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(L-R) Long Lake Theater, Pequana Playhouse, Mask & Rose, Northern Light Opera Company and Bemidji Community Theater productions
Northern Arts News
November 2012      Vol. 15 Issue 5


Do you know who determines the grants and programs that R2AC offers? You do!  Arts programming is based on information we gather from people like you in our region. Your input informs the R2AC board on what direction to take for the next two years of arts funding. Please provide us with feedback by completing a brief survey (only 8 questions) and be the voice that helps shape arts programming for the upcoming years. Thank you!


We are also continuing to collect feedback at Listening Sessions throughout the five counties this fall. Share your thoughts with Beltrami R2AC board members by attending a listening session at the R2AC office on Wednesday, November 14th at 5:30 p.m. The Mahnomen County Listening Session is scheduled for Tuesday Dec. 4 at 5:30 in Mahnomen. 


Here's a question for artists and organizations: why aren't you applying for "No Risk" Workshop funding? These funds are available for artists to earn money through presenter's fees and to provide adults with new artistic skills. Start planning and submitting your workshop ideas or these funds could be diverted to other categories.    


The next Arts and Cultural Heritage grant deadline is January 17, 2013. Be prepared by starting, or better yet completing, your grant application before the holidays. Artists, did you know you can apply to conduct a school residency or teach at a nursing home through the Arts and Cultural Heritage grant? Contact schools, nursing homes and other organizations such as Boys & Girls clubs in the 5 county region to assist them with their arts programming. For all grant deadlines, please check the R2AC grant deadline schedule.


Our e-newsletter includes many workshops, events and opportunities available to you in November and the coming months. Read and take in the multiple offerings we are so fortunate to have in our rich artistic region. If you are finding our newsletter a bit too long, just print a copy to read when you have more time!  


R2AC is committed to strengthening the development of your career or organization through our programs. Please contact us to discuss the various ways we can assist you.  


Best Wishes for a bountiful Thanksgiving!


Terri Widman

R2AC Executive Director




Fellowship Awards Granted

Please join us in congratulating this year's distinguished R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellowship recipients: long-time guitar instructor/jazz guitarist,
Lou Samsa and fiber artist/sculptural knotter, Dawn Standera.

Funds will assist Samsa in producing a multi-media instructional video for guitar while mentoring with MSUM assistant professor of music and jazz guitar, Mike Krajewski. 


Standera will use her funds to mentor with California-based sculptural  knotter Norman Sherfield, studying techniques of sculptural knotting and adapting her style of Cavandoli Knotting to create three dimensional fiber sculptures.   


Two $6000 R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellowship Awards are made possible each year through funding from the McKnight Foundation.    


Fellowship Awardees Lou Samsa and Dawn Standera, with Terri Widman

R2AC News 

R2AC Seeks Feedback: Please take our Survey!

It only takes a few minutes to let us know how we can better serve the arts needs in our Region 2 communities!  Click here and take our short, 8 question survey.

Public Feedback on the Arts at Listening Session in Beltrami and Mahnomen Counties  

Nov. 14, 5:30 at Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Ave. N    

Dec. 4, 5:30 in Mahnomen (location TBD) 

The Region 2 Arts Council is convening Listening Sessions to gather community input on the
arts needs in Beltrami and Mahnomen counties respectively. Everyone is welcome to come discuss community arts needs and give us feedback on our grant programs, workshops and other arts activities. Please call 751-5447 / 1-800-275-5447 or email [email protected] to register for a listening session today!  Light snacks provided. 


R2AC Seeking Mahnomen County Board Member

We are seeking a Board member from Mahnomen County to fill a two year term vacancy beginning November 19, 2012. Board members meet 7 times a year on the third Monday of the month in Bemidji. Board responsibilities include planning, policy setting, and reviewing and awarding grants. Members are reimbursed for travel.


Email [email protected] for an application or write to Nominating Committee, Region 2 Arts Council, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601. Call 751-5447/1-800-275-5447 with questions. If you live in Mahnomen County and visual, performing, and literary arts are important to you, please consider serving on our board!


R2AC Awards $58,161 in Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants 

R2AC recently awarded $58,161 through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant Program to arts organizations and non-profits in Beltrami, Hubbard, and Lake of the Woods counties. These funds are made available through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on November 4, 2008. Click here to see the ACH recipients and their projects. The next ACH deadline is Jan. 17, 2013.  



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 to propose workshop ideas to R2AC for direct funding. Please download an application from our website or contact our office.  


Attention Region 2 Artists and Arts Organizations:

Let us help you spread the word about your art or arts organization! Please send us links to your website and we'll put it on on a page dedicated specifically to you.   

