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Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour

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COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA – Sept. 6, 2018  (LSN)   Imagine the visual excitement visitors will experience when viewing artwork by 50-plus local artists, who are inspired by one of Minnesota’s premier destinations on the North Shore.  Cook County is where the Sawtooth Mountains meet the shores of Lake Superior, and it will be ablaze with Fall color during the annual “Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour” Sept. 28 – Oct. 7.


On the tour, visitors will have the opportunity to meet with artists in their home studios, as well as visit with guest artists at local galleries during the 10-day art extravaganza.  For many featured artists, these 10 days are the only time they open their studios to the public all year. Access to some of the artists featured on the fall art tour is limited, since they do only a few art shows per year and limited online sales.  “We have had customers fly in from around the country to come to the Studio Tour.” Said Dan and Lee Ross, who are sculpture and print artists.  Last year, there were more than 1,350 fall art tour visitors.


Featured Artists and Studios
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Dan and Lee Ross, a local husband and wife sculptor team have been participating in art tours in Cook County and around the country for more than two decades.  The Crossing Borders Studio Tour was a popular fall art event in Cook County for 20 years.  The Rosses were some of the original artists to found this event 20 years ago.  Last year Crossing Borders became “Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour”.  The Rosses are well-known in the art world for their work, which ranges from small hand-held clay pieces to large scale commissions carved out of granite. In 2011, they did a major installation of five large granite animals for a healing garden at the Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.  You can view their work at:


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Piece on Lou Pignolet

Lou Pignolet is a Hovland artist who will be participating in the Art Along the Lake Studio Tour this Fall (September 28 – October 7). Lou makes wood bowls from burls and gnarly local wood. He will be demonstrating wood turning and showing his art in his studio every day during the art tour. His studio is at 20 Tamarack Trl in Hovland (exactly at milepost 132 lakeside from Hyw 61). Lou’s bowls are a must see as they are very unusual and bring out the amazing beauty of wood. Lou’s work has been featured in major art shows around the country. He also teaches wood turning at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais. He was recently featured in a Duluth PBS TV show Making It Up North. A video of this can be seen at: You can learn more about Lou and his art on his web site (

Here are a few examples of aspen burl bowls that will be shown in the Art Tour.


One of the newest galleries to open on the North shore is the Frykman Art Studio in Grand Marais.  It is owned by glass, metal and architectural landscape artists Steve and Sharon Frykman.  The artistically-talented couple specializes in larger commissioned works for businesses and private homes, but they create smaller pieces of art as well.  


Frykman Gallery visitors will be able to enjoy one-of-a-kind pieces from a community of nine to 10 artists, including Sharon Frykman’s mentor painter Hazel Belvo, who has taught at the Grand Marais Art Colony for more than 20 years.


You can view the Frykmans’ work here:


For the complete list of artists and galleries participating in the “Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour”, click here. 


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About Cook County Minnesota

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Cook County is at the tip of Minnesota's Arrowhead region in the remote northeastern part of the state, stretching from the shores of Lake Superior to the US-Canada border. By land it borders Ontario, Canada to the north, and Lake County, MN to the west.  The highest point in Minnesota, Eagle Mountain is 2,301 feet and the highest lake,  Total Area equals 3,339.72 sq miles

Cook County is home to three national protected areas:
Grand Portage National Monument
Superior National Forest
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Cook County include:
 Grand Marais     Lutsen Mountains
 Gunflint Trail      Superior Hiking Trail
 Grand Portage 


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