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Hmmmm… still waiting for spring

Willows make a nice snack by Katie Mumm.

Willows make a nice snack by Katie Mumm.

The weather isn’t exactly calling out Spring this week, but that doesn’t mean the season on the North Shore is slow to start. On the contrary — there are lots of intriguing things happening this weekend.

We kick off the week with the opening of “Luminous,” a dance extravaganza by the YMCA Dance Group.

This annual event is always exciting, featuring inspiring dances and costumes as well as creative lighting and music, not to mention enthusiastic performances by all.

The YMCA Dance Recital, "Luminous" runs for three nights this week at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

The YMCA Dance Recital, “Luminous” runs for three nights this week at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.  Performances are from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, and 7-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

More than 100 local dancers ranging in age from 3 to 70 will perform dance routines in ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop this weekend at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. Dancers have been learning choreography under the instruction of Breanna Roy, Christine Curtis, and Lesli Higgins over the past several months and will be putting on a show for the community.

Dance instructors Lesli, Breanna Roy and     have been working for months to prepare for the dancers for the recital.

Dance instructors Lesli Higgins, Breanna Roy and Christine Curtis have been working with dancers all winter to  prepare for  the recital.

The show features ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop pieces. It also includes solos from the instructors as well as outgoing seniors, Andrea Larsen, Claire LaVigne, and Robin Henrikson. The theme for this year is “Luminous” and the songs and costumes have a “light” theme. This popular community event has sold out the past several years, so get your tickets early. Tickets are  $12 adults, $6.50 youth and can be purchased at www.tix.com or at the door.

On Friday, the Johnson Heritage Post opens a new exhibit featuring the plein air paintings of Greg Lecker. Lecker’s work centers on the theme of water, the Northwoods and Lake Superior.

Point of Land by Greg Lecker.

Point of Land by Greg Lecker is one of the paintings that will be in the exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post that opens on Friday.

The opening reception for Lecker’s exhibit will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, May 10. All invited. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit continues through June 2. Note: Lecker will give painting demonstrations over Memorial Day Weekend at the Heritage Post. Stay tuned.

The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Also on Friday, the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council will host the 21st annual Arrowhead Arts Awards at the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids starting at 5:30 p.m.

The annual Arrowhead Arts Awards will be held at the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids on Friday, May 10.

The annual Arrowhead Arts Awards will be held at the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids on Friday, May 10.

Glass sculptor Michael Tonder will receive the 2019 George Morrison Artist Award and Katie Marshall, director of the MacRostie Art Center, will receive the Maddie Simons Arts Advocate Award at the event. All invited. Refreshments will be served.

To find out more about the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, click on the image below:

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This weekend, jazz guitarist Sam Miltich will give a number of presentations and a concert in Grand Marais, thanks to the partnership of the North Shore Music Association and North Shore Health. The series is entitled “The Improvised Life: Exploring Intersections of Mental Health & Creativity through Jazz” and will feature presentations and a concert.

Jazz guitarist Sam Milltich will be in Grand Marais this weekend, giving presentations on mental health and music, as well as playing a concert a Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Saturday night.

Jazz guitarist Sam Miltich will be in Grand Marais this weekend, giving presentations on mental health and music, as well as playing a concert a Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Saturday night.

Miltich will begin his series with a Music Process Workshop at the Grand Marais Public Library at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 11. He will discuss and demonstrate guitar techniques, talk about his daily practice and how music has played a large role in his mental health recovery. The session is open to the public and free of charge.

On Saturday night, Miltich and his quartet will perform an evening concert at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission. All invited.

And on Sunday, Miltich will give a talk at the North Shore Health Multipurpose Room at 2 p.m. He will highlight his experience with schizophrenia, as well as the experiences of other accomplished musicians who achieved great personal and professional success while living with mental illness (such as famed jazz pianist Thelonious Monk). Open to the public and free of charge.

Here’s a video of Miltich talking about his music:

Sunday is Mother’s Day, and many restaurants are offering special menus for the day. If you’d like to bike to your much, the Fireweed Bike Co-op is holding a Ride for Brunch at Naniboujou along the beautiful shores of Lake Superior. All invited. To register, call 387-2186 by May 10.

Also on Sunday, Beth Dow, a leatherworker who is the instructor in residence at North House Folk School this month, will be holding a number of open houses, classes and demonstrations during her residency.

Leatherworker Beth Dow is the instructor in residence at North Houses Folk School this month.

Leatherworker Beth Dow is the instructor in residence at North Houses Folk School this month.

She starts her residency by hosting her first open studio from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at North House. For more information on other opportunities, click here.

And if you’re going to be in Duluth, don’t miss the 8th annual “Run Smelt Run Puppet Parade and Smelt Party” that starts near the Lift Bridge at 3:30 p.m.

The 8th annual Run Smelt Run Puppet Parade and Smelt Party is in Duluth on Sunday. Pictured is the puppet, the Smelt Queen, who leads the parade.

The 8th annual Run Smelt Run Puppet Parade and Smelt Party is in Duluth on Sunday. Pictured is the puppet, the Smelt Queen, who leads the parade.

This is a totally crazy time with people dressed in silver, mini puppet shows and music and lots of laughter. The Brass Messengers from Minneapolis lead the parade from the Lift Bridge on the Lake Walk to the Zeitgeist Cafe, where there’s a smelt fry and party. The parade starts at 3:30 p.m. Here’s a video of last year’s event:

Run Smelt Run from Patrick Knight on Vimeo.

And, for those beer lovers out there, Voyageur Brewing will hold a workshop, Craft Beer 101, on Monday from 6-8 p.m. Learn the basics of beer, including how it’s made, the different styles, ingredients and more. Cost of class is $10 and is limited to 25 people. Participants will sample beer, receive a free pint glass and more. Advance registration required. To register, call 218-387-3163 or email casey@voyageurbrewing.com

And on Wednesday, Betsy Bowen’s Gallery opens for the season featuring paintings by Charlotte Durie from Wales.

Art work by Charlotte Durie. The artist will have her work on exhibit at Betsy Bowen's Studio when it opens for the season on Wednesday.

Drifter’sEscape by Charlotte Durie. The artist will have her work on exhibit at Betsy Bowen’s Studio when it opens for the season on Wednesday.

The work includes mixed-media landscapes inspired by Charlotte’s annual visits to her family cabin near Lutsen. All invited. The gallery is open daily from 11-5 p.m. throughout the season.

Exhibits:

The Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park is featuring work by Cheryle Gannaway.

"Planning a Forest," by Cheryle Gannaway, is one of the pieces on exhibit at Tettegouche State Park.

“Planning a Forest,” by Cheryle Gannaway, is one of the pieces on exhibit at Tettegouche State Park.

The exhibit continues through the end of May.

And last, but not least, this is the weekend for the 27th annual St. Croix Pottery Tour, May 10-12.

The 27th annual St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour is this weekend.

The 27th annual St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour is this weekend.

The Tour is nationally recognized as a gathering of exceptional potters offering an exciting array of handmade ceramics. The work ranges from everyday functional to decorative. This year is shaping up to be truly spectacular and will feature 63 potters from 17 States and England exhibiting in seven different studios. Choose a few studios you want to visit or go to all seven for the full experience. Refreshments are served at each studio, and, note, potters are often excellent cooks.  For more info, maps, etc., click here.

Upcoming: 

The Art Along the Lake: Spring Gallery Tour is from May 23-27 this year, featuring a lots of things to do and see over the entire weekend.

The Art Along the Lake: Spring Gallery Tour is May

The Art Along the Lake: Spring Gallery Tour is May 23-27 this year.

Participating galleries are featuring new work by their artists and there will be lots of demonstrations as well as opportunities to participate in hands-on activities, too. Check out the events listing here.

Opportunities:

Give your art a bike ride this year and participate in 2019 Project Bike with Dana Sikkila.

Dana Sikkila has put out a call to artists to participate in her bike tour.

Dana Sikkila has put out a call to artists to participate in her bike tour.

For the past four years creative leader Dana Sikkila has set out on a one of a kind art/bike tour, advocating for the important point that every artist has skills and creative ideas to help grow and sustain our communities, So far, she has biked 2,500 summer miles connecting with Minnesota artists living in communities ranging from the rural to large cities, learning what motivates her fellow Minnesotans to create art. She transports the art in a cart behind her bike and then holds an exhibit in Mankato. A film crew also participates in the tour, and the video will be part of the exhibit. She is starting this year’s tour in Grand Marais, and is interested in finding artists who would like to participate. To find out more and apply, click here.

Artist News:

Kathy Fox Weinberg from Lutsen is the North Shore Artists League featured Artist of the Month for May at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Painting by Kathy Weinberg.

Painting by Kathy Weinberg.

To launch Spring, she has curated a floral exhibit of her oil paintings, “If Flowers Could Talk.”  Her work will be featured at the Johnson Heritage Post through the month of May.

Music:

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, May 9:

  • Mogul’s Grille, Live Music, 4 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Luminous: YMCA Dance Performance, 6 p.m. ACA
  • Plucked Up String Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, May 10:

  • Matthew Griswald, Voyageur Brewing Col, 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Luminous: YMCA Dance Performance, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • North Shore Community Swing Band, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • One Way Traffic, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 11:

  • Luminous: YMCA Dance Performance, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.
  • Tim Fast, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • One Way Traffic, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Chris Koza Band, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.

Sunday May 12:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik and Pat Flack, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • Ian Alexy, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, May 14:

  • JohnRuss, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.

Photographs:

Here are a few of the photos we found this week. Let’s start with wildlife:

Ruffed Grouse by Paul Sundberg.

Ruffed Grouse by Paul Sundberg.

 

Ready for Spring by John Heino.

Ready for Spring by John Heino.

 

One day, Dad, I will be as big and wise as you by Chris Artist.

One day, Dad, I will be as big and wise as you by Chris Artist.

 

Sandhill Flyby by John Heino.

Sandhill Flyby by John Heino.

 

A coyote teases a young grizzly in Yellowstone by Keith Crowley.

A coyote teases a young grizzly in Yellowstone by Keith Crowley.

 

The Great Blue escape by John Heino

The Great Blue escape by John Heino

 

Blue Fog at Split Rock by Matthew Pastick.

Blue Fog at Split Rock by Matthew Pastick.

 

Being in the right place at the right time by Bill Donovan.

Being in the right place at the right time by Bill Donovan.

 

Heavy fog blankets the Temperance River Valley by Thomas Spence.

Heavy fog blankets the Temperance River Valley by Thomas Spence.

 

Nina Moose Lake by Layne Kennedy.

Nina Moose Lake by Layne Kennedy.

 

Love the changing seasons by Barbara Lokken.

Love the changing seasons by Barbara Lokken.

 

Misty fog at sunrise on the Gunflint Trail by John Heino.

Misty fog at sunrise on the Gunflint Trail by John Heino.

 

Water Weaving, Miller Creek, Duluth by Gregory A. Israelson.

Water Weaving, Miller Creek, Duluth by Gregory A. Israelson.

And last, this one by Layne Kennedy:

The luck of a duck by Layne Kennedy.

The luck of a duck by Layne Kennedy.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

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david johnson our april snowstorm

Our April Snowstorm by David Johnson.

True, true. We got lots of snow April 29. Up to 15 inches at Sawbill Outfitters and other spots over the hill.  It’s mostly melted near Lake Superior, but there’s still a fair amount in other places. Discouraging, but not overwhelming. There are lots of vibrant greens where the snow has melted, and it’s supposed to get warmer this weekend, so spring has to be on the way.

Meanwhile, there are some interesting things going on along the North Shore this weekend, starting with new exhibits opening at Tettegouche State Park and the Cedar Coffee House in Two Harbors. Both exhibits run through May. The openings for each are at 7 p.m. Friday.

First up is an exhibit in the Great Hall at Tettegouche featuring intriguing paintings by Cheryle Gannaway.

Blown by the Wind by Cheryle Gannaway is one of the paintings on exhibit in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park.

“Blown by the Wind” by Cheryle Gannaway is one of the paintings on exhibit in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park.

Gannaway is a Minnesota artist who has exhibited all over the world. Here’s an interview about her life and work. Tettegouche will hold an opening reception for the artist at 7 p.m. Friday, May 3.  All invited. The exhibit continues through May.

And, at the Cedar Coffee House in Two Harbors, Silver Bay artist Lauri E. Olson-Hohman will open a show featuring a new body of work entitled “Rags to Riches.”

Lauri E. Olson-Hohman opens a new show at the Cedar Coffee House on Friday.

Lauri E. Olson-Hohman opens a new show at the Cedar Coffee House on Friday.

The show is full of action and emotion, and features rag dolls, bikes, coffee cups and more. The exhibit at the Coffee House  continues through May.

On Saturday, a Cork & Canvas Painting Party will be held at Gunflint Lodge from  9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. On the Rocks Art Studio and Gallery will lead participants on a painting event, supplying all the materials and instruction needed to create their own unique work.

Last year's "graduates" of the Painting Party at Gunflint Lodge.

Last year’s “graduates” of the Painting Party at Gunflint Lodge.

Snacks and wine will be provided. For more information and to register, call 218-388-2294 or email info@gunflint.com.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will offer the public a chance to learn Suminagashi, the ancient Japanese technique to create marbling designs on paper with water and ink.

Learn the ancient Japanese art of Suminigashi at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Saturday.

Learn the ancient Japanese art of Suminigashi at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Saturday.

The workshop, which will be held from 1-3 p.m. in the Print Studio, will be taught by Penny Ortmann and Nancy Haarmeyer. Cost is $20. To register, contact the Art Colony 387-2737 or email info@grandmaraisartcolony.org.

Also on Saturday, the North Shore Winery will hold a Pop-up event with Lori Franklin’s Sparkly Heart Studio. The pop-up will be from 1-5 p.m. For more info on Sparkly Heart, click here. The public is invited to drop by Saturday afternoon and enjoy her work.

And, at 4 p.m. Saturday, a presentation on Fur Trade Artifacts will be held at the Johnson Heritage Post. The artifacts come from the Taraldson Collection.

