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Marching Toward Spring

today at the harbor

Today, in the Grand Marais Harbor by Joan Farnam.

Greetings from the North Shore, where our trusty Canada Geese flock is beginning to arrive, and lawns are greening up. It looks like spring is here, but no one else but the geese believe it. Meanwhile, we’re all basking in the warmer, sunny days, and the maple sugar people are putting in long hours to capture and process that sweet goodness from the maple trees. Cheers and good health to all.

Meanwhile, our online lives continue, with some interesting offerings.

This week, the Grand Marais Art Colony welcomes Minneapolis-based painter Leslie Barlow as their Instagram Takeover Artist. She will be posting on the Art Colony’s Instagram page on Thursday and Friday. Barlow creates life-size figurative oil paintings that share stories and explore the politics of representation, identity, otherness, and race. She also teaches at the University of Minnesota, helps run Midwest Mixed, and is the director of Studio 400.

 

Leslie Barlow is the Grand Marais Art Colony's Instagram Takeover artist this week.

Leslie Barlow is the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Instagram Takeover artist this week. She will be posting on Thursday and Friday.

"Carolina" by Leslie Barlow.

“Carolina” by Leslie Barlow.

Barlow will be teaching a beginning oil painting class in June at the Art Colony. For more info and to register, click here.

North House Folk School continues Wood Month, with a free Lunch & Learn online presentation on Friday by Julia Kalthoff, a talented axe-maker, who, according to a press release, is on a quest to determine the details that make the difference between good and bad axes. Her journey started when she fell in love with forging at Gränsfors Bruks at the age of 19, and went on to learn about all things axes at Wetterlings, where she managed the small factory for five years.

Julia Kalthoff, who specializes in making the perfect axe, will be featured presenter in this Friday's online Lunch & Learn at North House Folk School. To register, click here. Free.

Julia Kalthoff, who specializes in making the perfect axe, will be featured presenter in this Friday’s online Lunch & Learn at North House Folk School. To register, click here. Free.

At the Lunch & Learn, Kalthoff will share some of what she’s learned along the way, from the history of axes to her research with carvers and metallurgists, culminating in a tour of her small-scale workshop where she produces highly coveted axes. To register for the webinar, click here.  Free.

Also, it’s the EquinCox this week and WTIP Community Radio is celebrating it with a membership drive.

WTIP’s Membership drive is this week. Check out Wtip.org for all the special programming here.

Exhibits:

Betsy Bowen opened an exhibit of new work at her studio entitled “The Farm in Winter, Inside and Out” featuring a fascinating collection of new etchings and drawings completed this winter during the 100-Day Project.

One of the etchings in Betsy Bowen's new exhibit at her gallery, "The Farm in Winter."

One of the etchings in Betsy Bowen’s new exhibit at her gallery entitled  “The Farm in Winter.”

"Wild Plums in Winter" by Betsy Bowen.

“Wild Plums, Winter” by Betsy Bowen.

The week-long exhibit at her studio continues through Saturday, March 15. The studio is located at 301 1st. Ave. W. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Covid protocols in place.

The Johnson Heritage Post exhibit, “Reflecting Light Into Darkness: An exhibit by the Spirit of the Wilderness and ISD 166″continues through March 28.

One of the photographs featured in exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post, “Reflecting Light Into Darkness.”

This is the 12th Annual art show sponsored by the Spirit of the Wilderness and the Cook County ISD 166 High School art class. The exhibit features a mix of mediums and artworks by Cook County community members. The Johnson Heritage Post is open on Thursdays from 1-4 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Covid protocols in place.

Lutsen sculptor, Greg Mueller, is exhibiting new work in the windows of the Art Colony’s new building on Hwy. 61.

Greg Mueller has an exhibit of his work in the windows of Studio 17.

Greg Mueller has an exhibit of his work in the windows of Studio 17.

Hovland artists Dan and Lee Ross opened an exhibit at the Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis last week entitled “Untying Time.” The show features new monoprints and sculptures.

Dan and Lee Ross recently opened an exhibit of new work at the Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis entitled "Untying Time."

Dan and Lee Ross recently opened an exhibit of new work at the Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis entitled “Untying Time.” Here they are pictured with works in progress at the Grand Marais Art Colony‘s Print Studio. Minnpost. com recently published a story about the show and their work. You can read it here.

"State Fair 3," monoprint by Dan and Lee Ross.

“State Fair 3,” monoprint by Dan and Lee Ross.

Lake Superior Current, mono print, 2020 by Dan and Lee Ross.

Lake Superior Current, mono print, 2020 by Dan and Lee Ross.

Minnpost.com recently featured a story about them and their work. Click to read. The exhibit continues at the Groveland through April 17. The exhibit can also be viewed online. Click here to see.

Here’s Bryan Hansel‘s latest video: Finding and Photographing Ice Birefringence:

Art Online:

The Duluth Art Institute is featuring a number of different exhibits which can be viewed online, including “Ann Magnusson: Personal,” an exhibit of her series of dyptic paintings which combine a portrait and interior spaces.

Karen, Hair Work Artist, portrait and interior by Ann Magnusson.

Karen, Hair Work Artist, portrait and interior by Ann Magnusson.

In her Duluth series, viewers will find four portraits of current and former northern Minnesota residents, from a silversmith to a retired accountant. Companion portraits examine their interior studio spaces and living rooms as well as one artist’s exterior building. To take a virtual tour, click here.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery is currently closed to the public, but works can be viewed on its Facebook page. One exhibit, entitled Piitwewetam (Rolling Thunder), is a commemorative exhibition presenting artwork by the Gustafson family, showing how beadwork and hand-made items come from an ecology of relationships and love.

