'Bring Her Home' exhibit to open at Watermark

BEMIDJI -- "Bring Her Home: Stolen Daughters of Turtle Island" exhibit is opening with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, at the Watermark Art Center, 505 Bemidji Ave. N. Angela Two Stars, curator, will give a brief introduction at 6 p.m.

In step with the international #MMIW (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women) awareness campaign, "Bring Her Home" addresses the epidemic of violence against Native women through paintings, digital work, sculpture, and photography, a release said.

The traveling exhibit features original work by 20 Indigenous artists from across the United States and many tribal nations. Through their work, artists tell their own stories and those of the impacted women, families and communities, the release said.

Minnesota is one of only seven states to have established a task force to study the prevalence of violence against Indigenous women and girls.

“Bring Her Home” will be on display at Watermark through the month of November for Native American Heritage Month.

Final Poetry Slam event of the year set for Oct. 9

BEMIDJI -- The third and final Poetry Slam in this year’s series, sponsored by the Spoken Word Committee of the Watermark Art Center, will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Red Stu Breakfast Bar, 217 Minnesota Ave. NW.

Poets will compete for prize money, with $100 going to the winner, $75 for second place and $50 for third place competitors. Poets advance through three rounds of readings, the top scores of each round advancing to the next. Poets should prepare three pieces or original work, each reading no longer than three minutes, a release said. Penalties are assessed for going overtime. Judges are selected from the audience and score each reader on a 1-10 scale.

Admission is free and audience members are encouraged to participate (loudly and with enthusiasm), cheering or jeering not only the poets, but the judges, the release said. Red Stu will provide an open bar and a selection of appetizers. Poets can sign up in advance at Watermark Art Center by phone or in person, or at Red Stu half an hour before the event.

Dia de los Muertos crafts at Watermark

BEMIDJI -- Watermark will host an afternoon of creating inspired by the Mexican holiday, "Dia de los Muertos" or Day of the Dead, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12. Mexican native Kathryn Gonzalez will share her heritage with participants who will decorate sugar skulls and do other fun crafts, a release said.

The class is appropriate for ages six and up. Register online at www.watermarkartcenter.org. Cost includes all supplies, $12 per member, $15 for non-members. Watermark is located at 505 Bemidji Ave. N.

Watermark will host an afternoon of creating inspired by the Mexican holiday, "Dia de los Muertos" or Day of the Dead, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12. Submitted photo.
Watermark will host an afternoon of creating inspired by the Mexican holiday, "Dia de los Muertos" or Day of the Dead, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12. Submitted photo.

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.

Pam Collins will teach a "Fabric is Paint" art class at Watermark on Oct. 5. Submitted photo.
Pam Collins will teach a "Fabric is Paint" art class at Watermark on Oct. 5. Submitted photo.

Register online at www.watermarkartcenter.org or at the Center.

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 staff@r2arts.org.

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.

Carrie Dlutkowski will teach the Fiddlin’ Around mini-workshop at Headwaters on Oct. 24. Submitted photo.
Carrie Dlutkowski will teach the Fiddlin’ Around mini-workshop at Headwaters on Oct. 24. Submitted photo.

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 headwatersschool@yahoo.com or by calling (218) 444-5606.

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 staff@r2arts.org.

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.

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.