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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.

Cobi the tonight show jimmy fallon

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

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

 Upcoming

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

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

In Other Art News:

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, Jan. 19:

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

Friday, Jan. 20:

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

Saturday, Jan. 21:

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

Sunday, Jan. 22:

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

Monday, Jan 23:

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

Tuesday, Jan. 24:

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

Wednesday, Jan. 25

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

 

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

First, some wildlife photos.

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

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

 

Otter Lunch by David Johnson.

Otter Lunch by David Johnson.

 

A portrait of a pine marten by Sparky Stensaas.

A portrait of a pine marten by Sparky Stensaas.

 

Snowy Owl by Jason Kahler.

Snowy Owl by Jason Kahler.

We’ve had some grey days.

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

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

 

 

Wisps of Avalon by Glen Sande.

Wisps of Avalon by Glen Sande.

And then some sun and spectacular sunsets and sunrises.

Sunset Waves by David Johnson.

Sunset Waves by David Johnson.

 

Sea Smoke by Paul Sundberg.

Sea Smoke by Paul Sundberg.

And finally, this shivering beauty.

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

“..Going …” by Sandy Updyke.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

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




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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No Winter Blahs Here

 

Winter Buddies by David Johnson.

“Winter Buddies” by David Johnson.

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

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

Jean Sibelius.

Jean Sibelius.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Melissa Wickwire's bath tile surround.

Melissa Wickwire’s bath tile surround.

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

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

Art exhibits continue on the North Shore, too.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Opportunities

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

Applications for the Grand Marais Arts Festival are now open.

Applications for the Grand Marais Arts Festival are now open.

In Other Art News

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Here’s the music for this weekend:

Thursday, Jan. 12:

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

Friday, Jan. 13:

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

Saturday, Jan. 14:

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

Sunday, Jan. 15:

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

Monday, Jan. 16:

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

Tuesday, Jan. 17:

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

Wednesday, Jan. 18:

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

 

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

Let’s start with people in winter …

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

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

 

A winter swing. Photo courtesy of Bearskin Lodge.

A swing in winter. Photo courtesy of Bearskin Lodge.

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Cedar Waxwings by Michael Furtman.

“Cedar Waxwings by Michael Furtman.”

 

Pine Grosbeak by David Brislance.

Pine Grosbeak by David Brislance.

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

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

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

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

My Backyard" by Christian Dalbec.

“My Backyard” by Christian Dalbec.

 

On My Way to Work by MaryJane Van Den Heuvel.

On My Way to Work by MaryJane Van Den Heuvel.

 

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

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

 

Snowed In by Kelley Marquart.

Snowed In by Kelley Marquart.

But the skies are beginning to clear …

thomas Spence this morning on the beach

This Morning on the Beach by Thomas Spence.

 

Another beautiful morning by Jamie Rabold.

Another beautiful morning by Jamie Rabold.

 

The Blue is Finally Moving In by Sandra Updyke.

The Blue is Finally Moving In by Sandra Updyke.

 

chad sullens dark skies in Cook County

“Dark Skies in Cook County” by Chad Sullens.

 

Full Moon at Split Rock by David Barthel.

Full Moon at Split Rock by David Barthel.

Enjoy the weekend, everyone!

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




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Winter has arrived!

Enjoying the North Shore by Kelley Marquart.

Enjoying the North Shore by Kelley Marquart.

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

Check out this:

Miserably awesome Minnesota Winter by Bryan Hansel.

Miserably awesome Minnesota Winter by Bryan Hansel.

And this:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Fallen Cedar" photograph by David Gredzens.

“Fallen Cedar” photograph by David Gredzens.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming

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

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

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

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

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

Opportunities

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

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

Window Shopping

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

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

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

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

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North Shore-themed calendars are at Drury Lane Books.

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

Tara Block has her pottery at Joy and Company.

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

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

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

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

 

In Other Art News

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

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

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

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

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Painting by Betsy Bowen.

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, Jan. 5:

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

Friday, Jan. 6:

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

Saturday, Jan. 7:

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

Sunday, Jan. 8:

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

Monday, Jan. 9:

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

Tuesday, Jan. 10:

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

Wednesday, Jan. 11:

 

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We found lots of fun photos this week.

Let’s start with a little lesson.

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

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

A ruffed grouse in search of fruit.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

An otter and its fish. Photo by Bryan Hansel.

 

Young lynx gets a snowshoe hare.

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

 

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

Photo by Paul Sundberg.

Photo by Paul Sundberg.

And here are more wildlife photos.

"Racing his shadow" by Michael Furtman.

“Racing his shadow” by Michael Furtman.

 

Bobcat by Paul Sundberg.

Bobcat by Paul Sundberg.

 

Pine grosbeaks by David Johnson.

Pine grosbeaks by David Johnson.

 

Check out this great sled dog photo by Layne Kennedy.

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

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

 

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

Sunday Surf by Don Davison.

Sunday Surf by Don Davison.

 

Photo by Kjersti Vick.

Photo by Kjersti Vick.

 

Winter frost and ice by Dawn Lapoint.

Winter frost and ice by Dawn LaPointe.

 

Agate Beach at Park Point by Gregory A. Israelson.

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

 

Grand Marais Harbor Walkway by Paul Sundberg.

Grand Marais Harbor Walkway by Paul Sundberg.

 

Winter winds by Candace LaCrosse.

Winter winds by Candace LaCrosse.

 

Mounds of fun at Stoney Point by Christian Dalbec.

Mounds of fun at Stoney Point by Christian Dalbec.

 

It was the new moon this week.

New Moon by Tom Fiero.

New Moon by Tom Fiero.

 

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

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

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

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

Winter's artistry by Mary Amerman.

Winter’s artistry by Mary Amerman.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Happy New Year!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming

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

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

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

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

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

Window Shopping

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s the music for this week:

Thursday, Dec. 29:

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

Friday, Dec. 30:

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

Saturday, Dec. 31:


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

Monday, Jan.2:

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

Tuesday, Jan. 3:

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

Wednesday, Jan. 4:

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

 

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

Winter Storm by Paul Sundberg.

Winter Storm by Paul Sundberg.

 

Winter Night Sky over the High Falls by Travis Novitsky.

Winter Night Sky over the High Falls by Travis Novitsky.

 

Winter Superior by Richard Gruchalla.

Winter Superior by Richard Gruchalla.

 

Cold and Steamy Mornings on Lake Superior by Thomas Spence.

Cold and Steamy Mornings on Lake Superior by Thomas Spence.

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

A magical December Night by Travis Novitsky.

A magical December Night by Travis Novitsky.

 

Grand Marais Sunrise by Paul Sundberg.

Grand Marais Sunrise by Paul Sundberg.

 

Northern Lights by Thomas Spence.

Northern Lights by Thomas Spence.

 

Ice Castle at Cascade River State Park by Bryan Hansel.

Ice Castle at Cascade River State Park by Bryan Hansel.

And finally, this one by Christian Dalbec.

Monster Waves by Christian Dalbec.

Monster Waves by Christian Dalbec.

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

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




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Holiday Cheer to Everyone

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A winter wonderland in Grand Marais — Happy Holidays everyone!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bead artist Jo Wood exhibits at Last Chance Gallery.

Bead artist Jo Wood exhibits at Last Chance Gallery.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Upcoming

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

One of the chairs Sannerud has crafted for the installation.

