2013 Art Leap Artists
Visit the studios of these and other artists participating in ArtLeap 2013 (L-R) Painting by Gary Wolff, Sculpture by Paul Albright, Glass Art by Sandy Andress, and Jewelry by Robin Cunningham
Northern Arts News
September 2013


Region 2 Arts Council WELCOMES three new Board Members who begin their term in September: Natalie Grosfield representing Beltrami county and Kevin Hedstrom and Joseph Allen representing Mahnomen county. Each new member is bringing unique talents and experience to our board. Check out their bios on our website. They join existing board members: Chair, Steve Prenevost, Vice-Chair, Justin Holley, Treasurer, Diana McLain, Steve Ballard, Nancy Cole, Linda Kaul, and Richard Longtine. They will be working together to provide grant funding, professional development opportunities and other services to the residents of Region 2.


Pay attention to the fall GRANT DEADLINES listed in this issue.  Deadlines are coming up fast and statistically fall is the best time of year to apply. "No-Risk" Workshop funding is available for individual artists to present workshops, or you can contract with an artist outside the region to teach in your community. Contact the R2AC staff to discuss your ideas or for grant writing assistance.


Keep an eye open for the fall schedule of free Professional Development workshops.  An announcement will be released in late September.


Native American artists interested in applying for grants will want to check out the September grant writing workshop dates on the three reservations and in Bemidji.  Dates are listed in this issue under R2AC News.


Contact staff at [email protected] or 218-751-5447, or stop by our office, to help you get on the creative path to pursuing your ideas and dreams.


Terri Widman

Executive Director

Region 2 Arts Council


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Seven Artist Mentor Grants Awarded

Congratulations to the following 8-12th Grade Artists:


Aanika Sletta of Bemidji

attended the Reif Summer Dance Intensive in Grand Rapids, MN.  


Coalton Waggoner of Bagley will be mentoring with local visual artist Nicholas Jackson.   


Elias Connell of Bemidji is studying performance and electronic music composition with local musician Greg Gaston.


Elizabeth Bodensteiner of Gonvick is studying trumpet with musician Del Lyren.


Berit Dybing of Bemidji is studying guitar and songwriting skills and technique with musician Eric Carlson.


Ashlyn Hale of Gonvick attended the Minnesota Show Choir Camp this June.


Kailee Martens of Bemidji took writing workshops through the Teen Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, MN.


The next
Artist Mentor Grant deadline is April 9, 2014. Contact R2AC for more information.



NewsR2AC News 

Fall Grant Deadlines: They're Coming Up Fast! 

Arts Project Grant: Deadline: September 11, 2013 

Open to any non-profit organization, schools (including community education offices), and units of government. These grants offer funding for a variety of art projects including costs related to performances or exhibitions, engagement of guest artists, and artists-in-residence. Organizations can apply for grants up to $2,500.

R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellowship: Deadline: September 11, 2013 

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

R2AC/McKnight Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant: Deadline: October 1, 2013

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


R2AC/McKnight Individual Artist Grant: Deadline:October 3, 2013

Open to artists at various stages of their arts career, this grant provides financial assistance to artists who show serious commitment to creative growth and career advancement. Up to $1,000 is available for expenses associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a specific creative work or learning opportunity, support for an established artist who wishes to mentor an exceptional student artist, projects involving collaborations between two or more artists.

Applications are available for R2AC Grants at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601 and at http://r2arts.org/grants/

Unless otherwise indicated, applicants must reside in or organizations must be located in the five counties of Region 2. Call 751-5447, toll free at 1-800-275-5447, or e-mail [email protected]  for assistance. 

Grant Writing Workshops for Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grants

Native American Artists residing in Beltrami, Mahnomen, Becker, Cass, Itasca, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Roseau, and Clearwater counties interested in applying for an Anishinaabe Arts Initiative (AAI) Grant are invited to FREE grant writing workshops to prepare for the AAI grant application process. Come learn about eligible grant requests, grant proposals, artist statements, resumes, work samples, and more.

