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Patt Rall Arts Column for April 2: April First Friday Art Walk to feature variety

Start the April First Friday Art Walk at the Beltrami County History Center with an exhibit, in conjunction with Gallery North, exploring a "Spring Fling" now through May. Stop by any time during the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday for refreshments and free admission to the museum. The History Center is located at 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W. in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Library exhibit

Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W., has a display on the Library Art Wall work of Geri Mead, Leech Lake Art League in Walker member, and her impressions of the world of nature done in watercolor. She will be at the library from 3-5 p.m. for the opening reception.

April showcase

Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., announces the April showcase of the Annual Artists of Minnesota Traveling Mini Show of miniature original art. Gallery North featured artists of the month are two founding members - Joyce Martin, who teachers watercolor, and Mary Morton, a Rosemaler. They will be demonstrating their work from 2-5 p.m. with refreshments and opportunities to purchase work. It will also be the last chance to sign up for Saturday's oil painting class.

Photo display

Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., will host a reception for John Eggers and his photography exhibit of "Horses, Haystacks and Haunts." Meet with Eggers as he discusses his mixture of landscapes, still life, farm animals and nature from 4-6 p.m. There is also an on-going display of Audrey Merschman's cards and paintings. The Cabin is open seven days a week.

Student exhibit

Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., features Bemidji State University art student Cody Bartz. An art and design student, Bartz will display his screen printed posters and pottery. Bartz, and some of his work which will not be in the exhibit, will be there to share some refreshments and thoughts with you from 4-7 p.m.

Neilson Place

Neilson Place, 1000 Anne Sat. N.W., welcomes Natalia Himirska and her exhibit "Embrace." The opening reception will be held from 2-5 p.m. with a brief presentation at 2 p.m. Enjoy some refreshments and get a chance to talk with the artist who claims that she merges "aesthetics and techniques from different eras into a synthesis expressed in contemporary visual language." The work, chosen by the North Country Health Services Art Committee, will be on display through June for the pleasure of the residents, families, staff and the community. Selected pieces are for sale and a price list can be had at the information desk.

Food photos

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., showcases Mackenzie Lindahl and Moni Schneider with their "Edible Mandala: an Exploration of Culinary Inspiration" in photographs, which highlight their love of food and cooking. The opening reception will be from 3-5 p.m. with refreshments. Some of the recipes featured in the photos will be on the menu for the monthly First Friday Wine Bar following the reception. Enjoy the food and music from "Blue Bird," a well-known women's trio known for its tight harmonies from 5-9 p.m.

High school show

Bemidji Community Arts Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., welcomes the Ninth Annual Bemidji Area High School Invitational featuring works in all mediums by local students. The opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. Shop 426 has many new items for sale and all proceeds benefit BCAC programming and the artists of the shop. BCAC is open to the public during regular hours noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

All of the above noted receptions are free and open to the public.


Mask and Rose Theater Collective and the Northwood's Folk Collective, 501 Bemidji Ave., invite the public to their First Friday Coffeehouse at the Wild Rose Theater. Performer sign-up will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the performances to start at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $2 for a single or $5 for a family. Get there early to view the new exhibit in the Fleur de Lis Gallery - "Mother Art," a collection of paintings, drawings, jewelry, photography and sculpture made by women of all ages from the Bemidji area.

Digital photo show

Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., will continue to display the digital photography work of Brandon Bjerknes, "Simply Beautiful." Also available for purchase is Levandowski Pottery, stoneware and Raku made with nontoxic clay and lead free glazes, and fused and slumped glassware by MaryBeth Vaudrin and Beverly Olson.

Spring concert

Pelican Railroad Orchestra invites the public to help them celebrate the onset of spring this Saturday. A family friendly occasion, they will perform a variety of music from blues, rock, jazz, and alternative compositions with original and classical percussion. Feel free to bring your favorite percussion instrument, as the evening will end in a drum circle. Admission is $2 for children, a sliding scale of $5 to $10 and no one is refused. The jam session will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Wild Rose Theater.

Choral concert

The Bemidji Choir and Chamber Singers, under the direction of Bradley Logan, will present their final concert of the spring tour at 3 p.m. Sunday on the main stage of the BSU Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex. The program is a broad array of pieces including "O Magnum Mysterium" by Jacob Handl and a selection of "Songs from the Twelfth Night" by Kenneth Neufield. The men's chorus, under the direction of tenor and bass leaders, seniors Joe Colago and Jake Kaehne, will offer three pieces, one of which will be "Beati Mortui" by Felix Mendelssohn. The Chamber Singers, an auditioned ensemble taken from members of the choir, will be led by Danielle Stadick in a variety of offerings including a contemporary rendition of "Everything I Own," by Bread. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students and free for BSU students.

