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Fall Studio Tour, Plein Air Exhibition & Fall Colors




Bears waiting to welcome guests to the Fall studio Tour. The grizzlies are made of clay and created by Dan Ross.

Bears waiting to welcome guests to the Fall Studio Tour at the Lee and Dan Ross Studio in Hovland. The bear is made of clay and created by Dan Ross.

Art is the subject for the next few weeks, as the Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour continues, as does the Grand Marais Plein Air 2022 exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post. And not to forget outside art… the forest is celebrating the end of the season with spectacular fall color, inviting wonderment, and the comforting sound of crunchy leaves underfoot as you walk in the woods. In addition (we wince a little when we say this), snow was falling on the Gunflint Trail on Tuesday. Here’s the proof that it snowed.

There aren’t any snowy Plein-air paintings at the Johnson Heritage Post, but almost every other view of the North Shore is captured in this exhibit. Here are some examples of the artists at work.

Harbor study by Bob Upton.

Harbor study by Bob Upton.

Cascade wayside, painter unknown.

Cascade wayside, painter unknown.

Sunday Afternoon by Abbey fitzgerald

Sunday afternoon by Abbey Fitzgerald.

A birch forest, painter unknown.

A birch forest, painter unknown.

Plein Air Grand Marais 2022, sponsored by the Outdoor Painters of Minnesota and the Johnson Heritage Post, features works in oil, watercolor and pastels. The painters, who come from all over the region, spent a week painting Cook County. Many also participated in the  Night Paint as well as the Quick Paint, where they had to complete a painting in an hour and a half on Artist’s Point. In all, 60 artists participated in the event, and 175  paintings are included in the exhibit. The event also featured a number of contests and categories, including the Grand Prize for Best Body of Work, which went to Brian LarsonTo find out more, click here.

The exhibition continues through Oct. 9. The Heritage Post is open from 10 am to 4 pm Thursday through Saturday and from 1-4 pm Sunday.

The Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour continues through Sunday, Oct. 2, with 27 locations open from 10 am to 5 pm every day.

The Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour is from Sept.23-Oct. 2 this year.

The Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour is from Sept.23-Oct. 2 this year. Look for the signs to find the studios and galleries open throughout the county.

The variety of work available on this tour is amazing. Everything from handmade guitars to oil and acrylic paintings, fused glass beauties and wood turned bowls, sculptures in stone, clay and metal, pottery, jewelry, prints, bead paintings and more are featured at the studios and galleries on the tour. Here’s a quick sampling:

A stoneware mug by Hannah Palma Laky.

Hazy crazy by Jeanne Hedstrom.

Hazy Crazy by Jeanne Hedstrom.

Weaving by Julie Arthur.

Weaving by Julie Arthur.

Woodturned bowl my Lou Pignolet.

Woodturned bowl my Lou Pignolet.

Fused glass plate by Mary Bebie.

Fused glass plate by Mary Bebie.

Vase by Jason Trebs.

A stoneware flowervase by Jason Trebs.

Handmade guitar, detail, by David Seaton.

Handmade guitar, detail, by David Seaton.

Plus, many of the studios feature demonstrations and daily events during the tour.  Click here to see the schedule.

To see the brochure and read about the participating artist as well as see a map of studio locations, click here.

There are other interesting events happening in the county this week.

On Thursday, Cook County Higher Education will host a potluck on campus starting at 5:30 pm to launch the Community Read program for this year. “Firekeeper’s Daughter” by Angeline Boulley has been chosen as the Community Read book for this fall.

Fire Keepers Daughter by Angeline Bouley is the book for community Read this year. The program will be launched with a potluck at Cook County higher education at 5:30 pm on Thursday.

“Firekeeper’s Daughter” by Angeline Boulley is the book for Community Read this year. The program will be launched with a potluck at Cook County Higher Education at 5:30 pm on Thursday.

CCHE, along with Drury Lane Books and the Grand Marais Public Library, has organized a number of events to promote and support this effort. The Community Read will launch on Thursday, Sept. 29, at CCHE with a discussion about the book and a potluck. Other events in October include lectures as well as Zoom chats and discussions with the author. For more information, contact CCHE at 218-387-3411 or click here.

On Saturday, the Cook County Market, featuring a wide variety of artists and artisans, will be held in the parking lot of The Hub from 10 am to 2 pm. Besides arts and crafts, look for Lake Superior stones, books and live music. Open to all.

Also this week, the New Riverside Ramblers will perform at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7 pm Saturday night, hosted by the North Shore Music Association. The Ramblers (originally known as The Bone Tones) are a two-time winner of the Cajun French Music Association (CFMA) “Prix Dehors” award, given for the best recording by a Cajun band outside Louisiana.

