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Patt Rall Arts Column for Dec. 24: Bemidji to be site of poetry competitions

The Minnesota State Arts Board will be hold two poetry competitions in our area. TrekNorth High School will host a "Poetry Out Loud" session at 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 15.

Carving workshop

Region 2 Arts Council is sponsoring a carving workshop from noon-4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, and Saturday, Jan.16 at the Walker Area Community Center. The workshop will be taught by area sculptor, Paul Albright who has worked in wood and metal for the past 20 years; a sample of his work may be seen on the corner of Third Street and Bemidji Avenue, "Wolf Watch Totem." Participants will learn the traditional totem pole process and will assist in carving a totem pole. There is no prior carving experience required, and tools will be provided by the instructor. The workshop is limited to 14 people and the cost is $50 per participant. To register, send a check made payable to the Region 2 Arts Council, 426 Bemidji Ave., Bemidji, MN 56601. Registration deadline is Jan. 5. If you have any questions regarding content of the workshop, contact instructor at

Watercolor class

Rock and Roll watercolor class at Gallery North will be held from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30. Participants will learn the watercolor technique of manipulating water and color by tipping and rolling the paper. Participants will complete and matte a "Rock and Roll Iris" watercolor that will fit a 15-by-20-inch frame. The fee of $40 for the class may be paid at Gallery North or for more information, call 759-2952 or 751-7741.

Parker Quartet

Minnesota Public Radio's Troubadour Program will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, in the Bemidji State University Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive. The Parker Quartet is in its second season as Quartet in Residence with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Each member holds a graduate degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for seniors and students; MPR members receive a discount. For tickets call 755-2915.

Blackduck center

Blackduck History Center will be closed for January. They would welcome donations of vintage articles. For more information, call Glennis Moon, 835-5512.

ArtsNews blog

Thanks to all the people who have sent in announcements of upcoming events for the ArtsNews blog on the Web site. The calendar is filling up and new events are added frequently. Entries may be sent to Just for the fun of it, do you have any thoughts you would like to share about a show, concert, etc. for posting on the blog site. I'll start you off with the performance by Steve Carlson of the Tchaikovsky Concerto at the BSO concert where the audience gave a standing ovation after the first movement - that is what is called a "show stopper!" If ArtsNews is not on the home page, just hit "Our Voices" and scroll down. Thanks again for supporting this effort.

Logo search

Region 2 Arts Council is seeking artists who would like to create a new logo which more closely represents the depth and breath of the council's activities in workshops, legacy funds, individual artist and arts organization projects. Contact Executive Director Terri Widman for more information. She may be reached at 1-800-275-5447, 218-751-5447, or in person at 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601. The deadline date is Jan.14.

Artist call

The Bemidji Skate & Bike Association has issued a call for artists. Artists are encouraged to submit projects like sculptures, skateable art, mosaics, and other art works. These works will be included in the new skate park slated for construction next summer. More information can be found on the Bemidji Skate & Bike website (, by visiting the Headwaters School for the Arts, or by contacting Nate Dorr at All proposals are due by Thursday, Dec. 31, and will be considered as part of a Region 2 Arts Council Legacy Grant application.

Other events

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., welcomes visual artist Terry Honstead and her work in mixed media prints and collages, lamp-work glass beads, cards, and jewelry. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique of art and fine craft with more than 35 artists.

- Bemidji Community Art Center is closed for January and will re-open for the February First Friday.

- Beltrami County Historical Society in conjunction with Gallery North presents, "School Days." 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, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.

- Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W., welcomes Sean McCroy and his photographs that reflect Bemidji and surrounding areas for December. The library is open Monday through Saturday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., invites the public to view the work of ceramic artist Nathan Bray, a fine arts student and teaching associate at BSU. The pub is open seven days a week.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., welcomes photographer Michael Sonnarborg and his work titled "Inspiration from the World," which will be up for December. Also on display and for sale are paintings and cards by Audrey Merschman. The Cabin is open seven days a week.

- Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., welcomes photojournalist Joe Rossi who worked for the Pioneer Press for 24 years and is now a free lance photographer in the Bemidji area. His work has been included in "Day in the Life of Italy," "Day in the Life of California," "Day in the Life of China" and "Minnesota 24/7." Rossi's new work "Nature's Alphabet," featured in this month's edition of Minnesota Conservation Volunteer, is on display. Also available for purchase is fused and slumped glassware by MaryBeth Vaudrin and Beverlee Olson. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week.

- Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., invites the public to their Christmas Boutique and to view featured artist of the month Nancy Eagleson's porcelain pieces on display as well as other art work from member artists.

- Glazed and Amused is a Paint Your Own Pottery Studio where walk-in painters are always welcome. The store is open Wednesday-Sunday and hours are posted on the door, 311 Third St. N.W.

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 522 America Ave. N.W., has a display of the collaborative work of Bemidji artists Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson. Known for their work in wood and collage and their attempt to unify the combination of organic structures in contemporary forms, they are inspired by nature to make art that fits in the long history of American art.

- Neilson Place and the North Country Health Services Art Committee host artist Maureen O'Brien and her exhibit, "Let Nature Nurture." O'Brien's work will be on display for December-February for the pleasure of residents, families, staff and the community at large. 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.

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House artist of the month is a BSU graduate in fine arts. Alice Linda is known for painting her portraits, which capture the essence of the subject with light and color, with her fingers. Her show, "The New Rules of Femininity: A Show for My Daughter" will be on display for December. The Bistro is located at 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W.

E Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., a 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

- 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:

- Jan. 16 and 17: "Hanson's Gill or Minnesota Nice on Ice," conceived by Cate Belleveau and written by Teri Herrington. The setting of the play is on Lake Bemidji; the time is during Polar Daze and will feature the Mayor Richard Lehman.

- Jan. 17, 3 p.m.: Junior Student Recital for Tony Tammaro, Tenor/Counter Tenor, Thompson Recital Hall.

- Jan. 23: Faculty Chamber Recital 3 p.m. with Susan Nelson on flute, Erika Svanoe on clarinet, Sarah Carlson on Organ and Jennifer Swanson, soprano, Thompson Recital Hall, free admission.

- Jan. 24: Senior Degree Recital for Elisa Buehler on Trumpet, Thompson Recital Hall.

- Jan. 29: Ahn Trio, 7:30 p.m., Bemidji Concert Series, performance at Bemidji High School, $20 general public, $5 students at Lueken's North and Tutto Bene. For more information on ticket prices and packages, contact the Music Department at BSU, 755-291

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub hosts Open Stage every Thursday at 9 p.m. Call 444-0567 for more information.

- 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