2016 Artists + Performers


AstroLounge (Artists:: Patrick Erbe, Shannon Fletcher, Hanna Kjeldbjerg, Grace Lansing, Rachel Mogck, Rebecca Mogck, Airin Murphy, V.S. Ramstack, Kellie Reichert, Tim Schumacher, Ramy Selim, Trevor Simmons, and Ben Pecholt)
Local artist collective Err and Sunny Day Earth Solutions present the AstroLounge. Terrestrial sky-gazers and cosmic trailblazers are welcomed into the cozy comfort of this shanty's lounge-inspired interior. Visitors can deepen their knowledge and indulge their curiosity relating to outer space and its many complexities through an array of perspectives ranging from the astrological to the astronautic.

Aurora Shanty (Artists :: Alan Palazzolo, Leah Puffer, Kristen Murray and Rox Johnson)
Bringing the magic of the night scky and wonder of the aurora borealis to what is mostly a daytime event, this solar-powered shanty will delight all with a data-driven, interactive light show.

Botanical ShanTea (Artists:: Libby London, Emma Schroeder, Aaron Fitch, Lars Hansen, and Brian Hedburg)
A permaculture-inspired tea garden and site for learning about, viewing, and tasting the abundance of Minnesota plants here in our cold climate. This shanty invites guests to walk through a frozen garden of native plants before joining the group inside to taste the abundance of the season.

Boiler Room Shanty (Artist:: Clara Schiller and Amelia Foster)
This shanty is designed to give visitors an external and internal peek at the rarely accessible space of a municipal boiler room. A custodian in uniform presents each guest with an official “Authorized Visitor” sticker inviting entrance to a room full of enigmatic boiler features: concrete floor, painted yellow lines, industrial signs, chain link fence, hanging light bulbs, dials, switches, breaker boxes, and pipes made of steel, copper and PVC.

The “Box” Studio (Artist:: Adam Jarvi)
This shanty is a roving retreat for professional and aspiring artists to consider and contemplate the wintry milieu. People inspired by the lake and landscape—color, light, moods, and sights—of a Minnesota winter are invited to practice their craft while visitors mingle with artists-in-residence at work and in the field.

Catch Your Limit (Artists:: Rose Shetka, Martha Megarry, Peter Quinlan, Lori Quinlan, and David Megarry)
This shanty takes inspiration from a 1960’s family ice fishing trip to Lake Mille Lacs. The shanty memoir includes a 2D comic strip inside a 3D re-creation of the original mid-century fish house in a comic book style. Visitors are invited to play along and participate with interactive activities and displays that include a set of bunk beds and cartoonish, child-safe, angling paraphernalia.

Chef Shanty (Artist:: Jeremy Bue)
This shanty, inspired by cooking and craft, brings the love of art and food together in one inspired space. Visitors will engage with various fun and educational food connected projects and presentations by a wide group of culinary artists, visual artists, and food inspired folks.

Dance Shanty (Artists:: John Pederson, John Each, Brady Clark, Bethany Hall, Jake Ryan, and Mike Rassmusen)
This shanty invites visitors to shed woolen layers and generate heat by scratching their dancing itch. This year's focus on a “forever young” mentality will feature music from all eras and times to connect the generations through dance and movement from a crew that encourages and embraces all forms of dance expression.

Data Lab Shanty (Artists:: Marieka Heinlen, Angela Maki North, Sarah Honeywell, Aaron Prust, Jason Burnanen, Laura Breshears, and Pader Fang)
Using visual communication as a medium, this shanty seeks to build content from crowd-sourcing on-ice visitors. An on-ice exploration of quantitative and qualitative information gathering through surveys questionnaires and focus groups. Info-exhibits created by the artists enhance the visitor’s ability to visually absorb patterns in data.

Matoskatonka Pedal Bears (Artists:: Allen Christian, Janet Groenert, Maryanna Harstad, Morgan L’Argent, Mary Jane LaVigne, Mina Leierwood, Jim Muellner, Richard Parnell, and Peter Schulze)
The 20 foot long, 12 foot high, pedal-driven puppet and its 8 foot long, 5 foot tall bear cub will highlight language and legends. Participants will be challenged with a Dakota language word hunt, and visitors to the warming house can hear stories of Matoska Tonka (big white bear) and learn more about myths of the White Bear Lake moniker.

