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Around the Arts, May 26

Watermark Art Center will host Family Art Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, for a morning of creating and planting on Saturday, June 22.1 / 2
Emily Derke will demonstrate birch bark weaving from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, at Watermark Art Center. 2 / 2

Beltrami History Center to hold open mic night

BEMIDJI—To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Walt Whitman, "America's poet" there will be an open mic night at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 31, at the Beltrami County History Center, 130 Minnesota Ave. SW. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Local poet Erin Marsh will read from Whitman's magnum opus, "Leaves of Grass," as well as from her own recently published work, "Disability Isn't Sexy."

An open-mic portion of the evening will allow guests an opportunity to recite their favorite Whitman poems, or share original writing. Free-will donations appreciated. Refreshments will be served.

Upcoming events at Watermark Art Center

BEMIDJI—Here is a look at some of the upcoming events and new exhibits happening at Watermark Art Center in early June.

• June 1: There will be an artist demonstration in Shop 505, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Come and meet artist Emily Derke as she demonstrates birch bark weaving—a technique with origins in Scandinavia and Russia. Attendees will learn about the weaving process and harvest practices of this craft. Also on Saturday, June 1 will be the opening of Creating from Nature, the new exhibit in the BSU Harlow I Kleven Gallery. This exhibit features clay and print works that combine observations of nature with the emotional connection of being in the landscape. They focus on the textures in nature, of light interacting with various land forms and other visual cues. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 14.

• June 7: Watermark will hold two opening receptions from 5 to 7 p.m. during the First Friday Art Walk. Come celebrate the opening of the Members Show, featuring work by Watermark members, and Middle School Exhibit, which will display work by Bemidji Middle School students in 6-8th grades. These exhibits both feature multimedia art. The Members Show will be on display through July 27 and the Middle School Exhibit will be up through June 29.

For more details on each of these items, as well as other upcoming events, visit The art center is located at 505 Bemidji Ave. N.

Bemidji Sculpture Walk 20th anniversary celebration

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Sculpture Walk, a northern Minnesota open-air art gallery, has been an integral arts interface for community members and visitors alike on the streets of downtown Bemidji for 20 years. Now the regional community is asked to come out and celebrate with the Bemidji Sculpture Walk supporters with a block party on Saturday, June 22.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary, there will be public art installations, sculpture and history tours, an artist reception and a free community celebration, open to the public.

The event will be complete with street musicians, living sculptures/sculptors who will come alive to tell their stories, art demos including wood carving with Molly Wiste, community collaborative found object sculpture with Al Belleveau, and an iron pour with Alan Milligan. Food and drinks will be accessible for purchase at local restaurants. Complimentary popcorn and lemonade will be available for all.

The event will be held in the heart of downtown Bemidji from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 22 on the Third to Fourth Street sections of Beltrami Ave.

This is a family friendly interactive celebration. A poodle sculpture painted by Kathy Gustafson will be raffled off. Tickets and a view of the poodle (Klimt style) are available that day or in advance at these locales: May 20-June 3 at Brigid's Pub and June 3-21 at the Bemidji Visitor Center.

For further information, contact Cate at (218) 760-2211, or Stacey Lundberg at or (218) 308-3879.

Unite Against Hate art show and concert

BEMIDJI—The 2nd Annual Unite Against Hate art show and concert will be held on Saturday, June 1, at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, at 317 Beltrami Ave. NW.

The art show will open at 4 p.m. and is designed to promote discussion around issues of diversity both regionally and nationally. Artists have submitted pieces that speak to the themes of Unity in the Community and Diversity is Strength.

The concert will be from 7 p.m. to midnight. The lineup features "music by DJ Divewire, who has been rocking local parties with his vast and diverse musical tastes, a release said. Opening the show is Red Lake rapper Thomas X, who brings his positive and socially conscious rhymes to area stages regularly. Indie rocker and Bemidji resident, Sonny Johnson, will bring his blues-rock sound to Brigid's performing songs from his record "Follow the Fox."'

"Headlining the concert for the second year in a row is Twin Cities RnB singer Lady Midnight, who has just released her first record "Death before Mourning."'

Watermark Art Center to hold June art classes

BEMIDJI—Watermark Art Center recently announced its lineup of June art classes.

• June 6: Watermark will be offering a class from 5 to 9 p.m. on the art of Saami bracelet making with instructor Michelle Nordlund Hanevold. The Scandinavian tradition honors the Saami, the Indigenous people of Northern Scandinavia, and the intricate and ornate leather cuffs they wore. During this beginner's course, students learn to weave a traditional double braid bracelet and are taught to sew the braid and button to real leather. No sewing experience is needed to take the class. The bracelets are a weave of "Tenntrad," a pewter and silver thread made in Sweden, as well as reindeer leather and reindeer antler buttons from the Arctic Laplands. All materials used in the class are imported directly from Sweden. Cost is $30, plus an additional $20 materials fee due to the teacher at the beginning of class. Space is very limited and pre-registration is required. Go to to register.

