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Bemidji artists works to be on exhibit in Grand Rapids

Three Bemidji artists will have work on display at the McRostie Art Center, with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, 405 First Ave. N.W., Grand Rapids.

Natalia Himmirska will share her imagery of the planet's flora and fauna in oils, acrylic, watercolor and encaustic paintings. Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson will display a collection of mixed media pieces which explore the passing of seasons and the ever changing landscapes. Himmirska and Davidson are present and past faculty members of the art department at Bemidji State University. The website is and phone number is 326-2697 for more information on hours of operation.

First Friday

- First Friday of February events can begin at the Beltrami County Historical Society, which in collaboration with Gallery North, presents "Reflections by Kay." This exhibit will be up through March. Also featured is the new exhibit, "Baskets and Beads: Weaving Traditions" an addition to the permanent John Morrison American Indian Collection. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday and is located in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot at 130 Minnesota Ave. SW.

- Touché Gallery will present "For the Birds" by Ian Higgins an installation of prints, paintings and sculptures. This exhibit is in partial fulfillment of the Bachelor of Arts in the Visual Arts Department at Bemidji State University. The opening reception will be held from 1-5 p.m. The gallery is located in the upper level of the Hobson Memorial Union on Birchmont Drive.

- Gallery X has on display an exhibit titled, "Assemblage: A Collection of Beginning Sculptures" by students in the visual arts programs at BSU. Gallery X is located in Room 125 of the BSU Education Arts Building and is open to the public during regular business hours.

- Gallery North, 502 Third Street N.W., invites the public to meet featured Showcase Artist Beverly Joslyn, wildlife and portrait painter. Gallery member Mary Morton will demonstrate Rosemaling and Ukrainian eggs. The opening reception will be held from 2-5 p.m. Gallery North's website features member artists, artwork and information on upcoming events.

- Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W., has on display for February the paintings of Marilyn Glidden and her installation "The Seasons." Meet Glidden during the opening reception from 3-5 p.m. The library is open Monday through Saturday.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., welcomes Mary Therese Peterson and her Valentine silk scarves and ties. She will demonstrate her silk painting techniques during the opening reception from 4-6 p.m.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., welcomes former Bemidji artist Aryn Bergsven, who is now a teacher in Duluth. Bergsven explores the imagery of family and friends and the cyclical nature of the relationships as she sculpts space with color, space and form. Meet Bergsven at the opening reception from 4-6 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 has on display ceramic pieces painted by customers. It is open Wednesday-Sunday. Hours are posted on the door. For more information, e-mail

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 522 America Ave. N.W., will host the art work of Eli Balbach, a junior visual arts major at BSU through February. The First Friday reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. The exhibits are open during the regular Sunday events. Private viewing can be arranged by calling 751-9654.

- Wild Hare Coffee House and Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., will present recent works by Malisa Van Maasdam, "Fowl Weather Friends," pen and ink drawings featuring Minnesota birds that do not migrate during the winter. The opening reception will be held 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 Sundays.

- Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., invites the public to its annual "Members Show," an exhibit of works collected or created by members of BCAC. The opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Shop 426 will be open for shopping. All proceeds from Shop 426 benefit BCAC and the member artists. The gallery and Shop 426 are open noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and is closed Sunday and Monday.

- Dunn Bros. Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., welcomes professional photographer Cal Rice and his work in photos of Costa Rica. Taken during a trip in January 2010, the images encompass sunrise on the Caribbean to sunset on the Pacific with birds, mammals and scenic views. 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.

- Saarens Productions and the Northwoods Folk Collective invite the public to stop by the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave., to view two new mixed media works by Phyllis Diller. The Fleur de Lis Gallery has the work of some new artists Al Belleveau, Keith Cich, Melissa Davidson, Terry Honstead and Don Zieman added to the rotation of art work by DeeJay Arens, Roy C. Booth, Janet Burke, Marlon Davidson, Don Knudson, Thomas Hamilton, Mary-Knox 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.

- Talley Gallery has on display, "Mish Mash," a collection of drawings and large woodcut prints that deal with serious moral and societal problems such as human nature, dependencies and self-absorption, by Derrick Riley. The exhibit will be up through Feb. 16. The gallery is located in room 212 of the BSU Education Arts Building and is barrier-free and open at no charge to the public. The Talley Gallery 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. on Saturday.

- Northwoods Folk Collective's First Friday Coffeehouse will move to the Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. S.W., the warehouse building on the left after crossing the Irvine Avenue Bridge. This event is for musicians and writers of all experience levels. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Performers are asked to arrive

early to register.

Artist call

"Art from Within," is seeking entries from emerging to established artists for an art show that will be exhibited at the gallery space in the Rail River Folk School. The show will be a collection of work that gives a personal and compelling view into the lives of real people who have been affected by the criminal justice system and is sponsored by the Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project of Bemidji, ACLU-MN. Native American artists must be enrolled tribal members and non-Native Americans must reside in Minnesota. All entries will be limited to three pieces and can be from all genres of artistic expression. Application date is March 15, with set-up date of March 30. The pieces will be juried March 31. The opening reception and awards ceremony will be April 1 with the exhibit up through April. For an application and information, call 444-2285 or stop at 303 Railroad Ave. S.W.

