Crossing Borders Studio Tour opens this weekend!

by Joan on September 24, 2014

Fall has frung! Jessica Barr took this awesome photo from Mt. Josephine this week.

Fall has frung! Jessica Barr took this awesome photo from Mt. Josephine this week.

Fall colors are going full blast this week, and so are opportunities to see lots of great art up and down the North Shore. There’s no doubt that this weekend is the time to hit the road, enjoy the explosion of color outdoors and the explosion of art indoors.

Well, maybe not all indoors — some of the events have tables outside piled with (rain-proof) pottery and sculpture. And there will be demonstrations at many studios, including a wood-turning demonstration at Betsy Bowen’s Studio at 2 p.m. daily.

Here’s a listing of some of what you can experience this weekend on the North Shore from just outside Duluth to Grand Portage.

Wood-fired teapot by David Lynas.

Wood-fired teapot by Dave Lynas.

Nodding Trillium annual Fall Sale:

Potter Anne Sterbenz-Duus hosts this pottery extravaganza featuring pottery by
Janis Andler, Dave Lynas, Sharon Moen, Don Streufert and Paul Zoldahn as well as her own work.

Many of the potters just finished firing in Anne’s wood-fired kiln, so there will be lots of new pots to look at. The Fall Sale is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27-28.

The sale is held at 215 McDonnell Rd. just off the freeway from Duluth to Two Harbors in a beautiful log cabin home and studios. Refreshments will be served. Music on Sunday.

sandi pillsbury gredzens

Painting by Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens.

Lake Superior 20/20 Studio Art Tour:  

This studio tour features 20 artists exhibiting in seven sites and/or studios on or near Highway 61 within 20 miles of Two Harbors.

This is the second  and final weekend of the art tour, and studios are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Work in the tour includes glass, ceramics, watercolors, woodworking, oil and acrylic paintings, printmaking, jewelry, rosemaling, photography and fiber arts. Refreshments will be served at each studio. All invited.

For more information about the tour and maps, visit www.lakesuperior20/

Crossing Borders Studio Tour & Sale:

Sculpture Walk at the Dan & Lee Ross Studio in Hovland.

Sculpture Walk at the Dan & Lee Ross Studio in Hovland.

The Crossing Borders Studio Tour & Sale opens on Friday and runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Oct. 5.

The oldest and most established of the studio art tours on the North Shore, Crossing Borders features a select group of professional artist studios located along or near Highway 61.

Host artists include glass artists Michael Tonder and Jody Freij-Tonder (Blue Skies Glassworks, rural Two Harbors), potter Dick Cooter and weaver Debbie Cooter (Cooter Pottery and Handweaving, rural Two Harbors), Tom Christiansen (Last Chance Gallery, Lutsen) woodcut printmaker Betsy Bowen (Betsy Bowen Studio, Grand Marais), clay, stone and monoprint artists Dan and Lee Ross (rural Hovland), and Ojibwe beadworker Marcie McIntire (Ningii-Ozhitoomin, Grand Portage.)

Many of the studios feature guest artists who will also be exhibiting their work.

"Invisible Man," cast bronze from a cardboard cutout, Tom Christiansen.

“Invisible Man,” cast bronze from a cardboard cutout, Tom Christiansen.

This weekend, for example, potter Karin Kraemer, leather worker Ken Dumdle, jeweler Brenna Klassen-Glanzer and blown glass artist Tony Michaud-Scorza will be guests at Blue Skies Glass Works;

Potters Peter Jodoonath and Tim Lloyd and woodturner Bob Carls a will be guests at Cooter Pottery and Handweaving,

Sculptor Wayne Potratz will be a guest at Last Chance Gallery.

Fused-glass artist Sheri Hargrove, potter Fritz Lehmberg and woodturner Jim Sannerud will be guests at Betsy Bowen’s Studio. Sannerud will demonstrate woodturning at Bowen’s studio each day at 2 p.m.

Refreshments are served at each studio. For maps and more information about the art and artists, visit

(Note: Sculptor Wayne Portatz, who is a guest at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen for the Crossing Borders Studio Tour, will talk about the tour and his art on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday. The show airs from 5-7 p.m. Pete Kavanaugh will also be in the studio to talk about his music and share a few songs.)

