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Around the Arts, March 11

The A Cappella group Six Appeal will perform with Bemidji show choir groups Vocalmotive and La Voce Ballo at the Bemidji High School Auditorium at 7 p.m., on March 16-17. Submitted photo.

Bemidji show choirs team up with Six Appeal

BEMIDJI—Presented by Show Choirs of Bemidji Inc., the A Cappella group Six Appeal will perform with Bemidji show choir groups Vocalmotive and La Voce Ballo at the Bemidji High School Auditorium at 7 p.m., on March 16-17. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students, and may be purchased at Lueken's North, Overbeek's Electronics and Music, and online at

Six Appeal is a world class vocal ensemble infused with comedic timing, and the energy and vitality of a rock band, a press release said. To learn more about Six Appeal, visit

My Fair Lady auditions to be held at BSU

PARK RAPIDS—Northern Light Opera Co., based out of Park Rapids, recently announced audition dates for its 2018 summer production of "My Fair Lady." Among other locations, auditions will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at BSU's Bangsberg Hall. Participants should come to the audition prepared to sing one verse of song and recite a one- to two-minute monologue.

To sign up for an audition slot, or learn more about Northern Light Opera Co., visit Production dates will be July 27-29 and Aug. 1-4. Chorus rehearsals will begin on June 4, 11 and 18 from 6 to 8 p.m., with the first read-through on Tuesday, June 19.

Based on George Bernard Shaw's 1912 play "Pygmalion," "My Fair Lady" is enjoying renewed interest on Broadway as it explores themes of class distinction, metamorphosis and respect, a press release said.

Library to host gender studies presentation

BEMIDJI—Environmental sociologist Carla Norris-Raynbird will give a presentation on gender studies and its role in meeting the needs of culture and community from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 12, at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 Averica Ave. NW. During the presentation, Norris-Raynbird will review relevant academic research from which a representative profile of gender programs in the U.S. has emerged, according to a press release.

Norris-Raynbird teaches at BSU, Red Lake Tribal College, and White Earth Tribal and Community College. The event is free and open to the public.

Area arts fund seeks applicants

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Area Arts Endowment fund is seeking applicants for its 2018 grant and scholarship round. Any Bemidji area school, nonprofit arts or non-arts organization is eligible to apply for a BAAE Arts Project Grant.

Requests must address an opportunity, challenge, issue or need of the organization or school. Requests may be made for amounts up to $1,500.

The Everett Wilimek Memorial Scholarship for Orchestral String Studies is seeking applications

from area youth ages 8-15 who wish to study violin, viola, cello or bass. Scholarship money may be used for lessons, training, and instrument rental. Two $250 scholarships are available.

The deadline to apply for the funding opportunities is April 3.

BAAE is a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation. Additional information and applications can be found at

Presentation to feature Scandinavian crime thrillers

PARK RAPIDS—As part of Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning, Jim Kaplan will give the presentation "Scandinavian Crime Thrillers," from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in the Park Theater in Park Rapids, 107 Main Ave. S. The program is free of charge, open to the public and handicap accessible.

A professor emeritus at Minnesota State University Moorhead, Kaplan will discuss the Scandinavian crime thrillers that are enjoying worldwide popularity, featuring internationally recognized characters such as Lisbeth Salander, Kurt Wallander, and Harry Hole, a press release said. The presentation will feature works such as "Jar City" by Icelandic author Arnaldur Indredason, "The Snowman" by Norwegian author Jo Nesbo, and "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," by Swedish author Stieg Larsson

Headwaters hosts programs for youth

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW, will host two upcoming programs for children 2-½ to 5 years old and their guardians. Both programs cost $100 per child or $90 for Headwaters members. For more information or to register, call (218) 444-5606 or visit

The first program will be an introductory music class for children. There will be two sessions available, including from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. on Mondays and 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. on Tuesdays. The sessions begin March 26-27. The program will introduce children to rhythm, beat and pitch, and allow them to explore a variety of musical instruments, a press release said.

The second program will be an art class. It will be held from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. and 6 to 6:45 p.m. on Thursdays starting March 29. The program will introduce pre-k children to basic art concepts such as color and texture, the release said.

Rourke Gallery features Bemidji area artist

MOORHEAD—Bemidji area artist Don Houseman has been invited to present his woodcut prints, acrylic paintings and original book art at the prestigious Rourke Gallery and Museum in Moorhead, a press release said. Houseman has titled his show "Barns Are Noble." He also will include original artwork from his children's books "Harvey and His Friends." The artist's work will cover three gallery rooms on the second floor of the Rourke Gallery.

