Bemidji Public Library to hold Steamroller Art event

BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Public Library will host a Steamroller Art program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16, at the library, 509 America Ave. NW. ArtOrg ( is visiting the Bemidji Library and bringing a mini steamroller to help participants create a unique piece of art to take home. Participants can check in, get their materials, then sit down under the tent to create a “stamp” by cutting out their own design. Then give it to the staff, and they’ll roll the “stamp” up with ink and put it on the runway with a piece of paper on top. They will start up the steamroller and roll over it, then peel back the paper to reveal a wonderful print.

No registration required and there is no cost to attend.

For more information, call (218) 751-3963.

Gallery North to hold an open house on Aug. 9

BEMIDJI -- Gallery North will hold an open house from 2 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9, at the gallery, 310 Fourth St. NW. The public is invited to stop by and visit with Showcase Artist Holly Bergstrom. Originally from Bemidji, Bergstrom lives in Elk River, Minn., with her husband Kevin and sons, Harvey and Henry. She has taught elementary for 22 years and spends most of her summers in Bemidji, a release said.

Featured Artist is Gallery North member Kathy Sanders. She has had a lifelong interest in the arts and started painting by attending rosemaling classes over 25 years ago. Sanders achieved her certification as a Teacher of Decorative Art and has been teaching classes in oil and acrylics for the past 10 years. Her favorite subjects are floral arrangements and flowers as she is also an avid gardener, the release said. Most recently, Kathy creates her unique handmade artisan glass beads used in jewelry and on her gourd art.

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Women’s rights 100 year anniversary celebration

BEMIDJI -- The Mask and Rose Women’s Theater, the League of Women Voters, and Beltrami Co. Historical Society are working together to kick off a year long celebration of the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in the U.S. on Aug. 18, 1920.

This yearlong celebration will feature many events beginning from the historical date of Aug. 18, 2019, until one year later Aug. 18, 2020, the 100th anniversary.

The celebration, to be held at the Beltrami History Center from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18, will include living sculpture actors playing the roles of those active on the U.S. and Minnesota stage with suffrage work -- Alice Paul, Claire Ueland, Harriet Duncan Hobart, Sinclair Lewis and other familiar names of the movement.

Reminders that Native American women did not receive this right until four years later on June 24, 1924, will occur. One Native actor will also inform on this. The actors will stand on pedestals and come alive to tell of their involvement. All women and male allies are invited to take part in a costumed Suffragette Reenactment March around the depot area with music and speeches, a release said. Music from the era with a live piano player will be performed, a historical slide show will be shown during a post event reception, as well as the screening of the movie “Suffragette.”

Cost is $10 per person with a suffrage sash included. Children are encouraged to attend, and are free of charge. There will be a pre-event from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the depot, for participant sign making and costuming for the Suffragette March.

Call Cate at (218) 760-2211 or Gary at BHS for more info.

Bemidji organizations receive MSAB grants

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota State Arts Board has awarded two grants, totaling $52,839, to Bemidji arts organizations: the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference and Headwaters Music and Arts.

At its July meeting held in Bemidji, the Arts Board approved 285 grants through its Arts Learning, Operating Support, and Minnesota Festival Support grant programs. These are the first of four rounds of grants the board will award this fiscal year. Together, grants in these three programs total more than $19 million, a release said.

The Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference was awarded an Arts Learning grant of $34,000, and Headwaters Music and Arts received an Operating Support grant of $18,839.

The Arts Learning grant program supports lifelong learning in the arts for all ages and abilities. Operating Support invests in high quality, established arts organizations that produce, present, or exhibit works of art; to organizations that provide a broad range of services to artists; and to community arts schools and conservatories that make arts learning available to Minnesotans of all ages and abilities, the release said.

Arts Learning grants are funded by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature from the state’s arts and cultural heritage fund.

Guidry to conduct Community Band July 28

BEMIDJI - Scott Guidry, assistant professor of music at BSU, completed his sixth year of teaching trumpet at the International Music Camp in June.

IMC is held at the International Peace Garden, located on the border between Dunseith, N.D., and Boissevain, Man. Thes camp holds seven consecutive week-long sessions for middle and high school students interested in performing arts.

Guidry began teaching at IMC in 2014 during the first session this camp was offered. His wife, Heather Guidry, adjunct oboe instructor at BSU, got involved in 2015 and now they teach at the first and second session of IMC every summer.

Guidry will conduct an upcoming concert with the Bemidji Area Community Band on July 28. The BACB is made up of musicians of all ages from the greater Bemidj. area. They spend the summer months rehearsing and performing outdoor concerts at BSU.

The performance is titled “Back to Woodstock” and features retro-themed music from Woodstock and other favorites from the era. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. on the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex south lawn with free admission. Audience members are encouraged to bring a chair to sit and watch the show.

Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition set for Aug. 1

BEMIDJI -- Headwaters Music and Arts will hold a Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, at BSU’s Bangsberg Hall, 1500 Birchmont Drive NE.

Bemidji Sings! is an event of Minnesota Sings, a competition between cities throughout Minnesota that is designed for amateur vocalists in two age categories,15-25 and 26 and older. Emceed by David Eichholz of Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos, the first-place winner from each age division will go on to represent Bemidji at the state level for Minnesota Sings Statewide Finals.

