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Shakespearean Delights, Art & Music

"The Golden Nugget of the North" by Susan Dykstra.

“The Golden Nugget of the North” by Susan Dykstra.

The first weekend of Spring is turning out be quite the weekend. A troupe performing Shakespeare will be here, the Johnson Heritage Post opens for the season with a great community-wide art show with a talk by the director of the Tweed Museum of Art and, in Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery hosts the multi-disciplinary art blowout: Urban Infill:Art in the Core 11. Here are the details.

First up is a Natural Medicines Workshop by master herbalist Gigi Stafne at North House Folk School on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Gigi Stefne will lead a workshop on natural medicines at North House Folk School on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Gigi Stefne will lead a workshop on natural medicines at North House Folk School on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Many of us feel sluggish by the end of the long winter, and Stafne will show participants how to wake up and celebrate the new season with natural medicines. The workshop will focus on natural ways to cleanse and support your body, from herbal detox tea to skin scrubs. Participants will take home several items to aid in continuing these helpful practices. There is a $5 materials fee. All invited.

On Friday night, the first art exhibit of the season opens at the Johnson Heritage Post Gallery. Entitled “Kindling Curiosity: Lighting the Creative Spark,” the exhibit, which is sponsored by the Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church, features pieces from artists of every age. Established artists, emerging artists and students as well as community members who just wanted to make for the show, are all represented. There are paintings and fiber art, pottery and framed poetry, wood carvings and more in this eclectic show.

Here are a few examples:

"Her Favorite Chair" by Neil Sherman.

“Her Favorite Chair” by Neil Sherman.

Quilt, created by students at the Oshki Ogimaag charter school in Grand Portage.

Quilt, created by students at the Oshki Ogimaag charter school in Grand Portage.

Pendant by Cheryl Larsen.

Pendant by Cheryl Larsen.

The opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. on Friday night.

And a special perk is scheduled for the opening. Ken Bloom, the director of the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth, will give a presentation at 6 p.m. entitled “Seeking the Spiritual Dimension in Art.” His presentation, which includes a number of images, will focus on how artists and art have evolved over time. All invited. Refreshments will be served.

This is Shakespeare Week and the Bard will make an appearance in Grand Marais this weekend at Voyageur Brewing Co. when the Minnesota SkyVault Theatre takes front/center stage at the brewery on Friday and Saturday nights.

The SkyVault Theatre will be at Voyageur Brewing Co. this weekend with music, skits, improvisation and a play.

The SkyVault Theatre will be at Voyageur Brewing Co. this weekend with music, skits, improvisation and a play.

This young theater troupe (the actors are from 12 to 20) won a number of awards at the Minnesota Association of Community Theaters recently, and they’ll be playing music, performing skits as well as a short play, and inviting the audience to join them on stage for silliness and fun. The performances are at 7 p.m. at the Brewery on Friday and Saturday nights, with a youth workshop set for 2:45 p.m. on Saturday. Local actors will join the group as well, so look for lots of Shakespearean fun and laughter this weekend. They will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.

Also, if you’ve wanted to learn how to paint, the North Shore Winery will hold a Paint & Sip event at the winery with artist Chriscell Bedard. No experience is necessary.

 

North Shore Winery paint and sip

A canvas, easel, brushes, paints and an apron will be provided. The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Cost is $50. To register, call 218 481-9280 or email lutsennorthshorewinery@gmail.com.

And in Thunder Bay, this is the weekend for Definitely Superior Art Gallery‘s fantastic public art event, Urban Infill: Art in the Core. The Waterfront District is transformed into a giant art event with 400 local artists setting up in temporary art galleries and store windows to exhibit their work and/or perform. Local art galleries will be open as well, and there will be a number of exhibits at the opening at DefSup on Saturday night as well.

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Definitely Superior Art Gallery‘s Members Show opens on Saturday  with a gala reception at 7 p.m.(EDT)

The exhibits at DefSup include the annual Members Show, a selection of contemporary paintings from the Bob Chaudhuri Collection, and an installation by Diane Landry.

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An installation by Diane Landry will be part of the Urban Infill opening at DefSup.

The opening reception at the gallery starts at 7 p.m. Urban Infill participants can pick up a map there and then follow the guides to a rather extraordinary art experience in the district.

Also in Thunder Bay, the Lakehead University Juried Art Exhibition has opened at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery with a number of works by 4th year art students.

Lakehead University art students are exhibiting at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Lakehead University art students are exhibiting at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The exhibit continues through April 2.

Upcoming

 Photographer Ryan Tischer will open a show at Tettegouche State Park April 4 with the opening reception from 7-8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 7.

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Ryan Tischer opens an exhibit of his photographs at Tettegouche State Park April 4.

Pastel artist Lisa Stauffer will teach a class entitled “Still Life in Pastel” at the Grand Marais Art Colony April 8-9.

"Golden Fruits" by Lisa Stauffer.

“Golden Fruits” by Lisa Stauffer.

In the class, students will paint still life models indoors and learn how these lessons apply to all subject matter. Class time will include demonstrations, personal instruction, and group critique. For more info, see www.grandmaraisartcolony.org.

