Photos of 2012 Spoken Word Presenters
2012 Spoken Word (L-R): Kevin McColley, Wendell Affield, Paula Cisewski, LouAnn Shepard Muhm, Matt Mauch, Sean Hill
Northern Arts News
October 2012      Vol. 15 Issue 4



"Creating a thriving arts culture that enhances the quality of life in our communities" is Region 2 Arts Council's vision for the work we do. Given the quality and scope of the arts activity we enjoy in each of our counties annually, it is clear that many share our vision. Within your grant proposals, we witness the seeds of so much creative inspiration. Then, with the assistance of grant funding (and sometimes without), many hands till the soil, sow the seeds, and water and nurture young seedlings into a rich and bountiful arts harvest from which we all benefit.  


No matter what the season, it's a collective love of the arts and individual dedication that continue to create an arts culture in full bloom.


Over the past few years, encouraging and supporting collaboration has been rising to the top of R2AC's professional development agenda. In honor of our renewed commitment to the adage that two heads are better than one, on October 26 from 7-9 p.m., we are hosting a Region 2-wideCollaborative Kick-Off Soiree at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts in Bemidji. Artists, arts organizations, non-profits, businesses, and city and town officials from each of our five counties are invited and encouraged to attend.  So please come, share your ideas, and make connections.  You only need to bring your arts inspiration and a desire to play a part.  We'll supply a bit of fun and fodder, and we'll all look forward to another year of bounty.


Please keep reading to find out more about this fall's Collaborative Kick-Off Soiree and other Region 2 grants, activities, events, and opportunities. Make special note of the Region 2 Arts Council Listening Sessions occurring month-by-month in each of our counties.  We want to hear from you regarding what you'd like to see and the ways in which Region 2 Arts Council can better support you.  


As usual, don't forget to share news of upcoming arts activities and events with us. We'll do our best to help you spread the word!




Laura Dehler-Seter

Region 2 Arts Council Program Coordinator



The Spoken Word Series

    Since 2010, area writers and literary enthusiasts have found their love for the written word reflected in the Bemidji Community Arts Center's Spoken Word Series.  

     Area poets Marsh Muirhead and Anthony Swann were the first to share their work at BCAC Spoken Word events, and the line-up of high caliber Minnesota writers has continued to delight and inspire audiences ever since.

    Spoken Word Series events include a reading and reception often occurring on the First Friday of the second month of a visual arts exhibit. Writing workshops with Series authors are held the following Saturday.

    As the organizer of the First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji, the BCAC enjoys providing a platform for the literary arts to the backdrop of visual art exhibits at the BCAC and around the community.  

    As Kevin McColley's reading and writers workshop close this season's series, the Spoken Word Committee is planning the next, in addition to finding new ways to keep the literary arts in focus.


For information go to  

R2AC News 

Public Feedback on the Arts at Listening Sessions in Lake of the Woods and Clearwater Counties

Oct. 22      6 p.m.  Depot, 204 N. Main Ave in Baudette

Oct. 29      7 p.m. Clear Waters Life Center, 256 2nd Ave NW in Clearbrook


The Region 2 Arts Council is convening a Listening Session to gather community input on the needs of artists and arts organizations in Lake of the Woods and Clearwater counties, respectively. 

Schools, city/county government, non-profit organizations, artists, art organizations and community members are encouraged to attend and to give feedback on Region 2 Arts Council's grant programs, workshops and other arts activities. This is an opportunity to discuss your thoughts and ideas on how R2AC can better meet the needs of artists, art organizations and the arts in your communities. Please call 1-800-275-5447 or email [email protected] to register for this event today!  Light snacks provided. 

soireeCollaborative Kick-Off Soiree for Artists, Organizations, Businesses, and Arts Enthusiasts from every Region 2 county


October 26      7-9 p.m. Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji


To mark this year's commitment to collaboration, R2AC is hosting a Collaborative Kick-Off Soiree on Friday, October 26. All R2AC artists, arts organizations, non-profits, businesses, town and city officials, and arts enthusiasts interested in arts collaboration are encouraged to attend. The Soiree will be a time to set your plans in motion and send those great ideas soaring across the traditional boundaries of space and arts discipline. This event is free; both fun food and fun food-for-thought will be provided!


