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Pioneer Previews: Bemidji artist featured on TV series

Common Ground, a magazine show which demonstrates the creative process of various artists living in this region, airs at 7 p.m. Thursdays on Lakeland Public Television.

Featured this week are the works of the late Eugene Dalzotto, a glimpse of the Whitefish Chain Antique and classic Wood Boat Rendezvous, and wood artist Duane Shoup shows how to make a rustic rocking chair. 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.

Sculpture Walk

The Bemidji Sculpture Walk Committee has elected a new executive committee: President Mitch Blessing; Vice President Darin Hansen; Secretary Shanna Olson; and Treasurer Roxi Mann. The call is out for all artists to apply for placement in the 2011-2012 Bemidji Sculpture Walk. Interested artists may e-mail for an application.

Beaver auction

The public auction of the 2010-11 painted beaver figures will be held from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Hampton Inn and Suites with Kevin Cease as auctioneer.

Audition call

"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" audition by Bemidji Community Theater will be held from 6-8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 7, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 8 at the historic Chief Theatre, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W. This musical production is adapted from the original Grimm's fairy tale by Carol Weiss, who wrote the lyrics and music. The show will be performed at the Chief Theatre Friday, April 1, until Tuesday, April 5. The director is Mary Knox-Johnson, musical director Karen Bradley and accompanist Wayne Hoff. Actors ages 6-80 are needed for all roles. Auditioners should bring 16 bars of music and a prepared monologue. For further information, call 333-8740.

Garrison Keillor

"A Prairie Home Companion" with Garrison Keillor, actors Tim Russell and Sue Scott, sound-effects ace Tom Keith, the Guy's All-Star Shoe Band, led by Richard Dworsky, and special guests will begin at 4:45 p.m. with a pre-show and live broadcast from 5-7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 12, at the John Glas Fieldhouse, Bemidji State University. Tickets are $40 (middle floor), $35 (side section), $25 (bleachers) and are on sale now. Order online through, call 800.982.2787, or visit any Ticketmaster outlet. MPR members can call the Minnesota Public Radio Box Office: 651.290.1200. $15 tickets will be available to BSU students beginning Feb. 2, with a limit of ticket per student with a valid ID.

Talent search

Minnesota Public Radio is seeking young classical musicians - vocalists, instrumental soloists and small ensembles for the "Minnesota Varsity." The program will accept recordings from young artists 14-18 for a pre-screening by the classical MPR staff and 15-20 will be chosen to work with a professional recording engineer to produce a high-quality recording. The recording will be played for a panel of celebrity judges including Nicholas McGegan of St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Sarah Hicks of the Minnesota Orchestra, John Birge, Brian Newhouse and Steve Staruch of Classical MPR and others not yet named. The judges will choose five performers for the Showcase Round, and they will be asked to perform live at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul April 17. For all requirements and information, check online at beginning Jan 3. The timeframe for submitting the recordings is Jan. 3-Feb. 15. Minnesota Varsity is made possible, in part, by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


- Marsh Muirhead will lead a poetry workshop, "Haiku-Windows to Nature and the Spirit," which will explore the history and form of Haiku and writing exercises. Beginning and more advanced writers and poets are welcome to register. Muirhead has published nearly 100 Haiku in English language Haiku journals and anthologies. The workshop will be held from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W. The cost of the workshop is $35. To register, call 444-5606.

- Douglas Zuehlsdorff will hold a Creative Drawing workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12. Those interested in attending should call 507-0423 or 224-3288 to register. Gallery North, 502 Third St. S.W., also has a signup sheet for the workshop. This workshop is limited to 12 attendees. The cost for this workshop is $50. Those attending are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch, an 18-by-24-inch sketch pad and drawing instruments. The workshop will be held at Silamandi Studio.

- Arts Workshop funds are available from Region 2 Arts Council. The "No-Risk" Workshops" are coordinated through R2AC who 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 800-275-5447 or e-mail

Art exhibits

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts featured artist for December is Malisa VanMaasdam and her exhibit, "Water, Wood and Wire," a collection of sculptural pieces created from drift wood from Lake Michigan combined with wire and watercolor mono-prints. 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.

- Beltrami County Historical Society is closed through Jan. 2.

- Bemidji Public Library has on display for December, "Art in Childcare," 100 pictures from children ages 2-6 from 20 local child care providers. The library is located at 509 America Ave. N.W. and is open Monday through Saturday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant invites the public to view the bright floral watercolors of Angela Shogren for December. 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 Jane Carlstrom and her exhibit, "Works in Wood and Wire," a collection of sculptural pieces created with natural fibers and fabrics, and recycled/up cycled fabrics. There are also kits developed by Carlstrom for different skill levels to explore handiwork. Also on display and for sale are paintings and cards by Audrey Merschman. Located at 214 Third St. N.W. and is open seven days a week.

- Dunn Bros Coffee presents Nora Peterson and her collection of watercolors and defined line work. 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. For information, call 444-5252 or go to

- Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., will showcase featured artist R.J. Cummings of Detroit Lakes for December. Cummings specializes in scenic oil paintings and graphic design and is well known in the lakes area as an accomplished artist who teaches scenic oil painting classes. The Gallery website features member artists, artwork and information on upcoming events.

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

- Fleur de Lis Gallery located in the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave., invites the public to view two pictures by comedienne Phyllis Diller and the mixed media, watercolors, oil pastels, pottery and photography. The gallery also carries books from local and regional authors and CDs from local and regional musicians. The gallery is open from 2-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday, during events and by appointment.

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 522 America Ave. N.W., welcomes Malisa VanMaasdam for December. VanMaasdam's drawings focus on the human figure and explore the many facets of human nature. The exhibit is open Sundays and by appointment, 751-9654.

- Lueken's Village Foods North showcases the work of Maureen O'Brian and her impressions of the importance of nature to the human spirit in her paintings at the gallery on the hall next to the conference room.

- 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 will include a variety of techniques and media and will 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 will be 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 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. NW. Bemidji. For more information, email

- Wild Hare Coffee House and Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., welcomes Timothy Brockman and his work, "Forest Quilts: Patterns in Boxes and Boards," a collection of cutting boards and boxes that focus on the visual delight of utilitarian wooden art objects for the month of December. 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 (Sillamandi) Michael Thomas Sunnarborg and MaryBeth Vaudrin for viewing pleasure and sale. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed on Sunday.

- The 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.

Upcoming events

- Jan. 10, 7 p.m., Anton Treuer will speak on new book, "The Assassination of Hole in the Day," at Bemidji Public Library

- Jan. 8, 6-10 p.m., Timberline at the Solway Bar and Grill.

- Jan. 13-15, 7:30 p.m., "Steele Magnolias" by Robert Harling at the Wild Rose Theater

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub hosts Katie Corning from 7:30 to 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 the 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