2014 Oxcars Regional Theater Awards (L-R) Terri Harrington, Eva and Chance Anderson,
Cate Belleveau, The Oxcars by sculptor Al Belleveau, Ernie and Patt Rall, Jesse Whiting

Northern Arts News
February 2014  


Without further ado, we bring you the February Newsletter! 


The scope of events, opportunities, workshops, and noteworthy accomplishments speak for the high quality creativity that graces our Region 2 communities every day.  It is our honor to support you in your artistic endeavors and help spread the word about what's going on around town.

Share your ideas and inspirations with us and we'll pass them on! Do you use Facebook? "Friend" Staff Regiontwoarts and "Like" our Region 2 Arts Council page. Subscribe to our blog at r2arts.org and   arts updates will be sent to your email inbox so you'll be sure to stay in the loop.

Pick up the phone and call us or brave the snow and stop by. We are here from 9-5 M-F and always happy to discuss how our funds can help support your arts innovations.

Finally, read and share this newsletter! It's chock full this month- that's for sure.

We are here because you are making art.  And if you're not making it, we know you are out there supporting it.

Thanks for all you do!

Laura, Terri, and Holly
Region 2 Arts Council Staff


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Announcing Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant Recipients: 


Joel Smith, of Cass Lake,received $970 to finance the production of 600 copies of original recorded music.


Lawrence McKenzie, of Blackduck,was awarded $687 to purchase a computer to prepare his book "Daylight in the Swamp" for publishing.


Robie Rock,of Bemidji, received $777 to begin a photography portfolio through purchase of a camera, battery and lens filter set.


The next AAI Grant deadline  is March 5, 2014.

Thank you to the McKnight Foundation for funding this grant opportunity. 




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Region 2 Arts Council Grants

The following grant deadlines are coming up fast. We are available for individual one-on-one grant writing consultation and we are ready to offer customized grant writing workshops for groups of four or more 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.


Community Arts Support  grant deadline is February 14, and provides general operating support for arts organizations for the next two years. Arts organizations applying for this grant must have a completed CDP for the past two fiscal years. Call Region 2 Arts Council for more information.  


Anishinaabe Arts Initiative grant deadline is March 5. Thanks to the generosity of the McKnight Foundation, Region 2 Arts Council has grants for up to $1000 available to Native American artists residing in Becker, Cass, Beltrami, Roseau, Itasca, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Clearwater, and Mahnomen counties. Traditional and contemporary art has been supported through this grant.  


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. The grant application is in a question and answer format- fairly straight forward and easy to navigate. This is a great grant; often overlooked! Don't miss out- the APG is perfect for school projects!


Artist Mentor grant deadline is April 9.  This grant supports 8-12 grade students (whether attending traditional school or not) who are committed to making advancements in their artistic skills. The purpose of this grant is to pair students with professional artists or to support student tuition for an arts class, camp or workshop. This is a fantastic program, highly recommended by mentors and students alike.  Call us with questions! Students, mark your calendars for a Saturday March 8 grant writing workshop in the Region 2 Arts Council office from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Call 751-5447 to register for this workshop. 


*No Risk" Workshop Funding Available (until the funding is used up!) 

For anyone interested in offering an arts workshop in our Region 2 counties.  Whether you want to bring in an artist or present an arts workshop yourself, "No Risk" workshop grants are an easy way to help defray the cost to participants and support the arts in our communities.


Links! Links!  We'd love to tell others about you!  

Artists Interested in School Residencies

Send us your name, discipline, and contact information and we'll include you on our list of artists interested in residencies.


Arts Link Pages at r2arts.org

Artists and arts organizations, send us a link to your website or blog  and we'll add it to our website.


Literary Links at r2arts.org

This list will support Region 2 Literary Artists by sharing their links, publication titles, and any other pertinent literary info that will help get the word out about them and their work 


Header Images

Photos for this month's newsletter header were taken by Marsh Muirhead at the 2014 Oxcars celebration of theater arts.  For a full list of the award winners, please see the Noteworthy section of the newsletter.


