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The last ship of the season, the James Oberstar, makes its way into the Duluth Entry for winter layup. Photo by Preston Buechler.

The last ship of the season, the James Oberstar, makes its way into the Duluth Entry for winter layup. Photo by Preston Buechler.

We always know when it’s snowing on the North Shore — it gets so quiet. Earlier this week, we had lots of “quiet.” Grand Marais saw 12 inches of snow, while Hovland made Minnesota headlines with its 16.5 inches. All to the good for us winter lovers. And this week, it looks like a perfect time to get outside and enjoy, as the temps are predicted to hover just around freezing, and a little above.

Indoors, look for film screenings, an art show, highland dancing and more.

First up, you might have to put on your time-travel suit to enjoy the three offerings on Thursday.

First up, WTIP’s The Roadhouse which will feature an interview with plein air painters Neil Sherman and Michelle Wegler about the Winter Plein Air Retreat at YMCA Camp Menogyn. Painters from throughout the region stay at Menogyn and paint for a week, cold or not cold, and the results are exhibited at the Johnson Heritage Post next Friday, Jan. 31.

Next, North House Folk Schools winter Film Series will feature the screening of “Kaisa’s Enchanted Forest,” a Finnish documentary film about lifelong friends, the age-old legend of Aurora Borealis and the Sami culture. It will be screened from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Blue Building on Thursday.

Here’s the trailer.

North House will provide the popcorn, you can provide your beverages or snacks, if desired. The film in free. Open to all.

Also on Thursday night, Betsy Bowen is one of the artists who will be featured in WDSE’s series, Making It Up North. The series is broadcast at 8 p.m. on Thursday. In this segment, we visit Bowen in her studio and learn about woodcut printmaking. Others featured in this week’s show are Anne Dugan in her century-old barn,  and the founders of Pinnacle Studios recording dreams and making podcasts. Check the teaser out here.

To continue the film theme, the Grand Marais Public Library‘s Friday Night Reels continues this Friday with the screening of “Fighting With My Family,” a  biographical sports comedy-drama about an English professional wrestler and her family. Check out the trailer below.

The film will be screened at 6 p.m. in the library. Free. Come early to get a good seat.

Also, the Grand Marais Art Colony is hosting a Critical Response Critique Session with artists Lizbeth Brown and Elise Kyllo from 6-8:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24.

Critical Response allows artists to ask questions about their work in a non-judgmental setting and nurtures the development of artistic works through a facilitated dialogue between artists, peers, and audiences. Brown and Kyllo will share their work and participants will provide peer critique, responding to Liz and Elise’s outlined goals. All are welcome to join regardless of artistic background. Free.

On Saturday, the 2020 Robert Burns Dinner will be held at the Wunderbar starting at 5:30 p.m. The event features dinner, highland piping and dancing as well as the reading of a few of Burns poems.

The 2020 Robert Burns Dinner will be held at the Wunderbar on Saturday.

The 2020 Robert Burns Dinner will be held at the Wunderbar on Saturday.

Reservations are $50 per person and may be made on evenbrite.com. Call the Wunderbar at 218-877-7655 for more information.

FYI, this event is sold out, but it’s important to note: The Lutsen Fireman’s Ball will be held at Waters of Superior on Saturday night from 5-11:55 p.m.

The Fireman's Ball will be held at the Waters of Superior on Saturday.

The Fireman’s Ball will be held at the Waters of Superior on Saturday.

On the other hand, there might be an opening or two. Here’s a link to find out.

On Sunday, the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon begins, with the start at Billy’s just outside of Duluth. There are three races this year. The 295-mile Marathon, the Beargrease 120 and the Beargrease 40. In all, more than 60 mushers have signed up for the races. Here’s a map of the routes:

Map of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. Note that the Beargrease 40 ends in Two Harbors, the Beargrease 120 ends at Trestle Inn and the Marathon ends in Grand Portage.

Map of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. Note that the Beargrease 40 ends in Two Harbors, the Beargrease 120 ends at Trestle Inn and the Marathon ends in Grand Portage.

Check points for the Marathon include Finland in Lake County and Sawbill, Skyport, Trail Center, Kings Road Turnaround and Mineral Center in Cook County. The Marathon ends in Grand Portage.

For all kinds of information about the race, including links to GPS tracking, mushers bios, etc., visit www.beargrease.com

Here’s an excellent video about the race last year compiled by Carl Sauer.

 Exhibits:

This is the last weekend to see  “Wood Swept,” the wood-working/broom making exhibit by Mary Beth Garmoe at the Johnson Heritage Post.

This is the final weekend of "Wood Swept," an exhibit of work by Marybeth Garmoe.

This is the final weekend of “Wood Swept,” an exhibit of work by Marybeth Garmoe.

The Grand Marais Art Colony is exhibiting Along Shifting Surfaces, a series of drawings and photographs by David Andree.

One of the photographs in David Andree's exhibit, Along Shifting Surfaces, currently on view at the Grand Marais Art Colony

One of the photographs in David Andree’s exhibit, Along Shifting Surfaces, currently on view at the Grand Marais Art Colony

The exhibit continues through Feb. 16.

The Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park is featuring abstract landscapes by Jane Johnson.

"Rock People" by Jane Johnson is one of the paintings currently on view in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park.

“Rock People” by Jane Johnson is one of her paintings currently on view in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park.

The exhibit continues through Jan. 31.

There is still time to sign up for the premiere screening of “Rabbett Before Horses Strickland”  a special one-hour PBS-WI documentary presenting an in-depth portrait of the Northern Wisconsin-based artist, at the Tweed Museum of Art. The reception is from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4. The screening is at 7 p.m.

"Rabbet Before Horses" will be screened at the Tweed Museum of Art on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Tickets are free, but a sign-up is required.

“Rabbet Before Horses Strickland” will be screened at the Tweed Museum of Art on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. Tickets are free, but a sign-up is required.

The screening is free, but a sign-up is required through eventbrite. Click here. If you’d like to learn more about Rabbett and how he developed his work, click here for a great interview on “Native Report.” Click to 10 minutes in.  It was recorded earlier this year.

This is the week that members of the Duluth Art Institute are bringing in new work for the Members Show, which opens at the DAI Feb. 6.

This is the week for members' artwork drop-off at the Duluth Art Institute in preparation for the Members Show, which opens Feb. 4.

This is the week for members’ artwork drop-off at the Duluth Art Institute in preparation for the Members Show, which opens Feb 6.

And in Thunder Bay, The Fibre Arts Exhibition is on view at the Baggage Building Art Centre.

One of the pieces in the Fibre Arts Exhibition at the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay.

Untitled by Kim Sutherland, ( hand stitched and embroidered( is one of the pieces in the Fibre Arts Exhibition at the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay.

It continues through February.

Upcoming:

Winter Reading Groups at the Art Colony: Come together with other artists, art appreciators, and book lovers this winter by joining one of four reading groups. Groups will meet on Jan. 30, Feb. 6 and 20 to discuss their book. Two groups will meet in the morning and two in the evening. Click the hyper-links below to learn more.

Morning Reading Groups | 10 am – 12 pm

  • Dancing with the Gods by Kent Nerburn with Lin Salisbury
  • The New Earthwork edited by Twylene Moyer & Glenn Harper with Ruth Pszwaro

Evening Reading Groups | 6 – 8 pm

  •  Landscape and Memory by Simon Shama with John Books
  • Dæmon Voices: On Stories & Storytelling by Philip Pullman with Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux

The Grand Marais Playhouse has put out a call for costume creators for upcoming Playhouse productions. A Costume Crew Informational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30 at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. Interested? Show up or email Sue Hennessy at sue@grandmaraisplayhouse.com

The Winter Plein Air Art Exhibit opens at the Johnson Heritage Post with a reception from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31. Refreshments will be served.

Charlie Parr will be at Papa Charlie’s for the Monday Songwriter Series on Feb. 3 at 8 p.m.

The Spicy … Or Not Potluck will be held at the Cook County Community Center at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7. The event is sponsored by the Northwoods Food Project. Besides enjoying the potluck, participants will discuss new varieties that have thrived in their gardens. All invited.

The Grand Marais’ Hygge Festival runs Feb. 7-16 and will feature everything from fireplace tours and candlelight cross-country ski and snowshoe outings to a traditional Scandinavian folk song concert and music by a string quartet from the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra at Voyageur Brewing. Stay tuned for details.

Fiber Week at North House Folk School is Feb. 11-17 this year, with a wide variety of classes, workshops and presentations. Check it out here.

For the Love of It! A conference about creating a sustainable life as an artist will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony March 6-8. For more info, click here.

Artist News:

Congratulations! to Corrie Steckelberg of Hovland who was recently awarded a $10,000 Artist Initiative Grant by the Minnesota State Arts Board to continue her sculptural work. According to the release, “Steckelberg’s sculptures explore the reality of habitat loss while also speaking about the beauty of change and regrowth. Landscape, weather, and visitors around Grand Marais will impact and push the pieces forward.”

The Artist Initiative grant program is designed to support and assist professional Minnesota artists at various stages in their careers by encouraging artistic development, nurturing artistic creativity, and recognizing the contributions of individual artists to the creative environment of the state of Minnesota.

 Music:

Here’s the music schedule for this week.

Thursday, Jan. 23:

  • Briand Morrison, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Wintery, 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 24:

  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • TBA, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 25:

  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Skyport Lodge, 5 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • TBA, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 26:

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

Monday, Jan. 27:

  • Matthew Griswold, Voyageur Brewing, 5 p.m.
  • Luke Callen, Monday Night Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 28:

  • Joe Paulik, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

Photographs:

We found lots of interesting photographs this week. Here’s a selection:

First, wildlife:

Just chillin' by Shawn Zierman.

Just chillin’ by Shawn Zierman.

 

Play time! Courtesy of the North Shore Explorer.

Play time! Courtesy of the North Shore Explorer.

 

Grousing About by Janice Latz.

Grousing About by Janice Latz.

 

Bobcat by Paul Sundberg.

Bobcat by Paul Sundberg.

 

Swan scrum by John Heino.

Swan scrum by John Heino.

 

I think I saw these two a couple of times earlier this year by Nace Hagemann.

I think I saw these two a couple of times earlier this year by Nace Hagemann.

And some Lake Superior scenes.

The storm rocks on Lake Superior by Matthew Pastick.

The storm rocks on Lake Superior by Matthew Pastick.

 

The Tomboloby John Keefover.

The Tombolo by John Keefover.

 

Morning Walk on Artists Point by Darcy Sime.

Morning Walk on Artists Point by Darcy Sime.

 

Another morning checking the nets by David Johnson.

Another morning checking the nets by David Johnson.

 

I am always amazed that the trees along the shore survive the cold winters covered in ice by Dustin Lavigne.

I am always amazed that the trees along the shore survive the cold winters covered in ice by Dustin Lavigne.

And here’s a quirky one… it was probably taken in Russia, but we couldn’t find credits for it.

Hedgehog car from Russian Winters.

Hedgehog car from Russian Winters.

 

Then peaceful winter scenes:

My favorite spot to go after a snowfall on the Gunflint Trail by Emily Siefkes.

My favorite spot to go after a snowfall on the Gunflint Trail by Emily Siefkes.

 

Trout Lake Public Access by Ben Johnson.

Trout Lake Public Access by Ben Johnson.

And then this spectacular shot:

Ice agate sunrise by Tad Paavola.

Ice agate sunrise by Tad Paavola.

Enjoy the weekend, everyone!

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A Winter Weekend on the North Shore

Snowy backroads by Dustin Lavigne.

Snowy backroads by Dustin Lavigne.

We like it when winter settles in up here. The peace and beauty of  the outdoor landscape, the joy of sitting with friends in a cozy room — all are a part of the experience. We also like sharing with others, and there will be lots of opportunities this week.

First up, boatbuilder Josh Tolkan and felter Elise Kyllo will be featured in an Open Studio Night at the Artisan Development Program Studios, which are located above the Betsy Bowen Gallery at3 01 First St. W. for 6:30 -6:30 .m.Both Tolkan and Kyllo are participating in the 2-year Artisan Development Program at North House Folk School,

One of the work tables in North House Folk School's  Artisan Development studios at Betsy Bowen's Gallery and Studios. Two members of the Artisan Development group will host an open house on Thursday night from 6:30 -8:30 p.m.

One of the work tables in North House Folk School‘s Artisan Development studios at Betsy Bowen’s Gallery and Studios. Two members of the Artisan Development group will host an open house on Thursday night from 6:30 -8:30 p.m.

The public is invited to drop by the studios, see some of their works in progress and enjoy light refreshments.

On Friday, the Sky Blue Trio will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse to talk about their music and play a few tunes. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.

