Mid-January: Snowy Owls & Music

by Joan on January 15, 2014

Michael Furtman took this great shot of a Snowy Owl.

Michael Furtman took this great shot of a Snowy Owl on a farm wagon. See below for more owl pics.

There are lots of great live music opportunities in Cook County this weekend, and perfect conditions for skiing and playing in the snow. It should be a fun weekend.

Kristi Downing at work. Photo by Layne Kennedy.

Kristi Downing at work. Photo by Layne Kennedy.

First up is a special tribute on WDSE’s The Playlist to raku potter, Kristi Downing, who passed away last month. The program airs tonight, Jan. 16, at 9 p.m. on Channel 8. Click here to see a preview.

And tonight is Local’s Music Night at  O’Phelan’s Pub at the Cascade Lodge. All musicians are invited to come play a tune or two. It starts at 7 p.m.

Fingerstyle guitar maestro Gordon Thorne is teaming up with fellow guitar virtuoso Jim Olschmidt f’or three different shows this weekend. They’ll play at the Gunflint Tavern tonight, Thursday, at 7 p.m., the Bluefin Grille in Tofte at 8 on Friday and at Lutsen Resort at 7 p.m. Saturday.

There are lots of other music opportunities, too. See our music schedule below.

Painter Tim Young will have new work at the Coho Cafe in Tofte this weekend. The exhibit continues through Feb. 15.

Liz Sivertson has brought in eight new paintings to Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais.

stephan hoglund mag photo

Ty Mitchell at His Lost Horse Saloon in Marfa, Texas. Photo by Stephan Hoglund.

Stephan Hoglund recently had a photo published in the French magazine, Le Monde, a style and culture periodical. The photo was from Hoglund’s “Marfa, Texas” series.

For the art of growing food, check out a program at North House Folk School at noon this Saturday  with Chad Johnson of Spirit Mountain Farm near Duluth. Johnson is a student of Sepp Holzer, a world-renowned expert on permaculture, who is traveling the world promoting his extraordinary methods of growing food in almost impossible conditions. Bertram Verhaag made a film about him: “The Agricultural Rebel.” The presentation is free. All invited.

The Garage, which features work by more than 90 local artists and artisans will hold an employee garage sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in the seating area at the back of the store. It’s also an opportunity to see artists’ work  exhibited there as well as check out items in Threads.

For artists, this is the time of year to get into the studio and make. There are a few call for artists out there that might be of interest.

The Grand Marais Art Colony is looking for applications for the Artist in Residence project.  Artists in the visual  arts, dance or literary arts can apply. The two-week residence will take place March 31 – April 14 in the Founders Hall Visual Arts Studio and will provide artists with uninterrupted work time to support the development, creation, and production of new, original works. It will also include a community engagement component. The selected artist will be provided with workspace and off-site lodging. Deadline to apply is today, Feb. 16. Call 218-387-2737 or email info@grandmaraisartcolony.org.

Also, consider making new work for an exhibit entitled “Entry Points to the Creative: Mapping Mystery,” organized by The Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church. It is an annual show focusing on the overlap between creativity and spirituality.  This year’s exhibit focuses on the questions: How does your creative process parellel your exploration toward the transcendent? In what uncharted territory have you found yourself?  Artists are invited to express this in clay, paint, film, music, words, glass and fiber. The exhibit will open March 28 at the Johnson Heritage Post. For more info, email spiritwilderness@boreal.org.

The ‘Round Town Mural Project, which plans to install mosaics on Johnson Foods created by students at ISD 166, is looking for artwork for a fundraising art show at the Johnson Heritage Post over President’s Day weekend, Feb. 14-16. For more information about the project and the artwork needed, email Ann Mershon at amershon@boreal.org.

Ann and Wayne Russ will be teaching “Dance Floor Technique” for couple dancing at the Grand Marais Art Colony every Thursday evening starting  Jan. 23 from 7=9 p.m.  The 8-week class will cover two-step, foxtrot, swing and a Latin dance or two. Partners are encouraged, but singles are welcome. The cost is $75 per person, $50 for those who have attended two or more of their classes. For more information, call 218-370-8949 or email russ@boreal.org.