To add to the art experience this weekend, check out the Plein Air Exhibit and Sale at the Johnson Heritage Post in Grand Marais.

Hosted by the Grand Marais Art Colony, the Plein Air Competition brought in 60 plein air painters from throughout the region to paint the landscape in Cook County for a week.

Christopher Copeland won the Quick Paint competition.

Christopher Copeland won the Quick Paint competition.

They also competed in a Quick Paint (start and finish a painting in 90 minutes on Artist’s Point) as well as a Night Paint. The result? More than 200 paintings on exhibit at the Heritage Post. It’s a stunning show.

The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

Also this weekend, Sivertson Gallery is hosting popular Montana jeweler Jennifer (JL) Walsh. She will be in the gallery on Friday, followed by a party from 5-7 p.m. An exclusive JL Walsh Trunk Show will be held on Saturday.

There are more fun things to do this weekend, too. The Cross River Heritage Center is having a Beer & Wine Tasting Party at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25. And on Saturday, Duluth author Linda Grover will be at the Heritage Center signing her two books, “The Road Back to Sweetgrass” and “The Dance Boots.” The public is invited to both events.

And the Cook County Farm & Craft Market continues this Saturday in the Senior Center parking lot. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be held each Saturday until MEA weekend (if it doesn’t snow.)

Here’s a heads-up: The last sail of the season on the good ship Hjordis is Tuesday, Sept. 20. The schooner sails out of North House Folk School daily.  To make reservations online, click here, or call 218-387-9762 or drop by the campus.

And finally, the public is invited to a Make-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls event at the Grand Marais Art Colony. Participants will throw a bowl on the potter’s wheel and handbuild a bowl. Both bowls will be donated to Empty Bowls, a fundraiser for the Food Shelf. The session are held a 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday through Oct. 13. Instruction provided. For more info and to register, call 387-2737.

There’s lots of music this weekend, too. Here’s the schedule.

Thursday, Sept. 25:

  • Cooker John, Gunflint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 26:

  • Joe Paulik, Big Bear Lodge, 6 p.m.
  • Portage Band, American Legion, 6 p.m.
  • Pete Kavanaugh, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Gypsy Lumberjacks, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27:

  • Joe Paulik & Jessi Nicholson, Big Bear Lodge, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Gypsy Lumberjacks, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 28:

Joe Paulik, Big Bear Lodge, 6 p.m.

  • Dedric Clark and the Social Animals, Gunflint Tabern, 7 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29:

  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Southwire, Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.

Our photos this week are all about light … northern lights, sunset/sunrise light, blue light and, of course, sunlight on our beautiful fall landscape.

The northern lights were out this week and we found three photos. Enjoy!

Photo by Thomas Spence.

Photo by Thomas Spence.


Photo by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.


Photo by Nace Hagemann.

Photo by Nace Hagemann.


Here’s an intersting take on light — blue light.

Photo by Mark Tessier.

Photo by Mark Tessier.


Here’s a study in reflected light in the Boundary Waters.

Photo by Gail Murton.

Photo by Gail Murton.


And here’s a beautiful study in black & white.

"Summer's End" by Brett Grandson.

“Summer’s End” by Brett Grandson.


Here are two photos of light at the end of the day.

"Tower sunset" by Paul Pluskwik.

“Tower Sunset” by Paul Pluskwik.


"Grand Marais Sunset" by Kathy Gray-Anderson.

“Grand Marais Sunset” by Kathy Gray-Anderson.


Fall colors started slowly early last week and then exploded. Here are two photos of the early changes.

"Fall Moose" by Nace Hagemann.

“Fall Moose” by Nace Hagemann.


Photo by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.


And here’s what it looked like on Wednesday at dawn.

Photo by Travis Novitsky.

Photo by Travis Novitsky.


And here is what we will be able to find in the woods for the next few weeks.

Photo by Paul Sundberg.

Photo by Paul Sundberg.


Enjoy your weekend, everyone!










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