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Patt Rall Arts Column for Jan. 7: Kliniske work on display at two locations

This is a first for the arts community in Bemidji - the same artist will have an opening reception at the same time at two different locations.

Both receptions are free and open to the public. The Headwaters School of Music and the Arts will feature the work of Austin Kliniske, whose journey with wood art has led him to his segmented wood turnings with glass smooth finishes that often resemble marble. Kliniske will be at the opening reception for his work from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at 529 Minnesota Ave. N.

Brigid's Cross Irish Pub also invites the public to view the Kliniske's work and meet his father, Art Kliniske, during the opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan.8. The pub is open seven days a week and is located at 317 Beltrami Ave. N. in downtown Bemidji.

Mike and Erja Wiltses

Wild Hare Coffee House and Bistro will welcome Mike and Erja Wiltses in a collaborative exhibit of their newest projects: original "old time look" rustic wooden signs depicting downtown businesses, painted skate boards, still life and floral painting in oil and acrylics. Join them during the 3-5 p.m. reception, which is free and open to the public, for some refreshments and lively conversation. The First Friday wine bar with a different menu each month will be open from 5-9 p.m. at 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W.

Bad Cat new hours

Bad Cat Creations Gallery is a boutique of art and fine craft with more than 50 different artists and is located at 315 Irvine Ave. N.W. This venue will be closed Sundays and Mondays until April.

BCAC to reopen

Bemidji Community Art Center will reopen Jan. 19 for regular business hours. The first show of the season will open on Feb. 5.

Winter Wonderland

Beltrami County Historical Society, in conjunction with Gallery North, presents, "Winter Wonderland." The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and is located in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot at 130 Minnesota Ave. SW.

McCroy photos

Bemidji Public Library welcomes Sean McCroy and his photographs that reflect Bemidji and surrounding areas. The photographs will be on display throughout the month of January. The library is located at 509 America Ave. N.W. and is open Monday through Saturday.

Michael Sonnarborg

Cabin Coffeehouse and Café welcomes photographer Michael Sonnarborg and his work, titled "Inspiration from the World," which will be up for the month of January. Also on display and for sale are painting and cards by Audrey Merschman. Located at 214 Third St., the Cabin is open seven days a week.

Joe Rossi display

Dunn Bros Coffee 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 December's edition of Minnesota Conservation Volunteer, is on display. Also available for purchase is fused and slumped glassware by MaryBeth Vaudrin and Beverlee Olson. Open seven days a week, visit them at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S.

Holiday Boutique

Gallery North will continue to feature its Holiday Boutique with work from member artists for the month of January. Gallery North is located at 502 Third Street N.W.

Glazed and Amused

Glazed and Amused is a paint-your-own-pottery studio where walk-in painters are always welcome. It is open Wednesday through Sunday and hours are posted on the door, 311 Third St. N.W.

Himmerska work

Headwaters Unitarian Fellowship has a display of the work of Natalia Himmerska for the months of January and February. The public will be able to view her work at the First Friday of February reception. Himmerska, an internationally recognized artist, is a painting instructor at Bemidji State University. The church is located at 522 America Ave. N.W.

O'Brien exhibit

Neilson Place and the North Country Health Services Art Committee are pleased to host artist Maureen O'Brien and her exhibit, "Let Nature Nurture." O'Brien's work will be on display for the months of January 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.

Winter play

"Minnesota Nice on Ice," a play which will be part of Polar Daze, will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, and 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 17, in a tent behind Paul and Babe.

Written by Teri Harrington and a production of Mask and Rose Women's Theater Cooperative, very familiar Bemidjians will appear as characters in this play which centers on the hapless owner of Hanson's Grill (Charlie Parsons). Mayor Richard Lehmann, Dan Johnson, Ted Thorson, Jan Persson, Herrington and producer Cate Belleveau will round out the cast of players.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, Jan. 8, at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub in downtown Bemidji and at the door starting one hour before show times.

The show is rated PG and more appropriate for middle school students and above.

The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for students. The tent will have heaters, but if dangerously cold, the play will be presented at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N.

Community Theater

Auditions are set for two different Bemidji Community Theater productions.

The first is a dinner theater production of "Room Service," a comedy in three acts first presented with the Marx Brothers, Lucille Ball and Ann Miller in the 1938 movie of the same name.

Four to five actors are being sought for the following roles: Sasha Smiroff, an aspiring middle-aged actor from Russia; Christine Marlow, a young actress; Hilda Manney, a sweet young secretary and Dr. Glass, a nervous man.

The director will be Bridget Stomberg and she may be reached at 970-201-7561 for further information.

Auditions are at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan.8, and 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts.

The second audition notice is for a collaborative production by BCT and Paul Bunyan Playhouse for Disney's "Aladdin Jr.-Theater for Young Audiences."

The show will be directed by Mary Knox-Johnson with vocal direction by Karen Bradley and accompaniment by Wayne Hoff.

Actors should bring 16 bars of prepared music.

Audition times will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 16; and 1-3 p.m., Sunday, Jan.17, all at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse in the Historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. Performance dates are April 8-12.

For more information, call 333-8740.

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., Bemidji.

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 meditation music.

Tickets are $10 each and are available now at Headwaters School. Copies of the first CD will be available for purchase at the concert.

Grants available

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.

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 workshop

A Grant Writing Workshop is scheduled at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20, at the Region 2 Office, 426 Bemidji Ave. N., Bemidji.

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.

Watercolor class

A 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 mat a "Rock and Roll Iris" watercolor that will fit a 15-inch by 20-inch frame.

The fee of $40 for the class may be paid at Gallery North. For more information, call 759-2952 or 751-7741.

MPR concert

Minnesota Public Radio's Troubadour Program will present a concert in this region at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, in Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex on the campus of Bemidji State University.

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 218-755-2915.

Blackduck center

Blackduck History Center will be closed for the month of January. It welcomes donations of vintage articles. For more information or to speak with someone, 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.

New logo

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.

Please contact Terri Widman, executive director, for more information. She may be reached at 1-800-275-5447, 751-5447, or in person at 426 Bemidji Ave. N.W., Bemidji, MN 56601. The deadline date is Jan. 15.

Tutto Bene display

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.

Sculpture Walk

The Tourist Information Center, 300 Bemidji Ave. N.W., by the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, has available a map and information on the pieces included in the Bemidji Sculpture Walk.

Other events

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

- 3 p.m. Jan. 23, Faculty Chamber Recital: 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.

- 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, 755-2915

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

- 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday (until 12:30 a.m. Thursdays), at the Backyard BBQ in downtown Bemidji.

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