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2020 February 7

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First Lutheran Church will feature work by Eve Sumsky in the gathering area. As a fiber artist, Eve enjoys exploring the different techniques of basket weaving, the variety of materials that can be used, and the old styles of baskets made in the past.  The title of Eve’s show is “Ten Of A Kind: a study in design and weaving techniques.”  Her challenge with this exhibit was to make 10 baskets and alter only one design feature or technique with each consecutive basket.

In addition, a series of Butch Holden’s paintings and intricate photography will be on display in Fellowship Hall.

First Lutheran Church is located at 900 Bemidji Ave. N. The exhibits will be on display from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. from February 1st through March 27th.
Rail River Folk School will host a “Sweetheart Art Sale” Friday Feb 7th from 2-6pm. They will have 10 local artisans with a wide array of hand crafted items for your shopping enjoyment. Jewelry in all styles from sterling silver, to contemporary to beaded, paintings in contemporary acrylic pours to traditional Native American style, cards and more will be available. Be sure to stop by the Rail River Folk School 303 Railroad St SW. Any questions or to be a part of this sale please call 218-224-2622 ask for Sharon.
Gallery North will host Showcase Artist Ron Lyman during the First Friday reception on February 7, 2020 from 2:00-6:00 pm. Ron went to college for illustration and drafting, but ended up working in the construction business. He joined several art groups and two of his paintings have won second place with the Artists of Minnesota show. Ron has worked in other mediums including air brush and watercolor, but his first love is oil painting.

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.

Watermark Art Center – An opening reception for painter Paula Swenson and her exhibit “Looking for America” will be held on February 7th from 5 to 7pm with an artist’s introduction by Swenson at 6pm. Her work, on display through March 28, is influenced by her travels across America. The symbolism she discovers during her travels inspires the narratives seen in her paintings. Free refreshments will be served.
Also opening at Watermark February 7 is “Other Dimensions” by Natalia Himmerska with the reception to be held at a later date.  “Other Dimensions” is  Himmirska’s retrospective exhibition, representing  works executed  during her “Minnesota Period” at Bemidji State University beginning in 2003. Her paintings and prints reflect her research into new media, which she introduced into the art curriculum at BSU to enhance her students’ scope in the painting and graphics disciplines. “Other Dimensions” will be on display until April 24, 2020.
No admission is required for access to the Watermark galleries or Shop 505. All the galleries are open during First Friday events.  Watermark is located at 505 Bemidji Ave N. 218-444-7570. Watermarkartcenter.org

Dunn Brothers – Enjoy the continuing exhibit from Mike Thole through February. Thole has authored and illustrated two children’s books as well as collaborated with his friend Charles Grolla to 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 continues with the photography display of “Clicking Cousins” by Lily Hadrava and Andrea Martin.  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.  Neilson Place is located on the Sanford Woods Edge campus, 1000 Anne Street NW.   For hours or more information call 751-0220 extension #1.
Wild Hare Bistro & Coffeehouse continues through February with “Love, Minnesota”, new works by Bemidji artist Malisa VanMaasdam.  Finally…Something to write home about! 1950’s inspired postcards featuring Minnesota outdoor activities.  523 Minnesota Ave, downtown Bemidji.  218-444-5282  wildharebistro.com

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.