Around the Arts, July 8


Region 2 Arts Council grants available

BEMIDJI—The Region 2 Arts Council is accepting applications for its Arts Access Grants through Wednesday, Aug. 15. The maximum award amount is $6,000. Arts Access Grants can support the creation, production and presentation of high-quality arts activities; projects that help overcome barriers to accessing high-quality arts activities; and projects that help instill the arts into the community and public life in the region. Arts activities proposed for funding must be accessible by the public and have a strong community component. Nonprofits; arts organizations; schools; community education programs; institutions of higher learning; local city, town, county government or tribal offices; or groups formed for nonprofit purposes with a fiscal sponsor can apply for grants up to $6,000 to fund arts projects in Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties.

Historical Society presents melodrama

BEMIDJI—The Beltrami County Historical Society will present "The Shagwood Secret or... Double Deal at the Dirty Dog Saloon," on Thursday, July 26, on the Marilyn Shutter Stage at the Beltrami County Fairgrounds, 7223 Fairgrounds Road NW. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students, seniors and children. Call (218) 444-3376 for more information or to reserve seats. Tickets also are available at the museum store, 130 Minnesota Ave. SW, or online at Online ticket orders can be picked up at the Great Northern Depot prior to July 26 or at will call.

The family friendly event will tell the story of Snake Diamond and his greedy cohort, Delores Divine, who are setting a trap for Ethelburt Shagwood, a press release said. They realize he owns a mountain of gold, but his only interests are his horse and his ranch—until Delores lavishes her attention upon him. Meanwhile Chloe Clod, who slaves at Snake's saloon for bed and board, attempts to warn Shagwood of the danger.

Carter Junction to perform for Legends on Lomond

BAGLEY—Carter Junction will perform at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 8, during Farm By the Lake's Legends on Lomond concert series. Carter Junction is the husband and wife duo of Clinton and Sarah Carter. They perform original and traditional songs in the cowboy, folk and Celtic genres with Clinton on vocals and guitar and Sarah on vocals, Celtic harp and Irish drum. Both are gifted vocalists, individually and in harmony, with Clinton singing bass and Sarah soprano, a press release said.

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 8—Carter 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.

Plott Hounds next on Second Street Stage

PARK RAPIDS—The Plott Hounds will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, at the Second Street Stage concert series. The Plott Hounds blend their southern rock style with hints of the blues, creating nostalgic vibes heavily inspired by '70s rockers, such as The

Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd, according to a press release. The Plott Hounds aim to put their own spin on classic southern rock sound, one founded heavily on talented lead players, powerful lyrics and raw energy, the release said.

A social hour will begin at 5 p.m. The 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 lineup, visit

BACM presents St. Mark's Lutheran Church

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Area Church Musicians Summer Recital Series will present music at St. Mark's Lutheran Church at noon on Wednesday, July 11. The recital will feature several musicians from St. Mark's congregation. A flute quartet will play pieces by McKay, Scarlatti, Scarmolin, Corelli, Bornschein, Rimsky-Korsakov and Gabrielsky. Kyle Reiss, trumpet, will play a movement from "Trumpet Concerto in E-flat Major" by Neruda, and the concert will close with a quartet who will perform "Irlandaise," by Claude Bolling, a 20th century composer mixing classical and jazz styles.

A free-will offering will be received at the door for the scholarship program of the Bemidji Area Church Musicians. A luncheon will follow the concert with a price to be announced. St. Mark's Lutheran Church is located at 2220 Anne St. NW.

For the past 22 years, the free-will offerings given at recitals have been used to grant scholarships to students beginning their college music careers. For more information, call Kenneth Wold at (218) 751-2554 or Carol L. Johnson at (218) 751-0415.

The remaining schedule for the Bemidji Area Church Musicians includes:

• July 11: St. Mark's Lutheran Church—Flute Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Daniel Schnackenberg, bass guitar.

• July 18: Evangelical Covenant Church—Lois Simonson, piano; Kari Miller, flute; Sanna Gustafson, saxophone; Katelyn Tinglestad, violin.

• July 25: United Methodist Church—Glenn Seibel, euphonium; Sarah Carlson, piano.

• Aug. 1: Evangelical Free Church—BACM 2017 scholarship recipients, Evan Byler, Lilia Kastner, Sophie Warrick.

• Aug. 8: New Salem Lutheran Church—Melanie Hanson, violin; Michael Hanson, saxophone.

• Aug. 15: Calvary Lutheran Church—Jennifer (Paquette) Ellis, piano, folk harp.

• Aug. 22: St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church—First City Handbell Choir, Carol L. Johnson and Vicki L. Stenerson, co-directors.

• Aug. 29: First Lutheran Church—Turtle Island Ensemble: Sarah Carlson, piano; Sonja Connell, cello; Jon Romer, native flute; Bob Madeson, euphonium; Mike Tangen, guitar.

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.

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.

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 Tourist Information Center next to the Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues. They will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the first and third Sundays through Labor Day, including July 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 the 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.

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

• "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.