Although I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, I grew up on the North Shore of Lake Superior, Duluth, then Knife River, before moving to Lutsen, and now home in Grand Marais. My Great Grandfather, Grandfather and Father were commercial fisherman on Isle Royale, so traveling by boat every summer across the ‘big lake’ was a grand adventure (and still is, I have missed only 1 summer in my 62 years).
I started Sivertson Gallery, Art of the North, in Grand Marais in 1980 with my father, artist Howard Sivertson, and opened Siiviis in 1995 (a sister gallery to Sivertson Gallery named after my Great Grandfather’s boat the ‘Sivi’).
From my experience building and sustaining small businesses and living in most pockets of Cook County, I have developed a strong connection to and desire to contribute to the care of this extremely special place.
I have served on many boards in Cook County and Duluth, including the first board of the Grand Marais Art Colony in the early 80’s. I have served on the North House Folk School Board, Grand Marais Area Tourism Board, Lutsen/Tofte Tourism Board, the Grand Marais City Council, the Duluth Art Institute Board, the Duluth Waterfront Design Review Board, the North Shore Management Board, the Grand Marais Library Board, and the Minnesota State Arts Board before being elected to the office of Cook County Commissioner in 2015.
The theme of my life has been to fully participate in the Art of life and now in particular, to honor and steward the Cook County artful way of life.