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Pioneer Previews: Library concert to feature Celtic music

Northwind Crossing, a Celtic band, will perform at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Bemidji Public Library in one stop of the Kitchigami Regional Library tour this spring.

The quintet of musicians from northern Minnesota includes Tamie Jensen, Larry Kimble, Elijah Jensen, Jake Geise and Willis Mattison. The band plays tunes popular in the 17th-19th centuries. The program is free and open to the public and appropriate for all ages. For more information about the players and the music they play, see Staff Blogs on the home page of and scroll down to Bemidji Arts News or

Band concert

The Bemidji State University Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, at Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex, Birchmont Drive and 14th Street Northeast. Guest soloist Douglas Monroe, a clarinet professor at North Dakota State University, will perform with the Wind Ensemble. Under the direction of Erika Svanoe, professor of BSU bands, the Symphonic Band will play a medley from the musical "Fiddler on the Roof." The Wind Ensemble will perform "Festive Overture" by Dmitri Shostakovich and the guest artist will play "Concertino for Clarinet, Op. 26 by Carl Maria von Weber and "Viktor's Tale: Music from 'The Terminal'" by John Williams Tickets will be sold at the door: $5 general admission, $3 seniors and free to students with a valid ID. For more information about the program, see Staff Blogs on home page of and scroll down to Bemidji Arts News or

Book discussion

"The Opposite of Cold: The Northwoods Finnish Sauna Tradition" with photographer Aaron Hautala will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, at the Blackduck Good Samaritan Living Center. Written by Michael Nordskog with photos by Hautala, the book describes the history, culture and practice of sauna in the North Woods and how it relates to the Finnish tradition. Hautala will also show slides from photos in the book. The book is among the finalists for the 23rd annual Minnesota Book Awards. This event is free and open to the public. This event is part of the Minnesota Library Legacy and funded by the State of Minnesota Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Holocaust lecture

"Relating the Holocaust to Native American Issues" with Clay Jenkinson will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in the main theater of Bangsberg. Jenkinson is an internationally known and respected Humanities Scholar who is the host of "The Jefferson Hour" aired weekly on NPR. His lecture will focus on Native American issues and is part an outreach program sponsored by the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra for the upcoming performance of the "Defiant Requiem." The "Defiant Requiem" is the story of the actual performances of Verdi's work in the Terezin Concentration Camp during World War II. Jenkinson appeared last summer as Thomas Jefferson for the July 4 BSO concert. This event is free and open to the public and is funded, in part, by a grant from Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature and the McKnight Foundation.

TV series

Common Ground, a magazine show which demonstrates the creative process of various artists living in this region is at 7 p.m., Thursdays on Lakeland Public TV. Featured this week is Rose Edin uses her mastery of water color to capture beautiful scenes from all over the world. Carol Hoffman of Bigfork shows us her use of oil paint. Plus we head to Longville to walk the organic gardens of John and Lissa Sumption. 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.

Sale continues

The Beltrami County Historical Society will continue its annual Valentine, White Elephant Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Saturday, Feb. 19 at the History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W. because of the overwhelming response to the request for donated items.

Audition call

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat" will be performed at Nevis High School in May. The Minnesota Folklore Theater is looking for singers and dancers. Call 218-652-2666 for audition dates and times.

Art entries

"Art from Within," is seeking entries from emerging and 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. American Indian artists must be enrolled tribal members and Indians 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 on March 31 and the opening reception and awards ceremony will be on April 1 with the exhibit up for the month of April. For an application and information, call 444-2285 or at 303 Railroad Ave. SW, Bemidji.


- 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. 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.

Registrations will be taken at Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W.

- Working Wet Workshop with Tom Daly will be held from 10 a.m.-noon and1-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18 and 19 and Saturday, Feb. 26 at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. Daley will demonstrate ways of altering the form and surface of freshly thrown pots. The fee for the workshop is $60 per person. Call 444-5606 to register. 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. 4, 2008.

