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Pat Rall column: Artist group offers creative opportunities

Editor's note: Beginning today, Patt Rall's arts and entertainment column will appear Thursdays in the Pioneer.

Have you ever wondered how all these paintings by local artists are at places like North Country Regional Hospital or your local bank? Here is your chance to find out and perhaps submit your art for display. The Northern Artist Association, a non-profit organization formed in the 1970s, encourages the growth of emerging as well as established artists.

They meet on the third Monday of each month, September through May, at the Eagles Club to socialize and enjoy a demonstration by local artists or Bemidji State University faculty on various media. All of the artists connected with Gallery North, an exciting place to purchase gifts for someone who appreciates crafts such as tatting, Rosemaling or quilting, as well as ceramics and pieces of artwork, belong to this association.

For further information, call Grace Garland at 759-2952. The meetings are open to the public and refreshments are served. The next meeting is at 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Eagles Club, 1270 Neilson Ave. S.E.

Cultural exchange

The Giziibii Resource Conservation & Development Council, in partnership with the Bemidji Eagles Club and the Bemidji Chapter of the American Swedish Institute, has arranged for Jögge Sundqvist to visit local schools as part of a cultural/arts exchange.

Sundqvist is Sweden's premiere woodcarver. Steeped in traditions dating back to folk art of the 17th century, his work (known as sloyd) has inspired a resurgence of heritage crafts across Scandinavia. His father, Wille Sundqvist, a world-renowned carver, taught Jögge to carve at the young age of 4.

Sundqvist will visit art classes at Lincoln, Northern and J.W. Smith Elementary Schools and Bemidji High School. He also will provide a presentation at the Bemidji chapter of the American Swedish Institute at 7 p.m. Monday at the First Lutheran Church in Bemidji. He will provide the program at the Sunrise Rotary meeting at 7 a.m. on Tuesday at the Hampton Inn.

Giziibii RC&D is a locally led nonprofit organization serving the counties of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen and the reservations of Leech Lake, White Earth and the Red Lake Band of Chippewa. The mission of Giziibii RC&D is to assist local people to improve the economic, social and environmental quality of life in the five-county area through the conservation, development and planned utilization of natural resources.

Earth Tones concert

Celebrate the earth and its natural rhythms. Musician Lauren Pelon and writer Gary Golthaus team up to present Earth Tones, a concert of music, poetry and stories celebrating the earth.

Pelon, who has performed on the Prairie Home Companion, across the United States and overseas, plays 25 traditional and modern wind, string, free reed and electronic instruments.

Golthaus, a social activist for more than 40 years, is the author of several books of poetry and essays including "Circling Back," a narrative poem about the history of the American west. He is a recipient of a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. This program is presented by the BSU Department of English and the Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $4 for students or individuals between the ages of 13 and 18, free for children 12 or younger. For more information, call 755-2880. 7pm, Sept. 23 at the Indian Resource Center at BSU.

Poetry workshop

"Writing About the Past: Where to Draw the Line and When to Step Over it," a one-day poetry workshop, is being offered by Loonfeather Press and underwritten by the Region 2 Arts Council. It will be held at 9 a.m. Sept. 30 at Lueken's Village Foods North community room and will feature poet Sharon Chmielarz, who will facilitate. Her fifth book of poetry, "The Rhubarb King," is published by Loonfeather Press.

For details or to register for the workshop, call Region 2 Arts Council at 751-5447 or

Submissions sought

Anthology of Women's Writing for the 2007 edition, "Dust and Fire: Women's Stories," accepts writing and art from women residing in Minnesota or its contiguous states and provinces. For information contact Susan Hauser, English Department, Hagg-Sauer Hall 23, Bemidji State University, 1500 Birchmont Drive N.E., Bemidji 56601-2699 or 755-3355. Submissions will be accepted until Oct. 23.

Other events

E Joel Pugh will present a faculty trombone recital at 7:30 tonight at Thompson Recital Hall in Bangsburg Hall at BSU.

E Opening this weekend at the Long Lake Theater in Hubbard, "Proof," directed by Cate Belleveau featuring local actors, at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The playhouse also features an art gallery. Information and directions can be found at

Additional performances will be on Sept. 16 and 17, and Sept. 21-24.

E Fulton Gallagher, Bemidji State University professor emeritus of music, will explore "The Family Musical and the Socially Oriented Musical" as part of the Academy of Lifelong Learning fall series at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Center for Research and Innovation, 3801 Bemidji Ave. N.

For a copy of the fall lecture schedule, contact the CRI at 755-4900 or visit

E The Bemidji Concert Series, founded with the goal of making Bemidji the cultural center of northern Minnesota, begins its fifth year. The Bemidji Concert Series is supported by sponsorships from the Bemidji Pioneer, Bemidji Super 8 Motel, BSU Student Activity Allocation Committee and a generous grant from the George W. Neilson Foundation. Season ticket prices for the series are $60 for the general public and $25 for students. Season tickets are available by contacting the Department of Music, Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex, 16, Bemidji State University, 1500 Birchmont Drive N.E., Bemidji, MN 56601.

E The Pastiche Quartet will open the fifth annual Bemidji Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex at BSU.

Individual event tickets are $20 for the general public and $10 for students. They are available at the BSU Department of Music and Tutto Bene in downtown Bemidji.

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