First Friday Art Walk

The First Friday Art Walk supports both the artists and businesses of Bemidji’s downtown community by providing a festive self-guided walking tour featuring an average of 11 artists’ receptions each month throughout downtown Bemidji’s restaurants, libraries, schools, and businesses. Watermark Art Center is the anchor exhibitor of the First Friday Art Walk, as well as its media liaison. An estimated 200-250 people are out each month during the First Friday Art Walk to attend art openings, visit with artists, and listen to artist talks, live music, readings or demonstrations. The fun continues into the evening as attendees visit area restaurants and bars for musical entertainment, food, and drink.

First Friday Schedule for March
March 6th, 2015

Watermark Art Center presents “Brain Songs”- a reading of poetry by Diane Pittman as a part of the March First Friday Art Walk. Join us for the opening reception on March 6th from 5 to 7pm. Reading starts at 6 pm, with Q&A to follow. The reading is free and open to the public. Workshop with Diane Pittman – Saturday March 7th – “Poetry: The Yoga of Language.” $40 Adults/ $20 for student. Contact Watermark for more information. The Watermark is free and open to the public. Visit the Watermark and Shop 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave N (upper level of the Historic Carnegie Library on 5th St) or at For information contact us at (218) 444-7570 or at Hours are Tues. to Fri. 12 to 5pm and Sat. 10am to 2pm.

Bemidji Brewing Co – Riverfeet Press is teaming up with Bemidji Brewing once again to host a book release party for Daniel J. Rice’s second book, “THE UNPEOPLED SEASON: Journal from a North Country Wilderness.” Join us at Bemidji Brewing Co. taproom, from 4-7pm. Daniel will be on hand to discuss his latest work and sign books. Anyone who buys a book gets a free beer. For more information go to Bemidji Brewing Co is located in Downtown Bemidji at 401 Beltrami Ave NW.

Gallery North – presents the work of Mike Stavig – shared by Clare Lyman as The Showcase Artist for their March First Friday Art Walk Open House. Clare will present a selection of stippling and pencil art from deceased artist Mike Stavig. Gallery North Featured Artist for March is Curtis Schagunn. Curtis will be on hand and demonstrate his methods and designs used in creating his one of a kind jewelry. 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

Neilson Place presents the artwork of Terry Honstead entitled “My World” beginning March 1st and displayed through June. Terry works in mixed media, acrylic, watercolor, encaustic, lamp work, and sculpture. Inspiration for Terry’s work comes from her life and everything she encounters. She has exhibited her work throughout the state, has been featured in several books, and can be found in individual collections throughout the United States. Terry credits much of her success to other artists and the supportive community of Bemidji and the surrounding area. Meet and talk with Terry on Friday, March 6, from 2-4pm 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.

Vagrant Used Books, Records, and Prints presents 14 large-scale portraits painted by seventh graders in Sarah Stewart’s art elective class at Schoolcraft Learning Community. Stewart describes these 3’- 4’ paintings as “Chuck Close-style self-portraits” which emerged as the result of a nine-week study on portrait painting. The community is invited to come and meet the artists and their instructor in the Rail River Room from 5 – 7pm on Friday March 6, 2015. In addition, BHS 9th grader Sophia Ramirez will serenade visitors to the bookstore on her violin. Vagrant is located in the Rail River Folk School building at 303 Railroad Street SW in Bemidji.  The bookstore is open weekends 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. All books are sold by the pound.

Wild Hare Bistro & Coffeehouse Wild Hare Bistro & Coffeehouse will present “Positive Negative” – recent watercolors by Malisa Van Maasdam Join us for the opening reception on First Friday, March 6th, from 3 to 5pm. After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare’s own culinary artists at the First Friday Dinner & Wine Bar, 5-9pm, featuring a new menu every month, and a wine and beer list to match See the menu at 523 Minnesota Ave. Downtown Bemidji.  444-JAVA

Exhibits around town……

The Beltrami County History Center – features artwork on display from Gallery North along with Revisiting Beltrami County, a photography exhibit featuring historical images of towns and landscapes throughout the county and present-day photographs of the same perspectives by photographer Todd Geiger. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. We are located at 130 Minnesota Ave SW, Bemidji. Open Hours: 12-4, Wed-Sat. Admission fees apply.

Dunn Bros Coffee – will feature work by artist Katherine (Kitty) Ballard-Ryan with a series of paintings created to “pay homage to some of our old ghosts of our collective past and document some of the places that have made Bemidji the town that it is.” Dunn Bros is at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S. For more info. call (218) 444-5252 or

Watermark Art Center Gallery – now through March 28th – “Flying in Circles” silk paintings by artist Mary Therese. The Watermark is free and open to the public. Visit the Watermark and Shop 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave N (upper level of the Historic Carnegie Library on 5th St) or at For information contact us at (218) 444-7570 or at Hours are Tues. to Fri. 12 to 5pm and Sat. 10am to 2pm.