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Around the Arts, January 21

An exhibit of abstract oil paintings by Bulgarian artist Mihail Lalov, “Playing With Boundaries,” will open Jan. 23 in BSU’s Talley Gallery. Submitted photo.

Talley Gallery features Bulgarian painter

BEMIDJI—An exhibit of abstract oil paintings by Bulgarian artist Mihail Lalov, "Playing With Boundaries," will open Jan. 23 in BSU's Talley Gallery.

The gallery will host an opening reception for the exhibit from 2 to 5 p.m. on Jan. 23, featuring a gallery talk at 2 p.m. by Natalia Himmirska, professor of technology, art and design in Bemidji State's TAD School. The exhibit will be open in the Talley Gallery through Feb. 16.

Lalov, who lives in Sofia, Bulgaria, was born in 1952. He graduated from both the National School of Arts and National Academy of Arts in Sofia, after which he began his career as a theater painter, a press release said.

His work has been displayed in dozens of exhibitions around the world, including galleries in Bulgaria, Germany and France. His work is featured in the Bulgarian National Gallery and in private collections in Bulgaria, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Greece, Turkey and the United States.

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

Local band to release first album in the spring

BEMIDJI—Based out of Bemidji, the rock band Wildview recently formed and is expected to release its first album this coming spring. The album is geared toward rock fans, although it also will show some variety within that genre, according to band member Matt Jensen.

"It has songs ranging from hard rock to catchy radio rock.There's a little something for any rock fan," Jensen said about the group's upcoming project.

Listeners can get a preview of the album with the single "Self," which was just recently released. The group plans to release an additional single in the coming month. The band is currently working in the studio to finish details on the album.

The group consists of Tony Naylor on vocals, and Matt Jensen and Erik Jensen on guitars, all of whom grew up in Bemidji. Both Matt Jensen and Naylor used to perform in separate bands that would perform together.

"We all were born and raised in Bemidji, with each of us leaving and going on our own journeys to surprisingly find ourselves back making music in our hometown," Matt Jensen said.

The band can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, or at the website

Roue to present at 'Storytellers' series

BAGLEY—Farm By The Lake will host the series "Storytellers" over several months at the Bagley Public Library, 79 Spencer Ave. SW. Up next is local storyteller Dick Roue on Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. at the library.

Dick RoueRoue is from the Fosston, Minn. area. A local hometown storyteller who has been spinning tales for more than 50 years, a release said. "I talk about experiences from life—childhood on the farm, years in the military, years in law enforcement, etc...with maybe a touch of exaggeration, and quite a bit of humor thrown in," he said in the release.

He tells stories for the pleasure of his audience, and his own enjoyment, he said. That's the same, whether he is reading poetry for senior citizen groups or schools, giving lectures on events in history, speaking in church or just telling jokes.

The series continues with 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.

Keith Urban schedules stop at Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS—Country music performer Keith Urban will perform at Grand Forks' Ralph Engelstad Arena during his 2018 "Graffiti U World Tour." The concert will take place Sunday, Oct. 14

A few of the New Zealand singer's hits include "Somebody Like You," You'll Think of Me," and "Fighter," which he recorded with Carrie Underwood in 2016.

Kelsea Ballerini also will perform on the tour, which is set to kick off in June.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 26, and can be purchased on, by calling (800) 745-3000 or by visiting the Ralph box office.

Headwaters plans portrait workshop for teens

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW, will host the program "Portraits for Teens" from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays during February. The program is open to youth ages 14-18. The cost is $35 for members and $40 for the public. Local artist Diamond Knispel will lead the program. For more information or to register, call (218) 444-5606, email, or visit

Basketmakers Guild plans annual workshop

BEMIDJI—Marilyn Moore and Emily Derke will teach at the Headwaters Basketmakers Guild's annual Weavin' Up North Workshop, which will be held April 20-22 at Concordia Language Villages. Additional teachers during the program will include Paul and Jill Scarpari, Eileen Spilman, Shirley Mount and Cathryn Jungroth Peters, among others.

Moore is a featured teacher. She is an award-winning fiber artist who explores color and form through her one-of-a-kind wire basket vessels which led her to create fiber related wire jewelry, according to a press release. Her articles have been published in News Basket, Basket Bits, and Piecework.

Derke is a local weaver and teacher. She spends much of her time weaving baskets, collecting material to work with and harvesting, cooking and experimenting with local wild foods. Over the past decade, her search for knowledge and experience took her from her home in Minnesota to both the east and west coasts to learn from many experienced teachers. Derke will feature birch bark weaving in her classes. She also will discuss harvesting using sustainable practices, the release said.

The workshop is open to all interested adults and includes special classes for first-time weavers.

Registration for the Weavin' Up North Workshop is currently open but will close February 15, 2018. To register, email

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 Bemidji State University as part of the Bemidji Concert Series. The Argus Quartet also will host a master class for string players on Saturday, Jan. 20.

The Argus Quartet will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, at the Bangsberg Recital Hall at BSU. Submitted photo.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. 9 from 1 to 2 p.m. Small Storage Basket. Colleen Hilts. Students will learn how to weave a Swedish Heart out of fabric strips. The end product is a wall hanging. Ages 9 and older. 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. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m.

• 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.

Diane PittmanAn 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 press 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 Ed.

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 up. 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.

HCLL announces 2018 program schedule

PARK RAPIDS—Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning recently announced its spring 2018 program schedule, set to begin 1 p.m. Feb. 20 at Park Theater in Park Rapids. Programs run from 1 to 2:30 p.m., are free of charge, open to the public and handicap accessible. Water and refreshments are provided.

Feb. 20: "Little Minnesota in World War II: The Stories Behind 140 Fallen Heroes from Minnesota's Littlest Towns." Authors Jill and Deane Johnson relay special narratives of wartime courage.

Feb. 27: "Papa's Cookies." Mark Bridge, baker for the National Park Service, will take the audience on a fascinating culinary journey through history and its Victorian-era desserts. Samples provided.

March 6: "The story of Ah-Gwa-Ching." Cecelia McKeig fills in details of Minnesota's first tuberculosis sanatorium, which opened in Walker in 1907 and served as a model for all county sanatoriums.

March 13: "Protecting Election Integrity." Steve Simon, Minnesota's secretary of state, describes the safeguards in place to ensure elections are fair and secure. Co-sponsored by League of Women Voters.

March 20: "Scandinavian Crime Thrillers." Jim Kaplan, professor emeritus at Minnesota State University Moorhead, will use video clips and novel excerpts to examine the worldwide popularity of such characters as Lisbeth Salander, Kurt Wallander, and Harry Hole.

March 27: "JFK Assassination—Mystery and Legend." David Jones returns to explore what's known and still unknown about the pivotal event in American history.

April 3: "Stories of Influential Women." Author and professional storyteller Jan Smith, of Ottertail County, will come in costume to share lively stories such as that of Amelia Jenks Bloomer, for whom the clothing item "bloomers" are named.

April 10: "The Halifax Explosion of 1917." Marty Leistikow tells what happened when two ships collided in the Halifax Harbor to create the most powerful and destructive pre-nuclear age explosion.