WTIP Community Radio and Bluefin Bay Resort will hold the 7th Annual Fingerstyle Masters Weekend April 21-22. For this year’s event, local musician Gordon Thorne welcomes Nashville fingerstyle guitarist Richard Smith and Twin Cities fiddler Tom Schaefer. The weekend features performances both Friday and Saturday night, as well as guitar and fiddle workshops during the day Saturday.
Pre-registration for the workshops is requested by contacting Gordon at 218-353-7308 or oman4@live.com.

Pianist Andreas Klein will play a solo piano concert, “Unleashing Musical Architecture” at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 7:30 p.m. April 22. The concert will feature the work of  Mozart, Schumann, Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera. The concert is sponsored by the North Shore Music Association.

Window Shopping

Canadian fused glass artist Jerre Davidson has new work at Sivertson Gallery.

Canadian fused glass artist Jerre Davidson has new work at Sivertson Gallery.

 

Tofte photographer Mark Lindsey has his infrared photographs at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Tofte photographer Mark Lindsey has his infrared photographs at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

 

Upstate MN has porcelain wood-grained cups by Edgewood.

Upstate MN has porcelain wood-grained cups by Edgewood.

 

The Fireweed Gallery in Thunder Bay has work by Eugene Le Francois. This one is called "Sleeping Giant."

The Fireweed Gallery in Thunder Bay has work by Eugene Le Francois. This one is called “Sleeping Giant.”

 In Other Art News

 WDSE’s The Playlist has crafted a fascinating video of kiln-formed glass artist Michael Tonder. Tonder’s studio is Blue Sky Glassworks and is located in rural Two Harbors. Check it out.

 

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, March 23:

  • John Gruber, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Pete K, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, March 24:

  • Timmy Haus, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge, 5:30 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Mix and Match, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 25:

  • Briand Morrison, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
  • Shane Martin, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Grandma Ray’s, 4 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge, 5:30 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Dat Dere Jazz, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Cornmeal and Kind Country, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 26:

  • Briand Morrison, Scandinavian Jazz Brunch, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Pushing Chain, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
  • Scott Fraser, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Monday, March 27:

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

Tuesday, March 28:

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

Wednesday, March 29:

  • Phil Heywood, Wednesday Night Songwriter Series, 8 p.m.

 

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Here is a selection of photographs we found this week. Let’s start with wildlife.

Red Fox by Paul Sundberg.

Red Fox by Paul Sundberg.

 

Two eagles by Tom Fiero.

Two eagles by Tom Fiero.

 

Little Weasel Taking a Peek by David Johnson.

Little Weasel Taking a Peek by David Johnson.

 

A demanding seagull, called Steven Seagull, has returned to the Super 8 Motel in Duluth to beg for doughnut handouts. The staff reports that a seagull has turned up for the last 15 years, tapping on the door and squawking to be fed a few times a day.
Is it the same bird each year? It’s not out of the realm of possibility, as ring-billed gulls have lived as long as 23 years. Or perhaps the original Steven shared its knowledge with other gulls. The gull usually leaves in mid-November and returns in mid-March each year. .

A demanding seagull, called Steven Seagull, has returned to the Super 8 Motel in Duluth to beg for a doughnut. The staff report that a seagull has turned up for the last 15 years, tapping on the door and squawking to be fed a few times a day, Is it the same bird each year? It’s not out of the realm of possibility, as ring-billed gulls have lived as long as 23 years. Or perhaps the original Steven shared its knowledge with other gulls. The gull usually leaves in mid-November and returns in mid-March each year.

Steven Seagull returns! Photo courtesy of the Duluth News-Tribune

Here’s a photo of the results of the last ice storm.

Ice After the Storm by Paul Sundberg.

Ice After the Storm by Paul Sundberg.

 

And here are two portraits of our photographers at work.

Kelley Marquart getting that last snot by Jeff Henningsgaard.

Kelley Marquart getting that last snot by Jeff Henningsgaard.

 

Self Portrait by David Johnson.

Self Portrait by David Johnson.

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St. Patrick’s Day & Lots & Lots of Music

Ice After the Storm by Paul Sundberg.

Ice After the Storm by Paul Sundberg.

The Ides of March have come and gone, bringing record winds and seas, followed by cold sunny days that belie the beginning of spring.

However, we’re celebrating this weekend anyway. It’s St. Patrick’s Day on Friday with lots of Irish music on tap, and there’s a weekend music festival at Papa Charlie’s and WTIP Community Radio’s Spring Membership drive features a great selection of live music in the studio all weekend long.

First up, though, ia a chance to try your hand at felting. Master felter Elise Kylo will teach a workshop at North House Folk School on Thursday at 7 p.m. on how to make a felted wool drink cozy.

Elize Kylo will teach how to make a felted wood cozy to keep your favorite winter drinks hot.

Elyse Kylo will teach how to make a felted wool cozy to keep your favorite winter drinks warm.

Wool is great to keep your hands, head and feet warm, and it’s also pretty handy for keeping coffee, tea and soup at the proper temperature, too. Kylo will use the wet felting technique with wool roving and batting to create the form and then teach needle felting to add your own designs and colors to the piece. Bring a mug or mason jar to custom-fit the cozy. All welcome. $1o materials fee.

On Friday, look for St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in a number of venues around the county. Of special interest:

The HiB’s play Irish music at Cascade Lodge Pub from 6-8:30 p.m. Jode Dowling (fiddle) and Kate Dowling (whistle and flute).

Kate and Jode Dowling are the HiB's and play at Cascade Lodge on Friday night.

