BEMIDJI – Canadian Hypno-Folk act TWIN and friends, led by Minnesota-born David Fort, is bringing the River Armada Concert series to the Mississippi River for the first time.

TWIN is launching its tour at 1:30 p.m. today in the amphitheater at Lake Bemidji State Park.

The group will perform at several other locations along the Mississippi River and finish the tour in La Crosse, Wis.

TWIN has been creating river tour concerts for the last 3 years in Manitoba and California, including the Assiniboine River and Los Angeles River Music Armada.


“Point of View – A Photographic Journey” by Duane L. Paulson, represents more than 40 years of dedication to black and white fine art photography.  His work is a study of composition rather than subject, documented with black and white film in large format cameras and printed on silver gelatin paper in the classic style of early photographers. An opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. with a brief artist talk at 6 p.m. in the Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave. N.

The Beltrami County Historical Society will present a special exhibit of historical photos from its collection. Refreshments and free admission at the museum from noon to 4 p.m.   An exhibit on the Bemidji Carnegie Library will be on display in September at the History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. SW, Bemidji.

Bemidji Public Library presents Kathy Sanders as its featured artist and her exhibit “Flora Unlimited.” Kathy has taught classes in oil and acrylics for the past 10 years, with her favorite subjects are floral arrangements and flowers. Kathy is a member of Gallery North, where she displays her oil paintings, gourd art, and woodcarvings. A “Meet the Artist” reception is planned from 4-5 p.m. at the library.

Brigid’s Cross Irish Pub - presents work by artists of Studio 10.  Brigid’s will host an open house to welcome and show the works of Studio 10.  To get the most current information, visit online at

Gallery North welcomes Patricia Jamie Lee as its showcase artist. Jamie is the author of several books including “Washaka - The Bear Dreamer” and “The Lone Place, Re-Visioning Adolescence and the Rite of Passage.” She has also produced a 52-part public radio documentary series on Native American music and culture. Featured Artists for First Friday will be Curtis Schagunn, who creates and designs pieces of jewelry using various stone and bead types, and Jeannie Fenner, who uses wire wrapping and natural elements to create jewelry and beaded items.  An open house is planned from 2-5 p.m. at Gallery North, 502 3rd St. NW.

RailRiver Folk School, 303 Railroad St. SW, will feature artist Melody Fellman and her exhibit, “Organic Visions,” a collection of relief prints inspired by her love of gardening and her dream and life goal to become a sustainable organic farmer. Opening reception with the artist will be from 5-7 p.m. After the reception, the Northwoods Folk Collective open mic starts at 7:30 pm. Refreshments will be served.

The Northwoods Folk Collective Open Stage offers an opportunity to share stories, music, poetry and other performance art with an attentive, enthusiastic, inter-generational audience. Sign up is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. with performances to follow. The host is Drew Warne-Jacobsen, who can be reached by phone at (218) 760-9278.

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, 523 Minnesota Ave., will present “Blessed,” portraits by Brittany Fairbanks, through Oct. 3. Vibrant colors and genuine smiles will be featured in a series of photographs capturing the faces of some very spunky and special children.  Combined with anecdotes and the stories of the circumstances that brought each of them to their current home in a Mexican orphanage, “Blessed” illustrates the joy that these children radiate, a joy that would seem unrecoverable after enduring what they have experienced.  The opening reception will be from 3-5 p.m. After the Art Walk, Wild Hare’s culinary artists will feature a new menu from 5-9 p.m.


The Talley Gallery at Bemidji State University hosts “Experiments in Moving & Sitting – Recent Work by Steve Sundahl” through Sept. 21.  The Talley Gallery is in the Education Arts Building, room 212, BSU, 1500 Birchmont Drive NE. 

Cabin Coffee House - presents Tom Dunn, an award-winning photographer specializing in business and art photography, for the exhibit “Street Portraits.” The exhibit includes black and white images of everyday life captured in Europe, Tahiti, Mexico and the United States. For more information or to view his portfolio, visit online.

Glazed and Amused, 311 3rd St., presents work by painter and Bemidji native Mike Mohler through September. Working with acrylic on canvas, Mike presents large scale, mixed media caricatures in this new collection of work featured at Glazed and Amused.  Call 333-6880 for more information or visit ww.myglazedand

The Neilson Place Art Committee presents “We All Love Paul” now through October at Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. NW. More than a dozen local artists and photographers are featured, exhibiting their view of Paul and Babe in honor of the 75th anniversary. The varied media art show includes a display of children’s original art work.

Upcoming events

Author DeeJay Arens will be signing copies of his debut novel, “The View from a Rusty Train Car” and author, June Kramin, will be signing copies of her latest release, “Come And Talk To Me,” at 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Wild Rose Theatre, 501 Bemidji Ave. N., Bemidji. Saarens Productions will host the premiere of its first full-length feature film entitled “Slip Away” at 7:15 p.m.

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