Family Create class set at Watermark

BEMIDJI -- Watermark Art Center will hold a Family Create workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21. Families can drop in anytime between 1 and 3 p.m. to create "fantastical" holiday trees, a release said. Various tree trimmings and acrylic paint colors will be available. Arrive by 2:30 p.m. to ensure completion of the project. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $10 per family at the door. Watermark is located at 505 Bemidji Ave N. For questions, call (218) 444-7570. To register for classes and to see the full list of events, visit www.watermarkartcenter.org.

Headwaters to offer after school art clubs

BEMIDJI -- Headwaters Music and Arts will offer after-school programs for all grades from January through May at Headwaters, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW.

Young Artist Club will be held for children in grades K-2, each Tuesday, Jan. 7 through May 5. This club is an introduction to formal art instruction, a release said. 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, the release said. A small snack and art supplies will be provided. Space is limited to the first 12 participants. Cost is $250 ($240 if registered before Dec. 25).

Headwaters Art Club will be held for children in grades 3-6 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 9 through May 7. Participants will learn from guest artists, explore local art on field trips and prepare art exhibits, a release said. The goal is to provide an informal, safe and supportive atmosphere while offering high quality art instruction and mentorship, the release said. Early arrival supervised open studio time from 3:30 to 3:55 p.m. will be available for an additional fee. Snack and art supplies provided. Space is limited to first 15 participants. Cost is $275 ($260 if registered before Dec. 25).

Teen Art Club will be held for those in grades 7-12 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Jan. 7 through May 5. Teen Art Club is an opportunity for participants to explore art in a fun and supportive studio setting, a release said. 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. Space is limited to first 15 participants. Cost is $275 ($260 if registered before Dec. 25).

Limited financial assistance is available. To learn more and register, call (218) 444-5606 or visit the Headwaters website www.headwatersmusicandarts.org.

Individual Artist Grant applications due Jan. 15

BEMIDJI -- The Region 2 Arts Council Individual Artist Grant Program is seeking applicants through Jan. 15. The grant is funded by the McKnight Foundation, and provides financial assistance to artists in any arts discipline or in any stage of their career as an artist, a release said. 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, the release said. Artists can apply for grants up to $2,000.

Applicants must be a resident of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen Counties.

Application deadline is Jan. 15, with a maximum award of $2,000 (25% cash match for equipment purchases) and an earliest start date of March 11. Applications are available online at www.r2arts.org.

Region 2 Arts Council staff will host two drop-in grant writing support sessions, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 30, and Jan. 6, at their office inside the Watermark Art Center, 505 Bemidji Ave. N. Region 2 staff is also available to answer questions or offer assistance by phone at (218) 751-5447 or email at staff@r2arts.org.

Headwaters to hold ‘My Kid & Me’ pottery class

BEMIDJI -- Headwaters Music and Art will hold a pottery class for parents and their children entitled “My Kid & Me,” led by resident potter Tom Daly. The classes will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. each Friday from Jan. 10 through Feb. 14.

Headwaters Music and Art will hold a pottery class for parents and their children entitled “My Kid & Me,” each Friday from Jan. 10 through Feb. 14. Submitted photo.
Headwaters Music and Art will hold a pottery class for parents and their children entitled “My Kid & Me,” each Friday from Jan. 10 through Feb. 14. Submitted photo.

Participants can create a variety of clay projects and learn clay and glaze techniques along the way. The course is for children in grades 1-5 and their parent or guardian. The cost to attend is $150 per adult/child pair (Additional child or additional adult $75). Supplies, instruction and light supper meal provided. Register by Jan. 3, by calling (218) 444-5606 or visit www.headwatersmusicandarts.org/product/my-kid-me-pottery.

December exhibits set at Watermark Art Center

BEMIDJI -- Watermark Art Center is extending hours to be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22. Entry to the gallery is free and open to the public.

Images, "Wedow" and "Ishkode" by Vern Northrup will be on display during his December exhibit at Watermark Art Center. Submitted photo.
Images, "Wedow" and "Ishkode" by Vern Northrup will be on display during his December exhibit at Watermark Art Center. Submitted photo.

December exhibits on display include "Akinomaage -- Teaching from the Earth" photography by visual storyteller Vern Northrup in the Miikanan Gallery, "It's Only Clay -- National Juried Ceramics Exhibit & Competition" on view in the Kaul Gallery, "Beyond Whiteness" local snowscape photography by Monika Lawrence in the Lakeview Gallery, and "Looking East," a collection of Japanese and Western prints and ceramics in the Harlow | Kleven Gallery.

Find more information regarding all exhibits and programming, visit www.watermarkartcenter.org. Watermark is located at 505 Bemidji Ave. N. For questions, call (218) 444-7570.

Bemidji Sculpture Walk opens 2020 competition

BEMIDJI -- The call for submissions for the 2020 Bemidji Sculpture Walk has been issued. Artists interested in having a sculpture displayed in downtown Bemidji starting in May for one year, can access the competition entry form at www.bemidjisculpture.com. The submission deadline is Feb. 1.

Artists selected will be given a $500 honorarium for completion and installation of their work. Most sculptures will be offered for sale to the public and local businesses. Artists may submit up to three separate works. Each work must be submitted individually. There is no cost for submission.

Bemidji Sculpture Walk is seeking submissions for the 2020 art walk season. (Pioneer file photo)
Bemidji Sculpture Walk is seeking submissions for the 2020 art walk season. (Pioneer file photo)

The Sculpture Walk celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, making it one of the oldest community sculpture walks in the state, a release said. Twelve artists from the Midwest had sculptures chosen for the 2019 competition.

The Bemidji Sculpture Walk is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that seeks, selects, acquires (on loan), displays and maintains sculptures in downtown Bemidji in the interest of public arts and cultural promotion and in support of downtown businesses.