The place & the people of Kah-Nee-Tah
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.
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.
MEET OUR CREW
Linda Garrity, Owner/Operator
Linda has been a Lutsen resident since she moved to the North Shore in 2008, 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 saw the potential in this magical place. She is looking forward to continuing with future improvements to the existing Gallery & Cottages while maintaining the charming features that make this place so extraordinary!
Book Exchange Manager
Linda’s Daughter Sammie took her love of reading and created our free book exchange that can be found in Gallery 2. Sammie is a smart and funny kid with a great love of art and music. You may even find some of her creations for sale in the Gallery now and then!
Cathy and Mark Penning, Caretaking and Customer Service
Cathy and Mark moved to the North Shore from the cities in 2017 and began working at Kah-Nee-Tah in 2018. Cathy is a retired school teacher and Mark is a full-time comedian ;) We are so grateful to have them as part of our team!