photography by Joe Allen, WETCC Faculty
Photos by former Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant recipient Joe Allen, WETCC faculty member
Northern Arts News
March 2013 


It's early March, and in addition to the March 6 deadline for the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant and the March 12 deadline for the Arts Project Grant, we also have an April 4 deadline fast approaching for our Artist Mentor Grant  for 8th-12th grade student artists.


To that end, we are eager to partner with Springboard for the Arts in Fergus Falls and offer a "JumpstART" workshop and panel discussion for young artists in our Region 2 communities on Saturday March 9th. 


Who is invited? College-aged, fresh out of college, middle school and high school musicians, visual artists, performing artists and artist of any kind.


The day runs from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. SW in Bemidji for JumpstART: program designed to support young artists on their artistic paths.


10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Artist Skills Workshop: Portfolios, Artist Statements, Resumes, Grants


11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Panel Discussion with artists and arts professionals: Learn how to JumpstART your arts career now!


1:00-2:00 p.m. Artist Mentoring: see what R2AC artist mentors & students are doing, get more info on Artist Mentor Grant Program for 8th-12th grade artists, and learn about Individual Artist Grants for adult artists seeking mentors.


Are you a young artist?  Do you have a young artist in your life?  Remember to spread the word and register for this event.  The day is FREE and snacks will be provided!


RSVP 218 751-5447 [email protected] by March 7, 2013.


Another cool thing is that we have a limited number of $25 travel stipends for people traveling a distance to get to Bemidji for this program.  Call us!


Thanks and have a wonderful March,

Laura Dehler-Seter

Region 2 Arts Council Program Coordinator 



Arts Advocacy Day at the State Capitol on

March 7, 2013! 


Join MN Citizens for the Arts, artists, and arts supporters from across the state to speak with legislators in St. Paul to secure art and legacy funding for the next two years.


Follow this link for more information and to register. Then email [email protected] or call us at 218 751-5447 to let us know that we'll see you there.


Take Action Now! It's time to Advocate for the Arts!


 mncitizens for the arts


R2AC News 
Anishinabe Arts Initiative Grant Deadline is March 6, 2013
Open to individual Native American artists in all arts disciplines.  This grant offers funding for costs associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a creative work; purchase of materials or equipment necessary for a creative work; educational opportunities; mentorships. Open to Native American Artists residing in Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard, Itasca,Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, and Roseau Counties.  Download and application from our website or stop by 426 Bemidji Ave. for a paper copy.  Call 800 275-5447 /751-5447 or email [email protected] with questions.  Artists can apply for grants up to $1000.  This grant is made available through generous funding from the McKnight foundation.
mncitizens for the arts Arts Advocacy Day is March 7, 2013! 

Join hundreds of your fellow arts advocates in St. Paul on Thursday March 7 where we will be meeting with State Legislators to advocate for arts funding in Minnesota.  A strong turn out from our Region sends a strong message.  Register with Minnesota Citizens for the Arts then contact R2AC and let us know you'll be there.


JumpstART your Arts Career on March 9, 2013 at the Rail River Folk School

Open to college-aged, recent grads, middle school and high school-aged artists. This day is for you if you simply love doing your art and you are looking for the skills and support that will keep you on your path.  Read this newsletter's feature article for more information about the day.  RSVP by March 7 at [email protected] or 218 751-5447. A limited number of $25 travel stipends are available for Region 2 attendees who live outside of Beltrami county.


Arts Project Grant Deadline is March 12, 2013

Schools, community ed programs, non-profits of any kind! If your organization could use up to $1,500 for an arts project or event that will happen within the next year, then please consider an Arts Project Grant to cover or help defray the cost of the program or event. 20% cash match required for this grant.  Deadline: March 12, 2013. Download an application from our website, or stop by our office for a paper copy. Call 800-275-5447 / 751-5447 or email us at [email protected].  


Artist Mentor Grant Program Deadline is April 4, 2013

Artist Mentor Grants are available to 8th-12th grade student artists.  If an applicant is selected for an artist mentor grant, funding will cover the cost of 20 hours of meeting time with a professional artist (known as a mentor) of the students' choosing.  Some students use their funding to help cover the cost of an arts camp, class, or workshop in the state of Minnesota.  Artist Mentor Grants have a $600 value.  Students receive $50 to cover the cost of materials and supplies. Download a copy of your grant packet at or pick one up at 426 Bemidji Avenue in the Region 2 Arts Council office.


