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Patt Rall Arts Column for Nov. 5: Artist to present lecture, demonstration

Angel Mihaylov, a world class painter, will hold his painting lectures today for students and residents of Bemidji. The lectures on painting techniques in producing realistic paintings in the style of Vermeer, Caravaggio and Velasquez will be at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5, in the painting studio, Room 112, Education Arts Building, Birchmont Drive. A reception for his installation in the Talley Gallery will be held at noon and is free and open to the public. The exhibit will be installed until Nov. 4 in the Talley Galley, Education Building on the campus of Bemidji State University. The gallery is open from 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 free and handicapped accessible.

First Friday events

First Friday events will include two new venues and an opportunity to see a rehearsal in progress for an upcoming musical production. Beltrami County Historical Society, in conjunction with Gallery North, presents "School Days." Stop by on First Friday for refreshments and free admission to the grand opening of the new exhibit, "Just Married, Best Wishes." This exhibit, an assortment of vintage wedding gowns, was created and designed by Historical Society volunteers Georgia Erdmann and Nicole Burritt. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Saturday and is located in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot at 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.

- Bemidji Public Library welcomes Paul Simonson and his exhibit of spin-art paintings entitled "Potpourri" on the art wall for November. Visit with Paul from 3-5 p.m. at the opening reception Friday, Nov. 6. The library is located at 509 America Ave. and is open Monday-Saturday.

- Gallery North announces the opening of the Gallery North Christmas Boutique, and the featured artist of the month, Pat Shough, who will show her recent watercolor works. The author of the month is David C. Swenson, who will read from his book "Miracle at Mercy Hospital" starting at 2 p.m. The open house will be held from 2-5 p.m. Gallery North is located at 502 Third Street N.W.

- While downtown, look at the window display of customers' work at Glazed and Amused, a Paint Your Own Pottery Studio where walk-in painters are always welcome. The business is open Wednesday-Sunday, and hours are posted on the door at 311 Third St. N.W.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., welcomes Malisa VanMaasdam, a senior fine arts student at BSU, and the premier of her work, "Lost in the Leaves," a collection of seasonal watercolor mono prints. She will talk with visitors from 4-6 p.m. for the opening reception. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique of art and fine craft featuring more than 35 artists.

- The Paul Bunyan Senior Activity Center, 216 Third St. N.W. welcomes the Bemidji Woodcarvers Club and their display of woodcarvings. The members will be on hand during the reception from 4-6 p.m. to talk about their artistry, various styles of carving and mediums. The Senior Creations Gift Shop will be open during the reception.

- Right next door is the Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., which will welcome the public to meet artist Terry Honstead who will be at the 4-6 p.m. opening reception. Honstead's new exhibit is "Local Ojibwe Leaders." She will also be there to show her lamp-work glass beads, cards and prints. Also on display and for sale are painting and cards by Audrey Merschman. The Cabin is open seven days a week.

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will be open at their new location from 4-6 p.m. with a display of the collaborative work of Bemidji artists Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson. Known for their work in wood and collage, they are inspired by nature to make art that fits in the long history of American art. The church is located at 522 America Ave. N.W.

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House opening reception is from 3-5 p.m. for featured artist Bemidji native, Mali Mattsen, and her exhibit of tendril and gestural mobiles and sculptures formed from metal and colorful handmade paper. After the Art Walk, the monthly First Friday Wine Bar featuring a new menu every month with libations to complement selection will be from 5-9 p.m., 523 Minnesota Ave.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub invites the public to meet Longville artist Sean Moran, a painter who works in acrylic on hardboard and his detailed wildlife portraits. Join him at the opening reception from 6-8 p.m., 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W.

- Paul Bunyan Playhouse and Bemidji Community Theater invites the public to their First Friday reception and chance to preview their upcoming musical production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance." The reception will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the playhouse where the public can see a rehearsal in progress, speak with costumers Cheryl Winnett and Tammy Rogers and director Mary Knox Johnson. The playhouse is located in the historic Chief Theatre, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W.

