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Painting Lake Superior, 2 Movies & A Winter Dance

Lake Superior sure made me feel like I was on Gilligan’s Island yesterday. Photo by Kayla Donnelle.

“Lake Superior sure made me feel like I was on Gilligan’s Island yesterday! ” Photo by Kayla Donnelle.

So, when January really rolls around, as it has this week, Minnesotans either layer up and go outside to play, or they find out what’s happening indoors. More often than not, they do a little of both, and there’s lots to choose from this week.

First up on Thursday, is the screening of the film, “Tarfala,” at North House Folk School. This documentary film by Johannnes Ostergard, follows a man who has chosen to spend his life as a caretaker of a lonely ski hut north of the Arctic Circle, right next to Sweden’s highest mountain. It’s fascinating study of a man’s love for solitude in wilds of an Arctic winter.

Check out the trailer here:

The film will be screened at 7 p.m. in the Blue Building. Free. Open to all! Bring your own snacks.

At 8 p..m., local ceramic artist Hannah Palma Laky and Big Lake shopowner Abby Tofte will be featured on the WDSE’s “Making It Up North.”  The Emmy-nominated program is in its second season, and it highlights creative entrepreneurs in northern Minnesota who know what it takes to make it in today’s business climate.

This episode will feature entrepreneurs who have made a living “by hand,” whether through through mediums such as ceramics, jewelry, or photography, or they’ve built a business to showcase local works.  The show will also highlight how jewelry artist Louise Pajack Guillou built Atelier & Stone by collaborating with Wolfskull Creative’s Michelle Bennett, and musician Peter Witrak, who creates kinetic sculptures with statewide appeal.

Check out a snippet of the trailer here:

The program airs on WDSE at 8 p.m. on Thursday. In two weeks, on Jan. 31, Making  It Up North will feature The Wunderbar and a segment on Lutsen artist Anna Hess. Same time, same station.

Scroll down a day to Friday, and go to the Grand Marais Public Library at 6 p.m. to see the film “Chappaquiddick.” The film covers the scandal and mysterious events surrounding the tragic drowning of Mary Jo Kopechne, as Ted Kennedy drove his car off the infamous bridge, are revealed in the new movie starring Jason Clarke as Kennedy and Kate Mara as Mary Jo.

Through true accounts, documented in the inquest from the investigation in 1969, director John Curran and writers Andrew Logan and Taylor Allen, intimately expose the broad reach of political power, the influence of America’s most celebrated family; and the vulnerability of Ted Kennedy, the youngest son, in the shadow of his family legacy.

Check out the trailer here:

The film is free and starts at 6 p.m.

And Friday night will feature a fascinating Artist Talk at the Grand Marais Art Colony with Karen Owlsey Nease, a painter and co-owner of the Joseph Nease Gallery in Duluth. Lake Superior is the primary subject matter in Karen’s work, and she will discuss her depiction of its waters as points of departure in the development of a painting, as well as her uses of it, which span from metaphor to emotional driver to design element.

Turquoise Top Wave 2 by Karen Owsley Nease.

Turquoise Top Wave 2 by Karen Owsley Nease.

It should be a fascinating presentation, especially for those who love Lake Superior in all her moods. The Artist Talk is free and will be from 7-8:30 p.m. on Friday. All invited.

For those cozying up at home, listen to WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night. Eric Frost and Friends will be on for the first slot of the show to talk about their music and play a few tunes. The show airs from 5-7 p.m. on Fridays.

On Saturday night, go for the heat and show up for the Winter Gathering and Dance at the Hovland Town Hall from 7-10 p.m. The event is sponsored by the North Shore Music Association.

The SplinterTones are on tap to play for the dance and they’re one of the best dance bands in the county. The band features: Leah Thomas, accordion and vocals; Rick Brandenburg, drums; Jeff DeShaw, bass and vocals; Max Bichel, violin and vocals; Liz Sivertson, saxophone.

The SplinterTones play for a winter dance at the Hovland Town Hall on Saturday.

The SplinterTones play for a winter dance at the Hovland Town Hall on Saturday.

There is no admission fee, but donations are appreciated. Families welcome.

There’s lots of great music this weekend (see the schedule below), and some interesting performances during the Singer/Songwriter sessions at Papa Charlie’s next week. On Monday night, Moors &McCumber perform, and on Wednesday night, Rachel Kilgour is on-stage. Music starts at 8 p.m. Free.

Exhibits:

 The Johnson Heritage Post is closed for the rest of the month and opening for the Winter Plein Air Exhibit on Feb. 1. Stay tuned.

Fika Coffee in Lutsen has just mounted an exhibit of prints by Carie Schaefer.

Sledding Bliss (print) by Carie Schaefer.

Sledding Bliss (print) by Carie Schaefer.

 

At Tettegouche State Park, the Finland Group of Painters are exhibiting a collection of works in oils and watercolors. The exhibit is the Great Hall and continues through the end of the month.

"Beaver Bay Point," watercolor, by Sandy Maxwell.

“Beaver Bay Point,” watercolor, by Sandy Maxwell, is one of the paintings on exhibit at Tettegouche State Park this month.

The Cedar Coffee Company in Two Harbors will hold an opening reception for the George Morrison Poster Prints show from 5-7 p.m. Friday.

The George Morrison Poster Print show opens at the Cedar Coffee House Company in Two Harbors on Friday night. The show continues through February.

The George Morrison Poster Print show opens at the Cedar Coffee  Company in Two Harbors on Friday night. The show continues through February.

At the Tweed Museum of Art, the exhibit “Intersections,” featuring 46 selected artworks by 19 Native artists continues through January.

"Rez Dog" by Star Wallowing Bull is one of the pieces in the Intersections exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

“Rez Dog” by Star Wallowing Bull is one of the pieces in the Intersections exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery continues its exhibit, “Lessons: The Artistry of Learning.”

Ceramic installation made up of high-fire black Shigaraki clay with feldspar by Sarah Link is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Ceramic installation made up of high-fire black Shigaraki clay with feldspar by Sarah Link is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

In other Thunder Bay Art Gallery news, the gallery just received word that it was awarded a $2.5 million grant by the Canadian government to be used for the construction of a new gallery in Prince Arthur Park, which is on the shores of Lake Superior. “It’s a go,” gallery director Sharon Godwin told CBC News. Exciting news for the gallery, for sure.

One of the proposed designs for the new Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

One of the proposed designs for the new Thunder Bay Art Gallery on the shores of Lake Superior.

 Upcoming:

Next Wednesday, the Grand Marais Playhouse, in collaboration with the Grand Marais Public Library, will hold a reading of the “It Can’t Happen Here” by Sinclair Lewis. The public is invited to to come, read a few lines or just watch as this historic play unfolds. The reading starts at 6 p.m. Free.

On Thursday, the Arts League of the North Shore will hold its second organizational meeting from 4-6 p.m. at the Johnson Heritage Post. The organization is a network of Arrowhead artists who share their time, talent and knowledge to support each other as artists and artisans. All artists are invited. The Arts League plans to hold a group show at the Heritage Post in April.

Also on Thursday, Natalie Sobanja will convene a Critical Response training session at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 6-8:30 p.m. The process allows artists to ask questions about their work in a non-judgmental setting through a facilitated dialogue between artists, peers, and audiences. Students who sign up will be part of the peer critique group and are not asked to bring in their own artwork to this training session.

A Critical Response training session will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony  from 6-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24.

A Critical Response training session will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 6-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24.

Should you want to have your work critiqued for feedback, please call the Art Colony at 387-2737.

And at 7 p.m.  on Thursday, Jan. 24, Sara Pajunen and Sam Miltich will perform  “Iron Range Music” at a house concert at the Art House B&B.

Sara Pajunen & Sam Miltich to play house concert at Art House B&B Jan. 24.

Sara Pajunen & Sam Miltich to play house concert at Art House B&B Jan. 24.

The concert starts at 7 p.m.  $10 suggested donation. Refreshments will be served. The Art B&B is located at 8 7th Ave. West in Grand Marais.

A series of Winter Reading Groups will be meeting at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Jan 29. Each group will be led by a different facilitator and read different books. They will meet in their groups on Jan. 29 and then reconvene at the Art Colony on Feb. 21 for a final discussion. Books and facilitators include:

  • “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes” with Ann Possis
  • Blue Arabesque: A Search for the Sublime” with Nina Simonowicz
  • “The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World” with John Books
  • Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guild to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence” with Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux
  • Water and What We Know: Following the Roots of a Nothern Life” Lin Salisbury

The deadline to sign up is Jan. 22. For more info, click here.

Also at the Art Colony, photographer Jess Oulis Smith with hold photography sessions for artists who want to develop their portfolios. Sessions will be held Feb 5, Feb. 9 and Feb. 12. For more info, click here or call the Art Colony at 387-2737

  Artist Opportunities:

 The applications for the Grand Marais Arts Festival are now open. The deadline to apply is March 7.

Applications are now open for the 2019 Grand Marais Arts Festival.

Applications are now open for the 2019 Grand Marais Arts Festival. Photo by Dennis Chick.

The festival Isi July 13-14 this year. To find all the details and apply, click here.

Call for Artists: Artists of every age are invited to participatd in this year’s Spirit of the Wilderness community exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post, which opens March 16. The theme of this year’s exhibit is “Thin Places: Encountering the Surprising Spirit Along the North Shore.” Artwork must be dropped off on Wednesday, March 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The theme of this year's community art exhibit organized by the Spirit of the Wilderness Church is

The theme of this year’s community art exhibit organized by the Spirit of the Wilderness Church is “Thin Places.

For more information about participating in this exhibit, call 387-2314.

Music:

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, Jan 17:

  • Timmy Haus Bent Paddle Takeover, Wunderbar 5 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison. Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Billy Johnson, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 18:

  • Billy Johnson, voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Cascade Lodge Restaurant, 6 p.m.
  • JohnRuss, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost Band, Wunder bar, 7 p.m.
  • Brotherless Arms (Drew Heinonen & Jim Miller), Bluefi Grille, 8 p.m.
  • The Millers, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 19:

  • Billy Johnson, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
  • Roxann Bergland, The Cover at Best Western, 5 p.m.
  • Cherry Dirt, Cascade Lodge Restaurant, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Poplar River Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Common Ground, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • The Sprigs, Poplar Haus, 8 p.m.
  • Eric Frost Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 20:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Open Stage, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • Billy Johnson, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, Jan 21:

  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille,  8 p.m.
  • Moors  & McCumber, Monday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 22:

  • Gordon Thorne, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Open Mic Night with Boyd Blomberg, Papa Charlie’s, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 23

  • Jon Kalberg, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Rachel Kilgour, Singer/Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Photographs:

We found some great photos this week. Here’s a selection:

Moosing crossing a frozen lake by Nace Hagemann.

Moosing crossing a frozen lake by Nace Hagemann.

 

Snowy Owl hunts in the Sax-Sim Bog by Heidi Pinkerton.

Snowy Owl hunts in the Sax-Sim Bog by Heidi Pinkerton.

 

Spruce Grouse flashing a little gold by Thomas Spence.

Spruce Grouse flashing a little gold by Thomas Spence.

 

Otter on ice by Chris Artist.

Otter on ice by Chris Artist.

 

 

Synchronized hare hunters in the Superior National Forest by Thomas Spence.

Synchronized hare hunters in the Superior National Forest by Thomas Spence.

 

Winters of winter in the morning mist by Kirk Shchelife.

Winters of winter in the morning mist by Kirk Shchelife.

 

This bobcat loves suet by Pat Zankman.

This bobcat loves suet by Pat Zankman.

 

Northern Hawk Owl by Matthew Breiter.

Northern Hawk Owl by Matthew Breiter.

And here are some landscapes.

Sunset on a foggy Gunflint lake by Ann I Karrick.

Sunset on a foggy Gunflint lake by Ann I Karrick.

A window-scape  …

Window Frost by Paul Sundberg.

Window Frost by Paul Sundberg.

More landscapes …

Silent Trout by Janice Latz.

Silent Trout by Janice Latz.

 

Grand Marais East Lighthouse by Christian Dalbec.

Grand Marais East Lighthouse by Christian Dalbec.

Some shipping photos:

Last Ship of the Season by Jeffrey Doty.

Last Ship of the Season by Jeffrey Doty.

 

Duluth, MN at its finest by George Listrup.

Duluth, MN at its finest by George Listrup.

 

Waves at Tettegouche by Roxanne Distad.

Waves at Tettegouche by Roxanne Distad.

 

The Shipping season is nearly at the end. Photo in Business North by Carment Paris, Corps of Engineers, Soo Locks.

Soo Locks: The shipping season is nearly at the end. Photo in Business North by Carmen Paris, Corps of Engineers.

 

Burning at Minus 10 by Christian Dalbec.

Burning at Minus 10 by Christian Dalbec.

And finally, this beauty:

Winter's Breath by Kate Bade.

Winter’s Breath by Kate Bade.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Becoming, becalmed in January

Frozen at the Gooseberry Shore by Jim Sock.

Frozen at the Gooseberry Shore by Jim Sochko.

January! When snow falls, and it starts getting lighter every day. The trails and hills are groomed and ready, and artists hunker down to start making for the coming year.

This January is no exception, although the deep snow and ice this early in the season is somewhat unusual. What is not unusual are the opportunities to get together, watch movies, listen to lots of live music, and get things done in the studio.

We have two movie opportunities this month: North House Folk School is running a movie series every Thursday night and the Grand Marais Pubic Library is screening films on Friday nights.

This week, North House Folk School will host the Back Country Film Festival on Thursday, Jan. 10, featuring a variety of films of the backcountry, human-powered recreation and environmental preservation.

The Superior Highland Backcountry Film Festival will be held at North House on Thursday, Jan. 10. Doors open at 6 p.m., films start at 7 p.m.

The Superior Highland Backcountry Film Festival will be held at North House on Thursday, Jan. 10. Doors open at 6 p.m., films start at 7 p.m.

Hosted by Superior Highlands Backcountry and produced by the Winter Wildlands Alliance, the film festival will promote the work of compelling storytellers. Doors open at 6 p.m., films start at 7 p.m. There will be raffles and silent auction. Admission is $10, kids are free. All invited.

On Friday, the Grand Marais Public Library will host Friday Night Reels and screen a documentary about Mister Fred Rogers starting at 6 p.m. The film, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” takes an intimate look at Mister Rogers, his work and his views on how to get along with each other. Check out the trailer here:

The film will be screened at 6 p.m. Free. Come early to make sure you get a seat.

