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Found a friend in Cook County by Mark Ellis.

I found a friend in Cook County by Mark Ellis.

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

Looking at all the events scheduled for this week, you’d think summer was here. It’s not. Instead, we’re in the Northwoods celebrating winter, and that includes lots of cozy time inside.

First up on Valentine’s Day is a Lunch and Learn at North House Folk School, part of the on-going Northern Fibers Retreat there.  On Thursday at noon, Mary Richert will give a presentation about the Community Felted Rug Project. Come learn about the 3-week project and see the beautiful result. Free. It is too late to sign up for the catered lunch, but everyone is invited to bring their own.

Community members spent three weeks learning how to felt a rug and then creating one. Mary Reichert will talk about the project at noon on Thursday.

Community members spent three weeks learning how to felt a rug and then creating one. Mary Reichert will talk about the project at noon on Thursday.

Then that evening, the 2nd annual Valentine’s Day Hotdish Hoe-down will be held at the Wunderbar. This should be a totally fun time with square dancing and a homemade hot dish competition.

wunderbar hoedown

Square dance at the Valentine’s Day Hoe-Down at Wunderbar on Valentine’s Day. (Note: File photo. There are no plans to dance in the snow at this time.)

The dancing starts at 5:30 p.m. with the No Promises String Band (fiddle, banjo, piano and upright bass) who will play Old Time music for a family square dance. Then, there’s a break for the hotdish potluck competition and lots of sampling. Dancing continues from 8-10 p.m. No experience and no partners needed. All invited. Tickets are $10 for the hotdish assortment. The regular menu at the Wunderbar is available as well. All welcome.

Friday is really busy in Grand Marais.

At noon, Martha Owen, sheep farmer and resident fiber artist at the John C. Campbell Folk School, will give a presentation at North House Folk School entitled “Sheep and Wool Through Story and Song.”

Mary Owen will give a Lunch and Learn session at North House Folk School at noon on Friday.

Mary Owen will give a Lunch and Learn session at North House Folk School at noon on Friday.

She will host a session of storytelling about her life raising sheep and angora rabbits and pursuing her passion for craft. She will share tales, good humor and maybe even a tune or two on her banjo during the Lunch and Learn session. All are welcome. The deadline to ordered catered lunch has passed, but please do bring your own lunch. Open to all.

At 5 p.m, the WTIP’s The Roadhouse will host three artists who will talk about their work and upcoming presentations: photographer Craig Blacklock, author Mary Ellen Ashcroft and photographer Bryan Hansel. The show airs from 5-7 p.m.

At 6 p.m. on Friday, Drury Lane Books will host the a capella group, SVEA, for an outdoor concert by the bonfire, weather permitting.

SVEA is Elunia Steckelberg, Erika Ternes, Tina Hegg Raway and Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux.

SVEA is Elunia Steckelberg, Erika Ternes, Tina Hegg Raway and Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux. They will perform at Drury Lane Books on Friday.

The music is part of the the Many Lights Fundraiser, which raises funds for the ISD PTA so fifth graders can go to Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center later this year. It’s also an art installation, as candles are lit in the ice globes scattered on the shore of Lake Superior.

Last year's ice globes on the snow outside of Drury Lane Books were beautiful.

Last year’s ice globes on the snow outside of Drury Lane Books were beautiful.

The ice globes are funded by donations to Cook County High School. Each light is $5. The lights are lit just before the SVEA concert. The public is invited to drop by the school and make their donations before Friday. The concert is free.

Also on Friday night, photographer Craig Blacklock will give an Artist Talk at the Grand Marais Art Colony at 7 pm. Blacklock, who has won numerous awards and has published 18 books of his photography, is currently exhibiting a selection  of his photographs at the Art Colony. The year 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, and Blacklock’s exhibition celebrates this anniversary and the beauty of the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers.

Photographer Craig Blacklock will give an Artist Talk at the Grand Marais Art Colony at 7 p.m. Friday.

Photographer Craig Blacklock will give an Artist Talk at the Grand Marais Art Colony at 7 p.m. Friday.

The Blacklock’s exhibition has shown in such prestigious locations as the Mill City Museum and the Minnesota Marine Art Museum. The Artist Talk is free. All invited.

And finally on Friday at 7 p.m., the Northwoods Fiber Guild will host a “Show & Share” at North House Folk School, part of the Northern Fibers Retreat.

And the Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) Festival continues in Grand Marais. Lots to do, including a Fireplace Tour. Check out the locations here.

On Saturday morning, the Northwoods Fiber Guild will host Fiber For Kids! from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Families are invited to join skilled artists from the Northwoods Fiber Guild to create hands-on fiber projects designed specifically for kids and a helpful adult. Students will choose and create their own fiber crafts such as tapestry weaving on a cardboard loom, Suminagoshi Japanese ink marbling on paper, felted wool bracelets, sewing felt critters, and Kumihimo braiding projects. Everyone will leave with at least 4 completed projects. All invited. The cost is $15 Adult/Child. Additional $5 per child.

And then, at noon, weavers Janet Meany and Mary Erickson will give a Lunch & Learn presentation on at North House Folk School entitled “Kangaspuut: Finnish American Weavers & Their Looms.” They will talk about how old handmade looms and the rag rugs woven on them carry the stories of Finnish immigrants in Northeastern Minnesota. All invited. Free. Bring a lunch.

Author Mary Ellen Ashcroft will read from her new book, “OMG: Growing Our God Images” at Drury Lane Books at 5 p.m.

Mary Ellen Ashcroft will read from her latest book at Drury Lane Books at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Mary Ellen Ashcroft will read from her latest book at Drury Lane Books at 5 p.m. Saturday.

The author will also answer questions and be available to sign her book. Open to all.

We continue with lots to do this week with the Pincushion Mountain Winter Ski Festival on Sunday.

The Pincushion Mountain Ski Festival is all day Sunday.

The Pincushion Mountain Ski Festival is all day Sunday.

The festival celebrates the 4oth anniversary of the  North Superior Ski and Running Club. A wide variety of races will be offered all day, and the public is invited to sign up for a race or two or come up and cheer the racers on.

On Tuesday, there will be an informational meeting for the launch of North Shore Crafters, a new organization that will work with people who want to make extra money by crafting at home. The meeting will be held at the Wunderbar at 5 p.m. At the meeting, woodworking, felting and sewing will be presented. Participants will be able to sign up for a workshop to receive instruction and given patterns and materals to get started. Instructors include Wood: Merlin Kiel, Howard Hedstrom and Jim Sannerud; Sewing: Sara Jane Tompkins, Mary Ellen Ashcroft and Judie Johnson; Felting” Karen Kobey, Elise Kyllo and Bonnie Gay Hedstrom. For more info, email maryellenvicar@gmail.com, Judiej@boreal.org or bkennedy@boreal.org or call Beth at 387-1314.

Also on Tuesday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will hold a session of  “Artist to Artist Input: Critical Response” with Lynn Speaker from 6-8:30 p.m. This is an artist-led critique session. The process allows artists to ask questions about their work in a non-judgmental setting through a facilitated dialogue between artists, peers, and audiences. There is a $10 suggested donation. Call the Art Colony at 387-2737 for more info.

On Wednesday, the Art Colony will host a Community Conversation: The State of the Arts in Cook County  as well as the rest of the state via a Skype conversation with Sheila Smith, executive director of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. Find out what’s happening and how you can be involved. The session runs from noon to 2 p.m. All invited.

And finally, on Wednesday, Cook County photographer, Bryan Hansel, will give a presentation at the Grand Marais Public Library at 6 p.m. Entitled “100 Days on the Road: The Life of a Landscape Photographer,” Hansel will present pictures, talk about the work it took to make them, what’s it like to run away from a sandstorm, shoot whitewater canoeing and photographing in the pouring rain.

Smoky Mountains by Bryan Hansel.

Smoky Mountains by Bryan Hansel.

Hansel’s presentation will cover a year of his adventures visiting locations such as Death Valley, the Black Hills, the Rio Grande River, the Boundary Waters, Glacier National Park, the Grand Tetons, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the Great Smoky Mountains and more. All invited. Free.

Exhibits:

 The Winter Plein Air exhibit continues at the Johnson Heritage Post Gallery with more than 100 paintings of the Northwoods in winter.

"Winter Transportation" by Neil Sherman, oil, is one of the paintings at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Winter Transportation” by Neil Sherman, oil, is one of the paintings at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Thursday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

An exhibit of photographs of the North Shore taken by students of John Gregor continues in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park.

Sugarloaf by Nich Olejniczak, is one of the photographs in the Polar Vortex exhibit at Tettegouche State Park.

Sugarloaf by Nich Olejniczak, is one of the photographs in the Polar Vortex exhibit at Tettegouche State Park.

The title of the show is “Polar Vortex.” The class had been scheduled months in advance, but that week the Polar Vortex arrived. The photographers went out to shoot anyway.

In Duluth, a new exhibit of paintings by Sarah Brooke has opened at the Duluth Pottery, 1924 W. Superior St.

Sarah Brokke's new exhibit, "Sacred Selves" opened at the Duluth Pottery last week.

Sarah Brokke’s new exhibit, “Sacred Selves” opened at the Duluth Pottery last week.

The exhibit is entitled “Sacred Selves” and continues through March 31.

The Tweed Museum of Art is opening a new photography exhibit on Tuesday, Feb. 19 entitled “Space: Time and Place.”

Pastor Ledbetter, Metropolitan Baptist Church, Chicago. Photograph by Gordon Parks. It is one of the photographs that will be exhibited in a new show at the Tweed entitled "Space: Time and Place."

Pastor Ledbetter, Metropolitan Baptist Church, Chicago. Photograph by Gordon Parks. It is one of the photographs that will be exhibited in a new show at the Tweed entitled “Space: Time and Place.”

The Fibre Exhibition at the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay features work by more than 20 artists, including weaving, crocheting, quilting, textiles and knitting.

"A tribute to Pat Eisenbach" by Julie Rosenthal, is one of the pieces at the Fibre Exhibit at the Baggage Center Arts building in Thunder Bay.

“A tribute to Pat Eisenbach” by Julie Rosenthal, is one of the pieces at the Fibre Exhibit at the Baggage Center Arts building in Thunder Bay.

The exhibit continues through March 24.

Opportunities:

Lynn Speaker will teach a workshop on funding sources for artists at the Grand Marais Art Colony from noon to 1:30 on  Feb. 21. For more info, click here.

And next week, North House Folk School will start it’s free Skill Sharing series with Steeking: Making that Knitted Garment Fit. It will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 21. The next Thursday, Feb. 28, the Skill Share will be Maple Syruping. Stay tuned.

Music:

Thursday, Feb. 14;

  • Briand Morrison & Rosann Berglund, The Cove at the Best Western, 5 p.m.
  • Rod & Carah Boo, Skyport Lodge, 5 p.m.
  • Second Annual Hot Dish Hoedown, No Promises Swing Band, Wunderbar, 5 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & the Wildcats, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Poplar River Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 15:

  • Colleen Myhre, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • SVEA Bonfire Concert, Drury Lane Books, 6 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Charlie Roth, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Black River Revue, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16:

  • Jon Cron, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • J Squared and the Makers, Papa Charlie’s, 6:45 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m., www.michaelmonroemusic.com
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • North Shore Community Swing Band, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Tony Peterson and Colleen Myhre, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 17:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.m
  • Eric Frost, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Open Mic with Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Papa Charlie’s, 6:45 p.m.
  • Billy Johnson, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 18:

  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grile, 8 p.m.
  • Dusty Heart, Monday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Open Mic Night with Eric Frost, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
  • Fathom Lane, Wednesday Songwriter Series, 8 p.m.

Photographs:

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

Wildlife:

Bunny in snow by Jeffrey Doty.

Bunny in snow by Jeffrey Doty.

A little grumpy this morning? Photo by David Johnson.

A little grumpy this morning? Photo by David Johnson.

Here’s an icy animal:

A crocodile on Lake Superior by Pat Thomas.

A crocodile on Lake Superior by Pat Thomas.

And no animal at all.

No animals in sight, but plenty of sign. Ron Miles noted that a young Aaron Tonder saw this photo and said "Looks like a creditor got him."

No animals in sight, but plenty of sign. Ron Miles noted that a young Aaron Tonder saw this photo and said “Looks like a creditor got him.”

Other winter stories:

Icy beauty by Paul Sundberg.

Icy beauty by Paul Sundberg.

 

Fisherman getting off the Big Lake at Stoney Point by Kirk Schleife.

Fisherman getting off the Big Lake at Stoney Point by Kirk Schleife.

 

Lake Superior Today by Roxann Berglund.

Lake Superior Today by Roxann Berglund.

 

In Silver Bay, Minnesota by Christian Dalbec.

In Silver Bay, Minnesota by Christian Dalbec.

 

OK, Minnesota. I think you're just showing off by Cindy Hakala.

OK, Minnesota. I think you’re just showing off by Cindy Hakala.

 

Cool Clouds by David Johnson.

Cool Clouds by David Johnson.

And finally, this beauty, which totally shows winter on the North Shore. Enjoy!

No such things a bad weather. Just bad gear. by John Heino.

No such thing as bad weather– just bad gear. by John Heino.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Hygge Festival, A Mukluk Ball & Winter Plein Air

 

Ice Flow Cove by Christy Illig. Christy is one of the photographers who participated in John Gregor's Polar Vortex photography workshop at Tettegouche State Park. The students' work is on view in the Great Room at Tettegouche through February.

Ice Flow Cove by Christy Illig. Christy is one of the photographers who participated in John Gregor’s photography workshop at Tettegouche State Park last week. The students’ work is on view in the Great Hall at Tettegouche through February.

The Polar Vortex has passed us by, but it left lots of stories in its wake. It also left memories, paintings and photographs of this incredibly cold time. Last week, the Winter Plein Air exhibit opened at the Johnson Heritage Post with lots of paintings created in that winter cold, and a new show just opened at Tettegouche State Park. Entitled The Polar Vortex, it features photographs from nine frozen-fingered photographers who were out shooting during a John Gregor workshop.

John Gregor's Winter Wonderland workshop just happened to fall during the Polar Vortex. Nine students signed up for it. Here they are with one of their photos. All their pieces are on display at Tettegouche State Park through March 1.

John Gregor’s Winter Wonderland workshop just happened to fall during the Polar Vortex. Nine students signed up for it. Here they are with one of their photos. All their pieces are on display at Tettegouche State Park through March 1.

Two Harbors photographer, Christian Dalbec, also helped during the workshop. The photographs are currently on view in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park. A closing reception for the exhibit will be at 7 p.m. March 1.

The opening reception for the Winter Plein Air exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post was well-attended and highlighted work by 20 plein air painters, many of whom have been trekking out to YMCA Camp Menogyn  for 10 years to spend a week warming up by the fireplace and then venturing out to paint in the frigid cold.

