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Jamie Rabold took this beauty. He calls it "Over the St. Louis (River) this morning." Enjoy!

Jamie Rabold took this beauty. He calls it “Over the St. Louis (River) this morning.” Enjoy!

Warm weather and rains have melted snow which has collected in ponds on top of rivers and lakes  this week. But it’s going to get a lot colder over the weekend, and snow is in the forecast, so trails and ski hills will be replenished soon.

Meanwhile, there’s a lot happening on the North Shore this weekend.

First up are art openings at each end of Hwy. 61.

The Duluth Art Institute holds an opening reception on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 5-7 p.m. for solo shows by abstract painter Elizabeth Kuth and mixed media artist Carla Hamilton, as well as a group show of photographs by University of Minnesota Duluth students.

The Duluth Art Institute opens three exhibits on Thursday.

The Duluth Art Institute opens three exhibits on Thursday with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m.

It is also your last chance to see the 2017 Annual Member Exhibit in the Great Hall in the Depot. The Member Exhibit closes on Friday, Feb. 24.

At the other end of Hwy. 61, in Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery will hold an opening reception for (re)Creating the Self: an Arts Program for People with Dementia. The program, with Thunder Bay artist Eleanor Albanese, has been on-going since last year. She works with people with dementia to express their feelings and experiences through art.

Artwork from (re)Creating the Self. Detail.

Artwork from (re)Creating the Self. Detail.

The opening reception is from 6:30-8 p.m. (EST) at the gallery. All invited.

On Friday, singer/songwriter Paul Imholte, who plays a wide variety of instruments, will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse to talk about his music and play a few songs.

Paul Imholte will perform on WTIP and at the Grand Marais Public Library this weekend.

Paul Imholte will perform on WTIP and at the Grand Marais Public Library this weekend.

On Saturday, Imholte will perform children’s songs at the Grand Marais Public Library with everything from a fiddle, guitar and hammered dulcimer, to a jaw harp and  banjo. The performance at the library is at 10:30 a.m. All invited.

The Roadhouse continues with music on Friday night with Pushing Chain (Boyd Blomberg and Adam Moe). The musicians come into the studio to talk about their music and play a few songs. This music edition of  The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.

Also on Friday, the Grand Marais Public Library continues its Friday Night Reels series with a screening of “The Light Between the Oceans,” a Dreamworks production, that has had excellent reviews.

Check out the official movie trailer below.

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

Then on Saturday, Definitely Superior Art Gallery, 250 Park Ave in Thunder Bay, will hold a reception and a spoken word performance for “Fuel,” a newly released chapters book, featuring 60 works of inspiring poetry and short prose by 50 talented Northwestern Ontario writers. The reception is from 1-4 p.m. (EST).

Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay will launch the chapters book "Fuel" with a spoken word performance from 1-4 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday.

Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay will launch the chapters book “Fuel” with a spoken word performance from 1-4 p.m. (EST) on Saturday.

The event will also feature singer/songwriters and refreshments. All invited. Free.

Also on Saturday in Thunder Bay, the Baggage Building Arts Centre, which is located at Prince Arthur’s Landing,  will open the Fiber Arts Exhibition 2017.

The Thunder Bay Fiber Arts Exhibition opens at the Baggage Building Arts Center on Saturday.

The Thunder Bay Fiber Arts Exhibition opens at the Baggage Building Arts Center on Saturday.

The exhibit features a wide variety of fiber arts including knitting, quilting, felting and more. The Baggage Building is open from noon to 4 p.m. (EST) on Saturday and Sunday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

There are a few on-going exhibits  on the Shore as well. The Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park is filled with photographs taken by 12 participants in a special landscape workshop hosted on by John Gregor and Christian Dalbec last week.

John Gregor's photography class shows screen shots of a photo taken during workshop.

John Gregor’s photography class shows screen shots of their favorite photo taken during workshop.

The photographers were challenged to produce at least two images that were gallery exhibit quality, and they spent two long days traveling up and down the shore capturing images. They then spent two days indoors editing, printing, matting and framing their selected works of art. The photographers are Gary OIejniczak, Nancy Yoder-Bidwell, James Bidwell, Angie Hoffman, Jeff Hackenmueller, Scott Foss, Richard Miller, Teresa Sposito, Lori Moilanen, Mark Ye, Mike Tollinger and Phil Hartley.

Photo by Angie Hoffman.

Photo by Angie Hoffman, one of the photos on exhibit at Tettegouche State Park.

The exhibit in the Great Hall continues through March 31. There will a closing reception at 7 p.m. on March 31. Everyone is invited to see this fascinating series of photographs of the North Shore.

The Tweed Museum of Art continues its exhibit of prints and paintings from its Pop Art collection through March 26.

"Mistaken Identitie: For Tokio Ueyama" by Roger Shimomura. Lithograph.

“Mistaken Identities: For Tokio Ueyama” by Roger Shimomura. Lithograph.

 Upcoming:

 The North Shore Music Association will present Patsy O’Brien and Dick Hensold in a concert celebrating Irish music and St. Patrick’s Day at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts March 4.

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Patsy O’Brien (left) and Dick Hensold will be in concert at the ACA March 4.

The Celtic-power duo will perform with guitar, vocal, and small-pipes revelry. Singer/songwriter O’Brien is from County Cork, Ireland and has performed in Europe as well as the United States. Hensold, a master of Scottish reel pipes, whistles and recorder, is the leading Northumbrian smallpiper in North America. It should be a great concert. Tickets are available here.

Window Shopping:

 

 

"Aurora," watercolor by Tim Pearson, is new at Sivertson Gallery.

“Aurora,” watercolor by Tim Pearson, is new at Sivertson Gallery.

Jill Levene has hand-carved stamped items at Joy and Company.

Jill Levene has hand-carved stamped items at Joy and Company.

Jonathan Simons has hand-carved cherry kitchen utensils at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Jonathan Simons has hand-carved cherry kitchen utensils at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Upstate MN is featuring a full collection of screen prints from Brainstorm.

Upstate MN is featuring a full collection of screen prints from Brainstorm.

 In Other Art News:

 The Grand Marais Art Colony is having two “bookie” workshops this weekend.

Cilla Walford is teaching “The Write Time,” a workshop designed to explore a variety of writing styles and goals with writers. The class will run from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. $40. To register, click here.

And there are still open spots in Karen Smaby’s Artist Books class at the Art Colony which will be held from 9-4 p.m. on Saturday.

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Smaby is an accomplished book artist, and students will learn a variety of binding options and then will fold, hinge, and sew recycled papers, recreating them as pages and covers of a personal journal. $75. For more info, click here.

Gaelynn Lea, the Duluth singer/songwriter who won NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert last year, will perform at Papa Charlie’s at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1. All invited. Free.

Here is a video of her award-winning performance.

There are also a wide variety of live music opportunities this weekend. Here’s the schedule:

Thursday, Feb. 23

  • Pete K, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Jon Kallberg, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, CD Release Show, Grandma Ray’s, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 24:

  • Timmy Haus, Mogul’s Grile, 4 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Thunderheads, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Bug Dope, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 25:

  • Briand Morrison, North Shore Winery, 2 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Jim McGowan, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 .m.
  • Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge, 5:30 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Papa Charlie’s, 6:45 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Pete K, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • The SplinterTones, 317 W. 5th St., Celebration for Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness, 7 p.m.
  • Bughouse, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • The4ontheFloor with Hannah van Der Hoff, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
  • The Thunderheads, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 26

  • Evergreen Grass Band, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
  • Scott Frazer, Bluefin Grille, 6 p.m.

 Monday, Feb. 26

  • Open Mic Night, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Moon and Pollution, Monday Night Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 28:

  • Pete Kavanaugh, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Open Mic Night with Bump Blomberg, Papa Charlie’s, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, March 1:

  • Open Mic Night at the Gun Flint Tavern, 6 p.m.
  • Gaelynn Lea, Singer/Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

 

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We found some interesting photographs this weekend. Here’s a selection:

First up: Wildlife photos.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

 

Old Timer by David Johnson.

Old Timer by David Johnson.

 

 

A little Bohemian Waxwing Action by Michael Furtman.

A little Bohemian Waxwing Action by Michael Furtman.

 

Great Gray Owl by Paul Sunderman.

Great Gray Owl by Paul Sunderman.

We found some winter landscapes, too.

Photo by Sandra Updyke.

Photo by Sandra Updyke.

 

Winter Blues by Mary Amerman.

Winter Blues by Mary Amerman.

 

At the mouth of the Temperance River by Thomas Spence.

At the mouth of the Temperance River by Thomas Spence.

 

"It's been a long drought of Aurora activity. Nice to see some," by David Johnson.

“It’s been a long drought of Aurora activity. Nice to see some,” by David Johnson.

 

"Last night in Superior (Wis.)" by Jamie Rabold.

“Last night in Superior (Wis.)” by Jamie Rabold.

And last, but not least, here are two photographs of people doing what they love to do.

Plein Air painter Neil Sherman scouts painting locations on the Baptism River. Photo by Mark Tessier.

Plein Air painter Neil Sherman scouts painting locations on the Baptism River. Photo by Mark Tessier.

 

Christian Dalbec working in his studio--Lake Superior by Jeffrey Doty.

“Christian Dalbec working in his studio–Lake Superior ” by Jeffrey Doty.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Northern Fibers Retreat, Tom Hanks & Music

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Paul Sundberg took this lovely photo the other day. He calls it “Gooseberry Shoreline.”

The Fiber People are here. More than 100 fiber enthusiasts from throughout the region descend on North House Folk School and the Grand Marais Art Colony this weekend for the annual Northern Fibers Retreat, which is also co-hosted by the Northwoods Fiber Guild.

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Classes, workshops and community events as well as presentations and a movie are all tightly scheduled over the next four days.

The community events kick off tonight, Feb. 16, with the screening of the fabulous film: “Rams.”

Made in Iceland, the film follows two brothers, who are sheepherders but have not spoken for years, who learn that their flocks of sheep need to be exterminated. They discover they need to find a way to reconcile, in this dark Iceleandic comedy.

The film will be screened at 7 p.m. at North House. (Some lights will be left on for people who want to knit.) Open to the public.

On Friday, Cyndi Kaye Meyer will give a free presentation for a Lunch & Learn at First Congregational Church at noon. She will talk about Eco-Printing with Native Plants. See how fabric, plants, found rust, and string make beautiful bundles that turn into one unique fabric. Gardeners will also be inspired to see how their garden plants can be used to
create beautiful fabrics. Participants are invited to bring a brown bag lunch. A catered lunch is also available. Check with North House at 387-9762 to see if that option is still available.

On Saturday, nalbinder Larry Schmidt will talk about wool at a Lunch and Learn at noon at the First Congregational Church. He will share several techniques and demonstrate tricks of the trade, including making wool even warmer, transforming wool into a wicking fabric,  improving the water resistance of wool, using shrinkage to best advantage, and taking advantage of wool’s ability to stand out among all other materials. Participants can bring a brown bag lunch or sign up for a catered lunch. Call 387-9762 for more info.

On Saturday night, Nancy Bush, a nationally renowned knitter, will be the featured speaker for Northern Fibers Retreat. She will speak at 7  p.m. on Saturday at North House.

nancy bush.jog Bush is skilled in Estonian knitting techniques and will give a visual tour of Estonia to discover some of their interesting, traditional mittens and gloves. Estonia has a knitting tradition that can be dated back to the 1300’s and hand
coverings have played an important role in history.

On Sunday,  North House is hosting its weekly Student FIKA in celebration of its 20th anniversary. The event will be from 10:30-11 a.m. and features coffee, tea & Scandinavian treats, along with stories and photos from North House’s first 20 years. FIKA, a long-standing social tradition throughout Norway and Sweden, is a moment to take a break, gather with friends and enjoy conversation and snacks before returning to the work at hand, refreshed and ready to focus. All invited.