Wednesday, Sept 11:  12:00-3:00 p.m. at Leech Lake Tribal College
Informational Table with Region 2 Arts Council staff available to discuss AAI grant applications one-on-one. Cedar Hall at Leech Lake Tribal College, 6945 Little Wolf Rd. NW, Cass Lake, MN


Friday, September 13:  12:00-2:00 p.m. at The Red Apple Cafe in Mahnomen
AAI Grant writing workshop with R2AC staff at the The Red Apple Café, 116 N. Main St. in Mahnomen, MN


Tuesday, September 17:  5:00-6:30 p.m. at Red Lake Tribal Headquarters Building
AAI Grant writing workshop with R2AC staff at Red Lake Tribal Council Headquarters Building in the Library Archives, Red Lake, MN


Wednesday, September 18:  6:30-8:00 p.m. Rail River Folk School in Bemidji
AAI Grant writing workshop with R2AC staff at Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad Street SW, Bemidji, MN


The deadline for the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant is Oct. 1, 2013.  Grant application packets will be on hand at all workshops and are available for download at http://r2arts.org/grants/ or at the Region 2 Arts Council office at 426 Bemidji Avenue, N. in Bemidji.


To Register in Advance for the Workshops:  Call 218 751-5447 / 800 275-5447 or email [email protected].

Got CDP?

Arts Organizations planning 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, go to http://www.pacdp.org/popups/instructionsall.aspx where online training and the CDP forms are available. Terri Widman, R2AC's Executive Director, has completed a CDP data profile for our organization and is available to assist you as well.  Start now, and by November 1, 2013 the answer to "Got CDP?" will be a resounding "YES!"


Funding Available for Arts Workshops

We have "no risk" workshop funding available for workshops in all artistic mediums.  You can invite an artist to our region to teach, or a regional artist can conduct a workshop and earn a presenters fee. This is an on-going program (no deadlines) with an easy as pie application. http://r2arts.org/workshops/no-risk-workshops/ 


365 Days of Art!

Head on over to the R2AC Facebook page to view our 365 Days of Art collection. We are continuing this initiative and we'd be happy to share your talent. Send [email protected] your images and links.


Arts Link Pages at r2arts.org 

Have you visited our Arts Link page?  It's growing! Artists and arts organizations, please send us a link to your website or blog and we'll share it!


Header Images

This month's header images highlight Hubbard County area artists participating in Art Leap 2013, a driving tour of artists' studios and other cultural destinations on September 28 & 29.


Northern Arts News Deadline

Deadline for submissions for the October 2013 issue of Northern Arts News is September 15, 2013.  


Sept. 6   Blank Canvas Gallery Artist Reception and Featured Artist Gayla McElroy Orr

All are welcome to the opening reception at Blank Canvas Gallery for visual artist Gayla McElroy Orr from 5:00-7:00 p.m. September artists at Blank Canvas include Jay Steinke- Photography, Lisa Stauffer- Pastel Painter, Kathy Luther-Mosaic, Tamra Kriedeman-Jewelry, Penel Jensen-Jewelry, and a special display by associate members. Open 10:00-5:00 p.m. Mon-Sat. Blank Canvas Gallery is located at 311 Main Ave. South, Park Rapids, MN

Sept. 6    First Friday Artwalk in Bemidji
For a full listing of art openings and events, visit the Bemidji Community Art Center's website at http://bcac.wordpress.com/calendar-2013/first-fridays-art-walk-2/. 

Sept. 6    Faculty Recital at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts

There will be a faculty recital at 6:00 p.m. at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. This is a kickoff event for fall music lessons as well as a fundraiser for student scholarships. The Headwaters School of Music and the Arts is located at 519 Minnesota Avenue in downtown Bemidji.


Sept. 6    First Friday at the Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse

Come to the opening reception from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Wild Hare Bistro in Bemidji for mixed-media artist Terry Honstead's "Journey into Encaustic." Encaustic is one of the most ancient forms of art as well as one of the most enduring. Honstead experiments with the many different techniques of the medium, making her own with beeswax and damar resin, and mixing her own colors with dry pigment. This show includes small to mid-size encaustic/mixed media works featuring portraits, landscapes, and abstracts. Experience Wild Hare's own culinary artists at the First Friday Wine Bar from 5:00-9:00 p.m. This month's menu will celebrate the bounty of our local harvest, with a wine and beer list to match. 523 Minnesota Ave. wildharebistro.com. 444-JAVA.


legacysmall Sept. 6    The BCAC and Spoken Word Committee present writer Tom Evans, author of Alpha Land

The Spoken Word Committee invites you to their September reading and workshop with writer Tom Evans, author of "Alpha Land." Join us for refreshments during the First Friday Art Walk reception on Sept. 6th from 5 to 6 p.m. with the reading to start at 6 p.m. and Q&A to follow.  Call (218) 444-7570 or more information or to register for the Saturday September 7th workshop with Tom Evans.