On Saturday, the Grand Marais Music Collaborative will host an open mic at Wunderbar starting at 7 p.m. The Music Collaborative brings local music students and experienced music instructors together, fostering the region’s next generation of musicians. The entire GMMC board will be at the event, and many will bring their instruments. The Open Mic will be hosted by Joe Paulik and Pat Flack.

The Grand Marais Music Collaborative will host an Open Mic at the Wunderbar on Friday night starting at 7 p.m.

The Grand Marais Music Collaborative will host an Open Mic at the Wunderbar on Saturday night starting at 7 p.m.

The public is invited to this once-a-year event. It should be a fun evening of music and talk.

On Sunday, the Grand Marais Playhouse will hold a meeting at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts about next summer’s Summer Repertory line-up at 6:30 p.m.. Two shows will be performed in repertory on the weekends from July 18 through Aug. 11. A musical or a farce will be selected based on the interest of the group. For more info, contact Sue Hennessy at 387-1284, ext 2 or send an email to: sue@grandmaraisplayhouse.com

And on Monday, the Playhouse will hold auditions for the play “Quilters” at 3:30 p.m. at the ACA.  This is the annual community youth production with an emphasis on high school actors. There are roles for six women of high school age as well as an adult.  Musicians are also needed for this play. For more information, contact Sue Hennessy at sue@grandmaraisplayhouse.com. She can also be reached at 387-1284.

And at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 16, the Grand Marais Art Colony will host an informational session about this year’s 100-Day Project, The project, developed by an artists’ group in Michigan, invites artists to commit to an artistic pursuit for 100 days — whether it’s writing a book, crafting cartoons, working a new musical composition or just playing with art. The process develops new skills and habits and can be transforming for participants. It’s also fun.

art colony 100-day project

To find out more, come to the Art Colony at noon on Jan. 16. The actual 100-Day Project starts on Jan. 20. For more info, contact the Art Colony at 387-2737.

Exhibits:

 This is the last week to see the exhibit, “Remains of the Lake & the Northern Landscape” at the Johnson Heritage Post featuring a collection of black and white photographs by John Gregor focused on Lake Superior and landscapes by Tami Phillippi.

"Michipicoten Harbor after Flash Flood" by John Gregor.

“Michipicoten Harbor after Flash Flood” by John Gregor.

Tall Pine by Tami Phillippi.

Tall Pines by Tami Phillippi.

The exhibit has been well-received and continues through Jan. 13. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

An exhibit of George Morrison prints is currently on view at the North Shore Winery.

Surrealist Forms. Print by George Morrison. A selection of his prints are currently on exhibit at the North Shore Winery.

“Surrealist Forms.”Print by George Morrison. A selection of his prints are currently on exhibit at the North Shore Winery.

The Cedar Coffee House in Two Harbors will also mount an exhibit of George Morrison’s prints, with the opening reception set for Jan. 18. Stayed tuned.

A new exhibit has opened at Tettegouche State Park, featuring a variety of work by the Finland Group of Painters, including watercolors and oils.

Waiting for the Master I by Deborah Birkeland is one of the paintings in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park.

Waiting for the Master I by Deborah Birkeland, is one of the paintings in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park.

The exhibit in the Great Hall continues through January.

In Duluth, the “Quiet Simplicity” exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art continues, with a painting by Richard Emil Miller added this week.

"Woman Sewing" by Richard Emil Miller is on view in the "Quiet Simplicity" exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art

“Woman Sewing,” cc. 1910, by Richard Emil Miller is on view in the “Quiet Simplicity” exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery, 250 Park Ave.,  has extended its exhibits through Jan. 19 due to public demand. On view are a film,”Qaleidoscope” Untamed: The Annual Regional Juried Show and Comet Chaser: Sarah Mason: A Retrospective.

def sup sarah mason comet chaser a retrospective

One of the pieces in Sarah Mason’s retrospective, which will be exhibit at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery through Jan. 19.

The exhibits at Def Sup continue through Jan. 19.

At the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, this is the last weekend to see “Reclaimed,” an exhibition of hand-restored axes, hatchets, and sledges by Curtis MacKay Wilson of Fablewood Homestead.

This is the last weekend to see the exhibit "Reclaimed" at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

This is the last weekend to see the exhibit “Reclaimed” at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The restored artifacts are important pieces of material and cultural history of Northern Ontario, as well as examples of skilled restoration techniques.

Upcoming:

 Learn to waltz, two-step, foxtrot and swing dance with Ann and Wayne Russ this winter. The couple will be teaching dance classes at the 4-H Building at the Community Center from 7:15-9 p.m. starting Jan. 22. Singles welcome. For more info and to register, call 218 370-8949 or email russ@boreal.org

The Art House B&B will host a House Concert with Iron Range musicians Sara Pajunen and Sam Miltich at 7 p.m. Jan. 24. Tickets are $10 at the door. Refreshments will be served.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will host solar plate printmaker Dan Welden and photographer Craig Blacklock in a series of workshops, exhibits and artist talks in February. Stay tuned.

grand marais art colony dan welden and craig blacklock

Photographer Craig Blacklock and solarplate printmaker Dan Welden will be featured at the Grand Marais Art Colony in February.

 

Grand Marais photographer, Bryan Hansel, will give a presentation at the Grand Marais Public Library Feb. 20. His topic?  “100 Days on the Road: The Life of a Landscape Photographer.” Here’s a Google map of where he traveled to take photos and teach workshops last year.

Photographer Bryan Hansel's travels in 2018.

Photographer Bryan Hansel‘s photographic travels in 2018.

Here is one of the images he captured:

"Subtle Sunset: Death Valley National Park" by Bryan Hansel.

“Subtle Sunset: Death Valley National Park” by Bryan Hansel.

The presentation is free. Stay tuned.

Opportunities:

 More than 20 artists from every medium turned up for the first organizational meeting of the North Shore Arts League at the Johnson Heritage Post on Tuesday. The group discussed how and if they wanted to organize an artist network and support group. The decision? Yes! A steering committee was formed  to guide organizational structure in its early days. The steering committee members are Natalie Sobanja, Maxine Linehan, Bob Swanson, Julie Arthur and Kathy Weinberg.

The first meeting of the North Shore Arts League will be held at the Johnson Heritage Post from 11 a.m .to 1 p.m. Jan. 8

The first meeting of the North Shore Arts League was held at the Johnson Heritage Post on Tuesday. The next organizational meeting is set for Thursday, Jan. 24 from 5-7 p.m. All interested artists are invited to attend. It will be held at the JHP.

The group also decided to have a group show at the Johnson Heritage Post in April. The next organizational meeting is set for Jan. 24 from 5-7 p.m. All artists invited. For more info, contact Kathy Weinberg at klweinberg@gmail.com

A call for artists of every age has gone out for the spring exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post sponsored by the Spirit of the Wilderness Church. The exhibit opens in March. The theme this year is “Thin Place.” For more info, contact Greg Mueller at glmuellerstudio@gmail.com and stay tuned for details.

And finally, a call for artists has gone out for the Bimidji Sculpture Walk.

A call has gone out to sculptors to apply for the Bimidji Sculpture Walk, held in downtown Bimidji in June.

A call has gone out to sculptors to apply for the Bimidji Sculpture Walk, held in downtown Bimidji in June. Pictured, above, is one of the sculptures in the Sculpture Walk in years past.

The sculpture festival is held in June. This is the 20th year the event has been held on the streets of the town. Selected artists will receive a $500 honorarium. For more info, click here.

  Music:

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, Jan. 10:

  • Gordon Thorne & the Wildcats, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Pete K, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 11:

  • Briand Morrison, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • North Shore Community Swing Band, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Colleen Myhre and Ton Peterson, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Pete K, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 12:

  • Harris Mills, The Cove, Best Western Plus Superior Inn, 5-8 p.m.
  • Frozen Britches, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Common Ground, Poplar River Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Grand Marais Music Collaborative, Open Mic, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Colleen Myhre and Tony Peterson, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 14:

  • Chris Koza, Singer/Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 15:

  • Jim & Michele Miller, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Open Mic with Boyd Blomberg, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 16:

  • Singer/Songwriters Sarah Morris Trio, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

We found lots of photos this week. Here’s a selection:

First, wildlife:

Frosted beak chickadee by Gail Murton.

Frosted beak chickadee by Gail Murton.

 

Otter on the ice by David Johnson.

Otter on the ice by David Johnson.

 

A barred owl this afternoon by Jeff Grotte.

A barred owl at sunset by Jeff Grotte.

 

Piikkisika. Porcupine by Michael Furtman.

Piikkisika. Porcupine by Michael Furtman.

 

A boring day by Jeremy Church.

Snowy owl  by Jeremy Church.

 

Moose on the loose by David Johnson.

Moose on the loose by David Johnson.

We found these northern light shots.

Northern lights by David Jay Olson.

Northern lights by David Jay Olson.

 

Northern lights over Grand Marais by Floyd Luomanen.

Northern lights over Grand Marais by Floyd Luomanen.

And snow:

A winter snowstorm evokes the same excitement as a summer downpour by Layne Kennedy.

A winter snowstorm evokes the same excitement as a summer downpour by Layne Kennedy.

And grey beauty.

Sun over Lake Superior by Teresa Chmelik.

Sun over Lake Superior by Teresa Chmelik.

And some wonderful sunrise/sunsets:

A sunset in the harbor by Bryan Hansel.

A sunset in the harbor by Bryan Hansel.

 

Snowy trees at sunrise by Billie Stechyshyn.

Snowy trees at sunrise by Billie Stechyshyn.

 

The light shines on by Matthew Pastick.

The light shines on by Matthew Pastick.

 

Black Beach, Silver Bay by Craig Morrison.

Black Beach, Silver Bay by Craig Morrison.

 

Grand Marais Sunset by Allison Heeren.

Grand Marais Sunset by Allison Heeren.

And a double sunset/double exposure:

Paul Sundberg Sunrise Grand Marais Harbor_PSundberg

Sunset over Grand Marais Harbor by Paul Sandberg.

 

And finally, this shot, which certainly tells a story…

Awaiting dinner? by Heidi Pinkerton.

Waiting for lunch by Heidi Pinkerton.

Heidi Pinkerton caught this scene when she was out driving the other day. When she got out of her car, the wolf left, but the deer stayed in that freezing river for another hour before venturing onto dry ground, she said.

So that’s it for this week! Enjoy your weekend!

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Sled Dogs, Trampled by Turtles & The Arts League

Split Rock Lighthouse by Matthew Pastick.

Split Rock Lighthouse by Matthew Pastick.

Welcome to 2019!

We’re excited to report that winter has clamped down on the North Shore with more than a foot of fluffy white snow, coating the trees in splendor and the trails with deep coverings for skis, snowshoes, fat tires and mukluks.

It’s a great harbinger for one of the most popular sled dog races on the North Shore, too –the Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race , which starts 8 a.m.  on Saturday at Trail Center, with a full complement of enthusiastic mushers and sled dogs.

There are several exciting things to do and see before then.

First up is the launch of the Friday Night Reels, the winter film series at the Grand Marais Public Library on Friday at 6 p.m. when it will screen the film “Neither Wolf Nor Dog,” based on the novel of the same name by author Kent Nerburn. This is a great opportunity to see the film because it is not in general circulation yet. Check out the trailer here:

The screening is free. All invited.

Also on Friday night, the Finland Group of Painters will open an exhibit in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park with a reception at 7 p.m. Friday. Exhibitors include oil painters Gary Olson, Marc Smith and Deb Birkeland and watercolorist Sandy Maxwell.

"Fisherman's Home" by Gary Olson, is one of the paintings to be exhibited at Tettegouche State Park this month.

“Fisherman’s Home” by Gary Olson, is one of the paintings to be exhibited at Tettegouche State Park this month.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, continues through January.

Also on Friday, Papa Charlie’s and Lutsen Mountains will host the 4th annual Ski Party featuring singer/songwriter Erik Koskinen and Trampled by Turtles on Friday night and Superior Siren and Lissie on Saturday night. On Friday night, Koskinen plays at 9 p.m., Trampled by Turtles at 10:45 p.m. Here’s a video of a favorite Trampled by Turtles song:

Doors open at 8 p.m. on Friday night. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. For more info and tickets, click here.

The Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race begins and ends at Trail Center this weekend. It is a continuous race consisting of two legs of equal distance, separated by a mandatory layover. There are two classes in the race: a 12-dog, 100-mile race and an 8-dog, 65-mile race. The races begin at 8 a.m. at Trail Center.

The Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race is set to start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5. Nace Hagemann took this great photo at last year's race.

The Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race is set to start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5. Nace Hagemann took this great photo at last year’s race.

Temps won’t be nearly as cold as they were last year. At the start in 2018, the temperature was -27℉, according to local reports. This year, it will be considerably warmer with a projected high of 37℉.

The race will feature lots of great mushers, including Ryan Redington, who has won the past two Mail Runs and also won last winter’s John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. Also competing this year is Ryan Anderson, who has won the Beargrease three times, most recently in 2017. Local mushers include Erin Altemus, Frank Moe, Matt Schmidt and Mary Manning, to name a few.

Check out this video about the start of the Mail Run:

Everyone is invited to come watch. The race will also be covered on the event’s Facebook page here as well as team tracking on the race website, here.

Also this weekend,  the 3rd annual Norpine Fat Bike Classic will be held. The long course is 24 miles long, the short course is 16 miles. The racers will compete  predominately on the Norpine cross country ski trails.

The 3rd annual Fat Bike Classic will be held on Saturday.

The 3rd annual Norpine Fat Bike Classic will be held on Saturday.

The mass start is at the Superior National clubhouse at 10:30 a.m. For details about this weekend event, click here.

Indoors, look for the first organizational meeting of the North Shore Arts League at the Johnson Heritage Post on Tuesday, Jan. 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All fine art artists are invited, including painters, writers, sculptors, potters,  photographers and fiber artists — in short, any artist who may benefit from having a go-to network is welcome to attend. The group will discuss organizational details as well as make plans for a group show at the Heritage Post in April. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch. For more information, click here. 

And then on Wednesday, the Grand Marais Public Library will begin it’s Winter Wednesday series with the reading of Henrik Ibsen’s play, “An Enemy of the People” in conjunction with the Grand Marais Playhouse. This is an opportunity for participants to gather together to read and/or just listen to the play in an informal setting. All invited. The event starts at 6 p.m.

Exhibits:

 The exhibit, “Remains of the Lake & the Northern Landscape” featuring black and white photographs of historic sites on Lake Superior by John Gregor and colorful North Shore landscapes by Tami Phillippi continues at the Johnson Heritage Post.

