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An Art Quickie, Writing Tips & Art Installation Secrets

john gregor hollow rock at Sunrise

John Gregor took this beautiful photo of Hollow Rock recently. He is currently exhibiting his photographs at Tettegouche State Park. His show continues through April 5.

This weekend covers most of the bases in the arts.

There’s a pottery show, an art talk on designing, building and then tearing down an art installation, a presentation on writing and publishing your own book, a fiber art show, two multi-media art shows and a photography show as well student performances, a play from the Duluth Playhouse and lots of live music. And then, early next week, the Grand Marais Art Colony opens its doors to youth during their spring break for artmaking.

Here are the details.

First up is Sports Theatre, an improv theatre show put on by senior students at ISD 166 at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. It’s really a fun show, as the students are thrown situation challenges and respond with some great acting. It starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Tickets are $5.

Also on Thursday, from 6-7:30 p.m., students at Great Expectations School will share their writing. The evening will include excerpts of student novels, puppet theater presentations of personal narratives and hands-on activities. All invited.

On Friday, the Duluth Playhouse brings “The Imaginarium Myth Adventure” featuring the Theatre for Young Audiences to the Grand Marais Public Library for a performance at 1:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

That evening,  the Mid-Winter Art Quickie, an exhibit of work by Art Colony potters, opens at Betsy Bowen’s Studio Gallery. It’s going to be short and sweet: The opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, March 25, and includes music and refreshments. The exhibit continues from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, when it closes.

Skill building class at kiln opening

Potters who took a Skillbuilding class at the Art Colony will have works in the show. Pictured, from left are Kari Carter, Beth Ferry, Bob LaMettry, Clair Nelezny and Natalie Sobanja.

ann ward

Ann Ward has several pieces in the show.

Maggie Anderson is exhibiting as well.

Maggie Anderson is exhibiting as well.








In all, 11 potters will be showing their work, including Maggie Anderson, Kari Carter, Elaine Dean, Joan Farnam, Beth Ferry, John Franz, Bob LaMettry, Clair Nelezny, Natalie Sobanja, Bob Tamanaha, and Ann Ward.

Do you know what these are? Come try out your pottery knowledge at the "What's THAT For?" table at the show.

Do you know what these are? Come try out your pottery knowledge at the “What’s THAT For?” table at the show.

There’s an interactive table as well. Many of the potters created unusual functional pieces that might be a mystery to many of us. They’re on the “What’s THAT For?” table, and everyone is invited to make their guesses as to what they are. The winner gets to take one home.

Also, Betsy Bowen will have new cards and prints, and the gallery’s regular artists will have work on display as well. All invited.

There are two events on Saturday.

St. Paul installation artist, Charles Matson Lume, is in residence at the Grand Marais Art Colony and is working on an installation in Founders Hall. He will give an Artist Talk at noon on Saturday.


One of Charles Matson Lume’s installations. He will be creating an installation at the Art Colony and will give an artist talk and presentation at noon on Saturday.

Lume uses materials such as holographic papers, plastic magnifying lenses, and sequins to create light-reflecting art. In this residency, he will explore the light and space of northern Minnesota as it compares to his recent experiences in Scandinavia. In his Artist Talk, he will discuss the process of making his installations, from their initial germination to their de-installation. The public is invited.

Author Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux will giave a presentation at the Grand Marais Public Library at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Author Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux will speak at the Grand Marais Public Library at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Also on Saturday, the Grand Marais Public Library will host local author Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux, who will present and talk about her recently published book, “The Marvelous imagination of Katie Addams.”She will discuss the inspiration for the book, as well as the process of writing and self-publishing in general.

Arrowsmith DeCoux writes fiction and poetry. She is also a story-teller, an actor and a stilt-walker. She has performed around the US, in India and in Sweden. The presentation is at 1 p.m. Free. All invited.

Next week, art instructors John Franz and David Hahn will offer open studios for youth on spring break at the Grand Marais Art Colony. Two-dimensional art supplies will be on hand, and Franz and Hahn will be there to assist and encourage. Open to all ages. Tuition is $5. For more information, call 387-2737.

This is the last weekend for the exhibit, “A Sense of Wonder: Expressing This Place,” the multi-media show featuring artwork from novices to professionals at the Johnson Heritage Post. It closes on  Saturday. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

This is also the last weekend for an extraordinary exhibit by the Thunder Bay Weavers and Spinners Guild at the Baggage Building Art Centre at Prince Arthur’s Landing in Thunder Bay.

A selection of fiber art pieces currently on display at the Baggage Building Art Center in Thunder Bay. The show closes on Saturday.

