Greetings from the North Shore, where, honestly, it’s been gorgeous these past few days. I wish I had thought to take photos of our visitors walking on the sidewalk along Lake Superior this afternoon. Many were couples, of every age, and most of them were holding hands, walking quietly together. It’s the gift of fall, perhaps, that season of calm in the North country before the snow flies. But it is also the gift of this special place, which offers sanctuary and beauty to all.
That said, Covid is here, and Covid is surging. Please be careful and stay safe.
This week starts out with the Local Food Market, which is held in the parking lot of the Cook County Community Center from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursday. There are only two markets left in the season. The last market is Thursday, Oct. 14.
This week’s market features lots of fall vegetables and fruits, including apples and squash, as well as farm fresh eggs, fresh flowers and artisan, naturally leavened breads. All welcome.
On Friday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will host a Gallery Talk and Exhibition Opening featuring work by Laura Ahola-Young and Andy Ness at Studio 21.
The artists’ work will be on exhibit through Oct. 16.
This week is Basket Week at North House Folk School with both online and on-campus classes and presentations scheduled. On-campus instructors include Julie Kean, Marybeth Garmoe, Aprll Stone, Emily Derke and Paula Sundet Wolf.
Kelly Church, a 5th-generation Potawatomi/Odawa/Ojibwe basket maker and educator from southwestern Michigan, is the featured speaker, but is unable to attend the event in person due to Covid considerations. She will give a Zoom presentation on Friday at 7 p.m. entitled “Black Ash Traditions & the Emerald Ash Borer.”
On Saturday and Sunday, there will be a pop-up Pottery & Print sale in front of Betsy Bowen’s Studio.
The sale features work by potters Mary Burwinkel, John Skylly and Mike Smieja and prints by Mary Bruno. The sale will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. All invited.
Also on Saturday and Sunday, Judy Christensen of Raucous Jewelry, will have a pop-up show on the deck of Songbird Suites (formerly the Harbor House Grille).
This is the last weekend to see the Grand Marais Plein Air exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post. The exhibit features more than 250 plein air paintings created in one week throughout Cook County by local and regional artists. The exhibit continues through Oct. 10.
The Heritage Post is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Free.
The 63rd Arrowhead Regional Biennial Exhibition at the Duluth Art Institute opened Oct. 4 and continues through Jan. 10. As one of the longest-running biennials in the country, this exhibition features a wide range of artwork produced within the last five years from artists residing in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Michigan, and Ontario, Canada. This year, work by 27 artists was selected for the exhibition.
Artists Corrie Steckelberg and Sam Zimmerman, who are exhibiting work in Cook County, are two of the artists selected to exhibit in the show. Others include: Allison Baker, Loretta Bebeau, Julie Benda, Rachel Bruya, Gary Carlson, MaryAnn Carlson, Susanna Gaunt, Carmen Gutierrez-Bolger, Christopher Harrison, Naomi Hart, Harrison Halker Heinks, Scott Helmes, Susan Hensel, Ashley Hise, Tia Keobounpheng, Kristi Kuder, Catrin Magnusson, Cassandra Quinn, Natalie Salminen Rude, ChimakwaNibawii Stone, Tara Stone, Adam Swanson, Jonathan Thunder, Moira Villiard and Mary Welke.
The Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC) is hosting a virtual event to celebrate the release of Bringing Joy: A Local Literary Welcome, an anthology of writing and art inspired by the work of Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo (Muscogee.)
The 3rd annual Apple Festival will be held in Grand Marais Oct. 16-17 and Oct. 23 this year.
The Edgar Allen Poe Radio Show will perform on stage at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts October 28 -31. Advance tickets will go on sale October 21.
The cast includes Kevin Kager as Edgar Allen Poe. The ensemble includes: Rose Arrowsmith, John Bragstad, Susan Bragstad, Elsa Garry, Maggie Gatzke, Alyssa Hedstrom, Christie John, Rowan Lindholm, KathyAnn Travis, Kylie Viren and Jaye White. For more information, click here.
Artists at Work:
Tor Torkildson is completing a sculpture of Erik the Red for his Stations of Inspiration Trail project on his property.
Roxanne Distad is the featured photographer at Split Rock Lighthouse this month. She is exhibiting a great collection of the photographs she has taken of this iconic place.
Only one this week. Enjoy!!
Thursday, Oct. 7
- Pete Kavanaugh, Cascade Lodge Restaurant and Pub, 6 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 8:
- Michele Miller, Harbor Park, 4 p.m.
- Shane Martin, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
- TBD, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 9:
- Don Bauer, Cascade Lodge Restaurant and Pub, 6 p.m.
- North Shore Community Swing Band, Poplar Haus, Gunflint Trail, 8 p.m.
- TBD, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
This week, we thought we’d do a special section on portraits, since they kept popping up on social media sites. The first one is a good-bye from the Schmidt family, who are moving to a remote island off the coast of Panama very soon.
Here is how AmyMarie Schmidt explains it:
“Our family is moving! In two weeks. Not to Tanzania as we had thought, but to a remote island off the coast of Panama. To learn, to love, to lend a hand.
“We will be working in small-scale agricultural development, partnering with the indigenous folks to expand their community farming efforts and to teach principles of sustainable agricultural.
“I guess you could say we’re packing up our little northern homestead and taking it south. Way south.
“And gosh, we’re obnoxiously excited about it.
“And yet, if I told you how much we will miss this place and its people, you might not believe me.
“I will miss this road and the trees that border it, too.
“For sixteen years, I have walked it—every day, in every season, while crying, while laughing, while knowing, while wondering.
“I have become who I am becoming because of this place. And the trees, maybe more than any one person, have taught me. They are better than I am. Braver and more hopeful.
“I will dream of them. I know I will. But I pray they do not dream of me. Rather, I pray they set their minds on things above, on things to come. On the good that is and on the good that is always almost here.”
Best of luck to all of you!!
Layne Kennedy posted these great portraits this week;
And then Layne posted these two photos…taken during a photography workshop he was holding through North House Folk School. The first one is beautiful, the second one shows the other side of the story.
Here are a few other portraits:
Landscapes, Skyscapes, Cloudscapes & Waterscapes:
Enjoy your weekend, everyone!