There are all kinds of fascinating courses offered this weekend, including a look at the historic fiber collection at the Cook County Historical Society. Entitled “History to Handcraft: Highlight on Fiber Arts,” the class will be taught by historical textile expert Carol Colburn. After a brief introduction at North House, the class will visit the Historical Society Museum to observe close-up the fiber craft currently on display, as well as pieces from the archives. Selections of household textiles will be featured, as well as garments, textile tools, and historic photographs depicting these items in context.

This crazy quilt is part of the Mayhew family collection at the Historical Society Museum.

This crazy quilt is part of the Mayhew family collection at the Historical Society Museum.

The class will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16. Cost is $50, and local discounts apply. For more info and to register, call North House at 387-2737.

This is just one of the classes offered this weekend. For the complete schedule, click here.

There are other cool things happening in Cook County this weekend, too.

Tonight, Feb. 16, the Grand Marais Writer’s Guild meets at the Grand Marais Public Library at 6 p.m. for writing and discussion. This week’s writing prompt: Inheritance.

writer's guild promptAll writers welcome. Free.

On Friday night, the Grand Marais Public Library will screen ” A Hologram for the King,” an ironic and touching story of a businessman (Tom Hanks) finding love and purpose in Saudi Arabia.

The film starts at 6 p.m. All invited. Free.

On Saturday, raku artists Richard Gruchalla and Carrin Rosetti will present a Fireside Chat at Sivertson Gallery at 6 p.m.

Raku vessel by Richard Gruchalla and Carrin Rosetti. The artists will give a presentation at a Fireside Chat at Sivertson Gallery at 6 p.m. Saturday.

These outstanding artists have been developing their art for years, winning awards at art festivals across the nation. This will be their first presentation at a Fireside Chat at the gallery. For the last several years, the artists have given a raku workshop at the gallery in the fall, offering the community a chance to glaze a raku pot and watch it being fired. The presentation on Saturday evening is free. All invited.

Then, immediately following the Chat, plan on attending a great concert at the Arrowhead Center or the Arts in celebration of Black History Month.

Charmin Michelle joins the

Charmin Michelle joins Sam Miltich & the Clearwater Hot Club at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. They will be in the studios of WTIP Community Radio on Saturday after noon at 3 p.m. to talk abut their music and play a few songs.

Jazz singer Charmin Michelle joins Sam Miltich & the Clearwater Hot Club, to perform a tribute to American-born jazz singer Adelaide Hall. A major figure in the Harlem Renaissance, Hall – who is credited with the invention of “scat” singing – performed, toured, and recorded with Ethel Waters, Josephine Baker, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, and Duke Ellington. It should be a great concert. Tickets $20 adults, $10 youth (18 & under). Ticket can be bought in advance here or at the door the night of the show. The music starts at 7:30 p.m.

To get a preview, listen to WTIP Community Radio at 3 p.m. on Saturday when the band will be live, in the studio.

On Monday, Feb. 20., the Thunder Bay Art Gallery will hold a Family Day from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. (EDT) to explore the large animal drawings by Amanda Burk, newly acquired paintings by Norval Morrisseau, and Elizabeth Buset’s exhibition Swine.

 

Amanda Burk crafts large-scale animal drawings on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Amanda Burk crafts large-scale animal drawings on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Art Gallery staff will be on hand to answer questions and offer guidance. There will be a relaxed animal-themed art activity suitable for All ages. All invited.

And on Wednesday, Tim White will present “Medicinal Plants: Wild & Cultivated” at the Grand Marais Public Library  6 p.m. White, a long time practitioner of nutritional health using natural foods and herbs, will share stories of how he learned about the healing plants, what parts of the plant are said to be beneficial, and where one might find specimens. He plans to expand upon the history of various plant’s use, the place of each in many global cultures, and purported relevance to personal health and well-being.

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Tim White will discuss medicinal plants at the library next Wednesday at 6 p.m., including the uses for yarrow.

He will also discuss tobacco, goldenseal, Solomon seal, yarrow, Japanese knotweed, Devil’s Club, sagewort and others, some of which are controversial.

Upcoming:

The Grand Marais Art Colony will welcome two juried artists-in-residence to the facility on March 6. The artists include:

John Schuerman, a self-taught artist, independent curator, and gallery director for Instinct Art Gallery. His artistic focus is environmental painting and drawing with expertise in creation, curatorial, and production of socially-themed exhibitions.

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“From Grasses to Nest” by John Schuerman.

Schuerman will be working in the Founders Hall during his residency.

Printmaker Luke Johnson will also be an artist-in-residence at the Art Colony starting March 6. Luke is a Minnesota artist working primarily in print media and installation. His artistic focus centers on the notion of the archive and the ways in which society creates, engages with, and interprets materials, including locally-sourced historical print media, interior decor, and other detritus.

Installation by Luke Johnson.

Installation by Luke Johnson. “I Ain’t Sayin’ My Baby’s a Saint, Cause He Ain’t (2015),” collaged printed matter and paint on panel, photograph and paint on Crescent Board, institutional desk chairs.

Johnson will be working in the print studio during his residency.

Public presentations are planned. Stay tuned.

Window Shopping

Spoons by Willful Goods of Minneapolis.

These spoons by Willful Goods of Minneapolis can be found at Upstate MN.

Handmade yarn by Kristine Burnes of Kaleidoscope Kitty is at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery.

Handmade yarn by Kristine Burnes of Kaleidoscope Kitty is at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery.

Ann Hess has a variety of new cards at Great Gifts of Lutsen.

Anna Hess has a variety of new cards at Great Gifts of Lutsen.

Melissa Wickwire has a wide variety of handmade buttons at North House Folk School. To find out more about her work, visit www.wickwireclayworks.com.

Melissa Wickwire has a wide variety of handmade buttons at North House Folk School. To find out more about her work, visit www.wickwireclayworks.com.

Here’s the music for this weekend:

Thursday, Feb. 16:

  • Timmy Haus, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 17:

  • Eric Frost, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Voyageur Brwing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Chris Gillis, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 18:

  • Gordon Thorne & Chris Gillis, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
  • Brothers Burn Mountain, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Papa Charlie’s, 6:45 p.m.
  • Common Ground, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne  and Chris Gillis, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Sam Miltich and the Clearwater Hot Club with Charmin Michelle, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.
  • Chris Silver Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 19:

  • Chris Silver Band, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Papa Charlie’s, 6:45 p.m.
  • Joshua Schmidt, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 20:

  • Mason Jennings, Monday Night Songwriter Series, 8 p.m.
  • Pete K., Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 21:

  • Open Mic with Boyd Blomberg, Papa Charlie’s,  7 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 22:

  • Sarah Krueger, Wednesday Night Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

 

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

Let’s start with this great shot of an American robin getting an ice-cold drink.

American Robin in January by Travis Bonovsky.

American Robin in January by Travis Bonovsky.

And these cuties.

Everyone "otter" have a special someone on Valentine's Day by Michael Furtman.

“Everyone ‘otter”‘have a special someone on Valentine’s Day” by Michael Furtman.

And this:

Crowded, confusion and complete chaos for these birds by Kelly Marquart.

Crowded, confusion and complete chaos for these birds by Kelly Marquart.

And here are two great photos of the Snow Moon.

Ryan LaPlante: Snow Moon Rising.

Ryan LaPlante: Snow Moon Rising.

 

A glimpse before the big clouds swallowed the moon by Mary Lou Williams.

“A glimpse before the big clouds swallowed the moon” by Mary Lou Williams.

There are lots of interesting ice formations on the shore, too.

Frozen Beach by Bryan Hansel.

Frozen Beach by Bryan Hansel.

 

Beautiful Lake Ice by David Johnson.

Beautiful Lake Ice by David Johnson.

 

Through the window by Gwen Danfelt.

Through the window by Gwen Danfelt.

 

Nice view by Tom Fiero.

Nice view by Tom Fiero.

 

Photo by Mark Tessier.

Photo by Mark Tessier.

 

Whoosh! by Betsy Bowen.

Whoosh! by Betsy Bowen.

 

And, finally, this great photo by Andy Seliverstoff, a photographer who lives in St. Petersburg, Russia, and has been working on a photo project entitled “Little Kids and Their Big Dogs.”

Photo by Andy Seliverstoff

Photo by Andy Seliverstoff, from his book “Little Kids and Their Big Dogs.”

To see more of these fantastic photos, click here.
Siliverstoff published a book of these photos, too. Find out more, here.

Meanwhile, have a great weekend, everyone!

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Hygge Week launched in Grand Marais

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Snowshoes in winter… hygge for sure. Grand Marais launches the first annual Hygge Week Feb. 9-15.

 Grand Marais is launching the first annual Hygge Week, Feb. 9-15. (Pronounced hoo-gah and is Danish for cozy, hyyge is a perfect festival for the North Shore) This week, visitors will enjoy all the splendors of a classic North Shore winter vacation, dogsledding, stargazing, fireside gatherings, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, downhill skiing, with the added bonus of unique events to encourage the celebration and enjoyment of the wonderful things that make North Shore winters unique … and cozy.

 Hygge Week events:

Thursday, Feb. 9:

Getting Through Winter at North House Folk School. This week, the Folk School will screen the movie “Sherpa,” a film about Mount Everest and the Nepalese mountaineering industry. The film will be screened at 7 p.m. in the 501 Building on campus. All invited. Free.

 

Mumbling Drew and Liz Draper,  house concert at Art House B&B
8:30 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. for a Scandi Snack Bar – cookies, crepes, cheese & drinks. To hear a preview, tune into WTIP Community Radio at 4 p.m. today.

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Mumblin’ Drew Temperante and Liz Draper perform at Art House B&B, 8 7th Ave. West, at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Drew Temperante and Liz Draper play clawhammer-driven old-time, and thumb-thumpin’ country blues. Temperante (resonator guitar, banjo) has spent countless hours playing as a street musician across the country, where he has picked up a collection of unique songs. He performs with acoustic bands in the Minneapolis area such as The Dumpy Jug Bumpers, who have championed awards from The Battle of the Jug Bands in Duluth. Draper (upright bass) is a veteran bassist of the Minneapolis scene having played with Charlie Parr, Cactus Blossoms, Ben Weaver and Lucy Michell. She currently plays with the Grammy award winning Okee Dokee Brothers. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.

Friday, Feb. 10:

Trollbeads Party at Sivertson Gallery, 4-6 p.m.

Full Moon Reading at Drury Lane Books, 5:30 p.m. Nordic Folk Tales, Poetry and Acapella Folk Songs by the bonfire, 5:30 p.m.

nordic tales and songsPerformers include Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux, Erika Ternes, Yvonne Mills and Erin Swenson-Klatt, plus other singers and storytellers. Everyone invited. Free.

Friday Night Reels at the Grand Marais Public Library is screening “Blush” at 6 p.m. on Friday. Free.

 

Saturday, Feb. 11:

Hygge Wine Painting with Anna Hess, North Shore Winery, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Anna Hess will teach painting on glass at the North Shore Winery on Saturday. Reservations are required.

RSVP to reserve your spot at lutsennorthshorewinery@gmail.com or call (218) 481-9280.

Card Stamping, Joy and Co., noon to 3 p.m.

Knitting by the fireplace, Voyageur Brewing Co., noon to 2 p.m.

Pincushion Mountain Family Ski Festival, all day at Pincushion Mountain.

Open Skate,  Cook County Community Center, skate rental $1.

Mukluk Ball with the Plucked Up String Band, 7 p.m., Voyageur Brewing.

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The Plucked Up String Band will play for a Mukluk Ball at Voyageur Brewing on Saturday night.

