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Crossing Borders Tour


fused glass sculptures
That picture is Mike and Jodi Tonder’s yard set up for the studio tour.
There house and studio is on Thomas Lake, Two Harbors.
Mike took the photo at dusk of his fused glass sculptures placed on pedestals around the yard.

THUNDER BAY, ON  ---   Sept 1, 2015  ---   Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a professional artist? Are you curious to discover how art is made? Are you looking for an excuse to visit the North Shore of Lake Superior during the fall color season? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you will be interested in taking the Crossing Borders Studio Tour Friday September 25 through Sunday October 4, 10 AM to 6 PM daily.

The Crossing Borders Tour is in its 19th year. A tour of professional artists in their studios allows the public to visit studios and learn how art is made. The tour follows Minnesota’s North Shore from Two Harbors to Grand Portage with six stops along the way. The host studios also invite colleagues to bring additional art to show and sell.

Host studios this year are Blue Skies Glassworks and Cooter Pottery and Hand Weaving in Two Harbors; Last Chance Fabricating in Lutsen; Betsy Bowen Studio in Grand Marais; Lee and Dan Ross in Hovland; and Ningii-Ozhitoomin Ojibwe Art Gallery in Grand Portage. Expect to see glass, pottery, weaving, jewelry, bead work, leather, prints and sculpture in and outside the host studios.

Education is a large part of the tour’s goals. Artists tell the story of how their work is made and visitors are encouraged to linger in the studios to understand the working part of artwork. Artwork is for sale, making this a great opportunity to purchase directly from the artists.

The Crossing Borders Studio Tour artists encourage you to come out, visit the studios, enjoy the fall colors and linger a while at each of the stops. They will have coffee and goodies out for you to enjoy while you decide which piece of art you like the most. Who knows? This may become a fall ritual for you to look forward to every year.

For more information visit or find us on Facebook at Crossing Borders Studio Tour.

Magnus Theatre


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