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Hunkering Down with Art, Music & a Movie

A Quiet Winter Evening y Travis Novitsky.

A Quiet Winter Evening at Hollow Rock by Travis Novitsky.

Icy winter has clamped its fingers over the North Shore this weekend, but indoors, it’s warm with lots of cool things to do, including great live music, classes and a movie or two.

First up, though, is an opportunity to make your own broom. Instructor Marybeth Garmoe is teaching a class at North House Folk School starting on Thursday at 7 p.m. The classes run each Thursday through Jan. 25.

North House Folk School will hold a broom-making class starting Jan. 11.

North House Folk School will hold a broom-making class starting Jan. 11.

For more information, to register, call North House at 387-9762.

On Friday night, WTIP’s The Roadhouse, which airs from 5-7 p.m. will feature Sean Sherman, indigenous chef, who founded the  restaurant, The Sioux Chef. He will discuss his bestselling new book,”The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen.” Rich Mattson & the North Stars will also be on the program to talk about their music and play a few songs.

Rich Mattson & the North Stars will be on WTIP's The Roadhouse on Friday. They play at the Wunderbar this weekend.

Rich Mattson & the North Stars will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday. They play at the Wunderbar this weekend.

Also on Friday night, the movie series at the Grand Marais Public Library continues with the screening of “The Teacher.” Here’s the trailer.

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

On Saturday, Get ready for the North Shore Music Association’s Grand Marais Ole Opry, the classic country, old-time, and bluegrass showcase that’s been a community favorite for a half-decade.

Emceed by WTIP’s “Classic Country” host Carl Solander, this year’s lineup features early country and honkytonk hotshots The Midwesternaires of Minneapolis; Grand Marais Ole Opry Hall of Famer Gary Croft; and The Grievance Committee, a new group chock full of great local talent.

The Midwesternaires will perform at the Grand Marais Ole Oprey on Saturday night.

The Midwesternaires will perform at the Grand Marais Ole Opry on Saturday night.

The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are  $20 adults, $5 youth (18 & under). General seating. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.aca.tix.com  and at the door night of show (box office opens at 6 p.m.)

Next week, the Grand Marais Art Colony will hold a Community Conversation with pastel artist Linda Ricklefs Baudry at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 17.

art colony Linda-Ricklefs-Baudry

Pastel artist Linda Ricklefs Baudry will present at a Community Conversation at the Grand Marais Art Colony next Wednesday.

She will give a presentation entitled “Creating Space and Shifting Patterns.” The artist will talk about her creative journey and how she draws inspiration from the internal and external world. Bring a brown bag lunch. Free. All invited.

Also next Wednesday, Jan. 17, Grand Marais photographer, Bryan Hansel, will give a presentation at the Grand Marais Public Library at 6 p.m.

Photograph by Bryan Hansel.

Photograph by Bryan Hansel.

Hansel will present images from the Lake Superior region and beyond and will talk about how he made them.. Additionally, he’ll address our dark sky resources, health and wildlife issues related to light pollution and what we can do to preserve our night skies. You’ll also learn about what you can do in Cook County to help us gain an International Dark Sky Association designation. The event is free and open to the public.

 Exhibits:

 It is pretty quiet at exhibition venues in Grand Marais this week, but the Duluth Art Institute in Duluth, is hopping. It will hold three art openings tonight, Jan. 11, including an artist talk. The reception is from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday night.

The exhibits include “Type 13: David Short,” which explores graphic arts and its impacts on the viewer, “Art and Craft: Penny Perry, an exhibit of multi-media works by Perry, who is the owner of Perry Framing & Stained Glass, and 100 Days: Tai Keogoungpheng, owner of Silver Cocoon Jewelry, who participated in the 100Day Project to explore her creativity in metal. She will give an artist talk about her experiences at the opening reception.

"Bound to the Wish," multi-media, by Penny Perry.

“Bound to the Wish,” multi-media, by Penny Perry.

The exhibits at the Art Institute continue through Feb. 25.

Since we’re in Duluth, we can hop over to the Tweed Museum of Art, where its on-going exhibit ‘Modern(ism)” continues, featuring smaller works by world-famous artists.

(Detail), "Bathers and Sails" by Max Weber.

(Detail), “Bathers and Sails” by Max Weber.

Mosaic artist Sherri Kruger continues her exhibit at Tettegouche State Park’s Visitor Center with a wide variety of glass mosaic/multi-media works.

Glass mosaics by Sherri Kruger.

Glass mosaics by Sherri Kruger are on exhibit at Tettegouche State Park.

The exhibit continues through January.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is exhibiting works from its Permanent Collection, including this piece, donated by Sivertson Gallery.

Strawberries, by Maime Migwans, birchbark, pocupine quill, sweetgrass, is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Strawberries, by Maime Migwans, birchbark, pocupine quill, sweetgrass, is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

 Opportunities:

 The Grand Marais Art Colony is hiring! It has opened two new positions: a full-time Program Coordinator and a PT 8-week summer Print Studio Intern. Applications are due by Sunday, Jan. 21.

The Grand Marais Art Colony is hiring for two new positions.

The Grand Marais Art Colony is hiring for two new positions.

The Program Coordinator will support the crafting, execution, and evaluation of programs. The Print Studio Intern will facilitate a range of learning experiences and support studio operations.  This internship is 15 hours per week for 8 summer weeks for a printmaker or book arts artist. For questions,  email info@grandmaraisartcolony.org or call 218-387-2737.

