BEMIDJI -- The schedule has been set for the First Friday Art Walk to be held Dec. 6 at various Bemidji locations.
New exhibits (reception times vary):
The Bemidji Public Library will have the members of Northern Artist Association display their art with various mediums oil, water color, mixed medias. The library is located at 509 America Ave. in Bemidji.
Neilson Place presents a photography display of “Clicking Cousins” by Lily Hadrava and Andrea Martin beginning Dec. 6. Hadrava's love of photography started in a high school art class using a 35 mm Minolta camera and black/white film. She now uses a digital camera capturing the beauty of family, friends and nature. She also enjoys painting with acrylics and teaching American Folk art painting and stenciling, a release said. Martin's travels throughout the country with her husband seeing the beauty in objects, animals and landscapes through her lens, the release said.
A reception, slide show and opportunity to meet the photographers will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Dec. 6, in the Neilson Place Lobby and Social Hall, located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne St. NW. For hours or more information call (218) 751-0220 ext. 1.
Second Annual Holiday Winter Market opens from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. Over 20 local Artisans will be selling their art at Northwest Indian Community Development Center (1819 Bemidji Ave). They will have photography, candles, bath salts, wall hanging, purses, paintings, bead work, jewelry, star quilts and more, the release said. Each vendor is unique with their own style of art. On Saturday, Christmas wreaths will be sold by a 4-H member. Lunch will be available both days.
Region 2 Arts will feature the “Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Exhibit” with traditional and contemporary artwork by regional indigenous artists who either serve on the Region 2 Anishinaabe advisory council, or who have received or been part of a Region 2 Arts Council grant award. Opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, at the Region 2 Arts Council office, located inside the Watermark Art Center, 505 Bemidji Ave. N. The AAI Exhibit runs through Jan. 16, and can be viewed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Watermark Art Center presents the photography of Vern Northrup, Visual Storyteller and the opening reception for his exhibit “Akinomaage” from 5 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 6. Northrup will deliver a brief artist’s talk at 6 p.m. Using only the camera on his smart phone, Vern Northrup (Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa) captures the setting of where he grew up, creating a nostalgia for those familiar with the area, and a curiosity for those who aren’t, the release said. He uses photography as a tool to educate both himself and the viewer about the rhythm of nature, the preservation of tradition, and the relationship between resilience and sustainability. Northrup recognizes the ability of the land to act as a narrator and uses photography to reveal the story in landscapes, the release said. The exhibit will be on display until Feb. 28. For more information, call (218) 444-7570 or visit watermarkartcenter.org. Admission to Watermark Art Center is open to the public and free.
First Lutheran will be hosting a reception for Butch Holden from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, at the First Lutheran's Fellowship Hall, 900 Bemidji Ave. N. Refreshments will be served. Butch Holden's exhibit includes a series of his paintings and intricate photographs, in addition to his well-known and celebrated ceramic pottery, the release said.
Headwaters Music and Arts will host “Encore: Instruments Reimagined “a group exhibit featuring the art of local artists and Headwaters supporters who donated their time to transform unusable musical instruments into surprising and innovative works of art. The initiatives raises funds for Headwaters with the goal to replace the art studio furnace and install an AC system. The public is invited to the opening celebration at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, at Headwaters, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW, when silent auction bidding will commence. There is no cost to attend. For more information call (218) 444.5606.
Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will host an opening reception and pottery sale with featured artist Cyrus Swann, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6. Merging media to create visual and spatial harmony, Cyrus makes a wide range of functional and experimental ceramic work, including bowls, bottles, groupings, sculpture and installations. A 2002 graduate of Bemidji State University in fine arts, Cyrus has been working clay professionally for 17 years and has established his studio in his home town of Pine River, MN. His well-crafted pottery is intended for daily use and will last a lifetime! Join us on the First Friday Art Walk for the opening reception and pottery sale to meet the artist and find great gifts! 523 Minnesota Avenue, Downtown Bemidji, 218-444-5282, wildharebistro.com.