Greetings from the North Shore, where winter has stamped her foot and temps are considerably lower than they were last week. It’s a little unclear how everyone feels about this, though — overheard in the Post Office on Wednesday: “Well, I’m ready for summer.” Others are not, of course. The skiing is great, and new snow has offered tempting walks in the woods. Skating at the Cook County Community Center is going well this year, too, with Covid precautions in place.
Indoors, there are lots of offerings.
Thursday is the last day to watch the final series of films through North House Folk School in its Virtual Winter Film Festival. Of special interest, “The Spoon, The Bowl and the Knife,” a documentary about Swedish woodcarving master, Willie Sundqvist.
Two other films are in the cued up for the winter film festival: Whang-Od, The Last True Tattoo Artist and Ben’s Mill, a film about one of the few water-powered wood working mills left in the country. You can watch them by clicking on the links. There’s no time limit for watching these films. Enjoy!
Next up at North House is Fiber February, featuring a wide selection of online classes, presentations and more about all things fiber. Check out the classes and presentations, here.
Also this week, the Johnson Heritage Post, which is now open to the public, is launching a new exhibit entitled Pot Luck of Art, featuring a great selection of work by local and regional artists, including the gallery’s Gift Shop Artists and members of the North Shore Artists League.
Look for everything from ceramics, paintings, fiber art, sculpture, photography and more in this show, which opens on Friday, Jan. 29 and runs through Feb. 28. The Heritage Post is open 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. Covid protocols in place. All invited. Free.
Also on Friday, WTIP Community Radio continues it ‘Tip Jar Minifest, featuring live, virtual music performances from 4-7 p.m.
The ‘Tip Jar features live, back-t0-back performances by local musicians. This week’s performers: Kenna Rose, Jim & Michele Miller and Bump Blomberg.
The TIP Jar is a fund supported by generous music lovers in the community to assist local musicians and provide a way for them to share their talents with listeners worldwide. To find out more and to donate: see CookCountyChamber.org.
The Grand Marais Arts Festival is on! The Grand Marais Art Colony will again be hosting the festival in Grand Marais July 10-11, Covid permitting.
A recent Art Colony post states: “(We are) cautiously optimistic about our ability to host the Grand Marais Arts Festival in 2021. The Art Colony continues to work under the MN State Guidelines in relation to Covid-19, has worked closely with our local business leaders, and will keep in direct communication with our public health professionals.”
Artist applications will be open Feb. 24 – April 12 and invitations will be issued on April 26. Stay tuned.
Artists at Work:
Artist Mary Beams’ films will be featured in a virtual film festival developed by the Museum of Modern Art. Entitled “Mary Beams and Emily Hubley,” the series will be available for viewing from Feb. 4 through Feb. 18. To read about the films, click here.
Staci Drouillard’s book, “Walking the Old Road: A People’s History of Chippewa City and the Grand Marais Anishinaabe,” which won the Northeast Minnesota Book Award, was the #1 best seller at Drury Lane Books this year.
Pastel artist Kristin Blomberg has been working in her studio this winter.
The North Shore Artists League has set up a special Valentine Shop on its website. Check it out here.
Betsy Bowen is trying a new technique: mono prints. Here’s one:
Artist Tim Young‘s latest art form: ceramics!
Grand Portage Band member Andrea Carlson is honoring Native Americans with a billboard stationed directly across from the Whitney Museum of Art in Chicago.
To read about the billboard and why it is there, click here. Here are her comments about the lack of Native American art in contemporary art collections.
Here is an artist who loves to make tiny doodles in his notebook.
K’ómoks artist Andy Everson blends his love for “Star Wars” with West Coast Indigenous Art.
Here’s an interesting video of a dancer creating a brilliant, deliberately clumsy acrobatic routine to Claude Debussy’s “Clair de Lune.”
Here’s Dessa doing a piece on Janet Yellen, the new Treasury Secretary, in response to Biden’s comment: “Yellen needs a ‘Hamilton’ musical.” She titles it “Who’s Yellen now?“
Trampled by Turtles:
All My Favorite Songs by Weezer:
A Tiny Desk Concert
The Log Over the Stream: (Not music, but fun to watch)
Thursday, Jan. 28:
- Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, live, 5 p.m., very limited seating available. Visit www.northshorewinery.us or call (218) 481-928 for reservations.
Friday, Jan. 29:
- ‘Tip Jar Performances on WTIP Community Radio, 90.7 FM, 4-7 p.m.,
Kenna Rose, Jim & Michele Miller and Bump Blomberg with back-back performances.
Landscapes, Skyscapes, Icescapes & Waterscapes
And last, but not least, a Berniescape
Have a great weekend, everyone. And stay safe!
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