Sept. 6 - Sept. 7    "Bitz of Wood" Show and Sale at the Historic Depot in Baudette

Come to the Depot and enjoy the award-winning Scandinavian-style wood carvings of Hal and Keith Bitzer on Friday from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Light Scandinavian refreshments will be served. 420 North Main Avenue, Baudette, MN.


Sept. 7   Artist Talk Back Session with R2AC/McKnight Career Development Fellow Del Lyren in Park Rapids

Come to the Nemeth Art Center in Park Rapids at 2 p.m. to hear musician Del Lyren discuss his fellowship experience "Learning Jazz Improvisation on an Electric Wind Instrument." Performances showing what he learned in lessons with Jeff Coffin, a description of the Electronic Wind Instrument, and pictures/stories from his tour with Dave Matthews Band are included in this presentation. 301 Court Avenue, Park Rapids, MN.


Sept. 10    Professor Emeritus David Hopper delves into Lincoln with HCLL in Park Rapids

By popular request, HCLL offers a follow-up to the recent "Lincoln at Gettysburg" program. Professor Emeritus David Hopper will delve into the Lincoln speeches of reality and of cinematic re-creation in the Spielberg film. Professor Hopper will focus on the wisdom and profundity of Abraham Lincoln. Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning began its 8-program Fall 2013 season on Tuesday, September 3, 1:00-2:30 p.m. at the Northwoods Bank Community Room in Park Rapids. The first seven programs are at the bank location; the final program on October 22 will be at the Park Rapids Library. Check your local newspaper for a full listing of Thursday presentations.


Sept. 12     Flute Circle at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts

A Flute Circle will be meeting at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts on Thursday, September 12 from 6:30pm-8:00pm.  This group is for beginners and advanced, all are welcome. Please call 218 444-5606 for more information. The Headwaters School of Music and the Arts is located at 519 Minnesota Avenue in downtown Bemidji.


Sept. 13   Heartland Concert Association presents The Unexpected Surfer Boys

Show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Park Rapids Area High School. Heartland Concert Association offers $20/single admission tickets and $40/membership tickets providing admission to 17 concerts in Park Rapids, Wadena, Brainerd, and Bemidji including Heartland Concert Series classical pianist Charlie Albright on Oct. 15, 2013, fiddler and guitarist Alex DePue and Miguel de Hoyos on Feb. 22, 2014, The Abrams Brothers on March 20, 2014, and Les Trompettes de Lyon on May 19, 2014.


Sept. 13 & 14    3rd Annual Sisters Sojourn Gathering

This two-day event features a variety of music and workshops in the Historic Mentor School and Main Tent.  Each year the response and region-wide recognition continues to grow.  Workshop topics feature: Home & Garden, Cooking,Body, Mind, Spirit, Dance, fitness & fun.  A $40.00 Sisters Sojourn registration fee provides attendees with admission to all workshops and the concerts. This year, the Open Air Market will be open to the public. Go to http://www.sisterssojourn.com/ for information and registration.  


Sept. 14    Art in the Swamp at Shevlin Sawdust Days

Sawdust Days run from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in Shevlin at the City Park.  Art in the Swamp is open to all crafters and fine artists.  Come enjoy the day! 


legacysmall Sept. 19   Arts Downtown PR (3rd Thursdays) Resumes

The Arts Downtown PR series resumes from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 in downtown Park Rapids. Check www.prlaac.org or www.parkrapidsdowntown.com for line-up. Charlie Parr will be at the Armory Square, starting at 7:30 p.m. Recording since the earliest days of the 21st century, Minnesota's Charlie Parr's heartfelt and plaintive original folk blues and traditional spirituals don't strive for authenticity: They are authentic. Armory Square in downtown Park Rapids has completed the first phase of renewal and is ready to begin hosting events! Seating is limited, so bring your lawn chair if you want to sit! $10 Advance/$12 Day of show. Advance tickets available online at https://parr.eventbrite.com/ or at Terrapin Station in Nevis.  


