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April Ice, Art Shows & Music

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Ann Possis captured this lovely image of pines covered in late April ice this week.

Looks like April is going out like a lion this year, with ice storms and sub-freezing temps set for the rest of the month. But spring has definitely poked its head above the leaves, and most of us will be quite relieved when it decides to stay. Meanwhile, there’s art to be seen, music to be enjoyed. Here is what we can look forward to this week.

The student art show at the Johnson Heritage Post continues, featuring a great selection of work by Middle School and High School students at ISD 166 in a variety of mediums.

This drawing by Claire LaVigne is in the student show at the Johnson Heritage Post.

This drawing by Claire LaVigne is in the student show at the Johnson Heritage Post.

The exhibit at the Heritage Post continues through May 14.  The gallery is open from 1-4 p.m. Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It is closed on Tuesdays. The next exhibit will feature works by the Facebook group, Frozen Photographers. It opens May 19. Stay tuned for details.

On Friday, Mysterious Ways will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse to talk about their music and play a few songs. The local band is featured at the Gun Flint Tavern this weekend. Also, Duluth handmade shoemaker Candace LaCosse will be on the show to talk about her participation in the Fashion Revolution Week, a global movement calling for greater transparency, sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry. They want everyone to ask: #whomademyclothes.

Leather craftsman Candace LaCosse, will be on WTIP's The Roadhouse on Friday to talk about #whomademyclothes, the Fashion Revolution.

Leather craftsman Candace LaCosse, will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday to talk about #whomademyclothes, the Fashion Revolution.

LaCosse, who teaches at North House Folk School, has just set up her own shop in Lincoln Park in Duluth, Hemlocks Leather Works. She is one of the featured artists for Fashion Revolution Week. For more info on the Fashion Revolution, click here. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. on Friday.

Also on Friday, plan to see the  Grand Marais Playhouse production of “The Lion King, Jr.” The play has received good reviews and is a lot of fun. All the actors are youngsters in elementary or middle school.

Puppet characters from  "The Lion King, Jr."

Puppet characters from “The Lion King, Jr.”

“Lion King Jr.” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 under 18 and can be purchased at the door or at www.tix.com. “The Lion King Jr.” closes on Sunday.

And here’s an interesting opportunity — a movie has been made of the popular book, “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” written by Kent Nerburn. The film will open at the Marcus Lakes Cinema in Duluth on Friday and runs through May 4.

Check out the trailer here:

For showtimes, click here. (Remember, Thunder Bay is on Eastern Daylight Standard Time, an hour ahead of Minnesota.)

On Saturday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will host Invited Artist-in-Residence Holly Swift, who will give an artist talk at noon.

"Sunset" by Holly Swift. She will give an Artist Talk at the Grand Marais Art Colony at noon on Saturday.

“Sunset” by Holly Swift. She will give an Artist Talk at the Grand Marais Art Colony at noon on Saturday.

Swift’s work is found in both private and public collections nationwide. She has been a recipient of the National Park Artist in Residency at Voyageur National Park and an Artist Residency at the Hill Country Foundation in Ingrim, Texas. A native of Illinois, Holly received an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. She has 25 years of teaching experience in drawing, painting and design, having taught at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Hamline University.

Invited residencies are granted to an artist who is mature in practice and has experience with residencies and/or working on in-depth independent projects. The public is invited to the Artist Talk on Saturday at noon. Free.

Also, Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day, and Drury Lane Books is celebrating. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Story Hour with The Muffin Man will be at 11 a.m. and at 5 p.m.,  Duluth Poet Laureate Ellie Schoenfeld, will give a reading and discussion.

Duluth Poet Laureate Ellie Schoenfeld will be at Drury Lane Books at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Duluth Poet Laureate Ellie Schoenfeld will be at Drury Lane Books at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

She is the author of two previous poetry collections, Screaming Red Gladiolus! (Poetry Harbor, 1999) and Difficult Valentines (Fallow Deer Books, 2004), and her work has been published in two anthologies, The Moon Rolls Out of Our Mouths (Calyx Press, 2005) and Bound Together: Like the Grasses (Clover Valley Press, 2013), with the four other women in her writing group. The Dark Honey: New and Used Poems is the most comprehensive collection of her works. Everyone is invited to the reading at the bookstore. Free.

There are some interesting exhibits to see on the North Shore route, as well.

Ryan Tischer’s photography exhibit in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park continues through Monday.

ryan tischer sunset at palisade head

“Sunset at Tettegouche State Park” is one of the images in Ryan Tischer’s exhibit at the park. It closes on Monday.

 Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens has her paintings at the Two Harbors Public Library through April 30. She is also participating in the Two Harbors Art Club’s annual Spring Exhibit at the Cedar Coffee Company/Spoke N Gear, also in Two Harbors.

"Wise Cedars 2– Suagarloaf Cove, oil, by Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens.

“Wise Cedars 2– Suagarloaf Cove, oil, by Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens.

The Art Club, called the Voyageur Artists, is exhibiting work in a variety of media including glass, mosaics, photography, wood block prints, watercolor, jewelry,  mixed media, oil, watercolor, ceramic sculpture, functional pottery. The group was founded in the 1960’s.  There are prints and cards for sale as well as original work. The show continues through May 11. (The new Cedar Coffee Company/Spoke N Gear is just up the road from Super One and Shopko in Two Harbors).

And, in Minneapolis, the Minnesota State Arts Board is hosting an exhibit entitled “Greater Minnesota Artists Showcase” this weekend, featuring 42 artists from cities and towns across state.

minnesota state arts board showcaseThe exhibit at Park Square Court, 400 Sibley St., Suite 200, will be open from 6-10 p.m. Friday, noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Work by Hovland bead artist, Jo Wood, is included in the show.

The Homegrown Music Festival in Duluth begins on Sunday, April 30 and runs through May 7. It’s a crazy, wonderful time for art, music, shennigans and more as the whole city turns out to celebrate its creativity.

Chickens, in a variety of forms, have been the image for the Homegrown Music Festival since the beginning. Here's one of the latest.

Chickens, in a variety of mutations, have been the logo for the Homegrown Music Festival since the beginning. Here’s one of the latest.

On Monday, May 1, the Homegrown Music Festival Photography Exhibit opens with a reception at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth from 5-7 p.m. At the opening, disposable cameras (40 of them) will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and the photos taken during the music festival will be featured at another exhibit at the Red Herring on May 10.

But that’s just one of the art activities scheduled for the next two weeks. Music every night in venues around the Twin Ports, poetry readings, a video showcase, a classical music showcase … check out the complete schedule here.

Upcoming

Grand Marais tilemaker and potter, Melissa Wickwire, will be featured on WSDE’s The Playlist next Thursday, May 4.

Melissa Wickwire in her studio in Grand Marais.

Melissa Wickwire in her studio in Grand Marais.

The Playlist airs at 9 p.m.Thursdays on WDSE.

Silver Bay painter Tim Pearson will open a show at Tettegouche State Park with an opening reception at 7 p.m. May 5.

"My Story" by Tim Pearson.

“My Story” by Tim Pearson. His show opens at Tettegouche State Park on May 7.

In Thunder Bay, an opening reception an artist talk for “Point of Origin,” will be held at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery at 7 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, May 5.  Artist Melannie Monoceros is a poet and artist and her exhibition of textiles explores the prismatic existence of a black, chronically ill being through conventional and Afro-Futurist themes and practices.

"Self-Portrait" by Melannie Monoceros.

“Self-Portrait” by Melannie Monoceros.

“Point of Origin” continues through May 28.

The Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Grand Marais will feature a Choir Concert at the church at 5 p.m. on May 7.  This will be the Third (Semi) Annual joining of church choirs and participating audience members, sharing spiritual songs and hymns. All invited. Free.

The Grand Marais Playhouse will hold auditions for the Summer Theatre Festival next month. On Tuesday, May 2, auditions will be held for “The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays”  at 7 p.m. On May 9, auditions will be held  for “The Pajama Game” at 7 p.m. The auditions will be held at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts. Auditions are open to high school age and up. Actors receive a stipend to help cover participation costs. For more info, contact Sue Hennessy at sue@grandmaraisplayhouse.com or call 387-1284 ext. 2.

The Cook County YMCA dancers will perform their 3rd annual dance recital entitled DANCE3, in early May. Performances at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts will be at 6 p.m., Thursday, May 11, and at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 12-13. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance online. Buy tickets here. And stay tuned for more details.

Opportunities

 The Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose is now open. The deadline for entry is April 28 at 11:59 p.m. (CST).
The Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose offers 12 emerging Minnesota writers the opportunity to work intensively with six nationally acclaimed writers of prose and poetry. Selected participants work throughout the year with the six mentors, and all participants and mentors give public readings at the Loft. The mentors for the upcoming season will be poets Jennifer Kwon Dobbs and Chris Abani, nonfiction writers Diane Wilson and Richard Blanco, and fiction writers Lesley Nneka Arimah and Vu Tran. Check out the guidelines and application here.

 Window Shopping

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A selection of handcrafted birdhouses by Bonzi Wuebben of Grand Portage are at Joy and Company.

kah nee tah cascade lodge watercolor

This watercolor of Cascade Lodge is at Kah-Nee -Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Antler and silver earrings by Eric Silva are at Upstate MN.

Antler and silver earrings by Eric Silva are at Upstate MN.

A detail of "It's a Bird! It'sa Plane! It's Fish!" by Tim Young. His paintings are at Sivertson Gallery.

A detail of “It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Fish!” by Tim Young. His paintings are at Sivertson Gallery.

 In Other Art News

 This photo by Thomas Spcnce was featured on www.spaceweather.com recently.

 

Camping Trip by Thomas Spence. He took this shot when he was camping in the BWCAW recently.

Camping Trip by Thomas Spence. He took this shot when he was camping in the BWCAW recently.

Ron Piercy is opening a shop in Grand Marais. Called Ron’s World Rocks: Silver and Gems, the shop is located across from the Arrowhead Pharmacy where the Print Shop used to be. The renovated space is now full of Piercy’s beautiful handmade jewelry, as well as paintings by Matt and Laurie Kanya, seriographs by Jonathan and Alison Metzger and sculptures by John Books.

Ron Piercy works on some pieces for his new shop.

Ron Piercy works on some pieces for his new shop.

Here are a few examples of his work-- a necklace crafted from lapis lazuli, onyx and fluorite.  The rings are made from kyanite, opal and lapis.

Here are a few examples of Piercy’s work– a necklace crafted from lapis lazuli, onyx and fluorite. The rings are made from kyanite, opal and lapis.

Piercy plans on a soft opening in early May with a Grand Opening over the Memorial Day Weekend. But, truth be told, he’s there a lot already. You can probably catch him there from about 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stay tuned for details.

The Plucked Up String Band was taped for a segment of WDSE’s The Playlist at the Owl’s Club in Duluth recently. Most of the taping went on indoors, but at one point, the band went  outside and played in the drizzle, said Karen Sunderman, producer of the show. “They killed it,” she said.

The Plucked Up String Band plays a tune in the drizzle in Duluth for WDSE's The Playlist.

The Plucked Up String Band plays a tune in the drizzle in Duluth for WDSE’s The Playlist.

The segment on The Playlist featuring the band will be aired June 1.

Now, for the music in Cook County this week:

Thursday, April 27:

  • Timmy Haus, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Rich Mattson and Germaine Gemberling, Gun flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 28:

  • Brothers in Arms, Voyageur Brewing co., 4 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.

Saturday, April 29:

  • Plucked Up String Band, Lutsen Mountains Chalet, 2 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 30:

  • Jim & Michele Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 2:

  • Boyd Blomberg, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

 

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Let’s start our photographs this week with an interesting capture in Two Harbors.

God's Country by Christian Dalbec.

God’s Country by Christian Dalbec.

And, for sure, we found a lot of wildlife photos.

First up.. two wildlife sightings really close to houses.

Cottontail bunnies by Sparky Stensaas. Stensaas said there were five of them in that well-camouflaged hole by his house.

Cottontail bunnies by Sparky Stensaas. Stensaas said there were five of them in that well-camouflaged hole by his house.

 

thomas spence turkey in tofte

Turkeys in Tofte? Yep! Thomas Spence photographed this wild turkey in his yard the other day.

We found some other interesting wildlife shots, too.

Bad Hair Day by David Johnson.

Bad Hair Day by David Johnson.

 

The bald eagles, which hatched out last month in St. Paul, are already testing out their wings in the nest.

These bald eagles, who hatched out last month in St. Paul, are already testing out their wings in the nest. Photo by Katie Thien.

 

Tree swallow flying by Jeff Grotte.

Tree swallow flying by Jeff Grotte.

 

Wood Duck by Paul Sundberg.

Wood Duck by Paul Sundberg.

 

Goose by Kirk Schleife.

Goose by Kirk Schleife.

 

And since we’re seeing a lot about birds, there’s this:

Feather by Jamie Rabold.

Feather by Jamie Rabold.

Meanwhile, Thomas Spence, who took a lot of great photos this week, caught this walleye in the shallows when he was shooting the northern lights the other night.

A walleye in the spotlight by Thomas Spence.

A walleye in the spotlight by Thomas Spence.

Spence also caught this shot of “Steve,” a newly named form of auroras. The way this special ribbon of light got its name is complicated. Read about it here if you’d like to know more.

"Steve" by Thomas Spence.

“Steve” by Thomas Spence.

And we found some spring water shots.

Ice break-up at Jay Cooke State Park by Michele Munson.

Ice break-up at Jay Cooke State Park by Michele Munson.

 

Rough Seas in the (Duluth shipping) canal by Jeffrey Doty.

Rough Seas in the (Duluth shipping) canal by Jeffrey Doty.

 

Ice like chocolate by Gary Jake Jacobson.

Ice like chocolate by Gary Jake Jacobson.