Also on Friday night, the Friday Night Reels series continues at the Grand Marais Public Library with the screening of “The Public,” a comedy about a big city library. Watch the trailer, below.

The movie starts at 6 p.m. Come early to get a good seat. Free.

This weekend, Saturday and Sunday are open for whatever anyone wants to do. Enjoy the snow-covered trails, listen to some good music, read a book at home, have dinner with friends. It’s all part of the great winter experience on the North Shore.

On Monday, put on your dancing shoes for Dance, Dance, Dance, the monthly dance party that is held in the 4-H Log Building at the Cook County Community Center from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Dance, Dance, Dance, a monthly dance party, will be held from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the $-H Building at the Cook County Community Center. Free. All invited.

Dance, Dance, Dance, a monthly dance party, will be held from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the $-H Building at the Cook County Community Center. Free. All invited.

This is a high energy, informal dance night with music mixed by Lord Jammin and DJ Woodsplitter featuring a danceable mix of club, pop, soul, funk and international music. Everyone welcome. No experience necessary and it’s free. Bring a water bottle and prepare to shed your layers! For more info, call 612-961-4691.

Exhibits:

 Marybeth Garmoe’s exhibit, “Wood Swept,” continues at the Johnson Heritage Post featuring a great selection of her brooms, dustpans and wooden bowls.

Solstice Moon by Marybeth Garmoe is on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

“Solstice Moon” by Marybeth Garmoe is on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The exhibit continues through Jan. 26. The Heritage Post is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Jane Johnson’s abstract landscapes are currently on exhibit at in the Great Room at Tettegouche State Park.

"Sea Stack Birch' by Jane Johnson.

“Sea Stack Birch’ by Jane Johnson.

The paintings will be on exhibit through Jan. 31.

In Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art has a number of on-going exhibits, including this painting from its permanent collection.

"Sweep," by Allen D. (Big Al) Carter is on view at the Tweed Museum of Art.

“Sweep,” by Allen D. (Big Al) Carter is on view at the Tweed Museum of Art.

The Tweed is on the campus of the University of Minnesota Duluth.

The Duluth Art Institute is exhibiting work by member artists in the Duluth Mayor’s office, including this piece by Sharon Dawson.

"Blessed Born" by Sharon Dawson is on exhibit in the Mayor's Reception Room in Duluth.

“Blessed Born” by Sharon Dawson is on exhibit in the Mayor’s Reception Room in Duluth.

The painting will be on view through Feb. 15.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery continues its popular exhibit, The North Now, representing artists working in northern Ontario.

"Surrendered" by Katie Kramer is on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

“Surrendered” by Katie Kramer is on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The exhibit continues through mid-February.

Upcoming:

Next Saturday, Jan. 25,  the Wunderbar will host the 2nd annual Robert Burns Dinner, featuring piping, Highland dancing, a full course dinner and readings from Burns’ poetry. Reservations are $50 and may be made on eventbrite.com. Call the Wunderbar at 218-877-7655 for more information.

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery will present “Derelicte 12: A Fashion Odyssey” at the Black Pirates Pub on Saturday, Jan. 25.

Derelicte !2: A Fashion Odyssey, put on by the Definitely Superior Art Gallery will be held at the Black Pirates Pub on Saturday, Jan. 25.

Derelicte !2: A Fashion Odyssey, put on by the Definitely Superior Art Gallery will be held at the Black Pirates Pub on Saturday, Jan. 25.

The event features intriguing wearable art and exciting fashions, modeled on the catwalk as well as a wide range of performances and bands as well as an end-of-the-night DJ dance party. Tickets are $15 at the door. The fun starts at 8 p.m. (EST)

On Sunday, the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon starts in Duluth. Stay tuned for details.

And finally, the Winter Plein Air opening reception will be held at the Johnson Heritage Post from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31. The exhibit features the work that artists created at YMCA Camp Menogyn that week.

For Artists:

The 10th annual Community Art Show sponsored by the Spirt of the Wilderness Episcopal Church, will be held in the halls of North Shore Health this year. All ages are invited to participate. The theme this year is Kintsugi. the Japanese art of repairing pottery by mending areas of breakage with precious metals, making the work more beautiful and more intriguing for having been broken,

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing pottery by mending areas of breakage with precious metals, making the work more beautiful and more intriguing for having been broken.

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing pottery by mending areas of breakage with precious metals, making the work more beautiful and more intriguing for having been broken.

Members of the community are invited to consider these themes of brokenness, healing and meaning through their chosen medium. The show will open on Feb. 21 and will run through the end of April. Provision is being made for 3D as well as. 2-D works. Each artist must provide titles, a price list, a brief artist statement, and contact information when they drop their work on Feb. 17 or Feb. 18 at North Shore Health. Any sales of works will be direct with the individual artist, with neither Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church nor North Shore Health participating in the sale. For more information, email Mary Ellen Ashcroft at maryellenvicar@gmail.com

Music:

Here is the music schedule for this weekend:

Thursday, Jan. 16:

  • Kevin Buck, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 17:

  • 4Shore, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Colleen Myhre, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday Jan. 18:

  • Billy Johnson, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
  • Jim McGowan, Cascade Lodge, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Vessel, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Bughouse, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Colleen Myre, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 19:

  • Briand Morrison, Moguls Grille,10 a.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • Jim McGowan, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 20:

  • Billy Johnson, Voyageur Brewing, 5 p.m.
  • Jeremy Messersmith, Monday Night Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Photographs:

Here’s a selection of photographs we found this week.

First, wildlife:

"Do you ever feel that you're being watched?" by Heidi Pinkerton.

“Do you ever feel that you’re being watched?” by Heidi Pinkerton.

 

"Theboys hangin' out" by David Johnson.

“Theboys hangin’ out” by David Johnson.

 

American Pine Marten by Paul Sundberg.

American Pine Marten by Paul Sundberg.

 

A moose in winter by Nace Hagemann.

A moose in winter by Nace Hagemann.

 

Ermine in winter by Heidi Pinkerton.

Ermine in winter by Heidi Pinkerton.

 

Evening greeting by Jan Swart.

Evening greeting by Jan Swart.

We found some great winter shots, too:

The light of winter at Hollow Rock by Karen Hunnicutt Meyer

The light of winter at Hollow Rock by Karen Hunnicutt Meyer

 

A ray of light from Artist's Point in Grand Marais by John Keefover.

A ray of light from Artist’s Point in Grand Marais by John Keefover.

 

The tom bolo is one of my favorite spots by Mike R. Mayer.

The tom bolo is one of my favorite spots by Mike R. Mayer.

 

Lake Superior has been very busy decorating her shoreline by Roxanne Distad.

Lake Superior has been very busy decorating her shoreline by Roxanne Distad.

 

Split Rock and sea smoke by Preston Buechler.

Split Rock and sea smoke by Preston Buechler.

 

Morning ice in Bayfield, Wis., at sunrise by Tad Paavola.

Morning ice in Bayfield, Wis., at sunrise by Tad Paavola.

 

Sunrise at Hollow Rock by John Keefover.

Sunrise at Hollow Rock by John Keefover.

 

Superior sunrise by Donald Jay Olson.

Superior sunrise by Donald Jay Olson.

 

Nature's art by Tim Miodozyniec.

Nature’s art by Tim Miodozyniec.

 

The North Shore Dragon, back when she had wings by Jeffrey Doty.

The North Shore Dragon, back when she had wings by Jeffrey Doty.

 

This morning at Stoney Point by Christian Dalbec.

Orange juice. This morning at  Stoney Point by Christian Dalbec.

And finally, this one, of the Wolf Moon rising:

Last night's Wolf Moon over Grand Marais by David Johnson.

Last night’s Wolf Moon over Grand Marais by David Johnson.

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Welcome to Winter

Elise Kyllo shows off a felted slipper she made during the Making It: Crafting a Life. The program airs on WDSE-TV at 8 p.m. Thursday.

A great winter ski by Ron Piercy.

Welcome to winter!

There are lots of celebrations on the snow-covered hills of Cook County this weekend. There’s a sled dog race, a fat bike race and a (downhill) ski festival, not to mention the hundreds of people who will be out on the cross country ski trails.  snowmobile trails and snowshoe trails enjoying the heart of winter.

The weekend starts with a few indoor events, too.

On Thursday, John Tolkan and John Beltman will lead a discussion about the Herring Skiff Project at a Brown Bag Lunch from noon to 1 p.m. in the Boat Barn at North House Folk School.

A herring skiff. Photograph courtesy of the Cook County Historical Society.

A herring skiff. Photograph courtesy of the Cook County Historical Society.

The two-year-long project is a partnership between the Cook County Historical Society and North House to build a replica of a herring skiff. The public is invited to come hear about the project’s progress and learn how to get involved. Free. Open to all. It’s from noon to 1 p.m. and is the first in a series on building various craft at the Folk School.

And then, on Thursday night at 8 pm., WDSE-TV will be screening “Making It: Crafting a Life,” featuring the the four artists currently enrolled in the Artisan Development Program at the Folk School.Josh Tolkan (boat building), Mike Loeffler (wood craft including his bird bowls,) MaryBeth Garmoe (broom-making, birchbark) and Elise Kyllo (felting) are all featured on the show.

Elise Kyllo shows off a felted slipper she made during the filming of Making It: Crafting a Life. The program will be aired on WDSE on Thursday at 8 p.m.

Elise Kyllo shows off a felted slipper she made during the filming of Making It: Crafting a Life. The program will be aired on WDSE on Thursday at 8 p.m.

The show will be aired at 8 p.m. on Thursday. Here’s a great interview of Making It’s producer, Karen Sunderman, by WTIP’s Joe Frederichs. Click here to listen.

There’s quite a list to choose from on Friday.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will hold the opening reception for “Along Shifting Surfaces” by David Andree at the Art Colony from 5-7 p.m. on Friday.

David Andrew, artist-in-residence at the Grand Marais Art Colony, Pictured is one of his  frozen fabric sculpture on the shore. The opening reception is at the Art Colony from 5-7  pm. on Friday.

David Andree is the artist-in-residence at the Grand Marais Art Colony, Pictured is one of his frozen fabric sculptures on the shore. The opening reception for his exhibit is at the Art Colony from 5-7 pm. on Friday.

During his residency, Andree has been on the shore investigating the transitory topography of snow drifts and shoreline spaces through painting and sculptural intervention. The (indoor) exhibition at the Art Colony  will include paintings, drawings and photographic prints of his work here. All invited. The exhibit in the Founders Hall continues through Feb. 16.

For movie lovers, Friday Night Reels continues at the Grand Marais Public Library with the screening of “Ulysses & Mona,” at 6 p.m. Friday. It’s a great story about a 55-year-old contemporary artist who spends his life in seclusion and a 20-year-old art student who meets him and changes their lives forever. The movie is in French, with subtitles. Free. Here’s the trailer.

 

Also on Friday, the Ski Party Music Festival starts at Papa Charlie’s featuring six different bands featured over the weekend. On Friday night, Portal III, Dead Man Winter and the Black-eyed Snakes will perform. On Saturday night, Humbird, Charlie Parr and the Cactus Blossoms will be on stage. Great music, and the look for new snow on the hills.

On Saturday, there are two outdoor races: The Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race and the Norpine Fat Bike Classic.

The Fat Bike race will be start at Cascade Lodge at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. Click here for more info.

The popular Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race begins at Trail Center where more than 25 local and regional mushers have signed up, including winners of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.

There are two classes in the race: a 12-dog, 100-mile race and an 8-dog, 65-mile race. The races will start and finish at Trail Center, with a rest break halfway through (also at Trail Center). The races start around 8 a.m.

The Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race begins at Trail Center on Saturday morning. It will also be broadcast live on WTIP. (Photo courtesy of the Gunflint  Mail Run.)

The Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race begins at Trail Center on Saturday morning. It will also be broadcast live on WTIP. Photo by Nace Hagemann.

If you want to see the dogs on the trail, check out the north end of the trail: there is a spectator area at the Old Blankenberg Pit, where the 12-dog teams are turning around. Great viewing is also available at Big Bear Lodge and Rockwood Lodge.

For all the details of the race, including the mushers, routes, photographs, dogs and more, click here.

Here’s an interesting sidebar.

Frank Moe will be in the race, and one of the people who has been helping him with his dogs this winter is Anastasia Gill, a CPA from Houston, Texas, who needed a break from urban life. She took up his offer to help out with Moe’s dogs this winter and has been having a great time. She even has a podcast on WTIP Community Radio where she talks about her adventures. It’s called “Sled Dogs, Cold Toes and a Gal from Texas.” You can listen to it here.

Anastasia Gill is a CPA from Houston who has been working with Frank Moe's dogs this winter--taking a break from those skyscrapers and an urban life. She was recently featured in an article in the Houston Chronicle.