They play high-spirited Cajun music from the rich musical heritage of the bayous and prairies of south Louisiana. From old-style fiddle tunes, lively two-steps, and soulful waltzes, to gritty blues and honky-tonk, they perform a spectrum of styles originating on back porches and in rural dance halls. Their Cajun French vocals have a wide expressive range, reflecting the spirit of the legendary Cajun musicians who’ve inspired them with their own skillful style. 

Tickets are $20, general admission, for sale in advance at northshoremusicassociation.com and at the door starting at 6 pm. Masks will be required at this event.

Exhibits:

The Grand Marais Art Colony is featuring a curated alumni exhibition at Studio 21 as part of the Art Colony’s 75th anniversary celebration. Entitled “Muse,”  the exhibit recognizes the contribution arts learners have made to the Art Colony over the years.

Spaces in Between by Pat Owen is one of the paintings on exhibit at studio 21.

Spaces in Between by Pat Owen is one of the paintings on exhibit at Studio 21.

The artists in the exhibit include Janice Andrews, Lynn Brown, Karen Caldwell, Chris Cinque, Rita Beyer Corrigan, Kat Corrigan, Karina Cutler-Lake, Kris Musto, Pat Owen, Sandi Pillsbury, Ann Price, Liz Seaton and Peter Truran.

The exhibit continues through Oct. 22. It can be viewed daily during the Fall Studio Tour from 10 am to 5 pm. After the Fall Studio Tour is over, Studio 21 is open from 10 am to 4 pm Thursday through Saturday.

This is the last week to see the George Morrison exhibit, “Connections” at the Grand Portage Cultural Heritage Center. The exhibit closes on Sept. 20.

One of the paintings by George Morrison that is on view at the Grand Portage Monument Cultural Heritage Center exhibit, "Connections."

One of the paintings by George Morrison which is on view at the Grand Portage Monument Cultural Heritage Center exhibit, “Connections.” The exhibit closes Sept. 20.

For this exhibit, the National Park Service (NPS) has gathered works by the artist in their collection, along with works and artifacts from private collections, to curate the exhibition. 

Duluth artist MANA Bear Bolton has painted murals in an elevator at the Tweed Museum of Art on the UMD campus.

Elevator art at the Tweed br MANA Bear Bolton.

Elevator art at the Tweed by MANA Bear Bolton.

The ultra-popular exhibition Woodland POP! has been extended a week – it’s not closing this weekend as previously scheduled! You have another full week to see it.

Woodland Pop! an exhibit of new impressions of the Woodland style continues at the Thunder 'bay Art Gallery for another week,

Woodland Pop! an exhibit of new impressions of the Woodland style continues at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery for another week.

Upcoming:

The Lake Superior Watercolor Society will be exhibiting work in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park during the month of October.

The Lake Superior Watercolor Scoeity opens an exhibit at Tettegouvhe State Park Oct 1

The Lake Superior Watercolor Society opens an exhibit at Tettegouche State Park starting Oct 1.

The Lake Superior Watercolor Society (LSWS) is a Twin Ports-based organization dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of watercolor arts in the area.   The theme for the show is “Up North”. It will feature scenes from state parks and wild natural areas along the North Shore.  Internationally known watercolor artist, John Salminen will be a guest speaker at a reception at 7 pm, Oct. 7.

The Northern Lake County Arts Board will host a classical music concert with cellist Evan Drachman and pianist Wan-Chu Su at the William Kelly High School Auditorium on Sunday, Oct. 9. The concert starts at 3 pm. Freewill donations are accepted.

The Northern Lake County Arts Board will present a classical music concert in Silver Bay Oct. 9.

The Northern Lake County Arts Board will present a classical music concert in Silver Bay on Oct. 9.

North House Folk School will hold Basket Week Oct. 4-11 featuring classes, presentations, demonstrations and more.

Basket_Week is Oct 4-11 at North House Flk Schol The guest this year is teen_Madsen, a basket weaver from Denmark.

Basket Week is Oct. 4-11 at North House Folk Schol. The guest this year is Steen Madsen, a basket weaver from Denmark.

 On Friday, Oct. 7, North House will hold Basket Gathering Day, featuring demonstrations and a presentation by Steen Madsen, the guest instructor. For more information, click here.

A Really Big Costume Sale to benefit the Lake Superior Community Theatre in Silver Bay will be held on the stage of the William Kelley School auditorium Oct. 6-8.

A Really Big Costume Sale to benefit the Lake Superior Community Theatre will be held Oct. 6-8 on the stage at William Kelley school auditorium.

