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Pioneer Previews: First Friday Art Walk offers variety of opportunities

First Friday of September 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 has on display for September the work of TrekNorth art teacher Kristin Gustafson, who works in layers of paint to build an image. Her compositions use repetition, color and texture to create a whole from many parts. The library is located at 509 America Avenue and is open Monday-Saturday.

- Gallery North, 502 Third Street N.W., will showcase featured artist and member Jeannine Brooks, who works in oils and is known for paintings that capture insights into daily life. Also on display is an eclectic collection of "Flora and Fauna." The opening reception is from 2-5 p.m. Gallery North's website at features member artists, artwork and information on upcoming events.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts welcomes Ashleigh Buck and her exhibit, "Print and Process," a combination of mixed media lithograph prints along with encaustic paintings. Stop by during the opening reception from 4-6 p.m. for a demonstration of encaustic painting. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique featuring the work of more than 50 artists in fine art and craft, 315 Irving Ave. N.W.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café welcomes Jacob Baggenstoss and his exhibit, "Pictures of Images." As a student at the University of Minnesota, he studied painting and drawing in acrylic and oils. The opening reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9. Please note that this is a change in date from the usual first Friday of the month. Also on display and for sale are paintings and cards by Audrey Merschman. Located at 214 Third Street, 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 display of ceramic pieces painted by customers is in the front window. It is open Wednesday-Sunday and hours are posted on the door, 311 Third St. N.W. For more information, email them at

- Wild Hare Coffee House and Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., welcomes fiber artist Kristin Majkrzak for September. Her work in tapestry weaving uses wool or cotton warp (lengthwise on the loom) yarns and wool and silk weft yarns. The exhibit will include pieces woven in various size frame looms and will feature one piece woven from handspun and hand dyed yarns. Meet Kristin during the opening reception from 3-5 p.m. 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.

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will welcome Mary Therese Peterson as the featured artist for September. Peterson works in mixed media and collage, watercolors and acrylics. Her latest works are wearable and functional art where she employs wax resists, thickened dyes, natural objects and carved linoleum blocks to add layers of textures and imagery on silk and cotton fabrics. The public is invited to meet Mary Therese during the opening reception from 4-6 p.m. at 522 America Ave. N.W.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant invites the public to view a collaborative show, "Ride with Heart," two and three dimensional works by Suzi Rae, Linda Brown, Malisa van Masdaam and other artists. The opening reception will start at 5 p.m. James Godwin will provide live entertainment from 8-11 p.m. The pub is open Monday-Saturday at 11 a.m. and is located at 317 Beltrami Ave. N. W.

- Dunn Bros. Coffee welcomes Terry Honstead and her exhibit, "Time Gone By," paintings reflective of the work of Old Masters using acrylic, collage, fiber, hand-made paper and found objects. The opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Also on display and for sale are ceramic pieces by Josh Boock. Dunn Bros, now serving featured wines of the month, is open seven days a week and located at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S.

- Bemidji Community Art Center will present "Works in Wood," an exhibit of functional handcrafted work by Jeff Burger, Allan Habedank, Emilia Hovelsrud, Don Knudson, John Lembi, Duane Shoup, Gary Thomton, David Towley and Kathleen Towley. From ukeleles and canoe paddles to sculpture, these wood artisans offer artwork that is functional and artistic. Meet them at the opening reception from 5-7 p.m. This exhibit will be up until Oct. 23. 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. in the Carnegie Library Building.

- The North Country Health Services Art Committee presents work by local artist Pamela Nelson and her exhibit, "The Language of Flowers." Nelson's work will be on display now through October for the pleasure of residents, families, staff and the community at large. Also featured is pottery by Butch Holden in the new coffee and gift shop, The Bistro at WoodsEdge. The pottery, which is both hand thrown and hand-built, includes high-fired stoneware and porcelain and is for sale 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

Book presentation

Presentation and book signing will feature Chris Niskanen from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, at the Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center in Itasca State Park. Niskanen, author and outdoors editor for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, will share stories from his book "Prairie, Lake, Forest: Minnesota's State Parks." He will do a pre-program book signing from 3-5 p.m. in Forest Inn (located across from Douglas Lodge). Books and 2011 Calendars will be available for purchase at both presentations. This program is part of the new "Outdoors EXTRA!" series that aims to get more people outdoors by offering things to see and do at Minnesota state parks, trails, and recreation areas this summer. This event is free, but a vehicle permit is necessary to enter Minnesota state parks and recreation areas. Permits ($5 for a one-day permit or $25 for a year-round permit) can be purchased at the parks.

