Around the Arts, June 27

Headwaters Music and Arts will hold a week-long Musical Theater Camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 20-24, at Headwaters. Submitted Photo.

Headwaters set to hold Musical Theater Camp

BEMIDJI -- Headwaters Music and Arts will hold a week-long Musical Theater Camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 20-24, at Headwaters, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW.

Directed by Kari Ekhoff and assistant director Renae Spangler this camp prepares participants to take part in community theater or school productions by exposing them to the entire process of musical theater, including character development, set construction and working off-script for a final public performance.

The cost is $160 per participant. The class is meant for ages 8-15 and no playing experience is needed. Each day has breaks for built in lunches, games, art activities and team building challenges.

For more information, email or call (218) 833-3865.


Headwaters Music and Arts Musical Theater Camp. Submitted Photo.

Gallery North to host open house

BEMIDJI -- Gallery North will host a First Friday open house reception for artists Colleen Hilts from 2 to 6 p.m. on Friday, July 3, at 310 Fourth St. NW.

Colleen started quilting and carving in Anchorage, Alaska 25 years ago. She joined Headwaters Quilters and Bemidji Carving Club in 2004 and has taken many courses in both skills through the years. She has changed her quilting focus to wall hangings and does hand painting on fabric and thread art to enhance the appearance, a release said.

Featured artist is Gallery North member Elaine Netland who is a fine art painter of many talents will also be featured at the open house.

For more information, visit .

Bemidji Area Church Musicians to hold virtual recital

BEMIDJI -- The next virtual recital of the Summer Recital Series presented by the Bemidji Area Church Musicians begins at noon on Wednesday, July 1.

This next recital will feature The St Mark’s players who include John Kirk, a youthful trombone player, accompanied by Erin Riess, John Konecne, saxophone, accompanied by Julie Bengtson, and flutists, Erin Riess, Elizabeth Rave, Katrina Stewart and Kiki Schnackenberg.

The recitals may be viewed on the BACM Facebook page and YouTube channel . Both places have a way to donate. Donations can also be made by sending a check to BACM, 701 31st St. NW, Bemidji, MN. Funds support scholarship programs for freshman college students in music study, Fellowships for BSU students to serve in Bemidji churches and for young organ students.


For more information, call Kenneth Wold at (218) 751-2554, Carol Johnson at (218) 751-0415 or Shar Paquette at (218) 766-3211.

SSFC seeks wool for community felting project

BEMIDJI -- The Sustainable Sheep and Fiber Community of Northern Minnesota is looking for donated wool for an upcoming community project: felting a traditional Mongolian Yurt using tapestry techniques.

The fleece does not need to be washed, but it should be free of debris. If possible, staple length should be less than 3 ½ inches. All wool must be received by July 2.

Donated wool will be added to a pool of different local wool fibers. The wool will be sorted and processed into sheets of wool fibers that will be felted during a community workshop into hard-wearing felts used to cover and insulate a traditional Mongolian Yurt, a release said.

The workshop will be held in conjunction with artist and shepherdess Linda Johnson-Morke and artist Deborah McQueen Coder, who will teach those in attendance felting techniques used by nomadic Mongolian people and will showcase felted tapestry methods.

The interior felts will showcase a flat map of Minnesota made from roving where each person donating wool for this project can put their location and participants can have their initials in felt, the release said.

The workshop will be held Aug. 31 to Sept. 11, in Bemidji and will be free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required by Aug. 24.

For more information, contact SSFC at or (218) 657-2502. To be added to the mailing list for updates, visit


Headwaters to hold Suzuki Jump Start Camp

BEMIDJI -- Headwaters Music and Arts will hold a Suzuki Jump Start Camp from 9 a.m. to noon, July 6-10, at Headwaters, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW.

The camp introduces participants to violin and teaches beginning skills using the Suzuki method, and is for children with no prior music experience. The camp will use Suzuki's "Mother Tongue" approach to teach music that builds on the principles of language acquisition, a release said.

Violin rental for children and adults is included in the program courtesy of Schmitt Music Company. The class is open to those ages 4-18, no playing experience needed. The cost to attend is $90 per participant.

For more information or to register, contact Headwaters Music & Arts at (218) 444-5606 or .

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