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

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

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

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

New Year’s Eve Parties:

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

 

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

Thursday, Dec. 22:

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

Friday, Dec. 23:

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

Sunday, Dec. 25:

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

Monday, Dec. 26:

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

Tuesday, Dec. 27:

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

Wednesday, Dec. 28:

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

Thursday, Dec. 29:

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

 

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

First, two photos by Michael Furtman.

Grouse by Michael Furtman.

Grouse by Michael Furtman.

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

Secretive hen pheasant by Michael Furtman.

Secretive hen pheasant by Michael Furtman.

And here’s a portrait of a river otter.

Photo by Paul Sundberg.

Photo by Paul Sundberg.

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

Hello Winter by Mary Amerman.

Hello Winter by Mary Amerman.

An inspiring shot by Travis Novitsky.

A December morning and 13 below at the Spirit Tree.

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

A photographer’s eye…

Ice Window by David Johnson.

Ice Window by David Johnson.

Hello from here…

Good Morning from Here by Kristofer Bowman.

Good Morning from Here by Kristofer Bowman.

The long view …

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

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

Water, ice and looming clouds …

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

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

Sea smoke I

Sea Smoke Sunset by David Johnson.

Sea Smoke Sunset by David Johnson.

Icy shores …

Photo by Kjersti Vick.

Photo by Kjersti Vick.

Sea smoke II

Sea Smoke by Paul Sundberg.

Sea Smoke by Paul Sundberg.

Sea Smoke III

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Great lunar halos last night by Michael Thompson.

Great lunar halos last night by Michael Thompson.

And this one, with the sun:

Sun dogs by Eric Carlson.

Sun dogs by Eric Carlson.

And finally, this beauty.

Ella: So much to squish by Danielle Fortin.

Ella: So much to squish, by Danielle Fortin.

Enjoy the weekend, everyone!

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Broadway & Curries, Puppets & A Potluck

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Kjersti Vick caught this great photograph of sea smoke, breaking waves and an ice-encrusted shore the other day. Enjoy!

Brrr — winter made sure we noticed its arrival this week with blasting winds, high waves and the first Arctic front to tear across the landscape.

However, that also makes for picture-perfect, snow-covered forests and ski trails and sets the scene for Christmas.

But first, a mock trial between the Big Bad Wolf and Curly Pig (read the Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Pigs) will be staged at the Cook County Courthouse at 9:30 a.m. Friday.

The Big Bad Wolf is suing Curly Pig in a mock trail at the Courthouse put on by students at Great Expectations School on Friday.

The Big Bad Wolf is suing Curly Pig in a mock trail  put on by students at Great Expectations School on Friday. They will try the case in the Cook County courtroom.

The second and third grade students at Great Expectations School  (the Wolves) are putting on a mock trail with the Honorable Judge Hicken (County Attorney Molly Hicken) presiding. The Big Bad Wolf is suing Curly Pig for trying to cook him when he came down the chimney. “I was only trying to be friendly,” BB Wolf says. Curly Pig had put a boiling cauldron on the fire and, reportedly, had a cookbook opened to “Poached Wolf” when BB slid into view. Suzy Schweig, who teaches the Wolves class, assures us that there will be a witness, and her students will be dressed up for the trial. It’s also open to the public, and should be fun. Who will win? Come to the courtroom and find out!

On Saturday, The Grand Marais Art Colony will hold a Community Ink Day, an all-ages printmaking event to make a monoprint for personal use or give as a holiday gift. Students will experiment with design and learn more about the art of printmaking. All supplies are provided.

Printmaker Jerry Riach will run a printmaking workshop at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Saturday from 1-3:30 p.m.

Printmaker Jerry Riach will hold a printmaking event at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Saturday from 1-3:30 p.m.

This is a drop-in activity. Printmaker Jerry Riach will be in the print studio from 1-3:30 p.m. to lead the way. No registration is required, although children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. $5 donation. All invited.

On Saturday night, a great set of actors will provide lots of great entertainment when the Grand Marais Playhouse presents the “Curry Cook-Off and Broadway Musical Showcase” at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

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The event is a fundraiser for the Playhouse and was such a success last year that it’s happening again this year. There will be a Playhouse membership meeting at 6 p.m. Curries (and chili, for those who don’t like curry) will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the Broadway Showcase starts at 7:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to sample all the curries and then vote on their favorite. The showcase will feature a number of acts based on Broadway hits. Tickets are $10 for the food, $10 for the show.

And next Wednesday, one of the highlights of the season, the Winter Solstice Shadow Puppet Pageant, will be held at North House Folk School starting at 6 p.m. The pageant is the creation of the Good Harbor Hill Players.

The theme of the Shadow Puppet Pageant in 2013 was "It's About Time." We don't know what it will be this year.

The theme of the Shadow Puppet Pageant in 2013 was “It’s About Time.” We don’t know what the theme will be this year, but it’s bound to be quirky and lots of fun.

The Shadow Puppet Pageant is held outdoors, and the audience clusters around a screen set into a big door. There’s live music and craziness and lots of laughter. The Krampus appear at some point with their scary costumes and loud bells and drums, and there’s a bonfire where people can throw in their “gloomies” to start fresh for the New Year. Afterwards, everybody warms up indoors at a community potluck. All invited. And make sure to dress for the weather and bring a dish to share, if you wish.

The Holiday Art Underground Show continues at Betsy Bowen’s Studio and Galleries, featuring more than 30 local and regional artists. Bowen has her work in the show, too, including her prints, books and cards as well as her 2017 calendar.

Raven on Kinngait. A stonecut & stencil by Betsy Bowen, 1995. The story of this image can be found in the 2017 calendar. Visit woodcut.com to place an order.

“Raven on Kinngait,” a stonecut & stencil by Betsy Bowen, 1995. The story of this image can be found in her 2017 calendar.

The gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. And, if the light is on and you can see an “Open” sign, stop in.

In Duluth, both the Tweed Museum of Art on the UMD campus and the Duluth Art Institute are exhibiting new work.

Also at the Tweed is a new display in the Nelson case of Native American art from the Tweed’s collection, including beadwork and baskets.

"Powederpuff Girl: Buttercup," Beaded deerskin bag with beaded handle and fringe with glass, antler and cowrie shells by Barbara R. Lacapa/Asabikeshi-ikwe or Spider Woman.

“Powederpuff Girl: Buttercup,” beaded deerskin bag with beaded handle and fringe with glass, antler and cowrie shells by Barbara R. Lacapa/Asabikeshi-ikwe or Spider Woman.

The Duluth Art Institute’s exhibits, the Arrowhead Regional Biennial and 4North continues through early February.

Alison Aune points out a detail in her work at the opening of 4North at the Duluth Art Institute.

Alison Aune points out a detail in her work at the opening of “4North” at the Duluth Art Institute.

4North features new work by four Duluth artists: Alison Aune, Kirsten Aune, Ann Klefstad, and Arna Rennan. The artists share a Scandinavian heritage, as well as live and work in northern Minnesota. While the four create in disparate media—painting, sculpture, and textile arts—the Threads connecting their work reveal a deep reverence for the natural world and the translation and transmutation of patterns and symbols. The exhibit continues through Feb. 2.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery continues its exhibits this month as well with Elizabeth Buset’s “Swine,” a Norval Morrisseau exhibit and John Books’ “Oxen of the Son.”

"A Youth (2 of 8), bronze, by John Books.

“A Youth (2 of 8), bronze, by John Books.

And the Baggage Building Arts Centre at Prince Arthur’s Landing in Thunder Bay is exhibiting members’ work, including painting, photography, ceramics and fiber art through Jan. 6.

The Winter Members Exhibition continues at the Baggage Building Arts Centre through Jan. 6.

