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Around the Arts, March 10

WILDVIEW to perform March 22

BEMIDJI—Bemidji band WILDVIEW will perform Friday, March 22 at the Rail River Folk School in Bemidji.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Opening for WILDVIEW will be guests Anthony Lamb and Strange Co. Costs is $8 at the door; $5 with student ID.

The band plans to film a music video for the song "My Mistake" at the concert. The band recently released a video for the single "Let Go," which had more than 46,000 views on Facebook. The video was shot on Lake Bemidji.

All ages event. Rail River Folk School is located at 303 Railroad St. SW in Bemidji.

Paper class at Headwaters

BEMIDJI—Have you ever wondered how paper was made? Learn the process and make your own sheets of paper with paper makers Bonnie Vigness and Linda Bissell from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at Headwaters Music and Arts.

Use common plant matter that can be collected from the kitchen. such as pineapple and asparagus to make your own beautiful sheets that you can take home.

No experience necessary but advance registration is required (limited number of spots available). The class is intended for adults. Cost to attend is $45 ($40 Headwaters members). Learn more and register by calling Headwaters at (218) 444-5606 or online at

Filley to perform at Storyteller Series March 10

BAGLEY—Chad Filley, an author, comedian and storyteller, will perform at the Farm by the Lake Storyteller Series at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, at the Bagley Public Library, 79 Spencer Avenue SW. This is a family friendly event and is open to the public.

He has entertained audiences of all ages throughout the United States and Canada, and spoken at corporate functions, prisons, comedy clubs, school groups, festivals, banquets, and churches.

Filley has the unique ability to take everyday situations and spin them into side-splitting, laughter filled tales, a release said. Then like a master roller coaster operator Filley will throw a sudden twist at his audience adding an unforeseen real-life turn. His blend of comedy, tragedy, and heartwarming accounts have left his audiences spellbound.

Filley took the Minnesota comedy scene by storm in 2010. He has appeared in numerous comedy clubs in the Upper Midwest, California, Alaska, and Las Vegas.

Most of Chad's material comes from his everyday life. With a resume including survival in the trenches of parenthood, matrimony, high school teaching and coaching, and firefighting, he is able to combine these experiences with a humorous spin, helping him turn everyday events into comical stories.

Gallery North to hold Creative Cafe March 12

BEMIDJI—Gallery North will host a Creative Café event from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, located at 310 Fourth St. NW. Three artists will take participants on a hands-on adventure into the arts. Creative Café activities are sponsored by Gallery North and Paul Bunyan Communications.

Mary Morton will teach students how to experiment with "String Painting." Jeannie Fenner will teach how to design a "Homemade Easter Card." Joan Dreyer will also be teaching a class. Classes are geared to ages 13 and up. Cost is $5 per activity, no pre-registration is required.

For more information visit

Open Pottery at Headwaters

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music & Arts has announced the arrival of Open Pottery, from noon to 3, and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, 3 to 6 p.m. on Fridays, and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays, at the center, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. Cost is $40 per month. Open Pottery is for individuals, 18 and older, who need a space to work with clay and who have had substantial experience with pottery in the past (i.e., classes in high school or college, or two months of Headwaters Adult Pottery Class).

Open Pottery gives area adults access to a well-equipped pottery studio located in downtown Bemidji. The studio includes wedging and work tables, tools, assorted glazes, and five pottery wheels. Those who are interested in attending will be required to attend a Pottery Studio orientation with Headwaters Pottery Instructor Tom Daly (typically held on Monday nights), and sign the Open Pottery Policy Agreement.

Headwaters has regular pottery classes for adults every Monday, 6 to 8 p.m., for beginners looking to learn about pottery or those who are just looking to learn even more.

For more information, visit website at or call (218) 444-5606.

Arts Project Grant applications now available online

BEMIDJI—Region 2 Arts Council Arts Project Grant applications are now available online. These grants offer funding for a variety of arts projects including costs related to performances or exhibitions, engagement of guest artists, public arts projects, and artists-in-residence. Arts organizations may also apply to fund consultation projects in board development, fiscal management, fundraising, public relations, audience development, or assistance in designing arts programming. Funded arts projects must benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties.

Maximum Award is $2,500 (20 percent cash match required). Deadline to apply is noon, Friday, March 15.

Therese to teach drawing and watercolor class

BEMIDJI—Local artist and experienced painter, Mary Therese, will be teaching a six-week course in developing skills in drawing and painting.

The workshop will be held 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, over the course of six weeks, starting March 13 through April 17, at Headwaters Music & Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW.

Students will strengthen their skills through a series of exercises based on the teachings of the famous New York's Art Students' League, Kimon Nicolaides, who focused on mastering the key concepts: contour, gesture, weight and structure.

Therese, a full-time professional artist for over 25 years, has received two fine art degrees in painting, printmaking and art education. Cost to attend $140 ($130 for members of Headwaters). Open to those 18 and older with all levels of experience. Pre-registration is required as there are a limited number of spots available. Find out more or register by calling (218) 444-5606 or online at

Watermark announces upcoming classes

BEMIDJI—Watermark Art Center has announced its upcoming lineup of art classes happening throughout the month of March. Open to all ages.

Art Family Style is a monthly opportunity for families to participate in an art project together. Cost is $5/family. The next event, held Thursday, March 21, will be an evening of creating with clay. Families will work together to create textured, footed clay trinket trays. Projects will be left at Watermark for drying and picked up at a later date. This is a drop-in style class; come by Watermark any time between 5 to 6:30 p.m. to work on a tray, no pre-registration required.

Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30, learn how to make felted stones with instructor Lisa Jordan. Felted stones make unique and natural fiber art objects that have a pleasing weight in the hand. Creating them is often a meditative process. In the first session, held March 29 from 5 to 7 p.m., attendees will learn to wet-felt soft wool around a stone to make a seamless felted surface on which to stitch. Each person will make 2-3 felted stones of their own. Stones will be provided, but attendees are encouraged to bring a special rounded stone of their own if they would like (no bigger than palm size). In the second session, held March 30 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., attendees will learn some tricks to stitching on this non-traditional surface. Some basic knowledge of embroidery stitches is helpful but not required. You must attend both days. Minimum age is 12. Cost is $45, plus an $8 materials fee.

Registration for each of these classes, along with further details, can be found at Watermark Art Center is a member-supported nonprofit dedicated to encouraging the growth and development of art. They are located at 505 Bemidji Ave N.

Alberti to teach art classes at Gallery North

BEMIDJI—Gallery North member Charles Alberti will be teaching classes on incorporating acrylic pourings into landscapes, spacescapes and organic symbols. Classes will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a lunch break, at the Gallery North classroom, 310 Fourth St. NW.

Classes will meet March 18-21; however, this is only a two-day class and interested participants will sign up for a maximum of two days. Classes will be held either Monday and Tuesday or on Monday and Thursday or Wednesday and Thursday. To reserve a space, $50 must be paid in advance. The second payment of $50 can be paid the day of first class.

Checks should be made out to Charles Alberti with a note indicating the dates prefered. Check can be dropped off at the gallery, or mailed to: Gallery North, c/o Charles Alberti, 310 Fourth St. NW, Bemidji, MN 56601.

Participants should bring four or more tubes of acrylic paints and a least one flat and round paint brush. All other materials including canvas will be provided.

For questions, call Gallery North at (218) 444-9813 and leave a message for Alberti, or email him at

Watermark to host Minneapolis artist

BEMIDJI—Watermark Art Center will host an upcoming event associated with the exhibit "Madwewe—It Is Heard," now on display in the Miikanan Gallery.

Minneapolis artist Xilam Balam Ybarra's exhibit focuses on the ways in which we hear culture—through songs, words, sounds and more. Ybarra has multiple handcrafted clay flutes in the exhibit. At 11 a.m., on Saturday, March 23, Ybarra and his wife, Rebekah, will introduce the flutes in a traditional manner and share about their significance in the Mayan culture. The presentation will involve both discussion and playing of the flutes. Following this, Ybarra will do a demonstration on how to make traditional clay flutes. Ybarra is a 2018 Mcknight Ceramics Fellow. He works in a variety of mediums including music, ceramics, painting, screen-printing, stone carving and epigraphy. He is also the co-founder of Electric Machete Studios, a Latinx art and music production house in St. Paul.

Walker food shelf benefit concert March 16

WALKER—The sixth annual Walker Area Food Shelf benefit concert will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, at the Community Church of Walker, 1100 Minnesota Ave. W.

Featured will be the versatile musical trio Caleigh. Refreshments will be served at intermission. There is no charge for this concert, but proceeds of the free will offering will be donated to the area food shelf.

Caleigh (kay-LEE) is a Minnesota trio whose music is a blend of traditional and contemporary Celtic, and world and American folk, among many other styles. The group is made up of Dee Furfaro (vocals, guitar, bodhran, congas, bass), Lenore Siems (fiddle, mandolin, viola) and April

Larson (vocals, Celtic harp, accordion, guitar, piano).

This concert will feature a Scottish lament, slides and other jigs, a set of Norwegian waltzes, along with a mix of traditional and contemporary Celtic tunes and genres.

McKnight Foundation Artists to be featured at BSU

BEMIDJI—Bemidji State University's Talley Gallery will feature work by six artists who have received McKnight Foundation Fellowships and Residencies as part of a touring fellowship exhibit from through Monday, April 29.

Each year, the Northern Clay Center, an organization working to enrich the ceramic arts, develops an exhibit of fellowship and residency recipients which tours Minnesota to share the work with people across the state, a release said.

The 2018 exhibition features work by two 2017 McKnight Artist Fellows and four 2016 McKnight Artist Residents: 2017 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Ceramic Artists are Xilam Balam Ybarra, from St. Paul and Mic Stowell, from Minneapolis. The 2016 McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists are Kosmas Ballis, from Fort Myers, Fla.; Forrest Lesch-Middelton, from Petaluma, Calif.; Eva Kwong, from Columbus, Ohio; amd Anthony Stellaccio, Crownsville, Md.

This exhibition, supported by the McKnight Foundation, showcases the success of each artist's fellowship or residency. Included in the show are flutes inspired by pre-Columbian traditions and sculptural pieces that are inspired by the process of making art.

The show and all activities at the gallery are free and open to the public.

Majkrzak to teach tapestry weaving class

BEMIDJI—Local fiber artist and weaver Kristin Majkrzak will be teaching a weekend class on tapestry weaving March 22-24. Students will create a small wall hanging on a simple frame loom to learn basic weaving techniques. Tapestry weaving is a medium of artistic expression that is both ancient and modern.

The workshop will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. March 22, and from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24, at Headwaters Music & Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. Cost is $150 ($135 for Headwaters members), open to those 18 and older with all levels of experience.

Pre-registration is required, as there are a limited number of spots available. Find out more or register by calling (218) 444.5606 or online at