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Patt Rall column: Friend of the Arts celebration to fete Brademan

Tickets are on sale now for the 22nd Annual Bemidji Community Art Center's Friend of the Arts event to honor Janet Brademan, executive director of the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 10, at the First National Bank Bemidji Garden Court, 1600 Paul Bunyan Drive N.W. The award presentation will be at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger and may be purchased now at HSMA, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W., and at Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave. The BCAC Friend of the Arts Celebration is sponsored, in part, by sustaining business partners, First National Bank of Bemidji and North Country Health Services.

Live concert

Bemidji Live 1st City/Saturday Performance Series will present singer/songwriter Lance Benson with percussionist Mark Bauer from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at the Wild Hare Bistro. The performance will feature Lance's songwriting and the creative process behind these two fine artists during an in-concert, on-stage discussion. Wine, coffee and dessert will be available. Tickets are $8 at Wild Hare Bistro, Harmony Co-op or by calling Drew at 760- 9278.

Nordic Showcase

Nordic Showcase, a day of Nordic culture with the foods, arts, crafts, dance, literature, poetry, clothing and music of many of the early settlers here in Minnesota and North Dakota will be held at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 5, in the First Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 900 Bemidji Avenue N. The NorSweDane Dancers from Detroit Lakes will perform. There will be opportunities for hands-on learning; Monte Draper will demonstrate carving. This showcase is being sponsored by Sons of Norway Lodge 500.The event is free and the public is invited to attend. For more information, contact Jan Kittleson at 444-4361.

Summer tea

Tickets are on sale now for the "Red, White and Blue High Tea," which will be held from 2-4 p.m., Saturday, June 26, at Diamond Point Park. The Beltrami County History Center will move its High Tea fundraiser to the park with the usual teas, savories (sandwiches), scones and sweets and live musical accompaniment. This family event harkens back to the days when ladies had afternoon tea, but in the modern version, dads, granddads, brothers, male cousins and suitors are welcome to join the festivities. Everyone is invited to wear vintage hats and/or clothing, and there will be a supply of them at the event. The tickets are $20 each which includes the refreshments, a raffle drawing and keepsake of the event. Call 444-3376 or stop by the History Center for reserved seating by June 10.

Opera night

There are still some seats left for the Italian Opera Night Gala, which will feature a gourmet Italian dinner, 18 vocalists and a small instrumental group Saturday, June 5, at Ruttger's Birchmont Lodge. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a cash bar in the main lodge lounge to be followed by dinner at 7 p.m. in the Garden Room, the main dining area of the lodge. The price is $60 per person, with proceeds going to the performers and future opera programs. Tickets go quickly for this semi-annual event at Ruttger's The other an evening of romance for Valentine's Day at the Hampton Inn and Suites. Please send your reservation to Fulton Gallagher, 3216 Gryce Stine Road N.E., Bemidji, MN 56601. You can contact Gallagher at 586-2536 or For more information on this event, see or Our Voices on home page of Bemidji There is a more complete listing of the performers and musicians.

TV series

Common Ground, a new series by Lakeland Public Television, a magazine show based on Northern Minnesota's arts, history, culture and heritage, airs at 7 p.m. Thursdays. This week, the featured stories are about Jack McAllister of Riverton, Minn., who explores the history of our trail system in the North Country. Mike Wiltse of Bemidji will demonstrate how he elevates tattooing to an art form. Bryan Atneosen of Park Rapids will show how he created a board game for the whole family. 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 Fund.

History meeting

Beltrami County Historical Society will hold its annual meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, in the History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W. Featured speaker will be Nicole Foss discussing, "Archaeology in a Cemetery." Foss is a volunteer at BCHS and has a master's degree in anthropology/archaeology. The meeting and election of board members will follow the presentation, along with refreshments. All meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, call 444-3376.

Smithsonian show

"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 - is at the 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 of the Smithsonian Institution and Federation of State Humanities Councils, Minnesota Humanities Center and Clearwater County Historical Society. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and Hearst Foundation.

Watercolor class

Watercolor Painting Class "Bemidji Northwoods-with-a-twist" from 1-4 p.m., Friday, June 11, at Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W. Participants will paint a Northwoods scene with a variety of methods and backgrounds in different styles. All materials will be provided. Beginners are welcome to learn that watercolor is a forgiving and flexible medium. Prepaid registration is $40 or registration on the day of the class is $45.

Poet Laureate

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 feature articles and blog entries and a video of Marsh Muirhead reading some of Collins' poetry.

Other events

- Porcelain Artist from San Paola, Brazil, Mario de Freitas, will hold a two-day workshop on painting porcelain plates from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday, June 4 and 5, at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W. The cost of the workshop will include all materials and firing: $30 for one day and $50 for two days. This workshop is sponsored by the Northern Artist Association and class size is limited. Call Grace at 759-2952 or Gallery North at 444-9813 to reserve a spot. Each participant is asked to bring a bag lunch for each day.

- Linda Walker, nationally known wildlife artist, will conduct a three-day oil painting workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, July 29-31, in the Beltrami Electric Community Room, 4111 Technology Drive N.W. The cost is $65, and pre-paid registration is required. This workshop is sponsored by the Northern Artist Association and class size is limited. Call Grace at 759-2952 or Gallery North at 444-9813 to reserve a spot. Walker's art may be viewed at

- Gallery North and Northern Artists are calling for Artists in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen counties. They will sponsor a two-day First City Ethnic Arts Festival 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 write to 1209 30 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.

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

- Beltrami County Historical Society presents "Birds of a Feather," in conjunction with Gallery North. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information 219-444-3376 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.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., has on display the work of Eli Balbach. Balbach works with oil on canvas using impressionist techniques. Brigid's Cross opens at noon Monday through Saturday and is closed Sunday. For more information call 444-0567 or find us on the web at

- 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.

- 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 Gallery North's showcase artist for May is Grace Privetsky, wood carver and watercolor artist. Member featured artist of the month is Monie Martin, noted for her antler baskets. Gallery North is pleased to have its new website up and running at It features Gallery North artists, artwork and information on the Gallery and upcoming events.

- Glazed & Amused - Paint Your Own Pottery Studio, 311 Third St. N.W., features window displays of beautiful ceramic pieces painted by the customers. Walk-in painters are always welcome. For more information call 218-333-6880 or email

- 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 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, email

- 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.

- Mask & Rose Women's Theater Collective 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, 501 Bemidji Ave.

- 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.

Mark your calendars now with these upcoming events:

- June 2, 9, 16 and 23 at 3 p.m., "The Foreigner" by Larry Shue at Long Lake Theater, 218-732-0099 for ticket information and reservations.

- June 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., grand opening of the new exhibit "Doctor, doctor, give me the news" at the Beltrami County Historical Society. At 11:30 a.m., Timeless Traditions with Jon Romer and Jacque Tinsley. For details call 444-3376.

- June 14, noon, Bemidji Public Library, Author Jim Proebstle will talk about his book, "In the Absence of Honor."

- June 9-19, "Biloxi Blues," by Neil Simon, is a play about a group of young recruits in boot camp during World War II.

- 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, 119 Third St. N.W.

- Northern Artist Association meets at 12:30 p.m., the third Monday of the month at the Eagles Club. The public is invited to attend. For information call 759-2952.

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