The Winter Members Exhibition continues at the Baggage Building Arts Centre.

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 “At the Table,” an installation at the Grand Marais Art Colony by Jim Sannerud, opens Dec. 29 and runs through Jan. 8. It is both an installation and a performance piece that comes to life through a shared dinner. Sannerud’s past experience as a bowl turner merges with his current interest in participatory art as he creates a large table, chairs, and serving vessels to facilitate an experience in which participants engage in dialogue about place, memory, and how traditions are translated.

Jim Sannerud works on a piece for his installation at the Grand Marais Art Colony Dec. 29.

Jim Sannerud works on a piece for his installation at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

Detail of the second chair back by Jim Sannerud.

Detail of the second chair back by Jim Sannerud.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All pieces are inspired by Scandinavian design and Sannerud’s visit to his ancestral farm in Norway. For more information, call the Art Colony at 387-2737.

The Grand Marais Public Library will hold a winter event series on Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. starting Jan. 4 and running through March 8. Topics include everything from medicinal plants to music performances. Fred Keller launches the series on Jan. 4 with “Tales from the Northwoods.” Free. All invited. The library will also screen a number of films this winter as well at 6 p.m. on Friday evenings, beginning Jan. 6. The films are intended for an adult audience. “My Love Don’t Cross the River” is the first film that will be shown. To see the complete schedule of winter events and films, visit www.grandmaraislibrary.org

The North Shore Music Association will present the 4th annual Grand Marais Ole Opry, a classic country and old-time music showcase featuring local and regional musicians. Emceed by WTIP’s “Classic Country” host Carl Solander, this year’s lineup features two Twin Cities groups, The Saddle Sores and Cherry Dirt, and local luminaries Gordon Thorne and Rose & Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux. Stay tuned.

In Other Art News:

Briand Morrison and other Anishinaabe musicians will perform “The Stand: A Fundraiser for Standing Rock” at The Underground in The Depot, 506 W. Michigan St., in Duluth at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Briand Morrison will perform with other Anishinaabe musicians for a fundraiser for Standing Rock on Friday.

Briand Morrison will perform with other Anishinaabe musicians for a fundraiser for Standing Rock on Friday in Duluth.

Lyz Jaakola and Leah Lemm will also perform. Admission to the event includes music, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. More information and ticket reservations can be found online at www.duluthplayhouse.org , by selecting “Get your tickets.”

Melissa Wickwire has just completed a piece for Clayspace Co-op in Asheville, NC for a fundraising exhibition in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights. For more information about the exhibit, click here.

This tile by Melissa Wickwire will be in a show in Asheville, N.C.

This tile by Melissa Wickwire will be in a show in Asheville, N.C.

 

Last Chance Gallery is featuring individual moose ornaments this year. They are crafted by Tom Christiansen and then painted by members of the gallery staff.  For more info, click here.

Last Chance moose ornament.

A moose ornament from Last Chance Gallery.

Last Chance is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is open most days by chance.  Holiday hours are Christmas Eve 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.,  Dec. 26 to  30 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Dec. 31 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

And Great Gifts of Lutsen has received a new shipment of Manitobah Mukluks in all sizes and styles. The company is Aboriginal-owned.

Great Gifts of Lutsen carried Manitoba Mukluks.

Great Gifts of Lutsen carried Manitobah Mukluks.

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, Dec. 15:

  • Gordon Thorne & Chris Gillis, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • Bug Dope, Bluefin Grille, Tofte, 8 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 16:

  • Matthew Griswold, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Chris Gillis, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Bughouse, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 17:

  • Gordon Thorne & Chris Gillis, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Gunflint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
  • Jim Mc Gowan, Voyageur Brewing Co., 7:30 p.m.
  • Bughouse, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Momentary Lapse of Floyd, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 18:

  • TBA, Gun Flint Tavern, 6 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 19:

  • Open Mic Night, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Pete Kavanaugh, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 20:

  • Pete Kavanaugh, Poplar River Pub, 8 p.m.

 

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We found some great photos this week, including wildlife shots. Take a look:

"Stretching the Wings," by David Johnson.

“Stretching the Wings,” by David Johnson.

 

Ruffed Grouse displaying by Michael Furtman.

Ruffed Grouse displaying by Michael Furtman.

Michael Furtman says he has seen this before in winter. There were four females nearby and Furtman said he thought the male just took advantage of the situation.

David Johnson has been watching the otters in the harbor and came up with these great shots.

Portrait of an otter by David Johnson.

Portrait of an otter by David Johnson.

"See Ya- Happy Holidays" by David Johnson,

“See Ya” by David Johnson.

And this bunch of cuties ….

"I've never wanted to be in a gang more than this one" by Devaney O'Brian.

“I’ve never wanted to be in a gang more than this one” by Devaney O’Brian.

And finally, this one by Ann Possis.

"Busted" by Ann Possis.

“Busted!” by Ann Possis.

Winter:

First there’s this:

"A Tiny Snowflake" by Patty Maki.

“A Tiny Snowflake” by Patty Maki.

 

Then there’s this …

"I like to split wood when it's cold" by Travis Novitsky.

“I like to split wood when it’s cold” by Travis Novitsky.

And this ….

Frost Flowers by Kjersti Vick.

Frost Flowers by Kjersti Vick.

And this …

First pancake ice by Sarah Reller.

First pancake ice by Sarah Reller.

And this …

"Beauty I'd always missed with these eyes before" by Terry Backlund.

“Beauty I’d always missed with these eyes before” by Terry Backlund.

And this ….

Sea fog in Two Harbors by Christian Dalbec.

Sea smoke in Two Harbors by Christian Dalbec.

And this …

HIdden Falls-Cascade River by Paul Sundberg.

HIdden Falls-Cascade River by Paul Sundberg.

And this ….

"Frozen Tree Sunset" by Jake Trost.

“Frozen Tree Sunset” by Jake Trost.

And finally, this ….

"Iced: the Indian Harbor arriving in Two Harbors just before sunset" by Christian Dalbec.

“Iced –the Indiana Harbor arriving in Two Harbors just before sunset” by Christian Dalbec.

Have a great weekend, everyone! Stay warm!

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




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Winter has arrived on the North Shore.

Winter has arrived! Photo by Sarah Reller.

Ah, it’s nice to have winter here again. This week’s snowfall coated trees and roads (and ski hills and ski trails) with plenty of snow. And the best news? Below freezing temps means it will stay that way for awhile.

It’s perfect timing, too, as everyone begins to celebrate the holiday season. This weekend is Julefest at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. The Scandinavian Christmas Festival features a chance to sample delicious homemade Scandinavian holiday treats at 1 p.m. and the St. Lucia program at 2 p.m.

Paige was the St. Lucia during Julefest last year. She is attended by Taylor and Cecelia.

Paige was the St. Lucia during Julefest last year. She is attended by Taylor and Cecelia.

According to legend, St. Lucia was a young Christian girl who was martyred in 304 AD. The most common story told about her is that she would secretly bring food to the persecuted Christians in Rome who hid in the catacombs under the city. St. Lucia would wear candles on her head so she had both her hands free to carry food. It is celebrated in Sweden on Dec. 13. The event is open to the public.

Also on Saturday, Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen celebrates its two-year anniversary with refreshments and live music by Gordon Thorne from 3-7 p.m.

Illustration of Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery by Kathy Hellner.

Illustration of Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery by Kathy Hellner.

The public is invited to attend this festive event to enjoy the tastes of the season and see a wide variety of local and regional art.

