It’s that time of year, when the Wolf Moon rises just behind Split Rock Light House, turning it into a perfect silhouette-
When dog teams scramble over the steep, snowy trails along the backbone of the North Shore for the longest dog sled race in the lower 48-
When the ice fishing is good-
When, despite ourselves, we shudder when we hear that the low could be -30F over the weekend.
Indoors, it should be an interesting week.
First up, this is Fiber February at North House Folk School, and, although the campus is closed, there is lots of online activity.
Look for online courses, webinars and Lunch and Learns, as well as special events like Knit-Alongs with Dapple Fern Fibers and a Show and Share. Check out all the events, courses and more here.
And, if you missed it, here is a great 2021 message produced by the staff of North House. Admittedly, we’re very late posting this, but it is so worth sharing.
What’s fun about the video is that we get to meet all the staff and just experience North House in a personal way. It’s great. Click here to see.
Our virtual life continues with an online auction to benefit the Gunflint Trail Historical Association, which begins on Friday, Feb. 5 and continues through Feb. 17. Called Sweethearts’ Fun for ’21, the auction is designed to offer tempting Valentine gifts as well as everything from art, an ice fishing excursion and a guided moose-calling adventure, to name a few.
This week is Hygge Festival week in the county, although, with Covid-19 stalking the land, it is different than previous years. Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah), is a Danish concept and has been around for a long time.
It refers to the ritual of embracing life’s simple pleasures. Feeling relaxed, cozy and surrounded by the warmth of family, friends, community and fire — all encompass the idea of hygge.
See what has been organized for this year’s festival here. Events continue through mid-February.
On Monday, the Grand Marais Playhouse will hold auditions for “ A Wrinkle in Time.” by Morgon Gould, adapted from the novel by Madeleine L’Engle. Auditions will be held by Zoom. Performances are March 12-14. Rehearsals will require Covid protocols.
The primary focus for casting is on youth, grades 4-8, but older community members are welcome to audition. For more information and to get the Zoom link, contact Sue Hennessy at Sue@grandmaraisplayhouse.com
The Johnson Heritage Post has just opened a new exhibit entitled Pot Luck of Art, featuring a wide variety of work by local and regional artists, including those who exhibit in the gallery shop as well as members of the North Shore Artists League.
The exhibit continues through Feb. 28. The Heritage Post is open from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. Covid protocols in place. All welcome.
The Grand Marais Art Colony has just posted all the classes and Entry Points events on its web page, here. There are lots of opportunities to study art and learn new techniques in the offerings this year, which include everything from painting and drawing, ceramics, sculpture, writing and more. The Art Colony is also offering mentorships in a number of different media.
The classes, which include virtual, in-person, and outdoor classes will run from March through November. To view them all, click here.
The staff at the Art Colony is still working primarily at home, but they will be will be available to receive calls on Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 1-5 p.m. The Art Colony has safety plans for all its studios and back-up plans for many classes should COVID affect the ability to meet in person. For more info or questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, plein air painter, Neil Sherman, will be the takeover artist on the Art Colony’s Instagram account Feb. 11-12.
Call for Artists: The Spirit of the Wilderness Church is once again sponsoring an art show in March at the Johnson Heritage Post. The theme this year is Reflecting Light Into Darkness. Questions artists might ask themselves:
“We are living through dark times. How does your art express the darkness or hold the light? What have you seen in new ways? Looking ahead, what will you leave behind, and what will you hold dear? “
The exhibit will open March 5 and run through March 28. Art can be dropped off on Monday, March 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday, March 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, contact Liz at email@example.com
Artist Ron Piercy has started a new blog. This week’s blog is about printmaking. Check it out here.
Artists at Work:
Rare historical photographs of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe by Frank Bennett Fiske have been recently published.
Photographer Moises Levy completed a project photographing the cranes and fishermen in a lake in Mexico.
This couple “paints” portraits with grass.
Here are a few outdoorsy videos we found this week we thought might be of interest.
If you’re wondering what it’s like to camp on a frozen river on the North Shore …
It’s Super Bowl weekend. Remember this ad?
Here’s another cat video…this time, rescuing them from trees.
Thursday, Feb. 4:
- Date Night at the Winery with Gordon Thorne, North Shore Winery, 6-8 p.m., Make reservations at here or call (218) 481-9280.
We found lots of photographs this week. Let’s start with
Tame meets wild.
Landscapes, Skyscapes, Icescapes, Waterscapes:
Have a great weekend everyone! Keep warm, and stay safe!