First Friday and spring are here and a good time to walk around Bemidji to view the new pieces on the Sculpture Walk and visit with the artists at the receptions. Start the day at the Beltrami County Historical Society with its ongoing exhibit in collaboration with Gallery North, "Summer Breeze." Entrance to the exhibits is free on First Friday and museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday at the Historic James H. Hill Great Northern Depot, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.
- Gallery North welcomes Showcase Artist for the Month, nature photographer, Pamela Johnson and featured gallery members Mary Knox Johnson and Marion Caroline Reil at their reception from 3-5 p.m. Reil will demonstrate watercolor techniques and display some of the illustrations from Knox's forthcoming book which describes the ongoing adventures of Pudge. Knox will read excerpts from her book from 3-4 p.m.
- Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W., welcomes wood artist Jon Kerth, who will greet visitors and speak about the art of Pyrography, also known as wood burning or "poker work." Early practitioners used the hot end of a fireplace poker to etch designs on leather or wood. Kerth's work will be on display for June, and the opening reception will be from 3-5 p.m.
- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. NW. will feature Mary Jo Dahl, a textile and "green" artist who will be on hand to demonstrate her hand felting techniques and functional recycled art at the opening reception from 4-6 p.m.,
- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., will feature local artist Steve Heriot, who is noted for his appreciation of nature's patterns, forms and moods through color, stroke, texture and composition. Stop by the Cabin and meet him at the opening reception from 4-6 p.m.
- Headwaters School for Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W., invites the public to photographer Brian Grund's exhibit, "Chasing the Wind," about taking the time to notice the serendipity of life and its meaning in teaching basic values of love, respect, integrity, patience and humility. All the photographs are for sale and the proceeds will be used to pay for wilderness travel expenses for youth. His work will be on display through July. The opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m.
- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., presents "The Wild I" nature photography by Irv. Strom. The opening reception is from 3-5 p.m., and the monthly First Friday Wine Bar will follow from 5-9 p.m.
- Dunn Bros. Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., welcomes the work of Bemidji State University senior Malisa VanMaasdam and her portraits showing the emotional power of facial features. The opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. Also on display and available for purchase are Levandowski Pottery and fused and slumped glassware by MaryBeth Vaudrin and Beverlee Olson.
- Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., features "New Work" by local artists Marlon Davidson, Butch Holden, Jay Jones, Marley Kaul, Don Knudson and Vivienne Morgan. Join the artists at the opening reception from 5-7 p.m. and their display of sculpture, mixed media, ceramics, painting and photography. There is also new inventory in Shop 426. Proceeds benefit programming at BCAC and the participating artists. Open Monday through Saturday, BCAC is free and open to the public.
- Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective new exhibit in the Fleur de Lis Gallery, 501 Bemidji Ave., is "Kimono Seasons" by Emily Chesley. Her portraits are of college friends in their native kimono incorporating the seasons and some elements of Japanese art into each piece. Meet the artist at 6 p.m. in the gallery located in the Wild Rose Theater. All of the above receptions are free and open to the public.
- Northwood's Folk Collective monthly First Friday Coffeehouse will begin sign-up of performers at 6:30 p.m. with a start time of 7:30 p.m. The cost is $2 for a single and $5 for a family at the Wild Rose Theater.
- Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. N.W., and the North Country Health Services Art Committee welcome an exhibit by Natalia Himmirska, "Embrace." Her work will be on display through June for the pleasure of the residents, families, staff and the community at large. The work is for sale, and a price list is provided at the reception desk.
The Bemidji Community Art Center is looking for artists, organizations, clubs or guilds interested in participating in an Artisan Guild Village as a part of the 42nd Annual Art in the Park Art Fair and Centennial Celebration. If you are a weaver, spinner, blacksmith, wood worker, glass blower, do leather work, wheel thrown pottery or any other art and craft by hand that lends itself to a Guild Village setting and do demonstrations or allow hands on experiences for children and/or adults the BCAC would like you to consider participating in this two day event on July 18-19. This event is made possible in part by the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment and the H.B. and Ina T. Roholt Family Fund. For more information please contact the BCAC at 218-444-7570 firstname.lastname@example.org or go on line at www.bcac.wordpress.com
Talley Gallery of BSU will hold its 2009 summer Visual Arts Department faculty show until July 2. The show will feature the work of Butch Holden, Natalia Himmerska, Linda Brown, Jason Clark, Terry Garrett, Steve Sundahl and Vivienne Morgan. Located in the Education Arts Building on Birchmont Drive Northeast, the gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and is barrier free and open to the public at no charge.
Bemidji Community Theater will hold auditions for the annual summer melodrama in the amphitheater at Bemidji State Park. "Riders of the Gold Sphinx" is a musical of the old west. Young adults though seniors are invited to audition. Performance dates are July 31 and Aug. 1 and Aug. 7 and 8. Auditions are set for 5-7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Headwaters School for Music and the Arts. Be prepared to sing a song, read from a script and/or play an instrument - a guitar player is particularly needed. For more information, contact Deborah at 444-6344.
