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Patt Rall Arts Column for August 27: Summer Concert Series to hold final performances

The Lake Bemidji Summer Concert Series welcomes Bluebird - Kari Munson, Anne Meredith-Will and Jesica Conrad - at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at the amphitheater at Lake Bemidji State Park. At 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 30, Lance Benson, who blends of acoustical jams and stories of his songs that speak of inspiration, is the final performer of this summer's concert series. Cars need a park sticker to enter. These events are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature as well as the collaborative effort of Lake Bemidji State Park and the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts.

Lorie Line

Lorie Line and her 20th Year Anniversary Show will come to Bemidji at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12., with "An Intimate Christmas with Lori Line" and her Fab Five (five of her favorite musicians) is a return to her roots with old favorites and memorable traditions from her earlier years. Cameras are a must as children 4 and older will be able to have a moment on stage with Santa, and don't forget the bells from former years. Tickets are on sale now at


The Sixth Annual OomPah for the Arts, the main fundraising event of Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, will be held Friday, Sept. 18, at the Bemidji Town and Country Club on the shore of Lake Bemidji with the blaze of autumn foliage in the background, the clinking of glasses and friendly conversations. The $50 ticket price includes a Wine and Beer Tasting from 6-8 p.m., a full course German dinner and music for your dancing and listening pleasure by Dennis Doeden, Tuba Jim and Friends from 6 to 10 p.m.; all this and a $35 tax deductible donation rolled into one. BAAE is proud that approximately $.97 out of every donated dollar goes directly into the endowment and general fund and this year, $9,291 was awarded in the Bemidji community. Tickets are on sale at Tutto Bene in downtown Bemidji, from any board member or by contacting Mike Tangen at or 444-8310. As in the past, tables can be reserved for a group, and a company wishing to be a corporate sponsor may contact Mike for information. BAAE is a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

Musical theater

"Raymond Takes A Wife," an original musical written by Beverlee Olson, will be reprised at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, at the Lake George Senior Citizen Center. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for children age 6 and younger and are for sale the Lake George Café, Beagle Book Store in Park Rapids and Bad Cat Creations, 315 Irving Ave. N.W.

Ceramics exhibit

Bemidji Community Arts Center and Bemidji State University Visual Arts Department announce the Seventh Annual, "It's Only Clay Ceramics Competition and Exhibition" dedicated to functional clay vessels. The 2009 juror is artist and potter Richard Bresnahan. Works accepted by the juror will be on display at BCAC from Friday, Nov.6, until Saturday, Dec. 19. Prize money will be awarded for first, second and third places and additional purchase awards for pieces chosen for the BSU Margaret Harlow Vessel Collection. Submission deadline is Sept. 4 (postmarked) and the application fee for three entries is $30. For prospectus and application, see For further information, contact BCAC at 444-7570 or

Concert series

Tickets for the 2009-10 Bemidji Concert Series are on sale now with a variety of ticket packages. The Department of Music at Bemidji State University will present this eighth season's line-up of internationally known musicians to the stage at the main theater, Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex on the campus of BSU and a gala performance by Doc Severinsen and El Ritmo De La Vita on the stage of the Bemidji High School auditorium in February. For a complete listing of all the performers, dates and ticket prices, write the Department of Music, Attention Bemidji Concert Series, 1500 Birchmont Drive N.E., Bemidji, MN 56601 or visit the BSUMusic Office on the second floor of Bangsberg Hall.

Photo show

Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., welcomes a unique exhibit "Reveal," photographic portraits by John Bauer accompanied by audio recordings of their story. While using an iPod, the viewer will listen to Heidi Holton's recordings as the subjects muse about their lives, loves and joys. Check out the objet d'art from Shop 426; all proceeds benefit programming and the local artists. BCAC is free and open to the public daily except Sunday and Monday.

Other events

- Beltrami County History Center continues its exhibit in conjunction with Gallery North, "Summer Breeze," in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot, 130 Minnesota Ave. SW. Center hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Saturday.

- Gallery North is exhibiting nationally known wildlife artist Linda Walker as the Showcase Artist of the month. Former Bemidji resident Bill Kruger is the author of the month, and his book of tales for children, "Mr. Euchre and other Northwood's Fables," a collection of stories about woodland animals is on display and for sale at 502 Third Street across the street from Bemidji Woolen Mills.

- Bad Cat Creations and Gifts featured artist of the month is Pamela Lee Johnson and her nature and wild life photography; framed and matted prints will be on sale. A boutique for contemporary accessories and fun gifts, Bad Cat is located at 315 Irvine Ave. N.W.

- Glazed and Amused, a paint-your-own pottery studio, invites visitors to view the window display of pieces painted by customers. Walk-in painters are always welcome. The studio is open Wednesday through Sunday and is located at 311 Third St. N.W.

- The Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., has on display Brooke Knisle's "Reflections in the Landscape," a collection of her photographs of landscapes, flowers and portraits involving human's existence with nature from her work in the field of conservation, hiking, camping and outdoor adventures. There is an ongoing display of Audrey Merschman's work for sale. The Cabin is open seven days a week

- Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W., will feature the art work of those students who participated in the summer reading programs for kindergartners through teens. For the month of August, the display will be sketches, yarn art, "piano hinge" books and wind chimes.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., welcomes Erja and Mike Wiltse and a showcase of their oil and watercolor paintings: "Erja + Mike = Art Show.

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., is featuring Karen Bradley's "Body Ornaments" made with re-usable items such as seeds, beads, shells, old jewelry, leather and sequins which are knitted or crocheted into wearable pieces.

- Dunn Bros. Coffee welcomes local artist Terry Honstead and her exhibit "Feminine Fancy" lace and flower paintings in watercolor, watercolor collage and acrylic collage for the month of August. Also on display and available for purchase are Levandowski Pottery and fused and slumped glassware by MaryBeth Vaudrin and Beverlee Olson. Visit them at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive. S.

- Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. N.W., and the North Country Health Services Art Committee welcome an exhibit by Natalia Himmirska, "Embrace." Her work will be on display through August for the pleasure of the residents, families, staff and the community at large. The work is for sale, and a price list is provided at the reception desk.

- Bemidji Sculpture Walk received a grant from the G.W. Neilson Foundation to fabricate and display fiberglass images that will be decorated by artists for the 2010 season. Members of the general public are being asked to vote for an image: fish, beaver, turtle, deer, small canoe, Paul Bunyan or anther choice. Votes will be compiled until the end of August, at which time the winner will be announced. To cast your vote, email Two-Dimensional Artists may also access this website for further information and apply to participate by decorating the winning image.

- Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., 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. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed on Sunday.

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

Mark your calendars now with these upcoming events:

- Tapestry at the Cabin Coffee House, 7 p.m., Sat., Sept. 19.

- A Night of Chamber Music with Minnesota Orchestra musicians, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 27, Thompson Recital Hall.

- First City of the Arts Studio Cruise '09, Friday Saturday, Sunday, Oct. 16-18.

- Gothenburg Combo, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, Thompson Recital Hall.

- Street musicians 5-8 p.m. every Thursday night, downtown Bemidji.

- Pelican Railroad 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. every Wednesday at the Backyard BBQ.

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