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Arts Briefs for 03/02/2014

Art project grant applications available

BEMIDJI — The Bemidji Area Arts Endowment is now accepting art project grant applications for its 2014 grant round. Schools or 501(c)3 organizations in the Bemidji area may request an art project grant. Applicants that are not schools or 501(c)3 organizations need to work through a fiscal agent.

Grants of up to $1000 are available for qualifying visual, literary, music and performing arts projects. Application deadline is April 1. Applications are available at Region 2 Arts Council office; Headwaters School of Music; Northwest Minnesota Foundation; Rail River Folk School; and Watermark Art Center or

Book discussions

series set

BEMIDJI — The monthly book discussion series will meet at noon Monday and at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave NW. The two discussions will on “The Plague of the Doves” by Louise Erdich. Extra copies of the book are the available at the library.

Open house announced

BEMIDJI —  A First Friday reception will take from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday at Gallery North, 502 Third St. NW. Showcase artists will be Dianne Roholt and Jesica Conrad. Diane will feature pencil and ink drawings. Jesica has a variety of three dimensional items including landscaped quilted pictures.

Spoken word event set

BEMIDJI — The March spoken word event will feature author Lauren Cobb at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Watermark Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave N. There will be a reception and a reading a 6 p.m. with a question and answer and book signing to follow. Cobb will offer a workshop titled “The Word Made Flesh: Breathing Life into Fictional Characters” from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave NW. Space is limited. Cost is $40 for adults and $20 for students. For more information, call 444-7570.

Glazed and Amused hosts artists

BEMIDJI — Glazed and Amused will host the First City Artists from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at Glazed and Amust, 311 Third St. NW. The First City Artists work varies but includes painting quilting, photography, collage, multimedia and jewelry. For more information, call 333-6880 or visit

Meet and talk set

BEMIDJI — Neilson Place presents the multilayered artwork of Paula Swenson entitled “Hurry Summer”  through June. A meet and talk with the artist will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Neilson place lobby, 1000 Anne Street NW.

Swenson’s explores and interprets ideas, emotions and experiences creating a dialogue between the artist and viewer. Refreshments will be served.

Open stage set

BEMIDJI — Northwoods Folk Collection Open Stage offers an opportunity to share stories, music, poetry and other performance art at 7:30 p.m. Friday March 7 at the Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. SW, Suite B. Sign up prior to the event starting at 6:30 p.m.

Drew Warne Jacobsen will host. For more information call 760-9278.

Tapestry weavers reception announced

BEMIDJI — Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will present the Dancing Sky Tapestry

Weavers, varied styles and materials in a collection of in their woven art work. The show will include pieces by Ann Kastl, Patti Sellon, Nancy Salminen, Kristin Majkrzak, and Caroline Fylpaa. There will also be pieces woven by tapestry instructor, Traudi Bestler of Minnetonka, and cavandoli knotted art work by our “Knot More” friends and guest artists, Dawn Standera and Karen Forbes. An opening reception will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at Wild Hare, 523 Minnesota Ave.

After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare’s own culinary artists at the First Friday wine bar from  5 to 9 p.m.

The menu will feature Middle-Eastern inspired cuisine, with a wine and beer list to match.

Arts Council grant deadline approaching

BEMIDJI —  The Region 2 Arts Council Arts project grant deadline is March 12. Non-profit organizations, schools, college/university departments, community education offices, townships, and city or county governments that have primary impact on residents of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties are encouraged to apply for this grant.

 Arts project grants offer funding for a variety of arts projects including artist residencies for schools and other organizations, costs related to performances, exhibitions, arts festivals, public art, arts awareness projects, literary magazines or anthologies, bringing touring exhibitions or performances to the area or hiring artists to give presentations or workshops.

Requests can be made for up to $2,500.

Applications are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN  56601 or For more information, call 751-5447 or