Also on Saturday, the Grand Portage Lodge & Casino will host the 14th annual Snowarama, a fundraiser for Easter Seals kids.  The event draws in snowmobilers from around the state and Canada. Registration starts at 7 a.m. Saturday.

The 14th annual snowarama will be held at Grand Portage Lodge & Casino this weekend.

The 14th annual snowarama will be held at Grand Portage Lodge & Casino this weekend.

Peter Mack Bagpipe Concert, Grand Marais Public Library, Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. Mack, a resident of north central Minnesota, will be playing the Highland bagpipe in this concert. Concert goers will have opportunity to hear traditional marches, upbeat jigs, classic hymns and dlow airs. Mack plans to use a soft reed, however, ear plugs are available for those who might need them. All invited. Free.

At the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in Thunder Bay, Elizabeth Buset, whose exhibition “Swine” continues through March 5, will give an artist talk about her work at 7:30  p.m. (EDT) Thursday, Feb. 9 at the gallery.

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One of Elizabeth Buset’s paintings in her exhibition, “Swine” at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. She will give an artist’s talk on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

The Duluth Art Institute‘ Members Show continues through next weekend.

Minamalist Loon by Tyler Johnson.

“Minamalist Loon” by Tyler Johnson.

Richard Gruchalla and Carrin Rosetti will give a Fireside Chat at Sivertson Gallery next week. 6-7 p.m. Definitely recommended!

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 Opportunities:

 The Grand Marais Playhouse will begin a two-part Theater Education experience next Tuesday, Feb, 14, for children in grade three through grade nine. The Lion King Experience is an immersive, project-based exploration of theater-making and is
intended to introduce theater to children. They will learn a variety  of theatre skills and then work on a production of  The Lion King Jr. For more information, contact the Playhouse at 387-1284

 Window Shopping

Mary MacDonald has her weaving at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery.

Mary MacDonald has her weaving at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery.

UpstateMN has a selection of Adam Gruetzmacher's batter bowls.

UpstateMN has a selection of Adam Gruetzmacher’s batter bowls.

 

Sivertson Gallery has a series of handmade dolls from Alaska natives.

An Alaskan doll at Sivertson Gallery.

An Alaskan doll at Sivertson Gallery.

 

Woodturned Cooper Ternes has a shop in Joy and Company.

Woodturner Cooper Ternes has a shop in Joy and Company.

 

Here’s the music schedule for the week:

Thursday, Feb. 9:

  • Bump Blomberg, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Mumblin’ Drew and Liz Draper, Art House B & B, 8 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 10:

  • Pushing Chain, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Red Paddle Bistro, Gunflint Lodge, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Willie Waldman, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 11:

  • Shane Martin, Mogul’s Grille, 2 p.m.
  • Dat Dere Jazz, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Red Paddle Bistro, Gunflint Lodge, 7 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Voyageur Brewing Co., 7 p.m.
  • Willie Waldman, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Cloud Cult, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 12:

  • Black River Revue, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 13:

  • Briand Morrison, Bluefin Grille, 7 p.m.
  • Communist Daughter, Monday Night Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
  • Pete K, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 14:

  • Fred Anderson, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Moors & McCumber, Wednesday Night Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

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

Christian Dalbec caught this Great Gray Owl making a very delicate landing.

Christian Dalbec caught this Great Gray Owl making a very delicate landing.

 

Here's an evocative image of a Great Gray Owl hunting by Michael Furtman.

Here’s an evocative image of a Great Gray Owl hunting by Michael Furtman.

 

Here are some plump-breasted beauties! Sandra Updyke said she seldom sees flocks of Bohemian Waxwings after the Mountain Ash Berries are all eaten.

Here are some plump-breasted beauties! Sandra Updyke said she seldom sees flocks of Bohemian Waxwings after the Mountain Ash Berries are all eaten.

 

Proof that winter is here. Photo by Kristofer Bowman.

Proof that winter is here. Photo by Kristofer Bowman.

 

"Good to be out of the house" by Ann Possis.

“Good to be out of the house” by Ann Possis

 

Icy Shoreline by Sandra Updyke.

Icy Shoreline by Sandra Updyke.

 

Ice Toupee by Scott Kroeker.

Ice Toupee by Scott Kroeker.

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Winter Sun, Winter Moose, Winter Music

Bulls on the Move by David Johnson.

It’s going to be a pretty quiet weekend in Cook County, as everyone recovers from the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon and settles in to enjoy the snow and quiet eves of February. There’s still lots to see and do, though — here’s a recap:

First up is the Ely Winter Festival which kicks off on Feb. 2 and runs through Feb. 12 in Ely. This festival always has an outstanding snow carving symposium, as welll as an art walk and tons of winter activities and competitions, as well as live music and dancing.

ely snow carving

The Snow Carving Symposium is one of the highlights of the Ely Winter Festival.

Click here for more info and events schedule/

In Cook County, look forward to the Ski Party Festival at Lutsen Mountains, a weekend ski, snowboard and music festival curated by the folks at GNDWIRE Records. The festival runs on Friday and Saturday. Bands on Friday night include Dead Man Winter, Frankie Lee and The Pines.

The Pines is one of the bands playing the Ski Festival at Lutsen Mountains this weekend.

The Pines is one of the bands playing the Ski Festival at Lutsen Mountains this weekend.

Apres-Ski on Saturday features DJ Lounge w/ Har Mar Superstar at 3:15 p.m. SIMS of Doomtree, Gramma’s Boyfriend and Night Moves perform on Saturday night.

Also on Friday, WTIP’s The Roadhouse will talk to the Minnesota band,  IfEyeMay, as well as as go over Lake Superior State University’s 2017 List of Banished Words. That interview is always fun. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. on Friday.

Friday Night Reels continues at the Grand Marais Public Library with a film screening at 6 p.m. This week: “Indignation,”  a movie based upon a novel by Philip Roth, is on the playbill. Here’s  the trailer.

The movie is free, but seating is limited, so come early!

For live theater, this is the last weekend of the Grand Marais Playhouse‘s production of “Beauty and the Beast” at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets available at the door.

On Saturday night, the 6-piece dance band, The SplinterTones,  play at Grandma Ray’s from 7-10 p.m. Here’s a great opportunity to get out your dancin’ shoes.

The SplinterTones play at Grandma Ray's on Saturday.

The SplinterTones play at Grandma Ray’s on Saturday.

No cover charge. All invited.

And Sunday night is Classical Music night at Bluefin Grille. The music starts at 6 p.m. Free.

There are a number of intersting art exhibits up and down the North Shore.

In Duluth, the Members Exhibition is continues in the Great Hall at the Depot with the work of more than 175 member artists on view. This year, the People’s Choice Award went to Annie Schweiger’s oil on canvas, “The Winston,” chosen from a broad range of media and genres on display. The people cast their vote at the exhibition’s opening reception.

Annie Schweiger and The Winston-1

Annie Schweiger’s oil on canvas, “The Winston,” won the People’s Choice Award at the DAI Members Show.

The Members Exhibition continues through Feb. 24.

At the Tweed Museum of Art on the UMD campus, Tuesday, Feb. 7, Dr. Jennifer Webb will give a presentation  on the Italian Renaissance and Baroque paintings on view from the museum’s collection.

The Ecstasy of St. Francis by Sebastiano Ricci, detail.

The Ecstasy of St. Francis by Sebastiano Ricci, detail, is one of the paintings on exhibit at the Tweed.

The presentation is free and open to the public and begins at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

The Thunder Bay Art Galley is currently exhibiting Stories of Contentment and Other Fables: Recent Drawings by Amanda Burk.

Full Circle (unrest) 2015, detail by Amanda Burk.

Full Circle (unrest) 2015, detail by Amanda Burk.

And, in Grand Marais, Betsy Bowen’s Studio continues exhibiting local and regional artwork through the winter. Pottery, paintings, prints, fiber art, jewelry and more are on exhibit.

Morning Sky by Heidi Sobanja. acrylic.

Morning Sky by Heidi Sobanja. acrylic.

The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Upcoming

This year, Grand Marais is launching its first annual Hygge Week, Feb. 9-15. Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah)  is the Danish ritual of embracing life’s simple pleasures. Feeling relaxed, cozy and surrounded by the warmth of family, friends, community and fire, hygge encourages us to embrace all of winter’s pleasures and unique opportunities.

The Grand Marais Hygge Festival is set for

The Grand Marais Hygge Festival is set for Feb. 9-15.

There are lots of great activities planned, including Scandinavian themed menu items, a full moon reading with Scandinavian singing, a mukluk dance, cabin concert, art show openings and more. Stay tuned.

The Grand Marais Writer’s Guild will meet at the library at 6 p.m. Feb.16. Open to all writers. Free.

Opportunities:

Interested in having a booth at the Grand Marais Arts Festival this year?

The Grand Marais Art Festival is July 8-9 this year.

The Grand Marais Art Festival is July 8-9 this year. Applications are now open.

Jury applications are open via Zapplications Jan. 13 – March 12. Each summer the Grand Marais Arts Festival draws over 70 local and regional artists. Artists showcase their unique handcrafted work by the shores of Lake Superior and provide insight into their artistic process through demonstration and dialogue. The Festival will be July 8-9 this year. For more information, click here to learn more.

In other Art Colony news: A call has gone out for applications for a development manager at the Art Colony. The purpose is to establish, cultivate and lead a robust development program that includes donor relations, annual giving, planned giving, grant writing, event sponsorship and fundraising, and building towards a capital campaign. 2017 is the Art Colony’s 70th Anniversary, providing a unique opportunity for fundraising activities.

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The Grand Marais Art Colony is hiring a development manager.

Click here to see a job description. Call 218-387-2737 for more information.

Local artists of every age are invited to participate in the Spirit of the Wilderness’ 8th annual themed art show. Each year, artists are challenged to produce work on the intersection between creativity and spirituality.This year, artists are asked to consider the phrase “Kindling Curiosity–Lighting the Creative Spark.” Artists may submit a maximum of two pieces of work. They can be dropped off at the Johnson Heritage Post Gallery March 20-21. The exhibit opens at the Heritage Post with a reception from 5-7 p.m. March 24.  The exhibit continues through April 9. Questions? Contact the art committee:  Bonnie Gay Hedstrom, Ellen Stubbs, Mary MacDonald, and Mary Ellen Ashcroft.

Intern postition open for MN Pottery Festival. Organizers of the MN Pottery Festival (Coyote Clay) are looking for an intern for this year’s festival.
The position includes social media marketing, e-newsletters, website updates, signage and surveys.
Advance work can all be done remotely, but we would like to have the Intern on site for both days to handle personal interviews and surveys. Ideal for a college student–looks great on a resume!

Throwing blind... one of the competitions at the MN Pottery Festival.

Throwing blind… one of the competitions at the MN Pottery Festival.

For more info, click here.

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Sivertson Gallery Staff just returned from Alaska. Here's one of the beauties they found-- a new carving by Ron Apangalook.

Sivertson Gallery Staff just returned from Alaska. Here’s one of the beauties they found– a new carving by Ron Apangalook.

 

Treasure Pots can be found at UpState MN.

These treasure pots can be found at Upstate MN.

 

Great Gifts of Lutsen has these whimsical pieces by John Andreas.

Great Gifts of Lutsen has these whimsical pieces by Brian Andreas.

Natalie Sobanja has new work at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Natalie Sobanja has new work at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

In Other Art News:

Songwriter Leah Thomas was recognized for two songs in the 2016 SongDoor International Songwriting Competition “Skylarkin'” and “Angel Motel” both  received Honorable Mentions in the Soft Rock category. “Skylarkin” was recorded by The SplinterTones in 2016 and is on their self-titled album.  “Angel Motel” is available on Amazon, iTunes, and Spotify.
All songs entered in the annual SongDoor International Songwriting Competition are screened by industry
professionals with real connections to music publishing, producers, artists and labels, and are judged by
industry pros who have worked with Neil Young, Justin Timberlake, Tony Bennett, Britney Spears, Kenny
Rogers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Fray, Train and dozens of other notable artists. Congratulations, Leah!

