Around the Arts, February 18


Creative Spirit Fiber Festival marks fifth year

BEMIDJI—Watermark Art Center and Willow Wood Market will present the fifth annual Creative Spirit Fiber Festival, Friday-Saturday, Feb. 23-24, at Calvary Lutheran Church, 2508 Washington Ave. SE, in Bemidji.

The event will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. (classes only) on Friday, Feb. 23, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24. The entrance fee is $10.

The event will include a vendor market filled with fiber-related items, mini classes taught by experienced instructors, coffee and homemade treats, door prizes and demonstrations, among others. Lunch will be available for purchase Saturday, with proceeds supporting Watermark Art Center programming.

The featured presenters will include fabric painter Pam Collins and quilt designer Marilyn Foreman. Collins, a recipient of Five Wings Art Council grants, will present a trunk show, as well as teach a landscape collage class on Saturday. Foreman, a nationally recognized designer with more than 50 published patterns, will teach a Friday evening quilting class, as well as present a trunk show and twister tool demonstrations on Saturday.

Pre-registration for Friday is required, and space is limited. Register by calling Bonnie at (218) 759-2310. No registration is needed for Saturday classes, but they are first-come, first-serve.

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Great River Rescue plans art contest

BEMIDJI --- Great River Rescue will host an art contest for children living in the Bemidji School District, themed "They Need Us All."

A winner will be selected for each grade. Winners will receive a prize bag, get to choose the

name of a Great River Rescue dog or cat, and have their art on display in an exhibit at the Paul

Bunyan Mall. Winners also will be invited to a reception at the shelter during the first week of May. Honorable mention winners will receive certificates and will be invited to the reception.

Art must be two-dimensional on an 8 1/2" x 11" or 10" x 12" surface. The art can include crayons, markers, paint and charcoal. There can be only one entry per person. Entry fee is $5.

Adults may help with spelling but should not help with the artwork. The art will be judged

based on the theme "They Need Us All."

There are a limited number of scholarships available to cover the entry fee. Call Great River

Rescue at (218) 751-7910 for more information.

Artwork can be submitted with the entry fee in person or by mail to Great River Rescue,

1612 Carr Lake Road SE, Bemidji, MN 56601. Art should be submitted by April 21. Copies of the entry form can be found on in the events tab.

Hawley hosts annual art show

HAWLEY, Minn.—The 51st Annual Hawley Art Show and Sale will be held April 12-15 at the Hawley Community Center, 418 Main St. Entry days are April 7 and 8 from 1 to 5 p.m. All artists are welcome to enter their artwork in the Hawley Art Show to be displayed and judged. Entries will be judged in four categories: professional, amateur, secondary (grades 7-12) and elementary (preschool-6 grade). Entries are limited to original artwork, including paintings, drawings, printmaking and collages. Artists who have previously entered will be sent information by mid-February. Artists who have not previously entered may receive detailed information by contacting Sandy Maydole at (218) 483-3296 or Donna Noll at (218) 483-4238.

Bagley one-act play makes state

BAGLEY—The Bagley High School drama department, under the direction of Marilyn Hood, performed their one act play "Anatomy of Gray" by Jim Leonard at the Minnesota State High School League State Festival on Friday, Feb. 9, at the O'Shaughnessey Auditorium in St. Paul. Bagley earned the top score at the Section 8A competition Feb. 3 at Roseau High School. Their play, which is set in the 1890s, is comprised of cuttings from a full-length play about young June Muldoon whose father suddenly died.

Headwaters Music and Arts plans medley night

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave., will host a free music medley night at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23. The event will include performances from Headwaters instructors in a variety of genres, such as blues, jazz, and contemporary,

BSO presents 'Trading Places'

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra will continue its 79th season, Role Play, with the concert "Trading Places" on Sunday, Feb., 18, at 3 p.m. at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Doors open for seating at 2:30 p.m. Guest trumpet soloist Mark Nelson will join the BSO to perform works by Morricone, Mozart and Gershwin, a press release said. Works by Handel and Elgar also will be on the program.

A native of East Grand Forks, Nelson served as principal trumpet of the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra for 10 years. In 2012, he was selected as principal trumpet for the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra in Sioux Falls, S.D., and continues in that position. He also has performed with the Bemidji Symphony, the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony and was the second/associate principal trumpet of the Honolulu Symphony in 2009.

