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A Holiday Market, Printmaking & A Fiber Festival

"The lake is sure wound up today," by Sandra Updyke..

“The lake is sure wound up today,” by Sandra Updyke..

Winter snows and winter temps descended on the North Shore this week, bringing lots of fluffy reminders of the season into our yards and over our roads. Happy Holidays!

The season will be celebrated on Thursday, Dec. 14, for sure, when the Wunderbar Eatery and Campground opens its doors to It’s a Wunderbar Life Holiday market. More than 15 artists, shops and even Elfin’s Bakery will set up tables throughout the Wunderbar from 5-8 p.m., offering holiday cheer and handmade items of all varieties.

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Look for lots of artwork, including woodcut prints, ceramics, paintings, fused glass, jewelry and more. Local businesses will make an appearance, too, including the Fireweed Bike Coop, Lutzen Reflections Massage Studio and Sawbill Canoe Outfitters. And there will be chocolate from the Gunflint Mercantile and a variety of artwork from Kah Nee Tah Gallery and The Big Lake. Musicians Chris Gillis and Eric Frost will play. It should be a lot of fun.  All invited.

On Friday, Voyageur Brewing Co. will hold its Holiday Extravaganza weekend with lots of music and events. To check out the schedule, click here.

And Sister Tree, a duo who plays Celtic/Americana folk music will talk about their music and play a few songs on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night. The program airs from 5-7 p.m.

And not to forget, the skating rink at the Community Center opens on Friday.

Saturday is busy, too. The Grand Marais Public Library will hold a Birthday Story Time for Grandpa Lyle at noon. “Grandpa” Lyle Gerard has been reading to children all over Cook County (and the world) for years, and his dedication to sharing his wealth of knowledge and passion for literature with countless readers will be celebrated in an unusual way– everyone is invited to read something to Grandpa Lyle. Participants can bring a book, or browse the children’s collection for a favorite children’s book to read to him. Everyone invited.

And at 1 p.m., the Grand Marais Art Colony will host a Community Ink Day in the Print Studio at the Art Colony.

Jerry Riach is on-site for Community Ink Day on Saturday.

Jerry Riach is on-site at the Grand Marais Art Colony for Community Ink Day this Saturday.

Printmaker Jerry Riach will help participants create their own artwork for holiday cards or gifts. All ages welcome. This is a drop-in activity, and the public is invited to come anytime between 1-3:30 p.m. A $5 donation for material cost is requested.

The Grand Marais Playhouse‘s Third annual Curry Cook-off and Broadway Showcase is Saturday. A fundraiser for the Playhouse, the evening includes a delicious array of curries as well as vibrant entertainment on the Broadway theme.

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Performers this year include: Shelby Anderson, Tess Bailey, Ellie and Yvonne Block, Kay Costello, Jenny Delfs, Don Grant, Stacey Hawkins, Ella and Liv Hedstrom, Hilja Iverson, Braidy Powers, Amelia, Greta, Karina and Mike Roth, Aurora Schelmeske, Janet Simonen, Thomas Stamps and Cathi Williams. Also in the line-up is a “Pajama Game” cast reunion for a special number, and the entire group will perform an ensemble number, too.

The event starts with a Playhouse membership meeting at 6 p.m. The Curry  Cook-off begins at 6:30 p.m.. Cost is $10. Samples of all the curries will be available, and participants are encouraged to vote on their favorite. The Broadway Showcase performances begin at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets are $10.

On Sunday, check out a Holiday movie at Voyageur Brewing. Popular old-time holiday movies are screened at 12:30 p.m. Free.

On Monday, the Mostly Fiber Festival and Open House opens at the Johnson Heritage Post at 10 a.m. and continues daily through Saturday, Dec. 23.

The Mostly Fiber Festival and Open House will be held at the Johnson Heritage Post all next week.

The Mostly Fiber Festival and Open House will be held at the Johnson Heritage Post all next week.

The festival features work by members of the Northwoods Fiber Guild and other local artists for pre-Christmas shopping. There will be fiber demonstrations during the day as well as a great selection of hand-crafted items for sale. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday. Everyone invited.

Wednesday, Dec. 20, will be busy too, when Ben Owen, program officer at the Minnesota State Arts Board, gives two presentations at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Ben Owen

Ben Owen, program officer, Minnesota State Arts Board.

Owen will talk about the Minnesota Percent for Art in Public Places program, providing an overview of the state’s program and the public art commissioning process. At noon on Wednesday, he will present  “Community Conversations: Minnesota Percent for the Art Information Session” from noon to 1 p.m. He will share examples of public art projects in the state’s collection and discuss how artists make the transition from studio work to public art. Artists, community members, city planners and design professionals might be especially interested in the presentation. Free. Bring a brown bag lunch.  You can register here.

Owen will then lead a workshop entitled “Professional Practice: Minnesota for Art RFPs Workshop” from 2-5 p.m. To register, follow the link above. Space is limited. All invited. Free.

Also on Wednesday, potter Kari Carter and Native American graphic artist Steven Standing Cloud will have a Pop-up sale at Voyageur Brewing Co. from 4:30-6:30 p.m. This is the last in the series that started earlier this month.

There are a variety of exhibits to see this week, too.

North House Folk School‘s “2oth Anniversary Exhibit: Begin Continue” is in its final week at the Johnson Heritage Post. The exhibit features the work of North House instructors as well as a photographic history of North House. North House invited instructors to reflect on their work in the context of traditional craft and to think about their own personal and creative evolution in that craft.

"First Pair" by Candace LaCosse is one of the exhibits in the Begin Continue exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post. It closes Dec. 16.

“First Pair” by Candace LaCosse is one of the exhibits in the Begin Continue exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post. It closes Dec. 16.

Work in a wide variety of mediums is represented in this show, which closes Dec. 16. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Friday and Saturday.

Betsy Bowen Studio and Gallery continues the Holiday Art Underground Show featuring artwork by more than 30 local and regional artists.

The Holiday Art Underground show continues at Betsy Bowen Studio and Gallery.

The Holiday Art Underground show continues at Betsy Bowen Studio and Gallery.

The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. It will be open every day the week before Christmas.

And stop by the Coho Cafe in Tofte to see the photographs of Thomas J. Spence, who is exhibiting there through the end of December.

Photograph by Thomas J. Spence.

Photograph by Thomas J. Spence.

His work includes landscapes, wildlife and more in all seasons.

Plein air painter Greg Lecker continues his exhibit at Tettegouche State Park.

"Transfer" by Greg Lecker.

“Transfer” by Greg Lecker.

The exhibit in Tettegouche’s Great Hall continues through the end of the month.

The Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth has a number of exhibits on display, including “Modern(ism)”,  an exhibition of drawings and prints of small, intimate works by some of the most formidable Modern artists of the 20th century.

One of the works in "Modern(ism" at the Tweed Museum of Art.

One of the works in “Modern(ism” at the Tweed Museum of Art.

And this is the last week to see photographs from the Tweed’s exhibit “A Thousand Words.”

(Detail), Marion Post-Wolcott, "Children of Tenant Farner, Wadesboro, N.C."

(Detail), Marion Post-Wolcott, “Children of Tenant Farrner, Wadesboro, N.C.”

The exhibit focuses on photographs of people by a great selection of renowned photographers. The Tweed will be closed from Dec. 23 through Jan. 2.

The Duluth Art Institute will host an artist talk about their new exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of Finland. (country) “Finish 100 Together–Yhdessa” was organized by the Finland 100 Northland Committee to oversee the 100th anniversary activities in the Twin Ports. The exhibit, featuring work by more than 40 Finnish-American artists from the Arrowhead, is the culmination of the year-long celebration.

One of the paintings in the Finnish 100 exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

One of the paintings in the Finnish 100 exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

The artist event at the Art Institute is from 4-6 p.m. Dec. 14.

 Upcoming

 A Hovland Family Christmas Concert, hosted by the Mountain Thyme Music Studio, will be held at the Hovland Town Hall starting at 7 p.m. Dec. 21. The event features local musicians Andy & Amy & Sparrow Schmidt, Jack & Hannah Nickolay, Jim McGowan, Pat Flack, Jim & Michele Miller & Luke & James, Brenda Benson, Justin & Kelli Hedrick … and a few more. Participants are invited to bring a plate of Christmas treats to share. Open to all.

Local Photographer News

 Photographer Travis Novitsky has a number of prints at the Holiday Art Underground show at Betsy Bowen Gallery and Studio.

Photo by Travis Novitsky.

Photo by Travis Novitsky.

 Bryan Hansel is offering three new calendars for 2018: Northern Nightscapes, Northern Landscapes and Found Bike Project.

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Photographer Bryan Hansel has new calendars for 2108.

For more info, click here.

Nace Hagemann has crafted a number of different 2018 calendars, too.

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 Click here for more info about Hagemann’s calendars.

And Grand Marais photographer David Johnson has a number of different calendars, including one on moose, another on northern lights, as well as landscapes and wildlife.

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Johnson’s calendars can be found at Joy & Co. and on his Etsy site here.

Window Shopping

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Cooking books make great gifts. These are at Drury Lane Books.

 

A small selection of the art supplies available at Joy and Company.

A small selection of the kids’ art supplies available at Joy and Company.

 

Grace Hogan jewelry is featured at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Grace Hogan jewelry is featured at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Here’s the music for the upcoming week:

Thursday, Dec. 14:

  • Briand Morrison, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Al Oikari, Joe Paulik & Pat Flack, Gun Flint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 15:

  • Gene Lafond and Amy Grillo, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • North Shore Community Swing Band, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 16:

  • SVEA, Swedish Folk A Capella Concert,  Voyageur Brewing Co., 3 p.m.
  • Jim McGowan, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Bughouse, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Juke Box Night at Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Momentary Lapse of Floyd: Pink Floyd Tribute,  Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 17:

  • TBA, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 19

  • Joshua Schmidt, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 20:

  • Jim & Michele Miller, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Here’s a selection from the photos we found this week:

First, wildlife:

"Dawn Patro" by Michael Furtman.

“Dawn Patrol” by Michael Furtman.

 

Short Eared Owl by David Johnson.

Short Eared Owl by David Johnson.

 

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Another Snowy by David Johnson.

We had offshore winds this week, which always encourages ore boats to steam close to shore. Here are a few photos.

"Cold day on the Big Lake" by Matthew Brown.

“Cold day on the Big Lake” by Matthew Brown.

 

The James R. Barker by Horseshoe Bay in Hovland.

The James R. Barker by Horseshoe Bay in Hovland.

 

"Laker by the Lighthouse" by David Johnson.

“Laker by the Lighthouse” by David Johnson.

We found a gorgeous stormy lake shot.

Lake Superior storm waves pounding Minnesota's North Shore by Layne Kennedy.

Lake Superior storm waves pounding Minnesota’s North Shore by Layne Kennedy.

And a peaceful lake shot …

Sunset today on the lake by Thomas Spence.

Sunset today on the lake by Thomas Spence.

And a from-almost-under-the-water-bridge shot ….

1st Shot of the Day by Christian Dalbec.

1st Shot of the Day by Christian Dalbec.

We also found a rainbow house shot…

Sunday morning snow roofs by Jan Swart.

Sunday morning snow roofs by Jan Swart.

And a rainbow-in-the-woods shot …

A sun dog close up in the Superior National Forest by Thomas Spence.

A sun dog close up in the Superior National Forest by Thomas Spence.

Here’s a smokey Lake Superior shot …

Lake Superior "smoke," by Hella Bucheim.

Lake Superior “smoke,” by Hella Bucheim.

And beautiful ice.

Photo by Mark Tessier.

Photo by Mark Tessier.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

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Svea, Birthday Celebrations & A Christmas Concert

The Supermoon at Split Rock by John Gregor.

The Super Moon at Split Rock by John Gregor.

There’s lots to do this weekend as the holiday season slips into full gear.

First up is Svea, the a cappella group that sings beautiful Swedish folk songs. They will launch this weekend with a Holiday Concert at the Grand Marais Art Colony at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7.
The concert will include a variety of songs as well as poems and stories — and tasty treats.  All invited.

SVEA includes,from left, Erika Ternes, Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux, Erin Swenson-Klatt and Yvonne Mills.

SVEA includes, from left, Erika Ternes, Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux, Erin Swenson-Klatt and Yvonne Mills. In this photo, Svea was performing at Drury Lane Books.

To hear an example of Svea’s harmonies in song, click here.

On Friday, Homeward Bound Theatre’s “Legends of the Wilderness” will be performed at the Grand Marais Public Library at 1 p.m. with French Canadian voyageur, Jacques La Christian, who will reenact what it was like living in the 18oos in the wilderness.

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David Popilek, as Voyageur Jacques Christian, will re-enact a period in the 1800s at the Grand Marais Public Library at 1 p.m. on Friday.

David Popilek, as Jacques has been entertaining and educating with compelling stories of our past for the last 30 years. The program is free and open to all

Also on Friday, Gordon Thorne and Chris Gillis will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse, where they will talk about their music and play a few songs. The program airs from 5-7 p.m.

Saturday is very busy, starting out with an opportunity to learn how to make wooden buttons and brooches with North House resident and woodturner Angela Robins. She will give her presentation at the Johnson Heritage Post from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will learn to use small diameter birch branches to carve and cut circular buttons and embellishments. There is a $5 material fee. No pre-registration is required. Kids ages 12+ welcome with an adult.

Joy and Company is also holding a maker event on Saturday at noon. Cost is $1-$10, depending on materials used. Call 387-1004 to make a reservation or to arrange an additional time that works for you. Walk-ins are also welcome as space allows.

At 1 p.m. on Saturday, Bethlehem Lutheran Church will celebrate Julefest with a bake sale, Scandinavian treats and the procession of St. Lucia at 2 p.m. Open to all.

Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery & Cottages will celebrate its 3rd anniversary with a special holiday party from 4-8 p.m on Saturday.

Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery celebrates its 3rd anniversary on Saturday.

Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery celebrates its 3rd anniversary on Saturday.

Refreshments will be served and Fred Anderson of Lusten will play. All invited.

The Grand Marais Art Colony is celebrating a birthday, too – its 70th! It is the oldest Art Colony in the state and continues to thrive.

The Grand Marais Art Colony celebrates its 70th anniversary with a grand party and dance.

The Grand Marais Art Colony celebrates its 70th anniversary with a grand party and dance.

The Birthday Bash celebration starts at 7 p.m. with music by Cook County’s Most Wanted and refreshments by Lutsen Resort and The Wunderbar. There’s also a cash wine & beer bar. Everyone is invited to “wear your festive attire, put on your dance shoes, catch up with old friends, and meet new ones.” The Gallery Store will be open 7-9 p.m., too.

