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Mini art featured at gallery

John Eggers, member author and photographer, and president Mary Knox-Johnson will be happy to welcome visitors to the Artists of Minnesota Mini Show at Gallery North through April 15. Patt Rall | Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI – A traveling show displayed this month at Gallery North here is a teaser for the upcoming spring juried event of the Artists of Minnesota.

The public is invited to the Artists of Minnesota Traveling Mini Show, an exhibit for an organization formed in 1959

The current mini-show at Gallery North, 520 3rd St. N., will be on display until April 15 when it travels to the Spring Art and Soul Show in St. Cloud. It features 7-inch by 9-inch pictures and frames. The paintings are done in watercolors, oils and acrylics of landscapes, nature and florals.

Each piece is for sale by the artist. Pieces sold during the year are replaced by new ones by the artists.

Gallery North, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, is staffed by members and exhibiting artists in all genre and the sponsor of classes in painting, drawing and fine crafts.

“We are pleased to once again host the Artists of Minnesota mini-show because it gives some of our members an opportunity to participate as well as to see the work of artists from around the state,” said Mary Knox-Johnson, president of Gallery North.

“We are happy to welcome visitors to the display and it also gives them a chance to see the work by local artisans that we have here at our co-op. Our oldest member is in her 90’s. Erma Stelter paints landscapes and florals in oils.”

Many present and former members of Gallery North (Pat Shough, Kathy Gustagson, B.J. Jolly and Terry Honstead) have been awarded prizes for their work in the bi-annual shows: spring and fall. Artists of Minnesota started as a grass roots organization for the purpose of bringing together visual artists at all experience levels to socialize, learn and teach each other.

A few years ago, Bemidji hosted the Artists of Minnesota Spring Show to an overflow crowd. The show was juried by Bemidji State University art professor Natalia Himmerska.

The spring show in St. Cloud will be adjudicated by Willicey Tynes, a young Bahamian visual artist who works in several genre including painting and sculpture. His work was accepted as part of the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas national juried show and his bronzes have won awards in the United States. In 2011, Tynes received the McKnight Individual Artist Award.

Tynes serves on the board of Visual Artists of Minnesota and is a member of the Paramount Arts Resource Trust Board. He works with non-profit art organizations by teaching and mentoring young art students.

One of the presenters at the upcoming show will be Alison Toering, who will give a presentation on the “Art of St. John’s Bible,” the first illuminated and handwritten bible in the modern era.

The bible was commissioned by the Abbey and St. John’s University in Collegeville. One of the five existing editions will be on display.

The pages were created in a scriptorium (a room set aside in a monastery for the copying of manuscripts) in Wales with noted calligrapher Donald Jackson and watercolorists.

Toering was the recipient of the Irma Wyman Education Internship at the Hill Museum at St. John’s, where she developed programs for the public about the St. John’s Bible.

The second presenter will be Deb Magelssen, president of the Minnesota Watercolor Society and secretary of the board of the International Society of Acrylic Painters.

Magelssen considers herself an expressionist colorist who likes to bring a light heartedness and a “bit of fun” to her work. Magelssen is a full-time artist, art instructor and creativity coach with degrees in art and psychology.

Former Bemidji resident Terry Honstead is the current president of the organization and long time member.

“I am happy to invite everyone to see the Artists of Minnesota Traveling Show at the gallery and also the spring show on April 20 and 21 in St. Cloud,” said Honstead.

Those interested in being a part of the spring show can contact her by April 1 at

The public may also attend the awards banquet Saturday evening when the winning artists in the following categories will be announced from beginner to advanced levels: opaque, transparent, pastels, drawing, graphics and mixed media including dimensional (collage, sculpture, pottery, wood carving, weaving, paper). The website for the organization is