This is the weekend to celebrate our connections to art and art-making. The Inuit Premiere at Sivertson Gallery opens this weekend with the Dorset Fine Arts 2018 print release, stone carving demonstrations and throat-singing, Tim Young will hold an Artist Talk and Painting Silent Auction at Cook County Higher Education and the Arrowhead Center for the Arts will feature a Flamenco dance performance, just to name a few.
Let’s start on Thursday at 12:30, when Jack Becker, founder and director of Consulting + Creative Services at Forecast Public Art, will lead an informational session on Public Art and Placemaking at the Cook County Community Center. He will lead a discussion on the community’s role in supporting public art and peacemaking initiatives.
Check out this interview with him:
As a public artist, administrator and veteran consultant, Becker specializes in developing projects for communities of all sizes. He has a special interest in projects that connect ideas and energies of artists with the needs and opportunities of communities. Free. Bring your lunch and join the conversation.
Friday is a busy day! First up, Inuit artist Bill Nasogaluak, will be giving stone carving demonstrations at North House Folk School from 2-4 p.m. on Friday.
Nasogaluak is a master stone carver, and is here as a guest for Sivertson Gallery‘s Inuit Premiere. At 3 p.m., the very popular Inuit throat singers Taqralik Partridge and Nina Segalowitz will hold a throat-singing performance at North House. They will also perform on Saturday at Sivertson Gallery at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
These two throat-singers are just totally fun to watch. They will also be participating in the Saturday night Fireside Chat at the gallery.
Another highlight of the Inuit Premiere is the unveiling of the new prints from Cape Dorset. Every fall since 1959, Dorset Fine Arts, a marketing arm of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative, has released an annual limited-run print collection.
The collection is released only through approved galleries around the world, and for the past 18 years, Sivertson Gallery has had the privilege of being one of them. “We are the only authorized Cape Dorset Fine Arts gallery in Minnesota,” says owner Jan Sivertson. “We can’t wait to unveil the 2018 collection and celebrate with our guest artists from the far north.”
The gallery will host a 2018 Cape Dorset Print Fine Arts release party from 6-8 p.m. on Friday.
On Saturday, the Inuit Premiere continues, with artists in the gallery as well as throat-singing performances at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. A Fireside Chat, set for 6 p.m. at the gallery, will feature stone sculptor Bill Nasogaluak, throat-singers Nina Segalowitz, Taqralik Partridge, and other special guests. This is always such an inspiring event. All invited. Refreshments will be served.
Friday has other events as well.
Curtis and Loretta will be on WTIP’s the Roadhouse to talk about their music and play a few songs. They perform at the Grand Marais Public Library on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Also, Inuit throat singers Nina Segalowitz and Taqralik Partridge as well as Inuit sculptor Bill-Nasogaluak will be on the show to talk about the Inuit Premiere. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.
Also on Friday, painter Tim Young will hold an Artist Talk and Silent Auction at Cook County Education from 7-10 p.m.
Entitled, “My Hand Paints,” the event will feature a collection of new paintings. Proceeds will go towards the expenses associated with Tim’s adoption of a group of siblings. Everyone invited. Refreshments will be served.
If you’re traveling on Friday, consider stopping by the Clair Nelson Center in Finland for a Lumberjack Dinner and Concert with the Lost Forty from 5-8 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for the center
Tickets for the dinner must be purchased beforehand at 218-353-0300. Show only (includes homemade pie) tickets are $5.
Friday night is a big night in Duluth, too, as the monthly Downtown Arts Walk is scheduled in a variety of galleries and studios in the city.
At the Joseph Nease Gallery, choreographer Laura Goodman and painter Karen Owlsey Nease will discuss their collaboration on a ballet for the Minnesota Ballet at 6 p.m. The gallery is located at 23 1st Ave. in Duluth.
There are lots of other events throughout Duluth, including artist talks, demonstrations and exhibitions. Check them out here.
On Saturday, the Inuit Premiere continues at Sivertson Gallery with the throat singers performing at 1-3 p.m. and a Fireside Chat with guests at 6 p.m. On exhibit is a great selection of Inuit sculptures and Cape Dorset Fine Art Prints for 2018.
And, on Saturday night, Flamenco dancing with Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre, will be performed at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts from 7:30-9 p.m.
Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre and School brings the soul of southern Spain GrandMarais. The performance, “Café Flamenco,” is a concert of traditional flamenco dance and music that brings the expressive and rhythmic excitement to the stage that only flamenco can. Tickets are available at the door. Here’s a short clip of their dancing:
And in Thunder Bay, Definitely Superior Art Gallery will hold it’s annual Halloween fundraiser, “The Hunger – Lucky 13″ throughout the Waterfront District in Thunder Bay. It’s a massive Halloween festival held at eight different venues, with 54 performance acts, including 42 bands and DJ’s and 12 specialty performers– 235 musicians/performers in all. Last year, 3,000 people showed up, many in costume.
