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Around the arts for July 2

Houseman publishes children's book

TENSTRIKE—Author, artist, illustrator and self publisher D. L. Houseman recently announced the release of his newest childrens book "Grandma...How Should I Eat a Pickle?" The book tells a story about a granddaughter solving the problem of how she might eat one of her grandmother's prize winning pickles. This is Houseman's fourth children's book.

For more information including author signing, contact Houseman at

Church musicians recital to feature 2016 scholarship recipients

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Area Church Musicians hour recital held on Wednesday, July 5, will feature the 2016 scholarship recipients: Anna Eriksson, MacKayla Carter, and MacKensey Thunem. The recital will begin at noon at the Evangelical Free Church, 115 Carr Lake Road SW. Eriksson, who has completed one year of study at Azusa Pacific University, will perform on soprano saxophone and piano. Carter, a student at Bemidji State University, will sing two sacred selections, and Thunem who has completed one year at Bethel University will play two selections on alto saxophone.

A luncheon will follow the 30 minute concert with a price to be announced.

Rich Mattson and the Northstars to perform at 2nd Street Stage

PARK RAPIDS—Rich Mattson and the Northstars will entertain the 2nd Street Stage audience at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 6 on Main Street in Park Rapids.

Mattson is a musician, songwriter, producer and engineer living in Sparta, near Gilbert on the Iron Range, a release said. He began performing in 1980 at age 13 and took up songwriting shortly thereaftert. He has led and played with several bands, most notably the Glenrustles and national touring act Ol' Yeller. In 1991, he opened his own recording studio in Uptown Minneapolis and over the years has worked with hundreds of artists. He is leading the acoustic folk-rock group, "Rich Mattson and the Northstars," and collaborating with his partner Germaine Gemberling, according to a release.

The upcoming schedule for the 2nd Street Stage is: Corey Medina and Brothers on July 13; The Teague Alexy Band on July 20; The Lucky Dutch on July 27; The Christopher David Hanson Band on Aug. 3; The 4ontheFloor on Aug. 10. The series is held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays in downtown Park Rapids.

Oil paintings by LaCoursiere at library

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Public Library art wall will display the oil paintings of artist Alice LaCoursiere. Many of the paintings are from photos LaCoursiere has taken during her travels throughout the country, while others are landscape scenes here along the Mississippi River. LaCoursiere has been a member of the Northern Artist's Association for approximately 15 years. She began painting in the late 1970s, taking beginners oil painting classes from the late Claudine Mattison, a well-known Bemidji artist.

The Bemidji Public Library is located at 509 America Ave. NW and is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

'Another Time Another Place' at Neilson Place

BEMIDJI—Neilson Place presents an art display entitled "Another Time Another Place" by Dee Ann Najjar starting July 1 and continuing through October.

Currently, Najjar is working in oils, acrylics and mixed media to capture folk traditions and to record the people and places in her world. Her present artistic inspiration is leaving a visual storytelling legacy for her grandchildren. Najjar has many accomplishments including teaching, books and publications illustrations, solo and group exhibitions, private collections and awards. At Neilson Place, her artwork will include watercolor, acrylic, pastel, oil, ink, collage and mixed media paintings. A meet and talk with Dee Ann Najjar will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, July 7, in the Neilson Place lobby, located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne Street NW.

Open house at Gallery North

BEMIDJI—A First Friday open house will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, July 7, at Gallery North, 310 Fourth St. NW. The showcase artist will be Brian Dow, who is from Ponemah and now resides in Bemidji. The feature artist for Gallery North is member Les Sanders. Sanders started woodcarving more than 30 years ago. He often carves whimsical characters and houses, and is especially talented at creating and carving split cedar flutes. In addition, author Wendell Affield will be on-hand during the open house to sign copies of "Muddy Jungle Rivers," a Vietnam War memoir told from a 20-year-old brown water sailor's point of view. For more information, visit

Exhibit by Lembi at First Lutheran

BEMIDJI—First Lutheran Church will host "remix...then and now," an exhibit featuring 26 oil paintings and eight watercolors by artist John Lembi.

Lembi was born in San Francisco, where he attended art school and began working with the media of wood, ceramics and painting. Since moving to Minnesota, his work has been exhibited locally at Watermark Art Center in Bemidji and Nemeth Art Center in Park Rapids. The show, explores and attempts to convey observations of everyday objects that may ordinarily go unnoticed. It will be on display through Aug. 25.

A First Friday reception with Lembi will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. July 7, in the First Lutheran Fellowship Hall, 900 Bemidji Ave N. The exhibit can also be viewed during regular church business hours, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Paintings of Lingen at Wild Hare

BEMIDJI—Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will display the paintings of Mary Lingen, from Friday, July 7, through Wednesday, Aug. 30. Lingen's paintings, like the northern landscapes she depicts, are at once beautifully chaotic and perfectly balanced, using her unique technique of geometric segmentation to organize the busy-ness of color and light from the complexity of the natural world, according to a release. Representative and abstract at the same time, the resulting work and is both striking and comfortably familiar.

