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Pioneer Previews for 02/02/2014

Bemidji State University takes the stages (main stage and Thompson Recital Hall) at Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex as groups from local high school honor bands to as far away as Washington State for the newly established Alumni Jazz Band this coming weekend.

The two-day 2014 JazzFest is sponsored by the BSU Department of Music, Coke of Bemidji, Yamaha and Schmitt Music of St. Paul. The festival invited BSU instrumental music alumni to participate, and the results were overwhelming with so many who are now teaching in schools across the country coming back to Bemidji for the event.

In addition to the jazz concerts, students from 14 high schools in Minnesota and North Dakota will join with the BSU Wind Ensemble in an Honor Band Concert at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Too late for this issue of the Previews, which covers the events for the coming week, was the concert this past Friday by David Viscoli, professor of piano at Minnesota State University Mankato, from which he recently received Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award. Viscoli is currently a member of the Chiarina Piano Quartet and the Kasota Piano Trio and has played solo concerts for local to international audiences.

These events attest to the popularity and expertise of the instrumental adjunct and tenured faculty within the music department at BSU. Curt Olson, an alumnus of BSU has returned as an adjunct faculty member in low brass instruction after 41 years in music education at Michigan State University, holding the titles of professor and associate dean emeritus.

And recently, a high school student had the chance to play with and compose music for the Electronic Music Ensemble by using a Region 2 Arts Council Artists Mentor Grant. Elias Connell mentored with Greg Gaston, a Level 2 TIME (Technology Institute for Music Education) instructor, which means that Gaston is certified to teach other college level instructors in electronic music. BSU has a noted and up-to-date lab for student instruction.

And that is just a sprinkling of information on BSU’s Department of Music, including music education majors and voice and instrument students who also sometimes receive dual degrees so they can perform and also teach.

MONDAY, Feb. 3

•Bemidji Public Library Book Discussion Group meets at noon in the front meeting room to discuss “The 100-year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared” written by Jonas Johasson. Extra copies are available at the library.

•“Life’s a Birch” acrylic painting with Maureen O’Brien from 1 to 4 p.m. for “Warm Your Heart With A Little Art” at Gallery North, 502 Third St. NW. Reservations required.


•Bemidji Public Library Book Discussion Group meets at 7 p.m. in the front meeting room to discuss “The 100-year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared” written by Jonas Johasson. Extra copies are available at the library.


•Cecelia Wattles McKeig will speak about “Charles W. Scrutchin: Bemidji’s Black Lawyer, 1898-1930.” McKeig will lead a discussion on the life of Scrutchin, the first black lawyer in Minnesota to practice outside of Minneapolis and open a legal practice in Bemidji in 1898. Highlights include his talents as a criminal lawyer and his role in the Duluth Lynchings case in 1920. This presentation by the Beltrami County Historical Society is free to the public and appropriate for all ages. The program will begin at 6 p.m. in the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. NW.

FRIDAY, Feb. 7

•Here’s the First Friday art installations for Febuary:

•Gallery North welcomes the public to view samples of the works included in this year’s free classes “Warm Your Heart With A Little Art” and the time to sign-up. Featured Artist of the month, Colleen Hilts, a woodcarver whose work includes whimsical houses, fish, relief carvings, small animals and old-country Santas. Her favorite reliefs are flowers. Multi-talented, Hilts also does wall hangings, table toppers, place mats, baby quilts and appliqué cut-out sweatshirts. Be sure to put your name in the drawing for Colleen’s donated door prize, “Laura Birch Cat.” Meet Hilts during the 2 to 5 p.m. reception at 502 Third St. NW.

•Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will present “Inspirations in Needlepoint” by mixed media and fiber artist Patricia Brittain, who will present pieces that put a new twist on an old hobby: combining needle point and collage. Brittain creates her own needlepoint patterns, and a love of nature is featured in her subjects, particularly leaves. Meet Brittain during the 3 to 5 p.m. opening reception. After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare’s own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar, 5 to 9 p.m. This month’s new menu will be a romantic lovers theme for Valentine’s Day, with a wine and beer list to match. See the menu at 523 Minnesota Ave.

•Ravenrock Gallery Jewelry and Fine Art Studio and Studio 10 will present “The Colors of Love,” interpretations of the theme by the artists and viewers to decide. Quiz the artists during the 4:30 to 6 p.m. reception at Suite 2 at 1000 Paul Bunyan Drive.

•Cabin Coffee House will showcase fiber artists Karen-lisa Forbes and Dawn Standera and their installation “We’re Knot Friends-Cavandoli Knotting. A variety of macrame, Cavandoli Knotting is used to form geometric patterns and free form patterns similar to weaving. “If you are thinking owls and plant hangers, you could KNOT be more wrong,” say the artists. Meet them and watch demonstrations during the 4 to 7 p.m. reception at 214 Third St. NW.

