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Fog on Hungry Jack Lake by Dennis Chick.

Fog on Hungry Jack Lake by Dennis Chick.

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.

The Thursday Local Food Market will be held in the parking lot of the Community Center from 4:30-6 p.m. on Thursday. The market ends for the season on Thursday, Oct. 14.

The Thursday Local Food Market will be held in the parking lot of the Community Center from 4:30-6 p.m. on Thursday. The market ends for the season on 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.

Mermaid's Teacup by Laura Ahola-Young, is one of the works that will be on exhibit at Studio 21.

Mermaid’s Teacup by Laura Ahola-Young, is one of the works that will be on exhibit at Studio 21. Ahola-Young and Andy Ness will give a gallery talk starting at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, followed by an opening reception.  All invited. Free.

Andy Ness is exhibiting a series of works entitled "Untitled" at Studio 21.

Andy Ness is exhibiting a series of works entitled “Untitled” 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.”

Kelly Church, fifth-generation Potawatomi/Odawa/Ojibwe basket maker and educator from southwestern Michigan, and a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow, along with many other honors, is the featured artist for Basket Week at North House Folk School.

Kelly Church, 5th-generation Potawatomi/Odawa/Ojibwe basket maker and educator from southwestern Michigan, is the featured artist for Basket Week at North House Folk School.

To find out more about Basket Week events and register for the virtual presentations, click here.

On Saturday and Sunday, there will be a pop-up Pottery & Print sale in front of Betsy Bowen’s Studio.

A pop-up Pottery & Printmaking sale will b held in front of Betsy Bowen's Studio on Saturday and Sunday.

A pop-up Pottery & Printmaking sale will b held in front of Betsy Bowen’s Studio on Saturday and Sunday.

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).

Judy Christensen of Raucous Jewelry, will have a pop-up show on the deck of Songbird Suites, the former site of Harbor House Grille.

Judy Christensen of Raucous Jewelry, will have a pop-up show on the deck of Songbird Suites, the former site of Harbor House Grille.

Exhibits:

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.

Glistening Harbor by Bob Upton. Upton was awarded the Poem award in the Grand Marais Plein Air Competition.

Glistening Harbor by Bob Upton. Upton was awarded the Poem award in the Grand Marais Plein Air Competition.

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.

Mary Ann Carlson's sculpture, Raven's Gifts, is one of the pieces in the exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

Mary Ann Carlson’s sculpture, Raven’s Gifts, is one of the pieces in the exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

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.

Upcoming:

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.)

A virtual celebration will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 21, to celebrate the release of "Bringing Joy, an anthology of writing and art inspired by the work of Poet Laureate Joy Harjo.

A virtual celebration will be held on Monday, Oct. 18, to celebrate the release of “Bringing Joy, an anthology of writing and art inspired by the work of Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, who will attend the event virtually. To register, click here.

The 3rd annual Apple Festival will be held in Grand Marais Oct. 16-17 and Oct. 23 this year.

The 3rd annual Apple Fest will be held Oct. 16-17 and Oct. 23 this year and will feature visits to apple orchards, apple cider pressing, a food truck, lots of apple info and more. Open to all. 

 

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 BragstadSusan BragstadElsa GarryMaggie GatzkeAlyssa HedstromChristie JohnRowan Lindholm KathyAnn TravisKylie 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.

Getting close to finishing my bust of Erik the Red. My mentor, John Franz is working on Hemingway for the Stations of Inspiration Trail project. Sculpture by Tor Torkildson.

Clay sculpture by Tor Torkildson. He writes: “Getting close to finishing my bust of Erik the Red. My mentor, John Franz is working on Hemingway for the Stations of Inspiration Trail project.” 

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.

Split Rock in the fall by Roxanne Distad.

Split Rock in the fall by Roxanne Distad.

 

Mary Iuldahl models her scarf, Artist's Point. She created the pattern and knitted the piece. The pattern and the wool is available at Dappled Fern Fibers in Grand Marais.

Mary Liudahl models her scarf, Artist’s Point. She created the pattern and knitted the piece. The pattern and the wool is available at Dappled Fern Fibers in Grand Marais.

 

Mona Abdel-Rahman writes: It's been a long time, but I began to paint again."

Mona Abdel-Rahman writes: It’s been a long time, but I began to paint again.”

Lost Buffalo, giclee print by Joel Lewis. It is currently on view, with many of his other paintings,  in the corridor of the North Shore Hospital.

