Kristi Downing Celebration, Art & Music

by Joan on August 21, 2014

 A summer sunset by Kirk Schliefe.

A summer sunrise by Kirk Schliefe.

It’s a quiet week in Cook County, as everyone gets ready for the music festivals and art tours coming up in September. But there’s still lots to do and see.

Kristi Downing, by Layne Kennedy.

Kristi Downing, by Layne Kennedy.

On Saturday, a celebration of the joy, spirit and life of raku potter Kristi Downing, who passed away last year, will be held at the Hovland Town Hall. Aug. 23 was her birthday.

A benefit art sale will be held from 3-7 p.m. at the Town Hall featuring a variety of artworks, including KK textile collages and commemorative raku cups as well as donated work by local and regional artists. A silent auction will also be held. All proceeds will benfit the KKD Scholarship Fund at North House Folk School.

The event will also feature a fish fry fry from 5-7 p.m., donations accepted, a celebration of Kristi’s life in video, readings and music from 7-8:30 p.m. and a dance from 8:30-11 p.m. The event is open to the public and all are invited.

Other events this weekend include free craft demonstrations at North House Folk School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

The Cook County Farm & Craft Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Senior Center Parking lot featuring lots of arts & crafts, produce in season, baked goods and more.  Singer/songwriter Maria Nickolay will sing.

And the 4th annual Grand Portage Classic Car Show will be at the Grand Portage Lodge & Casino this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with music by the The Rockin’ Hollywoods starting at 9 p.m.

Writing is one of the things one can do  and/or and appreciate this weekend, too.

Sugar Loaf Cove.

Sugarloaf Cove.

To learn more about the art of writing, Jill Swenson, an author, book developer and literary manager, will hold a writing workshop at Sugarloaf Cove from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Entitled “Writing Wild Workshop,” the workshop will focus on the creative partnership between writing and nature one can find at Sugarloaf. Participants will be encouraged to write creatively in whatever genre they choose: haiku, short story, memoir, natural history, poetry, narrative nonfiction, science fiction. Cost is $30 for members. For more information, call 218-525-0001 or click here.

Also, Kate Hopper is reading and discussing her book, “Ready for Air: A Journey Through Premature Motherhood” at Drury Lane Books in a Writer’s Salon at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Award-winning poet Larry Schug will be reading his poems at the Cross River Heritage Center at 7 p.m. on Satuday, too. He is the author of a number of poetry books, including “Scales Out of Balance,” “Caution: Thin Ice,” “Arrogant Bones,” “Nails,” and “At Gloaming,” which has just been published. The public is invited. Free.

In other art news, the Birney Quick Retrospective continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through Sept. 7. The exhibit features a wide variety of paintings, prints, lithographs and drawings created by the co-founder of the Grand Marais Art Colony during his career. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

The Grand Marais Art Colony continues its exhibit and sale of work by artists who participated in the Grand Marais Art Festival this year. The gallery space also features work by Art Colony members.
The  Art Colony is holding Friday studio demonstrations throughout August. Potter Joan Farnam will be demonstrating in the Art Colony’s  ceramics studio at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 21 and Aug. 28. Free.

Sivertson Gallery has new paintings by David Gilsvik, many of the BWCA, new large, fused glass totems by Nancy Seaton and hand-turned bowls by Howard Hedstrom.

Tim Young is exhibiting his paintings at the Coho Cafe through August. Pastel artist Lisa Stauffer’s exhibit at the Waterfront Gallery in Two Harbors continues through Aug. 30.

Blue Moose has new stained glass by Shelly Bouquet from Grand Rapids, including a loon and northern lights. The shop is also featuring a new artist crafting bird houses by Duluth artist Dave Hoad and handmade wall art from Haiti crafted from recycled oil drums.

Betsy Bowen puts the final touches on the lake trout she painted on a propane tank at Como Oil.

Betsy Bowen puts the final touches on the lake trout she painted on a propane tank at Como Oil.

Artists who will be creating work for the Great Place Race, a Moving Matters and Cook County Chamber of Commerce project, include mosaic benches at the Grand Marais Art Colony by Kelly Dupre and Peter Jansen, Little Free Libraries around town crafted by Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux, Betsy Bowen’s painting of a lake trout on the Como propane tank, and an art bench at the Co-op by Tom Christiansen. In all, the Great Place Race funded 16 projects. Patrick Knight is producing a video about the project. Pushing Chain (Boyd Bump Blomberg & Adam Moe) has just released their first CD. “Pushing Chain.”

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

Thursday, Aug. 21:

  • Joe Paulik, Music on the Beach, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 22:

  • Portage Band, American Legion, 6 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, The Pie Place, 6 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Music by the Campfire, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7:30 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
  • Midwest Assembly, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 23:

  • Don Juans, Sydney’s Rooftop, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Music on the Deck at Papa Charlie’s, 6 p.m.
  • Boyd “Bump” Blomberg, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 7 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Cascade Lodge Restaruatn, 7:30 p.m.
  • The Gin Strings, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • The Rockin’ Hollywoods, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, 9 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 24

  • Joe Paulik, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 25:

  • Joe & Jessi, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • The Sudden Lovelys, Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s,  8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27:

  • Briand Morrison, Grand Marais Public Library, 6 p.m.

Summer is celebrated in gardens and the woods with great displays of flowers. Here are a few of the wonderful photos we found this week.

Photo by Ryan Tischer.

Photo by Ryan Tischer.

 

Photo by Paul Sundberg.

Photo by Paul Sundberg.

 

Photo by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.

We found some beautiful landscape photographs, too. Here’s a selection:

Two gorgeous shots by Travis Novitsky.

Photo by Travis Novitsky.

Photo by Travis Novitsky.

 

Photo by Travis Novitsky.

Photo by Travis Novitsky.

A Lake Superior island, by Peter Juhl.

Photo by Peter Juhl.

Photo by Peter Juhl.

Here’s a beauty by Bryan Hansel.

Baptism River Canyon by Bryan Hansel.

Baptism River Canyon by Bryan Hansel.

A Grand Marais sunrise by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.

And last, but not least, this wonderful shot by Thomas Spence taken near Tofte.

Heartbreak Creek by Thomas Spence.

Heartbreak Creek by Thomas Spence.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

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