It will be pretty quiet this weekend in Cook County, (no big festivals until the North Shore Dragon Boat Festival next weekend) but — there’s still lots to do and see, including a fantastic art opening at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday night.
The Society of Minnesota Sculptors will be exhibiting a wide variety of sculptures in metal, stone and ceramics through Aug. 12.
Hovland sculptors Dan & Lee Ross are members of the society and will be exhibiting work in the show at the Heritage Post. Other sculptors include Kate Christopher, Paula Jenson, Cynthia Markle, Duane Mickelson, Judd Nelson, Richard Poey, Miriam Seim, Linda Taylor, Kat Hitzeman. Kyle Fokken, Pam Smith and Craig Snyder.
The opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. on Friday. All invited.
Also on Friday night, Jerry Vandiver. an award-winning singer/songwriter from Nashville who loves the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, will be in concert at What’s Upstairs above Betsy Bowen’s Studio, 301 First Ave. W., at 7:30 p.m.
Just before the show, he will be interviewed on WTIP’s The Roadhouse where he’ll talk about his music and play a few songs. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.
Vandiver has recently released a new CD, “True & Deep: Songs for the Heart of the Paddler.”
He has has written songs for variety of bands and musicians including Tim McGraw and The Oak Ridge Boys. The songs have been placed on over 16 million records and include two which are hanging on the walls of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Although he lives in Nashville, Vandiver is a great fan of the Boundary Waters, coming here every year for his week in the wilderness.
It should be a fun concert. Vandiver is an experienced and exciting performer. Here’s a link to samplers from his new CD.
in the heart of summer on the North Shore, and to celebrate the Grand Marais Garden Club and the West End Garden Club will both hold flower shows this weekend.
The theme for this year’s Grand Marais Garden Club show is “A Woodland Garden Flower Show” and will feature a variety of beautiful arrangements to this theme. The event also features a display by the Master Gardeners and a plant sale as well as lots of wonderful homemade sweets. The flower show is from noon to 5 p.m. on Friday.
On Saturday, the West End Garden Club will hold its annual show from 1-5 p.m. at the Schroeder Township Hall. The theme this year is “Superior Women,” and there will be lots of beautiful flower arrangements that speak to this as well as great refreshments. Both events are free.
Also on Saturday, author Pete Geye will speak at a Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books at 5 p.m., reading from his “Safe from the Sea.’ All invited.
And the Grand Marais Playhouse will hold its annual Silent Auction fundraiser at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts starting at 6 p.m. A jazz concert will follow at 7 p.m. Sweetz, Inc. is catering the event with all kinds of wonderful hor d’oeuvres.
The jazz concert is by the skyBLUEtrio and theORANGEgirl, with guest Al Anderson. They will perform “A Century of Jazz,” a concert presentation of the different jazz genres of the last century. There will also be a dance floor set up in front of the stage and Veronica Weadock and Bob Pranis will be bringing some of their dance students to demonstrate the dances of the era, and invite audience members to join them on the dance floor. It should be a fun concert. Tickets are $17 for adults, $7 for students.
In other art news, photographer Peter Juhl is the featured artist at the Cross River Heritage Center this month. Local artists also exhibiting their work include Kathleen Gray-Anderson, photography; Shell and Alan Foeckler, photography and Nancy Kemp, fused glass.
The Blue Moose has just received a new shipment of deVeer fused glass earrings as well as a great selection of recycled tie evening purses by Karen Lynn Larsen.
Potters Bob LaMettry, Jeanne Knight and Talbrey Benson are exhibiting their work at Betsy Bowen’s Studio Gallery. Bowen has several new prints this season include a great horned owl, a barn owl, a whooping crane and a brown pelican.
One of the hottest books this summer at Birchbark Books & Gifts is a three-part series by E.L. James ( “50 Shades of Grey,” “50 Shades Darker” and “50 Shades Freed.” ) The bookstore has also expanded its selection of Scandinavian authors as well.
Tim Young is exhibiting his paintings in the main dining room at Chez Jude in Grand Marais and will open a show at the Coho Cafe in Tofte through July 30. He was also featured on WTIP radio recently. Here’s a video that Patrick Knight did of him painting one of his iconic pine trees. Click here to see.
Young has also been invited to exhibit at the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids in 2013.
Great Gifts of Lutsen has a wide selection of handmade jewelry. Some of it is made by local artists, like Emily Cihlar, other pieces come from all over the world.
The Eight Broadway Gallery is open for the season with a verity of artwork from a number of painters, jewelrymakers, woodworkers, printmakers and multi-media artists.
And the Cook County Farm & Craft Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday in the Senior Center parking lot featuring everything from locally roasted coffees to flowers, plants and lots of arts & crafts.
There are lots of music choices this weekend, too.
Here’s the schedule:
Wednesday, July 18
- Brett Berka & Friends, Harbor Light Supper Club & Bar, 7 p.m.
- Pete Kavanaugh, Birch Terrace Lounge, 7 p.m.
- Bingham & Thorne, Bluefin Grille, Tofte, 9 p.m.
Friday, July 20
- Billy D, American Legion, 6 p.m.
- Pete Kavanaugh, Devil Track Resort Lounge, 7 p.m.
- Jerry Vandiver, What’s Upstairs, above Betsy Bowen’s Studio, 7:30 p.m.
- Jim & Michelle Miller, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
- Bump & Barbara Jean, Bluefin Grille, Tofte, 9 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.
Saturday, July 21
- Cook County’s Most Wanted, Birch Terrace Deck, 3 p.m.
- Bump & Barbara Jean, Papa Charlie’s, Lutsen Moutains, 6:30 p.m.
- Briand Morrison, Lutsen Resort, 7 pm.
- Pete Kavanaugh, Devil Track Resort, 7 p.m.
- skyBLUEtrio and theORANGEgirl, jazz concert, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.
- Brett Berka, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
- Paul Mayasich & Friends, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.
- Soap, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.
Sunday, July 22
- Joe Paulik, Harbor Light Supper Club & Bar, 5 p.m.
- Cook County’s Most Wanted, Devil Track Resort, 5 p.m.
Monday, July 23
- Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, Tofte, 9 p.m.
Our sun shot a big mass of charged particles our way, which reached earth July 14-15, and a lot of local photographers were out to catch the fantastic show.
Travis Novitsky (www.travisnovitsky.com) even took a video. You can watch it here. He said he and his friends organized an Aurora Party out at MacFarland Lake, which has a great viewing spot for northern lights.
Here are just a few of the gorgeous photos he took that night.
Here’s another one.
And another …
Paul Sundberg (www.paulsundbergphotography.com) caught this image of the northern lights over Grand Marais.
Nace Hagemann (http://nacehagemannphotography.smugmug.com/) got some photos, too. Here’s one.
This must be the week of sky photos.
Here’s one that raku potter Richard Gruchalla took of a roll cloud over Duluth last week. Yikes! Turns it out it was just threatening to look at and didn’t bring fierce winds, lightning or rain. The light is totally amazing, though, isn’t it?
Here’s another sky photo by Travis. A both-way sky, maybe.
And finally, this stunning “blue hour” photo of sky and water by Bryan Hansel (www.bryanhansel.com.)
Have a wonderful weekend!