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First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji scheduled for Sept. 4
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The First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji will be held Friday, Sept. 4, and will include the following participants:

- Bemidji Community Art Center will host its September First Friday Art Walk and Opening Reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at 426 Bemidji Ave. The featured exhibit, titled "Unique Vision" by Jon Heller is an exhibit of landscape photographs from Utah, Wyoming and Minnesota. Shop 426 will be open, with new inventory. All proceeds from Shop 426 benefit BCAC programming and the artists of Shop 426. The BCAC is free and open to the public. For more information, call 444-7570; visit the Web site or email


- Gallery North welcomes Steve Herriot as their September Showcase Artist. An open house will be held from 2-5 p.m. Friday, at 502 Third St. N.W. Herriot is known for his landscape paintings in acrylic. Gallery North's featured artists for the month of September, are Monie Martin and Jeanine Brooks. Monie is a well known basket maker whose work ranges from functional to fine art. Jeanine is a painter who is known for her whimsical oil paintings of the Bemidji area. Monie will be demonstrating her basket making skills during the open house. The author of the month is Wendy Potratz, who will read from her book "Agnes Plays Soccer, a humorous story for children on organized sports.

A beginning/intermediate watercolor class titled 'Fall Birches," taught by Grace Garland and Marion Caroline Reil will be held from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 502 Third St. N.W. Advanced registration is $40 per person or $45 the day of the class. For more information or to register, call 751-7741. For info on artists or to become a member of Gallery North, call 444-9813 or e-mail

- Headwaters School of Music and the Arts will host an open reception for jewelry artist, Christina Thorne of Bad Cat Creations, from 5-7 p.m. Friday, at 519 Minnesota Ave. N. Thorne will showcase her unique style and original designs and will discuss her creative process, her inspirations for her one-of-a-kind designs and will provide more information on the upcoming Jewelry Workshop, which will be held in September. Works by Jay Jones and Judith Selby will also be on display. For more information on upcoming classes, call 444-5606.

- Bemidji Public Library Art Wall will host an opening reception for Kathy Jo McKeown from 3-5 p.m. Friday. McKeown explores the world through a macro lens. Her work reflects the intimate beauty found in nature and with other subjects, up close. Her exhibit will focus on recent macro work and include other work as well. The exhibit was made possible, in part, by the Region 2 Arts Council, allowing her to further her study in macro photography. For more information, call Paul Simonson at 444-7886.

- Dunn Bros Coffee will feature an exhibit, titled, "Local and Global: Photographs that make you wonder" by John Eggers. An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S. Eggers will be on hand to meet guest and talk about his "quest for the exceptional photograph." To John, "a good photograph is a mixture of exceptional lighting, unique composition and an interesting subject that is just a bit out in left field. Egger's work will be on display throughout the month of September. Levandowski Pottery by Aron and Jena Levandowski glassware by MaryBeth Vaudrin and Beverlee Olson, will be available for purchase. Call 444-5252 or e-mail dunnbros106@

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts will feature a pottery exhibit by Malotte Backer of Bagley. An opening reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. Friday, at 315 Irvine Ave. N.W. Backer will share information on her creative process and her home studio. There will also be live wheel-throwing demos outside Bad Cat, weather permitting. Refreshments will be served. Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts is a boutique featuring art and fine craft by more than 35 different artists and an eclectic selection of fun gifts and contemporary accessories. Showcasing mostly local artists, Bad Cat Creations had everything from jewelry and ceramics to cards and fun accessories. For more information, call 444-9225

- Glazed and Amused Paint Your Own Pottery Studio will be open during the First Friday Art Walk. The studio is open from noon-9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 333-6880 or email

- Beltrami County Historical Society, in conjunction with Gallery North presents the "School Days" exhibit, which will open Friday, Sept. 4. An opening reception will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday at The History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W. Refreshments will be served, and admission is free. The History Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. For details, call 444-3376 or visit the Web site

- The North Country Health Services Art Committee will host artist Terry Honstead and her exhibit, "Another Take" as a part of the September First Friday Art Walk. An opening reception will be held from 3-5 p.m. Friday, at Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. N.W., Bemidji. Working with watercolor and acrylic and sometimes collage, Honstead has created a collection of work to reflect her impression of life and other happenings around her. Honstead's work will be on display through the month of November and is also available to be purchased. A price list will be provided at the reception desk. For more information, e-mail

- Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective and the Northwood's Folk Collective will host its First Friday Coffeehouse at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. Performer signup begins at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $2 per person or $5 for family. For details, contact Cate Belleveau at

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café will host an opening reception featuring artist Grace Garland, from 5-7 p.m. Friday, at 214 Third Street. A member of Gallery North and Northern Artist Association president since 2004, Garland is a self-taught artist focusing her talents on primarily realistic paintings with an "up north" theme. Garland works in a variety of mediums including watercolor, oil and acrylic and teaches painting workshops at Gallery North. The Cabin is open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. For more details, call 444-2899.

Pioneer staff reports