Six Artists from Art Leap in Park Rapids
Art Leap Artists (L-R) Elisa Borton, Jeff Remer, Alan Fritz, Judy Wegenast, Kathy Sanders, Ellen Jean Diederich
Northern Arts News
September 2012      Vol. 15 Issue 3



Here we are at the beginning of fall. What better time than now to share the numbers from last year's granting cycle as incentive for writing grants in the coming months. In fiscal year 2012, R2AC awarded a total of $227,460 in grants; in other words,104 grants out of 162 applications in seven grant categories were awarded. That's a 64% success rate for applicants! We also funded $4,000 in "no risk" workshops and an additional $4,300 for the professional development workshops for artists and organizations. Go to and start making your grant writing plans soon! 


"Collaboration for the Arts" soirees and workshops are coming to every county this year. Mark your calendars for the Region 2 Arts Council Collaborative Kick-Off Soiree on the evening of October 19th. Stay tuned for more information so you can be sure to "make the scene and be seen!" This will be a great opportunity to connect with other artists, arts appreciators, and organizations from across our region. You asked for collaborative opportunities, so this is your year to stimulate those creative ideas and embark on new ventures.


R2AC arts programming is based on information we gather from residents in our five counties. Your input helps the R2AC board prepare for the next two years of arts funding. Take a few minutes to complete a brief Survey Monkey coming your way in September, or attend one of the Listening Sessions in your county this fall. We need to hear from you! Please do not hesitate to call or send us an email to share your thoughts.


The Minnesota Cultural Data Project (CDP) is off to a great start. Nine organizations from Region 2 attended the August orientation in Bemidji. If you were unable to attend, register at for a free webinar through November. The CDP profile will be an application requirement for the R2AC Community Arts Support Grant in 2014. Want to learn more about the CDP? Go to  


Have a productive fall arts season!



Terri Widman

R2AC Executive Director


Park Rapids Legacy Desitnation Weekend
September 21-23


Kinship of the Park Rapids Area kicks off the weekend with a spaghetti dinner on Friday eve from 5:30-7:30 as a precursor to Saturday's Headwaters 100 bike ride. Come enjoy plenty of spaghetti in the Park Rapids Century School cafetorium.  


For your dinner-time entertainment, the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council has organized musical performances by the New Orleans Brass Band, dancers from the Northland Studio of Dance, Classic Chorale voices, Two Girls and A Piano and more. Displays of area Arts and Cultural Legacy funded organizations will also be available during the dinner.


Saturday and Sunday feature Art Leap 2012, a driving tour of artists' studios and other cultural destinations.    


On Saturday Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m., Northern Light Opera Company will perform a concert version of George and Ira Gershwin's "Of Thee I Sing" at Armory Square in Downtown Park Rapids.   


Check the Events section of this newsletter and the PRLAAC website for more information.  


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R2AC News 

Arts Project Grant Deadline: Sept. 12

Open to any non-profit organization, school (including community education offices), or units of government. This grant supports funding for a variety of arts projects including costs related to performances or exhibitions, engagement of guest artists, and artists in residence. NEW: Organizations can apply for funding for up to 80% of project costs up to $1,500.


R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellowship Deadline: Sept. 12

Open to established artists in all disciplines who have shown a commitment to their career. This 18-month fellowship provides the opportunity for career development experiences that will add depth and advancement to any artistic career. Two $6,000 fellowships will be awarded per year.


Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant Deadline: Oct. 3

Open to individual American Indian artists residing in or near Region 2. People in the following counties are eligible for Anishinaabe grants: Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Becker, Roseau, Itasca, and Cass Counties. This Grant provides an opportunity for up to $1000 for expenses to produce artistic work or for a creative opportunity.


Individual Artist Grant Deadline: Oct. 4

Open to individual artists who reside in Region 2 at various stages in their arts career. This grant provides financial assistance to artists who show serious commitment to creative growth and career advancement. 


R2AC Offers FREE Grant Writing Workshops for Native American Artists

Native American Artists interested in applying for an Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Grant are invited to a FREE R2AC grant writing workshop to prepare for the AAI grant application process.

Participants will learn about eligible grant requests, writing grant proposals and preparing artist statements, resumes, and work samples.


The deadline for the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant is Oct. 3, 2012.  Grant application packets will be on hand at the workshop and are available for download.


Register in Advance for the Workshops. Call 218 751-5447 / 800 275-5447 or email us!  


Sept 8, 10-11:00 a.m.      Mahnomen at the Red Apple Café.  116 N. Main St.

