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Calling,by Sharon Chmielarz and published by Loonfeather Press, was recognized as one of the top independently published books of 2011 with its selection as a  finalist in the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, poetry category.  The award is presented by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group.


Wayne Shilson had his painting accepted as a gift offer by the Honorable Janice K. Brewer, Governor of Arizona. Susie Myers, assistant to the Governor, said in a telephone call that "the Governor was ecstatic and the painting is beautiful."


Roy C. Booth and Thomas Riley had their science fiction short story "Extremum" published as part of the collection titled Apexology: Science Fiction and Fantasy.


antontreuerDr. Anton Treuer was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to a four-year term on the Minnesota State Arts Board. The board's 11 citizen-members are appointed by the governor with the advice and approval of the Minnesota Senate.


Cody Bartz exhibit "Connecting Species" is running the month of September at the Rourke Art Gallery in Moorhead.  


Alice Blessing has a September exhibit at the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids titled "Miss Shapen." Opening Reception is Friday, Sept. 2, 5-7 p.m. 

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Working in partnership with Region 2 Arts Council and eight other regional arts councils in the state, Forecast Public Art, a St. Paul-based nonprofit whose mission is to strengthen and advance the field of public art, has launched an on-line "toolkit" for people who want to create more public art, but aren't sure how to get started.


The 20,000 square-foot terrazzo floor at the Sanford Events Center in Bemidji is one of three examples of public art case studies highlighted in the Forecast Public Art Toolkit. Using the Sanford Center as an example, artists, organizations, and businesses interested in proposing a public art project can gain insight into the process from start to finish.


The toolkit also includes a glossary of public art terminology, a gallery of public art images and videos, and other educational resources, including media clippings, contract templates, and links to other good resources.


Forecast will periodically update the Toolkit content in response to the needs of its users.  The Toolkit can be accessed through Forecast's website    or through the Region 2 Arts Council website.

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This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts and Cultural Heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.


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Effective this issue, the Region 2 Arts Council is launching a new format for Northern Arts News. Hopefully you will find this format an effective tool for staying abreast of grant deadlines, events, workshops, and opportunities for artists and arts appreciators in our region.


Grant season is now in full swing! Take a moment to review the upcoming grant deadline schedule so that you won't miss an opportunity to receive funding. The new deadline for the Career Development Fellowship is September 14, 2011. The Fellowship is only offered once a year, so get your grant applications in soon!


We are currently in Fiscal Year 2012, and it is important to note that several of the FY12 grants have been revised. I strongly recommend you review the guidelines before beginning your application. Download updated FY12 grant application forms from our website, or stop by our office at 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji for a printed copy of the form you need. We are available to assist you with any questions you may have about the application process.


R2AC is committed to strengthening the development of your career or organization and we've already scheduled an exciting line-up of professional development and "no risk" workshops for this fall. More R2AC funded workshops and events are on the horizon, so remember to take a moment to check the daily posts on our web site for the most current information.


The Artist Mentor grant awards are announced in this issue, along with a link to the artist mentor bio page. This program has really taken off and we are so proud of the student artists and the regional mentors who are taking the time to launch the next generation of artists.


Finally, R2AC is pleased to announce the appointment of four new board members. The qualifications and talents of these new members will support our vision and mission; and they all will be strong advocates for the arts in our region.


We hope you will enjoy this new format and we welcome any feedback.


Terri Widman

Executive Director, Region 2 Arts Council 

Region 2 Arts Council News 


R2AC Grant DeadlinesgrantdeadlinesView grant deadlines and information.
  • Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants
  • Artist Mentor Grants
  • Community Arts Support Grant
  • Individual Artist Grants
  • Anishinaabe Arts initiative Grants
  • Arts Project Grants
  • R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellowship Grants 

R2AC Offers FREE AAI Grant Writing Workshop

Artists interested in applying for an Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Grant are invited to this workshop to become familiar the application process, eligible projects, how to develop a project budget and other tips. This grant is open to Native Americans artists residing in the counties of Region 2 and the surrounding counties of Roseau, Itasca, Cass and Becker Counties.  Artists can apply for up to $1,000. Grant deadline is Oct. 6.  

