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Patt Rall Arts Column for June 23: Saturday's high tea to feature patriotic theme

Rain or shine, there will be red, white and blue bunting for the Beltrami County History Center Fundraiser "Red, White and Blue High Tea," 2-4 p.m., Saturday, June 26, at Diamond Point Park.

The Center is moving its spring High Tea fundraiser to the park 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 for adults and $10 for children including the refreshments, a raffle drawing and keepsake of the event. Call 444-3376 or stop by the History Center for reserved seating by June 25.

Church Musicians

Bemidji Area Church Musicians present Judy Emery and the Free Church Hand Bell Choir at the Evangelical Free Church, 115 Carr Lake Road S.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

PB Playhouse

"Picasso at the Lapin Agile, "a comedy by Steve Martin opens tonight at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse with Ari Hoptman as Albert Einstein and Ryan Parker Knox, last seen as the lead in "Tommy," as Pablo Picasso. The play is rated as PG-13 for adult situations and sexual innuendo. The play will be performed at 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday until July 3 with a half-price 2 p.m. matinee, Sunday, June 27. Tickets are $22 for adults, $10 for students and $11 for matinee performances. Group sale price for 10 or more is $18 per ticket. For more information or tickets: 751-7270 or For more information about the play and a listing of the actors, please see or Our Voices on home page of Bemidji

TV series

Common Ground, a 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 creating a spiritual painting for a local church with Mike DeWitt. Josh Porter of Merrifield will demonstrate his technique in taking different mediums and turning them into sculptures. 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.

Opera company

The Loon Opera Company, with artistic director Abe Hunter, will premiere its first production at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 25 and 26, at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. Two short operas in English by Gian Carlo Menotti, "The Telephone" and "The Medium," both written in the late 1940s will be performed by familiar local singers. "The Telephone" is a comic opera about a young woman who is obsessed with talking on the telephone and her anxious suitor who can't seem to interrupt her conversations to ask a very important question. The singers will be Linda Wagner and Dallas Dubke in this tour de force offering. The second opera will be "The Medium," a two-act tragedy about a woman who conducts séances, with Karissa Korbel, Sara Wabrowetz, Mark Christensen, Sarah Bull and Linda Wagner. Pianist Emily Larson will accompany both performances. Tickets are $12 each and may be purchased at the door or by calling 368-8805. For more information on the event, please see or Our Voices on home page of Bemidji for some pictures of the cast and further commentary.

Wold retirement

The community is invited to attend Ken Wold's retirement party and service at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 26, in the Fellowship Center Chapel on the campus of Oak Hills Christian College, 1600 Oak Hills Road S.W. Park concert

Kari Munson will play her blend of folk and country music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 26, and Blue Bird with Jesica Conrad, Kari Munson and Anne, will play at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, June 27, in the amphitheater at Lake Bemidji State Park as part of the 2010 Lake Bemidji State Park Concert Series. The series is a collaboration between Headwaters School of Music and the Arts and Lake Bemidji State Park. 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.

Summer classes

Upcoming summer classes at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W., include "Button, Button" with Pat Grimes from 12:30-3 p.m. Wednesday, June 30. Participants will be given free rein to make designs with a variety of objects such as jewelry, beads, button and whatever else they bring to class. The cost of this class is $25 per participant. Malisa Van Maasdam will hold a Beginner's Watercolor Workshop where she will show basic techniques for students of all ages. Class time is 4-5 p.m. and the first class is Thursday, June 24, and the second is July 1for a cost of $25. Call 444-5606 to sign up and reserve a spot in either class. An extensive Three Day Watercolor Workshop with Paul Jackson will be held Aug. 26-28 at the Beltrami Electric meeting room. The cost is $125 per participant and the registration deadline is July 31 at the Headwaters School or by calling 444-5606. For more information please see or Our Voices on home page of Bemidji about this class and the focus.

Writers workshop

A Workshop by writer Sean Hill titled "Containing your Obsessions: Writing the Villanelle" will be offered from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 14, as part of the Bemidji Community Art Center Spoken Word Event. Participants will learn strategies for creating poetry within the constraints of the villanelle - a repetitive rhyming poetic form. The group will be limited to 14 people, the cost is $35 for adults and $20 for students and the workshop will be held downstairs in the Historic Carnegie Library, 426 Bemidji Ave. For more information call 444-7570 or go to the web at for more information.

Other events

- Theater Workshop for young women grades 7 to college age will be given from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 26-30 by the Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective at the Wild Rose Theater. The participants will create a theater work with original media, visual art and music to be performed at 2:30 p.m. on July 30. For more information about costs, registration or any other queries, contact Cate at or 243-2685.

- "The Foreigner" by Larry Shue is at the Long Lake Theater in Hubbard. The evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday beginning June 10-12, June 17-19 and June 24-26. Tickets are $14 for adults, $7 for children 4-12 and $12.50 for groups. Reservations recommended. Call 218-732-0099 or

- "Doctor, doctor, give me the news" is the new exhibit at the History Center at the Beltrami County Historical Society, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W. The exhibit follows the path of early healthcare in Beltrami County.