"Bright Snow" by Adam Swanson is one of the paintings in the Winter Plein Air show at the Johnson Heritage Post.

“Bright Snow” by Adam Swanson is one of the paintings in the Winter Plein Air show at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The exhibit features work made during the Polar Vortex as well as others painted in the last 10 years. The exhibit continues through Feb. 24. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

There are lots of other things to see and do this week, too.

On Thursday, North House Folk School will screen the film of the winter season. “The Islands and the Whales” is a powerful film about the Faroe Islands and whale hunting.  The pilot whale hunters of the Faroe Islands believe that hunting is vital to their way of life, but when a local professor makes a grim discovery about the effects of marine pollution, and the seabird populations collapses, environmental changes threaten to change the community and their way of life forever. The Faroese are among the first to feel the effects of our ever more polluted oceans; what once secured their survival now endangers their children and the Faroe Islanders must make a choice between health and tradition.

Here’s the trailer:

The Islands and the Whales trailer from Intrepid Cinema on Vimeo.

The film will screen in the Blue Building at North House at 7 p.m. Free. All invited.

On Friday, the Grand Marais Public Library will screen “Akron,” a film about two college freshmen who  meet playing football and fall in love. Here’e the trailer:

This film is also free. It starts at 6 p.m. at the library.

This is the week for the Third Annual Hygge Festival, which runs from Feb. 8-14.

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The 3rd annual Hygge Festival runs from Feb. 8-13, featuring lots of outdoor activities, and plenty of time to relax with friends and family. Photo by Layne Kennedy.

The Danish concept of “hygge” (pronounced hoo-gah) has been around for a long time. It refers to the ritual of embracing life’s simple pleasures. Feeling relaxed, cozy and surrounded by the warmth of family, friends, community and fire all encompass the idea of hygge. In Cook County, it also means exploring the Northwoods by skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, dogsledding, skating and more. There are lots of activities planned for this special time in winter. To see them all, click here.

There are some special music events, too. On Saturday night, the Plucked Up String Band will play for a Mukluk Ball at Voyageur Brewing from 6-9 p.m., and the wildly popular band, Cloud Cult, will  perform at Papa Charlie’s starting at 8 p.m. The Mukluk Ball is free. Oops. Just announced. Tickets for Cloud Cult are sold out.

On Sunday, Voyageur Brewing will hold a Chalk Art event at the Brewery. The public is invited to come watch the creation of artwork by chalk artist Max Holmgren of Bear Fox Chalk from 4-7 p.m.

chalk art

Max Holmgren of Bear Fox Chalk will be demonstrating chalk art at Voyageur Brewery from 4-7 p.m. Sunday.

To see his beautiful work, click here.

In Thunder Bay, the Baggage Building Arts Center will hold an “Introduction to Snow Carving” during the day. Learn how to carve a snow sculpture and make your own set of carving tools. Open to adult beginners, dabblers, hobbyists, and the simply curious. Youth 13 and older may participate if accompanied by a participating adult. Space is limited.

An Introduction to Snow Carving workshop will be held at the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay on Sunday.

An Introduction to Snow Carving workshop will be held at the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay on Sunday.

The workshop starts at 12:30 p.m., EDT. To register at 1-807-625-8463 with the course code: 408289.

And on Wednesday, the Northern Fibers Retreat starts at North House Folk School. It’s always such a great event, featuring lots of interesting classes and workshops as well as presentations and Lunch and Learns.

The Northern Fibers Retreat at North House Folk School starts next Wednesday.

The Northern Fibers Retreat at North House Folk School starts next Wednesday.

Stay tuned for details next week. Meanwhile, click here to find out more and register for classes.

Exhibits:

We’ve already talked about the new exhibits at the Johnson Heritage Post and Tettegouche State Park. Both worth visits.

In Duluth, the Duluth Art Institute has opened four new exhibits: the Arrowhead Regional Biennial, the Annual Member Show, Vern Northrup-Akinomaage and Ray Allard, Jazz Forest. The Member Show closes Feb. 24, but all the others continue at least through March.

Git Chi-gami by Vern Northrup. His exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute is entitled Akinomaage or, in Ojibwe, to gain knowledge from the earth. His exhibit continues through May 5.

Git Chi-gami by Vern Northrup. His exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute is entitled Akinomaage or, in Ojibwe, to gain knowledge from the earth. His exhibit continues through May 5.

Also in Duluth, the Lakeside Gallery, 4431 East Superior St., is featuring work by Sue Rauschenfels this month.

Painting by Sue Rauschenfels. Her work is being featured at the Lakeside Gallery in Duluth.

Painting by Sue Rauschenfels. Her work is being featured at the Lakeside Gallery in Duluth.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery invites people to come and warm up as they view Riaz Mahmood’s “Burning” video series.

A scene from Riaz Mehmoods "Burning" video series on view at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

A scene from Riaz Mehmoods “Burning” video series on view at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

 Upcoming: 

The 3rd annual Hygge Festival continues in Grand Marais through next Friday. Check out all the events here. 

Next Friday, Feb. 15, SVEA will give an outdoor concert (weather permitting) at Drury Lane Books featuring Swedish folk stories and songs, This event is in conjunction with the Many Tiny Lights PTA Fundraiser for the local elementary school. Come see  the lakefront decorated with hundreds of ice lanterns.

Also on Friday, Feb. 15, landscape photographer Craig Blacklock will give an Artist Talk at 7 p.m. at the Grand Marais Art Colony. He is currently exhibiting his work there.

In Two Harbors, painter Bonnie Cutts will give a free artist lecture and demo at the Two Harbors Community Center from 6-8 p.m. If you plan on attending, email authenticartist@sandipillsbury.com The event is sponsored by the Two Harbors Voyageur Art Club. All invited.

And on Saturday, Feb. 16, join local author and spiritual leader Mary Ellen Ashcroft for a reading and signing of her new book, OMG: Growing Our God Images at Drury Lane Books. The event starts at 5 p.m. Stay tuned.

FYI:

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council is conducting a survey on artists’ needs in the Arrowhead Region. Every two to four years, the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council conducts a needs assessment to help determine its programming for the future. This year, ARAC is using a combination of methods to listen to the public, including summaries from outreach efforts, special meetings to get feedback, and this online survey. Your input is welcomed. Take the survey here.

Artist Opportunities:

 Seeking Illustrator: Request for Proposals: The 1854 Treaty Authority is developing a youth activity book which will focus on contemporary and historical practices of maple sugar harvesting. It is now seeking proposals for an illustrator to work with a cultural/language author to complete this educational tool. Proposals must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 28. The request for proposals can be found on the QuickLinks of their website: www.1854treatyauthority.org

Fun Stuff:

Lutsen painter Anna Hess was featured on a recent airing of WDSE’s Making It Up North. Check it out.

And, if you’re curious about dog mushing and the couple who won first and second place in this year’s John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, here’s a great video that tells their story. Blake and Jennifer Freking live in Finland, MN.

Lure of the North from Jonathan Chapman | JCP on Vimeo.

 Music:

Here’s the live music schedule for this week:

Thursday, Feb. 7:

  • Gordon Thorne & the Wildcats, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Fred Anderson, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 8:

  • Matt Browne, Voyageur Brewing  Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 9:

  • Voyageur Brewing Mukluk Ball, Plucked Up. String Band, 6 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Christopher David Hanson Band, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Rage N Country, Grand Portage Lodge, 8 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Cloud Cult, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m. (Sold Out.)

Sunday, Feb. 10:

Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 11:

  • Shane Martin, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Jeremy Messersmith, Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 12:

  • Jon Kallberg, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Open Mic Night at Papa Charlie’s with Eric Frost, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 13:

  • Pieta Brown, Songwriter’s Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

 Photographs:

Luckily, we found some great photos this week, many of them ice-bound. Here are some wildlife shots:

Very cold Grey Fox at -40F by Ken Hupila.

Very cold Grey Fox at -40F by Ken Hupila.

 

I love a sunny day, blinked the Great Gray Owl.

I love a sunny day, blinked the Great Gray Owl.

 

Sometimes those meaty paws are perfect for scratching that itch. Photo by Heidi Pinkerton.

Sometimes those meaty paws are perfect for scratching that itch. Photo by Heidi Pinkerton.

 

A Saw Whet Owl in February by Roxann Distad.

A Saw Whet Owl in February by Roxann Distad.

 

The original peeping tom by Donna Strauss.

The original Peeping Tom by Donna Strauss.

And we found plenty of photos reminding us of how chilly it’s been.

Artist Point by Paul Sundberg. Apparently the woman in the background was looking for her cell phone. No such luck.

Artist Point by Paul Sundberg. Apparently the woman in the background was looking for her cell phone. No such luck. Gone until summer.

 

A lovely day by Therese Misgen.

A lovely day by Therese Misgen.

 

Specatacular needle frost by Gary Schmies.

Specatacular needle frost by Gary Schmies.

 

Brighton Beach by Jeffrey Doty.

Brighton Beach by Jeffrey Doty.

 

Frozen Lake Superior at the Canadian Border, Grand Portage Overlook by Bill Donovan.

Frozen Lake Superior at the Canadian Border, Grand Portage Overlook by Bill Donovan.

 

Duluth at Sunrise by William Hurst.

Duluth at Sunrise by William Hurst.

And finally these great shots:

Snow wave by Tyler Howell.

Snow wave by Tyler Howell.

 

Mailboxes on the Gunflint Trail by Peggy Little.

Mailboxes on the Gunflint Trail by Peggy Little.

Have a great weekend, everyone. Stay warm!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Polar Vortex welcomes Winter Plein Air

layne kennedy tossing hot water at -41F in Ely

What happens to boiling water at -41F. Photo by Layne Kennedy.

Undoubtedly the 20 people who signed up for the 10th annual Winter Plein Air event at YMCA Camp Menogyn this year knew what they were getting into —  a week of painting at below zero temps, (hopefully) gorgeous sunlit days to paint Northwoods winter landscapes, camaraderie with fellow artists, hot meals and toasty places to sleep — those things are always on the menu at this popular Winter Plein Air event.

But windchills at  -50F?  Maybe not. Nevertheless, that’s what the Winter Plein Air artists had to deal with this week as the Polar Vortex plunged into the Midwest, bringing high winds along for the ride. From all reports, the painters have taken it all in stride and ventured out in the cold to paint what they see.

Adam paints Mouse Island by Chris LaForge.

Winter Plein Air painters go out in any weather. Chris La Forge took this photo. He titled it “Adam paints Mouse Island.”

A Winter Plein Air painter hard at work. Photo by Allison Eklund.

A Winter Plein Air painter hard at work. Photo by Allison Eklund.

The Outdoor Painters of Minnesota sponsored the event, and the exhibit at Johnson Heritage Post, which opens on Friday and runs through Feb. 24, should be a great show. Not only will the exhibits include work that was completed this week, but selected paintings from the last 10 years as well. In all, more than 100 paintings will be on display.

The Johnson Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. on Sunday.

In other braving the elements news, the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon was run in this freezing weather, too, with Blake Freking winning the race and his wife, Jennifer, coming in second. It is the first time a husband and wife team have made the top two in this race. The couple raises their dogs in Finland.

Blake Freking of Manitou Crossing Kennels in Finland won the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.

Blake Freking of Manitou Crossing Kennels in Finland won the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. Photo by Nace Hagemann.

And, for those who want to get outdoors and experience dogsledding for themselves, Skyport Lodge offers sled dog tours all day every Tuesday and Saturday in the winter. The next one is set for Feb. 2.

There are lots of indoor things to do this week, too.

North House Folk School continues its series of movies this Thursday with the screening of “Virginia Minnesota.” The movie was filmed in Grand Marais and on the North Shore and includes local cameos, including World’s Best Doughnuts, North House and the schooner Hjørdis. The film is about two young women, torn apart by a childhood tragedy, unexpectedly reuniting and embarking on an illuminating 24-hour journey.

VIRGINIA MINNESOTA – Trailer from Daniel Stine on Vimeo.

The film will be screened in the Blue Building at North House at 7 p.m. Free. Bring your own refreshments.

Also on Thursday, WDSE’s Making It Up North will feature interviews with three North Shore residents: Teri Davis-Downing, owner of the Wunderbar Campground and Eatery in Grand Marais, Frank Sander, who is building an artist’s sanctuary in Knife River and Lutsen painter Anna Hess. Check out the trailer below. Making It Up North is broadcast at 8 p.m.

And on Friday, the Grand Marais Public Library will screen “The Little Pink House,” a drama about a Connecticut nurse who finds herself at the center of a political firestorm and a Supreme Court case centering on eminent domain. Here’s the trailer:

The film screens at 6 p.m. on Friday. Free.

On Saturday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will hold a Community Ink Day from 1-3:30 p.m. in the print studio. This time, it’s Monoprint Saturday, and participants will have a chance to create their own, unique monoprint art piece for personal use or to give as a gift. Drop in to experiment with design and learn more about the art of printmaking. Youth under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Instructor is on-site. The tuition is $5. No registration is required.

And Saturday at 6 p.m. is French Film Night at Cook County Higher Education.  The French movie, “The Intouchables”‘ will be screened. The film has English subtitles, so those of varying French language skills can easily enjoy the film. Nancy Dumas will be a host during the event to answer any French language questions that come up. She will also be providing a handout that includes some items to consider while watching the film.

The award-winning film is about a a rich, Parisian quadriplegic who hires an ex-con as his live-in personal assistant. It is loosely based on a true story. Check out the trailer below.

Popcorn and pop will also be provided. The suggested donation is $5.

On Monday, the Mountain Thyme Music Studio will host Celtic Sessions at the Wunderbar from 7-9 p.m. All are welcome. Bring an instrument! Fiddles, whistles, flutes, pipes, bodhrans, guitars, mandolins, banjos, accordions, your voice …  all are welceome. A group of Celtic musicians from Thunder Bay will participate as well.

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Celtic Sessions will be at the Wunderbar from 7=9 p.m. on Monday, Feb. . The sessions are held the first Monday of every month. All welcome to come play and listen.

Celtic Sessions with Wild Thyme Music Studio will be at the Wunderbar from 7=9 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4. The sessions are held the first Monday of every month. All welcome to come play and listen.

The first hour will be a ‘slow session’ dedicated to teaching one or two tunes, by ear, for everyone to learn. Tunes are played slowly, broken down into phrases and repeated until everyone has the opportunity to learn the tune. This is a fantastic way to improve playing skills.

The second hour will be a regular open session, with participants sharing songs around the circle and playing tunes together for all to enjoy. The group will meet in the lounge area between the pub and the game room. All invited. Questions? Call Michele Miller: 218-475-2656.