A call has gone out donations of artwork for the Collector’s Art Sale, a fundraiser for Art ‘Round Town. Do you have any art pieces you’d like to pass on? Art ‘Round Town is planning a fundraiser in February  and are encouraging art collectors and artists to donate pieces that someone else might enjoy, too. Funds from the sale will help finance public art projects in Grand Marais. You can choose to make a full donation or share the profit 50/50 with A’RT.
The sale will be held over Presidents’ Day Weekend. Donations should be made by Feb. 12.

This Bulgarian icon has been donated for the

This Bulgarian icon has been donated for the Collector’s Art Sale, a fundraiser for Art ‘Round Town.

The artworks will be offered at two locations: North Shore Winery with an opening Thursday, Feb. 15 and continuing through the month, and at the Johnson Heritage Post, with an opening at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16. Sales will continue through Sunday, Feb. 18.

All forms of art –from fiber to canvas, sculpture to painting– will be welcomed. Donors can put a price on their items and decide whether they want to go 50/50 or give a 100 percent donation. For more info, contact Ann Marie Mershon, annmarie@boreal.org or call 218 387-2245 if you have donations.

Life Drawing sessions begin at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. For more info, cal 387-2737.

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council is offering two grant opportunities this month: the Technology/Equipment grant for individuals, which provides grants of up to $2,000 to purchase technology, equipment, or pay for training and services that will help support and sustain  work as an artist, and the Community Arts Learning Grant for individuals and/or organizations, which provides a grant of up to $5,000 to support high quality arts learning activities in any arts discipline. The deadline to apply for these grants is Jan. 26. For more info, click here.

Upcoming:

 The Winter Plein Air opening will be held at the Johnson Heritage Post from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26.

The Winter Plein opening is at the Johnson Heritage Post Jan. 26.

The Winter Plein Air opening is at the Johnson Heritage Post Jan. 26.

The exhibit continues at the Heritage Post through Sunday, Jan. 28. Stay tuned for details.

The Urban Infill extravaganza hosted the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay begins on Jan. 27  this year. This year, look for 15 projects and work by 400 artists scattered through the Waterfront District in downtown Thunder Bay. Last year, 5,000 attended the opening. Details coming soon.

The Northern Fibers Retreat is Feb. 14-18 this year, with lots of classes and events planned at North House Folk School and the Grand Marais Art Colony. For more info, click on the links.

The Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay has posted an open call to fiber artists to participate in its annual Fibre Arts Exhibit. Submission deadline is Jan. 26. For more info, click here.

Artist News:

 Travis Novitsky has a photograph on the cover of the January issue of Country Extra magazine.

Travis Novitsky has a cover photo on Country Extra magazine.

Travis Novitsky has a cover photo on Country Extra magazine.

Singer/songwriter Charlie Parr was in town recently, performing at Papa Charlie’s.

Charlie Parr performs one of his songs on WTIP's

Charlie Parr performs one of his songs on WTIP’s The Scenic Route. Check out the link below to hear his entire interview.

Before the gig at Papa Charlie’s, he was interviewed by the Scenic Route’s Will Moore. Here’s a link to Parr’s interview.  Parr sings lots of songs in it, too.

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, Jan. 11:

  • JohnRuss, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 12:

  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Boyd Blomberg, Mogul’s Grile, 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Common Ground, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Jim and Michele Miller, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Rich Mattson and the Northstars, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Bug Dope! Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Jon Miller and the Homebrews, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 13:

  • Plucked Up String Band, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • The Grand Marais Ole Opry, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.
  • Jon Miler and the Homebrews, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Bughouse, Grandma Ray’s 8:30 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Wunderbar, 8:30 p.m.
  • Buckwild Music, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, 9 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 14:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s, 10 a.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 3 p.m.
  • Easy Riders, Voyageur Brewing Co, 3:30 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lusten Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Andrew D. Huber, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 15

  • Open Mic Night, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 16:

  • Pete Kavenaugh, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.

Rest assured, we didn’t find any hot, steamy landscapes this week. But we did find some fun photos.

Let’s start with a few wildlife photos:

Ducktails at Brighton Beach by Alicia Dahl.

Duck tails at Brighton Beach by Alicia Dahl.

 

Refreshingly Lake Superior by Shawn Zierman.

Refreshingly Lake Superior by Shawn Zierman.

 

Trumpeter Swan by Jerry Barnett.

Trumpeter Swan by Jerry Barnett.

And here is a neat icy window shot:

Frost on my window by Kris Tyrgg Kidd.

Frost on my window by Kris Trygg Kidd.

And check out these icy landscapes:

Ice near the mouth of the Cascade River by Ken Harmon.

Ice near the mouth of the Cascade River by Ken Harmon.

 

This is what happens when you don't wear cleats by Kirck Schleife.

This is what happens when you don’t wear cleats by Kirck Schleife.

 

Ice on Lake Superior by Travis Novitsky.

Ice on Lake Superior by Travis Novitsky.

 

It was cold this morning by Bruce Block.

It was cold this morning by Bruce Block.

 

Lake Superior is freezing by Sandra Updyke.

Lake Superior is freezing by Sandra Updyke.

 

Circling pancake pool at Temperance by Thomas Spence.

Circling pancake pool at Temperance by Thomas Spence.

 

North Shore Sunrise Breathing Dragon by Jeffrey Doty.

North Shore Sunrise Breathing Dragon by Jeffrey Doty.

 

Brrrrr. The Harbor by Erin Swenson Klatt.

Brrrrr. The Harbor by Erin Swenson Klatt.

 

Ice field with Paul Sundberg by David Johnson.