Tickets are available with cash or check at the door, in advance at Lueken's Foods North/South, or with a credit card at Adult tickets are $20, seniors 62 and older are $15, and college students with ID are $10. Students grades K-12 are admitted free. All seats are general admission. For more information, visit, or call (218) 444-7914.

First City Dance Studio hosts fundraiser

BEMIDJI—First City Dance Studio will host a competition dance team fundraiser dinner show on Thursday, March 8. Dinner will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m, with take-out orders beginning at noon, at the Elks Club, 116 Fourth St. NW. The show then will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. NW. The spaghetti dinner will include salad, garlic, toast and dessert. The cost is $15 for both the dinner and the show; $10 for only the dinner or the show; and $8 for children, which includes both dinner and show. Tickets can be purchased through the studio (751-5425) or from any dancer.

Batt up next in 'Storytellers' series

BAGLEY—Naturalist storyteller Al Batt will be the next performer featured in Farm by the Lake's Storytellers" series on Sunday, Feb. 25. The event will be held at 3 p.m. at the Bagley Public Library, 79 Spencer Ave. SW, and is free to the public.

Batt is a writer, speaker, storyteller and humorist. He writes for newspapers and magazines, including "Bird Watcher's Digest." He also speaks on radio shows about nature, writes a number of syndicated cartoon strips and is the author of "A Life Gone to the Birds."

Batt has received the Ed Franey Conservation Media Award from the Izaak Walton League, and the Thomas Sadler Roberts Award from the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union for lifetime contributions to birding. He also was recognized by Bluebirds Across Nebraska for outstanding contributions to wildlife conservation.

Additional events in the "Storytellers" series will include interactive storyteller Nothando Zulu on March 11 and a writing workshop with Will Weaver on March 25.

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?

Gallery North class listings

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 remaining listings include:

• 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.

Nemeth Art Center prepares Youth Art Exhibit

PARK RAPIDS—The Nemeth Art Center, in partnership with the Minneapolis College of Art and Design will host a Youth Art Exhibit in Park Rapids. The exhibit will be on display at the Nemeth Art Center May 3-26, with a reception and award ceremony on Saturday, May 19.

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design will award the top sophomore or junior participant a $3,400 scholarship for their Pre-Summer College Session. The scholarship includes tuition, full room and board, supplies and three college credits for the summer session. In addition to the MCAD scholarship, prizes will be awarded to the top three artists in the exhibit.

Applications are now open and being accepted from 15 to 18 year old youth residing in rural Minnesota communities of 20,000 people or less. Tribal and home-schooled individuals also are eligible to apply. The application deadline for the exhibit is April 2. There is no cost to participate.

For more information on the Youth Art Exhibit visit For additional questions contact Michael Dagen at

The Nemeth Art Center is open Thursdays through Saturdays, May through September at 301 Court Ave Park Rapids.

Applicants sought for Anishinaabe Arts grant

The Region 2 Arts Council will award two $5,000 Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellowships this year. The deadline for the grant is March 1, and all applications must be completed online at

Eligible artists must be enrolled tribal members or descendants and must currently reside in one of the following counties: Beltrami, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Hubbard, Roseau, Becker, Itasca, and Cass.

Artists also must have had a history of sustained accomplishment in their artistic field for five years, not including any performances, works of art, exhibitions or publications created for a class for credit or as a degree-seeking arts student.

BSU Choir to tour Baltic States in May

BEMIDJI—The BSU choir will tour the Baltic states of Latvia and Estonia as part of the Music Celebrations International concert series.

Many of the choir's 38 members, along with Dwight Jilek, BSU's assistant professor of music and director of choral activities, will depart May 10 for the eight-day tour that will include performances in Riga, Latvia, and Tallinn, Estonia.

The Baltics were selected for the international tour after the Department of Music finalized an arrangement with internationally renowned composer Ēriks Ešenvalds, who is from Riga, for a residency beginning in March.

Leading up to Estonia's freedom from Soviet occupation in 1991, hundreds of thousands of people joined a bloodless resistance by singing together publicly in what is known as the "Singing Revolution." During the weeklong tour, students will hear stories of trials and oppression citizens faced during Soviet occupation, including the loss of loved ones and the use of forced-labor camps in Russia.

The choir has partnered with BSU Alumni and Foundation to allow opportunities for alumni and friends to support the tour. For more information, visit