Anastasia Gill is a CPA from Houston who has been working with Frank Moe’s dogs this winter–taking a break from those skyscrapers and an urban life. She was recently featured in an article in the Houston Chronicle.

To read the article about her in the Houston Chronicle. click here. The headline reads: “A Houston CPA felt a slow-burning burnout, so she traded skyscrapers for sled dogs.”

Also on Saturday, the North Shore Music Association will present “Cantus: One Giant Leap” at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7 p.m.

Cantus will be in concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m.

Cantus will be in concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m.

Hailed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare), Cantus is known for its trademark warmth and blend, innovative programming, and riveting performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The program is entitled “One Giant Leap” and celebrates the group’s 25th anniversary and 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with music inspired by the celestial skies.

Tickets are general admission, $25 adults, $10 youth 18 & under.

Here’s a clip of their work.

On Wednesday, Jan. 15, the Grand Marais Art Colony will host “Community Conversations: Hanging and Displaying Your Work” in the Founders Hall from noon to 2 p.m. The event will feature Joseph Nease, owner of the Joseph Nease Gallery in Duluth and Neil Sherman, a plein air painter who won the Best Booth Award in last year’s Grand Marais Arts Festival and is a framer at Sivertson Gallery.

Neil Sherman is one of the presenters for the Community Conversation, Displaying Your Work, which will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Neil Sherman is one of the presenters for the Community Conversation, Displaying Your Work, which will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Nease and Sherman will be on hand to give tips and pointers that could apply to hanging or displaying both two and three-dimensional work in a home, gallery or in an arts festival booth. Also, information about the 100Day Project will be available. The project launches on Jan. 22. The event is open to the public and free.

Exhibits:

 “Wood Swept,” an exhibit of work by wood worker and North House Folk School instructor, Marybeth Garmoe, is on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

One of the many dustpans on view in Marybeth Garmoe's exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post, "Wood Swept."

One of the many dustpans on view in Marybeth Garmoe’s exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post, “Wood Swept.”

Garmoe works in wood and fiber, making brooms, dustpans and carved pieces. The exhibit continues  through Jan. 26. 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 final week to see Mike Loeffler’s Artisan Development Final Show at North House Folk School. The exhibit features his bird bowls as well as wooden furniture and more.

A bird bowl by Mike Loeffler. His exhibit at North House Folk School continues through Jan. 13.

A bird bowl by Mike Loeffler. His exhibit at North House Folk School continues through Jan. 13.

Grand Marais plein air painter Tom McCann is exhibiting his work at the Cook County Courthouse.

"Untitled" by Tom McCann. This painting is one of his works currently on view at the Cook County Courthouse.

“Untitled” by Tom McCann. This painting is one of his works currently on view at the Cook County Courthouse.

Minnetonka artist Jane Johnson is exhibiting her abstract landscape paintings in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park.

"Superior Sunset" by Jane Johnson.

“Superior Sunset” by Jane Johnson.

The exhibit continues through Jan. 31.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is featuring work by Benjamin Chee Chee this winter.

Benjamin Chee Chee is exhibiting his work at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Benjamin Chee Chee is exhibiting his work at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Artist Opportunities:

Call to North Shore Artists: The 10th annual Spirit of the Wilderness Show, featuring work by artists of every age, will be held in the halls of North Shore Community Health this year. The theme of this year’s exhibit is “Kintsugi,” the Japanese art of repairing pottery by mending areas of breakage with precious metals. Artists are invited to consider these themes of brokenness, healing and learning through their chosen medium. The show will open Feb. 21 and run through April. The deadline to deliver work is Feb. 17 or 18. Stay tuned for details.

The applications for the Grand Marais Arts Festival 2020 are now available online.

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Applications will be accepted until midnight on March 9. The festival will be July 11-12 this year. To find out more and to apply, click here.

Applications are being accepted for the Porcupine Mountains Artist-in-Residence Program for the 2020 Spring, Summer and Fall and the 2021 Winter Residences. It is open to artists, artisans and musicians whose work can be influenced by the unique northern wilderness setting of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.

Applications for the artist-in-residence programs at Porcupine Mountains State Park are now open.

Applications for the artist-in-residence programs at Porcupine Mountains State Park are now open.

Each year a number of artists will be selected for residencies lasting a minimum of two weeks. Artists will be given the use of a rustic cabin located on the Little Union River and, if requested, a three-night backcountry permit so that they may live in and explore the park’s 60,000 acres of natural beauty, ranging from stunning vistas to 90 miles of rugged backcountry trails.

During their residency, artists will be asked to share their experiences with the public through demonstrations or talks. The artists are required to contribute an art piece representative of their stay.

To find out more and apply, click here.

The Art Colony is offering two major mentorship opportunities for experienced printmaking artists and writers: Peter Geye’s “Writing the North Shore,” and Jeff Hirst’s “Mentorship in Printmaking.” For more information about each, click on the above links.

Upcoming:

 Auditions for the community youth play, “Cinderella,” will be held at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts Jan. 27 at 3:35 p.m. This community youth play is for actors in Grades 3-8. The play includes four fairy tales with similar themes to the story commonly known as Cinderella. For more info, click here.

The 2nd annual Robert Burns Dinner will be held at the Wunderbar on Saturday, Jan. 25.

This is the traditional birthday of Scottish poet, Robert Burns, who is revered throughout the world. The evening starts at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour and live music including piping, highland dancing and fiddle tunes. A full course dinner is served at 7 p.m. followed by a program of Burns’ poetry readings and some of his more famous songs. Reservations are $50 per person and may be made on evenbrite.com. Call Wunderbar at 218-877-7655 for more information.

Ann and Wayne Russ will teach an 8-week dance class on Tuesdays, Feb. 4-March 31 at the 4-H Building at the Community Center. The classes will be from 7:15-9 p.m. For more information and to register, email russ@boreal.org

 Music:

Thursday, Jan. 9:

  • Jim Miller, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan.10:

Jim Miller, Moguls Grille, 4 p.m.

Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.

  • Saints of Circumstance, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Ski Party Music Festival, 3 bands, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.– Portal III, 9 p.m., Dead Man Winter, 9:55 p.m., Black Eyed Snakes, 11:15 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 11:

  • Briand Morrison, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Cantus: One Giant Leap, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.
  • Brother’s in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Saints of Circumstance, Gun Flint Ta vern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 12:

  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik & Pat Flack, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 13:

  • Dave Simonett, Monday Night Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Photographs:

Here are some of the photographs we found this week. First, wildlife:

Squirrel by John Woodward.

Squirrel by John Woodward.

 

The bog today by Jeffrey Doty.

The bog today by Jeffrey Doty.

Photo by Nace Hagemann.

Photo by Nace Hagemann.

 

Mink at the Silver Bay Marina by Shawn Zimmerman.

Mink at the Silver Bay Marina by Shawn Zimmerman.

 

Common raven's breath in Yellowstone by Sparky Stensaas.

Raven’s breath in Yellowstone by Sparky Stensaas.

Kristofer Bowman calls this Seasonal Housing.

Seasonal Housing by Kristofer Bowman.

Seasonal Housing by Kristofer Bowman.

Evidence of human life:

Scene from a short walk by Kristofer Bowman.

Scene from a short walk by Kristofer Bowman.

 

Fractured ice at Brighton Beach by Dan Dorland.

Fractured ice at Brighton Beach by Dan Dorland.

 

The North Shore by Joan Berezowski.

The North Shore by Joan Berezowski.

 

New Year's Day at Gooseberry Falls State Park by Jessica Lemmerman.

New Year’s Day at Gooseberry Falls State Park by Jessica Lemmerman.

 

Wind-swept ice by Don Davison.

Wind-swept ice by David Johnson.

 

"Winter Whispers" (Duluth) by Marcie Crain.

“Winter Whispers” (Duluth) by Marcie Crain.

 

Moose by Nace Hagemann. Have a great 2020.

Portrait of a moose by Nace Hagemann. Have a great 2020.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Big Waves, Snow & An Art Opening Ring in 2020

Photographer Christian Dalbec was at Crystal Bay at Tettegouche State Park on Sunday, Dec. 29, and took this video of Lake Superior waves crashing into the cliffs. It was the last storm of 2019.

But then, 2020 came in pretty quietly here on the North Shore, mirroring, perhaps, the mood of the communities. Snow lovers are having a great time, however. The trails are packed with new snow as are the ski slopes, and everyone is taking advantage of the warm temps we’re having this week.

And there’s some great music:

Gordon Thorne & Friends will be playing for Date Night at the North Shore Winery, always a good place to be on a cold winter evening.

And The Sky Blue Trio will play at the Cascade Lodge Restaurant and Pub on Saturday at 6 p.m. They will be playing upbeat jazz on the first Saturday of every month this winter. Something to look forward to.

And Papa Charlie’s returns with its Monday Night Songwriter Series on Jan. 6. The Sarah Morris Trio will play starting at 8:30 p.m. This is billed as a quiet time to just listen to music at the Lutsen Mountains venue.

There are lots of other great bands playing this weekend, too, Check the Music Schedule below for dates and times.

First up for 2020, is an art opening at the Johnson Heritage Post. “Wood Swept,” a fascinating exhibit by North House artisan Marybeth Garmoe, featuring works in broommaking, woodcarving, and woodturning. The opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3.

Marybeth Garmoe will open an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post on Jan. 3, entitled "Woodworking."

Marybeth Garmoe will open an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post on Jan. 3, entitled “Wood Swept.”

Garmoe is just finishing up her two-year participation in North House’s Artisan Development Program. This is her final show.

Marybeth Garmoe will open an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday.

Marybeth Garmoe will open an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday.

To find out more about Garmoe and the process to make her work, click here.. The exhibit at the Heritage Post continues through Jan. 26.

Also on Friday, the Director’s Cut of “Bladerunner” will be screened at the Grand Marais Public Library at 6 p.m. Free.

Also this weekend, the Grand Opening for the Warming House at the Cook County Community Center will be from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5.

The Warming House at the Community Center is up and running. There will be a Grand Opening from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The Warming House at the Community Center is up and running. There will be a Grand Opening from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The new warming house has technically taken 20 years to build. Thanks to community commitment and perseverance, it was built this summer and is now ready to be enjoyed. There will be free skating all day on Sunday and refreshments, including soups, will be served. All invited.

At noon next Thursday, Jan. 9, North House Folk School starts its Brown Bag Lunch Series to introduce information about different water crafts. The presentation on Jan. 9 is entitled Herring Skiff Project with Josh Tolkan and John Beltman.

Herring skiff. Photograph courtesy of the Cook County Historical Society.

Herring skiff. Photograph courtesy of the Cook County Historical Society.

The 2-year project, in collaboration with the Cook County Historical Society, is to build a replica of a historic herring skiff, representative of the boats used by fishermen in the 1940s. The brown bag lunch series are free. All invited.

Lots of events next weekend

And next weekend, look forward to the Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race Jan. 11-12. Trail Center Lodge is the center of the races, which consist of two legs of equal distance separated by a mandatory layover. There are two classes in the race: a 12-dog, 100-mile race and an 8-dog, 65-mile race. T

The Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race is Jan. 11-12.

The Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race is Jan. 11-12. Photo courtesy of the Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race.

At last count, more than 25 mushers are registered for the race. Volunteers are still needed. For more info on the race, who’s racing and more, click here. Stay tuned for more info next week.

Also on Saturday, Jan. 11, the Norpine Fat Bike Classic will be held with a new course and a new venue.

The Norpine Fat Tire Classic will be held Jan. 9 hosted by Cascade Lodge.

The Norpine Fat Tire Classic will be held Jan. 9 hosted by Cascade Lodge.

Cascade Lodge is the host this year, and the races will start from there. For more info and to register, click here. Stay tuned for more info next week.

Also next weekend, Lutsen Mountains will hold the Ski Party Music and Ski Festival Jan. 10-12. Bands include Black-Eyed Snakes,  Dead Man Winter, Portal III, the Cactus Blossoms, Charlie Parr and Humbird. For more info, click here.

Also on Saturday, Jan. 11, the North Shore Music Association presents “Cantus: One Giant Leap.” The group is hailed at the “premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States.” This concert celebrates the group’s 25th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with a special program. Tickets are $25 adults, $10 youth 18 and under. Stay tuned for more info next week.

Here’s a clip:

Kudos

“The Lost Forest” by Phyllis Root with illustrations by Betsy Bowen received an honorable mention in the National Outdoor Book Award 2019 contest.

The Lost Forest by Phyllis Root with illustrations by Betsy Bowen received an honorable mention in the

The Lost Forest by Phyllis Root with illustrations by Betsy Bowen received an honorable mention in the National Outdoor Book Awards.

 Extra Reading/Viewing

Grand Marais photographer Bryan Hansel has just published a year-end update about how he felt he did as an artist in 2019.