It is held from 8 p.m. through 2 a.m. on Saturday. Click here to see a video and find out all the details.
On Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 31, a Halloween Dance Party! “Dance Dance Dance: All-Ages Halloween Dance Party” will be held in the Log Building at the Community Center starting at 8 p.m. on Halloween night. Hosted by Angela Ryden Robins. Let her know your song requests.
The exhibit “George Morrison/Surrealist Forms and Other Drawings” continues at the Johnson Heritage Post.
The exhibit features a wide variety of drawings and prints from this nationally known artist.
On Sunday, Oct. 28, Briand Morrison, George Morrison’s son, will be playing jazz at the Heritage Post from 2-3 p.m. He will be available in the gallery from 3-4 p.m. to answer any questions about the exhibit. The exhibit continues through Nov. 4.
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.
Painter Greg Prelicka is the featured artist at Tettegouche State Park through October.
In Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art is holding a gala reception for Anne Labovitz and her exhibition: “122 Conversations: Person to Person, Art Beyond Borders,” on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m.
Labovitz took seven years to develop this body of work, which included meeting over 3,000 people and creating more than 2,000 pieces of art by those who live in Duluth’s five sister cities: Raina, Iraqi Kurdistan; Vaxjo, Sweden; Petrozavodsk, Russia; Thunder Bay, Canada and Ohara Isumi-City, Japan. The project was organized by the Tweed Museum of Art with collaboration with the Duluth Sister Cities International. It celebrates the 122 years of relationships with the sister cities. The exhibit continues through Jan. 6.
The 28th annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend at Lutsen Resort is coming up next weekend, Nov. 2-4. This year’s instrument of focus is voice.
Valerie Smith will teach a full day of bluegrass singing workshops on Saturday, Nov. 3. She and her band Liberty Pike will perform a concert for the public at 8 p.m. Saturday night in the ballroom ($20/$10). And don’t forget, there are lots of opportunities for jamming’. Rooms peppered throughout the resort are set aside for musicians to play and there’s always a lot of people playing in the lobby and the Poplar River Pub throughout the weekend. Everyone is invited to come, enjoy the music, take a class or two and attend the Saturday night concert. Tickets are available at the resort. For more, click here.
Felt artist Elise Kyllo and basketmaker Triscia Bielke will exhibit their work in a special exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9.
The exhibit is entitled “Listening to Lichen” and features a wide variety of felted work as well as basketry sculptures. Stay tuned for details.
Artist News &Kudos:
The Grand Marais Small Town Lip Sync Challenge has been launched! About 150 residents in Grand Marais got together to put together their masterpiece, which is set to “Home” by Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros. Local businesses, plus the County Sheriff, and even the mascots all got on board. The video was produced by Cascade Vacation Rentals along with Visit Cook County and filmed earlier in October. Check out the video below:
With this video, Grand Marais now challenges other small towns to show what they’re made of with a Small Town Lip Sync Challenge.
WTIP Community Radio was one of 10 radio stations nationwide which have been chosen to participate in the national “Community Counts,” a CPB initiative to strengthen service in rural areas. The grant includes training and technical assistance to help small community broadcasters achieve long-term sustainability.
Participating stations were chosen through an open application process and include: WTIP (Grand Marais, Minnesota), WERU (East Orland, Maine), WMMT (Whitesburg, Kentucky), WNCU (Durham, North Carolina), WXPR (Rhinelander, Wisconsin), KBFT (Nett Lake, Minnesota), KWSO (Warm Springs, Oregon), KTNA (Talkeetna, Alaska), KZUM(Lincoln, Nebraska), and KRTS (Marfa, Texas).
Joe Paulik and Al Oikari have just released their latest collaboration– a new album from Paulik produced by Oikari called “New Set of Eyes.”
Paulik and Oikari were interviewed on WTIP Radio about their project. Listen to it here.
“The Sock Goblin,” written by Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux with illustrations by Kari Vick, is now available at Drury Lane Books.
Tim Cochrane’s new book, “Gichi Bitobig: Early Accounts of the Anishinaabeg and the North Shore Fur Trade” is out and should be available in local book shops soon. The official release date is Nov. 13.
Here’s the music schedule for this week:
Thursday, Oct. 25:
- Frozen Britches, Cascade Lodge Restaurant, 6 p.m.
- Briand Morrison, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
- Joe Paulik, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 26:
- Briand Morrison, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
- The Cruisers, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
- The Throwbacks, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27:
- Curtis & Loretta, Grand Marais Public Library, 10:30 a.m.
- Jim & Michelle Miller, Cascade Lodge, 6 p.m.
- Common Ground, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
- The Throwbacks, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
- Black-Eyed Snakes, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
- Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 28:
- Briand Morrison, Johnson Heritage Post Gallery, 2-3 p.m.
- Eric Frost, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
We found lots of great photos this week. Here’s a selection:
Let’s start with wildlife:
And fall colors:
And here are some people shots:
And finally, three full moon shots:
Have a great weekend, everyone!