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A Fun Art Show, Great Music and Turkish Carpets

Hungry Jack Lake is slowly opening. Paddling soon! Photo by Nancy Seaton.

Hungry Jack Lake is slowly opening. Paddling soon! Photo by Nancy Seaton.

There’s lots of excitement in Cook County this weekend. The lakes are opening up and spring is on its way, and,  there are plenty of events this weekend.

Here are a few of the things you can do and see this weekend: a new art exhibit opens at the Johnson Heritage Post, the Grand Marais Playhouse is putting on a new play, a fantastic classic pianist with roots in the international community will perform here and  a Turkish carpet merchant will have a one-day show in Grand Marais on Saturday.

First up is the opening of “The Lion King, Jr.,” a coming-of-age play featuring a cast of young actors. Mounted by the Grand Marais Playhouse, performances will be for two weekends only, April 21-23 and April 28-30.

The cast of "The Lion King, Jr." get ready for their opening performance on Friday night.

The cast of “The Lion King, Jr.” are ready for the opening performance on Friday night.

Tickets are $10 adult, $5 under 18 and can be purchased online at www.tix.com or at the door.

On Friday, the Johnson Heritage Post opens a  Student Art Exhibit by Middle School and High School students from ISD 166 under the direction of art teacher, Priscilla Beck. The gala opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. Friday and features refreshments by the culinary arts class, jazz by Briand Morrison and lots of cool art.

Here is a small sampling:

Drawing by Talia Crow.

Drawing by Talia Crow.

Artwork by Ellen Callender

Artwork by Ellen Callender

Mask by Ella Sporn.

Mask by Ella Sporn.

The student art exhibit continues at the Johnson Heritage Post through May 14. All invited. The Heritage Post is open Mondays, Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  It is open from 1-4 p.m. Sundays, and closed on Tuesdays.

Also on Friday, the band Flyodian Slip will be on WTIP Community Radio’s The Roadhouse to talk about their music and play a few tunes. The hosts will also interview Kenan Belli, a Turkish carpet merchant, who will be in Grand Marais this week, along with his friend, Ann Mershon. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m. on Fridays.

This is also the weekend for the highly anticipated Fingerstyle Masters Weekend at the Bluefin Bay Resort in Tofte. For this year’s event, local musician Gordon Thorne welcomes Nashville guitarist Richard Smith and Twin Cities fiddler Tom Schaefer. The weekend features performances both Friday and Saturday night, as well as guitar and fiddle workshops during the day Saturday.

Here is Richard Smith performing.

The event kicks off with a free concert at 8 p.m. Friday at the Bluefin Grille, featuring Gordon Thorne & Friends playing blues, swing and Early Americana.  For those looking to fine tune their own musical skills, workshops will be offered starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday and are open to musicians of all ages and skill levels. There will be a fingerstyle workshop with Richard Smith and Gordon Thorne and a fiddle workshop with Tom Schaefer – both are $60 and include lunch.  Pre-registration for the workshops is requested by contacting Gordon at 218-353-7308 or oman4@live.com.

The event caps off with a concert featuring Richard Smith at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the upper room of the Bluefin Grille. Tickets for the Saturday concert are $20 and will be available at the door, or in advance by contacting Gordon at 218-353-7308 or oman4@live.com.

Also on Saturday, the Turkish carpet merchant, Kenan Belli, will have a Turkish Carpet Show at the Cook County Community Center from 4-6 p.m. Belli has brought hundreds of carpets with him from Istanbul, Turkey, where he runs a shop with his father.

Anatolian Carpets Istanbul

Kenan Belli’s father welcomes patrons to his shop in Istanbul, Turkey. Belli has brought a great selection of carpets to the U.S. and will be having a show and sale at the Community Center on Saturday from 4-6 p.m.

The event is hosted by Ann Mershon. She writes: “Of course, he’s hoping for sales, but not to worry—you’re welcome to just come and enjoy the show. We’ll have refreshments as you browse, and Kenan will give us a short presentation explaining the different types of carpets.  Carpets will range in price from $500 to $5,000.” All invited to see this fabulous collection of authentic carpets.

And then, that night, a solo piano concert by celebrated German pianist Andreas Klein. The concert, entitled “Unleashing Musical Architecture” will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. The concert features work by Mozart, Schumann, Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera.

German pianist Andreas Klein will be in concert at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

German pianist Andreas Klein will be in concert at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Klein has performed in the world’s most prestigious venues, including London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin’s Philharmonic Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center. He is the subject of a PBS special, “Intermezzo with Andreas Klein. Concert tickets are $24 adult, $5 youth.

On Sunday, Klein will be giving a free creative workshop to Cook County piano students (all who wish to attend) at 5:30 p.m.  at the church. The public is welcome to come listen and watch. Both events are sponsored by the North Shore Music Association.

Meanwhile, in Duluth, the Art for Earth Day Gallery Hop, will continue all day Saturday with galleries and museums participating throughout the city. There are lots of special shows for the event, including “April Aviary: A Celebration of Bees” at Siiviis in Canal Park. More than 20 artists in a variety of media made work for this special show honoring a hard working and indispensable creature of the Earth: The Bee. Here are a few examples of the work that will be on display:

"When One Tugs at a Single Thing," print, Kenspeckle Press.

“When One Tugs at a Single Thing,” print, Kenspeckle Press.

Neil Sherman, "Self-Portrait, With a Beard of Bees."

Neil Sherman, “Self-Portrait With Beard  of Bees.”

The open house/reception at Siiviis runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Pat Thomas, a local insect photographer and garden educator will give a presentation at 12:30 p.m. The Artist Reception with Henna artist Merche Mariposa will be from 1-4 p.m.

The Gallery Hop is always a fun event, with lots of crowds,  great art and public receptions. Maps are available at most galleries and transportation is available.

Another celebration of Earth Day is occurring in Thunder Bay with the Thunder Bay Environmental Film Festival. It is being held all week and concludes on Sunday. A great selection of films covering a wide variety of environmental topics are being screened at the Bora Laskin Theatre on the campus of Lakehead University. To see the complete schedule, click here.

Of particular interest is the screening of  “Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven” by Joanie and Gary McGuffin at 7 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday. The duo will be hosted at a special reception after the screening of their film at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Take a look at the trailer of their inspiring film where they search for the exact locations where famous painters from the Group of Seven worked.

In other Thunder Bay Art Gallery news, an exhibit of work by Bob Boyer is featured as a Spotlight on the gallery’s Permanent Collection.

"Lone Elk, Gerald Red Elk, We Miss You," paint on fabric by Bob Boyer, one of the pieces on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

“Lone Elk, Gerald Red Elk, We Miss You,” paint on fabric by Bob Boyer, one of the pieces on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The exhibit of Boyer’s work continues through May 28.

 Upcoming

Painter Holly Swift will be the Invited Artist in Residence at the Grand Marais Art Colony next week, and will give a presentation in the Founders Hall at the Art Colony at noon on Saturday, April 29. Free. All invited.

"Cedar Grove," oil, by Holly Swift.

“Cedar Grove,” oil, by Holly Swift.

Swift’s work is found in both private and public collections nationwide. She has been a recipient of the National Park Artist in Residency at Voyageur National Park and Artist Residency at the Hill Country Foundation in Ingrim, Texas. A native of Illinois, Swift received an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. She has 25 years of teaching experience in drawing, painting and design, having taught at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Hamline University.

The public is invited to her presentation on April 29.

Opportunities

Zenith City News in Duluth has openings for writers and cartoonists. For more information, click here.

Scholarships from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council are available for individuals from the Arrowhead region to participate in the 2017 Rural Arts and Culture Summit, which will be held in Morris June 6 – 8.

Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Carpooling is encouraged to allow as many people as possible to participate. Participants will be reimbursed by the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council for $100 of the attendance fee, $40 per night for lodging, and travel expenses ($0.40 per mile) with a maximum total reimbursement of $4o0.

Organized by Springboard for the Arts and the Center for Small Towns, the Summit gathers rural artists, arts organizations and community leaders to highlight arts-based strategies to rural community and economic development. People from across the state and country will gather to celebrate the imaginative and creative thinking that has helped to create vibrant small town cultures. Art Colony executive director, Amy Demmer, will be one of the presentors. For more information about the Summit and to register please visit www.ruralartsandculturesummit.com.

Window Shopping

Happy Poetry Month at Drury Lane Books.

Happy Poetry Month at Drury Lane Books.

Feather Study #6, photograph on Nepalese paper by Dennis and Roy Borloga.

Feather Study #6, photograph on handmade Nepalese paper by Dennis and Roy Barloga.

Lake trout paintings by Liz Sivertson are at Sivertson Gallery.

Lake trout paintings by Liz Sivertson are at Sivertson Gallery.

Peggy Little ceramics at Joy and Company,

Peggy Little ceramics at Joy and Company,

In Other Art News

An exhibit of 11 paintings by Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens continues at the Two Harbors Public Library through April 30.

sandi pillsbury gredzens at TH public library

Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens is exhibiting work at the Two Harbors Public Library through April 30.

  Peter Juhl has his a selection of his rock balancing photos on display at the Minneapolis airport.

Photo by Peter Juhl.

Photo by Peter Juhl.

Here’s the music for this week:

Thursday, April 20:

  • Boyd Blomberg, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 21:

  • Common Ground, Grand Marais Public Library, 5 p.m.
  • North Shore Community Swing Band, Grandma Ray’s, 7 p.m.
  • Fingerstyle Masters Weekend, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Floydian Slip, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 22:

  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Mountain Chalet Deck, 2 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Andreas Klein, Classical Music concert, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 7:30 p.m.
  • Fingerstyle Masters Weekend concert with Richard Smith at Bluefin Grille, 7:30 p.m.
  • Floydian Slip, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • John Silliman, Justine’s at Gunflint Lodge, 8 p.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 23:

  • Jim & Michele Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, April 24:

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

Tuesday, April 25:

    • Gene LaFond and Amy Grillo, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

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We found a great selection of topical  and wildlife photos this week.

Gord Ellis holds a steelhead trout that he just caught.

Gord Ellis holds a steelhead trout that he just caught.

 

Sarah Reller found a bunch of blue-spotted saladmanders when she was walking in the woods the other day,

Sarah Reller found a bunch of blue-spotted salamanders when she was walking in the woods the other day,

 

The Ruffed Grouse are drumming and Paul Sundberg caught this dramatic moment.

The Ruffed Grouse are drumming and Paul Sundberg caught this dramatic moment.

 

How about a frog on pastels? Laura Frykman took this last year.

How about a frog on pastels? Laura Frykman took this last year.

 

"As the Crow Flies,"  by John Heino.

“As the Crow Flies,” by John Heino.

Some days have been really gray on the North Shore.

Finland, MN by Christian Dalbec.

Finland, MN by Christian Dalbec.

Others have had glorious color.

Photo by John Heino.

Photo by John Heino.

The spring mushrooms are popping.

Mushrooms by Kristofer Bowman.

Mushrooms by Kristofer Bowman.

As are the daffodils.

Brrr by Jim Boyd.

Brrr by Jim Boyd.

Gushing waterfalls attract adventurers.

Gushing waterfalls attract adventurers. Photo by  Ryan Zinmy.

Gushing waterfalls attract adventurers. Photo by Ryan Zinmy.

And children celebrate the first rock skipping of the season.

Post rock-skipping celebration by Brianna Schueller.

Post rock-skipping celebration by Brianna Schueller.

And, there are those who photograph the dramatic. Kudos to David Johnson for this one!

Fireball rising by David Johnson.

Fireball rising by David Johnson.

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

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Split Rock this morning by Wade Mensink.

“Split Rock this morning” by Wade Mensink.

Up here on the North Shore, it feels like we’re on the top of a giant wave that is just beginning to form, soon to be crashing down into the summer season. Meanwhile, there’s a pause, a taking of breath, a gathering into ourselves for what is ahead. It seems like that is what this weekend is all about. It’s also Easter weekend, a time for family and community.

Next weekend is a pretty crazy and time-travel suits are recommended. This weekend? Laid back and easy. Except, of course, if you visit the rivers. They are celebrating spring like crazy, roaring over falls up and down the shore. It’s an exciting time to visit.

This weekend kicks off with a Percussion Concert by members of the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra at noon on Thursday at the Grand Marais Public Library. Percussionists Gene Koshinski and Tim Broscious, accompanied by Jefferson Campbell on bassoon will perform a free concert. The public is invited.

Also, a modern square dance class/event will be held at the Log Building at the Community Center from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday night. All invited. No experience necessary.

On Friday, Tessa Larson will teaching a class entitled Exploring the Senses (for ages 6-10) at the Grand Marais Art Colony. The class is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids will have the opportunity to explore a variety of art materials using all five senses. Tuition is $25. Register at www.grandmaraisartcolony.org.

The Hovland community is celebrating the beginning of spring with the Fireside Artists’ Kickoff at the Hovland Dock at 7 p.m. on Friday. The event is a kickoff of the season’s self-expression and community fun. Food/snack contributions are welcome. Free. All welcome. For more info, call 475-2314.

Saturday is all about Easter eggs. The 8th annual Easter Egg Fundraiser will be held at the Cook County Community Center starting at 9 a.m. Hundreds of Easter eggs have been hidden around the center and kids have a great time searching them out. Cost is $15 per family. The proceeds benefit Kids Plus and the Snack & Pack program.

Also on Saturday afternoon, Voyageur Brewing Co. will hold an Easter Egg Decorating Event from 1-3 p.m. They’ll have the eggs and all the decorating tools and dyes to make beautiful eggs. Free. All invited.

For art lovers, Heidi Sobanja is exhibiting a series of paintings of Lake Superior landscapes at the Cook County Courthouse.

Paintinb by Heidi Sobanja.

Painting by Heidi Sobanja.

Photographer Ryan Tischer has an exhibit of his photographs in the Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park.

