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Arts briefs, March 4

Library to host presentation on local sanatorium

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. NW, will host a presentation about the history of Lake Julia Sanatorium, located two miles from Puposky, Minnesota, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 5. The presenter will be historian and scholar Cecelia Wattles McKeig.

The presentation will recount the sanatorium's role during the tuberculosis crisis of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, which was one of the major causes of death of the time, a press release said.

The program is a partnership of the Bemidji Public Library and the Beltrami County Historical Society. It is the first in a series of Monday evening lectures celebrating Women's History Month. Other presentations in the series include:

• March 12: Carla Norris Raynbird presents "Gender and Women's Studies Programs in the U.S."

• March 19: Carol Ann Russell presents "The Work of Poet Meridel Le Sueur."

• March 26: John Ellis presents "Feminism and American Religion in the Revolution's Wake."

Atlantic Reed Consort performs at BSU

BEMIDJI—As part of the Bemidji Concert Series, the Washington D.C.-based quintet Atlantic Reed Consort will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 9, in Thompson Recital Hall at BSU's Bangsberg Hall. The group's extensive repertoire includes music that span centuries, from the re-imagined 18th century baroque styling of Jean-Philippe Rameau to a commissioned work and

world premiere of Figures of Speech by New York City composer Nathan Lincoln-DeCusatis, a press release said.

The Atlantic Reed Consort has performed at Carnegie Hall, Smithsonian National Gallery of Art, Creative Alliance in Baltimore, Md., INTERSECTIONS DC Festival and numerous chamber music concert series throughout the Mid-Atlantic.

In addition to concert appearances, Atlantic Reed Consort will provide masterclasses at BSU, as well as St. Cloud State University, University of Wisconsin — LaCrosse, and St. Olaf College.

For performance schedules and more information about Atlantic Reed Consort, visit

Zulu to perform for 'Storytellers' series

BAGLEY—Nothando Zulu will be the next performer featured in Farm By The Lake's "Storytelling" Series. Zulu will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, at the Bagley Public Library, 79 Spencer Ave. SW.

Zulu is a master storyteller who has been sharing stories with audiences for more than 30 years. She shares stories that entertain, educate, motivate and inspire, a press release said. She has performed at many venues locally, nationally and internationally. She draws from an extensive resource of colorful, often funny characters whose antics and follies leave audiences pondering their own life's lessons, the release said.

As director of the Black Storytellers Alliance, she and her husband, with the help of the Board of Directors, has produced a three-day storytelling festival celebrating the art of Black storytelling called, "Signifyin and Testifyin,'" which is now in the 17th year.

For more information, call (218) 694-2084

Project 26 plans art unveiling

BEMIDJI—The second annual Project 26 Art Project Unveiling will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13, at the Northwest Indian Community Development Center, 1819 Bemidji Ave. The event will include the unveiling of survivors' artwork, a survivor story, the honoring of survivor participants, a healing drum and a meal. The event is free and open to the public.

Project 26 began in 2016 as an art project for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and runs from October to April, a press release said. The unveiling of the art gives a voice to survivors and offers insight into the healing process, the release said.

Bemidji show choirs team up with Six Appeal

BEMIDJI—Presented by Show Choirs of Bemidji Inc., the a cappella group Six Appeal will perform with Bemidji show choir groups Vocalmotive and La Voce Ballo at the Bemidji High School Auditorium at 7 p.m., on March 16-17. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students, and may be purchased at Lueken's North, Overbeek's Electronics and Music, and online at

Six Appeal is a world class vocal ensemble infused with comedic timing, and the energy and vitality of a rock band, a press release said. To learn more about Six Appeal, visit

Tally Gallery to host artwork by McKnight artists

BEMIDJI—Ceramics work by six artists who have won McKnight Foundation fellowships and residencies are being featured at BSU's Talley Gallery through March 28. Each year, the Northern Clay Center develops an exhibit of fellowship and residency recipients, which tours Minnesota to share the work outside the Twin Cities.

The annual exhibition, Six McKnight Artists, features new work by 2016 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists recipients Nicolas Darcourt, from Minnetonka, and Sheryl McRoberts, from Plymouth. The exhibit also features 2015 McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists recipients Kathryn Finnerty from Oregon, Lung-Chieh Lin from Taiwan, Helen Otterson from Kentucky, and Joseph Pintz from Missouri.

The McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists programs are designed to strengthen and enhance Minnesota's artistic community, a press release said. The fellowship awards are used to defray studio and living expenses, allow artists to experiment with new materials and techniques and to build upon ideas within their work, the release said.

Prohibition presentation set for March 17

BLACKDUCK—Historical reenactor Arn Kind will be presenting "Minnesota's Wild and Woolly Prohibition Days" from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 17, in the community room of the Blackduck Good Samaritan Center. Learn all about "The Great Experiment," as prohibition was known, and how it changed the lives of many people in Minnesota. Hear about everything from Gangsters, speakeasies and average Minnesotans setting up their own stills. The event is sponsored by the Blackduck Community Library.

Closing reception planned for "Creative Clearwater"

SHEVLIN—The exhibition "Creative Clearwater" now on display at the History Center in Shevlin

will close after a special open house from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 4. The items on display will be removed after 3:30 p.m. to make room for a new exhibit that will open in late March. The History Center is open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. There is no admission fee, although donations are encouraged. For more information call (218) 785- 2000

Headwaters hosts animal portrait class for adults

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW, will host a four-session workshop for adults about colored pencils and animal portraits. The class will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, including March 6, 13, 20, and 27.