Workshop Date:

 Leech Lake Tribal College

Wednesday, September 7

12 - 1 p.m.


ADVANCE REGISTRATION is required. To reserve a place in a free workshop or for further information, please call 218-751-5447 or 800-275-5447 or email [email protected]. Download a copy of R2AC Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant.


R2AC awards Artist Mentor Grants 

Nine 8-12 grade artists to either mentor with a professional artist in their discipline or attend a workshop or camp. Grant awardees include: Raven Clark, Jordan Williams, Analisa Huschle, Rachel Washenberger, Kiah Hartung, Ryan Cooper, Aaron Schnackenberg, Zoey Schlemper and Ivan Smith. Click here for a short description of each of these young artists and an explanation of their goals. 


The Region 2 Arts Council Welcomes Four New Membersboardmembers
Steve Ballard of Clearwater County, Steve Prenevost of Hubbard County, Leah Prussia of Mahnomen County and Nancy Cole of  Lake of the Woods County have joined the Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors.
All four board members expressed the need to support and advocate for art in their counties, and to make art more accessible to the public in our region. Click here for complete biographies


Kathy Gustafson: Artist Career Counselor through Springboard for the Arts.
Are you looking for career assistance in goal setting, time management, marketing and promotion? Would you like to spend an hour or more with a trained career counselor who understands from experience what it's like to be an artist living and working in rural Minnesota? Consider making an appointment for one-on-one career counseling with Kathy Gustafson, a Springboard for the Arts Artist Career Counselor.

     In an hour career consultation session, Kathy will help Region 2 artists set career goals and offer tools and suggestions for meeting those goals. Not only has Kathy been trained by Springboard for the Arts, she comes to this position with a wealth of personal experience and success as a professional artist. 

     If you are interested in setting up a consultation with Kathy, please contact  Springboard for the Arts online or call 651-292-4381. Ask to speak with Andy Sturdevant. Consultations are $45 per hour session and are a tax-deductible business expense.





Sept. 9     Headwaters School of Music and the Arts presents its Fall Writer's Retreat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Ruttger's Birchmont Lodge. This retreat is led by local author, poet and professor CarolAnn Russell, M.F.A., Ph.D. Innovative and creative opportunities for writing will comprise most of the retreat, along with chances to share ideas and insights. Meals, snacks and materials provided. Open to writers of all genres and purposes including personal writing and reflection. Cost: $100. To register, call 218-444-5606 by Sept. 6.


R2AC Color Logo Sept. 10     Bead Mosaic workshop presented by macramé artist Joan Babcock. Learn to use seed beads, stones crystals and other small elements to make mosaic pendants. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Heartwoods Healing Center in Bemidji (5307 N. Bemidji Ave.) All skill levels welcome. Cost: $46 for the workshop and $25 for supplies. Limit 12 people per workshop. To register, call 218-751-5447 or email [email protected].


R2AC Color Logo Sept. 11     Cavandoli Macramé Pendant workshop presented by macramé artist Joan Babcock. Create geometrical and pictorial designs similar to tapestry weaving in a pendant. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Heartwoods Healing Center in Bemidji (5307 N. Bemidji Ave.) This workshop is geared for students who have basic macramé knowledge. Cost: $46 for the workshop and $30 for supplies. Limit 12 people per workshop. To register, call 218-751-5447 or email [email protected]


Sept. 17     Headwaters Basketmakers Guild meets in Bemidji. This month's class is "Vanity Fair Basket," a useful basket with wooden base, ceramic handles and colorful triple twining. Costs: $35. New weavers welcome. For information, call Eve at 218-586-3533 or [email protected].