Bemidji High School Drama Club will perform "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen, a play in two acts at 7:01 p.m. tonight and Friday in the auditorium. There is no admission charge.
The Lake Bemidji Summer Concert Series will begin at 1:30 p.m. Sunday as the Headwaters School for Music and the Arts welcomes Shylan Rose and friends, well known local musicians who promise a grand time in an old fashion "Hootenanny" The will celebrate the music of the late Dick Rose. The performances are all held in the amphitheater at the state park. There will be 16 concerts this summer through August. These events are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature as well as the collaborative effort of Lake Bemidji State Park and the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts.
Lyra, a vocal group of professional singers, most of whom are students or graduates from the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, will perform for the public at 7 p.m. Monday at First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave. More information about the group may be seen at lyraonline.org. Tickets are $5, and the performance. Call First Lutheran at 444-5302 with questions.
"Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters" will open Wednesday at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse.
Region 2 Arts Council will offer a theater workshop for directors, actors, students, teachers and anyone interested in directing Shakespearean plays. The title of the workshop is, "Shakespeare Alive! How to Put on Shakespeare Plays with Non-Professional Actors/Staff" and will be led by professional actor Sonja Parks and Michelle Hensley, who is the artistic director of the 10,000 Things Theater in Minneapolis. This workshop will be held in collaboration with the Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective. All local theater groups are invited to attend. Registration is $20 per participant with college and high school students eligible for a discount. Registration must be sent to Region 2 Arts Council, 424 Bemidji Ave. by June 12. Times and dates of the workshop are 6-8:30 p.m. June 19 and 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 20, with lunch and snacks provided, at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. For further information call 800-275-5447 or contact Cate at email@example.com or 243-2685.
- Local actor and producer Greg Gasman will be honored as the 21st Friend of the Arts Award winner Monday at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. The reception will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. with a social hour and hors d'oeuvres and a 6:30 p.m. awards presentation. Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger and may be purchased now at the Bemidji Community Arts Center, Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, the Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House or for $15 at the door. For more information, contact Lori at 444-7570.
- "A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline" will open at Long Lake Theater with a Bemidji cast. Local actors Julie Kaiser, who will be featured as Patsy Cline, and Matt Goinz, the radio announcer, will be joined by Lee Foster and Chris Konecne for this musical based on the life and music of Cline. The show will run through June with performances at 3 p.m. Wednesdays and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are $18 for adults and $9 for children 12 and younger and may be reserved by calling 218-732-0099. Long Lake Theater is located in the town of Hubbard, which may be reached by taking U.S. 71 south to state Highway 87 then turning left for six miles to theater.
- The Bemidji Community Band rehearsals are at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at BSU Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. Four performances are scheduled during June, July and August. This year's opening concert will be held at 7 p.m. Father's Day, June 21, on the lawn at Baker Park, 803 Dewey Ave. N.E. Regulars know to take a chair, a sweater and join their friends for these community concerts. A free will offering will be accepted to help defray costs for musical scores and equipment.
- Gallery North will offer a "Thrown Floral" watercolor class for teaching the wet-on-wet technique at 1 p.m. June 27. For information or to register for the class, stop by Gallery North.
- "Everyday Miracles, Celebrating the Ordinary," a photography and poetry exhibit by Deb DeNio Krueger is open now at the Tin Pan gALLEry until June 27. Opening reception will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 6 in the Blackduck History Center, Main and Margaret Streets.
- Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective will offer The Tasty Baby Belly Buttons-Producers Jr. Theater Camp for 8-12-year-olds will focus on all aspects of production June 29-July 3. Shakespeare for Kids camp for ages 9 to teens June 15-19 will culminate in a "Shakespeare to Go" performance during Bard in the Park festival from July 15-19 on the Bemidji lakefront. For information on the camps, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 243-2685.
- Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., has an ongoing display of new art work by Beverlee Olson, Jane Freeman, Judy Selby Pat Shough and MaryBeth Vaudrin for viewing pleasure and sale. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed on Sunday.
- Stop at the Tourist Information Center, 300 Bemidji Ave. by the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, for a map and information on the pieces included in the Sculpture Walk.
- 34th Annual Midsommar Fest, 12:30 p.m. June 13, Library Park, Bemidji.
- Region 2 Arts Council information session, June 17, Bemidji.
- "As You Like It" by the Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective, July 16 to 20, Bard in the Park.
- Mozart's "La Nozze di Figaro," 7:30 p.m., Aug. 19-21, Thompson Recital Hall.
- Pelican Railroad every Wednesday from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Backyard BBQ in downtown Bemidji.
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 email@example.com