Northern Artist Association's "No-Risk" Workshop - Advanced Drawing Techniques with Joan Wilson
Northern Arts News
December 2013 


The Holidays are upon us once again and we encourage you to "shop local" to support the many talented artists in the region as you seek gifts for those on your list. And don't forget to treat yourself to something special for doing all that shopping!


R2AC grant dollars and deadlines are plentiful in the New Year and coming up fast:

* Arts and Cultural Heritage grant deadline on January 17 has $70,000 available to award grants of up to $6,000 for organizations and $3000 for individual artists.


* Arts Project grant deadline on March 12 has $12,400 to award with a max request of $2,500 for schools, organizations, and government offices.


* Community Arts Support deadline is February 14, and provides general operating support for arts organizations for the next two years.


* Individual Artist grant deadline on February 5 has $13,000 available to award grants for up to $1000 for artists.


* Anishinaabe Arts Initiative grant deadline on March 5 has $5,700 available to award grants for up to $1000 to Native American artists.


 "No Risk" Workshop funding is available for regional artists to earn income by presenting a workshop, or for groups or an individual to bring in an artist from outside our area. This program has funded a wide variety of artistic workshops in the past in both traditional and contemporary disciplines.


For more information about R2AC grants go to our website at or

call us to discuss your ideas for workshops and other grant activities. 


R2AC aspires to keep you informed of upcoming arts events and workshops in our region through our newsletter.  Remember to send us your arts activities and noteworthy accomplishments so we can continue to pass your good news on to others.


The Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors and Staff, Holly, Laura and Terri, wish you a beautiful holiday season and all that you desire in the New Year.


Happy Holidays to all!


Terri Widman

Executive Director

Region 2 Arts Council


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Region 2 Arts Council Granted $12,381 in Arts Project Grants

Congratulations to the following Arts Project Grant Recipients:

Headwaters School of Music and the Arts will use funds to establish a bi-monthly gathering of North American-style flute players.

Bemidji Community Theater will use funds to continue its internship program in the area of technical theater.

Mask & Rose Women's Theater Collective will use funds to produce their 2nd annual "Oxcars" event celebrating regional theater organizations.

Clearbrook-Gonvick Summer Recreation will use funds to sponsor Prairie Fire Theater Company in the production of "Alladin."

Headwaters School of Music and the Arts will use funds to provide a stipend for the conductor for Merry Tuba Christmas.

Headwaters School of Music and the Arts will use funds to provide a paid accompanist for First City Singers when they perform in the community.

Schoolcraft Learning Community will use funds to assist in presenting both their winter and spring concerts.

These activities are funded, in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State's general fund.


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Plan now for January 17, 2014 Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant Deadline

We're looking forward to all of the arts innovation we are going to see in this upcoming grant round! Individual artists, schools, government offices and non-profits- let's talk about your fabulous arts ideas and how our grants can support you! Gather 4 or more people together and call to set up an individualized grant writing workshop. 218-751-5447.


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.


Artists Interested in School Residencies

Are you interested in being an artist-in-residence at a school or non-profit?  R2AC Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants and Arts Project Grants are often used to bring local artists in to do arts projects with our young people.  We'd like to be a better resource for those seeking artists by providing an artist list on our website for schools and other organizations. Please send us your name, discipline, and contact information if you'd like to be included on our new Artists Interested in Residencies list.  


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!


Literary Links at

Region 2 Arts Council would like to share author websites, blogs, and local literary links for Region 2 literary artists. Would you like to be included? Send us your links, titles, and any other pertinent info.


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Drawing skills improved by leaps and bounds when Northern Artist Association brought local artist Joan Wilson in for "Advanced Drawing Techniques," funded, in part, by a Region 2 Arts Council "No-Risk" workshop grant!


Northern Arts News Deadline

Deadline for submissions for the January 2014 issue of Northern Arts News is Dec. 20,  2013.


Dec. 3    Schoolcraft Learning Community Winter Concert

The concert takes place at 6:30 at the Bemidji High School Auditorium, is open to the public, will showcase Schoolcraft choirs, orchestras and French programs, and admission is free. 


Dec. 3    Headwaters Youth Orchestra Recital

The Headwaters Youth Orchestra will be presenting a winter recital on Tuesday, December 3rd at 6:00 p.m. at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. This recital is free and open to the public. The Headwaters School of Music and the Arts is located at 519 Minnesota Avenue in downtown Bemidji. Please call 218-444-5606 for more information about this event.