On Tuesday, North House Folk School will hold a community class with April Stone entiteld “Weave a Plaited Black Ash Basket.” Participants will learn how to weave a basket of their own in two sessions, Feb. 5 and Feb. 7. Tuition is free. There’s a $20 materials fee. Call North House at 387-9762 to register.

And on Wednesday, Tim Cochrane will speak about the Linklaters: People of the Border Lakes and Isle Royale, at the Grand Marais Public Library at 6 p.m.

Exhibits:

The Johnson Heritage Posts “Winter Plein Air | 10 years of Painting in the BWCAW” continues through Feb. 24. All of the artists will have recent paintings as well as some favorites from earlier years.

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Neil Sherman is one of the painters who will be exhibiting work at the Winter Plein Air exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The Duluth Art Institute has just opened four new exhibits, including the Member Show and the Arrowhead Biennial. The exhibits continue through March.

Shawns Gillmore's painting, "Faith Holding Hope" won the People's Choice Award at the Duluth Art Institute's Member Show, which opened last week.

Shawna Gillmore’s painting, “Faith Holding Hope” won the People’s Choice Award at the Duluth Art Institute‘s Member Show, which opened last week.

At the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in Thunder Bay, “Lessons: The Artistry of Learning,” features a wide variety of works and mediums and continues through March 3. Video artist Zoe Gordon is showing her video, “You couldn’t identify a sound looking at a sound wave.”

A still shot from Zoe Gordon's video "You couldn't identify a sound looking at its sound wave." The video is being screened at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

A still shot from Zoe Gordon’s video “You couldn’t identify a sound looking at its sound wave.” The video is being screened at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The video is an eight-second conversation excerpt shared through a visualizer.

Also in Thunder Bay, the Baggage Building Arts Centre continues its Fibre Art Exhibit through February.

Birch UNder Glass by Leona McEwan is one of the pieces in the Fibre Exhibit at the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay.

Birch UNder Glass by Leona McEwan is one of the pieces in the Fibre Exhibit at the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay.

The exhibit features a wide variety of fiber art by artists in the region.

Upcoming:

 Photographer Craig Blacklock will exhibit his work at the Grand Marais Art Colony in February. Entitled “Lake Superior and the Enduring Gift,” the exhibit features photographs of Lake Superior as well as the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Blacklock’s photographs also features the beauty of the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers.

Superior Winter 551. Photograph by Craig Blacklock. He will be exhibiting his work at the Art Colony in the Founders Hall at the Art Colony this month as well as giving an Artist Talk at 7 p.m. Feb. 15.

“Superior Winter 551.” Photograph by Craig Blacklock. He will be exhibiting his work at the Art Colony in the Founders Hall at the Art Colony this month as well as giving an Artist Talk at 7 p.m. Feb. 15.

Blacklock will be giving an Artist Talk at the Art Colony at 7 p.m. Feb. 15. He will also be teaching “Photograhing Superior’s Frozen Landscape” from Feb. 11-15. For more info, call the Art Colony at 387-2737.

And the Northern Fibers Retreat, sponsored by North House Folk School, is set for Feb. 13-17 this year with lots of classes, demonstrations, presentations, lunch-and-learn events and more. The featured instructor this year is Karin Flatøy Svarstad of Kalvåg, Norway. Stay tuned for details and/or click here.

Artist News:

 Two Harbors photographer, Christian Dalbec, has the cover photograph in the March issue of Lake Superior Magazine.

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Cover photo by Christian Dalbec.

Timothy Cochrane was nominated for the 2019 Minnesota Book Award for this book, “Gichi Bitobig, Grand Marais: Early Accounts of the Anishinaabeg and the North Shore Fur Trade.”

Tim Cochrane will give a presentation on his new book in Grand Portage on Thursday.

Tim Cochrane’s book has been nominated for a Minnesota Book Award.

The awards will be announced April 6.

Josie Lewis, who grew up in Hovland, but now resides in Minneapolis, is putting in a tile installation featuring butterflies at the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport, Concourse F at F4.

Josie Lewis and a friend work on installing her tile installation at the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport.

Josie Lewis and a friend work on putting up her tile installation at the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport. It can be seen at Concourse F at F4.

And, if you have some extra time, check out this video of a painting restoration. It’s really fun to watch.

Also, there’s a call out to artists to participate in the Art of Healing exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post that opens March 1. Organized by the Violence Prevention Center, it’s an open submission show. If you or someone you love has been affected by domestic or sexual violence and has used art as a means to respond, express or heal, they are invited to submit a piece or pieces to the show. Anonymous submissions, including 2D, 3D or written works accepted. For more info, call 387-1262.  Deadline to submit work is Feb. 14.

Music:

 Thursday, Jan. 31

  • Gordon Thorne & the Wildcats, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 1:

  • Jim McGowan, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Lutsen resort, 7 p.m.
  • Charlie Roth, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Pete K, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • The Dead Pigeons, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 2:

  • Briand Morrison, The Cove at Best Western in Grand Marais, 5 p.m.
  • Pete K, Cascade Restaurant, 6 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • The Dead Pigeons, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 3:

  • Brian Morrison, Mogul’s Grile, 10 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 4:

  • Timmy Haus, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Celtic Sessions with Wild Thyme Music Studio,  Wunderbar, 5-7 p.m.

 Tuesday, Feb. 5:

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

Photographs:

Lots of photos of the cold this week. Go figure. Let’s start with some wildlife shots:

Hunkering down behind a hay bail by Jeffrey Doty.

Hunkering down behind a hay bail by Jeffrey Doty.

 

Snowy coming in for a landing by Heidi Pinkerton.

Snowy coming in for a landing by Heidi Pinkerton.

 

A willow ptarmigan, the Alaska state bird, blends in with the winter landscape. Photo by Dave Dix.

A willow ptarmigan, the Alaska state bird, blends in with the winter landscape. Photo by Dave Dix.

 

Pileated woodpecker on a deer carcass by Michael Furtman.

Pileated woodpecker finds food on a deer carcass by Michael Furtman.

 

Puffed up fluffy birds are the best by Linda Ryma.

Puffed up fluffy birds are the best by Linda Ryma.

 

Bobcat by Michael Furtman.

Bobcat by Michael Furtman.

And now, for some brrrrr, cold shots:

Frozen cove at Tettegouche State Park by Patrick Forslund.

Frozen cove at Tettegouche State Park by Patrick Forslund.

 

At -30F by Scott Rockvam.

At -30F by Scott Rockvam.

 

Ely in winter by Marc Farley of WELY-FM.

Ely in winter by Marc Farley of WELY-FM.

 

Moody Blues by Jennifer Marie.

Moody Blues by Jennifer Marie.

 

The color of 21 below by Mary Amerman.

The color of 21 below by Mary Amerman.

 

Something else! by Bill Donovan.

Something else! by Bill Donovan.

 

January 26 by David Johnson.

January 26 by David Johnson.

 

Sea Smoke by Paul Sundberg.

Sea Smoke by Paul Sundberg.

And finally, this one…

What lake effect snow on Lake Superior looks like from a NOAA satellite.

What lake effect snow on Lake Superior looks like from a NOAA satellite.

Stay warm, everyone!

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Iron Range Music, The Beargrease & Brrrrrrrrr

"Crazy. I must be crazy for loving you... " Here with the cold beauty of Lake Superior by Matthew Pastick.

“Crazy. I must be crazy for loving you… ” Here with the cold beauty of Lake Superior by Matthew Pastick.

Hunkering down in sub-zero temps is certainly an option this week, but getting outside and enjoying winter is always a great way to celebrate the season, too. Of particular interest: the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, which starts in Duluth on Sunday and finishes in two locations in Cook County: Lutsen Mountains and the Grand Portage Lodge & Casino.

It will be an exciting series of races. Here’s a video of scenes from 2018 to give you a taste of what to expect:

The Mid-Distance race will end at Lutsen Mountains, with the first teams expected to arrive around 7 a.m. on Monday. In all, 20 mushers have signed up to compete in this race.

The Marathon features 12 teams this year, including local favorites Erin Altemus, Frank Moe, Mary Manning and Blake and Jennifer Freking. The teams are expected to start arriving at Grand Portage around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and will be arriving through the night. You can watch the race on-line, too, as all the mushers carry devices to show their locations. To watch it, click here.

Best places to watch the race? Favorite check points are the Sawbill Trail, Trail Center, Skyport Lodge and Mineral Center. It’s definitely going to be cold this year, and there’s lots of snow, so look for a great race.

Meanwhile, indoors, there’s lots to do, too.

Thursday is turning into one of those winter evenings where you really need to put on your time-travel suit to enjoy everything that is being offered. This week is no exception.

First up on Thursday is the North Shore Arts League meeting, a continuation of the organizational meeting that was held a few weeks ago. The meeting will be held from 4-6 p.m. at the Johnson Heritage Post. All artists in any media are invited to attend. The Arts League is a network of Arrowhead artists who share their time, talent and knowledge to support each other as artists and artisans. There will be a member show at the Johnson Heritage Post in April. All invited. For more information, contact Kathy Weinberg at klweinberg@gmail.com.

Then, at 6 p.m., Natalie Sobanja will lead a session of the Critical Response session at the Grand Marais Art Colony. This is an artist-led multi-step, group system for giving and receiving feedback on creative processes and works-in-progress. This process allows artists to ask questions about their work in a non-judgmental setting through a facilitated dialogue between artists, peers, and audiences. Students who sign up will be part of the peer critique group and are not asked to bring in their own artwork to this training session. For more information, call the Art Colony at 387-2737. The session will run until 8:30 p.m.

Then, there are two events that start at 7 p.m. — a film screening at North House Folk School and a house concert at the Art House B&B.

The film at North House is entitled “24 Snow” and is a Mikhail Barynin film about raising horses in the Arctic.  Here’s the trailer:

The film is free and will be screened in the Green Building. All invited.

Also on Thursday night, Iron Range musicians Sara Pajunen and Sam Miltich will play for a house concert at the Art House B& B starting at 7 p.m. Both musicians have performed at Art House before, but this is the first time they’ll be playing together, sharing music from the Iron Range. Sam’s father will join them on upright bass.

Sara Pajunen and Sam Miltich will perform a house concert at Art House B&B on Thursday night at 7 p.m.

Sara Pajunen and Sam Miltich will perform a house concert at Art House B&B on Thursday night at 7 p.m.

All invited. The suggested donation is $10. Refreshments will be served. Art House is located arts 8 7th Ave. W. in Grand Marais.

If you’re really determined to stay at home, WDSE’s “Making It Up North” might be of interest. The Emmy nominated program highlights creative entrepreneurs who know what it takes to make it in today’s business environment. Two Cook County residents will be featured: Wunderbar’s Teri Downing and painter Anna Hess. Others on this week’s program are Frank Sander, as he builds his Little Knife Sanctuary/Artist Retreat at Knife River and Patrick Krekelberg and his start-up tech concern, Krekletronics. The program airs at 8 p.m.

On Friday, the Grand Marais Public Library continues its movie series with the screening of “Marshall,” a drama about Thurgood Marshall, the crusading lawyer who would become the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases. Here’s the trailer:

The film is screened at 6 p.m. at the library. Free.

And on Saturday, if you’re in Thunder Bay, consider attending “Direlecte,” a fashion odyssey put on by the Definitely Superior Art Gallery. It’s a pretty crazy time with 27 acts of wearable art, fashion and music from 8 p.m.-2 a.m.. at the Black Pirates Pub in Thunder Bay. Expect large crowds, out-of-the-box fashions and lots of music. Here’a video of snippets from last year’s event.

Derelicte 11 from Definitely Superior Art Gallery on Vimeo.

Tickets are $15 at the door.

A little closer to home: the continuation of the Lake Effect Ski/Music Festival at Papa Charlie’s with the bands the People Brothers Band and Pho on Saturday night. The music starts at 9:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, the Reading Groups start at the Grand Marais Art Colony with sessions in the morning and evening.

Each group will be led by a different facilitator and read different books. They will meet in their groups on Jan. 29 and then reconvene at the Art Colony on Feb. 21 for a final discussion. Books and facilitators include:

  • “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes” with Ann Possis
  • Blue Arabesque: A Search for the Sublime” with Nina Simonowicz
  • “The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World” with John Books
  • Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guild to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence” with Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux
  • Water and What We Know: Following the Roots of a Nothern Life” with Lin Salisbury

For more information, contact the Art Colony at 387-2737.

The community listening sessions with Julia Klatt Singer and Craig Carnahan scheduled for next week have been cancelled due to the weather.

The three Community Listening Sessions are:

Exhibits

The Johnson Heritage Post is closed until Feb. 1, when the Winter Plein Air Exhibit opens. Stay tuned.

This is the final week of the Group of Finland Painters exhibit at Tettegouche State Park, featuring a wide variety of work in oil, acrylic and watercolors. Gary Olson is showing the painting below, a reminder of a different season, for sure.

"Berry Pickers" by Gary Olson, a member of the Finland Group of Painters who are exhibiting at Tettegouche State Park this month.

“Berry Pickers” by Gary Olson, a member of the Finland Group of Painters who are exhibiting in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park this month.

The exhibit of George Morrison prints continues at the Cedar Coffee Company in Two Harbors as well as the North Shore Winery in Lutsen..

An exhibit of George Morrison poster prints continues at the Cedar Coffee Company in Two Harbors. The North Shore Winery is also showing his work.

An exhibit of George Morrison poster prints continues at the Cedar Coffee Company in Two Harbors. The North Shore Winery is also showing his work.

And the Tweed Museum of Art is featuring work by Morrison as well, including this painting, which is part of its Intersections exhibit.

"Naides, No. 10" by George Morrison.

“Naides, No. 10″ by George Morrison.

Four new exhibits opened at the Duluth Art Institute with a reception Thursday from 5-7 p.m. They will continue through February.  On tap are the Annual Member Show, the Arrowhead Regional Biennial, Akinomaage (Vern Northrup), and Jazz Forest (Ray Allard).

Donburi by Yuta Uchida is one of the pieces in the Arrowhead Biennial Show at the Duluth Art Institute which opened on Jan. 24.

Donburi by Yuta Uchida is one of the pieces in the Arrowhead Biennial Show at the Duluth Art Institute which opened on Jan. 24.

Patricia Lenz has opened an exhibit of her work at the Zeitgeist Cafe in Duluth.

Painting by Patricia Lenz. She is exhibiting her painting at the Zeitgeist Cafe in Duluth this month.

In Thunder Bay, the Baggage Building  Arts Centre is featuring the Fibre Exhibition, featuring work by 24 different Thunder Bay fiber artists. Work includes knitting, crocheting, weaving, quilting and textiles.

"Crash" by Kim Sutherland, is one of the pieces on exhibit at the Baggage Building Arts Center in Thunder Bay.