 On Sunday, Voyageur Brewing Company continues its Holiday Movies series. Screening starts at 12:30 p.m. Free.
The annual Christmas Concert with the Borealis Chorale and Orchestra caps off the week with concerts at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10  and Monday, Dec. 11 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. More than 75 talented and dedicated musicians and singers continue this treasured community tradition, led by conductor Bill Beckstrand.
This year's Christmas Concert with the Borealis Chorale & Orchestra is Dec. 10 & 11 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

This year’s Christmas Concert with the Borealis Chorale & Orchestra is Dec. 10 & 11 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

The year’s concert includes seasonal works by celebrated composers, and spans the centuries and the globe, with pieces from England, France, Germany, Sweden, Russia, and the American South. Stirring hymns and rousing carols that awaken and uplift winter-weary souls, works by Praetorius, Rachmaninov, Handel, Rutter, and many more combine in this rich holiday mix. Joining the BCO this year are six Cook County students whose solos add an multigenerational component to the great musical talent of the group.
Admission is free of charge, but donations accepted to cover the costs of each year’s programming.
 Exhibits:

The exhibit, “Begin Continue” can be seen at the Johnson Heritage Post through Dec. 14. The exhibit features a great variety of work by instructors at North House Folk School as well as storyboards detailing its 20-year history.

Begin Continue at the Johnson Heritage Post has a great selection of works crafted by North House Folk School instructors.

The exhibit, “Begin Continue,” at the Johnson Heritage Post has a great selection of works crafted by North House Folk School instructors.

For this exhibit, the Heritage Post is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. Free.

Plein air painter Greg Lecker continues his solo show of paintings in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park through the end of the month.

"No Longer Needed" by Greg Lecker is being exhibited at Tettegouche State Park.

“No Longer Needed” by Greg Lecker is being exhibited at Tettegouche State Park.

The Tweed Museum of Art has mounted a new exhibit entitled: “Picks Out of Context: Tweed Museum Staff Favorites.”

"Moonrise," c. 1859 by Charles Francois Daubigny.

“Moonrise,” c. 1859 by Charles Francois Daubigny is one of the favorites of Tweed staff.

Also at the Tweed, “A Thousand Words,” the outstanding collection of photographs of people, continues through Dec. 31.

Adeline Wright, Duluth, 2004" by Vance Gellert.

Adeline Wright, Duluth, 2004″ by Vance Gellert.

In Thunder Bay, The Manifestation: A Juried Show” continues through Jan. 13. at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery. This is a multi-media show that has received accolades from the community.

"Flocks" by Katie LeMieux (stoneware).

“Flocks” by Katie LeMieux (stoneware).

The gallery is also exhibiting the premiere of a short art film, “Facade” by Piotr Skowronski.

At the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Converging Lines: Recent Art from the Northwest, continues through Feb. 25.

"Fortify This One," by Cree Stevens. Mixed media on wood panel.

“Fortify This One,” by Cree Stevens. Mixed media on wood panel.

The exhibit features work by Kristy Cameron, Elliot Doxtater-Wynn, Shaun Hedican and Cree Stevens.

The Baggage Building Arts Centre at Prince Arthur’s Landing in Thunder Bay will hold the  4th annual Christmas Bizzare Bazaar this weekend.

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It’s a crazy event with even crazier stuff. As they put it:  “Every year (we) have the weirdest, most unique, most original artists & craftspeople bring their strange and beautiful creations” to the Bizzare Bazaar. It’s all one-of-a-kind that you’ll find nowhere else, all made by local artists. The Bizzare Bazaar is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EST) Saturday and Sunday.

Challenges:

 The Grand Marais Art Colony is supporting the 100-Day Project again this year, an effort to motivate participants to commit to 100 days of creativity and invest in that most essential artistic habit: practice. Artists from every media are invited to participate. For many, it has been a life-changing experience for their work and art.

The 100-Day Project starts next month.

The 100-Day Project starts next month.

Those who are interested can sign up to participate in the virtual resource and community powered by Grand Marais’ sister arts community in Marquette, Mich. Participation is free. To find out more and sign up for the newsletter, click here.

 Opportunities:

A call for artists to exhibit their work at the Cook County Courthouse has been announced. Artists are invited to submit proposals for an exhibition in the public spaces of the main floor of the Courthouse. Exhibits may be solo or group, but each proposed exhibition must have a strong, unifying, and creative premise. The goal is to mount four 12-week exhibits each year.

For consideration, a portfolio should include:

  • An artist’s statement detailing the proposed exhibition (1 page)
  • Current resume(s) for artist(s) (1 page)
  • A list of artists included in the exhibition
  • 5-10 Digital images of the proposed pieces

Portfolios can be submitted electronically.  For specific questions please contact:
Jeff Cadwell, Cook County administrator at jeff.cadwell@co.cook.mn.us

Interested in developing a seasonal banner design for the streets of Grand Marais? The local group, Art ‘Round Town, would like to hear from you. Contact Ann Mershon at amershon@boreal.org for more info.

Window Shopping:

Sivertson Gallery has a selection of Bering Sea Designs, including this mammoth tooth/spiny oyster pendant.

Sivertson Gallery has a selection of Bering Sea Designs, including this mammoth tooth/spiny oyster pendant.

 

Want to order a special book? Drury Lane Books happily provides that service. Pictured above is the special order shelf of books ready to go out.

Want to order a special book? Drury Lane Books happily provides that service. Pictured above is the special order shelf of books ready to go out.

 

Natalie Sobanja has a new series of cups at the Underground Holiday Show at Betsy Bowen's Studio and Gallery.

Natalie Sobanja has a new series of cups at the Underground Holiday Show at Betsy Bowen’s Studio and Gallery.

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, Dec. 7:

  • Pete K, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Date Night at the North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, The Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Svea Holiday Concert, Grand Marais Art Colony, 7 p.m.
  • Gun Flint Tavern, TBA

Friday, Dec. 8:

  • Pete K, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Thorne, Gillis, Stamps & Roth, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Gun Flint Tavern, TBA

Saturday, Dec. 9:

  • Just Us, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Gene LaFond and Amy Grillo, Voyageur Brewing, 7 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • Heatbox, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.
  • Gun Flint Tavern, TBA

Sunday, Dec. 10:

  • Borealis Chorale Christmas Concert, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.
  • Gun Flint Tavern, TBA

Monday, Dec. 11:

  • Borealis Chorals Christmas Concert, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.

Lucky for all of us, we found some great photos this week. Here’s a selection:

First up, some great bird shots:

Another Snowy Owl. Love the Eyes by David Johnson.

Another Snowy Owl. Love the Eyes by David Johnson.

 

Fresh fish of the day by Matthew Pastick.

Fresh fish of the day by Matthew Pastick.

Lots of photographers were out shooting during the Super Moon. Here are a few we found:

beth drost dark but lovely moon

Dark but lovely moon by Beth Drost.

 

Photo by Scott Roen.

Photo by Scott Roen.

 

Super moon reflections by Kirk Schleife.

Super moon reflections by Kirk Schleife.

 

The Supermoon at Split Rock by John Gregor.

The Super Moon by John Gregor.

 

Super Moon at Split Rock Lighthouse.

Super Moon at Split Rock Lighthouse by Paul Sundberg.

We found some other beautiful and interesting shots, too.

Illgen Falls by MaryJane Van Den Heuvel.

Illgen Falls by MaryJane Van Den Heuvel.

Still chugging away:

Edna G. tugboat headed out to sea by Christian Dalbec.

Edna G. tugboat headed out to sea by Christian Dalbec.

Beauteous snow.

Snow day in Thunder Bay by Joan Berezowski.

Snow day in Thunder Bay by Joan Berezowski.

An incredible sunset.

"Breathe it in" by Jan Swart.

“Breathe it in” by Jan Swart.

And this one, by Matthew Pastick. (The caption tells the story.)

"Yes, my coal is being delivered. Santa says I've been a bad, bad boy," by Matthew Pastick.

“Yes, my coal is being delivered. Santa says I’ve been a bad, bad boy,” by Matthew Pastick.

And finally, this great shot by Thomas Spence.

Walking the line. Photo by Thomas Spence.

Walking the line. Photo by Thomas Spence.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

And, since this is the season of giving, would you be interested in making a donation to NorthShore ArtScene to keep it alive and kicking through 2018?  If so, click on the button below. And Happy Holidays!


 

 

 

 

 

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Holiday Art Festivals–Above ground and Underground

Paul Sundberg took this beauty of the freezing falls on the Cascade River. Enjoy!

Paul Sundberg took this beauty of the freezing falls on the Cascade River. Enjoy!

The holiday shopping season is at full steam ahead this weekend, with two iconic North Shore holiday festivals: the Holiday Art Underground show at the Betsy Bowen Gallery and the Northwoods Fiber Guild’s Holiday Open House and Sale at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

First up, though, is a chance to repair those holey woolen socks. The Wool Repair Clinic will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Johnson Heritage Post on Thursday, Nov. 30. Using needle single-needle felting and wet-felting techniques, felter Elise Kylo will teach you how how to fix those nagging holes in your socks, or bring a favorite wool item (hats, scarves, sweaters, jackets) that you would like to add color and designs to. It’s a great way to fix those woolens you love and learn something at the same time. Cost is $5, which includes a needle-felting tool. Additional wool may be purchased. No pre-registration required, drop by to participate.

Also on Thursday night, artist Lynn Speaker will be presenting an artist services workshop on the Critical Response at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 5-8 p.m. Tuition is $10.

Artist Lynn Speaker will present a workshop on the Critical Process Technique from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30.

Artist Lynn Speaker will present a workshop on the Critical Response Process from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30.

The Critical Response Process is a multi-step, group system for giving and receiving useful feedback on creative processes and works-in-progress. Originated in the 1990’s by choreographer and MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellow Liz Lerman, the process has been widely embraced by artists, educators, and administrators. Critical Response allows artists to ask questions about their work in a non-judgmental setting and nurtures the development of artistic works through a facilitated dialogue between artists, peers, and audiences. The workshop will be held from 5-8 p.m. Call the Art Colony at 387-2737 for more information.

Then on Friday, Holiday Art Underground 2017 opens at the Betsy Bowen Gallery with a Sneak Preview from 5-7 p.m.

The Holiday Art Underground opens with a sneak preview on Friday night.

The Holiday Art Underground opens with a sneak preview on Friday night.

This year, 35 local and regional artists will participate in the show, which features everything from woodcut prints to pottery, landscape paintings to fused glass. The Sneak Preview on Friday is from 5-7 p.m. and features music by Rod & Caribou as well as refreshments. The opening continues over the weekend with the gallery open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. All are invited to experience this outstanding show, which continues through December. The gallery hours starting next weekend are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Also on Friday night, the band, the Space Monkey Mafia will be live in the studios on WTIP Community Radio’s The Roadhouse.  Musicians Chris Gillis and Todd Miller will also be on the show to talk about the Grand Marais Music Collaborative and the jam session on Friday night at The Wunderbar. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.

Also on Friday, at Tettegouche State Park, plein air painter Greg Lecker opens an exhibit of his work with a reception at 7 p.m. Briand Morrison will play and refreshments will be served.

"Tracing the Gorge" by Greg Lecker.

“Tracing the Gorge” by Greg Lecker.

Lecker will also be giving a plein air painting demonstration at Tettegouche from 2:30 – 4 p.m. Saturday.

On Saturday, the Northwoods Fiber Guild Holiday Open House and Sale opens at 9 a.m. at the Grand Marais Art Colony, one of the highlights of the holiday season.

The Northwoods Fiber Guild Holiday Open House and Sale is at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Northwoods Fiber Guild Holiday Open House and Sale is at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Pictured are ust a few of the items that wil be featured at the event.

Guild members offer a wide variety of handmade fiber art including weaving, felting, knitting, sewing and more. The event includes homemade sweets and beverages, as well as demos and craft tables. This year, participants can learn how to make felted finger puppets at the Hands On Table. Free. This is always a fun event, with lots of beautiful work to enjoy.

The Senior Center is hosting a Craft Bazaar/Luncheon from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2 as a fundraiser for new tables and chairs at the center. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All invited.

And for those interesting in learning more about a traditional Swedish Christmas, Richard Tellström, American Swedish Institute Food Historian-in-Residence, Malmberg Fellow and acclaimed Swedish food writer and historian from Stockholm University, will share Swedish traditions about the Christmas meal and Christmas smorgasbord at the Johnson Heritage Post from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday. He will also give some examples of the New Nordic Cuisine, contemporary food ideas which pick up older food traditions but also add new flavors and cooking techniques. Free and open to the public.

And on Sunday, Voyageur Brewing Co. will screen a holiday movie at 12:30 p.m. at part of its Holiday Movies series. The movies are free and are family friendly. All invited.

Exhibits:

North House Folk School‘s exhibit, “Begin Continue” is at the Johnson Heritage Post through Dec. 14. The exhibit features a wide variety of work by Folk School instructors as well as story boards celebrating North House’s 20th anniversary.

One of the pieces in "Begin Continue" is "Mark Hansen loves (lives) to row," an animated multi-media work by Cecilia Schiller.

One of the pieces in “Begin Continue” is “Mark Hansen loves (lives) to row,” an animated multi-media work by Cecilia Schiller.

For this exhibit, the Heritage Post is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. All invited. Free.

In Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art opens a new exhibit entitled “Fresh Foundations” with a reception at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5.

"Fresh Foundations," an Art & Design exhibition opens at the Tweed Museum of Art Dec. 5.

“Fresh Foundations,” an Art & Design exhibition opens at the Tweed Museum of Art Dec. 5.

The exhibit features student work in design in 2017.

Also at the Tweed, the director, Ken Bloom, will give a lecture on photography as it relates to the the spectacular “A Thousand Words” exhibit that continues at the Tweed.

(detail), Ruth Orkin, "American Girl in Itatly, 1951."

(detail), Ruth Orkin, “American Girl in Italy, 1951.”

Bloom curated the exhibition, and he will provide an overview of the process and strategy that underlies the show and will engage with the audience in discussion of individual artworks. The presentation is at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

The exhibition, “Laurentian: Paul LaJeunesse and the Lake Superior Wood Turners” continues at the Duluth Art Institute.

This painting by Paul LaJeunesse is at the Duluth Art Institute.

This painting by Paul LaJeunesse is at the Duluth Art Institute.

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery is featuring two exhibits: the 29th annual Regional Juried Show, featuring a diversity of excellent art works by 50 regional artists.