Dec. 5-8, 13-15    Long Lake Theater to Present Traditional Christmas Carol

This holiday favorite is back at Long Lake Theater!  Cast members from Nevis, Menahga, and Park Rapids come together on December 5th through the 15th in Hubbard to present the long time favorite including a choral music segment under the direction of Brian Hobson, complimentary hot cider and chocolate, and of course, several varieties of Christmas goodies.  Experienced actor and director Bryan Gallagher, who joined the Long Lake Theater troop this summer as an actor and stage manager, is the director.  December 5-7, and 12-14 at 7:30.  Matinees: December 7,8,14,15 at 3:00. Tickets at Beagle Books, online at, and by calling 732-0099.


Dec. 6    First Friday Art Walk in Bemidji

There's loads of great art happening around town for this December's First Friday!  Stop by Watermark Art Center (former BCAC) for their annual Holiday Open House and Ornament Sale and the It's Only Clay Exhibit from 12 noon - 5:00 p.m.. Then don't forget to take in the book release party for local author Daniel J. Rice and "This Side of Wilderness" at Bemidji Brewing Co. from 4-9:00 p.m., visual artist Judith Selby at the Bemidji Public Library from 3:30-5:00 p.m., photographer Joanna Johnson at the Cabin Coffee House, Gallery North's Christmas Boutique from 2-5 along with an artist reception for featured artists Maria Hamre and Kathy Sanders, and Anita Merritt showing her beaded flowers and insects as well as providing a demonstration at Headwaters Science Center from 5-6:00 p.m.  Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson have an art opening for their new body of work at the Wild Hare (see below) and Kathy Gustafson and Don Houseman's work is showing at Raven Rock Gallery (also listed below). Round out your evening of art at Rail River Folk School for The Northwoods Folk Collective Open Stage.  Sign-up from 6:30-7:30. Open mic starts at 7:30 p.m.  For more complete information on these First Friday events, please go to  Thanks, Watermark, and all the First Friday venues for this great line-up!


Dec. 6    Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse Presents New Collaborations by Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson

The public is invited to an opening reception on First Friday, December 6th from 3:00 to 5:00pm.  Professionals and students must see two of our region's best known and widely celebrated artists! Award winning artists Davidson and Knudson have been working collaboratively for decades. Marlon was an instructor at Bemidji State University until his retirement, and Don has been a sculptor and a furniture maker. The artists are best known for their dimensional, mixed-media wall pieces that show well in private and public spaces. Don's contribution to the pieces are the wood assemblage and Marlon's the collage elements. (Note: there will be no First Friday Wine Bar and Dinner at the Wild Hare in December and January, as well as no artist reception in January.  Davidson and Knudson will show through January).


Dec. 6     Kathy Gustafson and Don Houseman Reception at RavenRock Gallery

As part of the First Friday Art Walk, from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m., Gustafson and Houseman's exhibit "Artistic Explorations" will feature some of their work that has led them in new directions, as well as work that is a current exploration of new methods, subjects, or media.  One of the objectives of the two artists is to successfully combine both natural elements and also more sophisticated content, and put them together in a way that makes the work harmonious. Both artists look at nature as their primary source of inspiration, but are also aware of art history, and the progress of art through the Twentieth Century to the present.


Region 2 Arts Council Logo Dec. 6-7 and 13-15    The King and I

Bemidji Community Theater in collaboration with the Paul Bunyan Playhouse present The King and I at the Historic Chief Theater, Fridays and Saturdays Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Dec. 15 at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets $12/Adults, $6/Children (17 & under). Available at Shannon's Art&Soul and Iverson's Corner Drug & Ken K. Thompson Jewelry at the Mall.  This Rodgers and Hammerstein musical masterpiece is complete with lavish costumes and a lush score of classics. This Tony Award-winning Broadway phenomenon under the direction of Mary Knox Johnson and Karen Bradley will leave you whistling a happy tune!


Dec. 6&8    Park Rapids Classic Chorale Concert 

 The concert is held at 7:30 pm on December 6 and at 3:00 pm on the 8th at St John's Lutheran Church, 803 1st Street W, Park Rapids. Come relax and enjoy holiday music.