Sandra Updyke‘s photograph, Old Hovland Fish House,” was selected as the Best of the Year (architecture)  category at Pixoto.com.

Sandra Updyke oldl hovland fish house

Old Hovland Fish House by Sandra Updyke.

Artists continue their winter work. Here’s a new painting by Betsy Bowen.

Winter Studio Chair by David Sawyer. Painting by Betsy Bowen.

Winter Studio Chair by David Sawyer. Painting by Betsy Bowen.

And here’s one by Tim Pearson.

Bear, by Tim Pearson.

Bear, by Tim Pearson.

And here are self-portraits in glass created by the staff, instructors and artists at the Grand Marais Art Colony the other day. The class was called “Faces.” It was the first time working in glass for many of them.

Faces... self portraits in glass.

Faces… self portraits in glass.

And here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, Feb. 2

  • Jim & Michele Miller, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Boyd Blomberg, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Jon Miller and the Home Brews, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 3:

  • Briand Morrison, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Billy Johnson, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Bluefin Grile, 6 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Red Paddle Bistro, Gunflint Lodge, 7 p.m.
  • GNDWire Ski Party, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik Group, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 4:

  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
  • Har Mar Superstar, Papa Charlie’s, 4 p.m.
  • Pete K, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Cascade Lodge Pub, 4 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Red Paddle Bistro, Gunflint Lodge, 7 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Grandma Ray’s, 7 p.m.
  • GNDWire Ski Party, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik Group, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 5:

  • Briand Morrison, Jazz Brunch, Mogul’s Grile, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Classical Music, Bluefin Grille, 6 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 6:

  • Molly Maher, Monday Night Songwriters, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
  • Boyd Blomberg, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 7:

  • Briand Morrison, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 8:

  • Ben Kyle, Wednesday Night Songwriter Series, 8 p.m.

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

Sarah Reller caught this dynamic moment in the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon as a musher comes into the Sawbill check point.

Sawbill Checkpoint by Sarah Reller.

Sawbill Checkpoint by Sarah Reller.

 

Here's a portrait of a pine Marten by Paul Sundberg.

Here’s a portrait of a Pine Marten by Paul Sundberg.

 

Snowy Owl by Jim Christiansen.

Snowy Owl by Jim Christiansen.

 

Spruce Grouse by Thomas Spence.

Spruce Grouse by Thomas Spence.

 

Red Fox on the Hunt by Paul Pluskwik.

Red Fox on the Hunt by Paul Pluskwik.

Bryan Hansel took this photo last week, but you’d never know it was winter.  The reflected early light made the snow glow.

Winter at the Kadunce by Bryan Hansel.

Winter at the Kadunce by Bryan Hansel.

Here’s an evocative image by Tom Kasper.

Gardens in Winter by Tom Kasper.

Gardens in Winter by Tom Kasper.

And finally, this invitation to contemplate the beauties that are Grand Marais.

Stone bench. Photo by Kristofer Bowman.

Stone bench. Photo by Kristofer Bowman.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

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Sled Dogs, Art & Music–A Cook County Saga

susanne von schroeder Our Wisconsin magazine

This beautiful photo by Susanne Von Schroeder was published in “Our Wisconsin” magazine. Enjoy!

Lots going on this weekend! The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon starts on Sunday from Duluth. There are lots of local mushers competing as well as mushers from across the country and beyond. Trial Center is front and center in Cook County during this race/

The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon starts on Sunday from Duluth. Photo by John Sumner.

The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon starts on Sunday from Duluth. Photo by John Sumner.

Check out routes and details for this race, which is a qualifier for the Iditarod. Click here for more.

Meanwhile, back in Cook County, there’s lots of events over the next week, too.

First up is a presentation by Staci Drouillard at North House Folk School at 7 p.m. on Thursday, “Walking the Old Road: Stories of Chippewa City and the Grand Marais Chippewa.”

In the late 19th century, as European-Americans settled the Grand Marais area, the Ojibwe who lived here gradually moved east and formed a small town of 100 families known as Chippewa City. Now the Chippewa church and cemetery are only remnants of the once vibrant town.

Staci Drouillard will give a presentation about Chippewa City at North House Folk School on Thursday

Staci Drouillard will give a presentation about Chippewa City at North House Folk School on Thursday

Fast forward a century and meet Staci Droulliard, current Grand Marais resident and descendant of one of the Chippewa City families. Join Staci for a presentation about her current book project researching the stories of both her family and the lost Chippewa City community. Open to all. Free.

Also on Thursday, the Grand Marais Playhouse presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26-29 There will not be a public performance on Thursday, Feb. 1. Final performances are at 7 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at the door.

Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" opens at the ACA on Thursday.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” opens at the ACA on Thursday.

Then on Friday, look for a pop-up art exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post. The one-day only reception and exhibit is from 4-7 p.m. on Friday.

More than a dozen artists from throughout the region have been at YMCA Camp Menogyn this week, painting up a storm for the Winter Plein Air event. The artists commit to going outside and painting every day, regardless of the weather.

Here are a few examples of the paintings that will be in the Winter Plein Air Exhibit at the Heritage Post on Friday.

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Here are a few examples of the work that will be exhibited in a pop-up art event at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Here are a few examples of the work that will be exhibited in a pop-up art event at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The exhibit will also offer a sneak peak of recent acquisitions at the Heritage Post, including work by George Morrison as well as Birney Quick. All invited to see this fun pop-up exhibit on Friday. Refreshments will be served.
On a completely different note, the Grand Marais Public Library‘s Friday Night Reels continues with “Creed,” which be screened at 6 p.m. on Friday. The film stars  Michael B. JordanSylvester Stallone, and Tessa Thompson. This film gained wide recognition on the festival circuit.

There are some fun exhibits to see on the North Shore this weekend, too.

First up is The Members Show at the Duluth Art Institute which opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday night. The show features work from a wide variety of mediums, including painting, fiber art, ceramics, prints, sculpture and more.

dai members show

The Members Show at the Duluth Art Institute opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday.

The Members Show is in the Great Hall in the Depot, and continues through Feb. 24.

On Saturday, Kirstin Aune, who is one of the artists featured in the 4North exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute, will give a demonstration of her fabric painting techniques in her studio at the Magic Smelt Parade Shop in downtown Duluth from 10 a.m. to noon.

A painted fabric piece by Kirsten Aune.

A painted fabric piece by Kirsten Aune.

Aune uses a unique painting technique to create large-scale quilts and wearable elements. See her studio and process in this free artist demo at the Magic Smelt Puppet Show, 134 W. First Street. Free. All invited.

At the Tweed Museum of Art, check out the Pop Evolution exhibit which opened this week.  Curated from the Tweed’s permanent collection, this exhibition of prints and paintings will first examine artworks by the progenitors of Pop Art—artists such as Andy Warhol and Ed Ruscha—who became household names during the 1960’s by creating artworks in which the technique and subject matter reflected the consumer and media-driven identity of America at the time.

Pop Evolution is now on exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Pop Evolution is now on exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

And an exhibit of photographs by David Gredzens continues in the Great Hall of Tettegouche State Park.

"Encampment River,"  by David Gredzens, is on exhibit in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park.

“Encampment River,” by David Gredzens, is on exhibit in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park.

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery presents “Derelicte 9: A Fashion Odyssey,” at the Black Pirates Pub on Saturday night Seven different designers will be featured in this show, including wearable art and haut fashion. Live music and performances are also scheduled.

Check out this video of last year’s event:

The fun starts at 8 p.m., EST, at the Black Pirate Pub. Tickets at the door.

 Upcoming:

The weekend of Feb. 10 is the Hygge Festival in Grand Marais and expect lots of events scheduled throughout the weekend, including a Mukluk Dance with the Plucked Up String Band at Voyageurs Brewing on Feb. 11.

On  Feb. 10, Drury Lane Books will host Full Moon Nordic Tales & Song from 530 to 6:30 p.m. out by the bonfire. Local talents Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux, Erika Ternes and Yvonne Mills will be the singers and storytellers. Free. And stay tuned for more cool Hygge Festival events coming up that weekend.

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Hand-forged spoons and other kitchen utensil by  Fog Linen are at UpState MN.

Hand-forged spoons and other kitchen utensil by Fog Linen are at UpState MN.

joy & Co beaded jewelry barb maki

Joy & Co. has just received new beaded bracelets by Barb Maki.

Bonnie Gay Hedstrom has new felted paintings at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery.

Bonnie Gay Hedstrom has new felted paintings at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery.

Woodcut printmaker Betsy Bowen posted this wonderful print of chickadees. They are part of her card collection at Betsy Bowen Studio & Galleries.

Woodcut printmaker Betsy Bowen posted this wonderful print of chickadees. They are part of her card collection at Betsy Bowen Studio & Galleries.

"Spirit of the Season" by David Gilsvik. The painter has a wide variety of work at Sivertson Gallery.

“Spirit of the Season” by David Gilsvik. The painter has a wide variety of work at Sivertson Gallery.

In Other Art News:

WTIP is now taking applications for the 10th Annual Radio Waves Music Festival. The festival, which is held at Sweetheart’s Bluff in the Grand Marais Recreation Area will be Sept. 8-10 this year.

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Applications are now being taken for the 2017 Radio Waves Music Festival.

As with last year, most sets will be 50 minutes in length, with a few 35-minute sets to help us balance the schedule out.
Click here for the application.

WTIP would also like an mp3 or link to one of your songs. The applications are open through May 1. Contact WTIP at 218-387-1070.

Here’s the music schedule for this weekend:

Thursday, Jan. 26:

  • Pete K, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Fred Anderson, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • The Dead Pigeons, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 27:

  • Matthew Griswold, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Jon Miller & the Home Brews, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m

Saturday, Jan. 28:

  • Briand Morrison, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
  • Pete K, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Voyageur Bewing, 4 p.m.
  • Dat Dere Jazz, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Jon Miller & the Home Brews, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 29:

  • Sam Black, Bluefin Grille, 7 p.m.
  • Woodblind, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 30:

  • Gabriel Douglas, Monday Night Songwriter’s Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
  • Pete K, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 31:

  • Boyd Blomberg, Poplar River Pub,  6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 1:

  • Teague Alexy of Hobo Nephews, Wednesday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

 

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It’s been a pretty tough week for photographers…it’s been very gloomy with little or no sun. But we did find some cool images. Check these out.

First up, a Canadian Lynx by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.

 

And this greedy little otter caught himself a feast!

Angela Botner: "My fishslayer has returned."

Angela Botner: “My fishslayer has returned.”

 

Chris Artist caught this coyote on the ice the other day. There were actually four of them in the pack.

Chris Artist caught this coyote on the ice the other day. There were actually four of them in the pack.

Here are some unique ice shots.

Photo by Mary Lou Williams.

Photo by Mary Lou Williams.

And this, very subtle one.

Photo by Sharon Stavio.

Photo by Sharon Allen (Stavlo).

And this beauty.

Cascade River River State Park by Paul Sundberg.

Cascade River River State Park by Paul Sundberg.

And finally, in celebration of the North Shore and when the clouds do disperse, here’s an awesome northern lights photograph by Travis Novitsky at the Spirit Tree in Grand Portage. He took it last spring, but it’s beauty is continues to inspire.

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Photograph by Travis Novitsky. He writes: I’m having serious aurora withdrawals. This taken in May 2016.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

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January Thaw, Movies, Music and Art

Split Rock Moonrise by Paul Sundberg.

Split Rock Moon Rise by Paul Sundberg.

(Note: The Internet went down in our neighborhood last night, so this week’s post is a little skimpy and a little late. We hope you enjoy it anyway.)

