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Around the Arts, July 1

The University of Minnesota will host a grand opening for its Bell Museum, which features painting of Itasca State Park, on July 14. Submitted photo. 1 / 3
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University of Minnesota features Itasca artwork

ST. PAUL—The University of Minnesota will host a grand opening for its Bell Museum from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, and a painting of Itasca State Park will be front and center.

Some of the most notable exhibits on display in the new museum are their world-renowned dioramas depicting scenes of nature from Minnesota, including Itasca State Park, a release said. One diorama depicts a group of beavers building a dam on Elk Lake in Itasca State Park. This scene, originally installed in 1919 and completely restored for the new museum, is the oldest diorama displayed at the Bell Museum.

Historical melodrama to be held at fairgrounds

BEMIDJI—A historical melodrama "The Shagwood Secret" will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, at the Marilyn Shutter Stage at the Beltrami County Fairgrounds. The cost is $25 for adults and $20 for children, seniors and students. Proceeds will support the Beltrami County Historical Society. For more information, call (218) 444-3376.

Watermark announces new exhibit opening

BEMIDJI—Watermark Art Center will present "Bagakaande—It Is Brightly Colored" in the Miikanan Gallery from July 2 to Aug. 28. The joint show features the work of Sarah McRae and DG House, both painters who share a love of color and the natural world and who have ties to Minnesota, a press release said.

There will be an artist reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, where attendees can meet McRae and learn more about her work. McRae (Red Lake Nation) is an emerging artist who grew up in Minnesota. Her artwork references traditional Ojibwe floral aesthetic in delicate and complex arrangements of elements and design, the release said. McRae currently lives in Madison, Wis., where she has been an art teacher at Velma Hamilton Middle School since 1996.

House (Cherokee Tribe of Northeast Alabama) has lasting memories of an earlier time spent in Minnesota's northern wilderness. She now resides in Montana living along the Gallatin River. A prolific artist, she has received numerous honors and awards, has exhibited around the country and is currently the guest artist in both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

For more information, visit Watermark is located at 505 Bemidji Ave N. Admission is free.

Romance novel focuses on Bemidji area

BEMIDJI—Bemidji is the location for the new romance novel "A Spirit in the Heart," written by Ell Wheeler. Readers will recognize some of the locations mentioned in the story, especially the description of downtown and the lakefront, a press release said.

Wheeler and her family owned a cabin on a local lake for more than 45 years. She wanted to bring the area to life in her words and to share her love of Minnesota and the north woods, the release said. Wheeler has been writing professionally for more than 30 years. For many of those years, she was a travel writer. Her first novel, "Caribbean Charade," and also "A Spirit in the Heart," are both available on Amazon. "A Spirit in the Heart" is also available at Gallery North.

Classical Wind to perform Legends on Lomond

BAGLEY—Classical Wind, consisting of Jon Romer and Mike Tangen, will perform at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 1, during Farm By the Lake's Legends on Lomond concert series.

Romer is a performer and teacher of Native American flutes. After serving as professor of voice and choral music at Gustavus Adolphus College for many years, he moved to Cass Lake where he was the first director of music programs at Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School. He later taught music at Leech Lake Tribal College.

Tangen was a teacher of music in Grand Forks, N.D., and Bemidji. In addition to performing folk music as a soloist and with various groups, he recorded and performed regionally with "Mike and Maggie, Music for Children."

All concerts in the summer series 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. The full concert list includes:

• July 1—Jon Romer & Mike Tangen

• July 8—Charter Junction

• July 15—Confused Brothers Band

• July 22—Mother Banjo

• July 25—Gaelynn Lea (6 p.m. at Timbers Event Center)

• 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 Farm by the Lake is located at 17797 366th St.

Park Rapids hosts Second Street Stage concerts

PARK RAPIDS—The Front Fenders from Fargo will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 5, at the Second Street Stage concert series. The Front Fenders' playlist includes the greatest hits from the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s, plus some of today's hottest pop tunes and country favorites, a press release said. Their energy, enthusiasm and musical excellence have been firing up audiences for more than two decades, the release said.

A social hour will begin at 5 p.m. The 10 free concerts in the Second Street Stage series include a beer garden, cornhole tournaments and family activities on Second Street between Main Avenue and Highway 71. Bring your own lawn chair.

To see the complete summer line up, go to

Fourth on Folk planned for Lake Irving Marina

BEMIDJI—The Fourth on Folk live outdoor concert will be held from 3 p.m. to dusk on Wednesday, July 4, at Lake Irving Marina, near Rail River Folk School.

The opening performers will include The Honey Buns (Known Only Locally members), Sonny Johnson with Josh Jones, and The Northern Medicine. The main event will include The Social Animals.

The event will be held rain or shine. In the case of rain, it will be held in the River Room. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs. Brigid's Pub will provide a full bar. For more information, call (218) 766-3837 or email

Bemidji Sculpture Walk dates announced

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Sculpture Walk will host several upcoming one-hour tours of the Bemidji downtown sculptures. Local Bemidji history and architecture also will be discussed.

The tours will meet at the Bemidji Visitor Center next to Paul and Babe. They will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the first and third Sundays through Labor Day, including July 1 and 15, Aug. 5 and 19, and Sept. 2. The tours will be held rain or shine, and no registration is required. For more information, visit

BSO presents 'Quiet Heroes'

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra will present "Quiet Heroes: A Symphonic Salute to the Flag Raisers at Iwo Jima" at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, at Bemidji High School Auditorium. All tickets are $10. Admittance for students K-12 is free.