One of my favorite images from 2019 by Bryan Hansel.

One of my favorite images from 2019 by Bryan Hansel.

The blog includes his favorite shots of 2019 as well as the essay. Click here for the link.

 And here’s an interesting article. Entitled “What Was the Most Influential (Art) Work of the Decade?,” dozens of art-world experts weigh-in. It’s fun to scroll through.

Laura Kimpton and Jeff Schomberg is one of the pieces highlighted in "What was the most influential work of the decade?" Photo by Bill Hornstein.

Laura Kimpton and Jeff Schomberg is one of the pieces highlighted in “What was the most influential work of the decade?” Photo by Bill Hornstein.

To see the complete article, click here.

 Music Schedule:

 Thursday, Jan. 2:

  • Jon Kalberg, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 7 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 3:

  • Joe Paulik, Cascade Lodge Restaurant, 6 p.m.
  • Jill and Rob, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Odd Man Out, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 4:

  • Sky Blue Trio, Cascade Lodge Restaurant, 6 p.m.
  • 4 Shore, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik Band, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Odd Man Out, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Yam Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 5:

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

Monday, Jan. 6:

  • LaFond & Grillo,  Voyageur Brewing, 5 p.m.
  • Sarah Morris Trio, Monday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.

 Photographs:

We found some interesting photographs this week. Here’s a selection:

First, wildlife:

Frosty morning swan by Heidi Pinkerton.

Frosty morning swan by Heidi Pinkerton.

 

Down with Downy by John Heino.

Downy Downy by John Heino.

 

My friends came for a snack by Terry Lord-Lewis.

My friends came for a snack by Terry Lord-Lewis.

We’ve had such a variety of weather here on the North Shore over the holiday season.

First, rain/sleet/ice, then gentle snow, then wild winds … here are some examples:

Sunlight and frosted tips by Thomas Spence.

Sunlight and frosted tips by Thomas Spence.

 

 

I like a day like today ... when I can stay indoors by the fire by Gail Murton.

I like a day like today … when I can stay indoors by the fire by Gail Murton.

 

Snow symphony by Layne Kennedy.

Snow symphony by Layne Kennedy.

 

A hazy day in Stillwater by Mike R. Mayer.

A hazy day in Stillwater by Mike R. Mayer.

 

 

Sunrise on Lake Superior by Bryan Couch.

Sunrise on Lake Superior by Bryan Couch.

 And then it got cold:

Sea smoke in Grand Marais by Paul Sundberg.

Sea smoke in Grand Marais by Paul Sundberg.

And then it got windy:

A little wave action at Hollow Rock this morning by Roxanne Distad.

A little wave action at Hollow Rock this morning by Roxanne Distad.

And windier:

Superior squall by Nathan Klok.

Superior squall by Nathan Klok.

 

At Tettegouche State Park by Amber Eggenberger.

At Tettegouche State Park by Amber Eggenberger.

 

The lake is churning over the gazebo today by Jamie Rabold.

The lake is churning over the gazebo today by Jamie Rabold.

 

Surfing by John Keefover.

Surfing by John Keefover.

 

Winter storm by Adam Haisman.

Winter storm by Adam Haisman.

 

The waves even flooded downtown Grand Marais for an hour or so. Photo by Kirsten Smith.

The waves even flooded downtown Grand Marais for an hour or so. Photo by Kirsten Smith.

 

Split Rock Lighthouse this morning, Dec. 30byRoxanne Distad.

Split Rock Lighthouse this morning, Dec. 30v by Roxanne Distad.

And then, the storm was over:

Last sunset of 2019 by Jan Swart.

Last sunset of 2019 by Jan Swart.

Happy New Year, everyone!

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Snowy Trails, Parties & Blade Runner

Ice mosaic: just making art with the camera by Matthew Pastick.

Ice mosaic: just making art with the camera by Matthew Pastick.

This is the week to settle back and enjoy family and winter in Cook County. 2020 is just around the corner, but meanwhile, the hills and trails are in great shape for everyone to enjoy.

All the ski trails are open at Lutsen Mountains. (Photo courtesy of visitcookcounty.com

All the ski trails are open at Lutsen Mountains. (Photo courtesy of visitcookcounty.com

The cross country trails in Cook County are in great shape. Photo by Paul Sundberg.

The cross country trails in Cook County are in great shape. Photo by Paul Sundberg.

Visitcookcounty.com has a special page where it is posting the latest info on the condition of all the winter trails in Cook County, including snowmobile and winter biking trails. Check it out here.

Just in: Due to predictions of a major winter storm hitting the North Shore on Sunday, Dec. 29, the Grand Opening event for the Warming House at the Cook County Community Center has been rescheduled for Sunday, Jan. 5. After 20 years of plans, hopes and dreams,  the warming house has finally been built and is now operational. To celebrate this event, the official Grand Opening will be  from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan.5. Free ice skating all day from 11 a.m. t0 7 p.m. Cookies and other refreshments will be served. All welcome!

Another news item this week: the great selection of New Year’s Eve parties to ring in the new decade. Here’s the list:

Gunflint Lodge, dinner and live music,  5:30-11 p.m.

New Year’s Eve with the North Shore Swing Band, Wunderbar, 6-8 p.m

Log Cabin Concert with Michael Monroe, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m

New Year’s with Cook County’s Most Wanted, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Boogie Wonderland New Year’s Eve Dance, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino,  8 p.m.

New Year’s Eve Party with 4 Shore, Grandma Ray’s, 9:30 p.m.

New Year’s Eve Dance Party with DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 10 p.m.

Exhibits:

There are some interesting exhibits to see this week as well.

This is the last weekend to see the Holiday Art Underground Show at Betsy Bowen’s Studio.

The Holiday Art Underground Show at Betsy Bowen's Studio closes Dec. 29.

The Holiday Art Underground Show at Betsy Bowen’s Studio closes Dec. 29.

The show, featuring more than 40 local and regional artists, including prints, cards and books by Betsy Bowen, closes Dec. 29.

This is also the last weekend to see Molly Ovenden’s “Art in Process: The Exhibition” at the Johnson Heritage Post.

This is the last weekend to see Molly Ovenden's exhibit: Art in Process--The Exhibition.

This is the last weekend to see Molly Ovenden’s exhibit: Art in Process–The Exhibition.

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

Mike Loeffler’s final show as he concludes his time in North House Folk School‘s Artisan Development Program, continues at North House through Jan. 13.

Red crested ale hen by Mike Loeffler.

Red crested ale hen by Mike Loeffler.

During this 2-year period, Loeffler continued to develop his skills as an artisan, with a focus on timber framing and woodcarving, including beautiful bird bowls, wooden furniture, and more. Stop by the Yellow House at North House to get directions to Loeffler’s exhibit.

At the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth, an exhibit of bandolier bags continues.

An exhibit featuring historic and modern bandolier bags continues at the Tweed Museum of Art.

An exhibit featuring historic and modern bandolier bags continues at the Tweed Museum of Art.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery is exhibiting “The North Now,” an exhibit that showcases work by artists from Northern Ontario.

"Kwe time-travels to hold her beautiful brown father under a blanket of stars, whispers he is worthy and loved and they brace for the storm" by Quill Christie-Peters. This painting is one currently on view at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

“Kwe time-travels to hold her beautiful brown father under a blanket of stars, whispers he is worthy and loved and they brace for the storm” by Quill Christie-Peters. This painting is one currently on view at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The exhibit continues through Feb. 16.

Upcoming:

 Next Friday, Jan 3, there are two art openings: one at the Johnson Heritage Post and one in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park.

Marybeth Garmoe will open an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post with a reception from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3.

Marybeth Garmoe will open an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post on Jan. 3, entitled "Woodworking."

Marybeth Garmoe will open an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post on Jan. 3, entitled “Woodworking.”

And Jane Johnson, an abstract painter from the Twin Cities, will open an exhibit at Tettegouche State Park on Friday, Jan. 3, with a reception from 7-8:30 p.m. Stay tuned for details.

Tettegouche Future by Jane Johnson.

Tettegouche Future by Jane Johnson.

And last, but not least, the Grand Marais Public Library announces the return of Friday Night Reels, a film series that takes place at the library each Friday night at 6 p.m. through March 6.

This year’s first film is Blade Runner. starring Harrison Ford. The film to be screened is The Director’s Cut, which removes the voice-over narration and forced happy ending. No registration is required for this event, but seating is limited. Come early. Free.

Here’s the trailer:

 Music:

Here’s the music schedule for the week, including New Year’s parties.

Thursday, Dec. 26:

  • Jim Miller with Max Bichel, Lutsen Resort lobby, 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 27:

  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Terry V and Friends, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
  • Jim Miller with Max Bichel, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 28:

  • Joe Paulik Band, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Micheal Monroe Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m. Reservations at michealmonroemusic.com
  • Mysterious Ways, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 29:

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

Tuesday, Dec. 31:

  • Brothers in Arms, Cascade Restaurant & Pub. 6 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Lutsen Resort, 7-10 p.m.
  • Log Cabin Concert with Michael Monroe, rural grand marais, 8 p.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Fireworks at Papa Charlie’s, 8-8:30 p.m.
  • New Year’s Eve with Cook County’s Most Wanted, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Boogie Wonderland New Year’s Eve Dance, Grand Portage Loge & Casino, 8 p.m..
  • New Year’s Eve Party with 4 Shore, Grandma Ray’s, 9:30 p.m.
  • New Year’s Dance Party with DJ Beavstar, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Photographs

It’s been pretty quiet on the photographic front this week. Here’s a selection from what we found:

First, wildlife:

Buffalo, courtesy of Our Generation Black Hills He Sapa Wincouncage Okolakiciye.

Buffalo, courtesy of Our Generation Black Hills He Sapa Wincouncage Okolakiciye.

 

Wild turkeys in the Sax Zim Bog by John Woodward.

Wild turkeys in the Sax Zim Bog by John Woodward.

 

Experience the Northwoods by Justin Vrba.

Experience the Northwoods by Justin Vrba.

 

Today's snowy owl by Edward Lee.

Today’s snowy owl by Edward Lee.

And the not-so-wild:

The geese are enjoying the balmy Christmas weather by Curt O'Quinn.

The geese are enjoying the balmy Christmas weather by Curt O’Quinn.

Here’s an interesting study of light, shadows, ice and color:

Light and dark patches and fractures--Caribou Lake by Dan Dorland.

Light and dark patches and fractures–Caribou Lake by Dan Dorland.

A few winter landscapes:

The second day of winter by Sandra Updike.

The second day of winter by Sandra Updike.

 

Caribou Island in Shuniah, Ontario by Barbara Young.

Caribou Island in Shuniah, Ontario by Barbara Young.

 

The beach at Hollow Rock by Bill Donovan.

The beach at Hollow Rock by Bill Donovan.

A few cold, winter sunsets:

A cold sea smoke morning in Duluth by John Keefover.

A cold sea smoke morning in Duluth by John Keefover.

 

Sunset, Superior Bay, Duluth by Jan Swart.

Sunset, Superior Bay, Duluth by Jan Swart.

And some great water shots:

An afternoon hike to Bond Falls by Chad Hinz.

An afternoon hike to Bond Falls by Chad Hinz.

 

Alien. Lake Superior freshwater art by Christian Dalbec.

Alien. Lake Superior freshwater art by Christian Dalbec.

And finally, a welcome for the New Year:

Happy Holidays everyone, by Bryan Hansel.

Happy Holidays everyone, by Bryan Hansel.

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Shadow Puppets & Gingerbread Houses

Paul pluskwik winter sunrise in northern Minnesota

Winter sunrise in northern Minnesota by Paul Pluskwik.

Season’s Greetings! The North Shore certainly looks like it’s welcoming the holiday season, with lots of great snow and winter sunsets brightening the sky.

This is also the month for marking the conclusion of successful projects (and the year), and, at North House Folk School, wood artisan Mark Loeffler will hold a final show as he concludes his time in North House’s Artisan Development Program.

Over the two years of the program, Mike has continued to develop his skills as an artisan, with a focus on timber framing and woodcarving, including his beautiful bird bowls, wooden furniture, and more.

Bird Bowl by Mike Loeffler. The artist will hold an opening reception and presentation at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19.

Bird Bowl by Mike Loeffler. The artist will hold an opening reception and presentation at North House Folk School‘s Blue Building at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19.

The opening reception includes a presentation by Loeffler and will be held in the North House Blue Building on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. The presentation will highlight Mike’s timber framing projects.

An added perk: Loeffler’s work will be on display at North House from from Dec. 20-Jan. 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors should check in at the Yellow Building.

On Friday, shops and galleries all over town will be open for Christmas cheer. On Friday night, WTIP’s The Roadhouse will feature two musicians who will be performing this weekend: Craig Baumann and Jim McGowan. The Roadhouse is aired from 5-7 p.m. on Fridays.

