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Patt Rall Arts Column for March 24: Scholarship concert scheduled for Saturday

Bemidji State University Annual DeKrey Memorial Scholarship Concert will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 27, in Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex on the campus of Bemidji State University, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive Northeast.

The competition is open to vocal music majors who have maintained high academic standards. This year, three students will receive $1,000 each. The family of Iona DeKrey will also be judges in the competition along with members of the BSU music faculty. Music will range from arias to musical theater. For a complete listing of all the students scheduled to sing, please see the ArtsNews blog of the online edition of the Bemidji Pioneer. The winners from last year, Ashley Bremseth, Angela Hesse and Mathew Verbout, will also perform at the concert. Admission is free and a reception will follow the concert.

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 Emelia Hovelsrud of Park Rapids, who makes custom rustic furniture; Curt Fisher, who shows us the process of wine making in Walker; and Nancy Williams of Brainerd takes us inside her chocolate shop. 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.

Library program

"The Minnesota Crime Wave" hits Bemidji at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W. Two free tickets will be yours with a valid library card, but seating is limited, so stop by the library to get them soon. A program made possible with funding from the Minnesota Legacy Arts Fund will bring William Ken Krueger, who writes the Cork O'Connor mystery series set in the great North Woods of Minnesota, Carl Brookins, the author of three mystery series, and Ellen Hart, the author of the Jane Lawless mystery series set in the Twin Cities. See the ArtsNews blog on the home page of the Bemidji Pioneer for more information about these authors.

SisterSong concert

SisterSong, a celebration of women and their music, will hold their third annual fundraiser from 6-9 p.m., Saturday, March 27, to support the SisterSong Scholarship Fund for young women who want to study music. The event is also part of Women's History Month Celebration in collaboration with BSU. Well known local singers and groups will perform. A pay-what-you-can donation will be accepted at the door of the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive.

Musical comedy

"Hanson's Grill - Minnesota Nice on Ice" returns to Bemidji as a fundraiser for the Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective to purchase a tent for their outdoor performances. The dinner theater will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 28, at the Backyard Barbeque, 119 Third St. N.W. Written by Teri Harrington and directed by Cate Belleveau, the play is a musical comedy which revolves around a family restaurant struggling to survive the numerous chain restaurants coming into town. The cast recorded a CD of the musical numbers including "I Come from Bemidji." Tickets are $25 for a buffet dinner to include walleye and meat entrees, vegetables and bread. Seating is limited to 90 people. Advance tickets are available at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W. This production is rated PG-13 for language.

Author visit

Douglas Wood will appear at 7 p.m. Monday, April 5, at the Bemidji Public Library. Wood often described as Minnesota's "Renaissance Man," is an author, artist, musician, naturalist and wilderness guide. There is no admission charge for this program.

Memoir workshop

Angela Foster will present a three-hour workshop on "Memoir: A Crash Course," or "Beginning Memoir: Finding Your Story," from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, April 17, at the Bemidji Public Library. Reservations are required, call 751-3963.

Auditions call

Open auditions for "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," a musical comedy by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts to be performed July 7-31 at Long Lake Theater in Hubbard this summer. Auditions will be held from 7-8 p.m., Tuesday, March 30. Contact Julie Kjenaas at 732-3263 for more information.

Artists call

The call is out for visual artists by the Bemidji Sculpture Walk Committee to paint or embellish fiberglass beaver sculptures that will be displayed throughout Bemidji this summer. Applications need to be posted by April 1, as the sculptures will be arriving April 15 with a completion date of May 1. All sculptures will be placed on May 21 and 22. Contact Al Belleveau at 243-2685 or for more information and an application. A list of materials that will work on the fiberglass will also be provided. Any business or individual interested in sponsoring a sculpture can contact Belleveau.

Authors call

The call is out for authors by Northwoods Woman Magazine for their 2010 fiction contest. The winner will receive a $200 prize and publication in the July-August magazine. The work must be an original, previously unpublished, short story of no more than 1,500 words. The contest is open to all legal Minnesota residents and the submission deadline is April 15. E-mail entries to with name, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address on the first page. For more details see a current copy of magazine or visit

Friend of Arts

The 22nd Annual Friend of the Arts Award committee is seeking names for this year's nominations of a single person or a couple who have given generously of time and effort to promote the arts in the greater Bemidji area. If you know someone who should be honored by the Bemidji Community Arts Center and the community of Bemidji, contact the BCAC for more information. Applications are also available at and must be submitted no later than April 14 to BCAC at 426 Bemidji Ave., Bemidji MN 56601. This award is sponsored in part by First National Bank Bemidji, North Country Health Services, Paul Bunyan Telephone and Dunn Bros. Coffee.