Ice field with Paul Sundberg by David Johnson.

Paul Sundberg caught an interesting wave shot… without ice! Still looks cold, though.

Lake Superior Waves by Paul Sundberg.

Lake Superior Waves by Paul Sundberg.

And, finally, this winter harvest shot by Angela Botner.

Mink with its dinner by Angela Botner.

Mink with its dinner by Angela Botner.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone, and keep warm!




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Toasty Cuba to Fat Bikes and Sled Dogs in the Snow

Break On Through by Gregory A Israelson.

“Break On Through” by Gregory A Israelson.

It’s pretty quiet here on the North Shore. Quiet and beautiful. The snow isn’t that deep, but it’s gorgeous and fluffy, and, if you go over the hill on the Gunflint Trail, it’s deep and great for cross county skiing. Downhill skiing in Lutsen is good, too, but a little chilly this week.

If you look at Lake Superior, it’s surging with sea smoke every day, as sub-zero winds condense into beautiful mists and swirling fog as far as the eye can see.

donna Wojtysiak Lunke James L. Oberstar heading east

The James L Oberstar seems almost buried in sea smoke as it heads east. Photo by Donna Wojtysiak Lunke.

Obviously it’s time to sit at home and enjoy a good book by a crackling fire …

or

Check out the action in galleries, music venues and restaurants that are planned for the next few weeks.

First up are modern square dancing lessons held at the Cook County Community Center Thursday nights, Jan. 4  through Feb. 15. The Thursday night event runs from 7:30-9 p.m. and includes instruction. No experience or partner needed. Donation requested. For more information, click here. Or contact dance caller  John Mattice at jmattice@uark.edu or 218-877-7654.

The Grand Marais Public Library‘s Friday night movie series, called Friday Night Reels, starts this week with the screening of “Havana Curveball,” a documentary about Cuba. See the trailer, below. The movies are free and start at 6 p.m.

Havana Curveball – Trailer from PatchWorks Films on Vimeo.

Also on Friday night, Papa Charlie’s is holding a mini music festival with a number of different bands playing on Friday and Saturday nights. On Friday, Dead Man Winter, Charlie Parr and the Black-Eyed Snakes perform. On Saturday night Roma Di Luna, All Tomorrow’s Petty and Invisible Boy play. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 advance/$18 at the door on Friday and Saturday. A two-day advance pass is $28. For more info, click here.

For art, winter encourages artists to get into the studio, and Betsy Bowen has just come out with a new print.

Print by Betsy Bowen.

“Lost 40″ by Betsy Bowen.

 

And there’s an art opening scheduled for Friday night at Tettegouche State Park for Badger resident, Sherri Kruger. Kruger is exhibiting her glass mosaic multi-media pieces in the Great Hall at the park through January.

Split Rock Lighthouse mosaic by Sherri Kruger.

Split Rock Lighthouse mosaic by Sherri Kruger.

The reception will be held Friday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. Kruger will talk about her art and answer questions. Refreshments will be served. All invited.

(Note: The Johnson Heritage Post in Grand Marais will be closed until Jan. 26, when it will feature works painted by the Minnesota Outdoor Painters who participate in the Winter Plein Air Retreat at YMCA Camp Menogyn. The opening is Friday, Jan. 26. The exhibit continues through Jan. 28. Stay tuned for details.)

In Duluth, an opening reception for the exhibit “His and Hers” –New Year, Old and New Work” with paintings and prints by Tom Rauschenfels and Sue Rauschenfels will be held at the Zeitgeist Atrium Gallery, 222 E Superior St.

Su and Tom Rauschenfels will open an exhibit at the Zeitgeist Atrium on Monday, Jan. 8.

Su and Tom Rauschenfels will open an exhibit of their work at the Zeitgeist Atrium Gallery on Monday, Jan. 8.

The opening reception is from 7-9 p.m. The exhibit will continue through Jan. 31.

Also, a stop at the Tweed Museum of Art might be of interest. Its exhibit “Modern(ism)” continues, featuring smaller works by some of the most famous artists of our time.

Detail "Three Angels" by Marc Chagall is one of the pieces in the "Modern(ism) exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth.

(Detail )”Three Angels” by Marc Chagall is one of the pieces in the “Modern(ism) exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth.

The Tweed staff has also developed an exhibit of their favorite pieces from the museum’s collection, fittingly called “Out of Context.” Here’s an example:

"Lac LaCroix Portage" by Neola Johnson, is one of the "Out of Context" picks at the Tweed.

“Lac LaCroix Portage” by Neola Johnson, is one of the “Out of Context” picks at the Tweed.

Also this weekend, there are some fun outdoor events. The Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race will be held on Saturday and Sunday, with Trail Center the home base. The Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race is a continuous race consisting of two legs of equal distance, separated by a mandatory layover. There are two classes: a 12-dog race,100-mile race and n 8-dog, 65-mile race. There are lots of great places to watch this race. Stop by Trail Center and find out more this weekend.

This is also the weekend of the Norpine Fat Bike Classic, which will start at the Superior National clubhouse. The race is from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For more info, click here.

And for a cozy evening of spinning knitting, woodcarving or basketmaking, consider North House Folk School‘s Open Crafting nights. Basketmakers and/or woodcarvers are invited to come work at North House from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9 and spinners and knitters are invited on Wednesday, Jan. 10 from 5-7 p.m. Both events are free. For more info, click here.