'Lightning over Fishing Shack--Stoney Point" by John Gregor, is one of the works in the Johnson Heritage Post exhibit.

‘Lightning over Fishing Shack–Stoney Point” by John Gregor, is one of the works in the Johnson Heritage Post exhibit.

The exhibit continues through Jan. 13. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

The Betsy Bowen Studio and Galleries will be open on Friday and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. all winter. The studio features a variety of local artists’ work as well as Bowen’s woodcuts. And it’s an active studio as Bowen continues to make woodcut prints.

First rough proof of a new print by Betsy Bowen.

First rough proof of a new print by Betsy Bowen.

Lauri Slanga has work at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

"Wave," by Lauri Slanga. Acrylic on canvas.

“Wave,” by Lauri Slanga. Acrylic on canvas.

This is the last weekend to see Anne Labovitz’ exhibit, 122 Conversations, at the Tweed Museum of Art. It closes Jan.6.

A few of the silk paintings in the exhibit, 122 Conversations, which closes at the Tweed Jan. 6.

A few of the silk paintings in the exhibit, 122 Conversations, which closes at the Tweed Jan. 6.

The Joseph Nease Gallery in Duluth is exhibiting work by Allison Aune.

Alison Aune has work at the Joseph Nease Gallery in Duluth,

Alison Aune has work at the Joseph Nease Gallery in Duluth, 

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery has a number of exhibits this month, including “Exorcism” by Carl Beams.

A piece from Carl Beams exhibit, "Exorcism" which is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

A piece from Carl Beams exhibit, “Exorcism” which is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

 Upcoming:

 North House Folk School will hold Thursday Night Film screenings starting next Thursday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. This week’s films: The Backcountry Film Festival, featuring a compilation of films orbiting around human-powered outdoor winter experiences. Doors open at 6 p.m. The films start at 7 p.m. $10 admission, kids are free. There will also be a raffle and silent auction.

Hovland’s annual Winter Gathering & Dance will be held at the Hovland Town Hall from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19 with the SplinterTones. All invited. Sponsored by the North Shore Music Association.

The SplinterTones will play for the Winter Gathering & Dance at the Hovland Town Hall Jan. 19,

The SplinterTones will play for the Winter Gathering & Dance at the Hovland Town Hall Jan. 19,

The Robert Burns Dinner honoring the Scottish poet’s birthday will be held Jan. 26 at The Wunderbar. The event includes piping in the haggis,  a full-course dinner, poetry readings, and a sing-a-long.

The Scottish poet Robert Burns will be honored Jan. 26 at the Wunderbar.

The Scottish poet Robert Burns will be honored Jan. 26 at the Wunderbar.

Reservations are required and must be made by Jan. 19. For more information and to make reservations, contact Jeff or Mary MacDonald at (218) 387-1221 or creative@boreal.org

And the Grand Marais Art Colony will host a series of Winter Reading Groups, which will read a book and discuss it within the group. Each group will meet on Jan. 29 and then again on Feb. 21. Open to all. The suggested donation is $10, and registration is open through Jan. 22.

The morning groups meet from 9:30-11:30 a.m., the evening groups meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Founders Hall at the Art Colony. Click on the listings below to learn more.

Homage

And last, but not least, we are sad to report that internationally acclaimed potter, Warren MacKenzie, has died. He was 94.

Warren MacKenzie. Photo by Sara Sanders.

Warren MacKenzie. Photo by Sara Sanders.

In his lifetime, MacKenzie taught hundreds if not thousands of students about how to make pots. and dedicated his life to crafting clay into usable, functional and beautiful vessels. He is the father of the Minnesota pottery tradition, which combines Japanese, English and American techniques and values into making a pot. His creative life is honored all over the world. In 1981, he was named one of the 12 greatest potters in the world, and his work is featured in museums and collections world-wide. His studio is in Stillwater.

Warren MacKenzie working on a pot in his studio in Stillwater. He was 94 when this photo was taken. Photo by Jay Goldmark @ Goldmarket.com

Warren MacKenzie working on a pot in his studio in Stillwater. He was 94 when this photo was taken. Photo by Jay Goldmark @ Goldmarket.com

For a great story about MacKenzie’s life and wonderful photographs of him and his work, click here.

Music:

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, Jan. 3:

  • Eric Frost, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison & Roxann Berglund, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 4:

  • One Less Guest, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • JohnRuss, Cascade Lodge Restaurant, 6 p.m.
  • Jon Kalberg, Poplar River Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Ski Party with Erik Koskinen, 9 p.m., Trampled by Turtles, 10:45 p.m. Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 5:

  • SonofMel, Cascade Lodge, 6 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Woodblind, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Ski Party at Papa Charlie’s, Superior Siren, 9 p.m., Lissie, 10:45 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 5:

  • Open Mic with Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 5:30 p.m.

 Monday, Jan. 6:

  • Briand Morrison, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Erik Koskinen, Singer/Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

 Tuesday, Jan. 7:

  • Joe Paulik, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Open Mic at Papa Charlie’s with Boyd Blomberg,  7 p.m.

 Wednesday, Jan. 8:

  • Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.

Lots of photos this week. Let’s start with a vegetable.

First phot of 2018; Bermuda Onion by Layne Kennedy.

First phot0 of 2019; Bermuda Onion by Layne Kennedy.

And a droplet of water:

"The little dripper. I can do a lot with a kitchen sink and a camera." Photo by Jeremy Church.

“The little dripper. I can do a lot with a kitchen sink and a camera.” Photo by Jeremy Church.

And a burning meteor in the sky: (Look for it)

"Whoosh" by Jan Swart.

“Whoosh” by Jan Swart.

And clouds:

A sky full of teeth by Jon Wood.

A sky full of teeth by Jon Wood.

And an ice mushroom:

An ice button mushroom by Gary Schmies.

An ice button mushroom by Gary Schmies.

And a bear cloud:

Bear cloud at Crystal Lake by Fin McCools.

Bear cloud at Crystal Lake by Fin McCools.

Surfing at Stoney Point at -10℉.

Suring on Stoney Point by David Jones, Star Tribune.

Suring on Stoney Point by David Jones, Star Tribune.

 

Surfing in sea smoke by Matthew Pastick.

Surfing in sea smoke by Matthew Pastick.

And a few wildlife shots:

Snowy Owl by Michael Furtman.

Snowy Owl by Michael Furtman.

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Happy to see he survived another season by Sandra Updyke.

Happy to see he survived another season by Sandra Updyke.

 

Reason #113 why Grand Marais is the coolest small town in America by Terry Backlund.

Reason #113 why Grand Marais is the coolest small town in America by Terry Backlund.

 

You never know what will show up at your feeders by Thomas Spence. (This is a brown thrasher.)

You never know what will show up at your feeders by Thomas Spence. (This is a brown thrasher.)

And lots of icy shots:

At Gooseberry Falls by Scott Roen.

At Gooseberry Falls by Scott Roen.

 

Temperance River by Dustin Lavigne.

Temperance River by Dustin LaVigne.

 

Some mornings just call for me to go stand on the (Lift) bridge by Tim Miodozyniec.

Some mornings just call for me to go stand on the (Lift) bridge by Tim Miodozyniec.

 

High Falls during the storm by Travis Novitsky.

High Falls during the storm by Travis Novitsky.

 

Shattered VII, Brighton Beach ty Tischer Photography.

Shattered VII, Brighton Beach ty Tischer Photography.

 

Moonscape by Trista Hendrickson Schinigol.

Moonscape by Trista Hendrickson Schinigol.

 

Jane's Fish House by Don Davison.

Jane’s Fish House by Don Davison.

 

New Year's Day at the beach, Minnesota-style by Sharon Dawson.

New Year’s Day at the beach, Minnesota-style by Sharon Dawson.

 

After the storm by Billie Stechyshyn.

After the storm by Billie Stechyshyn.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Year’s Greetings, A Movie & A Tiny House

Merry Christmoose from the back roads of Cook County.

“From the back roads of Cook County”  by Thomas Spence..

It’s pretty quiet in Cook County this week, which is good. It gives us all a chance to recharge.

There’s plenty of snow, with more to come, making it picture-perfect for the Holiday Season. The night life is pretty good, too. Look for great music at all the venues over the weekend, and lots of New Year’s Eve parties on New Year’s Eve. (See schedule, below).

For Thursday, Dec. 27, consider participating in a “Let’s Paint” at Lutsen Resort. The wine-art event is hosted by Kathy Fox Weinberg from 1-4 p.m. on Thursday. Participants will learn the basics of painting landscapes with acrylic, and walk away with a landscape painting featuring the resort’s historic Poplar River Bridge. The best part? You don’t have to be an artist to have an awesome time (or drink wine).

Frosty Morning at Poplar River Bridge by Kathy Fox Weinberg.

Frosty Morning at Poplar River Bridge by Kathy Fox Weinberg.

The cost of the wine-art event is $40. All invited. For more info and to register, click here.

And from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, North House Folk School will hold an open house to view a Tiny House built in the Boat Barn, the new classroom at North House. It is located in the Morton building behind Dockside Fish Market. The Tiny House, a Mark Hansen-inspired design, was built with timbers milled at Hedstrom Lumber Company by instructor Andy Keith and resident artisans Angela Robins and Mike Loeffler.

This Tiny House designed was inspired by Mike Hansen and will be on-view at an open house in the Boat Barn at North House Folk School from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28.

This Tiny House designe was inspired by Mike Hansen and will be on-view at an open house in the in the Boat Barn at North House Folk School from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28.

Angela Robbins works on the Tiny House being constructed in the Boat Barn at North House. It is finished and will be on-view on Friday.

Angela Robbins works on the Tiny House being constructed in the Boat Barn at North House. It is finished and will be on view on Friday.

Art Museums, galleries and shops have different hours over the next week… many will be closed, at least, on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, but when they’re open, here’s what you can see:

“The Remains of the Lake & Northern Landscapes” with photographs by John Gregor and Tami Phillippi continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through Jan. 13.

Gregor’s stunning black & white photographs document old industrial sites on Lake Superior, while Phillippi’s North Shore colorful landscapes inspire. It’s an interesting exhibit.

Taconite Dock in Marquette, Mich. by John Gregor.

Taconite Dock in Marquette, Mich. by John Gregor.

Hollow Rock Sunrise by Tami Phillippi.

Hollow Rock Sunrise by Tami Phillippi.

The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Betsy Bowen’s Studio and Galleries is open all winter, Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Holiday Art Underground show continues at the Betsy Bowen Gallery and Studios featuring work by more than 20 local and regional artists. Mary Reichert made these silk and wool scarves.

The Holiday Art Underground show continues at the Betsy Bowen Gallery and Studios featuring work by more than 20 local and regional artists. Mary Reichert made these silk and wool scarves.

The Holiday Art Underground show continues at the gallery through the first of the year.

This is the final week to see two exhibits at the Duluth Art Institute: Patrick Luber’s “Exceptionally Ordinary,” and Darren Houser’s “Real-Unreal.” They close Dec. 30. Also on view, “Alien Ship” by Stephanie Wilcox, a pencil and ink drawing.

Stephanie Wilcox pencil and ink drawing: "Alien Ship.:

Stephanie Wilcox pencil and ink drawing: “Alien Ship.:

The Duluth Art Institute‘s Annual Member Show opens Jan. 24. Stay tuned for details.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery continues its three exhibits: “21 Pillows,” an installation by Cheryl Wilson-Smith, From the Permanent Collection; Carl Beam’s “Exorcism,“Reclaimed,” an exhibition of hand restored axes, hatchets, and sledges and “Lessons: The Artistry of Learning.”

The exhibit “Lessons: Artistry of Learning,” features work by artists dedicated to the accumulation and sharing of knowledge, and includes works by Moses Amik Beaver (1960-2017), Zoe Gordon, Sarah Link, Jean Marshall, Riaz Mehmood, Crystal Nielsen, Frank Shebageget and Mavourneen Trainor.

Birth of an Idea by Movourneen Trainor, digital print.

“Birth of an Idea” by Movourneen Trainor, digital print.

The exhibits at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery continue through March 3.

Upcoming:

 The Grand Marais Public Library will hold two winter programming lineups this year: Friday Night Reels, a series of films screened on Friday nights. The series starts on Jan. 4, and Winter Wednesdays, a series of presentations Jan. 9.

Next Friday, Jan. 4, “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” will be screened at 6 p.m.. It based on Kent Nerburn’s novel. Because “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” is only available for licensed viewing, this may be the only chance people from Cook County will have to see the film without having to travel to a more metropolitan destination where it might play in an arthouse style theater. Free. Here’s a trailer:

 Friday. Jan. 4., 6 p.m., Grand Marais Public Library. Free.

The first Winter Wednesday event is scheduled to be a reading of a play, Henrik Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People,” in conjunction with the Grand Marais Playhouse. Stay tuned for details.

Also next weekend, the Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race will be held at Trail Center. This is always an exciting time for mushers and is a fun race to watch. Details next week.

Also, a new exhibit opens in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park with a reception on Friday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. The exhibit features work by the Finland Group of Painters: Gary Olson, Marc Smith and Deb Birkeland, oil painters, and Sandy Maxwell, watercolorist.

'March Marigolds" by Marc Smith.

‘March Marigolds” by Marc Smith.

The exhibit will continue through January.

The first organizational meeting of the North Shore Arts League will be held at the Johnson Heritage Post from 11 a.m to 1 p.m on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

The first meeting of the North Shore Arts League will be held at the Johnson Heritage Post from 11 a.m .to 1 p.m. Jan. 8

The first meeting of the North Shore Arts League will be held at the Johnson Heritage Post from 11 a.m .to 1 p.m. Jan. 8

According to a statement about the meeting, “artists are integral to the culture and history of the North Shore, while also playing a important role in today’s economy. To thrive and assure a vibrant art force, it is important that artisans have a nurturing, supportive community dedicated to their personal, social, educational and informational needs. The arts league will be a self-facilitated group organized by artists for artists. It will be organized as the group desires and based on the needs of the group.” All artists are welcome.

At the first meeting, the group will be considering and deciding on its first show/member exhibition with space offered by Johnson Heritage Post for April 12-May 5, 2019. For more info, click here.

