Greetings from Grand Marais, where spring continues to bound ahead, (above) even though small setbacks, like a little snow early this week and overnight temps in the teens and below, beg to differ. (below)
But artists are expressing spring and a new exhibit opens at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday. Entitled “Voices of Spring,” this multi-media exhibit features amazing work by six North Shore artists: Kathy Fox Weinberg, Maggie Anderson, Maxene Linehan, Mary Matthews, Marti Mullen and Lee Ross.
Paintings, oils and acrylics, ceramics, mono prints, contemporary quilts and paper collages are featured in this exhibit, and the artists will lead an art tour at the gallery at 2 p.m. Saturday. Covid protocols are in place at the Heritage Post, including masking, hand sanitation and social distancing. The exhibit continues through April 25. Gallery hours are Thursdays, 1-4 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Also this week, the Grand Marais Art Colony is featuring artist Karina Cutler-Lake as its Instagram Takeover Artist of the week.
Karina is professor of art at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where she has taught graphic design since 2004. Her research and creative interests include mapping, typography, visual record-keeping, interpreting sense of place, and relentlessly looking things up.
She will be teaching a class at the Grand Marais Art Colony June. To find out more, click here.
Wood Month has concluded at North House Folk School, but the virtual programs are still available online, including a webinar with axe-maker Julia Kalthoff.
Also, in North House news, the 2021 Wooden Boat Show is on! It will be held June 3-25 and will be both on campus, in0-person June 18-20 and online June 3-25. The Boat Show on-campus events will be held in alignment with the current recommendations of the Minnesota Department of Health, including social distancing and masking. All visitors to campus will need to adhere with these guidelines. Stay tuned.
The Duluth Art Institute has a number of on-going exhibits, including a series by painter Adam Swanson.
Artists at Work
Photographer Bryan Hansel continues his photography videos with this one, entitled “Shoot the Full Worm Moon.”
The entire Louvre Museum of Art exhibits are online. Check them out here.
Here’s a story about Dhaka muslin, an ancient fabric no one makes anymore.
Here are a series of stories by journalist Paul Salopek, who has been walking around the world, tracing the ancient path of human migration, and reporting his findings to National Geographic. He is currently stuck in Myanmar because of Covid restrictions.
The title of his journey: Out of Eden Walk: A Journey Through Time.
This is National Poetry Month. Here are the 10 top sites for reading.
A Chance to Play:
Bryan Hansel discovered this site, which has gone viral. You can wedge the Suez cargo ship, Ever Given, wherever you want. Here’s his take:
Here’s an Easter gift for Jay Andersen
Here are some great SoundCloud sounds:
The link to Drum Sex is below, in the caption of the image and below it.
For contrast: A little Bach:
And a song from the Sahara:
Thursday, March 25:
- Gordon Thorne, Date Night at the Winery, North Shore Winery, 6-8 p.m. Reservations at https://www.exploretock.com/northshorewinery or call 218) 481-9280.
Here are a series of photos by Ryan Penessi. He was shooting the falls at Cross River, when he noticed three deer on the ice above the falls. He writes:
“The mother attempted to get to the other side, took a few steps and slipped in the swiftly moving current. Each time the doe tried to rise out of the river, a torrent of water kept pushing it downstream. Before I realized what was happening, the doe disappeared under the ice and down the side of the waterfall. I thought to myself, “that is it, that doe is a goner”. A long 10-15 seconds later she emerged at the bottom of the falls, clambering for an ice shelf. Miraculously the doe made it onto the bank, spent of energy. To my amazement, the young male began to cross shortly after watching its mother go over the falls. The same scene began to materialize again…The yearling was swept close to the edge of the waterfall when it made a desperate leap for the bank. Panting and sputtering it managed to beach itself and crawl up the other side. Then the last deer in line. Maybe it thought better of what it had just witnessed because the third deer turned around and retreated up the original bank and into the woods.”
Here are a few images he captured. To see the full sequence, click here.
Here are some other wildlife photographs we found this week:
Landscapes, Skyscapes, Waterscapes:
A Welcome to Spring
Happy Easter, everyone! Stay safe!
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