Midwinter Fun

by Joan on January 29, 2015

"After the Storm" by Paul Sundberg.

“After the Storm” by Paul Sundberg.

There’s lots of great music and great skiing and sledding this weekend, including a festival at Lutsen Mountains.

The Lutsen Mountains Family Festival features a Friday night magic show with Chaz (8 p.m.), the Choo Choo Bob Show on Saturday (4 p.m.), based on the Emmy award-winning, live-action television show featuring trained-themed music and a variety show suitable for all ages. And, at 8 p.m. Saturday, there are fireworks on the mountain.

Also this weekend, the Winter Plein Air event will be held at YMCA Camp Menogyn Jan. 28 to Feb. 1.  More than 15 plein air painters will attend. A virtual exhibit featuring works completed during the week is in the planning stages.

In Grand Marais, the Lynn Speaker Solo Exhibition at the Grand Marais Art Colony, “Liminal Space”  continues through Feb. 1. The Art Colony is open from 9-4 p.m. daily.

The winter Life Drawing sessions have begun at the Grand Marais Art Colony. The sessions are held Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. No instruction is included. It is open to artists of all media and skill levels, 18 and older unless accompanied by/permission from a parent or guardian. The drop-in fee is $12.

In Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery is currently exhibiting “Drawn From Legends: Works from the Permanent Collection,” featuring work by Bob Boyer, Carl Ray, Jackson Beardy, Doug Lafortune, Ivan Otterlifter and Roy Thomas among others. It continues through March 8. The Lakehead University Annual Juried Exhibition of best work by students opens Jan. 30 and continues through March 1. The gallery is open from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and noon to 5 p.m. Fridays through Sundays.

"The Garden Series: Lavender & Lace" by Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens.

“The Garden Series: Lavender & Lace” by Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens.

In other art news, Sandi Pillsbury  will participate in a show at the Agora Gallery in New York City Feb. 10 through March 3. The opening reception for the show, entitled “Elemental Realms,” is from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 12.

A call has gone out for artists to participate in the “Igniting Imagination” exhibit that opens at the Johnson Heritage Post March 13. This is the fifth year The Spirit of the Wilderness has coordinated an exhibit inviting artists to examine the overlap between creativity and spirituality. For more information, contact Mary Ellen Ashcroft at 387-1536.

Ann and Wayne Russ are hosting four free dance practice sessions on Tuesdays beginning Feb. 3 from 7-9 p.m. at the 4-H Building. They are also holding Dance Floor Techniques classes for couple dancing. For more info, call 370-8949 or email russ@boreal.org.

Here’s the music schedule for this weekend:

Thursday, Jan. 29:

  • Eric Frost & Bill Hansen, Poplar River Pub, 6 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Gun Flint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • Rod Dockan & Al Oikari, American Legion, 7 p.m.
  • Dead Man Winter and The Pines, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
  • James Moors, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30:

  • Boyd “Bump” Blomberg, Moguls Grille, 4 p.m.
  • Maria Nickolay, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Step Rockets, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 3:

  • James Moors, Moguls Grille, 4 p.m.
  • James Moors, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Pete Kavanaugh, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Bug Lite, Gun Flint Tavern, 8 p.m.
  • Step Rockets, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 1:

  • James Moors, Gun Flint, 7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 2:

  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Songwriter Series: Tim Mahoney, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3:

  • Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop with Gordon Thorne, Moondance Coffee House, Lutsen, 5 p.m.
  • Jim & Michele Miller, Poplar River Pub, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Open Mic with Bump Blomberg, Papa Charlie’s, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4:

  • Open Mic Night at the Gun Flint Tavern, 5 p.m.
  • Spotlight North: Ian Alexy of Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Here are some of the photos we found this week:

Here’s a great shot of an eagle photographed by Michael Bendtsen of Washington state.

Here's a great shot of a Washington state eagle, taken by Michael Bendtsen.

Photo by Michael Bendtsen.


Much closer to home, John Sikkila caught this wonderful image of a Great Grey Owl the other day.

Phot by John Sikkila.

Photo by John Sikkila.


Grand Marais photographer David Johnson has been spending a lot of time on the breakwall shooting fantastic shapes of ice.

Photo by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.


Thomas Spence caught this shot of pancake ice in the harbor the other day.

Photo by Thomas Spence.

Photo by Thomas Spence.


To continue our lighthouse theme, Bryan Hansel captured these pastel colors at sunset.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

And here’s a sunset image from Paul Sundberg on a completely different evening.

Photo by Paul Sundberg.

Photo by Paul Sundberg.


Here’s another shot of  a beautiful sunset, this time by Stephan Hoglund.

Photo by Stephan Hoglund.

Photo by Stephan Hoglund.


Photographers were out shooting the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon and came up with some great images.

Here’s one by Nace Hagemann. It’s a shot of Ryan Anderson as he runs behind his sled on a hill in heavy snowfall. Anderson went on to win the Beargrease.

Photo by Nace Hagemann.

Photo by Nace Hagemann.


And finally, this wonderful shot by David Johnson, again taken in the snowstorm, but this time at night.

Photo by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.

Enjoy your weekend!









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