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Well, here I am, right back where I started from - or some other such words from a song. A couple of years ago, Dennis Doeden, Pioneer Bemidji Pioneer publisher, and Molly Miron, editor, decided the arts in Bemidji needed more extensive coverage on a consistent basis. One day at the Pioneer, Molly asked if I would consider doing a column each week that would put all the upcoming arts events in one place at the paper and asked me to do a sample column.

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Well I did so and forgot about it.

Early in the morning on the following Sunday, Dr. H.B. "Ding" Roholt called me at home with congratulations on the new arts column published in the Bemidji Pioneer. Ernie went out to the box, grabbed the paper and trotted back home, and, yes, there was the arts column as I had written it as a sample. People at church (St. Philip's) came up to me and said how much they enjoyed reading it, and strangers on the street stopped me as well to comment on its need in the community.

My story, then as now, was that Dennis and Molly are the "birth parents" and I'm the nanny.

All this information is a prelude to the new changes coming in the Pioneer Previews this week, also at the behest of the birth parents. It is apparent that the Wednesday column has become too large and can no longer easily be posted on people's refrigerators.

So, today, you are reading the first edition of the bi-weekly Pioneer Previews. The Wednesday column will cover those events that are forthcoming in the very near future - that weekend or the first few days of the following week.

This Sunday column will show the items that are repeated weekly: art exhibits, upcoming workshops and mark-your-calendar events. On one Sunday a month, a Q-and-A feature will appear on someone from the local arts scene.

Please forward your ideas and/or wishes to see something on a particular person via email to prall@bemidjipioneer.com

Art exhibits

E"Art from Within" is a collection of artwork that gives a personal and compelling view into the lives of real people who have been touched by incarceration or affected by the criminal justice system. The exhibit is sponsored by the ACLU-MN, Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project of Bemidji. The exhibit will be up for April and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday at the Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. S.W.

EBad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts will feature "A Green Collection" in honor of Earth Day with items from functional and wearable to decorative and funky by 10 artists. Bad Cat Creations is located at 315 Irvine Ave. N.W.

E Beltrami County Historical Society, in collaboration with Gallery North, presents "Nature's Bounty," a photographic exhibit by Glenn Ferguson, through July 31. The History Center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and is located at 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.

E BCAC invites the public to view the 11th annual Bemidji Area High School Invitational featuring works in all media. The gallery and Shop 426 are open from noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and closed Sunday and Monday. BCAC is located at 426 Bemidji Ave. N. in the Carnegie Library Building.

E Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W., will showcase the photography and poetry of Deb DeNio Krueger, "From Sunrise to Sunset - the Wonders Never End."

E Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., invites the public to view the work of Dannielle McCallister and her images of whimsy and empowerment in vivid colors. For hours of operation, call 444-0567.

EThe Cabin Coffeehouse and Café will feature the photography of Trish Barthorpe. "Kenya: A Departure." The Cabin is open seven days a week and is located at 214 Third St. N.W.

E Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., presents its April artist, photographer Marlys Brown, a native of North Dakota whose photographs celebrate the exquisite diversity and beauty of Ethiopia. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week.

E Fleur de Lis Gallery located in the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave., has on display the work of local, regional and national artists in a new exhibit rotation. The gallery is open from 2-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

E Gallery North welcomes the public to view its showcase artists of the month. Billy Mason, who works in colored pencil and pen, is originally from Red Lake. Scott Fadness, whose work has been featured in National Geographic, is known for his wildlife themes. Featured member artist of the month is Jeannie Fender and her wrapped jewelry. Gallery North is open six days a week and is located at 502 Third St. N.W.

