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Patt Rall Arts Column for Jan 21: Faculty recital to take stage Saturday at BSU

Faculty Chamber Recital will be performed at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, in Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex on the campus of Bemidji State University, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive Northeast. Players are Susan Nelson on flute, Erika Svanoe on clarinet, Sarah Carlson on organ and soprano Jennifer Swanson. This event is free and open to the public.

Talent contest

"Bemidji Has Talent" is a fundraiser to support youth and adult programming for Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective. Local singers and poets will perform from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31. Tickets are $5 to $20 (or what you can afford to give.) A chili supper (meat and veggie versions) with drinks and desserts can be purchased in the basement of Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N.

Poetry retreat

Midwinter Poetry Retreat: Dreams, Vision and the Inner Image will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5-6 at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. Moderated by CarolAnn Russell, professor of English and women's studies at BSU, the focus will be to illuminate the psyche's process of unconscious communication as a source of self-knowledge and creative wholeness. The cost is $125 for the seminar, materials and meals. Registration deadline is Feb. 3, with a $25 deposit to reserve a place. Call 444-5606 for further information and to register.

Opera benefit

"Love Songs and Arias for Valentine's Day," a dinner and program to benefit the 2010 Lake Bemidji Summer Opera Festival, will be held beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 1019 Paul Bunyan Drive S. The price of $55 is for an elegant dinner spiced with musical selections from operas, musicals and jazz. Contact Fulton Gallagher at 586-2536 or

Family concert

Northern Bass Family Band - Dan, Louise and Brian Bass - will perform a concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W. Tickets are $10 per person and will be sold at the door.

Studio cruise

Bemidji-First City of the Arts Studio Cruise is alerting artists within a 40 mile radius of Bemidji to apply to be part of this year's events. The cruise is an opportunity for artists to invite the public into their studios and showcase their art and craft. Applications are available at or For more information contact Dave Towley at 333-3547 or or Fees are $10 non-refundable jury fee and $100 artist participation fee. The deadline to apply is March 15. The Studio Cruise will be held the third weekend of October.

Artists alert

Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program is an exhibition which takes places every 10 years at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts. Foot in the Door celebrates the diversity and enthusiasm of Minnesota's visual arts community.For more details and registration information, visit Art drop off and registrations are Feb 5 -7.

Art fair

Bemidji Community Arts Center is calling artists for their 43rd Annual Art in the Park Fine Art and Craft Fair July 17-18. For an application or more information, visit or The final deadline to apply is March 13.

Jackpine Writers

Talking Stick Volume 19 will be published by the Jackpine Writers Bloc of Northern Minnesota. They are looking for writers to submit poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. Writers must be from Minnesota or have a connection to this area. The deadline to apply is March 1. Complete submission guidelines available at

TV series

Common Ground, a new series by Lakeland Public Television is a magazine show based on Northern Minnesota's arts, history, culture and heritage at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Those interested in being featured on the show should contact Ashley Hull, Legacy Production Manager, at 333-3022 or

Painting exhibit

The Talley Gallery has on display the work of Holly Wong that reflects the devastation that war and unfair labor practices have on the most vulnerable among us, especially women and children. The gallery will have Wong's acrylic and oil stick paintings and drawings on view until Feb. 5. Gallery hours are 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 located in the Education Arts Building in room 212 on the campus of BSU. There is no admission charge.

Parker Quartet

The Parker Quartet will perform a chamber concert in partnership with Minnesota Public Radio and the BSU Department of Music, with underwriting by First National Bank Bemidji, at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Jan. 21, in Thompson Recital Hall. The group 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.

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. 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 and are available now at Headwaters School. Copies of the trio's first CD may be available for purchase at the concert. For more information on the group, some still pictures of them at practice and a few explanations of musical terms for the novice listener, look up Bemidji Arts News under Our Voices on the home page of the Bemidji Pioneer.

Ahn Trio

The Ahn Trio, an internationally known trio of three sisters, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, in the main auditorium of Bemidji High School. This is the first concert in the spring offering of the Bemidji Concert Series. The Korean-American sisters who make up the trio trained at the Julliard School of Music in New York City: Maria on cello, Lucia on piano and Angela on violin. Their musical tastes run from the classical to crossover to alternative to rock, in short, something for everyone. Please check the ArtsNews blog for more information on the group. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $5 for students and are on sale now at Lueken's North and Tutto Bene. For more information on ticket prices and packages, contact the Music Department at BSU, 755-2915.

Valentine sale

Beltrami County Historical Society will hold its annual Valentine, White Elephant and Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. The center is accepting donations of new or gently used items that can be dropped off at 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

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 mat 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. For more information, call 759-2952 or 751-7741.

ArtsNews blog

A special thanks to those of you who link to the ArtsNews blog. The numbers of those accessing the site are encouraging. To all those who have sent in announcements of upcoming events for the ArtsNews blog on the Web site, thank you. The calendar is filling up, and new events are added frequently. I also add some additional comments of groups that will be or have been featured in articles. This week, there is some interesting information on the group "Timeless Traditions." Any information that groups, individuals or arts organizations would like printed in the blog, send entries to At this time, the blog lists events as far in advance as September. If ArtsNews is not on the home page, just hit "Our Voices" and scroll down. Thanks again for supporting this effort.

Center closed

Blackduck History Center will be closed for January. The center welcomes donations of vintage articles. For more information or to speak with someone, call Glennis Moon, 835-5512.

Craft shop

Bad Cat Creations Gallery, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., is a boutique of art and fine craft with more than 50 different artists. This venue will be closed on Sunday and Monday until April.

BCAC reopening

Bemidji Community Art Center reopened Jan. 19 for regular business hours. The first show of the season, BCAC members, will open Feb. 5.

Winter show

Beltrami County Historical Society in conjunction with Gallery North presents "Winter Wonderland." The History 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.

Photo exhibit

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

Wood artist

Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., invites the public to view the work of wood artist Austin Kliniske. The pub is open seven days a week.

Photo show

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 January. 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 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 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. The café is pen seven days a week.

Holiday Boutique

Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., will continue to feature its Holiday Boutique with work from member artists for of January.

Pottery studio

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.

Wood art

The Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 529 Minnesota Ave. N. W., 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.

Painting diisplay

Headwaters Unitarian Fellowship, 522 America Ave. N.W., has a display of the work of Natalia Himmerska for 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.

Nature art

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 January and 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.

Rustic signs

Wild Hare Coffee House and Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., has an exhibit of Mike and Erja Wiltse's newest projects: original rustic wooden signs depicting downtown businesses, painted skate boards, still life and floral painting in oil and acrylics. Wild Hare is closed on Sunday.

Restaurant gallery

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 (Sillimundi) 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 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:

- Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m. - "Movie Night," Bemidji Symphony Orchestra's Fifth Annual Valentine concert in the Bemidji High School Auditorium. This family-friendly event will feature songs from the movies like "Moon River" and "My Funny Valentine" and is free and open to the public. A free will offering will be accepted to cover expenses for the program.

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

- Pelican Railroad performs 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