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Lake Superior wave watching by Paul Sundberg.

Lake Superior Wave Watching by Paul Sundberg.

Greetings from the North Shore where we have settled into the rest of winter. In our case, it means watching waves on Lake Superior’s blustery days, ice fishing on lakes still well-frozen, hiking and biking the trails, and loving the sunshine brought to us this time of year.

THe annual Trout Derby, a fundraiser for the Cook County Snowmobile Club, will be held in a new location this year, West Bearskin Lake boat acess To find out more, click here Photo courtesy of VisitCookCounty

The annual Trout Derby, a fundraiser for the Cook County Snowmobile Club, will be held in a new location this year, West Bearskin Lake boat access. To find out more, click here. Photo courtesy of VisitCookCounty.

Art show and festival deadlines loom, too, and everyone is busy making for the upcoming season.

Joy and Company will hold a Free Paint event for Art Night this week. There are no rules. Come to the shop, grab a canvas, and let your imagination run wild. Demonstrations and supplies will be available.

It is Free Paint night at Joy and Company on Thursday.

It is Free Paint Night at Joy and Company on Thursday.

The event is held from 3:30-5 pm on Thursday, Feb. 29. It is free with a suggested $5 donation. Open to all.

For those who work in softer media, Dappled Fern Fibers will hold Hygge Night from 6-7 pm Thursday. The backroom of the shop is open for those who would like to bring their knitting or felting projects to work on with friends and members of the community.

Crafters take advantage of the Hygge Night and the iber Circle at Dappled Fern Fibers every Saturday from 10 am to noon.

Crafters take advantage of Hygge Night (Thursdays) and the Fiber Circle (Saturdays) at Dappled Fern Fibers.

On Saturday, the shop also opens its doors to crafters with a Fiber Circle, which is held from 10 am to noon. Both events are free.

And today, Feb. 29, is the last day to take the Cook County Winter Fireplace Tour.

The annual Fireplace Tour in Cook County ends Feb. 29. For more info, click here:

The annual Fireplace Tour in Cook County ends Feb. 29. Pictured is the fireplace at White Pine Lodge. For a list of the fireplaces on the tour, click here:

Friday Night is Movie Night at the Grand Marais Public Library.  This week’s movie is EO (TV-14; 2022), winner of the Jury Prize at @TVFestivaldeCannes and Poland’s entry for Best International Film at the 95th Academy Awards. It’s a great film and has been described as “Visual storytelling at its best.”

The film starts at 6 pm and is free. See the trailer below:

On Saturday, the Winter Market will be held at The Hub from 10 am to 4 pm featuring a wide variety of work by local artists. Look for pottery, prints, paintings, fiberwork, glass and more. The public is invited.

Kari Carter will have her pottery at the Winter Market at the Hub on Saturday.

Kari Carter will have her pottery at the Winter Market at the Hub on Saturday.

Artists and artisans who will be at the market include Lily Wilson, Buffy Butz, Gina Adams, Kim Knutson, Megan McClanahan, Kari Carter, Jayne Richards, Linda Bauer, Vicki Biggs-Anderson, and Jamie Rex.

Saturday night is Movie Night at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts sponsored by the Grand Marais Film Society.

The Grand arais Film society will screen two films March 2.

The Grand Marais Film Society will screen two films on March 2.

Two films are to be screened, one at 4 pm for a younger audience and one at 7 pm for all ages. The evening movie is tagged as “The Film of the Year.” Tickets are $6. To find out more, click here.

On Tuesday night, author Diane Wilson will give a free, virtual presentation as part of Leopold Week.

Diane Wilson to give a free, virtual presentation on March 5. To register, click here.

Diane Wilson to give a free, virtual presentation on March 5. To register, click here.

On Wednesday, award-winning author Staci Lola Drouillard will give a presentation at the Grand Marais Public Library at 6 pm.

Staci Drouillard will give presentation at the library on Wednesday.

Staci Drouillard will give a presentation at the library on Wednesday.

 The title of the presentation isChippewa City: Home and the History of Small Places,” The public is invited. Free.

Exhibits:

Artists participating in Winter Plein Air, an on-site stay at YMCA Camp Menogyn, are painting outdoors this week and will exhibit their work at the Johnson Heritage Post with an opening reception on Friday, March 8.

An exhibitt of works by artists participating in Winter Plein Air opens at the Johnson Heritage Post on March 8.

An exhibition of works by artists participating in Winter Plein Air opens at the Johnson Heritage Post on March 8.

 The Duluth Art Institute has several exhibits, including Ta-coumba T. Aiken | The Way I See.  Aiken is color-blind, and his prismatic paintings begin in black and white—because that is how he sees.

