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Kristi Downing Celebration, Art & Music

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A summer sunrise by Kirk Schliefe.

It’s a quiet week in Cook County, as everyone gets ready for the music festivals and art tours coming up in September. But there’s still lots to do and see.

Kristi Downing, by Layne Kennedy.

On Saturday, a celebration of the joy, spirit and life of raku potter Kristi Downing, who passed away last year, will be held at the Hovland Town Hall. Aug. 23 was her birthday.

A benefit art sale will be held from 3-7 p.m. at the Town Hall featuring a variety of artworks, including KK textile collages and commemorative raku cups as well as donated work by local and regional artists. A silent auction will also be held. All proceeds will benfit the KKD Scholarship Fund at North House Folk School.

The event will also feature a fish fry fry from 5-7 p.m., donations accepted, a celebration of Kristi’s life in video, readings and music from 7-8:30 p.m. and a dance from 8:30-11 p.m. The event is open to the public and all are invited.

Other events this weekend include free craft demonstrations at North House Folk School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

The Cook County Farm & Craft Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Senior Center Parking lot featuring lots of arts & crafts, produce in season, baked goods and more.  Singer/songwriter Maria Nickolay will sing.

And the 4th annual Grand Portage Classic Car Show will be at the Grand Portage Lodge & Casino this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with music by the The Rockin’ Hollywoods starting at 9 p.m.

Writing is one of the things one can do  and/or and appreciate this weekend, too.

Sugarloaf Cove.

To learn more about the art of writing, Jill Swenson, an author, book developer and literary manager, will hold a writing workshop at Sugarloaf Cove from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Entitled “Writing Wild Workshop,” the workshop will focus on the creative partnership between writing and nature one can find at Sugarloaf. Participants will be encouraged to write creatively in whatever genre they choose: haiku, short story, memoir, natural history, poetry, narrative nonfiction, science fiction. Cost is $30 for members. For more information, call 218-525-0001 or click here.

Also, Kate Hopper is reading and discussing her book, “Ready for Air: A Journey Through Premature Motherhood” at Drury Lane Books in a Writer’s Salon at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Award-winning poet Larry Schug will be reading his poems at the Cross River Heritage Center at 7 p.m. on Satuday, too. He is the author of a number of poetry books, including “Scales Out of Balance,” “Caution: Thin Ice,” “Arrogant Bones,” “Nails,” and “At Gloaming,” which has just been published. The public is invited. Free.

In other art news, the Birney Quick Retrospective continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through Sept. 7. The exhibit features a wide variety of paintings, prints, lithographs and drawings created by the co-founder of the Grand Marais Art Colony during his career. 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 continues its exhibit and sale of work by artists who participated in the Grand Marais Art Festival this year. The gallery space also features work by Art Colony members.
The  Art Colony is holding Friday studio demonstrations throughout August. Potter Joan Farnam will be demonstrating in the Art Colony’s  ceramics studio at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 21 and Aug. 28. Free.

Sivertson Gallery has new paintings by David Gilsvik, many of the BWCA, new large, fused glass totems by Nancy Seaton and hand-turned bowls by Howard Hedstrom.

Tim Young is exhibiting his paintings at the Coho Cafe through August. Pastel artist Lisa Stauffer’s exhibit at the Waterfront Gallery in Two Harbors continues through Aug. 30.

Blue Moose has new stained glass by Shelly Bouquet from Grand Rapids, including a loon and northern lights. The shop is also featuring a new artist crafting bird houses by Duluth artist Dave Hoad and handmade wall art from Haiti crafted from recycled oil drums.

Betsy Bowen puts the final touches on the lake trout she painted on a propane tank at Como Oil.

Artists who will be creating work for the Great Place Race, a Moving Matters and Cook County Chamber of Commerce project, include mosaic benches at the Grand Marais Art Colony by Kelly Dupre and Peter Jansen, Little Free Libraries around town crafted by Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux, Betsy Bowen’s painting of a lake trout on the Como propane tank, and an art bench at the Co-op by Tom Christiansen. In all, the Great Place Race funded 16 projects. Patrick Knight is producing a video about the project. Pushing Chain (Boyd Bump Blomberg & Adam Moe) has just released their first CD. “Pushing Chain.”

