Water-themed exhibit opens at Watermark

BEMIDJI-Watermark Art Center will hold an opening of "Nibikaang-From the Water," a group show centered around our connection to water. The exhibit runs July 11 through Sept. 22 in the Miikanan Gallery, with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 11.

Water is important to all people and both Indigenous artists and others have come together to share their voice in this exhibit, a release said. It features artists living within the Mississippi Watershed, Great Lakes or Red River of the North and highlights their relationship to water: interactions, observations, history, concerns and more.

Rivers and watersheds are a metaphor as to how we are all connected. Come see the diverse perspectives and shared experiences that have been formed in this region, where water is so fundamental to our way of life, the release said.

The art center is located at 505 Bemidji Ave. N. For more information visit, https://watermarkartcenter.org.

The Hooten Hallers to perform on 2nd Street Stage

PARK RAPIDS-The Hooten Hallers will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, at 2nd Street Stage in downtown Park Rapids. This performance will mark the 75th concert in the eight-year run of the community get together at 2nd Street Stage.

The Hooten Hallers is a trio from Columbia, Mo., who continue a decade-long search for their roots, drawing from the surrounding agricultural lifestyles, river communities and college kids in the Ozark Mountains foothills, a release said.

This series of free concerts will run from 6 to 8 p.m. (7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 8) each Thursday evening until Aug. 15, with bands, a beer garden, cornhole tournaments and family activities on the second block of South Main. Bring your own lawn chair.

The beer garden will open at 5 p.m. for a social hour. Attendees can support this event by buying an official 2019 button and receive $2 off all beverages at the beer garden.

To see the complete summer line up, go to www.parkrapidsdowntown.com.

Gallery North to hold Creative Cafe event

BEMIDJI-Gallery North will hold a Creative Cafe from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9.

Two artists will take participants on a hands-on adventure into the arts, a release said. Elaine Netland will teach a class on painting an acrylic miniature tree on canvas board. Jamie Lee will share information about the Bead People Peace Project and teach participants how to make their own bead person. Classes are geared toward those ages 13 and older. Cost is $5 per activity, no pre-registration is required.

Gallery North is located at 310 Fourth St. NW. Creative Cafe activities are sponsored by Gallery North and Paul Bunyan Communications.

For more information, visit www.gallerynorthbemidji.com.

Poetry Slam! to be held downtown July 10

BEMIDJI-Watermark Art Center will hold its second poetry slam at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10. It will be held at Red Stu Breakfast Bar, 217 Minnesota Ave. NW, in downtown Bemidji, following the Mississippi Music at the Bemidji waterfront. This is the second poetry slam in a three-part series.

Each slam will feature contestants reciting original poetry in three rounds of competition, with prize money for the top three finishers. The first-place winner will receive $100.

Poets need to prepare three poems of under three minutes each to allow for three rounds of judging by audience members. The work should be original and not used in the previous event. The event is free, those attending are encouraged to make their opinions on both the poems and the judging loudly known. Bar service and special appetizers will be available.

Poets who wish to participate should pre-register by calling Watermark at (218) 444-7570. Same-day registration is available in advance of each event, but space may be full.

Learn more about the poetry slam, as well as other Watermark events, at www.watermarkartcenter.org.

State Arts Board to hold conversation breakfast

BEMIDJI-The Minnesota State Arts Board will be holding meetings in Bemidji July 10-11. The State Arts Board and MSAB staff members, including Executive Director Sue Gens, are eager to meet artists, arts organizers, and other community leaders from the region during their visit, a release said.

There will be an arts community conversation and breakfast from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 11, at the Sanford Center, 1111 Event Center Drive NE. This is a free event and continental breakfast will be provided. Pre-register with the Minnesota State Arts Board for the July 11 Arts Community Breakfast.

During the program there will be a brief presentation about the Arts Board, the statewide arts support system and the Minnesota State Arts Board's work, followed by a conversation about the impact of the arts in Minnesota. Region 2 Arts Council will also be present.

