Works by Clearwater County Artists
Works by Clearwater County Artists (L-R) Gayle Highberg, Malotte Backer & Darci Thabes
Northern Arts News
May 2013 

Every two years the R2AC is required to present a biennial plan to the public that describes the programs and services the R2AC intends to provide to the residents of the five counties we serve. I will be conducting a public hearing on May 8, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. to review the proposed changes to our plan. Public comments will be taken and shared with the R2AC board. Please plan to attend.


Collaboration Workshops facilitated by Springboard for the Arts
are happening around the region.  Next up is the Clearwater County Community Collaboration for the Arts Workshop.
Join artists, non-profits and business owners for a workshop on arts innovation and collaboration on Thursday May 9, 2013 at Bagley High School from 5-9 p.m.  Registration is required by May 6th.  
The Mahnomen County Community Collaboration for the Arts Workshop takes place on Friday May 10, 2013 in the Drum Room at the White Earth Tribal & Community College in Mahnomen from 5-9 p.m.  Registration is required by May 7th.

Both Workshops are FREE and open to the public. Contact Region 2 Arts Council, 218-751-5447 / 1800 275-5447 or [email protected] for more information. 


Arts Organizations who plan to apply for the Community Arts Support grant in 2014 will be required to have a CDP data profile by November 1, 2013. If you have not attended a Cultural Data Project workshop or webinar, R2AC is offering FREE Cultural Data Project (CDP) training sessions for arts organizations in May. Register by May 15.  These workshops will be canceled with fewer than 5 attendees.


Dates, times and locations:

Wednesday, May 22, 5:30 p.m.              

Bemidji Library, 509 America Ave. NW, Bemidji

Register Online: 


Thursday, May 23, 10:00 a.m.

Prime West Building, 3124 Hannah Ave. Bemidji

Register Online: 


If you are interested in networking and exploring new ideas you won't want to miss the Rural Arts and Cultural Summit held at the University of Minnesota-Morris on June 5 & 6, 2013.  The Summit includes workshops and events to connect artists and leaders from around the state.  Check it out at 


Finally, R2AC is currently seeking applications for board members to serve a two-year term for Beltrami and Mahnoment counties.  Contact R2AC at [email protected] for information and an application. 

Think of a creative way to celebrate spring!  


Terri Widman

Executive Director

Region 2 Arts Council



 R2AC Awards Individual Artist Grants


Region 2 Arts Council (R2AC) recently awarded $11,086 through the Individual Artist Grant Program to individual artists in Beltrami, Hubbard and Clearwater Counties. The Individual Artist Grant Program is supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation.


Grants were awarded to Virgene Tyrrell

Alice Blessing

Duane Goodwin

Erja Wiltse

Michael Forbes

Wayne Shilson

Christina Thorne

Cody Bartz

David Towley

Vivienne Morgan

Celia Littlecreek

Amiee Fredrickson

Paula Swenson

Darcy Thabes.


Visit our website to find out more about the arts projects and mentoring experiences these artists have in store!


The next Individual Artist Grant deadline is October 3, 2013




NewsR2AC News


2014-2015 Biennial Plan Public Hearing

The Region 2 Arts Council will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. to present and obtain feedback and comments on the 2014-2015 Biennial Plan. The plan includes the needs assessment process and summary, overview of R2AC goals and objectives and the programs and services.The hearing will be held at the R2AC office at 426 Bemidji Ave. Please email [email protected] or call 218-751-5447 to let us know you are coming.


Seeking Board Members from Beltrami & Mahnomen Counties

If you are an artist or an arts appreciator from Beltrami or Mahnomen County, please consider applying for a position on the Region 2 Arts Council Board for a two-year term beginning July 1st, 2013. The R2AC Board meets seven times per year in Bemidji on the third Monday of the month. Members are reimbursed for travel.


The Region 2 Arts Council Board is responsible for planning, setting policy and reviewing grants. The Board awards over $230,000 annually for art activities in the five counties of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen.


Don't delay! R2AC is seeking to fill this position immediately. To receive an application form please email [email protected] or call 751-5447 / 1-800-275-5447.


Be a Part! Contribute to 365 Days of Art! (And "Like" Region 2 Arts Council on Facebook!) 

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 you and your art. Region 2 Artists and Arts Organizations, please send  [email protected] a link to your website and we'll post it on our arts links page.


Header Images

Thank you to Clearwater County Artists Gayle Highberg, Malotte Backer, and Darci Thabes for our header images.