Lee Johnson, a Superior National Forest archaeologist, will give a presentation on Fur Trade Artifacts at 4 p.m. at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Lee Johnson, a Superior National Forest archaeologist, will give a presentation on Fur Trade Artifacts at 4 p.m. at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Lee Johnson, an archaeologist with the National Forest Service, will give a presentation about the large collection of historic and pre-historic artifacts found along the Voyageurs Highway. All invited. Free.

And on Tuesday, join Duluth poet Bart Sutter and his brother, musician Ross Sutter, for a presentation entitled “Sons and Daughters of the Northern Lights” at the Grand Marais Public Library.

Ross Sutter and Bart Sutter will present "Sons & Daughters of the Northern Lights' at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at the Grand Marais Public Library.

Ross Sutter and Bart Sutter will present “Sons & Daughters of the Northern Lights’ at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at the Grand Marais Public Library.

The program features music and stories, poetry and song that explores the experience of Scandinavian immigrants, their ancestors, and their descendants.  For more than 30 years, The Sutter Brothers have performed shows that integrate Bart’s original writing with Ross’ versions of traditional Scandinavian and American songs and tunes.

Ross Sutter plays guitar, button accordion, mountain dulcimer, and Irish drum but is best known for his rich baritone voice. and has performed for A Prairie Home Companion and the Winnipeg Folk Festival, among hundreds of other venues.

Bart Sutter, who has written nine books, is the only author to win the Minnesota Book Award in three different categories—poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. He has also written for public radio and has had four plays produced. He won the George Morrison Artist Award for his contribution to the arts in northeastern Minnesota, and was named the first Poet Laureate of Duluth in 2008.

And in Duluth, Ken Bloom, the artistic director of the Tweed Museum of Art, will give a presentation on The Concept of Time/Space in Photography, in conjunction with an on-going exhibit there.

Ken Bloom will give a presentation on time and space in photography at the Tweed Museum of Art

Ken Bloom will give a presentation on time and space in photography at the Tweed Museum of Art on Tuesday.

The presentation will be from 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday.

 Exhibits:

 This is the last weekend to see the North Shore Artists League exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

"Floating in the Forest," by Tim Young.

“Floating in the Forest,” by Tim Young.

 

Rep weave table runner by Julie Arthur.

Rep weave table runner by Julie Arthur.

The exhibit features work by artists in all media, who have recently formed the Artists League. It’s a great show and highly recommended. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

The Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Member Show opened in the Founders Hall last week to accolades. This is a highly eclectic exhibit featuring a wide variety of work by member artists.

Owl plate by Karin Holman and covered jars by Natalie Sobanja.

Owl plate by Karin Holman and covered jars by Natalie Sobanja.

 

Paintings by Roger Neilson. At top, "Peek a Boo," below, "Looking for Camp."

Paintings by Roger Neilson. At top, “Peek a Boo,” below, “Looking for Camp.”

The Art Colony is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

And, for another art treat, check out the exhibit of Betsy Bowen’s work in the lobby area at the Cook County Courthouse. A number of framed prints from her popular book, “Tracks,” are on display, as is a panorama painting entitled “Homage to a Small Town.” See detail, below.

Homage to a Small Town (detail,) by Betsy Bowen. The work is at the Cook County Courthouse.

“Homage to a Small Town” (detail,) by Betsy Bowen. The work is at the Cook County Courthouse.

 Upcoming:

The YMCA Dancers will present its annual recital at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts May 9-11. The title of this year’s recital is “Luminous,” and will feature inspiring choreography, beautiful costumes and entertaining music in what has always been a great show. All ages perform and all ages are encouraged to attend. The dances will include jazz, hip hop, ballet and tap. Tickets are available at www.tix.com. Tickets are $12 adults, $5 students.

The 21st Arrowhead Artist Awards will be held at the MacRostie Arts Center in Grand Rapids at 5:30 p.m., Friday, May 10. Sponsored by the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, the event will honor glass sculptor Mike Tonder, who will receive the George Morrison Artist Award, and Katie Marshall, director of the MacRostie Art Center, with the Maddie Simons Advocate Award.

One of Mike Tonder's glass sculptures. He will receive the George Morrison Award next week in Grand Rapids.

One of Mike Tonder’s glass sculptures. He will receive the George Morrison Award next week in Grand Rapids.

All are invited to the award ceremony. A reception will follow.

To learn more about the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council and what it does to promote and support the arts in the Arrowhead Region, click on the image below.

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Also next weekend, jazz musician Sam Miltich will give presentations entitled “The Improvised Life: Exploring Intersections of Mental Health & Creativity through Jazz.” On Saturday, May 11, he lead a music/process workshop at the Grand Marais Public Library at 2;30 p.m. He will discuss and demonstrate guitar techniques, and talk about his daily practice and how music has played a large role in his mental health recovery. That night, he will be in concert at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $15. The presentation at the library is free.

Miltich will also give a talk at the North Shore Health’s Multipurpose room on Sunday, May 12 at 2 p.m. The public is invited.

Opportunities:

Potter needed as Empty Bowl Assistant: The Art Colony will be accepting applications for an Empty Bowls Assistant to support a series of Make-a-Bowl sessions this season. This position is geared toward potters who want to build upon their teaching experience and who have an interest in community initiatives. Learn more and apply here.

Radio Interview: Local illustrator Betsy Bowen partnered with author Phyllis Root on a new children’s book that tells the story of a lucky error that preserved 144 acres of old-growth red and white pine in Minnesota.

betsy bowen lost forest interviewBetsy spoke with Roadhouse host Dave Tersteg about “The Lost Forest”and how she came to be the illustrator for it. To listen, click here.

Music:

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, May 2:

  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Live Music at Moguls Grille, 6 p.m.
  • Jim Miller, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.

Friday, May 3:

  • Joe Paulik, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Common Ground, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Southpaws, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 4:

  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Wunderdogs, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 5:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik & Pat Flack, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.

Tuesday May 7:

  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 6 p.m.

Photographs:

And yes, we have lots of snow photos, but let’s start with wildlife:

Newbies. Fox kits by Amy Louhela. She jokes that the fox clown is on the left, the joker is on the right.

Newbies. Fox kits by Amy Louhela. She jokes that the fox clown is on the left, the joker is on the right.

Loonies are back! by David Johnson.

Loonies are back! by David Johnson.

White pelicans, hanging out just outside of Duluth by Alison Gimpel.

White pelicans, hanging out just outside of Duluth by Alison Gimpel.

We found the moose by Dustin Lavigne.

We found the moose by Dustin Lavigne.

Bear tracks in spring. Photo by Michael Furtman.

Bear tracks in spring. Photo by Michael Furtman.

A hoodie! By Matt Herberg.

A hoodie! By Matt Herberg.

Not wildlife, but a wild photo by Layne Kennedy. He calls it Dogpatch, Arkansas.

Not wildlife, but a wild photo by Layne Kennedy. He calls it Dogpatch, Arkansas.

And we found some other interesting shots:

The Light by John Heino.

The Light by John Heino.

There She Is by Christian Dalbec.

There She Is by Christian Dalbec.

Surf's Up! By Paul Scinocca.

Surf’s Up! By Paul Scinocca.

Lots of snow equals lots of fodder for our waterfalls.

The waterfalls are raging at Gooseberry by Bryan Hansel.

The waterfalls are raging at Gooseberry by Bryan Hansel.

Cascade River State Park by Paul Sundberg.

Cascade River State Park by Paul Sundberg.

Close-up: Middle Falls at Gooseberry State Park by Derek Montgomery.

Close-up: Middle Falls at Gooseberry State Park by Derek Montgomery.

And we found some great sunrises this week:

Sunrise at Hollow Rock by Riley Leblanc.

Sunrise at Hollow Rock by Riley Leblanc.

jan swart sunrise this week, Lake Superior, tow harbors I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees henrydavid thoreau

Sunrise in Two Harbors by Jan Swart.

And now, for the snow shots:

Just when you though winter was over, this happened, by Bryan Hansel.

Just when you though winter was over, this happened, by Bryan Hansel.

Up to 15 inches, Sawbill Canoe Outfitters.

Up to 15 inches, Sawbill Canoe Outfitters.

Living inside a snow globe by Judi Barsness.

Living inside a snow globe by Judi Barsness.

Lutsen Mountains, 5 p.m., April 29.

Lutsen Mountains, 5 p.m., April 29.

"Good morning from here." Hungry Jack Outfitters, April 29. Photo by Nancy Seaton.

“Good morning from here.” Hungry Jack Outfitters, April 29. Photo by Nancy Seaton.

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Art Openings Everywhere

The falls on the Cascade in spring by Bryan Hansel.

The falls on the Cascade in spring by Bryan Hansel.

Greetings to all on a lovely spring week in April. This weekend there are art openings everywhere, including in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. In Cook County, look for a booksigning, interesting interviews and talks, and, of course, art.

First up this Thursday, is an interview on WTIP Community Radio with Lin Salisbury, who will talk with Minnesota author Karen Babine on Salisbury’s monthly program, Superior Reads.

Minnesota author Karen Babine will talk about her latest books and writing on WTIP Community Radio at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Minnesota author Karen Babine will talk about her latest books and writing on WTIP Community Radio at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Babine’s first book, “Water and What We Know: Following the Roots of a Northern Life” (University of Minnesota Press, 2015) won the 2016 Minnesota Book Award for creative nonfiction and was a Finalist for the Midwest Book Award and Finalist for the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award. She has also written “All the Wild Hungers.” Tune in to 90.7 FM on Thursday night for an in-depth interview of this award-winning author.

Then, at 8 p.m, Thursday, Cook County guitar-maker, Drew Heinonen, will be featured on WDSE’s Making It Up North, the program that explores artists and entrepreneurs who work in the Arrowhead region. A special “Watch Party” will be held at Voyageur Brewing Co. on Thursday night when the program airs. All invited.

Drew Heinonen will be one of featured artists on WDSE's Making It Up North on Thursday night.

Drew Heinonen will be one of featured artists on WDSE’s Making It Up North on Thursday night.

To get a preview of the program, click here.

On Friday, there will be three art openings featuring artists from Cook County, 250 miles apart.

First up, is the opening reception for the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Member Show, featuring works by member artists. The reception is from 5-7 p.m. on Friday. The exhibit continues through May 5.

The Founders Hall at the Art Colony is filled with an exciting variety of artwork, from sculptures to ceramics, fiber art to paintings. Here are a few examples:

Bird Plate and Loon Vase by Maggie Anderson, porcelain, Art Colony Member Show.

Bird Plate and Loon Vase by Maggie Anderson, porcelain, Art Colony Member Show.

Aerial View, Floating Sphere by Maxine Linehan, acrylic, Art Colony Member Show.

Aerial View, Floating Sphere by Maxine Linehan, acrylic, Art Colony Member Show.

Deep in the Shadows Now by Cameron Norman, fish print, Art Colony Member Show.

Deep in the Shadows Now by Cameron Norman, fish print, Art Colony Member Show.

Refreshments will be served.

At the reception, participants are invited to join a special appreciation activity with Josie Lewis, a Grand Marais native and artist. Josie will lead participants through a process of ‘painting’ their own cards by dipping them into floating ink. The activity is free to members, $10 to non-members.

The Art Colony’s Annual Meeting will precede the opening of the exhibit, with a look back at last year’s activities and what can be expected in the future. The meeting starts at 4 p.m. Sheila Smith, executive director of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, will talk about the Legacy Amendment and how it has impacted the arts in Minnesota and Cook County in the last 10 years.

And, 250 miles away, in St. Paul,  the Minnesota State Arts Board will also be celebrating the Legacy Amendment, which is in its 10th year of supporting the arts and artists throughout Minnesota with grants, programs and art projects, thanks to support from the voters of Minnesota.

To mark this anniversary, the Minnesota State Arts Board organized an exhibit, “A Creative Investment: A Visual Arts Showcase,” featuring artwork from organizations and artists around the state. Three Cook County artists who work at the Grand Marais Art Colony have works in the Minneapolis show: Natalie Sobanja, Nancy Seaton and Mary Bebie.

Spirit Tree Jar by Natalie Sobanja.

Little Spirit Tree #3 by Natalie Sobanja.

Glass piece by Mary Bebie

Irridescent Fused Glass by Mary Bebie

Loon by Nancy Seaton.

Loon by Nancy Seaton.

The opening of the exhibit is being held in conjunction with the St. Paul Art Crawl this weekend, but will continue through the end of the summer. The Minnesota State Arts Board is located at 400 Sibley St., Suite 200 in St. Paul.

And, just to stay in the Twin Cities for a minute, Hovland ceramic sculptors and printmakers, Dan and Lee Ross, will open an exhibit of new work at the Groveland Art Gallery, 25 Groveland Terrace in Minneapolis from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday. The exhibit is entitled “The Hill That Walked Away.” 

The Hill That Walked Away by Dan & Lee Ross.

The Hill That Walked Away by Dan & Lee Ross.

In a press release, the gallery said the concept for the show began with Dan and Lee discussing animals as landscapes.

“What makes an animal different from a landscape?” they were asked. “Animals move,” they said. Hence the title for their current show and the poem:

            The Hill That Walked Away

The hill that walked away
The mountain that stayed still
The storm that passed
The relationship that endured.

The opening reception for the show of the Ross’ new work at the Groveland runs concurrently with “Chain of Lakes” by Justin Terlecki. Both shows continue through June 1.

Back in Cook County, Saturday will be a busy day with lots of different events.

The North Shore Winery will hold a Paint & Sip at the winery from noon to 3 p.m. The event includes instruction and all the materials to make a painting, as well as a glass of wine or cider to sip during its creation. The cost is $45. For more information and to register, Cost: $45. For more information and to register, call (218) 481-9280 or email info@northshorewinery.us.

Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day and Drury Lane Books is offering a surprise book with every purchase. Then, at 5 p.m., Grand Marais printmaker and illustrator Betsy Bowen and author Phyllis Root will be at the bookstore to talk about their last book, “The Lost Forest” and sign copies.

Betsy Bowen and Phyllis Root will be at Drury Lane Books to talk about their latest book at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Betsy Bowen and Phyllis Root will be at Drury Lane Books to talk about their latest book at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Also on Saturday, Voyageur Brewing will celebrate National Tell a Story Day from 4-6 p.m. The public is invited to come in and share a story and/or tell a story to an appreciative audience. Local authors Mary Ellen Ashcroft, Amy Schmidt and Amanda Hand will be featured. All invited.

