Winter weather continues here on the North Shore, setting up ideal conditions for enjoying the outdoors.
The ski hills, ski trails and snowmobile trails are in great shape. For details on all the trails, click here.
Marybeth Garmoe will talk about woodturning at the Brown Bag Lunch Series at North House Folk School at noon on Thursday, Feb. 20.
She will talk about some of her current projects as well as demystify the magic of making perfectly round wooden objects. Bring your own bag lunch. The presentation will be in the Blue Building on campus. Free.
On Friday, the Spirit of the Wilderness Community Art Show will open at North Shore Health with a reception and a panel presentation on “Art and Healing” at 5:30 p.m. The show, entitled, “Kintsugi: Brokenness, Healing, and Meaning” will be on view at North Shore Health through April.
The panel presentation, beginning at 6 p.m., will include three people who practice creativity and healing. Maggie Anderson, long-time therapist and potter will speak about research showing the healing power of art and share some stories about creativity and healing. Margy Nelson, healing arts practitioner, will reflect on the process of letting go of doing and fixing in order to allow the creative process of healing, and of art, to lead the way. Mary Ellen Ashcroft, writer and pastor, will share some of her process of healing through writing following the death of her son. The public is invited.
Also on Friday, the Grand Marais Public Library will continue its film series with the screening of “Kusama Infinity,” the story of the top-selling female artist in the world, Yayoi Kusama, and how she overcame impossible odds to bring her radical artistic vision to the world stage. The screening starts at 6 p.m. Free. See the trailer below:
Saturday is a busy day in the county.
First up is the 5th annual Vintage Snowmobile Ride, which will be held at Cascade Lodge from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Everyone is invited to bring their vintage sleds and ride the trails. Cost is $20 a sled to participate. Proceeds will be used for trail grooming and maintenance in the county.
Also at 10 a.m.on Saturday, “Not Shards Yet – A Seconds Pottery Sale” begins at Studio 21 in Grand Marais, featuring a selection of seconds by more than five local potters. The event, which is a fundraiser for the ceramics studio at the Grand Marais Art Colony, features everything from mugs to bowls, vases to quirky “doorstoppers.” Sales are by donation.
These are perfectly imperfect pieces that are looking for a forever home. Stop by and take a look. Not Shards Yet will be held in Studio 21, the Art Colony’s new building at the corner of 1st Ave. W. and Highway 61. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 and Sunday, Feb.23. All invited.
On Saturday night, Dylan Fresco will present “The Holocaust and Me,” a one-man musical play, at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the North Shore Music Association in partnership with Cook County Higher Education.
Fresco is a musician and theater artist who works as a writer, performer, and educator with a diverse array of communities and arts partners. His work takes place in theaters, classrooms, community centers, and even on neighborhood sidewalks.
“The Holocaust and Me” is the story of how Dylan came to realize the impact of the Holocaust on his family and his own life, despite his being born decades after it happened. The performance includes songs accompanied by guitar and sung in Ladino, a language based on medieval Spanish and Hebrew that is spoken by many Sephardic Jews. Dylan will facilitate a critical reflection period afterward. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 students. They are for sale in advance at www.tix.com (no fees, search “Arrowhead Center for the Arts”) and at the door on the night of the show, starting at 6 pm. The public is invited.
On Sunday, there will a screening of a documentary of Minnesota Holocaust Survivors at Cook County Higher Education from 2-4 p.m.
Carrie Jansen will be host during the event. She will give a short introduction to each film and provide a handout that includes some items to consider while watching the film. Free. Popcorn and pop will be provided. Open to the public.
On Monday, the Grand Marais Writer’s Guild will meet at the Grand Marais Public Library from 5-6 p.m. for conversation and writing prompts. Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux facilitates this free, monthly meet-up. All writers are invited to attend.
And on Monday night, the monthly “Dance, Dance, Dance” event will be held at the 4-H Log Building at the Community Center from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
This is a high energy, informal dance night with music mixed by Lord Jammin and DJ Woodsplitter. They play a mix of club, pop, soul, funk as well as international music. No experience necessary, freewill donation, all ages.
Also on Monday night, Dusty Heart, featuring our own Barbara Jean on fiddle and banjo and Molly Dean on guitar, will perform for the Monday Songwriter Series at Papa Charlie’s at 8 p.m.
Free and open to all.
.The 2020 Winter Plein Air exhibit continues at the Johnson Heritage Post featuring a great collection of works created by artists who worked at YMCA Menogyn for a week.
The exhibit continues through Feb. 29. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Free admission.
Members of the Northwoods Fiber Guild are exhibiting their work in the Cook County Courthouse for the next few months.
Yellowbird Fine Art has new work by Carolyn Olson.
Nan Onkka is exhibiting her prints at the North Shore Winery.
Emma Spooner is exhibiting her work at the Tweed Museum of Art. The title of the show is “It’s Yours Now, It’s Yours Now, Now It’s Yours.”
In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery has extended the run of its exhibit, The North Now, through March 1.
Featuring art from across Northern Ontario, this multi-disciplinary juried exhibition provides a glimpse of the immense creativity, diversity and innovation by established and emerging artists living in the north of the province.
The Baggage Building Art Centre in Thunder Bay is exhibiting a selection of work by local artists.
Here’s the music schedule for this week:
Thursday, Feb. 20:
- Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
- Jim Miller, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
- Date Night at the Winery, Eric Frost, 7 p.m.
- Pete K, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 21:
- Common Ground, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
- Colleen Myhre, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 22:
- Dylan Fresco: The Holocaust and Me, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.
- North Shore Community Swing Band, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
- Colleen Myhre, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
- 4-Shore, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 23:
- Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
- Open Stage with Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
- John Gruber, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 24:
- Vessel, Voyageur Brewing, 5 p.m.
- Dusty Heart, Monday Songwriters Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 25:
Shane Martin, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
The wonders of a digital camera in skillful hands continues with these selections this week:
The Bald Eagle mating season has begun, and eagle pairs are flying.
Some icy landscapes:
And some surfing shots:
And then a satellite shot of lake-effect snow:
And, looking up:
And finally, this lovely shot:
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!