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Around the Arts, February 4

The Miikanan Gallery will open the exhibit “Native Skywatchers -- Earth Sky Connections” on Feb. 5. It will be on display for the month of February only at the Watermark Art Center. Submitted.

Northern Community Radio hosts first book awards

BEMIDJI—Northern Community Radio recently announced the inaugural KAXE/KBXE Book Awards. Voting is open to the public at

Northern Community Radio has had a long standing commitment to writers and reading with programming like "Realgoodwords" with Heidi Holtan, "What We're Reading" with Tammy Bobrowsky and "Wordish" with Robert Jevne. In addition, KAXE has a monthly reading group that meets the second Wednesday of the month at the KAXE studios. "What we're Reading" is also a Facebook group hosted by KAXE/KBXE, which is open to the public.

Readers will vote on books they've read this past year; a book doesn't have to have been published in 2017 to be nominated.

The inaugural Book Awards will accept votes in the following categories:

• Best Setting. Sometimes the setting of a book comes alive and draws you in. Which book featured a setting that pulled you into the story?

• Best Character. Whether it's the hero or the villain, the protagonist or antagonist, or even a minor character, which book had a character that gave it that "extra spark" and kept you wanting more?

• Best Character, Childrens' books. Which character from a picture or chapter book did your kids love?

• Best Eye-Opener. What's the best book that opened your eyes to a topic, culture, real-life person, or historical event?

• Reader's Choice. What was the best book overall you read in 2017?

Venske up next in 'Storytellers' series

BAGLEY—Comic storyteller Michael Venske will be the next performer featured in Farm By The Lake's "Storytellers" series on Sunday, Feb. 11. The event will be held at 3 p.m. at the Bagley Public Library, 79 Spencer Ave. SW, and is free to the public.

Michael VenskeVenske was cast at the Tony Award-winning Guthrie Theater in 2008 and decided to pursue performing full-time. Venske started self-producing sketch comedy shows, which, in turn, led to a gig with the Actors Theater of Minnesota where he originated a role in the Twin Cities' premiere of "Bye-Bye-Liver."

Among other projects, Venske entered the solo theater world in 2012 as writer/performer in "Thumbs Up," which premiered in Washington as part of the Capital Fringe Festival. Recurring themes in Venske's work are relationships, cultures, and societal issues with bright pops of comedic overtones, according to a press release.

Additional events in the "Storytellers" series will be naturalist storyteller Al Batt on Feb. 25, interactive storyteller Nothando Zulu on March 11, and a writing workshop with Will Weaver on March 25.

Headwaters plans next Music Enrichment night

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music and Arts' next Music Enrichment Night will be held Thursday, Feb. 8. Students will take a trip to see the inner workings of First Lutheran's new pipe organ, specially designed and installed by Casavant Freres, an organ builder based in Montreal. Director of Worship and Music Ministries Sarah Carlson will give a performance and presentation. The event is free to Headwaters Music Program students and their families. For non-students, admission is $10 per child while adults are free.

Headwaters Music and Arts holds monthly Music Enrichment Nights, October through May.

Headwaters hosts pottery and painting classes

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave., will host both a painting class and a pottery class mixed with adult beverages on Saturday, Feb. 10. Classes are restricted to those 21 and older.

The painting class, called Paint and Sip, will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. The cost is $30 for members and $35 for the public. No art experience is necessary. Kitty Ballard will lead the class. Supplies will be provided.

The pottery class, called Pottery and Pints, will be held from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10. The cost will be $40 for members and $45 for the public. The class will be led by Headwaters resident potter Tom Daly. There will be a cash bar on campus, courtesy of Brigid's Pub for both events.

For more information on either class, call (218) 444-5606 or email

Watermark Art Center plans events

BEMIDJI—The Northwest Indian Community Development Center and the Miikanan Gallery at

Watermark Art Center will present several events at Watermark Art Center, 505 Bemidji Ave N.

The Miikanan Gallery will host the exhibit "Native Skywatchers — Earth Sky Connections," which will open Monday, Feb. 5, and remain on display in February. The traveling art exhibit brings artists together to share compelling visual stories about multi-dimensional relationships to earth and sky, a press release said. Created by the Native Skywatchers Initiative, this exhibit weaves together art, science and culture and is at the cutting edge of defining Indigenous STEM and what it means to work at the art/science nexus, a press release said.

Alongside the exhibit, the program "As It Is Above; It Is Below: An intergenerational star map painting workshop" will be held Feb. 10, from noon to 3 p.m. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $10 per person. Family rates are available. To purchase tickets, call Watermark (218) 444-7570.

Additionally, there will be two presentations of "Anangoog — Cultural Knowledge of the Stars," A presentation by Abe Sutherland and Joe Sutherland of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation. They are carrying on the knowledge of their parents, Mary and Leonard Moose, the release said. Two sessions will be held Feb. 17, and Feb. 18. Presentation begins at 1 p.m. each day. The presentations are free to attend, but space is limited.

All events will be held at Watermark Art Center. For further details or questions, go to

Library plans next date for book club

BEMIDJI—The next session of the Bemidji Public Library's monthly book discussion will be held at noon on Monday, Feb. 12. The program will run for approximately an hour. During the February program, the book for discussion will be "Olive Kitteridge" by Elizabeth Strout.

Search on for Miss Pre-Teen Beltrami County

BEMIDJI—Applications are being accepted for the title of "2018 Miss Pre-Teen Beltrami County." The contest is open to girls between the ages of 10 and 12.

Miss Pre-Teen Beltrami County will represent her county at the Miss Pre-Teen Minnesota pageant, which will be held April 28, at the Wellstone Center in St. Paul.

The candidate chosen as Miss Pre-Teen Beltrami County "will become an ambassador from the Beltrami County Area and will receive an official title and sash," according to a press release.

The candidate chosen as Miss Pre-Teen Minnesota also will receive a prize package and the chance to represent Minnesota at The Miss Pre-Teen International pageant held in Charleston, W.Va. in July.

Pre-teen girls in Beltrami County interested in applying should visit or write for a bio-form to: Miss Pre-Teen Minnesota International Pageant, P.O. Box 240537, Apple Valley, MN, 55124-0537. For more information, call (952) 432-6758 or email

The entry deadline is March 5.

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 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, The Wicker Woman.

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 are 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 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. To register, email

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:

• Tuesday, 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.

• Thursday, 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.

• Friday, 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.

• Saturday, 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. "Birch Clump" Acrylic Painting. Maureen O'Brien. Students will use a brush, palette knife, and a sponge to paint a clump of birch trees. Be sure to wear a painting shirt. Ages 14 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 Writers' Workshop. Jamie Lee. Free the writer inside you. this class gives tools and strategies to energize and unblock your writing. Ages 15 and above. Limit: 8 students.

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.