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Pioneer Previews: Park Rapids to host studio tours

The first of two area studio tours will be held this coming weekend in the Park Rapids area.

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council will be hosting the 2011 Art Leap, a driving tour of artists' studios and other cultural destinations on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24 and 24. The Art Leap includes studio visits, live performances, theater arts tour and museum displays, a visit to Forestedge Winery and Gallery, Itasca State Park and Native Harvest and Minwanjige Café. Artists who will welcome visitors to their studios will include Marsha and Gary Wolff, Paula Jensen, Judy and Jerry Wegenast and Sandra Fynboh of Blue Sky Beads. For complete information on all the activities and maps, please see the website or Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center, The Chamber of Commerce and the Community Education Office. Funding for Art Leap is provided, in part, by Itasca-Mantrap's Operation Round Up and a Region 2 Arts Council grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund supported by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.

Musical comedy

"Deer Camp the Musical," a lighthearted comedy about four friends and their escapades at a deer camp in northern Minnesota, will be presented at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in the Bemidji High School auditorium, 2500 Division St. N.W. The original cast of Michael Johnson, Randy Soltis, Brad Busse and Mike Harens with John Theis as understudy will appear in Bemidji as part of a year-long Minnesota tour sponsored by Great North Show Providers. Written by Gene Jurek of St. Cloud and Doug Spartz of Pine River, the original songs include "We're Mighty Hunters" and "She's Playing Bingo" all sung by a merry band of losers who have never brought home a deer in 30 years. Advance tickets of $23 may be purchased locally at MarketPlace Foods and both Lueken's Village Foods locations. Tickets at the door will be $26.

Mark Twain

"Mark Twain," as portrayed by Richard Garey of Hannibal, Mo., will be performed at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at Bemidji High School. The show authentically recreates the famous Mark Twain shows of 100 years ago as it combines comedy, biting satire and drama by a respected humorist and philosopher. The show is suitable for all ages and tickets are $15 and on sale now in the main office just inside the front door of BHS. Office hours are from 7:20 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Barney show

Birthday Bash! with Barney Live in Concert when Barney & Friends arrive in Bemidji Sept. 24. This musical production encourages sharing, caring and imagination through the power of song, dance and the beloved cast of characters including dino pals Baby Bop, BJ and Riff. The shows will be performed at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Sanford Center, 111 Event Center Drive N.E., Bemidji. Tickets are $15 and $20, and there are a limited number of $25 Gold Circle Seats and $50 Dino Seats Packages (front row seats and a pre-show meet and greet with Barney.) A facility fee of $1 may be added to all ticket prices, additional fees and discounts may apply. For more information, call the Sanford Center Box Office at 441-4032. To charge tickets by phone, please call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Tickets may also be purchased online at Tickets are on sale now.

Talley Gallery

"Forays into Abstraction," with artist Dick Roberts will open with a reception at noon Tuesday, Sept. 20, in the Talley Gallery of Bemidji State University, Education Arts Building, Birchmont Drive Northeast. Roberts will give a gallery talk on abstract painting and how the average viewer does not think about contrast, composition, tension, texture, scale or the juxtaposition of colors in their search for a familiar image. The installation will be up until Oct. 14 in Room 212, which is barrier free and open at no charge to the public. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 4p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday.

BSO meeting

The Bemidji Symphony Board will hold its annual meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in the Lueken's North conference room. All musicians and season ticket holders are encouraged to attend. The agenda includes election of new BSO board members and a review of the past season.

BAAE fundraiser

Bemidji Area Arts Endowment will hold its Eighth Annual Oom Pah for the Arts from 6-10 p.m. Friday Sept. 30, at the Hungry Bear Banquet & Conference Center, 2300 24th St. N.W. Tickets are $50 ($35 tax deductible donation) and include wine and beer tasting, a German dinner, and music provided by Dennis Doeden, "Tuba" Jim Thompson and friends. BAAE is a component fund of Northwest Minnesota Foundation dedicated to the support of the arts in the Bemidji area and this is their major fundraiser to support the grants and scholarships given yearly in support of string students, arts events and artists. Please contact Chair Mike Tangen, at 444-8310 or any board member for tickets.


- The Bemidji Community Arts Center and the Textile Center of Minneapolis will be hosting two workshops during October. To find out location and to register, contact Cindy or Lori at BCAC, 444-7570 or

- Bead Embroidery class will be led by Jo Wood, who will demonstrate basic bead embroidery stitches. Participants will create a wearable work of art chosen from one of four seasonal designs: spring, summer, autumn and winter. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 1, and the first eight students to sign up will be free. The remaining seven students will need to pay a materials fee of $30. The maximum number for the class is 15 and the deadline to register is Saturday, Sept. 24.

- Things with String, a three-hour children's class with Lynn Cooper will be held from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 15. From braids to knots to twisted cords, there are lots of ways to turn yarn into fiber art. Participants will create custom yarns, learn how to finger knit and learn kumihimo, a Japanese eight-stranded braid. This class is free and open to 25 students, ages 8 and older.

- Pottery Classes for those 14 and older will be offered from 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays Oct, 3, 10, 17 and 24, at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. Potter Tom Daley will instruct the basics of clay and start off with hand building and move into basic wheel throwing. The cost is $50 and reservations may be made by calling 444-5606.

