

The presentation is from 7-8:30 p.m. Register here or here. Free.

Also in North House news, the good ship The Hjordis is sailing again following Minnesota DNR guidelines. Each sail is limited to a single group or household.

The Hjordis is sailing again. To find out more and book at trip, see the link below.

The Hjordis is sailing again. To find out more and book at trip, see the link below.

 To find out more and book, click here.

On Friday, the Gunflint Trail Biggest Blueberry contest begins! Everyone is invited to come up the Trail to their favorite blueberry patch to see what they can find.  (And definitely eat a few.)

Morning dew on ripening blueberries. Photo by Paul Pluskwik.

Morning dew on ripening blueberries. Photo by Paul Pluskwik.

 The contest continues through Aug. 9. Cash prizes.  Click here to find out more and where to have your blueberry weighed.

Also, the North Shore Water Festival, featuring demonstrations and activities will be held on the harbor all day Friday.

The North Shore Water Festival is all day Friday at Bear Tree Park on the harbor.

The North Shore Water Festival is all day Friday at Bear Tree Park on the harbor.

And here’s some good news! The Johnson Heritage Post is re-opening this week with an exhibition of work by George Morrison and Marcia Cushmore. 

One of George Morrision's paintings, now on view at the Johnson Heritage Post.

One of George Morrision’s paintings, now on view at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The show features archival prints and posters from both artists. The Gallery is open  from 1-4 p.m Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Covid-19 protocols are in place: Visitors are required to wear a mask, use the provided hand sanitizer upon entry and social distancing while in the Gallery.

On Saturday, look for local craft markets in downtown Grand Marais, including the Cook County Market, held in the Hub’s parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Maker’s Market, which is held in the alley next to the Beaver House, and also features a food truck. The Maker’s Market is open Thursday through Sunday.

The Cook County Market, which is held in the parking lot of The Hub, is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 17.

The Cook County Market, which is held in the parking lot of The Hub, is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 17.

And on Sunday, Duluth’s Charlie Parr will perform at the North Shore Winery from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Charlie Parr will perform at the North Shore Winery on Sunday from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Charlie Parr will perform at the North Shore Winery on Sunday from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Here’s what the press release said about this popular musician:

“An easily confused and very shy individual, Charlie Parr has been traveling around singing his songs ever since leaving Austin Minnesota in the 1980’s in search of Spider John Koerner, whom he found about 100 miles north at the Viking Bar one Sunday night. The experience changed his life, made him more or less unemployable, and brings us to now: 13 recordings, 250 shows a year or more, 200,000 miles on a well broke in Kia, and a nasty fear of heights. Resonator fueled folk songs from Duluth Minnesota.”

Make reservations here or call  (218) 481-9280.

Art News:

 The City of Grand Marais has announced the artists selected to complete the City’s public art project to design and apply original artwork on additional trash receptacles in the downtown corridor, They are Sam Zimmerman and Ole Sorenson.

Zimmerman is a Duluth-based Ojibwe (Grand Portage Band) painter.

Sam Zimmerman is one of the artists chosen for the city project.

Sam Zimmerman is one of the artists chosen for the city project.

Ole Sorenson is a Grand Marais-based abstract artist who recently graduated from Perpich Arts High School.

Ole Sorenson was one of the artists chosen for the Grand Marais project.

Ole Sorenson was one of the artists chosen for the Grand Marais project.

 And the flower boxes in front of the Hungry Hippie Tacos  and the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Building 17, have been painted by kids from the YMCA’s summer camp. The designs are by Tim Young.

The kids from the Y's summer camp have finished painting the flower boxes in front of  Hungry Hippie Tacos.

The kids from the Y’s summer camp have finished painting the flower boxes in front of Hungry Hippie Tacos.

Artists At Work:

 Cook County artists continue to work through these unusual times. Here are some examples:

Potter Maggie Anderson has been in her studio.

Porcelain vace by Lutsen raku artist Maggie Anderson.

Porcelain vace by Lutsen raku artist Maggie Anderson.

Nan Onkka has been making new prints.

Lupines. Print by Nan Onkka.

Lupines. Print by Nan Onkka.

Bob Tamanaha has been doing the 100-day Project.

Bob Tomanaha is tying a fish fly every day as part of the 100-Day Project.

Bob Tamanaha is tying a fish fly every day as part of the 100-Day Project.

Jeff Morgan has been working in his studio.

Sunfish Mosaic by Jeff Morgan.

Sunfish Mosaic by Jeff Morgan.

Mary McDonald has been weaving.

Woven handbag with matching woven scarf by Mary McDonald.

Woven handbag with matching woven scarf by Mary McDonald.

We just had to include this.

Hana Crosby of Crosby Bakery has been doing extraordinary cakes. Check this one out — it is a cake for a wedding in Lutsen.

Wedding cake by Hana Crosby.

Wedding cake by Hana Crosby.

Betsy Bowen continues her Comfort series.

Comfort. Familiar. By Betsy Bowen.

Comfort. Familiar. By Betsy Bowen.

Christi Belcourt posted this on Facebook this week:

Life is for learning by Christi Belcourt.

Life is for learning by Christi Belcourt.

The Grand Marais Art Colony has opened its studios for artists.

"Charlie," a moose rattle bowl by Joan Farnam.

“Charlie,” a moose rattle bowl by Joan Farnam.

Lee and Dan Ross are preparing work for the Summer Invitational Show at the Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis July 25- Sept. 5. The show will be online or by appointment. Lee has made a series of reconstruction collages for the exhibit with the titles Anya, Counterbalance, Undercurrents and Precarious. The prints are “my take on the precarious nature of life at this moment in time,” Lee writes. Here’s “Undercurrents.”

"Undercurrents," reconstruction collage by Lee Ross.

“Undercurrents,” reconstruction collage by Lee Ross.

 Art Potpourri:

 Here’s an article to read:

Artists helped lift America out of the Great Depression. Could that happen again? As unemployment soars, the WPA’s emphasis on artists shows a path toward recovery. Read it here.

Here’s a great little film about Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman meeting and talking to Swedes in America. It was produced in 1943.

And here’s a great interview by Will Moore on WTIP’s The Roadhouse with Mary Bue, who has just come out with a new album, The World is Your Lover.

Singer/songwriter Mary Bue talks about her music and plays a few songs from her new CD.

Singer/songwriter Mary Bue talks about her music and plays a few songs from her new CD.

You can listen to it here.

 Live Music:

Thursday, July 16:

Saturday, July 18:

  • Music on the Beach with Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m

Sunday, July 19:

  • Weekend Wine Down with Charlie Parr, North Shore Winery, 3:30-5:30  p.m. For reservations, click here or call (218) 481-9280.
  • The McCullough Brothers, Skyport Lodge, Devil Track Lake, 4-7 p.m. Outdoor seating, free. no reservations required. Food available.

Photographs:

Here’s what we found this week:

Wildlife:

"Staring is Rude" by Thomas Demma.

“Staring is Rude” by Thomas Demma.

 

Black Bear Beauty by Janie Latz.

Black Bear Beauty by Janie Latz.

 

He was eyeing my breakfast by Mark Tessier.

He was eyeing my breakfast by Mark Tessier.

 

North Shore Koi by Kristofer Bowman.

North Shore Koi by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Always a pleasure to spend time with moose by Benjamin Olson.

Always a pleasure to spend time with moose by Benjamin Olson.

A flower:

Holy cow! It's cone flower city at my house. So fun to see bees and butterflies by Sarah Allen.

Holy cow! It’s cone flower city at my house. So fun to see bees and butterflies by Sarah Allen.

Landscapes:

Comet from Gooseberry Falls by Jamie Rabold.

Comet from Gooseberry Falls by Jamie Rabold.

 

Comet NEOWise and the northern lights by Bryan Hansel.

Comet NEOWise and the northern lights by Bryan Hansel.

 

Grand Marais in summer by Mark Tessier.

Grand Marais in summer by Mark Tessier.

 

A little aurora and a comet by Travis Novitsky,

A little aurora and a comet by Travis Novitsky,

 

Amazing clouds tonight by Debbie Benedict.

Amazing clouds tonight by Debbie Benedict.

 

Sea rocks by Mark Tessier.

Sea rocks by Mark Tessier.

 

Dusk in Grand Marais by Bruce Block.

Dusk in Grand Marais by Bruce Block.

 

Meredith and Pablo by Don Davison.

Meredith and Pablo by Don Davison.

May your week go well. Stay safe!

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We’re Getting There

Water lily by Jamie Rabold.

Water lily by Jamie Rabold.

Greetings from the North Shore, where a beauteous summer continues its magic march through the season, and we continue to take care in our small communities.

Even though the basil is growing like crazy, Covid-19 is still out there. To find information about businesses, lodging, dining opportunities and protocols, as well as the latest news about Covid-19 in in Cook County, click here. 

Note: Things are changing. For example, the Gun Flint Tavern is serving, with Covid protocols in place and Voyageur Brewing is now taking reservations at the door. Phone-in reservations are no longer available. So check the list out to see what’s what.

Social distancing and wearing masks are still advised for everyone, and VisitCookCounty is offering free masks at the Information Center.

VisitCookCounty is providing free masks at the Information Center.

VisitCookCounty is providing free masks at the Information Center.

Here’s a great article about why it is a good idea to wear a mask here by Melissa Bilé Dressley of the North Shore Explorer. Click here to read.

Meanwhile, things are opening up. North House Folk School announced this week that it will be hold classes starting July 15 where social distancing is possible. To read what is happening on campus, click here. And the great ship The Hjordis is sailing again, open for families who want to enjoy Lake Superior in her kinder moods.

The Hjordis is sailing! Family groups are welcome. See below for the link to reserve a spot.

The Hjordis is sailing! Family groups are welcome. See below for the link to reserve a spot.

For information and to make a reservation, click here. 

The Crafting in Place series continues with blacksmithing demonstrations by Elizabeth Belz. She is on-site at North House demonstrating from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. AND she will be featured on a Lunch and Learn on Facebook at noon on Thursday demonstrating her craft. She is currently working on a loon.  To watch, click here.

On Friday, the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center will open with Covic-19 protocols in place, including social distancing and a face mask requirement. To find out more, click here.

Here’s a wonderful video about the development of the Nature Center, produced to celebrate its (virtual) 10th anniversary.

Also on Friday, Jeremy Messersmith will be the virtual musical guest on WTIP’s The Roadhouse, which airs from 5-7 p.m.

On Saturday, look for two markets featuring local craftspeople: The Cook County Market is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is held in the Senior Center parking lot, and the Maker’s Market is held in the alley beside the Beaver House all day.

Usually this second weekend in July is a weekend to celebrate all things art during the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Grand Marais Arts Festival. Hundreds of people come to town, walking the tent corridors and experiencing what our local and regional artists have to offer.

The Grand Marais Arts Festival has been cancelled this year. But you can still see the artists' work on the Grand Marais Art Colony's website. See below for the link.

The Grand Marais Arts Festival has been cancelled this year, but you can still take a virtual tour. Take a look at the artists’ work on the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s website. See below for the link.

The Arts Festival has been cancelled this year, but you can still browse the tents virtually. This year, 70 different artists, ranging from potters, jewelers, painters, fiber artists and more, were juried into the show. Many of them have websites. Check out their work here, and have a great virtual Arts Festival.

Next week, there’s a “real” event: The annual Gunflint Trail’s Biggest Blueberry Contest begins on Friday, July 17 and runs through Aug. 9. The blueberries are ripening right now, and everyone is encouraged to head up the Gunflint Trail to their favorite spot and find the biggest and best.

The Gunflint Trail's Biggest Blueberry Contest  starts next Friday, July 17.

The Gunflint Trail’s Biggest Blueberry Contest starts next Friday, July 17.

The blueberries will be weighed at participating resorts and venues. Cash prizes awarded to the three biggest berries: $100 to the first place winner, $50 to the second place winner, and $25 to the third place winner. For more info and where the weigh your beauties, click here.

Also next weekend, the West End Garden Club will hold its annual flower show, but this year, it is a virtual event. The West End Garden Club Virtual Flower Show will be held on the Garden Club’s Facebook page and a link to a YouTube video of submissions on Saturday, July 18.

The West End Garden Club Virtual Flower Show will be held on the club's Facebook page Saturday, July 18. Photo submissions are due July 10.

The West End Garden Club Virtual Flower Show will be held on the club’s Facebook page Saturday, July 18. Photo submissions are due July 10.

This year’s theme is Books and Blooms and all club members and community members are invited to take pictures of their gardens or arrangements, whether they are floral, vegetable/herb, flower box, or wild flower arrangements and share with the North Shore garden community via the WEGC Virtual Flower Show. Judi Barsness and Flavia Andrea Alvarez Maldonado are the 2020 Flower Show Co- Chairs and will put together the virtual show from submitted photographs. The deadline to submit photographs is Friday, July 10. To submit, email to Judi Barsness at  chezjude@boreal.org

 Artists at Work:

Members of the North Shore Artists’ League have been creating this winter. The Artists’ League meets monthly. The next Zoom meeting is set for 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 14. To find out more and get a link to the meeting, email Kathy Weinberg at klweinberg@gmail.com.