A Ryan Tischer painting above the fireplace at Tettegouche State Park.

A Ryan Tischer painting above the fireplace at Tettegouche State Park.

There are a few exhibits to see in Duluth. The Tweed Museum of Art has just opened an exhibit by Baylee Reinert entitled “Stagnant.”  Reinert is a Digital Art and Photography major in the UMD School of Fine Arts, University of Minnesota-Duluth.

The Tweed Museum of Art is featuring work by Baylee Reinert.

The Tweed Museum of Art is featuring work by Baylee Reinert, a photographer and digital artist.

The exhibit continues through April.

Also at the Tweed, “Call + Response,” an exhibit of selected works by the Glenn C. Nelson Ceramics Collection, continues at the Tweed.

Kurt Weiser, detail, Untitled, is one of the pieces at the Twee.

Kurt Weiser, detail, Untitled, is one of the pieces at the Tweed.

The Duluth Art Institute galleries are temporarily closed through April 20 as they set up new exhibits.

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Gallery continues four exhibits, Urban Infill: Art in the Core, Diane Landry’s “Knight of Infinite Resignation,”  Marcel Dzama’s short film, “A Game of Chess” and Contemporary 14, paintings from the Bob Chaudhuri collection.

A scene from Marcel Dzama's "A Game of Chess," on exhibit at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

A scene from Marcel Dzama’s “A Game of Chess,” on exhibit at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay.

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Next weekend, Earth Day weekend,  is really busy.

First up is the 7th annual Fingerstyle Masters Weekend sponsored by WTIP Community Radio and Bluefin Bay Resort. The event will be held at Bluefin April 21-22 and features performances on Friday and Saturday nights as well as guitar and fiddle workshops during the day Saturday. Local fingerstyle guitarist Gordon Thorne welcomes Nashville fingerstyle guitarist Richard Smith and Twin Cities fiddler Tom Schaefe.

Nashville fingerstyle guitarist Richard Smith is one of the guest artists during the Fingerstyle Masters Weekend at Bluefin Bay Resorst April 21-22.

Nashville fingerstyle guitarist Richard Smith is one of the guest artists during the Fingerstyle Masters Weekend at Bluefin Bay Resorst April 21-22.

 Next Friday, April 21, Thorne and Friends will perform at Bluefin Bay at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Thorne and Smith will teach a guitar workshop and Schaefer will teach a fiddle workshop on Saturday. Both are $60 and include lunch. The event caps off with a gala concert featuring Richard Smith at 7:30 p.m. For tickets to the concert and the workshops, contact Thorne at oman4@live.com or call 218-353-7308.

Also on that Saturday, a Turkish Carpet Show will be held at the Cook County Community Center from 4-6 p.m. April 22. The show will feature a great selection of authentic Turkish carpets, kilims and sumacs.

A Turkish Carpet Show is set for next weekend at the Community Center.

A Turkish Carpet Show is set for next weekend at the Community Center.

The show, organized by Ann Mershon, who taught and lived in Turkey for seven years, features Kenan Belli of Anatolian Carpets in Istanbul. Kenan is touring the U.S. with his carpet selection because the downturn in tourism in Turkey has hit their family business hard, as it has all tourism-related businesses in Turkey, Mershon said. All invited. Refreshments will be served.

Also on Saturday, April 22, German pianist Andreas Klein, will be in concert at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, at 6:30 p.m. His “Unleashing Musical Architecture” will feature works by Mozart, Schumann, Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera,  Tickets for the concert are Adult $24; Youth (18 & under) $5, Stay tuned for details. Klein will also hold a pianco workshop: “Creative Storytelling Through Music” at the church at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Open to all.

The Art for Earth Day Gallery Hop will be in Duluth on Saturday, April 22, featuring exhibits at many galleries and museums in town. More next week.
And on Monday, April 24, there will be a Bronze Pour at Last Chance Gallery in celebration of International Sculptor’s Day. All invited. Free.
A bronze pour will be held at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen at 4 p.m. April 24.

A bronze pour will be held at Last Chance Gallery in Lutsen at 4 p.m. April 24.

 Opportunities

 Painters and crafters are invited to help put the finishing touches on the sets for the Grand Marais Playhouse production of “The Lion King.” Turn up at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts from 10 a.m to 8 p.m. to help out this week through Saturday. Use the backstage door. Call Sue Hennessy at 370-0224 for more info.

Artists are invited to participate in a Focus Group at Joy & Co. on Friday, April 21 from 5-7 p.m. to discuss art supply needs and preferences. All artists in the community are invited. For more info and to indicate if you will participate, call 387-1004 or email info@joy-and-company.com.

Neil Sherman will lead another plein air painting foray in the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness July 17-20. He will team up with Hungry Jack Outfitters for the event. Painters will paint scenic Rose and Duncan Lakes.

Neil Sherman will lead a plein air painting trip in the BWCA this summer.

Neil Sherman will lead a plein air painting trip in the BWCA this summer.

Class size is limited, so make sure to register early. For more information and registration contact:
 Nancy Seaton at Hungry Jack Outfitters, 
800-648-2922 or hjo@boreal.org.

WTIP Community Radio has put a call out for artists to submit a logo for this year’s Radio Waves Music Festival. The logo will be used for event marketing and t-shirts.  The submission deadline is Friday, May 12, with the winning entry to be determined mid-June. For more info, call Jana Berka at 218 387-1070 or email her at  jana@wtip.org.

Window Shopping

This pastel painting by Christina Wagner is at Joy and Company.

This pastel painting by Christina Wagner is at Joy and Company.

"Inseparable" by Wayne Johnson, Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

“Inseparable” by Wayne Johnson, Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Porcelain cups by Rachel Vitko, Sivertson Gallery.

Porcelain cups by Rachel Vitko, Sivertson Gallery.

In Other Art News

 Grand Marais Photographer David Johnson was recently featured on WDSE’s The Playlist. Take a look:

David Johnson talks about his photography on-site in Grand Marais.

Also, The Playlist will record the Plucked Up String Band playing a few tunes in Duluth on Tuesday. The plan is to record in a local venue there, but the site hasn’t been determined yet. Click here for updates.

Michael Monroe will be in concert at the Fireside Theatre in Chanhassen April 21-22.

And the Walls & Bridges: Poetry and Pottery Slam was a great success last week, especially the pottery slam part.

Shards from the pottery slam at Betsy Bowen's Studio Gallery last weekend.

Shards from the pottery slam at Betsy Bowen’s Studio Gallery last weekend. The shards were loaded into a 5-gallon bucket and left in the front yard for the taking. It was scooped up by Sunday.

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, April 13:

  • Boyd Blomberg, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Common Ground, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Two Strings Gin, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 14:

  • John Gruber, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Pete K, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • GinStrings, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Saturday, April 15:

  • Jim McGowan, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 4 p.m.
  • GinStrings, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Mysterious Ways, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 16:

  • Lovesick and Lonesome, Gun Flint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, April 17:

  • Open Mic Night with the Grand Marais Music Collaborative, Grandma Ray’s, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, April 18:

  • Pete K, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

 

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The big news this week was the moose rescue on Hungry Jack Lake. (Photos by Nancy Seaton and Bob McCloughan.)

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Dave Seaton (Hungry Jack Outfitters) and Jim Morrison (Fire Chief, Gunflint Volunteer Fire Department) work on pulling  a yearling moose out of  Hungry jack Lake.

Once the moose was out, she didn’t want to go anywhere.

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The moose didn’t want to move after it was pulled out of the freezing water.

 

Dave Seaton tries to talk the moose into walking to shore.

Dave Seaton and the newly rescued moose. People teased him about being the moose whisperer.

The moose finally started toward shore. She fell through the ice once more, but managed to get out by herself before disappearing into the woods.

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The moose went through again in shallow water, but soon got herself free.

 

The moose finally made it to shore and into the woods.

A lucky day for this yearling moose.

To read an account of the rescue, click here.

We found some other interesting wildlife shots this week.

Licking His Chops. Photo by David Johnson.

Licking His Chops. Photo by David Johnson.

 

The merlins are back! This photo was taken by Michael Furtman.

The merlins are back! This photo was taken by Michael Furtman.

 

And soon to return, but not quite yet, the Great Blue Heron.

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Paul Sundberg caught this shot of a Great Blue Heron when he was in Florida recently.

 

Just Squawking About Something by Carol A. Bowman.

Just Squawking About Something by Carol A. Bowman.

We found some nice waterfall shots, too.

Christian Dalbec: High Falls at Tettegouche.

Christian Dalbec: High Falls at Tettegouche.

 

Kristofer Bowman: High Falls at Grand Portage State Park.

Kristofer Bowman: High Falls at Grand Portage State Park.

 

Aliso Gimpel: Cascade River Falls.

Aliso Gimpel: Cascade River Falls.

And we found two photos of serenity.

Ray Pearrow: Full Moon in Silver Bay.

Ray Pearrow: Full Moon in Silver Bay.

 

Layne Kennedy: Grand Marais Sunrise.

Layne Kennedy: Grand Marais Sunrise.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Spring Springs In With Water, Art and Music

Roots and Waterfall at Gooseberry State Park by John Gregor.

Roots and Waterfall at Gooseberry State Park by John Gregor.

The rivers up and down the North Shore are opening up, bringing tons of water cascading over falls and then tumbling into Lake Superior in the annual spring run-off. For artists, it’s an intense time as well, as they (sometimes frantically) get work completed in time for the summer season.

There are early season shows, too.

The Johnson Heritage Post is currently exhibiting “Kindling Curiosity: Lighting the Creative Spark,” a community art exhibit organized by the Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church. The exhibit features work by everyone from established artists to student work in painting, pottery, prints, fiber art, wood and more. It’s a fun show and concludes this Sunday.

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Neil Sherman’s “Her Favorite Chair” is one of the works at the Johnson Heritage Post exhibit.

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

And, at the Cook County Courthouse, painter Heidi Sobanja is exhibiting a series of works inspired by Lake Superior.

Heidi Sobanja has new work in the Cook County Courthouse lobby area.

Heidi Sobanja has new work in the Cook County Courthouse lobby area.

The exhibit is in the lobby area of the courthouse and will continue through the end of June.

And this weekend, the Betsy Bowen Gallery and Studios will have a pop-up show on Saturday. Entitled “Walls and Bridges– A Poetry and Pottery Slam,” the exhibit will feature readings from local poets as well as work by local and regional artists.

Banksy Wall, courtesy of Betsy Bowen Gallery and Studio.

Banksy Wall, courtesy of Betsy Bowen Gallery and Studios.

The show runs from 11 a.m. to  6 p.m. on Saturday. Readings and performances will be presented on a first-come-first-serve basis, from 3-6 p.m. And, sometime in there, it’s possible that local potters could have a brief “slam” of their own. Refreshments will be served. All invited.

Other events this week:

The Duluth Art Institute will host  “Pollinators and Pop-up Picnic with Anna Metcalf and Dan Schutte”at its West End Location, 2229 W. Second St., at 6 p.m. on Thursday. This is the second in its three-part series, “Earth: Clay + Science” that explores interconnections between ceramics and earth science.

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In this session, Minneapolis-based artist Anna Metcalfe will discuss the research and process behind her ceramic series exploring pollinators and their connections to our food.

Dan Schutte is the district manager for the Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District and the owner of Shoreview Natives, a Two Harbors-based business that specializes in growing and installing native plants. The pop-up picnic is included in the session to demonstrate the connections between pollinators and our food system. Participants are encouraged to incorporate at least one item in their dish that was pollinated by bees. All invited. Free.

Photographer Ryan Tischer opens an exhibit at Tettegouche State Park with a reception from 7-8:30 p.m. on Friday.

"At Day's End" by Ryan Tischer. He opened a show at Tettegouche State Park on Friday.

“At Day’s End” by Ryan Tischer. He opened a show at Tettegouche State Park on Friday.

Tischer’s photo exhibit at Tettegouche State Park continues through the end of April.

And on Tuesday, if you’re in Duluth, stop by the Empty Bowls event at the Depot. The event, which is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., features hundreds of handmade bowls as well as soups and bread from local vendors. It is a fundraiser for the Northern Lakes Food Bank.

Also on Tuesday, an award-winning Celtic harpist from Scotland will perform at the French River Church, 158 Church Road, in French River at 7 p.m.

Award-winning Scottish harpist Ailie Robertson will perform at the French River Church on Tuesday.

Award-winning Scottish harpist Ailie Robertson will perform at the French River Church on Tuesday.

Harpist Ailie Robertson is widely regarded as one of Scotland’s leading young traditional musicians. She’s won numerous awards and her  debut solo album “First Things First” won the Live lreland award for Best Instrumental Cut of the Year.

In other gallery news, two art student exhibits are featured at each end of Hwy. 61.

In Thunder Bay, the Lakehead University LU Major Studio exhibition at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery is open and features a great selection of work.

Katie Kramer "Ghosts 2," wood pulp, is on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Katie Kramer “Ghosts 2,” wood pulp, is on exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

At the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth, the annual student exhibition has opened and continues through April 30.

The Tweed Museum of Art is exhibiting the annual UMD student art exhibit.

The annual UMD student art exhibit is at the Tweed Museum of Art.

In Thunder Bay, the Baggage Building Arts Centre at Prince Arthur’s Landing is holding its annual Member’s Show. The show continues through April 29.

Opportunities:

Drury Lane Books is holding an aboreal writing contest this month.  Winners will receive a book prize and have a chance to read their piece at the store event on May 20, alongside guest author Josh MacIvor-Andersen, the editor of “Rooted: The Best New Arboreal Nonfiction” and author of “On Heights & Hunger,” a memoir of professional and competitive tree-climbing.

