Around the Arts, April 29


Unite Against Hate seeks artwork for exhibit

BEMIDJI—Unite Against Hate-Bemidji invites artists to submit artwork for a temporary exhibit that will be on display at Brigid's Pub downtown. The goal of the exhibit is to create solidarity across racial, religious, sexual and gender lines to bridge the divides that exist in communities, a press release said. Artists of all backgrounds and experiences are invited to submit proposals for consideration.

The exhibit will open in accordance with the First Friday Art Walk on Friday, June 1. The First Friday opening will feature poets, songwriters and other performers at Brigid's Pub. The exhibit will run from June 1-June 30. Artwork must have the capability to be displayed on a wall and must be appropriate for a family friendly restaurant.

Submissions will be accepted through May 21. Artists should email the following information to championdangName; age of artist; email address; phone number; town; state; electronic photo of work; dimensions of work; description; title and medium of work; sale price of work/not for sale; and explanation of why/how the work relates to the theme "Unite Against Hate."

If accepted for the Unite Against Hate Exhibit, artists acknowledge they will be responsible for delivering their artwork to Leah at Brigid's Pub in downtown Bemidji by May 26. They will be able to collect the piece after June 30.

Headwaters hosts surreal painting workshop

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW, will host a surreal painting workshop from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 10 and 17. The class is for "beginners on up" who are 18 or older. Cost is $40 for members and $45 for the public.

The class, led by Terry Honstead, will teach students "about basic human form and how to place it in an imagined landscape," a press release said.

For more information or to register, call (218) 444-5606 or visit

'Celebrated' weaver to offer classes

BEMIDJI—Watermark Art Center will host an intensive, three-day weaving workshop with internationally celebrated artist Karl Rangikawhiti Leonard from 1 to 5 p.m. on May 1-3. During "Introduction to Māori Weaving," participants will learn how to make a taniko head or wristband. Some weaving experience is beneficial, but not required.

The cost for this workshop is $100 ($85 for Watermark members), including a materials fee. To register, visit

Leonard is one of New Zealand's finest practitioners of Māori weaving, a press release said. He has exhibited his work in New Zealand and internationally, and has been awarded residencies in the USA.

Storyteller presents concerts and workshops

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music and Arts will host award-winning storyteller Laura Packer for a series of performances and workshops. All activities will take place at Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. For more information or to register for workshops, visit or call 218.444.5606.

A storyteller, educator and consultant with 20-plus years of experience, Packer of Wayzata tells original and traditional stories for all audiences with a focus on adults, families and older children, a press release said. Her stories cover the range of human experience from the most grounded to the fantastical and are a collaborative creation with the audience, drawing listeners into the world of the story, the release said.

The performances and workshops include:

• May 11 at 7 p.m. Free. Public Performance featuring original work meant to bridge barriers of gender, ethnicity and age. This event is appropriate for individuals of all ages. The venue is wheelchair accessible and a sign language interpreter will take part in the performance.

• June. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. #metoo Stories Workshop. Packer will guide adult women through techniques to craft and tell stories of their experiences. A community performance featuring workshop participants will take place at 7 p.m. the following evening on Saturday, June 2, with discussion about #metoo moments. Workshop pre-registration required. Registration fee $25.

• June 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Find Your Voice Workshop. Packer will lead this workshop for teen girls, allowing them to craft stories from their lives and gain confidence in their public speaking skills. The workshop concludes with a 3 p.m. friends-and-family performance. Pre-registration Required, Registration fee $25 (scholarships available).

• June 2 at 7 p.m. Public Performance. A free concert featuring workshop participants.

Farm By the Lake seeks applicants for festival

BAGLEY—In anticipation of its Fifth Annual Festival, Farm By the Lake has posted a call for artists, authors, musicians, and classic cars. The festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26. To receive an application, call (218) 694-2084 or email The registration deadline is July 31. Farm By the Lake is located at 17797 366th St.

Park Rapids seeks artists for new project

PARK RAPIDS—The city of Park Rapids and the Park Rapids Arts and Culture Commission are accepting entries for a Sculpture Trail in Red Bridge Park. Thousands of park and trail users visit Red Bridge Park every year, a press release said. The park is the trailhead for the Heartland State Trail which is used for walking, running, biking, rollerblading, snowmobiling and other recreational activities. Red Bridge Park is located near downtown Park Rapids and visitors can access the park from Fish Hook River and nearby Heartland Park.

Sculptures will be installed for one year. Completed works can be submitted along with a $10 entry fee by April 30. Artists will be notified of selection committee results on May 18 and will have until June 8 to install their work. Each artist whose work is selected will receive a $500 honorarium. The entry form with more details is available at trail.php.