Here’s a painting Weinberg has completed this year:

Painting by Kathy Weinberg.

Painting by Kathy Weinberg.

Here are a few examples of work by other members of the Artist’s League.

Lutsen raku artist Maggie Anderson:

Naked Raku, porcelain urn with ammonite fossil embedded in lid by Maggie Anderson.

Naked raku porcelain urn with ammonite fossil embedded in lid by Maggie Anderson.

Lutsen sculptor Greg Mueller was one of two artists selected for the National Integrity Arts and Culture Grant recently. He has recently installed a new work, Portal Paraboloid, as part of downtown Mankato’s National Juried City Art sculpture tour, a one-year outdoor exhibition featuring 24 artists from across the United States.

Portal Paraboloid by Greg Mueller is in a national juried City Art Sculpture Tour in Mankato.

Portal Paraboloid by Greg Mueller is in a national juried City Art Sculpture Tour in Mankato.

To view the tour, click here. 

Beadpainter Jo Wood has new work to show.

"Camp," bead painting by Jo Wood.

“Camp,” bead painting by Jo Wood.

Jo Wood writes: “I needle felted, then wet felted the wool background. The beads came next, hand-stitched to the background. It sat for a while before the eagle appeared out of the fog.” She can be reached at  jo@jowoodbeads.com

Potter Kathleen Reeves has work at Yellow Bird Fine Art in Grand Marais.

Lidded jar by Kathleen Reeves is at Yellow Bird Gallery.

Handbuilt ceramic lidded jar by Kathleen Reeves is at Yellow Bird Gallery.

Linda Ricklefs Baudry has been painting this winter.

North II by Linda Ricklefs Baudry.

North II by Linda Ricklefs Baudry.

Other North Shore artists have been working as well.

Weaver Pat Zankman has been weaving sets of towels.

Weaving towels. Photograph by Pat Zankman.

Weaving towels. Photograph by Pat Zankman. 

Painter Andy Ness has been working, too. His pieces can be seen at Upstate MN.

"Untitled" by Andy Ness is one of his paintings at Upstate MN.

“Untitled” by Andy Ness is one of his paintings at Upstate MN.

 Hovland woodturner Lou Pignolet has taken advantage of the stay-at-home recommendations … his studio is a few steps from his front door.

Hovland aspen birch bowl by Lou Pignolet.

Hovland aspen birch bowl by Lou Pignolet.

Charlotte Durie, who lives in Wales, but has family connections here and visits frequently, is making new work.

Karasu, white raven, a bird of great luck by Charlotte Durie.

Karasu, white raven, a bird of great luck by Charlotte Durie.

Weaver Julie Arthur has been dyeing with indigo.To see her completed work, click here.

Julie Arthur with a skein of indigo-dyed yarn.

Julie Arthur with a skein of indigo-dyed yarn.

Sculptor John Books, along with Cook County sculptors Tom Christiansen and Greg Mueller, has been preparing for an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post, which was cancelled due to Covid-19 Books has decided to exhibit his work, entitled “The Covid Show,”  outdoors this summer. Stay tuned for details. Meanwhile, here’s a sculpture that will be exhibited.

"Covid,"  bronze, by John Books.

“Covid,” bronze, by John Books.

 Other Art News:

Erik Simula starred in “Sails Over Ice and Seas,” a re-enactment of Arctic exploration that was filmed in Ely. Here’s the trailer:

 Virtual Music:

 I have to admit, I’m a “Colder by the Lake” fan. Colder by the Lake was/is a Duluth-based comedy troupe that performed funny, musical pieces in that city for many years. Here’s a video of the song, “Colder by the Lake” written by Rick Shefchik and Eric Eskola. Other musicians include: Lori Hatten, vocals; Mark Shefchik, drums, Johnny Hagen, electric guitar; Huck Bovee, bass; Eugene Huddleston, piano.

Here’s a song by The Dancing Devils of Djibouti, the first musical group to produce an album from that country.


Here’s the new song that will be played on WTIP’s Northern Gardening, which is airing tonight at 7 p.m.

By the way, WTIP’s summer membership drive is this week, but it’s virtual. It still features lots of great programs, joking around and general fun. Check it out here.

And yum! to this Tiny Desk Concert. The popular NPR series are now recorded from the musician’s home/studio.

Live Music:

Thursday, July 9:

  • Music on the Beach with Joe Paulik, Lutsen Resort, 7-9 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Winery,  7-9 p.m.,  Reservations at  (218) 481-9280 or click here,

Saturday, July 11:

  • Billy Johnson, North Shore Winery, Aprés l’Adventure, 3-6 p.m. Make reservations here
  • Music on the Beach with Rob and Jill, Lutsen Resort, 7- 9 p.m.

Sunday, July 12:

Thursday, July 16:

Photographs:

There were flower images this week … and insects. Here is a selection:

Monarch caterpillars feasting on milkweed. Soon, butterflies! Photo by Maryl Skinner.

Monarch caterpillars feasting on milkweed. Soon, butterflies! Photo by Maryl Skinner.

The Grasshopper by Bryan Hansel.

The Grasshopper by Bryan Hansel.

Daisies on the Border Trail by Siffy Torkildson.

Daisies on the Border Trail by Siffy Torkildson.

mona abdel-rahman peony coral charm

Coral charm peony by Mona Abdel-Rahman.

 

Zinnia's are in bloom by Jim Boyd.

Zinnia’s are in bloom by Jim Boyd.

And a few wildlife shots:

There's a frog in the house by Debbie Benedict.

There’s a frog in the house by Debbie Benedict.

 

Loon family by Paul Sundberg.

Loon family by Paul Sundberg.

And landscapes and seascapes:

The only fireworks I need by Lin Salisbury.

The only fireworks I need by Lin Salisbury.

 

The full Buck Moon by Travis Novitsky.

The full Buck Moon by Travis Novitsky.

 

Perfect cures by Christian Dalbec.

Perfect curves by Christian Dalbec.

 

In Grand Marais, Minnesota by Kristofer Bowman.

In Grand Marais, Minnesota by Kristofer Bowman.

And storm-scapes:

Light show in Grand Marais last night by David Johnson.

Light show in Grand Marais last night by David Johnson.

 

Lake Superior storm by Roxann Berglund.

Lake Superior storm by Roxann Berglund.

July 4 in Grand Marais:

Fireworks by Dennis Chick.

Fireworks by Dennis Chick.

And to end the week on a positive note with a bow to our sweet tooth, this week’s Comfort series  from Betsy Bowen:

"Comfort. This Donut." By Betsy Bowen.

“Comfort. This Donut.” By Betsy Bowen.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone. And stay safe!

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The 4th of July in Cook County

Grand Marais by Bruce Block.

Grand Marais by Bruce Block.

The 4th of July is this weekend! Yes, it will be busy, and yes, there are still a lot of Covid-19 protocols in place, but everyone is hoping that people will stay safe and still have a good time. We do too.  Wear a mask. Practice social distancing. Simple. Effective.

The interesting part is watching how things are opening up around the county. North House Folk School, for example, will have live craft demonstrations on campus starting this week and musicians are beginning to perform in outdoor venues. There’s even a drive-in movie option. (See below)

Meanwhile, for details about what’s open, hours, etc., check out these links:  visitcookcounty.com and exploringnorthshore.com . Also, WTIP Community Radio has lots of updates and the latest news from the region as well.

First up this week, is the live craft demonstration at North House Folk School. Former North House intern and instructor, Elizabeth Belz, will demonstrate blacksmithing and metal work on campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Elizabeth Belz will demonstrate blacksmithing and metal working at North House Folk School from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

Elizabeth Belz will demonstrate blacksmithing and metal working at North House Folk School from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, July 1-4 and July 8-11.

The demonstrations will be in North House’s Blacksmith Shop. Belz will also be demonstrating her craft next week, July 8-11. Free.

On Friday, singer/songwriter Jeremy Messersmith, will perform (virtually) on WTIP’s The Roadhouse. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m..

Also on Friday, a drive-in movie in Grand Marais! Cook County YMCA will screen a Disney video of the  Broadway musical “Hamilton” in its parking lot starting at 9:15 p.m. The screening is open to the community and is free. You can watch from your vehicle and tune into 105.3 FM for the audio. Pizza can be delivered to your car from Sven and Ole’s, too. Check out this clip from the Broadway production:

It should be a fun event.

On Saturday, the Cook County Market opens for the first time this season in the Senior Center parking lot at 9 a.m. The Market runs through 1 p.m.

The Cook County Market opens for the season on July 4.

The Cook County Market opens for the season on July 4.

Boyd Bump Blomberg will be there for the music. The Market, which features arts and crafts by Cook County residents, is a little smaller than it has been in past years, due to the pandemic, but more vendors are expected as the season moves on. Covid-19 protocols will be in place, including a mask requirement and social distancing. All invited.

The Maker’s Market, which is next to the Beaver House, is open as well, also featuring arts and crafts from the area.

The Tofte Trek and the grand July 4th Celebration in downtown Tofte have been cancelled for this year, but Grand Marais will hold its fireworks display starting at 10 p.m. on Saturday night.

Grand Marais will hold a fireworks display at 10 p.m. on Saturday night.

Grand Marais will hold a fireworks display at 10 p.m. on Saturday night. File photo by David Johnson.

And, there is some music this weekend. Check out the music schedule below for details.

Artist Opportunities:

 The City of Grand Marais is installing eight additional trash receptacles downtown and, through the Creative Economy Collaborative, inviting artists to apply for an opportunity to design original artwork for their exteriors. The budget is $1,000 total or $125 per trash can, thanks to the Great Place Project and the Cook County Chamber. Should an artist want to incorporate youth participation into the project, there is an additional $500 stipend available thanks to the Grand Marais Art Colony. For more info, contact the Grand Marais Art Colony at programs@grandmaraisartcolony.org

Also, the Art Colony is organizing a new exhibit for the windows in its new building at 21 W. Hwy 61. Called “Upcycled,” it’s a creative idea of what to do with their summer catalogs, which were designed way before the pandemic hit the U.S. and are obsolete, because classes had to be cancelled. The Art Colony is suggesting artists of every age make lemonade from lemons, however, and are inviting artists to turn the catalogs into art using the pages from them in projects.. The deadline to submit a piece is July 30.

The Grand Marais Art Colony's summer catalog is

The Grand Marais Art Colony‘s summer catalog of classes is obsolete due to the Covid-19 because the organization was forced to cancel all classes this summer. So it has designed an art project, “Upcycled” to turn the catalogs into art.

Check out Art Colony’s website for ideas about how to do the Upcycled journal project. If you’d rather follow directions and create a specific piece,  Cook County book artist, Karen Smaby has created instructions for the page. Free copies of the catalog can be found at the Art Colony and the Lake Superior Trading Post in Grand Marais and DLH Clothing in Duluth. For more info, email Ruth Pzwaro,  artistic director, here.

And, other good news! The Minnesota State Fine Arts Competition is still on, even though the State Fair has been cancelled. Participation is open to all living residents of Minnesota, and each may submit one work for consideration. The deadline to submit is July 27.

The Minnesota State Fine Art Competition is on.

The Minnesota State Fine Art Competition is on.

The exhibit will run from Aug. 27 through Sept. 7 in the Fine Arts Center. For more information, click here.

There are still a variety of grants and info seminars out there for artists. Check Springboard for the Arts for information.

Also, this summer, Artist Relief will continue offering $5,000 grants for U.S. artists in need. The application is open to architects, poets, writers, journalists, dancers, choreographers, filmmakers, playwrights, photographers, actors, textile artists, performance artists, ceramicists, sculptors, composers, and musicians. For more info, visit artistrelief.org

Artists At Work:

Shawn Perich has written an article about arts on the North Shore entitled “Creative Inspiration: Why the North Shore Attracts Artists” for the latest issue of Northern Wilds.

"Solo" by Howard Sivertson. Sivertson is one of the artists highlighted in the article.

“Solo” by Howard Sivertson. Sivertson is one of the artists highlighted in the Northern Wilds article.

To read the article, click here.

Betsy Bowen has made cards from her Comfort series, a series of outstanding images she has been creating during the pandemic. They are available at Drury Lane Books and at her gallery in Grand Marais.

"Comfort. Sky" by Betsy Bowen, is one of the images on cards that Bowen has made which are available at Drury Lane Books and at Bowen's Gallery.

“Comfort. Sky” by Betsy Bowen, is one of the images on cards that Bowen has made which are available at Drury Lane Books and at Bowen’s Gallery.

Lutsen raku potter Maggie Anderson has been busy this winter and recently new work to Sivertson Gallery.

Potter Maggie Anderson, left, describes the process of making her work to Sivertson Gallery owner, Jan Sivertson.

Potter Maggie Anderson, left, describes the process of making her work to Sivertson Gallery owner, Jan Sivertson.

Kristin Blomberg has been creating new work during this time as well. She is exhibiting at Joy & Co.

 

Kristin Heiker Blomberg is exhibiting her work at Joy and Co.

Kristin Heikes Blomberg is exhibiting her work at Joy and Co.

