First Friday and Area Exhibits

First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji for August 2014

Please note: due to Dragon Boat Festival, The Watermark Art Center and the Beltrami County History Center will be hosting opening receptions on August 8th. Wildhare will host an opening from 3 to 5pm on August 1st but will not have their First Friday Dinner.

AUGUST 8th – Watermark Art Center (former BCAC) Invites you to the opening reception on August 8th for, “Head in the Clouds – Feet on the Ground”, a photographic exhibit by Gregory Thompson. Please join us from 5pm to 7pm for the open house reception with a brief artist talk at 6pm. Thompson is an Atmospheric Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO, a storm chaser and artist. His photographs focus on all aspects of weather, the environment and nature. Exhibit runs August 8th through September 27th. The Watermark is located in the upper level of the Historic Carnegie Library Building at 426 Bemidji Ave N. For more information call 218-444-7570, email watermark@paulbunyan.net on find us on the web at http://www.watermarkartcenter.org

Special Event! AUGUST 9th – Join the Headwaters Science Center on August 9th from 2-3pm for a special Saturday Science presentation with Greg Thompson, noted photographer and current exhibitor of “Head in the Clouds, Feet on the Ground” at Watermark Art Center. Greg will present his amazing weather photographs in an interactive format suitable for all audiences at HSC during this special Saturday Science event. Saturday Science is free with paid admission to the HSC exhibit floor and is free for HSC members. We are located at 413 Beltrami Ave NW in downtown Bemidji.

AUGUST 8TH – The Beltrami County Historical Society – will host a reception for Revisiting Beltrami County, a repeat photography exhibit, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Beltrami County History Center. The exhibit features historical images from the Beltrami County Historical Society collections of towns and landscapes throughout the county, and new present-day photographs of the same locations and perspectives by photographer Todd Geiger. The photographs capture the uniqueness, beauty, and changes of Beltrami County. Displays of historical photographic equipment complement the images and explore the evolution of technology. The reception is free to the public, with donation suggested. The exhibit will remain on display at the Beltrami County History Center through October 31. The Beltrami County History Center also features artwork on display from Gallery North. We are currently open Wednesday-Saturday from 12-4 (museum admission fees apply). We are located in the historic James J. Hill Railroad Depot at 130 Minnesota Ave SW in downtown Bemidji.

August 1st – First Friday Art Walk

Dunn Bros Coffee – presents jeweler Brittany Moore as their featured artist for the month of August.  Her work will focus on nature as a theme and feature small sculptural pieces, and wearable jewelry made with copper, silver, and brass that will be framed for the exhibit. Join us for the opening reception on August 1st from 5 to 7pm.  Dunn Bros is at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S.  For more info. call (218) 444-5252 or  dunnbros106@dunnbros.com

Gallery North – invites you to their First Friday Art Walk Open House on August 1st from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., featuring the Bemidji Area Woodcarvers group as the Showcase Artists for the month. Members of the group will offer an eclectic display of hand carved woodcarvings. WhipStaff Ranch and Rescue will also be featured during the open house. WhipStaff is a non profit animal welfare organization in the northern part of the state that is able to work with all species of animals. WhipStaff is a volunteer based organization and relies on donations and adoption fees to keep the rescue going. Gallery North is located at 502 3rd Street NW. Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. Please check out the website at http://www.gallerynorthbemidji.com.

Rail River Folk School – presents Northwoods Folk Collective Open Stage offers an opportunity to share stories, music, poetry and other performance art with an attentive, enthusiastic, inter-generational audience. Host: Drew Warne-Jacobsen 218 760 9278. Sign-up is 6:30-7:30. RailRiver Folk School 303 Railroad Street SW. Bemidji (over the Irvine Ave Bridge & left)

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse – Celebrate (and purr) with Susan Kedzie on August 1st for the unleashing of original illustrations for her first book: A Thousand Purring Cats. Cats is a children’s book about love and healing inspired by life events and a radio interview heard on KBXE with renown veterinarian Dr. Fox. Reception 3 to 5pm Families encouraged. JAVA ****Special Note: There will be no 1st Friday wine bar and dinner at the Wild Hare in August due to Dragon Boat Festival. Next First Friday Dinner will be in September.

     Exhibits around town……

Neilson Place features “Connected to Nature”, a photo exhibit by Lainie Hiller now through the end of October. Lainie is Australian by birth and culture. She is a self-taught photographer who has a love for photography, travel and the outdoors. Her favorite subject matters are wildlife and landscapes which she has captured through her lens of Australia and travels with her wildlife biologist husband to other countries. This is a must see exhibit. Framed and unframed photos as well as greeting cards will be available for purchase at the reception and in the Bistro Gift Shop throughout the duration of the exhibit. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne Street NW. For hours or more information call 751-0220 extension #1

Shannon’s Art and Soul – is hosting Erja Wiltse as the Featured Artist of the Month for August. Erja’s work is a vibrant collection of watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings inspired by a recent trip to the Big Bog State Forest in Waskish. Shannon’s Art & Soul is located in downtown Bemidji at 313 Beltrami Ave.

First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji for July 2014

PLEASE NOTE: Due to First Friday landing on the July 4th Holiday, many locations will be hosting their events on different dates.

           THURSDAY JULY 3RD Art Openings
Dunn Bros Coffee – invites you to the opening reception of “NORTH COUNTRY LANDSCAPES”, featuring the work of Dee Anne Najjar. Working in pastels, oil and mixed media, Dee Anne creates art to capture the people and places that she loves with a focus on northern landscapes, creating art to leave a legacy for her grandchildren. Join us July 3rd for our opening reception from 5pm to 7pm featuring a painting demonstration by the artist. Dunn Bros is at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S. For more info. call (218) 444-5252 or dunnbros106@dunnbros.com

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will present the work of stained glass artist Gary Dawson, July 3rd through 30th. Gary’s bold and colorful leaded stained glass creations function as window hangings, inserts, and room dividers, and enhance any room that sunlight reaches. Subjects range from flowers and animals, to the human form and geometric designs, and Gary is happy to make custom works of any size or subject. Check out this unique display and meet the artist at the opening reception on Thursday, July 3rd, from 3-5pm. wildharebistro.com.523 Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji. 444-JAVA ****Special Note: There will be no 1st Friday wine bar and dinner at the Wild Hare in July.

           FRIDAY JULY 11TH Art Openings

Bemidji Public Library – Be SCARED but be THERE! Come see the FEAR MONSTERS at the Bemidji Public Library, Friday July 11, 2014. Opening Reception from 3 – 5pm. The show will feature students from 2013 SummerKids’ ART CLUB. Paintings represent the collaborative efforts of last year’s First thru Fifth Graders to paint the Monster that Creeps Up on EACH of US and keeps us from being our true selves. All family members welcomed and encouraged to attend.
The library is located at 509 America Ave NW. For more information or hours call 218-751- 3963 or on the web at http://www.krls.org/branches/branch_bj.html

Cabin Coffee House – Cabin Coffee House presents a new Exhibit from the Freehand Collaboration Group, called, “Sing With Paint.” Artists were asked to take time to listen, to choose a sound or song that they found moving and visually interpret it, incorporating the color, emerald green. Join us on Friday July 11th, from 5:30 to 7:00pm Some of the artists will be present for the reception. Cabin Coffee House 214 3rd St NW, Bemidj. For more information, please call: 218-556-4485.

Gallery North – Visit Gallery North Wednesday – July 11th from 2:00 to 5:00 for the release of the children’s book Alphabet Jambalaya (An Alliterative Alphabet Book for the Young at Heart). Alphabet Jambalaya is not your usual alphabet book! Rather it captures the imagination with unique pictures through the use of alliteration. Whether it is piccolo playing penguins, exercising elephants, or rabbits racing recklessly, the illustrations will bring smiles to all. Bring the family to meet the authors and illustrators, Mary Knox-Johnson, Marion Reil, and six year old Bella Drevlow, listen to excerpts from the book, play games, enjoy refreshments, and share in the joy of sharing a first-book with your children! Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. Please check out the website at http://www.gallerynorthbemidji.com.

Neilson Place presents “Connected to Nature”, a photo exhibit by Lainie Hiller beginning July 1st and continuing through October. Lainie is Australian by birth and culture. She is a self-taught photographer who has a love for photography, travel and the outdoors. Her favorite subject matters are wildlife and landscapes which she has captured through her lens of Australia and travels with her wildlife biologist husband to other countries. Meet and talk with Lainie on Friday, July 11, 2014, from 2:00-4:00 in the Neilson Place lobby. Refreshments will be served. Framed and unframed photos as well as greeting cards will be available for purchase at the reception and in the Bistro Gift Shop throughout the display’s duration. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne Street NW. For hours or more information call 751-0220 extension #1

Exhibits around town……

Watermark Art Center (former BCAC) continues its exhibit of INSIDE AND OUT by St. Paul artist Joan Cox. INSIDE AND OUT is a collection of recent paintings, mixed media collages and work in oil and wax. Exhibit runs June 6th through August 2nd. The Watermark is located in the upper level of the Historic Carnegie Library Building at 426 Bemidji Ave N. For more information call 218-444-7570, email watermark@paulbunyan.net on find us on the web at http://www.watermarkartcenter.org

Brigids Pub – presents The Artists of Studio 10, showcasing a new body of work. The theme of this exhibit is, “Summer in Bemidji” and includes, Dragons, fishing, golf, mosquitos, and Chief Bemidji himself. Brigids Pub is located in Downtown Bemidji at 317 Beltrami Ave NW.

First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji for June 2014

Watermark Art Center (former BCAC) invites you to the opening of INSIDE AND OUT by artist Joan Cox on June 6th from 5 to 7pm, with a brief artist talk at 6pm. INSIDE AND OUT is a collection of recent paintings, mixed media collages and work in oil and wax. Exhibit runs June 6th through August 2nd. The Watermark is located in the upper level of the Historic Carnegie Library Building at 426 Bemidji Ave N. For more information call 218-444-7570, email watermark@paulbunyan.net on find us on the web at http://www.watermarkartcenter.org

Cabin Coffee House – Cabin Coffeehouse presents the second exhibit from the Freehand Collaboration Group, titled, “Human Connection.” Inspired by the theme, “Human Connection,” the intense color, deep purple and the viral, ‘Strangers Kissing’ video, the group achieved a fantastic array of visual translations. Individual works in mediums such as fiber, mixed media, painting, and photography are represented. Some of the artists will be present on June 6th 4-7pm as a part of the First Friday Art Walk. The Cabin Coffeehouse is located at, 214 3rd Street. For more information, call 218-444-2899.

Dunn Bros Coffee – will be displaying artwork by Val Wagner, Patricia Grimes and Eve Sumsky for the month of June. The collaboration, called Sunrise-Sunset, is a collection of different mediums. The work includes fiber mixed with natural elements, photography, and basketry all focusing on Sunrises and Sunsets. Join us June 6th for our opening reception from 5pm to 7pm for light refreshments and a chance to meet the artists. Dunn Bros is at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S. For more info. call (218) 444-5252 or dunnbros106@dunnbros.com

Gallery North – invites you to their First Friday Art Open House on June 6, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Amanda Loftus will be the Showcase Artist for the month of June at Gallery North and is an acrylic artist who started painting many years ago and earned her Bachelor in Fine Arts degree from Bemidji State University. The First Friday featured artist is Marion Caroline. Marion’s artwork includes watercolors, acrylics, oils, and paintings on feathers. She is best known for her Equine Art. Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. Please check out the website at http://www.gallerynorthbemidji.com.

Historic Chief Theatre – will join other downtown venues for the monthly First Friday Artwalk on June 6th with an opening reception from 4-6 pm in the Chief Theater lobby, featuring the Artists of Studio 10. Patrons of The Paul Bunyan Playhouse have viewed the work of this group of artists during several past seasons; their new exhibit will continue through the summer. The Chief Theatre is located at 314 Beltrami Ave.

Rail River Folk School’s presents the Northwoods Folk Collective First Friday Open Stage, offering an opportunity to share stories, music, poetry and other performance art with an attentive, enthusiastic, inter-generational audience. Host: Drew Warne-Jacobsen 218-760-9278. Sign-up 6:30-7:30. Rail River Folk School 303 Railroad Street SW. Bemidji (over the Irvine Ave Bridge & left)

Ravenrock Gallery of Jewelry and Fine Art – will host a reception for a new exhibit featuring the new Award Winning Artists of Studio 10 on June 6th from 5 to 7 pm as a part of the First Friday art walk in Bemidji. Ravenrock Gallery is located at 1000 Paul Bunyan Dr., Suite 102 across from the Honda Center in Bemidji. For more information 218-444-6040

Shannon’s Art & Soul – will showcase artists Susan Kedzie and Shannon Lucas Westrum during a reception on June 6, from 4-6 pm as a part of the First Friday Art Walk. Shannon’s Art & Soul is located across the street from the Chief Theater, at 313 Beltrami Ave.

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse proudly presents Bemidji native Mali Mattson, June 6th through 30th. Mali will present tendriled and gestural mobiles and sculptures, formed of steel wire and colorful artisan papers from around the world. Each piece is uniquely crafted and balanced. Simultaneously dynamic, yet tranquil, the constant, smooth motion of her sculptures breathe new life into the spaces they inhabit. Mali graduated with a Bachelor’s of Fine Art from UW-Stout. She has displayed her work in galleries, art fairs and art tours throughout western Wisconsin and Minnesota. Viewers often describe her work as ‘whimsical’, ‘playful’, or ‘mesmerizing’. She currently lives and works as an artist and massage therapist in Menomonie, Wi, and relishes every journey home to Bemidji. Join us for the opening reception on First Friday, June 6th, from 3 to 5pm. After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare’s own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar, 5:00-9:00pm, featuring a new menu every month, and a wine and beer list to match. See the menu at wildharebistro.com. 523 Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji. 444-JAVA

Exhibits around town for June ……

Brigids Pub – presents The Artists of Studio 10, showcasing a new body of work. The theme of this exhibit is “Greening Up”, now through July. Brigids Pub is located in Downtown Bemidji at 317 Beltrami Ave NW.

Neilson Place presents the multilayered artwork of Paula Swenson entitled “Hurry Summer”, now through June. Paula explores and interprets ideas, emotions and experiences creating a dialogue between the artist and viewer. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne Street NW. For hours or more information call 751-0220 extension #1.

 

 

First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji for May 2014

Watermark Art Center (former BCAC) invites you to the opening of the Annual 5th Grade Invitational from 4 to 6pm. This exhibit features work by 5th Grade Students from Central, Horace May, JW Smith, Lincoln, Northern, Red Lake, Schoolcraft, Solway, St. Philips Elementary Schools. Please join us for the opening as a part of the First Friday Art Walk. Enjoy food and refreshments. Exhibit runs May 2nd through the 17th. The Watermark is located in the upper level of the Historic Carnegie Library Building at 426 Bemidji Ave N. for more information call 218-444-7570, email watermark@paulbunyan.net on the web at http://www.watermarkartcenter.org

FREAXIS STUDIOS – presents “ArtKids,” a show of paintings and sculptures from after-school classes. May 2nd, 3:30-6:00 pm as a part of the May First Friday Art Walk. We are located downstairs at Watermark Art Center.

Bemidji Public Library – “Nature struggles with winter, Springtime rising up, the warm breezes give us hope.” Hope House members will present a watercolor/acrylic exhibit and haiku display titled, “Spring Time Rising” at the Bemidji Public Library during the month of May.  A reception will be held on Friday, May 2 from  3-5 pm in the main  library. Refreshments will be served.

Brigids Pub – presents The Artists of Studio 10, showcasing a new body of work starting May 2nd. The theme of this exhibit is “Greening Up”. There will be an opening reception on May 2nd from 4:30 to 6:30 as a part of the First Friday Art Walk. Artists will be on hand to visit with guests . Brigid’s Pub is located in Downtown Bemidji at 317 Beltrami Ave NW.

Dunn Bros Coffee – presents “Of Rust, Roots and Reclamation” by local photographer Weston Holland as their May First Friday Exhibit. Holland shares a collection of photos displaying found objects that through natural processes have been reclaimed and transformed in to works of art. Join us May 2nd for our opening reception from 5pm to 7pm for light refreshments and a chance to meet the artist. Dunn Bros is at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S. For more info. call (218) 444-5252 or dunnbros106@dunnbros.com
Gallery North – Gallery North is pleased to showcase seven new juried members during our First Friday Open House May 2, 2014 from 2-5 pm. Featured members include Donna Anderson, Stacey Stang, Les Sanders, Kym Kovacic, Steve Kovacic, Jo Panther, and Bob Panther. Donna Andersen has been a painting with watercolors since 2009 and also works in fibers, quilting, and hardanger. Stacey Stang is an acrylic artist who started painting a few years ago and specializes in people centered paintings. Les carves whimsical characters and houses and is especially talented at creating and carving split cedar flutes. Kym Kovacic mediums are watercolor, acrylic and mixed media creations. Steve Kovacic, Moments in Time (MIT) Photography, has been studying and capturing special moments for 35 years. Jo Panther is a painter working in oils, pastels and watercolor. Bob is a photographer specializing in nature and wild life close-up from personal experience. Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. Please check out the website at http://www.gallerynorthbemidji.com.
Rail River Folk School’s presents the Northwoods Folk Collective First Friday Open Stage, offering an opportunity to share stories, music, poetry and other performance art with an attentive, enthusiastic, inter-generational audience. Host: Drew Warne-Jacobsen 218-760-9278. Sign-up 6:30-7:30. Rail River Folk School 303 Railroad Street SW. Bemidji (over the Irvine Ave Bridge & left)

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse presents Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will present “Secrets” a new series of portraits by painter Alice Blessing, through the month of May. This series is about the secrets that people keep. Some secrets are physical, some are emotional. People modify their bodies to keep secrets—through hair color, surgeries, medicines, even clothing. Sometimes people use body modifications for the opposite reason—to express themselves through tattoos, piercings, gender, hair color, even sexual reassignment. Either way, we use our physical appearance to express who we want others to see when they look at us. We carry our secrets in our bodies, in our skin, and on our faces. As always, Alice Blessing painted these portraits using her fingers. This exhibition has been made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council. Join us for the opening reception on First Friday, May 2, from 3-5 p.m. After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare’s own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar, 5:00-9:00pm. This month’s menu will feature Cinco de Mayo inspired south of the border cuisine, with a wine and beer list to match. See the menu at wildharebistro.com.
523 Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji. 444-JAVA

         Exhibits around town……

Neilson Place presents the multilayered artwork of Paula Swenson entitled “Hurry Summer”, now through June. Paula explores and interprets ideas, emotions and experiences creating a dialogue between the artist and viewer. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne Street NW. For hours or more information call 751-0220 extension #1.

 

First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji for April 2014

Watermark Art Center (former BCAC) invites you to the opening of the 14th Annual Bemidji Area High School Invitational from 4 to 6pm.  This exhibit features work by Bemidji Area High School Students in all mediums.  Please join us for the opening of this exciting show as a part of the First Friday Art Walk. Come & Vote between 4 pm and 5:30 pm for the People’s Choice Award for your favorite work of art.  Winner will be announced at 6pm. Enjoy food, refreshments and music.  Exhibit runs April 4th through the 26th.  The Watermark is located in the upper level of the Historic Carnegie Library Building at 426 Bemidji Ave N. for more information call 218-444-7570, email watermark@paulbunyan.net on the web at www.watermarkartcenter.org

Cabin Coffee House – invites you to their April First Friday Art Walk and opening reception featuring a very special exhibit.   The goal was to give a group of independent artists who work in a variety of mediums, the same color and theme and one month to create a piece of artwork. The exhibit features the individual results as a collaborative show with works in fiber, photography, mixed media, poetry, printmaking and painting.  Join us on Friday April 4th to see the results and visit with the artists at the reception from 4pm to 6pm.  The Cabin is located at 214 3rd Street.  For more info call us at 218-444-2899.

Gallery North – Gallery North is pleased to host the Artists of Minnesota Traveling Mini Show and wish to invite the public to view the exhibit during our First Friday Open House April 4, 2014 from 2-5 pm.  The Featured Artist for First Friday will be Kathy Robinson. Kathy carves wax models to be cast into finished pieces of silver or gold jewelry. She also joins the Northern Artists group on Mondays at the Eagles Club, where she is reconnecting with her appreciation of oil painting landscapes.  Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. Please check out the website at www.gallerynorthbemidji.com.

Headwaters School of Music and the Arts – presents “Celebrating Hidden Talents” with a collection of student works by High School Students and Adults painted in February and March 2014.  Join us for the Opening Reception on Friday, April 4th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The exhibit will be on display now through the end of April.  The Headwaters School is located at 519 Minnesota Ave NW.