Be a Part! Contribute to 365 Days of Art!

We're calling on all Region 2 artists to share their work through our Facebook Initiative 365 Days of Art!  Send [email protected] an image, a poem, a one paragraph excerpt from your book, a YouTube link or photograph of your performance, a description of what you've sent and your permission to share and we'll get you in our 365 Days of Art line-up.


Help us Share your Artist Websites, Blogs, and Facebook Pages  

Let us help you spread the word about your art. Region 2 Artists, please send [email protected] a link to your website and we'll post it on our Artist Links page.  Interested arts organizations should send us their links as well!  Click here to see if your arts organization has already been listed.   


Header Images

Photographer and former Anishinaabe Arts Initiative grant recipient Joseph Allen has contributed his work for this month's newsletter header. For more of Allen's photographs, visit


Northern Arts News Deadline

Deadline for submissions for the April 2013 issue of Northern Arts News is March 15, 2013.





March 1    Bemidji First Friday Events   

Enjoy Bemidji's First Friday Art Walk Exhibits around town.  


March 1    Bemidji First Friday Art Exhibits


Enjoy the local art in Bemidji throughout the month March including work by quilting artist Colleen Hilts at the Library, Artists of Studio 10 at Brigid's Cross, Students of Gallery North and featured artist Ukranian Egg and Rosemaling artist Mary Morton at Gallery North, fiber artist Jess Conrad at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, Wildlife Artist Beverly Joslyn at Neilson Place, Photographer Cal Rice at the BCAC, and mixed-media artist Amanda Brueggemeier at Dunn Bros.


March 1    Spoken Word Series presents Poet Dr. Carol Ann Russell

Come to the Bemidji Community Art Center for the first event of the 2013 Spoken Word Series. A reception will be held from 5:30 to 6:00 PM with Dr. Russell's reading beginning at 6:00 PM. There will be book signing and a question and answer period following the reading, and a poetry workshop the following morning.  There's still time to register for the March 2 workshop with Dr. Russell. Call 444-7570.


March 1    Minnesota Monsters by Nina Lubarski at Wild Hare Bistro

Head over to the Wild Hare Bistro opening reception for "Minnesota Monsters" on First Friday from 3-5pm. Constructed using paper mache and other mixed media, these sculptural works of art are marionette puppets that come to life in many colors, shapes and sizes. Artist Nina Lubarski is an art teacher at Bemidji Middle School. After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare's own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar, 5:00-9:00pm, featuring ballpark inspired fare from around the country as this month's theme, and wine and beer list to match. 523 Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji.  444-JAVA or


March 1    Freaxis Variety Show

The studio-mates of Freaxis Studios present  "THE FREAXIS VARIEY SHOW !" for this First Friday event. Walls will be full of good stuff by Luke "Skidmark" Holden, Amy Borgman, Ashley Buck, and Gege Holden. At 4:30 Julia Oxenreider brings her slam poetry and guitar to the stage followed by Fortuna Puppet Theatre's  "Little Red Riding Hood" starring Tiara Sox. Music by Gwenfrewi. The show will be over by 5:15 so don't miss out! Lower level of Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave N, Bemidji, Minnesota.


March 2    Opera Encore HD presents Puccini's "Tosca" from the Royal Opera House London 

Enjoy opera this spring at the The Bemidji Theater 5 miles west of Bemidji on Highway 2. Show time is 2:00 p.m. There is ample parking, but Paul Bunyan Transit will be contracted to run a bus from BSU Bangsberg parking lot to the theater at 1:00 and return after the opera showing, around 4:30. Email [email protected] with how many people will be in your party. The cost of the bus will be $1.50 per person. Puccini's "Tosca" is the first in the series with Bryn Terfel as Scarpia and Angela Gheorghiu as Tosca who along with a stellar cast bring this tragic tale of love, idealism and destructive obsession to the stage of the Royal Opera House in London.

For a complete synopsis of Tosca go to the Emerging Pictures website


legacysmall  March 3    Bemidji Symphony Orchestra presents "Music & Peace"

Native American flutist Keith Bear joins the BSO and Conductor Dr. Beverly Everett in concert on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 3:00PM in the Bemidji High School Auditorium.  They will perform The Fable of Old Turtle, an original work by Linda Tutas Haugan based on the children's book, Old Turtle, by Douglas Wood.  Haugan will join Bear on stage as narrator.  The concert opens with The Planets ("Jupiter" & "Venus") by Gustav Holst and concludes with Russ Peterson's composition, Between Two Cultures. This piece was written as a musical response to artwork by White Earth Band member Wallowing Bull. Images of Bull's work will be shown during the performance. 