Youth in the Cook County YMCA’s Summer Camp program are painting the illustrations on wooden flower boxes in front of the Hungry Hippie and Studio 21, the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s new building. Tim Young created the illustrations.

YMCA Summer Camp youth paint Tim Young's illustrations on flower boxes in front of the Hungry Hippie and Studio 21.

YMCA Summer Camp youth paint Tim Young’s illustrations on flower boxes in front of the Hungry Hippie and Studio 21.

And here’s one: The Art of Fishing.

Eric Brisson, one of the fishermen at the North Superior Fishery, ready to go to work. Photo by Vic Campbell.

Eric Brisson, one of the fishermen at the North Superior Fishery, ready to go to work. Photo by Vic Campbell.

The North Superior Fishery supplies fresh fish to the Fisherman’s Daughter at Dockside Fish Market as well as the Angry Trout and local grocery stores.

Painter Liz Sivertson, who is also a sax player, has been busy painting some of her favorite bands and musicians during this period inspired by photographs taken during earlier performances. Here they are:

The painting below is the Plucked Up String Band. Bill Hansen, a member of the group, writes: “This is from our TV appearance on “The Playlist,” WDSE, the PBS station in Duluth. We filmed it in the rain on the roof of the Owls Club.” To see the program, click here.  https://youtu.be/ga5Z0jgj3o4

Plucked up String Band by Liz Sivertson.

Plucked up String Band by Liz Sivertson.

Clearwater Hot Club by Liz Sivertson.

Clearwater Hot Club by Liz Sivertson.

 

Rich Matson and Germaine Getterling by Liz Sivertson.

Rich Matson and Germaine Getterling by Liz Sivertson.

 

Tina Hegg Raway, Thomas Stamps and Erik Hahn in the band "Evening Stars" by Liz Sivertson.

Tina Hegg Raway, Thomas Stamps and Erik Hahn in the band “Evening Stars” by Liz Sivertson.

Todd Miller (guitar) performs with Tina Hegg Raway (vocals), Thomas Stamps (drums) and Erik Hahn (saxophone) at the Wunderbar.

Todd Miller (guitar) performs with Tina Hegg Raway (vocals), Thomas Stamps (drums) and Erik Hahn (saxophone) at the Wunderbar.

Regional artists have been busy as well:

Adam Swanson has done a series of paintings about endangered animals that are currently on view at the Lake Superior Aquarium in Duluth.

Crystal Darter by Adam Swanson is one of the paintings at the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth.

Crystal Darter by Adam Swanson is one of the paintings at the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth.

Click here to see more work and an audio description.

Common Origins II by Martin DeWitt, a Duluth-based artist.

Common Origins II by Martin DeWitt, a Duluth-based artist.

 

Untitled by Carl Gawboy.

Untitled by Carl Gawboy.

And finally, the Duluth Art Institute put a call out to artists to submit work online about their artistic response to the pandemic. Here’s Jonathan Thunder’s take on it.

Quarantine at Grandma's House by Jonathan Thunder.

Quarantine at Grandma’s House by Jonathan Thunder.

To see other submissions to this great online exhibit, click here.

On-line Music:

A-WA, three Israeli sisters from Yemen perform for NPR’s Tiny Desk concerts:

 

Two guys hear Dolly Parton sing Jolene for the first time:

The Chicks sing their new song: March, March

     Live Music:

Thursday, July 2:

  • Josh Schmidt, Music on the Beach, Lutsen Resort,  7-9 p.m.

Saturday, July 4:

  • Bump Blomberg, Cook County Market, 10 a.m.
  • Josh Schmidt, Music on the Beach, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 5:

  • Pushing Chain, Music by the Lake, Skyport Lodge, 4-7 p.m.

Monday, July 5:

  • Jim McGowan, Voyageur’s Brewing, 5-8 p.m.

Photographs:

We found some interesting photographs this week:

It’s flowering season:

Great blooms by Mike Carlson.

Great blooms by Mike Carlson.

 

Still blooming. Snowy Lady's Slipper by Michael Furtman.

Still blooming. Snowy Lady’s Slipper by Michael Furtman.

 

Found this beauty whilst scouting for painting spots by Neil Sherman.

Found this beauty whilst scouting for painting spots by Neil Sherman.

 

Peony by Joan Farnam.

Bigger than my hand by Joan Farnam.

 

Beauties by Jim Boyd.

Beauties by Jim Boyd.

And a few wildlife shots:

Create a caption for this pair of Common Loons by Thomas Spence.

Create a caption for this pair of Common Loons by Thomas Spence.

 

Bringing in a tasty morsel by Tom Healy.

Bringing in a tasty morsel by Tom Healy.

 

These babies are good swimmers by Sarah Hamilton, Trail Center Lodge.

These babies are good swimmers by Sarah Hamilton, Trail Center Lodge.

 

A Luna Moth by Natalie Sobanja.

Luna Moth by Natalie Sobanja.

And a not-so-wild:

Good Nature Farm chicks,

Good Nature Farm chicks,

And some landscapes and skyscapes:

Serenity by Roxanne Distad.

Serenity by Roxanne Distad.

 

When conditions are favorable, it's hard to pass up a night out under the stars by Justin Vrba.

When conditions are favorable, it’s hard to pass up a night out under the stars by Justin Vrba.

 

Exploring our neighborhood today by Tor Torkildson.

Exploring our neighborhood today by Tor Torkildson.

 

Bad River (Wis.) firewater by Mike Wiggins, Jr.

Bad River (Wis.) firewater by Mike Wiggins, Jr.

 

What a Superior morning by David Johnson.

What a Superior morning by David Johnson.

 

Good morning by Kristofer Bowman.

Good morning by Kristofer Bowman.

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Navigating

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“Navigating” by Kristofer Bowman.

Greetings from the North Shore, where summer is making the transition from lock-down to phased Covid-19 openings a lot easier with lots of sun, a shimmering Lake Superior and flowers blooming everywhere. It’s not “back-to-normal” by any means, but businesses, campgrounds, outfitting, restaurants and lodging have definitely changed from a few weeks ago. The only advice we can give here is “Bring a Mask” with you when you leave your house.

For details, check out these links:  visitcookcounty.com and exploringnorthshore.com . Also, WTIP Community Radio has lots updates and latest news from the region as well.

We thought it might be fun to highlight some of the businesses that have opened for the season. All have various protocols in place. But, in downtown Grand Marais:

Drury Lane Books is now open for in-store browsing:

"Restock alert" from Drury Lane Books.

“Restock alert” from Drury Lane Books.

Upstate MN opened this week with proprietor Kristofer Bowman masked and ready to give visitors a virtual hug.

Kristofer Bowman opened his shop, Upstate Mn, this week.

Kristofer Bowman opened his shop, Upstate Mn, this week.

Sivertson Gallery has been open for in-store shopping for a few weeks now.

Sami bracelets by Rebecca Anderson telling thread stories of Tradsaga are featured at Sivertson Gallery.

Sami bracelets by Rebecca Anderson telling thread stories of Tradsaga are featured at Sivertson Gallery.

The Big Lake is open for curbside pick-up.  Check here for more info and to shop online.

Adam Turman restock at the Big Lake. Pictured: his print, MN Camping.

Adam Turman restock at the Big Lake. Pictured: his print, MN Camping.

Joy and Co. is open for in-store browsing. This week, the store received a wide selection of silk fabric dyes.

The Jacquard Silk Dyes have arrived at Joy and Co.

The Jacquard Silk Dyes have arrived at Joy and Co.

 Also, the Makers Cooperative, an outdoor market located in the alley next to the Beaver House, has opened, and vendors are there from Thursday through Sunday. A new food stand, The Bad Seed by Rebel Girls, is featured this year.

The Maker's Market is open Thursdays through Sundays.

The Makers Cooperative is open Thursdays through Sundays.

The Cook County Market, which celebrates its 24th season this year, will open in the Senior Center’s parking lot on Saturday, July 4. The Market has featured all local artists “through rain, or snow or Covid,” says Jennifer Shoals, president of the organization.

The Cook County Market opens for the season on July 4.

The Cook County Market opens for the season on July 4.

 The Grand Marais Art Colony is slowly re-opening, with artists now using some of its studios (strict Covid-19 protocols in place.) Three outdoor classes have been organized for this summer. as well: Youth: Outdoor Sketching and Painting with David Hahn, which begins July 9; Out and About Sketchbook with Nan Onkka, beginning Aug. 5 and Plein Air Oil Painting with Neil Sherman, Aug. 22. To find out more and register, click here.

Meanwhile, check out an on-going art project in front to the Art Colony’s new space at 17 W. Hwy 61, next to the the Hungry Hippie. The collaborative project between North House Folk School, the Hungry Hippie and the Art Colony has created a series of flower boxes on the sidewalk. Timothy Young has drawn designs on the boxes, with will be painted-by-number by youth in the Y’s summer program. Stay tuned.

One of Timothy Young's design on the Art Colony's plant. boxes outside their new building at 17 W. Hwy. 61, The turtle and other creatures on the boxes will be painted by youth this summer.

One of Timothy Young’s design on the Art Colony’s plant. boxes outside their new building at 17 W. Hwy. 61, The turtle and other creatures on the boxes will be painted by youth this summer.

 All this aside, we are still living in a virtual world. The Summer Solstice Pageant by the Good Harbor Hill Players, which has been held at North House Folk School, was cancelled this year, but Naomi Tracy-Hegg and Olya Wright decided to produce a Crankie Box replacement for the beloved event. Check it out:

And Lutsen-based metals master and sculptor Greg Mueller will be featured in an Instagram takeover on the Grand Marais Art Colony’s Instagram account June 25-26.

Lutsen sculptor completes work on one of his sculptures. He will be the next Takeover Artist on the Art Colony's Instagram page this Thursday and Friday.

Lutsen sculptor completes work on one of his sculptures. He will be the next Takeover Artist on the Art Colony’s Instagram page this Thursday and Friday.

 To view, click here.

Also, for virtual entertainment. check out North House Folk School’s Crafting in Place pages, where many of the virtual events during last week’s Wooden Boat Show can be seen, as well as a great video of Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe tribal member Biskakone Greg Johnson giving a quick teaching about harvesting cedar bark for mat-making. (Note: There are LOTS of mosquitoes in cedar swamps in the summer.)

Also, Staci Drouillard gave a great presentation about her book, “Walking the Old Road” entitled “Indian Maidens and Plastic Tomahawks: How to Make a Living” during the Wooden Boat Show, with lots of the historic photographs she used in her book. You can watch it below.

A Movie on the Lake

The movie, "Hamilton" will be shown at Devil's Track, outdoors, on July 3.

The movie, “Hamilton” will be shown at Devil’s Track, outdoors, on July 3.

Cook County YMCA is pleased to present the Broadway musical “Hamilton” at 9:15 p.m. on Friday, July 3 for part of its “Movie by the Lake” series at Devil’s Track Lodge. This is for the entire community, All are welcome. Bring blankets, chairs, or watch from your vehicles. Pizza can be ordered from Devil’s Track, or bring your own snacks! No registration required.

Artists at Work:

 Glass artist Nancy Seaton has been busy in her studio this winter.  Here is one of her latest glass pieces:

Birch Platter, fused glass, by Nancy Seaton.

Birch Platter, fused glass, by Nancy Seaton.

Steve Hahn, the Jeweler of the North Shore, has been busy this winter, too, working with copper and sterling silver in this piece. His shop is located at 5339 W. Hwy. 61 in Lutsen.

Copper bangle with sterling silver Lake Superior by Steve Hahn.

Copper bangle with sterling silver Lake Superior by Steve Hahn.

Duluth painter and musician Arna Rennan is painting again. Here’s one of her latest.

From Two Harbors--Just Before the Lilacs Disappear by Arna Rennan.

From Two Harbors–Just Before the Lilacs Disappear by Arna Rennan.

And Betsy Bowen is continuing her Comfort series. Here is one of her latest.

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Comfort. Brightness. By Betsy Bowen.

Paula Sundet Wolf is making baskets, twig furniture and paintings in her studio, and the public is invited to stop by. Look for the sign at 503 Caribou Trail in Lutsen. 

Paula Sundet Wolf's studio is located at 503 Caribou Trail in Lutsen.

Paula Sundet Wolf’s studio is located at 503 Caribou Trail in Lutsen.

 Artist Covid-19 Relief Funds

Emergency relief grants continue to be offered to artists in Minnesota. Springboard for the Arts, for example, has allocated have allocated $1,050,000 to support 2,131 artists, creative workers, and culture bearers in Minnesota. The organization is currently putting the program on hold, but there are lots of other resources out there. To find out more, click here.

Another Virtual Presentation: 

History of Burned buildings in Grand Marais: Picnic & Pine, the Crooked Spoon and White Pine North, produced by the Cook County Historical Museum.

Music:

Here’s a collection of a few of the videos we found this week:

 

This one is way out of my comfort zone, but this group is popular with teenagers around the world. Highly produced, for sure. It’s by K-Pop, and is called “Stray Kids.”

And one of our own, Tina Hegg Raway, singing “There is a Balm in Gilead,” her personal memorial for Black Lives.

Bob Dylan has a new album out, “Rough and Rowdy Ways.” Here’s a cut from it: “I made up my mind to give myself to you.”