Also at Voyageur’s, Sheila Smith, executive director of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts and Barbara LaMotte, associate director of Philanthropy for The Nature Conservancy, will speak about how the Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment of 2008 has impacted arts and culture and the outdoors in Minnesota generally and on the North Shore specifically. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and everyone is invited.

On Monday, Fond du Lac artist Karen Savage will be one of the featured speakers at the Tweed Museum of Art during its “Intersections” Native Artists Panel. Savage is one of the artists whose work is included in the “Intersections” exhibit at the Tweed.

Blue Otter in Red Water (detail) by Karen Savage, one of the works in the "Intersections" exhibit at the Tweed.

Blue Otter in Red Water (detail) by Karen Savage, one of the works in the “Intersections” exhibit at the Tweed.

 Exhibits:

The North Shore Artists League continues its exhibit of work by member artists at the Johnson Heritage Post Gallery. The exhibit includes a variety of mediums including paintings, photographs, ceramics, woodworking and fiber art as well as glass.

3 Pears by Bonnie Gay Hedstrom, stained glass, Johnson Heritage Post.

3 Pears by Bonnie Gay Hedstrom, stained glass, Johnson Heritage Post.

The exhibit continues through May 5. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

The Prøve Gallery in Duluth has a new exhibit entitled “Honestly Tho.” It continues through May 12. The gallery is located at 21 N. Lake Ave.

The Prøve Collective Art Gallery is currently exhibiting "Honestly Though."

The Prøve Collective Art Gallery is currently exhibiting “Honestly Tho.”

Upcoming:

The Cedar Coffee Company in Two Harbors will hold an opening reception for an exhibit of new paintings by Lauri E Olson-Hohman from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, May 3. The series is called “From Rags to Riches.”

the cupcake runner

The Cupcake Runner by Lauri E Olson-Hohman. Olson-Hohman opens an exhibit at the Cedar Coffee Company May 3.

FYI

The North Shore Arts League will hold its May meeting at the Johnson Heritage Post on Tuesday, May 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All artists are invited.

And here’s welcome news for the fall:

WTIP Community Radio has announced the lineup for the 12th annual Radio Waves Music Festival. The festival will be held at Sweetheart Bluff in the Rec Park Sept. 6-8.  Twenty-five acts will take the stage at this year’s festival, including six new to the festival, including the Joshua J Schmidt Band and acoustic-Ska duo Woodblind. The weekend will also feature performances by local, regional and national favorites, including: The Carpenter Ants from Charleston, West Virginia (gospel-soul), Pushing Chain (roots-Americana), Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers (hillbilly country), Cherry Dirt (Americana with a twist), Lake Effect (folk), and the students and teachers of the Grand Marais Music Collaborative (variety). To see the complete schedule, click here.

Mike Tonder and Katie Marshall win the 2019 Arrowhead Arts Awards.

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A creator of glass sculptures that invoke the beauty of nature, and the director of the MacRostie Art Center are the winners of the 2019 Arrowhead Arts Awards from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. Sculptor Michael Tonder will receive the 2019 George Morrison Artist Award, and MacRostie Art Center executive director, Katie Marshall, will receive the 2019 Maddie Simons Arts Advocate Award.

They will be celebrated and receive their awards at a ceremony on Friday, May 10, at 5:30 p.m. at the MacRostie Art Center at 405 1st Ave NW, in Grand Rapids. The public is invited.

The awards are presented by the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, whose mission is to facilitate and encourage local arts development.

The George Morrison Artist Award is named after internationally acclaimed visual artist George Morrison (1919-2000), who was an important member of the second generation of American abstract expressionist artists. The award is given to the artist who has made significant contributions to art in Minnesota.

The Maddie Simons Arts Advocate Award is named for Madeline Simons, the first volunteer chair of the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Board. A long-time resident of Grand Marais, she owned a dance studio, helped start the Grand Marais Playhouse, the Lutsen Art Fair (now the Grand Marais Arts Festival) and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. The award is given to the individual who has made significant contributions to support art and artists in his/her community.

For more information about ARAC’s programs and grants for artists and arts organizations, click on the image below.

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 Music:

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, April 25:

  • Live Music at Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Jon Kallberg, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, April 26:

  • Nate Weiler, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • North Shore Community Swing Band, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Gene Lafond and Amy Grillo, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 27:

  • Briand Morrison, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Songs of Life & Nature: A Bluegrass Concert with Dick Kimmel, Gun Flint Loge, 7:30 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Colleen Myre and Tony Peterson, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 28:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik & Pat Flack, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • Colleen Myre and Ton Peterson, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 1:

  • Jam Session, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Here’s a selection of photos we found this week. First, wildlife:

A turkey vulture and the full moon by Dustin Lavigne.

A turkey vulture and the full moon by Dustin Lavigne.

 

Wood Duck by Caron Gray.

Wood Duck by Caron Gray.

 

Bald eagle passing by Sierra Parsons.

Bald eagle passing by Sierra Parsons.

 

Great Gray in the mist by Matt Herberg.

Great Gray in the mist by Matt Herberg.

And here’s a luscious fantasy… a photoshopped image of the earth nestled in clouds. purportedly photographed by the Hubble telescope. Not true. Beautiful, though.

hubble telescope earth cradled by clouds

 

Here’s something real… colorful sunrises and sunsets.

Fire in the sky by Mike Wiggins.

Fire in the sky by Mike Wiggins.

 

Patiently waiting for summer by Jeffrey Doty.

Patiently waiting for summer by Jeffrey Doty.

And a moon rise.

"Won't you dance and sing with me until the sun comes in?" She said "Yes." by Christian Dalbec.

“Won’t you dance and sing with me until the sun comes in?” She said, “Yes.” by Christian Dalbec.

 

A beautiful full moon and a little bit of sunset by Roxanne Distad.

A beautiful full moon and a little bit of sunset by Roxanne Distad.

And water:

Some beauties from Duluth:

Calm water and a beautiful night behind the Aquarium by Tim Micozyniec.

Calm water and a beautiful night behind the Aquarium by Tim Mlodozyniec.

 

Half spring in Duluth--receding ice on Lake Superior by Ken Harmon.

Half spring in Duluth–receding ice on Lake Superior by Ken Harmon.

And finally, this one.

"Watching the phone rise" by Bryan Hansel.

“Watching the phone rise” by Bryan Hansel.

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April Showers, Windstorms & Art

Gates of the Arrival: Sunrise through ice from the 3-day storm by Christian Dalbec.

Gates of the Arrival: Sunrise through ice from the 3-day storm by Christian Dalbec.

Everything is pretty settled down on the North Shore until Earth Day on Saturday, when there is a Community beach clean-up, an Open Studio Artist Talk at the Grand Marais Art Colony, and the Art for Earth Day Gallery Hop in Duluth.

There’s also an exciting new exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post  and a great selection of live music, including the Freestyle Masters Weekend at Cascade Lodge. Here are the details.

The Freestyle Masters Weekend starts on Friday night at Cascade Lodge with Gordon Thorne, Randy Sabien and Phil Heywood. playing and talking about their music.

The Freestyle Masters Weekend is this weekend at Cascade Lodge and Restaurant.

The Freestyle Masters Weekend is this weekend at Cascade Lodge and Restaurant.

On Saturday, there will be music workshops all day, culminating in a concert with Phil Heywood at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night. For more information and to register for the workshops, contact Gordon Thorne at Oman-4@live.com or call 218-353-7308.

The Earth Day Community Clean Up is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and everyone is invited to come down and clean the harbor beaches for any amount of time. Meet in Harbor Park to sign up and get gloves and bags. Prizes will be awarded for the most discarded cigarettes collected, the most amount of trash collected and the team that traveled the farthest.

The Earth Day Clean Up in Grand Marais starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

The Earth Day Clean Up in Grand Marais starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

 

The are activities for kids, too. (Here’s the art part) Cook County Soil and Water will hold a coloring contest, and there will be. fish print art activity, too. Then, from 1-3 p.m., Voyageur Brewing Co. will have a free cup of soup and a beverage available for all beach cleaners. At 3 p.m., Dr. John Green will give an Earth Day Talk about the Great Ice Age and our Minnesota Landscapes.

The Earth Day event will cap off with the screening of Al Gore’s film, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” at 4:30 p.m. at the Grand Marais Public Library. Check out the trailer below:

Also on tap or Saturday,  the Grand Marais Art Colony will hold an Open Studio with Artist-in-Residence Dana de Ano, who has been working in the Founders Hall during her residency here. The talk/demonstration will be from 1-3 p.m.

Artist-in-residence Dana De Ano will give an Artist Talk at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 1-3 p.m. Saturday.

Artist-in-residence Dana De Ano will give an Artist Talk at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 1-3 p.m. Saturday.

The Chicago-based artist will discuss the work she has done while here as well as her Town and Country series of paired and single landscape drawings. All invited. Free.

In Duluth, the Art for Earth Day Gallery Hop will feature new work in a number of galleries in Duluth, including painting, pottery, photography, fiber art and more as well as hands-on activities and demonstrations. Here are just a few examples of what you can see:

Joseph Nease Gallery is featuring work by Finnish artist Sirpa Sarkijarvi. This painting is entitled Transcription 45.

Joseph Nease Gallery is featuring work by Finnish artist Sirpa Sarkijarvi. This painting is entitled “Transcription 45.”

Lake Superior Stars by Rick Allen of Kenspeckle Letter Press.

Siiviis Gallery in Duluth is featuring work by a number of local and regional artists for the Gallery Hop, including this print by Rick Allen of Kenspeckle Letter Press entitled “Lake Superior Stars.’

Duluth Pottery is open for the Gallery Hop. Pictured are a few of Karin Kraemer's mugs.

Duluth Pottery is open for the Gallery Hop featuring the work of Karin Kraemer..

For a complete listing of all participating galleries and a map, click here.

Here in Grand Marais, the North Shore Artists League exhibit continues at the Johnson Heritage Post, featuring a wonderful variety of artwork by members of the newly formed organization.

"Tree Hugger" by Kathy Fox Weinberg is one of the paintings in the North Shore Artists League exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

“Tree Hugger” by Kathy Fox Weinberg is one of the paintings in the North Shore Artists League exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

This wooden bowl by Howard Hedstrom and jar by Natalie Sobanja are also in the Artists League show.

This wooden bowl by Howard Hedstrom and jar by Natalie Sobanja are also in the Artists League show.

The North Shore Artists League opens an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday, April 12, with a reception from 5-7p.m.

One of the paintings in the North Shore Artists League exhibit at the Heritage Post.

Also, an exhibit of George Morrison’s poster art is on exhibit at the North Shore Winery in Lutsen as well as the Cedar Coffee Company in Two Harbors.

"Red Rock Variation" by George Morrison.

“Red Rock Variation” by George Morrison.

WTIP Community Radio has posted a fascinating interview about George Morrison’s life and work entitled “Closing the Circle: Artist George Morrison.” The radio feature was produced by the Cook County Historical Society in  collaboration with WTIP and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Fund. Check out the interview here.

And, at the Tweed Museum of Art, “Intersections,” works by Native American artists, continues.

"A Beautiful Hero" by Jim Denomie is one of the works in the Intersetions exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

“A Beautiful Hero” by Jim Denomie is one of the works in the Intersetions exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery is featuring three new exhibits: the Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School Student Exhibition, Fragile, featuring the work of six contemporary Francophone artists, who explore the concept and experience of their Francophone heritage in relation to family identity in Ontario, and #nofilterneeded, which highlights a significant moment in Indigenous art history – the foundation of the Native Indian/Inuit Photographers’ Association (NIIPA).They felt that, for far too long, Indigenous peoples had been portrayed through someone else’s lens, and that it was time they took control of the image in order to contest and demystify stereotypical representations of Indigenous peoples.

#nofilterneeded, an exhibit by indigenous photographers, is on view at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

#nofilterneeded, an exhibit by indigenous photographers, is on view at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

 Upcoming:

The Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Member Show and Sale opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, April 26. The show will continue in the Founders Hall through May 5 and features a wide variety of artwork from member artists.

The Grand Marais Art Colony Members Show opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 26.

The Grand Marais Art Colony Member Show opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 26.

Members are invited to join in for a special appreciation event with artist and Grand Marais native, Josie Lewis. Lewis will lead participants through a process of “painting” their own cards by dipping them into floating ink. Non-members are also welcomed to participate for only $10 per person.

The annual meeting of the Art Colony will be held at 4 p.m. At the reception, Sheila Smith, director of the Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, will talk about the 19th anniversary of the Legacy Amendment and what arts advocacy means in Minnesota.

Food as Art: Food writer Joy Summers will give a presentation at Cook County Higher Education from 11:30 – 1p.m. on Monday, April 29. The title of her presentation is:”Escoffier to James Beard; Julia Child to Anthony Bourdain: The Modern State of Cooking.” She will talk about he rise of food as art, hospitality as entertainment through the advent of the celebrity chef and what the future looks for the culinary world. Tickets are $30. A light lunch is included. Scholarships are available. For more information, see www.highed@northshorecampus.org or call 2180387-3411 to register.

Of Interest:

 Have you read that Duluth (and the North Shore) and Buffalo, N.Y are being touted as the places to be to escape global warming? Check out the video below.

Here’s the link to the story:  

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council has a number of programs and grants for artists in the Arrowhead Region. Click on the link below for more information.
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Music:

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, April 18:

  • Roxann Berglund, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne and Chris Gillis, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, April 19:

  • Rod & Caribou, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Fingerstyle Masters Weekend, Cascade Lodge Pub, Gordon Thorne, Phil Heywood and Randy Sabien, 6 p.m.

Saturday, April 20:

  • Soul Shack, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Fingerstyle Masters Weekend, Cascade Lodge, Phil Heywood, Randy Sabien, Gordon Thorne, 7:30 p.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 21:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik and Pat Flack, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • Boyd Blomberg, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, April 22:

  • Jim Miller, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 23:

  • Jam Session, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Photographs:

This week is the week to see lots of storm shots, as photographers got out in that nasty nor’easter and took lot of great photos. First, though, lets look at the wildlife shots we found this week:

A green-winged teal pair arrived in the Grand Marais Harbor this week.

