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Pioneer Previews: State requests artists to participate in survey

Minnesota Arts Count Census is asking artists in all media - dance, theater, writing, painting, sculpting, photography, etc. are being asked to complete an online survey, no matter how well or how publicly talents are shared. Be proud and be counted! Go to to take the short survey. It is important to be counted in this survey, and the deadline has been extended. Hard copies of the surveys are available at the Region2 Arts Council office, 426 Bemidji Ave. N.

Sculpture Walk

Bemidji Sculpture Walk 13th Annual Juried Public Art Exposition will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Hampton Inn and Suites with the Award Ceremony for the current statues now on display. The winners will receive a cash prize for the 2010 People's Choice Award of $1,000; Critic's Choice Award of $500; Critic's Choice Runner-up $250 and an Honorarium of $300 to all 2010 participating artists. Following the award ceremony will be the Beavers Auction, which will begin at 6 p.m. Kevin Cease will call the bidding on each of the 11 unique artworks; 2D work of local artists created on the 3D beaver totems. The artists will receive 30 percent of the final price to reimburse materials and labor. The remaining 70 percent will go toward sustaining the Bemidji Sculpture Walk Fund. This annual event is free and open to the public with good food, drinks and pleasant company. There will be a cash bar at the Hampton Inn. Tell your friends, out-of-towners and in-towners, art lovers and public arts supporters. Registration for the auction will begin at 4 p.m. All of the 11 beavers will be sold to the highest bidders.


Get a free ticket now at the Bemidji Public Library for "Telling Tales with Kevin Kling." Kling's storytelling is appreciated internationally, but here in Minnesota, most notably on Minnesota Public Radio's "All Things Considered." An evening with Kevin Kling will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, May 20, at the historic Chief Theatre, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W. This program is part of the Kitchigami "Say It, Sing It" Storytelling Project with funding from the State of Minnesota Legacy Amendment, Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Open house

Stanford Center Open House will be held from noon-3 p.m. today with musical entertainment by pianist Abe Hunter whose repertoire includes classical, contemporary and jazz music. The center welcomes you to enjoy free complimentary coffee from Dunn Bros. Coffee, beignets from head chef Bill Downs, a gourmet cup cake from Althea's Cakery. Tours of the facility begin at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Stop by to see what the buzz is all about at Bemidji's new event center. This event is sponsored by Althea's Cakery, The Sanford Center and Venueworks.

TV series

On this week's episode of "Common Ground," a magazine show that demonstrates the creative process of various artists living in this region, will air at 7 p.m. Thursdays on Lakeland Public TV. This week the show travels to Deer River to check out the White Oak Classic Dog Sled Race and Antique Snowmobile Collectors share their live to restoring snowmobiles in Breezy Point. The Sons of Norway will share how they celebrate Scandinavian heritage by preserving the language, food and music. 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 online at This activity is funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Toastmasters event

An Ice Cream Social will honor Paul Kief's 50-plus years in Toastmasters, International at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at the Cabin Coffee House, 214 Third St. N.W., .All past, present and future Toastmaster members are invited to attend. Bemidji Toastmasters group meets each Tuesday at noon in Lueken's North conference room.

Book event

The Bemidji State University's American Indian Resource Center will host an Ojibwe book event at 7 p.m. Friday, May the center. The event will feature12 contributors discussing the Ojibwe language books, discussions about current efforts to revitalize the Ojibwe language and opportunity to share entertaining and inspiring stories from some of the best Ojibwe speakers in the area. The first 20 attendees will receive a free copy of "Ezichigeyang."

Blackduck art

The Blackduck High School Student Art Show will hold a reception from 4-6:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, at the Blackduck Area History Center's Tin Pan gALLErY, Main and Margaret Streets.

Poetry reading

The final event of the Indian Poetry Reading Series with Jamison C. Mahto will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, at the Cabin Coffee House and Café. Mahto will read from his third edition of "Blues for Franklin Avenue." Other local poets will also have an opportunity to read from their own works. This event is free and open to the public.

