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Around the Arts, June 9

Dee Anne Najjar of Bemidji, received a Judges Award of Merit in the Advanced - Opaque category for her oil painting entitled "Stormy Journey" at the Artists of Minnesota annual Spring Show held in Duluth on May 18. Submitted photo. 1 / 3
Kelli Lien of Bemidji, received first place in the Transparent - Intermediate category for her watercolor; "In The Yellow Woods" at the Artists of Minnesota annual Spring Show held in Duluth on May 18. Submitted photo. 2 / 3
Carol Euerle of Shevlin, was voted "Artists Choice" for her watercolor entitled "Hannah and Tucker," the Transparent - Intermediate category at the Artists of Minnesota annual Spring Show held in Duluth on May 18. Submitted photo. 3 / 3

Locals win awards at Artists of Minnesota exhibition

BEMIDJI—Three area artists received awards at the Artists of Minnesota annual Spring Show art exhibit held in Duluth on May 18.

Kelli Lien of Bemidji received first place in the Transparent-Intermediate category for her watercolor; "In The Yellow Woods." Carol Euerle of Shevlin was voted "Artists Choice" for her watercolor entitled "Hannah and Tucker," in the same category. Dee Anne Najjar of Bemidji received a Judges Award of Merit in the Advanced-Opaque category for her oil painting entitled "Stormy Journey."

The Artists of Minnesota is open to all skill levels and offers member artists the opportunity to exhibit one piece of art on the Artists of Minnesota website and to participate in the Spring Show each year, a release said. Members may enter two pieces of art in a variety of categories including opaque, transparent, pastel, drawing, mixed media and 3D art. The conference includes the art exhibit, an awards banquet, artist demonstrations and other activities. For more information visit

BAAE names 2019 grant, scholarship recipients

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Area Arts Endowment (BAAE) fund recently awarded over $15,700 to local art programs. The following groups and individuals received a grant or scholarship award

ranging from $500 to $1,500:

• Bagley Area Arts Collaborative

• Bemidji Community Theater: Annie Production

• Bemidji Community Theater: Education Access

• Bemidji Music Camp

• Bemidji Symphony Orchestra: Big Screen Rhythms

• Bemidji Area Boys & Girls Club: National Fine Arts Program

• Headwaters Music & Arts: Headwaters Art Camp

• Headwaters Music & Arts: Bemidji Sings

• Headwaters Music & Arts: First City Singers Music

• Headwaters Music & Arts: Lakes Area Drum Set Camp

• Headwaters Music & Arts: Musical Theater Camp

• Mask & Rose Theater and Tiger Lion Arts

• Watermark Art Center: Art for Tomorrow

• Watermark Art Center: Nibikaang-From the Water

• Watermark Art Center: Spoken Word Poetry Slam

The BAAE fund's mission is to strengthen the long term financial viability of the Bemidji area arts

community. BAAE's committee members believe in creating a community in which the arts flourish and enhance lives, a release said. The BAAE 2019 grant round is now closed, but the committee encourages groups and individuals to apply for funding in 2020. BAAE is a fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation. For more information, visit

Fosston Children's Theater to perform 'Mary Poppins JR'

FOSSTON—The Fosston Children's Theater will be performing a production of Mary Poppins JR, a musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, and Friday, June 28, at the Fosston Community Library Arts Theater, 403 Foss Ave. N.

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces the audience to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again.

The play is directed by Abby Pearson. There is no admission fee, seats will be on a first come first served basis. Freewill offerings will be accepted and appreciated.

TigerLion Arts seeks community chorus for 'Nature'

PUPOSKY—This summer, Mask and Rose Theater, Belle Thalia, and TigerLion Arts will present the walking play "Nature," the outdoor telling of Emerson, Thoreau and their mutual love of the natural world. The play is written and created by Minneapolis-based actor Tyson Forbes (a direct descendant of Ralph Waldo Emerson) and director/producer Markell Kiefer. The production is in need of members for a community chorus, as well as a chorus leader.

The community chorus, directed by Melanie Hanson, plays an integral role in the play, performing choral music and movement in specific sections of the piece and helping to guide the audience from scene to scene. This is an opportunity for local students and community members to be integrated into a unique production and to get an inside view of how this professional, community-building experience operates, a release said. No prior acting experience or formal voice training is required, although participants should be able to carry a tune. Previous singing experience is a plus. Children younger than age 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Participants should be prepared to be outside in varying weather for at least two hours at a time and be able to walk on uneven ground.