Registration Deadline: October 22, 2012. Call 751-5447/800 275-5447 or email [email protected] for more information and to register. Let us know you're coming!

deadlinesGrant Deadlines

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. 


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 submissions to the November issue of the R2AC newsletter, Northern Arts News, is October 15. Please send submissions to R2AC.


Oct. 1   Writers' Group Meet and Greet

The Bemidji Community Art Center (BCAC) Spoken Word Committee invites all those interested in establishing new writers' groups  to attend a meeting with others sharing that interest. Get acquainted and talk about past experiences with writing groups. Explore ways to team up, from mixed to specific genres, from beginners to career authors, from pairs to small groups. There will be no pressure to join a group. The event is a meet and greet and a platform for making connections.


Where: The Art Center's upper level in the historic Carnegie Building (426 Bemidji Avenue)

Time:   7 p.m.


This is an opportunity to simply enjoy the evening in conversation with other writers.  For more information, contact the Art Center at 218-444-7570.


R2AC Color Logo  Oct. 5      First Friday Art Walk at the Depot in Baudette, MN        

The Baudette Depot announces the sixth 2012 First Friday Art Walk from 6 - 9 p.m. The featured artist is Todd Zinda from Roseau. Zinda will do a live demonstration from 6 - 8 p.m.  The public is invited to browse the exhibit, watch the demonstration and enjoy light refreshments as presented by the Baudette Depot. 


The First Friday Art Walks have been made possible, in part, by a grant provided by the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the MN State Legislature.  For more information regarding the Baudette Depot activities, visit their website


Oct. 5     Bemidji First Friday Events 

See the complete list of events at the BCAC website.

readingLegacy Logo Oct. 5    Author Kevin McColley Reading at the BCAC
Acclaimed author Kevin McColley will read his work on First Friday at the Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave N. There is a 5:30 reception and a 6:00 reading. Q&A and book sales/signing.  Note: Mature content; the reading is intended for adult audiences.

Oct. 6 & 13    Art Day at Farmers Market Union Square in Bemidji
Come to Bemidji's Natural Choice Farmers Market from 8:30a.m. - 3 p.m. for fine hand made local arts and crafts alongside fresh locally grown produce, eggs, meats, honey, and artisan foods. Malisa Van Maasdam is this month's featured artist.

Oct. 11    Tonic Sol-Fa Concert

Tonic Sol-Fa will present at the Bemidji High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. Cost: $12 and tickets can be purchased at Bemidji High School and Paul Bunyan Broadcasting.


Proceeds will support the local Radiothon to End Child Abuse and La Voce Ballo, the all female show choir of the Bemidji High School. For more information, call 218-444-1500.


Oct. 13 & 14   Tizi Ouzou, Mask and Rose Theater 

Mask and Rose Theater presents Tizi Ouzou at the Hungry Bear Ballroom in Bemidji. When a young Algerian-American woman travels to North Africa in search of her cultural roots, she meets a multitude of colorful and compelling characters grappling with their unique history and identity, and in the process she discovers her own heart. Set to the dynamic pulse of Berber and Algerian music, Tizi Ouzou is a story of love, struggle and awakening in the small city of Tizi Ouzou. Recommended for ages 12 and up.


This dinner theater will feature Algerian cuisine.

Oct. 13:            5:30 p.m. meal and 7 p.m. performance

Oct. 14:           12:30 p.m. meal and 2 p.m. performance


Cost: $35. For performance only, $15 if bought in advance (limited seating). Only 5 tickets available at the door for $45. Tickets are non refundable. To reserve tickets, contact Catie Belleveau at 218-243-2685 or through email.


This event is made possible by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, part of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.


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.


Oct. 19-21      Bemidji - First City of Arts Studio Cruise

This self-guided tour of the studios of artists working within a 40 mile radius of Bemidji is a free event and open to the public. Over the course of three days, the public is invited to visit participating artists in their creative spaces.


Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Click here for more information and a map.  


