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September 6, 2019

New Exhibits
reception times vary

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First Lutheran Church -First Lutheran’s September and October art exhibit will feature photography by Joyce Kleven and woodcarvings by Dr. Jim Ghostly. Joyce is a retired math teacher and has loved taking pictures since the day her father gave her a camera. Nature photography—especially birds—has become her particular passion. Her exhibit is called “Noticing Nature”.  It is Joyce’s goal to get unique pictures and to capture nature as she sees the images. The thrill of getting that special shot is well worth the hours spent waiting and watching. She says, “Still photography—especially  closeups—allows us to really see or notice things in nature that we may otherwise miss, like the smile of a dragonfly or the reflections on a soap bubble.”

Dr. Jim Ghostly, who passed away in May, was an active member of First Lutheran Church and the Bemidji community. Jim was a gifted wood carver.  He enjoyed participating in wood carving groups in Bemidji and Blackduck. He loved sketching, and in particular, teaching his grandchildren how to draw many things. His beautiful artwork is widely distributed among family and friends, and those creations will always serve to remind us of his lovely spirit.  

There will be an open house on September 5 from 2:30 to 4:30 PM at First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave. N. Refreshments will be served.

Butch Holden Studio – A Garden Party Gallery Walk Reception & Open Studio will be held on September 6th and 7th  at Butch Holden Studio from 10am to 4 pm, with a Friday evening reception and live music  by Lou Sampsa from 4pm to 7 pm. Participating artists include Butch Holden Stoneware, Monica Hansmeyer – Seven Sisters Jewelry, and Gillian Bedford -Acrylic Painting. Butch Holden Sudion,  1104 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji MN.

Gallery North Stop in for Gallery North’s First Friday open house and reception from 2 to 6 pm on September 6 for Showcase Artist Charles Alberti. Charles Alberti’s current collection of paintings titled “Thematic Painting to Music” focus on listening to a piece of music and then painting images and colors that come to mind.  Sometimes he continues to play the same piece of music over and over as he paints.  Other times he can listen once and the imagery stays with him as he paints.   He generally paints 6 to 12 hours most days.   All of the paintings use acrylics paints on canvas.   Some are framed while others are on gallery canvas. In addition to the actual paintings, attendees will be able to pre-order and purchase large posters of any of the paintings in the exhibit. The artist will give a brief presentation at 4:00 P.M.  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. Gallery North 310 4th Street NW, Bemidji MN.

Headwaters Music & Arts -Headwaters Music & Arts will host Harvest for the Senses: a Group Show Featuring Friends of Headwaters. The exhibit will hang throughout the month and celebrates the launch of Headwaters’ fall programming.  The curated exhibit features a variety of work including pottery, paintings, and silk scarves. Featured artists include Headwaters volunteer Gillian Bedford; guitar Instructor Rolf Lund, art instructor Mary Therese; First City Singers member Dianne Roholt, pottery instructor Tom Daly,  and Headwaters Marketing & Arts Program Coordinator Diamond Knispel. The public is invited to a free First Friday reception for the exhibit 4:30-5:30 pm on September 6th  at 519 Minnesota Avenue NW. The reception will be followed by Headwaters CoffeeHouse at 7pm.

In addition, the five artists’ work will adorn the performance hall on September 14th , the date of Headwaters’ Make a Splash Fall Kick Off and Instructor Showcase. The 10 am-2pm Fall Kick off is a free annual event inviting students and the general public to meet Headwaters music and art teachers, check out the music and arts programming, and tour the building.  The kick-off is followed by a 4 pm show highlighting the talents of Headwaters music instructors. Headwaters Music & Arts 519 Minnesota Avenue NW, Bemidji MN.

Watermark Art Center – In conjunction with Bemidji’s First Friday Artwalk Sept 6,  Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson, Shop 505’s September Featured Artists, join up for a two day “Meet and Greet” event at the Watermark. From 5-7 pm on Friday September 6 and 10:30 am to 2:30 pm on Saturday September 7, you will have the opportunity to learn about their process, talk to the artists and view an extensive collection of work. Many pieces not on display elsewhere will be for sale.

Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson

Their collaborations are in collections across the country in public spaces and also in private homes.  They vary in size from a few inches to several feet in width and height. The artists have been working together for decades after long careers producing their own work while they were living in the Twin Cities. During that period of time Marlon was a public school teacher and during the last ten years of his teaching career, was an instructor in the Visual Arts Department at Bemidji State University. Don’s working career has been devoted to wood sculpture and handmade furniture. He has also been a journeyman window display artist, a map maker, a carpenter and with Marlon, he owned and operated a Bed and Breakfast, “Meadowgrove,” near Bemidji. Their relationship, both as artists and as life partners, spans over 50 years. Watermark Arts Center 505 Bemidji Ave N, Bemidji MN.

Continuing Exhibits
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Wild Hare Bistro & Coffeehouse -Wild Hare Bistro & Coffeehouse presents the exhibit of paintings by Maureen O’Brien through the month of September.  Well known for her nature, landscape, and wildlife paintings with a strong northern Minnesota influence, Maureen is exhibiting new and past works. Maureen works out of her Evergreen Farm Studio, located just west of Bemidji, MN near Solway.  Most of her work is inspired directly by nature itself, much of which surrounds her at Evergreen Farm Studio. Maureen has painted with acrylics on a number of mediums, including canvas, leather, and wood. Maureen is also a respected art and painting teacher, with decades of experience working with students of all ages. Maureen especially loves to teach students the healing power of art and encourages everyone she meets to pick up a brush.  The Wild Hare is located at 523 Minnesota Ave in Downtown Bemidji, 218-444-5282, wildharebistro.com

Dunn Brothers Coffee – The featured artist at Dunn Bros continues with John Winter, an emerging artist from Bemidji. Winter is inspired by nature, with a history of working in park service for over 40 years. His primary subjects focus on nature, painting and recreation. View his paintings at Dunn Bros in through September. Dunn Bros is open 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. and is located at 501 Paul Bunyan Dr SE.

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.