- "Between Fences," a traveling exhibit on a national icon, fences is at the Clearwater County History Center in Shevlin. "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.

- 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. 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. 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

- Call is out for artists in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen counties by Gallery North and Northern Artists. They will be sponsoring a two-day First City Ethnic Arts Festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, and Sunday, Sept.12, at the Hungry Bear Ballroom, 2300 24 St. N.W. 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.

- "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.

Art exhibits

- Joe Rossi, an internationally known and published photographer, has some of his work in the TIN PAN gALLErY of the Blackduck Area History and Art Center. The display at the gallery will show some of Rossi's nature photography and "Nature's Alphabet," a photography project done from Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. The display will be up until June 26. The center is located at Main Street and Margaret Avenue, downtown Blackduck, and is open 1-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

- "IT IS WHAT IT IS," an exhibit of work by the late Eugene Dalzotto is in the Talley Gallery, Education Building, Birchmont Drive on the campus of Bemidji State University. The gallery will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday for the June 7-July 2 exhibit. The exhibit will re-open for an August exhibition from Aug. 23-Sept. 3 at which time the gallery hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine avbe. N.W., featured artist for June is Angela Shogren and her watercolor collection, "Dreaming of spring," a collection of work which draws inspiration from her life as wife, mother and farmer. For more information call 218-444-9225.

- Bemidji Community Art Center's June displays are two multi-media shows: "What's Your Passion" by Northern Minnesota Craftswomen in the Main Gallery and "Beyond Function" by Mary Helen Pelton. The BCAC is free and open to the public. Visit the Art Center and Shop 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave. N., at, 444-7570 or at Hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesday- Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

- Beltrami County Historical Society presents "Patterns and People," a collection of photographs by John Eggers. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Saturday. For more information 444-3376 or

- Bemidji Public Library's June exhibit is by photographer Cal Rice, "As I See It: The Nature of Costa Rica," which begins with sunrise on the Caribbean and ends with sunset on the Pacific Ocean. The library is located at 509 America Ave. N.W. and is open Monday-Saturday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., has on display the work of Cody Bartz, an art and design student at BSU who has discovered a passion for printmaking. 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 work by Anishinaabe artist Terry Kemper. 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 Jayson Knutson and his collection of work in paint and pen-and-ink during June. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week. Call 444-5252 Gallery North's showcase artist for June is Kathy Jo McKeown and her exhibit of photos on a variety of subjects. Member featured artist of the month is Marion Caroline Reil, a watercolor artist. The gallery is located 502 Third St. N.W. Gallery North web site is

- Glazed & Amused - Paint Your Own Pottery Studio, 311 Third St. N.W., welcomes walk-in painters. For more information call -333-6880 or email

- The North Country Health Services Art Committee presents work by artist Kate Lalone and her exhibit, "Visions of Life" will be on display through June. Also featured through June are Handwoven Baskets by Eve Sumsky in the new coffee and gift shop, The Bistro at WoodsEdge located just inside the front entryway to Neilson Place at WoodsEdge, 1000 Anne St. N.W. For more information, email

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., has on display Austin Klinske's Art Craft Wood Products. The coffee house is open six days a week and closed on Sunday.

- 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 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:

- July 4, 7 p.m., Bemidji Community Band concert, Baker Park or Bangsberg depending up weather.

- July 7-17, "Dracula," Paul Bunyan Playhouse.

- July 6-17, Crimson Creek Players, "Spelling Bee" musical comedy at the Fire Hall Theater, Grand Forks, N.D. Tickets at 701-777-4090.

- July 7, noon, Bemidjik Area Church Musicians, Beverly Everett on the organ, St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 1800 Irving Ave. NW.

- July 7,14 ,21, 28, 3 p.m., "The Kitchen Witches" by Caroline Smith, Long Lake Theater, 218-732-0099 for ticket information and reservations.

- July 14, noon, Bemidji Area Church Musicians, Lois Simonson on piano, Evangelical Covenant Church, 5405 Highway 2 W.

- July 16-18, "Clean House" by Sarah Ruhl at Wild Rose Theater.

- July 17, Summer Pops Concert, Bemidji Symphony Orchestra. Free.

- July 18, 7 p.m., Bemidji Community Band concert, Baker Park or Bangsberg depending up weather.

- July 21-31, "Boys Next Door," by Tom Griffin, Paul Bunyan Playhouse.

- July 21, noon, Bemidji Area Church Musicians, Glenn Seibel on euphonium and Wayne Hoff on piano, United Methodist Church, Ninth Street and Beltrami Ave. N.W.

- July 28, noon, Bemidji Area Church Musicians, Calvary Musicians, Calvary Lutheran Church, 2508 Washington Ave. S.

- 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 in downtown Bemidji, 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