Around the Arts, April 28

Bagley Community Theater seeks auditions BAGLEY--Bagley Community Theater invites area actors to audition for the summer production of "Mamma Mia!" Auditions will be held at the Bagley High School Auditorium from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, ...

You can make a beautiful birdbath with your family during Watermark's Art Family Style class on May 23. Submitted photo
You can make a birdbath with your family during Watermark's Art Family Style class on May 23. Submitted photo

Bagley Community Theater seeks auditions

BAGLEY-Bagley Community Theater invites area actors to audition for the summer production of "Mamma Mia!" Auditions will be held at the Bagley High School Auditorium from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, and Monday, April 29. Those who are auditioning are asked to prepare a 2-3 minute monologue or reading from a script or story, and sing approximately 32 bars of a song of their choice. Interested individuals may contact director Marilyn Hood at (218) 694-2064 (evenings) to schedule a time, or simply come in at their own convenience. The production dates are scheduled for July 3, 4, 6, and 7 as a part of the Bagley All-School Reunion Celebration. Evening rehearsals will begin approximately on May 6.

Headwaters to hold Open-Mic CoffeeHouse May 3

BEMIDJI-The next Headwaters Open-Mic CoffeeHouse will start at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 3, at Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. Held on the first Friday of most months, the CoffeeHouse features open-mic music and spoken word performance in a supportive and family-friendly environment. Coffeehouse fare is also available.

Local pianist and vocalist Dan Will will host this month's open mic. A music performance graduate of Concordia College of Moorhead, Will shares his talents in various ways around the community. All ages and skill levels are encouraged to sign up for a 10 to 15 minute set. Sign up begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $3 per person or $7 per family.


Headwaters Open-Mic CoffeeHouse is a volunteer-led community event. For more information, contact John Henningsgaard at (218) 444-9845.

Watermark Art Center May class schedule

BEMIDJI, MN - Two art classes will be held in May at Watermark Art Center.

From 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, children age 6 and older will have an opportunity to make something special for mothers during the Mother's Day Makers Workshop. The class, which is part of the Second Saturday Kids Art series, will include a variety of projects for children to choose from, all of which will make great gifts. Parents are welcome to stay and create with their child, or drop them off. The class is $15 per child ($12 for Watermark members). Pre-registration is required and can be found at .

Thursday, May 23, will be Watermark's monthly Art Family Style class. Participants will paint and embellish terra cotta saucers to create creative birdbaths. Participants can leave their birdbath at Watermark to be part of the art center's Pollinator Garden Project, or take it home for their own yard or garden. Drop in between 5 and 6:30 p.m. to ensure enough time to complete the project. Art Family Style is $5 per family. No pre-registration required. The Watermark Pollinator Garden is made possible by the BBB Bemidji.

The art center is located at 505 Bemidji Ave. N. Learn more about the organization, and other education opportunities, at .

Violinist David Greenberg to perform May 19

BEMIDJI-Headwaters Music and Arts will host Canadian-American violinist David Greenberg for a live performance at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, in Bemidji State University's Thompson Recital Hall, 1500 Birchmont Drive NW.


Greenberg is recognized as a master Cape Breton fiddler who co-authored the definitive treatise on the music from that legendary Nova Scotian island near his Halifax home. A soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and folk fiddler since the 1990s Greenberg has specialized in Scottish baroque-folk music, first with his group Puirt A Baroque and currently with the trio Ferintosh and Glasgow's Concerto Caledonia. As a baroque violinist, Greenberg has performed and recorded with many of the best North American early music ensembles, including Les Voix humaines, Toronto's Tafelmusik, Cleveland's Apollo's Fire, and the Seattle Baroque Orchestra. In addition, Greenberg performs occasionally as a guest artist with modern orchestras, most recently with Symphony Nova Scotia both as a guest director and as violin soloist for Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

Cost is $10 for general admission, $5 for those 62 and older, college and K-12 students. Tickets can be purchased by calling (218) 444-5606 or by visiting

Region 2 Arts Council seeks board members

BEMIDJI-Region 2 Arts Council is currently seeking board members for Beltrami, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen counties. The Region 2 Arts Council invites those who recognize that the arts are valuable to the quality of life in north-central Minnesota to consider becoming a board member.