The fabled January Thaw hit the North Shore this week, as well as lots of sunshine, (and moonshine) and everyone took advantage of the warm-up. Lots of snow meant everything from carrot-nosed snowmen appearing in yards to crowded ski slopes. Cross-country skiers and fishermen have been having a stellar time as well.
There is lots going on in the county this week, too.

First up is the monthly meeting of the Writer’s Guild with Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux. The group will meet at the Grand Marais Public Library from 6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday to talk and write. Every writer is invited. Free.

In Duluth, Jamie Ratliff will give a gallery talk at the Tweed Museum of Art about the exhibit “Un-typing Casta ” by Minneapolis Latina artist Maria Cristina Tavera. Her work is influenced by her transnational upbringing split between Minnesota and Mexico.

 

Jaimie Ratcliff will give a gallery talk about the exhibit, "Untyping Casta."

Jamie Ratliff will give a gallery talk about the exhibit, “Un-Typing Casta” at the Tweed Museum of Art on Thursday.

This installation explores the past concepts of “Casta,”a term coined by the Spanish in the 17th and early 18th centuries to refer to people of mixed ethno-racial heritage and the contemporary typological concepts of racial identity in the Latin American diaspora. The exhibit at the Tweed continues through this month.

And the deadline to register for the 100-Day Project is at midnight tonight, Thursday, Jan. 19. Artists from every media are invited to participate. The project, which originated in Marquette, Mich. a few years ago, challenges participants to commit to an artistic practice every day for 100 days. The project has been adopted by many artists throughout the Midwest as way to deepen their artistic awareness and skills. Last year, 45 artists in Cook County registered. To find out more, visit Events at www.grandmaraisartcolony.org or www.100dayproject.org

The Grand Marais Public Library is front and center for entertainment this weekend, screening  two movies and a multi-media performance with video and jazz guitar.

On Friday, the movie, “Whisky, Tango, Foxtrot,” staring Tina Fey, who plays a journalist reporting from Afghanistan, will be screened at the library at 6 p.m.

"Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot" will be screened at the library at 6 p.m. Friday.

“Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot” will be screened at the library at 6 p.m. Friday.

To see the trailer, click here.

Also on Friday, The Roadhouse on WTIP Community Radio will feature an all-music evening — the first half with Timmy Haus, the second half with Michael Monroe. Should be a great show. Tune in from 5-7 p.m. Friday to hear it all.

On Saturday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will host a Community Conversation with Ryuta Nakajima, contemporary artist, independent curator, and product designer, who is currently an associate professor of art at the University of Minnesota—Duluth. He will discuss “The History and Nature of Installation and Conceptual Art” at 2 p.m. in the Founders Hall at the Art Colony.

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Installation by Ryuta Nakajima. He will give a presentation at the Grand Marais Art Colony about installation art at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Ryuta was educated at one of the first conceptual art schools in the United States and will lead a discussion on the history and nature of conceptual and installation art and talk about their similarities and differences. This should be a very interesting presentation. Free. All invited.

Then at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday,  jazz guitarist Briand Morrison will present “Musical Impressions: The Art of George Morrison” at the Grand Marais Public Library. This multimedia performance is a visual sequence of George Morrison images accompanied by original jazz guitar compositions by Briand, who is George’s son.

"Musical Impressions: The Art of George Morrison will be presented at the library at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

“Musical Impressions: The Art of George Morrison will be presented at the library at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Morrison created this video of 128 photographs of his father’s paintings and drawings from the 1940s through 2000, and, from all accounts, the result is a spectacular visual  and musical feast. Briand has been touring the show in northern Minnesota this winter. Free. All invited.

Then at 6 p.m. on Saturday, the library will screen Walt Disney’s “Iron Will.” The uplifting, true-life story of a young musher and his dog was shot on location in northern Minnesota 24 years ago. All families are invited.

Walt Disney's "Iron Will" will be screened at the library at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Walt Disney’s “Iron Will” will be screened at the library at 6 p.m. Saturday.

To see a trailer, click here.

Also on Saturday, the Scottish poet Robert Burns will be celebrated at Cascade Restaurant. The program includes a full-course dinner followed by poetry and a sing-a-long after the meal. A piper from Thunder Bay will pipe in the haggis with much pomp and ceremony, too. For reservations, contact Jeff Morgan or Mary MacDonald at 218 387-1221.

Some highlights of music for this weekend:

• The Plucked Up String Band will play with guests Bluebird and Summer Carols at the Gun Flint Tavern on Saturday. The music starts at 8 p.m.

Dessa, the Minneapolis rapper, will perform at Papa Charlie’s at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. She will joined by the electronic duo Fraea.

And here’s an exciting event: On Monday night, Cobi, aka Jacob Schmidt, who grew up in Grand Marais, will perform on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

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Cobi (Jacob Schmidt) will be on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Monday night.

Check out his Facebook page here. And here’s his latest “Don’t Cry for Me.”

 Upcoming

Winter Plein Air Painters will converge on YMCA Camp Menogyn next week and paint like crazy, regardless of the weather, in this annual extreme painting event. And then on Friday, Jan. 27, the painters will have a pop-up exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Gun Flint Tavern will cater the event. The exhibit and sale is one night only. Stay tuned!

The North Shore Music Association will celebrate Black History Month with a concert by Sam Miltich & the Clearwater Hot Club featuring jazz singer, Charmin Michelle on Feb. 18. The event is a tribute to Harlem Renaissance jazz singer Adelaide Hall, who is credited with the invention of the scat style of singing. The concert will be held at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

In Other Art News:

Travis Novitsky‘s photographs are getting around. One of his photos graces a billboard for Grand Portage, and another is a cover shot on the magazine, Country Extra.

Travis Novitsky's photograph of a bald eagle is featured on this billboard.travis notisky country extra

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, Jan. 19:

  • Eric Frost, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Bug Dope, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 20:

  • Eric Frost, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • John Gruber, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • North Shore Community Swing Band, Grandma Ray’s, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 21:

  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Wintery, 3 p.m.
  • Bug Lite, papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m. Reservations at www.michaelmonroemusic.com
  • Plucked Up String Band, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • Dessa with Fraeca, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 22:

  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • Scott Fraser, Bluefin Grille, 7 p.m.

Monday, Jan 23:

  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • John Mark Nelson, Monday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 24:

  • Eric Frost, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 25

  • Rachel Kilgour, Wednesday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

 

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Here is a selection of photos that we found this week.

First, some wildlife photos.

A "flutter" of Bohemian Waxwings, by Paul Sundberg.

A “flutter” of Bohemian Waxwings, by Paul Sundberg.

 

Otter Lunch by David Johnson.

Otter Lunch by David Johnson.

 

A portrait of a pine marten by Sparky Stensaas.

A portrait of a pine marten by Sparky Stensaas.

 

Snowy Owl by Jason Kahler.

Snowy Owl by Jason Kahler.

We’ve had some grey days.

Good god it's cold. and pretty. and broody. and windy. and cold. by Kristofer Bowman.

Good god it’s cold. and pretty. and broody. and windy. and cold. by Kristofer Bowman.

 

 

Wisps of Avalon by Glen Sande.

Wisps of Avalon by Glen Sande.

And then some sun and spectacular sunsets and sunrises.

Sunset Waves by David Johnson.

Sunset Waves by David Johnson.

 

Sea Smoke by Paul Sundberg.

Sea Smoke by Paul Sundberg.

And finally, this shivering beauty.

"..Going ..." by Sandy Updyke.

“..Going …” by Sandy Updyke.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

P.S. Putting this blog together every week is a joy and is my contribution to the arts on the North Shore.  If you enjoy seeing this post every week, please consider making a donation to help support it. Thank you!




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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No Winter Blahs Here

 

Winter Buddies by David Johnson.

“Winter Buddies” by David Johnson.

You’d think that the sub-zero temps we’ve been having lately would make everybody in Cook County hunker down in front of a warm fire. Granted, there are plenty of people who do that, but, more often than not, it’s after a day of playing in the snow or being out and about, sampling all the experiences Cook County has to offer. This coming week is no exception — there are lots of things to do and see.

We begin the weekend with a presentation about the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius by cellist Yvonne Caruthers at North House Folk School at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12. Entitled “Finlandia: The story of composer Jean Sibelius,” Caruthers, who has lectured about Sibelius for the Smithsonian and the Kennedy Center and performed most of his orchestral compositions, will share her love of his music using photos and recordings.

Jean Sibelius.

Jean Sibelius.

The composer, who lived from 1865-1957,  is a Finnish national hero; there are monuments, schools, competitions, and even coins honoring him. His piece, “Finlandia” was at one time one of the most recognizable musical works in America and Europe. Sibelius’ life has strong parallels with life along the North Shore; he retreated to a home in the Finnish forest as a young man, and lived there the rest of his life. The presentation is part of North House’s series: Making It Through Winter. Free. All invited.

North House continues in the news on Friday, when it will launch the beginning of a year-long celebration of its 20th birthday with an open house and wooden tile exhibit from 4-6 p.m. The Community Craft Project, a group installation of 6″ x 6″ wooden tiles representing the work of more than 100 instructors and intern alumni at the Folk School, starts on Friday. The piece will be on permanent display in the North Classroom, located in the Folk School’s new 501 building on the north side of campus. All invited.

Tile by Mike Loefflers, one of the tiles to be installed at North House Folk School. The opening reception is from 4-6 p.m. Friday.

Tile by Mike Loefflers, one of the tiles to be installed at North House Folk School. The opening reception is from 4-6 p.m. Friday.

At 6 p.m., the Grand Marais Public Library continues its Friday Night Reels series with the screening of “Money Monster.” The film is an American thriller directed by Jodie Foster.

"Money Monster" will be screened at the library on Friday.

“Money Monster” will be screened at the Grand Marais Public Library on Friday.

Money Monster stars George Clooney (who also co-produced) as Lee Gates, a TV personality who advises his audience on commerce and Wall Street, and who is forcefully interrogated by Kyle Budwell (Jack O’Connell), a grief-stricken bankrupt viewer who lost his money after a previous tip; the film also stars Julia Roberts, Giancarlo Esposito, Dominic West and Caitriona Balfe. Free.

On Saturday, the North Shore Music Association presents the 4th annual Grand Marais Ole Opry, a classic country and old-time music showcase emceed by WTIP’s “Classic Country host, Carl Solander. The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

This year’s lineup features two Twin Cities groups, The Saddle Sores and Cherry Dirt, and local luminaries Gordon Thorne and Rose & Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux.

The Saddle Sores will be one of the groups performing at the Grand Marais Ole Opry on Saturday.

The Saddle Sores will be one of the groups performing at the Grand Marais Ole Opry on Saturday.

Tickets are $20 adults, $5 youth, 18 and under. They are for sale in advance (no fees) at http://arrowheadcenterforthearts.tix.com and at door if available.

And classical music fans will be happy to hear that the annual Sunday night Classical Music series at Bluefin Grille begins on Sunday night at 6 p.m. with pianist Sam Black.

Pianist Sam Black will play at Bluefin Bay at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Pianist Sam Black will play at the Bluefin Grille at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Bluefin Grille offers the classical music sessions throughout the winter. Free.

And, for a completely different style of music, check out Dave Simonett of the wildly popular band, Trampled by Turtles, who will play at Papa Charlie’s at 8 p.m. on Monday.

Dave Simonett (Trampled by Turtles) plays at Papa Charlie's on Monday night.

Dave Simonett (Trampled by Turtles) plays at Papa Charlie’s on Monday night.

The performance is part of Papa Charlie’s Singer/Songwriter series. Free.