Antique 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. 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.

Artists wanted

The call is out 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. For further information, call 444-2285 or 209-6923. The deadline for submission of art work is March 26.

Rosemaling class

A new style of Rosemaling Workshop with Trudy Peach will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, April 12, and Tuesday, April 13, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Clearbrook. The cost is $30 and registration deadline is April 1. Call 218-968-2255.

Songwriting class

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

Watercolor class

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 and to register call 444-5606.

Fiberworks 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, 4111 Technology Drive N.W. Direct questions to Dawn Standera at 586-3434 or

Photo exhibit

The Blackduck History Center's March show is "Blackduck: Remember When," a collection of photographs of the city and residents from the 1900's. 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 until April 3 in the newly remodeled History and Art Center.

Nature photos

Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., welcomes photographer Melissa Burness and her "Kaleidoscope of Nature" as featured artist of the month. This venue, a boutique of art and fine craft featuring more than 50 artists. The shop will be closed Sunday and Monday until April.

Bird display

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 at 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.

Senior exhibit

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.

Student art

Bemidji Public Library 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.

Art show

Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W. invites the public to view Terry Honstead's latest exhibit, "Hidden Dreams." The pub opens at noon Monday-Saturday.

Café art

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.

Nature art

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.

Wood works

Gallery North 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 is located at 503 Third St. N.W. Their new website is

Other events

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 523 America Ave. N.W., is hosting 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. N.

- Neilson Place and the North Country Health Services Art Committee host photographer Kate Lalone and her exhibit "Visions of Life," photos that span 94 years of living and challenge 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 (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.

- 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 are some personal comments about two of the authors from "Out of the Hat," congratulations to Bemidji's own Poet Laureate Marsh Muirhead, information about the "crime wave" coming to Bemidji this weekend and a complete listing of the students who will vie for DeKrey Scholarships Saturday. 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:

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

- April 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m., "13, when 6 meets 7" acoustic rock group, Cabin Coffee House,

- April 11, 7:30 p.m., Bemidji Choir Home Concert, Thompson Recital Hall.

- April 11, 3 p.m., Bemidji Baroque Ensemble, Thompson Recital Hall, free to the public.

- April 11, 7:30 p.m. Senior Recital, Matt Custer, trombone, Thompson Recital Hall, free to the public

- April 9-11, Disney's "Aladdin, Jr.," a collaboration of Paul Bunyan Playhouse and Bemidji Community Theater, tickets available at Iverson Corner Drug and Ken K. Thompson in the Paul Bunyan Mall.

- April 16, 17, 23, 24, 25, "Man of La Mancha," BSU Theater Department, Bangsberg Recital Hall.

- April 16, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Eric Berving in concert, Cabin Coffee House.

- April 18, 3 p.m., Jazz Band Concert, Thompson Recital Hall.

- April 18, 7 p.m., "Prairie Songs" with Erin Oberlander, Jenny Poehls and Grant Larson,Thompson Recital Hall, free to the public.

- April 21, 7:30 p.m., Varsity Singers Spring Concert, Thompson Recital Hall. Admission, canned goods for Bemidji Food Shelf.

- April 22, 7:30 p.m., Choral Chamber Ensembles, Thompson Recital Hall.

- April 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Blue Bird in concert, Cabin Coffee House.

- April 24, 7:30 p.m., Composition Recital, Jake Kaehne, Thompson Recital Hall.

- April 24, 3 p.m., Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Bemidji High School.

- April 27, 7:30 p.m., Wind Ensemble and Bemidji Choir Concert, Main Theater, Bangsberg Recital Hall.

- April 28, 7:30 p.m., Symphonic Band and Instrumental Chamber Groups, Main Theater, Bangsberg Recital Hall.

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

- Pelican Railroad, 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Wednesdays, 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