BEMIDJI-Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail members have announced their Annual Fiber Arts Trail Exhibit & Tour in the Bemidji area of northern Minnesota. The trail celebrates "the unique heritage of the area's voyageurs, pioneers and Indigenous peoples showcasing both traditional and contemporary textile art forms," a release said.
The popular Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail Member Exhibit returns for its third year at Wild Hare Bistro in downtown Bemidji, 323 Minnesota Ave. NW. The opening reception is on the First Friday Art Walk, from 3 to 7 p.m. on April 5.
The exhibit showcases basketry, handwoven tapestry art, knitting, hand-dyed yarn, linen wovens, wool blankets, wool applique quilting, hand embroidery, sculptural basketry, mixed media, knotting, needle-felting, wet felting and more.
Pine to Prairie Trail members are offering workshops throughout the month of April as well as a studio tour Friday and Saturday, April 26-27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. The tour has five stops and includes a trunk show, demos and small make and take projects and handmade items for sale. The self-guided tour along the Pine to Prairie Trail Fiber Arts Trail includes stops at Wild Hare Bistro, Watermark Art Center, Willow Wood Market Designs, Forbes Studio and Northwest Indian Community Development Center.
"The textile artists and businesses featured on this unique art trail are a part of the new tradition of makers that is fueling the resurgence of textile arts," said Jennifer Wilder, founder and owner of Midwest Fiber Arts Trails, who developed the fiber arts trail concept in the Midwest, in a release. "Joining together, the trail members have formed a vibrant and diverse gathering place that fosters creativity and innovation."
Trail tour highlights include:
• Falling Leaves Basket class with Eve Sumsky from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 6. Cost is $35 to create a basket using basic weaving techniques. A good class for beginning weavers. Materials include flat-braided seagrass giving the basket a nice textured look. For all weaving levels.
• Rustic Vase with Wood Base class with Shannon Lucas-Westrum from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 6. Cost is $28. In this class, participants will be weaving a vase using a piece of dried local wood as the base. This class is good for beginners with a simple border and the opportunity to add in a variety of colors and fibers. Attendees are welcome to bring interesting yarns, strings, or ribbons to incorporate into their vase. Supplies are included.
• Stackable Cavandoli Bracelet class with Karen-lisa Forbes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 7. Cost is $35. Beginning Cavandoli knotting. Learn the basic knots of Cavandoli while making a bead embellished bracelet. Materials are included in class fee. Additional supplies will be available for purchase.
• Minogwaasowag-They Stitch Well Exhibit at Watermark Art Center. From April 5-June 22. Minogwaasowag-They Stitch Well features the work of two gifted artists. Beading artist Nancy Kingbird is known for her distinct designs, which bring a spiritual voice to every pattern. Rick Kagigebi is a blanket maker and gifted storyteller who speaks through textile and thread.
• Patty Lovegreen Trunk Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 26 at Watermark Art Center, 505 Bemidji Ave. N. Patty Lovegreen, an accomplished weaver, spinner and felt maker, will feature her latest work. She works in bold, fresh colors that enliven the spirit. She will have many items for sale.
• Nancy Kingbird Beadwork Demonstration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at Watermark Art Center, 505 Bemidji Ave. N. Kingbird will present beadwork demonstrations on and off throughout the day.
• Needle Felt Bear class with Patty Lovegreen from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at Watermark Art Center, 505 Bemidji Ave. N. Cost is $20. Make your own miniature bear while learning the basic needle felting techniques. There is no extra materials fee. All materials will be provided in class.
• Tapestry and Loom Weaving Demos at Northwest Indian Community Development Center Friday and Saturday, April 26-27. Carrie Jessen, a floor loom weaver, and Kristin Majkrzak, a tapestry weaver, will set up booths for visitors to see their weaving techniques. Both accomplished weavers, they will have finished tapestries, linen towels and wool blankets for sale. They will be joined by fiber artists from the Native American community in the Bemidji area.
• Willow Wood Market Designs will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 26-27. Join Bonnie Lundorff in her wool and quilt studio. You'll be delighted by her pattern designs, fabric, hand-dyed wool and supplies for sale.
• Crazy Quilt Make and Take on Saturday, April 27. Bonnie Lundorff will offer a Crazy Quilt Make 'n' Take project for Trail visitors. Learn how easy it is to "piece" with wool as you create a small crazy quilt heart or square that can be embellished and made into a lapel pin or a pin cushion.
• Rug Hooking with the Oxford Rug Punch Tool demo at Willow Wood Market Designs. The Oxford Rug Punch tool is a simple way to create traditional rug hooked projects.
• Peg Loom Weaving Demonstration on Friday, April 26. Watch Aliza Novecek Olson demonstrate Peg Loom Weaving. It's a wonderfully simple technique for beginners as well as experienced weavers. Join for hands on demonstrations using wool strips, yarn and roving and the peg loom.
• Shop Alainn Yarns at Willow Wood Market. Come and see some of Stephanie Showalter's travel-inspired, hand-dyed yarn.
Members include Carrie Jessen, Kristin Majkrzak, Watermark Art Center, Eve Sumsky, Shannon Lucas-Westrum, Northwest Indian Community Development Center, Karen-lisa Forbes, Stephanie Showalter and Bonnie Lundorff.
The Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail is a part of Midwest Fiber Arts Trails, founded by Minneapolis-based publisher Jennifer Wilder, who writes about Midwest fiber artists.
Visit https://midwestfiberartstrails.org/pine-prairie-2019/ for more information.