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Patt Rall Arts Column for March 3: Young cellist featured soloist for Bemidji Symphony Orchestra

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra will showcase local a teen as guest artist. The third concert of the season, "Triumph of Youth," will begin at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 7 in the Bemidji High School Auditorium. The program will open with Overture to "Orphée aux Enfers" (Orpheus in the Underworld) by Jacques Offenbach. Local teen Eric Haugen and the orchestra will play "Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 1 in A minor, op.33 by Camille Saint-Saens. The second act is given over the "Symphonic Dances, Op 64." by Edvard Greig, the most famous Norwegian composer. Tickets are $15 regular admission, $10 students and seniors and free for students of the Bemidji School District. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Lueken's Village Foods North and at the door the day of performance. For more information on Haugen, look at the ArtsNews blog.

Local TV series

Common Ground, a new series by Lakeland Public Television, a magazine show based on Northern Minnesota's arts, history, culture and heritage will air at 7 p.m. Thursdays. This week the featured stories are about a Native American family tradition that is passed down from generation to generation. Mika Northbird of Cass Lake will talk about beading and more information about her craft can be seen at Rustic furniture designer and maker Duane Shoup will demonstrate his craft at his shop in rural Shevlin. The segment will finish with a visit to the Crow Wing County Historical Society Museum and Library. The shows are rebroadcast at 6 p.m. Sundays. 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.

Suspense drama

"Wait Until Dark" by KG Entertainment will opens this week. All evening shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. March 5-7, 11-13, and a 3 p.m. matinee Saturday, March 13, at Jammers Blue Note Ballroom, 11328 Bemidji Road N.E. (six miles north of Bemidji). The play is a tense thriller written by Frederick Knott who is also the author of "Dial "M" for Murder." The story revolves around three men who stalk a blind young woman in her home for contraband. Please check the ArtsNews blog for more information on the content of the show. Tickets are available now at Harmony Natural Foods Coop and The Wild Hard Bistro. Tickets are $10 for general admission; $1 from each ticket sold will be donated to the Helen Keller Foundation.

First Friday

- First Friday of March events can begin at the Beltrami County Historical Society, which in conjunction with Gallery North, presents, "Birds of a Feather." Stop by on First Friday for refreshments and free admission into the museum. 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, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.

- Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., welcomes DuWayne Schwindt of Rako Woods and his exhibit of Intarsia designed "wood inlay" projects as featured artist of the month. Schwindt's completed pieces are on display and available for sale. The art form (Intarsia) dates back to the early 15th century Italian Renaissance. Gallery North's showcase artist of the month is Julie Johnson who works in the art of Rosemaling, Norwegian inspired designs. Meet the artists at the opening reception from 2-5 p.m. Gallery North's new Web site is up and running and features member artists, artwork and information on upcoming events.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., welcomes Melissa Burness and her "Kaleidoscope of Nature" as its featured artist of the month. Burness takes simple photographed images to the next level with a creative twist. These photographs were inspired by the wildlife and nature of the Bemidji area. The opening reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. Bad Cat Creations 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 Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W., has on display for March, the artwork of TrekNorth High School students Raven Clark, Emily Bauer, Marisha Lindquist, Arianna Karstens, Josh LaRue, Rachel Lash, Rachel Reese, Hannah Ehli, Linnea Helgeson, Philip Durst and Brea Blankenfeld. Stop by and meet the students and enjoy refreshments at the opening reception from 3:30-5 p.m. The library is open Monday through Saturday.

- 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.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., welcomes Jenn Anderson and her exhibit "My Therapy, Revealed." Using acrylics, oil and collage, Anderson expresses on canvas what she cannot express in words. Her work will be up for March. Meet her during the opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Also on display and for sale are painting and cards by Audrey Merschman. The Cabin is open seven days a week.

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 522 America Ave. N.W., invites the public to welcome back former Bemidjian and fabric artist Pat Black for March and April. Black's work - -quilts to small wall hangings - are imaginative and impressively composed. She is a well known fabric artist and has been in many juried shows. Join her at the opening reception from 4-6 p.m.

- Wild Hare Coffee House and Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., welcomes Mary Lingen and her paintings of the Minnesota landscape. Lingen's work has been displayed in more than 30 states and her unique style comes from translating subject matter into shapes and rhythms, limiting the color palette and using shapes and lines in a way that the colors and shapes interact within the painting space. Meet Lingen at the opening reception from 3-5 p.m. After the Art Walk, the Friday Wine Bar will feature the creations of Wild Hare culinary artists with libations to complement from 5-9 p.m. Wild Hare is closed on Sunday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., invites the public to view the work of Terry Honstead and her latest exhibit, "Hidden Dreams." Working with watercolor, oil and mixed media, she fills her work with visual and textures.Meet Honstead during the opening reception from 4-6 p.m. The pub is open at noon Monday through Saturday.

- Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., welcomes Lauralee Simons and her senior exhibit, "The Temper of Complexion," an eclectic mix of sculpture, painting and fiber arts, which deals with the internal self and how it plays on the external self. This exhibit is in partial fulfillment of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in visual arts at Bemidji State University. The opening reception will be from 5-7pm. The gallery and Shop 426 are open from noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday and is closed Sunday and Monday.

