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Arts Briefs for 02/23/2014

‘Classical Celebrations!’ announced

BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra presents the concert “Classical Celebrations,” featuring guest artist Everaldo Martinez on violin at 3 p.m. March 2 at Bemidji High School Auditorium, 2900 Division St. NW. Tickets are available at the door, in advance at Lueken’s Village Foods or at Cost is $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens, and $10 for college students.  Students grades kindergarten through 12th are free.The program features Martinez on Max Bruch’s Concerto No. 1 in G minor for violin and Orchestra, Op. 26.  Also included in the program are the Magic Flute Overture by Mozart and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92.  

Piano performance set

BEMIDJI — Paul and Helen Baumgartner, both retired professors of music at Gustavus Adolphus College, will perform a rarely heard piano music for four hands.

The performance will be at 2 p.m. March 9 at First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave. N, and will feature music by Janacek, Brahms and Dvorak. The program, with a free-will donation, will support the Global Mission Project at Luther Seminary in St. Paul.

Faculty and staff art show open at BSU

BEMIDJI — BSU’s faculty and staff are displaying their artistic talents at the fifth annual Midwinter Interlude art show, open through March 14 in the university’s Ramsey Gallery in the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. The show is open to the public free of charge.

An open house reception will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Ramsey Gallery lobby.  Refreshments will be served, there will be live music participating artists will be available for a meet-and-greet.

Gallery North announces new member

BEMIDJI — Gallery North recently announced that they  have juried in new member Les Sanders. Sanders started woodcarving over 30 years ago and taken a broad spectrum of carving courses, classes and seminars over the years. He often carves whimsical characters and houses, also larger western and Native American busts. He is especially talented at creating split cedar flutes and has taught several classes to share this knowledge.

Grants for young people available

BEMIDJI — The Region 2 Arts Council encourages eighth through 12th grade students in Beltrami, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Clearwater, and Mahnomen counties with a strong interest in the arts to apply for a Region 2 Arts Council Legacy Funded Artist Mentor Grant.

A grant writing workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to noon March 8 at Region 2 Art Center Office, 426 Bemidji Ave.

The paperwork will be covered. An informational meeting will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 10 at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. Meet staff, former mentors and student grant recipients. The application deadline is at 5 p.m. April 9 at office or mailed.   A grant review session will take place May 3 with 15-minute interviews for applicants.

 Recipients receive either 20 hours of one-on-one mentoring with a Minnesota adult artist or $600 toward tuition for a class, camp or workshop in the student’s art discipline in the state of Minn.  Grant applications are available at the office or For more information or to register for any event,  call 751-5447.

Proposals for public art available

BEMIDJI — The City of Bemidji Waste Water Treatment Facility is seeking emerging and established artists residing in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen counties, as well as Native American applicants residing in previously mentioned counties as well as Becker, Cass, Roseau and Itasca. The proposed project site can be see at

Proposal deadline is March 17. For more information, email mike.forbes@ci.bemidji.