Writers are asked to write 300 words on tree-inspired fiction or non-fiction. The deadline is April 29. Email the finished piece to store@drurylanebooks.com.  The winners will be announced in mid-May. Winners, participants, and the public are invited to hear the pieces at 7  p.m. on Saturday, May 20.  MacIvor-Andersen will also read from his new anthology on Arboreal nonfiction and share stories on writing and editing.

The Grand Marais Art Colony has put out a call to artists to participate in the 15th annual Plein Air Grand Marais, which begins Sept. 8, with the exhibit of completed work opening at the Johnson Heritage Post Sept. 15.  For more info, click here. The juror this year is plein air painter Kami Mendlik.

The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (ARAC), headquartered in Duluth, is seeking applications for executive director. The executive director is responsible for providing direction and leadership toward the achievement of the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council’s vision and mission to facilitate and encourage local arts development. ARAC is one of 11 regional arts councils in Minnesota that uses public and private funding to support the arts throughout the state. Geographically, ARAC is the largest of the eleven regions and serves a robust arts and cultural economy of $83.3 million dollars a year.
The application deadline is April 23. For a full job description, click here.

Window Shopping

This framed print by Diane Hartley is at Joy & Co.

This framed print by Diane Hartley is at Joy & Co.

 

Antler, brass and sterling silver earrings by Eric Silva are at Upstate MN.

These antler, brass and sterling silver earrings by Eric Silva are at Upstate MN.

 

A Gail Rosenquist teapot sits on a painted table by Daniel Grant and Ingela Nore at Sivertson Gallery.

A Gail Rosenquist teapot sits on a painted table by Daniel Grant and Ingela Noren at Sivertson Gallery.

 

St. Paul artist Sarah Albinson has work at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

St. Paul artist Sarah Albinson has work at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

 In Other Art News

The SplinterTones are working on a new CD. Stay tuned for details.

Leah Thomas, who plays with the SplinterTones, is the interim director of the Johnson Heritage Post.

Leah Thomas, front, is the interim executive director of the Johnson Heritage Post.

Leah Thomas, front, is the interim executive director of the Johnson Heritage Post.

Sharon and Steve Frykman will be opening a gallery this fall at their studio in rural Grand Marais. Sharon is a painter and fused glass artist. Steve focuses on metal, stone and wood. The gallery will open during the Cook County fall studio tour, Sept. 29- Oct. 8.

Steve and Sharon Frykman will open a gallery this fall. Pictured above is a fused glass project by the artists.

Steve and Sharon Frykman will open a gallery this fall. Pictured above is a fused glass project by the artists entitled Shen Cycle.

 Anne Humphrey Cervenka opened a show of vintage ’70s South Minneapolis/Model City photos at the Landmark Gallery, Schmidt Artist Lofts in Minneapolis. The show opened April 1.

Scott Seekins with garter snake. Photo by Anne Cervanka.

Scott Seekins with garter snake. Photo by Anne Cervenka.

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, April 6:

  • Eric Frost, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Joshua Schmidt, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Fellow Pynins,  Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 7:

  • Joe Paulik, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Evergreen Grass Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30  p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 8:

  • Mountain Meltdown Music Festival, Papa Charlie’s, Feeding Leroy, 11:30 a.m., Evergreen Grass Band, 1 p.m., Galactic Cowboy Orchestra, 2:30 p.m., Gin Strings, 4 p.m.
  • Jon Kallberg, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 4 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • Flyodian Slip, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 9:

  • Mountain Meltdown, Papa Charlie’s, Briand Morrison & Sam Miltich, 11:30 a.m., Joe Paulik, 1 p.m., Cook County’s Most Wanted, 4  p.m.
  • Fellow Pynins, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, April 10:

  • Open Mic Night with the Grand Marais Music Collaborative, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, April 11:

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

 

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We have a potpourri of photos for you this week.

Let’s start with some wildlife/animal shots.

Horse running in early morning light by Keith Crowley.

Mare running in early morning light by Keith Crowley.

 

Sheep in a pasture in coastal England.

Sheep in a pasture in coastal England by Ann Possis.

 

"Seriously, stop taking my picture, Dude." A hare in the woods getting his spring coast going" by Thomas Spence.

“Seriously, stop taking my picture, Dude … A hare in the woods getting his spring coast going” by Thomas Spence.

 

A new neighbor: saw whet owl by Kathy Gray-Anderson.

“A new neighbor– a Saw Whet owl” by Kathy Gray-Anderson.

 

Sandhill Cranes at Crex Meadows by Michael Thompson.

Sandhill Cranes at Crex Meadows by Michael Thompson.

 

Here are some studies in light.

Northern lights by Nace Hagemann.

Northern lights by Nace Hagemann.

 

Sunset in Grand Marais by Kathy Gray-Anderson.

Sunset in Grand Marais by Kathy Gray-Anderson.

 

"Face-Off" by Jeremy Church.

“Face-Off” by Jeremy Church.

 

The aurora caught me by surprise by David Johnson.

The aurora caught me by surprise by David Johnson.

 

Sunset takes hold in every direction by Christian Dalbec.

Sunset takes hold in every direction by Christian Dalbec.

 

And here are two studies in stone:

Palisade Head by Danielle Fortin.

Palisade Head by Danielle Fortin.

 

Grand Marais Harbor by Sandra Updyke.

Grand Marais Harbor by Sandra Updyke.

Here’s a quirky one.

Upside-down tree by Bryan Hansel.

Upside-down tree by Bryan Hansel.

And a beautiful one:

Cascade White Pine by Paul Sundberg.

Cascade White Pine by Paul Sundberg.

And the perfect sign of Spring.

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First Flowers of Spring by Tom Kasper.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

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Irish skies this morning by David Johnson.

Irish skies this morning by David Johnson.

Spring has definitely put its foot down on the North Shore this week, with more to come. Meanwhile there’s lots to do and see.

First up is the Flute and Harp Concert/Presentation at the Grand Marais Public Library by two members of the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra at noon on Thursday. Janell Lemire (harp) and Betty Braunstein (flute) will perform a variety of pieces and talk about the music.

Harpist Janell Lemire and flautist Betty Braunstein will perform at the Grand Marais Public Library at noon on Saturday. Free. All invited.

Harpist Janell Lemire and flautist Betty Braunstein will perform at the Grand Marais Public Library at noon on Saturday. Free. All invited.

After the performance, there will be time for audience questions. Lemire and Braunstein have been doing programs together for many years. All invited. Free

Then on Thursday night, look for the premiere of “Hopping the Pond,” which was filmed in Grand Marais in November. The show will be screened at Voyageur Brewing Co. on Thursday night at 7 p.m. The show was created by Ale Conner, a Brit who explores all things beer.  Apparently he decided to learn about American culture by way of small breweries, and brought a film crew with him when he visited Grand Marais.

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While Conner was here, he met up with  Jay Arrowsmith DeCoux, mayor of Grand Marais, for a dip into Lake Superior, made a visit to the local fish market for a crash course on commercial fishing, bartered with locals at a swap meet and even participated in a “donut challenge, ”all the while meeting and having fun with the townsfolk of Grand Marais.

The pilot show is ready to be previewed. The showing is from 7 -9 p.m. Thursday.  With a little luck the show will be picked up by a network and shown on television for the whole world to see. Even across the pond in England.

Also on Thursday, John Silliman will perform classical country music from the 1920s to the 1970s at Justine’s at Gunflint Lodge at 8 p.m. Silliman performs many different musical styles using a variety of different instruments, as well as hosting a number of musical programs on WTIP Community Radio, including Classic Country. He will sing and play Honky Tonk, Bluegrass, Western, and Country Gospel music.  All invited.

On Friday, the Spirit of the Wildnerness Episcopal Church will host an evening of writers reading about what kindles curiosity and lights the creative spark at the Johnson Heritage Post at 6 p.m. The poems, stories, and essays will be interspersed with traditional Swedish folk songs by the fantastic local a capella group, SVEA.

SVEA, local acapella Swedish folk singing group, will perform at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday night. They sang at the Full Moon Gathering at Drury Lane Books earlier this year. Photo by Virginia Danfelt.

SVEA, the local a capella Swedish folk singing group, will perform at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday night. They sang at the Full Moon Gathering at Drury Lane Books earlier this year. SVEA includes, from left, Erika Ternes, Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux, Erin Swenson-Klatt and Yvonne Mills. Photo by Virginia Danfelt.

Writers who would like to participate should contact host Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux in advance, and select a piece 5-7 minutes long. Substitute readers will be available if writers prefer not to perform their own work. For more information, Contact rosearrowsmithdecoux@gmail.com or call (218) 387-4011.

The event also features a chance to see the “Kindling Curiosity,” the community art exhibit organized by Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church. Pottery, paintings, fiber art, wood carving, prints and more are featured in this eclectic show, which continues through April 9.

This mosaic is one of many artworks that are featured at the Johnson Heritage Post exhibit.

The Johnson Heritage Post is open on Mondays, and Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is open from 1-4 p.m. Sundays. It is closed on Tuesdays.

Saturday kicks off with story time at the Grand Marais Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Award-winning Wisconsin author and columnist Jane Schmidt will read from her book, “Finnegan’s Superior Adventure,” a story about a backpacking trip her dog takes with his grandma. The story is narrated from Finn’s point of view.

Jane Schmidt will read from her book, "Finn's Superior Adventure" at the library on Saturday at 10:30. The book is written from Finn's point of view.

Finn, above, is the hero of Jane Schmidt’s book, “Finn’s Superior Adventure.” She will read from the book at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday.

On Saturday night, Motif, a modern jazz band featuring Briand Morrison (guitar), Robin Anders (drums), Ryan Frane (piano) and Matt Mobley (bass), will perform at Papa Charlie’s at 9:30 p.m.

The modern jazz band, Motif, plays at Papa Charlie's on Saturday night. Pictured at Briand Morrison and

The modern jazz band, Motif, plays at Papa Charlie’s on Saturday night. Pictured at Briand Morrison and Robin Anders.

Motif is based in northern Minnesota and plays bebop, swing and gypsy jazz. The performance is free. All invited.

In Duluth, the Duluth Art Institute‘s on-going film series about visual artists continues this Saturday with the screening of “American Splendor,” a biographical comedy-drama about Harvey Pekar (Paul Giamatti), the author of the American Splendor comic book series. The film is in part an adaptation of the comics, which dramatize Pekar’s life.

The Duluth Art Institute and Zinema 2 are partners in this film series project. The film will be screened at Zinema 2, 222 E. Superior St., in Duluth at 10 a.m.  Saturday. A $5 donation is requested.

At the Tweed Museum of Art on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, the Call and Response Ceramics Exhibit: Taking It to the House  continues, featuring a wide variety of works.

Robin Murphy (American, b. 1957), Untitled, 1987. Hand-built earthenware. Collection of James Klueg.

Robin Murphy (American, b. 1957), Untitled, 1987. Hand-built earthenware. Collection of James Klueg.

There are some interesting art exhibits in Thunder Bay as well.

The Definitely Superior Art Gallery, 250 Park Ave., is featuring three exhibitions through April 29. Diane Landry’s installation “Knight of Infinite Resignation,” Marcel Dzama’s short film, “A Game of Chess” and “Contemporary 14: From the collection of Dr. Michael Chaudhuri.”

One of the paintings from "Contemporary 14" at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery.

One of the paintings from “Contemporary 14″ on view at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery.

The Definitely Superior Art Gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday noon to 6 p.m. (EDT). Admission is free.

The Lakehead University Juried Student Exhibition at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery has been extended by a week to end April 9. The show features work by 4th year students at the university.

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The Lakehead University Annual Juried Student Exhibition at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery has been extended to April 9.

The Baggage Building Arts Centre at Prince Arthur’s Landing in Thunder Bay is currently exhibiting works by the Lakehead Visual Arts Club.

Painting by Glen Morrison.

Painting by Glen Morrison.

 Upcoming

 The Mountain Meltdown Music Festival at Lutsen Mountains will be next weekend, April 8-9. Featured bands playing at Papa Charlie’s include Feeding Leroy, Evergreen Grass Band, Ginstrings and Flyodian Slip on Saturday. On Sunday, Briand Morrison, Joe Paulik, the Spruce Roots and Cook County’s Most Wanted will play on Sunday afternoon.

The Grand Marais Art Colony will host a spring Make-A-Bowl for Empty Bowls weekend event, May 6-7. Participants will make one wheel-thrown bowl and one hand-built bowl to donate to the Empty Bowl fundraiser this fall while learning the basics of pottery at the same time.

The spring Make-A-Bowl event at the Grand Marais Art Colony is

The spring Make-A-Bowl event at the Grand Marais Art Colony is May 6-7.

Make-A-Bowl is open to all levels of skill. For more info and to register, click here.

More story telling: Thursday, April 27 is national “Tell a Story Day” and Voyageur Brewing Co. is inviting everyone to tell their best stories at an event at the brewery. Stories can be 30 seconds or 5 minutes. For more info, contact Casey at casey@voyageurbrewing.com.

Window Shopping

 

Melinda Wolff of St. Paul is a new artist at Kah-Nee-Tah Galleries in Lutsen.

Melinda Wolff of St. Paul is a new artist at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

 

Jeweler Tova Lund has work in the gallery store at the Grand Marais Art Colony. A Jewelry Symposium is scheduled at the Art Colony June 8-11. For more info, visit www.grandmaraisartcolony.org.

Jewelry maker Tova Lund has her work in the gallery store at the Grand Marais Art Colony. A Jewelry Symposium is scheduled at the Art Colony June 8-11. For more info, visit www.grandmaraisartcolony.org.

 

Painter Dan Weimer has work at Sivertson Gallery, This piece is called "Quetico Reflections."

Painter Dan Weimer has work at Sivertson Gallery, This piece is called “Quetico Reflections.”

 

Adam Gruetzmacher's pottery is at Upstate MN.

Adam Gruetzmacher’s pottery is at Upstate MN.

