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Winterer’s Gathering, Arctic Film Festival, Art & Music

Early ice at the High Falls by Travis Novitsky.

Early ice at the High Falls by Travis Novitsky. Novitsky will be teaching a winter photography workshop at North House Folk School during Winterer’s Gathering this weekend. Call 218 387-9762 for more info.

Celebrate winter and all that it brings this weekend at North House Folk School, which holds its annual Winterer’s Gathering and Arctic Film Festival Friday through Sunday.

A classic scene from North House Folk School's Winterer's Gathering.

A classic scene from North House Folk School‘s Winterer’s Gathering.

This one-of-a-kind event features films from around the world that tell the stories of people living and adventuring in the North as well as a presents a variety of speakersskill shares, classes and workshops and more, throughout the 3-day festival.

And this year, in celebration of its 20th anniversary, North House will open an art exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post with a reception from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17. Called “Begin Continue,” the exhibit features work by more than 40 artisan instructors. It should be an exciting show and will continue at the Heritage Post through Dec. 15.

Phil Odden is one of the instructors who has contributed work for the Begin Continue show at the Johnson Heritage Post which opens with a reception from 4-6 p.m. Friday.

Phil Odden is one of the instructors who has contributed work for the Begin Continue show at the Johnson Heritage Post which opens with a reception from 4-6 p.m. Friday.

Some of the highlights of Winterer’s Gathering include: a Contra Dance at 7 p.m. on Friday with Over the Waterfall. Families are the focus at 7 p.m., adults at 8 p.m. Also on Friday, the Coldsnap Poetry Slam, which begins at 8 p.m. Call North House at 387-9762 to register.

Saturday features the Great Gear and Ski Swap at 10:30 p.m. Participants are invited to bring their items to swap before 10 a.m. Also on Saturday, the Great Chili Feed is at 6 p.m. and a presentation by author Jon Turk is at 7:30 p.m.

The Arctic Film Festival at the Gathering looks like it’s going to be pretty spectacular this year, with documentaries, feature films and shorts which showcase arctic landscapes, traditional cultures, northern adventures and changing climates. All films screenings are free.

Here’s a selection of trailers from a few of the films.

Sea Gypsies: The Far Side of the World – Trailer from Nico on Vimeo.

The Accord Trailer from 66°NORTH on Vimeo.

The Shepherdess of the glaciers (Teaser) from Les Films de la Découverte on Vimeo.

To see the complete schedule for Winterer’s Gathering, click here.

And this is the last weekend to see Shakepeare’s “Twelfth Night,” a production of the Grand Marais Playhouse.

A scene from the Grand Marais Playhouse production of Shakepeare's "Twelfth Night."

A scene from the Grand Marais Playhouse production of Shakepeare’s “Twelfth Night.”

“Twelfth Night” is the annual Community Youth Play for high school students. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 Youth (12-18), $1 under 12.  The play is directed by Carrie Nath. Performances at at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Also this weekend, the annual Benefit for Birch Grove will be held at Papa Charlie’s on Friday with a lasagna dinner and silent auction from 5-8 p.m. The band Mysterious Ways will play at 7:30 p.m. Dinner tickets are $15 adults, $5 child. All invited.

On Saturday, a meeting to discuss and organize a production of the play, The Best Christmas Ever! will be held at the First Congregational Church at noon. The play is open to the whole community and those interested in being in the play are invited to the meeting. Performances will be Dec. 10 and Dec. 17.  For more information, contact Sue Hennesy at (218)370-0224 or email her at suehenn@boreal.org.

On Sunday, the Grand Marais Public Library will host the award-winning writer, Kate St. Vincent Vogl, who will present a writing workshop entitled “Re-Visioning Story.” The workshop is at 2:30 p.m.

Kate-St.-Vincent-Vogl will give a writing workshop at the Grand Marais Public Library at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Kate-St. Vincent Vogl will give a writing workshop at the Grand Marais Public Library at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

This event is intended to be a follow-up to the Readers & Writers Festival, and celebrates NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, which takes place each November. Vincent Vogl is the author of “Lost & Found: A Memoir of Mothers,” and has presented to mothers around the world. All invited. Free.

On Wednesday, Nov. 22, Voyageur Brewing Company will host weaver Julie Arthur, who will be exhibiting her work at the Brewery from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Weaver Julie Arthur will be at Voyageur Brewing Co. at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Weaver Julie Arthur will be at Voyageur Brewing Co. at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Voyageur is featuring craft markets every Wednesday afternoon through Christmas. It will also have a craft market on Saturday, Nov. 25.

Exhibits:

 Barb Lundell continues her exhibit in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park.

Painting by Barb Lundell.

Painting by Barb Lundell.

The Tweed Museum of Art is featuring an exhibit of artwork by iconic artists, such as Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Käthe Kollwitz, Henri Matisse, Oskar Kokoschka, Max Weber, Salvador Dali, and Otto Dix in an exhibit entitled “Modern(ism).”

(detail) Henri Mattisse, "Baigneuse au Collier," n.d. lithography on paper.

(detail) Henri Mattisse, “Baigneuse au Collier,” n.d. lithography on paper.

The works are from the Tweed Museum Collection and some are on loan from the Weisman Art Museum.

The Tweed is also featuring “Fragile,” a senior student exhibit by Sophie Durand through Nov. 26.

"Fragile," an exhibit by senior UMD student Sophie Durand is on exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

“Fragile,” an exhibit by senior UMD student Sophie Durand is on exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

There are two opening receptions for new art exhibits at the Duluth Art Institute on Thursday.  Laurentian: Paul LaJeunesse & Lake Superior Wood Turners will be from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16.

This bowl by Robb Glibbery is one of the works on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

This bowl by Robb Glibbery is one of the works on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

This exhibition celebrates the wild woodland surrounding Duluth with five new paintings by Paul LaJeunesse that are allegories for stewardship of the Northland’s natural environment. Sound artists will create aural works that respond to the paintings and will be played directly over each one by parametric speakers. Also on view will be items made from Laurentian wood by the Lake Superior Wood Turners, a group of some 60 individuals interested in the creation and promotion of turned wood. The exhibit continues through Jan. 1.

An exhibit by Faith Hill, featuring Ekphrastic Poetry; that is, poetry based on or as an accompaniment to works of art, also opens with reception from 5-7 p.m. at the Duluth Art Institute on Thursday.

"Torched" by Patricia Canelake is one of the pieces in Faith Hill's exhibition at the Duluth Art Institute.

“Torched” by Patricia Canelake is one of the pieces in Faith Hill’s exhibition at the Duluth Art Institute.

Hill was inspired by artists Patricia Canelake, Joel Cooper, Sue Pavlatos, Tonja Sell, Adam Swanson, Jamie Uselman, and Tim White. The exhibit includes 10 of her original poems and 10 works of art, one by each of these artists and five works by Hill. The artist received support from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.

In Thunder Bay, the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Prince Arthur Park  has opened an exhibition entitled “Wood N Arts” featuring wooden works of art by local and regional artists and the Thunder Bay Wood Carvers.

Woods N Arts is at the Baggage Building Arts Center through Nov. 26.

Woods N Arts is at the Baggage Building Arts Center through Nov. 26.

The Baggage Building is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST) Tuesday-Friday and Sat and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. EST.

This is the last weekend to see Quentin Maki’s exhibition, “Kohesion” at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Quentin Maki, Composition with Blue Tape, (detail), 2017, mixed media on canvas.

Quentin Maki, Composition with Blue Tape, (detail), 2017, mixed media on canvas.

Maki’s exhibit closes Nov. 19.

Upcoming:

The 12th annual Holiday Market will be at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen next weekend. The gallery will be open Friday Nov. 24  from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. Saturday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) is the  annual festive event with a Bronze Pour at 4 p.m. and tree lighting after dark. There will be caroling and the Lutsen Fire Department will escort the carolers up the road to Clearview for further festivities. The gallery will also be open on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Hovland Arts Festival Pre-Christmas Sale will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25 at the Hovland Town Hall.

Terry Lewis of Serenity Pines Creations is one of the artisans who will be at be at the Hovland Pre-Christmas Sale Nov. 25 at the Hovland Town Hall.

Terry Lewis of Serenity Pines Creations is one of the artisans who will be at the Hovland Arts Festival Pre-Christmas Sale Nov. 25 at the Hovland Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Arts Festival features a wide variety of art and artwork including photography, painting, fiber art, jewelry, pottery, woodwork and more. Refreshments available.

The next weekend, Dec. 1 & 2 features the Holiday Art Underground at Betsy Bowen’s Studio and Galleries and the Northwoods Fiber Guild’s Open House & Holiday Sale at the Grand Marais Art Colony. Stay tuned for details.

Window Shopping:

Fran Koscielak has handknit socks at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Fran Koscielak has handknit socks at the Johnson Heritage Post. The Heritage Post is closed on Tuesdays. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and Monday, and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

A selection of a few of the items at Betsy Bowen's Studio & Galleries. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

A selection of  items at Betsy Bowen’s Studio & Galleries. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens has work at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.

Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens has work at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.

Here’s the music this week:

Thursday, Nov. 16:

  • Jon Kallberg, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Chris Gillis, Thomas Stamps and Mike Roth, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 17:

  • Why Worry, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • North Shore Community Swing Band, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Sister Tree, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, The Wunderbar, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 18:

  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Sister Tree, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • Silverback Colony, The Wunderbar, 9 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 19:

  • Gabriel Douglas, The Wunderbar, 11 a.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov.21:

  • Timmy Haus, Poplar River Pub, 6-8 p.m.

We found some interesting photos this week!

Here are a few wildlife shots:

Eye-to-eye with a Snowy Owl by David Johnson.

Eye-to-eye with a Snowy Owl by David Johnson.

 

Bulls doing a little battle by David Johnson.

Bulls doing a little battle by David Johnson.

 

An unexpected visitor. From my cousin's porch in Grand Portage by Staci Drouilard. (Note: the buck had an apple in its mouth.)

An unexpected visitor. From my cousin’s porch in Grand Portage by Staci Drouilard. (Note: The young buck had an apple in its mouth.)

And a nod to history:

Split Rock Beacon Lighting Nov. 12 by Paul Sundberg.

Split Rock Beacon Lighting Nov. 12 by Paul Sundberg.

 

Another view of the beacon lighting at Split Rock Lighthouse. Photo by Dawn LaPointe

Another view of the beacon lighting at Split Rock Lighthouse. Photo by Dawn LaPointe

Here are a few views of Duluth:

Cityscape: A November afternoon by the bridge by Jan Swart.

Cityscape: A November afternoon by the bridge by Jan Swart.

 

Lift bridge sunset by Christian Dalbec

Lift bridge sunset by Christian Dalbec

And some water scenes:

Rock and Lake Superior by Bryan Hansel.

Rock and Lake Superior by Bryan Hansel.

 

Celebrate the new day–morning on Lake Superior by Jan Swart.

Celebrate the new day–morning on Lake Superior by Jan Swart.

 

Superior: Air:3F, Water:40 F by Christian Dalbec.

Superior: Air:3F, Water:40 F by Christian Dalbec.

 

Winter Storm by Thomas Spence

Winter Storm by Thomas Spence

 

When the average shot won't do by Christian Dalbec.

When the average shot won’t do by Christian Dalbec.

And, ofcourse, some winter scenes.

Newly hatched by Linda Baudry.

Newly hatched by Linda Baudry.

 

Gooseberry Falls today by Jamie Rabold.

Gooseberry Falls Today by Jamie Rabold.

 

Photo by Sandra Updyke.

Photo by Sandra Updyke.

 

Frost Flower by Kjersti Vick.

Frost Flower by Kjersti Vick.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

BTW: Darn. I missed Give to the Max Day. If you want to donate anyway, click below. :) And Thank You.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shakespeare, A Storm Festival & Empty Bowls

A nice aurora blast on the North Shore. Tofte. Nov. 7 by Thomas Spence.

A nice aurora blast on the North Shore. Tofte. Nov. 7 by Thomas Spence.

This weekend features a potpourri of events, including a Shakespeare comedy, a festival celebrating storms on Lake Superior, an author talk and Empty Bowls XI, a fundraiser to help the hungry in Cook County. Oh, and don’t forget — the late fall member drive at WTIP Community Radio starts on Thursday featuring lots of live music by local bands through Sunday. (See the music schedule, below)

First up is the opening of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” the annual County Youth Play for High School students. The play is directed by Carrie Nath, and opens at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

Cast of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," which opens at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. Performances  continue, Thursday through Sunday, through next week.

Cast of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” which opens at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. Performances continue, Thursday through Sunday, through next weekend.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Food Shelf Friday is Nov. 10 and Donation Day is Sunday Nov. 12. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 students, and $1 under 12. They are available at the door.

On Friday, Minnesota author Lorna Landvik will speak at the Grand Marais Public Library from 6-7:30 p.m.

 Author Lorna Landvik will speak about her life as a writer at the Grand Marais Public Library from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday.

Author Lorna Landvik will speak about her life as a writer at the Grand Marais Public Library from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday.

Landvik, who is well-known for her books as well as her lively and humorous presentations, will talk about what it’s like to be a writer, the process of writing, publishing and finding inspiration–even when it’s hiding. Her latest book is “Once in a Blue Moon Lodge.” Free and open to the public.

This is the weekend of the Lake Superior Storm Festival, too, which starts on Friday with a Storm Fashion Show at Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply at 5:30 p.m.  At 7 p.m., Lonnie Dupre will give a multi-media presentation on dogsledding in Greenland at Voyageur Brewing Co.

On Saturday, the Storm Festival begins with a wave dash at Lutsen Resort at noon. Participants are encouraged to dash into the lake (and a wave, if there are any) in front of the resort. There will be a bonfire and hot drinks to get warm.

Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen will hold  Painting Up a Storm, from 2-4 p.m.  at the gallery. Participants will be provided with canvases and paint as well as instruction. Pre-registration is required. Call the gallery to book a seat at 218-387-2585.

And, at 3 p.m. Mark Seeley, meteorologist at the University of Minnesota, will talk about the effects of weather on Lake Superior in the Nelson Suite at Lutsen Resort. Free and open to the public.

To cap off the weekend, Voyageur Brewing Co. will hold a craft market at the brewery from 4-6 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m., “Jeff’s World,” a video of a sport climbing expedition into an area accessible only by boat and 10 miles beyond the Minnesota border into Canada, will be screened. To see the trailer, click here.  Free.

Also this weekend, Gunflint Lodge will host a bluegrass and string band concert with Dick Kimel and Pamela Longtine from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Lodge.

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Dick Kimel and Pamela Longtine will present a concert of bluegrass music at Gunflint Lodge on Saturday night.

Dick Kimel has been inducted into America’s Old-Time Country and Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, and the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame. Tickets are $20 at the door.

On Monday, Nov. 13, the Empty Bowls fundraiser to help the hungry in Cook County will be held at St. John’s Catholic Church with two seatings: lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner from 5-7 p.m. The event features handmade bowls crafted at the Grand Marais Art Colony, a Silent Action and a Bake Sale. (The Silent Auction ends at 6:30 p.m.)

