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Beautiful Writing with Calligraphy ALS Brings Art Tour to Region

Mountain Iron, MN, March 27, 2024 — Writing by hand is becoming a lost art. Come find it at your local library and keep calligraphy alive for future generations!

On April 1-19, Silver Bay Artist Lynn Prouty will be touring through­out the Arrowhead Library System (ALS) and presenting Beautiful Writing with Calligraphy, an experimental learning art experience.

“Lynn is a master calligrapher!” explained Silver Bay Library Di­rector Shannon Walz. “Her work is beautiful and her love and pas­sion for the art exude from all she does.”

Prouty has presented at the Silver Bay Library, her home library, in the past and Walz describes her style as fun and informative.

During the Beautiful Writing with Calligraphy tour, Prouty will pres­ent an introductory talk on the ancient art of calligraphy followed by hands-on activities including writing with a dip pen and ink, a quill pen and a glass pen.

Each attendee will leave with a gift, a personalized bookmark, made by Prouty, with their name in calligraphy.

“Calligraphy can take anything that is ordinary and elevate it to ex­traordinary!” exclaimed Prouty. “It is a gift you’re giving someone when you take the time to use calligraphy, for example, in your cor­respondence. The recipient will often keep the letter or envelope be­cause it looks beautiful, special. But also because it makes them feel special.”

This free program is geared toward those 12 and up and will last one hour.

The tour will visit the following public libraries:
Aurora Public Library
Babbitt Public Library
Calumet Public Library
Carlton Area Public Library
Chisholm Public Library
Cloquet Public Library
Coleraine Public Library
Cook Public Library
Duluth Public Library- Main
Duluth Public Library- Mount Royal
Duluth Public Library- West
Ely Public Library
Eveleth Public Library
Grand Marais Public Library
Grand Rapids Area Library
Hibbing Public Library
Hoyt Lakes Public Library
International Falls Public Library
Keewatin Public Library
Marble Public Library
Moose Lake Public Library
Silver Bay Public Library
Two Harbors Public Library
Virginia Public Library

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Li­brary System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cul­tural Heritage Fund. To learn more about ALS Legacy Events, visit www.alslib.info  or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/alslibinfo.

Steve Fernlund
Steve Fernlund
Typically these “about me” pages include a list of academic achievements (I have none) and positions held (I have had many, but who really cares about those?) So, in the words of the late Admiral James Stockwell, “Who am I? Why am I here?” I’m well into my seventh decade on this blue planet we call home. I’m a pretty successful husband, father, and grandfather, at least in my humble opinion. My progeny may disagree. We have four children and five grandchildren. I spent most of my professional life in the freight business. At the tender age of 40, early retirement beckoned and we moved to Grand Marais. A year after we got here, we bought and operated the Cook County News Herald, a weekly newspaper in Grand Marais. A sharp learning curve for a dumb freight broker to become a newspaper editor and publisher. By 1999 the News Herald was an acquisition target for a rapidly consolidating media market. We sold our businesses and “retired” again, buying a winter retreat in Nevada. In the fall of 2016, we returned to Grand Marais and bought a house from old friends of ours on the ridge overlooking Lake Superior. They were able to move closer to family and their Mexico winter home. And we came home to what we say is our last house. I’m a strong believer in the value of local newspapers--both online and those you can wrap a fish in. I write a weekly column and a couple of feature stories for the Northshore Journal. I’m most interested in writing about the everyday lives of local people and reporting on issues of importance to them.
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