Tickets are available at the door or in advance at Lueken's Village Foods North, Brigid's Pub, and online at  Prices are $20 for Adults; $15 for Seniors 62+; and $10 for College Students with ID.  Students in grades K-12 are admitted FREE.  The doors open for seating at 2:30 and all seats are general admission.

This activity is funded, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and by a grant from Target. The Fable of Old Turtle was premiered by the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra and was made possible by Meet the Composer and its New Residencies program, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Used with permission from Scholastic.   

 March 7    Arts Advocacy Day at the Capitol

On Thursday March 7 artists and arts supporters from across the state will gather at the State Capitol in St. Paul to secure Art and Legacy funding for the next two years, ensuring we remain the strongest arts community in the country. Follow this link for more info and to register: Then contact us at 218 751-5447 to let us know you'll be there. Let's have a strong showing from Region 2!  


R2AC Color Logo March 9    Jumpstart your Arts Career 

 See the feature article in this newsletter for more information.  The day will be engaging and informative and is geared for middle school, high school, and college-aged artists.  Springboard for the Arts from Fergus Falls is coming to facilitate the day. Mentoring programs will also be disussed. This event is FREE and snacks will be provided. Call 751-5447 or email [email protected] for registration and information. 


 March 9    Great Northern Radio Show Hits the Road


Don't miss the KAXE/KBXE variety program to broadcast live from the Bagley High School auditorium from 5-7 p.m. on 91.7 KAXE on the Iron Range and across northern Minnesota, 89.9 Brainerd and 90.5 KBXE Bemidji as well as in Ely at 103.9FM The program will also be streamed live at Admission to the live performance is free, but reservations are requested by calling KAXE at 218-326-1234. Audience members are asked to be seated by 4:30 p.m. Walk-ups are welcome on a first come, first served basis. Written and hosted by Minnesota writer Aaron J. Brown, the Great Northern Radio Show features music, stories and comedy about modern life off the beaten path. The March 9 show will feature Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, Duluth-based singer/songwriter Mary Bue and accompanist Kyle Maclean, Bemidji singer/songwriters Sonny Johnson of Bemidji, and Katie Wig of Brainerd. The Great Northern Radio Players, a rotating group of actors from northern Minnesota, will perform original sketches about life in the Bagley area. Bemidji-area comic actress Sara Breeze leads this show's troupe. The show is underwritten by the Iron Mining Association of Minnesota and made possible in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Amendment.



March  9    Second Saturday Art Gala Night at the RailRiver Folk School 

Head over to 303 Railroad Street SW in Bemidji for Second Saturday Art Gala Night 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 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.   


 March 9     Creative Songwriting Workshop with Paul Spring at Headwaters School in Bemidji



6th - 8th graders are invited to participate in this songwriting workshop from 12:30-3:00 at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts on Minnesota Avenue in Bemidji. Students will tap their creativity as they work together to turn stories into song. Musical training is not required to participate in this workshop. A 4:00 concert with Paul Spring will follow. Please pre-register for the workshop at the Bemidji Public Library: 751-3963.



March 15, 16, 22, 23    25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee


The Mask and Rose Theater presents this Tony Award winning musical comedy with interaction from audience participants .  Directed by Cate Belleveau and featuring local talent as the quirky spellers ,  it will be performed on the Bemidji State University - Bangsberg stage . Performance dates :  7:30 showtimes . Tickets may be bought in advance at Brigid's Pub or 1 hour before the show .  Adults - $13.00, Students - $5.00 . Seniors - $9.00. 




 March 19   Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning presents Jon Romer and "The Magic of the Flute"


HCLL presents the third presentation in their series "Our Shared Heritage Shown through Art"from 1p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Northwoods Bank community room in Park Rapids. Mr. Romer retired from his position as Voice Department Chair at Gustavous Adolphus College. He says, "A focus of my work is integrating Native American Music inth the contemporary multicultural classroom."


March 25   Heartland Concert Association presents Ilya Yakushev, Virtuoso Russian Pianist

7:30 p.m. at the Park Rapids Area High School.  For more information call Bill Zigmant at 218 732-9293.