A few of the hand-painted bowls that will be at the Empty Bowls fundraiser this year. There will be a great selection of glazed bowls as well.

A few of the hand-painted bowls that will be at the Empty Bowls fundraiser this year. .

Stoneware bowls will also be at the Empty Bowls fundraiser.

Handmade stoneware bowls will also be at the Empty Bowls fundraiser.

The event includes a soup meal for $5 and a handcrafted bowl or necklace for $10. If you’re unable to attend, you can donate online to support Cook County’s hunger programs here.

Funds from last year’s Empty Bowls event were distributed to the Cook County Food Shelf, AEOA, Birch Grove Community Center’s WE Connect, Cook County Youth Agency Coalition, Cook County Public Health and Human Services, local schools, Snacks and Paks, and the Violence Prevention Center to help nourish those in need.

This is always a great community get-together, as well as a chance to sample soups from a number of restaurants and venues in the county while helping those in need at the same time. All invited.

And on Wednesday, Nov. 15, Voyageur Brewing Co. will hold its first Wednesday Craft Market, featuring work by local crafters, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. This week’s artisans include woolen creations by Nan Davis and the handcraft of Sandra Virginia.

Exhibits:

 Cook County photographer Thomas Spence is exhibiting his work at the Coho Cafe in Tofte through January.

"Camp Life" by Thomas Spence.

“Camp Life” by Thomas Spence.

Check out the Cook County Historical Society exhibit at the Cook County Courthouse. The exhibit features photos of the Outlaw Bridge and the community around it which thrived in the early 1900s. The wooden bridge was built across the Pigeon River, which marks the border between the U.S. and Canada. It was build in 1917 without the permission of the Canadian or American governments, hence the name “Outlaw Bridge.”

outlaw bridge

The Cook County Historical Society is exhibiting photos of the Outlaw Bridge and the surrounding community along the international border that were taken in the early 1900s. The fascinating exhibit can be seen in the hallways of the Cook County Courthouse.

Here’s a description:

Barb Lundell is exhibiting her work at Tettegouche State Park.

Painting by Barb Lundell.

Painting by Barb Lundell.

In Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art has a number of exhibits, including work by UMD senior art student, Haley Knuth.

One of the pieces in Haley Knuth's senior exhibition "Attraction and Agression" at the Tweed Museum of Art on the UMD campus.

One of the pieces in Haley Knuth’s senior exhibition “Attraction and Aggression” at the Tweed Museum of Art on the UMD campus.

Knuth’s exhibit, entitled “Attraction and Aggression” will be up through Dec. 12.

Also at the Tweed, the multi-media exhibit “Chance” and the Plein Air Painters of America’s exhibit,  Industrial Landscape continue.

"Day Shift" by Lorenzo Chavez "Day Shift" Oil, is at the Tweed Museum of Art, part of the

“Day Shift” by Lorenzo Chavez,  oil, is at the Tweed Museum of Art, part of the Plein Air Painters of America’s exhibit, the Industrial Landscape.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallerys exhibit of Denise Smith’s work continues.

"Foragers" by Denise Smith, ceramic with wooden stand.

“Foragers” by Denise Smith, ceramic with wooden stand.

And the Definitely Superior Art Gallery  in Thunder Bay is featuring two exhibits, Sam Shahsahabi’s “Beneath the Reflection”  and Christian Chapman’s “Fight for Your Life.”

"Visual Math" by Sam Shahsahabi is at the Definitely Superior Gallery in Thunder Bay. Photo by Duncan Weller, Chronicle Journal.

“Visual Math” by Sam Shahsahabi is at the Definitely Superior Gallery in Thunder Bay. Photo by Duncan Weller, Chronicle Journal.

 Opportunities:

 North House Folk School is hosting Open Basket Nites on odd Tuesdays through December, Nov. 7 & 21, Dec. 5 & 19, from 5-7 p.m.

Julie Kean and her daughter Meadow Adams make baskets at Open Basket night at North House Folk School.

Julie Kean and her daughter Meadow Adams make baskets at Open Basket Nitet at North House Folk School Nov. 7. The Open Basket Nites are open to the public. The next one will be held from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 21. Free.

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council reports that after doing a bit of winter cleaning, they found extra copies of North Country Sampler chapbooks.

Free copies of the North Country Sampler are available at the Arrowhead Regional Council's headquarters in Duluth, as long as they last.

Free copies of the North Country Sampler are available at the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council’s headquarters in Duluth, as long as they last.

Area writers donated the use of the works printed in the chapbooks. The plates in the books are of artwork donated for the ART Fund’s first Benefit Fundraiser in 2005. For more information, call 218-722-0952 or email info@aracouncil.org

Upcoming:

 “Begin Continue,” an exhibit of more than 40 artisan instructors at North House Folk School, opens at the Johnson Heritage Post with a reception from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16. It is part of the Winterer’s Gathering and Arctic Film Festival at North House that weekend. For more info, click here.

The New Standards Holiday Show at Papa Charlie’s is Friday, Nov. 24 at 8:30 p.m. For more info and tickets, click here.

The Hovland Arts Festival Pre-Christmas Sale will be held at the Hovland Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25 featuring hotography, wood working, pottery, wreaths, jewelry, arts and crafts, knitted products, beadwork and fine leatherwork, natural beeswax candles, paintings & First Nations art. Stay tuned for details.

Light Up Lutsen will be held all day in Lutsen on Saturday, Nov. 25 featuring exhibits, tree lighting, a bronze pour and more. Stay tuned for details.

The Holiday Art Underground Show at Betsy Bowen Studio and Galleries opens with a Sneak Preview reception from 5-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1. More info coming in the next few weeks.

The Northwoods Fiber Guild’s Open House and Sale will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. Stay tuned for details.

Window Shopping:

"Frost on Fiddle Creek" by Howard Sivertson, giclee, is at Sivertson Gallery.

“Frost on Fiddle Creek” by Howard Sivertson, giclee, is at Sivertson Gallery.

 

Cocktail essentials at Upstate MN.

Cocktail essentials at Upstate MN.

 

There is a great selection of used books  at Birchbark Books & Gifts.

There’s a great selection of used books at Birchbark Books & Gifts.

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, Nov. 9:

  • Bump Blomberg & Gordon Thorne, Live at WTIP, 4 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Date Night at the North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 10:

  • Joe Paulik, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Live on WTIP, 4 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Live on The Roadhouse, 5 p.m.
  • Jim McGowan, Live on the Roadhouse, 5 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Flyodian Slip, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Marc Gartman, The Wunderbar, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 11:

  • Common Ground, Live on WTIP, 3 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Floydian Slip, Live on WTIP, 4 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Live on WTIP, 5 p.m.
  • Marc Gartman, Live on WTIP, 6 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Flyodian Slip, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Ben Johnson, The Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 12:

  • Gordon Thorne, Live on WTIP (The Gospel Truth), 8 a.m.
  • Marc Gartman, The Wunderbar, 11 a.m.
  • Aho Family Band, Live on WTIP (Polka Time), 5 p.m.

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

Here’s a friendly winter visitor.

Photo by Jim Boyd.

Chickadee by Jim Boyd.

Here’s a cutie.

Pine Marten by Paul Sundberg.

Pine Marten by Paul Sundberg.

And here’s a lucky shot.

Young lynx stopped to watch me by Joan Berezowksi Young.

Young lynx stopped to watch me by Joan Berezowksi Young.

 

Nice Tree. Photo by Christian Dalbec.

Nice Tree. Photo by Christian Dalbec.

 

Good Morning. By Sarah Hamilton.

Good Morning. By Sarah Hamilton.

And check out this cloud.

Sunset cloud by Steve Ortmann.

Sunset cloud by Steve Ortmann.

And the contrast with this:

Gales of November by Bryan Hansel.

Gales of November by Bryan Hansel.

Truth be told: It’s winter on the Gunflint Trail, late fall near Lake Superior.

Here’s a photo along the Gunflint Trail:

Snow storm by Paul Sundberg.

Snow storm by Paul Sundberg.

Here’s a shot from the shore.

Lost Connection-- what was once the arch is now just a rock by Christian Dalbec.

Lost Connection– what was once the arch is now just a rock by Christian Dalbec.

Here’s a shot along the Trail.

Back Country by Dolby Bear Photography.

Back Country by Dolby Bear Photography.

Here’s the shore:

The old fish house in Hovland gave it up after the last storm. Photo by Sandra Updyke.

The old fish house in Hovland gave it up after the last storm. Photo by Sandra Updyke.

Here’s the Trail.

Fresh Snow by Bryan Hansel.

Fresh Snow by Bryan Hansel.

Here’s the lake:

Lake Superior commercial fisherman by Christian Dalbec.

Lake Superior commercial fisherman by Christian Dalbec.

And finally, here’s the Trail:

First snow, courtesy Bearskin Lodge.

First snow. Photo courtesy Bearskin Lodge.

Snow or the Big Lake this weekend? Either way, have a great time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Readers & Writers and Bluegrass Masters

Paul Sundberg took this shot of roaring waves on Lake Superior at Crystal Bay in Tettegouche State Park.

Paul Sundberg took this outstanding shot of crashing waves on Lake Superior at Crystal Bay in Tettegouche State Park.

Last weekend was wind, water and waves with lots of snow in the mix. This weekend? Readers and writers and bluegrass musicians in two highly anticipated events.

First up is the North Shore Readers & Writers Festival sponsored by the Grand Marais Art Colony.

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This four-day festival in Grand Marais highlights the power of the written word, featuring more than 20 authors and book professionals leading and participating in craft seminars, author talks, presentations, panel discussions, radio interviews and more Nov. 2 through Nov. 5.

Festival authors and book professionals include Erik Anderson, Mary Casanova, Sharon Chmielarz, Tim Cochrane, Lily Coyle, Staci Drouillard, Katie Dublinski, Chris Fischbach, Peter Geye, Diane Glancy, William Green, Emily Hamilton, Patricia Hampl, Erin Hart, William Kent Krueger, Julie Landsman, Lise Lunge-Larsen, Shoshanna Matney, Ann Regan, Kathryn Savage, Sun Yung Shin, Nina Simonowicz, Moheb Soliman, Faith Sullivan, Bart Sutter, Kari Vick, and Kao Kalia Yang.

And the Founders Hall at the Art Colony will be transformed into an exhibit hall and meeting place with book professionals, presses and booths including Beaver’s Pond Press, Coffee House Press, Drury Lane Bookstore, Grand Marais Public Library, Graywolf Press, Hamline University’s Creative Writing Programs, Lake Superior Writers, Minnesota Historical Society Press, Red Bird Chapbooks, University of Minnesota Press, and Water~Stone Review.

This really is an extraordinary event, and classes and workshops will be held in meeting rooms all over town.

WTIP Radio is part of the “show,” too, when Jay Andersen leads a live panel discussion of  “Writing About Charged Topics” with authors Julie Landsman, William Green and Kao Kalia Yang at the Grand Marais Public Library. The discussion will be aired live on WTIP from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday.

And Voyageur Brewing Co. hosts Books-N-Brew at 9 p.m. on Saturday night with poet and installation artist Moheb Soliman.

voyageur books and brew a special poem presentation by Moheb Soliman

Poet and installation artist Moheb Soliman will be at Voyageur Brewing at 9 p.m. Saturday for a Books-N-Brew.

These are just a few of the events scheduled for the weekend.  Rush tickets are available at the door for some of the events. To find out more about the festival, click here.

On Friday, the North Shore Music Association will present the 27th annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend at Lutsen Resort.

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Lutsen Resort will be bluegrass jamming heaven over the weekend during Bluegrass Masters Weekend.

The music festival is three days of jamming, a full day of instrumental workshops, and an evening concert on Saturday night. All are welcome.

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Kristin Scott Benson is the featured musician at the Bluegrass Weekend this year.

This year’s featured instrument is banjo, and otheur featured performer and instructor is Kristin Scott Benson of The Grascals. One of the top banjo players on the bluegrass scene today, Benson is also a gifted and generous teacher with a rare interest in the banjo as a lyrical instrument.

She will lead banjo workshops on Saturday, which are open to the public. Topics include “Basic Right and Left-Hand Techniques,” “The Chord Scale, Improvising and Composing,” “Emphasizing Vocal Melody in Solos,” and “Backup.” The workshops are open to beginners through advanced levels—all welcome! They will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Registration is at Lutsen Resort.

The Saturday evening concert will feature the Kristin Scott Benson Trio with Kristin on banjo, Danny Roberts on mandolin, and Chris Jones on guitar and lead vocals. Tickets are available at the door only.

Also this week, North House Folk School will host a workshop, “Weaving with Birch Bark” from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2. No registration required. Cost is $5. Everyone invited.

On Saturday, the Finland community will hold the Finland Community Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Clair Nelson Finland Community Center, 6866 Cramer Rd. in Finland. The bazaar will feature Zuppa Toscana Soup, and Chili, Music By: Casey Aro , vendors, crafters , home-made wreaths and more. All invited.

In Thunder Bay, the Baggage Building Arts Centre at Prince Arthur Park will hold the Waterfront Art Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring works by local artists and artisans.

Painting by Stephanie Rae. She will be one of the artists at the Waterfront Art Sale at the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay on Saturday.

Painting by Stephanie Rae. She will be one of the artists at the Waterfront Art Sale at the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay on Saturday.

And then, next Wednesday, Nov., 8,  Amy Demmer, executive director of the Grand Marais Art Colony, will present a workshop on writing grants for the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. There is a wealth of grant support available to artists for funding anything from equipment needs to career development opportunities or artist projects. Demmer will give an overview of the grant-writing process and standards and participants will define their needs and goals and work independently or in pairs to ready their grant for submission, checking in at key points in the process. There are three sessions: Nov. 8, Dec.6, and Jan.10,  from noon to 1:30 pm.

 Exhibits:

 The Tweed Museum of Art has just opened a new collection-based exhibition, with select works on loan from the Weisman Art Museum, entitled “Modern(ism). The exhibition features artwork from world-renowned modern artists of the 20th century, such as Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Käthe Kollwitz, Henri Matisse, Oskar Kokoschka, Max Weber, Salvador Dali, and Otto Dix.

Salvador Dali, "Meriville and His Sons Reunited" from "Three Plays" by Marquis de Sade, 1965, detail, lithograph on paper.

Salvador Dali, “Meriville and His Sons Reunited” from “Three Plays” by Marquis de Sade, 1965, detail, lithograph on paper.

This exhibition is an attempt to explore the range of “-ism” in art movements that spanned the 20th century.

The exhibit Plein Air: America’s Industrial Landscape, works of world-class plein air painters, will continue at the Tweed through Nov. 12.

"Gone for the Day" by John Budicin, oil.

“Gone for the Day” by John Budicin, oil.

Also, the extraordinary exhibit Kathy McTavish: Chance, a multi-layered exhibit featuring projections on painted walls, music and digital images continues at the Tweed.

Also in Duluth, the Duluth Art Institute will hold the opening reception for “The Art of Grief” on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 4-6 p.m.

"A New Fall 4" by Stephanie Serpick is in the Duluth Art Institute's exhibit, The Art of Grief, which opens Saturday.

