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Arts Briefs, Nov. 25

Winger publishes 'Badges and Guitars'

BEMIDJI—Keith Winger, a local musician, Beltrami County commissioner and retired Beltrami County Sheriff, has published "Badges and Guitars," a memoir about his life, music and career.

Winger was born and raised on the shore of Balm Lake in Debs, a small community in Alaska Township. Chapters in the book detail how he grew up hunting and fishing with his grandfather, father and uncles, as well as neighborhood characters and friends.

The book highlights the days of country schools and tight-knit farming communities while also illustrating the impact of World War II.

Additional chapters in the book detail Winger's 30-year career in law enforcement, including his time with the Alexandria Police Department, both as a patrol cop and drug investigator; serving as police chief in Warroad; and returning home to Beltrami County, where he would be elected sheriff.

Additional topics covered in the book include skiing and rock-collecting. A collection of Winger's songs also are included.

Events planned to celebrate "Badges and Guitars" are as follows:

• 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, 201 Third St. NW, Bemidji. Winger will host a book-release party with refreshments.

• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2, book signing at Minnesota Nice Café, 315 Irvine Ave. NW.

Copies of "Badges and Guitars" are available at Bemidji Woolen Mills.

Gull Lake Christmas Tour on Dec. 1-2

TENSTRIKE—A Christmas Tour will be held Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2, along the Gull Lake Loop Road in Tenstrike.

Tour hours for shoppers will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Travelers on the self-guided tour will start at Tenstrike by turning onto County Highway 29 and following tour signs. The Christmas Tour consists of a unique antique and collectible shops and three active and creative artist studios.

Starting the tour, travelers will leave Highway 71 and find Darla Jares' "Junk and Disorderly" antique and collectible shop. Next up is the Fiber and Basketry artist's shop of Eve Sumsky. Following that shop is artist/author Don Houseman's lakeside studio "Stuff On Paper," where shoppers will find his acrylic paintings, woodcut prints, note cards and children's books. The Gull Lake Christmas Tour culminates at another lakeside studio of artist Terry Honstead on Quarter Horse Circle to view her creations in paintings, trivets, coasters and jewelry.

Watermark schedules December events

BEMIDJI—The holiday season is bringing lots of festivities to Watermark Art Center, 505 Bemidji Ave. N. Three weekends of classes, artist demonstrations and shopping specials are scheduled.

A holiday open house will be held Dec. 7-9. This year's event will include the annual tree ornament fundraiser, with handmade ornaments created by local artists for sale in the gallery shop. On Dec. 8, the artists featured in the "Mazinigwaaso — She Stitches Fancy" exhibit will be demonstrating bead and quill work. Visitors can meet Robyn Van Wert, Cari Tabor and Pamela Iceman from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also on Dec. 8 will be the Second Saturday Kids Art Class will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. Children ages 6 and older can make snowflake decorations. Class registration details can be found online at

On Dec. 9, the Watermark will celebrate one year in its new building during the first anniversary event. Visitors can enjoy food and drinks at this ticketed event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each ticket purchase includes a chance to win a piece of pottery created by Dave and Jo Hamilton. Tickets are $15. They are available in advance by stopping in to Watermark or at the door on the day of the event.

On Dec. 15 and 16, the Watermark will host a Gourmet Bake Sale and Artist Showcase. Several artists will be present throughout the weekend offering demonstrations and visiting with shoppers.

Dec. 22-23 is Watermark's "last-minute shopping weekend. The art center will be open normal business hours and shopping specials will be offered, including half-price tree ornaments.

Watermark is open 7 days a week with free admission.

Community Christmas Concert set at Calvary

BEMIDJI—Calvary Lutheran Church, 2508 Washington Ave. S., will host its second annual Community Christmas Concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. This concert will include a lineup of local musicians: Kristi Tell-Miller and Miriam Tell, Annalise Aakhus, Caleigh, Kari Pickett and Rachel Munson, along with Bell Ringers from Calvary and Presbyterian Church, Joe Vene and the Calvary Choir.

Proceeds from the event will support the Village of Hope and Calvary's annual project. Tickets are available in the church office or at the door. Suggested ticket price is $10, but any donation will be accepted, and no one will be turned away.

Holiday boutique set at Gallery North

BEMIDJI—Gallery North will host a holiday boutique First Friday reception from 2-6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7. The event will feature specific artwork handmade by Gallery North members, many items at 50 percent off.

Featured artist is Gallery North member B.E. Jolly (also known as 'BJ'). She is fascinated by the spectrum of color and the human face created in watercolor, acrylics and pen-and-ink.

