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Art, 3 Movies and Lots of Live Music

Ming H. Yao took this beauty recently, taken with his cell phone. Enjoy!

Ming H. Yao took this beauty with his cell phone recently. Enjoy!

Winter is in full swing on the North Shore, with plenty of powder on the ski slopes and well-groomed ski and snowmobile trails throughout Cook County. There are two events this weekend to celebrate that fact. The Gunflint Lake Cabin Fever Festival at Gunflint Lodge, complete with outdoor games and a fat-bike course on Saturday. Also on Saturday, the Lutsen Trailbreakers Snowmobile Club is hosting its 3rd annual Vintage Snowmobile Ride at Cascade Lodge on Saturday. Registration starts at noon with the ride on the trails starting at noon.

Indoors, there are lots of opportunities to see movies and look at great art this week.

Three different films will be screened in Cook County in the next few days.
On Thursday at 7 p..m., North House Folk School will screen “Sami Blood,” a powerful story about a reindeer-breeding Sami girl and her fight for identity.

Exposed to the racism of the 1930’s and race biology examinations at her boarding school, the Sami girl, Elle Marja, starts dreaming of another life. To achieve this other life, she has to become someone else and break all ties with her family and culture. It’s a powerful story. Here’s the trailer:

The film starts at 7 p.m. and is free. Bring your own popcorn.

On Friday,  the Grand Marais Public Library will continue its Friday Reels film screening series and show “Queen of the Katwe.” The film is about a how a Uganda girl’s world changes dramatically after becoming a chess star. Here’s the trailer:

The film starts at 6 p.m. at the library and is free.

“Saving Snow,” a 53-minute documentary on the how a warming climate is affecting the snow season in the U.S., will be screened at Lutsen Resort at 7 p.m. on Saturday and at North House Folk School at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27.  The film will be screened at a number of different venues on the North Shore in the coming weeks, too.

“Saving Snow” explores how our disappearing snow season is more than just a frustration for winter sports enthusiasts. It means lost income for the many towns and small businesses that depend on winter tourism and recreation to stay afloat. “Saving Snow” focuses on people coming to terms with these changes. But it also presents solutions. The film highlights individuals and organizations who are working to reduce their communities’ impacts on the environment and raise awareness of the need for action.
Here’s the trailer.

Saving Snow Trailer from Adaptation Now on Vimeo.

“Saving Snow” will also be screened at Tettegouche State Park at noon on March 10, the Two Harbors Public Library at 6:30 p.m. March 22 and at Voyageur Brewing Co. at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 24. Free. All invited.

And next Tuesday, Feb. 27, Staci Drouillard will give a presentation at Cook County Higher Education entitled:  “Chippewa City – People and Stories.”  A Grand Portage descendant, Drouillard began interviewing Chippewa City elders in 1987, which forms the basis of her book “Walking the Old Road: Chippewa City & The Grand Marais Chippewa,”  which will be published by the University of Minnesota Press. Drouillard told some of these stories on WTIP Community Radio. To hear them and learn more, click here.
The presentation is from 5-7 p.m. on Feb. 27. Light snacks will be provided. Donations appreciated. All invited.

Exhibits:

A new exhibit has opened at the Grand Marais Art Colony. Entitled “Swinging the Compass,” the sculptural installation by Twin Cities artist Danny Saathoff focuses on the effects of climate change on Lake Superior.

"Swinging the Compass," a scuptural installation by Danny Saathoff opened at the Grand Marais Art Colony this week. It continues through March 3.

“Swinging the Compass,” a sculptural installation by Danny Saathoff, opened at the Grand Marais Art Colony this week. It continues through March 3.

The Grand Marais Art Colony is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The exhibit, which is a kinetic installation, is in the Founders Hall and continues through March 3. Stop by and experience this extraordinary work. Check out a short video here.  Saathoff was recently interviewed on WTIP Community Radio. Listen here.

The North Shore Winery is exhibiting artwork from the Collector’s Art Sale, a fundraiser for Art ‘Round Town. The artists include John Franz, Betsy Bowen, Bonnie Gay Hedstrom, Kristin Blomberg, Anna Hess, Kari VickPeter Max, Bruce Johnson and Marshall Ferster. The sale will continue through the end of February.

At Tettegouche State Park, Winter Wonderland, a photographic exhibit of landscapes on the North Shore, continues through the end of the month.

Mobile Awakening by Denise Schnettler is one of the photographs at Tettegouche State Park this week

Mobile Awakening by Denise Schnettler is one of the photographs at Tettegouche State Park this week

The Tweed Museum of Art has a number of exhibits,  including its 2018 UMD Faculty Show entitled “/Fine/Refine/Define.” The museum also features a weekly exhibit of a student’s work as well as “Chance,” a multi-media exhibit.

Treasures from Home: An Anthology of Gifts from Collectors” is also ongoing, with a wide selection of donated works, including the photograph below of French actress Catherine Deneuve by Mary Ellen Mark. The photo was taken in Grenoble, France.

"La Sirene de Mississippi, Portrait of Catherine Deneuve" by Mary Ellen Mark.

“La Sirene de Mississippi, Portrait of Catherine Deneuve” by Mary Ellen Mark is at the Tweed Museum of Art.

A new exhibit has opened at the Duluth Art Institute. “Territory: Emerging Photographers 2017″ features works by student photographers  Riley Loew, Haley Pehrson, Wilson Johnson, Chris Wodicka, Joanna Harms, and Krista Mathes. The opening reception is Thursday, Feb. 22 from 5-7 p.m.

"The Spoilation of Vermin" by Wilson Johnson. Johnson is one of the photographers exhibiting at the Duluth Art Institute.

“The Spoilation of Vermin” by Wilson Johnson. Johnson is one of the photographers exhibiting at the Duluth Art Institute.

The photographic exhibit continues through April 2.

The Joseph Nease Gallery in Duluth is featuring a new exhibit entitled “Sweep,” a show featuring a wide range of local, regional and national contemporary artists. The exhibit opened about two weeks ago and it has been so popular that the gallery has extended its run through May. The contemporary art gallery opened in 2017 and is located at 23 W. 1st St. in Duluth.

The Joseph Nease Gallery in Duluth opened the exhibit "Sweep" recently.

The Joseph Nease Gallery  just opened last year in Duluth.  Pictured is the opening of its second show, “Sweep.”  The exhibit continues through May..

 A Reminder:

Artists who plan to participate in the Spirit of the Wilderess community art exhibit “Chaos … Cracked … Creativity,” must bring their work to the Johnson Heritage Post by March 5 & 6. Artists are permitted to bring two pieces. The exhibit, which is open to community members of all ages, opens March 9 and runs through March 25. For more info, questions, contact creative@boreal.org or maryellenvicar@gmail.com

Artist News 

Grand Marais photographer Scott Benson received an Honorable Mention in Lake Superior Magazine’s Photography Contest in the People/Humor Category. Congratulations, Scott!

This photo by Scott Benson received an honorable mention in Lake Superior Magazine's photography contest.

This photo by Scott Benson received an honorable mention in Lake Superior Magazine’s photography contest.

Here’s the music for this week:

Thursday, Feb. 22:

  • Timmy Haus, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Pete K, Poplar River Pub, 8 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Dance Party with DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 23:

  • Eric Frost, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m
  • Matt and Laurel, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Pete K, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Thunderhead Trio, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 24:

  • Gordon Thorne & Chris Gillis, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Papa Charlie’s, 6:45 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Thunderhead Trio, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Viva Knievel, Papa Charlie’s. 9:30 p.m.

Sunday Feb. 23:

  • Briand Morrison, Moguls Grille,10 a.m.
  • Carah and Rod, Wunderbar, 11 a.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 26:

  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Jack Klatt, Monday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 27:

  • Fred Anderson, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Open Mic with Boyd Blomberg, Papa Charlie’s, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 28:

  • Ben Kyle, Wednesday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

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

Brrrrr. Roxanne Distad caught this Saw-Whet Owl wrapping it's wings around itself, bundling up against the cold wind off Lake Superior.

Brrrrr. Roxanne Distad caught this Saw-Whet Owl wrapping its wings around itself, bundling up against the cold wind off Lake Superior.

 

"Stalking in my boot prints" by Keith Crowley.

“Stalking in my boot prints” by Keith Crowley.

 

"Synchronized stalking" Thomas Spence.

“Synchronized stalking” Thomas Spence.

 

Bird prints by Tracy Giesen Tredinnick. Tracy said this was taken in Yellowstone.

Bird prints by Tracy Giesen Tredinnick. Tracy said this was taken in Yellowstone.

 

Here are some lovely landscapes.

"Sun Dog by David Johnson.

“Sun Dog by David Johnson.

 

"Open Water " by Susanne von Schroeder.

“Open Water ” by Susanne von Schroeder.

 

Sunrise at Cove Point Lodge by Kirk Schleife.

Sunrise at Cove Point Lodge by Kirk Schleife.

 

"Frozen on the Shore" by Sandra Updyke.

“Frozen on the Shore” by Sandra Updyke.

 

"Where is the Ice?" by Angela Plumbo.

“Where is the Ice?” by Angela Plumbo.

 

"Healthy Birch Trees" by Kirck Schleife.

“Healthy Birch Trees” by Kirk Schleife.

 

Morning Ice by Gregory A. Isrealson.

Morning Ice by Gregory A. Isrealson.

 

"Hopscotch, anyone" by Scott Rockvam.

“Hopscotch, anyone” by Scott Rockvam.

And last, but not least, this great shot by David Johnson. He calls it the saber-toothed bear tree.

"Saber-toothed Bear Tree"by David Johnson.

“Saber-toothed Bear Tree”by David Johnson.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Northern Fibers Retreat, Denzel Washington & Music

Early Morning View by Sandra Updyke.

Early Morning View by Sandra Updyke.

The second week of February means the Northern Fibers Retreat at North House Folk School, a Collectors’ Art Sale at the North Shore Winery and the Johnson Heritage Post and a great selection of live music throughout the county.

First Up is the Collectors Art Sale, a Fundraiser for Public Art, sponsored by Art ‘Round Town. Artists and members of the community have donated a great selection of original art or pieces they have enjoyed and are ready to pass on to the organization for this sale. Paintings, drawings, sculptures, fiber art, fused glass, pottery and more are featured in these exhibits. Proceeds from the Collectors Art Sale will be used for public art projects.

The Collectors Art Sale opens at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday night and continues through Sunday. The North Shore Winery will also host artworks for the sale. Its exhibit opens on Thursday and continues through February.

The Collectors Art Sale opens at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday night and continues through Sunday. The North Shore Winery will also host artworks for the sale. Its exhibit opens on Thursday and continues through February. Pictured above are just a few of the items at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The Art Sale opens at the North Shore Winery in Lutsen at 6 p.m. Thursday night, with music by Twin Cities songwriter Billy Johnson. That exhibit continues through the end of the month.

On Friday night, the Johnson Heritage Post will host a second opening with a reception from 5-7 p.m. with music by Gordon Thorne and Randy Sabien. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be provided for a donation at the door. The exhibit at the Heritage Post continues through Sunday at 4 p.m.

Both exhibits are eclectic and offer a wide variety of artwork to support public art in the county. Prices range from $5 to $450, fitting everyone’s budget. If you see something you like, you can purchase it, beautify your home and help out a great cause. All invited.

Also on Thursday night, North House Folk School will screen “Shepherdess of the Glaciers,” a fascinating film about a shepherdess in Laddakh, India and her family of 300 sheep and goats who are like her own children. Trace her footsteps across the snowy, isolated landscape in this beautifully shot and uniquely personal documentary of a woman and her flock on the other side of the world. The film was the Grand Prize Winner at the 2016 Banff Film Festival.

Here’s the trailer.

All invited. The film is free. Bring your own popcorn and snacks.

The Northern Fibers Retreat starts at North House Folk School with classes on Thursday and runs through Sunday. The event is a collaboration between North House, the Grand Marais Art Colony and the Northwoods Fiber Guild.

A wide variety of classes will be offered, including, needle felting, beaded doilies, weft-faced weaving, making a blanket coat, natural dies, bookbinding, knitting, spinning fibers and more. To see the complete class schedule, click here.

The Northern Fibers Retreat is at North House Folk School this weekend.

