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Arts Briefs, Nov. 4

Rising Appalachia, made up of sisters Leah Song and Cloe Smith, will perform Nov. 21 at the Rail River Folk School. Submitted photo.1 / 3
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Bead and quill work by award-winning artist Robyn Van Wert will be on display at the Watermark Art Center beginning Nov. 9. Submitted Photo3 / 3

Symphony to present 'Romantic' on Nov. 11

BEMIDJI—The second concert of the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra's 80th season, "Romantic" will take place on the stage of the Bemidji High School Auditorium at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11. Hanson's Symphony No. 2 "Romantic" names this concert as guest cellist Eric Haugen returns to his hometown, featured in Walton's Cello Concerto. In honor of the BSO's 80th season, Maestra Dr. Beverly Everett has composed her first Fanfare.

Tickets will be available at the door, at Lueken's Village Foods or online at Prices are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors 62 and over, $10 for college students and free for K-12 students.

Haugen began his studies on the cello at the age of 3 and has had a passion for music ever since. He studied with Sonia Connell in Bemidji, and with Peter Howard in Minneapolis. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, where he studied with renowned pedagogue Richard Aaron.

Haugen has performed as a section cellist with the Bemidji Symphony and has played the Fauré Elegy, the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto, and the Dvořák Cello Concerto with the BSO as a featured guest soloist.

During the past summer Haugen attended the Aspen (Colo.) Festival where he worked with virtuoso cellist Darrett Adkins. He has attended graduate school at the University of Colorado and in addition to studying the cello with David Requiro, Eric has played concerts with the Ajax Quartet in Colorado, California, Washington state, Washington D.C., Maryland, Wisconsin, Illinois, and England and coached with the Takacs, Pacifica, Escher, and Jupiter string quartets.

On Monday, Nov. 5, the Ajax Quartet will play a concert at Carnegie Hall.

Mazinigwaaso exhibit opens at Watermark

BEMIDJI—The Miikanan Gallery at Watermark Art Center announces the opening of "Mazinigwaaso—She Stitches Fancy." This exhibit, opening Friday, Nov. 9, features bead and quill work by three recent award-winning artists. Robyn Van Wert and Pamela Iceman are both 2018 Region 2 Arts Council Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Fellows. Cari Tabor is a 2018 Minnesota State Fair Merit Award winner.

An artist reception for Mazinigwaaso will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Nov. 9. In addition to the reception, there will be a second opportunity to meet the artists during an artist demonstration held at Watermark from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 8.

The Mazinigwaaso exhibit will be on display at Watermark through Dec. 22. The exhibit is made possible, in part, by the McKnight Foundation. Watermark is open seven days a week. Admission is free. More details about this exhibit, as well as additional Watermark programming, can be found at

Harvest moon event scheduled Nov. 21

BEMIDJI—Honor the Earth will celebrate the harvest moon with banquet of seasonal food and a feast of music from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at the Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. SW.

Rising Appalachia, a musical group founded by two sisters from Appalachia, Leah Song and Cloe Smith, will provide entertainment. A donation of $20 at the door is requested.

In addition to their original approach to their music, Rising Appalachia has embraced an independent spirit with their touring. Outside of many industry norms, they have built a significant, loyal following as evidenced by recent sold out shows across the U.S, Canada, Australia and throughout Europe. After years of performing in coffee shops and on the streets of New Orleans, Dublin, Florence and Stockholm, Leah and Chloe have risen to grace stages such as Red Rocks, the Kennedy Center, the Vancouver Folk Festival, Urkult, Winnipeg Folk, Woodford and Envision festivals, Pickathon, Kate Wolf, among many others.

In spite of a busy touring schedule, a manifesto known as the "Slow Music Movement" guides the band in deliberate and often anachronistic means of touring. To support their 2016 album, Wider Circles, the band travelled the U.S. by rail. In 2017, they toured the gulf islands of British Columbia in a wooden sailboat named La Libertatia.

Accompanied by a film crew and a hearty bunch of sailors, they played shows on farms across the islands in support of issues such as food justice, indigenous rights, and protecting clean water. The band routinely provides a platform for the causes local to the cities they play, and frequently incite their fans to gather with them in converting vacant or underused lots into verdant urban orchards and gardens.

Art classes scheduled for adults, children

BEMIDJI—Watermark Art Center will sponsor art classes for adults and children in November. Second Saturday Kids Art will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. For this month's project, kids 6 and older will reuse and transform an old CD into an artistic circular weaving. Learn warping and weaving techniques using a variety of colorful yarn to create a work of art. Parents of younger children may need to stay for the first 10 minutes to wrap the CD. Cost is $15 per child.

On Nov. 17 and 18, weaving instructor Kristin Majkrzak will lead Tapestry Weaving: Beyond the Basics. This hands-on workshop is for those who took last month's Introduction to Tapestry Weaving class, or who already have a basic knowledge of tapestry. Participants will have the chance to experiment with color mixing by weaving with two yarn strands held together, and through the technique of hatching. They will also be working with shape building, outlining and different kinds of joins, as well as exploring the design process to develop cartoons for original pieces. Please come to the first day with your loom warped. The workshop runs 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. Participants must be present for the whole class. This workshop is geared for adults, but teenagers are welcome. Cost is $120, plus materials fee.

