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Pioneer Previews: Galleries open for First Friday receptions
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First Friday events for Aug. 5 will welcome the many visitors to Bemidji for the Dragon Races.

Most of the venues will also have receptions, free and open to the public, with the artists.

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E Gallery North will welcome fiber artist Debra Hawthorne with her one-of-a-kind clothing, costume designs, star quilts and designer bags from cotton, silk and upholstery fabric as their Guest Showcase Artist for August. The Gallery will also host two featured Member Artists who work in fiber: Patty Lovegreen will demonstrate how she creates her woven work with fiber, paper and metal; and Carolyn Goldberg, a weaver and mixed media artist, will demonstrate the technique of making paper using silk, cotton, linen and Japanese fibers. Her art has been displayed and shown around the world. Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments at the Gallery's reception on from 2-5 p.m. Gallery North is located at 502 Third St. N.W. in the back of the Ink Spot building.

E Headwaters Science Center will present an exhibit of nature photography by the third-eighth-graders who participated in the HSC photography class. The opening reception will be held from 1-3 p.m. in the upper balcony of the center located at 413 Beltrami Ave. N.W. HSC also has an extensive gift shop containing books, games and other materials for aspiring scientists.

E Bemidji Public Library Art Wall will present artist Terry Honstead and her exhibit "Imagine," a collection of acrylic and mixed media that features paintings of ideas that come from reading books. Meet the artist during the 3 to 5 p.m. reception at the library, 509 America Ave. N.W.

E Bad Cat Creations Gallery & Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., featured artist for August is Melissa Burness and her "Tropical Tranquility," a collection of kaleidoscopic photo art from her recent trip to Hawaii, including tropical flowers and sea turtles over a coral reef. During the opening reception from 4-6 p.m., visitors will also have the opportunity to "kaleidoscope" themselves or a pet for a photograph that will be immediately available, Bad Cat Creations is a boutique featuring Art & Fine Craft by more than 60 artists in an eclectic selection of fun gifts and contemporary accessories.

E Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., will present the "34 Sisters," a collaborative that consists of a local artists from Bemidji and 32 women from Kenya, Africa. This eclectic collection of acrylic painting and jewelry made from paper beads will be for viewing and for sale. Join Jenn Anderson and hear her talk about the mission to start an enterprise project with the impoverished women of Kenya from 4-6 p.m.. The cabin is open seven days a week.

E Saarens Productions invites the public to stop by from 2-6 p.m. at the Wild Rose Theater and Fleur de Lis Gallery, 501 Bemidji Ave., for work by local, regional and national artists in a new exhibit rotation. Gallery hours are 2-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

E Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., will present "How Do We Love Thee, Let Us Count The Ways," a unique exhibit by 11 local artists working in various media interpreting the white orchid photo by photographer Patricia Grimes. Watercolor, acrylic, paper, fiber, glass work, stained glass, clay, metal, calligraphy and felt are all represented. Meet the artists of this collaboration from 3-5 p.m.. Experience Wild Hare's own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar, 5-9 p.m., featuring a new menu every month, and wine and beer list to match.

E Bemidji Community Art Center will extend "A Creative Partnership" by artists John Kolb and Linda Acklund-Kolb in the main gallery: John in acrylics and Linda with pastel on a beeswax ground, complement each other in the use of form. Photographer Sean McCroy in Gallery X2 shows us the result of his wanderings the alleys and side roads of Bemidji with "Walking Behind Bemidji." This exhibit runs now through August 27. The BCAC and Shop 426 are free and open to the public at 426 Bemidji Ave. Hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. There will be no reception.

E Dunn Bros Coffee will present Fargo, N.D., photographer Lois Bednar as the featured artist for August. Her black-and-white abstract photography emphasizes designs, textures, and contrast that might go unnoticed in the everyday world of color and unleashes a new perspective on those commonly viewed sights. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S.

E The Neilson Place Art Committee hosts artist Mary Lingen's landscapes of woodlands in Backus that changed the focus and style of her paintings. Lingen has exhibited her work across the country and received several awards in juried competitions. Lingen's artwork will be on display now through October. Her work is for sale and a price list is available at the Reception Desk. Neilson Place is located at 1000 Anne St. NW.

E Northwoods Gallery and Frame Shop features original art from local artists: Jane Freeman, Kathy Gustafson, Pat Shough/Sillimandi, Don Houseman, Duane Shoup, Terry Honstead and Pat Schnell showcasing watercolor, acrylic, pastel, oil, stained glass, woodcarvings, books and cards. Northwoods Gallery and Frame Shop is located at 218 Third St. N.W.

Musical events

E Bemidji Area Church Musicians will present Bemidji Symphony Horns at noon today, Aug. 3, at the St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 1800 Irvine Ave. N.W. A free will offering will be accepted in support of the music scholarships given each year. A luncheon will be served following the concert for a nominal cost.