Rail River Folk School‘s presents the Northwoods Folk Collective First FridayOpen Stage, offering an opportunity to share stories, music, poetry and other performance art with an attentive, enthusiastic, inter-generational audience. Host: Drew Warne-Jacobsen 218-760-9278. Sign-up 6:30-7:30. Rail River Folk School 303 Railroad Street SW. Bemidji (over the Irvine Ave Bridge & left)

Raven Rock Gallery of Jewelry and Fine Art and Studio 10 – The Artists of Studio 10 will be hosting an exhibition by guest artists Barbara and Michael Hoet at RavenRock Gallery of Jewelry and Fine Art, from April 1st through June 1st. Join us for the opening reception on Friday April 4th, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the gallery, when the artists will be present, to meet the public and discuss their work.

Both artists were born and raised in Western Europe, and have found inspiration during their travels to Mexico, the Pacific Northwest, and around the US.   Michael has exhibited in Spain, Germany and Mexico, as well as in the US.   Michael’s artwork, in a variety of media, is an expression of passionate immersion into mythology and symbolism of primeval civilizations. For Barbara, Mexico awakened the sincere exploration of an artistic path. She launched herself into the creation of elaborate seed paintings, which are sometimes combined with acrylic painting. Barbara writes poems and stories. Both artists have been combining and blending their artistic talents. The artists plan to share music on cedar flutes, and a poetry reading at their opening, along with the exhibition of their visual art.  Ravenrock Gallery is located at 1000 Paul Bunyan Dr., Suite 102 across from the Honda Center in Bemidji. For more information 218-444-6040

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will celebrate spring with a photo exhibition by Lisa Boulay, April 4th through 30th.  Bold colors and light will finally be on display as Lisa shares some much anticipated signs of spring and summer; subjects of garden flowers and wild orchids will be presented on wrapped canvas prints.  An avid outdoors-woman, Lisa draws inspiration from all seasons and weather, and lives on the east of side of Lake Bemidji.  Join us for the opening reception on First Friday, April 4th, from 3:00 to 5:00.

After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare’s own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar, 5:00-9:00pm.  This month we celebrate spring with a fresh seasonal menu and wine and beer list to match. See the menu at wildharebistro.com. Find us at 523 Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji.  444-JAVA

          Exhibits around town……

  • Bemidji Public Library - art wall for April will feature work by artist Maureen O’Brien.  The topic of her paintings will be Nature in the North Woods.  The paintings will be in acrylics. The library is located at 509 America Ave NW.   For more information or hours call 218-751- 3963 or on the web at http://www.krls.org/branches/branch_bj.html
  • Neilson Place presents the multilayered artwork of Paula Swenson entitled “Hurry Summer”, now through June.  Paula explores and interprets ideas, emotions and experiences creating a dialogue between the artist and viewer.  Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne Street NW.  For hours or more information call 751-0220 extension #1.

 

First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji for March 2014

Watermark Art Center (formerly BCAC) invite you to our March Spoken Word Event featuring author Lauren Cobb for the book release and reading of Boulevard Women as a part of the First Friday Art Walk. Join us on March 7th – reception begins at 5:30 with the reading at 6pm. with the Q&A and book signing to follow. This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday Workshop available - Cobb will also be offering a workshop on Saturday, March 8th – The Word Made Flesh: Breathing Life into Fictional Characters. Space is limited. Workshop is from 1 to 4pm at the Library meeting room. Fee is $40 for adults and $20 for students. For more info contact the Watermark at 218-444-7570.

Watermark EXHIBIT continues through Friday March 28th – Watermark and Paul Bunyan Communications present “Asiniig” with artist Duane Goodwin now through March 28th.  Saturday March 8th – Duane will be presenting at the art center on Saturday March 8th from 11am to 12 noon on his artistic process, design and inspiration with an opportunity for Q&A.  This event is free and open to the public.  The Watermark is located in the upper level of the Historic Carnegie Library Building at 426 Bemidji Ave N. for more information call 218-444-7570, email watermark@paulbunyan.net on the web at http://www.watermarkartcenter.org

Gallery North – Stop by Gallery North’s First Friday reception, March 7th from 2-5 pm. and take a look at Showcase Artists Dianne Roholt and Jessica Conrad. Diane will feature pencil/ink drawings. Jessica has a variety of 3D items including landscaped quilted pictures. Featured Artist for First Friday will be Les Sanders. Les is the newest member of Gallery North and has been woodcarving over 30 years. He carves whimsical characters and houses and is especially talented at creating and carving split cedar flutes. Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. Please check out the website at http://www.gallerynorthbemidji.com.

Glazed and Amused will host the First City Artists from 3-5 pm March 7 as a part of the First Friday Art Walk. In it’s second year as a group, First City Artists work vary and include painting quilting, photography, collage, multimedia and jewelry. Glazed and Amused is located in downtown Bemidji at 311 3rd St NW. For more information and hours call 218- 333-6880 or on the web at http://myglazedandamused.com/

Neilson Place presents the multilayered artwork of Paula Swenson entitled “Hurry Summer” beginning March 1st displayed through June. Paula explores and interprets ideas, emotions and experiences creating a dialogue between the artist and viewer. Meet and talk with Paula on Friday, March 7, 2014 from 3:00-4:30 PM in the Neilson Place lobby. Refreshments will be served. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne Street NW. For hours or more information call 751-0220 extension #1.

Rail River Folk School presents the Northwoods Folk Collective First Friday Open Stage, offering an opportunity to share stories, music, poetry and other performance art with an attentive, enthusiastic, inter-generational audience. Host: Drew Warne-Jacobsen 218-760-9278. Sign-up 6:30-7:30. RailRiver Folk School 303 Railroad Street SW. Bemidji (over the Irvine Ave bridge & left)

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will present will present the Dancing Sky Tapestry Weavers, March 7th through April 1st. This group of local fiber artists will exhibit varied styles and materials in a collection of in their woven art work. The show will include pieces by Ann Kastl, Patti Sellon, Nancy Salminen, Kristin Majkrzak, and Caroline Fylpaa. There will also be pieces woven by tapestry instructor, Traudi Bestler of Minnetonka, and cavandoli knotted art work by our “Knot More” friends and guest artists, Dawn Standera and Karen Forbes. Meet the weavers at the opening reception on First Friday, March 7th, from 3:00 to 5:00. After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare’s own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar, 5:00-9:00pm. This month’s menu will feature Middle-Eastern inspired cuisine, with a wine and beer list to match. See the menu at wildharebistro.com. 523 Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji. 444-JAVA

Exhibits around town for March…..

Bemidji Public Library – art wall for March will feature work by the members of the Northern Artist Association and include oil painting, water color, rosemaling, wood carving and basket weaving. The library is located at 509 America Ave NW. For more information or hours call 218-751- 3963 or on the web at http://www.krls.org/branches/branch_bj.html

Brigid’s Pub and the Artists of Studio 10 – will continue to feature “Winter Pastimes” now through the month of March. Brigid’s Pub is located at Beltrami Ave. in downtown Bemidji. For more information and hours call 218-444-0567 or on the web at http://www.brigidsirishpub.com/

Ravenrock Gallery of Jewelry and Fine Art and Studio 10 – will continue to feature “The Colors of Love” now through the end of March. Ravenrock Gallery is located at 1000 Paul Bunyan Dr., Suite 102 across from the Honda Center in Bemidji. For more information 218-444-6040

First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji for February 2014

Watermark Art Center (formerly Bemidji Community Art Center) and Paul Bunyan Communications present the opening of “Asiniig” with artist Duane Goodwin as a part of the February First Friday Art Walk.  Goodwin will be showcasing his stone sculpture along with paintings, beadwork and carvings.  Join us for the opening reception on Friday, February 7th from 5pm to 7pm featuring an artist talk by Goodwin and special guest and artist, Carl Gawboy starting at 6pm.  The Watermark is located in the upper level of  the Historic Carnegie Library Building at 426 Bemidji Ave N. for more information call 218-444-7570, email watermark@paulbunyan.net on the web at www.watermarkartcenter.org

Cabin Coffee House - presents fiber artists Karen-lisa Forbes and Dawn Standera and their exhibit, “We’re Knot Friends – Cavandoli Knotting”.  A variety of macramé, Cavandoli Knotting is used to form geometric patterns and free-form patterns like weaving. The Cavandoli style is done mainly in a single knot, the double half-hitch knot.  Don’t let the word macrame’ fool you if you’re thinking owls and plant hangers you could KNOT be more wrong. With elements from nature, found objects, wire, beads and limitless imaginations these two friends take Cavandoli to a whole new level. Join us on Friday February 7th from 4 to 7pm. The Cabin will have their fabulous Cookies available.  Dawn will be at the cabin from 4-6 and Karen will be at the cabin from 4-7 giving Cavandoli demonstrations throughout the evening. Visit us at 214 3rd Street or call 218-444-2899 for more information

Dunn Bros Coffee – presents “From Within”, a collection of jewelry designs from local artist Christina Holland of Bad Cat Creations.  This collection brings together natural textures in metal, and a selection of semi-precious gemstones with attention to the healing and metaphysical properties within the stones themselves. Join Christina during the opening on Friday, Feb 7th from 5-7. Designs will be available for purchase and display all month long. Dunn Bros is at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S. – Call (218) 444-5252  dunnbros106@dunnbros.com

Gallery North Showcase for the February First Friday will be samples of projects offered during the month of February’s “Warm Your Heart With A Little Art.” These are FREE classes offered by local Gallery North artists. Stop by Gallery North’s First Friday reception, February 7th from 2-5 pm. and take a look at the projects and then register for your choice of classes.  Also showing is our Featured Artist, Colleen Hilts. Colleen is a woodcarver and her work includes whimsical houses, fish, relief carving, small animals, old country Santas and her favorite, relief carving flowers. She has also been doing wall hangings with a combination of water color paint and quilting to make original wall hangings, table toppers, place mats, baby quilts and applique cut out sweat shirts. Colleen has donated a piece of her artwork, so be sure to put your name in the drawing for Colleen’s quilted mini-wall hanging “Laura Birch Cat.”   Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. Please check out the website at www.gallerynorthbemidji.com.

Headwaters Science Center – is pleased to present photography from Todd Geiger on Friday, February 7th as part of the First Friday Art Walk.   “For me, photography is more about exploring the outdoors.  Always finding something new in places I have been multiple times or never before.”  HSC will host a reception from 5 to 6 pm on February 7th, on the upper balcony of the Center.  The public is invited to meet Todd and discuss his work, and enjoy light refreshments as a part of the first Friday Art Walk.   Join us at the Headwaters Science Center, located at  413 Beltrami Ave in Downtown Bemidji.  For more information call 444-4472 or email director@hscbemidji.org

Rail River Folk School‘s presents the Northwoods Folk Collective First Friday Open Stage, offering an opportunity to share stories, music, poetry and other performance art with an attentive, enthusiastic, inter-generational audience. Host: Drew Warne-Jacobsen 218-760-9278. Sign-up 6:30-7:30. RailRiver Folk School 303 Railroad Street SW. Bemidji (over the Irvine Ave bridge & left)

Ravenrock Gallery of Jewelry and Fine Art and Studio 10 will host a reception for a new exhibit “The Colors of Love” on Feb. 7th from 4:30 to 6 pm. The interpretation of the theme is up to the artists to decide, and the viewers to enjoy. This event is part of the First Friday art walk in Bemidji. Ravenrock Gallery is located at 1000 Paul Bunyan Dr., Suite 102 across from the Honda Center in Bemidji. For more information 218-444-6040

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will present “Inspirations in Needlepoint” by mixed media and fiber artist Patricia Brittain February 7th through March 5th.  Patricia will present pieces that put a new twist on an old hobby: combining needle point and collage. A class on collage while serving as adjunct faculty at BSU, as well as teaching in China and working in a costume shop has all inspired Patricia to experiment with her mixed media works. Patricia creates her own needlepoint patterns, and a love of nature is featured in her subjects, particularly leaves.  Join us for the opening reception on First Friday, February 7th, from 3:00-5:00pm. After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare’s own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar, 5:00-9:00pm.  This month’s new menu will be have romantic lovers theme for Valentine’s Day, with a wine and beer list to match. See the menu at wildharebistro.com. 523 Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji. 444-JAVA

Exhibits around town…….

Beltrami County History Center features artwork on display from Gallery North, along with their new history center exhibit “Trails Through Time”.  This recently installed exhibit showcases county history from the time of glacial recession to the mid-20th century.  Topics include Ojibwe history, logging, entertainment, education, and much more. With over 60 additional feet of new exhibit cases, this exhibit features more of the History Center’s extensive collections! Winter Hours: the History Center is open, now through the end of March, Saturdays from 10am to 4pm or by appointment for group visits and research.  218-444-3376

Neilson Place presents, “Walking Through Nature” an exhibit of paintings by Maureen O’Brien beginning November 15th and continuing through March 2014.  Maureen brings nature to those who cannot walk in it daily.  Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne Street NW.   For hours or more information call 751-0220 extension #1.

 

 

First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji for Jan 2014

Brigid’s Pub – presents the artists of Studio 10 for a new exhibit entitled “Winter Pastimes”. The exhibit includes some new works created especially for this exhibit as a part of the First Friday Art Walk on Friday Jan. 3rd. Join us from 4:30 to 6 pm for the opening reception and to meet the artists. Brigid’s Pub is located in Downtown Bemidji at 317 Beltrami Ave NW.

Gallery North – continues their “Holiday Boutique” of hand made items as the Showcase Artist for the month of January with a reception on Friday afternoon, January 3rd from 2-5 pm. Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. Please check out the website at http://www.gallerynorthbemidji.com.

Headwaters Science Center – is pleased to present Lindsey Owens as our featured First Friday artist. Lindsey was born and raised in Bemidji, MN. She attended TrekNorth High School and participated in the “Art From Within” show in 2011 and 2013. She participated in an art project her senior year with HSC and completed a mural combining the importance of art and science as part of a new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) initiative. Lindsey was contracted by the Parents Embracing Time After Loss (PETAL) Program for a piece displayed at the Sanford Hospital in Bemidji. Lindsey current attends University of Minnesota, Morris where she studies art and psychology. HSC will host a reception from 5 to 6 pm on January 3rd on the upper balcony of the Center. The public is invited to meet Lindsey and discuss her work, and enjoy light refreshments as a part of the first Friday Art Walk. Join us at the Headwaters Science Center, located at 413 Beltrami Ave in Downtown Bemidji. For more information call 444-4472 or email director@hscbemidji.org

Watermark Art Center (formerly Bemidji Community Art Center) will be closed through Jan 13th and re-open for regular hours on the 14th -Tuesday to Friday 12 noon to 5pm and Saturday’s 10am to 2pm. Located in the upper level of the Historic Carnegie Library Building at 426 Bemidji Ave N. 218-444-7570 or bcac@paulbunyan.net

Exhibits around town…….

Beltrami County History Center features artwork on display from Gallery North, along with their new history center exhibit “Trails Through Time”. This recently installed exhibit showcases county history from the time of glacial recession to the mid-20th century. Topics include Ojibwe history, logging, entertainment, education, and much more. With over 60 additional feet of new exhibit cases, this exhibit features more of the History Center’s extensive collections! Winter Hours: the History Center is open, now through the end of March, Saturdays from 10am to 4pm or by appointment for group visits and research. 218-444-3376

Neilson Place presents – “Walking Through Nature” an exhibit of paintings by Maureen O’Brien beginning November 15th and continuing through February 2014. Maureen brings nature to those who cannot walk in it daily. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne Street NW. For hours or more information call 751-0220 extension #1.

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse – presents “New Collaborations” by Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson continues through January at Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse. The artists are best known for their dimensional, mixed-media wall pieces that show well in private and public spaces. One of the objectives of the two artists is to successfully combine both natural elements and also more sophisticated content, and put them together in a way that makes the work harmonious. (Note: there will be no First Friday Wine Bar and Dinner at the Wild Hare in January, as well as no artist reception on January First Friday)

First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji for December 6th, 2013

Watermark Art Center (former BCAC) and SHOP 426 – kick off the Holiday Season with the Annual Holiday Open House and Ornament Sale! Join us on Friday Dec 6th from 12 noon to 5 pm and Sat Dec 3 from 10am to 2pm for holiday refreshments, free gift wrap and more. SHOP 426 features unique, handmade artwork by local and regional artists. Give the Gift of Art by purchasing a special One-of-a-Kind Holiday Ornament! Ornaments will go on sale on Friday December 6th during the Holiday Open House. All of the ornaments have been donated with proceeds going to support programming and Children Art Events. EXHIBITS – In the Galleries now thru Dec 21st – 11th Annual It’s Only Clay. This year’s exhibit includes work by our 2013 IOC Juror, Andrea Leila Deneke. Much of the work is available for purchase just in time for Holiday Gift Giving. Visit the Art Center and Shop 426 located in the Historic Carnegie Library Building or contact us at (218) 444-7570. Hours are Tues to Fri. 12 to 5pm and Sat. 10am to 2pm. The BCAC will be closed Dec 22 through the New Year!

Bemidji Brewing Co. – presents author Daniel J. Rice who will be hosting a book release party for “This Side of a Wilderness” at the Bemidji Brewing Co. taproom from 4-9pm. Rice will have copies of his book for sale and promises a free beer for anyone who buys a copy. The Taproom is located at 401 Beltrami Ave., Downtown Bemidji For more information go to http://bemidjibeer.com/

Bemidji Public Library – presents artist Judith Selby and her exhibit entitled “Journey” for the month of December at the Bemidji Public Library. Join us for the open house on December 6th from 3:30 to 5:00pm as a part of the First Friday Art Walk. The Library is located at 509 America Ave in Downtown Bemidji.

Cabin Coffee House – presents work by photographer Joanna Johnson in her upcoming show, “Poetry in Photo”. The exhibit will feature a collection of relatable photos, juxtaposed to create stories, evoke emotion or make a statement. Joanna will be present from 4-5 for the First Friday Art Walk. Join us to meet the artist, get a fresh cookie, a hot beverage and check out the new exhibit. Cabin Coffee House is located at 214 Third Street, Downtown Bemidji.

Gallery North – join us for Gallery North’s “Christmas Boutique” as the Showcase Artist for the month of December with a reception on Friday afternoon, December 6th from 2-5 pm. Also showing will be the First Friday Featured Artists – Marie Hamre and Kathy Sanders. Marie has started a group of tatters which became the Northwoods Tatting Guild. As a member of the guild she has demonstrated at Art in the Park, Depot Days and at the Beltrami County Fair. Kathy began painting in oils over 30 years ago, her favorite subjects are floral arrangements and flowers as she is also an avid gardener. Most recently, Kathy has started to create and teach gourd art. Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. We are located at 502 3rd St. NW. Please check out the website at http://www.gallerynorthbemidji.com.

Headwaters Science Center – is pleased to present the unique beadwork of Anita Merritt on Friday, December 6th from 5 to 6 pm as part of the First Friday Art Walk. Anita is a biologist with a love of flowers. Her interest in creating beaded flowers began five years ago when she created a beaded bouquet and lapel flowers for her youngest daughter’s wedding party. Anita creates her own patterns and follows the Victorian, rather than French style of beadwork. In addition to flowers, her beaded insect creations are based on natural designs. Her creations are worked on wire, not thread and are able to stand on their own. Many creations are sold locally and nationally in addition to work she donates to silent auctions to support organizations she is passionate about. Join Anita on Friday, December 6th for a showcase of her work and a brief demonstration of a simple daisy stitch. Guests may join Anita in creating a simple daisy to take home. HSC will host a reception from 5 to 6 pm on December 6th on the upper balcony of the Center. The public is invited to meet Anita and discuss her work, and enjoy light refreshments as a part of the first Friday Art Walk. Join us at the Headwaters Science Center, located at 413 Beltrami Ave in Downtown Bemidji. For more information call 444-4472 or email director@hscbemidji.org

Rail River Folk School – presents the Northwoods Folk Collective Open Stage offering an opportunity to share stories, music, poetry and other performance art with an attentive, enthusiastic, inter-generational audience. Host: Drew Warne-Jacobsen 218 760 9278. Sign-up 6:30-7:30. Open mic starts at 7:30. RailRiver Folk School 303 Railroad Street SW, Suite B, Bemidji (over the Irvine Ave bridge & left)

Raven Rock Gallery of Jewelry and Fine Art – presents Kathy Gustafson and Don Houseman as the featured artists December. They will host a reception on December 6th as part of the First Friday Art Walk, from 4:30 – 6 pm. Their exhibit, “Artistic Explorations” will feature some of their current work that has led them in new directions as they explore new methods, subjects and media. Raven Rock Gallery is located at 1000 Paul Bunyan Dr., Suite 102 across from the Honda Center in Bemidji. For more information call 218-444-6040

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse – Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will proudly present New Collaborations by Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson December 6th through January. Award winning artists Davidson and Knudson have been working collaboratively for decades. Marlon was an instructor at Bemidji State University until his retirement, and Don has been a sculptor and a furniture maker. The artists are best known for their dimensional, mixed-media wall pieces that show well in private and public spaces. Don’s contribution is the wood assemblage and Marlon adds the collage elements. One of the objectives of the two artists is to successfully combine both natural elements and also more sophisticated content, and put them together in a way that makes the work harmonious. Both artists look at nature as their primary source of inspiration but are also aware of art history, and the progress of art through the Twentieth Century to the present. The public is invited to an opening reception on First Friday, December 6th from 3:00 to 5:00pm. Professionals and students must see two of our region’s best known and widely celebrated artists! (Note: there will be no First Friday Wine Bar and Dinner at the Wild Hare in December and January, as well as no artist reception in January. Davidson and Knudson will show through January)

Exhibits around town…….