Brass concert

Western Brass Quintet will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. April 6 in the BSU Thompson Recital Hall, Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex. This will be the finale performance of the 2009 Bemidji Concert Series. Western Brass Quintet members are award-winning faculty from Western Michigan University. Founded in 1966, they offer a variety of classical programs with music ranging from Bach to Bernstein and are known for commitment to promoting the composition of significant works for brass quintets. This concert will showcase works from Monteverdi to three movements from Joseph Blaha's "The Broken Down Band." Musicians for this concert include Scott Thornburg and Stephen Jones on trumpet; Lin Foulk on horn; Daniel Mattson on trombone; and Deanna Swoboda on tuba. They have performed internationally as well as at more than 100 American universities and have five recordings. Tickets are $20 for the general public, $4 for students and free for BSU students with a valid I.D. Tickets may be purchased at Lueken's Village Foods North and Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W. and, if available, at the door.

Varsity Singers

Varsity Singers will conclude their spring tour with a concert for the public at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Thompson Recital Hall. The group is a non-auditioned choral ensemble with students from all disciplines and is primarily a service organization. They share their musical talents in and around the campus and ask you to share their mission by purchasing some coffee and treats from them at intermission and the end of the performance. Under the direction of Patricia Mason and accompanied by Katie Thies, the singers will perform a variety of family-friendly music from the whimsical to the serious with soloists and small ensembles interspersed.

Audition call

Northern Light Opera Companhy is calling for singers, costumers, set construction and painting devotees, lighting designers and a myriad of other production opportunities for the summer production of "Fiddler on the Roof." The production will be staged July 31-Aug. 6 with auditions for singers and dancers at the following times and places: 5 p.m. April 14 at Calvary Lutheran Church, Park Rapids and 5 p.m., April 16 at Hope Lutheran Church, Walker. Callbacks and auditions by special arrangement will be at 10 a.m. April 18 at Calvary Lutheran Church, Park Rapids. Singers and dancers of all ages are encouraged to audition and should be prepared to sing a song from a musical or a light opera. An accompanist will be provided. For more information, contact Paul Dove at 218-732-7096 or

Other events

-- The Talley Gallery will host the 2009 Spring Scholarship Show, "No Boundaries" through April 17. The gallery is located in the BSU Education Arts Building and is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The gallery is barrier free and is open to the public at no charge

-- Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., is sponsoring an intermediate watercolor painting class where the students will paint a birch tree or other Northwood's scenes using a variety of background techniques and methods. All materials will be provided and students will be given a list of materials and resources to continue watercolor painting. Each class will be limited to 10 people and the pre-paid registration fee is $40 and $45 at the door. For more information, call 751-7741. Registrations will be taken at Gallery North.

-- Region 2 Arts Council will offer Watercolor: Throwing Paint for Foliage and Flowers, a three-day workshop with instructor Kathy Kovala from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 26, 27 and 28 at the Mantrap Valley Conservation Clubhouse in Park Rapids. There is a $100 registration fee, and the deadline to register is May 1. For details call Dale or Arlene at 732-8327. Those interested in attending should send the registration fee to the Region 2 Arts Council, 426 Bemidji Ave., Bemidji, MN 56601.

-- Friends of the Arts nominations are now being accepted by BCAC. Nominees may be a living person or couple who have given generously of their time and effort to promote the arts in the greater Bemidji area. This long-standing award - the first honoree was Helen Gill back in 1989 - has recognized arts advocates for the past 21 years. Nominations will be received at BCAC through April 15, and the selection committee will announce the honoree by May 1, at which time the tickets for the gala will go on sale. For more information, contact BCAC at 444-7570. Applications are available at The BCAC Friends of the Arts Award is sponsored in part by First National Bank Bemidji, North Country Health Services, Paul Bunyan Telephone, Dunn Bros Coffee and Kraus Anderson Construction.

-- Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective is looking for a few more female actors to play small roles in the summer production of "As You Like It" during Bard in the Park, July 16-20. Contact director Cate Belleveau at if interested or for more information.

-- Tutto Bene has an ongoing display of new art work by Beverlee Olson, Jane Freeman, Judy Selby Pat Shough and MaryBeth Vaudrin for viewing pleasure and sale.

-- Stop at the Tourist Information Center, 300 Bemidji Ave. by the statue of Paul Bunyan and Babe, for a map and information on the pieces included in the Sculpture Walk.

Mark your calendars now with these upcoming events:

-- "Cinderella," a collaboration of Bemidji Community Theater and BSU, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 17 and 18 and 3 p.m. April 19 in the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex Main Stage. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children at K.K. Thompson in the mall and Iverson's Corner Drug downtown.

-- Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Bemidji Chorale, BSU Choir and Bemidji High School A Capella Choir will perform Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at 3 p.m. April 26 in the BHS Auditorium.

-- "Sam and Alice" will perform a free concert at the Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, April 18.

-- Sculpture Walk Reception with artists, food and music by Pelican Railroad will be held at 5 p.m. May 16 in the waterfront Rotary Pavilion.

-- Theater Unbound, in collaboration with the Wild Rose Women's Theater collective, will perform three plays by Anne Bertram at the Wild Rose Theater May 16 and 17.

-- Gallery North and Northern Artists will hold "The Artists of Minnesota Spring Show" May 15-17. For more information, call Pat at 751-8842 or online at

-- Pelican Railroad every Wednesday night from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Backyard BBQ 119 Third St. N.W.

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