Gallery North to hold Creative Cafe May 14

BEMIDJI-The public is invited to Gallery North's Creative Cafe event from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14. Three artists will take attendees on a hands-on adventure into the arts.

Elaine Netland will teach a class on creating a felt tree that can be adorned for any season (bring a glue gun if possible). Colleen Hilts will help participants to create their own stenciled design on a springy T-shirt of their choice and size (participants bring the T-shirt). Jamie Lee will help to design a dot art stone mandala using acrylic paint (all materials are provided). Classes are geared toward those ages 13 and older. Cost is $5 per activity.

The gallery is located at 310 Fourth St. NW. For more information, visit

Book release for local author May 23

BEMIDJI, MN-The Spoken Word Committee of Watermark Art Center recently announced an upcoming release party, reading, and discussion by Marsh Muirhead to celebrate "Last Night of the Carnival," Muirhead's new collection of haiku, published by Red Moon Press of Winchester, Virginia.

The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, in the Forks Room at Sparkling Waters, 824 Paul Bunyan Drive SE. Admission is free and bar service and appetizers will be available.

In both the reading and writing of haiku, Muirhead will share the idea that haiku are not only a form of poetry, but also work as photograph, memoir, meditation, revelation, and humor. "Haiku explore the connection between ourselves and others, the natural world, and even inanimate objects, the 'oneness' of human experience," he said in a release.

Copies of "Last Night of the Carnival" will be for sale at the event. Muirhead will also be offering a workshop on the writing of haiku from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 25. The event will give students the opportunity to learn about and write haiku. Cost is $25 and includes a lunch with social time following the class. The workshop will be held on the porch of the author's home, on the banks of the Mississippi River, just east of Bemidji (address provided at sign-up).

For information about both events, contact Marsh Muirhead at or (218) 556-6313.

Pouring, Sugar Spray Classes at Gallery North

BEMIDJI-Charles Alberti will be conducting a be a 'Pouring and Sugar Spray' class from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, June 5-6, at Gallery North, 310 Fourth St. Cost for the two-day class is $100, with most materials being furnished. Participants should bring any acrylic paints and a few brushes, if they have them, although the instructor will bring some that can be used. Ten canvases will be provided by the instructor. Participants must purchase 10 or more large disposable turkey roasting pans. The larger the better, but at least 9x12. The class is limited to six people, participants must be at least 17 years of age. Payment must be made in advance to be officially registered.

Alberti will also teach an advanced Pouring and Sugar Spray class from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, at the gallery. This class will be on large canvasses and the cost will be $85. The advanced class will be limited to five people, who have previously had a beginning class from this instructor. Payment must be made in advance to be officially registered. Sign up for either class at Gallery North. Make checks payable to Charles Alberti.

Splash, Splat, and Splatter day camp in June

BEMIDJI-Headwaters Music & Arts will hold Splash, Splat, & Splatter day camp for children ages 7-11. This active day camp will include both indoor and outdoor art explorations of frogs, still life, water, clay, and paint. As the name implies, the camp will be a time for children to explore the messier side of art making. Participants will also go outside and explore the micro world with a visit to a pond, still life outdoors and discussions about frogs and fish. This camp will be led by Headwaters instructors Beth Andrew and Tom Daly, with guest artists.

The day camp will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, through Friday, June 7. The cost for the camp is $75 per participant, (applications for partial scholarships available). Bring a sack meal each day, all supplies and activities provided. Register by June 1.

For more information or to register, contact Headwaters Music & Arts at (218) 444-5606 or visit

Headwaters seeks vocalists for Bemidji Sings

BEMIDJI-Headwaters Music & Arts invites amateur singers who live, work or attend school in Bemidji to take part in Bemidji Sings! to determine who will represent Bemidji at the Minnesota Sings State Finals in September. Amateur singers interested in taking part will need to register by 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 30. There is no cost to apply or participate.

Auditions will take place from noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 2; from 9 a.m. to noon and 3 to 6 p.m. on Monday, June 3, at Headwaters Music & Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. Participants will sing one song during the preliminary auditions. Up to seven singers from each age division will be chosen to perform at the Bemidji Sings! Show, Thursday, Aug. 1, at BSU. The first-place winner from each age division will move on to Minnesota Sings Statewide Finals, to be held Sept. 28-29 in Woodbury.

