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Patt Rall Arts Column for March 10: Singer-songwriter to perform Saturday concert

Peter Mayer will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 522 America Ave. N.W. Mayer is a Minnesota-born singer-songwriter 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, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., by e-mailing or by calling 444-8936. Tickets at

the door will be $20.

Mentor workshop

The Region 2 Arts Council has scheduled a Mentor Training Workshop for professional artists in Beltrami, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen and Clearwater counties who would like to provide one-on-one mentorships with eighth-12th-grade students. Fosston artist, teacher, and mentor Ric Sorenson will conduct the workshop that is scheduled from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25 in the Beltrami Electric Community Room, 4111 Technology Drive N.W. The participation fee is $10 and the sign-up deadline is March 19. The R2AC encourages professional artists of all disciplines from woodworkers and writers to dancers and sculptors to attend this workshop. Area students are submitting grants applications that will pay professional artists for their time mentoring. The grant funds are available as a result of the Legacy amendment passed in November 2008.

Acoustic concert

Dick Kimmel and Jerilyn Kjellberg will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W. This acoustic music duo has performed together throughout North America. They perform traditional Bluegrass folk, gospel and old-time string band music on the mandolin, banjo and guitar. Advance tickets are $12 and are available now at KRKB Music Outlet, Overbeek's and HSMA. Tickets at the door will be $15.

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 the art of Native American jewelry with Ruth White of Leech Lake Tribal College. Alice Blessing of Bemidji will demonstrate how she creates portraits with some paint and her fingers. Boyd Bremmer from Aitkin will re-enact the journey of logging camp days. The shows are rebroadcast at 6 p.m. on 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 continue this week with all evening shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, March 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. This play is for folks who enjoy thrillers, but it not for children younger than 13. There is no language, but the plot is intense. Please check the ArtsNews blog for more information on the content of the show. Tickets are available now at Harmony Food Co-op and The Wild Hard Bistro. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $1 from each ticket sold will be donated to the Helen Keller Foundation.

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.

Historical Society

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. Friday, April 9, and Saturday, April 10, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Bemidji. Vendor space is available for $15. The two-day fair will feature refreshments, vendors and the Eggers' Antique Appraisals on both days from 2-4 p.m. For more information, call 444-3376.

Studio cruise

The deadline is Monday, March 15, for submissions to the Bemidji-First City of the Arts Studio Cruise on Oct. 22-24. The selection committee 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.

Artist call

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, please 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 56601 or dropped off at the same address. For more information, contact Linnea Papke-Larson at or 333-6285.

Art in the Park

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.

Art from Within

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 at 303 Railroad St. SW in Bemidji. For further information, call 444-2285 or 209-6923. The deadline for submission of art work is Friday, March 26.

Web site class

New workshop offerings: "Creating an Online Presence" with Vivienne Morgan, photographer and media artist, will hold a session on using Wordpress to create a free Web site and using Flickr to join the Region 2 Arts Registry to connect with other artists. This workshop will provide artists in any discipline who need a free online presence which they can create and maintain themselves. Small art groups are also welcome but are limited to one representative. This is a hands-on workshop with a seat limit of 15. The class will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 3, in the Hagg Sauer Computer Classroom 109, Bemidji State University. To reserve a seat, send a note with your name, telephone number, and e-mail along with your check for $20 to Region 2 Arts Council, 426 Bemidji Ave. N. Bemidji, MN 56601. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 26. Morgan may be reached at if you have questions.


A new style of Rosemaling Workshop with Trudy Peach will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, April 1, and Tuesday, April 13, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Clearbrook. The cost is $30 and registration deadline is Thursday, April 1. Call 218-968-2255 for details.

Collage workshop

A Watercolor Collage workshop taught by Terry Honstead will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. The fee is $45. To register, call 444-5606.

