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Arts Briefs for 4/20/2014

R2AC board member deadline extended

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

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.

Theatrical auditions announced for April

BEMIDJI — The Mask and Rose Women’s Theater Collective will hold theatrical auditions for high school students from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday April 21 at the Wild Rose Theater space, 501 Bemidji Ave. The auditions are for a production of Mary Zimmerman’s “ Metamorphoses” based on the epic poem by Ovid, a timeless classic depicting Greek tales of the human condition and the gods, love, want, greed and jealousy. The audition will include a song of any style and a cold read of the script. For an audition time, call Cate at 243-2685 or email

Pelon concert scheduled for April 25

BEMIDJI — A Lauren Pelon concert will take place at 7 p.m. April 25 at the Paul  Bunyan Playhouse, 314 Beltrami Ave. The concert will feature music and stories of America’s indigenous peoples, song, and instruments. At 5 p.m. Pelon will also lead a vocal rehearsal and workshop where participants will learn one of her compositions and join her on the final song of her concert. Sopranos, altos, tenors and basses should sign up for the workshop and pick up copies of the music at Bemidji Public Library before Wednesday April 23.

Rise and Shine presentations set

BEMIDJI — Rise and Shine, a photo journey through the eyes of children from Kalungu, Kenya will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday April 25 in the Terrace Lounge of the Hobson Memorial Union on the BSU campus, 1500 Birchmont Drive NE. Monika Lawrence,  digital photography faculty member at BSU, will give the presentation.  In 2013, she gave cameras to children in Kalungu, Kenya to use for six-weeks.  This photo project reveals spontaneity, playfulness, temperament, talent and most of all connectedness and friendship amongst these children.  This event is free and open to all.

Gallery North open house set for May 2

BEMIDJI — An open house will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. May 2 at Gallery North, 502 Third St. NW. A showcase will feature seven new juried members including Donna Anderson, Stacey Stang, Les Sanders, Kym Kovacic, Steve Kovacic, Jo Panther, and Bob Panther. Andersen has been a painting with watercolors since 2009 and also works in fibers, quilting, and hardanger. Stang is an acrylic artist who started painting a few years ago and specializes in people centered paintings. Sanders carves whimsical characters and houses and is especially talented at creating and carving split cedar flutes. Kovacic mediums are watercolor, acrylic and mixed media creations. Kovacic,has been studying and capturing special moments for 35 years. Jo Panther is a painter working in oils, pastels and watercolor. Bob Panther is a photographer specializing in nature and wildlife close-up from personal experience.

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra closes season

BEMIDJI — The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra closes the season with “Stirring Celebrations!” featuring Mahler’s  2nd Symphony “Resurrection” at 3 p.m. May 4 at the Sanford Center, 1111 Event Center Drive NE. The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the Bemidji Choir , the Bemidji Chorale, the Park Rapids Classic Chorale, members of the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, and other musicians from around the region. In addition, two soloists will take the stage: soprano Korliss Uecker, and mezzo-soprano Tammy Hensrud.

Tickets are available at the door or in advance at both Lueken’s Village Foods locations, Sanford Center ticket window, or online at Prices are $20 for adults; $15 for senior citizens and $10 for college students with ID. Students grades K–12 are admitted free. All seats are general admission. Doors open for seating at 2:30 pm. There will be a post-concert reception on the Sanford Center club level to greet Dr. Everett and others. Advance $10 tickets are needed for the reception and must be purchased by April 30.