The 2017 Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail will be held April 21-22. During the trail, Watermark will feature four events/exhibits highlighting traditional and contemporary Anishinaabe art:
Friday & Saturday, April 21-22
Beading – The traditional and contemporary beadwork of Tom Stillday will be featured at Watermark (516 Beltrami Ave) throughout the trail. Come and meet Tom April 21-22, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Split Ash Basketry – Clyde Estey will lead this 1.5-day introductory workshop featuring the weaving techniques of split ash basketry. Held April 21, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and April 22, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Headwaters School of Music (519 Minnesota Ave.) Participants must be present both days. Class fee: $50. Materials fee: $35. Pre-register by 4/20 here.
Saturday, April 22
Quill Work – Students will create a pair of earrings using traditional quilling and beading techniques in a workshop led by Betsy May. Held April 22, 1-5 p.m. at Headwaters School of Music. Class fee: $30. Materials fee: $25. Pre-register by 4/20 here.
Mixed Media – Karen E. Goulet will host an open workshop session titled ‘On the Surface’ for artists interested in experimenting with assemblage and mixed media materials. Participants are encouraged to bring items of their own for creating a meaningful work of art. Come and go any time on April 22 at Headwaters School of Music. No fee or pre-registration.
Other events featured on this year’s Fiber Trail include:
Keynote Talk – Dancing My Way Home – by Basket Weaver Tressa Sularz. Friday, April 21 at Headwaters School of Music, 7-9 p.m.
In her talk, Tressa will share how facing serious challenges in her life energized a new body of work. While Tressa’s work has always been organically intertwined with her life, her new work embodies movement and transition; from curving forms suggesting movement, embellished with earthly stones suggesting timelessness to cocoons reflecting on a time of stillness and inwardness with eventual rejuvenation.
Exhibit and Pop-Up Studios at Wild Hare Bistro. In celebration of the rich heritage and contemporary fiber artists in northern Minnesota, Trail members’ work is presented in a month-long exhibit at Wild Hare Bistro (523 Minnesota Ave, Bemidji) from April 1-30.
Who’s participating in the 2017 Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail Weekend? Check out these great tour stops, open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on April 21-22. Addresses and complete details can be found at the bottom of this page.
Bear Den Handwovens – weaving – Solway – Carrie Jessen
Bare Cloth – Trail Tree Weave – Turtle River – Keila McCracken
Eve Sumsky Basketry – basketry – Tenstrike – Eve Sumsky
Intersections Studio – knotting – Bemidji – Karen-lisa Forbes
Patty Lovegreen Studio – weaving/felting – Solway – Patty Lovegreen
Two Eyes Weaver Studio – weaving – Bemidji – Kristin Majkrzak
Watermark Art Center – contemporary beadwork – Bemidji – Tom Stillday
Willow Wood Market Quilt Shop – rug hooking – Bemidji – Bonnie Lundorff
This activity is made possible by the voters of MN, through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.