The Northern Fibers Retreat is at North House Folk School this weekend.

There are several public events over the weekend, too.

On Friday, Feb. 16, Maureen Hark will demonstrate how to care for textiles, including how to hang them in a Lunch & Learn at the First Congregational Church. The event is from noon to 1 p.m. Participants who haven’t signed up for the catered lunch are encouraged to bring their own. Free. No registration required.

On Friday night, the Northwoods Fiber Guild will host a Show & Share at the Grand Marais Art Colony at 7 p.m. The event, which is one of the highlights of the retreat, encourages instructors and participants to come together and share their favorite projects. Free.

On Saturday, the Northwoods Fiber Guild will hold “Fibers for Kids” from 9:3-11:30 a.m at North House. Cost is $15 per child/adult pair, $5 for additional family members. This is always a popular event, as everyone gets to try all kinds of fiber techniques and bring their work home.

Also on Saturday, Carol Coburn will present “Attire From Across the Atlantic: Recreating 19th Century Norwegian Emigrant’s Clothing” in a Lunch & Learn at the First Congregational Church. Participants who haven’t pre-ordered the catered lunch are encouraged to bring their own. Free. No registration required.

And finally, on Saturday night, Robbie LaFleur, the coordinator of the Guild of Minnesota Scandinavian Weavers Study Group and the featured speaker for the event, will present “From Virgins to Spaceships: A Visual Voyage through Norwegian Tapestry” at North House Folk School at 7:30 p.m. The presentation is free. All invited.

Also this weekend, the Grand Marais Public Library continues its weekly film series with the screening of “Fences,” starring Denzel Washington.  The film was nominated for several Oscars including Best Picture, and a won for Best Supporting Actress, Viola Davis. It is the story of a working-class African-American father who raises his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life. Here’s the trailer:

The film starts at 6 p.m. on Friday and is free.

On Monday, Thunder Bay will hold SnowDay on the Waterfront at Marina Park featuring snow sculptures, lots of winter games for children and youth, public snow carving, kicksledding and a skating party. The SnowDay will be held from noon to 5 p.m. (EST). All invited.

On Tuesday, Feb. 20, artist Danny Saathoff  will give an Artist Talk at the Grand Marais Art Colony at 5:30 p.m in conjunction with his exhibit. “Swinging the Compass” that opens that day and runs through March 3.

art colony danny saathoff

Danny Saathoff’s exhibit, “Swinging the Compass” opens at the Grand Marais Art Colony Feb. 20.

 

The exhibit focuses on the effects of climate change on Lake Superior. Saathoff is a jewelry artist, metalsmith, kinetic sculptor, teacher, and sailor (not necessarily in that order). He teaches metalsmithing at Carleton College and at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts. He recently completed a commissioned sculpture for the Humphrey terminal at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport.

Also at the exhibition opening, Mary Dougherty will speak about a Lake Superior project of her own entitled “Words for Water.” The project is a simple way to encourage people who live in the Lake Superior basin (or who love Lake Superior) to think and act collectively when it comes to any legislation, industry or regulations that affect water quality. Mary poses the question, “if you could speak for water, what would you say?” and the participant writes their word or phrase on a chalkboard. She takes their photo, adds it the collection of words she’s gathered and stitches it into a collective love story to Lake Superior. To see examples of her project, click here.

Dougherty has also just published a cookbook, “Life in a Northern Town: Cooking, Eating, and Other Adventures along Lake Superior.” She plans to open a cooking school this spring.

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And on Wednesday, Feb. 21, Amy Demmer, executive director of the Grand Marais Art Colony, will give a presentation at the Art Colony entitled  “Our Arts Economy” at noon as part of the Art Colony’s Community Conversation series. Bring a brown bag lunch. Community conversations are a way for the local community and Art Colony members to connect and dialogue about various aspects of the arts in a guided discussion format. All welcome.

Also on Wednesday, Mary Mulari will give a presentation about Vintage Aprons at the Grand Marais Public Library at 6 p.m. Mulari, who designs aprons herself, will talk about how vintage aprons bring out lots of fond memories and stories of women from the past, including relatives and grandmothers. Aprons tell women’s history through a homespun, common cover-up garment, she says.

Mary Mulari creates patterns for vintage-style aprons and will give a presentation at the library on Wednesday.

Mary Mulari creates patterns for vintage-style aprons and will give a presentation at the library at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

The program is a review and explanation of both vintage and new-age aprons with historical details of styles, types, and embellishments. Participants are invited to bring their own aprons to share stories and details about them. Free. Open to all.

 Exhibits:

The photographic exhibit, Winter Wonderland, continues in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park.

"Ice Puzzle" by Ann Caple Tobin ins one of the photographs at Tettegouche State Park this month.

“Ice Puzzle” by Ann Caple Tobin ins one of the photographs at Tettegouche State Park this month.

The exhibit features 20 photographs crafted a few weeks ago on Lake Superior.

In Duluth, the Joseph Nease Gallery, 23 W. 1st St., has opened its second exhibit, “Sweep,” featuring the latest work of a group of experienced  at a high point in their craft, “Sweep” is a regional and national survey of more than 20 contemporary painters. Running the gamut from magical realism to hard-edged abstraction, the paintings displayed in “Sweep” address the subjects of beauty, ethnicity, justice, history, spiritualism, landscape, story-telling, and formalism.

"Sweep," an exhibit of paintings by 20 established painters, opened at the Nease Gallery in Duluth.

“Sweep,” an exhibit of paintings by 20 established regional and national painters, opened at the Joseph Nease Gallery in Duluth.

At the Tweed Museum of Art, the exhibit “Treasures from Home: An Anthology of Gifts from Collectors,” continues, featuring a wide selection of works.

(detail) Attributed to Kuna Panama People. Mola (Blouse-political man), date unknown. Reverse applique on fabric.

(detail) Attributed to Kuna Panama People. Mola (Blouse-political man), date unknown. Reverse applique on fabric.

And Adam Swanson’s exhibit at the Zeitgeist Cafe in Duluth continues as well.

"Future' by Adam Swanson.

“Future’ by Adam Swanson is at his exhibit at the Zaitgeist Cafe in Duluth.

 Upcoming:

 The North Shore Music Association will host Celtic Music & Ceili Dance with BARRA at North House Folk School March 31. Stay tuned for details.

BARRA will be concert at North House Folk School and play for a Ceilia dance March 31.

BARRA will be in concert at North House Folk School and play for a Ceili dance March 31.

Here’s the live music schedule for this weekend.

Thursday, Feb. 15:

  • Boyd Blomberg, Moguls Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Billy Johnson, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • North Shore Community Swing Band, Grandma Ray’s, 7 p.m.
  • Thorne, Gillis, Stamps & Roth, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 16:

  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Moguls Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Randy Sabien, Johnson Heritage Post, 5 p.m.
  • Common Ground, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Bug Dope, Bluefin Grile, 8 p.m.
  • Bllly Johnson, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • If Eye May, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 17:

  • Gordon Thorne & Chris Gillis, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Maria Nicolay, Hungry Jack Lodge, 4 p.m.
  • Jim McGowan, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Papa Charlie’s, 6:45 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Bug House, Grandma Rya’s, 8 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 18:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Billy Johnson, Wunderbar, 11 a.m.
  • Eric Frost, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • John Russ, Papa Charlie’s, 6:45 p.m.
  • Bug Dope, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Skyport Lodge, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 19:

  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Caroline Smith, Monday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 20:

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

Wednesday, Feb. 21:

  • Chris Koza, Wednesday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

We found another set of great photos this week. Here’s a selection.

Let’s start with wildlife.

Moose by Anna Buske.

Moose by Anna Buske.

 

"Winter shadows and a fox on the hunt" by Thomas Spence.

“Winter shadows and a fox on the hunt” by Thomas Spence.

 

Saw-Whet Owl by Paul Sundberg.

Saw-Whet Owl by Paul Sundberg.

 

Owl on the hunt by Michael Furtman.

Owl on the hunt by Michael Furtman. (Furtman said this was a chance encounter with this Great Gray.)

 

"Zoe with her pout going" by Sandra Updyke.

“Zoe with her pout going” by Sandra Updyke. (Updyke feeds a number of deer in the field in front of her house and gets to know them well. Zoe is 13 years old.)

And here are some winter landscapes.

Winter Sunrise from Big Bay State Park by Michael DeWitt.

Winter Sunrise from Big Bay State Park by Michael DeWitt.

 

Ice gems by Sandra Updyke.

Ice gems by Sandra Updyke.

 

Minnesotan by Christian Dalbec.

Minnesotan by Christian Dalbec.

 

Artist's Point by Jim Sochko.

Artist’s Point by Jim Sochko.

 

Brighton Beach Ice by Travis Novitsky.

Brighton Beach Ice by Travis Novitsky.

 

A very cold day in Duluth by Anthony Martinez.

A very cold day in Duluth by Anthony Martinez.

 

Crop Circle, Blowing in the Wind by Gene La Fond.

Crop Circle, Blowing in the Wind by Gene La Fond.

 

Ice on the harbor by Abby Tofte.

Ice on the harbor by Abby Tofte.

 

Ellingson Island at Split Rock by Christian Dalbec.

Ellingson Island at Split Rock by Christian Dalbec.

 

Looking at the angel through the window by Kirk Schleife.

“Looking at the angel through the window” by Kirk Schleife.

And finally, this one. Check out the caption.

"I don't believe I snuck up on this guy" by Steve Burnes.

“I don’t believe I snuck up on this guy” by Steve Burnes.

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Hygge Festival–Coziness and a Grand Fireplace Tour

Frozen beauty on the North Shore. Lee Wiita took this chilly photo of Lake Superior recently.

The frozen beauty on the North Shore in winter. Lee Wiita took this  photo of Lake Superior recently.

It’s Hygge Festival week in Cook County, a festival celebrating coziness, friendship and the love of winter in the Northwoods.

The Hygge Festival starts this week with a grand fireplace tour and lots of things to do.

The Hygge Festival starts this week with a grand fireplace tour and lots of things to do. Photo by Layne Kennedy.

 This is the second annual festival and will feature several new events, including fat tire bike demonstrations, knitting lessons, a cross-country skiing tour at twilight, a SVEA concert in front of the bonfire at Drury Lane Books, and a grand fireplace tour, featuring some of the most historic fireplaces in Cook County, 19 in all! For a list of all the grand fireplaces you can experience in Cook County, click here.

Favorite events from last year will also be back, too, including Hygge-themed menus, bonfires with live music and a Mukluk Ball. It kicks off tonight, Jan. 8, with a 5-Course Jazz & Candlelight Dinner with Scandinavian comfort foods featuring music by Briand Morrison at Mogul’s Grille. For the complete schedule for the weekend, click here.

In Duluth, multi-media artist Penny Perry will give an artist talk at the Duluth Art Institute at 6 p.m.

Penny Perry will give an artist talk at the Duluth Art Institute on Jan. 8 at 7 p.m.

Penny Perry will give an artist talk at the Duluth Art Institute at 6 p.m.  Jan. 8 .

 Perry uses a variety of mediums in her art; ink on paper, acrylic paint on canvas, stained glass, both painted and leaded, photography, and wood. All invited. Free.

On Friday, the Hygge Festival continues at Voyageur Brewing with  the Big Lake Pop-Up shop featuring a variety of its artists including Anna Hess, Richard Nelson, Jan Wise, Adam Turman, Jahna Vashti, Mark Herman, Jeff Gray, Nick deVries, Guillermo Cuellar and Natalie Sobanja and Hanna Laky.

The shop will be open from 4-7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the brewery.

Also on Friday, Thomas King, author of the “The Inconvenient Indian,” a brilliantly subversive and darkly humorous history of Indian-White relations in North America since first contact, will talk about his book on WTIP’s The Roadhouse. Later in the program, musicians Chris Gillis, Thomas Stamps, Max Bichel and Carah Thomas will talk about the music of Mardi Gras and play a few tunes. They will perform at the Wunderbar on Saturday. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. on Friday.

Drury Lane Books will host two events on Friday night. At 6 p.m., an ice globe display will be lit by Mila Horak, the art teacher at ISD 166. The event is a fundraiser for Sawtooth Elementary School’s art program. You can buy an ice candle ahead of time from Horak, and enjoy the beautiful display on Friday night. Cost is $5/candle, cash or check payable to PTA. They can be dropped off at the ISD 166 office.

