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Patt Rall Arts Column for September 3: New First Friday venues join art walk

Gallery North is known for its First Friday demonstrations, and this month two other venues will also have artists on hand to demonstrate and speak to visitors. Bad Cat Creations will feature Bagley potter, Malotte Backer and Headwaters School of Music and the Arts will welcome jewelry artist, Christina Thorne.

- Beltrami County Historical Society in conjunction with Gallery North presents, School Days. Stop by any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for refreshments, School Days and free entry to museum exhibits. The Beltrami County History Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and is located in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot, 130 Minnesota Ave. SW.

- Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W. will welcome Steve Herriot and his acrylic landscape painting as their Showcase Artist of the month. Stop by anytime between 2 and 5 p.m. to enjoy refreshments and meet the artists. Member featured artists of the month are Monie Martin, a basket maker whose work ranges from the functional to fine art, and Jeanine Brooks, who is known for her whimsical oil paintings. Martin will demonstrate basketry during the reception. Author of the month is Wendy Potratz, who will read from her children's book, "Agnes Plays Soccer."

- While downtown, stop by the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W., to see the new macro work by photographer Kathy Jo McKeown on the Art Wall. McKeown will be hosting a meet and greet from 3-5 p.m. The work reflects the intimate beauty found in nature and other up-close subjects. This exhibit was made possible in part by Region 2 Arts Council.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gift Shop, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., will feature Bagley potter, Malotte Backer and an outdoor demonstration of live wheel throwing (weather permitting) from 4-6 p.m. Backer will share some of her creative process and talk about her at-home studio during the reception.

- Glazed and Amused, 311 Third St. N.W., is a Paint Your Own Pottery Studio. The front window display features ceramic pieces painted by customers. Walk-in painters are always welcome. They are open Wednesday-Sunday and hours are posted on the door.

- Neilson Place and the North Country Health Services Art Committee host Terry Honstead and her exhibit "Another Take" for the September-November. Honstead will be at the opening reception from 3-5 p.m. to talk about her collection of watercolor, acrylic and collage work, which reflect her impression of life and other happenings around her life here in Bemidji. Her work is for sale and a price list will be at the reception desk. Neilson Place is located at 1000 Anne St. N.W.

- Swing back downtown to Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., and "Local and Global: Photographs That Make You Wonder," by John Eggers. Meet with Eggers at his reception from 5-7 p.m. when he will talk about his "quest for the exceptional photograph," which is a mixture of lighting, composition and subject. Also on display and available for purchase are Levandowski Pottery and fused and slumped glassware by MaryBeth Vaudrin and Beverlee Olson.

- Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Av e. N.W., invites the public to meet jewelry artist Christina Thorne of Bad Cat Creations from 5-7 p.m. Thorne will discuss her creative process and what inspires her one-of-a-kind designs and give more information about her upcoming September Jewelry Making Workshop. Work by Judy Selby and Jay Jones are also on display.

- Next door is Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W. The First Friday wine bar with a different menu each month will be open from 5-9 p.m.

- Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., invites the public to a 5-7 p.m. reception for "Unique Vision," landscape photos from Utah, Wyoming and Minnesota by Jon Heller. Don't forget to check out the new inventory at Shop 426; all proceeds benefit BCAC programming and the artists of Shop 426. BCAC is free and open to the public every day except Sunday and Monday.

- Across the street from BCAC, the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave., welcomes the Northwood's Folk Collective and Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective First Friday Coffee House. Performer sign-up will begin at 6:30 p.m. and performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $2 for a single and $5 for a family.

Painting class

Gallery North will hold a class on wet-on-wet painting class with Grace Garland and Marion Caroline Reil featuring a Northwoods landscape, "Fall Birches," from 1-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22. Pre-registration with pre-payment is $40; on class day registration is $45. For more information call 444-9813 or email them at

Pub art

Malisa Van Maasdam will exhibit selections of her seasonally inspired figure drawings and watercolors through September at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W. She is a senior art major at Bemidji State University. Brigids Cross will have entertainment Friday evening provided by singer and songwriter, Tim Fast. For more information please call 444-0567.

Other events

- The Sixth Annual OomPah for the Arts, the main fundraising event of Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, will be held on Friday, Sept. 18, at the Bemidji Town and Country Club. The $50 ticket price includes a wine and beer tasting from 6-8 p.m., a full course German dinner and music for dancing and listening pleasure by Dennis Doeden, Tuba Jim and Friends from 6-10 p.m.; all this and a $35 tax deductible donation rolled into one. BAAE is proud that approximately 97 cents out of every donated dollar goes directly into the endowment and general fund. The year, $9,291 was awarded in the Bemidji community. Please come and join us again this year by buying a ticket 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.

- 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 by 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 2009, Fri., Sat., Sun., 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, 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