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Pioneer Previews for Sept. 9: Fundraisers, releases dominate arts scene

BEMIDJI – After a brief hiatus, the arts scene in and around Bemidji is getting into high gear with fund raisers, film, book and CD releases, art leaps and theatre productions in view.

Shyanne Kaml, a young singer who has appeared in productions for the Paul Bunyan Playhouse and Bemidji Community Theater, is celebrating the release of her first CD at 4 p.m. today at the Eagles Club, 1270 Neilson Ave. SE. The concert will feature Sonny Johnson as the opener with Shyanne and the Smokehouse Band taking the spotlight at 4:30. Copies of the CD, “Confess,” with some original songs by Shyanne, will be on sale at the event.

Vikings and voyaguers

The Bemidji Public Library will host a program by author Jack Salmela on Minnesota history at 7 p.m. Thursday in the main reading room. A costumed Salmela will present a slide show about the many artifacts from this area. This Legacy Event is free and open to the public.


If you haven’t bought your tickets to the fourth annual Desserts by Design! at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Hungry Bear Ballroom, better hurry. A sold-out event every year, patrons of the sweet tooth and this Bemidji Symphony Orchestra fundraiser will enjoy gourmet desserts, fanciful to exquisitely decorated tables, wine, live music by some of the BSO players and silent and live auctions. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased by calling Jeannette Halcrow at 444-2689 this week. Just a reminder, no tickets will be sold at the door. Riverwood Bank is a corporate sponsor of this event.


A call is out for writers and artists of all ages to a Wizard from the Woods Workshop on Sept. 15 at Bemidji State Park. An event to be given by the Imagination Workshop, participants will learn to recognize their inner wizard by choosing a figure from wooden elements in a range of sizes and expressions. This family friendly event will begin at 1 p.m. with a look-over to be followed by a draw-along from 2-2:30 p.m. and then a writing workshop telling about inner wizards from 3-4 p.m. The day will end with a “tell the world” session from 4-5:30 p.m., when stories will be told and pictures will be shown. All activities will take place at the Swimming Beach Pavilion, rain or shine. For more information on the workshop, contact or call 763-442-9349.


Bemidji jewelry artist, Monica Hansmeyer, is a September guest exhibitor at the Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center, 311 Main Ave. S, Park Rapids. Hansmeyer specializes in etched, hand fabricated, silver and gold jewelry set with unique stones.


And speaking about Park Rapids, their Art Leap for 2012 will begin at 11 a.m. Sept. 22-23 with locations ranging from artists as far west as the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge on Minnesota Highway 34 to Walker on the eastern edge; and starting from Wolf Paw Gallery on Minnesota Highway 71 to the artists in the Park Rapids environs. An event well worth visiting because of the range of the activities from art work to musical events, with such well known artists as mosaic artists Gary and Marsha Wolff, sculptor Paul Albright to the Terry Young Studio located at the Y Steak House.


Socializing on the plaza of the George W. Neilson Convention Center will be 4:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 for the first ever “Shake by the Lake” at the Sanford Center. CrossWater will be playing for the guests who will be enjoying libations and appetizers on the outdoor plaza. To access this free event, enter gate 4.


Alison Scott with Kevin Bowe and the Okemah Prophets will be performing at Bemidji State University from 8-10:30 p.m. Sept. 28 on the BSU’s Oak Lawn. This will be Bowe’s first appearance at BSU and Scott appeared solo this part winter.


When the Mask and Rose Women’s Theater Collective began just a few years ago, founder Cate Belleveau promised to bring to Bemidji works displaying the strength and creativity of women from around the world. After a stint teaching in an unpronounceable Slavic nation, Belleveau is back full-force with her mission. On Oct. 13-14, theater goers will experience the story “TIZI OUZOU” as written and performed by Taous Claire Khazem and directed by Zarawaar Mistry. Tizi Ouzou is a story of a young Algerian-American girl who travels to North Africa to find her roots. All the characters will be played by Khazem to the pulse of Berber and Algerian music. This dinner theater experience is suitable for ages 12 and up and will last for about 60 minutes. It is underwritten by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment. More information will follow on ticket prices and exact location to follow.

art exhibits

A complete listing of the September installations may be found at


It is less than a month away – BSO’s concert “Music and Change” featuring young artists from and around Bemidji. “Music and Change” begins at 3 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Bemidji High School Auditorium.

At the end of October, Bemidji will welcome many visitors to the annual Studio Cruise, a unique event where artists welcome the public to their ateliers. More information to follow.