A Really Big Costume Sale to benefit the Lake Superior Community Theatre will be held Oct. 6-8 on the stage at William Kelley School auditorium. Wearing a few of the costumes are Brenda Larson, front, Teresa Anderson, Maria Strand, and Beth Smuk

After 60+ years of theater show production, the costume department of the Lake Superior Community Theatre and Kelley School have never been downsized…until now. Everything from wigs to wool suits will be ready to be marched out the door in this fantastic costume sale.

Hundreds of pieces from the costume inventory will be available, including hats, accessories, wigs, dresses, suits, and more.

The sale has two parts. On Thursday, Oct 6, take a first look and a chance to buy everything. The entrance fee is $5. Friday and Saturday are free. Doors are open from 10 am to 4 pm on Friday and from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday.

All proceeds benefit the Lake Superior Community Theatre.  Cash or Check only. Kelley School is located at 137 Banks Blvd in  Silver Bay. Enter at the school’s entrance on Horn Boulevard.

The third week in October is MEA week in Minnesota. In Grand Marais, MEA weekend is Moose Madness Weekend, with lots of family activities and other events throughout the county.

Moose Madness weekend is Oct. 21-23 in Grand Marais.

Moose Madness weekend is Oct. 21-23 in Grand Marais.

For information about planned events, click here.

MEA weekend also features the 4th annual Apple festival Oct. 21-23. This year’s event features pick-your-own apple opportunities in three different locations in the county, apple press demonstrations and activities, a local food market and live music at the Cook County Community Center.

The Apple Festival in Grand Marais is set for Oct. 22 23 this year.

The Apple Festival in Grand Marais is set for Oct. 21-23 this year.

Pete Kavanaugh will play on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Community  Center at 10 am. There will also be presentations. Stay tuned.

In Duluth, The Pumpkin Train returns to the North Shore Scenic Railroad Oct. 20-23, during MEA weekend in Duluth. The train-rides experience includes a puppet show, music, games, a magic show and more.

The pumpkin Train returns to the North Shore scenic Railroad Oct. 20–23.

The Pumpkin Train returns to the North Shore Scenic Railroad Oct. 20–23.

Kudos:

 Grand Marais author Staci Lola Drouillard was interviewed about her new book, “Seven Aunts “ by MN Post recently.

Staci Drouillard

Staci Drouillard

To read the interview, click here.

Opportunities:

Painting by Hazel Belvo

Painting by Hazel Belvo.

A pair of Hazel Belvo paintings continue to be available for silent auction bids at Studio 21. The paintings are being auctioned as one unit.

Painting by Hazel Belvo;

Painting by Hazel Belvo.

Bids will be accepted through Oct. 22. Stop by Studio 21 to see the pieces and place your bid. If you would like to place a bid remotely, call 218-387-2737 or send an email.

Artists at Work:

The Walkabout chronicles epic journeys on foot includes an essay by Tor and Siffy Torkildsen

The Walkabout Chronicles, Epic Journeys on Foot includes an essay by Tor and Siffy Torkildsen.

Painting by Duluth artist Scott Murphy.

Painting by Duluth artist Scott Murphy.

Expressive Architecture, watercolor and magic marker by Bryan Hansel.

Expressive Architecture, watercolor and Magic Marker by Bryan Hansel.

A Kind of Self-Portrait, oil, by Neil Sherman

A Kind of Self-Portrait, oil, by Neil Sherman.

 Online Finding:

Backside Of Tutankhamuns Mask 121 cickas

Backside Of Tutankhamun Mask. One of 25 photos of Historic Places Captured From An Angle You’ve Never Seen Before, To view, more, click here.

Online Music: 

Josh Cleveland Band–Live at WTIP, Summer 2022 from WTIP North Shore Community Radio on Vimeo.

Live Music:

Thursday, Sept. 29:

  • Joe Paulik, Cascade Restaurant & Pub, 6-8 pm
  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 6-8 pm
  • North Shore Swing Band, North House Folk School, 6-8 pm

Friday, Sept. 30

  • Jim McGowan, Bluefin Grille, 7-9 pm
  • Broken Spoke, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30-11 pm

Saturday, Oct. 1:

  • Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble, Cascade Restaurant & Pub, 6-8 pm
  • Adam Moe, Lutsen Resort Campfire, 6-8 pm
  • New Riverside Ramblers, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7-9 pm
  • Broken Spoke, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30-11 pm

Sunday, Oct. 2:

  • Wild Horses, North Shore Winery, 3:30-5:30 pm

Monday, Oct. 3:

  • Shane Martin, Bluefin Grille, 7-9 pm

Tuesday, Oct. 4:

