Pictures of artwork from Baudette artists
Lake of the Woods Artists - L-R: Judy Larson, Diana McLain, Sue Hopkins, Jane Sindelir
Northern Arts News

In late June, Lake of the Woods visual and performing artists, arts appreciators, and interested community members met at the Depot in Baudette, MN to discuss the benefits of arts collaboration.


Those who attended the gathering have long known that the arts have the potential to invigorate the economy and improve the quality of life in Lake of the Woods County.  


Baudette boasts colorful murals, visible both on the street and in the newly renovated Depot. Arts workshops in jewelry making, still life painting, and the annual Classical Academic Oil Painting Seminar taught by world-renown artist Frank Covino, fill quickly. Two current Region 2 Arts Council Board members hail from Williams. And on July 3rd, the locally written and produced community theater production entitled I Love a Parade: A Patriotic Pageant in celebration of Pequana Playhouse's 30th Anniversary, is definitely not to be missed!


The Region 2 Arts Council community meeting for the arts in Lake of the Woods county launches a new series of 2012-2013 collaborative gatherings hosted by R2AC in each of our five counties. We are excited to offer support of collaborative efforts in the arts, both through R2AC grants and by bringing together arts-minded community members who have the vision and drive to keep the arts in motion.


Region 2 Arts Council is looking forward to seeing you at a "Collaboration for the Arts" gathering in your county soon! Please stay posted for dates and times.   


Have a wonderful summer! 


Laura Dehler-Seter

Program Coordinator, Region 2 Arts Council



Dr. Beverly Everett Fellowship Lecture

Dr. Beverly Everett, Music Director of the Bemidji MN and Bismarck-Mandan ND Symphony Orchestras will give a free lecture performance in Baudette, MN on her experiences studying with Maestro JoAnn Falletta of the Buffalo Philharmonic and Virginia Symphony Orchestras.


Date:     July 19, 2012

Time:     7 p.m.

Location: First Lutheran Church, 312 3rd Ave. SW


In 2011, Dr. Everett was awarded a $6000 R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellowship to mentor with Maestro Falletta. Everett describes Maestro Falletta as one of the great conductors of our time.


For information on the R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellowship,  visit the R2AC website. The Fellowship application deadline Sept. 12, 2012.


R2AC News 

R2AC Awards Artist Mentor Grants 
The Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, passed by Minnesota voters on November 4, 2008, has made it possible for the Region 2 Arts Council to award $6,599 in Artist Mentor Grants to young artists in our region. This spring, 11 Region 2 Arts Council Artist Mentor grants were awarded to eleven 9th -12th grade student artists to mentor with a professional artist or attend a workshop in their arts discipline. Click here to see a complete list of recipients and information about their projects.


R2AC Awards Arts Project Grants 
Region 2 Arts Council recently awarded $20,665 through the Arts Project Grants Program, designed for organizations and schools to create or produce an arts project or event. Click here to see a complete list of recipients and information about their projects. 

Grant Deadlines

A new R2AC granting cycle begins with the August 16, 2012 deadline for the Arts and Cultural Heritage grant. Check R2AC website in early July for descriptions of all R2AC grants, grant deadlines, and updated versions of R2AC grants.   


Free Grant Writing Workshops

R2AC will offer FREE grant writing workshops for organizations, schools, and units of government within the Region 2 area interested in applying for Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants and Arts Project Grants.


These workshops will be followed by FREE workshops for individual artists within the Region 2 area interested in applying for Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants, R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellowships, Individual Artist Grants, or Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants.  


July 16:  Clearwater County

July 18:  Beltrami County

July 19:  Hubbard County

July 19:  Lake of the Woods County

July 26:  Mahnomen County


Special attention will be given to creating effective Outcome-Based Evaluations for Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant projects. All workshops will familiarize potential applicants with the application process, what projects are eligible, how to develop a project budget and other tips. 


Click here for specific times and locations. Please REGISTER In advance. Email [email protected] or call 218 849-2996 or 1800 275-5447.
Cultural Data Project New User Orientation

Keep your arts organization ahead of the curve!  Attend a FREE CDP training in August!  


Arts Organizations in Region 2 and across the state of Minnesota are participating in Cultural Data Project (CDP) training sessions this summer. The CDP is a FREE online management and reporting tool for arts organizations. CDP training sessions will show participants how to access the CDP, input their organization's information, and achieve maximum benefits by leveraging the results.


Date:     August 22. FREE

Time:     10:00-11:30 a.m.

Location: 519 MN Ave (Headwaters School of Music and the Arts) Bemidji, MN 


Click here to register for this FREE orientation to the CDP.