“A New Fall– 4″ by Stephanie Serpick is in the Duluth Art Institute‘s exhibit, The Art of Grief, which opens Saturday.

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery is featuring exhibits by Christian Chapman and Sam Shahsahabi through Nov. 11.

"The Time is now, and yesterday and tomorrow" by Christian Chapman. Photo by Duncan Weller. (Chronicle Journal.)

“The Time is now, and yesterday and tomorrow” by Christian Chapman. Photo by Duncan Weller. (Chronicle Journal.)

 Upcoming:

 Author Lorna Landvik (“Patty Jane’s House of Curl,”) will give a presentation at the Grand Marais Public Library at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10. Free.All invited.

On Nov. 10, the Cedar Coffee Company in Two Harbors will hold an opening reception for a new art show featuring work by Betsy Bowen.

Betsy Bowen will open an art show at the Cedar Coffee Company in Two Harbors Nov. 15.

Betsy Bowen will open a show at the Cedar Coffee Company in Two Harbors on Nov. 15.

The reception is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Cedar Coffee Company is located at 1130 11th St.

North House Folk School will showcase the work of more than 30 of its instructors and present a visual story of the folk achool at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Birch bark boots by Beth Homa Kraus.

Birch bark boots by Beth Homa Kraus. Kraus and more than 30 other North House Folk School instructors will exhibit their work at the Johnson Heritage Post Nov. 17.

The exhibit “Begin, Continue” will open with a reception from 4-6 p.m. Nov. 17.  That is also the weekend for Winterer’s Gathering and the Arctic Film Festival at North House. For more info, click here.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will hold a series of artist services workshops by Lynn Speaker. Workshops include “Goal Setting,” “Writing an Artist Statement,” (Nov. 27 & Dec. 3) and “Critical Response.” (Nov. 30). For more information, click here.

Lutsen Resort will host the Fireman’s Ball with music by Big Wave Dave and the Ripples Dec. 2.

The Svea Holiday Concert will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. The program includes a cappela music for the holiday season and tasty treats. Stay tuned for details.

Artist News:

Nancy Seaton is exhibiting her totems at the Spatial Effects Gallery in St. Paul.

Nancy Seaton is exhibiting her totems at the Spatial Effects Gallery in St. Paul.

Alison Aune-Hinkel, Kirsten Aune and Lisa Fitzpatrick celebrated the 100th anniversary of Finnish independence with an exhibit of Finnish-inspired wall hangings, mixed media paintings andn images of embroderies by Helsinki school children at the Nordic Center in Duluth recently.

A selection of Alison Aune-Hinkels paintings exhibit at Duluth's Nordic Center recently.

A selection of Alison Aune-Hinkels paintings exhibit at Duluth’s Nordic Center recently.

Window Shopping:

Many of the authors and publishers at the North Shore Readers & Writers Festival have books at the Grand Marais Art Colony during the festival.

Many of the authors and publishers at the North Shore Readers & Writers Festival have their books available at the Grand Marais Art Colony.during the festival.

 

"Lake Superior Dragon," a print by Betsy Bowen, is featured in her 2018 calendar of water-related images.

“Lake Superior Dragon,” a print by Betsy Bowen, is featured in her 2018 calendar of water-related images.

 

Matt Kania's "Cascade River Gorge" is at Ron's World Rocks.

Matt Kania’s “Cascade River Gorge” is at Ron’s World Rocks:Silver and Gems.

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, Nov. 2:

  • Chris Gillis and Thomas Stamps, Date Night, North Shore Winery,  6-8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 3;

  • Briand Morrison, Voyageur Brewing co., 4 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Wunderbar (the former Harbor Light,) 8-11 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 4:

Jim & Michele Miller, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.

  • Bluegrass Masters Weekend, Kristen Scott Benson Trio, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Chris Gillis and Thomas Stamps, Wunderbar, 7:30 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.

We found lots of photos of the storm, the snow, and wildlife this week.

Let’s start with the the storm.

Jeffrey Doty was at Canal Park and caught these waves crashing over the canal walls. Yikes! Canal Park was flooded.

Jeffrey Doty was at Canal Park and caught these waves crashing over the pier walls. Yikes! Canal Park was flooded.

We had a pond in front to the Co-op, too. This bicyclist didn’t quite make it without getting wet. The bike tipped and the rider got a little wet.

Storm Surge by Paul Sundberg.

Storm Surge by Paul Sundberg.

There were many moods in this storm.

Lake Superior showing her love by jamie Rabold.

Lake Superior showing her love by Jamie Rabold.

 

sierra parsons friday's waves on the east bay

Lake Superior pounds the East Bay by Sierra Parsons.

 

On the East Bay by Sandra Updyke.

On the East Bay by Sandra Updyke.

It was surfer’s heaven for awhile.

Chocolate waves in Duluth by Christian Dalbec.

Chocolate waves in Duluth by Christian Dalbec.

 

A beautiful surf at Stoney Point by Christian Dalbec.

A beautiful surf at Stoney Point by Christian Dalbec.

Meanwhile, in the interior… peace and snow.

600 Road after the snow by Thomas Spence.

600 Road after the snow by Thomas Spence.

 

Photo by Maryl Skinner.

Photo by Maryl Skinner.

 

It rained a lot on the shore.

Raindrops or stars? by Jana KokemillerBerka.

Raindrops or stars? by Jana KokemillerBerka.

Peace, after the storm.

After the storm:scoured beaches by Sandra Updyke.

After the storm:scoured beaches by Sandra Updyke.

 

After the storm, the stones kep their eye on things on the beach, settled down and rested up.

After the storm, the stones kept their eye on things on the beach, settled down and rested up.

And the deer kept finding the apples…

How to crack and apple by David Johnson.

How to crack and apple by David Johnson.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Halloween, Bowls and a Video Launch

Split Rock Lighthouse by Paul Sundberg.

Split Rock Lighthouse by Paul Sundberg.

Winter is upon us. No photos yet, but look for them in next week’s edition as we wait for the first snowflakes to fall, predicted for later today. That’s good news for lots of people, although we’ve heard groans and “I’m not ready for this” from others.

Meanwhile, plans for the coming week reveal some exciting events, including Halloween.

First up is Date Night at the North Shore Winery with Gordon Thorne and Friends.

Gordon Thorne & Friends will play at the North Shore Winery for Date Night on Thursday.

Gordon Thorne & Friends will play at the North Shore Winery for Date Night on Thursday.

The Winery will serve wine and cider as well as wood-fired pizza by Double D Catering.

Also, North House Folk School is offering a free class on whittling and how to safely use a sloyd knife how to carve with the grain. The class is from 7-9 p.m. tonight, Oct. 26, and is open to all. Whittlers under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. For more info, call 218-387-9762.

The class is part of Fresh Cut week at North House, and includes lots of opportunities to learn about Scandinavian wood-turning traditions. Stefan Nordgaard of the esteemed craft school Sätergläten in Sweden is featured speaker and instructor.  He will give a wood-turning demonstration at a Lunch and Learn at North House from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday (bring a brown bag lunch or just come an watch) and will lead a short expedition to the woods to learn about safe harvesting practices.

On Friday at 5 p.m., the public is invited to meet at Voyageurs Brewing Co. and bring a handcrafted ale bowl for an Ale Bowl Take-Over at 5 p.m. This will be followed by a screening of short documentaries on traditional Irish crafts at North House at 7:30 p.m.

Also on Friday, Joan Farnam will launch the premiere of a series of short storytelling videos about her travels around the world and back crafted by Patrick Knight of Good Measure Media.

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Entitled “Giving Myself Permission: Following the Spirit,” the event will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 5-7 p.m. and includes a potluck (bring a dish to share) and complimentary beer and wine. The screening starts at 5:30 p.m. All invited. This project was made possible through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.

On Saturday, look for early celebrations of Halloween.

Wunderbar Eatery and Campground (formerly the Harbor Light) will hold Wunderweenie for the Wee from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. featuring face painting, indoor and outdoor games and a Halloween costume contest.

Wunderbar Eaterie and Campground will hold Halloween events for every age on Saturday.

Wunderbar Eaterie and Campground will hold Halloween events for every age on Saturday.

On Saturday night, Wunderbar will hold a Halloween party for adults featuring a performance by the Duluth Spin Collective at 8 p.m., followed music by the SplinterTones. The costume contest is at 11 p.m.

Also on Saturday, Grandma Ray’s will have a Halloween party featuring the band, Earth Wind and Todd, starting at 8:30 p.m.

And the Gun Flint Tavern will hold a Halloween Karaoke Hoedown starting at 8:30 p.m.

Also on Saturday, North House instructor Stefan Nordgaard will present “As the World Turns” at North House at 7:30 p.m. Nordgaard has traveled the world to find out about traditional wood-turning methods and will share images and anecdotes in his presentation.

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery will host Hunger 12, an amazing transformation of the Waterfront District in downtown Thunder Bay  into Halloween central on Saturday night.

def sup hunger 12 poster

Hundreds of people show up, in costume, to celebrate this event, which features 50 acts, including 40 bands/DJ’s of all musical genres and specialty performers at six different venues: Crocks, The Foundry, Black Pirates Pub, The Sovereign Room, Red Lion Smokehouse and El Tres. The event is a fundraiser for DefSup, an artist-run center for contemporary arts. Tickets are $20 at the door at any venue, good for everything.

On Sunday, the Art Colony will host Paint-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Paint a bowl to help the hungry at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Sunday. The event is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Participants can choose from a variety of bowls that have been covered with a white glaze and are ready to paint. There are lots of colors and paint brushes to choose from. The bowls will be fired and donated to the Empty Bowls Fundraiser at St. John’s Catholic Church on Nov. 13. There is a $5 donation to help cover materials cost. All welcome.

Next up is Acoustic Grooves, a benefit for Arrowhead Animal Rescue: Lisel’s Fund at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts featuring Tyler Howell as MC and music by Michael Monroe, Joe Paulik and Briand Morrison & Sam Miltich.

Acoustic-GroovesThere will also be a live auction featuring a wide variety of items and a pet contest with prizes. The event starts at 2 p.m. Suggested donation is $10-20 adults, $5 students. Children 6 and under get in for free. All invited.

On Sunday night, Fresh Cut instructor Jarrod Dahl will give a presentation about turning in Sweden at 7:30 p.m. at North House Folk School. All invited. Free.

Voyageur Brewing Co. will hold a Halloween Costume Party on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The most creative costume in the taproom at 7 p.m. gets a prize.

Next Thursday is the start of the North Shore Readers and Writers Festival (Nov. 2-5) hosted by the Grand Marais Art Colony. This is a fabulous festival, featuring a host of writers, readers and book professionals who will participate in classes, craft seminars, readings, panel discussions as well as special events.

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Just to give you an idea of the scope of the festival, here’s the list of writers who will participate: Erik Anderson, Mary Casanova, Sharon Chmielarz, Tim Cochrane, Lily Coyle, Staci Drouillard, Katie Dublinski, Chris Fischbach, Peter Geye, Diane Glancy, William Green, Emily Hamilton, Patricia Hampl, Erin Hart, William Kent Krueger, Julie Landsman, Lise Lunge-Larsen, Shoshanna Matney, Ann Regan, Kathryn Savage, Sun Yung Shin, Nina Simonowicz, Moheb Soliman, Faith Sullivan, Bart Sutter, Kari Vick, and Kao Kalia Yang.

And a number of presses and book professionals will be featured in the exhibit hall at the Art Colony including Beaver’s Pond Press, Coffee House Press, Drury Lane Bookstore, Grand Marais Public Library, Graywolf Press, Hamline University’s Creative Writing Programs, Lake Superior Writers, Minnesota Historical Society Press, Red Bird Chapbooks, University of Minnesota Press, Water~Stone Review and Northern Wilds Media, Inc. / North Shore Press.

There is still room in classes and presentations. To find out more and sign up, click here.

Exhibits:

 This is the last weekend to see the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s exhibit, Plein Air 2017 at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Mike Rada's "It's Just Lunch" is one of the paintings on exhibit for Plein Air 2017 at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Mike Rada’s “It’s Just Lunch” is one of the paintings on exhibit for Plein Air 2017 at the Johnson Heritage Post.

There are more than 250 paintings in the exhibit, created by participants in the Plein Air Competition in September. The Heritage Post closes on Tuesdays. It is open from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and on Monday, and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Sivertson Gallery has been named the U.S. gallery for the 2017 Cape Dorset Print Collection and the work is currently on display at the gallery.

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Image courtesy of Dorset Fine Arts.

The 2017 print collection includes works from Inuit artists such as Tim Pitsiulak, Saimaiyu Akesuk and Nicotye Samayualie and reveal the history, art and culture of Inuit life, as imagined by the artists and printmakers from Kinngait Studios in Cape Dorset.

In Duluth, the Kathy McTavish exhibit “Chance” at the Tweed Museum of Art opened last week to accolades.

The entrance to "Chance" at the Tweed Museum of Art.

The entrance to “Chance” at the Tweed Museum of Art.

McTavish is a composer and media artist who specializes in creating interactive, multi-channel video and sound environments. In this installation,  McTavish has created a landscape of painted walls and multi-channel sound through six networked computers using code, image, and sound to create a cross-sensory experience . The exhibit continues through October of next year.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is featuring four exhibitions this fall: On the Trail: Denise Smith; Kohesion: Quentin Maki; Permanent Collection Spotlight: Angus Trudeau, and The Path of the Paddle.

Angus Trudeau is featured in the Permanent Collection Spotlight this month.

Angus Trudeau is featured in the Permanent Collection Spotlight this month.

Note: The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is open for normal business during the strike at Confederation College. Gallery hours are: Tuesday throughThursday, noon – 8 p.m. and  Friday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The gallery is located on the campus of Confederation College, which means that visitors to the gallery will have to cross picket lines. Just explain that your destination is the gallery.

Upcoming:

The 27th annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend  is Nov. 3-5 at Lutsen Resort, offering three days of jamming, a full day of instrumental workshops, and an evening concert with featured musician, Kristin Scott Benson.

Kristin Scott Benson is the featured musician at the Bluegrass Masters Festival this year

Kristin Scott Benson is the featured musician at the Bluegrass Masters Weekend this year.

For more information, including the banjo workshops Scott Benson will teach on Nov. 4, see northshoremusicassociation.com.

Winterer’s Gathering and the Arctic Film Festival will be held at North House Folk School Nov. 17-19.

winterer's gathering arctic film festival

Winterer’s Gathering and Arctic Film Festival will be held at North House Folk School Nov. 17-19.

Winterer’s Gathering features winter-centric coursework, a winter tent camp, gear swap, dancing, a film festival and  speakers – a classic event to welcome the season of snow. For more info, see northhouse.org.

Opportunities:

 Amy Demmer, executive director of the Grand Marais Art Colony, will hold a Grant Writing Workshop Nov. 8, Dec. 6, Jan. 10, noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Art Colony. The workshop will cover grant writing for the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. Participants will define their needs and goals and work independently or in pairs to ready their grant for submission, checking in at key points in the process. The workshop is free for members, $25 for non-members. Pre-registration required. Call 218-387-2737 or see www.grandmaraisartcolony.org for more info and to register.