My Home is Minnesota
 (Artists:: Julie Strand and Britt Udesen)
This shanty is a collaborative effort between a poet and printmaker focusing on an exploration of voices that occupy the internal environment and exist within a given community. Visitors will encounter and create definitions of home and Minnesota that respond to the natural elements of places as well as human interruptions in romantic landscapes.

Ouijatotter Shanty (Artists :: Paul Owen, Jeff Berg, and Derek Ahlberg)
This shanty encourages lighthearted fun and interaction with other spectators. As visitors approach, they will be visually attracted to the fun-house circus exterior, and drawn in by the barking Ringleader spinning his enticing solicitation of the spectacle to be ridden and mystery inside. Willing participants ask a question they are yearning to know the answer to, and then jump on the Ouijatotter to solicit the answer. It teeter totters when several pairs of participants work together to answer questions posed.

Peace Train Shanty (Artists:: Dave Greenlund, Pam Schweitzer, Dan Mackerman, and Peg Cavanaugh)
This shanty is a place of printmaking where people of every age and physical or artistic ability can express their thoughts on creating peace. When visitors enter, an artist will assist them in crafting a roll of tickets to travel on a personal journey towards peace. 

Performance HexaYurt (Artists:: Ephraim Eusebio and Rachel Schwartz)
A traditional yurt provides a home for untraditional presentations. Check out the newsletter insert for a schedule of this year's rotating cast of performers each weekend.  

Shanti Shanty (Artists:: Yadin Dickstein and Sophie Vranian)
From afar, this yurt on wheels is a dot of color in the white of snow and ice; from up close a icon of spiritual technology, ancient symbolism, and our place in the changing environment. Visitors outside can spin the shanty like a Tibetan prayer wheel, taking time to reflect on the symbolism of circum-ambulation: compassion, prayer, dharma, or perhaps just the winter sun. Decorate your own prayer flag to add to the Prayer Flag Fence and partake with various scheduled rituals such as smudging, kirtan, meditation, sound bathing, and a Jewish Tent Blessing.

Slumber Party Shanty (Artists:: Anthony Chapin, Erin Lavelle, Tami Traeger, Phillip O'Toole, Tim Harlan-Marks, Sarah Chapman, Alex Eninsche, Allison Osberg, Ryan Weber, and Thomas Menke)
A giant enclosed bed on ice where guests of all ages attend slumber party up top after a visit with the monster underneath. Visitors enter the shanty through a secret passage and make their way through the dark corners under the bed. An opportunity to don costumes of choice is presented before guests head up to the slumber party to meet the host and play games with other attendees.

Sound + Vision (XXX) (Artists:: Julie Benda, Kelsey Bosch, Kathryn Miller)
A collaborative project that endeavors to negotiate the mystery, femininity and physicality of frozen lakes. From a point near the geographical center of the water, this shanty invites visitors to explore how our senses of sound and vision inform our feeling of place.

Under the Lake / Sonic Shanty (Artists:: Rebecca and Jonathan Loyche)
An interactive installation that allows visitors to hear what is going on under the ice and how their presence effects the lake on a sonic level. Audience members are also invited to subtly play the frozen lake as an instrument inside this sound chamber shanty.

The Shanty of Joy & Necessity (Artist:: David Pitman, 2014)
In the center of the artist-driven temporary community is the gathering point for artists, performers, and audiences to warm their hands and hearts as they learn more about Art Shanty Projects from the more than 60 volunteers and contracted staff who give life to this uniquely Minnesotan festival each year. 


ArtCar / ArtBike Parade on Ice(Artists:: ArtCars / ArtBikes of Minnesota).
The world’s only ArtCar and ArtBike Parade on Ice happens here in Minnesota each winter on a frozen lake, an environment that allows us to do the unthinkable! Driving across the ice is a challenging idea to many - especially to other ArtCar and ArtBike artists from across the nation where it does not get cold enough to hold their events on a frozen lake. ArtCars will also be available for anyone wanting transport back to shore. 

Closer Body Cartography(Artists:: Olive Bieringa, Otto Ramstad, Anna Marie Shogren, Justin Jones, Dolo McComb, Kimberly Lesik)
Bare the power of physicality and presence through a series of one-on-one dance performances. One dancer and one audience member work together on the ice to play with how the meeting between performer and participant generates the possibility for something new.