Opportunities:

 Call to Artists: The 2018 Spirit of the Wilderness Art Exhibit will open at the Johnson Heritage on March 9. Artists of every age and in every media are invited to explore this year’s theme: “Chaos, Cracks, Creativity!” Artists are invited to consider the following: When the cracks of prejudice, greed and fear seem inescapable, how do you as a writer, sculptor, ceramist, wood-worker, glass-worker, painter or fiber artist encounter the chaos? How does your creative process invite the light in? Where do you see muddle and magnificence in the natural world or on the North Shore? How does the natural world create new models for you? Do you seek to soothe or expose, clarify or challenge?
Entries for the show are due at the Johnson Heritage Post March 5 & 6. Stay tuned for details.

John Gregor of Coldsnap Photography is holding a workshop entitled “Winter Wonderland: From Concept to Exhibit.” During the 4-day workshop, participants will have opportunities to photograph, edit, print, and prepare for an exhibit in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park. Two Harbors photographer Christian Dalbec is the guest instructor for the workshop. For more info, click here.

Here’s a heads-up for artists from every discipline–consider enrolling in the 100day Project, a way to hone your skills and discover new ways to be creative. It’s free.

Artists from every media are invited to participate in the 100Day Project.

Artists from every media are invited to participate in the 100Day Project. (Photo courtesy of the Grand Marais Art Colony.)

Here’s a really inspiring video about how the 100Day project changed an artist’s life. It’s from MN Original. 

And check out the 100Day Project’s web site for more info. The winter project starts Jan. 21.

And not to forget, the Northern Fibers Retreat is Feb. 14-18 this year.

The Northern Fibers Retreat is Feb. 14-18.

The Northern Fibers Retreat is Feb. 14-18.

For more information about classes and events during the retreat, click here.

And finally, plein air painter Neil Sherman reminds us of what is outside our doors right now with this painting.

"January on the Hovland Dock" by Neil Sherman.

“January on the Hovland Dock” by Neil Sherman.

This painting is currently being exhibited at the Grand Hill Gallery in St. Paul. Sherman is was recently in Denver for the Coors Western Art Show as a Club Artist.

And now, for the music this week:

Thursday, Jan. 4:

  • Timmy Haus, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 5:

  • Gordon Thorne, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Matt & Laurel, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Gene Lafond & Amy Grillo, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • TBA, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

GNDWIRE Ski Party, (3 bands), Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 6:

  • Tim Fast, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Epiphany, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • GNDWIRE Ski Party, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Common Ground, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 7:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Boyd Blomberg, Wunderbvar, 11 a.m.
  • TBA, Gun Flint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan 8:

  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Erik Koskinen, Singer/songwriter Series, Papa Charlies, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 10:

  • Boyd Bump Blomberg, Skyport Lodge, 5:30 p.m.

You might want to put on a hat and mittens or turn up the heat for this next segment, because we found a lot of ice and cold photos this week.

Boiling water in -25F by Dennis Chick.

Boiling water in -25F by Dennis Chick.

 

"The big waves made some nice ice yesterday" by Sandra Updyke.

“The big waves made some nice ice yesterday” by Sandra Updyke.

 

Stoney Point by Paul Sundberg.

“Stoney Point” by Paul Sundberg.

 

Lighthouse in front to the Sleeping Giant (in Thunder Bay) by Dennis Bresolin.

“Lighthouse in front to the Sleeping Giant” (in Thunder Bay) by Dennis Bresolin.

 

Lake Superior Dec. 27, satellite photo by NOAA.

Lake Superior sea smoke, Dec. 27, satellite photo by NOAA.

 

Floating Ice by Matthew Pastick.

“Floating Ice” by Matthew Pastick.

 

Ice eggs at Hollow Rock by Travis Novitsky.

“Ice eggs at Hollow Rock” by Travis Novitsky.

 

Dec. 31 by Chris Davis.

“Dec. 31″ by Chris Davis.

 

Sandra Updyke's deer yard.

Sandra Updyke‘s deer yard.

 

A frosty Supermoon with halo by Dennis Chick.

A frosty Supermoon with halo by Dennis Chick.

The wildlife are adapting to the cold.

Here’s a grouse hunkering down in a snow drift.

Grouse roosting in the snow by Michael Furtman.

Grouse roosting in the snow by Michael Furtman.

 

Raven by Sparky Stensaas.

Raven by Sparky Stensaas.

 

Boreal owl by Michael Furtman.

Boreal Owl by Michael Furtman.

Surfers seem to be “adapting” to the cold, too.

"Why would anyone get up at 5 AM and drive to Stoney Point and then jump in the lake at 22.5 below ZERO? This right here! by Christian Dalbec."

“Why would anyone get up at 5 AM and drive to Stoney Point and then jump in the lake at 22.5 below ZERO? This right here!” by Christian Dalbec.

And the cold continues …

Another Cold One by Patty Doherty.

“Another Cold One” by Patty Doherty.

 

New Year's Eve Sunset in Two Harbors by Tina Carriveau.

“New Year’s Eve Sunset in Two Harbors” by Tina Carriveau.

 

Just a Moon in a park - Split Rock State Park by Christian Dalbec.

“Just a Moon in a park – Split Rock State Park” by Christian Dalbec.

 

Holiday cleanse by Jessica Barr.

“Holiday cleanse” by Jessica Barr

 

Upper Cascade River by Bryan Hansel.

“Upper Cascade River” by Bryan Hansel.

It was hard to decide which photo to use to finish off this exhibit. Both are great. Enjoy!

Lake Superior Igloos by Kirk Schleife.

“Lake Superior Igloos” by Kirk Schleife.

 

Split Rock by Bill Donovan.