Artist News:

 Cheryl Larsen of Grand Marais was awarded a Technology/Equipment grant by the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. The $1,810 grant will support the purchase of tools and supplies for the continued creation Larsen’s hand-painted silks.

Thomas Spence‘s photograph of the northern lights was featured on the home page of spaceweather.com on Oct.14.

Thomas Spence on Spaceweather Oct. 14

This photo of the northern lights over Lake Superior by Tom Spence was featured on the home page of spaceweather.com Oct. 14.

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, Oct. 26:

  • Gordon Thorne, Date Night at the North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 27:

  • Billy Johnson, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost & Friends, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 28:

  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • North Country Fair, Cascade Restaurant and Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Dat Dere Jazz, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Halloween Party, Wunderbar (formerly the Harbor Light), 8 p.m.
  • Earth, Wind and Todd, Halloween Show, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Halloween Karaoke Hoedown, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m

Sunday, Oct. 29:

  • Acoustic Grooves Concert, Michael Monroe, Joe Paulik and Briand Morrison & Sam Miltich, 2 p.m. A fundraiser for Arrowhead Animal Rescue.
  • Briand Morrison & Sam Miltich, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

We found some great photos this week.

Let’s start with waves from another great lake by Dave Sandford: The Buzzfeed headline for the series is “Here is what a Great Lake looks like after all the vacationers are gone.”

"Water Mountain" by Dave Sandford.

“Water Mountain” by Dave Sandford.

The photos are of Lake Erie. Check them out here.

Wildlife:

Trumpeter Swan family on a pond in Mountain Iron, by Paul Pluskwik.

Trumpeter Swan family on a pond in Mountain Iron, by Paul Pluskwik.

 

Lynx by David Johnson.

Lynx by David Johnson.

 

Snowshoe hares are starting to turn white, by David Johnson.

Snowshoe hares are starting to turn white, by David Johnson.

 

The bull gang by Thomas Spence.

The bull gang by Thomas Spence.

Late Fall:

Photo by Marie Zhuikov, Houghton Falls Nature Preserve.

Photo by Marie Zhuikov, Houghton Falls Nature Preserve.

 

North House in Fall by Thomas Spence.

North House in Fall by Thomas Spence.

 

In and around the North Shore by Christian Dalbec.

In and around the North Shore by Christian Dalbec.

 

Quick snap of the final performers waiting to dance by Kristofer Bowman.

Quick snap of the final performers waiting to dance by Kristofer Bowman.

Sunsets:

Temperance River State Park by Thomas Spence.

Temperance River State Park by Thomas Spence.

 

More colors from the sky by Jana Kokemiller-Berka.

More colors from the sky by Jana Kokemiller-Berka.

Water:

Photo by Mike Wiggins, Jr.

Brooding Lake Superior by Mike Wiggins, Jr.

 

Photo by Angela Botner.

Photo by Angela Botner.

 

Lake Superior by Justin Vrba.

Lake Superior in the clouds by Justin Vrba.

 

Kakabeka Fals by Natalie Sobanja.

Kakabeka Falls by Natalie Sobanja.

And this funny one.

When fall colors go bad by Bill Willy Lane.

When fall colors go bad by Bill Willy Lane.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

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Moose Madness Weekend

thomas spence images moose from last year

Thomas Spence took this intriguing portrait of a moose last year.

It’s Moose Madness weekend.

This crazy-wonderful weekend is the last festival of the season and is filled with all kinds of family activities, contests, events and more, bringing people together for the final days of fall during MEA weekend.

And the moose features prominently in this Grand Marais festival: there’s the Moose Medallion Hunt, the Moose Poetry Contest, Moose Coloring contest, Moose Treasure Hunt, the Moose Mosey and all kinds of moose-y contests in shops throughout town. And, of course, Murray the Moose wanders around ready to shake people’s hand and stand still for a photo.

Murray the Moose makes an appearance at WTIP Community Radio.

Murray the Moose makes an appearance at WTIP Community Radio.

There are some “serious” family activities at North House Folk School and the Grand Marais Art Colony, too. Both offer mini-classes or workshops this weekend for kids and adults.

At North House, Family Weekend includes intergenerational classes in everything from knitting to tool making, spinning wool and more on Friday and Saturday, and on Friday night there’s a Family Contra Dance at 7 p.m.

Spinning is one of the mini-classes offered at North House Folk School this weekend.

Spinning is one of the mini-classes offered at North House Folk School this weekend.

For more info on North House activities and classes, click here.

The Grand Marais Art Colony has organized the Fall into Art Family Weekend with events happening in every studio. They include mask-making, monoprint making, crafting a glass coaster and painting ceramic tiles.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will have a variety of activities and classes this weekend.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will have a variety of activities and classes this weekend.

To find out more and to register, click here.

There are other events this weekend, too.

On Thursday, the Grand Marais Writer’s Guild meets at the Grand Marais Library from 6-7:30 p.m. for its regular monthly meeting. Whether you write novels or notes, essays or emails, you are welcome. The meeting includes discussions as well as a writing prompts and timed sessions as well as a chance to share. The  meeting is facilitated by Rose Arrowsmith-DeCoux. Free.

The Ladies Music Club will be performing this weekend, too, and start their “gig” in Grand Marais with an interview and a song or two at WTIP Community Radio at 4 p.m. on Thursday, followed by a performance at Voyageur Brewing Co. from 7-9 p.m.

The Ladies Music Club from St. Paul will be in Cook County this weekend.

The Ladies Music Club from St. Paul will be in Cook County this weekend.

The band will perform from 7-9 p.m. at Hungry Jack Lodge on Friday as well.

Also on Thursday, the Grand Marais Playhouse will hold an evening with the Bard,  a 2-hour “romp” through some of Shakespeare’s most popular plays including Hamlet and Romero and Juliet. “Lovers, Poets and Madmen” will be held at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Carrie Nath will lead the workshop.  Donation at the door. All invited.

On Friday, Moose Madness activities begin. (See above and/or click here for the full schedule )

This is the last Saturday for the Cook County Market this season. It runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot at the Senior Center. The Market features a variety of arts and crafts as well as baked goods, homemade jams and jellies and more.

birdhouse on a stick

Birdhouses on a stick are always popular at the Cook County Market. Saturday is the Market’s last day of the 2017 season.

Everyone is invited to see what this local arts and crafts market has to offer.

Also on Saturday, Minnesota author, Lise Lunge-Larsen and Grand Marais illustrator, Kari Vick will sign copies of their new book, “Seven Ways to Trick at Troll” at Drury Lane Books from 1-3 p.m.

Ilustrator Kari Vick will be interviewed on WTIP's The Roadhouse about her new book, "Seven Ways to Trick a Troll."

Minnesota author Lise Lunge-Larson and Grand Marais illustrator Kari Vick will sign their brand new book, “Seven Ways to Trick a Troll” from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Drury Lane Books.

Scandinavian folktales come to life in this beautifully illustrated children’s (of all ages) book. Everyone invited.

And to add ambiance to the street celebration of Moose Madness, the bluegrass band,  Black River Revue, will play in front of the Gunflint Mercantile from 2-3 p.m. Saturday,

Gunflint mercantile black river revue

The Black River Revue plays in front of the Gunflint Mercantile from 2-3 p.m. Saturday. The band also performs at the Gun Flint Tavern on Friday and Saturday night.

The band wil also play at the Gun Flint Tavern on Friday and Saturday night. Music starts at 8:30 p.m.

Also, on Saturday night, the SplinterTones will play at the 4-H Log Building at the Cook County Community Center from 7-9 p.m. to celebrate the release of Dave and Amy Freeman’s book, “A Year in the Wilderness.” All invited.

Also on Saturday, the band, Common Ground, will play for a soft opening at the Wunderbar Eatery and Campground at 8 p.m.

In Duluth, potter Karin Kraemer opens her new pottery, Duluth Pottery & Tile,  in Lincoln Park with an open house starting at 4 p.m. Music by Cousin Dad at 8 p.m.

Duluth Pottery & Tile opens Oct. 21.

Duluth Pottery & Tile opens Oct. 21.

The shop is in Lincoln Park in Duluth at 1924 Superior St.

On Sunday, the Grand Marais Playhouse will hold a Renaissance-style dance workshop at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts from 2-4 p.m.

Carrie Nath will lead a workshop on dances and customs in 15th century England at the ACA on Sunday.

Carrie Nath will lead a workshop on dances and customs in 15th century England at the ACA on Sunday from 2-4 p.m.

The 2-hour workshop will be filled with dances and customs of the court and country in 15th century England. All invited. Donations at the door.

And on Monday, Grand Marais potter, Hannah Palma Laky, will hold a ceramics art sale at the Angry Trout Cafe from 6-8 p.m.

Hannah Laky will hold a pottery sale at the Angry Trout on Monday.

Hannah Laky will hold a pottery sale at the Angry Trout on Monday.

Laky will have a variety of mugs as well as Sawtooth Mountain travel mugs and bowls as well as vases and plates.

Tuesday is Open Carving Night at North House Folk School Oct. 24 and Oct. 31. This free event is hosted by woodcarvers Harley Refsal and Angela Robins. The sessions are free and  are from 7-9 p.m.

Exhibits:

 The Grand Marais Art Colony‘s exhibit, Plein Air 2017 is at the Johnson Heritage Post and continues through Oct. 29.

The Plein Air 2017 exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post continues through Oct. 29.

The Plein Air 2017 exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post continues through Oct. 29.

The exhibit features work created by more than 60 artists during a week-long painting competition in Cook County. All the paintings are for sale.

The Johnson Heritage Post is closed on Tuesdays. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and on Mondays. It is open from 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Free.

Sivertson Gallery is featuring a great selection of recently released Cape Dorset prints in this year’s Inuit Premiere.

Sivertson Gallery has a great selection of this year's Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection.

Sivertson Gallery has a great selection of this year’s Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection.

Barb Lundell is the featured artist in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park through November.

Painting by Barb Lundell.

Painting by Barb Lundell.

Lundell is exhibiting work in a number of different media.

In Duluth, Chance, a multi-media installation by Kathy McTavish opens  in the Sax Gallery at the Tweed Museum of Art with a reception from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday.

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Kathy Mc Tavish’s multi-media installation opens at the Tweed Museum of Art on Thursday.

Kathy McTavish’s new generative art installation is designed specifically for the Sax Brothers Gallery space at Tweed Museum of Art. According to a press released by the Tweed: “You’ll discover a choreographed world of screen monitors, talking to one another to create a series of synchronized colorful graphics, with soundscape, words, and lighting, against a background of painted walls. This is an experiential installation, so you have to be on-site to immerse yourself in this digital environment.”

McTavish will be at the opening to meet and greet guests and offer answers to inquiring minds. Cash bar, food, and music.

On Friday in Duluth, the Nordic Center, 23 N. Lake Ave., will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finnish Independence with Finnish-inspired wall hangings, mixed media paintings, images of emboideries by Helsinki school children, himmeli, refreshments and projections.

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Taide Yhdessä: Design -–Finland to Minnesota opens with a reception from 7-9 on Friday, Oct. 21, at the Nordic Center in Duluth.

Taide Yhdessä: Design -–Finland to Minnesota opens with a reception from 7-9 on Friday, Oct. 21. A presentation, refreshments and hands-on Finnish crafts will be featured. For more info, click here.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery is featuring the exhibit, Kohesion, work by Quentin Maki, through Nov. 19.

Quentin Maki, Yellow Tango, mixed media.

Quentin Maki, Yellow Tango, mixed media.

Opportunities:

 Tettegouche State Park’s Visitor Center has been exhibiting the work of Minnesota artists. They currently have an open call for submissions, with work to be selected by a jury panel of three people. Work should have a “North Woods Aesthetic,” with some relevance to the expectations of travelers to the North Shore, and should be appropriate for family audiences.

Shows are typically one month in length. Exhibiting artists may provide contact info for direct sales.

To apply, please email six representative images, under 1MB each, to Kurt Mead, Interpretive Naturalist, Tettegouche State Park: kurt.mead@state.mn.us. Submissions are due Oct. 31, for scheduling shows starting next summer.

Upcoming:

 “Giving Myself Permission: Following the Spirit,” the premiere of Joan Farnam’s short storytelling videos by Patrick Knight about her travels across the world and back again will be screened at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Friday, Oct. 27. It’s a potluck: Bring a dish to share. Beer and wine option. The screening will begin at 5:30 p.m. All invited.

Paint-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29.

Paint-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29.

Paint-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. The bowls, above, have been painted with original designs by participants a few years ago,

Ceramic bowls, glazed with a white glaze, will be available to paint with designs. They will then be fired and donated to the Empty Bowls fundraiser to help the hungry in Cook County. The fundraiser is at St. John’s Catholic Church Nov. 13.

The North Shore Music Association will hold the 27th Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend at Lutsen Resort  Nov. 3 -5. This year’s instrument of focus is the banjo, and this year’s instructor is phenomenal banjoist Kristin Scott Benson (of The Grascals).

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Kristin Scott Bensen is the featured musician at the 27th annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend at Lutsen Resort Nov. 3-5.

For more info, visit www.northshoremusicassociation.com and stay tuned for details.

Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux will teach “Swedish for Beginners” at Cook County Higher Education next month.

Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux teaching Swedish when she was a teenager.

Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux teaching Swedish when she was a teenager c. 2004.

This four-session class will give students a foundation of grammar, sentence structure and conversational phrases.  Games, songs and art will be incorporated along with listening, speaking, reading and writing. The class will culminate in a traditional meal.
This class is for total beginners and those wishing to brush up on the fundamentals.
Arrowsmith DeCoux has been teaching Swedish since she was a teenager, and has worked at the American Swedish Institute, the Concordia Language Villages (CLV), and other summer camps and community programs. Her participatory style is strongly influenced by her time at CLV. Classes are Wednesdays Nov. 1-29 from 5:30-7 p.m. For more info, call 387-3411.

Window Shopping:

Nancy Haarmeyer has beaded necklaces at Joy & Co.

Nancy Haarmeyer has beaded necklaces at Joy & Co.

 

Stephan Hoglund is exhibiting his photographs at the Angry Trout Cafe. It closes for the season at the end of the month. This photograph is entitled "Beaver House."

Stephan Hoglund is exhibiting his photographs at the Angry Trout Cafe. It closes for the season at the end of the month. This photograph is entitled “Beaver House.”

Melissa Wickwire has handmade buttons at the bookstore at North House Folk School.

Melissa Wickwire has handmade buttons at the bookstore at North House Folk School.

New work by Betsy Bowen is at the Betsy Bowen Studio & Galleries. This one is entitled "Warmth." Oil on pine.

New work by Betsy Bowen is at the Betsy Bowen Studio & Galleries. This one is entitled “Warmth.” Oil on pine.