Then, at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, SVEA, an outstanding local acapella group which sings Swedish folk songs, will sing in front of the bonfire at the bookstore.

SVEA sings in front of the bonfire at Drury Lane Books at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

SVEA sings in front of the bonfire at Drury Lane Books at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

The performance is open to the public. All invited. Free.

Also on Friday night, The Grand Marais Public Library‘s winter film series continues, this time with a documentary on Angela Davis entitled “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners.” Here’s the trailer.

The film screening is at 6 p.m. Free.

On Saturday, the  Big Lake Pop-Up Shop continues, from 4-7 p.m at Voyageur Brewing. The Mukluk Ball is from 5-9 p.m. at the venue.

And the band Cloud Cult will be in concert at Papa Charlie’s at 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Cloud Cult will play at Papa Charlie's at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Cloud Cult will play at Papa Charlie’s at 9 p.m. Saturday.

The nationally acclaimed group features the rock band along with violin, cello, trumpet, trombone and French horn. Two live painters create original artwork on stage during each performance. Tickets are $14 in advance, $18 at the door.

And on Tuesday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will host a brown-bag lunch at noon for those participating in the 100Day Project. The meeting will focus on networking, exploring resources, sharing goals and progress.

Exhibits

 Matt Kania is exhibiting his work at Ron’s World Rocks in Grand Marais, including this latest, painted during the Winter Plein Air Retreat last month.

"Summer Cabin" by Matt Kania.

“Summer Cabin” by Matt Kania.

The ‘Winter Wonderland” exhibit at Tettegouche State Park has opened, featuring 20 images by participants in John Gregor’s photography workshop held earlier this month.

Seven Minutes at Stony Point by Jim Sochko is one of the photographs on exhibit at Tettegouche State Park.

“Seven Minutes at Stony Point” by Jim Sochko is one of the photographs on exhibit in the Great Hall at  Tettegouche State Park.

The exhibit, which is in the Great Hall, continues through this month.

Photographer David Gredzens will have an opening reception at Cedar Coffee Company in Two Harbors on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Photography by David Gredzens.

Photographer David Gredzens is exhibiting at the Cedar Coffee Co. in Two Harbors.

The exhibit of his landscape photographs, “Lake Superior North Shore Reflections” began this month and continues through March 5.

In Duluth, painter Adam Swanson has opened an exhibit at the Zeitgeist Cafe entitled “Art and Science.”

"Dreams to Life" by Adam Swanson.

“Dreams to Life” by Adam Swanson.

The exhibit features 40 paintings, including four he completed during the Winter Plein Air retreat at YMCA Camp Menogyn last month. The exhibit continues through April 20.

In Thunder Bay, an exhibit entitled “The National Blanket Story” has opened at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, featuring story blankets from across Canada addressing the theme of reconciliation.

The Thunder Bay Story Blanket is one of many featured at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The Thunder Bay Story Blanket is one of many featured at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The Thunder Bay Story Blanket uses the Thunder Bay flag as the outline with the green Sleeping Giant as the focus. Red maples leaves and Lake Superior continue the story with hand prints from the participants to symbolize all the different people who live in Thunder Bay. The Story Blanket exhibit continues through Feb. 11.

Upcoming

 The Northern Fibers Retreat will be next weekend, featuring a wide variety of classes, workshops and presentation at North House Folk School and the Grand Marais Art Colony.

The Northern Fiber Retreat is coming up next week.

The Northern Fiber Retreat is coming up next week.

To find out more and register, visit www.northhouse.org and www.grandmaraisartcolony.org.

 Opportunities

Consider sharing pieces from your art collection with others for “A Collectors Art Sale,” a fundraiser for Art ‘Round Town. Donations in any media are now being accepted. The donor can either donate the piece outright or sell at 50/50.  The artwork will be exhibited at two two different locations: The North Shore Winery, with an opening at 6 p.m., Feb. 15, and at the Johnson Heritage Post, with the opening from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 16. The Art Sale will continue for a month at the North Shore Winery and from Feb. 16-19 at the Johnson Heritage Post. For more information, contact Ann Marie Mershon at 387-2245, amershon@boreal.org The deadline to donate artwork is Feb. 12.

A Call to Artists:  The Spirit of the Wilderness has put out a call for artists to participate in this year’s exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post. The title of the exhibit will be “Chaos, Cracks, Creativity” and artists in every genre and age group are invited to submit a piece for the show.

Questions artists might ask themselves include: How do you as a writer, sculptor, ceramist, wood-worker, glass-worker, painter or fiber artist encounter the chaos? How does your creative process invite the light in? Where do you see muddle and magnificence in the natural world or on the North Shore? How does the natural world create new models for you? Do you seek to soothe or expose, clarify or challenge?

The deadline for entries is March 5 & 6 at the Heritage Post. The show opens March 9 and runs through March 25. For more information, contact Mary MacDonald at  387-1221 or  Bonnie Gay Hedstrom 387-2538 

Artist News

Hovland woodturner Lou Pignolet was featured in “Making it Up North,” a production of WDSE in Duluth. Check it out.

One of Pignolet’s bowls in on exhibit at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. The exhibit, CraftBowl features bowls by regional and international artists.

Lou Pignolet's bark-edge black gum burl bowl is on exhibit at the American Swedish Institute's exhibit, CraftBowl.

Lou Pignolet’s bark-edge black gum burl bowl is on exhibit at the American Swedish Institute’s exhibit, CraftBowl.

The exhibit at the American Swedish Institute continues through April 8.

Grand Marais photographer Bryan Hansel‘s photograph of the northern lights was selected for the cover of Lake Superior Magazine recently.

Photograph by Bryan Hansel.

Photograph by Bryan Hansel.

Have you seen this logo on a building downtown?

yellow bird fine art

It’s the new logo for Ron Piercy’s gallery, which will open in April. His gallery is currently located in a space in the same building, but he’ll be moving to the bigger space soon. Stay tuned.

Here’ the music for this weekend.

Thursday, Feb. 8

  • Jim Miller, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Jon Kallberg, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • James Moors, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 9:

  • Pete K, Moguls Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Cherry Dirt, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • SVEA, Drury Lane Books, 6:0 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m
  • Pete K Group, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Sleeping Giant Soul Band, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Mark Verdin Trio, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 10:

  • Gordon Thorne & Chris Gillis, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
  • Shane Martin, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Mukluk Ball, Voyageur Brewing Co., 5-9 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, Reservations at michaelmonroemusic.com, 7 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Mardi Gras Party, Chris Gillis & Thomas Stamps, special guests Carah Thomas and Max Bichel, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Pete K Group, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Cloud Cult, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
  • Tempted Fate, Grand Portage Casino, 9 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 11:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Jim Lundorff, Wunderbar, 11 a.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Gun Flint Tavern, 1 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 12:

  • Lehto and Wright, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
  • Shane Martin, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Dead Horses, Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 13:

  • Briand Morrison, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 14

Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Briand Morrison, Skyport Lodge, 6 p.m.
  • Reina del Cid, Wednesday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

We found some great photos this week. One of the highlights for everyone was a series of photos Tom Spence took of a Mama Lynx and her four kittens on a snow-covered road near Tofte.

Photo by Tom Spence.

Photo by Tom Spence.

He said on his Facebook page that he stopped when he saw “Mama” sitting quietly alone on the road. He got out of his truck and stood in the snowbank and watched. Suddenly an almost full-grown kitten came over the snowbank on the other side of the road and sauntered over to her, rubbing her, like cats do. Then two more appeared! And then, a fourth!!!

Photo by Tom Spence.

Photo by Tom Spence.

The lynx saw Spence standing there, but didn’t seem concerned, he wrote. After about five minutes, they got up and quietly walked down the road.

The lynx family.

The lynx family.

What a truly extraordinary experience. “I couldn’t believe it,” Spence said in numerous interviews on the radio, television and in newspapers. Kudos, Tom! To see all his photos, click here.

There are plenty of snow shoe hare in the woods this year, and lynx have been caught by several different photographers. Here’s one by David Johnson.

"My,  what big feet you have" by David Johnson.

“My, what big feet you have” by David Johnson.

Owls are plentiful this winter, too.

Great Gray Owl by Michael Furtman.

Great Gray Owl by Michael Furtman.

 And here’s a great portrait of a Marten.

Photoby Ken Hupila.

Photo by Ken Hupila.

 

Moose by Kathy Gray-Anderson.

Moose by Kathy Gray-Anderson.

 

Not wildlife, but a great portrait of one of the dogs during the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.

Frosty Dog by Paul Sundberg.

Frosty Dog by Paul Sundberg.

And, of course, there are lots of icy landscapes.

Grand Marais sunset by Amanda Plummer.

Grand Marais sunset by Amanda Plummer.

 

Plate Ice near Grand Portage by Jamie Rabold.

Plate Ice near Grand Portage by Jamie Rabold.

 

Nice light at the Tettegouche Pillar by John Gregor.

Nice light at the Tettegouche Pillar by John Gregor.

 

Broken at Sunset by Christian Dalbec.

Broken at Sunset by Christian Dalbec.

 

Early Morning View by Sandra Updyke.

Early Morning View by Sandra Updyke.

 

Upside down ice bowl by Kirk Schleife.

Upside down ice bowl by Kirk Schleife.

 

Photo by Dawn LaPointe.

Photo by Dawn LaPointe.

And last, but not least:

Do large chunks of ice qualify as ice bergs> by Mike Chrun.

Do large chunks of ice qualify as ice bergs? by Mike Chrun.

Have a great weekend, everyone! And Happy Valentine’s Day! 

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A Blood Moon, Movies & Art

Matt Herberg posted this outstanding composite of the Super Blue Moon yesterday.

Matt Herberg posted this outstanding composite of the Super Blue Blood Moon yesterday.

A gorgeous winter continues on the North Shore with new snow and lots of cold weather to keep everything white and beautiful. And, of course, there’s lots to do this week indoors, including two movies to enjoy..

The first screening is at North House Folk School, which launches this year’s February Winter Film Series on Thursday, Feb. 1,  at 7 p.m. with the screening of “Freedom Under Load.”

FREEDOM UNDER LOAD – Trailer from California Film Institute on Vimeo.

The documentary follows the oldest generation of porters in the High Tatras, a mountain range that forms the border between Slovakia and Poland. The porters climb with supplies to the mountain huts every day. With 100 kilos on their back, they face storms, blizzards and deep snow. See spectacular scenery and discover a fascinating story as we meet these porters and learn that their craft is not only a profession, but also their way to calmness. Free and open to the public. 7-9 p.m. BYO popcorn & treats.

The second film is at the Grand Marais Public Library on Friday, Feb. 2, entitled “Afterimage.”

In “Afterimage,” the great Polish director Andrzei Wajda returns with a passionate biopic about avant-garde artist Wladyslaw Strezeminski, played by Polish superstar Boguslaw Linda,) who battles Stalinist orthodoxy and his own physical impairments to advance his progressive ideas about art. The film starts at 6 p.m. Free.

Also on Friday, singer/songwriter Leah Thomas will be a guest on WTIP’s The Roadhouse. Thomas recently received an honorable mention in the SongDoor 2017 International Songwriting Competition for her song, “Slick Back” in the soft rock category. Entries were received from more than 20 countries on four continents.

Leah Thomas recently received an award for her song "Slick Back."

Leah Thomas recently received an award for her song “Slick Back.”

 “Slick Back” was recorded by Thomas and her band The SplinterTones for their 2017 release “SplinterTones II.” During The Roadhouse, Thomas will chat about the award and her songwriting inspiration and process, as well as play a few songs from a CD. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. on Friday.

In Ely, check out the Ely Winter Festival which starts today. Lots of events, fun things to do and fantastic snow sculpture. To find out  more, click here.

In Duluth, the renovation of the historic NorShor Theatre is complete after years of effort and will re-open on Thursday, Feb. 1, with a Grand Opening Gala Reception and the regional premiere of the ABBA-favorite,  “Mamma Mia.”

The renovated NorShor Theatre in Duluth re-opens with the Duluth Playhouse's "Mamma Mia" on Thursday night. The play runs through Feb. 18. All performances are sold out.

