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Pioneer Previews column: Summer church recital season to begin

Bells of Bethel will open the 2010 summer recital season of the Bemidji Area Church Musicians. The bell choir under the direction of Carol J. Johnson and Vicki Stenerson will perform at noon today, June 2 at Bethel Lutheran Church, 5232 Irvine Ave. N.W. A free will offering will be accepted in support of the music scholarships given each year. Lunch will be available following each recital at a nominal cost. For a complete listing of the concerts, see Calendar Listing on or Our Voices on home page of Bemidji

Community Band

The Bemidji Area Community Band will begin rehearsals at 7 p.m. tonight, June 2, in the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex on the campus of Bemidji State University, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive Northeast. Band members come from Akeley, Bagley, Bemidji, Cass Lake, Laporte, Tenstrike and anywhere in between and are musicians ranging from students to long-time players. Under the direction of Dave Murphy, the band has a long history of summer concerts which started back when there were programs on the Beltrami County Courthouse lawn. Concerts are at 7 p.m. Sunday evenings at the lakeside on the campus of Baker Park Apartments. The Annual Father's Day program begins the summer season with following performances July 4 and 18 and Aug. 1. The music is chosen from famous marches, overtures, familiar Broadway musicals and classic band compositions. Each concert will feature a soloist, and the Dixieland combo appears often during the season. There are openings in all sections. Call Glenn Seibel, band president, at 759-0777 or Murphy at 224-2431 for more information.

Hubbard theater

"The Foreigner" by Larry Shue opens at 3 p.m., June 2, at the Long Lake Theater in Hubbard. This comedy is about a shy young man who feigns an inability to speak English while on a visit to a remote fishing lodge. This farce was performed at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse two seasons ago to appreciative audiences. The evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday beginning June 3 to 5; June 10 to 12, June 17 to 19 and June 24 to 26. Tickets are $14 for adults, $7 for children 4-12 and $12.50 for groups. Go south on U.S. Highway 71 for four miles past Park Rapids, turn left onto state Highway 87 and travel four miles east to Hubbard, turn right onto County Road 6 and the theater is located about four blocks south on the left. Reservations are recommended. Call 218-732-0099 or

Porcelain workshop

There are a few seats still available for the workshop with porcelain artist Mario de Freitas from San Paola, Brazil. The two-day workshop on painting porcelain plates will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday, June 4 and 5, at the Bemidji Public Library. 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.

Church showcase

First Lutheran Church, Ninth St. and Bemidji Ave., will hold a closing reception from 3-5 p.m. Friday, June 4, for a wall relief which was the April-May Gathering Area Showcase Exhibit; "Five Icons: Seek Truth, Practice Love, Celebrate Life, Make Commitment and Create Beauty" by artists Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson. The abstract composition, which is a 3-by-10-foot wall relief, expands the traditional virtues and offers the viewer an opportunity for deeper contemplation into areas of spiritual or intellectual questions. The reception is free, open to the public and accessible. For more information about this event, see or Our Voices on home page of Bemidji

First Friday

First Friday of June events can begin at the Beltrami County Historical Society with "Patterns and People" by photographer and artist John Eggers. 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 at 130 Minnesota Ave. SW.

- Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W., has on display for June "As I See It - The Nature of Costa Rica" by professional photographer Cal Rice. The exhibit begins with sunrise on the Caribbean and concludes with sunset on the Pacific Ocean. Join Rice at the opening reception from 3-5 p.m. and talk about his work. The library is open Monday through Saturday.

- Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., welcomes as the Showcase Artist of the month, photographer Kathy Jo McKeown and her exhibit of photos on a variety of subjects: nature, still life and people. The Gallery North Featured Artist of the Month is Marion Caroline Reil, a watercolor artist for 30 years, who will be demonstrating her art work during the open house. The opening reception is from 2-5 p.m. Gallery North's new website ( is up and running and features member artists, artwork and information on upcoming events.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., welcomes Angela Shogren for June. As the newest member of the gallery, Shogren will debut her watercolor collection, "Dreaming of Spring," a collection of work, which draws inspiration from her life as wife, mother and farmer. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique featuring the work of more than 50 artists in fine art and craft. The opening reception for Shogren will be from 4-6 p.m.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., welcomes Anishinaabe artist Terry Kemper whose drawings and images touch people and expresses his culture in a way that honors their way of being. Many of his works include the "Manomin" or wild rice, which is regarded by the Anishinaabe people as a sacred gift. Meet Kemper 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.

- Just across the street is Glazed and Amused, a Paint Your Own Pottery Studio where walk-in painters are always welcome. The displays of ceramic pieces painted by customers are in the front window. The store is open Wednesday-Sunday and hours are posted on the door at 311 Third St. NW. For more information, email them at

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., invites the public to view the work of Cody Bartz, an art and design student at BSU who has discovered a passion for printmaking. A variety of his screen prints will be on display for sale. The pub is open at 11 a.m. Monday-Saturday and at noon Sunday.

