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Around the Arts, Oct. 28

Shawl Dancer by David Ben White of Ponemah. Submitted art. 1 / 2
A demonstration and artist talk with Matthew Krousey will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the lower level of Benson Hall at BSU. Submitted photo. 2 / 2

Webber to present honors lecture Oct. 29

BEMIDJI—Miriam Webber, assistant professor of music at Bemidji State University, will present her research on "Honky-Tonk Carnival: Explorations of Laughter and Grotesque in Country Song" at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29 in Hagg-Sauer Hall, room 112.

The Bemidji State University Honors Program provides BSU faculty with a forum to share their expertise and the results of their research with the Bemidji community. All Honors Council lectures are open free to the public.

The Honors Council Lecture Series is hosted by the Bemidji State University Honors Council, the advisory group to BSU's honors program. It is composed of 12 faculty members representing each of the university's colleges. Student representatives are also elected to the council by their cohorts for one-year terms.

It's Only Clay featured at Watermark

BEMIDJI—Watermark Art Center will present the 2018 It's Only Clay national juried ceramics competition and exhibit beginning Friday, Nov. 2.

A demonstration and artist talk with Matthew Krousey will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the lower level of Benson Hall at BSU.Dedicated to functional clay vessels, It's Only Clay features pottery from artists around the United States. The exhibit will run through Dec. 22. Guest artist and 2018 juror Matthew Krousey of Harris, Minn., will have a selection of his work on display and will lead multiple ceramic-related events at the launch of the exhibit.

Awards for It's Only Clay include prize money distributed for the first three places. In addition, Bemidji State University offers purchase awards, choosing pieces to be included in its Margaret H. Harlow Teaching Collection.

All are free and open to the public:

• Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 1-3 p.m.: Demonstration and artist talk by Matthew Krousey at BSU. Krousey will offer a demonstration and give students feedback on current ceramics projects. Public is welcome to attend. In the lower level of Bensen Hall.

• Thursday, Nov. 1, from 2-4 p.m.: Youth workshop for grades 9-12. Students will create a nature-themed tile project out of clay. Krousey will show students how to do basic hand building and decorating techniques. This workshop is free to attend. Pre-registration required, as space is limited. Call Watermark at 218-444-7570 to register.

• Friday, Nov. 2, from 5-7 p.m., with presentation at 6 p.m.: It's Only Clay exhibit reception at Watermark during the First Friday Art Walk. Krousey will give a brief artist talk and announce placement awards. Tim Brockman and Steve Sundahl from BSU will present the awards for the Margaret H. Harlow Teaching Collection.

• Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Pop-Up Pottery Studio Tour. Meet three local potters on this area tour. Attendees are invited to travel to home studios to meet artists and learn about their process. Maps of the tour can be picked up at the art center or found online at

It's Only Clay is an annual event co-sponsored by Watermark and BSU Department of Technology, Art & Design and BSU Foundation. This year's event also is made possible in part by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation. The full schedule is at

Benson to host open-mic event

BEMIDJI—Singer/songwriter Lance Benson of Bemidji will host the Headwaters Open-mic CoffeeHouse at Headwaters Music and Art from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2.

Held on the first Friday of most months, Headwaters Open-mic CoffeeHouse features music and spoken word performance in a supportive and family-friendly environment. Coffeehouse fare is available courtesy of Cantabria Coffee Co.

Benson has honed his craft with years of artistry and thousands of miles of touring. He looks forward to sharing the evening with performers and audience alike.

Known for his innovative and honest style, Benson uses multiple capos to craft his melodies and real-life experiences to inspire his lyrics.

All ages and skill levels are encouraged to sign up for a 10- to 15-minute set. Sign up begins at 6:30. Admission is $3 per person or $7 per family.

Headwaters Open-Mic CoffeeHouse is a volunteer-led community event. Contact John Henningsgaard at 444-9845 for more information.

Everett to present organ recital Nov. 4

BEMIDJI—Dr. Beverly Everett will perform a special pipe organ recital, titled "Plaid Pipes," in honor of the Bemidji Symphony's 80th season at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4 at First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave. N.