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Photographs:

Lots of lively photographs this week. Here’s a selection.

Let’s start with flowers, which are blooming like crazy in gardens and in the woods.

Dancing with the light by Jan Attridge.

Dancing with the light by Jan Attridge.

Neighborhood Lupines by Don Davison.

Neighborhood Lupines by Don Davison.

Iris ensata aka Japanese Iris by Maryl Skinner.

Iris ensata aka Japanese Iris by Maryl Skinner.

Wildflowers are greeting me at every corner by Betty Hemstad.

Wildflowers are greeting me at every corner by Betty Hemstad.

Blue Flag Iris by Paul Sundberg.

Blue Flag Iris by Paul Sundberg.

And a few shots of trees:

Some pretty things while out and about by DeeDee Simular.

Some pretty things while out and about by DeeDee Simular.

The harvest by Joan Farnam.

The harvest by Joan Farnam.

And rocks:

Lake Superior Agate. What do you see first, the two ducks or the owl? by Tyler James.

Lake Superior Agate. What do you see first, the two ducks or the owl? by Tyler James.

And a moose for the week:

Our front yard by Amy Gardner.

Our front yard by Amy Gardner.

We found some beautiful landscapes/skyscapes/waterscapes, too.

Sunset was sweet tonight by Travis Novitsky.

Sunset was sweet tonight by Travis Novitsky.

The Big Lake is like glass right now by Jamie Rabold.

The Big Lake is like glass right now by Jamie Rabold.

Just me and the lake and about 10,000 mosquitoes.

Just me and the lake and about 10,000 mosquitoes.

Cross River by Martha Marnocha.

Cross River by Martha Marnocha.

Sawtooth Mountains and the Grand Marais Harbor by Jim McGowan.

Sawtooth Mountains and the Grand Marais Harbor by Jim McGowan.

The lake was like a mirror by Travis Novitsky.

The lake was like a mirror by Travis Novitsky.

Thunderstorm over Elbow Lake by Bryan Hansel.

Thunderstorm over Elbow Lake by Bryan Hansel.

A rainbow for our town by Bruce Block.

A rainbow for our town by Bruce Block.

Have a good weekend, everyone. And stay safe!

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The Sun, The Sun…Oh, the Sun

Chi-amikoong (Kakagon Bay) sunrise, Odanah, Wis. by Mike Wiggins, Jr.

Sunrise on Chi-amikoong (Kakagon Bay), Odanah, Wis. by Mike Wiggins, Jr.

It’s Summer Solstice week in Cook County, and summer has definitely arrived with shirt-sleeve weather and a gradual re-emergence from the isolation of the pandemic. Safety first, of course, but it’s great to be outdoors again with friends, even if we’re wearing masks.

As in past weeks, there are lots of changes in the community: Here are some links to help you navigate them:

For the latest news from the county, click here.

For a comprehensive and excellent list of openings, hours, Covid-19 protocols, etc., see VisitCookCounty.com.

Our virtual life continues as well.

Today, at noon, the Grand Marais Art Colony will feature the Facebook premiere of the video, “Getting Centered” with potter and ceramics studio facilitator Natalie Sobanja and one of her students, Elsa Sorenson.

Natalie Sobanja and her student, Else Sorenson, will be featured in a video on the Grand Marais Art Colony's Facebook page at noon on Thursday, June 18.

Natalie Sobanja and her student, Else Sorenson, will be featured in a video on the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Facebook page at noon on Thursday, June 18.

You can watch the video here.

And to forget to check out the Art Colony’s window exhibition at its new building at 17 W. Hwy 61, next to the Hungry Hippie. Artists responded with works to the theme, “Our Changing Habitat.”

"Grounded," by Chris Erickson is one of the pieces in the Art Colony's window show.

“Grounded,” by Chris Erickson is one of the pieces in the Art Colony’s window show.

The exhibit continues through the end of June.

Also, North House Folk School‘s Wooden Boat Show, the Online Edition, continues this week.

North House Folk School's Wooden Boat Show Online Edition starts on Monday, June 15.

North House Folk School‘s Wooden Boat Show Online Edition runs through June 21.

The online event includes a great variety of webinars, Lunch and Learns, and craft demonstrations, as well as online courses. There are other goodies to watch, too, including video boat tours, Hjordis Slow TV, as well as videos of past Summer Solstice  Pageants. Everything is free, but online registration is required to get links to the virtual events. Click here to learn more.

One of the features of the Wooden Boat Show is the Online Auction, a fundraiser for North House Folks School’s endowment fund. Work by Folk School instructors is highlighted in this live auction.

"Flowing Waters," a wood runner by weaver Julie Arthur is one of the items available through the online auction.

“Flowing Waters,” a wood runner by weaver Julie Arthur is one of the items available through the online auction.

To see what is being offered this year, click here. Bidding is live through June 21.

Also on Thursday at 7 p.m., join Jaye White for her presentation:  “Notorious North Shore Gangsters, Gamblers, and Ghost Stories,” a Zoom webinar sponsored by Cook County Higher Education.

Jaye White presents: "Notorious North Shore Gangsters, Gamblers, and Ghost Stories" at 7 p.m. on Zoom.

Jaye White presents “Notorious North Shore Gangsters, Gamblers, and Ghost Stories” at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Free. Registration required. (See below for link.)

White was raised on the North Shore of Lake Superior and spent part of her 20’s being a Camp Director. She knows all the in and outs of the shore and what she doesn’t know she is eager to research and to discover. She is a passionate storyteller around the campfire, on social media, through her podcasts, or on her website, www.exploringthenorthshore.com

The webinar is free, but donations welcome.  Registration required. To register, click here.

For music, bluesman Pete Kavanaugh will present a virtual live concert on WTIP’s The Roadhouse. The program airs from 5-7 p.m. on Friday night. Author Sue Leaf will also be on the program, talking about her book, “Minnesota’s Geologist.” And there is live music on the deck of Voyageur’s Brewing during the day.

In other local news, The Fisherman’s Daughter at Dockside Fish Market opened for the first time this week for curbside service, from Dock to Table, with Lake Superior fish and chips and other delectables that can be enjoyed curbside. Hungry Hippie Tacos has also set up tables outside the restaurant for outside dining. See VisitCookCounty for all the restaurant openings and hours and protocols here.

For book lovers, Drury Lane Books has opened its doors for in-store shopping. (Bring your mask!) This week, the bookstore is highlighting “The Wolf’s Trail: An Ojibwe Story Told by Wolves,” a new novel by Thomas Peacock.

Drury Lane Books is open for browsing. Thomas Peacock's new novel, The Wolf's Trail" is highlighted this week.

Drury Lane Books is open for browsing. Thomas Peacock’s new novel, The Wolf’s Trail” is highlighted this week.

Other shops in downtown Grand Marais, including Siverston Gallery, The Big Lake and Joy & Company have also opened, with Covid-19 protocols in place.

The Wunderbar Eatery and Glampground, which has been setting out free meals prepared by its chef, Chris Callender for the community throughout the pandemic, announced this week that it will not re-open.

The Wunderbar will host a farewell celebration this weekend, June 20-21.

But it will hold a farewell celebration this weekend, June 20-21, on-site, with a cook-out, live music, games and more.

Betsy Bowen’s Gallery and Studios has set up an open-air gallery outside the gallery at 301 1st Ave. W. The gallery, featuring a variety of Bowen’s work, is open Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Betsy Bowen has set up an open-air gallery at 301 1st Ave. W. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

Betsy Bowen has set up an open-air gallery at 301 1st Ave. W. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

Come to the door and ring the mini-dinner bell.

Art News:

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council announced this week that Duluth painter Alison Aune has won the George Morrison Artist Award.

Duluth artist Alison Aune won the George Morrison Award by the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.

Duluth artist Alison Aune wins the Arrowhead Regional Art Council’s George Morrison Award.

The George Morrison Artist Award is named after internationally acclaimed visual artist, George Morrison, a member of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Morrison was an important member of the second generation of American abstract expressionist artists. The annual award is given to an artist who has made significant contributions to art in Minnesota.

Aune is a painter and professor of art education at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Her mixed media paintings are inspired by Scandinavian and indigenous Sami patterns and motifs. Her art has touched thousands of people in galleries, classrooms, and conversations, not just in Minnesota, but across the world. She has exhibited her paintings throughout the United States and internationally in solo and group exhibitions.

ARAC also announced that Wendy Savage, a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and a powerful arts advocate, has been named the winner of Maddie Simons Arts Advocate Award.

Wendy Savage has been awarded the Maddie Simons Arts Advocate Award by the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.

Wendy Savage has been awarded the Maddie Simons Arts Advocate Award by the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.

Savage has been a key initiator and promoter of Native American Art since the 1970s and, as an arts advocate, has been taking down structural barriers to opportunity for Native American artists in the Minnesota and Dakotas and offering Native artists places to show and sell their work.

ARAC also announced a new award: the Transformative Art Award. Terresa Moses and Jordon Moses, the founders of Blackbird Revolt,  are the inspiration for and winners of the award. Blackbird Revolt is a social justice-based creative studio specializing in graphic design, branding, campaigns, illustration, typographic layout, videography, and events. They won the new award for making a positive, transformative change in the arts culture of the region.

Teresa and Jordon Moses were named the winners of ARAC's Transformative Art Award.

Teresa and Jordon Moses were named the winners of ARAC’s Transformative Art Award.

They are recognized for work they have done for the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial, Inc, in Duluth, for the NAACP, the Umbra project, as well as the many projects of Blackbird Revolt. This new award was created because of the significance of what they have done and the importance of work like it in the arts.

And finally, this piece, part of the PBS series on the arts, “Canvas.” Entitled “Connecting Through Art When A Pandemic Keeps Us Apart.” It features work by a variety of artists, including Duluth painter Carolyn Olson.

Duluth painter Carolyn Olson is one of the artists featured on the Newshour's

Duluth painter Carolyn Olson is one of the artists featured on the Newshour’s

Watch the video here.

Local Artists at Work:

Vicki Biggs-Anderson created a large slow-stitched piece depicting the farm where she lives.

A detail of Vicki Biggs-Anderson's "Slow-Stitch," a piece celebrating the farm where she lives.

A detail of Vicki Biggs-Anderson’s “Slow-Stitch,” a piece celebrating the farm where she lives.

She says: “Slow stitching means setting aside time to find myself somewhere in the thread and spread myself out on a piece of fabric.”

Duluth artist, Adam Swanson, has just completed a large, new mural for the Grand Rapids Area Library.

Adam Swanson's Chickadee, a new mural at the Grand Rapids Area Library.

Adam Swanson’s Chickadee, a new mural at the Grand Rapids Area Library.

Hovland bead painter Jo Wood has been working, too.

Bead painting by Jo Wood. She says it just needs a little more needle felting and a few more beads, and then it will be finished.

Bead painting by Jo Wood. She says it just needs a little more needle felting and a few more beads, and then it will be finished.

Here is plein air painter Neil Sherman at work.

Neil Sherman at work.

Neil Sherman at work.

And finally, another piece from Betsy Bowen’s Comfort Series.

Comfort. Public land for everyone. By Betsy Bowen.

Comfort. Public land for everyone. By Betsy Bowen.

And a little music for you:

Lizzo, covering Sam Cooke’s, “A Change is Gonna Come.”

Photographs:

It was a good week for photographs. Here’s a selection:

First, wildlife:

Some early morning reflections by Thomas Spence.

Some early morning reflections by Thomas Spence.

Yellowstone Grizzley cubs by Heidi Pinkerton.

Yellowstone Grizzley cubs by Heidi Pinkerton.

"Somebody hasn't had their coffee yet" by Gerry Sibell.

“Somebody hasn’t had their coffee yet” by Gerry Sibell.

Moose in velvet by Thomas Spence.

Moose in velvet by Thomas Spence.

This is the season of flowers …

From my grandmother: Bearded Iris by Erin Watson.

From my grandmother: Bearded Iris by Erin Watson.

First waterlily by Denny Fitzpatrick.

First waterlily by Denny Fitzpatrick.

Lupines: I've never seen a stand like this by Elizabeth Anderson.

Lupines: I’ve never seen a stand like this by Elizabeth Anderson.

Yellow Lady Slipper by David Johnson.

Yellow Lady Slipper by David Johnson.

The Lady Slippers are out by Jennifer Schulz.

The Lady Slippers are out by Jennifer Schulz.

And the forest is green …

The woods in early summer by Ron Piercy.

The woods in early summer by Ron Piercy.

Sunrise at the Little Langley River byJan Swart.

Sunrise at the Little Langley River byJan Swart.

This is the season for beautiful skyscapes and seascapes, too.

Early morning at a beaver pond by David Johnson.

Early morning at a beaver pond by David Johnson.

Grand Marais by Bruce Block.

Grand Marais by Bruce Block.

Late night reflections by Matt Rohlader.

Late night reflections by Matt Rohlader.

The real thing -- not two photos by Matthew Pastick.

The real thing — not two photos by Matthew Pastick.

The peace of home by Jessica Markusen.

The peace of home by Jessica Markusen.