- Wild Hare Coffee House and Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., will present wood works by Austin Klinske of Art Craft Wood Products. Meet Austin and see his finely crafted wood works that are both functional and beautiful during the 3-5 p.m. opening reception. After the Art Walk, the Friday Wine Bar will feature the creations of Wild Hare's culinary artists with libations to complement from 5-9 p.m. Wild Hare is closed on Sunday.

- Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., will have on display for June two multi-media shows: "What's Your Passion" by Northern Minnesota Craftswomen in the main gallery and "Beyond Function" by Mary Helen Pelton. Stop by during the opening reception from 5-7 p.m. The gallery and Shop 426 are open noon-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday and is closed Sunday and Monday.

- Dunn Bros. Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., will welcome Jayson Knutson and his collection of work in paint and pen-and-ink renditions of drawings and illustrations. Join Knutson at the opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Also on display and for sale are ceramic pieces by Josh Boock. Dunn Brothers is open seven days a week. All of the above receptions are free and open to the public.

- 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. Lalone's work will be on display now through the month of June for the pleasure of residents, families, staff and the community at large. Also featured through the month of 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, e-mail

- "Doctor, doctor, give me the news," the new exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center will have a grand opening and reception from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 5, at 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W. The exhibit follows the path of early healthcare in Beltrami County, which includes traditional healing, the history of North Country Regional Hospital and Lake Julia Sanatorium to dentistry. Timeless Traditions with Jon Romer and Jacque Tinsley will perform at 11:30 a.m. and have copies of their CD for sale.

Dance show

"Life is a Highway," the spring dance show of First City Dance Studio, will be performed at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 5, at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. A moving Volkswagen bug will take dancers on a journey from Bemidji to California on a class road trip with songs like "Route 66," "Life's a Highway," "Pink Cadillac," Elmo's "Drive My Car" and "Hotel California," with stops in between. A family-friendly show where tickets will be sold at the door and children 5 and younger will be admitted free.

Park concert

"Hootenanny!!" or better known as Shylan Rose and Friends kicks off the 2010 Lake Bemidji State Park Concert Series at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, June 6, in the amphitheater at the state park. The series is a collaboration between the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts and Lake Bemidji State Park and will include events each Sunday during the summer. The concert is free but they do ask for a donation to help off-set the cost of bringing this tradition to the park. A park pass is required to enter the grounds. This series is made possible by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.

Talley Gallery

"IT IS WHAT IT IS," an exhibit of work by the late Eugene Dalzotto, will have an opening reception from 1-4 p.m., Monday, June 7, in the BSU Talley Gallery, Education Building, Birchmont Drive. Dalzotto was known for being instrumental in the formation of BSU's Department of Visual Arts and was a master printmaker. Some of his friends will be at the opening reception and are scheduled to speak starting at 1:30 p.m. about this exhibit which spans more than 50 years of Dalzotto's life. For more information about this event, see or Our Voices on home page of Bemidji

BSO fundraiser

"Desserts by Design," a fundraiser for the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, is seeking volunteers to design a table and/or donate desserts. The event will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at First Lutheran Church, Bemidji. For more information or to volunteer, contact Judy Porter at 751-0343 or Jo Hanko at 444-5572.

Other events

- 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. The NorSweDane Dancers from Detroit Lakes will be there to perform. There will be opportunities for hands-on learning. This showcase is being sponsored by Sons of Norway, Lodge 500 and the festivities will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 5, in the First Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 900 Bemidji Ave. The event is free and the public is invited to attend. For more information, contact Jan Kittleson at 444-4361. For more information about this event, see or Our Voices on home page of Bemidji

- 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 Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 10, at the First National Bank 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. The BCAC Friend of the Arts Celebration is sponsored, in part, by our sustaining business partners, First National Bank Bemidji and North Country Health Services.

- Tickets are on sale now for the "Red, White and Blue High Tea," 2-4 p.m., Saturday, June 26, at Diamond Point Park. The Beltrami County History Center is moving its spring High Tea fundraiser to the park this June with the usual teas, savories (sandwiches), scones and sweets with 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.

- 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.

- Linda Walker, nationally known wildlife artist, will conduct a three-day oil painting workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday-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 have issued a call for Artists in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen counties. 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 24th 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 30 St .NW. Bemidji, Minnesota 56601. Please 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 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 9 to 19, "Biloxi Blues," by Neil Simon, a play about a group of young recruits in boot camp during World War II.

- June 9, noon, concert, First Baptist Church.

- June 12, 7:30 p.m., DL and the Clean Sheets in the amphitheater at Lake Bemidji State Park.

- June 13, 1:30 p.m., Dancing Lights in the amphitheater at Lake Bemidji State Park.

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

- June 16, noon, Concert, First Lutheran Church.

- June 20, 1:30 p.m. Tony and Doyle Turner in the amphitheater at Lake Bemidji State Park.

- June 23, noon, concert, Evangelical Free Church.

June 30 at noon, Concert, First Lutheran Church.

- June 23 to July 3, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," by Steve Martin depicts an imaginary meeting between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein.

- June 26, 7:30 p.m., Kari Munson and Friends in the amphitheater at Lake Bemidji State Park.

- 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, 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