Breana Roy

Breana Roy holds a degree in English Literature from the University of River Falls in Wisconsin and she covers the North Shore’s creative side with the monthly Art Spotlight section. When she’s not writing, she can be found teaching dance to all ages at the local YMCA or promoting Narcolepsy awareness.

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Art Spotlight: September 2017
posted on Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017
| DAN FINDLEY An Abundance of Art Two self-guided art tours will take place this month: the Lake Superior 20/20 Studio Tour around Two Harbors (Sept. 29-Oct. 1) and the Art Along the Lake Fall Studio Tour in Cook County (Sept. 29-Oct. 8). Also occurring is the Group of Stephen exhibit at the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay. Renowned Confederation College oil painting instructor Stephen Krasemann and 11 long-term artists/students will be showing the culmination of their painting accomplishments. An opening reception will be held Sunday, Sept. 3…

Super Summits: Hikes with Spectacular Views
posted on Wednesday, Aug 09, 2017
Hike your way to the top of a Northwoods summit for an adventure this summer or fall. There are many hikes to choose from for all levels of difficulty, from a quick and easy afternoon hike to a demanding day trek. Regardless of your preference, each hike is sure to impress, providing a spectacular view of the surrounding area, so don't forget your camera. No matter the distance, be prepared; wear comfortable hiking shoes and a few layers of clothing, depending on the weather. If necessary, take along a backpack full…

Art Spotlight: August 2017
posted on Monday, Jul 24, 2017
| SHAWNA GILMORE The Art of August The month of August is filled with new exhibits opening along the North Shore and more art festivals occurring, starting with the Under the Spreading Walnut Tree Art Festival in Two Harbors, Aug. 11-13. Next is the Brighton Beach Art Festival in Duluth on Saturday, Aug. 12. Art in Bayfront Park will be held Aug. 19-20 in Duluth. Duluth Art Institute’s Plein Air Exhibit will be held at Blacklist Beer until Aug. 27. Thirty-four artists were selected to participate, including Teresa Kolar. Her mixed…

Art Spotlight: July 2017
posted on Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017
| SANDRA UPDYKE Festivals Galore There is no shortage of artists and art festivals on the North Shore, especially in the summertime. July begins with the Hovland Art Festival (July 1-2), followed by the Grand Marais Art Festival (July 8-9) and the Ely Blueberry/Art Festival (July 28-30). There’s also an ever-changing plethora of exhibitions at various galleries, featuring artwork of all kinds. Don’t miss out! | NEIL SHERMAN During the month of July, Lakeside Gallery in Duluth will showcase watercolor artist Linda Naughton as the featured artist of the month.…

Art Spotlight: June 2017
posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2017
| DAPHNE ODJIG Oh Canada With this issue dedicated to Canada’s sesquicentennial, it made sense to showcase Canadian artists and the upcoming events and exhibitions being held throughout Thunder Bay. The Thunder Bay Art Gallery will feature 150 artists in the upcoming Canada 150 exhibition, The Perspective from Here. The annual Waterfront Art Exhibition and Sale will be held June 2-25 at the Baggage Building Arts Centre, and the current exhibitions at Definitely Superior Art Gallery be on display until June 17. Don’t miss out! The Thunder Bay Quilters Guild…

Art Spotlight: May 2017
posted on Thursday, May 04, 2017
Art Along the Lake During Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28, various art galleries from Schroeder to Grand Portage will celebrate Art Along the Lake. Many of these galleries will have art demos, artist meet-and-greets, food, music and fun. There will also be new artwork on display, as well as exhibits and shows. For a list of events, check out visitcookcounty.com. Betsy Bowen will hold a woodblock printmaking demo at her studio from 1-3 p.m. on May 28. Also at Betsy Bowen Gallery & Studios is the Spring Art Underground event,…