 On a final note:

This will be a tough year for fans of the Good Harbor Hill Player’s Summer Solstice Pageant, traditionally held on the campus of North House Folk School during the Wooden Boat Show. Everyone enjoys the quirky, funny show with great music and community puppet players and then cheers at the end when the Sun King comes out on his incredible stilts and dances in celebration of light and hope.

The Sun King, performed by Jim Our, puppeteer and artistic director of the Good Harbor Hill Players.

The Sun King, performed by Jim Our, puppeteer and artistic director of the Good Harbor Hill Players.

The pageant is cancelled this year, but you can get into the mood and watch past performances here. And Betsy Bowen, one of the founders of the Players offers this:

“We are all fiercely missing each other and the energy that this brings. Let’s all envision the Sun King shedding the dark heavy cloak of illness, fear and injustice and burst out, brightly and high in the sky, to exhuberant drums and dancing all around!” Bowen said these words were inspired by Kimberly Soenen, who now lives in Chicago.

Happy Solstice, everyone!

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Opening … Slowly, Carefully

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“Happening Now” by Therese Misgen.

Like an early summer rainbow, Grand Marais and the North Shore is slowly, carefully, opening its doors to everyone. We all hope it’s not as fleeting as those colors in the sky, but, instead, holds promise for the future.

Meanwhile, shops, restaurants, lodges and grocery stores have adopted a wide range of protocols to keep everyone safe. And kudos to VisitCookCounty, which has worked hard to compile all the information in one place. See it here. It’s still advisable to call ahead though, since hours  and protocols are still changing.

Another site for the latest in Cook County is the Coronavirus Response Hub. Look here for  posts and news.  Also, check out WTIP.org for local  news and more.

Our online lives continue.

North House Folk Schools series, Crafting in Place, is fueled up again this week, offering two live videos: “Picking Pebbles for Jewelry” with Beth Carter Gautch  that will be posted on Thursday, June 11, after 10 a.m. and” Sourdough 101″ with Caleb Mattison that will be posted on Friday, June 12, after 10 a.m.

Caleb Mattison will teach Sourdough 101 for North House Folk School's Crafting in Place series. The video can be viewed on Facebook and YouTube after 10 a.m. Friday.

Caleb Mattison will teach Sourdough 101 for North House Folk School‘s Crafting in Place series. The video can be viewed on Facebook and YouTube after 10 a.m. Friday.

Both videos can be viewed on North House’s Facebook and YouTube pages. All the previous Crafting in Place episodes are available on these sites as well.

Also on Thursday and Friday, Hovland artist Corrie Steckelberg will be featured as the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Instagram Takeover Artist.

Hovland artist Corrie Steckelberg will talk about her wolf project on the Grand Marais Art Colony's Instagram page on Thursday and Friday. Here she is pictured working on her wolf project, which she did during her residency at the Art Colony. She will talk about the process during the Takeover.

Hovland artist Corrie Steckelberg will talk about her wolf project on the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Instagram page on Thursday and Friday. Here she is pictured working on her wolf project, which she did during her residency at the Art Colony. She will talk about the process during the Takeover.

Steckelberg will talk about her wolf project, which she did during her residency at the Art Colony, which concluded with a public dismantling of her work. The Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Instagram account, @gmartcolony, can be found here.

Also on Thursday, Gordon Thorne & Friends will perform at the North Shore Winery from 7-9 p.m.

Gordon Thorne & Friends will perform at the North Shore Winery on Thursday. Reservations required.

Gordon Thorne & Friends will perform at the North Shore Winery on Thursday. Reservations required.

Reservations for the event can be made here.

On Friday, tune in to WTIP’s The Roadhouse to hear Jerry Vandiver and Caitlin Evanson play their music from Nashville, Tenn. in a virtual broadcast. To give you a taste of what’s to come, here’s Vandiver singing “Too Many Boats.”

The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. on Fridays.

Some of the shops and galleries in downtown Grand Marais have opened, with protocols in place, including Sivertson Gallery, which is featuring a new print by Rick Allen, “The Trapper’s Daughter and the Safe Passage.”

"The Trapper's Daughter & The Safe Passage" by Rick Allen. The print is featured at Sivertson Gallery.

“The Trapper’s Daughter & The Safe Passage” by Rick Allen. The print is featured at Sivertson Gallery.

And for a walkabout, check out the window exhibit in the Grand Marais Art Colonys new building at 17 W.Hwy 61, next to the Hungry Hippie. Artists were invited to submit small works in response to Our Changing Habitat, and they are on display in the windows.

"Beach Grass at Sunrise," witchery, by Kim Knutson, is one of the pieces in the "Changing Habitat" exhibit windows of the Grand Marais Art Colony's new building at 17 W. Hwy 61.

“Beach Grass at Sunrise,” witchery, by Kim Knutson, is one of the pieces in the “Changing Habitat” exhibit windows of the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s new building at 17 W. Hwy 61.

The small works are done in a wide variety of media. It’s a fun window show.

And in front of the building, the Art Colony has been working in collaboration with North House Folk School and the Hungry Hippie to create a fun space on the sidewalk. It includes two flower boxes, which will be painted by kids from the YMCA’s summer camps. The a paint-by-number design will be developed by Tim Young. Also, the Hungry Hippie has put a number of tables and benches in the area for outdoor seating.

On your walkabout, don’t forget to check out The Big Lake, which has a wide variety of art as well as gifts.

The Big Birch Loom, a print by Jordan Sundberg, is one of the artworks on exhibit at the Big Lake.

The Big Birch Loom, a print by Jordan Sundberg, is one of the artworks on exhibit at the Big Lake.

Upcoming 

North House Folk School's Wooden Boat Show Online Edition starts on Monday, June 15.

North House Folk School‘s Wooden Boat Show Online Edition starts on Monday, June 15.

North House Folk School‘s Wooden Boat Show is online this and is offering an incredible array of classes, videos, webinars and demonstrations next week, June 15-21. They’re all online and they’re free. To see the complete schedule and how to register for each event, click here.

Among the offerings:

Daily webinars, with topics including boats, exploration, Anishinaabe history on the North Shore, and a live concert. One webinar will feature Hovland’s Tor Torkildson, He will talk about sailing a traditional wooden viking boat around Africa’s Cape of Storms in a traditional Viking boat.

Tor Torkildson will give an online live presentation of sailing a tradition Viking ship around the Horn of Africa at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 16. To register, see below.

Tor Torkildson will give an online live presentation of sailing a tradition Viking ship around the Horn of Africa at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 16. To register, see below.

To register and see the presentation (you can also ask questions), click here.

Also, David Thoreson, who is the featured speaker this year at the Wooden Boat Show Online Edition will give an online presentation “On the Horizon: Sailing and Exploring the Polar Regions of a Changing Planet.”

David Thoreson will present "Sailing and Exploring the Polar Regions" on Friday, June 19 at 7 p.m. Online preregistration is required. See link below.

David Thoreson will present “Sailing and Exploring the Polar Regions” on Friday, June 19 at 7 p.m. Online preregistration is required. See link below.

To preregister, click here.

And there will be daily craft demonstrations at noon. These are live Facebook events, free and questions can be asked. They will be held at noon, Monday through Friday, June 15-21. To see, click here.

Mike Schelmeske is one of the North House instructors who will give a live, online demonstration during the Wooden Boat Show.

Mike Schelmeske is one of the North House instructors who will give a live, online demonstration during the Wooden Boat Show.

Artists at Work:

Paula Sundet Wolf has been busy in her studio, creating with stone, tile and willow.

Table with stone, tile and willow by Paula Sundet Wolf.

Table with stone, tile and willow by Paula Sundet Wolf.

 Betsy Bowen is continuing her popular Comfort series. She also has set up an outdoor shopping area outside her gallery at 301 1st Ave. W., which is open on Saturdays. It can be included in your walkabout.

Comfort. Water. by Betsy Bowen.

Comfort. Water. by Betsy Bowen.

Poet Kay Grindland has been writing during this time, too.

Kay Grindland in front of her writing shed.

Kay Grindland in front of her writing shed.

Here is her poem, “Making Our Way.”

My eyes hard-focus on the screen,
on everything. I feel blinded in a blizzard, upended in an avalanche, grasping
for air, for gravity—anything to hold.

The windows of the world are wide open. Papers scatter and fly away with the facts. Our longing runs wild. We cling
to the casings, to what we had.

All night I swim in uncertainty
and wake to birdsong lifting the sun.
As I breathe deep, my feet sink into earth. I plant one seed, smiling a blessing.

The soil needs more water now. Sun shines in hidden places. The body can navigate this
so much better than the mind.

All we know falls in pieces around us—
a blessing of confetti as we slowly make our way. We find ourselves inside a larger prayer,
noble and strong in our unknowing.

Sirens wail and the world waits.
People wave through the windows.
We smile through tears and our eyes soften. On Earth our love is so welcome.

-Kay Grindland

Some artists have been finding gems in their archives.

Here’s a painting by Neil Sherman that took on new meaning this year.

"All to Yourself" by Neil Sherman, was painted last year. The work takes on new meaning now, he writes.

“All to Yourself” by Neil Sherman, was painted last year. The work takes on new meaning now, he writes.

Duluth artist, Martin DeWitt, created this popular painting years ago, and now has prints at Lizzard’s Gallery in Duluth.

"My Duluth" by Martin DeWitt.

“My Duluth” by Martin DeWitt.

And here’s a totally fun read. The New Yorker has just published a new story by Ernest Hemingway.

"Pursuit as Happiness," a new short story by Ernest Hemingway, was  just published by the New Yorker magazine. Click on the link below to read

“Pursuit as Happiness,” a new short story by Ernest Hemingway, was just published by the New Yorker magazine. Click on the link below to read. Illustration courtesy of the New Yorker.

Here’s the link to read the story.

And finally, a little music: Nina Simone sings “I wish I knew what it would feel like to be free.”

 Photographs:

 We found a lot of photographs this week. Here’s a selection:

First, wildlife:

"I love how the water droplets cling to the loon's face" by Thomas Spence.

“I love how the water droplets cling to the loon’s face” by Thomas Spence.

 

The Poser by Gerry Sibell.

The Poser by Gerry Sibell.

 

Wood duck and her brood by Dennis Chick.

Wood duck and her brood by Dennis Chick.

 

Brave New Fawn by Janice Latz.

Brave New Fawn by Janice Latz.

 

Rusty, the grouse by Paul Sundberg.

Rusty, the grouse by Paul Sundberg.

 

Frustrated hummingbird by Janice Latz.

Frustrated hummingbird by Janice Latz.

 

He's in the deep end of the pool this evening by Sarah Hamilton.

He’s in the deep end of the pool this evening by Sarah Hamilton.

 

Waiting for curbside takeout by Roxanne Distad.

Waiting for curbside takeout by Roxanne Distad.

 Here are some images of our vegetative friends:

Northwoods ferns by Peter Juhl.

Northwoods ferns by Peter Juhl.

 

A vision of life and beauty in these challenging and tragic times by Denny Fitzpatrick

A vision of life and beauty in these challenging and tragic times by Denny Fitzpatrick

 

From our backyard to yours by Kimberley Katherine Craig.

From our backyard to yours by Kimberley Katherine Craig.

 

Golden lady slippers in Duluth by Judy Gray.

Golden lady slippers in Duluth by Judy Gray.

 

Spring 2020 by Mark Tessier.

Spring 2020 by Mark Tessier.

 

Grandpa Elm's new baby at Java Moose by Jan Attridge.

Grandpa Elm’s new baby at Java Moose by Jan Attridge.

 

Lupine blowing in the wind by Jan Swart.

Lupine blowing in the wind by Jan Swart.

The Strawberry Full Moon:

Strawberry Moon selfie by Bryan Hansel.

Strawberry Moon selfie by Bryan Hansel.

 

The Strawberry Full Moon over Two Harbors by Donald Jay Olson.

The Strawberry Full Moon over Two Harbors by Donald Jay Olson.

 

Strawberry Full Moon by Paul Sundberg.

Strawberry Full Moon by Paul Sundberg.

Landscapes, skyscapes and seascapes:

Milky Wave by John Keefover.

Milky Wave by John Keefover.

 

Split Rock River Lighthouse by Nathan Klok.

Split Rock River Lighthouse by Nathan Klok.

 

Just east of Arnold, Neb., June 8. Mesocyclone cloud kicked out several twisters by Layne Kennedy.

Just east of Arnold, Neb., June 8. Mesocyclone cloud kicked out several twisters by Layne Kennedy.

 

Peace and Quiet. Lake Superior by John Heino.

Peace and Quiet. Lake Superior by John Heino.

 

Artist Point by Bruce Block.

Artist Point by Bruce Block.

And finally, this beauty:

Full Strawberry Moon over the Grand Marais Harbor by Bryan Hansel.

Full Strawberry Moon over the Grand Marais Harbor by Bryan Hansel.

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All The Colors Together

Comfort. Cooperation. All the colors together. By Betsy Bowen.

“Comfort. Cooperation. All the colors together. ” By Betsy Bowen.