 

Jewelry designer Stephan Hoglund has his work at Betsy Bowen Galleries and Studio. This ring is Chlorastrolite (Isle Royal Greenstone ) in sterling silver and 24 k gold.

Jewelry designer Stephan Hoglund has his work at Betsy Bowen Galleries and Studio. This ring is Chlorastrolite (Isle Royal Greenstone ) in sterling silver and 24 k gold.

 In Other Art News

 The Grand Marais Playhouse has announced the plays that have been selected for this year’s Summer Theater Festival, which will run on the weekends from July 20 through Aug. 13. The plays will be the award-winning musical “The Pajama Game,” with music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, and the the award-winning comedy, Ken Ludwig’s “The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays.” Auditions for both productions will be at the end of April. Stay tuned.

The Grand Marais Writer’s Guild will now be meeting every third Thursday at the Grand Marais Library from 6-7:30 p.m. The next meeting will be April 20.

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, March 30:

  • Harp & Flute from the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, Grand Marais Public Library, noon
  • Pete K, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Boyd Blomberg, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • John Silliman, Gunflint Lodge, 8 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, Marh 31:

  • Boyd Blomberg, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge, 5:30 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Evergreen Grass Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Saturday, April 1:

  • Eric Frost, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Gene Lafond and Amy Grillo,  Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge, 5:30 p.m.
  • Heck Yeah Holler String Band Fundraiser Dance, Hovland Town Hall, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Grandma Ray’s, 9 p.m.
  • Motif, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 2:

  • Briand Morrison, Scandinavian Jazz Brunch, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Timmy Haus, Gunflint Tavern, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, April 4:

  • Joshua Schmidt, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

 

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Here are some of the photos we found this week. First, two wildlife shots.

Pileated Woodpeckers by Paul Sundberg.

Pileated Woodpeckers by Paul Sundberg.

 

Bald Eagle by Paul Pluskwik.

Bald Eagle by Paul Pluskwik.

The rest of our findings this week are all about light.

Sunrise from Artist's Point by Bryan Hansel.

Sunrise from Artist’s Point by Bryan Hansel.

 

"Good Gracious" by Mary Lou Williams.

“Good Gracious” by Mary Lou Williams.

 

Morning Glow in Duluth by Jan Swart.

Morning Glow in Duluth by Jan Swart.

 

Northern lights by Nace Hagemann.

Northern lights by Nace Hagemann.

 

A shot of the wild aurora by Thomas Spence.

A shot of the wild aurora by Thomas Spence.

 

Split Rock Lighthouse and the northern lights by Gary Fielder and Dawn LaPointe.

Split Rock Lighthouse and the northern lights by Gary Fielder and Dawn LaPointe.

And last, but not least, this spectacular shot.

Northern lights by Jake Olson.

Northern lights by Jake Olson.

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Shakespearean Delights, Art & Music

"The Golden Nugget of the North" by Susan Dykstra.

“The Golden Nugget of the North” by Susan Dykstra.

The first weekend of Spring is turning out be quite the weekend. A troupe performing Shakespeare will be here, the Johnson Heritage Post opens for the season with a great community-wide art show with a talk by the director of the Tweed Museum of Art and, in Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery hosts the multi-disciplinary art blowout: Urban Infill:Art in the Core 11. Here are the details.

First up is a Natural Medicines Workshop by master herbalist Gigi Stafne at North House Folk School on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Gigi Stefne will lead a workshop on natural medicines at North House Folk School on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Gigi Stefne will lead a workshop on natural medicines at North House Folk School on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Many of us feel sluggish by the end of the long winter, and Stafne will show participants how to wake up and celebrate the new season with natural medicines. The workshop will focus on natural ways to cleanse and support your body, from herbal detox tea to skin scrubs. Participants will take home several items to aid in continuing these helpful practices. There is a $5 materials fee. All invited.

On Friday night, the first art exhibit of the season opens at the Johnson Heritage Post Gallery. Entitled “Kindling Curiosity: Lighting the Creative Spark,” the exhibit, which is sponsored by the Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church, features pieces from artists of every age. Established artists, emerging artists and students as well as community members who just wanted to make for the show, are all represented. There are paintings and fiber art, pottery and framed poetry, wood carvings and more in this eclectic show.

Here are a few examples:

"Her Favorite Chair" by Neil Sherman.

“Her Favorite Chair” by Neil Sherman.

Quilt, created by students at the Oshki Ogimaag charter school in Grand Portage.

Quilt, created by students at the Oshki Ogimaag charter school in Grand Portage.

Pendant by Cheryl Larsen.

Pendant by Cheryl Larsen.

The opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. on Friday night.

And a special perk is scheduled for the opening. Ken Bloom, the director of the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth, will give a presentation at 6 p.m. entitled “Seeking the Spiritual Dimension in Art.” His presentation, which includes a number of images, will focus on how artists and art have evolved over time. All invited. Refreshments will be served.

This is Shakespeare Week and the Bard will make an appearance in Grand Marais this weekend at Voyageur Brewing Co. when the Minnesota SkyVault Theatre takes front/center stage at the brewery on Friday and Saturday nights.

The SkyVault Theatre will be at Voyageur Brewing Co. this weekend with music, skits, improvisation and a play.

The SkyVault Theatre will be at Voyageur Brewing Co. this weekend with music, skits, improvisation and a play.

This young theater troupe (the actors are from 12 to 20) won a number of awards at the Minnesota Association of Community Theaters recently, and they’ll be playing music, performing skits as well as a short play, and inviting the audience to join them on stage for silliness and fun. The performances are at 7 p.m. at the Brewery on Friday and Saturday nights, with a youth workshop set for 2:45 p.m. on Saturday. Local actors will join the group as well, so look for lots of Shakespearean fun and laughter this weekend. They will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night. The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.

Also, if you’ve wanted to learn how to paint, the North Shore Winery will hold a Paint & Sip event at the winery with artist Chriscell Bedard. No experience is necessary.

 

North Shore Winery paint and sip

A canvas, easel, brushes, paints and an apron will be provided. The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Cost is $50. To register, call 218 481-9280 or email lutsennorthshorewinery@gmail.com.

And in Thunder Bay, this is the weekend for Definitely Superior Art Gallery‘s fantastic public art event, Urban Infill: Art in the Core. The Waterfront District is transformed into a giant art event with 400 local artists setting up in temporary art galleries and store windows to exhibit their work and/or perform. Local art galleries will be open as well, and there will be a number of exhibits at the opening at DefSup on Saturday night as well.

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Definitely Superior Art Gallery‘s Members Show opens on Saturday  with a gala reception at 7 p.m.(EDT)

The exhibits at DefSup include the annual Members Show, a selection of contemporary paintings from the Bob Chaudhuri Collection, and an installation by Diane Landry.

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An installation by Diane Landry will be part of the Urban Infill opening at DefSup.

The opening reception at the gallery starts at 7 p.m. Urban Infill participants can pick up a map there and then follow the guides to a rather extraordinary art experience in the district.

Also in Thunder Bay, the Lakehead University Juried Art Exhibition has opened at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery with a number of works by 4th year art students.

Lakehead University art students are exhibiting at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

Lakehead University art students are exhibiting at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The exhibit continues through April 2.

Upcoming

 Photographer Ryan Tischer will open a show at Tettegouche State Park April 4 with the opening reception from 7-8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 7.

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Ryan Tischer opens an exhibit of his photographs at Tettegouche State Park April 4.

Pastel artist Lisa Stauffer will teach a class entitled “Still Life in Pastel” at the Grand Marais Art Colony April 8-9.

"Golden Fruits" by Lisa Stauffer.

“Golden Fruits” by Lisa Stauffer.

In the class, students will paint still life models indoors and learn how these lessons apply to all subject matter. Class time will include demonstrations, personal instruction, and group critique. For more info, see www.grandmaraisartcolony.org.

WTIP Community Radio and Bluefin Bay Resort will hold the 7th Annual Fingerstyle Masters Weekend April 21-22. For this year’s event, local musician Gordon Thorne welcomes Nashville fingerstyle guitarist Richard Smith and Twin Cities fiddler Tom Schaefer. The weekend features performances both Friday and Saturday night, as well as guitar and fiddle workshops during the day Saturday.
Pre-registration for the workshops is requested by contacting Gordon at 218-353-7308 or oman4@live.com.

Pianist Andreas Klein will play a solo piano concert, “Unleashing Musical Architecture” at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 7:30 p.m. April 22. The concert will feature the work of  Mozart, Schumann, Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera. The concert is sponsored by the North Shore Music Association.

Window Shopping

Canadian fused glass artist Jerre Davidson has new work at Sivertson Gallery.

Canadian fused glass artist Jerre Davidson has new work at Sivertson Gallery.

 

Tofte photographer Mark Lindsey has his infrared photographs at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Tofte photographer Mark Lindsey has his infrared photographs at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

 

Upstate MN has porcelain wood-grained cups by Edgewood.

Upstate MN has porcelain wood-grained cups by Edgewood.

 

The Fireweed Gallery in Thunder Bay has work by Eugene Le Francois. This one is called "Sleeping Giant."

The Fireweed Gallery in Thunder Bay has work by Eugene Le Francois. This one is called “Sleeping Giant.”

 In Other Art News

 WDSE’s The Playlist has crafted a fascinating video of kiln-formed glass artist Michael Tonder. Tonder’s studio is Blue Sky Glassworks and is located in rural Two Harbors. Check it out.

 

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, March 23:

  • John Gruber, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Pete K, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, March 24:

  • Timmy Haus, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge, 5:30 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Mix and Match, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 25:

  • Briand Morrison, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
  • Shane Martin, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • SplinterTones, Grandma Ray’s, 4 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge, 5:30 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Dat Dere Jazz, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Cornmeal and Kind Country, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 26:

  • Briand Morrison, Scandinavian Jazz Brunch, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Pushing Chain, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
  • Scott Fraser, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Monday, March 27:

  • Dusty Heart, Monday Night Songwriter’s Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
  • Pete K, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, March 28:

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

Wednesday, March 29:

  • Phil Heywood, Wednesday Night Songwriter Series, 8 p.m.

 

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Here is a selection of photographs we found this week. Let’s start with wildlife.

Red Fox by Paul Sundberg.

Red Fox by Paul Sundberg.

 

Two eagles by Tom Fiero.

Two eagles by Tom Fiero.

 

Little Weasel Taking a Peek by David Johnson.

Little Weasel Taking a Peek by David Johnson.

 

A demanding seagull, called Steven Seagull, has returned to the Super 8 Motel in Duluth to beg for doughnut handouts. The staff reports that a seagull has turned up for the last 15 years, tapping on the door and squawking to be fed a few times a day.
Is it the same bird each year? It’s not out of the realm of possibility, as ring-billed gulls have lived as long as 23 years. Or perhaps the original Steven shared its knowledge with other gulls. The gull usually leaves in mid-November and returns in mid-March each year. .

A demanding seagull, called Steven Seagull, has returned to the Super 8 Motel in Duluth to beg for a doughnut. The staff report that a seagull has turned up for the last 15 years, tapping on the door and squawking to be fed a few times a day, Is it the same bird each year? It’s not out of the realm of possibility, as ring-billed gulls have lived as long as 23 years. Or perhaps the original Steven shared its knowledge with other gulls. The gull usually leaves in mid-November and returns in mid-March each year.

Steven Seagull returns! Photo courtesy of the Duluth News-Tribune

Here’s a photo of the results of the last ice storm.

Ice After the Storm by Paul Sundberg.

Ice After the Storm by Paul Sundberg.

 

And here are two portraits of our photographers at work.

Kelley Marquart getting that last snot by Jeff Henningsgaard.

Kelley Marquart getting that last snot by Jeff Henningsgaard.

 

Self Portrait by David Johnson.

Self Portrait by David Johnson.

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St. Patrick’s Day & Lots & Lots of Music

Ice After the Storm by Paul Sundberg.

Ice After the Storm by Paul Sundberg.

The Ides of March have come and gone, bringing record winds and seas, followed by cold sunny days that belie the beginning of spring.

However, we’re celebrating this weekend anyway. It’s St. Patrick’s Day on Friday with lots of Irish music on tap, and there’s a weekend music festival at Papa Charlie’s and WTIP Community Radio’s Spring Membership drive features a great selection of live music in the studio all weekend long.

First up, though, ia a chance to try your hand at felting. Master felter Elise Kylo will teach a workshop at North House Folk School on Thursday at 7 p.m. on how to make a felted wool drink cozy.

Elize Kylo will teach how to make a felted wood cozy to keep your favorite winter drinks hot.

Elyse Kylo will teach how to make a felted wool cozy to keep your favorite winter drinks warm.

Wool is great to keep your hands, head and feet warm, and it’s also pretty handy for keeping coffee, tea and soup at the proper temperature, too. Kylo will use the wet felting technique with wool roving and batting to create the form and then teach needle felting to add your own designs and colors to the piece. Bring a mug or mason jar to custom-fit the cozy. All welcome. $1o materials fee.

On Friday, look for St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in a number of venues around the county. Of special interest:

The HiB’s play Irish music at Cascade Lodge Pub from 6-8:30 p.m. Jode Dowling (fiddle) and Kate Dowling (whistle and flute).

Kate and Jode Dowling are the HiB's and play at Cascade Lodge on Friday night.

Kate and Jode Dowling are the HiB’s and play at Cascade Lodge on Friday night.

The duo has been performing together for 10 years and play traditional Irish music favorites. All welcome.

Gunflint Lodge will hold a Celtic Music Program at 8 p.m. on Friday night featuring music and poetry from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. John Silliman,  a trained vocalist who has performed with the Concordia College Chamber Choir and plays a variety of instruments, will present the program.

John Silliman will present an evening of Irish music and poetry at Gunflint Lodge on Friday.

John Silliman will present an evening of Irish music and poetry at Gunflint Lodge on Friday.

