Elias Connell's mentorship with Greg Gaston culminates in a concert. Photos by Del Lyren
Northern Arts News
January 2014 


If you take a closer look at the header images in this newsletter, you will see an excellent example of the kind of creative synergy that emerges when a talented young musician is paired with a professional performing artist through the Region 2 Arts Council Artist Mentor Grant Program. Bemidji High School senior Elias Connell and Bemidji State University instructor and musician Greg Gaston are said to be well-matched in their passion for performance and music. 


Area Artists: Are you interested in being a mentor to a young artist in our community? Contact us and we'll get you on the list!
8th-12th Grade Students:  Are you passionate about practicing your instrument, putting your brush to canvas, setting up your camera for the perfect shot, dancing, film making, writing, drawing, acting or other creative endeavors?
Parents and Teachers: Do you know a young person residing in the five counties of Region 2 who fits the above criteria?

Students who receive an Artist Mentor Grant have the option of putting a $600.00 grant award toward the cost of attending an arts class, camp or workshop in the state of Minnesota or pairing with an artist mentor who will work one-on-one with the student.  For mentors, this is a minimum of 20 contact hours with their student. In acknowledgment of the dedication and time commitment involved, the Region 2 Arts Council Board of Directors has recently approved a decision to increase the stipend paid to artist mentors to $950.00. 


Parents, students, area artists, and teachers:  Please let us know if you are interested in hearing more about the Region 2 Arts Council Artist Mentor Grant.  


Between January and March I will be conducting school visits in the five counties of Region 2 to speak to interested students and their teachers about this program.  Please contact me if I should come to your school! All students, including home-schooled and PSEO students, are welcome to make an appointment with me at the Region 2 Arts Council Office in the lower level of the Carnegie Library Building in Bemidji.  


Please stay-tuned! We will be unveiling the 2014 version of the Artist Mentor Grant program application in mid-January.  Until then, email our office at [email protected] or give us a call at (218) 751-5447.  We are happy to hear of your interest, answer your questions, and help prepare you for the grant writing process. The Artist Mentor Grant application deadline is April 9, 2014.  


Until then, here's to a Happy New Year filled with exciting arts endeavors!


Laura Dehler-Seter

Program Coordinator

Region 2 Arts Council  

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R2AC Awards $5000 in Individual Artist Grants  


Congratulations to the following recipients:


Sarah Teresa Vaughn was awarded $1,000 to self-publish her book, "Where is Reality?"


Pamela Kerssen was awarded $1,000 to continue creating quilts for future generations.


Les Sanders was awarded $1,000 to develop his carving skills to a professional level that he can share with people of all ages and abilities.


Shannon Lucas-Westrum was awarded $1,000 to develop a working jeweler's studio to further her artistic vision by incorporating beading, glass, wire, precious metals and gemstones. 


Josh May was awarded $1,000 to purchase an AKI electronic wind instrument and specialized carrying case for composition and performance of music.


The Individual Artist Grant Program is supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation.    



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Region 2 Arts Council Grants

R2AC grant dollars and deadlines are plentiful in the New Year and coming up fast. Gather 4 or more people together and contact us to set up an individualized grant writing workshop either at our office or at your school or organization. For more information call 1(800) 275-5447 or (218) 751-5447. Email [email protected] . Grant application forms are available on our website at  http://r2arts.org/grants/ or in our office in the Historic Carnegie Library Building in Bemidji.


* Arts and Cultural Heritage grant deadline on January 17 has $70,000 available to award grants of up to $6,000 for schools, organizations, and government offices and $3000 for individual artists. Deadline is 5 p.m. on the 17th! Go to http://r2arts.org/grants/arts-and-cultural-heritage-grants/ for more information.


* 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 Available

 "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.


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 r2arts.org

Have you visited our Arts Link page? It's growing! Our list of Regional Artists was reported as the fifth most-viewed page on our website. Artists and arts organizations, please send us a link to your website or blog and we'll add it to our Arts Links!


Literary Links at r2arts.org

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.


Header Images

Thanks to Professor Del Lyren for the fantastic pictures of the December Voltage concert at BSU!


Northern Arts News Deadline

Deadline for submissions for the February 2014 issue of Northern Arts News is Jan 20, 2014.