Greetings from the North Shore, where we, like many in the country and around the world, have been shocked, outraged and saddened by the death of George Floyd. It has challenged us and the world in uncomfortable ways. As Dawn Drouillard, a former Grand Marais resident who now operates a catering business in Minneapolis said in a recent WTIP interview: “Nothing will change until there is justice and reform.”

Here is what VisitCookCounty posted on their Facebook page this week:

“Forget him not. It was just one week ago when George Floyd took his last breath. The problem isn’t something new, but it has reawakened something that is easy for many people to overlook. But that must stop. We must strive for change.
Have tough conversations.
Be a good listener.
Acknowledge privilege.
And lead with a kind and open heart. As a nation, we can and must do better. It’s time for injustice to stop.
Talk to your neighbor, friends, and family members because silence doesn’t propel us forward.”

A sense of community can help. Whole neighborhoods in Minneapolis have mobilized to help each other, and we are hearing new voices across the nation speaking out about how privilege, racism and discrimination impacts their daily lives. A door is opening. We can only hope that we step through it, or as Betsy Bowen says: “Comfort. Cooperation. All the colors together.”

Here in Cook County, the second phase of the Stay Safe Minnesota campaign has kicked in, with changes for retail stores, grocery stores and lodging facilities. For details, click here. 

Also, a new Facebook page, Cook County Community Eats, just got started with menus, photographs and more, updating customers on what is available. To see it, click here.

The Grand Marais Art Colony has opened an exhibit, “Changing Habitats” in the windows of its new building at 17 Hwy. 61. The exhibit includes works by Art Colony members and instructors in a variety of media.

Habitat I by Karina Cutler Lake is one of the pieces that are on exhibit in the windows of the Grand Marais Art Colony's new building at 17 Highway 61.

Habitat I by Karina Cutler Lake is one of the pieces that are on exhibit in the windows of the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s new building at 17 Highway 61.

The exhibit continues through June 20.

North House Folk School paused its Crafting in Place series for this week, but registration continues for the 2020 Wooden Boat Show Online Edition, which will run from June 15-19.

North House Folk School's 2020 Wooden Boat Show Online Edition runs from June 15-19, with all content will be available on demand on Saturday, June 20.

North House Folk School‘s 2020 Wooden Boat Show Online Edition runs from June 15-19, with all content will be available on demand on Saturday, June 20.

The online edition includes everything from virtual boat tours and presentations, including the keynote speaker, David Thoreson‘s presentation on Sailing and Exploring the Polar Regions of a Changing Planet. Thoreson is an explorer, photographer, sailor and climate educator. His presentation/webinar is set for 7 p.m. on Friday, June 19.  A number of online classes will also be held. Materials for online classes will be mailed to participants. Deadline to register is June 5.

The Wooden Boat Show Online Edition kicks off at noon on Monday, June 15 on Facebook Live, and will continue all week with the full slate of speakers, demonstrators and more available. If you miss any of the live events, all content will be available on demand on Saturday, June 20. To see the complete schedule, click here.

Artists at Work:

Melissa Grover is one of the glass artists who planned to participate in a glass exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post that was scheduled to open last month. The exhibit was cancelled and but has been rescheduled for next year. Here is an example of a piece that she planned to display.

Fused glass bowl by Melissa Grover.

Fused glass bowl by Melissa Grover.

Melissa can be reached at lissa5310@gmail.com

Marcie McIntire has been crafting mini-doilies this month.

Mini-doilies by Marcie McIntire.

Mini-doilies by Marcie McIntire.

 Jennifer Shoals has just published her second book, “Traveling Light.”

jennifer and her two booksauthor and 2 books

Jennifer Shoals has just published a new book,”Traveling Light.” Her first book, “Grandmother Dreams” is still in print.

Jennifer can be reached through her web site at www.jennifershoals.com

In other art news, Canadian Geographic has published a series of photographs of paintings by the Group of Seven to celebrate the group’s 100th anniversary.

"North Shore: 1929" by A. J. Casson, a member of the Group of Seven.

“North Shore: 1929″ by A. J. Casson, a member of the Group of Seven.

To read the article and see the paintings, click here.

Here’s something for fiber art lovers: In celebration of a partnership between London’s Heathrow Airport and Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, fiber artist Vanessa Barragão (previously) was commissioned to create a massive botanical tapestry. Using a range of techniques including latch hooking, felt needling, carving, crochet, Barragão mapped out and built up a textural surface that emulates a map of the world.

Fiber World

A little girl looks at Vanessa Barragao’s botanical tapestry of the world.

To read about the project and see details of the work, click here.

And, for those of you who had planned trips to see the world, here’s a great movie to satisfy some of those travel urges. It’s called “In the Footsteps of Marco Polo” and chronicles the journey of two ordinary guys – Belliveau, at the time a wedding photographer, and O’Donnell, an artist and former Marine – as they set out to follow Polo’s historic route.

The book, "In the Footsteps of Marco Polo" is also a film.

The book, “In the Footsteps of Marco Polo” is also a film.

Here’s the link to watch it.

Photographs:

It was pretty quiet on the photo front this week, but we still found some interesting work.

We can start with wildlife:

One of Grand Marais' Red Fox kits by Paul Sundberg.

One of Grand Marais’ Red Fox kits by Paul Sundberg.

Goslings and Mama by Roxanne Distad.

Goslings and Mama by Roxanne Distad.

 

A gaggle of Canada geese take a break on Lake Superior during their spring migration. Photo by Tor Torkildson.

A gaggle of Canada geese take a break on Lake Superior during their spring migration. Photo by Tor Torkildson.

 

Twins! by David Johnson.

Twins! by David Johnson.

 

Blue Angel. Eastern Bluebird by John Heino.

Blue Angel. Eastern Bluebird by John Heino.

Pet photos seem be creeping into this blog. Here are two interestingones I found this week.

Bella-- the eyes of wisdom by Michael Furtman.

Bella– the eyes of wisdom by Michael Furtman.

 

Copy cat by Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux.

Copy cat by Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux.

And a true sign of early summer in the plant kingdom.

Morel by Montana Pecore.

Morel by Montana Pecore.

 

Grape hyacinth by Monica Anderson.

Grape hyacinth by Monica Anderson.

The sun is starting to get active again.

The northern lights from here by David Johnson.

The northern lights from here by David Johnson.

We found some beautiful landscapes/seascapes/cloud scapes, too.

Morning Light by Roxanne Distad.

Morning Light by Roxanne Distad.

 

Palisade Head today. The gates are open.

Palisade Head today. The gates are open.

 

A nice start to Sunday by Thomas Spence.

A nice start to Sunday by Thomas Spence.

 

Clouds and water by Joan Farnam.

This afternoon in Grand Marais by Joan Farnam.

 

Split Rock Splendor by Ken Harmon.

Split Rock Splendor by Ken Harmon.

 

Good morning. Photo by Bruce Block.

Good morning. Photo by Bruce Block.

 

Beacon of a new day by Ken Harmon.

Beacon of a new day by Ken Harmon.

Peace to you this week.

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A New Normal and 1/2

"There's just something about birches mixed with spring glow" by Mary Amerman.

“There’s just something about birches mixed with spring glow” by Mary Amerman.

It feels like we’re settling into a kind of new normal up here on the North Shore. Some of the shops and grocery stores are actually opening their doors, instead of just offering curbside delivery, the weather has been totally spring-like and awesome, capped by badly needed rain the other night, the trees are leafing out, marsh marigolds are blooming …in short, we are ever hopeful.

But a new normal doesn’t mean “like it used to be.” Everything continues to be flexible and changes almost daily. To find out the latest information about what is open in Cook County, check these links: Visitcookcounty.com , exploringnorthshore.com , WTIP Community Radio and Cook County Coronavirus Response Hub. Stay Safe Minnesota continues to be in effect, including recommendations to wear face coverings in public.

Meanwhile, our virtual lives continue.

Tonight, as in past Thursday nights, Gordon Thorne will play his fingerpicking blues via the North Shore Winery’s Facebook page.

Gordon Thorne is live on the North Shore Winery's Facebook page at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Gordon Thorne is live on the North Shore Winery’s Facebook page at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The music starts at 6 p.m. You can listen to it here.

North House Folk School continues its online free programing, Crafting in Place. This time, it’s the online version of the Northern Landscapes Festival, which is traditionally held this time of year. Now, instead of gathering in groups and exploring the outdoors, attending lectures, classes and presentations on campus, North House is offering BioBlitz, an online opportunity to share  nature observations from your backyard or hikes, as well as webinars and zoom events.

What are these? Join North House Folk School's Bioblitz event this week and find out.

What are these? Join North House Folk School‘s Bioblitz event this week and find out.

A BioBlitz is a community project to gather observations and identifications of wildlife: birds, plants, insects, lichens … you name it. Participants can post photos of what they’ve found and share identification information and more. To join the Bioblitz, click here.

North House is also offering a series of webinars and Zoom events around the outdoor these.

Here’s the kick-off seminar:

On Thursday, from 7:30-8 p.m., naturalist Joe Walewski will share some highlights from the observations submitted so far, share some tips for using iNaturalist, and give a short presentation on moths. To see, register for free here.

On Friday, May 29, from noon to 1 p.m. Jim Miller will discuss the dramatic rocky landscape of Minnesota in a presentation entitled “Fire and Ice: The Geologic Story of Lake Superior.”  Register for free, here. On Saturday, a Zoom meeting will discuss what observations have been made for far. It will be held at 7:30 p.m. Register here. And the final BioBlitz Wrap-up will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Register here. To see the full Northern Landscapes Festival information, click here.

There are plenty of opportunities to get outdoors and explore as well. The Superior Hiking Trail offers lots of opportunities to explore the Northwoods. Check out the maps, access points and more here.

And here’s a video of a grouse drumming, produced by Grand Portage photographer Travis Novitsky.

The Devil Track Wildflower Sanctuary is a great place to see wildflowers in bloom.

Trillium showing off at the Devil Track Wildflower Sanctuary.

Trillium showing off at the Devil Track Wildflower Sanctuary.

The Wildflower Sanctuary is up the Gunflint Trail about 6 miles. Turn right at County Road 60. There are signs on the road to direct you to Sanctuary parking.

Many of the outfitters are open now as is the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. For more info, click here.

The Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center has just put out a new video. It’s always worth a visit.

And Lake Superior is always available and waiting, with plenty of rocks on the shore for rock-skipping.

Lake Superior and the Grand Marais Harbor.

Lake Superior and the Grand Marais Harbor.

Art News:

The Grand Marais Arts Festival 2020 has been cancelled this year, but the Grand Marais Art Colony has recently posted the names of participants and links to how to connect with them and see their work.

We won't see these white tents on the harbor this summer. but the Grand Marais Art Colony has posted links to the artists who were juried into the arts festival.

We won’t see these white tents on the harbor this summer. but the Grand Marais Art Colony has posted links to the artists who were juried into the arts festival.

Check out this list of artists that were planning to be in the festival. There are links to their work for your enjoyment. Click here.

The pandemic has, as we know, really impacted artists and creative workers throughout the country. Americans for the Arts has just completed an extensive survey documenting its impact on artists. To get some idea of the impact it has had and artists’ responses, click here.

The Duluth Art Institute is sponsoring a Zoom lecture for artists entitled “Selling Well: What Artists Can Learn from People’s Intuitive Reactions to Famous Art” with Dan Hill.

Selling Well, a Zoom lecture by Dan All will be streamed at

Selling Well, a Zoom lecture by Dan All will be streamed from 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, May 28.

 The presentation is free for members of the Duluth Art Institute, $50 for non-members. To register, click here.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will feature artists David Andree and Kara Andree in an Instagram takeover on Thursday and Friday, May 28 & 29. David is a sculptor, Kara is a painter.

Kara Andree's work will be featured in an Art Colony Instagram takeover this week.

Kara Andree’s work will be featured in an Art Colony Instagram takeover this week.

To see the presentations, click here.

Local author Staci Drouillard’s book, “Walking the Old Road: A People’s History of Chippewa City and the Grand Marais Anishinaabe” has been awarded the Hamlin Garland Prize in Popular History.

Walking the Old Road by Staci Drouillard won the

Walking the Old Road by Staci Drouillard won the the Hamlin Garland Prize in Popular History.

The book can be found at Drury Lane Books.

In other art news, Siverston Gallery is opening to the public on May 30.

The Grand Maris Public Library is expanding it’s pick-up service. The pick-up window will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday and Friday as well as Wednesday.

The Grand Marais Playhouse will hold a summer camp for youth this year. They will be producing “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare.  The camp will include remote zoom meetings and outdoor gatherings. For more information, contact sue@grandmaraisplayhouse.com. To register for the summer camp, click here. Registration is due by June 5.

Artists at Work:

Here are a few examples of the work local artists have been doing this month:

Linda Blaine made a series of fisherman lure masks for her friends. The lures, without the barbs, hang from the ties in back.

Linda Blaine made a series of fisherman lure masks for her friends. The lures, without the barbs, hang from the ties in back.

Sharon Frykman has new work.

Companions II, kiln worked class by Sharon Frykman.

Companions II, kiln worked class by Sharon Frykman.

Betsy Bowen is continuing her Comfort series. Here are two examples from this week:

"Comfort. Sit. Stay." by Betsy Bowen.

