details of regalia created by Dana Goodwin and Dennis Williams
Detail on regalia sewn and beaded by Dana Goodwin and Dennis Williams of Mahnomen
Northern Arts News



It's May, which means we are nearing the end of our 2011-2012 granting cycle. Since August 2011, Region 2 Arts Council has awarded a total of $220,771 to individuals, arts organizations, non-profits, schools and government offices in the five counties of Region 2.


In just nine months, Region 2 Arts Council has awarded 30 Arts and Cultural Heritage grants, 22 Arts Project grants, 19 Individual Artist grants, 14 Community Arts Support grants, 8 Anishinaabe Arts Initiative grants, and 2 Fellowships, fulfilling Region 2 Arts Council's mission to strengthen the presence of the arts for the people of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen Counties.


This May, a panel of R2AC board members and one professional artist will convene to interview talented student artists who have applied to this year's Artist Mentor Grant program. The panel will award grants to those young artists who show the greatest motivation, commitment, creativity, and readiness for mentoring with a professional artist in their arts discipline.


Although May marks the end of this granting cycle in Region 2, a new granting cycle will begin in August 2012. Whether you are an individual artist seeking funding for materials and supplies or an arts organization planning an arts event in your community, while you are enjoying the wide range of arts offerings in Region 2 this spring, take a minute to envision new arts projects and arts activities you'd like to see funded in the future.


Happy Spring!


Laura Dehler-Seter

Region 2 Arts Council Program Coordinator



June Workshop in Park Rapids: Marketing for Artists  

Presented by Noah Keesecker from Springboard for the Arts, this workshop is devoted to identifying the right audience for your artistic output, positioning yourself, and developing marketing strategies and a marketing plan geared for that audience.  


Date: June 7, 2012 

Time: 6 - 8:30 p.m.  

Place: Coldwell Banker, 101 South Main, Park Rapids,  MN  


To Register: Call 218-751-5447 or or email R2AC by May 30, 2012.


This workshop is free and open to participants in any arts discipline 


R2AC News 

R2AC Awards Individual Artist Grants 

R2AC awarded $8,635 through the Individual Artist Grant Program to individual artists in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Mahnomen, and Lake of the Woods Counties. The purpose of this grant is to stimulate new artistic endeavors in the region by providing project assistance to regional artists who are seriously committed to their work and to the advancement of their artistic careers. The Individual Artist Grant Program is supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation. Click here to see a complete list of recipients and information about their projects. 

R2AC Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants
R2AC awarded $3,900 through the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Program. Monies awarded are for arts activities related to its mission of supporting, maintaining, and promoting traditional and contemporary Native American arts in North Central Minnesota. The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative grants program is supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation. Click here to see the complete list of grant recipients and information about their projects.


R2AC Awards Community Arts Support Grants
R2AC  recently granted $50,000 in Community Arts Support grants that are available as a result of funding through the Minnesota State Legislature and the Minnesota Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment passed by voters of Minnesota in November of 2008.   Community Arts Support Grants provide some measure of funding stability for non-profit arts organizations so that their energy can be better focused on increasing the quality and availability of the arts to their communities. Click here for the complete list of non-profit arts organizations that benefited from the Community Arts Support Grants.


R2AC Recognizes Years of Service

The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Advisory Council is comprised of Native American artists and arts appreciators from the regions served by the AAI grant.  Region 2 Arts Council would like to commend the following AAI Council Members for their years of service:


7 years: Debra Warren, Genny Lowry, and Delina White

6 years: Bernice Mitchell and Thomas Buckanaga

5 years: Douglas Lee


Miigwech, for your dedication to our local artists!  Click here for a complete list of the AAI Council members

Northern Arts News Deadline

Deadline for the June issue of the R2AC newsletter, Northern Arts News, is May 7. Please send submissions to Amy Zimmermann.



May 4   Bemidji First Friday Events See the complete list of events at the BCAC website 


R2AC Color LogoMay 3   Schoolcraft Learning Community presents its 12th Annual Spring concert showcasing the choirs, orchestras and French program. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Bemidji High School Performing Arts Center and is free. This event is supported in part by a grant from R2AC through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.


  May 11   Bemidji Community Art Center presents the "Great Twin Cities Poetry Road Show" as part of the 2012 Spoken Word Series.Artist reception at 5:30 p.m. at the Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Matt Mauch, Paula Cisewski, Sean Hill and LouAnn Muhm will read their own work beginning at 6 p.m. with Q&A and book signing to follow.  Don't forget to sign up for the May 12 writers workshops with these talented poets. 


