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Pioneer Previews: First Friday receptions offer variety of venues

First Friday receptions for June can begin at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W., where photography by Glenn Ferguson is on display until July 31. There is free admission to the exhibits every First Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and refreshments are served.

- Gallery North, 502 Third St. S.W., showcase artist of the month is Wanda Odegard who will be at the gallery during the 2-5 p.m. reception to debut her new collection of bronze jewelry. The featured gallery artist of the month is Colleen Hilts, a quilter and woodcarver, who will also talk about her work. For more information about both artists, see

- Bemidji Public Library Art Wall, 509 America Ave. N.W., has on display an exhibit of painting by members of Hope House, who will read from their published book, "Here and Not Forgotten." There will be a short reading at 3:30 p.m. during the 3-5 p.m. reception. This activity is funded, in part, by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.

- Fleur de Lis Gallery, 501 Bemidji Ave., will be open from 2-6 p.m. and has on display work by local, regional and national artists in a new exhibit rotation.

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., welcomes photographer John LaTourelle and his work using a variety of techniques and lenses to show a mix of urban lifestyle and the color and beauty of Northern Minnesota. Meet LaTourelle during the 3-5 p.m. reception. The First Friday Wine Bar with a new menu every month and libations to complement is from 5-9 p.m.

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., has on display "The Nature of Things," a collection of pieces from artists who have their own twist on the flora and fauna around us. The reception will be from 4-6 p.m.

- The Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., June artists are employees Jake Baggenstoss, Dee Blackowl and Barbra Huewe and their renderings in charcoal, photography and acrylic paintings. Meet the artists during the 4-6 p.m. reception.

- Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., June display is by wildlife and landscape artist Rock Bakken, who will talk about his work, "Power & Grace," at 6 p.m. The reception will run from 5-7 p.m. and Shop 426 will also be open.

- Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Dr. S., welcomes photographer Pat Rogness and her work of nature, fascinating people and the unique architecture of Mexico and Italy. Meet Rogness during the 5-7 p.m., reception.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., welcomes Erja Wiltse and her impressions of life in Ireland done in acrylics. Erja will be at the pub to answer questions from 6-9 p.m.

- Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. N.W., continues its exhibit of Joe Rossi's nature photography, "Recent Works" and Terry Honstead's collection of glass bead necklaces and earrings and hair pieces in the Bistro in Neilson Place through the month of June.

Musical events

- Jon Romer of Timeless Traditions will play the Native American flute today at the Sanford Center. Romer performs many of his own compositions and plays some of the flutes that he has made. The open house lasts from noon-3 p.m.; tours begin at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. and include the Bemidji State University Hockey Arena. This event is sponsored by Althea's Cakery, The Sanford Center and Venueworks.

- Live music with folk songwriter and acoustic guitar player James Moors will start at 8 p.m. Friday, June 3, at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub & Restaurant.

- The Northwoods Folk Collective First Friday at the Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. S.W., with June host Caige Jambor welcomes artists in all genres to share their work. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. but performers should arrive early to sign-up for a time slot.

- The first concert at the Lake Bemidji State Park amphitheater with Shylan Rose and Friends will begin at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 5. The concerts are free, but a state park sticker is required. This activity is funded, in part, by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.

Pecha Kucha

The Sixth Pecha Kucha Night (PKN) or 20X20 will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at the New City Ballroom (Hungry Bear). The presenters this week will show 20 images of an idea or topic about which they are passionate and will try to convince the audience members why they should also care about the topic. The event is free and open to the public; libations and other treats will be available for purchase.

Film showing

A film "Woven from the Land: Women, Prairie, Culture" at the Wild Rose Theater, under the auspices of the Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at 501 Bemidji Ave. Seventeen years in the making and with the voices of 18 Midwest Native and non-Native American rural women, the film is a poetic, personal narrative by film maker Teresa Konechne. No information at this time re: admission.

Audition call

Auditions for "Petite Rouge," a musical Canjun Red Riding Hood set in the Louisiana bayou country will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4, and noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at the Wild Rose Theater. Be prepared to audition with a memorized short poem and an upbeat song for the 10 minute interview. The production will be performed at the Beltrami County Courthouse stage at 7 p.m. July 27-31. Contact Belleveau at for an audition spot and time.

Thriller published

Roy C. Booth's sci-fi/horror thriller, "Diaphanous," the story of a perfect family jolted apart by the disappearance of one of its members is a throwback to the '50s and '60s creature horror films and is now available on Kindle. Congratulations to one of Bemidji's most prolific authors.


- MusiKamp for first-sixth-graders will be held from 8:30 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday, June 20-24 at First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave. N. The cost is $25 per child. The instructors will be Sarah Carlson and Karissa Korbel with guest clinician Andrew Miller, director of choral activities at Bismarck State University. Registration forms can be picked up at the church office.

- A Creative Art Camp for Kids, "Imagination Soars," sponsored by Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center, will be held from 1-4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday, June 20, 22 and 24, at Century Middle School, 501 Helton Ave. Park Rapids. The students will explore a variety of mediums in two- and three-dimensional art projects. For details and information on cost or to register contact Judy at 218-847-3519 or Class size is limited and the deadline to register is June 15. 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.

- Exploring Silk Painting Techniques will be offered with Jo Hill from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, and Thursday, June 16, at Hill's Studio, 15391 Cranberry Drive, Park Rapids. The class size is limited and the registration deadline is June 10. For details and information on cost or to register for the workshop contact Bickey Bender, 218-732-8679, cell: 218-616-0477 or This workshop is sponsored by the Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center in Park Rapids

- "Bringing in the Sheaves," a writing workshop with Heid Erdich, will be held from 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, June 18, in the lower level of the Arts Center in the Historic Carnegie Library Building, 426 Bemidji Ave. N. Writers at all stages and working in all genres will share a morning of guided writing and presentation of one to three pieces of writing that may or may not be headed toward a book manuscript. Participants will bring two or more works to read and discuss during the workshop. Space is limited, and the cost is $35 per person and $20 for students. Call 444-7570 to register or for more information. This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation and by the 2011 Bemidji Library Book Festival.

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