- Bemidji Community Art Center welcomes the public to a reception introducing the display of the winning entries for the seventh annual It's Only Clay National Ceramic Exhibition. The reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. with a 6 p.m. announcement by Butch Holden of the BSU art department of the Margaret Harlow Collection winner and BCAC awards. It's Only Clay will be on display until Dec. 19, and many of the pieces are available for purchase. While at the center, 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 and is located at 426 Bemidji Ave. N. All of the receptions are free and open to the public.

- Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective and Northwood's Folk Collective will host their 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. Suzi Rhae Ross exhibition of her new sculptural works is in the Fleur De Lis Gallery which will be open every Monday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. through Dec. 14. The Coffee House and Gallery are located in the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N.

- Dunn Bros Coffee welcomes artist Mary Lingen for November. Lingen works with basic shapes and their relationships to each other in vibrant colors and layers. Also on display and available for purchase are fused and slumped glassware by MaryBeth Vaudrin and Beverlee Olson. Open seven days a week, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S.

- Neilson Place and the North Country Health Services Art Committee host Terry Honstead and her exhibit "Another Take," a collection of watercolor, acrylic and collage work which reflect her impression of life in Bemidji, for November. 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.

Dance fundraiser

"Remember When" dances, a fundraiser to support the Joe Plumer Jazz Scholarship, tours and the purchase of new music, will be held from 8 p.m.- midnight, Friday, Nov. 6, and Saturday, Nov. 7 in Jammers Blue Note Ballroom, 11328 Bemidji Road, N.E. The 31st annual event will take music lovers and dancers back to the Big Band Era with the music of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and Les Brown along with the cha-cha, waltz, ballads and Dixieland numbers. The group of about 20 musicians and vocalists will perform under the direction of Steve Konecne, professor of instrumental music, BSU department of music. Tickets will be sold at the door, and admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and BSU students with a valid ID.

Author lecture

Local award winning playwright Roy Booth will speak about the "Trials and Tribulations of a Playwright" at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the Academy of Lifelong Learning, 3801 Bemidji Ave. N. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Piper performance

Uillean piper Paddy Keenan and guitarist/singer Patsy O'Brien will perform for local audiences at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub. Keenan brings to Bemidji a concert of traditional Irish music. Patsy O'Brien tours with many groups in the United States. Advance tickets are $5 at Brigid's; tickets are the door will be $6. The pub and restaurant is located at 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W.

Musical comedy

Tickets are on sale now at Iverson Corner Drug in downtown Bemidji and at K.K. Thompson in the Paul Bunyan Mall for Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance," a collaboration of Bemidji Community Theater and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, through Saturday, Nov. 21 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22 in the historic Chief Theatre. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $6 for children.

Sculpture vote

The Bemidji Sculpture Walk Committee reminds residents they only have until Nov. 15 to vote for their favorite small sculpture. The choices are turtle, fish, beaver, deer, frog, canoe and a small Paul Bunyan. The winner will be seen around Bemidji during the summer 2010 season as each piece will be decorated by local craftspeople and artists. Cast your vote at Contact Cate Belleveau if you are unable to access site at This activity is made possible by a generous grant from the Nielson Foundation.

Watercolor class

Watercolor Class begins 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., today, Thursday, Nov. 5, and continues on Thursday, Nov. 12, with Melisa VanMaasdam, a fine arts student at BSU. Space is limited for this class designed for students ages 8-13. The cost is $25. The location is the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W. For details, call 444-5606.

Clay class

Tom Daly will begin teaching a Clay Class on Mondays, Nov. 2-Nov. 23. The afternoon class from 4:15-5:30 p.m. is for students ages 8-13 and will cover techniques in coil, slab and pinch methods and an introduction to wheel throwing. All the materials and firing is included in the $45 price. Space is limited. For details, call 444-5606 to register. All classes will be held at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts.

