It’s going to be very busy this first weekend in June: The Cross River Heritage Center will hold an opening party, the Grand Marais Art Colony opens a new exhibit and screens a documentary about the most famous potter in Minnesota, and the Classic Car Show gets underway in downtown Grand Marais. Plus, there’s lots of great live music throughout the county.
First up is the opening reception for an exhibit of work by master potter Warren MacKenzie and the screening of a documentary on his life, at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 5-7 p.m. Friday.
MacKenzie is an icon in Minnesota pottery. He has always represented his work as everyday pottery for everyday people at an affordable price, focusing on the functionality of his pieces. Yet his work continues to be highly valued and prized for its simple elegance and artistic value and has influenced countless potters in Minnesota as well as around the world.
The opening will also feature a documentary about MacKenzie and his work by Mark Lambert entitled “Warren MacKenzie: A Potter’s Hands.” The film will be screened at the First Congregational Church, across the street from the Art Colony.
The exhibit, which will feature a number of his works (20 will be for sale), continues at the Art Colony through June 29.
The opening reception is free and open to the public
Also on Friday night, the Cross River Heritage Center will open. The event will be celebrated with a party from 6:30-8:30 p.m. All invited.
The major exhibit this year features reproductions of paintings by Eastman Johnson, on loan from the St. Louis County Historical Society.
The Heritage Center will also feature a fiber art show with work by Polly Erickson, Phyllis Miron, Lavona Czaplicki, Nancy Hanson, Gayle Light and Orlene Fisher and Mary Jane Huggins.
On Saturday, the annual Classic Car Show will be held in downtown Grand Marai from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles.
The band, Oversize Load, will play in Harbor Park during the show. The awards ceremony and a barbecue will be held at the American Legion following the event. Cook County’s Most Wanted will play.
Also on Saturday, art, craft and gardening meld in this series of workshops at the Cook County Community Center. Entitled Small Scale Gardening, the workshop will feature four workshops to create a variety of intriguing small gardens, some of which participants can take home with them. Moss and rock gardens, miniature fairy gardens, bonsai gardens will be taught, as well as how to make a a tabletop water fountain.
Of particular interest is a workshop on how to make a model railroad garden outdoors taught by model railroad enthusiasts Mark and Jan Schreir. Other instructors include Emma Bradley, Betty Hensen and Dave Severson.
The Small Gardening workshop is sponsored by the Master Gardeners and Cook County Extension. There is still time to register. Call Diane Booth at 387-3015.
There are several on-going art exhibits of interest this weekend as well.
The Johnson Heritage Post is featuring the Joyce Gow Retrospective Exhibit through June 15. 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‘s exhibit, “Instructor Show,” featuring works in a variety of media by Art Colony instructors, continues through June 11. The Art Colony is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This is the last weekend to see the Voyageur Artists Annual Spring Exhibit” at the Waterfront Gallery at 732 First Ave. in Two Harbors. Artists include John Anderson, Elsie Cook, Shelley Getten, Joyce Gow (In Memoriam), Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens, Helen Hartley, Linda Hoffman, Jeff Leighton, Marlene Miller, Michelle Ronning, Juanita Truax and Rose Kadera Vastila. The exhibit closes June 7.
n Thunder Bay, George Raab’s intaglio exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, “In the Woods,” continues through June 15. “John Hartman: A View from Collins,” works from the gallery’s permanent collection is also on view until June 15 as is “Digitizing the Collection.”
Other events this weekend include a studio demonstration at the Grand Marais Art Colony at 10 a.m. Friday. Free and open to the public.
And Gregory Randall, author of “The Last Ferryman” will speak at a Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
And the music line-up for this year’s Unplugged at North House Folk School has been released. The event, features three days of music, including Thursday and Friday concerts with NPR’s Mountain Stage Radio and classic songwriters in the round performance on Saturday night. The line-up includes Chris Smither, David Wax Museum, Dan Wilson, Tony Trischka, The Don Juans, Pert Near Sandstone, David Lindley, Carrie Newcomer and Jon Vezner. Tickets go on sale July 1. For more info, visit www.northhouse.org.
Thursday, June 5:
- Joe Paulik, Music on the Beach, Lutsen Resort, 6:30 p.m.
- Pete Kavanaugh, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.
Friday, June 6:
- Briand Morrison, The Pie Place, 6 p.m.
- Gone Already, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
- Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
- Gone Already, Gunflint Tavern, noon
- Oversize Load, Harbor Park, noon
- Jim & Michelle Miller, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
- Cook County’s Most Wanted, 7:30 p.m. American Legion
- Jim McGowan, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
- Karaoke, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, 9 p.m.
Sunday, June 8:
- Timmy Haus, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
Monday, June 9:
- Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, June 11:
- Open Mic Night, Gunflint Tavern, 5 p.m.
- Joe Paulik, 6 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne & Bob Bingham, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
We found an interesting selection of photos this week. A few photographers were out shooting this year’s crop of youngsters. It seemed like a fun thing to concentrate on this week
Have a great weekend, everyone!