North Shore Art Scene
Granted, as Minnesotans, we’re supposedly accustomed to this kind of weather, but -15 F in early December is, shall we say, a little intimidating?
Nevertheless, there’s still lots to do this weekend, and it might even warm up!
Tonight, Thursday, Dec. 12, there’s a great opportunity to warm up with East Coast Swing dancing at the 4-H Log Building at the Community Center with both lessons and open dancing with Veronica & Bob. A beginning/refresher dance lesson will be from 7-8 p.m. with more complicated dance moves from 8-8:30 p.m. There is open dancing from 8:30-9 p.m. Everyone is invited. Wear fun holiday attire if you feel like it!
Also, on Thursday night, you can warm up with neighborhood comaraderie and great music with Locals Music Night at Cascade Lodge Pub from 7-10 p.m. There’s an open mic and all musicians and music lovers are invited to come, sit in or listen to your neighbors play.
On Thursday afternoon, head out to the Grand Portage Community Center to see a Children’s Art Show f rom 3:15-5 p.m.
The exhibit is a result of a summer scholarship program in which three Grand Portage children, Angel Burnett, Niimin LeGarde, and Rhonnie Poyirier, worked with local art therapist Belle Janicek. In addition to the this program, Janicek also worked this past summer with children participating in the Grand Portage Summer Youth Program to create a mural that reflects the children’s vision of the beauty of Grand Portage. The mural is hanging at the center as an ongoing display and can also been seen at the exhibit. All invited.
And, please note: the outdoor skating rink and warming house at the Community Center is now open. There is no charge to skate and skates can be rented for $1. Call Diane Booth at 387-3101 for more info. (Temps are expected to get steadily warmer — 13F on Saturday, 20F by Monday.)
And many cross country ski trails are have been groomed and are open now, too. To see the ski trail conditions for Cook County, click here. Lutsen Mountains is open as well, with good snow conditions.
Julefest, a traditional holiday tradition at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, will be from 1-3 p.m. this Saturday featuring an incredible array of Scandinavian holiday treats, from Krumkake to Sandbakkels, Christmas music and more. The highlight of the event is the arrival of St. Lucia, crowned with lights.
And next Wednesday, Dec. 18, is Poetry Night at the Grand Marais Library from 7-8 p.m. Bring a favorite poem to share to just listen. All welcome.
In art news, Sivertson Gallery has just received new paintings by Duluth painter Aaron Kloss.
The gallery is holding a 12-day count down to the Solstice Party on Dec. 21 by highlighting some of the wonderful art one can find at the gallery each day.
The Holiday Art Underground show continues at Betsy Bowen’s Studio Gallery.
The show continues through December with the studio gallery open Thursday through Saturday, from 11-4 p.m.
The Blue Moose is open for holiday shopping from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays through Mondays through Dec. 16.
Birchbark Books & Gifts is open through December. They have a variety of popular titles and children’s books as well as quite a collection of stuffed toys.
Great Gifts of Lutsen features lots of wool clothing, including scarves and coats, as well as variety of handmade jewelry.
Drury Lane Books has a great selection of 2014 calendars as well as the latest bestsellers and northwoods “coffee-table” books, to name a few. The shop is open Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In other art news, Grand Marais photographer David Johnson had his photograph of the northern lights posted on dailyduluthphoto.com recently. The site posts a favorite photo each day, and North Shore photographers are invited to submit to the site. For more information, click here.
The Grand Marais Art Colony’s gift shop is open daily, and includes gifts baskets featuring locally roasted Fika coffee.
Here’s the music this week:
Thursday, Dec. 12:
- Locals Music Night, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
- Eric Frost, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 13;
- The Portage Band, American Legion, 6 p.m.
- Al Oikari & Rod Dockan, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.
- Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 14:
- Jim & Michelle Miller, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7-10 p.m.
- Cook County’s Most Wanted, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.
- Belfast Cowboys, a Van Morrison Tribute Band, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.
- Rock-a-Billy Revue, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, 9 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 15:
- Diet Folk Duo, Gunflint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
The photos we found this week are wintery, to say the least.
The first one is an unusual visitor to Grand Marais — a Northern Hawk Owl. David Johnson took this great shot at Devil Track River by Highway 61 the other day. It was seen in Grand Marais, too, and the crows were dive bombing it.
We’re also going to include this cute shot of a chickadee enjoying a post Thanksgiving treat. Thomas Spence took this photo. By the way, Spence is currently exhibiting his work at the Coho Cafe in Tofte.
Back to the chills– here’s a photo by Stephan Hoglund taken at Harley Tofte’s dock behind Dockside. Brrrrrrrr.
Here’s another chilly scene — this time by Kathy Gray-Anderson, taken at Devil’s Track Lake.