Sept. 26     Writing the Short Poem class begins. This 10-week online class led by LouAnn Muhm. Those interested, visit the Loft and click on "online classes" for more information.  

R2AC Color Logo Oct. 3 & 4   Beginning Telemark Rosemaling Workshop presented by Shirley Evenstad. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Clearbrook. Cost: $30. Registration deadline: Sept. 15. To register, call 218-751-5447 or email [email protected].


Oct. 3     Headwaters School of Music and the Arts presents Beginner's Pottery Classes with Tom Daly. Classes offered Monday afternoons at HSMA in Bemidji (519 Minnesota Ave). Cost: $55 a month. Session dates: Oct. 3, 10, 17 and 24. Ages 8-13: 4:15-5:30 p.m. and ages 14-adults: 5:30-6 p.m. Call 218-444-5606 to register.  


October 8    Writer and author Susan Carol Hauser facilitates What Did I Say? In this 9:00 'til noon workshop, participants will learn ways to read their writing the ways others do, including recognition of values and meanings expressed in the work. The workshop will introduce techniques for discovering both literal and metaphorical meaning in participants' writings. Participants are asked to bring a poetry or prose writing sample of approximately 5 pages to the workshop. For cost, location and further information, contact the BCAC at (218) 444-7570.


R2AC Color Logo Oct. 13     Paul and Babe Pillow or Wall Hanging workshop presented by fabric artist Marilyn Lee. Learn the appliqué technique and special sewing and finishing techniques to create either a wall hanging or pillow. This three day class will meet from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 13, 20 and 27 at Deb's Community Center. Cost: $30 and includes materials. Registration deadline: Oct. 6. To register, call 218-751-5447 or email [email protected]


R2AC Color Logo Oct. 14 & 15     First Peoples Fund presents Native Artists Professional Development Workshop. This resource takes Native artists on a journey that begins by helping them express their own vision and values that will ultimately become the principal foundation of their businesses. A series of self-assessment tools helps artists determine their art marketing, business and financial management abilities, while planning and budgeting tools help them develop and enhance these practical and important skills. Intensive pricing and marketing sessions are included along with a sample business plan. The workshop will be held twice: Oct. 14 at Leech Lake Tribal College, Cass Lake and Oct. 15 at White Earth Tribal and Community College in Mahnomen. Cost: Free. To register, call 218-751-5447 or email [email protected].


R2AC Color Logo peoplesfund Oct. 25     R2AC sponsors Juried Works, a FREE workshop for visual artists presented by Kathleen Richert, an accomplished artist and workshop facilitator. In this workshop, visual artists will focus on readying, refining, and even revamping their promotional presentation.  This workshop will be presented from 5:30-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25th in the conference room at Coldwell Banker Real Estate, 101 South Main Street in Park Rapids, MN.  This workshop is FREE to visual artists residing in Hubbard, Mahnomen, Lake of the Woods, and Clearwater Counties.  Registration deadline: Oct. 18. To register, email  [email protected] or call 218-751-5447 or 800-275-5447. 


R2AC Color Logo Oct. 29     Photography 101 for Artists presented by Cal Rice. If you are an artist who creates two or three dimensional art, and you would like to improve your skills to create photographs that reflect the quality of your work, then this workshop is for you. You will need a camera, the owner's manual and, if possible, a piece of your art that may be photographed as a demo in class. 10-3 p.m. at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts (519 Minnesota Ave., Bemidji). Cost: $25. Registration deadline: Oct. 20. To register, call 218-444-5606. 




Sept. 2      Bemidji First Friday Events
"Land by Hand: Fiber Artists Explore Place" exhibit showcases 15 Minnesota artists at the Bemidji Community Art Center.
Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse presents Bemidji native Mali Mattson.

For more events, visit the BCAC website.


