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Art briefs - Sunday July 27

Northern Bass concert today at state park

BEMIDJI -- Headwaters School of Music and Arts in collaboration with the Lake Bemidji State Park announce the performance of the band Northern Bass at 1:30 p.m. today in the amphitheater at Lake Bemidji State Park, 3401 State Park Road NE. Northern Bass is a family group from Akeley who will bring the music of the 50s and 60s. Admission is free for the concert, but a valid park pass is required. Day passes cost $5.

Church musicians summer recital series continues

TURTLE RIVER -- Bemidji Area Church Musicians summer recital series will continue at noon Wednesday at New Salem Lutheran Church in Turtle River. The recital will feature Melanie Hanson on violin and Michael Hanson on saxophone. A luncheon will follow the concert with a price to be announced. The public is welcome to attend. A freewill offering will be collected.

Horseshoes and Hand Grenades at Second Street Stage

PARK RAPIDS -- Horseshoes and Hand Grenades will perform on Second Street Stage from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at at Second Street Stage, between Main Ave. and Highway 71 in Park Rapids. Bring your own lawn chairs. Hailing from the river town of Stevens Point, Wis. Horseshoes and Hand Grenades plays something like progressive, high-energy, old-time folk music. For more information, visit

Gallery North First Friday open house

BEMIDJI -- An open house for the Bemidji Area Woodcarvers group, the showcase artists for the month of August will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 1 at Gallery North, 502 Third St. NW. Members of the group will offer an eclectic display of hand-carved wood carvings. WhipStaff Ranch and Rescue will be featured during the open house. WhipStaff is a nonprofit animal welfare organization in the northern part of the state that is able to work with all species of animals.

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. Aug. 8 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 from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

R2AC and McKnight fellowship application deadline

BEMIDJI -- The application for the Region 2 Arts Council and McKnight Career Development Fellowship application is Sept. 11. Two $6,000, 18-month fellowships will be awarded to established artists in all disciplines residing in one of the following Minnesota counties: Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen. The goal of the program is to provide substantial support to the region's most talented artists to further their artistic works through study, introspection or innovation and to facilitate depth and advancement in their artistic careers. Region 2 Arts Council staff is also happy to discuss the application process by calling 751-5447 or emailing The grant application form is available at

North Country Arts and Crafts Workshop set

BEMIDJI -- The North Country Arts and Crafts Board of Directors is inviting artists of all abilities to register for the 39th year of the North County Arts and Crafts Workshop on Sept. 16-18 at El Lago Del Bosque, the Spanish Village at Concordia Language Villages. The schedule, including class offerings and registration, can be found at The three-day workshop will feature more than 40 classes including acrylic and water coloring painting, beading, basket weaving, cooking classes and more. An international food menu and lodging are available. Everyone must pre-register and pay by mail. Registration deadline is Aug. 22. For more information, call Carol at 751-5245 or Jean at 586-2884.