The renovated NorShor Theatre in Duluth re-opens with the Duluth Playhouse’s “Mamma Mia” on Thursday night. The play runs through Feb. 18. All performances are sold out.

The opening reception features all the bells and whistles, and everyone is invited to dress up for this once-in-a-lifetime event. The musical, which runs through Feb. 18, has been sold out, as has the Grand Opening reception. Stay tuned for other opportunities to see productions in this historic Duluth theater.

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery will host a Poetry Night at 7 p.m. (EST) on Friday, featuring regional and nationally acclaimed poets. The readings will be followed by an Open Mic. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door.

And there is a great variety of live music this weekend in every venue in the county. See schedule below.

On Wednesday, Feb. 6,  the Grand Marais Public Library will host Imaginarium Mad Science, an interactive experience for elementary students, ages 7 through teens, presented by the Duluth Playhouse. The event will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Exhibits:

Tettegouche State Park will host the opening of “Winter Wonderland,” a series of photographs taken by students of John Gregor during a 4-day workshop over the last week.

Photo by John Gregor.

Photo by John Gregor.

The photography exhibit will continue through the end of the month, with a reception scheduled for the end of the show. Stay tuned for details.

In Duluth, the Duluth Art Institute‘s Member Show opened last week in the Great Hall at the Depot, with a wide variety of artwork from member artists.

The People’s Choice Award went to Edie Mchalski for “John.”

Edit Mchalski won the People's Choice Award from the Member's Show at the Duluth Art Institute with this painting entitled "John."

Edie Mchalski won the People’s Choice Award from the Member’s Show at the Duluth Art Institute with this painting entitled “John.”

The DAI Member Show continues through Feb. 23. Other exhibits at the Duluth Art Institute in the Depot include Type 13: David Short, an exploration of lettering and typography, Art and Craft, Penny Perry, an multi-media exhibit of Perry’s work and 100 Days: Tia Salmela Keoboungpheng, an exhibit of the work she created for the 100Day Project.

“Treasures from Home: An Anthology of Gifts from Collectors” has opened at the Tweed Museum of Art, featuring a wide selection of recent artwork donated by patrons.

One of the pieces in "Treasures from Home," currently on view at the Tweed Museum of Art.

One of the pieces in “Treasures from Home,” currently on view at the Tweed Museum of Art.

In conjunction with the exhibit, Bill Shipley will present “The Practice of Collecting Art” on Feb. 6 from 6:30-8 p.m. Shipley is an artist and a retired teacher and a valued interpreter of the arts and tour guide at the Tweed. All invited. Free.

And, speaking of art collections, “A Collectors Art Sale” will be held at two different locations next month in Cook County: The North Shore Winery, with an opening at 6 p.m., Feb. 15, and at the Johnson Heritage Post, with the opening from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 16. The Art Sale will continue for a month at the North Shore Winery and from Feb. 16-19 at the Johnson Heritage Post.

Artists and members of the community are invited to donate original art and/or pieces they have enjoyed and are ready to pass on for this event, which is a fundraiser for Art ‘Round Town.

Any type of art would be appreciated, from fiber to sculpture to paintings or prints. Donors can choose to do a 50/50 or a 100 percent donation. If you have items to donate and for more information, contact Ann Marie Mershon at 387-2245, amershon@boreal.org The deadline to donate artwork is Feb. 12.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery has a number of on-going exhibits, including “Converging Lines: Recent Art from the Northwest.”

"Trickster Rabbit" by Kristy Cameron, is one of the pieces at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

“Trickster Rabbit” by Kristy Cameron, is one of the pieces at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Upcoming:

The 2nd annual Hygge Festival in Cook County will be Feb. 9-15 this year. Hygge is a Danish word meaning “a quality of coziness and comfortable sharing that engenders a feeling of contentment and/or well-being.” There are lots of events scheduled for that week, including Scandinavian themed menu items at many restaurants, a Full Moon Reading at Drury Lane Books with Svea, a cabin concert, art show openings, and lodging specials. And, there’s a Cook County Fireplace Tour, as well as lots of opportunities to get out and play in the snow.  To find out more, click here and stay tuned for details.

Opportunities:

 Grand Marais Arts Festival: Artists: Interested in participating in the Grand Marais Arts Festival July 14 – 15 this year? Applications are now open!  Apply before March 17 for a chance to sell your work right on the shore of Lake Superior, gain incredible exposure with over 13,000 festival attendees, and connect with other talented artists. All mediums are welcome and encouraged to apply.  View the Artist Guide here or visit the Festival event page here.

Tax Laws are Changing: Artists: If you file Schedule C, make sure you check with your accountant regarding business deductions as 2018 rules will be significantly different. Also, Steven and Nick Licari, both CPAs, will talk about the changes in business and individual taxes at a special workshop at Cook County Higher Education from 11:30-1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1. This lunch and learn session is $25 and includes lunch. To find out more, call 218 387-3411.

The Cook County Courthouse is seeking artwork. Artists are invited to submit proposals for an exhibition in the public spaces of the main floor of the Courthouse. There are four walls with approximately 60 feet of display space. Exhibits may be solo or group, but each proposed exhibition must have a strong, unifying, and creative premise. There will be up to 4 12- week displays per year. For more info on how to submit a portfolio, click here.

A board member from Cook County needed for the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.  The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council is looking for individuals with knowledge of the arts, artists, artists from communities of color, arts supporters/collectors, or individuals working in and with knowledge of the regional arts community. Council members must reside in one of the seven counties in the  Arrowhead Region: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis. Board terms are three years in duration and expire at the end of June. Board members may choose to serve more than one term. The board meets monthly.

Board members serve as volunteers but are paid a mileage reimbursement for attending meetings. Serving on the board gives an individual the opportunity to learn about arts activities in the region; increase their knowledge of grant writing and the review process; and to network with other artists and arts professionals. It’s a great opportunity. To find out more, click here.

Artist News:

Neil Sherman was awarded the Young Guns award at the Coors Western Art Show in Denver, Colo. recently.

Neil Sherman's exhiibit at the

Neil Sherman’s exhibit at the Coors Western Art Show.

Potter and enthusiastic fisherman Bob Tomanaha is participating in the 100Day Project this year. His goal? To practice tie flying, crafting some every day. Here a few that he competed recently.

bob tomanaha fly tying project elk hair caddies from the fly tying bible

Bob Tomanaha ‘s elk hair caddies from the book, “Fly Tying Bible.”

Window Shopping:

Wayne johnson is showing this large maple handturned bowls at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Wayne johnson is showing this large maple hand-turned bowl at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

 

"Grand Portage Bay" by David Gilsvik is at Sivertson Gallery.

“Grand Portage Bay” by David Gilsvik is at Sivertson Gallery.

 

Hygee and Valentine cards are available at Joy   Co.

Hygge and Valentine cards are available at Joy & Co.

  Here’s the music schedule for this week:

Thursday, Feb. 1:

  • Timmy Haus, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • North Country Fair, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 2:

  • Common Ground, Voyageur Co., 4 p.m.
  • Gene Lafond and Amy Grillo, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Pete K, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • 4-Shore, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Dedric Clark and Tony Peterson, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 3:

  • Al and Rod, Apres Ski, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • SonofMel and the Slideman, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Common Ground, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Dedric Clark and Tony Peterson, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m
  • The Big Wu, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 4:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grile, 10 a.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 11 a.m.
  • Mark Joesph and American Soul, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Monday Feb. 5

  • Mark Joesph and American Soul, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Dave Simonett, Monday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 6:

  • Gene Lafond & Amy Grillo, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Wednesday, Feb. 7:

  • John Mark Nelson, Wednesday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlies, 8 p.m.

We found some great photos this week –here’s a selection.

Let’s start with a few wildlife shots.

Wolf tracks, dog tracks y Michael Furtman.

Wolf tracks, dog tracks y Michael Furtman.

 

Cow and her calves enjoying a little snowfall by David Johnson.

Cow and her calves enjoying a little snowfall by David Johnson.

 

Young bald eagles scrapping near the DNR Eagle cam nest in the Twin Cities. Photo by Davd Vichich.

Young bald eagles scrapping near the DNR Eagle cam nest in the Twin Cities. Photo by Davd Vichich.

 

Snoozing Boreal Owl by Michael Furtman.

Snoozing Boreal Owl by Michael Furtman.

 

Pileated woodpecker by Edward Lee.

Pileated woodpecker by Edward Lee.

 

I see you by John P.Richardson.

I See You! by John P.Richardson.

 

Deer on Ice by Tad Pavola.

Deer on Ice by Tad Pavola.

Here are some wonderful landscapes/seascapes/moonscapes.

My version of the eclipse this morning by Mathew Breiter.

My version of the eclipse this morning by Mathew Breiter.

 

Weather is perfect to make cinammon rolls from the red clay cliffs by Mike Wiggins, Jr.

The weather is perfect to make cinnamon rolls from the red clay cliffs, by Mike Wiggins, Jr.

 

Eruption by Kirk Schleife.

Eruption by Kirk Schleife.

 

travis novitsky the blue hour at hollow rock

The Blue Hour at Hollow Rock by Travis Novitsky.

 

North County Trail by Angela Botner.

North County Trail by Angela Botner.

 

Afternoon watch by David Johnson.

Afternoon watch by David Johnson.

 

Lake Superior Waves by Paul Sundberg.

Lake Superior Waves by Paul Sundberg.

 

Winter on the Lakewalk by Joe Polecheck.

Winter on the Lakewalk by Joe Polecheck.

 

Full Moon and Eclipse over Superior National Forest by Thomas Spence.

Full Moon and Eclipse over Superior National Forest by Thomas Spence.

 

East Bay Sunrise by Bryan Hansel.

East Bay Sunrise by Bryan Hansel.

 

Lake Superior Ice by Sandra Updyke.

Lake Superior Ice by Sandra Updyke.

 

First Blue of the Day by Margaret Bozesky.

First Blue of the Day by Margaret Bozesky.

Have a great weekend, everyone! Stay warm!

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An Icy January Heats Up With Music

Photo by Jamie Rabold.

Photo by Jamie Rabold.

It’s been cold up here. Lots of wind, too, and snow. Winter! on the North Shore.

The slopes and ski trails are in great shape, as is the community skating rink, and everyone has been taking advantage of them.

Indoors, it’s been a little quiet, as artists and arts organizations gather their creativity for another year, but there are lots of places to hear great music!

Tonight, look for Modern Square Dancing at the 4-H Building at the Cook County Community center from 7:30-9 p.m. No experience or partner is required. All welcome. Donation requested. For more info, contact caller John Mattice at jmattice@uark.edu or 218-877-7654.

On Friday night, the Grand Marais Public Library is screening “Glory,” at 6 p.m. The film is free.

The 100-day project begins Sunday, Jan. 21. Register by Saturday, Jan. 2o.

100day projectThe 100DayProject is an effort to motivate participants to commit to 100 days of creativity and invest in that most essential artistic habit: practice! The project ends April 30. Those who are interested can sign up to participate in the virtual resource and community powered by Grand Marais’ sister arts community in Marquette, Mich.

At the end of the 100DayProject participants will have the option to submit work to a virtual exhibition. Information on this will be provided closer to the end date. Learn more here: click here.

Next week is Open Crafting week at North House Folk School. On Tuesday, Jan. 23, basketmakers and woodcarvers will gather at North House from 5-7 p.m. to work on their projects. On Wednesday night, Jan. 24, knitters and spinners are invited to create from 5-7 p.m. Free.

And next Thursday, Jan. 25, the Duluth Art Institute will hold a workshop at the Grand Marais Public Library entitled Metal Tooling. Participants wil create unique, colorful and textured artwork by tracing designs and patterns onto thin metal sheeting before coloring with permanent markers. This is a one-hour workshop. Participation is limited. A sign-up sheet is available at the library. The workshop is from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free.

Exhibits:

 Linda Ricklefs Baudry will show her work at Fika Coffee this month.

"Contemplation" by Linda Ricklefs Baudry.

“Contemplation” by Linda Ricklefs Baudry.

The artist completed this series during a Plein Air competition at the Grand Marais Art Colony.

The annual Winter Plein Air exhibit opens at the Johnson Heritage Post for with a reception from 5-8 p.m Friday, Jan. 26. The show closes on Sunday, Jan.  28.  Stay tuned for details.

In Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art continues the exhibit “Chance” by Kathy McTavish.

"Chance," a multi-media exhibit by Kathy McTavish, continues at the Tweed Museum of Art.

“Chance,” a multi-media exhibit by Kathy McTavish, continues at the Tweed Museum of Art.

“Chance” is a synergetic installation driven by code that combines image and sound to create a cross-sensory, polyphonic experience. A landscape of painted walls and multi-channel sound encloses the viewer. Choreographed by code, a circle of machine quartets investigate chance, emergence, friction, resonance and change. The exhibit continues through October 2018.

The Duluth Art Institute will host the 2018 Member Show with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25. The exhibit will be mounted in the Great Hall in the Depot. This is always a fun exhibit with work from member artists throughout the region. Details next week.

In Thunder Bay, the current annual Juried Exhibition at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery has been extended through Jan. 20 through popular demand.

The juried exhibition at the Definitely Superior Gallery is extended through Jan. 20.

The juried exhibition at the Definitely Superior Gallery is extended through Jan. 20.

Next week, on Jan. 27, DefSup will hold “Direlecte,” with a special 10th anniversary edition. “Direlecte” celebrates spectacular wearable art, fashion, performance and music.

"Direclecite

“Direlecte,” the Definitely Superior Art Gallery‘s event celebrating wearable art, will be held Jan. 27.

Check out a video of last year’s event here.

At the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, an exhibit entitled “At Pelican Falls” opened earlier this month.

Rebecca Belmore, installation view, At Pelican Falls, Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Rebecca Belmore, installation view, At Pelican Falls, Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Other exhibits include “Wood, Quill, Stone: Works from the Permanent Collection” and “Connecting Layers: Layers, the Big Art Connection.” The “Layers” exhibit has been extended to Jan. 21.

 Opportunities:

 Applications for a full-time Program Coordinator and PT summer Print Studio Internship at the Grand Marais Art Colony are due Jan. 21.

grand marais we're hiring

To learn more, click here.

North House Folk School is hiring as well. The openings are for a Technology & Systems Manager and a School Store and Administrative Assistant. Request a job application here.

One of Bryan Hansel’s images was recently selected for the Online Photographer Baker’s Dozen B&W.

This photo by Bryan Hansel

This photo by Bryan Hansel was selected for  Online Photographer’s Baker’s Dozen Black & White.

Check out the post about this photograph here.

Listen to a great interview with singer/songwriter Andrew D. Huber that was broadcast on WTIP’s The Scenic Route last week. WTIP’s music director, Will Moore, interviews the musician who talks about his music and plays a few songs. Click here for the interview.

Andrew D. Huber is interviewed about his latest album, "Mockingbird Gallows" on The Scenic Route.

Andrew D. Huber is interviewed about his latest album, “Mockingbird Gallows” on The Scenic Route.

Just for Fun:

The latest craze: Find your art doppelganger, or art that looks (a little) like you. Check it out here.

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, Jan. 18:

  • Timmy Haus, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Easy Riders, Voyageur Brewing Co., 5 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Jon Cron, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Gun Flint Tavern 8 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 19:

  • Gene Lafond and Amy Grillo, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Mogul’s Grille 4 p.m.
  • Pete K, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday Jan. 20:

  • Eric Frost, Apres Ski at Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Skyport Lodge, 7 p.m.
  • Mary Bue and the Holy Bones with Plucked Up String Band, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.
  • 4-Shore, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 21:

  • Mary Bue, Wunderbar, noon

Monday, Jan 22

  • Al & Rod, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Alan Sparkhawk of Trampled by Turtles, Monday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 23:

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

Wednesday, Jan. 24:

  • Moors & McCumber, Wednesday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

We found lots of ice shots this week, as you an imagine. Enjoy!

First up, a few outstanding bird photographs.

Boreal owl by Kelley Marquardt.

Boreal owl by Kelley Marquardt.

 

Snowy Owl by Jeff Henningsgaard.

Snowy Owl by Jeff Henningsgaard.

And now some landscapes:

Sea Smoke Illuminated by the Sunrise by Kirk Schleife.

Sea Smoke Illuminated by the Sunrise by Kirk Schleife.

 

Grand Marais Ice by Paul Sundberg.

Grand Marais Ice by Paul Sundberg.

 

Ice fishers are hardcore by Bryan Hansel.

Ice fishers are hardcore by Bryan Hansel.

 

 

Winter sunset by Mary Lou Williams.

Winter sunset by Mary Lou Williams.

 

Locked in the dock at the Grand Portage National Monument by Travis Novitsky. Photo was taken from the summit of the Mt. Rose Hiking Trail.

Locked in the dock at the Grand Portage National Monument by Travis Novitsky. Photo was taken from the summit of the Mt. Rose Hiking Trail.

 

Shoreline sea smoke by Jamie Rabold.

Shoreline sea smoke by Jamie Rabold.

Lake Superior by Bill Donovan.

Lake Superior by Bill Donovan.

dawn lapoite behind a gilded veil of sea smoke

Photo by Dawn LaPointe.

 

Wind and waves in Grand Marais by Travis Novitsky.

Wind and waves in Grand Marais by Travis Novitsky.

And finally, this!

Portrait of a cross country skier by Kjersti Vick.

Portrait of a cross country skier by Kjersti Vick.

Have a great weekend, everyone! Stay warm!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hunkering Down with Art, Music & a Movie

A Quiet Winter Evening y Travis Novitsky.

A Quiet Winter Evening at Hollow Rock by Travis Novitsky.

Icy winter has clamped its fingers over the North Shore this weekend, but indoors, it’s warm with lots of cool things to do, including great live music, classes and a movie or two.

First up, though, is an opportunity to make your own broom. Instructor Marybeth Garmoe is teaching a class at North House Folk School starting on Thursday at 7 p.m. The classes run each Thursday through Jan. 25.

North House Folk School will hold a broom-making class starting Jan. 11.

North House Folk School will hold a broom-making class starting Jan. 11.

For more information, to register, call North House at 387-9762.

On Friday night, WTIP’s The Roadhouse, which airs from 5-7 p.m. will feature Sean Sherman, indigenous chef, who founded the  restaurant, The Sioux Chef. He will discuss his bestselling new book,”The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen.” Rich Mattson & the North Stars will also be on the program to talk about their music and play a few songs.

Rich Mattson & the North Stars will be on WTIP's The Roadhouse on Friday. They play at the Wunderbar this weekend.

Rich Mattson & the North Stars will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday. They play at the Wunderbar this weekend.

Also on Friday night, the movie series at the Grand Marais Public Library continues with the screening of “The Teacher.” Here’s the trailer.

The film is free and starts at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, Get ready for the North Shore Music Association’s Grand Marais Ole Opry, the classic country, old-time, and bluegrass showcase that’s been a community favorite for a half-decade.

Emceed by WTIP’s “Classic Country” host Carl Solander, this year’s lineup features early country and honkytonk hotshots The Midwesternaires of Minneapolis; Grand Marais Ole Opry Hall of Famer Gary Croft; and The Grievance Committee, a new group chock full of great local talent.

The Midwesternaires will perform at the Grand Marais Ole Oprey on Saturday night.

The Midwesternaires will perform at the Grand Marais Ole Opry on Saturday night.

The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are  $20 adults, $5 youth (18 & under). General seating. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.aca.tix.com  and at the door night of show (box office opens at 6 p.m.)

Next week, the Grand Marais Art Colony will hold a Community Conversation with pastel artist Linda Ricklefs Baudry at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 17.

art colony Linda-Ricklefs-Baudry

Pastel artist Linda Ricklefs Baudry will present at a Community Conversation at the Grand Marais Art Colony next Wednesday.

She will give a presentation entitled “Creating Space and Shifting Patterns.” The artist will talk about her creative journey and how she draws inspiration from the internal and external world. Bring a brown bag lunch. Free. All invited.

Also next Wednesday, Jan. 17, Grand Marais photographer, Bryan Hansel, will give a presentation at the Grand Marais Public Library at 6 p.m.

Photograph by Bryan Hansel.

Photograph by Bryan Hansel.

Hansel will present images from the Lake Superior region and beyond and will talk about how he made them.. Additionally, he’ll address our dark sky resources, health and wildlife issues related to light pollution and what we can do to preserve our night skies. You’ll also learn about what you can do in Cook County to help us gain an International Dark Sky Association designation. The event is free and open to the public.

 Exhibits:

 It is pretty quiet at exhibition venues in Grand Marais this week, but the Duluth Art Institute in Duluth, is hopping. It will hold three art openings tonight, Jan. 11, including an artist talk. The reception is from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday night.

The exhibits include “Type 13: David Short,” which explores graphic arts and its impacts on the viewer, “Art and Craft: Penny Perry, an exhibit of multi-media works by Perry, who is the owner of Perry Framing & Stained Glass, and 100 Days: Tai Keogoungpheng, owner of Silver Cocoon Jewelry, who participated in the 100Day Project to explore her creativity in metal. She will give an artist talk about her experiences at the opening reception.

"Bound to the Wish," multi-media, by Penny Perry.

“Bound to the Wish,” multi-media, by Penny Perry.

The exhibits at the Art Institute continue through Feb. 25.

Since we’re in Duluth, we can hop over to the Tweed Museum of Art, where its on-going exhibit ‘Modern(ism)” continues, featuring smaller works by world-famous artists.

(Detail), "Bathers and Sails" by Max Weber.

(Detail), “Bathers and Sails” by Max Weber.

Mosaic artist Sherri Kruger continues her exhibit at Tettegouche State Park’s Visitor Center with a wide variety of glass mosaic/multi-media works.

Glass mosaics by Sherri Kruger.

Glass mosaics by Sherri Kruger are on exhibit at Tettegouche State Park.

The exhibit continues through January.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is exhibiting works from its Permanent Collection, including this piece, donated by Sivertson Gallery.

Strawberries, by Maime Migwans, birchbark, pocupine quill, sweetgrass, is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Strawberries, by Maime Migwans, birchbark, pocupine quill, sweetgrass, is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

 Opportunities:

 The Grand Marais Art Colony is hiring! It has opened two new positions: a full-time Program Coordinator and a PT 8-week summer Print Studio Intern. Applications are due by Sunday, Jan. 21.

The Grand Marais Art Colony is hiring for two new positions.

The Grand Marais Art Colony is hiring for two new positions.

The Program Coordinator will support the crafting, execution, and evaluation of programs. The Print Studio Intern will facilitate a range of learning experiences and support studio operations.  This internship is 15 hours per week for 8 summer weeks for a printmaker or book arts artist. For questions,  email info@grandmaraisartcolony.org or call 218-387-2737.

A call has gone out donations of artwork for the Collector’s Art Sale, a fundraiser for Art ‘Round Town. Do you have any art pieces you’d like to pass on? Art ‘Round Town is planning a fundraiser in February  and are encouraging art collectors and artists to donate pieces that someone else might enjoy, too. Funds from the sale will help finance public art projects in Grand Marais. You can choose to make a full donation or share the profit 50/50 with A’RT.
The sale will be held over Presidents’ Day Weekend. Donations should be made by Feb. 12.

This Bulgarian icon has been donated for the

This Bulgarian icon has been donated for the Collector’s Art Sale, a fundraiser for Art ‘Round Town.

The artworks will be offered at two locations: North Shore Winery with an opening Thursday, Feb. 15 and continuing through the month, and at the Johnson Heritage Post, with an opening at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16. Sales will continue through Sunday, Feb. 18.

All forms of art –from fiber to canvas, sculpture to painting– will be welcomed. Donors can put a price on their items and decide whether they want to go 50/50 or give a 100 percent donation. For more info, contact Ann Marie Mershon, annmarie@boreal.org or call 218 387-2245 if you have donations.

Life Drawing sessions begin at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. For more info, cal 387-2737.

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council is offering two grant opportunities this month: the Technology/Equipment grant for individuals, which provides grants of up to $2,000 to purchase technology, equipment, or pay for training and services that will help support and sustain  work as an artist, and the Community Arts Learning Grant for individuals and/or organizations, which provides a grant of up to $5,000 to support high quality arts learning activities in any arts discipline. The deadline to apply for these grants is Jan. 26. For more info, click here.