The program will be held in the Boundary Waters Conference Room at the Gunflint Lodge. Everyone invited.

The 2-day Dulutsen Music Festival at Papa Charlie’s kicks off on Friday. The festival features a number of musicians based in Duluth.

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The Black-Eyed Snakes kick off the Dulutsen Music Festival at Papa Charlie’s.

Friday’s line-up staring at 8:30 p.m. includes the Black-Eyed Snakes, Rich Mattson & the North Stars and Sarah Krueger. Listen to Rich Mattson and Germaine Gamberling on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night. That show airs from 5-7 p.m.

The Dulutsen Music Festival continues on Saturday with the Lazy Lightning 420 playing songs of the Grateful Dead in concert in 1980. They play at 3:15 p.m. Then, starting at 8:30 p.m. Jillian Rae, Hobo Nephews with Ryan Young of Trampled by Turtles and Brothers Burn Mountain perform.

On Saturday, the Grand Marais Art Colony will hold two community engagement/presentations by the artists-in-residence who have been working in the studios this month.

From 9 .m. to noon, printmaker Luke Jonson will give a Xerox-Intaglio Transfer Demonstration in the Print Studio. An adaptation of a technique invented by Frances Myers, this method offers printmakers the ability to etch photographic imagery into metal plates which can be further worked using traditional methods such as line-etching and aquatint.

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Artist-in-Residence Luke Johnson has been working on the Xerox-Intaglio technique at the Grand Marais  this month. He will give a presentation/demo from 9 a.m. to noon at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Saturday.

The presentation is free, but because of limited space, pre-registration is requested. Please call 387-2737 to register.

Artist-in-residence John Schuerman will give an artist talk in the Founders Hall at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Entitled “Good Book Bad Idea: Environmental Activist Art,” the presentation will include a look at what he’s been working on during his residency a the Art Colony as well as a discussion of topics like overpopulation and art activism.

Artist-in-residence Jim Schuerman has been working on drawings inspired by the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament.

Artist-in-residence Jim Schuerman has been working on drawings inspired by the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament. “Let Them Have Dominion,” above.

The Artist Talk at 1 p.m. is free. All invited.

Also on Saturday the North Shore Winery will hold a “Paint & Sip” from noon to 3 p.m. led by Cheers Pablo artist, Chriscell Bedard. Participats will be provided with the canvas, easel, brushes, paints, aprons as well as a glass of wine or cider. Cost is $50. To register, call 218 481-9280 or email lutsennorthshorewinery@gmail.com.

If you’re going to be in Duluth on Saturday morning, the Duluth Art Institute continues its Saturday morning film series at Zienema 2, 222 E. Superior St., with the screening of the film “Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People.” 

The film, "Through a Lens Darkly" will be screened at Zinema 2 on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

The film, “Through a Lens Darkly” will be screened at Zinema 2 on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

Terresa Hardaway, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at University of Minnesota Duluth, will lead the discussion following the film screening. Tickets are $5.

For art exhibits in Duluth, the Tweed Museum of Art is exhibiting the paintings of Christine Anderson.

"Blooming Affection (George's sweet Pea) by Christine Anderson. Her work is at the Tweed Museum of Art Through March 19.

“Blooming Affection (George’s sweet Pea)” by Christine Anderson. Her work is at the Tweed Museum of Art Through March 19.

Also at the Tweed, check out selected pieces from their ceramic collection.

"What We Pass On (Inheritance Jars" by Beth Lo.

“What We Pass On (Inheritance Jars” by Beth Lo.

In Thunder Bay, the Fibre Arts Exhibit continues at the Baggage Building Arts Centre at Prince Arthur’s Landing.

A fiber arts exhibit continues at the Baggage Building at Prince Arthur's Landing through March 26.

A fiber arts exhibit continues at the Baggage Building Arts Center at Prince Arthur’s Landing in Thunder Bay through March 26.

The exhibit features a wide variety of fiber art crafted by local artisans. The show continues through March 26.

Opportunities

 Artists and poets are invited to participate in a pop-up show at Betsy Bowen Gallery & Studios in early April, “Walls & Bridges: A Poetry and Pottery Slam” is a special art and poetry multi-media show, built around the theme of walls and bridges. Art submissions are due by April 6. Please email the Gallery, info@woodcut.com prior to March 31 to confirm your participation. Visual art will be for sale. Admission and spoken words are free!

There is still room in the Pots for Painting class at the Grand Marais Art Colony which starts March 29. If you want to learn how to make colorful pots, this is the class for you.

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Learn how to make colorful pots in this pottery class at the Art Colony. Class starts March 29. Photo by Jessica Smith, Oullis Photography.

For more info, call the Grand Marais Art Colony at 387-2737 or email info@grandmaraisartcolony.org

Window Shopping:

A selection of Jade-toned Corian necklaces by dConstruct are at UpState MN.

A selection of Jade-toned Corian necklaces by dConstruct are at UpState MN.

 

Highly recommended at Drury Lane Books: "Neither Wolf Nor Dog" by Ken Nerburn.

Highly recommended at Drury Lane Books: “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” by Ken Nerburn.

Great Gifts of Lutsen features a wide variety of woolens by Baltic Inspsirations.

Great Gifts of Lutsen features a wide variety of wool clothing by Baltic Inspirations.

"Midnight Owl," a stonecut and stencil Cape Dorset print by Ningeokuluk Teevee is at Sivertson's Gallery.

Midnight Owl,” a stonecut and stencil Cape Dorset print by Ningeokuluk Teevee. is at Sivertson’s Gallery.

Carol Holmblad has paintings at Joy and Company.

Carol Holmblad has paintings at Joy and Company.

 In Other Art News:

 

David Gilsvik straightens a painting  at the Cedar Coffee Company where a David Gilsvik Art Appreciation Night was held this week.

David Gilsvik straightens a painting at the Cedar Coffee Company where a David Gilsvik Art Appreciation Night was held this week.

Tim Young will have an art reception at his house at 7 p.m. April 1. He will have work at the Coho Cafe in Tofte April 15-June 30. This painting is called "Fish Witch."

Tim Young will have an art reception at his house at 7 p.m. April 1. He will have work at the Coho Cafe in Tofte April 15-June 30. This painting is called “Fish Witch.”

Photographers Bryan Hansel and John Gregor are featured ian article about North Shore photography workshops in this month's Explore Minnesota.

Photographers Bryan Hansel and John Gregor are featured in an article about North Shore photography workshops in this month’s Explore Minnesota.

Sam Miltich (Clearwater Hot Club) has been invited to be a guest tutor 2017 Grappelli-Django Camp in

Sam Miltich (Clearwater Hot Club) has been invited to be a guest tutor at the 2017 Grappelli-Django Camp in the Netherlands. It is the Europe’s leading workshop camp for gypsy jazz.

Bob DeArmond, who has been the executive director of the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council for 30 years, is retiring in June.  DUring his tenure at ARAC, he has guided the organization grow and transform the arts in the seven county area that ARAC serves: Cook, Lake, St. Louis, Carlton, Aitkin, Itasca, Koochiching.

Bob DeArmond, who has been the executive director of the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council for 30 years, is retiring in June. During his tenure at ARAC, he has helped the organization grow and transform the arts in the seven county area that ARAC serves: Cook, Lake, St. Louis, Carlton, Aitkin, Itasca, Koochiching. In the photo above, he is being interviewed by Karen Sunderman of  WDSE’s The Playlist.

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, March 16:

  • WTIP Community Radio: Joe Paulik, 1 p.m., Gordon Thorne and Jim Ohlschmidt, 4 p.m., The SplinterTones, 5 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Boyd Blomberg, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
  • Bug Dope, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, March 17:

  • WTIP Community Radio: Briand Morrison, 1 p.m., Boyd Blomberg, 4 p.m., Frozen Britches and Rich Mattson & German Gemberling on The Roadhouse, 5-7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge, 5:30 p.m.
  • The Hi B’s Irish Music, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Celtic Music Program, Gunflint Lodge, 8 p.m.
  • Dulutsen Music Festival, Black-Eyed Snakes, Rich Mattson & the North Stars, Sarah Krueger, Papa Charlie’s 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 18:

  • WTIP Community Radio: Common Ground, 2 p.m., Bug Dope, 3 p.m., Gene LeFond and Amy Grillo, 4 p.m., Jim McGowan, 5 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
  • LazyLightning420, Papa Charlie’ss, 3:15 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge, 5:30 p.m.
  • Frozen Britches, Cascade Lodge Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Duluthsen, Papa Charlie’s, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 19:

  • Briand Morrison, Scandinavian Jazz Brunch, 10 a.m.
  • Chris & Ari Silver, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
  • Classical Music, Bluefin Grille, 7 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, March 20:

  • Open Mic Night, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe, Bluefin Grille, 6 p.m.
  • The Pines & Keith Secola, Monday Songwriter Series: Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, March 21:

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

Wednesday, March 22:

  • Open Mic Night, Gun Flint Tavern, 5 p.m.
  • Pieta Brown, Wednesday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

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

First up, wildlife.

The Bald Eagle pair in St. Paul whose nest is monitored by a DNR video cam, have hatched out three eaglets.

The three eaglets hatched out this week, snow or no snow. Photo by Trudi Kron.

The three eaglets hatched out this week, snow or no snow. Photo by Trudi Kron.

 

Jim Raml photographed this beautiful Cross Fox, a color variant of the Red Fox, the other day.

Photo by Jim Raml.

Photo by Jim Raml.

Here are some great full moon shots:

After the Storm by Paul Sundberg.

After the Storm by Paul Sundberg.

 

Moon Over Split Rock Lighthouse by Christian Dalbec.

Moon Over Split Rock Lighthouse by Christian Dalbec.

And a few sunsets/sunrises:

The beginning of a runrise by Jan Swart.

The beginning of a sunrise by Jan Swart.

February Sunrise by Jeffrey Doty.

February Sunrise by Jeffrey Doty.

And then some ice shots.

 

After the Storm by Don Davison.

After the Storm by Don Davison.

 

Photo by Travis Novitsky.

Ice abstract at Partridge Falls. Photo by Travis Novitsky.

And here’s an abstract by Jeannette Paulson… snow caught on a chain-link fence.

jeannet paulson chain link fence pattern after a stick snow

Photo by Jeannette Paulson.

Check out this fantastic shot from the storm last week.

Engulfed by David Johnson.

Engulfed by David Johnson.

And finally, this iconic photo by Kristofer Bowman.

It's still winter by Kristofer Bowman.

“It’s still winter” by Kristofer Bowman.

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Wind, Waves and the Art Experience

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Huge waves pummel the breakwall and the Grand Marais Lighthouse on March 7. Photo by Bryan Hansel.

Wind and waves are the story this week on the North Shore. Gusts of up to 60 miles per hour whipped the Big Lake into tremendous waves that exploded over the breakwall and light house for hours on Tuesday. providing great photo ops for everyone. (See photos, below).

This week starts out with a description of another explosive event: World War I. Educator and outstanding storyteller Arn Kind will give a presentation about Minnesota in the Great War at the Grand Marais Public Library at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Arn Kind will tell stories about Minnesota in the Great War at the library on Thursday.

Arn Kind will tell stories about Minnesota in the Great War at the library on Thursday.

Kind will talk about the causes of World War I and how America got involved, the uniform, weapons, equipment and the life of the typical Minnesota solder or “dough boy”,  the role women played in the war as well as the new technologies that were introduced, including the airplane, the submarine and the tanks. This informative presentation is suitable for ages 8 to adult. All invited. Free.

And North House Folk School continues its Thursday evening winter series with a presentation/workshop with Mary Ellen Ashcroft entitled “Rags to Riches: Repurposing Fabrics.” 

Mary Ellen Ashcroft will teach a workshop on repurposing fabrics at North House Folk School Thursday.

Mary Ellen Ashcroft will teach a workshop on repurposing fabrics at North House Folk School Thursday.

Repurposing fabrics is a time-honored tradition. In the old days, our forebears re-made dresses into shirts and overalls into aprons, until finally the fabric was used for quilts or rugs.  And you can still find rgeat fabric in  closets, trunks, attics, and thrift shops. Dig out that skirt of your mother’s you’ve never thrown away, the bathrobe you loved for years, or the kilt you found at Goodwill, and bring to this workshop.  Topics will include how to locate great fabric, how to see cast-offs in their potential for re-making and decide which patterns work best.  Bring in a few articles of old clothing or fabrics to repurpose. The skill sharing workshop starts at 7 p.m. All invited.

On Friday, the Grand Marais Public Library will screen the last of the winter Friday Night Reels. This time, it’s an action film. “Hell or High Water” tells the story of a divorced father and his his ex-con older brother who resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family’s ranch in West Texas. Here is the trailer for the film.

“Hell or High Water” will be screened at 6 p.m. Friday. Free.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery opens the Lakehead University Visual Arts Department Annual Student Juried Exhibition on Friday with works in a variety of mediums.

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Mary McPherson completing her second year drawing project.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be held at 7:30 p.m. (EST) on Friday, March 17.

Upcoming

DuLutsen North of North Music & Ski Festival will be held at Lutsen Mountains and Papa Charlie’s March 18-19. The festival brings in musicians from Duluth. This year’s lineup includes the Black-Eyed Snakes, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank with Ryan Young of Trampled by Turtles, Jillian Rae, Sarah Krueger, Rich Mattson & the North Stars, Brothers Burn Mountain and  LazyLightning420.

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery‘s celebration of downtown Thunder Bay, Urban Infill: Art in the Core, will be March 25-28 this year.

Urban Infill: Art in the Core features tour guides in yellow and green.

“Urban Infill: Art in the Core” features volunteer tour guides colorfully dressed in yellow and green.

More than 400 artists, musicians and performers will set up in 25 different locations in the Waterfront District. Last year, 2,000 people attended the event. Stay tuned for more info.