Northern Arts News Deadline

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

June 28 - July 30      Blank Canvas Gallery Exhibit 
Blank Canvas Gallery will feature an exhibit of the recent works of Jerry and Judy Wegenast. Blank Canvas Gallery is located at 311 Main Ave. S, Park Rapids, MN. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

July 4 - 14       Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music

The Paul Bunyan Playhouse presents Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music at the Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. Performances nightly at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee.  Funny, wacky, real life play filled with snippets of "good country music" from the hall-of-fame jukebox. It also is the name of the Houston bar that serves as the setting for this two-act comedy.


Long Lake Theater Performances

Showtimes are Wed. 3 p.m. and Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m. For reservations, call 218-732-0099 or visit their website. Tickets also available at Sister Wolf Books (Dorset) and Beagle Books (Park Rapids). Cost: $18 adults, $9 children (ages 4-12).


July 5 - Aug. 4             Don't Hug Me County Fair

This is the hilarious sequel to the smash-hit musical comedy "Don't Hug Me." It's county fair time in Bunyan Bay, MN. Trouble begins when Gunner's wife, Clara, decides she wants to compete against the pretty waitress, Bernice, for Miss Walleye Queen.



BCAC Exhibit: "Printmaking Defined - Woodcut Relief Prints" by Eugene Dalzatto and Jason Clark.


Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse: "Out of the Shadows" by Ruth Ann Nordlund, oil painter

See the complete list of events at the BCAC website.   

July 8   Poetry Reading

Jules Nyquist, John Roche and Erin Lynn Marsh will read poetry at 7 p.m. at the Wild Rose Theater in the Masonic Hall. Click here to see workshops facilitated by Nyquist and Roche. 


R2AC Color LogoSummer Concert Series at Lake Bemidji State Park

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a musical concert at the beautiful Ampitheatre in the Lake Bemidji State Park. Concerts will be held on Sunday afternoons at 1:30pm. Call the Headwaters School of Music & the Arts at 218-444-5606 for more information.


July 8:    Bill & Kate Isles

July 15:  The Pinetones

July 22:  Greg & Kiki Webb

July 29:  Northern Bass


The 2012 Summer Recital Series

The Bemidji Area Church Musicians present the 2012 Summer Recital Series on Wednesdays from 12 - 12:30 p.m. Cost: free will offering to support music scholarships. Lunch is available after each concert with costs to be announced.


July 11     Dr. Beverly Everett, organ, at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church

                 1800 Irvine Avenue N

July 18     Glenn Seibel, euphonium at United Methodist Church

                 9th and Beltrami Avenue

July 25     2010 Scholarship Recipients: Isaac Heath, tuba, and Jennifer Paquette, piano,

                 Calvary Lutheran Church, 2508 Washington Avenue SE


Noon Hour Concerts in Park Rapids

Park Rapids area churches invite you to enjoy live music over the noon hour from 12:15-12:45 p.m. Bring your own lunch with coffee and dessert served.


June 14     Two Girls and a Piano: Gail Haller and Julie Kaiser, sopranos, accompanied by    

                  Cheryl Steinborn at Faith Baptist  

June 28     Donna Neumann and Jennie Anderson on flute and Kathy Gorentz on piano 

                  at Faith Baptist  

July 12      Walt and Anita Hannemann on guitar and violin at St. John's Lutheran Church

July 26     "Bach, Bach, and more Bach!" on pipe organ presented by Judy Kresnicka, organ 

                  instructor and chapel organist at Bethany Lutheran college in Mankato, MN 

                  at St. John's Lutheran Church



July 14     Bagley Art in the Park

Bagley's 25th Annual Art in the Park will be held at the City Park overlooking beautiful Lake Lomond. The event is free to the public and begins at 9 a.m. and will feature numerous juried exhibitors with musical, theatrical and dance performances throughout the day. Festivities will conclude at 3 p.m. For more information, visit their website. 


July 14     The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra presents "Music & Message" Summer Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Singer/songwriter and North Dakota farmer Chuck Suchy is known for his lyricism, story-telling and heartfelt singing. This program features Suchy and his original songs arranged for orchestra accompaniment and under the direction of Dr. Beverly Everett. Tickets available at the door, Lueken's north, Brigid's Pub, and online. Cost:$10. K-12 students free.  


July 14     Art Day at Bemidji's Natural Choice Farmers Market 

In addition to fresh locally grown produce, eggs, meats, honey, artisan foods, BNCFM features fine hand-made local arts and crafts. The July 14th featured artist is Jeana Johnson, Northern Wind Creations, selling handcrafted soap and fabric bowls. Art Day at the Farmers Market is every 2nd Sat of the month. Other July artists include Jane Carlstrom, Paul and Yolanda Manecke, Bert Mayberry, and Rachel Goble. For more info on sharing your art at BNCFM, contact Jane Carlstrom at [email protected] / 218 444-5473.


