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First Friday Art Walk: Displays, receptions scheduled

Pat Shough, left, is donating a giclee painting, “Sam and Ella, the Last Straw,” to generate food and funds for the Bemidji Community Food Shelf. Shough teamed up with Don Andree, owner of Ravenrock Gallery of Jewelry and Fine Art, for the drawing at the gallery during First Friday’s Art Walk. A reception for Shough will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday. To sign up for the drawing, entrants must donate an item to the food shelf today or Friday. Ravenrock will also donate 5 percent of sales Friday to the Food Shelf.

Pioneer Staff Report

BEMIDJI – Numerous events are planned for First Friday in December.

Here is a short description of the planned events:

-- Gallery North will display the work of Showcase Artist Ric Daly, whose works include burlap and copper panels, framed painted burlap and hand painted tiles. The featured artist is Kathy Sanders, who will have a display of gourd art, oil paintings, wire art and jewelry. Meet the artists at the opening reception from 2-5 p.m. at 502 3rd St. NW.

-- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse is showcasing the ceramics of Bemidji State University fine arts graduate Cyrus Swann in December and January. Stop by the 3-5 p.m. reception at 523 Minnesota Ave. N. There will be no First Friday Wine Bar in December and January.

-- Cabin Coffee House & Cafe presents area artist Wesley May and his show, “LET ME TELL YOU A STORY.” May will talk about this installation with the theme of bringing an awareness of the creator in our lives. Local acoustic musician Sonny Johnson will be providing accompaniment to May’s live painting demonstration during the 5-7 p.m. reception Dec. 14 at 214 3rd St. NW.

-- Glazed and Amused is holding an open house for local artist Tawnee Geller. Meet Geller during the 5:30-7:30 p.m. reception at 311 3rd St. NW.

-- Dunn Bros. Coffee presents Mark J. Harlow, a national award winning nature photographer who uses natural light to capture his images. Meet Harlow at the opening reception from 5-7 p.m. at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S.

-- Ravenrock Gallery of Jewelry and Fine Art will be holding a reception from 4-7 p.m. for two of Studio 10 artists. Pat Shough will display her latest watercolor and acrylic painting and will donate a giclee print of “Sam and Ella-The Last Straw” to one lucky winner. Entrants need to bring one item for the Bemidji Food Shelf to Ravenrock between now and Friday to have their name included in the drawing. The winner will be announced at 6 p.m. during the opening reception.

-- Doug Zuehlsdorff will be on hand to sign his most recent published work in the book, “Strokes of Genius 4.” Meet both artists at 1000 Paul Bunyan Drive NW, Suite 102.

-- Bemidji Community Arts Center presents the Annual Holiday Open House from 4-7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Free gift wrap, holiday refreshments and more await the visitor. BCAC and Shop 426 are at 426 Bemidji Ave. N, the upper level of the historic Carnegie Library. The 10th annual “It’s Only Clay” national juried exhibit will be in place through Dec. 22 with much of the pieces available for purchase.

-- Rail River Folk School will welcome Eli Balbach with “Cultural Milk,” a surrealistic look at northern heritage, as the featured artist of the month. Meet Balbach during the 5-7 p.m. reception at 303 Railroad St. SW (over the Irvine St. Bridge and left up the hill). The Second Saturday of the month Art Gala will be held from 5-9 p.m. the following day. All of the above receptions are free and open to the public.

-- The Northwoods Folk Collective Open Stage, an intergenerational gathering, with host Drew Warne-Jacobson will begin with sign-ups from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and start time of 7:30 p.m. at the Rail River Folk School.

E Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave., is hosting an exhibit of the seventh- and eighth-grade students from Schoolcraft Learning Center. The works are pen and ink drawings of invasive species that were studied in science class.

E Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Avenue Ave. N., is hosting “Retrospective” by Susan Kedzie through Dec. 16.

E Neilson Place installation, “Translations: The View of Two Artists” is the work of watercolor artist Jane Freeman and D. L. Houseman’s woodcuts and acrylics capture iconic rural landscapes. The exhibit is open to the public during regular visitation hours at 1000 Anne St. NW.