Dinner theater

"Reunited We Fall," a dinner-theater production written and directed by Steve Saari, will be presented on 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 and the performance to begin at 8 p.m. Tickets for the evening are $25 each with four entrée choices: seafood medley, herb-crusted tilapia, loin of pork or vegetarian entrée, stuffed acorn squash. Reservations are required and are being taken on at 218-616-0337. Please check the ArtsNews blog for more information about the actors.


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

Other events

- 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 an $85 check with your name, telephone number and e-mail address to Region 2 Arts Council, 426 Bemidji Ave., Bemidji, MN 56601.

- "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

- "Warm Your Heart Classes" will be offered free to the public at Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W. The last class is "Landscape Escape" with Jeannine Brooks, 1-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 18-19. Registrations will be taken in person at Gallery North.

- 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.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts at 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., welcomes photographer Melissa Burness and her "Kaleidoscope of Nature" as its featured artist of the month. This venue, a boutique of art and fine craft with over 50 different artists will be closed on Sunday and Monday until April.

- Beltrami County Historical Society, in conjunction with Gallery North, presents, "Birds of a Feather." 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. SW.

- Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., welcomes the public to view the senior exhibit, in partial fulfillment of requirements for a degree in fine arts from BSU, of Lauralee Simons - "The Temper of Complexion," an eclectic mix of sculpture, painting and fiber arts. 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.

- Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W., has on display for March 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. The library is open Monday through Saturday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant invites the public to view Terry Honstead's latest exhibit, "Hidden Dreams." The Pub opens at noon Monday -Saturday.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., has on display the work of Jenn Anderson and her exhibit, "My Therapy, Revealed." 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 DuWayne Schwindt of Rako Woods and his exhibit of intarsia designed wood inlay pieces. Showcase artist of the month is Julie Johnson who works in the art of Rosemaling, Norwegian inspired designs. The gallery's new Web site is

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will host former Bemidjian and fabric artist Pat Black for March and April. Viewing hours are from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sundays. For further information, call 751-9654.

- Mask and Rose Women's Theater collective's new exhibit in the Fleur de Lis Gallery, "Mother Art," is curated by Nina Lubarski. The exhibit features female artists from the region and is a part of Women's History Month Celebration. The gallery is located in the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave.

- Neilson Place and the North Country Health Services Art Committee host photographer Kate Lalone and her exhibit "Visions of Life," a photo that spans 94 years of living and exhibit that challenges us to view perspectives of life through all senses. The exhibit will be up 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.

- Wild Hare Coffee House and Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., has on display the works of Mary Lingen, paintings of Minnesota landscape in her unique style of translating subject matter into shapes and rhythms in such a way that the colors and shapes interact within the painting space. The Bistro is open Monday-Saturday.

- Headwaters School of Music and the Arts has on display works of watercolor artist Judy Selby.

- 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 (Sillimandi) 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.

- 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 about "Out of the Hat," comments about the BSO concert and Eric Haugen, Pat Black's fiber art at HUUF and more information about the "crime wave" coming to Bemidji. 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. Events are listed in the Calendar Listing entry. If ArtsNews is not on the home page, just hit "Our voices" and scroll down.

Mark your calendars now with these upcoming events:

- March 20-21, Spring Arts and Craft Show at the Paul Bunyan Mall. For information, call 751-3195.

- March 20, "Out of the Hat," a production of KG Entertainment at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse in the historic Chief Theater.

- March 27-4 p.m., "The Minnesota Crime Wave" hits Bemidji at the Bemidji Public Library. An evening with three of Minnesota's mystery authors: William Kent, Ellen Hart and Carl Brookins. The event is free

- March 27, 6-9 p.m., Sister Song Celebration at Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective. The event is a fundraiser for scholarships for female musicians and part of Women's History Month Celebration in collaboration with BSU. Pay what you can donation.

- April 8-7:30 p.m., Midori with Robert McDonald, the last concert in the Bemidji Concert Series this season.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, Open Stage at 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