Northern Arts News Deadline

Deadline for submissions for our June 2013 issue of Northern Arts News is May 15, 2013.

 May 1   Second Grade Play at Solway Elementary School

Come to "Pirates Don't Wear Diapers," script and direction by Cate Belleveau, original music by Karen Bradley, musical direction by Anna Larson, and coordinated by 2nd grade teacher, Mary Boranian. 5:30 p.m. Solway Gym.


May 3     Annual 5th Grade Invitational

Come to the Bemidji Community Art Center at 426 Bemidji Avenue from 4-6 p.m. for the First Friday Art Walk Opening Reception for the Annual 5th Grade Art Invitational. This exhibit features work by area 5th grade students from Central, Horace May, JW Smith, Lincoln, Northern, Red Lake, Schoolcraft, Solway and St. Philips Elementary Schools. Exhibit runs through May 18; hours are Tues. to Fri. 12 to 5pm and Sat. 10am to 2pm.


May 3    Fortuna Puppet Theater presents "Jack, the Bean, and the Mean."

When you come to check out the 5th Grade Invitational Art Show upstairs in BCAC from 4-6 pm on May 3rd, head downstairs to Freaxis Studios for a 10 minute shadow puppet show. Shows will be on-going from 4-5 pm! Fortuna's show is free and open to the public, with donations gladly accepted. Bring your "boos" for the Ogre and "yays" for Jack and support local puppetry!


May 3    First Friday Art Walk Highlights
Bemidji Public Library and Hope House present an exhibit of watercolor and mixed media art along with a book release of "Leaves of the Writer: Dreams and Visions" created by Hope House Residents guided by artist-in-residence Judith Selby and Cynthia Ekren.  Meet the Artist opening reception 2-5 p.m. Gallery North is pleased to host Mary Naylor's exhibit titled "One Thing Leads to Another" featuring her multi-media artist's dolls. Marie Hamre and her tatting will also be featured at Gallery North . Opening reception 2-5 p.m.  Glazed and Amused presents artist Cody Bartz. Opening reception is 6-7:30 p.m. Cabin Coffee House welcomes D.L. Houseman and this artist/author's show "Harvey and His Friends' Delight." Opening reception 5-7p.m. Rail River Folk School presents Jon Heller and his exhibit "Odds & Ends," a collection of images from the past year from this local photographer displaying a mixture that will include portraits, still life and landscapes.  Opening reception 5-7p.m. followed by the Northwoods Folk Collective open mic starting at 7:30pm. Refreshments served. 


May 3    Wild Hare Bistro Presents painter Joan Wilson and Mixed Media Artist Jami Burdick

Wilson's exhibit consists of representational oil paintings of local landscapes, casual still life, and a few local faces. Also featured will be an installation by mixed media artist Jami Burdick. The opening reception runs from 3-5pm. After the Art Walk, experience Wild Hare's own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar, 5:00-9:00pm. This month's menu is "south of the border" inspired with a wine and beer list to match. See the menu at Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji. 444-JAVA


Month of May   The Neilson Place Art Committee presents Beverly Joslyn

Originally from Cass Lake, Joslyn is a self-taught, wildlife artist who now resides in Walker, MN. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford Woods Edge campus 1000 Anne Street NW.   For hours or more information call 751-0220, ext #1.


Month of May    Art from Within Exhibit  
There's still time to view the ACLU Art from Within Exhibit at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Avenue, Bemidji through the month of May. This exhibit features artwork that gives a personal and compelling view into the lives of real people. Viewing the exhibit is free and open to the public.

May 4    "An Evening of Song"  with baritone Ed Huls and mezzo-soprano Eunjoo Lee
Dr. Beverly Everett will accompany Huls and Lee in this Saturday evening performance at 7:00 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church in Bemidji. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra.


  May 4    Concert of Cape Breton Fiddle and Pipe Music

This concert of traditional Celtic and Cape Breton Scottish fiddling and piping will feature Andrea Beaton of Cape Breton, joined by piper Dick Hensold, the leading Northumbrian smallpiper in North America, and guitarist Dirk Freymuth, a versatile accompanist who has toured across Europe with the band circa 1500, and within the US as accompanist to Peter Ostroushko. 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave., Bemidji.  Tickets: $15 available at Overbeek's, Kelsey's, Brigid's Pub, and the Headwaters School of Music, or by calling eMTee Productions: 218/209-7884


May 5    The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra presents "Music & Words"

This concert features Brahms' German Requiem. With guest soloists Edward Huls, baritone, and Jennifer Swanson, soprano, and the voices of the Bemidji Chorale and Bemidji State University Choir. Dr. Beverly Everett conducts. Sunday May 5th at 3:00 PM, Bemidji High School Auditorium. Tickets at the door or in advance at Lueken's Village Foods North, Brigid's Pub, and online at Prices: $20 adults, $15 seniors 62+, $10 college students with ID.  Students grades K-12 admitted free.