Singers will be judged based on their vocal skills, presentation skills, audience response, and judge's overall impression. For more information, call (218) 444-5606.

Learn more and register at,

Violinist Greenberg to perform May 19

BEMIDJI-Headwaters Music and Arts will host Canadian-American violinist David Greenberg for a live performance at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, in Bemidji State University's Thompson Recital Hall, 1500 Birchmont Drive NW.

Greenberg is recognized as a master Cape Breton fiddler who co-authored the definitive treatise on the music from that legendary Nova Scotian island near his Halifax home. A soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and folk fiddler since the 1990s, Greenberg has specialized in Scottish baroque-folk music, first with his group Puirt A Baroque and currently with the trio Ferintosh and Glasgow's Concerto Caledonia. As a baroque violinist, Greenberg has performed and recorded with many of the best North American early music ensembles, including Les Voix humaines, Toronto's Tafelmusik, Cleveland's Apollo's Fire, and the Seattle Baroque Orchestra. In addition, Greenberg performs occasionally as a guest artist with modern orchestras, most recently with Symphony Nova Scotia both as a guest director and as violin soloist for Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

Cost is $10 for general admission, $5 for those 62 and older, college and K-12 students. Tickets can be purchased by calling (218) 444-5606 or by visiting

Bemidji Chorale spring concert set for May 19

BEMIDJI-Bemidji Chorale will present its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, in Bemidji State University's Beaux Arts Ballroom, 1500 Birchmont Drive NE. The concert will be followed by the annual ice-cream social.

This concert considers our unfolding journey through life, through a variety of choral selections.

Robert Frost's poetry in "The Road Not Taken," and Mark Hayes' "Walkin' Down that Glory Road," help connect this program. "Skylark" gives the listener a view of what if?....what could

be?....This concert features Oscar Peterson, (1925-2007), who was an acclaimed Canadian

jazz pianist/composer. Prior to the beginning of the choir's presentation, Wayne Hoff will be playing original piano transcriptions of Peterson's music. The concert will close with Peterson's "Hymn to Freedom" which will include the chorale, help from the audience, and original piano stylings.

Watermark Art Center May class schedule

BEMIDJI, MN - On Thursday, May 23, Watermark Art Center will hold its monthly Art Family Style class. Participants will paint and embellish terra cotta saucers to create creative birdbaths. Participants can leave their birdbath at Watermark to be part of the art center's Pollinator Garden Project, or take it home for their own yard or garden. Drop in between 5 and 6:30 p.m. to ensure enough time to complete the project. Art Family Style is $5 per family. The Watermark Pollinator Garden is made possible by the BBB Bemidji.

The art center is located at 505 Bemidji Ave. N. Learn more about the organization, and other education opportunities, at

Region 2 Arts Council seeks board members

BEMIDJI-Region 2 Arts Council is currently seeking board members for Beltrami, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen counties. The Region 2 Arts Council invites those who recognize that the arts are valuable to the quality of life in north-central Minnesota to consider becoming a board member.

Board terms last two years. Eligible applicants must be 18 years of age or older, have a strong interest in the arts, and a desire to serve as ambassador for Region 2 Arts Council in their county and community. This is a great opportunity to become more involved with the arts and artists across the 5-county region, enjoy camaraderie with others who appreciate the arts, and gain an inside understanding of the workings of the granting process, a release said.

Visit to learn more. Contact Laura Seter, executive director, via email at, or call (218) 751-5447 or (800) 275-5447.

Theater Day Camp returns in June

BEMIDJI-The city of Bemidji will host a Theater Day Camp June 3-14. This half-day camp will run from 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The camp is put on in collaboration with Bemidji Community Theater. There are four levels campers can pick from based off of their performance experience and interest. Level 1: Skill Building & Performance: Campers will work on basic theater skills which include acting, singing and dancing. Level 2: Advanced Performance Camp: Campers will audition for roles and produce a more challenging performance. Out of the Box: Campers will write their own script as well as perform their original play at the end of camp. Tech Camp: For those campers who want to learn about the behind the scenes. Campers will participate in scenic painting, costuming and stage combat. Each level will have a final performance for families and friends. The location is to be determined. Cost is $80 per participant.