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Hovland Art Festival, Music & the Ham Lake Fire

"One of my favorite lupine photos" by Thomas Spence.

“One of my favorite lupine photos” by Thomas Spence.

The summer season kicks into high gear in this weekend with the  Hovland Summer Arts Festival at the Hovland Town Hall July 1-2 followed by 4th of July celebrations next week.

This is the 12th year that Hovland artists have gathered together at the Hovland Town Hall for the festival, which now includes artists from surrounding communities. Painters, potters, fiber artists, jewelry makers, photographers, woodworkers, basketmakers and bead artists are featured at this festival as well as a wide variety of arts and crafts. The festival is held in the at the Hovland Town Hall, with booths indoors and outdoors.

More than 25 artists are featured at the Hovland Arts Festival this year.

More than 25 artists are featured at the Hovland Arts Festival this year.

There’s lots of live music, too, and refreshments are available on-site. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Singer/songwriter Joe Paulik kicks off the music at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the new timber-framed pavilion at the Town Hall. Rod & Caribou play at noon and Common Ground plays at 2 p.m. On Sunday, Jim McGowan performs at 10:30 a.m. followed by Boyd Blomberg at 12:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to come out and see what Hovland has to offer this summer.

There’s plenty to do in the county this week, too.

On Thursday, the Arrowhead Sketchers will gather at Cascade State Park to sketch its beauty from 5-7 p.m. Sketchers, painters, photographers and observers are invited to join the group to tackle the many opportunities the North Shore offers for their art.

Last week, the Sketchers set up at the Blue Moose Garden Center. Here is a selection of what they produced.

The Arrowhead Sketchers were at the Blue Moose Garden Center last week. Pictured are Cathi Williams (center) and Ellen Doan (right)

The Arrowhead Sketchers were at the Blue Moose Garden Center last week. Pictured are  Cathi Williams (center) and Ellen Doan (right)

Also on Thursday, Duluth singer/songwriters Rachel Kilgour and Sara Pajunen (Sound an Echo) and the Cook County acapella group, Svea, will perform at a Backyard Concert at the Art House B&B, 8 7th Ave. W. in Grand Marais.

art house backyard concert

Svea opens the performance at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. (The concert will be held indoors if it rains.) All invited.

Also on Thursday night, the Duluth Art Institute will hold a gala opening reception for two new exhibits. The reception will be held from 5-7 p.m.

The Duluth Art Institute opens two exhibits on Thursday. “Play: Robert Dewitt Adams, Elizabeth LaPensee, & Christopher Selleck”  and “Peripheral Vignettes: Jonathan Thunder ”

The Duluth Art Institute opens two exhibits on Thursday. “Play: Robert Dewitt Adams, Elizabeth LaPensee, & Christopher Selleck” (left) and “Peripheral Vignettes: Jonathan Thunder ”

A solo exhibit by Jonathan Thunder, “Peripheral Vignettes,” features all new paintings and will be accompanied by a color catalog, an animation screening, and an artist talk and book signing. “Play” showcases the work of three artists—Robert Dewitt Adams, Elizabeth LaPensee, and Christoper Selleck—who all explore games, gaming and game mechanics in their work; and artist Robb Quisling has been commissioned to create a game of croquet in the corridor space. Tie-in programs will happen throughout the run of show, from a game night and an artist talk to a lecture. Both exhibitions share a reception on Thursday, June 29 from 5 – 7 p.m., and jazz guitarist by Briand Morrison will play. It sounds like a fun opening and two exceptional exhibits. All invited. Free.

Saturday kicks off with the Cook County Market featuring a variety of arts and crafts by Cook County artisans as well as locally crafted artisan breads, baked goods and more. The Market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Senior Center parking lot.

Besides the Hovland Summer Arts Festival, other art-related activities include Saturdays in the Studio at the Grand Marais Art Colony. This week, printmaker Jerry Raich will demonstrate intaglio printmaking from 1-2 p.m. in the Art Colony’s print studio. Free. All invited.

And Last Chance Gallery will hold a Bronze Pour at 4 at the gallery. This is a great chance to see how bronze sculptures are made. Free. All invited.

On Sunday, July 2, the Chik-Wauk Nature Center will hold the grand opening for a new exhibit “Remembering the Ham Lake Fire 2007″ from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ham Lake Fire, photo by Ian Andrus. This image is one of many that are included in a video about the fire crafted by Good Measure Media. The video will be show at the Grand Opening on Sunday at Chik-Wauk.

The Ham Lake Fire, photo by Ian Andrus. This image is one of many that are included in a video about the fire crafted by Patrick Knight, Good Measure Media. The video will be shown at the Grand Opening on Sunday at Chik-Wauk.

The exhibit commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Ham Lake Fire, which burned 75,851 acres in Minnesota (36,443) and Ontario (39,408), the second largest fire in Minnesota since 1918 (The 2011 Pagami Fir burnt 93,000 acres).  In all,  133 structures were lost in the first few days of the fire on the Minnesota side. Sixty-one (61) were residences, 17 commercial, and 55 were outbuildings and other structures.  The estimated value of lost buildings by the Cook County Assessor’s office was $3.7 million.

The Ham Lake Fire exhibit includes displays, photographs, Good Measure Media’s Ham Lake Fire video and interviews from WTIP Radio as well as interactive features. Everyone is invited to see this exhibit, which documents an event that impacted the entire county.

On Monday, July 3, Briand Morrison will present “Musical Impressions: The Art of George Morrison” at the Grand Portage Community Building.  The performance is from 7-8 p.m.

musical impressions

“Musical Impressions: The Art of George Morrison” is a blu-ray disc produced by Briand  consisting of 128 images created by his father, George Morrison, from the 1940s through 2000. The accompanying sound track consists of 12 original jazz compositions composed and performed by Briand.  Some of these images have never been shown to the public. All invited.

On Tuesday, July 4, “fire” will light up the skies from Grand Portage to Tofte as communities celebrate the national holiday with elaborate fireworks.

Fireworks over Grand Marais by David Johnson. (2015)

Fireworks over Grand Marais by David Johnson. (2015)

The 4th of July celebrations begin Tuesday morning with the annual 39th Annual Tofte Trek 10k Wilderness Run, which starts out at the Birch Grove Community Center. Registration is at 8 a.m. The event includes kids’ runs, a youth mile run, and then the runners and walkers hit the trail, mud guaranteed.

The Trek is followed by the festival at the Tofte Town Park iwhich includes bingo, an art and craft show, live music, food and a 4th of July parade at 2 p.m. Fireworks at dark.

In Grand Marais, the First Congregational Church holds a Pie Social from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, followed by The SplinterTones, who will play in Harbor Park starting at 8 p.m. Fireworks displays will be held after dark (around 10 p.m.) in Grand Marais and Grand Portage.

There are a number of great exhibits to see this week, too.

First up is the Minneapolis College of Art & Design exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post. The show features work by graduates of MCAD, and includes a variety of different media, including painting, photography and prints.

Otter Lake Series 3 by Reid Thorpe is on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

“Otter Lake Series 3,” oil, by Reid Thorpe is on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

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

The Spring Art Underground Show at Betsy Bowen’s Galleries and Studio continues this month.

Melissa Wickwire has a variety of tiles at the Spring Art Underground Show at Betsy Bowen's Galleries and Studio.

Melissa Wickwire has a variety of tiles at the Spring Art Underground Show at Betsy Bowen’s Galleries and Studio.

Illustrator Adam Frankiewicz has an exhibit of his insect drawings at Tettegouche State Park through this weekend. Kat Corrigan will open new show at Tettegouche next Thursday, July 6.

The Tweed Museum of Art exhibit, “1000 Words” exhibit continues with exeptional images of people taken by a variety of photographers. Here’s one of a city council meeting in Minnesota in 1999.

Paul Shambroom "Lewiston, Minnesota, Population 1,484, City Council, March 30, 1999."

Paul Shambroom “Lewiston, Minnesota, Population 1,484, City Council, March 30, 1999.”

At the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in Thunder Bay, the exhibit “The Perspective From Here: 150 Artists From the North” continues through Sept. 24.

Cree-Stevens-Wiigwaas-Transformation-Mask-mixed-media

Cree Stevens, Wiigwaas-Transformation-Mask, is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

 Upcoming

 The Grand Marais Arts Festival is next weekend, July 8-9, featuring more than 70 local and regional artists who set up their white tents in downtown Grand Marais to showcase their handcrafted work and provide insight into their artistic process through demonstration and dialogue. Fiber arts, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, woodworking, jewelry and more are featured in this show. There will be demonstrations throughout the weekend, including raku firings by staff from Continental Clay in Minneapolis. It’s always a fun and busy weekend in Grand Marais. Stay tuned for details.

Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen will host a Painting Party from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, July 8. Pam Fioritto will instruct participants on creating an acrylic painting. Cost is $40/person and includes supplies, professional instruction, snacks and refreshments. Call 218-387-3585 to reserve your spot as space is limited.

Grammy Award-winning musician, Don Flemons, will be in concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 8. The concert is sponsored by the North Shore Music Association. Tickets at www.tix.com.

In Other Art News:

The Minnesota College of Art & Design has donated an historic three-panel painting by Birney Quick to the Johnson Heritage Post.

"The Allegory of the Judgment Time," 1964, by Birney Quick.

“The Allegory of the Judgment Time,” 1964, by Birney Quick, was donated to the Johnson Heritage Post by the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. It is currently on view at the Heritage Post.

Quick, 1912-1981, was a Minneapolis artist who began teaching at the Minneapolis College o Art & Design in 1946. He is the co-founder of the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Window Shopping

The 4th of July window at Upstate MN this week.

The 4th of July window at Upstate MN this week.

 

Birchbark Books & Gifts has lots of great mysteries.

Birchbark Books & Gifts has la great selection of  mysteries.

 

Ron's World Rocks is exhibitng this seriograph print by Jonathan and Allison Metzger. The artists received Best of Show at the Park Point Art Fair last weekend.

Ron’s World Rocks is exhibiting this serigraph print by Jonathan and Allison Metzger. The artists received Best of Show at the Park Point Art Fair last weekend.

 

These handcarved Norwegian Ale Bowls by Alex Yerks are at the North House Folk School store.

These hand-carved Norwegian Ale Bowls by Alex Yerks are at the North House Folk School store.

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, June 29:

  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Lutsen Resort, 6:30 p.m.
  • Sound an Echo with Svea,  Art House B& B, 7 p.m.

Friday, June 30:

  • Jim Cooper, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • J Squared and the Makers, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 1:

  • Joe Paulik, Hovland Arts Festival, Hovland, 10 p.m.
  • Rod & Caribou, Hovland Arts Festival, Hovland, noon
  • Common Ground, Hovland Arts Festival, Hovland, 2 p.m.
  • Jim McGowan, Voyageur Brewing Co., 7 p.m.
  • Dat Dere Jazz, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, 7 p.m.
  • Circuit Breakers, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 2:

  • Jim McGowan, Hovland Arts Festival, Hovland, 10:30 p.m.
  • Bump Blomberg, Hovland Arts Festival, Hovland, 12:30 p.m.
  • American Feedbag, Skyport Lodge,  5 p.m.

Monday, June 3:

  • Open Mic Night, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Scott Fraser, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Tuesday, July 4:

  • Plucked Up String Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Harbor Park, 8-10 p.m.

Wednesday, July 5:

  • Date Night with Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

 

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And here is a selection of great photos we found this week:

Nice Day on the Harbor by Sierra Parsons.

Nice Day on the Harbor by Sierra Parsons.

 

Showy Lady Slipper by Paul Pluskwik.

Showy Lady Slipper by Paul Pluskwik.

 

Landscape by Jamie Rabold.

Landscape by Jamie Rabold.

 

"Here Comes #28" by Christian Dalbec.

“Here Comes #28″ by Christian Dalbec.

 

"Old Snapping Turtle" by Sandra Updyke.

“Old Snapping Turtle” by Sandra Updyke.

 

"Forest Remodel: New Shelving Installed" by Kristofer Bowman.

“Forest Remodel: New Shelving Installed” by Kristofer Bowman.

 

"Hitching a Ride" by Michael Furtman. This photo won Best Fauna Photo of the Year at the Outdoor Writers Conference this year.

“Hitching a Ride” by Michael Furtman. This photo won Best Fauna Photo of the Year at the Outdoor Writers Conference this year.

 

"Caught in Bad River Slough Under a Lake Superior Sky" by Mike Wiggins, Jr.

“Caught in the   Bad River Slough Under a Lake Superior Sky” by Mike Wiggins, Jr.

 

"Coralroot" by Kristofer Bowman.

“Coralroot” by Kristofer Bowman.

 

"The Milky Way Over Caribou Lake" by Bryan Hansel.

“The Milky Way Over Caribou Lake” by Bryan Hansel.

 

"Seagulls patiently waiting for Harley" by Terry Backlund.

“Seagulls patiently waiting for Harley” by Terry Backlund.

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Author Talks, Art Openings, a Clay Demo & Music

First lupines of summer by Kjersti Vick.

First lupines of summer by Kjersti Vick.

Greetings from Grand Marais, where the first lupines of summer bloom in gardens and along roadsides throughout the county.

This week, look for author talks, art openings, a celebration and lots of great music.

Thursday is a busy day in Grand Marais.

First up is a presentation by William Durbin, a two-time Minnesota Book Award winner, who will give a presentation at the Grand Marais Public Library at 1 p.m. on Thursday.

Durbin’s novels focus on the history of Northeastern Minnesota and include “Dead Man’s Rapids,” “The Winter War,” “El Lector” and “The Broken Blade,” to name a few. He will talk about how he developed and researched his novels, and show slides of archival photos that help bring history to life. The presentation is free. All invited.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will celebrate the renovation of the Founder’s Hall, the 100-year-old historic building that is now the Visual Arts Studio, with a reception and open house from 4-6 p.m. Thursday. Originally the St. Johns’ Catholic Church, the building was purchased by the Art Colony in the 1960’s.

The

The Grand Marais Art Colony will celebrate the restoration of its historic building from 4-6 p.m. Thursday.  All invited.

With a rotting structural beam, no insulation, and inadequate lighting, the Historic Building needed much love.  Thanks to the generous individual donors and the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (AEOA); Cook County,  and the McKnight Foundation, the Art Colony has invested more than $130,000 into the building to preserve it for future generations. Everyone is invited to the open house. Refreshments will be served.

Also on Thursday, representatives from the Minnesota State Arts Board will be in Grand Marais. They will give a presentation on how the State Arts Board can help individuals and organizations at North House Folk School from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free. To register, click here. Individual appointments can also be set up by calling Natalie Kennedy at 61-215-1617 or email her at natalie.kennedy@arts.state.mn.us

The Arrowhead Sketchers will meet at the Blue Moose Garden Center from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday. The public is invited to join the Sketchers to draw, paint or photograph the unique garden center architecture, flowers and garden decor. Free.

The Arrowhead Sketchers were in Hovland last week.

The Arrowhead Sketchers were in Hovland last week.

A new exhibit opens at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday. The exhibit, entitled “The Minneapolis College of Art & Design Alumni Art Show,” features artwork by six artists including Reid ThorpeSarah EvensonEvan AbrahamsonHannah & Nick LoveSarah Wieben and Sandra Felemovicius.