Sept 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m.   Bemidji at Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji, Ave.

Sept 12, 4:30-5:30 p.m.   Red Lake Tribal Headquarters, Red Lake 

Sept 13, 2:00-3:00 p.m.   Cass Lake at Leech Lake Tribal College


This grant is open to Native American Artists residing in Beltrami, Mahnomen, Becker, Cass, Itasca, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Roseau and Clearwater counties.


The Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant is made possible with funding from the McKnight Foundation.  


R2AC Listening Session in Park Rapids

 On Tuesday September 25 from 6:00-7:00 p.m., Region 2 Arts Council is convening a Listening Session at Coldwell Banker, 101 South Main in Park Rapids, to gather community input on the needs of the community-at-large. Schools, city/county government, non-profit organizations, artists, art organizations and others are encouraged to attend. Please register in advance. Email or call us at 218  751-5447 or 1800 275-5447.  


Listening Sessions will be scheduled throughout the fall in each of Region 2's five counties.  


Attention Region 2 Artists and Arts Organizations:

Let us help you spread the word about your art or arts organization!  We are in the process of creating a page on the website dedicated to you:  regional artists and arts organizations. Please send us links to your website and we'll put it on our page. Don't forget to put the word "links" in the subject line. 


No-Risk Workshop Funding Available

Are you an artist living in the five counties of Region 2 with a talent to share? Are you an arts enthusiast wanting to bring some new talent to our region in the form of a workshop? 


R2AC invites individuals and organizations from our five county area (Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen Counties) to propose workshop ideas to R2AC for direct funding. Please download an application from our website or contact our office.  


Northern Arts News Deadline

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




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.


Sept.  2: David Port and the Mississippi River Music 


Sept. 6     Honoring Our Ancestors Arts Festival in Red Lake 


The public is invited to come and experience the artistry and culture of the Red Lake Nation through authentic American Indian arts such as beading and quill work, hand drum making and singing, jingle, quilt, and roach making, dancing and more! Sponsored by Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, Red Lake Chemical Health, and Red Lake Entrepreneur program. Red Lake Pow Wow Grounds are located2 miles East of Hwy 89 on Hwy 1. Noon-6 p.m.


Sept.  7     Bemidji First Friday Events 

See the complete list of events at the BCAC website.   

R2AC Color Logo Sept.  7     First Friday Art Walk at the Depot in Baudette, MN.

Head over to the Depot from 6-9 p.m. to meet artists Deb Carlson and Ruth Ann Nordlund and view their work. Light refreshments will be served. First Friday Art Walk at the Depot is sponsored by the Depot Preservation Alliance. Check the website for details on this and other events.



Sept. 7    Blank Canvas Gallery Reception
Come to a reception for Feature Artist Karen Sharbo along with Guest Artist Monica Hansmeyer of Seven Sisters's Design.
  5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Blank Canvas Gallery, 311 Main Street South, Park Rapids.

R2AC Color Logo Sept. 15     Jackpine Writers' Bloc Book Release Party

The Talking Stick 21 Book Release Party will be held at the Blueberry Pines located between Park Rapids and Menahga on Highway 71. This is a celebration of writers and the written word. The book party is free to all who are interested in writing. bookrelease


The books are available for contributing writers and for sale beginning at 1 p.m. The program begins at 2 p.m. with introductions of winners and all writers published in Talking Stick 21 are invited to read. Other local and/or member writers may be on hand to sell their books.


Jackpine Writers' Bloc offers a workshop prior to the Book Release Party.


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


Sept. 8     Art Day at Bemidji's Natural Choice Farmers Market

In addition to fresh locally grown produce, eggs, meats, honey, and artisan foods, the 2nd Saturday of each month at BNCFM (located in Union Square at 110 Beltrami Ave) features fine hand made local arts and crafts from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. September Featured Artist is Rachel Goble's Fantasy Art.


Also find these artists: Fabric Art by Jeana, Recycled Pins by Amy, Felt Art by Lin, Alice's Animals, Fiber Art by Jane, Quilting by Bert, and Northwoods Art By Maureen.



Legacy Logo Sept. 21-23       Park Rapids Legacy Destination Weekend

Kinship of the Park Rapids Area, the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council and Northern Light Opera Company (NLOC) sponsor Legacy Weekend events Sept. 21-23.


Sept 21 at the Park Rapids Century School Cafetorium from 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Kinship spaghetti dinner on the eve of the Headwaters 100 bike ride.  Musical performances by the New Orleans Brass Band, dancers from the Northland Studio of Dance, Classic Chorale voices, Two Girls and A Piano and more.


Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m:  NLOC will perform George and Ira Gershwin's "Of Thee I Sing" at Armory Square in Downtown Park Rapids. "Of Thee I Sing" is a political satire about a presidential election involving the "Party of Love."  The production at Armory Square will be a concert version rather than a full stage production, according to Paul Dove, NLOC artistic director.


Legacy Logo Sept. 22-23        Art Leap 2012, Park Rapids Area

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council (PRLAAC) sponsors Art Leap 2012, an "open studio event" featuring artists' studios and culturally rich destinations in the Park Rapids area. For the 7th year, art lovers can use the map to visit artists' and artisans' studios, workshops and other featured locations.


Visitors will see familiar studio names and new sites for opportunities to meet mature artists/artisans who have been practicing their individual skills and talents in their chosen fields for decades. New studios include Jeff Renner's Wolf Paw Gallery, Elisa Borton's Glass by Elisa and the home of Earl and Jeanette Wohlman. Art Leap 2012 will extend to Walker to visit The ClayHouse and see Alan Fritz's pottery and other works in the Artists' Mall. Most studios and locations will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.


Live musical performances:

Alex Ziemann will play from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Moose Creek Village in Downtown Park Rapids

Lori Goulet Reich will perform from 2 - 3:30 p.m. at Paul Albright's Sculpture Studio in rural Akeley.

Both days Terrapin Station in Nevis will host the 3rd Annual Art Leap Music Festival.


All Art Leap studios and events are free and open to the public.


Park Rapids Community Education is offering a handicapped accessible bus to Art Leap destinations Saturday afternoon. A fee will be charged to cover bus expense. Call 218-237-6600.


Maps are available at Blank Canvas Gallery in Park Rapids and the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce or download from their PRLACC website


"Funding for Art Leap is provided, in part, by Minnesota Power Foundation, Itasca-Mantrap's Operation Round Up and 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 Nov. 4, 2008."   



Legacy Logo Sept. 24     Verse Like Water: Poet Li-Young Lee reading and workshop at Central Lakes College in the Charlberg Theater, Brainerd Campus.

Presented by the CLC English department and the CLC Foundation and Center for Life-Long Learning, Lee will read his poems starting at 12 noon followed by a book / broadsides on rice paper signing and poetry writing workshop. Don't miss this first in a series of what promises to be an exciting literary year at Central Lakes College.


"This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund."



Oct. 19     Free Public Lecture: with author Dr. Dennis Slattery, P.h.D.  

Join Big Stone Arts in welcoming core faculty in the Mythological Studies Department at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, Dr. Dennis Slattery, for a lecture entitled "The Value of Classical Literature and Mythology for Personal Understanding and Growth" 6:30-8:30 p.m. Ortonville High School, 200 Trojan Dr., Ortonville, MN.




Sept.   14-16 Artist Reception at Blank Canvas Gallery in Park Rapids

Power Carving a Pair of Baltimore Orioles with Don Balfour Fri 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sun 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Workshop takes place at 23904 Vacation Lane in Rochert, MN


Cost $100 plus $30 materials fee (Blank Canvas member and Sponsor discounts apply). For more information go to the Blank Canvas website at or contact Karen Sharbo at 218 732-5630, 


R2AC Color Logo Sept. 15          Jackpine Writers' Bloc Writers' Workshop

Please join us for a day where those who work in the solitary world of writing can come together. This workshop with Linda Lein is titled: Revision, Where the Magic is in Writing. Through mini-lessons, small group activities and writing exercises, participants will learn a variety of revision techniques and go home with a repertoire of skills that they can apply directly to their rough drafts.


Cost: $30 and includes lunch at Blueberry Pines.


Talking Stick 21 Book Release Party will follow at 2 p.m. and is free. tsworkshop


You must register for the workshop. For more information, contact Sharon by email or 218-732-3782.



legacysmall Sept. 24     Verse Like Water: Poet Li-Young Lee writer's workshop at Central Lakes College Brainerd Campus 

Presented by the CLC English department and the CLC Foundation and Center for Life-Long Learning, Poet Li-Young Lee presents workshop for area writers, poets, and poetry enthusiasts beginning at 1:30 p.m.



Oct. 8-12     The Achievable Climb: Writing the Book-length Work Workshop

This workshop is for writers who are working on or have an idea for a book-length memoir or novel. The challenges facing the writer of a book involve such issues as getting through a first draft, shaping and structuring the material beyond that, discovering and refining what the book is "about," meeting the needs of the reader, and going the distance.