Northern Arts News Deadline

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



Feb. 7  Gallery North "Warm Your Heart With A Little Art "

Stop by Gallery North's First Friday reception from 2-5:00 p.m. to enjoy the art and register for your choice of classes from the "Warm your Heart with a Little Art" series. Featured Artist, woodcarver and quilt maker Colleen Hilts will also have work on display and there will be a drawing for Colleen's quilted mini-wall hanging "Laura Birch Cat."   Gallery North is a non-profit cooperative art gallery that has been displaying and selling original art and fine crafts by area artists since 1989. Please check out the website at www.gallerynorthbemidji.com


Feb 7  Artist Duane "Dewey" Goodwin at Watermark Art Center

Watermark Art Center (formerly Bemidji Community Art Center) and Paul Bunyan Communications present the opening of "Asiniig" with artist Duane Goodwin as a part of the February First Friday Art Walk.  Goodwin will be showcasing his stone sculpture along with paintings, beadwork and carvings.  Join us for the opening reception on Friday, February 7th from 5pm to 7pm featuring an artist talk by Goodwin and special guest and artist, Carl Gawboy starting at 6pm.  The Watermark is located in the upper level of  the Historic Carnegie Library Building at 426 Bemidji Ave N. for more information call 218-444-7570, email [email protected] on the web at www.bcac.wordpress.com


Feb 7  Karen-lisa Forbes & Dawn Standera at Cabin Coffeehouse

This exhibit, "We're Knot Friends - Cavandoli Knotting," features fiber artists Standera and Forbes' geometric patterns and free-form patterns. With elements from nature, found objects, wire, beads and limitless imaginations these two friends take Cavandoli to a whole new level. If you're thinking owls and plant hangers you could KNOT be more wrong.  Join Standera and Karen-lisa on Friday February 7th from 4 to 7p.m. Dawn will be at the cabin from 4-6 and Karen will be at the cabin from 4-7 giving Cavandoli demonstrations throughout the evening. Visit The Cabin for a fabulous cookie, this terrific show and more at 214 3rd Street, Bemidji. Call 218-444-2899 for more information.


Feb 7  Dunn Bros Coffee Presents Christina Holland, Jewelry Artist

 "From Within" is a collection bringing together natural textures in metal, and a selection of semi-precious gemstones with attention to the healing and metaphysical properties within the stones themselves. Join Christina of Bad Cat Creations during the opening on Friday, Feb 7th from 5-7. Designs will be available for purchase and display all month long. Dunn Bros is at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., Bemidji- Call (218) 444-5252 [email protected] 


Feb. 7  Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse presents Patricia Brittain

Enjoy "Inspirations in Needlepoint," a collection of pieces that combine needle-point and collage created by local mixed media and fiber artist Patricia Brittain. She creates her own needlepoint patterns, which feature her love of nature, particularly leaves.  Meet the artist from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Friday Feb. 7.  Following 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 new menu will be have romantic lovers theme for Valentine's Day, with a wine and beer list to match. See the menu at wildharebistro.com 523 Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bemidji. 444-JAVA


Feb. 7   More Art Around Bemidji

Ravenrock Gallery of Jewelry and Fine Art and Studio 10 present "The Colors of Love" opening reception First Friday, Feb. 7 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. located at 1000 Paul Bunyan Dr., Suite 102. 218-444-6040. Headwaters Science Center presents photography from Todd Geiger. Opening reception on Feb. 7 from 5:00 -6:00 p.m. at 413 Beltrami Ave in Downtown Bemidji.  For more information call 444-4472 or email [email protected].   


Beltrami County History Center features artwork on display from Gallery North, along with their new history center exhibit "Trails Through Time." Winter Hours: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment for group visits and research.  218-444-3376.  


Neilson Place presents "Walking Through Nature"an exhibit of paintings by Maureen O'Brien beginning through March 2014. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne Street NW.Call 751-0220 extension #1.  


Northwoods Folk Collective/ First Friday Open Stage offers an opportunity to share stories, music, poetry and other performance art with an attentive, enthusiastic, inter-generational audience. Host: Drew Warne-Jacobsen 218-760-9278. Sign-up 6:30-7:30. Located at 303 Railroad Street SW. Bemidji (over the Irvine Ave bridge & left).