 Artist News:

 

Tom Christiansen was honored with AARP Minnesota and Pollen’s 2017 50 over 50 award recently. People from across Minnesota visited 50Over50MN.org to nominate leaders in their community in one of five categories: arts & culture, nonprofit, business, community building, and disruption. A transparent cohort of distinguished peers then took on the near impossible task of narrowing down the list to fifty of the most inspiring and accomplished leaders from across the state.

Tom Christiansen was honored with AARP Minnesota and Pollen’s 2017 50 over 50 award recently. People from across Minnesota visited 50Over50MN.org to nominate leaders in their community in one of five categories: arts & culture, nonprofit, business, community building, and disruption. A transparent cohort of distinguished peers then took on the near impossible task of narrowing down the list to fifty of the most inspiring and accomplished leaders from across the state.

Cobi, a native of Cook County, sang the national anthem at a football game between the Packers and the Vikings recently.

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WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs captured a video of the event. To see it, click here.

Here’s the music for the weekend:

Thursday, Oct. 19:

  • Ladies Music Club, Voyageur Brewing Co., 7 p.m.
  • Chuck & Friends, Date Night at the North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 20:

  • Jim McGowan, Voyageur Brewing co., 4 p.m.
  • Black River Revue, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 9 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 21:

  • Black River Revue, Gunflint Mercantile, 2 p.m.
  •  Jazz with Briand Morrison, Moguls Grille, 3 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Cook County Community 4H Center, 7:30 p.m.
  • Common Ground, The Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Black River Revue, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

So, we found some fun photos this week. Here’s a selection.

Wildlife:

A fierce saw-whet owl by Bill Willy Lane.

A fierce saw-whet owl by Bill Willy Lane.

 

Loon shaking off water after a dive y Sparky Stensaas.

Loon shaking off water after a dive y Sparky Stensaas.

 

"Out of the Aspens" by Jamie Stickland. Taken at a wildlife park in Minnesota.

“Out of the Aspens” by Jamie Stickland. Taken at a wildlife park in Minnesota.

Trees:

Tree and the Milky Way by Bryan Hansel.

Tree and the Milky Way by Bryan Hansel.

 

Lone White Pine by Nathan Slettedahl.

Lone White Pine by Nathan Slettedahl.

Moon:

Photo by Jamie Strickland.

Photo by Jamie Strickland.

Stars:

Trying to get auroras the other night and ended up with this by Kirk Schleife.

Trying to get auroras the other night and ended up with this by Kirk Schleife.

Water:

Photo by Sandra Updyke.

Photo by Sandra Updyke.

 

Partridge Falls on the Pigeon River, Grand Portage by Travis Novitsky.

Partridge Falls on the Pigeon River, Grand Portage by Travis Novitsky.

 

Jay Cooke State Park after a rain by Jessica Gheen Tinajero.

Jay Cooke State Park after a rain by Jessica Gheen Tinajero.

Aurora:

Northern lights by David Johnson.

Northern lights by David Johnson.

Fall Colors:

"North Shore Confetti" by RobinNice Bjella.

“North Shore Confetti” by RobinNice Bjella.

 

Porcupine Mountains by Susanne Von Schroeder, Soul Centered Photography.

Porcupine Mountains by Susanne Von Schroeder.

 

Somewhere on Oberg Mountain by Abu Rajib.

Somewhere on Oberg Mountain by Abu Rajib.

 

Thompson Lake by Paul Sundberg.

Thompson Lake by Paul Sundberg.

 

Fall color by Jeff Henningsgaard.

Fall color by Jeff Henningsgaard.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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The Inuit Premiere, Caravan du Nord and More

"Standing in the creek this evening making soft water" by Jamie Rabold.

“Standing in the creek this evening making soft water” by Jamie Rabold.

Fall colors in Cook County are at their peak, according to the Department of Natural Resources Fall Color Finder.  The back roads are truly spectacular, and fall hiking will be a pleasure.

There are fun things to do in the county as well.  Sivertson Gallery‘s Inuit Premiere is this weekend, as it the Caravan Du Nord, which will feature workshops and a concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

And there are  exhibits to see as well as great live music.

This year, the Grand Marais Art Colony is partnering with Sivertson Gallery during the Inuit Premiere to bring visiting artist Ningiukulu Teevee from Cape Dorset to work with Cook County printmakers Kari Vick and Betsy Bowen in the print studio at the Art Colony

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Inuit printmaker Ningiukulu Teevee is here as the guest artist for Sivertson Gallery‘s Inuit Premiere. She will work with local printmakers in the Print Studio at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Friday. Come see what’s happening at 1 p.m. on Friday.

Teevee will share her experiences working at the Cape Dorset/Kinngait WBEC Studios and with Dorset Fine Arts with Bowen and Vick in the Print Studio.  Stop by the Art Colony at 1:30 p.m. to see what the printmakers are have been doing. All welcome.

The Inuit Premiere also features Inuit throat singers Nina Segalowitz and Taqralik Partridge who will perform at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday at Sivertson Gallery. Get a preview of their singing and hear about this ancient Nunavik musical tradition on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.  (P.S. The Roadhouse will also feature an interview and music by the group, Dat Dere Jazz.)

Also, check out this video of their throat singing the 2015 Inuit Premiere.

The Inuit Premiere will feature new prints, sculptures and carvings by Canadian native artists, including new work by Teevee.

Innocent Owl, etching and aquatint by Ningiukulu Teevee.

The Premiere will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. At 6 p.m., there wil be a Fireside Panel Chat with all guests, including with all guests, including William Huffman of Dorset Fine Arts.

Also on Saturday, The North Shore Music Association will host the 2017 Caravan du Nord Tour, which kicks off in Grand Marais with a day of artist workshops and music industry networking followed by performances by the honky-tonk heroes Trailer Trash, New Orleans swing band Patty and The Buttons and the Grand Marais trio, Lake Effect.

Trailer Trash is one of the groups performing at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Saturday.

Trailer Trash is one of the groups performing at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Saturday.

The schedule of events includes two workshops at the Cook County Community Center on Saturday:

  • 3 p.m. “Touring Beyond the North Shore” (free.) Trailer Trash frontman Nate Dungan talks about what artists can expect when booking and touring in the Twin Cities and beyond.
  • 4 p.m. “Getting to Know Local Radio” (free) DJs from The Current, WTIP North Shore Community Radio, KUMD 103.3 FM and KFAI – 90.3 FM Minneapolis – 106.7 FM St. Paul talk about their local programming and how they go about selecting music and booking guests.

All are invited to both workshops.

Here’s a short video about Caravan du Nord.

At 6 p.m. on Saturday,  there will be a social hour at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts where the public can meet the performers, local artists and music industry professionals over food and beverages. The concert is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $8 for student. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at tix.com.

And not to forget the Cook County Market, which will run for two more weeks, closing during Moose Madness weekend. The market features a variety of local arts and crafts and is held in the parking lot at the Senior Center from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

In North House  news, woodcarver Harley Refsal will be the instructor in residence for two weeks and will give woodcarving demonstrations at various locations around the county as well as at North House.

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Woodcarver Harley Refsal will be the instructor in residence at North House Folk School.

Refsal’s demonstration schedule is:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 1811 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Cross River Heritage Center
  • Friday, Oct. 20 & Saturday, Oct. 219 a.m. – 4 p.m. at North House Folk School
  • Monday, Oct. 2310 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Cook County YMCA
  • Wednesday, Oct. 2510 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Grand Marais Public Library
  • Thursday, Oct. 2610a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Cook County Senior Center

Also, North House will host Open Carving Nights on Tuesday nights from 7-9 p.m. with Refsal and Angela Robins from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 17, 24 and 31. All ages are welcome, but adults mus accompany those 14 to 18. All carving styles, and experience levels welcome. The sessions are free. No pre-registration is required.

Exhibits:

 There are lots of exhibits at museums and art centers on the North Shore.
The Grand Marais Plein Air 2017 exhibit continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through Oct. 29. The exhibit includes a wide variety of work created by plein air artists during a week of painting in Cook County.
Temperance Off the Grade by Larry Seiler is one of the works at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Temperance Off the Grade by Larry Seiler is one of the works at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The Heritage Post is closed on Tuesdays. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays as well as Mondays. It is open from 1-4 p.m. Sundays.

Barb Lundell is the featured artist in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park this month.

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Painting by Barb Lundell.

In Duluth, both the Tweed Museum of Art and the Duluth Art Institute have a number of exhibits.

(Detail) Crying Frog Woman by Terry Starr is in a special exhibit of Pacific Northwest Native Art at the Tweed Museum of Art.

(Detail) Crying Frog Woman by Terry Starr is in a special exhibit of Pacific Northwest Native Art at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Other exhibits at the Tweed include “Moments” by Carly Christiansen, a UMD art student exhibit Plein Air: America’s Industrial Landscape.

At the Duluth Art Institute, the exhibit “Forever Home” continues through Oct. 27. The exhibit features photographs and paintings of dogs and is held in conjunction with Animal Allies.

Photographs and paintings for the exhiibit "Forever Home" at the Duluth Art Institute.

Photographs and paintings for the exhibit “Forever Home” at the Duluth Art Institute.

Other exhibits at the Duluth Art Institute include Reservation Pop: Wendy Red Star
In Situ: Studio 101 Artists.’

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery has a number of exhibits as well, including “The Path of the Paddle” which features original art work by Rejean Roy and David Lightwood as well as hand painted maps by Hap Wilson. The exhibit explores the maps and views of the Great Trail – 1,200 km of water from Thunder Bay to the Manitoba border.

Path of the Paddle is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The exhibit “Path of the Paddle” is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Other exhibits at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery include “Kohesion: Quentin Maki.”
“On the Trail: Denise Smith,” and  Permanent Collection Spotlight Angus Trudeau.

The Baggage Building Arts Centre at Prince Arthur’s Landing in Thunder Bay continues its exhibit of Thunder Bay and regional printmakers. The exhibit is entitled “Making an Impression.”

The "Making an Impression" printmaking exhibit is at the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay.

The “Making an Impression” printmaking exhibit is at the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay.

Upcoming

 The Grand Marais Playhouse will host a community dance workshop entitled “Shake It Up Renaissance-Style” at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19. The instructor is Carrie Nath. The cost is a donation at the door.

Moose Madness weekend is Oct. 20-22 with lots of moosey activities around town and at the Grand Marais Art Colony and North House Folk School.

The Art Colony is featuring its Fall Into Art Family Weekend with mask making, tile-painting, making glass coasters, monoprints. For more info and to register, click here.

North House Folk School is planning a variety of family friendly events, too, including a family contra dance at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20. To find out more, see www.northhouse.org.

For the complete Moose Madness schedule, click here.

Also, take a look at the writers and presentations for the Art Colony’s North Shore Readers and Writers Festival Nov. 2-5. The line-up of presentors is impressive, and local writers are represented! Check it out here. And stay tuned for details.

Artist News:

Jazz musicians Briand Morrison and Sam Miltich will perform at the Ice House in Minneapolis on Oct. 15 from 5-7 p.m.

Photographer Layne Kennedy was recently featured in a video by MN Original. Check it out:

Window Shopping:

J.Niesen has new work, including this painting of chickadees,  at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

J.Niesen has new work, including this painting of chickadees, at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

 

Beach pebble necklaces by Jessia Helen of Hawkhouse Designs are at Upstate MN.

Beach pebble necklaces by Jessia Helen of Hawkhouse Designs are at Upstate MN.

 Music

Thursday Oct. 12:

  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 13:

  • Gene LaFond and Amy Grillo, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
  • Jon Miller and the Homebrews, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 14:

  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Caravan du Nord, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Cascade Restaurant & Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Bughouse, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Jon Miller and the Homebrews, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 15:

  • Jon Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 16:

  • Pete K, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

We found some nice photographs this week, too. Here’s a selection.

Let’s start with grouse.

Sarah Hamilton caught this great shot of a grouse having lunch the other day.

Sarah Hamilton caught this great shot of a grouse having lunch the other day.

 

David Johnson caught this portrait of a female spruce grouse, too,

David Johnson caught this portrait of a female spruce grouse, too,

 

And here’s a beauty:

A phone shot at Little Manitou Falls with a crystal ball by Jamie Rabold.

A phone shot at Little Manitou Falls with a crystal ball by Jamie Rabold.

And this one:

Trail at Cascade by Scott Benson.

Trail at Cascade by Scott Benson.

And there were lots of photos of Lake Superior.

Sunset over Lake Superior by Mike Wiggins Jr.

Sunset over Lake Superior by Mike Wiggins Jr.

 

Sunrise by Sandra Updyke.

Sunrise by Sandra Updyke.

 

Lake Superior by Scott Benson.

Lake Superior by Scott Benson.

 

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

 

kristofer bowman lake superior

Lake Superior by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Having fun on the lighthouse by Kathy Gray-Anderson.

Having fun on the lighthouse by Kathy Gray-Anderson.

 

Last sail out of Grand Marais by Dave Freeman.

Last sail out of Grand Marais by Dave Freeman.

 

Lake Superior by Linda Otis.

Lake Superior by Linda Otis.

And fall color:

Stay gold ponyboy by Kristofer Bowman.

Stay gold ponyboy by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Fall Leaves by jennifer Schultz.

Fall Leaves by jennifer Schultz.

And this classic shot:

More beautiful colors from Home-Sweet-Home by Ann K. Jorgenson.

More beautiful colors from Home-Sweet-Home by Ann K. Jorgenson.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

(P.S. If you’ve enjoyed reading this week’s NorthShore ArtScene, please consider making a donation to keep it up and running. And thanks to everyone who has donated so far. It’s truly appreciated)


 

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Color Peak & The Fall Studio Tour Continues!

Early morning fall colors by David Johnson.

Early morning fall colors by David Johnson.

It’s Eye-Candy Weekend in Cook County.

The leaves are at peak and are just gorgeous, and

Art Along the Lake: the Fall Studio Tour continues, exhibiting artwork in every medium by local and regional artists in 14 studios and galleries from 10 am. to 5 p.m. through Sunday.

And that’s not all: Many studios are featuring special events, whether demonstrations, visiting artists or artist talks. Here’s a partial list of what you can expect to see:

Daily bowl-turning demos with Lou Pignolet in Hovland;

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wood-turned bowl by Lou Pignolet.

Daily glass demonstrations with Mary Bebie at Clay Phoenix Ceramics in Lutsen; painting demonstrations at Last Chance Gallery with Anna Hess and with Heidi Sobanja at Betsy Bowen’s Studio and Galleries.

Heidi Sobanja has set up an in-studio painting studio at Betsy Bowen Studio and Galleries.

Heidi Sobanja has set up an in-studio painting studio at Betsy Bowen Studio and Galleries.

There are also daily woodcut printmaking (Betsy Bowen) and tile making demos (Melissa Wickwire) at Bowen’s gallery as well.

Mary Jane Huggins is holding mini classes as well as giving demos at her shop, Tall Tales in Tofte. and Ron Piercy is doing Q&A’s about gemstones at his shop, Ron’s World Rocks in Grand Marais. (Piercy was formerly a large-scale sculptor, and he know his stones.) There are also on-going demos at the Grand Marais Art Colony in ceramics (Natalie Sobanja, Hannah Palma Laky and Joan Farnam) and glass (Nancy Seaton) and Dan & Lee Ross are doing artist talks and tool demonstrations at their studio in Hovland daily.