The couple will also be hosting six free dance practice sessions from 7-9 p.m. at the 4-H Log Building starting Wednesday, Jan. 22.

The Duluth Photography Institute has put a call out for photographs for a 4x Print Exhibit that opens Feb. 8 in Duluth. One side of the photograph must be 4 inches long, delivered or submitted by Jan. 29. For more information, email dpi@duluthphotographyinstitute.com. The opening reception is from 6-8 p.m. at 403 E. Superior St. in Duluth.

Here’s the music schedule for this weekend:

Thursday, Jan. 16:

  • Joe Paulik, Poplar River Pub, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Jim Olschmidt, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.
  • Local’s Music Night, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, Dance Party, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 17:

  • Jim Miller, Mogul’s Grille, 3:30 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge on the Gunflint Trail, 5:30 p.m.
  • Amy & Adam, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne & Jim Olschmidt, Bluefin Grille, Tofte, 8 p.m.
  • Reina Del Cid, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 18:

  • Boyd Blomberg, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.,
  • Briand Morrison, Moguls Grille, 3:30 p.m.
  • Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge, 5:30 p.m.
  • Pete Kavanaugh, Papa Charlie’s, 6:45 p.m.
  • The Sivertones, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m
  • Michael Monroe, Log Cabin Concert, rural Grand Marais, 7 p.m., 387-2919
  • Gordon Thorne & Jim Olschmidt, Lutsen Resort Lobby, 7 p.m.
  • Timmy Haus, The Landing at Devil Track Resort, 7 p.m.
  • The Spruce Roots, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Shane Martin Band, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 19:

  • Scott Fraser, Bluefin Resort, 6 p.m.
  • Pushing Chain, Gunflint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.
  • Joe Paulik, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 21:

  • Fingerstyle Guitar Workshops with Gordon Thorne,  free, Moon Dance Cafe, 5 p.m.

There certainly has been irruption of owls into the north country this year, and photographers are capturing great images of them. Micheal Furtman has been posting some interesting shots.

Hawl owl with vole. Photo by Michael Furtman.

Hawl owl with vole. Photo by Michael Furtman.

Here’s another one.


A graceful Snowy. Photo by Michael Furtman.
A graceful Snowy. Photo by Michael Furtman.


Lucky for us, hawk owls like to hunt during the day. Here’s an amazing shot by Jeff Grotte.

jeff grotte hawk owl


And here’s a portrait of a Snowy by Don Anderson.

Photo by Don Anderson.

Photo by Don Anderson.


There’s other wildlife out there, too. Nace Hagemann got this great shot of a lynx the other day. You can clearly see the huge paws, long ear-tufts and black ring around the tail that marks it as a lynx.

Photo by Nace Hagemann.

Photo by Nace Hagemann.


And certainly on the “hunt,” and doing it in style, is this photo of ice fisherman by Layne Kennedy … He took it on Mille Lacs.

Photo by Layne Kennedy.

Photo by Layne Kennedy.


We found some photos of the cold, too. Here’s a Stephan Hoglund. He calls it “See the Wind.”

See the Wind by Stephan Hoglund.

See the Wind by Stephan Hoglund.


Here’s an interesting night shot of the old gravel dock in Duluth. It’s by Glenn Blaszkiewicz.

Photo by Glenn Blaszkiewicz

Photo by Glenn Blaszkiewicz.


Here’s an unusual shape, captured by Travis Novitsky.

Horseshoe Bay Ice Arch by Travis Novitsky.

Horseshoe Bay Ice Arch by Travis Novitsky.


Here’s a Frozen Photographer (Jamie Rabold)  working on the ice.


If it’s not too cold, Bryan Hansel goes kayaking.

bryan hansel kayaking in winter

Photo by Bryan Hansel.


Thomas Spence caught this wonderful, snowy moment.

Photo by Thomas Spence.

Photo by Thomas Spence.

And so did David Johnson.

Frosty Trail by David Johnson

Frosty Trail by David Johnson


There’s not doubt about it — it’s  beauteous out there.

Photo by Paul Sundberg.

Photo by Paul Sundberg.

Have a great weekend, everyone!









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