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2020 January 3 & 10 (First & Second)

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Gallery North – Gallery North will host Showcase Artist Faith Clover during the First Friday reception on January 3, 2020 from 2:00-6:00 pm. Faith retired after teaching art and art education for 40 years in Oregon, Arizona and at the University of Minnesota. Over the years Faith has done work in many mediums and many forms of cultural crafts.

Faith said a friend introduced her to classes at the Minnesota School of Botanical Art, and she was hooked. Faith’s work shows the respect and the discipline that is required in botanical illustration and watercolor, as well as the importance of understanding the structure and growth patterns of plants.

Gallery North’s Featured Artist for January is John Winter. John has had the opportunity to visit every one of our MN State Parks and the North Shore of Minnesota many times during his career with the Department of Natural Resources. John states these experiences have helped to develop the subjects he now paints that are primarily focused on nature, history and recreation in Northern Minnesota.

John’s goal is to keep developing his artistic skills by painting watercolor paintings each day and having the opportunity to paint with other wonderful artists in the Bemidji area. He feels he is extremely lucky to live in Bemidji Minnesota that has one of the best art communities in Minnesota.

Stop by Gallery North’s First Friday reception January 3rd from 2-6 pm. Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. Please like and share our Facebook page and check out the website at www.gallerynorthbemidji.com. 310 4th St NW, Bemidji, MN. (218) 444-9813.

Dunn Brothers – Enjoy the work of Mike Thole who has authored and illustrated two children’s books as well as collaborated with his friend Charles Grolla finish his book Binesi-Dibaajimowinan: Ojibwe Bird Stories by providing illustrations. Dunn Brothers is located at 501 Paul Bunyan Dr NW S, Bemidji, MN.

Neilson Place – Neilson Place continues with thephotography display of “Clicking Cousins” by Lily Hadrava and Andrea Martin beginning December 6, 2019. Lily’s love of photography started in a high school art class using a 35 mm Minolta camera and black/white film. She now uses a digital camera capturing the beauty of family, friends and nature. Lily also enjoys painting with acrylics and teaching American Folk art painting and stenciling.

Andrea’s love of photography started from Lily’s influence. She studied photography and managed photo labs. Andrea travels throughout the USA with her husband seeing the beauty in objects, animals and landscapes through her lens. She also loves photographing her grandkids. A reception, slide show and opportunity to meet the photographers is December 6, 2019 from 1:30-3:00 in the Neilson Place Lobby and Social Hall. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne Street NW. For hours or more information call 751-0220 extension #1.

Wild Hare Bistro & Coffeehouse – Wild Hare Bistro & Coffeehouse will present “Love, Minnesota”, new works by Bemidji artist Malisa VanMaasdam, through the month of January. Finally…Something to write home about! 1950’s inspired postcards featuring Minnesota outdoor activities. Meet the artist at the opening reception Friday, January 10th, (second Friday) from 3-5pm. 523 Minnesota Ave, downtown Bemidji. 218-444-5282 wildharebistro.com

Watermark Art Center – Watermark will hold and opening reception for Blair Treuer and her textile exhibit “Portraits” from 5 to 7pm on January 10 (second Friday). Treuer will give an artist talk at 6pm. Self-taught, Blair Treuer began creating blankets on behalf of her children’s participation in ceremony. She now describes herself as a storyteller who paints with fabric and draws with thread. “Portraits” is an exploration into the role Ojibwe culture and beliefs shape her family’s identity. Treuer’s work will be on display in the Kaul Gallery January 10 through March 28, 2020. Watermark is located at 505 Bemidji Ave N. 218-444-7570.

Bemidji Public Library Art Wall – Featured artist for February and March at the Bemidji library is Alice Lacoursiere.

Lacoursiere’s oil paintings depict a variety of scenes that she has taken photos of in her travels throughout the country and especially here in Northern Minnesota.  “I began oil painting back in the late 1970’s from oil painting classes offered in our local Community Education by the late Claudine Mattisen.  She was a gifted artist and well known that many  will remember her works shown in local businesses as well as throughout the state.   I have been a member of the Northern Artists Association for about 18 years and treasure the many friendships and knowledge gained in their organization.”
For more information please contact her at:  218-760-0296.

The library is located at 509 America Ave NW. 218-751-3963.


Located in downtown Bemidji, the Watermark neighborhood is full of attractions and entertainment opportunities, all within easy walking distance!
While you are walking around, check out the Bemidji Sculpture Walk murals and the kiosk project.
Other things to do while you are downtown include taking in a play at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, discovering what’s up at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, learning our local history at the Beltrami County History Center, and finding fun for the whole family at the Headwaters Science Center.
Need more information on what to see and do? Stop in at the Tourist Information Center, and visit with our Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors & Convention Bureau to find out more. The WMAC also shares the shores of Lake Bemidji with Bemidji Lake State Park and Bemidji State University and just south of us is the Northwest Technical College and Oak Hills Christian College.
We are proud to make our home in such a vibrant community!

Hosting a First Friday Event

Watermark Art Center is the community coordinator for Bemidji’s First Friday Artwalk, but the Artwalk belongs to all of us. If you’d like to host artwork for the First Friday event and list your event in our monthly press release, please contact Lisa Seter lseter@watermarkartcenter.org | 218-444-7570 to set up an appointment to discuss what you need and what we expect. We’ll answer all your questions and provide you with guidelines to make your event a success.