Sponsored by the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council and is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.


On going through Sept. 20    Tally Gallery Show at BSU

Talley Gallery show including works by: Butch Holden, Drew Graham, Natalia Himmirska, Barbara Hanus, Tim Brockman, Dennis Peterson, Bonnie Higgins, Steve Sundahl and Dave Towley.  The gallery hours: Monday - Thursday:  9 a.m .- 6 p.m., Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Any additional information please contact Laura Goliaszewski at 755-3708.


Sept. 21 & 22     Bemidji Community Arts Center hosts a Fundraiser/ Rummage Sale 

The BCAC is planning a White Elephant rummage sale to take place the weekend of September 21st at the loading dock of the new building (505 Bemidji Avenue North, across from our current location).  Please make a note on your calendar and begin saving items. Sorry, no clothing!  Drop off your gently used items on Sept 16, 17 & 18 from 5 to 6:00 p.m. and Sept 19 - 20 from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m. to the loading dock area.  Call (218) 444-7570 for more information. 

Volunteers are needed to help organize the donations, sell merchandise during the sale on Sept. 21st and 22nd and for clean up during the following week.  It is not too early to volunteer! The BCAC thanks you for your support!


Sept. 21    Talking Stick 22 Book Release Party

All are invited from 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. to Blueberry Pines Golf Course and Dinner Club for the Talking Stick Volume 22 Book Release Party.  The venue is located 4 miles north of Menahga MN or 8 miles south of Park Rapids MN. More information, go to www.jackpinewriters.com.


Sept. 26-28    Bemidji Community Theater presents The Game's Afoot

Mark your calendars now for this murder mystery by Ken Ludwig complete with hidden rooms, villainous murders, and intrigue!  In Bangsberg at Bemidji State University. 


legacysmall September 28-29   Art Leap 2013 Invites Touring

The Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council (PRLAAC) will sponsor Art Leap 2013 Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29. Art Leap is an "open studio event" featuring artists' studios and culturally rich destinations in the Park Rapids area. For the eighth year, art lovers can use the Art Leap map to find their way to area artists' and artisans' studios, workshops and other featured locations. Studios will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. All Art Leap studios and events are free and open to the public. Maps are available at Blank Canvas Gallery in Park Rapids, the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and other locations or can be downloaded at www.prlaac.org or www.parkrapids.com.


One highlight this fall will be the first Minneapolis Institute of Arts' Minnesota Artist Exhibition Program (MAEP) at the Nemeth Art Center. For the first time, the MAEP is taking the annual show on the road and it is coming to Park Rapids. This satellite show, a collection of paintings by Allen Brewer in response to the Gabor and Edith Nemeth Study Collection, will be on display during Art Leap.


Live musical performances will add to the experience. Eric Bervig will sing and play classic rock at Moose Creek/Moose Creek Village in Downtown Park Rapids, and Lori Goulet Reich will return to sing and play folk, country, blues and traditional music at Paul Albright's Sculpture Studio, rural Akeley.  Art Leap 2013 is sponsored by the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council.  


On going through September 28 Charles Alberti at the BCAC

Alberti's solo show "Since 1968 at 68" - presents select pieces of original artwork he has created since 1968 as he turns 68 years of age.  Exhibit runs through September 2013 at the Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji, Ave. N. 


Oct. 1    A Portrayal of Poet Elaine Goodale Eastman through HCLL 

Headwaters Center for Life Long Learning presents Rhoda Jackson with a theatrical presentation of Elaine Goodale Eastman, a poet with unique life experience and insight. 1:00-2:30 p.m. at the Northwoods Bank Community Room in Park Rapids.   


Oct. 5   Customer Appreciation Day at Blank Canvas Gallery

Please come to Blank Canvas Gallery at 311 Main Ave. South in Park Rapids, MN from 10:00a.m. - 5:00 p.m. to celebrate a special appreciation for Blank Canvas customers over the past years.



Sept. 7    Non-fiction Workshop with Writer Tom Evans

Writers are invited to join Tom Evans for "The non-fiction process as discovery" on Saturday, September 7th from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Fee is $40 adults / $20 students.  Location: lower level of the Carnegie building in the Region 2 Arts Council office. Evans is the author of Alpha Land: Bullies...Males...and how the angry rule. 


