Ah, the beauteous light of winter, with its lovely pastels during the day and spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Offset that with deep white snow, temps hovering just below freezing, and you have a recipe for a perfect day. This week is no exception, and the trails throughout Cook County are in excellent shape. So are the ski hills. Visitcookcounty.com has a great page about the conditions on all the trails. Check it out here.
Meanwhile, indoors, it’s pretty busy for the next few days.
First up is a new print exhibit at the North Shore Winery. Local printmaker Nan Onkka is exhibiting her work there through March 30, with the opening from noon to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30.
Based in Grand Marais, Onkka works at home as well as teaches classes at the Grand Marais Art Colony. For more information, check out her website at www.nanokka.com The Winery is closed Tuesday and Wednesday, it is open from noon to 7 p.m. Friday through Monday, and from 2-8 p.m. Thursday.
North House Folk School is hosting a Try Out Weaving Night from 6:30-9 p.m on Thursday. Hosted by weavers Julie Arthur, Pat Zankman and Marie Westerman, the event will give participants a taste of the magical process of weaving threads into beautiful fabric,
The new floor looms are in the Green Building at North House. The event is free and open to the public
Also on Thursday, painter Kat Corrigan will open an exhibit in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park with a reception from 7-8:30 p.m.
Corrigan’s evocative watercolor and pastel paintings really highlight the North Shore of Lake Superior. Meet the artist and see what she does at this event, or come anytime (between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.) during the month of February at Tettegouche.
On Friday, the Johnson Heritage Post opens a new exhibit, Winter Plein Air, featuring works from artists who spend a week at YMCA Camp Menogyn painting winter. The opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. Friday.
This exhibit is always a favorite, featuring the astonishing and beautiful textures in the Northwoods this season. In past years, the painters have been known to be out there with their brushes at -20F. The temps might have been a little higher this year, but they were still out there. The exhibit continues through Feb. 23.
The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.
Also on Friday night, the Grand Marais Public Library continues it’s Friday Night Reels series. This week, it will feature the comedy, “BlackkKlansman,” a Spike Lee film with Adam Driver. Here’s the trailer.
The film is screened at 6 p.m. Free. Come early for good seats.
On Saturday, Lutsen Mountains will hold a Family Fun Night with the Teddy Bear Band at the Summit Chalet from 5:30-8 p.m.. The event features Magic by Chaz, music with the Teddy Bear Band, art projects and face painting as well as pizza and more. Tickets are $30 adults, $15 for kids 6-12. Tickets are available at the Lutsen Mountains ticket office.
On Monday, Charlie Parr will play at Papa Charlie’s for the winter Songwriter Series.
During these sessions, Papa Charlie’s is turned into a listening room showcasing the Midwest’s top songwriters in a theater-like setting. The intimate room and great sound gives the audience an opportunity to immerse into the stories and craft of the song. The concert begins at 6 p.m. Free.
The exhibit, Winter Plein Air, opens at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday and continues through Feb. 23.
The Grand Marais Art Colony is exhibiting “Shifting Surfaces: Snow Drifts and Shoreline Space” in the Founders Hall through Feb. 16.
The artist, David Andree, worked along the lakeshore and the woods to create the images and drawings in the exhibit.
The Duluth Art Institute is getting ready for it’s annual Member Show, which opens Feb. 3. Meanwhile, it has installed “War Paint,” an exhibition of work by Shaun Chosa in the Steffl Gallery.
North House Folk School will hold a Contra Dance starting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6. Tickets are $5.
The 4th annual Hygge Festival will be Feb. 7-16 this year, featuring everything from a fireplace tour, Hygge markets, film screenings, music by a string quartet from the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, classes in everything from felting critters to making clay candle holders as well as night skis, snowshoe explorations and more.
“Hygge” (pronounced hoo-gah), a Danish concept, 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. This concept has been translated to events and activities in Cook County to everyone’s delight. For the complete schedule of Hygge Festival events, click here. And stay tuned.
Here’s the music schedule for this week:
Thursday, Jan. 30:
- Joshua Schmidt, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
- Eric Frost, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
- Pushing Chain, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 31:
- Plucked Up String Band, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
- Quattro, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
- Joshua Schmidt, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 1:
- Pushing Chain & Eric Frost, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15-9:15
- Sky Blue Trio, Cascade Restaurant, 6 p.m.
- Joshua Schmidt, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
- Mysterious Ways, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
- Joe Paulik Band, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 2:
- Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
- Open Stage with Joe Paulik & Pat Flack, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 3:
- Mumblin’ Drew, Voyageur Brewing, 5 p.m.
- Charlie Parr, Monday Night Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 4:
- Gene Lafond & Amy Grillo, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
We found lots of wildlife photographs this week, as well as some beautiful landscapes.
And, a not-so-wild. The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon was held this week, and photographers were out catching the moment.
Here are some landscapes, too.
And finally, this beauty, by Layne Kennedy.
Have a great weekend, everyone!