“Split Rock” by Bill Donovan.

Keep warm, everybody!

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Happy New Year Bonus Photos

NOAA lake superior Dec. 27 2017

Temps beow zero and winds gusting to more than 30 miles per hour create sea smoke on Lake Superior. A NOAA satellite captured the effect on Lake Superior on Dec. 27.

Hi Everyone!

I found lots of  ice-cold images in the last few days and thought I’d share a few of them with you for New Year’s. Our local photographers (and others) seem to love going out and capturing this extreme weather. Hope you enjoy. Stay tuned for our first post of 2018 for lots more. (FYI: If you want info from this week’s regular post, keep scrolling down.)

Photo by Jamie Rabold.

Stoney Point by Jamie Rabold.

 

Surfing Lake Superior by Devon Hains.

Surfing Lake Superior by Devon Hains.

 

Madeline Island had Sun Dog bookends this morning by Julie Schmitt.

Madeline Island had Sun Dog bookends this morning by Julie Schmitt.

 

The Lake Superior Smoke Machine by Tom Spence.

The Lake Superior Smoke Machine  from the Sawbill Trail by Tom Spence.

 

Winter sunrise on Burlington Bay by Jan Swart.

Winter sunrise on Burlington Bay by Jan Swart.

 

Quintessential North Shore by Bill Donovan.

Quintessential North Shore by Bill Donovan.

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Music for the New Year, Art & Ice

It was pretty cold this morning. Pretty but cold. Lake Superior shoreline at -24 degrees by Thomas Spence.

It was pretty cold this morning. Pretty but cold. Lake Superior shoreline at -24 degrees. Photo by Thomas Spence.

We will remember New Year’s 2018 for sure — it’s coming in like a bear all over Minnesota and points East with really cold temps and high windchills. Here on the North Shore, we’re cold, yes, but we’re used to it, and celebrate our photographers who make a point of getting out there and photographing the chill. (Check out the photographs at the end of this post to really get a taste of the Northwoods at -24F.)

Meanwhile, there’s lots to do indoors, too, especially live music. Check out the music schedule below. There is a lot to choose from, with live music at Lutsen Resort, Papa Charlie’s, the North Shore Winery, The Wunderbar, the Gun Flint Tavern and Grandma Ray’s.

And, Jim McGowan will be the guest on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night. He will talk about his music and play a few songs. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. on Friday.

There are New Year’s parties at most of the venues this year, too.

Big Dave Wave Dave & the Ripples play at Papa Charlie’s starting at 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 31. $12 in advance, $16 at the door.

papa charlie's BigWaveDaveRipples-800x540

The Duluth-based band funk/soul/blues/rock play music to get people movin’.

The band 4-Shore plays a New Year’s Eve Party at Grandma Ray’s. The music starts at 8 p.m.

The Federales, an all-acoustic band, plays Old Time and Americana at the Gun Flint Tavern starting at 8:30 p.m.

The Wunderbar will hold its 1st annual New Years Eve Masquerade Wunder-Bash with Cold Heat from 6-1 p.m. The Twin Cities band plays swinging gypsy jazz and will perform on Saturday and Sunday nights.

The New Year's Party at The Wunderbar is a masquerade party ... prizes for best costume.

The New Year’s Party at The Wunderbar is a masquerade party … prizes for best costume.

And Michael Monroe is holding two Log Cabin Concerts this weekend: Dec. 30 and Dec. 31 at 7 p.m.

Michael Monroe will hold two Log Cabin concerts this weekend.

Michael Monroe will hold two Log Cabin concerts this weekend.

Monroe holds the concerts in his cabin in rural Grand Marais, offering an intimate setting for his music. The concert is preceded by a reception. For more info and tickets, call 612-789-2255 or visit michaelmonroemusic.com.

The Cove, a new lobby bar and fireside Great Room at Best Western  Superior Inn, will host Chris Gillis and Thomas Stamps for pre-New Year’s music starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 31.

And finally, Cascade Lodge will host guitarist Jim McGowan from 5-7 p.m. New Year’s Eve, followed by Brothers in Arms, who will play from 7-9 p.m.

There’s an opportunity to learn about music on the North Shore, too, when Boyd Blomberg and Adam Moe give a presentation at the Grand Marais Public Library on Wednesday, Jan. 3 from 6-7 p.m.

Adam Moe and Boyd Blomberg will talk about their music and play a few songs at the library on Wednesday.

Adam Moe and Boyd Blomberg will talk about their music and play a few songs at the library on Wednesday.

Entitled “The Roots of Pushing Chain,” the musicians will talk about the music that got them started and how it has influenced their musical career. They’ll play, too. All invited. Free.

 Exhibits

The Mostly Fiber Festival and Open House continues at the Johnson Heritage Post this week through Saturday.

The Mostly Finer Festival continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through Saturday. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Mostly Finer Festival continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through Saturday. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The festival features weaving, felting, beading, knitting and more from local fiber artists. There are also on-going spinning and weaving demonstrations. All invited. Free.

The Holiday Art Underground show at Betsy Bowen’s Galleries and Studio continues this week as well. Betsy is also working in her studio. The gallery will be open on Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Demonstrating the printmaking process at Betsy Bowen's Studio.

Demonstrating the printmaking process at Betsy Bowen’s Studio.

The Holiday Art Underground features work from more than 30 local and regional artists in a variety of media. The gallery will be open this winter, too. Stay tuned for times.