Cold War/m Up (Artists:: Anna Abhau Elliott & Desiree Moore)
A scavenger hunt involving codes, clues, and Ovaltine decoder rings will pepper the landscape with surprises, while two performers attempt to knit an infinite scarf. Anna and Desiree are fascinated by found environments and look for ways to interact with outdoor spaces in a way that pays homage to the landscape. Then again, they also have a sly sense of humor. Get ready to look in nooks and crannies for prizes and solve puzzles.

Downrange Telemetrics (Artists:: Becca Barnisks and Nick Jaffe)
A Twin Cities-based poet/performer/singer and veteran Chicago soul, hip-hop, post-rock, and experimental guitarist  collaborate to launch a mobile unit on White Bear Lake with a series of outdoor, interactive musical performances. Visitors can listen and contribute to ongoing improvised music and poetry.

The Energetic Flower Stand (Artist:: Jess Hirsch)
Take a walk with a flower bouquet to treat emotional states.

Fire and Ice: A Winter Flamenco Odyssey (Artist:: Deborah Elias)
A combination Flamenco Procession, performance, and sing along that will bring energy and festivity to the on. Visitors will be invited to join the procession and play music and gather around a bonfire for a sing along.

Inward Music on Ice (Artist:: Sarah Stengle)
Inward Music on Ice is a sculptural tableaux of ordinary chairs mounted on vintage wooden skis. Participants can play small sculptural harps based on the Finnish kantele using the warm mitten/picks provided. The kanteles are easily played, and can be strummed, plucked or even hit with a stick.

Lady Bear the Polar Bear Puppet (Artist:: Kimberly Ford)
Originally crafted to promote the arts in White Bear Lake, the full scale White Bear returns home to charm children and delight audiences with her roaring, dancing, posing and walking. She is performance art for engaging audiences of all ages and abilities.

Lady in Red (Vixen) (Artist:: Erin Drummond)
A game for the young and young at heart and a mystery for the wise, this performance invites playfulness while embodying the flame of wildness that lives on the edges—and through the fibers—of society.

Poems (Artist:: Theo Langason)
The best poems are more than just words on a page; they live and breathe. Join this performer to create original poetry on the spot.

Fire Lady Choir (Artists:: Prairie Fire Lady Choir)
This rockin' group of more than 60 singers bring "Fire on Ice" concert bringing beautiful harmonies and raucous joy to draw in visitors from across the frozen lake.

Quick Paint from Outdoor Painters of Minnesota (Artists:: Allison Eklund, Alice Cho, Barb Casey, Bruce Young, Cheryl LeClare, Greg Lecker,  Kathy Liuri, Melissa Moe, Michelle Wagner, Patty Schwartz, Rich Myers, Sallie Malmstrom, Tom Dimock)
Members populate the festivities with "plein air" landscape painters to paint the scene, people, and activities during the event. Visitors will enjoy watching artists create while interacting to learn about old methods of portraying new and contemporary themes, outdoor painter inspiration, and challenges both logistic—painting outside, in winter—and artistic.

Shanty Bike (Artist:: Ben Weaver)
An ongoing fat bike/winter bike ride offering musical performance and poetry reading around the lake and within the shanty community where audiences will learn about winter, weather, water, local history and ecology.

Shanty Show Booth (Artists:: Riley Kane, Mike Haeg, Tammy Dahlke)
Similar to a Fortune Teller Booth, this simulated pay-per-performance entertainment spectacle invites visitors to 'pay' with a free token to observe one of a variety of acts, including: Riley n' Salty 'reverse ventriloquism', Mediocre Celebrity Impressions, The Great Tamerelda Taro Readings, or Pay-Per-Mime.

Shantyhancement (Artist: Rene Meyer-Grimberg)
Costumed actors with a phone wielding cameraperson will wander the site and look for willing participants to exchange texts of poetry, words of wisdom of varying lengths and subject matter, all chosen to relate to the shanties on site.

Sparkle Parade (Artist:: Danielle Cezanne, White Bear Center for the Arts)
The Sparkle Parade will kick off the 2016 On-Ice Program. Audience members are encouraged to join in the fun as pedal bears, dog sleds and people sleds parade around the Shanty Village to celebrate community through the arts.>

Water Bar (Artists:: Andrew Jansen)
A mobile watering hole with self serving containers filled with water from regional spring sources.