Art Exhibits, Live Music & More This Weekend

by Joan on June 25, 2014

Here's a photo of the Grand Marais harbor, ca 1910, courtesy of the Cook County Historical Society.

Here’s a historical photo of the Grand Marais harbor, ca 1910, courtesy of the Cook County Historical Society. The Historical Society’s annual Fish Cake Dinner will be St. John’s Catholic Church on Friday, June 27, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for the organization.


This is a great weekend to catch up on the art shows you might have missed, listen to good live music, watch an artist at work and/or visit with friends. All of this and more is coming up.

Matt Kania works on a plein air painting. He will be the featured artist on The Playlist this week.

Matt Kania works on a plein air painting. He will be the featured artist on The Playlist this week.

The weekend starts on Thursday when musician and storyteller Jack Pearson, will be at the Grand Marais Public Library  at 10:30 a.m. He will perform on a wide variety of instruments as well as tell stories. His work has won multiple Parent Choice Awards. All invited. The show is free.

The library has a number of reading challenges for students on-going this summer, with great prizes. Call Patsy at 387-1140 for more info or check the library’s web page here.

On Thursday night, watch award-winning plein air painter Matt Kania, who will be interviewed in his “studio” — anywhere outdoors –on WDSE’s The Playlist. The Playlist with host Karen Sunderman airs at 9 p.m. and also features music and more.

On Friday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will hold an art demoin the glass studio at the Art Colony with Mary Bebe. The demonstration is at 10 a.m. and the public is invited. The Art Colony also holds a historical building tour at 10 a.m. on Saturdays.

If you’re planning to be in Duluth on Friday, Trampled by Turtles will be playing at Bayfront Park at 4:30 p.m. with Doomtree, Low and Haley Bonar. Tickets are $25 advance, $30 at the door.

At North House Folk School, bowl carver Mike Loeffler is the crafter in residence June 26 through June 29. The public is invited to visit and see what he’s working on.  On Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be a variety of craft demonstrations on The Commons, which are open to the public. To find out more, click here

Also on Sunday, there’s a classical music concert at Surfside Resort. The Woodland Chamber Music Gala Concert is at 11 a.m. featuring The Gichigami Trio and Betty Braunstein. The public is invited.

There are some wonderful art exhibits in the county this weekend, too.

Master potter Warren MacKenzie’s exhibit continues at the Grand Marais Art Colony with a great selection of his pots. The exhibit is in the Spotlight Gallery, which also includes a selection of work by Art Colony members. The Art Colony is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

"Hovland Dock," a bead painting by Jo Wood, is at the Johnson Heritage Post.

“Hovland Dock,” a bead painting by Jo Wood, is at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Feels Like Home: Jo Wood Beadwork and Don Lessard Paintings” opened at the Johnson Heritage Post last week to accolades. The exhibit features exquisite bead paintings by Wood as well as evocative paintings by Lessard.

The exhibit continues through July 20. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

Sivertson Gallery is featuring a new print by Rick Allen– “The Trapper’s Daughter & the Close Reach” – as well as new paintings by Aaron Kloss.

The Cross River Heritage Center is featuring an exhibit entitled “Ojibwe Faces and Stories: Eastman Johnson Graphic Panels” this summer, as well as number of historical displays throughout the center. Local fiber artists exhibiting this month include Polly Erickson, Phyllis Miron, Lavona Czaplicki, Nancy Hanson, Gayle Light and Orlene Fisher and Mary Jane Huggins.

Ojibwe beadworker Marcie McIntire will be selling at the Cook County Farm & Craft Market this year, and has new paintings and prints at her studio in Grand Portage, Ningii-Ozhitoomin, “We Made it Ourselves,” 103 Store Road on the reservation. Kevin Belmore, Conrad Bobiwash and Will Wilson are also showing work there.

The Cook County Farm & Craft Market is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Senior Center parking lot, weather permitting.

The Garage has new photos and photo cards by Nace Hagemann, pottery by Carol Miller as well as wooden tables crafted by Jim Milanovich.