On Tuesday, put on your creative hat and find out about the 100-day Project at the Grand Marais Art Colony. The 100-day Project, which was launched in Marquette, Mich., and has spread throughout the Midwest and beyond,  invites participants to commit to an artistic practice for a period of time every day for 100 days. Last year, 45 people in Cook County registered for the project. The Kick-off Information Session will be held in the Founders Hall at the Art Colony at noon on Tuesday. Register for free by Thursday, Jan. 19, at  www.the100dayproject.com. Registrants who complete 21 days are eligible to participate in the virtual gallery.

Then on Wednesday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will hold Community Conversations with tilemaker Melissa Wickwire. She will give a presentation entitled “Large-Scale Functional Installations.”

Melissa Wickwire's bath tile surround.

Melissa Wickwire’s bath tile surround.

Wickwire, who owns and operates Wickwire Clay Works, is based in Besty Bowen’s Studio & Galleries and creates ceramic tile for art lovers. The presentation is free and is held from noon to 1 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch, if they wish. Discussion to follow the presentation. Free.

And, for sky lovers, Rachel Enwright, the mentor naturalist from Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center will present “Echoes of the Ancient Skies” at the Grand Marais Public Library at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Enwright’s presentation takes the audience back in time and across the world to learn how people have used the night skies as a tool for navigation, telling time, tracking the changing seasons, and more. The audience will learn how different groups of people have invented their own stories about the pictures they saw in the sky and how these stories express differing values and beliefs about the world. Particular attention is paid to Navajo, Ojibwe, Greek, and Mayan stories.

Art exhibits continue on the North Shore, too.

The Betsy Bowen Gallery will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday this winter, featuring works by a wide variety of local and regional artists.

"Wisdom of the Dragon," oil, Tom McCann, is at Betsy Bowen's Studio.

“Wisdom of the Dragon,” oil, Tom McCann, is at Betsy Bowen’s Studio.

Woodcut prints, ceramics, paintings, fiber art, jewelry and more are featured at the gallery.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery opens a new exhibit on Friday, Jan. 13, entitled “Stories of Contentment and Other Fables: Recent Drawings by Amanda Burk.

"Full Circle-Unrest," detail, by Amanda Burk.

“Full Circle-Unrest,” detail, by Amanda Burk.

Burk will give an artist talk at the opening reception at 7:30 p.m. EST.  Burk is also scheduled to give a drawing workshop on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (EST). For details, click here.

Opportunities

 Applications for the the 27th annual Grand Marais Arts Festival are now available. The deadline to apply is March 12. The Arts Festival will be July 8-9 this year.

Applications for the Grand Marais Arts Festival are now open.

Applications for the Grand Marais Arts Festival are now open.

In Other Art News

Jewelry maker Ron Piercy will be opening a store front in downtown Grand Marais sometime in February, and he is looking for original work to put on the walls. For more info, contact him at ron.piercy@gmail.com

Pastel artist Lisa Stauffer is exhibiting her work in a number of shows, including Bonnie And Friends II, at the Ames Center in Burnsville. She will be one of the artists participating in the Winter Plein Air event at Menogyn at the end of the month.

"Morning Has Broken," pastel, by Lisa Stauffer.

“Morning Has Broken,” pastel, by Lisa Stauffer.

The Winter Plein Air artists will have a pop-up exhibit of their work at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday, Jan. 27. Stay tuned.

Jim Sannerud’s installation, “At the Table,” which was exhibited at the Grand Marais Art Colony recently, has been installed at the Groot Gallery at St. Olaf College.

 

A close-up of the place settings at "At the Table."

A close-up of the place settings of “At the Table.”

The installation will be up through Jan. 16. It then goes to The Galleri at Norway House in Minneapolis. The opening reception is Jan.21. The show there runs through Feb. 14.

Here’s the music for this weekend:

Thursday, Jan. 12:

  • Joe Paulik, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Boyd Blomberg, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 13:

  • Pushing Chain, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 14:

  • Dat Dere Jazz, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Grand Marais Ole Opry, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 15:

  • Briand Morrison, Scandinavian Jazz Brunch, Moguls Grille, 10 a.m. t o noon
  • Dusty Heart, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Sam Black, Bluefin Grille, 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 16:

  • Boyd Blomberg, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Dave Simonett, Monday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 17:

  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 18:

  • Rich Mattson & Germaine Gemberling, Wednesday Night Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

 

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So we found some beautiful … and fun … photos this week. Here’s a selection:

Let’s start with people in winter …

Paula Sundberg and a friendly Gray Jay. Photo by David Brislance.

Karla Sundberg and a friendly Gray Jay. Photo by David Brislance.

 

A winter swing. Photo courtesy of Bearskin Lodge.

A swing in winter. Photo courtesy of Bearskin Lodge.

Waxwings, Pine Grosbeaks and American Robins were out in force this week, feasting on the abundant crop of Mountain Ash berries. Here are a few photos of that invasion.

A waxwing with a discerning taste for a particular berry by Angela Botner.

“A waxwing with a discerning taste for a particular berry” by Angela Botner.

 

The action is fast -- birds going in all directions by David Johnson.

“The action is fast — birds going in all directions” by David Johnson.

 

Cedar Waxwings by Michael Furtman.

“Cedar Waxwings by Michael Furtman.”

 

Pine Grosbeak by David Brislance.

Pine Grosbeak by David Brislance.

Just to change the subject a little bit, here’s an interesting radar image of Lake Superior: notice how the clouds mimic the shape of the Big Lake.

Isn't it odd that the weather over Lake Superior looks like Lake Superior by Jamey Penney-Ritter.

“Isn’t it odd that the weather over Lake Superior looks like Lake Superior?” by Jamey Penney-Ritter.

We’ve had some very gray–– but beautiful –– days

My Backyard" by Christian Dalbec.

“My Backyard” by Christian Dalbec.

 

On My Way to Work by MaryJane Van Den Heuvel.

On My Way to Work by MaryJane Van Den Heuvel.

 

Ring Around the Sun & a Flock of Birds by Yvonne Caruthers.

A Ring Around the Sun & a Flock of Birds by Yvonne Caruthers.

 

Snowed In by Kelley Marquart.

Snowed In by Kelley Marquart.

But the skies are beginning to clear …

thomas Spence this morning on the beach

This Morning on the Beach by Thomas Spence.

 

Another beautiful morning by Jamie Rabold.

Another beautiful morning by Jamie Rabold.

 

The Blue is Finally Moving In by Sandra Updyke.

The Blue is Finally Moving In by Sandra Updyke.

 

chad sullens dark skies in Cook County

“Dark Skies in Cook County” by Chad Sullens.

 

Full Moon at Split Rock by David Barthel.

Full Moon at Split Rock by David Barthel.

Enjoy the weekend, everyone!

P.S. Putting this blog together every week is a joy and is my contribution to the arts on the North Shore.  If you enjoy seeing this post every week, please consider making a donation to help support it. Thank you!




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Winter has arrived!

Enjoying the North Shore by Kelley Marquart.

Enjoying the North Shore by Kelley Marquart.

So, the website thrillist.com claims that Minnesota has the absolute worst winters in the country, but there’s beauty in that cold.

Check out this:

Miserably awesome Minnesota Winter by Bryan Hansel.

Miserably awesome Minnesota Winter by Bryan Hansel.

And this:

The Roger Blough (front to back), Edwin H. Gott and Cason J. Calloway wait at anchor swaddled in lake "steam" on Lake Superior off Duluth on Wednesday morning, when the air temperature was 11 below zero. Photo by Bob King, Duluth New-Tribune.

The Roger Blough (front to back), Edwin H. Gott and Cason J. Calloway wait at anchor swaddled in lake “steam” on Lake Superior off Duluth on Wednesday morning, when the air temperature was 11 below zero. Photo by Bob King, Duluth New-Tribune.

Here on the North Shore, we do hunker down (a little) when the wind chills are -30F, but that means we find lots of interesting things to do indoors.

First up is a fascinating presentation on cycling in Nepal’s Annapurna Mountain Circuit with Buck Benson, who will talk about his adventure at North House Folk School at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5.

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Buck Benson will give a presentation about cycling the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal at North House Folk School on Thursday.

From the steamy jungles to the nearly 18,000 foot Thorung Pass, this challenging route made for an epic bike experience for Benson. He will share stories and photos of the spectacular Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains, the challenging bike terrain, picturesque Buddhist villages, colorful culture, and amazing geography.

The presentation is free and the first of the “Making It Through Winter” Thursday-night series at North House this winter. All invited.

Also on Thursday night, weekly modern Western square dance lessons and dancing begin at the 4-H Log Building at the Community Center from 7:30 to 9 p.m. No experience is necessary, and participants do not need to bring partner. Cost is by donation. All invited.

On Friday night, the Grand Marais Public Library begins its weekly winter film series, Friday Night Reels, with the screening of  “My Love Don’t Cross That River.”

A scene from "My Love Don't Cross the River."

A scene from “My Love Don’t Cross the River.”

The film is a documentary and the film crew spent 15 months with a Korean couple who have been together for more than 75 years and now face prospects for the transition to their next future. The award-winning film is rapidly becoming Korea’s most successful film ever. Free. The library will be screening free films every Friday through March 10.

Also on Friday night, David Gredzens will have an opening reception for an exhibit  of his photography at Tettegouche State Park from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Great Hall. Refreshments will be served and an artist’s talk begins at 7:30 p.m.

"Fallen Cedar" photograph by David Gredzens.

“Fallen Cedar” photograph by David Gredzens.

Gredzens’ work focuses on Lake Superior and its environs. All invited. The exhibit continues through early February.

Mushers and sled dogs are front/center this weekend for the Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race,  a premier sled-dog race on the Gunflint Trail featuring some of our favorite mushers. This is a continuous race consisting of two legs of equal distance, separated by a mandatory layover for the 12-dog teams. There are two classes: a 12-dog race (110 miles) and an 8-dog race (70 miles).

The Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race is this weekend, with Trail Center hosting the event. (Photo by Nace Hagemann.)

The Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race is this weekend, with Trail Center hosting the event. (Photo by Nace Hagemann.)

The fun starts at Trail Center Lodge on Saturday at 7 a.m. with the Blessing of the Teams. The race starts at 8 a.m. with a mid-afternoon layover for the 12-dog teams. The 8-dog teams finish is on Saturday night. Early on Sunday morning, the 12-dog teams will finish at Trail Center. The awards breakfast is at 9 a.m. Sunday. There are lots of great places to watch this race and don’t forget to layer-up to stay warm.  For more info, click here.

And on Wednesday, Jan. 11, Dat Dere Jazz will perform at the Grand Marais Public Library at 6 p.m. The band includes  Fred Anderson, guitar, Dave MacLean, drum kit, Martha Marnocha, piano, Bob LaMettry, percussion, Pat Flack, bass, and Don Grant, trumpet.

Dat Dere Jazz plays at a number of venues throughout the county. They are pictured at the Radio Waves Music Festival this fall.

Dat Dere Jazz plays at a number of venues throughout the county. Here they are pictured at the Radio Waves Music Festival last fall.

The band plays a mix of jazz standards in Latin, Swing and Bebop styles.  Anderson, MacLean, Marnocha and Grant are also members of the North Shore Community Swing Band. Dat Dere Jazz will play at the North Shore Winery on Jan. 14 and Cascade Lodge Pub on Jan. 28.

There are some great exhibits to see in Grand Marais, too.

Jim Sannerud’s installation, “At the Table” opened at the Grand Marais Art Colony Dec. 29 and continues through Sunday, Jan. 8.

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“At the Table,” an installation by Jim Sannerud, is on exhibit at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

A close-up of the place settings at "At the Table."

A close-up of the place settings of “At the Table.”

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Detail of one of the chairs from “At the Table.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sannerud crafted the table and chairs as well as made the drinking cups and a platter. He was inspired to do the work when he visited his ancestral farm in Norway. The installation is also a performance piece that will come to life through a potluck dinner in which participants will engage in dialogue about place, memory, and how traditions translate as they share the food they brought to the table.