Jan. 3  Headwaters Science Center presents Lindsey Owens

Lindsey Owens, graduate of TrekNorth High School in Bemidji, is currently studying art and psychology at the University of Minnesota-Morris.  Her artwork has been displayed in the "Art from Within" exhibit, at the Headwaters Science Center (HSC), and the Sanford Hospital in Bemidji. HSC will host a reception from 5 to 6:00 p.m. on the upper balcony of the Center. The public is invited to meet Lindsey and discuss her work, and enjoy light refreshments as a part of the first Friday Art Walk. The Headwaters Science Center is located at 413 Beltrami Ave in Downtown Bemidji. For more information contact 444-4472 or [email protected]


Jan. 3    Reception and Holiday Boutique at Gallery North

Stop in from 2-5:00 p.m. for a reception and the continuation of the "Holiday Boutique" of hand made items. Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery located on the corner of 3rd Street and Irvine Ave in Bemidji. Gallery North has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. For more information go to www.gallerynorthbemidji.com.


Jan. 3    Cabin Coffeehouse presents "An Australian in Bemidji"

Stop in to the Cabin Coffeehouse on 3rd Street in Bemidji for Lainie Hiller's exhibit of photographs from the north woods and around the world.  Lainie will be at the cabin throughout the evening to talk about her travels and her work. Be sure to grab a warm bakery item with your hot espresso drink while viewing the exhibit.


Jan. 3    Brigid's Pub presents the Artists of Studio 10

The current show entitled "Winter Pastimes" includes some new works created especially for this exhibit. Come for the opening reception and to meet the artists from4:30 to 6:00 p.m.  Brigid's Pub is located in Downtown Bemidji at 317 Beltrami Ave NW.


Art Around Town in Bemidji Continuing in January:

Beltrami County History Center Features Artwork from Gallery North

This artwork accompanies the new history center exhibit "Trails Through Time," showcasing county history from the time of glacial recession to the mid-20th century.  Topics include Ojibwe history, logging, entertainment, education, and much more. With over 60 additional feet of new exhibit cases, this exhibit features more of the History Center's extensive collections! Winter Hours: Now through the end of March, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment for group visits and research.  218-444-3376


" New Collaborations" by Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson at Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse

These artists are best known for their dimensional, mixed-media wall pieces that show well in private and public spaces. 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.  (Note: there will be no First Friday Wine Bar and Dinner at the Wild Hare in January, as well as no artist reception on January First Friday)


Neilson Place presents "Walking Through Nature"an exhibit of paintings by Maureen O'Brien

This exhibit continues through February 2014.  Maureen's exhibit brings nature to those who cannot walk in it daily.  Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne Street NW.   For hours or more information call 751-0220 extension #1.


Jan. 14    Watermark Art Center Re-Opens for Regular Hours

Watermark Art Center (formerly Bemidji Community Art Center) will be closed through Jan 13th and will re-open for regular hours on the 14th :  Tuesday to Friday 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.    Located in the upper level of the Historic Carnegie Library Building at 426 Bemidji Ave N. 218-444-7570 or [email protected] 


legacysmall Jan. 16    Arts Downtown PR (3rd Thursdays) Continues  

The Arts Downtown PR series continues from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 at four locations in downtown Park Rapids: Beagle Books, Bella Caff´┐Ż, 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 be sure to check for the evening's event at Armory Square, located at the corner of US Hwy. 71 and 2nd Street in Downtown Park Rapids.


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

Opera HD resumes 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.  Until then, please direct any questions to the Gallaghers at 218-586-2536.          


R2AC Color Logo  Jan. 22    Are You Knot Aware? A Meet the Artist Event in Baudette

Fiber Artist Dawn Standera is coming to the Baudette Library on January 22, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. for a Meet the Artist event to introduce all who are interested to the fine art of knotting. Her visual presentation will highlight this stunning and versatile art form as she presents an overview of the art form, its artists, and her work.


Standera received a Region 2 Arts Council/McKnight Career Development Fellowship in 2013, making it possible for her to travel to California to mentor with artists working in knotted sculpture. This presentation is free and open to the public.  The Baudette Library is located at 110 1st Street South West in Baudette, MN.


