Art from 2013 Studio Cruise Artists
Bemidji - First City of the Arts 2013 Studio Cruise Artists  (L-R) Jane Carlstrom, John Theroux, Susan Kedzie, Dee Najjar, Shannon Lucas Westrum, and Brian Grund
Northern Arts News
October 2013 


Here we are in October with two deadlines right at the beginning of the month, the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative on the
1st and the Individual Artist Grant on the 3rd. If you missed these and other grant application deadlines, the next round of grants will begin in January. It is never too early to start your grant writing for the winter/spring deadlines to beat the holiday crunch. Arts organizations planning to apply for the
two-year Community Arts Support grant will need to complete the CDP profiles by November 1st. Contact me with questions.

R2AC begins our line-up of free Professional Development workshops on October 22 with "Copyright and Licensing for Artists". If you are a Native American artist, you won't want to miss the First Peoples Fund workshop in Red Lake on November 8-9. Information follows on both workshops.

"No-Risk" Workshop funding

is available for artists in our region to earn money by presenting workshops, or to bring in artists from outside the region to teach in your community. Contact R2AC staff to discuss your ideas. 

Last weekend the Art Leap tour of artists studios took place in the Park Rapids area and next up is the Bemidji area First City of the Arts Studio Cruise in mid-October. There are numerous concert offerings and so much more to indulge in this month. Read further about the feast of events to choose from!


Stop by the R2AC office or contact us for assistance with your next grant or workshop. We always look forward to talking to you. [email protected] or 218-751-5447.


Terri Widman

Executive Director

Region 2 Arts Council


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Early October Grant Deadlines


Deadline: October 1, 2013 Open to American Indian artists residing in Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Becker, Roseau, Itasca, and Cass Counties. Grants are for up to $1000.00.  


Deadline: October 3, 2013

Open to artists at various stages of their arts career. Up to $1,000 is available for expenses associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a specific creative work or learning opportunity.

Follow the links for download. Paper copies are available the R2AC office at 426 Bemidji Avenue N., Bemidji, MN. 


Grants are due on deadline dates before 5:00 pm. or postmarked by the deadline date if sent via mail. There are also spring deadlines for these and other R2AC grants. 

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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 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.   


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 

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 Beltrami County area artists participating in First City of Arts Studio Cruise '13; a tour of artists' studios and other cultural destinations October 18-20.  Save the Date!


Northern Arts News Deadline

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


Oct. 1   Rhoda Jackson Performs as Elaine Goodale Eastman
in Park Rapids

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning Fall 2013 season continues on Tuesday, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. at the Northwoods Bank Community Room.  Elaine Goodale Eastman was a poet with unique life experience and insight. Jackson's performances of literary women are not to be missed! 


legacysmall Oct. 3   Le Vent du Nord at the Sanford Center Ballroom in Bemidji


 "Considered a driving force in progressive folk, Le Vent du Nord captures the energy and mirth of a Saturday night kitchen party, infusing old Québec with a breath of fresh, cosmopolitan air." The ensemble includes four outstanding musicians: Nicolas Boulerice on the hurdy-gurdy and piano; Simon Beaudry on vocals, guitar, and bouzouki; Olivier Demers on violin, guitar, and rhythm; and Réjean Brunet on the accordion.  Tickets are available at Headwaters School of Music & Arts located in downtown Bemidji at 519 Minnesota Avenue NW, at the Ford Pickup Windows at the Sanford Center ticket office, and at any Lueken's Village Foods or Ticketmaster retail location. $17 in advance or $20 at the door.  Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the Sanford Center Ballroom.  Le Vent du Nord will be visiting many schools and community locations during the week. Arts Midwest has partnered with program sponsors like The National Endowment for the Arts, Minnesota State Arts Board and 3M to cover a substantial portion of the program cost so that midwestern communities like Bemidji can enjoy this rich arts experience. Thanks to Janet Brademan and Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, Bemidji was selected as one of only nine Midwestern cities to host the 2013-15 Arts Midwest World Fest and is the only partner community chosen in Minnesota.