“Crash” by Kim Sutherland, is one of the pieces on exhibit at the Baggage Building Arts Center in Thunder Bay.

The exhibit continues through March 24.

Upcoming:

The Violence Prevention Center is organizing an art exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post entitled “The Art of Healing” that opens March 1. If you or someone you love have been affected by domestic or sexual violence and has used art as a means to respond, explore, express or heal from their experience, they are invited to share in this first Art of Healing event. Everyone has the option to submit work anonymously if they choose to do so. For more information, contact the Violence Prevention Center at 387-1262 or email hope4u@boreal.org

 Music:

Thursday, Jan. 24:

  • Gordon Thorne & the Wildcats, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Gene Lafond and Amy Grillo, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Iron Range Music with Sara Pajunen and Sam Miltich, Art House B&B, 7 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 25:

  • North Country Fair, The Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • Gene Lafond and Amy Grillo, Cascade Lodge Restaurant, 6 p.m.
  • North Country Fair, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Matt Griswald, Voyageur Brewing, 8 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Lake Effect Ski Music Festival,, Nooky Jone and Jaedyn James & The Hunger, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 26:

  • Jim McGowan, Cascade Lodge Restaurant, 6 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Jacob Mahon & the Salty Dogs, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Lake Effect Ski/Music Festival, The People Brothers Band and Pho, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 27:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik, The Wunderbar, 6 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 28:

  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 29:

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

Wednesday, Jan. 30:

  • Singer/Songwriter Series, Teague Alexy, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Photographs:

We found only a few wildlife shots this week:

Grosbeak fly by. Photo by John Heino.

Grosbeak fly by. Photo by John Heino.

 

Mustelids: An ermine... in this case, are tough by Keith Crowley.

A long-tailed weasel with a short-tailed shrew. Photo by Keith Crowley.

And we found lots of moon shots.

Moon halo by David Johnson.

Moon halo by David Johnson.

 

Full moon over Split Rock by David Barthel.

Full moon over Split Rock by David Barthel.

 

Skiing under the Super Wolf Moon by Kjersti Vick.

Skiing under the Super Wolf Moon by Kjersti Vick.

 

Super Moon rising by Janice Latz.

Super Moon rising by Janice Latz.

 

Eclipse of the Full Moon by Paul Ostrum.

Eclipse of the Full Moon by Paul Ostrum.

 

The Eclipse and the Aerial Lift Bridge by Matthew Breiter.

The Eclipse and the Aerial Lift Bridge by Matthew Breiter.

 

Full Blood Supermoon Eclipse by Jeremy Church.

Full Blood Supermoon Eclipse by Jeremy Church.

We also found some landscapes:

The Big Lake was Calm by Kari Kennedy.

The Big Lake was Calm and Beautiful by Kari Kennedy.

 

The Tip of the Ice Age by Christian Dalbec.

The Tip of the Ice Age by Christian Dalbec.

 

Ice by Jeff Henningsgaard.

Ice by Jeff Henningsgaard.

 

Sunrise over some crazy ice formations by Bryan Hansel.

Sunrise over some crazy ice formations by Bryan Hansel.

And finally, this:

“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance." - Yoko Ono. Hovland, MN. Photo by Kareen Hunnicutt-Meyer.

“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.” – Yoko Ono. Hovland, MN. Photo by Kareen Hunnicutt-Meyer.

Enjoy your winter weekend, everyone!

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Painting Lake Superior, 2 Movies & A Winter Dance

Lake Superior sure made me feel like I was on Gilligan’s Island yesterday. Photo by Kayla Donnelle.

“Lake Superior sure made me feel like I was on Gilligan’s Island yesterday! ” Photo by Kayla Donnelle.

So, when January really rolls around, as it has this week, Minnesotans either layer up and go outside to play, or they find out what’s happening indoors. More often than not, they do a little of both, and there’s lots to choose from this week.

First up on Thursday, is the screening of the film, “Tarfala,” at North House Folk School. This documentary film by Johannnes Ostergard, follows a man who has chosen to spend his life as a caretaker of a lonely ski hut north of the Arctic Circle, right next to Sweden’s highest mountain. It’s fascinating study of a man’s love for solitude in wilds of an Arctic winter.

Check out the trailer here:

The film will be screened at 7 p.m. in the Blue Building. Free. Open to all! Bring your own snacks.

At 8 p..m., local ceramic artist Hannah Palma Laky and Big Lake shopowner Abby Tofte will be featured on the WDSE’s “Making It Up North.”  The Emmy-nominated program is in its second season, and it highlights creative entrepreneurs in northern Minnesota who know what it takes to make it in today’s business climate.

This episode will feature entrepreneurs who have made a living “by hand,” whether through through mediums such as ceramics, jewelry, or photography, or they’ve built a business to showcase local works.  The show will also highlight how jewelry artist Louise Pajack Guillou built Atelier & Stone by collaborating with Wolfskull Creative’s Michelle Bennett, and musician Peter Witrak, who creates kinetic sculptures with statewide appeal.

Check out a snippet of the trailer here:

The program airs on WDSE at 8 p.m. on Thursday. In two weeks, on Jan. 31, Making  It Up North will feature The Wunderbar and a segment on Lutsen artist Anna Hess. Same time, same station.

Scroll down a day to Friday, and go to the Grand Marais Public Library at 6 p.m. to see the film “Chappaquiddick.” The film covers the scandal and mysterious events surrounding the tragic drowning of Mary Jo Kopechne, as Ted Kennedy drove his car off the infamous bridge, are revealed in the new movie starring Jason Clarke as Kennedy and Kate Mara as Mary Jo.

Through true accounts, documented in the inquest from the investigation in 1969, director John Curran and writers Andrew Logan and Taylor Allen, intimately expose the broad reach of political power, the influence of America’s most celebrated family; and the vulnerability of Ted Kennedy, the youngest son, in the shadow of his family legacy.

Check out the trailer here:

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

And Friday night will feature a fascinating Artist Talk at the Grand Marais Art Colony with Karen Owlsey Nease, a painter and co-owner of the Joseph Nease Gallery in Duluth. Lake Superior is the primary subject matter in Karen’s work, and she will discuss her depiction of its waters as points of departure in the development of a painting, as well as her uses of it, which span from metaphor to emotional driver to design element.

Turquoise Top Wave 2 by Karen Owsley Nease.

Turquoise Top Wave 2 by Karen Owsley Nease.

It should be a fascinating presentation, especially for those who love Lake Superior in all her moods. The Artist Talk is free and will be from 7-8:30 p.m. on Friday. All invited.

For those cozying up at home, listen to WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night. Eric Frost and Friends will be on for the first slot of the show to talk about their music and play a few tunes. The show airs from 5-7 p.m. on Fridays.

On Saturday night, go for the heat and show up for the Winter Gathering and Dance at the Hovland Town Hall from 7-10 p.m. The event is sponsored by the North Shore Music Association.

The SplinterTones are on tap to play for the dance and they’re one of the best dance bands in the county. The band features: Leah Thomas, accordion and vocals; Rick Brandenburg, drums; Jeff DeShaw, bass and vocals; Max Bichel, violin and vocals; Liz Sivertson, saxophone.

The SplinterTones play for a winter dance at the Hovland Town Hall on Saturday.

The SplinterTones play for a winter dance at the Hovland Town Hall on Saturday.

There is no admission fee, but donations are appreciated. Families welcome.

There’s lots of great music this weekend (see the schedule below), and some interesting performances during the Singer/Songwriter sessions at Papa Charlie’s next week. On Monday night, Moors &McCumber perform, and on Wednesday night, Rachel Kilgour is on-stage. Music starts at 8 p.m. Free.

Exhibits:

 The Johnson Heritage Post is closed for the rest of the month and opening for the Winter Plein Air Exhibit on Feb. 1. Stay tuned.

Fika Coffee in Lutsen has just mounted an exhibit of prints by Carie Schaefer.

Sledding Bliss (print) by Carie Schaefer.

Sledding Bliss (print) by Carie Schaefer.

 

At Tettegouche State Park, the Finland Group of Painters are exhibiting a collection of works in oils and watercolors. The exhibit is the Great Hall and continues through the end of the month.

"Beaver Bay Point," watercolor, by Sandy Maxwell.

“Beaver Bay Point,” watercolor, by Sandy Maxwell, is one of the paintings on exhibit at Tettegouche State Park this month.

The Cedar Coffee Company in Two Harbors will hold an opening reception for the George Morrison Poster Prints show from 5-7 p.m. Friday.

The George Morrison Poster Print show opens at the Cedar Coffee House Company in Two Harbors on Friday night. The show continues through February.

The George Morrison Poster Print show opens at the Cedar Coffee  Company in Two Harbors on Friday night. The show continues through February.

At the Tweed Museum of Art, the exhibit “Intersections,” featuring 46 selected artworks by 19 Native artists continues through January.

"Rez Dog" by Star Wallowing Bull is one of the pieces in the Intersections exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

“Rez Dog” by Star Wallowing Bull is one of the pieces in the Intersections exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery continues its exhibit, “Lessons: The Artistry of Learning.”

Ceramic installation made up of high-fire black Shigaraki clay with feldspar by Sarah Link is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Ceramic installation made up of high-fire black Shigaraki clay with feldspar by Sarah Link is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

In other Thunder Bay Art Gallery news, the gallery just received word that it was awarded a $2.5 million grant by the Canadian government to be used for the construction of a new gallery in Prince Arthur Park, which is on the shores of Lake Superior. “It’s a go,” gallery director Sharon Godwin told CBC News. Exciting news for the gallery, for sure.

One of the proposed designs for the new Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

One of the proposed designs for the new Thunder Bay Art Gallery on the shores of Lake Superior.

 Upcoming:

Next Wednesday, the Grand Marais Playhouse, in collaboration with the Grand Marais Public Library, will hold a reading of the “It Can’t Happen Here” by Sinclair Lewis. The public is invited to to come, read a few lines or just watch as this historic play unfolds. The reading starts at 6 p.m. Free.

On Thursday, the Arts League of the North Shore will hold its second organizational meeting from 4-6 p.m. at the Johnson Heritage Post. The organization is a network of Arrowhead artists who share their time, talent and knowledge to support each other as artists and artisans. All artists are invited. The Arts League plans to hold a group show at the Heritage Post in April.

Also on Thursday, Natalie Sobanja will convene a Critical Response training session at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 6-8:30 p.m. The process allows artists to ask questions about their work in a non-judgmental setting through a facilitated dialogue between artists, peers, and audiences. Students who sign up will be part of the peer critique group and are not asked to bring in their own artwork to this training session.

A Critical Response training session will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony  from 6-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24.

A Critical Response training session will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 6-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24.

Should you want to have your work critiqued for feedback, please call the Art Colony at 387-2737.

And at 7 p.m.  on Thursday, Jan. 24, Sara Pajunen and Sam Miltich will perform  “Iron Range Music” at a house concert at the Art House B&B.

Sara Pajunen & Sam Miltich to play house concert at Art House B&B Jan. 24.

Sara Pajunen & Sam Miltich to play house concert at Art House B&B Jan. 24.

The concert starts at 7 p.m.  $10 suggested donation. Refreshments will be served. The Art B&B is located at 8 7th Ave. West in Grand Marais.

A series of Winter Reading Groups will be meeting at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Jan 29. Each group will be led by a different facilitator and read different books. They will meet in their groups on Jan. 29 and then reconvene at the Art Colony on Feb. 21 for a final discussion. Books and facilitators include:

  • “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes” with Ann Possis
  • Blue Arabesque: A Search for the Sublime” with Nina Simonowicz
  • “The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World” with John Books
  • Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guild to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence” with Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux
  • Water and What We Know: Following the Roots of a Nothern Life” Lin Salisbury

The deadline to sign up is Jan. 22. For more info, click here.

Also at the Art Colony, photographer Jess Oulis Smith with hold photography sessions for artists who want to develop their portfolios. Sessions will be held Feb 5, Feb. 9 and Feb. 12. For more info, click here or call the Art Colony at 387-2737

  Artist Opportunities:

 The applications for the Grand Marais Arts Festival are now open. The deadline to apply is March 7.

Applications are now open for the 2019 Grand Marais Arts Festival.

Applications are now open for the 2019 Grand Marais Arts Festival. Photo by Dennis Chick.

The festival Isi July 13-14 this year. To find all the details and apply, click here.

Call for Artists: Artists of every age are invited to participatd in this year’s Spirit of the Wilderness community exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post, which opens March 16. The theme of this year’s exhibit is “Thin Places: Encountering the Surprising Spirit Along the North Shore.” Artwork must be dropped off on Wednesday, March 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The theme of this year's community art exhibit organized by the Spirit of the Wilderness Church is

The theme of this year’s community art exhibit organized by the Spirit of the Wilderness Church is “Thin Places.

For more information about participating in this exhibit, call 387-2314.

Music:

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, Jan 17:

  • Timmy Haus Bent Paddle Takeover, Wunderbar 5 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison. Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Billy Johnson, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 18:

  • Billy Johnson, voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Cascade Lodge Restaurant, 6 p.m.
  • JohnRuss, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost Band, Wunder bar, 7 p.m.
  • Brotherless Arms (Drew Heinonen & Jim Miller), Bluefi Grille, 8 p.m.
  • The Millers, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 19:

  • Billy Johnson, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
  • Roxann Bergland, The Cover at Best Western, 5 p.m.
  • Cherry Dirt, Cascade Lodge Restaurant, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Poplar River Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Common Ground, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • The Sprigs, Poplar Haus, 8 p.m.
  • Eric Frost Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 20:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Open Stage, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • Billy Johnson, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, Jan 21:

  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille,  8 p.m.
  • Moors  & McCumber, Monday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 22:

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

Wednesday, Jan. 23

  • Jon Kalberg, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Rachel Kilgour, Singer/Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Photographs:

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

Moosing crossing a frozen lake by Nace Hagemann.

Moosing crossing a frozen lake by Nace Hagemann.

 

Snowy Owl hunts in the Sax-Sim Bog by Heidi Pinkerton.

Snowy Owl hunts in the Sax-Sim Bog by Heidi Pinkerton.

 

Spruce Grouse flashing a little gold by Thomas Spence.

Spruce Grouse flashing a little gold by Thomas Spence.

 

Otter on ice by Chris Artist.

Otter on ice by Chris Artist.

 

 

Synchronized hare hunters in the Superior National Forest by Thomas Spence.

Synchronized hare hunters in the Superior National Forest by Thomas Spence.

 

Winters of winter in the morning mist by Kirk Shchelife.

Winters of winter in the morning mist by Kirk Shchelife.

 

This bobcat loves suet by Pat Zankman.

This bobcat loves suet by Pat Zankman.

 

Northern Hawk Owl by Matthew Breiter.

Northern Hawk Owl by Matthew Breiter.

And here are some landscapes.

