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December’s First Friday Art Walk is set

BEMIDJI -- The first Friday Art Walk will take place on Friday, Dec. 1 at the following locations:

Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive SE, will display the paintings of John Simonis. Simonis was the first BSU graduate with a bachelor’s of fine arts degree and passed away in 1983. Fifteen percent of the art sales will help fund the local Disabled American Veteran’s chapter. Dunn Bros is open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. NW, will continue the photography display of “North and South – Best of Both Worlds” by Lainie Hiller, an Australian by birth and culture.Her favorite subjects are wildlife and landscapes. Neilson Place is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Bemidji Library wall, 509 America Ave. NW, will feature work by the Northern Artist Association in an exhibit titled “Come Join Us and Put Your Creative Side to Work.” The wall will showcase each of the members’ variety of styles. Bemidji Library is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Northwest Indian Community Development Center, 1819 Bemidji Ave. N, will host a First Friday Art Market from 1 to 7 p.m., featuring contemporary and traditional Ojibwe art, jewelry, garments and other hand-crafted personal and home-care products. Light snacks will be offered, with lunch available for purchase.

Gallery North, 310 Fourth St. NW, will host a “Holiday Boutique” First Friday reception from 2 to 6 p.m. The featured artist will be Gallery member and author, Mary Knox-Johnson. Knox-Johnson has published three children’s books: “Thoughts from Pudge (A Philosophical Look at Life from a Dog’s Point of View),” “Thoughts from Pudge II (The Mentoring Continues)” and “Alphabet Jambalaya (An Alliterative Alphabet Book for the Fun at Heart).”  Knox-Johnson will be available to read from all three of her books and discuss the positive side of self-publishing. She  also will discuss some of the research she has done on her new project, a look at the mob in Bemidji during the 1920s and 1930s. The Holiday Boutique reception also will host Mike Lien of Menahga. Lien will sign copies of his book “Firewood Happens,” which is a Midwest Book Award winner.

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, 523 Minnesota Ave., will present “Art Feast,” recent works by Malisa VanMaasdam, from Dec. 1 through January. “Art Feast” will feature original watercolors depicting seasonally-inspired recipes from VanMaasdam’s own kitchen, arranged into a calendar with one recipe for each month. The opening reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m.

Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW, will host the opening reception for the Headwaters’ Art Club exhibit from 3:30 to 4 p.m. The students (aged 9-13) have worked in a variety of mediums since October, joined by instructors Susan Kedzie, Fisher Jambor and Diamond Knispel. The group had the opportunity to work with basic drawing, watercolor and oil pastels and learned concepts such as realism and surrealism. The exhibit will be paired with wreaths from the First Annual Festival of Wreaths, a fundraising event for Sertoma Club Bemidji and Headwaters Music and Arts’ Scholarship Program.