Musical events

- Kent Dudley, known in the Bemidji Area for his musical talent and ministry to the elderly and bereaved, will debut his new CD that includes songs and lyrics 25 years in the making. Join Kent at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at Goldpine Home, 1700 30th St. N.W., for a free concert. There will be a reception and signing for those who wish to buy the CD which will be on sale for $10.

- Third Thursdays in Park Rapids will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 19 with author Jess Lourey reading at Beagle Books, 112 Third St. W.; Stu Hoffman playing piano in the style of George Winston from 5-6:30 p.m. at Bella Caffe, 116 Third St. W.; Alex Ziemann playing and singing classic rock from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Good Life Café, 220 South Main Ave.; and Richard Sederstrom reading from his book of new poems, "Folly, A Book of Last Summers" from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Blank Canvas Gallery & Education Center, 311 South Main Ave. 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.

- Foot Stomping with local talent will be held from 8-11 p.m. Friday, May 21 at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant. The Friday Night Hippie Hour is an accidental convergence of fiercely talented, no-apology-needed local musicians who are not yet ready to quit their day jobs. With a shared love of Dylan and other similar artists, the group will perform in hard-driving vocals, hot guitars, powerful percussion and screaming fiddles. Brigid's kitchen is open until 9 p.m.

- "Clicks, Claps and Klunks," will be performed by the Minnesota Percussion Trio at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Blackduck Golf Course. The MN Percussion Trio will use buckets, claves, paper, tin cans and body percussion to display the creativity of today's composers. A MN Library Legacy event, this concert is free and open to the public.

- The June 3 and 4 Opera Night Gala reservations are being taken now by Fulton Gallagher, Director. Always a fine evening of dining and music: a five course dinner and grand singing of arias from traditional operatic selections and a special group of Gilbert and Sullivan songs. For a complete listing of the dinner selections, please see Staff Blogs on home page of Bemidji and scroll down to Bemidji Arts News or Tickets are $60 each for dinner in the Garden Room at Ruttger's Birchmont Lodge and fine musical entertainment. Always a sell-out, reserve early: or call 586-2536.

Upcoming events

"Styx" Live in Concert, a favorite rock band of the late '70s will be on stage at the Sanford Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 28. "Come Sail Away" with Styx: tickets range from $$5 to $25 with luxury suites for 16 people starting at $820 (including tickets). Tickets are available now at Ticketmaster of the Sanford Center Box Office, 218-441-4000.

- The Bemidji Library Book Festival the week of June 13 to 18 with 16 author presentations.

- Rosana Saberi will speak about her book, "Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran" at 7 p.m., Friday, June 17 at Bemidji High School Auditorium. Free tickets available now at the Bemidji Public Library.


- Creative Art Camp for home schooled students ages 6-12 will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., May 24 and 25 at the Nemeth Art Center, 301 Center Ave. in Park Rapids. Students will create two and three dimensional projects for entry to the youth July art show. Public school students may also apply. For details and information on cost, check the Black Canvas Gallery website: Class size is limited, and the deadline is Friday, May 20. This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant provided by Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.

- Minnesota Folklore Theater will present a two-week Summer Youth Theater Workshop from June 12-19 for students age 10 through incoming high school seniors. Beth Grafenstein and Emily Meyer will prepare students for a final production of "The Wizard of Oz" after the initial week's workshops on vocal auditions, vocal technique, script writing, lighting, set and props, costumes, and front of house duties like publicity and tickets. The workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Saturday and will be limited to 25 youth, and the fee is $15. Interested persons may contact Minnesota Folklore Theater for more information and a registration form at 652-2666 or The activity is funded, in whole or in part, by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by the Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.

- A writing group for teens will meet for six weeks at the Nemeth Center (formerly known as the North Country Museum of Arts), 301 Court St., Park Rapids. Open to teens from 14 to 18, the workshop will focus on writing tips and ideas and learning the fine art of giving helpful feedback. The workshop will be lead by writer and author Cynthia Ekren from 10 a.m.-noon, beginning Monday, June 13. The cost is $60 and some scholarships are available through Friends of the Library. Interested writers should contact Ekren at 218-652-4257 or The group will be limited.

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