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Patt Rall Arts Column for May 5: Bemidji Chorale concert set for Sunday

This Sunday's concert by the Bemidji Chorale will feature original compositions by Jake Kaehne, a Bemdiji State University senior, an audience invitation to sing "America the Beautiful" along with the chorale, featured soloists and the ice cream social.

The concert will feature the variety of musical styles and arrangements expected by Bemidji audiences, who have attended Bemidji Chorale concerts through the years. Director Pat Mason will be assisted by Wayne Hoff at the piano for this annual Mothers Day Spring Concert of the Bemidji Chorale. The concert will begin at 7 p.m., Sunday, May 9, in the BSU Beaux Arts Ballroom in Hobson Union. Admission to the concert is free, but donations to the Chorale will be accepted. The website is This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008.

School concert

Schoolcraft Learning Community invites the public to attend the Spring Concert at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 6, in the Bemidji High School auditorium. Based upon the learning expeditions of the students, the music will range from the songs about frogs and toads to the Revolutionary War with some French offerings added under the direction of François Fouquerel. The concert will showcase the choirs and orchestras. This concert is funded in part by the Region 2 Arts Project Grant program made possible through funds provided by the Minnesota State Legislature.

Celtic music

Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., will welcome Irish performers, "Father, Son and Friends" at 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, May 7 and 8, for an evening of traditional Irish, Scottish and Celtic music in downtown Bemidji. The kitchen is open until 9 p.m. and the bar until 1 a.m.

First Friday

- First Friday events May 7 can always start with the Beltrami County Historical Society, which presents "Birds of a Feather," in conjunction with Gallery North. Stop by and enjoy refreshments and free admission to the museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The History Center is located at 130 Minnesota Avenue S.W. in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Saturday. For more information, call 444-3376 or

- Bemidji Public Library continues its exhibit by artist Marion Caroline and her exhibit "Bemidji Ecliptic," watercolors, acrylics, oils and paintings on feathers for the Library Art Wall in May.

- Gallery North's showcase artist for May is Grace Privetsky and wood carver and watercolor artist. Member featured artist of the month is Monie Martin, a basket maker who will be demonstrating her antler baskets during the 2-5 p.m. reception in the shops at 502 Irvine Ave. N.W. Gallery North is pleased to have its new website up and running. The website features Gallery North artists, artwork and information on the Gallery and upcoming events.

- While downtown and around the corner, visit Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W. The featured artist for May is Paul Krueger, who will demonstrate his skill in creating one-of-a-kind hand painted T-shirts at the opening reception from 4-6 p.m. While there, listen to live music from local folk group Tapestry during First Friday events. For more information call 218-444-9225.

- Stop by Glazed & Amused - Paint your Own Pottery Studio, 311 Third St. N.W. Check out the window display featuring beautiful ceramic pieces painted by the customers. Walk-in painters are always welcome. For more information call 333-6880 or email

- Across the street at the Cabin Coffee House and Café, Marion Reil will display her exhibit, "From the Cabin Window," a gleaning of images or ideas that come the nature's observance. The reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. The Cabin also features original art and cards for sale by Audrey Merschman. The Cabin is open seven days a week at 214 Third St. N.W.

- Eli Balbach is the May artist of the month at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant. Balbach works with oil on canvas using impressionist techniques. His works will be for sale and there will be a reception to meet and talk with Eli from 5-7 p.m. During May, Brigid's Cross will be open at noon Monday-Saturday and closed on Sunday. For more information call 444-0567 or go to the web at

- Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., will present the work of photographer and artist Jess Watnemo Storey and her exhibit "Girlz in White Dresses." As a part of the event, Dunn Bros will be featuring a book signing by the artist from 5-7 p.m. The book features various women doing fun things in wedding gowns from all over the United States, including Bemidji. The book, "Girlz In White Dresses," all started when one friend, Staci, asked the other, Jess, (a photographer), to take some shots of her in her wedding dress. They talked about how they wished they could wear their wedding dresses every day to work, to the store, out fishing or hiking ... and the idea was born. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week. Call 444-5252 or e-mail

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., presents "NEW WORK" by Marlon Davidson featuring collages he has executed over the past two years. Marlon may be best known for his collaborations with his partner Don Knudson, but he has always maintained a career of art production on his own and has exhibited widely in the Midwest. His work is in private and public collections locally, regionally and nationally and in the permanent collections of several galleries. Join him for the opening reception from 3-5 p.m. After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare's own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar from 6-9 p.m., featuring a new menu every month. Call 444-JAVA for details.

- Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., invites you to the opening reception from 4-6 p.m. featuring the Annual 5th Grade Invitational showcasing work by area students from Central, Horace May, J.W. Smith, Lincoln, Northern, Red Lake, Schoolcraft, Solway and St. Philip's elementary schools. This exhibit runs through May 21. The BCAC is free and open to the public. Visit the Art Center and Shop 426 or at, 444-7570 or Hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

- Mask & Rose Women's Theater Collective and the Northwood's Folk Collective invites you to stop by for the Northwoods Folk Collective's First Friday Coffee House at 7:30 p.m. Sign up will start at 6:30 p.m. The open mic event is a chance for musicians and writers of all experience levels to share their talent with enthusiastic, inter-generational audiences. Those not performing are asked to make a $2 donation or $5 for a family. The new exhibit in the Fleur de Lis Gallery is by artist Joan Wilson and her exhibit "Out of the (Art) Closet" featuring portraiture and still life paintings. The reception will begin at 6 p.m. Both events will be held at the Wild Rose Theater in the Masonic Temple, Bemidji Ave.

- The North Country Health Services Art Committee presents work by artist Kate Lalone and her exhibit, "Visions of Life." Kate Lalone, Lilly's Eye photo artist, challenges us to view perspectives of life through all senses in this photo exhibit. Kate's work will be on display now through June for the pleasure of residents, families staff and the community at large. Also featured through June are Handwoven Baskets by Eve Sumsky in the new coffee and gift shop, The Bistro at WoodsEdge. Her baskets are for sale and may be purchased on site. The Bistro at WoodsEdge is located just inside the front entryway to Neilson Place at WoodsEdge, on the North Country Health Services Senior Living Campus, 1000 Anne St. N.W. For more information, e-mail

Watercolor class

Upcoming class at Gallery North: 1-4 p.m. May 22, Watercolor Class, "Natures Twitter" Students will paint and mat a 16-by-20 watercolor of a Minnesota chickadee in a variety of poses and backgrounds. All materials will be provided. Registration is $45 the day of class or $40 prepaid. Registrations are taken at Gallery North. E-mail for more information.

Other events

- Talley Art Gallery has on display an exhibit of the art of American Indian artists: Carl Gawboy, Bambi Goodwin, Duane Goodwin and Steve Premo. Gawboy is known as the "Ojibwe Norman Rockwell," because he uses historic realism, and his artwork gives life to the Ojibwe cultural systems in everyday life, work and rituals within the context of environment and traditions. Both Goodwins are known in the arts community for their traditional work, which draws upon the natural world. Steve Premo is a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Minnesota Chippewa and is also known for his authentic portrayals of Indians. This installation will remain in place from until May 7.

- There is a Call for Artists in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen counties by Gallery North and Northern Artists. They will sponsor a two-day First City Ethnic Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, and Sunday, Sept. 12, at the Hungry Bear Ballroom, 2300 24 St. N.W. Join them for two days of fine art sales and ethnic arts displays, demonstrations and exhibits. Booth space, with a table and cloth, is available for up to 50 artists. This event will have live entertainment and extensive publicity. Booth rental is $30 for reservations postmarked by June 15. Reservations postmarked after June 15 will be $45. For information or to obtain a reservation form, call Jeannine at 444-4482 or 1209 30th St .NW. Bemidji, Minnesota 56601. Make checks payable to Gallery North. This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund as approved by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008.

- Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W., 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.

Mark your calendars now with these upcoming events:

- "A Clean House," a romantic comedy by the Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective, 7 p.m., May 14 and 15 at Wild Rose Theater.

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

- Pelican Railroad 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. every Wednesday at the Backyard BBQ in downtown Bemidji.

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