A feel for the fiber arts: Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Weekend starts Friday
BEMIDJI—From basket weaving to quill work, the second annual Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail weekend will have it all.
"It's all about bringing people to Bemidji and highlighting the historical, the heritage, the textile heritage that is very very strong in the native american community in Bemidji," said Jenny Wilder, founder of the Midwest Fiber Arts Trails. "And then the contemporary fiber artists. People today, what are they doing (and) how do they see their place in this whole continuum."
The second annual Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Weekend will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 21, and Saturday, April 22, in and around the Bemidji area.
Highlights of the event include a keynote talk by textile artist Tressa Sularz at 7 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Headwaters School of Music, five open studios by local fiber artists and a variety of different workshops and maker sessions.
"She (Tressa Sularz) is a basket weaver and her basket weaving has changed quite a bit over the years. She does sculptural basketry now, rather than functional baskery," Wilder said.
Local basket weaver Eve Sumsky is one of the fiber artists who will have her studio open for people to visit.
"They will be see hand made baskets of many styles and types. They will have an opportunity to try weaving on a basket and they will see where I work, where I create my art," Sumsky said.
New to the event is an exhibit of different pieces by artists of the Pine to Prairie Fiber Art Trail on display at Wild Hare Bistro in downtown Bemidji. The exhibit will be on display throughout the month of April.
If you go..
What: Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Weekend
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 21, and Saturday, April 22.
Where: Bemidji, Solway, Turtle River and Tenstrike.
• "Dancing My Way Home," the Keynote Textile Talk by Tressa Sularz. The keynote talk will be at 7 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Headwaters School of Music, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. Follow up discussion will continue until 9 p.m.
• Artist reception for Trail Member exhibit on Friday, April 21, at Wild Hare Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. NW. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the artist reception 6 to 7:00 p.m.
• Bonnie Lundorff, of Willow Wood Market Designs, located at 23621 Hubbard County Road 9 in Bemidji.
• Carrie Jessen, of Bear Den Handwovens, located at 3360 Centerline Road in Solway. Patty Lovegreen, a weaver and felt maker, will share studio space with Jessen.
• Kristin Majkrzak, of Two Eyes Weaving Studio, located at 504 Beltrami Ave. in downtown Bemidji.
• Keila McCracken, of Bare Cloth, located at 364 Main Ave. in Turtle River.
• Eve Sumsky, a basket weaver and maker of small woven jewelry, located at 481 Lake Ave. NW in Tenstrike.
Workshops and maker sessions
• Maker Session at Willow Wood Market. During the Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Weekend, Bonnie Lundorff will have two make 'n' take opportunities for Trail visitors including wool quilting and rug hooking with the oxford needle. Willow Wood Market Designs is located south of Bemidji on Minnesota Highway 71, then turn west on Hubbard County Road 9.
• Split Ash Basketry Class with Clyde Estey. Estey will lead an introductory workshop featuring the weaving techniques of split ash basketry. Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 21 and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 22 at Headwaters School of Music, 519 Minnesota Ave NW. Participants must be present both days. Class fee is $50 and materials fee is $35. Pre-register by Thursday, April 20, at www.watermarkartcenter.org
• Quill Work Class with Betsy May. Students will create a pair of earrings using traditional quill and bead techniques in a workshop led by May. Workshop held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Headwaters School of Music, 519 Minnesota Ave NW. Class fee is $30 with a materials fee of $25. Pre-register by Thursday, April 20, at www.watermarkartcenter.org
• Karen Goulet will host an open workshop session titled 'On the Surface' for artists and trail visitors interested in experimenting with assemblage and mixed media materials. Participants are encouraged to bring items of their own for creating a meaningful work of art. The open workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Headwaters School of Music, 519 Minnesota Ave NW.
• Charm Basket Necklace Workshop with Tressa Sularz at Concordia Language Village. During the workshop, participants will learn how to make a miniature vessel using a knotless netting technique. The technique is a repetitive stitching offers a very relaxing process that is also very portable. Bring a sharp small scissors. Instructor will furnish all materials for Charm Basket Necklace. Class fee is $55 All levels of experience welcome. Contact Tressa Sularz on Facebook to register.
Exhibits and tours
• The traditional and contemporary beadwork of Tom Stillday will be featured at Watermark Art Center throughout the Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Weekend. Stop in and chat with Tom, learn about his beadwork and enjoy beautiful art from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 21-22.
• The Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail Members' Exhibit will be on display at Wild Hare Bistro during the month of April.
• During the Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Weekend, Bemidji Woolen Mills is offering two tour times led by Bill Batchelder. Tours will be at 1 p.m. Friday, April 21, and 10 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Bemidji Woolen Mills, 301 Irvine Ave. NW. No need for reservation. Arrive 15 minutes early for the tour.
• Beltrami County Historical Society has an ongoing exhibit called "Baskets and Beads: Weaving Traditions" that features Ojibwe wicker and sweetgrass baskets, cedar bark mats, beaded bags, Wakashan trinket baskets, Hupawoven hats, Paiute beaded baskets, and more. Hours are from noon to 4 p.m. both days. There is an admission fee to the museum.