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Pioneer Previews for Jan. 27: Bemidji Poetry Slam being planned

BEMIDJI – The second event of the Bemidji Poetry Slam will begin with a 7 p.m. Feb. 5 reading by Todd Boss who appeared during the Bemidji Book Festival in June 2012.

Boss will read some of his work and also include a presentation on his motion poems; poems set to film. Last June the audience saw his work in the video “The God of our Farm had Blades.” This part of the program is appropriate for all ages.

The rest of the evening, after a short intermission, will begin with an 8 p.m. poetry slam when contestants will recite or read a three minute or less piece of their original work. Each contestant should be prepared with three poems in case they make it to the final round. Judges will rate each contestant on a scale of 1-10; 50 percent on content and 50 percent on performance. The three finalists after the third round will be awarded $75, $50 and $25 prizes depending on place. Poets may pre-register at the library, 751-3963; any open slots may be taken starting at 6:30 p.m. until all time slots are filled. 

This part of program is not appropriate for young children as there will be adult content.

The Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW, will host this event and it is open to the public at no charge.

Hi-Def Opera

The committee that has been working hard at bringing Hi-Def Opera to Bemidji is asking people who want to be on the email list to email Just enter your name and email address in the body, no need to enter a subject.

You will receive information about the upcoming performances of “Carmen” and “La Boheme” and any other special events related to these showings.


A reception and award ceremony for Emily Wendland will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at the Talley Gallery, in Room 212 of Bensen Hall on the campus of Bemidji State University.

Wendland has received the Eugene Dalzotto Purchase Award for the 2012-2013 academic school year. Her exhibit, “Transcendental Terrain” features sculptural, ceramic, painted and illustrated works. It opened in November and will be in place until Feb. 2.


First Friday events begin at Gallery North which welcomes two people as their showcase artists for February: Luke Hagen’s pen and ink illustrations and Fred Schrupp’s fantasy digital art. Meet the artists during the 2-5 p.m. reception at 502 3rd St. NW.

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will have on display the work of Malisa VanMaasdam and her pen and ink images on paper, fibers and multiple other media to define the layers of Minnesota’s furry and feathered friends. Aptly named, “Layers,” the artist will be there to meet greet and discuss her work during the 3-5 p.m. reception at 523 Minnesota Ave. NW. A First Friday dinner from 5-9 p.m. will feature international delicacies with libations to match at the Bistro after the First Friday reception.

Cabin Coffee House and Café welcomes Tawnee Geller and her exhibit “Open Your Eyes,” paintings in various genre: oils, acrylics and inks of her interpretation of the details of nature. Meet Geller during the 5-7 p.m. reception at 214 3rd St. NW.

Glazed and Amused presents “Minnesota through the Seasons” by AJ Dombeck, a collection of nature photographs of wildflowers and wildlife. Meet Dombeck during the 5-6 p.m. reception at 311 3rd St. NW.

Bemidji Community Arts Center will reopen after a mid-winter hiatus with “Cultures in Change: Photography of Bhutan and Cuba” by Cal Rice. The pictures are from two different photo safaris to the mountain kingdom of Bhutan and the island nation 90 miles off the coast off the Florida Keys. Rice will give an artist’s talk at 6 p.m. during the 5-7 p.m. reception at 426 Bemidji Ave. N.

Dunn Bros Coffee will display the work of employee and artist Amanda Brueggemeier and her mixed media exhibit “Home,” an interpretation of what home means to her. Meet the artist during the 5-7 p.m. reception at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S.

Rail River Folk School welcomes Gary Hill and his collection “Folk Art Fish,” drawings, paintings and prints taken from nature in the past year. Meet Hill during the 5-7 p.m. reception at 303 Railroad St. SW, Suite B. Drive over the Irvine Street Bridge and turn left up the hill to the buildings.

All of the artist’s receptions above are open to the public at no charge.

Northwoods Folk Collective’s open mic will begin at 7:30 p.m. with sign-ups to perform starting at 6:30 p.m. for singers, poets, musicians, et al.

Art Exhibits

The Jane Freeman and D. L. Houseman installation, “Translations: The Views of Two Artists” is on display through the end of February at Neilson Place, located at Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne St. NW.


Free Warm Your Heart with a Little Art Classes at Gallery North starting in February include:

– Wire Wrapping Pendant; 1-3 p.m. Feb. 2 with Jeanie Fenner.

– Tatting on Cards; 1-3 p.m. Feb.6 with Marie Hamre.

– Copper Tooling; 1-3 p.m. Feb. 8 with Diana J. Collison-Jones.

– Beginning Watercolor;1-3 p.m. Feb. 11 with Marion Reil

– Tatting Basics; 1-3 p.m. Feb. 15 with Marie Hamre.

– Huck Weaving; 1-3 p.m. Feb. 19 with Julie Johnson.

– Beading; 1-3 p.m. Feb. 22 with Curtis Schagunn.

– Ukrainian Eggs; 1-4 p.m. Feb 26 with Mary Morton.

– Beginning Basketry; 1-4 p.m. Feb. 21 with Monie Martin.

Register at Gallery North or call 444-9813 for more information.

February Art Installations

A complete listing of all the artists and venues can be found on the BCAC website at