Beltrami County History Center – features artwork on display from Gallery North, along with their new history center exhibit “Trails Through Time”. This recently installed exhibit showcases county history from the time of glacial recession to the mid-20th century. Topics include Ojibwe history, logging, entertainment, education, and much more. With over 60 additional feet of new exhibit cases, this exhibit features more of the History Center’s extensive collections! Winter Hours: the History Center is open, now through the end of March, Saturdays only from 10am to 4pm or by appointment for group visits and research. 218-444-3376

Neilson Place – presents “Walking Through Nature” an exhibit of paintings by Maureen O’Brien beginning November15th and continuing through February 2014. Maureen brings nature to those who cannot walk in it daily. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne Street NW. For hours or more information call 751-0220 extension #1.

First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji for November 1st, 2013

Bemidji Community Art Centerpresents the 11th Annual It’s Only Clay National Juried Ceramics Exhibit featuring work by Juror Andrea Leila Denecke.  This national exhibit features work by 23 artists from around the United States.  The event will also feature work by Denecke in the exhibit and for purchase in Shop 426.  Reception is from 5 to 7pm with a brief presentation and announcement of the awards.  Purchase Awards are made by the Bemidji State University Visual Arts Department with the works to be included in the Margaret Harlow Vessel Collection, a permanent functional ceramics collection at Bemidji State University.  Winners of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall will also be announced.    The exhibit will be on display November 1st through December 21st, 2013. IOC 2013 is Co-sponsored by the BCAC and Bemidji State University. Support is provided by the Holiday Inn Express – Bemidji and the BSU Foundation.  IOC 2013 is also made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council and funding by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund and the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment – component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.    The BCAC is free and open to the public.  Visit the BCAC and Shop 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave N (upper level of the Historic Carnegie Library on 5th St) or at www.bcac.wordpress.com  For information contact us at (218) 444-7570 or at bcac@paulbunyan.net  Hours are Tues. to Fri. 12 to 5pm and Sat. 10am to 2pm.

Beltrami County History Center features artwork on display from Gallery North, along with their new history center exhibit “Trails Through Time” and will be open from 12 to 4pm during the November First Friday Art Walk.  This recently installed exhibit showcases county history from the time of glacial recession to the mid-20th century.  Topics include Ojibwe history, logging, entertainment, education, and much more. With over 60 additional feet of new exhibit cases, this exhibit features more of the History Center’s extensive collections! The Beltrami County History Center will be open Friday Nov. 1st from 12-4, and starting November 2nd through March,  the HistoryCenter will enter its winter hours and be open Saturdays from 10-4 or by appointment for group visits and research.  218-444-3376

Bemidji Public Library – presents Beverlee Olson of Lake George, MN as the featured artist during the month of November.  Her exhibit, Mixed Up Mixed Media, includes art work done in watercolor, acrylic, gel printing, black and white collage, assemblage, dyed silk, collage with found objects, and fused glass panels.  Beverlee enjoys brilliant colors, a twist of humor, and people stories.  Her art work has been printed, received awards, and found in many homes including Scotland. Some of her work is a little “off the wall” but there are also serious and touching portraits of people.

Cabin Coffee House – HUNTING WIDOWS SPECIAL at The Cabin Coffeehouse, 214 3rd St.  Multimedia artists, Terry Honstead and Dee Najjar are offering a SALE for the whole month of November.  Join us for the opening reception, Friday, November 1st, 4-6 pm.  Drawings for prizes!  Cabin Coffee House is located in Downtown Bemidji.

Dunn Bros presents artist Diana J. Collison-Jones.  Working in several mediums including copper tooling (engraving), oil painting, acrylic painting Diana creates images of American big game animals as well as eagles and other birds.  She says, “the color of copper expresses the warmth and nurturing qualities of our earth”.  She creates plaques to hang on walls, but finds that copper is also beautiful and functional in cabinet, cupboard, and regular door panels, even lamp shades.  Join us on November 1st from 5 to 7pm as a part of the First Friday Art Walk to meet our featured artist and visit with her about her work.  Dunn Bros is at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S.  For more information – Call (218) 444-5252  dunnbros106@dunnbros.com

SPECIAL DATE! Friday Nov 15 Event – Glazed and Amused –will feature nature photography and inspirational verse by Deb Krueger, along with photo cards and wrapped rock necklaces for the month of November.  Deb Krueger grew up in the Twin Cities but after 40 years in the Northwoods, is truly from here.  Active in 4-H and Girl Scouts as a youth, Deb loves a variety of arts and crafts including sewing, quilting, crochet, cake decorating, rock wrapping, card making and photography.  A digital camera and a poetry class inspired her passion for photography and verse.   Since 2009, she has had exhibits at Bemidji State University, Blackduck History & Art Center, Kitchigami Regional Library and the Scenic Byway Ladyslipper Festival.  Deb coordinates the Midwinter Interlude, a faculty and staff Arts and Crafts Exhibit held for a month from mid-February to March at Bemidji State University highlighting the extraordinary talents of the employees at the University.   Join us on November 15th for a special Meet and Greet with the artist and Open House with refreshments served from 5:30-7 pm.   Glazed & Amused is located at 311 3rd Street in Downtown Bemidji. Hours are Seasonal and subject to change. For information – 218-333-6880 or glazedandamused@gmail.com  You can find us on the web at www.myglazedandamused.com

Gallery North – presents Gallery North’s “Christmas Boutique” as the Showcase Artist for the month of November with a reception on Friday afternoon, November 1st from 2-5 pm. Join us during First Friday for this annual event and to meet our Featured Artists  Diana Collison-Jones and Patty Lovegreen.  Diana enjoys oil painting, copper tooling and woodburning.  Patty has mastered the process of gelling or marbling paper then cutting it up and weaving it into something else. Her tapestry is more about storytelling than abstract color arrangement.  Join us on First Friday from 2 to 5pm.  Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. Please check out the website at www.gallerynorthbemidji.com.

SPECIAL DATE! – Friday Nov 15 Event  – Neilson Place presents an acrylic painting display of “Walking Through Nature” by Maureen O’Brien beginning November15th and continuing through February 2014.  Maureen brings nature to those who cannot walk in it daily.  Meet and talk with Maureen on Friday, November 15, 2013, from 3:00-4:30 in the Neilson Place lobby.  Refreshments will be served.  Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne Street NW.   For hours or more information call 751-0220 extension #1.

Rail River Folk School – presents the Northwoods Folk Collective Open Stage offering an opportunity to share stories, music, poetry and other performance art with an attentive, enthusiastic, inter-generational audience. Host: Drew Warne-Jacobsen 218 760 9278. Sign-up 6:30-7:30.  Open mic starts at 7:30.  RailRiver Folk School 303 Railroad Street SW, Suite B, Bemidji (over the Irvine Ave bridge & left)

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse – The Wild Hare Bistro welcomes their featured artist D. L. Houseman and his new show entitled “Lost Pictographs and Petroglyphs”,  showing November 1st through December 4th.   Inspired by his grandson’s drawings on small hand size rocks, Houseman explores the possibilities of lost stone images in his new series of acrylic paintings which incorporate facsimile artifacts.  Join us for the opening reception on First Friday, November 1st. from 3pm – 5pm.   After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare’s own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar, 5:00-9:00pm.  This month’s new menu will celebrate the bounty of our local harvest, with a wine and beer list to match.  See the menu at wildharebistro.com. 523 Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji. 444-JAVAwill present.

First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji for October 4th, 2013

Watermark Art Center – (former Bemidji Community Art Center) – invites you to the Annual “Members Show” as a part of the First Friday Art Walk on October 4th, 2013. Join us for our opening reception from 5 to 7 pm featuring work that is created or collected by members of the Bemidji Community Art Center. The BCAC is free and open to the public. Visit the BCAC and Shop 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave N (upper level of the Historic Carnegie Library on 5th St) or at http://www.bcac.wordpress.com For information contact us at (218) 444-7570 or at bcac@paulbunyan.net Hours are Tues. to Fri. 12 to 5pm and Sat. 10am to 2pm.

Bemidji Public Library Art Wall – presents “Wild About Horses” as their October Art Wall Exhibit featuring artist Marion Caroline. Best known for her equine art Marion’s work reflects the spirit, beauty, grace and motion horses bring to our lives. She works in watercolor, oil and acrylics. Please join her at the First Friday Open House at the Bemidji Public Library on Friday Oct. 4th from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Marion hold a B.S. Degree in Art from B.S.U., has taught Art at St. Philip’s School for ten years and now teaches art classes at the Concordia Arts Village and at Gallery North. You can enjoy more of Marion’s artwork at Gallery North and Ravenrock Fine Jewelry and Art.  For information about the Bemidji Library Art Wall, please contact: Paul Ericsson, Branch Manager 218-751-3963 ericsson@krls.org

Gallery North – presents their “Autumn Art Fest Watercolor Contest” as the Showcase Artist for the month of October with a reception on Friday afternoon, October 4th from 2-5 pm. Join the celebration as we recognize and support the artistic talent of area artists. We will also be hosting Carol Hoyem as our Featured Artist for the month of October. Carol is an avid photographer, contemplator of design, and lover of nature. She loves to travel and explore other cultures. In addition to her award winning travel and nature photography, she experiments with digital design to create inspirational photo art, mandalas, photographic pendant jewelry, greeting cards, bookmarks, and gift tags. Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. Please check out the website at http://www.gallerynorthbemidji.com.

Headwaters Science Center -is pleased to present Lainie Hiller Photography on Friday, October 4th from 5 to 6 pm as part of the First Friday Art Walk. Lainie is Australian by birth and culture and by quite a circuitous route, has found her way to living in Bemidji, MN with her American husband and three small boys. Growing up in Australia, Lainie’s family always had a love for photography, travel and the outdoors and she was lucky enough to be able to experience firsthand the unique nature and wildlife that her homeland offers. It wasn’t until she met and married her wildlife biologist bird nerd husband that her hobby turned into something more serious, as the opportunity to explore the world around her increased exponentially. HSC will host a reception from 5 to 6 pm on October 4th on the upper balcony of the Center. The public is invited to meet Lainie and discuss her work, and enjoy light refreshments as a part of the October First Friday Art Walk. Join us at the Headwaters Science Center, located at 413 Beltrami Ave in Downtown Bemidji. For more information call 444-4472 or email director@hscbemidji.org

Rail River Folk School – presents the Northwoods Folk Collective Open Stage offering an opportunity to share stories, music, poetry and other performance art with an attentive, enthusiastic, inter-generational audience. Host: Drew Warne-Jacobsen 218 760 9278. Sign-up 6:30-7:30. Open mic starts at 7:30. RailRiver Folk School 303 Railroad Street SW, Suite B, Bemidji (over the Irvine Ave bridge & left)

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse –will present the photography of Leigh Collyer, October 4th through 30th. Now settled in Bemidji, Leigh has over 17 years as a professional photographer, shooting a mix of catalog, editorial and advertising
assignments, independently and with corporate studios. His style has evolved by the use of light, always striving to create the image in-camera, not on the computer. Join us for the opening reception on First Friday, October 4th, from 3:00-5:00pm. After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare’s own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar, 5:00-9:00pm. This month’s menu will celebrate the food of the Bahamas, with a wine and beer list to match. See the menu at wildharebistro.com. 523 Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji. 444-JAVA

EXHIBITS AROUND TOWN

Beltrami County History Center features artwork on display from Gallery North, along with their new history center exhibit “Trails Through Time.” This recently installed exhibit showcases county history from the time of glacial recession to the mid-20th century. Topics include Ojibwe history, logging, entertainment, education, and much more. With over 60 additional feet of new exhibit cases, this exhibit features more of the History Center’s extensive collections! The Beltrami County History Center is open Wed-Sat, noon-4pm. 218-444-3376

Dunn Bros Coffee presents artist Oliver Cotting as their Featured Artist for the month of October as a part of the First Friday Art Walk. “The work I do is a personal interpretation of the social psyche, how people think and make decisions. Through the use of symbolic metaphor, visual narratives are constructed with familiar imagery combined with molded shapes and forms.” Cotting works in acrylic paint and graphite. Dunn Bros is at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S. For more information – Call (218) 444-5252 dunnbros106@dunnbros.com

Glazed and Amused – will be hosting Scott Mousseau as their guest artist for October. Working in a variety of mediums Scott will be presenting a large collection of photography, works in charcoal, pastel, oils, watercolor, pen and pencil using a variety of techniques in his exhibit New Perspectives. Glazed & Amused is located at 311 3rd Street in Downtown Bemidji. Hours are Seasonal and subject to change. For information – 218-333-6880 or glazedandamused@gmail.com You can find us on the web at http://www.myglazedandamused.com

Neilson Place presents a photography display, “Through Our Eyes” by Aynsley Kluchnik and Abby Szarkowski now through October. Come view their beautiful exhibit that includes sites from Minnesota, North Dakota, Hawaii, New Zealand, Canada, Alaska, California, and many national parks. Framed and unframed photography and greeting cards available ranging in price from $4 to $200 at Neilson Place. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne Street NW. For hours or more information call 751-0220 extension #1.

First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji for September 6th, 2013

Bemidji Community Art Center – the BCAC Spoken Word Committee presents their final event for the 2013 season as a part of the September First Friday Art Walk.  Please join us for an evening with author Tom Evans reading from his book Alpha Land, Bullies… males … and how the angry rule – work based on research and years in law enforcement where he worked on behalf of missing and exploited children and developed innovative strategies to stop the cycle of domestic violence. Tom is also an environmentalist, poet and painter. He has a degree in English Literature from Western Washington State University and a long history of involvement in the arts and the environment. Reception begins at 5:00, reading at 6 pm with Q&A and signing to follow. This event is free and open to the public.

Writers Workshop – In conjunction with the reading the Art Center will be hosting a writer’s workshop, “The Non-fiction Process as Discovery” with Tom Evans, on Saturday September 7th from 9am to noon. Space is limited. For more information contact the Art Center. Current Exhibit: Open now through September 28th work by Charles E. Alberti in – “Solo Show since 1968 at 68” representing select pieces of Alberti’s work since 1968 as he turns 68 yeas of age. The BCAC is free and open to the public. Visit the BCAC and Shop 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave N (upper level of the Historic Carnegie Library on 5th St) or at http://www.bcac.wordpress.com For information contact us at (218) 444-7570 or at bcac@paulbunyan.net Hours are Tues. to Fri. 12 to 5pm and Sat. 10am to 2pm.

FREAXIS STUDIOS – Fortuna Puppet Theatre will perform a shadow show “Jack, the Bean, and the Mean” at Freaxis, September 6th, 5 pm, in the lower BCAC as a part of the September First Friday Art Walk. Free and open to the public!

Gallery North – present painter Joan Wilson as the Showcase Artist for the month of September at Gallery North with a reception on Friday afternoon, September 6th from 2-5 pm. Joan will be exhibiting her plein air sketches in oil as well as a handful of rainy day studio sketches. Also at the opening, Gallery North presents the First Friday Featured Artists – Colleen Hilz and Patty Lovegreen. Colleen started by woodcarving whimsical houses, fish, relief carving, small animals, old country Santas and her favorite, relief carving flowers. She also has an interest in working with different fabrics, yarns, paints and threads to create a variety of textures. Colleen has been doing wall hangings with a combination of water color paint and quilting to make original design pictures. Patty has mastered the process of gelling or marbling paper then cutting it up and weaving it into something else. Her tapestry is more about storytelling than abstract color arrangement. Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. Please check out the website at http://www.gallerynorthbemidji.com.

Headwaters Science Center is pleased to present a special reading by Sarah Teresa Vaughan from an upcoming collection of her poetry “Where Is Reality?” on Friday, September 6th from 5 to 6:30 pm as part of the First Friday Art Walk. Artist, philosopher, poet, and scholar of music, Sarah Teresa Vaughan, is a young writer, working toward publishing her first book of poetry. The author’s dream is to sing to her reader’s through words from her soul. From the preface by Carol Ann Russell, “Sarah’s book, Where Is Reality? guides the audience, crossing a threshold into a rich spiritual universe. It is an astounding re-presentation of childlike perception distorted by the physical sensations of illness whilst recreating a surreal tour from within a brilliant and vulnerable mind. Vaughan writes in many forms, both ancient and contemporary, drawing upon her knowledge of Elizabethan English to refine the imagined vision of her poems.” The public is invited to the HSC for Sarah’s reading and reception from 5 to 6:30 pm on September 6th on the upper balcony of the Science Center. Sarah will be reading at 5:30 pm. Join us to listen to poetry and enjoy light refreshments as a part of the first Friday Art Walk. The Headwaters Science Center, located at 413 Beltrami Ave in Downtown Bemidji. For more information call 444-4472 or email director@hscbemidji.org

Kat’s Book Nook – presents the premiere signing of Steve Saari’s book of poetry, “This Long Trip to Myself,” during the First Friday Art Walk on September 6th, from 4 pm to 6 pm. “Life is a singular journey filled with upheavals both joyful and tragic. Whether you have walked life’s path for a short time or have experienced a good length of the road, “This Long Trip to Myself” will speak to you personally. Dramatic, yet quietly reflective; humorous and offbeat; this collection of poems is the beginning of a new life adventure for the author, Steve Saari.” The book was released on August 22nd and is published by Writers AMuse Me Publishing. Illustrations are by Chris Arens and Julie Quanrud. Kat’s Book Nook is located at 750 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW and on the web at http://www.katsbooknook.net/

Rail River Folk School – presents the Northwoods Folk Collective Open Stage offering an opportunity to share stories, music, poetry and other performance art with an attentive, enthusiastic, inter-generational audience. Host: Drew Warne-Jacobsen 218 760 9278. Sign-up 6:30-7:30. Open mic starts at 7:30. RailRiver Folk School 303 Railroad Street SW, Suite B, Bemidji (over the Irvine Ave bridge & left)

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse – will present “Journey Into Encaustic” by mixed media artist Terry Honstead, September 6th through October 1st. Encaustic is one of the most ancient forms of art as well as one of the most enduring. Terry experiments with the many different techniques of the medium, making her own encaustic medium with beeswax and damar resin, and mixing her own colors by adding dry pigment to the mix. Terry will present small to mid size encaustic/mixed media works, featuring portraits, landscapes, and abstracts. Join us for the opening reception on First Friday, September 6th, from 3:00-5:00pm. After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare’s own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar, 5:00-9:00pm. This month’s new menu will celebrate the bounty of our local harvest, with a wine and beer list to match. See the menu at wildharebistro.com. 523 Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji. 444-JAVA

EXHIBITS AROUND TOWN

Beltrami County History Center features artwork on display from Gallery North, along with their new history center exhibit “Trails Through Time.” This recently installed exhibit showcases county history from the time of glacial recession to the mid-20th century. Topics include Ojibwe history, logging, entertainment, education, and much more. With over 60 additional feet of new exhibit cases, this exhibit features more of the History Center’s extensive collections! The Beltrami County History Center is open Wed-Sat, noon-4pm. 218-444-3376

Bemidji Public Library Art Wall – During September, the Bemidji Public Library Art Wall will feature work by area artist Patty Lovegreen. For information about the Bemidji Library Art Wall, please contact: Paul Ericsson, Branch Manager 218-751-3963 ericsson@krls.org

Glazed and Amused – will be hosting Scott Mousseau as their guest artist for September and October. Working in a variety of mediums Scott will be presenting a large collection of photography, works in charcoal, pastel, oils, watercolor, pen and pencil using a variety of techniques in his exhibit – “New Perspectives”.  Glazed & Amused is located at 311 3rd Street in Downtown Bemidji. Hours are Seasonal and subject to change. For information – 218-333-6880 or glazedandamused@gmail.com You can find us on the web at http://www.myglazedandamused.com

Neilson Place presents a photography display, “Through Our Eyes” by Aynsley Kluchnik and Abby Szarkowski now through October. Come view their beautiful exhibit that includes sites from Minnesota, North Dakota, Hawaii, New Zealand, Canada, Alaska, California, and many national parks. Framed and unframed photography and greeting cards available ranging in price from $4 to $200 at Neilson Place. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne Street NW. For hours or more information call 751-0220 extension #1.

First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji for August 2nd, 2013

SPECIAL DATE! Bemidji Community Art Center – presents work by Charles E. Alberti – “Solo Show since 1968 at 68” with an opening reception on August 9th, 2013 from 5pm to 7pm. “Since 1968 at 68” represents select pieces of Alberti’s work since 1968 as he turns 68 yeas of age. Alberti’s exhibit will be on display August 9th through September 28th, 2013. Visit the BCAC and SHOP 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave N (upper level of the Historic Carnegie Library on 5th St) or at http://www.bcac.wordpress.com For information contact us at (218) 444-7570 or at bcac@paulbunyan.net Hours are Tues. to Fri. 12 to 5pm and Sat. 10am to 2pm.

GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION! Bemidji Brewing Company – Explore the Art of Craft Beer at Bemidji Brewing Company’s NEW Taproom where you can sip, socialize, and soak up the beautiful views of the lake and downtown. At the Taproom you can expect to find 4+ craft beers on tap, with at least one option served on “Nitro” as well as craft sodas for a non-alcoholic option. Choose from a variety of serving sizes and formats: a 5 oz. Taster to full 16 oz. Pint, or try the whole lineup on a Sample Paddle. Growlers, or 64 oz. glass jugs of beer to-go, are available in limited quantities, so come early to ensure the best selection! The Taproom is located at 401 Beltrami Ave in downtown Bemidji and open on Fridays 4 – 9 pm and Saturdays 3 – 7 pm. For more information go to http://bemidjibeer.com/

Bemidji Public Library Art Wall – During August, the Bemidji Public Library Art Wall will feature “Missing Pants”, a children’s picture book written and illustrated by 6 year-old Bemidji resident Vivi Allosso. The story is one that Vivi invented when she was just three years old, about an elephant that was her favorite stuffed animal. Vivi has been perfecting “Missing Pants” ever since that time. In January, as a homeschool project, Vivi made the story come to life with wonderful colored-pencil illustrations outlined in black ink. The story was then submitted to Pioneer Public TV in Fargo for the “PBS Kids Go! Writer’s Contest”. In May, Vivi was informed she had won 1st place in the Kindergarten section of the local contest, and that her book was being entered in the national contest, and in July Vivi discovered she’d taken the first prize in the national contest. Join us for her opening reception as a part of the First Friday Art Walk on Friday August 2 from 3:00 – 5:00. For information about the Bemidji Library Art Wall, please contact: Paul Ericsson, Branch Manager 218-751-3963 ericsson@krls.org

Dunn Bros Coffee – presents artist Lauralee Simons for the month of August. Lauralee’s exhibit of oil paintings feature close-ups of flowers and the American flag – two images are commonly seen but when the two images are put together they don’t really relate. They are odd together. Join us for the opening reception from 5 to 7pm as a part of the First Friday Art Walk. Dunn Bros is at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S. – Call (218) 444-5252 dunnbros106@dunnbros.com

Gallery North – presents photographer Barb Meuers as the Showcase Artist for the month of August along with Featured Artists, Patty Lovegreen and Jeannie Fenner. Patty has mastered the process of gelling or marbling paper then cutting it up and weaving it into something else. Her tapestry is more about storytelling than abstract color arrangement. Jeanie Fenner creates jewelry of any combination of glass, acrylic, and/or natural stone, wood, or handmade clay beads. Join us on August 2nd from 2 to 5pm for our First Friday Art Walk Opening and Artist Reception. Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. Please check out the website at http://www.gallerynorthbemidji.com.
Glazed and Amused – will be hosting two artists for the Month of August.  Painter Mike Mohler will be presenting work in acrylics and mixed media and potter Ben C.  Shuts’ will present ceramics including tea bowls, push plates, and his book presenting a visual story of the Japanese Tea Ceremony and Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony. Ben will also do demonstrations while welcoming young people and their families to PLAY WITH CLAY when they arrive. Join us from 5:30 to 7pm for the opening reception. Enjoy live music during the reception. Glazed & Amused is located at 311 3rd Street in Downtown Bemidji. Hours are Seasonal and subject to change. For information – 218-333-6880 or glazedandamused@gmail.com You can find us on the web at http://www.myglazedandamused.com

SPECIAL EVENT – Headwaters Science Center is pleased to present an exhibit of nature photography as a part of the August First Friday Art Walk.  Participants in a recent Headwaters Science Center Photography Camp will present their work during a reception from 5 to 6:30 pm on August 2nd on the upper balcony of the Science Center. Chris Tolman, Photography Camp Instructor, and several participants will be available to discuss the photographs. Students discovered the joys of photography and gained new knowledge of their cameras during the three-day Photography Camp. They also learned about lighting, composition, and perspective, and practiced macro photography, light painting, panning, self-portraits, and using the flash. The students were very creative and it is fun to see what they accomplished in three days. The public is invited to view the work created by the participants and enjoy light refreshments as a part of the first Friday Art Walk. Join us at the Headwaters Science Center, located at 413 Beltrami Ave in Downtown Bemidji. For more information call 444-4472 or email director@hscbemidji.org

Rail River Folk School – presents the Northwoods Folk Collective Open Stage offering an opportunity to share stories, music, poetry and other performance art with an attentive, enthusiastic, inter-generational audience. Host: Drew Warne-Jacobsen 218 760 9278. Sign-up 6:30-7:30. Open mic starts at 7:30. RailRiver Folk School 303 Railroad Street SW, Suite B, Bemidji (over the Irvine Ave bridge & left)

Ravenrock Gallery of Jewelry and Fine Art is pleased to announce the opening of “Eclectic Energy” a collection of paintings and collage by Jan McLandsborough and Pamela Nelson. A reception will be held on August 2nd from 4:30 – 6:30. The Artists of Studio 10 will also display “Northwoods Inspiration”. Ravenrock Gallery is located at 1000 Paul Bunyan Dr., Suite 102 across from the Honda Center in Bemidji. For more information 218-444-6040

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will proudly present “A Celebration of Light”, by painter Jane Freeman, August 2nd through September 3rd. Jane has worked primarily in transparent watercolor since 1989 and paints in a realistic manner with a keen sensitivity to light and texture. Most of her subject matter is close to home in her garden and among the collections of dishes and lace passed down from family. Her work has been accepted into a number of national and international shows, and she is a lifetime signature member with the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. Jane has written a book on the process of how she paints entitled “A Celebration of Light” for North Light Books, and has been featured in American Artist Magazine, The Artist’s Sketchbook, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Magic and International Artist Magazine. Meet the artist at the opening reception on First Friday, August 2nd, from 3:00-5:00pm. 523 Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji. 444-JAVA wildharebistro.com.
Please Note: There is no First Friday Dinner and Wine Bar in August in observance
of Dragon Boat Days

EXHIBITS AROUND TOWN

Beltrami County History Center features a new artwork on display from Gallery North, along with a new history center exhibit “Trails Through Time.” This recently installed exhibit showcases county history from the time of glacial recession to the mid-20th century. Topics include Ojibwe history, logging, entertainment, education, and much more. With over 60 additional feet of new exhibit cases, this exhibit features more of the History Center’s extensive collections! The Beltrami County History Center is open Wed-Sat, noon-4pm. 218-444-3376

Neilson Place presents a photography display of  “Through Our Eyes” by Aynsley Kluchnik and Abby Szarkowski now through October. Both photographers have a passion for photography of nature, people in their lives, and travel. Their travels to Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, North Dakota, Minnesota, Canada, India, New Zealand, and National Parks throughout the United States provide many images they want to share. Framed and unframed photos as well as greeting cards will be available for purchase in the Bistro Gift Shop throughout the display’s duration. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne Street NW. For hours or more information call 751-0220 extension #1.

First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji for July 5th, 2013

Bemidji Community Art Centerwill not be hosting a First Friday reception for July.  We will be closed on the 4th for the Holiday.  Please visit us now through July 27th for our current exhibit of oil paintings, watercolors and sculpture by John Lembi and his exhibit “Childs Play”.  Lembi presents “a subtle handling of memento mori (remember your mortality)… a genre of artworks that vary widely, but share the same purpose – to remind us of our mortal limits.” With the presentation of everyday objects Lembi shows us his diligent attention to detail in a variety of media with observations that may ordinarily go unnoticed and seeks to reward the viewer with a subtle message through the use of children’s block images. Also on view in gallery X2 is the recently completed model of the future Watermark Art Center. Visit the BCAC and SHOP 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave N (upper level of the Historic Carnegie Library on 5th St) or at http://www.bcac.wordpress.com For information contact us at (218) 444-7570 or at bcac@paulbunyan.net Hours are Tues. to Fri. 12 to 5pm and Sat. 10am to 2pm.

SPECIAL DATE! Beltrami County History Center features a new artwork on display from Gallery North, along with a new exhibit in our main hall: “Trails Through Time.” Opening on Wednesday, July 3rd, “Trails through Time” showcases county history from the time of glacial recession to the mid-20th century. Topics include Ojibwe history, logging, entertainment, education, and much more. With over 60 additional feet of new exhibit cases, this exhibit features more of the History Center’s extensive collections! The Beltrami County History Center is open Wed-Sat, noon-4pm. 218-444-3376

Bemidji Public Library – presents an exhibit of work by area photographer Cal Rice featuring images from Cuba. Join us from 3:00 to 5:-00 pm to meet the artist during the opening reception as a part of the July 5th First Friday Art Walk.

Brigid’s Pub – will be hosting a reception for a new art exhibit by the Artists of Studio 10. They will be participating as one of the First Friday events on July 5th, from 4:30 to 6:30. The theme for the new exhibit is “Dragons” in anticipation of the upcoming Dragon Boat Races in August. All works displayed will be newly created just for this show. Brigid’s Pub is located in Downtown Bemidji at 317 Beltrami Ave NW.

Gallery North – is pleased to host Daren Hanson and Barb Ellingson as their July Showcase Artists with a reception on Friday afternoon, July 5th from 2-5 pm.  Daren is a mixed media artist and Barb will be displaying her stained glass art.  The First Friday Featured Artist is Marion Caroline Reil.  Marion will demonstrate the watercolor methods for her July 20th Rock-N-Roll Watercolor painting class and will have previews from the up-coming children’s book she’s illustrating titled ‘Alphabet Jambalaya’. Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. Please check out the website at http://www.gallerynorthbemidji.com.

Glazed and Amused – presents photographers, Ashley Houle and Joyce Klevens. Four years ago Houle picked up a camera while visiting friends Michael and Barbara Meuers and “fell in love with photography”. Houle will be presenting images of her Mother’s Garden. Klevens, of Klevenwood Photography, is a retired math instructor and has been doing photography since childhood. She who enjoys watching and photographing wildlife near her home. This is reflected in her exhibit that features images captured by the Mississippi River. Join us for the opening reception on Friday, July 5th from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.  Glazed & Amused is located at 311 3rd Street in Downtown Bemidji. Hours are Seasonal and subject to change. For more information contact us at 218-333-6880 or glazedandamused@gmail.com You can find us on the web at http://www.myglazedandamused.com

SPECIAL DATE: Neilson Place presents a photography display of “Through Our Eyes” by Aynsley Kluchnik and Abby Szarkowski beginning July and continuing through October. Both photographers have a passion for photography of nature, people in their lives, and travel. Their travels to Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, North Dakota, Minnesota, Canada, India, New Zealand, and National Parks throughout the United States provide many images they want to share. Meet and talk with these photographers on Friday, July 12, 2013, from 3:00-4:30 in the Neilson Place lobby. Refreshments will be served. Framed and unframed photos as well as greeting cards will be available for purchase at the reception and in the Bistro Gift Shop throughout the display’s duration. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne Street NW. For hours or more information call 751-0220 extension #1.

Rail River Folk – presents Maxwell Kelsey as their featured artist for July. Kelsey is a birch bark canoe builder, working with traditional materials& techniques. He will be showcasing a 15 foot birch bark canoe and charcoal drawings for the First Friday Art Walk on July 5th.   Join us from 5 to 7pm for the opening. Then stay for the Northwoods Folk Collective open mic starting at 7:30pm. Artwork will be on display all month long, open gallery days and times vary, please inquire – Rail River Folk School 303 Railroad St. SW, Suite B Bemidji.

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will feature local nature photographer Irv Strom through the month of July. Irv will exhibit photographs on canvas using the giclee method, a digital way of reproducing an image that doesn’t use any screen or mechanical device, and light fast inks which, if kept out of the sun, will remain true for up to 25 years. As is customary with Irv’s work, Mother Nature’s creatures are his primary subjects, although there may be a surprise or two in the exhibit.   Join us for the opening reception on First Friday July 5th, from 3-5pm.   After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare’s own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar from 5:00-9:00pm. This month’s menu is “All-American” inspired with a wine and beer list to match. See the menu at wildharebistro.com. 523 Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji. 444-JAVA

First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji for June 7th, 2013

Bemidji Community Art Center – is happy to bring you an exhibition of oil paintings, watercolors and sculpture by John Lembi. With his exhibit “Childs Play” Lembi presents “a subtle handling of memento mori (remember your mortality)… a genre of artworks that vary widely, but share the same purpose – to remind us of our mortal limits.” With the presentation of everyday objects Lembi shows us his diligent attention to detail in a variety of media with observations that may ordinarily go unnoticed and seeks to reward the viewer with a subtle message through the use of children’s block images. Join us for the opening reception on June 7th from 5 to 7pm, with an artist talk at 6pm as a part of the First Friday Art Walk. Visit the BCAC and SHOP 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave N (upper level of the Historic Carnegie Library on 5th St) or at http://www.bcac.wordpress.com For information contact us at (218) 444-7570 or at bcac@paulbunyan.net Hours are Tues. to Fri. 12 to 5pm and Sat. 10am to 2pm.

Bemidji Public Library – presents an exhibit of work by area artist Gayle Highberg and her exhibit “Trying it All”. A new-comer to the art scene, Gayle will be sharing her recent work in watercolor, acrylic and mixed media. Join us from 3:00 to 5:-00pm to meet the artist during the opening reception as a part of the June 7th First Friday Art Walk.
Gallery North – is pleased to host Kay Schuver as their June Showcase Artist featuring his oil paintings and woodcarvings. Join us for our First Friday Art Walk reception on June 7th from 2-5 pm featuring Kay and our First Friday Featured Artists are Monie Martin and Patty Lovegreen. Monie Martin creates baskets from many local materials such as black ash, cedar, birch bark, willow, sweet grass, and round and flat reeds, some natural and some dyed. She weaves fabrics into some of the baskets and decorates them with leather, beads, stones, and feathers, among other natural materials. Patty Lovegreen is passionate about color and weaving with color. Patty has mastered the process of gelling or marbling paper then cutting it up and weaving it into something else. Her tapestry is more about storytelling than abstract color arrangement. Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. Please check out the website at http://www.gallerynorthbemidji.com.

Rail River Folk –Northwoods Folk Collective open mic starting at 7:30pm. Artwork will be on display all month long, open gallery days and times vary, please inquire – Rail River Folk School 303 Railroad St. SW, Suite B Bemidji.

Ravenrock Gallery of Jewelry and Fine Art and Studio 10 – are pleased to announce the opening of EARTH, SEA, and SKY on Friday, June 7, 2013 from 5:00 until 7:00. Artists Dee Najjar and Terry Honstead will be showing their interpretations of the sky along with many styles of landscapes and seascapes in their new show. There will be paintings in oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastels, and mixed media which can be seen now through mid-July Come and join them with wine and cheese and free samples from Dickies BBQ. Winners of the Artists of Minnesota and the Hawley Spring Shows will also be available for your viewing pleasure. Ravenrock Gallery is located at 1000 Paul Bunyan Dr., Suite 102 across from the Honda Center in Bemidji. For more information 218-444-6040

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse – will present “The People of Viet Nam”, Photography by Carol Hoyem, June 7th through July 2nd. When traveling in another country, Carol often finds the lives of ordinary people more interesting than the sites and activities promoted to tourists. Her exhibit, “The People of Viet Nam”, showcases scenes of people engaged in the activities of a typical day in their lives in modern day Viet Nam. With an eye for detail, many of her photographs elicit a second or longer look to take in all the elements present in the image. Join us for the opening reception on First Friday, June 7th, from 3:00-5:00pm. After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare’s own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar, 5:00-9:00pm. This month’s new menu will celebrate the arrival of spring, with a wine and beer list to match. See the menu at wildharebistro.com. 523 Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji. 444-JAVA

EXHIBITS AROUND TOWN
Neilson Place – The Neilson Place Art Committee Neilson place presents artist Beverly Joslyn on display now through June 2013. Originally from Cass Lake Beverly is a self taught, wildlife artist who now resides in Walker, MN. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus 1000 Anne Street NW. For hours or more information call 751-0220, ext #1.

First Friday Art Walk for May 2013

Bemidji Community Art Center –  invites you to the  Annual 5th Grade Invitational and First Friday Art Walk Opening Reception on May 3rd from 4 to 6pm, featuring work by area 5th grade students from Central, Horace May, JW Smith, Lincoln, Northern, Red Lake, Schoolcraft, Solway and St. Philips Elementary Schools.  Exhibit runs May 3rd through the 18th. Visit the BCAC and SHOP 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave N (upper level of the Historic Carnegie Library on 5th St) or at www.bcac.wordpress.com  For information contact us at (218) 444-7570 or at bcac@paulbunyan.net  Hours are Tues. to Fri. 12 to 5pm and Sat. 10am to 2pm.

Bemidji Public Library and Hope House – presents an exhibit of watercolor and creative writing along with a book release called “Leaves of the Writer – dreams and Visions”, created by Hope House Members with the guidance of painter in residence Judith Selby and writer in residence Cynthia Ekren. Join us for the opening reception from 2:00 to 5:00 PM featuring a reading at 3:30 and book signing by the authors as a part of the First Friday Art Walk on May 3rd.

Gallery North – is pleased to host Mary Naylor as the Showcase Artist for the month of May with a reception on Friday afternoon, May 3rd from 2-5 pm. Mary exhibit is titled “One Thing Leads to Another” and featured her multi-media artist’s dolls.  Gallery North’s May First Friday Featured Artist is Marie Hamre who has been tatting for over 25 years. She loves to share, and really enjoys teaching others how to tat. She helped start a group of tatters that became the Northwoods Tatting Guild and has completed the first phase of the “Tatters Across Time” proficiency course.  Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. Please check out the website at www.gallerynorthbemidji.com.

Glazed and Amused – presents artist Cody Bartz.  Join us for the opening reception on Friday, May 3rd from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. Glazed & Amused is located at 311 3rd Street in Downtown Bemidji. Hours are Seasonal and subject to change. For more information contact us at 218-333-6880 or glazedandamused@gmail.com You can find us on the web at www.myglazedandamused.com

Rail River Folk – presents Jon Heller and his exhibit “Odds & Ends” as their  featured Artist for May.  Odds & Ends is a collection of images from the past year from this local photographer displaying a mixture that will include portraits, still life and landscapes.  Opening reception is Friday May 3rd from 5pm to 7pm. After the reception, stay for the Northwoods Folk Collective open mic starting at 7:30pm. Refreshments served.  Artwork will be on display all month long, open gallery days and times vary, please inquire – Rail River Folk School 303 Railroad St. SW, Suite B   Bemidji.

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will present “A Little Local Color”, by painter Joan Wilson, May 3rd through June 5th.  Joan will exhibit representational oil paintings of local landscapes, casual still life, and a few local faces.  Also featured will be an installation by mixed media artist Jami Burdick.  Join us for the opening reception on First Friday, May 3rd, from 3-5pm.  After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare’s own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar, 5:00-9:00pm.  This month’s menu is “south of the border” inspired with a wine and beer list to match.   See the menu at wildharebistro.com.  523 Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji.    444-JAVA

EXHIBITS AROUND TOWN

Headwaters School of Music and the Arts and the Bemidji—ACLU-MN (Greater Minnesota Racial Justice North Project) presents the fourth annual “Art from Within” exhibit now extended through the month of May.  “Art from Within” features artwork that gives a personal and compelling view into the lives of real people. Past exhibits highlighted the art of individuals impacted by incarceration directly or indirectly. This year’s theme focuses on artists’ feelings and understandings about what the art means to them. The Headwaters School of Music and the Arts is located at 519 Minnesota Ave in Downtown Bemidji.  218-444-5606

Neilson Place - The Neilson Place Art Committee Neilson place presents artist Beverly Joslyn on display now through June 2013.  Originally from Cass Lake Beverly is a self taught, wildlife artist who now resides in Walker, MN.  Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus 1000 Anne Street NW.   For hours or more information call 751-0220, ext #1.

First Friday Art Walk for April 2013

Bemidji Community Art Center –  presents the 13th Annual High School Spring Exhibit featuring work by area High School Students.  Join us during the opening reception from 4 to 6pm for art – refreshments – music. PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD – Come early and vote for your favorite work of art and help us select the “Peoples Choice Award”.  Voting is available between 4pm and 5:30 pm.  Winner announced at 6pm!  The BCAC is free and open to the public.  Visit the BCAC and Shop 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave N (upper level of the Historic Carnegie Library on 5th St) or at www.bcac.wordpress.com  For information contact us at (218) 444-7570 or at bcac@paulbunyan.net  Hours are Tues. to Fri. 12 to 5pm and Sat. 10am to 2pm.

Bemidji Public Library presents mixed media and collage artist Melanie Rietveld and her exhibit – Dreaming In Color”.  Join us for her opening reception from 3:00 to  5:00  in the Main Reading Room of the Bemidji Public Library for the Meet the Artist reception as a part of the First Friday Art Walk on April 5th.