 Oct. 4   Druha Trava Bluegrass Band Returns to Park Rapids


This "Czechgrass" fusion of acoustic, bluegrass, folk and rock from the Czech Republic will return to Park Rapids for a concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium.  Since Druha Trava's last concert here in October 2011, the band has received the equivalent of the Czech Grammy in the Country Music category for their new album.  Druha Trava was formed in 1991 by singer-songwriter Robert Krestan, multi-instrumentalist Lubos Malina and others creating a bluegrass band that has long thrived in Czechoslovakia. Druha Trava performs bluegrass standards and covers in English and Czech.  Concert tickets are available at Beagle Books or at the door and are $8 for adults, $5 for students. Druha Trava also will present a Bluegrass in the Schools program Friday at 2 p.m. at the Area High School auditorium. The concert and school program are sponsored by the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council and Park Rapids Community Education.


Oct. 4     Watermark Art Center presents the Annual Members Show

Watermark Art Center (formerly Bemidji Community Art Center) will feature works created and collected by members of the BCAC throughout the month of October. Opening reception for this exhibit runs from 5-7 p.m.  There will be a drawing for a Contributor member Level gift during the reception.  The BCAC is free and open to the public.  Visit the BCAC and Shop 426 at 426 Bemidji Ave N (upper level of the Historic Carnegie Library on 5th St).  Go to for more information about arts events around town. Contact BCAC at (218) 444-7570 or at  [email protected].  Gallery and ours are Tues. to Fri. 12 to 5:00 p.m. and Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Oct. 4   Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse presents Photographer Leigh Collyer

Head over to Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse from 3:00-5:00 p.m. and meet Leigh Collyer; a professional photographer with over 17 years experience shooting a mix of catalog, editorial, and advertising assignments, independently and with corporate studios.  His style has evolved by the use of light, striving to create the image in-camera, not on the computer. After the Art Walk, 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 food of the Bahamas, with a wine and beer list to match.  See the menu at 523 Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji. 444-JAVA


Oct. 4    The Art of Marley Kaul Opening at the Anderson Center in Red Wing, MN

Make a trek over to Red Wing this month for an exhibition of this prominent Bemidji artist's work.  On Friday October 4th, there will be an artist reception starting at 7:00 p.m., opening the exhibit.  Go to for more information.


Oct. 5    Customer Appreciation Day at Blank Canvas Gallery

Please stop by 311 Main Street South in Park Rapids for their Customer Appreciation Day Reception from 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. After 10/5/13 visit Blank Canvas Gallery will be closing its gallery doors. Please continue to visit Blank Canvas Gallery online at


Oct. 6    The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra Opens a Season of Celebrations

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Beverly Everett, opens its 75th anniversary year with "Nordic Celebrations" at 3:00 p.m. at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Special guest artist Michael Hanson will be featured on the Concerto for Saxophone by Lars-Erik Larsson. Michael Hanson is an award winning concert saxophonist, conductor, and teacher, who has performed in many locations around the world. The program opens with Fanfare by Stu Dorsey, a piece written for the BSO to celebrate its 75th anniversary. Longtime BSO musician and former conductor Dr. Thomas Swanson will conduct the beautiful symphonic poem Finlandia by Sibelius. Symphony No. 2 by Jean Sibelius rounds out the program. At the end of the program, join Dr. Everett for a post-concert conversation. Tickets at the door or in advance at Lueken's Village Foods stores in Bemidji or online at $20 adults / $15 senior citizens 62+ / $10 college students with ID. K-12 are free. All seats are general admission. Doors open for seating at 2:30 pm. Season tickets may be purchased at the door on the day of the concert for $60, or through the BSO website at or call 218/444-7914.