May 7    25th Annual Friend of the Arts Celebration

Get your tickets by May 1st for the 25th Annual Friend of the Arts Celebration presented by Bemidji Community Art Center and First National Bank - Bemidji honoring Al & Cate Belleveau.  This year's event will be on Tuesday May 7th.  Social hour from 5:30pm to 6:15pm, entertainment from 6:15 to 6:30, followed by dinner at 6:30pm.  This year's event will be hosted at the Sanford Center - Gate 2 - Club Level at 1111 Event Center Dr. NE.   Tickets are $35 for Members, $40 for Non-members, Youth tickets are $10.00.  All proceeds go to support programming at the BCAC and are tax deductible.  No tickets will be sold at the door.  Advance sales only.  The BCAC is open Tuesday to Friday from Noon to 5 pm and Sat. 10 am to 2 pm.   Contact: Lori or Cindy at the Art Center located at 426 Bemidji Ave., call 444-7570 or email [email protected].


May 8    Blank Canvas Gallery opens its doors for the 2013 Season

Hours for the Gallery: Wed-Sat 10am - 5pm until Memorial Day;  Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm through Labor Day. Guest artists for the opener include Raymond Wattenhofer, Steve Maanum, Cyrus Swann, and Nediha Kolakovic.  Visit for upcoming events. Blank Canvas Gallery is located at 311 Main St. S., Park Rapids.


May 11    Exhibits "The Way We Worked" and "If These Bricks Could Talk" at the Depot in Baudette

"The Way We Worked" - a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution will open at 10:00 a.m. on May 11 at the Baudette Depot and run for six weeks. This exhibit is presented by the Smithsonian's "Museum on Main Street" in collaboration with the Minnesota Humanities Council and looks at where we work, how we work, why we work and more.  More information on this exhibit may be found at:  Volunteer hosts/docents are welcome and needed (see Opportunities).


  "If These Bricks Could Talk"

This exhibit was designed and created as a complement to the Smithsonian exhibit opening the same date as The Way We Worked and will remain as a permanent exhibit at the Baudette Depot.  This exhibit is a look at the travelers who left their signatures inscribed on the soft yellow trackside depot bricks as well as others who have "left their marks" - locals, Great Depression travelers, Dust Bowl refugees, orphan train riders, hobos, and more.  Created by Venture Exhibits of Duluth, MN.  Depot Hours of operation during the Smithsonian exhibit will be: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.; Sundays: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Volunteer hosts/docents are welcome and needed (see opportunities).


  May 11    "The Woodpicks" at the Depot in Baudette

This is a "music on the lawn" concert beginning at 3:00 p.m. featuring bluegrass and folk music celebrating the opening of the Depot exhibits.  Bring a lawn chair! Admission to exhibits and concert is by freewill donation. Light refreshments served.  


  May 16     Schoolcraft Spring Concert

Schoolcraft Learning Community will present its Spring Concert on Thursday May 16, 2013 at 6:30 PM at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. The concert is open to the public, will showcase Schoolcraft choirs, orchestras and French programs, and admission is free. 


May 19   Bemidji Chorale 34th Annual Spring Concert

Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the Beau Arts Ballroom on the Bemidji State University campus. Ice Cream Social following. Freewill offering.


 May 23-26, May 31 - June 2 - The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The Mask and Rose Theater presents this Tony Award winning - interactive musical comedy. Directed by Cate Belleveau with musical direction by Melanie Hanson to be performed on the Bemidji State University Bangsberg Man Stage. May 23-25, 31 and June 1 at 7:30 p.m. & 2:00 PM matinees on Sunday May 26th & June 2. $13/adults (sliding fee pay what you can!), $5/ K- college, $8/Seniors. Tickets will be available in advance at Brigid's Pub or in the box office an hour before the show. Are you ready for a spelling bee? Four members of the audience will be selected each evening to participate!


June 1    Small Art for Big Hearts

Come join this fun, high profile event on June 1st, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. Sanford Center Gate 4 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. 


