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.

View the interactive map for this month here!

Bemidji First Friday Art Walk
January 4, 2019

Continuing Exhibits
available general operating hours

Dunn Brothers Coffee will feature the photography of Elise Heisler. Heisler is a travel photographer whose work captures beauty, history and culture. The exhibit at Dunn Brothers features images taken in Italy and Switzerland. Dunn Brothers is located at 501 Paul Bunyan Dr SE and is open 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Neilson Place continues their exhibit featuring the photography of Bob Panther. View the work from 8 am – 8 pm. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne Street NW.

The Bemidji Library wall will continue their mixed media show by members of Gallery North. Gallery North is an artist cooperative that displays the original artwork of area artists. View the artwork at the library, open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and located at 509 America Ave NW.

New Exhibits
reception times vary

Gallery North – Stop by Gallery North’s First Friday open house on January 4, from 2-5 where they will be showcasing the upcoming 13th Annual Hockey Day Minnesota (HDM) presented by Wells Fargo. The telecast event will take place on Saturday, January 19, and includes a full day of hockey programming live from Bemidji. Featured artist during the art walk will be Gallery North’s newest member, Gary Palmer from Blackduck. Palmer is a watercolor artist and woodcarver/woodburner. Gallery North is located at 310 4th St NW.

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will present the work of artist Seth Larson through the month of January. Larson specializes in drawing and photography, and a dark, intricate style of portraiture and fan art. Join us on January 4th during the First Friday Art Walk and meet the artist from 3-5pm. Wild Hare is located at 523 Minnesota Ave.

Watermark Art Center presents A Work in Process: the Artwork of Joachim Berthold. Berthold (1917 – 1990) was a West German sculptor who worked predominantly in bronze. The exhibit at Watermark will feature small and large sculptures, as well as drawings, all of which focus on Berthold’s central theme of man – not the external manifestations of the human form, but rather, the essence of the human being. Berthold believed man to be a spiritual being, always evolving, constantly learning from the knowledge of those passed on before. A prolific artist, his work has been shown in museums and galleries throughout the world, including New York, Munich, Milan, Vancouver and more. The opening reception will be Jan 4, from 5 – 7 p.m. Meet Berthold’s family during the reception, special guests Chris Hamilton and Ursula (Berthold) Murch. Watermark is located at 505 Bemidji Ave N.