EA slide show of nature and wildlife photographs by Kathy Jo McKeown is currently on display at the Lake Bemidji State Park Visitors Center. Many of the photos were taken within the park and show the plants and animals indigenous to the northern Minnesota region. There is a continuous showing on weekends from noon-4 p.m. and will be on display through May. The project was funded, in whole or in part, by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

E Neilson Place hosts the new work of photographer Joe Rossi. His work will be on display through June, and a price list will be available at the front desk. The gift shop at the Bistro will showcase the work of Jeff Larson, who has a display of his bentwood boxes and spoons in birch, black cherry, elm and hickory. Terry Honstead will also have a display at the Bistro featuring one-of-a-kind colorful glass bead necklaces and earrings, feather hair pieces, headbands and lapel pins. Nielson Place and the Bistro are located at WoodsEdge, 1000 Anne St. N.W.

E Ramsey Gallery on the ground floor of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex has an installation by Nicole Collins until May 5. Collins has fabricated giant beetles; insects in their natural setting.

E Wild Hare Bistro will showcase the digital photography of Mackenzie Lindahl. "Ingredient" is inspired by the seasonal food ingredients found in our neighborhood gardens, kitchens and grocery stores. The bistro is open six days a week and is located at 523 Minnesota Ave. N.

E The Artist Sampler Display has opened at the Tin Pan gALLErY in Blackduck. Several area artists are showcasing some of their most recent work: which includes basketry by Eve Sumsky and Katie Haws, photography by Ursula Anderson and Nate Lien, prints and paintings by Don Houseman, jewelry by Lisa Carter and Mindy Kleeb with Ukrainian egg decorating. This display can be viewed through May 7. The History and Art Center is located at Main and Margaret in downtown Blackduck.

E Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W., has on display works of watercolor artist Judy Selby.

E Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., a restaurant and art gallery, has an ongoing display of new artwork by Michael De Witt, Jane Freeman, Terry Honstead, Beverlee Olson, Mary Therese Peterson, Judy Selby, Pat Shough (Sillimandi) Michael Thomas Sunnarborg and MaryBeth Vaudrin for viewing and sale. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed on Sunday.

E The Tourist Information Center, 300 Bemidji Ave. by the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, has a map and information on the pieces included in the Bemidji Sculpture Walk.

Workshops

E Introductory Oil Painting Workshop with Judy Wegenast will be held from 1-5 p.m., Friday, May 5 and 12, at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 305 Fifth St. W. in Park Rapids. Each participant will experiment with brushes, learn to mix colors, be instructed in the various steps taken in creating a painting and create a finished painting or their own. Class size is limited and the registration deadline is April 30. For details and fee, contact Janine Merrick at 732-4818 or 952-334-1361 or check http:/blandcanvasgallery.org.

E "Community Collaboration: Connecting over Creative Ideas that Build Community" is a free workshop to be offered by the Region 2 Arts Council and facilitated by Jun Li-Wang, an artist community organizer for Springboard for the Arts. It is open to anyone: artist, creative entrepreneur, business owner, director of a nonprofit, arts supporter, producer or a community member who has an unrealized project idea waiting to happen. The workshop will be offered from 3:30-8 p.m. Friday, May 20, at the Holiday Inn Express, 2422 Ridgeway Ave. N.W., Bemidji. RSVP is required by Monday, May 16. RSVP to the Region 2 Arts Council Office by emailing staff@r2arts.org or calling 751-5447 or 800-275-5447.

E "Springs a Flutter" watercolor workshop with Marion Caroline will be held from 1-4 p.m. Friday, May 20 at Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W. Caroline will instruct in painting a hummingbird hovering over a blooming Canada thistle. All materials will be provided and the fee is $45, and the size of the class is limited to 10 people. Pre-paid registrations will be accepted at Gallery North.

"Springs a Flutter" painting on a feather workshop with Marion Caroline from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 28 at Gallery North. Caroline will instruct in painting a hummingbird hovering over a blooming Canadian thistle (similar to the watercolor workshop) Prepaid registrations will be taken at Gallery North and the class size is limited to 10 people. The workshop fee is $45 and all materials will be provided.

Announcements of arts and entertainment events may be sent to the Bemidji Pioneer, P.O. Box 455, Bemidji, MN 56619-0455 or e-mailed to news@bemidjipioneer.com

Well, here I am, right back where I started from - or some other such words from a song.

