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Arts briefs, March 25

Headwaters to host Monroe Crossing

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music and Arts will host "world class" bluegrass entertainers Monroe Crossing for a performance at the Chief Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. Named in honor of Bill Monroe, Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel and heartfelt originals, according to a press release.

Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased at Brigid's Pub, Greater Midwest Insurance, Headwaters Music and Arts, or online at Concert proceeds will support Headwaters Music and Arts music scholarships and summer camp.

'Pottery and Pints' and 'Paint and Sip'

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW, will host two upcoming events to mix socializing with artistic endeavors.

It will host "Pottery and Pints," from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 7. Cost is $40 for members and $45 for the public. Headwaters resident potter Tom Daly will walk attendees through the process of glazing two pottery pieces. Attendees also will be able to "enjoy a relaxing evening glazing pottery and drinking good brew," a release.

On the same day, Headwaters will host "Paint and Sip," allowing attendees to "enjoy a glass of wine" while creating a work of art, according to the release. Regional artist Kitty Ballard will serve as the instructor. Cost is $30 for members or $35 for the public.

There will be a cash bar on campus courtesy of Brigid's Pub for both events. Participants must be 21 or older for both events, although prior art experience is not necessary. For more information, call (218) 444-5606 or visit

Gallery North to host First Friday reception

BEMIDJI—Gallery North will host a First Friday reception from 2 to 6 p.m. on Friday, April 6, for showcase artist Dawn Tracy.

Tracy is originally from Blackduck, and she started sketching in her teens using charcoal and then watercolor, acrylic, and oil mediums. She prefers working with oils.

The featured artist will be Gallery member Maureen O'Brien, whose love of painting has given her forty years of acrylic painting experience.

The featured author will be Joanna Dymond, author of "Howling, Yowling, Growling with the Lost River Wolf Pack" and "Crazy as a Loon," a mystery. The fast-paced crime caper, set in the 1980s, has W.D. Caldwell, an elderly real estate man turned informant for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, trying to ward off drug dealers moving into Northwestern Minnesota.

For more information, visit

Award-winning author to lead workshop

BEMIDJI—Minnesota Book Award Winner Allen Eskens will host a free writing workshop "Three Prompts to Take Your Novel to the Next Level" at the Bemidji Public Library from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 6. Space is limited, and registration is required. To sign up, call the Bemidji Public Library at (218) 751-3963. The Bemidji Public Library is located at 509 America Ave. NW.

Writing workshop at library April 7

BEMIDJI—Authors Julie Klassen and Michelle Griep will host a free writing workshop at the Bemidji Public Library from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 7. Topics will include creating satisfying plots, bringing characters to life, weaving in spiritual themes, research, editing, getting published, and more, according to a press release.

The Bemidji Public Library is located at 509 America Ave. NW. Space is limited, and registration is required. To sign up, call the Bemidji Public Library at (218) 751-3963.

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.

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.

A recent judge for the National Book Awards and a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post, Weaver lives in in Bemidji with his wife, Rose.

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.

BSU prof to speak on feminism and religion

BEMIDJI—BSU Professor John Ellis will give the presentation "Feminism and American Religion in the Revolution's Wake, 1780-1840s" on Monday, March 26, at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. NW. The lecture will explore the relationship between American religious ideals and the start of the feminist movement in the early nineteenth century. It will demonstrate that many of the nation's foremost early feminists, like Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, were strongly influenced by religious ideals that they blended with the democratic ideologies of the Revolution, according to a press release.

A partnership of the Bemidji Public Library and the Beltrami County Historical Society, the event is the fourth in a series of Monday lectures celebrating Women's History Month.

Headwaters hosts 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 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

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