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Pioneer Previews: First Friday Art Walk offers variety of exhibits

First Friday of December events can begin at the Bemidji Public Library, which has on display December "Art in Childcare" sponsored by the Bemidji Early Childhood Initiative.

The young artists from ages 2 to 6 have been working with liquid water color and crayon to make crayon resist paintings and colorful salty paintings made with dry tempera mixed with salt and water. The library is located at 509 America Ave. N. W. and is open Monday-Saturday.

- Beltrami County Historical Society, in collaboration with Gallery North, presents "Winter Wonderland," which will be up through December. 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.

- Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., will showcase Gallery Caroline Reil and Mary Knox Johnson for a special and exciting First Friday event. During the 2-5 p.m. reception, Knox-Johnson will read from her new book, "Thoughts from Pudge - the Mentoring Continues" with a new chapter, "Twas the Week Before Christmas," a parody of the original as told from a dog's point of view. The original illustrations for the book will be on display. Special guests of the gallery will be puppies and dogs from Whipstaff Animal Rescue, all ready to be adopted by families. Illustrations from the new chapter have been made into greeting cards, one featuring animal characters looking up to the North Star and animal characters looking at Santa's sleigh against a full moon. The profit from the cards will be donated to Whipstaff Animal Rescue. Gallery North's website features member artists, artwork and information on upcoming events.

- Wild Hare Coffee House and Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., will display "Forest Quilts: Patterns in Boxes and Boards" by Timothy Brockman. Meet Brockman during the opening reception from 3-5 p.m. to talk about his collection of cutting boards and boxes that focus on the visual delight utilitarian wooden art objects. 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 Sundays.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., welcomes Malisa VanMaasdam and her exhibit, "Water, Wood and Wire," a collection of sculptural pieces created from driftwood from Lake Michigan, combined with wire and watercolor mono-prints. VanMaasdam 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.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., welcomes Jane Carlstrom and her exhibit, "Works in Wood," created with natural fibers and fabrics, and recycled/up-cycled fabrics. Carlstrom has also developed a line of patterns and kits for different skill levels to explore handiwork. Meet Carlstrom at the opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Also on display and for sale are paintings and cards by Audrey Merschman. The Cabin is open seven days a week.

- Glazed and Amused, a Paint Your Own Pottery Studio where walk-in painters are always welcome displays ceramic pieces painted by customers the front window. The shop is open Wednesday-Sunday and hours are posted on the doo rat 311 Third St. N.W. For more information, email

- Dunn Bros. Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., welcomes Nora Peterson and her first solo show featuring watercolors and defined-line work. Meet this emerging artist during the opening reception 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.

- Lueken's Village Foods North will showcase work by Maureen O'Brian, a well known and popular artist who portrays the importance of nature to the human spirit in her paintings. Meet O'Brian during the 5-7 p.m. opening reception in the conference room.

- Bemidji Community Art Center invites the public to its Third Annual Shop 426 Holiday Open House and First Friday Art Walk Reception from 5-7 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4. Enjoy treats, hot cider and music while you browse the selection of handmade fine art and craft items, some as low as $10. For these two days only, there will be free gift wrap with each purchase, which supports BCAC and area artists. Selected works from "It's Only Clay-2010" will be on display until Dec. 18 and will be available for purchase. 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. BCAC will close for the holiday Dec. 19 through the New Year.


- Saarens Productions and the Northwoods Folk Collective invites the public to stop by the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. The Fleur de Lis Gallery has added the work of some new artists - Al Belleveau, Keith Cich, Melissa Davidson, Terry Honstead and Don Zieman - to the new rotation of art work by DeeJay Arens, Roy C. Booth, Janet Burke, Marlon Davidson, Don Knudson, Thomas Hamilton, Mary-Know Johnson, Rita Arsenault Quinn, Steve Saari and Judy Lunseth. The new gallery hours are 2-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday. The Northwood's Folk Collective will begin performer sign-up at 6 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., invites the public to view a collection of floral watercolors by Angela Shogren for December. The pub is open at 11 a.m. Monday-Saturday.

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 522 America Ave. N.W., has on display for December the drawings of Malisa VanMaasdam focusing on the human figure and many facets of human nature. The exhibit will be open during Sunday services and by appointment by calling 751-9654.

- The North Country Health Services Art Committee presents a group exhibition titled "Pathways - The Art of Bemidji State University" by art students of Natalia Himmirska. The works include a variety of techniques and media and show a spectrum from realistic to abstract by students in all levels of experience. This special display will be up through January for the pleasure of residents, families, staff and the community at large. Artwork is for sale and a price list will be provided at the reception desk. The Bistro at WoodsEdge is featuring new gift items by Dave and Kathy Towley, local artisans known for their fine craft wood turnings (bowls, plates, platters, pots, and vessels) in a variety of wood with a mineral oil and beeswax finish, which is food safe. The Towleys' woodwork will be on display and for sale through February. 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. N.W. For more information, email

- 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.

- Tourist Information Center, 300 Bemidji Ave. by the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, has a map and information on the pieces included in the Bemidji Sculpture Walk.