A couple of years ago, Dennis Doeden, Pioneer Bemidji Pioneer publisher, and Molly Miron, editor, decided the arts in Bemidji needed more extensive coverage on a consistent basis. One day at the Pioneer, Molly asked if I would consider doing a column each week that would put all the upcoming arts events in one place at the paper and asked me to do a sample column. Well I did so and forgot about it.

Early in the morning on the following Sunday, Dr. H.B. "Ding" Roholt called me at home with congratulations on the new arts column published in the Bemidji Pioneer. Ernie went out to the box, grabbed the paper and trotted back home, and, yes, there was the arts column as I had written it as a sample. People at church (St. Philip's) came up to me and said how much they enjoyed reading it, and strangers on the street stopped me as well to comment on its need in the community.

My story, then as now, was that Dennis and Molly are the "birth parents" and I'm the nanny.

All this information is a prelude to the new changes coming in the Pioneer Previews this week, also at the behest of the birth parents. It is apparent that the Wednesday column has become too large and can no longer easily be posted on people's refrigerators.

So, today, you are reading the first edition of the bi-weekly Pioneer Previews. The Wednesday column will cover those events that are forthcoming in the very near future - that weekend or the first few days of the following week.

This Sunday column will show the items that are repeated weekly: art exhibits, upcoming workshops and mark-your-calendar events. On one Sunday a month, a Q-and-A feature will appear on someone from the local arts scene.

Please forward your ideas and/or wishes to see something on a particular person via email to prall@bemidjipioneer.com

Art exhibits

E"Art from Within" is a collection of artwork that gives a personal and compelling view into the lives of real people who have been touched by incarceration or affected by the criminal justice system. The exhibit is sponsored by the ACLU-MN, Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project of Bemidji. The exhibit will be up for April and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday at the Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. S.W.

EBad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts will feature "A Green Collection" in honor of Earth Day with items from functional and wearable to decorative and funky by 10 artists. Bad Cat Creations is located at 315 Irvine Ave. N.W.

- Beltrami County Historical Society, in collaboration with Gallery North, presents "Nature's Bounty," a photographic exhibit by Glenn Ferguson, through July 31. The History Center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and is located at 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.

- BCAC invites the public to view the 11th annual Bemidji Area High School Invitational featuring works in all media. The gallery and Shop 426 are open from noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and closed Sunday and Monday. BCAC is located at 426 Bemidji Ave. N. in the Carnegie Library Building.

- Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W., will showcase the photography and poetry of Deb DeNio Krueger, "From Sunrise to Sunset - the Wonders Never End."

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., invites the public to view the work of Dannielle McCallister and her images of whimsy and empowerment in vivid colors. For hours of operation, call 444-0567.

EThe Cabin Coffeehouse and Café will feature the photography of Trish Barthorpe. "Kenya: A Departure." The Cabin is open seven days a week and is located at 214 Third St. N.W.

- Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., presents its April artist, photographer Marlys Brown, a native of North Dakota whose photographs celebrate the exquisite diversity and beauty of Ethiopia. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week.

- Fleur de Lis Gallery located in the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave., has on display the work of local, regional and national artists in a new exhibit rotation. The gallery is open from 2-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

- Gallery North welcomes the public to view its showcase artists of the month. Billy Mason, who works in colored pencil and pen, is originally from Red Lake. Scott Fadness, whose work has been featured in National Geographic, is known for his wildlife themes. Featured member artist of the month is Jeannie Fender and her wrapped jewelry. Gallery North is open six days a week and is located at 502 Third St. N.W.