June 5   The Bemidji Area Church Musicians 26th Summer Recital Series Begins  

Come enjoy the music of cellist Eric Haugen at First Lutheran Church on Wednesday June 5 at 12:00 noon.  Wednesdays at noon throughout the summer a different musician will play at a different area church.  Luncheons are served following each recital.


June 21    Spoken Word Soiree honoring Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen and Bemidji Library Book Festival Writers

Mark your calendars and come to the Bemidji Community Art Center from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. to meet the Minnesota Poet Laureate, chat with writers from the Book Festival, see the painting exhibit, meet the artist, and enjoy wine, soft drinks and an array of delicious appetizers. A suggested $5.00 donation or any amount you wish to give will be gratefully accepted at the door. Help us raise funds for a new Art Center across the street and enjoy meeting these literary and visual artists!


June 22 Poetry Reading with Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen

Starting at 5:30 p.m., Joyce will read from her work at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts at 519 Minnesota Avenue in Bemidji. Sponsored by the Bemidji Community Art Center.


legacysmall  These June literary events are the result of a collaboration between organizations, are free to the public, and are funded in part by an Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant from R2AC. For more information call the BCAC at 444-7570.




May 4    Explorations in Doll Making

Apple Blossom Child Care Center celebrates the end of the school year and the coming summer with a day long Saturday Family Centered Crafting Workshop on May 4  from 9:30-2:30 at the United Methodist Church, 924 Beltrami Avenue, Bemidji. Explorations in Doll Making. With assistance from Jane Carlstrom of A Tranquil Nook, we will be hand sewing simple Waldorf Style dolls and puppets. Novice to Experienced Sewers welcome. Fees: Adult $25 (child 9 or over working on own doll is an additional $10 materials fee). Donation for use of space & child care. Bring your own bag lunch. Coffee, tea, water provided. For parents bringing a child we are envisioning parents helping in the care somewhat and having to take breaks from sewing. contact [email protected] to register.


May 6-7     Who's in Charge? A Minnesota Theater Forum on Leadership and Diversity

The Minnesota Theater Alliance invites artists, administrators, educators, and students to a collective conversation around critical challenges and opportunities in leadership, inclusion, and diversity facing our community. Registration now open. Scholarships still available. Mileage reimbursement for Greater MN attendees. Hamline University, St. Paul, MN. More info at


May 9     Clearwater County Community Collaboration for the Arts Workshop

Interested in collaborating for the arts, arts based community development, and creative enterprise in Clearwater County? Mark your calendars and plan to join artists, arts supporters, non-profits and business owners for this workshop bringing arts innovation and collaboration to Clearwater County. Presented by Region 2 Arts Council. Facilitated by Michele Anderson and Jun-li Wang from Springboard for the Arts. This workshop is free and open to the public. 5-9 p.m. Meats, cheeses, veggies and snacks provided, community connections and creative innovation encouraged. Location TBD. For more information and pre-registration contact Region 2 Arts Council, 218 751-5447 or [email protected].


May 10     Mahnomen County Community Collaboration for the Arts Workshop

Interested in collaborating for the arts, arts based community development, and creative enterprise in Mahnomen County? Mark your calendars and plan to join artists, arts supporters, non-profits and business owners for this workshop bringing arts innovation and collaboration to Mahnomen County. Presented by Region 2 Arts Council. Facilitated by Michele Anderson and Jun-li Wang from Springboard for the Arts. This workshop is free and open to the public. 5-9 p.m. Meats, cheeses, veggies, and snacks provided, community connections and creative innovation encouraged. Location TBD. For more information and pre-registration contact Region 2 Arts Council, 218 751-5447 or [email protected].


 May 22 & 23    Cultural Data Project Training Sessions for Arts Organizations

R2AC is offering FREE Cultural Data Project Training sessions for arts organizations.  Arts Organizations who plan to apply for the two-year Community Arts Support grant will be required to have a completed Cultural Data Project Profile by Nov. 1, 2013.  If your organization has not attended a training session, either in person or via webinar, please register by May 15 for one of these two sessions:  Wed. May 22, 5:30 p.m. at the Bemidji Library, 509 America Ave. NW.  Register online at or Thursday May 23 at 10:00 a.m. in the Prime West Building, 3124 Hannah Ave. Register online at Sessions will be canceled if there are less than five registrants per session.  Contact [email protected] or call 218 751-5447 or 1800 275-5447 with questions.