Artist Ta-coumba T. Aiken is exhibiting at the Duluth Art Institute.

Artist Ta-coumba T. Aiken is exhibiting at the Duluth Art Institute.

He starts with a black stroke that contrasts against the white canvas. Then, in a process Aiken calls spirit writing, he repeats the freeform dark lines to fill the canvas and build abstract shapes. He adds color—dioxazine violet, cadmium yellow, light magenta—reading their names from tubes, jars, and bottles to augment his skewed vision of color. Aiken embraces his color blindness and experiments with further altering his view while painting, alternating between wearing and removing his glasses. The exhibit continues through April 8.

The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis is featuring the exhibit, Multiple Realities: Experimental Art in the Eastern Bloc, 1960s–1980s.

Take Five, digital image, by Zbig Rybczynski is in the Multiple Realities exhibit at the Walker Art Center.

Take Five, a digital image, by Zbig Rybczynski is in the Multiple Realities exhibit at the Walker Art Center.

The exhibition offers a sweeping survey of experimental art made in six Central Eastern European nations during the 1960s to 1980s. Charting a generation of artists invested in experimentation, the Walker-organized exhibition features artworks rarely seen in the United States. Despite their geographical proximity, artists working during this time encountered different conditions for daily life and art-making, confronting varying degrees of control and pressure exerted by state authorities. Embracing conceptual or formal innovation and a spirit of adventurousness, Multiple Realities sheds light on ways that artists refused, circumvented, eluded, and subverted official systems, in the process creating works often riddled with wit, humor, or irony. The exhibit continues through March 1. To learn more, click here.

Upcoming:

The North Shore Music Association presents Patsy O’Brien and Dick Hensold in concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais, Saturday, March 9 at 7 pm. O’Brien is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist from County Cork in Ireland. Hensold is the leading performer of Northumbrian small pipes in North America. Together they play a concert of Celtic music that is both traditional and innovative, focused and eclectic.

The program is half songs and half instrumentals, including a variety of songs from Britain and Ireland, accompanied by guitar and Northumbrian small pipes (a quiet bagpipe from Northeast England). It also features traditional and historical tunes from Cape Breton Island, Scotland, Ireland, and Northumberland. To get tickets, click here. Tickets are also sold at the door.

Artists At Work: 

Golden Hour by Kim Dayton.

Golden Hour by Kim Dayton.

House Finch by Sam Zimmerman.

House Finch by Sam Zimmerman.

Carhenge Alliance, NE, Ink and watercolor sketch by Bryan Hansel.

Carhenge, Alliance, Neb. Ink and watercolor sketch by Bryan Hansel.

Environmental Painter Human Painter Outer Space by Adam Swanson.

An environmental painter, human painter, and outer-space painter Adam Swanson.

Felted piece in progress by Mary Sannerud She will teach a felting class at North House March 8.

Felted piece in progress by Mary Sannerud. She will teach a felting class at North House on March 8.

Online Findings:

Two Minnesotans are racing in the world-famous Iditarod for the very first time, leading their sled dog teams across nearly 1,000 miles of wilderness. Derek James shows the preparation and anticipation for this monumental race.

Anna Hennessy, left, and Erin Altemus are interviewed on CBS about competing in the upcoming Iditarod, To read more and listen, click here.

Anna Hennessy, top left, and Erin Altemus are interviewed on CBS about competing in the upcoming Iditarod, To read more and listen, click here.

Sparky Stensaas takes us birding in the Sax-Zim bog near Duluth.

Online Music:


Live Music:

Thursday, Feb 29:

  • Timmy Haus, Moguls Grille & Taproom, 4-6 pm
  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 6-8 pm
  • Open Old Time Appalachian Music Jam,  7-9:30 pm (for this week the venue has been changed to The Congregational Church)

Friday, Mar 1:

  • Jim Miller, Moguls Grille & Taproom, 4-6 pm
  • Dan Nelson Trio, Cascade Lodge Restaurant & Pub,  6-8 pm

Saturday, Mar 2:

  • ODD, Cascade Lodge Restaurant & Pub, 6-8 pm
  • Medicine River, Up Yonder, 7-11 pm

Sunday, Mar 3:

  • Briand Morrison, Moguls Grille & Taproom, 10 – noon

Tuesday, Mar 5:

  • Eric Frost, North Shore Winery, 4:30-6:30 pm
  • Open Stage, Up Yonder, 6-9 pm

Thursday, Mar 7:

  • Timmy Haus, Moguls Grille & Taproom, 4-6 pm
  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 6-8 pm

