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Around the Arts, July 30

Angello Bell of Blackduck was the winner of a Poetry Slam competition on Wednesday, July 19, at Fozzie's Smokin BBQ in Bemidji, sponsored by the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. A tie for second was awarded to: Jessaca Santana and Cam. (Submitted photo)
Bell takes first in Poetry Slam

BEMIDJI -- Angello Bell of Blackduck was the winner of a Poetry Slam competition on Wednesday, July 19, at Fozzie's Smokin BBQ in Bemidji, sponsored by the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. A tie for second was awarded to Jessaca Santana and Cam.

Bemidji Area First Friday Art Walk

Here’s a look at the next First Friday Art Walk, which is set for Friday, Aug. 4:

Dunn Bros Coffee -- Dunn Bros presents the photography of Nancy Barcenas Mayer. Mayer and her husband, Tony, have been teaching in international schools such as Moldova, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Uzbekistan. Mayer’s exhibit features these regions, opening a window into the people, culture and scenery of Asia and Eastern Europe. Dunn Bros is located at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive SE and is open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Neilson Place -- Neilson Place continues their display entitled “Another Time, Another Place” by Dee Ann Najjar. Currently, Najjar is working in oils, acrylics and mixed media to capture folk traditions and 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. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne St. NW and is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Bemidji Public Library -- The library wall will feature items created by the Bemidji Wood Carving Club. The carvers do projects of many styles, including human figures, caricatures, birds, busts and more. The library is open 9 a.m. to  5 p.m. at 509 America Ave. NW.

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse -- Wild Hare ontinues the paintings of Mary Lingen. 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. Representative and abstract at the same time, the resulting work and is both striking and comfortably familiar. Lingen received a bachelor’s degree in art from Augsburg College in 1981 and has been painting ever since. Her work has been exhibited in over 20 states and won numerous awards in national competitions. Wild Hare is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 523 Minnesota Ave.

Gallery North -- Gallery North will host a First Friday open house 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 4 featuring the work of Showcase Artist Gregory Steele. Steele began his career as a cartoonist and ads layout artist for a newspaper, later freelancing as an illustrator. Most recently, he has been painting full time, working only in oil. Featured artist for August is Gallery North member Kathy Sanders. Kathy has had a lifelong interest in the arts and started painting by attending rosemaling classes many years ago. She has been teaching classes in oil and acrylics for the past 10 years. Gallery North is located at 310 Fourth St. NW.

Watermark Art Center and Northwest Indian Community Development Center -- The NWICDC presents a reception and silent art auction. Proceeds from the auction will go to local artist and sculptor Duane Goodwin, who recently lost over 40 years’ worth of artist tools and supplies in a fire that burned down his studio. Up for bid will be a variety of work from many area artists, including painting, woodworking and more. A reception and chance to preview work will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. Aug. 4. The auction will be open for bidding from 5 to 7 p.m. The NWICDC is located at 1819 Bemidji Ave. N.

Headwaters Music & Arts -- Headwaters School of Music and the Arts presents Time Funnel, an opening reception and artist talk featuring David L. Smith of Siren, Wis. Smith uses objects from second-hand stores in combination with his own woodwork to create his art. He describes his work as “found object sculpture with influences of folk art, surrealism, and outsider art.” The public is invited to this free opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m, with an artist talk at 5 p.m.  Following the Smith’s reception, Headwaters will host the First Friday CoffeeHouse from 7 to 10 p.m. The CoffeeHouse events feature local musicians, singers and writers sharing their talents in 10-15 minute sets. Featured performers on Aug. 4 include Rachael Munson and Jeffery Sawyer. Artists will be scheduled ahead of time with limited slots reserved for sign up the night of the event. Cost to attend the Coffeehouse is $3/person or $7/family. Headwaters is located at 519 Minnesota Ave. NW.

Rail River Folk School – Rail River Folk School will host the monthly First Friday Fest from 7 to 10 p.m. The First Friday Fest is an all-inclusive music and creative arts gathering happening every First Friday. The Aug. 4 lineup includes performers Annalise Aakhus, Michael Rendahl, Ivan Les Smith and Day Gun. They will be joined by artists Jake Baggenstoss with his paintings, Gabrielle Congrave Baggenstoss of Snotter Press with her zines, Fisher Jambor with floral arrangements, Jessica Mahlberg of Lost Flower with jewelry and H2O by Heather Lynn with henna and hula hoops. The event is free and open to the public. Rail River is located at 303 Railroad St. SW.

After 5 to perform at Farm By The Lake

BAGLEY -- The band After 5 will perform at the next Farm By The Lake Concert Series near Bagley, 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 6, rain or shine.

After 5, also known as Mitch’s Hooley-gans, is a group comprised of: Bemidji resident Tom Kusler (lead guitar, vocals), Linda Barber, from Walker, (flute, sax, bass, vocals). Tom and Linda started the band when they both taught music at Bemidji Middle School. Their spouses, Kim Kusler (keyboard, banjitar, vocals) and Ken Barber (bass, fiddle, harmonica, mandolin, vocals), joined the band a few years later. They took time off to raise children then rejoined the local music scene about 12 years ago and have been playing in North Central Minnesota ever since.

After 5’s music includes Country, Country Rock, Irish, and Old-time Rock. They also enjoy leading a sing-along of Irish and classic pop tunes once a month (usually the fourth Thursday) at the Keg ‘N Cork in Bemidji, where they go by the pseudonym, “Mitch’s Hooley-gans.”

