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Patt Rall Arts Column: SisterSong celebration culminates Women's History Month

SisterSong Project, a celebration of women and their music, will hold the second annual fundraiser to support the SisterSong Scholarship Fund for young women who want to study music. Well known local singers and groups will perform beginning at 6:18 p.m. March 28. Tickets will be sold at the door with a sliding ticket price of $5 to $25 (no one turned away) at the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive. After the fundraiser, many of the performers will have an after-party show starting at 9:15 p.m. at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W.

BHS Show Choirs

The Bemidji High School Show Choirs will present Marcoux Corner a cappella at 7 p.m. March 27 and 28 in the high school auditorium. The show will also feature the BHS Vocalmotive and La Voce Ballo. Tickets cost $12 and are available at Overbeek's, KRPB Music Outlet and Lueken's North. Marcoux Corner is a four-man vocal group who tour nationally.

Blackduck art show

TIN PAN gALLery will host its second annual "Art Gumbo" of local artists who want to show their best work to the public. This second Saturday event opens this exhibit which will be on display until April 4. Join them from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the history museum at Main and Margaret Street.

St. Patrick's Day

Wearin' o' the green for the annual St. Patrick's Day March 17 pub crawl will feature local bagpipers at 4 p.m. at Slim's, 5 p.m. at Keg & Cork, 6 p.m. at the American Legion in downtown Bemidji, 7 p.m. at Bar 209, 8 p.m. at Backyard Barbeque and from 9 p.m. until closing at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Keg & Cork (conveniently across the street from each other in downtown Bemidji.)

Antique show

Beltrami County Historical Society is looking for antique and art vendors for its "Antique, Art and Craft Fair" to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 27 and 28 at the Bemidji Armory, for a $15 fee. The two-day fund raising event will feature Egger's Antique Roadshow from 1-4 p.m. on March 27 with a $5 fee for those items presented for appraisal and a special 2 p.m. auction of the eight original juror chairs from the 1900 Beltrami County Courthouse. Tickets at the door will be $3. For more information call 444-3376.

Summer theater

Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective is looking for a few more female actors to play small roles in their summer production of "As You Like You" during Bard in the Park in July 16-20. Contact director Cate Belleveau at if interested or for more information.

Touché Gallery

Touché Gallerie welcomes Deb Krueger and her exhibit, "Everyday Miracles -Celebrating the Ordinary," a collection of photos, poetry and found objects from nature. Sponsored in part by the women's studies program at Bemidji State University, it is one of a number of activities on campus for Women's History Month. An opening reception for the show will be held from 4-6 p.m. March 23. The gallery is located in the Education Arts Building and is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The gallery is barrier free and is open to the public at no charge.

Art exhibit

Beltrami County History Center in cooperation with Gallery North presents "Spring Fling" through May. The History Center is located at 130 Minnesota Avenue, S.W., in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Photo show

Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., featured artist of the month is wildlife and nature photographer Ashlee Morton who uses a technique where her photos are pieced together in a "Kaleidoscope."

Art wall

Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W., has a display on the Library Art Wall of TrekNorth Advanced Placement Art students. The work is a compilation of student portfolios in preparation for their AP examination in May.

Student exhibit

The Cabin Coffeehouse and Café is hosting an installation of BSU student Brian Murphy who delights in creating art for fun and from serious topics like the environment, human conditions and global issues. There is also an on-going display of Audrey Merschman's cards and paintings. The Cabin is open seven days a week and is located at 214 Third Street in downtown Bemidji.

Lubarski display

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., welcomes Bemidji art teacher Nina Lubarski and her installation, "Express This!" Her large scale drawings on paper show the bold colors of colored pencils and cattle markers.

Textile art

Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., will host an opening reception for Amiee Fredrickson, the creator of "Momsters" textile designs. She will demonstrate her craft from 5-7 p.m. Visitors will be able to enter their name in a special drawing for a door prize from the eclectic collection of fun gifts and contemporary accessories by local artisans.