"Return of the Pipe, Museum Representation" by Mary McPherson is at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

“Return of the Pipe, Museum Representation” by Mary McPherson is at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

The exhibition at DefSup also includes “Facade,” a short art film installation by Piotr Skowronski, which explores the universal expression of human emotions on an ever changing diversity of human faces. The exhibitions continue through Jan. 13. The gallery, which is located at 250 Park, is open from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission by donation.

At the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, the exhibition “Converging Lines: Recent Art From the Northwest” continues, featuring a variety of work by contemporary Northwest artists.

Cree Stevens, "Wigwas with Antler, 2017," mixed media sculpture with  birch bark, deer antler, rawhide lacing, copper leaf, copper wire, iron pipe.

Foreground: Cree Stevens, “Wigwas with Antler, 2017,” mixed media sculpture with birchbark, deer antler, rawhide lacing, copper leaf, copper wire, iron pipe. The work is in an exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

“Converging Lines” continues through Feb. 25.

Upcoming:

 The Svea Singers Holiday Concert will be at the Grand Marais Art Colony at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 7.

The 43rd annual Julefest will be held at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Saturday, Dec. 9, starting at 1 p.m.

Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery will hold its 3rd Anniversary Birthday/Holiday Party on Saturday, Dec. 9, starting at 4 p.m.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will celebrate its 70th anniversary with a Birthday Bash in the Founders Hall on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 7 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. featuring music by Cook County’s Most Wanted. The Hall will be transformed into a dazzling night club and participants are invited to wear their festive and celebratory attire — and dance shoes. There will be a cash beer & wine bar and special Gallery Store hours.

The Borealis Chorale and Orchestra Christmas Concerts will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10 and Monday, Dec. 11. Stay tuned for details.

The Curry Cook-Off and Broadway Showcase, a fundraiser for the Grand Marais Playhouse, will be held at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Saturday, Dec. 16. See next week for more info.

Artist News

Anna Hess has work at the North Shore Winery.

"Beautiful Quiet" by Anna Hess.

“Beautiful Quiet” by Anna Hess is at the North Shore Winery.

Plein air painter Neil Sherman is exhibiting at the Grand Hill Gallery Holiday Show and Sale through Dec. 30. The show opens with a reception tonight, Nov. 30, from 6:30-10 p.m.

"Stryker's Alley, Superior, Wis." by Neil Sherman.

“Stryker’s Alley, Superior, Wis.” by Neil Sherman.

Sherman is exhibiting with some of Minnesota’s top plein air painters, including Jack Dant, Bop Upton, Tom McGregor, Mike Rada, Christopher Copeland and Richard Abraham. The exhibit continues through Dec. 30. The gallery is located at 333 Grand Ave. in St. Paul.

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, Nov. 30:

  • Jon Kalberg, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 1:

  • Joe Paulik, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Grand Marais Music Collaborative, The Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Space Monkey Mafia, Gun Flint Tavern, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec.2:

  • Jim & Michele Miller, Voyageur Brewing Co.4 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, concert at Naniboujou Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Terri Quinn, The Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • Space Monkey Mafia, Gun Flint Tavern, 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 5:

  • Jim & Michele Miller, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.

Here are some of the photos we found this week.

Let’s start with Canadian lynx with a photo and a video.

Lynx kitten by David Johnson.

Canadian Lynx kitten by David Johnson.

David Johnson posted the above photo of a Canadian lynx kitten a few weeks ago. Lately, he’s been capturing them on a trail cam. Did you know that lynx kittens can sort of bark like a dog? Check out this video to hear the kittens and see them exploring the bait tree.  Enjoy!

We found some pretty spectacular sunrises and sunsets this week. Here are some examples.

Fire on the Island by jamie Rabold.

Fire on the Island by Jamie Rabold.

 

"Before the Parade" by David Johnson.

“Before the Parade” by David Johnson.

 

"Can you say unreal?' by Matthew Pastick.

“Can you say unreal?’ by Matthew Pastick.

At the opposite site of the spectrum:

Soft colors by Don Davison.

Soft colors by Don Davison.

 

Angry Lake by Kirk Schleife.

Angry Lake by Kirk Schleife.

And check out this neat urban landscape.

Christmas Feeling-Duluth by Jeffrey Doty.

Christmas Feeling-Duluth by Jeffrey Doty.

And finally, this evocative early winter photo by Mary Lou Williams.

Island Lake by Mary Lou Williams.

Island Lake by Mary Lou Williams.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Thanksgiving and a Celebration of Art & Artisans

 

Arctic Snowy Owls are making an early appearance this year.  Photo by Paul Sundberg.

Arctic Snowy Owls are making an early appearance this year. Photo by Paul Sundberg.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Greetings from the North Shore, where the holiday season is launched this weekend with a great variety of festivals and events.

First up is the 12th annual Holiday Market at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen that begins on Friday and continues through Sunday.

The Last Chance Holiday Sale starts on Friday.

The Last Chance Holiday Market starts on Friday and continues through the weekend.

The gallery, which features work by a number of local and regional artists, including bronze sculptures by Tom Christiansen, will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

On Friday, the gallery joins local merchants for Sip and Shop, a local take on Black Friday, with refreshments offered at every stop. Check out Caribou Crossing at Caribou Highlands, Last Chance Galery, Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery, Great Gifts of Lutsen and The Mountain Shop for this unique event.

On Saturday, there will be a bronze pour at Last Chance at 4 p.m. and tree lighting after dark. There will be caroling, and the Lutsen Fire Department will escort the carolers up the road to Clearview for further festivities.

Also on Friday, the North Shore Winery will hold a book signing with author Lise Lunge-Larsen and illustrator Kari Vick, who will sign copies of their new book, “Seven Ways to Trick a Troll.”

Illustrator Kari Vick and author Lise Lunge-Larsen will sign their book, "Seven Ways to Trick a Troll" at the North Shore Winery on Friday.

Illustrator Kari Vick and author Lise Lunge-Larsen will sign their book, “Seven Ways to Trick a Troll” at the North Shore Winery on Friday.

The book signing will be from 1-3 p.m.

In Grand Marais on Friday, the community will hold its annual Christmas parade at 5:30 p.m. Entitled “Oh Ole Night,” the parade begins at the Senior Center and will do two loops around downtown, ending up in Harbor Park where there will be tree lighting and caroling. The fireworks begin at 6 p.m.

Then, back in Lutsen, the New Standards Holiday Show will be held at Papa Charlie’s beginning at 8:30 p.m.

The New Standards Holiday Show is at 8:3 p.m. at Papa Charlie’s.

The show is celebrating its 11th anniversary this season with its unique twist on a traditional holiday concert – one part variety show, one part homage to the season, one part irreverent, free-wheelin’ spectacle. The trio is joined by a supporting cast replete with vocalists and instrumentalists – and as always – a dazzling lineup of special surprise guests. You won’t soon forget this show, which is now considered a beloved annual tradition in Cook County and the Twin Cities. Tickets are $20 in advance, $26 at the door.

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery celebrates the season on Friday with the opening reception for two exhibits: the 29th annual Regional Juried Show and a short art film installation, “Piotr Skowronski: Facade.

The Definitely Superior Art Gallery will hold a reception for the 29th annual Regional Juried Show on Friday.

The Definitely Superior Art Gallery will hold a reception for the 29th annual Regional Juried Show on Friday.

The opening reception is from 7-10 p.m. and features artist talks and refreshments. Definitely Superior Art Gallery is located at 250 Park Ave. in Thunder Bay. All invited.

The Hovland Arts Festival Pre-Christmas Sale will be held at the Hovland Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday, featuring a wide variety of artists and artisan work.

The Hovland Arts Festival Pre-Christmas Sale is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hovland Town Hall on Saturday.

The Hovland Arts Festival Pre-Christmas Sale is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hovland Town Hall on Saturday.

Look for photography, painting, fiber art, jewelry, beadwork, pottery, woodwork, wreaths and more. Refreshments will be available. All invited.

Also on Saturday, the Annual Holiday Craft  Sale and Open House will be held at the Cook County Community Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Look for a variety of arts and crafts, the Girl Scouts’  Poinsettia Sale and handmade soaps and lotions. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

And new this year, The Crafty Pint Saturday Market at Voyageur Brewing Co, featuring a great selection of local artists and artisans. The craft market will be open from 1:30-4:30 p.m. on Saturday in the brewery space. All welcome.

In Duluth, there will be a Holiday Pottery and Craft Sale at the Duluth Art Institute‘s Lincoln Building from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The event features work by a number of local potters as well as artisans. A wide variety of refreshments will be served. The Lincoln building is at 2229 W. Second St. in Duluth. Here’s a map.

And on Sunday, Voyageur Brewery is launching a new weekly feature through Christmas: “Holiday Movies in the Brewery.” Each week, a family friendly classic movie will be screened starting at 12:30 p.m. Viewers are welcome to bring their own popcorn.

And next Wednesday, Nov. 29, the public is invited to join the Cook County Creative Economy Team and Artspace, a consulting firm internationally recognized as a leader in developing projects to spur economic growth through fostering living and working spaces for artists. The event wil be held in the Commissioner’s Room at the Cook County Courthouse from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29.

Artspace is coming to Cook County to look at its creative economy spaces and to meet with artists, non-profits, businesses, government representatives and the public to determine opportunities for growth. Everyone is invited to the meeting entitled: “Growing Our Creative Economy.” Come learn what is going on and express your needs, wishes, dreams and desires for a more robust creative economy in Cook County.

Also on Wednesday, Hannah Palma Laky and Hana Crosby will be the featured artists at the craft market at Voyageur Brewing Co. from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Palma Laky is a local potter. Crosby makes natural body care products and gift baskets as well as homemade jam and holiday cookies.

Exhibits:

 “Begin Continue,” an exhibit showcasing the work of more than 30 instructors at North House Folk School as well as a visual story of North House, opened with a reception at the Johnson Heritage Post last Friday.

"Begin Continue" an exhibit of work by instructors at North House Folk School, continues at the Johnson Heritage Post.

“Begin Continue” an exhibit of work by instructors at North House Folk School, continues at the Johnson Heritage Post. Birchbark basket by Dennis Chilcote.

“Begin Continue” is on exhibit at the Heritage Post through Dec.14. The gallery is closed on Tuesdays. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and Monday, and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

The Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth is currently exhibiting a display of Pacific Northwest Native masks.

Reg Williams, 
"Tsimshian Sea Monster Carrying Souls of the Dead to the Undersea World," 1989. 
Carved and painted wood, hide, copper

Reg Williams, 
”Tsimshian Sea Monster Carrying Souls of the Dead to the Undersea World,” 1989. 
Carved and painted wood, hide and copper.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery will open a new exhibit entitled “Converging Lines: Recent Art from the Northwest” on Friday, Nov. 24. The exhibit features the work of regional Indigenous artists and draws inspiration from the connective, emanating power lines found in the works of established Anishnaabe artists such as Norval Morrisseau, Roy Thomas and Ahmoo Angeconeb.

Shaun Hedican, Star Blanket, (detail), 2017, digitial print on canvas

Shaun Hedican, Star Blanket, (detail), 2017, digitial print on canvas.

Artists include Kristy Cameron, Elliot Doxtater-Wynn, Shaun Hedican and Cree Stevens. Their work also speaks to current issues and sheds light on contemporary ways of making art. The exhibit continues through Feb. 26.

Upcoming:

Next weekend, Dec. 1 & 2, features the Holiday Art Underground at Betsy Bowen’s Studio and Galleries and the Northwoods Fiber Guild’s Open House & Holiday Sale at the Grand Marais Art Colony. The Holiday Art Underground show opens with a Sneak Peak on Friday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. The Fiber Guild Sale is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2. Stay tuned for details.

Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen is celebrating its 3rd anniversary with a Holiday Party on Dec. 9 from 4-8 p.m.

The Borealis Chorale & Orchestra Christmas Concert is Dec. 10 & 11 this year. The concert features more than 75 talented Cook County singers and musicians under the directorship of composer/conductor Bill Beckstrand. The concert is held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church each night at 7 p.m. Stay tuned for details.

Window Shopping:

Glacial Stream by Aaron Kloss is at Sivertson Gallery.

Glacial Stream by Aaron Kloss is at Sivertson Gallery.

 

Coffee cozies by Stitch Lab are at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Coffee cozies by Stitchlab are at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Bottoms-up shot glasses are at Upstate MN.

Bottoms-up shot glasses are at Upstate MN.

Music Schedule:

Thursday, Nov. 23:

  • Chris Gillis, The Wunderbar, 2 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 24:

  • Ian Alexy, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Gin Strings, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Jim McGowan, The Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • The New Standards Holiday Show, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 25:

  • Jim McGowan, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Gin Strings, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Common Ground, The Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 26:

  • If Eye May, The Wunderbar, 11 a.m.
  • Jon Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 28:

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

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

Let’s start with a few wildlife shots.

Snowy Owl by Paul Sundberg.

Snowy Owl by Paul Sundberg.

 

Late fall love-birds by David Johnson.

Late fall love-birds by David Johnson.

 

Jennie, the bourbon red turkey, checks out the world. Vicki Biggs-Anderson owned this bird and writes that Jennie didn't end up served with cranberry sauce. Instead, she was someone's feast in the meadow.

Jennie, the bourbon red turkey, checks out the world. Vicki Biggs-Anderson owned this bird and writes that Jennie didn’t end up served with cranberry sauce. Instead, she “made one furry critter in the meadow happy a few years back. Miss you, gobbler girl.”

Perhaps these furry creatures had the honor?

Back of my camera: wolves and fog near Grand Marais by Nace Hagemann.

Back of my camera: wolves and fog near Grand Marais by Nace Hagemann.

And here are some lakescapes.

Sea fog at sunrise by Matthew Pastick.

Sea fog at sunrise by Matthew Pastick.

 

A ship passes Split Rock Lighthouse by MaryJane Van Den Heuvel.

A ship passes Split Rock Lighthouse by MaryJane Van Den Heuvel.

 

November sun by Norma Pust.

November sun by Norma Pust.

And a cityscape:

The afternoon light, downtown Duluth by Jan Swart.

The afternoon light, downtown Duluth by Jan Swart.

A snowscape:

Grand Portage State Forest by Travis Novitsky.

Grand Portage State Forest by Travis Novitsky.

And a soon-to-be-consumed-apple-pie-scape.

Thanksgiving Apple Pie by Layne Kennedy.

A Thanksgiving Apple Pie by Layne Kennedy.

Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone!

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Winterer’s Gathering, Arctic Film Festival, Art & Music

Early ice at the High Falls by Travis Novitsky.

Early ice at the High Falls by Travis Novitsky. Novitsky will be teaching a winter photography workshop at North House Folk School during Winterer’s Gathering this weekend. Call 218 387-9762 for more info.

