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 July
July 3, 2015

Watermark Art Center will continue the exhibit DAVIDSON AT EIGHTY, A RETROSPECTIVE by Marlon Davidson. The exhibit includes works in oil, watercolor, silk screen print, etching, lithograph, acrylic painting, and drawing. Visitors can come view the exhibit from noon-5 p.m. on First Friday at 426 Bemidji Ave. Watermark will be closed Saturday, July 4th for the holiday. Have a great weekend!

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will present “Study of Natural Satellites” by Bemidji painter Tawnee Geller, July 3 – August 4. Geller will present the vast, tranquil beauty of the cosmos by creating individual planets and their natural satellites, using the natural fluidity of watercolors. Geller has been active in the local art scene with her exhibits at coffee shops, galleries, commissioning, as well as vending and live painting at festivals. She received a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council in 2014 and has been featured in The Bemidji Pioneer; The Middle Gray magazine out of Brookline, MA; and most recently, The St. Cloud Times. Meet the artist at the opening reception on First Friday, July 3rd, from 3-5 p.m. There will not be a First Friday Wine Bar and Dinner on July 3. Wild Hare is located 523 Minnesota Ave. Downtown Bemidji.

Gallery North is pleased to host the July First Friday Open House for Showcase Artist Elaine Netland, a local watercolor, oil, and acrylic artist who will feature several of her original paintings. Marie Hamre is the Featured Artist for July. Marie’s grandmother taught her to tat and she has been tatting for over 25 years. Marie loves to share, and enjoys teaching others how to tat. Come to Gallery North’s First Friday open house at 502 3rd Street NW, from 2-5 p.m.

Neilson Place presents a nostalgic photography display entitled “Back Roads of America” by Doug Ohman, beginning July 1 and continuing through October 30. As a photographer, Ohman captures images that tell stories as he travels the back roads of America. He specializes in landscapes and historic architecture mainly in the Midwest. Ohman has 12 published books and does public speaking about the history and geography noted in his photos. Come view the exhibit for First Friday, and come back on July 17 for a reception to meet and talk with Ohman from 2-4 in the Neilson Place Lobby. Refreshments will be served. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne Street NW. Ohman will also be doing two photography and history presentations entitled “Journey Down the River” on June 30 at 2 p.m. and “School House Memories” on October 30 at 1:45 p.m. in the Neilson Place Social Hall.

The artists of Studio 10 will have a new exhibit, “Studio 10 and Friends,” at RavenRock Jewelry and Fine Art from July 1 until the end of August. Area artists who won awards at the recent Artists of Minnesota show in Duluth will be displaying their art along with the Studio 10 Artists. Ravenrock Jewelry and Art, at 1000 Paul Bunyan Drive NW, is located across from the Honda Center. This art exhibit is a mixture of different mediums including oil, watercolor, acrylic, painting on silk, inks, collage and mixed media.