Music:

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, Dec. 27:

  • Apres-Ski Acoustic with Bug Dope, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Papa Charlie’s, 6:30 p.m.
  • Maria Nickolay, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 28:

  • James Moors, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Papa Charlie’s, 6:45 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 29:

  • Eric Frost, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Jim McGowan, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Jon Cron, Papa Charlie’s, 6:45 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Dance Party with DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 30:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • James Moors, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik & Pat Flack, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, www.michaelmonroemusic.com, 7 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 31:

  • New Year’s Eve Celebration, Cascade Lodge Pub, 5-9 p.m.
  • New Year’s Eve, Gunflint Lodge, 5:30-11 p.m.
  • Boyd Blomberg, Papa Charlie’s, 6:45 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concerts, rural Grand Marais, www.michaelmonroemusic.com, 7 p.m.
  • New Year’s Eve at Grandma Ray’s, Rich Mattson & the North Stars, 8:30 p.m.
  • New Year’s Eve Karaoke, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • New Year’s Eve Dance Party with DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 1:

  • Timmy Haus, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 2:

  • Singer/Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 3:

  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 4:

  • Ski Party Weekend at Papa Charlie’s, Erik Koskinen, 9 p.m., Trampled by Turtles, 10:45 p.m.

Photographs:

 We found a few photos this week. Here’s a selection:

Let’s start with wildlife–all birds this week.

"Man, does she have legs!" by Christian Dalbec.

“Man, does she have legs!” by Christian Dalbec.

 

Boreal chickadee by Angela Botner.

Boreal chickadee by Angela Botner.

 

Another shot from the owling adventure ... female snowy owl by Scott Shelerud.

Another shot from the owling adventure … female Snowy Owl by Scott Shelerud.

 

Lady Cardinal .. A bit camouflaged in the woods.

Lady Cardinal .. A bit camouflaged in the woods by J. Diana Martinson Middleton.

 

Barred Owl by David Johnson.

Barred Owl by David Johnson.

Catching wildlife….this is one in the series by Christian Dalbec.

See catching herring on Lake Superior by Christian Dalbec.

 Herring catch on Lake Superior by Christian Dalbec.

The Winter Solstice:

Solstice moon rise over Lake Superior, by Tom Spence.

Solstice moon rise over Lake Superior, by Tom Spence.

Winter landscapes:

Missing the North Shore by Margie Deadrick.

Missing the North Shore by Margie Deadrick.

 

A frozen sunrise by Tischer Photography.

A frozen sunrise by Tischer Photography.

 

Rising moon, stars and a cool ice formation by Bryan Hansel.

Rising moon, stars and a cool ice formation by Bryan Hansel.

 

Pancakes at twilight by Dawn LaPointe.

Pancakes at twilight by Dawn LaPointe.

 

Found the perfect tree. Will leave to enjoy next year by Christian Dalbec.

“Found the perfect tree. Will leave to enjoy next year” by Christian Dalbec.

 

Saturday morning at Tettegouche State Park by Jim Sockhko.

Saturday morning at Tettegouche State Park by Jim Sockhko.

Lighthouses:

Going to be a. bright, bright sunshine day by Matthew Pastick.

Going to be a. bright, bright sunshine day by Matthew Pastick.

 

Quiet reflections by Jeffrey Doty.

Quiet reflections by Jeffrey Doty.

 

Grand Marais Habor by Paul Sundberg.

Grand Marais Harbor by Paul Sundberg.

 

Christmas Eve morning at Split Rock by Roxanne Distad.

Christmas Eve morning at Split Rock by Roxanne Distad.

 

Winter birches by Adam Brock.

Winter birches by Adam Brock.

 

Christmas morning by Jeffrey Doty.

Christmas morning by Jeffrey Doty.

And last, but not least, this photograph, taken by a high school student as part of a photo assignment… a chicken at dawn.

Chicken at sunrise by Doug Determan's daughter.

Chicken at sunrise by Doug Determan’s daughter.

Happy New Year! Best wishes for 2019.

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Vexed by Beavers, A Cold Moon Fest & Christmas

Indiana Harbor arriving in Two Harbors Dec. 15.

The Indiana Harbor arriving in Two Harbors Dec. 15.

Happy Winter Solstice! And Merry Christmas! Lots to celebrate this weekend!

There are lots of Winter Solstice celebrations scheduled for this week, as winter makes its official entry into our calendars. And Christmas is Tuesday!

And although it is wintery on Lake Superior (see photo, above), it’s been much warmer on the shore. That “heat wave” (around 32 degrees) is scheduled to last for awhile, or at least until Christmas. so getting out for events and/or final shopping should be pretty easy.

First up this week is a great opportunity for Cook County artists to learn about grant opportunities offered by the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.

arac grant sessions

On Friday, Dec. 21, Holly Hackett-Rich, the grants manager at ARAC, will talk about its artistic grant programs at the Grand Marais Art Colony starting at noon. All artists are invited, whether they’re dancers or potters or writers, or sculptors or fiber artists, printmakers, painters or poets — the grant programs are open to all.

Local artists who have recently been awarded ARAC grants include Corrie Steckelberg, Hovland; Mary Beth Garmoe, Grand Marais; Greg Mueller, Lutsen; Mike Smieja, Grand Marais; Melissa Wickwire. Grand Marais, Elizabeth Belz, Grand Marais; Briand Morrison, Grand Portage and Neil Sherman, Grand Marais.

Hackett-Rich will give a presentation and then be available for questions. This is a free lunch-time event, and participants are welcome to bring their own brown bag lunch. To learn more about ARAC, click here.

And Russell DuFresne, who’s playing a Tom Petty Tribute Show at the Wunderbar on Friday night will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse to talk about his music and play a few songs. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. on Friday nights.

Not to be missed,  the Good Harbor Hill Players will present its annual Winter Solstice Shadow Puppet Show at North House Folk School on Friday night starting at 6 p.m. This show is always a great community event, and includes live music, crazy plots, funny shadow puppets, a bonfire, a potluck and a surprise or two.  The title of this year’s show? “Vexed by Beavers.”

The Good Harbor Hill Players will present the shadow puppet show, Vexed by Beavers" at North House Folk School starting at 6 p.m.

The Good Harbor Hill Players will present the shadow puppet show,”Vexed by Beavers” at North House Folk School starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21. (Illustration by Betsy Bowen.)

The bonfire is lit after the show and the audience is invited to toss in their “gloomies,” handwritten notes about things they’d rather forget, things they want to change in the coming year, even things they are thankful for. Then everyone retires to the Blue Building for a celebratory potluck. (Please bring your own utensils.) All invited. Free.

If you’re going to be in Duluth on Friday night, check out the Downtown Duluth Winter Solstice Arts Walk which features exhibits, music, glass blowing, photography, card-making, art shopping and more from 5-8 p.m. in a variety of studios and galleries downtown.

Nordic ornaments, cards and more will be featured at the Tight Squeek Press, 128 W. 1st St. in Duluth during the Winter Solstice Arts Walk.

Nordic ornaments, cards and more will be featured at Jon Hinkel’s Tight Squeek Press, 128 W. 1st St., in Duluth during the Downtown Duluth’s Winter Solstice Arts Walk, one of many galleries and art studios open on Friday from 5-8 p.m.

Click here to see a map of all the venues.

This is the final weekend before Christmas, and it’s going to be pretty quiet in Cook County, as people make final preparations and shop for the Tuesday event.

At The Big Lake on Saturday, starting at 3 p.m., the shop will celebrate the first full moon of winter with the Cold Moon Fest. There will be refreshments, kids crafts, drawings and more starting at 3 p.m.

"Sister Moon" by Jana Vashti. (detail)

“Sister Moon” by Jana Vashti. (detail)

The Full Moon in December is traditionally called the Cold Moon.

There’s lots of great live music for the rest of the week, too, see the music schedule, below.

Exhibits: 

The exhibit, “Remains of the Lake & the Northern Landscape” continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through Jan. 13. The exhibit includes beautiful black and white photographs by John Gregor detailing industrial “leftovers” in Lake Superior as well as a series of colorful landscapes by Tami Phillippi.

"Timbers" by John Gregor.

“Timbers” by John Gregor.

The northern sky by Tami Phillippi.

The northern sky by Tami Phillippi.

The Johnson Heritage Post is open from 10 am. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Also on exhibit is the Holiday Art Underground Show at Betsy Bowen Gallery and Studios, featuring work by more than 30 local and regional artists.

Bonnie Gay Hedstrom has colorful hand felted pins in the Holiday Art Underground Show at Betsy Bowen's Gallery & Studios.

Bonnie Gay Hedstrom has colorful hand felted pins in the Holiday Art Underground Show at Betsy Bowen’s Gallery & Studios.

The gallery is open from 11 a.m. 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. After Christmas, it will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m Thursday through Saturday, all through the winter.

At Tettegouche State Park, watercolor painter Dennis Murnyak is exhibiting a selection of his work in the Great Hall.

Painting by Dennis Murnyak.

Painting by Dennis Murnyak.

The exhibit continues through December.

The Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth continues its exhibit, “Intersections,” featuring work from its collections of Native American art.

Frank Russell Big Bear is exhibiting work in the Intersections show at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Frank Russell Big Bear is exhibiting work in the” Intersections” show at the Tweed Museum of Art.

The Duluth Art Institute is exhibiting a variety of art at the Duluth City Hall through March in collaboration with the Duluth Public Arts Commission.

One of the paintings at the Duluth City Hall on exhibit through March.

One of the paintings at the Duluth City Hall on exhibit through March.

In Thunder Bay, this is the last weekend to see the Definitely Superior Art Gallery‘s exhibits, the annual juried exhibit of DefSup members as well as works by Sarah Mason.

This painting by Sarah Mason is at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

This painting by Sarah Mason is at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery has opened a group exhibition, “Lessons: The Artistry of Learning.” which will be on view through March 3. The exhibit showcases works by seven artists from Thunder Bay and the region, including pieces by the late Moses Amik Beaver (1960-2017).

Lament of the Loon by Moses Amik Beaver is on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

“Lament of the Loon” by Moses Amik Beaver is on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Upcoming:

Lots of places have scheduled New Year’s Eve Parties on Dec. 31. Check out them out here. And stay tuned for details next week.

Trampled by Turtles will be at Papa Charlie’s Friday, Jan. 4, to perform as part of Lutsen Mountains Ski Party Weekend, Jan.4-5. Erik Koskinen will also play on Friday night.  Details and tickets, here.

Here’s a video of this exciting band.

Also coming up that weekend, the popular Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race, sponsored by Trail Center Jan. 5.

A new arts organization is forming to provide networking for artists in the county. The North Shore Arts League will have its first organizational meeting at the Johnson Heritage Post from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8. All artists welcome.

And finally, the Winter Gathering and Dance with the SplinterTones will be held at the Hovland Town Hall Jan. 19. It is sponsored by the North Shore Music Association.

Window Shopping:

Here is just a taste of a few tidbits you will find at galleries and shops in the county this weekend.

Split Rock Lighthouse in the Snow, watercolor, by Tom Soucek is at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Split Rock Lighthouse in the Snow, watercolor, by Tom Soucek is at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

A New Book, giclee print of a painting by Adam Swanson, is at Sivertson Gallery.

A New Book, giclee print of a painting by Adam Swanson, is at Sivertson Gallery.

Lake Superior Trading Post has a great collection of North Shore ornaments.

Lake Superior Trading Post has a great collection of North Shore ornaments.

Music:

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, Dec. 20:

  • Eric Frost, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & the Wildcats– Holiday Show, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 21:

  • Matt & Laurel, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • A Very Petty Christmas with Free Falling, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 22:

  • Matt & Laurel, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 23:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 25:

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, Dec. 26:

  • Apres-ski Acoustic with Boyd Blomberg, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Tim Fast, Gun Flint Tavern,  7 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Bluefin Bay, 8 p.m.

Photographs:

We are so lucky to have great local and regional photographers who are willing to share their work with us. Here are some of the photos we found this week:

First, wildlife:

Paul Sundberg met this momma bobcat and her kitten the other day.

Bobcat Momma and kitten by Paul Sandberg.

Bobcat Momma and kitten by Paul Sandberg.

Then another one showed up.

Bobcat kitten by Paul Sandberg. (We want to name him/her "The Flirt.")

Bobcat kitten by Paul Sandberg. (We want to name him/her “The Flirt.”)

 

Female Snowy today ty David Johnson.

Female Snowy today ty David Johnson.

 

Bohemian waxwing by Tom Berg.

Bohemian waxwing by Tom Berg.

Here’s a photograph that looks like it’s been photoshopped, but the photographer says it wasn’t… just happy chance. He was taking photos of this Snowy Owl perched on the roof of a hospital in Superior, Wis., with the moon behind it, when an airplane flew into the frame.

A progression of flight by Scott Shelerud.

A progression of flight by Scott Shelerud.

Frozen water:

Upper Falls, Gooseberry State Park by Tracy Jonson.

Upper Falls, Gooseberry State Park by Tracy Jonson.

 

Nice ice by Mark Tessier.

Nice ice by Mark Tessier.

Here’s one from another Big Lake… Lake Michigan.

Frozen lighthouse, Lake Michigan by Thomas Zakowski.

Frozen lighthouse, Lake Michigan by Thomas Zakowski.

 

"Winters with Lake Superior are rich with beauty and suprises," by Dawn LaPointe.

“Winters with Lake Superior are rich with beauty and suprises,” by Dawn LaPointe.

Rushing Water:

Tofte, MN by Chris Williams Suomi.

Tofte, MN by Chris Williams Suomi.

 

Happy SUNday by Bryan Hansel.

Happy SUNday by Bryan Hansel.

Curling water:

Fun in the Park; Split Rock Lighthouse by Christian Dalbec.

Fun in the Park; Split Rock Lighthouse by Christian Dalbec.

Quiet water:

The North Shore by Matthew Pastick.

The North Shore by Matthew Pastick.

Beauteous skies:

Never Gets Old by Lin Salisbury.

Never Gets Old by Lin Salisbury.

Meteor skies:

Geminid meteor by Thomas Spence.

Geminid meteor by Thomas Spence.

The moon as ornament:

neil sherman the moon rests atop the tree in grand Marais!

The moon on top of Grand Marais’ Christmas tree by Neil Sherman.

And finally, what you do when the lakes freeze over.

Kjersti Vick lkating on Gunflint Lake.

Kjersti Vick skates on Gunflint Lake. (Photo by Kjersti Vick.)

Have a great weekend, everyone! And Happy Holidays!

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Dueling Photographers, A Holiday Market & Curry

Happy Sunday from Artist's Point by Bryan Hansel.

Happy Sunday from Artist’s Point by Bryan Hansel. Bryan and Grand Portage photographer, Travis Novitsky, will host “Dueling Photographers” at North House Folk School on Saturday, one of the events in the Dark Sky Festival this weekend. See below for details.

Never underestimate the creativity of people in Cook County. This weekend is no exception. On tap is the Dark Sky Festival, Wunderbar’s Holiday Market, a Curry Cook-off and Broadway Showcase, and a Holiday Character Dress-Up Contest, just to name a few things scheduled for this weekend.

