Individual Artist Grant recipients announced

BEMIDJI-The Region 2 Arts Council board of directors recently awarded $19,844 to individual artists from within the five-county region. These grants provide financial assistance to artists in any arts discipline or in any stage of their career as an artist residing in the counties of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen, a release said.

• Paul Albright of Akeley received $960 to purchase a welder for creating metal sculptures.

• Alice Blessing of Bemidji received $2,000 to create a portrait series focusing on color and the emotional lives of pre-teen girls and to host a free workshop for girls ages 7-12 in the region.

• Kari Ekhoff of Bemidji received $1,424 to purchase equipment to allow her to capture original musical works and record cover song interpretations for self-promotion as a singer-songwriter.

• Liz Shaw of Park Rapids received $2,000 to purchase a computer capable of handling large-format RAW files, supporting layered art projects, and allowing adequate detailed viewing for product output, as well as updated software.

• Lance Heddan of Bemidji received $1,883 to purchase tools, equipment, and materials to resume his career as a glass artist.

• Del Lyren of Bemidji received $2,000 to attend a Logic Pro seminar to enhance his ability to compose and produce electronic music.

• Lowell Wolff of Park Rapids received $1,800 to purchase a high-quality video projector to aid in the teaching of photography classes and to produce a photography exhibition.

• Blair Treuer of Bemidji received $1,738 to create a series of fabric portraits exploring the topic of cultural heritage and identity, seeking to convey her experience as a white woman immersed in Ojibwe Culture.

• Michael Wiltse of Bemidji received $2,000 to be an Artist in Residence at the Chateau d'Orquevaux in Champagne region of France for a month.

• Zachary Schueller of Laporte received $1,424 to purchase a Yamaha "Wayne Bergeron" professional trumpet to continue studying trumpet at an advanced level, with trumpet lessons from Paul Loxtercamp, and improve performance in community bands.

• Erin Marsh of Bemidji received $860 to attend the 2019 Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference to attend a workshop and have a manuscript consultation with poet Ada Limon.

• Sue Olin of Bemidji received $1,755 to attend the Workshop and Master Classes at Harps in the Glen, West Bend, WI, August 21-25.

Region 2 Arts Council awards Young Artist Grants

BEMIDJI-The Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors recently awarded $3,750 through the Young Artist Grant program. This grant is designed for 8th-12th grade students who have a strong interest in the arts and reside in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties. Funding supports work with a mentor artist/instructor, or costs associated with attending an arts camp/class/workshop in the state of Minnesota.

The grant recipients included:

• Maya Lindquist of Blackduck was awarded $600 to work with vocal mentor Katie Houg on presentation and performance.

• Madelyn Schuette of Bemidji was awarded $600 to study trumpet with Dr. Del Lyren.

• Paisly Dennis-Winner of Akeley was awarded $600 to study piano with Sandy Andress and to strengthen her composition and sight-reading skills.

• Savannah Tomlinson of Bemidji was awarded $600 to work with mentor artist Mary Therese as well as attend Headwaters Music & Arts Summer Arts Camp.

• Kaelan Emerson of Park Rapids was awarded $600 to attend the MMEA All-State Choir.

• Helen Bartlett of Bemidji was awarded $600 to study vocal performance with Meghan Stringer.

• Lillian Douglas of Bemidji was awarded $150 to attend Bemidji MusiCamp and to purchase sheet music.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pouring and 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.

There also will be 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. 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.

For more information, call (218) 444-5606. Learn more and register 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.