2019 Artist Highlight

Meet Host Artist Gail Rosenquist!

Gail Rosenquist is one of the Lake Superior 20/20 Studio Tour’s Hosts, located at studio GR/PZ. Gail’s ceramics are known for their swirling organic forms. She works in a country studio tucked away on the outskirts of Two Harbors, MN. She described what it is like to live and work in such a unique and beautiful place.

What do you like most about living and working on the north shore?

I love the quiet distance from city street noise where I can listen to nature’s calming chatter. I can work in silence and look out the studio window, or take a break and watch the pond and garden life. In winter I can look out at the gorgeous forms that fallen snow makes on spent summer forms. The quiet nature of snow is an amazing meditation. I am able to lose myself in art work at our home in the woods.

Ceramics by Gail Rosenquist

What are you most excited about for participating in the tour?

I of course love when visitors enjoy my artwork, and maybe take it home with them, but for me the best part  is visiting with new and old friends at our studio and showing them around the place.

What is it that you enjoy most about working in your medium?

I love the earthy tactile nature of clay and the opportunity to create on the fly.

For more information about Host artist Gail Rosenquist and studio stop GR/PZ, click the button below:

2019 Artist Highlight

Jennifer Murphy, Sculptor and Studio Tour Host

Meet Lake Superior 20/20 Studio & Art Tour host artist Jennifer Murphy! Jennifer’s studio will be open for visitors during the tour, where you can meet her and see her beautiful work in person. We asked her a few questions about being a working artist on the North Shore.

What do you like the most about living and working on the North Shore?

I love that any direction I go there are places to explore with amazing wildlife, plant life, and geology that give a never-ending supply of inspiration. The natural spaces energize and comfort me, and my work has been evolving to reflect that since moving to the area almost 3 years ago.  

The studio of Jennifer Murphy

As an artist in the tour, what are you most excited about?  If you have not participated before what are you looking forward to?

This is my second year as a host on the tour.  What excites me most about the tour is meeting the people who support and appreciate the arts.  I also love to give people a look into my studio space.  I feel it helps people to be more connected with the artwork if they can see where it is made.

I’m also excited because I was awarded a technology and equipment grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council this year, and I cannot wait to reveal the new work I’ve made with the equipment I purchased with the help of this grant.

What is it that you enjoy about working in your medium?

I love working with clay because it is tactile, malleable, and always challenging.  The successes are always something I celebrate, and the failures are always a learning experience.  Clay gives me the freedom to continually evolve my work and try new things, there is never a shortage of techniques to discover.  I also get to play with fire, which is awesome!

Jennifer’s work at the Park Point Art Fair 2019

Find out more about Jennifer and her studio stop on the tour, STUDIO JM, by clicking the button below.

2019 Artist Highlight

An Interview with Dan Findley, Woodworker

Dan is a longtime guest artist of the Lake Superior 20/20 Studio & Art Tour, known for his exceptional woodworking skills and his generous spirit, giving back to his community by donating the proceeds from his sales during the tour to our local food bank. We were thrilled to interview him about his participation in the tour and being an artist on the north shore!

What do you like the most about living and working on the North Shore?

I love the north woods. It is so fresh and beautiful. I spent a large part of my life paddling and guiding in Quetico. That’s where I met Alice, my paddling partner for life. I can’t canoe anymore but I know it’s just right there. So now I enjoy Lake Superior. That’s about as beautiful as it gets. Now instead of paddling I walk the lake shore remembering all the wonderful adventures Alice and I enjoyed together.

Dan and friend.

As an artist in the tour, what are you most excited about?

The 20/20 has become a major part of my life. The people traveling the tour are interested in more than just what they can buy. They enjoy traveling the back roads to find quaint studios hidden in the woods where they get to meet delightful artists who enjoy their work. Talking with these people is so enjoyable. Of course they want to learn about my playing with wood. But they also enjoy talking about other artists they have met and beautiful things they have seen. Then of course my final pleasure comes Monday morning. I make a considerable amount of money and Monday morning I get to take it to the food shelf where it gets used to make many people happier and healthier.

Woodwork by Dan FIndley

What is it that you enjoy about working in your medium?

My dad was of the old school where when you needed something you made it. Often he used wood. After I got married money was scarce. So to help out my dad and I made custom lightweight canoe racing paddles. We spent many hours together in his basement working with wood. Very often when I am playing with wood I think of those times. 

Find more information about Dan Findley’s participation as a guest artist at studio stop LK by clicking the button below:


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2019 Artist Highlight

Meet Guest Artist Natalija Walbridge

Check out our interview with silkscreen artist and seamstress Natalija Walbridge, guest artist!

What do you like the most about living and working on the North Shore?

I am lucky to live on the bay side of Park Point, tucked behind Hearding Island. I am inspired by living close to nature, especially migrating birds and the otters who live on the bank of the island and swim near my shore at sunset. Recently a pair of Canadian geese took over the eagles nest in the tallest cottonwood tree on the island. A curious sight indeed! Nature is a constant source of wonder and my soul is nourished every day by the beauty that surrounds us.

Artist Natalija Walbridge

As an artist in the tour, what are you most excited about?

If you have not participated before what are you looking forward to? One of my favorite things about the tour is the relaxed setting which allows more time for conversation with each visitor. It’s rewarding to meet so many people who are interested to learn about my creative and technical process.

Sling Bag by Natalija Walbridge

What is it that you enjoy about working in your medium(s)?

My passion is to create functional, wearable art, combining technical design with imaginative prints. Since everything is made from start to finish in my home studio, I am able to create the art in proportion for each bag style. In this sense, the canvas for my art becomes a 3D object with the process of sewing and the result is a functional bag that will be enjoyed as part of someone’s daily life.

Find Natalija at studio stop LS! Click below for more details.


2019 Sponsor News

NEW THIS YEAR- PASSPORT PRIZES!

This year when you attend the Lake Superior 20/20 Studio & Art Tour you will not only have a chance to meet artists and check out all of the wonderful artwork, you will also have a chance to win some pretty great prizes!

All you need to do to be entered in the daily drawings is to attend the tour, pick up a passport card, and have your passport stamped at all ten tour stops. Every stop will have a drop for your filled passport, and that’s it! Simple!

We will have daily drawings September 27-29 for great prizes. Check back closer to the tour to find out what we have for you courtesy of the tour sponsors below:

2019 Artist Highlight

Meet Lake Superior 20/20 Studio & Art Tour Host Artist, Christian Dalbec!

We asked photographer Christian Dalbec a few questions about living and working on the north shore as an artist:

What do you like the most about living and working on the North Shore?

Lake Superior is just outside, literally by backyard.

Photography by Christian Dalbec

As an artist in the tour, what are you most excited about? If you have not participated before what are you looking forward to?

I look forward to meeting new people, hearing their stories and connecting over art.

What is it that you enjoy about working in your medium(s)?

I get to easily share what I see with the world.

Photography by Christian Dalbec

Visit Christian Dalbec’s studio on the tour- click the button below for more information!