At  7 p.m. on Friday, SVEA will give a holiday concert at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

SVEA will present a Holiday Concert at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Friday at 7 p.m.

SVEA will present a Holiday Concert at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Friday at 7 p.m.

The a cappella group will sing a variety of songs, including many traditional ones from Sweden.Treats, cider, and glögg plus great music and stories are on the menu. There’s a.$10 suggested donation at the door. All invited.

On Saturday, look for the highlight of the winter pageant season: The Winter Solstice Shadow Puppet Show. The show, presented by the Good Harbor Hill Players, is held outside at North House Folk School, and features great shadow puppets, a quirky and funny storyline, live music, a bonfire and a few surprises. This year’s story? A Loggers’ Solstice.

In past years, the audience has stood outdoors at -20, stamping their feet and clapping with well-mittened hands. This year, it’ll be a lot easier. The low for the evening is +27 degrees. Easy peasy.

The Good Harbor Hill Players will present A Loggers' Solstice, a shadow puppet show, at North House Folk School at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21, followed by an indoors potluck.

The Good Harbor Hill Players will present A Loggers’ Solstice, a shadow puppet show, at North House Folk School at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21, followed by an indoors potluck.

As a fan, we highly recommend this  event. And don’t forget to write out your gloomies and toss them into the bonfire to send your worries up in smoke. Bring a dish to share, too. Open to all.

On Sunday, Voyageur Brewing Co will host Crosby Bakery for a gingerbread house decorating and cookie exchange from noon to 4 p.m.

Crosby Bakery will host a gingerbread house decorating and cooking exchange at Voyageur Brewing from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22.

Crosby Bakery will host a gingerbread house decorating and cooking exchange at Voyageur Brewing from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22.

Crosby Bakery will provide a non-assembled house ($20) and an assembled house ($25) and all the decorating supplied. To reserve a house, email Hana at crosbyharvest@gmail.com or test 218-370-1417.  For the cookie exchange, bring 2 dozen cookies to exchange for a mix of cookies. Cookie boxes will also be available.

And on Monday, artist Molly Ovenden will host a Brown Bag Lunch at Johnson Heritage Post. The artist, who is currently exhibiting her work at the gallery, will talk about the exhibit, as well as lead a walk through. The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. All invited. Free.

Exhibits:

Molly Ovenden’s exhibit, “Art in Process: The Exhibit” continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through the end of the month.

(detail) Painting by Molly Ovenden is one of the works currently on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

(detail) Painting by Molly Ovenden is one of the works currently on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The Holiday Art Underground Show at Betsy Bowen’s Studio continues through Dec. 29, featuring a wide variety of work by local and regional artists.

Lutsen potter Maggie Anderson has work at the Holiday Art Underground Show at Betsy Bowen's Studio Gallery.

Lutsen potter Maggie Anderson is one of the local artists who has work at the Holiday Art Underground Show at Betsy Bowen’s Studio Gallery.

The gallery is open most days from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Landscape painter Lisa Kosmo is exhibiting her work in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park through Dec. 29.

Landscape painter is exhibiting her work at Tettegouche State Park this month.

Landscape painter is exhibiting her work at Tettegouche State Park this month.

The Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth continues its exhibit of pieces from its collections, including this painting by Wendy Rouse.

Wendy Rouse's "Harvey's Decoy," oil on canvas, is currently on view at the Tweed Museum of Art. It is part of the Tweed's collection.

Wendy Rouse’s “Harvey’s Decoy,” oil on canvas, is currently on view at the Tweed Museum of Art. It is part of the Tweed’s collection.

At the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in Thunder Bay, a new juried exhibit, The North Now, features a selection of artists from Northern Ontario.

"Vision after the sermon" by Christian Chapman, is one of the pieces in the North Now exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

“Vision after the sermon” by Christian Chapman, is one of the pieces in the North Now exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The exhibit continues through February.

A dragon has taken up residenc eat the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay.

The new resident dragon at the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay.

The new resident dragon at the Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay.

And, in case you missed it, Shelly McIntire’s delightful short stories about her experiences with the night sky and the northern lights, are available for a listen on WTIP Community Radio. The piece was produced by WTIP’s Joe Frederichs. with music by Michael Monroe, and was played during the Dark Sky Festival last weekend. The event, which was held at North House Folk School, highlighted the work of her cousin, photographer Travis Novitsky.

Northern Lights in Cook County with Shelley McIntire.

Northern Lights in Cook County with Shelley McIntire is being aired on WTIP Community Radio. Photo above, by Travis Novitsky.

Click here to listen to the broadcast.

Music:

 Here’s the music schedule for the weekend:

Thursday, Dec. 19:

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

Friday, Dec. 20:

  • Gene & Amy, Wunderbar, 7 p.m..
  • Pete K. Bluefin Grille at Bluefin Bay, 8 p.m.
  • Craig Baumann, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Kevin Buck, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday,Dec. 21:

  • WunderDogs, Grandma Ray’s, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Max Finn, Gun Flint Tavern 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 22:

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

Tuesday, Dec. 24:

  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.

Photographs:

 We found some great photographs this week. Here’s a sampling. First, wildlife:

Bobcat looking in window to see what's up by Ken Hostetler.

Bobcat looking in window to see what’s going on  by Ken Hostetler.

 

Menace of the Deep by Janice Latz.

Menace of the Deep by Janice Latz.

 

I had fun with this moose as it kept coming back to eat the salt by MaryJane Van Den Heuvel.

I had fun with this moose as it kept coming back to eat the salt by MaryJane Van Den Heuvel.

And then this one: not exactly wildlife, but maybe wild life.

Checking the next at -25 wind-chill by David Johnson.

Checking the nets at -25 wind-chill by David Johnson.

 And then, some proof-of-snow:

Morning hike around our house near Silver Creek by Emily Lauren.

Morning hike around our house near Silver Creek by Emily Lauren.

 

Winter wonderland: more than 45 inches of snow in Lutsen by Judy Sillman.

Winter wonderland: more than 45 inches of snow in Lutsen by Judy Sillman.

Proof of cold:

There's something about these winter lights by Justin Vrba.

There’s something about these winter lights by Justin Vrba.

 

A beautiful morning on the North Shore by Jamie Rabold.

A beautiful morning on the North Shore by Jamie Rabold.

 

I could all along the lakeshore anywhere and not get bored by Stephen Wilson.

I could all along the lakeshore anywhere and not get bored by Stephen Wilson.

 

 

Cold light by Tom Fiero.

Cold light by Tom Fiero.

 

Sea smoke in Duluth by Mark Tarello.

Sea smoke in Duluth by Mark Tarello.

 

Double vision by Bill Donovan.

Double vision by Bill Donovan.

And here are some studies in light:

-15 F at Split Rock Lighthouse this morning by Christian Dalbec.

-15 F at Split Rock Lighthouse this morning by Christian Dalbec.

 

Back by sundown by Adam Malmanger.

Back by sundown by Adam Malmanger.

 

Morning on Lake Superior by Billy Stechyshyn.

Morning on Lake Superior by Billy Stechyshyn.

 

Rise of the Cold Moon by Paul Sundberg.

Rise of the Cold Moon by Paul Sundberg.

 

Hollow Rock Sunrise by Garrick Meyer.

Hollow Rock Sunrise by Garrick Meyer.

 

Grand Marais tonight by John Cory.

Grand Marais tonight by John Cory.

And finally, this shot. It’s a great reminder of what to do if conversations get a little heated over the table this holiday season.

Ah, come on you guys, Let's play by Gerry Sibell.

Hey  guys, that’s enough. Let’s play! by Gerry Sibell.

Have a great holiday season everyone!

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Crafting An Artist’s Life & The Dark Sky Festival

This morning took my breath away in more ways than one by Kjersti Vick.

This morning took my breath away in more ways than one by Kjersti Vick.

We are in the final countdown of the holiday season, and winter is upon us. Sea smoke, icy shores, snow drifts on the Gunflint Trail, glimpses of mushers training their dogs — all point to signs of the season.

The week kicks off with one of the newest holiday markets in Grand Marais–“It’s a Wunderbar Life: Holiday Market.”

It's a Wunderbar Life: Holiday Market will be held at the Wunderbar from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12.

It’s a Wunderbar Life: Holiday Market will be held at the Wunderbar from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12.

Organized by Abby Tofte, owner of The Big Lake, this is the third year the event opens up the entire Wunderbar building to artists, artisans and local businesses for a very busy four hours of holiday shopping. Prints, pottery, fiber art, jewelry, glass artists will be represented, as well as a number of local businesses, including The Big Lake, Crosby Bakery and Sawbill Outfitters, to name a few. DJ Beavstar will play the music. The event is free and is from 4-8 p.m. Dec. 12.

Also on Thursday, the 11th annual Light Up a Life, a tree lighting ceremony organized by Care Partners, will be held at the Johnson Heritage Post at 5:30 p.m. Dr. Mary Ellen Ashcroft will speak. All invited.

On Friday, woodblock print maker Betsy Bowen, sculptor Tom Christiansen and ceramics/glass/monoprint artist Lee Ross will give an Artists Talk at the Grand Marais Art Colony entitled “Crafting the Artist’s Life” from 5-7 p.m.

An Artists Talk, featuring Betsy Bowen, Tom Christiansen and Lee Ross entitled "Crafting an Artist's Life" will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 5-7 p.m. Friday.

An Artists Talk, featuring Betsy Bowen, Tom Christiansen and Lee Ross entitled “Crafting an Artist’s Life” will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 5-7 p.m. Friday. Photo courtesy of the Art Colony.

The artists will speak about what inspires them, turning points in their careers and how they see their homes on the North Shore influencing their work. Refreshments will be served. Suggested donation, $5. Open to all.

The Dark Sky Festival is Friday and Saturday.

The Dark Sky Festival is Friday and Saturday.

This is also the weekend for the 2nd annual Dark Sky Festival, celebrating the beauty of dark skies on the North Shore.

The festival kicks off on Friday night with “Turn Out the Lights!” at 6 p.m. in Harbor Park, as Grand Marais goes dark for a moment or two. The UMD Geodome will be set up at Voyageur Brewing Co.,  to show off the beauties of the night sky, and photographer Bryan Hansel will give a presentation at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 6:30 p.m.

Cook County has some of the darkest skies in the lower 48, and Hansel will talk about this and its importance, as well as share some of the images he has made of the dark sky in the Lake Superior region and beyond.

By the way, Hansel has offered to give away a print of the image below through comments on Facebook about a favorite dark sky memory. Check it out here and make a comment to win the drawing.

Photograph by Bryan Hansel, who will be one of the presenters at the Dark Sky Festival this weekend. Hansel will giveaway a copy of this print. See below for details.

Photograph by Bryan Hansel, who will be one of the presenters at the Dark Sky Festival this weekend. Hansel will giveaway a copy of this print. See above for details on how to win it..

Then at 7:30 p.m., the screening “City Lights, Starry Night,” a documentary film with IDA, the International Dark Sky Assocation, will be screened at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts.

On Saturday, the Dark Sky Festival continues at North House Folk School with an open forum panel discussion with Bryan Hansel, Joel Halvorson, a naturalist from the Superior National Forest and a representative from the Duluth chapter of the International Dark Sky Association. The forum will be held at 3:15 at the North House Folk School.

At 6 p.m., author and ethnoastronomer Mark Hollabaugh will give a presentation at North House entitled “Dancers in the Sky: Native Americans and the Night Sky.” Hollabaugh has just published “Spirit and the Sky: Lakota Visions of the Cosmos.” The presentation is free and open to all.

Then at 7 p.m. Mike Lynch, meterologist at WCCO, will give a presentation and guided telescope time, also at North House. If conditions are good, participants can look through Lynch’s telescope.

And finally, at 8 p.m. photographer Travis Novitsky and Joel Halvorson will give a presentation at North House entitled “Dark Sky Adventures.”

For the complete schedule of the Dark Sky Festival, videos and interviews, click here.

Also this weekend, the final Downtown Duluth Arts Walk for the season will be held in downtown Duluth from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13.

The December Downtown Duluth Arts Walk will be held on Friday from 5-8 p.m.

The December Downtown Duluth Arts Walk will be held on Friday from 5-8 p.m.

The event features a variety of art shows, entertainment as well as holiday sales in the downtown area. For a complete listing, click here.

Registration is closed, but stop by Voyageur’s Brewing from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday and check out “Paint Your Dog’s Portrait,” a paint-by-number opportunity to paint a portrait of the family dog.