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Untitled, by Evan Abrahamson, oil on aluminum, is one of the pieces that will be in the exhibit.

The exhibit includes paintings, photographs, drawings and encaustic work. The opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. on Friday with cool jazz by Chris Gillis and Max Bichel. During the show, an original Bernie Quick 3-panel painting donated to the Johnson Heritage Post‘s Permanent Collection by the Minnesota College of Art and Design, will be presented. All invited. The exhibit continues through July 16.

Also on Friday, Minneapolis dancer/performance artist Patrick Scully will be interviewed on WTIP’s The Roadhouse, which airs from 5-7 p.m. Scully will perform his piece on Walt Whitman at the Grand Marais Public Library at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Also on Friday, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery will hold an opening reception at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) for a new exhibit “The Perspective From Here: 150 Artists From The North.”  The exhibit is organized to mark Canada’s sesquicentennial.

Chris Stones, Chop Canadian, metal, is one of the pieces in the new exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Chris Stones, Chop Canadian, metal, is one of the pieces in the new exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Expect to see two-and three-dimensional art in all mediums from ceramics and textiles to paintings and photography.
 Dovetailed with the exhibition will be a roster of public events and online opportunities to enliven and engage audiences with the thematic Threads found throughout the show. The exhibit continues through Sept. 24

Saturday begins with the Cook County Market, featuring arts and crafts by local artisans as well as baked goods, including artisan breads and lemon bars.

Hannah Laky has her pottery at the Cook County Market.

Hannah Laky has her pottery at the Cook County Market.

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

At 1 p.m. on Saturday, Bob Tamanaha will give a pottery demonstration in the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s clay studio. All invited. Free.

And then, probably the piece to resistance for the weekend, Minnesota author Lorna Landvik will be the featured speaker at a Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books from 7-8 p.m. on Saturday.

Lorna Landvik will be the featured author at the Writer's Salon at Drury Lane Books at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Lorna Landvik will be the featured author at the Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Landvik, who is a great public speaker, will discusses her newest novel, “Once Upon a Blue Moon Lodge,”  the sequel to her very popular first book, “Patty Jane’s House of Curl.”

In her new novel, Landvik follows Nora Rolvaag (the do-or-die-trying daughter of Patty Jane) and a cast of characters between city and wooded retreat, Minnesota and Norway, through a past that’s secret and a future that’s promising, but uncertain. With her trademark wit and warmth, Landvik is sure to entertain as well as give insight into writing and the characters she has developed in this evening presentation. Everyone invited. Free.

And not to forget the Park Point Art Fair in Duluth June 24-25. This is great art fair in a wonderful setting on Park Point.

park point art fair

This year, 120 artists have been juried into the show. Paintings, pottery, fiber art, glass, metal, jewelry and more are represented. There’s live music, too, as well as a variety of food vendors. The Art Fair is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. It’s always a great show.

In Thunder Bay, the Baggage Building at Prince Arthur’s Landing will hold its Waterfront Art Sale June 24-25.

Drawing by Darryl Big George is one of the pieces in the Waterfront Art Sale at the Baggage Building gallery in Thunder Bay.

This drawing by Darryl Big George is one of the pieces in the Waterfront Art Sale at the Baggage Building gallery in Thunder Bay.

The exhibit includes art in a wide variety of mediums.

There are some great on-going exhibits on the North Shore as well.

The Spring Art Underground Show continues at Betsy Bowen Gallery and Studio, 301 1st Ave. W., in Grand Marais. The exhibit features work by more than 30 local and regional artists as well as Betsy Bowen’s woodcuts and books.

Prairie with Monarchs, woodcut by Betsy Bowen.

Prairie with Monarchs, woodcut by Betsy Bowen.

The Cross River Heritage Center is featuring a Quilt, Vintage Needlework and Fiber Arts show through July 31.

Quilt (detail) by BethBlank and Carol Harris is at the Cross River Heritage Center.

Quilt (detail) by BethBlank and Carol Harris is at the Cross River Heritage Center.

The Heritage Center is also holding a quilting next month class entitled “Quilting with Leftovers” with Minnesota master quilter Coralyn Koschinska. The class will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on July 15. Class size is limited to eight participants. Call Suzan at 218-663-7706 to sign up for the class or for more info.

The Tweed Museum of Art continues its outstanding exhibit, 1,000 Words, with images of people captured by photographers from around the world over the years. Here’s a great photo by Henri Cartier-Bresson that is in the exhibit, which continues through the summer.

"Rue Mouffetard 1954" by Henri Cartier Bresson.

“Rue Mouffetard 1954″ by Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Also on-going at The Tweed: “Sinew: Female Native Artists of the Twin Cities.”

"The Heist" by Julie Buffalohead.

“The Heist” by Julie Buffalohead.

The exhibit, featuring works in a variety of mediums, continues through Sept. 24.

Upcoming:

The Duluth Art Institute will display two new exhibitions next week with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 29. Briand Morrison will play.

The exhibits include a solo exhibit by Jonathan Thunder, “Peripheral Vignettes,” which features all new paintings and will be accompanied by a color catalog, an video screening, and an artist talk and book signing.

"Defend the Sacred" by Jonathan Thunder.

“Defend the Sacred” by Jonathan Thunder.

The second exhibit at the Art Institute, “Play” showcases the work of three artists—Robert Dewitt Adams, Elizabeth LaPensee, and Christoper Selleck—who all explore games, gaming and game mechanics in their work; and artist Robb Quisling has been commissioned to create a game of croquet in the corridor space. Tie-in programs will happen throughout the run of show, from a game night and an artist talk to a lecture.

The Summer Hovland Arts Festival is next weekend, July 1-2, at the Hovland Town Hall.

The Hovland Arts Festival is July 1-2 at the Hovland Town Hall.

This popular festival features arts and crafts from Hovland as well as county wide artisans in a variety of mediums. Wood-turning, jewelry, paintings, photographs, pottery and more are featured at this show. Food is also available and a great selection of local musicians will play including Jim McGowan, Boyd Blomberg, Joe Paulik, Common Ground, Rod & Caribou to name a few. Stay tuned for details next week.

The Cross River Heritage Center and the Schroeder Area Historical Society will hold the Lundie Home Tour again this year, as a fundraiser.  Four new sites on the North Shore are included in this tour, which will be held July 8. For more information and tickets, contact the Cross River Heritage Center at 218-663-7706.

The 27th annual Grand Marais Arts Festival, featuring work by more than 70 local and regional artists, will be held in downtown Grand Marais July 8-9.

grand marais arts festial

The Grand Marais Arts Festival features 70 local and regional artists. It will be held July 8-9.

There are lots of things planned for the event, including art activities, a Clothesline Art Sale, a raku firing and more.

Cook County artists participating in the festival include Maggie Anderson, Gail Anderson, Betsy Bowen, Tom Crosby, Joan Farnam, Nancy Hemstad Seaton, MaryJane Huggins, Judith Johnson, Mary MacDonald, Jeff Morgan, Neil Sherman, Natalie Sobanja and Cooper Ternes.

Stay tuned for details. To find out more, click here.

 Opportunities:

 Singers of every age are invited to participate in “Hearing Our Voices: A Community Choral Recording Project” sponsored by the North Shore Music Association, Bethlehem Lutheran Church and the Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble. The objective of the project is to provide a recording experience for  a community-wide choir, using the annual Jazz Service at Bethlehem Lutheran as the template and to attract young singers into the choral community. Everyone is invited. Rehearsals will be held at the church at 7 p.m. on June 28 and July 5 with a performance at the church on July 9 at 10 a.m.. The recording will be held at the church on July 15. This should be a fun singing experience. For more info, contact mike.debevec@gmail.com or phone 218- 387- 2522.

 Painting in the BWCA with Neil Sherman, outfitting by Hungry Jack Outfitters. Join plein air painter Neil Sherman for three-days of painting and canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness July 17-20.

Neil Sherman will lead a plein-air painting workshop in the Boundary Waters in July.

Neil Sherman will lead a plein-air painting workshop in the Boundary Waters in July.

The group will be painting on scenic Duncan and Rose Lakes. Rose lake is well-known for it’s amazing views from the palisades along the Border Route trail, its quaint waterfalls and infamous Stairway Portage.  Hungry Jack Outfitters will provide everything except your sleeping bag and painting equipment.This will be an excellent experience for the beginning paddler and/or painter but is open to all levels of experience.  If you’ve been wanting to learn to paint and visit the BWCAW this class will be perfect for you. Class size is limited so make sure to register early. For more information and registration contact: Nancy Seaton at Hungry Jack Outfitters, 800-648-2922.

Registration is now open for the North Shore Readers & Writers Festival, which will be Nov. 2-5. Sponsored by the Grand Marais Art Colony and Drury Lane Books, the festival features authors, workshops and all-around engagement with the written word. For more info and to register, click here.

Window Shopping:

Last Chance Gallery has fun newly designed earrings by Kathy Dawdy in her Kitschigumi line. Sterling, beads and beach glass

Last Chance Gallery has fun newly designed earrings by Kathy Dawdy in her Kitschigumi line. The earrings include sterling, beads and beach glass.

 

Edgewood Made porcelain pitchers are on exhibit at Upstate MN.

Edgewood -made porcelain pitchers are on exhibit at Upstate MN.

 

Aaron Kloss has new work at Sivertson Gallery.

Aaron Kloss has new work at Sivertson Gallery.

Mary Jo Flack is one of the artists participating in the Hovland Arts Festival next weekend.

Mary Jo Flack is one of the artists participating in the Hovland Arts Festival next weekend.

 

Here’s the music schedule for the week:

Thursday, June 22:

  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, June 23:

  • Art Vandelay, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Evergreen Grass Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
  • Blues Happy, Grandma Ray’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 24:

  • Joe Paulik, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Evergreen Grass Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • The 4ontheFloor, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.
  • Frequency Rising, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.

Sunday, June 25:

  • Pushing Chain, Skyport Lodge, 5 p.m.
  • Mark Joseph and American Soul, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, June 26:

  • Open Mic Night, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Mark Joseph and American Soul, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Tuesday, June 27:

  • Teague Alexy, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 28:

  • Open Mic Night, Gunflint Tavern, 5 p.m.
  • Date Night with Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
  • Pete Kavanaugh, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

 

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

Let’s start with wildlife.

Loon by Paul Sundberg.

Loon by Paul Sundberg.

 

Saw Whet owlet by Kathy Gray-Anderson.

Saw Whet owlet by Kathy Gray-Anderson.

Here are some photographs of inland lakes.

"Perfect!" by Sue Weber.

“Perfect!” by Sue Weber.

 

Dock, clouds oand sun by David Johnson.

Dock, clouds oand sun by David Johnson.

And here’s a fun photo of blooming lilacs.

Photo courtesy of Betsy Bowen Gallery and Studios.

Photo courtesy of Betsy Bowen Gallery and Studios.

Lake Superior always looms large.

Summer view from Drury Lane Books by Gwen Danfelt.

Summer view from Drury Lane Books by Gwen Danfelt.

 

Fog at the Blue Hour by Bryan Hansel.

Fog at the Blue Hour by Bryan Hansel.

 

Castle Danger by Christian Dalbec.

Castle Danger by Christian Dalbec.

 

Strawberry Moon over the Grand Marais lighthouse by Kathy Gray Anderson.

Strawberry Moon over the Grand Marais lighthouse by Kathy Gray Anderson.

 

Artist's Point by Joanna Carroll Griffith.

Fog on Artist’s Point by Joanna Carroll Griffith.

And finally, our favorite of the week:

Son of Bert in the sunflower seeds by Michael Furtman.

Son of Bert in the sunflower seeds by Michael Furtman.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Pageant

Monday morning swim at the Lighthouse by Christian Dalbec.

Monday morning swim at the Lighthouse by Christian Dalbec.

 

Summer Solstice is right around the corner, and that means there’s lots to do in Grand Marais this weekend. Everything from North House Folk School‘s Wooden Boat Show, the Summer Solstice Puppet Pageant, art shows, music and more are scheduled for this first high point of summer on the North Shore.

First up is the Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Pageant at North House Folk School  featuring lots of beautiful wooden boats on display, speakers, workshops, demonstrations, a community dance,  the Lake Superior Chowder Experience, music, the Boats-to-Tools Silent Auction, a Pop-Up Craft Gallery, just to name a few.

The Wooden Boat Show features displays of everything from  handmade birchbark canoes to classic wooden boats.

The Wooden Boat Show features displays of everything from handmade birchbark canoes to classic wooden boats.

The Boat Show kicks off on Friday, Highlights include the Harborside Barbecue from 5-7 p.m., the Boat Parade from 6-7 p.m. and a Community Contra Dance with Northern Aire from 8-10 p.m. The Community Music Circle, from 8-9 p.m. is a sea chanty and lumberjack jam.

Saturday is packed full of activities including craft demonstrations, mini-courses, speakers, the Lake Superior Chowder Experience (at noon), the Boat t0 Tools Silent Auction and a Pop-up Craft Gallery. (North House is still taking submissions for the craft gallery. Email Carolyn Fritz with questions at cfritz@northhouse.org.)

Saturday concludes with the Summer Solstice Pageant, put on by the Good Harbor Hill Players.

The Sun King makes an appearance at the Summer Solstice Pageant.

The Sun King makes an appearance at the Summer Solstice Pageant.

This month, community members have been developing the plot, rehearsing the music and crafting puppets and backdrops for this wonderful performance of pageantry, laughter and awe. We don’t know what the storyline is, but we do have a few hints. The title of this year’s pageant is “To Bee or Not to Bee?”

solstice puppet show to bee or not to bee

The Summer Solstice Pageant will start at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

If you’d like to help out, turn up for the rehearsal at North House on Thursday at noon. Everyone always welcome. The Pageant is held outdoors in The Common at 8 p.m.

On Sunday, the annual Members Gathering will be held at noon. Authors  Mark Neuzil & Norman Sims (“The Canoe: A Natural History in North America”) will give a presentation followed by the launching of the canoe that was built on campus in six days.

Also this weekend, Axtell with Cook County graduate Katrina Axtell and Argentine soloist Julian Hernandez will perform at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30  p.m. Friday.

Axtell will perform at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Axtell will perform at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The duo will be celebrating the release of their sophomore EP “Traveler” as well as the start of a 16-state US tour. Their performance includes vocals, guitar, ukulele, kickdrum, (and the ocasional surprise instrument), and stands out by an energetic and engaging stage presence, memorable melodies, and striking harmonies. The event is by donation. All invited.

On Saturday, the Cook County Market, featuring a great selection of arts and crafts, including artisan bread, runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Senior Center.

At 1 p.m., the Art Colony hosts “Saturdays in the Studio” featuring an opportunity to learn about the artistic process and the history of various media which observing an artist at work. The demonstrations rotate between clay, glass, painting and printmaking. Open to all. Free.

Then at 4 p.m, Last Chance Gallery will host its weekly “Bronze Pour at 4.” Open to the public.

A bronze pour will be held at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen at 4 p.m. April 24.