And not to forget the Holiday Underground Art Show at the Betsy Bowen Studio and Galleries. The show, which opened last weekend, features work by more than 30 local and regional artists. Paintings, pottery, fiber art, jewelry, tiles, woodcut prints, cards and books are just a few of the featured items in this fun show.

Marce Wood's colorful flower garlands are featured at the Holiday Art Undergroun.

Marce Wood’s colorful flower garlands, crafted from beautiful photographs,  are featured at the Holiday Art Underground.

The Holiday Art Underground Show is open through Dec. 24. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. And, if the light is on and you can see an “Open” sign, stop in.

In Duluth, the Minnesota Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” in Symphony Hall in the DECC with performances at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 & 10 and at 3 p.m. Dec. 11.

The Minnesota Ballet performs "The Nutcracker" in Duluth this weekend.

The Minnesota Ballet performs “The Nutcracker” in Duluth this weekend.

The performances premiere live music with the Minnesota Ballet Orchestra and the Superior Youth Chorus. For tickets, click here.

Also this weekend in Duluth, artist Brian Barber opens a show at Beaner’s Central from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 8.

Brian Barber will feature his work at Beaner's Central.

Brian Barber will feature his work at Beaner’s Central in West Duluth.

Also, the Duluth Art Institute‘s Holiday Pottery Sale will be held in the Lincoln Building, 2229 W. 2nd, on Saturday and Sunday.

Bowl by Dave Lynas. He is one of the potters showing at the Holiday Pottery Sale in Duluth.

Bowl by Dave Lynas. He is one of the potters showing at the Holiday Pottery Sale in Duluth.

There are several interesting art exhibits in Thunder Bay, too.

Definitely Superior Art Gallery, 250 Park Ave., is featuring two exhibits this month: “Ineffable,” the 28th annual Juried Exhibition and Creators Project 6, international video screenings.

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Work by artists Barbara Benwell, Ray Atwood, Robin Faye and 31 others are featured in the exhibit at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery.

“Ineffable” features works by more than 45 local and regional artists, selected by a panel of jurors. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 6 p.m.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery, on the campus of Confederation College, has a number of exhibits this month, including John Books: Oxen of the Sun and Elizabeth Buset: Swine.  In the Community Room, an exhibit entitled “Expression of Spirit” can be seen.

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“A Priest Looking at the History of the Earth,” detail, intaglio print on paper, by Michael Robinson.

This exhibition celebrates artwork from the Thunder Bay Art Gallery’s permanent collection. The works selected illustrate one’s ability to communicate and exchange information with our surroundings; with places, the land, animals, with spirit and family or friends. It is curated by Carol Kajorinne. The gallery is open from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. It is closed on Mondays. There is a small admission fee.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will host Carrie McHugh, Cook County Historical Society director, for a presentation on its collection of glass negatives created by Maude Small Toftey in the 1900s. The presentation is part of the Art Colony’s Community Conversations series, an opportunity for the local arts community and Art Colony members to connect and dialogue about various aspects of the arts in a guided discussion format.

Photography by Maude Small Toftey. Her work will be discussed at the Grand Marais Art Colony at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

Photography by Maude Small Toftey. Her work will be discussed at the Grand Marais Art Colony at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

McHugh will present at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 14, and show some of Toftey’s images, talk about their story and open a discussion about their artistic value. Everyone is invited. Free. Bring your lunch if you wish.

Upcoming Community Conversation presentors include Melissa Wickwire, a local potter and tile maker who will talk about her work with large-scale ceramic installations at noon on Jan. 18.  Ryuta Nakajima, a contemporary artist and associate professor of art at UMD, will talk about the history and nature of installation and conceptual art at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21.  Stay tuned.

And, on Tuesday, Dec. 13, felter Elise Kyllo will host “Felting Holiday Ornaments and FUNdraiser for Lakeview Dairy” from 4-8 p.m. at the First Congregational Church.

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Make a cow pin! Elise Kyllo is hosting a community felting workshop as a fundraiser for the Lakeview Dairy at the Congregational Church from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13. All welcome.

Participants in the community felting workshop will make a cow pin or milk bottle ornament. These will be sold to raise funds for the dairy.  They can stay stay longer, too, and make an ornament for themselves and/or bring their old holey wool socks and learn how to repair them. $5-$15 suggested donation.  Snacks are welcomed.  Contact Elise for more info at  612-961-4691.

Upcoming

 There will be a dinner in honor of Scottish poet Robert Burns at the Cascade Lodge Restaurant on Jan. 21. The program will include a tartan weaving demonstration, music, a full course dinner, poetry readings, and a sing-a-long of Burns’ more familiar songs. A piper from Thunder Bay will pipe in the haggis before the dinner.
For more information and reservations, call Jeff Morgan at 387-1221 or email
creative@boreal.org by Jan. 11.

In Other Art News:

Aaron Kloss seems to capture the light of the season in this painting. The Duluth artist has brought in a number of new paintings to Sivertson Gallery.

"Just Another Night in Northern Minnesota" by Aaron Kloss.

Just Another Night in Northern Minnesota” by Aaron Kloss.

Neil Sherman is exhibiting his work at the Grand Hill Gallery in St. Paul. This painting of the High Falls of the Pigeon River was painted in the spring, but, except for the leaves on the trees, looks an awful lot like the falls last week after a 4-inch rain.

Neil Sherman's "High Falls at Spring" is on exhibit at the Grand Hill Gallery in St. Paul.

Neil Sherman’s “High Falls at Spring” is on exhibit at the Grand Hill Gallery in St. Paul.

Our local photographers have put together 2017 calendars. Here are links to see two of them.

Photographer Bryan Hansel has put together a landscape calendar for 2017.

To see Bryan Hansel‘s calendars, click here.

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One of the photos in David Johnson‘s 2017 calendar.

To see David Johnson‘s 2017 calendar, click here.

And here’s the music for this week:

Thursday, Dec. 8:

  • Bump Blomberg, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 9:

  • Pushing Chain, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 10:

  • Plucked Up String Band, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Gene Lafond and Amy Grillo, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Blues Happy, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • The Hillcats, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 12:

  • Open Mic Night, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 13:

  • Joe Paulik, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

 

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

Thomas Spence caught these two before the snow storm.

A perfect pair of bull moose by Thomas Spence.

A perfect pair of bull moose by Thomas Spence.

Michael Furtman took this photo of an unusual looking robin.

A part-albino American Robin by Michael Furtman.

A part-albino American Robin by Michael Furtman.

And check out this hawk.

Up close with a rough-legged hawk by David Johnson.

Up close with a rough-legged hawk by David Johnson.

And here are some wonderful landscapes.

Snowfall by Don Davison.

Snowfall by Don Davison.

 

We live in a snow globe by Vicki Biggs-Anderson.

We live in a snow globe by Vicki Biggs-Anderson.

And, here’s one of Lake Superior talking again.

Exhilaration in the air by Don Davison.

Exhilaration in the air by Don Davison.

And finally, this beauty by Christian Dalbec.

Beaver River by Christian Dalbec.

Beaver River by Christian Dalbec.

And, I know, we don’t like seeing them on the road, but look at this cutie all dusted with snow!

Photo by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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





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Fiber Guild Sale & the Holiday Art Underground

Carol Keskitalo took this beautiful shot the other day. Enjoy!

Carol Keskitalo took this beautiful shot of an early winter morning the other day. Enjoy!

The holiday season is well underway in Grand Marais this weekend. Look forward to the Holiday Art Underground Show, the Northwoods Fiber Guild’s Holiday Open House & Sale, and the Borealis Chorale and Orchestra’s Christmas Concert, to name a few. And, of course, there’s plenty of music.

