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.

View the interactive map for this month here!

Bemidji First Friday Art Walk
October 6, 2017

Dunn Bros Coffee will feature a vintage clothing collection during the First Friday Art Walk. The collection is by SKY Vintage & Handmade, an online shop curated and owned by Sheri Ramirez. The display will showcase one-of-a-kind, quality pieces to encourage those looking to express themselves through an individual artistic style. Pieces will be available for purchase. Dunn Bros is located at 501 Paul Bunyan Dr SE and is open 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Neilson Place continues their art display entitled “Another Time Another Place” by Dee Ann Najjar. Najjar is currently working in oils, acrylics and mixed media to capture folk traditions and to record the people and places in her world. Her present artistic inspiration is leaving a visual storytelling legacy for her grandchildren. Najjar has many accomplishments including teaching, books and publications, illustrations, solo and group exhibitions, private collections and awards. Her work at Neilson Place includes watercolor, acrylic, pastel, oil, ink, collage and mixed media paintings. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne Street NW and is open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

The Bemidji Library will feature the works of Ruth Ann Nordlund during the month of October. Nordlund, a retired art teacher, has had a variety of life experiences that have influenced her still life paintings. Working in oil, she creates realistic works of art, while focusing on the movement of light and shadows. The library is located at 509 America Ave NW and will be open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday, October 6.

Gallery North is pleased to announce the current display of internationally-renowned artist Gabor Nemeth, whose artwork will be displayed as the Showcase Artist for the month of October. Featured Artists will be Gallery members B. E. Jolly, Marion Caroline and Elaine Netland. B. E. Jolly (also known as ‘BJ’) primarily creates in watercolor, acrylics and pen-and-ink. Marion Caroline’s artwork includes watercolors, acrylics, oils and paintings on feathers; she is best known for her Equine Art. Elaine Netland is from the Bagley area and is a fine art painter of many talents including oil, acrylic and watercolor. Stop by Gallery North’s Open House on October 6th from 2 – 6 pm. The gallery is located at 310 4th St NW.

First Lutheran Church will feature the photography of Joyce Kleven through the month of October. Kleven is a retired math teacher from Bemidji who has loved taking pictures since the day her father gave her a camera. Nature photography – especially birds – has become her particular passion. She finds it to be a relaxing way to observe more closely and patiently God’s beautiful creation. It is Kleven’s goal to get unique pictures without using Photoshop to change anything. The thrill of getting that special shot is well worth the hours spent waiting and watching. The work will be available to view through the month of October from 8:30 – 4:30 p.m. There will be a reception from 2:30 – 4:30 on October 6. First Lutheran Church is located at 900 Bemidji Ave N.

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse presents “Aadizookaan: Scared Stories & Myths” by D.L. Houseman, October 6th through November 28th.  This exhibit explores six Ojibwe origin stories interpreted through two mediums: woodcut printings and acrylic paintings. Houseman depicts the stories of two young braves in their quest for spiritual guidance, followed by four animal stories, including: ma’iingan (wolf), omakakii (frog), mishiike (turtle) and a story of a seasonal change caused by anndeg (crow), “The Trickster”.  Houseman, a retired art teacher of 34 years, is now focused full-time on his own work, including writing and illustrating children books, numerous solo shows, artist in residence programs across the state, and his art business “Stuff on Paper”.  Meet the artist and enjoy refreshments at the opening reception during the First Friday Art Walk from 3-5:30 p.m. Wild Hare is located at 523 Minnesota Ave, downtown Bemidji.

Northwest Indian Community Development Center will display unique artworks crafted by area Indigenous artists on October 6 from 4-7 p.m. Both traditional and contemporary artworks will be for sale, including jewelry, 2D art, small sculptures and other media. The NWICDC is located at 1819 Bemidji Ave N, next door to Slumberland.

The Least of These Fair Trade & Handmade Gift Shoppe is hosting a First Friday Art & Acoustics event from 5-7 pm October 6th. This event will feature the work of Heather Harrom and live music by Michael Rendahl. Refreshments will be served. The Least of These located at 108 3rd Street is a program of Hands of Action International, a Bemidji area non-profit.

Headwaters Music & Arts is proud to host Sarah Peterson’s art for the month of October. Peterson was born in Minnesota and is presently engaged in contemporary oil painting. In the past she has put more of a focus on realism. Her exhibit, Transitions, is a celebration of her shift in artistic focus to embrace a more contemporary style of painting. She shares feelings, experiences and emotions through vivid use of color. The reception will be October 6 from 4-6 p.m. Following Peterson’s reception, Headwaters will host the First Friday CoffeeHouse from 7-10 p.m. The CoffeeHouse events feature local musicians, singers and writers sharing their talents in 10-15 minute sets. Artists will be scheduled ahead of time with limited slots reserved for sign up the night of the event. Cost to attend the Coffeehouse is $3/person or $7/family. Headwaters is located at 519 Minnesota Ave NW.

Rail River Folk School – Rail River Folk School will host the monthly First Friday Fest, October 6, starting at 7 p.m. The First Friday Fest is an all-inclusive music and creative arts gathering happening every First Friday. The October event includes performances by Tim Goodwin, Caige Jambor and Yma and the Big Thick. They will be joined by several artists, including John Theroux of John’s Chains with his handmade chainmaille products, Gabby and Jake Bagenstoss of Snotter Press with their zines, Ragnarök EarTh ArTs with various handmade wares, and Jessica Mahlberg of Lost Flower Designs with jewelry. Brigid’s Pub will be at the event selling adult beverages. Bring some extra money to tip the musicians and the bartender! Rail River is located at 303 Railroad St. SW.

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