Dec. 7   3rd Annual Holidays by Hand Festival

Come to the Boys and Girls Club of the Bemidji Area and satisfy your holiday craving for local arts and crafts at this annual festival.  Loads of local vendors! 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Dec. 7    A Winter Tea

Cecelia Wattles McKeig, local author/historican, will share stories about Bemidji's rich history at this Fundraiser to Save the Bemidji Carnegie Library in the First Lutheran Fellowship Hall from 2-3:30 p.m.  In addition to storytelling, there will be musical entertainment, delicious scones & cookies, and coffee and tea.  Door prizes too!  Cost is $20 in advance at the City Hall or Chamber or $25.00 at the door.


Region 2 Arts Council Logo Dec. 7    MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS

Come enjoy the bold sound of this Christmas tradition!  MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS will be performed in Bemidji on Saturday, December 7th at 1:00pm at the Paul Bunyan Mall. Rehearsal is the same day at 10:00 a.m. at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. 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!


Dec. 7    Death by Chocolate Studio Hop 

Blue Sky Beads, Creative Minds Messy Fingers Studio and Beagle Books and Bindery will be having a Christmas Extravaganza, Death by Chocolate.  From 10 a.m.-5p.m.

Enjoy refreshments, demos of our work, discounts and door prizes as you join us for some holiday fun.  More information and locations at


Dec. 8    Bemidji Chorale Christmas Concerts

The Bemidji Chorale will be presenting their 34th Annual Winter Concert on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Calvary Lutheran Church 2508 Washington Avenue SE in Bemidji, MN. Freewill offering.


Legacy Logo  Dec. 10    The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra Presents Annual Holiday Celebrations & Messiah Sing-along

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Beverly Everett, presents its annual Holiday Celebrations & Messiah Sing-along concert  at 7:30 pm in the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Selections from George F. Handel's Messiah will feature soloists Dr. Corey Renbarger (Assistant Professor of Music, Bemidji State University) along with BSU vocal program students Luke Barnard, Lorrisa Craigmile, Anna DeJong, and Caitlin Rogers. Audience members will be invited to join in on Messiah sing-along choruses. Those planning to sing along are encouraged to bring their own Messiah music scores to the concert. A number of scores will be available at the door for those who need them. The concert includes holiday favorites such as Sleigh Ride, White Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Let it Snow, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, Carol of the Drum, Leroy Anderson's Christmas Festival and others. Also on the program are Johann Bach's Chorale Prelude,Wachet Auf and Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring.  Tickets available at the door or in advance at Lueken's Village Foods North and South, and online at  $20/adults, $15/seniors 62+, and $10/college students with ID. Students grades K-12/ free. For those who hold BSO Season Tickets, the Holiday Concert is included. All seats are general admission.


Dec. 10-16    Nemeth Art Center Annual Members' Show in Park Rapids 

The 2nd Annual Nemeth Art Center Members' Show will will be held at The Good Life Cafe in Park Rapids.  This year the show will also feature a raffle and silent auction comprised of pieces from the show and other exciting items. Donation of an item to the raffle/silent auction is not required in order to participate in the show; however, all donated pieces are greatly appreciated. If you are interested in participating, but not a member, you can become a member by donating $25 on the NAC website ( If you have questions or are interested in participating, please e-mail director, Meredith Lynn, at


Legacy Logo Dec. 11    Artist Mentor Grant Recipient Elias Connel to Perform in Student Electronic Music Group Concert at BSU

Bemidji High School Senior Elias Connel has been mentoring with musician and BSU instructor Greg Gaston this past fall. To see Connel and other talented BSU musicians, don't miss this Voltage performance starting at 7:30 in the Bangsberg Auditorium on the Bemidji State University campus.  Connel will perform throughout the concert and his original piece, "Take a Break," featuring his electronic music and live instrumentalists, will be performed as well.  


Dec. 14    Second Saturday Bazaar at Rail River Folk School in Bemidji

Come to the Holiday Spectacular Second Saturday Night Bizarre event! This is the perfect destination to find special one of a kind gifts for the holidays. Held every second Saturday of the month at the RailRiver Folk School, offering artists, farmers, home based businesses and more an opportunity to display and sell their goods and services! A variety of vendors showcase their wares in the main room of the RRFS, with a new group every month, everyone's sure to find something unique! Head on over for art, food, music, networking, and supporting our local community and the RailRiver Folk School! Saturday, December 14th 2013 from 4 p.m. til 8:30 p.m. 303 Railroad Street SW, Bemidji.   



Legacy Logo Dec. 19    Arts Downtown PR (3rd Thursdays) Continues  

The Arts Downtown PR series continues from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at four locations in downtown Park Rapids: Beagle Books, Bella Caffè, The Good Life Cafe and Necce's Ristorante. There is no admission charge to Arts Downtown PR events.  Plan to spend the evening Downtown and stay to hear Black River Revue, starting at 7:30 p.m. at  Armory Square, located at the corner of US Hwy. 71 and 2nd Street in Downtown Park Rapids.