The 90-minute recital and dinner also features the one-year anniversary of First Lutheran's new pipe organ. Dinner will follow at the Hampton Inn & Suites. Tickets are $80 with RSVPs requested by Oct. 31, and includes the recital, dinner, wine and dessert, and a tax-deductible donation to Bemidji Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are available at or mail request to Bemidji Symphony, PO Box 3136, Bemidji, MN 56619.

Special guest for the event will be Michael Barone, host and senior executive producer of Pipedreams, a nationally distributed weekly radio program exploring the art of the pipe organ.

Packer to host workshop, story slam

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music & Arts will sponsor a story slam and storytelling workshop at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Keg 'n' Cork, 310 Beltrami Ave. NW.

"Inspired by the #metoo movement with the larger goal to build bridges, find voice and be heard, we look forward to an evening of real human expression and connection, along with lots of laughter and just plain fun," a press release said.

Hosted by professional storyteller Packer, up to 10 participants will tell a true story no more than five minutes long. Judges will be pulled from the audience. Prizes of $75, $50 and $25 will be awarded. The Headwaters Story Slam competition is open to women and men ages 18 and older. The event is free with a $5 suggested free will donation.

Prior to the slam, from 4-7 p.m., Packer will lead an informal workshop, giving participants a chance to learn about storytelling fundamentals, get tricks and tips for dynamic, engaging storytelling, and work one-on-one with Packer as they develop your story. Participants do not need to participate in Headwaters Story Slam to attend the workshop. Pre-registration is required. The cost to attend is $25. The fee includes a Keg 'n' Cork meal, instruction and materials.

Those who would like to participate in the workshop or the Headwaters Story Slam may register by calling the Headwaters office at 218-444-5606 or visit

Community singalong scheduled Nov. 4

BEMIDJI—CiderSong, a monthly community singalong for adults and teens who love to sing with others, will kick off at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, at Headwaters Music & Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW.

CiderSong is directed by Headwaters vocal and piano instructor Mattea Elhard.

Subsequent sessions will be held at 6 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month (Dec. 2, Jan. 6, Feb. 3, March 3, April 7 and May 5). There is no cost to take part, and apple cider will be served.

Childcare is available for $10 per child; call Headwaters at 218-444-5606 by 5 p.m. the Wednesday prior to make arrangements.

For more information or to register, call or go to

Anishinaabe exhibit coming to Bemidji

BEMIDJI—The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative exhibit will be on display at the Region 2 Arts Council office inside the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji from Nov. 9 through Dec. 8.

The show exhibits traditional and contemporary artwork by AAI grant recipients, AAI Council members, and other Native American artists who have received or been a part of a Region 2 Arts Council grant.

The exhibit will be open for viewing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Artwork by 2018 AAI fellows Pamela Iceman and Roberta Vanwert also will form part of a group exhibit at the Watermark Art Center's Miikanan Gallery that opens Nov. 9. The Region 2 Arts Council office will offer extended viewing hours for the AAI Exhibit until 7 p.m. on Nov. 9 in conjunction with the Miikanan Gallery's opening reception that evening.

This activity is made possible, in part, by the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative through support from the Region 2 Arts Council and with funding from the McKnight Foundation.

Art events set Nov. 10 at Headwaters

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music & Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW., will sponsor two art events from 3-5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Area artist Joan Wilson will lead a Paint & Sip event, helping attendees create a fall landscape. No art experience is necessary for attendees.

Headwaters resident potter Tom Daly will lead a Pottery & Pints event, walking attendees through the process of glazing two pottery pieces created by Daly, such as a beer mug or bowl. In between pieces you can try your hand at basic pottery techniques. There will be plenty of breaks for socializing and enjoying beer.

Cost for either event is $30 for Headwaters members and $35 for non-members. A cash bar will be available courtesy of Brigid's Pub. Supplies wll be provided, and attendees must be 21 or older. For more information or to register, call 218-444-5606 or go to