Sept. 17     Jackpine Writers' Bloc presents their Talking Stick 20 Book Release Party. 1 p.m. at Northwoods Bank in Park Rapids. At least eight book sellers (mostly local authors) and the poetry judge, Kris Bigalk, will be in attendance. Those published in TS20 can pick up their free book. Books by the judges and other volumes of Talking Stick and 20x20 will be on sale. The program with Kris Bigalk, announcement of winners and readings by those in this year's Talking Stick will start at 2 p.m. Email [email protected] for more information.


Sept. 24-25     The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council (PRLAAC) will sponsor Art Leap 2011 as part of Legacy Weekend. Art Leap is an "open studio event" featuring artists' studios and culturally rich destinations in the Park Rapids area. Art lovers can use our map to visit area artists' and artisans' studios, workshops and other featured locations. Art Leap is free and open to the public. Studios will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.


Maps are available at the Community Education Office, Blank Canvas Gallery in Park Rapids and the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce or may be downloaded. This year, Park Rapids Community Education is offering a handicapped accessible bus tour to Art Leap destinations for a fee. Call 218-237-6600.


Live performances will be featured Saturday at Moose Creek/Moose Creek Village in downtown Park Rapids and Paul Albright's Sculpture Studio in rural Akeley. Terrapin Station, Nevis, will host the 2nd Annual Art Leap Music Festival and Open House. All performances are free and open to the public.


Art Leap 2011 is sponsored by the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council and is funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008.


Sept. 24     The Northern Light Opera Company will celebrate its 10th Anniversary at a Ten Year Retrospect at 7:30 p.m. at the Park Rapids Area High School. Artists from all the opera productions will return to Park Rapids to reprise the songs they originally brought to life on the NLOC stage. Singers will return from all over the Midwest to take part in this production. This event is part of the Park Rapids Legacy Weekend.  


Sept. 25    Heartland Concert Associations presents its 30th Anniversary of the Heartland Concert Association's first performance at the Park Rapids Area High School  Sunday, September 25th at 7:30 p.m. with "A Tribute to Frankie Valli by the Unexpected Boys".  This group has headlined in cities all over the world and opened for such celebrities as Diane Ross, Dionne Warwick, Deborah Cox and have recently been featured on the Bravo Network. Tickets are available at the door. For more information, contact Bobbi Zigmant at 218-732-9293.


Oct. 2        Bemidji Symphony Orchestra presents
"American Jazz" at 3 p.m. at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Pianist Jacob Adams will be featured on Gershwin's "Concerto in F." Orchestra will play William Grant Still's "AfroAmerica Symphony." Tickets: $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens, $10 for college students with an ID, K-12 students free. Available at Lueken's North, Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, brownpapertickets.com or at the door. Visit the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra website or call 218-444-7914 for more information about this performance.

October 7     Susan Carol Hauser will read from her new book, My Kind of River Journey: Seeking Passage on the Mississippi at 6 p.m. at theBemidji Community Arts Center. A poet, essayist and freelance writer, Hauser is the author of numerous publications. She has received a 2011 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant in Creative Nonfiction and a 2010 McKnight Artist Fellowship, Loft Award in Poetry. Don't miss her writing workshop in Bemidji on Oct. 8. 


Oct. 15     Bemidji State University Department of Music presents A Multi-Harpsichord Chamber Recital featuring the world-premiere of Concerto for Four Harpsichords by Dr. Asako Hirabayashi. 7:30 p.m. at Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex Recital Hall. Cost: $10 adults, $5 seniors (65 and older) and students free. Tickets available at the door prior to performance. This project was made possible through generous grants from the MN Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the MN State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of MN on Nov 4, 2008, the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest MN Foundation and Lueken's Village Foods of Bemidji.


Oct. 13-17   The Mask and Rose Women's Theater presents The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl at the Wild Rose Theater at 7 p.m. Tickets: $12 for adults, $6 for youth and seniors. Available at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub. The play is a whimsical comedy centered on Matilde, a Brazilian cleaning woman who would rather be a comedian. For more information, contact Cate Belleveau at [email protected] or The Mask and Rose website.