A bronze pour will be held at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

On Tuesday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will host an Artist Talk at the Johnson Heritage Post at 4:30 p.m. entitled “Before and After: A Landscape.”

Harvard Forest.

Harvard Forest.

Artists Regan Golden and Jeremy Lundquist will share their experience as the 2010 Harvard Forest Artists-in-Residence, as well as how the residency came about. Lundquist will also highlight his new work and exhibition at Highpoint Center for Printmaking funded in part by a Jerome Fellowship. The Artist Talks are open to the public.

Next Thursday, The Minnesota State Arts Board will be in Grand Marais to present its programs to the public as well as offer individual appointments for artists.  On Thursday night, program officer Natalie Kennedy will talk about the process of applying to Arts Board grant programs at 4:30 p.m. at North House Folk School. Topics will include programs for artists for health and human service organizations, schools, local units of government, community organizations, arts organizations, and informal groups. The public is invited.

Individual 30-minute appointments can be arranged by contacting Kennedy at (651) 215-1617 or (800) 866-2787, or email her at natalie.kennedy@arts.state.mn.us.  Kennedy will also be holding sessions in Duluth and Two Harbors next week.

Exhibits

This is the last weekend to see the Frozen Photographers exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post. The exhibit features photographs by more than 30 local and regional artists. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

The Summer Art Underground Show continues at Betsy Bowen’s Galleries and Studio with works from local and regional artists. The gallery studio is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In Duluth, the “A Thousand Words” photography show continues, featuring a wide selection of photographs of people.

(detail) Imogen Cunningham (American, 1883-1976) "Morris Graves in Leek Garden," 1973 Gelatin silver print.

(detail) Imogen Cunningham (American, 1883-1976)
“Morris Graves in Leek Garden,” 1973
Gelatin silver print.

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery is exhibiting three shows, the Lakehead University Retrograduate Exhibition, “Night Brats,” works by the Die Active Art Collective and “Contemporary 14.”

One of the works in the Retrograduate exhibition at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

One of the works in the Retrograduate exhibition at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery will open a new exhibit, “The Perspective from Here” on June 22 with the opening reception set for 7:30 p.m. (EDT) on June 23.

Daphne Odjig, The Grand Entrance, 1989, acrylic on canvas

Daphne Odjig, The Grand Entrance, 1989, acrylic on canvas

 Upcoming

On July 8, the North Shore Music Association will present Dom Flemons, the Grammy winning co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. He will perform in concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts and present two all-ages educational workshops at the Grand Marais Public Library: a history of American folk music talk & demo, and a “rhythm bones” workshop. Stay tuned.

 The Cross River Heritage Center and Schroeder Area Historical Society is sponsoring “Quilting with Leftovers” with master quilter Coralyn Koschinska on Saturday, July 15 from 9:30 am to 3:30 p.m..  Call Suzan at 663-7706)to sign up for the class. The class is limited to 10 participants.

The Stars of the North Music Festival will be held in Harbor Park July 28-30. The music festival is a fundraiser for building a music lesson program for area youth, The festival is sponsored by the Grand Marais Music Collaborative, a 501c3 not for profit organization that focuses on the local music scene, education, and performance. All proceeds raised after concert expenses will go toward building a music lesson program for area youth, and the majority of the proceeds will be raised by selling raffle tickets and from donations. Stay tuned for details. For more info, see www.grandmaraismusic.com

Window Shopping

ast Chance Gallery in Lutsen is carrying Karin Kraemer’s Maiolica Pottery with glaze imagery drawn from everyday scenes in the home and garden

Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen is carrying Karin Kraemer’s Maiolica Pottery with glaze imagery drawn from everyday scenes in the home and garden.

 

Jake Carr crafted this shell out of carved and laminated wood. He has a booth at the Cook County Market.

Jake Carr crafted this shell out of carved and laminated wood. He has a booth at the Cook County Market on Saturdays.

 

Detail of the Cloud screen print by Brainstorm. The print is at Upstate MN.

Detail of the Cloud screen print by Brainstorm. The print is at Upstate MN.

 

Great Gifts of Lutsen has copies of "Fearless Johns: The Legend of John Beargrease" by Kelly Emerling Rauzi with illustrations y Mila Horak

Great Gifts of Lutsen has copies of “Fearless John: The Legend of John Beargrease” by Kelly Emerling Rauzi with illustrations by Mila Horak

 

In Other Art News:

Keith Jentoft just completed this sculpture of a bear on a big piece of granite at his cabin on Hungry Jack Lake.

Keith Jentoft carved this bear a chunk of concrete. He calls it his welcome stone.

Keith Jentoft carved this bear on a chunk of granite. He calls it his welcome stone.

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, June 15:

  • Joe Paulik, Music by the Campfire, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Axtell, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Jerry Vandiver and Amberly Rosen, Grandma Ray’s, 7 p.m.

Friday, June 16:

  • Joe Paulik, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Jerry Vandiver and Amberly Rosen, Grandma Ray’s, 7 p.m.
  • Axtell, Traveller EP Release Show, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Rich Mattson & the Northstars, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 17:

  • Jerry VanDiver, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Maais, 7 p.m., reservations at michaelmonroemusic.com
  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • Shaky Ground,  Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 18:

  • Circuit Breakers, Skyport Lodge, 5 p.m.
  • Jerry Vandiver, Gunflint Lodge, 7:30 p.m.
  • Jason Wussow, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, June 19:

  • Boyd Blomberg, Bluefin Grille, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 21:

  • Briand Morrison, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
  • John Silliman, Gunflint Lodge, 9 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

 

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Here’s a selection of photos we found this week.

First, two wildlife shots.

Haute-Coiffure. A black-crowned-night-heron-rocks-the-head-plumes by John Heino.

“Haute-Coiffure. A black-crowned night heron rocks the head plumes”  by John Heino.

 

Mama Merganser and fam, gliding through the mist by Mary Amerman.

Mama Merganser and fam, gliding through the mist by Mary Amerman.

And a spring flower.

Yellow lady's slippers by Paul Sundberg.

Yellow lady’s slippers by Paul Sundberg.

Beautiful clouds:

david johnson Summer thunderheads

Summer Thunderheads by David Johnson.

 

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Mushroom cloud over Pete’s Island by Travis Novitsky.

Strawberry Moon rising–

Strawberry moon over Five-Mile Rock by David Johnson.

Strawberry moon over Five-Mile Rock by David Johnson.

An incredible storm shot–

Big storm rolling into the Twin Cities on Sunday, June 11 by Michael Thompson.

Big storm rolling into the Twin Cities on Sunday, June 11 by Michael Thompson.

And last, but least, an incredible moose shot.

Moose blowing bubbles by Nace Hagemann.

Moose blowing bubbles by Nace Hagemann.


Have a great weekend, everyone! And if you’d like to donate to this weekly endeavor, now’s the time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Week of Jewelry and Bright Water

The good ship The Hjordis is back, sailing daily from North House Folk School through the summer. Photo by Shawna Marie Willis.

The good ship Hjordis is back, sailing daily from North House Folk School through the summer. To find out more, see www.northhouse.org. Photo by Shawna Marie Willis.

Summer has arrived. We can always tell when we see the those maroon sails of North House Folk School‘s schooner, the Hjordis, as it plies the waters around Grand Marais. And, of course, Lake Superior talks beautiful colors of blue.

This weekend is a celebration of all these things, with lots of activities and events.

First up is the second session of Arrowhead Sketchers, a group of artists who get together every Thursday to draw (and paint and sketch) the world around them. This week, the sketchers will meet at 4640 Cascade Beach Road for lots of opportunities to sketch rocks, water, trees, architecture. Artist Kathy Weinberg is hosting. All invited at 5 p.m.

This weekend will be a busy one at the Grand Marais Art Colony as it hosts “Findings: A Jewelry Symposium,” featuring a wide variety of classes, demonstrations, artist talks and a catered panel lunch discussion.

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The Findings Jewelry Symposium will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony this weekend.

Michael Boyd, a nationally renowned jewelry designer, metalsmith, and lapidary artist, is the keynote speaker as well as an instructor for the event.

Keynote speaker Michael Boyd will give an Artist Talk at the Johnson Heritage Poast at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Tuition is $10.

Keynote speaker Michael Boyd will give an Artist Talk at the Johnson Heritage Poast at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Tuition is $10.

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Some examples of Michael Boyd’s work.

Boyd will give an Artist Talk at the Johnson Heritage Post at 5:30 p.m. Friday, where he will talk about the evolution of his work as well as the major influences that have given him artistic direction.  Other Artist Talks scheduled over the weekend include Casey Sheppard, jewelry artist, mountain biker and freelance writer, who will speak at the Heritage Post at 5:30  p.m. Thursday. On Saturday, jewelry artists Jennifer Merchant and Vincent Pontillo-Verrastro will speak at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. respectively at the Heritage Post.  Tuition for each Artist Talk is $10. The three artists will participate in a panel discussion at a lunch at the Cook County Community Center at noon on Saturday. And on Saturday evening, there will be a group Trunk Show from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Grand Marais Art ColonyFor more information, to register for classes and the lunch, click here.

There are lots of other art opportunities this weekend, too.

Authors Sarah Stonich  (“Shelter”) and  Mark Neuzil (“Canoes”) will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse to talk about their books, and Pyrrha, the musical group that will play during the screening of the silent movie, The Fall of the House of Usher” at the ACA on Saturday, will be on the show, too. (See below for more info.)

Then, at 8 p.m., local writer and poet Levi Axtell will perform at Drury Lane Books‘ Full Moon Reading and Open Mic.

Levi Axtell will be featured at the Full Moon Reading at Drury Lane Books at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Levi Axtell will be featured at the Full Moon Reading at Drury Lane Books at 8 p.m. Friday.

Each full moon, Drury Lane Books invites the public to gather around the fire and hear local writers read their work or the work of others. If you have a story or poem to share, bring it. Axtell will also will also facilitate an open mic with his reading. All invited to enjoy the spoken word and the moon rising over the lake on Friday night.

Saturday kicks off with the Cook County Market, which is held in the Senior Center parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each week. The market features a wide variety of arts and crafts as well as artisan breads and more.

Woodworker Jeff Lillestrand has new birdhouses and other designs this year at the Cook County Market.

Woodworker Jeff Lillestrand has new birdhouses and other designs this year at the Cook County Market.

Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen is hosting an event on Saturday, too. Entitled “Celebrating Anishinaabe Women,” the event features author Colleen Baldrica of the Pembina Band of Ojibwa, who will share some stories and talk about her book, “Tree Spirited Women.” Baldrica will also lead a drum circle, weather permitting.

Celebrating Anihsinaabe Women will be held at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery from 1-3 p.m. Saturday.

Celebrating Anihsinaabe Women will be held at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery from 1-3 p.m. Saturday.

The gallery will also feature artist Susan Zimmerman of the Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe, who will be introducing her new collection of handmade, gourd drums. The event will be held from 1-3 p.m.

Then, at 4 p.m., Last Chance Gallery of Lutsen will hold a bronze pour, an exciting event to watch at any time. Open to the public. Free.

On Saturday night, plan on attending Pyrrha at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. The Minneapolis-based string ensemble will perform their original score to the Jean Epstein’s 1928 silent film, “The Fall of the House of Usher.”

Pyrhha

Pyrhha features Jackie Beckey (viola), Jonathan Kaiser (cello), and Adam Wozniak (bass). They will perform their original score at the screening of the silent film “The Fall of the House of Usher” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the ACA.

Based on Edgar Allen Poe‘s Gothic horror story, the film seethes with dreamy visual experimentation and surreal imagery. A psychological tale of confusion between reality and pictures, the 90-year-old cinematic gem resonates with campy melodrama perfect for the age of social media. The trio PYRRHA equally experienced in rock clubs and art galleries as classical concert halls, combine musical genres ranging from folk tunes to experimental sound for their lush score, bringing this silent film alive for contemporary audiences. The performance will be held at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Ticket information is available from northshoremusicassociation.com ,   Check out this preview here.

For more great music, Papa Charlie’s Songwriter Series on Monday at 8 p.m. will feature The Sea The Sea, an Upstate New York-based indie folk-pop duo-band featuring what Huffington Post calls, “Two of the loveliest male-female voices you might ever hear this or any other year.”

The Sea The Sea performs at Papa Charlie's at 8:30 p.m. Monday.

The Sea The Sea performs at Papa Charlie’s at 8:30 p.m. Monday.

The duo has won accolades and awards around the country. Here’s a video to see what they do.

There are some great exhibits to see this weekend, too.

The Spring Art Underground Show at the Betsy Bowen Galleries and Studio continues this month, with a wide variety of artwork from local and regional artists.

A wall of art, including work by painter Heidi Sobanja and tile maker Melissa Wickwire.

A wall of art, including work by painter Heidi Sobanja and tile maker Melissa Wickwire is at the Betsy Bowen Galleries and Studio this month.

The Johnson Heritage Post is featuring an exhibit by the Frozen Photographers, “Be There or Be Square.” The exhibit continues through June 17.

"Big Boy," a photograph by David Johnson, is one of the photos in the Frozen Photographers exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

“Big Boy,” a photograph by David Johnson, is one of the photos in the Frozen Photographers exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Tettegouche State Park continues its exhibit of the work of Adam Frankiewicz.

   is exhibiting his drawings at Tettegouche State Park this month.

Artist and aquatic entomologist, Adam Frankiewicz,is exhibiting his drawings at Tettegouche State Park this month.

In Duluth, a fascinating exhibit has opened at the Great Lakes Aquarium entitled “Black Gold,” which interprets the important history and threatened existence of sturgeon through the work of multiple artists.

This image by Adrian Chin from New Jersey contributed the particular image

This image by Adrian Chin from New Jersey is one of the works in the show at the Great Lakes Aquarium.

Sturgeon have been on Earth for more than 100 million years, but have become endangered due to over-harvesting and diminishing natural habitat. The exhibit is entitled “Black Gold” because of the high price of their caviar. The exhibit at the aquarium continues through Sept. 4.

The Tweed Museum of Art on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, continues its exhibition “A Thousand Words,” which features images of people in their environments.

(detail) Vance Gellert (American, 1944)
"Adeline Wright, Duluth, MN," 2004
Color Coupler Print on Kodak Paper
Collection Tweed Museum of Art, UMD

(detail) Vance Gellert (American, 1944)
”Adeline Wright, Duluth, MN” 2004
 ,Color Coupler print on Kodak Paper
, Collection Tweed Museum of Art, UMD

In Thunder Bay, the exhibit LU RetroGraduate Exhibition continues at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery through June 17.

One of the works in the LU Retrograduate Exhibition at Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

One of the works in the LU Retrograduate Exhibition at Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

At the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, the St. Patrick High School artists are featured.

"Days End" by Ashley Gerolami Belluz, a student at St. Patrick High School.

“Days End” by Ashley Gerolami Belluz, a student at St. Patrick High School.

 Upcoming

 Next weekend is one of the highlights of the summer season as North House Folk School presents the Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival June 16-18.

The event features rows of hand-made and unique watercraft, a boat parade, craft demonstrations, an evening square dance, the boat and tool auction, speakers, a pop-up craft show and, of course, the Summer Solstice Pageant presented by the Harbor Hill Players.

The Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival is next weekend.

The Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival is next weekend.

There are lots of classes featured next weekend, too, as well as music, food and more. For all the event details, click here. Stay tuned for details next week.

Window Shopping

Michelle Shanblott  new vendor, labradorite, amethyst and geode jewelry

Michelle Shanblott is a new vendor at Joy and Company. She makes labradorite, amethyst and geode jewelry.

 

David Steckelberg has a great collection of drawings at Ron's World Rocks.

David Steckelberg has a great collection of drawings at Ron’s World Rocks: Silver and Gems.

 

Stephan Hoglund is exhibiting his photographs at the Angry Trout this summer, including "Dark Path."

Stephan Hoglund is exhibiting his photographs at the Angry Trout this summer, including “Dark Path.”

 

The best bench in town is in front of the Johnson Heritage Post. Crafted by bronze sculptor Tom Christiansen, it is called "Grandmother's Bench." It was donated to the Heritage Post in memory of donated to heritage post in memory of Janet Davison Thayer, 1918-2011.

The best bench in town is in front of the Johnson Heritage Post. Crafted by bronze sculptor Tom Christiansen, it is called “Grandmother’s Bench.” It was donated to the Heritage Post in memory of Janet Davison Thayer, 1918-2011.

In Other Art News

Marty Harris is opening a show at Hopkins Center for the Arts on July 14.

One of the works for Marty Harris' upcoming show entitled "Sidewalk to Superior."

One of the works for Marty Harris’ upcoming show entitled “Sidewalk to Superior.”

 

Scott Lloyd Anderson will hold an Open Studio day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 10 at his studio, 3856 Blaisdell Ave. in Minneapolis.

Lake Superior North Shore near the Cascade River by Scott Lloyd Anderson.

Lake Superior North Shore near the Cascade River by Scott Lloyd Anderson.

Bob DeArmond, executive director of the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council is retiring this month, after 30 years working to develop and promote the arts community in the Arrowhead. A Good-Bye Party will be held in the August Fitger Room in Fitger’s Complex at 5:30 p.m. June 15. All invited.

The new executive director of ARAC has been named: Drew Digby will begin at ARAC on July 11. Currently Bigby is an economic and strategy analyst for the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board.

Drew Digby has been named the new executive director of the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.

Drew Digby has been named the new executive director of the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.

Digby has been the regional analyst for the Department of Employment and Economic Development and was an instructor of Journalism, History, and Advocacy and Political Leadership at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He ran a pop-up art gallery in Duluth called Studio 3 that had a successful run, including the WTF! Feminist Art Show that included works from more than 80 artists. He has also run a consulting business that helps artists with career and business strategies.

And finally, another look at the 4North exhibit currently at Norway House in the Twin Cities.

Paintings by Alison Aune and sculpture by Ann Klefstad are included in the 4North exhibit at Norway House in the Twin Cities.

Paintings by Alison Aune and sculpture by Ann Klefstad are included in the 4North exhibit at Norway House in the Twin Cities.

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, June 8:

  • Joe Paulik, Beach Bonfire, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Ian Alexy, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, June 9:

  • Billy Johnson, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Flyodian Slip, Gun Flint Trail, 8 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 10:

  • Bug Dope, Cascade Lodge Pup, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Voyageur, 7 p.m.
  • Pyrrha, “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.
  • Flyodian Slip, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 11:

  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, June 12

  • Open Mic Night, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • The Sea The Sea, Monday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, June 14:

  • Open Mic Night, Gun Flint Tavern, 5 p.m.
  • Date Night with Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

 

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Here are some of the photographs we found this week. Let’s start with wildlife.

The first calf seen this spring by Thomas Spence.

The first calf seen this spring by Thomas Spence.

Ospery Fledge Week by Thomas Demma.

Osprey Fledge Week by Thomas Demma.

 

"A little playing in the dirt" by David Johnson.

“A little playing in the dirt” by David Johnson.

 

"Let's not forget Dad," taken at the DNR Eagle Cam by Thomas Demma.

“Let’s not forget Dad,” taken at the DNR Eagle Cam by Thomas Demma.

And then we have some beautiful landscapes.

"The colors of fog at dawn--Superior National Forest" by Ken Harmon.

“The colors of fog at dawn–Superior National Forest” by Ken Harmon.

 

"Is this a beautiful scene or what" by Sandra Updyke.

“Is this a beautiful scene or what” by Sandra Updyke.

 

"Staircase to Cascade Falls" by Sierra Parsons.

“Staircase to Cascade Falls” by Sierra Parsons.

 

"Beartrap after rain" by Mike Wiggins, Jr.

“Beartrap after rain” by Mike Wiggins, Jr.

 

"First campfire of the season" by Roxann Berglund.

“First campfire of the season” by Roxann Berglund.

 

High Falls at Grand Portage by Susanne von Schroeder (Soul Centered Photography).

High Falls at Grand Portage by Susanne von Schroeder (Soul Centered Photography).

And last, but not least, this one:

Lightning storm over Grand Marais Harbor by Paul Sundberg.

Lightning storm over Grand Marais Harbor by Paul Sundberg.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

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June Flowers, a Pop-Up Concert and Art

"After the Spring Rain" by Ann Bowman.

“After the Spring Rain” by Ann Bowman.

 

Balmy weather and blue skies this week arrived as the summer season officially began. There’s plenty to do on the North Shore this weekend, too. Here’s a selection.

First up is a pop-up concert on Artist’s Point with singer/songwriter Jeremy Messersmith in support of his newest record, “11 Obscenely Optimistic Songs for Ukelele.” Messersmith will hold the pop-up concert at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own instruments and join in the music.

Following the pop-up event, a ticketed concert will be held at Voyageur Brewing Company at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and are available for purchase here.

Singer/songwriter Jeremy Messersmith with give a pop-up concert on Artist's Point at 5:30 Thursday and a ticketed concert at Voyageur Brewing Co. at 7 p.m.

Singer/songwriter Jeremy Messersmith with give a pop-up concert on Artist’s Point at 5:30 Thursday and a ticketed concert at Voyageur Brewing Co. at 7 p.m.

Messersmith’s new record, “Obscenely Optimistic Songs For Ukulele: A Micro-Folk Record For The 21st Century And Beyond”  is a new songbook and album jam-packed with ridiculous songs about kittens, world peace, flying cars and the transformative power of love. Why? “Because we all need a ray of sunshine every now and again,” Messersmith says. “Because it’s important to not lose sight of how good things could be. Because the first step to a better world is to imagine a better world.”

The Plucked Up String Band will be featured on WDSE’s The Playlist on Thursday night at 9 p.m. They’ll play a few songs and talk about their music. The episode will also feature leather crafting and fine art. To see a preview:

Also on Thursday, the Duluth Playhouse opens “Time Stands Still” on the Mainstage at the Depot in Duluth. In this gripping, often funny, drama, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies explores the intricacies of love, friendship, and the wounds of war.

"Time Stands Still" opens at the Duluth Playhouse on Thursday.

“Time Stands Still” opens at the Duluth Playhouse on Thursday.

The play continues through June 11 with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at the door.

On Friday, artist and aquatic entomologist, Adam Frankiewicz, opens a show in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park. The show will feature his drawings of a wide variety of aquatic insects.

Predacious diving beetle (Acilius semisulcatus) by Adam Frankiewicz.

Predacious diving beetle (Acilius semisulcatus) by Adam Frankiewicz.

Frankiewicz grew up in Spooner, Wis., and, he writes, “ss a child I was always fascinated with nature and the strange animals that live in it. Through drawing I was able to create my own animal, creature or monster and thus began my art and science career. In 2012 I received my bachelors degree in Biology with a field of study in Aquatic Entomology as well as an Art major.  Two months after graduating, I got my current job at the EPA lab in Duluth as an aquatic invertebrate taxonomist.  My goal in life is to become a scientific illustrator and use art to educate people about the small, unique and amazing organisms that live in our waterways and the importance they have to our ecosystem.” This fascinating exhibit continues through June at Tettegouche.

Also on Friday, singer/songwriter Michael Monroe will be a guest on WTIP’s The Roadhouse. Monroe will talk about his music and play a few songs. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.

There’s lots happening on Saturday, too.

First up is the Cook County Market, which is held in the Senior Center parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The market, which opened for the season last week, features several new vendors, including the Northwoods Fiber Guild and potter Hannah Palma Laky.

The Northwoods Fiber Guild has a booth at the Cook County Market this year.

The Northwoods Fiber Guild has a booth at the Cook County Market this year.

Potter Hannah Palma Laky, a Cook County graduate who recently returned to Cook County, has a booth at the Saturday market.

Potter Hannah Palma Laky, a Cook County graduate who recently returned to Grand Marais, has a booth at the Saturday market.

At 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, the Grand Marais Public Library will present “Hiking Without A Canoe: A Photographic Journey of the Appalachian Trail” featuring Jill Aubin, who just completed hiking the Appalachian Trail.  Aubin will be sharing photographic images in a slide show while she relates what it takes to hike 2,189 miles of wilderness and what you can discover about the land and yourself on the journey. Free and open to all.

Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen will hold a bronze Pour at Four at 4 p.m. on Saturday, a weekly event at the art studio during the summer season. The gallery is also welcoming a new bronze sculptor to the studio. Greg Mueller,  an accomplished sculptor who was an assistant to renowned sculptor Paul Grandlund and has been an art professor for the past few years, will host the Pour at Four events this summer.

Greg Mueller is a new sculptor at Last Chance Gallery and Fabricating and will host the bronze pours this summer. The Pour at 4 is at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Greg Mueller is a new sculptor at Last Chance Gallery and Fabricating and will host the bronze pours this summer. The Pour at 4 is at 4 p.m. on Saturdays. All invited. Free.

The event is free — and exciting!

North House Folk School is hosting the Northern Landscapes Festival this weekend, drawing in bird lovers and nature lovers from all over the region to learn and explore. They also open their doors for free featured presentations over the weekend.

On Friday, June 2, learn about the Common Loons of Minnesota at a presentation at 7 p.m. Non-game biologist Kevin Woizeschke will discuss the lives and habitat of the loons as well as findings of the latest research and challenges that face this iconic bird of the North. Free. All invited.

On Saturday night, join three of Minnesota’s leading climate scientists, MPR’s chief meteorologist, Paul Huttner  Dr. Jay Austin of the Large Lakes Observatory and Dr. Lee Froelich of the U of MN Center for Forest Ecology for a wide-ranging presentation on the latest climate science in Minnesota, climate changes on Lake Superior and the Great Lakes and climate change impacts on the forests of northern Minnesota.

MPR's chief meterologist, Paul Huttner, will join a panel discussion on climate change at North House Folk School on Saturday.

MPR’s chief meteorologist, Paul Huttner, will join a panel discussion on climate change at North House Folk School on Saturday at 7 p.m..

After a short presentation from each scientist, an in-depth round-table discussion with a question-and-answer session from the audience will follow. The event starts at 7 p.m. All invited. Free.
Also on Saturday, North House will host a free family program: Bird Banding at Sweethearts Bluff on Saturday morning from 7 -10 a.m. Here’s a link to find out more.

And not to forget, the summer solstice is just around the corner and it’s time to help make puppets for the Good Harbor Hills Players’ Summer Solstice Pageant, which will be held at 8 p.m. June 17 at North House Folk School. Free Puppet-making workshops, which are open to all age groups, will be held at the Betsy Bowen Galleries and Studio from 6-8 p.m. Thursdays,  10 a.m. to noon and 2-4 p.m. on Saturdays and  1-4 p.m. on Sundays.

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Look for the sign outside the gallery at 301 1st Ave. W.

Everyone is always welcome to lend a hand. For more info, call Betsy at 218-370-8077, or email betsy@woodcut.com

And for aspiring actors, the Grand Marais Playhouse is holding a number of classes for various age groups taught by guest director Carrie Nath. Everything from comedy improv, basic clowning and slapstick comedy will to taught. For more info and to sign up, click here.

Exhibits

The Frozen Photographer’s exhibit, “Be There or Be Square” continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through June. 17.

One of the photographs in the Frozen Photographer's exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

One of the photographs in the Frozen Photographer’s exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

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

The Spring Art Underground Show at Betsy Bowen’s Galleries and Studio opened last weekend and continues through the month, featuring a great selection of works by local and regional artists.

Covered Jars by Natalie Sobanja.

Covered Jars by Natalie Sobanja.

The studio is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The Tweed Museum of Art on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Duluth has opened a new photography exhibit entitled “A Thousand Words.”

Photography by Endia Beal Mel from her "Am I What You're Looking For? " series.

Photography by Endia Beal Mel from her “Am I What You’re Looking For? ” series.

Coincidentally, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in Thunder Bay, has opened a photography exhibit as well this month. “Every Picture Tells a Story “ is a student photo project from Ecole Gron Morgan, funded by the Ministry of Education.  The project uses photography as a vehicle for students to express academic learning and to explore emotion.

Photograph from the exhibit "Every Picture Tells a Story."

Photograph from the exhibit “Every Picture Tells a Story.”

The exhibit continues through June 18 with the opening reception set for June 7 at 6:30 p.m. (EDT)

Upcoming:

 Kah Nee Tah Gallery in Lutsen will host “Celebrating Anishinaabe Women in the Arts” at the gallery from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 10.

kah nee tah celebrating Anishinaabe women in the artsAt the event,  author Colleen Baldrica of the Pembina Band of Ojibwa will share some stories and talk about her book “Tree Spirited Women.”  Baldrica will also lead a drum circle, weather permitting. The gallery will also be featuring artist Susan Zimmerman of the Grand Portage Band of Ojibwa, who will be introducing her new collection of handmade, gourd drums. Stay tunes for details.

The North Shore Music Association will screen the silent movie classic,  “The Fall of the House of Usher” with a live score by the group, Pyrrha at 7:30 p.m. June 10 at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

Pyrhha

Pyrrha has developed a score for the silent movie classic, “The Fall of the House of Usher.” They perform at the ACA on June 10.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at tix.com or at the door.

Window Shopping

Sterling silver ring with fish-eye agage by Superior Gems (Jeremy Seathre and Emily Cihlar) is at Great Gifts of Lutsen.

This sterling silver ring with a fish-eye agate is by Superior Gems (Jeremy Seathre and Emily Cihlar) and is at Great Gifts of Lutsen.

"Silver Birches" by Misha Martin, is at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.

“Silver Birches” by Misha Martin, is at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.

 

”Hummingbird~Dense "Fragment of Light." Original woodcut by Betsy Bowen, c. 2002. is at Betsy Bowen Galleries and Studio.

”Hummingbird~Dense “Fragment of Light.” Original woodcut by Betsy Bowen, c. 2002 is at Betsy Bowen Galleries and Studio. The print was created as an illustration for “Borealis,” a book of poems by Jeff Humphries.

This steel sculpture by Carol Ann Shikany-Tentinger is at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

This steel sculpture by Carol Ann Shikany-Tentinger is at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

In Other Art News:

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Alison Aune stands beside her work for the 4North exhibit, which was featured at the Duluth Art Institute recently. It is now on exhibit at the Norway House in the Twin Cities.