Sept 10  Give to the Max Day Training in Bemidji

The GiveMN team is excited to share with you all the fun details about Give to the Max Day 2013 and offer you our best tips and tricks for raising money on GiveMN.


You can attend one session or all three!

1:00pm - 3:00pm Give to the Max Day for Nonprofits

Your introduction to all things GiveMN and Give to the Max Day for nonprofits.


3:00pm - 4:00pm Technical Assistance

The GiveMN team is providing this one-on-one technical assistance session to help with your organization's GiveMN page and Give to the Max Day strategy. Bring a laptop


4:00pm - 5:00pm Give to the Max Day for Schools

This session is designed specifically for K-12 schools, school foundations, and parent teacher associations and organizations participating in Give to the Max Day 2013. 


Click here to register for the Bemidji training on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 



Sept. 13, 20, 27 and Oct. 4  Advanced Drawing Techniques with Joan Wilson

This once-a-week, four-week drawing workshop with visual artist Joan Wilson is for Beginning and Intermediate Artists.  Cost is $110, location is in Joan's studio at 315 Park Ave. NW in Bemidji, time is 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (pack a lunch). Registration deadline is September 10.  As Joan says,

"There are no short cuts. The road to artistic proficiency is paved with discarded drawings. Please join us as we work both indoors and out, trying new techniques and materials once a week in a four-week course.  Learn strategies and exercises to build confidence in your drawings and sketches. Strap on that wrist protector if you need it, polish your glasses if you wear them, and get ready to draw, draw, draw!"  


Reserve your space by emailing [email protected] or calling 218 751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447 and paying the $110 registration fee by cash or check. Make checks payable to Region 2 Arts Council and mail or deliver payments to 426 Bemidji Avenue N., Bemidji, MN 56601 in the lower level of the old Carnegie Library Building or drop off your check at Gallery North located at 502 3rd St. in Bemidji. Please note that there will be no refunds unless the workshop is cancelled. For more information call Region 2 Arts Council at 218-751-5447 or 800-275-5447 or Gallery North at 218-444-9813.


Sept. 21     Writer's Workshop Inviting the Muse with LouAnn Shepard Muhm

Running from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon, writers of all genres are called to invite the muse with poet and teacher LouAnn Shepard Muhm.  Cost is $35. Pre-registration required. Contact Sharon Harris 218-732-3782 and leave a message or email [email protected] . More information www.jackpinewriters.com. The workshop will be held at Blueberry Pines Golf Course and Dinner Club located 4 miles north of Menahga MN or 8 miles south of Park Rapids MN. Talking Stick Volume 22 will follow the workshop.


R2AC Color Logo Sept. 22    Beginning Canvadoli Knotting - Pine Tree Coat Pin

This class is an introduction to the fiber arts form of Cavandoli Knotting. No prior knowledge is necessary. Students will learn mounting, vertical and horizontal half-hitch knots, how to change color as well as finishing techniques.


Instructor: Karen-lisa Forbes

Location: Shannon's Art and Soul - 313 Beltrami Ave, Bemidji, MN

Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Snacks and beverages will be provided, lunch will be on your own.


Registration deadline:  September 9, 2013.  Reserve your space by calling Region 2 Arts Council at 218 751-5447 or 1800 275-5447 or emailing [email protected] and submitting cash or a $25 check payable to Region 2 Arts Council at 426 Bemidji Avenue N., Bemidji, MN 56601.  $15 materials fee (payable to instructor day of class).


legacysmall Register Now    Explore a New Art Form With Minnesota Center For Book Arts in Bemidji this October

Working in partnership with the Bemidji Community Art Center, the MCBA is proud to share the creativity and versatility of book arts the Community.  Join the MCBA and the Art Center for these engaging workshops designed for adults of all skill levels.  6 Great Classes hosted by Artist's Jana Pullman and Sue Bjerke!  The basic schedule is below, for more information go to the Bemidji Community Art Center website at http://bcac.wordpress.com/classes-and-workshops-for-2013/.