E Cellist Eric Haugen and friends will perform from noon until 3 p.m. today at the Open House at the Sanford Center. Visual artist Jay Jones will be displaying some of his work during the open house along with the musicians. This event is free and open to the public with refreshments by Dunn Bros. Coffee, gourmet cupcakes by Althea's Bakery of Bagley and beignets by one of the center's chefs. Tours of the facility, including a behind-the-scenes look at Bemidji State University's hockey installation, will be given on the half hour starting at 12:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Sanford Center, Dunn Bros. Coffee, Althea's Cakery and Venuworks. Visit the Sanford Center website at thesanfordcenter.net.

E The Rail River Folk School will host The Northwoods Folk Collective Coffeehouse Open Mic at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The First Friday Coffeehouse offers an opportunity for the community to share stories, songs, music and poetry with friends and neighbors in a relaxing and supportive atmosphere. For musicians and writers of all experience levels, the coffee house provides an opportunity to perform for an attentive, enthusiastic, inter-generational audience. The August host will be Jeff Sawyer, and performers are asked to come early to sign up for performance time. Rail River Folk School is located at 303 Railroad St. S.W. Cross over the Irvine Street Bridge, turn left and drive to the top of the hill to the school.

E "The Full Monty" by McNally and Yazbek, will opens at 8 p.m. today at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, located in the historical Chief Theatre in downtown Bemidji. What do out of work steel workers in Pittsburgh do to get badly needed money - why they would go the full monty, of course. At least that's how these six men seek to deal with their financial, marital, and personal problems. The play deals with the "crazy" idea of getting a group of semi-talented, shy, scared and embarrassed men to be brave enough to face an audience for a contest in which the prize money would signal a solution to many of their problems. The music is engaging and some of the tunes are soulful, as interpreted by music director Suzanne Reyburn. Craig Johnson is the director and Joe Chvala is the choreographer. Ryan Knox Parker, the only actor spending the entire summer season at the PBP, plays the lead Jerry Lukowski. Other familiar faces, Zach Curtis, Paul Reyburn, Karen Weise-Thompson, Jonathan Mansk, Jessie Ladig, Michael Paul Levin Katherine Tieben and Nancy Brown-Colligan, will be joined by other actors to form a cast of 19 for this final show of the 2011 season and the last for current artist director Zach Curtis. Tickets for the evening performances are $25 for adults, $15 for students and $20 for groups of 10 or more. The 2 p.m. matinee performance Sunday, Aug. 7, ticket price is $25. Call the box office at 751-7270 for tickets or go online at paulbunyanplayhouse.com. This activity is funded in whole or in part by a Region 2 Arts Council grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.

E A charming, funny and poignant coming-of-age story opens at the Long Lake Theater in Hubbard with 3 p.m. Wednesday matinees beginning today and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday until Aug. 27. "Brighton Beach Memoirs" by Neil Simon is a semi-autobiographical (as is much of Simon's work) play about the coming of age in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, New York of Eugene Morris Jerome. Set in the late 1930s, Eugene, a young teen, fantasizes about being a shortstop for the New York Yankees and also of the girl of his dreams. Simon's play is a witty commentary about his middle class family and his trials toward attaining young adulthood. Directed by Mary Harrison, a veteran director at Long Lake Theater, the actors Jacob Froelich, Andrew Browers, Shannon Geisen, Brad Livingston, Shelley Mahowald, Jouannah Morgan, and Michelle Farlee promise an evening that will make you laugh and cry. Tickets are $16 for adults and are available by calling 218-732-0099 or visiting www.longlaketheater.com.

E Northern Light Opera Company will present "The Music Man" at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4, 5 and 6 at Park Rapids Area High School. Julie Kaiser plays Eulalie Mckeckne, the River City mayor's wife; John Peterson, B.S.U. graduate from Erskine, is a member of the bickering school board that forms the Barbershop Quartet; Brinn Krabbenhoft, a BSU music alum, sings the role of Marian the Librarian. Bemidji area musicians in the pit orchestra include David Murphy, Lynette Murphy, Beth Holzhueter and Vicki Magnuson. A cast of 44 of all ages will make River City, Iowa of 1912 come to life mirroring the energy that David Konshok brings to the role of Harold Hill.

Workshop

Wood carver and carving instructor Wayne Hankel will be teaching a three-day class from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Aug. 22, 23 and 24 at the Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center, 311 Main Ave. S., Park Rapids. The class projects will utilize carving cut outs pre-cut by the instructor. Participants will learn proper wood carving techniques and should be able to carve two or three realistic wildlife carvings during the three day class. Contact Jerry Wegenast at 218-847-3519 or jerry@jwinc.org or check the BCG website blankcanvasgallery.org to register or for information on cost. The deadline to register is Aug. 16.