Let’s start with author Tim Cochrane, who will give a presentation about his latest book, “Gichi Bitobig, Grand Marais: Early Accounts of the Anishinaabeg and the North Shore Fur Trade” at the Heritage Visitor Center at the National Monument in Grand Portage from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday. All invited. Free. The book is available at local booksellers as well.

Tim Cochrane will give a presentation on his new book in Grand Portage on Thursday.

Tim Cochrane will give a presentation on his new book in Grand Portage on Thursday.

On Thursday night, Wunderbar hosts more than 20 artists, artisans, local businesses and galleries for its second annual Holiday Market.

Wunderbar's Holiday Market is on Thursday. Arts & Crafts, music and more.

Wunderbar’s Holiday Market is on Thursday from 5-8 p.m.

Local artists at the Holiday Market include painter Anna Hess, potters Hannah Palma, Natalie Sobanja and Kari Carter, weaver Julie Arthur, illustrator Kari Vick, felter Mary Reichert, author Rose Arrowsmith Decoux and Mueller Studio and Sannerud Studios Furniture. Local galleries and shops, even a few restaurants will be there. Open to all.

On Friday and Saturday, Grand Marais will host the first annual Dark Sky Festival, honoring the fact that Cook County has one of the darkest skies in the nation.

UMD’s Traveling GeoDome, which provides guided tours through the night skies, will be set up at Voyageur Brewing Co. on both days. The GeoDome will be open from 5-9 p.m. on Friday and from 8-10 p.m. on Saturday. There will be telescopes set up outdoors as well, weather permitting. On Saturday, photographers Bryan Hansel and Travis Novitsky will host “Dueling Photographers,” a friendly showing of their nightscape photographs. The “duel” will be held at North House Folk School from 5-6:30 p.m.

A quiet night at Esther Like by Travis Novitsky. Novitsky and Bryan Hansel will present their night sky photographs in "Dueling Photographers" at 5 p.m. Saturday at North House Folk School.

A quiet night at Esther Like by Travis Novitsky. Novitsky and Bryan Hansel will present their night sky photographs in “Dueling Photographers” at 5 p.m. Saturday at North House Folk School.

At 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jim Rock and Joel Halvorson will present “Native Skies: The Stars and Indigenous Peoples,” also at North House. After the presentations, there will be a bonfire and s’mores as well as more stargazing, weather permitting, and the GeoDome will re-open at Voyageur’s. And finally, Wunderbar will Twilight Zone Move Marathon starting at 9 p.m.

Also on Saturday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will hold Community Ink Day, a chance to learn about making prints and create one of your own. It will be held in the Art Colony’s print studio from 1-3:30 p.m.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will hold a Community Ink Day in the print studio on Saturday from 1-3:30 p.m.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will hold a Community Ink Day in the print studio on Saturday from 1-3:30 p.m.

Everyone is invited, but children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. This is a drop-in event — no registration is required — but a $5 donation to cover materials expenses is requested.

And, an added perk for the weekend, the annual Curry Cook-Off and Broadway Showcase, a fundraiser for the Grand Marais Playhouse, will be held at the 1st Congregational Church on Saturday, Dec. 15.

The annual CurryCook-Off and Broadway will be held at the ACA on Saturday.

The annual CurryCook-Off and Broadway Showcase will be held at the First Congregational Church on Saturday.

This is always a tasty event, in more ways than one. This year, 10 different curries will be in competition, and the public is invite to vote for their favorite. The tasting feast is followed by holiday and Broadway music performances by  local actors. The curry tasting starts at 6:30 p.m, the showcase is at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. The event is a fundraiser for the Playhouse. It will hold a membership meeting at 5:30 p.m before the event. For details, click here.

Also on Saturday night, Voyageur Brewing Co. will hold a Holiday Character Costume Contest and Elves off the Shelves Party starting at 5 p.m. Everyone is invited to come dressed as their favorite holiday character, whether Frosty, Rudolph, the Grinch, Santa or ??? Best costumes will win gift cards, judging is at 7 p.m. Bring along your elf and some props to create a winning scene for a prize. Judging is at 7:30 p.m.

In Duluth, raku potters Richard Gruchalla and Carrin Rosetti will be having their annual Christmas sale at their studio in Duluth  Dec. 14-16, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Raku potters Richard Gruchalla and Carrin Rosetti will hold their annual Christmas sale in their studio in Duluth this weekend.

Raku potters Richard Gruchalla and Carrin Rosetti will hold their annual Christmas sale in their studio in Duluth this weekend.

The raku artists are well-known in Grand Marais. They hold a “Do You Raku? We Do” event at Siverston Gallery every fall. Their studio in Duluth is located at 1600 London Rd. It’s at the east end of the building, lower level.

On Wednesday, Dec. 19, the Grand Marais Art Colony will host “Community Conversations with Neil Sherman: Let’s Finish It!” from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sherman, a plein air painter, will lead a discussion on how to finish two-dimensional pieces with the most appropriate and long-lasting framing materials. He will be demonstrating as well. Everyone invited. Free.

Also on Wednesday, Voyageur Brewing Co. will host the Artisan Spotlight and Sale from 4:30 pm. to 6:30 p.m. at the brewery. The artists include potter Kari Carter and jewelry maker Terry Lord-Lewis.

Potter Kari Carter will be one of the artists at Wednesday's Artist Spotlight at Voyageur Brewing.

Potter Kari Carter will be one of the artists at Wednesday’s Artist Spotlight at Voyageur Brewing Co.

Terry Lod-Lewis will be exhibiting her jewelry at the brewery as well.

Terry Lord-Lewis will be showing her jewelry at the brewery as well.

The Artist Spotlight and Sale runs from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Exhibits:

The exhibit, “Remains of the Lake & the Northern Landscape”continues at the Johnson Heritage Post. The exhibit features work by photographers John Gregor and Tami Phillippi. Gregor’s pieces feature his work in black and white highlighting Lake Superior’s past. Phillippi’s photographs focus on colorful northern landscapes.

Taconite Dock, Marquette, Mich., by John Gregor.

Taconite Dock, Marquette, Mich., by John Gregor.

 This is a highly regarded exhibit and a must-see. Gregor shows us parts of Lake Superior we’ve never known about or noticed, while Phillippi celebrates the beauty of the North Shore. The exhibit continues through Jan. 13. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

A new exhibit has opened in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park. Watercolor painter Dennis Murnyak has a wide variety of work on view.

Painting by Dennis Murnyak. He is exhibiting his watercolors at Tettegouche State Park.

Painting by Dennis Murnyak. He is exhibiting his watercolors at Tettegouche State Park.

Murnyak’s exhibit will be up through December.

In Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art continues its exhibition of Manifest’o, an installation by Jonathan Thunder. There are three animation vignettes featuring Anishanaabe stories:” Supernaut Becomes The Water Lily”; :The Mishu Bizhiw Awakens” and “Goldfinch Counts Leaves.”

One of the vignettes from  Jonathan Thunder's exhibit, Manifest'o, currently on view at the Tweed.

One of the vignettes from Jonathan Thunder’s exhibit, Manifest’o, currently on view at the Tweed.

Three are three exhibits currently on view at the Duluth Art Institute: Patrick Luber’s, “Exceptionally Ordinary,” Darren Houser’s, “Real-Unreal” and Nik Nerburn’s,  “Nik Nuerburn is a Camera.” All the exhibits continue through Dec. 20.

One of Darren Houser's pieces in his exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

One of Darren Houser’s pieces in his exhibit. “Real and Unreal,” at the Duluth Art Institute.

Also, Alyssa Johnson has opened a photography exhibit at the Red Herring Lounge entitled “Once Upon an Imagination.”

Alyssa Johnson opened an exhibit at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth which continues through February.

Alyssa Johnson opened an exhibit at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth which continues through February.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery has opened three new exhibits this week including “21 Pillows,” an installation by Cheryl Wilson-Smith, “Lessons: The Artistry of Learning” and “Carl Beam’s Exorcism,” from the Permanent Collection.

One of the pieces from Cheryl Wilson-Smith's installation "21 Pillows" at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

One of the pieces from Cheryl Wilson-Smith’s installation “21 Pillows” at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Window Shopping:

Black Bear recommends "The Mukluk Ball

Black Bear recommends “The Mukluk Ball” by Katherine Johnson, illustrated by Alicia Schwab. Copies can be found at Drury Lane Books.

Charming mini pots by Wisconsin potter Evan Hestekin are at Betsy Bowen's Studio Gallery.

Charming mini pots by Wisconsin potter Evan Hestekin are at Betsy Bowen’s Studio Gallery.

This labradorite ring by Ron Piercy is at Yellow Bird Fine Art.

This labradorite ring by Ron Piercy is at Yellow Bird Fine Art.

Upcoming:

One of the finest celebrations of the winter: The Winter Solstice Shadow Puppet Show by the Good Harbor Players is Friday, Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. outside at North House Folk School. All invited. Free.

The Shadow Puppet Show is on for Dec. 21 at North House Folk School.

The Shadow Puppet Show is on for Dec. 21 at North House Folk School. Here’s one of the shadow puppets used in past years.

The Shadow Puppet Show always includes great puppets, a funny storyline and music. And not to forget, the bonfire to throw in your “gloomies” and a community potluck afterwards. Partiipants are asked to bring their own plates and silverware to the potluck. Stay tuned for details.

The 2019 Winter Plein Air Retreat at YMCA Camp Menogyn is set for Jan. 27-Feb. 1 this year, with an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post to open Feb. 1.

Winter Plein Air painters post after painting for a week at YMCA Camp Menogyn last year. The deadline to apply for this winter's event is Dec. 24.

Winter Plein Air painters post after painting for a week at YMCA Camp Menogyn last year. The deadline to apply for this winter’s event is Dec. 24.

The application deadline is Dec. 24. To find out more and to apply, click here.

Music:

Here’s the music for this week:

Thursday, Dec. 13:

  • Maria Nickolay, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & the Wildcats, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 14:

  • Nate Weiler, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Shakey Ground, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Snowball Music & Ski Festival, Papa Charlie’s,  Jon Wayne & The Pain, 9 p.m.; WookieFoot, 10:45 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 15:

  • Snowball Music & Ski Festival, Papa Charlie’s, Smokin’ Joe, 12:30; The Limns, 2 p.m., Jon Wayne, 4 p.m.; Heatbox, 9 p.m., Wookiefoot, 10:45 p.m.
  • A Hovland Family Christmas,  Hovland Town Hall, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 16:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Open State with Joe Paulik, 6 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 17:

  • Holiday Show with the North Shore Community Swing Band, Wunderbar, 6-8 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 18:

  • Gordon Thorne, Poplar River Pub, 68 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 19:

  • Jam Session, Gun Flint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.

We found some interesting photos this week. Here’s a selection:

Wildlife:

"Good morning, beautiful" by Sarah Hamilton.

“Good morning, beautiful” by Sarah Hamilton.

 

"Nibbles" by Janice Latz.

“Nibbles” by Janice Latz.

Catching wildlife:

On the Job. Eric Sve on the Big Lake pulling in the catch. Photo by Christian Dalbec.

On the Job. Eric Sve on the Big Lake pulling in the catch. Photo by Christian Dalbec.

Ice photos:

Nature's fractals by Jakub Sisak.

Nature’s fractals by Jakub Sisak.

 

Ice on the lake by Mike Wiggins, Jr.

Ice on the lake by Mike Wiggins, Jr.

 

Frosty window by Sharon Frnak Wichman.

Frosty window by Sharon Frnak Wichman.

 

Sunset by Paul Sandberg.

Sunset by Paul Sandberg.

 

The cross on the Brule by Bryan Hansel.

The cross on the Brule by Bryan Hansel.

 

Frozen Flow by Wayne Ortloff.

Frozen Flow by Wayne Ortloff.

Lake Superior:

Awesome morning at the office by David Johnson.

Awesome morning at the office by David Johnson.

 

Morning stack at Tettegouche State Park by Christian Dalbec.

Morning stack at Tettegouche State Park by Christian Dalbec.

Potpourri:

International Space Station flies over by Thomas Spence.

International Space Station flies over by Thomas Spence.

 

Sun dogs in Wisconsin by Susanne Von Schroeder.

Sun dogs in Wisconsin by Susanne Von Schroeder.

 

Fireball sunset by David Johnson.

Fireball sunset by David Johnson.

 

Santa's view by Christian Dalbec.

Santa’s view by Christian Dalbec. (A drone photo)

And, a photo for the season.

First run of the season by Kjersti Vick.

First run of the season by Kjersti Vick.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Two Holiday Concerts, An Art Opening & Glass Selfies

Hollow Rock Beach by Bill Donovan.

Hollow Rock Beach by Bill Donovan.

The holiday season is in full swing on the North Shore.  This week look for two holiday concerts, an art opening, an artisan spotlight, art shopping, art exhibits and more.

First up is a new exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post which opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m on Friday, Dec. 5, and then continues through Jan. 13.

Entitled “Remains of the Lake & The Northern Landscape,” this exhibit is pretty amazing. On the one hand, it features a collection of black and white photographs by John Gregor documenting what historic sites on Lake Superior look like today, as well as colorful landscapes and macro-photography by Tami Phillippi.

Gregor’s photographs are stunning and unusual. The photographer, who has worked around the world and runs Cold Snap Photography from his studio in Two Harbors, traveled to parts of the Big Lake that used to be thriving commercial enterprises that are no more. Here is an example:

Split Rock Harbor by John Gregor.

Split Rock Harbor by John Gregor.

  The exhibit features his exploration of Lake Superior’s past in a black and white format, giving the photographs a strong historical feel. At the same time, we’re intrigued by the settings, which say “Beautiful Lake Superior,” even in B&W.

Phillippi’s photographs, on the other hand, document the North Shore in all its colorful beauty.

Hollow Rock Sunrise by Tami Phillippi.

Hollow Rock Sunrise by Tami Phillippi.

The exhibit continues through the holiday season, closing Jan. 13. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and from 1-4 p.m. Sundays.

Also on Friday, SVEA, the fantastic a cappella singers, will present a Holiday Concert at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 7-8:30 p.m. The event will feature a cappella Swedish folk songs as well as poetic storytelling, sweet treats and mulled wine.

The SVEA holiday concert is at the Art Colony on Friday night.

The SVEA holiday concert is at the Art Colony on Friday night.

SVEA is Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux, Tina Hegg Raway, Elunia Steckelberg, and Erika Ternes. Suggested ticket price is $10 per person, $20 family. All invited. It should be a great show.

