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Art briefs for Dec. 5

Open house and ornament sale set

BEMIDJI — The Watermark Art Center and SHOP 426 will host an open house and ornament sale from noon to 5 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the historic Carnegie Library building, 426 Bemidji Ave. N.

There will be holiday refreshments, free gift wrap and handmade artwork by local and regional artists. Proceeds will support children’s art events.

Gallery North sets artists reception

BEMIDJI — Gallery North’s “Christmas Boutique” will be the showcase artist for the month of December. A reception will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday at Gallery North, 502 Third St. NW. Marie Hamre and Kathy Sanders, first Friday featured artists, will also be showing. For more information, visit

‘New Collaborations’ reception scheduled

BEMIDJI — Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson will show their recent collaborations at an artist reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at the Wild Hare Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. NW. Award-winning artists Davidson and Knudson have been working collaboratively for decades.

Artist reception scheduled Friday

BEMIDJI — A reception for Kathy Gustafson and Don Houseman will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday at Raven Rock Gallery of Jewelry and Fine Art, 1000 Paul Bunyan Drive, Suite 102. The pair’s exhibit, “Artistic Explorations,” features some of their current work that has lead them in new directions as they explore new methods, subjects and media. For more information, call 444-6040.

Library hosts event for ‘Journey’ artist

BEMIDJI — The Bemidji Public library will host an open house for Judith Selby and her exhibit “Journey” from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave.

The exhibit will be on display for the month of December.

The Ten Tenors set Sanford Center event

BEMIDJI — The Ten Tenors will perform at the Sanford Center at 7 p.m. Feb. 5, the center announced on Wednesday. The Ten Tenors are an Australian musical ensemble who have toured worldwide. The group performs Queen standards, including “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “The Show Must Go On”; tracks from a Meat Loaf medley, as well as songs from AC/DC. The group also performs opera tunes and native Australian tunes. Their 2006 album “Here’s To The Heroes” was heavily influenced by the music of John Barry.

Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday and are available at the Sanford Center box office, Lueken’s Village Foods, online at or by calling (800) 745-3000.

Meet the artist event set Friday at Cabin

BEMIDJI — Cabin Coffee House presents work by photographer Joanna Johnson in her upcoming show, “Poetry in Photo.” Meet the artist from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday at Cabin Coffee House, 214 Third St. The exhibits features a collection of relatable photos, juxtaposed to create stories, evoke emotion or make a statement.

Book release party planned at taproom

BEMIDJI — Bemidji Brewing Co. will host a book release party for author Daniel J. Rice and his book “This Side of a Wilderness” from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Bemidji Brewing taproom, 401 Beltrami Ave. Rice will have copies of his book for sale and promises a free beer for anyone who buys a copy. For more information, visit

Arts Council makes $12,381 in grants

BEMIDJI — Region 2 Arts Council recently awarded $12,381 through the Arts Project Grant Program.

● The Headwaters School of Music & the Arts received $1,820 to establish a bimonthly gathering of North American style flute players to rehearse and present their music to our community.

● The Bemidji Community Theater was awarded $2,500 to continue its internship program in the area of technical theater.

● The Mask & Rose Women’s Theater Collective received $2,500 to celebrate excellence in the theater arts by awarding the Second Annual “Oxcars” to regional theater organizations.

● The Clearbrook-Gonvick Summer Recreation received $1,667 to sponsor Prairie Fire Theater Company in the production of “Aladdin.”

● The Headwaters School of Music & the Arts received $545 to provide a stipend for a conductor for Bemidji Merry Tuba Christmas and to advertise the event.

● The Headwaters School of Music & the Arts received $2,421 to provide a paid accompanist when First City Singers perform in the community.

● The Schoolcraft Learning Community was awarded $928 to present their winter and spring concerts, showcasing the choirs, orchestras, and the French program.

The next deadline for the Arts Project Grant is March 12. Call 751-5447 for more information.

Beadwork artist reception to be held

BEMIDJI — The Headwaters Science Center will host an artist reception for Anita Merritt from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday at the Headwaters Science Center, 413 Beltrami Ave.

Guests may join Anita in creating a simple bead daisy to take home and enjoy light refreshments. Call 444-4472 for more information.

Open stage set

Friday at Rail River

BEMIDJI — Northwoods Folk Collective Open Stage offers an opportunity to share stories, music, poetry and other performance art at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. SW, Suite B.

Sign up prior to the event starting at 6:30 p.m.

History Center

hosts book signing

BEMIDJI — “The Oranges Are Sweet” presentation and book signing with author Paul Sailer will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Avenue SW.

The presentation will discuss the life of a Minnesota World War II fighter pilot including historical photographs and film footage.