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Pioneer Previews: BSO looks to celebrate with the classics

“Classical Celebrations!” by Bemidji Symphony Orchestra will begin at 3 p.m. today at Bemidji High School.

Violinist Everaldo Martinez of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra will be the guest artist. Martinez is in demand as an orchestral and chamber music performer and appears at a number of summer festivals all over the country. In addition to his violin and conducting work, Martinez is also a composer, writing in a wide variety of styles. He is the concertmaster of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra, conductor of its Youth Symphony, professor of violin/viola and conductor of string ensembles at Bismarck State College and at the University of Mary in Bismarck.

Artistic Director Beverly Everett will open the program with “Magic Flute Overture” by Mozart. Martinez will continue the concert with Max Bruch’s Concerto No. 1 in G minor for violin and Orchestra, Op.26. The second half of the program will feature Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92.

Tickets for the concert are available at the door or online at Prices are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens 62 and older and $10 for college students with ID.  Students grades K–12 are free. All seats are general admission. Doors open at 2:30 pm.


Book Discussion Series at the Bemidji Public Library will meet at noon in the front meeting room to discuss “The Plague of Doves” by Louise Erdrich. Extra copies of the book are available at the library.

  • The spring lecture series of Adventures in Lifelong Learning begins with “Vietnam: From Enemy to Trading Partner” by professor Bill Sheela, who is a frequent traveler to Vietnam for the past 20 years. The lectures are free and open to the public; coffee and bars are served before the start of the program which runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Roger Spriy Community Room of Beltrami Electric Cooperative, 4111 Technology Dr. NW. ALL is self-supporting and depends upon the generosity of  members; see membership forms at each presentation.

  • Book Discussion Series at the Bemidji Public Library will meet at 7 p.m. in the front meeting room to discuss “The Plague of Doves” by Louise Erdrich. Extra copies of the book are available at the library.

  • First Friday events start with a 2 p.m. reception with the featured showcase artists Dianne Roholt and her pencil/ink drawings and Jesica Conrad, who will show a variety of 3D items including landscaped quilted pictures. Featured Artist of the month is Les Sanders, the newest member of Gallery North, who has been woodcarving for more than 30 years. He is known for producing whimsical characters and houses and carving split cedar flutes. Meet the artists at Gallery North, 502 Third St. NW.

  • The Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House will host the Dancing Sky Tapestry Weavers: Ann Kastl, Patti Sellon, Nancy Salminen, Kristin Majkrzak and Caroline Flypaa who will exhibit the varied styles and materials in a collection of their art work. Guest artists will be Dawn Standera and Karen Forbes and their cavandoli knotted art work with their “Knot More.” Meet the artists during the 3 to 5 p.m. reception at 523 Minnesota Ave. Following the reception, First Friday Wine Bar will open from 5 to 9 p.m. with Middle Eastern-inspired cuisine with beers and wine to match.

  • Watermark Art Center invites you to the March Spoken Word Event featuring author Lauren Cobb and a reading of excerpts from her book “Boulevard Women” with a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. and the reading with Q&A beginning at 6 p.m. Free and open to the public.

  • Glazed and Amused will be hosting First City Artists’ reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Meet the artists whose work includes painting, quilting, photography, collage, multimedia and jewelry and discuss their creative process.

  • Neilson Place presents the multilayered artwork of Paula Swanson, “Hurry Summer” will run through June. Swanson explores and interprets ideas, emotions and experiences creating a dialogue between the artist and viewer. Meet the artist during the 3 to 4:30 p.m. reception.  Neilson Place is located on Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne St. NW.

  • The Fifth Annual Midwinter Interlude Art Show by Bemidji State University’s faculty and staff is in the Ramsey Gallery on the ground floor of Bangsberg’s complex through March 14. Open to the public at no cost. The Midwinter Interlude has grown from 17 exhibitors during the inaugural show to nearly 30. Works on display include photography, stained glass, sculpture, jewelry, quilting, knitting, drawing and painting, fishing tackle and other forms of art.

  • Beltrami County History Center features artwork on display from Gallery North and the new exhibit “Trails Through Time.” Topics include Ojibwe history, logging, entertainment, education and so much more with 60 additional feet of exhibit cases. The center is open from noon  to 4 p.m. Wed-Sat. at 130 Minnesota Ave. SW.

  • The Bemidji Public Library Art Wall will feature work by members of the Northern Artist Association and include oil painting, watercolor, Rosemaling, wood carving and basket weaving. The library is located at 509 American Ave. NW.

  • Brigid’s Pub and the Artists of Studio 10 will continue to feature “Winter Pastimes” through the end of March. The pub is located in downtown Bemidji.

  • Ravenrock Gallery of Jewelry and Fine Art will continue to feature “The Colors of Love” by the artists of Studio 10 through March. It is located at 1000 Paul Bunyan Drive, Suite 102 across from the Honda Center in Bemidji.

  • Rail River Folk School presents the Northwoods Folk Collective open stage with sign-ups from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. when open mic begins. Host Drew Warne-Jacobsen will welcome musicians, singers, poets, writers and other performers to an attentive, appreciative inter-generational audience. Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. SW, Suite B.

  • Watermark and Paul Bunyan Communications will present sculptor Duane Goodwin in a presentation of his artistic process, design and inspiration from 11 a.m. to noon. Goodwin’s exhibit “Asiniig” will remain in place through March.  

  • Writing workshop with Lauren Cobb “The Word Made Flesh: Breathing Life into Fictional Characters” from 1 to 4 p.m. at the library meeting room. The fee is $40 for adults and $20 for students. For more information, contact Watermark at 444-7570.


A concert featuring national dances from Bohemia, a major fundraiser for Global Mission Projects, will begin at 2 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, Ninth Street and Bemidji Avenue. Paul and Helen Baumgartner, retired professors from Gustavus Adolphus College, will perform sitting side-by-side playing pieces written for four-hand piano.                    

Funding opportunity

Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, is now accepting project grant applications for the 2014 grand round. Any school or 501(c)3 organizations may request a BAAE Arts Project Grant. Applicants that are not schools or 501(c) 3 must use a fiscal agent. Applications are available at Region 2 Arts Council, Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, Northwest Minnesota Foundation, Rail River Folk School and Watermark Art Center or online at The maximum grant request is $1,000.

Two grants of $250 from the Everett Wilimek Endowment Fund for Orchestral String Studies will be made to qualifying orchestral string students ages 8-15. Applications available at the same location. Deadline to apply for further information, contact Marilyn Miller at 243-3030.

Upcoming events

Balachine’s “Jewels” as danced by a premiere classical ballet company, The Bolshoi Ballet, at 2 p.m. March 15 at local Bemidji Theater. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $10 available now until start time.

Baladino, an Israeli ensemble, will play 2 to 4 p.m., March 22 in the Sanford Center Ballroom as part of a Midwest tour of music from Spain, Eastern Europe, Turkey, and Arabic countries. Sponsored by the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts and Arts Midwest. Advance tickets $17 and $20 at the door, all tickets general admission.

Watercolor class with Marion Reil -- “Northwoods Winter Wonderland” -- will be held March 22 at Gallery North. All materials are included with the fee of $45 and the participants will complete and mat a 16-inch by 20-inch watercolor painting of a winter scene with a variety of backgrounds and painting techniques. Register at Gallery North.