In other art news, tickets are now on sale for the Grand Marais Summer Theater Festival at Two shows will be featured in repertory this year: “Nunsense: The Mega Musical”  by Dan Goggin and “Nana’s Naughty Knickers.”  The performances are at the Arrowhead Center for the ArtsFor show dates, click here.

Carah Thomas is working on a solo CD which will include her original songs. Al Oikari is recording for her, Kari Wrich is doing the CD art design. Thomas said she hopes to have it out by mid-summer. It will be dedicated to her brother, Eric, who died last year.

Jim Ringquist has his wildlife silk screen series on Etsy. His photographs can be viewed at

Keith Morris has had his story about his 23-hour kayak trip from Ely to his cabin on Poplar Lake, a journey of 100 miles that included 30 portages, published in the latest issue of the Boundary Waters Journal.

Copies of Betsy Bowen's latest book are available at her studio gallery.

Copies of Betsy Bowen’s latest book are available at her studio gallery.

And here’s a heads-up for arts and history nonprofits in Cook County. Minnesota Citizens for the Arts has partnered with Minnesota arts funders to do a statewide study on the impact of  arts and cultural organizations and their audiences on their local economies.

The survey will update a study done in 2007: “The Arts: A Driving Force in Minnesota’s Economy.”

That study found that the arts contributed $835 million annually to Minnesota’s economy. A second study, “Artists Count: An Economic Impact Study of Individual Artists in Minnesota” found that individual artists contribute over $200 million more, for a total of over $1 billion a year. Links to these reports can be found on MCA’s website here.

This year’s survey will not only look at the impact of arts and history organizations on local economies, it will also look at the impact of the nonprofit arts & culture organizations on education and employment, among other things, said Sheila Smith, executive director of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts.

But time is running out to be part of this survey. The deadline for nonprofit arts and history organizations to complete a simple 10-question survey is June 30. Here’s a link to the survey. Let’s make sure all Cook County’s great arts and history organizations are counted!

For more information about Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, click here.

Here’s the music schedule:

Thursday, June 26:

  • Joe Paulik, Music on the Beach, Lutsen Resort, 6:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Gunflint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, June 27:

  • Briand Morrison, The Pice Place Cafe, 6 p.m.
  • Tin Can Gin, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.’s
  • Michael Monroe, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 28:

  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Birch Terrace Lounge, 3 p.m.
  • Portage Band, North Shore Care Center, 6:30 p.m.
  • Maria Nickolay, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Tin Can Gin, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Broken Spokes, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.
  • Karaoke, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, 9 p.m.

Sunday, June 29:

  • Gala Concert for the Woodwind Chamber Workshop, Surfside Resort, 11 a.m.
  • Billy Johnson, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, June 30:

Pete Kavanaugh, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, July 2:

  • Pete Kavanaugh, Moguls Grille, 6 p.m.

We found lots of great photos this week. Here is a sampling:

Let’s start out with Tom Spence’s classic shot of a snapping turtle.

Photo by Thomas Spence.

Photo by Thomas Spence.


How about this iconic shot of the northwoods in June? It’s by Nace Hagemann and is everyone’s favorite.

Photo by Nace Hagemann.

Photo by Nace Hagemann.


Here’s another June wildlife shot. This one is by Michael Furtman.

Photo by Michael Furtman.

Photo by Michael Furtman.


And here’s a David Johnson. Wow.. how did he get that?

Photo by David Johnson

Photo by David Johnson


Sandra Updyke was shooting in the bog the other day and came up with this intriguing shot of a pitcher plant.

Photo by Sandra Updyke.

Photo by Sandra Updyke.


We found some wonderful landscapes, too. This one is by Bryan Hansel: “Sunset on Two Island Lake.”

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.


Heidi Pinkerton was out shooting the northern lights recently and came up with this beauty.


Here’s a photo of one of the most iconic locations on the North Shore: Split Rock Lighthouse. This time, photographed by Christian Dalbec.


And last, but not least, this wonderful shot by Kathy Swader.

Kathy Swader took this wonderful shot of the Little Cedar (Spirit) Tree in Grand Portage.

Kathy Swader took this wonderful shot of the Little Cedar (Spirit) Tree in Grand Portage.

Have a great weekend, everyone! Summer will be here any day now.



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