Dec. 20-22    Student Christmas Recitals at HSMA

Headwaters School of Music and the Arts invites the public to their annual Student Christmas Recitals. All students will be performing at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts Recital Hall on Friday December 20 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday December 21 at 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., and Sunday December 22 at 2:00 p.m. The Headwaters School of Music and the Arts is located at 519 Minnesota Avenue in downtown Bemidji. Please call 218-444-5606 for more information about this event.

Jan. 18   Opera HD presents "Cavalleria Rusticana" and "I Pagliacci" at Bemidji Amigo Cinema

Opera HD will resume again in January  with the double bill "Cavalleria Rusticana" by Mascagni and "I Pagliacci" by Leoncavallo.  These two operas are traditionally presented together since each is about one hour long and they definitely complement each other.  More information coming your way in 2014.  Until then, please direct any questions to the Gallaghers at 218-586-2536                         



Dec. 2 & 3 Art Making and Creative Partnerships = Community Wellbeing

Region 2 Arts Council is sponsoring Maria Genne and Carla Vogel of nationally renowned Minneapolis-based KAIROS ALIVE! for this free workshop at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2 with a follow-up breakfast networking meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. for those who wish to work further to create opportunities for collaborative/intergenerational art making. The Monday evening event is an interactive workshop of the most productive variety. Diverse audiences are welcome. Artists and those involved in health care, social services, education, and environmental sustainability will be especially interested in this workshop. Call 218 751-5447 or email This is one workshop you will not want to miss!


Dec. 2,9, and 16     Batik with Dave Hudson at Clearwaters Life Center

This workshop runs from 1:00 to 3:00 PM and/or 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Participants will create fiber arts works in batik. All supplies will be provided.  Cost per day for one or both sessions is $10.00 for supplies. This workshop takes place Monday evenings at Create It! Community Art Studios, Clear Waters Life Center, 226 Elm St., Gonvick. For more information or to register, call 218-776-2789 or contact via e-mail: Drop-ins also welcome.


Dec. 17   Minneapolis Fringe Festival Coordinator Coming to Bemidji

Performing Artists of All Kinds! Fringe Festival coordinators are coming to the Region 2 Arts Council office at 426 Bemidji Ave. Bemidji from 2:00-3:00 p.m. to discuss the festival and the services they provide to make it a little easier for out-state theater companies and other performers to participate. Call 218 751-5447 or 1800 275-5447 or email  to let us know you'll be here.






Dec. 5, 12, &19   First City Handbell Choir Rehearsals

The First City Handbell Choir will be rehearsing on Thursday evenings at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. Rehearsals on Dec. 5, 12, & 19 from 6:00pm-8:00pm. The Headwaters School of Music and the Arts is located at 519 Minnesota Avenue in downtown Bemidji. Please call 218-444-5606 for more information about this event.


Dec. 6 Application Deadline   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


Dec. 7   Calling All Tuba and Euphonium players to participate in MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS  

Rehearsal is 10:00 a.m. on Saturday Dec. 7 at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts with MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS held at the Paul Bunyan Mall in Bemidji at 1:00pm that afternoon. 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!   

Dec. 9   Meeting of The North American Flute Group

All those interested in this group are invited to meet at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts on Monday, December 9th at 7:00pm. From no experience to experienced; whether you own a flute or not, all are invited! The Headwaters School of Music and the Arts is located at 519 Minnesota Avenue in downtown Bemidji. Please call 218-444-5606 for more information about this event.


Submission Deadline Dec. 10   Rail River Folk School Call for Artists!

Rail River Folk School in Bemidji is starting a Local Sustainable Art initiative. We are seeking artists to supply functional art and durable craft made from local, sustainable materials.  We are looking for local art for the home, farm, or garden that is functional, upcycled, durable, reusable, and hand crafted.  We are organizing for an upcoming opportunity to feature local arts and crafts that contribute to sustainable, local living. (Example: Crocks that serve to preserve food, Rag Quilts, Carved Wood Utensils, Basketry). We are offering exhibition and event opportunities for selected artists and featured items. These items will be high quality functional crafts that incorporate traditional and innovative uses of found or renewable resources. We are looking for active artists (creating within the past year and still producing currently) who can send images of recent work, along with a short description of each item including dimensions, materials used, and function or use to  For questions and more info call Jess Saucedo 218 766-3837. Submission Deadline December 10th at 5:00 p.m.


