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Patt Rall Arts Column for March 31: ACLU Racial Justice Project to hold art reception

"Art from Within" is an exhibit of the artwork from individuals who have been affected by the criminal justice system, including incarceration in county jails, state, and/or federal prison. Some of the artwork will be available for sale. The ACLU-MN Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project will sponsor this exhibit organized by college intern Amber Pearson. The opening reception will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 1, at KD Floral, 32 Minnesota Ave. N.W. The art work will be on display through April.

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 Austin Kinishe, a wood turner from Bemidji; Greg Rosenberg will take us inside Shining Light Studio in Brainerd; and we will learn about rock art from Mark Herbert from Park Rapids. 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.

First Friday Art

- First Friday of April 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 Street N.W., welcomes "Budding Artists," a display of children's artwork from area daycare centers participating in the Bemidji Early Childhood Initiative, "Art in Childcare Grant." Meet the young 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.

- Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Avenue N.W., has on display for April the multi-disciplined artwork of Marion Caroline and her exhibit, "Bemidji Ecliptic." The work includes watercolors, acrylics, oils and paintings on feathers. Caroline is known in the area for equine studies. The opening reception is from 3-5 p.m. The library is open Monday-Saturday.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., welcomes "green artist" Jane Marks-Hastig in honor of Earth Day April 22. Marks-Hastig will showcas unique, fun and functional art using reclaimed glass and up-cycled items. She will be at the 4-6 p.m. opening reception to demonstrate ways to give new life to discarded items. Bad Cat Creations will dedicate April to all "green" artists and offer discounts to shoppers who bring in a reusable shopping bags. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique of art and fine craft with more than 50 artists.

- Glazed and Amused 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, 311 Third St. N.W.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., welcomes artists Danielle Blanchfield, Beth Schenck and Jacob Baggenstoss and their eclectic collection of work in photography, drawing and painting. Meet them during the opening reception from 4-6 p.m. Also on display and for sale are paintings and cards by Audrey Merschman. The Cabin is open seven days a week.

- Wild Hare Coffee House and Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., will present new works by ceramicist Cyrus Swann, "Magic and Medicine." His pieces run from functional to experimental and are meant for daily use. Meet Swann at the 3-5 p.m. opening reception. 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 Jake Anderson and his exhibit of powerful images in both small and large formats using a technique called spray paint art. Meet Anderson during the opening reception from 5-7 p.m. The pub is open at noon Monday-Saturday.

- Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., will have on display the 10th annual High School Invitational with work in a variety of media from Bemidji High School, Lumberjack School, TrekNorth and Cass Lake-Bena High School students. The opening reception will be from 4-6 pm. The gallery and Shop 426 are open noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday.

- Dunn Bros. Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., will welcome for April Jess Watnemo Storey and her exhibit "Vision Escapes," a collection of paintings and photographs inspired by her fascination with nature and the cycles of life. Join Storey at the opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Also on display and for sale are ceramic pieces by Josh Boock. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week.

- Mask and Rose Women's Theater collective and the Northwoods Folk Collective invite the public to stop by and 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. The sign-up for the folk collective will begin at 6:30 p.m. with performances starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Both are located in the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave.

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 522 America Ave. N.W., invites the public to welcome back former Bemidjian and fabric artist Pat Black for April. Black's work -quilts to small wall hangings - are imaginative and impressively composed. For more information call 751-9654

- 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 will be 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.

Watercolor class

There is an upcoming watercolor paining class, "Fabulous Florals," where the students will create a loose style floral of their choice while exploring a large variety of watercolor backgrounds will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at Gallery North. All materials will be provided. The class fee is $40 with prepaid registration or $45 on the day of the class with a limit of 10 students. For more information, call Marion at 751-7741 or Grace at 759-2952. Prepaid registrations are taken at Gallery North.

Blackduck photos

The Blackduck History Center's 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 until mid-April in the newly remodeled History and Art Center which is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday of each week.

Other events

- 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.

Any information that groups, individuals or arts organizations would like printed in the blog, send entries to prall@bemidj 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.

- 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:

- April 2, 7 p.m., U.S. Air Force Band Jazz Ambassadors, Bemidji High School Auditorium.

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

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

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

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

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

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

- April 14, 9:30 a.m., Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning, "Empty Chairs" by Annelee Woodstrom, Cornerstone Assisted Living in Bagley.

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

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

- April 17, 7:30 p.m. Minnesota Blue Grass Community Concert with the Whistlepegs, Chief Theatre. For tickets call 800-635-3037 or go to

- 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, 9:30 a.m., NELL, "Why We Like Music" by Fulton Gallagher, Good Shepherd Church, Clearbrook.

- April 21, 7:30 p.m., Varsity Singers Spring Concert, Thompson Recital Hall, admission canned goods for Bemidji Community 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 Fine Arts Complex.

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

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub hosts 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, 199 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