Sunset on a foggy Gunflint lake by Ann I Karrick.

Sunset on a foggy Gunflint lake by Ann I Karrick.

A window-scape  …

Window Frost by Paul Sundberg.

Window Frost by Paul Sundberg.

More landscapes …

Silent Trout by Janice Latz.

Silent Trout by Janice Latz.

 

Grand Marais East Lighthouse by Christian Dalbec.

Grand Marais East Lighthouse by Christian Dalbec.

Some shipping photos:

Last Ship of the Season by Jeffrey Doty.

Last Ship of the Season by Jeffrey Doty.

 

Duluth, MN at its finest by George Listrup.

Duluth, MN at its finest by George Listrup.

 

Waves at Tettegouche by Roxanne Distad.

Waves at Tettegouche by Roxanne Distad.

 

The Shipping season is nearly at the end. Photo in Business North by Carment Paris, Corps of Engineers, Soo Locks.

Soo Locks: The shipping season is nearly at the end. Photo in Business North by Carmen Paris, Corps of Engineers.

 

Burning at Minus 10 by Christian Dalbec.

Burning at Minus 10 by Christian Dalbec.

And finally, this beauty:

Winter's Breath by Kate Bade.

Winter’s Breath by Kate Bade.

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Becoming, becalmed in January

Frozen at the Gooseberry Shore by Jim Sock.

Frozen at the Gooseberry Shore by Jim Sochko.

January! When snow falls, and it starts getting lighter every day. The trails and hills are groomed and ready, and artists hunker down to start making for the coming year.

This January is no exception, although the deep snow and ice this early in the season is somewhat unusual. What is not unusual are the opportunities to get together, watch movies, listen to lots of live music, and get things done in the studio.

We have two movie opportunities this month: North House Folk School is running a movie series every Thursday night and the Grand Marais Pubic Library is screening films on Friday nights.

This week, North House Folk School will host the Back Country Film Festival on Thursday, Jan. 10, featuring a variety of films of the backcountry, human-powered recreation and environmental preservation.

The Superior Highland Backcountry Film Festival will be held at North House on Thursday, Jan. 10. Doors open at 6 p.m., films start at 7 p.m.

The Superior Highland Backcountry Film Festival will be held at North House on Thursday, Jan. 10. Doors open at 6 p.m., films start at 7 p.m.

Hosted by Superior Highlands Backcountry and produced by the Winter Wildlands Alliance, the film festival will promote the work of compelling storytellers. Doors open at 6 p.m., films start at 7 p.m. There will be raffles and silent auction. Admission is $10, kids are free. All invited.

On Friday, the Grand Marais Public Library will host Friday Night Reels and screen a documentary about Mister Fred Rogers starting at 6 p.m. The film, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” takes an intimate look at Mister Rogers, his work and his views on how to get along with each other. Check out the trailer here:

The film will be screened at 6 p.m. Free. Come early to make sure you get a seat.

On Saturday, the Grand Marais Music Collaborative will host an open mic at Wunderbar starting at 7 p.m. The Music Collaborative brings local music students and experienced music instructors together, fostering the region’s next generation of musicians. The entire GMMC board will be at the event, and many will bring their instruments. The Open Mic will be hosted by Joe Paulik and Pat Flack.

The Grand Marais Music Collaborative will host an Open Mic at the Wunderbar on Friday night starting at 7 p.m.

The Grand Marais Music Collaborative will host an Open Mic at the Wunderbar on Saturday night starting at 7 p.m.

The public is invited to this once-a-year event. It should be a fun evening of music and talk.

On Sunday, the Grand Marais Playhouse will hold a meeting at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts about next summer’s Summer Repertory line-up at 6:30 p.m.. Two shows will be performed in repertory on the weekends from July 18 through Aug. 11. A musical or a farce will be selected based on the interest of the group. For more info, contact Sue Hennessy at 387-1284, ext 2 or send an email to: sue@grandmaraisplayhouse.com

And on Monday, the Playhouse will hold auditions for the play “Quilters” at 3:30 p.m. at the ACA.  This is the annual community youth production with an emphasis on high school actors. There are roles for six women of high school age as well as an adult.  Musicians are also needed for this play. For more information, contact Sue Hennessy at sue@grandmaraisplayhouse.com. She can also be reached at 387-1284.

And at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 16, the Grand Marais Art Colony will host an informational session about this year’s 100-Day Project, The project, developed by an artists’ group in Michigan, invites artists to commit to an artistic pursuit for 100 days — whether it’s writing a book, crafting cartoons, working a new musical composition or just playing with art. The process develops new skills and habits and can be transforming for participants. It’s also fun.

art colony 100-day project

To find out more, come to the Art Colony at noon on Jan. 16. The actual 100-Day Project starts on Jan. 20. For more info, contact the Art Colony at 387-2737.

Exhibits:

 This is the last week to see the exhibit, “Remains of the Lake & the Northern Landscape” at the Johnson Heritage Post featuring a collection of black and white photographs by John Gregor focused on Lake Superior and landscapes by Tami Phillippi.

"Michipicoten Harbor after Flash Flood" by John Gregor.

“Michipicoten Harbor after Flash Flood” by John Gregor.

Tall Pine by Tami Phillippi.

Tall Pines by Tami Phillippi.

The exhibit has been well-received and continues through Jan. 13. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

An exhibit of George Morrison prints is currently on view at the North Shore Winery.

Surrealist Forms. Print by George Morrison. A selection of his prints are currently on exhibit at the North Shore Winery.

“Surrealist Forms.”Print by George Morrison. A selection of his prints are currently on exhibit at the North Shore Winery.

The Cedar Coffee House in Two Harbors will also mount an exhibit of George Morrison’s prints, with the opening reception set for Jan. 18. Stayed tuned.

A new exhibit has opened at Tettegouche State Park, featuring a variety of work by the Finland Group of Painters, including watercolors and oils.

Waiting for the Master I by Deborah Birkeland is one of the paintings in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park.

Waiting for the Master I by Deborah Birkeland, is one of the paintings in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park.

The exhibit in the Great Hall continues through January.

In Duluth, the “Quiet Simplicity” exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art continues, with a painting by Richard Emil Miller added this week.

"Woman Sewing" by Richard Emil Miller is on view in the "Quiet Simplicity" exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art

“Woman Sewing,” cc. 1910, by Richard Emil Miller is on view in the “Quiet Simplicity” exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery, 250 Park Ave.,  has extended its exhibits through Jan. 19 due to public demand. On view are a film,”Qaleidoscope” Untamed: The Annual Regional Juried Show and Comet Chaser: Sarah Mason: A Retrospective.

def sup sarah mason comet chaser a retrospective

One of the pieces in Sarah Mason’s retrospective, which will be exhibit at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery through Jan. 19.

The exhibits at Def Sup continue through Jan. 19.

At the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, this is the last weekend to see “Reclaimed,” an exhibition of hand-restored axes, hatchets, and sledges by Curtis MacKay Wilson of Fablewood Homestead.

This is the last weekend to see the exhibit "Reclaimed" at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

This is the last weekend to see the exhibit “Reclaimed” at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The restored artifacts are important pieces of material and cultural history of Northern Ontario, as well as examples of skilled restoration techniques.

Upcoming:

 Learn to waltz, two-step, foxtrot and swing dance with Ann and Wayne Russ this winter. The couple will be teaching dance classes at the 4-H Building at the Community Center from 7:15-9 p.m. starting Jan. 22. Singles welcome. For more info and to register, call 218 370-8949 or email russ@boreal.org

The Art House B&B will host a House Concert with Iron Range musicians Sara Pajunen and Sam Miltich at 7 p.m. Jan. 24. Tickets are $10 at the door. Refreshments will be served.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will host solar plate printmaker Dan Welden and photographer Craig Blacklock in a series of workshops, exhibits and artist talks in February. Stay tuned.

grand marais art colony dan welden and craig blacklock

Photographer Craig Blacklock and solarplate printmaker Dan Welden will be featured at the Grand Marais Art Colony in February.

 

Grand Marais photographer, Bryan Hansel, will give a presentation at the Grand Marais Public Library Feb. 20. His topic?  “100 Days on the Road: The Life of a Landscape Photographer.” Here’s a Google map of where he traveled to take photos and teach workshops last year.

Photographer Bryan Hansel's travels in 2018.

Photographer Bryan Hansel‘s photographic travels in 2018.

Here is one of the images he captured:

"Subtle Sunset: Death Valley National Park" by Bryan Hansel.

“Subtle Sunset: Death Valley National Park” by Bryan Hansel.

The presentation is free. Stay tuned.

Opportunities:

 More than 20 artists from every medium turned up for the first organizational meeting of the North Shore Arts League at the Johnson Heritage Post on Tuesday. The group discussed how and if they wanted to organize an artist network and support group. The decision? Yes! A steering committee was formed  to guide organizational structure in its early days. The steering committee members are Natalie Sobanja, Maxine Linehan, Bob Swanson, Julie Arthur and Kathy Weinberg.

The first meeting of the North Shore Arts League will be held at the Johnson Heritage Post from 11 a.m .to 1 p.m. Jan. 8

The first meeting of the North Shore Arts League was held at the Johnson Heritage Post on Tuesday. The next organizational meeting is set for Thursday, Jan. 24 from 5-7 p.m. All interested artists are invited to attend. It will be held at the JHP.

The group also decided to have a group show at the Johnson Heritage Post in April. The next organizational meeting is set for Jan. 24 from 5-7 p.m. All artists invited. For more info, contact Kathy Weinberg at klweinberg@gmail.com

A call for artists of every age has gone out for the spring exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post sponsored by the Spirit of the Wilderness Church. The exhibit opens in March. The theme this year is “Thin Place.” For more info, contact Greg Mueller at glmuellerstudio@gmail.com and stay tuned for details.

And finally, a call for artists has gone out for the Bimidji Sculpture Walk.

A call has gone out to sculptors to apply for the Bimidji Sculpture Walk, held in downtown Bimidji in June.

A call has gone out to sculptors to apply for the Bimidji Sculpture Walk, held in downtown Bimidji in June. Pictured, above, is one of the sculptures in the Sculpture Walk in years past.

The sculpture festival is held in June. This is the 20th year the event has been held on the streets of the town. Selected artists will receive a $500 honorarium. For more info, click here.

  Music:

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, Jan. 10:

  • Gordon Thorne & the Wildcats, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Pete K, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 11:

  • Briand Morrison, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • North Shore Community Swing Band, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Colleen Myhre and Ton Peterson, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Pete K, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 12:

  • Harris Mills, The Cove, Best Western Plus Superior Inn, 5-8 p.m.
  • Frozen Britches, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Common Ground, Poplar River Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Grand Marais Music Collaborative, Open Mic, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Colleen Myhre and Tony Peterson, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 14:

  • Chris Koza, Singer/Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 15:

  • Jim & Michele Miller, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Open Mic with Boyd Blomberg, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 16:

  • Singer/Songwriters Sarah Morris Trio, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

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

First, wildlife:

Frosted beak chickadee by Gail Murton.

Frosted beak chickadee by Gail Murton.

 

Otter on the ice by David Johnson.

Otter on the ice by David Johnson.

 

A barred owl this afternoon by Jeff Grotte.

A barred owl at sunset by Jeff Grotte.

 

Piikkisika. Porcupine by Michael Furtman.

Piikkisika. Porcupine by Michael Furtman.

 

A boring day by Jeremy Church.

Snowy owl  by Jeremy Church.

 

Moose on the loose by David Johnson.

Moose on the loose by David Johnson.

We found these northern light shots.

Northern lights by David Jay Olson.

Northern lights by David Jay Olson.

 

Northern lights over Grand Marais by Floyd Luomanen.

Northern lights over Grand Marais by Floyd Luomanen.

And snow:

A winter snowstorm evokes the same excitement as a summer downpour by Layne Kennedy.

A winter snowstorm evokes the same excitement as a summer downpour by Layne Kennedy.

And grey beauty.

Sun over Lake Superior by Teresa Chmelik.

Sun over Lake Superior by Teresa Chmelik.

And some wonderful sunrise/sunsets:

A sunset in the harbor by Bryan Hansel.

A sunset in the harbor by Bryan Hansel.

 

Snowy trees at sunrise by Billie Stechyshyn.

Snowy trees at sunrise by Billie Stechyshyn.

 

The light shines on by Matthew Pastick.

The light shines on by Matthew Pastick.

 

Black Beach, Silver Bay by Craig Morrison.

Black Beach, Silver Bay by Craig Morrison.

 

Grand Marais Sunset by Allison Heeren.

Grand Marais Sunset by Allison Heeren.

And a double sunset/double exposure:

Paul Sundberg Sunrise Grand Marais Harbor_PSundberg

Sunset over Grand Marais Harbor by Paul Sandberg.

 

And finally, this shot, which certainly tells a story…

Awaiting dinner? by Heidi Pinkerton.

Waiting for lunch by Heidi Pinkerton.

Heidi Pinkerton caught this scene when she was out driving the other day. When she got out of her car, the wolf left, but the deer stayed in that freezing river for another hour before venturing onto dry ground, she said.

So that’s it for this week! Enjoy your weekend!

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Sled Dogs, Trampled by Turtles & The Arts League

Split Rock Lighthouse by Matthew Pastick.

Split Rock Lighthouse by Matthew Pastick.

Welcome to 2019!

We’re excited to report that winter has clamped down on the North Shore with more than a foot of fluffy white snow, coating the trees in splendor and the trails with deep coverings for skis, snowshoes, fat tires and mukluks.

It’s a great harbinger for one of the most popular sled dog races on the North Shore, too –the Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race , which starts 8 a.m.  on Saturday at Trail Center, with a full complement of enthusiastic mushers and sled dogs.

There are several exciting things to do and see before then.

First up is the launch of the Friday Night Reels, the winter film series at the Grand Marais Public Library on Friday at 6 p.m. when it will screen the film “Neither Wolf Nor Dog,” based on the novel of the same name by author Kent Nerburn. This is a great opportunity to see the film because it is not in general circulation yet. Check out the trailer here:

The screening is free. All invited.

Also on Friday night, the Finland Group of Painters will open an exhibit in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park with a reception at 7 p.m. Friday. Exhibitors include oil painters Gary Olson, Marc Smith and Deb Birkeland and watercolorist Sandy Maxwell.

"Fisherman's Home" by Gary Olson, is one of the paintings to be exhibited at Tettegouche State Park this month.

“Fisherman’s Home” by Gary Olson, is one of the paintings to be exhibited at Tettegouche State Park this month.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, continues through January.

