Area arts December 10 -16

Scandinavian pattern painting by Alison Aune at the Mac.

All Month

Northern Spirit Shop: A Holiday Marketplace. Annual exhibition that celebrates the diverse and talented artists that live and work in northern Minnesota. Also works by Alison Aune. MacRostie Art Center. 405 NW 1st Ave.

Artists in Residence: Mary Corwin, David Dobbs, and Leah Yellowbird. Butterfly mobiles by Dan Root. 3rd floor Historic Central School. 10 NW 5th St.

December’s featured artist is photographer Jordan Weis. Brewed Awakenings Coffee House. 24 NE 4th St.

The Edge Gallery permanent collection is open for viewing. Wednesdays -Fridays. 10 am – 1 pm. Edge Center for the Arts. 101 2nd Ave. Bigfork.

Tuesday, December 11

10 am – 4 pm

Mac Open Studio. Free to MAC members or $5/session for non-members, this informal group is open to artists of all skill levels working in any 2-dimensional medium. Bring your latest project and create your art in a supportive community! No instruction is provided, but plenty of advice, critique, and feedback is available from the group. MacRostie Art Center. 405 1st Ave NW.

6 pm

Festive Felting with Susan Vann. Create a hand-felted art piece out of naturally-dyed sheep’s wool. Fun for the whole family. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. Register at the reference desk. Grand Rapids Area Library. 140 NE 2nd St.

6 – 8:30 pm

Open Pottery. Instructor: Bruce Bartos, $15 each/ $10 student. Join area potters and students of all skill levels in this informal, on-going weekly class. The instructor will be on hand to give one-on-one guidance and tips about techniques, glazes, and firings. Call by noon on Tuesday to register for that day’s session 218-326-2697. MacRostie Art Center. 405 NW 1st Ave.

Wednesday, December 12

7 – 9 pm

Sam Miltich and Friends. VFW. 14 NW 3rd St.

Thursday, December 13

6:30 pm

Saturday Night Fever. This 1977 movie has held its popularity through the decades. The story is from a 1976 article in the New York magazine by a British writer and based on British youth’s “mod” subculture. It still has one of the best selling sound-tracks of all time, and the movie is part of the American Library of Congress selections being preserved as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” This is an “R” rated movie and not suitable for children. It will be accompanied by a presentation providing a better understanding of the time period of the movie. Free.  Edge Center for the Arts. 101 2nd Ave. Bigfork.

7 – 9 pm

Open mic night hosted by Mike Miller. VFW.14 NW 3rd St.

7:30 pm

Diamond Rio. Legendary country group Diamond Rio celebrated its milestone 20th Anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member with an appearance on the Opry Friday night at the Grand Ole Opry House. Diamond Rio was inducted into the Opry family on April 18, 1998 becoming the first group since The Whites, who joined in 1984, to receive Opry membership. Diamond Rio was inducted into the family by Opry members Little Jimmy Dickens and Porter Wagoner. Formed in 1989 in Nashville, TN the band consists of Gene Johnson (mandolin, tenor vocals), Jimmy Olander (lead guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo), Brian Prout (drums), Marty Roe (lead vocal), Dan Truman (keyboards), and Dana Williams (bass guitar, baritone vocals). $54. Wilcox Theater. Reif Center. 720 Conifer Dr.

Friday, December 14

4:30 – 6 pm

Singer, musician John Downing. Brewed Awakenings Coffee House. 24 NE 4th St.

7;30 pm

Diamond Rio is sold out for this performance.

Saturday, December 15

7 pm

Teague Alexy. Klockow Brewery. 36 SE 10th St.

Sunday, December 16

3 pm

Itasca Community Chorus. Christmas Memories: Songs of the Season. Adults $10. Children and veterans are free. St. Andrews Lutheran Church. 501 NW 16th St.