The 4North exhibit, which opened at the Duluth Art Institute earlier this year, is now being shown at Norway House in Minneaplis. The artists exhibiting in the show include Alison Aune, above, Kirsten Aune, Ann Klefstad, and Arna Rennan. The show continues at Norway House through July 16.

Hard work pays off!

Hard work pays off! Pottery students Kathy Reeves, left, Priscilla Beck and Ann Mershon show off the work they created in the Pots of Painting class at the Grand Marais Art Colony,

Pottery students Kathy Reeves, left, Priscilla Beck and Ann Mershon show off some of the work they created in the Pots for Painting class at the Grand Marais Art Colony,

And here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, June 1:

  • Jeremy Messersmith, Voyageur Brewing Co., 7 p.m.
  • Jon Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, June 2:

  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Jeremy Messersmith, Papa Charlie’s Deck, 6 p.m.
  • Jim and Michelle Miller, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Pete K, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • The Cruisers, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • The Thirsty River, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Bug Dope, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 3:

  • Why Worry,  Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Campfire Music, Bluefin Bay, 7 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Pete Kavanaugh, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • The Thirsty River, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 4:

  • TBA, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, June 5:

  • Open Mic Night, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, June 6:

  • Open Mic Night, Gun Flint Tavern, 5 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

 

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We found more wonderful photographs this week. Take a look:

First, we have some wildlife shots…

Saw-Whet Owl by Paul Sundberg.

Saw-Whet Owl by Paul Sundberg.

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Get Enough Sleep by Kathy Gray-Anderson.

 

"A good mate is hard to find," by Kathy Gray Anderson.

“A Good Mate is Hard to Find,” by Kathy Gray Anderson.

 

"Impressive -- for 11 Weeks!" by Thomas Demma. (photo taken at the DNR Eagle Cam in the Twin Cities.)

“Impressive — for 11 Weeks!” by Thomas Demma. (photo taken at the DNR Eagle Cam in the Twin Cities.)

 

"Doe and Fawn" by Keith Crowley.

“Doe and Fawn” by Keith Crowley.

 

Then some spring flowers …

Forget-Me-Nots by Kristofer Bowman.

Forget-Me-Nots by Kristofer Bowman.

 

"This Morning's Phone Shot" by Jamie Rabold.

“This Morning’s Phone Shot” by Jamie Rabold.

And running water …

"Life Flows On Within You and Without You" by Mary Amerman.

“Life Flows On Within You and Without You” by Mary Amerman.

And night skies …

"Last Night at Father Baraga's Cross" by Thomas Spence.

“Last Night at Father Baraga’s Cross” by Thomas Spence.

 

"Milky Way" by Travis Novitsky.

“Milky Way” by Travis Novitsky.

A day sky and the Big Lake …

View of the Lake from Drury Lane Books.

View of the Lake from Drury Lane Books by Gwen Danfelt.

A sunset …

"Lapid Sunset" by David Johnson.

“Lapid Sunset” by David Johnson.

A path in the woods …

"Cascade" by Betsy Bowen.

“Cascade” by Betsy Bowen.

And last, but not least, this …

"Summer is Ramping Up" by Kjersti Vick.

“Summer is Ramping Up” by Kjersti Vick.

Have a great weekend, everyone!!!

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The Season Begins: Art Along the Lake

jamie rabold the cascade is beautiful from all angles

“The Cascade is beautiful from all angles,” by Jamie Rabold.

Look forward to some wonderful craziness this weekend as galleries and shops celebrate Art Along the Lake with exhibits, gallery tours, demonstrations, music, art activities and more all weekend long.

The natural world is celebrating, too, with waterfalls at their spectacular best and trees opening to new life in greens, not to mention early wildflowers and young foxes and robins exploring new worlds.

Art Along the Lake features special events at the Cross River Heritage Center in Schroeder, which opens for the season on Friday, Last Chance Gallery and Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen, the Grand Marais Art Colony, Betsy Bowen Galleries & Studio, Sivertson Gallery, Ron’s World Rocks and Joy & Co in Grand Marais.

Paddling Through Clouds, oil, by David Gilsvik.

Davidi Gilsvik’s painting “Paddling Through Clouds” is the featured artwork on the Art Along the Lake brochure this year. Gilsvik will be giving painting demos at Sivertson Gallery from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The weekend kicks off with the opening of the Cross River Heritage Center for the season at 10 a.m. on Friday. The exhibits this year include “Boomtown: Taconite Harbor”and “Vintage Needlework and Fiber Arts.” There will be lots of great demos this weekend. On Friday, artisans will demonstrate basketry, knitting, hand quilting, wood carving, and Ukraine egg carving throughout the day. The demos continue at the Heritage Center on Saturday and feature everything from Norwegian sewing to hardanger embroidery. For the full schedule and times of the demos, click here.

In Lutsen, Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery will hold a number of demonstrations over the weekend.

kah nee tah pottery and paintings

Pottery and paintings are just a few of the artworks found at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Of special interest this weekend: Maggie Anderson will give a raku demonstration at the gallery from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Also on Saturday, there will be Bronze Pour at 4 at Last Chance Gallery. For more info and schedules, click here.

In Grand Marais, the Spring Art Underground Show Sneak Peek  at Betsy Bowen Galleries and Studio will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday night. The show features woodcuts by Betsy Bowen, Lake Superior gem stone jewelry by Stephan Hoglund, custom tiles by Melissa Wickwire, woodenware by Jim Sannerud, plus select local pottery, original paintings, rosemaling and lots more. The show continues through June.

The Spring Art Underground Show Sneak Peak at Betsy Bowen Galleries and Studio is from 5-7 p.m. Friday. Bowen's woodcut prints are featured in the show

The Spring Art Underground Show Sneak Peek at Betsy Bowen Galleries and Studio is from 5-7 p.m. Friday. Bowen’s woodcut prints are featured in the show, which continues through June.

Tilemaker Melissa Wickwire will give demos on tile making from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Melissa Wickwire will give tile-making demos on Saturday at Betsy Bowen Galleries & Studio.

Melissa Wickwire will give tile-making demos on Saturday at Betsy Bowen Galleries & Studio.

Betsy Bowen will give a printmaking demo at her gallery studio from 1-3 p.m. Sunday. For more info, click here.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will host a Pop-Up Exhibit on Saturday and Sunday.

The Pop-up Exhibit, Made at the Art Colony, will be Saturday and Sunday and includes prints by Dan and Lee Ross.

The Pop-up Exhibit, Made at the Art Colony, will be Saturday and Sunday and includes prints by Dan and Lee Ross.

“Made at the Art Colony” features works by local and regional artists who work at the Art Colony and includes paintings, prints, glass and ceramics and multi-media work. The show is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The Art Colony will also host a printmaking demo by Jerry Riach at 1 p.m. on Saturday and a Community Ink Day: Screenprinting from 2-4 p.m. For more info, click here.

And plein air painter David Gilsvik will give painting demos at Sivertson Gallery from 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

A new gallery, Ron’s World Rocks, Silver and Gems, holds its Grand Opening this weekend with studio demonstrations and a chance to visit with artist Ron Piercy on Friday and Saturday. Besides a great collection of handmade jewelry, the gallery also includes paintings by Matt Kania, bronze sculptures by John Books and prints by David Steckelberg, to name a few.

Matt Kania's painting is at Ron's World Rocks.

Matt Kania’s painting is at Ron’s World Rocks.

Joy & Co. hosts childen’s art activities on Friday and Saturday starting at 10 a.m.  All invited. Free.

Also on Friday, the Cook County Historical Society opens a new military history exhibit entitled “On the Line: A Military History of Cook County.” The exhibit explores the stories of how wartime changed the lives of Cook County service members and their families at home. An opening reception is set for Saturday. The museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday.

This weekend also features a number of special music events.

On Friday, The Sound of Strings Duo, comprised of Michelle Gribbon on violin, and Christina Roytz Branham on cello, (both play with the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra) will present a program entitled “Music from the Heart” at the Grand Marais Public Library at noon on Thursday.

On Saturday, singer/songwriter Ben Weaver will perform at the Fireweed Bike Co-op at 6 p.m.

And, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, the WolfGang Classical Quintet will perform at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 7:30. They will play the overtures to Mozart’s operas “Don Giovanni” and “The Magic Flute.”

And, not to forget, the Frozen Photographers exhibit, “Be There or Be Square” continues at the Johnson Heritage Post featuring work by 22 local and regional photographers.

Photo by Jamie Rabold. Rabold is one of the Frozen Photographers exhibiting at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Photo by Jamie Rabold. Rabold is one of the Frozen Photographers exhibiting at the Johnson Heritage Post.

In Duluth, the  opening reception for Ellen Sandbeck‘s papercut art will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday at the AICHO Galleries, 202 W. 2nd St.

Buddha-Day-28-Anuradhapura-Sri-Lanka, papercut, by Ellen Sandbeck.

Buddha-Day-28-Anuradhapura-Sri-Lanka, papercut, by Ellen Sandbeck.

The exhibit features a collection of her work, including “A Buddha a Day,” a series executed over the course of a year during which Sandbeck created 365 papercuts of Gautama Buddha. Proceeds from the sale of these works will benefit the charity of your choice.

The Call and Response Ceramics Exhibit continues at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Wall sculpture by Lee Stoliar is at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Wall sculpture by Lee Stoliar is at the Tweed Museum of Art.

In Thunder Bay, the Lakehead University RetroGraduate Exhibition continues through June 17, featuring work in a variety of mediums.

The Lakehead University RetroGraduate Exhibition is at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

The Lakehead University RetroGraduate Exhibition is at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

For Bob Dylan fans, the Duluth Dylan Festival continues in a variety of venues in Duluth through Sunday, including the Blood on the Tracks Express rolling train ride, featuring lots of music on the trip from Duluth to Two Harbors. For tickets and more event info, click here.

Upcoming

The Arrowhead Sketchers will begin their second season at the Grand Marais Recreation Park on Thursday, June 1, from 5- 7 p.m., followed by a brief “show and tell.”  The group meets weekly on Thursdays and welcomes anyone who likes to draw, sketch, plein aire paint or photograph, as well as those who want to just watch. For more info, call the Grand Marais Art Colony at 387-2737. You may also join MeetUp.com for weekly updates.

The Grand Marais Art Colony‘s “Findings Jewelry Symposium” is June 8-11 and promises to be quite an event.

The Findings Jewelry Symposium at the Grand Marais Art Colony is June 8-11. There is still time to sign up for classes.

The Findings Jewelry Symposium at the Grand Marais Art Colony is June 8-11. There is still time to sign up for classes.

The symposium features renowned jewelry artists who will demonstrate and teach about the intersection of contemporary and traditional jewelry-making techniques through classes, demos, artist talks and a jewelry trunk show. Register today while there’s space available. Learn more here:  And stay tuned for details.

The Wooden Boat Show and Summer Solstice Festival  is June 16-18 at North House Folk School. It’s the biggest celebration of the year at North House and features lots of wooden boats, classes, the Summer Solstice Pageant, presentations and more.  It’s a  fun, family-oriented educational event and open to all. For more info, click here.

Also, North House is seeking submissions for the Pop-Up Craft Gallery which will be held during the Wooden Boat Show.

North House is calling for submissions for the Pop-Up Craft Gallery, that will be held during the Wooden Boat Show next month.

North House is calling for submissions for the Pop-Up Craft Gallery  that will be held during the Wooden Boat Show next month.

Bring a craft item you made and display it at the pop-up Craft Gallery on Saturday, June 17. Contact cfritz@northhouse.org with questions.

Window Shopping

Colorful paddles made by Sanborn Canoe Co. are at Upstate MN.

Beautiful paddles made by Sanborn Canoe Co. are at Upstate MN.

 

Sivertson Gallery has a great selection of jewelry, including this Fossil Walrus-Spiny Oyster-Sterling Bracelet From Bering Sea Designs.

Sivertson Gallery has a great selection of jewelry, including this fossil walrus-spiny oyster sterling bracelet from Bering Sea Designs.

 

Carol Miller has new pottery at Joy & Co.

Carol Miller has new pottery at Joy & Co.

 In Other Art News:

 Carrin Rosetti and Richard Gruchalla were awarded  First Place in Ceramics at the Old Capital Art Fair in Springfield, Ill. last weekend.

Raku artists Carrin Rosetti (pictured) and Richard Gruchalla won First Place in ceramics at a recent art show in Illinois. They exhibit their work at Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais.

Raku artists Carrin Rosetti (pictured) and Richard Gruchalla won First Place in ceramics at a recent art show in Illinois. They exhibit their work at Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais.

Here’s the music schedule for the week:

Thursday, May 25:

  • Timmy Haus, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Friday, May 26:

  • Pushing Chain, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
  • Pete K Group, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Saturday, May 27:

  • Matt Trost & Laurel Clark, Voyageur Brewing Co., noon
  • Jim McGowan, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Ben Weaver, Fireweed Bike Co-op, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • James Moors, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m., info, reservations at michaelmonroemusic.com
  • The WolfGang, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 7:30 p.m.
  • John Silliman, Gunflint Lodge, 8 p.m.
  • Earth, Wind and Todd, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Pete K Group, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 28:

  • Pushing Chain, Skyport Lodge, 5 p.m.
  • Tony Peterson and Jill Zimmerman, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.

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Whew! We found a lot of photos this week. Let’s start with wildlife.

Kits, by Paul Sundberg.

Kits, by Paul Sundberg.

 

Out in the Fog and Rain by Thomas Spence.

Out in the Fog and Rain by Thomas Spence.

 

Lunch! by Thomas Demma.

Lunch! by Thomas Demma. (Taken at the MN DNR eagle cam site.)

 

Nace Hagemann took this shot. He says he has never seen a laying like a stretched-out dog before.

Nace Hagemann took this shot. He says he has never seen a wolf  stretched-out like a dog before.

 

Loons by Michael Thompson.

Loons by Michael Thompson.

 

Late Night Visitor by David Johnson.

Late Night Visitor by David Johnson.

 

Little robin waiting for Mom by Ravenwind.

Little robin waiting for Mom by Ravenwind.

 

Flight of the Marsh Wren by John Heino.

Flight of the Marsh Wren by John Heino.

 

And we found lots of photos of waterfalls …

Kakabeka Falls (near Thunder Bay)  by Don Malcolm.

Kakabeka Falls (near Thunder Bay) by Don Malcolm.

 

Seven Bridges Road by Mary Amerman.

Seven Bridges Road by Mary Amerman.

 

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Judge Magney State Park by Sandra Updyke.

 

High Falls, Grand Portage by Paul Sundberg.

High Falls, Grand Portage by Paul Sundberg.

And all this water is flowing into our gorgeous Lake Superior.

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Diggin’ what she’s layin’ down tonight, by Danielle Fortin.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

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Frozen Photographers and Arboreal Writers

Christian Dalbec took this gorgeous photo of the Lake Superior shoreline the other day.

Christian Dalbec took this photo of the Lake Superior shoreline and a full  moon the other day.

The official start of the summer season is only a weekend away, and everybody is gearing up for it. There are lots of events, openings, demonstrations and celebrations next weekend, so stay tuned.