Tuba time

The Headwaters School of Music and the Arts is calling for all tuba and euphonium players to sign up and be a part of a Christmas tradition, Merry TubaChristmaS 2010, that started 1974 with Harvey Philips. The 2010 concerts will be performed in more than 250 cities throughout the country. It costs no money to participate, and music will be provided. There will be one rehearsal at 10 a.m. Dec. 4 at the HSMA, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W. Call 444-5606 to sign up to be a part of this holiday concert. The performance will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Paul Bunyan Mall.

TV series

Common Ground, a magazine show which demonstrates the creative process of various artists living in this region, will air at 7 p.m. Thursdays on Lakeland Public TV. Featured this week is Mary Shideler of Grand Rapids, whom most people know as the Kayak Lady. Shideler has kayaked all 1,007 lakes in Itasca County. The shows will be repeated at 6 p.m. Sundays and at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, following the initial broadcast. Videos of past shows are also available on line at Click on Common Ground for past episodes. This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 2, 2008.

Lefse cook-off

The Beltrami County Historical Society will hold its annual Lefse Festival Cook-off from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at the Hungry Bear Conference Center, 2300 24 St. N.W. The winning lefse maker will receive prizes and bragging rights as the "best darn lefse maker in northern Minnesota!" Tickets will be sold at the door for this fundraiser; $5 will get you in, great refreshments, lefse samples, vendors and door prizes. P.S. there are still some spots left for lefse makers, contact Wanda Hoyum at the History Center, 444-7570.

Musical duo

Free tickets are available now at the Bemidji Public Library for "The Golden Age of Radio" with Prudence Johnson and Dan Chouinard. The performance will be at 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, at Calvary Lutheran Church, 2508 Washington Ave. S.E. Vocalist Johnson and pianist Chouinard perform during an interactive program of classic radio standards from the 1930s and '40s. Attendees are invited to dress in vintage-inspired attire. Call the library at 218-835-6600 to register or for more information. Look at the website for information on the performance at other libraries in the system. "The Golden Age of Radio" is funded with money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and is presented as part of Minnesota's Greatest Generation in the Libraries, a partnership between Minnesota Regional Public Libraries and the Minnesota Historical Society.

Choral concert

Bemidji Chorale concerts will begin at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 5, at First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave. The concert will include some youngsters from the First Lutheran Church choir, a Bemidji State University music student, bell choir and a new piece by Paul Brandvik. Pat Mason and Wayne Hoff have direct and accompany the concert. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted by the chorale to support their concert activities. This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota Nov. 4, 2008.

Book signing

Molly Hootch Hyme will hold a signing for "I Remember When: Growing Up on the Kwiguk Pass of the Lower Yukon River" from noon-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Book World in downtown Bemidji.

Band concert

The BSU Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band concert will be held at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 6, in Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.

Book discussion

BSU Professor Anton Treuer will discuss his new book, "The Assassination of Hole in the Day," at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 6, at the Blackduck Library in downtown Blackduck. Treuer's talk will focus on the role of Ojibwe culture and tradition and interactions with other tribes in the events leading up to the death of Hole in the Day. Treuer's book, "Ojibwe in Minnesota" was recently named "Minnesota's Best Read in 2010" by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. For information, call 835-6600.

Holiday concert

The Geoffrey Woodley Memorial Messiah/Holiday Concert with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Beverly Everett, will be held at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 7, in the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Named for Geoffrey Woodley, a longtime member of Bemidji Chorale, area organist and avid supporter of the arts, who was killed in an auto accident on the day of the symphony's Holiday Concert two years ago. The program will include selections from Handel's "Messiah" with the Chorale. Musical scores will be available for those who would like to sing along. And secular and sacred holiday pieces like "Carol of the Drum," "Winter Wonderland," "Still, Still, Still," "Sleigh Ride" and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" will also be performed. Tickets are $5 for adults and seniors and will be available at the door. All children through grade 12 will be admitted free.

Jazz concert

"Jingle Jazz I" will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, in Thompson Recital Hall of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex.

Book discussion

Photographer Aaron W. Hautala will speak on his new book, "The Opposite of Cold: The Northwoods Finnish Sauna Tradition" as written by Michael Nordskog, at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 Cabin Coffee House. There is no admission charge.

Stocking stuffers

The Paul Bunyan Playhouse is offering stocking stuffer gift certificates for the coming 2011 summer season: "Forever Plaid," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Lend Me a Tenor," "21A" by Kevin Kling and "The Full Monty." To receive the gift certificate, send a $100 check per person to the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, 314 Beltrami Ave. NW or email

Holiday shows

- Tickets are on sale now for holiday shows in Bemidji, Akeley and Hubbard. The first show to open will be "A Christmas Carol" at the Chief Theatre in downtown Bemidji. Director Greg Gasman has taken favorite scenes from seven previous productions and written a version of the original play with a new twist. Based upon the original story by Charles Dickens, Gasman and his players have twisted this "yarn" into an original tapestry with stories, music and singing on stage and in the audience. A family show that is suitable for all ages is a collaboration of Bemidji Community Theater, KG Entertainment and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11 and at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. Tickets are $10 general admission and $8 for seniors and students and are available now at Harmony Natural Food Co-op, The Wild Hare Bistro, Brigid's Irish Cross Pub and at the door.