Opera night

"Love Songs & Arias," an evening of fine dining and musical selections from opera to Broadway will be held starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 1019 Paul Bunyan Dr. S. This will be the third annual Valentine's fundraiser for local opera productions in Bemidji. This year, under the direction of Abe Hunter, singers from the Loon Opera Company Mark Christensen, Julia Lamon, Sara Wabrowetz and Linda Wagner will perform. Special guest Josef Schlemper will croon some of Frank Sinatra's love songs and Abe Hunter will play two piano solos. Social hour will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner and music to begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 each with proceeds going to the 2011 summer season of the Loon Opera Company. For menu selections, see Staff Blogs on home page of Bemidji and scroll down to Bemidji Arts News or For Reservations and Information call Abe Hunter 368-8805.

Choral concert

The Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at BSU Thompson Recital Hall. "Ole', Ole', Ole" will be a preview performance of the new spring 2011 program that will tour and compete this year. The Twin Cities chorus has 80-100 volunteer singers whose primary focus is the pursuit of musical excellence and energy that transforms, educates and celebrates diversity. This event will be hosted by the Hospitality Initiative of Servant Hearts and the BSU Phoenix Gay/Straight Student Organization. This activity is funded, in part, by a grant from Region 2 Arts Council through 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. 4, 2008 and a donation from PFLAG of Park Rapids. Tickets are on sale at Harmony Natural Foods Co-op and the main desk of BSU Hobson Memorial Union. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and students with a valid ID.

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 John Dowing from Grand Rapids who is a mosaic artist. Jerry Raedeke of Nisswa will give a watercolor lesson and talk about the impact Minnesota nature and culture has on his art. Saum Sweet Things will give a lesson on how to roast nuts. The shows will be repeated at 6 p.m. Sundays and 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, following the initial broadcast. Videos of past shows are also available on line at 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.

Weekend music

- Timberline with John Essig and Kari Munson will perform from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant during the First Friday reception.

- "Workin' Overtime" will perform from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Solway Bar and Grill, U.S Highway 2 West.

- Pelican Railroad with Caleb Erickson will perform from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Wild Hare Bistro.

- Pick'n & Grin'nwill perform from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, at the 71 Bar, U.S. Highway 71 in Turtle River.

Studio Cruise

The Bemidji First City of Arts Studio Cruise Steering Committee is looking for individuals who are interested in serving as volunteer members of this committee to organize and deliver the 2011 event. Those interested in learning more should contact either Dave Towley at 333-3547 or Lori Forshee Donnay at 444-7570.

Benefit sale

Beltrami County Historical Society will host its annual Valentine, White Elephant and Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12. Donations of new or gently used items can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday at the History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W. For more information, call 444-3376.

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, ages 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. For all requirements and information, check online at The timeframe for submitting the recordings is through Feb. 15. Minnesota Varsity is made possible, in part, by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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 BSU John Glas Fieldhouse. Tickets are on sale now. Order online through, call 800.982.2787, or visit any Ticketmaster outlet.


- February is Gallery North's "Warm Your Heart" month with free art classes. A person may sign up for up to two classes, registrations are taken at Gallery North. Class size is limited and these classes fill up fast.

All classes are scheduled from 1-4pm:

Feb. 8, Wire wrapped Jewelry taught by Jennie Fennier

Feb. 11, Basket making taught by Monie Martin

Feb. 15, Ukrainian eggs taught by Mary Morton

Feb. 16, Paper Quilling taught by Julie Dodge Johnson

Feb.19, Watercolor taught by Joyce Martin

Feb.22, Drawing taught by Doug Zuehlsdorff

Feb.26, Reverse Painting on Glass taught by Marion Caroline Reil

- CarolAnn Russell will hold her Fourth Annual Winter Writer's Retreat: Stories Are Alive! The theme is "Healing the Wounded Feminine in Both Men and women." The workshop will be held from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W. The fee is $100. Call 444-5606 to register by today, Feb. 2. Funding support was made available through the Region 2 Arts Council.

- Theater 101 will be held from 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22. The class is for 6-9-year-olds and is an introductory course in theater designed to develop imagination, build confidence and communication skills with an emphasis on the different aspects of theater including props, costumes and acting. The cost is $35 per student. Call 444-5606 to register.

- Acting 101 will be held from 5-6 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22. The class is an introductory course to acting for 10-14-year-olds designed to develop creative abilities and teamwork with an emphasis on acting including stage directions, movement, vocalization and character development, everything from warm-ups to the audition process. The cost is $35 per student. Call 444-5606 to register.

- 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. Contact the staff of Region 2 Arts Council at 751-45447 or 800-275-5447 or e-mail

Upcoming events

- Feb. 12, 6-10 p.m., country dance with Timberline at Solway Bar and Grill.

- Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m., "The Expedition Show" traditional bluegrass at the Chief Theatre. Tickets are $15 in advance at Kelsey's Jewelry and Overbeek Electronics or at the door $18 for adults and $9 for teens and free for children 12 and younger.

- Feb. 13, 2-4 p.m., fundraiser for an elevator at the Bemidji Senior Citizens Center with Timberline.

- Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m., Bemidji Symphony Orchestra Annual Valentine's Concert, Bemidji High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5 at Lueken's North and Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and at the door the evening of the performance. There is no charge for children through grade 12.

- Feb. 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 and 27: "The Wizard of Oz" by the Greater Grand Forks Community Theater, www.ggfctorg for more information.

- Feb. 22, 7 p.m., "Relating the Holocaust to Native American Issues" with Clay Jenkinson, Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex, BSU.

- Feb. 23, 6 p.m., "Atmosphere" and special guests at The Sanford Center Ballroom. Tickets are $21 at the box office 441-4032.

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

- 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