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Pioneer Previews: Cuellar to give 'It's Only Clay' lecture

The community lecture for the Ninth Annual "It's Only Clay," a national juried ceramics competition and exhibit will begin at 7 p.m. today at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave.

This year's juror, Guillermo Cuellar will speak about his journey from Venezuela to Minnesota and how the physical surroundings and spirit of community have influenced his work. The event is free and open to the public.

Time Change: Collaborating Within Arts Disciplines will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m., today, at Headwaters School for Music and the Arts.

First Friday of November events begin at the Beltrami County Historical Society, in conjunction with Gallery North. "Fall Reflections" is a collection of works by various artists celebrating the autumn season. Refreshments and free admission in the museum from noon to 4 p.m. on First Friday.

Also featured is the newest exhibit "Beltrami County in Mark Twain's Time," which explores what was happening in our county during the lifetime of America's celebrated author and humorist Mark Twain (1835-1910), as well as information about the fascinating man behind the pen name.

For history center hours, call 444-3376.

Gallery North, 502 3rd St., will open its annual Christmas Boutique with art work, fine crafts, hand painted ornaments and other items. Stop by during the opening reception for a cup of cider and browsing from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday.

Saarens Productions invites you to stop by the Wild Rose Theatre and Fleur de Lis Gallery at 501 Bemidji Ave. The Fleur de Lis Art Gallery announces new works by local artists Terry Honstead (watercolor, oil and mixed media), B. E. Jolly (watercolor, pen-and ink), Dee Anne Najjar (watercolor), Wanda Reise Odegard (oil) and Pat Shough/Sillimandi (watercolor and mixed media). Stop by to see the new rotation from 2 to 6 p.m. on First Friday. Any time the Fleur de Lis Gallery sign is outside the building, the venue is open to the public.

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, 523 Minnesota Ave., will present "Cat and Bird," by Alice Blessing, with color and light, birds become wild animals and cats become pets.

Join Alice at the opening reception from 3 to 5 p.m. After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare's own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar from 5-9 p.m., featuring a new menu every month with complementing libations.

Bad Cat Creations Gallery & Gifts featured artist for November is photographer Jon Heller and his exhibit, "I Shoot People." The collection of work shows experiments with artificial lighting and its effect on the mood and tone of his images. Meet the artist during the 4 to 6 p.m. opening reception and see a demonstration of some of his lighting gear. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique featuring Art & Fine Craft by over 60 different artists and is located at 315 Irvine Ave NW.

Bemidji Community Art Center will open the 9th Annual, "It's Only Clay," a national juried ceramics competition and exhibit. This year's exhibit will also include work by the 2011 IOC Juror Guillermo Cuellar. The Margaret Harlow Awards will be announced by Prof. Butch Holden and Cuellar will present the BCAC Placement Awards for the top three works in the exhibit at 6 p.m., during the 5 to 7 p.m. reception. IOC is co-sponsored by BCAC and Bemidji State University's Visual Arts Department. Support is provided by the Holiday Inn Express Bemidji and the BSU Ceramics Club. This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant provided by the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature. BCAC is free and open to the public. Visit the Art Center and Shop 426 from noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 pm. on Saturday at 426 Bemidji Ave. N.

Cabin Coffeehouse and Café will present Shannon Lucas-Westrum: Art and Inspiration in November. The art work is a combination of her fields of interest: weaving, beading, painting, drawing, warm and cold glasswork, metallurgy, collage and fiber arts. Her work is a way to inspire people to experiment and understand that art can take many forms. Meet Shannon during the 4 to 6 p.m. reception. The Cabin is open seven days a week at 214 3rd St. Also on display are the cards and paintings of resident artist Audrey Merschman.

Glazed and Amused, 311 3rd St., just across the street from the Cabin will present the work of two long-time friends, Norma Frisk and Sue Smith as their featured artists for November and December. They both started with a class in decorative folk painting and now Norma works in acrylics on metal, wood, cement and canvas. Sue works in all mediums including watercolor, acrylics and stained glass. Glazed and Amused is a paint your own ceramics studio open Tuesday through Saturday.

Northwoods Gallery and Framing, 318 3rd St. NW, will feature the work of wood cut artist and retired art teacher Don Houseman in November. The show is a collection of former work and new woodcuts from a recent show, "Making the First Cut." Meet Houseman and fellow artists Jane Freeman and Terry Honstead during the 4 to 6 p.m. reception.

Ramsey Gallery at BSU announces "Overlooked," an art show and sale. The show will feature student and faculty pieces and will run until Nov. 10. Meet the artists at the opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. at gallery located on the ground floor of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Center, Birchmont Drive and 14th Street.

Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St., will have an installation of Blueleaf Photographs by Melissa Moss. The photos are designed to help us to remember the times we share with others and the moments we see throughout our lives. The opening reception will be in December. The work is for sale and a price list is available at the reception desk.

Dunn Bros Coffee will present international award winning photographer Tom Dunn in November. The black and white exhibit includes images created in Austria, Luxembourg, Ireland, Belgium, Slovenia, the Netherlands and Minnesota. Meet Tom during the 5 to 7 p.m. opening reception. Dunn Bros Coffee is open seven days a week and is located at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S.

