Around the Arts, January 14


Mask and Rose to host festival of female playwrights

BEMIDJI—In collaboration with BSU, the Mask and Rose Theater is bringing Little Black Dress INK's nationally sourced Female Playwrights Onstage Festival to Bemidji, a release said.

The free reading of work will take place at BSU's Bangsberg's Black Box Theater at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 21, and is open to the public. The nationwide event will feature local actors and actresses giving voice to short plays and monologues written by female playwrights from across the nation, a press release said.

This will be the first time that Mask and Rose and BSU have participated in the Onstage Festival. Every year, Little Black Dress INK, a nationwide female playwright producing organization, invites female playwrights to submit short pieces to suit the onstage theme. This year's theme was Volume Control.

Some plays will contain mature subject matter and language.

More information about the Onstage Festival reading can be found at

Concert Series features Argus Quartet

BEMIDJI—The Argus Quartet, the graduate quartet in residence at the Juilliard School, will perform on Sunday, Jan. 21, at BSU as part of the Bemidji Concert Series. The Argus Quartet also will host a master class for string players on Saturday, Jan. 20.

The concert will begin at 3 p.m. in the Thompson Recital Hall of BSU's Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Tickets are available at the doors or in advance in Room 201 of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.

The master class is scheduled for 3 p.m. Jan. 20. Those interested should contact the BSU Music Department for additional information about the master class.

Gallery North releases class listings for February

BEMIDJI --Gallery North artists recently announced the class listings for February for the annual "Warm Your Heart With A Little Art." The classes are free and are offered by local Gallery North artists. The listings include:

• Feb. 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. Woodburn on a Feather. Les Sanders. Use wood burning techniques and beads to design a feather carved from basswood. Ages 12 and above. Limit: 7 students.

• Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to noon. Bead People Peace Project. Jamie Lee. Create a thumb-sized bead person. Includes a booklet. Children welcome. Limit: 8 students.

• Feb. 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. Watercolor Background. Marion Caroline. Explore and practice a variety of backgrounds in watercolor. Ages 10 and above. Limit: 8 students.

• Feb. 6. from 1 to 4 p.m. Put It On a Feather. Marion Caroline. Paint a Northwoods bird on a feather. Ages 10 and above. Limit: 8 students.

• Feb. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. Red Willow Dreamcatcher. Les Sanders. Make a beautiful dreamcatcher using red willow, sinew, and beads. Ages 12 and above. Limit: 8 students.

• Feb. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. Small Storage Basket. Monie Martin. Create a woven storage basket using reeds with color added on the sides. Adult students only. Limit: 8 students.

• Feb. 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. Ukrainian Egg Painting. Mary Morton. Learn to paint an intricate and beautiful star pattern on a blown egg using special dyes. Ages 10 and above. Limit: 8 students.

• Feb. 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. Gourd Art Pin. Kathy Sanders. Design a unique pin using gourd pieces, acrylic paint/alcohol inks, and learn to incorporate a special handmade bead made by the instructor. Ages 12 and above. Limit: 8 students.

• Feb. 22. from 1 to 4 p.m. Bead and Wire Pendant. Kathy Sanders. Make a 2-inch pendant using wire wrapping techniques and embellish your piece with beads. Ages 12 and above. Limit: 8 students.

• Feb. 24. 1 to 4 p.m. Unblocked Writer's Workshop. Jamie Lee. Free the writer inside you. this class gives you tools and strategies to energize and unblock your writing. Ages 15 and above. Limit: 8 students.

First City Poetry Reads features Diane Pittman

BEMIDJI—Diane Pittman will be the featured poet for the next First City Poetry Reads event, which will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at the east end of the main lobby at Sanford Health Hospital. The theme and title for the presentation is "Health, Wealth, and Illness." Pittman is a life-long poet and has been a family physician in the area for more than 30 years. In both her poetry and medical practice, Pittman focuses on a balanced cycle of life, a connection with nature both physical and spiritual, a press release said.

An open-mic session will take place at the event. Area poets are encouraged to share their work

surrounding the theme. Anyone interested in pre-registering to read can contact Marsh Muirhead at (218) 556- 6313 or Poets are asked to keep their reading to three minutes and provide family friendly content.

For more information, visit

Weaver to host Park Rapids writing workshop

PARK RAPIDS—Will Weaver of Bemidji will teach the writing workshop "Writing Close to Home" from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16, at the Park Rapids Public Library, 210 First St W. Although the event is free, attendees must register either by phone at (218) 751-5447 or by email at

Weaver, author of "Sweet Land," "Memory Boy," and "Red Earth, White Earth" has mastered the art of using a northern Minnesota setting and details to gain a national audience, according to a press release. In this workshop for writers, he will share tips and techniques about the power of description. The goal is to make writing sing with authenticity yet sound a chord of common humanity, the release said.

Community Education hosts guitar lessons

BEMIDJI—Bemidji Area Schools Community Education is offering guitar lessons with Lou Samsa for youth and adults ages 8 and up. Those interested should call (218) 333-3284 X 1 for availability and to register. Lessons are 30 minutes per lesson. The cost for 10 Lessons is $199. The lessons will be held on Thursdays from Jan. 25 through March 29, at Bemidji Community Education.

Library hosts winter reading program for adults

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Public Library will host the annual adult winter reading program "Snow Time to Read," which is intended for ages 16 and older. Participants log books, e-books, audiobooks and e-audiobooks that they read beginning Jan. 1. Books must be young adult or adult reading level. Readers who finish 15 books before March 31 will automatically win a prize. Every 15 books logged also grants participants an entry into the drawing for additional prizes at the end of the program.

Sign-up began Jan. 1. Patrons who would like to participate can register at 2018 or speak with a staff member at the

Bemidji Public Library.

Headwaters plans youth art class

BEMIDJI—Headwaters' Art Club, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW, will provide art classes from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays from Jan. 11 through May 10. Students ages 9 to 13 will be introduced to skills and techniques by professional artists from the community, including Sarah Eberwine Peterson, Tom Daly, Paula Swenson, and Diamond Knispel, a press release said. The class will include instruction in drawing, pastels, clay, acrylics, mixed media, and more. Snacks and art supplies will be provided. Space is limited to the first 20 participants. There will be no session on March 8. The spring class session is $275. For more information or to register, call (218) 444-5606.

Artist grant application deadline is Jan. 15

BEMIDJI—The deadline to apply for The Region 2 Arts Council Individual Artist Grant Program, made available with funding from the McKnight Foundation, is Monday, Jan. 15. The program provides financial assistance to artists in any art discipline or in any stage of their career as an artist. The grant offers funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; the purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities.

Artists can apply for up to $2,000 in grant funds. For more information, email or visit

Farm By The Lake presents 'Storytellers' series

BAGLEY—Farm By The Lake will host the series "Storytellers" over several months at the Bagley Public Library, 79 Spencer Ave. SW. The series is free and open to the public. The scheduled events include slam storyteller Ward Rubrecht on Sunday, Jan. 14, local storyteller Dick Roue on Jan. 28, comic storyteller Michael Venske on Feb. 11, naturalist storyteller Al Batt on Feb. 25, interactive storyteller Nothando Zulu on March 11, and a writing workshop with Will Weaver on March 25.