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Patt Rall Art Column for May 12: Clearwater County Historical Society to host Smithsonian exhibit

"Between Fences," a traveling exhibit on a national icon, fences - to keep livestock in, to keep marauders out, to curtail the movements of small children and lively pets and for so many other reasons - will open from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at the Clearwater County History Center in Shevlin.

The Clearwater County History Center was chosen by the Minnesota Humanities Center to host this traveling exhibit on loan from the Smithsonian Institute as part of the Museum on Main Street project. Conceived as part of an effort to bring exhibitions to rural communities, "Between Fences" is on its last stop before returning to the Smithsonian. A selection of artifacts, photos and illustrations, the collection will examine the importance of fences from colonial America to the present day. "Between Fences" is part of Museum on Main Street, which is a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Federation of State Humanities Councils, the Minnesota Humanities Center and the Clearwater County Historical Society. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Hearst Foundation.

Author event

Minnesota author Leif Enger will visit the Bemidji Public Library as part of the Kitchigami Reads/Kitchigami Writes project, made possible with funding from the State of Minnesota Legacy Fund to preserve arts and cultural heritage. Enger, the author of "So Brave, Young and Handsome," will be in Bemidji at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 20. Enger has written the story reminiscent of favored cowboy stories of the Old West and set it in 1915 Minnesota with a mix of reality and romanticism. Enger, the author of the bestseller "Peace Like a River" worked as a reporter and producer with Minnesota Public Radio.

Storyteller's visit

Kevin Kling, storyteller and commentator, who can be heard on Minnesota Public Radio's "All Things Considered," will be in Bemidji for the 60th anniversary celebration of the Paul Bunyan Playhouse from 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday, May 20, at the historic Chief Theatre, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W. The annual Stars in the Street event will be different this year with a bistro on stage, live music and a guest artist, in addition to the introduction of this year's calendar of productions by Artistic Director Zach Curtis. Reserved event seating is available now at the box office; tickets are $16 each or four tickets for $60. Call 751-7270 for more information for box office hours. This event is sponsored in part by the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, First National Bank Bemidji, Sparkling Waters Restaurant, Tutto Bene Italian Restaurant and Espresso Bar and Keg & Cork.

Student exhibit

The TIN PAN gALLErY at the Blackduck Area History and Art Center will present the annual Blackduck School Student Artist Show under the direction of Blackduck Art teacher Kory Greiner. The art works will be on display May 20-29, with an opening reception from 4-6:30 p.m., Friday, May 21, at the History Center.

Artist call

A Call for Artists in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen counties has been announced 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. The 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, MN 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.

Watercolor class

Gallery North will hold a watercolor class from 1-4 p.m. May 22, "Nature's Twitter." Students will paint and matte 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.

Poet presentation

Tickets are on sale now for "An Evening with Billy Collins," former Poet Laureate of the United States at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25, in the Bemidji High School Auditorium. This nationally known and respected poet is a distinguished professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York and the author of eight poetry books. Collins is a magnet for those who like humor and wisdom in poetry; he speaks to the everyman in all of us. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and may be purchased now at Lueken's Village Foods North and the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. Ticket requests by mail may be sent to HSMA, PO Box 542, Bemidji MN 56601. In the coming months, there will be more information about Collins published as features articles and blog entries and video of Marsh Muirhead reading some of Collins' poetry.

Other events

E Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., featured artist for May is Paul Krueger, who is skill in creating one-of-a-kind hand painted T-shirts. For more information call 218-444-9225.

E Bemidji Community Art Center Annual Fifth 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 at 426 Bemidji Ave., at, at 444-7570 or at Hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

E Beltrami County Historical Society, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W., presents "Birds of a Feather," in conjunction with Gallery North. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Saturday. For more information 444-3376 or

E Bemidji Public Library, 509 American Ave. N.W., 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.

E Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 517 Beltrami Ave. N.W., has on display the work of Eli Balbach. Balbach works with oil on canvas using impressionist techniques. Brigid's Cross is open at noon Monday-Saturday and closed on Sunday. For more information call 444-0567 or find us on the web at

E Cabin Coffee House and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., has on display Marion Reil's "From the Cabin Window," a gleaning of images or ideas that come the nature's observance. The Cabin also features original art and cards for sale by Audrey Merschman. The Cabin is open seven days a week.

E Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., presents the work of photographer and artist Jess Watnemo Storey and her exhibit "Girlz in White Dresses." The photos feature various women doing fun things in wedding gowns from all over the United States, including Bemidji. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week. Call (218) 444-5252

E 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, noted for her antler baskets. Gallery North has its new website up and running. The website at features Gallery North artists, artwork and information on the Gallery and upcoming events.

E Glazed & Amused - Paint your Own Pottery Studio, 311 Third St. N.W., in downtown Bemidji, welcomes walk-in painters. Check out the window display featuring beautiful ceramic pieces painted by the customers. For more information call 333-6880 or e-mail

E The North Country Health Services Art Committee presents work by artist Kate Lalone and her exhibit "Visions of Life." Lalone, Lilly's eye photo artist, challenges us to view perspectives of life through all senses in this photo exhibit. Her work will be on display 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. NW. Bemidji. For more information, email

E Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., has on display "NEW WORK" by Marlon Davidson featuring collages executed over the past two years. The coffee house is open six days a week, closed on Sunday.

E Mask & Rose Women's Theater Collective's 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. Wild Rose Theater in the Masonic Temple is located at 501 Bemidji Ave.

E Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W., has on display works of watercolor artist Judy Selby.

E 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.

Mark your calendars now with these upcoming events:

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

E 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