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Patt Rall Arts Column for June 30: Church musicians to feature Hunter today

Bemidji Area Church Musicians present Abe Hunter will perform on the piano at noon, today, June 30, at First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave. 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

TV series

Common Ground, a series by Lakeland Public Television, a magazine show based on Northern Minnesota's arts, history, culture and heritage, will air at 7 p.m. Thursdays. This week, the featured stories are about making homemade cheese with Karen Gebhardt of Leonard and Dick Flourhaug of Saum describes the maple sugar process. 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.

Bluegrass concert

St. Anyway, an American-Bluegrass Duo will perform from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday, July 2, at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W. The kitchen will close at 9 p.m.

Author talk

Area summer resident Vernon Keel will be at the 71 Bar and Grill at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 3 for a discussion of his new novel, "The Murdered Family." The book is based on the true story of the murders of a farm family from Turtle Lake, N.D. Keel, a retired journalism and communication professor, and his wife, Bernadette, have a home on Turtle Lake where they spend part of the summer. The novel is available at local bookstores. For more information about the author and the book, see or Our Voices on home page of Bemidji

Community Band

Bemidji Community Band concert will be held at 7 p.m., Sunday, July 4, at Baker Park or Bangsberg Center for the Fine and Performing Arts, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive (if it is raining). This yearly patriotic song concert will feature the popular "Stars and Stripes Forever" along with other marches. The concert is free and open to the public, but a free will offering will be accepted to off-set the cost of sheet music and equipment. Don't forget to take a chair and a sweater for it gets a little cool down by the lake. Last concert on Father's Day, the mosquitoes were just making an appearance but they may be out in full force by now.

First Friday

First Friday of July 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, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.

- Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W., has on display for the month of July "Let Nature Heal" by Maureen O'Brien known for her nature murals. Join Maureen at the opening reception from 3-5 p.m. and talk about his work. The library is open Monday-Saturday.

- Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., welcomes as the Showcase Artists of the month, students who have taken a class at Gallery North this year. The Gallery North Featured Artist for July is Jeanie Fenner, who creates jewelry and twisted wire sculptures. The opening reception is from 2-5 p.m. Gallery North's website features member artists, artwork and information on upcoming events.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irving Ave. N.W., welcomes rustic furniture artist and woodworker Duane Shoup of July. Shoup will demonstrate how to attach the bent twig parts to the frame on a bentwood chair and will discuss his thought process in creating his free-form rocker design while assembling a sample of this design. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique featuring the work of more than 50 different artists in fine art and craft. The opening reception for Shoup will be from 4-6 p.m.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., welcomes Ted and Nathaniel Nienow of "Wood Wildflowers" and their exhibit "Shades of Summer" for July. They have create fine handcrafted wildflowers since 1987 and are the owners of a small northern Minnesota business. Nathaniel will show how to make wood flow into smooth delicate curves recreating wildflowers during the 4-6 p.m. opening reception where coffee and desserts will be offered. 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, 311 Third St. N.W., where walk-in painters are always welcome. The displays of ceramic pieces painted by customers are in the front window. The shop is open Wednesday-Sunday and hours are posted on the door. For more information, email them at

- North Country Health Services Art Committee presents work by local artist Pamela Nelson and her exhibit, "The Language of Flowers," which she will discuss at 3:30 p.m. during the 3-4:30 p.m. reception. Nelson's work will be on display now through October for the pleasure of residents, families, staff and the community at large. Also featured through July 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

- Wild Hare Coffee House and Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., has new works by multi-media artist Ashleigh Buck for July. Join Ashleigh at the 3-5 p.m. opening reception when she will talk about encaustic or "hot wax" paintings. 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 and the Northern Clay Center will have on display for July and August of Six McKnight Artists. There will be an artist talk and presentation by two of the featured ceramic artists, Andrea Leila Deneck and Marko Fields. The reception will be from 5-7 p.m. with an artist's talk at 6 p.m. Gallery X2 will house the Headwaters Basketmarkers Guild with an exhibit of new work created in honor of the guild's 20th anniversary. The gallery and Shop 426 are open noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday. BCAC is located at 426 Bemidji Ave.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., invites the public to view the wood work of Jonathan Billing for July. Billing's work in oak is unique and crafted to showcase the character of the wood. All pieces will be available for purchase. Visit with the artist at the opening reception from 6-7 p.m. The pub is open at 11 a.m. Monday-Saturday and noon Sunday.

