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Art briefs - Sunday Aug. 3

Imagination workshop at Bemidji State Park

BEMIDJI -- The imagination workshop will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. today at Lake Bemidji State Park. The schedule is as follows:

• 1 to 2 p.m. "LOOK," observe the display of art and wood as you review images and samples in writing from The Imagination Workshop and the "faces" gallery of "inner children from the trees."

• 2 to 3 p.m. "DRAW," Participate in "drawing together," a workshop of drawing using a step-by-step technique to capture your own interpretation of a set of cartoon art characters. These skills are then transferred to sketching works from the display.

• 3 to 4 p.m. "WRITE," Work on your own or in groups to compose poems, stories, plays or inspirations of any kind to ignite the feelings of these "inner children from the trees" with your inner child.

• 4 to 5 p.m. "TELL," Let the world around you hear, see, and feel what you have created.

All ages are welcome. Cost is $15 per family, which includes a daily parking pass for the state park. For more information, call 333-1850 or email To register, visit and click on the online registration link, or visit City Hall or the Public Works Facility to register in person.

Folk music concert at Lake Bemidji State Park

BEMIDJI -- Headwaters School of Music and Arts in collaboration with the Lake Bemidji State Park present a concert by R. Mark Fogelson at 1:30 p.m. today in the amphitheater at Lake Bemidji State Park, 3401 State Park Road NE. Fogelson captures the essence of traditional folk by focusing on human stories, emotions and triumphs.

Church musicians summer recital series continues

BEMIDJI -- Bemidji Area Church Musicians summer recital series will continue at noon Wednesday at Aardahl Lutheran Church, east of Bemidji two miles on Roosevelt Road and a mile south on Van Buren.The recital will feature the combination of Wayne Hoff, organ and Carol L. Johnson, piano. A luncheon will follow the concert with a price to be announced. The public is welcome to attend. A free-will offering will be collected.

Grass Band to perform at Second Street Stage

PARK RAPIDS -- Grass Band will play Second Street Stage from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Second Street Stage, between Main Avenue and U.S. Highway 71 in Park Rapids. Bring your own lawn chairs. The six members of the band, including Chicago import Steve Bateman, gathered their traditional bluegrass instruments and grew into one of the most sought after non-traditional bluegrass acts on the Northwoods' musical frontier. For more information, visit

Opening reception at Watermark Art Center

BEMIDJI -- An opening reception for, "Head in the Clouds — Feet on the Ground," a photographic exhibit by Gregory Thompson is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Watermark Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave. N. Thompson's photographs focus on all aspects of weather, the environment and nature. The exhibit will run through Sept. 27. For more information call 444-7570, email or visit Thompson will lead a special Saturday Science from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Headwaters Science Center, 413 Beltrami Ave. NW. Thompson will present his weather photographs in an interactive format suitable for all audiences.

Revisiting Beltrami County Exhibit reception

BEMIDJI -- The Beltrami County Historical Society presents the opening reception for the "Revisiting Beltrami County" repeat photography exhibit from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. SW.

The reception is free to the public, however a donation suggested. The exhibit features historical images of towns and landscapes throughout the county, and new present-day photographs of the same locations and perspectives by photographer Todd Geiger. The exhibit will remain on display at the Beltrami County History Center through Oct. 31, which is open noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

R2AC awards Artist Mentor Grants

BEMIDJI -- Region 2 Arts Council Artist Mentor grants were awarded to eighth- through 12th-grade student artists to mentor with a professional artist or to attend a camp or workshop in their arts discipline:

• Gwenfrewi Burger, a Beltrami County junior at Interlochen Arts Academy, Mich., received $600 to study cello performance at "Cello; an American Arts Experience" in Northfield, Minn.

• Skylar Fynboh, a Hubbard County sophomore at Nevis High School, received $1,000 to study guitar with mentor Lou Samsa.

• Emily Kivi, a Beltrami County junior at Bemidji High School, received $1,000 to study with mentor and BSU Faculty member Eric Olson.

• Madisyn Rick, a Beltrami County junior at Bemidji High School, received $403 to study dance at Just for Kix Summer Camp in Brainerd.

• Alyssa Daken, a Beltrami County sophomore at Kelliher High School, received $1,000 to study computer-assisted illustration with mentor Nicholas Jackson.

• Sophia Ramirez, a Beltrami County eighth-grader at Bemidji Middle School, received $1,000 to study music composition with mentor Andrew Green.

• Benjamin Larson, a Beltrami County home-schooled junior, received $1,000 to study piano with mentor Dr. Paul Wirth.

• Nikita Graves, a Beltrami County eighth-grader at Bemidji Middle School, received $1,000 to study drawing with mentor Nicholas Jackson.

The next Artist Mentor Grant deadline is Dec. 1. Applications are available in the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Ave. For more information, call 751-5447 or visit

Wooden Nichols at Lake Bemidji State Park

BEMIDJI -- Headwaters School of Music and Arts, in collaboration with the Lake Bemidji State Park, recently announced Wooden Nichols will perform at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 10 in the amphitheater at Lake Bemidji State Park, 3401 State Park Road NE. Local musicians and singers will perform a variety of folk music and engaging songs. They use guitar, bass and mandolin, along with nice harmonies to provide a pleasant afternoon of music and humor.

Poetry workshop in Park Rapids

PARK RAPIDS -- "Using art to inspire poetry: an ekphrastic poetry workshop" with Erin Lynn Marsh, Bemidji poet, will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 12 at Beagle Books, 112 Third St. W in Park Rapids. Participants will look at ekphrastic poetry, a type of poetry that uses some form of art that uses a painting, sculpture, music, other poetry as inspiration from well-known authors, and then try to write our own ekphrastic poems.