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Around the Arts, May 13

U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn. recently announced student Jenika Moen of Bagley as the winner of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition for her acrylic painting "Prince." (Submitted)

Bemidji High School presents spring concert

BEMIDJI—Bemidji High School will present its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 14, in the High School auditorium.

It will include a variety of numbers, such as music from Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, and spirituals. The cost is $1 for students and $2 for adults.

The concert will include four High School choirs, the high school men's quartet, and the Bemidji Boy Choir. Approximately 240 students will perform during the event.

Bemidji Sculpture Walk installation, tour May 19

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Sculpture Walk, featuring the installation of 20 new sculptures, will take place throughout downtown Bemidji from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. In addition to the classic sculptures that are installed each spring, a new fiberglass series "How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?," which invited 2-D artists to embellish dog fiberglass forms, will make its premiere.

The sculpture drop-off point is Second Street Northwest and Paul Bunyan Drive and the parking lot by St. Michel Furniture.

From 1 to 2 p.m., Daphna Russell, Colorado sculptor and art instructor, will lead a downtown tour of some of this year's sculptures, emphasizing how they teach stories and lessons and increase our mental capacity and awareness of the world around us, a release said. The tour will start at Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW.

From 2 to 3 p.m., the sculptor Sung-Hee Min, who has works in San Francisco, southern California and Seoul, South Korea, will present the lecture: "Passage of Time." While living abroad, she taught art to children. Now returning to art making after 10 years, she will share the challenges she faced along with supports and encouragement she received, a press release said. The lecture will be held at Headwaters Music and Arts.

From 5 to 7 p.m., a reception honoring this year's Sculpture Walk artists along with the 2018 Dog Series Artists, will be held at Northwest Minnesota Foundation, 201 Third St. NW. Light refreshments will be served.

Bagley artist wins Congressional Art Competition

BEMIDJI—U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn. recently announced student Jenika Moen of Bagley as the winner of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition for her acrylic painting "Prince." Moen will have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to view her work alongside other winners from across the country. Visitors will be able to see the artwork "Prince" displayed in the tunnel that connects the Cannon House Office Building with the U.S. Capitol.

"I am always proud of the art created by high school students for this competition," Peterson said. "I appreciate all the participants' hard work and I look forward to seeing local art showcased in Washington D.C."

The runner-up is "Bluest of Waters," an acrylic painting by Jade Bedel of Clara City. Her work will be displayed in Peterson's district office in Detroit Lakes.

The Congressional Art Competition is a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent across the country. The competition began in 1982 as an opportunity for members of Congress to recognize and encourage the artistic talent of their young constituents. Since then, more than 650,000 high-school students have participated in the nationwide contest.

MacRostie Art Center to feature Thunder, Native speakers

GRAND RAPIDS—The MacRostie Art Center recently announced that a featured Artist Talk with exhibiting artist Jonathan Thunder will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16. Thunder will lead this month's Artist Talk with short films he animated that are narrated or acted in Ojibwemowin. The lineup will include three films produced by Wiigwaas Press and 11 stories produced by the Fond du Lac Reservation Language Program. Narrators for the films will include Geraldine Howard, Leona Wakonabo, Anna Gibbs and Anton Treuer, among others.

A question and answer session will follow. The Mid-Month Artist Talks take place the third Wednesday of the month to provide the public the opportunity to meet and learn about regional artists. This is a free event with light refreshments served.

The MacRostie Art Center is located at 405 First Avenue NW. For more information, contact Kayla Schubert at (218) 326- 2697 or email

Community Theater, city to host day camps

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department and the Bemidji Community Theater will host Theater Day Camps at BSU's Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex from 1 to 4 p.m. June 4-15. The program will include four levels campers can choose based on their performance experience and interest. Each level will have a final performance for families and friends. Cost is $75 per participant. To register, visit Information, call (218) 333-1857.

Level 1: Skill building and performance: Campers will work on basic theater skills which include acting, singing and dancing.

Level 2: Advanced performance camp: Campers will audition for roles and produce a more challenging performance.

Out of the Box: Campers will write their own script as well as perform their original play at the end of camp.

Tech Camp: For those campers who want to learn about the behind the scenes. Campers will participate in scenic painting, costuming and stage combat.

Opera Night Gala to take place May 25-26

BEMIDJI—The Opera Night Gala will be held Friday and Saturday, May 25-26 at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 1019 Paul Bunyan Drive SE. Beginning at 7 p.m. both nights, the Gala will consist of arias and ensembles by 12 singers.

J. Warren Mitchell, tenor, will be back after appearances in Germany, and Thomas Cannon, a professional singer from Oklahoma City, will appear for the first time in the Opera Night Gala. BSU faculty members Cory Renbarger, Phong Nguyen, and Mark Christensen along with several students will complete the roster.

The evening will include a five-course meal intermingled with five sets of arias and songs from operas and Broadway. For more information, contact Fulton Gallagher at (218) 586-2536 or

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.

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:

• 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.