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Pioneer Previews: First Friday events mirror change of season

First Friday of September events can begin at the Beltrami County History Center, which in conjunction with Gallery North, presents "Winter Wonderland."

This exhibit will open Friday, Oct 1, and remain in place through the end of December. Stop by on First Fridays 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 artist and Bemidji native Michael Miller. His exhibit, "Booya" is a mixture of different media: photography, video, drawing and cartooning depicting the human figure, nature, sketching of everyday objects and personal feelings. Meet Miller at the opening reception from 3-5 p.m. The library is located at 509 America Ave. N.W. and open Monday-Saturday.

-- Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., invites the public to "Fall into Fall," a retrospective of fall in the North Woods. Kay Schuver, a wildlife painter, will be the showcase artist of the month. Meet with Schuver during the opening reception 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 Abigail Roland and Deborah Davis and their fresh and mature works, "Threadbare." This exhibit explores reflections on life, mythology and the experience of being a woman. Using needle and thread, herbs, enamel and paint, this mother-and-daughter team will be at the opening reception from 4-6 p.m. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique featuring the work of more than 50 artists in fine art and craft, cards and fun accessories at 315 Irving Ave. N.W.

-- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café will have on display works from artists who have donated their art toward a collection that will be housed in the Village of Hope, the new homeless family shelter in Bemidji. Included in the collection is work from artists as far away as Australia, as near as our neighbor Canada and points in between. The theme is inspirational art and the works are in watercolor, acrylic, oil, prints, photography and collage. Some of the artists will be at the opening reception from 5-7 p.m. 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.

-- Glazed and Amused, a Paint Your Own Pottery Studio, welcomes walk-in painters at 311 Third St. N.W. The display of ceramic pieces painted by customers is in the front window. They are open Wednesday-Sunday and hours are posted on the door. For more information, e-mail

-- Wild Hare Coffee House and Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., will present "The Art of Survival" for Domestic Abuse Awareness Month. The kick-off event will begin at 3 p.m. as part of the First Friday Art Walk and will feature the poetry and art of Kathryn Anne Lavelle and speakers and advocates for survivors of domestic abuse in our community. 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.

-- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., invites the public to view a collaborative show featuring work from some of the artists involved in the upcoming Studio Cruise. The opening reception is from 4-6 p.m. for the public to view their work and hear about the October event. The pub is open at 11 a.m. Monday-Saturday.

-- Dunn Bros. Coffee continues its exhibit of Terry Honstead's "Time Gone By," paintings reflective of the work of Old Masters using acrylic, collage, fiber, hand-made paper and found objects. 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 at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S.

-- Bemidji Community Art Center invites the public to the October Spoken Word Event "A Liar and a Thief: Fact and Fiction" with writer Maureen Gibbon. Gibbon will read from her new novel, "Thief" and discuss the intersection of fact and fiction. Reading will start promptly at 6 p.m. with questions and answers to follow. Please note that this program is intended for mature audiences, and guests should be at least 18 years old. The First Friday reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. "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. 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. BCAC is located at 426 Bemidji Ave. in the Carnegie Library Building.

-- Saarens Productions and Northwood's Folk Collective invite you for the opening of the Fleur de Lis Gallery and its exhibit of mixed media by Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson, watercolors and oil pastels by Rita Arsenault Quinn, pottery by Thomas Hamilton and photography by Catherine Adams. The gallery also carries books from local and regional authors and CDs from local and regional musicians. The gallery will be open during events and from noon-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and by appointment. Northwood's Folk Collective's First Friday Coffeehouse will begin at 7:30 p.m. with performer sign-up beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $2 each of $5 for a family.

Book presentation

"In Cod We Trust," with author Eric Dregni, a program sponsored by Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at Cornerstone Assisted Living Residence, U.S. Highway 2 West, Bagley. Dregni is the recipient of a 2004 Fulbright Fellowship in Creative Writing. Dregni and his family lived in Trondheim, Norway. An assistant professor of English and journalism at Concordia University in St. Paul, Dregni is a freelance writer for "The Norwegian-American Weekly" and the author of 13 books primarily having to do with life in Minnesota. He is also the dean of the Italian Concordia Language Village, Lago del Bosco. All NELL programs are free of charge and open to the public.

Author to speak

"Miriam Daughter of Finnish Immigrants," a program on memoirs of a Finnish immigrant family sponsored by Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning will be held at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 6, at St. Mary's Church in Fosston. Author Diane Dettmann wrote this book about her aunt's life growing up in an immigrant family and their struggles and challenges in northern Minnesota during the Great Depression.