Kate and Jode Dowling are the HiB’s and play at Cascade Lodge on Friday night.

The duo has been performing together for 10 years and play traditional Irish music favorites. All welcome.

Gunflint Lodge will hold a Celtic Music Program at 8 p.m. on Friday night featuring music and poetry from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. John Silliman,  a trained vocalist who has performed with the Concordia College Chamber Choir and plays a variety of instruments, will present the program.

John Silliman will present an evening of Irish music and poetry at Gunflint Lodge on Friday.

John Silliman will present an evening of Irish music and poetry at Gunflint Lodge on Friday.

The program will be held in the Boundary Waters Conference Room at the Gunflint Lodge. Everyone invited.

The 2-day Dulutsen Music Festival at Papa Charlie’s kicks off on Friday. The festival features a number of musicians based in Duluth.

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The Black-Eyed Snakes kick off the Dulutsen Music Festival at Papa Charlie’s.

Friday’s line-up staring at 8:30 p.m. includes the Black-Eyed Snakes, Rich Mattson & the North Stars and Sarah Krueger. Listen to Rich Mattson and Germaine Gamberling on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night. That show airs from 5-7 p.m.

The Dulutsen Music Festival continues on Saturday with the Lazy Lightning 420 playing songs of the Grateful Dead in concert in 1980. They play at 3:15 p.m. Then, starting at 8:30 p.m. Jillian Rae, Hobo Nephews with Ryan Young of Trampled by Turtles and Brothers Burn Mountain perform.

On Saturday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will hold two community engagement/presentations by the artists-in-residence who have been working in the studios this month.

From 9 .m. to noon, printmaker Luke Jonson will give a Xerox-Intaglio Transfer Demonstration in the Print Studio. An adaptation of a technique invented by Frances Myers, this method offers printmakers the ability to etch photographic imagery into metal plates which can be further worked using traditional methods such as line-etching and aquatint.

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Artist-in-Residence Luke Johnson has been working on the Xerox-Intaglio technique at the Grand Marais  this month. He will give a presentation/demo from 9 a.m. to noon at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Saturday.

The presentation is free, but because of limited space, pre-registration is requested. Please call 387-2737 to register.

Artist-in-residence John Schuerman will give an artist talk in the Founders Hall at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Entitled “Good Book Bad Idea: Environmental Activist Art,” the presentation will include a look at what he’s been working on during his residency a the Art Colony as well as a discussion of topics like overpopulation and art activism.

Artist-in-residence Jim Schuerman has been working on drawings inspired by the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament.

Artist-in-residence Jim Schuerman has been working on drawings inspired by the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament. “Let Them Have Dominion,” above.

The Artist Talk at 1 p.m. is free. All invited.

Also on Saturday the North Shore Winery will hold a “Paint & Sip” from noon to 3 p.m. led by Cheers Pablo artist, Chriscell Bedard. Participats will be provided with the canvas, easel, brushes, paints, aprons as well as a glass of wine or cider. Cost is $50. To register, call 218 481-9280 or email lutsennorthshorewinery@gmail.com.

If you’re going to be in Duluth on Saturday morning, the Duluth Art Institute continues its Saturday morning film series at Zienema 2, 222 E. Superior St., with the screening of the film “Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People.” 

The film, "Through a Lens Darkly" will be screened at Zinema 2 on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

The film, “Through a Lens Darkly” will be screened at Zinema 2 on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

Terresa Hardaway, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at University of Minnesota Duluth, will lead the discussion following the film screening. Tickets are $5.

For art exhibits in Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art is exhibiting the paintings of Christine Anderson.

"Blooming Affection (George's sweet Pea) by Christine Anderson. Her work is at the Tweed Museum of Art Through March 19.

“Blooming Affection (George’s sweet Pea)” by Christine Anderson. Her work is at the Tweed Museum of Art Through March 19.

Also at the Tweed, check out selected pieces from their ceramic collection.

"What We Pass On (Inheritance Jars" by Beth Lo.

“What We Pass On (Inheritance Jars” by Beth Lo.

In Thunder Bay, the Fibre Arts Exhibit continues at the Baggage Building Arts Centre at Prince Arthur’s Landing.

A fiber arts exhibit continues at the Baggage Building at Prince Arthur's Landing through March 26.

A fiber arts exhibit continues at the Baggage Building Arts Center at Prince Arthur’s Landing in Thunder Bay through March 26.

The exhibit features a wide variety of fiber art crafted by local artisans. The show continues through March 26.

Opportunities

 Artists and poets are invited to participate in a pop-up show at Betsy Bowen Gallery & Studios in early April, “Walls & Bridges: A Poetry and Pottery Slam” is a special art and poetry multi-media show, built around the theme of walls and bridges. Art submissions are due by April 6. Please email the Gallery, info@woodcut.com prior to March 31 to confirm your participation. Visual art will be for sale. Admission and spoken words are free!

There is still room in the Pots for Painting class at the Grand Marais Art Colony which starts March 29. If you want to learn how to make colorful pots, this is the class for you.

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Learn how to make colorful pots in this pottery class at the Art Colony. Class starts March 29. Photo by Jessica Smith, Oullis Photography.

For more info, call the Grand Marais Art Colony at 387-2737 or email info@grandmaraisartcolony.org

Window Shopping:

A selection of Jade-toned Corian necklaces by dConstruct are at UpState MN.