First up is the Holiday Art Underground Sneak Peak at the Betsy Bowen Studio & Galleries on Friday night from 4-7:30 p.m. It’s the opening reception for the show and features live music with Rod & Caribou as well as refreshments and the chance to get a first look at the art.

Tom McCann puts the final touches on his painting, Wisdom of the Dragon, which will be at the Holiday Underground Show.

Tom McCann puts the final touches on his painting, “Wisdom of the Dragon,” which will be at the Holiday Art Underground Show.

Kelly Dupre made a series of handprinted flags for the Holiday Underground show.

Kelly Dupre made a series of handprinted flags for the Holiday Underground show.

More than 30 local and regional artists exhibit in this show, which is always fun to see. Work includes woodcut and linoleum prints, paintings, photographs, fiber art, pottery, glass, jewelry and more. The gallery will be open for extended hours on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Holiday Art Underground Show continues through Dec. 23.

Saturday begins with the Northwoods Fiber Guild’s Holiday Open House and Sale at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

When the doors open at 9 a.m., visitors will find the Founders Hall packed with handcrafted scarves, shawls, mittens and sweaters, felted hats and bags, knit socks and handmade paper books — in short, all things fiber are featured at this event.

The Northern Fiber Guild's Holiday Open House & Sale features a wide variety of handcrafted work.

The Northwoods Fiber Guild’s Holiday Open House & Sale features a wide variety of handcrafted work.

The Holiday Open House and Sale runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and also features a hands-on craft activity for every age, demonstrations, a tree filled with handmade ornaments  as well as lots of refreshments, including tasty holiday treats made by guild members. This is always a popular community event, and everyone is invited.

Across the street, the Congregational Church hosts Santa’s Workshop, where Scout elves will assist little shoppers in choosing and wrapping presents, before rejoining parents, who will have a true surprise under the Christmas tree. No gift in the child area costs more than $2. There will be a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. Shopping is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All invited.

And a few blocks away, the Evangelical Free Church will hold a Craft Fair fr0m 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A Bistro-style lunch, which is a fundraiser for the church’s youth group, will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

KIm Nelson is one of the vendors at the Evangelical Free Church Craft Fair on Saturday.

KIm Nelson is one of the vendors at the Evangelical Free Church Craft Fair on Saturday.

Vendors at the Craft Fair include Terry Lewis, John Moos, Hana Senty, Mary Jo Flack, Kim Nelson, Sharon Hendrickson, and Amanda VanHornweder Carlson.

On Saturday night, the Lutsen Fire Department hosts its annual Fireman’s Ball at Caribou Highlands, with music by the Evergreen Grass Band. Cocktail hour is at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the village chalet at the resort. Contact James Coleman for tickets.

Then on Sunday and Monday, the Borealis Chorale and Orchestra will perform a Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. each night at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Bill Beckstrand is the musical director for the Borealis Chorale and Orchestra.

Bill Beckstrand is the musical director for the Borealis Chorale and Orchestra.

The Christmas Concert is an honored holiday tradition in Grand Marais. The 75-member Chorale and Orchestra, directed by Bill Beckstrand, will perform seasonal works by celebrated composers. This year’s program includes selections from Benjamin Britton’s “Ceremony of Carols” and Handel’s “Messiah,” as well as orchestral pieces featuring harp and oboe. Guest artist Janell Lemire, harpist for the  Duluth Superior Orchestra, the Lake Superior Orchestra, and the UMD Festival Orchestra, will be a featured performer. Highly recommended. Go early to get a good seat. Freewill donations accepted.

Also on Sunday, Dave and Amy Freeman will screen their film, “Bear Witness: A Year in the Wilderness,” at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 5 p.m.

Dave & Amy Freeman's film, "Bear Witness" will be screened at the ACA on Sunday at 5 p.m.

Dave & Amy Freeman’s film, “Bear Witness” will be screened at the ACA on Sunday at 5 p.m.

The film captures the year the couple spent in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. They will be available for questions after the screening. All invited.

Also this weekend, guests on WTIP’s The Roadhouse include Duluth News-Tribune columnist Bob King, who wrote “Night Sky With the Naked Eye,” Scandinavian cookbook author Beatrice Ojakangas and the Plucked Up String Band. The show airs from 5-7 p.m. on Friday.

Knife River will celebrate the holiday season again this year with Julebyan or Christmas village. Sponsored by the Knife River Recreation Council, the village features fun events for the family, food, crafts and Christmas festivities.

Julebyen will be held in Knife River on Saturday and Sunday.

Julebyen will be held in Knife River on Saturday and Sunday.

Julebyen (pronounced YOOL-eh-BE-en) will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. For more info, click here.

In Duluth, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” a production of the Duluth Playhouse, opens at the Depot Dec. 1 and runs through Dec. 18. For tickets to this holiday production, visit www.duluthplayhouse.org.

The Tweed Museum of Art is exhibiting selections from its Permanent Collection, including work by Jim Denomie.

"A Beautiful Hero" by Jim Denomie.

“A Beautiful Hero” by Jim Denomie.

Denomie had a one-man show at the Johnson Heritage Post a few years ago.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery opens an exhibit by Elizabeth Buset entitled “Swine” Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. (EST) with an artist talk set for early February.

"Marxist Pig," oil, by Elizabeth Buset.

“Marxist Pig,” oil, by Elizabeth Buset.

Nadia Kurd, who curated the show, writes: “In her solo exhibition, artist Elizabeth Buset examines the symbolic meaning of (swine) and the social implications of consumerist culture in North America. (Her) large-scale realist paintings and installation challenges the viewer to consider their lifestyles and daily habits that, much like the subject matter, can often be contradictory and sometimes self-defeating. For Buset, the exhibition presents an uncomfortable “acknowledgement of guilt and melancholy that ensues. It is the realization that my personal legacy will not be the art I make, but the garbage I generate and the resources I knowingly deplete.” The discomfort presented in the exhibition not only lingers throughout, but fundamentally compels audiences to question and rethink their everyday actions.” The exhibition continues through March 5.

Upcoming

 Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery will celebrate its Two-Year Anniversary/Holiday Party from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Refreshments will be served and Gordon Thorne will play. All invited.

The Minnesota Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” will be performed at the DECC in Duluth at 7 p.m. Dec. 9-10 and at 3 p.m. Dec. 11. For tickets, see www.tix.com.

The Minnesota Ballet's "The Nutcracker" will be performed at the DECC next weekend.

The Minnesota Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” will be performed at the DECC next weekend.

Layne Kennedy will hold his 9th Annual College Bowl sale Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at 4209 Garfield Ave. He will be featuring his hand-turned bowls.

This bowl by Layne Kennedy was crafted from Gunflint birch.

This bowl by Layne Kennedy was crafted from birch found on the Gunflint Trail.

For more info about the sale, contact Kennedy at lk@laynekennedy.com

The Grand Marais Playhouse is holding the Curry Cook-Off and Broadway Musical Showcase again this year. The event is a fundraiser for the Playhouse and will be held Dec. 17. If you would like to contribute a curry dish or sing a Broadway musical number, contact the Playhouse at (218) 387-1284 or playhouse@boreal.org The Playhouse is also looking musicians to accompany the singers, and dance numbers are welcome.

In Other Art News:

 Both Neil Sherman and Betsy Bowen will be exhibiting their work in St. Paul this weekend.

