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A Winter Weekend on the North Shore

Snowy backroads by Dustin Lavigne.

Snowy backroads by Dustin Lavigne.

We like it when winter settles in up here. The peace and beauty of  the outdoor landscape, the joy of sitting with friends in a cozy room — all are a part of the experience. We also like sharing with others, and there will be lots of opportunities this week.

First up, boatbuilder Josh Tolkan and felter Elise Kyllo will be featured in an Open Studio Night at the Artisan Development Program Studios, which are located above the Betsy Bowen Gallery at3 01 First St. W. for 6:30 -6:30 .m.Both Tolkan and Kyllo are participating in the 2-year Artisan Development Program at North House Folk School,

One of the work tables in North House Folk School's  Artisan Development studios at Betsy Bowen's Gallery and Studios. Two members of the Artisan Development group will host an open house on Thursday night from 6:30 -8:30 p.m.

One of the work tables in North House Folk School‘s Artisan Development studios at Betsy Bowen’s Gallery and Studios. Two members of the Artisan Development group will host an open house on Thursday night from 6:30 -8:30 p.m.

The public is invited to drop by the studios, see some of their works in progress and enjoy light refreshments.

On Friday, the Sky Blue Trio will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse to talk about their music and play a few tunes. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.

Also on Friday night, the Friday Night Reels series continues at the Grand Marais Public Library with the screening of “The Public,” a comedy about a big city library. Watch the trailer, below.

The movie starts at 6 p.m. Come early to get a good seat. Free.

This weekend, Saturday and Sunday are open for whatever anyone wants to do. Enjoy the snow-covered trails, listen to some good music, read a book at home, have dinner with friends. It’s all part of the great winter experience on the North Shore.

On Monday, put on your dancing shoes for Dance, Dance, Dance, the monthly dance party that is held in the 4-H Log Building at the Cook County Community Center from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Dance, Dance, Dance, a monthly dance party, will be held from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the $-H Building at the Cook County Community Center. Free. All invited.

Dance, Dance, Dance, a monthly dance party, will be held from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the $-H Building at the Cook County Community Center. Free. All invited.

This is a high energy, informal dance night with music mixed by Lord Jammin and DJ Woodsplitter featuring a danceable mix of club, pop, soul, funk and international music. Everyone welcome. No experience necessary and it’s free. Bring a water bottle and prepare to shed your layers! For more info, call 612-961-4691.

Exhibits:

 Marybeth Garmoe’s exhibit, “Wood Swept,” continues at the Johnson Heritage Post featuring a great selection of her brooms, dustpans and wooden bowls.

Solstice Moon by Marybeth Garmoe is on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

“Solstice Moon” by Marybeth Garmoe is on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The exhibit continues through Jan. 26. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Jane Johnson’s abstract landscapes are currently on exhibit at in the Great Room at Tettegouche State Park.

"Sea Stack Birch' by Jane Johnson.

“Sea Stack Birch’ by Jane Johnson.

The paintings will be on exhibit through Jan. 31.

In Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art has a number of on-going exhibits, including this painting from its permanent collection.

"Sweep," by Allen D. (Big Al) Carter is on view at the Tweed Museum of Art.

“Sweep,” by Allen D. (Big Al) Carter is on view at the Tweed Museum of Art.

The Tweed is on the campus of the University of Minnesota Duluth.

The Duluth Art Institute is exhibiting work by member artists in the Duluth Mayor’s office, including this piece by Sharon Dawson.

"Blessed Born" by Sharon Dawson is on exhibit in the Mayor's Reception Room in Duluth.

“Blessed Born” by Sharon Dawson is on exhibit in the Mayor’s Reception Room in Duluth.

The painting will be on view through Feb. 15.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery continues its popular exhibit, The North Now, representing artists working in northern Ontario.

"Surrendered" by Katie Kramer is on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

“Surrendered” by Katie Kramer is on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The exhibit continues through mid-February.

Upcoming:

Next Saturday, Jan. 25,  the Wunderbar will host the 2nd annual Robert Burns Dinner, featuring piping, Highland dancing, a full course dinner and readings from Burns’ poetry. Reservations are $50 and may be made on eventbrite.com. Call the Wunderbar at 218-877-7655 for more information.

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery will present “Derelicte 12: A Fashion Odyssey” at the Black Pirates Pub on Saturday, Jan. 25.

Derelicte !2: A Fashion Odyssey, put on by the Definitely Superior Art Gallery will be held at the Black Pirates Pub on Saturday, Jan. 25.