A selection of Jade-toned Corian necklaces by dConstruct are at UpState MN.

 

Highly recommended at Drury Lane Books: "Neither Wolf Nor Dog" by Ken Nerburn.

Highly recommended at Drury Lane Books: “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” by Ken Nerburn.

Great Gifts of Lutsen features a wide variety of woolens by Baltic Inspsirations.

Great Gifts of Lutsen features a wide variety of wool clothing by Baltic Inspirations.

"Midnight Owl," a stonecut and stencil Cape Dorset print by Ningeokuluk Teevee is at Sivertson's Gallery.

Midnight Owl,” a stonecut and stencil Cape Dorset print by Ningeokuluk Teevee. is at Sivertson’s Gallery.

Carol Holmblad has paintings at Joy and Company.

Carol Holmblad has paintings at Joy and Company.

 In Other Art News:

 

David Gilsvik straightens a painting  at the Cedar Coffee Company where a David Gilsvik Art Appreciation Night was held this week.

David Gilsvik straightens a painting at the Cedar Coffee Company where a David Gilsvik Art Appreciation Night was held this week.

Tim Young will have an art reception at his house at 7 p.m. April 1. He will have work at the Coho Cafe in Tofte April 15-June 30. This painting is called "Fish Witch."

Tim Young will have an art reception at his house at 7 p.m. April 1. He will have work at the Coho Cafe in Tofte April 15-June 30. This painting is called “Fish Witch.”

Photographers Bryan Hansel and John Gregor are featured ian article about North Shore photography workshops in this month's Explore Minnesota.

Photographers Bryan Hansel and John Gregor are featured in an article about North Shore photography workshops in this month’s Explore Minnesota.

Sam Miltich (Clearwater Hot Club) has been invited to be a guest tutor 2017 Grappelli-Django Camp in

Sam Miltich (Clearwater Hot Club) has been invited to be a guest tutor at the 2017 Grappelli-Django Camp in the Netherlands. It is the Europe’s leading workshop camp for gypsy jazz.

Bob DeArmond, who has been the executive director of the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council for 30 years, is retiring in June.  DUring his tenure at ARAC, he has guided the organization grow and transform the arts in the seven county area that ARAC serves: Cook, Lake, St. Louis, Carlton, Aitkin, Itasca, Koochiching.

Bob DeArmond, who has been the executive director of the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council for 30 years, is retiring in June. During his tenure at ARAC, he has helped the organization grow and transform the arts in the seven county area that ARAC serves: Cook, Lake, St. Louis, Carlton, Aitkin, Itasca, Koochiching. In the photo above, he is being interviewed by Karen Sunderman of  WDSE’s The Playlist.

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, March 16:

  • WTIP Community Radio: Joe Paulik, 1 p.m., Gordon Thorne and Jim Ohlschmidt, 4 p.m., The SplinterTones, 5 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Boyd Blomberg, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
  • Bug Dope, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, March 17:

  • WTIP Community Radio: Briand Morrison, 1 p.m., Boyd Blomberg, 4 p.m., Frozen Britches and Rich Mattson & German Gemberling on The Roadhouse, 5-7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge, 5:30 p.m.
  • The Hi B’s Irish Music, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Celtic Music Program, Gunflint Lodge, 8 p.m.
  • Dulutsen Music Festival, Black-Eyed Snakes, Rich Mattson & the North Stars, Sarah Krueger, Papa Charlie’s 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 18:

  • WTIP Community Radio: Common Ground, 2 p.m., Bug Dope, 3 p.m., Gene LeFond and Amy Grillo, 4 p.m., Jim McGowan, 5 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
  • LazyLightning420, Papa Charlie’ss, 3:15 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge, 5:30 p.m.
  • Frozen Britches, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Duluthsen, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 19:

  • Briand Morrison, Scandinavian Jazz Brunch, 10 a.m.
  • Chris & Ari Silver, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
  • Classical Music, Bluefin Grille, 7 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, March 20:

  • Open Mic Night, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Bluefin Grille, 6 p.m.
  • The Pines & Keith Secola, Monday Songwriter Series: Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, March 21:

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

Wednesday, March 22:

  • Open Mic Night, Gun Flint Tavern, 5 p.m.
  • Pieta Brown, Wednesday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

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

First up, wildlife.

The Bald Eagle pair in St. Paul whose nest is monitored by a DNR video cam, have hatched out three eaglets.

The three eaglets hatched out this week, snow or no snow. Photo by Trudi Kron.

The three eaglets hatched out this week, snow or no snow. Photo by Trudi Kron.

 

Jim Raml photographed this beautiful Cross Fox, a color variant of the Red Fox, the other day.

Photo by Jim Raml.

Photo by Jim Raml.

Here are some great full moon shots:

After the Storm by Paul Sundberg.

After the Storm by Paul Sundberg.

 

Moon Over Split Rock Lighthouse by Christian Dalbec.

Moon Over Split Rock Lighthouse by Christian Dalbec.

And a few sunsets/sunrises:

The beginning of a runrise by Jan Swart.

The beginning of a sunrise by Jan Swart.

February Sunrise by Jeffrey Doty.

February Sunrise by Jeffrey Doty.

And then some ice shots.

 

After the Storm by Don Davison.

After the Storm by Don Davison.

 

Photo by Travis Novitsky.

Ice abstract at Partridge Falls. Photo by Travis Novitsky.

