Ah, a quiet week in October to recover! That’s what many North Shore artists are looking forward to this weekend, anyway.
For the last two weeks, 41 artists up and down the Highway 61 corridor have been holding open studios and sales of new work. There were two tours this year: The Crossing Borders Tour & Sale (which ran from just outside Duluth to Grand Portage) and The Lake Superior 20/20 Art Tour, which was held in studios within 20 miles of Two Harbors.
Reports from both indicate it was good for everyone — artists and art lovers alike.
This weekend, it’s pretty quiet in Grand Marais, although there are still some fun things to do.
First up is the Cook County Historical Society’s 88th Annual Dinner and Meeting featuring Philip Anderson, who will speak on the early Scandinavian immigrants to the North Shore and the “Lake Trout Capital” — Hovland —and early settlements and community life there. He will speak at the Harbor Light Supper Club and Bar at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. For more info, call 387-2883 or email email@example.com.
On Friday, fine furniture maker and photographer Peter Pestalozzi and watercolorist Ilse Siebenschuh will open their exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Pestalozzi last exhibited his work here at the Grand Marais Art Festival in July.
Otters that paint? Apparently they’re going at it at the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth. Tara Lieberg, otter keeper at the Aquarium, will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night to talk about what the otters have been doing. The show airs from 5-7 p.m.
Also on Friday, professional photographer Cal Rice will give a presentation about Bhutan at the the Grand Marais Public Library. Entitled “”Bhutan: A View from the Top of the World,” the event is free and open to the public. It will be from 6-7 p.m.
On Saturday, author Sally Bair will be at the Lake Superior Trading Post to sign her latest book, “Williwaw Winds.”She will be there from 2-4 p.m.
Weather permitting, the Cook County Farm & Craft Market will be in the Senior Center parking lot from 9 a.m . to 1 p.m. on Saturday. This is the second last weekend of the market, which closes after MEA weekend. There is still fresh produce available at the market, including ripe pimentos and tomatoes, as well as handmade pickles and soap, fresh Fika coffee and a wide variety of arts and crafts.
In other art news, the Grand Marais Art Colony has started its Wednesday Figure Drawing sessions. Also plein air painter and professional framer, Neil Sherman, will give a workshop on how to mat and frame artwork at the Art Colony on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 6-9 p.m. Call 387-2737 for more information.
Sherman will also be one of the artists featured in the St. Paul Art Crawl this weekend. He will be exhibiting his work at the Grand Hill Gallery, 333 Grand Ave., #101.
Also, bowl making continues for the Empty Bowl Fundraiser for the Food Shelf, which is Nov. 8 this year. The goal is to make 500 bowls. The organizers invite the public to come help. There are Make-A-Bowl sessions at 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday through oct. 21. Open to all ages. Participants will throw a bowl on a potter’s wheel and handbuild a bowl as well. Call 387-2737 to register and/or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jane Shinners is teaching two basket making classes through Community Ed this month. On Monday, Oct. 15, she will teach how to make a Carolina snowflake. The class is from 6-9 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 27, she will teach how to weave a Christmas stocking from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information and to register, call 387-2000.
The fundraiser at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts last Saturday night to raise money to restore a George Morrison painting which will be included in a national tour, raised $1,180. Musicians Briand Morrison, Keith Secola, Pete Kavanaugh and Roxann Berglund performed to a enthusiastic crowd. More fundraisers are being planned. Stay tuned.
Here’s the music schedule for this week:
Thursday, Oct. 11
- Bump Blomberg, Harbor Light Supper Club, 6 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 12
- Portage Band, American Legion, Grand Marais, 6 p.m.
- Pete Kavanaugh, Bluefin Grille, Tofte, 9 p.m.
- TBA, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 13
- Jim McGowan, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:o0 p.m.
- Earth, Wind & Todd, American Legion, 8 p.m.
- TBA, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 14
- Silver Bay: The Rose Ensemble and Milan, Italy performer Isacco Colombo, Sychar Lutheran Church, 14 Edison Blvd, 218-226-4424, 7 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 15
- Timmy Haus, Bluefin Grille, Tofte, 9 p.m.
We found some great photographs this week. Take a look:
Here’s the shot of peak color of the season. It’s by Don Davison (www.frozenfingersphotos.blogspot.com).
Penny Ortmann got this great shot above Grand Marais.
Bryan Hansel taught a fall photography workshop and caught this photo of one of his students. For more info, visit www.bryanhansel.com
Layne Kennedy also led students on a workshop held through North House Folk School. He captured this close-up of almost-frozen dew on the Brule River one morning.
Here’s a beautiful shot of a sunset by Stephan Hoglund… with a twist …the photographer photographing his camera and the landscape. (www.stephanhoglundphotography.com)
We did get snow. Here’s a photograph from Trail Center.
Paul Sundberg (www.paulsundbergphotography.com/) caught this gorgeous northern lights show on Caribou Lake.
Here’s a completely different light on water by Mark Tessier — stunning.
And last, but not least, this fabulous shot by Stephan Hoglund.
Have a great weekend!