R2AC Color Logo Jan. 26    The Oxcars -  a Celebration of Excellence for Regional Theaters  

This second annual Gala Awards will be held at Hondo and Suzi's Dance Studios in Bemidji. Social Hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a full evening of awards and featured entertainment to follow at 6:30 p.m. MCeed by Cate Belleveau and Rob Thomas, awards will be given for best acting, directing, choreography, as well as design elements for theater productions staged from Nov. 2012 - Nov. 2013. The theaters honored will be the MN Folklore Theater, Bemidji Community Theater, Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective and the Northern Light Opera this year.  The cost is $10 and tickets may be purchased at Shannon's Art and Soul or via credit card by calling Cate Belleveau at (218) 243-2685. 



Jan. 6, 13, 20, and 27    Shadow Play

Even as the sun begins to slip back into our lives, there is still time for shadow play!  Join Fortuna for a four-week block of shadow adventure in January 2014! Kids ages 6-11 are invited to test new shadow techniques and have the option of working in a larger format. This class will concentrate on the process of creating and imagining rather than on performing.  Headwaters School of Music and the Arts will act as hosts from 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Cost is $50.00. Register directly with Margaret, the workshop instructor and puppeteer, at [email protected] or (218) 368-3349.


Jan. 6    New Pottery Sessions begin with Tom Daly 

Join Tom Daly at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts in their art room for an afternoon of creativity. Tom will lead you through the techniques in the use of clay making projects using coil, slab, and pinch methods. Additionally, included in this class is an introduction to wheel throwing.


Preschool Pottery (ages 3-5): from 10am-10:45am. Cost is $25/month.

Ages 8-13: from 4:15pm-5:30 p.m. (Cost is $55/month).

Ages 14-Adults: from 6:30 p.m. -8:00 p.m. (Cost is $75 a month).

Call the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts at 218-444-5606 to register or for more information. The Headwaters School is located at 519 Minnesota Avenue in downtown Bemidji.


Jan. 11    Sew it Up: Strawberry

This workshop is a great start in creating soft play food that stimulates imagination and creative play in toddlers and pre-schoolers and delights the adult inner child as well: berry fun home decor, pin cushions, or felt fruits and veggies to be used as dryer balls.  Children ages 11 and up may register for the class if attending with an adult.  Apple Blossom will supply a snack and a play space for children ages 3 years and up.  2 years old and younger may attend only with an older sibling or babysitter who will play with/watch them.  Fees vary depending on number of berry makers and children attending per family.  $25 per maker plus Kit - kit is $10 (adult & child may share a kit) (non-maker child $5).


March / April Writing Classes Now Online at the Loft Literary Center

Peruse Loft course offerings here!  



Jan. 1    Deadline for Submissions to 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 [email protected]. Selected artists will receive a stipend for exhibiting their work. Apply at nemethartcenter.submittable.com


Jan. 6    Preschool Music Class Begins at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts  

Join Fawn Foss on Monday mornings from 10 - 10:45 a.m. at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts for a preschool music class. This group for 3-5 year-olds will involve singing, playing, dancing, and stories based on fun themes! This is the perfect group if you have a preschooler who loves moving and singing to the beat of music. Cost is $25/month.  Call the HSMA at 218-444-5606 to register or for more information. Located at 519 Minnesota Avenue in downtown Bemidji.


Jan. 7   Youth Orchestra Begins at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts

The Headwaters School of Music and the Arts Youth Orchestra for all grades begins meeting on Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30pm. This is for students in grades 5 and up or those who have been in private instruction. Students must be able to play in 1st and 3rd position. Cost is $10 a month. Students who are in private study or an orchestra group are encouraged to consider participating! Call the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts at 218-444-5606 to register or for more information. The Headwaters School is located at 519 Minnesota Avenue in downtown Bemidji.


Jan. 15 & 16    Auditions for Bemidji Community Theater's Production of Pinocchio

Auditions for Pinocchio will be held Wed. and Thurs. Jan. 15 & 16 from 5 to 7:00 p.m. Bring 16 measures of music to sing acapella and a short monologue of 1 minute or less. Contact Mary Knox Johnson at [email protected] for location information.   


Jan. 17    Deadline for Region 2 Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant 

All ACH grant applications must be either postmarked and in the mail or in our office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. No exceptions!  For more information, see "R2AC News" in this newsletter or go to "Grants" at r2arts.org.  


