Bemidji Sculpture Walk summer tour schedule

BEMIDJI-Join the Bemidji Sculpture Walk on the first and third Sundays of each month now through August. Each tour lasts about an hour and focuses on learning about each piece of art and the artists who created them. Local Bemidji history and architecture will also be discussed. Tours will be at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sundays, June 2 and 16; July 7 and 21; and Aug. 4 and 18. Meet at the Bemidji Visitor Center next to Paul and Babe. Tours are free of charge and no pre-registration is required. For more information, visit

Headwaters to hold Unified Art idea share

BEMIDJI-Unified Art is a new initiative from Headwaters Music & Arts to offer meaningful and engaging social arts experiences for adults with disabilities in the Bemidji area. Members of the public are invited to add their voices to the Unified Art discussion at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 3, at Headwaters Music & Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW.

Headwaters encourages and welcomes those with ideas and experiences of working with people with disabilities, to get involved. There is no cost to attend, pre-registration is appreciated. For questions and to register, email or call (218) 444-5606.

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.

Headwaters' Open-mic CoffeeHouse June 7

BEMIDJI-Headwaters Music & Arts will hold an Open-mic CoffeeHouse from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 7, at Headwaters, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. Sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m..

Musician Mike Naylor will be the host for this event. Naylor, pastor of the Debs/Puposky Lutheran Church, purchased his first guitar at age 12. Fifty years later, he was inducted into the North Dakota Music Hall of Fame for his work in the 1960s with the Fargo based Pawnbrokers. His musicianship extends to the keyboard, harmonica, and low brass, and has provided opportunities to play in bands in Ethiopia, Italy, and Greece as well as in Alaska and Minnesota, a release said.

Held on the first Friday of most months, Headwaters Open-mic CoffeeHouse features music and spoken word performance in a family friendly environment. All ages and skill levels are encouraged to sign up for a 10- to 15-minute set. Cost is $3 per person or $7 per family. Coffeehouse fare will be available.

For more information, contact John Henningsgaard at (218) 444-9845.

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

BSO announces 2019-2020 season concert dates

BEMIDJI-With their 80th season wrapped up, the Bemidji Symphony would like to thank the community for their participation and financial support.

Here is a look at the upcoming 2019-2020 Season entitled "Rhythms of Life."

Summer Pops Concert:

• Saturday, Aug. 3: "I've Got Rhythm" featuring pianist Brayden Drevlow.

Season Series:

• Sunday, Sept. 29: "Heartbeat of the Orchestra" with cellist Anthony Arnone.

• Sunday, Nov. 24: "Deep Pulses" with opera singer Tammy Hensrud.

• Tuesday, Dec. 3: "Rhythms of the Season" with vocalist Brandon Box-Higdem.

• Sunday, Feb. 16: "Big Screen Rhythms" featuring epic cinema selections.

• Sunday, March 29: "Classical Swing" with saxophonist Scott Sandberg.

• Sunday, May 17: "Across the Pond" featuring Pianist Gareth Cordery.

Annual mailers should arrive in mailboxes around the community shortly. Those who purchase season tickets prior to the Summer Pops concert, will get a complimentary ticket for the Aug. 3 "I've Got Rhythm" concert.

Order requests can be sent in via postal mail, or purchased online at:

With the purchase of season tickets, patrons also have the opportunity to include a tax-deductible donation to the Bemidji Symphony. The average cost for one concert is $18,000 and tickets, program ad sales, and other fundraising doesn't raise enough. Give online anytime at: Season ticket requests and donations can be mailed to: Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Box 3136, Bemidji, MN 56619.

Bemidji schools selected for state arts planning program

GOLDEN VALLEY, MINN.-Bemidji Area Schools are among those chosen for Minneosta's Comprehensive Arts Planning Program.

Other Minnesota schools selected by the Perpich Center for Arts Education for the 2019-2021 award are: Columbia Heights Public Schools, Minneapolis Public Schools, Pine City Public Schools, Proctor Public Schools, South St. Paul Public Schools, St. James Public Schools and Yellow Medicine East Schools.

Minnesota's Comprehensive Arts Planning Program (CAPP) provides assistance to selected public school districts as they design three-year, strategic plans for K-12 arts education programs. CAPP provides financial and technical assistance to support the strategic planning process through workshops, site visits, leadership development, and resource materials.

"We are excited to be selected as a CAPP district so that we can continue and grow the district's commitment to arts education," Bemidji Area Schools Superintendent Tim Lutz said in a release. "CAPP gives us the support, training, and time to develop a stronger collaboration between Bemidji School District and the community. We see this as a wonderful opportunity to utilize the excellent art programs that we in Bemidji already enjoy, while also bringing people together to support even greater artistic endeavors in the future."

Bemidji Sculpture Walk 20th anniversary celebration

BEMIDJI-The Bemidji Sculpture Walk, a northern Minnesota open-air art gallery, has been an integral arts interface for community members and visitors alike on the streets of downtown Bemidji for 20 years. Now the regional community is asked to come out and celebrate with the Bemidji Sculpture Walk supporters with a block party on Saturday, June 22.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary, there will be public art installations, sculpture and history tours, an artist reception and a free community celebration, open to the public.

The event will be complete with street musicians, living sculptures/sculptors who will come alive to tell their stories, art demos including wood carving with Molly Wiste, community collaborative found object sculpture with Al Belleveau, and an iron pour with Alan Milligan. Food and drinks will be accessible for purchase at local restaurants. Complimentary popcorn and lemonade will be available for all.

