Mapping Mystery, Urban Infill & Lots of Music

by Joan on March 26, 2014

"The Lake. She Breathes." oil, by Neil Sherman.

The Lake. She Breathes.” oil, by Neil Sherman. This wonderful painting will be one of many works featured in “Mapping Mystery,” an exhibit that opens at the Johnson Heritage Post on Friday night.

March rings out with art events and lots of fun music as well as a snow festival featuring beach costumes at Lutsen Mountains and other crazy fun.

But first, before we get started on art events, let’s take a look (and listen) to Lake Superior’s art event this month…  ice and more ice.


Jamie Rabold made the best-ever video of Lake Superior ice crashing on-shore. He calls it “Lake Ice Coming to Get Me.” Great title, too.. You can see it on YouTube at

Jamie Rabold made an outstanding video of sheets of ice crashing and sliding against each other on Brighton Beach as Lake Superior pushed them into shore recently.

Rabold calls his video,  “Lake Ice Coming to Get Me,”  and it’s so funny.  It’s also really beautiful and is, by far, one of the best “ice-on-shore” videos we’ve ever seen. And it’s gone viral!

Check it out Here.

Meanwhile, for indoor art, “Mapping Mystery: Entry Points to the Creative” opens at the Johnson Heritage Post with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday night.

"Northern Lights," fused glass, by Sharon Frykman, will be among the works shown at the Mapping Mystery show

“Northern Lights,” fused glass, by Sharon Frykman, will be among the works exhibited at the Mapping Mystery show.

Organized by the Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church, the exhibit will feature works from a variety of artists in many media, including painting, prints, fiber art, mosaics, fused glass and clay, to name a few. Many of the works were created with the “Mapping Mystery” theme in mind.

As an added perk, Ruth Pszwaro, program coordinator at the Grand Marais Art Colony, will give a presentation  at the reception entitled: “Frontiers and Borderlands: Navigating the Creative Process.”  Refreshments will be served. The exhibit continues through April 13.

On Saturday night, consider taking a trip to Thunder Bay to experience a multi-media extravaganza organized by the Definitely Superior Art Gallery.

Definitely Superior Art Gallery's Urban Infill event is this weekend.

Definitely Superior Art Gallery‘s Urban Infill  is this weekend.

Entitled “Urban Infill; Art in the Core 8,” the event opens on Saturday night from 7-10 p.m. (EST) featuring mutli-disciplinary works by 350 artists in 15 venues throughout the Waterfront District. Dance, live performances, music, installations as well as art exhibits will be featured in various venues throughout downtown Thunder Bay as well as at the DefSup Gallery. More than 1,500 people came last year.

Pick up your Art Map at the gallery, 250 Park Ave., and enjoy guided tours or just explore on your own.

The commercial art galleries in the district will have special exhibits, too,

Three contemporary art exhibits will be featured at the gallery.

Three contemporary art exhibits will be featured at the DefSup gallery.

and local businesses will feature wearable art performances in their windows. The exhibits at special locations continue throughout the weekend.

The exhibits at the DefSup Gallery continue through April 26. For more information, see or visit their Facebook page here.

Also this weekend, the Minnesota Ballet will present “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” in Symphony Hall at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center in Duluth at 7 p.m. March 28-29. For tickets and more information, visit

Next week, Minneapolis ceramic artist, Ginny Sims, will begin her Artist-in-Residence program at the Grand Marais Art Colony. It will run through April 13.

During Sims’ residency, she will be working on projects in the Founders Hall as well as in the Art Colony’s ceramics studio.

Plates by Ginny Sims.

Plates by Ginny Sims.

On Saturday, April 5, she will host an Open Studio in the Founders Hall  at the Art Colony from 1-2 p.m. where the public can come in and talk with her and see her work.

Then on Saturday, April 12, Sims will lead a Community Engagement Project entitled “Ordinary Objects and Memories: Drawing the Story of Things.” The public is invited to bring an object that interests them and then follow Sims as she illustrates her creative process using large-scale drawings as inspiration for the drawings on her ceramic pots.