BACM presents next summer recital on July 10

BEMIDJI-The Bemidji Area Church Musicians summer recital series will continue at noon on Wednesday, July 10, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 2220 Anne St. NW.

The concert will feature John Konecne on saxophone and Julie Bengtson on piano. The 30 minute program will include music by Telemann and Britten, and three works by Argentinian composer, Astor Piazzolla. Konecne has been playing the saxophone since he was 10 years old and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz Studies from Bemidji State University. He occasionally plays in a jazz quartet and currently teaches private saxophone lessons, a release said.

A luncheon will follow the concert with a price to be announced. A free-will offering will be received at the door for the Scholarship and Fellowship programs of the Bemidji Area Church Musicians.

Aardahl Lutheran Church to hold summer festival

BEMIDJI-Aardahl Lutheran Church will hold their Summer Music and BBQ Festival from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 14. Cost for adults is $8, free for children 10 and younger. Music will be performed by Antonio Arce, Not Your Average Family Band, John Henningsgaard & Friends, and Figuring It Out (Abello Family). Barbeque pulled pork sandwiches, beans, cole slaw, chips and Pepsi products will be served. Aardahl Lutheran Church is located at 2920 Van Buren Ave. SE.

Headwaters to hold community appreciation concert

BEMIDJI-Headwaters Music and Arts will hold an outdoor community appreciation concert from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, at Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. Singer-songwriter Kelley Hunt will take the stage with her touring band. Together with a commanding, passionate stage presence and superior vocal, keyboard and songwriting skills she has earned the respect of critics and fans across North America and Europe, a release said.

The concert is free, though any donation proceeds will go to Headwaters scholarship program for youth music and art activities. In the case of rain, the concert will take place in the Headwaters performance hall. Beverages will be available for purchase courtesy of Brigid's Pub.

Find out more about the concert by calling Headwaters at (218) 444-5606 or visit https://headwatersmusicandarts.org.

'The Defrost Project' workshop to be held July 19

PUPOSKY- Bella Thalia Arts will host a workshop about what it means to live in rural Minnesota from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 19 at the arts space, 24011 Hwy. 89 NW. The workshop will feature "The Defrost Project," a group of actors from New York City who use theater as a tool for community-building, a release said. This will be a three-hour workshop packed with games, stories and theater, the release said. Dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. in potluck style with ice cream sundaes provided. Then workshop starts at 6 p.m. Attendees are advised to dress comfortably and bring their own water. There is no cost to attend. To register, email maskrose57@gmail.com or call (218) 760-2211. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Defrost Project, Mask and Rose Theater and Belle Thalia Creative Arts Space.

Community Band to perform July 14, 28

BEMIDJI-The Bemidji Area Community Band will present a series of patriotic summer concert at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, and Sunday, July 28, on the south lawn of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex at BSU.

The concert program will feature well-known classics to celebrate American music and Independence Day including the infamous "Stars and Stripes Forever" march, a medley of Armed Forces service songs, and other classic patriotic music to celebrate Independence Day.

The band will also be featuring Sarah Sundeen on clarinet performing "Clarinet on the Town" by Ralph Hermann. Sundeen is a longtime member of the BACB, holds a bachelor's degree in clarinet performance from BSU and is a member of multiple performing ensembles in the Bemidji area.

The band will be under the direction of Terry Bradley, a retired music educator who lives in Bemidji. Terry's teaching and military careers span 35 years in education and 20 years as a National Guard bandsman. He holds degrees in music education from Minot State University, Bemidji State University, with additional graduate study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been active as a band adjudicator for 45 years and has conducted bands in the US, Canada, Australia and Jamaica.

Attendees are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket and a beverage to enjoy with complimentary treats provided by concert sponsor Raphael's Bakery Cafe. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved inside to Bangsberg's Thompson Recital Hall.