Upcoming:

 The Winter Plein Air opening will be held at the Johnson Heritage Post from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26.

The Winter Plein opening is at the Johnson Heritage Post Jan. 26.

The Winter Plein Air opening is at the Johnson Heritage Post Jan. 26.

The exhibit continues at the Heritage Post through Sunday, Jan. 28. Stay tuned for details.

The Urban Infill extravaganza hosted the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay begins on Jan. 27  this year. This year, look for 15 projects and work by 400 artists scattered through the Waterfront District in downtown Thunder Bay. Last year, 5,000 attended the opening. Details coming soon.

The Northern Fibers Retreat is Feb. 14-18 this year, with lots of classes and events planned at North House Folk School and the Grand Marais Art Colony. For more info, click on the links.

The Baggage Building Arts Centre in Thunder Bay has posted an open call to fiber artists to participate in its annual Fibre Arts Exhibit. Submission deadline is Jan. 26. For more info, click here.

Artist News:

 Travis Novitsky has a photograph on the cover of the January issue of Country Extra magazine.

Travis Novitsky has a cover photo on Country Extra magazine.

Travis Novitsky has a cover photo on Country Extra magazine.

Singer/songwriter Charlie Parr was in town recently, performing at Papa Charlie’s.

Charlie Parr performs one of his songs on WTIP's

Charlie Parr performs one of his songs on WTIP’s The Scenic Route. Check out the link below to hear his entire interview.

Before the gig at Papa Charlie’s, he was interviewed by the Scenic Route’s Will Moore. Here’s a link to Parr’s interview.  Parr sings lots of songs in it, too.

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, Jan. 11:

  • JohnRuss, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Friends, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 12:

  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Boyd Blomberg, Mogul’s Grile, 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Common Ground, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Jim and Michele Miller, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Rich Mattson and the Northstars, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Bug Dope! Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Jon Miller and the Homebrews, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 13:

  • Plucked Up String Band, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • The Grand Marais Ole Opry, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.
  • Jon Miler and the Homebrews, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Bughouse, Grandma Ray’s 8:30 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Wunderbar, 8:30 p.m.
  • Buckwild Music, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, 9 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 14:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s, 10 a.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Wunderbar, 3 p.m.
  • Easy Riders, Voyageur Brewing Co, 3:30 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lusten Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Andrew D. Huber, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 15

  • Open Mic Night, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 16:

  • Pete Kavenaugh, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.

Rest assured, we didn’t find any hot, steamy landscapes this week. But we did find some fun photos.

Let’s start with a few wildlife photos:

Ducktails at Brighton Beach by Alicia Dahl.

Duck tails at Brighton Beach by Alicia Dahl.

 

Refreshingly Lake Superior by Shawn Zierman.

Refreshingly Lake Superior by Shawn Zierman.

 

Trumpeter Swan by Jerry Barnett.

Trumpeter Swan by Jerry Barnett.

And here is a neat icy window shot:

Frost on my window by Kris Tyrgg Kidd.

Frost on my window by Kris Trygg Kidd.

And check out these icy landscapes:

Ice near the mouth of the Cascade River by Ken Harmon.

Ice near the mouth of the Cascade River by Ken Harmon.

 

This is what happens when you don't wear cleats by Kirck Schleife.

This is what happens when you don’t wear cleats by Kirck Schleife.

 

Ice on Lake Superior by Travis Novitsky.

Ice on Lake Superior by Travis Novitsky.

 

It was cold this morning by Bruce Block.

It was cold this morning by Bruce Block.

 

Lake Superior is freezing by Sandra Updyke.

Lake Superior is freezing by Sandra Updyke.

 

Circling pancake pool at Temperance by Thomas Spence.

Circling pancake pool at Temperance by Thomas Spence.

 

North Shore Sunrise Breathing Dragon by Jeffrey Doty.

North Shore Sunrise Breathing Dragon by Jeffrey Doty.

 

Brrrrr. The Harbor by Erin Swenson Klatt.

Brrrrr. The Harbor by Erin Swenson Klatt.

 

Ice field with Paul Sundberg by David Johnson.

Ice field with Paul Sundberg by David Johnson.

Paul Sundberg caught an interesting wave shot… without ice! Still looks cold, though.

Lake Superior Waves by Paul Sundberg.

Lake Superior Waves by Paul Sundberg.

And, finally, this winter harvest shot by Angela Botner.

Mink with its dinner by Angela Botner.

Mink with its dinner by Angela Botner.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone, and keep warm!




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Toasty Cuba to Fat Bikes and Sled Dogs in the Snow

Break On Through by Gregory A Israelson.

“Break On Through” by Gregory A Israelson.

It’s pretty quiet here on the North Shore. Quiet and beautiful. The snow isn’t that deep, but it’s gorgeous and fluffy, and, if you go over the hill on the Gunflint Trail, it’s deep and great for cross county skiing. Downhill skiing in Lutsen is good, too, but a little chilly this week.

If you look at Lake Superior, it’s surging with sea smoke every day, as sub-zero winds condense into beautiful mists and swirling fog as far as the eye can see.

donna Wojtysiak Lunke James L. Oberstar heading east

The James L Oberstar seems almost buried in sea smoke as it heads east. Photo by Donna Wojtysiak Lunke.

Obviously it’s time to sit at home and enjoy a good book by a crackling fire …

or

Check out the action in galleries, music venues and restaurants that are planned for the next few weeks.

First up are modern square dancing lessons held at the Cook County Community Center Thursday nights, Jan. 4  through Feb. 15. The Thursday night event runs from 7:30-9 p.m. and includes instruction. No experience or partner needed. Donation requested. For more information, click here. Or contact dance caller  John Mattice at jmattice@uark.edu or 218-877-7654.

The Grand Marais Public Library‘s Friday night movie series, called Friday Night Reels, starts this week with the screening of “Havana Curveball,” a documentary about Cuba. See the trailer, below. The movies are free and start at 6 p.m.

Havana Curveball – Trailer from PatchWorks Films on Vimeo.

Also on Friday night, Papa Charlie’s is holding a mini music festival with a number of different bands playing on Friday and Saturday nights. On Friday, Dead Man Winter, Charlie Parr and the Black-Eyed Snakes perform. On Saturday night Roma Di Luna, All Tomorrow’s Petty and Invisible Boy play. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 advance/$18 at the door on Friday and Saturday. A two-day advance pass is $28. For more info, click here.

For art, winter encourages artists to get into the studio, and Betsy Bowen has just come out with a new print.

Print by Betsy Bowen.

“Lost 40″ by Betsy Bowen.

 

And there’s an art opening scheduled for Friday night at Tettegouche State Park for Badger resident, Sherri Kruger. Kruger is exhibiting her glass mosaic multi-media pieces in the Great Hall at the park through January.

Split Rock Lighthouse mosaic by Sherri Kruger.

Split Rock Lighthouse mosaic by Sherri Kruger.

The reception will be held Friday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. Kruger will talk about her art and answer questions. Refreshments will be served. All invited.

(Note: The Johnson Heritage Post in Grand Marais will be closed until Jan. 26, when it will feature works painted by the Minnesota Outdoor Painters who participate in the Winter Plein Air Retreat at YMCA Camp Menogyn. The opening is Friday, Jan. 26. The exhibit continues through Jan. 28. Stay tuned for details.)

In Duluth, an opening reception for the exhibit “His and Hers” –New Year, Old and New Work” with paintings and prints by Tom Rauschenfels and Sue Rauschenfels will be held at the Zeitgeist Atrium Gallery, 222 E Superior St.

Su and Tom Rauschenfels will open an exhibit at the Zeitgeist Atrium on Monday, Jan. 8.

Su and Tom Rauschenfels will open an exhibit of their work at the Zeitgeist Atrium Gallery on Monday, Jan. 8.

The opening reception is from 7-9 p.m. The exhibit will continue through Jan. 31.

Also, a stop at the Tweed Museum of Art might be of interest. Its exhibit “Modern(ism)” continues, featuring smaller works by some of the most famous artists of our time.

Detail "Three Angels" by Marc Chagall is one of the pieces in the "Modern(ism) exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth.

(Detail )”Three Angels” by Marc Chagall is one of the pieces in the “Modern(ism) exhibit at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth.

The Tweed staff has also developed an exhibit of their favorite pieces from the museum’s collection, fittingly called “Out of Context.” Here’s an example:

"Lac LaCroix Portage" by Neola Johnson, is one of the "Out of Context" picks at the Tweed.

“Lac LaCroix Portage” by Neola Johnson, is one of the “Out of Context” picks at the Tweed.

Also this weekend, there are some fun outdoor events. The Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race will be held on Saturday and Sunday, with Trail Center the home base. The Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race is a continuous race consisting of two legs of equal distance, separated by a mandatory layover. There are two classes: a 12-dog race,100-mile race and n 8-dog, 65-mile race. There are lots of great places to watch this race. Stop by Trail Center and find out more this weekend.

This is also the weekend of the Norpine Fat Bike Classic, which will start at the Superior National clubhouse. The race is from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For more info, click here.

And for a cozy evening of spinning knitting, woodcarving or basketmaking, consider North House Folk School‘s Open Crafting nights. Basketmakers and/or woodcarvers are invited to come work at North House from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9 and spinners and knitters are invited on Wednesday, Jan. 10 from 5-7 p.m. Both events are free. For more info, click here.

Opportunities:

 Call to Artists: The 2018 Spirit of the Wilderness Art Exhibit will open at the Johnson Heritage on March 9. Artists of every age and in every media are invited to explore this year’s theme: “Chaos, Cracks, Creativity!” Artists are invited to consider the following: When the cracks of prejudice, greed and fear seem inescapable, how do you as a writer, sculptor, ceramist, wood-worker, glass-worker, painter or fiber artist encounter the chaos? How does your creative process invite the light in? Where do you see muddle and magnificence in the natural world or on the North Shore? How does the natural world create new models for you? Do you seek to soothe or expose, clarify or challenge?
Entries for the show are due at the Johnson Heritage Post March 5 & 6. Stay tuned for details.

John Gregor of Coldsnap Photography is holding a workshop entitled “Winter Wonderland: From Concept to Exhibit.” During the 4-day workshop, participants will have opportunities to photograph, edit, print, and prepare for an exhibit in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park. Two Harbors photographer Christian Dalbec is the guest instructor for the workshop. For more info, click here.

Here’s a heads-up for artists from every discipline–consider enrolling in the 100day Project, a way to hone your skills and discover new ways to be creative. It’s free.

Artists from every media are invited to participate in the 100Day Project.

Artists from every media are invited to participate in the 100Day Project. (Photo courtesy of the Grand Marais Art Colony.)

Here’s a really inspiring video about how the 100Day project changed an artist’s life. It’s from MN Original. 

And check out the 100Day Project’s web site for more info. The winter project starts Jan. 21.

And not to forget, the Northern Fibers Retreat is Feb. 14-18 this year.

The Northern Fibers Retreat is Feb. 14-18.

The Northern Fibers Retreat is Feb. 14-18.

For more information about classes and events during the retreat, click here.

And finally, plein air painter Neil Sherman reminds us of what is outside our doors right now with this painting.

"January on the Hovland Dock" by Neil Sherman.

“January on the Hovland Dock” by Neil Sherman.

This painting is currently being exhibited at the Grand Hill Gallery in St. Paul. Sherman is was recently in Denver for the Coors Western Art Show as a Club Artist.

And now, for the music this week:

Thursday, Jan. 4:

  • Timmy Haus, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Wunderbar, 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 5:

  • Gordon Thorne, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Matt & Laurel, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Gene Lafond & Amy Grillo, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • TBA, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

GNDWIRE Ski Party, (3 bands), Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 6:

  • Tim Fast, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Epiphany, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • GNDWIRE Ski Party, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Common Ground, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 7:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Boyd Blomberg, Wunderbvar, 11 a.m.
  • TBA, Gun Flint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan 8:

  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Erik Koskinen, Singer/songwriter Series, Papa Charlies, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 10:

  • Boyd Bump Blomberg, Skyport Lodge, 5:30 p.m.

You might want to put on a hat and mittens or turn up the heat for this next segment, because we found a lot of ice and cold photos this week.

Boiling water in -25F by Dennis Chick.

Boiling water in -25F by Dennis Chick.