And here’s an abstract by Jeannette Paulson… snow caught on a chain-link fence.

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Photo by Jeannette Paulson.

Check out this fantastic shot from the storm last week.

Engulfed by David Johnson.

Engulfed by David Johnson.

And finally, this iconic photo by Kristofer Bowman.

It's still winter by Kristofer Bowman.

“It’s still winter” by Kristofer Bowman.

Have a good weekend everyone!

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Wind, Waves and the Art Experience

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Huge waves pummel the breakwall and the Grand Marais Lighthouse on March 7. Photo by Bryan Hansel.

Wind and waves are the story this week on the North Shore. Gusts of up to 60 miles per hour whipped the Big Lake into tremendous waves that exploded over the breakwall and light house for hours on Tuesday. providing great photo ops for everyone. (See photos, below).

This week starts out with a description of another explosive event: World War I. Educator and outstanding storyteller Arn Kind will give a presentation about Minnesota in the Great War at the Grand Marais Public Library at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Arn Kind will tell stories about Minnesota in the Great War at the library on Thursday.

Arn Kind will tell stories about Minnesota in the Great War at the library on Thursday.

Kind will talk about the causes of World War I and how America got involved, the uniform, weapons, equipment and the life of the typical Minnesota solder or “dough boy”,  the role women played in the war as well as the new technologies that were introduced, including the airplane, the submarine and the tanks. This informative presentation is suitable for ages 8 to adult. All invited. Free.

And North House Folk School continues its Thursday evening winter series with a presentation/workshop with Mary Ellen Ashcroft entitled “Rags to Riches: Repurposing Fabrics.” 

Mary Ellen Ashcroft will teach a workshop on repurposing fabrics at North House Folk School Thursday.

Mary Ellen Ashcroft will teach a workshop on repurposing fabrics at North House Folk School Thursday.

Repurposing fabrics is a time-honored tradition. In the old days, our forebears re-made dresses into shirts and overalls into aprons, until finally the fabric was used for quilts or rugs.  And you can still find rgeat fabric in  closets, trunks, attics, and thrift shops. Dig out that skirt of your mother’s you’ve never thrown away, the bathrobe you loved for years, or the kilt you found at Goodwill, and bring to this workshop.  Topics will include how to locate great fabric, how to see cast-offs in their potential for re-making and decide which patterns work best.  Bring in a few articles of old clothing or fabrics to repurpose. The skill sharing workshop starts at 7 p.m. All invited.

On Friday, the Grand Marais Public Library will screen the last of the winter Friday Night Reels. This time, it’s an action film. “Hell or High Water” tells the story of a divorced father and his his ex-con older brother who resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family’s ranch in West Texas. Here is the trailer for the film.

“Hell or High Water” will be screened at 6 p.m. Friday. Free.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery opens the Lakehead University Visual Arts Department Annual Student Juried Exhibition on Friday with works in a variety of mediums.

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Mary McPherson completing her second year drawing project.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be held at 7:30 p.m. (EST) on Friday, March 17.

Upcoming

DuLutsen North of North Music & Ski Festival will be held at Lutsen Mountains and Papa Charlie’s March 18-19. The festival brings in musicians from Duluth. This year’s lineup includes the Black-Eyed Snakes, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank with Ryan Young of Trampled by Turtles, Jillian Rae, Sarah Krueger, Rich Mattson & the North Stars, Brothers Burn Mountain and  LazyLightning420.

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery‘s celebration of downtown Thunder Bay, Urban Infill: Art in the Core, will be March 25-28 this year.

Urban Infill: Art in the Core features tour guides in yellow and green.

“Urban Infill: Art in the Core” features volunteer tour guides colorfully dressed in yellow and green.

More than 400 artists, musicians and performers will set up in 25 different locations in the Waterfront District. Last year, 2,000 people attended the event. Stay tuned for more info.

Walls & Bridges–A Poetry and Pottery Slam will be held at Betsy Bowen Studios from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 8. This is a special pop-up show centered around the theme of walls and bridges.

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Artists are invited to submit work by Thursday, April 6. To find out more, email Staci at info@woodcut.com to confirm your participation and/ or ask a question about the event. All invited to participate.

Lake Superior Community Theatre will present “The Sunshine Boys” staring George Starkovich and Dan Waxlax at the William Kelley High School Auditorium April 6-9 and the Two Harbors High School April 21-23. For tickets, visit tix.com.

Opportunities

Interested in having a booth at the Grand Marais Arts Festival this year? 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 workup by the shores of Lake Superior and provide insight into their artistic process through demonstration and dialogue. The Arts Festival will be July 8- 9 this year.

Ever thought about being in the Grand Marais Arts Festival? There's still time to apply!

Ever thought about being in the Grand Marais Arts Festival? There’s still time to apply!

Learn more at: http://www.grandmaraisartcolony.org/event.cfm?eid=1

We hope to see you there! Feel free to contact us with any questions @ 218-387-2737.

In Other Art News

 Daniel Paulson, who was the clay studio intern at the Grand Marais Art Colony in 2016-17, will give a presentation at the Duluth Art Institute with geologist Andrew Breckenridge at 6 p.m. today, March 9. The presentation is entitled  “Clay: An Earth Material” and Paulson will discuss his passion to find the perfect clay for his pots in clay deposits in the Northland. All invited. Free.

The Minneapolis StarTribune recently featured a story about plein air painter Neil Sherman.