Library program

Minnesota author Maud Hart Lovelace comes alive to audiences in a program at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 8, at the Bemidji Public Library. Lovelace, who lived from 1892-1980, will be portrayed by a player from the Minnesota Historical Society. Lovelace grew up in Mankato, and as a young girl, wrote diaries which later became the Betsy-Tacy-Tib books. Lovelace is also the author of several historical novels including "Early Candlelight" which is about life in Fort Snelling and "Gentlemen from England," which she co-authored with her husband Delos Lovelace. This program is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Kitchigami Regional Library System through funding from the Minnesota Legacy Amendment Funds. Note that this same program will be given by the Blackduck Library at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 7, at the Blackduck Golf Course. Tickets are free and may be obtained at the Blackduck Community Library.

Volunteer call

The Bemidji Public Library is looking for people who are willing to commit to a fairly regular schedule to help with support tasks. There are no minimum or maximum number of hours, just a chance to be around a vital part of the Bemidji community. Applications are available at the library.

Members wanted

Sculpture Walk Committee is seeking new board members for the upcoming year. Committee members 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, contact Al Belleveau at 243-2685.

Art drive

Village of Hope Art Drive seeks contributions of inspirational art for a new homeless shelter, Village of Hope, expected to be open in December. Art donated to this point is 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 on line at


-- Andrew Green, composer and musician, will teach a beginning and an intermediate songwriting class beginning Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Headwaters School of Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W., Bemidji. The beginners' class will run from 12:30-2:30 p.m. and the intermediate class runs from 3-5 p.m. The classes will continue every Saturday through the month of October. The cost is $75 for all four sessions. For details, call 444-5606.

-- "Finding your roots - journals, journey and generations" workshop sponsored by the Beltrami County Historical Society from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16, at Beltrami Electric Community Room in Bemidji. The workshop includes six speakers, a silent auction and catered lunch. Tickets are $35 for the general public and $30 for BCHS members and will be $40 at the door the day of the event. Advance tickets may be purchased that the History Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

-- Watercolor class featuring Northern Minnesota landscapes will be offered from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25, at Gallery North. All materials will be provided. Pre-paid registration is $40 and will be taken at the Gallery.

-- "No-Risk" Workshop funding is available through Region 2 Arts Council. The workshop must focus on learning experiences for adult learners and be open to the public. Any group that wants to bring in an artist to do a workshop is eligible, as are regional artists who wish to present a workshop themselves. Proposals are considered on an ongoing basis, but funds are limited. Contact staff of Region 2 Arts Council at 751-45447 or 800-275-5447 or email

Art exhibits

-- 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, on the North Country Health Services Senior Living Campus, 1000 Anne St. N.W. For more information, email

-- Talley Gallery has on display the work of Kari Lennartson, painting instructor at Colorado State University. Her collection is abstract paintings, "Order/Disorder," that circle around the multiple meanings of the word "home." She uses the interplay of color, line and value and surface textures to indicate its wide meaning. 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.

-- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 522 America Ave. N.W., welcomes Mary Therese Peterson as the featured artist for 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 exhibit is open on Sunday and by appointment, 751-9654.

-- 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:

-- Oct.5, 10-11:30 a.m. POLST (Providers Orders for Life-sustaining Treatment) with Dr. Bill Dicks and Chaplin Mark Papke Larson a program of Adventures in Lifelong Learning, Optivation, 3801 Bemidji Ave. N.

-- Oct. 10, 3 p.m., Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, "Testament of Spirit" at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Tickets on sale now at Lueken's North, $20 general, $15 seniors and college students and free for children and students through grade 12.

-- Oct. 12, 10-11:30 a.m., Glacial Geology of North Central Minnesota with Professor Emeritus of Geology, BSU, a program of Adventures in Lifelong Learning, Optivation, 3801 Bemidji Ave. N.

-- Oct. 13, 9:30-11 a.m., "North Country: The Making of Minnesota" with Mary Lethert Wingerd, a program of Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning, Gonvick Community Center.

-- Oct. 15 and 16, 7 p.m., The Bemidji Swashbucklers Guild Equinox Rapier Duello at the Wild Rose Theater.

-- Oct.18, 10-11:30 a.m., "Nature Photography: An Excuse to Travel with Cal Rice," a program of Adventures in Lifelong Learning, Optivation, 3801 Bemidji Ave. N.

-- Oct. 20, 9:30-11 a.m., "An Introduction to Latin America:Wealth, Poverty, Class" with Mary Hrenchir, Elim , a program of Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning, Lutheran Church, Clearbrook.

-- Oct. 26, 10-11:30 a.m., "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - Preserving our Heritage" with Wanda Hoyum, a program of Adventures in Lifelong Learning, Optivation, 3801 Bemidji Ave. N.

-- Oct.27, 1011:30 a.m., "Journey to Jordon" with Patt Rall, a program of Northern Exposure in Lifelong Learning, Faith Lutheran Church, Bagley.

-- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub hosts Open Stage from 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