The former Blackduck High School art teacher is a 1972 graduate of Concordia College of Moorhead. This is Houseman's return to the Rourke Gallery after a joint showing in 2016 with the well-known Bemidji area Studio 10 Artists, the release said. The public is invited to the opening Saturday, April 7, at 1 p.m., with an "artist talk" at 1:30 p.m. The show runs through May 26.

Prohibition presentation set for March 14

BEMIDJI—Historical reenactor Arn Kind will present "Minnesota's Wild and Woolly Prohibition Days" at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. NW.

Learn all about "The Great Experiment," as prohibition was known, and how it changed the lives of many people in Minnesota. Hear about everything from Gangsters, speakeasies and average Minnesotans setting up their own stills. Kind also will be presenting at the Blackduck Good Samaritan Center on Saturday, March 17.

Project 26 plans art unveiling

BEMIDJI—The second annual Project 26 Art Project Unveiling will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13, at the Northwest Indian Community Development Center, 1819 Bemidji Ave. The event will include the unveiling of survivors' artwork, a survivor story, the honoring of survivor participants, a healing drum and a meal. The event is free and open to the public.

Project 26 began in 2016 as an art project for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and runs from October to April, a press release said. The unveiling of the art gives a voice to survivors and offers insight into the healing process, the release said.

First Lutheran hosts two concerts

BEMIDJI—First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave. N, has planned two upcoming recitals. The first will be a euphonium recital at noon on Thursday, March 15. The program will include a number of selections, such as Dvorak's Sonatina in G Major. Guest musicians will be featured. A free-will offering will be taken for The First Lutheran Music Program.

There also will be a Bach's Birthday recital at 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, March 21, featuring First Lutheran Director of Music Ministries Sarah Carlson and Bemidji Symphony Orchestra Director Beverly Everett. The concert will include various selections "that Bach wrote for the organ throughout his career," according to a press release. There will be a free-will offering taken for Great River Rescue.

Tally Gallery to host artwork by McKnight artists

BEMIDJI—Ceramics work by six artists who have won McKnight Foundation fellowships and residencies are being featured at BSU's Talley Gallery through March 28. Each year, the Northern Clay Center develops an exhibit of fellowship and residency recipients, which tours Minnesota to share the work outside the Twin Cities.

The annual exhibition, Six McKnight Artists, features new work by 2016 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists recipients Nicolas Darcourt, from Minnetonka, and Sheryl McRoberts, from Plymouth. The exhibit also features 2015 McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists recipients Kathryn Finnerty from Oregon, Lung-Chieh Lin from Taiwan, Helen Otterson from Kentucky, and Joseph Pintz from Missouri.

The McKnight Artist Fellowships and Residencies for Ceramic Artists programs are designed to strengthen and enhance Minnesota's artistic community, a press release said. The fellowship awards are used to defray studio and living expenses, allow artists to experiment with new materials and techniques and to build upon ideas within their work, the release said.

Zulu to perform for 'Storytellers' series

BAGLEY—Nothando Zulu will be the next performer featured in Farm By The Lake's "Storytelling" Series. Zulu will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, at the Bagley Public Library, 79 Spencer Ave. SW.

Zulu is a master storyteller who has been sharing stories with audiences for more than 30 years. She shares stories that entertain, educate, motivate and inspire, a press release said. She has performed at many venues locally, nationally and internationally. She draws from an extensive resource of colorful, often funny characters whose antics and follies leave audiences pondering their own life's lessons, the release said.

As director of the Black Storytellers Alliance, she and her husband, with the help of the Board of Directors, has produced a three-day storytelling festival celebrating the art of Black storytelling called, "Signifyin and Testifyin,'" which is now in the 17th year.

For more information, call (218) 694-2084

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 will also 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 2-dimensional, on an 8 1/2" x 11" or 10" x 12" surface. The art can include crayons, markers, paint, and charcoal. There can only be 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. The submitted art should be turned in by April 21. Copies of the entry form can be found on in the events tab.

Hawley hosts annual art show

HAWLEY—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 only, including paintings, drawings, printmaking and collages. Artists who have entered in the past will be sent information by mid-February. Artists who have not previously entered may receive detailed information byContacting: Sandy Maydole: at (218) 483-3296 or Donna Noll: (218) 483-4238.

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.

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