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Winterer’s Gathering & Arctic Film Festival this weekend

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:31pm

Sandra Updyke took this incredible shot of ice on the shores of Lake Superior the other day.


Winterer’s Gathering & the Arctic Film Festival is at North House Folk School this weekend.

Celebrate the North this weekend at North House Folk School’s Winterer’s Gathering & Arctic Film Festival.

The three-day event features presentations, coursework, workshops, a winter tent camp, a gear & ski swap, community dancing, films, featured speakers and more, all focused on the lifeways and cultures in the North.

This year’s featured speakers are Katherine BreenSarah and Eric McNair-Landry and Erik Boomer who paddled their hand-crafted traditional Inuit sea kayaks 600 miles around southern Baffin Island, retracing a historical migration route.

They will give a presentation about their adventures at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night.

‘Lost in the Barrens” will be screened at 9 p.m. Saturday, one of many films to be screened over the weekend.

This will be followed by the featured film of the Arctic Film Festival: “Lost in the Barrens” based on a novel by Farley Mowat. The film starts at 9 p.m.

There’s lots more to see and do at Winterer’s Gathering, however, including a variety of workshops, presentations and more.

Highlights include the the Snowshoe Shuffle Contra Dance with Over the Waterfall (7 p.m. Friday,) the Gear & Ski Swap (10:30 p.m. Saturday) and the Deep Freeze Chili Feed (6 p.m. Saturday) as well as ongoing films about the Arctic and the people who live there, and a wide variety of workshops and presentations.

New this year are “Drop-in Skills“workshops, where participants can sign up and learn a number of skills. On Saturday,  the workshops include “Fix your hole-y socks” with Elise Kyllo, “Sharpening Things” with Paul Linden, 3 p.m., and “Making Mittens” with Kurt Buetow at 4 p.m.

On Sunday, Nate Johnson will hold “Meet the Crooked Knife” at 9 a.m. and Emily Derke will teach “Small Game Snaring” at 10 a.m. followed by Mike Schelmeske, “Repurpose Old Tools.”

For the complete schedule of events, visit

Another storyteller of the north, author, filmmaker, Olympian and NHL hockey player, Henry Boucha, will speak at the Grand Marais Public Library at 1:30 p.m. Friday. This is a free program about Boucha’s life growing up in Warroad, becoming an Olympic and NHL hockey player and how his Ojibwe roots have helped him persevere through challenges and tragedies to become a leader in raising awareness about Native American athletes today. All invited.

Also this Friday, Bill Kienert, the director of ‘Project Ice,” a film that will shown at 7:30 p.m. at North House during the Arctic Film Festival, will talk about making this film about the Great Lakes on WTIP’s The Roadhouse. Also, the EverGreen Grass Band will be on the show to talk about their music and play a few tunes. The program airs from 5-7 p.m.

And this is the weekend for the popular “Holidays in Schroeder” in the West End.

It will be held in two locations: the Cross River Heritage Center and the Schroeder Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. A Christmas bazaar will be held at at the Town Hall. Entitled  “North County Creations,” it will offer a wide variety of handmade arts & crafts for the holiday season.

There will be a holiday sale at the Cross River Heritage Center at the same time and features an an art sale and an exhibit of works by Mary Jane Huggins, Peter Juhl,  Kathy Gray-Anderson, Trish Hunter and Tim Ostroot.  Mrs. Santa Claus will make an appearance, and there will be lefse and krumkaka demonstrations. The drawing for “Whitesky,” a handmade quilt, will be at 2 p.m. The Heritage Center will then close for the season. Free and open to the public.

Fans of NPR’s Stuart McLean & the Vinyl Cafe can see him in Thunder Bay this weekend, too. He will be at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium  presenting his Christmas show at 2:30 p.m. (EST) Sunday. Tickets are available online at

Painting by Liz Sivertson.

In other art news, this is the last weekend to see the Members Show at the Grand Marais Art Colony. It closes Sunday, Nov. 23.

This is an exceptional exhibit that showcases the breadth and variety of art work created by Art Colony members. Glass, ceramics, oil, encaustic, sumi-e, watercolor, mono-prints, sculpture, collage and more are featured in the show.

The Art Colony is also featuring extra handmade bowls from the Empty Bowls fundraiser last week in its Gift Shop. They are $10 each. All the proceeds will go to Empty Bowls.

The Art Colony is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

In Duluth, Lutsen sculptor Tom Christiansen is among 26  artists selected to exhibit in the 60th annual Arrowhead Biennial, which is currently open at the Duluth Art Institute in the Depot in Duluth.