To register for the workshop, which is from 1-3 p.m., call 287-2737.

And here are a few things that will be happening in April.

Lake Superior Community Theatre will present "Fiddler on the Roof" next month in Two Harbors.

Lake Superior Community Theatre will present “Fiddler on the Roof” next month in Two Harbors.

Lake Superior Community Theatre is producing  the musical, “Fiddler on the Roof” at the Two Harbors High School Auditorium next month. Some tickets for the show are available at the Grand Marais Public Library.

Performances are April 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12 at 7 p.m. and a matinee April 6 at 2 p.m. Pick up your tickets at the Grand Marais Public Library and call 218-220-0682 to reserve your seat.

This event is sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System, the Grand Marais Public Library and funded by money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The countdown to the end of the ski season has begun and there are two music events planned for Papa Charlie’s and Lutsen Mountains next month:  the Sweetwater Shakedown  April 3-April 5 and Mountain Meltdown April 12-13.  Stay tuned for details.

Also, the Fingerstyle Masters Weekend at Bluefin Bay Resort in Tofte is April 11-12, with music workshops scheduled for Saturday, April 12 and a concert with Phil Heywood and Eric Lugosch that night. To register for the workshops, visit

And last, but not least, Minneapolis jazz singer Prudence Johnson will be a guest at Michael Monroe’s Log Cabin Concert April 19. For more info and reservations, call 218-387-2919.

Meanwhile, there’s lots of great music this weekend. Here’s the schedule:

Thursday, March 27:

  • Pete Kavanaugh, Poplar River Pub, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, March 28:

  • Timmy Haus, Moguls Grille, 3:30 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik Band, Gunflint Tavern,  8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.

Saturday, March 29:

  • J Squared and The Makers, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
  • Jim & Michelle Miller, Papa Charlie’s, 6:45 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, The Landing at Devil Track REsort, 7 p.m.
  • The Spruce Roots, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Boss Grand and the Johnny Cash Revue, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 30:

  • May North, Papa Charlie’s, 3:30 p.m.
  • Classic Guitar with Scott Fraser, Bluefin Grille, 6 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Monday, March 31:

  • Joe Paulik, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
  • Chris Koza, Monday NIght Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, April 1:

Open Mic Night with Bump Blomberg, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 2:

  • Diet Folk, Spotlight North, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.

Now, for the photos we found this week.

We’ll start out with an incredible shot of a Canada lynx taken in front of a rehabilitation clinic in Colorado. Notice the incredible paws on this cat.

Photographer's name not available.

Photographer’s name not available.

A Great Horned Owl has been the subject of many photographs this week as her nest in a tree was discovered recently. Here’s Paul Sundberg‘s take on this mother and her cute owlets.

Photo by Paul Sundberg.

Photo by Paul Sundberg.

Our local photographers caught great images of the full moon rising over the Grand Marais lighthouse. Here’s one by Bryan Hansel.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.


And here’s one by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.

Dave Steckelberg was out walking on the East Bay at dawn on the Equinox. He calls this “The First Day of Spring.”

Photo by Dave Steckelberg.

Photo by Dave Steckelberg.


Here’s a sunrise over Lake Superior by Stephan Hoglund.

Photo by Stephan Hoglund.

Photo by Stephan Hoglund.

Tug boats and ice breakers have been in the news lately as the commercial shipping season started on an ice-choked Lake Superior. John Gregor took this beauty in Duluth recently.

Photo by John Gregor.

Photo by John Gregor.


And it continues to snow. Mary Amerman titled this “Killing Me Softly.”

Photo by Mary Amerman.

Photo by Mary Amerman.

Here’s a graphic that sums it up pretty well. It was posted by Hot 104.7 Maine on its Facebook page.

Meanwhile, we can still enjoy the incredible beauty of the North Shore. Here’s a fantastic shot by David Johnson that tells that story.

Photo by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


















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