Oct. 25     Pequana Playhouse presents the Mixed Blood Theatre to present "According to Coyote" at 7 p.m. at the Lake of the Woods School auditorium. This energetic collection of lightning paced legends give life to Coyote, the wise/foolish/brave/sneaky and very entertaining Trickster - a teacher, magician and hero in American Indian traditions. Admission: $5 per person and $20 per family at the door. Please contact Ann Patten at 218-395-0146 for more information.




BCAC Call for Ceramic Artists for the 9th Annual It's Only Clay National Juried Ceramics Competition and Exhibit in Bemidji, MN. 2011 Juror is Guillermo Cuellar. IOC is dedicated to functional clay vessels and open to artists 18 years or older in the United States. Postmark deadline Sept. 3, 2011. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes equaling $1,600.00. Purchase awards for Margaret Harlow Vessel Collection at Bemidji State University. For more information, visit the BCAC website


Minnesota Center for Book Arts and the Jerome Foundation present MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Fellowships Series Eleven. Application deadline is September 16, 2011. Application forms are available online.   


The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. is planning a city-wide festival from March 20 - April 27 to honor the 100th anniversary of the gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the City of Washington to honor the friendship between the United States and Japan.


The Festival organizers want each of the 50 states represented and have asked for recommendations for their considerations. Their goal is to showcase at least one instrumental and one vocal ensemble from each state in various performance venues throughout the capitol. They are looking for outstanding choirs or instrumental ensembles. These performers can be from a variety of levels including youth, university, community and professional. Ensembles will perform at least two to three times in venues associated with the Festival. Interested groups should contact Katherine Blauvelt at [email protected] in Senator Franken's St. Paul office by Sept. 8.


Bring the Smithsonian to your Community!

The Humanities Center is now seeking host sites for The Way We Worked, a new Museum on Main Street traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian. This exhibit explores how work became a central element in American culture by tracing the changes that affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years. Letter of Intent: Sept. 9; Application Deadline: Oct. 5. The Way We Worked is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Minnesota Humanities Center. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.  For more information, contact Elizabeth de Soto at 651-772-4263 or [email protected] or visit the Minnesota Humanities Center.


Call for Artist: The City of Holdingford is accepting letters of interest from area artists who would be willing to work in partnership with the community to create a public art piece at the Holdingford Mill adjacent to the Lake Wobegon Trail.  A span of approximately 75 feet of wall space exists as the blank canvas, open to a creative mind to fuse the history and culture of the community into a lasting artwork. Click Details and requirements if you are interested in applying. Submission deadline: Sept. 14.  


  LRAC Announces a Position Announcement at 

The Rourke Art Gallery Museum 

The Rourke Art Gallery Museum, a 501(c)(3) organization located in Moorhead, MN, is seeking a dynamic leader with a passion for the visual arts to serve as Executive Director. The position requires a hands-on, multifaceted leader, able to manage an impressive art collection and rotating exhibits, maintain and develop relationships, supervise staff and volunteers, assist with fundraising, and creatively promote The Rourke Art Gallery and The Rourke Art Museum as educational institutions and tourism destinations.

Master's degree in an arts related field preferred. Bachelor's degree, plus three years management success in the visual arts, arts education or in a nonprofit arts setting required.  

Application deadline is Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, 5 p.m. CDT. Position will remain open until filled.

Submit cover letter and resume including three (3) references to:
Brian Gramer, Board President,
Rourke Art Museum,
521 Main Avenue,
Moorhead, MN 56560

or [email protected].  

No phone calls, e-mails, or visits, please.
Salary range is $35,000-$45,000 DOQ, plus benefit package.   



The Region 2 Arts Council strengthens the presence of the arts by supporting opportunities for arts creation, promotion, education for the people of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen counties.