Walls & Bridges–A Poetry and Pottery Slam will be held at Betsy Bowen Studios from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 8. This is a special pop-up show centered around the theme of walls and bridges.

betsy bowen banksywall

Artists are invited to submit work by Thursday, April 6. To find out more, email Staci at info@woodcut.com to confirm your participation and/ or ask a question about the event. All invited to participate.

Lake Superior Community Theatre will present “The Sunshine Boys” staring George Starkovich and Dan Waxlax at the William Kelley High School Auditorium April 6-9 and the Two Harbors High School April 21-23. For tickets, visit tix.com.

Opportunities

Interested in having a booth at the Grand Marais Arts Festival this year? Jury Applications are open via Zapplications Jan. 13 – March 12! Each summer the Grand Marais Arts Festival draws over 70 local and regional artists. Artists showcase their unique handcrafted workup by the shores of Lake Superior and provide insight into their artistic process through demonstration and dialogue. The Arts Festival will be July 8- 9 this year.

Ever thought about being in the Grand Marais Arts Festival? There's still time to apply!

Ever thought about being in the Grand Marais Arts Festival? There’s still time to apply!

Learn more at: http://www.grandmaraisartcolony.org/event.cfm?eid=1

We hope to see you there! Feel free to contact us with any questions @ 218-387-2737.

In Other Art News

 Daniel Paulson, who was the clay studio intern at the Grand Marais Art Colony in 2016-17, will give a presentation at the Duluth Art Institute with geologist Andrew Breckenridge at 6 p.m. today, March 9. The presentation is entitled  “Clay: An Earth Material” and Paulson will discuss his passion to find the perfect clay for his pots in clay deposits in the Northland. All invited. Free.

The Minneapolis StarTribune recently featured a story about plein air painter Neil Sherman.

Neil Sherman at work by Brian Peterson.

Neil Sherman at work. Photo by Brian Peterson.

In the article, Sarah Barker talks to Sherman about his work and why he does it. To read the excellent article, click here.

The Grand Marais Art Colony is hosting two juried artists-in-residence this month: John Schuerman and Luke Johnson.

Schuerman is a self-taught artist, independent curator, and gallery director for Instinct Art Gallery.

John Schuerman in Founders Hall

John Schuerman is an artist-in-residence at the Grand Marais Art Colony through March 18. He will give a presentation about his work and focus at the Art Colony at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 18.

Schuerman’s artistic focus is environmental painting and drawing with expertise in creation, curatorial, and production of socially-themed exhibitions. His Artist Talk at 1 p.m. March 18 is entitled: “Good Book, Bad Idea: Environmental Activist Art.” All invited. Free.

Luke Johnson is a Minnesota artist working primarily in print media and installation.

Luke Johnson is an artist-in-residence working in the Print Studio at the Grand Marais Art Colony. He will give a Xerox intaglio transfer demonstration from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 18. Call the Art Colony at 387-2737 to reserve a spot. Free.

Luke Johnson is an artist-in-residence working in the Print Studio at the Grand Marais Art Colony. He will give a Xerox intaglio transfer demonstration from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 18. Call the Art Colony at 387-2737 to reserve a spot. Free.

Johnson’s artistic focus centers on the notion of the archive and the ways in which society creates, engages with, and interprets materials, including locally-sourced historical print media, interior decor, and other materials. He will give a Xerox intaglio transfer demo from 9 am. to noon on Saturday, March 18. Interested? Call the Art Colony at 387-2737 to reserve your spot. Free.

Window Shopping

UpState MN has fantastic brass pencil sharpeners from Germany. They come as single or double sharpeners.

UpState MN has fantastic brass pencil sharpeners from Germany. They come as single or double sharpeners.

 

Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen has new work by Maggie Anderson, including this "naked raku" pot. Anderson is teaching a pottery class at the Art Colony which starts next week. Call the Art Colony at 387-2737 for more info.

Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen has new work by Maggie Anderson, including this “naked raku” pot.

Sivertson Gallery artist, Aaron Kloss posted this photo of the start of one of his paintings on his Facebook page the other day.

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Beginning a painting by Aaron Kloss.

When it is finished, it might look something like this.

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“Birches” by Aaron Kloss. He shows his work at Sivertson Gallery.

 

Jim Sannerud has new wooden bowls at Betsy Bowen Gallery & Studios. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

Jim Sannerud has new wooden bowls at Betsy Bowen Gallery & Studios. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

 

 

 

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, March 9:

  • Eric Frost, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, March 10:

  • Joe Paulik, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge, 5:30 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Brothers in Arms, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Cry Wolf, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 11:

  • Dat Dere Jazz, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Voyageur Brewing, 4 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge, 5:30 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Papa Charlie’s, 6:45 p.m.
  • Common Ground, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Jim McGowan, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Blues Happy, Grandma Ray’s, 8 p.m.
  • Cry Wolf, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Viva Knievel, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 12:

  • Briand Morrison, Scandinavian Jazz Brunch, Mogul’s Grille, 10 a.m.- noon
  • Lehto & Wright, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Bluefin Grille, 7 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, March 12:

  • Boyd Blomberg, Bluefin Grille, 7 p.m.
  • Chris Koza, Monday Night Songwriters, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, March 14:

  • Joe Paulik, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Open Mic Night with Boyd Blomberg, Papa Charlie’s,  7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 15:

  • Martin Devaney, Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

 

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There were lots of photos of waves crashing on the breakwall, on the shore, on docks…a cornucopia of wonder. Here’s a selection:

Afternoon sun and great waves by Thomas Spence.

Afternoon sun and great waves by Thomas Spence.

 

March Waves by Paul Sunderman.

March Waves by Paul Sunderman.

 

Grand Marais Lite by Christian Dalbec.

Grand Marais Lite by Christian Dalbec.

 

Storm waves by Bruce Johnson.

Storm waves by Bruce Johnson.

 

Two days of howling winds and fantastic waves by Sandra Updyke.

Two days of howling winds and fantastic waves by Sandra Updyke.

 

Awesome Wave by David Johnson.

Awesome Wave by David Johnson.

 

And there were some neat “sidebars.” Here’s a shot of what the ice spray did on shore.

Life on Another Planet by Kjersti Vick.

Life on Another Planet by Kjersti Vick.

 

Here’s another photo by Kjersti Vick.

Can You Hear Her Roar? by Kjersti Vick.

Can You Hear Her Roar? by Kjersti Vick.

And finally, this beauty by Bryan Hansel.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

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Music, Art Shows and Great Theater

Sandra Updyke took this beauty the other day. Enjoy!

Sandra Updyke took this beauty in blues the other day. Enjoy!

 

It looks like March is coming in like a lamb on the North Shore this week, making it easy to enjoy all the offerings this weekend.

First up is an introduction to blacksmithing at North House Folk School at 7 p.m. on Thursday night. Entitled “Forged in Fire: Intro to Blacksmithing with Elizabeth Belz,” this evening workshop offers participants the chance to enter the dark realm of the blacksmith shop and leave with an appreciation of an ancient craft.

Intro to Blacksmithing will be held at North House Folk School on Thursday night.

Intro to Blacksmithing will be held at North House Folk School on Thursday night. Everyone welcome. The minimum age is 14. $5 materials fee.

Participants will earn how to bend hot steel with a hammer and anvil, as well as other basic blacksmithing tricks. Everyone will leave with their very own wall hook. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and cotton clothing. There is a $5 material fee. Participants must be at least 14. For more info, call North House at 387-9762.

Friday night is busy. Musicians Thea Ennen and Dave Ja Vue will be guests on WTIP’s The Roadhouse, where they will talk about their music and play a few songs. The show airs from 5-7 p.m.

Thea Ennen and Dave Ja Vue will be on WTIP's The Roadhouse on Friday night.

Thea Ennen and Dave Ja Vue will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse on Friday night.

The pair will perform at Cascade Lodge Pub on Saturday night.

Also on Friday, the Grand Marais Public Library‘s Friday Night Reels will screen “The Ardennes” at 6 p.m. This is a fairly violent action film about two bandit brothers, one fresh from prison, the other eager to escape their criminal past, who form a potentially explosive love triangle with the ex-con’s ex-girlfriend. Here’s the trailer:

The screening is free.

Also on Friday night, the North Shore Community Band will play for a dance at the Schroeder Town Hall from 7-9 p.m. Ann and Wayne Russ will be there for dance instruction/encouragement.

The North Shore Community Band will play for a dance at the Schroeder Town Hall on Friday night.

The North Shore Community Band will play for a dance at the Schroeder Town Hall on Friday night.

The dance is open to the public. Non-dancers are invited too– come listen to the music.

And at Papa Charlie’s, the Big Wu begins a weekend of music for the Wutsen Music & Ski Festival March 3-5.

The Big Wu will play at Papa Charlie's this weekend for the Wutsen Music & Ski Festival.

The Big Wu will play at Papa Charlie’s this weekend for the Wutsen Music & Ski Festival.

They’ll play on Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 9:30 p.m. and the Acoustic Wu play at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Click here to hear one of their songs.

Then on Saturday night, the North Shore Music Association hosts an Irish concert with Patsy O’Brien (a virtuoso guitarist and songwriter from County Cork, Ireland) and Dick Hensold, the leading Northumbrian smallpiper in North America. The duo will perform at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m.

Henshold

Dick Henshold

O'Brien

Patsy O’Brien

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a concert of traditional Celtic music, but with unique and innovative arrangements, including a variety of songs from Britain and Ireland. As well as a broad range of styles of Celtic music, the program also features an impressive range of expression, from the jaunty and humorous to soulful, led by o’Brien’s warm and multi-colored baritone voice, and Henshold’s variety of pipes and whistles, combined with the nimble instrumental virtuosity of both musician. Tickets $20 adult, $10 youth (18 & under) for sale in advance or at the door.  To hear a song, click here. All welcome. They will be on WTIP radio at 3 p.m. on Saturday to talk about their music and play a few tunes. A great way to get a preview!

Opportunities

The Grand Marais Art Colony is offering two workshops this weekend on social media taught by Linda White. On Saturday, White will teach “Social Media Basics” from 1-3 p.m. She will coach students through the steps to setting up a social media account on one or two platforms of their choice.

facebookThis could include Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr, or other platforms based on participant interest (YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.). This is a hands-on session in which students will receive technical assistance to successfully begin or expand a social media presence. $30.

On Sunday, White will teach “Social Media Demystified” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Art Colony. Students will learn about the various social media platforms, how to strategically choose a good fit, and how to participate and harness a platform’s power. She will outline case studies, content ideas, and tips on how to begin building out a social media network. $60. For more information or to register, call the Art Colony at 387-2737.

There are some interesting exhibits this weekend, too.

The Betsy Bowen Gallery and Studios is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with a wide variety of art by local and regional artists, including work by Betsy Bowen.

An original woodcut titled, "Shingebiss & Wintermaker." From Original woodcut by Betsy Bowen from "Shingebiss: An Ojibwe Legend,"

An original woodcut titled, “Shingebiss & Wintermaker.” Woodcut by Betsy Bowen from “Shingebiss: An Ojibwe Legend,”

The woodcut, above, is from the book, ”Shingebiss: An Ojibwe Legend,”  as retold by Nancy Van Lann. It was illustrated by Bowen in 1997. In the woodcut above, Wintermaker said: “I can neither freeze Shingebiss nor starve him; he is a very singular being. I will let him alone.” To see other woodcuts from the series, click here.

In Duluth, James Klueg and Liz James have curated the exhibition “Call and Response” that is currently on view at the Tweed Museum of Art.

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Ice Bucket (detail) by Steve Hansen, wheel-thrown stoneware with decals, from James Klueg’s collection.

The Duluth Art Institute is featuring three exhibits this month: “Rooted Expression,” paintings by Elizabeth Kuth, “Gezielt (Targeted), “mixed media art by Carla Hamilton and a collection of photographs by UMD students.

This painting by Elizabeth Kuth is on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute's galleries at The Depot.

This painting by Elizabeth Kuth is on exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute‘s galleries at The Depot.

The Thunder Bay Art Gallery has a number of on-going exhibits, including an exhibit from their photography collection.

tom o'connor serene, 1978 spotlight on photography

“Serene” by Tom O’Connor, 1978 is one of the photographs in an exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

The exhibit continues through Sunday, March 5.

And look forward to some great theater when the Magnus Theater in Thunder Bay mounts “Of Human Bondage,” an epic tale of obsession, lust, and the pursuit of beauty adapted for the stage by Governor General’s Award winning playwright Vern Thiessen. The play is based on the classic novel by W. Somerset Maugham.

"Of Human Bondage" opens at the Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay March 6.

“Of Human Bondage” opens at the Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay March 6.

The play opens March 6 and runs through March 18. For tickets, click here. The Magnus Theater is located at 10 S. Algoma St. in Thunder Bay.

Upcoming

Mary Ellen Ashcroft will hold an evening workshop at North House Folk School next Thursday, March 9, entitled “Rags to Riches: Repurposing Fabrics.” The evening workshop will look at how to find great fabrics as well as use some of your own to create unique one-of-a-kind garments. Participants will learn to see ‘cast-offs’ afresh in their potential for re-making, and to decide what patterns—such as a vest or anorak—work best.  The ultimate in re-use, this craft is affordable, creative, and a great source of one of a kind garments. Participants are encouraged to bring a few articles of old clothing or fabrics to re-purpose. The workshop will be held at 7 p.m. March 9.

On Saturday, March 18, the Grand Marais Art Colony invites the public to its 2017 Juried Artists-in-Residence Presentations. Luke Johnson will demonstrate Xerox-Intaglio Transfer in the Print Studio from 9 a.m. to noon. Free, but registration is required. Call 387-2737.