Celebrate winter and all that it brings this weekend at North House Folk School, which holds its annual Winterer’s Gathering and Arctic Film Festival Friday through Sunday.

A classic scene from North House Folk School's Winterer's Gathering.

A classic scene from North House Folk School‘s Winterer’s Gathering.

This one-of-a-kind event features films from around the world that tell the stories of people living and adventuring in the North as well as a presents a variety of speakersskill shares, classes and workshops and more, throughout the 3-day festival.

And this year, in celebration of its 20th anniversary, North House will open an art exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post with a reception from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17. Called “Begin Continue,” the exhibit features work by more than 40 artisan instructors. It should be an exciting show and will continue at the Heritage Post through Dec. 15.

Phil Odden is one of the instructors who has contributed work for the Begin Continue show at the Johnson Heritage Post which opens with a reception from 4-6 p.m. Friday.

Phil Odden is one of the instructors who has contributed work for the Begin Continue show at the Johnson Heritage Post which opens with a reception from 4-6 p.m. Friday.

Some of the highlights of Winterer’s Gathering include: a Contra Dance at 7 p.m. on Friday with Over the Waterfall. Families are the focus at 7 p.m., adults at 8 p.m. Also on Friday, the Coldsnap Poetry Slam, which begins at 8 p.m. Call North House at 387-9762 to register.

Saturday features the Great Gear and Ski Swap at 10:30 p.m. Participants are invited to bring their items to swap before 10 a.m. Also on Saturday, the Great Chili Feed is at 6 p.m. and a presentation by author Jon Turk is at 7:30 p.m.

The Arctic Film Festival at the Gathering looks like it’s going to be pretty spectacular this year, with documentaries, feature films and shorts which showcase arctic landscapes, traditional cultures, northern adventures and changing climates. All films screenings are free.

Here’s a selection of trailers from a few of the films.

Sea Gypsies: The Far Side of the World – Trailer from Nico on Vimeo.

The Accord Trailer from 66°NORTH on Vimeo.

The Shepherdess of the glaciers (Teaser) from Les Films de la Découverte on Vimeo.

To see the complete schedule for Winterer’s Gathering, click here.

And this is the last weekend to see Shakepeare’s “Twelfth Night,” a production of the Grand Marais Playhouse.

A scene from the Grand Marais Playhouse production of Shakepeare's "Twelfth Night."

A scene from the Grand Marais Playhouse production of Shakepeare’s “Twelfth Night.”

“Twelfth Night” is the annual Community Youth Play for high school students. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 Youth (12-18), $1 under 12.  The play is directed by Carrie Nath. Performances at at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Also this weekend, the annual Benefit for Birch Grove will be held at Papa Charlie’s on Friday with a lasagna dinner and silent auction from 5-8 p.m. The band Mysterious Ways will play at 7:30 p.m. Dinner tickets are $15 adults, $5 child. All invited.

On Saturday, a meeting to discuss and organize a production of the play, The Best Christmas Ever! will be held at the First Congregational Church at noon. The play is open to the whole community and those interested in being in the play are invited to the meeting. Performances will be Dec. 10 and Dec. 17.  For more information, contact Sue Hennesy at (218)370-0224 or email her at suehenn@boreal.org.

On Sunday, the Grand Marais Public Library will host the award-winning writer, Kate St. Vincent Vogl, who will present a writing workshop entitled “Re-Visioning Story.” The workshop is at 2:30 p.m.

Kate-St.-Vincent-Vogl will give a writing workshop at the Grand Marais Public Library at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Kate-St. Vincent Vogl will give a writing workshop at the Grand Marais Public Library at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

This event is intended to be a follow-up to the Readers & Writers Festival, and celebrates NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, which takes place each November. Vincent Vogl is the author of “Lost & Found: A Memoir of Mothers,” and has presented to mothers around the world. All invited. Free.

On Wednesday, Nov. 22, Voyageur Brewing Company will host weaver Julie Arthur, who will be exhibiting her work at the Brewery from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Weaver Julie Arthur will be at Voyageur Brewing Co. at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Weaver Julie Arthur will be at Voyageur Brewing Co. at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Voyageur is featuring craft markets every Wednesday afternoon through Christmas. It will also have a craft market on Saturday, Nov. 25.

Exhibits:

 Barb Lundell continues her exhibit in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park.

Painting by Barb Lundell.

Painting by Barb Lundell.

The Tweed Museum of Art is featuring an exhibit of artwork by iconic artists, such as Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Käthe Kollwitz, Henri Matisse, Oskar Kokoschka, Max Weber, Salvador Dali, and Otto Dix in an exhibit entitled “Modern(ism).”

(detail) Henri Mattisse, "Baigneuse au Collier," n.d. lithography on paper.

(detail) Henri Mattisse, “Baigneuse au Collier,” n.d. lithography on paper.

The works are from the Tweed Museum Collection and some are on loan from the Weisman Art Museum.

The Tweed is also featuring “Fragile,” a senior student exhibit by Sophie Durand through Nov. 26.

"Fragile," an exhibit by senior UMD student Sophie Durand is on exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

“Fragile,” an exhibit by senior UMD student Sophie Durand is on exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

There are two opening receptions for new art exhibits at the Duluth Art Institute on Thursday.  Laurentian: Paul LaJeunesse & Lake Superior Wood Turners will be from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16.

This bowl by Robb Glibbery is one of the works on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

This bowl by Robb Glibbery is one of the works on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

This exhibition celebrates the wild woodland surrounding Duluth with five new paintings by Paul LaJeunesse that are allegories for stewardship of the Northland’s natural environment. Sound artists will create aural works that respond to the paintings and will be played directly over each one by parametric speakers. Also on view will be items made from Laurentian wood by the Lake Superior Wood Turners, a group of some 60 individuals interested in the creation and promotion of turned wood. The exhibit continues through Jan. 1.

An exhibit by Faith Hill, featuring Ekphrastic Poetry; that is, poetry based on or as an accompaniment to works of art, also opens with reception from 5-7 p.m. at the Duluth Art Institute on Thursday.

"Torched" by Patricia Canelake is one of the pieces in Faith Hill's exhibition at the Duluth Art Institute.

“Torched” by Patricia Canelake is one of the pieces in Faith Hill’s exhibition at the Duluth Art Institute.

Hill was inspired by artists Patricia Canelake, Joel Cooper, Sue Pavlatos, Tonja Sell, Adam Swanson, Jamie Uselman, and Tim White. The exhibit includes 10 of her original poems and 10 works of art, one by each of these artists and five works by Hill. The artist received support from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.

In Thunder Bay, the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Prince Arthur Park  has opened an exhibition entitled “Wood N Arts” featuring wooden works of art by local and regional artists and the Thunder Bay Wood Carvers.

Woods N Arts is at the Baggage Building Arts Center through Nov. 26.

Woods N Arts is at the Baggage Building Arts Center through Nov. 26.

The Baggage Building is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST) Tuesday-Friday and Sat and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. EST.

This is the last weekend to see Quentin Maki’s exhibition, “Kohesion” at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Quentin Maki, Composition with Blue Tape, (detail), 2017, mixed media on canvas.

Quentin Maki, Composition with Blue Tape, (detail), 2017, mixed media on canvas.

Maki’s exhibit closes Nov. 19.

Upcoming:

The 12th annual Holiday Market will be at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen next weekend. The gallery will be open Friday Nov. 24  from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. Saturday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) is the  annual festive event with a Bronze Pour at 4 p.m. and tree lighting after dark. There will be caroling and the Lutsen Fire Department will escort the carolers up the road to Clearview for further festivities. The gallery will also be open on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Hovland Arts Festival Pre-Christmas Sale will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25 at the Hovland Town Hall.

Terry Lewis of Serenity Pines Creations is one of the artisans who will be at be at the Hovland Pre-Christmas Sale Nov. 25 at the Hovland Town Hall.

Terry Lewis of Serenity Pines Creations is one of the artisans who will be at the Hovland Arts Festival Pre-Christmas Sale Nov. 25 at the Hovland Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Arts Festival features a wide variety of art and artwork including photography, painting, fiber art, jewelry, pottery, woodwork and more. Refreshments available.

The next weekend, Dec. 1 & 2 features the Holiday Art Underground at Betsy Bowen’s Studio and Galleries and the Northwoods Fiber Guild’s Open House & Holiday Sale at the Grand Marais Art Colony. Stay tuned for details.

Window Shopping:

Fran Koscielak has handknit socks at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Fran Koscielak has handknit socks at the Johnson Heritage Post. The Heritage Post is closed on Tuesdays. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and Monday, and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

A selection of a few of the items at Betsy Bowen's Studio & Galleries. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

A selection of  items at Betsy Bowen’s Studio & Galleries. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens has work at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.

Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens has work at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen.

Here’s the music this week:

Thursday, Nov. 16:

  • Jon Kallberg, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Chris Gillis, Thomas Stamps and Mike Roth, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 17:

  • Why Worry, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • North Shore Community Swing Band, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Sister Tree, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, The Wunderbar, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 18:

  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Sister Tree, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • Silverback Colony, The Wunderbar, 9 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 19:

  • Gabriel Douglas, The Wunderbar, 11 a.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov.21:

  • Timmy Haus, Poplar River Pub, 6-8 p.m.

We found some interesting photos this week!

Here are a few wildlife shots:

Eye-to-eye with a Snowy Owl by David Johnson.

Eye-to-eye with a Snowy Owl by David Johnson.

 

Bulls doing a little battle by David Johnson.

Bulls doing a little battle by David Johnson.

 

An unexpected visitor. From my cousin's porch in Grand Portage by Staci Drouilard. (Note: the buck had an apple in its mouth.)

An unexpected visitor. From my cousin’s porch in Grand Portage by Staci Drouilard. (Note: The young buck had an apple in its mouth.)

And a nod to history:

Split Rock Beacon Lighting Nov. 12 by Paul Sundberg.

Split Rock Beacon Lighting Nov. 12 by Paul Sundberg.

 

Another view of the beacon lighting at Split Rock Lighthouse. Photo by Dawn LaPointe

Another view of the beacon lighting at Split Rock Lighthouse. Photo by Dawn LaPointe

Here are a few views of Duluth:

Cityscape: A November afternoon by the bridge by Jan Swart.

Cityscape: A November afternoon by the bridge by Jan Swart.

 

Lift bridge sunset by Christian Dalbec

Lift bridge sunset by Christian Dalbec

And some water scenes:

Rock and Lake Superior by Bryan Hansel.

Rock and Lake Superior by Bryan Hansel.

 

Celebrate the new day–morning on Lake Superior by Jan Swart.

Celebrate the new day–morning on Lake Superior by Jan Swart.

 

Superior: Air:3F, Water:40 F by Christian Dalbec.

Superior: Air:3F, Water:40 F by Christian Dalbec.

 

Winter Storm by Thomas Spence

Winter Storm by Thomas Spence

 

When the average shot won't do by Christian Dalbec.

When the average shot won’t do by Christian Dalbec.

And, ofcourse, some winter scenes.

Newly hatched by Linda Baudry.

Newly hatched by Linda Baudry.

 

Gooseberry Falls today by Jamie Rabold.

Gooseberry Falls Today by Jamie Rabold.

 

Photo by Sandra Updyke.

Photo by Sandra Updyke.

 

Frost Flower by Kjersti Vick.

Frost Flower by Kjersti Vick.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Shakespeare, A Storm Festival & Empty Bowls

A nice aurora blast on the North Shore. Tofte. Nov. 7 by Thomas Spence.

A nice aurora blast on the North Shore. Tofte. Nov. 7 by Thomas Spence.

This weekend features a potpourri of events, including a Shakespeare comedy, a festival celebrating storms on Lake Superior, an author talk and Empty Bowls XI, a fundraiser to help the hungry in Cook County. Oh, and don’t forget — the late fall member drive at WTIP Community Radio starts on Thursday featuring lots of live music by local bands through Sunday. (See the music schedule, below)

First up is the opening of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” the annual County Youth Play for High School students. The play is directed by Carrie Nath, and opens at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

Cast of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night," which opens at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. Performances  continue, Thursday through Sunday, through next week.

Cast of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” which opens at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. Performances continue, Thursday through Sunday, through next weekend.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Food Shelf Friday is Nov. 10 and Donation Day is Sunday Nov. 12. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 students, and $1 under 12. They are available at the door.

On Friday, Minnesota author Lorna Landvik will speak at the Grand Marais Public Library from 6-7:30 p.m.

 Author Lorna Landvik will speak about her life as a writer at the Grand Marais Public Library from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday.

Author Lorna Landvik will speak about her life as a writer at the Grand Marais Public Library from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday.

Landvik, who is well-known for her books as well as her lively and humorous presentations, will talk about what it’s like to be a writer, the process of writing, publishing and finding inspiration–even when it’s hiding. Her latest book is “Once in a Blue Moon Lodge.” Free and open to the public.

This is the weekend of the Lake Superior Storm Festival, too, which starts on Friday with a Storm Fashion Show at Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply at 5:30 p.m.  At 7 p.m., Lonnie Dupre will give a multi-media presentation on dogsledding in Greenland at Voyageur Brewing Co.

On Saturday, the Storm Festival begins with a wave dash at Lutsen Resort at noon. Participants are encouraged to dash into the lake (and a wave, if there are any) in front of the resort. There will be a bonfire and hot drinks to get warm.

Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen will hold  Painting Up a Storm, from 2-4 p.m.  at the gallery. Participants will be provided with canvases and paint as well as instruction. Pre-registration is required. Call the gallery to book a seat at 218-387-2585.

And, at 3 p.m. Mark Seeley, meteorologist at the University of Minnesota, will talk about the effects of weather on Lake Superior in the Nelson Suite at Lutsen Resort. Free and open to the public.

To cap off the weekend, Voyageur Brewing Co. will hold a craft market at the brewery from 4-6 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m., “Jeff’s World,” a video of a sport climbing expedition into an area accessible only by boat and 10 miles beyond the Minnesota border into Canada, will be screened. To see the trailer, click here.  Free.

Also this weekend, Gunflint Lodge will host a bluegrass and string band concert with Dick Kimel and Pamela Longtine from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Lodge.

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Dick Kimel and Pamela Longtine will present a concert of bluegrass music at Gunflint Lodge on Saturday night.

Dick Kimel has been inducted into America’s Old-Time Country and Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, and the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame. Tickets are $20 at the door.

On Monday, Nov. 13, the Empty Bowls fundraiser to help the hungry in Cook County will be held at St. John’s Catholic Church with two seatings: lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner from 5-7 p.m. The event features handmade bowls crafted at the Grand Marais Art Colony, a Silent Action and a Bake Sale. (The Silent Auction ends at 6:30 p.m.)