•Headwaters Science Center will present the photography of Todd Geiger and a chance to talk to Geiger about his philosophy that photography is more aligned to finding something new in places he has been “multiple times” and discovering new places during the 5 to 6 p.m. at 413 Beltrami Ave., on the upper balcony of the center.

•Dunn Bros Coffee will present “From Within,” a collection of jewelry designs by local artist Christina Holland of Bat Cat Creations. Meet with Holland and discuss her belief that there are healing and metaphysical properties within the stones she uses. Join her during the 5 to 7 p.m. reception at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S.

•Watermark Art Center (formerly Bemidji Community Art Center) and Paul Bunyan Communications will honor regional and state award winning artist/sculptor, Duane Goodwin with an installation of his stone sculpture, painting, beadwork and small carvings. Meet with Goodwin and special guest and artist, Carl Gawboy during the 5 to 7 p.m. reception at 426 Bemidji Ave. N. on the upper floor of the Historic Carnegie Library Building.

Other Friday events include:

•Host Drew Warne-Jacobsen will welcome an opportunity to share stories, music, poetry and other performance art to an attentive, enthusiastic, inter-generational audience. Sign-ups begin at 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. SW (over the Irvine Ave. Bridge and up the hill).

•The BSU Alumni Band will perform at 8:30 p.m. on the main stage of Bangsberg complex on BSU. Tickets are going fast at the Music Department Office on the second floor of Bangsberg for their session with Jeff Coffin and adjunct faculty Evan Cobb. The same ticket will allow members of the audience to join in for a jam session with the band, Coffin and Cobb beginning at approximately 9:15 p.m. in the Thompson Recital Hall. Remember to bring your instruments and the $10 adult, $5 student ticket and free ticket with validated ID for BSU and Northwest Tech students for admission to the event. Limited tickets will be sold at the door.


•BSU Honor Band Concert begins at 2 p.m. on the main stage of Bangsberg Complex. Admission Free.

•BSU’s jazz ensemble Blue Ice will perform in concert with Jeff Coffin and Wycliffe Gordon at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 student ticket and free ticket with validated ID for BSU and Northwest Tech students for admission to the event. Limited tickets will be sold at the door.

Ongoing Exhibits

•The Blackduck Area History and Art Center re-opened with a collection from Kevin “Nates” Mahto’s recovered American Indian Art. The display includes art by Punk, Steve Blake, E. Dunn, Okima Kishik and others will be installed in the Tin Pan gALLERry during February and March. Hours for the center are 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and it is located at Main and Margaret Streets in downtown Blackduck. If you need to make special arrangements, call (218) 835-4478.

•Beltrami County History Center features artwork work from Gallery North and their new history exhibit “Trails Through Time,” which showcases county history from the time of glacial recession to the mid-20th century including Ojibwe history, logging and education. The center is open Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. through the end of March or by appointment for group visits and research. Call (218) 444-3376

•Brigid’s Pub, 317 Beltrami Ave., is featuring work from the artists of Studio 10 entitled “Winter Pastimes.”

•Neilson Place presents “Walking Through Nature,” an exhibit of paintings by Maureen O’Brien for people who cannot daily walk through nature. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne St. NW. and viewers may visit during regular visiting hours.

Upcoming events

•Beverly Everett continues Bemidji Symphony Orchestra’s 75th anniversary yearat 3 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Bemidji High School Auditorium with “A Celebration of John Steinbeck” featuring humanities scholar Clay S. Jenkinson.

•Classes fill quickly so make a reservation as soon as possible at Gallery North 502 Third St. N.W. for these free classes:

•Feb. 8: “Beginning Basketry” with Monie Martin from 1 to 4 p.m.

•Feb. 12: “Daisy Chain Beading” with Curtis Schagunn from 1 to 4 p.m.

•Feb. 15: “Intro to Bead Looming” with Patty Lovegreen from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

•Feb 15: “Embroidery and More” with Colleen Hilts from 1 to 4 p.m.

•Feb. 18: “Ukrainian Eggs” with Mary Morton at 1:30 p.m.

•Feb. 18: “Earrings” with Jeanie Fenner at 2 p.m.

•Feb. 21: “String Along” with Marie Hamre at 1 p.m.

•Feb. 22: “Watercolor Backgrounds with Simple Silhouette” with Marion Caroline at 1 to 4 p.m.

•Feb. 27: “Loopy Project” with Marie Hamre at 1 p.m.