 

"The big waves made some nice ice yesterday" by Sandra Updyke.

“The big waves made some nice ice yesterday” by Sandra Updyke.

 

Stoney Point by Paul Sundberg.

“Stoney Point” by Paul Sundberg.

 

Lighthouse in front to the Sleeping Giant (in Thunder Bay) by Dennis Bresolin.

“Lighthouse in front to the Sleeping Giant” (in Thunder Bay) by Dennis Bresolin.

 

Lake Superior Dec. 27, satellite photo by NOAA.

Lake Superior sea smoke, Dec. 27, satellite photo by NOAA.

 

Floating Ice by Matthew Pastick.

“Floating Ice” by Matthew Pastick.

 

Ice eggs at Hollow Rock by Travis Novitsky.

“Ice eggs at Hollow Rock” by Travis Novitsky.

 

Dec. 31 by Chris Davis.

“Dec. 31″ by Chris Davis.

 

Sandra Updyke's deer yard.

Sandra Updyke‘s deer yard.

 

A frosty Supermoon with halo by Dennis Chick.

A frosty Supermoon with halo by Dennis Chick.

The wildlife are adapting to the cold.

Here’s a grouse hunkering down in a snow drift.

Grouse roosting in the snow by Michael Furtman.

Grouse roosting in the snow by Michael Furtman.

 

Raven by Sparky Stensaas.

Raven by Sparky Stensaas.

 

Boreal owl by Michael Furtman.

Boreal Owl by Michael Furtman.

Surfers seem to be “adapting” to the cold, too.

"Why would anyone get up at 5 AM and drive to Stoney Point and then jump in the lake at 22.5 below ZERO? This right here! by Christian Dalbec."

“Why would anyone get up at 5 AM and drive to Stoney Point and then jump in the lake at 22.5 below ZERO? This right here!” by Christian Dalbec.

And the cold continues …

Another Cold One by Patty Doherty.

“Another Cold One” by Patty Doherty.

 

New Year's Eve Sunset in Two Harbors by Tina Carriveau.

“New Year’s Eve Sunset in Two Harbors” by Tina Carriveau.

 

Just a Moon in a park - Split Rock State Park by Christian Dalbec.

“Just a Moon in a park – Split Rock State Park” by Christian Dalbec.

 

Holiday cleanse by Jessica Barr.

“Holiday cleanse” by Jessica Barr

 

Upper Cascade River by Bryan Hansel.

“Upper Cascade River” by Bryan Hansel.

It was hard to decide which photo to use to finish off this exhibit. Both are great. Enjoy!

Lake Superior Igloos by Kirk Schleife.

“Lake Superior Igloos” by Kirk Schleife.

 

Split Rock by Bill Donovan.

“Split Rock” by Bill Donovan.

Keep warm, everybody!

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Happy New Year Bonus Photos

NOAA lake superior Dec. 27 2017

Temps beow zero and winds gusting to more than 30 miles per hour create sea smoke on Lake Superior. A NOAA satellite captured the effect on Lake Superior on Dec. 27.

Hi Everyone!

I found lots of  ice-cold images in the last few days and thought I’d share a few of them with you for New Year’s. Our local photographers (and others) seem to love going out and capturing this extreme weather. Hope you enjoy. Stay tuned for our first post of 2018 for lots more. (FYI: If you want info from this week’s regular post, keep scrolling down.)

Photo by Jamie Rabold.

Stoney Point by Jamie Rabold.

 

Surfing Lake Superior by Devon Hains.

Surfing Lake Superior by Devon Hains.

 

Madeline Island had Sun Dog bookends this morning by Julie Schmitt.

Madeline Island had Sun Dog bookends this morning by Julie Schmitt.

 

The Lake Superior Smoke Machine by Tom Spence.

The Lake Superior Smoke Machine  from the Sawbill Trail by Tom Spence.

 

Winter sunrise on Burlington Bay by Jan Swart.

Winter sunrise on Burlington Bay by Jan Swart.

 

Quintessential North Shore by Bill Donovan.

Quintessential North Shore by Bill Donovan.

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Music for the New Year, Art & Ice

It was pretty cold this morning. Pretty but cold. Lake Superior shoreline at -24 degrees by Thomas Spence.

It was pretty cold this morning. Pretty but cold. Lake Superior shoreline at -24 degrees. Photo by Thomas Spence.

We will remember New Year’s 2018 for sure — it’s coming in like a bear all over Minnesota and points East with really cold temps and high windchills. Here on the North Shore, we’re cold, yes, but we’re used to it, and celebrate our photographers who make a point of getting out there and photographing the chill. (Check out the photographs at the end of this post to really get a taste of the Northwoods at -24F.)

Meanwhile, there’s lots to do indoors, too, especially live music. Check out the music schedule below. There is a lot to choose from, with live music at Lutsen Resort, Papa Charlie’s, the North Shore Winery, The Wunderbar, the Gun Flint Tavern and Grandma Ray’s.

And, Jim McGowan will be the guest on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night. He will talk about his music and play a few songs. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. on Friday.

There are New Year’s parties at most of the venues this year, too.

Big Dave Wave Dave & the Ripples play at Papa Charlie’s starting at 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 31. $12 in advance, $16 at the door.

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The Duluth-based band funk/soul/blues/rock play music to get people movin’.

The band 4-Shore plays a New Year’s Eve Party at Grandma Ray’s. The music starts at 8 p.m.

The Federales, an all-acoustic band, plays Old Time and Americana at the Gun Flint Tavern starting at 8:30 p.m.

The Wunderbar will hold its 1st annual New Years Eve Masquerade Wunder-Bash with Cold Heat from 6-1 p.m. The Twin Cities band plays swinging gypsy jazz and will perform on Saturday and Sunday nights.

The New Year's Party at The Wunderbar is a masquerade party ... prizes for best costume.

The New Year’s Party at The Wunderbar is a masquerade party … prizes for best costume.

And Michael Monroe is holding two Log Cabin Concerts this weekend: Dec. 30 and Dec. 31 at 7 p.m.

Michael Monroe will hold two Log Cabin concerts this weekend.

Michael Monroe will hold two Log Cabin concerts this weekend.

Monroe holds the concerts in his cabin in rural Grand Marais, offering an intimate setting for his music. The concert is preceded by a reception. For more info and tickets, call 612-789-2255 or visit michaelmonroemusic.com.

The Cove, a new lobby bar and fireside Great Room at Best Western  Superior Inn, will host Chris Gillis and Thomas Stamps for pre-New Year’s music starting at 6 p.m. Dec. 31.

And finally, Cascade Lodge will host guitarist Jim McGowan from 5-7 p.m. New Year’s Eve, followed by Brothers in Arms, who will play from 7-9 p.m.

There’s an opportunity to learn about music on the North Shore, too, when Boyd Blomberg and Adam Moe give a presentation at the Grand Marais Public Library on Wednesday, Jan. 3 from 6-7 p.m.

Adam Moe and Boyd Blomberg will talk about their music and play a few songs at the library on Wednesday.

Adam Moe and Boyd Blomberg will talk about their music and play a few songs at the library on Wednesday.

Entitled “The Roots of Pushing Chain,” the musicians will talk about the music that got them started and how it has influenced their musical career. They’ll play, too. All invited. Free.

 Exhibits

The Mostly Fiber Festival and Open House continues at the Johnson Heritage Post this week through Saturday.

The Mostly Finer Festival continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through Saturday. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Mostly Finer Festival continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through Saturday. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The festival features weaving, felting, beading, knitting and more from local fiber artists. There are also on-going spinning and weaving demonstrations. All invited. Free.

The Holiday Art Underground show at Betsy Bowen’s Galleries and Studio continues this week as well. Betsy is also working in her studio. The gallery will be open on Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Demonstrating the printmaking process at Betsy Bowen's Studio.

Demonstrating the printmaking process at Betsy Bowen’s Studio.

The Holiday Art Underground features work from more than 30 local and regional artists in a variety of media. The gallery will be open this winter, too. Stay tuned for times.

In other cities, The Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth is open this Thursday, Dec. 28,  and then closes until Jan. 2, when it re-opens for the winter. There’s lots to see. Here are a few examples from the exhibits there:

Sarah Brokke Erickson, "Senza Titolo Nonstante," 2003, is a new acquisition at the Tweed Museum of Art.

Sarah Brokke Erickson, “Senza Titolo Nonstante,” 2003, is a new acquisition at the Tweed Museum of Art.

 

Otto Dix "Woman with a Feathered Hat," is on loan from the Weisman Museum and is part of the Modern (ism) exhibit at the Tweed.

Otto Dix “Woman with a Feathered Hat,” is on loan from the Weisman Museum and is part of the Modern (ism) exhibit at the Tweed.

The exhibit, “Laurentian: Paul LaJeunesse & Lake Superior Wood Carvers” continues at the Duluth Art Institute through Jan. 1.

One of the pieces in Laurtentian: Paul LaJeunesse & Lake Superior Wood Carvers, is at the Duluth Art Institute.

One of the pieces in Laurentian: Paul LaJeunesse & Lake Superior Wood Carvers, is at the Duluth Art Institute.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery is featuring “Wind Quill Stone,” selections from its Permanent Collection.

A few of the pieces from the Thunder Bay Art Gallery's exhibit, "Wind Quill Stone."

A few of the pieces from the Thunder Bay Art Gallery‘s exhibit, “Wind Quill Stone.”

The Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay is closed until Jan. 6.

Upcoming

The North Shore Music Association will present the 5th annual Grand Marais Ole Opry Jan. 13 at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. a classic country, old-time, honkytonk, and bluegrass music showcase of local and regional musicians performing favorite classics and lesser-known gems.

The Midwesternaires play the Grand Marais Ole Oprey

The Midwesternaires play the Grand Marais Ole Oprey Jan. 13.

Emceed by WTIP’s “Classic Country” host Carl Solander, this year’s lineup features a bang-up group of Twin Cities talents called The Midwesternaires, GM Ole Opry Hall of Famer Gary Croft, and a gifted gaggle of Grand Marais musicians known as The Grievance Committee. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets available at the door.

Grant Opportunities

This is the time of the year to start thinking about new projects and grant opportunities. Here are a few of them:

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council offers a wide variety of grant opportunities to residents of the seven counties in the Arrowhead Region. Three grants have deadlines Jan. 26:

  • Technology/Equipment(for Individuals): awards grant funding up to $2,000 to purchase technology, equipment, or pay for training and services that will help you support and sustain your work as an artist.
  • Community Arts Learning(for Individuals and Organizations): awards grant funding of up to $5,000 to support high quality arts learning activities in any arts discipline.
  • Art Project(for Organizations): awards grant funding of up to $5,000 to support activities directly involved in the creation, performance, exhibition or publication of artistic works; or to present arts events by contracting for the services of other organizations or individuals This is not an Arts Learning Grant program.

The deadline for submitting grant applications to these programs is Friday, Jan. 26. For info about the grants, see aracouncil.org  ARAC offers many other grant opportunities. See these on the site also.

The Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis has a wide variety of grants available for artists. The organization is looking for applications from all walks of ceramic art, and it will help artists prepare the best application they can, if they send their materials to Jill Foote-Hutton, Coordinator of Artist Services and Storytelling, at least two weeks before the deadline. She is also available to answer any questions they might have about eligibility or the process. Call her at 636.234.4900, or send her an email at jillfootehutton@northernclaycenter.org. This service is provided free of charge.

Hereis what the Northern Clay Center offers:

  • Jerome Ceramic Artist Project GrantThree $6,000 awards for emerging ceramic artists. Application Deadline: Feb. 16, 5 p.m.
  • Warren Mackenzie Advancement Award: Up to three awards of up to $4,000 for currently enrolled students or apprentices, or those who have recently graduated or finished an apprenticeship. Application Deadline: April 13, 5 p.m.
  • Emerging Artist Residencies: Two residencies specific to those pursuing a career as a studio potter (Fogelberg) and two residencies for ceramic artists working in any direction (Anonymous Artist). The residency award comes with a studio as well as a material and firing stipend. Application Deadline: April 13, 5 p.m.
  • McKnight Fellowship: Two $25,000 awards for mid-career Minnesota ceramic artists. Not a project grant. Application Deadline: May 25, 5 p.m.
  • McKnight Residency: This one is for ceramic artists living outside of Minnesota. Feel free to share with your friends around the country. It’s a 3-month funded residency with a $6,000 stipend. Application Deadline: May 25, 5 p.m.

