It should be a fun weekend, even though the temps will barely get over zero during the day, and drop to -17F on Sunday night.
First up is the Winter Arts Festival sponsored by the Grand Marais Art Colony.
Starting on Saturday, painters and photographers from throughout the region will converge on YMCA Camp Menogyn on East Bearskin Lake to paint and photograph winter in our beautiful northwoods.
The group stays at Camp Menogyn, enjoying hot meals and warm toasty rooms and then layering-up to go outside and paint (or photograph) during the day. It’s a special time for these artists, too, because there are lots of opportunities to share tips and talk about their work.
Then, a week later, on Friday, Jan. 31, they return to the Art Colony with their completed work, the show is hung and the public is invited to enjoy.
It’s always an exciting exhibit and is highly recommended.
The opening reception is from 4-6 p.m. next Friday, Jan 31. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit and sale continues through Feb. 23.
There’s another celebration of winter and North Shore traditions this weekend as well when the running of the 30th annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon kicks of in Duluth on Sunday.
There are banquets, cutest puppy contests, a photography show and more in the days leading up to the race, which starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Duluth East High School, n. 40th Ave. East in Duluth. (For a complete schedule and more, see www.beargrease.com)
The Mid-Distance mushers will arrive behind the AmericInn in Tofte around 8 a.m. on Monday. The awards banquet will be at the Birch Grove Community Center at 5 p.m. that evening.
The Marathon racers have a mandatory stop on the Sawbill Trail as well as at Trail Center, giving the public a chance to see the mushers and dogs. The finish is at Billy’s Bar, 3502 Tischer Road in Duluth. The awards banquet is at the Black Bear Casino at 11 a.m. Thursday.
Erin Altemus is the only Cook County musher who is registered for Beargrease, as of Wednesday. She will run in the Mid-Distance race. To see the list of registered mushers, click here. All the Marathon mushers will be wearing GPS tracing devices, so their progress can be checked online.
Back in Cook County, there will a Winter Stargazing opportunity at Caribou Highlands on Sunday at 7 p.m., weather permitting. If it is cloudy or too cold, the organizers will set up an indoor projector to see the night sky. Free. All invited.
The Grand Marais Art Colony is hosting an Artists’ Roundtable, a weekly session starting on Tuesday, Jan. 28 and running through March 11. Rose Arrowsmith-DeCoux will lead the group. For more information, call 387-2737.
And there’s still time to apply for the Artist-in-Residence program at the Art Colony, March 31-April 14. The application deadline is Feb. 16. Visit www.grandmaraisartcolony or call 387-2737 for furthur information.
Local photographer David Johnson received an Honorable Mention in Lake Superior Magazine’s annual photo contest, with this fantastic shot of a bald eagle in the Grand Marais harbor, at left.
Johnson described how he got this shot in this email: “I was shooting an otter on the marina ice, and I saw this eagle come by and look to go after the otter, but at the last minute the eagle decided the otter was to big. I just kept snapping the scene and found out later at home what I had got. so you never know, just keep snapping pics.”
In other photography news, Frozen Photographers, a group that had an exhibit at the Johnson Heritage Post recently, will open a show at the Duluth Photography Institute on March 7. Photos must be submitted by March 10– a maximum of 10 photographs per photographer. The submissions will be juried into the show. For more information about Frozen Photographers and the exhibit, check the Facebook page here.
And, in the multi-media corner, we found an interesting piece on snowy owls on the North Shore. You can look at it here.
And here’s a video of a drone flyover video of Split Rock Lighthouse. It was originally posted by PerfectDuluthDay.com and reposted by Boreal Access.
Check it out here.
Thursday, Jan. 23:
- Boyd Blomberg, Poplar River Pub, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.
- Pete Kavanaugh, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.
- Dance Party with DJ Beavstar, Papa Charlie’s, 9 p.m.
Friday, jan. 24:
- Briand Morrison, Moguls Grile, 3:30 p.m.
- Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge, Gunflint Trail, 5:30 p.m..
- Joe Paulik, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
- Gordon Thorne, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
- Pete K Group, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 25:
- Pete Kavanaugh, Papa Charlie’s, 3:15 p.m.
- The Sivertones, Mogul’s Grille, 3:30 p.m.
- Mark Darling, Gunflint Lodge, 5:30 p.m
- The Sivertones, Papa Charlie’s, 5:45 p.m.
- Jim & Michelle Miller, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
- Timmy Haus, The Landing at Devil Track Resort, 7 p.m.
- The Pete K Group, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 26:
- Samuel Black and Betty Braunstein, classical music, Bluefin Bay, 6 p.m.
- Saint Anyway, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 27:
- Boyd Blomberg, Bluefin Grille, 8 p.m.
- Adam Levy, Songwriter Series, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 28:
- Fingerstyle Guitar Workshops, Moondamce Coffee House, Lutsen, 5-7 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 29:
- Eric Frost, Bluefin Bay, 8 p.m.
- Wood Blind, Spotlight North, Papa Charlie’s, 8 p.m.
We found lots of interesting photographs this week. It seems like everybody is out there shooting, regardless of the weather.
Let’s start with the bird shots.
Here is a detail of a photo that Jim Christensen took recently. Look at the gorgeous colors on this bird!
David Johnson caught this great shot of a chickadee.
And David Brislance too this luscious shot of a Cedar Waxwing on a Mountain Ash tree.
Michael Furtman has been spending a lot of time outdoors this week photographing a Snowy Owl, even in a blizzard.
He even caught the Snowy Owl walking around in the snow. Note the owl’s “snowshoe” feet.
Oh, and here’s that owl flying away at sunset. It’s rare to be able to photograph a Snowy above the tree line, Furtman said.
Nace Hagemann calls this one “Winter Traffic Jam.” (For those who don’t understand this photo: Moose like licking the salt off highways, but have to get on their knees to reach it.) Thanks for being there for this one, Nace!
Here’s a cold winter scene. It’s by Thomas Spence. He calls it “Frozen Resorts.”
The ice caves in the Apostle Islands are safe to visit now. Chris Dalbec came back with this shot.
Scott Canfield caught this beautiful halo around the sun.
And Travis Novitsky has been working with ice. Here’s a photo of patterns on the ice.
And here’s his “Icicle Illusions.”
Have a great weekend everyone! And stay warm!