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Pioneer Previews for April 28: Cate and Al Belleveau to be honored

BEMIDJI—Just in case you hadn’t heard, Cate and Al Belleveau are this year’s Friend of the Arts winners. The deadline to purchase tickets for this sure-to-be sold-out event is Wednesday. Contact Bemidji Community Arts Center at 444-7570 or email Tickets are $35 for BCAC members, $40 for non-members and a special youth ticket is $10.

BCAC and First National Bank Bemidji are sponsors of the event, which begins at 5:30 p.m., May 7 at the Sanford Center, Gate 2. Seating is limited. All proceeds go to support programming at the BCAC and are tax deductable.


Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning will present Candace Simar and Angela Foster, authors of "Farm Girls." They will take you back to the days of rural schools. The presentation begins 9:30 a.m. at the Gonvick Community Center, Gonvick.

NELL lectures are free and open to the public and a free will offering is accepted for refreshments. Information to become a current NELL friend is available at all lectures.


— First Friday Receptions begin at Gallery North with Showcase Artist of the month, Mary Naylor’s exhibit, "One Thing Leads to Another." Gallery North Featured Artist is Marie Hamre, who has been tatting for more than 25 years and is one of the founders of the Northwoods Tatting Guild.

Meet the artists during the 2-5 p.m. reception at 502 3rd St. NW.

— Bemidji Public Library and Hope House will host an exhibit of watercolor and mixed media art created by youth from Hope House and guided by watercolorist Judith Selby. Meet the artists during the 2-5 p.m. in the main reading room at 509 America Ave. NW.

— Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse hosts "A Little Local Color" by painter Joan Wilson: local landscapes, still life and familiar faces. Jami Burdick’s installation of mixed media will be the collaborating artist. Meet the artists during the 3-5 p.m. reception at 523 Minnesota Ave. NW.

— Bemidji Community Arts Center will hold its Annual 5th Grade Invitational with work from students at Central, Horace May, J.W. Smith, Lincoln, Northern, Red lake, Schoolcraft, Solway and St. Philip’s. The opening reception is from 4-6 p.m. at 426 Bemidji Ave. N (historic Carnegie Library building).

— The Cabin Coffee House hosts D. L. Houseman and his pen and ink drawings and woodcuts from his published book "Harvey and His Friends Delight," and a peek at his upcoming book in the animal series. Meet Houseman during the 5-7 p.m. reception at 214 3rd St. NW.

— Rail River Folk School presents John Heller and his photo exhibit, "Odds & Ends." Meet the artist during the 5-7 p.m. reception at 303 Railroad St. SW, Suite B.

— Glazed and Amused hosts artist Cody Bartz. Meet Bartz during the 6-7:30 p.m. reception at 311 3rd St.

— First Friday Wine Bar from 5-9 p.m. will feature "south of the border" entrees with libations to match at the Wild Hare Bistro.

— Northwoods Folk Collective open mic at 7:30 p.m. at the Rail River Folk School.


A concert of traditional Celtic and Cape Breton Scottish fiddling and piping featuring fiddler Andrea Beaton, piper Dick Hensold and guitarist Dick Freymuth begins at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. Tickets are $15 and available at Overbeeks, Kelsey’s, Brigid’s Pub and Headwaters School of Music and the Arts.

Ongoing exhibits

— Headwaters School of Music and the Arts (((519 Minnesota Ave. NW) hosts The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota project "Art from Within." The artwork gives a personal and compelling view into the lives of real people. This year’s theme focuses on artist’s feelings and understandings of what art means to them.

— Neilson Place hosts wild life artist Beverly Joslyn through June. Neilson Place is located on the WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne St. NW.

— Ramsey Gallery hosts "Cyclical Drift," a senior exhibition by Dan Swenson on the ground floor of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex on the campus of Bemidji State University.

Upcoming events

— Bemidji Symphony Orchestra with Jennifer Swanson (soprano) and Edward Huls (bass) in collaboration with the Bemidji State University Choir and the Bemidji Chorale in "Ein deutsches Requiem (German Requiem), Op. 45 by Johannes Brahms at 3 p.m. May 5 at the Bemidji High School Auditorium.

— "Arsenic and Old Lace," a comedy directed by Derrick Houle and a production of Bemidji Community Theater, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. May 10-11 and 2 p.m. May 12.