Watermark art students create monarch garden art

BEMIDJI -- Students at Watermark Art Center’s recent Monarch Garden Mixed Media Artwork class visited the Watermark’s Pollinator Gardens for inspiration, then headed into the studio to start creating art with instructor Jill Oakes, a release said. Students learned about the life cycle of the monarch butterfly, as well as native Minnesota flowers and how to draw them. They created a monarch from vellum, a heavy opaque type of paper, then found a place for their butterfly to land on their artwork garden, the release said.

Cultural Traditions in the Arts grant available

BEMIDJI -- Cultural Traditions in the Arts is a project-based grant open to non-profits, public and charter schools (parochial schools are ineligible), community education programs, arts organizations, institutions of higher learning, local city, town, county government and tribal government entities and groups formed for nonprofit purposes with a fiscal sponsor.

These grants support events and activities that represent the diverse ethnic and cultural arts traditions in the state by funding 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, and performances. Funded arts activities must be open to the general public and benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen counties.

The application deadline is Nov. 1, with a maximum award of $3,000 with a 25 percent cash match for equipment purchases only. Earliest start date is Jan. 3.

Applications are available online at www.r2arts.org.

For more information, contact Region 2 Arts Council at (218) 751-5447; toll-free at (800) 275-5447; or via email at staff@r2arts.org.

Gallery North to feature Fadness, Knox-Johnson

BEMIDJI -- Gallery North will hold an open house from 2 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, featuring Showcase Artist Heather Fadness. Heather’s artistic ability runs strong within the Fadness family, a release said. Her journey has taken her along various paths of mediums: wire, stones, acrylic, watercolors, oils, sewing and beading.

Featured artist is Mary Knox-Johnson who will be featuring a new side to her art: poured paintings as well as illustrations done by Marion Caroline for Mary’s children’s book Thoughts from Pudge II (The Mentoring Continues), the release said. Gallery North is located at 310 Fourth St. NW.

BAAE to hold ‘Speakeasy for the Arts’ Oct. 6

BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Area Arts Endowment will hold its annual fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6, at Brigid’s Pub, 317 Beltrami Ave. NW.

“This Roaring 1920s Speakeasy for the Arts is coming to town for a one-night bootlegging celebration to raise some underground money for the arts,” a release said. “BAAE and Brigid’s Pub are joining forces to serve up a night of back-alley fun with an air of intrigue, just like during Prohibition.”

“Although there is no dress code required, women in flapper dresses and men in wing-tipped shoes wearing gangster garb may be seen walking the streets of Bemidji, before disappearing into the back alley secret location,” the release said. A secret password is required for entry. Passwords will be provided with the purchase of a $60 ticket. Tickets are available at Re/Max, 602 Beltrami Ave., and Dunn Brothers, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive SE.

Sam Militich and the Clearwater Jazz Collective will be playing hot jazz with a few modern twists for all the dancers in the crowd.

Drinks will be served by Brigid’s mixologists Sonny Johnson and Hans Heppner during the BAAE Speakeasy to be held Oct. 6. Submitted photo.
Drinks will be served by Brigid’s mixologists Sonny Johnson and Hans Heppner during the BAAE Speakeasy to be held Oct. 6. Submitted photo.

This gala event includes an array of complimentary appetizers. Specialty house drinks and bar options will be available for purchase from Brigid’s mixologists Sonny Johnson and Hans Heppner. Bids will be taken on high-end silent auction items during the event to support the BAAE’s ongoing generous grants to art recipients, the release said.

Arts Learning Grant applications due Oct. 15

BEMIDJI -- Arts Learning grants are open to public and charter schools (parochial schools are ineligible), community education programs, and any nonprofits or groups with a fiscal sponsor providing quality arts education programming. These grants support high-quality arts education for Minnesotans of all ages to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of the arts, a release said. Funds can be used for artists-in-residence programs and educational performances, or to provide arts classes, camps or workshops. Funded arts activities must be open to the general public.

Maximum award of $6,000 with 20% cash match and 25% match for equipment purchases. Schools and community education programs can apply for up to $3,000 with no cash match.

