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Blackduck Library to host series of events

The Blackduck Library has some upcoming events open to the public.

- At 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 26, the public is welcome to listen to Sean Fahrlander, an enrolled member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe storyteller and screenwriter of "Walk in the Bear." Fahrlander was the only Ojibwe storyteller selected to perform at the grand opening of the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian. In keeping with the native tradition of storytelling during the winter months when snow is on the ground, Fahrlander will lead a workshop on storytelling and everyone is welcome.

- At 6:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 28, the second of the three-part Back Porch Series with singer/songwriter Neal Hagberg will be held in Blackduck. The music and dialogue of the evening will be open to everyone and the topic of the evening will be violence in religion. The public is invited to share their thoughts over a slice of pizza at Trails End Restaurant in Blackduck. The series is based on Hagberg's CD, "It's Not as Simple as It Seems: exploring violence in religion." A McKnight Foundation Composer and fellowship winner, Hagberg's Back Porch Series subject matter is more suitable for older teens and adults and not recommended for children.

- Author Erin Hart will talk about how she conjures up vivid settings of walking the peat bogs in Ireland and digging up ancient treasures. Hart said writers as well as archeologists have tools, which they keep in their Site Kits. Participants will be asked to assemble their own kits which will help them create their own stories. Paddy O'Brien, a button box accordion player, will add some traditional Irish music to set the mood. He will also talk about the various instruments used in the social settings of traditional music. The workshops will begin at 2 p.m. with a concert to follow n Wednesday, March 2, at the Blackduck Library.

These events are made possible through the Minnesota Library Legacy and funded by the State of Minnesota Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

TV series

Common Ground, a magazine show which demonstrates the creative process of various artists living in this region is at 7 p.m. Thursdays on Lakeland Public TV. This week, we find out why Breezy Point Resort has been attracting guests for more than 80 years. We visit the Sovia Music Camp held at Bemidji State University, which offers instruction in piano, violin, flute, clarinet and composition to students. Plus, the Park Rapids Chamber of Commerce invites us inside Legends and Logging Days. The shows will be repeated at 6 p.m. o Sundays and at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, following the initial broadcast. Videos of past shows are also available on line at Click on Common Ground for past episodes. This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 2, 2008.

Audition call

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat" will be performed at Nevis High School in May. The Minnesota Folklore Theater is looking for singers and dancers. Call 218-652-2666 for audition dates and times.

Artist calls

- The call is out for artists to participate in the 2011 First City of the Arts Studio Cruise. All artists with studios within a 40 mile radius of Bemidji may apply for an application to participate in this juried arts cruise. This will be the fourth year for the cruise, which is a working studio event providing an opportunity for artists to invite the public into their studios to showcase their art and craft, as well as an opportunity for direct sales and commissions. Artists who create their own artwork within the 40 mile radius and do not have an accessible studio may be guest artists at a qualifying studio for the 2011 cruise. The Studio Cruise dates will be Oct. 21-23, and the deadline for all applications must be postmarked by April 1. Costs include a $10 non-refundable jury fee and $100 artist participation fee. For details, call Dave Towley at 333-3547 or Lori Forshee-Donnay at 444-7570. The application is available on-line at the Bemidji Community Arts Center

- "Art from Within," is seeking entries from emerging to established artists for an art show that will be exhibited at the gallery space in the Rail River Folk School. The show will be a collection of work that gives a personal and compelling view into the lives of real people who have been affected by the criminal justice system and is sponsored by the Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project of Bemidji, ACLU-MN. American Indian artists must be enrolled tribal members, and non-Indians must reside in Minnesota. All entries will be limited to three pieces and can be from all genres of artistic expression. The application date is March 15, with a set-up date of March 30. The pieces will be juried March 31, and the opening reception and awards ceremony will be o April 1 with the exhibit up for the month of April. For an application and information, call 444-2285 or visit 303 Railroad Ave. S.W., Bemidji.


- February is Gallery North's "Warm Your Heart" month with free art classes. Class size is limited, and these classes fill up fast.