Oct. 12    Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship presents Peter Mayer

"Peter Mayer writes songs for a small planet- songs about inter-connectedness sand the human journey; about the beauty and the mystery of the world. " Concert starts at 7 p.m., Doors open at 6 p.m.  Tickets available at 218 444-8936; email [email protected], or at Brigids Pub in Bemidji.  $20/in advance, $12/childen 12 and under, $25 day of concert.  522 America Ave NW, Bemidji


Oct. 12    Second Saturday Night Bazaar at Rail River Folk School

Head over to the RailRiver Folk School for art, food, music, and networking on the Second Saturday of every month when a variety of vendors will be showcased in the main room at RRFS from 4:00-8:30 p.m., offering artists, farmers, home-based businesses and more an opportunity to display and sell their goods and services. Support our local community and the RailRiver Folk School!


Oct. 15    Heartland Concert Association presents Classical Pianist Charlie Albright

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 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.


Oct. 18-20     First City of Arts Studio Cruise 

The First City of Arts:  Studio Cruise will provide the public a unique opportunity to witness, learn about the creative process with local artists in their studios through live demonstrations and discussion. Visitors are invited to purchase art or simply enjoy the experience. The Studio Cruise is free and open to the public.  Brochures and maps are available at the Bemidji Community Art Center or through Visit Bemidji at


Oct. 19   Opera Encore HD presents La Scala

Performances start at 2:00 p.m. at Bemidji Amigo Theater with a 20-minute preview given by Fulton Gallagher starting at 1:30 in the theater where the opera will be shown.  There will be refreshments available inside the theater during intermission, compliments of the management of the Bemidji Theater.  The Bemidji Amigo Theater is located 5 miles west of Bemidji on Highway 2W. Mark your calendars for the following performances: Nov.16, "Rigoletto" from Mantua, Jan. 18, "Cavalleria Rusticana" and "I Pagliacci" produced by La Scala, Feb. 15 Mozart's "The Magic Flute" produced by Kenneth Branagh, and March 15, Balanchine's "Jewels", by the Bolshoi Ballet.


Oct. 22   HCLL hosts author Peter Geye  

Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning host author Peter Geye at the Park Rapids library from 1:00-2:30to share his experience in writing The Lighthouse Road, a novel set near Duluth in the late 19th and early 20th Century, with a plot featuring life in a logging camp, bootlegging on Lake Superior, and a rape trial. All programs are open to the public and presented free of charge.  Refreshments are served.  Anyone needing more information, or anyone willing to volunteer, may contact the board chair, Marty Leistikow at 218-699-3527 or [email protected].


Oct. 26    Brainerd Writers' Alliance 2013 Fall Writers' Festival

Doors open at 9:00 a.m. for this all-day conference featuring the 2013 Writing Contest winners, Abercrombie Trail series author Candace Simar on "Killing the Passive Voice," and best-selling author, comedian, actor and playwright Lorna Landvick on "My Life as a Writer" and "Creating Believable Scenes and Characters." Seating is limited, pre-register by October 23, 2013 by contacting [email protected].  Cost is $25, catered lunch is included.  Fall Writers' Festival runs from 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Brainerd Public Library.



Oct. 5 and 12   Waldorf Doll Making 2 Class Series

Waldorf dolls are simple in design and made with soft fabrics- just perfect for young hands to hold! This class is intended for adults with basic to intermediate sewing skills, but is also open to children ages 11 and up, who MUST have some beginning sewing skills and be accompanied by an adult.  The workshop runs both days from 9a.m. to 1:30p.m. with a short break from 11:30 - noon. Bring a bag lunch! Location: Apple Blossom Childcare in the basement of the United Methodist Church, Bemidji. Apple Blossom will supply a snack and a play space for children ages 3 years and up. 2 and younger may attend only with an older sibling or babysitter who will play with/watch them.  Fees vary depending on number of doll makers and children attending per family. Check out our event page on Facebook Waldorf Doll Making. Contact Dacia for details: 218 766-0460.


legacysmall Oct. 5 and 6  Explore Book Arts!

