The Crossing Borders Studio Tour and Sale comes at the perfect time of the year for a drive up the North Shore: the leaves are at their prime, the weather is beautiful and one can generally assume there will be wonderful art to look at and talk about with the makers.
This year should be no exception. As you can see from the above photo by Ilena Berg taken on Oberg Mountain recently, the maples are almost at peak with the poplars soon to follow, and the temps this weekend are predicted to be in the low 50s, mid-60s with zero precipitation.
And yes, it’s dry … apparently the driest September since the mid-1800s. We can wish for rain but enjoy the beautiful blue skies and shimmering Lake Superior for the next 10 days, since the rains will come on their own time.
This is the 16th year of the Crossing Borders Tour, which got started in 1996. The tour not only focuses on new work and a chance to see the studios of these full-time artists, but it also offers a great opportunity to learn about the processes that go into creating the work as well as meet the artists themselves.
The tour runs from Friday, Sept. 28 through Sunday, Oct. 7. Studios are open from 10 a.m .to 6 p.m. each day.
This year, as in past years, the host artists sometimes feature guest artists in their studios. All but the Michael Tonder and Jody Freiz-Tonder’s studios are located on or close to Highway 61. The Tonder studios are a short drive into the woods from Two Harbors.
Hosts include potter Dave Yungner and metalwork artist Dale Burton (St. Louis County); kiln-formed glass artists Michael Tonder and Jody Freij-Tonder; potter Dick Cooter and weaver Debbie Cooter (Lake County); and printmaker Betsy Bowen, raku potter Kristi Downing and Ojibwe beadworker Marcie McIntire (Cook County.)
Work featured this year includes stone sculpture, Ojibwe art work, pottery, weaving, glass sculpture and jewelry, print making, wood turning and carving, furniture, metal works and jewelry, leather, and flint-knapping.
Two other open studio events are also scheduled this weekend. Five potters (Ann Sterbenz-Duus, Sharon Moen, Dave Lynas, Jan Andler and Don Streufert) will hold a Studio Pottery Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Nodding Trillium Pottery, 215 McDonnell Road, just off the expressway between Duluth and Two Harbors. Look for the signs. Lynas will also have instruments for sale.
A new studio tour will be launched this year during the same time period as Crossing Borders, too. Called Lake Superior 20/20 Studio Art Tour, it features 20 artists in open studios within 20 miles of Two Harbors. Here’s a link with all the info and a map to the studios. The tour features professional artists as well as emerging artists and should be a lot of fun.
Refreshments will be served at all venues on the tour,s and some will even feature live music.
So what else is up for this week and weekend?
The Grand Marais Art Colony has a pretty incredible exhibit of the work created in its Plein Air Painting Competition. More than 185 paintings are on display including oils, acrylics, watercolors and pastels. All are for sale. The Art Colony is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit continues through Sunday, Sept. 30.
Also, the “Witnessing Nature” exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post continues with paintings by Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens, pastels by Rosemary Hultman and ceramics by Rose Kadera Vastilla. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Free.
On Friday, Sept. 28, Drury Lane Books will celebrate the full moon with music by the lake at 8 p.m., and Michael Monroe will hold a Log Cabin Concert beginning at 7 p.m. Call 387-2919 for reservations.
And on Saturday, the Violence Prevention Center will hold Lunafest, short films by, for and about women at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. The event is a benefit for the Violence Prevention Center. All invited.
Also on Saturday, the Cook County Farm & Craft Market is held in the Senior Center Parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The harvest is in and the market features lots of produce as well as pickles, homemade soaps as well as a wide variety of arts and crafts.
On Sunday, Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen will continue its Sundays in September Artist Demos with jeweler Grace Hogan in the studio. It is held from 1-4 p.m. All invited.
And the first Make-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls event will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. The public is invited to the Grand Marais Art Colony ceramic studio to throw a bowl and hand-build a bowl for the Empty Bowl fundraiser for the Cook County Food Shelf, which is held Nov. 8 at the First Congregational Church. Registration is required (to make sure there are enough wheels for everyone), as well as a small $5 materials fee. Make-A-Bowl events will be held on Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. and Mondays at 7 p.m. through Oct. 21. Call the Grand Marais Art Colony at 387-2737 to register.
So, lots to do this weekend!
Here’s the music schedule:
Thursday, Sept. 27
- Bump Blomberg, Harbor Light Supper Club, 6 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 28
- Billy D, Harbor Light Supper Club, 6:30 p.m.
- Barbara Jean & David Huckfelt, Bluefin Grille, Tofte, 9 p.m.
- Bingham & Thorne, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 29
- Pete Kavanaugh, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.;m.
- Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, Lutsen Mountains, 9 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 30
- Jim Miller, Harbor Light, 5 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 1
- Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, Tofte, 9 p.m.
We are, ofcourse, finding and receiving great photos of fall colors. Here are a few. More to come next week.
Jon Wood was on the perfect fall hike for this shot.
Here’s a Don Davison of the Maple Hill Church.
Nace Hagemann caught this shot on the Gunflint Trail.
And here’s a Travis Novitsky – it’s the story of fall, no doubt about that.
Just to change the view for a moment. here’s Layne Kennedy’s favorite shot from his recent trip to Iceland.
Andrew Ashcroft caught this great shot of a cool, crisp, windy day on Lake Superior.
This was painted by Patricia Owen in the Night Paint during the Grand Marais Art Colony’s Plein Air Competition. It sold right away.
Kathleen Gray Anderson caught this lovely shot during one of our many rainbow events this fall.
Golden Eagle Lodge on the Gunflint Trail posted this on their Facebook page the other day. Patty Evers gave it the title.
And finally, this thoughtful and evocative image by Bryan Hansel.
Have a great weekend, everyone!