Also at the Duluth Art Institute is an exhibit of Jo Wood’s bead paintings, “Meaning of Home” and a fascinating exhibit featuring drawings, notebooks, and source material for George Morrison’s masterpieces. The exhibit is entitled “Drawing at the Horizon.”

In conjunction with the Duluth Art Institute’s exhibit, the North Shore Bank of Commerce is exhibiting “From the Collection,”  a selection of works by previous winners of the Biennial as well as other selected works. It was curated by John Steffl, the former director of the Duluth Art Institute, and a ceramic artist and fine art photographer as well.

“Reservoir,” woodcut by Cecilia Lieder, is one of the works in “From the Collection” at the North Shore Bank of Commerce.

Well-known Minnesota artists like Jim Denomie, Craig Blacklock , Cheng Khee Chee, Cecilia Lieder, Elsie Cook, John Salminen and many more have works in bank’s exhibit space.

In his curator’s statement, Steffl notes: “Regrettably, there is a troublesome pebble embedded in the psyche of our society: the misguided perception that art cannot exist without a rarified and pristine environment. It is a twisted thought that turns owning and displaying artwork into an unfortunate burden, like caring for an expensive breed of delicate, if not sickly, schnauzer.”

He goes on to say that all the artworks in this exhibit have had a life. “They have been placed in offices, showcased in lobbies and tucked away in alcoves … They have been loved (or in some cases endured) by staff and clients, captains of industry as well as everyday folks. And, unquestionably, it is the egalitarian beauty of presenting at at the North Shore Bank of Commerce that makes curating exhibits so attractive. People from all walks of life have the opportunity to experience art in a familiar setting … at their discretion … for free.”

“Birch Bark No. 3″ by Gail Marshall.

In Thunder Bay, the Baggage Building Arts Centre is featuring “Birch Bark Visions” through Nov. 30.

It is a collaborative exhibition of drawings on birch bark by artists Mac Squires, Lisa Winter and Gail Marshall.

The Baggage Building is located at Prince Arthur’s Landing in downtown Thunder Bay. Check it out here.

For music this weekend:

Thursday, Nov. 20:

  • Gordon Thorne, Gunflint Tavern, 8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 21:

  • EverGreen Grass Band, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.
  • Cook County’s Most Wanted, Birch Grove Foundation fundraiser, Papa Charlie’s, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 22:

  • Josh Von Mink, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Comedy Show, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, 8 p.m.
  • EverGreen Grass Band, Gunflint Tavern, 9 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 23:

  • Stuart McLean & The Vinyl Cafe’s Christmas Show, 2:30 p.m. (EST), Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, Thunder Bay
  • Timmy Haus, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 26:

  • Open Mic Night, Gunflint Tavern, 6 p.m.


Here is our selection of photographs for this week.

First up, some gorgeous northern lights photos.

Photo by Scott Canfield.


Photo by David Johnson.

And some great wildlife shots.

The first one is by Paul Sundberg.

There are two deer in this photo by Paul Sundberg: The doe in the foreground and an attentive buck hidden in the trees.

David Johnson has been taking lots of photographs of bald eagles recently. Here’s a stunning one.

Photo by David Johnson.


Thomas Spence captured this fascinating image of early ice on the Onion River.

Photo by Thomas Spence.


And we found two great sunrise shots. Here’s one by Bryan Hansel taken on Artist’s Point.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.


And Jamie Rabold caught this gorgeous shot as a 1,000-footer approached the Duluth harbor in swirling sea fog.

Photo by Jamie Rabold.


Have a great weekend, everyone!








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Empty Bowls, Music & Lutsen Mountains opens

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:52pm

Lauri E. Olson-Hohman posted this powerful image of Split Rock Lighthouse as the light beamed over Lake Superior on Monday in remembrance of those lost on the Edmund Fitzgerald.


This is a fairly quiet weekend in Cook County, but there two fun things to do for sure. Attend the Empty Bowls Lunch & Dinner fundraiser at St. John’s Catholic Church on Thursday, and strap on your skis or snowboard and check out the slopes on Lutsen Mountains at the season opener Saturday and Sunday.

Bowls painted by local artists include one by John Franz (left) Tom McCann (middle) and David Steckelberg (right).

The Empty Bowls Lunch & Dinner Fundraiser to help solve hunger in Cook County is today, Thursday, Nov. 13, at St. John’s Catholic Church.

Enjoy delicious soups from area restaurants, pick out your favorite handcrafted bowl and peruse the silent auction in this annual event that supports anti-hunger programs in Cook County. There is a bake sale, too.

Lunch is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner is from 5-7 p.m. and is served in the social hall at St. John’s Catholic Church, 5th St. &  Broadway. The silent auction closes at 6:30 p.m.

