Watermark schedules December events

BEMIDJI-The holiday season is bringing lots of festivities to Watermark Art Center, 505 Bemidji Ave. N. Three weekends of classes, artist demonstrations and shopping specials are scheduled.

A holiday open house will conclude on Sunday, Dec. 9. This year's event will include the annual tree ornament fundraiser, with handmade ornaments created by local artists for sale in the gallery shop.

Also today, the Watermark will celebrate one year in its new building during the first anniversary event. Visitors can enjoy food and drinks at this ticketed event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each ticket purchase includes a chance to win a piece of pottery created by Dave and Jo Hamilton. Tickets are $15. They are available in advance by stopping in to Watermark or at the door on the day of the event.

On Dec. 15 and 16, the Watermark will host a Gourmet Bake Sale and Artist Showcase. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 12 noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Several local artists will be at the art center visiting with shoppers and demonstrating their techniques. Meet Monica Hansmeyer, Mary Therese, Kathy Towley, Bill Smith, Kathy Sanders and others throughout the weekend. Baked goods and hot beverages will be available for purchase, with proceeds supporting the art center.

Dec. 22-23 is Watermark's "last-minute shopping weekend. The art center will be open normal business hours and shopping specials will be offered, including half-price tree ornaments.

Watermark is open 7 days a week with free admission.

Creative Cafe event set at Gallery North

BEMIDJI-Gallery North has scheduled a Creative Café event from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Two artists will take participants on a hands-on adventure into the arts. Creative Café activities are sponsored by Gallery North & Paul Bunyan Communications.

Jamie Lee will teach how to make pebble art holiday greeting cards and Colleen Hilts will teach students how to create a tiny reindeer ornament from corks in anticipation of the upcoming Christmas season.

In addition, Chuck Alberti will teach how to design a torn paper mosaic. Classes are geared to ages 13 and up. Cost is $5 per activity, and no pre-registration is required.

Gallery North is located at 310 Fourth St. NW.


Nary School to host Christmas program

NARY-The annual Nary School Christmas Program will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the school, 25895 County Road 9.

The program will feature music by the Nary Community Band, the TrekNorth choir and the Abello family. Ariel Mazurek will perform a tap dance number.

Santa Claus will be there, and coffee, cookies and punch will be available.

There is no admission charge but a free will offering of tax deductible donations will be accepted.

Gallery North sets painting class Dec. 20

BEMIDJI-Gallery North member Charles Alberti will teach a class titled "Geometric Painting with a Printer's Brayer" from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20. The class will be held in the Gallery North classroom at 310 Fourth St. NW. It will include a lunch break.

The instructor will provide two 16-inch by 20-inch canvases for the class. Students may bring a larger canvas up to 24 inches by 48 inches if they wish. Cost for the class is $50. It is limited to eight registered students from beginners to advanced. Stop by Gallery North or call 218-444-9813 to register.

Alberti was born and raised in Chicago. He earned a BFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago in painting, drawing and art history and an M.Ed. and Ph.D. at Loyola University of Chicago. In 1988 he began teaching at Bemidji State University and retired as Emeritus Professor of Professional Education and the Honors Program. He has had shows in New York, Chicago, California, Connecticut, Texas and Minnesota. His artwork is in private, corporate and museum collections in the states and abroad. He served on many organizational boards and committees in greater Minnesota.

History Center to host 1968 exhibit

BEMIDJI-The Beltrami County Historical Society presents "Coming of Age: The 1968 Generation," a traveling exhibit on view from Dec. 12 through March 2 at the History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. SW.

The exhibit explores the self-expression, upheaval, change and sounds of the 1960s and the Vietnam War.

In "Coming of Age, The 1968 Generation," visitors will glimpse into the lives of Minnesotans who grew up in and around 1968.

The exhibit features six graphic panels, a record album flip interactive, a computer game show activity and a station where you can create-your-own magnetic magazine cover.

This exhibit is on temporary loan from the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul and will be traveling to venues throughout Minnesota.

Community Christmas Concert set at Calvary

BEMIDJI-Calvary Lutheran Church, 2508 Washington Ave. S., will host its second annual Community Christmas Concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. This concert will include a lineup of local musicians: Kristi Tell-Miller and Miriam Tell, Annalise Aakhus, Caleigh, Kari Pickett and Rachel Munson, along with Bell Ringers from Calvary and Presbyterian Church, Joe Vene and the Calvary Choir.

Proceeds from the event will support the Village of Hope and Calvary's annual project. Tickets are available in the church office or at the door. Suggested ticket price is $10, but any donation will be accepted, and no one will be turned away.

Deadline extended for cultural arts grant

BEMIDJI-The deadline has been extended to Dec. 15 for applications for the Cultural Traditions in the Arts grant. The maximum award is $3,000 with a 25 percent cash match for equipment purchases only.

The Cultural Traditions in the Arts grant supports events and activities that represent the diverse ethnic and cultural arts traditions in Minnesota. These grants offer funding for arts projects and programming specifically meant to build bridges between Minnesotans through arts and culture. Eligible projects include arts festivals, engagement of guest artists, arts field trips, public art, arts workshops, exhibitions, presentations, or performances that will benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen counties.

Arts activities proposed for funding must be accessible to the public, and display a strong community component. Non-profits, 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.

Applications are online at r2arts.org. For more information, or with questions, contact Region 2 Arts Council at 218-751-5447 or via email at staff@r2arts.org. The Region 2 Arts Council office is located at 505 Bemidji Ave. N., inside the Watermark Art Center.