Bryan Hansel got this incredible shot while he was photographing these wintery rocks. Suddenly, a big wave broke over the rocks, creating a wintery waterfall.
Winter can be cold, but it can also be beautiful. Sue Weber took this shot on the Gunflint Trail after our recent snows.
And sub-freezing conditions mean pancake ice on the harbor! This photo was taken by Bryan Hansel.
Heidi Pinkerton was out shooting the northern lights recently, and took this incredible shot over Babbitt as an icy fog reflected light pillars into the sky.
Thomas Spence took this peaceful shot of the northern lights over Tofte.
And last, sadly, Kristi Downing, a beloved, energetic, joyful and generous woman who drew hundreds to her clay studio on Hut Point to learn about raku pottery and see her beautiful work, died Dec. 5.
A celebration of her life will be held at her studio on her birthday, Aug. 23.
Memorials should be directed to North House Folk School, where the family plans to establish a KKD mentorship scholarship to encourage and support promising artists.
Layne Kennedy, who took this portrait of her on her beloved beach on Lake Superior wrote, simply: “We all lost a great soul and wonderful artist last week.”
Rest in peace, Kristi.
Lots of fun stuff happening this weekend. And, if the weather cooperates, you should be able to appear at every one.
First up are two Sneak Peak Previews on Friday night: The Holiday Art Underground show at Betsy Bowen’s Studio Gallery and the Holiday Boutique at The Garage.
The Underground Show, which will feature work by more than 20 local and regional artists including paintings, fiber art, glass, woodcut prints, pottery, photographs and more, opens with a sneak preview on Friday, Dec. 6 from 5-8 p.m.
The show continues through December with the Studio Gallery open Thursday through Saturday, from 11-4 p.m. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the first Saturday of the show, Dec. 7.
Also on Friday, there will be sneak preview of the Holiday Boutique at The Garage from 5-9 p.m. featuring the work of fiber artists Kim Knutson, Susan Goodell and Linda Bauer. The show includes silk and knit wearables, handmade ornaments and thread paintings. The show continues on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday is really busy.
kicks off with the the Northwoods Fiber Guild Holiday Sale and Open House at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Plan to arrive as doors open — it’s one of the season’s most anticipated events featuring high quality handmade fiber articles, clothes and gifts crafted by members of the Fiber Guild. Mittens, baskets, cards, jewelry, scarves, rugs, sweaters, hats and more as well as a great selection of handmade ornaments will all be available.
Homemade holiday sweets are also available as well as spinning & weaving demonstrations and a crafts table for some hands-on learning. All invited. Free.
Also in Grand Marais on Saturday, the Evangelical Free Church will hold its annual Christmas Craft & Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 3p.m. with lots of crafts. Lunch will be sold from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
North House Folk School will hold a Bookstore Open House with a storewide sale and tasty treats from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, too. Lindy Lind will give a craft demonstration about wooden folk toys at 10 p.m. and Elise Kyllo will be felting from 3-5 p.m. You can join Elise and felt your own ornament for $10. Sign up at North House. For more info, call 387-9672.
In the West End, this is Tofte Merchants Open House weekend, with refreshments served everywhere. There will be carolers and Santa, a Holiday High Tea at Waves of Superior Cafe, weaving demonstrations at Tall Tale Yarn Shop, full service with gas purchase at the Holiday Station, jewelry making demonstrations at the Bluefin Gift Shop and more.
And snowboarding festival, Jib & Jam Rail Jam, will be held at Lutsen Mountains on Saturday. Transworld Snowboarding will debut its new film “National” at 4:30 p.m. at Papa Charlie’s. To see a preview of the movie, click here. And DJ Abilities of Rymesayers will spin the tunes at 9:30 p.m.
In the East End, the Grand Portage Christmas Crafts Fair will be held at the Grand Portage Lodge & Casino Conference Room from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The crafts fair will feature Ojibwe beadwork, jewelry, clothing, holiday decorations, candies and jams as well as baked goods. All invited.
On Sunday, a Cut Your Own Christmas Tree Fundraiser to benefit Care Partners will be held at Magnetic North Farm, 122 Caspers Hill Rd., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will also be held on Sunday, Dec. 15. Care Partners supports those on the journey of aging and serious illness. For more information, call 287-3788.
Care Partners is also sponsoring the 5th annual “Light Up a Life” tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, at the main entrance to the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic and North Shore Hospital. Each donation lights one bulb on the Memory Tree. Fr. Seamus Walsh will speak. Refreshments will be served.
There’s some wonderful music, too.
This is the weekend for the Borealis Chorale and Orchestra’s Annual Community Christmas Concert at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. They will perform at 7 p.m. on Sunday and Monday nights.