Neil Sherman at work by Brian Peterson.

Neil Sherman at work. Photo by Brian Peterson.

In the article, Sarah Barker talks to Sherman about his work and why he does it. To read the excellent article, click here.

The Grand Marais Art Colony is hosting two juried artists-in-residence this month: John Schuerman and Luke Johnson.

Schuerman is a self-taught artist, independent curator, and gallery director for Instinct Art Gallery.

John Schuerman in Founders Hall

John Schuerman is an artist-in-residence at the Grand Marais Art Colony through March 18. He will give a presentation about his work and focus at the Art Colony at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 18.

Schuerman’s artistic focus is environmental painting and drawing with expertise in creation, curatorial, and production of socially-themed exhibitions. His Artist Talk at 1 p.m. March 18 is entitled: “Good Book, Bad Idea: Environmental Activist Art.” All invited. Free.

Luke Johnson is a Minnesota artist working primarily in print media and installation.

Luke Johnson is an artist-in-residence working in the Print Studio at the Grand Marais Art Colony. He will give a Xerox intaglio transfer demonstration from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 18. Call the Art Colony at 387-2737 to reserve a spot. Free.

Luke Johnson is an artist-in-residence working in the Print Studio at the Grand Marais Art Colony. He will give a Xerox intaglio transfer demonstration from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 18. Call the Art Colony at 387-2737 to reserve a spot. Free.

Johnson’s 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 materials. He will give a Xerox intaglio transfer demo from 9 am. to noon on Saturday, March 18. Interested? Call the Art Colony at 387-2737 to reserve your spot. Free.

Window Shopping

UpState MN has fantastic brass pencil sharpeners from Germany. They come as single or double sharpeners.

UpState MN has fantastic brass pencil sharpeners from Germany. They come as single or double sharpeners.

 

Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen has new work by Maggie Anderson, including this "naked raku" pot. Anderson is teaching a pottery class at the Art Colony which starts next week. Call the Art Colony at 387-2737 for more info.

Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen has new work by Maggie Anderson, including this “naked raku” pot.

Sivertson Gallery artist, Aaron Kloss posted this photo of the start of one of his paintings on his Facebook page the other day.

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Beginning a painting by Aaron Kloss.

When it is finished, it might look something like this.

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“Birches” by Aaron Kloss. He shows his work at Sivertson Gallery.

 

Jim Sannerud has new wooden bowls at Betsy Bowen Gallery & Studios. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

Jim Sannerud has new wooden bowls at Betsy Bowen Gallery & Studios. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

 

 

 

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, March 9:

  • Eric Frost, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, March 10:

  • Joe Paulik, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge, 5:30 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Cry Wolf, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 11:

  • Dat Dere Jazz, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge, 5:30 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Papa Charlie’s, 6:45 p.m.
  • Common Ground, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Jim McGowan, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Blues Happy, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Cry Wolf, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Viva Knievel, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 12:

  • Briand Morrison, Scandinavian Jazz Brunch, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.- noon
  • Lehto & Wright, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Bluefin Grille, 7 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, March 12:

  • Boyd Blomberg, Bluefin Grille, 7 p.m.
  • Chris Koza, Monday Night Songwriters, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, March 14:

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

Wednesday, March 15:

  • Martin Devaney, Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

 

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There were lots of photos of waves crashing on the breakwall, on the shore, on docks…a cornucopia of wonder. Here’s a selection:

Afternoon sun and great waves by Thomas Spence.

Afternoon sun and great waves by Thomas Spence.

 

March Waves by Paul Sunderman.

March Waves by Paul Sunderman.

 

Grand Marais Lite by Christian Dalbec.

Grand Marais Lite by Christian Dalbec.

 

Storm waves by Bruce Johnson.

Storm waves by Bruce Johnson.

 

Two days of howling winds and fantastic waves by Sandra Updyke.

Two days of howling winds and fantastic waves by Sandra Updyke.

 

Awesome Wave by David Johnson.

Awesome Wave by David Johnson.

 

And there were some neat “sidebars.” Here’s a shot of what the ice spray did on shore.

Life on Another Planet by Kjersti Vick.

Life on Another Planet by Kjersti Vick.

 

Here’s another photo by Kjersti Vick.

Can You Hear Her Roar? by Kjersti Vick.

Can You Hear Her Roar? by Kjersti Vick.

And finally, this beauty by Bryan Hansel.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

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Music, Art Shows and Great Theater

Sandra Updyke took this beauty the other day. Enjoy!

Sandra Updyke took this beauty in blues the other day. Enjoy!

 

It looks like March is coming in like a lamb on the North Shore this week, making it easy to enjoy all the offerings this weekend.

First up is an introduction to blacksmithing at North House Folk School at 7 p.m. on Thursday night. Entitled “Forged in Fire: Intro to Blacksmithing with Elizabeth Belz,” this evening workshop offers participants the chance to enter the dark realm of the blacksmith shop and leave with an appreciation of an ancient craft.

Intro to Blacksmithing will be held at North House Folk School on Thursday night.

Intro to Blacksmithing will be held at North House Folk School on Thursday night. Everyone welcome. The minimum age is 14. $5 materials fee.

Participants will earn how to bend hot steel with a hammer and anvil, as well as other basic blacksmithing tricks. Everyone will leave with their very own wall hook. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and cotton clothing. There is a $5 material fee. Participants must be at least 14. For more info, call North House at 387-9762.

