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Pioneer Previews: Bemidji Sculpture Walk awards around the corner

The Bemidji Sculpture Walk Reception and award ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at the Blue Ox Bar and Grill. Information on how to vote for your favorite installation for 2011 is in today's Pioneer.

Please vote for your favorite, because the winner will receive a $1,000 prize for the People's Choice Award. The new pieces for the 2012 sculpture walk should be in place by the end of May.

Bagley Art in the Park

Artists interested in displaying their work at the 25th annual Bagley Art in the Park July 14, should apply now, as the deadline is quickly approaching. This is a juried show. The exhibitor fee is $30 per booth space, and the fee will be returned if the artist is not selected to exhibit work. The deadline to apply is June 12. For more information on how to apply, visit www and click on the Community Events tab. You can also email bagley.artinthe or call 766-5808.

Artists' group to meet

The Northern Artist Association monthly meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Eagles Club, 1270 Neilson Ave. SE. Mary Morton will give a rosemaling demonstration. The public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be available to purchase. For details, call 759-2952.


- "The Belle of Amherst," a one-woman show based on the life and poetry of Emily Dickenson, will be reprised by Rhoda Jackson at 3 p.m. June 9 and 10 at the Long Lake Theater. More information can be found on the theater's website at or by calling 218-732-0099. Reservations are recommended.

- Long Lake Theater in Hubbard has just released its upcoming summer shows: "Over the River and Through the Woods" by Joe DiPietro, June 6-30; "Don't Hug Me County Fair," a musical by Phil and Paul Olson, July 5 through Aug. 4, and "Barefoot in the Park" by Neil Simon, August 8-25.

- Loon Opera Company has released information on the upcoming opera, "Madama Butterfly" by Puccini, on its website at Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. June 28 and June 30 in the Bemidji High School Auditorium. The production will be performed in Italian with English supertitles, fully staged with a full orchestra composed of musicians from the Bemidji, St. Cloud and Grand Forks symphony orchestras. The orchestras and singers will perform under the baton of Matthew Goinz. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at Kelsey's Jewelry in downtown Bemidji or by calling 218-368-8805. All tickets are $25 for general seating.

The guest artists will be Darla Diltz as Cio-Cio San; Kirk Dougherty as B. F. Pinkerton; Daniel Scofield as Sharpless; Allison La Pointe as Suzuki and Phong Nguyen as Goro. The full biographies can be accessed on the website. Local singers Mark Christensen, Karissa Korbel, Julia Lamon and Michael Lamon will make up the chorus core. This production is made possible in part by grants from the Region 2 Arts Council and the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

- The annual Blackduck Student Art Show will be on display May 19 through 26 at the Tin Pan gALLErY of the Blackduck History Center, Main and Margaret Avenues. An Open House is planned from 4-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 23. The public is invited to attend.

- May Art Installations; A complete listing of all the artists and venues can be accessed on the home page of the Bemidji Community Arts Center at

Upcoming events

- Anton Treuer will speak about his newest book, "Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask," at 7 p.m. May 29 at the Bemidji Public Library.

- The Bemidji Church Musicians 2012 Summer Recital Series will be June 6 through Aug. 29.

- The Bemidji Library Book Festival, June 11-16, will feature keynote author and polar explorer Ann Bancroft as keynote speaker at 7 p.m. June 15 in the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Free tickets are available now at the Bemidji Public Library and Headwaters School of Music and the Arts.