Feather painting

"Fancy of Flight," a painting on feather class, will be held from 1-4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Gallery North. Call to reserve a space at 444-9813.

Poetry workshop

Poetry Workshop with Carolann Russell, professor of English and women's studies at BSU, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 14 and Nov. 21. This is an intensive workshop and each participant may bring up to six poems (three each session) to read. The theme of the workshop is "Writing Poetry from the Self: Learning to Listen to the Unconscious" and is open to writers of all levels. The cost is $75 and all classes will be held at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. In addition, private tutorials may be scheduled from 3:45-4:15 p.m. and 4:30-5 p.m. for $25 per half hour. Manuscript conferences may also be scheduled with a negotiated fee. To register, call 444-5606.

Arts blog

Advance notice of arts-related activities for inclusion on the blog entitled ArtsNews on the Bemidji Web site will be accepted by The intent of the blog is to list dates and times of future arts events to give arts organizations better information for scheduling their projects.

Lorie Line

Lorie Line and her 20th Year Anniversary Show will come to Bemidji at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12. "An Intimate Christmas with Lori Line" with 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

Benefit concert

The Diamonds will return to Bemidji for a holiday concert at 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Bemidji High School Auditorium, 2900 Division St. W. This singing group known for such hits as "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" "The Stroll," "Little Darlin" and "Silhouettes," will also sing some of the four-part harmony of The Brothers Four, The Four Freshmen, The Four Lads, the Four Aces and The Four Seasons. The $20 tickets for the reserved seating are on sale now at Lueken's Village Foods North and South. This is a benefit concert for Lakeland Public Television.

Madrigal dinner

Tickets are on sale now for BSU's 41st annual Madrigal Dinner at 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Dec. 4, 5, 11 and 12, and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Founded by Paul Branvik, professor emeritus of vocal music, this traditional holiday fete is now celebrated by many groups across the country. Branvik created the idea of Madrigal Dinners and wrote the book on how to produce them. The Beau Arts Ballroom of Hobson Memorial Hall will be transformed into a Renaissance feast at an English castle. The King and Queen will host a five course dinner for the Royal Court while minstrels, trouveres, cellar keepers, beggars and members of the royal kingdom perform. This masque this year is written by K.D. Howells. The concert by the Royal Court will usher in the yuletide season. Tickets are $35 each and must be purchased in advance by mail or in person at the Madrigal Dinner box office. For box office hours, call 755-3406. Mail orders may be sent to Madrigal Dinner Tickets, Department of Music, 1500 Birchmont Drive NE, No. 16, Bemidji, MN 56601. Vegetarian meals are also available and need to be pre-ordered.

Art exhibit

Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., restaurant and art gallery, has an ongoing display of new art work by Michael De Witt, Beverlee Olson, Jane Freeman, Judy Selby, Pat Shough (Sillmundi), Michael Thomas Sunnarborg and MaryBeth Vaudrin for viewing pleasure and sale. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed on Sunday.

Sculpture walk

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:

- "Triumphant Tchaikovsky," Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, Bemidji High School auditorium. Tickets are now on sale at Lueken's Village North with $15 general admission, $10 seniors and students, free for students in the Bemidji School District.

- Eighth Annual Tinsel and Lace Showcase and Artisan Boutique, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School Commons.

- Community Art Festival at TrekNorth , Saturday, Nov. 28.

- Lefse Festival Cook-off, Beltrami County Historical Society fundraising event, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, Hampton Inn. General admission is $5 at the door.

- "Seussical the Musical," 7 p.m. Dec. 4, 5, 11 and 12 and 2 p.m. Dec. 5, 6, 12 and 13 at the Wild Rose theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N. Tickets go on sale Nov. 25.

- Holiday Christmas Cookies by the Pound, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, Blackduck History and Art Center.

- High Tea at Beltrami County Historical Society, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12. Seating is limited. Call 444-3376 for reserved seating.

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