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Pioneer Previews; Talley Gallery to open new exhibit

Talley Gallery will welcome Kari Lennartson, painting instructor at Colorado State University, and her collection of abstract paintings, "Order/ Disorder" at the noon opening reception today.

Lennartson will give a gallery talk about her paintings and creative process at 7 p.m. The exhibit of abstract paintings that circle around the multiple meanings of the word "home" uses the interplay of color, line and value and surface textures to indicate its wide meaning. The reception and talk are free and open to the public and the collection will be on display until Oct. 13. The gallery is located in room 212 of the Education Arts Building on the campus of Bemidji State University and is open from 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 and is barrier free.

Book discussion

There will be a book club discussion of Leif Enger's "So Brave, Young and Handsome" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W.

Ethnic festival

First City of the Arts Ethnic Arts Festival where more than 35 vendors will display, demonstrate and sell their wares from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 11 and 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 fun for young and old. 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.

Audition call

"Much Ado About Nothing" auditions will be held from 6-8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 10, and 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W. The script will be a modern translation, and the play will be performed Nov. 18-21 and is a Bemidji Community Theater production. Please bring a short monologue. The director will be Vicki Stenerson.

Fosston concert

The 8th Street String Quartet, an ensemble of the principal string players of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at the Fosston Library Theatre, 403 Foss Ave., Fosston. Take U.S. Highway 2 west to the light in Fosston. Turn right and go to Fourth Street. Turn right and stay on Fourth St. to Foss. The large white building on the left corner is the theater. On street parking only. The players include concertmaster Benjamin Sung; assistant concertmaster June Linde Capistran on violin; Tim Nelson, principal viola; and Elise Buffat Nelson, principal cello. The group formed in 2008. They have a varied repertoire of masterpieces from the Romantic and Classical periods to contemporary composers. The quartet will also perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, in the Kiehle Auditorium on the campus of University of Minnesota, Crookston. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

Arts fundraiser

There are still some tickets left for, OOM PAH for the Arts, 6-10 p.m., Friday, Sept. 17, at the Bemidji Town and Country Club, 2425 Birchmont Beach Road N.E. The event includes beer and wine tasting, German dinner and live music by Dennis Doeden, Tuba Jim (Thompson) and Friends. The event is the major fundraiser for Bemidji Area Arts Endowment which received Northwest Minnesota Foundation's 2010 Community Philanthropy Award. BAAE is a tax exempt charitable component fund of the NMF which grants yearly awards to individuals and nonprofits to aid in their pursuits in the arts. Tickets are $50 per person, $35 of which is tax deductible. Contact Mike Tangen at 444-8310 to reserve a ticket.

Sculpture Walk

The Sculpture Walk Committee is seeking new board members for the upcoming year, 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 readfing

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 18 unique desserts served on 18 exclusively designed tables, a silent auction and musical entertainment by BSO members and friends. The doors will open at 7 p.m. for viewing of the tables, and seating will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 each and are on sale at Lueken's North.

Artists sought

- One-act/short plays are being accepted for a festival, "Shortly Thereafter...." The event will be held at the Wild Rose Theater and will be open to anyone wishing to experience directing, acting or technical work. Submissions will be accepted through Sept. 15, after which the scripts and directors will be selected and audition information for actors will be announced. Materials can be submitted to or for questions, call 218-616-0337. Use same e-mail address to be added to their recipient list for future announcements.

- The Fleur de Lis Gallery is seeking works from local and regional artists in all genres: visual arts, jewelry, pottery, books, CD's, etc. Gallery commission rate is favorable for artists. The gallery will re-open with regular hours noon-4 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday, during events and by appointment. The gallery is located in the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. Those interested should submit a digital portfolio of work to or for questions, call 218-616-0337.

- 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 donation. 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 online at Submission deadline is Friday, Sept. .24.


- A free grant writing workshop for anyone interested in applying for an Region 2 Arts Council or McKnight Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Individual Artists Grant Program, which is now increased to $1,000, will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Ave. The grants are open to enrolled members of federally recognized American Indian tribes who live in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Becker, Roseau, Itasca and Cass Counties. Individual artists in all disciplines are urged to attend to learn how to navigate the grant process or to discuss a project idea. 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 Theatre, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W. The lecture is designed for readers and writers at all levels, students, teachers and the general public.

- Watercolor workshop, "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. 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; 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.

Art exhibits

- Basket Art show with Katie Haws and Eve Sumsky will be held during September at the Tin Pan gALLErY located in the Blackduck History Center, Main and Margaret Streets. 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 from 1-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts featured artist for September is Ashleigh Buck and her exhibit, "Print and Process," a combination of mixed media lithograph prints and encaustic paintings. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique featuring the work of more than 50 artists in fine art and craft and is located at 315 Irvine Ave. N.W.

- Bemidji Community Art Center is housing "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. This exhibit will be up until Oct. 23. Visit the Art Center and Shop 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave. or at or 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. The History Center is located at 130 Minnesota Avenue SW in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. For more information 219-444-3376 or

- 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 Ave. N.W. and is open Monday-Saturday.

- 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 pub is open at 11 a.m. Monday- Saturday and is located at 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W.

- Cabin Coffee House 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 acrylics and oils. The opening reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, 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 St. N.W., the Cabin is open seven days a week.

- Dunn Bros Coffee presents 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. Also on display are ceramic pieces by Josh Boock. Featured wines of the month have been added to the menu. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S. or call 444-5252 Gallery North 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 Gallery website ( features member artists, artwork and information on upcoming events. The gallery is located at 502 Third St. N.W.

- Glazed & Amused - Paint your Own Pottery Studio is located at 311 Third St. N.W. Check out the window display featuring ceramic pieces painted by the customers. Walk-in painters are always welcome. For more information call 333-6880 or e-mail

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 522 America Ave. N.W., welcomes Mary Therese Peterson as their featured artist for September and October. 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 North Country Health Services Art Committee presents "The Language of Flowers," a watercolor exhibit by Pamela Nelson until October for the pleasure of residents, families, staff and the public. Also featured through August 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 both 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 on the North Country Health Services Senior Living Campus, 1000 Anne St. N.W. Bemidji. For more information, email

- 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. The coffee house is open six days a week, closed on Sunday.

- 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:

- Sept. 16-18, "Side By Side by Sondheim," a Saaren Productions musical revue at the Wild Rose Theater. Tickets 218-616-0337. $10 adults, $8 seniors and $5 students 12 and under.

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

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub hosts Open Stage from 8-11:30 p.m. every Thursday. Call 444-0567 for more information.

- Northwoods Folk Collective's First Friday Coffeehouse, 7:30 p.m., Wild Rose Theater. Performer sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m.

- 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