July 18 - 28     The Dixie Swim Club

The Paul Bunyan Playhouse presents The Dixie Swim Club at the Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. Performances nightly at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. A reunion of members of a college swim team over the course of 33 years at an Outer Banks beach cottage.


R2AC Color LogoJuly 19       BSO Conductor Beverly Everett in Baudette  

2011 Region 2 Arts Council/McKnight CareeDevelopment Fellowship recipient Beverly Everett will give a performance and talk on her fellowship studies with conductor JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.  


Time: 7 p.m. 
Location: First Lutheran Church of Baudette


July 21-22    Bemidji Community Art Center's 45th Annual Art in the Park Fine Art and Craft Festival. Held on beautiful Lake Bemidji in Library Park, just 1 block north of Paul and Babe, this premiere art event presents over 100 artists showcasing ceramics, wood furniture and accessories, jewelry, glass, paintings and more. This year's event hosts over 15 new vendors!


July 21 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.   

July 22 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

For more information, visit the BCAC website or call 218-444-7570,  




July 8   Poetry Workshoppoetryworkshops

Jules Nyquist and John Roche will offer poetry workshops at the Wild Rose Theater in the Masonic Hall.

12-2 p.m.     Sestina poetry with Jules Nyquist 

3-5 p.m.       Poetic memoir with John Roche 

Cost: $25 each or $45 for both. To register, contact Erin Lynn Marsh at 218-333-8979. 


"Train Travel Adventures" Summer Arts and Culture Programs, Baudette 

If you are going to be in and around Rainy River this summer, you definitely want to look into these fun-filled arts programs for your kids happening at the Depot in Baudette, MN. Sign up for one or all of the following "Train Travel Adventure" arts programs:


July 11     Painting - Instructors: Nancy Lucas and Amy Lucas

321 ART STUDIO Morning: Learn about the color wheel, rainbow watercolor painting, practice mixing secondary colors, and create original works on acrylic paper. Learn about famous painters Vincent Van Gogh, Picasso, and Matisse through stories. Afternoon: Foil design, sculptures and textures. Grades 3-8, $12.00, limit 20.


July 18     Wonder Weaver/Storytelling - Instructors: Tina Rohde and Colleen Shaskin

Morning only - Grades 1-8; $7.00. Limit 25. Start the morning with storytelling performance by the WonderWeavers. Move on to storytelling games and skill building to help students explore the art of storytelling and create their own stories as individuals or in small groups.


July 18     Introduction to Mosaics - Instructor: Sue Hopkins 

Afternoon July 18 plus one hour (9-10 a.m. July 25). Grades 3-8, Limit 15. $7.00. Students will learn the process of the direct mosaic method, by completing a small project from start to finish.


July 25     Writing Children's Stories - Instructor: Jessica Gubbels Tornese

Morning only - Grades 1-6; $7.00. Story ideas are all around us. Learn to play with the parts of a story - setting, characters, and plots - as you have fun writing and creating your own mini-book.


July 25     Puppetry - Instructor: Margaret Burger

Afternoon only - Grade 1(age 7) and up; $7.00, Limit 20. This class will be a two part puppetry experience with a family friendly puppet performance by Margaret Burger followed by a "make-and-take" puppet making project.


For more information and registration, please visit their website. "Train Travel Adventures" is made possible in part by a Region 2 Arts Council grant through funds provided by the Minnesota State Legislature.


FREE Grant Writing Workshopshere

All workshops will familiarize potential applicants with the application process, what projects are eligible, how to develop a project budget and other tips for R2AC grants.   Special attention will be given to creating effective Outcome-Based Evaluations for Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant projects.     


Workshops for organizations, schools, and units of government will cover the Arts and Cultural Heritage grant (deadline Aug 16) and Arts Project Grant (deadline Sept 12).


Workshops for individuals will cover R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellowships (deadline Sept 12), Individual Artist Grants (deadline Oct 4), and Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants (deadline Oct 3).    


Please REGISTER in advance. Email [email protected] or call 218 849-2996 or 1800 275-5447.     

July 16    Clearwaters Life Center, 226 Elm Street, Gonvick MN

6:00-7:30 p.m.:  Grants for organizations, schools, and units of government

7:30-8:30 p.m.:  Grants for individuals


July 18:    Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Avenue NW, Bemidji MN

5:30-7:00 p.m.:  Grants for organizations, schools, and units of government

7:00-8:00 p.m.:  Grants for individuals


July 19:    Coldwell Banker, 101 Main Ave S., Park Rapids MN

6:00-7:30 p.m.:  Grants for organizations, schools, and units of government

7:30-8:30 p.m.:  Grants for individuals


July 19: The Depot, Baudette MN

4:00-5:00 p.m.:  Grants for organizations, schools, and units of government

5:00-6:00 p.m.:  Grants for individuals


July 26: Red Apple Café, 116 North Main Street, Mahnomen MN

5:00-6:30 p.m.:  Grants for organizations, schools, and units of government

6:30-7:30 p.m.:  Grants for individuals


legacysmallWorld Class Artist Frank Covino Workshops, Baudette 

Classical academic art professor Frank Covino will come to Baudette to instruct two week long seminars.


