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Around the Arts, Jan. 6

Laura Packer will lead the first event of the Farm By The Lake Storytellers series at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Bagley Public Library. Submitted photo.

Songwriting workshop scheduled Jan. 12

BEMIDJI—"How Songwriters Get Paid," a presentation and discussion about income streams for songwriters, is the featured topic of the Northern Minnesota Songwriters meeting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, at NLFX Professional, 1319 Naylor Drive SE, in Bemidji's Industrial Park. Doors open at 10 a.m.

Kiki CarterGuest speaker Kiki Carter is a performing songwriter, recording artist and publisher. Her music has been featured on numerous radio and television shows.

Carter encourages writers to learn the basics of the business side of songwriting if they want an income from their writing. A brief overview of performance, mechanical and streaming royalties, publishing, and sync licenses will be followed by a discussion.

The Northern Minnesota Songwriters group meets quarterly and offers the opportunity for songwriters to to socialize, share songs and support each other in polishing their writing skills. Songwriters at all levels of experience from beginning to professional are invited. At every meeting, songwriters are offered the opportunity to share a song and receive supportive feedback from the group.

Packer kicks off storytelling series

BAGLEY—Laura Packer will lead the first event of the Farm By The Lake Storytellers series at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Bagley Public Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Packer is a nationally honored storyteller, teacher, coach and the sole proprietor of think story llc, one of the foremost organizational storytelling groups in the United States.

She has performed at venues as wide-ranging as Ciudad de las Ideas; the National Storytelling Festival Exchange Place Stage; the National Storytelling Conference; Tejas Storytelling Conference; Type-A Parent; The International Listening Association; fringe and arts festivals; schools; assisted living facilities and more.

Packer is the winner of the 2010 National Storytelling Network Oracle Award, the 2012 League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling Brother Blue Award and was a finalist in the Boston Story Slam series for three years running. Her 2016 Kansas City Fringe show won Best in Fringe. Most recently she was co-awarded the 2017 J.J. Renaux Mentorship grant from the National Storytelling Network and won the 2018 StorySlamMN championship.

The series is free and open to the public. Here is the schedule:

• Jan. 13—Laura Packer

• Jan. 27—Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux

• Feb. 10—Louis Alemayehu

• Feb. 24—Free writing workshop from 3-6 p.m. with Wendell Affield titled "Reawakening Memory through our Senses."

• March 10—Chad Filley

• March 24—Paulette Friday

For more information, go to or call 218-694-2084

Arts Council awards Anishinaabe grants

BEMIDJI—The Region 2 Arts Council recently awarded $6,907 through the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Program, which is governed by the AAI Council. Monies awarded are for arts activities related to its mission of supporting, maintaining, and promoting traditional and contemporary Native American arts in North Central Minnesota.

Grant recipients were:

• Todd Jourdain from Red Lake received $1,000 to purchase an airbrush, paints, and canvas to create mixed media works on canvas.

• Katie Sandberg from Detroit Lakes received $937 to purchase artist's supplies to create inventory, and to cover framing and other costs associated with displaying her paintings.

• Flora Jones from Red Lake received $1,000 to purchase materials and supplies to make star quilts and to continue teaching others how to sew and make star quilts.

• Nick Robinson from Cass Lake received $870 to purchase tools and materials to create "Breaking Thru Addiction," a series of works in wood.

• Deanna Croaker from Cass Lake received $1,000 to purchase a sewing machine, material, and supplies to design and create three 60" x 60" traditional and contemporary style star quilts.

• Neegonee Brunner from Ponsford received $1,000 to purchase beads, fabric, and a sewing machine to create regalia.

• Kristine Nelson from Red Lake received $600 to develop her own style of beadwork and create original designs for medallions, lanyards, and hoop earrings, in flat stitch as well as peyote style chains.

• Albert Brunner from Ponsford received $500 to purchase tools and wood to create sculptures, pipes, and traditional wooden flutes.

The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative grants program is supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation.

Creative Cafe event scheduled Jan. 8

BEMIDJI—Gallery North will host a Creative Cafe event from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Three artists will lead participants in a hands-on adventure into the arts. Creative Cafe activities are sponsored by Gallery North and Paul Bunyan Communications.

Marion Caroline Reil will lead participants in "Painting a Puck" in anticipation of the upcoming 13th Annual Hockey Day Minnesota. Heidi Horton will teach how to make a flower hair garland. Mary Morton will teach how to create a piece of jewelry using alcohol ink.

Classes are geared to ages 13 and up. Cost is $5 per activity, with no pre-registration required.