A few of the hand-painted bowls that will be at the Empty Bowls fundraiser this year. There will be a great selection of glazed bowls as well.

A few of the hand-painted bowls that will be at the Empty Bowls fundraiser this year. .

Stoneware bowls will also be at the Empty Bowls fundraiser.

Handmade stoneware bowls will also be at the Empty Bowls fundraiser.

The event includes a soup meal for $5 and a handcrafted bowl or necklace for $10. If you’re unable to attend, you can donate online to support Cook County’s hunger programs here.

Funds from last year’s Empty Bowls event were distributed to the Cook County Food Shelf, AEOA, Birch Grove Community Center’s WE Connect, Cook County Youth Agency Coalition, Cook County Public Health and Human Services, local schools, Snacks and Paks, and the Violence Prevention Center to help nourish those in need.

This is always a great community get-together, as well as a chance to sample soups from a number of restaurants and venues in the county while helping those in need at the same time. All invited.

And on Wednesday, Nov. 15, Voyageur Brewing Co. will hold its first Wednesday Craft Market, featuring work by local crafters, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. This week’s artisans include woolen creations by Nan Davis and the handcraft of Sandra Virginia.

Exhibits:

 Cook County photographer Thomas Spence is exhibiting his work at the Coho Cafe in Tofte through January.

"Camp Life" by Thomas Spence.

“Camp Life” by Thomas Spence.

Check out the Cook County Historical Society exhibit at the Cook County Courthouse. The exhibit features photos of the Outlaw Bridge and the community around it which thrived in the early 1900s. The wooden bridge was built across the Pigeon River, which marks the border between the U.S. and Canada. It was build in 1917 without the permission of the Canadian or American governments, hence the name “Outlaw Bridge.”

outlaw bridge

The Cook County Historical Society is exhibiting photos of the Outlaw Bridge and the surrounding community along the international border that were taken in the early 1900s. The fascinating exhibit can be seen in the hallways of the Cook County Courthouse.

Here’s a description:

Barb Lundell is exhibiting her work at Tettegouche State Park.

Painting by Barb Lundell.

Painting by Barb Lundell.

In Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art has a number of exhibits, including work by UMD senior art student, Haley Knuth.

One of the pieces in Haley Knuth's senior exhibition "Attraction and Agression" at the Tweed Museum of Art on the UMD campus.

One of the pieces in Haley Knuth’s senior exhibition “Attraction and Aggression” at the Tweed Museum of Art on the UMD campus.

Knuth’s exhibit, entitled “Attraction and Aggression” will be up through Dec. 12.

Also at the Tweed, the multi-media exhibit “Chance” and the Plein Air Painters of America’s exhibit,  Industrial Landscape continue.

"Day Shift" by Lorenzo Chavez "Day Shift" Oil, is at the Tweed Museum of Art, part of the

“Day Shift” by Lorenzo Chavez,  oil, is at the Tweed Museum of Art, part of the Plein Air Painters of America’s exhibit, the Industrial Landscape.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallerys exhibit of Denise Smith’s work continues.

"Foragers" by Denise Smith, ceramic with wooden stand.

“Foragers” by Denise Smith, ceramic with wooden stand.

And the Definitely Superior Art Gallery  in Thunder Bay is featuring two exhibits, Sam Shahsahabi’s “Beneath the Reflection”  and Christian Chapman’s “Fight for Your Life.”

"Visual Math" by Sam Shahsahabi is at the Definitely Superior Gallery in Thunder Bay. Photo by Duncan Weller, Chronicle Journal.

“Visual Math” by Sam Shahsahabi is at the Definitely Superior Gallery in Thunder Bay. Photo by Duncan Weller, Chronicle Journal.

 Opportunities:

 North House Folk School is hosting Open Basket Nites on odd Tuesdays through December, Nov. 7 & 21, Dec. 5 & 19, from 5-7 p.m.

Julie Kean and her daughter Meadow Adams make baskets at Open Basket night at North House Folk School.

Julie Kean and her daughter Meadow Adams make baskets at Open Basket Nitet at North House Folk School Nov. 7. The Open Basket Nites are open to the public. The next one will be held from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 21. Free.

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council reports that after doing a bit of winter cleaning, they found extra copies of North Country Sampler chapbooks.

Free copies of the North Country Sampler are available at the Arrowhead Regional Council's headquarters in Duluth, as long as they last.

Free copies of the North Country Sampler are available at the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council’s headquarters in Duluth, as long as they last.

Area writers donated the use of the works printed in the chapbooks. The plates in the books are of artwork donated for the ART Fund’s first Benefit Fundraiser in 2005. For more information, call 218-722-0952 or email info@aracouncil.org

Upcoming:

 “Begin Continue,” an exhibit of more than 40 artisan instructors at North House Folk School, opens at the Johnson Heritage Post with a reception from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16. It is part of the Winterer’s Gathering and Arctic Film Festival at North House that weekend. For more info, click here.

The New Standards Holiday Show at Papa Charlie’s is Friday, Nov. 24 at 8:30 p.m. For more info and tickets, click here.

The Hovland Arts Festival Pre-Christmas Sale will be held at the Hovland Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25 featuring hotography, wood working, pottery, wreaths, jewelry, arts and crafts, knitted products, beadwork and fine leatherwork, natural beeswax candles, paintings & First Nations art. Stay tuned for details.

Light Up Lutsen will be held all day in Lutsen on Saturday, Nov. 25 featuring exhibits, tree lighting, a bronze pour and more. Stay tuned for details.

The Holiday Art Underground Show at Betsy Bowen Studio and Galleries opens with a Sneak Preview reception from 5-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1. More info coming in the next few weeks.

The Northwoods Fiber Guild’s Open House and Sale will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. Stay tuned for details.

Window Shopping:

"Frost on Fiddle Creek" by Howard Sivertson, giclee, is at Sivertson Gallery.

“Frost on Fiddle Creek” by Howard Sivertson, giclee, is at Sivertson Gallery.

 

Cocktail essentials at Upstate MN.

Cocktail essentials at Upstate MN.

 

There is a great selection of used books  at Birchbark Books & Gifts.

There’s a great selection of used books at Birchbark Books & Gifts.

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, Nov. 9:

  • Bump Blomberg & Gordon Thorne, Live at WTIP, 4 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Date Night at the North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 10:

  • Joe Paulik, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Live on WTIP, 4 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Live on The Roadhouse, 5 p.m.
  • Jim McGowan, Live on the Roadhouse, 5 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Flyodian Slip, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Marc Gartman, The Wunderbar, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 11:

  • Common Ground, Live on WTIP, 3 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Floydian Slip, Live on WTIP, 4 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Live on WTIP, 5 p.m.
  • Marc Gartman, Live on WTIP, 6 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Flyodian Slip, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Ben Johnson, The Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 12:

  • Gordon Thorne, Live on WTIP (The Gospel Truth), 8 a.m.
  • Marc Gartman, The Wunderbar, 11 a.m.
  • Aho Family Band, Live on WTIP (Polka Time), 5 p.m.

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

Here’s a friendly winter visitor.

Photo by Jim Boyd.

Chickadee by Jim Boyd.

Here’s a cutie.

Pine Marten by Paul Sundberg.

Pine Marten by Paul Sundberg.

And here’s a lucky shot.

Young lynx stopped to watch me by Joan Berezowksi Young.

Young lynx stopped to watch me by Joan Berezowksi Young.

 

Nice Tree. Photo by Christian Dalbec.

Nice Tree. Photo by Christian Dalbec.

 

Good Morning. By Sarah Hamilton.

Good Morning. By Sarah Hamilton.

And check out this cloud.

Sunset cloud by Steve Ortmann.

Sunset cloud by Steve Ortmann.

And the contrast with this:

Gales of November by Bryan Hansel.

Gales of November by Bryan Hansel.

Truth be told: It’s winter on the Gunflint Trail, late fall near Lake Superior.

Here’s a photo along the Gunflint Trail:

Snow storm by Paul Sundberg.

Snow storm by Paul Sundberg.

Here’s a shot from the shore.

Lost Connection-- what was once the arch is now just a rock by Christian Dalbec.

Lost Connection– what was once the arch is now just a rock by Christian Dalbec.

Here’s a shot along the Trail.

Back Country by Dolby Bear Photography.

Back Country by Dolby Bear Photography.

Here’s the shore:

The old fish house in Hovland gave it up after the last storm. Photo by Sandra Updyke.

The old fish house in Hovland gave it up after the last storm. Photo by Sandra Updyke.

Here’s the Trail.

Fresh Snow by Bryan Hansel.

Fresh Snow by Bryan Hansel.

Here’s the lake:

Lake Superior commercial fisherman by Christian Dalbec.

Lake Superior commercial fisherman by Christian Dalbec.

And finally, here’s the Trail:

First snow, courtesy Bearskin Lodge.

First snow. Photo courtesy Bearskin Lodge.

Snow or the Big Lake this weekend? Either way, have a great time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Readers & Writers and Bluegrass Masters

Paul Sundberg took this shot of roaring waves on Lake Superior at Crystal Bay in Tettegouche State Park.

Paul Sundberg took this outstanding shot of crashing waves on Lake Superior at Crystal Bay in Tettegouche State Park.

Last weekend was wind, water and waves with lots of snow in the mix. This weekend? Readers and writers and bluegrass musicians in two highly anticipated events.

First up is the North Shore Readers & Writers Festival sponsored by the Grand Marais Art Colony.

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This four-day festival in Grand Marais highlights the power of the written word, featuring more than 20 authors and book professionals leading and participating in craft seminars, author talks, presentations, panel discussions, radio interviews and more Nov. 2 through Nov. 5.

Festival authors and book professionals include Erik Anderson, Mary Casanova, Sharon Chmielarz, Tim Cochrane, Lily Coyle, Staci Drouillard, Katie Dublinski, Chris Fischbach, Peter Geye, Diane Glancy, William Green, Emily Hamilton, Patricia Hampl, Erin Hart, William Kent Krueger, Julie Landsman, Lise Lunge-Larsen, Shoshanna Matney, Ann Regan, Kathryn Savage, Sun Yung Shin, Nina Simonowicz, Moheb Soliman, Faith Sullivan, Bart Sutter, Kari Vick, and Kao Kalia Yang.

And the Founders Hall at the Art Colony will be transformed into an exhibit hall and meeting place with book professionals, presses and booths including Beaver’s Pond Press, Coffee House Press, Drury Lane Bookstore, Grand Marais Public Library, Graywolf Press, Hamline University’s Creative Writing Programs, Lake Superior Writers, Minnesota Historical Society Press, Red Bird Chapbooks, University of Minnesota Press, and Water~Stone Review.

This really is an extraordinary event, and classes and workshops will be held in meeting rooms all over town.

WTIP Radio is part of the “show,” too, when Jay Andersen leads a live panel discussion of  “Writing About Charged Topics” with authors Julie Landsman, William Green and Kao Kalia Yang at the Grand Marais Public Library. The discussion will be aired live on WTIP from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday.

And Voyageur Brewing Co. hosts Books-N-Brew at 9 p.m. on Saturday night with poet and installation artist Moheb Soliman.

voyageur books and brew a special poem presentation by Moheb Soliman

Poet and installation artist Moheb Soliman will be at Voyageur Brewing at 9 p.m. Saturday for a Books-N-Brew.

These are just a few of the events scheduled for the weekend.  Rush tickets are available at the door for some of the events. To find out more about the festival, click here.

On Friday, the North Shore Music Association will present the 27th annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend at Lutsen Resort.

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Lutsen Resort will be bluegrass jamming heaven over the weekend during Bluegrass Masters Weekend.

The music festival is three days of jamming, a full day of instrumental workshops, and an evening concert on Saturday night. All are welcome.

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Kristin Scott Benson is the featured musician at the Bluegrass Weekend this year.

This year’s featured instrument is banjo, and otheur featured performer and instructor is Kristin Scott Benson of The Grascals. One of the top banjo players on the bluegrass scene today, Benson is also a gifted and generous teacher with a rare interest in the banjo as a lyrical instrument.

She will lead banjo workshops on Saturday, which are open to the public. Topics include “Basic Right and Left-Hand Techniques,” “The Chord Scale, Improvising and Composing,” “Emphasizing Vocal Melody in Solos,” and “Backup.” The workshops are open to beginners through advanced levels—all welcome! They will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Registration is at Lutsen Resort.

The Saturday evening concert will feature the Kristin Scott Benson Trio with Kristin on banjo, Danny Roberts on mandolin, and Chris Jones on guitar and lead vocals. Tickets are available at the door only.

Also this week, North House Folk School will host a workshop, “Weaving with Birch Bark” from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2. No registration required. Cost is $5. Everyone invited.

On Saturday, the Finland community will hold the Finland Community Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Clair Nelson Finland Community Center, 6866 Cramer Rd. in Finland. The bazaar will feature Zuppa Toscana Soup, and Chili, Music By: Casey Aro , vendors, crafters , home-made wreaths and more. All invited.

In Thunder Bay, the Baggage Building Arts Centre at Prince Arthur Park will hold the Waterfront Art Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring works by local artists and artisans.

Painting by Stephanie Rae. She will be one of the artists at the Waterfront Art Sale at the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay on Saturday.

Painting by Stephanie Rae. She will be one of the artists at the Waterfront Art Sale at the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay on Saturday.

And then, next Wednesday, Nov., 8,  Amy Demmer, executive director of the Grand Marais Art Colony, will present a workshop on writing grants for the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. There is a wealth of grant support available to artists for funding anything from equipment needs to career development opportunities or artist projects. Demmer will give an overview of the grant-writing process and standards and participants will define their needs and goals and work independently or in pairs to ready their grant for submission, checking in at key points in the process. There are three sessions: Nov. 8, Dec.6, and Jan.10,  from noon to 1:30 pm.

 Exhibits:

 The Tweed Museum of Art has just opened a new collection-based exhibition, with select works on loan from the Weisman Art Museum, entitled “Modern(ism). The exhibition features artwork from world-renowned modern artists of the 20th century, such as Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Käthe Kollwitz, Henri Matisse, Oskar Kokoschka, Max Weber, Salvador Dali, and Otto Dix.

Salvador Dali, "Meriville and His Sons Reunited" from "Three Plays" by Marquis de Sade, 1965, detail, lithograph on paper.

Salvador Dali, “Meriville and His Sons Reunited” from “Three Plays” by Marquis de Sade, 1965, detail, lithograph on paper.

This exhibition is an attempt to explore the range of “-ism” in art movements that spanned the 20th century.

The exhibit Plein Air: America’s Industrial Landscape, works of world-class plein air painters, will continue at the Tweed through Nov. 12.

"Gone for the Day" by John Budicin, oil.

