BEMIDJI?- May First Friday of the month events and installations can begin from 2-5 p.m. at Gallery North, 502 3rd St. NW, at the foot of the Irvine Street Bridge with Big Falls' artist Scott Rollenhagen's drawings and paintings. The Gallery's featured artists of the month, watercolorist Marion Caroline and author/photographer John Eggers, will be on hand. Egger's newest book, "Paul Bunyan and Babe ABC Book," will be on sale and Eggers will be signing copies during the reception. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday.
While downtown Bemidji, walk over to the Bemidji Public Library and meet Melissa Burness and her Kaleidoscope Vision, a photographic collection of Mother Nature's flowers, butterflies and birds. The opening reception will be from 3-5 p.m. at the library, 509 America Ave. NW.
The Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse exhibit "Painting to Praxis: Translating Ideas into Paint," is work from a class with instructor Paula Swenson. Swenson guided participants (Holly Alcott, Betty Christ, Barbara Jolly, Sue Knudson and Terri Widman) in the creative process from conception to completion using new techniques to stretch their imagination. The opening reception will be from 3-5 p.m. at Wild Hare, 523 Minnesota Ave. NW.
The Cabin Coffeehouse and Café will debut the First City Artists, including photography and paintings using various mediums, "Serendipity." Discover the members of this new group at the 4-6 p.m. reception at The Cabin, 214 3rd St. NW.
The Bemidji Community Arts Center is pleased to host the annual 5th Grade Invitation showcasing work by area fifth-grade students from Central, Horace May, J.W. Smith, Lincoln, Northern, Red Lake, Schoolcraft, Solway and St. Philip's schools. The public is invited to the 4-6 p.m. reception at 426 Bemidji Ave. N.
Stop downstairs from BCAC and visit Freaxis Studios and the Fortuna Puppet Theatre's rod and shadow show, "The Hangnail Affair," with performances at 5 and 6 p.m. Snacks will be served along with the puppet show at 426 Bemidji Ave. N.
Dunn Bros. Coffee presents photographer Cody Erickson, who has found a way to make the ordinary extraordinary. Erickson will be at the 5 p.m. reception to meet and greet at the coffee shop, 501 Paul Bunyan Dr. S.
All of the above receptions are open to the public at no charge.
Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant will display an installation by Sandy Macleod's richly colored oil paintings in a range of subjects and techniques. Good Noise will begin playing at 8 p.m. and the kitchen will serve until 9 p.m. at the pub, 317 Beltrami Ave. NW.
Wild Hare Bistro will hold a Cinco de Mayo celebration with the First Friday Wine Bar from 5-9 p.m.
Rail River Folk School will host the Northwoods Folk Collective with host Drew Warne-Jacobson. Eager singers, musicians, story tellers and poets can sign up from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at 303 Railroad St. SW for an evening of performance art with attentive, enthusiastic and intergenerational audience.
Glazed and Amused, 311 3rd St., is hosting a photographic exhibit by Barb Meuers of images captured along the Paul Bunyan Trail for the month of May. Closed on Sunday, hours can be viewed at myglazedandamused.com.
Headwaters School of Music and Arts is hosting Artists of Studio 10, an eclectic mix of subjects and media in the main hall, 519 Minnesota Ave. N. The exhibit is open to the public during the posted hours.
Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. NW, is hosting "Flora and Fauna," a collaborative exhibit by Kathy Gustafson and Pat Shough through the end of June. Neilson Place is open to the public until 8 p.m. daily.
Tutto Bene, a northern Italian restaurant in downtown Bemidji, is hosting art work from local artists in watercolor, acrylics, oil and glass. Tutto's, 300 Beltrami Ave., is closed Sundays.