New exhibits to open in Watermark Lakeview Gallery

BEMIDJI -- Watermark Art Center will open two news exhibits on Friday, Aug 9, “Existential Psychoanalysis (What is Life)” by Bemidji artist Tawnee Corning and “Mixed Messages” by Lonnie Knutson.

Both exhibits will be displayed in the Lakeview Gallery, with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug 9, at Watermark. 505 Bemidji Ave. N.

“Existential Psychoanalysis (What is Life)” features psychedelic portraits, with images of outer space and nature projected on them to portray the feelings that come with the struggle of finding the meaning and purpose of one’s life, a release said. The themes are inspired by Corning’s love of 1960s and 1970s music, poster art and psychedelic light shows. The project was funded, in part, by an Individual Artist’s Grant from Region 2 Arts Council in 2018.

“Mixed Messages” features abstracts in both oil and acrylic. Formerly of Bemidji, artist Lonnie Knutson now lives in Brainerd. She volunteers with Crossing Arts Alliance and has shown work throughout the region. She has created art in a variety of media for nearly 40 years, the release said. The “Mixed Messages” exhibit was made possible by a grant provided by the Five Wings Arts Council with funds from the McKnight Foundation.

The public will have the opportunity to meet both artists during the reception. The exhibits will be up through Oct. 25.

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Téa Renee, other musicians to perform Aug. 4

BEMIDJI -- Musicians Téa Renee, Tyler Bublitz and Sarah Carlson will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4, at First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave. N.

Téa Renee has had a love for music since she was a child. She has worked hard and achieved many goals in her music career, including writing over 60 original songs and producing her own album “Broken Doll,” which is now available on all streaming services, a release said. She also has won many awards for her classical singing and has performed jazz with professional jazz artists all around the world, the release said. She will also be going to Berklee College of Music in Boston in the fall.

Other featured musicians for this concert will be Tyler Bublitz on percussion and Sarah Carlson on piano. Free-will donations accepted at the door.

BACM presents next summer recital Aug. 7

BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Area Church Musicians summer recital series will continue at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Calvary Lutheran Church, 2508 Washington Ave. S.

The recital will feature Jennifer Ellis, a pianist and harpist who grew up in Bemidji and is now a stay-at-home mom in Fargo. Her program will include variations on Mozart’s theme commonly known as “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” Also included is a piano sonata by Scarlatti, a piano and organ hymn duet with Shar Paquette and several pieces on Celtic harp, 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


Corey Medina & Brothers to perform at 2nd Street Stage

PARK RAPIDS -- Corey Medina & Brothers will be back at 2nd Street Stage on Water Wars night, which starts at 5:15 p.m. Based in Bemidji, this blues-rock band is led by Corey Medina from the Navajo Nation where Corey was born and raised. He moved to Northern Minnesota in 2012 and collaborated with Incepticons Entertainment. Through Incepticons Entertainment Medina released his debut album “Old Dog Crying” in May 2015. They were nominated for Best Rock Album at the 2016 Native American Music Awards.

The beer garden will open at 6 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.

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Headwaters to hold Pottery and Pints class Aug. 15

BEMIDJI -- Headwaters Music and Arts will hold a pottery and pints class from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15, at Headwaters, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW.

Headwaters resident potter, Tom Daly, will walk participants through the process of glazing two pottery pieces created by Daly, such as a beer mug or bowl. In between pieces attendees can try their hand at basic pottery techniques. There will be plenty of breaks for socializing and enjoying beer. There will be a cash bar on campus courtesy of Brigid’s Pub. No art experience is required. Open to those 21 years and older, advance registration is required. The cost to attend is $45, or $40 for Headwaters members.

Find out more or register by calling (218) 444-5606 or online at

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.

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."

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.