After 5 will perform during the Farm By The Lake concert series at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6.

Contra Dance series continues Aug. 5

BEMIDJI -- As part of its six-month series, Bemidji Contra Dance will host its next event Saturday, Aug. 5. The events are part of an effort to grow live Contra Dance music and community with a fun, engaging and family friendly series of musicians’ workshops and Contra

dances through December, a release said.

A Musicians’ Workshop will be held 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Headwaters Music & Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. No cost, but pre-registration is encouraged. Call (218) 407-7266 or email and look on Facebook for Bemidji Contra Dance. Local musicians can learn from, and play with a stellar northern Minnesota traditional dance band from the Duluth area -- Four Mile Portage.

A Community Contra Dance will be held 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. SW. Cost is a free-will donation, with a suggestion of $5 to $10. Contra dance is a lively, traditional, social dance that originated in New England and is now done all

over the United States. Its music includes styles such as French Canadian, bluegrass, Celtic, Scottish and Appalachian. Call (218) 407-7266 or email and look on Facebook for Bemidji Contra Dance.

The next Contra Dance events will be held Saturday, Sept. 16.

‘Souvenir’ on stage in Hubbard

HUBAARD, Minn. -- The Long Lake Theater of Hubbard presents, in collaboration

with the Mask and Rose Women’s Theater of Puposky, the comic and poignant story highlighting the career of Florence Foster Jenkins and her famously off sense of pitch and key but deep love for opera. ‘Souvenir’ features the talents of Linda Wagner and Kari Norheim of Bemidji and Steven Mayer of Fosston.

The show is directed by Cate Belleveau with assistance with music from Dan Will. The play runs at the Long Lake Theater in Hubbard from Aug. 2 to Aug. 26 with 3 p.m. Wednesday matinees and 7:30 p.m. evening performances.

For tickets call (218) 732-0099 or visit or Beagle and Wolf Books in Park Rapids.

‘I Do! I Do!’ at Walker Bay

WALKER -- Fifty years of marriage is at the center of Minnesota Folklore Theaters’ musical ‘I Do! I Do!’ at  Walker Bay Theater, which opened Wednesday and runs through Sunday, Aug. 6 at Walker Bay Theater.

The two-person cast of  St. Cloud actor Jeffrey Willis (Michael) and Amarillo, Texas actress Baily Harkins (Agnes) tells the story of marriage spanning 50 years, from wedding day to the day the couple moves out of their house.

Performances are Wednesday at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday and Sunday at Walker Bay Theater, 100 Highland Ave (Lower Level American National Bank.) Tickets available at American National Bank and by calling (218) 547-4044.

2nd Street Stage will feature Iron Range musicians

PARK RAPIDS -- The Christopher David Hanson Band will play rock ’n roll, swing and soul at 2nd Street Stage at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, on 2nd Street in Park Rapids.

Formed in early 2013, the band hails from Babbitt on the Iron Range. The band has played with a host of national acts and also have been featured on the PBS television program, “The Playlist.” Nashville recording artist Christopher David Hanson fronts this group of seasoned professional players. They have released three full-length albums and are at work on a fourth.

Events begin at 5 p.m.

Headwaters Art Camp set for Aug. 28-Sept. 1

Headwaters Music and Arts will hold the Headwaters Art Camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28-Friday, Sept. 1.

During this fast-paced program, participants will work with different skilled artists to advance their skills. Led by Tom Daly, with guest artists Al Bellleveau, Stacey Stang, Susan Kedzie, author and illustrator of “A Thousand Purring Cats,” and Joanna Dymond, author of “Howling Yowling Growling with the Lost River Wolf Pack,” will work with participants to create animal art in clay, pastels, murals, acrylics, drawing and plasma welding.

Participants will develop an artist's statement and learn how to exhibit their work in Friday's public art exhibition at 3 pm. Participants will be divided into two groups based on age, and should plan to bring a bagged lunch each day. The camp is at Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW in Bemidji.

The camp is for ages 9-18, the cost to attend is $125 per participant, applications for partial scholarships are available. The registration deadline 5 p.m. Aug. 15 (if deadline has passed, contact us about late registration options). For more information or to register, contact Headwaters Music and Arts at (218) 444-5606 or online at

Grant information sessions in area

BEMIDJI -- The Region 2 Arts Council will hold a series of grant information sessions in the region that detail the variety of grant funding for art projects and programs for individuals and organizations.

Officials will be discussing updated organizational grants for nonprofits, schools, government or tribal offices and community education programs as well as individual artist grant programs. The majority of Region 2 Arts Council grants serve individuals who reside in, and organizations located in Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties. Grants for Native American artists serve those residing in surrounding counties as well, a release said. The meetings are scheduled for two hours, with the first dedicated to grants for nonprofit organizations, schools, local and tribal government offices, etc. The second hour is for grants for individual artists.

Remaining meetings are scheduled for

  • Tuesday, Aug. 1, Clearwaters Life Center in Gonvick, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 2, Red Lake Tribal Council, 10 a.m. to noon.
  • Thursday, Aug. 3, Mahnomen County Historical Museum, Mahnomen, 1 to 3 p.m/
  • Thursday, Aug 3, Gizhiigin Arts Center in Mahnomen, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.