Spring is often a “Here-Now, Gone-Tomorrow” season on the North Shore, and this week is no exception. Snow squalls and temps in the 50s, ice-outs and frozen puddles, daffodils covered in fresh snow – the engines of season change are hard at work. For sure, the early nesting songbirds are creating traffic jams in my yard, and the bears are out in some neighborhoods.
But, we continue to be cautious here in Cook County, as we pivot to new Covid rules and prepare for what seems will be a very busy summer on the North Shore. This week, the end of April, is a getting-ready time as we carry on our online lives.
First up this week is artist David Feinberg, who will be the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Instagram Takeover Artist on Thursday and Friday.
Feinberg is a painter and associate professor of drawing and painting at the University of Minnesota, where he has taught for the past 47 years. He is also the director of the “Voice to Vision” documentary project, which, through the vehicle of art, captures the experiences and stories of genocide survivors of different parts of the world.
Feinberg will be teaching a class in the Art Colony’s Mentor Series called Develop Your Artistic Potential, June 14 – 18. For more info, click here.
North House Folk School is pretty quiet this week as it gears up for the Northern Landscapes Festival-Online Edition, which starts next Thursday, May 6, with a free webinar on Spring Ephemerals with Master Naturalist Margie Menzies.
There are a number of online offerings planned for the festival. Meantime, North House encourages everyone to get out in their backyards, neighborhood parks and landscapes so see what’s happening in this new season. For more info, click here.
On Friday, Grand Marais printmaker Nan Onkka opens an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post featuring a great selection of her woodcut prints.
The exhibit is entitled “Northern Horizon,” and will continue through May 23. The Heritage Post is open Thursdays, 1-4 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Covid Protocols are in place.
The Nordic Center in Duluth has just opened a new exhibit of Himmeli, good-luck ceiling mobiles, that were originally created in Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Estonia. The Himmeli are hung from the ceiling in homes to ensure good crops and the fertility of fields. This exhibition and programming at the Nordic Center will shed light on an ancient craft tradition that has survived the ages and that is now flourishing in the spirit of a Nordic craft revival, especially in Northern Minnesota among the Finnish-American community. Here’s a neat video describing the exhibit.
Next weekend, Joy & Co will hold a new event entitled “Celebrating the Tenacious Woman Gala,” a celebration and tribute to all women, which is open to the public. The 3-day event will be held May 7-9 and will feature artwork, installations, performances, refreshments and more from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The gala will be held both indoors and outdoors.
Everyone is invited to participate. A registration form is available on the Joy & Co. website here. To register, click the “Find Tickets” button and complete the registration form. Registration is free.
Artists at Work:
We found a wide variety of work by artists this week.
Here are a series of works by Art Students at ISD 166, students of Mila Horak. The project was Paper Quilling with the theme of Spring. Paper quilling is the art of taking thin strips of colored paper, rolling them into a coil, pinching them to form a shape and then gluing the shapes together to create designs and objects.
Here are some other examples of art we found:
What is Outsider Art? This series of videos explores the idea.
And just in case you missed it, here’s the trailer for Nomadland, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress. It is being streamed on Hulu.
Thursday, April 29:
- 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.
We found lots of great photos this week.
Let’s start with wildlife:
Here are a few not-so-wilds:
Here are two Out-of-this-World-scapes:
And here’s a historic-scape:
Here’s a selection of landscapes, seascapes and skyscapes:
Enjoy your weekend, everyone! And stay safe!