Gallery North – is pleased to host the Artists of Minnesota Traveling Mini Show and wish to invite the public to view the exhibit during our First Friday Open House April 5, 2013 from 2-5 pm.   Artists of Minnesota is an organization that was formed in 1959 and sponsors the exhibit that travels across the state to publicize the organization and give people of different communities a chance to view the work of Minnesota artists. The purpose of this event is to bring together artists of all levels of experience and in various locations throughout the state.   Gallery North would also like to present their First Friday featured artist Curtis Shagunn.  Curtis began by creating wooden flowers and coin jewelry. While visiting an art gallery in Tubac, Arizona, he was really moved by the beadwork he saw and decided to learn another art form. He then taught himself, through magazines and talking to others, to create and design pieces of jewelry using various stone and bead types. Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. Please check out the website at www.gallerynorthbemidji.com.

Glazed and Amused – presents Diamond Knispel as their April First Friday Art Walk artist.  Diamond is a self-taught visual artist from Northern Minnesota. Her works vary greatly, but her medium is primarily pen and pencil.  Join us for her opening reception on Friday, April from 5:30pm to 7pm. Glazed & Amused is located at 311 3rd Street in Downtown Bemidji. Hours are Seasonal and subject to change. For more information contact us at 218-333-6880 or glazedandamused@gmail.com You can find us on the web at www.myglazedandamused.com

Headwaters School of Music and the Arts and the Bemidji—ACLU-MN (Greater Minnesota Racial Justice North Project) presents the fourth annual “Art from Within” exhibit from April 5th through April 27th.   The community is invited for the opening reception on Friday April 5th at 5:00 pm followed by the art awards announcements at 6:00 pm. The event is part of the First Friday Art Walk and is free and open to the public.   The “Art from Within” features artwork that gives a personal and compelling view into the lives of real people. Past exhibits highlighted the art of individuals impacted by incarceration directly or indirectly. This year’s theme focuses on artists’ feelings and understandings about what the art means to them. The Headwaters School of Music and the Arts is located at 519 Minnesota Ave in Downtown Bemidji.  218-444-5606 “Art from Within” is made possible by Region 2 Arts Council, Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment.  Special thanks to the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts for use of exhibit space. The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to defending and expanding individual rights and personal freedom.  The ACLU is the nation’s foremost guardian of liberty. The ACLU-MN fights to protect civil liberties of Minnesotans through litigation, public education, and lobbying. The Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project North provides public education regarding racial justice issues through community outreach, court-monitoring, and intake services.

Rail River Folk – presents Kailey Babcock and Justice Deiter for their duo show at the Rail River Folk School for the month of April.  Join us for the opening of New Beginnings, an exhibit comprised of paintings and drawings surrounding the theme of transformation and growth. This art exhibit is in partial fulfillment of the Region 2 artist mentorship program. The opening at the Rail River is from 4 to 6 pm.  After the reception, stay for the Northwoods Folk Collective open mic starting at 7:30pm. Refreshments served.  Artwork will be on display all month long, open gallery days and times vary.  Please inquire Rail River Folk School 303 Railroad St. SW, Suite B   Bemidji, MN 56601

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse- proudly presents “Wetland” by painter Mary Lingen through the month of April.  “Wetland” will feature paintings of lakes, rivers, and swamps from Minnesota.  A longtime Wild Hare favorite, Mary’s unique  technique uses geometric shapes and mastery of color and light to create landscapes that are both representative and abstract in the same work.   Mary received her B.A. in art from Augsburg College in 1981 and has been painting ever since. Her work has been exhibited in over 20 states and has won numerous awards in national competitions.  She has been listed in Art in America’s Annual Guide to Museums, Galleries and Artists on four separate occasions.  This show is a “must see” for professionals and students of art!   Meet Mary, and try her famous cookies, at the opening reception on First Friday, April 5th, from 3:00-5:00pm. After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare’s own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar, 5:00-9:00pm.  Wild Hare will be ushering in baseball season with a Culinary Journey through America’s Ballparks, and a wine and beer list to match.  Don’t be deceived: it’s not your grandpa’s ballpark food anymore!  See the menu at wildharebistro.com. 523 Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji.    444-JAVA

EXHIBITS AROUND TOWN

Neilson Place – The Neilson Place Art Committee Neilson place presents artist Beverly Joslyn on display now through June 2013.  Originally from Cass Lake Beverly is a self taught, wildlife artist who now resides in Walker, MN.  Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus 1000 Anne Street NW.   For hours or more information call 751-0220, ext #1.

First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji for March 2013

Bemidji Community Art Center – BCAC Spoken Word Committee invites you to join us on March 1st as a part of the First Friday Art Walk for a reading by Poet Carol Ann Russell. Along with reading selected poems from previously published books, Russell will be sharing work from her new manuscript. Reception begins at 5:30, reading at 6 pm with Q&A and signing to follow. This event is free and open to the public. Writers Workshop – In conjunction with the reading the Art Center will be hosting a writer’s workshop with Carol Ann Russell on Saturday March 1st from 9am to noon. Space is limited. For more information contact the Art Center. Current Exhibit: Open now through March 28th, “Cultures in Change” with photographer Cal Rice. The BCAC is free and open to the public. Visit the BCAC and Shop 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave N (upper level of the Historic Carnegie Library on 5th St) or at http://www.bcac.wordpress.com For information contact us at (218) 444-7570 or at bcac@paulbunyan.net Hours are Tues. to Fri. 12 to 5pm and Sat. 10am to 2pm.

Bemidji Public Library – presents Colleen Hilts as their featured artist on the Library Art Wall for the month of March. Colleen will be showcasing her quilted wall hangings and wood carvings. You are invited to our Meet the Artist reception as a part of the First Friday Art Walk on March 1st from 3 to 5 pm.

Brigid’s Cross Irish Pub - Beginning March 1st, Brigid’s Pub will be exhibiting a new collection from the Artists of Studio 10 -“Places, Near and Far” featuring the inspiration found in various locations visited by the artists. Join us during the First Friday Art Walk for a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 to meet the artists and view their work. Brigid’s Cross is located in Downtown Bemidji at 317 Beltrami Ave NW.

Gallery North – presents “Students of Gallery North” as the Showcase Artists for the month of March with a reception on Friday afternoon, March 1st from 2-5 pm. Gallery North will feature local residents who have recently taken classes from many of the “Warm Your Heart“ classes and painting workshops offered by Gallery North artists. Mary Morton will be the First Friday Featured Artist and will demonstrate her techniques in Ukrainian Egg decorating. Mary also teaches Rosemaling, Tole painting, and Celtic knot work and has been a member of Gallery North since 1989. Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. Please check out the website at http://www.gallerynorthbemidji.com.

Headwaters School of Music and the Arts – welcomes fiber artist Jess Conrad and her exhibit “Thread – Fabric – Earth” on Friday, March 1st. Join us for the opening and reception from 3:00 – 5:00 with a musical presentation by BlueBird from 5:30 – 6:30. The Headwaters School of Music and the Arts is located at 519 Minnesota Ave in Downtown Bemidji. 218-444-5606

Neilson Place – The Neilson Place Art Committee Neilson place presents artist Beverly Joslyn as a part of the March First Friday Art Walk. Originally from Cass Lake, Beverly is a self taught, wildlife artist who now resides in Walker, MN. Join us for our Meet and Greet on March 1st from 3 to 4:30. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus 1000 Anne Street NW. For hours or more information call 751-0220, ext #1.

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will present “Minnesota Monsters” by Nina Lubarski, March 1st through April 3rd. Constructed using paper mache and other mixed media, these sculptural works of art are marionette puppets that come to life in many colors, shapes and sizes. The characters are not your typical closet or under-the-bed scary monsters; all have blunt teeth and goofy smiles that invite viewers young and old to have fun. Nina Lubarski is an art teacher at Bemidji Middle School. Join us for the opening reception on First Friday, March 1st from 3-5pm. After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare’s own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar, 5:00-9:00pm, featuring ballpark inspired fare from around the country as this month’s theme, and wine and beer list to match. 523 Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji. 444-JAVA or wildharebistro.com.
EXHIBITS AROUND TOWN

Dunn Bros Coffee – presents artist and employee Amanda Brueggemeier and her, mixed media exhibit entitled “Home” now through the month of March. With her installation, Amanda explores what the true meaning of “home” is for her and reflects on what is called “home” without really feeling the meaning of “home.” Dunn Bros is at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S. – Call (218) 444-5252 dunnbros106@dunnbros.com

First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji for February 2013

Bemidji Community Art Center – Join us on February 1st as we open our 2013 Exhibit Season with “Cultures in Change – Photography of Bhutan and Cuba” by artist Cal Rice. With the idea that all cultures change over time, Rice explores two countries that seem to be frozen in time or evolving at a much slower pace – either because of geography or government policy – as he reflects on their traditional culture and records the transformation in process. Join us for the opening reception from 5 to 7pm with an artist talk at 6pm. For more information go to our website at http://www.bcac.wordpress.com or email us at bcac@paulbunyan.net. The BCAC is closed through Jan 21st and re-open for regular hours on the 23rd. 218-444-7570 or bcac@paulbunyan.net
Cabin Coffeehouse and Café – is pleased to host Tawnee Geller as their featured artist for February. Tawnee is from Bemidji, Minnesota and interprets the details of nature with rich, alluring colors, paired with a psychedelic twist. Various mediums are combined, such as acrylics, inks and oils to make each piece truly unique. Tawnee has shown her artwork at various local events. The theme of the show will be “Open Your Eyes”. Join us to Meet the Artist on Feb 1st, 5-7pm at the Cabin Coffeehouse. Free refreshments will be served. The Cabin Coffeehouse, open everyday in downtown Bemidji where “Homemade is in the Air” Try our chefs daily specials Mon. – Fri. 7am to 9pm, Sat. 8am to 8pm and Sun. 8am to 6pm. Visit us at 214 3rd Street or call 218-444-2899 for more information

Dunn Bros Coffee – presents artist and employee Amanda Brueggemeier and her, mixed media exhibit entitled “Home”. With her installation, Amanda explores what the true meaning of “home” is for her and reflects on what is called “home” without really feeling the meaning of “home.” Join us on February 1st from 5 pm to 7pm for a reception with Amanda as a part of the First Friday Art Walk. Dunn Bros is at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S. – Call (218) 444-5252 dunnbros106@dunnbros.com

Gallery North – presents Luke Hagen and Fred Schrupp as their February Showcase Artists with a reception on Friday afternoon, February 1st from 2-5 pm. Luke is from the Bemidji area and his showcase will feature original pen and ink illustrations. Fred is originally from the Grand Rapids area and his showcase will feature fantasy digital art. Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. Please check out the website at http://www.gallerynorthbemidji.com.

Glazed and Amused – presents AJ Dombeck as their February First Friday Art Walk artist with “Minnesota through the Seasons”. AJ Dombeck is a nature photographer and self-described naturalist. He has been capturing nature and wildlife images in the Bemidji area for approximately three years. He and his wife enjoy hiking anywhere in Minnesota, especially in the spring. AJ has a keen interest in wildflowers. These have become the favorite subjects of his work. He is also fascinated by wildlife, especially those species and specimens rugged enough to endure the winter months in Minnesota. Join us for his opening recepition on Friday, February 1st from 5pm to 6pm.
Glazed & Amused is located at 311 3rd Street in Downtown Bemidji. Hours are Seasonal and subject to change. For more information contact us at 218-333-6880 or glazedandamused@gmail.com You can find us on the web at http://www.myglazedandamused.com

RailRiver Folk School’s featured Artist for February is Bemidji artist Gary Hill. Join us for the opening reception of “Folk Artfish” on Friday, Feb 1st from 5pm to 7pm. This collection of drawings, painting and prints are a reflection of Hill’s time spent in the outdoors over the past year. After the reception, stay for the Northwoods Folk Collective open mic starting at 7:30pm. Refreshments served. Artwork will be on display all month long, open gallery days and times vary, please inquire Rail River Folk School 303 Railroad St. SW, Suite B Bemidji, MN 56601

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will present “Layers”, by their very own Malisa VanMaasdam, February 1st through 27th. “Layers” celebrates the animals with whom we share our Northwoods winter, using pen and ink on paper large and small, fibers, and multiple other media to showcase the superior design of Minnesota’s furry and feathered friends. Don’t miss one of Bemidji’s most talented and prolific young artists! Join us for the opening reception on First Friday, February 1st, from 3 to 5 pm. Malisa has also planned this months First Friday dinner menu, featuring a variety of world delicacies and a wine and beer list to match. Join us after the Art Walk, from 5:00-9:00pm. See the menu at wildharebistro.com. 523 Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji. 218-444-JAVA.

EXHIBITS AROUND TOWN in FEBRUARY

Neilson Place – The Neilson Place Art Committee continues their exhibit of two noted regional artists: Jane Freeman and D.L. Houseman with their show titled “Translations: The Views of Two Artists”. An internationally recognized and published watercolor artist, Jane has a very unique flair for detail and color with her beautiful paintings. Through the mediums of acrylic paintings and original woodcut prints, D.L. shows a passion for his subjects of the iconic rural landscapes featuring barns and wildlife. The combination of the work by these two artists will be on display through the end of February.  Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus 1000 Anne Street NW. For hours or more information call 751-0220. extension #1.

First Friday Art Walk for January 2013

Bemidji Community Art Center –The BCAC is closed through Jan 21st and re-open for regular hours on the 23rd. 218-444-7570 or bcac@paulbunyan.net  JANUARY ARTIST SERIES – BCAC Announces our January Artist Series with Terry Garrett and “Hand Decorating Paper”, Bonnie Lundorff and “Intro to Needle Felting and Fiber Dyeing” and Kristin Majkrzak with “Intro to Inkle Loom Weaving”. We will also be hosting our first Canvas and Corks BYOB Painting Class in January. For more information go to our website at http://www.bcac.wordpress.com or email us at bcac@paulbunyan.net.

The Bemidji Public Library – presents work by photographer John Egger as their Featured Artists on the Art Wall for the month of January. Join us on Friday Jan 4th for his reception from 2 to 5pm. The Bemidji Public Library is located at 509 America Ave.

Cabin Coffeehouse and Café – is pleased to have photographer Trish Barthorpe and her exhibit, “Whoof Da Dog Show” through the month of January. The art will be of local community members pet portraits. All are welcome to meet the artist during the First Friday reception on Jan 4th from 5-7pm. The Cabin Coffeehouse, open everyday in downtown Bemidji where “Homemade is in the Air” Try our chefs daily specials Mon. – Fri. 7am to 9pm, Sat. 8am to 8pm and Sun. 8am to 6pm. Visit us at 214 3rd Street or call 218-444-2899 for more information

Gallery North – presents January Showcase Artist Scott Fadness. Scott is from the Bemidji Area and his exhibit will feature several acrylic paintings. Join us for the First Friday Open House on January 4th at 502 3rd Street NW from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m to meet Scott during the reception. Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. Please check out the website at http://www.gallerynorthbemidji.com.

RailRiver Folk School’s featured Artist for January is international artist Samuel Staudt. A recent addition to our local art scene, Samuel will be showing his original series entitled “Vessel’s” during the month of January at the Rail River Folk School. This will be Staudt’s fourth innovative series in the last six month’s. Vessel’s is a collection of oil painted glass abstract expressionistic landscapes created in a high intensity color palette. A master of materials Staudt branches into acrylic on canvas, collage, mixed media techniques, and a variety of various decorative painted glass containers to make his new series “Vessel’s complete. Opening reception for Staudt’s “Vessel’s” will be Friday January 4th from 5-7pm at the Rail River Folk School 303 Railroad St. SW, Suite B Bemidji, MN 56601

EXHIBITS AROUND TOWN

Neilson Place – The Neilson Place Art Committee continues their exhibit of two noted regional artists: Jane Freeman and D.L. Houseman with their show titled “Translations: The Views of Two Artists”. An internationally recognized and published watercolor artist, Jane has a very unique flair for detail and color with her beautiful paintings. Through the mediums of acrylic paintings and original woodcut prints, D.L. shows a passion for his subjects of the iconic rural landscapes featuring barns and wildlife. The combination of the work by these two artists promises to present an outstanding show. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus 1000 Anne Street NW. For hours or more information call 751-0220. extension #1.

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will present the works of ceramic artist Cyrus Swann, now through January 30th. Cyrus is a 2002 graduate of Bemidji State University in fine arts, and creates a wide range of functional and experimental ceramic work, including bowls, bottles, groupings, sculpture and installations. His well crafted pottery is intended for daily use and will last a lifetime. Cyrus has been working clay professionally for seven years, and has established his studio in his home town of Pine River, MN. Wild Hare is located at 523 Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji. 218-444-JAVA; wildharebistro.com *Please Note: There will be no artist event, First Friday Wine Bar or thematic dinner on January 4th.

DECEMBER FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK AND EXHIBIT INFORMATION

Bemidji Community Art Center and SHOP 426 – kick off the Holiday Season with the Annual Holiday Open House! Join us on Friday Dec 7th from 4 to 7 pm and Sat Dec 3 from 10am to 2pm for holiday refreshments, free gift wrap and more. SHOP 426 features unique, hand made artwork by local and regional artists.
EXHIBITS – In the Galleries now thru Dec 22nd – 10th Annual It’s Only Clay. This year’s exhibit will include work by our 2012 IOC Juror, Robert Briscoe. Much of the work is available for purchase just in time for Holiday Gift Giving.
NEW this year! - Give the Gift of Art by purchasing a special One-of-a-Kind Holiday Ornament! Ornaments will go on sale on Friday December 7th during the Shop 426 Holiday Open House and be available through December 22nd. All of the ornaments have been donated with proceeds going to support programming and Children Art Events. Visit the Art Center and Shop 426 located in the Historic Carnegie Library Building or contact us at (218) 444-7570. Hours are Tues to Fri. 12 to 5pm and Sat. 10am to 2pm. The BCAC will be closed Dec 23 through the New Year!

Cabin Coffeehouse & Café – presents area artist and painter Wesley May as their December artist. Wesley will be sharing his work featuring his acrylic paintings and prints in his show entitled “LET ME TELL YOU A STORY”, with the theme “bringing awareness of the creator in our lives”. Wesley will be presenting a live art demonstration while acoustic musician Sonny Johnson performs during the reception. **Please Note – “LET ME TELL YOU A STORY” will be on display on December 7th but the “Meet the Artist Reception” will be Friday Dec 14th 5-7pm.** The Cabin is located at 214 3rd St NW, in downtown Bemidji. Open every day, serving homemade goodness! cabincoffeehouse.com.

Dunn Bros Coffee – presents photographer Mark J. Harlow as their December artist as a part of the First Friday Art Walk. Mark J. Harlow is a native Minnesotan and National Award Winning nature photographer. All of Mark’s imagery is photographed in Single Mode, meaning one click at a time…no speed or continuous shooting. Mark considers himself a traditionalist, meaning all wildlife is truly wild, never baited or staged and all of his photos are with natural light only (never any flash). Join us on December 7th from 5 pm to 7 pm for a reception with Mark as a part of the First Friday Art Walk. Dunn Bros is at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S. – Call (218) 444-5252 dunnbros106@dunnbros.com

Gallery North – presents December Showcase Artist Ric Daly. Featured works will include burlap & copper panels, framed painted burlap, framed copper trees and hand-painted tiles. Kathy Sanders will be the Gallery North December Featured Artist. Kathy has been teaching classes in oil and acrylics for many years and her display includes gourd art, oil paintings, wire art and jewelry. Join us for the First Friday Open House on December 7th at 502 3rd Street NW from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. Please check out the website at http://www.gallerynorthbemidji.com.

Glazed and Amused – presents Bemidji based artist Tawnee Geller for their December First Friday Artist. Using vibrant colors and psychedelic/surreal imagery Tawnee creates eye-catching pieces. She is currently showing her work as Artist of the Month for Glazed and Amused. Join us for an open reception on Friday, December 7th from 5:30-7:30pm. Glazed & Amused is located at 311 3rd Street in Downtown Bemidji. Hours are Seasonal and subject to change. For more information contact us at 218-333-6880 or glazedandamused@gmail.com You can find us on the web at http://www.myglazedandamused.com

RailRiver Folk School’s featured Artist for December is Eli Balbach’s with “Cultural Milk”. Opening reception with the Artist is Friday, December 7th from 5pm to 7pm. “Cultural Milk” uses surrealist elements to heighten our Midwest “rurality” and northern heritage. After the reception, stay for the Northwoods Folk Collective open mic starting at 7:30 pm. Refreshments served. Artwork will be on display all month long, open gallery hours: Tues, Wed, Thurs 11-5pm, Wed 6-9pm. Other days and times may vary.
And back for our 3rd month in a row- Second Saturday Art Gala 5-9 pm December 8th
RailRiver Folk School is located just over the Irvine Ave Bridge at 3rd and Irvine Ave in downtown Bemidji- 303 Railroad Rd. Open Door/Open Gallery Tues 11-5 pm, Wed 11-3 pm & 6-9 pm, Thurs 11-5 pm.