EA slide show of nature and wildlife photographs by Kathy Jo McKeown is currently on display at the Lake Bemidji State Park Visitors Center. Many of the photos were taken within the park and show the plants and animals indigenous to the northern Minnesota region. There is a continuous showing on weekends from noon-4 p.m. and will be on display through May. The project was funded, in whole or in part, by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

- Neilson Place hosts the new work of photographer Joe Rossi. His work will be on display through June, and a price list will be available at the front desk. The gift shop at the Bistro will showcase the work of Jeff Larson, who has a display of his bentwood boxes and spoons in birch, black cherry, elm and hickory. Terry Honstead will also have a display at the Bistro featuring one-of-a-kind colorful glass bead necklaces and earrings, feather hair pieces, headbands and lapel pins. Nielson Place and the Bistro are located at WoodsEdge, 1000 Anne St. N.W.

- Ramsey Gallery on the ground floor of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex has an installation by Nicole Collins until May 5. Collins has fabricated giant beetles; insects in their natural setting.

- Wild Hare Bistro will showcase the digital photography of Mackenzie Lindahl. "Ingredient" is inspired by the seasonal food ingredients found in our neighborhood gardens, kitchens and grocery stores. The bistro is open six days a week and is located at 523 Minnesota Ave. N.

- The Artist Sampler Display has opened at the Tin Pan gALLErY in Blackduck. Several area artists are showcasing some of their most recent work: which includes basketry by Eve Sumsky and Katie Haws, photography by Ursula Anderson and Nate Lien, prints and paintings by Don Houseman, jewelry by Lisa Carter and Mindy Kleeb with Ukrainian egg decorating. This display can be viewed through May 7. The History and Art Center is located at Main and Margaret in downtown Blackduck.

- Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W., has on display works of watercolor artist Judy Selby.

- Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., a restaurant and art gallery, has an ongoing display of new artwork by Michael De Witt, Jane Freeman, Terry Honstead, Beverlee Olson, Mary Therese Peterson, Judy Selby, Pat Shough (Sillimandi) Michael Thomas Sunnarborg and MaryBeth Vaudrin for viewing and sale. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed on Sunday.

- The Tourist Information Center, 300 Bemidji Ave. by the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, has a map and information on the pieces included in the Bemidji Sculpture Walk.

Workshops

- Introductory Oil Painting Workshop with Judy Wegenast will be held from 1-5 p.m., Friday, May 5 and 12, at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 305 Fifth St. W. in Park Rapids. Each participant will experiment with brushes, learn to mix colors, be instructed in the various steps taken in creating a painting and create a finished painting or their own. Class size is limited and the registration deadline is April 30. For details and fee, contact Janine Merrick at 732-4818 or 952-334-1361 or check http:/blandcanvasgallery.org.

- "Community Collaboration: Connecting over Creative Ideas that Build Community" is a free workshop to be offered by the Region 2 Arts Council and facilitated by Jun Li-Wang, an artist community organizer for Springboard for the Arts. It is open to anyone: artist, creative entrepreneur, business owner, director of a nonprofit, arts supporter, producer or a community member who has an unrealized project idea waiting to happen. The workshop will be offered from 3:30-8 p.m. Friday, May 20, at the Holiday Inn Express, 2422 Ridgeway Ave. N.W., Bemidji. RSVP is required by Monday, May 16. RSVP to the Region 2 Arts Council Office by emailing staff@r2arts.org or calling 751-5447 or 800-275-5447.

- "Springs a Flutter" watercolor workshop with Marion Caroline will be held from 1-4 p.m. Friday, May 20 at Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W. Caroline will instruct in painting a hummingbird hovering over a blooming Canada thistle. All materials will be provided and the fee is $45, and the size of the class is limited to 10 people. Pre-paid registrations will be accepted at Gallery North.

"Springs a Flutter" painting on a feather workshop with Marion Caroline from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 28 at Gallery North. Caroline will instruct in painting a hummingbird hovering over a blooming Canadian thistle (similar to the watercolor workshop) Prepaid registrations will be taken at Gallery North and the class size is limited to 10 people. The workshop fee is $45 and all materials will be provided.

Announcements of arts and entertainment events may be sent to the Bemidji Pioneer, P.O. Box 455, Bemidji, MN 56619-0455 or e-mailed to news@bemidjipioneer.com

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