Oct. 20    Fall 2012 Writers' Retreat: Healing the Psyche through Writing with Dr. CarolAnn Russell, poet and professor, and Reverend Eric Hucke

Writing is a way to self-explore, reflect, and recreate who we are, and how we live out our inner direction.  As writers, teachers, artists, and thinkers, we can evoke eternal patterns, "archetypes," whose ancient stories and dramatic roles help to open up new territories for our imagination.  Writing exercises will be given which will stimulate the connection between conscious memory and the transcendent.


Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Cost: $75.  


Registration Deadline: Call Headwaters School of Music and the Arts at (218) 444-5606 by Oct. 15 to register. This workshop will take place at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Avenue NW, Bemidji.  


Oct. 22    Listening Session 6 p.m. at the Depot in Baudette

This is an opportunity for all residents of Lake of the Woods County to gather and discuss thoughts and ideas on how R2AC can better meet the needs of artists, art organizations and the arts in LOW communities. 6 p.m.  Depot, 204 N. Main Ave in Baudette. Light snacks provided.  Please call 1-800-275-5447 or email [email protected] to register for this event today! 


Oct. 25      The Army Concert Band and Soldiers Chorus 

The Army Concert Band and Soldiers Chorus will perform at The Sanford Center at 7 p.m. This elite 65-member instrumental ensemble, founded in 1946, has performed in all 50 states and 25 foreign countries for audiences totaling more than 100 million.  Traveling together with the Soldiers' Chorus, they present a powerful and diverse program of marches, overtures, popular music, patriotic selections and instrumental and vocal solos.


This is a FREE concert put tickets are required for entry. Pick up your tickets at First National Bank Bemidji, The Bemidji Pioneer, Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and the Ford Pickup Windows at the Sanford Center.


This event is sponsored by First National Bank Bemidji, Bemidji Coke, The Bemidji Pioneer and the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting. 


Oct. 29     Listening Session 7 p.m. at the Clear Waters Life Center in Clearbrook  

This is an opportunity for all residents of Clearwater county to gather and discuss thoughts and ideas on how R2AC can better meet the needs of artists, art organizations and the arts in Clearwater county communities. 7 p.m. Clear Waters Life Center, 256 2nd Ave NW in Clearbrook. Light snacks provided. Please call 1-800-275-5447 or email [email protected] to register for this event today!  


Oct. 30    Book Release and Reading by Author Deb Jensen

The Spoken Word Committee and the BCAC welcome author of Beyond Escape, Deb Jensen, to the Sparkling Waters in Bemidji for a book release/signing.  Guests may arrive between 5-6:30 p.m. to meet the author and order food and beverages prior to the reading at 6:30 p.m. Book sales/signing will follow.  


October at the Blank Canvas Gallery

Blank Canvas Gallery welcomes Candy Westfield, jeweler, Cyrus Swan, potter and Monica Hansmeyer of Seven Sister Design as Guest Artists for October. Blank Canvas Gallery is located at 311 Main Street South, Park Rapids.  





legacysmall Oct. 6    "How to Write a Great Novel in Only Three Hours" with author Kevin McColley

This workshop covers how to begin to write a novel, the things to look for and the things to avoid, and how to stick to the novel until it's finished "without abandoning the manuscript to your underwear drawer." 


9:00 a.m.- noon. $40 for adults/ $20 for students. Call 218-444-7570 or email [email protected] to register. The workshop will take place downstairs in the old Carnegie Library Building in the R2AC office, 426 Bemidji Ave N., Bemidji.  


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.


Legacy Logo Oct. 12-13  League of Minnesota Poets 2012 Fall Conference "Poet Laureate Octoberfest"

The Heartland Poets, and area chapter of the League of Minnesota Poets, will host the conference at Arrowwood Lodge in Baxter, MN. The conference includes a Friday evening dinner, poetry readings and report about the national poetry scene by Moccasin editor Meredith Cook. Saturday includes informal poetry readings, keynote speaker presentation by Joyce Sutphen and poetry critique.


For information regarding conference registration, visit their website. Forms may be downloaded at the website or call Doris Stengel, Registrar at 218-829-9072. Conference registration with poem submissions ends September 29.


A special public reading by Minnesota Poet Laureate, Joyce Sutphen, will be held at Central Lakes College at 7 p.m. October 13in the Commons Area. A reception will follow the reading. 