The Northwoods Folk Collective Open Stage – offers an opportunity to share stories, music, poetry and other performance art with an attentive, enthusiastic, inter-generational audience. Join us for a taste of Bemidji’s community of artists. Host: Drew Warne-Jacobsen 218-760-9278. Sign-up: 6:30-7:30; performance begins at 7:30 at the RailRiver Folk School located at 303 Railroad Street SW, Bemidji (south over the Irvine Ave bridge & left).

Ravenrock Gallery of Jewelry and Fine Art is Helping the Food Shelf! Join us on December 7th during the First Friday Art Walk from 4:00 to 7:00 pm for a reception featuring STUDIO 10 artist’s Pat Shough and Doug Zuehlsdorff. Pat will be showing her latest watercolor and acrylic paintings and will be giving away a framed giclee print of her most recent painting, “Sam and Ella – The Last Straw.” To register to win the print, bring a food item for the FOOD SHELF to Ravenrock Gallery any time between now and December 7th by 6 pm when the winner will be announced. Guest Artist Doug Zuehlsdorff will be on hand to sign his most recent published work in the book, “Strokes of Genius 4.” Refreshments will be served! Ravenrock Gallery of Jewelry and Fine Art is located at 1000 Paul Bunyan Drive NW, Suite 102 across from the Honda Center in Bemidji. For more information 218-444-6040

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will present the works of ceramic artist Cyrus Swann, December 7th through January 30th. Cyrus is a 2002 graduate of Bemidji State University in fine arts, and creates a wide range of functional and experimental ceramic work, including bowls, bottles, groupings, sculpture and installations. His well crafted pottery is intended for daily use and will last a lifetime. Cyrus has been working clay professionally for seven years, and has established his studio in his home town of Pine River, MN. In addition to the wall displays, Cyrus will have an expanded selection of works available at the First Friday Artist Reception on December 7th, from 3:00 to 5:00pm, a great opportunity to purchase unique, fine quality, locally made gifts! Wild Hare is located at 523 Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji. 218-444-JAVA; wildharebistro.com *Please Note: There will be no First Friday Wine Bar or thematic dinner on December 7th, also no artist reception and no wine bar on January 4th (Cyrus Swann will hang for December and January.

EXHIBITS AROUND TOWN

  • Bemidji Public Library – presents work by Lisa Robinson’s 6th to 8th Grade Students from Schoolcraft Learning Community as their Featured Artists on the Art Wall for the month of December. The art created by the students is pen and ink drawings created in art class on invasive species that were studied in science class. The Bemidji Public Library is located at 509 America Ave.
  • Headwaters School of Music and Arts- Susan Kedzie and her exhibit “Retrospect” is on display in the main recital hall at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts now through December 16th. Susan’s exhibit will provide a “timeline” of her work from a very tentative beginning as a young “artist” to a renewed and more confident expression of creativity today…showing growth in spirit and willingness to take risks. The Headwaters School is located at 519 Minnesota Ave N. in Downtown Bemidji. For more information 218-444-5606
  • Neilson Place – The Neilson Place Art Committee continues their exhibit of two noted regional artists: Jane Freeman and D.L. Houseman with their show titled “Translations: The Views of Two Artists”. An internationally recognized and published watercolor artist, Jane has a very unique flair for detail and color with her beautiful paintings. Through the mediums of acrylic paintings and original woodcut prints, D.L. shows a passion for his subjects of the iconic rural landscapes featuring barns and wildlife. The combination of the work by these two artists promises to present an outstanding show. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus 1000 Anne Street NW. For hours or more information call 751-0220. extension #1.

NOVEMBER FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK AND EXHIBIT INFORMATION

Bemidji Community Art Center – presents the 10th Annual It’s Only Clay National Juried Ceramics Exhibit featuring work by Juror Robert Briscoe. This national exhibit features work by 30 artists from around the United States. The event will also feature work by Briscoe in Gallery X2 and Shop 426 for purchase. Reception is from 5 to 7pm with a brief presentation and awards announced by Artist Butch Holden. Purchase Awards are made by the Bemidji State University Visual Arts Department with the works to be included in the Margaret Harlow Vessel Collection, a permanent functional ceramics collection at Bemidji State University. Winners of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall will also be announced. The exhibit will be on display November 2nd through December 22nd, 2012. IOC 2012 is Co-sponsored by the BCAC and Bemidji State University. Support is provided by the Holiday Inn Express – Bemidji and the BSU Foundation. IOC 2012 is also made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council and funding by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund. The BCAC is free and open to the public. Visit the BCAC and Shop 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave N (upper level of the Historic Carnegie Library on 5th St) or at http://www.bcac.wordpress.com For information contact us at (218) 444-7570 or at bcac@paulbunyan.net Hours are Tues. to Fri. 12 to 5pm and Sat. 10am to 2pm.

Beltrami County History Center – The Beltrami County Historical Society presents a special exhibit of historical photos of the Bemidji Carnegie Library from their collection as a part of the November First Friday Art Walk. Join us on Friday November 2nd for free admission in the museum from noon to 4 p.m. The History Center is located at 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji, 444-3376. Beginning in September, our hours will be noon- 4 pm, Wednesday – Saturday. For more information call 444-3376.
Bemidji Public Library – presents Pat Oldham as their Featured Artist on the Art Wall for the month of November. A jeweler and painter working pastels and oil, Pat will be featuring her work in oil on canvas in this exhibit titled “Chronicles”. Join us for the opening reception from 4 to 6pm on November 2nd as a part of the First Friday Art Walk and to meet Pat and visit with her about her work. The Bemidji Public Library is located at 509 America Ave.

Cabin Coffeehouse & Café – presents Bemidji artists Jenn Anderson & Emma Brown for the month of November. Working in acrylic paint & photography Jenn and Emma are uniting for this eclectic and inspirational art show. Both women found their artistic talents as they followed in the footsteps of talented grandmothers (and great grandmothers). Though known for her paintings, Jenn’s collection will feature photographs taken in her travels in the United States and Africa. Discovering and capturing texture and beauty is one of her passions and combining her photography with inspirational and thought provoking words is the focus of this exhibit. Emma, a young and talented painter has created a beautiful array of acrylic paintings for this exhibit. Together, they have a unique and uplifting style that is sure to excite the senses and stir emotion. Please join us for a “Meet the Artist” First Friday Art Walk reception on November 2nd from 5 to 7 pm. The Cabin Coffee House is located at 214 3rd St NW, downtown Bemidji cabincoffeehouse.com.

FREAXIS STUDIOS – Join us at Freaxis Studios on November 2nd for Fortuna Puppet Theatre’s, “These Thousand Waves Are Mighty Armor: Part Two”, an original shadow puppet play adapted from Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Fortuna will be joined by Julia and Skidmark adding their alive and loud sound effects on Friday, November 2, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. This show is appropriate for ages 14 and up as it contains mature content! This is free public puppet-radio and we gladly accept donations. We are located in the lower level of Bemidji Community Art Center 426 Bemidji Ave N.

Gallery North – presents Showcase Artist Jeanine Ehnert of Frazee, MN and Featured Artist Marie Hamre for the month of November. Jeanine has been weaving for 24 years and is a Master Weaver of the Traditional Norwegian Style. She received a Gold Medal in weaving at the National Exhibition of Folk Art Tradition at Decorah, IA in 2010. Marie has been tatting for over 25 years. She helped to start a group of tatters that became the Northwoods Tatting Guild. Marie is completing the “Tatters Across Time” proficiency course and really enjoys teaching others how to tat. Join us for the First Friday Open House on November 2nd at 502 3rd Street NW from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. Please check out the website at http://www.gallerynorthbemidji.com.

RailRiver Folk School – RailRiver Folk School’s featured artist for November is Christina Thorne of Bad Cat Creations showcasing many of her one-of-a-kind jewelry designs for the month of November. Join us Friday Nov 2nd from 5-7pm for a meet and greet with the artist, perhaps finding just the right piece of the upcoming gift giving season, or plan a completely custom design for a special occasion. Light refreshments will be served. After the First Friday reception, stick around for the Northwoods Folk Collective open mic starting at 7:30- 10pm. RailRiver Folk School is located just over the Irvine Ave Bridge at 3rd and Irvine Ave in downtown Bemidji- 303 Railroad Rd. Open Door/Open Gallery Tues 11-5pm, Wed 11-3pm & 6-9pm, Thurs 11-5pm.

The Northwoods Folk Collective Open Stage – offers an opportunity to share stories, music, poetry and other performance art with an attentive, enthusiastic, inter-generational audience. Join us for a taste of Bemidji’s community of artists. Host: Drew Warne-Jacobsen 218-760-9278. Sign-up: 6:30-7:30; performance begins at 7:30 at the RailRiver Folk School located at 303 Railroad Street SW, Bemidji (south over the Irvine Ave bridge & left).

Neilson Place – The Neilson Place Art Committee presents two noted regional artists:  Jane Freeman and D.L. Houseman with their show titled “Translations: The Views of Two Artists”. An internationally recognized and published watercolor artist, Jane has a very unique flair for detail and color with her beautiful paintings. Through the mediums of acrylic paintings and original woodcut prints, D.L. shows a passion for his subjects of the iconic rural landscapes featuring barns and wildlife. The combination of the work by these two artists promises to present an outstanding show. In addition, both are featured artists at the Northwoods Gallery in downtown Bemidji. Join us on Friday November 2nd for the opening reception as a part of the First Friday Art Walk from 3:00-4:30 in the Neilson Place lobby with a short artist presentation to start at 3:30. Refreshments will be served and public is welcome. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus 1000 Anne Street NW. For hours or more information call 751-0220. extension #1.

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will present “Land Speaks”, recent paintings and works in wood by art educator Lisa Robinson, the result of a 4 year immersion working on, with, and through the land, November 2nd through December 5th. Meet the artist on First Friday, November 2nd from 3 to 5 pm. After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare’s own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar, 5:00-9:00pm, featuring a Spanish/Moroccan inspired menu for November, with a wine and beer list to match. 523 Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji. 444-JAVA or wildharebistro.com.
EXHIBITS AROUND TOWN

Dunn Bros Coffee – continues an exhibit with the First City Artists as a part of the November First Friday Art Walk. First City Artists is a group of local artists who have come together to support and promote each other’s artistic growth. The work created by the First City Artists is as varied as it members representing area painters, quilters and photographers. The exhibit will run through November 30th. Dunn Bros is at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S. – Call (218) 444-5252 dunnbros106@dunnbros.com

Headwaters School of Music and Arts- Susan Kedzie and her exhibit “Retrospect” is on display in the main recital hall at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts now through the end of November. Susan’s exhibit will provide a “timeline” of her work from a very tentative beginning as a young “artist” to a renewed and more confident expression of creativity today…showing growth in spirit and willingness to take risks. The Headwaters School is located at 519 Minnesota Ave N. in Downtown Bemidji. For more information 218-444-5606

Talley Gallery – presents “Sharing the Fire” October 8 to November 16th. This traveling show, organized by Anoka Ramsey Community College and Northern Clay Center has exhibited in various locations around Minnesota. The focus of the show features ceramic works by well known Minnesota Potters as well as some of the emerging artists that have had the opportunity to mentor with them. The artists include Warren Mackenzie, Richard Bresnahan, Robert Briscoe, Linda Christianson, Guillermo Cuellar, Jill Franke, Steve Lemke, and Jason Trebs. Mr Briscoe is also the guest artist and juror for this year’s 10th Annual “Its Only Clay” exhibit to open at the Bemidji Community Art Center in November. As a part of “Sharing the Fire”, Briscoe will be hosting a workshop at BSU on Wednesday, October 17 from 1 – 4pm, following the artists reception in the Talley at noon. All activities are free and open to the public.

First Friday Art Walk for October 2012

Bemidji Community Art Center – BCAC Spoken Word Committee invites you to join us on October 5th as a part of the First Friday Art Walk for a reading by critically acclaimed author Kevin McColley. Along with reading excerpts from his novels, McColley will discuss his beginnings as a writer and the origins of several of his novels. Please note: mature content – the reading is intended for adult audiences. Guests should be 18 and older. Reception begins at 5:30, reading at 6 pm with Q&A and signing to follow. This event is free and open to the public. In conjunction with the reading the Art Center will be hosting a writer’s workshop with Kevin McColley on Saturday October 6th. Space is limited. For more information contact the Art Center. Current Exhibit: Open now through October 21st. “Point of View – A Photographic Journey” by Duane L. Paulson. The BCAC is free and open to the public. Visit the BCAC and Shop 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave N (upper level of the Historic Carnegie Library on 5th St) or at http://www.bcac.wordpress.com For information contact us at (218) 444-7570 or at bcac@paulbunyan.net Hours are Tues. to Fri. 12 to 5pm and Sat. 10am to 2pm.

Beltrami County History Center – The Beltrami County Historical Society presents a special exhibit of historical photos of the Bemidji Carnegie Library from their collection as a part of the October First Friday Art Walk. Join us on Friday October 5th for free admission in the museum from noon to 4 p.m. The History Center is located at 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji, 444-3376. Beginning in September, our hours will be noon- 4 pm, Wednesday – Saturday. For more information call 444-3376.

Cabin Coffee House – presents Kathy Sanders for their Featured Artist for the October First Friday Art Walk. Kathy will be displaying her oil painting collection titled “Flora Unlimited.” Kathy has had a lifelong interest in the arts and has been teaching classes in oil and acrylics for the past ten years. Her favorite subjects are floral arrangements and flowers as she is also an avid gardener. Kathy is a member of Gallery North in Bemidji where she displays her oil paintings, gourd art, and woodcarvings. Please join us for a “Meet the Artist” First Friday reception October 5th from 4-6 pm at the Cabin Coffee House. The Cabin Coffee House is located at 214 3rd St NW, downtown Bemidji cabincoffeehouse.com.
Dunn Bros Coffee – presents an exhibit with the First City Artists as a part of the October First Friday Art Walk. First City Artists is a group of local artists who have come together to support and promote each other’s artistic growth. The work created by the First City Artists is as varied as it members representing area painters, quilters and photographers. Join us on October 5th from 5 to 7pm for the opening reception. The exhibit will run through November. Dunn Bros is at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S. – Call (218) 444-5252 dunnbros106@dunnbros.com

FREAXIS STUDIOS – invites you to a short free public surprise with puppets and loud music. 5:15 pm in the lower level of Bemidji Community Art Center as a part of the October First Friday Art Walk. Join us in the lower level of the Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave.

Gallery North – welcomes Art Kliniske as the Showcase Artist for the month of October who will exhibit wood turning and wood turned items. Featured Artist for October will be Colleen Hilts. Colleen’s interests include woodcarving houses, fish, small animals, and her favorite, relief carving flowers. She also has been doing wall hangings with a combination of water color paint and quilting to make original design pictures and uses different fabrics, yarns, paints and threads to create a variety of textures. Join us for the First Friday Open House at 502 3rd Street NW from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. Please check out the website at http://www.gallerynorthbemidji.com.

Headwaters School of Music and Arts- presents Susan Kedzie and her exhibit “Retrospect” on display in the main recital hall at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. Susan’s exhibit will provide a “timeline” of her work from a very tentative beginning as a young “artist” to a renewed and more confident expression of creativity today…showing growth in spirit and willingness to take risks. Join us on October 5th for our opening reception as a part of the First Friday Art Walk from 3 to 5pm to enjoy refreshments and meet the artist. The Headwaters School is located at 519 Minnesota Ave N. in Downtown Bemidji. For more information 218-444-5606

RailRiver Folk School – featured Artist for October is Jens Werner. This is a collection of past and recent work, called “Confessional II”. It is an exploration of the nature of secrets and confessions. The artist works are primarily in paper and watercolor, with some adventures into drawing. Opening reception Friday, Oct 5th 5-7pm (open gallery hours: Tues & Thur 11-5pm, Wed 11-2pm). Stick around after the opening reception for the Northwoods Folk Collective open mic from 7:30pm to 10pm.

The Northwoods Folk Collective Open Stage – offers an opportunity to share stories, music, poetry and other performance art with an attentive, enthusiastic, inter-generational audience. Join us for a taste of Bemidji’s community of artists. Host: Drew Warne-Jacobsen 218-760-9278. Sign-up: 6:30-7:30; performance begins at 7:30 at the RailRiver Folk School located at 303 Railroad Street SW, Bemidji (south over the Irvine Ave bridge & left).

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will present “One Foodie’s Mecca: A Photographic Inventory of Culture, Cuisine, & Communication” from Wild Hare owner/operator, Chef, linguist, and photographer, Moni Schneider, October 5th through 31st. The exhibit documents a visit to a favorite global foods store in St. Louis, Missouri, where an incredibly diverse and voluminous selection of foods from every corner of the Earth offers inspiration to the culinary artist, creates an arena for observing the American “salad bowl”, and provides a humorous and interesting study of the marketing, language, and imagery related to food of different cultures. Meet the artist on First Friday, October 5th from 3 to 5 pm. After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare’s own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar, 5:00-9:00pm, featuring a Thai inspired menu for October focused on the local harvest, with a wine and beer list to match. 523 Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji. 444-JAVA or wildharebistro.com.
EXHIBITS AROUND TOWN FOR OCTOBER

Talley Gallery – presents “Sharing the Fire” October 8 to November 16th . This traveling show, organized by Anoka Ramsey Community College and Northern Clay Center has exhibited in various locations around Minnesota. The focus of the show features ceramic works by well known Minnesota Potters as well as some of the emerging artists that have had the opportunity to mentor with them. The artists include Warren Mackenzie, Richard Bresnahan, Robert Briscoe, Linda Christianson, Guillermo Cuellar, Jill Franke, Steve Lemke, and Jason Trebs. Mr Briscoe is also the guest artist and juror for this year’s 10th Annual “Its Only Clay” exhibit to open at the Bemidji Community Art Center in November. As a part of “Sharing the Fire”, Briscoe will be hosting a workshop at BSU on Wednesday, October 17 from 1 – 4pm, following the artists reception in the Talley at noon. All activities are free and open to the public.

Neilson Place - The Neilson Place Art Committee presents “We All Love Paul” now through the end of October. Over a dozen local artists and photographers are featured exhibiting their view of the famous couple (Paul and Babe) that grace our Bemidji lakefront and in honor Paul and Babe on their 75th anniversary by this varied media art show including a display of children’s original art work. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford Woodsedge campus 1000 Anne Street NW. For hours or more information call 751-0220. extension #1.

First Friday Art Walk September 2012

Bemidji Community Art Center – “Point of View – A Photographic Journey” by Duane L. Paulson, represents more than 40 years of dedication to black and white fine art photography. His work is a study of composition rather than subject, documented with black and white film in large format cameras and printed on silver gelatin paper in the classic style of early photographers. Join us for the opening reception during the September 7th First Friday Art Walk from 5 to 7pm with a brief artist talk at 6pm. The BCAC is free and open to the public. Visit the BCAC and Shop 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave N (upper level of the Historic Carnegie Library on 5th St) or at http://www.bcac.wordpress.com For information contact us at (218) 444-7570 or at bcac@paulbunyan.net Hours are Tues. to Fri. 12 to 5pm and Sat. 10am to 2pm.

Beltrami County History Center – The Beltrami County Historical Society will present a a special exhibit of historical photos from their collection as a part of the September First Friday Art Walk. Join us on Friday September 7th for refreshments and free admission in the museum from noon to 4 p.m. For September we will have an exhibit on the Bemidji Carnegie Library on display. The History Center is located at 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji, 444-3376. Beginning in September, our hours will be noon-4pm, Wednesday – Saturday. For more information call 444-3376.
Bemidji Public Library – presents Kathy Sanders as their Featured Artist and her exhibit “Flora Unlimited”, for the month of September. Kathy has had a lifelong interest in the arts and has been teaching classes in oil and acrylics for the past ten years. Her favorite subjects are floral arrangements and flowers as she is also an avid gardener. Kathy is a member of Gallery North in Bemidji where she displays her oil paintings, gourd art, and woodcarvings. Join us for a “Meet the Artist” reception from 4 to 5 pm on Friday September 7th at the Public Library.

Brigid’s Cross Irish Pub – presents work by the artists of Studio 10 for the month of September. Brigid’s will host an open house the first Friday in September to welcome and show the works of Studio 10. To get the most current information consult the website at http://www.brigidsirishpub.com. Brigid’s is open for summer hours. For more information by calling 218-444-0567.

Gallery North – welcomes Patricia Jamie Lee as their Showcase Artist for the month of September. Jamie is the author of several books including “Washaka-The Bear Dreamer” and “The Lone Place, Re-Visioning Adolescence and the Rite of Passage.” She has also produced a 52-part public radio documentary series on Native American music and culture. Jamie has combined her love of beads and writing to create The Bead People International Peace Project, constructed of bent wire and recycled beads to represent and celebrate the diversity of people in all nations. Featured Artists for First Friday will be Curtis Schagunn and Jeannie Fenner. Curtis creates and designs pieces of jewelry using various stone and bead types. Jeannie uses wire wrapping and natural elements to create jewelry and beaded items. Join us for the First Friday Open House at 502 3rd Street NW from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. Please check out the website at http://www.gallerynorthbemidji.com.
RailRiver Folk School – featured Artist for September is Melody Fellman and her exhibit – “Organic Visions” – a collection of relief prints inspired by her love of gardening and her dream and life goal to become a sustainable organic farmer. Opening reception with the Artist will be on Friday, September 7th from 5pm to 7pm. After the reception, stay for the Northwoods Folk Collective open mic starting at 7:30 pm. Refreshments served.