June 1 - July 27 Saturdays     Bemidji Global Grooves - Guinea 2013

BSU is sponsoring a new summer workshop series featuring the music of the West African country of Guinea. BSU faculty members Dr. Janice Haworth (Music) and Dr. Janet Moen (Sociology) present this series over four Saturday morning sessions from 9am to noon at the Recital Hall in Bangsberg Hall on the BSU campus.  Stories and videos of musical examples from that region, as well as hands-on opportunities to play the drums are part of this musical experience. May 6 Early Bird Deadline:  General Audience (age 10 and up): $85 for all or $25 each. Seniors (65 and up): $60 for all or $18 each.  After: General Audience: $100 for all or $29 each. Seniors (65 and up): $75 for all or $22 each. Youth 10-14 years old must have parental supervision.  Registration available on-line at 


June 5-6    Rural Arts and Culture Summit

Learn from the best in the nation!  John Davis is a nationally recognized leader who uses the arts to strengthen rural economies.  He's one of three inspiring keynote speakers at the 2013 Rural Arts & Culture Summit. Register today - 


June 22    Poetry Workshop with Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen

From 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Joyce Sutphen will present a free poetry workshop in the Library Front Room at 509 America Avenue. Sponsored by the Bemidji Community Art Center.


Ongoing Mondays     Norda Gonvick meets for Rosemaling

Come to the Good Shepherd Church in Clearbrook for Rosemaling at 9:30 every Monday except holidays.  Free lessons in Rogland-style rosemaling,  Pay $1.00 toward rent for the use of the building and 25 cents towards coffee.  Bring your own sandwich and something to share with coffee.  Will share paints and brushes for new participants to give rosemaling a try before purchasing materials and supplies.  



May 6    Smithsonian "Docent" Training Scheduled at the Baudette Depot

The Depot Preservation Alliance will hold two orientation sessions for docents (exhibit hosts) for the Smithsonian Institution exhibit that will open at the Baudette Depot this May. 2 separate orientation sessions are scheduled for Monday May 6, one at 3:30 p.m. and another at 6:00 p.m. The sessions will last approximately one hour. The exhibit is scheduled to be open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10:00 - 6:00 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 - 2:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Docents are needed to make this exhibit a successful event for the community. Baudette is one of only six sites in Minnesota to be honored as a host site for the exhibit.  Docents who attend the training on Monday, May 6 will be invited to a special "sneak peek" on Friday evening, May 10. Questions? Email: [email protected].


May 15     Application Deadline Indigenous Arts Festival at Rail River Folk School

Indigenous artists are invited to be vendors and demonstrators at this summer's Indigenous Arts Festival at Rail River Folk School. This community event will be an opportunity to invite the public to see the traditional crafts and skills that highlight Anishinabe traditional arts. This festival will honor the knowledge and wisdom and provide a means of featuring this sustainable and artful way of living. Contact  [email protected] for an application and more information.


May-July    Discipline Specific Deadlines for the MSAB Artist Initiative Program

Literary Arts (prose & poetry) is due by May 31st; Performing Arts (music, dance, theater) is due by June 28th; Visual Arts (media arts, photography, visual arts) is due by July 26th. Past grantees from Region 2 have included: Crystal Gibbins and LouAnn Shepard Muhm, 2012 grantees; Susan Hauser and Sean Hill, 2011 grantees; Vivienne Morgan and Jon Romer, 2010 grantees.


June 7   MSAB Arts Access Grant Application Deadline

Begin submitting now for Arts Access grants ranging from $5,000-$100,000. The Arts Access grant program is designed to help arts organizations broaden arts opportunities for underserved groups.  Grants can be used to identify underserved groups or communities, identify the barriers that keep them from engaging in the arts, and develop and implement strategies to reduce or eliminate the barriers. Specific grant requirements are given in the FY 2014 Arts Access Program Overview and Application Instructions, available on the Arts Board Web site . Individuals or organizations that would like to apply for an Arts Board grant need to use WebGrants, an online grants management system. To register, visit the Arts Board's home page News section, which provides links to a WebGrants overview and online tutorials on WebGrants registration and use. To ask a question about using WebGrants, send an e-mail to [email protected]. Please note that applications must be submitted before 4:30 p.m. on June 7th.  Look for upcoming announcements for other grant application opportunities, including the Arts Tour program. See all FY 2014 application deadlines on the Arts Board Web site calendar page.