“Gone for the Day” by John Budicin, oil.

Also, the extraordinary exhibit Kathy McTavish: Chance, a multi-layered exhibit featuring projections on painted walls, music and digital images continues at the Tweed.

Also in Duluth, the Duluth Art Institute will hold the opening reception for “The Art of Grief” on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 4-6 p.m.

"A New Fall 4" by Stephanie Serpick is in the Duluth Art Institute's exhibit, The Art of Grief, which opens Saturday.

“A New Fall– 4″ by Stephanie Serpick is in the Duluth Art Institute‘s exhibit, The Art of Grief, which opens Saturday.

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery is featuring exhibits by Christian Chapman and Sam Shahsahabi through Nov. 11.

"The Time is now, and yesterday and tomorrow" by Christian Chapman. Photo by Duncan Weller. (Chronicle Journal.)

“The Time is now, and yesterday and tomorrow” by Christian Chapman. Photo by Duncan Weller. (Chronicle Journal.)

 Upcoming:

 Author Lorna Landvik (“Patty Jane’s House of Curl,”) will give a presentation at the Grand Marais Public Library at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10. Free.All invited.

On Nov. 10, the Cedar Coffee Company in Two Harbors will hold an opening reception for a new art show featuring work by Betsy Bowen.

Betsy Bowen will open an art show at the Cedar Coffee Company in Two Harbors Nov. 15.

Betsy Bowen will open a show at the Cedar Coffee Company in Two Harbors on Nov. 15.

The reception is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Cedar Coffee Company is located at 1130 11th St.

North House Folk School will showcase the work of more than 30 of its instructors and present a visual story of the folk achool at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Birch bark boots by Beth Homa Kraus.

Birch bark boots by Beth Homa Kraus. Kraus and more than 30 other North House Folk School instructors will exhibit their work at the Johnson Heritage Post Nov. 17.

The exhibit “Begin, Continue” will open with a reception from 4-6 p.m. Nov. 17.  That is also the weekend for Winterer’s Gathering and the Arctic Film Festival at North House. For more info, click here.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will hold a series of artist services workshops by Lynn Speaker. Workshops include “Goal Setting,” “Writing an Artist Statement,” (Nov. 27 & Dec. 3) and “Critical Response.” (Nov. 30). For more information, click here.

Lutsen Resort will host the Fireman’s Ball with music by Big Wave Dave and the Ripples Dec. 2.

The Svea Holiday Concert will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. The program includes a cappela music for the holiday season and tasty treats. Stay tuned for details.

Artist News:

Nancy Seaton is exhibiting her totems at the Spatial Effects Gallery in St. Paul.

Nancy Seaton is exhibiting her totems at the Spatial Effects Gallery in St. Paul.

Alison Aune-Hinkel, Kirsten Aune and Lisa Fitzpatrick celebrated the 100th anniversary of Finnish independence with an exhibit of Finnish-inspired wall hangings, mixed media paintings andn images of embroderies by Helsinki school children at the Nordic Center in Duluth recently.

A selection of Alison Aune-Hinkels paintings exhibit at Duluth's Nordic Center recently.

A selection of Alison Aune-Hinkels paintings exhibit at Duluth’s Nordic Center recently.

Window Shopping:

Many of the authors and publishers at the North Shore Readers & Writers Festival have books at the Grand Marais Art Colony during the festival.

Many of the authors and publishers at the North Shore Readers & Writers Festival have their books available at the Grand Marais Art Colony.during the festival.

 

"Lake Superior Dragon," a print by Betsy Bowen, is featured in her 2018 calendar of water-related images.

“Lake Superior Dragon,” a print by Betsy Bowen, is featured in her 2018 calendar of water-related images.

 

Matt Kania's "Cascade River Gorge" is at Ron's World Rocks.

Matt Kania’s “Cascade River Gorge” is at Ron’s World Rocks:Silver and Gems.

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, Nov. 2:

  • Chris Gillis and Thomas Stamps, Date Night, North Shore Winery,  6-8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 3;

  • Briand Morrison, Voyageur Brewing co., 4 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Wunderbar (the former Harbor Light,) 8-11 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 4:

Jim & Michele Miller, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.

  • Bluegrass Masters Weekend, Kristen Scott Benson Trio, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Chris Gillis and Thomas Stamps, Wunderbar, 7:30 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.

We found lots of photos of the storm, the snow, and wildlife this week.

Let’s start with the the storm.

Jeffrey Doty was at Canal Park and caught these waves crashing over the canal walls. Yikes! Canal Park was flooded.

Jeffrey Doty was at Canal Park and caught these waves crashing over the pier walls. Yikes! Canal Park was flooded.

We had a pond in front to the Co-op, too. This bicyclist didn’t quite make it without getting wet. The bike tipped and the rider got a little wet.

Storm Surge by Paul Sundberg.

Storm Surge by Paul Sundberg.

There were many moods in this storm.

Lake Superior showing her love by jamie Rabold.

Lake Superior showing her love by Jamie Rabold.

 

sierra parsons friday's waves on the east bay

Lake Superior pounds the East Bay by Sierra Parsons.

 

On the East Bay by Sandra Updyke.

On the East Bay by Sandra Updyke.

It was surfer’s heaven for awhile.

Chocolate waves in Duluth by Christian Dalbec.

Chocolate waves in Duluth by Christian Dalbec.

 

A beautiful surf at Stoney Point by Christian Dalbec.

A beautiful surf at Stoney Point by Christian Dalbec.

Meanwhile, in the interior… peace and snow.

600 Road after the snow by Thomas Spence.

600 Road after the snow by Thomas Spence.

 

Photo by Maryl Skinner.

Photo by Maryl Skinner.

 

It rained a lot on the shore.

Raindrops or stars? by Jana KokemillerBerka.

Raindrops or stars? by Jana KokemillerBerka.

Peace, after the storm.

After the storm:scoured beaches by Sandra Updyke.

After the storm:scoured beaches by Sandra Updyke.

 

After the storm, the stones kep their eye on things on the beach, settled down and rested up.

After the storm, the stones kept their eye on things on the beach, settled down and rested up.

And the deer kept finding the apples…

How to crack and apple by David Johnson.

How to crack and apple by David Johnson.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Halloween, Bowls and a Video Launch

Split Rock Lighthouse by Paul Sundberg.

Split Rock Lighthouse by Paul Sundberg.

Winter is upon us. No photos yet, but look for them in next week’s edition as we wait for the first snowflakes to fall, predicted for later today. That’s good news for lots of people, although we’ve heard groans and “I’m not ready for this” from others.

Meanwhile, plans for the coming week reveal some exciting events, including Halloween.

First up is Date Night at the North Shore Winery with Gordon Thorne and Friends.

Gordon Thorne & Friends will play at the North Shore Winery for Date Night on Thursday.

Gordon Thorne & Friends will play at the North Shore Winery for Date Night on Thursday.

The Winery will serve wine and cider as well as wood-fired pizza by Double D Catering.

Also, North House Folk School is offering a free class on whittling and how to safely use a sloyd knife how to carve with the grain. The class is from 7-9 p.m. tonight, Oct. 26, and is open to all. Whittlers under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. For more info, call 218-387-9762.

The class is part of Fresh Cut week at North House, and includes lots of opportunities to learn about Scandinavian wood-turning traditions. Stefan Nordgaard of the esteemed craft school Sätergläten in Sweden is featured speaker and instructor.  He will give a wood-turning demonstration at a Lunch and Learn at North House from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday (bring a brown bag lunch or just come an watch) and will lead a short expedition to the woods to learn about safe harvesting practices.

On Friday at 5 p.m., the public is invited to meet at Voyageurs Brewing Co. and bring a handcrafted ale bowl for an Ale Bowl Take-Over at 5 p.m. This will be followed by a screening of short documentaries on traditional Irish crafts at North House at 7:30 p.m.

Also on Friday, Joan Farnam will launch the premiere of a series of short storytelling videos about her travels around the world and back crafted by Patrick Knight of Good Measure Media.

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Entitled “Giving Myself Permission: Following the Spirit,” the event will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 5-7 p.m. and includes a potluck (bring a dish to share) and complimentary beer and wine. The screening starts at 5:30 p.m. All invited. This project was made possible through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.

On Saturday, look for early celebrations of Halloween.

Wunderbar Eatery and Campground (formerly the Harbor Light) will hold Wunderweenie for the Wee from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. featuring face painting, indoor and outdoor games and a Halloween costume contest.

Wunderbar Eaterie and Campground will hold Halloween events for every age on Saturday.

Wunderbar Eaterie and Campground will hold Halloween events for every age on Saturday.

On Saturday night, Wunderbar will hold a Halloween party for adults featuring a performance by the Duluth Spin Collective at 8 p.m., followed music by the SplinterTones. The costume contest is at 11 p.m.

Also on Saturday, Grandma Ray’s will have a Halloween party featuring the band, Earth Wind and Todd, starting at 8:30 p.m.

And the Gun Flint Tavern will hold a Halloween Karaoke Hoedown starting at 8:30 p.m.

Also on Saturday, North House instructor Stefan Nordgaard will present “As the World Turns” at North House at 7:30 p.m. Nordgaard has traveled the world to find out about traditional wood-turning methods and will share images and anecdotes in his presentation.

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery will host Hunger 12, an amazing transformation of the Waterfront District in downtown Thunder Bay  into Halloween central on Saturday night.

def sup hunger 12 poster

Hundreds of people show up, in costume, to celebrate this event, which features 50 acts, including 40 bands/DJ’s of all musical genres and specialty performers at six different venues: Crocks, The Foundry, Black Pirates Pub, The Sovereign Room, Red Lion Smokehouse and El Tres. The event is a fundraiser for DefSup, an artist-run center for contemporary arts. Tickets are $20 at the door at any venue, good for everything.

On Sunday, the Art Colony will host Paint-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

paint a bowl

Paint a bowl to help the hungry at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Sunday. The event is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Participants can choose from a variety of bowls that have been covered with a white glaze and are ready to paint. There are lots of colors and paint brushes to choose from. The bowls will be fired and donated to the Empty Bowls Fundraiser at St. John’s Catholic Church on Nov. 13. There is a $5 donation to help cover materials cost. All welcome.

Next up is Acoustic Grooves, a benefit for Arrowhead Animal Rescue: Lisel’s Fund at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts featuring Tyler Howell as MC and music by Michael Monroe, Joe Paulik and Briand Morrison & Sam Miltich.

Acoustic-GroovesThere will also be a live auction featuring a wide variety of items and a pet contest with prizes. The event starts at 2 p.m. Suggested donation is $10-20 adults, $5 students. Children 6 and under get in for free. All invited.

On Sunday night, Fresh Cut instructor Jarrod Dahl will give a presentation about turning in Sweden at 7:30 p.m. at North House Folk School. All invited. Free.

Voyageur Brewing Co. will hold a Halloween Costume Party on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The most creative costume in the taproom at 7 p.m. gets a prize.

Next Thursday is the start of the North Shore Readers and Writers Festival (Nov. 2-5) hosted by the Grand Marais Art Colony. This is a fabulous festival, featuring a host of writers, readers and book professionals who will participate in classes, craft seminars, readings, panel discussions as well as special events.

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Just to give you an idea of the scope of the festival, here’s the list of writers who will participate: Erik Anderson, Mary Casanova, Sharon Chmielarz, Tim Cochrane, Lily Coyle, Staci Drouillard, Katie Dublinski, Chris Fischbach, Peter Geye, Diane Glancy, William Green, Emily Hamilton, Patricia Hampl, Erin Hart, William Kent Krueger, Julie Landsman, Lise Lunge-Larsen, Shoshanna Matney, Ann Regan, Kathryn Savage, Sun Yung Shin, Nina Simonowicz, Moheb Soliman, Faith Sullivan, Bart Sutter, Kari Vick, and Kao Kalia Yang.

And a number of presses and book professionals will be featured in the exhibit hall at the Art Colony including Beaver’s Pond Press, Coffee House Press, Drury Lane Bookstore, Grand Marais Public Library, Graywolf Press, Hamline University’s Creative Writing Programs, Lake Superior Writers, Minnesota Historical Society Press, Red Bird Chapbooks, University of Minnesota Press, Water~Stone Review and Northern Wilds Media, Inc. / North Shore Press.

There is still room in classes and presentations. To find out more and sign up, click here.

Exhibits:

 This is the last weekend to see the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s exhibit, Plein Air 2017 at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Mike Rada's "It's Just Lunch" is one of the paintings on exhibit for Plein Air 2017 at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Mike Rada’s “It’s Just Lunch” is one of the paintings on exhibit for Plein Air 2017 at the Johnson Heritage Post.

There are more than 250 paintings in the exhibit, created by participants in the Plein Air Competition in September. The Heritage Post closes on Tuesdays. It is open from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and on Monday, and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Sivertson Gallery has been named the U.S. gallery for the 2017 Cape Dorset Print Collection and the work is currently on display at the gallery.

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Image courtesy of Dorset Fine Arts.

The 2017 print collection includes works from Inuit artists such as Tim Pitsiulak, Saimaiyu Akesuk and Nicotye Samayualie and reveal the history, art and culture of Inuit life, as imagined by the artists and printmakers from Kinngait Studios in Cape Dorset.

In Duluth, the Kathy McTavish exhibit “Chance” at the Tweed Museum of Art opened last week to accolades.

The entrance to "Chance" at the Tweed Museum of Art.

The entrance to “Chance” at the Tweed Museum of Art.

McTavish is a composer and media artist who specializes in creating interactive, multi-channel video and sound environments. In this installation,  McTavish has created a landscape of painted walls and multi-channel sound through six networked computers using code, image, and sound to create a cross-sensory experience . The exhibit continues through October of next year.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is featuring four exhibitions this fall: On the Trail: Denise Smith; Kohesion: Quentin Maki; Permanent Collection Spotlight: Angus Trudeau, and The Path of the Paddle.

Angus Trudeau is featured in the Permanent Collection Spotlight this month.

Angus Trudeau is featured in the Permanent Collection Spotlight this month.

Note: The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is open for normal business during the strike at Confederation College. Gallery hours are: Tuesday throughThursday, noon – 8 p.m. and  Friday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The gallery is located on the campus of Confederation College, which means that visitors to the gallery will have to cross picket lines. Just explain that your destination is the gallery.

Upcoming:

The 27th annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend  is Nov. 3-5 at Lutsen Resort, offering three days of jamming, a full day of instrumental workshops, and an evening concert with featured musician, Kristin Scott Benson.

Kristin Scott Benson is the featured musician at the Bluegrass Masters Festival this year

Kristin Scott Benson is the featured musician at the Bluegrass Masters Weekend this year.