Working in partnership with the Bemidji Community Art Center the MCBA is proud to share the creativity and versatility of book arts the community in 6 Great Classes hosted by Artist's Jana Pullman and Sue Bjerke for adults of all skill levels!  The basic schedule is below, for more information go to the Bemidji Community Art Center website at


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 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

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.


 October 14   Photographing your Work with Cal Rice in Park Rapids

 This workshop runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a maximum class size of 15.  The location is the Blank Canvas Gallery, 311 South Main Avenue in Park Rapids.  Call (218) 237-2770 to register. Cost is $25. Discounts do not apply.  The purpose of this workshop is to teach artists how to photograph their art work for the Web. This will include photographing flat art to be sure it is square and properly illuminated. Three dimensional art adds the challenges of selecting the best angle and controlling the highlights and shadows. Preparing the image for the Web includes cropping, having correct color, contrast and exposure. Finally, the correct resolution must be selected and applied.


 Oct. 22    R2AC presents Copyright and Licensing for Artists: Protecting and Profiting for Your Creative Works 


Join MN-based, licensed international arts and entertainment attorney, Brian Lukasavitz from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Kitchigami Library at 509 America Ave in Bemidji. This session will cover what you need to legally protect and properly license your creative works.  From the basic elements of copyright law, proper registration and the elements needed in a licensing agreement, this workshop is designed to provide practical information that can be used immediately.  Participants will discuss key terms that need to be addressed in a licensing agreement and how to know what rights they are giving up to ensure the best agreement possible.


With an undergraduate degree in theatre and music and a law degree with an emphasis in entertainment and media law, Brian Lukasavitz works with artists and organization to protect, serve and promote their creative projects.


Nov. 8&9    FREE Native Artist Professional Development Training in Red Lake, MN Offered by First Peoples Fund

This two-day workshop gives Native artists the tools and support they need to manage entrepreneurial businesses in order to achieve economic success and grow as leaders in their tribal communities. The goal is to enable Native artists to make a living from their art through sales locally, regionally and nationally, allowing them to sustain themselves, their families and their communities. The training experience is hands-on, specifically designed with Native artists in mind. Workshop Location: Seven Clans Casino in Red Lake.Time: 8:30-5:00 both days (1 hour break for lunch, which will be provided).  You must call or email Region 2 Arts Council at [email protected] or (218) 751-5447 / (800) 275-5447 by Friday November 1, 2013 to reserve a spot.


Look for this same workshop in Mahnomen at White Earth Tribal and Community College this Spring (mark your calendars for March 20-21).




Beginning Oct. 8    Youth Orchestra

The Headwaters Youth Orchestra program will begin on Tuesday, October 8th  and continue on Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30p.m.  Students who are in private study or an orchestra group are encouraged to consider participating. Students must be able to play in 1st and 3rd position and have the ability to sight read music. This group is asked to perform on a regular basis within our community-some opportunities exist for performances at weddings, anniversaries, and community events such as Sankta Lucia, Radio-Thon to End Child Abuse, and at assisted living facilities or the Sanford Health Center. Cost is $15 a month.  Call 218-444-5606 to register and be part of this group!


Oct. 11&12   Auditions for A Christmas Carol at Long Lake Theater

Children and Adults of all ages and experience are encouraged to audition for A Christmas Carol on Friday from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Call or text director Bryan Gallagher at 864-346-0113 with questions. Long Lake Theater is located on Beacon Road in Hubbard, MN.


Oct 12    The Paul Bunyan Playhouse Holds Bemidji-Area Auditions

Get ready for the 2014 Summer Season at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse on Saturday, October 12th from 2-6 pm at the Historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji.


Those interested in auditioning should prepare 16 bars of an up-tempo song and a 1-2 minute comedic monologue, or come prepared to read from one of the shows (sides will be provided).  No song needed for those wishing to be considered for Noises Off. Actors will be seen on a first come basis. No appointments necessary.