Students will "learn how to draw, blend, and create realistic animals with color pencils," a press release said.

The class is for adults 18 and older. The cost is $45 for members and $50 for the public. No experience is required, and all supplies are provided. For more information or to register, call (218) 444-5606 or visit

First City Poetry Reads hosts final session

BEMIDJI—The eighth and final event of the First City Poetry Reads series will be held Saturday, March 10, at 2 p.m. at Wollman Coffee, 1426 Bemidji Ave. N No. 7. The theme, "Poets in Conversation," will feature poets Gail Rixen and Kristin Majkrazk. Both poets draw inspiration from nature, a press release said. Rixen is a farmer, writing instructor and woodworker; Majkrazk is a weaver, spinner and naturalist. Throughout the discussion and reading, the two poets hope to share their similarities and differences in approach to subject matter and the writing process, the release said.

There will be an open mic period after Rixen and Majkrazk's reading. Poets should consider their own response to the subject of poetry itself and how all poets share in the great conversation. Each reading should be no more than three minutes, with family friendly content. For more information or to sign up, contact Marsh Muirhead at (218) 556-6313 or

Great River Rescue plans art contest

BEMIDJI --- Great River Rescue will host an art contest for children living in the Bemidji School District, themed "They Need Us All"

A winner will be selected for each grade. Winners will receive a prize bag, get to choose the

name of a Great River Rescue dog or cat, and have their art on display in an exhibit at the Paul

Bunyan Mall. Winners will also be invited to a reception at the shelter during the first week of May. Honorable Mention winners will receive certificates and will be invited to the reception.

Art must be 2-dimensional, on an 8 1/2" x 11" or 10" x 12" surface. The art can include crayons, markers, paint, and charcoal. There can only be one entry per person. Entry fee is $5.

Adults may help with spelling, but should not help with the artwork. The art will be judged

based on the theme "They Need Us All".

There are a limited number of scholarships available to cover the entry fee. Call Great River

Rescue at (218) 751-7910 for more information.

Artwork can be submitted with the entry fee in person or by mail to Great River Rescue,

1612 Carr Lake Road SE, Bemidji, MN 56601. The submitted art should be turned in by April 21. Copies of the entry form can be found on in the events tab.

Hawley hosts annual art show

HAWLEY—The 51st Annual Hawley Art Show and Sale will be held April 12-15 at the Hawley Community Center, 418 Main St. Entry days are April 7 and 8 from 1 to 5 p.m. All artists are welcome to enter their artwork in the Hawley Art Show to be displayed and judged. Entries will be judged in four categories: professional, amateur, secondary (grades 7-12) and elementary (preschool-6 grade). Entries are limited to original artwork only, including paintings, drawings, printmaking and collages. Artists who have entered in the past will be sent information by mid-February. Artists who have not previously entered may receive detailed information byContacting: Sandy Maydole: at (218) 483-3296 or Donna Noll: (218) 483-4238.

Nemeth Art Center prepares Youth Art Exhibit

PARK RAPIDS—The Nemeth Art Center, in partnership with the Minneapolis College of Art and Design will host a Youth Art Exhibit in Park Rapids. The exhibit will be on display at the Nemeth Art Center May 3-26, with a reception and award ceremony on Saturday, May 19.

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design will award the top sophomore or junior participant a $3,400 scholarship for their Pre-Summer College Session. The scholarship includes tuition, full room and board, supplies and three college credits for the summer session. In addition to the MCAD scholarship, prizes will be awarded to the top three artists in the exhibit.

Applications are now open and being accepted from 15 to 18 year old youth residing in rural Minnesota communities of 20,000 people or less. Tribal and home-schooled individuals also are eligible to apply. The application deadline for the exhibit is April 2. There is no cost to participate.

For more information on the Youth Art Exhibit visit For additional questions contact Michael Dagen at

The Nemeth Art Center is open Thursdays through Saturdays, May through September at 301 Court Ave Park Rapids.

First City Dance Studio hosts fundraiser

BEMIDJI—First City Dance Studio will host a competition dance team fundraiser dinner show on Thursday, March 8. Dinner will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m, with take-out orders beginning at noon, at the Elks Club, 116 Fourth St. NW. The show then will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. NW. The spaghetti dinner will include salad, garlic, toast and dessert. The cost is $15 for both the dinner and the show; $10 for only the dinner or the show; and $8 for children, which includes both dinner and show. Tickets can be purchased through the studio (751-5425) or from any dancer.

Miss Pre-Teen Beltrami County search

BEMIDJI—Applications are being accepted for the title of "2018 Miss Pre-Teen Beltrami County." The contest is open to girls between the ages of 10 and 12.

Miss Pre-Teen Beltrami County will represent her county at the Miss Pre-Teen Minnesota pageant, which will be held April 28, at the Wellstone Center in St. Paul.

The candidate chosen as Miss Pre-Teen Beltrami County "will become an ambassador from the Beltrami County Area and will receive an official title and sash," according to a press release.

The candidate chosen as Miss Pre-Teen Minnesota also will receive a prize package and the chance to represent Minnesota at The Miss Pre-Teen International pageant held in Charleston, W.Va. in July.

Pre-teen girls in Beltrami County interested in applying should visit or write for a bio-form to: Miss Pre-Teen Minnesota International Pageant, P.O. Box 240537, Apple Valley, MN, 55124-0537. For more information, call (952) 432-6758 or email

The entry deadline is Monday, March 5.

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 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.