People who live in warmer climes just dont get it. We Minnesotans know that winterdeep January kind of winter when its so cold the snow squeaks with every steptrims fat from the soul. A landscape that wears the season harshly and without apology doesnt allow its residents to wallow in nonessentials: what you need is a warm place to hunker down when the wind chill drops. We dress for the weather and appreciate the inestimable worth of Polartec. In honor of the season, this issue of a+E is devoted to Januarys ice and those hardy artists unafraid to make their homes there. And what homes theyve made. Now in its fourth year, the Soap Factory-sponsored Art Shanty Projects on Medicine Lake have returned with a community of artists ice houses, each more whimsical, delightful, and ingenious than the next. Mashup features a personal chronicle from opening weekend, courtesy The Art Shanty Projects co-founders Peter Haakon Thompson and David Pitman and their diaries of the first weeks greatest hits. Youll also want to pay special attention to this issues mnAccesswere launching the new print arts quarterly, 10,000 Arts, in style and we want you to join us. And dont forget to poke around in the Homepage and You Are Here sections for tips on the latest features youll find this week on mnartists.org along with a handpicked selection of the regions most promising arts events.