- Brass Choir with Jeff Sands for adults who play a brass instrument and would like to participated in the annual TubaChristmas event at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Paul Bunyan Mall. The classes will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 3-Nov. 28. The cost of the class is $40. Reservations may be made by calling 444-5606.

- Writer's Workshop from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 8, will be held at a location to be announced. Susan Hauser will lead a three-hour workshop for participants who will learn some ways to read their writing the way that others do; recognition of values and meanings expressed in the work. The workshop will introduce techniques for discovering both literal and metaphorical meaning in participant's writings. Participants will be asked to bring a five page writing sample: poetry or prose (fiction, creative non-fiction, essay, letter, etc.). Participants will be reading their work and discussing values and meanings expressed in it. Space is limited and the fee is $35 for adults and $20 for students with a valid ID. For more information or to register, contact Bemidji Community Arts Center at 444-7570 or

- Beginning Telemark Rosemaling workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 3 and 4, with Shirley Evenstad at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Clearbrook. The cost is $30 and the registration deadline is Sept. 15. Send check to R2AC.

- Fiber workshop will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 13, 20 and 27, at Debs Community Center, Debs, with Marilyn Lee. Participants will create a Paul and Babe pillow or wall hanging, learn the appliqué technique and special sewing and finishing techniques. The cost is $30 and the registration deadline is Oct. 6 and includes materials. Send check to R2AC.

September exhibits

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts is featuring mixed media artist Maria Thompson's college work, "People I Should Have Met," was inspired by the poetry of W.H. Auden. This shop is a boutique which features art and fine craft by more than 60 artists and an eclectic selection of fun gifts and contemporary accessories. Bad Cat is located at 315 Irvine Ave. N.W.

- Bemidji Community Arts Center is hosting "Land by Hand: Fiber Artists Explore Place," innovative work by Minnesota artists using fiber art processes: felting, tapestry, weaving, batik, basketry, art quilting, beading, sculptural fiber, etc. Located at 426 Bemidji Ave., the center is open noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and is free.

- Bemidji Public Library Art Wall features Doug Zuehlsdorff and his exhibit "Strokes - People and Places." The library is open six days a week at 509 America Ave. N.W.

- Cabin Coffee House and Café is featuring local mural artist Maureen O'Brien whose work reflects her belief that a sense of peacefulness comes from being surrounded by nature - woods, fields, streams, lakes and seas. Also on display is the work of resident artist Audrey Merschman's cards, watercolors and oils. The Cabin is located at 214 Third St. N.W. and is open seven days a week

- Chasing the Wind Photography, 323 Beltrami Ave. N.W., has on exhibit landscape and wildlife photos, cards and framed originals by Brian Gund.

- Dunn Bros Coffee is holding over Fargo photographer Lois Bednar. Bednar's black and white photos emphasize designs, textures and contrast. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive. S.

- Fleur de Lis Gallery, 501 Bemidji Ave., has the work of local, regional and national artists in a new exhibit rotation. Gallery hours are 2-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturdays.

- Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., is featuring DuWayne Shwindt of Rako Woods and his exhibit of Intarsia designed wood inlay projects.

- Glazed and Amused, 311 Third St. N.W., a family-owned, paint-your-own ceramic studio, is showcasing Mike Mohler and his exhibit "Mike's Unique Take on Life" of large scale mixed media caricatures.

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 522 America Ave. N.W., welcomes potter Cyrus Swann, graduate of BSU's visual arts department, and his recent wall-works. This exhibit is only open Sundays; for other days, call 751-9654 for an appointment.

- BSU's Hobson Memorial Union is hosting "Self Portrait," a five piece work that features four intaglio prints showing the evolution of a complete print and the original copper plate used to create the prints. This work is by the late Eugene Dalzatto, a former faculty member of Bemidji State University's fine art faculty. The Union is located at 1500 Birchmont Drive N.E.

- Neilson Place, 1000 Anne. St. N.W., is continuing the Mary Lingen landscapes installation until the end of October. A price list is available at the front desk and Neilson Place is open to the public for viewing until 8 p.m. every day.

- Northwoods Gallery and Frame Shop, 218 Third St. N.W., features original art work from Jane Freeman, Kathy Gustafson, Pat Shough/Sillimandi, Don Houseman, Duane Shoup, Terry Honstead and Pat Schnell showcasing watercolor, acrylic, pastel, oil, stained glass, woodcarvings, books and cards. Northwoods Gallery is open six days a week.

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., is showcasing Wisconsin artist and Bemidji native Mali Mattson's mobiles, formed of metal and colorful handmade papers. Wild Hare is open six days a week.

- A revolving exhibit of work from local and national artists can be seen at Tutto Bene in downtown Bemidji.

- Maps for the installations of the Bemidji Sculpture Walk can be had at the Tourist Information Center.

Ongoing events

- Pub Trivia at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, Mondays at 7:30. Free to play.

- Open stage at 7:30 p.m. third Wednesdays for writers, poets and dreamers with Patty Byers at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub.

- Open Stage at 8 p.m. Thursdays for performing artists and writers with host Drew Jacobson at Brigid's Cross.

- Northern Artist Association meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the Eagles Club, 1270 Nielson Ave. S.E. The public is invited to attend. For details, 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