A selection of fiber art pieces currently on display at the Baggage Building Art Center in Thunder Bay.

The exhibit features weaving, felting, knitting and more. It closes on Saturday. The Baggage Building Art Centre is definitely worth a visit. There are exhibits, a gifts shop and on-going classes. Check it out here.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery, on the campus of Confederation College, is featuring the Annual Lakehead University Juried Student Exhibition through April 10.

This piece "On a Scale Of" by Lakehead student Gayle Buzzi is the winner of the Visual Arts Network Award>

Gayle Buzzi won the Visual Arts Network Award with her piece: “On a Scale Of.” It is crafted with styrofoam, acrylic paint and fish skins.


The internationally acclaimed Minetti Quartett from Vienna will be in concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. April 1. The musicians will perform here on the heels of their “Great Performers” concert at the Lincoln Center. The concert is sponsored by the North Shore Music Association. Tickets can be purchased at tix.com.

The Grand Marais Art Colony is holding open studios in the Founders Hall April 4, 6 & 13 for anyone interested in experimenting with art, regardless of their backgrounds. A variety of materials will be available as well as artist volunteers for guidance as needed. This informal opportunity to be creative is open to all. Tuition is $12. For more info, register here or call 387-2737

The Fingerstyle Masters Weekend with Gordon Thorne, Pat Donohue and Tom Schaefer  will be at Bluefin Bay Resort April 8-9. Nightly concerts and guitar and fiddle workshops are planned. Stay tuned.

In other art news, Neil Sherman’s painting, “The Blues of Spring” was juried into the Outdoor Painters Society’s Plein Air Southwest Salon.

"The Blues of Spring" by Neil Sherman.

“The Blues of Spring” by Neil Sherman.

The exhibit will be at Southwest Gallery in Dallas, Texas. For more information about this organization, click here.

Registration is now open for the Woodland Chamber Music Workshop at Surfside Resort June 21-26. For more information and to register, visit www.woodlandchambermusic.org

Katharine Skibbe of Edina will teach a class in oil pastel painting at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery April 2. For more info and reservations, call 218-387-2585. To updates on future classes, click here.

Layne Kennedy has released a great new video: “60 Seconds: Winter in Minnesota. To see it, click here.

sivertson rick allan card 1And Sivertson Gallery has received  new cards from Rick Allen.

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, March 24:

  • Timmy Haus, Moguls Grille, 3:30 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Dance Party with DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.

Friday, March 25:

  • Jim Miller, Moguls Grille, 3:30 p.m.
  • Bug Lite, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Black River Revue, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Kind Country, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 26:

  • James Moors, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Dat Dere Jazz, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Black River Revue, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Pop Rocks, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 27:

  • Ever Green Grass Band, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Bluefin Grille, 6 p.m.
  • Dat Dere Jazz, Gun Flint Tavern, 6:30-9 p.m.

Monday, March 28:

  • Communist Daughter, Monday Night Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, March 29:

  • Joe Paulik, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Open Mic Night, Papa Charlie’s, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 30:

  • Gordon Thorne, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

The photos we found this week reflect our spring weather perfectly. Wet snows and cascading waterfalls. Here’s a selection:

"Country Back Roads" by Christian Dalbec.

“Country Back Roads” by Christian Dalbec.


"First Geese of the Season" by David Johnson.

“First Geese of the Season” by David Johnson.

"Reward After a Hard Day's Work" by Mary Amerman.

Reward After a Hard Day’s Work” by Mary Amerman.


"Railroad Tracks" by Paul Sundberg.

“Railroad Tracks” by Paul Sundberg.

And then, there’s open water and the hint of spring.

"The Lake Gave Me a Handshake" by Christian Dalbec.

“The Lake Gave Me a Handshake” by Christian Dalbec.


Cross River by Paul Sundberg.

Cross River by Paul Sundberg.


"High Falls on the Baptism" by Bill Doms.

“High Falls on the Baptism” by Bill Doms.

And we found some wildlife shots.

"Swan Dance" by Mike Crowley.

“Swan Dance” by Mike Crowley.


"Black Capped Chickadee" by David Brislance.

“Black Capped Chickadee” by David Brislance.


Weasel by David Johnson.

Curious weasel by David Johnson.


"See my feets?" DNR eagle cam capture by Christine Alber.

“See my feets?” DNR eagle cam capture by Christine Alber.


Swans on Grand Portage Bay by Travis Novitsky.

Swans on Grand Portage Bay by Travis Novitsky.


And last, this beautiful shot.

Superior National Forest by Jakob Trosst.

Superior National Forest by Jakob Trost.

Have a good weekend, everyone! And Happy Easter!



























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