Friday night is busy. Musicians Thea Ennen and Dave Ja Vue will be guests on WTIP’s The Roadhouse, where they will talk about their music and play a few songs. The show airs from 5-7 p.m.

Thea Ennen and Dave Ja Vue will be on WTIP's The Roadhouse on Friday night.

Thea Ennen and Dave Ja Vue will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night.

The pair will perform at Cascade Lodge Pub on Saturday night.

Also on Friday, the Grand Marais Public Library‘s Friday Night Reels will screen “The Ardennes” at 6 p.m. This is a fairly violent action film about two bandit brothers, one fresh from prison, the other eager to escape their criminal past, who form a potentially explosive love triangle with the ex-con’s ex-girlfriend. Here’s the trailer:

The screening is free.

Also on Friday night, the North Shore Community Band will play for a dance at the Schroeder Town Hall from 7-9 p.m. Ann and Wayne Russ will be there for dance instruction/encouragement.

The North Shore Community Band will play for a dance at the Schroeder Town Hall on Friday night.

The North Shore Community Band will play for a dance at the Schroeder Town Hall on Friday night.

The dance is open to the public. Non-dancers are invited too– come listen to the music.

And at Papa Charlie’s, the Big Wu begins a weekend of music for the Wutsen Music & Ski Festival March 3-5.

The Big Wu will play at Papa Charlie's this weekend for the Wutsen Music & Ski Festival.

The Big Wu will play at Papa Charlie’s this weekend for the Wutsen Music & Ski Festival.

They’ll play on Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 9:30 p.m. and the Acoustic Wu play at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Click here to hear one of their songs.

Then on Saturday night, the North Shore Music Association hosts an Irish concert with Patsy O’Brien (a virtuoso guitarist and songwriter from County Cork, Ireland) and Dick Hensold, the leading Northumbrian smallpiper in North America. The duo will perform at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m.

Henshold

Dick Henshold

O'Brien

Patsy O’Brien

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a concert of traditional Celtic music, but with unique and innovative arrangements, including a variety of songs from Britain and Ireland. As well as a broad range of styles of Celtic music, the program also features an impressive range of expression, from the jaunty and humorous to soulful, led by o’Brien’s warm and multi-colored baritone voice, and Henshold’s variety of pipes and whistles, combined with the nimble instrumental virtuosity of both musician. Tickets $20 adult, $10 youth (18 & under) for sale in advance or at the door.  To hear a song, click here. All welcome. They will be on WTIP radio at 3 p.m. on Saturday to talk about their music and play a few tunes. A great way to get a preview!

Opportunities

The Grand Marais Art Colony is offering two workshops this weekend on social media taught by Linda White. On Saturday, White will teach “Social Media Basics” from 1-3 p.m. She will coach students through the steps to setting up a social media account on one or two platforms of their choice.

facebookThis could include Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr, or other platforms based on participant interest (YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.). This is a hands-on session in which students will receive technical assistance to successfully begin or expand a social media presence. $30.

On Sunday, White will teach “Social Media Demystified” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Art Colony. Students will learn about the various social media platforms, how to strategically choose a good fit, and how to participate and harness a platform’s power. She will outline case studies, content ideas, and tips on how to begin building out a social media network. $60. For more information or to register, call the Art Colony at 387-2737.

There are some interesting exhibits this weekend, too.

The Betsy Bowen Gallery and Studios is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with a wide variety of art by local and regional artists, including work by Betsy Bowen.

An original woodcut titled, "Shingebiss & Wintermaker." From Original woodcut by Betsy Bowen from "Shingebiss: An Ojibwe Legend,"

An original woodcut titled, “Shingebiss & Wintermaker.” Woodcut by Betsy Bowen from “Shingebiss: An Ojibwe Legend,”

The woodcut, above, is from the book, ”Shingebiss: An Ojibwe Legend,”  as retold by Nancy Van Lann. It was illustrated by Bowen in 1997. In the woodcut above, Wintermaker said: “I can neither freeze Shingebiss nor starve him; he is a very singular being. I will let him alone.” To see other woodcuts from the series, click here.

In Duluth, James Klueg and Liz James have curated the exhibition “Call and Response” that is currently on view at the Tweed Museum of Art.

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Ice Bucket (detail) by Steve Hansen, wheel-thrown stoneware with decals, from James Klueg’s collection.

The Duluth Art Institute is featuring three exhibits this month: “Rooted Expression,” paintings by Elizabeth Kuth, “Gezielt (Targeted), “mixed media art by Carla Hamilton and a collection of photographs by UMD students.

This painting by Elizabeth Kuth is on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute's galleries at The Depot.

This painting by Elizabeth Kuth is on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute‘s galleries at The Depot.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery has a number of on-going exhibits, including an exhibit from their photography collection.

tom o'connor serene, 1978 spotlight on photography

“Serene” by Tom O’Connor, 1978 is one of the photographs in an exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The exhibit continues through Sunday, March 5.

And look forward to some great theater when the Magnus Theater in Thunder Bay mounts “Of Human Bondage,” an epic tale of obsession, lust, and the pursuit of beauty adapted for the stage by Governor General’s Award winning playwright Vern Thiessen. The play is based on the classic novel by W. Somerset Maugham.

"Of Human Bondage" opens at the Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay March 6.