In other cities, The Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth is open this Thursday, Dec. 28,  and then closes until Jan. 2, when it re-opens for the winter. There’s lots to see. Here are a few examples from the exhibits there:

Sarah Brokke Erickson, "Senza Titolo Nonstante," 2003, is a new acquisition at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Sarah Brokke Erickson, “Senza Titolo Nonstante,” 2003, is a new acquisition at the Tweed Museum of Art.

 

Otto Dix "Woman with a Feathered Hat," is on loan from the Weisman Museum and is part of the Modern (ism) exhibit at the Tweed.

Otto Dix “Woman with a Feathered Hat,” is on loan from the Weisman Museum and is part of the Modern (ism) exhibit at the Tweed.

The exhibit, “Laurentian: Paul LaJeunesse & Lake Superior Wood Carvers” continues at the Duluth Art Institute through Jan. 1.

One of the pieces in Laurtentian: Paul LaJeunesse & Lake Superior Wood Carvers, is at the Duluth Art Institute.

One of the pieces in Laurentian: Paul LaJeunesse & Lake Superior Wood Carvers, is at the Duluth Art Institute.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery is featuring “Wind Quill Stone,” selections from its Permanent Collection.

A few of the pieces from the Thunder Bay Art Gallery's exhibit, "Wind Quill Stone."

A few of the pieces from the Thunder Bay Art Gallery‘s exhibit, “Wind Quill Stone.”

The Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay is closed until Jan. 6.

Upcoming

The North Shore Music Association will present the 5th annual Grand Marais Ole Opry Jan. 13 at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. a classic country, old-time, honkytonk, and bluegrass music showcase of local and regional musicians performing favorite classics and lesser-known gems.

The Midwesternaires play the Grand Marais Ole Oprey

The Midwesternaires play the Grand Marais Ole Oprey Jan. 13.

Emceed by WTIP’s “Classic Country” host Carl Solander, this year’s lineup features a bang-up group of Twin Cities talents called The Midwesternaires, GM Ole Opry Hall of Famer Gary Croft, and a gifted gaggle of Grand Marais musicians known as The Grievance Committee. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets available at the door.

Grant Opportunities

This is the time of the year to start thinking about new projects and grant opportunities. Here are a few of them:

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council offers a wide variety of grant opportunities to residents of the seven counties in the Arrowhead Region. Three grants have deadlines Jan. 26:

  • Technology/Equipment(for Individuals): awards grant funding up to $2,000 to purchase technology, equipment, or pay for training and services that will help you support and sustain your work as an artist.
  • Community Arts Learning(for Individuals and Organizations): awards grant funding of up to $5,000 to support high quality arts learning activities in any arts discipline.
  • Art Project(for Organizations): awards grant funding of up to $5,000 to support activities directly involved in the creation, performance, exhibition or publication of artistic works; or to present arts events by contracting for the services of other organizations or individuals This is not an Arts Learning Grant program.

The deadline for submitting grant applications to these programs is Friday, Jan. 26. For info about the grants, see aracouncil.org  ARAC offers many other grant opportunities. See these on the site also.

The Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis has a wide variety of grants available for artists. The organization is looking for applications from all walks of ceramic art, and it will help artists prepare the best application they can, if they send their materials to Jill Foote-Hutton, Coordinator of Artist Services and Storytelling, at least two weeks before the deadline. She is also available to answer any questions they might have about eligibility or the process. Call her at 636.234.4900, or send her an email at jillfootehutton@northernclaycenter.org. This service is provided free of charge.

Hereis what the Northern Clay Center offers:

  • Jerome Ceramic Artist Project GrantThree $6,000 awards for emerging ceramic artists. Application Deadline: Feb. 16, 5 p.m.
  • Warren Mackenzie Advancement Award: Up to three awards of up to $4,000 for currently enrolled students or apprentices, or those who have recently graduated or finished an apprenticeship. Application Deadline: April 13, 5 p.m.
  • Emerging Artist Residencies: Two residencies specific to those pursuing a career as a studio potter (Fogelberg) and two residencies for ceramic artists working in any direction (Anonymous Artist). The residency award comes with a studio as well as a material and firing stipend. Application Deadline: April 13, 5 p.m.
  • McKnight Fellowship: Two $25,000 awards for mid-career Minnesota ceramic artists. Not a project grant. Application Deadline: May 25, 5 p.m.
  • McKnight Residency: This one is for ceramic artists living outside of Minnesota. Feel free to share with your friends around the country. It’s a 3-month funded residency with a $6,000 stipend. Application Deadline: May 25, 5 p.m.

There are sample applications on the site, as well as lots of other information. Check it out at northernclaycenter.org

FYI

ISD 166 school band seeking used instruments: The Cook County School band is looking to expand its program to include all 5th graders. Currently there are limited on instruments available for the students. Do you have a band instrument in working condition that you are willing to donate? Contact Mikkel Haas by email or phone at mhaas@isd166.org or 218-387-2271 Ext 301.

The Grand Marais Public Library will hold Friday Night Reels again this year, starting with “Havana Curveball,” which will be screened at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5. Everyone is invited to attend. Please note the films selected are intended for an adult audience, and may address situations or themes that could be challenging for younger members of the community. The full schedule and synopses of the films can be found at the library website: www.grandmaraislibrary.org.

Window Shopping:

David Gilsvik has new work and prints at Sivertson Gallery.

David Gilsvik has new work and prints at Sivertson Gallery.

 

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Northern Lights, felted pillow, is a Joy & Co.