Meanwhile, there’s plenty to do along the North Shore.

First up is a performance by the popular acapella group, the SVEA Singers, at the Spring Choir Concert at Bethlehem Lutheran Church tonight at 7 p.m. The singers include Erika Ternes, Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux, Erin Swenson Klatt and Yvonne Mills.

The SVEA Singers performed by the bonfire at Drury Lane Books during the Full Moon Gathering earlier this year.

The SVEA Singers performed by the bonfire at Drury Lane Books during a Full Moon Gathering earlier this year. The singers are, from left, Erika Ternes, Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux, Erin Swenson Klatt and Yvonne Mills.

The SVEA Singers will perform a few songs during the choir concert. Ternes is the music director of the group as well as the music director of the school choir. The concert is free. All invited.

On Friday, the Johnson Heritage Post opens a highly anticipated exhibit by the Frozen Photographers with a reception from 5-7 p.m. More than 40 local and regional photographers have submitted work for the show, which is entitled “Be There or Be Square.” The photographers are required to submit at least one photo that is square, with a 1:1 ratio.

Lupine Sunset by Kirk Schleife is one of the photographs that will be in the Frozen Photographers show which opens at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday.

Lupine Sunset by Kirk Schleife is one of the photographs that will be in the Frozen Photographers show which opens at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday.

Frozen Photographers was formed as a closed Facebook group a few years ago with the caveat that member photographers must demonstrate, through their photos, that they got cold (and/or frozen fingers) while shooting. The Facebook page currently has 2,177 members, some from as far away as Siberia. And yes, the exhibit will undoubtedly have lots of snow and ice shots, but there will be all kinds of other great photos of the North Shore as well.

Grand Marais photographer David Johnson is submitting this incredible shot for the Frozen Photographers show.

Grand Marais photographer David Johnson is submitting this incredible shot of the Grand Marais lighthouse in a storm for the Frozen Photographers show.

The exhibit continues through June 18. Refreshments will be served at the opening reception. All invited.

Also on Friday, it’s music night on WTIP’s The Roadhouse, which airs from 5-7 p.m. The show kicks of with a set by guitarists Sam Miltich (Clearwater Hot Club) and Briand Morrison.  Both musicians play jazz guitar. The Pete K Group plays the second half of the show, featuring lots of blues. The musicians will also talk about their music  during the show as well.  Miltich and Morrison play at Voyageur’s Brewing Co. on Friday, starting at 4 p.m. The Pete K Group plays Grandma Ray’s on Friday and Saturday nights.

On Saturday, Drury Lane Books hosts the Aboreal Writer’s Salon featuring Josh MacIvor-Andersen, author and editor of “Rooted: The Best New Arboreal Nonfiction” as well as winners of the bookstore’s Aboreal Writer’s Contest.

“Rooted” is a collection almost seven years in the making, MacIvor-Andersen says.

Author and editor   will be at a Writer's Salon at Drury Lane Books on Saturday night.

Author and editor will be at a Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books on Saturday night.

“I really wanted to anthologize contemporary essays that both manifested the incredible dexterity of the genre–the acrobatic, muscular nature of nonfiction–and illuminated the tree, a multi-specied organism that has been more than prominent in my life,” he writes. “I figured there’s not a person alive who doesn’t have some connection, some story, some relationship to a tree. I really wanted to create a home for those stories. A kind of arboreal love letter.”

The writing contest winners will also read their pieces. The winners include Kate Fitzgerald, 1st, for “Sisters”; Judy Budreau, 2nd, for “Writer’s Block.” Honorable Mentions include Maggie Jones for “Mabel’s Understand of Loss” and Rachel Andrus for “Taking Root.”  A discussion about writing, editing and trees will follow the readings. All invited.

On Wednesday at 4:30 , look forward to an energetic Artist Talk about Solarplate Printing by artist Dan Welden at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

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Solar plate printmaker Dan Welden will give an Artist Talk at the Grand Marais Art Colony at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Welden is a master printmaker, painter, educator, and author. His work has been shown in more than 80 international solo exhibitions in museums and galleries and in more than 700 group exhibitions in the U.S., Europe, China, Japan, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and Peru. The originator of the technique called, Solarplate, Welden will talk about his innovative work at the forefront of the alternative health and safety-oriented movement of printmaking. The Artist Talk is open to the public. Free.

There are some great on-going exhibits on the North Shore, too.

Watercolorist Tim Pearson has an exhibit in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park that continues through this month.

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My Story, watercolor, by Tim Pearson, is one of the paintings at Tettegouche State Park this month.

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery will hold an opening reception for “Retrograduate Exhibition 2017″ featuring work by graduates of Lakehead University. The exhibit features paintings, drawings, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture.

The Retrograduate 2017 exhibit opens with a gala reception at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay on Friday night.

The Retrograduate 2017 Exhibition opens with a gala reception at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay on Friday night.

The opening reception is rom 7-10 p.m. EDT and runs through June 17. All invited.

At the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, painter Bob Boyer is the Permanent Collection Spotlight artist this month.

Bob Boyer, "A Postcard For Martha Stewart, "(detail), 1998, oil on burlap,

Bob Boyer, “A Postcard For Martha Stewart, “(detail), 1998, oil on burlap, is featured in the Permanent Collection Spotlight at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

At the Tweed Museum of Art, the installation of a new exhibit, “Sinew: Female Native Artists of the Twin Cities” is on-going.

One of the pieces that will be in the Tweed's new exhibit, "Sinew," which opens June 1,

One of the pieces that will be in the Tweed’s new exhibit, “Sinew,” which opens June 1,

The exhibit opens with a reception from 6-8 p.m. June 1.

Upcoming

Memorial Weekend Art Along the Lake, a county wide celebration over the Memorial Day weekend is full of all kinds of art activities, events, two art show openings and a lot more.

Paddling Through Clouds, oil, by David Gilsvik.

Paddling Through Clouds, oil, by David Gilsvik. This beautiful painting by Gilsvik is on the cover of the brochure for Art Along the Lake. Copies can be found at venues throughout the county.

There’s a bronze pour at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen, a Pop-Up Made At the Art Colony exhibit at the Grand Marais Art Colony, the opening of the Spring Underground Art Show at Betsy Bowen’s Galleries and Studio, demonstrations and a lot more. The Cross River Heritage Center in Schroeder opens for the season with lots of demonstrations over the weekend as does the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center on the Gunflint Trail.  For the complete schedule, click here, and stay tuned for lots of details next week.

The North Shore Music Association makes history with this one when they host the first-ever live music + silent film event: “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Jean Epstein’s 1928 silent film masterpiece, with an original musical score performed live by the group Pyrrha. Based on Edgar Allen Poe’s Gothic horror story, the film seethes with dreamy visual experimentation and surreal imagery. The music will be fabulous as well. Check out Pyrrha’s work playing for old-time silent movies here.

Pyrrha plays music during the silent film, The Fall of the Usher at the ACA June 10.

Pyrrha plays music during the silent film, “The Fall of the House of Usher” at the ACA June 10.

The performance is June 10 at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. Get tickets at www.tix.com and stay tuned for details.

Window Shopping

This antler and brass-hinged bracelet by Eric Silva is at Upstate MN.

This antler and brass-hinged bracelet by Eric Silva is at Upstate MN.

New stone sculptures have arrived at Sivertson Gallery, including this soapstone musk ox carved by Kelly Etidloie.

New stone sculptures have arrived at Sivertson Gallery, including this soapstone musk ox carved by Kelly Etidloie.

Beadworker Deke Burnham is a new artist at Joy and Co.

Beadworker Deke Burnham is a new artist at Joy and Co.

In Other Art News

 Photographer Nace Hagemann has work  at Kah Nee Tah Gallery in Lutsen, as well as at Joy and Co.

This print of a raven on wood by Nace Hagemann will soon be available at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

This print of a raven on wood by Nace Hagemann will soon be available at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

The Grand Marais Playhouse has almost firmed-up the casts for the Summer Theatre Festival.

Cast members for the upcoming Summer Theatre Festival.

Cast members for the upcoming Summer Theatre Festival.

The cast of “The Games Afoot” is Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux, Jane Gellner, Jan Healy, Kevin Kager, Gary Latz, Aliya Marxen, Sam Seitsema and Diane Stoddard.
The Cast of “The Pajama Game” is Mark Abrahamson, Karen Blackburn, John Bragstad, Susan Bragstad, Kate Fitzgerald, Hilja Iverson, Thomas Stamps and Karina Roth. The Playhouse is still searching for one more guy to complete the cast. The Summer Theater Festival is July 20 through Aug. 13. Go to grandmaraisplayhouse.com to see schedule and buy tickets.

In other Playhouse news, visiting director and choreographer Carrie Nath is in town where she will direct “The Games Afoot” and choreograph “The Pajama Game.” Nath comes to Grand Marais from Louisville, where she most recently served as the executive director for The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts.

Carrie Nath, left, with Sue Hennessy.

Carrie Nath, left, with Grand Marais Playhouse artistic director, Sue Hennessy. Nath will be a resident artist at the Playhouse this summer and fall.

While here, she will hold three workshops in June for children and adults and will return this fall to direct Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” for the Playhouse and do residencies in the schools.

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, May 18:

Boyd Blomberg, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

Friday, May 19:

  • Briand Morrison with Sam Miltich, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Pete K Group, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Oak, Steel and Lightning, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 20:

  • Pete K, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Pete K Group, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Oak, Steel and Lightning, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 21:

  • TBA, Gun Flint Tavern, 6 p.m.

 

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Here is a potpourri of photos we found this week.

" A lovely scene on the back roads of Cook County this evening" by Thomas Spence.

” A lovely scene on the back roads of Cook County this evening” by Thomas Spence.

 

Wood Duck by Paul Sundberg.

Wood Duck by Paul Sundberg.

 

Black-throated green warbler by Michael Furtman.

Black-throated green warbler by Michael Furtman.

 

Fall River falls by Jim Ericson.

Fall River falls by Jim Ericson.

 

Sandhill Cranes in Cook County checking out the back roads by Thomas Spence.

Sandhill Cranes in Cook County checking out the back roads by Thomas Spence.

 

Blooming moss by Kristofer Bowman.

Blooming moss  by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Fishing Boat near Lake Superior by Sandra Updyke.

Fishing Boat near Lake Superior by Sandra Updyke.

 

Bam! Pow! Zap! by Bryan Hansel.

Bam! Pow! Zap! by Bryan Hansel.

 

Sunrise at Rock Cut by David Johnson.

Sunrise at Rock Cut by David Johnson.

 

Two bears in my backyard by Thomas Spence.

Two bears in my backyard by Thomas Spence.

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Dance3, A Smelt Parade & A Pottery Tour

"She and her cubs came over to hang out with us on our job site today," by Nace Hagemann.

“She and her cubs came over to hang out with us on our job site today,” by Nace Hagemann.

The earth is quickening around us. Up here on the North Shore, trees are budding, frogs are calling from watery wetlands and bears are introducing their young ones to a fascinating world.

Things are quickening in the art world, too, as the season begins. But wait– this is Mother’s Day weekend and the Fishing Opener! Yep. So there are some really interesting things to do and see, but the schedule isn’t jammed packed yet, as it will be in a few weeks. Here’s what you can look forward to:

Thursday is really busy here in the county.

First up is a performance by the UMD Wind Quintet at the Grand Marais Public Library at noon on Thursday. The musicians are on the faculty at the University of Minnesota-Duluth as well as are members of the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra. The concert is free. All welcome.

In Grand Portage, 25 pieces of original art created by 5th and 6th grade students in the Oshki Ogimaag Charter School will be on display at the Grand Portage Community Center from on 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday.

One of the pieces that will be on display at the student art show in Grand Portage on Thursday.

Loon Clan, one of the pieces that will be on display at the student art show in Grand Portage on Thursday.

The Seven Clans paintings were created by students with Grand Marais-based art therapist/facilitator, Belle Janicek. Janicek has worked with the students for the past five years to create works that allow them to explore, interpret and create their own images of their cultural teachings. The paintings of  the Seven Clans are each painted on circular/convex canvases. Each is displayed with an artist’s statement about their art and their journey to identity through art, as well as their reflections and insights on the Clan they painted.

In the past, art projects have been donated to the Grand Portage Community Center, where they hang in the long hallway. This collection of The Seven Clans paintings will join the collection.

The Seven Clans Project was funded by a grant from the Lioness Club of Cook County which covered art materials for each of the students involved. All invited to see the show and meet the artists.

And on Thursday night, the dance event of the year opens for a three-day run at the Arrowhead Center of the Arts. The YMCA Dancers will present Dance3: Expression, Family, Escape. This is the third year for the dance recital, which will feature great music, beautiful costumes and dramatic performances by dancers of every age.

The YMCA Dancers perform at the dress rehearsal, getting ready for Dance3, which opens on Thursday night. Photo by Bruce Johnson.

The YMCA Dancers perform at the dress rehearsal, getting ready for Dance3, which opens on Thursday night. Photo by Bruce Johnson.

Dance3 opens at 6 p.m. on Thursday night, with performances at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Highly recommended.

On Friday, North House Folk School will welcome a group of seven craftsmen from Norway. While they are here, the group will offer demonstrations open to the public from 1-4 p.m. And a lecture on building timber frames will be held at 7 p.m.

Blacksmiths Jon Dahlmo and Øystein Myhre will demonstrate forging laminated plane irons. Woodworkers Peter Brennvik and Thor Aage Heiberg will build a handplane. Carpenters Ivar Jørstad, Siv Holmin, and Roald Renmælmo will split and hew boards from logs and demonstrate use of the pjål.

It should be a fascinating series of demonstrations. Everyone is invited. Free.

If you’re a pottery lover and are traveling this weekend. consider attending the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour this year. This is the 25th anniversary of the tour, which draws pottery lovers from all over the world for a weekend of selling pots. This year, 60 potters will exhibit, including potters from 17 states and England who will be showing their pots at seven different host sites. The tour is held from Friday through Sunday.

The St. Croix Pottery Tour is this weekend, featuring thousands of pots  from all around the country at seven different host sites in the valley.

The St. Croix Pottery Tour is this weekend, featuring thousands of pots from all around the country at seven different host sites in the valley.

Each of the host sites is like a mini art festival with refreshments and, sometimes, music. The potters are all there to talk about their work, too.

To read a Minnpost. com article about the tour, click here. To find out even more about the tour and see maps, etc., click here.  (Note: There is fantastic variety of beautiful pots on this tour, and, truth be told, most potters are great cooks, so the refreshments will be outstanding. Need we say more?)

And finally, a sure sign of spring: the Run, Smelt, Run! Magic Smelt Puppet Parade and Party is this Sunday. The parade, which features everyone costumed in silver,  starts near the Aerial Lift Bridge at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The Brass Messengers from Minneapolis will accompany the parade, which will be held along the Lakewalk and end at the Zeitgist Cafe on Superior St., where there will be a smelt fry at 5 .m. Everyone invited. Silvery costumes encouraged.

The Smelt Queen leads the parade on Sunday.

The Smelt Queen leads the parade on Sunday.

There are some great exhibits this week, too.