Dates:         July 16-20 and July 23-27

Location:     Lake of the Woods School Art Room, Baudette


The Classical Academic Oil Painting Seminar covers traditional oil painting from the renaissance through the early 20th century. This intense professional instruction teaches students transferable skills and empowers them to continue the creation of archival museum quality art. 


The workshops are open to the public of all skill levels. Registration deadline is July 7 with a class size limited to 15 students. For additional information and to register, email or call 218-634-1561 or 218-341-9692. 


legacysmallClear Waters Life Center, Gonvick

Monday classes offered at 1-3 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Cost: 15 per class. For more information and a membership form, call 218-776-2789.


Pottery Studio with Al Spray

1st Monday of June - August 2012


Drawing/Painting Studio with Jay Jones

2nd Monday of June - August 2012


Mosaic/Glass Studio with JoAnn McFarlin

3rd Monday of June 2012 - February 2013



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.    


2012 Minnesota Film and Video Grant Program Deadline: July 20

Application materials for emerging Minnesota film and video makers is available after June 1, 2012 on the Jerome Foundation website and in paper form upon request to the Jerome Foundation office, 400 Sibley Street, Suite 125, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101-1928.  Telephone:  651.224.9431 or 1-800-995-3766. 


Brainerd Writers Alliance Call for Writers Deadline: August 15

Minnesota writers are invited to enter the Brainerd Writers Alliance state-wide contest for fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry. Prizes are $50 for first place and $25 for second place in each category and winning entries will not be on website or published in any way, so that they may be submitted later as "not previously published." See complete submission guidelines at their website.  


All contest entrants are encouraged to attend the Brainerd Writers Alliance Fall writers workshop October 27. The winning writers will read their pieces in the morning and St. Cloud State University Director of Creative Writing Dill Meissner will speak in the afternoon. Watch their website for more details about the writers workshop


Arts Tour Minnesota Grant Program deadline: August 3

The Minnesota State Arts Board announces the availability of Arts Tour Minnesota Grant Program for the 2013 fiscal year. Application overview and application instructions are located on their website. Go to the Arts Tour Minnesota program page and select Overview and Instructions.


Two free online information sessions are offered to help applicants prepare to apply for a grant. Each session is offered as a conference call with an option to view a PowerPoint presentation online. 


Online Information sessions dates:

July 11 at 4 p.m.

July 12 at 10 a.m.


The workshops are free of charge, but advance registration is strongly encouraged.

The sessions are identical in content. Visit their website for the directions to join the session. 

For more information, contact Executive Director Sue Gens by email or 651-215-1609.


legacysmall10th Annual It's Only Clay Deadline: Sept. 5

BCAC Call for Ceramic Artists for the 10th Annual It's Only Clay National Juried Ceramics Competition and Exhibit in Bemidji, MN. 2012 Juror - Robert Briscoe.  IOC is dedicated to functional clay vessels and open to artists 18 years or older in the United States.  All work must be functional ceramics. Submitted works must be original and produced after January 2011.  All entries must value $500 or less. $30 for 3 entries.  Prizes awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and equal $1,600.00.  Purchase awards for Margaret Harlow Vessel Collection at Bemidji State University. This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature. 



Ann Kastl, Caroline Fylpaa, Carrie Jessen, Kristin Majkrzak and Nancy Salminen, members of the Dancing Sky Weavers tapestry group, will have their work shown at the Main Branch of the Long Beach Public Library, California, as part of the "Pacific Portals" Unjuried Small Format Exhibition sponsored by the American Tapestry Alliance. The exhibit runs July 7 - August 30 and is held in conjunction with the Handweavers Guild of America's international conference, Convergence Long Beach 2012.  


"Curso and the Lady Equestrian," a fantasy short story by Roy C. Booth and Brian Woods, has been accepted to be included in the "Scarlet Whispers" horse anthology coming this spring from Scarlett River Press. Proceeds from the book will benefit Hilltop Haven Refuge and Rehabilitation Centre of Little Britain, Ontario, a reputable rescue recognized by the Canadian Horse Defense Coalition. The short story is slated to become the seventh published in anthology form for Booth this year.


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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.