A green-winged teal pair arrived in the Grand Marais Harbor this week.

 

Ring-necked duck by Kirk Schleife.

Ring-necked duck by Kirk Schleife.

Not photographed here, but an interesting wildlife shot nevertheless.

A walrus fell asleep on the hatch of a submarine, forcing the crew to use an emergency hatch to get out. Photo courtesy of The Planet Today.

This walrus fell asleep on the hatch of a submarine, forcing the crew to use an emergency hatch to get out. Photo courtesy of The Planet Today.

Here’s a lovely photograph of a wave by Christian Dalbec. A metal print of the work can be found at Sivertson Gallery.

Superior Speaks by Christian Dalbec.

Superior Speaks by Christian Dalbec.

And now, for some storm photographs.

Superior'r Fury by Travis Novitsky.

Superior’s Fury by Travis Novitsky.

 

Lake Superior was kicking up a heck of a lather yesterday by David Johnson.

Lake Superior was kicking up a heck of a lather yesterday by David Johnson.

 

She wok up practicing for larger waves tonight by Hella Buchheim.

She woke up practicing for larger waves tonight by Hella Buchheim.

 

Jan Swart catches a Lake Superior wave hitting a beach in Duluth on April 10.

Jan Swart catches a Lake Superior wave hitting a beach in Duluth on April 10.

 

Rockin' and rollin' by Travis Novitsky.

Rockin’ and rollin’ by Travis Novitsky.

 

Crazy Waves on Lake Superior this afternoon (April 11) by Brian Peterson.

Crazy Waves on Lake Superior this afternoon (April 11) by Brian Peterson.

Brian Peterson took a video of these waves crashing on shore. Click here to see.

And then, the storm was over.

Calm after the storm by Debbie Lien Benedict.

Calm after the storm by Debbie Lien Benedict.

But we did find some documentation of the frustration some felt over the never-ending winter.

Angry Robin. (Unable to find an attribution, but worth a look any way.)

Angry Robin. (Unable to find an attribution, but worth a look any way.)

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We are starting out with two photos this week. We could see both this week. First, a stormy Lake Superior by Mike Chrun.

April Storm, 2018. Mike's Chrun took this photo along the North Shore in April last year. The same photo could probably be taken this weekend with winds expected to hit 50 mph.

April Storm, 2018 by Mike Chrun.

And then a beauteous sunrise by Christian Dalbec, taken earlier this week.

The perfect shot by Christian Dalbec.

The perfect shot by Christian Dalbec.

We could see both this week. The winter storm making its way up the North Shore on Wednesday night is expected to deliver at least 6 inches of snow and winds gusting to 50 mph. Then,on Friday and through the weekend, the storm ends and temps will reach 40 degrees. Bets are that we’ll see both situations between now and Sunday. Cheers to April!

Meanwhile, on Thursday evening, the JNS Gallery in Lutsen will hold an Artist’s Open House from 6-8 p.m. at the gallery.

jns gallery open house

JNS Gallery in Lutsen will hold an Artists Open House from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday.

The gallery is looking for new artwork and artists in its gallery. Artists who might be interested in exhibiting at the gallery are invited to the open house to see what JNS is all about. Artists are also invited to bring a sample of their work for consideration. Light refreshments will be served.

This weekend is a great time to celebrate local art and artists, too, as the newly-formed North Shore Artists League opens its first exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The League, which was formed in January, is a group of 51 artists from Lake County to Thunder Bay providing networking, information, skill-sharing, community support and social gatherings to member artists.  Meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month at Johnson Heritage Post and are open to all artists. For more information, contact Maxene Linehan at maxl@boreal.org or 218-475-2726.

The North Shore Artists League opens an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday, April 12, with a reception from 5-7p.m.

The North Shore Artists League opens an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday, April 12, with a reception from 5-7 p.m.

League members work in sculpture, fiber arts, wood, pottery, painting, metal, jewelry, drawing, print making, mixed media, glass and writings, and will be well-represented in the show.

The show opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, April 12. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit continues through May 5. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and from 1-4 p.m. on Sundays.

On Saturday, Papa Charlie’s will feature a number of bands playing for free during its Mountain Meltdown Festival. The bands will perform outdoors during the day, weather permitting. For the schedule, see Music, below.

Also on Saturday, Voyageur Brewing Co. will hold a Scrabble Tournament from 2-5 p.m. Everyone is invited to participate. To register, click here. Registrations are also being accepted at the Brewing Co.

And nationally recognized solo guitar artist Micheal Gulezian will be in concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Saturday night.

Michael Gulezian will be in concert at the ACA on Saturday night. Catch him talking about his music and playing a few tunes on WTIP's The Roadhouse around 6 p.m. on Friday night.

Michael Gulezian will be in concert at the ACA on Saturday night at 7 p.m Catch him talking about his music and playing a few tunes on WTIP’s The Roadhouse around 6 p.m. on Friday night.

Over the past three decades, Michael Gulezian has established himself as one of the most significant solo acoustic instrumental guitarists of our time. Raising the aesthetic of contemporary acoustic guitar to a higher level with each new album, Gulezian has been named as a primary musical influence by artists as diverse as Michael Hedges, Willy Porter, and Henry Kaiser. Here’s a video of Gulezian in concert.

The concert, sponsored by the North Shore Music Association, starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 adults, $10 youth and can be purchased at the door. To get a preview, listen to WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night. He’ll be talking about his music and playing a few songs. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.

And, for those who like looking at the stars, Sugarloaf Point will hold “Astronomy Night” at 7 p.m. at Sugarloaf. Participants will learn about the stars and the universe during a presentation, and then go outdoors to look at the moon and stars. Cold weather gear recommended. Sugarloaf is located at 9096 Hwy, 61 in Schroeder. All invited.

 Exhibits: 

 Tettegouche State Park continues its exhibit of photographs by Jeff Lundeen.

Palisades Park, photograph by Jeff Lundeen, one of many in a new exhibit at Tettegouches State Park.

Palisades Park, photograph by Jeff Lundeen, one of many in a new exhibit at Tettegouches State Park.

The exhibit in the Great Hall at the park continues through April.

In Two Harbors, the Cedar Coffee Company is featuring artwork by members of the Voyageur Art Club. The Art Club is based in Two Harbors.

The Vaoyageur Art Club is exhibiting work at a Spring Exhibit at the Cedar Coffee Company this month.

The Vaoyageur Art Club is exhibiting work at a Spring Exhibit at the Cedar Coffee Company this month.

This is the last weekend to see the Arrowhead Regional Biennial exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute. The juried exhibit celebrates a dynamic range of artwork produced in the upper Midwest and is open to artists residing in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota, Iowa, Michigan, and Ontario, Canada.

One of the pieces currently on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

One of the pieces currently on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

 The Tweed Museum of Art has a number of on-going exhibits, including senior shows by art students at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

One of the pieces in Hanna Monson's Senior Exhibition at the Tweed. The miniature is part of her work: The House at the End of the  Road.

One of the pieces in Hanna Monson’s Senior Exhibition at the Tweed. The miniature is part of her work: The House at the End of the Road.

In Thunder Bay, the Baggage Building Arts Centre at Prince Arthur’s Landing has opened its Spring Exhibition featuring a wide variety of work by local artists.

The Spring Exhibition has opened at the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay.

The Spring Exhibition has opened at the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay.

And the Thunder Bay Art Gallery is exhibiting work by students at the Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School.

Students at Franklin Cromarty School are exhibiting work at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery this month.

Students at Franklin Cromarty School are exhibiting work at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

 Upcoming: 

 WTIP Community Radio and Gordon Thorne will present the 10th Fingerstyle Masters Weekend at Cascade Lodge April 19-20. The workshop will feature master guitarist Phil Heywood, violinist Randy Sabien and guitarist Gordon Thorne. There will be a pub music session on Friday, music workshops and a concert on Saturday. For more info, email Thorne at oman4@live.com or call 218-353-7308.

Duluth will feature the Art for Earth Day Gallery Hop next weekend, April 20, featuring multiple locations of art exhibits, receptions are more. Stay tuned for details next week.

The Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Member Show & Sale opens with a reception at the Art Colony at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 26.

And the Findings Jewelry Symposium, organized by the Art Colony, will be held at the Art Colony June 11-15.

 

The Findings Jewelry Symposium will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony June

The Findings Jewelry Symposium will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony June 11-15.

This year’s artists include Anna Johnson, Bill Kennealy, Becky McDonah, Tedd McDonah, Danny Saathoff and George Sawyer. To learn more and register for workshops, click here.

And illustrator Betsy Bowen and author Phyllis Root will be at Drury Lane Books from 5-6 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, to read from and sign their latest children’s book, “The Lost Forest.”

Grand Marais artist, Betsy Bowen, joined actor Phyllis Root to read from their latest book, "The Lost Forest" at Drury Lane Books April 27. Photo by Mark Tessier.

Grand Marais artist, Betsy Bowen, joins actor Phyllis Root to read from their latest book, “The Lost Forest” at Drury Lane Books April 27. Photo by Mark Tessier.

Opportunities:

North House Folk School is hiring! The Folk School is currently taking applications for a full-time Communications and Marketing Manager and a part-time Front Office Manager. For more info and to apply, click here.

 Call for Artists:

 North Shore Health has put out a call for artists to have 4-month exhibitions in their lobby, registration area, etc.| Due April 12. Learn more here.

Outdoor Painters of Minnesota has opened Registration for Plein Air Grand Marais 2019. | DUE April 23. Learn more and apply here.

The Minnesota State Arts Board 2020 Artist Initiative Grant is Due April 26. Grants can range from $2,000 to $10,000. Learn more and apply here.

 Artist News:

The cast list for the upcoming Summer Theatre Festival in Grand Marais have been announced. Plays are in repertory and runThursdays through Sundays, starting July 18 and running through August 11.

The plays that will be featured this year: “The Marvelous Wonderettes”  with Karen Blackburn,Tina Hegg, Diane Stoddard and Karina Roth and “A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline” with Diane Blanchette and Braidy Powers. The musicians are Max Bichel, Mike DeBevec, Thomas Stamps, Mike Roth and Russ Viton.

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (ARAC) is currently accepting applications from individuals wishing to serve on its Board. Current openings on the ARAC board for the upcoming term starting July 1, 2019, are Student Liaison member, a representative from Aitkin County, and an At-Large member, who can be from anywhere in the seven-county area served by ARAC. Click on the logo below to learn more.

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 Music:

Here’s the music schedule for the week:

Thursday, April 11:

  • Live Music at Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Poplar River Pub, 6-8 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, April 12:

  • Billy Johnson, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 [m.
  • Briand Morrison & Roxann Berglund, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Lusten Resort Lobby, 8 p.m.
  • Frogleg, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 13:

  • Mountain Meltdown,  Papa Charlie’s, Free. 11 a.m. Gordon Thorne & the Wildcats; 1 p.m., Plucked Up String Band; 2:30 p.m. Galactic Cowboy Orchestra; 4 p.m. Bug Dope
  • Michael Gulezian, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.
  • Gene Lafond and Amy Grillo, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • White Iron Band, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 14:

  • Brand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Mountain Meltdown, Papa Charlie’s, Free. 11:30 p.m., J Square & the Makers: 1 p.m., Pushing Chain: 2:30 p.m. Cook County’s Most Wanted: 4 p.m. Spruce Roots
  • Brotherless Arms (Jim Miller & Drew Heinon), Gun Flint Tavern, 6 p.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik & Pat Flack, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, April 16:

  • Pete Kavanaugh, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

So, we found some great photos this week. Here’s a selection:

First, wildlife:

The robins have arrived in Duluth by Jeffery Doty.

The robins are singing in Duluth by Jeffery Doty.

 

Timber wolf, up close and personal by David Johnson.

Timber wolf, up close and personal by David Johnson.

Not exactly wildlife, but wild, maybe …

George listrup jumps into Lake Superior, April 5, by Brandon Olmscheid.

George listrup jumps into Lake Superior, April 5, by Brandon Olmscheid.

And, here’s a NOAA satellite photo of the last ice of the season on Lake Superior.

Last ice on Lake Superior, April 4, 2019.

Last ice on Lake Superior, April 4, 2019.

Here’s another “iced” Lake Superior.

Paddle Board and Lake Superior ice by Christian Dalbec.

Paddle board on ice like Lake Superior by Christian Dalbec.

Waterfalls and running water:

This morning, we woke up to a little magic by Susanne Von Schroeder.

This morning, we woke up to a little magic by Susanne Von Schroeder.

 

High Falls at Grand Portage by Boone Deschampe.

High Falls at Grand Portage by Boone Deschampe.

 

Glorious Cascade by John Gruber.

Glorious Cascade by John Gruber.

 

Gooseberry Falls by Donald Jay Olson.

Gooseberry Falls by Donald Jay Olson.

 

Jan Swart catches a Lake Superior wave hitting aa beach in Duluth on April 10.

Jan Swart catches a Lake Superior wave hitting aa beach in Duluth on April 10.

And finally, this beauty.

A foggy day at Split Rock by Matthew Pastick.

A foggy day at Split Rock by Matthew Pastick.

And this:

When the winds sweep across Lake Superior onto the shore and the snow and ice slowly melt into spring, magical things can happen by Roxanne Distad.

When the winds sweep across Lake Superior onto the shore and the snow and ice slowly melt into spring, magical things can happen by Roxanne Distad.

And last, but not least: 5 or six cubs? What do you think?

Photo courtesy of Michael Saint.

Photo courtesy Michael Saint.

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Something for Everybody

randy wolff spring run-off superior's north shore

Spring run-off on Lake Superior’s North Shore. Photo by Randy Wolff.

No April showers yet on the North Shore, although we had a brief snow shower the other day, which, frankly, made a few people pretty nervous.

A very brief return of winter y Therese Misgen

A very brief return of winter by Therese Misgen

But it’s April, and we know it will take awhile before it really warms up.