Art Spotlight: April 2017
posted on Wednesday, Mar 29, 2017
| BILJANA BAKER Introspective Visions On Saturday, April 22, Lakehead Art Collective (sponsored by Six Degrees of Freedom) in Thunder Bay will present Introspective Visions, a juried exhibit featuring 11 local artists. Held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Airlane Hotel, the exhibit was organized by watercolor artist Biljana Baker and features mediums of all kinds. The exhibit will then be on display at the Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery in Toronto from May 2-30. Participating artists are Lee Fidler, Julie Cosgrove, Keith Bowey, Biljana Baker, Danielle Kantola, Lesli Shaw,…

Art Spotlight: March 2017
posted on Monday, Feb 27, 2017
| KATHY FOX WEINBERG Kindling Curiosity For eight years in a row, Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church has sponsored an art show, asking the community to submit art pieces based on a certain theme. This year’s theme is Kindling Curiosity: Lighting the Creative Spark. Artists of all ages may submit up to two pieces of artwork, accompanied with a brief bio and statement about the work. Pieces can be dropped off at the Johnson Heritage Post in Grand Marais, March 20-21. The exhibit will open on Friday, March 24…

Art Spotlight: February 2017
posted on Thursday, Feb 02, 2017
| AARON KLOSS Red Hot Winter In February, most folks associate the term red hot winter with Valentine’s Day and romance. But when I asked photographers and artists to interpret the theme, many sent photos and paintings of brilliant winter sunsets and fire-themed artwork. Others sent candles, red knitted-scarves and hearts. Here’s our favorite interpretations of a red hot winter. Photographer Ryan Tischer caught this amazing red sunrise (above), titled “Aerial Liftbridge.” His work can be found at Lakeside Gallery in Duluth, or online at ryantischerphoto.com. | JULIE KUIPERY This…

Art Spotlight: January 2017
posted on Wednesday, Dec 28, 2016
| RANDO The Art Spotlight: January 2017 column by Breana Roy features both well-known and emerging artists along the entire North Shore, ranging from Duluth to Nipigon.  A Fresh Start For many of us, a new year means a fresh start; a time to start over, make changes and set resolutions. A new year provides hope and something to look forward to. And while many of us tend to break our resolutions (I plead guilty), something you can always depend on is a plethora of new artwork, which can be…

December Art Spotlight
posted on Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016
| TOM CROSBY Happy Holidays While I’m not a huge fan of the bitter cold that accompanies winter, I do love the holidays. The smell of hot cocoa or cider brewing, sparkling light displays, a kitchen filled with too much (but amazingly tasty) food, the crackling of a warm fireplace, and if you’re anything like my family, a loud house filled with constant laughing and games. So in honor of this magical season, we’ve put together an array of winter and holiday inspired artwork from different artists along the shore.…

November Art Spotlight
posted on Friday, Oct 21, 2016
| CAROLINE KAJORINNE Art that Gives Back For over 20 years now, the Artisans Northwest not-for-profit organization has held a juried holiday arts and fine crafts show at the Valhalla Inn in Thunder Bay. This year, they welcome 18 new artists, reaching a total of 97 in the group. Mediums of all kind will be available for sale, from pottery, photography and handcrafted knives, to whimsical dolls, pet supplies, quilts and wreaths. | KATIE HUGHDIE Instead of paying an entry fee, participants can donate money to the silver collection bowl,…

October Art Spotlight
posted on Tuesday, Sep 27, 2016
| HEIDI PINKERTON | KRISTI ABBOTT Fleeting Moments Beautiful yellows, oranges and reds adorn the trees and there’s a familiar crisp in the air. Autumn is here, but it’s fleeting. Leaves fall as quickly as they change color and snow soon follows. The chilly air reminds us that winter is right around the corner. But first, we must cherish the beauty of October. | DAN NEFF Heidi Pinkerton specializes in photographing the Aurora Borealis [above]. Her photos are currently on display at the Ely Wolf Center. Visit www.rootriverphotography.com for more photos. “Day of…

