Greetings from the North Shore, where summer, thankfully, seldom disappoints. And this year, look for July 4th celebrations up and down the shore, with a few changes due to Covid. For example, the Tofte Trek has been cancelled and kids activities, bingo and craft vendors will not be part of the celebration in Tofte this year. But … there’s music with Cook County’s Most Wanted and food and beverages will be available. And there will be a parade!
Fireworks are set to fire off on Sunday at dusk in Tofte, as well as in Grand Marais and Grand Portage.
Earlier this week, look for two artists to post on the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Instagram page on Thursday and Friday: Potter Coreena Affleck and Printmaker Michael Marks.
It’s always fun to see what the artists come up with over this two-day period. They often include examples of work, description of their process, random thoughts and more. Both Mark and Affleck will be teaching classes at the Art Colony this year. Affleck will teach a wheel throwing class, Marks will teach a collograph printmaking class. To see what they post on Instagram over the next two days, click here.
Also on Thursday, North House Folk School continues its Thursday craft demonstration day. This week, Tara Austin will demonstrate rosemaling from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on campus. Also, the final touches are being made to the community built herring skiff led by boatbuilder Josh Tolkan.
On Friday, the Johnson Heritage Post will hold the opening reception for a retrospective exhibit of work by John A. Spelman III.
The exhibition features many original prints, drawings, and watercolors by Spelman and will also be accompanied by a book entitled “John A. Spelman III, Artist and Printmaker: From Appalachia to Minnesota’s North Shore.” The book is authored by the exhibition curators Tracey Cullen and Scott Husby and will be available at the JHP Art Gallery and in local bookshops. The opening-night reception is on Friday, July 2 from 5-7 p.m. Husby and Cullen will host an author talk on Wednesday, July 14 at 5 p.m. at the gallery as well.
There’s lots to on Saturday in the county.
In Grand Marais, the Cook County Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of The Hub, formerly called the Cook County Senior Center.
The market features a variety of locally made arts and crafts as well as live music. This week, Fred Anderson will play.
And this weekend, the 15th annual Hovland Arts Festival will be held at the Hovland Town Hall on Saturday and Sunday. This arts festival is a must-see featuring everything from pottery, painting, photographs, woodworking, weaving, jewelry, basketry and more, as well as live music and refreshments.
The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4. All invited. Free admission.
The exhibit of fiber landscape paintings by Anna Winette Repke, which opened last week, continues at the Johnson Heritage Post.
Johnson Heritage Post is closed 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. on Sunday. Free. All invited.
The Thunder Bay Art Gallery continues its online exhibit of the wonderful work of secondary school students in six schools in Northwestern Ontario. The show is entitled “Fresh Perspectives.”
This exhibit is really fun to see because there’s so much variety in the work and there’s lots of it. Check it out here.
The Art Colony is seeking volunteers for the 30th annual Grand Marais Arts Festival, July 10-11.
There are a variety of tasks to choose from and volunteers will receive a free t-shirt. Email email@example.com to learn more and sign up.
The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council has a number of grants available for artists who live in the Arrowhead Region. The Artist Access and Individual Artist Project grant applications are now open. The deadline to apply is July 30 at 4:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is offering a number of opportunities to take online workshops this summer via Zoom.
Artists at Work:
The site, Editor X, is featuring an article about art director and digital illustrator Daniel Aristizábal entitled On Eccentricity and Introspection in Design. See it here.
Here’s a heads-up… Tinariwen, the desert blues band from Mali, will be at the Cedar Cultural Center in October, Covid permitting.
Thursday, July 1
- Pete Kavanaugh, Cascade Lodge Restaurant & Pub, 6 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne, Date Night at the Winery, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m. Make reservations to sit indoors here
or call (218) 481-9280.
Friday, July 2
- Billy D, Live at Birch Terrace, 4 p.m.
- Pete Kavanaugh, Live, on WTIP’s The Roadhouse
Saturday, July 3
- Fred Anderson, Cook County Market, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- South Paws, Birch Terrace Decl. 3 p.m.
- Sky Blue, Cascade Lodge Restaurant and Pub, 6 p.m.
- Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m. Reservations at 612-789-2255
- Jason Fladager (& Friends), Gunflint Tavern, The Raven’s Nest, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 4
- Cook County’s Most Wanted, Tofte 4th Celebration, 11 a.m.
- New Salty Dog, Music by the Lake, Skyport Lodge, 4 p.m.
- Bug Dope, Birch Terrace, 5:30 p.m.
Here’s a selection of photographs we found this week:
Landscapes, Skyscapes & Waterscapes
Have a good weekend, everyone! Happy 4th of July!