Friday, Mar 8:

  • Bump Blomberg, Moguls Grille & Taproom, 4-6 pm
  • Roxann Berglund, Cascade Lodge Restaurant & Pub,  6-8 pm

Saturday, Mar 9:

  • Scottish Recorder or Celtic Guitar Workshop, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 1-3 pm
  • Al Oikari & Friends, Cascade Lodge Restaurant & Pub,  6-8 pm
  • Patsy O’Brien and Dick Hensold, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7 pm

Sunday, Mar 10:

  • Fred Anderson and Ben Obinger, Moguls Grille & Taproom, 10 – noon

Photographs:

Here’s a selection of photographs we found this week:

Wildlife:

Spruce Grouse by Michael Furtman.

Spruce Grouse by Michael Furtman.

Walking the line by Thomas Spence.

Walking the line by Thomas Spence.

Snowy Owl by Roxanne Distad.

Male Snowy Owl by Roxanne Distad.

Red Cardinal in the morning by Layne Kennedy.

Red Cardinal in the morning by Layne Kennedy.

Old-timer by David Johnson.

Old-timer by David Johnson.

Spruce Grouse by Michael Furtman.

Spruce Grouse by Michael Furtman.

Dreaming of spring moose by Jamie Rex.

Dreaming of spring moose by Jamie Rex.

Dignified by Thomas Spence.

Dignified by Thomas Spence.

The high Jump by Isaac Spotts.

The High Jump by Isaac Spotts.

Diggin' in by Isaac Spotts.

The Dive by Isaac Spotts.

Success by Isaac Spotts.

Success by Isaac Spotts.

Potpourri:

Walking the Kadunce by Jennifer Schulz.

Walking the Kadunce by Jennifer Schulz.

The Clifford Sifton shooting the rapids of Miles Canyon on the Yukon River during the Klondike Gold Rush, c. 1900. Photo courtesy of the Vancouver Archives

The Clifford Sifton shooting the rapids of Miles Canyon on the Yukon River during the Klondike Gold Rush, c. 1900. Photo courtesy of the Vancouver Archives

Riding the good line through a sea of boulders in Aruba. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday morning by Mica Harju.

Riding the good line through a sea of boulders in Aruba. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday morning by Mica Harju.

Temporary morning shadows that last a lifetime. Sancti Spiritus, Cuba by Layne Kennedy.

Temporary morning shadows that last a lifetime. Sancti Spiritus, Cuba by Layne Kennedy.

Flowers today by Mary Beams.

Flowers Today by Mary Beams.

Landscapes, Waterscapes, Sunscapes  & Moonscapes:

Sunrise by Patty Doherty.

Sunrise by Patty Doherty.

The moon tonight by Dee simula.

The moon tonight by Dee Simula.

Fireworks splash by Roxanne Distad.

Fireworks splash by Roxanne Distad.

Our February by Jamie Rabold.

Our February by Jamie Rabold.

Another Superior Sunset by Maryl Skinner.

Another Superior Sunset by Maryl Skinner.

The February Full Moon by Chuck Olsen.

The February Full Moon by Chuck Olsen.

The full moon rises over cliffs in the Boundary Waters by Bryan Hansel.

The full moon rises over cliffs in the Boundary Waters by Bryan Hansel.

The early morning blaze by Christian Dalbec.

The early morning blaze by Christian Dalbec.

Sunrise in the winter-blue forest by Chuck Olsen.

Sunrise in the winter-blue forest by Chuck Olsen.

Spring sunrise at the Point by David Johnson.

Spring sunrise at the Point by David Johnson.

Snow Moon rising by Paul Scinocca.

Snow Moon rising by Paul Scinocca.

Silent Sentinel by Hayes Scriven.

Silent Sentinel by Hayes Scriven.

Lake Superior by Kim Nelson.

Lake Superior by Kim Nelson.

By the light of the moon by Christian Dalbec.

By the light of the moon by Christian Dalbec.

River Dance at the Cloquet River by Gregory Israelson.

River Dance at the Cloquet River by Gregory Israelson.

Lake Superior in acion by Kim Nelson.

Lake Superior in action by Kim Nelson.

Moonrise over Artist Point by David Johnson.

Moonrise over Artist Point by David Johnson.

A gentle moment by Ron Benson.

A Perfect Moment by Ron Benson.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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 We are so grateful to the volunteers who help make this weekly blog possible: Jeremy Lopez, Live Music Schedule, proofreading and technical advice; Yvonne Mills, proofreading and Kari Carter, photo captions and research. It is an honor to work with them.

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