The 2012 Spoken Word Series is made possible by a Region 2 arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota Voters on November 4, 2008.


R2AC Color LogoMay 12    Artist Mentor Grants Review for student applicants and selected community and R2AC Board panelists.  Region 2 Arts Council office, 426 Bemidji Avenue N in Bemidji. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


legacysmallMay 13 Bemidji Chorale presents its 33rd Annual Spring Mother's Day Concert and Ice Cream Social at the Beaux Arts Ballroom at 7 p.m. on the Bemidji State University campus. The concert is conducted by Patricia Mason. Cost: freewill offering with the Ice Cream Social following the concert. Everyone is invited to attend.


This activity is funded in whole or in part by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on November 4, 2008.


May 15    Heartland Concert Association presents Metales M5 - Mexican Brass at 7:30 p.m. at the Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium. For more information, call 218-732-9293.


May 15       Bemidji Community Art Center presents the 24th Annual Friend of the Arts Celebration honoring Patricia Mason at the Sanford Center, Gate 2 - Club Level.  Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are only available in advance at $45 for members and $50 for non-members. A portion of the proceeds will support programming at the BCAC and is tax deductable.

For tickets or more information, please contact Lori or Cindy at the BCAC located at 426 Bemidji Ave, call 218-444-7570 or email.


legacysmallMay 17    Arts Downtown Park Rapids (3rd Thursdays) invites audiences to see and hear visual artists, musicians, writers and other artists in businesses in downtown Park Rapids on the Third Thursday of the month. Hours are generally 5-7 p.m. Events are free and open to the public with a free will donation to the artists encouraged. Artists interested in participating, email or call LuAnn Hurd-Lof at 218-652-4081. This year, Arts Downtown participants are eligible to receive a $50 honorarium. Arts Downtown Park Rapids is a Legacy grant funded event, sponsored by PRLAAC.  Arts Downtown Park Rapids will be suspended for June, July and August and resume in September.


May 18-20    Headwaters School of Music & Arts presents Student Spring Recitals. Come watch the talented youth perform on their instruments.  

Friday: 5p.m.              Saturday: 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.              2 p.m. Sunday.

This is a free event and all are welcome. Call 218-444-5606 with any questions.


R2AC Color LogoMay 21      R2AC Board Meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the Region 2 Office located at 426 Bemidji Ave, Bemidji. 


May 31 - June 30    The Edge Gallery in Bigfork, MN presents the art of internationally renowned Ojibwe artist Joseph Geshick in the exhibit Journeys. Opening reception June 1 from 5-8 p.m. This exhibit is co-sponsored by the Blandin Foundation.



legacysmallClear Waters Life Center, Gonvick

The Gonvick site will host three distinct studios: Drawing/Painting, Mosaic/Glass and Pottery.

Each studio will feature a class with a local artist once a month on a Monday. An Art Mentor will be available in each studio every Monday from 1-9 p.m. to assist studio members in continuing their art projects.  For more information and a membership form, call 218-776-2789.


Monday classes offered at 1-3 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.

May 7 & 21     Pottery Studio with Al Spray

May 7 & 21     Drawing/Painting Studio with Jay Jones

May 7 & 21     Mosaic/Glass Studio with JoAnn McFarlin


All classes are $15 per class which includes supplies.  Classes open to adults and youth over 12.  Open studio membership is $15 per month to adults and youth over 16. Supplies available to purchase on-site. 


May 9, 16, 23, and 30 Puppetry 101

Learn the ground rules for basic rod puppet manipulation through direct practice and feedback.  Skills will develop through improvisation and basic storylines. Registration deadline May 2nd . Call 218 751-5447 or email. Cost is $25. Pay an extra $5.00 at the workshop if you need a generic rod puppet to work with. Workshop location Freaxis Studio, 426  Bemidji Avenue N, Bemidji, MN. Workshop time: 6-8 p.m.


legacysmallMay 12   Bemidji Community Art Center presents the "Great Twin Cities Poetry Road Show" as part of the 2012 Spoken Word Series. The poets will present workshops at the Bemidji Public Library Conference Room.  

Morning workshop: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  Poets Matt Mauch and Paula Cisewski

Afternoon workshop: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Poets Sean Hill and LouAnn Muhm   

Cost: $45 for one workshop and $80 for both (students $20 per session with student ID). Limit 20 per session, early registration recommended.  


The 2012 Spoken Word Series is made possible by a Region 2 arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota Voters on November 4, 2008.  