Mama Loved to Worry
posted on Monday, Aug 29, 2016
By Maryann Weidt & Illustrations by Rachael Balsaitis Minnesota Historical Society, $16.95 Life on Daisy Dell Farm can be worrying and baby Eli always manages to find mischief, which has turned Mama into a world-class worrywart. To cope, Mama channels her nervous energy into sewing, knitting, cooking, and keeping the family and livestock warm and well fed. But after Mama saves Eli from yet another predicament, she realizes that at some point, you need to start living and stop worrying; everything will turn out fine. This creative and fun kid’s…

September Art Spotlight
posted on Friday, Aug 26, 2016
| LILY WINTER Studio Tours and Art Festivals September; the official start of autumn. The leaves have begun their transition. Beautiful hues of red, yellow and orange create breathtaking scenery; an art display in itself. To celebrate, why not take a scenic tour along the lake, while participating in the Crossing Borders Studio Tour and the Lake Superior 20/20 Studio Tour. Also this month is the Ely Harvest Moon Festival, Sept. 9-11, and the Grand Marais Art Colony Plein Air festival, Sept. 9-16. | DOUG JACKSON   Lake Superior 20/20…

Living with Narcolepsy
posted on Thursday, Aug 25, 2016
“You are what we call a ‘textbook’ case, meaning you have all the symptoms, making your diagnosis easy.” Narcolepsy. All I really knew about it was what I had seen in the media: people falling asleep mid-sentence and collapsing. I’d never actually met anyone with narcolepsy and I’d never even heard of cataplexy. Yet apparently I had been living with both for a few years, and it was nothing similar to what is portrayed in the media. Looking back now, I realize symptoms had been building up, but the symptoms…

August Spotlight: Celebrating Superior
posted on Tuesday, Aug 02, 2016
| Jo Wood | Nancy Seaton This month, we honor Lake Superior. Both beautiful and powerful, Lake Superior is more than just a lake. Many people depend on it for work. For others, it provides inspiration. Photographers and artists flock to it, hoping to capture the perfect image. Tourists plan trips around it. For me, it provides tranquility and serenity, even on the stormiest of days. Because even at its worst, there’s something mesmerizing and empowering about Lake Superior. | Anne Gorham Nancy Seaton works with blown glass to create…

July Art Spotlight: Celebrating the Arts
posted on Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016
|Jennifer Nunnelee While I’m not skilled with a paintbrush or camera, I am a performing arts dancer and a lover of all art forms, which makes July one of my favorite months of the year. Art festivals are abundant throughout the Northern Wilds. There’s the annual Grand Marais and Hovland art festivals, Ely Blueberry Arts Festival, Two Harbors Chalk.a.Lot, DAI Paint du Nord, Ely Greenstone Art Show, and the Duluth Art in Bayfront Park in August—just to name a few. Not to mention all the art exhibits being showcased. With…

June Spotlight: Canoe Country
posted on Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016
|Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery |Brian Holden Ahh, June, my favorite month. The air is warming up, the snow has melted (or most of it anyways), school is out and summer is right around the corner. Now is the time to pack a lunch and jump (or carefully step) into a canoe. Plan a BWCAW adventure, a day trip, or simply paddle around a nearby lake for a few hours. Whatever you choose, you best go now before the incessant buzzing of mosquitos grows into a full-fledged choir. On second thought, you probably…

May Spotlight: April Showers Bring May...Fish?
posted on Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016
Dave Gilsvik paintings, such as “Last Light Laker,” can be found at Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais. |DAVE GILSVIK For many folks, May means fishing opener. The snow melts, ice disappears from the lakes, and the forest wakes from its winter’s sleep. And while the weather tends to be unpredictable, one thing is certain; the fish are biting. This month, we bring you all things fishy.   |JAN ATTRIDGE |KARI VICK Many Cook County folks might recognize this local fisherman from Dockside Fish Market. “Harley Tofte and Cisco,” was recently…