The next couple of weekends will be action-packed, with everything from a pop-up plein air art show to art openings, a winter festival, an ArtWalk and the famous John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.
First up is a performance of “Foiled by an Innocent Maid,” a one-act play by Fred Carmichael, at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Thursday. The short melodrama will be performed by Cook County High School students who will then perform it on Saturday in Two Harbors in the Minnesota State High School League One Act Contest. Donation at the door.
Following the play, there will be a meeting for those interested in participating in the Grand Marais Playhouse‘s 2016 Summer Repertory, which will feature a comedy and a musical. Those interested in participating are invited to attend a meeting at 7:40 p.m. on Thursday. The plays selected will be determined by turnout.
On Friday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will host the Winter Plein Air Pop-Up Shop in the Founders Hall from 3-5 p.m.
Plein air painters from all over the region have been at YMCA Camp Menogyn all week, painting what they see in the beautiful winter landscape. Their work will be exhibited in the Pop-up Shop. All invited.
Then, on Friday night, the Grand Marais Library will screen a documentary about the famous American architect, Frank Gehry, who designed the Guggenheim Museum in Spain and the Disney Concert Hall in California, to name a few.
“Sketches of Frank Gehry” was directed by Sydney Pollack and takes a close look at the creative process of this world-renowned architect. The film will be screened at 6 p.m. Free.
Papa Charlie’s will hold the 1st annual Gndwire Records Ski Party Weekend on Friday and Saturday nights starting at 9:30 p.m. Gndwire is Dave Simonett’s (Trampled by Turtles) new recording label. The line-up this weekend includes John Mark Nelson, Har Mar Superstar, Haley Bonar, Charlie Parr, Astronautalis and Little Fevers. Tickets are $15.
On Sunday. Bluefin Grille features classical guitarist Scott Fraser, who will perform at 6 p.m. and on Monday, songwriter/guitar virtuoso Erik Koskinen will play for the Songwriter Series at Papa Charlie’s at 8 p.m.
On Tuesday night , cellist Yvonne Caruthers continues her Exploring Classical Music class at Sawtooth Middle School, Rm. 107. The class runs from 6:30-8 p.m. and is open to the public. $10.
The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon starts on Sunday in Two Harbors. This year, the mushers will race along the North Shore to Grand Portage and then back again, almost 400 miles. There’s lots of information on the web site, www.beargrease.com as well the Facebook page. All the mushers wear GPS trackers, so the race can also be watched online. Local mushers in the Marathon include Erin Altemus, who came in 4th last year and was Rookie of the Year and Jennifer Freking (Finland, MN). Local Mid-Distance mushers include Frank Moe and Mary Manning, both of Hovland, and Rita Wehseler of Tofte. Local checkpoints are at Sawbill, Trail Center and Grand Portage. The race starts at 11 a.m. just outside of Two Harbors, at the Hwy. 2 Gravel Pit, (9.6 Miles from Hwy 61 on Lake County 2).
New exhibits open at the Duluth Art Institute this week. “Public Domain,” a series of photographs by Tweed Museum of Art director, Ken Bloom, taken in Japan in the 1970s and “Land of Wonder: New Paintings by Shawna Gilmore.” The Art Institute Members Show continues in the Great Hall through March 31.
At the Zeitgeist Art Cafe in Duluth,
Mark Arvilla’s show continues through Jan. 31. Then a new exhibition featuring the work of Carolyn Olson opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. on Feb. 1. As a narrative artist, Olson’s work reflects family life, work and the civic and cultural life around her. The exhibit continues through March.
At the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, the Lunch & Learn sessions start Jan. 29 and run through March 4. Participants are invited to bring a lunch and enjoy a gallery tour at 12:30 p.m. Pay As You Can. Suggested donation: $5.
The Ely Winter Festival, ArtWalk and International Snow Sculptor’s Symposium will be held in Ely Feb. 4-14. For more information, click here.
The Definitely Superior Art Gallery will hold a gala opening reception for three new exhibits from 7-10 p.m. Feb. 5– “Isolation/Insulation,” a collaborative exhibit of work by Scott Poluyko, Katie Lemieux and Susan Kachor Conlon; “Odeum,” an installation by boyRoland; and “Artists’ Proof,” a selection of prints from Lakehead University. Stay tuned for details.
“Breaking Wind at the Gallery: Tamarack Wind Quintet,” will be performed at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery at 2 p.m. (EST) on Sunday, Feb. 7. Inspired by the exhibition of “For Better or For Worse: the Comic Art of Lynn Johnston,” members of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra created a concert of their favorite music written for cartoons, by cartoonists, or just a little silly. Free.
The Art of Story. Join Kari Vick, printmaker and illustrator and author Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux at Sivertson Gallery at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 for a Fireside Chat where they will talk about their book, “The Sock Goblin.” Stay tuned for details.
The Grand Marais Art Colony will host Bao Phi, the Loft program director for an informational session about the $25,000 McKnight Fellowship for Writers and The Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant, (which provides Minnesota writers financial support and professional assistance to develop and implement multifaceted plans to help them with their artistic endeavors,) and other opportunities for Minnesota writers. Preregister with Bao at email@example.com. The program will be at 1 p.m. on Feb. 27. Free.
In other art news, the Betsy Bowen Studio will be open every Wednesday this winter from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bowen will be there working on new projects for the coming year. This season, the studio is featuring “Tracks in the Wild” in hardcover and paperback.
Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen has just received new handknit winter caps by Christine Walberg of Kaleidoscope Kitty.
Here’s the music schedule for this week.
Thursday, Jan. 29:
- Blue Moon, Moguls Grille & Tap Room, 3:30 p.m.
- Boyd Bump Blomberg, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
- Joe Paulik, Gun Flint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 29:
- Pete Kavanaugh, Moguls Grille & Tap Room, 3:30 p.m.
- Plucked Up String Band, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
- Jim & Michele Miller, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
- Shaky Ground, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
- Ski Party, John Mark Nelson, Charlie Parr, Astronautalis, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 30:
- Cherry Dirt, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
- Joe Paulik, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
- The Moss Piglets, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
- Ski Party, Har Mar Superstar, Haley Bonar, Little Fevers, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 31:
- Classic Guitar with Scott Frazer, Bluefin Grille, 6 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 1:
- Briand Morrison, Moguls Grille & Tap Room, 4 p.m.
- Erik Koskinen, Monday Night Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
- Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 2:
- Pete Kavanaugh, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 3:
- Tone Bent, Spotlight North, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
We found some great photos this week. Here’s a selection.
Let’s start with a potpourri of sunsets.
And here’s another kind of color.
Water was also a topic for photographers this week.
This isn’t Lake Superior — it’s the Atlantic Ocean, but it’s a fascinating photo.
And even further afield, in the Pacific, how about this shot of a giant wave in Hawaii taken by Christian Dalbec when he was there recently?
Back at home, enjoy this gorgeous shot by David Brislance.
Have a good weekend, everyone!