“Comfort. Sit. Stay.” by Betsy Bowen.

"Comfort. Home with birds. My lovely friends, or so I imagine" by Betsy Bowen.

“Comfort. Home with birds. My lovely friends, or so I imagine” by Betsy Bowen.

Here are some other goodies we found this week:

Photographer Omar Z Robles crafted amazing photographs of dancers in the streets of New York City.

Omar Z Robles took ballet dancers to the streets in New York.

Omar Z Robles took ballet dancers to the streets in New York.

Check out the photographs here.

In Cincinnati, artists crafted “Scarecorona” sculptures to scare away the virus, taking the idea from scarecrows.

A scarecrorona, one of the sculptures in a walk-by exhibit in Cincinnati. Ohio.

A scarecrorona, one of the sculptures in a walk-by exhibit in Cincinnati. Ohio.

Check out this very colorful video of painter Max-Carlos Martinez’ work.

Mud art? It works.

The Getty Museum has put out a challenge to recreate a famous painting at home. There have been lots of responses.

Sharaku Kabuki Portait... one of the pieces created for the Getty Museum Challenge.

Sharaku Kabuki Portait… one of the pieces created for the Getty Museum Challenge.

To see 30 of the best pieces so far, click here.

Here’s a piece by the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.

Watch the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra give a free concert on Saturday night starting at 8 p.m.

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra will perfom online at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra will perfom online at 8 p.m. Saturday.

 Watch the concert here.

And finally, the artist as proofreader.

Maryl Skinner took a picture of this sign recently posted by the Minnesota Department of Transportation as part of its on-going Hwy. 61 renovation project.

maryl skiinner fixed sign

So, she sent the photo to MNDot, just to let them know about it.

A few days later, it was edited.

maryl skinner fixed

Kudos to all!

Photographs:

 Here are some of the photos we found this week.

First, wildlife:

Paul Sundberg has a special relationship with one of the local grouse. In fact, Sundberg has even given the bird a name–Rusty. Rusty doesn’t mind at all if Sundberg joins him on a log for his display, making for some great images. Here are two.

Rusty I by Paul Sundberg.

Rusty I by Paul Sundberg.

 

Rusty II by Paul Sundberg.

Rusty II by Paul Sundberg.

Here’s another special relationship:

Shelly Johnson holds a bobcat that got hit by a car. Photo by Jay Johnson.

Shelly Johnson holds a bobcat that got hit by a car. Photo by Jay Johnson.

Jay Johnson took this photograph of his wife holding a wild bobcat that was hit by a car when they were on their way to a canoeing trip. He said his wife, Shelly, stopped traffic and held the bobcat it regained its wits and ran off. “She’s brave,” he wrote. For sure.

The warblers are passing through.

Blackburnian Warbler by Michael Furtman.

Blackburnian Warbler by Michael Furtman.

 

Yellow warbler by Lori Sparkly Franklin.

Yellow warbler by Lori Sparkly Franklin.

 

Bay Breasted Warbler by Michael Furtman.

Bay Breasted Warbler by Michael Furtman.

Turtles are moving around, too.

Beautiful colors on this guy by Dale Moe.

Beautiful colors on this guy by Dale Moe.

And fox kits are growing up.

"I give him a hug and what does he do? Bites me." By Michael Furtman.

“I give him a hug and what does he do? Bites me.” By Michael Furtman.

A perfect pair.

Loons by David Johnson.

Loons by David Johnson.

A not so wild:

dexter morgan, serial cat this is what cat toes look like

And the marsh marigolds are blooming.

March marigolds by Nina Simonowicz.

March marigolds by Nina Simonowicz.

We found some great landscapes this week, too.

sarah jorgenson calm before the storm

Calm before the storm by Sarah Jorgenson.

 

 

Went for a sunrise but no sunrise for me, so I took lemons and made lemonade. Photo by Keith Christenson.

Went for a sunrise but no sunrise for me, so I took lemons and made lemonade. Photo by Keith Christenson.

 

"Sigh." by Cathy Quinn.

“Sigh.” by Cathy Quinn.

 

A nice start to Sunday by Thomas Spence.

A nice start to Sunday by Thomas Spence.

 

Morning on Devil Track. Buggybut beautiful. Photo by Brianna Schueller.

Morning on Devil Track. Buggybut beautiful. Photo by Brianna Schueller.

 

Dawning of a new day by Roxanne Distad.

Dawning of a new day by Roxanne Distad.

 

Grand Marais light. By Bruce Block.

Grand Marais light. By Bruce Block.

 

The ghost is me at Brighton Beach with the crow. Photo by Matthew Pastick.

The ghost is me at Brighton Beach with the crow. Photo by Matthew Pastick.

And finally, this:

Egret at dawn by Viola Loretti.

Egret at dawn by Viola Loretti.

The image comes with a poem.

“Once upon a time, when women were birds,
there was the simple understanding that
to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk
was to heal the world through joy.

The birds still remember
what we have forgotten,
that the world is meant to be
celebrated.”

~Terry Tempest Williams

Have a good weekend. And be safe!

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A New Normal

Amazing clouds this morning. Be kind today. Photograph by Debbie Benedict.

Amazing clouds this morning. Be kind today. Photograph by Debbie Benedict.

It’s a new normal this week, as the North Shore prepares for visitors over Memorial Day Weekend. But note, it’s not The new normal, as things seem to change daily in this pandemic. For updated lists on restaurants. lodging, and grocery stores, see VisitCookCounty.com . WTIP Community Radio, or Exploring the North Shore.

Here on the North Shore, we are celebrating part of that. The lakes are open, the fish are biting and neighborhood loons are settling in. Black bears seem to be really active this spring — there have been lots of sightings. Early wildflowers are blooming, and the wonderful smells of spring scent the air. So paddlers are making plans to explore the Boundary Waters.

On the shore, Lake Superior is preening. She’s been calm for the last few days, glittering like a blue jewel, lapping gently on our rocky beaches, offering peace to anyone who spends a few moments with her. And you can get take-out from a number of restaurants as you enjoy the blue water, and, more retailers are opening carefully, joining essential businesses to purvey goods to us. We’re all invited to stay safe, which we plan to do.

North House Folk School continues its Crafting in Place series, this week featuring a Zoom webinar on basketry around the world. Basketmaker Jo Campbell Amsler, who is an instructor at North House, will host “Baskets Along the Way,” a look at baskets and basketmakers in Scotland, Spain, Italy, Denmark and more.

Joanne Amsler will host a Zoom webinar on basketmaking around the world.

Jo Campbell Amsler will host a Zoom webinar on basketmaking around the world.

. The webinar will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday night. To register for free, click here.

Also on Thursday night, Gordon Thorne will be presenting a virtual concert for the North Shore Winery starting at 6 p.m. To enjoy, check out the Winery’s Facebook page here.

On Friday, WTIP Community Radio will hold a live conversation with representatives from Visit Cook County about what is open, what to expect this weekend. The conversation will be aired starting at 11:30 a.m.

Also on Friday, Desperate Electric, an electric funk band from Bozeman, Mont., will be virtual on The Roadhouse to talk about their music and play a few songs. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m., with musical guests appearing about 6:15 p.m. Here’s an example of the band’s music:

And since we’re living in a virtual world, geography doesn’t play a very big part in entertainment right now. So, you can watch a full-stage Broadway performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music,” on The Shows Must Go On YouTube page. The video is available for 48 hours only, starting at 1 p.m. EDT. Check it out here.

 or here:

And for classical music lovers, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra will be live streaming a concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 23.

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra will live stream a performance at 8 p.m. Saturday night.

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra will live stream a performance at 8 p.m. Saturday night.

They will be playing “Violin Concerto” by Ludwig van Beethoven, “Chamber Symphony in F for String and Wind”s by  Dmitri Shostakovich, “The Lark Ascending” by Ralph Vaughan Williams. To see and enjoy click here.

Local Art & Artists

Artists in the community and the region continue to create. Here are some examples of what we’ve found this week.

Jan Attridge has just finished a portrait of Stanley (Pratt).

Stanley (Pratt) by Jan Attridge.

Stanley (Pratt) by Jan Attridge.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will be open an exhibit in the windows of its new building, and artists have until May 31 to submit their work, addressing the theme, Changing Habitats. The work should be 4×6 inches in any media and can be mailed to the Grand Marais Art Colony,  PO Box 626 Grand Marais, MN 55604. The deadline is May 31.

Here is one of the pieces watercolorist David Hahn has submitted for the Changing Habitats exhibit.

“At work” watercolor, by David Hahn.

 Cook County glass artists were making work for an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post all winter. That exhibit was set to open May 1, but it had to be cancelled. Here’s an example from the collection by Tony Rau, one of the participating artists.

Fused glass box by Tony Rau.

Fused glass box by Tony Rau.

Rau can be reached at tonyrau531@gmail.com 

David Steckelberg has been working in his studio this winter, too. This large wall sculpture is fastened with hand-forged hooks.

Wall sculpture by David Steckelberg.

Wall sculpture by David Steckelberg.

Painter Lynn Steiner has been working on a series of paintings, “Back in Time,” depicting  scenes at the Grand Portage National Monument during Rendezvous.

Portrait from Lynn Steiner's "Back in Time: Grand Portage Rendezvous"

Portrait from Lynn Steiner’s “Back in Time: Grand Portage Rendezvous”

To see more of Steiner’s work, click here.

Betsy Bowen is continuing her Comfort series. Here’s one from this week:

"Comfort. Walk," by Betsy Bowen.

“Comfort. Walk,” by Betsy Bowen.

 Sgp Zimmerman of Grand Portage has created a series of etchings for children about life in the days of social distancing. They were created to bring awareness to serve as a reminder to Indigenous families (and everyone) of both CDC safety protocols as well as the importance of holding onto Ojibwe medicines and healing practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sgp Zimmerman 2 Nimi:She Dances with Elder crafted a series of etchings for the American Indain Community Housing Organization

“We Make Space for Them, Those Elders, to Protect Them,” etching by Sgp Zimmerman. The social distancing etchings are available as coloring sheets at the link below.

The cultural coloring sheets will be printed by the American Indian Community Housing Organization and distributed to tribes, tribal organizations and families across Minnesota.  The coloring sheets can be viewed and downloaded here.

Art News:

Plein Air Grand Marais will be held this year, but with many changes. The event will be held in September, and artists may participate and compete, even if they can’t or don’t feel comfortable traveling to Grand Marais. The deadline to enter has been extended to June 1. To apply, click here.

Plein Air Grand Marais will be held in September, but with modifications.

Plein Air Grand Marais will be held in September, but with modifications.

According to Outdoor Painters of Minnesota, which organizes the event,  most of the activities can be moved online in some form if necessary. For more information about the process and to keep in contact, click here.

The Thunder Bay Potters Guild announced this week that its June Pottery Fair will be cancelled.

Virtual Selections:

Here’s Amanda Palmer reading Mary Oliver’s poem, “When I Am Among the Trees.”

The National Museum of American History has uploaded a great selection of photographs entitled “Window Views”

Toddler in the Window is one of the photographs in the National Museum of American History's "Window Views" virtual exhibit.

“Toddler in the Window” is one of the photographs in the National Museum of American History’s “Window Views” virtual exhibit.

To view the whole collection, click here.

Want to watch a movie? Here is a charming film about a family on a camping trip on the Slate Islands in Ontario.

And finally, this tongue-in-cheek ballet danced by the Hong Kong Ballet in honor of its 40th season.

 Photographs:

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

First, wildlife:

Baby Great Horned Owl by Linda Ryma.

Baby Great Horned Owl by Linda Ryma.

 

Wood Duck by Paul Sundberg.

Wood Duck by Paul Sundberg.

 

What a hoot, watching this tiny owl getting an eye exam at the Raptor Rehab Center at the University of Minnesota.

What a hoot, watching this tiny owl getting an eye exam at the Raptor Rehab Center at the University of Minnesota.

The plant kingdom.

March Marigolds by Mary American.

March Marigolds by Mary American.

 

Blooms on a tamarack tree by Layne Kennedy.

Blooms on a tamarack tree by Layne Kennedy.

Landscapes, skyscapes and lakes capes:

Some nutritious spring greens for you to enjoy. Jay Cooke State Park by Mary Amerman.

Some nutritious spring greens for you to enjoy. Jay Cooke State Park by Mary Amerman.

 

Milky Way just before Moonrise by Justin Vrbra.

Milky Way just before Moonrise by Justin Vrbra.

 

It's going to be a good day by Kristofer Bowman.

It’s going to be a good day by Kristofer Bowman.

 

South Dakota rainbow by Amanda Take War Bonnett.

South Dakota rainbow by Amanda Take War Bonnett.

 

Gunflint Trail by Greg Markstrom.

Gunflint Trail by Greg Markstrom.

 

The Giving Tree by Nina Simonowicz,

The Giving Tree by Nina Simonowicz,

 

Pine Trees on the Gunflint by Jo Ann Krause.

Pine Trees on the Gunflint by Jo Ann Krause.

