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John Elwood Cook often writes music from the deck of his home on Wellesley Island. Photo: Todd Moe
John Elwood Cook often writes music from the deck of his home on Wellesley Island. Photo: Todd Moe

How Wellesley Island artist John Elwood Cook brings an idea to song

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Thousand Islands artist and musician John Elwood Cook loves life on the St. Lawrence River. He grew up on Wellesley Island and can trace his local family history back to the Revolutionary War era. His visual art has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country. He's found a niche in combining his visual art with music. He owns a collection of vintage Gibson guitars and enjoys writing music about local history, people and places along the river.

Earlier this week at his home on Wellesley Island with an amazing riverscape in the background, Cook shared his song "Chippewa Bay 1888" with Todd Moe during a conversation about his art. The music pays tribute to another North Country artist, Frederic Remington.

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Just two of the many vintage Gibson guitars in Cook's collection.  Photo:  Todd Moe

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Todd Moe
Morning Host and Producer

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