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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
February 3, 2017

Events to Attend:

Gallery NorthWarm Your Heart With A Little Art is the featured event at Gallery North on First Friday, February 3rd. Visit the gallery from 2 to 5 p.m. to register for FREE CLASSES that will be held throughout the month of February. Classes will include painting, quilting, woodcarving, jewelry, Ukrainian Egg decorating, basketry and more. The gallery is located at 502 3rd St. NW.

The Least of These Fair Trade and Handmade Gift Shoppe is hosting a First Friday Art and Acoustics event featuring Diamond Knispel and live music by Cassidy Jay. Knispel is a self-taught artist who finds her voice through writing and her vision through the canvas. Jay is a composing musician who writes and performs on a variety of instruments. Inspired by musical traditions from around the world, he combines technique and artistic expression to conjure his own unique sound. This family-friendly community event will be held on Friday February 3rd from 5-7 p.m. at 108 3rd Street NW, downtown Bemidji. Snacks will be served! The Least of These is a program of the non-profit organization Hands of Action International.

Watermark Art Center is featuring jewelry and scarves for February First Friday, just in time for Valentine’s Day! Visit the art center on February 3rd from 5-7 p.m. to meet local jeweler Monica Hansmeyer of Seven Sister Design and knitter Lori Forshee-Donnay of Bemidji. Refreshments will be provided. All items are for sale and make great gifts! Hansmeyer has been making jewelry full time since 2000. Her work is fabricated and etched out of silver and gold, incorporating unique precious stones. Forshee-Donnay is the Executive Director of Watermark. She has knit for over 30 years and creates items using wool and wool blends, silk, mohair, alpaca and a variety of natural fibers. She also enjoys spinning. Also on display during the First Friday Open House will be gift soaps from a.m. soap company, felted items by Patty Lovegreen, a variety of regionally-created pottery and more. Watermark is located at 516 Beltrami Ave NW.

Dunn Bros Coffee presents the work of photographer Elise Heisler. There will be an artist reception at 5-7 p.m. on February 3rd with live music. Heisler is originally from Chicago and takes her inspiration from classic art and architecture. She was especially moved by the culture and buildings of Italy, Switzerland and England while on a European tour in 2014. Dunn Bros is located at 501 Paul Bunyan Dr SE.

Exhibits to View:

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse continues its presentation of “New Works” by Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson, through the month of January. Award winning artists Davidson and Knudson have been working collaboratively for decades, and will exhibit new collaborations as well as individual solo pieces. The artists are best known for their dimensional, mixed-media wall pieces that show well in private and public spaces. Marlon was an instructor at Bemidji State University until his retirement, and Don has been a sculptor and a furniture maker. One of the objectives of the two artists is to successfully combine both natural elements and more sophisticated content, and put them together in a way that makes the work harmonious. Both artists look at nature as their primary source of inspiration, informed by art history and the progress of art through the Twentieth Century to the present. Professionals and students must see two of our region’s best known and widely celebrated artists! Visit Wild Hare at 523 Minnesota Ave NW.

Neilson Place continues the photography display of “Around the World in Pictures” by Cal Rice. Rice is a professional photographer and world traveler. His goal is to document the history and culture of each country he visits. Every display area at Neilson Place is dedicated to an individual country’s images, including Bhutan, Cuba, Costa Rica, Ireland, Italy and America. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne Street NW.

Bemidji Library – The library wall will display the work of Gallery North member Jeannie Fenner. The theme for this exhibit will be “Out There” and will feature several abstract pieces created with alcohol ink. Visit the library at 509 America Ave.

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