Photo exhibit

Dunn Bros. Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., announces the premiere of the digital photography work of Brandon Bjerknes, "Simply Beautiful," which will be on display March and April. Also available for purchase is Levandowski Pottery, stoneware and Raku made with nontoxic clay and lead free glazes, and fused and slumped glassware by MaryBeth Vaudrin and Beverly Olson.

New BCAC show

Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., welcomes a new exhibit, "The Palatte: Exploring the Media of Painting," with works by Natalia Himmirska and her students in encaustic and other media in painting. Shop 426 has many new items for sale and all proceeds benefit BCAC programming and the artists of the shop. BCAC is open to the public during regular hours noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

Fleur de Lis

Mask and Rose Theater welcomes local artist Mary Therese Peterson with an exhibit of mixed media, "Into the Light," in the Fleur de Lis Gallery.

Watercolor class

Gallery North has an upcoming watercolor class with Marion Caroline and Grace Garland Saturday. Students will paint an 8-by-10 watercolor of a male and female goldfinch resting on a milkweed. Materials will be provided for the session and suggestions for supplies for future work. Registration will be taken at the gallery, or call 444-9813 for information.

Studio cruise call

First City of Arts Studio Cruise 2009 is calling for all artists with studios within a 40 mile radius of Bemidji. Following up on last year's very successful studio cruise, this is another opportunity for artists to invite the public into their studios and showcase their art and craft. This interaction serves to strengthen the public awareness of the creative process while providing the artist an opportunity to learn first hand the public perception of their work as well as the potential for direct sales and commissions. Studio Cruise Dates are October 16, 17 and 18. Deadline for all applications is postmark by April 1. Fees include $10 non-refundable jury fee and $100 participation fee. Interested artists are encouraged to apply by completing the application available online at the Bemidji Community Art Center (BCAC) Web site or Questions may be directed to Dave Towley, 333-3547 ( or Lori Forshee-Donnay, 444-7570 (

Other events

-- Neilson Place welcomes Butch and Gege Holden and their exhibit of pottery, paintings and fabric art which is inspired by the colors and forms of nature and the season. The work, chosen by the North Country Health Services Art Committee, will be on display through the winter months for the pleasure of the residents, families, staff and the community. Selected pieces are for sale and a price list can be had at the information desk. Neilson Place is located at 1000 Anne Street, N.W.

-- The Bemidji Sculpture Walk is calling for artists to display their work for the 2009-2010 sculpture walk. The applicants' works will be judged by an impartial panel and the winners will be announced April 6 with installation of pieces May 15 and 16. A $300 honorarium will be awarded to each exhibitor courtesy of a local business sponsor or community member. Winners for the People's Choice Award will receive $1,000 for first place, $500 for Critic's Choice Award and $250 for Honorable Mention. Contact or to get more information or obtain an application. All applications must be postmarked by March 28

-- Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., has an ongoing display of new art work by Beverlee Olson, Jane Freeman, Judy Selby Pat Shough and MaryBeth Vaudrin for viewing pleasure and sale.

-- Stop at the Tourist Information Center, 300 Bemidji Ave. by the statue of Paul Bunyan, for a map and information on the pieces included in the Sculpture Walk.

Mark your calendar

-- "Cabaret", BSU Theater Department spring musical, March 20, 21 and 27-29. This production is for mature audiences only and not recommended for children.

-- Blue Bird, Wild Hare Bistro, April 3.

-- "Cinderella" collaboration with Bemidji Community Theater and BSU, 7:30 p.m. April 17, 18 and 3 p.m. April 19. School performances April 15 and 17. For information contact Patty Lester at

-- "Sam and Alice" free concert at the Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, April 18.

-- Gallery North and Northern Artists are sponsoring "The Artists of Minnesota Spring Show" May 15-17. For more information, call Pat at 751-8842 or online at

-- Pelican Railroad, every Wednesday night from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Backyard BBQ (formerly Hard Times Saloon) in downtown Bemidji.

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