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Around the Arts, May 27

Artwork by Lou Ferreri. Click to enlarge.

Watermark to host exhibit by Lou Ferreri

BEMIDJI—The Watermark Art Center will host a print release for the upcoming exhibit "The Internal Affairs of Mr. Invincible" by Lou Ferreri on Thursday, May 31 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., with a brief artist talk at 6 p.m.

Lou FerreriFerreri created this series of extravagant mixed-media drawings on the opinion pages of "The New York Times." Like newspaper editorials, these renderings elaborate on ordinary and extraordinary phenomena, physical preoccupations, anxieties and observations regarding the details of everyday living, a release said.

This event will showcase limited-edition, digital pigment prints and a companion book, all archival. Boxed sets of 25 prints, which include the book "The Internal Affairs of Mr. Invincible," will be available for purchase. Individual prints will also be available, as well as the book with images of the 25 prints paired with essays by Ferreri.

The Minnesota Historical Society recently acquired a boxed set of prints for its permanent collection of fine art. The Library of Congress has added a box set of "The Internal Affairs of Mr. Invincible" to its Rare Book and Special Collections Division.

Attendees of Thursday's event will also get an early preview of the exhibit, which officially opens Friday, June 1, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. and artist talk at 6 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through July 28. In addition, Ferreri will lead an "Artist Conversation" from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on June 21 at the Watermark Art Center, 505 Bemidji Ave. N.

Ferreri is a native of Brooklyn, New York, and a graduate of BSU and the MFA program at the University of Oregon. Ferreri is a McKnight Foundation Fellowship award winner and a two-time recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board grant. He was an adjunct faculty member at Hamline University, Metro State University, and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He taught drawing, painting and ceramic sculpture at White Bear Lake High School for 15 years.

Farm By the Lake 2018 concert series

BAGLEY—Farm By the Lake near Bagley will again host a summer concert series.

The "Legends on Lomond" concert series will be held on Sundays at 4 p.m. at Farm By the Lake, except the Gaelynn Lea concert, which will be held Wednesday, July 25, at the Timbers Event Center.

All concerts will happen rain or shine and are free and open to the public. Some folding chairs are available, but attendees can bring their own lawn chairs.

• June 3—After Memphis

• June 10—Amanda Standalone

• June 17—Dancing Light

• June 24—Lost River Band

• July 1—Jon Romer & Mike Tangen

• July 8—Charter Junction

• July 15—Confused Brothers Band

• July 22—Mother Banjo

• July 25—Gaelynn Lea (Wed. 6pm Timbers)

• July 29—Dillon Spurlin

• Aug. 5—Shannon Murray

• Aug. 12—Samuel Miltich

• Aug. 19—Dirt Road Dixie (Cindy-Jo)

• Aug. 26—Annual Art Festival (art and live music noon to 6 p.m.)

For more information, call (218) 694-2084 or email

Hamrin to give recital

BEMIDJI—Sarah Hamrin will be giving a recital at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 31 at First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave. N.

Hamrin will be playing the viola and will be accompanied by pianist Beverly Everett.

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 Arts at (218) 444-5606 or visit

Vocalists sought for Bemidji Sings competition

BEMIDJI—Amateur vocalists ages 15-25 are able to take part in the competition Bemidji Sings at 7 p.m. on 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 at Bangsberg Hall. Finalists will perform their song during the evening at Bemidji Sings, emceed by Deuces Wild's David Charls Eichholz. 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 fnalists 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 Marriot in Woodbury 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 to 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 Arts at (218) 444-5606, email or visit

City seeks bids from 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 proposes to hire an artist or artist team to create a design for a crosswalk. The artist will design and fabricate plywood stencils for the City to use to paint the crosswalk at Third Street and Beltrami Avenue. 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. Finalists' Design Honorariums are $100 each. Project honorarium is $3,000.

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, Clearwaters 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. His YouTube channel, thesongadayproject, has run for more than 2,000 consecutive days.

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 under 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.

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.