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First Friday Art Walk scheduled

The First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji will be Friday, June 5 and will include the following participants:

- Bemidji Community Art Center will host its June First Friday Art Walk Opening Reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday at 426 Bemidji Ave. N. The featured exhibit for the month is "New Work" by Marlon Davidson, Butch Holden, Jay Jones, Marley Kaul, Don Knudson and Vivienne Morgan. It will include sculptures, mixed media, ceramics, painting and photography. Shop 426 will be open, with new inventory. All proceeds from Shop 426 benefit BCAC programming and the artists of Shop 426. The BCAC is free and open to the public. For more information, call 444-7570; visit or e-mail bcac@paulbunyan. net.

- Headwaters School of Music and the Arts will host an opening reception for Brian Grund from 5-7 p.m. Friday at 519 Minnesota Ave. N. The "Chasing the Wind" exhibit will be featured through the end of July. "Chasing the Wind" is about taking the time to notice the incredible, wonder-filled world, through photography, exploration and discovery. All photographs are available for purchase in various sizes, ordering information will be available. All proceeds from the sale of these photographs are used to pay for wilderness travel expenses for youth interested in chasing the wind. His work will be on display through the end of July. For more information, call 444-5606.

- Neilson Place will host an exhibit by artist Natalia Himmirska at 1000 Anne St. N.W. The North Country Health Services Art Committee is pleased to host this art exhibit, titled, "Embrace," featuring original paintings by Natalia. Her work will be displayed through August and is available to purchase. For more details, e-mail

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House will host a opening reception, featuring "The Wild 'I'", photography by Irv Srom, from 3-5 p.m. Friday at 523 Minnesota Ave. Strom is a nature photographer with an emphasis on birds, close-up and in their own environment. Wild Hare also features its own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar, from 5-9 p.m., Friday, featuring a dazzling new menu every month and a wine and beer list to match. For more details, call 444-JAVA.

- Dunn Bros Coffee will host its opening reception, featuring artist and BSU senior Malisa VanMaasdam, from 5-7 p.m. Friday at 501 Paul Bunyan Dr. S. VanMaasdam draws portraits and believes in the emotional power of facial features. Levandowski Pottery by Aron and Jena Levandowski glassware by MaryBeth Vaudrin and Beverlee Olson, will be available for purchase. Call 444-5252 or e-mail dunnbros106@

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts will host an opening reception featuring Mary Jo Dahl from 4-6 p.m. Friday at 315 Irvine Ave. N.W. Dahl will demonstrate hand felting techniques and ideas for creating "up-cycled" art and accessories. Dahl is a textile and "green" artist who likes to "re-purpose" goods to create her fun and functional recycled art. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique featuring art and fine craft by local artists with an eclectic selection of fun gifts and contemporary accessories. For more details, call 444-9225.

- Beltrami County Historical Society, in conjunction with Gallery North presents the "Summer Breeze" exhibit. An opening reception will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday at The History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W. Refreshments will be served, and admission is free. "Spring Fling" will be exhibited through May. The History Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. For details, call 444-3376 or visit www.beltramihistory. org.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café will host an opening reception for Steve Heriot from 4-6 p.m. at 214 Third St. Steve Heriot has been a paint for more than 30 years, he paints with acrylic and for the simple pleasure of expressing his appreciation of nature's patterns, forms and moods through color, stroke, texture and composition. Audry Merschman's painting will also be displayed and available for purchase. The Cabin is open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. For more details, call 444-2899.

- Bemidji Public Library feature artist for June is wood artist, Jon Kerth. An opening reception will be held from 3-5 p.m. Friday at 509 America Ave. Kerth will share information about the art of Pyrography. Also known as wood burning or "pokerwork" because the hot end of a fireplace poker was often used to etch designs on leather or wood before the availability of modern tools. His work will be on display through the month of June. For more information, call Paul Simonson at 444-7886.

- Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective and the Northwood's Folk Collective will host its First Friday Coffeehouse at 7:30 p.m. with performer sign-up beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Masonic Temple, 501 Bemidji Ave. The cost is $2 for individuals and $5 for families. Fleur de Lis Gallery will host an opening reception for a new exhibit, "Kimono Seasons" paintings by portrait artist Emily Chelsey from 2-5 p.m. Friday. For "Kimono Seasons," Emily has painted Waldorf College friends, who are from Japan, in their native kimono. The seasons and elements of Japanese art are incorporated into each painting allowing her to explore other cultures while painting people. For details, contact Cate Belleveau at For a sneak peak of Emily's work visit her Web site

- Gallery North Open House presents their showcase artist for the month of June, Nature Photographer Pam Johnson and the Gallery North featured artists are Mary Knox Johnson and Marion Caroline Reil. Johnson creates hand loomed rugs and origami and is the author of the children's book "Thoughts from Pudge." Caroline works in watercolor, oils and acrylics and did the illustration for "Thoughts from Pudge." A book reading will be held from 3-4 p.m. Friday, in which Johnson will read excerpts from the new book she is working on and Marion Caroline will demonstrate watercolor painting as well as displaying some of the illustrations for the new book. The opening reception will be held from 2-5 p.m. at 502 Third St. N.W. and will include refreshments, art and an opportunity to meet the artists. For more details, call Gallery North at 444-9813 or e-mail