Also this week, those who want to learn about and participate in the 100 Day Project can meet at the Grand Marais Art Colony from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18. The 100 Day Project was developed by a group in Michigan and has spread all over the country. Participants commit to working on an artistic project (even if only five minutes a day)for 100 days. It is an extraordinary experience, according to all accounts. Artists not only discover new techniques and interests, they also explore their own artistic views and philosophies as the project progresses. The event is free. All invited.

Exhibits:

The Johnson Heritage Post exhibit, “Art In Process: The Exhibition,” with works by Molly Ovenden continues through Dec. 29.

Molly Ovenden is exhibiting her abstract work at the Johnson Heritage Post this month,

Molly Ovenden is exhibiting her abstract work at the Johnson Heritage Post this month,

The Heritage Post will host a brown bag lunch at noon on Monday, Dec. 23 with Ovenden. The artist will lead a walk-through of her exhibit at that time. 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.

The Holiday Art Underground Show continues at Betsy Bowen’s Gallery and Studio exhibiting work by more than 40 local and regional artists.

Mary MacDonald has new bracelets at the Holiday Art Underground Show at Betsy Bowen's Studio.

Mary MacDonald has new bracelets at the Holiday Art Underground Show at Betsy Bowen’s Studio.

The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. most days. The show continues through Dec. 29.

Wednesday, Dec. 18, is the final week for Artists in the Taproom & Holiday Music at Voyageur’s Brewing Co. Potter Kari Carter, weaver Mary MacDonald and glass artist Jeff Morgan will be exhibiting their work. Roxann Berglund will play.

At the Tweed Museum of Art. the photographic exhibit, “Space” Time and Place” continues.

The Leaving of Liverpool. Photograph by Chris Shaw. It is one of the photographs in the exhibit Space: Time and Space.

“The Leaving of Liverpool.” Photograph by Chris Shawl. It is one of the photographs in the exhibit Space: Time and Place.

The exhibit is open through February 2020.

And Shannon Cousino’s exhibit of her woodcut prints at the Duluth Art Institute closes this Sunday.

"The Ritual of Unexpected Death: When Your Heart Stopped," woodcut print by Shannon Cousino.

“The Ritual of Unexpected Death: When Your Heart Stopped,” woodcut print by Shannon Cousino.

The Art Institute galleries are located in the Depot building in Duluth.

Music:

Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, Dec. 12:

  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 13:

  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Fred Anderson, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec.` 14:

  • Joe Paulik, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s. 8 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 15:

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

Tuesday, Dec. 16: 

  • Joe Paulik, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.

Photographs

We found some interesting photographs this week. Here’s a selection.

Let’s start with wildlife:

Morning with the boys by David Johnson

Morning with the Boys by David Johnson

 

Boreal owl on a spruce tree by Michael Furtman.

Boreal Owl on a spruce tree by Michael Furtman.

Walking carefully. Frost flowers and geese by Ellie Klaus Hogan.

Walking carefully. Frost flowers and geese by Ellie Klaus Hogan.

Searching for breakfast by Thomas Spence.

Searching for breakfast by Thomas Spence.

Keeping warm... this handsome fella stopped by my feeder today near the entrance to Jay Cooke State Park by Stacie Sway.

Keeping warm… this handsome fella stopped by my feeder today near the entrance to Jay Cooke State Park by Stacie Sway.

Sunset over Lake Superior by Bryan Hansel.

Sunset over Lake Superior by Bryan Hansel.

Winter sunset by Trish Francis.

Winter by Trish Francis.

Come a little closer ... get yourself wet. LOL by Matthew Pastick.

Come a little closer … get yourself wet. LOL by Matthew Pastick.

Brrrr. -8 might as well be -30 by Lin Salisbury.

Brrrr. -8 might as well be -30 by Lin Salisbury.

One from tonight by Jesse Nord.

One from tonight by Jesse Nord.

The choir has assembled by Ted T-bone.

The choir has assembled by Ted T-bone.

Two Harbors under sea smoke by Jan Swart.

Two Harbors under sea smoke by Jan Swart.

And then, a few surprises:

The long ride home by Christian Dalbec.

The long ride home by Christian Dalbec. (Taken at Stoney Point)

Ice-covered logs looking like dolphins at Park Point Beach. (photographer unknown,0

Ice-covered logs looking like dolphins at Park Point Beach. (photographer unknown,0

And this intriguing shot taken after the Duluth blizzard:

Night Drifts by Paul Ranelli.

Night Drifts by Paul Ranelli.

And last, but not least, this evocative photograph by Christian Dalbec.

Last week, the Sea Stack at Tettegouche State Park fell into Lake Superior during a ferocious winter storm. Photographer Christian Dalbec, who regularly dons a wet suit and goes into Lake Superior to take photographs, found the spot where the Sea Stack tumbled into the sea and captured it in perfect light.

"There She Lies" by Christian Dalbec.

“There She Lies” by Christian Dalbec. RIP Sea Stack.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

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In Recovery Mode — Holiday Fairs, Music & Snow

Lake Superior was showing its strength today by Dustin Lavigne.

Lake Superior, showing its strength by Dustin Lavigne.

 Stormy weather, a snow dump in Duluth and the loss of the iconic Sea Stack in Tettegouche State Park marked the first few days of December on the North Shore. We have documented some of it in the photo section, see below.

Now, the wind has died down, Lake Superior is quiet, and we continue gearing up for the holidays.

This weekend is one of the high points of holiday celebrations in Cook County — the Northwoods Fiber Guild holds its annual open house and sale at the Grand Marais Art Colony, the Girl Scouts help youngsters secretly pick out and wrap presents for their families in Santa’s Workshop and more than 100 members of the Borealis Chorale and Orchestra hold their annual Christmas program on Sunday and Monday night.

.We start the week on Thursday, Dec. 5, when Grand Marais author Staci Drouillard will be the featured guest at a Writer’s Salon at Drury Lane Books to celebrate the publication of her book, “Walking the Old Road: A People’s History of Chippewa City and the Grand Marais Anishinaabe.”

The book, published by the University of Minnesota Press, is the story of a once vibrant, now vanished off-reservation Ojibwe village near Grand Marais, and it is a vital chapter in the history of the North Shore.

Staci Drouillard will be at Drury Lane Books at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, to celebrate the publication of her book, "Walking the Old Road." At the Writer's Salon, she will read from and talk about the book, as well as and sign copies.

Staci Drouillard will be at Drury Lane Books at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, to celebrate the publication of her book, “Walking the Old Road.” At the Writer’s Salon, she will read from and talk about the book, as well as sign copies.

Blending memoir, oral history, and narrative, Walking the Old Road reaches back to a time when Chippewa City, then called Nishkwakwansing (at the edge of the forest), was home to generations of Ojibwe ancestors. Drouillard, whose family once lived in Chippewa City, draws on memories, family history, historical analysis, and testimony passed from one generation to the next to conduct us through the ages of early European contact, government land allotment, family relocation, and assimilation.

“A book 35 years in the making, “Walking the Old Road” adds an important layer of human history to the bedrock of the North Shore,” Drouillard writes.

The Writer’s Salon is from 5-6 p.m. Free and open to all.

Friday features two art openings:

“Art in Process: The Exhibition” featuring the work of Molly Ovenden, opens with a reception at the Johnson Heritage Post from 5-7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

"Art in Process: The Exhibition" opens at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday.

“Art in Process: The Exhibition” opens at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday.

Ovenden primarily works in acrylics, watercolors and felt-tip pens. The exhibit continues through Dec. 29. 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, Tettegouche State Park will host the opening reception for an exhibit by landscape painter Lisa Kosmo. The opening reception is from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Great Hall at the park.

Painting by Lisa Kosmo. She is opening an exhibit at Tettegouche State Park on Friday.

Painting by Lisa Kosmo. She is opening an exhibit at Tettegouche State Park on Friday.

Kosmo’s exhibit continues through Dec. 29.

Also, starting on Friday, Lutsen Mountains will host the Snowball Music & Ski Festival, continuing through the weekend. One of the headline bands, Heatbox, will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday, to talk about his music and play a few songs. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. To see the band line-up for the festival, check the Music Schedule, below.

Saturday will be busy. Santa’s Workshop starts at 8 a.m. at the Cook County Community Center with a pancake breakfast, bake sale and kid’s play corner. Kids can start shopping in a separate space at 9 a.m. with Scout elves there to help them pick out presents and wrap them. Santa will be there for pictures from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All invited.

At 9 a.m., the Northwoods Fiber Guild opens the doors at the Grand Marais Art Colony for the annual Open House and Holiday Sale. The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features high quality handmade clothing and gifts. Everything from mittens to scarves, sweaters to felted purses, socks and more are featured here.

The Northwoods Fiber Guild's Open House and Holiday Sale is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Saturday.

The Northwoods Fiber Guild’s Open House and Holiday Sale is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Saturday.

There’s also a Christmas tree decorated with a wide variety of handmade ornaments. Homemade treats and refreshments, as well as spinning, knitting and weaving demonstrations are on-tap during the day and the craft table is open to all.

In annual Holiday Craft Sale will be held at the Grand Portage Lodge from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday featuring a variety of art and artisans as well as food and Ojibwe beadwork. All invited.

Saturday is also Community Ink Day at the Grand Marais Art Colony, and the public is invited to create their own art piece while learning about the print studio and techniques. Youth under 9 must be accompanied by an adult. A $5 donation is requested.

In Knife River, this is the weekend for the Julebyen or Christmas Village featuring a great variety of exhibits and activities throughout the weekend, including train rides. In fact, the North Shore Scenic Railroad is running a Julebyen Train from Duluth to Knife River on both Saturday and Sunday.  The Julebyen is right across from the train station in Knife River..

The Julebyen, or Christmas Village, will be held at Knife River on Saturday and Sunday.

The Julebyen, or Christmas Village, will be held at Knife River on Saturday and Sunday.

At the event, look for outdoor and indoor markets, a Troll Village, a book corner, the Gnome Dome as well as children’s activities.There will be lots of Scandinavian food as well as performances, and a great selection of art and artisans. Two Cook County residents, printmaker Betsy Bowen and illustrator Kari Vick, will be among the artists exhibiting at the event. Open to all. For more info,  Click here,

Quite a bit further down the road, SVEA, Grand Marais’ a cappella Swedish group, will be performing at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday as part of the Institute’s Christmas activities.

SVEA will be performing at the Swedish American Institute on Saturday.

SVEA will be performing at the Swedish American Institute on Saturday.

On Sunday, Voyageur Brewing Co. continues its Artists and Holiday Music series with artists Hannah Palma Laky, Emily Wick, and Katy Attleson exhibiting their work from noon to 4 p.m. Roxann Berglund will play holiday favorites.

The Borealis Chorale and Orchestra will perform this weekend, too, with concerts at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. on Sunday and Monday.

The Borealis Chorale & Orchestra will perform a Christmas Concert at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

The Borealis Chorale & Orchestra will perform a Christmas Concert at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

The concerts are an annual Cook County tradition that is nearly 70 years old. This year’s concert offers seasonal favorites and the world premiere of  “The Lingering Light of Day,” by composer Craig Carnahan and poet Julia Klatt Singer.

The creation of this new choral and orchestral work, written by Carnahan and Singer for the Borealis Chorale & Orchestra was funded in part by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. The piece is based on material gathered from community listening sessions the artists hosted in Cook County last February, in which participants discussed what makes the North Shore a unique place to live. The concert is free, but donations are welcome. And come early to get a good seat.

On Wednesday, Voyageur Brewing hosts three artists: Nancy Seaton, Terry Lewis and Joan Farnam, for its Artists and Live Holiday Music Series.

Glass artist Nancy Seaton is one of the artists who will be exhibiting at Voyageur Brewing on Wednesday.

Glass artist Nancy Seaton is one of the artists who will be exhibiting at Voyageur Brewing on Wednesday, Dec. 11.

Roxann Berglund will play. The event runs from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

And last, but not least, Wunderbar hosts “It’s a Wunderbar Life: Holiday Market” on Thursday, Dec. 12 from 4-8 p.m. A popular holiday event, the market will feature more than 20 local artists and businesses scattered around the building as well as live music. Open to all.

Also on Thursday, the 11th annual “Light Up A Life,” sponsored by Care Partners, will be held at the Johnson Heritage Post at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The event offers community members the opportunity to celebrate the life of a loved one during the holiday season. Each $5 donation lights one bulb in memory of a loved one. The tree will be located in front of the Heritage Post. A Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held inside. Dr. Mary Ellen Ashcroft will lead a brief reflection, and Yvonne Mills will play. The ceremony will be followed by refreshments. For more information, contact Kay Grindland, Care Partners director at 387-3788 or email carepartners@boreal.org.

Exhibits:

 The Holiday Art Underground Show continues at Betsy Bowen’s Gallery, 301 1st Ave. W., featuring a wide variety of local artists and art.