Northern Arts News Deadline

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


legacysmall Nov. 2     Mixed Blood Theater's Theory of Mind

Mixed Blood Theater brings its production of Theory of Mind to the Lake of the Woods School Auditorium on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7:00 p.m. Theory of Mind is a sensitive yet unsentimental story of a young man with Asperger's syndrome. Theory of Mind is written by Ken LeZebnik, a veteran Mixed Blood company member. Tickets are available at the door, $5/person; $20 max per nuclear family. For more info on the play, go to


Nov. 2   Bemidji First Friday Events 

See the complete list of events at the BCAC website.

Nov. 2    Artist Lisa Robinson opens at the Wild Hare
Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse will present  "Land Speaks," recent paintings and works in wood by art educator Lisa Robinson, the result of a 4 year immersion working on, with, and through the land. Meet the artist on First Friday, November 2nd from 3 to 5 pm. After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare's own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar, 5:00-9:00pm, featuring a Spanish/Moroccan inspired menu for November, with a wine and beer list to match. 523 Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji. 444-JAVA or

Nov. 3    3rd Annual Opener Art Festival
Artists have been selected to bring some of the best fine arts and crafts in Northern Minnesota to the Sanford Center Ballrooms in Bemidji from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

 Nov. 9 -10     The Foreigner

Pequana Playhouse in Baudette proudly presents The Foreigner, a two-act comedy by American Playwright Larry Shue. Dinner Theater Fri Nov. 9 and Sat. Nov. 10, dining at 6:00 p.m. and play at 7:00. Sunday Matinee on Nov. 11 (dining 1:00 p.m., play at 2:00 p.m.). The cost is $7/person for the play and $12 for dinner and play. All performances take place in the Lake of the Woods High School auditorium. 


 Nov. 9,10,11,12 and 18     Oliver!

Bemidji Community Theater and Paul Bunyan Playhouse collaborate to present OLIVER!  a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale at the Historic Chief Theater, downtown Bemidji.  Nov 9-12 at 7:30 p.m. Sun Matinees on Nov 11&18 at 2:00 p.m. Show is directed by Mary Knox-Johnson, with musical direction by Karen Bradley, and accompanist Wayne Hoff.  Tickets available at Iverson Corner Drug, Ken K Thompson Jewelry at the Mall, or at the box office one hour before the show.  $12/ adults and $6 /17 and under.  Bring a non-perishable food item to the theater and receive a $1 refund on the ticket price.


Nov. 10    Second Saturday Art Gala Night at the RailRiver Folk School   

Head over to 303 Railroad Street SW in Bemidji on the 2nd Saturday of each month for an evening of art, music, networking, and supporting our art community and the RailRiver Folk School.  Second Saturday Art Gala Night is held monthly, offering approximately one dozen artists the opportunity to display and sell their handmade items. This is a great place to meet some wonderful artists, purchase handmade art, and enjoy good music (live or DJ) and refreshments. 


If you are an artist or musician interested in participating in a Second Saturday Art Gala, please email [email protected] for an application.  


legacysmall Nov. 11    Headwaters Concert Series Opens with The Hunts  

Enjoy champion fiddling mixed with a blend of world-ranked step dancing, and beautiful vocal harmonies with The Hunts, a talented family of 9.  Performance takes place at the Bemidji High School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Other performances in the series include Church Basement Ladies - Second Helping on 2/16/2013 and the Abbey Road Band on 4/8/2013.


$40 adult season tickets and $5 student season tickets for the entire series are available now by calling (218) 444-5606 or stopping by the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts located at 519 Minnesota Avenue in downtown Bemidji. The Headwaters Concert Series is sponsored by Paul Bunyan Communications.


legacysmall Nov. 12    Experience It!  Community Art Studios Open House

Head over to the Clear Waters Life Center, 226 Elm St. in Gonvick from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  and experience the Painting/Drawing, Mosaic/Glass, and Pottery studios.  Meet the studio artists and mentors and see hands-on demonstrations. Artists, as well as Class and Studio participants will showcase their work. Make it an experience!  Enjoy free soup, homemade bread, cookies and coffee, and get a tour of the Clear Waters Life Center-Gonvick facility. A range of art projects from the three studios will be for sale.   


 Nov. 14     Listening Session at Region 2 Arts Council Office 

This is an opportunity for all residents of Beltrami County to gather at the Region 2 Arts Council office at 426 Bemidji Avenue in Bemidji and discuss how R2AC can better meet the needs of artists, art organizations and the arts in Beltrami County communities. 5:30p.m.- 6:30 p.m. Light snacks provided.  Please call 751-5447 or email [email protected] to register for this event today!      

Nov. 15    Arts Downtown Park Rapids

The Arts Downtown PR series will continue Thursday, Nov. 15 in downtown Park Rapids. This event is designed to bring 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. A schedule will be available at downtown businesses and the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber office as well as on the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council website ( ).