Lingen received her bachelor's degree in art from Augsburg College in 1981. Her work has been exhibited in more than 20 states and won numerous awards in national competitions. She has been listed in Art in America's Annual Guide to Museums, Galleries and Artists on four separate occasions. A meet the artist event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, July 7, at Wild Hare, 523 Minnesota Ave.

"Faces of Minnesota" traveling exhibit

BEMIDJI—In celebration of Minnesota Public Radio's 50th anniversary, MPR presents "Faces of Minnesota," a travelling exhibit of 50 images from the last decade that document the state and the people who live here.

The pictures come from the work of MPR News, Classical MPR and The Current award-winning photographers and regional freelancers, and they tell the story of what makes Minnesota special, a release said.

Select photos will be on display during the MPR Open House from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, July 7, at the MPR Bemidji office, 405 Beltrami Avenue. The

full exhibit will be displayed from July 6 to Aug. 2 at Watermark Art Center and Dunn Bros Coffee. Attendees are encouraged to begin at MPR, then continue to Watermark and Dunn Bros to see the rest of the exhibit.

Artwork by Indigenous artists on display

BEMIDJI—Northwest Indian Community Development Center will display unique artworks crafted by area Indigenous artists from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 7, at the center, 520 Fourth St. NW. Both traditional and contemporary artworks will be for sale, including beadwork, jewelry, 2D and other media. Traditional food will also be available. Cash sales only.

DeWitt sanctuary paintings at United Methodist

BEMIDJI—United Methodist Church continues their display of Michael DeWitt sanctuary paintings. An informal opportunity to view the artwork and visit with DeWitt will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 7, at the church, 924 Beltrami Ave. NW. The installation includes eight large oil on canvas paintings displayed in the worship area. These works are a surrealistic series of metaphors addressing select life and spiritual issues, a release said.

First Friday Fest at Folk School

BEMIDJI—Rail River Folk School will host the monthly First Friday Fest from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 7, at the folk school, 303 Railroad St. NW.

The First Friday Fest is an all-inclusive music and creative arts gathering happening every First Friday. The event includes Sharon Nordrum, paintings; Sarah Eberwine Peterson, paintings and Russ Lund, paintings and mixed media. Jessica Malhberg of Lost Flower Designs will be bring her jewelry. H2O by Heather Lynn will be doing henna and hula hoops.

On stage will be Mike Bjerke, Jeb Monge, Anthony Swann, Sophia Rameriz, Julia Oxenrider and the night will end with Catching Clarity.

Stenciled signs classes scheduled

BEMIDJI—"Stenciling in the Loft," stenciled signs classes will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, July 7, and 11 a.m. Saturday, July 8, at Treasures on the Mississippi, 1511 Jefferson Ave. NW. The class will feature stenciling and painting with acrylic paints on wood. No experience is necessary. To register or for more information, call Linda at (218) 556-7888.

Church Musicians recital featuring Joseph Henry

BEMIDJI—A Bemidji Area Church Musicians recital featuring Bemidji native Joseph Henry will take place at noon Wednesday, July 12, at St. Phillip's Church, 702 Beltrami Ave. Henry is currently teaching at Grambling State University in Grambling, La. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Minnesota, and two doctorate degrees from Manhattan School of Music and the University of Minnesota.

Henry has taught at several locations in the United States and for two years in Romania. At Grambling, he teaches music courses and serves as accompanist and university organist. He

also is assistant organist at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Shreveport.

For the recital, Henry will play piano pieces by Gottschalk and Grant-Still, an organ piece by De Grigny, and will be joined by Andrew Green, violin, and Melissa Bartlett, cello, to play the first movement of the D minor trio by F. Mendelssohn. The recital will be followed by a luncheon with a price to be announced. There is no admission charge. A free-will offering will be received at the door.

'An Enemy of the People' at RRFF in August

BEMIDJI——Sod House Theater recently announced a bluegrass infused adaptation, of "An Enemy of the People," written by Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Darcey Engen, Luverne Seifert, Brian Laidlaw, and Ashley Hanson, that will tour four cities of greater Minnesota. The production will play at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, at Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. SW in Bemidji. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children. Tickets are available at and at Iverson's Corner Drug in downtown Bemidji.

Sod House will join forces with local actors and musicians from the area to celebrate summer and community through the experience of live, site-specific theater, a release said. This classic play, "An Enemy of the People" examines how a community responds when a local doctor threatens to expose that the water it relies upon for tourism is being poisoned. The play questions how far a community will go to protect their town's secret in order to avoid financial ruin.

After each performance, water experts from local organizations will facilitate conversations centered on local water issues in hopes that the play and community dialogue will inspire water conservation.

For show information, call (612) 414-2032.

Clearwater County HS receives grant

SHEVLIN—The Minnesota Historical Society recently announced 50 recipients of 56 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grants, totaling $415,269 in 29 counties. Clearwater County Historical Society, located in Shevlin received a grant of $3,999 and will provide the historical society with professional continuing education through a national museum training program.