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Peter Yarrow, Gallery Hop & More

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:02pm


Star Trails & Northern Lights by Bryan Hansel.


Another spring snowstorm is in the offing for the next few days, but the spring warm-up, which has already opened the rivers and the pussy willows, will continue this weekend.

There’s plenty to do and see, too.

First up is a presentation about reindeer at North House Folk School at 4 p.m. Thursday by Hugh Beach, professor of Cultural Anthropology at Uppsala University in Sweden. His presentation is ehtitled “Reindeer Herding — a Year in Lapland.”  Beach has lived among Sámi reindeer herders for many years in Sweden, Norway, and the Kola Peninsula of Russia, and has worked as a reindeer herder in Alaska. The event is free and open to the public.

Painting by David Gilsvik. He will be the featured artist on The Playlist on Thursday.

On Thursday, plein air painter David Gilsvik will be interviewed on WDSE’s The Playlist Gilsvik lives in rural Two Harbors and exhibits his work through Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais and Siiviis in Duluth.

The Playlist airs at 9 p.m. on the Public Television station.

On Friday, a Minnesota History Player will present Virginia Mae Hope, who was a U.S. Air Force Service Pilot during World War II at the Grand Marais Public Library.

The Player will bring Hope’s history and experiences as a World War II pilot alive in this free public program. It will be held at the  library at 1 p.m.

Rick Allen & Marian Lansky will be featured at Siiviis during the Gallery Hop. Poet Louis Jenkins will read at 2:30 p.m.

Saturday will be busy in Twin Ports where the 24th annual Art for Earth Day Gallery Hop will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring receptions, artist talks and walking tours. Participating galleries in Duluth include the Duluth Art Institute, Waters of Superior, Lizzard’s Gallery, the Art Dock, Lake Superior Art Glass, Siiviis, Art in the Alley, Woodland Art Gallery and the Tweed Museum of Art.

Superior, Wis., also participates in the Gallery Hop, including Phantom Gallery exhibits at 1404 and 1410 Tower Ave.

Duluth Pottery (Superior Division), the Red Mug and the Superior Council for the Arts’ North End Gallery are also participating in the event. They are located at 916 Hammond Ave.

And, to continue Duluth news for this weekend, the annual “Run, Smelt, Run” Parade and Party put on by the Magic Smelt Puppet Troupe is this Sunday.

The event starts with the presentation of the Smelt Queen on the grassy plaza by the Lift Bridge at 2 p.m., followed by a “royal procession” on the Lakewalk with the puppet queen and her retinue accompanied by The Brass Messengers.

The public is invited to dress in silver and join the parade.

The procession concludes at the Zeitgeist Cafe on Superior St. where there will be a smelt fry and party. All invited.

Peter Yarrow

Here in Grand Marais, Peter Yarrow will present “A Night of Conversation & Song “ at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. April 26.

Yarrow is a member of the famous trio, Pete Paul and Mary, and wrote many of their songs, including “Puff the Magic Dragon,” “Day is Done” and “Light One Candle.”

He will play songs and talk about his life as a peacemaker. The event is sponsored by the North Shore Music Association. For tickets, click here.

Also this weekend, internationally known printmaker George Raab will give an artist talk at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery at  7:30 p.m. (EST) on Saturday. Raab’s exhibit continues at the gallery through June 15.

Also in Thunder Bay on Saturday, the “10X10 Theatre Showcase,” featuring 10 original 10-minutes plays by Thunder Bay playwrights, will be at the Finlandia Hall beginning at 7 p.m. (EST).

Here’s the Cook County music schedule for this weekend.

Thursday, April 24:

Gordon Thorne, Poplar River Pub, Lutsen Resort, 6 p.m.

Timmy Haus, Gunflint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 25:

Gypsy Lumberjacks, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 26:

Jim & Michelle Miller, Lutsen Resort, 7 p.m.

A Night of Conversation and Song with Peter Yarrow, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.

Gypsy Lumberjacks, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Karaoke, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, 9 p.m.

Sunday, April 27:

Pushing Chain, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, April 29:

Joe Paulik, Gunflint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.

Here is a potpourri of photos we found this week.

Here’s one that Layne Kennedy took… we all probably hate to see this .. again … but it’s a beautiful shot, nevertheless.


“It’s baaaaaaack,” by Layne Kennedy.


Travis Novitsky caught a beautiful moment of snow, too.

The High Falls after a recent snow storm. Photo by Travis Novitsky.


Paul Sundberg captured this great close-up of a ruffed grouse at an intense moment.


Photo by Paul Sundberg.


Here’s a great shot of a pair of Canada geese dealing with snow by Jim Christiansen.

Photo by Jim Christiansen.


David Johnson caught this wondrous moment of northern lights the other night.

By David Johnson.


And Ann Possis caught a beautiful moment of dawn light on Lake Superior in this shot.

Ann Possis calls this “Good Morning, Lake Superior.

Have a great weekend, everyone!








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Ice-Out! Music & the Easter Bunny

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:51pm

Bob King of the Duluth News-Tribune timed it perfectly — he arrived at Gooseberry Falls just before ice-out and took an incredible video and photos. For the link, see below.

Rivers are opening up all over the North Shore and some, like Duluth News-Tribune photographer, Andrew Krueger, caught the magic moments. Here’s a link to a video he took of the ice-out, which has gone viral.  See our photo section at the end for more images of early spring rivers.