“Of Human Bondage” opens at the Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay March 6.

The play opens March 6 and runs through March 18. For tickets, click here. The Magnus Theater is located at 10 S. Algoma St. in Thunder Bay.

Upcoming

Mary Ellen Ashcroft will hold an evening workshop at North House Folk School next Thursday, March 9, entitled “Rags to Riches: Repurposing Fabrics.” The evening workshop will look at how to find great fabrics as well as use some of your own to create unique one-of-a-kind garments. Participants will learn to see ‘cast-offs’ afresh in their potential for re-making, and to decide what patterns—such as a vest or anorak—work best.  The ultimate in re-use, this craft is affordable, creative, and a great source of one of a kind garments. Participants are encouraged to bring a few articles of old clothing or fabrics to re-purpose. The workshop will be held at 7 p.m. March 9.

On Saturday, March 18, the Grand Marais Art Colony invites the public to its 2017 Juried Artists-in-Residence Presentations. Luke Johnson will demonstrate Xerox-Intaglio Transfer in the Print Studio from 9 a.m. to noon. Free, but registration is required. Call 387-2737.

At 1 p.m. on March 18, John Schuerman will give an overview of his project: “Good Book Bad Idea,” and facilitate a discussion on the topics of overpopulation, environmentalism, and art activism. Included will be background information about the project’s inspiration. Free. All invited.

 Window Shopping

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Jim Brandenburg’s spectacular photographs of the Northern Lights are back at Sivertson Gallery after an exhibit at the Swedish American Institute in Minneapolis.

 

Upstate MN is featuring wild honey candles this week.

Upstate MN is featuring wild honey candles this week.

 

Painter Pam Fioritto has new work at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Painter Pam Fioritto has new work at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Check out this great print by Kenspeckle Letter Press in Duluth entitled "Back in Winter, Dreaming of Spring." Kenspeckle Press is located on the second floor of the DeWitt-Seitz Building in Canal Park.

Check out this great print by Kenspeckle Letter Press in Duluth entitled “Back in Winter, Dreaming of Spring.” Kenspeckle Press is located on the second floor of the DeWitt-Seitz Building in Canal Park.

 In Other Art News:

 Almost 1,000 arts advocates met with their legislators to inform them about the importance of public arts funding in their communities on Tuesday.  The event was organized by the Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. Here’s a photo of half of them:

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Almost 1,000 people showed up for Arts Advocacy Day at the State Capital on Tuesday.

If you were unable to be there, it’s not too late to make your voice heard! Follow the link below to take a few minutes to contact your legislators about the importance of public funding to artists, arts groups, and individuals in your community. Click here.

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery was awarded The Best Cultural Event at the Thunder Bay Arts & Heritage Awards for their event Urban Infill: Art in the Core. This year’s event is March 25. Stay tuned.

Staff and board members from the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Duluth accept the award.

Staff and board members from the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Duluth accept the award.

 

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, March 2:

  • Joe Paulik, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Jon Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Dance Party with DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.

Friday, March 3:

  • Billy Johnson, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Pete K, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge, 5:30 p.m.
  • Schroeder Town Hall Dance, North Shore Community Swing Band,  7 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Wu-Fest, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 4:

  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
  • James Moors, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Gene LaFond and Amy Grillo, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge, 5:30 p.m.
  • Billy Johnson, Papa Charlie’s, 6:45 p.m.
  • Kevin Buck, Grandma Ray’s, 7 p.m.
  • Thea Ennen and Dave Ja Vue, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Patsy O’Brien and Dick Hensold, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • WuFest, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 5:

  • Wu Acoustic, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.,
  • Classical Music, Bluefin Grille, 6 p.m.

Monday, March 6:

  • Open Mic Night, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • The Lowest Pair, Monday Songwriter Series, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, March 7:

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

Wednesday, March 8:

  • Open Mic Night, Gun Flint Tavern, 5 p.m.
  • Jack Klatt, Wednesday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

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Thank our photographers! Here is a selection of photos we found this week.

Wintered Wreck by Don Malcolm.

Wintered Wreck by Don Malcolm.

 

Sunrise in the Sea Smoke by Jeffrey Doty.

Sunrise in the Sea Smoke by Jeffrey Doty.

 

Look into my wave by Christian Dalbec.

Look into My Wave by Christian Dalbec.

 

For the love of the lake by Jeremy Church.

For the Love of the Lake by Jeremy Church.

 

Strange ice by Rubin Stenseng.

Strange Ice by Rubin Stenseng. (Editor’s note: ice bowls or overcooked pancakes?)

 

Grand Marais Lighthouse by Thomas Spence.

Grand Marais Lighthouse by Thomas Spence.

 

Ice pattern by Bryan Hansel.

The Ice Pattern! by Bryan Hansel.

 

 

Tombolo Sunrise by Jim Schnortz.

Tombolo Sunrise by Jim Schnortz.

 

Ice-covered Breakwall by Paul Sundberg.

Ice-covered Breakwall by Paul Sundberg.

 

After a Morning Sunrise by Jan Swart.

After a Morning Sunrise by Jan Swart.

 

And last, but not least… this great photo taken by Nancy Seaton at Hungry Jack Outfitters.

The Raven Has Landed by Nancy Seaton.

The Raven Has Landed by Nancy Seaton.

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Spring has Sprung?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Window Shopping

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

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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.

Window Shopping

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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