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Pioneer Previews: Chorale concert to provide ice cream social

The Bemidji Chorale Mother's Day Concert will be held at 7 p.m. today, May 15, in the Bemidji State University Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex with the usual ice cream social to follow.

Vocal quintet

A quintet of singers from the LYRA, the Russian Ensemble, whose singing credentials date back to being students at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, will appear at 7 p.m. Monday, May 16 at First Lutheran Church, on the corner of Ninth St. and Bemidji Ave. This quintet, a part of the larger choral group of 25 musicians, will perform sacred chants of the Russian Orthodox Church for the first half of the program and Russian folk songs for the second half. Tickets are $7 and may be purchased in advance at the church office and at the door. This concert is one stop on their Spring 2011 Midwest Tour when LYRA will perform over 30 concerts in May and early June. CDs will be available for purchase at the concert. For more information about the group, see

Input session

Public arts enthusiasts, be sure to give your input at the Open House scheduled from 5-6:30 p.m. Monday, May 16, at the Sanford Center. Brauer & Associates, Ltd. was hired by the city to update the 10-year-old Parks and Recreation Master Plan. At a recent meeting with the group, it was suggested that additional space would be appropriate for outdoor concerts, plays and other artistic ventures in addition to the existing parks, trails and athletic fields. Support public arts in Bemidji; show up and let your voice be heard. Enter via Gate 4.

Anniversary social

An ice cream social to honor Paul Kief's 50 plus years in Toastmasters International will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Cabin Coffee House, 214 Third St. All past and present Toastmaster members and nonmembers are invited to attend to meet Paul and the other members of the Bemidji group, which meets each Tuesday at noon in Lueken's North conference room.

Library storyteller

Get a free ticket now at the Bemidji Public Library for "Telling Tales with Kevin Kling." Kling's story telling is appreciated internationally but here in Minnesota, most notably on Minnesota Public Radio's "All Things Considered." An evening with Kevin Kling will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, May 20, at the historic Chief Theatre, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W. This program is part of the Kitchigami Regional Library "Say It, Sing It Storytelling Project" with funding from the State of Minnesota Legacy Amendment, Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Symphony concert

The Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra will have a Liszt Celebration with Andrew Armstrong on piano at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Empire Arts Center, downtown Grand Forks. On the program: "Mephisto Waltz No. 1," "Piano Concerto No.2 in A," "Les Preludes" and "Piano Concerto No.1 in E-flat." Go to the for more information about ticket price and ordering. This is the final concert of the season by conductor Alexander Platt.

May exhibits

Exhibits for May in Bemidji are located at the following venues:

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts will feature Candice Billips and her exhibit, "Birch Leaf Miner." Bad Cat Creations is a boutique featuring arts and fine craft by more than 60 artists with everything from jewelry to fun accessories for the home. Bad Cat is located at 315 Irvine Ave. N.W.

- Bemidji Community Arts Center has on display until May 21 the Annual Fifth Grade Invitational, which showcases the work of students from Central Horace may, J.W.Smith, Lincoln, Northern, Red Lake, Schoolcraft Learning Center and St. Philip's elementary schools. The gallery and Shop 426 are open noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday. BCAC is located at 426 Bemidji Ave. in the Carnegie Library Building.

- Beltrami County Historical Society, in collaboration with Gallery North, presents "Nature's Bounty," a collection of photographs by Glenn Ferguson through July. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Saturday and is located in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot at 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.

- Bemidji Public Library will host an exhibit of local emerging and established American Indian artists in memory of Steve Blake and to honor Indian Month. This exhibit is sponsored by the Bemidji Public Library and Bikers of the Finest Sort Productions. Located at 509 America Ave. N.W, the library is open six days a week.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., invites the public to view the work of Nicolle Gieseher, detailed pencil drawings deeply rooted in the fantasy genre. The pub will is open Monday-Saturday at 11 a.m.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café has on display photographer Cal Rice's exhibit, "Developing a Vision." The Cabin is located at 214 Third St. N.W. and is open seven days a week.