At the Artists of Minnesota Spring Show held in Hutchinson, Jolly was the recipient of a merit award for her pen and ink drawing. In addition to her art being displayed at the Gallery, it is currently hanging at the Fleur de Lis Gallery, Headwaters Music & Arts, Wild Hare Bistro, the Sanford Walk-In Clinic, and the Bemidji Tourist Information Center.

Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989.

December classes planned at Watermark

BEMIDJI—Watermark Art Center has scheduled a "block party" during the next Art Family Style from 5-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29. This class is a monthly opportunity for families to participate in an art project together for $5 per family.

Families will learn block printing to create items for Watermark's holiday fundraiser. Participants will use linoleum blocks, pre-carved by local artists, to stamp patterns onto tea towels and wall hangings. Each tea towel will be donated to Watermark to sell and raise funds for educational programming, with the name of the family who created it on the back tag. As a thank you for helping us raise money, families are invited to also make a block-printed wall hanging to take home. This is a drop-in style class; stop by Watermark any time between 5 and 6:30 p.m. to work on their project. No pre-registration required.

Second Saturday Kids Art Class will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. on Dec. 8. For this month's project, children 6 and older will participate in a snowflake workshop, learning how to make a variety of snowflake decorations using several common products, including paper, beads, pipe cleaners and clothespins. This class is $15 per child for the general public and $12 per child for Watermark members. Register online at

Closing reception set for Anishinaabe exhibit

BEMIDJI—A closing reception will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 for the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative exhibit on display at the Region 2 Arts Council office inside the Watermark Art Center.

The show exhibits traditional and contemporary artwork by AAI grant recipients, AAI Council members, and other Native American artists who have received or been a part of a Region 2 Arts Council grant.

The exhibit is open for viewing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Artwork by 2018 AAI fellows Pamela Iceman and Roberta Vanwert also will form part of a group exhibit at the Watermark Art Center's Miikanan Gallery.

This activity is made possible, in part, by the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative through support from the Region 2 Arts Council and with funding from the McKnight Foundation.

Birch bark ornament workshop scheduled

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music & Arts will sponsor a four-hour workshop on making birch bark star ornaments from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8

The workshop will be presented by local artist and experienced weaver Emily Derke. Participants will create a couple of ornamental woven stars using strips of birch bark, then make the twine to hang using basswood bark.

Derke spends much of her time weaving baskets, collecting material to work with, and harvesting, cooking and experimenting with the local wild foods. She now lives in a cozy yurt in northern Minnesota, and continues to explore other traditional skills and crafts. Over the past decade, the search for knowledge and experience has brought her from her home in Minnesota, to both the east and west coasts to learn from many experienced teachers, a release said.

Cost is $45 ($40 for Headwaters members). Participants must be at least 18 years old. Registration is required due to a limited number of spots available. Call 444-5606 or visit

Fosston gallery features Ta-coumba works

FOSSTON—The works of Twin Cities artist Ta-coumba are on display during November at the Fosston Community Library and Arts Association's Sorenson Gallery.

Anyone passing west on U.S. Highway 2 in Fosston has most likely noticed the mural along the building just west of the stoplights. In the 1990s Ta-coumba visited Fosston for an artistic experience involving his talents with Fosston High School art students. A mural was created depicting the history of Fosston with portraits and landscapes of its history. This mural remains a vital scene for visitors and residents today on a business building in downtown Fosston.

'Annie' on stage at Fosston theater

FOSSTON—Fosston Community Theater will present the musical "Annie" Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at the Fosston Community Library & Arts Center.

Show times are 7 p.m. each evening and a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at Generations Clothing for Him, 114 W. First St., Fosston, or by calling 218-435-1676.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Deadline extended for cultural arts grant

BEMIDJI—The deadline has been extended to Dec. 15 for applications for the Cultural Traditions in the Arts grant. The maximum award is $3,000 with a 25 percent cash match for equipment purchases only.

The Cultural Traditions in the Arts grant supports events and activities that represent the diverse ethnic and cultural arts traditions in Minnesota. These grants offer funding for arts projects and programming specifically meant to build bridges between Minnesotans through arts and culture. Eligible projects include arts festivals, engagement of guest artists, arts field trips, public art, arts workshops, exhibitions, presentations, or performances that will benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen counties.

Arts activities proposed for funding must be accessible to the public, and display a strong community component. Non-profits, arts organizations, schools, community education programs, institutions of higher learning, local city, town, county government or tribal offices, or groups formed for nonprofit purposes with a fiscal sponsor.

Applications are online at For more information, or with questions, contact Region 2 Arts Council at 218-751-5447 or via email at The Region 2 Arts Council office is located at 505 Bemidji Ave. N., inside the Watermark Art Center.