Feb. 8     Second Saturday Night Bazaar at Rail River Folk School 

The Second Saturday Night Bazaar is the perfect destination to find unique one-of-a-kind gifts for that someone special on Valentine's Day. Held selected second Saturdays of the month at the Rail River Folk School in Bemidji, the Second Saturday Night Bazaar offers artists, farmers, home-based businesses and more an opportunity to display and sell their goods and services!  This event showcases a variety of vendors. With a new group every month, everyone's sure to find something unique!  Stop on over at 303 Railroad Street in Bemidji (just across the Irvine Ave. Bridge) for art, food, music, networking, and supporting our local community and the Rail River Folk School! 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Feb. 10 - 11 Town Hall Meetings with Rep. Roger Erickson

Share your views on arts funding and more!  These town hall meetings across our district offer the opportunity to talk with Rep. Erickson about any ideas or questions you might have before he heads back down to St Paul for the next legislative session. In Bemidji and on several of the other stops, Erickson will be joined by Rep. John Persell and Sen. Rod Skoe. Click here for a full schedule of his visit to Park Rapids, Bemidji, Bagley, Clearbrook, Blackduck, Kelliher and Baudette.  


 Feb. 13  Poetry Slam with Music by Sonny Johnson
The next Poetry Slam is on Thursday February 13 at 7:00 p.m. hosted at the American Legion, 217 Bemidji Avenue.  A poetry slam is an event at which poets read or recite original work.  Participants should have three pieces ready, no longer than three minutes for each piece. There will be three scored rounds, each round determining who will make it to the next round. No props, just the voice and the performance of the poet.  Cash prizes for the winners! The evening will also include performances by local singer, songwriter and guitarist Sonny Johnson. Sign up to register by calling the Bemidji Public Library. Limited to 12 poets. 751-3963.  All events are free and open to the public.  The poetry slam is recommended for adult audiences.  


Feb. 16    Bemidji Symphony Orchestra - "Celebration of John Steinbeck"

Under the direction of Dr. Beverly Everett, BSO continues its 75th anniversary year featuring humanities scholar Clay S. Jenkinson as John Steinbeck on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm at the Bemidji High School Auditorium.  


In keeping with the American theme, the music for the concert will be mostly pieces by Aaron Copland.  It will open with Fanfare for the Common Man and Hoe-Down from Rodeo and will conclude with music from the sound tracks "Of Mice and Men" and "The Red Pony", both based on Steinbeck's writings. 


Tickets for the concert are available at the door or in advance at Lueken's Village Foods North and South or online at brownpapertickets.com. Prices are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens 62+, and $10 for college students with ID.  Students grades K-12 are admitted free. All seats are general admission.  For those who hold BSO Season Tickets, the February Concert is included as part of the season.  Doors open for seating at 2:30 pm. This concert is supported by a grant from the George W. Neilson Foundation.


Feb 20   Arts Downtown PR (3rd Thursdays)
Typically held at four locations in downtown Park Rapids: Beagle Books, Bella Caffè, The Good Life Cafe and Necce's Ristorante, the Arts Downtown PR series continues from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20.  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.  


Feb 22    First Annual Creative Spirit Fiber Festival

Featuring the best in fiber arts!  Spend Saturday February 22 from 9:00 am - 3:00 p.m. with area artists, fiber related businesses and organizations sharing their knowledge, information and supplies with the community.  Explore Basketry, Cavandoli, Knitting, Needle Felting, Quilting, Rug Hooking, Spinning, Tatting, Weaving, Wool Appliqué and more.   $5.00 Admission gives you access to: Vendor Market with Fiber, Supplies & Tools of the Trade ~ Mini Breakout Sessions ~ Hands On Demos ~ Trunk Shows ~ Free Make & Takes ~ Door Prizes ~ Free Coffee & Homemade Treats! In the Community Room at the Bemidji - Boys and Girls Club located at 15th Street N. and Bemidji Ave.  Watermark will have soup and bread available for purchase as a fund raiser for the Boys and Girls Club.  Please plan to stay for the whole day!  For more information contact the Watermark Art Center at 218-444-7570, [email protected]or Willow Wood Market at  [email protected]  


Feb 22  Heartland Concert Association presents The Twisted Strings

Sizzling duo of fiddle and guitar. Individually, Aliex DePue, on fiddle and Miguel DeHoyos, on guitar, have wowed the world from Carnegie Hall to a tour with Stevies Vai to Mexico and Romania. &:30 p.m. at the Park Rapids Area High School Auditorium.  


March 2    Bemidji Symphony Orchestra - "Classical Celebrations" 

BSO welcomes Honduran-born violinist Everaldo Martinez to the stage for Bruch's lush and lyrical Concerto No. 1 in G minor. Also on the program is Mozart's "Magic Flute" Overture and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7. Dr. Beverly Everett conducts.  $20 Adults; $15 Seniors 62+; $10 College Students with ID; Students K-12 FREE. Tickets at the door or in advance at Lueken's Village Foods North and South, or online at brownpapertickets.com. 3 p.m. Bemidji High School Auditorium.


