Watermark to hold ‘Fabric is Paint’ class
BEMIDJI -- Watermark Art Center is introducing a new Artisan Series to their public art classes. The first class, "Fabric is Paint" will be taught by Pam Collins, and is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5. "Fabric is Paint" is a full day of transforming fabrics into three-dimensional wall art. The process is simple and the challenge is fun, a release said.
Register online at www.watermarkartcenter.org or at the Center.
Headwaters to host CoffeHouse event Oct. 4
BEMIDJI -- Headwaters CoffeeHouse welcomes featured performers Dan Will, Mattea Elhard and Friends at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, at Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW.
The CoffeeHouse offers a supportive and welcoming open-mic opportunity for musicians and spoken-word performers, a release said. All ages and skill levels are encouraged to sign up for a 10-15 minute set. Sign up begins at 6:30 p.m. or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Though they have performed together in various permutations, Friday’s performance marks the first for Will and Elhard's newly minted combo, the release said. In addition to Elhard on vocals and Will on keys, the group features Dan Schnackenberg on bass, Dan Nelson on electric guitar, and Landon Reeves on drums. The audience can expect familiar tunes and a few surprises as the group shares harmonies and improvisation with its jazz-influenced repertoire, the release said. Admission is $3 per person or $7 for families. Coffeehouse fare is available for purchase. For more information, call (218) 444-9845.
Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant available
BEMIDJI -- The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant is open to traditional and contemporary Native American artists in all arts disciplines residing in the following Minnesota counties: Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, or Roseau.
This grant offers funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships; and proposals for career-enhancing projects or opportunities, a release said. Applications are available online at www.r2arts.org, and paper applications are available upon request. Application deadline is Friday, Nov. 1. The maximum award amount is $1,000. For questions or to request a paper copy of the application, contact Region 2 Arts Council at (218) 751-5447 or email email@example.com.
Headwaters to hold Fiddlin’ Around mini-workshop
BEMIDJI -- Headwaters Music and Arts will hold a mini-workshop for string players from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, at Headwaters, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW.
Fiddlin’ Around is a free opportunity for students ages 5-11 with any level of playing experience to bring their violin or fiddle and join fiddler and step dancer Carrie Dlutkowski as the group explores tunes that are adaptable and creative, a release said. Students will be able to take the tunes with them as they can be played alone or in a group, by people of any level of experience, and are meant to be crafted by the musicians themselves, the release said.
Students should be accompanied by a guardian. Adults are encouraged to bring a device for recordings, which can be useful in future practice.
With almost two decades of experience, Dlutkowski is a talented classical and folk musician with a focus on the development of Scottish, French-Canadian and Métis (Native/French/ Scottish) fiddle styles in the 18th century, the release said.
Space is limited to 20 youth participants. Pre-register by Monday, Oct. 18 online at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (218) 444-5606.
Watermark to hold ceramics exhibit, competition
BEMIDJI -- Watermark Art Center will hold their 15th annual "It’s Only Clay National Juried Ceramics Exhibit and Competition," from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4. Open to the public, "It’s Only Clay" submissions are required to be functional clay vessels. Work is judged on function, form, aesthetics, craftsmanship and surface design, a release said. The award recipients will be announced at 6 p.m. along with a brief introduction by this year’s juror, ceramic artist Marion Angelica. The exhibit will be on display Oct. 4 through Dec. 21.
This year's competition received many applications from the midwest and artists from as far away as New York, New Mexico and California, the release said.
In addition to the Watermark Art Center placement awards, work will be selected and purchased by Bemidji State University for the Margaret H. Harlow teaching collection. Steve Sundahl, associate professor with BSU's Department of Technology, Art and Design and Harlow Collection representative, will also briefly discuss his selection process for the purchase awards, the release said. The Harlow Collection includes more than 400 pieces from around the world spanning many eras.
In conjunction with the 2019 IOC Exhibit, select Japanese and Western ceramics and prints from the Margaret Harlow Vessel Collection and Lille M. Kleven Print Collection will be on display in Watermark’s Harlow | Kleven Gallery in the exhibit “Looking East,” from Oct. 4 through Jan. 24. Admission to Watermark Art Center is free and open to the public.
Gallery North to hold Creative Cafe event
BEMIDJI -- Gallery North will hold a Creative Cafe event from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Gallery, 310 Fourth St. NW. Three artists will take you on a hands-on adventure into the arts. Creative Cafe activities are sponsored by Gallery North and Paul Bunyan Communications.
Maureen O’Brien will welcome the fall colors with a 5 x 7 “North Woods” acrylic painting. Mary Morton will share information about how to experience the mysteries of using Shrinky Dink to make cool jewelry. Joan Dreyer will share the ancient art of Swedish Wire Wrapping to create a functional household hook. Classes are geared for ages 13 and up. Cost is $5 per activity, no pre-registration is required. For more information, visit www.gallerynorthbemidji.com.
Mini Musician preschool program at Headwaters
BEMIDJI -- Headwaters Music and Arts will hold Mini Musicians, an eight-session preschool program led by music teacher Leisa Bragg, from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, Oct. 14 through Dec. 1, at Headwaters, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. The class is designed for children ages 3-5 and their guardians. It will be packed with singing, movement and dance, as children and adults explore the building blocks of music together through play and experimentation, a release said.
Bragg is an instructor of piano, voice and clarinet at Headwaters, with over 20 years of experience in Colorado as a public school band, choir and general music teacher, theater and church music director, and private lesson instructor.
Advance registration is required, there are limited number of spots available. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The cost is $100 per child ($90 for Headwaters members). Call (218) 444-5606 or visit https://headwatersmusicandarts.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.