Tour d'Art: The Home Collection Fundraiser
October 4, 2014
A Grand Marais Art Colony Fundraiser:
Tour d'Art: The Legacy
Saturday, October 4 | NOON | $125
The Legacy Exhibit is open to the public: October 5-26
An exclusive home tour, reception, and exhibit. Support the future, take home the legacy.
This is 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.
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 reception at the Art Colony. Participants will have the first opportunity to buy work from The Legacy Exhibit featuring Birney Quick, Byron Bradley, Hazel Belvo, Marcia Cushmore, Sharon & Steve Frykman, Liz Sivertson & select students with whom these legacy artists have influenced.
Limited tickets available, reserve your spot today!
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These houses are not open to the public so this is a rare opportunity to see the homes and studios of some of the North Shore's most well-known artists.
About the homes on the tour
A few highlights about the homes:
The first house
(home & studio of Hazel Belvo & Marcia Casey Cushmore) includes living space and a studio for each artist. When you enter the home, you will experience the positive energy provided by the well-designed space and the view of Lake Superior. The living area surrounds you with beautiful art, some made by Marcia and Hazel and other pieces made by their many talented friends including George Morrison and Miriam Shapiro. There is an interesting story oozing out of every corner of their living space.
In addition to being a prolific artist whose work often reflects North Shore imagery, Hazel Belvo’s impact at the Art Colony includes mentoring hundreds of artists over her 30 years of teaching.
The second house
(home & studio of Bryon & Emma Bradley) features two homes, their original summer cabin and the more recent permanent home. The cabin, built by Byron, has a unique fireplace and a spectacular deck that takes you right out to the lake. In the cabin, you will see an example of “fresco” art covering the entire west wall. The home was designed and built by Byron at age 75 and features a unique, octagon shape, living quarters and a large artist studio. The Bradley’s surround themselves with the things they love – watch for some of Byron’s “favorite pieces” of art including sculptures and paintings he created of his daughters, a Paul Granlund sculpture and a variety of North Shore artist friends.
Byron Bradley was the co-founder of the Grand Marais Art Colony, teaching classes, operating the art supply store and providing the foundation to organizational longevity.Bradley was also a professor at MCAD and owned and operated, the landmark K.B. Art Materials, a supply store that served as the best place to get art materials in Minnesota during its 28 years of operation.
The 3rd house
(home of Dan & Linda Quick) belonged to Birney Quick and was recently purchased and elegantly remodeled by his son and daughter-in-law to feature an extensive collection of work by Birney and his contemporaries as well as fascinating pieces of antiquity art. The collection includes work by George Morrison, several pieces by Paul Granlund, and a carved, ornate Roman cart. The lovely collection of art, furniture, color, and warmth make this newly remodeled home feel like everything was made just for it.
Birney Quick was the visionary and founder of the Grand Marais Art Colony.He taught classes, hosted fish fries and attracted artists and students alike with his magnetic personality.He was a professor at MCAD and brought talented artists and musicians to create in and present to the community, leaving a significant legacy of the arts in Grand Marais.
The 4th house
(home & studio of Sharon & Steve Frykman) is set in a beautiful meadow (uncommon for north shore) and has a turret! The studio and home are mostly “self-built” and reflect the artist lifestyle. It features glass and sculpture created by the owners as well as work by Birney Quick, Hazel Belvo, Laurie Toth, Laura Frykman, and Bernice Frykman in the home. Guests will have an opportunity to see the Frykman’s studio building which includes a glass studio, metal studio and gallery.
Sharon Frykman was a student of Birney’s at MCAD where she was introduced to the Art Colony and Grand Marais, which soon became her home.Then a painter, and now an accomplished glass artist, many have seen her work at the Angry Trout or Sawtooth Mountain Clinic.Sharon describes her role in the legacy of the Art Colony as someone who helped keep the doors open after Birney Quick’s death in 1981. She wrote the non-profit paperwork for organization and became it’s first director.Over the years she has served on several Art Colony committees and the Board of Directors in addition to teaching classes and being the volunteer Glass Studio Facilitator.
The 5th house
(home & studio of Liz Sivertson) will entice you with color and texture. Liz’s ability to see artful ways to decorate and her courage to freely use color will lighten your spirit and mood. The indoor and outdoor space is a mixture of natural beauty and careful decorating using natural elements and sculpture. The artwork interplays beautifully with the décor and includes work by Howard Sivertson, Jan Sivertson, Dave Gilsvik, Tom McCann and a pink accordion! A variety of paintings by Liz catalogue her transformation as an artist from the early years to more recent work.
Liz was first involved at the Art Colony as a student under the tutelage of Hazel Belvo and Elizabeth Erickson in her 20s where she refined her now recognizable style.Today she remains a sought-after Art Colony instructor.
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