The Northwoods Folk Collective Open Stage – offers an opportunity to share stories, music, poetry and other performance art with an attentive, enthusiastic, inter-generational audience. Join us for a taste of Bemidji’s community of artists. Host: Drew Warne-Jacobsen 218-760-9278. Sign-up: 6:30-7:30; performance begins at 7:30 at the RailRiver Folk School located at 303 Railroad Street SW, Bemidji (south over the Irvine Ave bridge & left).

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will present “Blessed”, portraits by Brittany Fairbanks, September 7th through October 3rd. Vibrant colors and genuine smiles will be featured in a series of photographs capturing the faces of some very spunky and special children. Combined with anecdotes and the stories of the circumstances that
brought each of them to their current home in a Mexican orphanage, “Blessed” will illustrate the joy that these children radiate, a joy that would seem unrecoverable after enduring what they have experienced. Their true and lively selves will bless you, much like they have blessed missionary Brittany Fairbanks over the past three years as she has gotten to know these beautiful kids, and taken their pictures in the process. Join us for the opening reception on First Friday, September 7th from 3:00-5:00pm. After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare’s own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar, 5:00-9:00pm, featuring a new menu every month inspired by the local harvest, with a wine and beer list to match. 523 Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji. 444-JAVA or
wildharebistro.com.

EXHIBITS AROUND TOWN

  • Bemidji State University – Talley Gallery – “Experiments in Moving & Sitting – Recent Work by Steve Sundahl”, re-opens August 29th and runs through September 21st. The Talley Gallery, located in the Education Arts Building, room 212, BSU, 1500 Birchmont Drive NE. For further information contact the gallery at 218-755-3708.
  • Cabin Coffee House – presents Tom Dunn, an award-winning photographer specializing in business and art photography. The theme for this exhibit is “Street Portraits” and includes black and white images of everyday life captured in Europe, Tahiti, Mexico and the United States. Tom loves to travel and document people in their homeland surroundings. His studio and home are both located in the Lowertown arts district of downtown Saint Paul and his artwork is on permanent display at numerous local Twin Cities businesses. For more information or to view his portfolio go to tomdunnphoto.com. The Cabin Coffee House is located at 214 3rd St NW, downtown Bemidji cabincoffeehouse.com.
  • Glazed & Amused – presents work by painter and Bemidji native Mike Mohler now through September. Working with acrylic on canvas, Mike presents large scale, mixed media caricatures in this new collection of work featured at Glazed & Amused. A family owned and operated, paint your own ceramic studio, Glazed & Amused creates a wide variety of ceramic pieces to choose from and paint in a variety of styles. Stop in and see their studio today! Glazed & Amused is located at 311 3rd Street in Downtown Bemidji. For more information contact us at 218-333-6880. You can find us on the web at http://www.myglazedandamused.com
  • Neilson Place – The Neilson Place Art Committee presents “We All Love Paul” now through the end of October. Over a dozen local artists and photographers are featured exhibiting their view of the famous couple (Paul and Babe) that grace our Bemidji lakefront and in honor Paul and Babe on their 75th anniversary by this varied media art show including a display of children’s original art work. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford Woodsedge campus 1000 Anne Street NW. For hours or more information call 751-0220. extension #1.

First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji for August 2012

Bemidji Community Art Center - “Printmaking Defined” – Woodcut Relief Prints by Eugene Dalzotto, 1949 to 1961 including work by printmaker and curator, Jason Clark. This exhibit features many works never seen before along with the tools and information about this ancient form of printmaking. Curator Jason Clark will be featured in Gallery X-2. The exhibit runs now through September 1st. This exhibit is sponsored, in part, by a grant provided by the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature, and from a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation and by Dalzotto Estate. The BCAC is free and open to the public. Visit the BCAC and Shop 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave N (upper level of the Historic Carnegie Library on 5th St) or at http://www.bcac.wordpress.com For information contact us at (218) 444-7570 or at bcac@paulbunyan.net Hours are Tues. to Fri. 12 to 5pm and Sat. 10am to 2pm.

Cabin Coffeehouse and Café – is pleased to present April Azure a local artist native to Puposky, displaying her portraiture for the first time. She has had a passion for art since her first drawing class in elementary schooling. Her favorite medium is graphite and charcoal. Her specialty is portraiture. Join us at the Cabin Coffeehouse for our Meet the Artist reception on Friday August 3rd from 4 to 6 pm. Refreshments will be served! 214 3rd St NW, downtown Bemidji or check cabincoffeehouse.com.

Dunn Bros Coffee – presents “Pieces of Paul, Bits of Babe” by Barb Meuers.
My interest in photography started on the Paul Bunyan trail after a challenge I had with breast cancer. I used to jog this trail to prepare for half-marathons. I never paid any attention to my surroundings. I never stopped to see the forest for the trees – literally. Because of cancer, the trail is now a spiritual journey for me. I take my time, I watch, I snoop I get to know the critters and I take their pictures. The exhibit was created to celebrate the Paul and Babes 75th anniversary. Hundreds of thousands of pictures have been taken of these two American Icons – here are the “bits and pieces” that define this famous folk art to me. Join us on Aug 3rd form 5 to 7pm for Barb’s opening reception. The exhibit will run through September. Dunn Bros is at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S. – Call (218) 444-5252 dunnbros106@dunnbros.com

Gallery North –Join us on August 3rd for Gallery North’s First Friday Open House from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. The Bemidji Area Woodcarvers group will be the Showcase Artists for the month of August. Members of the group will offer an eclectic display of hand carved woodcarvings. Featured Artist Mary Morton will be on hand to demonstrate her Rosemaling techniques. Mary began Rosemaling in 1974, her art includes Tole painting (German folk art), Celtic knotwork (Irish folk art), and Ukrainian Egg decorating. She has been a member of Gallery North since 1989. Also on Friday Featured Artists Mary Knox-Johnson and Marion Caroline will hold a book reading/signing of the new book “Thoughts From Pudge 2: The Mentoring Continues.” Mary is the author of the book and specializes in weaving, writing and origami. Marion illustrated the book and specializes in watercolors, acrylics, oils, and paintings on feathers. Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. Please check out the website at http://www.gallerynorthbemidji.com. For more information regarding this exhibit or showing at Gallery North please contact Gallery North at 444-9813. galleryn@paulbunyan.net

Glazed & Amused presents work by painter and Bemidji native Mike Mohler – the featured artist for August. Working with acrylic on canvas, Mike presents large scale, mixed media caricatures in this new collection of work featured at Glazed & Amused. Join us for a Meet and Greet with Mike on Friday August 3rd starting at 5pm. A family owned and operated, paint your own ceramic studio, Glazed & Amused creates a wide variety of ceramic pieces to choose from and paint in a variety of styles. Stop in and see their studio today! Glazed & Amused is located at 311 3rd Street in Downtown Bemidji. For more information contact us at 218-333-6880. You can find us on the web at http://www.myglazedandamused.com

Neilson Place – The Neilson Place Art Committee presents “We All Love Paul” for July. Over a dozen local artists and photographers will be exhibiting their view of the famous couple (Paul and Babe) that grace our Bemidji lakefront and honor Paul and Babe on their 75th anniversary by this varied media art show including a display of children’s original art work. Exhibit runs now through October. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford Woodsedge campus 1000 Anne Street NW.

Rail River Folk School – Presents Art and Music for First Friday!
Rail River’s featured artist for August featured is Malisa Van Maasdam with recent works on paper celebrating the bounty of our garden season. Combining pen, ink and fiber, she will contrast stark lines with vibrant splashes of fiber color to exemplify a summer’s harvest. Northwoods Folk Collective Open Stage offers an opportunity to share stories, music, poetry and other performance art with an attentive, enthusiastic, inter-generational audience. Join us on Friday, August 3rd for a taste of Bemidji’s community of artists. Sign-up: 6:30-7:30; performance begins at 7:30 RailRiver Folk School 303 Railroad Street SW, Bemidji (south over the Irvine Ave bridge & left)
For more information – 218 760 9278

NEW VENUE!! Ravenrock Gallery of Fine Jewelry and Art joins the First Friday Art Walk in conjuction with their Grand Opening with an event from 4:00-7:00 PM on Friday August 3, 2012. Ravenrock will be hosting The Artists of Studio 10. This local group of artists will be showcasing work in pastel, oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings as well as metalwork. Stop by to meet some of the Artists of Studio 10 and enjoy refreshments and hors dourves during the reception. Ravenrock Gallery is located at 1000 Paul Bunyan Drive NW, Suite 102 across from the Bemidji Chrysler Center in Plaza 1000, next to Dickeys Barbeque. For more information 218-444-6040

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse presents “Moods & Foods” August 3rd through September 5th. “Moods & Foods” is a collaboration by The Artists of Studio 10, a group of regional artists who have joined together to promote the creation of high quality works of art. Current associates include: Kathy Gustafson, Terry Honstead , Don Houseman, Barbara Jolly, Janet McLandsborough, Dee Anne Najjar, Pamela Nelson, Wanda Odegard, Pat Shough, Danielle Stone and Doug Zuehlsdorff. Join us for the opening reception on First Friday, August 3rd, from 3:00-5:00pm. After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare’s own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar, 5:00-9:00pm, featuring an “All American” inspired menu focused on the local harvest, with a wine and beer list to match. 523 Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji. 444-JAVA or
wildharebistro.com.

First Friday Art Walk Openings in Bemidji for June 2012

Bemidji Community Art Center invites you to their June First Friday Art Walk and opening reception on June 1st from 5 to 7 pm featuring the “Confabrications” – an exhibit by the Northern Minnesota Craftswomen. The show features original, one of a kind artwork showcasing the talent, creativity and dedication of this longstanding arts organization. Exhibit runs June 1st to the 30th. The BCAC is free and open to the public. Visit the BCAC and Shop 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave N (upper level of the Historic Carnegie Library on 5th St) or at http://www.bcac.wordpress.com For information contact us at (218) 444-7570 or at bcac@paulbunyan.net Hours are Tues to Fri. 12 to 5pm and Sat. 10am to 2pm.
Bemidji Public Library Art Wall presents Apple Blossom Childcare as the Bemidji Public Library’s “Featured Artists” for June, 2012! Join us during the First Friday Art Walk from 3:00 to 5:00 PM for their exhibit, “Two Seasons” featuring wet on wet water color paintings. The Bemidji Public Library is located at 509 America Ave.

Brigid’s Cross Irish Pub is pleased to welcome a new artist collective for the month of June. Members of the First City Artists invite the community to view a showcase of various works in watercolors, oil, acrylic and more. Meet the personalities behind the art after 5 pm. Many selections will be for sale and a “wine and nibbles reception” begins at 7pm. Also on Friday – Brigid’s Cross welcomes back the Celtic Rock band, Lehto & Wright. Lehto & Wright will be playing at the festival in Detroit Lakes on Saturday the 2nd so, happy to say, the pub was able to snag them up for some fun. Brigid’s is open for lunch and dinner until 9pm. More information at http://www.brigidsirishpub.com or by calling 218-444-0567.”

Dunn Bros Coffee – presents Alex Deme and Emily Wendland for the June First Friday Art Walk. Alex and Emily are both emerging artists forged from the burning embers of BSU’s Visual Art Department. Trained in a variety of mediums, Alex focuses his talents in ceramics and printmaking, while Emily does painting and illustrative work. They share a common interest in the natural environment, and often incorporate unique interpretations in their pieces. Join us on June 1st from 5 to 7 pm as a part of the First Friday Art Walk to meet the artists. Dunn Bros is at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S. – Call (218) 444-5252 dunnbros106@dunnbros.com
Gallery North – Join us on June 1st from 2:00 to 5:00 for our First Friday Art Walk Open House featuring Showcase Artist DuWayne Schwindt and Featured Artist Monie Martin. DuWayne will display “intarsia” or wood inlay projects completed and suitable for wall hanging. Intarsia is an art form utilizing complex flowing patterns of wood pieces while Monie will feature baskets made from many local materials such as black ash, cedar, birch bark, willow, sweet grass, and round and flat reeds, some natural and some dyed. Gallery North First Friday reception will also recognize two new members Cheryl Camenisch and Carol Hoyum. Cheryl Camenisch has crafted feather pictures and jewelry and Carol Hoyum features photography pictures, gift tags, and jewelry. For more information regarding this exhibit or showing at Gallery North please contact Gallery North at 444-9813. galleryn@paulbunyan.net

Headwaters School of Music and Arts- presents exhibit of works by the Artists of Studio 10. The exhibit features an eclectic mix of subjects and media for all to enjoy and is on display in the main recital hall at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. Join us on June 1st for our opening reception as a part of the First Friday Art Walk from 3 to 5pm to enjoy refreshments and meet the artists. The Headwaters School is located at 519 Minnesota Ave N. in Downtown Bemidji. For more information 218-444-5606

Rail River Folk School – presents Alice Blessing as their artist for June featuring a retrospective showcasing past and present works. Join us for the opening reception with the Artist on Friday, June 1st from 5pm to 7pm. Alice’s artwork will be on display all month long, times vary. After the reception, stay for the Northwoods Folk Collective open mic starting at 7pm. Sign up starts at 6:30. Refreshments served. Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad Street SW, Bemidji (just over the Irvine Ave Bridge)

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will present the photography of Aaron Tank June 1st through 30th. A native of Turtle River and musician by trade, Aaron’s wandering instinct and uncanny patience and prowess in the bush allows him to capture intimate photos of reclusive wild life such as owls, and stunning landscapes such as aurora borealis. Join us for the opening reception on First Friday June 1st, from 3:00-5:00 pm. After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare’s own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar, 5:00-9:00 pm, featuring a Syrian inspired menu as this month’s theme, and wine and beer list to match. 523 Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji. 444-JAVA or wildharebistro.com.

EXHIBITS – Around Town
Neilson Place – The Neilson Place Art Committee presents work by Bemidji area visual artists Kathy Gustafson and Pat Shough in a combined show entitled: “Flora and Fauna”. “Flora and Fauna” will be on display until the end of June. Neilson Place is located at 1000 Anne St. NW, Bemidji.

First Friday Art Walk Openings in Bemidji for May 2012

Bemidji Community Art Center invites you to the May First Friday Art Walk and opening reception on May 4th from 4 to 6pm featuring the Annual 5th Grade Invitational – showcasing work by area 5th grade students from Central, Horace May, JW Smith, Lincoln, Northern, Red Lake, Schoolcraft, Solway and St. Philips Elementary Schools. Exhibit runs May 4th through the 19th. The BCAC is free and open to the public Tuesday to Friday 12 to 5pm and Sat 10am to 2pm. Visit us at 426 Bemidji Avenue North in the Historic Carnegie Library or at http://www.bcac.wordpress.com or contact us at (218) 444-7570 or at bcac@paulbunyan.net

Bemidji Public Library Art Wall presents artist Melissa Burness and her exhibit Kaleidoscope Vision – A photographic collection Mother Nature’s creations including flowers, butterflies and birds transformed into kaleidoscope art. Join us on May 4th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM for our First Friday opening reception to meet Melissa. The Bemidji Public Library is located at 509 America Ave.

Brigid’s Cross Irish Pub is pleased to have closet artist, Sandy Macleod, share his richly colored oil paintings as the May artist. Originally from Scotland, Sandy has been living in Bemidji for the past 5 years. Viewers can expect to see mostly oil works in rich, layered colors with a broad range of subjects and techniques from realism to impressionism. Mr. Macleod is unable to be present at the opening but a complete bio will be available for the exhibit. Join us at Brigid’s on First Friday for our featured wine tasting and entertainment by the wildly talented band Good Noise beginning at 8pm. Brigid’s kitchen serves until 9pm.  We are located at 317 Beltrami Ave. NW More information at http://www.brigidsirishpub.com.

Cabin Coffeehouse and Café –  is pleased to present the debut exhibit by First City Artists. This newly formed group will be showcasing all new artwork including photography and paintings of various mediums in their exhibit, “Serendipity”. The definition of Serendipity is “a seeming gift for finding good things accidently” which represents how the group was formed. Join us as a part of the First Friday Art Walk for our reception on May 5th. from 4-6pm. Please visit the artist’s work at 214 3rd St. NW, downtown Bemidji all of the month of May, open daily 7:30am to 8pm and visit us online at cabincoffeehouse.com

Dunn Bros Coffee – presents photographer Cody Erickson as their May Artist. Cody invites you to come see the world through a glimpse of his eyes. Lights, shapes, colors, textures; all things we take for granted, but Cody has found a way to take the ordinary and bring it to life through his photographic artistry. Join us on May 4th at 5pm as a part of the First Friday Art Walk to meet Cody and view his exhibit, “Obliterating the Mundane”.  Dunn Bros is at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S. – Call (218) 444-5252 dunnbros106@dunnbros.com

FREAXIS STUDIOS – welcomes you all to Fortuna Puppet Theatre’s rod and shadow show, “The Hangnail Affair”. There will be two free short performances, at 5 pm and 6 pm, with snacks included.   Find us in the lower level of the Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave N.

Gallery North – Join us on May 4th from 2:00 to 5:00 for our First Friday Art Walk Open House featuring our May Showcase Artist – Scott Rollenhagen from Big Falls. Scott is a self-taught artist specializing in painting and drawing in a realist manner leaning toward impressionism. Also for May, Gallery North presents two Featured Artists -Marion Caroline whose artwork includes watercolors, acrylics, oils, and paintings on feathers and John Eggers – author and photographer. John will be signing copies of his book “Paul Bunyan and Babe ABC Book” as a part of the First Friday Art Walk Open House at Gallery North.  We are located at 502 3rd St NW.  For more information regarding this exhibit or showing at Gallery North please contact Gallery North at 444-9813. galleryn@paulbunyan.net

Rail River Folk School – will host The Northwoods Folk Collective. The Northwoods Folk Collective Open Stage offers an opportunity to share stories, music, poetry and other performance art with an attentive, enthusiastic, inter-generational audience. Host: Drew Warne-Jacobsen 218 760 9278. Sign-up 6:30-7:30. Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad Street SW, Bemidji

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will present “Painting to Praxis – Translating Ideas into Paint”,  May 4th through 30th. This exhibit is an extension of a workshop that took place in April, where instructor Paula Swenson has guided participants through the creative process from conception to implementation, completion to exhibit. Participants studied the practices of painting, new ways to problem solve, self-expression and stretching their imaginations. Exhibitors will include Holly Alcott, Terri Widman, Betty Christ, Sue Knudson, and Barbara Jolly. Join us for the opening reception on First Friday, May 4th, from 3:00-5:00pm. After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare’s own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar, 5:00-9:00pm, featuring a Cinco de Mayo inspired menu for the month of May, and wine and beer list to match. 523 Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji. 444-JAVA or wildharebistro.com.

EXHIBITS – Around Town

  • Glazed & Amused presents “Trail Watch”, a photographic exhibit by Barb Meuers featuring images captured along the Paul Bunyan Trail on the east side of Lake Bemidji, now through the end of May. 311 3rd Street in Downtown Bemidji. Open: Tuesday – Friday 12:00 – 7:00 and Saturday 10:00 – 7:00 Mondays by Appt only. Closed on Sundays. Hours are Seasonal and subject to change. For more information contact us at 218-333-6880 or glazedandamused@gmail.com You can find us on the web at http://www.myglazedandamused.com
  • Headwaters School of Music and Arts- presents exhibit of works by the Artists of Studio 10. The exhibit features an eclectic mix of subjects and media for all to enjoy and is on display in the main recital hall at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. We invite the public to stop in to view the works during regular business hours at the school. The Headwaters School is located at 519 Minnesota Ave N. in Downtown Bemidji. For more information 218-444-5606
  • Neilson Place – The Neilson Place Art Committee presents work by Bemidji area visual artists Kathy Gustafson and Pat Shough in a combined show entitled: “Flora and Fauna”. “Flora and Fauna” will be on display until the end of June. Neilson Place is located at 1000 Anne St. NW, Bemidji.

