Winter’s beauty — lots of fluffy snow— visited the North Shore over the weekend. According to some experts, 31 inches of snow has fallen here over the last two weeks. So, yes, there’s plenty for everyone right now. It’s gorgeous, too, as are the sunsets these days.
Meanwhile, indoors, there’s plenty going on as well.
North House Folk School will hold its Winter Series: Community Programs every Thursday evening in March featuring skill share workshops from 7-9 p.m. on the North House campus. Free. This week, March 1, Nate Johnson will present a workshop entitled Winter Animal Tracking. In it, participants will learn to identify and interpret the tracks, movements, and behavior of northern fauna from veteran tracker and trapper Nate Johnson. The program will be classroom-based, but skills learned can be applied to tracks found in your backyard and beyond. Look for signs on campus for the location of the workshop. All invited.
On Friday, the Grand Marais Public Library continues its Friday night movie series with “The Glass Castle,” chronicling the adventures of an eccentric, resilient, tight-knit family. Brie Larson plays a young woman who is influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her deeply dysfunctional father and finds the determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms. Check out the trailer here.
The movie at the library starts at 6 p.m. Free.
Also on Friday night, a reception will be held at 7 p.m. for the photographers who participated in the “Winter Wonderland” exhibit at Tettegouche State Park.
A total of 20 large-scale images are included in the exhibit by the photographers who participated in a workshop by John Gregor of Cold Snap Photography. The exhibit continues through Sunday.
On Saturday, Twin Cities musician Mary Bue and her band Electric Witch, will be in Grand Marais. Bue has been voted one the top performers of 2017 by both the Minneapolis Star Tribune and City Pages.
Bue and her band will perform at Wunderbar at 8 p.m. on Saturday night and for brunch at 11 a.m. on Sunday. She will also be a guest on WTIP’s Women in Music program at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Speaking of live music, there’s lots to choose from this weekend. Also, WTIP Community Radio is holding its winter membership drive this weekend, and musicians are scheduled to be in the studios from Thursday through Sunday. See music schedule below for all the details.
On Sunday, fisherman are invited to Gunflint Lodge and Gunflint Lake for the annual Trout Derby, a fundraiser for the Cook County Ridge Riders snowmobile club. Registration is from 9-11 a.m. A fishing contest, picnic lunch, and contests and raffles will be featured. All invited.
Movie lovers are invited to Cook County Higher Education from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday for Swedish Movie Sunday.
Rose Arrowsmith DecCoux, who just taught a beginning class in Swedish at CCHE, will host the event. The movie is in Swedish, but subtitles are included for those who don’t know the language. Refreshments will be served. Free and open to all.
On Tuesday, Arts Advocacy Day will be held at the Capital Building in St. Paul and artists, arts administrators and art lovers are invited to attend. The event is organized by Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. Each year, from 500 to 1,000 arts advocates join together for a rally at the Minnesota History Center Auditorium in the morning, split up into teams with experienced leaders and walk together to legislator offices to educate them about the arts in their communities and ask them to support arts funding.
Previous Arts Advocacy Days have resulted in significant increases in state arts funding that goes out in grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils. To find out more, click here.
Danny Saathoff’s installation at the Grand Marais Art Colony, “Swinging the Compass” continues through March 3.
Saathoff is a jewelry artist, metalsmith, kinetic sculptor, teacher, and sailor. He teaches metalsmithing at Carleton College and at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts. He recently completed a commissioned sculpture for the Humphrey terminal at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport. This kenetic installation focuses on the effects of climate change on Lake Superior. The Art Colony is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Free.
In Lutsen, The Collector’s Art Sale continues at the North Shore Winery through March 15, featuring a great range of local and regional artists, including works by Betsy Bowen and Kari Vick.
The art sale is a fundraiser for Art ‘Round Town to support its work in developing public art projects.
In Two Harbors, David Gredzen’s photography exhibit continues at the Cedar Coffee Co., 1130 11th Street through March 26.
Gredzens work focuses on landscapes on the North Shore.
At the Tweed Museum of Art, art student McKenzie Haas has a solo show of her work.
And Adam Swanson’s exhibit continues at the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, 222 E Superior St., in Duluth.
In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery is featuring a number of exhibits, including “At Pelican Falls: Rebecca Belmore,” a multi-media exhibit.
