First Friday is back May 4
The first Friday Art Walk will take place on Friday, May 4 at the following locations:
Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive SE, will feature artwork by Tawnee Corning. This series of six new paintings has not been previously displayed. The series "Inner Space" represents the place the mind goes when in meditation, visualized as psychedelic backgrounds cradling portals of ocean waves. Dunn Bros is open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, 523 Minnesota Ave., will continue the Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail Member Exhibit through the month of May. Members of the Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail showcase both traditional and contemporary textile art forms, including tapestry, basketry, bead and felt work, as well as textile design and production. For more information on the Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail, visit: midwestfiberartstrails.org/pine-prairie-2018. Wild Hare is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. NW, will continue "Drawn to Nature" by Jeff Kitterman. Kitterman is an award-winning regional artist with a passion for pen and ink biological illustration. In addition to being an artist, Kitterman is an avid conservationist, bow hunter and nature observer. At Neilson Place, Kitterman's artwork will include original pen and ink illustrations along with prints of his work and greeting cards. Neilson Place is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Bemidji Library art wall, 509 America Ave. NW, will feature wood carvings by Frank Bera. Bera's carvings are made from basswood, cottonwood bark and diamond willow. On display will be carvings of small animals, faces, walking sticks, whimsical houses and more. Bera has displayed his work at the Blackduck Woodcarvers Festival. The Bemidji Library is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Gallery North, 310 Fourth St. NW, will host a First Friday reception on May 4 from 2 to 6 p.m. for Showcase Artist Dawn Tracy. Tracy started sketching in her teens, beginning with charcoal and ultimately using watercolor, acrylic and oil mediums. The featured Artist will be Gallery member Colleen Hilts. Hilts works with fabric and creates a variety of items, including large quilts, wall hangings, table toppers, placemats, baby quilts and applique cut-out sweatshirts. Her work has won awards at local county fairs and the Minnesota Art Association. The featured author will be Susan Kedzie. Her book "A Thousand Purring Cats" combines her passions for art, science and kindness.
Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW, will host an opening reception for the Headwaters Art Club on May 4, from 4 to 4:30 p.m. The exhibit will showcase art club participants' 2-D and 3-D work created during the spring session. Headwaters Art Club is for children ages 9-13. Participants had the opportunity to work in a variety of mediums with local artists Sarah Peterson, Tom Daly, Beth Andrews, Paula Swenson and Diamond Knispel. Watermark Art Center, 505 Bemidji Ave. N, will host the opening reception for its annual fifth grade invitational on May 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. The event will include artwork created by area fifth grade students from Central, Horace May, JW Smith, Lincoln, Northern, Paul Bunyan, and St. Philips elementary schools.
Northwest Indian Community Development Center, 1819 Bemidji Ave. N. will return to the First Friday Art Walk with vendors and artwork by regional artists on May 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. Attendees can view new paintings and mixed media by Kent Estey, photography by David Manuel and paintings by Paula Littlewolf.
Local Ceramics Artist Butch Holden, 1104 Minnesota Ave., will host "Something Old, Something New" in his home studio. The show, which features "older paintings and newer pottery" will take place May 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. Some of the work will be for sale. The entrance is in the back alley.