Meanwhile, there’s lots of hot music this week, some great art shows, one unusual event, a few art gossip tidbits and …

Two music events of interest: Easy Riders, a touring blues and rock band, is playing at three different music venues in Grand Marais this weekend, including The Wunderbar, Grandma Ray’s and the Gun Flint Tavern. And, to top it off, they’ll be interviewed on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night. The program airs from 5-7 p.m., with musicians usually interviewed at 6:15 p.m. or so. They’ll also play some music. To learn more about the band, click here. 

And this weekend, Lutsen Mountains will hold the Sweetwater Shakedown Music & Ski Festival with a great variety of bands playing all weekend at the Summit Chalet and at Papa Charlie’s.

Sweetwater-Shakedown-2019

See the music schedule below and/or click here for more details.

On Friday, the Grand Marais Public Library and the Cook County Historical Center will host an opening reception for “The Gun Chronicles: A Story of America,”  an interactive mural by artist and photographer, JR, at the Johnson Heritage Post from 4-5 p.m.

The Gun Chronicles, an interactive exhibit at muralist JR, opens at the Johnson Heritage Post with a reception from 4-5 p.m. on Friday. The exhibit continues through Sunday.

The Gun Chronicles, an interactive exhibit by photographer and muralist JR, opens at the Johnson Heritage Post with a reception from 4-5 p.m. on Friday. The exhibit continues through Sunday.

This interactive mural display was awarded to the Grand Marais community by JR after his exhibit, originally titled “Guns in America,” opened nationally in New York, Dallas and Los Angeles.

The mural features a video presentation of more than 200 individuals interviewed and photographed for the cover image of Time Magazine, with the ability to click on images of those participants to hear what they have to say. Viewpoints represent the full array of opinions and positions on the topic of guns. This presentation of the mural is intended to inspire thoughtful consideration of all viewpoints, to give everyone an opportunity to hear, and consider, viewpoints different than our own, and to encourage civil discussion of the topic, as well as on the mural as a piece of art.

The Historical Society plans to have equipment in place to record individuals from the community who might want to preserve their thoughts concerning guns, both past and present, as a video-history project for future generations. Those who would like to be interviewed for this project are encouraged to attend. The exhibit continues through Sunday, April 7. Free and open to the public.

Also on Friday night, the artist reception for Jeff Lundeen’s photo exhibit at Tettegouche State Park will be from 7-8:30 p.m. on Friday.

Palisades Park, photograph by Jeff Lundeen, one of many in a new exhibit at Tettegouches State Park.

Palisades Park, photograph by Jeff Lundeen, one of many in a new exhibit in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park.

Lundeen’s photographs capture the landscapes of the North Shore. The exhibit continues through April.

There’s another artist reception on Friday night, too, when members of the Voyageur Art Club of Two Harbors holds an artist reception for their Spring Show at the Cedar Coffee House in Two Harbors from 5-7:30 p.m.

One of the paintings at the Voyageur Art Club's Spring Show at the Cedar Coffee House.

One of the paintings at the Voyageur Art Club’s Spring Show at the Cedar Coffee House.

The Voyageur Art Club exhibit continues at the Cedar Coffee House through April 3, and features a great variety of artwork from its member painters.

And on Sunday in Thunder Bay, the Baggage Building Art Centre at Prince Arthur’s Landing in Thunder Bay, will hold an opening reception for its Spring Exhibition show from 1-3 p.m.  More than 30 local artists will be showing work in a variety of media.

On Monday, Sam Martinez at North House Folk School will hold the last in her three-part workshop series: Herbs as Medicine. In this session, she will discuss baking extracts, infused honeys, elixirs, and chocolate bitters. Demonstrations, taste tests, and take home recipes  are included. For more information and to register, contact North House at 387-9762.

And finally, on Tuesday, April 9, the North Shore Arts League will hold its monthly meeting at the Johnson Heritage Post. There will be two sessions to accommodate artists with different schedules: from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5-7 p.m. Artists of every media are welcome. Artists may also bring their submissions for the League’s art show, which opens at the Heritage Post on April 12.

Exhibits:

This is the last weekend to see “Thin Places: Encountering the Surprising Spirit on the North Shore,” which is currently on view at the Johnson Heritage Post. The exhibit, which was organized by the Spirit of the Wilderness Church, features a wide variety of artwork from members of the community, including students and professional artists.

The sculpture by John Books is entitled "Poly Metphistopheles," and is one of the pieces in the "Thin Places" exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

This sculpture by John Books is entitled “Poly Metphistopheles,” and is one of the pieces in the “Thin Places” exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Note: The artist’s statements in this show are worth a read, for sure. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

In Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art is featuring the Annual Student Exhibit 2019. All the students are studying at the Department of Art & Design at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

"The Future is Female," detail, digital print by Samantha Maynard, one of the students exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art this month.

The Future is Female,” detail, digital print by Samantha Maynard, one of the students exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art this month.

The student exhibit continues through April 28.

The Duluth Folk School opens an exhibit by Alison Aune and Kirsten Aune entitled “Blooma Lyca: Flower Happiness.” The exhibit features paintings by Alison Aune and hand-painted fabric by Kirsten Aune.

Alison Aune and Kirsten Aune open a show at the Duluth Folk School April 5. The show continues through May. 28

Alison Aune and Kirsten Aune open a show at the Duluth Folk School April 5. The show continues through May 28.

The opening starts at 6 p.m. The Duluth Folk School is located at 1917 W. Superior St. in Duluth.

In Superior, Wis., master quilter Scott Lunt has opened at exhibit at the Kruk Gallery at the University of Wisconsin Superior featuring the quilts he has crafted over the last 20 years.

Quilter Scott Lunt is exhibiting his work at the Kruk Gallery at the University of Wisconsin Superior.

Quilter Scott Lunt is exhibiting his work at the Kruk Gallery at the University of Wisconsin Superior.

The title of the exhibit is “Quilts are Magic.” It will be on display through May.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery continues its exhibit of student work from Lakehead University.

"The Thinkers" by Mary McPherson, is one of the pieces in the Lakehead University Major Studio Exhibition at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

“The Thinkers” by Mary McPherson, is one of the pieces in the Lakehead University Major Studio Exhibition at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The exhibit continues through this weekend.

Upcoming:

The JNS Gallery in Lutsen will hold an Artist Open House from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 at the shop in Lutsen.

The JNS Gallery will hold an  Artist Open House on April 11.

The JNS Gallery will hold an Artist Open House on April 11.

Local artists who are interested in displaying their artwork on a commission basis at the shop are especially invited to come and see what JNS is all about. Artists can bring a sample of their work for consideration. Light refreshments will be served.

Nationally known solo acoustic artist Michael Gulezian will be in concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 13.

Michael Gulezian will be in concert at the ACA on April 13.

Michael Gulezian will be in concert at the ACA on April 13.

 Opportunities:

Looking for a creative opportunity this spring? The Duluth Art Institute is accepting submissions for its upcoming show “Popular Opinions: A Cultural Discussion.” This show aims to give a fresh, contemporary perspective on pop art.

The Duluth Art Institute is accepting submissions for its show through April 8.

The Duluth Art Institute is accepting submissions for its show through April 8.

f you have a piece you’d like to submit, visit our Submittable page before April 8th. Click here for more info.

 Artist News:

Fused glass artist Nancy Seaton will be exhibiting her work at the American Craft Show April 5-7 at the RiverCentre in St. Paul.

The Seasons. Fused glass by Nancy Seaton.

The Seasons. Fused glass by Nancy Seaton. Seaton will be in the American Craft Show at the River Centre in St. Paul this weekend.

The show, put on by the American Craft Council, features work by more than 230 artists and artisans working in ceramics, jewelry, fiber arts, leather and more. To get a taste of the wide variety of exhibits in this show, click here. A preview of the show will be held on Thursday, April 4 from 6-9 p.m.

Dan and Lee Ross will open a show at the Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis April 27 with the opening reception from 2-5 p.m.

Dan and Lee Ross open at show at the Groveland Gallery April 27 entitled "The Hill That Walked Away."

Dan and Lee Ross will open a show at the Groveland Gallery April 27 entitled “The Hill That Walked Away.”

According to a release by the gallery, the concept for the show began with Dan and Lee discussing animals as landscapes. “What makes an animal different from a landscape? Animals move,”  they said. Hence the title for their current show and the poem:

            The Hill That Walked Away

      The hill that walked away

            The mountain that stayed still

     The storm that passed

           The relationship that endured

Stay tuned for more details.

And for an avant-garde video treat, check out this trailer of Hyper Dark, a feature film that was funded through the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council’s  Career Development grant. The film by Lance T Karasti features  Henriette Soderlind, Ian Vincent and Tyler Chadney.

You can see Hyper Dark this summer at the Duluth Superior Film Festival.

For more information about the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, click on the image below.

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 Music:

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, April 4:

  • JohnRuss, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Easy Riders, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Sweetwater ShakedownPert Near Sandstone, 9 p.m., Traveling McCoury’s, 10:45 p.m. at Papa Charlie’s.

Friday, April 5:

  • Sweetwater Shakedown, Summit Chalet–Black River Revue, 12:30 p.m., Max Graham & Friends, 2 p.m.; Papa Charlie’sGordon Thorne, 4 p.m., Grateful Ball, 2 sets, 9 p.m.
  • Jim McGowan, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Easy Riders, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 6:

  • Sweetwater Shakedown, Summit Chalet, Them Coulee Boys, 12:30 p.m., Ginstrings, 2 p.m.; Papa Charlie’s, Plucked Up String Band, 4 p.m., Kind Country, 9 p.m., Jeff Austin Band, 10:45 p.m.
  • Common Ground, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Easy Riders, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Bughouse, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 7:

  • Briand Morrison, Moguls Grille, 10 a.m.

Tuesday, April 9:

  • Gordon Thorne, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

Luckily, we found some more cool photos this week:

Wildlife:

Sandhill Cranes on the Platte River, Neb. by Keith Crowley.

Sandhill Cranes on the Platte River, Neb. by Keith Crowley.

 

The hunter's stare by David Johnson.

The hunter’s stare by David Johnson.

Water:

The rivers are starting to flow--Flute Reed, Hovland by Bryan Hansel.

The rivers are starting to flow–Flute Reed, Hovland by Bryan Hansel.

 

Gooseberry is flowing by Jack Hall.

Gooseberry is flowing by Jack Hall.

 

Waterfall season is here by Martha Lind.

Waterfall season is here by Martha Lind.

 

That special spring-time North Shore feeling by Abbey Tofte.

That special spring-time North Shore feeling by Abbey Tofte.

Water and sky:

Photo by Sharon Dawson.

Photo by Sharon Dawson.

 

Crescent Moon Morning by David Johnson.

Crescent Moon Morning by David Johnson.

 

Milky Way by Christian Dalbec.

“I was going to go 1/2 way around the world for this shot and then realized it was right in my neighborhood” by Christian Dalbec.

 And, a great view of the Sleeping Giant in Thunder Bay.

Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay by Ryan Market.

Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay by Ryan Market.

 And then, here are some quirky end-of-winter shots:

First, this one:

The last of the roof glacier hanging on to the bitter end by Michael Semon.

The last of the roof glacier hanging on to the bitter end by Michael Semon.

 And then, this pair of photos:

Kristofer Bowman posted this shot of a curved piece of ice that had fallen off a rock near Lake Superior on Facebook earlier this week. I think he titled it, “Shedding Their Skins.”

Shedding their skins this week by Kristofer Bowman.

“Shedding their skins this week” by Kristofer Bowman.

In response Nancy Seaton posted this photo of one of her fused glass pieces that, coincidently, looks just like an ice shard.

"This one won't melt!" by Nancy Seaton.

“This one won’t melt,” by Nancy Seaton.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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The Last of the Ice, Gearing Up for Spring

The last of the ice by Jeremy Church.

The last of the ice by Jeremy Church.

Things are pretty quiet on the North Shore these days, as everyone, and everything, patiently waits for all the snow to melt and spring to arrive. But it’s still beautiful here. And warm.

Meanwhile, there’s lots of art to see and great music opportunities, as well as some fun events.

First up is a presentation Sharon Mahon of Three Irish Girls Photography at Cook County Higher Education from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 28.

Sharon McMahon will give an inspirational talk at Cook County Higher Education at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Sharon McMahon will give an inspirational talk at Cook County Higher Education at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The title of her presentation is “The Zig Zag Life,” and she will talk about how she was a happy high school teacher until knitting found her and she slowly built “Three Irish Girls,’  a yarn hand-dyeing company. It was a great success and she traveled extensively giving workshops and presentations and she wrote a popular knitting blog. Then, in 2013 she sold her yarn company to be come a full-time photographer. This “zig-zag life”has been totally rewarding, she says, and she’ll talk about how to get there. Cost is $20. All invited.

On Friday, tune into The Roadhouse on WTIP Community Radio when musicians Colleen Myhre and Tony Petersen will talk about their lives and play a few songs. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.

Colleen Myhre and Tony Peterson will be interviewed on WTIP's The Roadhouse on Friday.

Colleen Myhre and Tony Peterson will be interviewed on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday.

The duo is performing at the Gun Flint Tavern this weekend.

On Saturday, it’s Family Fun Night at the Summit Chalet on Lutsen Mountains featuring Magic by Chaz, kids music with the Okee Dokee Brothers, art project and face painting as well as a pizza party and fireworks. The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available at theL Lutsen Mountain tickets office: $30 adults, $15 or kids 6-12.

And on Monday, the second in the three-part series on how to use herbs in the kitchen will be held at North House Folk School starting at 7 p.m. This week’s session will focus on the savory: herbal salts, dipping oils, compound butters and marinades. For more information and to register, call North House at 218 387-9762.

In Two Harbors, the Two Harbors Voyageur Art Club will open it’s annual spring exhibition, “Spring Fever,” at the Cedar Coffee Company in Two Harbors April 1.

"Spring on the St. Croix River" by Sandi Pillsbury is one of the paintings on exhibit at the Cedar Coffee Co. in Two Harbors April 1.

Spring on the St. Croix River” by Sandi Pillsbury is one of the paintings that will be on exhibit at the Cedar Coffee Co. in Two Harbors April 1. The opening reception is April 5.

The opening reception will be at the Cedar Coffee Co. from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 5. The exhibit continues through April 30.

Exhibits:

“Thin Places: Encountering the Surprising Spirit on the North Shore” continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through April 7. The community art show, organized by the Spirit of the Wilderness Church, features a wide variety of work by artists of every age, including a great showing of work by the art students at ISD 166.