R2AC Color Logo March 6    Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Exhibition at R2AC

Mark your calendars for the Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Exhibition opening from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 6.  We are transforming our office space into an exhibit space featuring the work of Anishinaabe Arts Initiative artists and council members.  The artwork is already rolling in! Quillwork by Mel Losh, Raku pottery by Celia Littlecreek, Antler carvings by Giiwedin Biindige, beaded moccasins by Bernice Mitchell, paintings by Wesley May. Some artwork will be for sale.  Do not miss this Thursday opening! The Region 2 Arts Council office is located in the lower level of the Historic Carnegie Library Building, 426 Bemidji Avenue N. Call 751-5447 for more information.


March 21, 22, 28, 29  Northern Light Opera Company  - The Apothecary

Come enjoy this comic opera by Joseph Haydn, at Armory Square in Park Rapids at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 21, 22, 28 & 29.  The Apothecary is a 4 person opera dealing with the intrigue of a love triangle, a plot line favored in operas composed years later by favorites such as Donizetti and Mozart.  Sempronio, an old apothecary will be sung by Jason Wright; Grilletta, Sempronio's ward will be sung by Brinn Krabbenhoft; Mengone, Sempronio's apprentice will be sung by Brian Hobson; and Volpino, a young rich dandy (pant role) sung by Mary Maxwell.  The $15.00 tickets may be purchased at Beagle Books or at the door. Reserve tickets by calling 218-237-0400. Be sure to attend this new venture of the Northern Light Opera Company for a welcome break in a long winter season.


mncitizens for the arts March 27    Save the Date! Arts Advocacy Day

On March 27, artists and arts supporters from across the state will meet at the Capitol for ARTS ADVOCACY DAY.  Come discuss the importance of arts funding with legislative decision makers. Join your fellow arts advocates from around the State and from Region 2 to talk about the arts, make new contacts, and educate our legislators at the State Capitol about the importance of the arts.  This is a well-organized event; whether you are outspoken or interested in listening in and being counted- this is for you! Let's have a strong showing from Region 2! Call us with questions.  



Feb. 8  Family Crafting Class from A Tranquil Nook & Apple Blossom  

Make a child size napkin and a fun napkin holder.  Create something useful while developing skills needed to make Waldorf style soft toys and dolls.  Building skills in pressing, using a sewing pattern, sewing by machine, embellishing with decorative hand stitching.  Learn about types of fabrics suitable for creating more napkins and napkin rings; ways to involve children in the making process; ideas to help you do more making/crafting at home.  Fee $25 plus $10 materials kit. Apple Blossom Child Care in basement of United Methodist Church, Bemidji.  Contact Dacia Dauner 766-0640. Click here to register on facebook.  


February Workshops at Create It! Community Art Studios  
Clear Waters Life Center, 226 Elm St., Gonvick.  1:00 to 3:00 PM and/or 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  Cost per day for one or both sessions is $10.00 to cover cost of supplies. For more information or to register, call 218-776-2789 or contact via e-mail: [email protected]. Drop-in welcome!


Feb. 10   Hypertufa Garden Art with Leanne Walberg

From a garden ball to planter box, limited only by your imagination, hypertufa is a mix of concrete, peat moss and perilite or vermcuite packed in a form.  If you like the look of old concrete, pitted from age, and with moss growing from it, come, bring your heavy duty rubber gloves, and create!


Feb. 17 & 24    Watercolor with David Hudson


February "Warm Your Heart with a Little Art" Workshops

Gallery North will offer FREE classes during the month of February. Please register for these classes as soon as possible at Gallery North, 502 Third Street NW, Bemidji, MN, where you can also see a sample of these projects. Classes so far as follows:

February 8: "Beginning Basketry" with Monie Martin 1-4 pm

February 12: "Daisy Chain Beading" with Curtis Schagunn, 1-4 pm

February 15: "Intro to Bead Looming" with Patty Lovegreen, 10-1 pm

February 15: "Embroidery and More" with Colleen Hilts 1-4 pm

February 18: "Ukrainian Eggs" with Mary Morton, 1:30 pm

February 18: "Earrings" with Jeanie Fenner, 2 pm

February 21: "String Along" with Marie Hamre, 1 pm

February 22: "Various Watercolor Backgrounds with Simple Silhouette" with Marion Caroline, 1-4 pm