The concert will include music from Handel’s Messiah (Christmas portion) and will feature visiting soloists singing arias and recitatives, a 90-piece choir, and a 20-piece orchestra. The choir will also sing carols, some accompanied by the orchestra (“Shepherd’s Pipe Carol” by John Rutter, “Beautiful Savior,” and others). Accomplished composer, director, and musician Bill Beckstrand directs.
The chorale and orchestra was out on the streets last Saturday and performed a Flash Mob concert at the Lake Superior Trading Post. Here’s a great video of that performance and a preview of the glorious music that will be performed at these Christmas concerts. Click here to see.
Other music of note this weekend includes The Spruce Roots, with Eric and Jessa Frost, Jim Elverhoy, Travis Wickwire, Bill Hansen and Bump Blomberg, who will perform at the Gunflint Tavern on Friday night.
On Saturday, the Barley Jacks, with fiddler Brian Wicklund, Joe Cruz (guitar), Kevin Rowe (bass) and Joel Arpin (percussion), play the Tavern at 8:30 p.m.
Also on Saturday night, the Cook County Snowmobile Club will hold its annual Kick-Off Party at the American Legion.
In other art news, Timothy Young has new work at Sivertson Gallery.
A call has gone out to artists to submit proposals for the Ojibwe Heritage Murals Project.
The project commemorates the people of Grand Portage, Ojibwe handicrafts at Grand Portage, and Gichi Onigamiing, the great carrying place. The project is a partnership between the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the Grand Portage National Monument.
One artist will be chosen to create two murals for permanent exhibit in the Grand Portage Heritage Center’s Cultural Demonstration Gallery at the Monument.
The call is open to all artists. Preference will be given to Minnesota Chippewa Tribe and Grand Portage Band members. Artist’s proposals must be received by Jan. 31, 2014. For more information and.or to obtain an artist’s packet, click here or contact project coordinator Beth Drost at email@example.com.
Painter Brian Stewart awarded plein air painter Neil Sherman a Merit Award at the “Extremely Minnesota” show at the Robbin Gallery in Robinsdale. The show is up through Dec. 14.
Also, Sherman, along with Joshua Cunningham and Richard Abraham will be exhibiting new paintings at the Grand Hill Gallery in St. Paul Dec. 5 through January. The show is entitled ” Three On the Road.”
Drury Lane Books has just received a number of new books including the Booker Prize Winner, “The Luminaries” Eleanor Catton.
Thomas J Spence is exhibiting his photographs at the Coho Cafe through mid-January.
Great Gifts of Lutsen has new cards by Terry DeNatale as well as sterling silver charms, including one of Lake Superior, by Penny Larsen.
Birchbark Books has just received a number of children’s Christmas books, including “The Christmas Wish” by Lori Everett with photography by Per Breiehagen and “Stranger in the Woods” by Carl R. Samms and Jean Stoick.
Threads has new pottery by Tara Block, including her exquisite tea cups as well as her tea cup ornaments, handfelted skirts and hats by Meg Corcoran and hand-painted dishes by Stephanie Mitchell.
Sivertson Gallery has a wide variety of handmade ornaments — felted, crystal and foxy.
Here’s the music schedule for this weekend:
Thursday, Dec. 5:
Joe Paulik, Gunflint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 6:
The Spruce Roots, Gunflint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7:
The Barley Jacks, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
DJ Abilities of Rhymesayers, Papa Charlie’s, Lutsen Mountains, 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. Dec. 8
Borealis Chorale and Orchestra Annual Community Christmas Concert, Bethlehem Ltheran Church, 7 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 9:
Borealis Chorale and Orchestra Annual Community Christmas Concert, Bethlehem Ltheran Church, 7 p.m.
We found some wonderful photos this week. Let’s start with some of the great animal shots.
First up is a photo and video of otters on the river below the High Falls at the Grand Portage State Park by Travis Novitsky
We found other animal photos, too, this week. Here’s a shot of a bald eagle by David Johnson. I love how we can see its talons carefully tucked under its tail in this photo.
Here’s another wonderful photo…a feeding frenzy of Evening Grosbeaks by Kathy Gray-Anderson.
Michael Furtman crafted this composite of a rough-legged hawk on the hunt from a series of shots he took. He said the grass was too thick to tell whether the hawk got its prey.
Doug Heimstad captured this photo of a lynx in recently.
And here’s a rather gorgeous shot of a doe by Ken Huplia.
Here’s a romantic shot by Stephan Hoglund.
And here’s a wonderful shot by Thomas Spence taken after the first big snow and before the storm.
And, finally, here’s a storm shot of the Split Rock Lighthouse by Paul Sundberg. We’re sure to see a lot more photos in a few days. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, enjoy this image!
Have a good weekend, everyone! Winter is here!