This piece by ISD 166 student Ole Sorenson is in the Thin Places exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

This piece by ISD 166 student Ole Sorenson is in the Thin Places exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Community members and local artists also are exhibiting in this show, which is wonderfully eclectic.

"Blue Frida" by Janae Lee is also in the exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

“Blue Frida” by Janae Lee is also in the exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

This is the last weekend to see “Masterpiece Art,” an exhibit of Silver Bay elementary students in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park. The Masterpiece Art program is a national arts curriculum that volunteers use to teach the fundatmentals of visual arts to elementary students. A typical lesson includes a history portion featuring a master artist and an art activity based on a work by that artist. The exhibit at Tettegouche is a great example of how students reacted to the work they saw. Here are a few examples:

A take on Chihuly, the glass artist, is one of the pieces at Tettegouche State Park.

A take on “Tulips,” by glass artist Dale Chihuly, is one of the pieces at Tettegouche State Park.

 

Megan Brewdeson was inspired by Pablo Picasso's Matador and Picador in this piece.

Megan Brewdeson was inspired by Pablo Picasso’s Matador and Picador in this piece.

In Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art is featuring a number of exhibits, including “Space: Time & Place,” an exhibition of photographs from its collection.

The exhibition demonstrates numerous ways in which photographic artists represent space in their imagery and how such compositions influence the viewer to become invested in and moved by the image.

Untitled (Walker floor, detail), photograph by Tim White.

Untitled (The Walker floor, detail), photograph by Tim White.

The exhibit continues through April. 

The Duluth Art Institute just opened a new photography exhibit, too. Entitled “Emerging Photographers,” it highlights the work of young regional photographers.

"Patterns in Decay" series, photographs by Stevie Twining is on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

“Patterns in Decay” series, photographs by Stevie Twining is on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

The exhibit continues through May.

The Zeitgeist Arts Cafe just opened a new exhibit of paintings by Christie Carter Eliason, who creates whimsical and amusing portraits of animals.

Meditation by Christie Carter Eliason, is one of the animal portraits currently on view at the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe in Duluth.

Meditation by Christie Carter Eliason, is one of the animal portraits currently on view at the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe in Duluth. Photo by Ed Newman.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery is exhibiting work by Hammerskjold High School, Grade 9 and 10 students in the Indigenous Cultural Program for First Nation, Métis, and Inuit students, from across Northern Ontario. The exhibit is entitled: Nibi iwe bimaadiziwin: Water is Life.

A student exhibit focusing on water is currently at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

A student exhibit focusing on water is currently at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The exhibit continues through March 31. The gallery is also showing a number of works by art students from Lakehead University.

 Upcoming:

ARACThere are programing/grant changes on tap for the Arrowhead Regional Art Council. ARAC will hold a public meeting on its draft plan for the next two years in the Ordean Building in Duluth at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3. All artists and community members are invited. On the agenda will be discussions about the proposed new grants and how ARAC has developed its proposals based on the values of its funders, artists and community members.

In the draft plan, a few grants which have been a mainstay in ARAC’s programs will be discontinued. They include the Career Development Grant, the Technology/Equipment Grant, the Fellowship Grant and the Quick Start Grant.

In their places will be a great new selection of grants which will focus on what the arts community needs as well as funders’ preferences. These proposed new grants include:

  • The Distinguished Regional Artist Grant Program that will provide larger project grants to working professional artists.
  • A new Project Grant for Artists that will provide up to $4000 for artist projects.
  • A new Arts and Cultural Heritage Program that provides money for arts activities with both community significance and authenticity to the community.
  • An Arts Ecosystem Grant for projects that help networks of artists.
  • New simplified small grants, including a Working Artist Professional Development Grant, an Educational Opportunity Grant and an Emergency Needs and Equipment Grant.
  • A Public Art Project Grant for the fiscal year 2021.
  • A Business of Art workshop series.
  • An Arts Ecosystem Grant for projects that help networks of artists.

Details of the draft plan will be available on Friday, March 30. Click here and then on News for more information. All are invited to the meeting April 3 to learn more and discuss these changes.

An interactive multi-media exhibit entitled “The Gun Chronicles: A Story of America” by mural artist JR, will be on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post April 5-7. The exhibit will be held in collaboration with the Grand Marais Public Library. It opens at 4 p.m. April 5. Stay tuned for details.

The Gun Chronicles: A Story of America is a pop-up multi-media project that will open at the Johnson Heritage Post April 5.

The Gun Chronicles: A Story of America is a pop-up multi-media project that opens at the Johnson Heritage Post at 4 p.m. Friday, April 5.

The 10th Fingerstyle Masters Weekend will be held at Cascade Lodge April 19-20 featuring Phil Heywood, Randy Sabien & Gordon Thorne. They will hold a pub session on Friday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m., guitar and fiddle workshops on Saturday and a concert on Saturday night. Stay tuned. For more info on the workshops, contact Gordon Thorne at 218 353-7308 or email him at oman4@live.com.

Opportunities:

Matt Kania will be teaching an oil painting workshop at the Duluth Art Institute. He is calling the workshop “Oil Painting: Accordions Alla Prima.” The first session is April 11.

Matt Kania will teach an painting workshop using the

Matt Kania will teach an painting workshop using the Alla Prima technique.

In collaboration with The World of Accordions Museum in Superior, Wis., the first class will feature a live model, local accordion player Ruth Maciejeski.  She will play the accordion while the class focuses on capturing the shapes and movements through oil sketches and photographs.  The following 2 class sessions you will be working from the oil sketches and photographs you captured on the first day to complete a large oil painting alla prima style.

Painting Alla Prima is an Italian term which means “at first” and is also known as “direct painting” or “wet on wet” oil painting.  Using this technique, you will complete an entire painting without waiting for the paint layers to dry completely; focusing on shapes, color value, paint applications and brush strokes.  Whether you are a beginning or advanced oil painter, this class offers enough space to learn and grow with group and individual tutelage.  Open to all levels. For more info, click here or visit www.mattkania.com

Kudos:

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council just released names of the artists and arts organizations who received grants in this session. Cook County artists and organizations include:

  • North Shore Music Association, Grand Marais, Cook, $5,000
    Funding will support a series of events featuring Samite, a world-renowned flutist, singer, and kalimba, marimba, and litungu player.
  • Greg Mueller, Lutsen, Cook, $2,440
    Grant funding will support the North Shore Community Pour, an interactive, learning experience in cast metal sculpture for 2019 Grand Marais Arts Festival attendees.
  • Good Harbor Hill Players, Grand Marais, Cook, $5,000
    Grant award will support the community development, planning, creation, and staging of the Summer Solstice Pageant in Grand Marais.
  • Joe Paulik, Grand Marais, Cook, $1,000
    Funding will support the recording of twelve songs with producer Al Oikari.
  • Roxann Berglund, Grand Portage, Cook, $1,000
    Funding will be used to create a three-song demo of original compositions that will be used to gain feedback from other musicians and to promote the artist.

Click on the image below to learn more about the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.

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Music:

Thursday, March 28:

  • Joshua Schmidt, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Gun Flint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, March 29:

  • Rod Dockan, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Joshua Schmidt, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Collen Myhre and Tony Peterson, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Northeast Timberland Band, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 30:

  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
  • North Country Fair, Cascade Restaurant and Pub, 5 p.m.
  • The Grace Notes, The Cove at Superior Inn, 5 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Joshua Schmidt, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Colleen Myhre and Tony Peterson, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Erik Koskinen,(2 sets)  Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 31:

  • Briand Morrison, Moguls’ Grille and Tap Room, 10 a.m.
  • Joshua Schmidt, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
  • Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, April 2:

  •  Joe Paulik, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Open Mic with Bump Blomberg, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, April 3:

  • Jam Session, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

We found some interesting photos this week — wildlife, for sure, and lots of broken ice photos.

Where's lunch? Great Gray Owl on the prowl by John Heino.

Where’s lunch? Great Gray Owl on the prowl by John Heino.

 

A lucky catch--a coyote and a Bald Eagle on the ice by Allison Gimpel.

A lucky catch–a coyote and a Bald Eagle on the ice by Allison Gimpel.

 

Spring breeding dance by Janice Latz.

Spring Dance by Janice Latz.

 

Northern Shrike at Gooseberry Falls by John Heino.

Northern Shrike at Gooseberry Falls by John Heino.

So, for reference, this was taken only two weeks ago.

Split Rock Lighthouse only two weeks ago by Curt Brown.

Split Rock Lighthouse only two weeks ago by Curt Brown.

And now …

Action today by Jon Wood.

Action today (March 24) by Jon Wood.

Late ice fields.

March 18 by Jeremy Kasapidis.

March 18 by Jeremy Kasapidis.

 

Sunrise from Artist's Point by Bryan Hansel.

Sunrise from Artist’s Point by Bryan Hansel.

 

North Shore Fairy Tale Action by Abby Tofte.

North Shore Fairy Tale Action by Abby Tofte.

 

Sunset by Paul Sundberg.

Sunset by Paul Sundberg.

 

High Falls at Grand Portag by Chelsea Pucs.

High Falls at Grand Portag by Chelsea Pucs.

 

Icicle Reflections by Roxanne Distad.

Icicle Reflections by Roxanne Distad.

 

The USCG Mackinaw arrives in Duluth.

The USCG Mackinaw arrives in Duluth.

 

Grand Marais Harbor by Sierra Parsons.

Grand Marais Harbor by Sierra Parsons.

 

The water is open in Silver Bay by Thomas Alvarez.

The water is open in Silver Bay by Thomas Alvarez.

Happy March-goes-out-like-a-lamb, everyone! Have a good weekend.

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Spring has Sprung — Blue Waters, Inspiring Art

How wonderful to see the blue waters of Lake Superior! Photo by Roxanne Distad.

How wonderful to see the blue waters of Lake Superior! Photo by Roxanne Distad.

The first day of Spring has arrived, and here, on the North Shore, we believe it.

Lake Superior is showing blue again, and the piles of snow along the shoreline have been reduced considerably because of the warmer temps. But, rest assured, there’s still plenty of snow on the ski hills and ski trails in Cook County.

Greg Fangel, a cross-country ski enthusiast, reported on Wednesday that he saw some drifts 8-feet deep in the woods during their backcountry ski. Check out the snow depth at this spot:

Greg Fangel measures snow depth during a backcountry ski near Tofte on Wednesday.

Greg Fangel photographed the snow depth during a backcountry ski near Tofte on Wednesday.

The point? This is a great time of year to get outside and enjoy the last month of winter in the Northwoods.

Meanwhile, there’s plenty to do.

On Thursday, the Grand Marais Writer’s Guild will meet for its monthly meeting at the Grand Marais Public Library. The group meets from 6-7:30 p.m. Every writer is invited. The group will discuss their writing projects as well as do a few writing prompts. Free.

On Friday, Mary Ellen Ashcroft will read from her latest book “OMG: Growing Our God Images” at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Mary Ellen Ashcroft will read from her new book, "OMG:     at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday

Mary Ellen Ashcroft will read from her new book, “OMG: Growing Our God Images” at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday from 6-7 p.m.

The book signing and reading will be from 6-7 p.m. All invited. Refreshments will be served.

Also on Friday, Jon Kallberg will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse to talk about his new guitar and play a few tunes. The show airs from 5-7 p.m.

In Duluth, the Joseph Nease Gallery will open a new exhibit with a reception on Friday featuring the paintings of  Sirpa Särkijärv, a native of Finland. This is the first time the Duluth gallery has featured an artist from outside the continental United States. Since opening in October 2017, the contemporary art gallery has facilitated artistic exchange in Duluth by bringing in artists from around the country, and in particular from throughout the Heartland and the Kansas City region, where owners Joseph and Karen Nease previously curated a gallery. The upcoming March 2019 exhibition, titled Transcriptions, will mark a sharp departure from this trend.

"Transcriptio 44: The World on Their Shoulders" by Sirpa Sarkijarvi is one of 20 new paintings to be featured at the Joseph Nease Gallery in Duluth.

“Transcriptio 44: The World on Their Shoulders” by Sirpa Sarkijarvi is one of 20 new paintings to be featured at the Joseph Nease Gallery in Duluth.

The public is invited to the opening reception, which will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday. The gallery is located at 23 W. First St. in Duluth.

Saturday is a great day to explore all the shops and galleries in Grand Marais, as well as the Grand Marais Art Colony and North House Folk School.

The Art Colony has just launched a beautiful new video about the Art Colony and its history. Check it out here.

On Sunday, Drury Lane Books will host the monthly Group Book Discussion, a chance to discuss a book with others who have read it. Store manager Gwen Danfelt and local book lover and WTIP book reviewer Lin Salisbury will facilitate the discussion. This month’s book is Tara Westover’s “Educated.”

Tara Westover's book, "Educated," will be discussed at Drury Lane Books on Sunday.

Tara Westover’s book, “Educated,” will be discussed at Drury Lane Books on Sunday at 5 p.m..

The book discussion group meets from 5-6:30 p.m. Participants are asked to come with the book read and ready to discuss. Light refreshments will be available.

And on Monday at 6 p.m., show up at the Log Cabin at the Cook County Community Center for the monthly Dance Night! This month the theme is pajamas and participants are invited to bring their favorite childhood cereal as a snack.

Dance, Dance, Dance is Monday night at 6 p.m. at the Log Building at the Community Center.

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The music mix is guaranteed to make you want to dance–Beyoncé, Missy Elliot, and Lady Gaga will be in attendance (digitally) as well as 90s hits and dance beats from around the world. No experience is necessary and it’s free. Bring a water bottle!

Exhibits:

The exhibit, “Thin Places: Encountering the Surprising Spirit on the North Shore” opened at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday night. This is a community art exhibit presented by Spirit of the Wilderness Church and features a wide variety of work from students to professional adults.

Loons Ascending vase by Maggie Anderson is one of the pieces in the Thin Places exhibit.

“Loons Ascending Vase” by Maggie Anderson is one of the pieces in the Thin Places exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The exhibit continues through April 7. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

The Masterpiece Art exhibit featuring works by students at the Silver Bay Elementary School continues in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park.