There’s lots of music this weekend. Here’s the schedule:

Thursday, Aug. 21:

  • Joe Paulik, Music on the Beach, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 22:

  • Portage Band, American Legion, 6 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, The Pie Place, 6 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Music by the Campfire, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7:30 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
  • Midwest Assembly, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 23:

  • Don Juans, Sydney’s Rooftop, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Music on the Deck at Papa Charlie’s, 6 p.m.
  • Boyd “Bump” Blomberg, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 7 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Cascade Lodge Restaruatn, 7:30 p.m.
  • The Gin Strings, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • The Rockin’ Hollywoods, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, 9 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 24

  • Joe Paulik, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 25:

  • Joe & Jessi, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • The Sudden Lovelys, Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s,  8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 27:

  • Briand Morrison, Grand Marais Public Library, 6 p.m.

Summer is celebrated in gardens and the woods with great displays of flowers. Here are a few of the wonderful photos we found this week.

Photo by Ryan Tischer.


Photo by Paul Sundberg.


Photo by David Johnson.

We found some beautiful landscape photographs, too. Here’s a selection:

Two gorgeous shots by Travis Novitsky.

Photo by Travis Novitsky.


Photo by Travis Novitsky.

A Lake Superior island, by Peter Juhl.

Photo by Peter Juhl.

Here’s a beauty by Bryan Hansel.

Baptism River Canyon by Bryan Hansel.

A Grand Marais sunrise by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.

And last, but not least, this wonderful shot by Thomas Spence taken near Tofte.

Heartbreak Creek by Thomas Spence.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

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A Summer to Enjoy

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 2:19pm

Kathy Gray-Anderson took this lovely shot of the Grand Marais harbor recently.


Music strides front and center this weekend and the following week with offerings from folk to classical in a number of different venues in the county. Art openings and exhibits shine, too. Here are the details.

First up is a painting demonstration by plein air painter Neil Sherman at the Grand Marais Art Colony at 10 a.m. Friday. Free. All invited.

On Friday night, plan on attending the opening of a celebration of “Women in Fiber,” a special exhibit at Last Chance Studio & Gallery in Lutsen. The reception is from 5-7 p.m. The exhibits will continue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the gallery. Featured artists include Carole Hallman (clothing), Lee Bradford (clothing), Debbie Cooter (weaving), Wendy Richardson (fiber artist) and Judie Johnson (basketry).

The concerts start on Saturday, although there’s plenty of live music on Thursday and Friday, too. See the music schedule, below.

“Gunflint Woods, Winds & Strings,” a benefit concert for the Gunflint Trail Historical Society will be held at Fire Hall No. 1 on the Gunflint Trail at 4 p.m on Saturday. The classical chamber music concert will feature Bill Beckstrand (harpsichord and keyboard), Philis Anderson (oboe), Kathy Bolstad (clarinet), Keitha Herron (violin), Paul Jacobson (Baroque flute), Barb LaVigne (flute), Judy Ranheim (flute) Laura Popkes (vocals) and Erika Ternes (vocals and keyboard.) Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for children under 18 and sell out quickly. Call 218-388-9915 or to order.

Rosie Flores performs at the ArrowheadCenter for the Arts on Saturday night.

Later that evening,  the North Shore Music Association presents Rosie Flores, an Austin, Texas rockabilly, honky tonk, jazz and Western swing performer who was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame in 2007. She will perform at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available online at or at the door.

On Monday, Erik Koskinen will be featured in the Songwriter Series at Papa Charlie’s. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. Best known as an ace guitarist (for Molly Maher, Randy Weeks and Barbara Jean) and a producer/engineer (Trampled by Turtles), Koskinen is also a masterful songwriter and rousing country singer with the release of his solo album, “Keep It to Yourself.” Papa Charlie’s encourages quiet listening during these Songwriter events. Free.

On Tuesday, the North Shore Community Swing Band will perform at The Garage at 2 p.m.

On Wednesday, a string quartet from the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Grand Marais Public Library at 3 p.m.  The string quartet  will perform American music through the decades. Members include Nicole Craycraft, Laurie Bastian, Kevin Hoeschen and Rebecca Peterson. All invited.