Application Deadline Dec. 13   FY 2014 Partners in Arts Participation Grants 

Applicants may now begin submitting FY 2014 Partners in Arts Participation grant applications. This is a pilot grant program designed to broaden opportunities for Minnesotans to participate in the arts.  Grant funds may be used by Minnesota nonprofit health or human service organizations to integrate the arts into their programming or services. Applicants may choose to have their constituents engage in existing high quality arts experiences, and/or may work with an artist or arts organization to design experiences tailored to meet the needs of the constituents they serve. Grants range from $5,000-$25,000. For more information, go to 


Deadline Jan. 1 2014   Atrium Gallery Regional Artist Program

Artists living in the Minnesota counties of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen are eligible to apply to be one of five artists who will be selected for a month long exhibition in the Atrium Gallery of The Nemeth Art Center, a non-profit museum and educational organization in Park Rapids, Minnesota. Interested artists can get in touch with Nemeth Executive Director Meredith Lynn at . Selected artists will receive a stipend for exhibiting their work. Apply at . 


Deadline Jan. 31   Sculpt Siouxland Call for Entries

Sculptors are invited to participate in the Sculpt Siouxland Exhibit. Sculptures chosen for the 2014-2015 exhibit will be on loan for a duration of one year to be featured in a unique outdoor display located throughout downtown Sioux City. All call for entry forms must be received no later than 1/31/2014. Go to . Contact with questions.


Deadline Jan. 31   McKnight Professional Development Grant

Forecast for Public Art is offering a $5000 Professional Development Grant through the McKnight Foundation. Go to for more information.


Deadline Feb. 14   Minnesota Fringe Festival

Interested performers from across the country and around the state can apply for a spot in theis unjuried, uncensored festival (Jul. 31-Aug. 10, 2014). The festival's lineup of 170+ shows, however, is ultimately decided by a random lottery held in late February. The deadline to apply for the 2014 Minnesota Fringe is February 14 at 5 p.m. CST. The application along with instructions to apply can be found at The fee to apply is $25. "The application is very simple," explained Fringe Executive Director Jeff D. Larson. "We don't check anyone's credentials or performance know-how. We don't even check for a show title. All it takes is the desire to create a performance - the rest is up to the lottery. That's what's so exciting about the Fringe - anyone can do it." Questions? Contact: Ann B. Erickson, Associate Director; Cell: 612.710.2569; Office: 612.872.1212 or email: Better yet, come meet Ann on Dec. 17 from 2-3 in the Region 2 Arts Council office at 426 Bemidji Ave. N.


Early Bird Submissions Deadline Feb. 20   4th Annual Lot 6 Art Fair

This event is open to all artists interested in selling and displaying their artwork and fine crafts. ALL work must be original in design and made by you/your business. Absolutely NO imports, kits, commercial jewelry, molded ceramics or manufactured items will be allowed. All applications will be submitted to a jury committee. Acceptance will be decided by originality, craftsmanship, quality and consistency. A $10 non-refundable jury fee must be submitted with your application. Completed form including artist statement w/images emailed or on CD. Incomplete applications will not be accepted, please take care to complete the form in full. $20 Early Bird application due/postmarked by Feb 20th (10x10 booth) , +$15 Early Bird 10x20 booth ($35 total by Feb 20th), $30 booth Application due/postmarked by April 17th. This event takes place on Saturday, June 14th 2014 10am to 5pm at Lot #6, Irvine Ave & 4th St (Downtown Bemidji). Booth spaces are 10x10 (no electric), you must supply all your own tents, table, etc... All artwork must be done by you/your business, if you are wishing to share a booth w/an artist, both Artists must apply and be selected. Limited double booths (10x20) are available on a first come first serve basis. We are also selecting a limited amount of artists to get a free upgrade to a double booth space if demonstrations can be shown. Please describe in detail how you would demonstrate your craft in your booth, to be considered for a double booth space.  Any questions can be submitted to: or visit our & blog:




Featured here are Writer's Workshop Students at Lake of the Woods School who were the "premier audience" for "Hokadi and Matilda's" puppet show on November 5, 2013, as presented by emerging puppeteer artist Joanne Kellner of Baudette, MN. Kellner mentored with puppeteer Margaret Burger with support from an R2AC/McKnight Individual Artist Grant.

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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