All classes are scheduled from 1-4 p.m. The last class will be held Saturday, Feb. 26, Reverse Painting on Glass taught by Marion Caroline Reil

Registrations will be taken at Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W.

- Arts workshop funds are available from Region 2 Arts Council. The "No-Risk" Workshops" are coordinated through R2AC who will assist with registration and other aspects of the program. "No Risk" means there is no financial risk to the applicant. The workshop must focus on learning experiences for adult learners and be open to the public. Any group that wants to bring in an artist to do a workshop is eligible, as are regional artists who wish to present a workshop themselves. Proposals are considered on an ongoing basis but funds are limited. Contact the staff of Region 2 Arts Council at 751-45447 or 1-800-275-5447 or e-mail

Art exhibits

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts featured artist for February is Mary Therese Peterson and her Valentine silk scarves and ties celebrating the theme of romance in her brightly colored wearable art pieces. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique featuring the work of more than 50 artists in fine art and craft and is located at 315 Irvine Ave. N.W.

- Beltrami County Historical Society has on display the work of Kay Schuver, "Reflections by Kay" until the end of March. A new exhibit, "Baskets and Beads: Weaving Traditions," as created and designed by Nicole Foss, is now a part of the John Morrison American Indian Collection. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and is located at 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.

- Bemidji Community Arts Center invites the public to its annual "Members Show," an exhibit of works collected or created by members of BCAC. The gallery and Shop 426, with proceeds from Shop 426 benefiting BCAC and member artists, are open noon-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and are closed Sunday and Monday. BCAC is located at 426 Bemidji Ave N in the Carnegie Library Building.

- Bemidji Public Library has on display for February the paintings of Marilyn Glidden and her installation "The Seasons" with acrylics for landscape and watercolor for floral images. For more information on opportunities to exhibit work at the library, call Paul Simonson at 444-7886. The library is located at 509 America Ave. N. and is open Monday-Saturday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant invites the public to view a collection of paintings and drawings by Josh Garcia. The art displays are on the side wall in the large performance and dining area. The pub is open at 11 a.m. Monday-Saturday and is located at 317 Beltrami Ave. N. in downtown Bemidji.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café welcomes former Bemidji artist Aryn Bergsven who explores the imagery of family and friends and the cyclical nature of relationships. Also on display and for sale are paintings and cards by Audrey Merschman. Located at 214 Third Street, the Cabin is open seven days a week.

- Dunn Bros. Coffee welcomes professional photographer Cal Rice and his work highlighting the beauty of Costa Rica. The images encompass sunrise on the Caribbean to sunset on the Pacific with birds, mammals and scenic views. Also on display and for sale are ceramic pieces by Josh Boock. Dunn Bros. is now serving featured wines of the month and is open seven days a week at 501 Paul Bunyan Dr. S.

- Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., invites the public to meet their featured showcase artist, Beverly Joslyn, a wildlife and portrait painter from Walker. Gallery North's website at features member artists, artwork and information on upcoming events.

- Gallery X has on display an exhibit titled, "Assemblage: A Collection of Beginning Sculptures" by students in the visual arts programs at Bemidji State University. The exhibit is made of preformed natural or manufactured material, objects or fragments not intended as art materials. Gallery X is located in Room 125 of the BSU Education Arts Building and is open to the public during regular business hours.

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 522 America Ave. N.W., will host the art work of Eli Balbach, a junior visual arts major at BSU for February. An experimental painter, Balbach's work is colorful and painted with expression and energy. The exhibits are open during regular Sunday events. Private viewing can be arranged by calling 751-9654.

- Saarens Productions invites the public to stop by the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. The Fleur de Lis Gallery has two new mixed media pieces by Phyllis Diller and the work of artists Al Belleveau, Keith Cich, Melissa Davidson, Terry Honstead, Don Zieman, DeeJay Arens, Roy C. Booth, Janet Burke, Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson, Thomas Hamilton, Mary-Knox Johnson, Rita Arsenault Quinn, Steve Saari and Judy Lunseth. The new gallery hours are 2-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

- Touché Gallery will present "For the Birds" by Ian Higgins, an installation of prints, paintings and sculptures. This exhibit is in partial fulfillment of the Bachelor of Arts in the Visual Arts Department at BSU. The gallery is located in the upper level of the Hobson Memorial Union on Birchmont Drive.

