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Pioneer Previews: First Friday Receptions abound with variety

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Labor Day visitors and local folk can start their First Friday Art Walk Sept 2 at the following venues which have no receptions scheduled:

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- Bemidji Public Library Art Wall features Doug Zuehlsdorff and his exhibit "Strokes - People and Places" for September. His recent work won a spot in a national drawing competition called "Strokes of Genius 4" and will be in the October 2012 edition. The library is open six days a week at 509 America Ave. N.W.

- Dunn Bros Coffee is holding over Fargo photographer Lois Bednar for September. Bednar's black-and-white photos emphasize designs, textures and contrast. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive. S.

- Neilson Place, 1000 Anne. St. N.W., is continuing the Mary Lingen landscapes installation until the end of October. A price list is available at the front desk. Neilson Place is open to the public for viewing until 8 p.m. every day.

- Saarens Productions invites the public to stop by the Wild Rose Theater and Fleur de Lis Gallery, 501 Bemidji Ave., from 2-6 p.m. to view the work of local, regional and national artists in a new exhibit rotation.

- Meet DuWayne Shwindt of Rako Woods and his exhibit of Intarsia designed wood inlay projects during the 2-5 p.m. reception at Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W.

- Down that end of town is Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts with a reception for mixed media artist Maria Thompson from 4-6 p.m. Thompson's college work, "People I Should Have Met," was inspired by the poetry of W.H. Auden. This shop is a boutique which features art and fine craft by more than 60 artists and an eclectic selection of fun gifts and contemporary accessories. Bad Cat is located at 315 Irvine Ave. N.W.

- The Cabin Coffee House and Café features local mural artist Maureen O'Brien with a 4-6 p.m. reception. O'Brien's work reflects her belief that a sense of peacefulness comes from being surrounded by nature - woods, fields, streams, lakes and seas. The Cabin is located at 214 Third St. N.W. and is open seven days a week.

- Across the street is "Glazed and Amused," a family owned paint-your-own ceramic studio. Meet artist Mike Mohler and see his exhibit "Mike's Unique Take on Life" of large-scale mixed media caricatures. Mohler's opening reception will begin at 7 p.m. at 311 Third St. N.W.

- Bemidji State University Hobson Memorial Union will host a 2:30-5 p.m. reception for the public to view "Self Portrait," a five-piece work that features four intaglio prints showing the evolution of a complete print and the original copper plate used to create the prints. This work is by the late Eugene Dalzatto, a former faculty member of BSU's fine art faculty. The Union is located on the campus of BSU at 1500 Birchmont Drive N.E.

Artist featured

Bemidji artist Alice Blessing will be featured at the MacRostie Art Center with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2. Blessing's work, "Miss Shapen," is a series of paintings about the relationship of toddler beauty pageants to real life using the juxtaposition of the highly developed personalities of grandmothers against the images of young girls dolled up for beauty contests. The center is located at 405 First Ave. N.W, Grand Rapids, or see the website macrostieart center.org for more information.

Art collaboration

The Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center, 311 Main Ave. S., Park Rapids, will host a 4-6 p.m. reception for collaborative artists Jon and Lucy Normann and their work in stained glass and wood turning. Their studio, The Lightbenders creates stained glass windows for homes, churches and businesses and carved glass for doors and sidelights.

Writers retreat

Headwaters School of Music and the Arts will present The Fall Writer's Retreat, "Nature, Nurture: the Creative Fire Within" with CarolAnn Russell, professor of creative writing and women's studies at BSU from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9, at Ruttger's Birchmont Lodge, Bemidji. Class size is limited to 12 participants and the cost is $100 per person. Refreshments, including lunch, will be provided during the day. An optional 5 p.m. dinner at Tutto Bene will be at participant's expense. Register at 444-5606 before Sept. 7.

Grants available

Arts center

Bemidji Community Art Center is hosting a Textile Center Touring Exhibition, "Land by Hand: Fiber Artists Explore Place" featuring contemporary fiber art through October. Curator Kimber Olson will give a brief presentation and gallery walk at 6 p.m. during the 5-7 p.m. reception. "Land by Hand" showcases the work of 15 established Minnesota artists using such fiber art processes as felting, tapestry, weaving, batik, basketry, art quilting, beading, sculptural fiber and more to express the artists' unique relationships to place. The exhibit is presented by Textile Center, a national center for fiber art whose mission is to honor textile traditions and promote excellence and innovation in fiber art. Visit the Center and Shop 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave. N from 12-5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant Workshop sponsored by Region 2 Arts Council will be held from 5-6 p.m., Thursday, Sept 8, at the Region 2 office, 426 Bemidji Ave., Bemidji, and from noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Leech Lake Tribal College in Cass Lake. The grants are open to individual American Indian artists in all disciplines and offer funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities. Artists can apply for grants up to $1,000.

Nature artist

Bridig's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., will feature the photography of Jonathan Hatch, artist of the month for September. The emphasis is on the nature and natural beauty that can be found in anyone's backyard. For more information phone 444-0567 or log onto brigidsirishpub.com or www.facebook.com/brigidscrossirishpub.

Musical events

- Frank Prenevost will perform at 6:30 p.m. today, Aug. 31, at the Cabin Coffee House and Café. A song writer and musician, Prenevost plays blue grass and folk music on guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass guitar, fiddle and harmonica and is working with writers from the United States and the United Kingdom. This concert is free and open to the public.

- The Icebox Radio Theater's Koochi-Koochi Tour will continue Saturday with two live shows at the Northern District Fair in Littlefork, Minn. Show times are 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., and - the shows will be broadcast live on Sound Stages Radio at http://www.soundstagesradio.com. Both shows will be of the musical variety type with skits and songs about life in the Northland, as well as life at county fairs. Myron Hawrylak will provide all the music once again and the Icebox Radio Actors Guild will present several familiar as well as brand new skits. The two shows will be 90-percent different with new songs and skits presented at each one.

For more information, watch the Icebox website at http://www.iceboxradio.org

- Two Heavenly Harps will appear at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, at Calvary Lutheran Church, 2508 Washington Ave. S.E. Karin and Joy Gunderson, a mother-daughter duo with Joy a member of the St. Olaf Orchestra, will perform a concert with a free will offering admission.

- Rail River Folk School will host the Northwoods Folk Collective Coffeehouse at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, at 303 Railroad St. S.W. Drew Warne-Jacobsen will be the host for an evening of stories, songs, music and poetry with friends and neighbors in a relaxed atmosphere. Performers should arrive early to sign-up for time slot.

- Timberline with Kari Munson, John Essig and Dave Sand will perform from 7-11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Becida Bar and Grill, 13718 Hubbard County Road 9, Becida.

- Timberline with Kari Munson and John Essig will perform from 6-10 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 4, at Trail's End in Trail.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub will feature rock, indie and psychedelic music by The Color Pharmacy with Jake Dilley, Matt O'Brien and Jacob Quam on a variety of instruments including guitar, keyboards, bass, slide guitar, drums and percussion.

Sculpture walk

The maps for the location and description of the pieces on the Bemidji Sculpture Walk are available at the Chamber of Commerce, 300 Bemidji Ave. by Paul and Babe.

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 news@bemidjipioneer.com

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