The community chorus leader, is an opportunity for someone with knowledge of music, basic piano skills, access to a computer and comfort in leading a group. The community chorus leader responsibilities include scheduling and leading rehearsals, assigning vocal parts, facilitating learning of music and basic movement direction.

Participants will rehearse 10-12 hours over the four weeks leading up to tech rehearsals with the cast of "Nature." Rehearsals will be held at a local venue; most likely St. Bartholomew's Church in Bemidji or New Salem Church in Turtle River. The schedule will be built around participant availability. There will also be 10 hours of tech rehearsals over the three days prior to the opening of the show. The run-time of the show is 90 minutes.

To sign up, contact Cate at Mask and Rose/Belle Thalia at or call (218) 760-2211 by June 10. For more information, visit or email

Holden to display work at Ripple River Gallery

BEMIDJI—Butch Holden's pottery and digital paintings will be featured at Ripple River Gallery near Bay Lake, June 12 through July 14. The gallery will host a reception for the artist on Friday, June 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend, enjoy refreshments and view Holden's work.

Holden lives, works and gardens at his home in Bemidji and is currently a professor emeritus at Bemidji State University, where he has taught since 1983. Holden has exhibited in local, regional and national competitions, and also has had many solo exhibitions. In addition to having juried many shows, he has served on numerous art grant panels.

Ripple River Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. The gallery is located at 27591 Partridge Ave. in Aitkin.

For more information, call (218) 678-2575 or email

'I Went for a Walk Today:' Family Theater Workshop planned

PUPOSKY—Belle Thalia Creative Arts Space will hold I Went for a Walk Today, a Family Theater Workshop, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, at Belle Thalia Creative Arts Space, 24011 MN-89 (15 miles north on Hwy 89, Puposky).

Participants can connect with nature through creative play with the cast from their walking play 'Nature.' Professional actors will connect participants to nature through the walks, theatrical play and reflective journaling. Each workshop attendee will receive a 'Nature' field journal to take home. Limited to 30 participants. For families with children 6 years and older. Cost is $10 per participant, or $15 for a family of three or more. For more information, call (218) 760-2211 or email

This activity is made possible by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council due to the legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The event also is made possible by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment.

Bemidji Sculpture Walk summer tour schedule

BEMIDJI—Join the Bemidji Sculpture Walk on the first and third Sundays of each month now through August. Each tour lasts about an hour and focuses on learning about each piece of art and the artists who created them. Local Bemidji history and architecture will also be discussed. Tours will be at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sundays, June 16; July 7 and 21; and Aug. 4 and 18. Meet at the Bemidji Visitor Center next to Paul and Babe. Tours are free of charge and no pre-registration is required. For more information, visit

BSO announces 2019-2020 season concert dates

BEMIDJI—With their 80th season wrapped up, the Bemidji Symphony would like to thank the community for their participation and financial support.

Here is a look at the upcoming 2019-2020 Season entitled "Rhythms of Life."

Summer Pops Concert:

• Saturday, Aug. 3: "I've Got Rhythm" featuring pianist Brayden Drevlow.

Season Series:

• Sunday, Sept. 29: "Heartbeat of the Orchestra" with cellist Anthony Arnone.

• Sunday, Nov. 24: "Deep Pulses" with opera singer Tammy Hensrud.

• Tuesday, Dec. 3: "Rhythms of the Season" with vocalist Brandon Box-Higdem.

• Sunday, Feb. 16: "Big Screen Rhythms" featuring epic cinema selections.

• Sunday, March 29: "Classical Swing" with saxophonist Scott Sandberg.

• Sunday, May 17: "Across the Pond" featuring Pianist Gareth Cordery.

Annual mailers should arrive in mailboxes around the community shortly. Those who purchase season tickets prior to the Summer Pops concert, will get a complimentary ticket for the Aug. 3 "I've Got Rhythm" concert.

Order requests can be sent in via postal mail, or purchased online at:

With the purchase of season tickets, patrons also have the opportunity to include a tax-deductible donation to the Bemidji Symphony. The average cost for one concert is $18,000 and tickets, program ad sales, and other fundraising doesn't raise enough. Give online anytime at: Season ticket requests and donations can be mailed to: Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Box 3136, Bemidji, MN 56619.

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.

Family Art Saturday on June 22

BEMIDJI—Watermark Art Center will host Family Art Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on June 22 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.

Headwaters to hold Fiddle Camp June 17-21

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music & 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.

Headwaters to hold Pottery and Pints 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