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Around the Arts, Oct. 22

Talley Gallery will showcase work of BSU professor

BEMIDJI --  BSU’s Talley Gallery will feature ceramic work by Dr. Tim Brockman, professor of technology, art and design, in the exhibition “Textures, Slabs and Thrown Pieces: Ceramic Art by Tim Brockman” starting Wednesday, Nov. 1. The exhibit will remain in the Talley Gallery through Dec. 5.

A reception for the exhibit will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 1, and Brockman will introduce the exhibit at a gallery talk shortly after 1 p.m.

Brockman describes his current ceramics work as explorations of glazes and finishes and their interactions with textured surfaces of the clay, according to a press release. Brockman coordinates BSU’s technology degree programs and teaches in construction management and engineering technology as a professor in BSU’s School of Technology, Art & Design.

Recognized this fall as a “Minnesota-based online engineering professor to know” by the website “Online Engineering Programs,” Brockman teaches a variety of courses at BSU including Impact of Technology, Built Environment, Project Bidding and Estimation, Construction Management and Facility Management. He also has taught Ceramics/Hand Building and Ceramics/Wheel courses at BSU.

Mitchell performs at Community Library Arts Center

FOSSTON --  J. Warren Mitchell, a rising opera tenor in Germany and a former professor at BSU, will perform at the Fosston Library Arts Center on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. Admission is a freewill donation. For more information, call Caese Haroldson at (763) 999-1959 or email

Headwaters Music and Arts orchestrates youth band

BEMIDJI -- Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave NW, invites Bemidji area brass, woodwind, and percussion players to take part in a youth community band. Youth ages 7 to 18 and their parents or guardians are invited to attend an organizational meeting and first rehearsal at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6

Directed by freelance musician Craig Haugen, the group will rehearse every other Monday from November to May to prepare for several performances during the year. All skill levels are welcome, with a prerequisite of year of lessons. Cost is $20 per month. For more information, call (218) 444-5606 or email Those interested in taking part but unable to attend the first meeting and rehearsal are asked to contact Headwaters before Nov. 6.

Headwaters 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, 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. 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.

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.

‘Flow’ exhibit ends soon at BSU

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.