Here's a David Johnson sunrise over the Grand Marais harbor.

Here’s a gorgeous David Johnson sunrise over the Grand Marais  harbor.

This weekend is guaranteed to be a lot of fun for everyone, with the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Plein Air Competition and North House Folk School’s Unplugged on deck.

The Plein Air Competition was held this week. Bryan Hansel caught Michelle Wegler painting the full moon.

The Plein Air Competition continues this week. Bryan Hansel caught Michelle Wegler painting the full moon.

The Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Plein Air Competition continues with the Quick Paint competition on Artist’s Point from 4-5:30 p.m. on Thursday followed by an Open BBQ and Picnic. In the Quick Paint, artists are given 90 minutes to complete a painting somewhere on Artist’s Point. With a shotgun start, the event is great to watch as the artists work furiously to complete a painting in an hour and a half as observers wander around and watch. It’s really fun. All welcome.

On Friday at 11 a.m., the juror for Plein Air, pastel painter Bonnie Paruch, will give a lecture at East Bay Suites. The public is invited.

The Plein Air Exhibit & Sale opens at the Johnson Heritage Post with a reception from 5-7 p.m. on Friday night. The winners of the competition are announced and prizes are awarded in a number of categories including Best Overall, the Quick Paint awards, the Night Paint awards, the People’s Choice award and the Red Suspender Invitational awards. Refreshments will be served.

Then on Saturday, Hazel Belvo will speak about the exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post from 10 -11 a.m. Entitled “Developing a Visual Literacy,” Belvo will facilitate a group conversation and reflection on the plein air exhibit while guiding participants in ways to interact with and respond to artwork. Free. Open to the public. 

The exhibit & sale continues at the Heritage Post through Sept. 28. For more info, visit www.grandmaraisartcolony.org.

The classic Unplugged Singer/Songwriter concert with Jon Vezner is Saturday night.

The classic Unplugged Singer/Songwriter concert with Jon Vezner is Saturday night.

Unplugged XIII is three days of music and three days of craft at North House Folk School, with lots more scheduled as well, attracting hundreds throughout the region, as well as in the county, to enjoy workshops, speakers, music jams, concerts and more from Sept. 11-13.

The music includes two concerts with Mountain Stage Radio on Thursday and Friday nights and the classic Unplugged concert on Saturday night with Jon Vezner. Tickets are still available, but they’re going fast.

Thursday’s concert with Mountain Stage Radio is at 7 p.m. and includes David Wax Museum, Dan Wilson, Chris Smither, Tony Trischka’s Great Big World and The Don Juans.

Friday’s concert with Mountain Stage Radio includes David Lindley, Pert Near Sandstone, Carrie Newcomer, Judith Owen and Bill Miller.

The classic Unplugged with Jon Vezner includes Don Henry, Bill Miller, Jeff Gilkinson, Pat Donohue and Ellis.

There’s also live music before each concert (The Spruce Roots, 6 p.m. Thursday, LaVigne, Hand, Mills & Viton, 6 p.m. Friday and Briand Morrison, 6 p.m. Saturday.)

There’s a Songwriter’s Circle with Boyd “Bump”Blomberg from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, and a Big Top Tent Community Square Dance with Pert Near Sandstone from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The event is a fundraiser for North House Folk School’s Endowment Fund. North House also holds the online Points North Auction as well as a Silent Auction during Unplugged.

There are a variety of workshops and speakers, as well as a Folk Artisan Marketplace featuring Liz Bucheit: Saami-inspired jewelry; Kim Garrett: rosemaling; Beth Homa-Style: birchbark weaving; Marcie McIntire: Aniishinaabe beadwork and moccasin sewing; Jim Sannerud: greenwood turning; Mary Schleip: rosemaling and Michel Seiler, silversmithing. And Fulton beer will be on tap during the concerts!

For more information and tickets, visit www.northhouse.org.

In other art news, the first session for Make-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls will be held in the ceramics studio at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Monday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. Participants will make a wheel-thrown bowl and a hand-built bowl, both of which will be donated to the Empty Bowls Fundraiser for the Food Shelf, which is held in November.

There are a number of sessions to choose from: Sundays at 2 p.m. and Mondays at 7 p.m. through Oct. 13. Registration is required (to make sure there’s enough room for everyone.) Call the Art Colony at 387-2737. All welcome!

Also, the Cook County Farm & Craft Market continues in the parking lot of the Senior Center. It is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and features a variety of arts & crafts as well as local produce in season.

Local venues have scheduled lots of good music this weekend, too. Here’s the schedule.

Thursday, Sept. 11:

  • Joe & Jessi, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • Unplugged XIII, Mountain Stage Radio, North House Folk School, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12:

  • Portage Band, American Legion, 6 p.m.
  • Unplugged XIII, Mountain Stage Radio, North House Folk School, 7 p.m.
  • Black River Revue, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
  • Bughouse, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
  • Mountain Stage After-Party, Papa Charlie’s, 11:15 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13:

  • Joe Paulik, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m
  • The Sivertones,  Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Unplugged XIII, Singer/Songwriter Circle, North House Folk School, 7:30 p.m
  • Pert Near Sandstone, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
  • The Splinters, Papa Charlie’s, 11:15 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 14:

  • Billy D & Friends, Birch Terrace Lounge, 3 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Gunflint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 15:

  • Communist Daughter, Monday Night Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Pete Kavanaugh, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17:

  • Open Mic Night, Gunflint Tavern, 5 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Moguls Grille, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Bob Bingham, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Black River Revue, 9 p.m., Gunflint Tavern

We have lots of photographs to choose from again this week.

Let’s start with a few of the beautiful full moon photos taken earlier this week.

Photo by Thomas Spence.

Photo by Thomas Spence.

 

Photo by Ilena Berg.

Photo by Ilena Berg.

 

Photo by Paul Sundberg.

Photo by Paul Sundberg.

 

Next, a few storm shots from the gale we had on Wednesday.

Jim Christiansen took this shot at Brighton Beach near Duluth.

Photo by Jim Christiansen.

Photo by Jim Christiansen.

 

Thomas Spence caught these rollers in the West End.

Photo by Thomas Spence.

Photo by Thomas Spence.

 

Kaitlyn Bohlin took this photo a day before the gale.

Kaitlyn Bohlin took this photo a day before the gale.

 

And Sheila Smith photographed her first completed plein air painting, probably the same day.

Photo by Sheila Smith.

Photo by Sheila Smith.

 

Lake Superior has been calm this week, too.

Photo by Stephan Hoglund.

Photo by Stephan Hoglund.

 

Photo by David Grinstead.

Photo by David Grinstead.

 

And Devil Track Lake has been colorful.

Photo by Don Davison.

Photo by Don Davison.

 

Here’s another inland beauty.

Photo by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.

 

And two moose in the rain…

Photo by Nace Hagemann.

Photo by Nace Hagemann.

 

And the sunsets have been incredible.

Photo by Don Davison.

Photo by Don Davison.

 

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

 

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