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Around the Arts, October 15

Headwaters Music and Arts plans paint workshops

BEMIDJI -- Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW, will host a four-session workshop for beginner and intermediate watercolorists who are 18 years old or older. The sessions will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, 8, and 15. Registration is required, as there are limited spots available. The cost is $75 per member and $80 for the public. For information, call (218) 444-5606, email or visit

First City Singers seeks new director

BEMIDJI-- The First City Singers, a non-audition vocal performance group in Bemidji, is seeking a volunteer with choral-direction experience to lead weekly rehearsals and occasional performances at area senior living facilities. Rehearsals are 1 p.m. Mondays at Headwaters Music and Arts.  

First City Singers also welcomes additional men and women ages 55 and older to the group, according to a release.

For information about the volunteer director position or becoming a member, contact organizer Kathy Hughes at (218) 751-5129 or Donna Dremmel (218) 343-2988.

Arts Initiative hosts grant writing workshop

RED LAKE -- Anishinaabe Arts Initiative will host a grant writing workshop at Red Lake Tribal Chambers from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Oct. 17. The event is open to contemporary and traditional Native American artists. Enrolled tribal members and their descendants, 18 years of age or older, currently residing in Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen or Roseau counties are eligible to apply for an Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant. The grant offers funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or creation of artistic work. For more information, visit; call (218) 751- 5447 or (800) 275- 5447; or email The application deadline is Nov. 1, 2017.

Local towns receive grants for historical projects
  1. PAUL -- The Minnesota Historical Society recently announced 36 recipients of 37 Minnesota historical and cultural Heritage small grants, which are up to $10,000 each and total $280,924 in 20 counties.

Local recipients included Cass County Historical Society in Walker, which received $4,500 to create Cass County entries for the MNopedia project for online research; and Clearwater County Veterans Memorial Association in Bagley which received $9,982 to hire a qualified consultant to write an exhibit plan for interpretation of the Clearwater County Veterans Memorial

Shevlin History Center opens new fur trade exhibit

SHEVLIN -- The History Center in Shevlin has recently opened a new, traveling exhibit from the Minnesota History Center called “Fur Trade in Minnesota.” Hundreds of years ago, Minnesota played a key role in the fur trade, which stretched across five continents, according to a press release. Visitors to the exhibit can lift a 45-pound voyageur’s pack, learn how the fur trade shaped Ojibwe art and discover how beaver pelts could be transformed into sleek, stately hats that were all the rage among wealthy Europeans. “Fur Trade in Minnesota” will be open through Nov. 4.

“Fur Trade in Minnesota” was created by the Minnesota History Center’s “Exhibits to Go” program which brings Minnesota history to communities statewide. Locally, the exhibit is sponsored by the Clearwater County Historical Society and by a donation from Clearwater Polk Electric’s “Round Up” program.

Talley Gallery plans reception for art exhibit

BEMIDJI -- The BSU Talley Gallery is featuring carved paper work by Jennifer Falck Linssen in an exhibit “Flow,” which opened Oct. 2. “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.

Clearwater Historical Society seeks input for exhibit

SHEVLIN -- The Clearwater County Historical Society is seeking input from the public for an exhibition to be on display from November through January 2018 at the History Center in Shevlin.

This short-term exhibit “Creative Clearwater” will be developed to showcase the creative residents in Clearwater County, past and present. The museum is asking local artists and crafters to loan up to five items to display during those months. Additionally, owners who have artwork by an artist or crafter from Clearwater’s past is encouraged to share it. For more information, contact the History Center at (218) 785- 2000 or email

The History Center in Shevlin is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays as well as 1 to 4 p.m. the last Sunday of each month. Admission is free, and donations are accepted.