Also on Wednesday, the Art House B&B presents Ben Johnson annd Healtherlyn, one of the hottest bands in the Twin Cities,  in a Backyard Concert at the B&B,  8 W. 7th Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Maria Nickolay opens. Tickets at the door are $10. Bring your own chair.

The weekend is full of other activities, too.

The Cook County Farm & Craft Market is held at the Senior Center Parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Derek Smith will play.

Also, Saturday is John Schoeder Community Fun Day in Schroeder. The day starts out with the Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast from 8-10 a.m. at the Schroeder Town Hall. The Cross River Heritage Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and craft vendors will be exhibiting their work there. Skip Lamb will lead a Schroeder history and Baraga Cross Walk at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Deonn and Tom Cicak will hold a sawmill tour at 11:30 a.m and 2:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available.

“James Gawboy and Bessie planning their Day,” watercolor by Carl Gawboy is on exhibit at the Cross River Heritage Center.

On Sunday, Aug. 17, Ojibwe artist Carl Gawboy and author Ron Morton will hold a book signing at the Cross River Heritage Center  at 1 p.m. Gawboy illustrated “Talking Sky” by  Morton. An exhibit of Gawboy’s paintings is on-going at the Heritage Center through August.

There are other art exhibits to see this weekend, too.

The Birney Quick Retrospective continues at the Johnson Heritage Post, which 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 is exhibiting work by a number of artists who were featured in the Grand Marais Arts Festival in July. The gallery shop also carries a variety of works by member artists. The Art Colony is open from 9-4 p.m. daily.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is featuring three exhibits through Sept. 14: “Moving Metal,” an exhibit of silversmithing by 13 contemporary artists from across Canada; “Nowhere is a Place,” a exhibit of paintings by Julie Cosgrove, “Push: Contemporary Glassworks,” and works by Ojibwe artist Benjamin Chee Chee from the art gallery’s permanent collection.

Tim Young recently gave a painting demonstration at the Care Center. The completed work is at the Coho Cafe.

Tim Young is exhibiting his paintings at the Coho Cafe in Tofte.

And, at the Waterfront Gallery in Two Harbors,  pastel artist Lisa Stauffer is the featurd artist this month. The gallery is located at 632 First Ave.

Here’s all the music for the week.

Thursday, Aug. 14:

  • Joe Paulik, Music on the Beach, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Cooker John, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 15:

  • Briand Morrison, The Pie Place, 6 p.m.
  • Derek Smith & Maria Nickolay, Sydney’s Rooftop, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Music by the Campfire, Eagle Ridge Resort, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 16:

  • Derek Smith, Cook County Farm & Craft Market, 10 a.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Birch Terrace Deck, 3 p.m.
  • Gunflint Woods, Winds & Strings, Gunflint Fire Hall No. 1., Poplar Lake , 4 p.m.
  • Pete Kavanaugh, Papa Charlie’s, Music on the Deck, 6 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Rosie Flores, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus,  Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 17:

  • The Spruce Roots, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 18:

  • Boyd “Bump” Blomberg & Adam Moe, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • Erik Koskinen,  Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Pete Kavanaugh, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 19:

  • The North Shore Community Swing Band, The Garage, 2 p.m. 

Wednesday, Aug. 20

  • Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra ‘Music to You’ String Quartet, Grand Marais Public Library.  3 p.m.
  • Backyard Concert, Heatherlyn and Ben Johnson, The Art House B&B, 8 W. 7th Ave., 7 p.m.

We found a potpourri of photos this week.

The first, from Paul Sundberg, who recently spent a week in the Boundary Waters in perfect conditions.

Alton Lake by Paul Sundberg.


We found photos of some lovely sunrises.

Sunrise over the breakwall by Stephan Hoglund.


Photo by David Johnson.


And this Gunflint sunrise, by Nace Hagemann.



Hagemann has recently finished a new series of photo cards. This great shot is one of them.

Photo by Nace Hagemann.


And Carah Thomas took this lovely shot of the Fjord horses at the Anderson’s farm recently.

Photo by Carah Thomas.


Travis Novitsky calls this “Powwow Moon over the Spirit Tree.”

Photo by Travis Novitsky.


And last, but not least, here is an almost unbelievably beautiful shot by Thomas Spence. He calls it “View Under the Bridge.”

Photo by Thomas Spence.

Have a good weekend, everyone!









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