The event will be held in the heart of downtown Bemidji from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 on the Third to Fourth Street sections of Beltrami Ave.

This is a family friendly interactive celebration. A poodle sculpture painted by Kathy Gustafson will be raffled off. Tickets and a view of the poodle (Klimt style) are available that day or in advance at these locales: May 20-June 3 at Brigid's Pub and June 3-21 at the Bemidji Visitor Center.

For further information, contact Cate at (218) 760-2211, or Stacey Lundberg at or (218) 308-3879.

Watermark Art Center to hold June art classes

BEMIDJI-Watermark Art Center recently announced its lineup of June art classes.

• June 6: Watermark will be offering a class from 5 to 9 p.m. on the art of Saami bracelet making with instructor Michelle Nordlund Hanevold. The Scandinavian tradition honors the Saami, the Indigenous people of Northern Scandinavia, and the intricate and ornate leather cuffs they wore. During this beginner's course, students learn to weave a traditional double braid bracelet and are taught to sew the braid and button to real leather. No sewing experience is needed to take the class. The bracelets are a weave of "Tenntrad," a pewter and silver thread made in Sweden, as well as reindeer leather and reindeer antler buttons from the Arctic Laplands. All materials used in the class are imported directly from Sweden. Cost is $30, plus an additional $20 materials fee due to the teacher at the beginning of class. Space is very limited and pre-registration is required. Go to to register.

• June 8: Second Saturday Kids Art will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. This month's project will be a printmaking workshop, where kids ages six years and older will have the opportunity to experiment with various types of printmaking methods, including foam printing plates, monoprinting and more. The cost is $15 per person, $13 for Watermark members. Parents can drop their children off and are not required to stay. Pre-registration is required. Parents must register their children online at

• June 22: Watermark will host Family Art Saturday on from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for a morning of creating and planting. Families will create a design to paint on clay pots, then add small succulents to complete the project. This class is $10 per family. No pre-registration required. This is a drop-in style class; come between 10 and 11:30 a.m. to ensure completion of project.

Coming in July, Watermark will be launching two "Mark Makers" art camps for grades one through six. Watch the website for upcoming details,

The art center is located at 505 Bemidji Ave. N.

Headwaters to hold Fiddle Camp June 17-21

BEMIDJI-Headwaters Music & Arts will hold its eighth annual Fiddle Camp, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 17 to Friday, June 21, at Headwaters, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. This camp is for adults and youth with a minimum of one year performance experience. Cost is $100 per participant. This will be a week-long day camp with both private and group instruction, enrichment activities and games, and public performance opportunities. There typically are two performances during the week, concluding with a Friday afternoon performance.

The camp is open to children ages 7 and older, as well as adult string players who want to experience an environment that both advances their abilities and offers a creative and collaborative experience. Rose Vincent of Eau Claire, Wis., serves as this year's director, and will work with instructors John Vincent, Brian Miller and Sarah Hamrin to develop and fine-tune each day's activities. Brian Miller will bring his knowledge of lumber camp history and traditions, and vocalist and performer Carrie Dlutkowski will joins in as the special guest presenter.

Register or learn more by calling (218) 444-5606, or visit

Headwaters to offer music camps June 24-28

BEMIDJI-Headwaters Music & Arts will be holding several music camps from Monday, June 24, through Friday, June 28, at Headwaters, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. Cost is $90 per participant. For more information, contact or (218) 444-5606.

• Suzuki Jump Start Camp: Will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. for children ages 4 to 13, with no prior playing experience. This camp will offer an introduction to stringed instruments using the Suzuki method. Suzuki's 'Mother Tongue' approach to teaching music builds on the principles of language acquisition. Those principles include an early beginning, listening, loving encouragement, parental support, constant repetition, learning with other children and then learning to read, a release said. Violin, viola or cello rental for children and adults is included in the program courtesy of Schmitt Music Co.

• Beginner Fiddle Camp: Will be held from noon to 3 p.m. for ages 5 and older. This camp will help students with limited playing experience gain an introduction to playing in groups and prepares students for Headwaters' annual summer Fiddle Camp for string players of all ages.

• Piano Camp 1: Will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. for children ages 5 to 14. This camp is meant for students with at least one year of lessons, and will help them to focus on piano and musicianship skills.

• Piano Camp 2: Will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. for ages 5 to 18. This camp will be led by Headwaters instructor Jessica Westlund, and is for those who attended last year's Piano Camp or have two or more years of playing experience. At the beginning of the week, students will be assigned ensemble partners depending on their grade and level of advancement and appropriate repertoire will be selected for them to learn. Headwaters piano instructors will teach private and small group lessons, and students will have the chance to play ensemble repertoire for more than one pianist at one piano. Campers will also enjoy specialty classes such as musicianship, jazz piano and improv.

Headwaters to hold Pottery and Pints classes

BEMIDJI-Headwaters Music & Arts will hold Pottery & Pints art classes from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, July 18 and Aug. 15, at Headwaters, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. Attendees can enjoy a relaxing afternoon glazing pottery. Headwaters resident potter, Tom Daly, will walk attendees through the process of glazing two pottery pieces created by Daly, such as a beer mug or bowl. In between pieces they can try their hand at basic pottery techniques. There will be plenty of breaks for socializing and enjoying beer. A cash bar will be available courtesy of Brigid's Pub. No art experience is required. For those ages 21 and older. Advance registration required. Cost is $45 ($40 for Headwaters members). Find out more or register by calling (218) 444-5606 or online at

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.