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Pioneer Previews for June 23: Public reception for Chief Bemidji artist on Tuesday

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Pioneer Previews for June 23: Public reception for Chief Bemidji artist on Tuesday
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

BEMIDJI — The public will have a chance Tuesday to meet artist Gareth Curtiss, who will be creating a bronze statue of Shaynowishkung, also known as Chief Bemidji.

A public reception with Curtiss will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at Bemidji City Hall. In a press release, Curtiss said it is his desire "to produce a great work of sculpture that will be a source of pride and appreciation for (Bemidji), its visitors and the Anishinaabe People."

Curtiss’ career has spanned nearly 30 years and is recognized as a master sculptor, the press release said. Figurative sculpture is a trademark of his, including all aspects of large-scale bronze casting and fabrication, including welding, patina and mold making, according to the release. Past commissions include a life size bronze statue of Chief Black Hawk for the Aurora Public Schools in Aurora, Ill.

During his visit, Curtiss also will meet to discuss design development ideas with the Leech Lake descendants of Shaynowishkung, other committee members and city officials, the release said. He will also review plans for the statue platform and site.

Curtiss’ work on the statue of Shaynowishkung will take a year to complete, and will be installed in May 2014 in Library Park.

Monday

Robert the Magician will perform from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Bemidji Public Library. Free and open to the public.

TusSday

A special magic show for teens will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Bemidji Public Library. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday

"Dancing at Lughnasa," the Paul Bunyan Playhouse second production of the season will begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $10 for students and $20 each for groups of 10 or more.

Thursday

"Dancing at Lughnasa," the Paul Bunyan Playhouse second production of the season will begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $10 for students and $20 each for groups of 10 or more.

There will be a portrait workshop with Cindy Agan at Headwater School of Music & Arts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday

The Bemidji Public Library will sponsor a story and song program at the Diamond Point Park Pavilion. A creative songwriting workshop is scheduled from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Paul Spring will perform a concert at 4 p.m.

"Dancing at Lughnasa," the Paul Bunyan Playhouse second production of the season will begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $10 for students and $20 each for groups of 10 or more.

Saturday

"Dancing at Lughnasa," the Paul Bunyan Playhouse second production of the season will begin at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $10 for students and $20 each for groups of 10 or more.

Area Exhibits

--The Blackduck Area History and Art Center, located at Main and Margaret streets, is showcasing a picture display, "60 years ago, Funkley goes to New York," through July 13th.

-- "Summer Art Potpourri" in the Tin Pan gALLEry is displaying work by a variety of artists, some new to the History and Art Center. Summer hours are 1–4 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays through Aug. 31. Visits by special appointment may be scheduled by calling 835-4478 or 835-8210.

-- For a complete listing of Bemidji Community Arts Center art exhibits email bcac@wordpress.com.

-- Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center at 311 S. Main Ave, Park Rapids, has an exhibit of all participating artists.

-- The technology, art and design faculty of BSU have an installation in the Talley Gallery, Room 212 of Bensen Hall. The exhibition will feature the work of nine faculty members: Drew Graham digital and interactive design; Tim Brockman, woodworking; Dennis Peterson, silverpoint drawing; Natalia Himmirska, painting and drawing; Barbara Hanus, painting; Butch Holden, ceramics; David Towley, woodworking; Bonnie Higgins, photography; Steve Sundahl, 3D design.

The show will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through June 28, then reopen Aug. 28 until Sept. 20.

-- Headwaters School for Music and the Arts is sponsoring a workshop with Cindy Agan, internationally known published watercolor artist, portrait artist, author and teacher. Attendees will learn to paint realistic portraits of people in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Various techniques such as dry brushing, glazing, graded wash, wet-in-wet, and in using cotton swabs. The workshop will be June 27-29 at the Beltrami Electric Roger Spiry meeting room, 4111 Technology Drive NW. The fee is $150; contact HSMA at 444-5606.

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