Sherman will have paintings in an exhibit at the Grand Hill Gallery, 333 Grand Ave., as part of the exhibit entitled “Selected Works.” Richard Abrahamson and Joshua Cunningham will also be exhibiting work. The opening reception is at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1.

"Summer on Rose Lake" by Neil Sherman.

“Summer on Rose Lake” by Neil Sherman.

Bowen will be exhibiting her woodcuts, books and cards at the Grand Hand Gallery, 619 Grand Ave.,  in St. Paul Dec. 2-3.

Betsy Bowen will show her work at the Grand Hand Gallery this weekend.

Betsy Bowen will show her work at the Grand Hand Gallery this weekend.

Sivertson Gallery has received new work by collage artist Michael Sweere.

"Along the Cascade Trail," collage, by Michael Sweere.

“Along the Cascade Trail,” collage, by Michael Sweere.

Here’s the music for this week:

Thursday, Dec. 1:

  • Boyd Blomberg, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Lovesick and Lonesome, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 2:

  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Jim Miller, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 2:

  • Gene Lafond and Amy Grillo, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 4:

  • Borealis Chorale and Orchestra Annual Christmas Concert, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 5:

  • Borealis Chorale and Orchestra Annual Christmas Concert, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 6:

  • Pete Kavanaugh, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

 

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We found quite a variety of photos this week. Let’s start with waves.

Photo by Thomas Spence.

Whew! Waves!  by Thomas Spence.

 

Waves at Dawn by Christian Dalbec.

Waves at Dawn by Christian Dalbec.

 

Photo by Sierra Parsons.

Photo by Sierra Parsons.

And when the storm calmed down, the fishermen ventured out.

There were serene wintery moments …

Winter Creek by Thomas Spence.

Winter Creek by Thomas Spence.

 

Early Winter Landscape by Paul Pluswik.

Early Winter Landscape by Paul Pluswik.

 

A Whole New Day by Kristofer Bowman.

A Whole New Day by Kristofer Bowman.

David Johnson has been taking some great wildlife shots. Here’s one of an otter who seems to like to get a view.

Harbor Master by David Johnson.

Harbor Master by David Johnson.

And here is an eagle protecting its catch:

"An Immature Baldy gets a Warning" by David Johnson.

“An Immature Baldy gets a Warning” by David Johnson.

And this classic shot: (Notice the double bands on this eagle. Johnson said he has seen it in past years.)

"Slow Turns" by David Johnson.

“Slow Turns” by David Johnson.

And here’s the snow/rain part of this post. Mike Ryden posted these two photos this week. The first one was taken last Saturday.

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The High Falls at Grand Portage State Park looked like this on Saturday, Dec. 26.

The High Falls looked like this, three days later, after three inches of rain.

The High Falls at Grand Portage State Park on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

The High Falls at Grand Portage State Park on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

Want to hear them roar? Click here.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

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





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Happy Thanksgiving!

Sparky Stensaas caught this friendly cow moose in the Zak-Sim Bog earlier this week.

Sparky Stensaas caught this friendly cow moose in the Zak-Sim Bog earlier this week.

Look forward to a busy weekend in Cook County.

It kicks off on Friday with lots of activities in shops and galleries, including a visit by both Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. Santa visits Stone Harbor Wildnerness Supply with his sled dogs from 2-4 p.m. Friday and 2-5 p.m. Saturday.

And Mrs. Claus holds court at Sivertson Gallery on Friday and Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.

Mrs. Claus visits Sivertson Gallery on Friday and Saturday.

Mrs. Claus (Cindy Hansen) visits Sivertson Gallery on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday night, the city celebrates the start of the holiday season with the Oh Ole Night Parade, tree lighting and fireworks. The parade (which goes around the block twice) highlights the Scandinavian heritage of the community and everyone is invited to join in. It starts at 5:30 p.m. on Friday on Wisconsin St. The parade ends at Harbor Park where a tree lighting ceremony, carol singing and fireworks are planned.

Then at 8:30 p.m., the New Standards brings their holiday tour to Papa Charlie’s. This is the 10th anniversary of the event. The New Standards are a Minneapolis-based jazz trio, and they bring lots of friends and fellow musicians with them.

The New Standards Holiday Show is at Papa Charlie's on Friday night.

The New Standards Holiday Show is at Papa Charlie’s on Friday night.

This is always a great show — for its music, quirky comedy and joyful exuberance. To see a clip from a previous show, click here. For tickets, click here.

On Saturday, the Hovland Town Hall opens its doors for the Hovland Arts Festival Holiday Sale. The event, which is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., features a wide variety of arts and crafts by local artists. Artwork includes woodturned bowls, wood carving, paintings, photography, beadwork, pottery, jewelry, fiber art, handcrafted candles and more.

Beadpainter Jo Wood is one of the artists who will be at the Hovland Arts Festival this Saturday.

Beadpainter Jo Wood is one of the artists who will be at the Hovland Arts Festival this Saturday.

Refreshments, including baked treats, will be available. All invited.

Also this weekend, Last Chance Studio and Gallery in Lutsen will host the 11th annual Holiday Market Nov. 25-27. All weekend they will  be collecting money and food donations for the local food shelf. The holiday party also includes ornament making as a fund-raising activity for the Cook County Community Fund.

On Saturday, there will be plein air painting demo by Kristin Blomberg starting at 3 p.m., a bronze sculpture pour at 4 p.m. by Tom Christiansen and caroling and the annual tree lighting ceremony. at 5 p.m.

Plein Air painter, Kristin Blomberg, will give a painting demo at Last Chance Gallery at 3 p.m.

Plein air painter, Kristin Blomberg, will give a painting demo at Last Chance Gallery at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Holiday art and refreshments will be available all weekend. The gallery will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Sunday, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. All invited.

In Grand Marais, the annual Community Center Holiday Bazaar will be held at the Community Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.The Girl Scouts will be there with their beautiful poinsettias and a number of local artisans and crafters will be there, too, including Hana Senty (Hands of Harvest). Senty features handmade soaps, homemade jams and pickles as well as baked goods. Look for her fruit cake this year. And Alyce’s will be cooking up a delicious lunch.

On Saturday night, the Grand Marais Playhouse presents Todd Oliver & Friends, a nationally recognized comedian/ventriloquist/musician featuring “Irving,” America’s favorite real talking dog, as well as other characters.

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Todd Oliver and Friends will be in performance at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Todd Oliver and Irving were awarded and received “Best Comedy Variety Performance” and “Best Dinner Show” at the Branson All American Entertainment Awards. He has also appeared on national television shows, including the Today Show. Tickets are $18 for adults, $8 for students under 18. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

In Duluth, the new exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art,Un-Typing Casta,” an exploration of the Latinx stereotypes by Maria Cristina Tavera, has piqued interest.

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Artwork from the exhibit “Un-Typing Casta” by Maria Christina Tavera.

Tavera was at the opening reception and was interviewed about her work on  Ennyman’s Territory, a weekly blog by Ed Newman. Check it out here.

Upcoming:

 Holiday Art Underground at Betsy Bowen Gallery and Artist Studios, featuring new work by more than 40 local and regional artists, opens next weekend. The Sneak Peak opening reception is from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2. Extended hours on Saturday are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit continues through Dec. 24.

The Northwoods Fiber Guild Holiday Sale will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale features a wide variety of fiber work by guild members as well as homemade holiday treats. All invited.

The Borealis Chorale and Orchestra Community Christmas Concert will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Sunday, Dec. 4, and Monday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. This year’s program includes selections from Benjamin Britton’s Ceremony of Carols and Handel’s Messiah, as well as orchestral pieces featuring harp and oboe. Guest artist Janell LeMire, harpist for Duluth Superior Orchestra, Lake Superior Orchestra, and UMD Festival Orchestra, will be a featured performer. There is no admission fee. However, freewill donations are accepted. The concert is presented in partnership with the North Shore Music Association.