Nov. 18     Park Rapids Community Band Winter Concert

The Park Rapids Community Band will bring in the spirit of the season at a winter concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at the Area High School Auditorium. The program will be posted at


Dec. 4  Listening Session at 5:30 p.m. in Mahnomen

This is an opportunity for all residents of Mahnomen county to gather and discuss how R2AC can better meet the needs of artists, art organizations and the arts in Mahnomen county communities. 5:30 p.m. Mahnomen meeting location TBD. Light snacks provided. Please call 1-800-275-5447 or email [email protected] to register for this event today!  


Dec. 8   The Oxcars Awards Celebrate Local Theater

Come celebrate and enjoy live theater at the 2012 OXCARS Awards event on Saturday, Dec. 8th at the New City Ballroom in Bemidji. Award contenders include productions from Nov. 15, 2011 to Nov. 15, 2012  from the following regional non-professional theaters: The Minnesota Folklore Theater - Walker, Long Lake Theater - Hubbard, Northern Light Opera Company - Park Rapids, and Bemidji theater companies: Saarens Productions, the Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective, Bemidji Community Theater, and Loon Opera Company.  


Social Hour with cash bar and hors d' oeuvres from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., awards show follows. For more info, go to OXCARS Facebook page, call Cate at 218-243-2685, or email [email protected]. Tickets are $10 and are on sale Nov. 15th at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub or by credit card via Cate Belleveau at 218- 243-2685.  Limited tickets at the door: Come dressed to impress and you too might win an award! 



November 2012 Artist Series through the Bemidji Community Arts Center
Note: For class times, fees, and locations, please visit To register, call the BCAC (218) 444-7570 or email [email protected]   Classroom locations vary; some classes to be held at the artists' studios. 

Intro to Visual Journaling: When Words Aren't Enough with Terry Garrett   
Nov. 3rd         

Intro to Pastel Painting with Kathy Gustafson
Nov. 6th, 8th, 13th, 15th   

Beginning to Intermediate Watercolor with Pat Shough  
Nov. 6th, 8th, 13th, 15th       

Beginning Mosaics with Virgene Tyrrell

Nov. 10&12
Paper Weaving and Folding with Patty Lovegreen
Nov. 17th                           

legacysmall ACLU-MN North Office Call for Artists: Deadline March 5th, 2013

The Greater MN Racial Justice Project North, brought to you by American Civil Liberties Union- MN, is now accepting applications for the Art from Within show. Featured artwork will give a personal and compelling view in to the lives of real people whose civil liberties, protected under the Bill of Rights, have been challenged. Art from Within is a venue for American Indians as well as non-Natives who have been impacted by the criminal justice system. For more information, please contact Audrey Thayer, ACLU-MN, Greater MN Racial Justice Program, at 218-444-2285.


legacysmall Minnesota Department of Agriculture Artist Database Available

MN artists interested in working with county fairs can access more information regarding the County Fair Arts Access and Cultural Heritage Grant Program on line at Artists interested in signing up to share their talent with MN County Fairs should consider submitting their information to the MDA County Fairs database.


Minnesota State Arts Board unveils WebGrants

MSAB will begin using a new online grants management system during the FY2014 grant cycle. Potential users are encouraged to take advantage of online training available in Fall 2012. Go to Sign up today to receive messages regarding the latest information from the Arts Board about training and the new system.    


legacysmall Poetry Out Loud 2013

Now in its eighth year with over one million students participating across the nation last year, Poetry Out Loud encourages 9-12 grade students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation as well as master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation has partnered with state arts agencies to support the program. Full details of the program can be found at   


Interested Minnesota high school teachers should contact [email protected]. Poetry Out Loud satisfies most of the NCTE English Language Arts Standards (see Teacher's Guide on website). REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  December 1, 2012.  Registration forms can be obtained by contacting [email protected].



Artist Wayne Shilson announces his exhibit at the Taube Museum of Art in Minot, ND, mid-February through March.  Shilson will exhibit at least 30 various-sized paintings for the showing. In addition, Shilson's latest paintings "Lazy River" and "River Walk 2" have been sold to Westport River Gallery, in Westport, CT; a gallery with a collection of about 30 works by the French Impressionist, Camille Pissarro and others.


Author Polly Scotland announces her October 20th release of her book, By Foot, Pedal, or Paddle.


Author Roy C. Booth announces the publication of 3 short stories in 2 upcoming anthologies from Scarlett River Press of Lindsay, Ontario.  Booth has recently had the speculative thriller novelette "Kilter" with R. Thomas Riley electronically released from MinnKota Publications of Minot, ND.  Booth has been invited as a special guest at Diversicon 21: a multicultural, multimedia speculative fiction convention held August 2-4, 2013, in St. Paul. 

The Northern Arts 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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