February 27: "Loopy Project" with Marie Hamre, 1pm


Feb. 11    Avera Cancer Institute Artwork Deadlines
Avera Marshall is in the process of building a new cancer institute in Marshall, MN, and is searching for appropriate artwork for the facility in prominent locations in the public lobby, chapel, waiting areas, and corridors.  Although open to MN artists, preference will be given to artists in the SW MN Arts Council 18-county service region. A one-page, written statement of intent is due on or before February 11, 2014 and proposals are due March 14, 2014. An informational session for interested artists will be held on Tuesday, February 11 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm in the Avera Marshall Cafeteria.  Contact Abby Ennenga via email at [email protected] for more information.
Feb. 14    Minnesota Fringe Festival Deadline
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.  Questions? Contact: Ann B. Erickson, Associate Director; Cell: 612.710.2569; Office: 612.872.1212 or email: [email protected].

Feb. 14   Region 2 Arts Council Community Arts Support Grant Deadline
Open to arts organizations for operational support. Call our office 218.751.5447 for more info 
Feb. 20  4th Annual Lot 6 Art Fair Earlybird Deadline
This event is open to all artists interested in selling and displaying their artwork and fine crafts.  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.  $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). Any questions can be submitted to: [email protected] or visit our Facebook & blog.

Feb. 24 - April 4  Submissions for 2014 Minnesota Biennial Series
Minnesota Museum of American Art revives its Minnesota Biennial Series this summer. The competition will be open to all Minnesota artists to offer the public a snapshot of the best art and craft being made throughout the state today. Exhibition locations and dates include May 29 - July 27:  MMAA Project Space | 332 N. Robert Street, St. Paul; August 16 - October 12:  Lanesboro Art Center | 103 Parkway Ave N., Lanesboro (will show a limited selection).  Submission requirements: A maximum of 20 digital images of existing work only, résumé, and artist statement. Online submissions only, web address to be announced. For questions contact [email protected]
Feb. 24  Jerome Travel and Study Grant Deadline
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.

March 1    Talking Stick 23 Submission Deadline
Talking Stick 23 call for submissions. Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction. Must have a connection to MN. Go to www.jackpinewriters.com for guidelines and further details.

March 5    R2AC/McKnight Anishinaabe Arts Initiative Grant
Open to native artists at various stages of their arts career, this grant provides up to $1,000 per grant award for expenses associated with the exhibition, performance, or production of a specific creative work or learning opportunity, support for an adult artist who wishes to mentor with an established artist, projects involving collaborations between two or more artists, and more. Questions? Email [email protected] or call 751-5447.  Get a copy here or stop by the Region 2 Arts Council office in the Historic Carnegie Library for a paper copy. This grant is open to enrolled tribal members and their descendants residing in Minnesota's Beltrami, Hubbard, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Roseau, Itasca, Cass, and Becker counties.

March 14  McKnight Composer Fellowship Deadline
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 here.    

First People Fund Logo March 21&22    FREE Native Artist Professional Development Training in Mahnomen, 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: White Earth Tribal and Community College.  Time: 8:30-5:00 both days (1 hour break for lunch, which will be provided).  Reserve your spot now! Phone (605) 348-0324. Online Registration: firstpeoplesfund.org.  Contact [email protected] or  [email protected] with questions.

March 21    McKnight Artist Fellowships for Visual Artists Deadline
For complete information, visit mcad.edu/mcknight.  Attend a McKnight Information Session to learn more about the application process and the newly envisioned fellowship program.  A video recording of the MCAD information session will be available online after February 26.  Artists are welcome to schedule one-on-one meetings in person or over the phone with program director Kerry Morgan. For more information, contact 612.874.3803 or email [email protected]

April 1  Park Rapids Summer Art Fair Earlybird Deadline
The Park Rapids Downtown Business Association will sponsor a Juried Art Fair in conjunction with a successful food, music and fun event Sunday, July 13. The Park Rapids area draws thousands of summer visitors and seasonal residents who enjoy our lakes and rich cultural traditions every year. Early bird registration deadline is April 1. More information and an application form are available at www.parkrapidsdowntown.com (under Current Promotions).
To plan a more successful weekend, artists also are invited to apply for the Downtown Art Fair at the Old Central School Grounds in Grand Rapids Saturday, July 12, sponsored by the MacRostie Art Center. Park Rapids and Grand Rapids are about 90 miles apart.

