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GRAND MARAIS, MN– The Grand Marais Art Colony will host its second annual Tour d’ Art fundraiser on Saturday, October 4.  They have created a rare opportunity to view the homes, studios and art collections of some of the North Shore’s most prestigious artists, all of whom played a role in developing the first art colony in the state of Minnesota.
The tour will provide participants with an exclusive opportunity to visit five unique homes in one afternoon.  Homeowners will be present to give context to the history, collections and experience of living the artist life on the North Shore.  On display will be never seen before pieces of artwork, each with its own fascinating story such as the stormy watercolor by Howard Sivertson, the first art purchase of his work by his daughter Liz Sivertson, Paul Granlund sculptures that were gifts or trades with the home owners, a piece of Egyptian hieroglyph, a house with a turret, the only fresco on the North Shore, and many more treasures.


The tour culminates in a private exhibit and reception at the Art Colony. Participants will have the first opportunity to view and buy work from The Legacy Exhibit featuring the home tour artists: Birney Quick, Byron Bradley, Hazel Belvo, Marcia Cushmore, Sharon & Steve Frykman, Liz Sivertson, and select students with whom these legacy artists have influenced.  The exhibit will be open to the public October 5 – 26, 2014.


Tour participants will experience the creative life of artists on the North Shore.  Stories will be told about the journey from the post-war era that brought energy and vitalization through the arts to the remote logging hamlet of Grand Marais to today, creating a lasting legacy of the arts in a pristine setting.


These homes and studios are not open to the public so this is a rare opportunity to see the art and properties of some of the North Shore’s most well known artists.  Tickets are limited for this exclusive experience and can be purchased in advance for $125.


The Grand Marais Art Colony is the first art colony in Minnesota, founded in 1947.  It is a nonprofit art center that exists as a sanctuary for creative making and inspiration.  Offering over 100 classes year-round and studio space for artists in 2D, ceramics, glass and printmaking.


For more information, contact the Grand Marais Art Colony at (218) 387-2737 or events@grandmaraisartcolony.org or visit their website at www.grandmaraisartcolony.org.



Photo Caption: Photo by Bryan Hansel. A Paul Granlund sculpture depicting Birney Quick painting in front of a painting by Birney Quick highlights two extraordinary artists you will see showcased throughout the tour.

Contact Information: events@grandmaraisartcolony.org

For further information: www.grandmaraisartcolony.org

Event webpage: http://grandmaraisartcolony.org/event.cfm?eid=33

For general lodging information: http://www.visitcookcounty.com


CONTACT: Carolyn Fritz Grand Marais Art Colony 218-387-2737 events@grandmaraisartcolony.org www.grandmaraisartcolony.org

Fall Bucket List

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Fall in love with “North Shore Fall Bucket List”


COOK COUNTY, Minn. (September 18, 2014)— Fall is the last season to savor before the hubbub of the holidays. With activities unique to Cook County, visitors can make this fall unforgettable by checking off activities from the “North Shore Fall Bucket List.”  Highlights from the list include hawk-watching, hiking Eagle Mountain – Minnesota’s highest summit – and going on a scenic Gunflint Trail “moosefari.”


“The Superior National Forest and the Sawtooth Mountains in full fall splendor will take your breath away,” says Linda Kratt, executive director of the Cook County Visitors Bureau. “Each community in Cook County has a unique array of foliage peaking in succession,” she says. Traveling through the Superior National Forest on foot, spectacular views can be seen from numerous peaks along the Sawtooth Mountain Range of Lake Superior and the Superior National Forest.


Cook County provides a unique experience to marvel at fall colors from above. Visitors can learn about nature and have dramatic views enhanced by adrenaline from the Towering Pines Canopy Tour at Gunflint Lodge. For a more relaxed experience, the Mountain Tram at Lutsen Mountains can be journeyed from summit to summit. Those who prefer more excitement can paddle the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in a new season. Fall days are often sunny, mild and bug-free, with cool, clear nights perfect for hot chocolate around the campfire.


Gunflint Trail offers a “moosefari” for another opportunity to view spectacular scenery and a chance to spy the community mascot, the moose. The best chance of seeing one of these massive, elusive creatures is on the Gunflint Trail National Scenic Byway, early in the morning or around dusk. Spotting a moose during the Moose Madness Family Festival is a sure thing. The Festival takes place on Oct. 17 -19, where mascot Murray the Moose, will be strutting through the town streets. Winding down the season is Lake Superior Storm Festival on Nov. 7-9. Lake Superior can be seen in its most malevolent season, not to mention, the chance to participate in various events and collect memorabilia all weekend long.


View the fall preview video and get the complete fall bucket list at VisitCookCounty.com/Fall.



About Cook County, Minnesota


“Way North of Ordinary” Cook County, Minn. includes the communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage. The Cook County Visitors Bureau inspires guests to rekindle their sense of adventure by boldly escaping the ordinary, from Minnesota’s tallest mountains to its greatest lakeshore.  More information can be found at VisitCookCounty.com/Fall.



Kjersti Vick, Cook County Visitors Bureau (218) 387-2788 ext. 103 kjersti@visitcookcounty.com