These auditions are for adult actors only. Youth auditions for roles in Annie will occur in the spring. Casting will be done for up to 35 adult roles in Noises Off, I Do I Do, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Annie.   All roles in The 39 Steps, and the roles of Miss Hannigan and Daddy Warbucks in Annie have been cast. 


Call for Artists    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 or call (218)556-5907 for more information and applications. Submit applications to Shannon's Art & Soul, 313 Beltrami Ave, Bemidji, MN 56601.  


Call for Artists    3rd Annual Holidays by Hand Festival
Holidays by Hand seeks artists and crafts people for their annual festival held at the Boys and Girls club from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on December 7, 2013.Please contact Michelle at [email protected] 


 Legacy LogoNov. 1 Deadline    Minnesota Film and TV and IFP MN Film Proposals 

Experienced mid-career Minnesota-based Filmmakers with narrative features or long-form documentary works in progress (active pre-production or production only -- post has not commenced) that align with Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund priorities are welcome to apply.  $175,000 is available in reimbursement funds for feature projects with budgets exceeding $300,000 and documentary projects with budgets exceeding $200,000.

The complete Request for Proposals, application and guidelines are available at 


Nov. 8 Deadline    2013 VSA Minnesota Project Grant for Emerging Artists with Disabilities

Seven grants of $1500 each, funded by the Jerome Foundation, will be awarded to emerging Minnesota artists who propose to create new work. The Jerome Foundation and VSA Minnesota have been offering these annual grants since 1996. Applications and guidelines can be mailed or emailed to artists or are available to download as a Word, .pdf or .rtf files on our  Grants, Forms and Guidelines page. For more information or questions, call 612-332-3888 or 800-801-3883, or email [email protected].


Nov. 8 Deadline    Discounted Application Fee For Shoebox: An International Sculpture Exhibition

Contact the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation to enter the international juried sculpture competition entitled SHOEBOX, featuring 3-D work designed to fit within the confines of a typical shoebox.  Each applicant is free to use a shoebox of choice, from baby-size shoes to boots, as the dimensions of their work. There are no media restrictions. 


Nov. 15 Deadline    Call to Artists Bemidji Sculpture Walk 2014

Participate this year in Northern Minnesota's premiere public art venue: Bemidji's 16th Annual Juried Public Art Exposition. The Sculpture Walk committee will select the 20 best submissions, based on their conceptual strength, originality, and workmanship. These will be presented for 12 months in locations throughout Bemidji. For more information and application please go to 


Nov. 30 Registration Deadline   MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS 40th Anniversary Concert
Created by Harvey Philips, MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS 2013 concerts will be presented in over 250 cities throughout the United States and in several foreign countries and will be performed again this year in the Paul Bunyan Mall in Bemidji. Every TUBACHRISTMAS performance features traditional Christmas carols especially arranged for the first TUBACHRISTMAS by American composer Alec Wilder.  All Tuba and Euphonium players are encouraged to call the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts at 218-444-5606 to sign up and be part of this Christmas tradition. $10.00 to participate.   


Call for Submissions to The Bemidji Speculative Fiction Guild's first anthology "Sword and Quill" Vol. I

The Bemidji Speculative Fiction Guild is a collective interested in showcasing the talent and hard work of Bemidji speculative fiction writers by publishing speculative fiction from authors with a connection to Bemidji. Speculative fiction is a wide genre; the Guild is seeking short stories that explore that range, from demon-hunting urban fantasy to bone chilling rural horror to epic hard science fiction and everything in between. The Guild will not accept stories that include excessive violence, racism, abuse, or political and religious proselytizing or any fan fiction. Stories must be between 500 and 7,500 words. Submissions must be formatted in standard manuscript format. Please submit only one story at a time. Any more than this and both stories will be rejected without consideration. Writers may submit reprints-please indicate prior publication history. All stories must be saved as in .doc format and emailed to  [email protected] with your name, the title of the story, and the word count in the subject line. Please also add a short bio that also explains your connection to Bemidji. Send hard copies to: Roy's Comics & Games, 210 3rd St. NW, Bemidji, MN 56601


The anthology will be edited by Roy C. Booth, Cynthia Booth, and Sean Froyd. The editors have sole discretion regarding which submissions will be included in the anthology.