  • Eric Frost, North Shore Winery, 4:30-6:30 pm

WednesdayOct. 5:

  • Briand Morrison, Bluefin Grille, 7-9 pm

ThursdayOct. 6:

  • Sonofmel aka, John Adler, Cascade Restaurant & Pub, 6-8 pm
  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 6-8 pm

FridayOct. 7:

  • John Gruber – Dan Nelson Trio, Bluefin Grille, 7-9 pm

SaturdayOct. 8:

  • Kevin Buck, Lutsen Resort Campfire, 6-8 pm
  • Trevor McSpadden, Cascade Restaurant & Pub, 6-8 pm

SundayOct. 9:

  • Local Music, North Shore Winery, 3:30-5:30 pm

MondayOct. 10:

  • Pete Kavanaugh, Bluefin Grille, 7-9 pm

TuesdayOct. 11:

  • Eric Frost, North Shore Winery, 4:30-6:30 pm

WednesdayOct. 12:

  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 7-9 pm

Photographs:

We were lucky again this week. Here’s what we found:

Wildlife:

A little frost on the pumpkin Happy first day of fall by Thomas spence.

A little frost on the pumpkin. Happy first day of fall by Thomas Spence.

One of our local friends by Sarah Hamilton.

One of our local friends by Sarah Hamilton.

Woodies on the water by Matt Herberg.

Woodies on the water by Matt Herberg.

Afloatt by Travis Nowitsky

Twins by Katie Mumm

Twins by Katie Mumm.

A Not-So-Wild:

Traffic-stopping South Dakota sunset by Cathy Quinn.

Traffic-stopping South Dakota sunset by Cathy Quinn.

Potpourri:

well... by Kristofer Bowman

Well… by Kristofer Bowman

Break water reflection, Grand Marais by Layne Kennedy.

Breakwater reflection, Grand Marais by Layne Kennedy.

Mother nature the basket weaver in Maesteg, Wales from Facebook page Earth unreal.

Mother Nature the basket weaver in Maesteg, Wales from Facebook page Earth Unreal.

Maple season by Kjersti Vick.

Woods Creek by Tina Hegg Raway.

Woods Creek by Tina Hegg Raway.

Grand portage State Park by the hazy Family.

Grand Portage State Park by the Hazy Family.

Landscapes, Waterscapes & Skyscapes:

The begining by Thomas Spence

The beginning by Thomas Spence

A STEVE by Silverness photography.

A STEVE by Silverness photography.

Moose maples on Devil Track Lake by d:on Davison.

Moose maples on Devil Track Lake by Don Davison.

Aurora by Thomas Soencde.

Aurora by Thomas Spence.

Diving into Washington Pines by Layne Kennedy.

Diving into Washington Pines by Layne Kennedy.

Beaver River by Donald Jay Olson

Beaver River by Donald Jay Olson

Fall Colors by Paul Sundberg

Fall colors by Paul Sundberg

Sunrise on a foggy lake by Ken Harmon.

Sunrise on a foggy lake by Ken Harmon.

Playing around at Pebble Beach by Tanner Hermes.

Playing around at Pebble Beach by Tanner Hermes.

Color-coded by Martin Ramirez.

Color-coded by Martin Ramirez.

Lake superior at its calmest by Bryan Hansel.

Lake Superior at its calmest by Bryan Hansel.

A view of fall by Adam Malmanger.

A view of fall by Adam Malmanger.

Amazing Aurora by Thomas Spence.

Amazing aurora by Thomas Spence.

The colors are starting to pop on the Sawtooth Highlands near Tofte by Charles Howard Smith.

The colors are starting to pop on the Sawtooth Highlands near Tofte by Charles Howard Smith.

A Boundary Waters Lake by Matthew Baxley.

A Boundary Waters Lake by Matthew Baxley.

September sunrise on Sand Island by Michael DeWitt.

September sunrise on Sand Island by Michael DeWitt.

Friday sunrise by Stephanie Irwin.

Friday sunrise by Stephanie Irwin.

A night to remember by Thomas Spence.

A night to remember by Thomas Spence.

The Reflecction by Nathan Klok.

The reflection by Nathan Klok.

The wonders of fog by George Llstrup.

The wonders of fog by George Llstrup.

Have a great weekend everyone! 

This week’s contributors include Joan Farnam, editing, collection, and collation of art, photographs, and music videos;  Jeremy Lopez, live music info and placement, layout uniformity, and technology support; Matthew Baxley, live music video; Maggie Anderson, proofreading; Rae Kleser, grant research and Yvonne Mills,  fact checker. 

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