The Watermark's next Art Family Style class will be a "block party" from 5-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29. This class is a monthly opportunity for families to participate in an art project together for $5 per family. Participants will learn block printing to create items for Watermark's holiday fundraiser, using linoleum blocks, pre-carved by local artists, to stamp patterns onto tea towels and wall hangings. Each tea towel will be donated to Watermark to sell and raise funds for educational programming, with the name of the family who created it on the back tag. As a thank you for helping raise money, families are invited to also make a block-printed wall hanging to take home. This is a drop-in style class; families can come by Watermark any time between 5 and 6:30 p.m. to work on their project, no pre-registration required.

Further details on each of these classes, including registration, can be found at Most classes also include price discounts for members.

It's Only Clay featured at Watermark

BEMIDJI—Watermark Art Center will present the 2018 It's Only Clay national juried ceramics competition and exhibit beginning Friday, Nov. 2.

Dedicated to functional clay vessels, It's Only Clay features pottery from artists around the United States. The exhibit will run through Dec. 22. Guest artist and 2018 juror Matthew Krousey of Harris, Minn., will have a selection of his work on display and will lead multiple ceramic-related events at the launch of the exhibit.

Awards for It's Only Clay include prize money distributed for the first three places. In addition, Bemidji State University offers purchase awards, choosing pieces to be included in its Margaret H. Harlow Teaching Collection.

This year's IOC event is bringing four days of ceramics-related activities to Bemidji. All are free and open to the public:

• Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 1-3 p.m.: Demonstration and artist talk by Matthew Krousey at BSU. Krousey will offer a demonstration and give students feedback on current ceramics projects they are working on. The public is welcome to attend. The demo will be held in the ceramics studio in the lower level of Bensen Hall.

• Thursday, Nov. 1, from 2-4 p.m.: Youth workshop for grades 9-12. Students will create a nature-themed tile project out of clay. Krousey will show students how to do basic hand building and decorating techniques. This workshop is free to attend. Pre-registration required, as space is limited. Call Watermark at 218-444-7570 to register.

• Friday, Nov. 2, from 5-7 p.m., with presentation at 6 p.m.: It's Only Clay exhibit reception at Watermark during the First Friday Art Walk. Krousey will give a brief artist talk and announce placement awards. Tim Brockman and Steve Sundahl from BSU will present the awards for the Margaret H. Harlow Teaching Collection.

• Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Pop-Up Pottery Studio Tour. Meet three local potters on this area tour. Attendees are invited to travel to home studios to meet artists and learn about their process. Maps of the tour can be picked up at the art center or found online at

It's Only Clay is an annual event co-sponsored by Watermark and Bemidji State University Department of Technology, Art & Design and BSU Foundation. This year's event also is made possible in part by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation. The full schedule and details for this year's IOC event can be found at

Fiddler to perform Nov. 18 in Bemidji

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music & Arts will host Canadian-American fiddler David Greenberg for a live performance at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18 at Bemidji State University's Thompson Recital Hall.

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. He 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.

Admission is $20 for general admission and $7 for seniors 62 and older, college and K-12 students. Tickets can be purchased by calling 218-444-5606 or online at

Benson to host open-mic event

BEMIDJI—Singer/songwriter Lance Benson of Bemidji will host the Headwaters Open-mic CoffeeHouse at Headwaters Music and Art from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2.

Held on the first Friday of most months, Headwaters Open-mic CoffeeHouse features music and spoken word performance in a supportive and family-friendly environment. Coffeehouse fare is available courtesy of Cantabria Coffee Co.

Benson has honed his craft with years of artistry and thousands of miles of touring. He looks forward to sharing the evening with performers and audience alike.

"The first Friday coffeehouse welcomed me with open arms when I first performed 20 years ago." Benson said. "I can still remember conversations I had that evening. It was an inspiring moment."

Known for his innovative and honest style, Benson uses multiple capos to craft his melodies and real-life experiences to inspire his lyrics.

"I am always in awe of the talent we have in northern Minnesota," Benson said. "I look forward to introducing each performer and making them feel as special as hosts have done for me."

All ages and skill levels are encouraged to sign up for a 10- to 15-minute set. Sign up begins at 6:30. Admission is $3 per person or $7 per family.

Headwaters Open-Mic CoffeeHouse is a volunteer-led community event. Contact John Henningsgaard at 444-9845 for more information.

Anishinaabe exhibit coming to Bemidji

BEMIDJI—The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative exhibit will be on display at the Region 2 Arts Council office inside the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji from Nov. 9 through Dec. 8.

The show exhibits traditional and contemporary artwork by AAI grant recipients, AAI Council members, and other Native American artists who have received or been a part of a Region 2 Arts Council grant.

