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Around the Arts, October 8

Local towns receive grants for historical projects

ST. PAUL—The Minnesota Historical Society recently announced 36 recipients of 37 Minnesota historical and cultural Heritage small grants, which are up to $10,000 each and total $280,924 in 20 counties.

Local recipients included Cass County Historical Society in Walker, which received $4,500 to create Cass County entries for the MNopedia project for online research; and Clearwater County Veterans Memorial Association in Bagley which received $9,982 to hire a qualified consultant to write an exhibit plan for interpretation of the Clearwater County Veterans Memorial

Shevlin History Center opens new fur trade exhibit

SHEVLIN—The History Center in Shevlin has recently opened a new, traveling exhibit from the Minnesota History Center called "Fur Trade in Minnesota." Hundreds of years ago, Minnesota played a key role in the fur trade, which stretched across five continents, according to a press release. Visitors to the exhibit can lift a 45-pound voyageur's pack, learn how the fur trade shaped Ojibwe art and discover how beaver pelts could be transformed into sleek, stately hats that were all the rage among wealthy Europeans. "Fur Trade in Minnesota" will be open through Nov. 4.

"Fur Trade in Minnesota" was created by the Minnesota History Center's "Exhibits to Go" program which brings Minnesota history to communities statewide. Locally, the exhibit is sponsored by the Clearwater County Historical Society and by a donation from Clearwater Polk Electric's "Round Up" program.

Headwaters to host Shashiko mending workshop

Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave NW, will host the program Mending As an Art: Shashiko from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14. Keila McCracken, an anthropologist and design activist, will lead the class in Sashiko mending. Sashiko is one of the oldest known mending stitches in human history, according to a press release. Originating in eastern Asia, it is now practiced throughout the world because of its durability, aesthetic and cultural significance. Participants can bring their clothes that are in need of repair.

The cost is $40 for members and $45 for the public. Registration is required, as there are a limited number of seats available. The event is open to those who are 18 or older. For information, call (218) 444-5606. Participants can register at

Perpich Arts School to host informational meetings

BEMIDJI—The Perpich Arts High School are holdin informational sessions across the state. Students, parents, and others interested in learning more about Minnesota's only statewide art school are invited to attend.

The tour will come to Bemidji at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Headwaters School of Music & Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. Designed to develop the thinking artist, Perpich is a tuition-free, public high school for Minnesota juniors and seniors, located in Golden Valley. For more information, visit

Talley Gallery plans reception for art exhibit

BEMIDJI—The BSU Talley Gallery is featuring carved paper work by Jennifer Falck Linssen in an exhibit "Flow," which opened Oct. 2. "Flow" will be open in the Talley Gallery through Oct. 27.

"Flow" is a series of works on bird migration inspired by a trip to the Florida coast. These pieces are produced using a 1,200-year-old Japanese technique for printing on textiles called "katazome" and hand-carved stencils called "katagami." Linssen's work has been shown nationally and internationally including solo museum exhibitions in California, Colorado, Missouri and South Carolina.

Rail River Folk School hosts Celtic concert

BEMIDJI—Patsy O'Brien and Dick Hensold will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. SW, Bemidji. Cost is $12 at the door.

The concert will feature traditional Celtic music with unique arrangements, according to a press release. In addition to songs from Britain and Ireland, the evening also will feature a mix of original songs.

For the past 20 years, Hensold has performed and taught in England, Scotland, Japan, Canada, and across the United States. He is an active composer, writing music both in the traditional Celtic idiom, and in more elaborately-scored pieces in the same style. This repertoire is featured on his solo CD, "Big Music for Northumbrian Smallpipes," released in 2007. He is also a studio musician and theater musician and is a 2006 Bush Artist Fellow.

Award-winning artist Patsy O'Brien hosts guitar workshops all over the country, and NPR featured one of his song arrangements on the prestigious "All Songs Considered." O'Brien has four critically-acclaimed solo albums and has undertaken numerous live and studio collaborations,

Clearwater Historical Society seeks input for exhibit

SHEVLIN—The Clearwater County Historical Society is seeking input from the public for an exhibition to be on display from November through January 2018 at the History Center in Shevlin.

This short-term exhibit "Creative Clearwater" will be developed to showcase the creative residents in Clearwater County, past and present. The museum is asking local artists and crafters to loan up to five items to display during those months. Additionally, owners who have artwork by an artist or crafter from Clearwater's past is encouraged to share it. For more information, contact the History Center at (218) 785- 2000 or email

The History Center in Shevlin is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays as well as 1 to 4 p.m. the last Sunday of each month. Admission is free, and donations are accepted.