April 4 Minnesota Film and TV Grant Deadline
MN Film and TV is currently accepting proposals from Minnesota-based Filmmakers with narrative features or long-form documentary works in progress (active pre-production or production--post has not commenced) that align with Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund priorities.  $155,150 is available in reimbursement funds. Filmmakers may request up to 50% of their total budget, but must have 50% of the request available in verified funds at the time of application. Application Deadline is April 4, 2014 at 5pm. Filmmakers selected to receive reimbursement must deliver 5 copies of the project rough cut by June 5, 2015. The complete Request for Proposals, application and guidelines are available at On-going this Month  

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) 368-7330. Visit bemidjisculpture.org and remember, the majority of the sculptures featured around town are for sale!

Pottery at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts
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 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Cost is $25/month.
*Ages 8-13: from 4:15pm-5:30 p.m. (Cost is $55/month).
*Ages 14-Adults: from 6:00-8:00 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. Sessions begin in the first week of February.

Pre-School Music Class at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts
This group for 3-5 year-olds runs Monday mornings from 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. Led by Fawn Foss, it involves 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. February class begins on Monday February 3rd. Call the HSMA at 218-444-5606 to register or for more information. Located at 519 Minnesota Avenue in downtown Bemidji.

The Headwaters School of Music and the Arts Youth Orchestra 
February rehearsals start on Tuesday, February 4 and will continue to meet on Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. 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.

Local Author Series Seeks Authors to Read at the Library
This new program series at the library will feature Bemidji area authors providing them with an opportunity to talk about their work.  If you are a local author interested in presenting at the series, or if you are interested in volunteering to help make this program a success, contact the Bemidji Public Library for an application and more information. The library's goal is to host two local author events per month, starting this February or March.

Call for Actors   Production Company seeks Leech Lake Families for Film 
A production company from Los Angeles, CA is looking for Leech Lake families with teenagers, parents and grandparents of all ages for a docu-drama film. This is a paying gig. Shooting slated for spring 2014, for a major cable network. For immediate and serious consideration, please contact Steve.  Phone:  813-598-7017.

St. Paul-based In Progress will be working with Metropolitan State University and the Gordon Parks Gallery to curate an exhibit of photographic portraits by artist Joseph J. Allen. The show will feature a series of original photographic portraits that focus on the connection the Indigenous Peoples of Northern Minnesota have with the land and their culture. Congratulations, Joe!


First Peoples Fund, a Rapid City, South Dakota-based national nonprofit organization supporting the work of indigenous artists nationwide, announced that visual artist Wesley May has been selected as one of its 2014 Artist in Business Leadership and Cultural Capital Fellows.  Who's smiling now, Wes? We are!


Even more good news from Bemidji native Roy C. Booth! His Epic Fantasy novel, The One: Children of Destiny, co-written with P.A. Copeland of Yukon, Oklahoma and published by J. Ellington Ashton Press, has won Best Young Adult Book of 2013 honors from the 17th Annual Preditors & Editors Readers Poll, beating out over 40 other nominations from around the world in the process.Way to go, Roy!


Congratulations to The Mask and Mask & Rose Women's Theater Collective for being selected as the featured theater for the Minnesota Theater Alliance' January Newsletter. Kudos Cate and Co! 


2014 Oxcars Regional Theater Awards 
Scenic Design - Dwayne Johnson - Oliver / Peter Pan
Actor in a Drama - Jan Nash - Judy Why Can't I
Female in a Musical - Mary Anderson - Evita
Male in a Musical - Eric Carlson - Evita
Musical Director- Paul Dove - Carousel
Costume Design - Mary Knox Johnson - Oliver / Peter Pan
Light Design - Chance Anderson - Evita
Choreography - Suzy and Hondo Langout - Evita
Original Playwright - Teri Harrington - Hansen's Grill - MN Nice on Ice
Direction of Comedy - Jesse Whiting - The Importance of Being Earnest
Actress in Comedy - Amanda Mix -The Importance of Being Earnest
Actor in Comedy - Chuck Deeter - 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Director of a Musical - Cate Belleveau - Evita
Supporting Actor Female - Sasha Almendinger - The Importance of Being Earnest
Supporting Actor Male - Jason Krabbenhoft - Carousel
Direction of a Youth Musical - Mary Knox Johnson - Peter Pan
Up and Coming Youth - Berit Dybing - Peter Pan / Oliver
Lifetime Achievement Award - Patt and Ernie Rall
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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.