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Around the Arts, October 1

Perpich Arts School to host informational meetings

BEMIDJI—The Perpich Arts High School will hold informational sessions across

the state, starting the week of Oct. 2. Students, parents, and others interested in learning

more about Minnesota's only statewide art school are invited to attend.

The tour will come to Bemidji at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Headwaters School of Music & Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. Designed to develop the thinking artist, Perpich is a tuition-free, public high school for Minnesota juniors and seniors, located in Golden Valley. For more information, visit

Talley Gallery plans reception for art exhibit

BEMIDJI—The BSU Talley Gallery will feature carved paper work by Jennifer Falck Linssen in an exhibit "Flow," which will open Monday, Oct. 2. Linssen will be present at the gallery during the opening reception from 1 to 3 p.m., during which she will give a gallery talk to introduce the exhibit. "Flow" will be open in the Talley Gallery through Oct. 27.

"Flow" is a series of works on bird migration inspired by a trip to the Florida coast. These pieces are produced using a 1,200-year-old Japanese technique for printing on textiles called "katazome" and hand-carved stencils called "katagami." Linssen's work has been shown nationally and internationally including solo museum exhibitions in California, Colorado, Missouri and South Carolina.

Local author give presentation at Bemidji Library

BEMIDJI—Former Blackduck resident Brandon Ferdig will be at the Bemidji Public Library at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7 with a presentation about his travels in the Pacific Northwest. The presentation will describe his encounters with an array of people, "from the homeless to hippie farmers, hitchhikers and entrepreneurs." In addition to his stories, he will share photos and footage. During his presentation, Ferdig also will explore lessons about humanity he learned as a result of his three-week journey, according to a press release. There is no cost for the event. Ferdig will have copies of his 2013 book "Life Lessons Learned Abroad: Lessons on Humanity from China" for sale and signing.

Rail River Folk School hosts Celtic concert

BEMIDJI—Patsy O'Brien and Dick Hensold will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. SW, Bemidji. Cost is $12 at the door.

The concert will feature traditional Celtic music with unique arrangements, according to a press release. In addition to songs from Britain and Ireland, the evening also will feature a mix of original songs.

For the past 20 years, Hensold has performed and taught in England, Scotland, Japan, Canada, and across the United States. He is an active composer, writing music both in the traditional Celtic idiom, and in more elaborately-scored pieces in the same style. This repertoire is featured on his solo CD, "Big Music for Northumbrian Smallpipes," released in 2007. He is also a studio musician and theater musician and is a 2006 Bush Artist Fellow.

Award-winning artist Patsy O'Brien hosts guitar workshops all over the country, and NPR featured one of his song arrangements on the prestigious "All Songs Considered." O'Brien has four critically-acclaimed solo albums and has undertaken numerous live and studio collaborations.

Headwaters hosts child-parent music class

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW, will host a parent-child music class from October to May. The class will be for children ages 2-½ to 5-years-old who are accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Monday class will be held from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m., and the Tuesday class will be held from 6 to 6:45 p.m.

The class is $100 per child, or $80 for an additional sibling, and the registration deadline is Sept. 25. The program will be led by piano and cello instructor Valerie Westlund. The 11-session program will introduce children to rhythm, beat and pitch, allow them to explore a variety of musical instruments and build a repertoire of songs for the family to sing together, according to a press release.

For information call (218) 444-5606 or email

Headwaters hosts pre-orchestra program for youth

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji, will host a "pre-orchestra" performance group for beginning and intermediate youth musicians starting Oct. 2 and continuing until May. All string players between the ages of seven and 18 may join. The registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 2. The charge for the program is $140 per child, or $112 for an additional sibling. For information, call (218) 444-5606 or email The program will be led by strings instructor Valerie Westlund with support from Headwaters' instructors Fisher Jambor and Rolf Lund. The group will meet twice a month on Mondays for rehearsal and small group sessions. The focus will be on Celtic, folk and classical music. Participants must have at least one year of lessons.

Scandinavian band to perform in Gonvick

GONVICK—Skalmusik will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, at the Clear Waters Life Center, 226 Elm St., Gonvick. Founded in 1990, the five-piece ensemble performs traditional Scandinavian and Scandinavian/ American vocal music and dance. Concert tickets may be purchased at the door for $10. Students 18 and younger are free. An authentic German dinner is available before the concert. Serving starts at 5 p.m. The suggested dinner donation is $15 for those ages 12 and older. To reserve you space, call (218) 776-2789.

Headwaters School hosts illustration class

BEMIDJI—The Headwaters School of Music and the Arts will host a four-session class in October for those who would like to learn how to illustrate children's books. The class will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Headwaters Music and Arts building, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW.

Classes will be held 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays starting Oct. 3.

The class is for intermediate artists or "aspiring story creators" who are 18 or older, according to a press release. The cost is $30 for members and $35 for the public. Registration is required. The class will feature Amanda Kastner, an illustrator and storyteller who's the author of "George and the Dragonvine." For information, call (218) 444-5606 or email