"Quilting" by a 1st grade student is one of the pieces at Tettegouche State Park this month.

“Quilting” by a 1st grade student is one of the pieces at Tettegouche State Park this month.

In Duluth, Natalie Salminen Rude has an art installation in the reception room in the mayor’s office at City Hall.

This encaustic piece by Natalie Salminen includes preserved hand-drawn linen plat maps of Duluth, dried botanicals, gold leaf and found objects.

This encaustic piece by Natalie Salminen includes preserved hand-drawn linen plat maps of Duluth, dried botanicals, gold leaf and found objects.

Also in Duluth, Jonathan Thunder’s multi-media installation at the Tweed Museum of Art, “Manifest’o,” features three separate, yet interconnected animated vignettes of Anishinaabe stories about the Goldfinch, Star Woman, and Mishu Bishu.

One of the scenes from Jonathan Thunder's Manifest'O, on view at the Tweed Museum of Art.

One of the scenes from Jonathan Thunder’s Manifest’O, on view at the Tweed Museum of Art.

The installation is located on the second floor of the Tweed Museum of Art in the large glass display case that has been transformed into a ‘fishbowl’ to effectively and sinuously present the animated vignettes. The exhibit continues until May.

And the Zeitgeist Cafe in Duluth is exhibiting paintings by Patricia Lenz.

"Solitude" by Patricia Lenz is at the Zeitgeist Cafe in Duluth.

“Solitude” by Patricia Lenz is at the Zeitgeist Cafe in Duluth.

 The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is featuring two exhibits by artists at Lakehead University — the Major Studio Exhibition of fourth year graduating students and a juried art student exhibit.

The Lake University Major Studio Exhibition is at Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The Lake University Major Studio Exhibition is at Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

 Upcoming:

 Nationally acclaimed guitarist Michael Gulezian will be in concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. April 13.  The concert is sponsored by the North Shore Music Association. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at www.tix.com. Here’s a video:

Kudos:

 Local high school student and author Sylvia Berka recently traveled to Murfreesboro, Tenn., to take part in the Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival held at Middle Tennessee State University. Known as the SE-YA Book Fest, the annual event is designed to give teen writers and authors of young adult literature the chance to interact. The 2019 author lineup brought about 40 writers together. On that list was Becky Albertalli, the author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, the book on which the film Love, Simon is based.

Sylvia Berka, left, at a young writers festival in Tennessee with Becky Albertalli.

Sylvia Berka, left, at a young writers festival in Tennessee with Becky Albertalli.

Sylvia was recently interviewed on WTIP Community Radio about her trip. Listen to it here.

Betsy Bowen’s children’s book, “Antler Bear Canoe” is part of the Karlan Collection at the University of Minnesota, which is one of the world’s great children’s literature archives.

Betsy Bowen's children's book, "Antler Bear Canoe" is part of the Karlan Collection at the University of Minnesota, one of the largest collection of children's literature in the world.

Betsy Bowen’s children’s book, “Antler Bear Canoe” is part of the Karlan Collection at the University of Minnesota, one of the largest collection of children’s literature in the world.

Bowen was recently invited to be on a panel to discuss children’s literature at the university. The book is one of her books that can be found at her studio, which is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday during the winter.

And finally, for news and information about art and art opportunities in northeastern Minnesota, check out the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council by clicking on the logo below.

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Music:

Here is the music schedule for this week:

 Thursday, March 21:

  • Briand Morrison, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Billy Johnson, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, March 22:

  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Thunderheads, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 23:

  • Kilborn Quartet, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
  • Bug Dope, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Roxann Berglund, The Cove at Superior Inn, 5 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Poplar River Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Common Ground, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Thunderheads, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Dessa with Monakr, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.

Sunday, March 24:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • Steve Blexrud, Gun Flint Tavern, 6 p.m.

Monday, March 25:

  • Dave Simonett and David Huckfelt, Monday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, March 26:

  • Fred Anderson, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Open Mic with Eric Frost, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, March 26:

  • Jam Session, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • Martin Delaney, Wednesday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

So, photographs for this week. Let’s start with some of our favorite wildlife photos.

"He's back!" Sarah Hamilton took this photo of a resident eagle who regularly stops by Trail Center for a tasty snack.

“He’s back!” Sarah Hamilton took this photo of the eagle who regularly stops by Trail Center for a tasty snack when he returns in the spring.

 

Sniffing out the information on new snow by Thomas Spence.

Checking out information on new snow by Thomas Spence.

 

A local coyote enjoying a sunny day on Lake Superior ice by Ellen Stubbs.

A local coyote enjoying a sunny day on Lake Superior ice by Ellen Stubbs.

 

A bobcat cutie by Sparky Stensaas.

A bobcat cutie by Sparky Stensaas.

 

"May I help you?" Photo by Robie Rock.

“May I help you?” Photo by Robie Rock.

Some skyscapes… this one was taken a “little” further north and east from Cook County …

Northern lights over Tromso, Norway on March 16 by Markus Varik.

Northern lights over Tromso, Norway on March 16 by Markus Varik.

And this photo, taken many miles west of here.

The California drought is over. Photograph courtesy of the Los Angeles Times.

The California drought is over. Photograph courtesy of the Los Angeles Times.

Meanwhile, back on the North Shore:

A question mark in the sky over Lake Superior.

The mystery of her by Janice Latz.

The mystery of here by Janice Latz.

 

Bubbles trapped in ice by Travis Novitsky.

Bubbles trapped in ice by Travis Novitsky.

 

Icebergs before coffee by Christian Dalbed.

Icebergs before coffee by Christian Dalbed.

 

What a difference one day can make by Edward Lee.

What a difference one day can make by Edward Lee.

 

Peace and beauty on the North Shore by Matthew Pastick.

Peace and beauty on the North Shore by Matthew Pastick.

And finally, three extraordinary photographs.

A return to the Sea Stack by Bryan Hansel.

A return to the Sea Stack by Bryan Hansel.

 

An awesome moon halo by David Johnson.

An awesome moon halo by David Johnson.

 

"The tail end of a sysytem this evening at sunset in Tofte. I usually don't see things in the clouds too much, but I did in this one," by Thomas Spence.

“The tail end of a sysytem this evening at sunset in Tofte. I usually don’t see things in the clouds too much, but I did in this one,” by Thomas Spence.

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St. Urho and St. Patrick, The Quilters and More

Frozen Waves. Artist's Point, Travis Novitsky.

Frozen Wave, Artist’s Point, Photo by Travis Novitsky.

It’s mid-March, and this weekend on the North Shore we celebrate two saints: Saint Urho and Saint Patrick. One is fictional, one is not, but each year at this time, both are celebrated with special colors, lots of beer, music, dancing, and, in the case of St. Urho, plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor and a big parade.

Saint Patrick is the Patron Saint of Ireland, and Irish communities around the U.S.  have been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day since the late 1700s.

St. Patrick's Day will be celebrated in a number of different venues this weekend.

St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated in a number of different venues this weekend.

Admittedly, there isn’t a big Irish community on the North Shore, but, it is big enough so that you will find lots of Irish music in the pubs, plenty of beer consumption, and, on Friday night, an Irish Ceili dance with Over the Waterfall at the Wunderbar. Terrance Smith will teach the dances.

An Irish Ceili Dance will be held at the Wunderbar on Friday night, starting at 7 p.m.

An Irish Ceili Dance will be held at the Wunderbar on Friday night, starting at 7 p.m.

There’s lots of Irish food and music at Cascade Restaurant and Pub this weekend, too. (See Music Schedule below) Saint Patrick’s color is green, and the official St. Patrick’s Day is Sunday, March 17, but celebrations begin early.

Saint Urho is the fictional Patron Saint of Finland, created by Richard Mattson in Virginia, Minn, in the 1950s. According to Wikipedia, he made up the story in response to taunts from Irish friends about not having a patron saint like they did. The legend and foolishness and fun has exploded from there, with Finnish communities in the U.S and Canada embracing St. Urho Days.

There are plenty of Finns on the North Shore, especially in Finland, Minn., and that’s where you want to go this weekend if you’re at all curious about this patron saint, whose colors are purple and green. His claim to fame is chasing out all the grasshoppers from Finland who were threatening the grape crop.

St. Urho Days is Friday through Sunday and includes lots of music and Finnish food, a beauty contest, a tug of war across the Baptism River on Saturday, and an absolutely astounding parade at noon. Click here to see schedule of events.

Hwy. 1 through Finland is crowded with people as they watched the St. Urho's Parade. This year, it starts at noon on Saturday.

Hwy. 1 through Finland is crowded with people as they wait for the St. Urho’s Parade. This year, it starts at noon on Saturday. It will definitely be snowier this year. The parade is always an experience of fun and craziness, or as one local headline asked: Will Finland out-weird itself on St. Urho’s Day?

St. Urho buttons will be available at St. Urho Days this weekend.

St. Urho buttons will be available at St. Urho Days this weekend.

Meanwhile, back in Cook County, there’s lots of  other things happening this weekend.

First off on Thursday, a chance to feast on goodies crafted by local restaurants and the ISD 166 culinary class while helping support the ISD 166 Educational Foundation at the same time. The event will be held in the school.

E.A.T.S. 2019 will be held at ISD 166 from 6-7:30 p.m. Only 125 tickets will be sold. They can be purchased at the school, Java Moose, the Blue Water Cafe.

E.A.T.S. 2019 will be held at ISD 166 from 6-7:30 p.m. Only 125 tickets will be sold. They can be purchased at the school, Java Moose, the Blue Water Cafe.

E.A.T.S.. or  Enriching Academics Through Sustenance, is one of the area’s favorite, and tastiest fundraisers.  To date, more than $175,000  has been raised for projects and activities that have enriched the curriculum of Cook County ISD 166.  This year. E.A.T.S. will feature elegant salads; soups, chili and chowders, homemade bread and sliced meat; meatballs, saucy chicken wings, reuben and sloppy joe sliders, savory shepherds’ pie, and pizza, as well as desserts. The Grace Notes will play. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the school, Java Moose and the Blue Water Cafe. There is also a silent auction.

Also on Thursday, a Skill Share at North House Folk School on Thursday night at 7 p.m. Entitled “Carving a Coat Hook,”  the mini-workshop will teach participants how to make a simple, carved coat hook out of a branch harvested locally.

Carve a Coat Hook at North House on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Carve a Coat Hook at North House on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Mike Schelmeske will teach the workshop, which will be held in the Blue Building. Open to adults and youth 12 and older accompanied by an adult. There is a $5 fee. No preregistration is required.

On Friday, besides all the Patron Saint celebrations, a new exhibit opens in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park featuring paintings and drawings of students at the Silver Bay Elementary School. Entitled “Masterpiece Art,” the exhibit features a variety of work by students who were exposed to work by the Masters and responded with their concepts from seeing the work.

One of the paintings in the upcoming Masterworks exhibit at Tettegouche State Park.

Winter Birches, Grade 4. One of the paintings in the upcoming Masterworks exhibit at Tettegouche State Park.

This is always a fascinating show. The opening reception is at 7 p.m. Friday. The exhibit continues through March.

This is the last weekend to see the youth musical, “The Quilters” at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. This lively musical has charmed audiences with great performances and live music. The all-girl cast includes: Aurora Schelmeske, Izy Sparks, Bryn Fitzgerald-Wells, Greta Roth, Kylie Viren, Abbey Stoddard and Elsa Garry.

The cast from "The Quilters," a musical at the Arrowhead Center the Arts with performances at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

The cast from “The Quilters,” a musical at the Arrowhead Center the Arts with performances at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Musicians for “The Quilters” include: Kay Costello, Barb LaVigne, Myra Theimer and Yvonne Mills. The play is directed by Sue Hennessy. The vocal director is Karina Roth. Tickets are available at the door.

On Saturday, Beadpainter Jo Wood will give a demonstration and talk about her bead art at the Cook County Public Library from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The demonstration is free. All invited.

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“Grateful for Bees” is an example of Jo Wood’s bead art.

 Wood, a long-time Cook County resident, is well-known for her exquisite bead art inspired by the North Woods. She is the instructor-in-residence at North House Folk School from March 12 – 22.

Also on Saturday, there are two back-to-back events: The Grand Marais Art Colony will feature presentations by two Artists-in-Residence, and the Johnson Heritage Post will hold an opening reception for a new exhibition, “Thin Places.”

At the Art Colony, join two of its Artists-In-Residence; Christine Forni and Corrie Steckelberg, for back-to-back events starting at 3:30 pm on Saturday, March 16.

Printmaker and sculptor Christine Forni and multi-media artist Corrie Steckelberg will give back-to-back presentations at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Saturday, starting at 3:30 p.m.

Printmaker and sculptor Christine Forni and multi-media artist Corrie Steckelberg will give back-to-back presentations at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Saturday, starting at 3:30 p.m.

Forni will start with an artist talk about her experimental printmaking process in the Art Colony’s print studio at 3:30 p.m., and at 5 p.m., Steckelberg will be talking about and showing the massive wolf sculpture (complete with fabric internal organs) she crafted during her residency, before leading participants in dissecting it. Both events are free and all are welcome to join.

“Thin Places: The Form of Things Unknown,” opens at the Johnson Heritage Post on Saturday with a reception from 5-7 p.m. The community art exhibit was organized and sponsored by the Spirit of the Wilderness Church, and will feature works from professional artists to high school art students to younger yet. Everyone in the community was welcome to submit work.

Greg Meuller's sculpture, Winter Solstice, is one of two sculptures that will be in the "Thin Places" at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Greg Meuller’s sculpture, Winter Solstice, is one of two sculptures that will be in the “Thin Places” at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The exhibit will feature a wide variety of artwork, from paintings and pottery, weaving to sculptures, drawings, jewelry and more. The opening reception is from 5-7 p.m Saturday. Wayne L. Roosa, a professor of Art History at Bethel University, will give a presentation at 6 p.m.

All invited. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

In Duluth, the Duluth Art Institute is featuring the photographs of Vern Northrup entitled “Akinomaage,” or Teachings from the Earth.

Stocton Island I by Vern Northrup.

Stockton Island I, photo by Vern Northrup is at the Duluth Art Institute.