At the Johnson Heritage Post, the Cook County Middle and High School Art Show, featuring a wide variety of work, continues through this Sunday.

Mask by Ella Sporn.

Mask by Ella Sporn.

The Johnson Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, and Wednesday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sundays.

Next Friday, an exhibit featuring work by the Frozen Photographers opens at the Heritage Post with a reception from 5-7 p.m. More than 30 photographers will exhibit in this show, which is entitled “Be There or Be Square.”

"Ice 2" by Jamie Rabold.

“Ice 2″ by Jamie Rabold.

The Frozen Photographers group was started by photographer Jamie Rabold, who requires that members prove they’ve had” frozen” fingers while taking photos. There will be lots of ice shots, but other topics, too. Stay tuned for details next week.

Watercolor painter Tim Pearson currently has a solo show at Tettegouche State Park, which includes a great selection of his outstanding work.

Walleye” by Tim Pearson. Watercolor.

Pearson’s exhibit continues through this month.

Another exhibit of note  is the opening and live wrestling exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute on Saturday entitled “Strongman.” The solo exhibit by Joe Klander features his drawings and full-scale dioramas exploring the wrestling heroes and strongmen of his youth, including the ultimate action figure of his day: Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Joe Klander’s “Strongman” opens at the Duluth Art Institute on Saturday.

The exhibit also features a documentary video by Mike Scholtz, “Kinderchomper,” which explores Klander’s multiple roles as artist, father, ophthalmology technician and wrestler. A special, LIVE wrestling match May 13 invites cheers, jeers, and fans of all ages. The exhibit opens at 5 p.m. All invited.

At the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in Thunder Bay, is featuring the exhibit “Connecting Through Stories.” The exhibit features work by a diverse group of people together to explore relationships and connection to land through art-making.

A piece from "Connecting Through Stories" is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

A piece from “Connecting Through Stories” is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Through viewing a selection of pictures, the participants chose an image that resonated with them. The images then became the starting point to share stories and memories. Recorded on strips of ribbon and fabric, phrases were woven into large frames.  As the groups shared the process, the finished pieces reflect memories and experiences. The exhibit continues through May 24.

Upcoming:

The SVEA Singers will do a few songs as part of the spring high school choir concert on Thursday, May 18 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. The concert begins at 7 p.m. All invited..

Art Along the Lake Memorial Day Weekend, is coming up in a few weeks with a lot of cool things to do, see and experience. There are exhibits, demonstrations, classes and events scheduled throughout the busy weekend. Click here for details and stay tuned for more.

 Opportunities

 The Grand Marais Music Collaborative is looking for people interested in helping to form a youth music education program. This would be for area youth ages 14 and up. The goal is to create full scholarships for area youth who will be taught by area music instructors in a community setting. If you know of a potential student, instructor, or other volunteer that would like more information please contact the Grand Marais Music Collaborative at music@grandmaraismusic.org

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council has extended the deadline to apply to be a member of the board to May 12. Serving on the ARAC board is a great way to give back to your community and to learn more about the arts going on in your area. Current openings will be for members from Aitkin County, Koochiching County, and Cook County, as well as an At Large and a Student Liaison position. To find out more about board duties and how to apply to be a member, click here.

Window Shopping:

Unflurled with Blue, porcelain, by Lenore Lampi is at the gallery store at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

“Unfurled with Blue,” porcelain, by Lenore Lampi is at the gallery store at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

New work by David Gilsvik is at Sivertson Gallery including this painting, "Mouthof the Beaver River.'

New work by David Gilsvik is at Sivertson Gallery including this painting, “Mouthof the Beaver River.’

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This wooden knife and platter by Jon Strom and a turkey wing whisk by MaryBeth Harmon are at the gift shop at North House Folk School.

 In Other Art News:

There are still openings for the Painting and Paddling workshop this summer with plein air painter, Neil Sherman. Sherman is teaming up with Hungry Jack Outfitters on the Gunflint trail to lead a 3-day painting class into the BWCAW.  Participants will be painting on scenic Duncan and Rose Lakes.  Rose lake is well known for it’s amazing views from the palisades along the Border Route trail, its quaint waterfalls and infamous Stairway Portage.

Two views of a landscape. This photo was taken at last year's Painting and Paddling workshop.

Two views of a landscape. This photo was taken at last year’s Painting and Paddling workshop. Photo by Neil Sherman.

Hungry Jack Outfitters will provide everything except a sleeping bag and painting equipment. “This will be an excellent experience for the beginning paddler and/or painter, but is open to all levels of experience,” Sherman said. The workshop will be held July 17 through July 20. For more info, call Nancy Seaton at 800-648-2922 or email hjo@boreal.org

Photographer Layne Kennedy was recently featured in a video on TPT.  Take a look:

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, May 11:

Friday, May 12:

  • Billy Johnson, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Tim Fast, Skyport Lodge, 5 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Moonshine Mountain, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 13:

  • Jim & Michele Miller, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Tim Fast, Skyport Lodge, 5 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Moonshine Mountain, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
Monday, May 15:
  • Open Mic Night, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, May 16:

  • Briand Morrison, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

 

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We found lots of wildlife photos this week!

"Who is the fairest of them all?" by David Brislance.

“Who is the fairest of them all?” by David Brislance.

 

"Red Fox staredown" by Thomas Spence.

“Red Fox stare-down” by Thomas Spence.

 

"Irritated Dad" by Kirk Schleife.

“Irritated Dad” by Kirk Schleife.

 

"May I Impress You? he says to the lady." Photo by Greg Miner.

“May I Impress You? he says to the lady.” Photo by Greg Miner.

We found some beautiful landscapes, too.

Christian Dalbec calls thisi photo "Summer is here."

Christian Dalbec calls this photo “Summer is here.”

 

"Gull, lake, rainbow" by Thomas Spence.

“Gull, lake, rainbow” by Thomas Spence.

 

"rose, Rat, South and North lakes from the Border Route" by Nancy Seaton.

“rose, Rat, South and North lakes from the Border Route” by Nancy Seaton.

 

"Wet pavement" by Kjersti Vick.

“Wet pavement” by Kjersti Vick.

 

"A little waterfall time" by Sarah Reller.

“A little waterfall time” by Sarah Reller.

 

"Anticipating the full moon," by Jana Kokemiller-Berka.

“Anticipating the full moon,” by Jana Kokemiller-Berka.

And how could we ignore this stupendous landscape? Courtesy of the Cassini satellite.

The Cassini spacecraft taking the closest picture of Saturn in history."

The Cassini spacecraft taking the closest picture of Saturn in history.”

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May Showers, Flowers and Flowing Waters

Falls at Cascade River State Park by Bryan Hansel.

Falls at Cascade River State Park by Bryan Hansel.

May is here and with it come showers (rain and snow in Cook County), a quickening in the earth as early flowers make their show and trees begin to bud. In short, it’s the beginning of spring on the North Shore.

This year, there has been plenty of moisture, but 10 years ago, that wasn’t the case, and a massive wildfire sparked to life near the Gunflint Trail on May 5. The Ham Lake Fire consumed more than 75,000 acres in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Canada before it was controlled. The fire targeted homes, cabins and businesses along the Gunflint Trail.

Layne Kennedy was trapped on Seagull Lake during the Ham Lake Fire. Here's one of the photos he took of the dramatic burn.

Photographer Layne Kennedy was trapped on Seagull Lake for three days during the Ham Lake Fire. Here’s one of the photos he took.

On Thursday, May 4, WTIP Community Radio will air an hour-long commemorative feature on the 10-year anniversary of the fire featuring Gunflint Trail residents and others who were directly impacted by the fire.

Ham Lake Fire by Layne Kennedy.

Ham Lake Fire by Layne Kennedy.

Then on Saturday, the public is invited to attend “A Celebration of Community: Remembering the Ham Lake Fire” at the Seagull Lake Community Center from 3-6 p.m. The event is hosted by the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department and the Gunflint Trail Historical Society.  A meal will be served, followed by a commemoration program. The event is open to the public. All welcome.

On Thursday night, WDSE’s The Playlist welcomes Grand Marais tilemaker, Melissa Wickwire, to the program. Wickwire talks about her work as she makes tiles in her studio. We also see her install a tile project in Duluth.

The Playlist airs at 9 p.m. on Thursdays.

On Friday, Voyageur Brewing Co. celebrates Cinco de Mayo with Mexican food and games, including a Jalapeno-eating contest and a homemade salsa cook-off. The celebration begins at 5 p.m.

At Tettegouche State Park, Tim Pearson opens a solo show with a reception at 7 p.m. Friday. The show features a wide variety of Pearson’s watercolors, including this painting, below.

Watercolor by Tim Pearson.

Watercolor by Tim Pearson.

Pearson’s exhibit in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park continues through the end of May.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will hold a spring Make-A-Bowl event this weekend, with sessions on Saturday and Sunday. The bowls will be donated to the next Empty Bowls event to help the hungry in Cook County.

Maggie Anderson helps a youngster handbuild a bowl for Empty Bowls. (File photo)

Maggie Anderson helps a youngster handbuild a bowl for Empty Bowls. (File photo)

For only $5, you can help alleviate local hunger needs by making one wheel-thrown and one hand-built bowl to donate to the fundraiser while learning the basics of pottery at the same time. Call 218-387-2737 to register. Learn more here: http://grandmaraisartcolony.org/workshop.cfm?wid=716

And not to forget, this is the final weekend of Duluth’s Homegrown Music Festival, which is held in venues throughout Duluth and Superior.

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Various forms of chickens are the traditional symbol of the Homegrown Music Festival in the Twin Ports.

To see the complete schedule of music and events, click here.

In Thunder Bay, Duluth’s Gaelynn Lea will perform at The Common,  40 Cumberland St., from 5-7 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday.

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Gaelynn Lea will perform in Thunder Bay on Saturday.

Lea, a classically trained fiddler, was featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert last year. Here she is photographed singing “Someday We’ll Linger in the Sun,” the original song she submitted as her contest entry.

And finally, on Tuesday, May 9, the John Peyton Book Club will present at the Tweed Museum of Art from 6:30-8 p.m. All invited. Free.

"Bright Beat the Water" by John Peyton.

“Bright Beat the Water” by John Peyton.

There are some on-going exhibits as well.

In Grand Marais, the Johnson Heritage Post is featuring the artwork of middle school and high school students at ISD 166.

Artwork by Ellen Callender.

Artwork by Ellen Callender.

The show includes a wide variety of work including paintings, prints, drawings and more. The exhibit continues through Tuesday, May 5.

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

A student show is featured at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery as well. The Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School exhibit closes this Sunday and features a variety of artwork.

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The Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School art exhibition continues at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. It closes on Sunday.

The Two Harbors Art Club–the Voyageur Artists– is exhibiting at the Cedar Coffee Company in Two Harbors. The theme of the show is “Trees” and features glass, mosaics, photography, wood-block prints, watercolor, jewelry,  mixed media, oil, watercolor, ceramic sculpture, functional pottery, and a mask from found objects crafted by their members. The show continues through May 11.

In Duluth, the Duluth Art Institute is exhibiting two shows: “Lest We Forget: Sandra Brick & Fred Amram,” an exhibit in memory of her husband, whose family fled Nazi Germany,

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“Lest We Forget” is on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

and “Strongman,” a solo exhibit fby Joe Klander featuring drawings and full-scale dioramas exploring the wrestling heroes and strongmen of his youth.

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“Strongman” by Joe Klander is on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

There will be a Live Wrestling Event & Reception for this show at  5 p.m. Saturday, May 13.

At the Tweed Musuem of Art, an exhibit of works in its ceramics collection continues. Entitled “Call + Response,” the exhibition continues through August.

(Detail) Porcelain platter by Bob and Cheryl Husby is on exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

(Detail) Porcelain platter by Bob and Cheryl Husby is on exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

 Upcoming

A wind quintet from the faculty of the University of Minnesota-Duluth will play at the Grand Marais Public Library at noon on Thursday, May 11. Stay tuned for details.

The Frozen Photographers will open an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post with a reception from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, May 19.

Mary Amerman is one of the photographers who will exhibit at the Frozen Photographer exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post May 19.

Mary Amerman is one of the photographers who will exhibit at the Frozen Photographer exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post May 19.

The show is entitled “Be There or Be Square.” It continues through June 18.  Stay tuned for details.

Opportunities

 The Grand Marais Playhouse will hold auditions for its production of “The Pajama Game” on May 9 at 7 p.m. at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts band room. Participants are asked to come prepared to sing a section of a song from any musical that will demonstrate their range and acting choices. Auditions are open to high school age and up. Actors received stipend to help cover participation costs.

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (ARAC), headquartered in Duluth, is seeking a board member to represent Cook County. ARAC is one of 11 regional arts councils in Minnesota that uses public and private funding to support the arts throughout the state. ARAC awards more than $500,000 annually to nonprofit organizations and artists in the seven county Arrowhead Region through its 10 grant programs, and enlists the help of community board members to represent each of the counties it serves. For more information about this opportunity, click here.

 Window Shopping

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Birchbark Books & Gifts has a great used book section in the back of the store. They will purchase used books, too. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It is closed on Sundays until Memorial Day.

 

Edna Bowen has some of her rosemaling work at Joy & Co.

Edna Bowen has some of her rosemaling work at Joy & Co.

 

There's a new selection of Klizia staplers at Upstate MN.

There’s a new selection of Klizia staplers at Upstate MN.

 

A raku piece by Richard Gruchalla and Carrin Rosetti is at Sivertson Gallery.

This raku piece by Richard Gruchalla and Carrin Rosetti is at Sivertson Gallery.

 

In Other Art News

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council announced this week that the recipient of this year’s George Morrison Artist Award is clay artist and teacher Dave Lynas of Duluth. Lynas’ work is in the Tweed Museum of Art and in private collections throughout the Midwest.

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Duluth potter Dave Lynas has been selected to received the George Morrison Artist Award, a recognition of his influence on art and pottery in the Arrowhead Region.

Lynas’ work and contributions to the arts have been recognized with a retrospective exhibition and catalog put together by the Tweed Museum of Art  and by receiving The Depot Foundation’s Arts and Cultural Artist Award. Some 25 years ago, he brought the “Empty Bowl” idea to Minnesota as a fundraiser for the Second Harvest Food Shelf in Duluth. Through his leadership, the “Empty Bowl” has become one of the largest fundraising events in Duluth and has spawned other “Empty Bowl” fundraisers throughout the Arrowhead Region and state. He was also the ceramics studio manager at the Duluth Art Institute for many years.

The ARAC also announced the recipient of this year’s Maddie Simons Arts Advocate Award: Mary McReynolds of Virginia.

Mary McReynolds will receive the Maddie Simons award.

Mary McReynolds will receive the Maddie Simons award.

She was the driving force in the formation of the group to renovate the Lyric/State Theatre in Virginia and has overseen the operations of the First Stage Gallery, arranging for the exhibition and sale of works by local, regional, and national artists since 2006. She also organized monthly sessions for writers, poets, and storytellers as well as a group of painters who meet weekly in the gallery. McReynolds is committed to the community and held a seat on the Virginia City Council until this year.