Also this weekend, check out the Holiday Art Underground Show at Betsy Bowen Studio & Galleries.

This is the last weekend for the Holiday Art Underground Show at the Betsy Bowen Studio & Galleries.

This is the last weekend for the Holiday Art Underground Show at the Betsy Bowen Studio & Galleries.

The show features work by more than 30 local and regional artists and includes pottery, photographs, tiles, paintings, woodcut prints, fiber art, jewelry and more. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

This is the last weekend for a great show at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in Thunder Bay as well. John Books’ exhibit, “Oxen of the Sun” closes on Sunday.

John Books' exhibit "Oxen of the Sun" at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery closes on Sunday.

John Books’ exhibit “Oxen of the Sun” at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery closes on Sunday.

The Canadian sculptor is now a resident of Grand Marais. The exhibit features more than 80 works. The gallery is located on the campus of Confederation College.

The Definitely Superior Art Gallery, 250 Park Ave., in Thunder Bay,  re-opened after the New Year and features a number of exhibits, including “Ineffable,” a juried show featuring the works of more than 45 local and regional artists.

Leslie Shaw has work in the "Ineffable" exhibit at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

Leslie Shaw has work in the “Ineffable” exhibit at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

The gallery is open from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Upcoming

 The North Shore Music Association presents Grand Marais Ole Oprey at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14.

There are two Community Conversations at the Grand Marais Art Colony this month. Melissa Wickwire will present “Large Scale Functional Installations” at noon on Jan. 18 and Ryuta Naka will present “The History and Nature of Installation and Conceptual Art” at noon on Jan. 21.  The Community Conversations are a way for people to connect and dialogue about various aspects of the arts in a guided discussion format, and are held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Founders Hall. Participants are invited to bring a lunch if they wish. They are free.

The Grand Marais Writers Guild meets at the Grand Marais Public Library at 6 p.m. Jan. 19. All writers invited. The group meets each month to talk and write. Bring a notebook.

The 100-Day Project, an opportunity for artists to explore their creativity in any medium for 100 days, will be Jan. 21 to April 30 this year. Last year, 45 artists in the community registered to be part of the project. A Kick-Off Information Session will be at noon  in the Founders Hall of the Grand Marais Art Colony on Tuesday, Jan. 17. All invited.

Reservations are now being taken for the Robert Burns Dinner at Cascade Restaurant Jan. 21. The program includes a full course dinner followed by poetry readings and a sing-a-long after the meal. A piper from Thunder Bay will bring in the haggis with much pomp and ceremony. The meal is from 7-9 p.m. but a cocktail hour starts at 6 p.m. with live music and a tartan weaving demonstration. For reservations, call Jeff Morgan or Mary MacDonald at 218-387-1221.
The cost of the dinner and program is $35/person.

Opportunities

 CALL FOR ARTISTS: Applications for the Isle Royale National Park’s 2017 Artist-in-Residence Program will be accepted through Feb. 16. This program provides professional artists the opportunity to become part of a long-established tradition of interpreting national parks through art. Click here for more information. Applications must be postmarked by Feb.16.

BIG BEND, TEXAS PAINTING CLASS Feb. 28-March 3: The Grand Marais Art Colony is hosting a never-before-offered off-campus class with Neil Sherman in Big Bend, Texas. For those of you who winter in the southern states or who are looking for a warm get-a-way, consider moseying over to the Bighorn state and paint away! Click here to view the full class description. Call the Art Colony at 218-387-2737 to register.

Window Shopping

Two Harbors plein air painter David Gilsvik has new work at Sivertson Gallery.

David Gilsvik's "Spirit of the Season" is at Sivertson Gallery.

David Gilsvik’s “Spirit of the Season” is at Sivertson Gallery.

Drury Lane Books has a wide variety of 2017 calendars featuring the North Shore and the Northwoods.

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North Shore-themed calendars are at Drury Lane Books.

The bookstore will remain open this winter. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Tara Block has her pottery at Joy and Company.

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Tara Block has her mugs and bowls at Joy and Company.

Kah Nee Tah Gallery is featuring work by watercolor artist Trish Hunter of Lutsen.

"Spirits of the Night," giclee print, by Trish Hunter.

“Spirits of the Night,” giclee print, by Trish Hunter.

 

In Other Art News

Molly Rider is the new market manager at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

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Molly Rider is the new market manager at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

A Cook County High School graduate, Rider holds a visual arts degree from Bowdoin College and has worked most recently in the area of marketing and design for Maurices’ corporate office in Duluth.

Betsy Bowen is painting this winter. “Happy,” she writes. Here’s the latest.

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Painting by Betsy Bowen.

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, Jan. 5:

  • Boyd Blomberg, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 6:

  • Jim & Michele Miller, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Pete K, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Black River Revue, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Jim McGowan, Raven Rock Grille, Skyport Lodge, 8 p.m.
  • Lake Effect Festival, Frogleg & Black Market Brass, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 7:

  • Gordon Thorne, 3 p.m., North Shore Winery
  • Jim McGowan, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • James Moors, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Blues Happy, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Black River Revue, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Lake Effect Festival, The People Brothers & The Lakers, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 8:

  • Briand Morrison, Scandinavian Jazz Brunch, Moguls, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Briand Morrison, Bluefin Grille, 7 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 9:

  • Charlie Parr, Monday NIght Songwriters Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Pete Kavanaugh, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 10:

  • Eric Frost, Poplar River Pub, 6-8 p.m.
  • Open Mic with Bump Blomberg, Papa Charlie’s, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 11:

 

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We found lots of fun photos this week.

Let’s start with a little lesson.

Michael Furtman posted these two photos of a ruffed grouse on Facebook the other day.

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A ruffed grouse climbs a slippery branch in search of fruit.

A ruffed grouse in search of fruit.

Ruffed grouse have little growths on their toes that help them grip icy branches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The photo at left shows the grouse in a tree limb, in quest of fruit. In winter, they feed primarily in trees. The photo at right shows how they can climb icy branches.  They have tiny comb-like growths on their toes, called pectinations, that help them grip slippery surfaces. Furtman also suggests the pectinations act like snowshoes in deep snow.

And our local photographers caught two of our wild neighbors with lunch.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

An otter and its fish. Photo by Bryan Hansel.

 

Young lynx gets a snowshoe hare.

Young lynx gets a snowshoe hare. Photo by David Johnson.

 

Here’s a shot of what it can be like on the Gunflint Trail after a heavy snowfall.

Photo by Paul Sundberg.

Photo by Paul Sundberg.

And here are more wildlife photos.

"Racing his shadow" by Michael Furtman.

“Racing his shadow” by Michael Furtman.

 

Bobcat by Paul Sundberg.

Bobcat by Paul Sundberg.

 

Pine grosbeaks by David Johnson.

Pine grosbeaks by David Johnson.

 

Check out this great sled dog photo by Layne Kennedy.

Bart & Leo, Canadian Inuit sled dogs by Layne Kennedy.

Bart & Leo, Canadian Inuit sled dogs by Layne Kennedy.

 

Meanwhile, it’s cold outside. Here are some photos of that.

Sunday Surf by Don Davison.

Sunday Surf by Don Davison.

 

Photo by Kjersti Vick.

Photo by Kjersti Vick.

 

Winter frost and ice by Dawn Lapoint.

Winter frost and ice by Dawn LaPointe.

 

Agate Beach at Park Point by Gregory A. Israelson.

“Agate Beach” at Park Point by Gregory A. Israelson.

 

Grand Marais Harbor Walkway by Paul Sundberg.

Grand Marais Harbor Walkway by Paul Sundberg.

 

Winter winds by Candace LaCrosse.

Winter winds by Candace LaCrosse.

 

Mounds of fun at Stoney Point by Christian Dalbec.

Mounds of fun at Stoney Point by Christian Dalbec.

 

It was the new moon this week.

New Moon by Tom Fiero.

New Moon by Tom Fiero.

 

And during a warm spell, everyone was ready to play. Kjersti Vick took this funny shot the other day.

"Who will be the first to move?" by Kjersti Vick.

“Who will be the first to move?” by Kjersti Vick.

And finally, as Minnesotans know well, cold is beautiful.

Winter's artistry by Mary Amerman.

Winter’s artistry by Mary Amerman.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Happy New Year!

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David Johnson caught big waves blasting the Grand Marais lighthouse this week.

Greetings from the North Shore where snow, freezing rain, gales and occasional beautiful blue skies greeted residents this week. It made for great photos, as David Johnson‘s shot of one of the waves crashing into the lighthouse illustrates. The snow pack is great for skiing, snowshoeing and sledding, too, as well as eye candy for those of us who live here.

It will be pretty quiet in Grand Marais this week, but there’s still lots to see.

Jim Sannerud opens his installation exhibit, “At the Table” at the Grand Marais Art Colony this weekend. The woodcarver and woodturner has been working for months crafting tables and chairs inspired by his visit to his ancestral farm in Norway.

One of Jim Sannerud's chair backs in process. Each chair has a unique design carved by the artist.

One of Jim Sannerud’s chair backs in process. Each chair has a unique design carved by the artist.

The dining room 8-piece set, including tableware, will be on exhibit at the Art Colony through Jan. 8. The Art Colony is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. It will be closed on New Year’s Day.

And the Holiday Art Underground show at Betsy Bowen’s Studio and Galleries continues through Jan. 7 featuring works by more than 30 local and regional artists. Woodcuts, glass, pottery, paintings, jewelry, fiber arts, photography and multi-media works are in the show. It’s definitely worth a visit … or two.

Bonnie Gay Hedstrom has felted pins at the Holiday Art Underground Show at Betsy Bowen's Studio & Galleries.

Bonnie Gay Hedstrom has felted pins at the Holiday Art Underground Show at Betsy Bowen’s Studio & Galleries.

The gallery is open from Thursday through Saturday,  Dec. 29-31 and Jan. 5-7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

And, for snippets of all the great live music featured on WTIP Community Radio this year, tune into The Roadhouse on Friday night from 5-7 p.m. and enjoy. Buck Benson will be on the show, too, talking about biking around Nepal. He will give a presentation at North House Folk School next week, too. Stay tuned.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery is featuring a number of exhibits, including pieces from its Permanent Collection.

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Don Ense, Untitled, acrylic on paper, is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

New Year’s Eve falls on a Saturday this year, and there lots of parties to choose from: Earth, Wind & Todd play Grandma Ray’s,  
Gary Croft with Rod ‘n’ Real play the Gun Flint Tavern and Big Wave Dave and the Ripples play Papa Charlie’s. (See times below.)

And next Wednesday, the Grand Marais Public Library launches its Wednesday Winter Series  at 6 p.m. Fred Keller will present “Tales from the Deep Woods,” songs and stories about lost, but not quite forgotten, Minnesota. Free and open to the public.

Upcoming

The Lake Effect Ski and Music Festival will be held on Lutsen Mountains next Friday and Saturday, Jan. 6-7. Frogleg and Black Market Brass play on Friday night at Papa Charlie’s, Sonny Knight and the Lakers and The People Brothers Band play on Saturday night.

Next Friday night, Jan. 6, the Grand Marais Library begins Friday Night Reels, weekly screening of films for adults, at 6 p.m. The first film is “My Love Don’t Cross That River,” an award-winning documentary about a Korean couple who have been together for 75 years. Free.

And the Gunflint Mail Run, featuring lots of dogs and mushers, will be held Jan. 6-7 at Trail Center on the Gunflint Trail next weekend. Stay tuned for details.

The North Shore Music Association will present Grand Marais Ole Oprey on Jan. 14 in the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.  Emceed by WTIP’s “Classic Country” host Carl Solander, this year’s lineup features two Twin Cities groups, The Saddle Sores and Cherry Dirt, and local luminaries Gordon Thorne and Rose & Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux.

