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Patt Rall Arts Column for Jan. 1: First Friday moved to Jan. 8 because of New Year's Day

The Bemidji arts community will celebrate First Friday on the Second Friday of January with some new exhibits and artists. The Folk Collective which usually meets at the Wild Rose Theater on First Friday will not be meeting Jan. 1.

Winter concert

Timeless Traditions will present "In the Bleak Mid-Winter Concert" at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W. The group is composed of Jon Romer on the Native American flute, Jacque Tinsley and the Celtic harp and Edward Wharton on viola for an afternoon of meditational music. Tickets are $10 each and are available now at Headwaters School. Copies of their first CD will be available for purchase at the concert.

Grant opportunities

Region 2 Arts Council announces new grant opportunities for artists, arts organizations, nonprofits, school and local governments. These grants are a result of the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage funds as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature. The titles and deadline dates for grant rounds are as follows:

- Community Arts Support Grants up to $6,000 to fund the development and sustain new and existing arts organizations. Deadline to apply is Feb. 10.

- Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants from $3,000-6,000. Arts and Arts Access grants to support high quality arts activities, grants that overcome barriers to accessing arts activities and grants that instill the arts into communities. Arts Education grants to support lifelong learning in the arts. Arts and Cultural Heritage grants to support events and activities that represent regional and statewide ethnic and cultural arts traditions. Deadlines to apply are Feb. 15 and May 6.

- Artist Mentor Grants of up to $600 to provide students in grades 8-12 the opportunity to study art with a practicing professional artist, attend an arts workshop or class. This grant supports the employment of qualified artists in the region. Deadline is April 15.

- Arts Legacy Designation Grant of up to $10,000 to recognize city, county and township governments that support the arts to build healthy communities. Deadline is May 6.

The Professional Development Program will provide workshops and training for artists, arts organizations and the public.

Grant guidelines and applications are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Web site http:/ under Grants and Deadlines or by contacting the R2AC office 751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447 or

Grant Writing Workshop is scheduled at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20, at the Region 2 Office, 426 Bemidji Ave. N. E-mail or call to register for this free workshop.

Poetry competition

The Minnesota State Arts Board will 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 will sponsor 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 in the amount of $50 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 given 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 Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex on the campus of Bemidji State University, 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.

History Center

Blackduck History Center will be closed for January. Donations of vintage articles would be welcomed. For more information or to speak with someone, call Glennis Moon at 218-835-5512.

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 Bemidji Symphony Orchestra 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.

New logo

Region 2 Arts Council is seeking artists who would like to create a new logo, which would more closely represent the depth and breadth of the council's activities in workshops, legacy funds, individual artist and arts organization projects. Please contact Terri Widman, Executive Director, for more information. She may be reached at 800-275-5447, 751-5447, or in person at 426 Bemidji Avenue. The deadline date is Jan. 15.

Mixed media

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.

BCAC re-opening

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

History exhibit

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 beginning Monday, Jan. 4, and is located in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot at 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.

Other events

- 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 entitled "Inspiration from the World" which will be up for December. Also on display and for sale are painting 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 freelance 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 view featured artist of the month Nancy Eagleson's porcelain pieces, as well as other art work from member artists.

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

- 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 through 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.

- 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 Sundays.

E 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 Lake Bemidji during Polar Daze and will feature the mayor, Richard Lehman.

- 3 p.m. Jan. 17, Junior Student Recital for Tony Tammaro, tenor/counter tenor, BSU Thompson Recital Hall.

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

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

- 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29. Ahn Trio, 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 at 9 p.m. every Thursday. Call 444-0567 for more information.

- 8:30 p.m.-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