Northern Wilds Magazine

Art Spotlight: July 2017


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!


During the month of July, Lakeside Gallery in Duluth will showcase watercolor artist Linda Naughton as the featured artist of the month. Her artwork, such as “Big Splotchy Center” [top], can be found online at:

Moose Valley Photography, owned by Sandra Updyke [above], will be attending the Hovland Arts Festival July 1-2. To see more of her photos, click here. Other attending artists include Jim Vannet, Susan Zimmerman, Terry Lewis, Jo Wood, David Hahn, and more. The festival will take place at the Hovland Town Hall from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. both days. To learn more about the festival, visit


Neil Sherman will showcase his paintings, such as “High Falls at Spring,” [above left] at the Grand Marais Arts Festival, held July 8-9. Sherman’s work can be found at Sivertson Gallery or online at: Other festival artists include Bill Brown, Candace LaCosse, Joan Farnam, Cooper Ternes, Dan Neff, Jan Killian, Tim Pearson, and more. To learn more, visit:

Hannah Palma Laky sells pottery, like these carved tree mugs [right], at the Grand Marais Farmers Market, held every Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the summer. To contact Hannah, email: Or keep an eye out for her website and Etsy account, coming soon. 


Textile art by Marie Westerman will be on display at the Johnson Heritage Post, July 21-Aug. 13. The exhibit, entitled Threads of Time and Place, will feature woven wall hangings, such as “Shiny Object.” [right]. The exhibit will also include colorful paintings by Jill Ewald [left]. To see more from Ewald, visit: Or, to learn more about the exhibit, visit:


Breana’s Pick of the Month

The Thunder Bay community was recently abuzz with the rare sighting of a female violet-green swallow. While watching some tree swallows, Christine Johnston noticed the bird carrying a feather to her nesting box, setting up house with a male tree swallow. Johnston was able to capture a photo, saying “I feel very fortunate to have found this bird and enjoy her presence while she nests here.” Violet-green swallows are normally found on the west coast, from Alaska to Mexico.

Related posts

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More

Verified by MonsterInsights