At 1 p.m. on March 18, John Schuerman will give an overview of his project: “Good Book Bad Idea,” and facilitate a discussion on the topics of overpopulation, environmentalism, and art activism. Included will be background information about the project’s inspiration. Free. All invited.

 Window Shopping

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Jim Brandenburg’s spectacular photographs of the Northern Lights are back at Sivertson Gallery after an exhibit at the Swedish American Institute in Minneapolis.

 

Upstate MN is featuring wild honey candles this week.

Upstate MN is featuring wild honey candles this week.

 

Painter Pam Fioritto has new work at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Painter Pam Fioritto has new work at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Check out this great print by Kenspeckle Letter Press in Duluth entitled "Back in Winter, Dreaming of Spring." Kenspeckle Press is located on the second floor of the DeWitt-Seitz Building in Canal Park.

Check out this great print by Kenspeckle Letter Press in Duluth entitled “Back in Winter, Dreaming of Spring.” Kenspeckle Press is located on the second floor of the DeWitt-Seitz Building in Canal Park.

 In Other Art News:

 Almost 1,000 arts advocates met with their legislators to inform them about the importance of public arts funding in their communities on Tuesday.  The event was organized by the Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. Here’s a photo of half of them:

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Almost 1,000 people showed up for Arts Advocacy Day at the State Capital on Tuesday.

If you were unable to be there, it’s not too late to make your voice heard! Follow the link below to take a few minutes to contact your legislators about the importance of public funding to artists, arts groups, and individuals in your community. Click here.

In Thunder Bay, the Definitely Superior Art Gallery was awarded The Best Cultural Event at the Thunder Bay Arts & Heritage Awards for their event Urban Infill: Art in the Core. This year’s event is March 25. Stay tuned.

Staff and board members from the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Duluth accept the award.

Staff and board members from the Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Duluth accept the award.

 

Here’s the music for the week:

Thursday, March 2:

  • Joe Paulik, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Briand Morrison, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Jon Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Dance Party with DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.

Friday, March 3:

  • Billy Johnson, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Pete K, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge, 5:30 p.m.
  • Schroeder Town Hall Dance, North Shore Community Swing Band,  7 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Wu-Fest, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 4:

  • Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 3 p.m.
  • James Moors, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Gene LaFond and Amy Grillo, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge, 5:30 p.m.
  • Billy Johnson, Papa Charlie’s, 6:45 p.m.
  • Kevin Buck, Grandma Ray’s, 7 p.m.
  • Thea Ennen and Dave Ja Vue, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Patsy O’Brien and Dick Hensold, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.
  • Plucked Up String Band, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • WuFest, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 5:

  • Wu Acoustic, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.,
  • Classical Music, Bluefin Grille, 6 p.m.

Monday, March 6:

  • Open Mic Night, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • The Lowest Pair, Monday Songwriter Series, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, March 7:

  • Open Mic Night with Boyd Blomberg, Papa Charlie’s, 7 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, March 8:

  • Open Mic Night, Gun Flint Tavern, 5 p.m.
  • Jack Klatt, Wednesday Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

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Thank our photographers! Here is a selection of photos we found this week.

Wintered Wreck by Don Malcolm.

Wintered Wreck by Don Malcolm.

 

Sunrise in the Sea Smoke by Jeffrey Doty.

Sunrise in the Sea Smoke by Jeffrey Doty.

 

Look into my wave by Christian Dalbec.

Look into My Wave by Christian Dalbec.

 

For the love of the lake by Jeremy Church.

For the Love of the Lake by Jeremy Church.

 

Strange ice by Rubin Stenseng.

Strange Ice by Rubin Stenseng. (Editor’s note: ice bowls or overcooked pancakes?)

 

Grand Marais Lighthouse by Thomas Spence.

Grand Marais Lighthouse by Thomas Spence.

 

Ice pattern by Bryan Hansel.

The Ice Pattern! by Bryan Hansel.

 

 

Tombolo Sunrise by Jim Schnortz.

Tombolo Sunrise by Jim Schnortz.

 

Ice-covered Breakwall by Paul Sundberg.

Ice-covered Breakwall by Paul Sundberg.

 

After a Morning Sunrise by Jan Swart.

After a Morning Sunrise by Jan Swart.

 

And last, but not least… this great photo taken by Nancy Seaton at Hungry Jack Outfitters.

The Raven Has Landed by Nancy Seaton.

The Raven Has Landed by Nancy Seaton.

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Spring has Sprung?

Jamie Rabold took this beauty. He calls it "Over the St. Louis (River) this morning." Enjoy!

Jamie Rabold took this beauty. He calls it “Over the St. Louis (River) this morning.” Enjoy!

Warm weather and rains have melted snow which has collected in ponds on top of rivers and lakes  this week. But it’s going to get a lot colder over the weekend, and snow is in the forecast, so trails and ski hills will be replenished soon.

Meanwhile, there’s a lot happening on the North Shore this weekend.

First up are art openings at each end of Hwy. 61.

The Duluth Art Institute holds an opening reception on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 5-7 p.m. for solo shows by abstract painter Elizabeth Kuth and mixed media artist Carla Hamilton, as well as a group show of photographs by University of Minnesota Duluth students.

The Duluth Art Institute opens three exhibits on Thursday.

The Duluth Art Institute opens three exhibits on Thursday with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m.

It is also your last chance to see the 2017 Annual Member Exhibit in the Great Hall in the Depot. The Member Exhibit closes on Friday, Feb. 24.

At the other end of Hwy. 61, in Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery will hold an opening reception for (re)Creating the Self: an Arts Program for People with Dementia. The program, with Thunder Bay artist Eleanor Albanese, has been on-going since last year. She works with people with dementia to express their feelings and experiences through art.

Artwork from (re)Creating the Self. Detail.

Artwork from (re)Creating the Self. Detail.

The opening reception is from 6:30-8 p.m. (EST) at the gallery. All invited.

On Friday, singer/songwriter Paul Imholte, who plays a wide variety of instruments, will be on WTIP’s The Roadhouse to talk about his music and play a few songs.

Paul Imholte will perform on WTIP and at the Grand Marais Public Library this weekend.

Paul Imholte will perform on WTIP and at the Grand Marais Public Library this weekend.

On Saturday, Imholte will perform children’s songs at the Grand Marais Public Library with everything from a fiddle, guitar and hammered dulcimer, to a jaw harp and  banjo. The performance at the library is at 10:30 a.m. All invited.

The Roadhouse continues with music on Friday night with Pushing Chain (Boyd Blomberg and Adam Moe). The musicians come into the studio to talk about their music and play a few songs. This music edition of  The Roadhouse airs from 5-7 p.m.

Also on Friday, the Grand Marais Public Library continues its Friday Night Reels series with a screening of “The Light Between the Oceans,” a Dreamworks production, that has had excellent reviews.

Check out the official movie trailer below.

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

Then on Saturday, Definitely Superior Art Gallery, 250 Park Ave in Thunder Bay, will hold a reception and a spoken word performance for “Fuel,” a newly released chapters book, featuring 60 works of inspiring poetry and short prose by 50 talented Northwestern Ontario writers. The reception is from 1-4 p.m. (EST).

Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay will launch the chapters book "Fuel" with a spoken word performance from 1-4 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday.

Definitely Superior Art Gallery in Thunder Bay will launch the chapters book “Fuel” with a spoken word performance from 1-4 p.m. (EST) on Saturday.

The event will also feature singer/songwriters and refreshments. All invited. Free.

Also on Saturday in Thunder Bay, the Baggage Building Arts Centre, which is located at Prince Arthur’s Landing,  will open the Fiber Arts Exhibition 2017.

The Thunder Bay Fiber Arts Exhibition opens at the Baggage Building Arts Center on Saturday.

The Thunder Bay Fiber Arts Exhibition opens at the Baggage Building Arts Center on Saturday.

The exhibit features a wide variety of fiber arts including knitting, quilting, felting and more. The Baggage Building is open from noon to 4 p.m. (EST) on Saturday and Sunday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

There are a few on-going exhibits  on the Shore as well. The Great Hall at Tettegouche State Park is filled with photographs taken by 12 participants in a special landscape workshop hosted on by John Gregor and Christian Dalbec last week.

John Gregor's photography class shows screen shots of a photo taken during workshop.

John Gregor’s photography class shows screen shots of their favorite photo taken during workshop.

The photographers were challenged to produce at least two images that were gallery exhibit quality, and they spent two long days traveling up and down the shore capturing images. They then spent two days indoors editing, printing, matting and framing their selected works of art. The photographers are Gary OIejniczak, Nancy Yoder-Bidwell, James Bidwell, Angie Hoffman, Jeff Hackenmueller, Scott Foss, Richard Miller, Teresa Sposito, Lori Moilanen, Mark Ye, Mike Tollinger and Phil Hartley.

Photo by Angie Hoffman.

Photo by Angie Hoffman, one of the photos on exhibit at Tettegouche State Park.

The exhibit in the Great Hall continues through March 31. There will a closing reception at 7 p.m. on March 31. Everyone is invited to see this fascinating series of photographs of the North Shore.

The Tweed Museum of Art continues its exhibit of prints and paintings from its Pop Art collection through March 26.

"Mistaken Identitie: For Tokio Ueyama" by Roger Shimomura. Lithograph.

“Mistaken Identities: For Tokio Ueyama” by Roger Shimomura. Lithograph.

 Upcoming:

 The North Shore Music Association will present Patsy O’Brien and Dick Hensold in a concert celebrating Irish music and St. Patrick’s Day at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts March 4.

northshore music association patsy obrien & dick hensold

Patsy O’Brien (left) and Dick Hensold will be in concert at the ACA March 4.

The Celtic-power duo will perform with guitar, vocal, and small-pipes revelry. Singer/songwriter O’Brien is from County Cork, Ireland and has performed in Europe as well as the United States. Hensold, a master of Scottish reel pipes, whistles and recorder, is the leading Northumbrian smallpiper in North America. It should be a great concert. Tickets are available here.

Window Shopping:

 

 

"Aurora," watercolor by Tim Pearson, is new at Sivertson Gallery.

“Aurora,” watercolor by Tim Pearson, is new at Sivertson Gallery.

Jill Levene has hand-carved stamped items at Joy and Company.

Jill Levene has hand-carved stamped items at Joy and Company.

Jonathan Simons has hand-carved cherry kitchen utensils at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Jonathan Simons has hand-carved cherry kitchen utensils at Kah-Nee-Tah Gallery in Lutsen.

Upstate MN is featuring a full collection of screen prints from Brainstorm.

Upstate MN is featuring a full collection of screen prints from Brainstorm.

 In Other Art News:

 The Grand Marais Art Colony is having two “bookie” workshops this weekend.

Cilla Walford is teaching “The Write Time,” a workshop designed to explore a variety of writing styles and goals with writers. The class will run from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. $40. To register, click here.

And there are still open spots in Karen Smaby’s Artist Books class at the Art Colony which will be held from 9-4 p.m. on Saturday.

art colony karen smaby

Smaby is an accomplished book artist, and students will learn a variety of binding options and then will fold, hinge, and sew recycled papers, recreating them as pages and covers of a personal journal. $75. For more info, click here.

Gaelynn Lea, the Duluth singer/songwriter who won NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert last year, will perform at Papa Charlie’s at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1. All invited. Free.

Here is a video of her award-winning performance.

There are also a wide variety of live music opportunities this weekend. Here’s the schedule:

Thursday, Feb. 23

  • Pete K, Mogul’s Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Jon Kallberg, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, CD Release Show, Grandma Ray’s, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 24:

  • Timmy Haus, Mogul’s Grile, 4 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 p.m.
  • Portage, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Thunderheads, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Bug Dope, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 25:

  • Briand Morrison, North Shore Winery, 2 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Jim McGowan, Voyageur Brewing Co., 4 .m.
  • Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge, 5:30 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Papa Charlie’s, 6:45 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Pete K, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • The SplinterTones, 317 W. 5th St., Celebration for Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness, 7 p.m.
  • Bughouse, Grandma Ray’s, 8:30 p.m.
  • The4ontheFloor with Hannah van Der Hoff, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
  • The Thunderheads, Gun Flint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 26

  • Evergreen Grass Band, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
  • Scott Frazer, Bluefin Grille, 6 p.m.

 Monday, Feb. 26

  • Open Mic Night, Grandma Ray’s, 6 p.m.
  • Eric Frost, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Moon and Pollution, Monday Night Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 28:

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

Wednesday, March 1:

  • Open Mic Night at the Gun Flint Tavern, 6 p.m.
  • Gaelynn Lea, Singer/Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

 

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

First up: Wildlife photos.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

 

Old Timer by David Johnson.

Old Timer by David Johnson.

 

 

A little Bohemian Waxwing Action by Michael Furtman.

A little Bohemian Waxwing Action by Michael Furtman.

 

Great Gray Owl by Paul Sunderman.

Great Gray Owl by Paul Sunderman.

We found some winter landscapes, too.

Photo by Sandra Updyke.

Photo by Sandra Updyke.

 

Winter Blues by Mary Amerman.

Winter Blues by Mary Amerman.

 

At the mouth of the Temperance River by Thomas Spence.

At the mouth of the Temperance River by Thomas Spence.

 

"It's been a long drought of Aurora activity. Nice to see some," by David Johnson.

“It’s been a long drought of Aurora activity. Nice to see some,” by David Johnson.

 

"Last night in Superior (Wis.)" by Jamie Rabold.

“Last night in Superior (Wis.)” by Jamie Rabold.

And last, but not least, here are two photographs of people doing what they love to do.

Plein Air painter Neil Sherman scouts painting locations on the Baptism River. Photo by Mark Tessier.

Plein Air painter Neil Sherman scouts painting locations on the Baptism River. Photo by Mark Tessier.

 

Christian Dalbec working in his studio--Lake Superior by Jeffrey Doty.

“Christian Dalbec working in his studio–Lake Superior ” by Jeffrey Doty.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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