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Arts briefs, March 18

Watermark to host weaving workshop

BEMIDJI—Watermark Art Center will host the workshop "Introduction to Tapestry Weaving" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 23-24. In the workshop, participants will create a small wall hanging using simple frame looms to learn basic weaving techniques, starting with straight lines and interacting color and moving on to curving shapes, according to a press release. They will also learn how to warp the looms and different finishing methods.

The instructor, Kristin Majkrzak, is the owner of Two Eyes Weaver in Bemidji. She is a member of Watermark Art Center and the Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail. In addition to weaving, Majkrzak is a poet who was recently featured in Watermark's First City Poetry Reads series.

Cost is $120 ($105 for Watermark members), plus a $15 materials fee. This is the first in a series of fiber art workshops hosted by the art center. For more information, visit Watermark Art Center is located 505 Bemidji Ave. N.

Indigenous arts presentation on March 22

BEMIDJI—Watermark Art Center will host a presentation by Miikanan Gallery Program Director Karen E. Goulet titled "Indigenous Innovations in the Arts" at 6:30 p.m on Thursday, March 22.

Goulet has been showing art both nationally and internationally for 20 years. She creates a variety of textile art, including needle art, quilt making, surface design, weaving, mixed media and knitting. Her presentation at Watermark will include observations regarding evolving trends in contemporary Indigenous art, according to a press release.

Throughout her career, Goulet has worked primarily in education, most often with Indigenous institutions and programs. She is an enrolled member of the White Earth Ojibwe Nation.

The presentation is free to attend, and no registration is required. Watermark Art Center is located at 505 Bemidji Ave. N. For information, visit

Library hosts BSU professor on works of Le Sueur

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Public Library will host "A Reading of Poems from Rites of Ancient Ripening and Other Works of Meridel Le Sueur," featuring BSU English professor Carol Ann Russell, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 19. The library is located at 509 America Ave. NW.

Meridel Le Sueur, 1900-1996, was a regional writer, reporter, novelist, feminist, and radical who wrote fiction, journalism, history, biography, and autobiography for more than 60 years, a press release said.

The event is a partnership of the Bemidji Public Library and Beltrami County Historical Society.

It is the third in a series of Monday evening lectures celebrating Women's History Month.

Headwaters oil paint workshop series

BEMIDJI—Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW, will host a four-session workshop on Saturdays in April about water-based oil painting. The classes will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and are intended for intermediate to advanced artists who are age 18 or older. Participants will "transform an idea, experience, or photo into an interesting, vibrant, landscape painting while learning tricks and tips of oil paint," a press release said.

Cost is $80 for Headwaters members or $85 for the public. Registration is required, as there are a limited number of spots available. For more information, call (218) 444-5606 or visit

Local author hosts writers' workshop

BAGLEY—Local author Will Weaver will host a free writing workshop as part of Farm By The Lake's "Storytelling" series from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 25. The workshop is free, open to the public, and will be held at the Bagley Public Library Meeting Room, 79 Spencer Ave. SW.

No writing experience is needed to participate

Weaver grew up on a farm in northern Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota and from Stanford University. His debut novel, "Red Earth, White Earth" was published by Simon and Schuster, and was produced as a CBS television movie. "A Gravestone Made of Wheat and Other Stories" won the Minnesota Book Award for Fiction. The New York Times Book Review called it "...a graceful collection, one that views America's heartland with a

candid but charitable eye."

Several of his stories have been produced by National Public Radio and other groups. The title story from Weaver's book "A Gravestone Made of Wheat" was adapted into the film "Sweet Land," starring Alan Cumming and Ned Beatty. In 2017, "Sweet Land" was produced as a musical and is currently on tour in the Midwest.

'My Fair Lady' auditions to be held at BSU

PARK RAPIDS—Northern Light Opera Co., based out of Park Rapids, recently announced audition dates for its 2018 summer production of "My Fair Lady." Among other locations, auditions will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, at BSU's Bangsberg Hall. Participants should come to the audition prepared to sing one verse of song and recite a 1- to 2-minute monologue.