And the the Grand Marais Playhouse will open Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on Jan. 26.

Window Shopping

 There are lots of fun things to see in our local shops and galleries. Here are a few examples.

Upstate MN has a great collection of kitchenware, including these teak measuring spoons.

Upstate MN has a great collection of kitchenware, including these teak measuring spoons.

 

Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen has a selection of pottery by Guillermo Cuellar. Look for the gallery to be open on the Saturday after New Year's, or by chance.

Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen has a selection of pottery by Guillermo Cuellar. Look for the gallery to be open on the Saturday after New Year’s, or by chance.

 

Joy & Co has a great selection of hats for winter.

Joy & Co has a great selection of hats for winter.

 

Rick Allen's print, "Scotch and Ice" is at Sivertson Gallery.

Rick Allen’s print, “Scotch and Ice” is at Sivertson Gallery.

 

Kah Nee Tah Gallery has wooden bowls by Wayne Johnson and spoons by Jonathan Simons. A platter by potter Maggie Anderson is also pictured. Photo  by Oullis Photography.

Kah Nee Tah Gallery has wooden bowls by Wayne Johnson and spoons by Jonathan Simons. A platter by potter Maggie Anderson is also pictured. Photo by Oullis Photography.

And finally, the Tweed Museum of Art on the UMD campus has an incredible collection of Royal Canadian Mounted Police illustrations that have been crafted into prints, cards, calendars and puzzles.

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One of the Canadian Mountie prints at the Tweed: Harvest Scene, Arnold Friberg, 1965.

To peruse through the collection and read more, visit the Tweed’s website here.

And last, but not least, if you missed the Winter Solstice Shadow Puppet Show that was at North House Folk School last week, don’t worry. Patrick Knight (Good Measure Media)  has uploaded a video he took of the shenanigans. It is totally fun.

The snow plow! One of the shadow puppets in this year's Winter Solstice Shadow Puppet show.

The snow plow! One of the shadow puppets in this year’s Winter Solstice Shadow Puppet show.

The show, entitled,  “Winter Lives Here: A Snow Angel Solstice” was put on by the Good Harbor Hill Players and included music, poetry and wonderful shadow puppets, including the snow plow, above.  Watch it here.

Here’s the music for this week:

Thursday, Dec. 29:

  • Bugdope, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • John Gruber, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Spruce Roots, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 30:

  • Timmy Haus, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Pete K, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Tim Fast, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 31:


  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m.
  • Thea Ennen and Dave Ja Vue, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Earth, Wind & Todd, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Gary Croft with Rod ‘n’ Real, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Big Wave Dave and the Ripples, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan.2:

  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Erik Koskinen, Monday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 3:

  • Jon Kallberg, Poplar River Pub,  6 p.m.
  • Open Mic with Bump Blomberg, Papa Charlie’s, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 4:

  • Alan Sparhawk, Wednesday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

 

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We found lots of wonderful photos of ice and waves this week. Here’s a selection:

Winter Storm by Paul Sundberg.

Winter Storm by Paul Sundberg.

 

Winter Night Sky over the High Falls by Travis Novitsky.

Winter Night Sky over the High Falls by Travis Novitsky.

 

Winter Superior by Richard Gruchalla.

Winter Superior by Richard Gruchalla.

 

Cold and Steamy Mornings on Lake Superior by Thomas Spence.

Cold and Steamy Mornings on Lake Superior by Thomas Spence.

 

Abstract Fracta;s Upper Dog Falls, Silver Falls Provincial Park by Jakub Sisak.

Abstract Fractals, Upper Dog Falls, Silver Falls Provincial Park by Jakub Sisak.

 

Ice formation liet by the early morning sun by Bryan Hansel.

Ice formation lit by the early morning sun by Bryan Hansel.

 

A magical December Night by Travis Novitsky.

A magical December Night by Travis Novitsky.

 

Grand Marais Sunrise by Paul Sundberg.

Grand Marais Sunrise by Paul Sundberg.

 

Northern Lights by Thomas Spence.

Northern Lights by Thomas Spence.

 

Ice Castle at Cascade River State Park by Bryan Hansel.

Ice Castle at Cascade River State Park by Bryan Hansel.

And finally, this one by Christian Dalbec.

Monster Waves by Christian Dalbec.

Monster Waves by Christian Dalbec.

Have a great weekend, everyone! And Happy New Year!

P.S. Putting this blog together every week is a joy and is my contribution to the arts on the North Shore.  If you enjoy it, please consider making a donation to help support it in the New Year. Thank you!




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Holiday Cheer to Everyone

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A winter wonderland in Grand Marais — Happy Holidays everyone!

Cook County welcomed a white Christmas on Thursday, when more than six inches of new snow covered roads and trees in one afternoon. It was a snow storm for a few hours, then it cleared and a balmy (31 degrees) ushered in the Winter Solstice.

The snow and warm weather was perfect for the Good Harbor Hill Players’ Winter Solstice Shadow Puppet Pageant at North House Folk School. A large crowd, including many children, watched the show, which featured whimsical and humorous shadow puppets and live music, concluding with the arrival of the krampus, some with lights entwined in their horns. Then everyone tossed their “Gloomies” into the bonfire and walked over to the Blue Building to enjoy food and camaraderie with friends and neighbors. The Winter Solstice—marking the longest night of the year with fire, music, stories, laughter and community. Tomorrow, we start the long hike toward summer. Meanwhile, there’s lots of snow!

And Christmas is only a few days away. We’ve done some “window shopping.”

Upstate MN has a fun and eclectic collection of work, ranging from pottery and clothing to tiny little carved spoons, games and more.

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Potter Adam Greutzmacher has a variety of work at Upstate MN.

Sivertson Gallery has giclee prints of many of Howard Sivertson’s fanstastic paintings.

Dogsledding, a giclee print by Howard Sivertson, is at Sivertson Gallery.

Dogsledding, a giclee print by Howard Sivertson, is at Sivertson Gallery.

The Holiday Art Underground Show at Betsy Bowen’s Studio and Galleries features work by more than 3o local and regional artists. Just arrived: a package of woodcut prints and cards by Noah Prinsen, including  prints entitled “Horse and Rider,” “Rabbit,” “Wolf Child” and “Owl.”

Prints by Noah Prinsen, art on paper by Marce Wood and handblown glass ornaments by Tom Crosby are only a few of the items on display at the gallery.

Prints by Noah Prinsen, art on paper by Marce Wood and handblown glass ornaments by Tom Crosby are only a few of the items on display at the gallery.

The Holiday Art Underground Show continues through Jan. 8, with gallery hours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

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

Functional potter Bob Vornbrock is a new artist at Kan-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Functional potter Bob Vornbrock has new work at Kan-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen features the bronze work of co-owner Tom Christiansen as well as a number of other artists and media.

Bead artist Jo Wood exhibits at Last Chance Gallery.

Bead artist Jo Wood exhibits at Last Chance Gallery.

For exhibits, check out the Duluth Art Institute in Duluth, currently exhibiting two shows: the 61st Regional Arrowhead Biennial and 4North: New Work by Alison Aune, Kirsten Aune,  Ann Klefstad, and Arna Rennan.

Ann Klefstad's installation at 4North, an exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

Ann Klefstad’s installation at 4North, an exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

The Tweed Museum of Art on the UMD campus has a variety of exhibits, including works from its Permanent Collection.

"Sweep" (detail) by Allen D. Carter is one of the works on exhibit at the Tweed.

“Sweep” (detail) by Allen D. Carter, is one of the works on exhibit at the Tweed.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery is exhibiting recent acquisitions of work by Norval Morrisseau.

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Paintings on paper by Norval Morrisseau are on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

 Upcoming

 At the Table, an installation exhibit by Jim Sannerud, opens at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Thursday, Dec. 29 and runs through Jan. 8. The installation, which is also a performance piece, grew out of a trip Sannerud took to his ancestral farm in Norway. An accomplished woodturner in his own right, the artist was inspired by the woodwork he saw there and returned to the U.S. with an idea to create an art experience where the participants could engage in dialogue about place, memory and how traditions are translated as they eat a meal together.

One of the chairs Sannerud has crafted for the installation.

One of the chairs Jim Sannerud has crafted for the installation.

To do that, he has built a large table, chairs, and serving vessels for a potluck meal with community members who have been asked to bring a dish and a story about it to the dinner.

Sannerud  was named “Best Of” in the home category for Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine’s “Made in the North” contest. It’s the January issue, now on newsstands.

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Jim Sannerud is featured in the latest issue of Mpls St. Paul Magazine.

New Year’s Eve Parties:

  • Michael Monroe’s Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m., reserve at 612-789-2255.
  • Earth, Wind & Todd, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Big Wave Dave & the Ripples, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

 

There’s lots of great music this week, too. Here’s the schedule:

Thursday, Dec. 22:

  • Pete K, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Joshua Schmidt, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 23:

  • Bump Blomberg, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 25:

  • Scandinavian Jazz Brunch with Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.

Monday, Dec. 26:

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

Tuesday, Dec. 27:

  • Dat Dere Jazz, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, GunFlint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 28:

  • Open Mic, GunFlint Tavern, 5-9 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 29:

  • Spruce Roots, GunFlint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

 

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Winter has definitely arrived, and we found some inspiring photographs. Here’s a selection:

First, two photos by Michael Furtman.

Grouse by Michael Furtman.

Grouse by Michael Furtman.

Furtman says he has seen the hen pheasant, below, for the past few years near Duluth.

Secretive hen pheasant by Michael Furtman.

Secretive hen pheasant by Michael Furtman.

And here’s a portrait of a river otter.

Photo by Paul Sundberg.

Photo by Paul Sundberg.

For landscapes, let’s start with this beauty by Mary Amerman.

Hello Winter by Mary Amerman.

Hello Winter by Mary Amerman.

An inspiring shot by Travis Novitsky.

A December morning and 13 below at the Spirit Tree.

A December morning and 13 below at the Spirit Tree by Travis Novitsky.

A photographer’s eye…

Ice Window by David Johnson.

Ice Window by David Johnson.

Hello from here…

Good Morning from Here by Kristofer Bowman.

Good Morning from Here by Kristofer Bowman.

The long view …

The Long View. The Best View. by Don Davison.

The Long View. The Best View. by Don Davison.

Water, ice and looming clouds …

The cold icy harbor is sure stirred up today by Danielle Fortin.

The cold icy harbor is sure stirred up today by Danielle Fortin.

Sea smoke I

Sea Smoke Sunset by David Johnson.

Sea Smoke Sunset by David Johnson.

Icy shores …

Photo by Kjersti Vick.

Photo by Kjersti Vick.

Sea smoke II

Sea Smoke by Paul Sundberg.

Sea Smoke by Paul Sundberg.

Sea Smoke III

The Coolest Small Town in America enjoying subzero sea smoke as a laker passes by, brrr by David Johnson.

The Coolest Small Town in America enjoying subzero sea smoke as a laker passes by– brrrr, by David Johnson.

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It's really happening. We're freezing out hands off here by Staci Drouillard.

It’s really happening. We’re freezing our hands off here by Staci Drouillard.

 

Hand's Up... it's cold outside by Cathy Quinn.

Hand’s Up… it’s cold outside by Cathy Quinn.

And then we found two halo shots — First, with the moon:

Great lunar halos last night by Michael Thompson.

Great lunar halos last night by Michael Thompson.

And this one, with the sun:

Sun dogs by Eric Carlson.

Sun dogs by Eric Carlson.

And finally, this beauty.

Ella: So much to squish by Danielle Fortin.

Ella: So much to squish, by Danielle Fortin.

Enjoy the weekend, everyone!

P.S. Putting this blog together every week is a joy and is my contribution to the arts on the North Shore.  If you enjoy it, please consider making a donation to support it. Thank you!




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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