Around the Arts, Aug. 26


Bemidji Sculpture Walk holds final tours

BEMIDJI—The final Bemidji Sculpture Walk tours will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 2. The one-hour tours will feature the Bemidji downtown sculptures as well as local Bemidji history and architecture.

The tours will meet at the Tourist Information Center next to the Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues. The tours will be held rain or shine, and no registration is required. For more information, visit

BACM presents The Turtle Island Ensemble

BEMIDJI—Bemidji Area Church Musicians will feature The Turtle Island Ensemble in its final concert of the Summer Recital Series at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave. Performers include Sarah Carlson, piano; Sonja Connell, cello; Jon Bomer, native flute; and Mike Tangen, guitar. Bob Madeson, euphonium, will also be featured.

A luncheon will follow the concert with a price to be announced.

A free-will offering will be received at the door for the scholarship program of the Bemidji Area Church Musicians. For the past 22 years, the free-will offerings have been used to grant scholarships to students beginning their college music careers. For more information, call Kenneth Wold at (218) 751-2554, Carol L. Johnson at (218) 751-0415 or Shar Paquette at (218) 751-1893.

Watermark plans poetry reading and lecture

BEMIDJI—Watermark Art Center will host a poetry reading and lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 11, featuring Kansas poets HC Palmer and Al Ortolani.

The lecture "Poets in Conversation," will be held from 10 a.m. until noon. The cost is $20 for Watermark members and $25 for the public. Attendees should register by Sunday, Sept. 9, at

The reading will be held at 6 p.m. Palmer and Ortolani will use haiku, free verse and other forms of poetry to share about a broad range of topics, including environmental inspiration, the tallgrass prairie and the Vietnam war.

Palmer's poetry book, "Feet of the Messenger," explores his experiences as a medical doctor, especially as an army surgeon in the Vietnam War. "Feet of the Messenger" was a finalist for the 2017 Balcones Poetry Prize and was chosen as a 2018 Kansas Notable Book.

Ortolani's poetry has appeared in journals such as "Rattle," "Prairie Schooner," and "Tar River Poetry." His newest collection, "On the Chicopee Spur," was recently released from New York Quarterly Books. A previous collection, "Ghost Sign," co-authored with J.T. Knoll, Adam Jameson, and Melissa Fite Johnson, was selected as a Kansas Notable Book for 2017.

For more information, visit

'dancing Light' to play at Headwaters Music and Arts

BEMIDJI—The band "dancing Light" will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, at Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors 62 and older. Advance purchase of tickets is recommended at Headwaters Music and Arts or online at

Consisting of members Kiki, Greg and Sabbastion, the band fuses folk, classical, rock and pop, according to a release.

Headwaters to host youth art camp

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music and Arts will host an art camp for youth ages 9-18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 27-31 at the school, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. The cost is $125 per participant.

Students will find themselves immersed in a fast-paced program riffing on the theme of dragons and dragonflies, a press release said. Participants will learn about a variety of art media while touching on storytelling and the natural world with local art instructors.

John Latimer, local phenologist and radio personality, will give a presentation at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, in the Headwaters Recital Hall about the natural world. The presentation is open to the public. The program will conclude on Friday, Aug. 31, with an art exhibition and 3 p.m. reception, which will also be open to the public.

Applications for partial scholarships available. For more information or to register, call (218) 444-5606 or visit

Farm By the Lake announces annual festival

BAGLEY—Farm By the Lake will host its fifth annual Art and Music Festival from noon until 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26. It will include live music, book signings, a chainsaw artist, food vendors and arts and crafts booths.

The stage will feature Sawyer and Natalie Corcoran at noon, the Headwaters Science Center Raptor Program at 12:30 p.m., The O'Neils at 1:45 p.m., Dean and Peggy Ellingson at 3 p.m. and the BS Valley Boys Band at 4:30 p.m.

The festival is free and open to the public and will be held rain or shine, according to a release. Farm By the Lake is located at 17797 366th St. in Bagley.

Community Theater opens auditions for 'Camelot'

BEMIDJI—Auditions for Bemidji Community Theater's production of "Camelot" will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 29 and 30, on the main stage at BSU's Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. Auditionees should prepare 16 measures of music to sing a capella and a short monologue. The production will be directed by Mary Knox-Johnson with vocal direction by Julie Loxtercamp. Show dates will be Nov. 9-11 and 16-18.

Based on T.H. White's novel, "The Once and Future King," "Camelot" tells the story of Arthur, a young squire who becomes king after extracting the sword Excalibur from its legendary rock. The musical follows Arthur from a young, ambitious, idealistic king who dreams of creating a just society to the despairing king bearing witness to his dream's demise, according to a press release.

Wildview plans concert at Toddy's Pub and Grub

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji-based band Wildview will perform at Toddy's Pub and Grub at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1. The group includes Matt Jensen, guitar; Tony Naylor, vocals; Erik Jensen, guitar; Ben Aube, drums; and Brent Gilge, bass.

The show also will include guests Obstruction of Justice and Sanguinary. There will be no cover charge. Toddy's Pub and Grub is located at 119 Third St. NW.

Waterfowl stamp contest seeks artist submissions

ST. PAUL—Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2019 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp contest from Monday, Aug. 20, through 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31. The gadwall is the only eligible species for depiction on the 2019 waterfowl stamp. Artists are prohibited from using any photographic product as part of their finished entries. Winning artists usually issue limited edition prints of the artwork and retain proceeds. Judging will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Department of Natural Resources headquarters in St. Paul.

The waterfowl stamp validation for hunting is $7.50 and for an extra 75 cents purchasers can receive the pictorial stamp. It also is sold as a collectible. Revenue from stamp sales is dedicated to waterfowl management and habitat work.

For more information on stamp contests and guidelines for submitting work, visit Contest guidelines are also available from the DNR Information Center by calling (651) 296-6157 or (888) 646-6367.

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.

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 remaining upcoming productions include:

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

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