Derelicte !2: A Fashion Odyssey, put on by the Definitely Superior Art Gallery will be held at the Black Pirates Pub on Saturday, Jan. 25.

The event features intriguing wearable art and exciting fashions, modeled on the catwalk as well as a wide range of performances and bands as well as an end-of-the-night DJ dance party. Tickets are $15 at the door. The fun starts at 8 p.m. (EST)

On Sunday, the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon starts in Duluth. Stay tuned for details.

And finally, the Winter Plein Air opening reception will be held at the Johnson Heritage Post from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31. The exhibit features the work that artists created at YMCA Camp Menogyn that week.

For Artists:

The 10th annual Community Art Show sponsored by the Spirt of the Wilderness Episcopal Church, will be held in the halls of North Shore Health this year. All ages are invited to participate. The theme this year is Kintsugi. the Japanese art of repairing pottery by mending areas of breakage with precious metals, making the work more beautiful and more intriguing for having been broken,

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing pottery by mending areas of breakage with precious metals, making the work more beautiful and more intriguing for having been broken.

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing pottery by mending areas of breakage with precious metals, making the work more beautiful and more intriguing for having been broken.

Members of the community are invited to consider these themes of brokenness, healing and meaning through their chosen medium. The show will open on Feb. 21 and will run through the end of April. Provision is being made for 3D as well as. 2-D works. Each artist must provide titles, a price list, a brief artist statement, and contact information when they drop their work on Feb. 17 or Feb. 18 at North Shore Health. Any sales of works will be direct with the individual artist, with neither Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church nor North Shore Health participating in the sale. For more information, email Mary Ellen Ashcroft at maryellenvicar@gmail.com

Music:

Here is the music schedule for this weekend:

Thursday, Jan. 16:

  • Kevin Buck, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 17:

  • 4Shore, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Colleen Myhre, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday Jan. 18:

  • Billy Johnson, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
  • Jim McGowan, Cascade Lodge, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Vessel, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Bughouse, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Colleen Myre, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 19:

  • Briand Morrison, Moguls Grille,10 a.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • Jim McGowan, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 20:

  • Billy Johnson, Voyageur Brewing, 5 p.m.
  • Jeremy Messersmith, Monday Night Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Photographs:

Here’s a selection of photographs we found this week.

First, wildlife:

"Do you ever feel that you're being watched?" by Heidi Pinkerton.

“Do you ever feel that you’re being watched?” by Heidi Pinkerton.

 

"Theboys hangin' out" by David Johnson.

“Theboys hangin’ out” by David Johnson.

 

American Pine Marten by Paul Sundberg.

American Pine Marten by Paul Sundberg.

 

A moose in winter by Nace Hagemann.

A moose in winter by Nace Hagemann.

 

Ermine in winter by Heidi Pinkerton.

Ermine in winter by Heidi Pinkerton.

 

Evening greeting by Jan Swart.

Evening greeting by Jan Swart.

We found some great winter shots, too:

The light of winter at Hollow Rock by Karen Hunnicutt Meyer

The light of winter at Hollow Rock by Karen Hunnicutt Meyer

 

A ray of light from Artist's Point in Grand Marais by John Keefover.

A ray of light from Artist’s Point in Grand Marais by John Keefover.

 

The tom bolo is one of my favorite spots by Mike R. Mayer.

The tom bolo is one of my favorite spots by Mike R. Mayer.

 

Lake Superior has been very busy decorating her shoreline by Roxanne Distad.

Lake Superior has been very busy decorating her shoreline by Roxanne Distad.

 

Split Rock and sea smoke by Preston Buechler.

Split Rock and sea smoke by Preston Buechler.

 

Morning ice in Bayfield, Wis., at sunrise by Tad Paavola.

Morning ice in Bayfield, Wis., at sunrise by Tad Paavola.

 

Sunrise at Hollow Rock by John Keefover.

Sunrise at Hollow Rock by John Keefover.

 

Superior sunrise by Donald Jay Olson.

Superior sunrise by Donald Jay Olson.

 

Nature's art by Tim Miodozyniec.

Nature’s art by Tim Miodozyniec.

 

The North Shore Dragon, back when she had wings by Jeffrey Doty.

The North Shore Dragon, back when she had wings by Jeffrey Doty.

 

This morning at Stoney Point by Christian Dalbec.

Orange juice. This morning at  Stoney Point by Christian Dalbec.

And finally, this one, of the Wolf Moon rising:

Last night's Wolf Moon over Grand Marais by David Johnson.

Last night’s Wolf Moon over Grand Marais by David Johnson.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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