Saturday is pretty busy this weekend, too.

It starts off with two fun glass classes for students at the Grand Marais Art Colony. Entitled “Youth Glass Selfies,” the class features instruction by Nancy Seaton on how to make a “selfie” out of pieces of glass. The pieces will then be fired in the glass studio kilns and be ready for pick-up the next day.

Students are invited to make a glass "selfie" at the Art Colony on Saturday.

Students are invited to make a glass “selfie” at the Art Colony on Saturday.

 There will be two sessions: at 9 a.m., for students from 7-11 years-old, and at 1 p.m., for students from 12-16 years-old. For more information and to register, click here or call the Art Colony at 387-2737. Cost of the class is $38.

Also on Saturday, Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux and Kari Vick will be at Drury Lane Books to sign their book, “The Sock Goblin” from  11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Author Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux and Illustrator Kari Vick will be at Drury Lane Books on Saturday to sign their book, "The Sock Goblin."

Author Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux and Illustrator Kari Vick will be at Drury Lane Books on Saturday to sign their book, “The Sock Goblin.”

There’s an added perk: Arrowsmith DeCoux might read sections from the book if asked.

And finally on Saturday,, take a chance to learn about pottery with a partner or friend and make a few things in the ceramic studio with Natalie Sobanja. The class, entitled “A Night Out in the Studio with Natalie Sobanja” will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s ceramic studio. Couples, singles and friends are welcome to join her in the studio to learn the ins and outs of wheel throwing and hand building. Their pieces will be available for pick-up a week later. Dessert and wine will be served. The cost is $70 and includes all supplies. Call 387-2737 to register or click here.

And, not to forget, this is the weekend the Borealis Chorale and Orchestra will present its Christmas Concert at Bethlehem Lutheran Church with performances at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, and Monday, Dec. 10. The concert features more than 70 singers and musicians who will perform a variety of traditional songs as well as compositions by composer/conductor William Beckstrand.

The Borealis Chorale and Orchestra will perform a Christmas Concert at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 & !0. Free, but donations are welcome.

The Borealis Chorale and Orchestra will perform a Christmas Concert at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 & !0. Free, but donations are welcome.

With the theme “Songs of the Season,” the performance will include Beckstrand’s “People Look East” and “Grace on Grace,” John Rutter’s “Donkey Carol,” and Daniel Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata” accompanied by brass ensemble. Gifted local soloists, youth and adult, will also perform. All invited. Free, but freewill donations are accepted. For more information about the Borealis Chorale, click here. The event is sponsored by the North Shore Music Association. (Hint: Come early to get a good seat.)

And next Wednesday, Dec. 12, three artists will be participating in Voyageur Brewing Co.’s Artisan Spotlight and Sale, which is held in the brewery from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The artists include potter Natalie Sobanja, weaver Julie Arthur and bead painter Jo Wood.

Natalie Sobanja's mugs and lidded jars.

Natalie Sobanja will feature mugs and jars at the Artisan Spotlight.

Julie Arthur will be showing her weaving at the Spotlight sale.

Julie Arthur will be showing her weaving at the Spotlight sale.

Jo Wood will have her bead painting pieces at the Spotlight sale next Wednesday.

Jo Wood will have her bead painting pieces at the Spotlight sale next Wednesday.

 Exhibits:

 In Duluth, plein air artist Matt Kania’s one-man show continues at the Zeitgeist Cafe in Duluth.

Parisian Portraitist by Matt Kania. Part of his exhibit at the Zeitgeist Cafe entitled "Doing: A Labor of Love."

Parisian Portraitist by Matt Kania. Part of his exhibit at the Zeitgeist Cafe entitled “Doing: A Labor of Love.

The exhibit, entitled “DOing: A Labor of Love” features portraits of artists and artisans doing what they love. It continues through Jan. 11.

Also in Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art has opened a new exhibit of work by first year art students at UMD. Entitled “Fresh Foundations: Elements and Principles,”the exhibit continues through December.

A few of the works in the exhibit, Fresh Foundations" currently on exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art on the UMD campus.

A few of the works in the freshman student show, Fresh Foundations” currently on exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art on the UMD campus.

The Tweed’s other two exhibitions, “Intersections,” works by Native American artists in the Tweed collection, and “Manifest’o,” a multi-media installation by Jonathon Thunder, continue as well.

"Yeah Yellowbird dances with sweetgrass," (detail) by

“Dances with Sweet Grass 2015″ (detail) by Leah Yellowbird is one of the works in the “Intersections” exhibit at the Tweed.

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery is featuring two exhibitions: “Untamed: The 30th anniversary Juried Exhibition,” and the “Sarah Mason Retrospective.” The exhibits continue through Jan. 13.

One of the painting in the Juried Exhibition at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

One of the painting in the Juried Exhibition at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

Upcoming:

 The Wunderbar Holiday Market, featuring 20 artists, artisans and vendors, will be held on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 5-7 p.m. at the Wunderbar. Stay tuned for details.

Dueling Photographers: Bryan Hansel Photography and Photography by Travis Novitsky, a presentation by two of the most talented night photographers in Cook County, will be from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, at North House Folk School.

Photo by Bryan Hansel. He is one of the photographers who will be featured in the Dueling Photographers presentation at North House Folk School Dec.

Photo by Bryan Hansel. He is one of the photographers who will be featured in the Dueling Photographers presentation at North House Folk School Dec. 15.

The presentation is part of the Dark Sky Festival, Dec. 14-15. Stay tuned for details and/or click here.

The Hovland Family Christmas Concert will be held in the Hovland Town Hall starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.

Art Shopping

 Here are this week’s ideas for art shopping for the holidays. Photographers Bryan Hansel, David Johnson, Thomas Spence and Nace Hagemann are all offering calendars this year. Click on their links to find out more.

Joy and Company has a great selection of new art supplies.

Joy and Company has just received a new shipment of art supplies.

Joy and Company has just received a new shipment of art supplies.

 Sivertson Gallery has small, framed giclee prints by the North Shore’s favorite artists.

"My place and the Milky Way" by Dave Gilsvik, is available in a small, framed giclee at Sivertson Gallery.

“My place and the Milky Way” by Dave Gilsvik, is available in a small, framed giclee at Sivertson Gallery.

And there are lots of things to choose from at Betsy Bowen’s Gallery and Studio, including these charming bottles by Bob LaMettry.

Bottles by Bob LaMettry are at the Betsy Bowen Studio.

Bottles by Bob LaMettry are at the Betsy Bowen Studio.

 Music:

Here’s the live music schedule for this week:

Thursday, Dec. 6:

  • Joe Paulik, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & the Wildcats, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 7:

  • Maria Nickolay, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • SVEA Holiday Concert, Grand Marais Art Colony, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 8:

  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Christopher David Hanson Band, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 9:

  • Briand Morrison. Moguls Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 5:30 p.m.
  • Borealis Chorale and Orchestra Christmas Concert, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 10:

  • Borealis Chorale and Orchestra Christmas Concert, Bethlehem Lutheran Church,  7 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 11:

  • John Russ, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

We found some great photos this week. Let’s start with some wildlife shots:

Our beautiful visitor is back by Ritalee Walters.

Our beautiful visitor is back by Ritalee Walters.

 

Ravens by Nace Hagemann.

Ravens by Nace Hagemann.

 

Good morning, sleepy head by David Johnson.

Good morning, sleepy head by David Johnson.

 

American Marten by Paul Sandberg.

The cutie: American Marten by Paul Sundberg.

And living on the wild side….

Jake Boyce surfing on the wild side by Kirk Schleife.

Jake Boyce surfing on the wild side by Kirk Schleife.

Not exactly wild, but wild.

Snowman and the lighthouse by Paul Boatman.

Snowman and the lighthouse by Paul Boatman.

A wild Lake Superior …

Winds, Waves, Winter ... Wow by Dawn LaPointe.

Winds, Waves, Winter … Wow by Dawn LaPointe.

 And here are some other great photos we found:

Surf's Up by Mary Amerman.

Surf’s Up by Mary Amerman.

 

The November beach by Jan Swart.

The November beach by Jan Swart.

 

It’s a frosty Tuesday by Roxanne Distad.

 

Happy Holidays by David Johnson.

Happy Holidays by David Johnson.

 

Wave and ship by Michael Mayou.

Wave and ship by Michael Mayou.

 And this week, we sort of broke a rule and are posting photos that are not from this area. But the photographs were so beautiful, we couldn’t resist.

Here’s the first one:

Ole Salomensen of Arctic Light Photos, took this awesome shot of northern lights turning a pitch black valley emerald green. It was posted on www.spaceweather.com

Ole Salomensen of Arctic Light Photos in Norway, took this awesome shot of northern lights turning a pitch-black valley emerald green. It was posted on www.spaceweather.com

And here’s the second:

Dance of the Great Egret by Philippe Rouyer. Rouyer is based in France.

Dance of the Great Egret by Philippe Rouyer. Rouyer is based in France.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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The Fiber Guild Sale, A Christmas Play & Music

The Cascade River is starting to freeze up by Bryan Hansel.

The Cascade River is starting to freeze up by Bryan Hansel.

Grand Marais will be hopping with holiday events and sales for the next few weeks.  Here’s what’s happening this weekend.

First up is the Sneak Peek of the Holiday Art Underground Show at Betsy Bowen’s Gallery Studio on Friday from 5-7 p.m. The show, which features work by a variety of local and regional artists, technically opens on Saturday, Dec. 1. The Sneak Peek on Friday night is a perk, and includes a chance to get the first look at the variety of work on display as well as enjoy refreshments and a glass of wine with neighbors and fellow art lovers — and Betsy! The show continues at the gallery through Dec. 23.

The Art Underground Holiday Sale opens at Betsy Bowen's Studio this weekend with a Sneak Preview on Friday at 5 p.m.

The Art Underground Holiday Sale opens at Betsy Bowen’s Studio this weekend with a Sneak Preview on Friday from 5-7 p.m.

Also on Friday, the annual Christmas play mounted by the Grand Marais Playhouse at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts opens for a weekend run.  “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” features a cast of more than 30, including adults and children. The play is a vast community celebration of the holiday season. Plus that, it’s a pretty funny.

The cast of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." More than 40 community members, including students, are in the play, which opens on Friday at 7 p.m. Performances are at 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The cast of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” More than 30 community members, including students, are in the play, which opens on Friday at 7 p.m. Performances are at 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” runs through this weekend. It opens on Friday with a performance at 7 p.m. There are performances at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, and at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 youth (12-17) and $1 for children under 12. Advance tickets are on sale at grandmaraisplayhouse.com. The Sunday 4:30 p.m. performance is donation at the door. Advance tickets for Sunday are regular price.

In other Friday news,  Angela Robins will open an exhibit, “Chasing the Curve,” chronicling her experiences as a resident in North House Folk School’s Artisan Development Program at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

Angela Robins will exhibit her work, "Chasing the Curve" in an exhibit at North House Folk School Nov. 30. The opening reception is from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Angela Robins will exhibit her work, “Chasing the Curve” in an exhibit at North House Folk School Nov. 30. The opening reception is from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Robins is both a woodturner and a woodcarver, and she pursued her craft from Maine to Scandinavia during the program sponsored by North House. She will give an artist talk at 7 p.m., where she will highlight the projects, people and places from her year and a half as a student, teacher and traveler. Her work will be on display as well. The reception starts at 5:30 p.m. All invited.

Also on Friday, folksinger Jim McGowan will be a guest on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday to talk about his music and play a few songs. Lee Svitak Dean, co-author of the “Great Minnesota Cookie Book” will also be a guest via phone, where she will talk about the cookies we love to eat this time of year and how to make them.

And, a little farther afield, Kristofer Bowman of Upstate MN is opening a new shop in Minneapolis, “Show & Tell”  on Friday.

Kristofer Bowman's new shop, Show & Tell, opens on Friday. The shop is located at 5257 Chicago Ave. S. in Minneapolis.

Kristofer Bowman’s new shop, Show & Tell, opens on Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shop is located at 5257 Chicago Ave. S. in Minneapolis.

The shop will feature lots of well-loved small makers as well as new goods. It is located at 5257 Chicago Ave. S., in Minneapolis. To see its new Facebook page, click here. UpState MN in Grand Marais will re-open after Memorial Day.

And Neil Sherman is one of the artists featured at the Grand Hill Gallery Holiday Show in St. Paul.

The Sun Sets Again, oil, 12" x 18", by Neil Sherman.

“The Sun Sets Again,” oil, 12″ x 18″, by Neil Sherman, is one of the pieces that will be in the Grand Hill Gallery Holiday Show which opens on Thursday.

He joins six other Minnesota artists for the exhibit, which opens with a reception at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, and runs through Dec. 24. The Grand Hill Gallery is located at 333 Grand Ave. in St. Paul.

Saturday will be a great art/artisan shopping day in Grand Marais.

First up is the Northwoods Fiber Guild’s Holiday Sale & Open House at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Saturday. The doors open at 9 a.m. in the Founders Hall, which will be overflowing with beautiful handmade items. From mittens to scarves, hats to sweaters, handmade books and more, this exhibit by the Fiber Guild members is always a must-see.

The Northwoods Fiber Guild's Holiday Sale & Open House is at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Saturday. It runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Northwoods Fiber Guild’s Holiday Sale & Open House is at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Saturday. It runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There are perks, too. Members bring in delicious cookies and bars, there’s a hand’s on learning area where participants can make cool things. There are also weaving and spinning demonstrations. All invited.

Santa’s Workshop, hosted by the Grand Marais Girl Scouts, will also be held on Saturday in a new location: the Cook County Community Center. It starts at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast. A chili lunch and a bake sale will also be held. There is a special shopping area for children, and the Girl Scouts will be selling crafts. Santa comes at 11 a.m for pictures.

This is the second year that the Grand Marais Craft Bazaar will be held at the Cook County Senior Center, featuring artists and artisans from the Hovland Arts Festival, the Grand Marais Market and other talented artists from the community. Artists include Grand Marais potter Hannah Palma Laky and Hovland jewelry designer Terry Lewis.

The Grand Marais Craft Bazaar is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Senior Center on Saturday.

The Grand Marais Craft Bazaar is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Senior Center on Saturday.

The Bazaar features pottery, felted items, wools mittens, photography, glass jewelry and more. It is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All invited.

And finally, author Tim Cochrane will be featured at Drury Lane Books on Saturday at 5 p.m., to talk about and read from his newest book, ““Gichi Bitobig, Grand Marais: Early Accounts of the Anishinaabeg and the North Shore Fur Trade.”

