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Art briefs, Jan. 28

Headwaters hosts watercolor workshop for adults

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave., will host a four-session class for beginner and intermediate watercolor painters ages 18 and older. It will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, including Jan. 31, and Feb. 7, 21, and 28. The cost will be $80 for members and $85 for the general public. Registration is required, as there are a limited number of slots available. Local mural and batik artist Mary Therese will lead the class. For more information, call (218) 444-5606, email, or visit

Basketmakers Guild plans annual workshop

BEMIDJI—Marilyn Moore and Emily Derke will teach at the Headwaters Basketmakers Guild's annual Weavin' Up North Workshop held April 20-22 at Concordia Language Villages. Additional teachers during the program will include Paul and Jill Scarpari, Eileen Spilman, Shirley Mount and Cathryn Jungroth Peters, The Wicker Woman.

Moore is a featured teacher. She is an award-winning fiber artist who explores color and form through her one-of-a-kind wire basket vessels which led her to create fiber related wire jewelry, according to a press release. Her articles are published in News Basket, Basket Bits, and Piecework.

Derke is a local weaver and teacher. She spends much of her time weaving baskets, collecting material to work with and harvesting, cooking and experimenting with local wild foods. Over the past decade, her search for knowledge and experience took her from her home in Minnesota to both the east and west coasts to learn from many experienced teachers. Derke will feature birch bark weaving in her classes. She will discuss harvesting using sustainable practices, the release said.

The workshop is open to all interested adults and includes special classes for first-time weavers.

Registration for the Weavin' Up North Workshop is currently open but will close February 15. To register, email

Headwaters plans portrait workshop for teens

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW, will host the program "Portraits for Teens" from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays during February. The program is open to youth ages 14-18. The cost is $35 for members and $40 for the public. Local artist Diamond Knispel will lead the program. For more information or to register, call (218) 444-5606, email, or visit

Gallery North releases class listings for February

BEMIDJI—Gallery North artists recently announced the class listings for February for the annual "Warm Your Heart With A Little Art." The classes are free and are offered by local Gallery North artists. The listings include:

• Feb. 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. Woodburn on a Feather. Les Sanders. Use wood burning techniques and beads to design a feather carved from basswood. Ages 12 and above. Limit: 7 students.

• Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to noon. Bead People Peace Project. Jamie Lee. Create a thumb-sized bead person. Includes a booklet. Children welcome. Limit: 8 students.

• Feb. 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. Watercolor Background. Marion Caroline. Explore and practice a variety of backgrounds in watercolor. Ages 10 and above. Limit: 8 students.

• Feb. 6. from 1 to 4 p.m. Put It On a Feather. Marion Caroline. Paint a Northwoods bird on a feather. Ages 10 and above. Limit: 8 students.

• Feb. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. Red Willow Dreamcatcher. Les Sanders. Make a beautiful dreamcatcher using red willow, sinew, and beads. Ages 12 and above. Limit: 8 students.

• Feb. 9 from 1 to 2 p.m. Small Storage Basket. Colleen Hilts. Students will learn how to weave a Swedish heart out of fabric strips. The end product is a wall hanging. Ages 9 and older. Limit: 8 students.

• Feb. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. Small Storage Basket. Monie Martin. Create a woven storage basket using reeds with color added on the sides. Adult students only. Limit: 8 students.

• Feb. 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. Ukrainian Egg Painting. Mary Morton. Learn to paint an intricate and beautiful star pattern on a blown egg using special dyes. Ages 10 and above. Limit: 8 students.

• Feb. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. "Birch Clump" Acrylic Painting. Maureen O'Brien. Students will use a brush, palette knife, and a sponge to paint a clump of birch trees. Be sure to wear a painting shirt. Ages 14 and above. Limit: 8 students.

• Feb. 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. Gourd Art Pin. Kathy Sanders. Design a unique pin using gourd pieces, acrylic paint/alcohol inks, and learn to incorporate a special handmade bead made by the instructor. Ages 12 and above. Limit: 8 students.

• Feb. 22. from 1 to 4 p.m. Bead and Wire Pendant. Kathy Sanders. Make a 2-inch pendant using wire wrapping techniques and embellish your piece with beads. Ages 12 and above. Limit: 8 students.

• Feb. 24. 1 to 4 p.m. Unblocked Writers' Workshop. Jamie Lee. Free the writer inside you. this class gives tools and strategies to energize and unblock your writing. Ages 15 and above. Limit: 8 students.

