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 8 artist 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 100 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.

View the interactive map for this month here!

Bemidji First Friday Art Walk
February 2, 2018

Dunn Bros Coffee presents the work of landscape and nature photographer Robert Ferdinandt. The display is a collection from the last three years ranging from southwest Minnesota to the North Shore. His photography showcases nature and landscapes in a traditional style free from heavy processing, allowing each scene to speak for itself. Ferdinandt has had his photography showcased in a variety of online and print publications, including:,, St. Paul Pioneer Press and Capture Minnesota. Dunn Bros is located at 501 Paul Bunyan Dr SE and is open 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Neilson Place continues the photography display of “North and South – Best of Both Worlds” by Lainie Hiller. Hiller is Australian by birth and culture.  She is a self-taught photographer who has a love for photography, travel and the outdoors. Her favorite subject matters are wildlife and landscapes, which she has captured through her lens of Australia and travels with her wildlife biologist husband to other countries. View the exhibit at Neilson Place, 1000 Anne Street NW, from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

The Bemidji Library wall will feature the work of Kay Schuver. Schuver, a member of the Northern Artist Association, is an oil painter and wood carver. His paintings often depict local scenery and animals in nature. Bemidji Library is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 509 America Ave NW.

Gallery North will host a First Friday reception on Friday, February 2 from 2-6 pm, for Showcase Artist Raymond Wesley. Wesley attended Augsburg College in Minneapolis with a degree in Art education. He’s worked in plaster, wood, bronze, fiberglass and acrylic paint. Featured Artist will be Gallery member Jamie Lee. Lee grew up in the north woods playing, gathering stones and swimming in the many lakes. She loves discovering how to create a story and dimension in this minimalist way. Featured Author will be Barbara Schlichting, author of the First Ladies Dollhouse mystery series, as well as several published short stories. Schlichting will be available to sign copies of her book Body on the Tracks. Gallery North is located at 310 4th St.

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will present “Dreamscapes,” a new series of paintings by Bagley artist Tawnee Corning, February 2nd through April 3rd. The collection consists of 15 colorful acrylic paintings of psychedelic skies, mountain and tree silhouettes, with gold leaf details. Meet the artist at the opening reception on Friday, February 2nd, 3-5pm, during the First Friday Art Walk. Wild Hare is located at 523 Minnesota Ave.

Headwaters Music & Arts will host the opening reception of Maureen O’Brien’s exhibit, Moments of the Northwoods, 4-6pm Friday, February 2nd. O’Brien works out of her Evergreen Farm Studio, near Solway. She has been painting most of her life and is, for the most part, a self-taught artist. O’Brien is known for her nature, landscape, and wildlife paintings, which usually have a strong northern Minnesota influence. Following the reception, Headwaters will host the Open Mic CoffeeHouse from 7-10 p.m. Hosted by Caige Jambor, the coffee house is a volunteer-led community event where all ages and skill levels are welcome to perform. Sign up begins at 6:30. The CoffeeHouse is $3/person or $7/family to attend. Headwaters is located at 519 Minnesota Ave NW.

Watermark Art Center will host an artist reception for their most recent exhibit, Salvaged Time 1970-2018, featuring the work of Don Knudson. The exhibit includes mixed media artwork featuring reimagined wood elements created with salvaged wood and other natural matter. Knudson resides in Bemidji where he and life partner, Marlon Davidson, create collaborations and operate Donmar Studio. Salvaged Time will feature Knudson’s solo pieces. Reception will be February 2, 5-7 p.m. Watermark is now in their new location at 505 Bemidji Ave N.

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