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Storms of November

A November day in Grand Marais by Kim Nelson.

A November day in Grand Marais by Kim Nelson.

Greetings from the North Shore, where the first storms of the season have pounded our rocky shores and, as predicted, Covid-19 infections have been spiking all over the state, including within our communities. New rules and changes are a-foot ... Keep up-to-date with the situation in Cook County here. This site includes lots of information about Covid-19, community resources, facts and more. It is updated regularly.

Meanwhile, our on-line lives continue and reflect, more than anything else, the caring and creativity of everybody who lives here and beyond. Kudos to all.

There are currently two on-going, on-line fundraisers to benefit the community: the WISE online auction, open through Nov. 15  and the Violence Prevention Center’s Lunafest, open though Nov. 14.

WISE (Women’s Initiative for Service and Education) has organized af an auction featuring items and services donated by members. There is lots to choose from: everything from estate planning to knitting lessons and Christmas cookies, this auction is worth a look. All of the proceeds will be used for local education grants, scholarships and food programs.

A handwoven wood scarf by Pat Zankman is one of the items featured in the WISE online auction.

A handwoven wood scarf by Pat Zankman is one of the items featured in the WISE online auction.

Check out all the items here.

Lunafest, a film festival by and for women and a fundraiser for the Violence Prevention Center, also includes an online auction this year. There’s lots to choose from here, too. The fundraiser concludes with an online gala, including live music and the film festival on Saturday, Nov. 14, starting at 6:30 p.m. Here’s a trailer for the films that will be shown this year.

There are a number of different ticket options available. For more information and to register, click here.

North House Folk School‘s Winterer’s Gathering is online this year as well, featuring classes, webinars and the Arctic Film Festival.

On Thursday, NorthHouse will hold a free Webinar via Zoom on The Sami Reindeer People of Alaska at 7 p.m.  To register, click here.

The film this week is “One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk.” The films will be available for free streaming for 72 hours. On Friday, North House will host a Lunch and Learn live webinar with film make to discuss the film and your questions. Click here to register.  Here’s the trailer for the film.

To view the entire film, click here.  For more information about all of the Winterer’s Gatherin events, click here.

Also this week, author Beatrice Ojakangas will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse to talk about her latest  cookbook, “The Soup and Bread Cookbook.”

Beatrice Ojakangas will be on WTIP's The Roadhouse on Friday to talk about her latest cookbook.

Beatrice Ojakangas will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday to talk about her latest cookbook.

The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. on Fridays.

Upcoming:

Empty Bowls Cook County is on for this year, but, as with many other events, will be largely online this year. In short, it will truly be an empty bowl event, since serving soup is not feasible. Nevertheless, the fundraiser, which ia fighting for food security in Cook County, hopes to raise $30,ooo to support the Cook County Food Shelf and other community organizations working to alleviate hunger in the county.

As in past years, Empty Bowls is collaborating with the Grand Marais Art Colony for the event. The potters in the clay studio have made lots of bowls, which will be sold online.

Potters at the Grand Marais Art Colony have made lots of bowls for this year's Empty Bowls event, a fundraiser to help feed the hungry in Cook County.

Potters at the Grand Marais Art Colony have made lots of bowls for this year’s Empty Bowls event, a fundraiser to help feed the hungry in Cook County.

To find out more, click here.

Exhibits: 

The Johnson Heritage Post is exhibiting new work by Grand Marais photographer, David Johnson, in an exhibit entitled “Cook County Through My Eyes: Vol II.”

Gunflint Trail Halo by David id Johnson.

Gunflint Trail Halo by David id Johnson.

The exhibit of landscape and wildlife photographs is currently on view at the gallery as well as online. To view online, click here. The exhibit continues through Dec. 6. The Heritage Post is open from 1-4 p.m. on Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Covid protocols in place.

Also, an exhibit of the work produced during this year’s Grand Marais Plein Air is available for viewing online through Dec. 31, as well. The event was sponsored by the Johnson Heritage Post and Outdoor Painters of Minnesota.

"Calm Wind" by Kristin Blomberg is one of the plein air paintings currently on view at

“Calm Wind” by Kristin Blomberg is one of the plein air paintings currently on view online here. 

The next exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post will feature works by members of the North Shore Artists League. The exhibit opens in December. Stay tuned.

The Duluth Art Institute is open to the public, with Covid protocols in place. There are a number of exhibits, including quilts by Blair Treuer. Here’s a short video produced by WDSE’s The Slice, about how she got started making her extraordinary quilts.

The Tweed Museum of Art is exhibiting a retrospective of work by painter Carl Gawboy.

The Landing by Carl Gawboy.

The Landing by Carl Gawboy.

Here’s an interesting story about paddlers who retraced the historic Boundary Waters Circle Tour.

Harvey Sobie and Chris O'Brien were some of the paddlers that participated in the Circle Tour. Photo by Mark Morgen.