April  2     Adventures in Lifelong Learning with Janice Howarth  "Drums of Guinea"  

This is just one of the 8 Tuesday talks in March and April brought to you by Adventures in Lifelong Learning. Programs run 10-11:30 a.m. at Beltrami Electric Roger Spiry Community Room, 4111 Technology Dr. NW in Bemidji. Adventures in Lifelong Learning is organized exclusively to provide opportunities for continuing education in the Bemidji area.  It is intended that ALL programs will assist participants to improve their critical thinking skills and appreciate the diversity of human experience through presentations. All are Welcome! [email protected] Facebook:   adventuresinlifelonglearning-bemidji.


April 2    Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning presents "Architecture as Art" with Jon Rondestvedt


HCLL presents the fourth presentation in their series "Our Shared Heritage Shown through Art" from 1p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Northwoods Bank community room in Park Rapids. Rondestvedt says of his presentation: "Today's topic will explore how we humans use architecture not only to serve utile ends but aesthetic ends as well." He continues, saying that one of the most often cited quotations from Latin writer Vitruvius was "Architecture has three essential elements: stability, utility, comeliness (beauty). Two of the three are essential; one is transformative. The architect must heed the first two and embrace the third."





March 2    Poetry Workshop with Award-Winning Poet and BSU Professor 

Join Dr. Carol Ann Russell from 9:00 a.m.- noon for a poetry workshop in the lower level of the Carnegie Library building at 426 Bemidji Ave. Russell has published 7 books of poetry and her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, magazines and journals. She has earned national and international acclaim for her writing and workshops. $40 for adults / $20 for students. Call 444-7570 for information and registration.  


March 4, 11, 18, 25    Session 3 Pottery Classes with Tom Daly

Headwaters School of Music and the Arts on Minnesota Avenue in Bemidji presents a series of pottery classes for students of all levels throughout the winter and into spring. After learning the basics of clay construction, participants can easily move on to throw pots on the wheel. Cost of each monthly session is $55. Classes for ages 8 - 13 are from 4:15 to 5:30 pm. Classes for ages 14 - adults are from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Session IV: April 1, 8, 15 & 22.  (218) 444-5606 519 Minnesota Ave, Bemidji, MN 56619 [email protected].   




R2AC Color Logo Mar. 23    Photography for Artists with Cal Rice

Registration Deadline March 18
Join experienced local photographer Call Rice for a Photography for Artists workshop held at the Bemidji Headwaters School for Music and the Arts on Saturday March 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  This workshop is for you, if you
  • are an artist who creates two or three dimensional art
  • present your work in photographs (web site, gallery or catalog)
  • want to improve your skills to create images that are commensurate with the quality of the art
  • want to better understand the functions built into your camera

Registration is $30 at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. (218) 444-5606 519 Minnesota Ave, Bemidji, MN 56619 [email protected],


 April 12-13    Presence in Motion: Introduction to Contact Improvisation Dance with Neige Christenson

Registration Deadline April 1

 Taking place at the Elks Lodge at 116 4th Street in Bemidji, the Contact Improv Workshop with Neige Christenson (hailing from the Boston Area) runs Friday from 7p.m.-9p.m. and Saturday from 9a.m.-4p.m. The cost of the workshop is $65.00.  Christenson explains: "Contact Improvisation is a dance form based on the spontaneous play of two people sharing a point of physical contact. The workshop will explore the body's natural movement properties: gravity, structure, momentum and flow, with an emphasis on clarity of communication with our partners. We'll expand our capacity for centered self-awareness and improvisational creativity. This is an opportunity to practice listening to our bodies, being playful, and exploring the possibilities of ease and effortlessness. Contact Improvisation enhances any other partner dancing you may have studied, as both partners take turns giving and receiving weight, leading and following, initiating and listening for cues from the other."  Pre-registration required through Region 2 Arts Council by calling 218 751-5447 or via email at [email protected]


April 19-21 Headwaters Basket Makers Workshop Weavin' "Up North" at Concordia Language Villages

Register in early March!