Board terms last two years. Eligible applicants must be 18 years of age or older, have a strong interest in the arts, and a desire to serve as ambassador for Region 2 Arts Council in their county and community. This is a great opportunity to become more involved with the arts and artists across the 5-county region, enjoy camaraderie with others who appreciate the arts, and gain an inside understanding of the workings of the granting process, a release said.

Visit to learn more. Contact Laura Seter, executive director, via email at , or call (218) 751-5447 or (800) 275-5447.

Local artists featured in Arts Legacy Exhibition

ST. PAUL-Artwork created by Red Lake Nation College welding instructor Al Belleveau and Leech Lake Band member Cari Tabor will be featured in a Minnesota State Art Board exhibition showcasing artwork supported by the state's arts and cultural heritage fund.


The Creative Investment exhibition opened April 26 and will be on display through the fall. It highlights the breadth of art engagement throughout the state and features work by all ages-kindergartners to older adults-and all abilities.

Welder turned metal artist Al Belleveau uses his technical skill, artistry, and life's experiences to inspire and mentor students at Oshkiimaajitahdah Institute of Technology, part of educational services at Red Lake Nation College, helping them gain employment as welders or mechanics. Through a Region 2 Arts Council Arts Learning grant awarded to Red Lake Nation College, Belleveau and his students created three metal clan sculptures, which are permanently located outside the college. Belleveau's artwork, Sculptress, is on display in the exhibit, as an example of his work, along with a large photo featuring the students and placard describing the metal clan project to Saint Paul audiences.

Tabor carries on a tradition of quilling in her porcupine quill box, infusing a distinct and contemporary voice in her work. The quill box was part of Aazhoomon, a December 2017 exhibit hosted by Watermark Center for the Arts, and Tabor has presented quilling demonstrations as part of the Center's Annual Creative Spirit Fiber Festival. She continues to share her art and expertise with audiences.

More information about the exhibition and the artwork can be found on Arts Board website: .

KAXE/KBXE to train volunteers to host live radio

BEMIDJI-Northern Community Radio KAXE/KBXE will hold its biannual volunteer training for on-air hosts from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, April 29, at the KBXE Studio in Bemidji, 305 America Ave. NW. Interested volunteers take their first stop toward hosting a live radio program.

At the training, potential volunteers learn the history of the station, now in its 43rd year as the first rural community radio station in the United States. Hosts will hear about the format, loosely based on the Winnipeg Folk Festival lineup of folk, rock, blues, jazz and world music. They'll also learn some of the basic rules of public radio, learn about scheduling, and visit the two extensive libraries including thousands of CDs and a strong collection of vinyl.

After the training, volunteers will sit in with experienced hosts to get their hands-on training before taking the controls on their own. Those who attend the Bemidji training can host from either KBXE in Bemidji or KAXE in Grand Rapids.


Register for the training by calling (800) 662-5799 or email Volunteer Coordinator, Brett Carter at .

Region 2 Arts Council to host Biennial Plan Cycle

BEMIDJI-The Region 2 Arts Council is hosting a public presentation for input on their next Biennial Plan Cycle for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. The presentation is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 6, in Watermark Art Center's Education Room, 505 Bemidji Ave. N.

The public is invited to join and comment as Region 2 Arts Council staff present a draft of the Biennial Plan, which includes information on grant and non-grant programs and services, grant deadlines, planned outcomes, strategies for implementation and evaluation measures. Region 2 board and staff members have developed each element of the plan over the course of the year with input from surveys, focus groups, and listening sessions in each of Region 2's five counties. This input included expressed needs offered by artists, arts organizations, and arts-interested members of the public.

A draft of the plan will be available on the Region 2 website at for public viewing by May 2.

Contact Region 2 for more information by calling (218) 751-5447 or (900) 275-5447 or email .

Theater Day Camp returns in June

BEMIDJI-The city of Bemidji will host a Theater Day Camp June 3-14. This half-day camp will run from 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The camp is put on in collaboration with Bemidji Community Theater. There are four levels campers can pick from based off of their performance experience and interest. Level 1: Skill Building & Performance: Campers will work on basic theater skills which include acting, singing and dancing. Level 2: Advanced Performance Camp: Campers will audition for roles and produce a more challenging performance. Out of the Box: Campers will write their own script as well as perform their original play at the end of camp. Tech Camp: For those campers who want to learn about the behind the scenes. Campers will participate in scenic painting, costuming and stage combat. Each level will have a final performance for families and friends. The location is to be determined. Cost is $80 per participant.

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