Weaver to host Park Rapids writing workshop

PARK RAPIDS—Author Will Weaver of Bemidji will teach the writing workshop "Writing Close to Home" from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16, at the Park Rapids Public Library, 210 First St W. Although the event is free, attendees must register either by phone at (218) 751-5447 or by email at

Weaver, author of "Sweet Land," "Memory Boy," and "Red Earth, White Earth" has mastered the art of using a northern Minnesota setting and details to gain a national audience, according to a press release. In this workshop for writers, he will share tips and techniques about the power of description. The goal is to make writing sing with authenticity yet sound a chord of common humanity, the press release said.

Community Education hosts guitar lessons

BEMIDJI—Bemidji Area Schools Community Education is offering guitar lessons with Lou Samsa for youth and adults ages 8 and up. Those interested should call (218) 333-3284, extension 1 for availability and to register. Lessons are 30 minutes per lesson. The cost for 10 Lessons is $199. The lessons will be held on Thursdays from Jan. 25 through March 29, at Bemidji Community Education, 1420 Beltrami Ave NW.

Library hosts winter reading program for adults

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Public Library will host the annual adult winter reading program "Snow Time to Read," which is intended for ages 16 and up. Participants log books, e-books, audiobooks and e-audiobooks that they read beginning Jan. 1. Books must be young adult or adult reading level. Readers who finish 15 books before March 31 will automatically win a prize. Every 15 books logged also grants participants an entry into the drawing for additional prizes at the end of the program.

Sign-up began Jan. 1. Patrons who would like to participate can register at 2018 or speak with a staff member at the

Bemidji Public Library.

Headwaters plans youth art class

BEMIDJI—Headwaters' Art Club, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW, will provide art classes from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays from Jan. 11 through May 10. Students ages 9 to 13 will be introduced to skills and techniques by professional artists from the community, including Sarah Eberwine Peterson, Tom Daly, Paula Swenson, and Diamond Knispel, a press release said. The class will include instruction in drawing, pastels, clay, acrylics, mixed media, and more. Snacks and art supplies will be provided. Space is limited to the first 20 participants. There will be no session on March 8. The spring class session is $275. For more information or to register, call (218) 444-5606.

Farm By The Lake presents 'Storytellers' series

BAGLEY—Farm By The Lake will host the series "Storytellers" over several months at the Bagley Public Library, 79 Spencer Ave. SW. The series is free and open to the public. The scheduled events include local storyteller Dick Roue on Jan. 28, comic storyteller Michael Venske on Feb. 11, naturalist storyteller Al Batt on Feb. 25, interactive storyteller Nothando Zulu on March 11, and a writing workshop with Will Weaver on March 25.

HCLL announces 2018 program schedule

PARK RAPIDS—Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning recently announced its spring 2018 program schedule, set to begin 1 p.m. Feb. 20 at Park Theater in Park Rapids. Programs run from 1 to 2:30 p.m., are free of charge, open to the public and handicap accessible. Water and refreshments are provided.

Feb. 20: "Little Minnesota in World War II: The Stories Behind 140 Fallen Heroes from Minnesota's Littlest Towns." Authors Jill and Deane Johnson relay special narratives of wartime courage.

Feb. 27: "Papa's Cookies." Mark Bridge, baker for the National Park Service, will take the audience on a fascinating culinary journey through history and its Victorian-era desserts. Samples provided.

March 6: "The story of Ah-Gwa-Ching." Cecelia McKeig fills in details of Minnesota's first tuberculosis sanatorium, which opened in Walker in 1907 and served as a model for all county sanatoriums.

March 13: "Protecting Election Integrity." Steve Simon, Minnesota's secretary of state, describes the safeguards in place to ensure elections are fair and secure. Co-sponsored by League of Women Voters.

March 20: "Scandinavian Crime Thrillers." Jim Kaplan, professor emeritus at Minnesota State University Moorhead, will use video clips and novel excerpts to examine the worldwide popularity of such characters as Lisbeth Salander, Kurt Wallander, and Harry Hole.

March 27: "JFK Assassination—Mystery and Legend." David Jones returns to explore what's known and still unknown about the pivotal event in American history.

April 3: "Stories of Influential Women." Author and professional storyteller Jan Smith, of Ottertail County, will come in costume to share lively stories such as that of Amelia Jenks Bloomer, for whom the clothing item "bloomers" are named.

April 10: "The Halifax Explosion of 1917." Marty Leistikow tells what happened when two ships collided in the Halifax Harbor to create the most powerful and destructive pre-nuclear age explosion.