Gallery North, 310 Fourth St. NW, is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989.

Watermark announces January art classes

BEMIDJI—Watermark Art Center will kick off its 2019 art education programming with two classes held in January.

In conjunction with Hockey Day Minnesota 2019, Watermark will host a hockey-inspired art activity from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19. Participants may drop in any time to paint a hockey stick for only $5 per child. Make it traditional or personalize it with your name or favorite team. Watermark will have paint colors and additional decorative pieces to choose from. Limit one stick per child. Parents must stay and help their kids with the project.

Watermark's monthly "Art Family Style" class will be from 5-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24. This month's activity will be paper marbling, an ancient art process dating back to the 12th century. Paper marbling involves using absorbent papers to pick up ink from a water bath. Come to Watermark to make your own beautiful designs on paper that can be used for stationery, cards, calendars or wall hangings. No pre-registration is required. Cost is $5 per family.

Details for these events and more can be found at Watermark Art Center is a member-supported nonprofit dedicated to encouraging the growth and development of art. The art center is located at 505 Bemidji Ave N.

Headwaters plans after-school art clubs

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music & Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave NW, will sponsor after-school art clubs for children in kindergarten through sixth grade beginning in January.

Art elements and principles, techniques and critique are some of the focus of the clubs, which will be split up by age. Kindergarteners through second graders will meet from 3:15-4:15 p.m. on Tuesday and grades 3-6 will meet from 3:15-4:15 on Thursdays.

Both art clubs have spent the fall discussing the seven elements of art and practicing technique in different media such as paint, clay, paper, fiber and basic drawing.

The K-2 Young Artist Club has openings for their spring session. Cost is $250 for the session, which runs from Jan. 8 through May 7. Space is limited to first 15 participants. Art supplies are provided. Beth Andrews is the instructor.

The Headwaters Art Club for grads 3-6 is going on its fourth season this spring. The group, which has grown and shifted over time, has a mix of newcomers and participants who have attended every season, and still has room for more.

The club has evolved since the first season, introducing field trips and teen mentors to the program. Headwaters Art Club has always put a focus on bringing in guest instructors and they will continue to do so come spring. Cost is $275 for the session, which runs Jan. 10 through May 9 (no session on March 7). Early arrival supervised open studio time from 3:30-3:55 is available for an additional fee. Space is limited to first 20 participants. Snack and art supplies provided. Instructor Diamond Knispel leads the group.

More details and online registration can be found by calling 218-444-5606 or on Headwaters website. Those who register before Dec. 25 will receive a discount.

Arts Council hosts listening session

CLEARBROOK—In the new year, Region 2 Arts Council will host listening sessions in each of their five counties to support its biennial planning process. The first session, for Clearwater County, will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7 in the library classroom of the Clear Waters Life Center, 256 Second Ave., Clearbrook.

The public is invited to join Region 2 Arts Council staff and board members for an open discussion about the council's grants, programs and services. Light snacks will be provided.

This meeting is open to the public.

In addition, the Region 2 Arts Council has created a Biennial Planning Survey on its website. Go to and click the "Survey" tab. Surveys close Jan. 8.

For more information email or call 218-751-5447 or 800-275-5447.

Arts learning grants awarded in Region 2

BEMIDJI—The Region 2 Arts Council board of directors recently granted $22,903 in Arts and Cultural Heritage funds to arts organizations, groups with a fiscal sponsor, schools and non-profit institutions and organizations. These grants support high-quality arts education that develops knowledge, skills and understanding of the arts for the benefit of Minnesotans of all ages across the council's five-county region.

Clear Waters Life Center in Clearbrook received $6,000 to provide 29 weeks of quality art classes for youth and older adults. From January through August of 2019, 20 weeks of Monday classes will be offered in the afternoon and evening for adult learners and nine weeks of youth after-school classes will be offered on Wednesdays.

Bemidji Community Theater received $4,701 to collaborate with TrekNorth Junior and Senior High School and Neilson Place to record the memories of residents at Neilson Place, culminating in a collective performance involving music, song and dance.

Northern Light Opera Company received $4,945 to offer a three-week Theater Workshop and Camp, "NLOKids," to children from the native American community of Pine Point and children from the Park Rapids community.

Bemidji Community Theater received $5,607 to continue a theater internship program, allowing interns to work with mentors in theater related areas on five upcoming projects for the 2019-2020 season.

The Bemidji State University Music Department's Bemidji Concert Series received $1,650 to bring the Trombones of St. Louis and Violetta Duo to perform in Bemidji.