Our Story

We became the new Owners of the Gallery on December 8th, 2014, and decided to close for a couple of weeks while we got ourselves organized and settled in.  Since then we have been spending our days talking with our artists, getting involved in the art community in town and acclimating to Gallery life. All in all it's been a great first year and we look forward to what 2016 has in store!

History of KNT

Before it was Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery & Cottages, it was known as Moosehorn Cabins. Some of Cook County’s most beloved residents lived here in the past including Jan Sivertson of the Sivertson’s Gallery & Charlie Skinner of Lutsen Mountain. 

Three of the five structures that exist on the property were brought here and two already existed when it was purchased by Jeanne and Suellen in 1989. The secondary Gallery building was moved in 1989 from Grand Marais where it used to be a Real Estate Office. There was actually a completely different building where the Lakeview Cottage now resides. The building that we know now as the Lakeview Cottage, as well as the building to the west of the Gallery, came from an old resort that used to be across from Issak Hansens just down the road where Grandview Park now exists; they were relocated here in 1990. Interesting fact, there was no plumbing back when there were year round residents in the cottages, they only had outhouses.

Around the time Jeanne and Suellen purchased the Resort, Ms. Sivertson moved out of the Woodland Cottage. 

The Meaning of Kah-Nee-Tah

What does it mean?! We get this question a lot!

Kah-Nee-Tah literally translated means “Gift of the Gods” in Ojibwe.

When the old owners Jeanne and Suellen first decided to uproot their lives in the cities and make the move to the Northwoods, it was because they believed that this Northwoods lifestyle we live up here is “like a gift from God”, and they decided use the Ojibwe language to name their business to pay tribute to the rich history of the Native Americans in this area.

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Linda Garrity, Owner/Operator

Linda has been a Lutsen resident for 8 years but hails from the great city of St Paul. Her background in real estate and home improvement are the reasons that she decided to buy this property. She sees the potential in this magical place. She is looking forward to future improvements to the  existing Gallery & Cottages while maintaining the charming features that make this place so extraordinary!

Sammie Garrity, Book Exchange Manager

Linda’s Daughter Sammie is 10 years old and is a student at Great Expectations School in Grand Marais. She took her love of reading and created our Free Book Exchange here at the gallery. There is a section for
adults and kids alike! It’s simple; bring a book, take a book! In her spare time when she is not in school or managing the book exchange, Sammie
loves weaving, drawing and dreaming of a career in the fashion industry
someday. You can find some of Sammie’s creations for sale in the Gallery.

Danielle Fortin, Sales & Operations Manager

Originally from Maple Grove, Minnesota, Danielle graduated from DePaul University in Chicago where she studied Marketing. She moved up here with her fiancé in the Summer of 2013. They decided to leave their lives in Chicago and head for the Northwoods before they got married, in hopes of settling down and starting a family here. They are now married and had their first child in January!

Ollie B, Gallery Greeter & Lover of all People

Raised in Chicago, Ollie relocated to Cook County, Minnesota in 2013 with his Mom & Dad. Ollie loves playing fetch and prides himself on being super fast and agile. Although he loves playing outside the most, he takes his Gallery Greeter position very seriously, and is happy to spend time at the Gallery making sure everyone who comes in feel  welcome. He is really enjoying his new job as big brother!

George, Gallery Greeter in Training

A newer addition to the Kah-Nee-Tah team, George was rescued by Linda & Sammie. He sure does love his new family, and has really taken to his training as a Gallery Greeter. His favorite pastime is long hikes in the woods with his girls, and he sure loves playing chase and roughhousing with his new buddy Ollie.  
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