Harvey Sobie and Chris O’Brien were some of the paddlers that participated in the Circle Tour. Photo by Mark Morgen.

 Click here to read.

Artists at Work:

The book, Hazel Belvo: Matriarch of Art, an illustrated art biography of one of Minnesota's best known feminist artist, has been published.

The book, Hazel Belvo: Matriarch of Art, an illustrated art biography of one of Minnesota’s best known feminist artist, has been published. Written by Julie L’Enfant, the330-page book includes 75 B&W photos and 200 color plates.

Nan Onkka has created a new series of prints featuring different animals.

Nan Onkka has created a new series of prints featuring different animals. To see her work, visit www.nanonkka.com

 

Neil Sherman and Matt Kania recently spent some time in the Grand Marais Art Colony's print studio working on solar plate etchings.

Neil Sherman and Matt Kania recently spent some time in the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s print studio working on solar plate etchings.

Here is one of the pieces that Neil completed.

"Canoe Storage," solar plate etching by Neil Sherman.

“Canoe Storage,” solar plate etching by Neil Sherman.

 

John Gregor's new book, Coldsnap Studio, is at the printers.

John Gregor’s new book, Coldsnap Studio, is at the printers.

 

Jan Swart is turning some of her paintings into puzzles. To learn more, click here.

Jan Swart is turning some of her paintings into puzzles. To learn more, click here.

 

Sam Zimmerman just completed this painting: Maamg, Sunrise Swim.

Sam Zimmerman just completed this painting: Maamg, Sunrise Swim.

 

Jan Attridge;'s latest portrait: Branniff.

Jan Attridge;’s latest portrait: Branniff.

 

Betsy Bowen continues her Comfort series. This one is entitled: Every One. Counts.

Betsy Bowen continues her Comfort series. This one is entitled: Every One. Counts.

And this sad news: Joan Drury, award-winning author, patron of the arts, and friend to many on the North Shore, passed away on Nov. 9.  She leaves behind an amazing legacy and the community’s favorite bookstore, Drury Lane Books, which will remain open.

Joan Drury enjoys a treat at her bookstore, Drury Lane Books. Drury died Nov. 9. Photo courtesy of Drury Lane Books.

Joan Drury enjoys a treat at her bookstore, Drury Lane Books. Drury died Nov. 9. Photo courtesy of Drury Lane Books.

Click here to read a story about her by WTIP’s Rhonda Silence. 

Music Videos

Only one music video this week, in honor of all of us.

Live Music:

Thursday, Nov. 12:

Gordon Thorne, Date Night at the Winery, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m. Reservations at https://www.exploretock.com/northshorewinery or call 218-481-9280.

Photographs:

We found lots of photographs this week. Here’s a selection.

First, wildlife:

Hmmmm... this crow doesn't seem to be bothering anyone. Photo by Adrianne Stephanie Harris.

Hmmmm… this crow doesn’t seem to be bothering anyone. Photo by Adrianne Stephanie Harris.

The cutest... a baby Musk Ox. Photographer unknown own.

The cutest… a baby Musk Ox. Photographer unknown own.

A great rack. Photo by Kate Mumm.

A great rack. Photo by Kate Mumm.

Whitetail buck by Paul Sundberg.

Whitetail buck by Paul Sundberg.

Waiting for my buddies by David Johnson.

Waiting for my buddies by David Johnson.

The eagle tree. Photo by Ryan Barthel.

The eagle tree. Photo by Ryan Barthel.

Here’s the ultimate skycape:

The International Space Station transits in from of the moon traveling at 17,000 mph on the morning of Nov. 8 by Nathan Klok.

The International Space Station transits in from of the moon traveling at 17,000 mph on the morning of Nov. 8 by Nathan Klok.

Here are some of the great landscapes we found this week:

Good morning on Veteran's Day by Debbie Benedict.

Good morning on Veteran’s Day by Debbie Benedict.

The fireball by David Johnson.

The fireball by David Johnson.

Artist's Point by Bryan Hansel.

Artist’s Point by Bryan Hansel.

Behold the sea caves by Karen Sunderman.

Behold the sea caves by Karen Sunderman.

Our twins get ready to shed their needles by Jim Boyd.

Our twins get ready to shed their needles by Jim Boyd.

It looks like winter is here by Thomas Spence.

It looks like winter is here by Thomas Spence.

Sunrise and cliffs by Ken Harmon.

Sunrise and cliffs by Ken Harmon.

Winter is on its way by Nathan Klok.

Winter is on its way by Nathan Klok.

AnD finally, this:

See that light ahead? Yeah, me too by Kristofer Bowman.

“See that light ahead? Yeah, me too” by Kristofer Bowman.

Have a good weekend, everyone. And stay safe.

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  • Marlys Johnson November 12, 2020, 9:41 pm

    Thanks for sharing the Pete Seeger video. Heartwarming!

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