For more information, including the banjo workshops Scott Benson will teach on Nov. 4, see northshoremusicassociation.com.

Winterer’s Gathering and the Arctic Film Festival will be held at North House Folk School Nov. 17-19.

winterer's gathering arctic film festival

Winterer’s Gathering and Arctic Film Festival will be held at North House Folk School Nov. 17-19.

Winterer’s Gathering features winter-centric coursework, a winter tent camp, gear swap, dancing, a film festival and  speakers – a classic event to welcome the season of snow. For more info, see northhouse.org.

Opportunities:

 Amy Demmer, executive director of the Grand Marais Art Colony, will hold a Grant Writing Workshop Nov. 8, Dec. 6, Jan. 10, noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Art Colony. The workshop will cover grant writing for the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. Participants will define their needs and goals and work independently or in pairs to ready their grant for submission, checking in at key points in the process. The workshop is free for members, $25 for non-members. Pre-registration required. Call 218-387-2737 or see www.grandmaraisartcolony.org for more info and to register.

Artist News:

 Cheryl Larsen of Grand Marais was awarded a Technology/Equipment grant by the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. The $1,810 grant will support the purchase of tools and supplies for the continued creation Larsen’s hand-painted silks.

Thomas Spence‘s photograph of the northern lights was featured on the home page of spaceweather.com on Oct.14.

Thomas Spence on Spaceweather Oct. 14

This photo of the northern lights over Lake Superior by Tom Spence was featured on the home page of spaceweather.com Oct. 14.

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, Oct. 26:

  • Gordon Thorne, Date Night at the North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 27:

  • Billy Johnson, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost & Friends, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 28:

  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • North Country Fair, Cascade Restaurant and Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Dat Dere Jazz, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Halloween Party, Wunderbar (formerly the Harbor Light), 8 p.m.
  • Earth, Wind and Todd, Halloween Show, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Halloween Karaoke Hoedown, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m

Sunday, Oct. 29:

  • Acoustic Grooves Concert, Michael Monroe, Joe Paulik and Briand Morrison & Sam Miltich, 2 p.m. A fundraiser for Arrowhead Animal Rescue.
  • Briand Morrison & Sam Miltich, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

We found some great photos this week.

Let’s start with waves from another great lake by Dave Sandford: The Buzzfeed headline for the series is “Here is what a Great Lake looks like after all the vacationers are gone.”

"Water Mountain" by Dave Sandford.

“Water Mountain” by Dave Sandford.

The photos are of Lake Erie. Check them out here.

Wildlife:

Trumpeter Swan family on a pond in Mountain Iron, by Paul Pluskwik.

Trumpeter Swan family on a pond in Mountain Iron, by Paul Pluskwik.

 

Lynx by David Johnson.

Lynx by David Johnson.

 

Snowshoe hares are starting to turn white, by David Johnson.

Snowshoe hares are starting to turn white, by David Johnson.

 

The bull gang by Thomas Spence.

The bull gang by Thomas Spence.

Late Fall:

Photo by Marie Zhuikov, Houghton Falls Nature Preserve.

Photo by Marie Zhuikov, Houghton Falls Nature Preserve.

 

North House in Fall by Thomas Spence.

North House in Fall by Thomas Spence.

 

In and around the North Shore by Christian Dalbec.

In and around the North Shore by Christian Dalbec.

 

Quick snap of the final performers waiting to dance by Kristofer Bowman.

Quick snap of the final performers waiting to dance by Kristofer Bowman.

Sunsets:

Temperance River State Park by Thomas Spence.

Temperance River State Park by Thomas Spence.

 

More colors from the sky by Jana Kokemiller-Berka.

More colors from the sky by Jana Kokemiller-Berka.

Water:

Photo by Mike Wiggins, Jr.

Brooding Lake Superior by Mike Wiggins, Jr.

 

Photo by Angela Botner.

Photo by Angela Botner.

 

Lake Superior by Justin Vrba.

Lake Superior in the clouds by Justin Vrba.

 

Kakabeka Fals by Natalie Sobanja.

Kakabeka Falls by Natalie Sobanja.

And this funny one.

When fall colors go bad by Bill Willy Lane.

When fall colors go bad by Bill Willy Lane.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

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Moose Madness Weekend

thomas spence images moose from last year

Thomas Spence took this intriguing portrait of a moose last year.

It’s Moose Madness weekend.

This crazy-wonderful weekend is the last festival of the season and is filled with all kinds of family activities, contests, events and more, bringing people together for the final days of fall during MEA weekend.

And the moose features prominently in this Grand Marais festival: there’s the Moose Medallion Hunt, the Moose Poetry Contest, Moose Coloring contest, Moose Treasure Hunt, the Moose Mosey and all kinds of moose-y contests in shops throughout town. And, of course, Murray the Moose wanders around ready to shake people’s hand and stand still for a photo.

Murray the Moose makes an appearance at WTIP Community Radio.

Murray the Moose makes an appearance at WTIP Community Radio.

There are some “serious” family activities at North House Folk School and the Grand Marais Art Colony, too. Both offer mini-classes or workshops this weekend for kids and adults.

At North House, Family Weekend includes intergenerational classes in everything from knitting to tool making, spinning wool and more on Friday and Saturday, and on Friday night there’s a Family Contra Dance at 7 p.m.

Spinning is one of the mini-classes offered at North House Folk School this weekend.

Spinning is one of the mini-classes offered at North House Folk School this weekend.

For more info on North House activities and classes, click here.

The Grand Marais Art Colony has organized the Fall into Art Family Weekend with events happening in every studio. They include mask-making, monoprint making, crafting a glass coaster and painting ceramic tiles.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will have a variety of activities and classes this weekend.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will have a variety of activities and classes this weekend.

To find out more and to register, click here.

There are other events this weekend, too.

On Thursday, the Grand Marais Writer’s Guild meets at the Grand Marais Library from 6-7:30 p.m. for its regular monthly meeting. Whether you write novels or notes, essays or emails, you are welcome. The meeting includes discussions as well as a writing prompts and timed sessions as well as a chance to share. The  meeting is facilitated by Rose Arrowsmith-DeCoux. Free.

The Ladies Music Club will be performing this weekend, too, and start their “gig” in Grand Marais with an interview and a song or two at WTIP Community Radio at 4 p.m. on Thursday, followed by a performance at Voyageur Brewing Co. from 7-9 p.m.

The Ladies Music Club from St. Paul will be in Cook County this weekend.

The Ladies Music Club from St. Paul will be in Cook County this weekend.

The band will perform from 7-9 p.m. at Hungry Jack Lodge on Friday as well.

Also on Thursday, the Grand Marais Playhouse will hold an evening with the Bard,  a 2-hour “romp” through some of Shakespeare’s most popular plays including Hamlet and Romero and Juliet. “Lovers, Poets and Madmen” will be held at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Carrie Nath will lead the workshop.  Donation at the door. All invited.

On Friday, Moose Madness activities begin. (See above and/or click here for the full schedule )

This is the last Saturday for the Cook County Market this season. It runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot at the Senior Center. The Market features a variety of arts and crafts as well as baked goods, homemade jams and jellies and more.

birdhouse on a stick

Birdhouses on a stick are always popular at the Cook County Market. Saturday is the Market’s last day of the 2017 season.

Everyone is invited to see what this local arts and crafts market has to offer.

Also on Saturday, Minnesota author, Lise Lunge-Larsen and Grand Marais illustrator, Kari Vick will sign copies of their new book, “Seven Ways to Trick at Troll” at Drury Lane Books from 1-3 p.m.

Ilustrator Kari Vick will be interviewed on WTIP's The Roadhouse about her new book, "Seven Ways to Trick a Troll."

Minnesota author Lise Lunge-Larson and Grand Marais illustrator Kari Vick will sign their brand new book, “Seven Ways to Trick a Troll” from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Drury Lane Books.

Scandinavian folktales come to life in this beautifully illustrated children’s (of all ages) book. Everyone invited.

And to add ambiance to the street celebration of Moose Madness, the bluegrass band,  Black River Revue, will play in front of the Gunflint Mercantile from 2-3 p.m. Saturday,

Gunflint mercantile black river revue

The Black River Revue plays in front of the Gunflint Mercantile from 2-3 p.m. Saturday. The band also performs at the Gun Flint Tavern on Friday and Saturday night.

The band wil also play at the Gun Flint Tavern on Friday and Saturday night. Music starts at 8:30 p.m.

Also, on Saturday night, the SplinterTones will play at the 4-H Log Building at the Cook County Community Center from 7-9 p.m. to celebrate the release of Dave and Amy Freeman’s book, “A Year in the Wilderness.” All invited.

Also on Saturday, the band, Common Ground, will play for a soft opening at the Wunderbar Eatery and Campground at 8 p.m.

In Duluth, potter Karin Kraemer opens her new pottery, Duluth Pottery & Tile,  in Lincoln Park with an open house starting at 4 p.m. Music by Cousin Dad at 8 p.m.

Duluth Pottery & Tile opens Oct. 21.

Duluth Pottery & Tile opens Oct. 21.

The shop is in Lincoln Park in Duluth at 1924 Superior St.

On Sunday, the Grand Marais Playhouse will hold a Renaissance-style dance workshop at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts from 2-4 p.m.

Carrie Nath will lead a workshop on dances and customs in 15th century England at the ACA on Sunday.

Carrie Nath will lead a workshop on dances and customs in 15th century England at the ACA on Sunday from 2-4 p.m.

The 2-hour workshop will be filled with dances and customs of the court and country in 15th century England. All invited. Donations at the door.

And on Monday, Grand Marais potter, Hannah Palma Laky, will hold a ceramics art sale at the Angry Trout Cafe from 6-8 p.m.

Hannah Laky will hold a pottery sale at the Angry Trout on Monday.

Hannah Laky will hold a pottery sale at the Angry Trout on Monday.

Laky will have a variety of mugs as well as Sawtooth Mountain travel mugs and bowls as well as vases and plates.

Tuesday is Open Carving Night at North House Folk School Oct. 24 and Oct. 31. This free event is hosted by woodcarvers Harley Refsal and Angela Robins. The sessions are free and  are from 7-9 p.m.

Exhibits:

 The Grand Marais Art Colony‘s exhibit, Plein Air 2017 is at the Johnson Heritage Post and continues through Oct. 29.

The Plein Air 2017 exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post continues through Oct. 29.

The Plein Air 2017 exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post continues through Oct. 29.

The exhibit features work created by more than 60 artists during a week-long painting competition in Cook County. All the paintings are for sale.

The Johnson Heritage Post is closed on Tuesdays. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and on Mondays. It is open from 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Free.

Sivertson Gallery is featuring a great selection of recently released Cape Dorset prints in this year’s Inuit Premiere.

Sivertson Gallery has a great selection of this year's Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection.

Sivertson Gallery has a great selection of this year’s Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection.

Barb Lundell is the featured artist in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park through November.

Painting by Barb Lundell.

Painting by Barb Lundell.

Lundell is exhibiting work in a number of different media.

In Duluth, Chance, a multi-media installation by Kathy McTavish opens  in the Sax Gallery at the Tweed Museum of Art with a reception from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday.

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Kathy Mc Tavish’s multi-media installation opens at the Tweed Museum of Art on Thursday.

Kathy McTavish’s new generative art installation is designed specifically for the Sax Brothers Gallery space at Tweed Museum of Art. According to a press released by the Tweed: “You’ll discover a choreographed world of screen monitors, talking to one another to create a series of synchronized colorful graphics, with soundscape, words, and lighting, against a background of painted walls. This is an experiential installation, so you have to be on-site to immerse yourself in this digital environment.”

McTavish will be at the opening to meet and greet guests and offer answers to inquiring minds. Cash bar, food, and music.

On Friday in Duluth, the Nordic Center, 23 N. Lake Ave., will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finnish Independence with Finnish-inspired wall hangings, mixed media paintings, images of emboideries by Helsinki school children, himmeli, refreshments and projections.

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Taide Yhdessä: Design -–Finland to Minnesota opens with a reception from 7-9 on Friday, Oct. 21, at the Nordic Center in Duluth.

Taide Yhdessä: Design -–Finland to Minnesota opens with a reception from 7-9 on Friday, Oct. 21. A presentation, refreshments and hands-on Finnish crafts will be featured. For more info, click here.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery is featuring the exhibit, Kohesion, work by Quentin Maki, through Nov. 19.

Quentin Maki, Yellow Tango, mixed media.

Quentin Maki, Yellow Tango, mixed media.

Opportunities:

 Tettegouche State Park’s Visitor Center has been exhibiting the work of Minnesota artists. They currently have an open call for submissions, with work to be selected by a jury panel of three people. Work should have a “North Woods Aesthetic,” with some relevance to the expectations of travelers to the North Shore, and should be appropriate for family audiences.

Shows are typically one month in length. Exhibiting artists may provide contact info for direct sales.

To apply, please email six representative images, under 1MB each, to Kurt Mead, Interpretive Naturalist, Tettegouche State Park: kurt.mead@state.mn.us. Submissions are due Oct. 31, for scheduling shows starting next summer.

Upcoming:

 “Giving Myself Permission: Following the Spirit,” the premiere of Joan Farnam’s short storytelling videos by Patrick Knight about her travels across the world and back again will be screened at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Friday, Oct. 27. It’s a potluck: Bring a dish to share. Beer and wine option. The screening will begin at 5:30 p.m. All invited.

Paint-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29.

Paint-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29.

Paint-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. The bowls, above, have been painted with original designs by participants a few years ago,

Ceramic bowls, glazed with a white glaze, will be available to paint with designs. They will then be fired and donated to the Empty Bowls fundraiser to help the hungry in Cook County. The fundraiser is at St. John’s Catholic Church Nov. 13.

The North Shore Music Association will hold the 27th Annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend at Lutsen Resort  Nov. 3 -5. This year’s instrument of focus is the banjo, and this year’s instructor is phenomenal banjoist Kristin Scott Benson (of The Grascals).

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Kristin Scott Bensen is the featured musician at the 27th annual Bluegrass Masters Weekend at Lutsen Resort Nov. 3-5.

For more info, visit www.northshoremusicassociation.com and stay tuned for details.

Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux will teach “Swedish for Beginners” at Cook County Higher Education next month.

Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux teaching Swedish when she was a teenager.

Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux teaching Swedish when she was a teenager c. 2004.

This four-session class will give students a foundation of grammar, sentence structure and conversational phrases.  Games, songs and art will be incorporated along with listening, speaking, reading and writing. The class will culminate in a traditional meal.
This class is for total beginners and those wishing to brush up on the fundamentals.
Arrowsmith DeCoux has been teaching Swedish since she was a teenager, and has worked at the American Swedish Institute, the Concordia Language Villages (CLV), and other summer camps and community programs. Her participatory style is strongly influenced by her time at CLV. Classes are Wednesdays Nov. 1-29 from 5:30-7 p.m. For more info, call 387-3411.