The exhibit will be open for viewing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Artwork by 2018 AAI fellows Pamela Iceman and Roberta Vanwert also will form part of a group exhibit at the Watermark Art Center's Miikanan Gallery that opens Nov. 9. The Region 2 Arts Council office will offer extended viewing hours for the AAI Exhibit until 7 p.m. on Nov. 9 in conjunction with the Miikanan Gallery's opening reception that evening.

This activity is made possible, in part, by the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative through support from the Region 2 Arts Council and with funding from the McKnight Foundation.

Art events set Nov. 10 at Headwaters

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music & Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW., will sponsor two art events from 3-5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Area artist Joan Wilson will lead a Paint & Sip event, helping attendees create a fall landscape. No art experience is necessary for attendees.

Headwaters resident potter Tom Daly will lead a Pottery & Pints event, walking attendees through the process of glazing two pottery pieces created by Daly, such as a beer mug or bowl. In between pieces you can try your hand at basic pottery techniques. There will be plenty of breaks for socializing and enjoying beer.

Cost for either event is $30 for Headwaters members and $35 for non-members. A cash bar will be available courtesy of Brigid's Pub. Supplies wll be provided, and attendees must be 21 or older.

For more information or to register, call 218-444-5606 or go to

Headwaters plans preschool programs

BEMIDJI—Headwaters Music & Arts has scheduled two preschool programs beginning this month. They are open to children ages 2½ to 5, and the child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

"Mini Musician," led by Julie Welciek, is an eight-session program that will introduce children to rhythm, beat and pitch, allow them to explore a variety of musical instruments, and build a repertoire of songs your family can learn and sing together. Cost is $100 per child ($90 for Headwaters members).

Two sessions are available: Tuesdays, 4:15-5:00 p.m., Oct 30 to Dec, 18; or Fridays, 12:30-1:15 p.m., Oct 26 to Dec. 21 (no session Nov. 23).

"Lil Artist," led by local artist and Headwaters art instructor Beth Andrews, is an eight-session program that will include fun and messy art projects that will introduce pre-kindergarten children to basic art concepts such as color and texture while exploring age-appropriate media. The class will be assisted by local artist, Jacki Graves. Cost is $100 per child ($90 for Headwaters members). The program will be on Tuesdays from 4:45-5:30 p.m., Oct. 30 to Dec. 18.

Call 444-5606 or go to for more information or to register.

Everett to present organ recital Nov. 4

BEMIDJI—Dr. Beverly Everett will perform a special pipe organ recital, titled "Plaid Pipes," in honor of the Bemidji Symphony's 80th season at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4 at First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave. N.

In a celebration of the Bemidji community and its support of music, this 90-minute recital and dinner also features the one year anniversary of First Lutheran's new pipe organ.

Dinner will follow at the Hampton Inn & Suites. Tickets are $80 with RSVPs requested by Oct. 31, and includes the recital, dinner, wine and dessert, and a tax-deductible donation to Bemidji Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are available at or mail request to Bemidji Symphony, PO Box 3136, Bemidji, MN 56619.

Special guest for the event will be Michael Barone, host and senior executive producer of Pipedreams, a nationally distributed weekly radio program exploring the art of the pipe organ. Involved with the pipe organ for more than 50 years, Barone is nationally recognized for his contributions to the world of organ music.

Community singalong scheduled Nov. 4

BEMIDJI—CiderSong, a monthly community singalong for adults and teens who love to sing with others, will kick off at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4 at Headwaters Music & Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW.

CiderSong is directed by Headwaters vocal and piano instructor Mattea Elhard.

Subsequent sessions will be held at 6 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month (Dec. 2, Jan. 6, Feb. 3, March 3, April 7 and May 5). There is no cost to take part, and apple cider will be served.

Childcare is available for $10 per child; call Headwaters at 218-444-5606 by 5 p.m. the Wednesday prior to make arrangements.

For more information or to register, call or go to

Deadline extended for cultural arts grant

BEMIDJI—The deadline has been extended to Dec. 15 for applications for the Cultural Traditions in the Arts grant. The maximum award is $3,000 with a 25 percent cash match for equipment purchases only.

The Cultural Traditions in the Arts grant supports events and activities that represent the diverse ethnic and cultural arts traditions in Minnesota. These grants offer funding for arts projects and programming specifically meant to build bridges between Minnesotans through arts and culture. Eligible projects include arts festivals, engagement of guest artists, arts field trips, public art, arts workshops, exhibitions, presentations, or performances that will benefit the residents of Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, or Mahnomen counties.

Arts activities proposed for funding must be accessible to the public, and display a strong community component. Non-profits, arts organizations, schools, community education programs, institutions of higher learning, local city, town, county government or tribal offices, or groups formed for nonprofit purposes with a fiscal sponsor.

Applications are online at For more information, or with questions, contact Region 2 Arts Council at 218-751-5447 or via email at The Region 2 Arts Council office is located at 505 Bemidji Ave. N., inside the Watermark Art Center.