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Around the Arts, April 15

Pat Mason directs the Bemidji Chorale as it prepares for Faure's "Requiem" to be performed April 15. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)


Bemidji Chorale to perform at First Lutheran

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Chorale will hold the performance of Gabriel Faure's "Requiem" at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave N. The concert will feature the Chorale's accompanist, Wayne Hoff, on the church's newly refurbished organ. Soloists for the performance are soprano Amanda Renbarger and baritone Cory Renbarger.

Connecting the present with the past, the performance will also feature the premiere of "Sleep" by Chorale member Josh Gunderson.

Hoff is known widely as an accomplished musician, a press release said. He is active as a church organist and as an accompanist for area school and theater events.

Amanda Renbarger teaches preschool at Calvary Lutheran Church and is a member of the Bemidji Chorale. Cory Renbarger teaches at BSU and has overseen a series of opera productions at the University.

The concert is free to the public. A free-will offering will be accepted.

'Grandmother Voices' comes to Bagley

BAGLEY—Blending cultures with music, songs, and stories, Farm By the Lake will host "Grandmother Voices" at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, at the Bagley Public Library, 79 Spencer Ave. SW. The show will feature Anishinabe storyteller Anne Dunn, songwriter Patty Kakac, as well as storyteller Paulette Friday, and drummer Sharon Saxton.

Grandmother Voices has been performed in several communities in central Minnesota. In 2015, Kakac and Dunn took the show to France, performing several concerts in the Toulouse area.

Library undertakes historical reenactment

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Public Library will host "Legends of the Wilderness with Jacques La Christian" at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 16. The event will be an educational reenactment of the 1800s with David Popilek as he plays French Canadian Voyageur, Jacques La Christian. Flintlock rifles and pistols, along with furs of various types used in the fur trade in the U.S. and Canada will be on display.

Watermark opens new ceramic and print exhibit

BEMIDJI—An exhibition of ceramic and print work from collections held by Bemidji State University, including a lithograph by famed French printmaker Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, opened April 6 at the Harlow-Kleven gallery in Bemidji's Watermark Art Center.

"Being Here" explores the use of the human figure, which has been an integral part of visual arts throughout history, a press release said.

"Being Here" draws from BSU's ceramic and print teaching collections. The exhibition features 12 prints, including "Chambermaid" by Toulouse-Lautrec, and 16 ceramics works. The exhibit will be open at the Watermark Art Center until Aug. 24.

The Watermark Art Gallery is located at 505 Bemidji Ave N. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Arts Council to host accessibility training

BEMIDJI—Region 2 Arts Council will host Craig Dunn of VSA Minnesota to present a two-session workshop on creating access for people with disabilities to arts performances, workshops, exhibits and activity within organizations. The trainings will be held on Thursday, April 26, at Watermark Arts Center's Education Room, 505 Bemidji Ave. N.

The first workshop "General Accessibility Training" will be held from 10 to 11:45 a.m. A light lunch will be provided. The second session "Finding, Developing and Serving a New Audience" will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. For more information, call (218) 751-5447 or email

Mn Artists to host workshop at Art Center

BEMIDJI—Mn Artists will visit Bemidji for a workshop on artists' participation in digital communities from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, at the Watermark Art Center, 505 Bemidji Ave. The workshop will review how to best use Mn Artists' online professional development tools, which are recommended for artists who want to improve their online presence and connect to more opportunities, communities, and conversations, both locally and regionally.

This event is free and open to the public, although registration is required. For more information, email

Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail plan exhibit and tours

BEMIDJI—Members of the Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail recently announced the third annual Fiber Arts Exhibit and Studio Tour.

The Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail will hold a Members Art Exhibit at Wild Hare Bistro from April 6 to April 30. The members will host a closing artist reception at Wild Hare from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 27. There also will be a weekend studio tour on Friday and Saturday, April 27-28, from 10 a.m to 5 p.m., both days.

Along the self-guided studio tour that goes from Bemidji to Turtle River and up to Tenstrike, fiber enthusiasts can talk with makers, tour studios, take a basket weaving workshop, watch demonstrations and try their hand at various fiber arts mediums, a press release said.

In the Miikanan Gallery at Watermark Art Center, trail visitors will see the exhibit "Biitoosinoon-There Are Layers." The art center will host a closing reception for the exhibit from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 28.

In Tenstrike, Eve Sumsky will offer a basket weaving class in her studio from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 27. Participants can register at

The Bemidji Woolen Mills will also give two tours. The first will be at 1 p.m. Friday, April 27, and the second at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 28. Trail maps and information about additional stops on the trail are available at:

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. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 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.

Performing in genres from celtic to country to modern rock, Lost River Band will open the performance at 7 p.m.

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.

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 also will 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 two 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 art should be submitted by Saturday, April 21. Copies of the entry form can be found on in the events tab.

Park Rapids seeks artists for new project

PARK RAPIDS—The city of Park Rapids and the Park Rapids Arts and Culture Commission are accepting entries for a Sculpture Trail in Red Bridge Park. Thousands of park and trail users visit Red Bridge Park every year, a press release said. The park is the trailhead for the Heartland State Trail which is used for walking, running, biking, rollerblading, snowmobiling and other recreational activities. Red Bridge Park is located near downtown Park Rapids and visitors can access the park from Fish Hook River and nearby Heartland Park.

Sculptures will be installed for one year. Completed works can be submitted along with a $10 entry fee by April 30. Artists will be notified of selection committee results on May 18 and will have until June 8 to install their work. Each artist whose work is selected will receive a $500 honorarium. The entry form with more details is available at trail.php.