In Other Art News:

Neil Sherman will have work in an exhibit at the Grand Hill Gallery in St. Paul (333 Grand Ave.) The exhibit opens Dec. 1.

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“Laundry Day,” oil,  by Neil Sherman.

Sherman writes: I think everyone should do their laundry at a laundromat at least once a month. Think of it as an interesting vacation: you’ll see different people (and their clothes), be mesmerized by following your red shirt centripetally dancing in the giant barrel drier and take in your surroundings at a place you wouldn’t normal think of taking in. I can tell you more about this painting and the laundromats in Grand Marais on Dec. 1 at the the opening.”

Travis Novitsky has published a book. Entitled “The Night Sky: Adventures and Stories from a Decade of Adventures after Dark,” the book features a great selection of his night photographs as well as commentary.

Travis Novitsky's new book can be seen and ordered online.

Travis Novitsky‘s new book can be previewed and ordered online.

 To preview the book and order, click here.

Bronze sculptor, John Books, a Thunder Bay transplant who now lives in Grand Marais, is exhibiting his work at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery through Jan. 8.

John Books' exhibit "Oxen of the Sun" continues at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

John Books’ exhibit “Oxen of the Sun” continues at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. (Photo by Jennifer Schulz.)

Several Grand Marais residents have gone up to see the show and report that it is quite fabulous. (Need we remind you that passports or passport cards are required?)

Meanwhile, here’s the music for the week in Cook County:

Friday, Nov. 25:

  • Pushing Chain, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • The New Standards Holiday Show, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Oversize Load, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 26:

  • Matt Trost and Laurel Clark, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Dat Dere Jazz, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, 7 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Gun Flint Taern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 27:

  • Brothers in Arms, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 28:

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

Tuesday, Nov. 29:

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

 

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We found lots of cool wave shots this week, as well as wonderful wildlife photos. Let’s start with:

Wild turkeys!

Thanksgiving turkeys by Marilyn Rau.

Thanksgiving turkeys by Marilyn Rau.

And this lovely shot of swans.

"Comin' in hot" by Angie Botner.

“Comin’ in hot” by Angie Botner.

And an owl…

"The moment you feel you are being watched" by Ken Hupila.

“The moment you feel you are being watched” by Ken Hupila.

And a Great Blue Heron… Lou Pignolet, who lives in Hovland (and will be at the Hovland Arts Festival this weekend with his wood-turned bowls), said he found this heron hunkered down in the snow after the storm. At some point, it walked out from under its cover and flew south … hopefully to warmer climes.

"Oops: Great Blue Heron" by Lou Pignolet.

“Oops: Great Blue Heron” by Lou Pignolet.

And, how about this amazing shot by David Johnson?

An eagle's lunch by David Johnson.

An eagle’s lunch by David Johnson.

 

For a change of mood, here’s a lovely shot of first snows in Grand Marais.

"Seasons chance and so do we" by Don Davison.

“Seasons change and so do we,” by Don Davison.

And here’s another wonderful “first snows”  by Paul Sundberg.

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“The Cascades” by Paul Sundberg.

Early ice forms on the breakwall…

"Sawtooth Ice" by Todd Mestad.

“Sawtooth Ice” by Todd Mestad.

It all started here — with a big nor’easter.

Photo by Sierra Parson.

Photo by Sierra Parsons.

 

Lake Superior at Tettegouche by John Gregor.

Lake Superior at Tettegouche by John Gregor.

 

Lighthouse craziness by Margie Crain.

Lighthouse craziness by Margie Crain.

And last, but not least, a wave statement.

Photo by Ryan Laplante.

Photo by Ryan Laplante.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

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




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Winterer’s Gathering and Arctic Film Festival

David Johnson caught this spectacular explosion over the breakwall the other day.

David Johnson caught this spectacular explosion over the breakwall the other day.

First we had our November gale, and then the SuperMoon and now snow is predicted for the North Shore on Friday. … none too soon… North House Folk School‘s Winterer’s Gathering and Arctic Film Festival is this weekend, and a little snow would be an added perk.

The four day event (Nov. 16-20) is always packed with activities, including workshops, a winter tent camp, a gear swap, community dancing, on-going films about the Arctic as well as presentations.

The Harborside Winter Tent Camp is one of the features of Winterer's Gathering.

The Harborside Winter Tent Camp will be set up at Winterer’s Gathering.

Dave and Amy Freeman, who have just completed a yearlong adventure in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, are the featured speakers this year. They will give a presentation on Saturday night and screen a short film about their adventure, “Bearing Witness.”

Dave and Amy Freeman are the featured speakers this year and will give a presentation and screen their film, "Bear Witness" on Saturday night at 7:30.

Dave and Amy Freeman will give a presentation and screen their film, “Bearing Witness” on Saturday night at 7:30. Photo by Nate Ptacek.

The featured programs kick off on Friday with film screenings starting at noon. The films run the gamut, from documentaries about the people who live in the Arctic to how global warming is impacting them. Films include “The Great Alone,” a documentary about Alaskan musher Lance Mackey, “Arctic Superstar,” a documentary about Sami rapper SlinCraze which has been called one of the best music documentaries of the year and “Gold Rush,” a favorite Charlie Chaplin film, just to name a few. Click here to see the complete film festival schedule.

Also on Friday, an All Things Arctic Trivia Game, hosted by WTIP Community Radio will be aired at 4:30 p.m. followed by “Dinner on a Stick” by the bonfire at 5:30 p.m. The Snowshoe Shuffle Community Contra Dance with Over the Waterfall starts at 7 p.m. and, new this year, the Coldsnap Poetry Slam. Want to participate? Call 218-387-9762. The Poetry Slam begins at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, the ever-popular Great Gear & Ski Swap is at 10:30 a.m. The Deep-Freeze Chili Feed ($10 per person) is at 6 p.m. followed by Dave and Amy Freeman’s presentation.

Vegetables are poured into the huge pot of chili cooked up for the Deep-Freeze Chili Feed last year.

Vegetables are poured into the huge pot of chili cooked up for the Deep-Freeze Chili Feed last year.

There are some great presentations scheduled, too. Chel Anderson will lead a discussion at 11 a.m. on Saturday entitled “Winter Survival: From Mammals to Amphibians and Beyond” and Lonnie Dupre will talk about “Vertical Nepal” at noon on Sunday, to name a few.

There’s also a tour of the winter tent camp as well as presentation on surfing Lake Superior, as well as lots of courses and workshops.

Students carve cutting boards at a North House workshop.

Students work on their cutting boards at a North House workshop.

To find out more and to see the complete schedule, click here.

Also, for holiday cheer, go to the  Cross River Heritage  Center Saturday Nov.19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to enjoy Holidays in Schroeder. There will be Lefse and Krumkaka demonstrations, fabulous sales in the gift shop. The Kaleidoscope quilt drawing is at 2 p.m. North Country Creations will be having their bazaar up at the Schroeder Town Hall from  10 a.m. to  2 p.m. as well, featuring lots of holidays crafts and refreshments. All welcome.

There some great art viewing opportunities this weekend, too.

The Members Show continues at the Grand Marais Art Colony through Nov. 20 with work in a variety of mediums.

"Ode to Poached Eggs" by Tom Dimock.

“Ode to Poached Eggs” by Tom Dimock.

