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Good morning Grand Marais by Mark Morgen.

Good morning Grand Marais by Mark Morgen.

Greetings from the North Shore, where a new day dawns over the big waters,  bringing us promises of light and possibilities. And our virtual life continues…

First up, is the North House Folk School‘s Winter Virtual Film Festival, with a great variety of movies scheduled for the rest of the month. Week 3 concludes tonight, with the films Good Work: Masters Of The Building Arts  a 65-minute documentary  about artisans from across America working in the building trades to Woodlanders, a series of documentaries about people around the world who care for forests and depend on them for their livelihoods.

Masters of the Building Trades will be available for viewing through North House Folk School tonight only.

Masters of the Building Trades will be available for viewing through North House Folk School tonight only.

Starting Friday, Jan. 22, North House will feature the final series of films, including The Spoon, the Bowl and the Knife with Wille Sundqvist (available this week only), a story of traditional Scandinavian woodcraft told through the life and work of craftsman Wille Sundqvist, master of the knife and axe; Whang-Od: The Last True Tattoo Artist, and Ben’s Mill, a documentary about one of the few water-powered, wood-working mills left in this country. Here’s one to whet your appetite.

Also in virtual land, WTIP’s ‘Tip Jar Performances continue on Friday from 4-7 p.m. featuring local musicians.

Listen to the 'Tip Jar Virtual Performances on WTIP Community Radio from 4-7 p.m. on Friday.

Listen to  ‘Tip Jar Virtual Performances on WTIP Community Radio from 4-7 p.m. on Friday.

This week, listen to Chris Gillis, John Gruber, and Jim McGowan. ‘Tip Jar is a fundraiser dedicated to raising money for grants to Cook County musicians, who have suffered severe loss of income due to the pandemic and their inability to perform in front of live audiences. You can make a donation here.

Exhibits:

There are two exhibits at the Johnson Heritage Post this month: the virtual exhibit, “The Art of Healing,” and David Johnson‘s photography exhibit in the art gallery itself entitled “Cook County Through My Eyes, Vol. 11. The gallery is now open to the public with Covid protocols in place. The hours are from 1-4 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

The Art of Healing exhibit is totally online, and features a wide variety of work by local artists. Here are a few examples:

\"Bath" by Kathy Weinberg.

“Bath” by Kathy Weinberg.

Elm Bowl, crafted from the elm tree that was cut down on Highway 61 last year. By Howard Hedstrom. Not for Sale.

Elm Bowl, crafted from the elm tree that was cut down on Highway 61 last year. By Howard Hedstrom. Not for Sale.

 

"I own my body," multi-media by Jennifer Shoals.

“I own my body,” multi-media by Jennifer Shoals.

 David Johnson is exhibiting a number of landscape and wildlife photographs at the Heritage Post.

david Johnson engulfed

Engulfed,” by David Johnson. Johnson is currently exhibiting his work at the Johnson Heritage Post.

This is the last weekend to see both exhibits.

Upcoming:

For opera lovers, Lyric Opera of the North will hold a virtual gala  with a program designed by the listener. Participants can make a $15 donation and suggest what they would like to hear, whether its an aria, duet or trio. Deadline to vote is Jan. 31. The virtual gala includes cocktails from Vikre and antipasto trays and dinner kits. Here’s a link to find out more.

Meanwhile:

Artists at Work:

Here’s a selection of pieces created by local artists this month:

"Exhale," fused glass totem by Nancy Seaton

“Exhale,” fused glass totem by Nancy Seaton

Calling the Pack by Sam Zimmerman.

Calling the Pack by Sam Zimmerman.

Farm in Winter, etching by Betsy Bowen.

Farm in Winter, etching by Betsy Bowen.

"Ice," by Mark Tessier.

“Ice,” by Mark Tessier.

 

Sterling by Ron Piercy.

Sterling by Ron Piercy.

Early sunrise over the lake by Patricia Hagen, pastel.

Early sunrise over the lake by Patricia Hagen, pastel.

Jane's Rock by Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens.