- Dunn Bros Coffee presents Paul Krueger and his work in creating photographic art using paint and Photoshop. Dunn Bros Coffee is located at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S and is open seven days a week.

- Fleur de Lis Gallery in the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N., has on display local, regional and national artists in a new exhibit rotation, which also includes two new mixed media pieces by Phyllis Diller. The gallery is open from 2-6 p.m., Wednesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

- Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., showcase artist of the month is woodcarver Frank Bera, a member of the Woodcarvers Club. Featured member artists of the month are Monie Martin and Penny Lovegreen. The gallery is open six days a week.

- Neilson Place hosts the new work of photojournalist Joe Rossi, whose work captures the moment with light and interaction which compels the viewer to take a second look through the month of June and a price list will be available at the front desk. The gift shop at the Bistro showcases the work of Jeff Larson who has a display of his bentwood boxes and spoons in birch, black cherry, elm and hickory. Local artist Terry Honstead also has a display one-of-a-kind personal accessories, cards and mugs. Nielson Place and the Bistro are located at WoodsEdge, 1000 Anne St. NW.

- Rail River Folk School at 303 Railroad St. has on display "Upcoming Seasons," the metamorphosis of seasons as shown in sculptural mixed media and watercolor works by Erja Wiltse.

- Talley Gallery, Room 212 in the Education Arts Building, has the BSU visual arts faculty annual show until Sept. 14. Featured this year are Butch Holden (ceramics), Natalia Himmirska (painting), Jason Clark (printmaking), Dennis Peterson (silverpoint) and Steve Sindahl (sculpture). For hours, call 755-3708.

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House will have on display "One More Barn," a continuation of D.L. Houseman's "Barns are Noble" series. Located at 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., the bistro is open six days a week.

For a detailed description of the artists and the works listed above, see Pioneer Previews for May 4 on-line at

- 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 artwork 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 and sale. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed on Sunday.

- The 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.


- Monday, May 16, is the last day to sign up for "Community Collaboration: Connecting over Creative Ideas that Build Community," a free workshop to be offered by the Region 2 Arts Council and facilitated by Jun Li-Wang, an artist community organizer for Springboard for the Arts. It is open to anyone: artist, creative entrepreneur, business owner, director of a nonprofit, arts supporter, producer or a community member who has an unrealized project idea waiting to happen. The workshop will open with registration from 3:30-4 p.m. Hands-on workshop activities will be held from 4-8 p.m., with a light dinner and snacks provided. At 8 p.m., optional informal socializing is planned. The workshop will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, May 20, at the Holiday Inn Express, 2422 Ridgeway Ave. N.W., Bemidji. RSVP to the Region 2 Arts Council Office by emailing or calling 751-5447 or 800-275-5447.

- "Springs a Flutter" watercolor workshop with Marion Caroline will be held from 1-4 p.m. Friday, May 20, at Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W. Caroline will instruct in painting a hummingbird hovering over a blooming Canadian thistle. Students will explore a variety of different watercolor background techniques and then paint and frame their work. All materials will be provided, the fee is $45 and the size of the class is limited to 10 people. Pre-paid registrations will be accepted at Gallery North.

- "Springs a Flutter" painting on a feather workshop with Marion Caroline will be held from f1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at Gallery North. Caroline will instruct in painting a hummingbird hovering over a blooming Canadian thistle (similar to the watercolor workshop) Students will explore a painting on a feather with a larger feather and frame format as taught in the previous class. Prepaid registrations will be taken at Gallery North and the class size is limited to 10 people. The workshop fee is $45 and all materials will be provided.

Ongoing events

- Pub Trivia at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Free to play.

- Open stage at 7:30 p.m. third Wednesdays: For writers, poets and dreamers with Patty Byers at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub.

- Pelican Railroad performs at Backyard BBQ, 119 Third St. N.W., Wednesdays and Jammers on Thursdays.

- Open Stage at 8 p.m. Thursdays for performing artists and writers, Brigid's Cross.

- Northern Artist Association meets at 12:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month at the Eagles Club, 1270 Nielson Ave. SE. The public is invited to attend. For details, 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 emailed to