Greetings from the North Shore, where there is light in the sky at 6:30 a.m., even though it’s -15F outside, (-30F up the Trail) and that’s hopeful. It’s also been sunny, with lots of beautiful sea smoke over the Big Lake, plus, there’s crunchy snow underfoot. Blessings.
Indoors, Fiber February continues at North House Folk School with a variety of classes and workshops as well as weekly, free online Lunch & Learns. This week, “Norwegian Knitting in Time and Distance with Annemor Sundbø” is the presentation.
Author Annemor Sundbø, the “sweater detective,” will share stories from her research into the most familiar and well-loved Norwegian knitwear. For more than 25 years, Annemor has unraveled the history of knitting, following the thread all the way back to the very oldest tales, which feature a mix of cultural history, memory, myth and hypotheses. She will discuss her books Koftearven and Spelsau og Samspill, live from the Setesdalsmuseum , which features her exhibition. Free. To register, click here.
Also, starting on Thursday, Neil Sherman will be featured as the Takeover Artist on the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Instagram page.
Neil will talk about his art and show us a few tricks. He will be featured on Thursday and Friday.
Also on Friday, Cryote (Josh Schmidt) will be a virtual guest on WTIP’s The Roadhouse where he will talk about his music and play a few songs. The program, which airs from 5-7 p.m., will also feature author, Beth Probst, who will talk about her new book, “It Could be Worse: A girlfriend’s guide for runners who detest running.”
There are a few on-going online events worth noting, too.
The Gunflint Trail Historical Society’s fundraiser, Sweethearts Fun for ’21, continues through Feb. 17.
The online auction features a wide variety of goods and services. Check it out here.
And this is Hygge Festival week in Cook County. Covid-19 has changed how it is celebrated this year, but there are still ways to celebrate the warmth of community. It continues through Valentine’s Day. Check out the options here.
The Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church has put out a call to artists of any age to participate in its 12 annual exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post. The theme this year is “From Darkness to Light.” The exhibit opens March 5 and runs through March 28. There are two drop-off dates for artwork: Monday, March 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday, March 3 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Contact JHP gallery manager, Liz Davis, at firstname.lastname@example.org if special arrangements are needed.
A Potluck of Art, an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post, continues through the end of the month. The exhibit features a wide variety of work from gallery shop exhibitors as well as members of the Northwoods Fiber Guild and the North Shore Artists League.
The North Shore Artists League has put up a special page of affordable works for Valentine’s Day on its web site.
Studio 21, the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s downtown building, is featuring a new sculpture exhibit in its windows entitled “A Gathering of Ghosts” by John Books. There are six pieces in the show, including “Hungry Ghost,” below.
Books’ artist statement reads, in part,
ghosts surround us:
recent or long dead family, ancestors whom we honor with remembrance.
A flame burns for old loves and lives unlived. Also there, the ghosts of ideas,
philosophies and religions which float untethered and unnoticed through the world,
a swirling mist . Feelings, loves, hates.
The background noise of existence.
The Duluth Art Institute is closed until April, but it has posted its current exhibits online, including a new exhibit of work by the Art Institute potters.
The Art Institute also crafted a video about the clay studio, and the artists who work there.
Quilt artist Blair Treuer is one of the artists included in a national juried show entitled “Figure It Out,” featuring artworks and photographs of the human figure.
Artists at Work:
Paula Gustafson has created illustrations for “Incomplete Ignorance at Play: Poetic Musings on the Origin and Destiny of Human Life by Scott Gustafson, her brother. Here is one:
Other work we found this week:
Here are some artists working from a far… in distance and in time.
From the distance of time. These Venetian artists were working in the mid-15th century and their beads were traded as far as Alaska.
We just have one music video this week:
We found some great photos this week. First, some domestic favorites.
And then real wildlife:
A reminder to cut the strings on your masks before tossing it.
Here’s a peoplescape.
Landscapes, Icescapes, Skyscapes and Waterscapes