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The First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji will be held Friday, Nov. 6, and will include the following participants:

- Bemidji Community Art Center will host its November First Friday Art Walk and Opening Reception featuring the seventh annual It's Only Clay National Ceramic Exhibition from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at 426 Bemidji Ave. N. This year's exhibit was juried by potter and St. John's Pottery artist in residence Richard Bresnahan. At 6 p.m. their will be a presentation of the BCAC awards and an announcement of the Margaret Harlow Collection, presented by professor Butch Holden. It's Only Clay 2009 will be exhibited through Dec. 19. Many of the pieces are available for purchase. 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 details, call 444-7570; visit or email

- Paul Bunyan Senior Activity Center will host its opening reception featuring the Bemidji Woodcarvers Club from 4-6 p.m. Friday, at 216 Third St. N.W. They will be showing various styles of carving and medium and will be available for discussion of their artistry. These talented artists meet on a weekly basis at the Senior Activity Center, from 9 a.m.-noon, ever Wednesday and welcomes guest who are interested in the art of woodcarving. The Senior Creations Gift Shop will also be open, with handmade art and craft items. For details, call 751-8836.

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will host an opening reception featuring the collaborative work of Bemidji artists, Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson, from 4-6 p.m. Friday, at 522 America Ave. N.W. Davidson and Knudson work in wood and collage and attempt to unify the combination or organic structures with more contemporary forms, always working from their inspiration in nature hoping to make art that fits into the long history of American Art. Marlon Davidson is a founding member of the group and is coordinating the exhibits which will run for two months.

- Gallery North will host a Christmas Boutique as its November Showcase. An opening reception will be held from 2-5 p.m. Friday, 502 Third St. N.W. Gallery North's featured artist is painter, Pat Shough. Pat will be showcasing her recent works in watercolor. The Author of the Month will be David C. Swenson. Swenson will read from his book "Miracle at Mercy Hospital at 2 p.m. Friday.

Gallery North will also offer a painting class "Flight of Fancy" from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 502 Third St. N.W. Participants complete and frame a 6 X 12" painting of a cardinal or chickadee on a feather. The finished project will be ready to hang. The cost is $40 in advance or $45 the day of the class.

Gallery North will also offer a "Winter Wonderland" watercolor class from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Participants will paint a Northwoods winter scene. All materials are provided and participants will complete a 16X20" matted watercolor painting ready to frame. The cost is $40 in advance or $45 the day of the class. For more information or to register, call 751-7741. For information on artists or to become a member of Gallery North, call 444-9813 or e-mail

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House will present Bemidji native Mali Mattsen, Nov. 6-Dec. 1. An opening reception will be held from 3-5 p.m. Friday, at 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W. Mattsen will present tendril and gestural mobiles and sculptures, formed of metal and colorful handmade paper. She currently lives and works as an artist and massage therapist in Menomonie, Wis., and relishes every journey home. Wild Hare also features its own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar from 5-9 p.m., Friday with a new menu every month and a wine and beer list to match. For details, call 444-JAVA.

E Beltrami County Historical Society, in conjunction with Gallery North presents the "School Days" exhibit and the grand opening of a new exhibit on weddings, titled, "Just Married, Best Wishes" featuring a grand assortment of vintage wedding gowns, created and designed by BCHS volunteers, Georgia Erdmann and Nicole Burrit. 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. The History Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. For details, call 444-3376 or visit

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café will host an opening reception featuring artist Terry Honstead and a new exhibit "Local Ojibwe Leaders" from 4-6 p.m. Friday, at 214 Third St. 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 details, call 444-2899.

- Dunn Bros Coffee will present the work of artist and painter, Mary Lingen. Working with basic shapes, color and their relationships with each other, Mary's vibrant work is carefully created, layer after layer over time to reveal the final product. Her work will be on display through the month of November, at 501 Paul Bunyan Dr. S. Call 444-5252 or e-mail dunnbros106@

E Bemidji Public Library Art Wall will host an opening reception for Paul Simonson from 3-5 p.m. Friday, at 509 America Ave. N.W. Simonson's exhibit, "Potpourri," includes examples of spin-art paintings. Refreshments will be served and individuals will have the opportunity to meet Paul and learn about this colorful and exciting medium. For more information, call Paul Simonson at 444-7886.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts will host an opening reception for local artist Malisa VanMaasdam from 4-6 p.m. Friday at 315 Irvine Ave. N.W. VanMaasdam is a senior at Bemidji State University graduating with a BFA. This show will be the first showing of mono prints in her artist career. "Lost in the Leaves" is a collection of seasonal watercolor mono prints. Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts is a boutique featuring art and fine craft by more than 35 different artists and an eclectic selection of fun gifts and contemporary accessories. Showcasing mostly local artists, Bad Cat Creations had everything from jewelry and ceramics to cards and fun accessories. For details, call 444-9225.

- Glazed and Amused Paint Your Own Pottery Studio will be open during the First Friday Art Walk. The studio is open from noon-9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. For details, call 333-6880 or email

- The North Country Health Services Art Committee will host artist Terry Honstead and her exhibit, "Another Take" as a part of the November First Friday Art Walk, at Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. N.W., Bemidji. Working with watercolor and acrylic and sometimes collage, Honstead has created a collection of work to reflect her impression of life and other happenings around her. Honstead's work will be on display through the month of November and is also available to be purchased. A price list will be provided at the reception desk. For details, e-mail

- Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective and the Northwood's Folk Collective will host its First Friday Coffeehouse at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. Performer signup begins at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $2 per person or $5 for family. Also showing in the Fleur di Lis Gallery, "New Sculptures" by Suzie Rhae Ross. The gallery is home from 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Monday, through Dec. 14. For details, contact Cate Belleveau at

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub will host its First Friday Art Walk and Opening Reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, at 317 Beltrami Ave. The artist for the month will be Sean Moran of Longville. Moran is a painter and works in acrylic on hardboard, creating detailed wildlife portraits with a focus on big-game wildlife species. Refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be available. For more information, call 444-0567 or e-mail brigids @brigids