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First Friday Art Walk scheduled

The Bemidji Community Art Center will host its First Friday Art Walk opening reception featuring senior exhibit by Lauralee Simons, titled "The Temper of Complexion," from 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 4, at 426 Bemidji Ave. N.

In an eclectic mix of sculpture, painting and fiber arts, Simons' exhibit deals with the internal self and how it plays on the exterior or outer self. This echo of the internal world is portrayed on the surface through large masses with facets, jagged and smooth textures, color and a variation of gestures. This exhibit is in partial fulfillment of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Arts at Bemidji State University. Admission to the BCAC is free. For details, call 444-7570, visit or e-mail

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts will host an opening reception for featured artist Melissa Burness from 4-6 p.m. Friday at 315 Irvine Ave. N.W. Burness originally from Owosso, Mich., moved to Bemidji because of the beauty of the area. Taking simple photographed images to the next level, with a creative twist, "Kaleidoscope of Nature" was created and inspired by the wildlife and nature of the Bemidji Area.

Bad Cat Creations primarily showcases the work of local artists and features jewelry, ceramics and more. For details, call 444-9225.

- Beltrami County Historical Society, in conjunction with Gallery North, presents the "Birds of a Feather" exhibit as part of the First Friday Art Walk. An opening reception will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the Beltrami County History Center, located at 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W. Refreshments will be served and admission is free. The History Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For details, call 444-3376 or visit

- The Bemidji Public Library will host an opening reception for TrekNorth High School from 3-5 p.m. Friday, at 509 America Ave. N.W. Students from TrekNorth will exhibit art pieces through the month of March. Featured artists include Raven Clark, Emily Bauer, Marisha Lindquist, Arianna Karstens, Josh LaRue, Rachel Lash, Rachel Reese, Hannah Ehli, Linnea Helgeson, Philip Durst and Brea Blankenfeld. For details, call Paul Simonson at 444-7886.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub will host its First Friday Art Walk opening reception for featured artist Terry Honstead's exhibit, "Hidden Dreams," from 4-6 p.m. Friday, at 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W. Honstead works with acrylic, watercolor, oil and mixed media. She will share her most recent works with visual and tactile texture. For details, call 444-0567.

- The Cabin Coffeehouse and Café will host an opening reception featuring artist Jenn Anderson from 5-7 p.m. Friday at 214 Third St. N.W. Anderson's exhibit is titled "My Therapy, Revealed on Canvas." Anderson uses mixed media including acrylics, oil and collage to create her works on canvas. The Cabin is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For details, call 444-2899.

- Dunn Bros Coffee will continue its exhibit with artist Pat Oldham through the month of March. With a fine arts degree, a great love for animals and training in wildlife rehabilitation, Oldham's work is a reflection of the beauty, behavior and humor she sees in animals. Dunn Bros is located at 501 Paul Bunyan Dr. S. For details, call 444-5252 or e-mail Gallery North welcomes DuWayne Schwindt of Rako Woods as its March Showcase Artist, featuring his exhibit of intarsia designed wood inlay projects. An opening reception will be held from 2-5 p.m. Friday at 502 Third St. N.W.

Gallery North's featured artist is Julie Johnson. Johnson was recently featured on the televised series "Common Ground." She is a self-taught rosemaler whose designs are influenced by Norwegian culture.

Gallery North will also offer a watercolor class, "Catch a Butterfly," at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at 502 Third St. N.W. Participants will paint and mat a watercolor painting of a colorful abstract butterfly. The class fee is $40. For details or to register, call 751-7741.

Gallery North will offer a beginning landscape class in oils, titled "Northwood's Landscape." Participants will paint a simple landscape scene from their personal photographs. All materials will be provided. The class fee is $40.

For information on artists or to become a member of Gallery North, call 444-9813 or e-mail

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will host an opening reception featuring the art works of Pat Black from 4-6 p.m. Friday, at 522 America Ave. N.W. Black is a fabric artist who has been included in juried exhibitions and her work is in private and public collections. Her productions include quilts, small wall hangings. For details, call 751-9654.

- Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective and the Northwoods Folk Collective will host its First Friday Coffeehouse at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N.W. Performer signup begins at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $2 per person or $5 for a family. Also showing in the Fleur di Lis Gallery is "Mother Art" by Nina Lubarski. This exhibit, featuring female artists from the region, opens as a part of the Women's History Month celebration, which will also include the Sister Song Celebration March 27. For details on upcoming events, showing artwork, or to be a part of the staged readings or to showcase music, contact Cate Belleveau at

- The North Country Health Services Art Committee will host artist Kate Lalone and her exhibit, "Visions of Life," as part of the First Friday Art Walk, at Neilson Place, located at 1000 Anne St. N.W. in Bemidji. Lalone, Lilly's eye photo artist, challenges people to view perspectives of life through all senses in the photo exhibit, which is dedicated to her father and granddaughter. An opening reception will be held from 3-5 p.m., with an artist presentation at 3 p.m. Friday. For details, email

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House will present the paintings of Mary Lingen from March 5-31. An opening reception will be held from 3-5 p.m. Friday at 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W. Lingen has focused the subject of her paintings on the Minnesota landscape for the past 17 years and has been exhibiting since 1996. Her style comes from translating the subject matter into shapes and rhythms, setting limits in the color palette, types of shapes and lines and the way in which the colors and forms interact within the painting space. Wild Hare also features its own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar from 5-9 p.m. Friday with a new menu every month and a wine and beer list. For details, call 444-JAVA.