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 April
April 3, 2015

Watermark Art Center and Paul Bunyan Communications present the 15th Annual Bemidji High School Spring Exhibit. Come see the incredible talent of Bemidji’s youth and support your local High School students. Opening reception will be held at Watermark during First Friday, from 4-6 p.m. Come between 4-5:30 to vote for People’s Choice Award. Winner announced at 6! Exhibit runs April 3-25. Watermark is located at 426 Bemidji Ave N.

Northwoods Folk Collective Open Stage offers an opportunity to share stories, music, poetry, and other performance art with an attentive, enthusiastic, inter-generational audience. Hosting the First Friday event will be Drew Warne-Jacobsen. The public is invited to participate, as well as attend. Event will begin at approximately 8:30, following The Beat Cafe III, at Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad Street SW (over the Irvine Ave bridge and first left).

Vagrant Used Books, Records, and Prints presents the work of wood and stone sculptors Simon Zornes and Tim Stone. Zornes and Stone are individual artists, collaborators, and members of the White Earth (Gaa-waabaabiganikaag) Nation. Meet the artists and see their work from 5-8 p.m. in the Rail River Folk School Building at 303 Railroad Street SW. Sculptural pieces, as well as Zorne’s hand-harvested wild rice and homemade maple syrup, will be for sale. Exhibit will be open through the month of April.

Gallery North pleased to host the Artists of Minnesota Traveling Mini Show at their gallery on 502 3rd Street NW, from 2-5 p.m. Colleen Hilts will be the featured artist for April and will demonstrate her interest in working with fabric, including wall hangings with a combination of watercolor paint and quilting to make original design pictures. Hilts has won awards at local county fairs and the Minnesota Art Association. She has sold wood and quilt creations in local galleries and other locations.

RavenRock Jewelry and Fine Art and the Artists of Studio 10 are hosting an exhibit by guest artist Maureen O’Brien during the months of April and May. Her exhibit “Peace and Healing” will include original acrylic paintings and metal-infused prints. An opening reception will be held on First Friday, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at RavenRock,1000 Paul Bunyan Dr NW. O’Brien’s work is inspired by the many benefits available to us in the north woods, and how both nature and art itself can provide us with healing and a calming peace in a busy world.

Dunn Bros Coffee will showcase work by painter Tawnee Geller, with exhibit opening from 5-7 p.m. at their location, 501 Paul Bunyan Dr SE. Geller spent the past year studying images of the cosmos and layering many coats of oils and lacquer to bring forth the human form in galaxies, aurora, planets, stars, and nebulae. This exhibit focuses on ‘Apophenia’ — the spontaneous perception of connections and meaningfulness of random phenomena.

Neilson Place presents the artwork of Terry Honstead entitled “My World” beginning March 1 and displayed through June. Honstead works in mixed media, acrylic, watercolor, encaustic, lamp work, and sculpture. Meet and talk with Honstead during First Friday, from 2-4 p.m. in the Neilson Place lobby. Refreshments will be served. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne Street NW, Bemidji.

FREEHAND Studio, located at 504 Beltrami, will hold a soft opening April 3-4, from 6-8 p.m. both evenings. Join us for live music and snacks. FREEHAND Studio is a new working studio/gallery of six local artists: Paul Krueger, Nikki Miller, Jake Baggentoss, Emily Krueger, Karen-lisa Forbes, and Caleb Campbell. Get a chance to meet the artists and see them at work.

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse presents “Recent Works” by painter Marley Kaul, April 3-28. Come First Friday for the opening reception and meet Kaul, from 3-5 p.m. at 523 Minnesota Ave NW. For this exhibit, Kaul has created his egg tempera paintings on a smaller scale for an intimacy of viewing, and to reveal overlays of color and brushwork when observed up close. Kaul is a retired faculty member of Bemidji State University where he taught drawing and painting for 30 years. Don’t miss one of Northern Minnesota’s great talents. After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare’s own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar and Dinner. This month’s menu features East Indian inspired cuisine, and a wine and beer list to match.

The Cabin Coffee House Downtown displays new art at their downtown location each month, featuring local adult artists as well as young artists from the Boys and Girls Club of Bemidji. This month’s theme is “False Dichotomy.” Stop in at 214 3rd St NW from 5-7 p.m. during First Friday to meet the artists and view their unique take on such a pervasive issue!

Exhibits around town…

Bemidji Library – The art wall at Bemidji Library will display Impressionist-style artwork by Winifred Thibault, titled “Raining Cats and Dogs.” Thibault paints places and things of interest in watercolor. She trained at The Grand Marais Art Colony. The exhibit will run at the library, 509 America Ave NW, throughout the month of April.