Applications Accepted Now

The Red River Watercolor Society is accepting applications for the 13th annual 8t Street Art @ Davy Park.  This two day out door fine art fair will be held at Davy Memorial Riverfront Park, 210 8th Street North in Moorhead MN on Thursday, June 27 and Friday, June 28th, 11:00am-7:00pm.Fine artists who are invited to display and sell their original work in a 12 x 12 booth in a lovely park setting on level ground shaded by many trees. For more information or to download an application, visit the Red River Watercolor Society website at or contact Pat Jorgensen at 701-729-1801 after 5:00 p.m.


Exhibitor Deadline   Postmarked June 14 for Bagley Art in the Park

Look ahead to the heart of the summer and apply to exhibit at Bagley Art in the Park, taking place on Saturday July 13 in the Bagley City Park from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Exhibitor fee $30.00 per booth. Last year 40 vendors displayed and sold hand-crafted art products.  There will be children's art activities and a variety of food from nonprofit organizations.  Sonny Johnson, a Bemidji area singer, songwriter and guitarist will provide musical entertainment from noon until 2:30.  Interested in exhibiting? Send $30 registration fee, photo of each art category being displayed, SASE, signed application form (call 218 209-6050 or 218 766-2261 for more info), and tax ID number. Mail to Bagley Art in the Park, 15020 340th St. Bagley, MN 56621. Acceptance letters will be mailed by June 17, 2013.


Writers' Groups

The Bemidji Community Art Center's Spoken Word Committee is working in partnership with area writers to provide opportunities to attend free writers' groups.  Thanks to individual volunteers, who have been willing to make meeting arrangements and serve as contacts, the groups have been self-sustaining.  


The Children's Book Group invites new members.  It is a secular group that appreciates the meeting space generously provided by the Evangelical Free Church, 115 Carr Lake Road, SW.  Meeting dates are still flexible and are planned month to month.  The next meeting is scheduled for Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. on April 1st in the Fireside Room. No prior publishing experience required.  


The Poetry Group is also open for new members.  It meets monthly in people's homes on Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.  The next meeting will be on Saturday April 6th.


RA Writers' Group (established years ago) is a mixed genre group that meets the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.  RA will meet at the Lueken's North Conference Room on the second Monday of the month. Meeting time is the same- 6:30 p.m.


The Lit Wits is a novel writers' group.  Openings will be posted in future R2AC Newsletters.


?? Group - If you are interested in forming a group focusing on a different genre or niche, contact the BCAC to help notify others, who might be interested.


Contact the Bemidji Community Art Center office at 444-7570 or [email protected] for further information, to be notified about meetings or to learn about other opportunities offered in the 2013 Spoken Word Series.


Congratulations to Cate and Al Belleveau for being named Friend of the Arts in the 25th Annual Friend of the Arts Celebration presented by Bemidji Community Art Center and First National Bank.


Congratulations to visual artist Kali Benson from Trek North for receiving the People's Choice Award at the High School Art Invitational in April.


Congratulations are in order for area artists who received awards at the Artists of Minnesota Spring Show in St. Cloud MN:

Dee Najjar, 1st Place, Intermediate Opaque, for "Snowbird, Coming Home"; Merit, Intermediate Opaque, for "Call of the North." Gayle Highberg, Merit, Intermediate Transparent, for "Promised Fruit." Pat Shough, 1st Place, Advanced Transparent, for "Standing By", also an Artists Choice/Creativity award on the same piece. Judith Selby, Merit, Advanced Transparent, for "Swimmin' in the Sunset." Doug Zuehlsdorff, 1st Place, Intermediate Pastels, Drawings and Graphics, for "Tree of Tranquility." Barbara Jolly, Merit, Intermediate Pastels, Drawings and Graphics, for "Fierce." Terry Honstead, 2nd Place, Advanced Mixed Media and Dimensional, for "Lean on Me." Kathy Gustafson ,Merit, Super Gold division, for "Be Alert!" 


Congratulations to the 46th Annual Hawley Art Show 2013 award recipients:

Pat Shough 1st Place for her Watercolor, "Ornamental Cabbage." Kathy Gustafson, Merit for her Charcoal Drawing, "Cedar Waxwings" and Merit for her Acrylic Painting, "Northland Resident." Dee Najjar, Merit for her Watercolor, "Grand Old Lab." Doug Zuehlsdorff, Merit for his Scratchboard, "San Fransisco Trolley."


Congratulations to the actors and actresses who have been selected for Northern Light Opera Company's productions of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" and Rodger and Hammerstein's "Carousel." In the words of director, Greg Paul: "...let me say how thrilled I am to have had so many talented young actors attend the auditions... You guys make it tough for me! There is so much talent and so many possibilities!" Check the NLOC website at for showtimes and ticket locations.

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