- 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 1-800-275-5447 or e-mail

Art exhibits

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts featured artist for February is Mary Therese Peterson and her Valentine silk scarves and ties celebrating the theme of romance in her brightly colored wearable art pieces. 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 NW.

- Beltrami County Historical Society has on display the work of Kay Schuver, "Reflections by Kay" until the end of March. A new exhibit, "Baskets and Beads: Weaving Traditions," as created and designed by Nicole Foss, is now a part of the John Morrison American Indian Collection. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Saturday.

- Bemidji Community Arts Center invites the public to its annual "Members Show," an exhibit of works collected or created by members of BCAC. The gallery and Shop 426 (are open noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday. BCAC is located at 426 Bemidji Ave.

- Bemidji Public Library has on display for February the paintings of Marilyn Glidden and her installation "The Seasons" with acrylics for landscape and watercolor for floral images. For more information on opportunities to exhibit work at the library, call Paul Simonson at 444-7886. 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 collection of paintings and drawings by Josh Garcia. The art displays are on the side wall in the large performance and dining area. The pub is open at 1 a.m. Monday-Saturday and is located at 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café welcomes former Bemidji artist Aryn Bergsven who explores the imagery of family and friends and the cyclical nature of relationships. 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 welcomes professional photographer Cal Rice and his work highlighting the beauty of Costa Rica. 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. is now serving featured wines of the month and is open seven days a week at 501 Paul Bunyan Dr. S.

- Gallery North invites the public to meet featured Showcase Artist Beverly Joslyn, a wildlife and portrait painter from Walker. Gallery North's website features member artists, artwork and information on upcoming events.

- Gallery X has on display an exhibit entitled, "Assemblage: A Collection of Beginning Sculptures" by students in the visual arts programs at BSU. The exhibit is of assemblages made of preformed natural or manufactured material, objects or fragments not intended as art materials. Gallery X is located in Room 125 of the BSU Education Arts Building and is open to the public during regular business hours.

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 522 America Ave. N.W., will host the art work of Eli Balbach, a junior visual arts major at BSU for the month of February. The exhibits are open during the regular Sunday events. Private viewing can be arranged by calling 751-9654.

- Saarens Productions invites the public to stop by the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. The Fleur de Lis Gallery has two new mixed media pieces by Phyllis Diller and the work of artists Al Belleveau, Keith Cich, Melissa Davidson, Terry Honstead, Don Zieman, DeeJay Arens, Roy C. Booth, Janet Burke, Marlon Davidson and 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 by Derrick Riley. The exhibit will be up through today, 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.

- 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 BSU. The gallery is located in the upper level of the Hobson Memorial Union on Birchmont Drive.

- The North Country Health Services Art Committee presents a group exhibition entitled, "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. The Towley's 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

- Wild Hare Coffee House and Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., has on display Malisa Van Maasdam's "Fowl Weather Friends," pen and ink drawings featuring Minnesota birds that do not migrate during the winter. Van Maasdam's work portrays the vitality of the birds that stay with us. Wild Hare is closed on Sunday.

- MacRostie Art Center, 405 First Ave. N.W., Grand Rapids, has on display the work of three Bemidji artists, Natalia Himmirska, Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson. The website is and phone number is 326-2697 for more information on hours of operation.

- 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.

Upcoming events

- Feb. 23, 6 p.m., "Atmosphere" and special guests at the Sanford Center Ballroom, Tickets are $21 at box office 218-441-4032.

- Feb. 26, Sean Fahrlander, Ojibwe storyteller at the Blackduck Public Library.

- Feb. 28, Back Porch series with Neal Hagberg at the Blackduck Public Library.

- March 12, 7:30 p.m., Monroe Crossing, Chief Theatre. Tickets on sale now at Oberbeeks, Brigid's Cross, Wild Hare Bistro and Headwaters School of Music and the Arts.

- March 19, 7 p.m., Thompson Recital Hall, The Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus. Tickets on sale now 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.

- March 25-April 3, "Little Women" at the Minnesota Folklore Theater, Akeley.

- 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