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Arts Briefs for 03/16/2014

Third Thursday continues

PARK RAPIDS — The Arts Downtown Park Rapids will continue on Thursday in Park Rapids. Poet Sean Hill will read from his book “Dangerous Goods” from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Beagle Books, 112 Third St. West.

Taylor Schroeder will sing and play acoustic versions of classic songs from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and from 6:30 to 7 p.m. at The Good Life Cafe, 220 South Main.  

Walt and Anita Hannemann will perform from 5:30 to 6 and 6:30 to 7 p.m. at Necce’s Ristorante, 311 South Main.

There is no admission charge to these events.

Artists of Minnesota traveling show announced

BEMIDJI — Gallery North will  host the artists of Minnesota traveling mini show and invite the public to view the exhibit at Gallery North, 502 Third St. NW. The exhibit will be open through April 15.

More information is online at

‘The Apothecary’ opening set

PARK RAPIDS — The Northern Light Opera Co. will perform “The Apothecary” at 7:30 p.m. March 21, 22, 28, and 29 at the Armory Square, 203 Park Ave.S, Park Rapids.

Tickets may be purchased at Beagle Books, 112 Third St. W. or at the door. Call 237-0400 to reserve tickets.

“The Apothecary,” a comic opera by Joseph Haydn, deals with the intrigue of a love triangle.

BSU concerts announced

BEMIDJI — The BSU Music Department will sponsor several upcoming concerts by students, faculty and visiting artists at Thompson Recital Hall.

Julie Johnson, freelance flutist and composer, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, free admission.

The faculty trio of Stephen Carlson on piano, Patrick Riley on cello and Melanie Hanson on violin will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, free admission.

Tracy Stein will perform a junior flute recital at 3 p.m. March 22, with free admission. Eric Olson, a current violin instructor at BSU, will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 22, also free admission.

The Charles Lazarus Jazz Ensemble will perform at 3 p.m. March 23; cost is $10 for adults and $5 for BSU or Northwest Technical College students.

Arts advocacy day scheduled

BEMIDJI — Arts advocacy day will take place March 27 at the state Capitol.

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts will bring art advocates from around the state to thank legislators for following through on the promises of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment that dedicated funds to conservation and the arts.

For more information or to register visit If you are planning on attending, call 275-5447. or email as carpooling options may still be available.  

Grants for young people available

BEMIDJI — The Region 2 Arts Council encourages students grades 8 through 12 in Beltrami, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Clearwater, and Mahnomen counties with a strong interest in the arts to apply for a Region 2 Arts Council Legacy Funded Artist Mentor Grant.

The application deadline is at 5 p.m. April 9 at office or mailed. A grant review session will take place May 3 with 15-minute interviews for applicants.

Recipients receive either 20 hours of one-on-one mentoring with a Minnesota adult artist or $600 toward tuition for a class, camp or workshop in the student’s art discipline in the state of Minnesota.

Grant applications are available at the office or

For more information or to register for any event,  call 751-5447.

R2AC seeking board members

BEMIDJI — Region 2 Arts Council is currently seeking board members from Clearwater, Hubbard, and Lake of the Woods counties to fill a two-year term vacancy beginning Aug. 1.  

Applications are due April 15.

Those who feel that the visual, performing and literary arts are an important contribution to the quality of life in Minnesota, should consider serving on the board of the Region 2 Arts Council.

The board is responsible for planning, setting organizational policy, reviewing and awarding grants.

It meets seven times a year in Bemidji on the third Monday of the month.

Members are reimbursed for travel.

To receive an application form, email or write to:  Nominating Committee, Region 2 Arts Council, 426 Bemidji Ave., Bemidji, MN  56601.

For more information, call 751-5447.

47th annual Hawley art show set

HAWLEY — The 47th annual Hawley Art Show and Sale will take place April 10-13 at the Hawley Community Center.

The event is sponsored by the Hawley Area Community Club, Bell State Bank and trust of Hawley, State Bank of Hawley and PTO of Hawley and Arvig.

Artists can enter their artwork from 1 to 5 p.m. April 5 and 6.

Registration fee is $5 per entry for professional and amateur classes and $3 for elementary and high school students.

There is a limit of three work per artist.

For more information, call Sandy at 483-3296 or Julie at 849-2160.