Justine Gustafson, First Portrait, velveteen, felt, seed beads, 2020, is one of the pieces in the

Justine Gustafson, First Portrait, velveteen, felt, seed beads, 2020, is one of the pieces in the “Piitwewetam (Rolling Thunder)” exhibit at the gallery.

The view the work, click here and scroll through the page.

Here’s a video of snow art by Kim Asmussen, who lives in Schreiber, Ontario.

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Here is a collection of photographs which won the International Photo Contest Celebrating the Art of Movement.

Good Shepherd by F. Dilek Uyar of Turkey was on of the winners in the International photography contest. To see more work, click here.

Good Shepherd by F. Dilek Uyar of Turkey was on of the winners in the International photography contest. To see more work, click here.

This is a fascinating collection of photographs. To view, click here.

Artists at Work:

"Izzy," a painting recently completed by Jan Attridge.

“Izzy,” a painting recently completed by Jan Attridge.

My Father's Boats, acrylic's, by Patricia Canelake. The painting is at the Karlyn Yellowbird Gallery in Washburn, Wis.

My Father’s Boats, acrylic, by Patricia Canelake. The painting is at the Karlyn Yellowbird Gallery in Washburn, Wis.

Gunflint Trail luthier, Dave Seaton, recently completed this beauty.

Gunflint Trail luthier, Dave Seaton, recently completed this beauty. To find out more about Seaton and his work, click here.

One of the Illustrations by Sam Zimmerman for a children's book in English and Ojiwemowin. This one shows Nanaboozhoo talking to a makwa.

One of the Illustrations by Sam Zimmerman for a children’s book in English and Ojiwemowin. This one shows Nanaboozhoo talking to a makwa.

A Video Potpourri 

 This bowling alley video shot in Minneapolis went viral. Here it is again.

 And here’s a great interview with the people who made it.

Here are some other videos we found.

Jon Batiste Batiste regularly tours with his band Stay Human, and appears with them nightly as bandleader and musical director on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Batiste also serves as the Music Director of The Atlantic and the Creative Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. He was recently interviewed on Fresh Air. Listen to it here.

Jon Batiste Batiste regularly tours with his band Stay Human, and appears with them nightly as bandleader and musical director on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Batiste also serves as the Music Director of The Atlantic and the Creative Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. He was recently interviewed on NPR’s Fresh Air, “Sharing Joy.”  Listen to it here.

Jon Batiste was recently interviewed on NPR’s Fresh Air, and the interview is so joyous, we just had to share. It’s appropriately entitled “Sharing Joy in a Painful Year.”  Here’s the link. The interview is 47 minutes.

Batiste has been playing pop-up shows at Black Lives Matter protests, vaccination sites, and voter registration events. “I wanted to articulate through the music and through my presence there that we’re all in this together,” Batiste says. “ltimately, this is our time. This is our world. We have to come together and understand that or else everything is going to completely disintegrate.” His new album is ‘We Are.’

Here he is performing jazz.

Here’s a group of throat-singers.

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Of interest:

And some blues …

Live Music:

Thursday, March 18:

Wednesday, March 24:

  • Erik Koskinen, Singer Songwriter Series at Papa Charlies, 8 p.m., Masks required except when actively eating or drinkingAll tables reserved seating. For reservations, click here.

Photographs:

Let’s start with wildlife:

Motherhood by Leonard Murturi.

Motherhood by Leonard Murturi.

Checking it out, Pine Marten by John Alexander Kay.

Checking it out, Pine Marten by John Alexander Kay.

The weasel and the woodpecker bay Martin LeMay. Taken in a London, England, park.

The weasel and the woodpecker bay Martin LeMay. Taken in a London, England, park.

Wasn't me! by Tom Piessig.

Wasn’t me! by Tom Peissig.

Maybe not so wild:

Some of the perks of tending the grand-chickens this weekend by Jennifer Schulz.

Some of the perks of tending the grand-chickens this weekend by Jennifer Schulz.

Landscapes, Skyscapes and Snowscapes:

Beautiful blue ice crashed into the show at Hollow Rock by Nathan Klok.

Beautiful blue ice crashes into the show at Hollow Rock by Nathan Klok.

The old fish house at Stoney Point and early season Milky Way by John Keefover.

The old fish house at Stoney Point and early season Milky Way by John Keefover.

Snowy by Mark Tessier.

Snowy by Mark Tessier.

Hollow Rock Moonset by Paul Sundberg.

Hollow Rock Moonset by Paul Sundberg.

Lucky sunrise in Marquette by Shannon Kivi.

Lucky sunrise in Marquette by Shannon Kivi.

Aurora-scapes:

And, for the first time in months, the Northern Lights have been dancing in the sky. Here are some of the photos we found:

Lights just now coming over Grand Marais by Judy Gray.

Lights just now coming over Grand Marais by Judy Gray.

Northern Lights on the Gunflint Trail by Emily Running.

Northern Lights on the Gunflint Trail by Emily Running.

Northern Lights on the Trail by Tim Graul.

Northern Lights on the Trail by Tim Graul.

Fun shooting the aurora by Jamie Rabold.

Fun shooting the aurora by Jamie Rabold.

Aurora over Grand Marais by David Johnson.

Aurora over Grand Marais by David Johnson.

An unreal time chasing the Northern Lights by Cody Larson.

An unreal time chasing the Northern Lights by Cody Larson.

The Spirit Tree and the Northern Lights by John Keefover.

The Spirit Tree and the Northern Lights by John Keefover.

Have a great weekend, everyone. Stay safe!

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