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Patt Rall Arts Column for Feb. 17: Country band to perform Sunday

Pickin' and Grinnin,' a country band featuring Wes Seitz, John Dow, Glen Marken, Dave Sand and Gene Robinson will perform from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at 71 Bar, 468 Bemidji Road N.E.

TV series

Common Ground, a new series by Lakeland Public Television, a magazine show based on Northern Minnesota's arts, history, culture and heritage airs at 7 p.m. Thursdays. This week, the featured stories are on Aaron Spangler, a wood sculptor from Park Rapids, a tour of the Jaques Art Center in Aitkin and the history of Al Gerner's time spent as a depot agent on the Northern Pacific Railway in Blackduck. Those interested in being featured on the show should contact Ashley Hull, Legacy Production Manager at 333-3022 or Common Ground is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Science Center

Headwaters Science Center's "Elevated Epicurean Experience" and fundraiser to support the center's ongoing operations will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. All three levels of the center will be transformed into an elegant setting with food from local restaurants and private chefs, a Pub in the basement with a cash bar, hors d'oeuvres and entertainment by the Bemidji State University Jazz Ensemble. The Bemidji Baroque Ensemble and musicians from Bemidji Symphony Orchestra and Northwinds Quartet will also provide music throughout the evening. Wandering magician Joe D?Alessandro will perform along with guest scientist Glenn Schmieg, who will conduct a demonstration, "Playing With Food." Tickets cost $25 and are available at the Science Center, 413 Beltrami Ave. N.W., Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce, RiverWood Bank and First National Bank Bemidji downtown express bank.

Anniversary tour

Monroe Crossing will begin its Tenth Anniversary Tour with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, in the historic Chief Theatre, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W. Comprised of the original five members, this is a bluegrass group that is family friendly and gathers raves from professionals and listeners from around the country. Tickets are $16 and are available now at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, Wild Hare Bistro and Overbeek Electronics.

Held-over sale

Beltrami County Historical Society, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W., will hold-over its annual Valentine, White Elephant and Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20.

Author talk

Candace Simar, author of "The Abercrombie Trail," published by North Star Press in June 2009, will talk about her imaginings of what ordinary people would do in historic times such the 1862 Sioux Uprising. More information on this presentation is posted on the ArtsNews blog. The presentation will begin at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb.20. This free event is sponsored by the Blackduck Community Library with Minnesota Legacy Funds. The seating is limited so contact to make a reservation or for further information.

Concert postponed

The Mark Reeves concert is postponed and will not be held on Feb. 20.

Senior recital

Ashley Bremseth, soprano, will perform her senior student recital at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, in the BSU Thompson Recital Hall in the Bangsberg Performing Arts Complex, Birchmont Drive and 14th Street. There is no admission charge.

Band concert

Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band Concert will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, in the main theater of Bangsberg. There is no admission charge.

Writers' workshop

"What Makes Fiction Work?" will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in Room 112 of the BSU Hagg-Sauer Hall. The lecture by Lauren Cobb and Maureen Gibbon will explore what keeps a reader turning pages. Both presenters are professors in the BSU English Department. Cobb has published in literary journals such as Arts & Letters, the Beloit Fiction Journal and the 2007 Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories. Gibbon's second novel, "Thief," will be published in April. This is part of the Honors Council Lecture Series and there is no admission charge.

Jazz concert

The Bemidji Concert Series will feature Doc Severinsen and El Ritmo De La Vida at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Bemidji High School auditorium. Tickets are $35 for reserved seating, $25 general admission and $5 for students and are available at Lueken's North and Tutto Bene., ans the BSU Department of Music, Second Floor of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. For more information on Doc and the band, please check the ArtsNews blog.

Logo design

Turtle River is looking for artists to submit a new design for Turtle River Days. The logo must include the name "Turtle River, MN." All entries must be dropped off by Feb. 28 at 71 Mart or 71 Bar. A $100 prize will be awarded to the winning design.

Workshop slated

Songwriting Workshop with Andrew Green will be held from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, March 6, 13 ,20 and 27 at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W. The fee for the workshop is $75. Call 444-5606 to register or for more information.

Fiber workshop

A two-day fiber workshop, "Braids, Cordmaking and Knotting Techniques for Fiber, Jewelry and Bead Artists" will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 27-28, in the Beltrami Electric Cooperative Room. The workshop will be taught by Marion Hunziker-Larsen. Her presentation will address questions about thread, its construction and the best thread to use for jewelry. No prior experience is necessary for this class, but knowledge of a few knots - square, half hitch, overhand and larkshead - would be helpful. PDF documents of these knots will be made available prior to the class. To register for the class, send an $85 check with your name, telephone number and e-mail address to Region 2 Arts Council, 426 Bemidji Ave., Bemidji, MN 56601.

Trunk show

"Cord, Thread and Fiber Jewelry," is a free trunk show and digital presentation at 7 p.m., Friday, March 26, in the Beltrami Electric Cooperative Room. Direct questions to Dawn Standera at 586-3434 or

Other events

- 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 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. 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.

- 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 Monday, 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.

- "Warm Your Heart Classes" will be offered free 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 as follows: 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.

- 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 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 are available at

- 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 more information on Doc Severinsen and band. Send any information groups, individuals or arts organizations would like printed in the blog 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.

- Blackduck History Center has on display for February "Hens and Roosters!" a collection of Marie Juelson.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. 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.

- 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 Community Art Center welcomes the public to view a display of works of member artists at its Annual BCAC Member show. All proceeds from Shop 426 benefit BCAC programming and the artists of Shop 426. BCAC is free and open to the public every day but Sunday and Monday and is located at 426 Bemidji Ave. N.

- Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W., welcomes BHS graduate Ron Lyman and his exhibit "Brush Strokes." The library is open Monday through Saturday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., invites the public to view work of Ashleigh Buck and Candice Billiups, encaustic paintings as known as hot wax paintings. The Pub opens Monday through Saturday at noon.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., has on display the work of photographer Don Schubbe, "Beauty Naturally," scenic, wildlife and floral photography. 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 nationally known artist and Bemidji native Pat Oldham. She has published wildlife coloring books and environmental posters. Her works are frequently in pastels with renderings of animals and birds. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week,

- Gallery North, 503 Third St. N.W., welcomes Artist of the Month Dianna Johnson and her works in oil and acrylics. Showcase Artist of the Month is John La Tourelle and his nature photography of the Bemidji area.

- The gallery located at Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 523 America Ave. N., has on display paintings by BSU painting instructor, Natalia Himmirska. Viewing hours are from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday. For further information, call 751-9654.

- 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.

- Talley Gallery welcomes Malisa Van Maasdam and her installation, "Dasein," translated as "existence being" in completion of her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at BSU. The gallery will have Van Maasdam's work on view until Feb. 25. 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. on Saturday. The gallery is located in the BSU Education Arts Building in room 212. There is no admission charge.

- Wild Hare Coffee House and Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., has on display the works of Maureen O'Brien, a local artist known for her nature works of Northern Minnesota. The Bistro is open from Monday-Saturday.

- 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 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. 27, 4 p.m., Honor Band and Honor Choir Concert, BSU Thompson Recital Hall; $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and free for students.

- March 3, 7 p.m., "Persons, Souls and Death," an honors lecture by Prof. David Lund.

- March 5-7 and 11-13, 7:30 p.m., "Wait Until Dark" by KG Entertainment. All shows are at the Elks Lodge, 116 Fourth St. N.W.

- March 13, 7:30 p.m., Dick Kimmel and Jerilyn Kjellberg, Headwaters School of Music and the Arts.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, 9 p.m. Thursday, Open Stage. 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