To sign up for an audition slot, or learn more about Northern Light Opera Co., visit Production dates will be July 27-29 and Aug. 1-4. Chorus rehearsals will begin on June 4, 11 and 18 from 6 to 8 p.m., with the first read-through on Tuesday, June 19.

Based on George Bernard Shaw's 1912 play "Pygmalion," "My Fair Lady" is currently enjoying renewed interest on Broadway as it explores themes of class distinction, metamorphosis and respect, a press release said.

Bemidji Area Arts Endowment seeks applicants

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Area Arts Endowment fund is seeking applicants for its 2018 grant and scholarship round. Any Bemidji area school, nonprofit arts or non-arts organization is eligible to apply for a BAAE Arts Project Grant. Requests must address an opportunity, challenge, issue or need of the organization or school. Requests may be made for amounts up to $1,500.

The Everett Wilimek Memorial Scholarship for Orchestral String Studies is seeking applications

from area youth ages 8-15 who wish to study violin, viola, cello or bass. Scholarship money may be used for lessons, training, and instrument rental. Two $250 scholarships are available.

The deadline to apply for the funding opportunities is April 3.

BAAE is a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation. Additional information and applications can be found at

Presentation to feature Scandinavian crime thrillers

PARK RAPIDS—As part of Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning, Jim Kaplan will give the presentation "Scandinavian Crime Thrillers," from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 20, in Park Theater in Park Rapids, 107 Main Ave. S. The program is free of charge, open to the public and handicap accessible.

A professor emeritus at Minnesota State University Moorhead, Kaplan will discuss the Scandinavian crime thrillers that are enjoying worldwide popularity, featuring internationally recognized characters such as Lisbeth Salander, Kurt Wallander and Harry Hole, a press release said. The presentation will feature works such as "Jar City" by Icelandic author Arnaldur Indredason, "The Snowman" by Norwegian author Jo Nesbo, and "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," by Swedish author Stieg Larsson

Headwaters hosts programs for youth

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW, will host two upcoming programs for children 2-½ to 5 years old and their guardians. Both programs cost $100 per child or $90 for Headwaters members. For more information or to register, call (218) 444-5606 or visit

The first program will be an introductory music class for children. There will be two sessions available, including from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. on Mondays and 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. on Tuesdays. The sessions begin March 26 and 27. The program will introduce children to rhythm, beat and pitch, and allow them to explore a variety of musical instruments, a press release said.

The second program will be an art class. It will be held from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. and 6 to 6:45 p.m. on Thursdays starting March 29. The program will introduce pre-k children to basic art concepts such as color and texture, the release said.

Rourke Gallery features Bemidji area artist

MOORHEAD—Bemidji area artist Don Houseman has been invited to present his woodcut prints, acrylic paintings and original book art at the Rourke Gallery and Museum in Moorhead, a press release said. Houseman has titled his show "Barns Are Noble." He also will include original artwork from his children's books "Harvey and His Friends." The artist's work will cover three gallery rooms on the second floor of the Rourke Gallery.

The former Blackduck High School art teacher is a 1972 graduate of Concordia College of Moorhead. This is Houseman's return to the Rourke Gallery after a joint showing in 2016 with the well-known Bemidji area Studio 10 Artists, the release said. The public is invited to the opening Saturday, April 7, at 1 p.m., with an "artist talk" at 1:30 p.m. The show runs through May 26.

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.

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.

First Lutheran hosts concert on Bach

BEMIDJI—First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave. N, will host a Bach's Birthday recital at 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, March 21, featuring First Lutheran Director of Music Ministries Sarah Carlson and Bemidji Symphony Orchestra Director Beverly Everett. The concert will include various selections "that Bach wrote for the organ throughout his career," according to a press release. There will be a free-will offering taken for Great River Rescue.

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 7-8 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 by contacting Sandy Maydole at (218) 483-3296 or Donna Noll (218) 483-4238.