• June 8: Second Saturday Kids Art will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. This month's project will be a printmaking workshop, where kids ages six years and older will have the opportunity to experiment with various types of printmaking methods, including foam printing plates, monoprinting and more. The cost is $15 per person, $13 for Watermark members. Parents can drop their children off and are not required to stay. Pre-registration is required. Parents must register their children online at

• June 22: Watermark will host Family Art Saturday on from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for a morning of creating and planting. Families will create a design to paint on clay pots, then add small succulents to complete the project. This class is $10 per family. No pre-registration required. This is a drop-in style class; come between 10 and 11:30 a.m. to ensure completion of project.

Coming in July, Watermark will be launching two "Mark Makers" art camps for grades one through six. Watch the website for upcoming details,

The art center is located at 505 Bemidji Ave. N.

Tiger Lion Arts seeks actress for 'Nature' play

PUPOSKY-- Mask and Rose Theater along with Belle Thalia Creative Arts Space and Tiger Lion Arts are seeking an actress age 8-10 to play Ellen Emerson (Elly), Ralph Waldo Emerson's spirited daughter, in TigerLion Arts' outdoor walking play "Nature,"—rehearsing/performing at Belle Thalia Creative Arts Space in Puposky.

Elly is "a confident young girl who enjoys running through fields, chasing butterflies, doing cartwheels, spinning in circles, laughing, loving, and getting in trouble," a release said. The performer should have a strong voice. Singing and dancing skills are a plus.

Nature will be the outdoor telling of Emerson, Thoreau and their mutual love of the natural world. This play is written and created by Minneapolis-based actor Tyson Forbes, who is a direct descendant of Ralph Waldo Emerson, and director/producer Markell Kiefer.

This is an opportunity for a young aspiring actress to be a part of a unique professional production and community of artists. It is possible that two actresses will be cast who alternate performances, to lessen the time commitment for participating families. The actress will participate in all on-site rehearsals, and receive script, video, and coaching (via Skype and/or in-person) in advance as well. The performing company is composed of a Minneapolis-based ensemble of professional actors and musicians, along with a locally recruited Community Chorus.

Visit the Nature website for more details, photos and video of the production at Photos can also be found on the Facebook page.

If interested, email inquiries, along with a photo and a short bio or resume, to: Cate Belleveau at

Auditions will be held from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Friday, May 31, in the Music Room of Schoolcraft Learning Community, 8955 Deer School Road NW, Puposky.

Headwaters to hold Fiddle Camp June 17-21

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music and Arts will hold its eighth annual Fiddle Camp, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 17 to Friday, June 21, at Headwaters, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. This camp is for adults and youth with a minimum of one year performance experience. Cost is $100 per participant. This will be a week-long day camp with both private and group instruction, enrichment activities and games, and public performance opportunities. There typically are two performances during the week, concluding with a Friday afternoon performance.

The camp is open to children ages 7 and older, as well as adult string players who want to experience an environment that both advances their abilities and offers a creative and collaborative experience. Rose Vincent of Eau Claire, Wis., serves as this year's director, and will work with instructors John Vincent, Brian Miller and Sarah Hamrin to develop and fine-tune each day's activities. Brian Miller will bring his knowledge of lumber camp history and traditions, and vocalist and performer Carrie Dlutkowski will joins in as the special guest presenter.

Register or learn more by calling (218) 444-5606, or visit

Headwaters to offer music camps June 24-28

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music & Arts will be holding several music camps from Monday, June 24, through Friday, June 28, at Headwaters, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. Cost is $90 per participant. For more information, contact or (218) 444-5606.

• Suzuki Jump Start Camp: Will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. for children ages 4 to 13, with no prior playing experience. This camp will offer an introduction to stringed instruments using the Suzuki method. Suzuki's 'Mother Tongue' approach to teaching music builds on the principles of language acquisition. Those principles include an early beginning, listening, loving encouragement, parental support, constant repetition, learning with other children and then learning to read, a release said. Violin, viola or cello rental for children and adults is included in the program courtesy of Schmitt Music Co.

• Beginner Fiddle Camp: Will be held from noon to 3 p.m. for ages 5 and older. This camp will help students with limited playing experience gain an introduction to playing in groups and prepares students for Headwaters' annual summer Fiddle Camp for string players of all ages.

• Piano Camp 1: Will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. for children ages 5 to 14. This camp is meant for students with at least one year of lessons, and will help them to focus on piano and musicianship skills.

• Piano Camp 2: Will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. for ages 5 to 18. This camp will be led by Headwaters instructor Jessica Westlund, and is for those who attended last year's Piano Camp or have two or more years of playing experience. At the beginning of the week, students will be assigned ensemble partners depending on their grade and level of advancement and appropriate repertoire will be selected for them to learn. 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 will also enjoy specialty classes such as musicianship, jazz piano and improv.

Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellowship announced

BEMIDJI—The Region 2 Arts Council recently announced this year's recipient of the 2019 Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellowship was awarded to contemporary artist Delina White. White was selected April 3, when the Region 2 Arts Council's Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Council convened to review fellowship applications through the AAI program. The AAI Fellowship is made possible by the support of the McKnight Foundation, and aims to assist the region's most talented Native American artists in their work by awarding financial support to fund creative time and/or arts experiences. This award is for Native American artists residing in Minnesota's Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Lake of the Woods, Becker, Roseau, Cass and Itasca counties.

Headwaters to hold Pottery & Pints art classes

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music & Arts will hold Pottery & Pints art classes from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, July 18 and Aug. 15, at Headwaters, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. Attendees can enjoy a relaxing afternoon glazing pottery. Headwaters resident potter, Tom Daly, will walk attendees through the process of glazing two pottery pieces created by Daly, such as a beer mug or bowl. In between pieces they can try their hand at basic pottery techniques. There will be plenty of breaks for socializing and enjoying beer. A cash bar will be available courtesy of Brigid's Pub. No art experience is required. For those ages 21 and older. Advance registration required. Cost is $45 ($40 for Headwaters members). Find out more or register by calling (218) 444-5606 or online at

Pouring and Sugar Spray Classes at Gallery North

BEMIDJI—Charles Alberti will be conducting a be a 'Pouring and Sugar Spray' class from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, June 5-6, at Gallery North, 310 Fourth St. Cost for the two-day class is $100, with most materials being furnished. Participants should bring any acrylic paints and a few brushes, if they have them, although the instructor will bring some that can be used. Ten canvases will be provided by the instructor.

There also will be an advanced Pouring and Sugar Spray class from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, at the gallery. This class will be on large canvasses and the cost will be $85. The advanced class will be limited to five people, who have previously had a beginning class from this instructor. Payment must be made in advance to be officially registered. Sign up for either class at Gallery North. Make checks payable to Charles Alberti.

Splash, Splat, and Splatter day camp in June

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music & Arts will hold Splash, Splat, & Splatter day camp for children ages 7-11. This active day camp will include both indoor and outdoor art explorations of frogs, still life, water, clay, and paint. As the name implies, the camp will be a time for children to explore the messier side of art making. The day camp will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, through Friday, June 7. The cost for the camp is $75 per participant, (applications for partial scholarships available). Bring a sack meal each day, all supplies and activities provided. Register by June 1.

For more information or to register, contact Headwaters Music & Arts at (218) 444-5606 or visit

Headwaters seeks vocalists for Bemidji Sings

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music & Arts invites amateur singers who live, work or attend school in Bemidji to take part in Bemidji Sings! to determine who will represent Bemidji at the Minnesota Sings State Finals in September. Amateur singers interested in taking part will need to register by 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 30. There is no cost to apply or participate.

Auditions will take place from noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 2; from 9 a.m. to noon and 3 to 6 p.m. on Monday, June 3, at Headwaters Music & Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. Participants will sing one song during the preliminary auditions. Up to seven singers from each age division will be chosen to perform at the Bemidji Sings! Show, Thursday, Aug. 1, at BSU.

For more information, call (218) 444-5606. Learn more and register at,

Region 2 Arts Council seeks board members

BEMIDJI—Region 2 Arts Council is currently seeking board members for Beltrami, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen counties. The Region 2 Arts Council invites those who recognize that the arts are valuable to the quality of life in north-central Minnesota to consider becoming a board member.

Board terms last two years. Eligible applicants must be 18 years of age or older, have a strong interest in the arts, and a desire to serve as ambassador for Region 2 Arts Council in their county and community. This is a great opportunity to become more involved with the arts and artists across the 5-county region, enjoy camaraderie with others who appreciate the arts, and gain an inside understanding of the workings of the granting process, a release said.

Visit to learn more. Contact Laura Seter, executive director, via email at, or call (218) 751-5447 or (800) 275-5447.

Theater Day Camp returns in June

BEMIDJI—The city of Bemidji will host a Theater Day Camp June 3-14. This half-day camp will run from 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The camp is put on in collaboration with Bemidji Community Theater. There are four levels campers can pick from based off of their performance experience and interest. Level 1: Skill Building & Performance: Campers will work on basic theater skills which include acting, singing and dancing. Level 2: Advanced Performance Camp: Campers will audition for roles and produce a more challenging performance. Out of the Box: Campers will write their own script as well as perform their original play at the end of camp. Tech Camp: For those campers who want to learn about the behind the scenes. Campers will participate in scenic painting, costuming and stage combat. Each level will have a final performance for families and friends. The location is to be determined. Cost is $80 per participant.