This carved stone Bison by Dan Ross is at the Lee and Dan Ross Studio in Hovland.

This carved stone Bison by Dan Ross is at the Lee and Dan Ross Studio in Hovland.

Here are a few more photos of what you can see on the Fall Studio Tour:

Jeanne Hedstrom is showing a wide variety of paintings in her studio.

Jeanne Hedstrom is showing a wide variety of paintings in her studio.

Beadpainter Jo Wood's studio is open for the tour.

Beadpainter Jo Wood’s studio is open for the tour.

Other must-see studios and galleries include the Frykman Art Studio in rural Grand Marais;  Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen, Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais,  Neil Sherman’s Plein Air Gallery in rural Hovland and KFox Studio and Gallery in Lutsen.

Here are a few demos of note: There will be a fused glass demo at the Frykman Gallery from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday. On Friday, Maggie Anderson will do a raku demo at her gallery, Phoenix Ceramics, at 2 p.m., and there will be a bronze pour at 4 p.m. at Last Chance Gallery on Saturday.

There's a Bronze Pour at 4 at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.

There’s a Bronze Pour at 4 at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen on Saturday.

For the complete list of art tour stops, maps and event schedules, click here. The Fall Studio Tour continues through Sunday. Enjoy!

There are other fun things going on in the county this weekend, too.

On Thursday night, Hannah Palma Laky and Leah Laky will sing and read for the Full Moon Gathering at Drury Lane Books outside by the campfire. Be there at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy the moon and beautiful music.

On Friday, artist and illustrator Kari Vick will be interviewed on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday. “Seven Ways to Trick a Troll,” written by Lisa Lunge-Larsen and illustrated by Vick, has just been published this week by the University of Minnesota Press.

Ilustrator Kari Vick will be interviewed on WTIP's The Roadhouse about her new book, "Seven Ways to Trick a Troll."

Illustrator Kari Vick will be interviewed on WTIP’s The Roadhouse about her new book, “Seven Ways to Trick a Troll.”

Vick will talk about the creating the book and what it’s like to be an book illustrator. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. on Friday.

In Thunder Bay, the Baggage Building Art Centre will open a new printmaking exhibit, “Making an Impression” on Friday.

An exhibition of printmakers will open at the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay on Friday.

An exhibition of printmakers will open at the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay on Friday.

The exhibit will feature local and regional printmakers and continues through Oct. 29.

Saturday begins will the opening of the Cook County Market, featuring arts and crafts by local artists. The market is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Senior Center parking lot.

Sivertson Gallery will host “Do You Raku? We do!” with Duluth raku potters Richard Gruchalla and Carrin Rosetti from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Participants can purchase a tea bowl, glaze it themselves and then watch it being fired.  When cool, they get to take it home.

One of the raku-fired tea bowls created in Do You Raku, We Do last year. It will be held on Saturday behind Sivertson Gallery.

One of the raku-fired tea bowls created in Do You Raku, We Do! last year. It will be held on Saturday behind Sivertson Gallery.

Gruchalla and Rosetti set up the bowls, a glaze station and the kilns and help people with the glazing. Gruchalla does the firing. It is open to the public. All invited.

And, from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Steve Frykman and Paul Bondhus will work on a stone sculpture collaboration at Frykman Studios. At 1 p.m. Hazel Belvo will give an artist talk at the studios. All invited.

Also on Saturday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will host two Make-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls sessions in the clay studio with Hannah Palma Laky instructing. Participants will make a wheel-thrown bowl and a handbuilt bowl, which will be donated to the Empty Bowls Fundraiser to help the hungry in Cook County. The sessions are at 3 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. Registration is required. Call 387-2737 to register. A $5 fee to cover materials cost is requested.

And on Saturday evening at 7 p.m, Drury Lane Books will host author, journalist and local food expert Beth Dooley for a conversation about the local food scene, with a few samples to try.

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Beth Dooley will talk about the local food scene at Drury Lane Books at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Dooley has been involved with the local food movement for more than 20 years. She is also the author of numerous award-winning cookbooks about Heartland food traditions. Her food memoir, “In Winter’s Kitchen: Growing Roots and Breaking Bread in the Northern Heartland,” was published in 2015 by Milkweed Press and was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award.  “In Winter’s Kitchen” “personalizes the path from farm to fork with heart and skill” (Wall Street Journal), demonstrating that even in a place with a short growing season, food grown locally and organically can be healthy, community-based, environmentally conscious, and—most of all—delicious.

This event will provide the audience an opportunity to hear about Beth’s experiences with Minnesota food movements and to share their own stories of food developments, concerns, and histories unique to the region. The event co-sponsored by the Cook County Whole Foods Coop. Everyone invited.

Sunday is the final day of the Fall Studio Tour, and Steve Frykman and Paul Bondhus will continue their work on a stone sculpture collaboration at the Frykman Gallery from 10 a.m. to noon.

Painters Matt and Laurie Kania will give oil painting demos at Ron’s World Rocks from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, and Hazel Belvo will give an artist talk at the Frykman Gallery at 2 p.m.

If you’re going to be in Duluth on Wednesday evening, stop by the Duluth Art Institute to see the In Situ exhibit and watch the participating painters at work.

Portrait by Dale Lucas is in the In Situ exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

Portrait by Dale Lucas is in the In Situ exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

The seven artists in the show–Dorothea Diver, Lee Englund, Goran Hellekant, Constance Johnston, Cot LaFond, Dale Lucas, and Larry Turbes- share a studio on Michigan St. in downtown Duluth and they each have pieces in the show. They’ve also recreated their environment in the gallery at the DAI and are onsite on Wednesday evenings from 4:30-6:30 p.m. All invited.

There are some great exhibits to see on the North Shore this weekend, too.

The exhibit, Plein Air 2017, organized by the Grand Marais Art Colony, continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through Oct. 29. The exhibit features more than 300 plein air paintings created by 60 artists working for one week in Cook County.

This painting by Angie Malin won the Open Class in the Plein Air Competition.

This painting by Angie Malin won the Open Class in the Plein Air Competition.

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

Barb Lundell is exhibiting her work in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park.

Painting by Barb Lundell.

This painting by Barb Lundell is in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park.

Lundell has paintings of different media in the show, which continues through this month.

The Tweed Museum of Art on the campus of the University of Minnesosta-Duluth is kicking off this semester’s student art exhibits with an exhibit by Ashley Hise.

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UMD art student Ashley Hise opened an exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Hise’s exhibit it entitled “Osseus: Exploring Inner Landscapes.” The exhibition runs until Oct. 17.

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery has begun it’s annual Random Acts of Poetry. The city wide event features poets reading their work in a wide variety of places, including the City Council Chambers and street corners.

A poet reads her work on a street in Thunder Bay during the Definitely Superior Art Gallery's Random Acts of Poetry event.

A poet reads her work on a street in Thunder Bay during the Definitely Superior Art Gallery‘s Random Acts of Poetry event.

Click here to see the performance schedule.

DefSup is also featuring two new exhibits this month at their gallery at 250 Park Ave. in Thunder Bay.

"Arturo Vidal--Chilean footballer" by Sam Shahsahabi is on exhibit at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

“Arturo Vidal–Chilean footballer” by Sam Shahsahabi is on exhibit at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

The exhibits include “Beneath the Reflection” by Sam Shahsahabi and “Fight for Your Life” by Christian Chapman.

At the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, the spotlight is on Angus Trudeau, whose work is included in the gallery’s permanent collection.

Angus Trudeau, "Carol Lake/Night Scene," (detail), 1978, enamel paint on bristol board, 56 x 72 cm, Collection of Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Helen E. Band Collection, 1994.

Angus Trudeau, “Carol Lake/Night Scene,” (detail), 1978, enamel paint on bristol board, 56 x 72 cm, Collection of Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Helen E. Band Collection, 1994.

 Upcoming:

Caravan Du Nord, a travelling Minnesota concert series, comes to the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Saturday, Oct. 14.  The concert will feature Trailer Trash, Patty and the Buttons, and local group Lake Effect. There wil also be artist workshops from 3-5 p.m. on Oct. 14 and a social hour before the concert, which begins at 7 p.m. For more info and tickets, visit northshoremusicassociation.com

Sivertson Gallery will hold its Inuit Premiere from 10 am. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, featuring artist Ningiukulu Teevee and throat singers Nine Segalowitz and Taqralik Partridge to celebrate the 2017 Dorset Fine Arts print release.

The Sivertson Gallery Inuit Premiere is Oct. 14.

The Sivertson Gallery Inuit Premiere is Oct. 14.

A Fireside Chat with all guests will be at 6 p.m. on Oct. 14.

Window Shopping:

Deke Burnham has his bead art at Ron's World Rocks.

Deke Burnham has his bead art at Ron’s World Rocks.

 

Douglas Ross has new work at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Douglas Ross has new work at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

 

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Joy & Co. has a great selection of vintage glasses.

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, Oct. 5:

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

Friday, Oct. 6:

  • Billy Johnson, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
  • TBA, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 7:

  • Matt Trost and Laurel Clark, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m. Info/reservations at michaelmonroemusic.com
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 9:

  • John Mark Nelson, Monday Night Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.

So, we found some interesting photos this week.

First up, this incredible shot of baby lynx we found on Facebook. Look at those paws!

Lynx Mama and her seven kittens. Photo posted by Sharing Alaska.

Lynx mama and her seven kittens. Photo posted by Sharing Alaska.

 

Duck season has started. Here’s a photo of Micheal Furtman’s Bella, bringing home dinner.

Bella brings me my wigeon drake by Michael Furtman.

Bella brings me my wigeon drake by Michael Furtman.

 

The summer is definitely winding down, but Kirk Schleife took this great shot the other day.

Wet Rose by Kirk Schleife.

Wet Rose by Kirk Schleife.

From roses to fall colors …

Oaks by Paul Sundberg.

Oaks by Paul Sundberg.

 

North End of Caribou Trail by Don Davison.

North End of Caribou Trail by Don Davison.

 

Peak colors in maples by Paul Pluskwik.

Peak colors in maples by Paul Pluskwik.

 

Leaves like stained glass by Becky Poirer.

Leaves like stained glass by Becky Poirer.

From fall colors to water …

Grand Marais by Richard Gruchalla.

Grand Marais by Richard Gruchalla.

 

Beautiful lake by Kjersti Vick.

Beautiful lake by Kjersti Vick.

 

"Here's where the rain went " by Annie Possis.

“Here’s where the rain went ” by Annie Possis.

And some night scenes:

"Kirk said 'Look at the moon'" by Jamie Rabold.

“Kirk said ‘Look at the moon'” by Jamie Rabold.

 

Setting oon on left aurora borealis on right with light from International Falls in Voyageurs National Park by Thomas Spence.

Setting moon on left aurora borealis on right with light from International Falls in Voyageurs National Park by Thomas Spence.

And finally, this one …

Aurora and the Milky Way dancing like lovers.

“Aurora and the Milky Way dancing like lovers” by Michael Thompson.

Have a great weekend everyone! Enjoy art and our artists!

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Art Cornucopia–Fall Art Tours Everywhere

Fall sunrise at Split Rock Lighthouse by Paul Sundberg.

Fall sunrise at Split Rock Lighthouse by Paul Sundberg.

This is the time of year to celebrate the North Shore and the art and artists it inspires.

The leaves are at their peak, the weather is perfect and art studios and galleries up and down the shore are open with new work and the chance to talk to artists about their work and, in many cases, watch them do it.

Cook County has the biggest offering with its Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour, which runs from this Friday, Sept. 29 through Oct. 8. In all, 14 different studios and galleries and 40 artists are participating in the tour. Studios will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour is Sept. 29-Oct. 10.

Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour is Sept. 29-Oct. 8. (Monograph by Dan and Lee Ross, Hovland artists who will be on the tour.

Find bead paintings, ceramics, oil and water color paintings, fiber art, photography, sculpture, jewelry, fused glass, basketry, woodturning and more.

Paintr Kathy Fox Weinberg is one of the artist who will  open her studio for the Fall Studio Tour.

Painter Kathy Fox Weinberg is one of the artists who will open her studio for the Fall Studio Tour.

Plein air painter Neil Sherman is putting his paintings on the outside of his house in Hovland for the tour.

Neil Sherman's gallery is the outside walls of his house in Hovland.

Neil Sherman’s gallery is the outside walls of his house in Hovland.

Sherman will hold an opening reception for the tour from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, which includes a campfire in his yard.

Steve and Sharon Frykman are opening their new art gallery on Friday featuring a great selection of artists.

Studios that are open for the first time to the public include Clay Phoenix Ceramics with work by porcelain and raku potter Maggie Anderson.

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Porcelain and raku artist Maggie Anderson will open her studio for the tour. There will be raku demonstrations as well as glass demonstrations during the tour.

Fused glass artist Mary Bebie will be Anderson’s guest for the tour. And painter Jeanne Hedstrom will open her studio for the tour, as will bead painter Jo Wood.

Other great stops include the Betsy Bowen Studio and Galleries in Grand Marais with woodblock printmaker Betsy Bowen.

Woodblock print by Betsy Bowen.

Woodblock print by Betsy Bowen.

Guest artists at the studio include Travis Novitsky, photographer; Stephan Hoglund, jewelry; Melissa Wickwire, ceramic tiles, Jm Sannerud, woodturner and Heidi Sobanja, painter.

The Grand Marais Art Colony is part of the tour, too, featuring fused glass artist Nancy Seaton and potters Natalie Sobanja, Hannah Palma Laky and Joan Farnam.

Fused glass artist Nancy Seaton will be at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Fused glass artist Nancy Seaton will be at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

The Tall Tales Shop in Tofte is part of the tour, with basketmaker Mary Jane Huggins and guest artist weaver Julie Arthur. Other galleries include Last Chance Fabricating in Lutsen with bronze sculptures by Tom Chritiansen, Greg Mueller and John Books. Potter Martye Allen and painter Anna Hess will also have work there. And Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen as well as Sivertson Gallery are part of the tour, as is Ron’s World Rocks, with jewelry by Ron Piercy and paintings by guest artists Matt and Laurie Kania.

A ring by Ron Piercy at Ron's World Rocks.

A ring by Ron Piercy at Ron’s World Rocks.

In Hovland, woodturner Lou Pignolet will have his studio open during the tour, with demonstrations every day.

Turned bowl by Lou Pignolet.

Turned bowl by Lou Pignolet.

Also in Hovland,  Dan and Lee Ross will exhibit stone and ceramic sculptures as wel as monoprints during the tour.

Print by Dan and Lee Ross.

Print by Dan and Lee Ross.

In short, lots to see during this tour. For a map and the brochure, click here. Also, VisitCookCounty, which is sponsoring the event, has a great Facebook page about the Fall Studio Tour. Check it out here.

Truth be told, there are other studio tours along the North Shore this weekend, too.

The Lake Superior 20/20 Art Tour returns to the North Shore with studios located in the area between Duluth and Two Harbors.