More than 100 members of the community made ceramic bowls as well as fused glass plates for this event. Students at Cook County High School made a wide selection of bowls as well. And, back by popular demand, are bowl necklaces — tiny, colorful, hand-thrown ceramic bowls that can be worn as pendants.

New this year are a series of special hand-painted bowls thrown by Ann Ward and decorated by local artists.  David Steckelberg, John Franz, Neil Sherman, Tom McCann, Elise Kyllo, Jeanne Bourquin and Susan Bragstad are the artists who painted the bowls.

There are also specialty bowls crafted by local potters, including a series of bear bowls by Lee Ross, a set of soup bowls by Hannah Laky, flower petal bowls by Natalie Sobanja, a soup-bowl set by Carolyn Fritz, a soup tureen by Joan Farnam, a large popcorn bowl by Brian Sherburne and fused glass bowls by Nancy Kemp and Tony Rau as well as special fused glass plates by Nancy Seaton and Mary Bebie.

A soup meal is $5. Handcrafted bowls are $10 and up, and bowl necklaces are $15.

Empty Bowls is a great way to help others and spend a pleasant hour or two with family and friends. All welcome.

Thursday, Nov. 13, is Give to the Max Day in Minnesota, where the public is invited to donate to their favorite nonprofit or school online. To find out more and to donate to your organization of choice, click here.

It’s a fun site to visit, because organizations put a special effort into presenting themselves on their page. There are videos and photographs, and lots of information. Give to the Max Day is a great way to support our local nonprofits, too.  Check it out here.

This is opening weekend at Lutsen Mountains. The snow-making machines have been working overtime in this cold weather, and there’s some white on those hills. To find out more, click here.

In art news, Kelly Dupre is scheduled to teach a workshop on making holiday cards at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Saturday and Sunday. And Bryan Hansel will teach a one-day workshop on how to fine-tune digital images at the Art Colony on Saturday. For more information about either of these classes, call the Art Colony at 387-2737.

The Members Show continues at the Art Colony as well, featuring a wide variety of work. It is open to the public. The Art Colony is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. It also has a well-stocked gift shop.

In Duluth, the Duluth Art Institute opens the 60th Arrowhead Regional Biennial with a reception from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13. Started in 1919, the Arrowhead Regional Biennial features some of the best artwork coming out of the upper Midwest. The exhibit celebrates a variety of mediums and artistic voices with excellence as the core theme. A snapshot of the community’s cultural zeitgeist, the 2014 Arrowhead Biennial showcases the work of 26 of the most exciting artists in the upper Midwest, drawing talent from Minnesota, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota, Iowa, Michigan, and Ontario, Canada. The exhibit continues through Feb. 15.

This beaded story of a robin’s nest by Jo Wood is included in her exhibit at the Duluth Art Institute.

Other exhibits at the Duluth Art Institute include “Drawing at the Horizon,” an exhibit featuring drawings, notebooks, and the source material for George Morrison’s masterpieces and “Meaning of Home,” bead and fiber landscapes by Jo Wood.

In Thunder Bay, the annual Artisans Northwest Art & Fine Craft Show at the Valhalla Inn will be held on Saturday. This widely acclaimed event includes everything from pottery to fiber art and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EST). The public is invited.

Next weekend, look forward to the Winterer’s Gathering Weekend and Arctic Film Festival at North House Folk School and holiday celebration at the Cross River Heritage Center and a Holiday Bazaar at the Schroeder Town Hall.

Here’s the music schedule for this weekend.

Thursday, Nov. 13:

  • Rich Mattson & Germaine Gemberling, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 14:

  • Portage Band, American Legion, 6 p.m.
  • Tin Can Gin, Gunflint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 15:

  • Timmy Haus, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Tin Can Gin, Gunflint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
  • Johnny Cash Tribute Band, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, 9 p.m.
  • DJ Beavstar, American Legion, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 16:

  • Shoot from the Hipsters, Gunflint Tavern, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 19:

  • Open Mic Night, Gunflint Tavern, 5 p.m.

Here are some of the photos we found this week:

First up… deer and snow. Thomas Spence took this shot. He calls it “Oh dear, looks like winter is here.”

Photo by Thomas Spence.


 Paul Sundberg was at Split Rock Lighthouse for the commemoration ceremony on Monday. Here’s the great photo he took.

Photo by Paul Sundberg.


Mary Amerman caught this lovely reflection in new ice this week.

Photo by Mary Amerman.


And here’s an interesting photo by Layne Kennedy, who is leading a photo shoot in Italy. Here we see newly made brooms drying on olive trees.

Photo by Layne Kennedy.


And finally, this wonderful sunset shot by David Johnson.

Photo by David Johnson.

Have a great weekend, everyone!





























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