Belmore’s exhibit continues through March 11.
“Chaos…Cracks…Creativity — Spirit of the Wilderness Church Exhibit,” will have an opening reception at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday, March 9 from 5-7 p.m. The guest speaker for the opening is Wayne Roosa, art history professor at Bethel University. The exhibit runs through March 25.
All artists in the community are invited to exhibit two pieces in the exhibit.. The deadline to get things into the show is March 5 & 6. Artists are invited to bring their pieces to the Heritage Post March 5 & 6.
Also on Friday March 9, will be an opening of an exhibit at Tettegcouche State Park entitled “Masterpiece Art,” featuring a wide variety of works by elementary students at William Kelly Elementary School in Silver Bay. Artists from the community have been working with the students by showing them masterpiece works of art and then inviting them to copy them as best they could. The show will feature everything from self-portraits to collage, mixed media pieces, painting and more. Mixed media artist and potter Joyce Yamamoto and printmaker Jerry Riach are among the artists who worked with the students.
The Grand Marais Art Colony will host an Art Excursion: Duluth Gallery Tour to galleries in Duluth, including the Joseph Nease Gallery, the Upper Midwest’s new contemporary art gallery which just opened in Duluth. Participants will be able to get a behind-the-scenes look at the new facility and view of the exhibit of new work by regionally and nationally recognized artists. To learn more click here.
Lann Briel of MNartists.org will be at the Grand Marais Art Colony this weekend to present an information session and a workshop on how artists can take advantage of the MNartists.org website. The information session is from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday with the workshop from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday. Both workshops are free.
The Grand Marais Music Collaborative is offering free music lessons on a select basis to students interested in learning to play an instrument. The Collaborative is looking for students 12 and older. They will match them with an area instructor on the instrument of their choice subject to instructor and funds availability. The Collaborative will pay for the lessons with funds raised from our many fund raising activities and through generous donations from area individuals and area institutions. Lessons will take place at the high school band room. For more info, contact Karina Roth at Karina_roth@hotmail.com or Todd Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.thegmmc.org.
The Scenic Route
Will Moore, music director of WTIP Community Radio, recently interivewed Jack Klatt on the Scenic Route about his music. Klatt also had plenty of time to play a few tunes. Check it out here.
Here’s the music for this week:
Thursday, March 1
- Live Bands on WTIP
Briand Morrison & Roxann Berglund, 1-2 p.m.
Boyd Blomberg & James Moors, 4-5 p.m.
North Country Fair, 8-9 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
- Russ Viton (John Russ), Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
Plucked Up String Band, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne and Friends, North Shore Winery, 8 p.m.
- Mark Joseph and American Soul, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
- DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
Friday, March 2:
- Live Music on WTIP
Timmy Haus, 1-2 p.m.
John Gruber & Russ Viton, 4-5 p.m.
- Jim Lundorff, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
- Bug Dope, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
- Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
- DJBeavstar, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
- Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 3:
- Live Music on WTIP
Common Ground, 3 p.m.
Maria Nicolay & Belinda Cullen, 4 p.m.
Kilborn Quartet, 5 p.m.
Mysterious Ways, 6 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne & Chris Gillis, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
- Bug Dope, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
- Jim & Michele Miller, Cascade Lodge pub, 6 p.m.
- Joe Paulik, Papa Charlie’s, 6:45 p.m.
- Pushing Chain, Poplar River Pub, 7 p.m.
- Mysterious Ways, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
- Mary Bue & Electric Witch, Wunderground, 8 p.m.
- Shaky Ground, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
- 4onthefloor, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 4:
- Live Music on WTIP
Gordon Thorne on the Gospel Truth, 9 a.m.
Mary Bue on Women in Music, 3 p.m.
- Mary Bue(Solo),Wunderbar, 112 a.m.
- Sonja and Lee (Feeding Leroy), Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
- James Moors, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
- Briand Morrison, Mogul’s, 8 p.m.
Monday, March 5:
- Sarah Morris Trio, Monday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, March 6:
- Jim & Michele Miller, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
- Open Mic, Papa Charlie’s, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 7:
- Pushing Chain, Local Songwriter Showcase, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
Here are some great photos we found this week:
And here are some landscapes.
Enjoy your weekend, everyone!