Icy winter has clamped its fingers over the North Shore this weekend, but indoors, it’s warm with lots of cool things to do, including great live music, classes and a movie or two.
First up, though, is an opportunity to make your own broom. Instructor Marybeth Garmoe is teaching a class at North House Folk School starting on Thursday at 7 p.m. The classes run each Thursday through Jan. 25.
For more information, to register, call North House at 387-9762.
On Friday night, WTIP’s The Roadhouse, which airs from 5-7 p.m. will feature Sean Sherman, indigenous chef, who founded the restaurant, The Sioux Chef. He will discuss his bestselling new book,”The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen.” Rich Mattson & the North Stars will also be on the program to talk about their music and play a few songs.
Also on Friday night, the movie series at the Grand Marais Public Library continues with the screening of “The Teacher.” Here’s the trailer.
The film is free and starts at 6 p.m.
On Saturday, Get ready for the North Shore Music Association’s Grand Marais Ole Opry, the classic country, old-time, and bluegrass showcase that’s been a community favorite for a half-decade.
Emceed by WTIP’s “Classic Country” host Carl Solander, this year’s lineup features early country and honkytonk hotshots The Midwesternaires of Minneapolis; Grand Marais Ole Opry Hall of Famer Gary Croft; and The Grievance Committee, a new group chock full of great local talent.
The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 adults, $5 youth (18 & under). General seating. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.aca.tix.com and at the door night of show (box office opens at 6 p.m.)
Next week, the Grand Marais Art Colony will hold a Community Conversation with pastel artist Linda Ricklefs Baudry at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 17.
She will give a presentation entitled “Creating Space and Shifting Patterns.” The artist will talk about her creative journey and how she draws inspiration from the internal and external world. Bring a brown bag lunch. Free. All invited.
Hansel will present images from the Lake Superior region and beyond and will talk about how he made them.. Additionally, he’ll address our dark sky resources, health and wildlife issues related to light pollution and what we can do to preserve our night skies. You’ll also learn about what you can do in Cook County to help us gain an International Dark Sky Association designation. The event is free and open to the public.
It is pretty quiet at exhibition venues in Grand Marais this week, but the Duluth Art Institute in Duluth, is hopping. It will hold three art openings tonight, Jan. 11, including an artist talk. The reception is from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday night.
The exhibits include “Type 13: David Short,” which explores graphic arts and its impacts on the viewer, “Art and Craft: Penny Perry, an exhibit of multi-media works by Perry, who is the owner of Perry Framing & Stained Glass, and 100 Days: Tai Keogoungpheng, owner of Silver Cocoon Jewelry, who participated in the 100Day Project to explore her creativity in metal. She will give an artist talk about her experiences at the opening reception.
The exhibits at the Art Institute continue through Feb. 25.
Since we’re in Duluth, we can hop over to the Tweed Museum of Art, where its on-going exhibit ‘Modern(ism)” continues, featuring smaller works by world-famous artists.
Mosaic artist Sherri Kruger continues her exhibit at Tettegouche State Park’s Visitor Center with a wide variety of glass mosaic/multi-media works.
The exhibit continues through January.
The Grand Marais Art Colony is hiring! It has opened two new positions: a full-time Program Coordinator and a PT 8-week summer Print Studio Intern. Applications are due by Sunday, Jan. 21.
The Program Coordinator will support the crafting, execution, and evaluation of programs. The Print Studio Intern will facilitate a range of learning experiences and support studio operations. This internship is 15 hours per week for 8 summer weeks for a printmaker or book arts artist. For questions, email email@example.com or call 218-387-2737.
A call has gone out donations of artwork for the Collector’s Art Sale, a fundraiser for Art ‘Round Town. Do you have any art pieces you’d like to pass on? Art ‘Round Town is planning a fundraiser in February and are encouraging art collectors and artists to donate pieces that someone else might enjoy, too. Funds from the sale will help finance public art projects in Grand Marais. You can choose to make a full donation or share the profit 50/50 with A’RT.
The sale will be held over Presidents’ Day Weekend. Donations should be made by Feb. 12.
The artworks will be offered at two locations: North Shore Winery with an opening Thursday, Feb. 15 and continuing through the month, and at the Johnson Heritage Post, with an opening at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16. Sales will continue through Sunday, Feb. 18.
All forms of art –from fiber to canvas, sculpture to painting– will be welcomed. Donors can put a price on their items and decide whether they want to go 50/50 or give a 100 percent donation. For more info, contact Ann Marie Mershon, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 218 387-2245 if you have donations.
Life Drawing sessions begin at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. For more info, cal 387-2737.
The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council is offering two grant opportunities this month: the Technology/Equipment grant for individuals, which provides grants of up to $2,000 to purchase technology, equipment, or pay for training and services that will help support and sustain work as an artist, and the Community Arts Learning Grant for individuals and/or organizations, which provides a grant of up to $5,000 to support high quality arts learning activities in any arts discipline. The deadline to apply for these grants is Jan. 26. For more info, click here.
The Winter Plein Air opening will be held at the Johnson Heritage Post from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26.
The exhibit continues at the Heritage Post through Sunday, Jan. 28. Stay tuned for details.
The Urban Infill extravaganza hosted the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay begins on Jan. 27 this year. This year, look for 15 projects and work by 400 artists scattered through the Waterfront District in downtown Thunder Bay. Last year, 5,000 attended the opening. Details coming soon.
The Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay has posted an open call to fiber artists to participate in its annual Fibre Arts Exhibit. Submission deadline is Jan. 26. For more info, click here.
Travis Novitsky has a photograph on the cover of the January issue of Country Extra magazine.
Singer/songwriter Charlie Parr was in town recently, performing at Papa Charlie’s.
Before the gig at Papa Charlie’s, he was interviewed by the Scenic Route’s Will Moore. Here’s a link to Parr’s interview. Parr sings lots of songs in it, too.
Here’s the music for the week:
Thursday, Jan. 11:
- JohnRuss, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
- Timmy Haus, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
- DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 12:
- Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
- Boyd Blomberg, Mogul’s Grile, 4 p.m.
- Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
- Common Ground, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
- Jim and Michele Miller, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
- Rich Mattson and the Northstars, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
- Bug Dope! Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
- Jon Miller and the Homebrews, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
- Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 13:
- Plucked Up String Band, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
- The Grand Marais Ole Opry, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.
- Jon Miler and the Homebrews, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
- Bughouse, Grandma Ray’s 8:30 p.m.
- Brothers in Arms, Wunderbar, 8:30 p.m.
- Buckwild Music, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, 9 p.m.
- DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 14:
- Briand Morrison, Mogul’s, 10 a.m.
- Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 3 p.m.
- Easy Riders, Voyageur Brewing Co, 3:30 p.m.
- Eric Frost, Lusten Resort, 7 p.m.
- Andrew D. Huber, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 15
- Open Mic Night, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 16:
- Pete Kavenaugh, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
Rest assured, we didn’t find any hot, steamy landscapes this week. But we did find some fun photos.
Let’s start with a few wildlife photos:
And here is a neat icy window shot:
And check out these icy landscapes:
Paul Sundberg caught an interesting wave shot… without ice! Still looks cold, though.
And, finally, this winter harvest shot by Angela Botner.
Enjoy your weekend, everyone, and keep warm!