Shooting only with the camera on his smart phone, Northrup captures the rhythm of nature, the preservation of tradition and the relationship between resilience and sustainability in the setting of where he grew up. The exhibit continues through May 5.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery has opened a new exhibit. Entitled “Lakehead University Annual Juried Student Exhibit,” the show features a wide variety of work by Lakehead art students.

The Lakehead University Annual Juried Student Exhibit has opened at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The Lakehead University Annual Juried Student Exhibit has opened at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The exhibit continues through April 7.

Of Interest:

The Cook County Chamber has put a call out for businesses and/or organizations to apply for a $250 to $1,000 grant for a high impact, low-cost idea to make a place great.

The Great Place Project began in 2014 as  a partnership between the Cook County Chamber  and Sawtooth Mountain Clinic’s Moving Matters program. It continues as a program of the Chamber Foundation. The deadline is April 1.

A call has gone out for proposals for a Great Place Project in Cook County.

A call has gone out for proposals for a Great Place Project in Cook County.

GPP provides small grants to individuals, businesses and organizations to develop small outdoor projects that enhance the beauty and attraction of the outdoor built environment of Cook County. The intention is to encourage healthy outdoor play and exercise, and to create a more pleasing environment for residents and visitors to enjoy. For more info, visit www.cookcountychamber.org or email ccchamber@boreal.org .

And this quirky bit of news: Red Green of the Red Green Show, sold out his performance at the Mitchel Auditorium at St. Scholastica which is set for April 7. He is calling it “This Could Be It!” show.

Red Green's show at St. Scholastica has already sold out.

Red Green’s show at St. Scholastica has already sold out.

 Music:

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, March 14:

  • Joe Paulik, Moguls Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Jon Kallberg, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, March 15:

  • One Less Guest, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Common Ground, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Celtic Dance with Over the Waterfall, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Black River Revue, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 16:

  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Jim McGowan & Frozen Britches, Cascade Lodge Pub, 3:30 p.m.
  • John Silliman, Gun Flint Lodge, 5:30 p.m.
  • Roxann Berglund, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Jon Cron, Papa Charlie’s, 6:45 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Centerville All Stars, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik Band, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Black River Revue, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • The 4ontheFloor, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 17:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • HiBs duo, Cascade Lodge Pub, Celtic music all day
  • Black River Revue, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Gun Flint Tavern, 6 p.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.

Monday, March 18:

  • Monday Songwriter Series, Dylan Hicks with John Munson, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, March 19:

  • Pete Kavanaugh, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Open Mic with Bump Blomberg, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m

Wednesday, March 20:

  •  Wednesday Songwriter Series, Phil Heywood, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Here is a selection of some of the great photos we found this week:

First, wildlife:

Chickadee ballet by John Heino.

Chickadee ballet by John Heino.

 

It's always a treat to come across such a beautiful creature by Heidi Pinkerton.

It’s always a treat to come across such a beautiful creature by Heidi Pinkerton.

 

Encounter with a curious fox by Justin Vrba.

Encounter with a curious fox by Justin Vrba.

 

Photo by Mike Schrage taken from a helicopter during the DNR moose survey in Cook County.

Photo by Mike Schrage taken from a helicopter during the DNR moose survey in Cook County.

To read an article in the Duluth News Tribne about  the DNR moose survey, click here.

Not so wild, but a group of cuties:

Dogs on a snowy lake by Josh Capps.

Dogs on a snowy lake by Josh Capps.

And here are some intriguing photos of snow.

Snow wave by Don Davison.

Snow wave by Don Davison.

 

Patterns in a blanket of slush by Dan Overby.

Patterns in a blanket of slush by Dan Overby.

 

Just a typical Minnesota winter by Tabitha Waffles, courtesy of WCCO TV.

Just a typical Minnesota winter by Tabitha Waffles, courtesy of WCCO TV.

 

Designs in snow by Jon Wood.

Designs in snow by Jon Wood.

And, there’s still plenty of ice out there,

Ice shards by Paul Sundberg.

Ice shards by Paul Sundberg.

 

A crack in the bubble by David Johnson.

A crack in the bubble by David Johnson.

 

Yes, this was amazing by Matthew Pastick.

Yes, this was amazing by Matthew Pastick.

 

A walk on the beach by Mark Tessier.

A walk on the beach by Mark Tessier.

 

The wild side of The Stack by Susanne von Schroeder.

The wild side of The Stack by Susanne Von Schroeder.

 

Light through the ice 1 by Roxanne Distad.

Light through the ice by Roxanne Distad.

Have a great weekend, everyone! Happy St. Patrick/St. Urho Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Winter Specials — Art, A Musical & Skijoring

Lady Superior is an artist and this is one of her beautiful paintings by Roxanne Distad.

Lady Superior is an artist and this is one of her beautiful paintings by Roxanne Distad.

These are the fine days of winter — lots of snow, a warmer sun. longer days and lots to activities in Cook County.

First up this week is an Open Carving Night at North House Folk School. The event, which is part of North House’s Wood Week, invites members of the community as well as participants in the Wood Week classes and workshops to an evening of carving starting at 7 p.m.

North House will hold an open carving night at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Participants are invited to bring their projects and tools.

North House will hold an open carving night at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Participants are invited to bring their projects and tools.

Bring your own small carving project and hand tools and join in the fun of Wood Week at North House. Check the website for more details on Wood Week events here.

And this is season for the Grand Marais Playhouse‘s Community Youth Play. This year, they will perform the musical “Quilters,” based on a book by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek, with lyrics and music by Barbara Damashek.

The musical 'Quilters" opens at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Thursday. Performances are Thursday through Sunday through March 17.

The musical ‘Quilters” opens at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Thursday. Performances are Thursday through Sunday through March 17.

The musical will feature lots of great voices and live music. Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sundays. The play continues through March 17. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 youth (12-17) and $3 Child (under 12). They are available at the door.

On Friday, Corrie Steckelberg, who is a Juried Artist in Residence at the Grand Marais Art Colony, will hold an open studio from 9-11 a.m. in the Founders Hall.

Corrie Steckelberg is an artist in residence at the Grand Marais Art Colony, where she will be working on here life-size fabric sculptures. An open studio will be held at the Art Colony to watch her work from 9-11 a.m. on Friday.

Corrie Steckelberg is an artist in residence at the Grand Marais Art Colony, where she will be working on her life-size fabric sculptures. An open studio will be held at the Art Colony to watch her work from 9-11 a.m. on Friday. 

The event is open to the public.

This is the weekend for lots of outdoor activities, too. On Saturday, Skyport Lodge offers sled dog tours with their resident musher, Adam Treful, all day long. There will be a bonfire in the front yard, too.

Also on Saturday, there will be Snowmobile Races on Poplar Lake and music in the evening at Poplar Haus by The Sprigs.

On Sunday, one of the highpoints of winter: The Dog Days of Winter, Sled Dog Derbies and Skijoring Races at Trail Center Lodge. Plan on a great time watching the excitement as dog lovers of every age get out there and race their dogs.

The Dog Days of Winter will be held on Sunday at Trail Center Lodge featuring lots of different dog races. Photo by Thomas Spence.

The Dog Days of Winter will be held on Sunday at Trail Center Lodge featuring lots of different dog races. Photo by Thomas Spence.

Volunteers are still needed to help out with event. For all the info, click here. Here’s a video of some of the action last year:

On Tuesday, the newly formed North Shore Artists League will hold its monthly meeting at the Johnson Heritage Post from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All artists are invited. Free.

 On Tuesday night, March 12, Corrie Steckelberg and printmaker, Christine Forni, who is also a Juried  Artist in Residence at the Grand Marais Art Colony this week, will talk about their work at the Wunderbar.  Entitled “Party with a Purpose: Meet the Art Colony’s Artists-in-Residence,” the event will feature wine tasting and a chance to purchase a bottle or a cocktail as well as talks by the artists about their experience at the Art Colony. The Party runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. All invited.

Deadline: Artists who plan on participating in “Thin Places,” a community art exhibit organized by the Spirit of the Wilderness Church, must bring their artwork to the Johnson Heritage Post from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13. The exhibit opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, March 16.

Exhibits:

The Art of Healing, an exhibit organized by the Violence Prevention Center, continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through Sunday, March 10. This is an amazing exhibit, featuring work in a variety of media by professional as well as amateur artists, all working to the theme of art as healing. Here are just a few of the pieces you will see in this exhibit.

 

Shaabaagiishiigok. Daughter of Cheif Blackstone/My Great Grandmother by Jan Attridge.

Shaabaagiishiigok. Daughter of Cheif Blackstone/My Great Grandmother. Painting by Jan Attridge is at the Johnson Heritage Post.

"Taming the Dragon" by Travis Novitsky.

“Taming the Dragon” by Travis Novitsky is at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Mourning II (From the Resurrection Series, 2010-2017) by Hazel Belvo.jpg

Mourning II (From the Resurrection Series, 2010-2017) by Hazel Belvo. One of a triptych. The pieces are at the Johnson Heritage Post through March 10.

The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

A new exhibit has just opened in the halls of the Cook County Courthouse.

Tracs in the Wild woodcuts by Betsy Bowen are now on exhibit at the Cook County Courthouse.

Tracks in the Wild woodcuts by Betsy Bowen are now on exhibit at the Cook County Courthouse.

Woodcuts from Betsy Bowen’s “Tracks in the Wild” will be on exhibit for the next few months.

The Cedar Coffee Company in Two Harbors has opened a new exhibit work Devin and Brighid Getten. Devin is a photographer, Brighid is a multi-media artist.

An exhibit of work by Devin and Brighid Getten has opened at the Cedar Coffee Company in Two Harbors.

An exhibit of work by Devin and Brighid Getten has opened at the Cedar Coffee Company in Two Harbors.

An artists’ reception will be held at the Coffee Company from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, March 8. The exhibit continues through March.

The Tweed Museum of Art continues its exhibit “Space: Time & Place,” a selection of photographs from its collection.

Photograph by Irving Penn. "Running Children in Rabat, Morocco.

Photograph by Irving Penn. “Running Children in Rabat, Morocco,” is in the Tweed exhibit.

Upcoming:

A reception to honor illustrator and painter, Keith Morris,  and photographer Jim Ringquist, both of whom have been exhibiting their work at the North Shore Hospital & Care Center this winter, will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 14. All invited.

Jim Ringquist has a number of large-scale photographs on exhibit at the North Shore Hospital.

Jim Ringquist has a number of large-scale photographs on exhibit at the North Shore Hospital.

And the opening reception for Masterpiece Art, paintings and drawings by students at the Silver Bay Elementary School inspired by the word of the Masters, will be held in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park at 7 p.m Friday, March 15. Stay tuned for details.

The opening reception for Masterpiece Art will be held at Tettegouche State Park at 7 p.m. March 15.

The opening reception for Masterpiece Art will be held at Tettegouche State Park at 7 p.m. March 15.

Here’s a chance  to listen to a great interview on WTIP Community Radio  with Michael Bazzett, a poet with Cook County connections and accolades from New York City.

Michael Bazzette's book, "Popol Vuh: was selected by the New York Times as one of the top 10 books of poetry of 2018.

Michael Bazzett’s book of poems, “Popol Vuh” was selected by the New York Times as one of the top 10 books of poetry in 2018. (Photo courtesy of the Star Tribune)

Bazzett’s book of poems, “Popol Vuh,”  a translation of the Quiche Maya creation story, was selected by the New York Times as one of the 10 best poetry books in 2018,

Click here to listen. The interview is a little more than 15 minutes. He talks about his life as a poet and why he wrote this book, and reads a selection from it.

Music:

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, March 7:

  • Billy Johnson, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & the Wildcats, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s. 9:30 p.m.

Friday, March 8:

  • Joe Paulik, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Rays, 6 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison & Roxann Berglund, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Billy Johnson, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 9:

  • Billy Johnson, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • JohnRuss, Papa Charlie’s, 6:45 p.m.
  • North Shore Community Swing Band, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Lutsen Resort,  7 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s 8 p.m.
  • Jon Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.m
  • Rhino, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 10:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Aprés Ski Acoustic, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.

Monday, March 11:

  •  Teague Alexy, Monday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 12

  • Joe Paulik, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Open Mic Night with Bump Blomberg, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, March 13:

  • Jam Session, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • Faith Boblett, Wednesday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

We found some great photos this week. Let’s start with wildlife:

Mother watching over her young by Janet Frederick Nelson.

Mother watching over her young by Janet Frederick Nelson.

 

Female cardinal in flight by John Heino.

Female cardinal in flight by John Heino.

 

Deer in the winter by Paul Sundberg.

Deer in her winter land by Paul Sundberg.

 

A fine looking pair by Thomas Spence.

A fine looking pair by Thomas Spence.

We’re not sure if this qualifies as wildlife, but it’s pretty wild.

Ice surfing on Lake Superior. Courtesy Christian Dalbec.

Christian Dalbe surfing on an ice chunk. Courtesy Christian Dalbec.

And then, there was snow.

Snow on the roof of a house in New Brunswik Canada, courtesy of Robin Steeves.

Snow on the roof of a house in New Brunswik Canada, courtesy of Robin Steeves.

Jean Fitts Cochrane posted this photo the other day. She calls this wolf “Platterpaws” and she said they see his marks frequently on their ski trails.

"Platterpaws" by Jean Fitts Cochrane.

“Platterpaws” by Jean Fitts Cochrane.

 

Winter top hats by Sandra Updike.

Winter top hats by Sandra Updike.

And then,  lots of ice.

Grand Marais Harbor by Sierra Parsons.

Grand Marais Harbor by Sierra Parsons.

 

Behind the Sea Stack by Roxanne Distad.

Behind the Sea Stack by Roxanne Distad.

 

Went for a walk on Monday by Mark Tessier.

Went for a walk on Monday by Mark Tessier.

 

Ice detail on Lake Superior by Travis Novitsky.

Ice detail on Lake Superior by Travis Novitsky.

 

Magical beauty of frozen water by Roxanne Distad.

Magical beauty of frozen water by Roxanne Distad.

 

Beautiful ice at Tettegouche by Laura Merriam.

Beautiful ice at Tettegouche by Laura Merriam.

 And finally, this:

Magic Light by Justin Vrba,

Magic Light by Justin Vrba,

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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