Location: Madeline Island School of the Arts, Wisconsin               

Cost:  $425 for non-credit and $520.00 for 1 graduate credit.  Lodging and dining are extra.


For more information, visit the workshop website.  


This workshop is facilitated by Paulette Bates Alden, the author of Feeding the Eagles, short stories (Graywolf Press) and Crossing the Moon, a memoir (Penguin).   Visit her website to learn more about her.



Oct 20 & 21    Weekend Writer's Workshop Mythic Writing: Exploring Your Personal Story at Ortonville High School in Ortonville, MN

Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sun 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Big Stone Arts is proud to present their second Writer's Workshop with Dr. Dennis Slattery, core faculty in the Mythological Studies Department at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA, as this year's presenter. The workshop will be held Sat The workshop will use poetry, writing exercises, drawings, and quiet meditation to "excavate some of the key elements in personal mythology that shape our identity." Cost is $75. Pre-registration and or cancellation is required by Oct 12. Go to to register.


"This conference is priced to be financially accessible, due to a grant from Southwest MN Arts and Humanities Council, a cash match by Big Stone Arts, and the personal generosity of Dr. Dennis Slattery."






10th 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. 


Book Arts Mentorships Deadline Sept. 5

The Minnesota Center for the Book Arts and the Jerome Foundation announce the fourth biennial series of Book Arts Mentorship opportunities available for emerging artists. The Book Arts Mentorship is an artistic development program aimed at introducing book arts to emerging artists whose primary medium is in another discipline.


For more information, guidelines and application, visit their website. For questions about the Book Arts Mentorships or the application process, please contact Sara Parr at 612-215-2526 or by email.



MCAD-Jerome Foundation Fellowships for Emerging Artists Deadline Sept. 14

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design - Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists is available for those who work in a variety of visual art media, including both traditional and new media. The program is aimed at visual artists who can present their work in a gallery context, and eligible applicants must be in the early stages of their careers and have not yet attained professional acknowledgement commensurate with the quality of their work.


An independent jury of three arts professionals competitively awards $10,000 grants to five artists. Fellowships may be used to purchase materials, cover the production costs of artwork, and supplement living or travel costs. During the twelve-month fellowship year, each artist receives three studio visits from professional critics, free enrollment in one professional development course, access to technical assistance, a culminating exhibition at the MCAD Gallery, a catalog with a critical essay on each artist's work, and the opportunity to partake in a public panel discussion.


This program is administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Email or call 612.874.3667 for more information or visit the website. 


Call for Native American Artists Deadline Sept. 15

The Red Door Art Gallery and Museum is looking for Native American artists to display and sell their works of art at the gallery 418 Dakota Avenue, Wahpeton, North Dakota. The works will be featured during the month of November.


For more information or application, visit their website or contact the Gallery by email or 701-591-1010.



Seeking arts vendors for Sisters Sojourn, Sept 14 & 15  

Sister Sojourn takes place at the Historic Mentor School in Mentor MN. Contact Bonnie at or Jo at for more information about having a booth at this year's event.  


Forecast Public Art Grant Deadline: Sept. 21

Forecast Public Art presents the McKnight Project Grant program. This grant supports the creation of a publicly accessible temporary or permanent artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by a Minnesota-based mid-career public artist. Projects may be in any form or discipline, including performance, dance, storytelling, photography, film, sculpture, painting, etc. 


Email Jessica or call 651-641-1128 with any questions about the grant program. 


Anishinaabe stone sculptor Duane "Dewey" Goodwin is one of six Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Award recipients for 2012. The First Peoples Fund of Rapid City South Dakota chooses its Community Spirit Honorees for their commitment to sustaining the cultural values of Native People. First Peoples fund recognizes exceptional artists annually, "for knowing themselves, honoring others, and sustaining spirit in their own communities." Congratulations, Dewey, for gracing our communities with your beautiful artwork, and for the many years you have dedicated to inspiring your students in the arts.  


Terry Honstead won a Bronze Medal for Best Image in the Mid-America Wine Competition for the Artisan Series 11 wine label through Parley Lake Winery. See more on their website. Congratulations!  


The Northern Art Newsletter reserves the right to edit or rewrite submissions for grammar, style and clarity or to conform to restrictions of space. We reserve the right to determine the newsworthiness and appropriateness of any submission.  Thank you for your submissions! 
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