Plein air painter David Gilsvik will open his studio for the Lake Superior 20/20 Art Tour.

Plein air painter David Gilsvik will open his studio for the Lake Superior 20/20 Art Tour.

Many of the studios will have guest artists, with live music in three of them. Hosts include David Gilsvik, Gail Rosenquist and Paul Zoldahn, Saddlerock Pottery, Corine Buechner, Rose Kadera Vastila, Shelly Getten, Dan Finley. For maps and more info, click here.

And the Cooter Tonder and Friends Art Tour is this weekend, too, hosted by Dick and Debbie Cooter and Mike Tonder of Blue Sky Glassworks.

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Blue Sky Glassworks and the studios of Dick and Debbie Cooter will be open for the art tour from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this weekend.

Both studios near Two Harbors will have a number of guest artists with a great variety of work. To find out more and see maps, click here.

And, last but not least, collage artist Joyce Yamamoto and printmaker Jerry Raich will hold an Open Studio at their residence in Little Marais.

Collage by Joyce Yamamoto.

Collage by Joyce Yamamoto. Yamamoto and printmaker Jerry Raich will hold an Open Studio in Little Marais during the Fall Art Tour.

The Yamamoto/Riach studio is located off Hwy. 61 at Milepost 65, on the lake side. The fire number is 6452.

Whew! Lots of artwork on exhibit this weekend. There’s more to do and see on the North Shore, too.

On Thursday,  Oktoberfest, a celebration of the season by Voyageur Brewing Co. and the Cook County Community Fund will be begin at Voyageur’s on Thursday and continue throughout the weekend. There will be games and beer under the big tent and at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, the Cook County Community Fund will honor the 2016 and 2017 grantees and talk about year-end goals. All invited. Free.

The Cross River Heritage Center will hold a Beer and Wine Tasting event from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday. The cost is $25 per person. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided, while you sample the spirits and chat with friends.

On Friday, the art tours begin at 10 a.m.

Also on Friday, Amy and Dave Freeman will be WTIP’s The Roadhouse to talk about their new book, “”A Year in the Wilderness: Bearing Witness in the Boundary Waters.”

dave and amy freeman a year in the wildernessThe Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. on Fridays.

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery will hold a gala opening reception for two new art exhibits at 7 p.m. Artist talks are at 7:30 p.m. and a performance of traditional Iranian music will be held as well.

The exhibits include “Sam Shahsahabi: Beneath the Reflection, and “Christian Chapman: Fight for Your Life.”

Painting by Christian Chapman. He will open an exhibit at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay on Friday.

Painting by Christian Chapman. He will open an exhibit at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay on Friday.

The exhibits at DefSup run through Nov. 11. The gallery is located at 250 Park Ave. in Thunder Bay.

Saturday opens with the Cook County Market, a showcase of local artists and crafters, in the Senior Center parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

At 11 a.m., the Cross River Heritage Center will hold a booksigning with Maria Anderson, who wrote “A Bag Worth a Pony: The Art of the Ojibwe Bandolier Bag.”

cross river a bag worth a pony the art of the Ojibwe Bandolier BagThe event is free and open to the public.

Painter Kat Corrigan will give a Fireside Chat about her work at Sivertson Gallery at 1-3 p.m. on Saturday.

Otter Face, Right Glance by Kat Corrigan.

The event is open to the public. All invited.

Then,  the Grand Marais Art Colony will hold two Make-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls sessions starting a 3 p.m. It is open to the public. Participants will make one wheel-thrown bowl and one hand-built bowl, which will be donated to the Empty Bowl fundraiser to help the hungry in Cook County. Sessions are 3-4 p.m. and 4:15-5:15 p.m. A $5 donation is requested to cover material costs. Registration is required. To register, call 387-2737.

And then, on  Saturday at 7 p.m., poet Richard Broderick will be the guest at a Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books.

Poet Richard Broderick will talk about his work at the Writer's Salon at Drury Lane Books at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Poet Richard Broderick will talk about his work at the Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Broderick sees a poem as a window into another, often deeper world. “The poet is just glass in the window,”  he says. Broderick is the author of several books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, including his latest collection of verse, “Jesus of Walmart” (2016, New York Quarterly Press). At Drury Lane, he will read from “Jesus” as well as earlier collections. He will also answer (and pose) questions and engage listeners in a conversation in which everyone’s views will be shared and discussed. All invited. Free.

On Monday, painter Barb Lundell opens at exhibit in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park.

Painting by Barb Lundell. She will exhibit at Tettegouche State Park through October.

Painting by Barb Lundell. She will exhibit at Tettegouche State Park through October.

And on Tuesday, Annie Dugan, the former executive and artistic director at the Duluth Art Institute who founded the Duluth Plein Air Festival: Paint Du Nord” will speak at a Tweeevening at the Tweed Museum of Art from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

One of the plein air paintings currently on exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

One of the plein air paintings currently on exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Her talk will address the history of plein air painting and its recent rise in popularity. She will tour audiences through the exhibition “America’s Industrial Landscape” and discuss specific works on view at Tweed Museum of Art.

Exhibits:

 Plein Air 2017, an exhibit of the works created during the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Plein Air Competition, is open at the Johnson Heritage Post.

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The winner of the Quick Paint is on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

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

Hazel Belvo is exhibiting her work at the North Shore Winery in Lutsen.

Hazel Belvo with her works at the North Shore Winery.

Hazel Belvo with her exhibit at the North Shore Winery.

The Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art continues its photography exhibit, “A Thousand Words.”

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“Minneapolis 2006,” by Marc Riboud (French, 1923-2016), Gelatin silver print is at the Tweed Museum of Art.

In Thunder Bay, Denise Smith’s exhibition entitled “On The Trail,” opens at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery on Friday.

Thunder Bay Art Gallery Denise Smith, West Wind, 2015, 46 cm h x 51 cm w x 51 cm d, porcelain, under-glaze, glaze and over-glaze with wooden stand

West Wind” by Denise Smith. Porcelain, under-glaze, glaze and over-glaze with wooden stand is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The opening reception is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13. The exhibit continues through Nov. 26.

Window Shopping:

Linen throw by Fog Linen, carafe brushes.

Linen throw by Fog Linen, carafe brushes. at Upstate MN.

 

Lots of art supplies at Joy & Co.

Lots of art supplies at Joy & Co.

 

Woven bead bracelets by Margaret Duncan are at the Johnson Heritage Post Gallery Shop.

Woven bead bracelets by Margaret Duncan are at the Johnson Heritage Post Gallery Shop.

 

Nancy Richardson has hand-dyed silk scarves at Last Chance Gallery.

Nancy Richardson has hand-dyed silk scarves at Last Chance Gallery.

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, Sept. 28:

  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
  • Richie Yurkovish and Polkariety, Voyageur Brewing Co., 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 29:

  • Richie Yurkovich and Polkariety, Voyageur Brewing Co, 1 p.m.
  • Jim McGowan, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Pete K Group, Grandma Ray’s, 7 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Bluefin Grile, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 30:

  • Plucked Up String Band, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, 7 p.m.
  • Jim McGowan, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Pete K Group, Grandma Ray’s, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 1:

  • SplinterTones, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Here are some of the photos we found this week:

Leaf clinging to rocks on the Kadunce River by Layne Kennedy.

Leaf clinging to rocks on the Kadunce River by Layne Kennedy.

 

Early morning fall colors by David Johnson.

Early morning fall colors by David Johnson.

 

Daisies from earlier this year by Jeremy Church.

Daisies from earlier this year by Jeremy Church.

Fog on the Gunflint Trail by Layne Kennedy.

Fog on the Gunflint Trail by Layne Kennedy.

 

Milky Way by Christian Dalbec.

Milky Way by Christian Dalbec.

 

The path by Bryan Hansel.

The path by Bryan Hansel.

 

One tree and a river by Jamie Rabold.

One tree and a river by Jamie Rabold.

 

A stormy day by Sandra Updyke.

A stormy day by Sandra Updyke.

 

The lady danced tonight by David Johnson.

The lady danced tonight by David Johnson.

 

Bridge over the Lester River by Jamie Rabold.

Bridge over the Lester River by Jamie Rabold.

 

Clouds over Superior by Kristofer Bowman.

Clouds over Superior by Kristofer Bowman.

And finally, this one. We found it on Facebook. The caption read: “When you lied on your resume about having previous sheepdog experience.”

"When you lied on your resume about having previous sheepdog experience." Posted on Facebook by Arnold Ziffel.

“When you lied on your resume about having previous sheepdog experience.” Posted on Facebook by Arnold Ziffel.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Leaf Season, Art Shows, a Studio Tour & Music

Sandra updyke fall scene

Sandra Updyke captured a perfect moment in the fall woods.

The leaf season is here, and it looks like it’s going to be a good one! The woods are already dotted with every hue, and we’re nowhere near peak.

So, there’s that.

This is also the season when North Shore artists pull out all the stops and create art experiences of every kind for our enjoyment as we drive around and enjoy the colors of fall. This weekend, it’s a Hazel Belvo opening. a fall pottery sale and plein air exhibits. Next weekend, there are four different studio art tours that start on Friday, Sept.29 —  We’ll get into some details about next weekend’s art tours a little later.

Let’s start with the Hazel Belvo art opening, which will be held at the North Shore Winery in Lutsen from 7 -9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21.

Painting by Hazel Belvo.

Painting by Hazel Belvo.

Belvo is an artist, master teacher, and mentor. She has exhibited nationally and internationally for 50 years and her work is in many public collections including the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Bezalel Museum, the Dewitt Wallace Collection, and General Mills. Hazel was a Radcliffe Institute Scholar and WARM Gallery member. She is a retired professor emeritus at Minneapolis College of Art and Design after 34 years of teaching. She has taught at the Grand Marais Art Colony for 32 years. The exhibit will feature her paintings as well as prints, and should be outstanding.  Jazz guitarist Briand Morrison and Roxann Berglund will perform. All invited.

It’s pretty quiet in Cook County on Friday night, except for lots of music choices. Saturday is a different story.

The day opens with the Cook County Market in the Senior Center parking lot, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring a wide variety of wood crafting, pottery, fiber arts, handmade pickles, jams and soaps, baked goods and artisan breads, to name a few.

Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen will hold a Bronze Pour at 4 p.m. This is a weekly event that will continue through the Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour. Last Chance Gallery is participating in the studio tour.

Here's what you can see being poured at the bronze pour at Last Chance Gallery: A raven, a chickadee and a hummingbird.

Here’s what you can see being poured at the bronze pour at Last Chance Gallery: A raven, a chickadee and a hummingbird.

And then, on Saturday night, Pat Donohue & the Prairie All Stars will be in concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m.

Pat Donohue & the Prairie All Stars perform at the ACA on Saturday night.

Pat Donohue & the Prairie All Stars perform at the ACA on Saturday night.

Hearing Pat Donohue, Richard Kriehn, Peter Johnson, and Gary Raynor may take you back to their days on “A Prairie Home Companion,” as members of Guy’s All Star Shoe Band. But the evening’s offerings will include much more, in the styles of blues, rockabilly, folk, jazz, and of course Donohue’s hilarious anecdotes. With Donohue at the helm of this ever-so-talented crew, it’s guaranteed to be a fantastic night out. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at www.tix.com.

And, if you’re in the rural Duluth area, consider stopping by the Nodding Trillium Fall Pottery Sale on Saturday and Sunday.  This great annual fall studio sale features the current work of Dave Lynas, Jan Andler, Rita Morris, Sharon Moen and Anne Sterbenz-Duus.

The kiln opening at Nodding Trillium Pottery. Looks like a great firing!

The kiln opening at Nodding Trillium Pottery. Looks like a great firing!

Nodding Trillium Pottery is located just off the Expressway outside of Duluth at 215 McDonnell Rd. Look for signs.

Another sign of fall: the Make-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls pottery events begin at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Monday. The Make-A-Bowl events feature the opportunity to throw one bowl on a pottery wheel and handbuild a bowl in the ceramics studio at the Art Colony. There will be several workshops on Mondays and Saturdays through Oct. 21.

Make-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls begins on Monday, Sept. 25.

Make-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls begins on Monday, Sept. 25. Here Erin Watson and her son Esa, work with the clay.

This year, local pottery Hannah Palma Laky will be running the events, where the public is given instruction on how to make the bowls that will be donated to the Empty Bowls Fundraiser, to help feed the hungry in Cook County. Registration is required and a small fee ($5) is requested to help cover materials costs. The first Make-A-Bowl events will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and 7:45 -8:45 p.m. on Sept. 25 and Oct. 2. Saturday’s Make-A-Bowls will be held at 3 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, Oct. 7 and Oct. 21. To register and for more information, call 218-387-2737. Make this a part of your fall experience and help feed the hungry in Cook County. BTW The Empty Bowls Fundraiser will be held on Monday, Nov. 13 at St. John’s Catholic Church with seatings for lunch and dinner. Stay tuned!

On Wednesday, Oktoberfest celebrations will begin at Voyageur Brewing Co., and run through Oct. 1 with games, music and more. The event is being held in collaboration with the Cook County Community Fund.

And, if you’re in Duluth on a Wednesday through Oct. 25, stop by the Duluth Art Institute and watch live painting. 4;30

The Duluth Art Institute is hosting live painting sessions in its galleries on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Open to the public. Free.

The Duluth Art Institute is hosting live painting sessions in its galleries on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Open to the public. Free.

Exhibits:

 The Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Plein Air 2017 exhibit opened at the Johnson Heritage Post last week, with more than 300 plein air paintings by artists from all over the region.

"End of the Season" by Dan Mondloch. This painting won First Place and the People's Choice Award.

“End of the Season” by Dan Mondloch. This painting won First Place and the People’s Choice Award.

The Plein Air Exhibit at the Heritage Post continues through Oct. 29. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and Monday, and from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday. It is closed on Tuesdays. Free and open to the public.

In Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art will have a double opening on Friday, Sept. 22 with a reception from 5-7 p.m. The exhibits include “A Thousand Words,” an exhibition of photographs from the museum’s permanent collection and the national Plein Air Painters exhibition “America’s Industrial Landscape.” Free and open to the public.

We have been running regular posts about the “A Thousand Words” exhibit, but here is your chance to see them all. Here’s one of the photos that is in the exhibit:

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Sebastião Salgado, Brazilian, Lake Faguibine, Mali 1985.

Several painters from the organization, the Plein Air Painters of America, have been in Duluth this month painting America’s Industrial Landscape.  An exhibition of their work is opening as well

One of the paintings from "The Industrial Landscape" which opens at the Tweed Museum of Art on Friday.

One of the paintings from “The Industrial Landscape” which opens at the Tweed Museum of Art on Friday.

This is the last weekend to see “Perspectives From Here: 150 Artists from the North” at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. It closes on Sept. 24.

"Carbon Cycle" by Arron Veldstra, wood chips installation, is one of the pieces in "The Perspective From Here" exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Galery, It closes on Sunday.

“Carbon Cycle” by Arron Veldstra, wood chips installation, is one of the pieces in “The Perspective From Here” exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Galery, It closes on Sunday.