Headwaters Basketmakers Guild is excited to offer a great variety of weaving styles from these very popular teachers: Pam Talsky, Janet Olney, Shirley Mount, Jo Amsler and Eileen Spilman. Evaluate your skill level and choose your classes carefully. Classes range from Basic to Advanced weaving skills. These classes are designed for adults - no one under 16 years of age will be admitted. Workshop takes place at Concordia Language Village's Finnish Village "Salolampi" near Bemidji Minnesota. Three meals a day feature international cuisine. Cabin lodging. Register in early March! For workshop cost and other registration information contact Nancy Baer at [email protected] or call 218 366-1125.



Minnesota State Arts Board Grants Calendar

Check here for the latest MSAB grant deadlines!



Costume Tailors Needed for BCT's Peter Pan the Musical


 BCT is in need of a few folks who can tailor costumes for Peter Pan the Musical opening the first weekend in April. Please contact Mary Knox-Johnson at 333-8740 or [email protected] if you can help.




Mar. 1    Submission Deadline for Talking Stick Volume 22


The Talking Stick, a locally published and nationally recognized publication, seeks submissions in poetry, fictiion, and creative nonfiction from Minnesota writers. The Talking Stick is published by Jackpine Writers' Bloc of northern Minnesota.  For full submission guidelines, go to 




Mar. 1     Application Deadline to Sculpture Walk 2013 

Participate this year in Bemidji's 14th Annual Juried Public Art Exposition. The Sculpture Walk committee will select the 20 best submissions, based on their conceptual strength, originality, and workmanship. Apply before March 1, 2013 at: Go to for complete contest information. Questions? contact   

 [email protected] . Reminder: all sculptures on the Bemidji Sculpture Walk 2012 exhibition are for sale and would make great gifts. Please contact:  [email protected]  




Mar. 4    Valspar Paint Grant Proposals Due

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation announces the availability of free paint to communities in our region.  Through a collaborative venture with the Valspar Corporation and the Minnesota Beautiful Program approximately 550 gallons of free paint has been made available for projects requiring 15 gallons of paint or more. To obtain application guidelines and an application form, call Ashley at 218 759-2057 / 800-659-7859 or email [email protected].  Application deadlines available at





legacysmall Mar. 5    Deadline for ACLU-MN North Office Call for Artists

TheGreater 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.


March 23    Auditions for Carousel and You're a Good Man Charlie Brown

Northern Light Opera Company will be holding auditions for both productions at Calvary Lutheran Church on Hwy 71 in Park Rapids on Saturday March 23 from 10 to 12:30.  Call backs for Carousel will be from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Call backs for Charlie Brown will be from 4:30-6p.m. "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" will be presented at the historic Armory Square in Park Rapids July 12-14 and July 18-20. Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Carousel" will be presented at the Park Rapids High School auditorium July 26-28 and August 1-3.


Minnesota College of Art and Design's McKnight Visual Artists Fellowship

MCAD seeks highly-qualified mid-career visual artist applicants who live in the state of Minnesota.  The 2013/14 fellowship cycle is now open (deadline is March 29, 2013).  Go to for more information.



Lot 6 Art Fair Registration



Early Bird Discount April 1


The 3rd year of the Lot 6 Art Fair will be happening on Saturday June 8 in Bemidji.  For Early Bird booth discounts, get your applications in by April 1st. Returning artists DO NOT need to submit a jury fee - unless you are applying with a different medium then the previous years. There are a limited amount of double booths spaces (10x20) available to artist wishing to have more space. There will be a small number of free upgrades to a double space to artists wishing to demonstrate during the festival, please see details on the application. In addition, there is a limited number of FREE booths to non-profit organizations. If you are a non-profit interested in an information booth, please send us a small statement about your organization and what you intend to have available at your booth during the festival. These booth spaces are voted and decided upon by the Lot 6 Art Fair Committee.  Follow the Lot 6 Art Fair on Facebook, Twitter and keep an eye out for the Lot 6 Art Fair blog- coming soon!