The Art Colony is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Mary Jo Van Dell has new work at Sivertson Gallery, too.

"The Wave," oil, by Mary Jo Van Dell.

“The Wave,” oil, by Mary Jo Van Dell.

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery will hold a gala reception and opening for two exhibits on Friday, Nov. 18 from 7-10 p.m. The exhibits include “Ineffable: 28th Annual Juried Exhibition” and Creators Project 6 – international video screenings.

The Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay opens two exhibits on Friday, including screening of six videos.

The Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay opens two exhibits on Friday, including screening of six videos.

At the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, bronze sculptor John Books’ solo show, “Oxen of the Sun,” which opened last week, continues. Other exhibits include “The Unvarnished Truth: Exploring the Material History of Paintings” and “Recent Acquisitions to the Collection: Norval Morrisseau.”

Work by Norval Morrisseau is featured at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Work by John Morrieseau is featured at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

There’s a new exhibit at Tettegouche State Park this month, too. Pastel artist Rita Corrigan is exhibiting her work in the Visitor Center there.

Pastel by Rita Corrigan.

Pastel  landscape by Rita Corrigan.

In Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art, on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, opens a new exhibit entitled “Un-Typing Casta” with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17.

Un-Typing Casta opens at the Tweed Museum of Art Nov. 17.

Un-Typing Casta opens at the Tweed Museum of Art Nov. 17. The work, by Maria Cristina Tavera is entitled “I Love You María.”

This exhibit is an installation by transnational Mexican-American artist Maria Cristina Tavera from Minneapolis, and curator Dr. Jamie Ratliff, assistant professor of Art History at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. The site-specific installation is comprised of prints and paintings pieced together to create an ingenious visual dialogue about Latinx (pronounced La-teen-ex) identity. (The fairly recent terminology is to denote a gender-neutral alternative to the use of Latino, Latina or Latin@ words. )

The Duluth Art Institute is exhibiting two shows this month: “4North: New Work by Alison Aune, Kirsten Aune, Ann Klefstad and Arna Rennan” and the “61st Arrowhead Regional Biennial exhibition.”

Rusell Prather received the First Place prize for his piece, "Rope" which is in the Arrowhead Biennial exhibition.

Russell Prather received the First Place prize for his piece, “Rope” which is in the Arrowhead Regional Biennial exhibition at the Depot. Photo by Tim White.

 Upcoming

 Last Chance Studio & Gallery in Lutsen is hosting their 11th annual Holiday Market Nov. 25 through Nov. 27.  All weekend they will also be collecting money and food donations for the local food shelf. The holiday party also includes ornament-making as a fund-raising activity for the Cook County Community Fund.

Tom Christiansen's Holiday Moose.

Tom Christiansen’s Holiday Moose will be at Last Chance Gallery’s Holiday Market next weekend.

On Saturday, Nov. 26,  there will be plein air painting by Kristin Blomberg starting at 3 p.m., a bronze sculpture pour at 4 p.m. by Tom Christiansen and at 5 p.m. there will be caroling and the annual tree lighting ceremony.  Holiday art and refreshments will be available all weekend.  The event is free and open to the public.

The 10th annual New Standards Holiday Show will be at Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25. Click for tickets.

The Hovland Christmas Sale will be held at the Hovland Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26 featuring a variety of work by Cook County residents. Stay tuned for details.

Opportunities: Call for Artists

Tettegouche State Park is putting out a call for artists to submit work for consideration to be exhibited at the Visitor Center in 2017. The Visitor Center exhibits the work of Minnesotan artists. This is an open call for submissions, with work to be selected by a jury panel of three. Work should have a “North Woods Aesthetic,” with some relevance to the expectations of travelers to the North Shore, and should be appropriate for family audiences. Exhibiting artists must be present at the park for a “show opening” event while their work is hung, and they may provide contact info for direct sales.

To apply, email six representative images, under 1MB each, to Kurt Mead, Interpretive Naturalist, Tettegouche State Park: kurt.mead@state.mn.us. Submissions are due Dec.31, to program through 2017.

The Grand Marais Art Colony seeks applications for its 2017 Artists-in-Residence. Applications are now open and available by clicking HERE. Application deadline: Dec. 9.

Cook County seeks submissions for its 2017 exhibitions. Artists are invited to submit proposals for an exhibition in the public spaces of the main floor of the Courthouse. For full details and specific questions contact Jeff Cadwell, Cook County administrator,  218-387-3687 or email jeff.cadwell@co.cook.mn.us. The application deadline is Dec. 30.

In Other Art News:

 Kari Vick has created a series of delightful letters of the alphabet using her signature style. She calls the series “ABC–A Boreal Collection.”

"Fox family, Fireweed, Frog" by Kari Vick.

“Fox family, Fireweed, Frog” by Kari Vick.

Each of the letters of the alphabet are illustrated with plants or animals that have that letter in their name. She writes: “I initially did a painting as a baby gift for Abby (Tofte), spelling out Freya (Abby’s daughter’s name). I had so much fun doing it that I decided to do the whole alphabet. I call the project ‘ABC – A Boreal Collection.’ Let me tell you, “X” was really hard. I finally found Xanthophyll in Chel Anderson’s book (it’s the plant pigment that causes the color in autumn leaves).”

Vick said people can custom order giclees of her letters at Sivertson Gallery to spell out names, and there is a full-alphabet giclee available as well.

Cathryn Peters has antler baskets at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Antler basket by Cathryn Peters.

Antler basket by Cathryn Peters.

Thomas Spence is exhibiting his photographs at the Coho Cafe in Tofte.

Last Chance Gallery is exhibiting work by two new potters for the gallery: Karin Kraemer and Martye Allen.

Carrot platter by Karin Kraemer. She is a new artist at Last Chance Gallery.

Carrot platter by Karin Kraemer. She is a new artist at Last Chance Gallery.

Here’s the music schedule for this weekend.

Thursday, Nov. 17:

  • Joe Paulik, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 18:

  • Josh and Brady of the Step Rockets, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Over the Waterfall, Community Contra Dance, North House Folk School, 7 p.m.
  • Evergreen Grass Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 19:

  • Jim McGowan, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Evergreen Grass Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 20:

  • Timmy Haus, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 21:

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

Tuesday, Nov. 22:

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

 

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We found great photos of the Lake Superior Storm Festival gale and the Super Moon. Here are some examples.

Let’s start with the gale.

"Waves at Sunset: November Gale" by Sandra Updyke.

“Waves at Sunset: November Gale” by Sandra Updyke.

 

"Storm Festival" by Paul Sundberg.

“Storm Festival” by Paul Sundberg.

 

"Still one of my favorites" by Sierra Parsons.

“Still one of my favorites” by Sierra Parsons.

 

And here's another shot by David Johnson.

And here’s another shot by David Johnson.

And the Super Moon:

Full Beaver Moon over the Tombolo by Bryan Hansel.

Full Beaver Moon over the Tombolo by Bryan Hansel.

 

Super Moon by Paul Sundberg.

Super Moon by Paul Sundberg.

 

Lite by the Super Moon by Kirk Schleife.

Lite by the Super Moon by Kirk Schleife.

We found some other great shots, too. David Johnson calls this “Cool Window Reflections.”

Photo by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.

Don Davison says he took this when he walked out of the Johnson Heritage Post the other day.

Photo by Don Davison.

Photo by Don Davison.

But winter is on the way… first, frost on leaves.

Photo by Sarah Reller.

Photo by Sarah Reller.

And then, skim ice on the rivers.

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“First Ice” by Jennifer Schulz.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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