Dalzotto exhibit

"IT IS WHAT IT IS," an exhibit of work by the late Eugene Dalzotto is in the Talley Gallery, Education Building, Birchmont Drive, Bemidji State University. The exhibit will close on Sept. 3 until 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.

Basket art

Basket art show with Katie Haws and Eve Sumsky during the month of September is at the Tin Pan gALLErY located in the Blackduck History Center, Main and Margaret Street. A reception with the artists will be held from 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Sept. 11. The annual plant and produce fundraiser sale will be held on the same date. The Gallery is open 1-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday.

Pub concert

Jake Jackson and Andrew Clemenson will perform from 9 p.m.-midnight Thursday, Sept. 2, at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub in downtown Bemidji. Jackson and Clemenson, students of the Berkley School of Music, returned with the promise to "rock your socks" with original music and familiar favorites. The show is free and open to the public. Open stage will return next Thursday with a new start time of 8 p.m.

Book discussion

A book club discussion of Leif Enger's "So Brave, Young and Handsome" at noon, Tuesday, Sept. 7, and 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, will be held at the Bemidji Public Library.

Sculpture Walk

Sculpture Walk Committee is seeking new board members for the upcoming year. They are looking for individuals who will strengthen the board, and envision and generate new ideas and projects. For more information or to apply for the board, please contact Al Belleveau at 243-2685.

Poetry reading

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.

BSO fundraiser

"Desserts by Design," a fundraiser for the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave. The evening will include unique desserts, designed tables, a silent auction and musical entertainment. Tickets are $12 and will go on sale at Lueken's North Sept. 3.

Art contributions

Village of Hope Art Drive seeks contributions of inspirational art for a new homeless shelter, Village of Hope, expected to be open in December. All donated art will be featured in the October First Friday Art Walk at the Cabin Coffee House and Café. In addition, each artist will receive a tax deductable receipt for donations. The art should be inspirational and promote the strength of the human spirit. Types of art being sought include paintings, photography, drawings, mixed media, wall quilts/hangings, wall ceramics or pottery. All art must be framed or ready to use. For more information, call Jen Anderson at 209-6986 or on line at Submission deadline is Friday, Sept.24.

Ethnic festival

First City of the Arts Ethnic Arts Festival where over 35 vendors will display demonstrate and sell their wares from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11-12 at the Hungry Bear Banquet & Conference Center, 2300 24th. St. N.W. Hosted by Gallery North Art Gallery and The Northern Artists Association, the event will offer a little bit of fun for young and old. A few vendor spaces are still available. Booth reservations cost $45 per space. A table and tablecloth will be provided. Call Jeannine Brooks, 444-4482 for more information. Information and reservation forms are available at Gallery North Art Gallery, 502 Third St. N.W. This event is sponsored in part, by a Community Arts Support Grant, as approved by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008.


- Free grant writing workshop are available for anyone interested in applying for an Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant, which is now increased to $1,000. The grants are open to individual American Indian artists in all disciplines. The session will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Ave. Call to reserve a place 1-800-275-5447 or 751-5447.

- "Poetry Maneuvers: How to Find the Ending You Never Knew Existed," a free lecture by Billy Collins will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 25, at the historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W. The lecture is designed for readers and writers at all levels, students, teachers and the general public.

- "Plant Portraits in Nature," sponsored by the Black Canvas Gallery and Education Center in Park Rapids will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Sept 22 and 23, at the Visitor Center at Itasca State Park. The presenter will be Sandy Miles, and the objective is to expand knowledge of both positive and negative painting to create a floral design. All levels of expertise are invited. The cost for members of the Gallery is $85, and for non-members, the cost is $95. For more information or to register for the workshop, contact the gallery at 218-237-2770 or Judy Wegenast at 218-847-3519.


- 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, Jane Freeman, Terry Honstead, Beverlee Olson, Mary Therese Peterson, Judy Selby, Pat Shough (Sillimandi) 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:

- Friday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m. 8th Street String Quartet concert, Fosston Library Theatre, free.

- Friday, Sept. 17, OomPah for the Arts, major fundraiser for Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, Bemidji Town and Country Club.

- Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 16-18, "Side By Side by Sondheim" a Saaren Productions musical revue at the Wild Rose Theater.

- Sunday, Sept. 26, Bemidji Concert Series will begin a new season with piano and violin recital, 7:30 p.m., Thompson Recital Hall, Season tickets are $50, $20 individual events and $5 for students at Lueken's North and BSU Music Department.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub hosts Open Stage 8-11:30 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 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