Around the Arts, Feb. 17

Sixth annual Creative Spirit Fiber Festival BEMIDJI--Watermark Art Center and Willow Wood Market present the sixth annual Creative Spirit Fiber Festival from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, (classes only) and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, a...

Watermark Art Center and Willow Wood Market will hold the sixth annual Creative Spirit Fiber Festival Friday-Saturday, Feb. 22-23, at Calvary Lutheran Church, 2508 Washington Ave. SE. Submitted photo
Watermark Art Center and Willow Wood Market will hold the sixth annual Creative Spirit Fiber Festival Friday-Saturday, Feb. 22-23, at Calvary Lutheran Church, 2508 Washington Ave. SE. Submitted photo

Sixth annual Creative Spirit Fiber Festival

BEMIDJI-Watermark Art Center and Willow Wood Market present the sixth annual Creative Spirit Fiber Festival from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, (classes only) and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Calvary Lutheran Church, 2508 Washington Ave. SE.

Participants of all ages are invited to learn hardanger with Roz Watnemo, cavandoli with Karen-lisa Forbes, knitting with Liz Towers, quilling with Cari Tabor and rug hooking with Bonnie Lundorff. Pre-registration for Friday is required. Space is limited, so register soon by contacting Bonnie at (218) 759-2310 or . Friday classes are $20/person and includes admission to Saturday's festival. Additional materials fees may apply.

For Saturday there is a $10 admission, which includes a vendor market filled with fiber-related items, mini classes taught by experienced instructors, coffee and homemade treats, door prizes, demos, hands-on learning opportunities and trunk shows. Lunch will be available for purchase, with proceeds supporting the Calvary Lutheran Church Youth mission trip.

Featured presenters on Saturday will be Quilt Historian and Appraiser, Sue Harmon, presenting "A Quilt Walk" - a trunk show highlighting quilts from the 1800s to present, and Fiber Artist, Karen E. Goulet, presenting a trunk show on the history of Star Quilts in Native American culture.


No registration needed for Saturday classes, they are first come, first serve. The knitting lounge will also be open throughout the day; bring a current project to work on in a comfortable atmosphere.

For more information visit or

BSO and Clay Jenkinson to perform "Hamlet"

BEMIDJI - The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra will present "Hamlet" at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Bemidji High School Auditorium, 2900 Division St W.

The orchestra will be performing music from Tchaikovsky's Hamlet Overture, MacDowell's Hamlet and Ophelia, Mendelssohn's four pieces from "Midsummer Night's Dream" and Debussy's "Le Roi Lear."

In addition, Clay Jenkinson also will be performing "Shakespeare the Magic of the Word."

Jenkinson, a humanities scholar, author and social commentator, has devoted most of his professional career to public humanities programs. His performances "are humorous, educational, thought provoking and enlightening, while maintaining a steady focus on ideas," a release said.

Ticket cost $20 for adults; seniors 62 and older $15; college $10; students K-12 free. Tickets can be purchased at the door, Lueken's Foods, or online at .


Building dementia capability in the arts workshop

BEMIDJI-Region 2 Arts Council invites artists and art program leaders to develop ideas to more successfully engage participants with memory loss, and related cognitive or sensory impairments, in the arts experience. The workshop will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Watermark Art Center, 505 Bemidji Ave. N.

This workshop includes: A Virtual Dementia Tour facilitated by Judi Weiss from the Dancing Sky Area Agency on Aging; an opportunity to learn successful strategies for engagement from artists and arts program leaders who have done this work; and time to debrief the tour with fellow participants and discuss potential applications to various arts disciplines.

The workshop is free to participants. Please register by Feb. 18 at or call (218) 751-5447.

Fosston Library seeks art show submissions

FOSSTON-The Fosston Community Library Arts Association will hold a juried art show in March, with a submission deadline of Friday, Feb. 22. All artists are invited to enter. The entry fee is $10 per artist with a limit of one submission each. To submit an art piece, please contact: Michael McColl at , Jason Steinbrenner at , or Barbara Johnson .

February art classes at Watermark

BEMIDJI-Watermark Art Center has announced their February art class schedule.


Up next is Watermark's monthly Art Family Style class, which will be held Thursday, Feb. 21. Families will work together to create a fiber bowl made with yarn, fabric and paper remnants. This is a drop-in class; families can stop in any time between 5 to 6:30 p.m. to work on their project, no pre-registration required. Cost is $5 per family. The activity is inspired by the upcoming Creative Spirit Fiber Festival, which is co-sponsored by Watermark and Willow Wood Market.

Details for these events and more can be found at The art center is located at 505 Bemidji Ave. N.

Dates set for Warm Your Heart With a Little Art

BEMIDJI-Gallery North is has announced the class listings for the annual "Warm Your Heart With A Little Art" month. The classes are free to participants and are offered by local Gallery North artists. Call or stop by Gallery North, 310 Fourth Street NW, to sign up for these classes.

Feb. 21: Gift Tags, artist Kathy Sanders, 1 to 3 p.m. Design several unique gift tags using Micron pens and watercolor pencils. Ages 12 and up. Limit 8 students.

Feb. 22: Carve a Puppy, artist Les Sanders, 1 to 3 p.m. Learn wood carving techniques to carve a small puppy in basswood. Ages 12 and up. Limit 8 students.