Finalists who have been chosen to perform Aug. 1 are: April Aylesworth, Darolyn Erickson, Brooke Donaghue, Traci Djonne Schanke, Ronelva Gustafson, Susannah Roed, Charlotte Saxton, McKayla Syverson, Kari Ekhoff, Christa Drake, Maya Lindquist, Carson Carter, Skilah Hurd and Britta Aas.

Finalists will be judged based on their vocal skills, presentation skills, audience response, and the judge's overall impression. Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition will be judged by Zachary Swank, Karen Bradley, Linda Wagner, Kitty O'Connor and Peter McKenzie.

Admission for the evening is $5. Tickets and more information can be found by calling (218) 444.5606 or online at

Armchair Boogie to perform at 2nd Street Stage

PARK RAPIDS -- Armchair Boogie, a band from Madison, Wis., will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, at 2nd Street Stage in downtown Park Rapids.

Armchair Boogie’s high-energy style fuses intricate arrangements of acoustic guitar and banjo with the funky back beats of electric bass and drums, a release said. Augie Dougherty on banjo and vocals, and Ben Majeska on guitar and vocals, started playing together in the fall of 2014 while attending the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Within a year their musical collaborations led to the formation of Armchair Boogie, expanding their sound with the addition of bassist Eli Frieders and Denzel Connor on drums. In conjunction with the release of their debut, self-titled album, the band moved to Madison and has become a regular on the upper Midwest festival circuit.

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

BACM presents next summer recital July 31

BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Area Church Musicians summer recital series will continue at noon on Wednesday, July 31, at United Methodist Church, 924 Beltrami Ave. NW.

The recital will feature Glenn Seibel on euphonium and Wayne Hoff on piano. The performance will feature a spiritual, a virtuoso solo, a hymn arrangement, two selections from Broadway shows, and selections by Henry Mancini, 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.

Watermark Art Center to hold art camp

BEMIDJI, MN – Watermark will hold “Mark Makers” art camp, a day camp for grades one through six. This program offers an immersive art experience to area youth, a release said. Kids will spend the week studying a variety of art techniques and skills. Mark Makers Art Camp is divided into two sections defined by grade level. The camp will be held July 29 through Aug. 2. The cost is $120, $100 for Watermark members. A limited number of scholarships are available. Scholarship funding for fourth- through sixth-grades has been filled, but scholarships remain for kids in first- through third-grade. Pre-registration is required. Visit to register. The art center is located at 505 Bemidji Ave. N.

Trinity Lutheran Church to hold summer concert

CASS LAKE -- Trinity Lutheran church will host a summer concert featuring pianist Wayne Hoff and other musicians from the Bemidji area at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 28, at the church, 6810 U.S. Highway 2, Cass Lake. The concert will feature vocals, instrumental, jazz and ragtime music. All are welcome, cake and ice cream will be served following the performance.

TigerLion Arts to present ‘Nature’ walking play

PUPOSKY -- TigerLion Arts in collaboration with the Mask and Rose Theater and Belle Thalia

Creative Arts Space in Puposky, will present ‘Nature,’ the mythic telling of Emerson and Thoreau’s mutual love affair with the natural world. Grounded in the story of their friendship, this production offers a perspective on their lives that is strikingly relevant, richly complex, and yet utterly simple, a release said. Nature is performed outdoors as a “walking play.” A professional ensemble of actors will take the audience on a journey through the natural environment as scenes unfold around them. Bagpipes, ancient flutes, drums and rich choral arrangements are intricately woven into the experience, the release said. This original work is collaboratively created with writer/actor Tyson Forbes, a direct descendant of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Here’s a look at the schedule of events:

  • Chorus Pre Show from 6 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16

  • Chorus Pre Show from 1 to 1:30 p.m on Saturday, Aug. 17

  • Chorus Pre Show from 6 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17

  • Chorus Pre Show from 1 to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18

The community chorus is still in need of chorus members, contact Cate if interested.

All events take place at Belle Thalia Creative Arts Space, 24011 Highway 89 NW, Puposky. The public is advised to bring their own picnic lunch or supper and chairs or blankets for seating.

Cost for adults 65 and older is $12, adults ages 18 to 65 is $18.

Tickets can be obtained in advance at Brown Paper Tickets:

For more information, connect Cate at (218) 760-2211 or

‘I Went for a Walk Today:’ Family Theater Workshop planned

PUPOSKY -- Belle Thalia Creative Arts Space will hold I Went for a Walk Today, a Family Theater Workshop, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, at Belle Thalia Creative Arts Space, 24011 MN-89 (15 miles north on state Highway 89, Puposky).

Participants can connect with nature through creative play with the cast from their walking play 'Nature.' Professional actors will connect participants to nature through the walks, theatrical play and reflective journaling. Each workshop attendee will receive a 'Nature' field journal to take home. Limited to 30 participants. For families with children 6 years and older. Cost is $10 per participant, or $15 for a family of three or more. For more information, call (218) 760-2211 or email

This activity is made possible by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council due to the legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The event also is made possible by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment.

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.