Extinction Series, giclee prints, Kathy Fox Weinberg. The Art Underground Holiday Show at Betsy Bowen Gallery. (Note: The polar bear print has sold.)

Extinction Series, giclee prints, Kathy Fox Weinberg. The Holiday Art Underground  Show at Betsy Bowen Gallery. (Note: The polar bear print has already sold.)

Prints, paintings, jewelry, ceramics, glass, fiber art, photographs and more are on exhibit at the show. The artists are bringing in new work, too.

The Tweed Museum of Art has opened a new exhibit entitled “Ceramics by Glenn C. Nelson.”

One of the pieces in the Tweed's exhibit, Ceramics by Glenn C. Nelson.

One of the pieces in the Tweed’s exhibit, Ceramics by Glenn C. Nelson.

Nelson taught at the University of Minnesota-Duluth for years and is well-known for the ceramics program he developed there, as well as his impressive international ceramics collection, which he donated to the Tweed. The exhibit continues through February.

A new exhibit has opened at the Duluth Art Institute. Entitled “Laura Andrews & Paul Gudmundson: Integrated Vision,” the exhibit combines digital landscapes with meditative harmonies. 

"Falling," a digital projection, is one of the pieces on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute in the George Morrison Gallery.

“Falling,” a digital projection, is one of the pieces on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute in the George Morrison Gallery.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is opening a new exhibit on Friday. Benjamin Chee Chee: Life and Legacy, is a retrospective exhibit of the work of the Canadian artistThe exhibition presents a personal perspective, achieved through multifarious collaborations, including those with close friends of Chee Chee’s.

Untitled (In Flight) by Benjamin Chee Chee is one of the pieces on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Untitled (In Flight) by Benjamin Chee Chee is one of the pieces on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The exhibit runs through Feb. 23.

Upcoming:

Crafting an Artistic Life, an Artist Talk featuring Betsy Bowen, Tom Christianson and Lee Ross will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13. Participants will learn about the artists’ inspirations, their turning points and how they see their home on the North Shore influencing their work. Refreshments included. Suggested donation, $5.

Also, the Dark Sky Festival will be next weekend, Dec. 13-14. The event features a variety of events, including presentations, night sky viewing, slide shows and more. Stay tuned. And, to learn more, click here.

On Saturday, Dec. 14, the Grand Marais Playhouse will hold the Curry Cook-Off, a fundraiser for the Playhouse. The event will be held at the First Congregational Church and includes curries and musical performances. If you are interested in cooking up a curry for the event, contact Jane Gellner at kelner@boreal.org

FYI:

Visit Cook County has a page this year detailing Winter Trail Conditions.

VisitCookCounty .com has an extensive listing of trails conditions throughout the county. Photo by Paul Sundberg.

VisitCookCounty .com has an extensive listing of trails conditions throughout the county. Photo by Paul Sundberg.

Information about the condition of cross country ski trails, downhill skiing, snowmobile trails and winter bike trails is updated frequently. To find out more, click here.

Photographer Bryan Hansel is making a series of videos about the making of a photograph. Check this one out: It’s about photographing ice patterns in the Grand Marais Harbor.

 

And last, but not least, the North Shore Readers & Writers Festival got a thumbs-up from Publisher’s Weekly recently. The biennial festival was launched in 2015 and is a collaboration between the Grand Marais Art Colony, Drury Lane Books and the Grand Marais Public Library.

Drury Lane Books is one of the sponsors of the Readers & Writer's Festival.

Drury Lane Books is one of the sponsors of the Readers & Writer’s Festival.

“This year’s festival, held Nov. 7–10, featured 18 authors and seven publishing professionals giving talks, participating on panels, leading seminars, and teaching classes on writing for about 175 attendees comprised of readers and aspiring writers from all over the state,” writes Claire Kirch, who wrote the article for Publishers Weekly.

To read the entire article, click here.

 Music Schedule:

Thursday, Dec. 5:

  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Jon Kallberg, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 6:

  • Southpaws Lite with Al Oikari, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Gun Flint tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Snowball Music & Ski Festival, Papa Charlie’s, Lutsen Mountains

  • Heatbox, 9 p.m.
  • Wookiefoot, 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 7:

Snowball Music & Ski Festival, Papa Charlie’s, Lutsen Mountains:

  • Pat Forsyth & The Diggy Trio, 12:30 p.m.
  • The Limns, 2 p.m.
  • Smokin’ Joe, 4 p.m.
  • Frogleg, 9 p.m.
  • Wookiefoot, 10:30 p.m.

In other venues:

  • Brothers in Arms, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • Southpaws, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Jim McGowan, Lutsen Resort, 9 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 8:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik & Pat Flack, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • Borealis Chorale & Orchestra, Christmas Concert, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 9:

  • Luke LeBlanc, Voyageur Brewing, 5 p.m.
  • Borealis Chorale & Orchestra, Christmas Concert, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 10:

  • Jim Miller, Poplar River Pub at Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 11:

  • Roxann Berglund, Holiday music, Voyageur Brewing, 4:30 p.m.
  • Jam Session, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Photographs:

It was a wild week on the NorthShore, with a record-breaking blizzard and high winds roughing up Lake Superior and doing some damage. One of the results? The Sea Stack at Tettegouche State Park disappeared, falling in a jumble of rocks to the bed of the lake.

Here’s a photo of the Sea Stack before …

The Sea Stack by Dave Miess.

The Sea Stack a few days before it disappeared by Dave Miess.

Here’s a photo of after …

The Sea Stack is gone by Dustin Lavigne.

The Sea Stack is gone by Dustin Lavigne.

NorthShore ArtScene put out a special issue in memory of the Sea Stack earlier this week, gathering some of the photographs posted by local and regional photographers of one of their favorite places. Like this one, by Jeffrey Doty.

 I always like to spend some time getting to know my subject before I shoot. This last year I had a magical night on the ice with the iconic Sea Stack out a Tettagouche. It has fallen victim to the last storm and will no longer be photographed. Photograph by Jeffrey Doty.

I always like to spend some time getting to know my subject before I shoot. This last year I had a magical night on the ice with the iconic Sea Stack out a Tettagouche. It has fallen victim to the last storm and will no longer be photographed. Photograph by Jeffrey Doty.

If you haven’t seen the complete collection, click here for more.

Meanwhile, we found other photographs this week. Here’s a short selection:

First, wildlife:

Taking the easy way by Thomas Spence.

Taking the easy way by Thomas Spence.

 

Sitting pretty by Heidi Pinkerton.

Sitting pretty by Heidi Pinkerton.

 

Cross fox by Erich Jacob Beck.

A healthy cross fox by Erich Jacob Beck.

 

Happy Thanksgiving Day by David Johnson.

Happy Thanksgiving Day by David Johnson.

 

Wolf on the Gunflint Trail by @annahenn.

Wolf on the Gunflint Trail by @annahenn13.

 

Yellowstone buffalo by Tom Murphy.

Yellowstone buffalo by Tom Murphy.

And Lake Superior roared.

At the Silver Creek overlook by Edward Lee.

At the Silver Creek overlook by Edward Lee.

 

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Tettegouche, Nov. 30 by Ryan Rumpca,

 

After the blizzard--Shovel Point by Dave Miess.

After the blizzard–Shovel Point by Dave Miess.

 

The waves crashed over the pier in Duluth and spray froze on the Lift Bridge gears. It was closed for a day and ships were rerouted to the Superior, Wis. entrance.

The waves crashed over the pier in Duluth and spray froze on the Lift Bridge gears. It was closed for a day and ships were rerouted to the Superior, Wis. entrance.

Even when the waves weren’t crashing on rocks, they still looked dangerous.

Waves on Lake Superior during the storm by Lou Pignolet.

Waves on Lake Superior near Hovland during the storm by Lou Pignolet.

Waves plus freezing temps equals ice.

Ice sculptures by Paul Sundberg.

Ice sculptures by Paul Sundberg.

 

Ho, ho, ho -- it's magic by Matthew Pastick.

Ho, ho, ho — it’s magic by Matthew Pastick.

And, in Duluth, it snowed — a lot.

You betcha by Andy Konstas.

You betcha by Andy Konstas.

In short, it was quite a a storm.

Here’s to a quieter weekend:

A morning on the North Shore by Roxanne Distad.

A morning on the North Shore by Roxanne Distad.

Enjoy, everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 always like to spend some time getting to know my subject before I shoot. This last year I had a magical night on the ice with the iconic Sea Stack out a Tettagouche. It has fallen victim to the last storm and will no longer be photographed. Photograph by Jeffrey Doty.

I always like to spend some time getting to know my subject before I shoot. This last year I had a magical night on the ice with the iconic Sea Stack out a Tettagouche. It has fallen victim to the last storm and will no longer be photographed. Photograph by Jeffrey Doty.

 

The Sea Stack by Dave Miess.

The Sea Stack by Dave Miess.

 

The Sea Stack is gone by Dustin Lavigne.

The Sea Stack is gone by Dustin Lavigne.

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Special Edition: The Sea Stack at Tettegouche is gone

My tribute to the Sea Stack at Tettegouche State Park by Susanne von Schroeder.

My tribute to the Sea Stack at Tettegouche State Park by Susanne von Schroeder.

Greetings, everyone.

The Sea Stack at Tettegouche State Park is gone, crumbling into Lake Superior during a storm over the weekend. What used to be the Sea Stack — above –is now gone.

The Sea Stack is gone by Dustin Lavigne.

The Sea Stack is gone by Dustin Lavigne.

As a tribute to this iconic rock along the North Shore, photographers have been sharing their favorite images. We thought you might like to see them. Here is what we’ve found so far.

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One of the last images of the Sea Stack, taken on Nov. 30 by Donald Jay Olson.

The Sea Stack in winter:

The stack all iced up by Thomas Spence.

The stack all iced up by Thomas Spence.

 

In honor of the loss of the Tettegouche Sea Stack by MaryJane Van Den Heuvel.

In honor of the loss of the Tettegouche Sea Stack by MaryJane Van Den Heuvel.

 

The Sea Stack byDawn LaPointe.

The Sea Stack by Dawn LaPointe.

 

Honoring the Sea Stack that collapsed into Lake Superior during the storm by Roxanne Distad.

Honoring the Sea Stack that collapsed into Lake Superior during the storm by Roxanne Distad.

 

The Stack, Nov. 29, 2019 by Ryan Tischer.

The Stack, Nov. 29, 2019 by Ryan Tischer.

 

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My tribute to the iconic sea stack of Tettegouche State Park which was tumbled by yesterday’s storm. A most humbling testament to this Great Lake’s power. By Mary Amerman.

 

The Sea Stack by Bryan Hansel.

The Sea Stack by Bryan Hansel.

 

The Sea Stack by Dave Miess.

The Sea Stack by Dave Miess.

 

 always like to spend some time getting to know my subject before I shoot. This last year I had a magical night on the ice with the iconic Sea Stack out a Tettagouche. It has fallen victim to the last storm and will no longer be photographed. Photograph by Jeffrey Doty.

I always like to spend some time getting to know my subject before I shoot. This last year I had a magical night on the ice with the iconic Sea Stack out a Tettagouche. It has fallen victim to the last storm and will no longer be photographed. By Jeffrey Doty.

Here are a few Sea Stack photographs from other seasons:

Sea Stack last October by John Keefover.

Sea Stack last October by John Keefover.

 

Up until 2010, an arch connected the Sea Stack and land. The arch fell that year. Photo by Jon Wood.

Up until 2010, an arch connected the Sea Stack with the land. The arch fell that year. Photo by Jon Wood.

 

Barbara Hartwick took this photo of the Sea Stack and Arch in 2008.

Barbara Hartwick took this photo of the Sea Stack and Arch in 2008.

Here’s a photo of what it looked like to kayak under the arch.

"I'm pretty sure that this is a picture of the first time that I paddled under the Tettegouche sea arch, which later become the sea stack, which just collapsed." Photography by Bryan Hansel.

I’m pretty sure that this is a picture of the first time that I paddled under the Tettegouche sea arch, which later become the sea stack, which just collapsed.” Photograph by Bryan Hansel.

 

A calm summer day by Sandra Updyke.

A calm summer day by Sandra Updyke.

 

Sea Stack at sunset by Justin Vrba.

The Sea Stack at sunset by Justin Vrba.

 

Tribute to the Tettegouche Stack. This image was taken in 2015 by Andreas Friedl.

Tribute to the Tettegouche Stack. This image was taken in 2015 by Andreas Friedl.

And this image by Jim Schnortz.

Spring sunrise at the Sea Stacks by Jim Schnortz.

Spring sunrise at the Sea Stack by Jim Schnortz.

Kurt Mead, the interpretive naturalist at Tettegouche State Park, wrote this today in an email: “The same forces that created the Sea Stack brought it down. The Sea Stack is dead. Long live the Sea Stack.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Just In Time for the Holidays

Walking in a winter wonderland by Roxanne Distad.