Rail River Folk School will present Wesley May and his "Let Me Tell You a Story...Interconnected," an installation of acrylic paintings and pencil drawings. Meet Wesley during the opening reception from 4 to 7 p.m. The venue is located at 303 Railroad St. SW, take the Irvine Street Bridge and turn left and go up the hill to the school. Stay around for the Northwood's Folk Collective Coffeehouse Open Mic when the community has an opportunity to share stories, songs, music and poetry with friends and neighbors in a supportive setting. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Performers should arrive early to sign-up for a time slot. This is an intergenerational event open to the public at no charge.

Talley Gallery at BSU presents Canadian sculptor Gregory Blair's exhibit, "The Unavowable Taxonomy" until Nov. 11. Blair's work is influenced by his idea that "nature" is a human construct developed as a means to define knowledge of the world. The Talley Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Located in room 212 of the Education Arts building on the campus of BSU, the building is barrier free and open at no charge to the public.

Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center in Park Rapids will host a reception for area artist Terri Young, the November and December Featured Artist from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday. In addition, Sandy Fynboh, glass and jewelry artist, and Mark Carlson, metal sculptor, will also have installations at the gallery for the same time frame.

Musical Events

Skillet "Alive and Awake Tour" with Disciple, We As Humans and Manafest, will be appearing at 6 p.m. today at the Sanford Center. A Christian alternative band, this two-time Grammy nominated group has scored seven consecutive No. 1 Christian radio singles. The tickets are on sale at the Sanford Center box office and at all Ticketmaster Outlets. Tickets are $46 for VIP, $24 (floor) and $18 (arena). The set-up is half stage and reserved floor, and parking will be $5 at the gate. Group discounts for 15 or more, call 441-4030.

Concordia College Orchestra will be performing at 7 p.m., Friday at Calvary Lutheran Church. This event is free and open to the public.

Luke Bryan's "Tailgates and Tanlines" show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sanford Center. Bryant will be joined on stage by Lee Bruce, Josh Thompson and Matt Mason, recently named CMT's Next Superstar. Ticket costs begin at $27.50 and may be purchased at, the Sanford Center box office and by phone 800-745-3000.

Tickets for Bemidji State University's 43rd Annual Madrigal Dinners are on sale now at the Madrigal Dinner Box Office in Bangsberg. Box office hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. All tickets are $36 each and include a Renaissance feast, royal pageantry from the Royal Court, wandering mistrals, cellar keepers and beggars and Recorder players. A masque (play) will be presented by the King's Players. Performances are at 7 p.m. Dec. 2, 3, 9 and 10 and a 5 p.m. performance Dec. 4 in the Beaux Arts Ballroom in Upper Hobson Memorial Union on the campus of BSU. Tickets are available only through advanced sale and can also be purchased by mail (Madrigal Tickets, Department of Music, 1500 Birchmont Drive NE No. 16, Bemidji, MN 56601) and include $2 for postage and handling. The Rose Ensemble of Saint Paul will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Thompson Recital Hall in Bemidji State's Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. The ensemble will feature "Songs of Temperance and Temptation: 100 Years of Restraint and Revelry in Minnesota." Prohibition will leap onto the stage as the show takes a look at the history and humor behind Minnesota's long-standing love/hate relationship with the saloon. Music will consist of 1920s jazz, Victorian waltzes, ragtime, and gospel. Tickets can be purchased for $12. Tickets for the performance are available at the door or at For more information call (651) 225-4340.

Theater Events

"Little Shop of Horrors," a dark comedy will open at Blackduck High School. A dinner theater performance will begin at 6:30 p.m. and reservations can be made by calling 218-835-5200. The performances during the weekend are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The production promises to be memorable as more than 40 students, faculty and employees of Anderson Fabrics have joined forces to build the elaborate prop and puppetry system necessary for the play. Tickets will be available at the door.

"The Belle of Amherst," a critically acclaimed one-woman play by William Luce will be performed by Rhoda Jackson at 7 p.m. Saturday at Long Lake Theater in Hubbard. A biographic glimpse at the life and of Emily Dickinson in her home town of Amherst, Mass., from 1830-1886, the play will highlight the poetry and musings of this prolific American writer. Tickets in advance are $10 at Beagle Books in Park Rapids and $15 at the door.

The Second Annual Art Festival, a sale of juried fine arts and crafts will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the New City Ballroom, 2300 24th St. NW. Explore the talent and creativity of our local fine arts and craft artisans: pottery, paintings, photography, woodworking, up-cycled art, jewelry, stained glass and more. This event is free and open to the public.

Upcoming Events

E "Same Kind of Different as Me," Bemidji Public Library book discussion at 12 p.m., Monday and 7 p.m. Nov.10 in recognition of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

- Brian Miller and Randy Gosa with Minnesota Lumberjack Songs at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

- Bemidji Symphony Orchestra with flutist Carol Wincenc in the second concert of this season, "American Lessons." The concert will begin at 3 p.m. Nov. 13 at Bemidji High School. Tickets on sale now at Luekens Village Foods North and Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant: $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 college students with valid ID, students K-12 are admitted free.