Quiet Heroes tells the story of the five marines and one Navy corpsman who were the six men captured in the iconic Joe Rosenthal photograph of raising the American flag on Iwo Jima's Mount Suribachi. Three of the Marines didn't survive the next week of battles on Iwo Jima, and the three surviving soldiers were assigned to a new line of duty by President Roosevelt, which included touring the U.S. and re-enacting the famous pose to raise money for the military coffers by selling U.S. War Bonds.

Wilford Brimley will be the guest narrator. He has narrated it in several other performances, including a version with the U.S. Marine Band.

Blackduck readies for Woodcarvers Festival

BLACKDUCK—The 35th annual Blackduck Woodcarvers Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, at Blackduck Wayside Park. Woodcarvers will display their works for sale and exhibit. There also will be food, drawings and an arts and crafts show. The event will be held rain or shine.

Headwaters announces camps July 9-13

BEMIDJI—Headwaters School of Music and the Arts will host three different camps July 9-13.

• A youth piano camp is set for 9 a.m. to noon for youth ages 5-15 who have at least one year of experience. The cost is $75 per participant. Headwaters piano instructors will teach private and small group lessons, and students will have the chance to play ensemble repertoire for more than one pianist at one piano. Campers also will enjoy specialty classes such as musicianship, jazz piano and improv, a press release said.

• A Minnesota Music Teachers Association camp will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. for youth ages 5-17. The cost is $50 per participant. Headwaters established an affiliation of Minnesota Music Teachers Association in 2017. MMTA's mission is to advance the music teaching profession through education, certification, networking and advocacy, the press release said.

• Suzuki camp, an introduction to violin using the Suzuki method, is set for 1 to 4 p.m. for children ages 5-12.The cost is $75 per participant. Suzuki's "Mother Tongue" approach to teaching music builds on the principles of language acquisition, the press release said. Violin rental for children and adults is included in the program courtesy of Schmitt Music Company.

For more information, contact Headwaters Music and Arts at (218) 444-5606 or visit The school is located at 519 Minnesota Ave. NW.

Arts and Crafts Festival to take place in Mentor

MENTOR—The 37th annual Arts and Crafts Festival will take place June 30 and July 1 at The Maple Lake Pavilion. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. There is no admission to attend. The event will include a variety of hand crafted items. For more information, call Duaine Sanden at (701) 885-5266.

Weekend Fiddle Camp planned for July 20-22

NARY—Andrew Green and Renae Carlson, area musicians and music instructors, will hold the second annual Weekend Fiddle Camp, July 20-22, at the Nary School, 25895 County 9 Road. The camp will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, with a final concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Students should bring a bag lunch on Friday and Saturday.

Students will learn and play fiddle tunes in small and large groups, as well as improvisation. The camp is open to violin, viola, cello, bass, mandolin, guitar, or other string or folk instrument players of all ages who have been playing for at least one year.

The cost of the camp is $60. The registration deadline is July 13. For more information or to sign up, Contact Andrew Green at (218) 766-4920.

Bagley plans 31st annual Art in the Park

BAGLEY—Bagley's 31st Annual Art in the Park will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, in the City Park overlooking Lake Lomond. The day's activities are free to the public. It will feature music from Frank and the James Gang from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. The Headwaters Science Center will bring their "furry" animals, spiders and snakes under the middle shelter from 10 a.m. to noon. Children and youth will have the opportunity to create a yarn picture with Laura Dropps from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free face painting will be available for children throughout the day.

Crafts will include woodwork, jewelry, sewing items, paintings, soap making, and more. Nonprofit vendors selling food and beverages throughout the day will be Bagley Senior Center (cinnamon rolls, caramel rolls, donuts and coffee), Grace Community Church (hot dogs, nachos, chips, iced coffee and water), Cowboy Church (homemade pie, ice cream, coffee and lemonade) and Clearwater Lutheran Church Youth (barbecue, chips, pickle and pop).

To exhibit at Bagley's Art in the Park, contact Linda Kaul at (218) 766-2261 or email Bagley's Art in the Park will be held rain or shine.

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. in Bagley.

Vision Theatre produces Long Lake Theater season

HUBBARD—For the 2018 summer season, Long Lake Theater in Hubbard will be managed by Vision Theatre, a local company co-owned by Julie Kaiser and Jennifer Geraedts. Long Lake Theater produced Geraedts' debut play "AH" in 2016. Following that, Long Lake Theater asked Vision Theatre to produce the first summer show of 2017 as well as additional productions later in the year.

"Vision Theatre aims to build on what Long Lake Theater created and infuse it with Vision Theatre's style," a press release said. "Patrons can rest assured that what they've fallen in love with at the theater in Hubbard will remain."

One change that Vision Theatre has made is replacing 3 p.m. Wednesday matinees with 3 p.m. Sunday matinees. Friday and Saturday 7:30 performances will continue. Thursday shows

have been eliminated. A season pass is now available and can be purchased from Kaiser or Geraedts or Beagle and Wolf Books in Park Rapids. For more information, visit or find Vision Theatre on Facebook. Patrons can call (218) 732-0099 to make reservations

The list of upcoming productions include

• "Blithe Spirit" by Noel Coward, June 15-July 1.

• "Always, Patsy Cline" by Ted Swindley, July 13-29.

• "Strangers on a Train" by Craig Warner, Aug. 17-Sept. 2

• "Radium Girls" by D.W. Gregory Sept. 14-23.