April 12    Application for Savage Juried Art Competition and Show


The Savage Arts Council invites Emerging and Professional Minnesota fine artists to enter the 7th annual Savage Juried Art Competition and Show, submission deadline April 12, 2013.  The show runs April 26-May 31 2013 at the McColl Pond Environmental Learning Center in Savage MN.   Fees include $15 for one entry, $25 for two entries. To register: Email: [email protected].  For more information about the Savage Arts Council, visit



April 15    Application Deadline for Bemidji - First City of Arts Studio Cruise 



Calling all artists with studios within a 40 mile radius of Bemidji, Minnesota! Applications are now being taken for the 6th annual Studio Cruise, a working studio event which provides an opportunity for artists to invite the public into their studios to showcase their art and craft. Studio Cruise dates: Oct. 18, 19, 20. Deadline for all applications is postmark by April 15, 2013.   Fees include a $10 non-refundable jury fee and $100 artist participation fee. Applications available on-line at

Artists who create their artwork within a 40 mile radius of Bemidji but who may not have a studio accessible to visitors can apply to be a Guest Artist at a qualifying Host Studio location. This opportunity is limited to having a maximum of three artists total at any one studio location.   Questions? Contact Dave Towley at 218-333-3547 ([email protected]) or Lori Forshee-Donnay at 218-444-7570 ([email protected])







April 30    Submission Deadline for Small Art for Big Hearts

Artists!  Expand your buyer contacts, exhibit your work, and at the same time contribute to a great cause at this Art Event for the Bemidji Food Shelf! Artists are invited to contribute works of art and join this fun, high profile event on June 1st, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. at the Hungry Bear- First City Ballroom/convention center in Bemidji, MN. This evening will bring together hundreds of artists and collectors for a night of refreshments, conversation, and art buying. All proceeds going to feed the hungry.  Please email Don Houseman at [email protected] or Pam Nelson at [email protected] for submission requirements and submission form.  




On-Going     First City Singers


First City Singers is a non-auditioned chorus program for "seniors" who love to sing and perform in our community. Rehearsals are always on Mondays from 1 - 2 p.m. at Headwaters School of Music & Arts. Call Arlys at 444-6653 or Donna at 444-3296 for more information.



Baudette Depot Seeks Smithsonian Institution Exhibit Assistance


The Baudette Depot is looking for people to help with the current traveling Smithsonian Exhibit "The Way We Worked" coming to Baudette on May 11- June 22, 2013.  The Depot Preservation Alliance, as a host organization, is responsible for the install, take-down, and open house during the six week exhibit run.  If you are able to lend a hand, storage space, or host, please send your contact information by email to: [email protected]   



Baudette Depot Seeks Photos and Stories  


Attention:  Local stories and photos are needed for 3 upcoming exhibits at the Depot!  The Transportation Exhibit seeks transportation related photos from the first half of the 20th century taken in the Lake of the Woods area.  For the special "Signatures Exhibit," photos or stories about family members "riding the rails" as a hobo or as an orphan traveling to a new home are needed. For the traveling Smithsonian Exhibit "The Way We Worked," short narratives about your first job and what you learned from it (it doesn't have to be a paid job) are needed by May 1st. Please send your photos and/or stories to: Depot Preservation Alliance P.O. Box 1238; Baudette, MN 56623; attn.: JK. Photos will be copied, attribution noted, and returned to you.  Photos, stories, and questions can also be emailed to: [email protected]  







Kudos to Bemidji poet and English teacher Gina Bernard who was one of six featured writers at Intermedia Arts' Queer Voices reading series in Minneapolis in December 2012. In addition, the following pieces have been accepted to appear in the following publications: Two poems, "Proof" and "Frequency," accepted for publication in Skin to Skin: The Art of the Lesbian; two poems, "Epitaph" and "Ordnance," accepted for upcoming publication in Milk Sugar literary magazine; one poem, "Equilibrium," accepted for upcoming publication in Apeiron Review, and one poem, "A Transsexual's Manifesto," accepted for upcoming publication in Glitterwolf literary magazine.


The zombie one-act "Marriage ... After Death" by Roy C. Booth and Abbey Ferrier was named one of Heuer Publication's (est. 1928, Cedar Rapids, IA) Top 10 Most Popular Plays for 2012. Roy C. Booth's horror short story "Mortal Applications" appears in the recently released anthology "Rigorous Mortis: A Mortician's Tales" (eBook and hard copy) published by Scarlett River Press, Edmonton, ON. His one-act comedy, "The Glover's Mange Cure Caper" (written w/. former Walker area resident Louise Bottrell), will be performed in March by the Wilton Public School of Wilton, ND, and by the Jacksonville Theatre Guild of Jacksonville, MO. Congratulations!


The Northern Arts Newsletter editor reserves the right to edit or rewrite submissions for grammar, style and clarity or to conform to restrictions of space. R2AC reserves the right to determine the newsworthiness and appropriateness of any submission.  Thank you for your submissions! 
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