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

First Friday events for Aug. 5 will welcome the many visitors to Bemidji for the Dragon Races.

Most of the venues will also have receptions, free and open to the public, with the artists.

- Gallery North will welcome fiber artist Debra Hawthorne with her one-of-a-kind clothing, costume designs, star quilts and designer bags from cotton, silk and upholstery fabric as their Guest Showcase Artist for August. The Gallery will also host two featured Member Artists who work in fiber: Patty Lovegreen will demonstrate how she creates her woven work with fiber, paper and metal; and Carolyn Goldberg, a weaver and mixed media artist, will demonstrate the technique of making paper using silk, cotton, linen and Japanese fibers. Her art has been displayed and shown around the world. Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments at the Gallery's reception on from 2-5 p.m. Gallery North is located at 502 Third St. N.W. in the back of the Ink Spot building.

- Headwaters Science Center will present an exhibit of nature photography by the third-eighth-graders who participated in the HSC photography class. The opening reception will be held from 1-3 p.m. in the upper balcony of the center located at 413 Beltrami Ave. N.W. HSC also has an extensive gift shop containing books, games and other materials for aspiring scientists.

- Bemidji Public Library Art Wall will present artist Terry Honstead and her exhibit "Imagine," a collection of acrylic and mixed media that features paintings of ideas that come from reading books. Meet the artist during the 3 to 5 p.m. reception at the library, 509 America Ave. N.W.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery & Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., featured artist for August is Melissa Burness and her "Tropical Tranquility," a collection of kaleidoscopic photo art from her recent trip to Hawaii, including tropical flowers and sea turtles over a coral reef. During the opening reception from 4-6 p.m., visitors will also have the opportunity to "kaleidoscope" themselves or a pet for a photograph that will be immediately available, Bad Cat Creations is a boutique featuring Art & Fine Craft by more than 60 artists in an eclectic selection of fun gifts and contemporary accessories.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., will present the "34 Sisters," a collaborative that consists of a local artists from Bemidji and 32 women from Kenya, Africa. This eclectic collection of acrylic painting and jewelry made from paper beads will be for viewing and for sale. Join Jenn Anderson and hear her talk about the mission to start an enterprise project with the impoverished women of Kenya from 4-6 p.m.. The cabin is open seven days a week.

- Saarens Productions invites the public to stop by from 2-6 p.m. at the Wild Rose Theater and Fleur de Lis Gallery, 501 Bemidji Ave., for work by local, regional and national artists in a new exhibit rotation. Gallery hours are 2-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., will present "How Do We Love Thee, Let Us Count The Ways," a unique exhibit by 11 local artists working in various media interpreting the white orchid photo by photographer Patricia Grimes. Watercolor, acrylic, paper, fiber, glass work, stained glass, clay, metal, calligraphy and felt are all represented. Meet the artists of this collaboration from 3-5 p.m.. Experience Wild Hare's own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar, 5-9 p.m., featuring a new menu every month, and wine and beer list to match.

- Bemidji Community Art Center will extend "A Creative Partnership" by artists John Kolb and Linda Acklund-Kolb in the main gallery: John in acrylics and Linda with pastel on a beeswax ground, complement each other in the use of form. Photographer Sean McCroy in Gallery X2 shows us the result of his wanderings the alleys and side roads of Bemidji with "Walking Behind Bemidji." This exhibit runs now through August 27. The BCAC and Shop 426 are free and open to the public at 426 Bemidji Ave. Hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. There will be no reception.

- Dunn Bros Coffee will present Fargo, N.D., photographer Lois Bednar as the featured artist for August. Her black-and-white abstract photography emphasizes designs, textures, and contrast that might go unnoticed in the everyday world of color and unleashes a new perspective on those commonly viewed sights. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S.

- The Neilson Place Art Committee hosts artist Mary Lingen's landscapes of woodlands in Backus that changed the focus and style of her paintings. Lingen has exhibited her work across the country and received several awards in juried competitions. Lingen's artwork will be on display now through October. Her work is for sale and a price list is available at the Reception Desk. Neilson Place is located at 1000 Anne St. NW.

- Northwoods Gallery and Frame Shop features original art from local artists: Jane Freeman, Kathy Gustafson, Pat Shough/Sillimandi, Don Houseman, Duane Shoup, Terry Honstead and Pat Schnell showcasing watercolor, acrylic, pastel, oil, stained glass, woodcarvings, books and cards. Northwoods Gallery and Frame Shop is located at 218 Third St. N.W.

Musical events

- Bemidji Area Church Musicians will present Bemidji Symphony Horns at noon today, Aug. 3, at the St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 1800 Irvine Ave. N.W. A free will offering will be accepted in support of the music scholarships given each year. A luncheon will be served following the concert for a nominal cost.