There are sample applications on the site, as well as lots of other information. Check it out at northernclaycenter.org

FYI

ISD 166 school band seeking used instruments: The Cook County School band is looking to expand its program to include all 5th graders. Currently there are limited on instruments available for the students. Do you have a band instrument in working condition that you are willing to donate? Contact Mikkel Haas by email or phone at mhaas@isd166.org or 218-387-2271 Ext 301.

The Grand Marais Public Library will hold Friday Night Reels again this year, starting with “Havana Curveball,” which will be screened at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5. Everyone is invited to attend. Please note the films selected are intended for an adult audience, and may address situations or themes that could be challenging for younger members of the community. The full schedule and synopses of the films can be found at the library website: www.grandmaraislibrary.org.

Window Shopping:

David Gilsvik has new work and prints at Sivertson Gallery.

David Gilsvik has new work and prints at Sivertson Gallery.

 

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Northern Lights, felted pillow, is a Joy & Co.

Here is the music for this week:

Thursday, Dec. 28:

  • Gordon Thorne, Date Night, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Pete K., Mogul’s Grille, 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 29:

  • Briand Morrison, Voyageur Brewing Co.,  4 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Mogul’s Grille, 6 p.m.
  • Common Ground, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • The Federales, Gun Flihnt Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 30:

  • Jim & Michele Miller, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe’s Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m.,  More info at michaelmonroemusic.com
  • Plucked Up String Band, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Cold City Heat, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • The Spruce Roots, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 31:

  • Briand Morrison, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.
  • Chris Gillis and Thomas Stamps, The Cove at Superior Inn, 6 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m. For more info see michaelmonroemusic.com
  • 4-Shore, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • The Federales, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Big Wave Doe and the Ripples, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
  • Cold City Heat, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
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Tuesday, Jan. 2:

  • Eric Frost, Mogul’s Grille, 6 p.m.
  • Pete Kavanaugh, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Jon Kallberg, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

We found some great photos, too.

Let’s start with winter wildlife:

Nuthatch by Chris David.

Nuthatch by Chris Davis.

 

Fox by Chris Davis.

Fox by Chris Davis.

 

Pileated woodpecker by Pat Thomas.

Pileated woodpecker by Pat Thomas.

 

Chickadee by Paul Sundberg.

Chickadee by Paul Sundberg.

 

The stare-down by Wayne Ortloff.

The stare-down by Wayne Ortloff.

 

The Look by David Johnson.

The Look by David Johnson.

And now, for some winter landscapes.

Christmas from the High Falls by Travis Novitsky.

Christmas from the High Falls by Travis Novitsky.

 

Amazing sea smoke by Jane Herrick.

Amazing sea smoke by Jane Herrick.

 

Icy sunrise by Kjersti Vick.

Icy sunrise by Kjersti Vick.

 

Chill You To the Bone by Matthew Pastick.

Chill You To the Bone by Matthew Pastick.

 

Sea smoke and a sunset by David Johnson.

Sea smoke and a sunset by David Johnson.

 

Winter by Kirk Schleife.

Winter by Kirk Schleife.

And here is someone that apparently likes the cold. Enjoy!

Sea smoke and a fisherman by Matthew Pastick.

Sea smoke and a fisherman by Matthew Pastick.




 

Have a great weekend and keep warm!

 

 

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Solstice, The Mostly Fiber Festival & Christmas

Thomas Spence caught this snowy owl hanging around the Grand Marais harbor the other day.

Thomas Spence caught this snowy owl hanging around the Grand Marais harbor the other day.

Solstice!

The longest night of the year is always a fun time in Grand Marais, because the Good Harbor Hill Players put on the Winter Solstice Shadow Puppet Show at North House Folk School with live music, a great storyline and fantastical shadow puppets. There’s always lots of laughter, and (muted) mitten clapping. This year, the title is “Twinkle Twinkle: Tuning In To the Universe.” (We’ll find out what that means on Thursday night, Dec. 21, at 6 p.m.)

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The pageant is always so quirky and funny. At the end, the scary Krampus’ appear, beating drums and lurching under bearskins and heavy horns. Then the bonfire is lit, and everyone crowds around, throwing in their handwritten “gloomies” to send their worries up in smoke.  The pageant is followed by a potluck in the Blue Building at North House. Everyone is invited. Children, especially, have a great time at this event.

Gunflint Lodge is also holding a Winter Solstice Event, featuring dinner and Celtic music. For more info, click here.

Also on Thursday night, A Hovland Family Christmas will be held at the Hovland Town Hall at 7-8 p.m. featuring number of lots of live music and fun with friends. Bring a Christmas treat to share!

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The Hovland Family Christmas is at the Hovland Town Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21.

Featured musicians include Andy & Amy & Sparrow Schmidt, Jack & Hannah Nickolay, Jim McGowan, Pat Flack, Jim & Michele Miller & Luke & James, Brenda Benson, Justin & Kelli Hedrick and more. All invited.

This week, fiber artists have gathered at the Johnson Heritage Post to hold the Mostly Fiber Festival & Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

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Weaving, felting, knitting and more are featured at the Mostly Fiber Festival & Open House at the Johnson Heritage Post this week.

This Friday and Saturday are special days for the festival, with non-fiber artists also invited to exhibit. Participants in the festival include Linda Bauer, Marcie McIntire, Jeff Morgan, Mary MacDonald, Julie Arthur, Pat Zankman, Vicki Biggs-Anderson and Patty Meyer, to name a few.

Also, the Holiday Art Underground Show continues at Betsy Bowen Studios and Gallery, featuring a wide selection of art from a variety of different media. More than 40 local and regional artists are participating in this event.

The Holiday Art Underground Show continues at Betsy Bowen Galleries and Studios. Pictured is an ornament with rosemaling by Grand Marais painter Marcy Schliep.

The Holiday Art Underground Show continues at Betsy Bowen Galleries and Studios. Pictured is an ornament with rosemaling by Grand Marais painter Marcy Schliep.

The gallery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 23, and then re-opens Thursday, Dec. 28 through Dec. 30. Note: The gallery will be open this winter, Thursday through Saturday.

In other exhibits, plein air painter Greg Lecker continues his exhibit at Tettegouche State Park through the end of the month.

"Wave Swept" by Greg Lecker, is one of the works at Tettegouche State Park this month.

“Wave Swept” by Greg Lecker, is one of the works at Tettegouche State Park this month.

In Duluth, both the Tweed Museum of Art and the Duluth Art Institute are closing over both holiday weekends.

Here’s what you can see at the Tweed through Friday of this week and then for a few days next week, and then regular hours after the Jan. 1.. This painting is part of the “Picks out of Context: Tweed Museum Staff Favorites” exhibit.

Philip Everygood, "Pittsburgh Family (1944).

Philip Evergood, “Pittsburgh Family (1944).”

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery will be open this weekend. One of the featured exhibits includes Denise Smith’s exhibition, “On the Trail.”

"Orwell's Tent," by Denise Smith, porcelain.

“Orwell’s Tent,” by Denise Smith, porcelain, is at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Other exhibits at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery include: “Wood Quill Stone: Works from the Permanent Collection,” “Converging Lines: Recent Art From the Northwest” and “Connecting Layers: Layers – The Big Art Adventure.”

Also in Thunder Bay, “Manifestation: 29th annual Regional Juried Exhibition” continues at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

"Thousands of Years Live Inside Me" by Tongmu Hu, mixed media drawing installation, is at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

“Thousands of Years Live Inside Me” by Tongmu Hu, mixed media drawing installation, is at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

The gallery is closed for winter break, but will reopen Jan. 9.

Upcoming

 The Plucked Up String Band will play at the Skyport Lodge  at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29.

A Head’s-Up for New Year’s Parties, Dec. 31

  • Michael Monroe Log Cabin Concert, 7 p.m., call 612-789-2255 for reservations.
  • New Year’s Eve Masquerade Wunder-Bash with music by Cold City Heat, Wunderbar, 6 p.m.
  • 4-Shore plays at Grandma Ray’s on New Year’s, 8 p.m.
  • The Federales play the Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m
  • Big Wave Dave & the Ripples plays at Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Other upcoming events include:

The Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race is Jan. 6, hosted by Trail Center.

The Grand Marais Ole Opry is at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Jan. 13.

Window Shopping

Deke Burnham has beadweaving at Joy and Company.

Deke Burnham has beadweaving at Joy and Company.

 

Betsy Bowen's Calendar this year is "Water." It can be found at her gallery.

Betsy Bowen’s Calendar this year is “Water.” It can be found at her gallery.

 

Ron's World Rocks: Silver and Gems is featuring this azurite pendant and lapis earrings as well as a neclace with three kyanite beads and a labrodorite stone.

Ron’s World Rocks: Silver and Gems is featuring this azurite pendant and lapis earrings as well as a necklace with three kyanite beads and a labrodorite stone.

 

Marcie McIntire beadwork is at the Mostly Fiber Festival at the Johnson Heritage Post. She is also giving demos.

Marcie McIntire beadwork is at the Mostly Fiber Festival at the Johnson Heritage Post. She is also giving demos.

 

Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery has a wide variety of work by local and regional artists.

Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery has a wide variety of work by local and regional artists.

 

Last Chance Galery in Lutsen will close its doors Feb.1. Meanwhile, there are lots of wonderful deals to be had.  The gallery is open Tues-Sat every week until then, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen will close its doors Feb.1. Meanwhile, there are lots of wonderful deals to be had. The gallery is open Tues-Sat every week until then, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

"Local Sage" by Liz Sivertson is at Sivertson Gallery.

“Local Sage” by Liz Sivertson is at Sivertson Gallery.

 

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, Dec. 21:

  • Joe Paulik, Moguls Grille, 4 p.m.
  • John Silliman, Gunflint Lodge, 5:30 p.m.
  • Joshua Schmidt, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, North Shore Winery, 6 p.m.
  • Hovland Family Christmas, live music, Hovland Town Hall, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Mike Roth, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 22:

  • Jim Lundorff, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • JohnRuss, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Space Monster, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Big Dope, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 23:

  • Marc Gartman, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Wunderbar, 8 p.m.
  • Space Monster, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Bug Dope, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 24

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

Monday, Dec. 25:

  • Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, Dec. 26:

  • Pushing Chain, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 27:

  • Joe Paulik, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.

We found some great photos this week, especially bird photos. Here’s a selection:

Great Gray Owl by David Johnson.

Great Gray Owl by David Johnson.

 

Northern Hawk Owl by Edward Lee.

Northern Hawk Owl by Edward Lee.

 

Stick on its way to the nest by Thomas Demma.

Stick on its way to the nest by Thomas Demma.

 

Stick delivery by Thomas Demma.

Stick delivery by Thomas Demma.

 

Owl Gets Lunch by Catherine Winter.

Owl Gets Lunch by Catherine Winter.

 

Swan Rumble by Kelly Marquart.

Swan Rumble by Kelly Marquart.

And then, there’s the beaver.

Paul Sundberg took a series of photo of this beaver on a small pond it had built. Its strong teeth keep growing, so they can continue to cut down trees quickly.

Paul Sundberg took a series of photos of this beaver on a small pond it had built. Its strong teeth keep growing, so they can continue to cut down trees easily, Sundberg writes.

We found some beautiful ‘scapes, too.

Hovland Dock by Jim Ericson.

Hovland Dock by Jim Ericson.

 

The Presque Isle in Two Harbors by Jan Swart.

The Presque Isle in Two Harbors by Jan Swart. (The shipping season ended this week.)

 

Happy Holidays Drury Lane Books by David Johnson.

Happy Holidays, Drury Lane Books by David Johnson.

 

Hello from the Icy East Bay by Gwen Danfelt.

Hello from the Icy East Bay by Gwen Danfelt.

 

St. Louis River by Tim Voss.

St. Louis River by Tim Voss.

 

Looking toward West Duluth by Kirk Schleife.

Looking toward West Duluth by Kirk Schleife.

 

I love snowy, foggy, wintery days by Bryan Hansel.

I love snowy, foggy, wintery days by Bryan Hansel.

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