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Around the arts for July 16

Art by Dee Anne Najjar on display at WoodsEdge

BEMIDJI—"Another Time Another Place" by Dee Anne Najjar will be on display from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from July through October at Sanford Health WoodsEdge, 1000 Anne St. NW.

Watermark introduces First City Poetry Reads

BEMIDJI—The Spoken Word Committee of Watermark Art Center is announcing First City Poetry Reads, a new series that will take place in nontraditional literary spaces around Bemidji. The series is designed to bring poetry to new venues and listeners in and around Bemidji, adding a new source of energy, interest and creativity to the spoken word, a release said.

Each event will feature a local or regional poet, followed by short readings by other area authors.

The inaugural event is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, July 29, at Bemidji Aviation,

4125 Hangar Drive NW. The theme will be "of flight and adventure" and will feature local poet Cate Belleveau, according to a release. Audience members are invited to share original poetry that focuses on the theme. The evening will conclude with a drawing for a free scenic plane ride for two by local poet and pilot Marsh Muirhead.

"We're very excited to begin such an interesting and fun series," Watermark Executive Director Lori Forshee-Donnay said in the release. "Collaborating with Marsh Muirhead, the Spoken Word Committee has found a very creative way to promote poetry within our community. We appreciate all their hard work and can't wait to see each of these events unfold."

The First City Poetry Reads schedule includes events at the Bemidji Fire Department, Beltrami County History Center, Anytime Fitness, Sanford Hospital, Lake Bemidji State Park and more. All are free and open to the public. Anyone interested in pre-registering to read can contact Marsh Muirhead at (218) 556-6313 or mgmuirhead@midco.net.

Poetry slam set for July 19

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music and Arts will host a poetry slam at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, at Fozzie's Smokin Bar BQ, 114 Third St. NW.

Marsh Muirhead, poet and experienced master of ceremonies for Bemidji slams, will be the emcee for the event. Poets will have the opportunity to perform up to three original poems, for cash prizes of $100, $50, and $25 to the best three poems. Poets can show up early, or call (218) 444-5606 to register.

Norah Rendell and the Lost Forty, Eric Carlson to perform at Art in the Park

BEMIDJI—A free community concert will be held at the Lake Bemidji Waterfront to celebrate Art in the Park's 50th anniversary. Watermark Art Center and Paul Bunyan Communications, along with Zetah Construction, present Norah Rendell and the Lost Forty, with special guest Eric Carlson on July 22 at 6 p.m.

Eric Carlson

Norah Rendell and the Lost Forty perform Irish traditional music with a special emphasis on songs that crossed the Atlantic to become part of the cultural heritage of the Great Lakes and Canada. Featuring Live Ireland's "Best Irish Vocalist of 2011 and 2012," singer and flute player Norah Rendell heads up the trio with top-notch multi-instrumentalists Brian Miller and Randy Gosa.

Eric Carlson is a solo and group musician from Turtle River. During the community concert, he will be playing traditional and contemporary folk music, as well as a selection of originals. He will also accompany The Lost Forty on the bodhran during a few select songs.

Families are encouraged to bring a picnic meal to enjoy during the concert, as well as lawn chairs. Watermark will provide complimentary anniversary cake for dessert.

Art in the Park is one of Bemidji's signature art events. The art fair, held at Library Park on the shores of Lake Bemidji, features more than 100 artists, a dozen food vendors and live entertainment, boasting an annual attendance of over 4,000 visitors. This year's Art in the Park will take place Saturday-Sunday, July 22—23. See watermarkartcenter.org for more details.

BACM Recital Series at Evangelical Covenant

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Area Church Musicians Summer Recital Series will continue at noon Wednesday, July 19, at The Evangelical Covenant Church, 5405 Hart Lane NW.

Lois Simonson, pianist at the church, will be joined by Sanna Gustafson, saxophone, Kari Miller, flute and Janet Pederson, violin. Their program will consist of arrangements of well-known hymn melodies and sacred compositions. Simonson, a longtime Bemidji resident, has performed to high acclaim for 22 of the 30 years in the recital series, a release said. A luncheon will follow the concert with a price to be announced. A free-will offering to fund music scholarships will be received at the door.

Bluebird to perform at Farm By The Lake

BAGLEY—The Summer Concert Series continues at Farm By The Lake near Bagley at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 23, with the band Bluebird.

Bluebird is comprised of Jesica Conrad, Kari Pickett and Anne Meredith. Pickett teaches business classes in Blackduck; Meredith is a Lutheran Pastor in Blackduck and Kelliher and Conrad is a retired registered nurse, having spent most of her career in hospice work.

Bluebird was created and has been together for more than 15 years. They have played local churches, Bemidji State Park Summer Music concerts, coffee shops, pubs, nursing facilities, the Beltrami County Fair, as well as fundraisers and other celebrations. Bluebird has recorded a CD titled "Flying Home."

Following the concert, Riverwood Bank is hosting a pulled pork dinner in the picnic shelter. Future dates for the series are July 30 with Corey Medina & Brothers and Aug. 6 with After 5.

Headwaters Art Camp set for Aug. 28-Sept. 1

Headwaters Music and Arts will hold the Headwaters Art Camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28-Friday, Sept. 1.

During this fast-paced program, participants will work with different skilled artists to advance their skills. Led by Tom Daly, with guest artists Al Bellleveau, Stacey Stang, Susan Kedzie, author and illustrator of "A Thousand Purring Cats," and Joanna Dymond, author of "Howling Yowling Growling with the Lost River Wolf Pack," will work with participants to create animal art in clay, pastels, murals, acrylics, drawing and plasma welding.

Participants will develop an artist's statement and learn how to exhibit their work in Friday's public art exhibition at 3 pm. Participants will be divided into two groups based on age, and should plan to bring a bagged lunch each day. The camp is at Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW in Bemidji.

The camp is for ages 9-18, the cost to attend is $125 per participant, applications for partial scholarships are available. The registration deadline 5 p.m. Aug. 15 (if deadline has passed, contact us about late registration options). For more information or to register, contact Headwaters Music and Arts at (218) 444-5606 or online at www.headwatersmusicandarts.org/programming/camp

Grant information sessions in area

BEMIDJI—The Region 2 Arts Council will hold a series of grant information sessions in the region that detail the variety of grant funding for art projects and programs for individuals and organizations.

Officials will be discussing updated organizational grants for nonprofits, schools, government or tribal offices and community education programs as well as individual artist grant programs. The majority of Region 2 Arts Council grants serve individuals who reside in, and organizations located in Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties. Grants for Native American artists serve those residing in surrounding counties as well, a release said.

Meetings are scheduled for

• Thursday, July 20, Park Rapids Library, 1 to 3 p.m.

• Tuesday, July 25, Bemidji Public Library, 1 to 3 p.m.

• Tuesday, Aug. 1, Clearwaters Life Center in Gonvick, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

• Wednesday, Aug. 2, Red Lake Tribal Council, 10 a.m. to noon.

• Thursday, Aug. 3, Mahnomen County Historical Museum, Mahnomen, 1 to 3 p.m/

• Thursday, Aug 3, Gizhiigin Arts Center in Mahnomen, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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