- Cellist Eric Haugen and friends will perform from noon until 3 p.m. today at the Open House at the Sanford Center. Visual artist Jay Jones will be displaying some of his work during the open house along with the musicians. This event is free and open to the public with refreshments by Dunn Bros. Coffee, gourmet cupcakes by Althea's Bakery of Bagley and beignets by one of the center's chefs. Tours of the facility, including a behind-the-scenes look at Bemidji State University's hockey installation, will be given on the half hour starting at 12:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Sanford Center, Dunn Bros. Coffee, Althea's Cakery and Venuworks. Visit the Sanford Center website at thesanfordcenter.net.

- The Rail River Folk School will host The Northwoods Folk Collective Coffeehouse Open Mic at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The First Friday Coffeehouse offers an opportunity for the community to share stories, songs, music and poetry with friends and neighbors in a relaxing and supportive atmosphere. For musicians and writers of all experience levels, the coffee house provides an opportunity to perform for an attentive, enthusiastic, inter-generational audience. The August host will be Jeff Sawyer, and performers are asked to come early to sign up for performance time. Rail River Folk School is located at 303 Railroad St. S.W. Cross over the Irvine Street Bridge, turn left and drive to the top of the hill to the school.

- "The Full Monty" by McNally and Yazbek, will opens at 8 p.m. today at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, located in the historical Chief Theatre in downtown Bemidji. What do out of work steel workers in Pittsburgh do to get badly needed money - why they would go the full monty, of course. At least that's how these six men seek to deal with their financial, marital, and personal problems. The play deals with the "crazy" idea of getting a group of semi-talented, shy, scared and embarrassed men to be brave enough to face an audience for a contest in which the prize money would signal a solution to many of their problems. The music is engaging and some of the tunes are soulful, as interpreted by music director Suzanne Reyburn. Craig Johnson is the director and Joe Chvala is the choreographer. Ryan Knox Parker, the only actor spending the entire summer season at the PBP, plays the lead Jerry Lukowski. Other familiar faces, Zach Curtis, Paul Reyburn, Karen Weise-Thompson, Jonathan Mansk, Jessie Ladig, Michael Paul Levin Katherine Tieben and Nancy Brown-Colligan, will be joined by other actors to form a cast of 19 for this final show of the 2011 season and the last for current artist director Zach Curtis. Tickets for the evening performances are $25 for adults, $15 for students and $20 for groups of 10 or more. The 2 p.m. matinee performance Sunday, Aug. 7, ticket price is $25. Call the box office at 751-7270 for tickets or go online at paulbunyanplayhouse.com. This activity is funded in whole or in part by a Region 2 Arts Council grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.

- A charming, funny and poignant coming-of-age story opens at the Long Lake Theater in Hubbard with 3 p.m. Wednesday matinees beginning today and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday until Aug. 27. "Brighton Beach Memoirs" by Neil Simon is a semi-autobiographical (as is much of Simon's work) play about the coming of age in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, New York of Eugene Morris Jerome. Set in the late 1930s, Eugene, a young teen, fantasizes about being a shortstop for the New York Yankees and also of the girl of his dreams. Simon's play is a witty commentary about his middle class family and his trials toward attaining young adulthood. Directed by Mary Harrison, a veteran director at Long Lake Theater, the actors Jacob Froelich, Andrew Browers, Shannon Geisen, Brad Livingston, Shelley Mahowald, Jouannah Morgan, and Michelle Farlee promise an evening that will make you laugh and cry. Tickets are $16 for adults and are available by calling 218-732-0099 or visiting www.longlaketheater.com.

- Northern Light Opera Company will present "The Music Man" at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4, 5 and 6 at Park Rapids Area High School. Julie Kaiser plays Eulalie Mckeckne, the River City mayor's wife; John Peterson, B.S.U. graduate from Erskine, is a member of the bickering school board that forms the Barbershop Quartet; Brinn Krabbenhoft, a BSU music alum, sings the role of Marian the Librarian. Bemidji area musicians in the pit orchestra include David Murphy, Lynette Murphy, Beth Holzhueter and Vicki Magnuson. A cast of 44 of all ages will make River City, Iowa of 1912 come to life mirroring the energy that David Konshok brings to the role of Harold Hill.

Workshop

Wood carver and carving instructor Wayne Hankel will be teaching a three-day class from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Aug. 22, 23 and 24 at the Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center, 311 Main Ave. S., Park Rapids. The class projects will utilize carving cut outs pre-cut by the instructor. Participants will learn proper wood carving techniques and should be able to carve two or three realistic wildlife carvings during the three day class. Contact Jerry Wegenast at 218-847-3519 or jerry@jwinc.org or check the BCG website blankcanvasgallery.org to register or for information on cost. The deadline to register is Aug. 16.

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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