The 19th Annual Arts and Cultural Heritage Arrowhead Arts Awards will be presented on Friday, May 26 at the Lyric Annex in Virginia. The event will be from 6-8 p.m. The event is open to the public.

Here’s the music for this week:

Thursday, May 4:

  • Jim and Michele Miller, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Jon Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 5:

  • Gene Lafond and Amy Grillo, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Blues Happy, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • TBA, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 5:

  • Bothers in Arms, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Jim and Michele Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 7:

  • Timmy Haus, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 9:

  • Jon Kallberg, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

Thursday, May 11:

 

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We have an interesting selection of photos this week. Take a look:

First, we found some neat photos of birds.

Sharp-tailed Grouse by Paul Sundberg.

Sharp-tailed Grouse by Paul Sundberg.

 

"Woodies Reflecting" by David Johnson.

“Woodies Reflecting” by David Johnson.

 

"A loon floated by." by Kathy Gray Anderson.

“A loon floated by.” by Kathy Gray Anderson.

"Mallard Reflection" by David Johnson.

“Mallard Reflection” by David Johnson.

 

"Landing Formation" by Michael Furtman.

“Landing Formation” by Michael Furtman.

And we found some great landscapes.

"Glad to be back in Tofte" by Alan Netland.

“Glad to be back in Tofte” by Alan Netland.

 

April Aurora over Kawishiwi Lake in the BWCA by Thomas Spence.

April Aurora over Kawishiwi Lake in the BWCA by Thomas Spence.

 

And last, but not least, this proof of spring.

Photo by Betsy Bowen.

 Crocuses. Photo by Betsy Bowen.

 

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April Ice, Art Shows & Music

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Ann Possis captured this lovely image of pines covered in late April ice this week.

Looks like April is going out like a lion this year, with ice storms and sub-freezing temps set for the rest of the month. But spring has definitely poked its head above the leaves, and most of us will be quite relieved when it decides to stay. Meanwhile, there’s art to be seen, music to be enjoyed. Here is what we can look forward to this week.

The student art show at the Johnson Heritage Post continues, featuring a great selection of work by Middle School and High School students at ISD 166 in a variety of mediums.

This drawing by Claire LaVigne is in the student show at the Johnson Heritage Post.

This drawing by Claire LaVigne is in the student show at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The exhibit at the Heritage Post continues through May 14.  The gallery is open from 1-4 p.m. Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It is closed on Tuesdays. The next exhibit will feature works by the Facebook group, Frozen Photographers. It opens May 19. Stay tuned for details.

On Friday, Mysterious Ways will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse to talk about their music and play a few songs. The local band is featured at the Gun Flint Tavern this weekend. Also, Duluth handmade shoemaker Candace LaCosse will be on the show to talk about her participation in the Fashion Revolution Week, a global movement calling for greater transparency, sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry. They want everyone to ask: #whomademyclothes.

Leather craftsman Candace LaCosse, will be on WTIP's The Roadhouse on Friday to talk about #whomademyclothes, the Fashion Revolution.

Leather craftsman Candace LaCosse, will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday to talk about #whomademyclothes, the Fashion Revolution.

LaCosse, who teaches at North House Folk School, has just set up her own shop in Lincoln Park in Duluth, Hemlocks Leather Works. She is one of the featured artists for Fashion Revolution Week. For more info on the Fashion Revolution, click here. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. on Friday.

Also on Friday, plan to see the  Grand Marais Playhouse production of “The Lion King, Jr.” The play has received good reviews and is a lot of fun. All the actors are youngsters in elementary or middle school.

Puppet characters from  "The Lion King, Jr."

Puppet characters from “The Lion King, Jr.”

“Lion King Jr.” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 under 18 and can be purchased at the door or at www.tix.com. “The Lion King Jr.” closes on Sunday.

And here’s an interesting opportunity — a movie has been made of the popular book, “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” written by Kent Nerburn. The film will open at the Marcus Lakes Cinema in Duluth on Friday and runs through May 4.

Check out the trailer here:

For showtimes, click here. (Remember, Thunder Bay is on Eastern Daylight Standard Time, an hour ahead of Minnesota.)

On Saturday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will host Invited Artist-in-Residence Holly Swift, who will give an artist talk at noon.

"Sunset" by Holly Swift. She will give an Artist Talk at the Grand Marais Art Colony at noon on Saturday.

“Sunset” by Holly Swift. She will give an Artist Talk at the Grand Marais Art Colony at noon on Saturday.

Swift’s work is found in both private and public collections nationwide. She has been a recipient of the National Park Artist in Residency at Voyageur National Park and an Artist Residency at the Hill Country Foundation in Ingrim, Texas. A native of Illinois, Holly received an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. She has 25 years of teaching experience in drawing, painting and design, having taught at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Hamline University.

Invited residencies are granted to an artist who is mature in practice and has experience with residencies and/or working on in-depth independent projects. The public is invited to the Artist Talk on Saturday at noon. Free.

Also, Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day, and Drury Lane Books is celebrating. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Story Hour with The Muffin Man will be at 11 a.m. and at 5 p.m.,  Duluth Poet Laureate Ellie Schoenfeld, will give a reading and discussion.

Duluth Poet Laureate Ellie Schoenfeld will be at Drury Lane Books at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Duluth Poet Laureate Ellie Schoenfeld will be at Drury Lane Books at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

She is the author of two previous poetry collections, Screaming Red Gladiolus! (Poetry Harbor, 1999) and Difficult Valentines (Fallow Deer Books, 2004), and her work has been published in two anthologies, The Moon Rolls Out of Our Mouths (Calyx Press, 2005) and Bound Together: Like the Grasses (Clover Valley Press, 2013), with the four other women in her writing group. The Dark Honey: New and Used Poems is the most comprehensive collection of her works. Everyone is invited to the reading at the bookstore. Free.

There are some interesting exhibits to see on the North Shore route, as well.

Ryan Tischer’s photography exhibit in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park continues through Monday.

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“Sunset at Tettegouche State Park” is one of the images in Ryan Tischer’s exhibit at the park. It closes on Monday.

 Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens has her paintings at the Two Harbors Public Library through April 30. She is also participating in the Two Harbors Art Club’s annual Spring Exhibit at the Cedar Coffee Company/Spoke N Gear, also in Two Harbors.

"Wise Cedars 2– Suagarloaf Cove, oil, by Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens.

“Wise Cedars 2– Suagarloaf Cove, oil, by Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens.

The Art Club, called the Voyageur Artists, is exhibiting work in a variety of media including glass, mosaics, photography, wood block prints, watercolor, jewelry,  mixed media, oil, watercolor, ceramic sculpture, functional pottery. The group was founded in the 1960’s.  There are prints and cards for sale as well as original work. The show continues through May 11. (The new Cedar Coffee Company/Spoke N Gear is just up the road from Super One and Shopko in Two Harbors).

And, in Minneapolis, the Minnesota State Arts Board is hosting an exhibit entitled “Greater Minnesota Artists Showcase” this weekend, featuring 42 artists from cities and towns across state.

minnesota state arts board showcaseThe exhibit at Park Square Court, 400 Sibley St., Suite 200, will be open from 6-10 p.m. Friday, noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Work by Hovland bead artist, Jo Wood, is included in the show.

The Homegrown Music Festival in Duluth begins on Sunday, April 30 and runs through May 7. It’s a crazy, wonderful time for art, music, shennigans and more as the whole city turns out to celebrate its creativity.

Chickens, in a variety of forms, have been the image for the Homegrown Music Festival since the beginning. Here's one of the latest.

Chickens, in a variety of mutations, have been the logo for the Homegrown Music Festival since the beginning. Here’s one of the latest.

On Monday, May 1, the Homegrown Music Festival Photography Exhibit opens with a reception at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth from 5-7 p.m. At the opening, disposable cameras (40 of them) will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and the photos taken during the music festival will be featured at another exhibit at the Red Herring on May 10.

But that’s just one of the art activities scheduled for the next two weeks. Music every night in venues around the Twin Ports, poetry readings, a video showcase, a classical music showcase … check out the complete schedule here.

Upcoming

Grand Marais tilemaker and potter, Melissa Wickwire, will be featured on WSDE’s The Playlist next Thursday, May 4.

Melissa Wickwire in her studio in Grand Marais.

Melissa Wickwire in her studio in Grand Marais.

The Playlist airs at 9 p.m.Thursdays on WDSE.

Silver Bay painter Tim Pearson will open a show at Tettegouche State Park with an opening reception at 7 p.m. May 5.

"My Story" by Tim Pearson.

“My Story” by Tim Pearson. His show opens at Tettegouche State Park on May 7.

In Thunder Bay, an opening reception an artist talk for “Point of Origin,” will be held at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery at 7 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, May 5.  Artist Melannie Monoceros is a poet and artist and her exhibition of textiles explores the prismatic existence of a black, chronically ill being through conventional and Afro-Futurist themes and practices.

"Self-Portrait" by Melannie Monoceros.

“Self-Portrait” by Melannie Monoceros.

“Point of Origin” continues through May 28.

The Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Grand Marais will feature a Choir Concert at the church at 5 p.m. on May 7.  This will be the Third (Semi) Annual joining of church choirs and participating audience members, sharing spiritual songs and hymns. All invited. Free.

The Grand Marais Playhouse will hold auditions for the Summer Theatre Festival next month. On Tuesday, May 2, auditions will be held for “The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays”  at 7 p.m. On May 9, auditions will be held  for “The Pajama Game” at 7 p.m. The auditions will be held at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. Auditions are open to high school age and up. Actors receive a stipend to help cover participation costs. For more info, contact Sue Hennessy at sue@grandmaraisplayhouse.com or call 387-1284 ext. 2.

The Cook County YMCA dancers will perform their 3rd annual dance recital entitled DANCE3, in early May. Performances at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts will be at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 11, and at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 12-13. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance online. Buy tickets here. And stay tuned for more details.

Opportunities

 The Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose is now open. The deadline for entry is April 28 at 11:59 p.m. (CST).
The Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose offers 12 emerging Minnesota writers the opportunity to work intensively with six nationally acclaimed writers of prose and poetry. Selected participants work throughout the year with the six mentors, and all participants and mentors give public readings at the Loft. The mentors for the upcoming season will be poets Jennifer Kwon Dobbs and Chris Abani, nonfiction writers Diane Wilson and Richard Blanco, and fiction writers Lesley Nneka Arimah and Vu Tran. Check out the guidelines and application here.

 Window Shopping

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A selection of handcrafted birdhouses by Bonzi Wuebben of Grand Portage are at Joy and Company.

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This watercolor of Cascade Lodge is at Kah-Nee -Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Antler and silver earrings by Eric Silva are at Upstate MN.

Antler and silver earrings by Eric Silva are at Upstate MN.

A detail of "It's a Bird! It'sa Plane! It's Fish!" by Tim Young. His paintings are at Sivertson Gallery.

A detail of “It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Fish!” by Tim Young. His paintings are at Sivertson Gallery.

 In Other Art News

 This photo by Thomas Spcnce was featured on www.spaceweather.com recently.

 

Camping Trip by Thomas Spence. He took this shot when he was camping in the BWCAW recently.

Camping Trip by Thomas Spence. He took this shot when he was camping in the BWCAW recently.

Ron Piercy is opening a shop in Grand Marais. Called Ron’s World Rocks: Silver and Gems, the shop is located across from the Arrowhead Pharmacy where the Print Shop used to be. The renovated space is now full of Piercy’s beautiful handmade jewelry, as well as paintings by Matt and Laurie Kanya, seriographs by Jonathan and Alison Metzger and sculptures by John Books.

Ron Piercy works on some pieces for his new shop.

Ron Piercy works on some pieces for his new shop.

Here are a few examples of his work-- a necklace crafted from lapis lazuli, onyx and fluorite.  The rings are made from kyanite, opal and lapis.

Here are a few examples of Piercy’s work– a necklace crafted from lapis lazuli, onyx and fluorite. The rings are made from kyanite, opal and lapis.

Piercy plans on a soft opening in early May with a Grand Opening over the Memorial Day Weekend. But, truth be told, he’s there a lot already. You can probably catch him there from about 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stay tuned for details.

The Plucked Up String Band was taped for a segment of WDSE’s The Playlist at the Owl’s Club in Duluth recently. Most of the taping went on indoors, but at one point, the band went  outside and played in the drizzle, said Karen Sunderman, producer of the show. “They killed it,” she said.

The Plucked Up String Band plays a tune in the drizzle in Duluth for WDSE's The Playlist.

The Plucked Up String Band plays a tune in the drizzle in Duluth for WDSE’s The Playlist.

The segment on The Playlist featuring the band will be aired June 1.

Now, for the music in Cook County this week:

Thursday, April 27:

  • Timmy Haus, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Rich Mattson and Germaine Gemberling, Gun flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 28:

  • Brothers in Arms, Voyageur Brewing co., 4 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.

Saturday, April 29:

  • Plucked Up String Band, Lutsen Mountains Chalet, 2 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 30:

  • Jim & Michele Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 2:

  • Boyd Blomberg, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

 

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Let’s start our photographs this week with an interesting capture in Two Harbors.

God's Country by Christian Dalbec.

God’s Country by Christian Dalbec.

And, for sure, we found a lot of wildlife photos.

First up.. two wildlife sightings really close to houses.

Cottontail bunnies by Sparky Stensaas. Stensaas said there were five of them in that well-camouflaged hole by his house.

Cottontail bunnies by Sparky Stensaas. Stensaas said there were five of them in that well-camouflaged hole by his house.

 

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Turkeys in Tofte? Yep! Thomas Spence photographed this wild turkey in his yard the other day.

We found some other interesting wildlife shots, too.

Bad Hair Day by David Johnson.

Bad Hair Day by David Johnson.

 

The bald eagles, which hatched out last month in St. Paul, are already testing out their wings in the nest.

These bald eagles, who hatched out last month in St. Paul, are already testing out their wings in the nest. Photo by Katie Thien.

 

Tree swallow flying by Jeff Grotte.

Tree swallow flying by Jeff Grotte.

 

Wood Duck by Paul Sundberg.

Wood Duck by Paul Sundberg.

 

Goose by Kirk Schleife.

Goose by Kirk Schleife.

 

And since we’re seeing a lot about birds, there’s this:

Feather by Jamie Rabold.

Feather by Jamie Rabold.

Meanwhile, Thomas Spence, who took a lot of great photos this week, caught this walleye in the shallows when he was shooting the northern lights the other night.

A walleye in the spotlight by Thomas Spence.

A walleye in the spotlight by Thomas Spence.

Spence also caught this shot of “Steve,” a newly named form of auroras. The way this special ribbon of light got its name is complicated. Read about it here if you’d like to know more.

"Steve" by Thomas Spence.

“Steve” by Thomas Spence.

And we found some spring water shots.

Ice break-up at Jay Cooke State Park by Michele Munson.

Ice break-up at Jay Cooke State Park by Michele Munson.

 

Rough Seas in the (Duluth shipping) canal by Jeffrey Doty.

Rough Seas in the (Duluth shipping) canal by Jeffrey Doty.

 

Ice like chocolate by Gary Jake Jacobson.

Ice like chocolate by Gary Jake Jacobson.

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