- Dunn Bros. Coffee welcomes Pat Shough (Sillimandi), a vibrant colorist known for her large canvases and creative spontaneity. Meet Pat at the opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Also on display and for sale are ceramic pieces by Josh Boock. Dunn Bros is now serving featured wines of the month, open seven days a week and is located at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S.

- All of the above receptions are free and open to the public.

P.B. Playhouse

"Picasso at the Lapin Agile," a comedy by Steve Martin is at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse with Ari Hoptman as Albert Einstein and Ryan Parker Knox as Pablo Picasso. The play takes place at a cabaret in Montmartre -gathering place for the intellectuals, literati and artists in the early 20th century, 1904 to be exact. 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. Tickets are $22 for adults, $10 for students. 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, see or Our Voices on home page of Bemidji


- A watercolor workshop, "Stained Glass Birches," will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, July 17, at Gallery North. All materials will be provided, and students will complete a matted 16-by-20-inch watercolor painting of birches in the reflected early evening lights. The class fee is $40 with a prepaid registration and $45 if paid at the door. For information or to register for the class, call 759-2952 or email

- 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

- 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 of Music and the Arts or by calling 444-5606. Jackson will demonstrate the versatility of watercolor paint showing how to mix colors using a limited palette and how to work in thin layers of paint. For more information, see or Our Voices on home page of Bemidji about this class and the focus,

- A workshop by writer Sean Hill, titled "Containing your Obsessions: Writing the Villanelle," will be offered from 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 14, as part of the Bemidji Community Art Center Spoken Word Event. The 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, and the cost is $35 for adults and $20 for students. The workshop will be held downstairs in the BCAC, 426 Bemidji Ave. For more information call 444-7570 or go to the website at for more information.

- Theater Workshop for young women grades seven 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 instructors for the workshop will be Cate Belleveau, artistic director of Mask and Rose, and Brooke Wichmann, peace skills coordinator at Schoolcraft Learning Community and Central Elementary School. The workshop participants will explore the essays of Eve Ensel about young women from around the world. The week will end with the participants creating a theater work with original media, visual art and music to be performed at 2:30 p.m. July 30. For more information about costs, registration or any other queries, contact Cate at or 243-2685.

Other events

- "Doctor, doctor, give me the news," is the new exhibit 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. The Clearwater County History Center in Shevlin 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. "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. Museum on Main Street is a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Federation of State Humanities Councils, 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.

- 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 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, and Sunday, Sept. 12, at the Hungry Bear Ballroom, 2300 24 St. N.W. Booth space, with a table and cloth, is available for up to 50 artists. This event will have live entertainment. Booth reservations are $45. For information or to obtain a reservation form, call Jeannine at 444-4482 or 1209 30 St. N.W., 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 in 2008.

- "Desserts by Design," a fundraiser for the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, seeks 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

- "IT IS WHAT IT IS," an exhibit of work by the late Eugene Dalzotto 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 through July 2. The exhibit will re-open 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.

- 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 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 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, Bemidji Area Church Musicians, Beverly Everett on organ, St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 1800 Irving Ave. N.W.

- 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 10, 7:30 p.m., Free Indeed, family gospel group, amphitheater, Lake Bemidji State Park.

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

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

- July 17, Summer Pops Concert, Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Bemidji High School, 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, a dramatic comedy about four developmentally disabled men who live together in a group home,

- July 21, noon, Bemidji Area Church Musicians, Glenn Seibel on euphonium and Wayne Hoff on piano, United Methodist Church, 9th and Beltrami Ave.

- 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, 119 Thirsd 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