There are some fun events scheduled for this weekend, too.

Prudence Johnson

Twin Cities jazz singer Prudence Johnson will be a guest performer at Michael Monroe’s Log Cabin Concert on Saturday night. She will perform with Jane Aleckson of Big Top Chatauqua. Monroe will perform a short set during the show. The reception is at 7 p.m., the music starts at 8 p.m. For reservations, call 387-2919.

Also this weekend, the 5th annual Easter Egg Fundaiser for KIDS Plus will be held at the Cook County Community Center from 9 a.m. to noon. Bruce Johnson will be available to take photos with the Easter Bunny.The Easter Egg Hunt will be at 10 a.m. Cost is $5 per child, $10 per family. Other games and activities are planned, and refreshments will be served. One perk this year… there will be two raffles for $400+ each in gifts and certificates. Tickets are $3 and can be purchased the event as well as Buck’s Hardware and the Cook County Extension office. All proceeds will go toward youth programs in the county. The public is invited. Because of good snow cover, Lutsen Mountains is open for skiing and snowboarding this weekend. On Easter Sunday, there will be a Sunrise Service on Moose Mountain followed by an Easter Egg Hunt.  The public is invited. (Gondola tickets must be purchased.)

“A Separate Reality,” intaglio print by George Raab.

In Thunder Bay, George Raab, an internationally known printmaker, will open at exhibit at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery on April 19. Entitled “Into the Woods: Etchings by George Raab,” the exhibit features his intaglio prints inspired by his photographs. He will give an artist talk at 7:30 p.m.(EST) April 24. The exhibit is open through June. 15.

In other art news, Sivertson Gallery will be releasing giclee prints of Howard Sivertson paintings that haven’t been seen for years. The gallery has already released a number of giclee prints of  paintings by David Gilsvik and Liz Sivertson. Mark Tessier is putting a catalog together of the new prints. The Seniors at Cook County High School took at trip to the Guthrie Theatre in the Twin Cities recently to watch Shakespeare’s “Othello.” The Grand Marais Art Colony has just released its catalog for spring, summer and fall classes and workshops. For more information, call 387-2737. Greg Wright and North House Folk School will be featured on WDSE’s The Playlist on Thursday, April 17. The Playlist airs at 9 p.m.

Great Gifts of Lutsen is featuring a wide variety of cards crafted by local and regional artists include Terri Nelson deNatale, Earl Orf, John Peyton, Betsy Bowen, Kelly Dupre, Kristin Accola, Jane Richards and  Jackie Kotlarek.

“Point Lobos–China Point” by Sandi Pillsbury-Gredzens.

Sandi Pillsbury Gredzens has had a painting accepted in the Laguna Plein Air Painters annual show in Newport Beach, Calif. The show opens April 26.

And speaking of April 26, Peter Yarrow’s concert at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts next Saturday night has almost sold out. To get your tickets, click here.

Here’s the music scheduled for this week:

Thursday, April 17:

  • Local’s Night, Cascade Lodge Pub, 7 p.m.
  • Gordon Thorne, Gunflint Tavern, 7:30 p.m.
  • Bump Blomberg, Lutsen Resort, 8 p.m.

Friday, April 18:

Gone Already, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 19:

  • Maria Nickolay, Lusten Resort, 7 p.m.
  • Michael Monroe’s Log Cabin Concert with special guests Prudence Johnson &  Jane Aleckson, 7 p.m. Reservations: 387-2919.
  • Gone Already, Gunflint Tavern, 8:30 p.m.
  • Wayne Renn, Grand Portage Lodge & Casino, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 20:

Joe & Jessie, Gunflint Tavern, 7 p.m.

Lots of cool photos this week.

Let’s start with an awesome photo taken by Don Davison during the recent school trip to the Guthrie.

CCHS student Steve Borud gazes out at the city from the Guthrie.  Photo by Don Davison.

Ice-out was definitely on everyone’s mind this week — but the cold weather held that dramatic event at bay for some of the North Shore rivers. Nevertheless, we found some beautiful photos..

Travis Novitsky took this shot of the High Falls on the Pigeon River, which are just beginning to open.

Photo by Travis Novitsky.


took this shot of the Temperance River … also just opening up when he was there.

Photo by Thomas Spence.


And then there’s this:

Richard Hoeg caught this incredible shot of a paddler shooting The Deeps earlier this week.

Lake Superior still has plenty of ice, however. David Johnson was out shooting some of it.

Photo by David Johnson.


And Jessica Barr caught this gorgeous iceberg the other day.

Photo by Jessica Barr.


Jamie Rabold and friends were out lighting up the Lester River this week and took this award-winning photo.

Photo by Jamie Rabold.


But another kind of light took the headlines  this week — the full eclipse of the moon.

Here are some of the images we found:

Two of our favorite photographers decided to sequence their images.

First up is Layne Kennedy‘s dramatic collage.

Photo by Lane Kennedy.

And here’s Bryan Hansel‘s take — a longer sequence of moon changes.

Photo by Bryan Hansel.


And here’s one of the most popular images we found. It’s by Judi Barsness… Blood Moon over Lake Superior.

Photo by Judi Barsness.


Happy Easter, everyone! Have a good weekend.










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