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.  


Dec. 6    Application Deadline for USArtists International 2014

USArtists International provides support for American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at significant international festivals anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories.  The application deadline for the second of three grant rounds of the 2014 program is Friday, December 6, 2013 for projects taking place between March 1, 2014 and February 28, 2015. This is a submission deadline.Questions about USArtists International should be directed to Brigid Zuknick, at [email protected].


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 or contact Shannon  - [email protected] 


On Going    First City Singers

Seniors who like to sing, come join a non-auditioned chorus program to sing and perform in our community. Rehearsals are always on Mondays from 1-2:00 p.m. at Headwaters School of Music & the Arts.  This group performs the 3rd Monday at Havenwood Care Center; the 3rd Wednesday at Gold Pine Homes; the 3rd Friday at Baker Park; the last Monday of the month at either WindSong or Tamarack Assisted Living; and the last Tuesday of the month at Neilson Place. Call Arlys at 444-6653 or Donna at 444-3296 for more information


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.


Learn to play the Autoharp, Banjo, Dulcimer and Mandolin

Mark Bridge of Park Rapids, MN is taking students who would like to learn to play the banjo, mandolin, autoharp, or mountain dulcimer. Mark will be at Headwaters School of Music & the Arts on Mondays and Thursdays beginning October 2013.  Please call us at 218-444-5606 to schedule a lesson time. 


Voice Lessons with Annalise Aahkus

Enhance your choir, church, theater, or solo voice with private lessons!  Annalise has returned to the Bemidji area after five years of teaching/performing in the Minneapolis/St Paul area.  Annalise will help you find your voice and bring it to "full bloom." Annalise will be in her studio on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning October 7th.Call the Headwaters School of Music and Arts (218-444-5606) to schedule your private voice lessons. 


Percussion Lessons with Eric Sundeen

Try out the drumset at the Headwaters School of Music & the Arts by signing up for drum lessons. Eric Sundeen will be teaching lessons available for beginner or advanced students. Call Headwaters School of Music & the Arts at 218-444-5606 to sign up.


Violin/Viola Lessons

Learn strings as your solo instrument, or to better your orchestra playing.  Headwaters School of Music and the Arts offers violin and viola lessons with the following instructors:  Andrew Green, a seasoned violin performer with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra and graduate of Bemidji State University's Music Department, will guide your instruction as a beginner or advanced player. Andrew has lesson times available on Thursdays only. Renae Carlson, a violin performance major graduate of Bemidji State University will provide private instruction in her studio at Headwaters School of Music beginning October 8, 2013.  Renae formerly instructed at the Headwaters School in 2007.  Renae has open lesson times on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Call the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts at 218-444-5606 to schedule an appointment. 


On Going    Artist Career Consultation through Springboard for the Arts

In the need for some guidance? Sign up for a career consultation!

Springboard for the Arts offers consultations for individual artists and groups. In a consultation, our Artist Career Counselors get to know you and your work, help you set goals, and develop realistic strategies to help you reach those goals.  Consultations cost $45/hr. and are a tax-deductible business expense. Those who expect they may need 5 hours or more of consultation time, should consider registering for an Artists' Field Guide. A complete list of consultants, with bios and areas of specialization can be found here.


On Going     Springboard for the Arts Helps Minnesota's Creative Community Connect to Health Insurance Coverage 

Springboard for the Arts is certified to help you navigate health insurance coverage issues is scheduled to open October 1, 2013, for coverage beginning January 1, 2014.  Visit or contact Nikki Hunt at [email protected] 



Congratulations to mixed-media artist Terry Honstead. Her painting "Lean on Me" has won best in show for the CFAI art challenge "Avant Garde." In addition, one of her paintings has appeared in the recently published book Incite, Dreams Realized: The Best of Mixed Media.

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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