Here is the music for this week:

Thursday, Dec. 28:

  • Gordon Thorne, Date Night, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Pete K., Mogul’s Grille, 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 29:

  • Briand Morrison, Voyageur Brewing Co.,  4 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Mogul’s Grille, 6 p.m.
  • Common Ground, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • The Federales, Gun Flihnt Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 30:

  • Jim & Michele Miller, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe’s Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m.,  More info at michaelmonroemusic.com
  • Plucked Up String Band, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Cold City Heat, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • The Spruce Roots, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 31:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Chris Gillis and Thomas Stamps, The Cove at Superior Inn, 6 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m. For more info see michaelmonroemusic.com
  • 4-Shore, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • The Federales, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Big Wave Doe and the Ripples, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
  • Cold City Heat, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
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Tuesday, Jan. 2:

  • Eric Frost, Mogul’s Grille, 6 p.m.
  • Pete Kavanaugh, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Jon Kallberg, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

We found some great photos, too.

Let’s start with winter wildlife:

Nuthatch by Chris David.

Nuthatch by Chris Davis.

 

Fox by Chris Davis.

Fox by Chris Davis.

 

Pileated woodpecker by Pat Thomas.

Pileated woodpecker by Pat Thomas.

 

Chickadee by Paul Sundberg.

Chickadee by Paul Sundberg.

 

The stare-down by Wayne Ortloff.

The stare-down by Wayne Ortloff.

 

The Look by David Johnson.

The Look by David Johnson.

And now, for some winter landscapes.

Christmas from the High Falls by Travis Novitsky.

Christmas from the High Falls by Travis Novitsky.

 

Amazing sea smoke by Jane Herrick.

Amazing sea smoke by Jane Herrick.

 

Icy sunrise by Kjersti Vick.

Icy sunrise by Kjersti Vick.

 

Chill You To the Bone by Matthew Pastick.

Chill You To the Bone by Matthew Pastick.

 

Sea smoke and a sunset by David Johnson.

Sea smoke and a sunset by David Johnson.

 

Winter by Kirk Schleife.

Winter by Kirk Schleife.

And here is someone that apparently likes the cold. Enjoy!

Sea smoke and a fisherman by Matthew Pastick.

Sea smoke and a fisherman by Matthew Pastick.




 

Have a great weekend and keep warm!

 

 

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Solstice, The Mostly Fiber Festival & Christmas

Thomas Spence caught this snowy owl hanging around the Grand Marais harbor the other day.

Thomas Spence caught this snowy owl hanging around the Grand Marais harbor the other day.

Solstice!

The longest night of the year is always a fun time in Grand Marais, because the Good Harbor Hill Players put on the Winter Solstice Shadow Puppet Show at North House Folk School with live music, a great storyline and fantastical shadow puppets. There’s always lots of laughter, and (muted) mitten clapping. This year, the title is “Twinkle Twinkle: Tuning In To the Universe.” (We’ll find out what that means on Thursday night, Dec. 21, at 6 p.m.)

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The pageant is always so quirky and funny. At the end, the scary Krampus’ appear, beating drums and lurching under bearskins and heavy horns. Then the bonfire is lit, and everyone crowds around, throwing in their handwritten “gloomies” to send their worries up in smoke.  The pageant is followed by a potluck in the Blue Building at North House. Everyone is invited. Children, especially, have a great time at this event.

Gunflint Lodge is also holding a Winter Solstice Event, featuring dinner and Celtic music. For more info, click here.

Also on Thursday night, A Hovland Family Christmas will be held at the Hovland Town Hall at 7-8 p.m. featuring number of lots of live music and fun with friends. Bring a Christmas treat to share!

hovland family christmas

The Hovland Family Christmas is at the Hovland Town Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21.

Featured musicians include Andy & Amy & Sparrow Schmidt, Jack & Hannah Nickolay, Jim McGowan, Pat Flack, Jim & Michele Miller & Luke & James, Brenda Benson, Justin & Kelli Hedrick and more. All invited.

This week, fiber artists have gathered at the Johnson Heritage Post to hold the Mostly Fiber Festival & Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

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Weaving, felting, knitting and more are featured at the Mostly Fiber Festival & Open House at the Johnson Heritage Post this week.

This Friday and Saturday are special days for the festival, with non-fiber artists also invited to exhibit. Participants in the festival include Linda Bauer, Marcie McIntire, Jeff Morgan, Mary MacDonald, Julie Arthur, Pat Zankman, Vicki Biggs-Anderson and Patty Meyer, to name a few.

Also, the Holiday Art Underground Show continues at Betsy Bowen Studios and Gallery, featuring a wide selection of art from a variety of different media. More than 40 local and regional artists are participating in this event.

The Holiday Art Underground Show continues at Betsy Bowen Galleries and Studios. Pictured is an ornament with rosemaling by Grand Marais painter Marcy Schliep.

The Holiday Art Underground Show continues at Betsy Bowen Galleries and Studios. Pictured is an ornament with rosemaling by Grand Marais painter Marcy Schliep.

The gallery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 23, and then re-opens Thursday, Dec. 28 through Dec. 30. Note: The gallery will be open this winter, Thursday through Saturday.

In other exhibits, plein air painter Greg Lecker continues his exhibit at Tettegouche State Park through the end of the month.

"Wave Swept" by Greg Lecker, is one of the works at Tettegouche State Park this month.

“Wave Swept” by Greg Lecker, is one of the works at Tettegouche State Park this month.

In Duluth, both the Tweed Museum of Art and the Duluth Art Institute are closing over both holiday weekends.

Here’s what you can see at the Tweed through Friday of this week and then for a few days next week, and then regular hours after the Jan. 1.. This painting is part of the “Picks out of Context: Tweed Museum Staff Favorites” exhibit.