Also on Friday, Papa Charlie’s and Lutsen Mountains will host the 4th annual Ski Party featuring singer/songwriter Erik Koskinen and Trampled by Turtles on Friday night and Superior Siren and Lissie on Saturday night. On Friday night, Koskinen plays at 9 p.m., Trampled by Turtles at 10:45 p.m. Here’s a video of a favorite Trampled by Turtles song:

Doors open at 8 p.m. on Friday night. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. For more info and tickets, click here.

The Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race begins and ends at Trail Center this weekend. It is a continuous race consisting of two legs of equal distance, separated by a mandatory layover. There are two classes in the race: a 12-dog, 100-mile race and an 8-dog, 65-mile race. The races begin at 8 a.m. at Trail Center.

The Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race is set to start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5. Nace Hagemann took this great photo at last year's race.

The Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race is set to start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5. Nace Hagemann took this great photo at last year’s race.

Temps won’t be nearly as cold as they were last year. At the start in 2018, the temperature was -27℉, according to local reports. This year, it will be considerably warmer with a projected high of 37℉.

The race will feature lots of great mushers, including Ryan Redington, who has won the past two Mail Runs and also won last winter’s John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. Also competing this year is Ryan Anderson, who has won the Beargrease three times, most recently in 2017. Local mushers include Erin Altemus, Frank Moe, Matt Schmidt and Mary Manning, to name a few.

Check out this video about the start of the Mail Run:

Everyone is invited to come watch. The race will also be covered on the event’s Facebook page here as well as team tracking on the race website, here.

Also this weekend,  the 3rd annual Norpine Fat Bike Classic will be held. The long course is 24 miles long, the short course is 16 miles. The racers will compete  predominately on the Norpine cross country ski trails.

The 3rd annual Fat Bike Classic will be held on Saturday.

The 3rd annual Norpine Fat Bike Classic will be held on Saturday.

The mass start is at the Superior National clubhouse at 10:30 a.m. For details about this weekend event, click here.

Indoors, look for the first organizational meeting of the North Shore Arts League at the Johnson Heritage Post on Tuesday, Jan. 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All fine art artists are invited, including painters, writers, sculptors, potters,  photographers and fiber artists — in short, any artist who may benefit from having a go-to network is welcome to attend. The group will discuss organizational details as well as make plans for a group show at the Heritage Post in April. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch. For more information, click here. 

And then on Wednesday, the Grand Marais Public Library will begin it’s Winter Wednesday series with the reading of Henrik Ibsen’s play, “An Enemy of the People” in conjunction with the Grand Marais Playhouse. This is an opportunity for participants to gather together to read and/or just listen to the play in an informal setting. All invited. The event starts at 6 p.m.

Exhibits:

 The exhibit, “Remains of the Lake & the Northern Landscape” featuring black and white photographs of historic sites on Lake Superior by John Gregor and colorful North Shore landscapes by Tami Phillippi continues at the Johnson Heritage Post.

'Lightning over Fishing Shack--Stoney Point" by John Gregor, is one of the works in the Johnson Heritage Post exhibit.

‘Lightning over Fishing Shack–Stoney Point” by John Gregor, is one of the works in the Johnson Heritage Post exhibit.

The exhibit continues through Jan. 13. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

The Betsy Bowen Studio and Galleries will be open on Friday and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. all winter. The studio features a variety of local artists’ work as well as Bowen’s woodcuts. And it’s an active studio as Bowen continues to make woodcut prints.

First rough proof of a new print by Betsy Bowen.

First rough proof of a new print by Betsy Bowen.

Lauri Slanga has work at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

"Wave," by Lauri Slanga. Acrylic on canvas.

“Wave,” by Lauri Slanga. Acrylic on canvas.

This is the last weekend to see Anne Labovitz’ exhibit, 122 Conversations, at the Tweed Museum of Art. It closes Jan.6.

A few of the silk paintings in the exhibit, 122 Conversations, which closes at the Tweed Jan. 6.

A few of the silk paintings in the exhibit, 122 Conversations, which closes at the Tweed Jan. 6.

The Joseph Nease Gallery in Duluth is exhibiting work by Allison Aune.

Alison Aune has work at the Joseph Nease Gallery in Duluth,

Alison Aune has work at the Joseph Nease Gallery in Duluth, 

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery has a number of exhibits this month, including “Exorcism” by Carl Beams.

A piece from Carl Beams exhibit, "Exorcism" which is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

A piece from Carl Beams exhibit, “Exorcism” which is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

 Upcoming:

 North House Folk School will hold Thursday Night Film screenings starting next Thursday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. This week’s films: The Backcountry Film Festival, featuring a compilation of films orbiting around human-powered outdoor winter experiences. Doors open at 6 p.m. The films start at 7 p.m. $10 admission, kids are free. There will also be a raffle and silent auction.

Hovland’s annual Winter Gathering & Dance will be held at the Hovland Town Hall from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19 with the SplinterTones. All invited. Sponsored by the North Shore Music Association.

The SplinterTones will play for the Winter Gathering & Dance at the Hovland Town Hall Jan. 19,

The SplinterTones will play for the Winter Gathering & Dance at the Hovland Town Hall Jan. 19,

The Robert Burns Dinner honoring the Scottish poet’s birthday will be held Jan. 26 at The Wunderbar. The event includes piping in the haggis,  a full-course dinner, poetry readings, and a sing-a-long.

The Scottish poet Robert Burns will be honored Jan. 26 at the Wunderbar.

The Scottish poet Robert Burns will be honored Jan. 26 at the Wunderbar.

Reservations are required and must be made by Jan. 19. For more information and to make reservations, contact Jeff or Mary MacDonald at (218) 387-1221 or creative@boreal.org

And the Grand Marais Art Colony will host a series of Winter Reading Groups, which will read a book and discuss it within the group. Each group will meet on Jan. 29 and then again on Feb. 21. Open to all. The suggested donation is $10, and registration is open through Jan. 22.

The morning groups meet from 9:30-11:30 a.m., the evening groups meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Founders Hall at the Art Colony. Click on the listings below to learn more.

Homage

And last, but not least, we are sad to report that internationally acclaimed potter, Warren MacKenzie, has died. He was 94.

Warren MacKenzie. Photo by Sara Sanders.

Warren MacKenzie. Photo by Sara Sanders.

In his lifetime, MacKenzie taught hundreds if not thousands of students about how to make pots. and dedicated his life to crafting clay into usable, functional and beautiful vessels. He is the father of the Minnesota pottery tradition, which combines Japanese, English and American techniques and values into making a pot. His creative life is honored all over the world. In 1981, he was named one of the 12 greatest potters in the world, and his work is featured in museums and collections world-wide. His studio is in Stillwater.

Warren MacKenzie working on a pot in his studio in Stillwater. He was 94 when this photo was taken. Photo by Jay Goldmark @ Goldmarket.com

Warren MacKenzie working on a pot in his studio in Stillwater. He was 94 when this photo was taken. Photo by Jay Goldmark @ Goldmarket.com

For a great story about MacKenzie’s life and wonderful photographs of him and his work, click here.

Music:

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, Jan. 3:

  • Eric Frost, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison & Roxann Berglund, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 4:

  • One Less Guest, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • JohnRuss, Cascade Lodge Restaurant, 6 p.m.
  • Jon Kalberg, Poplar River Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Ski Party with Erik Koskinen, 9 p.m., Trampled by Turtles, 10:45 p.m. Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 5:

  • SonofMel, Cascade Lodge, 6 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Woodblind, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Ski Party at Papa Charlie’s, Superior Siren, 9 p.m., Lissie, 10:45 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 5:

  • Open Mic with Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 5:30 p.m.

 Monday, Jan. 6:

  • Briand Morrison, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Erik Koskinen, Singer/Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

 Tuesday, Jan. 7:

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

 Wednesday, Jan. 8:

  • Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.

Lots of photos this week. Let’s start with a vegetable.

First phot of 2018; Bermuda Onion by Layne Kennedy.

First phot0 of 2019; Bermuda Onion by Layne Kennedy.

And a droplet of water:

"The little dripper. I can do a lot with a kitchen sink and a camera." Photo by Jeremy Church.

“The little dripper. I can do a lot with a kitchen sink and a camera.” Photo by Jeremy Church.

And a burning meteor in the sky: (Look for it)

"Whoosh" by Jan Swart.

“Whoosh” by Jan Swart.

And clouds:

A sky full of teeth by Jon Wood.

A sky full of teeth by Jon Wood.

And an ice mushroom:

An ice button mushroom by Gary Schmies.

An ice button mushroom by Gary Schmies.

And a bear cloud:

Bear cloud at Crystal Lake by Fin McCools.

Bear cloud at Crystal Lake by Fin McCools.

Surfing at Stoney Point at -10℉.

Suring on Stoney Point by David Jones, Star Tribune.

Suring on Stoney Point by David Jones, Star Tribune.

 

Surfing in sea smoke by Matthew Pastick.

Surfing in sea smoke by Matthew Pastick.

And a few wildlife shots:

Snowy Owl by Michael Furtman.

Snowy Owl by Michael Furtman.

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Happy to see he survived another season by Sandra Updyke.

Happy to see he survived another season by Sandra Updyke.

 

Reason #113 why Grand Marais is the coolest small town in America by Terry Backlund.

Reason #113 why Grand Marais is the coolest small town in America by Terry Backlund.

 

You never know what will show up at your feeders by Thomas Spence. (This is a brown thrasher.)

You never know what will show up at your feeders by Thomas Spence. (This is a brown thrasher.)

And lots of icy shots:

At Gooseberry Falls by Scott Roen.

At Gooseberry Falls by Scott Roen.

 

Temperance River by Dustin Lavigne.

Temperance River by Dustin LaVigne.

 

Some mornings just call for me to go stand on the (Lift) bridge by Tim Miodozyniec.

Some mornings just call for me to go stand on the (Lift) bridge by Tim Miodozyniec.

 

High Falls during the storm by Travis Novitsky.

High Falls during the storm by Travis Novitsky.

 

Shattered VII, Brighton Beach ty Tischer Photography.

Shattered VII, Brighton Beach ty Tischer Photography.

 

Moonscape by Trista Hendrickson Schinigol.

Moonscape by Trista Hendrickson Schinigol.

 

Jane's Fish House by Don Davison.

Jane’s Fish House by Don Davison.

 

New Year's Day at the beach, Minnesota-style by Sharon Dawson.

New Year’s Day at the beach, Minnesota-style by Sharon Dawson.

 

After the storm by Billie Stechyshyn.

After the storm by Billie Stechyshyn.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Year’s Greetings, A Movie & A Tiny House

Merry Christmoose from the back roads of Cook County.

“From the back roads of Cook County”  by Thomas Spence..

It’s pretty quiet in Cook County this week, which is good. It gives us all a chance to recharge.

There’s plenty of snow, with more to come, making it picture-perfect for the Holiday Season. The night life is pretty good, too. Look for great music at all the venues over the weekend, and lots of New Year’s Eve parties on New Year’s Eve. (See schedule, below).

For Thursday, Dec. 27, consider participating in a “Let’s Paint” at Lutsen Resort. The wine-art event is hosted by Kathy Fox Weinberg from 1-4 p.m. on Thursday. Participants will learn the basics of painting landscapes with acrylic, and walk away with a landscape painting featuring the resort’s historic Poplar River Bridge. The best part? You don’t have to be an artist to have an awesome time (or drink wine).

Frosty Morning at Poplar River Bridge by Kathy Fox Weinberg.

Frosty Morning at Poplar River Bridge by Kathy Fox Weinberg.

The cost of the wine-art event is $40. All invited. For more info and to register, click here.

And from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, North House Folk School will hold an open house to view a Tiny House built in the Boat Barn, the new classroom at North House. It is located in the Morton building behind Dockside Fish Market. The Tiny House, a Mark Hansen-inspired design, was built with timbers milled at Hedstrom Lumber Company by instructor Andy Keith and resident artisans Angela Robins and Mike Loeffler.

This Tiny House designed was inspired by Mike Hansen and will be on-view at an open house in the Boat Barn at North House Folk School from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28.

This Tiny House designe was inspired by Mike Hansen and will be on-view at an open house in the in the Boat Barn at North House Folk School from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28.

Angela Robbins works on the Tiny House being constructed in the Boat Barn at North House. It is finished and will be on-view on Friday.

Angela Robbins works on the Tiny House being constructed in the Boat Barn at North House. It is finished and will be on view on Friday.

Art Museums, galleries and shops have different hours over the next week… many will be closed, at least, on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, but when they’re open, here’s what you can see:

“The Remains of the Lake & Northern Landscapes” with photographs by John Gregor and Tami Phillippi continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through Jan. 13.

Gregor’s stunning black & white photographs document old industrial sites on Lake Superior, while Phillippi’s North Shore colorful landscapes inspire. It’s an interesting exhibit.

Taconite Dock in Marquette, Mich. by John Gregor.

Taconite Dock in Marquette, Mich. by John Gregor.

Hollow Rock Sunrise by Tami Phillippi.

Hollow Rock Sunrise by Tami Phillippi.

The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Betsy Bowen’s Studio and Galleries is open all winter, Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Holiday Art Underground show continues at the Betsy Bowen Gallery and Studios featuring work by more than 20 local and regional artists. Mary Reichert made these silk and wool scarves.

The Holiday Art Underground show continues at the Betsy Bowen Gallery and Studios featuring work by more than 20 local and regional artists. Mary Reichert made these silk and wool scarves.

The Holiday Art Underground show continues at the gallery through the first of the year.

This is the final week to see two exhibits at the Duluth Art Institute: Patrick Luber’s “Exceptionally Ordinary,” and Darren Houser’s “Real-Unreal.” They close Dec. 30. Also on view, “Alien Ship” by Stephanie Wilcox, a pencil and ink drawing.

Stephanie Wilcox pencil and ink drawing: "Alien Ship.:

Stephanie Wilcox pencil and ink drawing: “Alien Ship.:

The Duluth Art Institute‘s Annual Member Show opens Jan. 24. Stay tuned for details.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery continues its three exhibits: “21 Pillows,” an installation by Cheryl Wilson-Smith, From the Permanent Collection; Carl Beam’s “Exorcism,“Reclaimed,” an exhibition of hand restored axes, hatchets, and sledges and “Lessons: The Artistry of Learning.”

The exhibit “Lessons: Artistry of Learning,” features work by artists dedicated to the accumulation and sharing of knowledge, and includes works by Moses Amik Beaver (1960-2017), Zoe Gordon, Sarah Link, Jean Marshall, Riaz Mehmood, Crystal Nielsen, Frank Shebageget and Mavourneen Trainor.

Birth of an Idea by Movourneen Trainor, digital print.

“Birth of an Idea” by Movourneen Trainor, digital print.

The exhibits at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery continue through March 3.

Upcoming:

 The Grand Marais Public Library will hold two winter programming lineups this year: Friday Night Reels, a series of films screened on Friday nights. The series starts on Jan. 4, and Winter Wednesdays, a series of presentations Jan. 9.