First Friday Art Walk for April 2012

Bemidji Community Art Center invites you to the opening of the 12th Annual Bemidji Area High School Invitational from 4 to 6pm.  This exhibit features work by Bemidji Area High School Students in all mediums.  Please join us for the opening of this exciting show as a part of the First Friday Art Walk. Come & Vote between 4 pm and 5:30 pm for the People’s Choice Award for your favorite work of art.  Winner will be announced at 6pm. Enjoy food, refreshments and music.  Exhibit runs April 6th through the 28th.  The BCAC is free and open to the public Tues to Friday 12 to 5pm and Sat 10am to 2pm.   Visit us at 426 Bemidji Ave N  in the Historic Carnegie Library or at www.bcac.wordpress.com or contact us at (218) 444-7570 or at bcac@paulbunyan.net

Bemidji Public Library Art Wall – presents Collyer Visuals a local collaboration between the talents of Leigh Collyer and Ron Schrader.  Collyer Visuals provides creative image-centric visuals used in designing & promoting products or services from ideation through to installation blending fine art with practical design, custom fabrications and model making techniques supported by graphic design, commercial photography and analog or digital illustration. Their expertise is “Bringing Art to Commercials”.  Join us on April 6th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM for our First Friday opening reception to meet Leigh and Ron.  The Bemidji Public Library is located at 509 America Ave.

The Center of Therapeutic Arts is pleased to present artist Jake Baggenstoss for the month of April.   Jake Baggenstoss has been an artist his whole life, focusing on mainly drawing and painting. The last two years of painting have a similar theme – bright and colorful food related acrylic paintings and prints.  Join us on April 6th from 4 to 5 pm for Jake’s First Friday opening reception as a part of the First Friday Art Walk.  The Center of Therapeutic is located at 521 Minnesota Ave, Bemidji, MN ( next to Wild Hare Bistro). For more information call us at 218-333-6866

Dunn Bros Coffee – presents nature photographer and self described naturalist, AJ Dombeck for their featured artist for April.  AJ has been capturing nature and wildlife images in the Bemidji area for approximately three years.  He enjoys hiking with his wife anywhere in Minnesota, especially in the spring.  AJ has a keen interest in wildflowers.  These have become the favorite subjects of his work.  He is also fascinated by wildlife, especially those species and specimens rugged enough to endure the winter months in Minnesota. Join us on April 6th from 5 to 7pm as a part of the First Friday Art Walk to meet the artist and view his work showcasing the beauty found in Minnesota.   Dunn Bros is at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S. – Call (218) 444-5252  dunnbros106@dunnbros.com

FREAXIS STUDIOS – invites you to another intriguing First Friday event on April 6th from 4-7 pm. To coordinate with the High School Invitational upstairs in BCAC, we will have additional work by TrekNorth High School’s AP art class. In our tiny green gallery, poster art by Skidmark will fill the walls. At 6:00, a bit of – Poetry Out Loud, followed by Fortuna Puppet Theatre’s, “The Nose,” a rod and shadow puppet show. Refreshments will be Skidmark’s specialties. Find us in the lower level BCAC, 426 Bemidji Ave (Carnegie Library Building) 426 Bemidji Ave N.

Gallery North – Join us on April 6th from 2:00 to 5:00 for our First Friday Art Walk Open House celebrating the art of Featured Artist – Diana Colison Jones and April Showcase Artist – Virgene Tyrell.   Diana has been studying art since she was a high school student and began to explore oil painting and copper tooling, two mediums she still considers among her favorites. Virgene excels in mosaics and stained glass.  Both artists will be sharing their insights and favorite techniques with the public as a part of the First Friday Art Walk Open House at Gallery North.   For more information regarding this exhibit or showing at Gallery North please contact Gallery North at 444-9813. galleryn@paulbunyan.net

Glazed & Amused presents “Trail Watch”, a photographic exhibit by Barb Meuers featuring images captured along the Paul Bunyan Trail on the east side of Lake Bemidji. Join us for Barbs reception on April 6th from 7 to 9 pm as a part of the First Friday Art Walk.  Glazed & Amused is a family owned and operated, paint your own ceramic studio, creates a wide variety of ceramic pieces to choose from and paint in a variety of styles.   311 3rd Street in Downtown Bemidji. Open: Tuesday – Friday 12:00 – 7:00 and Saturday 10:00 – 7:00  Mondays by Appt only. Closed on Sundays. Hours are Seasonal and subject to change. For more information contact us at 218-333-6880 or glazedandamused@gmail.com You can find us on the web at www.myglazedandamused.com
NEW VENUE!!  KBXE and the Northern Community Radio Board of Directors is hosting an open house on Friday April 6th from 5-7 p.m. as a part of the First Friday Art Walk and to celebrate the opening of KBXE in downtown Bemidji.  We would like to welcome the community into the station – everyone is invited to stop by!  Find us at 305 America Avenue NW, behind Harmony Food Co-op – For questions call 800/662-5799

Neilson Place – The Neilson Place Art Committee presents work by Bemidji area visual artists Kathy Gustafson and Pat Shough in a combined show entitled:  “Flora and Fauna”.  Join us Friday April 6th to welcome Kathy and Pat during our opening reception from 3:00 to 4:30 with an artist talk at 3:30.  Refreshment will be served. “Flora and Fauna” will be on display until the end of June.  Neilson Place is located at 1000 Anne St. NW, Bemidji.

Rail River Folk School – will host The Northwoods Folk Collective. The Northwoods Folk Collective Open Stage offers an opportunity to share stories, music, poetry and other performance art with an attentive, enthusiastic, inter-generational audience. Host: Drew Warne-Jacobsen   218 760 9278. Sign-up 6:30-7:30. RailRiver Folk School 303 Railroad Street SW. Bemidji

Saarens Productions –  announces the 4th Independent Film Night to be presented on Friday, April 6th at 7 pm at the Wild Rose Theater located in the Masonic Lodge building at 501 Bemidji Ave. N. in downtown Bemidji.  The films featured are all produced by regional filmmakers. Suggested admission price is $5.00. Audience members will have the opportunity to vote for the films they believe should progress to the 2nd Annual Fathom Film Festival scheduled for April 20th & 21st at the Wild Rose Theater.  The Fleur de Lis Gallery is displaying new photographic work by DeeJay Arens and will be open from 2 to 6 pm for First Friday.  Gallery hours are Wednesday to Friday, 2 to 6 pm & Saturdays from noon to 4 pm during Wild Rose Theater Events or by appointment. Contact: Steve Saari or DeeJay Arens at 218-556-1777 or Email: ssaari@paulbunyan.net or arens@paulbunyan.net

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will present A “Free Tibet” art show,  April 6th through May 2nd.  To help bring awareness to the current conflict in Tibet, high school student, Raven Clark has assembled a collaborative art show, made possible by a mentorship grant received from the Region 2 Arts Council.  Raven has been working with her art mentor, Malisa VanMaasdam, to coordinate this exhibition, and it will feature various mediums of artwork from Raven, Malisa, and several selected artists, inside and outside of the community. Join us for the opening reception on April 6th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, as part of the Bemidji First Friday Art Walk.  PLEASE NOTE:  There will be no First Friday Dinner and Wine Bar at the Wild Hare for the month of April. (Good Friday/ Easter weekend)

EXHIBITS – Around Town
Cabin Coffeehouse and Café – The Cabin Coffeehouse is pleased to have artist Kendra Fuller return for the month of April. Kendra’s show will be works of past wall finishing projects she has created and put on canvas focusing more on color, bringing in more bright metallic along with add-ins of various materials, natural elements and unique pieces. A variety of stencils and glass beads along with foils and silver/gold/copper lining.   Please visit the artist’s work at 214 3rd St. NW, downtown Bemidji all of the month of April, open daily 7:30am to 8pm and visit us online at cabincoffeehouse.com

Headwaters School of Music and Arts- presents exhibit of works by the Artists of Studio 10.  The exhibit features an eclectic mix of subjects and media for all to enjoy and is on display in the main recital hall at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts.  We invite the public to stop in to view the works during regular business hours at the school. The Headwaters School is located at 519 Minnesota Ave N. in Downtown Bemidji.  For more information 218-444-5606

First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji for March 2012

Bemidji Community Art Center and the ACLU-MN, Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project North, invite you to the opening of “Art from Within”.  Join us on Friday, March 2nd from 4 to 7 pm featuring an awards presentation at 5 pm.  “Art from Within” features artwork that gives a personal and compelling view into the lives of real people.  Now it it’s third year, “Art from Within” provides an important venue for American Indians and non-Natives who have been impacted by the criminal justice system to express their experiences through the medium of art.  This year’s theme focuses on artist’s feelings and understandings about what the Bill of Rights means to them.  First Amendment freedom of expression is guaranteed for all who reside in the United States, regardless of their civil status.  Art is a way for those voices to be heard.  The 3rd Annual Art from Within is sponsored by the ACLU-MN, Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project North and is made possible with a grant from the Region @ arts Council, Blandin Foundation and the Cy and Paula De Crosse Fund.  The BCAC is free and open to the public.  Visit us at 426 Bemidji Ave N in downtown Bemidji.  Gallery hours are Tues through Friday 12 to 5 PM and new hours on Sat 10 AM to 2 PM or at www.bcac.wordpress.com  Call us at (218) 444-7570 or email bcac@paulbunyan.net

Brigids Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant – welcomes photographer, Weston Holland, for the month of March.  Weston’s show entitled, MN Reflected-Photographic Impressionism, exemplifies how he has developed his approach of capturing and transforming photos of the reflections off of water into works of art. Fascinated by taking familiar images and enhancing them with subtle editing, the objects, scenes, and landscapes, most often overlooked, are transformed, taking on traits closest in description to that of impressionist-style paintings. Entertainment on March 2nd will be provided by Good Noise in celebration of the First Friday Art Walk.  A meet and greet for the artist will be held at a later date.  Holland’s works will be on display on the north gallery wall of the pub throughout the month of March and will be available for sale. Brigid’s Cross Irish Pub & Restaurant is open Monday through Saturday.  More information available by calling 218-444-0567 or by consulting www.brigidsirishpub.com.

Bemidji Public Library Art Wall – and TrekNorth Art Teacher Kristin Gustafson present an exhibit by Advanced Placement (AP) Students from TrekNorth.  The exhibit will feature a collection of paintings from the AP art student’s current portfolios.  The work created by the students focuses on technique, style and subject matter with another grouping focusing on one theme showing growth in composition and concept.  Join us on March  2nd from 3:00 to 5:00 PM for our First Friday opening reception to meet the students and see their work.  The Bemidji Public Library is located at 509 America Ave.

Cabin Coffeehouse and Café – presents nature photographer and self described naturalist, AJ Dombeck and his exhibit “Coming Attractions” for the month of March.  Dombeck has been capturing nature and wildlife images in the Bemidji area for approximately three years.  He and his wife enjoy hiking anywhere in Minnesota, especially in the spring.  AJ has a keen interest in wildflowers.  These have become the favorite subjects of his work.  He is also fascinated by wildlife, especially those species and specimens rugged enough to endure the winter months in the Minnesota.  Dombeck says, “the winter in northern Minnesota can put a damper on one’s spirits.  At the very least it can be agreed that the landscape is fairly monochromatic.  There is a lot of empty space.  Sometimes it can be easy to forget what is waiting under the sheets of white and gray.  My goal with this exhibit is to remind Minnesotans of what is to come.  In a few short months the entire state will come to life.  And what a beautiful display it will be.  It is as if spring feels compelled to put its best foot forward to make up for the long delay.  It is my hope that these images will help you dream of greener days soon to come.  Join us on Friday March 2nd from 4 to 6pm as a part of the First Friday Art Walk to meet AJ and learn more about his work. Visit us at 214 3rd Street or call 218-444-2899 for more information.

FREAXIS STUDIOS invites you to “Tall Tales,” Friday, March 2nd, 5-7 p.m. This month we host Sam Staudt with paintings, along with a modern dance performance at 6 p.m. by Grace Holden and Erin Tope, followed by Fortuna Puppet Theatre’s show, “PG-13.” Curious refreshments will be served, lower level BCAC, 426 Bemidji Ave (Carnegie Library Building) 426 Bemidji Ave N.

Gallery North – Join us on March 2nd from 2:00 to 5:00 for our First Friday Art Walk reception featuring the Artist of Minnesota’s mini show during the month of March.  This traveling show, brought to you courtesy of the Artists of Minnesota, has several members from Bemidji.  Artists featured in this show come from throughout the state of Minnesota.  All minis are for sale. This would be a great way to support artists from around the state. Also celebrate with Featured Artist Jeannie Fenner as she demonstrates how to make a gem tree. Jeanie has been interested in and involved with working with copper wire since she was about ten and read a book entitled “Golden Pennies.” It was there and then that she started collecting wire bread wrappers and stripping them of the paper covering, to twist into tiny trees. She added beads, sometimes sequins or anything shiny. Over the years she has perfected this technique to produce unique, one of a kind creations.  For more information regarding this exhibit or showing at Gallery North please contact Gallery North at 444-9813. galleryn@paulbunyan.net

Glazed & Amused presents painter and Bemidji native Mike Mohler now through the month of March.  Working with acrylic on canvas, Mike presents large scale, mixed media caricatures in this new collection of work featured at Glazed & Amused.   A family owned and operated, paint your own ceramic studio, Glazed & Amused creates a wide variety of ceramic pieces to choose from and paint in a variety of styles.  From functional to decorative with prices starting at $3.00. Stop in and see their studio today! They would be happy to show you around.  Glazed & Amused is located at 311 3rd Street in Downtown Bemidji. Open: Tuesday – Friday 12:00 – 7:00 and Saturday 10:00 – 7:00  Mondays by Appt only. Closed on Sundays. Hours are Seasonal and subject to change. For more information contact us at 218-333-6880 or glazedandamused@gmail.com You can find us on the web at www.myglazedandamused.com

Headwaters School of Music and Arts- presents exhibit of works by the Artists of Studio 10.  The exhibit features an eclectic mix of subjects and media for all to enjoy and is on display in the main recital hall at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts beginning Friday March 2nd.  An Artists reception will be hosted at a later date but we invite you to stop in to view the works during regular business hours at the school. The Headwaters School is located at 519 Minnesota Ave N. in Downtown Bemidji.  For more information 218-444-5606
Neilson Place - The Neilson Place Art Committee presents work by Kathy Gustafson and Pat Shough, Bemidji area visual artists in a combined show entitled:  “Flora and Fauna”.  The opening reception for the artists will be held in April but the exhibit will be open on March 2nd as a part of the March First Friday Art Walk.  Neilson Place is located at 1000 Anne St. NW, Bemidji.
 
Rail River Folk School – will host The Northwoods Folk Collective. The Northwoods Folk Collective Open Stage offers an opportunity to share stories, music, poetry and other performance art with an attentive, enthusiastic, inter-generational audience. Host: Drew Warne-Jacobsen   218 760 9278. Sign-up 6:30-7:30. RailRiver Folk School 303 Railroad Street SW. Bemidji

Saarens Productions –  The Fleur de Lis Art Gallery feature works by Local, Regional and Featured Artists on exhibit beginning Friday, March 2nd as a part of the  First Friday Art Walk from 2:00pm to 6:00pm.  Saarens Productions invites you to stop by the Wild Rose Theatre and Fleur de Lis Gallery at 501 Bemidji Ave to enjoy refreshments and see work by Terry Honstead -Watercolor, Oil, Mixed Media, B. E. Jolly – Watercolor, Pen-n-Ink, Dee Anne Najjar – Watercolor, Wanda Reise Odegard – Oil and Pat Shough – Watercolor, Mixed Media and other artists from the region  Gallery hours are Wednesday to Friday, 2pm to 6pm & Saturdays, Noon to 4pm., during Wild Rose Theater Events and By Appointment. Contact: Steve Saari or DeeJay Arens at 218-556-1777 or Email: ssaari@paulbunyan.net or arens@paulbunyan.net

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will present local painter Sarah Nordlund, March 2nd through April 4th.   Raised in Bemidji, Sarah has worked across artistic fields all over the country, including a tattoo apprenticeship, and managing tours in the music industry.  She will present a series of acrylic paintings displaying her love for nature,
animals, and vibrant colors, and even a piece from her time spent in the big city. Meet the artist at the opening reception on First Friday, March 2nd, from 3:00-5:00pm.  After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare’s own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar,
5:00-9:00pm, featuring a new menu every month, and wine and beer list to match. 523 Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji. 444-JAVA or wildharebistro.com.

First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji for Feb 2012

Bemidji Community Art Center – invites you to the Annual “Members Show” as a part of the First Friday Art Walk on February 3rd, 2011.  Join us for our opening reception from 5 to 7pm featuring work that is created or collected by members of the Bemidji Community Art Center.  Shop 426 will also be open just in time to find a special gift for Valentines Day!  All proceeds from Shop 426 benefit BCAC programming and the artists of Shop 426.  The BCAC is free and open to the public.  Visit us at 426 Bemidji Ave N in downtown Bemidji.  Gallery hours are Tues through Friday 12 to 5 PM and new hours on Sat 10 AM to 2 PM or at www.bcac.wordpress.com  Call us at (218) 444-7570 or email bcac@paulbunyan.net

Brigids Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant –  artist Jake Baggenstoss will be displaying a series of his food-related paintings for the month of February. Jake’s works will be available for purchase as originals or there will be a limited number of prints.  Good Noise, a local band of talented artists will be performing for the opening of this show. More information available at  www.brigidsirishpub.com.

Cabin Coffeehouse and Café – presents work by designer and artist Kendra Fuller of Urban Essence Interiors.  For her exhibit Kendra will be taking her wall finishing techniques and transferring the process to canvas.  She will be exhibiting different samples of work featuring Japanese Plaster, Metallic Plaster, Metallic Paint, Glaze recipes and different stencils.  Join us on Friday Feb 3rd as a part of the First Friday Art Walk to meet Kendra and learn more about her process and her work. Visit us at 214 3rd Street or call 218-444-2899 for more information

NEW VENUE!  FREAXIS STUDIOS – Fortuna Puppet Theatre and Skidmark
present new puppets and prints in “Manifesto: bug, egg, heart”.  Join us on Feb 3rd from 6 to 9pm as a part of the First Friday Art Walk.  The evening includes a puppet performance at 7pm, make-n-takes and refreshments for all!! FREAXIS is located in the lower level of the BCAC building (Carnegie Library Building) 426 Bemidji Ave N.

Gallery North – Join us on Feb. 3 from 2:00 to 5:00 for our First Friday Art Walk reception featuring our Showcase artists; painter Kathy Sanders and wood carver Les Sanders. The Featured Artist of the month will be fiber and mixed media artist Patty Lovegreen.  Join her from 2:00 to 5:00 on Friday as she demonstrates the techniques in hands on demonstrations and take home a beautiful hand made origami gift box.  Special Visitors will be WhipStaff Animal Ranch and Rescue. Celebrating its 22nd year of operation, WhipStaff will have dogs and possibly puppies available for adoption.  Learn more about this non profit animal welfare organization during our reception.  Donations appreciated.  Gallery North Art Gallery is always looking for artists for their showcase wall. If you are interested in displaying your art work, please contact Gallery North at 444-9813. galleryn@paulbunyan.net

Neilson Place – The Neilson Place Art Committee continues the exhibit with artist Melissa Moss of Blueleaf Photographs entitled “Serenity” now through the end of Feb.   Neilson Place is located at 1000 Anne St. NW, Bemidji.

Rail River Folk School – will host The Northwoods Folk Collective. The Northwoods Folk Collective Open Stage offers an opportunity to share stories, music, poetry and other performance art with an attentive, enthusiastic, inter-generational audience. Host: Drew Warne-Jacobsen   218 760 9278. Sign-up 6:30-7:30. RailRiver Folk School 303 Railroad Street SW. Bemidji

Saarens Productions –  The Fleur de Lis Art Gallery announces New Works by Local, Regional and Featured Artists on exhibit beginning Friday, February 3rd as a part of the  First Friday Art Walk from 2:00pm to 6:00pm.  Please Note: The First Friday Indy Film Festival featuring work by Nathan Fisher and Spencer Olson has been changed to Friday February 24th.   The opening of “Ruby Lips Above the Water” been postponed and will now run Feb 2nd through the 6th.  Curtain times are 7:30pm Thurs, First Friday, Sat and Mon, and 2 pm on Sunday.   We are located at 501 Bemidji Ave. in the Mason’s Lodge.  Gallery hours are Wednesday to Friday, 2pm to 6pm & Saturdays, Noon to 4pm. and during Wild Rose Theater Events and By Appointment. Contact: Steve Saari or DeeJay Arens at 218-556-1777 or Email: ssaari@paulbunyan.net or arens@paulbunyan.net

The Center of Therapeutic Arts – Join us on Feb 3rd from 3:30 to 5:30 for “Lucy Learns to Color” by artist and educator Nina Lubarski.  Influenced by her students and the art they create, Lubarski was inspired by her k through 3rd graders to write and illustrate a children’s book creating a story that can be shared with all ages. “Art is a passion I get to share and teach with kids everyday.  Creating this book is another tool I can use to teach and inspire them in return.”   The Center of Therapeutic Arts is located at 521 Minnesota Ave, Bemidji, MN ( next to Wild Hare Bistro). For more information call us at 218-333-6866

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse – presents painter Jami Burdick February 3rd through 29th.  Jami will display her pastels on black paper sharing with the viewer, real life experiences that have inspired the artist.  Join us for the opening reception Friday, February 3rd from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.  After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare’s own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar, 5:00-9:00pm. 523 Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji.   444-JAVA. See the menu at wildharebistro.com.