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Pioneer Previews for June 2: Gear up for busy Bemidji summer

The arts scene is Bemidji is getting ready for the busy summer season events: Bemidji Book Festival, Art in the Park, the annual Church Musicians Summer concert series, The Paul Bunyan Playhouse and Longlake Theater summer stock shows and weekly musical groups at Bemidji State Park are just some of the events this summer in and around Bemidji.

And the First Friday art installations and receptions for June will be the featured events for the coming week.


-- Bemidji Area Church Musicians will begin their summer music series with Eric Haugen, who recently completed his second year at the University of Michigan. He will perform "Unaccompanied Suite No. 3 in C Major by J.S. Bach and Sonata for solo cello by Samuel Adler. The concert begins at noon at First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave., and a free-will offering will be accepted in support of the scholarship program. A luncheon will follow for a nominal fee.

-- The Paul Bunyan Playhouse opens its 2013 summer season with "Guys on Ice," a musical story of longtime pals who have a mutual appreciation for good bait, cold beer and football, as in songs like "Ode to a Snowmobile Suit" and "Fish is de Miracle Food." Show times are 8 tonight through Saturday and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. The second week of the show, all performances are 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults and a special $18 ticket price for the Sunday matinee. Tickets are available at the box office and at the door an hour before show time, as well as online at


-- First Friday Receptions begin at Gallery North with Showcase Artist of the month Kay Schuever and his woodcarvings and oil paintings. Gallery North Featured Artists of the month are Monie Martin, whose basketry uses local materials such as cedar, birch bark, willow and sweet grass decorated with leather, beads, stones and feathers. Patty Lovegreen has mastered the process of gelling or marbling paper, cutting it up and then weaving the pieces into storytelling tapestries. Meet the artists during the 2 to 5 p.m. reception at 502 3rd St. NW.

-- Bemidji Public Library will host an exhibit of watercolor, acrylic and mixed media: "Trying It All" by Gayle Highberg. Meet the artist during the 3 to 5 p.m. reception in the main reading room at 509 America Ave. NW.

-- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse hosts "The people of Viet Nam," a photo exhibit of ordinary people in modern day Vietnam, by Carol Hoyem. Meet Hoyem during the 3 to 5 p.m. reception at 523 Minnesota Ave. NW. Follow up with the First Friday Wine Bar with a menu that will celebrate the arrival of spring from 5 to 9 p.m.

-- Ravenrock Jewelry and Fine Arts Gallery will host "EARTH, SEA and SKY" by artists Dee Najjar and Terry Honstead. The exhibit will include landscapes, seascapes and "skyscapes." An installation from the Bemidji area artists and their winning painting from the Artists of Minnesota Spring Show will be in place until the second week of July. Meet the artists during the 5-7 p.m. reception at 1000 Paul Bunyan Drive, Suite 102.

-- Bemidji Community Arts Center will host a one-man-show by John Lembi, "Childs Play." Lembi uses a variety of media with observations that may ordinarily go unnoticed but rewards the viewer with the subtle message, "memento mori "(remember your mortality). Meet Lembi at the opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at 426 Bemidji Ave. N (historic Carnegie Library building). Shop 426, gallery gift shop, will be open during the reception.

-- Northwoods Folk Collective open mic at 7:30 p.m. at the Rail River Folk School. Signs-ups to begin at 6:30 p.m. at 303 Railroad St. SW, Suite B. (Take the Irvine Street Bridge and turn left up the hill.)

-- Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center will celebrate a compilation of work by member and area artists from 5 to 7 p.m. at 311 S. Main Ave, Park Rapids.

Area Exhibits

-- Neilson Place installation of wildlife painter Beverly Joslyn will be in place through June. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne St. NW and open to the public during regular visiting hours.

-- The technology, art and design faculty of Bemidji State University have an installation in the Talley Gallery, Room 212 of Bensen Hall on the BSU campus. The exhibition will feature the work of nine faculty members: Drew Graham, digital and interactive design; Tim Brockman, woodworking; Dennis Peterson, silverpoint drawing; Natalia Himmirska, painting and drawing; Barbara Hanus, painting; Butch Holden, ceramics; David Towley, woodworking; Bonnie Higgins, photography; Steve Sundahl, 3D design.

The show will be open through the summer. The gallery will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays from through June 28, then reopen Aug. 28 until Sept. 20.

-- The Blackduck History and Art Center summer hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday through August 31. Visits by special appointment may be scheduled by calling 835-4478 or 835-8210.

Portrait Workshop

-- Headwaters School for Music and the Arts is sponsoring a workshop with Cindy Agan, internationally known published watercolor, portrait artist, author and teacher. Attendees will learn to paint realistic portraits of people in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Various techniques such as dry brushing, glazing, graded wash, wet-in-wet, and in using cotton swabs.The workshop will be held on June 27-29 at the Beltrami Electric Roger Spiry meeting room, 4111 Technology Dr. NW. The fee is $150 and contact HSMA at 444-5606.

Call for Artists

-- The Bemidji Public Libray Book Festival is calling for authors for the Author Showcase to be held from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at Calvary Chapel, next door to the public library. The showcase will precede presentations by William Kent Krueger and Brian Freeman at 7 p.m. Table and chairs will be provided for each author who will display, sell and discuss their publications. To register, call the library at 751-3963 or access A complete listing for all the events is at the same website. All the programs and presentations are free and open to the public.

Upcoming Events

-- Long Lake Theater opens its summer season with "The Odd Couple" by Neil Simon on June 12 with performances through July 13. It’s tradition to produce one Simon comedy a season, and this classic features clean-freak Felix Unger and ultimate slob Oscar Madison and unlikely roommates. For times and ticket prices, see

-- Bemidji Library’s Book Festival begins June 17 with children’s author Alison McGhee and ends with a poetry workshop and reading with Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen on June 22. More workshops for authors are added to the schedule, so be sure to pick up information at the Bemidji Public Library or call 751-3963 because there is a limit on participants. This year, Bemidji will welcome adult mystery authors William Kent Krueger and Brian Freeman; Will Weaver, Susan Carol Hauser and Anton Treuer. Nicholas Jackson will hold an illustrators workshop, "From Concept to Life: Visual Story Telling," the art of writing for children and contracts, copyrights and covering traditional, self publishing and e-publishing.