Tim Cochrane will read from his newest book, Gichi Bitobig, Grand Marais

Tim Cochrane will talk about and read from his newest book, Gichi Bitobig, Grand Marais” at Drury Lane Books from 5-6 p.m. on Saturday.

Through the words of long-ago witnesses, “Gichi Bitobig, Grand Marais” recovers the overlooked Anishinaabeg roots and corporate roots of Grand Marais. Using journals from 1823-25, it reveals how the lives of local fur traders and the area’s indigenous people were shaped and influenced by Lake Superior and its watershed. It is a fascinating read. Open to all. Free.

And last, but not least, a fantastic film about “Hoji,” the Canadian ski legend who effortlessly skis down impossible mountains. Produced by Matchstick Productions, the film documents Eric Hjorleifson’s (Hoji’s) daring skills on white, fluffy terrain. The film will be screened at Papa Charlie’s on Saturday. The doors open at 6:30 p.m., the film starts at  7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Watch the trailer. You will be amazed.

HOJI – Official Trailer 4K – Matchstick Productions from Matchstick Productions on Vimeo.

In Duluth, Glensheen Mansion will hold it’s annual Winter Village on Saturday and Sunday, featuring more than 40 vendors from the Duluth area, a bonfire, music and more.

And on Monday in Duluth, Matt Kania, a Duluth plein air artist who is a favorite in Grand Marais, will open an exhibit at the Zeitgeist Atrium Gallery, 222 East Superior St., with a reception from 5-7 p.m. The exhibit is entitled “DOing: A Labor of Love.”

One of the paintings in Matt Kania's show, "DOing: A Labor of Love"' which opens at the Zeitgeist Atrium Gallery in Duluth on Monday.

One of the paintings in Matt Kania’s show, “DOing: A Labor of Love”‘ which opens at the Zeitgeist Atrium Gallery in Duluth on Monday.

The exhibit continues at the Zeitgeist through Jan.11.

And on Wednesday, the Local Artisan Spotlight and Sale at Voyageur Brewing will feature the work of fused glass artist Nancy Seaton and potter Joan Farnam.

Totems by Nancy Seaton.

Fused glass totems by Nancy Seaton.

Single scoop ice cream bowls by Joan Farnam.

Single scoop ice cream bowls by Joan Farnam.

The Artist Spotlight event at Voyageur’s is from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 5.  All invited.

Exhibits:

 This is the last weekend to see “Listening to Lichen & Sculptural Baskets|Elise Kyllo and Patricia Beilke” at the Johnson Heritage Post. The exhibits features a wonderful variety of felted pieces by Kyllo as well as creative baskets by Beilke.

One of Elise Kyllo's felted pieces on view at the Johnson Heritage Post.

One of Elise Kyllo’s felted pieces on view at the Johnson Heritage Post.

 

A basket by Patricia Bielke on view at the Heritage Post.

A basket by Patricia Bielke on view at the Heritage Post.

The Yellow Bird Fine Art Gallery is currently exhibiting tea pots by local and regional artists, including work by Canadian potters Fritz Lehmberg and Tim Alexander.

Tea pots by Tim Alexander (front) and Evan Hestegan are at Yellow Bird Fine Art Gallery through Dec. 23.

Tea pots by Tim Alexander (front) and Evan Hestegan are at Yellow Bird Fine Art Gallery through Dec. 23.

Wisconsin potter Even Hestegan also has work in the show as does a 15-year-old potter, Ben Matten.

The Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Gallery Store will be mounting a new exhibit of member artists’ work that opens this Saturday.

The Grand Marais Art Colony Gallery Store features work by members artists.

The Grand Marais Art Colony Gallery Store features work by member artists. A new exhibit opens on Saturday.

Grand Marais artist Kim Knudsen has work at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

"Four Fish" by Kim Knutsen. Stitched original on stretched canvas.

“Four Fish” by Kim Knutsen. Stitched original on stretched canvas.

In Duluth, “Intersections,” an exhibit of Native American art from the Tweed Museum‘s collection continues through December.

A George Morrison wooden sculpture is in the "Intersections" show at the Tweed Museum of Art.

A George Morrison wooden sculpture is in the “Intersections” show at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Holly Johnson Beaster, a former program director at the Grand Marais Art Colony, is exhibiting the work she did last year for the 100-Day Project at the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Duluth.

Holly Johnson Beaster is exhibiting the drawings she did for the 100-Day Project last year at the Pilgrim Congregational church in Duluth.

Holly Johnson Beaster is exhibiting the drawings she did for the 100-Day Project last year at the Pilgrim Congregational church in Duluth.

The 100-day project challenges artists to create every day for 100 days to stimulate their creativity. For more info on the 100-Day Project, click here. The Grand Marais Art Colony is sponsoring the project, too. For more information, stayed tuned. Call the Art Colony 387-2737. There will be an informational meeting about the project at noon on Jan. 16.

Upcoming:

Wonderful music experiences are planned for next week–The SVEA Holiday Concert at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Friday, Dec. 7. This concert features Swedish folk songs and Christmas treats and stories. SVEA is Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux, Tina Hegg Raway, Elunia Steckelberg, and Erika Ternes. The group sings 4-part harmonies and read poetic translations of traditional Swedish folk songs. All invited. A $10 donation is accepted.

And then, on Dec. 9 & 10, the Borealis Chorale and Orchestra will present a Christmas Concert at Bethlehem Lutheran Church featuring 70 talented Cook County singers and musicians under the directorship of composer/conductor William Beckstrand. The music starts at 7 p.m. Stay tuned for details.

Music:

Thursday, Nov. 29:

  • Gordon Thorne & the Wildcats, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Maria Nickolay, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Gun Flint Tavern, 6 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 30:

  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Wunderdogs, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Space Monster, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 1:

  • Pete K, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Space Monster, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 2:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 4:

  • Fred Anderson, Poplar River Pub, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.

We found some interesting photos this week. Let’s start with wildlife:

First, this great photo by Christian Dalbec,which really shows the beautiful wing patterns on a mature Bald Eagle.

Bald Eagle by Christian Dalbec.

Bald Eagle by Christian Dalbec.

And this great shot of a snowshoe hare —

Snowshoe hare by Dan Newcomb.

Snowshoe hare by Dan Newcomb.

 

An early Snowie Owl on the North Shore by Michael Furtman.

An early adult male Snowy Owl  finds plenty to eat on the North Shore by Michael Furtman.

 

Backyard visitor by Thomas Spence.

Backyard visitors by Thomas Spence.

 

Nature's own touch by Matthew Pastick.

Nature’s own touch by Matthew Pastick.

 

The High Falls in Grand Portage by Barbara Lokken.

The High Falls in Grand Portage by Barbara Lokken.

 

Feeling the Gray by Lin Salisbury.

Feeling the Gray by Lin Salisbury.

 

Cascade River State Park by Paul Sandberg.

Cascade River State Park by Paul Sandberg.

 

Along the Aquasabon River in Terrace Bay, Ont. by Lisa A. Jacques.

Along the Aquasabon River in Terrace Bay, Ont. by Lisa A. Jacques.

And finally, this beauty:

That little shack at Sunset by Christian Dalbec.

That little shack at Sunset by Christian Dalbec.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Thanks And More Thanks

Rainbow sunrise by Jan Swart.

Rainbow sunrise by Jan Swart.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

This weekend marks the official beginning of the holiday season all over the country, and Cook County is no exception.

It begins on Thanksgiving Day, with Thanksgiving meals at venues all over the county, including the Wunderbar Thanksgiving event, which includes a Thanksgiving buffet, family friendly football, a kiddo craft tables and more. Gunflint Lodge and Lutsen Resort also feature a Thanksgiving meal. Naniboujou is open this weekend as well. Other restaurants are open, too. Click here for more info.

And not to forget the free Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the First Congregational Church in Grand Marais on Thanksgiving Day. This is the 45th  year the Congo Church has sponsored this traditional meal, served family style in the downstairs Social Hall at the church. The meal begins promptly at 1 p.m. and is always delicious. It’s also free, thanks to the generous donations from church members.

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The Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held at the First Congregational Church at 1 p.m. on Dec. 22. All invited. Free.

The church is located at the corner of Third Avenue West and Second Street in Grand Marais. Information about home-delivery, take-out meals and rides to the dinner is available by calling the church office at 387-2113.

On Friday, the day kicks off with author Mary Casanova, who will sign her new book, “Hush Hush. Forest” at The Big Lake from noon to 1 p.m.

Mary Casanova will sign her new book at The Big Lake Nov. 23.

Mary Casanova will sign her new book at The Big Lake Nov. 23.

“Hush Hush, Forest” includes woodcuts by Nick Wrobewski. Casanova will also be signing her other books at the shop.

A Christmas Market will be held at the North Shore Winery on Friday, as well, featuring music by Briand Morrison and a variety of local vendors. Look for great gifts, food and wine tasting during this event, which runs from noon to 6 p.m.

The famous Twice-around-the-block Christmas Parade in Grand Marais begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday night. Entitled “Oh Ole Night,” the parade celebrates the community’s Nordic heritage à la Sven & Ole. Businesses, friends and others decorate floats or themselves to reflect their Scandinavian heritage. It’s always a lot of fun. After the parade, there will be a tree lighting in Harbor Park followed by fireworks. There’s an after-parade party at Voyageur Brewing, too, with complementary hot chocolate as long as it lasts.

Also on Friday night, the New Standards Holiday Show is on-stage at Papa Charlie’s starting at 8:30 p.m. Celebrating its 12th anniversary season, the show rings in the yule with a unique twist on traditional holiday concerts – one part variety show, one part homage to the season, one part irreverent, free-wheeling spectacle. The trio is joined by a supporting cast replete with vocalists and instrumentalists – and as always – a dazzling lineup of special surprise guests.

The New Standards Holiday Show is at Papa Charlie's on Friday Night.

The New Standards Holiday Show is at Papa Charlie’s on Friday Night.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $26 the day of the show. Click here for tickets.

Saturday is Shop Local day, and it will be really busy all over Cook County. Start the day by checking out the Hovland Arts Festival Christmas Sale in the Hovland Town Hall. It starts at 10 a.m. and runs through 4 p.m. with lots to see.

The Hovland Arts Festival Christmas Sale is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Hovland Arts Festival Christmas Sale is Saturday, Nov. 24 and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This Christmas Sale features work by a wide variety of art and artisans including photography, fiber art, birchbark weaving, pottery, jewelry, woodworking, glass creations, beeswax candles and more. The event is held at the Hovland Town Hall in Hovland. To find out more about it, click here.

The annual Holiday Craft Sale at the Cook County Community Center is from  11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The sale features holiday baked goods, wood carvings and handmade wearables.

New this year: An open house and sale at 108 1st Ave. West (just up  from the library) featuring prints and artwork by Noah and Aaron Prinsen as well as furniture and unique gift items by Dave and Aaron Prinsen.

The house: 108 1st. St. W.

The house: 108 1st. Ave. W.

A print by Noah Prinsen.

The art: A print by Noah Prinsen. He will be showing new work at the Open House.

This open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24 and Saturday, Dec. 1. All invited to stop in for a cup of coffee and see the artwork.

The Holiday Craft Market at Voyageur Brewing Co. will be held from 1:30 -4:30 p.m. on Saturday featuring work by a number of local artists, including pottery by Hannah Palma Laky, ceramics by Melissa Wickwire and fiber art by Julie Arthur. Hannah will also be the featured artist next Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the Taproom at Voyageur’s.

Hannah Palma Laky is one of the artists doing the Holiday Craft Market at Voyageur Brewing on Saturday.

Hannah Palma Laky is one of the artists doing the Holiday Craft Market at Voyageur Brewing on Saturday.

The 2nd annual Light Up Lutsen! event will be held from from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday featuring receptions and welcomes by the local businesses in downtown Lutsen as well as food and lots of gift choices.

Light Up Lutsen! will be held from 2-6 p.m. in downtown Lutsen on Saturday.

Light Up Lutsen! will be held from 2-6 p.m. in downtown Lutsen on Saturday.

At 4 p.m., there will be a bronze pour at the Mueller Studio, followed by Christmas tree lighting and music with Pushing Chain. All invited.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Potters Guild will hold its annual holiday sale at the Baggage Building Arts Centre at Marina Park in Thunder Bay from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Bowl by Joanne Kelly. She is one of the potters who will be exhibiting at the annual Thunder Bay Potters Guild Sale this weekend.

Bowl by Joanne Kelly. She is one of the potters who will be exhibiting at the annual Thunder Bay Potters Guild Sale this weekend.

The Potters Guild was founded in 1975 and has a mandate to help and promote each other. The show will feature a wide selection of pottery and pottery styles.

Exhibits:

 The exhibit, “Listening to Lichen & Sculptural Weaving|Elise Kyllo and Patricia Beilke” continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through Dec. 2.

A sculptural weaving by  is on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

A sculptural weaving by Patricia Beilke is on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The exhibit features an amazing collection of felted pieces by Kyllo as well as inspiring baskets and sculptures by Beilke. The Heritage Post is open from Thursday through Sunday during the winter.

In Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art is featuring a great selection of Native American art from their collection, entitled “Intersections.” It also is showing a multi-media installation by Jonathan Thunder.

This painting by Jim Denomie is one of the works on exhibit in the "Intersections" exhibit at the Tweed.

This painting by Jim Denomie is one of the works on exhibit in the “Intersections” exhibit at the Tweed.

 Upcoming:

Next weekend is just as busy with holiday art openings and events.

On Friday, Nov. 30, Angela Robins will open an exhibit chronicling her experiences as a resident in North House Folk School’s Artisan Development Program. From woodturning to woodcarving, Maine to Scandinavia, she will highlight projects, people and places from her year and a half as a student, teacher and traveler.

Angela Robins will exhibit her work, "Chasing the Curve" in an exhibit at North House Folk School Nov. 30. The opening reception is from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Angela Robins will exhibit her work, “Chasing the Curve” in an exhibit at North House Folk School Nov. 30. The opening reception is from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Robins will give an Artist Talk at 7 p.m. Nov.30 at North House. The exhibit continues through Dec. 15.

On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Northwoods Fiber Guild will hold its annual Open House and Holiday Sale at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

The Northwoods Fiber Guild Open House and Holiday Sale will be at the Grand Marais Art Colony Dec. 1.

The Northwoods Fiber Guild Open House and Holiday Sale will be at the Grand Marais Art Colony Dec. 1.

This sale features a wide variety of fiber work, from knitting, felting, paperwork, weaving and more. It’s also a great sale for holiday shopping. There are demonstrations, a craft table and lots of homemade holiday treats. The doors at the Grand Marais Art Colony open at 9 a.m. The sale runs until 2 p.m.