 Upcoming:

There are four different studio tours set for next weekend along Highway 61: the Lake Superior 20/20 Studio Art Tour in St. Louis and Lake County, the Cooter/Tonder & Friends Studio Tour and an Open Studio with Joyce Yamamoto and Jerry Riach in Lake County and the Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour in Cook County, which lasts through Oct. 8.

There are all kinds of events scheduled for the Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour, and many artists are opening their studios to the public for the first time.

Beadpainter Jo Wood for example, will be showing new work at her studio, 357 County Road 14, for the event.

Bead painting by Jo Wood, one of the artists participating in the Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour that starts next weekend.

Bead painting by Jo Wood, one of the artists participating in the Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour that starts next weekend.

And Steve and Sharon Frykman are opening a new art gallery at their residence during the tour in rural Grand Marais, too. The gallery is located at 306 County Road 44.

Steve and Sharon Frykman are opening a new art gallery at their studio in rural Grand Marais for the Fall Studio Art Tour.

Steve and Sharon Frykman are opening a new art gallery at their studio in rural Grand Marais for the Fall Studio Tour. Photo by Denny Fitzpatrick.

The gallery will feature works by Hazel Belvo, acrylic & oil; Laurie Toth, pastel; Sharon & Steve Frykman, glass & metal: Paul Donhus, stone; JD Jorgenson, ceramics; Natalie Sobanja, ceramics; Brittany Foster, jewelry; John Books, bronze and Maryl Skinner, mixed media.

There are a number of other studios that are open for this tour, including plein air painter Neil Sherman, who will be exhibiting his paintings on the outside of his house in rural Hovland, weather permitting, and Dan & Lee Ross, a favorite of the Crossing Borders Studio Tour, which ended last year.

Dan and Lee Ross are ceramacists and printmakers. They will be on the Fall Studio Tour.

Dan and Lee Ross are ceramacists and printmakers. They will be on the Fall Studio Tour.

And this is just a taste of what people can see starting next Friday, Sept. 29. One of the nice things about this studio tour is that is last for 10 days, giving everyone plenty to time to visit the 14 studios/galleries on the tour.  To see the complete list, click here. And to see a map, click here.

Painter Kat Corrigan will be the featured artist at Sivertson Gallery through the Fall Studio Tour with her exhibit, “Mostly Otters.”

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Painting by Kat Corrigan.

She will give demos at the gallery from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, and talk about her work at a Fireside Chat at 6 p.m. on Saturday. By the way, Sivertson Gallery ‘s Inuit Premiere is Oct. 14 this year, throat-singers included. Stay tuned for details.

Window Shopping:

 

"Abbey testing the pen/sword myth" by Tom Christiansen.

“Abbey testing the pen/sword myth” by Tom Christiansen. It is at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.

 

Token 4 necklaces by Cat Bates are at Upstate MN.

Token 4 necklaces by Cat Bates are at Upstate MN.

 

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Paintings of the North Shore are featured at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, Sept. 21:

  • Gordon Thorne, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 22:

  • Briand Morrison, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Dead Pigeons, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 23:

  • Common Ground, Voyageur Brewing Co, 4 p.m.
  • Pete K, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Pat Donahue & the Prairie All-Stars, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Dead Pigeons, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 24:

  • Mysterious Ways, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Lots of photos this week. Let’s start with wildlife:

Immature bald eagle by Matt Herberg,

Immature bald eagle by Matt Herberg,

 

Bull moose in fog and mist by Thomas Spence.

Bull moose in fog and mist by Thomas Spence.

 

Mike Wiggins calls this "Fall Colors."

Mike Wiggins calls this “Fall Colors.”

And then there are mushrooms:

Photo by Kristopher Bowman.

Photo by Kristopher Bowman.

 

Live brightly. Love Strongly. Be, Deeply. Love to you, friends" by Krisopher Bowman.

Live brightly. Love Strongly. Be, Deeply. Love to you, friends” by Krisofer Bowman.

And there were storms:

Waves of Summer by Jeremy Church.

Waves of Summer by Jeremy Church.

 

Storm Over Devil Track by Brianna Schueller.

Storm Over Devil Track by Brianna Schueller.

 

A day at Split Rock by Kirk Schleife.

A day at Split Rock by Kirk Schleife.

 

This one woke up Grand Marais by David Johnson.

This one woke up Grand Marais by David Johnson.

 

And calm, beautiful days:

Manido Gizhigans, Spirit Little Cedar by Jon Wood

Manido Gizhigans, Spirit Little Cedar by Jon Wood

 

Magnetic Rock Trail by Tom Fiero.

Magnetic Rock Trail by Tom Fiero.

 

Reflections by Jamie Rabold.

Reflections by Jamie Rabold.

 

My favorite portage by Ann Possis.

My favorite portage by Ann Possis

 

Canoe cruise by Don Davison.

Canoe cruise by Don Davison.

And flashy nights.

Northern Lights by Thomas Spence. This photo is being used for a story in Backpacker Magazine.

Northern Lights by Thomas Spence. This photo is being used for a story in Backpacker Magazine.

 

Out last night chasing the Milky Way by David Johnson.

Out last night chasing the Milky Way by David Johnson.

 

And fall colors:

Boggy Lake by Kristopher Bowman.

Boggy Lake by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Cascade Falls by Jon Wood.

Cascade Falls by Jon Wood.

 

Fall colors by Thomas Spence.

Fall colors by Thomas Spence.

 

And serenity:

A kolk, a vortex by Kristofer Bowman.

A kolk, a vortex by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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A Busy Weekend! Plein Air and Unplugged

Yesterday along the Sawbill Trail by Thomas Spence.

Fall is on the way. Thomas Spence calls this “Yesterday along the Sawbill Trail ”

This weekend is chock full of great things to do. The Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Plein Air 2017 continues with the Quick Paint competition on Thursday and a gala art opening at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday, and North House Folk School holds Unplugged XVI all weekend with lots of music, storytelling, demonstrations, a speaker series and classes on tap.

Let’s start with Plein Air 2017 and the Quick Paint on Artist’s Point on Thursday at 4 p.m.. It’s a great competition.

The Grand Marais Art Colony's Plein Air 2017 concludes this weekend with a Quick Paint Competition on Thursday and an exhibit opening at the Johnson Heritage Post from 5-7 p.m. Friday.

The Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Plein Air 2017 concludes this weekend with a Quick Paint Competition on Thursday and an exhibit opening at the Johnson Heritage Post from 5-7 p.m. Friday. The exhibit and sale continues through Oct. 29.

Artists are given an hour and a half to complete a painting somewhere along the harbor on Artist’s Point. It’s a shotgun start, and the public is definitely invited to come watch. Be there at 4 p.m. on Thursday for the start, and then wander Artist’s Point and watch paintings unfold. It’s an amazing process, really, seeing blank canvases transformed into beauteous landscapes in less than two hours. At 5:30 p.m., the artists bring their work to a staging area in the parking lot at Artist’s Point and prop their paintings against the rocks. It’s a celebration moment, for sure, and the public is invited to participate.

These works and more will be showcased at the exhibit opening at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday, Sept. 15, from 5-7 p.m. This year, 60 artists have been painting the landscapes in Cook County for a week, and the result will be showcased in the show.

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Carl Bretzke is one of the finalists in the Red Suspender Invitational. This painting and one by Dan Mondloch made the final round. The winner will be announced at the opening reception on Friday.

There are other events during Plein Air 2017 included as well. On Friday, the Plein Air juror, Kami Mendlik, will give a lecture at the Grand Marais Art Colony at 11 a.m entitled The Lineage of Color. The public is invited. And on Saturday at 11:30 a.m., Hazel Belvo will give at lecture at the Johnson Heritage Post entitled “The Art of Seeing: Developing a Visual Literacy.” The exhibit and sale at the Heritage Post continues through Oct. 29.

Meanwhile, at North House Folk School, plan on attending Unplugged XVI, the annual fall celebration and fundraiser for North House. This event features a weekend of music, storytelling, mini-courses, a speaker series, a community sing-along, jam sessions, the Folk Artisan Marketplace, the Point North Auction and more.

Nationally acclaimed storyteller Kevin Kling will perform on Saturday night. A few tickets are still available.

Nationally acclaimed storyteller Kevin Kling will perform on Saturday night. A few tickets are still available.

On Friday night is the Flannel Formal Gala, which has sold out. On Saturday night, storyteller Kevin Kling will perform under the Big Tent. He will be joined on stage by Prudence Johnson, Dan Chouinard, Claudia Schmidt, Dane Stauffer, Simone Perrin, and special guests Jon Vezner and Don Henry. There are still a few tickets available for the show. For tickets, click here.

The Folk Artisan Marketplace will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday featuring artisans and their work.

The Artisan Marketplace will be open on Friday and Saturday at North House.

The Artisan Marketplace will be open on Friday and Saturday at North House.

Artisans include Marybeth Garamoe, broom making & wooden utensils; Liz Bucheit, jewelry: Beth Homa, birchbark weaving: Niklas Karlsson, spoon carving: Elise Kyllo, felting; Candace LaCoss, leatherwork; Angela Robins, bowl turning; Michael Seiler, jewelry and April Stone, basketweaving. Karlsson is an instructor from Sweden and will be teaching a few mini-courses.

The Speaker Series is great this year and includes everything from local winemakers to spoon carvers. For the complete schedule, click here.

There are also lots of music opportunities, including workshops, jam sessions and, of course, the concert on Saturday night. In short, lots to see and do at North House this weekend.

Also on Saturday, don’t forget the Cook County Market, which features work by local artists and artisans from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Senior Center.

Also, Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen will hold a Bronze Pour at 4 p.m. at the gallery. All invited.

Exhibits

 The Tweed Museum of Art continues its exhibit of outstanding photographs, “A Thousand Words.”

(Detail), Paul Strand, "Wall Street 1915." dust grain photogravure.

(Detail), Paul Strand, “Wall Street 1915.” dust grain photogravure.

And the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in Thunder Bay, continues the exhibit “The Perspective From Here” through Sept. 24.

"The Perspective From Here" continues at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

“The Perspective From Here” continues at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery through Sept. 24. The exhibit features a wide variety of work by regional artists. This is a view of the exhibit in Gallery 3.

 Upcoming

 Pat Donohue & the Prairie All Stars will be in concert at the Arrowhead for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23.  GRAMMY Award-winning fingerpicker  Donohue performed on MPR’s the Prairie Home Companion as well as a number of other venues. The concert is hosted by te North Shore Music Association. For tickets, click here.

Dave and Amy Freeman will launch their book, “A Year in the Wilderness” at North House Folk School with a presentation at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23.

The Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour will be held Sept. 29 through Oct. 8 at 14 studios and galleries in Cook County.

Fused glass by Sharon Frykman. She will be exhibiting her work during the Fall Studio Tour at Frykman Studio.

Fused glass by Sharon Frykman. She will be exhibiting her work during the Fall Studio Tour at Frykman Studio.

The studio tour includes works by 40 artists and will be held from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. daily. Stay tuned for details.

Also on the weekend of Sept. 23, another studio tour is scheduled entitled “Cooter Tonder and Friends Art Weekend.” The tour, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, features 15 regional artists at two studios in rural Two Harbors. Hosts Dick and Debbie Cooter and Jody Freiz-Tonder and Mike Tonder open their studios for the tour. Stay tuned for details.

Window Shopping

Handmade boots by Itasca are at Great Gifts of Lutsen. They are set on handcrafted cutting boards made in Duluth.

Handmade boots by Itasca are at Great Gifts of Lutsen. They are set on handcrafted cutting boards made in Duluth.

Jo Wood has new bead paintings at Last Chance Gallery.

Jo Wood has new bead paintings at Last Chance Gallery.

"Raven Berries" by Kari Vick. She is exhibiting her prints and cards at the North Shore Winery.

“Raven Berries” by Kari Vick. She is exhibiting her prints and cards at the North Shore Winery.

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This feather printed on handmade paper from Barloga Studios is at Upstate MN.

 

In Other Art News

Bryan Hansel‘s “Found Bike Project 2018 Calendar” is included in Lulu’s 2017 Christmas Gift Guide. Lulu is the publisher of the calendar, and they could have picked from 100s of others. Kudos to Hansel.

Bryan Hansel has a cool calendar for 2018!

Bryan Hansel has a cool calendar for 2018!

To see the other photos in the calendar, and, perhaps, order one, click here.

Hansel will be co-teaching “Fall Photo Workshop on Lake Superior” with Travis Novitsky starting Sept. 27. To find out more, click here.

The Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery is currently accepting applications to exhibit for the 2018 year and beyond. The gallery would love to feature some local artists throughout each calendar year. If you are interested in applying please click the link below and download the application form. Your application may be emailed, mailed, or dropped off at Johnson Heritage Post Art Gallery.
Johnson Heritage Post is looking forward to seeing community members talented artworks. Don’t miss the chance to exhibit – apply now! Applications for the 2018 Exhibition year are due by Oct. 1. Click here to learn more.

And finally, a little fun! People find their doppelgängers in museums!

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Here is a photo of one of the people who found her doppelgänger in a museum portrait.

Click here to see more of these amazing coincidences.

And here’s the music for the weekend:

Thursday, Sept. 14:

  • Mark Joseph and American Soul, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p..

Friday, Sept. 14:

  • Gene Lafond and Amy Grillo, Voyageur Brewing Co, 4 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Grandma Ray’s. 8 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 16:

  • Matt Trost and Laurel Clark, Voyageur Brewing Co., 7 p.m.
  • Unplugged, North House Folk School, 7 p.m.
  • Frozen Britches, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • County Bug, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 17:

  • Boyd Blomberg, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 1:

  • Pieta Brown, Monday Night Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.

Here are some of the photos we found this week.

First up, a photo of northern lights posted on Spaceweather.com this week. We just had to share it.

There were spectacular northern lights around the world last week. This one, taken by Jani Yiinampa-at-rovaniemi-lapland-finland was posted on spaceweather.com.

There were spectacular northern lights around the world last week. This one, taken by Jani Yiinampa-at Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland, was posted on spaceweather.com.

Here’s what we saw locally.

75-minute aurora exposure by Krk Schleife.

75-minute aurora exposure by Kirk Schleife.

 

Aurora over Grand Marais by Paul Sundberg.

Aurora over Grand Marais by Paul Sundberg.

And fall is beginning on the North Shore.

Photo by Kristopher Bowman.

Photo by Kristopher Bowman.

 

 

"Awesome color" by Sandra Updyke.

“Awesome color” by Sandra Updyke.

 

Fall colors begin on the North Shore by Bryan Hansel.

Fall colors begin on the North Shore by Bryan Hansel.

 

Sunrise geese by David Johnson.

Sunrise geese by David Johnson.

 

The Hjordis is still plying the seas.

Photo by Christian Dalbec. He took this with a drone.

Photo by Christian Dalbec. He took this with a drone.

And Jamie Rabold reminds us of what is just around the corner… ice.

"'I thought a cooling off was in order today" by Jamie Rabold.

“‘I thought a cooling off was in order today” by Jamie Rabold.

Have a great weekend, everyone

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