Window Shopping:

Nancy Haarmeyer has beaded necklaces at Joy & Co.

Nancy Haarmeyer has beaded necklaces at Joy & Co.

 

Stephan Hoglund is exhibiting his photographs at the Angry Trout Cafe. It closes for the season at the end of the month. This photograph is entitled "Beaver House."

Stephan Hoglund is exhibiting his photographs at the Angry Trout Cafe. It closes for the season at the end of the month. This photograph is entitled “Beaver House.”

Melissa Wickwire has handmade buttons at the bookstore at North House Folk School.

Melissa Wickwire has handmade buttons at the bookstore at North House Folk School.

New work by Betsy Bowen is at the Betsy Bowen Studio & Galleries. This one is entitled "Warmth." Oil on pine.

New work by Betsy Bowen is at the Betsy Bowen Studio & Galleries. This one is entitled “Warmth.” Oil on pine.

 Artist News:

 

Tom Christiansen was honored with AARP Minnesota and Pollen’s 2017 50 over 50 award recently. People from across Minnesota visited 50Over50MN.org to nominate leaders in their community in one of five categories: arts & culture, nonprofit, business, community building, and disruption. A transparent cohort of distinguished peers then took on the near impossible task of narrowing down the list to fifty of the most inspiring and accomplished leaders from across the state.

Tom Christiansen was honored with AARP Minnesota and Pollen’s 2017 50 over 50 award recently. People from across Minnesota visited 50Over50MN.org to nominate leaders in their community in one of five categories: arts & culture, nonprofit, business, community building, and disruption. A transparent cohort of distinguished peers then took on the near impossible task of narrowing down the list to fifty of the most inspiring and accomplished leaders from across the state.

Cobi, a native of Cook County, sang the national anthem at a football game between the Packers and the Vikings recently.

cobi

WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs captured a video of the event. To see it, click here.

Here’s the music for the weekend:

Thursday, Oct. 19:

  • Ladies Music Club, Voyageur Brewing Co., 7 p.m.
  • Chuck & Friends, Date Night at the North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 20:

  • Jim McGowan, Voyageur Brewing co., 4 p.m.
  • Black River Revue, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 9 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 21:

  • Black River Revue, Gunflint Mercantile, 2 p.m.
  •  Jazz with Briand Morrison, Moguls Grille, 3 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Cook County Community 4H Center, 7:30 p.m.
  • Common Ground, The Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Black River Revue, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

So, we found some fun photos this week. Here’s a selection.

Wildlife:

A fierce saw-whet owl by Bill Willy Lane.

A fierce saw-whet owl by Bill Willy Lane.

 

Loon shaking off water after a dive y Sparky Stensaas.

Loon shaking off water after a dive y Sparky Stensaas.

 

"Out of the Aspens" by Jamie Stickland. Taken at a wildlife park in Minnesota.

“Out of the Aspens” by Jamie Stickland. Taken at a wildlife park in Minnesota.

Trees:

Tree and the Milky Way by Bryan Hansel.

Tree and the Milky Way by Bryan Hansel.

 

Lone White Pine by Nathan Slettedahl.

Lone White Pine by Nathan Slettedahl.

Moon:

Photo by Jamie Strickland.

Photo by Jamie Strickland.

Stars:

Trying to get auroras the other night and ended up with this by Kirk Schleife.

Trying to get auroras the other night and ended up with this by Kirk Schleife.

Water:

Photo by Sandra Updyke.

Photo by Sandra Updyke.

 

Partridge Falls on the Pigeon River, Grand Portage by Travis Novitsky.

Partridge Falls on the Pigeon River, Grand Portage by Travis Novitsky.

 

Jay Cooke State Park after a rain by Jessica Gheen Tinajero.

Jay Cooke State Park after a rain by Jessica Gheen Tinajero.

Aurora:

Northern lights by David Johnson.

Northern lights by David Johnson.

Fall Colors:

"North Shore Confetti" by RobinNice Bjella.

“North Shore Confetti” by RobinNice Bjella.

 

Porcupine Mountains by Susanne Von Schroeder, Soul Centered Photography.

Porcupine Mountains by Susanne Von Schroeder.

 

Somewhere on Oberg Mountain by Abu Rajib.

Somewhere on Oberg Mountain by Abu Rajib.

 

Thompson Lake by Paul Sundberg.

Thompson Lake by Paul Sundberg.

 

Fall color by Jeff Henningsgaard.

Fall color by Jeff Henningsgaard.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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The Inuit Premiere, Caravan du Nord and More

"Standing in the creek this evening making soft water" by Jamie Rabold.

“Standing in the creek this evening making soft water” by Jamie Rabold.

Fall colors in Cook County are at their peak, according to the Department of Natural Resources Fall Color Finder.  The back roads are truly spectacular, and fall hiking will be a pleasure.

There are fun things to do in the county as well.  Sivertson Gallery‘s Inuit Premiere is this weekend, as it the Caravan Du Nord, which will feature workshops and a concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

And there are  exhibits to see as well as great live music.

This year, the Grand Marais Art Colony is partnering with Sivertson Gallery during the Inuit Premiere to bring visiting artist Ningiukulu Teevee from Cape Dorset to work with Cook County printmakers Kari Vick and Betsy Bowen in the print studio at the Art Colony

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Inuit printmaker Ningiukulu Teevee is here as the guest artist for Sivertson Gallery‘s Inuit Premiere. She will work with local printmakers in the Print Studio at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Friday. Come see what’s happening at 1 p.m. on Friday.

Teevee will share her experiences working at the Cape Dorset/Kinngait WBEC Studios and with Dorset Fine Arts with Bowen and Vick in the Print Studio.  Stop by the Art Colony at 1:30 p.m. to see what the printmakers are have been doing. All welcome.

The Inuit Premiere also features Inuit throat singers Nina Segalowitz and Taqralik Partridge who will perform at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday at Sivertson Gallery. Get a preview of their singing and hear about this ancient Nunavik musical tradition on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.  (P.S. The Roadhouse will also feature an interview and music by the group, Dat Dere Jazz.)

Also, check out this video of their throat singing the 2015 Inuit Premiere.

The Inuit Premiere will feature new prints, sculptures and carvings by Canadian native artists, including new work by Teevee.

Innocent Owl, etching and aquatint by Ningiukulu Teevee.

The Premiere will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. At 6 p.m., there wil be a Fireside Panel Chat with all guests, including with all guests, including William Huffman of Dorset Fine Arts.

Also on Saturday, The North Shore Music Association will host the 2017 Caravan du Nord Tour, which kicks off in Grand Marais with a day of artist workshops and music industry networking followed by performances by the honky-tonk heroes Trailer Trash, New Orleans swing band Patty and The Buttons and the Grand Marais trio, Lake Effect.

Trailer Trash is one of the groups performing at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Saturday.

Trailer Trash is one of the groups performing at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Saturday.

The schedule of events includes two workshops at the Cook County Community Center on Saturday:

  • 3 p.m. “Touring Beyond the North Shore” (free.) Trailer Trash frontman Nate Dungan talks about what artists can expect when booking and touring in the Twin Cities and beyond.
  • 4 p.m. “Getting to Know Local Radio” (free) DJs from The Current, WTIP North Shore Community Radio, KUMD 103.3 FM and KFAI – 90.3 FM Minneapolis – 106.7 FM St. Paul talk about their local programming and how they go about selecting music and booking guests.

All are invited to both workshops.

Here’s a short video about Caravan du Nord.

At 6 p.m. on Saturday,  there will be a social hour at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts where the public can meet the performers, local artists and music industry professionals over food and beverages. The concert is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $8 for student. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at tix.com.

And not to forget the Cook County Market, which will run for two more weeks, closing during Moose Madness weekend. The market features a variety of local arts and crafts and is held in the parking lot at the Senior Center from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

In North House  news, woodcarver Harley Refsal will be the instructor in residence for two weeks and will give woodcarving demonstrations at various locations around the county as well as at North House.

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Woodcarver Harley Refsal will be the instructor in residence at North House Folk School.

Refsal’s demonstration schedule is:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 1811 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Cross River Heritage Center
  • Friday, Oct. 20 & Saturday, Oct. 219 a.m. – 4 p.m. at North House Folk School
  • Monday, Oct. 2310 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Cook County YMCA
  • Wednesday, Oct. 2510 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Grand Marais Public Library
  • Thursday, Oct. 2610a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Cook County Senior Center

Also, North House will host Open Carving Nights on Tuesday nights from 7-9 p.m. with Refsal and Angela Robins from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 17, 24 and 31. All ages are welcome, but adults mus accompany those 14 to 18. All carving styles, and experience levels welcome. The sessions are free. No pre-registration is required.

Exhibits:

 There are lots of exhibits at museums and art centers on the North Shore.
The Grand Marais Plein Air 2017 exhibit continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through Oct. 29. The exhibit includes a wide variety of work created by plein air artists during a week of painting in Cook County.
Temperance Off the Grade by Larry Seiler is one of the works at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Temperance Off the Grade by Larry Seiler is one of the works at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The Heritage Post is closed on Tuesdays. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays as well as Mondays. It is open from 1-4 p.m. Sundays.

Barb Lundell is the featured artist in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park this month.

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Painting by Barb Lundell.

In Duluth, both the Tweed Museum of Art and the Duluth Art Institute have a number of exhibits.

(Detail) Crying Frog Woman by Terry Starr is in a special exhibit of Pacific Northwest Native Art at the Tweed Museum of Art.

(Detail) Crying Frog Woman by Terry Starr is in a special exhibit of Pacific Northwest Native Art at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Other exhibits at the Tweed include “Moments” by Carly Christiansen, a UMD art student exhibit Plein Air: America’s Industrial Landscape.

At the Duluth Art Institute, the exhibit “Forever Home” continues through Oct. 27. The exhibit features photographs and paintings of dogs and is held in conjunction with Animal Allies.

Photographs and paintings for the exhiibit "Forever Home" at the Duluth Art Institute.

Photographs and paintings for the exhibit “Forever Home” at the Duluth Art Institute.

Other exhibits at the Duluth Art Institute include Reservation Pop: Wendy Red Star
In Situ: Studio 101 Artists.’

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery has a number of exhibits as well, including “The Path of the Paddle” which features original art work by Rejean Roy and David Lightwood as well as hand painted maps by Hap Wilson. The exhibit explores the maps and views of the Great Trail – 1,200 km of water from Thunder Bay to the Manitoba border.

Path of the Paddle is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The exhibit “Path of the Paddle” is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Other exhibits at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery include “Kohesion: Quentin Maki.”
“On the Trail: Denise Smith,” and  Permanent Collection Spotlight Angus Trudeau.

The Baggage Building Arts Centre at Prince Arthur’s Landing in Thunder Bay continues its exhibit of Thunder Bay and regional printmakers. The exhibit is entitled “Making an Impression.”

The "Making an Impression" printmaking exhibit is at the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay.

The “Making an Impression” printmaking exhibit is at the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay.

Upcoming

 The Grand Marais Playhouse will host a community dance workshop entitled “Shake It Up Renaissance-Style” at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19. The instructor is Carrie Nath. The cost is a donation at the door.

Moose Madness weekend is Oct. 20-22 with lots of moosey activities around town and at the Grand Marais Art Colony and North House Folk School.

The Art Colony is featuring its Fall Into Art Family Weekend with mask making, tile-painting, making glass coasters, monoprints. For more info and to register, click here.

North House Folk School is planning a variety of family friendly events, too, including a family contra dance at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20. To find out more, see www.northhouse.org.

For the complete Moose Madness schedule, click here.

Also, take a look at the writers and presentations for the Art Colony’s North Shore Readers and Writers Festival Nov. 2-5. The line-up of presentors is impressive, and local writers are represented! Check it out here. And stay tuned for details.

Artist News:

Jazz musicians Briand Morrison and Sam Miltich will perform at the Ice House in Minneapolis on Oct. 15 from 5-7 p.m.

Photographer Layne Kennedy was recently featured in a video by MN Original. Check it out:

Window Shopping:

J.Niesen has new work, including this painting of chickadees,  at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

J.Niesen has new work, including this painting of chickadees, at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

 

Beach pebble necklaces by Jessia Helen of Hawkhouse Designs are at Upstate MN.

Beach pebble necklaces by Jessia Helen of Hawkhouse Designs are at Upstate MN.

 Music

Thursday Oct. 12:

  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 13:

  • Gene LaFond and Amy Grillo, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.
  • Jon Miller and the Homebrews, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 14:

  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Caravan du Nord, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Cascade Restaurant & Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Bughouse, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Jon Miller and the Homebrews, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 15:

  • Jon Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 16:

  • Pete K, Bluefin Grille, 9 p.m.

We found some nice photographs this week, too. Here’s a selection.

Let’s start with grouse.

Sarah Hamilton caught this great shot of a grouse having lunch the other day.

Sarah Hamilton caught this great shot of a grouse having lunch the other day.

 

David Johnson caught this portrait of a female spruce grouse, too,

David Johnson caught this portrait of a female spruce grouse, too,

 

And here’s a beauty:

A phone shot at Little Manitou Falls with a crystal ball by Jamie Rabold.

A phone shot at Little Manitou Falls with a crystal ball by Jamie Rabold.

And this one:

Trail at Cascade by Scott Benson.

Trail at Cascade by Scott Benson.

And there were lots of photos of Lake Superior.

Sunset over Lake Superior by Mike Wiggins Jr.

Sunset over Lake Superior by Mike Wiggins Jr.

 

Sunrise by Sandra Updyke.

Sunrise by Sandra Updyke.

 

Lake Superior by Scott Benson.

Lake Superior by Scott Benson.

 

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

 

kristofer bowman lake superior

Lake Superior by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Having fun on the lighthouse by Kathy Gray-Anderson.

Having fun on the lighthouse by Kathy Gray-Anderson.

 

Last sail out of Grand Marais by Dave Freeman.

Last sail out of Grand Marais by Dave Freeman.

 

Lake Superior by Linda Otis.

Lake Superior by Linda Otis.

And fall color:

Stay gold ponyboy by Kristofer Bowman.

Stay gold ponyboy by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Fall Leaves by jennifer Schultz.

Fall Leaves by jennifer Schultz.

And this classic shot:

More beautiful colors from Home-Sweet-Home by Ann K. Jorgenson.

More beautiful colors from Home-Sweet-Home by Ann K. Jorgenson.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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