Next Friday, Jan. 4, “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” will be screened at 6 p.m.. It based on Kent Nerburn’s novel. Because “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” is only available for licensed viewing, this may be the only chance people from Cook County will have to see the film without having to travel to a more metropolitan destination where it might play in an arthouse style theater. Free. Here’s a trailer:

 Friday. Jan. 4., 6 p.m., Grand Marais Public Library. Free.

The first Winter Wednesday event is scheduled to be a reading of a play, Henrik Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People,” in conjunction with the Grand Marais Playhouse. Stay tuned for details.

Also next weekend, the Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race will be held at Trail Center. This is always an exciting time for mushers and is a fun race to watch. Details next week.

Also, a new exhibit opens in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park with a reception on Friday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. The exhibit features work by the Finland Group of Painters: Gary Olson, Marc Smith and Deb Birkeland, oil painters, and Sandy Maxwell, watercolorist.

'March Marigolds" by Marc Smith.

‘March Marigolds” by Marc Smith.

The exhibit will continue through January.

The first organizational meeting of the North Shore Arts League will be held at the Johnson Heritage Post from 11 a.m to 1 p.m on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

The first meeting of the North Shore Arts League will be held at the Johnson Heritage Post from 11 a.m .to 1 p.m. Jan. 8

The first meeting of the North Shore Arts League will be held at the Johnson Heritage Post from 11 a.m .to 1 p.m. Jan. 8

According to a statement about the meeting, “artists are integral to the culture and history of the North Shore, while also playing a important role in today’s economy. To thrive and assure a vibrant art force, it is important that artisans have a nurturing, supportive community dedicated to their personal, social, educational and informational needs. The arts league will be a self-facilitated group organized by artists for artists. It will be organized as the group desires and based on the needs of the group.” All artists are welcome.

At the first meeting, the group will be considering and deciding on its first show/member exhibition with space offered by Johnson Heritage Post for April 12-May 5, 2019. For more info, click here.

Music:

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, Dec. 27:

  • Apres-Ski Acoustic with Bug Dope, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Papa Charlie’s, 6:30 p.m.
  • Maria Nickolay, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 28:

  • James Moors, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Papa Charlie’s, 6:45 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 29:

  • Eric Frost, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Jim McGowan, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Jon Cron, Papa Charlie’s, 6:45 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Dance Party with DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 30:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • James Moors, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik & Pat Flack, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, www.michaelmonroemusic.com, 7 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 31:

  • New Year’s Eve Celebration, Cascade Lodge Pub, 5-9 p.m.
  • New Year’s Eve, Gunflint Lodge, 5:30-11 p.m.
  • Boyd Blomberg, Papa Charlie’s, 6:45 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concerts, rural Grand Marais, www.michaelmonroemusic.com, 7 p.m.
  • New Year’s Eve at Grandma Ray’s, Rich Mattson & the North Stars, 8:30 p.m.
  • New Year’s Eve Karaoke, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • New Year’s Eve Dance Party with DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 1:

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

Wednesday, Jan. 2:

  • Singer/Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 3:

  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 4:

  • Ski Party Weekend at Papa Charlie’s, Erik Koskinen, 9 p.m., Trampled by Turtles, 10:45 p.m.

Photographs:

 We found a few photos this week. Here’s a selection:

Let’s start with wildlife–all birds this week.

"Man, does she have legs!" by Christian Dalbec.

“Man, does she have legs!” by Christian Dalbec.

 

Boreal chickadee by Angela Botner.

Boreal chickadee by Angela Botner.

 

Another shot from the owling adventure ... female snowy owl by Scott Shelerud.

Another shot from the owling adventure … female Snowy Owl by Scott Shelerud.

 

Lady Cardinal .. A bit camouflaged in the woods.

Lady Cardinal .. A bit camouflaged in the woods by J. Diana Martinson Middleton.

 

Barred Owl by David Johnson.

Barred Owl by David Johnson.

Catching wildlife….this is one in the series by Christian Dalbec.

See catching herring on Lake Superior by Christian Dalbec.

 Herring catch on Lake Superior by Christian Dalbec.

The Winter Solstice:

Solstice moon rise over Lake Superior, by Tom Spence.

Solstice moon rise over Lake Superior, by Tom Spence.

Winter landscapes:

Missing the North Shore by Margie Deadrick.

Missing the North Shore by Margie Deadrick.

 

A frozen sunrise by Tischer Photography.

A frozen sunrise by Tischer Photography.

 

Rising moon, stars and a cool ice formation by Bryan Hansel.

Rising moon, stars and a cool ice formation by Bryan Hansel.

 

Pancakes at twilight by Dawn LaPointe.

Pancakes at twilight by Dawn LaPointe.

 

Found the perfect tree. Will leave to enjoy next year by Christian Dalbec.

“Found the perfect tree. Will leave to enjoy next year” by Christian Dalbec.

 

Saturday morning at Tettegouche State Park by Jim Sockhko.

Saturday morning at Tettegouche State Park by Jim Sockhko.

Lighthouses:

Going to be a. bright, bright sunshine day by Matthew Pastick.

Going to be a. bright, bright sunshine day by Matthew Pastick.

 

Quiet reflections by Jeffrey Doty.

Quiet reflections by Jeffrey Doty.

 

Grand Marais Habor by Paul Sundberg.

Grand Marais Harbor by Paul Sundberg.

 

Christmas Eve morning at Split Rock by Roxanne Distad.

Christmas Eve morning at Split Rock by Roxanne Distad.

 

Winter birches by Adam Brock.

Winter birches by Adam Brock.

 

Christmas morning by Jeffrey Doty.

Christmas morning by Jeffrey Doty.

And last, but not least, this photograph, taken by a high school student as part of a photo assignment… a chicken at dawn.

Chicken at sunrise by Doug Determan's daughter.

Chicken at sunrise by Doug Determan’s daughter.

Happy New Year! Best wishes for 2019.

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Vexed by Beavers, A Cold Moon Fest & Christmas

Indiana Harbor arriving in Two Harbors Dec. 15.

The Indiana Harbor arriving in Two Harbors Dec. 15.

Happy Winter Solstice! And Merry Christmas! Lots to celebrate this weekend!

There are lots of Winter Solstice celebrations scheduled for this week, as winter makes its official entry into our calendars. And Christmas is Tuesday!

And although it is wintery on Lake Superior (see photo, above), it’s been much warmer on the shore. That “heat wave” (around 32 degrees) is scheduled to last for awhile, or at least until Christmas. so getting out for events and/or final shopping should be pretty easy.

First up this week is a great opportunity for Cook County artists to learn about grant opportunities offered by the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.

arac grant sessions

On Friday, Dec. 21, Holly Hackett-Rich, the grants manager at ARAC, will talk about its artistic grant programs at the Grand Marais Art Colony starting at noon. All artists are invited, whether they’re dancers or potters or writers, or sculptors or fiber artists, printmakers, painters or poets — the grant programs are open to all.

Local artists who have recently been awarded ARAC grants include Corrie Steckelberg, Hovland; Mary Beth Garmoe, Grand Marais; Greg Mueller, Lutsen; Mike Smieja, Grand Marais; Melissa Wickwire. Grand Marais, Elizabeth Belz, Grand Marais; Briand Morrison, Grand Portage and Neil Sherman, Grand Marais.

Hackett-Rich will give a presentation and then be available for questions. This is a free lunch-time event, and participants are welcome to bring their own brown bag lunch. To learn more about ARAC, click here.

And Russell DuFresne, who’s playing a Tom Petty Tribute Show at the Wunderbar on Friday night will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse to talk about his music and play a few songs. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. on Friday nights.

Not to be missed,  the Good Harbor Hill Players will present its annual Winter Solstice Shadow Puppet Show at North House Folk School on Friday night starting at 6 p.m. This show is always a great community event, and includes live music, crazy plots, funny shadow puppets, a bonfire, a potluck and a surprise or two.  The title of this year’s show? “Vexed by Beavers.”

The Good Harbor Hill Players will present the shadow puppet show, Vexed by Beavers" at North House Folk School starting at 6 p.m.

The Good Harbor Hill Players will present the shadow puppet show,”Vexed by Beavers” at North House Folk School starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21. (Illustration by Betsy Bowen.)

The bonfire is lit after the show and the audience is invited to toss in their “gloomies,” handwritten notes about things they’d rather forget, things they want to change in the coming year, even things they are thankful for. Then everyone retires to the Blue Building for a celebratory potluck. (Please bring your own utensils.) All invited. Free.

If you’re going to be in Duluth on Friday night, check out the Downtown Duluth Winter Solstice Arts Walk which features exhibits, music, glass blowing, photography, card-making, art shopping and more from 5-8 p.m. in a variety of studios and galleries downtown.

Nordic ornaments, cards and more will be featured at the Tight Squeek Press, 128 W. 1st St. in Duluth during the Winter Solstice Arts Walk.

Nordic ornaments, cards and more will be featured at Jon Hinkel’s Tight Squeek Press, 128 W. 1st St., in Duluth during the Downtown Duluth’s Winter Solstice Arts Walk, one of many galleries and art studios open on Friday from 5-8 p.m.

Click here to see a map of all the venues.

This is the final weekend before Christmas, and it’s going to be pretty quiet in Cook County, as people make final preparations and shop for the Tuesday event.

At The Big Lake on Saturday, starting at 3 p.m., the shop will celebrate the first full moon of winter with the Cold Moon Fest. There will be refreshments, kids crafts, drawings and more starting at 3 p.m.

"Sister Moon" by Jana Vashti. (detail)

“Sister Moon” by Jana Vashti. (detail)

The Full Moon in December is traditionally called the Cold Moon.

There’s lots of great live music for the rest of the week, too, see the music schedule, below.

Exhibits: 

The exhibit, “Remains of the Lake & the Northern Landscape” continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through Jan. 13. The exhibit includes beautiful black and white photographs by John Gregor detailing industrial “leftovers” in Lake Superior as well as a series of colorful landscapes by Tami Phillippi.

"Timbers" by John Gregor.

“Timbers” by John Gregor.

The northern sky by Tami Phillippi.

The northern sky by Tami Phillippi.

The Johnson Heritage Post is open from 10 am. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Also on exhibit is the Holiday Art Underground Show at Betsy Bowen Gallery and Studios, featuring work by more than 30 local and regional artists.

Bonnie Gay Hedstrom has colorful hand felted pins in the Holiday Art Underground Show at Betsy Bowen's Gallery & Studios.

Bonnie Gay Hedstrom has colorful hand felted pins in the Holiday Art Underground Show at Betsy Bowen’s Gallery & Studios.

The gallery is open from 11 a.m. 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. After Christmas, it will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m Thursday through Saturday, all through the winter.

At Tettegouche State Park, watercolor painter Dennis Murnyak is exhibiting a selection of his work in the Great Hall.

Painting by Dennis Murnyak.

Painting by Dennis Murnyak.

The exhibit continues through December.

The Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth continues its exhibit, “Intersections,” featuring work from its collections of Native American art.

Frank Russell Big Bear is exhibiting work in the Intersections show at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Frank Russell Big Bear is exhibiting work in the” Intersections” show at the Tweed Museum of Art.

The Duluth Art Institute is exhibiting a variety of art at the Duluth City Hall through March in collaboration with the Duluth Public Arts Commission.

One of the paintings at the Duluth City Hall on exhibit through March.

One of the paintings at the Duluth City Hall on exhibit through March.

In Thunder Bay, this is the last weekend to see the Definitely Superior Art Gallery‘s exhibits, the annual juried exhibit of DefSup members as well as works by Sarah Mason.

This painting by Sarah Mason is at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

This painting by Sarah Mason is at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery has opened a group exhibition, “Lessons: The Artistry of Learning.” which will be on view through March 3. The exhibit showcases works by seven artists from Thunder Bay and the region, including pieces by the late Moses Amik Beaver (1960-2017).

Lament of the Loon by Moses Amik Beaver is on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

“Lament of the Loon” by Moses Amik Beaver is on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Upcoming:

Lots of places have scheduled New Year’s Eve Parties on Dec. 31. Check out them out here. And stay tuned for details next week.

Trampled by Turtles will be at Papa Charlie’s Friday, Jan. 4, to perform as part of Lutsen Mountains Ski Party Weekend, Jan.4-5. Erik Koskinen will also play on Friday night.  Details and tickets, here.

Here’s a video of this exciting band.

Also coming up that weekend, the popular Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race, sponsored by Trail Center Jan. 5.

A new arts organization is forming to provide networking for artists in the county. The North Shore Arts League will have its first organizational meeting at the Johnson Heritage Post from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8. All artists welcome.

And finally, the Winter Gathering and Dance with the SplinterTones will be held at the Hovland Town Hall Jan. 19. It is sponsored by the North Shore Music Association.

Window Shopping:

Here is just a taste of a few tidbits you will find at galleries and shops in the county this weekend.

Split Rock Lighthouse in the Snow, watercolor, by Tom Soucek is at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Split Rock Lighthouse in the Snow, watercolor, by Tom Soucek is at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

A New Book, giclee print of a painting by Adam Swanson, is at Sivertson Gallery.

A New Book, giclee print of a painting by Adam Swanson, is at Sivertson Gallery.

Lake Superior Trading Post has a great collection of North Shore ornaments.

Lake Superior Trading Post has a great collection of North Shore ornaments.

Music:

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, Dec. 20:

  • Eric Frost, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & the Wildcats– Holiday Show, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 21:

  • Matt & Laurel, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • A Very Petty Christmas with Free Falling, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 22:

  • Matt & Laurel, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 23:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 25:

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, Dec. 26:

  • Apres-ski Acoustic with Boyd Blomberg, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Tim Fast, Gun Flint Tavern,  7 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Bluefin Bay, 8 p.m.

Photographs:

We are so lucky to have great local and regional photographers who are willing to share their work with us. Here are some of the photos we found this week:

First, wildlife:

Paul Sundberg met this momma bobcat and her kitten the other day.

Bobcat Momma and kitten by Paul Sandberg.

Bobcat Momma and kitten by Paul Sandberg.

Then another one showed up.

Bobcat kitten by Paul Sandberg. (We want to name him/her "The Flirt.")

Bobcat kitten by Paul Sandberg. (We want to name him/her “The Flirt.”)

 

Female Snowy today ty David Johnson.

Female Snowy today ty David Johnson.

 

Bohemian waxwing by Tom Berg.

Bohemian waxwing by Tom Berg.

Here’s a photograph that looks like it’s been photoshopped, but the photographer says it wasn’t… just happy chance. He was taking photos of this Snowy Owl perched on the roof of a hospital in Superior, Wis., with the moon behind it, when an airplane flew into the frame.

A progression of flight by Scott Shelerud.

A progression of flight by Scott Shelerud.