The Art Underground Holiday Sale will be held at Betsy Bowen Studios and Gallery with a Sneak Peak at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30. The exhibit is open on Dec. 1 and continues through Christmas, and features work by more than 30 local and regional artists.

The Grand Marais Craft Bazaar will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Cook County Senior Center featuring pottery, felted items, photography, jewelry and more. All invited.

And, at the Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis, Lee and Dan Ross will be exhibiting their work in an upcoming show entitled “Sense of Place.” Other artists include Joshua Cunningham,  Paula Schuette Kraemer, Tom Maakestad, Barbara McIlrath, William Murray, Carl Otvedt, Amy Rice,  Gaylord Schanilec, Clara Ueland and Larry Welco.

This buffalo print by Lee and Dan Ross was recently featured in the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Magazine and will be in the Groveland exhibit.

This bison print by Lee and Dan Ross was recently featured in the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Magazine and will be in the Groveland Gallery exhibit.

The exhibit is being held in collaboration with the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Magazine. The opening reception is from noon to 5 p.m. on Dec. 1. The gallery isolated at 25 Groveland Terrace in Minneapolis.

And finally, the Grand Marais Playhouse will present the play, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts with performances at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 and at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

FYI:

So, we’ve all been told that Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic in search of a new spice route. But did you know he was looking for a new way to get black pepper, a favorite and expensive European luxury?

Christopher Columbus left from Europe in search of a new trade route to get black pepper.

Christopher Columbus left from Europe in search of a new trade route to get black pepper.

We all know he didn’t find that route, nor did he find black pepper. But listen to what he did find and what happened next in this special Audio Postcard from WTIP Community Radio.

Music:

Friday, Nov. 23:

  • Briand Morrison, North Shore Winery, 1 p.m.
  • The New Standards Holiday Show, Papa Charlie’s, 7:3o p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Voyageur Brewing, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 24:

  • Pushing Chain, Mueller Studio, Lutsen, 5 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m., www.michaelmonroemusic.com
  • Jon Kallberg, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 25;

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 27:

  • Timmy Haus, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

And here are some photos we found this week:

First, wildlife:

Bobcats try out ice in Kansas by Joyce Shupe.

Bobcat kittens try out ice in Kansas by Joyce Shupe.

 

Juvenile Great Gray Owl by Heidi Pinkerton.

Juvenile Great Gray Owl by Heidi Pinkerton.

 

Belted Kingfisher at Silver Creek by Edward Lee.

Belted Kingfisher at Silver Creek by Edward Lee.

 

A Canada lynx contemplates a creek crossing by Thomas Spence. Spence noted that the lynx changed its mind and went further up stream to cross it without having to swim.

A Canada lynx contemplates a creek crossing by Thomas Spence. Spence noted that the lynx changed its mind and went further up-stream to cross without getting its feet wet.

Here’s one from New York City. This Mandarin Duck created a sensation when it showed up.

Mandarin Duck in New York City by Karyn Tuercki.

Mandarin Duck in NYC  by Karyn Tuercki.

And lots of water…

A window into winter by Terry Season.

A window into winter–Illgen Falls by Terry Season.

 

Photo by Sandra Updike.

The Flute Reed in early winter by Sandra Updike.

 

The North Shore b y Julie Dodge.

The North Shore by Julie Dodge.

Snowfall at Four-Mile Creek by Thomas Spence.

Snowfall at Four-Mile Creek by Thomas Spence.

 

A brief Brighton Beach sunrise by Jeffrey Doty.

A brief Brighton Beach sunrise by Jeffrey Doty.

 

At Tettegouche State Park by Jake Schlagheck.

At Tettegouche State Park by Jake Schlagheck.

 

Sliding into Monday by Christian Dalbec.

Sliding into Monday by Christian Dalbec.

Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone! And enjoy your weekend!

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Winterer’s Gathering, Sturgeon and A New Book

Lighting the beacon at Split Rock Light House Nov. 10. Photo by Dawn LaPointe.

Lighting the beacon at Split Rock Light House Nov. 10. Dawn LaPointe took this photo last year.

Winter has arrived and the fun starts on the North Shore with Winterer’s Gathering at North House Folk School, an action-packed event that draws people from all over the country. Also this week, Empty Bowls, a fundraiser to help feed the hungry in Cook County is set for Thursday, there’s a panel discussion on Lake Sturgeon and an art show to go with it, an author talk, a gala art opening in Duluth and a Buddy Holly Winter Dance Party in Silver Bay. Here are the details:

First up is the Empty Bowls fundraiser on Thursday, Nov. 15.

The Empty Bowls fundraiser will be held at St. John's Catholic Church on Thursday, Nov.15. There are two seatings: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.

The Empty Bowls fundraiser will be held at St. John’s Catholic Church on Thursday, Nov.15. There are two seatings: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.

Each year, Empty Bowls works to raise awareness of and funds for the Cook County Food Shelf and other community organizations addressing Cook County’s critical hunger needs. It features a simple soup and bread meal provided by local restaurants as well as beautiful handcrafted bowls made at the Grand Marais Art Colony. There’s also a bake sale with homemade goodies. There are two seatings: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. The soup meal is $5. Bowls are $10 and up. This is always a fun community event, and the soups are delicious. All invited.

Winterer’s Gathering at North House Folk School celebrates the crafts, customs, landscape, history and stories of winter travel and traditional life-ways in the North.

Winterer's Gathering will be held at North House Folk School this weekend, Nov. 16-18.

Winterer’s Gathering will be held at North House Folk School this weekend, Nov. 16-18.

The event draws people from all over the country to celebrate all things winter. It features winter-centric coursework, a winter tent camp, a gear swap, dancing, an Arctic Film festival, speakers, winter skill presentations and more.

On Friday, look for coursework and presentations, the screening of several films, including the award-winning film “The Eagle Huntress,”  (4 p.m. Friday), as well as skill shares and more. The Intern Portfolio Gallery, which highlights the work and creativity of North House interns, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At 7 p.m., there will be a contra dance with Over the Waterfall, and the Cold Snap Poetry Slam will be at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, the Great Gear & Ski Swap is held at 10:30 a.m. in the Commons at North House. This is a good place to find everything from wool sweaters to ski equipment and is open to all. There will be lots more presentations and films, including the screening of “Virginia, Minnesota,” at 4 p.m., which includes scenes from Grand Marais and cameos by local residents. Check out the trailer here.

VIRGINIA MINNESOTA – Trailer from Daniel Stine on Vimeo.

At 6 p.m.on Saturday, there’s the Winterer’s Gathering Chili Feed followed by a presentation by Sam Cook, the recently retired outdoors writer and columnist for the Duluth News-Tribune. Cook will give a presentation entitled “Why We Couldn’t Move Back to Kansas.”

Sam Cook will give a presentation at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at North House.

Sam Cook will give a presentation at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at North House.

He is also teaching a writing class during the event. He will be interviewed on WTIP’s The Roadhouse” on Friday night. (BTW: Brothers in Arms will also be on the WTIP show to talk about their music and play a few tunes.)

To see the complete schedule of events during Winterer’s Gathering, click here.

There’s lots more happening in the community this weekend, too.

On Friday at 5 p.m., author Tim Cochrane will give a presentation on the release of his new book,  “Gichi Bitobig, Grand Marais: Early Accounts of the Anishinaabeg and the North Shore Fur Trade” at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Tim Cochrane will give a presentation about his new book at 5 p.m. Friday at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Tim Cochrane will give a presentation about his new book at 5 p.m. Friday at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Cochrane will give a slide presentation, read passages from the book, and answer questions. He has worked as a backcountry ranger, historian, anthropologist, and superintendent for the National Park Service in Alaska, Minnesota, and Michigan. He has worked extensively with Native American tribes, most recently with the Grand Portage Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa as superintendent at Grand Portage National Monument. His books include “A Good Boat Speaks for Itself”  (Minnesota, 2002) and “Minong–The Good Place: Ojibwe and Isle Royale.”

At 7 p.m. on  Friday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will host a panel discussion about lake sturgeon, the leviathans of freshwater fish, which are slowly coming back into our lakes and streams, thanks to the Clean Water Act and rigorous reintroduction projects involving habitat restoration and stocking. The Art Colony is featuring an exhibit of work by artists from all over the country who were asked to do their take on this great fish. Entitled “Black Gold” and curated by Ryuta Nakajima and Darren Houser of the University of Minnesota-Duluth’s Department of Art and Design, the artwork in this juried exhibition is from numerous artists who are helping to mark this success, record history, and inspire the next aquatic conservation effort.

One of the drawings of the lake sturgeon currently on view in the Founders Hall at the Art Colony.

A print of one of the lake sturgeon drawings currently on view in the Founders Hall at the Art Colony. The prints are for sale for $25 each.

Houser will be joined by Sharon Moen, senior science communicator for Minnesota Sea Grant and Don Schreiner, fisheries specialist for Minnesota Sea Grant for the panel discussion at 7 p.m.

The exhibit has prints of posters and drawings … and photographs.

One of the pieces in the Black Gold exhibit at the Art Colony: Putin kissing a young sturgeon. The sturgeon is an important source of caviar in Russia, and the world.

One of the prints in the “Black Gold ” exhibit at the Art Colony: Vladimir Putin kissing a young sturgeon. The sturgeon is a valued source of caviar in Russia, and the world, hence the title of the exhibit–Black Gold.

The exhibit continues at the Art Colony through Nov. 28. The Art Colony is open daily from 9 am. to 4 p.m.

If you like to dance, the Northern Lake County Arts Board is hosting the Buddy Holly Winter Dance Party at the William Kelley Auditorium in Silver Bay starting at 7 p.m. Friday.

The Buddy Holly Winter Dance Party will be held at

The Buddy Holly Winter Dance Party will be held at the William Kelley Auditorium in Silver Bay on Friday night.

Exhibits:

“Listening to Lichen & Sculptural Weaving/ Elise Kyllo & Patricia Beilke” continues at the Johnson Heritage Post Gallery through Dec. 2. This is a not-to-be-missed exhibit, with extraordinary work by both artists.

A felted lichen piece by Elise Kyllo, one of many intriguing and often playful shapes crafted by this artist.

A felted lichen piece by Elise Kyllo, one of many intriguing and often playful shapes crafted by this artist.

 

An antler basket by

An antler basket by Patricia Bielke. She has a number of antler baskets are well as sculptural pieces on exhibit.

Winter Hours at the Johnson Heritage Post are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

In Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art opens two Native American-focused exhibits this week: “Manifest’o,” an animated series of panels by Jonathan Thunder which focuses on the bridge between two worlds, myth and art, , and “Intersections,” a new exhibition derived from the museum’s extensive collection of works by Native American artists. Artists include George Morrison, Patrick Desjarlait, Carl Gawboy, Dyani White Hawk, and Andrea Carlson, Jim Denomie and Karen Savage, to name a few.

Karen Savage's blue otter is one of the pieces in the "Intersections" show at the Tweed.

Karen Savage’s blue otter is one of the pieces in the “Intersections” show at the Tweed. It opens with a reception on Thursday evening at 5 p.m. and continues through December.

There are a number of exhibits at the Duluth Art Institute, too, including “Exceptionally Ordinary” by Patrick Luber.

One of the pieces from "Exceptionally Ordinary" by Patrick Luber, currently on view at the Duluth Art Institute. Photo by Ed Newman.

One of the pieces from “Exceptionally Ordinary” by Patrick Luber, currently on view at the Duluth Art Institute. Photo by Ed Newman.

Luber’s work explores the relationship between religious symbols and art through time. The multi-media exhibit continues through December.

And, across the border, there are less than two weeks left to see Christi Belcourt‘s exhibit, “Mother Earth: A Retrospective” at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Fall Harvest, 2011-2015 by Christi Belcourt.

Fall Harvest, 2011-2015 by Christi Belcourt.

Belcourt’s exhibit ends Nov. 25.

Upcoming:

 Next weekend, we can look forward to the start of holiday sales and events, Stay tuned for details, but here’s a short list:

  • Christmas Market at the North Shore Winery,  noon to 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23
  • Oh Ole Night Parade, downtown Grand Marais, tree lighting, parade, fireworks, start st 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23
  • The New Standards Holiday Show, Papa Charlie’s, Friday, Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m.
  • Hovland Art Festival Holiday Sale, Saturday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Holiday Market at Voyageur’s Brewing, Saturday, Nov. 24.  1:30-6 p.m.

FYI

Dip your toes into art this winter at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Dip your toes into art this winter at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

The Grand Marais Art Colony offers lots of opportunities to dip your toes into art this winter: artist talks, panel discussions, min-classes, artist services and winter reading groups are just a few things on the pallette. For more info, click here.

Music:

Thursday Nov. 15:

  • Joshua Schmidt, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Maria Nickolay, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 16:

  • Gene Lafond and Amy Grillo, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Jon Miller and the Home Brews, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 17:

  • Joshua Schmidt, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Jon Miller and the Home Brews, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • North Shore Community Swing Band, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Aftershock, Grand Portage Lodge  Casino, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 18:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 20:

  • Gordon Thorne, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

Here are a few photos we found this week:

Warmer winters means the gray fox is hanging around the North Shore now. Photo by Paul Sandberg.

Warmer winters means the gray fox is hanging around the North Shore now. Photo by Paul Sandberg.

 

First-of-the-winter pine grosbeak by Michael Furtman.

First-of-the-winter pine grosbeak by Michael Furtman.

 

Turkeys are heading north, too. An inquisitive deer checks out these birds. The photo was taken in Michigan by Sandra Updike.

Wild turkeys are heading north, too. An inquisitive deer checks out these birds. The photo was taken in Michigan by Sandra Updike.

 

A magnificent tree. "Cedar in Snow" by Sandra Updike.

A magnificent tree. “Cedar in Snow” by Sandra Updike.

 

Take a moment to meditate by Kathleen Gray-Anderson.

Take a moment to meditate by Kathleen Gray-Anderson.

 

Fireweed and the silver sea by Jennifer Trowbridge.

Fireweed and the silver sea by Jennifer Trowbridge.

 

Sunset at Canal Park by Curt Brown.

Sunset at Canal Park by Curt Brown.

 

Morning hike at Devil's Kettle by Chelsea Pusc.

Morning hike at Devil’s Kettle by Chelsea Pusc.

 

Sunrise at Grand Marais by David Johnson.

Sunrise at the Grand Marais marina by David Johnson.

And finally, this beauty:

"Subtle" by Jamie RAbold.

“Subtle” by Jamie Rabold.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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