Greetings from the North Shore, where we are celebrating the fullness of fall. It’s a harvest of beauty here, on the land and in art studios along the shore.
For example, the Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour is ongoing, with studios and shops throughout the county exhibiting new work by more than 40 artists in every media. And the Johnson Heritage Post‘s Grand Marais Plein Air Exhibit has opened with more than 250 paintings documenting the beauty of this place.(For details, see below)
We’re celebrating its people, too, and this week, it’s Rainbow Trout.
Who is Rainbow Trout? Technically, he is the long-time volunteer Classic Country DJ on WTIP Community Radio, who has fans all over Minnesota and beyond for his weekly classic country show. Everyone is amazed and delighted to listen to Rainbow and, at some point, most ask, who is Rainbow Trout anyway?
Well, WDSE has made a documentary about this extraordinary man to answer this question. It will air on Oct. 5.
BUT, you can see a preview tonight, Sept. 30, on Facebook Live at 7 p.m.
The event will feature never-before-seen performances by local musicians, clips of the upcoming documentary film “Who Is Rainbow Trout?” and in-depth interviews with filmmakers. Following the celebration, attendees will get a chance to view the full documentary film prior to its broadcast premiere.
Tonight’s Facebook Live event will include performances by David Huckfelt, Dave Simonett, Erik Koskinen, Rich Mattson, Annie Humphrey, Teague Alexy, Charlie Parr, Keith Secola, Mary Bue, Brothers Burn Mountain, Barbara Jean & Mike Lewis, Low, and Gaelynn Lea.
Here’s a preview of the preview.
And here’s the link to watch the Live Facebook event, tonight, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. It should be great. (P.S. Today is Rainbow Trout’s 89th birthday.)
Also this weekend, raku artists Richard Gruchalla and Carrin Rosetti offer the community a chance to explore their own creativity with their Do You Raku? event, which is in held in the parking lot behind Sivertson Gallery on Saturday. Participants can buy a tea bowl. glaze it themselves and then watch as it, and many others, are fired in a raku kiln. All pieces will be finished by 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and can be taken home.
No registration is required. *Note: If it is raining on event day, please check with Sivertson Gallery to make sure the event is still on. Information will be posted on Facebook or you can call the gallery at 218-387-2491.
Also on Saturday, the Cook County Market will be held in the parking lot of The Hub (the Senior Center) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The market features a variety of arts and crafts made by local artists. All welcome.
The Johnson Heritage Post is featuring works by more than 60 artists who participated in this year’s Grand Marais Plein Air Competition. More than 250 paintings are on exhibit at the gallery. The exhibit continues through Oct. 10.
The Heritage Post closed on Tuesdays. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and Monday and from 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Free.
The Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour continues in studios and galleries around Cook County through Sunday, Oct. 3. The studio tour includes a wide variety of work by local artists including ceramics, paintings, woodcut prints, bead paintings, wood-turned bowls, fiber art, sculpture, fused glass works, and more. In all, 24 studios and galleries in the county are participating this year, and are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. To find out more and see maps and descriptions of work, click here.
Here are a few examples of what you will see:
Three Cook County potters who work at the Grand Marais Art Colony are exhibiting work at Studio 21, the Art Colony’s new building on Hwy. 61.
Some of the studios have scheduled art demonstrations. Here are just a few upcoming:
Artists at Work:
Thursday, Sept. 30:
- Gordon Thorne, Date Night at the Winery, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
- Frozen Britches, Cascade Lodge Restaurant & Pub, 6 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 1
- Michele Miller, Harbor Park, 3:45 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 2:
- Tom Knutson, Cook County Market, 10:30 a.m.
- Pete K, Harbor Park, noon to 3 p.m.
- Sky Blue, Cascade Lodge Restaurant & Pub, 6 p.m.
- Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, 7 p.m. Call for details: 612-789-2255.Streaming facebook.com/michaelmonroemusic, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 3
- Mary Bue, Weekend Wine Down, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
Here’s a selection of the photographs we found this week:
Landscapes, Skyscapes, Waterscapes:
Enjoy the weekend, everyone! And stay safe!