Frozen water:

Upper Falls, Gooseberry State Park by Tracy Jonson.

Upper Falls, Gooseberry State Park by Tracy Jonson.

 

Nice ice by Mark Tessier.

Nice ice by Mark Tessier.

Here’s one from another Big Lake… Lake Michigan.

Frozen lighthouse, Lake Michigan by Thomas Zakowski.

Frozen lighthouse, Lake Michigan by Thomas Zakowski.

 

"Winters with Lake Superior are rich with beauty and suprises," by Dawn LaPointe.

“Winters with Lake Superior are rich with beauty and suprises,” by Dawn LaPointe.

Rushing Water:

Tofte, MN by Chris Williams Suomi.

Tofte, MN by Chris Williams Suomi.

 

Happy SUNday by Bryan Hansel.

Happy SUNday by Bryan Hansel.

Curling water:

Fun in the Park; Split Rock Lighthouse by Christian Dalbec.

Fun in the Park; Split Rock Lighthouse by Christian Dalbec.

Quiet water:

The North Shore by Matthew Pastick.

The North Shore by Matthew Pastick.

Beauteous skies:

Never Gets Old by Lin Salisbury.

Never Gets Old by Lin Salisbury.

Meteor skies:

Geminid meteor by Thomas Spence.

Geminid meteor by Thomas Spence.

The moon as ornament:

neil sherman the moon rests atop the tree in grand Marais!

The moon on top of Grand Marais’ Christmas tree by Neil Sherman.

And finally, what you do when the lakes freeze over.

Kjersti Vick lkating on Gunflint Lake.

Kjersti Vick skates on Gunflint Lake. (Photo by Kjersti Vick.)

Have a great weekend, everyone! And Happy Holidays!

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Dueling Photographers, A Holiday Market & Curry

Happy Sunday from Artist's Point by Bryan Hansel.

Happy Sunday from Artist’s Point by Bryan Hansel. Bryan and Grand Portage photographer, Travis Novitsky, will host “Dueling Photographers” at North House Folk School on Saturday, one of the events in the Dark Sky Festival this weekend. See below for details.

Never underestimate the creativity of people in Cook County. This weekend is no exception. On tap is the Dark Sky Festival, Wunderbar’s Holiday Market, a Curry Cook-off and Broadway Showcase, and a Holiday Character Dress-Up Contest, just to name a few things scheduled for this weekend.

Let’s start with author Tim Cochrane, who will give a presentation about his latest book, “Gichi Bitobig, Grand Marais: Early Accounts of the Anishinaabeg and the North Shore Fur Trade” at the Heritage Visitor Center at the National Monument in Grand Portage from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday. All invited. Free. The book is available at local booksellers as well.

Tim Cochrane will give a presentation on his new book in Grand Portage on Thursday.

Tim Cochrane will give a presentation on his new book in Grand Portage on Thursday.

On Thursday night, Wunderbar hosts more than 20 artists, artisans, local businesses and galleries for its second annual Holiday Market.

Wunderbar's Holiday Market is on Thursday. Arts & Crafts, music and more.

Wunderbar’s Holiday Market is on Thursday from 5-8 p.m.

Local artists at the Holiday Market include painter Anna Hess, potters Hannah Palma, Natalie Sobanja and Kari Carter, weaver Julie Arthur, illustrator Kari Vick, felter Mary Reichert, author Rose Arrowsmith Decoux and Mueller Studio and Sannerud Studios Furniture. Local galleries and shops, even a few restaurants will be there. Open to all.

On Friday and Saturday, Grand Marais will host the first annual Dark Sky Festival, honoring the fact that Cook County has one of the darkest skies in the nation.

UMD’s Traveling GeoDome, which provides guided tours through the night skies, will be set up at Voyageur Brewing Co. on both days. The GeoDome will be open from 5-9 p.m. on Friday and from 8-10 p.m. on Saturday. There will be telescopes set up outdoors as well, weather permitting. On Saturday, photographers Bryan Hansel and Travis Novitsky will host “Dueling Photographers,” a friendly showing of their nightscape photographs. The “duel” will be held at North House Folk School from 5-6:30 p.m.

A quiet night at Esther Like by Travis Novitsky. Novitsky and Bryan Hansel will present their night sky photographs in "Dueling Photographers" at 5 p.m. Saturday at North House Folk School.

A quiet night at Esther Like by Travis Novitsky. Novitsky and Bryan Hansel will present their night sky photographs in “Dueling Photographers” at 5 p.m. Saturday at North House Folk School.

At 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jim Rock and Joel Halvorson will present “Native Skies: The Stars and Indigenous Peoples,” also at North House. After the presentations, there will be a bonfire and s’mores as well as more stargazing, weather permitting, and the GeoDome will re-open at Voyageur’s. And finally, Wunderbar will Twilight Zone Move Marathon starting at 9 p.m.

Also on Saturday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will hold Community Ink Day, a chance to learn about making prints and create one of your own. It will be held in the Art Colony’s print studio from 1-3:30 p.m.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will hold a Community Ink Day in the print studio on Saturday from 1-3:30 p.m.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will hold a Community Ink Day in the print studio on Saturday from 1-3:30 p.m.

Everyone is invited, but children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. This is a drop-in event — no registration is required — but a $5 donation to cover materials expenses is requested.

And, an added perk for the weekend, the annual Curry Cook-Off and Broadway Showcase, a fundraiser for the Grand Marais Playhouse, will be held at the 1st Congregational Church on Saturday, Dec. 15.

The annual CurryCook-Off and Broadway will be held at the ACA on Saturday.

The annual CurryCook-Off and Broadway Showcase will be held at the First Congregational Church on Saturday.

This is always a tasty event, in more ways than one. This year, 10 different curries will be in competition, and the public is invite to vote for their favorite. The tasting feast is followed by holiday and Broadway music performances by  local actors. The curry tasting starts at 6:30 p.m, the showcase is at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. The event is a fundraiser for the Playhouse. It will hold a membership meeting at 5:30 p.m before the event. For details, click here.

Also on Saturday night, Voyageur Brewing Co. will hold a Holiday Character Costume Contest and Elves off the Shelves Party starting at 5 p.m. Everyone is invited to come dressed as their favorite holiday character, whether Frosty, Rudolph, the Grinch, Santa or ??? Best costumes will win gift cards, judging is at 7 p.m. Bring along your elf and some props to create a winning scene for a prize. Judging is at 7:30 p.m.

In Duluth, raku potters Richard Gruchalla and Carrin Rosetti will be having their annual Christmas sale at their studio in Duluth  Dec. 14-16, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Raku potters Richard Gruchalla and Carrin Rosetti will hold their annual Christmas sale in their studio in Duluth this weekend.

Raku potters Richard Gruchalla and Carrin Rosetti will hold their annual Christmas sale in their studio in Duluth this weekend.

The raku artists are well-known in Grand Marais. They hold a “Do You Raku? We Do” event at Siverston Gallery every fall. Their studio in Duluth is located at 1600 London Rd. It’s at the east end of the building, lower level.

On Wednesday, Dec. 19, the Grand Marais Art Colony will host “Community Conversations with Neil Sherman: Let’s Finish It!” from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sherman, a plein air painter, will lead a discussion on how to finish two-dimensional pieces with the most appropriate and long-lasting framing materials. He will be demonstrating as well. Everyone invited. Free.

Also on Wednesday, Voyageur Brewing Co. will host the Artisan Spotlight and Sale from 4:30 pm. to 6:30 p.m. at the brewery. The artists include potter Kari Carter and jewelry maker Terry Lord-Lewis.

Potter Kari Carter will be one of the artists at Wednesday's Artist Spotlight at Voyageur Brewing.

Potter Kari Carter will be one of the artists at Wednesday’s Artist Spotlight at Voyageur Brewing Co.

Terry Lod-Lewis will be exhibiting her jewelry at the brewery as well.

Terry Lord-Lewis will be showing her jewelry at the brewery as well.

The Artist Spotlight and Sale runs from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Exhibits:

The exhibit, “Remains of the Lake & the Northern Landscape”continues at the Johnson Heritage Post. The exhibit features work by photographers John Gregor and Tami Phillippi. Gregor’s pieces feature his work in black and white highlighting Lake Superior’s past. Phillippi’s photographs focus on colorful northern landscapes.

Taconite Dock, Marquette, Mich., by John Gregor.

Taconite Dock, Marquette, Mich., by John Gregor.

 This is a highly regarded exhibit and a must-see. Gregor shows us parts of Lake Superior we’ve never known about or noticed, while Phillippi celebrates the beauty of the North Shore. The exhibit continues through Jan. 13. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

A new exhibit has opened in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park. Watercolor painter Dennis Murnyak has a wide variety of work on view.

Painting by Dennis Murnyak. He is exhibiting his watercolors at Tettegouche State Park.

Painting by Dennis Murnyak. He is exhibiting his watercolors at Tettegouche State Park.

Murnyak’s exhibit will be up through December.

In Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art continues its exhibition of Manifest’o, an installation by Jonathan Thunder. There are three animation vignettes featuring Anishanaabe stories:” Supernaut Becomes The Water Lily”; :The Mishu Bizhiw Awakens” and “Goldfinch Counts Leaves.”

One of the vignettes from  Jonathan Thunder's exhibit, Manifest'o, currently on view at the Tweed.

One of the vignettes from Jonathan Thunder’s exhibit, Manifest’o, currently on view at the Tweed.

Three are three exhibits currently on view at the Duluth Art Institute: Patrick Luber’s, “Exceptionally Ordinary,” Darren Houser’s, “Real-Unreal” and Nik Nerburn’s,  “Nik Nuerburn is a Camera.” All the exhibits continue through Dec. 20.

One of Darren Houser's pieces in his exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

One of Darren Houser’s pieces in his exhibit. “Real and Unreal,” at the Duluth Art Institute.

Also, Alyssa Johnson has opened a photography exhibit at the Red Herring Lounge entitled “Once Upon an Imagination.”

Alyssa Johnson opened an exhibit at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth which continues through February.

Alyssa Johnson opened an exhibit at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth which continues through February.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery has opened three new exhibits this week including “21 Pillows,” an installation by Cheryl Wilson-Smith, “Lessons: The Artistry of Learning” and “Carl Beam’s Exorcism,” from the Permanent Collection.

One of the pieces from Cheryl Wilson-Smith's installation "21 Pillows" at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

One of the pieces from Cheryl Wilson-Smith’s installation “21 Pillows” at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Window Shopping:

Black Bear recommends "The Mukluk Ball

Black Bear recommends “The Mukluk Ball” by Katherine Johnson, illustrated by Alicia Schwab. Copies can be found at Drury Lane Books.

Charming mini pots by Wisconsin potter Evan Hestekin are at Betsy Bowen's Studio Gallery.

Charming mini pots by Wisconsin potter Evan Hestekin are at Betsy Bowen’s Studio Gallery.

This labradorite ring by Ron Piercy is at Yellow Bird Fine Art.

This labradorite ring by Ron Piercy is at Yellow Bird Fine Art.

Upcoming:

One of the finest celebrations of the winter: The Winter Solstice Shadow Puppet Show by the Good Harbor Players is Friday, Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. outside at North House Folk School. All invited. Free.

The Shadow Puppet Show is on for Dec. 21 at North House Folk School.

The Shadow Puppet Show is on for Dec. 21 at North House Folk School. Here’s one of the shadow puppets used in past years.

The Shadow Puppet Show always includes great puppets, a funny storyline and music. And not to forget, the bonfire to throw in your “gloomies” and a community potluck afterwards. Partiipants are asked to bring their own plates and silverware to the potluck. Stay tuned for details.

The 2019 Winter Plein Air Retreat at YMCA Camp Menogyn is set for Jan. 27-Feb. 1 this year, with an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post to open Feb. 1.

Winter Plein Air painters post after painting for a week at YMCA Camp Menogyn last year. The deadline to apply for this winter's event is Dec. 24.

Winter Plein Air painters post after painting for a week at YMCA Camp Menogyn last year. The deadline to apply for this winter’s event is Dec. 24.

The application deadline is Dec. 24. To find out more and to apply, click here.

Music:

Here’s the music for this week:

Thursday, Dec. 13:

  • Maria Nickolay, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & the Wildcats, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 14:

  • Nate Weiler, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Shakey Ground, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Snowball Music & Ski Festival, Papa Charlie’s,  Jon Wayne & The Pain, 9 p.m.; WookieFoot, 10:45 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 15:

  • Snowball Music & Ski Festival, Papa Charlie’s, Smokin’ Joe, 12:30; The Limns, 2 p.m., Jon Wayne, 4 p.m.; Heatbox, 9 p.m., Wookiefoot, 10:45 p.m.
  • A Hovland Family Christmas,  Hovland Town Hall, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 16:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Open State with Joe Paulik, 6 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 17:

  • Holiday Show with the North Shore Community Swing Band, Wunderbar, 6-8 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 18:

  • Gordon Thorne, Poplar River Pub, 68 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 19:

  • Jam Session, Gun Flint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.

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

Wildlife:

"Good morning, beautiful" by Sarah Hamilton.

“Good morning, beautiful” by Sarah Hamilton.

 

"Nibbles" by Janice Latz.

“Nibbles” by Janice Latz.

Catching wildlife:

On the Job. Eric Sve on the Big Lake pulling in the catch. Photo by Christian Dalbec.

On the Job. Eric Sve on the Big Lake pulling in the catch. Photo by Christian Dalbec.

Ice photos:

Nature's fractals by Jakub Sisak.

Nature’s fractals by Jakub Sisak.

 

Ice on the lake by Mike Wiggins, Jr.

Ice on the lake by Mike Wiggins, Jr.

 

Frosty window by Sharon Frnak Wichman.

Frosty window by Sharon Frnak Wichman.

 

Sunset by Paul Sandberg.

Sunset by Paul Sandberg.

 

The cross on the Brule by Bryan Hansel.

The cross on the Brule by Bryan Hansel.

 

Frozen Flow by Wayne Ortloff.

Frozen Flow by Wayne Ortloff.

Lake Superior:

Awesome morning at the office by David Johnson.

Awesome morning at the office by David Johnson.

 

Morning stack at Tettegouche State Park by Christian Dalbec.

Morning stack at Tettegouche State Park by Christian Dalbec.

Potpourri:

International Space Station flies over by Thomas Spence.

International Space Station flies over by Thomas Spence.

 

Sun dogs in Wisconsin by Susanne Von Schroeder.

Sun dogs in Wisconsin by Susanne Von Schroeder.

 

Fireball sunset by David Johnson.

Fireball sunset by David Johnson.

 

Santa's view by Christian Dalbec.

Santa’s view by Christian Dalbec. (A drone photo)

And, a photo for the season.

First run of the season by Kjersti Vick.

First run of the season by Kjersti Vick.

Enjoy your weekend!

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