All eligible projects must be arts learning-focused, have a strong community component, and benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen Counties, the release said.

The application deadline is Oct. 15. Applications are available online at www.r2arts.org.

For more information or questions, contact Region 2 Arts Council staff at (218) 751-5447 or staff@r2arts.org.

Four Authors, Four Perspectives Sept. 26

BEMIDJI -- Four Authors, Four Perspectives, will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. NW.

Marcie Rendon is a member of the White Earth Nation, a playwright, poet and author of Murder on the Red River and Girl Gone Missing. Art Coulson, Cherokee, is an award-winning journalist and author of Unstoppable: How Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Defeated Army. Nora Murphy is a fifth-generation Irish-American Minnesota resident and author of six books, including White Birch, Red Hawthorn: A Memoir. Mai Moua is the founder of the Hmong literary arts journal Paj Ntaub Voice and author of The Bride Price: A Hmong Wedding Story. Panel discussion will be moderated by Sue Bruns, local author and educator.

Farm to Fiber Festival set for Oct. 5-6

CLEARBROOK -- The annual Farm to Fiber Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6, at Clearbrook City Hall, 200 Elm St. SW. The event is free and open to the public. Lunch and snacks will be available for purchase.

Fiber artists will teach a wide range of workshops to help make fiber art and craft techniques accessible to everyone, a release said. Learn basic fiber art techniques or be challenged with more advanced fiber art workshops. Register in advance so the instructors can plan accordingly.

Many vendors will offer free demonstrations, including spinning techniques, wet felting, weaving and more, a release said.

The annual Farm to Fiber Festival will be held Oct. 5 and 6 at Clearbrook City Hall.
The annual Farm to Fiber Festival will be held Oct. 5 and 6 at Clearbrook City Hall.

There will be a fashion show at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Fiber artists and anyone with handmade clothing or accessories are invited to showcase their items. Artists can bring their own handmade wearable fiber art to enter or simply come and view the other entries. Entering items is free and the show is open to the public. Anyone planning to enter the show is asked to register by Saturday morning.

Workshop instructors include well-known Minnesota artists like Bruce Engebretson, Linda Johnson-Morke and Teresa Kukowski. Vendors include fiber farms, fiber artists, weavers and more.

The popular raffle will return this year, with a chance to win fiber art and other items while supporting local farmers, artists and the community. The raffle drawing will be held on Sunday afternoon.

For more information about the festival, to register for workshops or become a vendor, contact info@farmtofiberfestival.com, visit www.farmtofiberfestival.com or call (218) 657-2502.

Headwaters to hold after-school art clubs

BEMIDJI -- Headwaters will hold after-school art clubs for children in grades K-12 during the 2019-2020 school year.

  • Grades K - 2nd, Young Artist Club: This year-long club is an introduction to formal art instruction for children in kindergarten through second grade. Participants will explore basic art concepts through crafty art projects using various art forms. The group will get a feel for how to do art with a large group in an art room setting. Small snack and art supplies provided. Held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Oct. 1 through May 5. Space is limited to the first 12 participants.

  • Grades 3rd - 6th, Headwaters Art Club: Explore art in the Headwaters Art Studio. Participants will learn from guest artists, explore local art on field trips and prepare art exhibits. Our goal is to provide an informal, safe and supportive atmosphere while offering high quality art instruction and mentorship. Early arrival supervised open studio time from 3:30 to 3:55 p.m. available for additional fee. Snack and art supplies provided. Held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Sept. 19 through May 7. Space is limited to first 15 participants.

  • Grades 7th - 12th, Teen Art Club: Participants will start with the basics and create work at their own pace, exploring concepts and skills through different projects. The group will work with watercolor, acrylic, clay, drawing and more. Participants will prepare exhibits, meet local artists and learn from guest instructors. This fun and informal setting is perfect for students looking for mentorship to grow as an artist. Snack and art supplies provided. Held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Oct. 1 through May 5. Space is limited to first 15 participants.

For more information, contact headwatersschool@yahoo.com or (218) 444-5606, or visit: https://headwatersmusicandarts.org. Headwaters is located at 519 Minnesota Ave. NW.