Jane’s Rock by Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens.

Art Potpourri

There will be a presentation about the legacy of Tom Thomson, one of the Group of Seven painters on Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. It is free, but preregistration is required.

The Jack Pine by Tom Thomson. His work will be discussed online in February.

The Jack Pine by Tom Thomson. His work will be discussed online in February.

To learn more and register for the virtual talk, click here.

Here are some fantastic tips on how to be an artist that came out of interviews with Georgia O’Keeffe.

Georgia O'Keeffe talka about how to be an artist.

Georgia O’Keeffe talks about how to be an artist.

To read the article, click here.

Rainbow Village: Here’s an article about a man who saw his village deserted but refused to leave. Instead, he painted every surface and the village is again populated, this time with people who just want to see his work.

Rainbow City in Taiwan.

Rainbow Village  in Taiwan. To read about it, click here.

 To read about this colorful village and see lots more photographs, click here.

Paper Samurai: This elaborately armored Samurai was folded from a single piece of paper.

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Samauri warrior folded from a single piece of paper by Juho Konkkola.

Here’s a video of how he did it.

Check out these book benches in Bulgaria:

Book benches in Burgas, Bulgaria. Photographer unknown.

Book benches in Burgas, Bulgaria. Photographer unknown.

Making Containers:

American whiskey barrels:

Korean Onggi:

 Music Potpourri:

Singing Sea Chanties is the latest rage on TikTok

Singing sea chanties is the latest rage on TikTok. Click here to read more and listen to a few.

Singing sea chanties is the latest rage on TikTok. Click here to read more and listen to a few.

Here’s the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Here’s a fascinating story about three elderly South Korean women fisherwomen who catch all the fish for their local village by putting on wetsuits and diving for the. They are teaching younger fisherwomen their traditional songs.

A Soutn Korean fisherwoman holds up her catch.

A Soutn Korean fisherwoman holds up her catch.

Read the story here.

And then listen:
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And this wonderful aria.

 

And to conclude, check out this video of sea lions surfing in Hawaii. Sound can certainly be turned off to enjoy the spectacle.

 Photographs:

Let’s start with wildlife:

Great Gray hunting by Michael Furtman.

Great Gray hunting by Michael Furtman.

 

 

A free tire inspection by Lavin Manaukhan.

A free tire inspection by Lavin Manaukhan.

 

Who says males are always prettier boy Daryl Benson.

Who says males are always prettier boy Daryl Benson.

 

Baby bobcat by  Anita Price.

Baby bobcat by Anita Price.

 

American Marten by Paul Sundberg.

American Marten by Paul Sundberg.

 

A spruce grouse B&W this morning by Thomas Spence.

A spruce grouse B&W this morning by Thomas Spence.

 

Two males: Evening Grosbeak and Pine Grosbeak.

Face-off:  Evening Grosbeak and Pine Grosbeak.

Landscapes, ices capes, lakescapes and skyscapes:

Frosty window by Andrea Stedman.

Frosty window by Andrea Stedman.

A peaceful moment by Jan Swart.

A peaceful moment by Jan Swart.

 

The icy shores of Lake Superior by Josh Driver.

Icy shores of Lake Superior by Josh Driver.

 

Catching a wave at Split Rock by Roxanne Distad.

Catching a wave at Split Rock by Roxanne Distad.

 

Dawn of a new day by Scott Youmans.

Dawn at Split Rock by Scott Youmans.

 

Grand Marais sunsets by Lita Hermann.

Grand Marais sunset by Lita Hermann.

 

The tom bolo by Nicolas Narog.

The tombolo by Nicolas Narog.

 

 

Colors of Dawn by Susanne Von Schroeder.

Colors of Dawn by Susanne Von Schroeder.

 

Just imagine the people and stories that this tree has witnessed ... by Hayes Scriven.

The people and stories that this tree has witnessed  … by Hayes Scriven.

 

Lake Superior by Nicholas Van Der Hafen.

Lake Superior by Nicholas Van Der Hafen.

Have a good week, everyone. Stay well. Stay safe.

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