Jan. 27    Deadline for MacPhail/McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians

If you are a Minnesota-based performing musician in any genre, MacPhail Center for Music invites you to apply for a McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians. MacPhail awards four $25,000 fellowships to outstanding and distinctive solo artists or small ensembles/bands. These prestigious fellowships are intended to reward performing musicians with a distinctive musical voice who have had a significant performing career over a period of time and are at a career stage beyond emerging. Go to http://apply.mnartists.org/macphail-mcknight-2014.


Jan. 31    Deadline for 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 www.siouxcityartcenter.org. Contact [email protected] with questions.


Jan. 31    Deadline for McKnight Professional Development Grant

Forecast for Public Art is offering a $5000 Professional Development Grant through the McKnight Foundation. Go to http://forecastpublicart.org/forecast/2013/09/mcknight-professional-development-grant-overview/ for more information.


Feb. 14    Deadline for Minnesota Fringe Festival

Interested performers from across the country and around the state can apply for a spot in this 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 fringefestival.org. 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: [email protected].


Feb. 20    Early Bird Submissions Deadline for 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: [email protected] or visit our Facebook:www.facebook.com/theLot6ArtFair & blog: www.Lot6ArtFair.blogspot.com


Feb. 24    Application Deadline for the Travel and Study Grant Program

The 2014 Jerome Travel and Study Grant Program will award grants to emerging creative artists (choreographers, film and video directors, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, poets and spoken word artists). Minnesota-based executive and program administrators working for nonprofit arts organizations in dance, film and video and literature are also eligible to apply.  This grant program emphasizes individual exploration and growth. It supports such activities as research leading to the creation of a new work, the development of collaborations, participation in specific training programs, time for reflection and individualized study, investigating artistic work outside of MN and dialogue on aesthetic issues.  Application materials and guidelines are available on the website at www.jeromefdn.org and in paper form upon request to the Jerome Foundation office, 400 Sibley Street, Suite 125, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101-1928. Telephone: 651.224.9431 or 1-800-995-3766.

Trainings at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis on Jan. 16 and Feb. 3 and webinars are scheduled for Jan. 21 and 27. Go to the Jerome Foundation website www.jeromefdn.org  for more information.  


March 14    Deadline for McKnight Composer Fellowship Information

The 2014 McKnight Composer Fellowship guidelines and application materials have been posted. These fellowships are given annually to four mid-career Minnesota composers. The award is $25,000 in unrestricted funds, plus the opportunity to spend up to one month of concentrated time working in an artist residency setting of the Fellow's choice.  Deadline: Applications must be postmarked by midnight on March 14, 2014.

Complete program information is available at http://composersforum.org/program/mcknight-composer-fellowship  


Ongoing    Submissions Accepted for Bemidji Sculpture Walk

The Bemidji Sculpture Walk is seeking sculpture, sculptors, and potential sculptors for our upcoming 2014 sculpture display in down town Bemidji. If you have a sculpture to display or an idea of a sculpture you would like to create, the Bemidji Sculpture Walk committee would like to help you become apart of the Sculpture Walk. Call Al Belleveau to chat about this opportunity: (218) 368-7330visit bemidjisculpture.org  



Thanks to an Arts and Cultural Heritage grant provided by Region 2 Arts Council, Minnesota mural artist Scott Murphy will be painting a mural for the upcoming "Tales from the Rails" exhibit scheduled to open at the Baudette Depot in late winter/early spring, 2014.  The exhibit will feature a mock-up section of a passenger rail car from the first half of the 20th century, complete with two restored seats, a luggage rack, a reading rail, and a "window view." Venture Exhibits Consultants and Exhibit Designers, Allen Noska and Carnita Tuomela, of Duluth, MN will design, fabricate, and install the exhibit. Funding for the exhibit is made possible in part by a Legacy Grant from the MN Historical Society.

Congratulations to poet Sean Hill on the publication of Dangerous Goods: Poems (Milkweed Editions).  Additional kudos are in order as Dangerous Goods been chosen as the Rumpus Poetry Book Club Selection for January.  Hill winters in Alaska as a visiting professor in the creative writing department at the University-Alaska Fairbanks. 

Congratulations to author and Bemidji State University Professor Lauren Cobb on the publication of Boulevard Women (BkMk Press), a collection of linked stories about the evolving friendships of three women.

Congratulations to author and Bemidji High School English Teacher Gina Bernard on the publication of her second book, VENT. This collection of short stories centers around a group of friends navigating their final year of high school.


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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