Celebrate winter and all that it brings this weekend at North House Folk School, which holds its annual Winterer’s Gathering and Arctic Film Festival Friday through Sunday.
This one-of-a-kind event features films from around the world that tell the stories of people living and adventuring in the North as well as a presents a variety of speakers, skill shares, classes and workshops and more, throughout the 3-day festival.
And this year, in celebration of its 20th anniversary, North House will open an art exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post with a reception from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17. Called “Begin Continue,” the exhibit features work by more than 40 artisan instructors. It should be an exciting show and will continue at the Heritage Post through Dec. 15.
Some of the highlights of Winterer’s Gathering include: a Contra Dance at 7 p.m. on Friday with Over the Waterfall. Families are the focus at 7 p.m., adults at 8 p.m. Also on Friday, the Coldsnap Poetry Slam, which begins at 8 p.m. Call North House at 387-9762 to register.
Saturday features the Great Gear and Ski Swap at 10:30 p.m. Participants are invited to bring their items to swap before 10 a.m. Also on Saturday, the Great Chili Feed is at 6 p.m. and a presentation by author Jon Turk is at 7:30 p.m.
The Arctic Film Festival at the Gathering looks like it’s going to be pretty spectacular this year, with documentaries, feature films and shorts which showcase arctic landscapes, traditional cultures, northern adventures and changing climates. All films screenings are free.
Here’s a selection of trailers from a few of the films.
To see the complete schedule for Winterer’s Gathering, click here.
And this is the last weekend to see Shakepeare’s “Twelfth Night,” a production of the Grand Marais Playhouse.
“Twelfth Night” is the annual Community Youth Play for high school students. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 Youth (12-18), $1 under 12. The play is directed by Carrie Nath. Performances at at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Also this weekend, the annual Benefit for Birch Grove will be held at Papa Charlie’s on Friday with a lasagna dinner and silent auction from 5-8 p.m. The band Mysterious Ways will play at 7:30 p.m. Dinner tickets are $15 adults, $5 child. All invited.
On Saturday, a meeting to discuss and organize a production of the play, The Best Christmas Ever! will be held at the First Congregational Church at noon. The play is open to the whole community and those interested in being in the play are invited to the meeting. Performances will be Dec. 10 and Dec. 17. For more information, contact Sue Hennesy at (218)370-0224 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Sunday, the Grand Marais Public Library will host the award-winning writer, Kate St. Vincent Vogl, who will present a writing workshop entitled “Re-Visioning Story.” The workshop is at 2:30 p.m.
This event is intended to be a follow-up to the Readers & Writers Festival, and celebrates NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, which takes place each November. Vincent Vogl is the author of “Lost & Found: A Memoir of Mothers,” and has presented to mothers around the world. All invited. Free.
On Wednesday, Nov. 22, Voyageur Brewing Company will host weaver Julie Arthur, who will be exhibiting her work at the Brewery from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Voyageur is featuring craft markets every Wednesday afternoon through Christmas. It will also have a craft market on Saturday, Nov. 25.
Barb Lundell continues her exhibit in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park.
The Tweed Museum of Art is featuring an exhibit of artwork by iconic artists, such as Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Käthe Kollwitz, Henri Matisse, Oskar Kokoschka, Max Weber, Salvador Dali, and Otto Dix in an exhibit entitled “Modern(ism).”
The works are from the Tweed Museum Collection and some are on loan from the Weisman Art Museum.
The Tweed is also featuring “Fragile,” a senior student exhibit by Sophie Durand through Nov. 26.
There are two opening receptions for new art exhibits at the Duluth Art Institute on Thursday. Laurentian: Paul LaJeunesse & Lake Superior Wood Turners will be from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16.
This exhibition celebrates the wild woodland surrounding Duluth with five new paintings by Paul LaJeunesse that are allegories for stewardship of the Northland’s natural environment. Sound artists will create aural works that respond to the paintings and will be played directly over each one by parametric speakers. Also on view will be items made from Laurentian wood by the Lake Superior Wood Turners, a group of some 60 individuals interested in the creation and promotion of turned wood. The exhibit continues through Jan. 1.
An exhibit by Faith Hill, featuring Ekphrastic Poetry; that is, poetry based on or as an accompaniment to works of art, also opens with reception from 5-7 p.m. at the Duluth Art Institute on Thursday.
Hill was inspired by artists Patricia Canelake, Joel Cooper, Sue Pavlatos, Tonja Sell, Adam Swanson, Jamie Uselman, and Tim White. The exhibit includes 10 of her original poems and 10 works of art, one by each of these artists and five works by Hill. The artist received support from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.
In Thunder Bay, the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Prince Arthur Park has opened an exhibition entitled “Wood N Arts” featuring wooden works of art by local and regional artists and the Thunder Bay Wood Carvers.
The Baggage Building is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST) Tuesday-Friday and Sat and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. EST.
This is the last weekend to see Quentin Maki’s exhibition, “Kohesion” at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.
Maki’s exhibit closes Nov. 19.
The 12th annual Holiday Market will be at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen next weekend. The gallery will be open Friday Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. Saturday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) is the annual festive event with a Bronze Pour at 4 p.m. and tree lighting after dark. There will be caroling and the Lutsen Fire Department will escort the carolers up the road to Clearview for further festivities. The gallery will also be open on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Hovland Arts Festival Pre-Christmas Sale will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25 at the Hovland Town Hall.
The Arts Festival features a wide variety of art and artwork including photography, painting, fiber art, jewelry, pottery, woodwork and more. Refreshments available.
The next weekend, Dec. 1 & 2 features the Holiday Art Underground at Betsy Bowen’s Studio and Galleries and the Northwoods Fiber Guild’s Open House & Holiday Sale at the Grand Marais Art Colony. Stay tuned for details.
Here’s the music this week:
Thursday, Nov. 16:
- Jon Kallberg, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
- Joe Paulik, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne, Chris Gillis, Thomas Stamps and Mike Roth, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 17:
- Why Worry, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
- North Shore Community Swing Band, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
- Sister Tree, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
- Plucked Up String Band, The Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 18:
- Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
- Sister Tree, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
- Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
- Silverback Colony, The Wunderbar, 9 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 19:
- Gabriel Douglas, The Wunderbar, 11 a.m.
- Timmy Haus, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
- Timmy Haus, Poplar River Pub, 6-8 p.m.
We found some interesting photos this week!
Here are a few wildlife shots:
And a nod to history:
Here are a few views of Duluth:
And some water scenes:
And, ofcourse, some winter scenes.
Have a great weekend, everyone!