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.

Bemidji First Friday Art Walk
March 3, 2017

Events to Attend:

Gallery North – Gallery North is pleased to welcome Boyd Sharp as their Showcase Artist for the month of March. Meet Sharp at the First Friday Open House on March 3rd from 2 – 5 p.m. Enjoy refreshments while visiting with him and viewing his contemporary paintings, especially “Don’t Tread on Me,” his memorial painting of the 9/11 tragedy at Ground Zero, New York City, which has been highly recognized and acclaimed across the country. Sharp’s work is in many private collections and featured at the Gate City Bank of Fargo. Also, register to win a work of art presented by a member of Gallery North. The drawing takes place each First Friday of the month. The gallery is located at 502 3rd Street NW.

Neilson Place presents an art display entitled “Color Me Spring” by Diane Crawford beginning March 1 and continuing through June 2017. Meet and talk with Crawford on Friday, March 3, from 2-3:30 in the Neilson Place lobby. Refreshments will be served. Crawford primarily is a self-taught artist who has attended many watercolor workshops over the years by nationally and internationally renounced artists. A move to Honolulu in 2005 and subsequent moves to Las Vagas and Colorado Springs gave her the opportunity and inspiration to further pursue her career in art and her colorful works reflect the influences of her life and experiences. Recently returning to Bemidji, Crawford is a member of Northern Artists and Gallery North. She teaches classes in alcohol inks through the Old Schoolhouse. Crawford has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in Honolulu and Las Vagas and her works are in many private and public collections across the U.S. At Neilson Place, Crawford artwork will include watercolor, alcohol ink, and Batik paintings. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne Street NW.

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse – Three artists will come together in March to present “3 Point Perspective” at the Wild Hare Bistro in Bemidji. Don Houseman, Terry Honstead and Kathy Gustafson will share recent works that highlight their individual styles and point of view in the world of art. Meet the artists during the First Friday reception, March 3rd from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Wild Hare, 523 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji.

Bemidji State University presents the 8th annual Midwinter Interlude Open House on Friday, March 3 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the Ramsey Gallery Lobby in Bangsberg Hall. The open house features arts and crafts of BSU faculty and staff, as well as musical selections and refreshments. Bangsberg Hall is located on Lake Blvd NE.

KBXE Northern Community Radio will host an artist reception celebrating Paula Swenson and her mural on the KBXE Building “Landscape of Sound” Friday, March 3, from 4-6 p.m. Swenson’s “Landscape of Sound” was made possible by a Region 2 Arts Council Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant. The mural depicts the four seasons using Swenson’s signature bold, bright and whimsical style. Visitors are encouraged to take a “selfie” with the mural and post it to Paula’s “River of Time Studio” Facebook page. Light refreshments will be provided. KBXE Northern Community Radio is located at 305 America Ave in downtown Bemidji.

Watermark Art Center will present an off-site photography exhibit at The Cabin Coffeehouse, 214 3rd St NW, downtown Bemidji. The exhibit, titled Waabanjigaade, will feature natural and cultural profiles by Manidoikwe Devlin and David Manuel. Meet the photographers and learn more about Watermark’s new Miikanan Gallery at the reception, Friday March 3rd from 5-7 p.m. at The Cabin.

Exhibits to View:

Bemidji Library – The library wall will feature oil paintings of historic Bemidji buildings by Katherine Ballard-Ryan. Ballard-Ryan was born in Santa Monica, CA and has spent much of her life living in various locales, such as Hawaii, Arizona, the Bahamas, Scotland, Utah and Minnesota. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in visual arts from Bemidji State University and currently teaches high school and middle school art at Voyageurs Expeditionary School. Visit the library at 509 America Ave.

Dunn Bros Coffee will exhibit a mixed media art show featuring the work of local art teacher Nina Lubarski. The theme of the show is nature and its characteristic playfulness. Dunn Bros is located at 501 Paul Bunyan Dr SE.

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