This activity is made possible in part 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. Heartland Poets, The League of MN Poets and The Center for Lifelong Learning are partnering to bring this arts event to the Brainerd Lakes Area. Community sponsors for the reception are Bang Printing and CloseConverse.        


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 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."


November 2012 Artist Series through the Bemidji Community Arts Center
Note: Please Call the BCAC (218) 444-7570 or email [email protected] to register.  Class fees in the form of cash or personal check must be made at the time of registration. Classroom locations vary, including some classes to be held at the artists' studios.  Further information will be provided upon registration. 

Beginning Mosaics with Virgene Tyrrell Date in Two Sessions
Saturday Nov. 10    9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  
Monday Nov. 12    6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.          
Class Fee - Member: $50 / Non-Member: $65.  Materials Fee: $40           

Complete a small mosaic project, learning the basic skills including project design, fitting and placement of tiles and glass, gluing and grouting. Students will choose from a variety of projects such as frames, mirrors, plaques, and hooks.  Students will have access to all tools and materials needed to complete their project. Lunch provided for Saturday class.

Intro to Pastel Painting with Kathy Gustafson
November 6th, 8th, 13th, 15th    6:00 p.m - 8:30 p.m.
Class Fee- Member: $75 / Non-Member: $90.  Materials Fee: $30           

This Pastel class will introduce the students to the types of pastels and papers available and how to use them. We will create a still life painting, a landscape, and an animal portrait. Along the way students will learn principles of design and composition that they can apply to any medium.

Intro to Visual Journaling: When Words Aren't Enough with Terri Garrett   
TBD in November     10 a.m. - 4 p.m.                                
Class Fee - Member: $50 / Non-Member: $65. Materials Fee: $15.00                

In this day long workshop class participants will make a hardbound journal and try several mixed media techniques to use in their journals.  Fee covers all materials for hardbound journal and all mixed media supplies for the class.  This workshop is open to all levels of art experience. You will discover a new way to express yourself. If you are curious about visual journaling - do a search on the web.

Intermediate Watercolor with Pat Shough
November 6th, 8th, 13th, 15th    1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
For more information regarding the course and materials needed, visit the BCAC website at      

Paper Weaving and Folding with Patty Lovegreen
November 17th    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.                         
Class Fee - Member: $40/Non-Member: $50.  Materials Fee: $12           

"We will be weaving a 12" square of paper and learning to make a 3 dimensional project that could be brought home and used as a decorative piece or a functional work of art. No two are alike!  I'll supply the paper, instructions and ideas. Just bring scissors and Scotch tape. This would be a great mother/daughter class."







Jerome Fiber Artist Project Grants Deadline: Oct. 12

Textile Center will award $4,000 Jerome Fiber Artist Project Grants in 2012-2013. This program is designed to expand opportunities for emerging fiber artists in Minnesota as they undertake specific artistic projects.


Grants will be awarded to support a wide range of project activities including purchasing equipment, to devote time to studio work, to travel and study with established artists. For more information about the grants, application forms and the grant process, please visit their website


McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers Deadline: Oct. 26

The 2013 McKnight Artist Fellowships, Loft Awards in Prose and Loft Award in Children's Literature (Older Children) are open. Five $25,000 awards are presented annually to accomplished Minnesota writers and spoken word artists. Four awards alternate annually between creative prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry/spoken word. For more information, visit their website.


2012 VSA Minnesota Project Grant for Emerging Artists with Disabilities Deadline: Nov. 2

Seven grants of $1,500 each, funded by the Jerome Foundation, will be awarded to emerging Minnesota artists who propose to create new work. Applications and guidelines are available online or can be mailed or emailed to artists. Call 612-332-3888 or 800-801-3883, or email


VSA Minnesota is a statewide, nonprofit organization whose mission is to create a community where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in and access the arts. For more information, call 612-332-3888 or 800-801-3883 or visi their website


A Note of Thanks

Region 2 Arts Council is sad to say good-bye to our Northern Arts News Editor Amy Zimmermann. Amy has seen us through moving from a bi-monthly print newsletter to its current e-format, and we'd like to say thank you. Amy, the staff and board of Region 2 Arts Council is grateful for your years of hard work and dedication to creating a quality newsletter. You are already missed!

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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