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Patt Rall Arts Column for Jan. 27: Piano, violin, cello trio to perform Friday

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 plays cello, Lucia piano and Angella violin. Their musical tastes run from the classical to crossover to alternative to rock, in short, something for everyone. The program will include works from modern composers like Chihara's whose "Orchids" was commissioned by the Laguna Beach Music Festival, and Kenji Bunch and his "DanceBand," which was commissioned by the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. After the intermission, the performance will resume with Pat Metheny's "Yu Ryung," which was written for the Trio, "Song of the Land" by Ronn Yedidia, Michael Nyman's "Big My Secret" and "Heart Asks Pleasure First" and David Balakrishnan's "Tremors" and "Skylife." 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.

Bagpipe concert

Macalester College Pipe Band will perform a third annual concert for Bemidji at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the historic Chief Theatre, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W. This bagpipe and drum band is reputed to be the finest in the upper Midwest region and features several Grade I musicians including Bemidji resident, Brian Solum. As an added attraction, a group of Highland dancers from the Minnesota Scottish Country Dance Association will also perform. Tickets are on sale now at Realty Sales, Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and the Keg-n-Cork for $10 each. If available, tickets will also be sold at the door the night of performance. Look at ArtsNews blog for more information on this event.

Artist call

Calls for Artists: 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, which will be held in October, is an opportunity for artists to invite the public into their studios, showcase their art and craft. The cruise has the potential for direct sales and commissions, and will raise the public's awareness of the art scene in Bemidji. New this year is an opportunity to be a guest artist at a host studio. Each location will be limited to a maximum of three artists at each host studio location. All artists must successfully meet the jury and monetary qualifications and requirements established for participating in the Cruise. 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.

NCHS invitation

Call for Artists: The North Country Health Services Art Committee is accepting artwork for the Temporary Exhibition Program at Neilson Place. Artists who would like their work to be considered, should submit a CD to the NCHS Art Committee by March 15. The CD may be mailed to Temporary Exhibition Program, Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. NW, Bemidji 56601 or dropped off at the same address. For more information, contact Linnea Papke-Larson at or 333-6285.

Art classes

Free "Warm Your Heart Classes" will be offered to the public, with a limit of two classes per person, during February and March at Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W. Classes are Wire Wrapped Jewelry with Nancy Engelson and Jeanie Fenner, 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb.16; Beginning Basketry with Monie Martin 1-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19; Beginning Acrylic "Acrylics Landscape" with Grace Garland and Marion Reil 1-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26; Ukrainian Eggs with Mary Morton 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 16; Beginning Oil Painting "Landscape Escape" with Jeannine Brooks 1-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 18-19. Registrations will be taken in person at Gallery North.

Talent show

"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.

Other events

- Midwinter Poetry Retreat: Dreams, Vision and the Inner Image to be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5-6 at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. The retreat will be moderated by CarolAnn Russell, professor of English and women's studies at Bemidji State University. 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.

- "Love Songs and Arias for Valentine's Day," a dinner and program to benefit the 2010 Lake Bemidji Summer Opera Festival, will start 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

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

- Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program, 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.

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

- Talking Stick Volume 19 is 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. Deadline to apply is March 1. Complete submission guidelines available at

- Common Ground, a new series by Lakeland Public Television is a magazine show based on Norpthern 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

- 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-Saturday.

- 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.

- 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 "Ahn Trio" and the Macalester College Pipe Band. 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 October. If ArtsNews is not on the home page, just hit "Our Voices" and scroll down.

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

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

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

- 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-Saturday and is located in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot at 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 January. 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 wood artist Austin Kliniske. 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" 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. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week.

- Gallery North will continue to feature its Holiday Boutique with work from member artists for January.

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

- 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.

- 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 BSU.

- 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 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.

- 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.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. The gallery is located in the BSU Education Arts Building, room 212. There is no admission charge.

- Wild Hare Coffee House and Bistro, 3 Minnesota Ave. N.W., has on exhibit Mike and Erja Wiltse's newest projects: original rustic wooden signs depicting downtown businesses, painted skate boards and still life and floral paintings in oil and acrylics. Wild Hare is closed on Sunday.

- 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.

- Stop at 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.

- Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m., Doc Severinsen and El Ritmo de la Vida, Bemidji High School Auditorium.

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

- Pelican Railroad plays from 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