Philip Everygood, "Pittsburgh Family (1944).

Philip Evergood, “Pittsburgh Family (1944).”

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery will be open this weekend. One of the featured exhibits includes Denise Smith’s exhibition, “On the Trail.”

"Orwell's Tent," by Denise Smith, porcelain.

“Orwell’s Tent,” by Denise Smith, porcelain, is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Other exhibits at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery include: “Wood Quill Stone: Works from the Permanent Collection,” “Converging Lines: Recent Art From the Northwest” and “Connecting Layers: Layers – The Big Art Adventure.”

Also in Thunder Bay, “Manifestation: 29th annual Regional Juried Exhibition” continues at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

"Thousands of Years Live Inside Me" by Tongmu Hu, mixed media drawing installation, is at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

“Thousands of Years Live Inside Me” by Tongmu Hu, mixed media drawing installation, is at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

The gallery is closed for winter break, but will reopen Jan. 9.

Upcoming

 The Plucked Up String Band will play at the Skyport Lodge  at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29.

A Head’s-Up for New Year’s Parties, Dec. 31

  • Michael Monroe Log Cabin Concert, 7 p.m., call 612-789-2255 for reservations.
  • New Year’s Eve Masquerade Wunder-Bash with music by Cold City Heat, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • 4-Shore plays at Grandma Ray’s on New Year’s, 8 p.m.
  • The Federales play the Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m
  • Big Wave Dave & the Ripples plays at Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Other upcoming events include:

The Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race is Jan. 6, hosted by Trail Center.

The Grand Marais Ole Opry is at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Jan. 13.

Window Shopping

Deke Burnham has beadweaving at Joy and Company.

Deke Burnham has beadweaving at Joy and Company.

 

Betsy Bowen's Calendar this year is "Water." It can be found at her gallery.

Betsy Bowen’s Calendar this year is “Water.” It can be found at her gallery.

 

Ron's World Rocks: Silver and Gems is featuring this azurite pendant and lapis earrings as well as a neclace with three kyanite beads and a labrodorite stone.

Ron’s World Rocks: Silver and Gems is featuring this azurite pendant and lapis earrings as well as a necklace with three kyanite beads and a labrodorite stone.

 

Marcie McIntire beadwork is at the Mostly Fiber Festival at the Johnson Heritage Post. She is also giving demos.

Marcie McIntire beadwork is at the Mostly Fiber Festival at the Johnson Heritage Post. She is also giving demos.

 

Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery has a wide variety of work by local and regional artists.

Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery has a wide variety of work by local and regional artists.

 

Last Chance Galery in Lutsen will close its doors Feb.1. Meanwhile, there are lots of wonderful deals to be had.  The gallery is open Tues-Sat every week until then, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen will close its doors Feb.1. Meanwhile, there are lots of wonderful deals to be had. The gallery is open Tues-Sat every week until then, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

"Local Sage" by Liz Sivertson is at Sivertson Gallery.

“Local Sage” by Liz Sivertson is at Sivertson Gallery.

 

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, Dec. 21:

  • Joe Paulik, Moguls Grille, 4 p.m.
  • John Silliman, Gunflint Lodge, 5:30 p.m.
  • Joshua Schmidt, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Hovland Family Christmas, live music, Hovland Town Hall, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Mike Roth, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 22:

  • Jim Lundorff, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • JohnRuss, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Space Monster, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Big Dope, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 23:

  • Marc Gartman, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Space Monster, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Bug Dope, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 24

  • Briand Morrison, Moguls Grille, 10 a.m. to noon

Monday, Dec. 25:

  • Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, Dec. 26:

  • Pushing Chain, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 27:

  • Joe Paulik, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.

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

Great Gray Owl by David Johnson.

Great Gray Owl by David Johnson.

 

Northern Hawk Owl by Edward Lee.

Northern Hawk Owl by Edward Lee.

 

Stick on its way to the nest by Thomas Demma.

Stick on its way to the nest by Thomas Demma.

 

Stick delivery by Thomas Demma.

Stick delivery by Thomas Demma.

 

Owl Gets Lunch by Catherine Winter.

Owl Gets Lunch by Catherine Winter.

 

Swan Rumble by Kelly Marquart.

Swan Rumble by Kelly Marquart.

And then, there’s the beaver.

Paul Sundberg took a series of photo of this beaver on a small pond it had built. Its strong teeth keep growing, so they can continue to cut down trees quickly.

Paul Sundberg took a series of photos of this beaver on a small pond it had built. Its strong teeth keep growing, so they can continue to cut down trees easily, Sundberg writes.

We found some beautiful ‘scapes, too.

Hovland Dock by Jim Ericson.

Hovland Dock by Jim Ericson.

 

The Presque Isle in Two Harbors by Jan Swart.

The Presque Isle in Two Harbors by Jan Swart. (The shipping season ended this week.)

 

Happy Holidays Drury Lane Books by David Johnson.

Happy Holidays, Drury Lane Books by David Johnson.

 

Hello from the Icy East Bay by Gwen Danfelt.

Hello from the Icy East Bay by Gwen Danfelt.

 

St. Louis River by Tim Voss.

St. Louis River by Tim Voss.

 

Looking toward West Duluth by Kirk Schleife.

Looking toward West Duluth by Kirk Schleife.

 

I love snowy, foggy, wintery days by Bryan Hansel.

I love snowy, foggy, wintery days by Bryan Hansel.

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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.

wunderbar holiday market

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:

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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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