- The North Country Health Services Art Committee presents gift items by Dave and Kathy Towley, local artisans known for their fine craft wood turnings (bowls, plates, platters, pots, and vessels) in a variety of wood with a mineral oil and beeswax finish which is food safe. The Towley's woodwork will be on display and for sale through February. Artwork is for sale and a price list will be provided at the reception desk. The Bistro at WoodsEdge is featuring new. The Bistro at WoodsEdge is located just inside the front entryway to Neilson Place at WoodsEdge, on the North Country Health Services Senior Living Campus, 1000 Anne St. NW. Bemidji. For more information, email

- Wild Hare Coffee House and Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., has on display Malisa Van Maasdam's "Fowl Weather Friends," pen and ink drawings featuring Minnesota birds that do not migrate during the winter. Van Maasdam's work portrays the vitality of the birds that stay with us. Wild Hare is closed on Sunday.

- McRostie Art Center, 405 First Ave. N.W., Grand Rapids, has on display the work of three Bemidji artists, Natalia Himmirska, Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson. The website is and phone number is 218-326-2697 for more information on hours of operation.

- Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W., has on display works of watercolor artist Judy Selby.

- Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., a restaurant and art gallery, has an ongoing display of new art work by Michael De Witt, Jane Freeman, Terry Honstead, Beverlee Olson, Mary Therese Peterson, Judy Selby, Pat Shough (Sillimandi) Michael Thomas Sunnarborg and MaryBeth Vaudrin for viewing pleasure and sale. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed on Sunday.

- Tourist Information Center, 300 Bemidji Ave. by the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, has a map and information on the pieces included in the Bemidji Sculpture Walk.

Upcoming events

- March 13, 3:30-4:30 p.m., "Timeless Traditions" at Neilson Place Social Hall (Woods Edge).

- March 11, 6 p.m., "Stone Soup" at the Historic Chief Theatre. Tickets at the door: $5 adults, $2 students.

- March 5, 7-9 p.m., First City Saturday with Kate Corning at the Wild Hare Bistro.

- March 6, 3 p.m., BSO "Testament of Renewal" at BHS. Tickets now at Lueken's North and Brigid's Cross; $20 general admission, $15 for seniors and college students. No charge students through grade 12.

- March 10, 2-3 p.m., "Timeless Traditions" at Tamarack Assisted Living.

- March 10-13, 7:30 p.m., March 14 , 2 p.m.: "Mere Image" an original comedy by Steve Saari, Wild Rose Theater; tickets $10 general, $8 seniors, $5 students/children.

- March 12, 4 p.m., "Northwind Crossing," free concert at Blackduck Golf Course.

- March 12, 7:30 p.m., Monroe Crossing at the Historic Chief Theatre. Tickets. $17.50 on sale now at Oberbeeks, Brigid's Cross, Wild Hare Bistro and Headwaters School of Music and the Arts.

- March 13, 2:30 p.m., "Timeless Traditions" at Mississippi Room, Hampton Inn.

- March 19, 7 p.m., Thompson Recital Hall: The Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus. Tickets on sale now at Harmony Natural Foods Co-op and the main desk of BSU Hobson Memorial Union. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and students with a valid ID.

- March 25-April 3, "Little Women" at the Minnesota Folklore Theater, Akeley.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub hosts Open Stage 8-11:30 p.m. every Thursday. Call 444-0567 for more information.

- Northern Artist Association meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the Eagles Club. The public is invited to attend. For information call 759-2952.

- Headwaters Basketmakers Guild meets on third Saturday of the month, contact

Announcements of arts and entertainment events may be sent to the Bemidji Pioneer, P.O. Box 455, Bemidji, MN 56619-0455 or e-mailed to