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 August
August 7, 2015

Events to Attend:

Watermark Art Center presents “Transitions” by the Artists of Studio 10. In “Transitions,” each artist addresses the concept of transition using his or her medium of choice. Stages of life, seasons, colors, movement, and societal changes are some of the interpretations that will be displayed. Mediums may include acrylics, watercolor, collage, wood, metal, mixed media, scratchboard, pen and ink, or more.  A reception will be held on First Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Watermark, located at 426 Bemidji Ave N. The exhibit will run through September 26. Watermark is open Tue-Fri, noon-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 am – 2 p.m.

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will present “Casa Hogar” photographs by Brittany Fairbanks, Aug. 7 –Sept. 1. In Mexico “Casa Hogar” means ‘Children’s Home’, and deep in the Mexican tropics there is a Children’s Home that has also become home to Fairbanks. The photographs in this show are portraits of children she loves and is constantly learning from. Beautiful and resilient, they have lived through tragedy and trauma yet remain full of joy and love. Come to Wild Hare for the opening reception on First Friday, August 7th, from 3-5 p.m. at 523 Minnesota Ave.

Northwoods Folk Collective offers an opportunity to share performance art with an attentive, enthusiastic, inter-generational audience. This month will feature the Spoken Word in honor of Susan Carol Hauser. It will be an open stage event and will begin at 8 p.m. at RailRiver Folk School, located at 303 Railroad Street SW (over the Irvine Ave bridge & left).

The Least of These Social Change Boutique & Art Studio presents fine artist Patricia Kness and her watercolor and oil still life originals. Come to the reception on August 7th between 5-7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The Least of These is located downtown Bemidji at 310 4th Street NW.

Gallery North is pleased to host the August First Friday Open House for Showcase Artists Art and Austin Kliniske, who will feature their specialized woodturnings. Refreshments will be served from 2-5 during the open house, and the public is encouraged to view this unique collection. Beth Solheim is Gallery North’s Featured Artist for August. Solheim feels painting, just like writing, is her key to happiness. She uses her watercolor art toward creating animal paintings with an abstract flair. The eyes, the color, and the simplicity help portray the emotions and mischievous thoughts behind the adorable faces. Solheim is also an author and has written two humorous mysteries “At Witt’s End” and “Outwitted,” available at Gallery North and Gallery North is located at 502 3rd St. NW

KD Floral and Gardens will host a book signing with Sue Doeden. Doeden is a popular cooking instructor and food writer who currently hosts Good Food, Good Life 365 on Lakeland Public Television. Doeden recently published the cookbook Homemade with Honey, which is the sixth book in the Minnesota Historical Society Press’s Northern Plate series, celebrating the bounty of the Upper Midwest by focusing on a single ingredient, exploring its historical uses as well as culinary applications across a range of dishes. The reception will be held Aug. 7 from 3-7 p.m. Samples from some of the recipes featured in the cookbook will be provided. KD Floral is located at 325 Minnesota Ave.

The Bemidji Sculpture Walk presents its second “Meet the Sculptor Talks” event. This month’s featured sculptor will be Zerkel Native American artist Simon Zornes. Using native rock and wood, Zornes creates powerful images expressive of his Anishinaabeg heritage. Zornes will discuss his process and show his art works at the Northwest MN Foundation Lake Bemidji Room on August 7th from 6 – 8 p.m.

Exhibits to View:

Neilson Place continues their display entitled “Back Roads of America” by Doug Ohman. As a photographer, Ohman captures images that tell stories as he travels America’s back roads. He specializes in landscapes and historic architecture mainly in the Midwest. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne Street NW. Ohman will also be doing a photography and history presentation entitled “School House Memories” on October 30 at 1:45 p.m. in the Neilson Place Social Hall.

The Bemidji Public Library’s Art Wall features a display from the Summer Kids Program. During the summer of 2014, 30 students from 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade explored creative drawing techniques with artist-instructor Susan Kedzie. Students tackled a variety of drawing and seeing exercises that emphasized learning how to “see,” building cognitive and creative relationships between artist and subject matter, and problem solving with composition and representation. The drawings displayed represent each student’s favorite drawing from the six-week period. Drawings include work in graphite, pen, and/or marker. The library is located at 509 America Ave NW.

Dunn Bros Coffee continues the exhibit of photographer Carol Hoyem. Hoyem is a travel photographer who enjoys street photographer, which involves not just photos of people, but also shows people in the context of their surroundings, giving the viewer a glimpse into their lives. She uses both single photographs and photomontages to tell their stories. Dunn Bros is located at 501 Paul Bunyan Dr. S.