The Bemidji – First City of Arts Studio Cruise is a self-guided tour of the studios of artists working within a 40 mile radius of Bemidji that is free and open to the public. Over the course of three days, the public is invited to visit participating artists in their creative space.
The 2017 Studio Cruise will take place October 20-22, 2017!
The goals for this event are three-fold:
1) Promotion – To promote Bemidji and the surrounding area as a destination for the arts by highlighting the diverse community of artists residing in the region.
2) Education – To allow the public to visit artists in their working environment, witness the creative process, interface with the artist, and enhance their understanding of what goes into such work. We also expect that interaction with the public will serve to enhance the artist’s understanding of the public’s perception of their work.
3) Economic Stimulus – To offer artists a greater level of exposure to potential patrons for their artwork and to add to the economic diversity of the region as well.
Artists: If you are an artist and are interested in participating in this year’s Studio Cruise, you must have a studio within a 40 mile radius of Bemidji. See here for more information on on how to apply. Deadline for applications for 2017 are April 15. You can find a 2017 application here.
Organizing Committee: The organization, planning, and execution of the Studio Cruise are the responsibility of a group of interested, un-paid volunteers formed as a Steering Committee. This committee is comprised of representatives of the Watermark Art Center, VisitBemidji, and interested artists.