Lost Buffalo, giclee print by Joel Lewis. It is currently on view, with many of his other paintings, in the corridor of the North Shore Hospital.

Online Music:

Only one this week. Enjoy!!

 

Live Music:

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.

Photographs:

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.

The Schmidt family is moving to a remote island in Panama to work in a small-scale agricultural settlement.

The Schmidt family is moving to a remote island in Panama to work in a small-scale agricultural settlement.

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;

The incomparable Philis Anderson in her horse barn, Grand Marais, by Layne Kennedy.

The incomparable Philis Anderson in her horse barn, Grand Marais, by Layne Kennedy.

 

Wayne Anderson. Farm eggs by Layne Kennedy.

Wayne Anderson. Farm eggs by Layne Kennedy.

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.

Diane Knutson with a tray of leaves by Layne Kennedy.

Diane Knutson holds a tray of leaves by Layne Kennedy. Taken during a photography workshop through North House Folk School.

 

Diane Knutson from a different direction. Photograph by Layne Kennedy.

Here is what that moment really looked like. Photo by Layne Kennedy.

Here are a few other portraits:

Self- portrait with Timothy Shortbread by Kristofer Bowman.

Self- portrait with Timothy Shortbread by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Drying squash slices. Hidatsa woman. Photographed in 1916. Photographer unknown.

Drying squash slices. Hidatsa woman. Photographed in 1916. Photographer unknown.

 Wildlife: 

Best bull moose ever, with a little tree stuck in his antlers by Tom Spence.

Best bull moose ever, with a little tree stuck in his antlers by Tom Spence.

 

Cross fox by Sarah Hamilton.

Cross fox by Sarah Hamilton.

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Short-tailed weasel by Michael Furtman.

Short-tailed weasel by Sparky Stensaas.

Grouse by Paul Sundberg.

Grouse by Paul Sundberg.

 Mushroom-scapes:

 

Pop-ups by Janice Latz.

Pop-ups by Janice Latz.

 

So this beast is in the neighborhood. Photo by Karen Sunderman.

So this beast is in the neighborhood. Photo by Karen Sunderman.

 

Mushroom eyes by Kristopher Bowman.

Mushroom grin by Kristopher Bowman.

Visual loveliness by Nina Simonowicz.

Visual loveliness by Nina Simonowicz.

 

Garden mushrooms by Paul Sundberg.

Garden mushrooms by Paul Sundberg.

Pretty, but dangerous! Photograph by Kent Jones.

Pretty, but dangerous! Photograph by Kent Jones.

Landscapes, Skyscapes, Cloudscapes & Waterscapes:

At Tettegouche by Kathy Hellerud.

At Tettegouche by Kathy Hellerud.

 

 

North Shore Highlands by Ken Harmon.

North Shore Highlands by Ken Harmon.

 

The transition from peak maple trees to aspen and birch has happened! by Kjersti Vick.

The transition from peak maple trees to aspen and birch has happened! by Kjersti Vick.

 

Today's blaze by Mary Beams.

Today’s blaze by Mary Beams.

 

The sunflower ring was a big success by Cathy Quinn.

The sunflower ring was a big success by Cathy Quinn.

 

Cascade River by Paul Sundberg.

Cascade River by Paul Sundberg.

 

It's been a fancy fall. Photo courtesy of the Golden Eagle Lodge.

It’s been a fancy fall. Photo courtesy of the Golden Eagle Lodge.

 

Seagull Lake. Best ever! by Liz Sivertson.

Seagull Lake. Best ever! by Liz Sivertson.

 

Autum morning by David Johnson.

Autum morning by David Johnson.

 

My favorite stage of all overs -- the Tamarack stage by Christian Dalbec.

My favorite stage of all colors– the Tamarack stage by Christian Dalbec.

 

The forest floor in fall by Cathy Quinn.

The forest floor in fall by Cathy Quinn.

 

Photography by Mark Tessier.

Photograph by Mark Tessier.

 

Jay Cooke State Park by Heidi Beal.

Jay Cooke State Park by Heidi Beal.

 

Greenwood Lake treated us well by David Welch.

Greenwood Lake treated us well by David Welch.

 

Artist's Point at dusk by Mark Tessier.

Artist’s Point at dusk by Mark Tessier.

 

It always seems to happen overnight -- the shift to a yellow world. Photograph by Kristofer Bowman.

It always seems to happen overnight — the shift to a yellow world. Photograph by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Chester Creek on a beautiful fall fay by Donald Jay Olson.

Chester Creek on a beautiful fall day by Donald Jay Olson.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

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