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First Friday Art Walk scheduled

The First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji will be held Friday, Dec. 4, and will include the following participants:

- Bemidji Community Art Center will host its First Friday Art Walk opening reception and second annual Shop 426-Holiday Open House from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at 426 Bemidji Ave. N. Meet the artists, enjoy food and live music by "The Two Tens" while browsing the wonderful selection of fine art and unique handmade items available for sale. All proceeds from Shop 426 benefit BCAC programming and the artists of Shop 426. The seventh annual It's Only Clay Juried Ceramics Exhibit is still showing in the main gallery through Dec. 19. Many of the pieces are available for purchase. The BCAC is free and open to the public. For details, call 444-7570; visit or email

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will feature a collaborative exhibit by Bemidji artists, Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson, 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 their December Showcase Christmas Boutique from 2-5 p.m. Friday, at 503 Third St. N.W. The Christmas Boutique features reasonably priced, unique and original Christmas gift ideas for family and friends. The featured artist for December is porcelain painter, Nancy Eagleson. 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 host an opening reception for painter Alice Linda from 3-5 p.m. Friday, at 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W. Linda, a graduate of Bemidji State University with a BFA in painting, Alice is a master of portraiture, excelling at capturing light, experimenting with color, and finding an essence within her subjects, all only using her fingers. Her exhibit is titled, "The News Rule of Femininity: A Show For My Daughter." 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.

- Beltrami County Historical Society, in conjunction with Gallery North presents the "School Days" exhibit as part of the First Friday Art Walk. 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 Michael Sunnarborg, from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 214 Third St. Sunnarborg's photographic exhibit, titled, "Inspiration from the World." The Cabin will be open during the December First Friday and invites individuals to view the exhibit "Local Ojibwe Leaders" by Terry Honstead. The exhibit will close Dec. 6. 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 host its First Friday Art Walk and opening reception for photographer Joe Rossi from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at 501 Paul Bunyan Dr. S. Rossi grew up in Bemidji and a graduate of Bemidji State University, he has been a photojournalist in Minnesota for 31 years, including 24 years with the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Rossi returned to Northern Minnesota with his wife in 2008, where he continues to work as a free lance photographer. In addition to his photojournalism he has worked on a number of book projects including "Christmas in America," "Day in the Life of California," "Day in the Life of China," "Day in the Life of Italy" and "Minnesota 24/7." He will be on hand to meet guests and talk about his photography and his latest photo project, "Nature's Alphabet," which he completed this summer and will is featured in the November/December issue of the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Call 444-5252 or e-mail dunnbros106@

- Bemidji Public Library will host an opening reception for Sean McCroy from 3-5 p.m. Friday, at 509 America Ave. N.W. McCroy will speak about his photography and how it reflects Bemidji and the surrounding areas. For more information, call Paul Simonson at 444-7886.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts will host an opening reception for local visual artist Terry Honstead from 4-6 p.m. Friday at 315 Irvine Ave. N.W. Honstead's exhibit features mixed-media prints, collages, lamp-work glass beads, cards, jewelry and more. 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 an opening reception from 3-5 p.m. Friday, for artist Maureen O'Brien and her exhibit, "Let Nature Nurture," at Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. N.W., Bemidji. "The sense of peacefulness of being surrounded by nature is something I have worked on in my artwork--to recreate that for the viewer. We all need more peacefulness in our lives, especially for the healing process. I enjoy painting subjects from nature that create that feeling as well as give that moment of surprise seeing life in nature." O'Brien's work will be on display through the month of February for the pleasure of residents, families, staff and the community at large. A price list will be provided at the reception desk. For details, email

- 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. Also featured for the First Friday Art Walk will be the youth theater production, "Seussical the Musical" featuring Cat in the Hat, Horton and the Grinch. The play starts at 7 p.m. Tickets and other dates for the play are available at Brigids Cross Irish Pub, 317 Beltrami Ave. 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 4-6 p.m. Friday, at 317 Beltrami Ave. The artist for the month will be Nathan Bray. Bray is a fine arts teaching associate at Bemidji State University and is a ceramic artist who gathers influence from electricity, race cars, water and women. His ability to use the plasticity of clay gives the forms a sense of softness while screaming with texture and color. There will be a variety of stoneware pottery on exhibit and items such as beer steins, mugs, hangable bowls and altered and lidded forms will be available for purchase. Individuals who purchase a beer stein during the reception will receive a free beverage. Refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be available. For more information, call 444-0567 or e-mail brigids @brigids