- The Minnesota Folklore Theater in Akeley will have on stage a Victorian living room and the story of "The Night Before Christmas," an original script written by artistic director Fred Rogers. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and at 3 p.m. Saturdays and runs from Dec. 9-Dec. 18. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for children and may be reserved on-line at or by calling 652-2666. The theater is located in downtown Akeley at 6 Broad Street E.

- Long Lake Theater in Hubbard (south of Park Rapids) will welcome "Ole and Lena's -It's a Wonderful Life." Minnesota's favorite Scandinavian couple. Ole's dreams of escaping a small, northern Minnesota town and pursuing adventure in the wild Midwest are repeatedly quashed. On Christmas Eve, Ole's guardian angel descends to save him from despair and remind him that this is, after all, a wonderful life. Performances are at 7 p.m. Dec. 2-5, 9-12 and 3 p.m. Dec. 5 and 12. Tickets are $14 adults, $7 for children 4-12 and $12.50 for groups. Call 218-732-0099 or e-mail at They will reply with a confirmation of your reservation. For directions to the theater, see website.

- Tickets for the 42nd Annual Bemidji State University Madrigal Dinner are on sale now. This event, which heralds in the Yuletide season, will begin performances at 7 p.m. Dec. 3-5, 10 and 11 and at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, in the BSU Beaux Arts Ballroom of the Hobson Memorial Union. The $35 admission prices includes a five course dinner, a Renaissance royal court in an English castle, the king's players, minstrels, trouvères, cellar keepers and beggars. Tickets are only sold through advanced sales and may be purchased in person at the box office located on the second floor of Bangsberg Hall. The hours are 9 a.m.-noon and 4-7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Sesame Street

Super Grover loses his superness, Sesame Street needs a hero!" Never fear, Elmo and his team of Healthy Heroes are here. Teaching lessons of healthy habits through song and dance, Elmo, Abby Cadabby and your favorite Sesame Street friends will explore exercise, nutrition, sleep/energy and hygiene - all in a quest to put the "super" back in Super Grover. It's Elmo's Healthy Heroes to the rescue! The new Bemidji Regional Event Center will welcome Grover and his friends at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, and 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec .29, 1111 Event Center Drive N.E. Tickets: $11, $15 & $20. A limited number of $25 Gold Circle seats and $45 Sunny Seats (premium seat location and a pre-show meet and greet with two of the Sesame Street Live friends are also available. A facility fee of $1.00 will be added to all ticket prices. Additional fees and discounts may apply. For more information, call 218-441-4000. To charge tickets by phone, please call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Tickets may also be purchased online at For information online, please visit

For the children's matinee at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, there are special group prices for daycare/school groups of more than 10 at $9 per ticket. Groups of more than 10 save $3 per ticket for all other performances. These discount prices exclude Gold Circle and Sunny Seats.


- Beginning Watercolor class will be held from 1-4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 2, at Gracie's Woodsy Boutique (six miles west of Bemidji on U.S. Highway 2). Participants will complete a 8-by-10-inch framed watercolor of a friendly winter chickadee. The cost for all materials and use of brushes is $40. Call 759-2952 to register.

- Beginners Acrylic Collage with Terry Honstead will be held from 1-3 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 3 and 10, at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. Participants will learn about focal point, importance of light and dark and texture with watercolor, salt, spattering, dripping, etc. Upon completion, participants will have a piece ready for framing. All supplies are included. The workshop is suitable for adults and teens. Register by Dec. 1 at 444-5606. The fee is $45 per attendee.

- Arts Workshop funds are available from Region 2 Arts Council. The "No-Risk Workshops" are coordinated through R2AC, which will assist with registration and other aspects of the program. "No Risk" means there is no financial risk to the applicant. 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. Please contact staff of Region 2 Arts Council at 751-45447 or 1-800-275-5447 or e-mail

Upcoming events

- Dec. 11, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., "Cookies by the Pound" fundraiser at Blackduck History and Art Center.

- Dec. 12, 3 p.m., Community Christmas Concert, Thompson Recital Hall.

- Dec. 9, 10, 11, 12, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Towley Woodworking 2nd Annual Holiday Open House.

- Dec. 13, 6:30 p.m., Schoolcraft Learning Community Winter Concert, Bemidji High School.

- Dec. 18, 10:30 a.m., Anne Dunn, Anishinabe elder and story teller, Blackduck Public Library, downtown Blackduck.

- Dec. 18, Christmas "Blast from the Past" including a visit from Santa Claus, movie at the Blackduck Theatre and a sleigh ride. Fund raiser for the Blackduck History and Art Center.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub hosts Katie Corning from 7:30- 9:30 p.m., every Wednesday.

- 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.

- Headwaters Basketmakers Guild meets on third Saturday of the month, contact

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