 And this:

Poet, adventurer and Hovland writer Tor Torkildson has been writing a series of poems, “Staying at Home,” as he and his community live through the pandemic. One of his poems has recently been published by the DNR’s Trailblazer Magazine. Here it is, accompanied by a photograph by Travis Novitsky.

Happy to see me? by Travis Novitsky.

Happy to see me? by Travis Novitsky.

 

The Spring Fox

It is spring
And I finally saw her
Crossing the snow patched yard…
Then I heard her digging

With determination
her claws flinging the soil
burnt red fur glistening
as she makes her summer den.

Firstly, I stood silent
admiring her beauty
as did my curious dog.

Then she looked my way.
And our eyes met
transfixed
in a pure and honest moment.

What was she thinking?
Not a single thing mattered
Not even the snow and mud
or the coronavirus
sweeping the land.

And we have the trees and ravens
Lake Superior
offering comfort and sunlit hope
in weary moments.

Out here in the wilds
the moments matter
they heal and comfort
when the soul mourns deeply.

~Tor Torkildson

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Potpourri VII

Good morning! Lake Superior and the Grand Marais Harbor by Bryan Hansel.

Good morning! Lake Superior and the Grand Marais Harbor by Bryan Hansel.

Greetings from the North Shore, where spring happiness is temperatures above freezing, and this week, it looks like we’re going to make the cut.

There’s other good news, too. WTIP Community Radio announced this week that the Boundary Waters Podcast, produced by Joe Frederichs, WTIP news director, and co-host Matthew Baxley, won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for best podcast in the small market radio category.

The award is for overall series content based on the submission of Episode 18: A Father’s Dream, the story of Erik Dickes from Omaha, Neb., who recorded an audio diary on a trip to the BWCAW in May 2019, to commemorate his late father, and tell the story of a canoe trip they had planned to take together in 2018.

WTIP's Boundary Waters Podcast, won the regional Edward R. Murrow award.

WTIP’s Boundary Waters Podcast, won a regional Edward R. Murrow award.

 “We started this podcast three years ago to create a platform for sharing stories from this amazing region.” Frederichs said. “To have the series recognized with an Edward R. Murrow Award is among the highest honors I can imagine. This is a tremendous achievement for WTIP listeners and supporters of our Boundary Waters podcast and the paddling community.”

Regional winners automatically move on to the national round of the competition with national winners announced in June. Meanwhile, listen to the podcasts here.

And virtual events continue. This week, Gordon Thorne and and host Chuck Corliss will hold a Virtual Date Night at the North Shore Winery at 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Gordon Thorne will play a virtual Date Night for North Shore Winery on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Gordon Thorne will play a virtual Date Night for North Shore Winery on Thursday at 6 p.m. It can be viewed on the winery’s Facebook page and YouTube.

To hear the music, click here. Thorne and Corliss will also be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday evening around 6:15 p.m. to talk about their music and play a few songs. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.

Also on Thursday night, travel to Norway on a virtual tour of folk arts with Harley and Norma Refsal in a special webinar co-hosted by North House Folk School and the Versterheim Norwegian American Museum in Iowa. The Refsals will share some favorite pieces from their personal collection as well as highlight pieces from the Versterheim collection.

Harley and Norma Refsal will host a webinar on Norwegian folk art starting at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Harley and Norma Refsal will host a webinar on Norwegian folk art starting at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Escape to the land of the midnight sun with the Refsals. Register for the webinar here. Free.

Both Jim McGowan and Adam Moe are doing virtual concerts on Facebook Live. You can see Moe on Thursdays at 2 p.m. through May 28, (Click here)  and McGowan on Fridays at 8 p.m. (Click here.)

Jim McGowan gives virtual concerts at 8 p.m. on Friday on his Facebook page.

Jim McGowan performs at 8 p.m. on Fridays on his Facebook page.

A little further afield, and back in time, Prince and the Revolution’s live 1985 concert will stream on YouTube for coronoavirus relief Thursday through Saturday, May 14-16 at 7 p.m.

The concert, which was filmed in New York in 1985 during Prince’s iconic Purple Rain Tour, will stream for three days only on Prince’s official YouTube channel starting Thursday. The concert footage includes some of Prince’s greatest hits, including “Purple Rain,” “1999,” “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy.” Click on the link above to see.

And next Wednesday, join author Kate DiCamillo for a statewide virtual discussion on writing and her books. She is the author of “Because of Winn-Dixie,” a delightful story of the dog who changed people’s lives. The book was chosen for One Book/One Minnesota this year, inviting readers of every age around the state to read it. .

Author Kate DiCamillo ("Because of Winn-Dixie) will be featured on a statewide virtual discussion on Wednesday, May 20 at 1 p.m.

Author Kate DiCamillo (“Because of Winn-Dixie) will be featured on a statewide virtual discussion on Wednesday, May 20 at 1 p.m.

The free Zoom event will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20. The virtual event is free, but registration is required. To register, click here.

Upcoming:

Watch world-renouned film festivals, like the Cannes Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival online this year. In response to the pandemic, 20 major film festivals from around the world are coming together for 10 days of curated films streamed on YouTube for free.

The “We Are One: A Global Film Festival,” will showcase feature films, shorts, documentaries, music, comedy, and panel discussions from May 29 to June 7. All viewers will be able to make donations to the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Stay tuned for details.

And North House Folk Schools Wooden Boat Show is going online this year. The event will be held virtually from June 15-21.

North House Folk School's Wooden Boat Show will be held online this year.

North House Folk School‘s Wooden Boat Show will be held online this year.

There will be a full week of online mini courses, craft presentations, speaker series, and more, culminating on Saturday with our featured presentation by arctic explorer, photographer, and climate educator, David Thoreson. All events will be offered both live (with Q&A!) and recorded, so you can enjoy them however and whenever you like.

The event kicks off at noon on Monday, June 15 on Facebook Live, and will continue all week with the full slate of speakers, demonstrators and more available. If you miss any of the live events, all content will be available on demand on Saturday, June 20. To see details, click here . And stay tuned for updates.

Cancellations:

The Magic Smelt Parade has been cancelled for this year. It’s always held on the Duluth Lakewalk featuring the Brass Messengers, the Smelt Queen and lots of people dressed in silver. Here’s a video of the parade on Duluth’s Lakewalk last year.

And the 91st annual Fisherman’s Picnic in Grand Marais has been cancelled.

Fisherman's Picnic in Grand Marais has been cancelled for this year.

Fisherman’s Picnic in Grand Marais has been cancelled for this year.

Fisherman’s Picnic is always held the first weekend in August, but organizers said that organizing the event takes months, and it was unclear if it would be safe to hold the Picnic at all. Look forward to next year!

  Local Artists at Work:

Local artists have been busy this month. Here are some of the things they have been doing.

Maryl Skinner participated in the Earth Day art project for the Cook County Soil and Water District. The challenge was to go outside and create a collage with objects you found, take a photo of your work and submit to Soil and Water. Here is Skinner’s piece. She called it “Northwoods Forest Fashion for Social Distancing.”

"Northwoods Forest Fashion for Social Distancing." collage, by Maryl Skinner.

“Northwoods Forest Fashion for Social Distancing.” collage, by Maryl Skinner.

 Art students in Mila Horak’s classes at Cook County High School have been working on photography. Here are a few examples.

Photograph by Alice, a Cook County High School student.

Photograph by Alice, a Cook County High School art student.

 

ISD 166 igh school art student Izys took this photograph.

Photography vy Izy, a Cook County High School art student.

Lutsen potter Maggie Anderson has been making bread baking dishes in her studio as a fundraiser for the Grand Marais Art Colony and the Cook County Food Shelf.

One of Maggie Anderson's bread bakers, filled to the brim with luscious rolls. The bakers are a fundraiser for the Grand Marais Art Colony.

One of Maggie Anderson’s bread bakers, filled to the brim with luscious rolls. The bakers are a fundraiser for the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Anderson is featured on the Art Colony’s Instagram account, showing the process of making the ceramic bread pans. You can see them here. The handmade bread pans come with sourdough starter and a recipe. You can still order one. To place an order, email info@grandmaraisartcolony.org.

The glass artists at the Grand Marais Art Colony planned on exhibiting their work at the Johnson Heritage Post this month, but the exhibit was cancelled because of Covid-19. We’ve been featuring examples of their work, which will be on exhibit next year at the Heritage Post. Here’s a fused glass piece by Jeri Persons.

"Birch" by Jeri Persons.

“Birch” by Jeri Persons.

Amy Freeman has been painting this winter.

"Misty Morning at Sawbill Lake Narrows" by Amy Freeman.

“Misty Morning at Sawbill Lake Narrows” by Amy Freeman.

Betsy Bowen is continuing her Comfort series.

Comfort. Distance Hug by Betsy Bowen.

Comfort. Distance Hug by Betsy Bowen.

 

Comfort. Wilderness by Betsy Bowen.

Comfort. Wilderness by Betsy Bowen.

Not art, but for art at Sivertson Gallery.

Neil Sherman, left, inspects Robb Fortin's wall painting skills as Fortin paints a wall at Sivertson Gallery Lake Superior Blue.

Neil Sherman, left, inspects Robb Fortin’s wall painting skills as Fortin paints a wall at Sivertson Gallery Lake Superior Blue.

Knitting:

Anne Hegg knit this beautiful vest this winter.

Printmaking:

Duluth printmaker Rick Allen has just produced a new Trapper's Daughter print: Safe Passage.

Duluth printmaker Rick Allen has just produced a new Trapper’s Daughter print: Safe Passage. (detail)

 A little further afield … on Long Island… a drive-by art show.

Drive-by Art Show on Long Island featured these paintings by Darius Yektal. Photograph courtesy of the New York Times.

Drive-by Art Show on Long Island featured these paintings by Darius Yektal. Photograph courtesy of the New York Times.

“The other stuff” was on display on the lawns, porches, driveways and garage doors at properties from Hampton Bays to Montauk, some from prominent artists and others by those lesser known. On a windy, blue-skied weekend, most people drove but others came on foot or by bicycle for the show, “Drive-By-Art (Public Art in This Moment of Social Distancing).”

Opportunities:

 Artists still have time to submit work for the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s exhibit, Our Changing Habitats. The Art Colony is asking people to submit 4×6-inch pieces via snail mail to: PO Box 626, Grand Marais, MN 55604, by May 31. Artists are invited to reflect on their changing habitats. The pieces will be displayed in the Art Colony’s new building windows in June. You can see more about that here.  Students at the schools have been invited to participate as well.

Music videos: 

There’s lots out there. Here’s a selection for this week:

Dessa sings “Skeleton Key” with the Minnesota Orchestra in this virtual recording.

 Arctic Funk: recommended by Kate Fitzgerald, artistic director of the North Shore Music Association. The Lake Wobegon Brass Band plays Norwegian composer Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen … cow bells and lots of brass.

We thought a few selections from Playing for Change, featuring musicians from around the world, might be appropriate now.

A take on the Grateful Dead’s “Ripple.”

“The Weight” featuring Robbie Robertson and Ringo Starr.

 And finally, this crazy, wonderful Happy Birthday video from French composer/jazz musician Alexandre Cellier to Pascal Auberson.

 Photographs:

We had lots to choose from this week. Here’s a selection.

First, wildlife:

Have a safe opener, folks, by Thomas Spence.

Have a safe opener, folks by Thomas Spence.

 

Saturday at our cabin by Kim Dayton.

Saturday at our cabin by Kim Dayton.

 

Happy Mother's Day by John Heino.

Happy Mother’s Day by John Heino.

 

Loon in a gentle snowfall by Roxann Distad.

Loon in a gentle snowfall by Roxann Distad.

 

The beginnings of a new family by Carol Bowman.

The beginnings of a new family by Carol Bowman.

Off-topic:

Off-topic, but just had to be included: Waiting for Food. Photographer not identified.

Off-topic, but just had to be included: Waiting for Food. Photographer not identified.

We found some beautiful landscapes, too. First, this great walnut tree:

Ohio monster--a 220-inch walnut tree in Delaware County, Ohio.

Ohio monster–a 220-inch walnut tree in Delaware County, Ohio.

 

Caught in a raindrop by Judy Gray.

Caught in a raindrop by Judy Gray.

A few full moon photographs:

Social distancing at the full Flower Moon by Bryan Hansel.

Social distancing at the full Flower Moon by Bryan Hansel.

 

Full Flower Moon by David Johnson.

Full Flower Moon by David Johnson.

 

Super Full Flower Moon last night by Justin Vrbra.

Super Full Flower Moon last night by Justin Vrbra.

And a few landscapes:

Happy 162nd Birthday, Minnesota by Nathan Klok.

Happy 162nd Birthday, Minnesota by Nathan Klok.

 

Grand Marais at dusk by Bruce Block.

Grand Marais at dusk by Bruce Block.

  And finally, photographer Dustin Lavigne calls this image, the Almost-Full Moon, but we want to title it “Peek-a-Boo Moon.”

The almost-full moon by Dustin Lavigne.

The Peek-A-Boo Moon. Photograph by Dustin LaVigne.

Peace to all.

P.S. If you have art work that you’ve been doing this month, email an image to me at joan.farnam@gmail.com.

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