Feb. 28: Beaded Suncatcher, artist Kathy Sanders, 1 to 3 p.m. Make a beaded suncatcher using wire wrapping techniques and embellish the piece with beads. Ages 12 and up. Limit 8 students.

BSU Midwinter Interlude Art Exhibition to return

BEMIDJI-The 10th annual Midwinter Interlude, BSU's art and crafts show featuring work by university faculty and staff, returns March 1.

An opening reception for the Midwinter Interlude will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on March 1, in the Ramsey Gallery of BSU's Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex, 1500 Birchmont Drive NE.

The reception is one stop in Bemidji's First Friday Art Walk, which features art and culture events throughout the city on the first Friday of each month.

The opening will include music, refreshments and a meet-and-greet with the artists. The annual show has included woodworking, ceramic sculpture, photography, painting, fabric art, mosaic, drawing and needlework.

The Ramsey Gallery is open free of charge, Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The gallery entrance is located on the west side of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex near the building's parking lot. The exhibit will be open until May 10.

Majkrzak to teach tapestry weaving class

BEMIDJI-Local fiber artist and weaver Kristin Majkrzak will be teaching a weekend class on tapestry weaving March 22-24. Students will create a small wall hanging on a simple frame loom to learn basic weaving techniques. Tapestry weaving is a medium of artistic expression that is both ancient and modern.

The workshop will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. March 22, and from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24, at Headwaters Music & Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. Cost is $150 ($135 for Headwaters members), open to those 18 and older with all levels of experience.

Pre-registration is required, as there are a limited number of spots available. Find out more or register by calling (218) 444.5606 or online at .

Open Pottery at Headwaters

BEMIDJI-Headwaters Music & Arts has announced the arrival of Open Pottery, from noon to 3, and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, 3 to 6 p.m. on Fridays, and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays, at the center, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. Cost is $40 per month. Open Pottery is for individuals, 18 and older, who need a space to work with clay and who have had substantial experience with pottery in the past (i.e., classes in high school or college, or two months of Headwaters Adult Pottery Class).

Open Pottery gives area adults access to a well-equipped pottery studio located in downtown Bemidji. The studio includes wedging and work tables, tools, assorted glazes, and five pottery wheels. Those who are interested in attending will be required to attend a Pottery Studio orientation with Headwaters Pottery Instructor Tom Daly (typically held on Monday nights), and sign the Open Pottery Policy Agreement.

Headwaters has regular pottery classes for adults every Monday, 6 to 8 p.m., for beginners looking to learn about pottery or those who are just looking to learn even more.

For more information, visit website at or call (218) 444-5606.

Arts Project Grant applications now available online

BEMIDJI-Region 2 Arts Council Arts Project Grant applications are now available online. These grants offer funding for a variety of arts projects including costs related to performances or exhibitions, engagement of guest artists, public arts projects, and artists-in-residence. Arts organizations may also apply to fund consultation projects in board development, fiscal management, fundraising, public relations, audience development, or assistance in designing arts programming. Funded arts projects must benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods or Mahnomen counties.

Maximum Award is $2,500 (20 percent cash match required). Deadline to apply is noon, Friday, March 15.

Therese to teach drawing and watercolor class

BEMIDJI-Local artist and experienced painter, Mary Therese, will be teaching a six-week course in developing skills in drawing and painting.

The workshop will be held 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, over the course of six weeks, starting March 13 through April 17, at Headwaters Music & Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW.

Students will strengthen their skills through a series of exercises based on the teachings of the famous New York's Art Students' League, Kimon Nicolaides, who focused on mastering the key concepts: contour, gesture, weight and structure.

Therese, a full-time professional artist for over 25 years, has received two fine art degrees in painting, printmaking and art education. Cost to attend $140 ($130 for members of Headwaters). Open to those 18 and older with all levels of experience. Pre-registration is required as there are a limited number of spots available. Find out more or register by calling (218) 444-5606 or online at .

BSU to hold Arts of the Earth Festival

BEMIDJI-The Arts of the Earth Festival will be held on April 27-28, at BSU, 1500 Birchmont Drive NE. This is a family friendly event to celebrate art, honor Mother Earth, and inspire community, with colorful art displays, workshops, live music, dancing, and vendors. To apply for a vendor booth, email Erika Bailey-Johnson at . Applications are due by Feb. 25.

Alberti to teach art classes at Gallery North

BEMIDJI-Gallery North member Charles Alberti will be teaching classes on incorporating acrylic pourings into landscapes, spacescapes and organic symbols. Classes will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a lunch break, at the Gallery North classroom, 310 Fourth St. NW.

Classes will meet March 18-21; however, this is only a two-day class and interested participants will sign up for a maximum of two days. Classes will be held either Monday and Tuesday or on Monday and Thursday or Wednesday and Thursday. To reserve a space, $50 must be paid in advance. The second payment of $50 can be paid the day of first class.

Checks should be made out to Charles Alberti with a note indicating the dates prefered. Check can be dropped off at the gallery, or mailed to: Gallery North, c/o Charles Alberti, 310 Fourth St. NW, Bemidji, MN 56601.

Participants should bring four or more tubes of acrylic paints and a least one flat and round paint brush. All other materials including canvas will be provided.

For questions, call Gallery North at (218) 444-9813 and leave a message for Alberti, or email him at .

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