Saturday, October 5

9am - noon: Explore Paste Paper with teaching artist Jana Pullman
9am - noon: Sketchbook with Reverse Piano-Hinge Binding with teaching artist Sue Bjerke
1pm - 4pm: Concertina Book Structures with teaching artist Jana Pullman
1pm - 4pm: Three Section Book and a Slipcase with teaching artist Sue Bjerke   


Sunday, October 6

1pm - 4pm: Pamphlet Binding and Asian Stab Binding with teaching artist Jana Pullman

1pm - 5pm: Beyond Boxes: Introduction to Cartonnage with teaching artist Sue Bjerke. Cartonnage is a longstanding French artistic tradition. Learn the essential elements of designing and building unique containers out of bookboard.


Each class is only $20 per person; all materials are provided. Advance registration is required.  Register online at http://www.mnbookarts.org/community or by calling MCBA at 612 215-2520.  All classes will be held at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts in Bemidji.  MCBA On The Road in Bemidji is made possible in partnership with the Bemidji Community Art Center.


To learn more about Minnesota Center for Book Arts, visit mnbookarts.org.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.



R2AC Color Logo Sept. 6    Deadline Submissions for It's Only Clay

The Bemidji Community Art Center and the Bemidji State University college of Technology, Art and Design present the annual It's Only Clay National Juried Ceramics Competition and Exhibition. It's Only Clay is a collaboration sponsored by the BCAC and Bemidji State University and features a lecture and workshop on the campus of Bemidji State University by a guest artist and a juried exhibition of functional ceramics by the Bemidji Community Art Center on display in November and December of each year.  


This year's juror is Andrea Leila Denecke.  Previous jurors include Guillermo Cuellar, Simon Levin, Richard Bresnahan, Linda Christianson, Jeff Oestreich, Robert Briscoe, Bill Gossman and Bob and Cheryl Husby. For more information, go to http://bcac.wordpress.com/its-only-clay/its-only-clay-2013/ Sponsors include the BCAC, the BSU Department of Technology, Art and Design, the BSU Ceramics Club, the BSU Foundation and the Holiday Inn Express Bemidji. IOC 2013 is also made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, and by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.


Sept. 7   Late Summer Writer's Retreat with Dr. CarolAnn Russell

The Headwaters School of Music and the Arts will be offering a writer's retreat at Ruttger's Birchmont Lodge in Bemidji from 9:00am-4:30pm. Cost of the retreat is $100. Writers of all genres are welcome to attend. Call the Headwaters School at 218-444-5606 to register and for more information.


Call for Vendors    Art in the Swamp at Shevlin Sawdust Days

Sawdust days run from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Sept. 14 in Shevlin at the City Park.  Art in the Swamp is open to all crafters and fine artists.  Spots are $10.  No electricity available, but generators are an option. For more information, go to Shevlin Sawdust Days on Facebook.



Sept. 13    Deadline for Submissions to the Brainerd Writers Alliance 2013 Writing Contest

Calling all Minnesota writers! The Brainerd Writers Alliance is accepting submissions in fiction (2500 word limit), creative non-fiction (2500 word limit), and poetry (3 poem limit) for their 2013 BWA Writing Contest.  $15.00 entrance fee allows one entry per category.  Submit only pieces that have neither been previously published, nor have received previous awards. Send two hard copies on standard 8 ˝  x 11 paper, stapled separately; no name on entry, just title, category and word count; double-spaced, Times New Roman font or similar. Poetry is single-spaced, no word count necessary.


On an unattached cover sheet, put your name, contact info (address, phone, email) and the titles of each piece with their categories (ie. "Through the Night" - creative non-fiction).  Prizes are $75 for first place and $50 for second place in each category.

Send cover sheet, check made out to BWA, and two copies of each entry by September 13, 2013 to:

            Brainerd Writers Alliance

            Beverly Abear (contest coordinator)

            6584 Parkview Circle

            Baxter, MN 56425

Contact Bev with questions at 218-828-7750 or [email protected].

For updates on the Fall Writers Festival, go to www.brainerdwriters.com.   


Sept. 13    Deadline to Apply for a Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists

Apply online at www.mcad.edu/jerome.  Questions?  A video recording of previous information sessions is available online.  For more information call 612-874-3667 or email [email protected].


Sept. 23    Application Deadline for The Golden Foundation 2014 Artist Residency

This is a unique opportunity for artists working in paint to explore and experiment during 2014 Residency sessions. For applications and information, got to www.goldenfoundation.org or call 607-431-8765.


Apply Now     4th Annual Opener Art Festival

What: Visual arts show/sale open to artists in all areas of visual art. There are 50+ vendor spaces available.  Electricity, tables and chairs are included in your fees.   