Walking in a winter wonderland by Roxanne Distad.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The full season of winter has arrived, and snow lovers are celebrating this week. It’s beautiful to walk outdoors and see the white-covered landscapes shift and change with the wind … to hear the crunch of snow in the chilly night air, and to know that the ski trails and ski hills will be groomed and ready.

The week starts out with the Gobble, Gobble Fun Run sponsored by Voyageur Brewing Co. The run is held first thing Thanksgiving morning.

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The Gobble Gobble Fun Run is an informal gathering of folks who want to get some exercise and get outside on Thanksgiving Day. The run of either 5k or 10k or anything in between begins at the east end of Cascade Beach Road at 9 a.m. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, participants who bring a monetary donation for the Cook County Food Shelf will receive a token for a free pint of beer at Voyageur Brewing. Note: This is not an official race. The road will not be closed and might be icy. Participants are responsible for their own safety. The event will not be timed and there will not be mile markers, awards or aid stations. But it is a chance to get a run before the feasts later in the day.

One of the most popular is the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner held at the First Congregational Church starting at 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. This is the 45th year the church has opened its doors to the community to gather together and enjoy this traditional home-cooked meal. There is no charge. The church is located at the corner of 3rd Ave. W. and Second Street. Call the church at at 387-2113 for special considerations about home delivered/ take-out/rides to the dinner. All are welcome.

Thanksgiving buffets will also be served at Gunflint Lodge from 11:30-5:30 p.m. and at Caribou Lodge from 3-8 p.m.

This weekend is full of holiday fairs and shows. It starts on Friday with the opening of the Holiday Art Underground Show at Betsy Bowen Studio from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Holiday Art Underground Show opens at Betsy Bowen's Studio at 11 a.m. on Friday.

The Holiday Art Underground Show opens at Betsy Bowen’s Studio a. on Friday.

Dozens of local artists are showing their beautiful work here for the holidays, including a number of new artists. Come for cookies, hot tea and a colorful eyeful. The gallery will host an Opening Celebration from 3-5:30 p.m. on Friday, right before the parade. Refreshments will be served, with music by Fred Anderson. All invited.  The show continues through Dec. 29.

Also on Friday, the North Shore Winery will host a European-style Christmas Market from noon to 7 p.m..

The North Shore Winery will host a European-style Christmas Market on Friday.

The North Shore Winery will host a European-style Christmas Market on Friday.

The market will offer  holiday decorations, art, art gifts, sculpture, wreaths, soaps, maple syrup, and warm winter beverages. Among the artists featured at the market, look for work by Kari Vick, Mueller Studios, Anna Hess, Jillian Kratt, Kathy Weinberg and Jim Cordes, just to name a few.

Light-Up Lutsen, a holiday event held in downtown Lutsen featuring events and receptions at businesses, will be held from 2-5 p.m., including caroling, a tree lighting, tasting and a metal pour at 5 p.m. at the Mueller Studio. Open to all.

Friday caps off with the Oh Ole Night Parade in Grand Marais.

The Oh Ole Night Parade is in downtown Grand Marais on Friday.

The Oh Ole Night Parade is in downtown Grand Marais on Friday at 5:30 p.m..

It’s Grand Marais’ quirky small-town Christmas parade with its Scandinavian heritage on full display. The parade starts at 5:30 p.m. on Wisconsin St., two loops around town and then a finish at Harbor Park for the tree lighting and fireworks, whatever the weather. DJ Beavstar will be emceeing the event, and there will be cookies from Crosby Bakery for munching. Murray the Moose will be out and about, too. To be in the parade, meet in the Senior Center parking lot at 5 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in a number of categories. All invited.

And finally, on Friday night, the New Standards Holiday Show will be featured at Papa Charlie’s starting at 8:30 p.m. This is the 12th year the New Standards have launched their Holiday Show on Lutsen Mountains. It’s one part variety show, one part homage to the season, one part irreverent, free-wheeling spectacle. The New Standards trio is joined by a supporting cast replete with vocalists and instrumentalists – and as always – a dazzling lineup of special surprise guests.

Here’s a clip from an earlier show:

Tickets are $20 in advance, $26 day of the show.

Saturday is very busy, too.

In Grand Marais, the annual Cook County Community Center Holiday Craft Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Community Center.

The Community Center Holiday Craft Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The Community Center Holiday Craft Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

This year, look for ornaments, wreaths, jewelry, artwork, pottery, knitted hats and mittens. Food by Rebel Girls Catering will be available as well.

In Hovland, the Hovland Arts Festival Christmas Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hovland Town Hall.

The Hovland Arts Festival Holiday Sale is this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hovland Town Hall.

The Hovland Arts Festival Holiday Sale is this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hovland Town Hall.

This popular Christmas sale features a variety of artists and artisans and includes booths featuring birchbark crafts, photography, watercolors, candles, knitting, jewelry, beading, pottery, wreaths, handmade lotions and Christmas ornaments. There are a number of new artists this year, too. Refreshments available. All invited.

Also on Saturday, two beloved Minnesota musicians, Chan Poling and Lucy Michell will entertain the audience at Drury Lane Books with a reading of their new book,  “Jack and the Ghost,” a discussion of how it came about, and, perhap, perform a few songs. The event will be from 7-8 p.m. “Jack and the Ghost” is a gothic, lyrical evocation of a shipwreck, ghosts, and living through grief in a seaside town told through pictures.

Chan Poling and

Chan Poling and Lucy Michell will give a reading from their new book and play a few songs at Drury Lane Books from 7-8 p.m. Saturday.

 

Poling is a founding member of the seminal New Wave rock group The Suburbs and the popular jazz/cabaret trio The New Standards. Michell is a musician and artist whose illustrations can be found on countless band posters, album covers, kids’ menus, and even T-shirts for Target. The event is free and open to the public.

And finally, this season’s best ski movie, “Return to Send’er” produced by Matchstick Productions, will be screened at Lutsen Mountains at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The exciting ski film is on a national tour and has some local connections: Beau Larson, son of Mike and Jana Larson, grew up on the slopes of Lutsen Mountains, fell in love with the out-of-doors and chased his dreams in college by pursing his arts degree in film and digital media. Beau now works for Matchstick Productions out of Crested Butte, Co., and served on the team that produced this movie. Also, photographs by Cook County graduate Emily Tidwell will be exhibited as well. She is now living in Reno, Nev.,, and is under exclusive contract to shoot photos for some Lake Tahoe’s largest ski areas.

But let this film speak for itself. Here’s the trailer:

Larson and Tidwell will talk about the film and their lives on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday. The program airs from 5-7 p.m.  Note: Tickets are $5. Proceeds will be donated to the Lutsen Jr. Alpine Ski Team.

And finally on Wednesday, Dec. 4, Voyageur Brewing begins its Artists in the Taproom series featuring work by local artists and music by Roxann Berglund from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

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Kim Knutson and Abby Tofte will be on-site on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

And on Thursday, Dec. 5, Staci Drouillard will be at Drury Lane Books for a Writer’s Salon to read and sign her newly published book, “Walking the Old Road: A People’s History of Chipppewa City and the Grand Marais Anishinaabe.”

Staci Drouillard will be the guest at Drury Lane Books on Thursday, Dec. 5, to read from her new book, "Walking the Old Road."

Staci Drouillard will be the guest at Drury Lane Books on Thursday, Dec. 5, to read from her new book, “Walking the Old Road.”

The Writer’s Salon is from 5-6 p.m. Drouillard will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday, Nov. 29, to talk about her book. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.

Exhibits: 

This is the last weekend to see “Changing Seasons: Photographs by the Frozen Photographers” exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Changing Seasons, featuring photographs by the Frozen Photographers is on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post this weekend.

Changing Seasons, featuring photographs by the Frozen Photographers is on exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post this weekend.

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

David Gilsvik has completed a number of new paintings, including “Turning of the Tamarack,” below.

"Turning of the Tarmarack" by David Gilsvik will be at Sivertson Gallery.

“Turning of the Tarmarack” by David Gilsvik will be at Sivertson Gallery.

Painter Tom McCann is exhibiting his work at the Cook County Courthouse.

Tommy Eckel’s Boat by Tom McCann is at the Cook County Courthouse.

The Tweed Museum of Art is currently featuring a special exhibition about Soviet-era art from The Museum of Russian Art, which includes this painting. The exhibition presents nonconformist and state-sanctioned art that spanned the final Soviet decades, from Stalin’s death in 1953 to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

"The Mail Carrier," by Saak Shifman is one of the paintings in the exhibit of Soviet-era art at the Tweed Museum.

The Mail Carrier,” by Isaak Shifman is one of the paintings in the exhibit of Soviet-era art at the Tweed Museum.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery has just opened a spectacular new exhibit entitled “The North Now,” featuring works by 47 artists from throughout Northern Ontario.

One of the paintings in the Thunder Bay Art Gallery's new exhibit,  "The North Now."

One of the paintings in the Thunder Bay Art Gallery’s new exhibit, “The North Now.”

Artists throughout northern Ontario were invited to submit original works of art created within the last two years for consideration by a jury of arts professionals. Artists were encouraged to submit work that challenges, expands and innovates. The exhibit continues through Feb. 15.

 Upcoming:

Holiday events continue next weekend.

On Saturday, Dec. 7, the Northwoods Fiber Guild’s Open House and Holiday Sale will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Northwoods Fiber Guild's Open House and Holiday Sale at the Grand Marais Art Colony is on Saturday, Dec. 7.

The Northwoods Fiber Guild’s Open House and Holiday Sale at the Grand Marais Art Colony is on Saturday, Dec. 7.

The event features a wide variety of fiber art. Stay tuned for details.

Santa’s Workshop, a chance for youngsters to pick out gifts for their family and have them wrapped, will be held at the Cook County Community Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.

A Night Out in the Pottery Studio with Natalie Sobanja will be held at the Grand Marais Art Colony rom 6:30-9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Participants in "A Night Out in the Pottery Studio" work on a handbuilt mug during last year's event.

Participants in “A Night Out in the Pottery Studio” work on a handbuilt mug during last year’s event.

Participants will learn the ins and outs of wheel-throwing and hand building during this event. Dessert and wine will be provided and all supplies are included. Projects will be glazed by the instructor and available for pick-up one week later. To register, call the Art Colony at 387-2737.

The Borealis Chorale & Orchestra Christmas Concert will be held at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church from 7-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 and Monday, Dec. 9. The concert features traditional holiday music as well as world premiere of  ““The Lingering Light of Day,” by composer Craig Carnahan and poet Julia Klatt Singer. The piece is based on material gathered from community listening sessions the artists hosted in Cook County last February, in which participants discussed what makes the North Shore a unique place to live. Open to all.

 Music:

Thursday, Nov. 28:

  • Terry V &. Friends, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 29:

  • Gene LaFond & Amy Grillo, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Super Duty, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • The New Standards Holiday Show, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 20:

  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, 7 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Super Duty, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 1:

  • Briand Morrison, Moguls Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Open Stage with Joe Paulik & Pat Flack, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • Super Duty, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 3:

  • Pete Kavanaugh, Lutsen Resort, 8 p.m.

Photographs:

We found some interesting photographs this week, including a fair number of deer photos.

Town deer in the morning sun by Roxanne Distad.

Town deer in the morning sun by Roxanne Distad.

I ran into this guy in the wood today by Jeff Grotte.

I ran into this guy in the woods today by Jeff Grotte.

Interested in deer:

Wolf tracks in my hood by Nathan Slettedahl.

Wolf tracks in my hood by Nathan Slettedahl.

Snow & ice shots:

Cook County Minnesota by Mary Sorenson.

Cook County Minnesota by Mary Sorenson.

Winter Wonderland by Paul Sundberg.

Winter Wonderland by Paul Sundberg.

 

The frozen puddle by MaryJane Van Den Heuvel.

The frozen puddle by MaryJane Van Den Heuvel.

At Tettegouche by Nathan Klok.

At Tettegouche by Nathan Klok.

Sunset light:

Water patterns flaked with ice by Jan Swart.

Water patterns flaked with ice by Jan Swart.

Northern lights:

455 seconds at Sawbill Campground by Jamie Rabold.

455 seconds at Sawbill Campground by Jamie Rabold.

Lake Superior light:

Lake Superior rocks by Susanne Von Schroeder.

Lake Superior rocks by Susanne Von Schroeder.

Peaceful light:

Minnesota Northwoods by Calie Vannet Estrada.

Minnesota Northwoods by Calie Vannet Estrada.

And stormy light.

Lake Superior was kicking up some monstrous waves today by Alex Kormann.

Lake Superior was kicking up some monstrous waves today by Alex Kormann.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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