- Neilson Place and the North Country Health Services Art Committee are pleased to welcome "Visions of Life," a photo exhibit, which challenges us to view perspectives of life through all senses as it spans 94 years of living. Photographer Kate Lalone has dedicated this exhibit to her granddaughter and father. The opening reception is from 3-5 p.m. with an artist's presentation at 3 p.m. Lalone's work will be on display through June 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.

Mask and Rose Women's Theater collective and the Northwood's Folk Collective invite the public to view the new exhibit in the Fleur de Lis Gallery, "Mother Art" curated by Nina Lubarski. The exhibit features female artists from the region and is a part of Women's History Month Celebration. Sign-up for the folk collective, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. with performances starting at 7:30 p.m. Both are located in the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave.

- Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., continues its exhibit of the work of artist Pat Oldham, who works in pastels, pencil and pen and ink. Noted for wildlife representations, Oldham's work is a reflection of the beauty, behavior and humor she sees in animals. Also on display and for sale are ceramic pieces by Josh Boock. Dunn Brothers is open seven days a week.

Watercolor class

Watercolor class "Catch a Butterfly" will be given at Gallery North from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 13, with Grace Garland and Marion Caroline. Call 444-9813 for more information.

Folk concert

Peter Mayer will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 13 at Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Minnesota born singer/songwriter is known to his fans as the man who creates songs for a small planet. Before his next CD (Heaven Below) release event, which will be held at the Fitzgerald Theater April 24, Mayer will appear for Bemidji audiences. Mayer sings and writes about the interconnectedness of the human experience and journey. For more information about this artist, check his Web site Tickets are $16 in advance and may be purchased at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, by emailing or by calling 444-8936. Tickets at the door will be $20.

Craft fair

Antique, Art and Craft Fair, a two-day fundraising event for the Beltrami County Historical Society, is accepting reservations from antique dealers, artists and crafters. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 9 and 10 at Calvary Lutheran Church, 2508 Washington Ave. S., in Bemidji. Vendor space is available for $15. The fair will feature refreshments, vendors and the Eggers' Antique Appraisals from 204 p.m. both days. For more information, call 444-3376.

Artist call

Call for Submission for "Art from Within," an exhibit of artwork from individuals who have been touched by the criminal justice system, currently and previously incarcerated artists and their families. This is a volunteer effort throughout the state of Minnesota and hosted by the ACLU-MN Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project. Submissions may be delivered to the local ACLU office, 303 Railroad St. S.W., in Bemidji. For details, call 444-2285 or 209-6923. The deadline for submission of art work is March 26.

Blackduck history

The Blackduck History Center's March show is "Blackduck: Remember When," a collection of photographs of the city and residents from the 1900s. Part of the collection was discovered in Ely, Nev. Stop by the exhibit and try to identify some of the people in the photos. The display will be up from March 11 to April 3 in the newly remodeled History and Art Center.

Other events

- Audition calls are out for this summer's Lake Bemidji Opera Festival's two operas - "Amahl and the Night Visitors" and "Hansel and Gretel" and the Opera Night Gala. Auditions will be held from 6-8 p.m. through Friday, March 5. Singers are asked to prepare for a 10-minute audition, with an aria, ballad or art song in English of a five-minute duration that shows vocal range, color and dramatic capabilities. Singers should also be prepared to sight read a short excerpt from one of the operas. The Opera Night gala will be held Friday and Saturday, June 4 and 5, at Ruttger's Lodge and Resort. The operas will be presented Friday-Sunday, June 11-13. All singing roles and technical positions will be compensated. Contact Mathew Goinz, Artist Director at or Fulton Gallagher, General Manager, at for further information. A sign-up sheet is posted on the first floor music lobby corkboard in the BSU Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.

- "Reunited We Fall," a dinner-theater production written and directed by Steve Saari will be presented Thursday and Friday, March 18 and 19, at the Hampton Inn & Suites. A fast paced comedy about middle aged classmates on a high school reunion with local favorites Kevin Cease, Sarah Einerson, Julie Kaiser, John Peterson, Julie Quanrud and Vicki Wangberg. The evening will begin with a social hour at 6:30 p.m. with a 7 p.m. dinner with the performance to begin at 8 p.m. Tickets for the evening are $25 each with three entrée choices: seafood medley, herb crusted tilapia or loin of pork. Reservations are required are being taken on at 218-616-0337.

- Songwriting Workshop with Andrew Green will be held from 3-5 p.m. Saturdays, 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.

- 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, 4111 Technology Drive N.W. 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 a check for $85 with name, telephone number and e-mail address to Region 2 Arts Council, 426 Bemidji Ave., Bemidji, MN 56601.

- "Cord, Thread and Fiber Jewelry" will offer 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

- Call 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 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, 2010.

- 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. N.W., Bemidji, MN 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 March at Gallery North. Classes are as follows: 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 Art 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 deadline to apply is March 13.

- 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 are pictures Eric Haugen in a practice session, and more information about "Reunited We Fall." Any information 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.

- Blackduck History Center has on display through March 6 "Hens and Roosters!" a collection of Marie Juelson. The newly remodeled center also has on display of logging camp stories by third graders.

- 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:

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

- March 27, Sister Song Celebration at Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective.

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