R2AC Color LogoMay 18-20       Lake of the Woods Art Guild will Sponsor Oil Painting Still Life Workshop at the Lake of the Woods School Art Room.  Ruth Ann Nordlund will teach this workshop beginning on Friday night with an optional pot luck at 5 p.m. and a demonstration session to follow from 6-8 p.m. Class will resume 9 a.m. - 5 pm on Saturday and 12-4 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $25.00 plus supplies for the entire weekend.


Registration deadline: May 12. To register for the class call 218-341-9692 or 218-634-1561, and mail a check for $25 payable to the Lake of the Woods Art Guild, 745 21st Ave SW, Baudette, MN  56623.  Please include your name, address, phone, and email address. The class is open to 9th grade to adult and all skill levels. Class size will be limited to 15 and available on a first come first served basis.


This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant provided by the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.


The Loft Workshop: Poetry Inspired by Art

Looking for inspiration for your poetry? Poets from John Keats to Rita Dove have written poems responding to art. In this workshop, students will generate 8-16 new poems, give and receive feedback on the first drafts and get a start on revising. This online class is offered through The Loft and taught by LouAnn Muhm.  It is June 11-August 12, 2012 and open to all levels. Visit their website to learn more about the workshop and to register.  


Headwaters School of Music & the Arts 

Third Street Singers, a non-audition senior chorus program, rehearses Monday afternoons from 1-2 p.m. weekly in the recital hall and performs regularly in the community.  Call 218-444-5606 with any questions.  




legacysmall Lady Slipper Festival Call for Artists Deadline: May 15     


If your art depicts nature or you use natural materials in your art, you are invited to take part in the 2012 Lady Slipper Celebration art walk "Art Around Town" in Blackduck June 23. This will be an indoor/outdoor venue with some artists hosted in local businesses, and others in their own booths at various locations around town. Artists that live within 100 miles of any portion of the Lady Slipper Scenic byway are eligible to participate. For more information or for pre-registration, please call Shirley Gilmore at 218-835-7826.  



The Bemidji Natural Choice Farmer's Market Invitation to Local Artists

The Bemidji Natural Choice Farmer's Market will be advertising the second Saturday of each month as Art Day.  BNC Farmer's Market holds that artists and their work add both diversity and richness to the feel and look of our Market. Local artists interested in participating should request a vendor application packet from Bruce Dreyer, at Northern Outdoors in downtown Bemidji, or contact the following BNCFM Art Day Committee members:


Jane Carlstrom   218-444-5473

Kathleen Blanc    218-444-8497

Maureen O'Brien    218-467-3273


The Bemidji Natural Choice Farmer's Market is committed to bringing art and artists into the Market stalls along with local organic farmers, gardeners, and crafters. Please connect with a member and plan to join us.  For more information go to



The College of Visual Arts (CVA) Deadline: June 21

The CVA is seeking proposals for the annual Portals on Western public art installation exhibition program that supports the work of Minnesota artists. Download the full RFP for more information.


An information session will be on May 16 from 6-7 p.m. at the CVA Gallery, 173 Western Avenue North, St. Paul. At the information session, artists will be able to see the physical space of the installation site and review the project and application guidelines.


3rd Annual Opener Art Festival

This visual arts show and sale is open to artists in all areas of visual art. There are more than 50 vendor spaces available. The Festival will be at the Nielson Conference Center in the Sanford Center ballrooms on November 3, 2012. Fee:  $75 for 10x10 booth plus $15 processing fee.For information and application, visit the website or call 218-556-5907.


Highpoint Center for Printmaking Deadline: July 16

The Jerome Residency program is open to emerging Minnesota printmakers who already possess basic training in traditional printmaking techniques, and can provide original examples of such work. Highpoint Center for Printmaking is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the art of printmaking. Highpoint is pleased to announce three printmaking residencies for emerging artists beginning in September 2012. For more information and application, visit their website.    



Duane Goodwin was selected to participate in the 2012-2013 Artist in Residence Program at the Eiteljorg Museum.


Meredith Lynn was appointed as director for the Nemeth Art Center. Ms. Lynn recently moved to Minnesota from Iowa where she received her MFA at the University of Iowa. She is excited to participate in the vibrant arts community of Northwest Minnesota. Email Ms. Lynn with any questions or visit Nemeth Art Center's website.


The Northern Light Opera Company announces Jennie Clark-Anderson as the Publicity and Marketing Director for Northern Light Opera Company. Ms. Anderson, a flutist, has performed with the NLOC orchestra since 2006. She is currently a member of the Park Rapids Area Community Band and the Northern Light Woodwind Quintet and Orchestra.  

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