Cost:      $85 for 10x10 booth plus $15 processing fee (before Sept 15th) Open until full,

Date: Saturday, November 9th, 2013, Time: 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Set up Friday, Nov 8th from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Location: The Sanford Center ballrooms, 1111 Event Center Dr, SE, Bemidji, MN 56601


Artwork will be juried - Submission of 4-6 photos of proposed art along with application

Visit www.OpenerArtFestival.com or call (218)556-5907 for more information and applications.

Submit applications to Shannon's Art & Soul, 313 Beltrami Ave, Bemidji, MN 56601.  


On going    Arts Workshop Space Available to Rent in Bemidji

Shannon's Art & Soul would like to announce that their studio is available to rent by the day or hour for workshops.  The space is specifically designed to create art in! Check out the website ShannonsBemidji.com or contact Shannon  - [email protected] 


On going   The Headwaters School of Music and the Arts' Fall Semester Private Lessons

Private lessons are currently available in piano, guitar, voice, violin, viola, percussion. Please call 218-444-5606 to sign up as teacher schedules fill quickly. The Headwaters School of Music and the Arts is located at 519 Minnesota Avenue in downtown Bemidji.


Until Filled    Call for Short Story Submissions

ALTERED STATES: a cyberpunk/sci-fi anthology with Indie Authors Press (Croydon, UK/Algarrobo, Chile) is proud to announce the upcoming anthology, ALTERED STATES: a cyberpunk/sci-fi anthology Vol. I. for print and electronic publication edited by Roy C. Booth and Jorge Salgado-Reyes. Indie Authors Press is seeking reprints of short stories that have previously been published, written by established and upcoming writers from around the world with a Cyberpunk or Sci-Fi theme. Cyberpunk plots often center on a conflict among hackers, artificial intelligences, and mega corporations, and tend to be set in a near-future Earth. Submissions for cover art are also sought. Contact [email protected] for

submission requirements.  

Congratulations to visual artist Marly Kaul. His exhibit at the Anderson Center in Red Wing, MN opens on Friday, October 4th.  Follow this link to a written piece on Kaul and his work by the director of the Anderson Center.   


Congratulation to Region 2 Arts Council/McKnight Career Development Fellow Dawn Standera. One of her sculptural knotting pieces was selected for the cover of Fiber Art Almanac. Vol 4 2014. Stay posted for more of Standera's work to be featured in an article in FAN.


Congratulations to Roy C. Booth and R. Thomas Riley whose short story "Gray Eagle's Revenge" has been selected to appear in Stupefying Stories' Tales from The Wild Weird West. Roy C. Booth's zombie comedy play, "How to Make a Brain Souffle," will also be published in the upcoming "Quick and Painless" anthology by Original Works Publishing.


Have you heard? The Bemidji Community Art Center has unveiled their new name: Watermark Art Center. As described in their newsletter, "The word watermark refers to the translucent design or label impressed on quality papers used in printmaking and other art applications. It also appears as an indicator of authenticity on paper currency." In addition, "The lakes rivers and streams of Minnesota are embedded in our culture and consciousness. The new name is reflective of both the visual arts and our northern Minnesota environment." Congratulations! We are eagerly awaiting more new developments!


Also of note-

Blank Canvas Gallery of Park Rapids will be closing its storefront following Customer Appreciation Day on October 5, 2013.  Continue to find your favorite artists and stay-tuned for future updates and innovations at their website.  Thank you, Blank Canvas, for being a center for arts activity in our Region.


Region 2 Arts Council is pleased to feature the Norda Gonvick Rosemalers and community participants who recently completed a very successful workshop with Rosemaler Shirley Evenstad.   Participants included, Back row:  Gretchen Carew, Pam Janssen, Shirley Beckstrand, Stephanie Baumann, Ardella Lindberg. Middle row: Sharon Munter, Wanda Haack,  Lynn Sundrud,  Ada Windecker, Connie Nelson, Judy Merschman, Lorraine Baugh. Front Row:  Barbra Brooks, Shirley Evenstad(Instructor), Dee Strandlien.


 Rosemaling Class 

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Region 2 Arts Council strengthens the presence of the arts by supporting opportunities for arts creation, promotion, and education for the people of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen counties.