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Around the Arts, May 20

Headwaters to host Nature Art Camp

BEMIDJI—Headwaters School of Music and the Arts will hold a Nature Art Camp for children ages 7 to 12 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. on June 7-8, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 9. Visual artist and ecologist Susan "Sparky" Kedzie and clay potter and artist Tom Daly will lead indoor and outdoor art explorations including acrylic painting, a bug house, stepping stones, and clay vases with leaf imprints, a press release said.

Cost is $50 per participant. Partial scholarships are available. Attendees should pre-register by Friday, June 1. For more information or to register, contact Headwaters School of Music and the Arts at (218) 444-5606 or visit

Vocalists sought for Bemidji Sings competition

BEMIDJI—Amateur vocalists ages 15 to 25 are able to take part in the competition Bemidji Sings at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, in BSU's Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. Bemidji Sings is a qualifying event for the Minnesota Sings vocal competition.

Vocalists should prepare one song they will sing in front of two to three judges. Finalists will perform their song during the evening event, emceed by David Charles Eichholz of Deuces Wild. The winner will receive a half-day recording time at Supple Studios, $300 cash and a $40 gas card. The runner-up will receive $150 cash and a $40 gas card.

Both finalists will receive a special send-off breakfast at Beltrami County Historical Center

hosted by Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht. Finalists also will have the opportunity to perform at Minnesota Sings at Courtyard by Marriott in Woodbury, Minn., on Saturday, Sept. 28. Minnesota Sings offers $10,000 in cash prizes, with a first place prize of $5,000.

Vocalists who live, work or attend school in Bemidji and will be 15-25 on Sept. 28 are

eligible to register. Those interested must register by Friday, May 31. There is no cost.

For more information, contact Headwaters School of Music and the Arts at (218) 444-5606, email or visit

City seeks artists for street project

BEMIDJI—The city of Bemidji and its Public Arts Commission Selection Committee are requesting proposals from emerging or established artists or artist teams for a public art project. The city would like to hire an artist or artist team to create a design for a crosswalk at Third Street and Beltrami Avenue. The artist will design and fabricate plywood stencils for the city to use to paint the crosswalk. The city's Public Works Department will provide the labor to paint the design on the crosswalk and to refresh the paint annually for the next five years. The proposal due date is Thursday, June 14. Design honorariums are $100 each for finalists. Project honorarium is $3,000.

For more information, email Michelle Miller, Bemidji City Clerk, at

Bemidji Area Arts Endowment announces grants

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Area Arts Endowment (BAAE) fund recently awarded more than

$22,000 to local art programs. The following groups and individuals received a grant or scholarship award ranging from $250 to $2,000: Bagley Arts Collaborative, Bemidji Community Theater, Boys and Girls Club of the Bemidji Area, Bemidji MusicCamp, Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Clear Waters Life Center, Headwaters Music and Arts, Mask and Rose Theater,

Watermark Art Center, Finn Jorgensen and Elizabeth Westlund.

The BAAE Fund's mission is to strengthen the long term financial viability of the Bemidji area arts community, a press release said. BAAE's committee members believe in creating a community in which the arts flourish and enhance lives, the release said. The fund's 2018 grant round is now closed, but the committee encourages groups and individuals to apply for funding in 2019. For more information, visit

Zach Johnson to perform in Blackduck

BLACKDUCK—Minnesota singer and songwriter Zach Johnson will perform a concert at the Blackduck Community Library at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 6. Johnson's music has brought him to stages of all sizes across the country and onto multiple morning and evening shows, and radio stations, a press release said.

His repertoire covers a wide range of styles and genres, from folk to jazz, rock to spoken word, blues to pop, country to a cappella, gospel to instrumental, and more, the release said. Johnson is a nationally touring artist, performing 75 or more dates annually and is a member of the Grammy Recording Foundation.

Bill and Kate Isles to perform in Gonvick

GONVICK—Bill and Kate Isles will perform in concert at 7 p.m. on June 1 at the Clear Waters Life Center, 226 Elm St. in Gonvick. "Known for their catchy melodies and memorable songs, they will have you feeling like you are listening to your own life story as told by your best friends," a press release said. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and children 12 and younger are free. Tickets are available at the door.

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.