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Mini courses, family programs, craft demos, workshops, artisan residencies, and more!

North House programs offer a great way for anyone to come down and get a taste of craft. Some programs don't require pre-registration, making them convenient drop-in opportunties if you happen to be around campus!

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Northern Landscapes Presentation: Fire and Ice- the Geologic Story of Lake Superior with Jim Miller

Thu, May 28, 2020
Join geology instructor Jim Miller for a fascinating evening of geology stories. He’ll tell the story of two geological events that created the dramatic rocky landscape of Minnesota's North Shore. One tells the tale of red hot lava flows that spilled out onto a barren landscape over one billion years…

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Marybeth’s Artisan Development Program Final Show

Fri, Jan 3, 2020 - Sun, Jan 26, 2020
Join us for Marybeth Garmoe's final show as she concludes her time in North House's Artisan Development Program.

Her work will be displayed at the Johnson Heritage Post from January 3rd - January 26th, with an opening reception on Jan 3rd from 5 - 7pm.

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Brown Bag Lunch Series

Thu, Feb 20, 2020 – Woodturning with Marybeth Garmoe
Thu, Apr 23, 2020 – Woodblock Printmaking with Nick Wroblewski
Thu, May 7, 2020 – Traditions in Transition with jewelry instructor Liz Bucheit
Lunch and learn! Bring your own bag lunch and join us for our Brown Bag Lunch Series, learning about a different craft each time. All sessions are free and are from 12 - 1pm.

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Open Studio Night at Artisan Development Program Studios

Thu, Feb 27, 2020
Thu, Mar 26, 2020
Thu, Apr 30, 2020
Drop by the Artisan Development Program studios to meet our second year Resident Artisans, see some of their current works-in-progress, and enjoy light refreshments. The Artisan Development Program is a two-year professional development and residency program for craftspeople at North House. 6:30 - 8:30pm at Betsy Bowen Gallery and Studios…

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Film Series

Thu, Jan 23, 2020 – Kaisa’s Enchanted Forest
Thu, Feb 13, 2020 – Shepardess of the Glaciers
Thu, Apr 9, 2020 – KONELĪNE: Our Land Beautiful
What better way to spend a dark winter evening than kicking back and watching a movie with friends? Join us at North House for these free film screenings. All films play at 6:30pm in the Blue Building. We'll provide popcorn - bring your own beverages and snacks if desired.  …

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Try Out Weaving Night

Thu, Jan 30, 2020
Hosted by Julie Arthur, Pat Zankman, and Marie Westerman Ever wondered how cloth gets made on a loom? Come try out the very basics on some of North House's new floor looms! Local weaving instructors will be on hand to explain the steps using looms that are all set up…

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Contra Dance

Thu, Feb 6, 2020
Thu, Mar 12, 2020
Thu, May 21, 2020
Kick up your heels at a friendly community contra dance. There will be live music and a caller to teach you, no experience needed. Easier more family friendly dances will be featured at the start of the night. Come alone or bring a friend, and warm up on a cold…

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Wood Week Open Carving Night

Thu, Mar 5, 2020
As a special perk of Wood Week, North House will be open for students and community members to carve away the evenings. Bring a half-finished spoon and some stories to share! Note: some hand tools will be available for use, but folks are encouraged to bring their own. 7pm at…

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Skill share night: Shaving Horses

Thu, Mar 19, 2020
Join instructor Rose Holdorf to learn about the amazing woodworking tool: shaving horses. Explore how shaving horses are made, their uses, and get to try out using several shaving horses as you dream up woodworking projects. 6:30 - 8:30pm at North House, Boat Barn. FREE! 

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Hand-crafted Games Night!

Thu, Apr 16, 2020
Have a game you’ve made by hand? A modified version of a board game you love? Or do you just love games? Come to North House for a fun evening of wooden and otherwise handmade games! Think Kubb (Swedish lawn bowling), Mölkky (Finnish throwing game for all agilities), board games…

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